Nancy Velasquez, 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.

Betsy Linares, Vice Chair

Betsy currently serves as an Associate Director of Student Life for MBA Student Affairs Department at the Anderson School of Management. She is passionate about helping others advance their careers and her current role enables her to actively help students, staff, and faculty. Having been the first to graduate from college (Go Bruins!), Betsy has had to push herself to learn how to navigate her professional career. Betsy thrives in bringing people together and helping others learn more about how each person can develop both personally and professionally and hopes to impact staff all across the UCLA community by giving back to the community that has helped her make professional strides. She loves spending time with her close family and friends and enjoys reading and doing outdoor activities such as hiking.

Mark Lucas, Immediate Past 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.

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.

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.

Sim Grewall, Special Projects Coordinator, AMG Conference Co-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.

Vichelle Jose, Treasurer

Vichelle is a Senior Financial Analyst at Financial Management Services in the Office of the Administrative Vice Chancellor.  She began her professional career as the Budget Analyst at UCLA Lab School in 2014, then she worked at UCLA Extension’s Budget and Financial Services prior to transitioning to her current role.  Throughout her UCLA career, Vichelle has participated in multiple professional development and networking opportunities on campus, including AMG’s lunch workshops and ProShare program.  She is also an alumni UCLA Professional Development Program, a one-year leadership program offered by Campus Human Resources. Serving on her third year on AMG Board, Vichelle hopes to continue to support UCLA staff in their professional goals and growth.

Steve Sherwin, IT Coordinator

Steve is the Help Desk Support Specialist with the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. He began his career at UCLA twenty years ago at the Bruman Map Collection, in the Young Research Library. He then started his career in Information Technology working on the web pages for the Powell Library. Steve was promoted to Programmer Analyst at the UCLA Lab School assisting their student body of 450 students and 100 staff. He is delighted to bring his skills to AMG where he has volunteered for the last 2 years.

Maureen Forman, Communications Liason

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.

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.

Patty Johnson, Member at Large

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.

Brenda Graciano, Member at Large

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.

Britanny Lewis-Porchia, Member at Large, AMG Leadership Conference, Co-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).