Mark Lucas, Chair

Mark Lucas serves as Chair of the UC Systemwide Administrative Management Professionals (UC AMP).  He previously served as Chair of the UCLA campus Administrative Management Professionals (AMG).  In his day job, he is the 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 30 years in a variety of administrative and management capacities.  He has a background in business from both USC and UCLA Anderson.  His professional interests include mentoring, training, research administration, and general management theory.

Patty Johnson, Vice Chair

Patty serves as the Sr. Manager of Academic Services & Operations for the Full Time MBA Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Patty has worked at Anderson for over 20 years in various capacities. In her current role, Patty works primarily with faculty and administration on academic planning and scheduling. Patty is a first-gen college student, she graduated from UCLA in 1999 with a degree in Psychology and a specialization in Business Administration. She is a graduate of the Riordan Scholars Program (’02) and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from CSUN (’18). Patty is passionate about personal and professional growth and when she is not spending time with her husband and three young children, she is reading or taking online classes to learn new skills. She is excited to help bring her knowledge and ideas for programming to AMG and build upon the current offerings.

Nancy Velasquez, Past 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.

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Vanessa Codilla, Communications Liason

Vanessa Codilla is the Communications Specialist for UCLA’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE). Prior to joining IRLE, she worked at UCLA Residential Life during her undergraduate career, gaining experience in original content creation, graphic design, and storytelling for student audiences. She aims to create easily-digestible and accessible content and to tell stories that empower and educate. Vanessa earned her B.A. in Communication with a minor in Digital Humanities at UCLA. In her free time, she enjoys practicing mindfulness and painting.

Brenda Graciano, Special Projects Coordinator

Brenda came to UCLA Corporate Financial Services in 2013, and currently serves as part of the Treasury Services Management team. Over the past several years, her role has expanded in various spectrums from operations, payment card management, systems implementations, organizational change management and much more. She is excited about the opportunities offered by AMG, Staff Assembly and other campus development programs, including UCLA’s Professional Development Program, from which she graduated in 2019. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her loved ones, outdoor activities and volunteering.

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Ennily Chan, Treasurer

Ennily is the CFO for UCLA Radiology Department. Ennily has been with the University for almost 13 years primarily in financial and management roles. Her previous professional experience was in budgeting and financial planning in a Fortune 50 company. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology with Business Specialization from UCLA and an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business. She loves numbers and analytics. She has a great passion for coaching, teaching, and learning with others who share similar interests. During her spare time, Ennily enjoys musicals and movies with her family as well as reading for professional and personal growth.

Ashley Pech, Events Coordinator 

Ashley is currently an Accountant in the Extramural Fund Management department, in which she is responsible for the financial stewardship of sponsored research funds. Having graduated from UCLA in 2016, she is happy to still be part of the campus network as a staff member. Go Bruins! As the AMG Events Coordinator, Ashley is excited to work on different initiatives and events to foster professional development for all UCLA employees. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing video games with her son, and eating delicious food.

Lily Hernandez, Secretary/Historian

Lily Hernandez is currently the Payroll and Personnel Manager at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE). She is a first generation college graduate, and began her professional career in 2018 as the Operations Manager at IRLE. Within this role, she executed an international conference and managed the department’s colloquia series among other events. She transitioned to her current role in 2020, and is excited to grow within this position. Lily served on the 2020 AMG conference committee and is thrilled to continue her involvement with AMG. During her spare time, Lily enjoys watching documentaries, scrapbooking and spending time with her loved ones.

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Chris Cabrera Thompson, IT Coordinator

Chris Cabrera Thompson is currently an LTI Analyst with the UCLA ITS team on the LMS Transformation project. He is the former IT Manager at UCLA Lab School, a partnership school with the UCLA School of Education & Information Studies. Chris provides technology support for faculty, staff, students and parents.

Britanny Lewis-Porchia, AMG Conference Committee Chair

Britanny Lewis-Porchia began her service to UCLA in 2007 and is currently the Assistant Director for UCLA’s Early Academic Outreach Program.  She is regarded as a key contributor in the field having served for more than 20 years.  Britanny has a great passion for her work in the community changing the lives of many by providing access to academic/financial aid advising, mentoring, campus tours and more to first generation, under-represented prospective students.  Britanny is a forward thinker who values team building, motivating others, increasing diversity and inclusion, cultivating professional development opportunities, and finding ways to work smarter rather than harder. In addition to her academic hat, Britanny is a wife, to her adoring husband of 20 years, and a mother to 4 beautiful children Alexa, Madison, KJ III and Abigail Sky.  Britanny’s favorite hobbies include going to church, baking (Brit’s Cookies, pies, and more), spending time with loved ones, listening to music and Pre-COVID Activities: watching movies (collecting movie tickets), going to plays, traveling (collecting postcards and keychains), and dining out (a dessert foodie).

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Ayanna McLeod, AMG Conference Committee Vice-Chair

Ayanna McLeod is the Office Manager for the department of Real Estate | Planning, Design & Construction at UCLA Health. With 25 years of service, Ayanna has worked in various administrative roles for the Health System and the David Geffen School of Medicine.

Sim Grewall, AMG Conference Committee Immediate Past Chair

Sim has been with UCLA for 13 years and currently serves as the Communications Lead for UCLA Business & Finance Solutions. For the past ten years, Sim has been immersed in many areas: corporate communications, e-learning, web/graphic design, media development, branding, event planning, speechwriting, and team-building, which has been crucial while working remotely. When he’s not silently correcting your grammar, he spends his time playing the drums, taking photos, and uploading videos of his kids’ misbehavior. AMG’s Special Projects Coordinator role is ideal for Sim to channel his creative talents toward professional development at UCLA.

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Yadira Cano, Member at Large

Yadira Cano is the Budget and Administrative Services Manager for the Registrar’s Office. Yadira also manages the Student Affairs Information and Research Office (SAIRO), Student Affairs Information Technology (SAIT) and Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars (DCISS) and has been with the UCLA for almost 15 years. Yadira recently graduated from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. She has also started her graduate studies to get her MBA with a Concentration in Project Management from Louisiana State University – Shreveport. Yadira is encouraged daily by her husband and their two beautiful bulldogs. In her free time Yadira enjoys spending time with her family, photography, gardening and painting. 

Grace Fransisca, Member at Large

Grace currently serves as the Graduate Advisor and Academic Coordinator in the Department of Economics. She started her career at UCLA in 2014 and has since worked in various capacities including operations, financial management, and student programming. During her spare time, Grace enjoys hiking, cooking, and watching movies with her loved ones. She is excited to join the board and look forward to serving the AMG and UCLA communities.  

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Carla Gonzalez, Member at Large

Carla is the Assistant to the Chair and manager of the Operations Administrative Team Support for the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine. In 2004 she joined UCLA’s Hematology and Oncology research teams, in 2006 she transitioned to Operative Services, and joined Anesthesiology in 2013. During her years at UCLA, she has gained experience in research, operations, and project management. Crafts with her daughter, spending time with her family, trying new foods, and working on home projects are some of her favorite leisure pursuits.

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Parama Sigurdsen, Member at Large

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.