Ronald S. Cortez
Chief Financial Officer
Vice Chancellor, Division of Finance and Administration
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Ronald Cortez joined UCI in February 2017 as vice chancellor of Administrative & Business Services, and in February of 2018 he became chief financial officer and vice chancellor for the Division of Finance and Administration. He manages a large, $3.5 billion operating budget and a $3 billion capital expenditure budget, ensuring responsible allocation of public and private financial resources to meet objectives including the health enterprise (health sciences and medical center). Ron works closely with and provides strategic oversight to the CFO of Health Affairs to ensure overall financial strength of the university.
Ron has played a critical role in the recent development of the campus, overseeing the planning, funding, and development of the Integrated Science and Engineering Building, the Samueli College of Health Sciences and Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing & Health Sciences Hall, and four residence halls providing over 4,000 additional beds to the campus, utilizing a public/private partnership framework. In addition, Ron led the land use planning and approval effort for the new $1.2 billion UCI Medical Center – Irvine.
Ron’s influence has also been felt across the campus on several other major projects during his tenure, such as providing financial leadership to guide the campus through the pandemic, which allowed the campus to absorb all financial impacts while continuing to achieve its strategic objectives; and, implementation of UCPath, the UC system’s single payroll, benefits, human resources and academic personnel solution and the largest administrative system implementation in UC’s history. Ron also significantly improved customer service and is most proud of his Division of Finance and Administration team at UC Irvine.
Ron brings more than three decades of public sector administrative and financial experience. He previously served as vice president of Administration & Finance and chief financial officer for San Francisco State University, associate vice chancellor for Administrative Services at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and worked for the county of Santa Barbara for fourteen years, three of which he served as the deputy county executive officer. His work has focused on the management of multi-million dollar budgets; large, complex government information systems, developing and implementing capital projects, including overseeing the construction of over twelve public building projects. He also oversaw the creation and implementation of a new financial system, eProcurement, timekeeping, risk management, liability systems, and sustainability projects. He served eight years as an Officer/Navigator in the United States Air Force.
Ron received the OCBJ CFO of the Year Award in the not-for-profit category in 2020 and was selected to be the 2017 commencement speaker for the Bishop Diego High School. He has served as a Board of Trustee member for Bishop Garcia Diego High School, and in 2016, was awarded the Public Service Award from the Public Administration Faculty for his contribution to the San Francisco community. He served as a mentor for the Western Association of College and Business Officers (WACUBO) and was a member of NACUBO’s (National Association of College and University Business Officers) Research Universities Council. Ron was appointed by UC President Janet Napolitano to serve on UCOP’s Presidential Task Force on Universitywide Policing to examine the investigative practices, use of force-related policies and training of the UC police departments in an effort to strengthen the departments’ practices and their relationships and interactions with the community. He is the chair of UC Retirement System (UCRS) Advisory Board which aims to develop ideas or new approaches to the provisions of UCRS benefits which holds assets of $144 billion. Ron also sits on the board of directors for Fiat Lux Risk and Insurance Company, UC’s captive insurance company with assets totaling $1.2 billion, which efficiently finances risks and provides the infrastructure necessary to support insurance programs beneficial to the university’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
A first-generation college graduate, Ron earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) at the Santa Barbara College of Law and received a master’s degree in organizational management and public administration at Fielding Graduate University and Northern Michigan University, respectively. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from San Jose State University.
Richard L. Coulon
Associate Vice Chancellor
Division of Finance and Administration
Richard Coulon is the associate vice chancellor for the Division of Finance and Administration. He has been with UCI for over 17 years starting his university career as Risk Management Coordinator and worked his way up to Director of Procurement and Risk Services before taking on his current position. Rick received his Bachelors of Science degree from California State University, Long Beach and later earned the professional designation of Associate in Risk Management (ARM) from the Insurance Institute of America. Rick is a state certified mediator and serves on numerous committees and is co-manager of the UCI Emergency Operations Center.
Karl Wolonsky is responsible for overseeing the effective operation of campus buildings, trades and construction services, grounds and utilities. Karl has over 38 years of service at UCI as assistant dean for the School of Physical Sciences prior to recently assuming the position of assistant vice chancellor. Karl earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of New Mexico where he also served as the first administrator for the New Mexico’s State Medical Examiner’s Office.
Associate Vice Chancellor and Campus Architect
Design & Construction Services
Brian Pratt oversees major academic building projects, research facilities, and housing projects. He leads Design and Construction's efforts for the campus, delivering highly complex projects via design build. Brian has served in the private and public sectors, formerly leading the Orange County Architecture Discipline as a Principal with AECOM. Brian has recently led a variety of project types, including laboratories, sports facilities, retail, cultural, and civic, both new and renovation. Past clients include the Arizona Cardinals, University of Arkansas, Pomona College, UCSD, UCLA, CSUF, UCSB, and UCR. Brian’s work has been recognized with several awards and recognitions and many projects have achieved various levels of LEED certification.
Chief of Staff
Office of the CFO and Vice Chancellor
Mary Clark plays a critical support role in strategic planning and provides administrative leadership on Division of Finance and Administration and/or UCI initiatives, including the design and management of projects and programs that are integral to UCI’s financial health, academic excellence, and productivity. She has nearly 25 years of experience in higher education at universities in the United States and Europe. Mary served as the chief of operations for the Division of Administration & Finance at California State University, Fullerton; eight years at UCI's Paul Merage School of Business as director and then assistant dean; and prior to her tenure at UCI, Mary was at Washington University in St. Louis, IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, and Chapman University. Mary holds an executive MBA degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in business administration from California State University, Fullerton.
Controller and Assistant Vice Chancellor of
Accounting & Fiscal Services
Mary Ek is the Controller and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Accounting & Fiscal Services. In this role, she leads an organization of more than 100 financial professionals and support staff in the areas of Accounting & Fiscal Services and Procurement Services as well as overseeing many of UCI’s central financial functions. Working closely with campus business offices, Mary and her team ensure the integrity of UCI's financial reporting, enable effective and efficient campus financial processes and controls, and champion compliance with policies, laws, and regulations. Mary has extensive leadership experience in both higher education and corporate finance organizations. She recently served as assistant vice chancellor and controller for California State University Chancellor’s Office overseeing financial services and reporting activity across 23 campuses. Prior to her time at CSU, Mary worked for The Boeing Company as the director of Defense and Space Procurement Financial Analysis Department where she led a team of 350 procurement financial analysts and managers. Mary received her MBA from UCI.
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Process Improvement
Office of the CFO and Vice Chancellor
Grace Crvarich joined my leadership team in October 2019 as the assistant vice chancellor for Process Improvement. Her focus will support our mission of increasing efficiencies and improving services to campus. Grace has over 20 years of experience in higher education and comes to us from Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine (KPSOM) where she served as their senior director of Finance. During her time there, she led the planning of a 10 year, $1B business case that included accreditation, staffing, and financial plans for the School.
Grace’s experience includes 15 years at UC San Francisco, in facilities management, capital projects, and the School of Medicine. At UC Berkeley she served as the assistant vice chancellor and chief operating officer for the Division of Real Estate, where she managed multiple strategic initiatives to improve business efficiency, implement cost-savings, and simplify processes. Grace earned a bachelor’s in business administration from CSU East Bay and a master’s in business administration (MBA) from the University of San Francisco.
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Campus Physical & Environmental Planning
Campus Physical & Environmental Planning
Richard Demerjian oversees campus physical, environmental, and sustainability planning. With over 30 years of experience managing projects and programs, Richard has played a significant role in the sustainable development of UCI. He manages projects ranging from UCI’s green building program, green and renewable energy systems, water quality systems, urban forestry, and habitat restoration and management.
Richard is a registered Landscape Architect and LEED accredited professional. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the School of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from UC Irvine.
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Budget Office
Katherine Gallardo is the assistant vice chancellor of budget and academic resource planning and has over 25 years of experience in higher education, including appointments at Boston University, UCLA, and UCI. Her experience includes serving in financial and personnel management roles in a wide variety of academic disciplines and units. Katherine joined the Budget Office in 2014. She coordinates campus strategic planning and budget efforts, collaborates with UC Office of the President, advises leadership on academic resource matters, and oversees financial forecasting, trend analysis, modeling, and development of allocation methodologies intended to better align resources with strategic goals. Katherine has a B.S. in business administration with a focus on finance from Boston University, and an MBA from UCI.
Janet C. Mason
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Capital Planning and Space Management
Capital Planning & Space Management
Janet Mason is responsible for overseeing the planning of new building projects and major renovations, administering the Small Capital Improvement Program, developing project approval documents for State and Regental review, developing the ten-year Capital Financial Plan, supporting campus decision-making regarding the use of on- and off-campus space, and maintaining UCI’s facilities inventory database. Janet has been with UCI for 38 years, beginning in Public Policy Research Organization and moving to the planning office several years later. During her tenure, Janet has been in involved in planning most of the new facilities that have been constructed on campus since the mid-1980s. Janet graduated from Adelphi University with the degree in experimental psychology.
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Support Services
Division of Finance and Administration
David Ott is responsible for centralizing a support service delivery model for the Division of Finance and Administration business processes, human resources processes, and budget and financial processes. He has over 35 years in the public service industry where he served as a special consultant to the vice president and chief financial officer of Administration and Finance at San Francisco State University, interim assistant city manager for San Juan Capistrano, city manager for Solana Beach, and director of the Solana Beach Redevelopment Agency. He also held the position of fire chief for the cities of Solana Beach and Del Mar where he was responsible for managing and directing the fire department and emergency preparedness personnel and all department operations. He holds a Master of Arts in executive management leadership from Grand Canyon University, Master of Arts in management - human resource management from the University of Redlands, and Bachelor of Science degree in fire administration and fire prevention, both from Cogswell Polytechnical College.
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Facilities Management
Allen Shiroma is the assistant vice chancellor of Facilities Management and he is responsible for overseeing the effective operation of campus buildings, trades, construction services, grounds, custodial and utilities operations. He has over 40 years of experience in his field has held similar positions in high-technology private companies. He has been at UCI for almost 12 years and prior to stepping into his current role, he lead completion of $95 million of campus deferred maintenance, improvement of renovation processes and accelerated the completion of critical campus projects. He holds a B.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Michigan and received his MBA from UCI.
Elizabeth (Liz) Griffin
Chief of Police
UCI Police Department
Chief Griffin joined UCI in May 2019 with over 25 years of police experience. She started her career in the Long Beach Police Department in 1992, and moved up the ranks from officer to sergeant to lieutenant and, ultimately, to commander. As UCI’s Chief of Police, she manages an operation that includes patrol, administration, investigations, emergency management, and Public Safety Services at the UCI Medical Center. She is a graduate of LAPD West Point Leadership Program and FBI National Academy. She was a member of the board of directors for Boy Scouts of America’s Long Beach Area Council, assistant director of LBPD Historical Society, and LBPD’s liaison to the LGBTQ community. Chief Griffin earned a B.S. in criminal justice at CSUF and a M.S. in emergency services administration at CSULB.
Transportation & Distribution Services
Ron Fleming is the Executive Director of Transportation and Distribution Services, where he has over 23 years of experience leading sustainable initiatives, capital improvement projects, transportation demand management systems, and auxiliary programs.
During Ron’s tenure, the department has garnered over 40 awards including the California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, Green California Leadership Award, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Excellence and Outstanding Achievement Awards. As a recognized industry leader, Ron was named the International Parking Institute’s Parking Professional of the Year and was also an invited speaker at The White House’s EV Corridors event in 2016.
Ron serves as an accreditation team member for the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration evaluating graduate-level public policy and administration programs, and works as a council member for the American Society for Public Administration’s Southern California chapter. Ron received his B.A. from UCI and holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of La Verne.
Kyong Salmons is the executive director of budget and has 25 years of work experience in higher education. Prior to UCI, Kyong was at UC Riverside and University of Pennsylvania working in academic, administrative, and clinical departments. She has experience with forecasting, multi-year planning, financial modeling, budgeting, reporting, financial, and payroll management. Kyong has experience with leading service-oriented teams who provided support to academic, administrative, auxiliary, and clinical units. Kyong has a B.S. in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Temple University.
Executive Director of Financial Reporting
Office of the CFO and Vice Chancellor
Jean Yin executive director of financial reporting in the Office of the CFO and Vice Chancellor. She joined UCI in April 2019, coming to us from UCOP where she served as director of capital markets finance for four years. Her prior experience also includes stints at UC Berkeley and in the private sector, working in public finance and investments. Jean earned B.A.s in economics and political science from UC Berkeley and an M.A. in economics from USC. She is also a CFA charterholder.
Michael P. Bathke
Internal Audit Services
Mike Bathke leads a staff of nine professional auditors with operations and offices at the campus and medical center. In 2010, Mike served a temporary role in Accounting and Financial Services as the Interim Director of Internal Controls and General Accounting. Mike previously worked as an internal audit and accounting/financial consultant at Jefferson Wells (now Experis), an international professional services organization. Mike graduated from California State University, Los Angeles, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and holds three professional certifications.
Special Assistant to the CFO & Vice Chancellor
Office of the CFO and Vice Chancellor
Brian Fahnestock is special assistant to the CFO and Vice Chancellor. He joined UCI in March as special assistant to the CFO and vice chancellor in the Division of Finance and Administration. Brian brings over 25 years of government and higher education experience and has held the positions of chief business officer, vice president, and vice chancellor at four California Community College Districts. He also served as the interim associate vice president for Fiscal Affairs at San Francisco State University. Brian received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and his master’s degree from the Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey.