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
Shannon Cadagan, '02
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. 


Raymond Hardie
Editor in Chief, Triton Magazine
(858) 534-5630 | Price Center East

Raymond is the editor-in-chief of Triton publications, which includes the alumni magazine, Triton. He served as senior editor at Stanford Magazine for six years before launching Triton in 2004.


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 

Megan Silva
Director, Alumni Relations, School of Medicine
(858) 822-1210
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
Lauren Hannon
Director, Alumni Relations, Biological Sciences
(858) 822-3540

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
Clifford Carter
Triton 5K Race Promoter
(858) 246-1865

Triton Publications

Raymond Hardie
Editor in Chief, Triton Magazine
(858) 534-5630 


Mina Nilchian, '14
Editorial Intern, Triton Magazine
(858) 246-0337
Claire Yee, '14
Editorial Intern, Triton Magazine
(858) 246-0337

Marissa Adams
Editorial Intern, Triton Magazine
(858) 246-0337
Avi Salem, '15
Editorial Intern, Triton Magazine
858-246-0337

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
Communication Specialist
(858) 534-0147

Alex Morales
Communication Specialist
(858) 822-0063
Vilma Colon
Marketing Project Coordinator


Leah Singer
Annual Giving Writer
(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

Vacant
Digital Engagement & Social Fundraiser

Rosie Goldberg
Development Assistant
(858) 534-9648

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

Vacant
Assistant Director, Parent Councils
Vacant
Manager, Donor and Stewardship Programs

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

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


August Mao
Engagement Manager, Bay Area
(858) 401-9923
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

Vacant
Director, Industry Engagement and University Relations
Vacant
Market Analyst

Career & Professional Development

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


Brian Lubic
Director, Career Education & Advising

Bill Wingard
Lead Advisor
(858) 534-0158

Toni Mahoney
Advisor
(858) 534-0141
Kathy Self
Advisor
858-822-4875

Roxanne Farkas
Advisor
(858) 534-0144
Melanie Davidson
Advisor
858-534-1606

Aneesha Bhogal
Advisor
858-534-0139
Maggie Rodriguez
Graduate Intern
(858) 534-6489

Alejandro Castillo
Graduate Intern
(858) 534-6489
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
Charity Kunold
Admin Projects Specialist
(858) 534-3751

Tiffany Presley
Admin Projects Specialist
858-534-9297
Diana Gomez
Peace Corps Campus Representative
(858) 534-1336

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
Rubi Trevino
Assistant Director, Board Engagement & Operations
(858) 534-9544

Shannon Cadagan '02
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 
Vacant
Human Resources and Operations Manager
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