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2022-23 Staff Assembly Candidate Profiles and Bios

The candidates for the 2022-23 board are listed below. The tabs below list each board positions and the candidates running for them. Candidates are listed in random order.

Patel

Erika Leon

Incumbent Director of Professional Development
Human Resources Business Partner
CHASS

Why are you running for a position on the Staff Assembly Board?

I have had the opportunity to work as the Director of Professional Development for Staff assembly this year. This has been such a great opportunity for me to meet other staff on campus and really hear their needs. I feel like staff assembly is such an amazing resource for staff to help voices be heard with campus leadership and I would love the opportunity to continue. I feel great responsibility towards being an advocate for staff.

If elected, what are your plans for the position(s) for which you are running?

If I were selected as vice president, one of the major areas that I want to continue to support is providing development opportunities and resources for staff as well as continuing to elevate staff concerns to campus leadership (such as request for flexible work, hybrid/remote work requests, issues with pay inequities, and overall support for staff on campus). I also would like to work towards increasing funding for staff events and resources for staff on campus such as staff pantry.

What do you think Staff Assembly needs to Prioritize in 2022-23?

I think a huge focus area would be to continue to assist with the push towards more flexible, hybrid/remote work options for staff where available. I also feel like there is a lot of opportunity for staff whose salaries are lagging behind in market for various reasons. I realize this is a funding issue, but I think the more light we bring to this topic, the more we can escalate it and find possible solutions.

Biography

I am currently the Human Resource Business Partner for the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. I have been in this position and on campus for the last 5 years. I am also an alumnus of UCR. I love our campus and the people here. I have a passion for supporting staff and helping to navigate their professional journeys. I have worked in Human Resources for the past 18 years. I love working in HR and being surrounded by such diverse, and talented staff. I find purpose in being an advocate for staff and using my voice to speak for those that don't always speak up for themselves.

Ramiro

Melanie Ramiro

Incumbent Director of Marketing & Communications

Performing Arts Marketing Specialist
CHASS

Why are you running for a position on the Staff Assembly Board?

I would like to continue the journey that I began this year while serving as Staff Assembly's Director of Marketing & Communications. My contributions have helped Staff Assembly to grow our presence and following on social media by an average of 1438.64% across all platforms, to establish systems and workflows that support consistent communication via our monthly newsletter, on social media, in our quarterly General Meetings and UC-wide Town Halls with CUCSA; and the fortification of relationships with our partners across campus. I still see room for Staff Assembly to grow and improve, which is why I hope you'll give me the opportunity to serve in this role for another year. I enjoy collaborating with folks from various departments and UC campuses on programs, events, and activities that improve and enrich the lives of staff, faculty and students at UCR.

If elected, what are your plans for the position(s) for which you are running?

To focus on increased engagement across communication platforms to encourage open dialogue and sharing. To celebrate staff wins in order to recognize individual and group employee contributions at UCR. To encourage transparency among leadership and facilitate a greater sense of comfort during difficult conversations as the campus continues to strive toward collective goals that will transform, uplift, and benefit the UCR community.

What do you think Staff Assembly needs to Prioritize in 2022-23?

I believe the Staff Assembly Executive Board's highest contribution would be in the form of continued advocacy for improvement in the UCR staff experience. As UCR strives to evolve into a forward-thinking employer, modeling the best leadership and business practices that suit the 21st century and the modern work experience, thousands of tiny shifts in paradigm will be needed. We should anticipate positive changes both in individual work styles, accountability practices, healthy work/life boundaries, the nature of support from management at the department and campus-wide level, and a recalibration of expectations about what "work" looks like. From the individual unit all the way up to the highest offices of campus leadership, we hope to see leadership move away from the industrial-age concept of work equals a person chained to their work station for a requisite number of hours each day, to embracing a more contemporary view of work as compensation in exchange for value, whether service rendered or an end-product created, independent of location whenever possible.

Additionally, we should continue to foster collaboration between staff in similar positions but different departments, to support professional development and mentoring programs, to promote the adoption of DEI topics in UCR's ongoing staff training curriculum.

Biography

Since October 2021, Melanie has served as the Performing Arts Marketing Specialist for the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Her work supports the departments of Dance, Music, Theatre, Film, and Digital Production, and Creative Writing through outbound marketing efforts that include social media, email marketing, and design of posters, flyers, digital signage, event programs, and more. Melanie has also served as the Co-Chair for the UCR Healthy Campus Marketing & Communications subcommittee since 2018, overseeing a team of 10-12 student interns and a few staff volunteers who run the Healthy Campus social media profiles and create the quarterly Healthy Campus newsletter.

Before joining CHASS, Melanie was the UCR Library's Communications Specialist from 2016-2021. There, she was responsible for developing, implementing, managing, and contributing to a comprehensive communications program. She also served as Chair of the library's Professional Development Committee and Co-Chair of the End User Outreach Subgroup for the UC-wide SILS project from 2020-2021. Her design and communications work supported all library committees, programs, events, and units/departments, including Day of Giving, Library development / advancement, Finals Week Stress Relief, CODEI (Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion), the Internal Events Committee, and more.

Brianna Morales

Brianna Morales
Incumbent Director of Involvement & Recognition
Alumni Programs Coordinator
Alumni Engagement

Why are you running for a position on the Staff Assembly Board?

I am running for the Director of Involvement & Recognition position for the thirsd year in a row because I am passionate about recognizing all the wonderful work staff do everyday! I believe that staff are the backbone of this campus and they deserve to be celebrated.

I have truly enjoyed being on the board for the past two years and I look forward to continuing the great work we as a board have been doing.

If elected, what are your plans for the position(s) for which you are running?

I will continue to be creative and innovative about how we can best celebrate and thank staff for their hard work and dedication to UCR.

What do you think Staff Assembly needs to Prioritize in 2022-23?

I believe that Staff Assembly needs to focus on understanding the needs and wants of staff as a whole. I would love for Staff Assembly to continue their efforts of re-building a sense of community and reconnection.

Biography

I am Brianna Morales but please call me "Bri." I have worked on campus for almost 4 years. Currently, I am at the Office of Alumni Engagement and previously I was at the Career Center/Enrollment Services.

I have been on the Staff Assembly Executive board since 2020 in the Director of Involvement & Recognition role. I have also been on the Latina/Chicana Staff and Faculty Group (LCSFG) Executive board since 2019. In addition, I co-host the Highlanders with Cubs parent group.

I am a mother to 2 boys (9 yrs & 4 yrs) and 1 bonus daughter (9 yrs). I love spending quality time with my family and friends, hosting parties, trying new things, and making people smile.

Julie Salgado

Julie Salgado

Incumbent Director of Events
Events Manager

CHASS Facilities Management

Why are you running for a position on the Staff Assembly Board?

I love Staff Assembly and all the great people that I'm met along the way. It's a great organization and supports staff in many different ways.

If elected, what are your plans for the position(s) for which you are running?

I plan to continue the great programming already established, plan new events and continue to collaborate with campus partners such as Wellness, HR, LEAD. and AMP. I would like to send out a survey to staff asking them what events they would like to see on campus or via remote.

What do you think Staff Assembly needs to focus on in 2022-2023?

I think Staff Assembly needs to continue the fight for flexible work and work life balance. Many departments across campus have found that balance but some are still trying to figure it out. While the figuring out is happening we are losing great talent to organizations that allow flexible and remote work schedules.

Biography

Julie C. Salgado served as a Past President on the UC Riverside Staff Assembly Executive Board. She currently works as an Events Manager for the CHASS Facilities Management, overseeing major events for the University Theatre. Possessing more than 23 years of service at UC Riverside, she takes pride in promoting diversity on campus. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from UC Riverside, and a Master's of Arts Degree in Management from the University of Redlands.

She and her husband currently reside in Riverside County, where she enjoys volunteering as the Children’s Ministry Pastor. Julie is deeply devoted to promoting the health and welfare of children, helping them to develop open-minded perspectives and self-confidence.

Tanya Wine

Vandivier

Academic Resource Manager / Interim Divisional FAO for the Multidisciplinary Unit & Performing Arts
CHASS Dean's Office

Why are you running for a position on the Staff Assembly Board?

I have always wanted to work with Staff Assembly in some way, but never knew what I could bring to the table. After being invited to host two Lunch and Learn sessions this past year, I realized how important it is to step forward and get involved. I am passionate about empowering others by lending voice and heart where I can. Serving on the Staff Assembly Board and being able to advocate on behalf of UCR's staff would allow me to reach others who feel the same way I do.

If elected, what are your plans for the position(s) for which you are running?

I would like to continue to bring topics that are of interest to the staff who would like to grow professionally in their position or who might want to branch out and learn a few new life skills. Professional Development is a critical part of an employee's portfolio and should include all kinds of interest areas.

What do you think Staff Assembly needs to focus on in the upcoming academic year?

I feel like Staff Assembly might focus on advocacy for greater work/life balance for the staff. That could be continuing to look at hybrid work options as a viable option, alternative work week schedules (4/40 & 9/80), or ideas that allow employees to continue to thrive, both professionally and personally. I would like to see Staff Assembly continue to provide advocacy/assistance on all of the issues currently facing our staff.

Biography

Tanya Wine has worked in Higher Education for the past 27 years. She began her career as a work-study student while finishing her undergraduate degree, working in the College of Business and Public Administration at Cal State San Bernardino. Since moving to UCR, she has worked in the Bourns College of Engineering, the Graduate Division, and the Anderson Graduate School of Management before coming to CHASS, where she currently serves as the Academic Resources Manager and Interim Divisional FAO for the Multidisciplinary Unit and Performing Arts Departments as part of the Dean’s office Finance Team.

Fraser

Brittany Fraser
Incumbent Director of Administration

Conference and Events Coordinator
CHASS Facilities Management

Why are you running for a position on the Staff Assembly Board?

In this past year, I have been able to take on a new responsibility with Staff Assembly being the Director of Administration. It has given me the opportunity to advocate for staff in new ways and I want to continue this work in this coming year.

If elected, what are your plans for the position(s) for which you are running?

I want to continue the advocacy work for staff on campus. Agam has many plans for this upcoming year and I would like to be a part of the team that works to make these plans come to fruition. There is work that needs to be done when it comes to the milestone awards and it is my hope that in this next year, I can continue to work on this to make the process of receiving a milestone award a seamless and wonderful experience.

What do you think Staff Assembly needs to Prioritize in 2022-23?

In this next academic year, I think Staff Assembly needs to continue their partnership with Healthy Campus in order to focus on the mental health of staff on campus. I also think we need to continue the work in promoting remote work on campus and continue to push this to higher level leadership in order to get buy in from managers and leaders on campus.

Biography

Brittany Fraser is a UCR Alumna. She currently serves as the Conference and Events Coordinator for the University of California, Riverside in CHASS Facilities Management. Her main responsibilities include managing the Facilities Reservation System, managing 7 event spaces, coordinating over 940 events a year, as well as assisting with Facilities upkeep within the CHASS INT, Humanities, and Arts buildings. She manages a small team of 6 student staff members. She began by working for CHASS Facilities Management as a student worker herself during her full 4.5 years as an undergraduate. Through working here, she found her passion for event coordination despite being a science major. Unable to switch majors, she graduated with a degree in Cellular, Molecular, and Development Biology in December of 2018. She then pursued her passion for events by becoming a part of the CHASS Facilities Management team a few months after graduating. She has an immense passion for advising and leading her student staff as well as those around her. She now serves as a Wellness Ambassador for CHASS Facilities Management as well as the Vice Chair for LEAD and Director of Administration for Staff Assembly.

Penni Ebina

Penni Ebina

Incumbent Director of Finance 
Purchasing Specialist
Auxiliary Services Budget & Finance

Why are you running for a position on the Staff Assembly Board?

I am running for a 8th year as the Director of Finance position because I have always supported Staff Assembly's purpose to enhance the functioning of UCR, by promoting the interests and welfare of all staff career employees. I want to continue to be an active part of this organization

If elected, what are your plans for the position(s) for which you are running?

If re-elected, I will use my financial skills to continue to maintain fiscal control and compliance of the Staff Assembly funds. I would also like to see some ways we can fundraise and impact the largest number of staff members in the most exciting ways.

What do you think Staff Assembly needs to prioritize in 2022-23?

I think that during the upcoming year, Staff Assembly needs to continue they ways we have brought staff more involvement, Recognition, Development and staff connection even in this Hybrid situation, and expand our Virtual Bingo to hopefully have hybrid sessions!

Biography

My name is Penni Ebina and I have been on the UCR campus for 19 1/2 years.

I am currently a Purchasing Specialist within the Auxiliary Services Budget & Finance Unit

I have made strong relationships with colleagues that I value throughout my time here at UCR. This is my chance to be active in an organization who recognizes all that staff does for us here at UCR. Please vote for me as Director of Finance. Thank you.

Penni Ebina

Lesley Martinez

Incumbent Co-Director of Fundraising 
Enrollment Coordinator
Early Childhood Services

Why are you running for a position on the Staff Assembly Board?

I am running for Director of Fundraising for Staff Assembly because I enjoy planning and executing events. I want to keep the positive energy of gatherings and creating experiences for all staff. I am looking forward to learning with the executive board and working together to come up with new ideas for all staff events. Being part of the board as a Co-Director now has improved my self-confidence and leadership qualities.

If elected, what are your plans for the position(s) for which you are running?

If I get elected for Director of Fundraising, I plan to continue the great fundraising events that Staff Assembly has in place. My goal is to increase the participation of all staff for our future fundraising events. I plan to support all staff in various areas that need extra boost of motivation and encouragement.

What do you think Staff Assembly needs to prioritize in 2022-23?

I would like to see Staff assembly focus on the in person events. I think it is important to have events for staff to boost campus morale.

Biography

My name is Lesley Martinez, current Enrollment Coordinator at the Early Childhood Services. I have worked at UCR for the last 15 years. I received my BA from UCR in 2006. I currently serve as the Co-Director of Fundraising for Staff Assembly and I am excited to continue on the board next year.