Mark Lucas, Chair

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.

Parama Sigurdsen, Special Projects Coordinator

Parama is the Assistant Director of Programming at the Institute for Pure & Applied Mathematics (IPAM). Prior to joining IPAM, she served as the Operations Manager at DGIT at UCLA Health IT. 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, Events Coordinator 

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 the 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.

Jenny Yi, Member at Large

Jenny is a fund manager in Neurobiology in the School of Medicine.

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.

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.

Hamida Askaryar, Secretary/Historian

Hamida is the Program Manager for the UCLA School of Dentistry, Section of Pediatric Dentistry. She has over 10 years of experience in dental public health, child/maternal health, and chronic disease prevention. She has overseen projects in the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative strategies to address chronic disease prevention and health equity issues. Her most recent research involves the design, implementation, and evaluation of alternative workforce models, including community health worker models. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist, a Master Certified Health Education Specialist, and holds a MPH from California State University Northridge.

S. Kumar, Member at Large

S. Kumar is currently the Director of Student Applications at IT Services. This group is responsible for a large portion of the processes and data related to University ID, Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Enrollment, and Student Financials. In addition, this group has shared responsibility for MyUCLA which delivers a very large number of features primarily supporting students. Kumar was previously Chief Technology Officer and Deputy Chief Information Officer at UCLA Anderson School of Management. Kumar has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. His interests include reading, the outdoors, and professional development, especially in management for himself and others.


Paris McDonald, AMG Leadership Conference, Co-Chair; Ex-officio

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, AMG Leadership Conference, Co-Chair; Ex-officio

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.