Our Instructors

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 Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center 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.

Lora Barrett

Lora Barrett is a Mediator and trainer with over fifteen years of experience helping people in conflict. She finds working with multigenerational families to be particularly rewarding. She is a local resident and founder of LB Mediation.

Sandy Batchelor

Sandy Batchelor is the WorkLife and Wellness Coordinator for UC Davis. As such, she organizes and directs programs, people, and activities to achieve the goal of the best mental and physical health possible. She educates and engages staff, faculty and students in healthy lifestyle choices. Sandy has a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Professional Communication.

Laura Berrera

Laura Barrera is an Undergraduate Advisor for the Spanish and Portuguese Department and the Classics Program and is also the supervisor of the undergraduate advising unit in Languages and Literatures. She has been working at UC Davis since 1993 and has been involved in undergraduate advising for 20 years.

Jennifer Billeci

Jennifer Billeci joined UC Davis at the end of October 2015 in the role of Student Disability Center Director. Her background includes 25 years of experience in the field of organizational development and 11 years in disability management on higher education campuses. As she works with her colleagues in the SDC, Jennifer’s focus is to institute policies and practices that provide the access and support students need to reach for, and achieve, their goals.