Our Instructors

Katie Wellman

Katie Wellman joined UC Davis as a Labor Relations Consultant in Employee and Labor Relations in February 2018. As a Labor Relations Consultant, Katie administers the grievance and complaint process, provides interpretation on contract and policy issues, and represents UC Davis during collective bargaining as well as administrative and arbitration hearings. Before becoming a Labor Relations Consultant, Katie worked for a year in Employee and Labor Relations as the Chancellor’s Legal Fellow, doing much of the same work as the Labor Relations Consultants. She also worked at an investigations law firm conducting workplace investigations on various issues including sexual harassment, retaliation, and discrimination. Katie graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Political Science and Legal Studies. She obtained her law degree from UC Davis where she was a member of the UC Davis Law Review and Trial Practice Honors Board.

Shelbi Rodriguez

Shelbi Rodriquez joined UC Davis as a Labor Relations Consultant in January 2018.  As a Labor Relations Consultant, Shelbi is involved in all aspects of labor relations issues, including collective bargaining, grievance and complaint processing, interpretive services for contracts and institutional matters, and legal administrative inquiries mandated by University policy, union contracts, and federal, state, county, and local public employment law.  

Carolyn Penny

Carolyn Penny, J.D., serves as the Director of the Office of Campus Dialogue and Deliberation. She has more than 30 years of experience in conflict resolution, and collaborative problem solving of complex public policy disputes as well as leadership education, strategic and organizational planning, stakeholder input process design, issue framing, and facilitation of public engagement processes.

Lili Bynes

Lili Bynes has been in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean’s Office since 2003 and at UC Davis since 2002. Prior to coming to UC Davis Lili worked in a variety of environments ranging from street outreach in the San Diego area as a health educator for HIV prevention, guiding Oakland high school students to post-secondary educational options, as well as involvement with incarcerated populations for behavior change programs and financial aid assistance. Lili’s primary goal is to honor the layers of the identity of the client with a holistic approach while creatively finding ways to support their personal goals.

Linda Adams

Linda Adams, RD provides nutrition services for the Work Strong and the Staff and Faculty Health and Well-Being programs at UC Davis Occupational Health. Additionally, she works with students studying nutrition in the Nutrition Peer Counseling and Healthy Aggies at the Fitness and Wellness Center in Campus Recreation. She has been on campus almost 30 years, previously serving as Director, Sustainability and Nutrition with dining services since 2006. Prior she worked in a variety of roles including Service Manager and Production Manager in Resident Dining as well as Food and Physical Safety manager for dining services. Linda holds a BS in Home Economics with emphasis in Dietetics from California State University, Chico. She completed her dietetic internship at St Francis Medical Center in Illinois.

Deborah Maddux

Deborah Maddux specializes in employment law and human resources management. Deborah is a licensed California attorney, a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and a certified EEOC investigator. Drawing upon her extensive background, which includes experience as a litigator, advisor to a State Commission, in-house counsel, and now owner and manager of her own firm, Deborah has provided employment law services throughout California for nearly two decades. Deborah specializes in conducting investigations into claims of workplace misconduct, often involving complex facts, multiple claims, and politically-sensitive issues. She has provided legal advice in all aspects of Employment Law, including harassment, discrimination, retaliation and improper governmental activities. In addition to expert investigative services, Deborah provides consulting regarding optimal management practices, including one-on-one executive coaching; mediation and hearing officer services; and advice and counseling regarding employment law matters. She conducts frequent interactive training seminars on a variety of topics.

Martha Amésquita

Martha Amésquita is the Academic Advisor for undergraduates in the Department of Nutrition. She is a UC Davis alumna and has worked in higher education for the past 18 years. Before becoming an advisor she taught language learners, worked with immigrant families, and managed Admissions and Records at a tribal junior college and a professional school. Part of her duties while working in the Office of the University Registrar at UCD included assisting the Academic Senate Committee that reviewed student requests for academic exceptions and sitting in on their deliberations. A native of the rural Central Valley, Martha has a personal interest in assisting students first in their families to attend college and traditionally underrepresented students.

Kelly Anders

Kelly Anders, M.A.L., is Director of Academic Personnel and Systems in the Office of the Vice-Provost – Academic Affairs. She advises the administration, deans’ office staff and faculty on all matters related to academic personnel policies, procedures, and practices, including advancements, leaves of absence, compensation, and a wide scope of other issues. Kelly provides leadership and analytical support for development and integration of multiple information technology solutions for academic personnel processes. Kelly has published in the area of leadership studies and her interests are organizational sociology, leadership, international studies, and educational policy. She received her Master of Arts in Leadership from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kelly has worked in academic personnel at Davis for over nine years.

Cathie Apple

Cathie Apple earned her Doctorate from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Amy Porter. Called by the Sacramento Bee a 'fresh presence and welcome addition' to the Sacramento music scene, Dr. Cathie Apple is one of the founders of Citywater new music ensemble. She maintains a private teaching studio in Sacramento and is the flute instructor at the Pacific Institute of Music in Folsom. In addition to maintaining a busy teaching and performing schedule, Cathie is a yoga instructor, personal trainer, and enjoys doing CrossFit, triathlons, obstacle races, and going on long backpacking trips to recharge her batteries.

Sheri Atkinson

Sheri Atkinson is the Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at the University of California, Davis. She has worked in Student Affairs for over 10 years beginning with her graduate work at the Ohio State University, where she earned a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education. Sheri has done many presentations on a wide range of diversity and social justice related issues.