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New employees and notable changes

Welcoming new faculty and staff and announcing important staffing changes
May 8, 2015

Welcome to Pacific

John Allen has been hired following a national search as a new full-time Writing Instructor. Allen's principal responsibility is to teach Developmental Writing courses (WRIT 1 & 2 and PACS One Plus). Allen earned his B.A. in English at Pacific and completed an M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought at New York University. He has taught at Pacific in the PACS program since 2011. He begins the new position August 15.

Johanna Bakmas '09 has been hired as the Marketing Coordinator for College of the Pacific. She began the position May 4. Bakmas has a bachelor's degree in History from Pacific and a master's degree in Museum Studies from George Washington University. As a student in Washington D.C., Bakmas held several internships with the Smithsonian Institution. She worked as a social media and development intern with the Smithsonian Associates and on the membership team at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. She comes to Pacific from a digital marketing agency in Castro Valley where she worked as a Social Media Marketing Specialist. She's written blogs, press releases, social media content, and website copy for numerous Bay Area businesses. 

Ruben Becerra, Olivia Rivera and Jamie Ying are new Custodians, Group I, in Physical Plant.

Daniel Borba is the new Internal Auditor in the Office of Internal Audit. Prior to Pacific, Borba spent three years at Safeway Inc. Internal Audit as a Financial Analyst II. His tenure at Safeway included directly supporting the Chief Audit Executive as well as supporting the four functional audit teams (Corporate, IT, Retail and Supply Chain.) He's worked with all levels of the organization including the Board of Directors and Chief Executives. Borba has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University, Stanislaus.

Lorna Brownlie is a new Assistant Coach for women's soccer. Among other duties, she will work primarily with the Tiger goalkeepers. Brownlie is a former NAIA All-American goalkeeper at Auburn University at Montgomery and spent last year as the interim head coach. She earned her bachelor's degree in human performance and exercise science and a master's in exercise science at Auburn.

Polly Crabtree has been hired as a new Director of Alumni Relations. Crabtree will join Janice Wagner in reporting to Kelli Page and in sharing supervision of the Alumni Relations and Discovery Program staff. Crabtree comes to Pacific from California State University, Chico, and brings 14 years of higher education experience as well as 14 years of experience from retail management. She holds both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Political Science from CSU Chico. While at Chico she developed a student internship program for the Alumni Relations department, established a parent advisory council and led many special events and activities while also partnering with development colleagues to identify, cultivate and steward parents and alumni. Her office is located in the Vereschagin Alumni House #206, ext. 6-2038.

Ida Fontanilla is a new Evaluator in the Registrar's Office.

Martín Gonzales has been hired following a national search as the new full-time General Academic Tutoring Manager. Gonzales's principal responsibilities include collaborating with schools and programs to advertise, hire and manage student tutors in the general tutoring center, working with departments to strengthen supplemental instruction in gateway courses, and coordinating tutoring across campus. Gonzales earned his B.A. in Sociology at Pacific and will complete an M.A. in Educational Administration and Leadership at Pacific in May. He has served as the General Academic Tutoring Coordinator since fall 2014 and will begin the full-time position on May 18.

Cindy Hilke joined the Annual Giving team as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving Operations as of April 20. She is responsible for management of the Annual Giving direct mail, crowdfunding and e-solicitation programs. Hilke has more than 25 years of experience working in higher education, health and human services development and marketing. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Media Communications/Public Relations from Webster University in St. Louis as well as all coursework completed toward her Master's Degree in Communications Project Management. She recently moved from the Bay Area to Sacramento. Her office is in the Vereschagin Alumni House #203A, ext. 6-2775.

Rebekah McCormack has been hired following a national search to serve as an instructor for and the assistant director of Pacific's Intensive English Program.  McCormack's primary responsibilities include developing the IEP curriculum, teaching coursework, assessing learning outcomes, and administering the program. She earned her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Linguistics, Anthropology and Asian History) at the University of Maryland and her M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at The American University in Cairo. Over the past seven years, McCormack has taught English in South Korea, China, Japan, Egypt and Russia.  She begins her position June 1.

Michele Nevarez is a new Custodian in Physical Plant.

Notable Changes

Christine Fluter-Brown has been appointed Associate Director of Research and Compliance.  She recently joined the Office of Sponsored Programs after interim leadership positions in both Student Leadership Development and the Women's Center. Fluter-Brown supports multiple aspects of research and scholarship, including: facilitating grants and contracts; identifying funding prospects; preparing proposal budgets and processing proposal submissions; administrating  research compliance programs and committees, including the Institutional Review Board; enforcing research compliance with federal, state, local and university policies and regulations; managing certain internal award programs; educating faculty and staff on external funding-related practices and research compliance.

Nicholas DeMuth was promoted to Sergeant in Public Safety.

Bhaskar Jasti is stepping down as Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Provost for Research effective fall 2015. Jasti has served as Associate Provost since September 1, 2014, and served as interim Dean since August 2012. Jasti has expressed his desire to return to faculty and continue his excellent research and teaching. He will be taking faculty development leave during the 2015-16 academic year. During his tenure in Research and Graduate Studies, Jasti has implemented several changes to strengthen the support for faculty research and improve graduate student support.   

Adam Jacobsen '97, associate head coach for men's basketball, has resigned to accept a position as Assistant Coach at the University of Hawai'i. Jacobsen just finished his 14th year as an assistant coach at Pacific, the last two as Associate Head Coach under Head Coach Ron Verlin. He helped the Tigers to their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in his time on the staff in 2012-13 under then Head Coach Bob Thomason. Joe Ford, Assistant to the head coach, will replace Jacobsen as an Assistant Coach with the Tigers.

William Kehoe '95, Professor and former Chair of Pharmacy Practice, was appointed as the director of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences new Office of Academic Success and Instructional Support (OASIS). Kehoe coordinates support services to help pharmacy and health sciences graduate students achieve academic and lifelong career success. Kehoe has served as the department chair of pharmacy practice for the past 14 years. Read more about OASIS>>  

Sharon Lacy has transferred to the position of Executive Assistant in Pacific Technology.

Bryan Lenz, Director of Recreation in Student Life, will leave Pacific to become the first Director of Recreational Sports and Campus Fitness and Associate Director of Athletics at the University of Washington. He begins the new position June 12, 2015. Lenz was at Pacific for nine years, for the past three years as the Director for Recreation. Previously, he served as Associate Director (2011-12), Assistant Director for Sports and Competition (2007-11), and Coordinator for Sports and Competition (2005-07).

Laura Merry is the new Project Manager for new projects Distributed Learning. She can be contacted in the Center for Teaching and Learning in the University Library, 2nd floor. She began the new position on May 7.

Faye Snowden has been promoted to Project Manager in Pacific Technology.


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