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.

Don Goldberg

Don Goldberg has been with UC for 13 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 13 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.

Kyle Urban

Kyle Urban is the Director of the UC Davis Retiree Center. In his role, he oversees programs and services that keep retirees connected to the campus and directs active employees to resources for retirement planning.

Organizational Excellence Team

Ann Foley, BS

  • UC Path Training Lead
  • Organizational Excellence
Ann Foley joined the Organizational Excellence team in 2018 to lead the training program for the UCPath project, the largest academic business transformation project in North America.  Prior to joining UC Davis, Ann provided consulting services to a variety of private and public organizations in the areas of Training, Project Management, Team Development and Organizational Change Management. 

Diane Garga, PhD, PCC

  • Senior Organizational Development Specialist
  • Organizational Excellence
Diane Garga is an accomplished Leadership-Executive Coach and Organization Development Professional with a full range of experience in corporate, higher education, small business, government and non-profit organizations in the U.S. and abroad. She has extensive experience working with corporate, academic and community leaders, small business owners and innovators who are strategizing to enhance their leadership impact, drive innovation and shape effective work cultures and high performing teams.

Dorothy Lingren, MS

  • Senior Organizational Development Specialist
  • Organizational Excellence
Dorothy Lingren has worked to develop leaders and organizations for the past 25 years through leading change projects in a variety of companies including Sutter Health, Intel Corporation, and E&J Gallo Winery. Her current focus is partnering with leaders to achieve results related to change management, team development, balancing competing priorities, and communication.

Barrett McBride, PhD, MCC

  • Interim Manager, OD & Executive Coaching Chair, UCD Coaching Community of Practice Director, UCD Executive Leadership Coaching & Development Program
  • Organizational Excellence
Barrett McBride, PhD, MCC is a seasoned executive leadership coach and organizational development consultant. With more than 20 years of experience coaching and consulting, she helps senior leaders and leadership teams create compelling results through transformational change.