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Chris Dayss
Associate Director - Graduate & Family Housing
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Hometown: Jackson, MI

Favorite San Diego Experience: San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

Chris has a Master's Degree in Student Affairs from the University of Maine. He has 16 years of leadership experience in college housing, student activities, food service operations, customer service, and training and development.

To contact Chris, please email cdayss@ucsd.edu.


Ramona Ferreira
General Manager - Coast, La Jolla Del Sol, Rita Atkinson & Brown Hall
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Hometown: Enfield, CT

Favorite San Diego Experience: Torrey Pines State Beach

Ramona has a BS in Accounting from the University of Connecticut. She has over 20 years of leadership experience in real estate accounting, asset management, property management and graduate housing services.

To contact Ramona, please email rmferreira@ucsd.edu.


Malia Mahi
General Manager - One Mirarmar Street, Mesa & Mesa Nueva
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Hometown: Hilo, HI

Favorite San Diego Experience: My husband proposing to me at Sunset Cliffs park in Ocean Beach

Malia has worked for UCSD with HDH since 2008. Her previous experience was in customer service for new home construction as well as working in catering and restaurant operations.

To contact Malia, please email mmahi@ucsd.edu.


Daniela Theus
Operations Analyst - Mesa & One Miramar Street
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Hometown: Porto Alegre, Brazil

Favorite San Diego Experience: Balboa Park

Daniela has education in advertising and marketing and a background centered around providing valuable customer service. She’s quick to find a solution to any problem and simply loves working with people.

To contact Daniela, please email dtheus@ucsd.edu.


Judy Williams
Operations Analyst - Rita Atkinson
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Hometown: Jackson, MI

Favorite San Diego Experience: Meeting and marrying the love of my life.

Judy’s level of commitment has been demonstrated throughout her 30 years of marriage, 31 years of employment at the University of California, San Diego and 26 years as a Pastor’s wife. She has 4 children and loves spending time with her 11 grandchildren.

To contact Judy, please email j14williams@ucsd.edu.


Kathryn MacGowan
Operations Analyst - La Jolla Del Sol, Coast & Brown Hall
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Hometown: Fairfax, VA

Favorite San Diego Experience: Bonfires at Crown Point

Kathryn moved to San Diego about a year ago from the East coast and loves to be outside exploring all that great nature in Southern California. She is excited to be a recent new member of the UCSD Grad and Family housing team!

To contact Kathryn, please email kmacgowan@ucsd.edu.


Kimberly Silva
Operations Analyst - Mesa Nueva
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Hometown: San Diego, CA

Favorite San Diego Experience: ComicCon

Kimber graduated from San Diego State with a degree in Recreation and Tourism Management. She has worked with UCSD Grad and Family housing in various roles since 2010, and she enjoys supporting residents with their housing needs.

To contact Kimber, please email ksilva@ucsd.edu.


Leticia Ruelas
Resident Relations Coordinator - Mesa Nueva
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Hometown: San Diego, CA

Favorite San Diego Experience: All- everyting about San Diego is amazing

Leticia is an experienced Resident Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. She is skilled in social media, customer service, mentoring, teamwork, and leadership. She is a strong community and social services professional with a Bachelor’s Degree focused in Sociology of Law and Society from University of California, San Diego.

To contact Leticia, please email liruelas@ucsd.edu.


Tricia McKenzie
Resident Relations Coordinator - Mesa & One Miramar Street
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Hometown: San Diego, CA

Favorite San Diego Experience: Swimming in the ocean, picnics on the beach

Tricia has her Master’s Degree in Intercultural Studies with a minor in Children at Risk. She has background experience in education, community building, youth development, social service, and family housing.

To contact Tricia, please email tnmckenzie@ucsd.edu.


Elizabeth Tellez
Resident Relations Coordinator - Rita Atkinson
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Hometown: San Diego, CA

Favorite San Diego Experience: Spending time at the beach

Elizabeth grew up here in University City and loves being in her hometown. She has a California Real Estate License and has a background in university housing, property management, real estate, facilities management, and customer service.

To contact Elizabeth, please email ettellez@ucsd.edu.


Rachel Syko
Resident Relations Coordinator - Mesa Nueva
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Hometown: Clark, NJ

Favorite San Diego Experience: Hiking and beaches

Rachel graduated from Kean University with a degree in Communications and Business Management. She has a passion for higher education and enjoys mentoring our student staff. Her life goal is to visit all 58 of the National Parks in the United States.

To contact Rachel, please email rsyko@ucsd.edu.


Rubia Hernandez
Resident Relations Coordinator - Mesa & One Miramar Street
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Hometown: Palmdale, CA

Favorite San Diego Experience: Bonfires at Mission Bay

Rubia has a Master’s in Higher Educational Leadership from San Diego State University. She enjoys working with students and being a resource that empowers them in their journey to accomplish their goals.

To contact Rubia, please email rjh006@ucsd.edu.


Stanley Antonio Saballett
Resident Relations Coordinator - La Jolla Del Sol, Coast & Brown Hall
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Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Favorite San Diego Experience: Beaches and mountains

Stanley has a Master's degree in Education Leadership from the University of San Diego. He has spent his career advocating for young people, their families and community development partnership. Stanley enjoys the outdoors, art, music, yoga, sports and family…particularly his daughter Jazina Azul.

To contact Stanley, please email ssaballett@ucsd.edu.


Phyllis Asaro
Leasing Consultant - La Jolla Del Sol, Coast & Brown Hall
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Hometown: San Diego, CA

Favorite San Diego Experience: Floating in the pool on a raft and taking a nap

Phyllis is a native San Diegan. Her career has spanned many different customer service and relations positions including private property management. After traveling to many unique places in the world experiencing several cultural diversities, her roots and family are here. Phyllis joined UCSD Grad and Family housing in 2006. And, of course she loves her chihuahua.

To contact Phyllis, please email pasaro@ucsd.edu.


Adriana Pereira
Leasing Consultant - Mesa & One Miramar Street
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Hometown: Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil

Favorite San Diego Experience: San Diego Zoo

Adriana has been with UCSD for eleven years, and her favorite part of her job is whenever she can make a customer’s day by doing more than they expected. In her free time, Adriana enjoys spending time with family and working in her amazing succulents!

To contact Adriana, please email apereira@ucsd.edu.


Bria Russ
Leasing Consultant - Mesa & One Miramar Street
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Hometown: Long Beach, CA

Favorite San Diego Experience: Belmont Park and Del Mar Fair

Bria is a University of Southern California, Student-Athlete Alum with a BA in Social Science Psychology and Minor in Occupational Therapy. She has worked for UCSD Grad and Family housing as both a temporary and career employee.

To contact Bria, please email bcruss@ucsd.edu.


Janet Velaquez Beltran
Leasing Consultant - La Jolla Del Sol, Coast & Brown Hall
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Hometown: San Diego, CA

Favorite San Diego Experience: San Diego’s Beaches

Janet has over 5 years of experience in residential and commercial real estate. Prior to joining UC San Diego she worked with a real estate investment firm that specialized in acquiring, renovating and leasing properties throughout San Diego. She is proactive, outgoing and customer service oriented which makes her especially well-suited to Grad & Family Housing.

To contact Janet, please email javelazquezbeltran@ucsd.edu.

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