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New employees and notable changes

Jul 3, 2015

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Gopinath (Gopi) Akula has joined Pacific Technology as the new Assistant Director for Enterprise Application (EA) Development in the Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) group.

Jennifer Bathe is an Administrative Assistant II in the Eberhardt School of Business.

Jonelle Beck is the new Executive Director of Estate and Gift Planning. Beck will begin her new role July 27.  Raised in Stockton, Beck completed her bachelor's at University of Nevada, Reno, and earned a JD from the McGeorge School of Law.  While living in the Sacramento region following law school, Beck practiced insurance and workers' compensation litigation.  In 2003, she opened her own private practice focusing on estate planning and served as an adjunct faculty member at McGeorge from 2001 to 2005.  

Rosalinda Boyette is an Instructional Media Specialist in the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Alex Bradeis is a Groundskeeper, Group I, in Support Services.

Simon Burnett, three-time British Olympian and NCAA record holder, has been hired as Assistant Coach for Swimming in Athletics. Burnett swam for the University of Arizona from 2003 to 2006, where he won three individual titles as well as three relay championships. The former Wildcat team captain also set the NCAA and U.S. Open record in the 200 freestyle (1:31.20), which he still holds today. Burnett represented Great Britain in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games where he was a four-time Olympic finalist. In addition to his Olympic success, Burnett was a six-time World Championship Finalist. Over the last three years Burnett ran a private swim school, L.A. Breakout Swimmers Club, and won three consecutive league titles as the head coach at Maranatha High School in Pasadena, California. He will be working with all aspects of the Pacific swimming program but will put an emphasis on recruiting, coaching the freestylers and video analysis. Read more>>

Michael Burns is the new Assistant Coach for Men's Basketball in Athletics. Burns brings his extensive knowledge of the West Coast Conference to the Tigers' staff after spending the last seven seasons on the bench at San Diego where he specialized in defense and recruiting. Heading up San Diego's recruiting efforts, Burns brought in two-time All-WCC First Team member Johnny Dee, who graduated as the program's all-time leading scorer and first-ever 2,000-point scorer in 2015. Prior to heading to San Diego, Burns led Community Colleges of Spokane in 2007-08 to a No. 1 ranking in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges and a second-place finish at the NWAACC Tournament.

John Cook is the new Head Coach for Men's Golf in Athletics. Cook joins the Tigers program from Cal State Stanislaus, where he was head coach for seven years. Cook led the Warriors program to back-to-back California Collegiate Athletic Association championships the last two seasons and has advanced to the NCAA Division II Regionals all seven seasons with four appearances in the NCAA Championship, including reaching the semifinals in 2012. In Cook's seven- year tenure, he was named CCAA Coach of the Year four times, in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015. He was also named the West Region Coach of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association of America in 2009. Under his tutelage, the Warriors program has produced nine All-Americans, a CCAA individual champion, two CCAA most valuable players, a newcomer of the year and three freshmen of the year during his Cal State Stanislaus tenure.

Martin Gonzales is the new General Academic Tutoring Manager in the Office of the Provost.

Joey Gullikson '11 is an Assistant Water Polo Coach in Athletics.

Morgan Harthorne is the Assistant Director for the Center for Community Involvement in Student Life.

Kristopher King is the Director of Parent Giving in University Development and Alumni Relations. 

Rebekah McCormack is the Assistant Director of Intensive English Programs in International Programs and Services.

Gabriela Medrano is a Human Resources Assistant Intern in Human Resources. 

Matt Sperisen is an Assistant to Coach, Men's Basketball, in Athletics. 

Paul Sunga is a new Public Safety Officer in Public Safety.

Janine Swanson became the new Board Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the VP and Secretary to the Board of Regents in the Office of the President effective July 1. Swanson brings excellent experience supporting boards for nonprofit organizations in the health field - most recently at Lodi Health. She is finishing her Master's in Legal Studies degree this summer, so will also bring expertise in legal to the position.

Notable Changes

Jim Dugoni '86 has been promoted from Associate Director of Athletic Development to his new role as Senior Director of Estate and Gift Planning. He stepped into the new role effective July 1. Dugoni earned his bachelor's degree at Pacific in business administration and holds a master's degree in sport management from the United States Sports Academy and a master's degree in higher education administration from Stanford University. Most recently Dugoni led the fundraising efforts for Pacific Athletics as Associate Director of Athletics for Development from 2009 to 2015. Prior to that, he was Director of the Pacific Fund, spearheading the University's annual giving operation from 2006 to 2009. 

Lynnie Lechich was promoted to Manager of Presidential Events in the Office of the President.

Victoria Oliva was promoted to Executive Assistant to the Provost in the Office of the Provost.

Ed Sprague has resigned his position as the head of the Pacific baseball program. Sprague's decision to step down is effective immediately and a nationwide search for his replacement will begin as soon as possible.

"We are thankful for everything Coach Sprague has done for the program and the institution." said Director of Athletics Ted Leland. "He has done a great job building the infrastructure of the program and we wish him well." 

"I'd like to thank the entire community, alumni, current players and coaches for all of their support and commitment to Pacific Baseball these last 12 years," said Sprague. "Although I'm looking forward to exciting new opportunities in my life, I am confident in the future success of this program and I'm proud to leave Pacific a better place."

Sprague, who came to Pacific in 2004, spearheaded the campaign to build the Tigers' on-campus home field, Klein Family Field, which opened in 2006. During his tenure, 21 of his players have been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, with multiple players currently active in the professional ranks. He guided Pacific to one of the best seasons in program history in 2010, finishing with a 31-23 overall record that included a new program record of 31 victories over Division I opponents. 



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