Chief Admin Officer (CAO)

Anne Footer (, Oceans and Atmosphere Section
Supervision and leadership for MPL administration, Human Resources (Academic/Staff), Financial, Space Management, Facilities, PI Exceptions, Advance Approvals, SIO and UCSD Campus Liaison, MPL Shop Operations, general Policy and Procedures, Internal Controls, Proposal and Award Negotiations, NOAA Cooperative Institute (CIMEAS)


Earline (Earl) Delos Santos (, Human Resources/Academic Personnel Manager

  • Academic Review Files (non-professorial titles)
  • Leaves (academics)
  • Payroll/UCPath (academics)
  • Employee Relations
  • Labor Relations
  • Visiting & Research Scientists Appointments
  • Visa

Colleen Leach (, HR Generalist

  • Benefits (FML, Workers Comp, COVID Leave, etc.)
  • Equity & Reclassification Requests (staff)
  • Graduate & Visiting Graduate Students
  • OnBoarding
  • Payroll/UCPath
  • SIO Remote Location Allowance (RLA)
  • Terminations/Separations
  • Visa

Tina Nguyen (, HR Generalist

  • Staff Hiring/Recruitment (career, contract)
  • OnBoarding
  • UCPath/Payroll (Staff)
  • Performance Management
  • Post Docs
  • Visiting Scholars
  • Visa
  • Academic Appointments (Assistant Project Scientists)

Erik Vanderheiden (, HR Assistant 

  • EcoTime/Timekeeping
  • Payroll/UCPath
  • OnBoarding
  • Undergraduate Student Hiring
  • Staff Hiring (Limited, temporary/TES, Volunteers)
  • Terminations/Separations


Will Rivera (, Oceans and Atmosphere Section
Building maintenance requests, building access, office-lab assignments and access, furniture


Frank Biegler (

MPL Fiscal Operations Officer

Irene Xavier (, Supervision of finance and operations, DSA

Fiscal Manager

Jeff Woods (, Recharge Manager, Banking Funds, PI Start Up, EPBCS Budgeting, Financial Reporting, Service Agreements Invoicing/Billing, GCCP, UCPath review, Reconciliation Reporting

Financial Service Analyst

Julia Chuang ( , Financial Service Analyst, MPL Recharges (Admin Fee, Shop, Navy Fee, Transdec), MPL Differential Income, Default Payroll Reporting, UCPath and Oracle Cost Transfers

Fiscal Assistant

Alexandra Wong (, Travel review, Award Reporting, Machine Shop Fiscal Support

Research Administrators (Pre and Post Award Administration)

Josue Ayala (, PIs: Anderson, Merrifield, Piestruszka, Rogowski, Terrill

Tiffany Donnelly (, PIs: Anderson, Merrifield, Piestruszka, Rogowski, Terrill

Chimchanbo (Chim) Uk (, PIs: Anderson; Dickson Program Income Invoicing and Revenue

Liz Felando (, PIs: Baumann-Pickering, D’Spain, Deane, Frasier, Hildebrand, Jones, Stokes

Heather Fryling (, PIs: Dickson, Martz, Reynolds, Stramski, Thode, Zumberge

Daniel Gunderson (, PIs: Alford, Jaffe, Lucas, MacKinnon, Pinkel, Savage, Smith, Voet, Waterhouse

Shelly Vitug (, PIs: Buckingham, Gerstoft, Hodgkiss, Kuperman, Lenain, Meyer, Sarkar, Song, Rogers

Research Operations Support Group

Manager: Annastaccia Gibaud (, Purchasing, Shipping, Facilities, Travel, Events, Notary, Charters

Purchasing & Shipping (

Martha Flores (, Purchasing, Shipping

Letitia Harrison (, Purchasing, Equipment Inventory, Fabrications

Faculty Support ( )

BethAnn Clausen (, Spiess Hall
PIs: Buckingham, Deane, Gerstoft, Hodgkiss, Jaffe, Kuperman, Myer, Reynolds, Sarkar, Song, Stramski, Stokes, Thode

Sienna Thomas (, Isaacs Hall, Shipping, Notary
PIs: Terrill, Merrifield, Rogowski, Pietruszka

Diana Alvarado (, Isaacs Hall,    MPL Summer Internship Program
PIs: Terrill, Merrifield, Rogowski, Pietruszka

Eva Friedlander (, Keck/OAR/MESOM
PIs: Alford, Anderson, Dickson, Le Boyer, Lucas, Mackinnon, Pinkel, Savage, Smith, Voet, Waterhouse

Abby Lindemood (, Ritter Hall
PIs: Baumann-Pickering, Frasier, Hildebrand, Jones, Lonsdale, Wiggins

Justin Atkins (, Ritter Hall
PIs: Zumberge, Backup Travel

Victoria Alzona (, Keck/OAR 

 PIs: Lenain, Pizzo