Some Gratitude and a Brief Tour Of Human Resources at UC Davis Health

To everyone who participated in this year’s CommUNITY Feedback Survey,

Thank you! This was a big initial step in our effort to improve the workplace with our continuous listening strategy, and it wouldn’t have been possible without you taking the time out of your busy schedules to speak your mind. Responses are being analyzed and intentional plans to address concerns and issues will be developed in the coming months under the direction of Steve Chilcott the Executive Director HR Workforce Strategies.

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Steve and his teams have deep experience with employee surveys and engagement efforts, and I am looking forward to the great things we will accomplish by making informed decisions. I invite you to learn more about the timeline and what comes next by checking out the CommUNITY Feedback Survey webpage.

While I have your attention, I’d like to highlight the HR Operational Departments specific to UC Davis Health, what they do and the leaders who guide the teams that make it all possible. If you'd like to learn more, click on their names and departments.

With gratitude & in health,
Danielle Kehler, JD
Interim Lead of Human Resources for UC Davis Health 


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Carol Kirshnit
Director, Academic and Staff Assistance Program

The Academic and Staff Assistance Program offers confidential, cost free assessment, intervention, consultation and referral services to all faculty, staff and their immediate families.

You can make an appointment, get resources, or join a training, workshop or support group on their website.



Managed by Dorothy Ong, the Benefits team provides information and resources related to employee health and welfare benefit programs including medical insurance, retirement and savings plans. We work with our two partners, The UCPath Center, who administers UC health and welfare benefits on a systemwide basis including eligibility and enrollment and the UC Retirement Administration Service Center, who administers and processes retirements.

They also offer a Benefits Help Desk every Wednesday from 10am-11am via zoom and weekly Retirement Planning Help Desks through June 2023. For zoom links and registration, visit our website.

Elizabeth Hammond Delo is currently overseeing Benefits in an Interim role.

Compensation Services, overseen by Brian Linhardt, provides a wide range of services that will enable managers to hire, recognize and reward employee excellence. They manage classification systems as well as the wage and salary programs by collaborating with managers and HR Business Partners. They also navigate labor market analyses for all staff programs, and administer equity programs, stipends, position description updates and management, and coordinate one-time and mass pay compensation programs across the organization, providing consultation and training for managers, supervisors and staff.

Disability Management Services
Disability Management Services is committed to helping UC Davis Health grow and support a diverse workforce. We support employees with disabilities and their managers/supervisors by exploring possible reasonable accommodations to allow employees to continue performing their essential job functions. We help applicants for employment as well as all employees-- academic, staff, and students. Our new website offers more resources for managers/supervisors and employees including guidance, tools, tips and model language.

Disability Management Services is overseen by Director Elizabeth Hammond Delo.

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Mallory Boeckman
Director, Employee Relations

Employee Relations
Employee Relations provides employees and supervisors with the resolutions of work-related issues, like conflict management, corrective actions and counseling. They also provide consultation and advice to managers, supervisors and employees regarding Human Resources issues, including performance management, interpretation of policies and procedures and collective bargaining agreements, training of staff policy and procedures, FMLA and more.

Starting April 13th, there will be weekly All Staff Office Hours for people to ask questions, attend presentations and get resources for all things Employee Relations.

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Robert Pettit
Associate Director, HR Support Services

Support Services
Support Services includes Leaves of Absences, a team managed by Leslie Brown, that helps staff navigate Family, Medical and Pregnancy leaves by providing consultation and administration related to federal/state and collective bargaining agreement related to leaves of absence, medical certification, timekeeping and notices of rights and responsibilities.

Support Services includes the Onboarding and Data Integrity team managed by Ali Cordone that facilitates the work involved with new and existing employee entry and data maintenance in the UCPath system. In addition, this group maintains the official electronic personnel file and works closely with other Central HR units to maintain the integrity and administration of central HR data including the administration of policies/procedures and technical support for UCPath and the ongoing accuracy of HRIS systems.

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Shareef Valentine
Director, Labor Relations

Labor Relations   
Labor Relations navigates the relationship between UC Davis Health and our unionized employees, acting as a liaison between us and the Office of the President related to labor issues, statutory and contract implementation, and systemwide contract bargaining. They communicate on issues regarding bargaining updates, grievance processes, changes in labor law and more. They also promote understanding and create rapid solutions to other issues such like arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges and complaints to state agencies.

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Lyndon Huling
Talent Acquisition Interim Lead

Talent Acquisition
Talent Acquisition helps departments succeed by attracting and hiring diverse talent to UC Davis Health. They offer services for both hiring managers and applicants including sourcing, diversity outreach efforts, DEI resources and training, interview guidance, application screening, workflow planning, social media advertising, full-cycle recruiting support and much more.



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Adam Burkholder
Director, Workplace Violence Prevention 

Workplace Violence Prevention
Workplace violence prevention manages and mitigates any acts or threats of violence in the workplace, by taking proactive measures beforehand and responsive steps taken afterwards. They provide education, training, counseling services, incident reporting and comprehensive, holistic follow-up responses to incidents.

You can learn about Workplace Violence Tips & Tricks and get Resources and Support on their recently refreshed website


HR Support

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Tiffany Davis 
HR Relations Specialist

Tiffany works to maximize efficiency, finding cost savings and provide exceptional administrative support to the Human Resources Department by leveraging her excellent communication, collaboration, and customer service skills.

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Tahlia Aghily
Communications Specialist, Public Affairs & Marketing

Tahlia Aghily advises UC Davis Health's leadership on communication efforts, developing and implementing strategies to improve organizational practices and enhance employee engagement and satisfaction across Human Resources teams and the organization as a whole.