UC-CORO Northern California Cohort

2017 UC-CORO Systemwide Leadership Collaborative: Northern California Cohort

KRISTIN BALDER-FROID
KRISTIN BALDER-FROID

KRISTIN BALDER-FROID

Head of Strategic Development
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

KRISTIN BALDER-FROID As the Head of Strategic Development at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), KRISTIN BALDER-FROID develops collaborative R&D initiatives for Berkeley Lab’s science and technology missions. With a focus on strategic partnering, Kristin advances innovative programs that promote the lab’s growth and extend its impact.

Kristin began her career at Berkeley Lab in nuclear science and the office of Laboratory Director-at-Large, Nobel Laureate Glenn T. Seaborg. She was a founding member and Deputy Division Director for Strategic Planning and Development of the lab’s Physical Biosciences Division, which launched the world’s first synthetic biology department. Kristin managed the winning development team for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), whose large-scale, integrated research model broadly inspired the DOE’s Energy Innovation Hubs. Kristin was a key contributor to two DOE hubs and has been instrumental in the success of multiple programs and research resources serving the lab’s science divisions and national user facilities. Under her management, Berkeley Lab has led the national laboratory system in awards for the prestigious DOE Early Career Research Program. Recently, Kristin has focused on novel approaches to public and private sector alliances and enterprise-level tools for research, program and business development. Prior to joining Berkeley Lab, Kristin managed the Center for the Molecular Biology of RNA at U.C. Santa Cruz, where she earned her degree.
BRYNA BOCK
BRYNA BOCK

BRYNA BOCK

Human Resources Director
UC Office of the President

BRYNA BOCK Bryna Bock has over 25 years of human resources management and senior administrative experience with mature (55 to 125+ year), California-based institutions that have international reach, across the private, non-profit and public/higher education sectors, including the international law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. She was also a university and college instructor of courses in interpersonal communication, public speaking, and small group communication, at California State University, Long Beach and Long Beach City College.

She is currently Director of Human Resources for staff and academic personnel with the University of California Education Abroad Program. UCEAP is the University of California’s system wide study abroad program with a mission of inspiring students, through international academic experiences, to explore and transform their lives, UC and the world. UCEAP has over 150 staff, faculty, and affiliates worldwide, and offers abroad programs in over 40 countries at over 120 universities and institutions across the globe. UCEAP annually serves over 5,600 students from all 10 UC campuses and hosts almost 1,500 hundred reciprocal exchange students from 30 countries.

In her current role, she provides leadership for organizational development, fiscal and strategic planning, staffing, talent management, compliance and employment risk management, with oversight for operations and administrative services. As a member of UCEAP’s Advisory Council, she has been actively involved in strategic planning for the organization, including participation in the development of the UCOP-UCSB administrative partnership agreement for UCEAP in 2011.

Ms. Bock holds an MA in Communication Studies, Human Information Systems, with an emphasis on intercultural communication, and a BA in Communication Studies, Rhetorical Studies, from California State University, Long Beach. She holds several UC certifications—Business Officers Institute, Management Development Program, Gaucho Mentorship Program, Crucial Conversations, UCSB HR Academy—along with a Mental Health First Aid USA certificate from NCBH, and the professional credentials of SPHR (Senior Professional Human Resources), GPHR (Global Professional Human Resources), SHRM-SCP (Senior Certified Human Resources Professional).
DELANDA BUCHANAN
DELANDA BUCHANAN

DELANDA BUCHANAN

Executive Director of Business & Finance
UC Davis

DELANDA BUCHANAN A highly motivated Business & Financial leader with over 25 years of professional experience working with large, complex organizations both in the corporate and university environments. My collaborative leadership style coupled with extensive knowledge of both university accounting and business operations is a unique blend ideally aligned with the key success factors, goals, initiatives, and the vision of the University.

As a native of California, I am a graduate of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley where I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Finance. Upon completion of my undergraduate studies, I was recruited by Australia’s largest company at the time, BHP Minerals International, Incorporated. During my tenure with BHP Minerals, I held a host of progressively responsible management positions and acquired extensive knowledge in the areas of budget and forecasting, accounting & financial management, strategic planning, and organizational management. My tenure with BHP Minerals included a three (3) year out-of-state assignment to New Mexico where I obtained a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA)– International Business.

In March 2000, I joined UC Davis as Division Manager – Accounting & Financial Services where I have served the UC Davis community and its various stakeholders for over sixteen (16) years. Currently, I serve as the Executive Director of Business & Finance for the Office of Research at UC Davis. In my current role, I am responsible for the financial management and strategic oversight for the Office of Research as a whole. This includes financial oversight of approximately 20 Organized Research Units, Core Facilities, and Special Research Projects with an annual operating budget of ~$110 Million. It also includes the day-to-day management and financial oversight for approximately 17 Vice Chancellor Administrative Units with an annual operating budget of approximately $25 Million including Sponsored Programs, Innovation Access, and IT Services. In addition, I am responsible for the financial management of the campus-wide Animal and Use Program for UC Davis.

As an inspiring leader, I have been honored by the nominations to attend various, prestigious leadership programs over my career. Such leadership program includes the Global Leadership Conference in Melbourne, Australia and the UC Executive Leadership and Management Institute at Stanford University.

In addition to my professional services, I enjoy volunteering and assisting in underrepresented communities addressing various social-economic issues such as poverty, education, and homelessness. In my leisure time, I enjoy travel, church, and family.
KARIE FRASCH
KARIE FRASCH

KARIE FRASCH

Director, Faculty Equity and Welfare
UC Berkeley

KARIE FRASCH Karie Frasch, Ph.D., is the Director of Faculty Equity & Welfare under the Vice Provost for the Faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. As Director since 2010, Frasch oversees recruitment for all academic appointees, promotes inclusive hiring practices, proposes and develops policies and programs to support faculty welfare, and conducts research on faculty equity and career life issues. She also serves on or co-chairs Berkeley campus-level and University of California system-wide committees, workgroups, and governance and advisory boards.

Prior to her current position, Dr. Frasch worked as a researcher at Berkeley on a series of nationally recognized Alfred P. Sloan Foundation-funded projects, which analyzed the effects of family formation on academic careers, created faculty career flexibility initiatives, evaluated the joint role of the federal granting agencies and institutions of higher education on the academic pipeline, and considered late-career and retirement issues among UC faculty. She is co-author of several publications from these projects, including “Why Graduate Students Reject the Fast Track,” and “Staying Competitive: Patching America’s Leaky Pipeline in the Sciences,” which led to new family responsive policies at federal granting agencies, including the National Science Foundation. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in Psychology from Mills College.
MARION KAVANAUGH-LYNCH
MARION KAVANAUGH-LYNCH

MARION KAVANAUGH-LYNCH

Director, California Breast Cancer Research Program
UC Office of the President

MARION KAVANAUGH-LYNCH Dr. Kavanaugh-Lynch has served as Director of the California Breast Cancer Research Program since 1995. In that role, she guides California’s research investment designed to bring an end to breast cancer. She has managed the awarding and monitoring of nearly $270 million in research funds. Her accomplishments include championing the role of advocates in the research enterprise, developing a successful model for funding community-based participatory research, developing rigorous evaluations of the Program and developing research strategies to explore the role of environmental contaminants in breast cancer, disparities in breast cancer, and prevention of the disease.

Dr. Kavanaugh-Lynch earned her B.A. at Bryn Mawr College, an M.D. and M.S. in pharmacology at New York University and an M.P.H. in epidemiology at University of Washington. Her career includes basic science research in developmental biology, clinical practice in internal medicine and medical oncology, clinical research on bone marrow transplantation for the treatment of breast cancer, and public health research in women's health, breast cancer, and community-based participatory research.

Dr. Kavanaugh-Lynch has served on peer review and advisory panels for the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institute of Maternal and Child Health), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California Department of Public Health. Cal-EPA and others. She is the recipient of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Susan Love Foundation’s Excellence in Philanthropy Award, Zero Breast Cancer’s Community Research Award, a University of California Innovation and Impact Award, and the National Cancer Survivorship Coalitions Catherine Logan Award.

Dr. Kavanaugh-Lynch lives in El Cerrito with her wife of 22 years, her two teen-aged children and several pets.
RAY MISKELLEY
RAY MISKELLEY

RAY MISKELLEY

Executive Director, National Lab Business & Contract Management
UC Office of the President

RAY MISKELLEY Ray Miskelley is Executive Director for Business and Contract Management for the Office of National Laboratories in the University of California (UC) Office of the President. In this capacity, Ray works with the three UC-affiliated national laboratories (Berkeley, Los Alamos, Livermore) to facilitate the achievement of management, productivity and performance excellence in financial management, human resources, procurement, prime contract, property management, and other business-related functions.

Ray works closely with representatives of the Department of Energy (DOE), which sponsors the research performed at the three Laboratories. Ray is also involved in developing aspects of, and working with, the Limited Liability Company (LLC) governance structure to advance the missions of the LLCs at the Livermore and Los Alamos Labs. For the Berkeley Lab, Ray serves as the UC contracting officer for the DOE Prime Contract, the executive officer of the LBNL Contract Assurance Council, and UC’s representative on a number of the laboratory’s oversight committees and working groups.

Ray joined the University of California in 2012 after more than 20 years experience with DOE. Ray was a member of the DOE Senior Executive Service (SES). He served in management and attorney positions for DOE, working at a variety of locations including the Washington D.C. Headquarters, the Oak Ridge national laboratory and weapons production plant, and the Portsmouth and Paducah uranium enrichment plants. Ray has also served as senior counsel to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and was a principal author of EPA’s multi-year strategic enforcement plan targeting the energy extraction sector, with a focus on shale gas extraction and hydraulic fracturing.

Ray is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executive
BREANDA NORTHCUTT
BREANDA NORTHCUTT

BREANDA NORTHCUTT

Director of Communications
UC Davis

BREANDA NORTHCUTT BreAnda Northcutt joined UC Davis in 2015 to lead communication strategies for approximately 20 units within the Division of Finance, Operations and Administration, which provide stewardship of university resources. Prior to joining UC Davis, BreAnda was Senior Vice President at Cater Communications where she led the firm’s work on California’s clean energy policies, and helped expand the firm’s state clean energy work in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.

Before joining Cater Communications, BreAnda was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to head Communications and External Affairs at the California Environmental Protection Agency. BreAnda spearheaded the Schwarzenegger Administration’s media campaign for California’s landmark climate solutions law, served as media director for the California delegation to multiple United Nations Climate Conferences, and managed communications for the world’s largest subnational climate summit, working with more than 30 of the world’s leading Governors.

BreAnda has 15 years of experience, serving in a number of consulting roles in the public and nonprofit sectors. BreAnda was a senior member of a campaign team who helped to elect Hawaii’s first female governor in 2002. And she successfully managed emergency public relations for the American Red Cross during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

BreAnda has a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Cal State Sacramento, and an English degree from Simpson University. She lives in West Sacramento and is a foster-adopt mom to four amazing kids ages five, four, two and one. She believes her greatest contribution is not something she will do, but somebody she helps raise.
ASMITA PATEL
ASMITA PATEL

ASMITA PATEL

Division Deputy, Operations Accelerator Technology & Applied Physics Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

ASMITA PATEL Asmita Patel is the Division Deputy, Operations in Accelerator Technology & Applied Physics (ATAP) Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She manages a multifunctional team that provides the business and support functions — including finance, proposals, administrative operations, EH&S, HR and intramural and strategic communications — for a complex set of R&D units (http://atap.lbl.gov) that is growing and seeking new customers and areas of endeavor. She is also developing strategic plans, including communications, and infrastructure for the Physical Sciences Area. Her area-level responsibilities include finance and EH&S projects for the Physical Sciences Area, that encompasses three research divisions—the ATAP, Physics, and Nuclear Science Divisions—as well as the Engineering Division.

In her LBNL career, she served in a number of key organizational roles, including facilitating strategic initiatives for the Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences; the Lab-wide Next Generation Light Source initiative; and managing extensive proposal/grant efforts for the Life Sciences Division. Her LBNL roles have all incorporated the major themes of her career: strategic planning, business management, and communications in a scientific environment, all while looking toward the future and considering the big-picture perspectives of the Laboratory, partner institutions, and funding agencies.

Asmita earned her Ph.D. in molecular biology from UC Riverside, conducted postdoctoral research at UC Santa Barbara, and has an executive MBA from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. Before coming to LBNL, she worked over 16 years in private-sector biotechnology, healthcare, and diagnostics companies, with increasing responsibility leading to positions that included Director of Marketing and Director of Strategy and Business Development.
BRENT SEIFERT
BRENT SEIFERT

BRENT SEIFERT

Assistant Dean for Academic Personnel
UC Davis

BRENT SEIFERT Brent Seifert is the Assistant Dean for the Office of Academic Personnel at the University of California Davis, School of Medicine in Davis, CA. He is responsible for overseeing the academic advancement process and human resource management strategies which enables the School of Medicine to recruit, develop and retain highly qualified academic scientists and clinicians. Mr. Seifert also serves as an advisor to leadership on employment and labor relations matters and conflict resolution management.

Mr. Seifert has extensive experience in human resources and employment and labor law, both as a practicing attorney and human resources professional in the public and private sector. He is an accomplished speaker on best employment practices in healthcare and academic medicine.

Mr. Seifert served as the Chair of the University of California Davis Human Resources Advisory Committee and as a member of both the Compensation Advisory Committee and the Committee on Under-represented Groups in Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Faculty Affairs for the UC Davis School of Medicine. He was awarded the 2015 Vice Chancellor’s Staff Mentor Award at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He is a member of the California Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Faculty Affairs, and Diversity and Inclusion.

He earned is JD from John F. Kennedy University, School of Law and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Human Resources Management from Indiana Institute of Technology. He is also certified as a mediator and executive coach.