Announcing the winners of the 2019 Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award

November 1, 2019

 Chancellor's Office


Dear colleagues,

When people think of Berkeley’s mission of teaching, research, and public service, their minds often instinctively turn only to professors and students in lecture halls and labs. Yet the efforts of thousands of dedicated, passionate, and enterprising campus staff play an equally important role in helping us achieve our goals.

Today, I am proud to announce the winners of the Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award (COSA), acknowledging staff members whose thoughtfulness, initiative, and drive has led to significant positive impact within the Berkeley community. The award, given to individuals and teams for projects undertaken within the last three years, is among our campus’ highest honors. It is one of the ways in which we hope to show our deep appreciation for staff members’ contributions.

Please join me in honoring and thanking the fourteen staff members and nine staff teams, listed below, who were selected to receive the 2019 award. I hope you will also visit the COSA website for in-depth descriptions of this year’s recipients’ work. Their stories vividly show that the success of our institution is not so much the result of any sweeping action, but rather the sum of many individual acts of ingenuity and ambition.

This year’s COSA winners will be recognized in an awards ceremony on Thursday, November 7th, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Sibley Auditorium. 

Finally, in the spirit of Staff Appreciation Week, let me take this opportunity to thank you – our entire corps of staff – for your contributions. Whether front and center or behind the scenes, your work is key to Berkeley’s greatness. While it is a time of immense change on our campus, I have great optimism and confidence that we will forge an exciting future for our institution, and that is because I have the utmost faith in our amazing and capable community of people.


Carol T. Christ

Eugene Whitlock
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Human Resources


Individual Award Recipients:

  • Russ Acker, Office of Planning & Analysis
  • Trenna M. Davis, Disabled Students' Program
  • Danner Doud-Martin, International Business Development Program (IBD), Haas School of Business
  • Katie Dustin, Student Affairs IT
  • Meltem Erol, College of Engineering
  • Sarah P. Gamble, PATH to Care Center
  • Liliana Iglesias, Undocumented Student Program
  • Alex Jordan, Mechanical Engineering
  • Andrea D. Lampros, School of Law
  • Jen Loy, Government and Community Relations
  • Michele Rabkin, VCUE
  • Jacob Robert Schroth, Haas Development and Alumni Relations
  • Anthony Suen, Data Science Education Program
  • Samantha Zepeda, UC Berkeley School of Law

Team Award Recipients:

Center for African Studies

  • Tami Driver
  • Anna Henry
  • Martha Saavedra

Faculty Leadership Academy Project Team

  • Karie Frasch
  • Madeleine Irwin
  • Andrea Lambert
  • Angela L.M. Stopper

GradFest Committee         

  • Larissa Charnsangavej
  • Shirley Giraldo
  • Deepak Sharma

Nutrition Policy Advisory Committee (NPAC)

  • Jennifer Guerra
  • Kim Guess
  • Patrick Kaulback
  • Cathy Kodama
  • Mikelle McCoin
  • Toby Morris
  • Jaylene Tang

SOS/Res Life Triple P/Student Parent Resource Team

  • Zenaida E. Hernandez
  • Nicole J. Kallas
  • Elissa Sato


  • Mike Alvarez Cohen
  • Eric Giegerich
  • Ilan Gur
  • Lynne Hollyer
  • Carol Mimura

UC Berkeley Mobile App Team

  • Bill Allison
  • Jen Bellenger
  • Sarah Fullerton
  • Jon Hays
  • Ram Kapoor
  • Zed Lopez
  • Hulda Nelson
  • Anne Marie Richard

The Village

  • Marissa Berwick
  • Lyone P. Conner
  • Kelsey Francis
  • Luqman Frank
  • Djenilin Mallari
  • Stefan Montouth
  • Tiffany Midori Perales 
  • Lien K. Truong

Work-Study UCPath Transition Team

  • Louis Dinh
  • Kerry Franzetta
  • Brittiany Juravic
  • Steven McCabe
  • Blanca Nuila
  • Beth Pearce
  • Susan Roach
  • Vivian Thao Tran
  • Annie Wong


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