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New employees and notable changes

Announcing new employees and recent transfers and promotions, including dean of students, AVP for career development, AVP for facilities and interim dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Aug 17, 2015

Student Life Division

Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
Rhonda BryantRhonda Bryant
has joined Pacific as associate vice president and dean of students in Student Life. Bryant comes to Pacific from Albany State University in Albany, Georgia, where she served as interim vice president for student affairs since 2013. As the senior student affairs administrator serving Albany State's more than 4,500 students, she oversaw all aspects of the student experience and a division budget of more than $3 million.

Prior to that she was an associate professor and coordinator for the counseling program in Albany State's College of Education.  Bryant earned her PhD in counselor education from the University of Virginia and holds national and state credentials including licensure as a professional counselor, and certification as a school counselor and clinical mental health counselor.

In her new role as dean of students, Bryant has oversight for Student Academic Support Services, Student Conduct & Community Standards, the Women's Resource Center, Assessment and Student Development Services, Multicultural Affairs, Residential Life and Housing and Dining Services. She began her new role July 1.

Assistant Vice President and Executive Director of Career Development
Thomas VecchioneThomas Vecchione
has joined Pacific as the new assistant vice president and executive director of career development in Student Life. Vecchione comes to Pacific from Elon University where he served as executive director of career services and assistant professor of education since 2008. Prior to Elon, he directed career and placement services at Ohio Wesleyan University and The Ohio State University.

He brings 19 years of leadership in career services and employer relations to his new role. Among his recent accomplishments, Vecchione revamped Elon's career services operation, initiated an employer partners program and spearheaded the development and coordination of the campus-wide Student Outcomes Assessment & Reports Team. He holds a PhD in counselor education from Ohio University. Vecchione began his new role July 27.

Vanessa David is the new coordinator for fraternity and sorority life in Student Life. She comes to Pacific from Western Kentucky University where she served as a graduate assistant for the Office of Student Activities.  In that role she worked directly with the Greek councils and the various leadership programs supported by the office, and helped to advise more than 300 student organizations. David will oversee the Multicultural Greek Council and the Pacific Panhellenic Association, will supervise the three fraternity and sorority life graduate assistants and will oversee Student Life's Community Development and Education program. She began her new role on Aug. 10.

Kimberlee DeRushia has taken on a new role as the associate training director in Counseling and Psychological Services. Her new role began on Aug. 6.

Heather Dunn Carlton has been promoted from director to associate dean of students for Student Conduct and Community Standards. Her new role became effective on April 16.

Steve Jacobson has been promoted to senior associate vice president overseeing leadership, diversity and community engagement for the Division of Student Life. His area of oversight includes the Community Involvement Program (CIP), Educational Equity Programs, Center for Community Involvement (CCI), Fraternity & Sorority Life, Development, ASuop, University Center, Student Life Technology, and Conference Services. His new role began July 1.

Breann Northcutt has taken on the new role as the director of finance and administration for the Division of Student Life. She previously served as the business manager for Housing and Greek Life.

Shannon Schipper has been appointed as the new director of the Women's Resource Center in Student Life. Schipper comes to Pacific from Arizona State University where she was a teaching associate in the Women's Studies Department. She has a bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Missouri and a master of arts in gender studies from ASU. She began her new role on July 1.

Rebeca Stovall has transferred to the position of technology operations manager in Student Life. She previously served as Information Systems Analyst in Pacific Technology. She began her new role on July 1.

Charity Torres is the new student insurance coordinator in Pacific Health Services. She brings seven years of medical and dental industry experience to Pacific. She began her new role on Aug. 10.

Business and Finance

Assistant Vice President for Facilities
Graeme MitchellGraeme Mitchell will join Pacific Aug. 24 as the new assistant vice president for facilities. Mitchell brings a robust background in facilities management and strategic planning and has broad experience in higher education, industry and government. He comes to Pacific from UC Merced. In his new role, Mitchell will work to enhance Pacific's facilities management University-wide through strategic planning and leadership and will oversee support services and capital planning and space management.  

Previously, Mitchell served as assistant vice chancellor for strategic planning and assistant vice chancellor for facilities at UC Merced, where he helped implement the UC Merced Long Range Development Plan and was a key member in the UC Merced Public Private Partnership project to add up to 1.8 million new square feet of campus mixed use space.  He also served as vice president of corporate engineering and operations at the New York Presbyterian hospital system where he had responsibility for 10.5 million square-feet of New York City University Hospitals. Before that position, Mitchell worked at the UCLA health system where he was the director of health system facilities, engineering and construction.

Alisha Groene has been promoted to payroll lead in the Payroll Department in Business and Finance.

Esteban Medina has been promoted to craftsperson group II in Physical Plant.

Academic Division

Interim Dean of Research and Graduate Studies
James UchizonoJim Uchinozo, currently the associate dean for enrollment and pre-health affairs and a professor in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, will become the associate provost and interim dean of Research and Graduate Studies. He will replace Bhaskara Jasti '95, who is stepping down on Sept. 1. 

Uchinozo joined the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2000 and has won numerous fellowships through the Thomas J. Long Foundation Pharmacy Faculty Fellowships program. In 2006, he was awarded the Eberhardt Teacher/Scholar Award, and in 2005 he received the Teacher of the Year Award from the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. His research interests include the mathematical modeling of nonlinear, complex, biological/pharmacological time-varying cascades and mechanisms. He earned both a Pharm.D and a PhD in Biopharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of California, San Francisco.

Jasti, a professor in the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences since 2001, began serving as interim dean of Research and Graduate Studies in August 2012. He will be returning to faculty and will be taking faculty development leave during the 2015-16 academic year. During his tenure in Research and Graduate Studies, Jasti implemented numerous changes in the office to strengthen support for faculty research and graduate students. Provost Maria Pallavicini said "Dr. Jasti's passion for research that led to improvements for others is the same passion that has led to his desire to return to his own research. I am grateful for his leadership."

Leslie Bayers is the assistant director for the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Dina Dell'Aringa is the new administrative assistant for the School of Engineering and Computer Science's new analytics program in San Francisco.

Irene Camy is the new assistant director of cooperative education in the School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Leslie Galbraith is a new vocational services program director in the Department of Psychology in the College of the Pacific.

Marta Kebede is the new audiology clinic services assistant in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences audiology program in San Francisco.

Hsin-Han Yu is the new instructional designer in the Center for Teaching and Learning.

University Development and Alumni Relations

Kate Post is the new director of major gift development for the Brubeck Institute in University Development and Alumni Relations. Post has a bachelor of science degree from University of San Francisco with a focus in Human Relations and Organizational Behavior. With an extensive background in public relations and marketing, Post has served in high profile positions working for The Grupe Company and A.G. Spanos Companies. She has also served as executive director of the Stockton San Joaquin Convention and Visitors Bureau and was co-founder and vice president of GAMUT Promotions and Advertising, the event planning firm that created and coordinated many festivals in California.  As one of the original creators of the Stockton Asparagus Festival, Post was the first and only executive director from 1999-June 2014.  Her experience in sponsorship fundraising, marketing and volunteer engagement will be instrumental in advancing the Brubeck Institute's fundraising efforts.  

Katherine Berglund has transferred to the position of advancement information systems specialist within Advancement Services in University Development and Alumni Relations.

Melisa Addison Caminata has transferred to the position of development officer at the San Francisco Campus, where she will focus her efforts on securing gifts ranging from $5,000-$25,000 for the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Caminata has served as assistant director of annual giving, focusing on Pacific Fund and reunion gift efforts for the past three and a half years.

Amanda Elrod's position has been redefined to associate director of corporate and foundation relations. The change reflects a broader portfolio and additional areas of responsibility, including department promotion, communications and website redesign, taking a lead role in outreach events to increase corporate engagement, and developing enhanced protocols with internal non-development units. 

Georgette M. Hunefeld '90 has been promoted from director of major gifts to director of principal and leadership giving in University Development and Alumni Relations.

External Relations

Janelle Meyers is the new project manager in External Relations supporting external relations strategy across all campuses. Meyers will report to Stacy McAfee, associate vice president for external relations and interim associate vice president for marketing and communications. She will be based at the Sacramento campus in Northwest Hall but will travel regularly to the Stockton and San Francisco campuses. Meyers has been working in community relations since 2010. She earned her bachelor's degree in communication studies from Azusa Pacific University with a minor in business administration. Most recently, Meyers served as marketing director for Stockton's Lincoln Center, where she also served as editor of the Lincoln Center Chronicle, a monthly publication that reaches 60,000 homes in San Joaquin County.


Lorna Brownlie is a new assistant coach for women's soccer.

Simon Burnett is the new assistant coach for men's and women's swimming.

John Cook is the new head coach for men's golf.

Christopher Fry is the new assistant coach for field hockey.

Anna Koch is the new pool manager for Chris Kjeldsen Pool.

Amanda Leland is the new assistant to the head coach for women's basketball.

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