People

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.