CSAC Members

CSAC 2021 Cohort with Campus Leadership

The 2020-2021 CSAC Cohort, joined by Chancellor Carol Christ, Assistant Vice Chancellor Eugene Whitlock, and Associate Chief of Staff Martha Chavez, for a virtual meeting in April 2021.

Marissa Cheng
Marissa Cheng

Senior Planner, Physical & Environmental Planning

  • CSAC Incoming Chair, 2021-2022; Vice Chair, 2020-2021
  • CSAC Member since 2019
  • UC Employee Since 2018

Marissa is a Senior Planner in Physical & Environmental Planning, focusing on coordination of decision-making around the built environment, from signage to buildings and master plans. Marissa joined CSAC to learn about the campus and community from other perspectives, and for the opportunity to help and effect change. Planning school left Marissa with a strong belief in the public good; Marissa holds an SB, MCP, and MArch from MIT. Marissa also enjoys baking and organizing things.


Richard J. Chiovarelli

Richard J. Chiovarelli
Staff Psychologist, Counseling & Psychological Services

  • CSAC Member since 2020
  • UC Employee since 2012

Richard joined CSAC to support staff's needs, increase campus connections, and integrate more fully into the campus community. He is excited to learn more about staff members' experiences across campus, work with campus leadership, and think creatively and strategically to find ways to enhance staff members' experiences and raise up all of the Cal community. In addition to his work as a mental health counselor, Richard's work experience includes teaching and consultation, especially regarding career transitions to the mental health field. He received his Psy.D. in Psychology from the Wright Institute.


Casey Hennig

Casey Hennig
Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, Information Security Office

  • CSAC Member since 2021
  • UC Employee since 2011

Casey Hennig is the Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for the Information Security Office (ISO). Her work is focused on educating the campus on information security best practices and building community. Making sure that staff feel seen, heard, and valued on campus is an important issue to Casey and why she wanted to join CSAC. Casey also serves on the Information Services & Technology Action Team to improve transparency and communication across the organization, to reduce harassment, discrimination, and bullying, and to improve equity and inclusion.


Colette Jackson

Colette Jackson

Information Systems Analyst, IST

  • CSAC Member since 2021
  • UC Employee since 2004

Colette joined CSAC to contribute to the campus efforts to improve diversity, equity, inclusion and access so that all staff will have a sense of belonging. Before coming to UC Berkeley Colette worked as a minister in the Metropolitan Community Church and as a Performance Artist creating and performing on issues of intersectionality, queer oppression, gender fluidity and child abuse. She received her BA in psychology from the Claremont colleges and a MDiv from Pacific School of Religion.

Colette has worked at UC Berkeley as a Programmer Analyst and Information Systems Analyst for seventeen years. She serves as a member and co-chair of the Information Services and Technology Action Team, a cultural change committee dedicated to fostering diversity equity and inclusion. Her first love is her wife of twenty seven years. Her second love is running.


Amir-Ali Karkia

Amir-Ali Karkia
Conduct Coordinator, Center for Student Conduct

  • Executive Liaison (2021-2022)
  • CSAC Member since 2020

  • UC Employee since 2016

Amir joined CSAC to build community with other staff across campus and support community endeavors around equity and inclusion, staff belonging, and organizational change. Amir began his career at UC Berkeley in Residential Life as a Resident Director before moving to the Center for Student Conduct, where he is currently a Conduct Coordinator. Amir received his B.A. in Business Administration at CSU Fullerton, and received his M.S. in Educational Leadership at CSU Fullerton working concurrently in Residence Life and in the Diversity Initiatives Resource Center. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, supporting local artists and business, and spending time with his family and friends. 


Tanya Koroyan

Tanya Koroyan
Assistant Director, Residential Life

  • CSAC Member since 2021
  • UC Employee since 2016
Tanya (she/her) is a Senior Resident Director and has been with the Department of Residential Life since 2016. Prior to coming to UC Berkeley, Tanya attended San Jose State University where she earned her Bachelors in Sociology, and then the University of San Francisco where she received her Masters of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Tanya has recently returned to the University of San Francisco to pursue her EdD in Organization & Leadership. Tanya has a passion for supporting staff and mentoring new professionals. She joined CSAC to connect with others across campus in an effort to build partnerships and help create a stronger staff experience at Cal. In her free time, Tanya enjoys arts and crafts, spending time with friends and family, watching TV, and taking dance classes. 

Alyssa Panyawai

Alyssa Panyawai Kurth
Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Referral Case Manager

  • CSAC Member since 2019
  • UC Employee since 2017

Alyssa joined CSAC to better connect with the campus community, focus on issues regarding mental health across campus, and learn more about decision making processes on campus. Before joining the staff at UC Berkeley, Alyssa has worked at a homeless shelter, domestic violence shelter, and substance abuse residential treatment center. Alyssa majored in Psychology at UC San Diego and has her Masters degree in Social Work from San Diego State University. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys cooking, traveling, crafting, gardening, and spending time with her dog and partner.


Harris Mojadedi

Harris Mojadedi
Project/Policy Analyst, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Immediate Office

  • CSAC Chair, 2021-2022; Vice Chair, 2019-2020
  • CSAC Member since 2018
Harris joined CSAC to deepen his knowledge of the campus and its operations, and to creatively and collaboratively influence decisions.  He is especially interested in issues around maintaining and improving UC Berkeley's accessibility, financial sustainability, and excellence.  His work involves project management, client relationship management, facilities, financial services, travel & events, and procurement. Harris is a past recipient of the Chancellor's Public Service Awards.   
Harris studied Political Science with an emphasis on policy analysis at San Jose State University, and a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership form Saint Mary's College. In his free time, Harris enjoys serving the community in various boards and non-profits in Alameda County. 

Nicole McIntyre

Nicole McIntyre (she/they)
Manager of Transfer Success Initiatives

  • CSAC Member since 2017
  • UC Employee since 2014

Nicole joined CSAC in 2017 amist large changes in the campus leadership, excited learn more about the experiences of fellow staff. Nicole is committed to creating equitable and accessible public institutions of higher education and ensuring this applies to all members of the campus community. This work has included being a founding leader of the Staff Basic Needs Working Group, serving on the Chancellor's Advisory Committee for Working Families, and the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the LGBTQ+ Communities at Cal, and participating in LavenderCal and the Dismantling Racism Action & Study Group.

In her day job, Nicole develops/leads programs and classes for community college and junior transfer students in STEM. She atteded UC Berkeley and earned a graduate degree in Educational Leadership from the University of San Francisco. 


Sreekala Nair

Sreekala Nair
Project Manager/Business Analyst, Haas School of Business

  • CSAC Member since 2020
  • UC Employee since 2011

Sreekala is joining CSAC during challenging times (health and economy issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic) and a significant chapter in the civil rights movement.   Sreekala is looking forward to collaborating with campus leadership and other colleagues from across campus, on staff morale focusing on equity, inclusion and diversity especially in leadership positions.  Sreekala also looks at this as an opportunity for personal growth and to learn more about being a responsible campus community member.  Sreekala has worked at the Haas School of Business since 2011.  Sreekala graduated from Gujarat University, India, with a degree in Instrumentation and Control Engineering.


Izzy Parnell-Wolfe

Izzy Parnell-Wolfe (she/her)

Campus Operations Training Coordinator, Facilities Services

  • CSAC Member since 2021
  • UC Employee since 2018

Izzy joined CSAC to highlight the specific needs and issues that operations based staff have and face, particularly from a lens of diversity, equity and inclusion. She began at UC Berkeley as a Zero Waste Specialist and now supports the training coordination (including staff development) for the Facilities Services (FS) Custodial, Landscape Services, and Cal Zero Waste units. She also serves as one of the co-chairs of the newly formed FS Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Team, and is a member of LavenderCal, the Dismantling Racism Action & Study Group and Staff Basic Needs Working Group. 

Izzy graduated from UCSB with a BA in Global Studies. She enjoys dance classes, hiking, reading, and learning and unlearning on an ongoing basis. 


Ben Perez

Ben Perez

Manager, Physical Access Compliance

  • CSAC Member since 2021
  • UC Employee since 2014

Ben is an alum of UC Berkeley's College of Letters & Sciences and has served as a member of the UC Berkeley staff since 2014. He joined the UC Berkeley administration as the Campus Access Specialist with the Disabled Students' Program, developing and training staff in disability access initiatives across university programs. After working with university leadership to establish the new DAC office, Ben now supports Capital Strategies and Facilities Services as the university official responsible for physical access and ADAAG/CBC compliance in the built environment.


Jon Phillips

Jon Phillips

Graduate Student Affairs Officer, Department of Mathematics

  • CSAC Member since 2021
  • UC Employee since 2017

Jon joined CSAC to better connect with the campus community and to support campus’s efforts to improve the staff experience. Jon began his career at UC Berkeley as an advisor with the Fall Program for Freshmen before moving to the math department, where he is currently a Graduate Student Affairs Officer. Jon received his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and German at UC Berkeley and received his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at Harvard University. In his spare time, Jon enjoys hiking, playing board games, yoga, and traveling.


Talmeisa "Tally" Ogans

Talmeisa Ogans
Executive Assistant to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

  • CSAC Vice Chair, 2021-2022
  • CSAC Member since 2020
  • UC Employee since 2015

Talmeisa has been a UC Berkeley staff member within the Division of Student Affairs for over five years. One of her primary reasons for joining CSAC is her commitment and compassion for advocating for those who may seem invisible in larger scale organizations/institutions. Her advocacy is present in her professional work as well in her volunteer work as a staff facilitator for the Multicultural Education Program (MEP).

Talmeisa is a bay area native and has earned her Master's (2009) in Business Administration, Master's degree (2005) in Education - Organizational Leadership, and undergraduate degree in Hospitality Management (2003) from the University of San Francisco. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending quality time with friends/family. 


Christina Teller

Christina Teller
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Advising, College of Letters & Science

  • CSAC Member since 2019
  • UC Employee since 2014

Christina sees CSAC as a unique opportunity to partner with campus leadership around issues of climate, equity and inclusion for staff. Creating professional development opportunities for staff at all levels is crucial to these endeavors, and Christina looks forward to connecting with staff from across campus to develop meaningful proposals. Christina has worked in the College of Letters & Science Office of Undergraduate Advising since 2014 and first worked at UC Berkeley in the Athletic Department from 2005-06. Christina majored in Psychology at UCLA, completed her M.A. in Education at UC Berkeley, and earned an Ed.D. in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco.


Rebecca Ulrich

Rebecca Ulrich
Executive Assistant to the Associate Provost and Dean of the School of Information

  • CSAC Outgoing Chair, 2021-2022; Chair, 2020-2021
  • CSAC Member since 2017

Shortly after arriving on campus and while working in the Office of the Registrar, Rebecca began volunteering on behalf of staff and she’s continued to do so during her four years at Cal. After 16 years as a legal assistant and office manager in an Immigration Law firm, coming to Cal was an exciting career pivot. Serving successively as Vice Chair, Chair and Past Chair on the Executive Board of the Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO), she continues to support Cal staff in leadership positions as well as supporting behind the scenes.

She joined CSAC as a way to better connect with the larger campus community, particularly focusing on campus climate issues for staff. She is the co-founder of the “On The Same Page” Staff Book Group which is starting its fifth season. She also serves as a staff-support person for the UC Berkeley World Peace Buddhist student group. She is a past recipient of the Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award. She joined CSAC to continue supporting staff with the goal of making Cal a better place for all. Her life outside of Cal includes many things including yoga, running, dragon boat racing, biking, gardening, good friends and good fun.