Mark Lucas, Chair

Currently serving as CAO for the Departments of Neurobiology and of Biomathematics 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. Through AMG Mark seeks to utilize his skills to aid in the oversight, mentorship, and growth of staff at UCLA.

Nancy Velasquez, Vice Chair

Chief Administrative Officer at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, which is part of the Social Sciences division under the College of Letters and Science. Nancy has worked at UCLA over 20 years, in various administrative roles from Fund Management, Operations, Finance, and Management. She has been involved with AMG for several years, and enjoys collaborating with members to achieve opportunities for professional growth and development. As a lifelong learner, she has a strong belief in professional development, along with mentoring others to strive for a greater success. Nancy finds her balance with inspirational reading, strength training, and HIIT fitness.

Jill Quezada

Jill Quezada, Immediate Past Chair 

As Manager, Space Inventory Services – Facilities Management Finance and Information Systems, Jill oversees a department which manages extensive data and serves as the official campus record for all buildings and rooms occupied, owned, and leased by UCLA. A professional in the facilities management arena, Jill has served UCLA for over 8 years. She is an analytical strategist with strong business acumen and a demonstrated ability to deliver mission-critical results. She is a goal-setting expert and supports lifelong training and mentoring. Jill enjoys auto racing and her classic car. Jill is a devotee of detail.

Betsy Linares, Communications Liason

Betsy currently serves as the Administrative Manager for MBA Student Affairs at the Anderson School of Management. She is passionate about helping others and her current role enables her to actively help students, staff, and faculty. She is the first-in-line to help MBA students for things such as academic advising or club events. Betsy thrives in bringing people together and helping others learn more about how each person can develop both personally and professionally and she is excited about bringing this to AMG. She loves spending time with her close family and friends and enjoys reading and doing outdoor activities such as hiking.

Doan Hoang, Events Coordinator

Doan is currently the Quality Improvement (QI) Manager at the Ashe Student Health Center. With nicknames ranging from data ninja to QI guru, Doan’s mantra of quality improvement work focuses on team building, system improvement and organizational change as it’s not “I” or “You” but “We and us” together! Since joining the Bruins family in 2017, Doan has been an active member of AMG, serving on a number of different committees, as well as attending and volunteering to set up multiple professional development events. These opportunities have provided her with a sense of belonging and helped her connect to the wider UCLA community. It is Doan’s goal to share these feelings of inclusion with other fellow UCLA and AMG members and help them understand how they can take on a more active role within our community.

Parama Sigurdsen, Special Projects Coordinator

Parama is the Operations Manager at Digital Technology (DGIT) at UCLA Health IT. Prior to joining DGIT, she was part of the founding team of the WORLD Policy Analysis Center at FSPH. Before starting her career at UCLA, she worked as a researcher at McGill University, Canada. She has also been part of the Disaster Preparedness Section of UNICEF Bangladesh. She completed her BSS and MSS in Anthropology from the University of Dhaka. Her personal interests include reading, watching films, hiking among the redwoods, and networking for professional growth.

Abeba Jousef, Secretary/Historian

Abeba Jousef is a double bruin having graduated and continuing on to work at the Arthur Ashe Student Health Center in the Student Health Insurance Program (UC SHIP) office.  In addition to counseling students to ensure they are able to access the medical care they need, Abeba also coordinates the quarterly audits of UC SHIP waivers as well as the voluntary coverage enrollment.  Having become educated on LEAN management principles, Abeba enjoys working with colleagues on working to eliminate waste and process flow improvement.

Abeba greatly values professional development  and as a member of the AMG board, Abeba is excite to serve toward AMG’s mission to provide opportunities for professional growth and development;

In her spare time, besides being a boxing fan(thanks to her husband) Abeba enjoys working out, spending time with family and friends, reading, and travelling.

Vichelle Jose, Treasurer

Vichelle is currently a Senior Financial Analyst at UCLA Extension’s Budget and Financial Services.  She began her professional career as the Budget Analyst at UCLA Lab School in 2014.  Since then, she has participated in multiple professional development and networking opportunities on campus.  This included the free workshops and ProShare program offered by AMG.  She also recently graduated from the UCLA Professional Development Program, a one-year leadership program offered by Campus Human Resources.  As AMG Board Treasurer, Vichelle hopes to promote an inclusive, supportive, and enriching workplace for the UCLA staff community.

Chris Cabrera Thompson

Chris Cabrera Thompson, IT Coordinator

Chris is IT Manager at the UCLA Lab School, a partnership school of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSEIS).   He is responsible for IT systems and web services, administration, planning, and maintaining the Lab Schools IT services.

Corina B. Clark, Member at Large

Practice Manager for the Santa Monica Pulmonary and Sleep specialties, with over 8 years of experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. She has been recognized in multiple publications as one of the top Respiratory Therapists in California, and received an award from the COO of Dignity Health for her excellence in collaboration. Corina received her BA in Dance, a BS in Respiratory Therapy, and her Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Care Management. She is a lifelong learner, and believes in mentorship, servant leadership, and professional development. Corina has worked at UCLA for 3 years, as both a respiratory therapist and now as a practice manager. She received a Gold level LEAN certification from the UCLA Healthcare Improvement Institute, and strives to continue improving the healthcare model to create a better experience for patients, staff, and faculty. Corina strives to bring the best out of those around her by encouraging her staff to participate in professional development opportunities, and assisting them with pursuing both their personal and professional goals. Aside from her career as a Practice Manager, Corina is also a professional dancer and choreographer. She was an NBA dancer for three years before moving to Los Angeles, and she now owns and operates her own choreography company which services NBA, NFL, and high school cheerleading and dance teams around the nation.

Maureen Forman, Member at Large

Maureen Forman started working a UCLA in 2005 when she was hired by UCPD.  She was asked to consider joining the equally exciting world of Corporate Finance in 2007.  Maureen’s international upbringing (due to her parent’s foreign service) afforded her an opportunity to embrace cultural diversity and new experiences from a young age. She has drawn upon those experiences, bringing nothing less than empathetic, exceptional service to students, faculty, and staff at UCLA and beyond.  Maureen is an animal lover, and a true philanthropist at heart.  Maureen is often found volunteering in her spare time, and has hosted many functions at her farm, Willow Dell Equestrian Center, in Senoia, Georgia.

Carlos Samplina, Member at Large

As a Financial Counselor at UCLA Health Department of Hemoc, Carlos Samplina oversees up to three clinics to ensure all patients meet eligibility requirements and receive the healthcare that they need. Carlos has been working in the healthcare field for ten years and has always looked for opportunities to grow as an individual and in his career. On his spare time Carlos enjoys to play/watch basketball and spend time with family and friends.

Nancy Calderon, Member at Large 

Nancy currently serves as the manager of a center tasked with coordinating and evaluating a complex multi site national study aimed to diversify the biomedical workforce. As a manager she is responsible for the Center’s daily operations, fiscal management, event planning, and has administrative oversight to support complex and multidisciplinary units, committees, and national working groups. She has extensive experience as an analyst and as an administrative manager to large center grants that focus on addressing health disparities, improving access and quality of care for underserved communities, and/or on building diverse and inclusive training programs. Nancy is an alumna of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and finds joy in helping others achieve their personal and professional goals through mentorship, community building, and advocacy.

Paris

Paris McDonald, Ex-officio and AMG Conference Co-Chair

Paris is the Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate Division. Her position allows her to interact with people all across the UCLA campus: students, staff, faculty and senior university officials.  Paris enjoys spending time with her husband, who is an international illusionist and her daughter who recently graduated from Howard

Dianne Fuller, Ex-officio and AMG Conference Co-Chair

Dianne is the General Clinic Patient Services Supervisor in the School of Dentistry.  She is responsible for the daily clinic operation between patient, student, supervising faculty, and staff.  Her passion is helping others in the midst of a crisis and does this work as a volunteer member of the Mayor’s Crisis Response Team – Los Angeles Dept. of Homeland Security and Public Safety.