People

Olivia Dally

Olivia Dally is an Academic Personnel Analyst 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. Olivia has worked for UC Davis since 2004, and in academic personnel since 2010.

Rand Erickson

Rand Erickson joined Fidelity as a retirement counselor in 2015. A registered securities representative, Rand holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brigham Young University. He teaches the various retirement planning workshops on both campuses through Human Resources. He is also available to present at your department meetings.

Don Goldberg

Don Goldberg has been with UC for 12 years. He is a customer service representative and retirement counselor at the UC Retirement Administration Service Center (RASC) in Oakland. Prior to working at the RASC he was a benefits representative with UC Davis Health Human Resources at Ticon III in Sacramento. Over the 11 years he estimates that he has retired probably a couple of thousand UC members, and spoken to thousands of UC members in person and via the phone during those years. Don lives in Antelope and commutes daily to Oakland on the Capitol Corridor Amtrak.

Philip Kass

Philip Kass, Vice Provost, Academic Affairs, was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in the San Fernando Valley. Philip attended UC Davis as an undergraduate in 1976, and remained to obtain five degrees, including Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (1983), Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (1984), M.S. in Statistics (1988), and Ph.D. in Comparative Pathology (Epidemiology) (1990). Following completion of a post-doctoral fellowship in environmental epidemiology from the UCLA School of Public Health in 1990, he joined the UC Davis faculty and currently hold appointments as a Professor of Analytic Epidemiology in the School of Veterinary Medicine and School of Medicine. His research has centered around companion animal epidemiology, where he studies determinants of health and disease using statistical models, and has co-authored over 500 peer-reviewed scientific articles and several book chapters. His research seemingly covers almost every aspect of companion animal health, ranging from studying factors affecting relinquishment to and adoption from animal shelters, to developing statistical approaches to conducting syndromic surveillance using electronic medical records from networked animal hospitals, to conducting epidemiologic research into causes of injection-site sarcomas in cats.

Ashley Odell

Ashley Odell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from University of California, Berkeley and a Masters of Arts degree in Educational Counseling from San Jose State University. She has worked as a career advisor at the Internship and Career Center for four years and as an career counselor for the Employment Development Department, Her passion is for helping students discover career paths that will be personally meaningful; she is focused on promoting holistic career discovery and self-exploration in helping students choose a fulfilling profession.

Spencer Richards

Spencer Richards, a Fidelity workplace planning & guidance consultant since 2015, has worked at Fidelity since 2011. He was previously the retirement counselor covering UC Davis, UC Davis Medical Center, and UC Merced. Prior to joining the UC team he was the private client specialist at Fidelity’s Investor Center in Roseville, California. An investment advisor representative, registered securities representative, and licensed insurance representative; Spencer holds a bachelor’s degree in communications (with a minor in business) from Brigham Young University.

Sergio Veneros

Sergio Veneros is an Academic Personnel Analyst in the Office of the Vice Provost – Academic Affairs. He 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. Sergio has worked for UC Davis since 2012, and in academic personnel since 2017.

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.

Steven Albrecht

Steven Albrecht is the Director of Graduate Student Financial Support for Graduate Studies. The Graduate Student Financial Support team functions as the campus unit responsible for academic graduate student and postdoctoral fellowship and grant funding, including those from internal and external sources. Steven joined UC Davis Accounting & Financial Services in 2001 and has been with the Graduate Student Financial Support team since 2004

Mary Alurwar

Mary Alurwar is an International Student Advisor at SISS. Before joining SISS at UC Davis , she was an advisor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. She also has organized a variety of cultural programming at her previous institutions as well as here in Davis. She earned a B.S. in English Education and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language/ Linguistics. She enjoys traveling and has visited several foreign countries.