2018 Staff Assembly Excellence in Leadership Award

Staff Assembly would like to congratulate

the 2018 Staff Assembly Excellence in Leadership Award Recipients & Nominees!


Award Recipients

  • Recognition Award for Collaboration: Tom Kozick, Executive Director, Paul Merage School of Business
  • Recognition Award for Employee Engagement: Laverne Estanol, MS, CHRC, CIP, CCRP, Assistant Director, Human Research Protections, Office of Research
  • Recognition Award for Innovation: Andrea Wasserman, Chief Administrative Officer, UCI Mind
  • The Excellence in Leadership Overall Achievement Award: Jennifer Aaron, Assistant Vice Provost, Office of the VP for Teaching and Learning
  • The Excellence in Leadership Overall Achievement Award: Stephanie Reyes-Tuccio, PhD, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Center for Educational Partnerships


  • Dale Leaman, Associate Director of Systems and Operations, Office of Undergraduate Admissions
  • Dave Leinen, Assistant Dean, School of Social Sciences
  • Dorothy Tu, Assistant Dean, Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing
  • Lisa Roetzel, Director, Administration, Campuswide Honors Program
  • Erika Jordan, Sr Executive Director, Engagement&Annual Programs, UCI Engagement and Annual Programs
  • Greg Reinhard, Assistant Dean, Social Ecology
  • Holly Byrnes, Manager, Computer Science
  • Ivan Coziahr, Executive Director, UCI FHC FQHC
  • Janie Peters, Supervisor, Information Services
  • Jennifer Wilkens, Executive Assistant to the Dean/Dir. Special Proj., Henry Samueli School of Engineering
  • Jessica Shanahan, MCS Program Manager, Information & Computer Sciences
  • Kate Triglia Brigman, Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, Graduate Division
  • Kookie Vu, Acting Assistant Director, Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Kristen Caplin, Director of Personnel, Ayala School of Biological Sciences
  • Lisa Scavone, Director, Health Sciences Human Resources
  • Mark Gardiner, Contracts and Grants Manager, Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Studies
  • Mary Ezzat, Administraive Nurse, Internal Medicine
  • Melanie Castillo, Practice Manager, Plastic Surgery
  • Melanie Fabian, IACUC Administrator, Office of Research
  • Mihaela Nistor, IRB A & hSCRO Administrator, Office of Research Administration
  • Rachelle Capiral, Assistant Nurse Manager, 5 Tower
  • Robert Windell Rice, Director, Custodial & Grounds Operations, Facilities Management
  • Salvador Rivas, Senior Executive Director of Development, University Advancement
  • Shelly Bennett-Burns, Director of Business and Finance, School of Social Sciences
  • Sherlene Stepp, Clinical Nurse Supervisor, Emergency Department
  • Stacey L. Murren, Director Student Center & Event Services, Student Affairs: Student Center & Event Services
  • Tara Kasmarek, Chief Administrative Officer & Sr. Director, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Therese T Tran, Manager, Admissions IT
  • Tracie Welser, Director, LARC
  • Yoo Mi Choi, Associate Director of Residence Life, Student Housing – Middle Earth