2018-20 Staff Association Executive Board

  • Luis Legaspi, Chair (Officer)

    Luis Legaspi, Chair (Officer)

    Home Department: Study Abroad Years with the University: 5

    Why I joined the Staff AssociationAs the Chair of the Staff Association, I aspire to represent, support, and advance the relationship between the students, faculty, and administration with the staff. I have served on the SAEB for the past three years, two of them as the Chair of the LGBT Staff and Faculty Association (LGBT SFA). As the LGBT SFA Chair, I collaborated with colleagues to develop programs and opportunities for community-building and networking while representing the LGBT SFA in various committees and meetings. My goal in serving on the board is to support my fellow board members and the staff to have more affirming, supportive, and inclusive work experience to enhance the dynamic environment that is UC San Diego.

    What a typical day of work looks like: My average day consists of meeting with several students throughout the day in one-on-one and group-based appointments and workshops. I also have meetings I attend related to my work in international education and as the Chair of the LGBT SFA. Most notably my day is spent interacting with students to discuss their goals in relation to an international experience. I also work on projects which support students indirectly such as working in our database for reporting and enrollment management, creative and web-based projects for marketing and communication, and outreach and remote advising around the campus.  

    Hobbies, community service, and proudest achievement combined: I am constantly finding ways to connect with folks and stay physically active while giving back to the community. I have found the best opportunity to do this through AIDS LifeCycle, a fundraising bike ride from San Fransico to Los Angeles, and this gives me the opportunity to ride my bike, meet wonderful and committed folks, and raise funds for a cause which is important to me - to see the end of AIDS. This ride has given me confidence in my own emotional and physical strength and reminds me how far we have come and how much more work needs to be done. It's an intense week in which I have the opportunity to be a part of so much beauty and laughter. 

    ContactLuis Legaspi, (858) 534-0188

  • Bryce Besser, Chair-Elect

    Bryce Besser, Chair-Elect

    Additional Staff Association Service: Staff Satisfaction Workgroup, Member

    Home Department: Risk Management Years with the University: 4

    Why I joined the Staff AssociationI wanted to leverage the experience and knowledge I possessed to help improve the employee experience at UC San Diego and increase my knowledge of UC San Diego’s mission and operations. I’m excited for the opportunity to partner with individuals who are passionate about their work, about the University, and about ensuring that UC San Diego remains a wonderful place to work.

    What a typical day of work looks like: I enjoy a very diverse role on campus. On any given day I can be working with departments on how to plan safe research trips overseas, analyzing waivers and special event proposals, corresponding with the Center for Student Involvement regarding Registered Student Organizations, creating training modules on employment law topics for managers and supervisors, reviewing subpoenas for employment and student records, and working with attorneys in the defense of employment and general liability lawsuits. I truly love distilling complex legal and Risk Management principles into easy to understand concepts so that our departments can focus on the world-class teaching and research that makes UC San Diego the preeminent research university in the world.

    Favorite movie and whyI love 80’s movies. One of my all-time favorites is Blade Runner. The story, music, and atmosphere were light years ahead of their time and often replicated today.

    Additional community service I am involved in and whyI serve on the Governance Committee for the San Diego Youth Symphony. The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) believes every student deserves music education for the lifetime of joy it provides and the habits, skills and traits students acquire that will improve their academic, personal and professional lives. SDYS adopted a long-term vision of “making music education accessible and affordable for all” and has been instrumental in helping bring music education back into San Diego’s public schools. I serve because, as a former musician, I know firsthand the positive impact music has on child development.  It not only helps children develop a sense of accomplishment, it also teaches them how to push through adversity, work hard to improve in something, and public engagement.

    ContactBryce Besser

  • Dr. Ebonee Williams, Past-Chair (Officer)

    Dr. Ebonee Williams, Past-Chair (Officer)

    Home Department: Jacobs School of Engineering Years with the University: 13.5

    Why I joined the Staff Association: I joined as the Chair of an Affiliate Group and enjoyed the collaborative driven space and have stayed connected to the group and its mission.

    What a typical day of work looks like: Meetings to vision, collaborate, execute, some teaching and office hours.

    Special interests: I love to travel and eat great food. I used to be fluent in French, I enjoyed communicating with people in their native language. I love a good roller coaster.

    ContactEbonee Williams

  • Sarab Aziz, Treasurer (Officer)

    Sarab Aziz, Treasurer (Officer)

    Home Department: Arts & Humanities Division, Department of History Years with the University: 3

    Why I Joined the Staff Association: I thrive to serve my fellow humans. To build a strong communication bridge between staff and leadership. To enrich, empower and help our staff grow.

    Additional Community Service: I served in the UCSD 2018 Women’s Conference Planning Committee, and participated in the APIMEDA 2018 Lifebook.  I also helped the Pan-Arab Student Association with the 2017 Syrian Solidarity week.

    Hobbies: Photography is my passion, I also love to travel, read, walk, bike and gardening.  

    Contact: Sarab Aziz

     

  • Roberta Camarena, Secretary (Officer)

    Roberta Camarena, Secretary (Officer)

    Home Department: Admissions Years with the University: 10

    Why I Joined the Staff Association: I enjoy serving others and helping them make the best of every experience.

    Typical Work Day: I tend to have multiple meetings, presentations, as well as, evening and weekend college fair/programs. When at my computer, I review applications, validate transcripts, and of course reply to emails.

    Additional Community Service: I volunteer in programs with staff association affiliates and Volunteer 50; in addition to serving as an executive board member of the Black Alumni Council. One of my greatest joys is mentoring students and staff.

    Passions: I love spending time with Misael, my husband of 25 years, and our three adult children: Rocket, 23 (+wife, Sierra), Whitney, 22, and Elijah, 19.

    Contact: Roberta Camarena
  • Susana Perla Barajas, Board Member

    Susana Perla Barajas, Board Member

    Additional Staff Association Service: Social Events & Networking Committee, Chair. Chicano/Latino Staff Association, Treasurer. 

    Home Department: Student Life Business Office Years with the University: 8

    Why I joined the Staff Association: I am someone who enjoys getting involved in associations. Therefore, it was natural for me to want and reach out to help my colleagues, especially those with professional experiences similar to mine. Joining the Staff Association allows me to connect with my peers. 

    What a typical day of work looks like: I am a Fund Manager for student organizations. Our team plays a significant role in the development of student organization programs/activities. I meet face-to-face with students providing advice on issues related to student organization finances and procedure concerns. 

    Proudest achievement: Finishing my first half marathon. I had zero running ability as a kid, and couldn't even run laps. By persevering, I conditioned myself to do the very thing I thought I couldn't do. I met my three goals which were: to not stop, have fun, and to finish. I was extra happy to see my daughter who cheered me on at the finish!

    What I'm most passionate about at UC San Diego: Volunteering for Staff Associations, helping the UC community furthering a mission they care about, staging collaborative projects and activities that get staff/faculty/students engaged, and provide opportunities to learn from each other and consider other perspectives.

    ContactSusana Perla Barajas

  • Maria Beaupre, Board Member

    Maria Beaupre, Board Member

    Additional Staff Association Service: Nomination Committee, Chair. Social Events & Networking Committee, Member

    ContactMaria Beaupre

  • David Carlos, Board Member

    David Carlos, Board Member

    Additional Staff Association Service: Staff Association Scholarship/Professional Development Committee, Chair

    Home Department: Office of Research Affairs Years with the University: 5.5

    Why I joined the Staff Association: We work for an organization that values learning, development, growth and community. I'm committed to people having opportunities for growth and development in order to have access to more opportunities in their personal life and at UC San Diego.

    What a typical day of work looks like: Working as an  IT professional I get to be the hero resolving system issues before someone throws a computer through a window.

    Proudest achievement: I am most proud of participating in the AIDS LifeCycle, an annual event that raises awareness about the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic. In 2016 we raised 16.1 million dollars to funds services such as HIV testing, prevention, care and more. The most fulfilling part of the ride was being a part of the “Love Bubble.” The community of cyclists, cooks, medical staff, servers, cleanup crews, roadies and so much more that come together to create a love of life and celebrate the love for those who have been lost.  

    HobbiesI LOVE playing softball so much that I coach two softball teams. I coach an adult team for America’s Finest Softball League and I coach a team for Special Olympics. One reason I coach is that I love seeing athletes learn new skills and in turn, become more confident in their own ability to play. Also, the game exemplifies the power of team and teamwork. When your team isn’t communicating things don’t seem to go right but when they do magic happens and everyone gets swept up in the moment to pull out wins!

    Contact: David Carlos

  • Pamela Goss, Board Member

    Pamela Goss, Board Member

    Home Department: Jacobs Operating Room Years with the University: 13

    Why I joined the Staff Association: To be a voice for the campus and to do what I could to improve the staff experience. 

    What a typical day of work looks like: Start at 5:45 a.m. to organize and help set up all of the robotic surgery rooms. I'm also the GU/GYN coordinator, so I prepare all of those cases, too, unless I'm the nurse in one of the robotic surgery rooms. Lots of running, troubleshooting, answering emails, speaking to reps, dealing with surgeons and fixing preference cards aside from caring for my patient in surgery.

    Favorite movie and why: The Silence of the Lambs, because I've always been interested in the FBI and forensics. 

    Proudest achievement: My three children.

  • Teresa Hull, Board Member

    Teresa Hull, Board Member

    Additional Staff Association Service: Membership Committee, Chair. Communication Committee, Member.

    Home Department: Environment, Health & Safety Years with the University: 31

    Why I joined the Staff Association: A desire to be involved.

    What a typical day of work looks like: Typical Administrative Professional work. 

    Proudest achievement: My son who is serving in the Army.

    Favorite movie quote"America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say "You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can't just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the "land of the free" - The American President (1995).

    ContactTeresa Hull

  • Valerie Lee, Board Member

    Valerie Lee, Board Member

    Home Department: Cancer Center Years with the University: 3

    Why I joined the Staff Association: To help show the wonderful staff, faculty, and students at UCSD that they are supported and appreciated.

    Hobbies: When not providing exemplary patient care, I enjoy yoga, hiking, snowboarding, crafting with succulents, and exploring San Diego with my beloved dog, Bear.

    ContactValerie Lee

  • Allyson Long, Board Member

    Allyson Long, Board Member

    Home Department: Scripps Institution of Oceanography Years with the University: 4

    Why I joined the Staff Association: To represent SIO and to advocate for the campus staff community.

    What a typical day of work looks like: Lab audits & safety inspections, various meetings, managing compost, and a walk on the beach if I have extra time!

    Additional community service I am involved in and why: I am the founder of the San Diego Carnivorous Plant Society; a recurring Site Captain California Coastal Clean UpDay; a San Diego Zoo volunteer; and a member of UCSD’s CERT, Staff Sustainability Network, Green Labs Team, and SIO for Sustainability. Community service is a wonderful way to give back and champion for causes that are important to me. It’s also a great way to network with similarly active/interested peers.

    Favorite line in a song"Rock and roll ain't noise pollution" by AC/DC.

    ContactAllyson Long, (858) 534-8449

  • Franklin Garrett, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Franklin Garrett, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Additional Staff Association ServiceBlack Staff Association Chair and Staff Association Representative. Scholarship/Professional Development Committee, Member.

    Home Department: Student Business Services Years with the University: 3.5

    Why I joined the Staff Association: I want to serve staff and help them obtain the resource that will enhance their experience at UC San Diego.

    What a typical day of work looks like: Overseas front-end operations in the Student Business Services and Campus Cards Office. A typical day consists of conducting business operations analysis and supporting team members.

    Proudest achievement: Fathering my three boys.

    What I'm most passionate about at UC San DiegoI am most interested in empowering staff members to reach their full potential at UC San Diego.

    ContactFranklin Garrett, (858) 534-0192

  • Rhonda Mitchell, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Rhonda Mitchell, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Additional Staff Association ServiceCommunity Advocates for Disability Rights and Education, Co-Chair and Staff Association Representative 

    ContactRhonda Mitchell, (858) 822-3126

  • Mark Rasmussen, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Mark Rasmussen, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Additional Staff Association ServiceCommunity Advocates for Disability Rights and Education, Co-Chair and Staff Association Representative 

    ContactMark Rasmussen, (858) 822-5749

  • Christian Medero, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Christian Medero, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Additional Staff Association ServiceChicano/ Latino Staff Association, Vice Chair and Staff Association Representative 

    ContactChristian Medero, (858) 534-0501

  • Isabel Levya, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Isabel Levya, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Additional Staff Association Service: Diversity Association - Medical Center, Staff Association Representative

    ContactIsabel Levya, (619) 543-2594

  • Kariana Reyes, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Kariana Reyes, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Additional Staff Association ServiceFaculty and Staff Christian Fellowship, Chair and Staff Association Representative

    ContactKariana Reyes, (858) 822-2722

  • Nancy Magpusao, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Nancy Magpusao, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Additional Staff Association ServicePan-Asian Staff Association, Co-Chair and Staff Association Representative 

    Home Department: Cross-Cultural Center Years with the University: 21

    Why I joined the Staff Association: As a staff representative for the Pan-Asian Staff Association and for the Cross-Cultural Center, I aim to give diverse voice and perspective to matters that impact our well-being individually and collectively. It’s also important to be mindful of our interconnecting identities some of which may have social advantages and some of which may be underrepresented.

    What a typical day of work looks like: Checking in with students, staff, and faculty personally, academically, and/or professionally. 

    Favorite quote“What goes around comes around” a commentary of the quality of energy you put forth and receive whether or not we are conscious of it.

    Hobbies and/or interests: Discovering and learning hidden stories or truths about our past and present.  I love knowing that some stories can be so empowering and an impetus for healthy change.

    ContactNancy Magpusao, (858) 534-9689

  • Jocelyn Pacheco, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Jocelyn Pacheco, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Additional Staff Association ServicePan-Asian Staff Association, Co-Chair and Staff Association Representative

    ContactJocelyn Pacheco, (858) 534-3993

  • Marcia Strong, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Marcia Strong, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Additional Staff Association ServiceRetirement Association, Staff Association Representative

    ContactMarcia Strong

  • Desiree Hennon, Appointed Executive Board Member (Rotates)

    Desiree Hennon, Appointed Executive Board Member (Rotates)

    Additional Staff Association ServiceStaff Sustainability Network, Co-Chair and Staff Association Representative

    ContactDesiree Hennon

  • Jen Bowser, Appointed Executive Board Member (Rotates)

    Jen Bowser, Appointed Executive Board Member (Rotates)

    Additional Staff Association ServiceStaff Sustainability Network, Membership Chair and Staff Association Representative

    ContactJen Bowser

  • Tamika Franklin, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Tamika Franklin, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Additional Staff Association ServiceUJIMA Network, Chair and Staff Association Representative

    ContactTamika Franklin, (858) 246-0327

  • Joanna Boval, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Joanna Boval, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Additional Staff Association ServiceVeterans Association at UCSD, Chair and Staff Association Representative 

    Home Department: Office for Students with Disabilities Years with the University: 9

    Why I joined the Staff Association: To get to know and learn from the diverse, talented staff members at UCSD. 

    What a typical day of work looks like: While there is no “typical day” on the job, I spend time meeting directly with students, leading trainings, and developing policies to make UCSD more accessible to individuals with disabilities. 

    What I'm most passionate about at UC San Diego: Working with individuals with disabilities and with veterans, and enjoys running 5Ks in her spare time.

    ContactJoanna Boval, (858) 534-4382

  • Leah Negrete, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Leah Negrete, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Additional Staff Association ServiceVisual Arts Group, Staff Association Representative

    Home Department: Integrated Procure-to-Pay Solutions Years with the University16

    Why I joined the Staff AssociationTo build a stronger connection to the campus community and to represent the UC San Diego Visual Arts Group’s mission of diversity through creativity while serving amongst the Staff Association’s active and supportive group.

    What a typical day of work looks like: So far I have not had a typical day. This is perhaps the greatest perk.

    Favorite movie and why: Aliens, for its accurate depiction of maternal instinct.

    Favorite movie quote“Life’s a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death. You’ve got to live! Live! Live!” Rosalind Russell. Auntie Mame.

    ContactLeah Negrete

  • Tami Arashiro, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Tami Arashiro, Appointed Executive Board Member

    Additional Staff Association ServiceNative American Council, Chair and Staff Association Representative 

    ContactTami Arashiro