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Meet Our Staff

See below for AP contacts by areas of specialization and roles.

  • Mary Baran

    Mary Baran

    Senior Compensation Analyst

    Mary Baran provides advice and policy interpretation regarding academic compensation. She coordinates the approval processes for recall appointments, exceptional honoraria requests, intercampus payments, administrative stipends, and FLP/FSEP. She develops and delivers compensation and payroll training, provides one-on-one payroll processing assistance to campus staff, and post-audits payroll actions to ensure compliance with policies and procedures. She may be contacted at mbaran@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-3748.

  • Brandy Cheshire

    Brandy Cheshire

    Senior Academic Personnel Analyst

    Brandy Cheshire provides leadership, training, analysis, interpretation, and recommendations related to new and existing campus and system-wide academic personnel policies and practices. She oversees appointment and advancement files for the Division of Arts & Humanities and the Office of Research Affairs. Brandy also serves as the AA&T business systems lead and subject matter expert for various project management teams, including Interfolio, Faculty 180, AP Data, and APOL Review. She may be reached at bmisquez@ucsd.edu or (858) 246-0420.

  • Sarah Clark

    Sarah Clark

    EEO Specialist, Academic Recruitment

    Sarah Clark is responsible for reviewing academic recruitments for compliance and affirmative action, provides training to the UCSD community in the use AP On-Line Recruit and EEO compliance, helps develop the Academic Personnel Affirmative Action Plan, and  provides data reports to the Director of Academic Recruitment Services and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity. She may be contacted at s2clark@ucsd.edu or (858) 246-0490.

  • Kevin DelMastro

    Kevin DelMastro

    Senior Academic Personnel Analyst

    Kevin DelMastro oversees files for SIO, Biological Sciences, the departments of Family Medicine and Public Health and Dermatology within Health Sciences School of Medicine, and the departments of Anthropology, Cognitive Science, Education Studies, Ethnic Studies, Psychology, and Interdisciplinary Programs within Social Sciences. He may be contacted at kdelmastro@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-1912.

  • Lynn Field-Karsh

    Lynn Field-Karsh

    Director, Academic Process Development & Training

    Lynn Field-Karsh serves as senior advisor to the Assistant and Associate Vice Chancellors for Academic Personnel on academic employment matters.  She also provides advice and counsel to campus academic administrators, faculty, and department staff.  Lynn provides leadership in the administration of University policies and procedures.  She develops and oversees training programs and HR information systems for campus clientele.  Lynn also serves as a liaison between Academic Affairs and other UC campuses and the UC Office of the President.  She can be reached at lfield@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-4032.

  • Sheila Harley

    Sheila Harley

    Administrative Analyst

    Sheila Harley provides administrative support to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel and is responsible for a wide variety of projects and communications related to academic personnel. She is responsible for the management of the five-year review process for academic deans, provosts, and other academic administrators who report to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. She manages sensitive and confidential projects, provides staff support to committees and task forces appointed by the Executive Vice Chancellor. Sheila may be contacted at sharley@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-7699.

  • Laura Hawes

    Laura Hawes

    Senior Academic Personnel Analyst

    Laura Lynn Hawes oversees files and inquiries for the Division of Physical Sciences, Division of Social Sciences (Sociology, Linguistics, Political Science, Economics, and Communication), and Health Sciences SOM (Psychiatry, Pharmacology, Ophthalmology, SSPPS). She may be contacted at llhawes@ucsd.eu of (858) 534-3154.

  • Kelly Lindlar

    Kelly Lindlar

    Director, Academic Policy Development

    Kelly Lindlar develops local academic personnel policies on behalf of the EVC and campus constituents, revises existing academic personnel policies, and oversees the consultation process for the development of academic personnel policies, including informal and formal campus-wide review and consultation with UCSD's Academic Senate, the Committee on Academic Personnel, divisional deans, department chairs, and other members of the campus community. She also acts as the campus liaison with Office of the President for systemwide policy reviews and as the campus representative for systemwide committees established to review and/or develop new academic personnel policies. On campus, she advises divisional deans, department chairs, and academic personnel staff on complex policy interpretation issues. She can be contacted at klindlar@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-4564.

  • Gabriel Lopez

    Gabriel Lopez

    Senior Academic Personnel Analyst

    Gabe Lopez is the assigned Academic Personnel Sr. Analyst for the Rady School of Management, School of Global Policy and Strategy, and several areas in the Health Sciences School of Medicine.  He is responsible for assisting with and reviewing actions related to the appointment, advancement, and promotion of academic personnel. He may be contacted at gal037@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-3654.

  • Jenna Lucius

    Jenna Lucius

    Interfolio Trainer

    Jenna Lucius develops, manages, and conducts training sessions for academic appointees, academic leadership, department administrators and managers, and academic personnel staff on Interfolio and Faculty 180.  She may be contacted at jlucius@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-2597.

  • Kelly Maheu

    Kelly Maheu

    Senior Director of Data and Compensation Initiatives

    As Senior Director of Data and Compensation Initiatives, Kelly Maheu provides leadership on the development and implementation of compensation policy, programs, and data initiatives for academics at UCSD. She serves as a liaison for Office of the President and other UC campuses on system-wide academic compensation and data reporting matters. She is the HR/AP lead for the UCPath project which will be her primary focus through 2019. She may be contacted at kmaheu@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-3509.

  • Cynthia (Cindy) Palmer

    Cynthia (Cindy) Palmer

    Assistant Vice Chancellor – Academic Personnel

    As the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel (Asst VC-AP), Cindy Palmer manages the operations of Academic Personnel Services units, setting direction and establishing priorities for Academic Advancement & Compensation, Office of Academic Recruitments, Academic Employee Relations, Academic Policy Development, and Academic Data & Compensation Initiatives. She develops strategies to manage academic personnel issues, programs, policies and/or procedures that are responsive to needs of the campus within the context of institutional goals and objectives. The Asst. VC-AP serves as the chief advisor to the Chancellor, EVC and AVC-AP on academic personnel issues and as a primary consultant for academic vice chancellors, deans, department chairs and other academic leadership across the UCSD campus. She may be contacted at c5palmer@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-3133.

  • Jennifer Park

    Jennifer Park

    Director, Faculty Recruitment and Retention Programs

    Jennifer Park is the Director of the Partner Opportunities Program (POP), Regional Director of the Southern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (SoCal HERC), administers the Faculty Career Development Program, and supports faculty recruitment compliance,diversity outreach and training. She may be contacted at jsp003@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-5862.

  • Heather Pratt

    Heather Pratt

    Academic Personnel Analyst

    Heather Pratt oversees academic files for the Colleges, The Learning Commons and Extension program. She provides analysis and recommendations on proposed actions related to Non-Senate Faculty or Unit 18 appointees. She supports the Academic Administrator and Academic Coordinator Review Panel (AARP) and the Project Scientist and Specialist Review Panel (PSSRP).   She may be contacted at hpratt@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-3651.

  • Dawn Reser

    Dawn Reser

    Project and Data Services Manager

    Dawn Reser is responsible for the implementation of approved salary programs for academic employees.  She also oversees the creation of data reports for the academic population.  She is currently working on the team to implement UC Path, a systemwide personnel and payroll system to replace PPS, at UC San Diego. She may be contacted at dreser@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-7960.

  • Carla Solomon

    Carla Solomon

    Director, Office of Academic Recruitment Services. 

    Carla Solomon assists faculty search committees in using best-practice strategies to develop large, well-qualified, diverse applicant pools for faculty recruitments, and helps to clarify the University’s responsibilities for compliance with federal and state regulations.  She also develops the Academic Personnel Affirmative Action Plan and provides data reports for federal contractor complianceShe works in close collaboration with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity. She may be contacted at c1solomon@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-3623.

  • Doug Spence

    Doug Spence

    Senior Academic Personnel Analyst

    Doug Spence oversees files for Jacobs School of Engineering, Health Sciences School of Medicine (Moores Cancer Center/CMM/CRBS/Pediatrics/Reproductive Medicine/Medical Education/Surgery/Urology) and the Library.  He may be contacted at dwspence@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-1152.

  • Peter Tagilaferri

    Peter Tagilaferri

    Academic Personnel Services Assistant

    Peter Tagliaferri provides a wide variety of administrative support, office coordination, and front office management to the Academic Personnel Services Office.  This includes oversight of office infrastructure, mail distribution, operation and maintenance of all equipment and supply inventory. He provides back-up clerical support in APS including calendaring, assists with special projects of a highly confidential and sensitive nature, and facilitates all events that APS is responsible for, including workshops, quarterly briefings, and orientations. He is also responsible for the hiring and supervision of student employees for the office. He may be contacted at pgtagliaferri@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-3476.

  • Heather Fowler Zion

    Heather Fowler Zion

    Academic Family Programs Liaison

    Heather Fowler Zion is the campus subject matter expert on family accommodation policies and a liaison for work/life family-friendly programs for academic appointees. She coordinates the Dependent Care Travel Grant for Senate Faculty and collaborates with offices across campus to cross promote current work/life and family-friendly program offerings. As well as handling web management and publishing for several APS areas, she also expands and updates the Department Chair's Toolkit resource. She may be contacted at hzion@ucsd.edu or (858)534-0500.