Conference Speakers 2022

David Alcocer

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David Alcocer is the Associate Vice President for Budget Analysis and Planning at the UC Office of the President. His team develops and oversees the University’s operating budget, including the annual budget request to the State, and works closely with campuses on a wide variety of budget and planning issues. Previously, David helped coordinate the University’s core student financial aid programs, which are designed to enable students from all socioeconomic backgrounds to attend UC. David was a first-generation college student himself and has a bachelor’s degree from M.I.T. and master’s degrees in business administration and labor relations from Cornell.

Dr. Linda Adler-Kassner

Linda Adler-Kassner is Associate Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, Faculty Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching, Research, and Learning, and Professor of Writing Studies at UC Santa Barbara. For more than 30 years, she has worked with faculty, students, and administrators to investigate how “good writing” and “good learning” are defined by different people in different contexts. From these questions, she’s worked on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion in positions as a faculty member, administrator, researcher, and colleague.

At UCSB, Linda collaborates with faculty members from across the campus on equitable and socially just teaching and learning. As a faculty member herself, she has taught countless sections of first year composition, aka freshman comp., as well as upper division writing courses and graduate courses in composition theory, methods, and program administration. She is author, co-author, or co-editor of 11 books and more than 50 articles and book chapters. She has received more than $1.7 million in grant funding for a range of efforts related to equitable and innovative teaching and teaching innovation; she works with faculty across the U.S. and internationally on issues related to teaching and learning, as well.

Linda is an avid cyclist and when not working is often riding/thinking about riding her bike around Santa Barbara and surrounds.

Willie Brown

Willie Brown currently serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Housing, Dining & Auxiliary Enterprises at the University of California, Santa Barbara.   As UCSB’s chief auxiliary officer, he has responsibility for providing leadership, vision, planning and direction for complex and diverse organizations that comprise the campus’ auxiliary portfolio of housing, dining services, student and events center, parking, bookstore, information technology and conferences.    
Willie earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California, San Diego and his Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law.
In an administration career that began in 1975, Willie has worked at four institutions of higher learning, including UC San Diego, UC Irvine, San Jose State and UC Santa Barbara.
Willie has served on numerous local, regional, national and international committees and boards and currently serves on the UC Washington Center Governing Council.  Under his leadership, UCSB’s auxiliary program has received many sustainability awards including LEED platinum awards for Sierra Madre housing in 2015, San Joaquin housing in 2017, and Portola Dining in 2017.
Willie promotes “engineering” social processes that allow individuals and communities to reach their highest potential.  He simply believes that people are our most valuable asset and his view of the world can be summed up in this quote:  “The future of our civilization lies in our ability to make sense of the complex organisms and structures in our society today.  We have consciously shifted the efforts of our daily activities to areas that sometimes have been neglected or undervalued by society at large.  Qualities like diversity, trust, community and continuous learning have required us to develop an ability to bring together and reconcile differing perspectives and approaches.  The key element is our reliance on each other to build communities that not only work, but function at their fullest potential.  The greatest measure of our success is in watching the passion with which people approach their daily life.”

Keynote Address: The COVID pandemic has resulted in unprecedented changes in the ways that we navigate our daily lives.  As higher education administrators and educators, we have had to pivot in the way we deliver essential services that keep our institutions functioning at their optimum levels.  Easier said than done.  The tendency has been to fall back on our known past practices, mainly because these practices offer us familiarity.  The landscape of our working world has changed dramatically, and some of our practices and governing rules no longer fit as nicely as they once did.  The keynote will explore how we reinvent the workplace as we move from best practice to “next” practice as we take the lessons learned (thus far) from the pandemic and craft new and sustainable ways to manage our work and the work of others.

Cindy Doherty

Cindy Doherty is currently the UCPath Academic Program Manager at the UCPath Center.  Cindy started her UC Academic Personnel career in 1985 at UCSF’s School of Pharmacy, later moving the UCLA’s Department of Medicine, and then spending the last 27 years at UCSB in the central Academic Personnel office.  For the last 13 years of her career she led that office as the campus Academic Personnel Director. Cindy was has been involved with UCPath since its inception, including serving on various campus and system-wide governance committees.  After retiring in June of 2021, Cindy was recalled by the UCPath center to help them identify gaps regarding their academic personnel knowledge and service and to implement changes to address those gaps.  She also serves as a resource to the UCPath center, Office of the President Academic Personnel and Programs, and the campuses in matters related to academic personnel.  

Maryann Eagan

Maryann Eagan serves as the Assistant Director of Production at the UCPath Center, Maryann has more than 19 years of progressive Human Resources and Payroll Operations experience.  15of those years have been directly served within the UC system. 

Maryann’s experience with the UC system has led her to develop a high level of proficiency in a wide variety of personnel policies and procedures. She is passionate about the University of California’s Working Smarter Initiative, and is responsible for oversight of the Human Resources, Benefits and Payroll Administration areas. Her areas of expertise include compliance and best practices, HR infrastructure, and process development. She also Implements initiatives that contribute to long-term operational excellence that supports serving all the university’s more than 236,000 employees from each of the campuses, and medical and research facilities.

Jane Gama

Jane is a pansexual woman who uses she, her, ella pronouns. She was born to elevate and celebrate others and is fortunate to be UC Santa Barbara’s Employee Engagement Specialist, housed out of central HR. She is a proud cat lady and a full-time RV’er. She is the daughter of very progressive Mexican parents which makes her a 1st Generation Mexican-American with a lot of hustle and zest for life. Jane is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership & Learning at Pepperdine University. She embraces my inner Unicorn — and her hope is that you can too.

Breakout description: Many of us feel we have a purpose in life, even if we’re not sure exactly what it is. If you find yourself reflecting on your life purpose, you are not alone. Two out of three employees in the US say the pandemic has caused them to reconsider their purpose. Sometimes, what we seem to do isn’t what we really do, or what we’re paid to do isn’t how we define ourselves. If you’re ready to Reboot and Reconnect with yourself and start living your purpose, join us for a learning experience that will fill your tank with gratitude, surprise, and delight! Each participant should have something to journal with (pen/paper)

Cheryl Lloyd

Cheryl Lloyd is the Vice President, Systemwide Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for the University of California’s 10-campus system, including medical centers. As Vice President and CHRO, Ms. Lloyd is responsible for Systemwide Human Resources and programs. This includes Strategic Planning, Employee/Labor Relations, Talent Management, Health & Welfare benefit policies and programs, Senior Management Recruitment, Compensation, Performance Management and ensuring compliance with the University’s Staff Human Resources policies. She has oversight for the University of California Retirement Plan (UCRP). In addition, she oversees multiple programs that impact work and life for more than 200,000 people in diverse roles across the UC system.

Ms. Lloyd is an experienced executive with over two decades of University administrative leadership expertise. She began her career in the insurance and risk industry with Chubb Insurance. Prior to joining the University of California in 1998, she was the corporate risk manager for Core-Mark International.

Prior to this role Ms. Lloyd served as the University’s Chief Risk Officer, overseeing all aspects of UC’s Enterprise Risk Management program, including managing employment liability and workers’ compensation, reducing the overall cost of risk, implementing systemwide safety and loss mitigation programs, improving claims management systems and developing risk-financing strategies. She also oversaw the University’s Environment, Health and Safety programs (EH&S), business continuity programs, Student Health Insurance Program and emergency management, travel and risk-security programs. She developed UC Care, the University’s self-insured employee health plan, which was transferred to UC Health in 2016 as part of an internal reorganization. She also founded and has served as president of Fiat Lux, the University’s wholly-owned captive insurance company.

Her primary focus is to build upon the human resources organization to add strategic value. She is also charged with leading efforts to continuously improve the function and services it provides. The University has 190,000 faculty and staff across its 10 campuses, five medical centers, Agricultural & Natural Resources (ANR) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Ms. Lloyd has a dual degree in Mass Communications and Sociology from UC Berkeley. She is a recipient of the LEADERS40 2021 Top 40 CHRO Award.

Dr. Don Lubach

Don Lubach, Ph.D. serves as an Associate Ombuds. His mission is to help all members of the community to communicate better. Don has held a number of positions at UCSB including Associate Director of Career Services, Lecturer, Associate Dean of Students, Job Developer, KCSB DJ, Instructional Film producer, Lead Tour Guide, and Plate Washer.

Mark Lucas

Mark Lucas currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer for the Departments of Neurobiology and of Computational Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Mark has been with the University for over 25 years in a variety of administrative and management capacities, including stints in the Department of Medicine Finance Office, as MSO of General Internal Medicine, and as Business Director for the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

He has a background in business from both USC (fight on!) and UCLA Anderson.  He is currently Chair of the UCLA AMP chapter and Chair Elect of the UC Systemwide AMP.

Dr. David N. Pellow

David N. Pellow is the Dehlsen Chair and Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Global Environmental Justice Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he teaches courses on social change movements, environmental justice, human-animal conflicts, sustainability, and social inequality. His teaching and research focus on ecological justice issues in the U.S. and globally.

His books include: What is Critical Environmental Justice?Total Liberation: The Power and Promise of Animal Rights and the Radical Earth MovementThe Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. the Environment in America’s Eden (with Lisa Sun-Hee Park); Resisting Global Toxics: Transnational Movements for Environmental JusticeThe Silicon Valley of Dreams: Environmental Injustice, Immigrant Workers, and the High-Tech Global Economy(with Lisa Sun-Hee Park); and Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago.

He has served on the Boards of Directors for the Community Environmental Council, the Global Action Research Center, Greenpeace USA, International Rivers, and the Fund for Santa Barbara.

“Why Environmental Justice Matters for us All”
This presentation focuses on the challenge of environmental justice in the U.S. and globally, as residents in contaminated neighborhoods and incarcerated persons in toxic prisons fight to improve public health, racial equity and ecological sustainability. The presenter will also share their personal reflections on the promises and potential of the grassroots environmental justice movement and the academic discipline of environmental justice studies to create positive change for oppressed populations, and why this work matters for the rest of us.

Reginald A. Randles

Reginald “Reg” Randles is the Senior Manager of the Patient Experience Program at City of Hope. Prior to joining City of Hope, Reg was the Senior Organizational Development Consultant with UCLA Health Human Resources, Center for Organizational Readiness and Education (CORE). He is a Keynote Speaker, Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), Myers-Briggs (MBTI®) certified practitioner, and a TalentSmart® Emotional Intelligence (EQ) certified practitioner. 

Reg endeavors to spread his commitment to tap the intrinsic motivation of organizational and individual talent for their continued success. He intrinsically motivates others to “be the best they can be.” 

A personal value of Reg is his belief that people, at their core, want to contribute to bettering their environment through meaningful actions. This has resulted in his passion for designing and delivering transformational leadership and personal empowerment keynotes, workshops, and frameworks. 

Reg holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership, Chapman University, an Executive Certificate in Public and Non-Profit Leadership, Chapman University, Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Communication, California State University Los Angeles, is a Society of Human Resources Certified Professional (SHRM-CP),a Myers-Briggs Company Certified MBTI® Practitioner and a TalentSmart® Certified Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Practitioner.

Letitia Silas

Letitia F. Silas is the Executive Director of System-wide Labor Relations for the University of California.  As a leader representing employers in traditional labor law, labor-management relations, labor strategy, and employee relations, Letitia has dedicated her career to helping employers develop and execute effective labor and employee relations programs and strategies that meet their business and workforce relations needs and objectives.  Throughout her career, Letitia has been a champion of equity, diversity, inclusion, and professional development for women and individuals from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Letitia’s background includes a unique combination of private and public sector experience.  In her current role with the University of California, Letitia is responsible for the University’s development and execution of a comprehensive labor relations program and strategy across the University’s 10 campuses, 5 medical centers, and national laboratories and covering over 130,000 employees. This includes leading the University’s system-wide labor relations professionals, responsible for University’s contract negotiations, implementation, interpretation, and administration of labor relations matters. She is also responsible for ensuring the University’s compliance with its collective-bargaining agreements, labor law and policy including, but not limited, the California Higher Education Employee Employer Relations Act (HEERA), various state statutes governing labor relations, Regents Policies, and internal University policy.
Prior to joining the University of California, Letitia represented employers in traditional labor and employment matters while at two of the nation’s top exclusively labor and employment law firms. Letitia also served as Senior Labor Counsel and Director of Labor Relations for Howard University and Howard University Hospital, where she was responsible for developing the university’s comprehensive labor relations program and strategy, restoring healthy labor relations with the University’s nine labor unions, and representing the University in arbitrations and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”).  Letitia started her legal career as a field attorney for the NLRB, where investigated and prosecuted unfair labor practices on behalf of the General Counsel.  In that capacity, she served in both the Boston and Washington DC Regional Offices.
Recognized as a leading woman by the Maryland Daily Record, Letitia is a recognized subject matter expert, regular panelist at labor law conferences across the country and served as a Chapter Editor for the ABA’s Developing Labor Law for several years.  Her written work on labor and employment matters has been published in HR Magazine, Law 360, Widener Journal on Law, Economics, and Race, and other legal journals. Letitia is a board member of the National Institute of Collective-Bargaining in Higher Education. In addition to her professional career, Letitia is committed to community service and giving.  She has been a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership circle for Western Maryland, served as a volunteer for Dress for Success and various programs for youth in foster care, mentored youth across the country, been a regular donor to women’s shelters and other organizations, and currently provides training in professional dress and branding to MBA students Howard University. 

Matthew St.Clair

Matthew St.Clair is the first Chief Sustainability Officer for the University of California’s Office of the President and has been leading sustainability efforts across the 10-campus UC system since 2004.

Mr. St.Clair was a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Strategic Energy Innovations, an environmental nonprofit building leaders to drive sustainability solutions. 

Mr. St.Clair has delivered lectures at numerous universities, been an invited keynote speaker at several regional and national conferences, and has advised the U.S. House of Representatives on the formation of an Office of Sustainability for the U.S. Capitol.

Mr. St.Clair has a Masters degree in environmental policy from the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley and a Bachelors degree in economics from Swarthmore College. He is a LEED Fellow and a Certified Energy Manager.

Lucy Tseng

Lucy Tseng currently serves as the Regional Director for UCLA Giving, where she connects with Bruins within the San Gabriel Valley, Inland Empire, and Coachella Valley to help fulfill their philanthropic goals at UCLA. Lucy was part of the Centennial Campaign team that raised $5.5 Billion in 7 years. While experienced in fundraising for many departments and programs, Lucy specializes in securing major gifts toward Scholarships & Student Support Initiatives.

Lucy is a proud UCLA Bruin alumna and also an active Rotarian. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco. Born and raised in Southern California, Lucy enjoys spending time outdoors with her two huskies, Tunechi and Kobe. Lucy loves basketball, arts & crafts, writing and sending handwritten cards, and binge watching Criminal Minds. When time permits, Lucy serves as a life coach, working with athletes in helping them find passions and pursue success in life outside of sports.

Tera Urias

Tera Urias serves as the Business Operations Manager for UCPath. She relocated from Colorado Springs, CO to join UCPath 3 years ago and oversees training and development, process improvement, data analytics, records and fulfillment and communications. Prior to joining UCPath in 2019, she was with United Healthcare where she served in various roles over her 7 year career with them including, Sr Training Manager/Site Mayor, Business Analyst Manager and Project Manager.

Nick Van Wormer

Nickle Van Wormer is a Sr. Training Specialist at UCLA Heal for the Center of Organizational Readiness and Education (CORE). He started his training career in the United States Air Force as a member of a training unit tasked with preparing medical personnel for combat deployment. Outside of the military, Nickle spent eight years as a Trainer and Instructional Designer for Wegmans Food Markets, a company with over 40,000 employees. While there, he led Manager Development training, and headed up the Workplace Threats and Violence/Active Shooter training. Since moving to Los Angeles four years ago, he has worked for Sky Zone Franchise Group as Manager of Learning and Organizational Development, and for USC as Sr. Organizational Development Specialist. Nickle holds a Master of Science Degree in Human Resource Development from RIT. He is the author multiple training articles and sold over 10,000 copies of his book The Ultimate Air Force Basic Training Guidebook.