Associate Vice Chancellor, Alumni Affairs
Chief Financial Officer, UCLA Foundation

Julie A. Sina, Ph.D.

Email | Phone: 310-206-8962

Julie Sina formally and officially became UCLA’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Affairs in December 2013 after serving in an interim capacity since February of that year, during which, she demonstrated remarkable leadership skills that allowed for a creative and concerted transformation of the entire Alumni program. In partnership with the UCLA Alumni Association Board, Julie has overseen the adoption of a new alumni engagement model that has refocused alumni activity around regional and international work, young alumni involvement, attention to affinity and diversity networks, the continuum from student recruitment to career development and closer ties to alumni efforts in the professional schools and College. Members of the search committee were uniformly impressed with Julie’s dynamic vision for alumni connectivity – both within the campus and with one another. It should come as no surprise that Julie’s long and deep career in Student Affairs and Board leadership prior to her arrival at UCLA evolves naturally into the realm of alumni engagement and Association partnership. Indeed, Julie’s blue and gold spirit and true Bruin values, coupled with her special talent for aligning many moving parts within a common vision made her the standout candidate. Julie served as Chief of Staff supporting the deans and the College prior to joining External Affairs.

In addition to Alumni Affairs, Julie leads the Advancement Services division and serves as C.F.O. for the UCLA Foundation and UCLA Investment Company.

Julie earned her Ph.D. at Virginia Tech and in addition to Virginia Tech has served the University of Florida, University of the Pacific, Iowa State and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Coordinator, UCLA Alumni Affairs’ Affinity Programs

Juliana Alvarez ’08

Email | Phone: 310-825-6338

Juliana Alvarez is the coordinator for UCLA Alumni Affairs’ Affinity Programs. Previously, she was the administrative specialist for the operations and external relations unit in the UCLA Graduate Division, where she managed the dean’s suite office and coordinated events such as the UCLA Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and the Chancellor’s Award for Postdoctoral Research.

After graduating from UCLA in 2008, Alvarez worked in the public sector as a congressional intern with Rep. Howard Berman’s district office and as a field supervisor for David Vahedi’s campaign for Los Angeles City Council in the 5th District. However, her passion for higher education led her back to UCLA. In 2012, Alvarez participated in the UCLA Staff Enrichment Program that cemented her commitment to UCLA.

Alvarez earned bachelor’s degrees in both political science and history, as well as a minor in Spanish, from UCLA.

Reservations Manager, Alumni Center Management

Burke Anderson

Email | Phone: 310-206-0537

Burke Anderson is the reservations manager of the James West Alumni Center. Previously, he worked as an event director for Regal Rents and an event coordinator for the Getty Center. Anderson brings 10 years of experience to Alumni Affairs in event and venue management. His areas of expertise include event production, logistical planning and team building.

A graduate of the University of Idaho, Anderson holds a bachelor of arts in English as well as a bachelor of science in psychology.

Director, Social Media

Brandie Barrera

Email | Phone: 310-825-8657

Senior Director, Parent & Family Programs at UCLA

Maisha Beasley

Email | Phone: 310-983-1291

Maisha Beasley is the Senior Director for Parent & Family Programs at UCLA. She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. She then went on to earn her Master’s degree at University of Pacific in Higher Education Administration with an emphasis in Student Affairs, and is currently working on her doctorate at the University of San Francisco in International and Multicultural Education. Prior to coming to UCLA, Maisha served most recently as Director of New Student and Family Programs at Saint Mary’s College of California. In her current role, Maisha is responsible for building partnerships with campus faculty, staff, and students. Under her leadership Parents’ Council has expanded their involvement across campus and continued the legacy of support to the Bruin Resource Center and Food Closet; set by the founding members of Parents’ Council.

Maisha has a special passion for work focused on parents and families, multicultural education and first year experience. She has over 12 years of program development in higher education and has sat on the board of directors for the National Orientation Directors Association from 2008-2011.

Coordinator, Young Alumni and Student Engagement

Alyson Beckman

Email | Phone: 310-206-0663

As coordinator for the Young Alumni and Student Engagement team, Alyson Beckman provides event support and manages data, volunteers and program logistics. She also works with the Student Alumni Association (SAA), the Alumni Scholars Club and the UCLA Spirit Squad.

Beckman earned a B.A. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was a student in the college of letters and science honors program. She studied abroad in London, became a member of Alpha Phi and was an active member of the Wisconsin Alumni Student Board, which is UW’s equivalent student group to SAA.

Associate Director, Partnership UCLA

Sheila Benko


Special Assistant, AVC Alumni Affairs and Advancement Services CFO UCLA Foundation

Diane Boghrat

Email | Phone: 310-794-8943

Director, Alumni Scholars Club

George Brown, III

Email | Phone: 310-206-0622

George Brown is the director of the Alumni Scholarship Club for Alumni Affairs. Previously, he was director of membership for the YMCA. George has nearly a decade of experience in student recruitment, scholarship management and student programming.

Brown is a member of the Black Staff and Faculty Association at UCLA. He is also a volunteer at West Angeles Church of God in Christ and St. Jerome Catholic Church.

Brown’s areas of expertise include building strong teams, scholarship program development and management, student programming and student recruitment.

A graduate of California State University, Northridge, Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Brown is a native of Los Angeles.

Associate Director, Alumni Marketing and Communications

Shoshi Buge, M.A. ’02

Email | Phone: 310-206-8781

Assistant Director, Bruin Recruitment

Amber Buggs

Email | Phone: 310-206-8907

Amber Buggs is the assistant director of Bruin Recruitment and a member of the Young Alumni and Student Engagement team in UCLA Alumni Affairs. The Bruin Recruitment program strives to provide meaningful engagement opportunities world-wide for alumni to interact with interested and incoming students, while also building a positive community for all members of the Bruin family – including incoming and current students, parents, alumni, and other UCLA supporters.

Buggs is a proud alumna of the University of California system, having graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a bachelor of arts degree in English literature, before earning her master of arts degree in humanities and social thought from New York University.

Buggs was raised in Southern California, is an avid reader, and her areas of expertise are student support services, program development and implementation, and volunteer outreach and management.

Director, East Coast Networks

David Burns ’06

Email | Phone: 310-562-7508

David Burns ’06 is the director of the UCLA Alumni East Coast Networks. He brings exceptional volunteer management and leadership skills to this role. Burns has served as a volunteer for the UCLA Alumni Washington, D.C. Area Network for the past six years and currently serves as their president (since 2011). During his six years with the network, they have more than tripled their engagement numbers, developed a successful program strategy and developed a succession plan. In addition, Burns has worked in partnership with UCLA Development to launch the first endowed alumni network scholarship outside of California. He is responsible for working directly with the Washington, D.C Area Network, the New York Tri-State Network and the Boston Network.

Previously, Burns served as director of internet strategy and civic innovations for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, where he directed the technology and innovations task force; he developed and implemented new social media strategy for the organization and provided technical assistance to cities. He assisted mayors and city staff with developing their own strategies for communication and engagement.

Burns graduated from UCLA with a degree in history and political science. He is based in Washington, D.C.

Assistant Director, Membership Program Promotions

Marcia Campbell

Email | Phone: 310-983-1198

Marcia Campbell is the alumni services and promotions manager for Alumni Affairs. Previously, she was the customer care lead/blogger for After graduating from college, she also spent time as a membership services associate at the Sierra Club headquarters.

Campbell’s areas of expertise include training and development, problem-solving, sales and communications. She has volunteered with Family Literacy Foundation, Meals On Wheels, Special Olympics and several after-school tutoring programs.

A graduate of San Francisco State University, Campbell she holds a bachelor’s degree in humanities with a concentration in cross-cultural arts. She also received an associate degree in merchandise marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

Budget Director, Alumni Affairs

Christina Chase

Email | Phone: 310-825-3371

As the budget director of UCLA Alumni Affairs, Christina Chase manages the budget and financials for the UCLA Alumni Association and coordinates the annual financial statement audit.

Chase began working with nonprofit organizations in 1999 and has been working in the field of accounting since 2004. She has worked almost exclusively for nonprofits. Chase earned a B.B.A. in finance from Georgia State University, with a minor in sociology. Prior to working at UCLA, she was the director of finance for Woodcraft Rangers, an afterschool program that serves youth in Los Angeles. Chase is currently a member of Woodcraft’s board of directors.

Chase was born and raised in the south and has had the pleasure of living in Los Angeles since 2007.

Director, Alumni Marketing and Communications

Anthony Cube

Email | Phone: 310-206-0410

Anthony Cube is director alumni marketing and communications. Cube is the chief editor for the all alumni e-newsletter Connect@UCLA and responsible for student and young alumni marketing in addition to UCLA Mentor Program and volunteer opportunity communications.

Prior to joining UCLA, Cube worked for the Josephson Institute of Ethics as an educational programs manager. He was responsible for coordinating and marketing nationwide training seminars for a character education program called CHARACTER COUNTS!

Cube graduated from UC Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Digital Production Specialist, Alumni Marketing and Communications

Zache Davis ’15

Email | Phone: 310-206-0532

As the digital production specialist for UCLA Alumni Affairs, Zache Davis helps in the design and production of all email publications as well as the maintenance and enhancement of multiple UCLA Alumni websites. He originally joined alumni affairs as a student worker while studying at UCLA. After earning a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from UCLA, Davis joined alumni affairs as a fulltime employee.

Prior to joining alumni affairs, Davis had a multitude of professional experience in retail, website design and mixology.

Director, Partnership UCLA

Katrina Davy

Email | Phone: 310-825-5246

Coordinator, Alumni Mentor Program

Danica Dawson ’07

Email | Phone: 310-825-8736

Director, Alumni Outreach and Engagement, East Coast

Kenneth Donaldson ’97

Email | Phone: 310-764-7690

Kenny Donaldson became the director of Alumni Outreach and Engagement for the East Coast in August 2013. In this role, he is in charge of developing new alumni networks within the Eastern United States and collaborating with existing networks.

Donaldson brings to the position skills he honed during nine seasons on the UCLA Athletic Department’s Academic and Student Support Services staff as the men’s and women’s basketball academic coordinator. He worked with student-athletes, basketball staff and athletic-academic staff to coordinate academic progress. In addition, Donaldson coordinated the Scholarship Book and Reimbursement Program for all student-athletes and served as the liaison for the Peer Learning Program for all student-athletes. For three years, Donaldson also served as the assistant director of academic services in addition to co-directing the Campus Relations Program and facilitating the athletic department’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.

From 2001-03, Donaldson served as an assistant basketball coach at Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills, Calif. In the fall of 1995, he was an intern on UCLA’s athletic training staff while studying at UCLA. He was a three-year basketball letter winner at Granada Hills High School, from 1990-92.

Donaldson earned his bachelor’s degree in physiological sciences (pre-med) from UCLA in 1997 and his master’s degree in sports psychology from California State University, Long Beach in 2008.

Coordinator, UCLA Alumni Association Board

Dinora Duarte

Email | Phone: 310-206-3798

Director, Western States Alumni Networks

Katherine Dureault ’87

Email | Phone: 310-617-8206

Katherine Dureault ’87 is the Director of Western States Alumni Networks. In her role, she works with established alumni networks throughout Northern California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Dureault also identifies and helps to establish new networks in her region.

Dureault brings exceptional volunteer management and development skills to this role, having a long history of serving as a volunteer leader. She has served as the president of the Del Rey School Parents club, where she was responsible for the recruitment, training and oversight of 40 board members, the coordination of 300 volunteers and fundraising efforts of $1 million per year. Previously, Dureault served in numerous capacities as a volunteer leader with her national sorority, including roles as the Northern California alumni coordinator and Northern California collegiate district manager. She was responsible for all five Northern California alumni chapters, for which she provided training, recruitment and leadership development. She significantly grew their San Francisco chapter and developed a new chapter in Silicon Valley. Dureault has recently served as the vice president of school campaigns for the Educational Foundation of Orinda, where she successfully oversaw a $1.5 million campaign. In her professional roles, she worked for Citicorp as a commercial credit officer with The Private Bank and at Wells Fargo Bank as a branch sales manager.

Dureault graduated from UCLA in 1987 with a degree in economics and is married to a Bruin.

Senior Director, Alumni Membership and Marketing

Natalee Ellars

Email | Phone: 310-206-2139

As the senior director of alumni membership and marketing, Natalee Ellars is responsible for the day-to-day oversight and management of the Alumni Affairs marketing and membership teams.

Prior to joining UCLA, Ellars was vice president for business development and marketing for Young Communications Group, Inc., an advertising agency representing the full spectrum of nonprofit clients, from education to wellness. Previously, she served as vice president of marketing for OneUnited Bank and vice president and segment manager for Union Bank of California. In those positions, Ellars developed social media marketing and online strategies to reach a national audience, directed membership campaigns, envisioned short-term and long-term campaigns to increase visibility in major markets and customized messages, marketing materials and constituent communications to reflect organizational values and increase engagement.

Ellars is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College with a degree in history and organizational psychology. She has a passion for community service and has contributed more than 2,500 hours volunteering with nonprofit organizations throughout Los Angeles. She currently serves as the board president for Center For Health Justice.

Senior Director, Affinity Groups

Cia Ford ’08

Email | Phone: 310-206-0684

As senior director, affinity groups for Alumni Affairs, Cia Ford is engaged in UCLA’s alumni relations efforts with the UCLA College, professional schools and other campus entities. She has worked in Alumni Affairs since 1990 and at UCLA since 1985.

Ford brings expertise in the broad areas of networking, data collection, volunteer management and continuing volunteer education.

Creative Director, Alumni Marketing

Estellaleigh Franenberg

Email | Phone: 310-794-5189

In 2010 Estellaleigh Franenberg celebrated 10 years of service at UCLA. Currently, she is a director, alumni marketing, for Alumni Affairs. Previously, she was Alumni Affairs' member services manager for seven years.

Her areas of expertise include targeted and constituency-based marketing and communications, high-level customer service, campus and community relations and volunteer recruitment.

Franenberg is an active champion of breast cancer treatment, research, and awareness and has walked hundreds of miles training and fundraising for both the Susan G. Komen 3-Day and Avon walks for breast cancer. She is also a member of World ORT, an international not-for-profit promoter of education and training with more than 200,000 beneficiaries worldwide.

A graduate of San Diego State University, Franenberg holds a bachelor’s degree in theater. She is also a proud Bruin in spirit if not by degree and a life member of the UCLA Alumni Association.

Assistant Director, Diversity Programs

Jozen Gibson

Email | Phone: 310-206-0483

Executive Director of Development, Scholarships and Student Support Initiatives, Campus-Wide Initiatives

Jacquelean Gilliam

Email | Phone: 310-983-3062

Associate Director, Alumni Scholarships

Rosa Guerrero ’07

Email | Phone: 310-983-3062

Assistant Director, Alumni Events

Byron Gonzalez

Email | Phone: 310-206-2793

Byron Gonzalez is the alumni center management coordinator for Alumni Affairs. He has more than 10 years of experience working for UCLA External Affairs.

Gonzalez’s areas of expertise include messenger services, building services and bulk mail distribution.

Gonzalez has been selected to participate in UCLA’s Staff Enrichment Program. He is a graduate of Culver City High School.

Coordinator, Alumni Career Programs

Sabrina Gutierrez ’09

Email | Phone: 310-825-9661

Assistant Director, Student Engagement

Zach Helsper

Email | Phone: 310-206-8968

As the assistant director for Student Engagement, Zach Helsper serves as one of the advisors for the Student Alumni Association and coordinates campus traditions such as the Beat 'SC Bonfire and Rally, and I Love UCLA Week. Although new to alumni affairs, he comes to UCLA with experience advising student groups and working in residential life at both Loyola Marymount University and Cornell University. Helsper was initiated into the Phi Kappa Tau National Fraternity and now assists with facilitating development conferences and retreats for local chapters.

Helsper attended the University of California, Santa Cruz where he received a B.A. in politics. While at UC Santa Cruz, he was involved with the college's student senate and student programs office, which led him to pursue a career in higher education. Helsper went on to receive a master's in education from the University of Southern California. His areas of expertise include training and facilitation, event management, student programming, and leadership and student development.

Program Coordinator, Parent & Family Programs at UCLA

Jarod Handel

Email | Phone: 310-983-1292

Jarod Handel is the Program Coordinator for Parent and Family Programs. He comes to this office with a background in student affairs, ranging from Career Services to Campus Housing. In the past, Jarod has volunteered his time as a staff advisor for the LGBTQ club at Saint Mary’s College of California. He holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Business and Financial Services and has started working toward his MBA.

Director, Business Development

Kevin Harbour ’79

Email | Phone: 310-794-5202

Kevin Harbour ’79 is responsible for recruiting business partners that can benefit from the UCLA brand in the form of leveraging marketing and sales strategies with utilizing UCLA’s assets designed to maximize exposure for their company, organization or individual.

Kevin comes to UCLA with a strong background of more than 35 years in Fortune 500 corporate sales and marketing management having worked for Hewlett Packard (DEC), Verizon and Black Box. A long time member of UCLA Black Alumni Association, Kevin is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and is a past president of the undergraduate and graduate chapters.

If your company would like to gain more meaningful exposure for their brand, please consider having them allow us to help them accomplish this goal while supporting one of the best public research universities in the world.

Director, Los Angeles Area Alumni Networks

Suzy Howell ’75

Email | Phone: 310-206-0691

Coordinator, Alumni Membership and Marketing

Liam Humble ’08

Email | Phone: 310-825-2308

Before joining Alumni Affairs, Liam Humble had a diverse professional career in the fields of brand strategy, media and legal services. While a design student at UCLA, Humble worked with brand strategist and UCLA professor Rebeca Méndez researching and writing the history of Denim Day in L.A., an anti-rape awareness event put on by Peace Over Violence, a sexual and domestic violence, stalking, child abuse and youth violence prevention center based in Los Angeles. At the same time, he was a valuable member of the UCLA advertising and marketing team.

Humble’s areas of expertise include copywriting, brand strategy and graphic design. His lifelong passion for the written word and the arts has driven his educational path and professional aspirations.

A graduate of UCLA, Humble holds a B.A. in design and media arts. He is fortunate to have studied under such world renowned designers and professors as Méndez, Willem Henri Lucas, Vasa Mihich, Erkki Huhtamo, Christian Moeller, Casey Reas, Drew Schnurr and Victoria Vesna.

A native of Santa Rosa, Calif., in the heart of the California wine country, Humble comes from a long line of passionate public educators. His family’s commitment to education in the public sector is part of the reason he is honored to work at UCLA.

Program Specialist, Partnership UCLA

Benjamin Johnson

Email | Phone: 310-825-5242

Director, Young Alumni & Student Engagement

Gloria Ko ’06, M.Ed. ’07

Email | Phone: 310-206-0523

Gloria Ko is the director of Young Alumni & Student Engagement at Alumni Affairs. Previously, she served as assistant director of Student Outreach at Alumni Affairs, and was an assistant resident director in the UCLA Office of Residential Life. At Alumni Affairs, Ko oversees the implementation of student and young alumni programs, as well as Spring Sing – UCLA’s oldest and greatest musical tradition. She advises the Student Alumni Association Board of Directors, and also collaborates with campus partners to coordinate alumni engagement opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students.

Ko’s areas of expertise are event planning and coordination, counseling and career and student development. She received a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and a master’s in education from UCLA.

Assistant Director, Partnership UCLA

Deborah Lin

Email | Phone: 310-825-5242

Coordinator, Diversity Programs

Ashley Love-Smith

Email | Phone: 310-825-6533

Ashley Love-Smith serves as the coordinator for Diversity Programs. Before joining the team, she worked as a development coordinator for UCLA Gift and Data Processing, and prior to that she served as a development assistant for the UCLA College of Letters and Science. Love-Smith is also an avid volunteer and has led service projects with various organizations including the UCLA Volunteer Center. On the weekends, she serves as a volunteer site coordinator with a local educational non-profit organization called Reading to Kids.

Love-Smith’s areas of expertise include project management, volunteer leadership and event coordination. She attended Tulane University where she majored in marketing and minored in French. In 2013, Love-Smith received her master’s degree in organizational management from Antioch University.

Love-Smith is a San Fernando Valley native. In her spare time she enjoys watching ’90s sitcoms, reading informational blogs, taking spin classes with friends, running in the park, trying new restaurants and exploring new cities.

Coordinator, Regional Networks

Jenny Manriquez ’85

Email | Phone: 310-206-0556

Jenny Manriquez serves as the coordinator for the alumni association board, Northern California networks and international outreach. Previously, she was the development coordinator for the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT) development office, where she managed gift processing, stewardship, budget reports, and worked with the TFT development and academic support staff to administer the online student award process.

Before coming to UCLA, Manriquez worked in the entertainment industry in script development and production on various studio and independent feature films. She also free-lanced as an event consultant at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television (SFTV), where she managed Film Outside The Frame, SFTV's annual student awards and film festival; Summer Creative Workshop, a film and animation summer camp for inner city youth; and the Steed Symposium, a day-long panel where business, law and films students learned the “business of the business” from entertainment leaders.

Manriquez has been a long-time volunteer for Inner Kids, an organization that teaches mindfulness to children, parents, teachers and administrators. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA and loves to go on silent retreats, watch movies with her family (when they can decide on one) and travel.

Senior Director, Athletic Partnership and Strategic Initiatives

Karen M. McClain ’85

Email | Phone: 310-825-4853

Karen McClain came to Alumni Affairs with more than 27 years of previous experience in accounting and finance. Her strengths include the ability to apply accounting, finance and business information to analyze administrative and financial operations, and skill assessing organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

Previously, McClain was a credit union examiner for the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). Prior to joining NCUA, she held various positions in the credit union industry including controller, vice president of finance and chief executive officer.

A graduate of UCLA, McClain holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics. She also earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

In her spare time, McClain loves to travel and to cheer on the Bruins at the Rose Bowl and Pauley Pavilion. She is a native of Los Angeles, Calif.

Program Coordinator, Alumni Marketing and Communications

Stephanie McGrath

Email | Phone: 310-206-4376

Stephanie McGrath is the program coordinator for the marketing and communications department. She provides email, newsletter and event marketing support, and assists in the various day-to-day operations of the marketing department.

McGrath brings past experience as a project facilitator, writer and photographer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Prior to coming to UCLA, McGrath acted as the print production manager for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and as a photojournalist for various Chicago area newspapers.

Having recently moved to Los Angeles, McGrath enjoys exploring the West Coast and immersing herself in the vibrant culture and community of UCLA.

Coordinator, Alumni Networks

Katie Moran

Email | Phone: 310-206-4478

Community Engagement Specialist

David Morgan

Email | Phone: 310-825-0945

Coordinator, Strategic Business Partnerships

Aliza Nawaz ’14

Email | Phone: 310-206-1556

Senior Director, Diversity Programs

Patricia Châu Nguyễn

Email | Phone: 310-825-9225

Patricia Châu Nguyễn serves as the Senior Director of Diversity Programs. For the past ten years, she has served in multiple roles in multicultural affairs, and diversity and inclusion work in higher education – ranging from intercultural living and learning communities, multicultural Greek life, summer bridge programs, multicultural centers, and social justice education. Most recently, Nguyễn served as the first assistant dean of students and founding director of the Asian and Asian American Center at Cornell University. She has presented at conferences such as the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education, NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and ACPA College Student Educator International. Nguyễn also consults nationally on issues related to interfaith conversations, ethics, meaning-making and intersectionality in practice. She serves as a founding member of Racial Aikido, an affinity-based identity retreat that equips students of color at predominantly white institutions.

Nguyễn received her Master of Education in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont, and her Bachelor of Science in cellular and developmental biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Nguyễn’s experiences working with college students has fueled a commitment and passion to push institutions of higher education to build capacity towards diversity. She hopes to engage all members of the university, including alumni, to build inclusive campus communities.

Assistant Director, Young Alumni Engagement

Sandy Nguyen ’10

Email | Phone: 310-794-3437

Sandy Nguyen began her tenure as the assistant director of Young Alumni Engagement in September 2013. She strives to provide each young alumnus with supportive services and a customized experience.

Born and raised in Southern California, Nguyen joined the Bruin family as a freshman in 2006. As a student, she was involved with the Academic Advancement Program, the Office of Residential Life, Bruin Belles, Mighty Mic and the Student Giving Committee. Nguyen graduated from UCLA in 2010 with a degree in cultural anthropology.

Prior to joining the Young Alumni and Student Engagement team, Nguyen worked for three years as the program coordinator for UCLA Parent and Family Programs.

Nguyen is a proud Bruin and loves attending events and learning new things.

Director, Alumni Travel

Christel Pailet

Email | Phone: 310-206-0613

Christel Pailet joined UCLA Alumni Travel in 1994 and became the director of alumni travel in 2000. She has more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry.

Pailet strongly believes in lifelong learning through travel, and is persistently searching for ways to make the offerings more educational, unique, and a good fit for UCLA’s nearly 380,000 living alumni.

Recommitting to the Association’s continuing education mission, Pailet has been instrumental in establishing a new strategic direction for the program by featuring UCLA faculty on most tour offerings.

Pailet was born in Stockholm, Sweden.

Coordinator, Alumni Travel

Suz Park ’10

Email | Phone: 310-206-0613

As the Alumni Travel coordinator for Alumni Affairs, Suz Park helps process and coordinate travel for more than 50 different tours around the world. Previously, she was a teacher with Teach for America, serving in the South Central community of Los Angeles.

Park is a graduate of UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in education. As a student, she was involved with the Student Alumni Association and the Alumni Scholars Club. She is a life member of the UCLA Alumni Association and a proud Bruin.

Park lives and breathes the Bruin community and stays connected by hosting for Dinners for 12 Strangers and participating in mentoring programs. In her spare time, she loves to play basketball at the John Wooden Center and cheer on the Bruins at the new Pauley Pavilion. She is a true Bruin who loves to give back to the community that continues to shape her life today.

Assistant Director, Special Events

Gwen Part ’98

Email | Phone: 310-206-0659

Associate Director, Alumni Membership and Marketing

Paul Phootrakul

Email | Phone: 310-795-3045

Paul Phootrakul is the associate director, alumni membership and marketing. Most recently, he was responsible for working closely with corporate and campus clients to create and implement new business development initiatives that meet the Alumni Association’s and university’s changing needs and priorities. Phootrakul has also served as the senior administrative analyst of alumni relations and events at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, where he developed and implemented comprehensive alumni relations programming for more than 6,000 graduates. In addition to his experience in academia, he brings great vision and creativity to Alumni Affairs from his work at the ESPN X Games and the Tiger Woods Foundation.

A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, Phootrakul holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. He also earned a master’s degree in sport management from the University of San Francisco.

Coordinator, Professional Schools

Hunnan Pope

Email | Phone: 310-206-0643

Before joining Alumni Affairs as program coordinator for professional schools, Hunnan Pope already had six years of experience in higher education administrative and student affairs. His most recent position was as program/office coordinator for the Center for Public Service at Portland State University.

Pope’s areas of expertise include event planning, student affairs, leadership development, targeted and constituency-based marketing and communication, and higher education management.

A graduate of Oregon State University, Pope holds a B.S. in business administration with a focus on management. He is a native of Elko, Nev., but he has called Oregon home for the majority of his life.

Director, Parent & Family Programs at UCLA

Alexandra Price

Email | Phone: 310-983-1293

Alexandra Price is the Director for Parent & Family Programs at UCLA. She enjoys working as part of a team who strives to provide programming and resources to parents and families of undergraduate students. Alex first gained interest in working with families of college students as a Parent Orientation Aide at the University at Buffalo, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Alex made her way out to California to pursue her Masters in Postsecondary Administration in Student Affairs at USC. For over year in the Office of Parent & Family Programs, she facilitated the expansion of resources and programming for families.

Her passion for working with parents and families is evident in her professional commitment to the field. She currently serves as the Region VI Parent & Family Relations KC Representative and the national Member Engagement Coordinator for NASPA (National Association for Student Personnel Administrators).

Supervisor, Alumni Services

Gil Ramirez ’06

Email | Phone: 310-206-0643

After working for several years in member services for the YMCA and in promotions for a major Southern California radio station, Gil Ramirez decided to apply his skills in service to his alma mater, UCLA.

When not working at Alumni Affairs, Ramirez enjoys spending his free time exploring Los Angeles, the city in which he was born and raised. Whether spending the day exploring the hiking trails of the Santa Monica Mountains or enjoying a musical at the Pantages Theatre, he is always looking for different adventures. The luxury of traveling the world throughout his life has helped him understand that his hometown has a lot to improve, but he also sees the many advantages available in this small part of the world.

Ramirez can be the life of the party one day, then a quiet onlooker the next. He enjoys going to rock concerts as well as the L.A. Philharmonic. His double-sided personality makes him a true Gemini. But make sure not to mention this to him because he doesn’t believe in astrology.

Internship Specialist, UCLA Career Center

Christina Ruiz ’05

Email | Phone: 310-206-4206

Executive Assistant

Kelly Ann Ryan

Email | Phone: 310-206-8962

Kelly Ann Ryan is executive assistant to the associate vice chancellor of Alumni Affairs. Previously, she was the executive assistant at the Oregon Health & Science University and The Center for Medically Fragile Children at Providence Hospital in Portland, Oregon. She has 10 years of experience as an executive assistant in the medical, legal, insurance and banking fields. In addition, she worked more than 20 years in the hospitality industry and has managed locations on various film productions.

Ryan has volunteered for organizations such as American Red Cross, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Epileptic Society, Salvation Army, St. John’s Senior Resident Home, F.A.I.T.H. and the Audubon Society.

Ryan is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a bachelor of arts degree in film production and a minor in psychology.

Ryan is a native of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.

Senior Director, Young Alumni and Student Engagement

Angela Scales ’03

Email | Phone: 310-206-2426

Angela Scales is the senior director, young alumni and student engagement, at Alumni Affairs. She is the advisor to the Student Alumni Association (SAA) board of directors, and she oversees the planning and execution of large-scale campus traditions such as Blue and Gold Week, Spring Sing and Dinners for 12 Strangers.

Prior to her current role, Scales worked for two years as a project coordi­nator for the student relations team, assisting with all SAA and Alumni Scholarships programs and events.

Before joining Alumni Affairs, Scales worked as a junior account executive with Laufer Green Isaac, a strategic marketing and communications firm.

Scales’ areas of expertise include event planning, leadership development and campus partnerships.

A graduate of UCLA, Scales holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. She is a native of San Diego.

Associate Director, Partnership UCLA

Annalee Shelton

Email | Phone: 310-415-2933

Alumni Career Programs

Irene Shipkova

Email | Phone: 310-794-4462

Assistant Director, Alumni Travel

Kit Spikings ’94

Email | Phone: 310-206-0613

Kit Spikings has been employed at UCLA since 1976, working in the School of Education, School of Engineering, Financial Aid Office and at Alumni Affairs since 1994.

Currently assistant director of alumni travel, Spikings’s previous assignments at Alumni Affairs included working with Alumni Scholarships, community service and as Spirit Squad advisor.

Spikings is the volunteer coordinator for the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Emergency Department’s Patient Liaison program, which provides emergency rooms with 50 volunteers. She also volunteers in UCLA’s Spiritual Care Office as a Eucharistic minister in the hospital as well as at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Westwood. In addition, she volunteers at Brotman Memorial Hospital’s Acute Rehab Division.

Spikings loves creating connections with people and travel, most recently to India.

Spikings holds an associate’s degree in child development from Valley Junior College. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA, graduating as a non-traditional student in 1994 at the age of 48.

Accountant, Alumni Affairs

Cynthia Spensieri

Email | Phone: 310-825-0946


Jacob Sproul

Email | Phone: 310-983-1292

Jacob Sproul is the program coordinator for UCLA Parent & Family Programs. As a member of the Parent & Family Programs team, he helps to ensure that Bruin parents and family members are supported and continue to play a vibrant role in the UCLA community. Sproul comes to UCLA Alumni Affairs after nearly four years with the Academy of Art University in San Francisco as a resident director for campus housing and an instructor in the liberal arts department, where he taught a “first year experience” seminar for students on academic probation. With a background in student affairs, his professional experience includes residential life, Greek life, new student and parent orientation, and student activities at several universities.

A native of Detroit, Mich., Sproul holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism and advertising from Central Michigan University, and a master of arts in educational administration and leadership from University of the Pacific.

Senior Director, Alumni Career Programs

Nick Theodorou ’98

Email | Phone: 310-206-1995

Before joining Alumni Affairs as senior director of alumni career programs, Nick Theodorou served as associate director of major gifts for the UCLA Athletic Department, where he amassed nearly four years of fundraising experience. In addition, he has two years experience in career coaching and career placement, including marketing, membership, design and marketing communications.

Theodorou is a life member of the UCLA Alumni Association, member of the Bruin Varsity Club and his church, as well as a voting member of the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Relationship building is among Theodorou’s areas of expertise as a result of the many years he spent as a player on professional baseball teams, his experience as a career coach and his extensive interaction with donors to the UCLA Athletic Department. His other areas of expertise include team building, leadership development, strategic planning, targeted and constituency-based marketing and communication.

A graduate of UCLA, Theodorou earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1998. He is a native of Rialto, Calif.

Associate Director, Alumni Scholarships Program

Tamara Tsang

Email | Phone: 310-983-3062

Senior Director, International Outreach

Lily Chia Tsau ’81

Email | Phone: 310-206-0609

In her role as senior director of international outreach, Lily Tsau oversees engagement of alumni and the broad Bruin community, and develops previously unengaged regions across the globe. Tsau is no stranger to the international community as she is a transplant from Taipei, Taiwan.

Prior to returning to her alma mater to work in alumni affairs in 2005, Tsau was owner and president of Professional Assessment for Gainful Employment, providing career development to the disabled and disadvantaged. As an entrepreneur her role led to numerous experiences with volunteer management, including her previous role as president of the Asian Business Association, a nonprofit professional organization for owners of small- to medium-size businesses. Tsau was also a recipient of the Los Angeles Business Woman of the Year award from the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Tsau is committed to community service, having participated in outreach activities through Christmas in April/Rebuilding L.A.; Fred Jordan Mission Los Angeles; Citizens’ Oversight Committee for Los Angeles Southwest College; board member and newsletter editor for her homeowners association; 20 years as a Sunday school teacher, and member of the Children’s Commission of Rolling Hills Covenant Church.

Associate Director, Regional Networks

Teresa Valenzuela ’94

Email | Phone: 310-206-9380

Teresa Valenzuela is the director of nursing for alumni affairs and outreach for the UCLA School of Nursing. Previously, she was the student services coordinator for the nursing’s Bachelor of Science program. Valenzuela has 17 years of experience in higher education administration, specifically in the offices of Student Affairs and Residential Life.

Valenzuela has participated in the UCLA Professional Development Program and the UC-wide Management Skills Assessment Program. She is also a member of the UCLA Staff Assembly and is former president of the Latino Staff and Faculty Association at UCLA.

Valenzuela’s areas of expertise include academic advising, admissions processing, team building, event planning, leadership development, communications and higher education management.

Valenzuela earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in English literature and Spanish literature from UCLA, a Master of Arts in human development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena. She also has a certificate in print journalism from UCLA Extension. A native of Mexico, she has resided in Los Angeles most of her life.

Director, Spirit Squad

Mollie Q. Vehling ’99

Email | Phone: 310-206-0565

Mollie Vehling is the spirit squad director of Alumni Affairs. She has been Spirit Squad director since 1999. As a student, she was a member of the UCLA Dance Team for two years.

Vehling is certified by the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators and is frequently a judge for competitions and auditions throughout the nation. She has worked with Champion­ship Productions, helping produce a series of instructional cheer and dance DVDs. She has more than 25 years of experience and training in dance, choreography, producing and directing, and is thrilled to be working with the UCLA program.

Vehling has traveled with the program to Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai. She choreographed and coordinated the productions for each of these international trips.

Vehling earned her bachelor of arts in dance from the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures. She was raised in Southern California and currently resides in Woodland Hills.

Director, Medical Alumni Association

Valerie Walker

Email | Phone: 310-794-4025

Valerie Walker is the director of the UCLA Medical Alumni Association. Previously, she was the outreach programs and volunteer coordinator for UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute. Combining professional and personal experience, Walker has more than 15 years of experience in volunteer and board management, and program development.

Her areas of expertise include collaborating with peer institutions and campus departments, creating philanthropic and outreach opportunities, and designing programs that connect alumni to the university and fellow alumni.

A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in communications. She has also earned a professional clear multiple subject CLAD teaching credential from California State University, Northridge.

Walker is a native of Los Angeles.

Director of Development, Bruin Scholar Initiative

James Washington ’88

Email | Phone: 310-983-1457

Senior Director, UCLA Alumni Association Board
Senior Director, Northern California

Marci Weisblatt ’90

Email | Phone: 818-621-7926

As senior director of the alumni association board, Marci Weisblatt is responsible for providing support and service to the organization’s board of directors. She also serves as the senior director, Northern California, overseeing alumni engagement efforts throughout the region.

Prior to assuming her current role, Weisblatt was senior director of advancement for Northern California for two years and associate executive director of the UCLA Alumni Association for six years. She also served one year as interim assistant vice chancellor of alumni relations and interim executive director.

After graduating from UCLA with a degree in communications studies, Weisblatt joined the professional staff of the Associated Students UCLA. She then joined Levy, Pazanti and Associates, a prominent fundraising event firm in Los Angeles. In 1994, she moved to the American Heart Association, where she rose to vice president of corporate events and was recognized with two national awards: the Newcomer’s Award and the Award of Excellence for a Community Organization.

Weisblatt has served on the Commission for Alumni Relations, an international advisory group for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). A native of Ohio, Weisblatt currently resides in San Jose, Calif.

Senior Director, Alumni Networks

Kristine Werlinich

Email | Phone: 310-825-4676

Kristine Werlinich, Senior Director of Regional Alumni Networks, is responsible for the day-to-day oversight and management of UCLA Alumni’s regional programs. Leading the outreach to alumni around the world, she and her team work closely with the regional networks, clubs and chapters to engage alumni in regions from Los Angeles, to New York and Beijing, and everywhere in between.

The regional team works in partnership with the various networks to create activities in their regions that include networking events, panel discussions, game watching parties and hikes, just to name a few. The team is always looking for alumni to help start new networks and groups around the world. Please contact Werlinich if you are interested in getting involved.

Prior to joining UCLA Alumni Affairs in October 2013, Werlinich was the director of alumni relations at the UCLA School of Law for 13 years. While at the law school, she built a robust alumni engagement model by developing a celebrated reunion program, working with career services on a mentor program, and creating regional groups and partnerships between the law school and the campus community.

Werlinich is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in journalism and Carnegie Mellon University with a master’s in public management. She is a past president of Carnegie Mellon’s Los Angeles alumni chapter and a former member of Carnegie Mellon’s alumni board of directors.

Associate Director, Partnership UCLA

Lin Young

Email | Phone: 310-612-8073

Director, Student Athlete Alumni Outreach and Engagement

Shaina Zaidi

Email | Phone: 310-206-4458

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