UCI Forward

UCI Forward is our commitment to the well-being of our community as we ramp up campus operations. Working together, each of us doing our part, we can move UCI Forward.

Planning and Work Groups

Strategic Advisory Group

UCI's Strategic Advisory Group, led by Interim Provost Hal Stern, has been charged to map out plans related to the re-engaging of our workforce, research, students (current and prospective), instruction (undergraduate and graduate), health (patient and public), technology, and business operations.

Together, we are committed to excellence in paving What's Next at UCI.


Hal Stern
Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Chancellor’s Professor of Statistics


Ramona Agrela 
Associate Chancellor & Chief Human Resources Executive

Tom Andriola 
Vice Chancellor, Information, Technology and Data

Richard Arum 
Dean, School of Education 
Professor of Education

Willie Banks 
Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs

Jeff Barrett 
Chancellor’s Professor, Logic & Philosophy of Science

Bernadette Boden-Albala 
Director and Founding Dean, Program in Public Health

Ria Carlson 
Associate Chancellor, Strategic Communications & Public Affairs

Ron Cortez 
Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chancellor, Division of Finance and Administration

Rick Coulon 
Associate Vice Chancellor, Division of Finance and Administration

Michael Dennin 
Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning 
Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education

Andrea Eaton 
Chief Campus Counsel

Gillian Hayes 
Vice Provost, Graduate Education 
Dean, Graduate Division 
Robert A. and Barbara L. Kleist Professor of Informatics

Joanna Ho 
Associate Dean, MBA Programs 
Professor of Accounting

Carol Jun 
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Pramod Khargonekar 
Vice Chancellor for Research

Brice Kikuchi 
Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs

Khanh-Van Le-Bucklin 
Vice Dean, Medical Education 
Interim Chair, Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Jeff Lefkoff 
Associate Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Tracy Molidor 
Associate Vice Provost, Academic Planning

Patty Morales 
Associate Vice Chancellor, Enrollment Management

Diane O'Dowd 
Vice Provost for Academic Personnel 
Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology

Paula Smith 
Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator, Athletics

Jim Steintrager 
Professor of English 
Chair, Academic Senate

Lorelei Tanji 
University Librarian

Lars Walton 
Associate Chancellor and Chief of Staff, Office of the Chancellor

Chris Whytock 
Vice Dean, School of Law 
Professor of Law

Karl Wolonski 
Associate Vice Chancellor, Environmental and Facilities Services, Facilities Management

Campus Recovery Implementation Team

UCI’s Campus Recovery Implementation Team (CRIT) has been established to help the campus community navigate the operational issues as we return to campus. The team meets daily to triage questions, review policy issues, and help coordinate the work of the various departments that are addressing COVID-19 issues.  The CRIT reports to the Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) led by Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Hal Stern.

If you need any guidance or have questions about the campus plans, the CRIT team can be reached by email at CRIT@uci.edu or at one of the three phone numbers listed below:

  • (949) 824 – 9599
  • (949) 824 – 9699
  • (949) 824 – 9799

In addition, the CRIT will coordinate existing committee operational recommendations for approval by the Strategic Advisory Group (SAG)  If you are working on a subcommittee related to the reengagement of campus operational activities, please notify CRIT so your efforts can be coordinated.

The following individuals make up Campus Recovery Implementation Team:

  • Ronald Cortez, Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chancellor, Division of Finance and Administration – Project Sponsor
  • Grace Crvarich, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Process Improvement
  • Jennifer Aaron, Associate Vice Provost & Chief of Staff
  • Gina Anzivino, Assistant Director
  • Marianne Beckett, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Personnel
  • Jennie Brewton, Director of Creative Services
  • Kate Brigman, Executive Director
  • Rebecca Brusuelas-James, Associate Vice Chancellor, Finance
  • Mary Clark, Chief of Staff
  • Kian Colestock, Interim Chief Information Office and Associate Vice Chancellor
  • Sandra Conrrad, Assistant Director, Safety & Injury Prevention
  • Rick Coulon, Associate Vice Chancellor, DFA Campus Operations
  • Court Crowther, Assistant Dean
  • Brian Fahnestock, Special Assistant to the CFO
  • Rachel Gamby, Manager, Administrative Policies
  • Lori Husein, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Controller
  • Tony Hwang, Executive Director
  • Pamela James, Executive HR Director
  • Brice Kikuchi, Associate Vice Chancellor
  • Sheri Ledbetter, Communications Officer
  • Erica Monteabaro, Senior Associate Director
  • Bruce Morgan, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration
  • Jim Pavelko, Interim Asst to the CFO and Assc VC, DFA Campus Operations
  • Hung Pham, Director, UCI Trademarks & Strategic Contracts
  • Kyle Rowen, Campus Counsel
  • Miryha Runnerstrom, Associate Director, Undergraduate Program & Associate Professor
  • Benedicte Shipley, Assistant Dean
  • John Sterritt, Executive Director
  • McKenna Reeves, Assistant Administrative Analyst

Sheefteh Khalili, Chief of Staff, VC Health Affairs Administration from UCI Health will serve as a consultant to field any requests and questions related to health issues and/or identify a resource to assist.