Welcome to New Colleagues

Welcome to New Colleagues

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Thu, 09/02/2010 - 1:33pm

The UCLA School of Public Affairs welcomes our new colleagues who have joined us recently and within the past year:

GARY G. BAGLEY, Diplomat-in-Residence
COLLEEN CALLAHAN, Deputy Director, Luskin Center
AMY DRIZHAL, Executive Director of Development
TERESA LARA, External Relations, Luskin Center
JAMES LIU, Programmer Analyst, Computing Services
HIEN MCKNIGHT, Fund Manager
LOC NGUYEN, Director, Inter-University Consortium
SETH ODELL, Communications Associate
DAN OYENOKI, Administrative Specialist, Dept. of Public Policy
GWEN PAYNE, Human Resources
MICHELLE PERVAIZ, Operations Manager
PAUL PHOOTRAKUL, Alumni Relations and Events Coordinator
BRITTANY WALKER, Administrative Specialist, Depts. of Social Welfare and Urban Planning
TANYA YOUSSEPHZADEH, Graduate Advisor, Dept. of Social Welfare

Staff Transitions

GARY G. BAGLEY, Diplomat-in-Residence
U.S. State Department senior foreign service officer Gary G. Bagley has been named the diplomat-in-residence at the UCLA School of Public Affairs.  A career member of the foreign service, Bagley began his career in the foreign service in 1984 and was posted as a consular officer to Embassy Buenos Aires, Argentina.   As a management cone officer, Bagley's next posting was as general services officer at Embassy Nairobi, Kenya followed by a posting as management officer at Embassy Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.  Returning to Washington, he worked in the law enforcement coordination branch of the Bureau of lntelligence and Research and then as post management officer in the executive office of the Bureau of African Affairs. From 1995-1995, Bagley studied Ukrainian language at FSI followed by a posting to Embassy Kiev, Ukraine as management officer. His next assignment was as management officer at Embassy Lisbon, Portugal followed by assignment to Embassy Bucharest, Romania as management officer. Then he went to Embassy London as supervisory general services officer and while there was chosen to be the deputy management counselor.  His most recent posting has been as management counselor at Embassy Madrid, Spain. Return to list.

COLLEEN CALLAHAN, Deputy Director, Luskin Center
Colleen receive her M.A. in Urban Planning at UCLA this past June. Previously, Colleen was the manager of air quality policy for the American Lung Association. She has also worked for the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute and Adi Liberman and Associates, a public and government affairs practice specializing in environmental policy.  She is a founding board member of the Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative. Colleen graduated from Occidental College with a B.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy, Phi Beta Kappa. Return to list.

AMY DRIZHAL, Executive Director of Development
Amy joins us from the University of Texas at Austin where she served as the Director of Development for the School of Social Work.  In this role, she more than doubled the annual gift totals to the School, participated in the planning of a $23 million campaign for the School and actively worked with academic and volunteer leadership to secure leadership gifts.  Prior to joining UT Austin, Amy served as Associate Director of Development for the Flora L. Thornton School of Music at USC.  Amy comes to this role with a proven track-record of fundraising in higher education, demonstrated knowledge of a comprehensive advancement program and a commitment to the fine work of the School of Public Affairs.  Amy received a BS in Communications and a MFA in Theatre from the University of Texas at Austin.  She can be reached at drizhal@publicaffairs.ucla.edu or X63059. Return to list.

TERESA LARA, External Relations, Luskin Center
Teresa Lara manages the external relations for the Luskin Center and the Center for Community Partnerships at UCLA. Prior to joining Luskin Center, she was special projects manager for the Center for Community Partnerships, and has worked in UCLA's Local Government and Community Relations and the UCLA Law School.  Teresa was also the Program Coordinator for the Zócalo “Public Square” Lecture Series in Los Angeles for several years. She also served on the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Grants Program. Teresa was recently awarded the 2010 UCLA Chancellor's Excellence in Service Award.  Teresa is an alumna of UCLA’s Professional Development Program (PDP), Class of 2009. She holds a B.A. in Behavioral Science and is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in International Organization Development at Pepperdine University. Return to list.

JAMES LIU, Programmer Analyst, Computing Services
James is an alumnus of UCLA, with a bachelor of science degree in physics.  He most recently worked with UCLA’s on-campus housing department.  He will be a primary contact for all support issues, and can be reached at x49833, or jliu@publicaffairs.ucla.edu. Return to list.

HIEN MCKNIGHT, Fund Manager
Hien joins the School of Public Affairs from her recent position with the UCLA Center for Community Partnerships.  She comes to the School with more than 20 years of experience at UCLA in business and management. Return to list.
 
LOC NGUYEN, Director, Inter-University Consortium
Loc H. Nguyen, DrPH, MSW, will assume the position of Director of the Inter-University Consortium (IUC) on September 8, 2010. The IUC is comprised of the graduate programs of social work at six Southern California universities and collaborates with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Headquartered at UCLA, the mission of the IUC is to improve the Department’s ability to provide better child protective services through training and academic programs for the 6,900 DCFS professional staff, and to increase the number of professionally trained social workers employed by DCFS.  Dr. Nguyen has spent over 21 years working with vulnerable populations, including children, the elderly, refugees, and those affected by disasters. For the past 11 years, he has worked at DCFS, most recently as an Assistant Regional Administrator in the Pasadena office overseeing 68 staff who provide direct child protective services in two county-wide programs. The Asian Pacific Program provides services in nine Asian languages. The American Indian Units provide services to children who qualify under the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act. He has published several peer-reviewed papers and coined the termed “Child Welfare Informatics” in the NASW journal Social Work discussing the use of computers and technology in providing data to help decision-making in child welfare policy and practice. Dr. Nguyen is a life-long Bruin with a bachelor’s degree in psychobiology, a master’s degree in social welfare, a master’s degree and doctorate in public health, all at UCLA. Return to list.

SETH ODELL
, Communications Associate
Seth has worked as a media relations assistant with UCLA Media Relations & Public Outreach since July 2007. During that time, he has assisted in media relations efforts, provided web support for the UCLA Newsroom  <http://newsroom.ucla.edu>  and produced numerous web videos spotlighting campus news and faculty research. Working in the emerging field of digital media marketing, Seth helped conceptualize and launch strategic social media initiatives on a university-wide level, including UCLA's YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels. Most recently, he has incorporated live video streaming into department marketing efforts.  Prior to his arrival at UCLA, Seth worked as an assignment editor for ABC News in Albany, NY. In this role he oversaw a team of twelve reporters, developed story assignments and managed the station's coverage of the 2006 New York Senate, House and gubernatorial elections.  Seth holds a Bachelor of Arts in public communication from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Return to list.
 
DAN OYENOKI, Administrative Specialist, Dept. of Public Policy
Dan comes to the Public Policy Department after several years as a program representative in the education section of UNEX (University Extension).   His experience on the front line with UNEX students and faculty along with his behind the scenes experience with budgeting, marketing and advanced computer systems make him a perfect match for this multi-task position. Return to list.
 
GWENDOLYN V. PAYNE, Human Resources Analyst
Gwen comes to Human Resources after ten years as the Center for Communications and Community Office Manager.  During that time, Gwen, coordinated all office functions, maintained calendars, telephone and email communications, and correspondence.  Responded to campus and community inquiries about the Center’s work.  Interacted with diverse sectors of the community including community based organizations, and community leaders, non-profits, faith based groups, philanthropy, and others.  She handled a large volume of inquiries regarding the Center’s work on behalf of the CCC Director and Assistant Director.  Planned and organized meetings, conferences, and special events.  Gwen will now provide HR services for the School, advising hiring supervisors on university and/or internal policies and procedures as appropriate.  Coordinating work-study postings, processing hires, and payroll, for staff and students.  For assistance, Gwen and can be reached at x63181, or gpayne@publicaffairs.ucla.edu. Return to list.
 
MICHELLE PERVAIZ, Operations Manager
Michelle previously worked at the UCLA Center for Community Partnerships and at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society where she was a development manager and responsible for logistics for all Southern California Chapter events. Prior to that, she held positions at community-based organizations, the Venice Family Clinic and the Archer School for Girls. Michelle is a UCLA alumna and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in classical civilizations. Return to list.
 
PAUL PHOOTRAKUL, Alumni Relations and Events Coordinator
Paul recently served as the alumni and events coordinator for Woodbury University, which is located in Burbank and has 1,500 graduate/undergraduate students in liberal arts and professional programs.  Prior to that position, Paul worked as an ESPN X Games manager and held internships with the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Sparks and Tiger Woods Foundation. While attending UC Irvine he worked as an assistant financial analyst in the Department of Physiology and Campus Village Housing.  He received his master’s degree in sports management from the University of San Francisco. Return to list.
 
BRITTANY WALKER, Administrative Specialist, Depts. of Social Welfare and Urban Planning
Brittany is a recent 2010 graduate of UCLA, with a bachelor’s degree in sociology wherein she conducted ethnographic research in the mental health field. She is currently pursuing a career in nursing. As a California native, she enjoys the outdoors and all that Southern California has to offer. Go Bruins! Return to list.
 
TANYA YOUSSEPHZADEH, Graduate Advisor, Dept. of Social Welfare
Tanya brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her from the School of Public Health where she was the graduate advisor for the Department of Community Health Sciences. Return to list.

 
TRANSITIONS

As we welcome the newest members of the UCLA School of Public Affairs community, we also wish the best to our colleagues who are embarking on new endeavors.
 
Yasmine Diaz, who is pursuing her artistic career abroad in Argentina; Anne Baumfeld, who is moving to Chicago with her husband and new baby daughter, Perry; Mari Hatta, who is attending to family matters; John Lin, who advanced to a position at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences; Kyna Williams, who advanced to a position with the UCLA Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Dept.; Charanjeet Singh and Norman Wong, who are now with the Center for Neighborhood Knowledge/Lewis Center Spatial Analysis Group; Betsy Edasery, who is starting the master’s program in urban and regional planning at UCLA; Sherry Dodge, who is now the full-time director of the new career services center at the School; Stan Paul, who is now the full-time undergraduate advisor; Karen Ricard, who is working part-time in the Dean’s Office as she pursues her J.D. degree; Selene Garcia , who is working full-time assisting Dr. Charles Young and Dr. Albert Carnesale; and Etta Moore-Bray, who retired from UCLA after 30 years of service.

 

The UCLA School of Public Affairs welcomes our new colleagues who have joined us recently and within the past year: