UCSD Alumni


Meet Our Staff

Alumni & Community Engagement

Together, we create meaningful experiences for UC San Diego alumni, students and the entire Triton Family that ignites passion and deepens commitment to serve as ambassadors, volunteers, leaders and philanthropists.

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Management Team

Armin Afsahi '90
Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement
Chief Alumni Officer
(858) 534-3902
Grace Baker
Executive Associate
(858) 822-3188
Armin oversees alumni relations, annual giving, and Chancellor’s Associates programs. He also serves as executive director for UCSD Alumni.

Suzi Sterner
Executive Director, Alumni Programs
(858) 246-0234 | Career Services Ctr.

Suzi is responsible for the management of all alumni engagement efforts in academic divisions, graduate and professional schools, campus partnerships, regional and special interest clubs, international alumni outreach, volunteer programs, and signature alumni programs.

Brandon Buzbee '06
Senior Director, Outreach and Employer Relations
(858) 822-4001 | Career Services Ctr.

Brandon is responsible for engaging the employment community with UC San Diego talent through oversight of  employer relations and student employment.

Paulyne Becerra
Senior Director, Development & Community Engagement
(858) 534-7424 | Price Center East

Paulyne oversees Chancellor’s Associates, Parent and Family Giving, Artpower! Development, scholarship stewardship efforts and prominent alumni engagement. These programs provide annual philanthropic support to UC San Diego and offer exclusive programming and campus privileges to donors. 

Jeff Grantham
Senior Director, Marketing & Digital Outreach
(858) 246-0235 | University Center 201

Jeff is responsible for the creative identity of all alumni programs and services. Jeff brings more than 18 years of B2B and B2C sales and marketing experience to UC San Diego. 

Jarrett Haley
Editor in Chief, Triton Magazine
(858) 534-5630 | University Center 201

Jarrett is the editor-in-chief of Triton magazine. Prior to joining UC San Diego, he produced several literary and public safety magazines, as well as publications for the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame.

Meredith Blair
Executive Director, Annual Giving & Regional Advancement
(858) 534-4465 | Price Center East

Meredith is responsible for UC San Diego’s annual giving program and regional advancement efforts so that members of the Triton Family, both near and far, are engaged and inspired to make their first give and build lifelong habits of philanthropic giving to the university.

Craig Schmidt
Senior Director, Career & Professional Development
(858) 534-0143 | Career Services Ctr.

Craig oversees the Career Services Center, including career education and advising services which provide comprehensive career and professional assistance to UC San Diego students and alumni seeking to define career goals and make connections to employing organizations and graduate and professional schools.

Paula Thomas '87
Chief of Staff, Director of Operations
(858) 822-0145 | Price Center East

Paula oversees the business office, including management of the budget, human resources, financial services, internal communications and facilities. In addition, she is the liaison for campus-wide strategic initiatives and supports the organization’s Board of Directors.

Alumni Programs

Suzi Sterner
Executive Director, Alumni Programs
(858) 246-0234

Amelia Cortina
Deputy Director, Alumni Programs
(858) 246-0659
Tracie Davee
Director, Campus Alumni Relations
(858) 534-1714

Lisa Kellogg
Director, Graduate Alumni Programs
(858) 534-9394
Adrienne Bolli
Director, Alumni Relations, Jacobs School of Engineering
(858) 822-6968 

In Recruitment
Director, Alumni Relations, School of Medicine

Jennie Van Meter '90
Director, Alumni Relations, Arts & Humanities
(858) 534-9048

Lisa Kellogg 
Director, Graduate Alumni Programs
(858) 534-9394
Tamika Franklin
Director, Alumni Relations, Physical Sciences
(858) 246-0327

Jenelle Dean, '05
Director, Alumni Relations, Social Sciences
(858) 246-0232
In Recruitment
Director, Alumni Relations, Biological Sciences

Mary Jo Ball
Director, Alumni Relations, IR/PS
(858) 822-6756
Marilyn Li
Associate Director, External Relations,China
(858) 534-9469

Eliza Wiggins
Assistant Director, Signature Programs & Volunteer Engagement
(858) 534-6406
Alysha Christensen
Coordinator, Alumni Programs
(858) 534-9466

Suzanne Bacon
Coordinator, Regional and Volunteer Coordinator
(858) 534-1125
Lauren Manalo
Triton 5K Race Promoter
(858) 246-1865

Triton Publications

Jarrett Haley
Editor in Chief, Triton Magazine
(858) 534-5630
Malinda Danziger, '00
Senior Editor, Triton Magazine
(858) 534-9468 

Anthony King
Associate Editor, Triton Magazine Online
(858) 534-5630
Alex Morales
Associate Editor, Triton Magazine
(858) 534-5630 

Marissa Adams '15
Editorial Intern, Triton Magazine
(858) 246-0337
Valerie Skerkavich
Editorial Intern, Triton Magazine

Marketing & Digital Outreach

Jeff Grantham
Senior Director, Marketing & Digital Outreach
(858) 246-0235

Malinda Danziger '00
Associate Director, Alumni Communications
(858) 534-9468
Witold Kiezun
Senior Data Analyst
(858) 822-4053

Leo Kosuge '08
Analyst, Web and Digital Marketing
(858) 822-5807
Ian Transfiguracion '04
Asst. Director, Creative Services
(858) 534-0147

Alex Morales
Communication Specialist
(858) 822-0063
Brennan Romeril ’11
Marketing Project Coordinator

Kristen Gross
Sr. Writer

Kaitlyn Ziegenhorn
Program Promotions & Graphic Designer
(858) 822-5815

Annual Giving & Regional Advancement

Meredith Blair
Executive Director, Annual Giving & Regional Advancement
(858) 534-4465

Trevor Hewey 
Data Analyst
(858) 534-1180
Natalie Lopez '09
Program Coordinator, Direct Marketing
(858) 822-4996

Madison Fierro
Digital Engagement & Social Fundraiser

Rosie Goldberg
Development Assistant
(858) 534-9648

Rubi Trevino
Assistant Director, Student Philanthropy Advisor,
Student Foundation
(858) 534-9544

Development & Community Engagement

Paulyne Becerra
Senior Director, Development & Community Engagement
(858) 534-7424

Mary Johnson
Director, Prominent Alumni Engagement
(858) 534-3901
Jennifer Leighton '99
Associate Director, Scholarship Development
(858) 822-1537

Carolina Deutsch-Garcia
Associate Director, ArtPower! Development
(858) 534-7657
Tammy Blevins
Associate Director, Chancellor's Associates
(858) 822-6617

Sumner Paterson
Assistant Director, Parent Councils

Amy Anderson
Coordinator, Stewardship Events
(858) 534-1507
Emily Jerome
Manager, Donor and Stewardship Programs
(858) 822-2540

Outreach & Employer Relations

Brandon Buzbee '06
Senior Director, Outreach & Employer Relations
(858) 822-4001

Joe Cribari
Associate Director, Employer Relations
(858) 822-4055
Michelle Tillman
Associate Director, Employer Relations
(858) 534-9197

Will Dyer, '10
Associate Director, Employer Relations
(858) 926-9278
Kristen Itahara
Employer Events Specialist
(858) 534-6710

Kara Hendrickson
Assistant Director, Alumni Discovery & Outreach
(858) 246-0237
Natasha Mody
Regional Engagement Manager, Bay Area
(858) 926-9170

Mary Lewis
Student Employment Coordinator
(858) 534-0150

Marco Rizo
Student Employment Specialist
(858) 534-3750
Mary Lou Gomez
Student Employment Specialist
(858) 534-0148

Director, Industry Engagement and University Relations
Market Analyst

Career & Professional Development

Craig Schmidt
Senior Director, Career & Professional Development
(858) 534-0143

Bryan Lubic
Director, Career Education & Advising

Bill Wingard
Lead Advisor
(858) 534-0158
Jill Laing
Associate Director, Career and Professional Development

Kathy Self

Roxanne Farkas
(858) 534-0144

Analia Mendez
Graduate Intern

Graduate Intern
Christy Quiogue
internship Coordinator
(858) 822-4874

Kathleen Onofrio
Essay Critique Specialist
(858) 534-4501
Marva Whitehead
Center Operations Manager
(858) 534-0672

Albert Lopez
Technology Resource Specialist
(858) 822-3259
Admin Projects Specialist

Tiffany Presley
Admin Projects Specialist
Diana Gomez
Peace Corps Campus Representative
(858) 534-1336
Health Professions Advisor

Operations & Services

Paula Thomas '87
Chief of Staff, Director of Operations & Services
(858) 822-0145

Tes Nebrida
Business Officer
(858) 822-3988
Karin McGregor
HR and Financial Analyst
(858) 534-7447

Scott Mounier '95
Alumni Business Process Analyst
(858) 822-5054
Gloria Negrete
Director of Planning and Strategic Initiatives
(858) 822-5221

Grace Baker
Executive Associate to AVC
(858) 822-3188
Aimee Turpin '09
Finance and Operations Assistant
(858) 822-3795 

Susanna Abrahamyan
Finance and Operations Assistant
(858) 534-0263 
Human Resources and Operations Manager
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