Executive Director, Marketing and Communications
Master of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Social Sciences, University of California, Berkeley
With more than 20 years experience as a strategic marketing and communications adviser, Akin manages the integrated marketing communications strategy, brand building, digital content and advertising campaigns and collateral that enrich the identity of the School, give recognition for its accomplishments and raise its visibility.
Career Advisor, Bay Area MBA
MBA, Boston University
B.S., Northeastern University
Parto Aram joined the Career Development team in October 2018 as a career counselor. She works closely with Bay Area Part-Time MBA students.
After seven years of working in high tech as a hardware engineer designing embedded systems, Aram went back to school part-time to get her MBA, and subsequently transitioned to semiconductor marketing. She worked as a marketing manager on the East Coast and then as a European marketing manager stationed in Bristol, England.
Deputy Director of Admissions Operations
Manages and oversees all aspects of admissions operations including operational process issues, data resource management and admissions data collection for the Graduate School of Management. In this role, she is also responsible for compiling and reporting school-wide ranking and profile statistics for the school.
Marta joined the Graduate School of Management in September of 2004, bringing her technological expertise and more than 15 years of experience in data analysis & reporting, strategic operations planning & implementation, and training.
Director of Analytics Projects, Master of Science in Business Analytics
Ph.D. in Operations Research, University of California at Berkeley
Carrie Beam brings 20 years of experience in analytics consulting, research and classroom teaching to the program. Her expertise includes data management and visualization, predictive and prescriptive analytics models, and communication of complex analytics materials to general business stakeholders.
Associate Director of Admissions, Full-Time MBA
Evan Blair (he/him/his) joined UC Davis Graduate School of Management as the associate director of admissions for the Full-Time MBA program in 2022. He works alongside candidates through the admissions process, organizes campus recruitment activities, travels to recruitment events, and assists candidates with strengthening their application for admissions.
Senior Director of Career Development
MBA, Columbia Business School
Antoine Broustra joined the Graduate School of Management’s Career Development team as Senior Director in October 2018, after close to four years of working as Deputy Director, Employer Partnerships at the Yale School of Management in Connecticut. Antoine brings a focus on building and nurturing corporate relations, developing career opportunities for current and past graduate students, and career advising.
Admissions Coordinator, Student Affairs
Loreli Burton joined the Graduate School of Management in 2016. As the Admissions Coordinator, she provides analyst level support for various graduate level programs and maintains and audits admissions databases. She also assists with student admissions, events, and activities supporting the Master of Professional Accountancy and Master of Science in Business Analytics programs.
Loreli’s career in data management began in 2010 but she also has a background in Human Resources. Outside the office, she enjoys time outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Program Manager, Sacramento Part-Time MBA
B.A., Philosophy, Wheaton College (MA)
Jason Choi is the Program Manager for the Graduate School of Management's Sacramento Part-Time MBA program, based out on the UC Davis Medical Center campus.
Director of Corporate Relations and IMPACT Projects
B.A. Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
Daria works with corporations, organizations and business partners to source strategic projects and industry experts for the School's full-time and part-time MBA students' capstone courses.
Previously, Costello was the Associate Director of the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) program, which welcomed its charter class in 2012. She managed recruiting and admissions, program management and career services for MPAc students.
Social Media Specialist
B.A., Communications, University of California, Davis
Amy Davis joins the Graduate School of Management as a proud alumna of UC Davis. She brings 10+ years of experience in communications, PR and social media strategy from locally-based organizations, including regional grocer Raley’s Family of Fine Stores and Northern California-based Sutter Health, where she shaped and launched company-wide social media programs, supported media relations plans and developed internal communications efforts.
Instructional Operations Manager, Bay Area MBA Campus
Sergio Esquerre joined the School as a student assistant in July 2012. He was promoted to instructional operations specialist in November 2017. With seven years of experience assisting the Project and Instructional Resources team, Esquerre was named as the instructional operations manager for the Bay Area MBA campus in July 2019.
Admissions Coordinator, Student Affairs
B.A. Music, UC Davis
B.S., Business/Managerial Economics, UC Davis
Brian Favetti joined the Graduate School of Management in 2017. As an admissions coordinator, he provides analyst-level support for the Full-Time MBA, Sacramento Part-Time MBA, Bay Area Part-Time MBA, programs He maintains and audits admissions databases; provides customer service and support to applicants; compiles reports on admissions data; and helps improve admissions processes on an ongoing basis.
Assistant Director, Project & Instructional Resources
B.S., Biochemistry, University of California, Davis
Andrew graduated from UC Davis in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. Before arriving at the Graduate School of Management, he worked for six years in the Entomology Department at UC Davis as a technician where he coordinated on research involving the feeding habits of mosquitoes and co-authored three journal articles. After time in the lab, Andrew worked in the Temporary Employment Pool and found his way to the Graduate School of Management where he has been for the last 8 years.
Academic Operations and Planning and Support Analyst
Melissa Garcia has been in the UC system for more than 20 years and brings a wealth of knowledge to her role within Academic Operations where she assists with lecturer appointments, TA/Reader/GSR appointments, faculty personnel actions and calendar support for the GSM deans. She is at the front desk in the Dean’s suite at Gallagher Hall and is on-site Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Career Services Program Coordinator
Bachelor of Arts, English, UC Davis
Maggie supports the GSM Career Development Center in managing analytical, technical, operational, development and execution of multiple programs, databases, web-based services. She coordinates and provides support and communication for students and recruiter programs, and manages complex events.
Director of Administration and Human Resources
Michele Goodman manages fiscal affairs and provides administrative and operational direction of business services/resources for the school. Goodman serves as the human resources expert for the school. She is instrumental in organizing, planning and meeting key objectives to enhance employee on-boarding and business operations among students, faculty, staff and University affiliates.
Kari Hendrick has been with UC Davis for more than two decades, including 14 years as a program representative at UC Davis Professional and Continuing Education, Business and Leadership Department, and seven years as the business development manager with Conference and Event Services.
She has extensive experience managing programs and planning events, and she loves working with students, faculty, and colleagues across campus.
Career Services Operations Manager
As the Career Services Operations Manager for the Graduate School of Management, Carin manages operations for the career center and coordinates and provides high-level support for students and recruiter programs. Carin serves as the front-line contact for current students, employers and alumni. She manages logistics for events such as career fairs, workshops, guest speakers and interviews. She also provides analytical support and statistical research for the Office of Student Affairs and administrative support to the Senior Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.
Michelle Jacobs serves as the HR Generalist for GSM. Responsible for the full scope of HR programs: recruitment, staff orientation/on-boarding and off-boarding, performance management, employee and labor relations, leave management, training and development, merits, appraisals, and personnel/payroll actions.
Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration
MBA, University of California, Davis
A.B., Harvard University
James Kelly serves as the assistant dean for finance and administration.
Kelly has 25 years of diverse, global experience in senior leadership positions in corporations and nonprofit organizations. He has also served as an independent management consultant in corporate strategy, team-building and executive coaching.
Charla Kordana leads the GSM Events Team to develop, coordinate and execute programs and events across all Graduate School of Management units. Charla’s work experience has included planning and executing events for the Davis Chamber of Commerce, leading the membership and marketing team for Alaska’s Rural Electric and Cooperative Association, program support for the American Diabetes Association Western Region, membership recruitment and retention for the Organization of the Protection and Advancement of Small Telephone Companies, and an account representative at Henry J.
Deputy Director, Online MBA Program
Omega Lee is the Deputy Director Online MBA (OMBA) program and is responsible for providing program leadership and strategy. She supports the operations of the OMBA program with the overall functional focus on the student experience.
Before this position, Lee served as the acting School Certifying Official and Veterans Services Coordinator for the University. In that role, she supported student veterans achieve their academic and career goals. She has worked in higher education for over a decade and is passionate about supporting students in every aspect of their education.
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Deputy Director of Admissions, Master of Science in Business Analytics
MBA, University of California, Davis
John Lyon is based in San Francisco as Deputy Director of Admissions for the UC Davis Master of Science in Business Analytics. John works with candidates throughout the admissions process, including prospective students, MSBA applicants, and admitted students ensuring their successful enrollment and a smooth transition. Prior to this role, Lyon was the Associate Director of Admissions. He also worked with the Bay Area Part-Time MBA program while simultaneously earning his MBA at UC Davis.
Admissions and Operations Specialist, MSBA
B.S. Community and Regional Development, UC Davis
Camille Mack joined the School in May 2019. Based in San Francisco, she assists in managing the program operations to help support the Master of Science in Business Analytics program, special events and admissions outreach efforts. Mack also provides support to faculty, students, and staff by managing process, projects and systems that support the instructional and admission engagements of the School.
Director of Student and Academic Services
Inger Maher oversees the student experience at the Graduate School of Management, from orientation to commencement. She plays a lead role in delivering varied programming to students, including international exchange programs and the GSM’s new Principled Leadership Program. Maher manages policies and procedures affecting student enrollment and academic advising, and oversees the process for student scholarship awards.
Director, Alumni Relations & Network Strategy
Christopher Marshall joined the UC Davis Graduate School of Management as the director of alumni relations & network strategy in 2022. He is responsible for fostering alumni engagement, managing and mobilizing the GSMAA Board, and building relationships with external constituencies to grow and strengthen the school’s network.
He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in broadcast journalism from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University in 2008 and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2020.
Assistant, Development and External Relations
Supports all members of the External Relations and Development unit. Responsibilities include preparing informational packets, data entry, coordinating large mailings, correspondence and assisting with events.
Associate Director of Admissions, Bay Area Part-Time MBA
Lizzie Mayo (she/her/hers) joined the UC Davis Graduate School of Management as associate director of admissions for the Bay Area Part-Time MBA in 2022. She works alongside candidates through the admissions process, implementing recruiting programs, processing applications and ensuring prospective students have a quality experience.
Lead Career Counselor
M.S., Career Counseling, California State University, Sacramento
B.A., Psychology, California State University, Sacramento
Myers Briggs Type Indicator Certified
Korn Ferry Leadership Architect
Director of Business Development & Employer Partnerships
MBA, Marketing, NYU Stern School of Business
B.A., English, Kenyon College
Andrea McEvoy joined the Graduate School of Management’s Career Development team as director of business development in December 2019, after working as senior manager in Corporate Education at the University of California, Berkeley.
Administrative Operations Assistant
Samantha Moody provides administrative services for the school. Responsibilities include invoicing and contracting services, travel and entertainment reporting assistance, and facilities upkeep. Samantha is also the GSM’s Authorized Telecommunications Representative responsible for purchasing and managing services for mobile and office phone lines.
Director of Digital Marketing
M.S. Integrated Marketing Communications, West Virginia University
B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Lisa Nguyen is a veteran web marketing professional with a proven track record in online user experience, design and implementation, including web site development, content and social media management, content strategy, market research and web/digital communications. She has been an innovative marcom leader in industry, higher education and non-profits.
Associate Director, Master of Professional Accountancy
Zoë Richardson joined the Graduate School of Management (GSM) as the associate director of the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) program in 2022.
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Associate Director of Admissions, Bay Area Part-Time MBA
Brian Risi joined UC Davis Graduate School of Management as associate director of admissions for the Bay Area Part-Time MBA Program in February 2021.
After first attending The University of Delaware, Risi transferred to The University of Montana in Missoula, MT and earned his Bachelor’s Degree. After graduating from Montana, Risi moved to the Bay Area and hasn’t looked back.
Assistant Director of Student and Academic Services
Program Manager, Full-Time MBA
M.A., Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara
Jacqueline Romo is responsible for driving workflow improvements to increase operational efficiency and effectiveness. She collaborates with the associate director, academic and student services to develop the School’s enrollment and information systems. Romo is responsible for working directly with the full-time MBA students, providing guidance for student programs, events and activities, as well as supporting MBA recruiting and admissions activities.
Francesca Ross is responsible for the planning & implementation of executive education programs, academic conferences and events school-wide. Before joining GSM she previously supported UC Davis College of Engineering. Ross earned her B.A. in Psychology from UC Davis.
Bay Area Part-Time MBA Program Manager
As Graduate School of Management’s Bay Area Part-Time MBA Program Manager, Sayana Saing, works to provide advice and guidance to diverse students, faculty, staff, alumni, applicants, company representatives, and the general public regarding MBA policies & procedures, deadlines and events.
Sayana earned his Bachelor's degree from the California State University of East Bay and has two-decades working experience in higher education.
12647 Acosta Blvd., Suite 190 San Ramon, CA 94583
B.A., Political Science, UC Davis
As the GSM Registrar, Lisa Sanchas is responsible for registration, course scheduling, enrollment management, academic progress, degree certification, record-keeping and student advising across all GSM programs. Sanchas also manages the GSM's in-house student registration system for each program, creates the school's academic calendar, and works with various campus units to resolve issues regarding fee assessments, student accounts, and financial aid.
Sacramento Instructional & Operations Manager
MBA Candidate 2019, Trident University
B.S., Trident University
Associate Director, Marketing and Communications, Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
B.A., Oberlin College
Marianne Skoczek has more than 25 years of experience as a writer, editor, communicator and marketing professional.
Project & Instructional Resources Operations Analyst
Responsible for workflow management, course evaluations, textbooks, consultation, and evaluation for Project & Instructional Resources. Coordinates instructional materials/resources for undergraduate, and graduate courses
Associate Director of Admissions, Sacramento Part-Time MBA Program
Alex Svensson (she/her/hers) joined UC Davis Graduate School of Management as Associate Director of Admissions for the Sacramento Part-Time MBA in 2020. She works alongside candidates through the admissions process, implementing recruiting programs, processing applications and ensuring that prospective students have a quality experience.
Career Advisor, Sacramento MBA
M.S., Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
A.B., International Relations, University of California, Davis, CA
Director for Industry Alliances
Damon Tull is the director for industry alliances at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. His research interests include U.S. global competitiveness and the financial and human capital flows of our national innovation ecosystems.
Visual Communications Specialist
B.S., Digital Film and Video Production, Art Institute of California
Kevin manages shooting, editing and producing a wide range of videos about our dynamic community, helping to take our content to the next level through creative multimedia storytelling.
Online MBA Program Manager
Diana Vail is the online MBA program manager, responsible for providing a positive student experience through the planning and execution of online MBA student programming. She serves as lead contact for online MBA student body, exercising oversight of student events, residential experiences, and online MBA student organizations. She is responsible for supporting the operations of successful program delivery with the overall functional focus on student experience.
M.E., Higher Education Administration, Upper Iowa University
B.A., Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara
Steven Wilson-Maggard is an experienced and versatile marketing and communications specialist with a passion for digital content creation, storytelling, videography and social media engagement. With more than a decade of strategic communications experience, Wilson-Maggard brings valuable skills to a diverse and talented team at UC Davis’ Graduate School of Management.
Assistant Director, Master of Professional Accountancy
Erica Wondra joined the GSM in 2021 as the Assistant Director for the Master of Professional Accountancy program. She was previously employed at the School of Pharmacy at Chapman University in Irvine, CA. She began her tenure at Chapman in April 2017 as a Student Affairs Coordinator. As the Student Affairs Coordinator, Wondra identified the need for a Career Services department dedicated to the development of the school’s pharmacy students, which, to date, had been nonexistent.
Email Marketing Specialist
Mary brings over 10 years of knowledge in digital and CRM marketing. Prior to joining the Graduate School of Management, Mary spent six years at Delaware North Parks and Resorts, a global food service and hospitality management company. Her relentless dedication helped the division grow their CRM marketing programs, guest surveys, user generated content and social media contests.
Chief of Staff
B.A., political science, history, and philosophy, The College of Idaho
M.A., political science, UC Davis
Stephanie Young‐Birkle is the chief of staff, responsible for guiding cross-functional support of strategic priorities. She liaises with senior staff, university administrators, advisory boards and external stakeholders on the dean’s behalf. She also oversees the implementation of new initiatives and coordinates major activities and events.
Assistant Director of Development
Karim Zelenka joined the Graduate School of Management in 2021 as Assistant Director of Development. Most recently, Zelenka worked closely with development officers across the UC Davis campus as a senior prospect research analyst with the Prospect Management and Research team. He has spent time volunteering with a youth-arts organization in the Bay Area, previously worked on the Principal Gifts team at the Johns Hopkins University, and with Catholic Relief Services both with development and the internal audit team, which allowed him to travel and work in West Africa and Eastern Europe.
Associate Director of Admissions, MBA@UCDavis
Master of Public Administration, San Francisco State University
As Associate Director, Eva Zhang joins the admissions team to manage the admissions and enrollment process of the Online MBA program. She is mainly responsible for overall admissions oversight, candidate evaluation, process supervision and relationship management.