Mary Lou D. Ortiz
Chief Financial Officer
Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration
Mary Lou D. Ortiz joined UCI on July 18, 2022 as chief financial officer and vice chancellor for the Division of Finance and Administration. She 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).
Mary Lou has broad experience leading administrative and financial operations at public and private research universities, strengthening those operations to best support the needs of each institution’s core programs. She most recently served as associate vice president for budget and university budget officer at Pennsylvania State University, serving as a senior member of the university’s financial leadership team and responsible for overseeing the University Budget Office and for the development and assessment of the university’s budget and resource allocation policies. She implemented the university’s annual operating budget and had budgetary responsibility for Penn State’s complex $7.7 billion organization with 24 campuses, leading discussions about maintaining affordability for Penn State students while continuing to innovate.
Prior to joining Penn State, Mary Lou served as vice chancellor for finance and administration at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, providing financial and operational leadership to the university’s flagship campus and overseeing $1.7 billion in total resources. She is the former director for finance and resource administration of University Services for Princeton University and former director of planning and financial administration at Columbia University’s student health services. In addition to her higher education experience, she was the senior director of budget and financial planning at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a global humanitarian aid, relief and development nongovernmental organization, where she oversaw the annual operating budget for the IRC’s 26 overseas offices and affiliates and 32 domestic operations.
Mary Lou earned her Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Columbia University, and is a candidate for the Doctorate in Education in Penn State’s Higher Education program.
Richard L. Coulon
Associate Vice Chancellor,
DFA Campus Operations
Richard Coulon is the associate vice chancellor for DFA Campus Operations. He has over 23 years of experience at UCI overseeing a diverse portfolio which has included, Design and Construction Services, Capital Planning and Space Management, Campus Physical and Environmental Planning, Real Estate Services, Risk Management, Accounting, and UCPath. He served as UCI’s UCPath committee chair which led to the successful implementation—the largest administrative system implementation in UC’s history. He also served as UCI’s director of Materiel and Risk Management which included central purchasing, equipment management, business contracts, interior design, and risk management. Rick is a skilled leader and is experienced in procurement policy and negotiating complex agreements. He is a certified mediator, serves on numerous committees, and is the director of UCI’s Emergency Operations Center.
Rick received his B.S. 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 graduated from the UC Coro Systemwide Leadership Collaborative in 2018.
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.
Michael P. Bathke
Internal Audit Services
Mike Bathke joined UCI Internal Audit Services in 2003 and has been the Internal Audit Director since 2012. Mike leads a staff of nine professional auditors with operations at the campus and medical center. Mike is responsible for developing and implementing an effective internal audit function that provides independent and objective assurance, consulting, and investigation services designed to add value and improved UCI and UCI Health operations.
Prior to joining UCI, Mike was an internal audit and accounting/financial consultant at Jefferson Wells, an international professional services organization.
Mike graduated from California State University, Los Angeles, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He is a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified Healthcare Internal Audit Professional.
Assistant Vice Chancellor,
Program Development and Execution
Grace Crvarich joined UCI in October 2019 as the assistant vice chancellor for Process Improvement. Currently she oversees the Program Development and Execution (PDE) unit which provides project management support for DFA initiatives and projects, as well as for certain campuswide projects. Grace has over 25 years of experience in higher education and comes to us from Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine (KPSOM) where she served as their founding 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 KPSOM.
Grace’s experience includes 15 years at UC San Francisco, in facilities management, capital projects, and the School of Medicine Dean’s Office. 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,
Katherine Gallardo is the assistant vice chancellor of budget and academic resource planning and has over 30 years of experience in higher education. 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 financial 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. Katherine has a B.S. in business administration with a focus on finance from Boston University, and an MBA from UCI.
Elizabeth (Liz) Griffin
Chief of Police,
UCI Police Department
Chief Griffin joined UCI in May 2019 and has over 30 years of law enforcement experience. She started her career with the Long Beach Police Department in 1992, and moved up the ranks until she ultimately became a police commander. At Long Beach, she was involved with the LBPD Historical Society, managed and participated and in many Citywide community engagement events, and was the department liaison to the LGBTQA+ community. As UCI’s Chief of Police, she manages an operation that includes patrol for both the campus and the UCI Medical Center, administration, investigations, dispatch and a tiered response to public safety on campus and at the UCI Medical Center. She is a graduate of LAPD West Point Leadership Program, UC CORO Systemwide Leadership Collaborative and the FBI National Academy. She has completed the Inclusive Excellence Certificate Program here at UCI. Chief Griffin earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice at CSUF and a M.S. in Emergency Services Administration at CSULB.
Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor,
Matt Gudorf was appointed interim assistant vice chancellor of Facilities Management effective July 1, 2022. Matt oversees the day-to-day operations of Facilities Management and assures the team of trades, engineers, and professional staff continue to advance UCI's brilliant future by creating a physical environment allowing our students, faculty, and staff to thrive. Matt has worked at UCI for 16 years and for the past 11 years has led UCI’s Energy, Engineering, and Inspection team focusing efforts on energy efficiency upgrades, utility and infrastructure retrofits, and project development. Prior to joining UCI, Matt worked for various companies in the fields of electrical transmission and distribution, ultra-high voltage substation design, and underground wet utility installations throughout the mid-west and southern California. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with an emphasis on high voltage systems.
Janet C. Mason
Assistant Vice Chancellor,
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 and Campus Controller,
Accounting & Fiscal Services
Barry Oh is the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Accounting & Fiscal Services and Campus Controller. In this role, he leads an organization of more than 100 financial professionals and support staff and oversees many of UCI’s central financial functions. Working closely with campus business offices, Barry and his 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. Prior to joining UCI he worked in various industries, including six years in the Big 4 accounting firms performing audit and consulting services. He also held various leadership positions in accounting and finance, serving as Director of Accounting at The Boeing Company, Controller at both Curtiss Wright and HID Global, and Director of Financial Services at Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. Barry is a certified public accountant and earned his MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business. He is an alumnus of UCLA where he graduated with a B.A. in economics.
Sr. HR Business Partner,
DFA Human Resources
Venee Raduziner is the director and senior human resources business partner (HRBP) for the Division of Finance and Administration. In her role, she provides guidance, consultation, thought partnership, and support across all levels of the division to positively influence people decisions and continuously enhance employee engagement and high-performance results.
Prior to joining UCI in early 2020, Venee held multiple HR leadership roles for over 25 years in a variety of industries such as Southern California Edison, Los Angeles Times, and the Aaron Brothers division of Michaels stores. Venee earned her bachelor’s degree and certificate in Human Performance Improvement (HPI) from Chapman University. In addition, she completed her HR certificate program at the University of Phoenix and is certified in Prosci Change Management.