New Hires

New Hire Spotlight

November

Matilda Aidam

Kathleen Diblasio

Department:  Academic Affairs

Title:  Director, Faculty Relations and Development

Hobbies/Fun Facts:  I’m a UCLA alum that loves volunteering for their freshman and transfer student scholarship searches. It’s very exciting, inspiring and humbling to see the incredible up and coming talent out there.

Sheila Johnson

Kathleen Diblasio

Department: Information Systems Planning and Support (ISPS), Office of the Provost

Title: Business Analyst

Hobbies/Fun Facts:  I love to play golf and was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Wyoming.

Katya Rodriguez

Kathleen Diblasio

Department: Personnel Services, Office of the Provost

Title: Human Resources Analyst

Hobbies/Fun Facts: Puzzles, cooking, and journaling are my hobbies. Reading was always a passion but it was not until the last couple of years that I started collecting more books to build my library.

October

Alex Byrne

Alex Byrne

Department: Academic Affairs

Title: Assistant to the Director of Nat'l and Int'l Awards and the Associate Vice Provost (temp)

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I am an active person enjoying sports such as baseball and basketball, activities such as hiking and snowboarding, and have a passion for sustainability.  I am engaged and the wedding is set for April 2014.

Leonard Cross

Kathleen Diblasio

Department: Information Systems Planning and Support (ISPS) / Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Title: Web Developer

Hobbies/Fun Facts: Photography is my hobby and I love crazy road-trips that compress a week’s worth of activity in to a few days.

Kathleen Diblasio

Kathleen Diblasio

Department: World Food Center

Title: Administrative Assistant (temp)

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I love to cook.

Jana Gabby

Jana Gabby

Department: Office of the Campus Counsel

Title: Executive Assistant

Hobbies/Fun Facts: In my spare time I coach my daughter’s soccer team and I am the piano accompanist for my church.

John Replogle

John Replogle

Department: Strategic Communications

Title: Director of Executive Communications

Hobbies/Fun Facts: Hang out with family, play guitar, and soccer.

Reagan Rockzsfforde

Reagan Rockzsfforde

Department: Office of the Provost

Title: Administrative Specialist (temp)

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I love travelling. I am on my quest to check New Zealand, South Africa and Australia off my bucket list.

Keith Sterling

Keith Sterling

Department: Strategic Communications

Title: Director of Public Affairs

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I was previously at the University of Utah and I miss Dunkin Donuts.

Elina Tilman

Elina Tilman

Department: Office of the Campus Counsel

Title: Chancellor's Post-Graduate Legal Fellowship

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I enjoy watching action movies and visiting museums.

September

Jacob Appelsmith

Jacob Appelsmith

Department: Office of the Campus Counsel

Title: Chief Campus Counsel

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I play in two garage bands.

Jinaki Bahati

Jinaki Bahati

Department: Academic Affairs

Title: Assistant to the Assistant Vice Provost (temp)

Hobbies/Fun Facts: Knitting/Freelance Photographer

Allison Cantwell

Allison Cantwell

Department: Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Undergraduate Education

Title: Assessment Coordinator

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I enjoy the outdoors and spent the first week of September backpacking Mt. Whitney with friends.

Gideon Cohn-Postar

Gideon Cohn-Postar

Department: University Honors Program, Undergraduate Education

Title: Research Analyst

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I am an occasional Civil War Reenactor (for the Union).

Zak Edson

Zak Edson

Department: Strategic Communications

Title: Director of Web & Interactive Communications

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I like traveling to car related destinations, especially notable car factories. My travel companions aren't always as excited about it as I am.  I am also a Davis native.

Dr. Fadi Fathallah

Dr. Fadi Fathallah

Department: University Outreach and International Programs

Title: Faculty Director, UC Education Abroad Program and Independent Programs

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I do triathlons since I enjoy swimming, biking, and running and am treasurer of the triathlon club of Davis, Madcows.  Our motto: "Swim, Bike, Run, Moo!"

Judi Garcia

Zak Edson

Department: Academic Senate

Title: Senior Writer

Hobbies/Fun Facts: N/A

Greg Gunderson

Greg Gunderson

Department: UC Davis Study Abroad, University Outreach and International Programs

Title:Program Coordinator & Advisor, UC Davis Summer Abroad

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I am working on finishing up my doctorate dissertation (Factors influencing student participation in on-campus international activities) and that takes up most of my free time right now.

Nhia Moua

Nhia Moua

Department: Summer Sessions, Undergraduate Education

Title: Marketing Assistant

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I love watching movies!

Mesena Pimentel

Mesena Pimentel

Department: Academic Senate

Title: Executive Assistant

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I enjoy running and a good book.

Lauren Riberal

Lauren Riberal

Department: Finance Services, Office of the Provost

Title: Student Assistant II

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I like to crochet stuffed animals. I even crochet graduation bears and sell them.

Leah White

Leah White

Department: Internal Audit Services

Title: Legal Fellow

Hobbies/Fun Facts: My best bowling score is 199, from when I did Varsity bowling in high school.

Lori Arcangel Wright

Lori Arcangel Wright

Department: Strategic Communications

Title: Project Manager

Hobbies/Fun Facts: Born and raised in Davis, an Alumni of UC Davis and met my husband (also an Alum) at UC Davis.

August

Cara Harwood

Cara Harwood

Department: Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Undergraduate Education

Title: Faculty Developer

Hobbies/Fun Facts: N/A

Florencio Inzunza

Florencio Inzunza

Department: Information Systems Planning and Support, Office of the Provost

Title:Technology Director

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I love cars...

Josette Lewis

Josette Lewis

Department: World Food Center

Title: Associate Director

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I grew up here in Davis and am excited to have returned after 22 years away.

Nikki Grey Rutamu

Nikki Grey Rutamu

Department: University Outreach and International Programs

Title: Assistant Director, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Hobbies/Fun Facts: My last international position was helping a cooperative of women set up and run Rwanda's first ice cream shop, Inzozi Nziza

June

Emily Taylor

Emily Taylor

Department: Services for International Students and Scholars, University Outreach and International Programs

Title: Administrative Assistant

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I make all my own bread and enjoy volunteering in the community.

April

Regina Slaughter-Canegan

Regina Slaughter-Canegan

Department: Summer Sessions, Undergraduate Education

Title: Program Assistant

Hobbies/Fun Facts: I love doing things with my hands sewing, crocheting, gardening, knitting etc. My greatest joy is managing people toward success!