Excellence in Leadership Awards

Employee engagement is a top UCI and UC priority. Leaders inspire employees to focus their individual talents on the goals of the organization and to contribute at the highest level. Effective leaders are also guardians of the culture and exemplars in living the organizations’ values. As a result, great leaders are often met with the prize of engaged employees who feel prepared and empowered to progress in their careers. The UCI Staff Assembly Excellence in Leadership Award recognizes these exceptional leaders at all levels.


● Only those managers or supervisors with staff appointments are eligible for nomination; those holding academic and/or student assistant title codes are not eligible
● Managers and supervisors may be nominated every year, but may only receive an award every three years (unless manager or supervisor moves to a different job/department)
● Only nominations from nominee’s direct report(s) will be reviewed; forms submitted from a nominee’s supervisors will not be considered eligible

2019 Nomination Procedures

2019 Recipients & Nominees

Award Recipients:
● Recognition Award for Collaboration: Francine Jeffrey, Associate Dean of Administration, School of Medicine
● Recognition Award for Employee Engagement: Tracie Yulie, Director, Learning and Academic Resource Center
● Recognition Award for Innovation: Rebecca Sanchez, Director, Financial Aid & Scholarships
● The Excellence in Leadership Overall Achievement Award: Barbara Inderwiesche, Director, Electronic Research Administration (ERA)

Ashley F Burke, Computing Resources Manager, UCI Libraries
Barbara Inderwiesche, Director, Electronic Research Administration (ERA)
Claire Yi, Assistant Nurse Manager, Medical/Surgical Telemetry 3T
Claudia Cheffs, Department Manager, Department of Political Science
Dan Hoang, Database Manager, MIND Research Unit
Dianne Bean, Manager, Payment Services
Dr. Angela Jeantet, Director of Education and Business Programs, Continuing Education
Erika N. Jordan, Senior Executive Director Alumni Relations, Engagement & Annual Program, University Advancement
Francine Jeffrey, Associate Dean of Administration, School of Medicine
Janna Parris, Director of Advancement Communications, University Advancement
Jay Austin, Assistant Dean for Admissions & Student Financial Services, School of Law
Karen Isble, Associate Vice Chancellor & Campaign Director, University Advancement
Kristen Caplin, Director of Personnel, School of Biological Sciences
Lorraine Pistorino, Chief Administrative Officer, Surgery
Mark Gardiner, Contract and Grant Manager, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
Melanie Fabian, IACUC Administrator, Office of Research – Research Administration
Michelle McCoy, Director of Operations & Accreditation, Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing
Monica Shaffer, Director of Human Resources, Continuing Education
Natasha Monnereau, Assistant Director, Events & Student Programming, Student Government & Student Media
Rebecca Sanchez, Director, Financial Aid & Scholarships
Ryan Cherland, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Institutional Research and Decision Support, Office of Institutional Research
Shannon Ingram, Director of Marketing and Communications, School of Biological Sciences
Shelly Bennett-Burns, Director of Business and Finance, School of Social Sciences
Therese Tran, Manager, Admissions IT, Office of Information Technology
Tracie Yulie, Director, Learning and Academic Resource Center

Past Winners:

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

*Prior to 2018, all awards were given for overall Excellence in Leadership

Joan Tenma, Academic Affairs
Sally Dabiri, School of Biological Sciences

Sandra Campero, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Advancement Operations
Iain Grainger, Manager, UCI Media Services

Cindy T. Lin, Manager, University Programs, University Extension
Helen Morgan, Director, Social Sciences Undergrad Student Affairs Office
Abby Reyes, Director, Office of Academic Initiatives: Sustainability Initiative

Andrew Hill, Director and CIO, Computing and Network Services, School of Social Sciences
Andrea Wiley, Department Manager, Department Developmental & Cell Biology
Ramona Agrela, Associate Chancellor, Chief of Staff, Office of the Chancellor

Maura Hofstadter, Chief Administrative Officer, Anesthes & Perioperative Care
Scott Rutherford, Director of Marketing and Communication, University Extension
Benedicte Shipley, Assistant Dean, Biological Sciences

Kimberly Ayala, Director of Undecided/Undeclared and Pharmaceutical Sciences Advising
Jia Frydenberg, Associate Dean, UCI Distance Learning Center
Donna Grochow RN, Director of Nursing, Nursing Quality, Research and Education
Natalie Schonfeld, Director of Division of Undergraduate Education – Student Transition Services

Brian Breen, Director of Corporate Training, University Extension
Marc Beauregard Sergeant, UCI Medical Center Security Department
Dave Leinen, Assistant Dean, School of Social Sciences
Carolyn Willmann, Director of Student Affairs, School of Biological Sciences

Please contact the Staff Assembly Vice Chair, Megan Enciso, with any questions, comments, or suggestions.