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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.


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.


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.


Michael Salas
General Manager – Centralized Leasing Office
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Hometown: Key West, Florida

Favorite San Diego Experience: Having two sons born and raised in this beautiful city

Michael has a BS in Finance from the University of San Francisco. He has over 20 years of leadership experience in residential and commercial property management, accounting, facilities management and real estate. He has worked for UC San Diego’s HDH department for 13 years and has earned his certification in Lean Six Sigma methodologies and is currently serving on the campus Lean Bench committee as part of the Enterprise Systems Renewal initiative.

To contact Michael, please email musalas@ucsd.edu.


Anthony Keen-Louie
Program and Community Development Manager
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Hometown: Oceanside, CA

Favorite thing about our programs and events: Seeing residents meet each other, often for the first time, and build a stronger community!

Anthony holds a Masters’ Degree in Higher Education/Student Personnel Administration from New York University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Riverside. He has been working in the field of student affairs since 2003, starting as a Resident Advisor and working in a variety of capacities in and outside of housing since then. Building supportive, inclusive, and dynamic communities are the constant themes throughout all of Anthony’s work experience – which he is excited to bring to building up the community in UCSD’s Graduate and Family Housing!

To contact Anthony, please email cakeen@ucsd.edu.

Mayra Cruz-Lugardo
Leasing Consultant – Centralized Leasing Office
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Hometown: Acapulco, Mexico

Favorite San Diego Experience: San Diego weather and taking her son to the beach

Mayra has over 15 years of customer service experience. She has worked in the food industry as well as property management, and enjoys helping others. Mayra joined UC San Diego in 2016 and loves to provide best-in-class customer service and support for our students.

To contact Mayra, please email mcruzlugardo@ucsd.edu.


Evelyn Lanahan
Leasing Consultant – Centralized Leasing Office
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Hometown: Kono, Sierra Leone

Favorite San Diego Experience: Watching the sun go down at Sunset Cliffs

Evelyn is a refugee from Africa. She lived in Virginia, and attended Northern Virginia Community College before moving to California. Evelyn is a fraternal twin and also the proud parent of fraternal twins. She had been working at UC San Diego for nine years and loves meeting and working with people from different parts of the world and travelling to learn and experience different cultures.

To contact Evelyn, please email elanahan@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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


Scott Primack
Office Coordinator - Mesa Nueva
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Hometown: Chicago, IL

Favorite San Diego Experience: Being a whale watching docent with the San Diego Natural History Museum and ushering at the San Diego Symphony, Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse theatres.

Scott has an Associate degree from Miami-Dade College. He has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster award from Toastmasters International, and has worked as an Office Coordinator in Graduate and Family Housing since 2010.

To contact Scott, please email sprimack@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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

Essma Eweida
Resident Relations Coordinator, Programming
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Hometown: San Diego, CA since 2008

Favorite thing about our programs and events: Meeting and chatting with our residents about their different experiences.

Essma has a Master's Degree in International Relations from the University of San Diego. She is also a UC San Diego alumnus and became a full-time staff member in 2015. She loves working on programs and initiatives that make our Grad and Family Housing communities feel like home to everyone.

To contact Essma, please email eeweida@ucsd.edu.


Brandon Chulaluxsiriboon
Resident Relations Coordinator, Programming
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Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Favorite thing about our programs and events: Seeing the smiles on our residents’ faces when they are making a connection with their neighbors.

Brandon graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in Business Economics and a minor in Education. He has worked with UC San Diego Grad and Family Housing in various roles since 2015. Brandon enjoys enriching residents’ lives by exposing them to new ideas and experiences.

To contact Brandon, please email bchulalu@ucsd.edu.


Salome Miclette
Resident Relations Coordinator, Programming
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Hometown: Norwich, CT

Favorite thing about our programs and events: Seeing our residents meet one another and create new friendships.

Salome has a Master’s Degree in Student Affairs from the University of Rhode Island. She has 6 years of experience working for colleges and universities in housing and career services. She enjoys being able to help residents have a positive experience living on campus.

To contact Salome, please email smiclette@ucsd.edu.


Nikki Robledo De La Torre
Graduate Assistant
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Favorite thing about our programs and events: I appreciate the wide variety of programs we host for our residents and the positive feedback we get from attendees!

Nikki is a recent graduate from UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Global Studies. She is currently a first-year graduate student in the Higher Education Leadership program at the University of San Diego. She has experience in residence life, programming and event coordination, as well as health promotion. Being new to the graduate student realm personally and professionally, she is excited to be a part of this team to learn how to best serve our communities to meet their needs.

To contact Nikki, please email m4robledodelatorre@ucsd.edu.

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