Recipients

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We are happy so many of you have already taken part in the Pay IT Forward program we launched in September 2014. Recipients and nominators span our entire campus and multiple IT units. Every day we see the wonderful work you are all doing individually and collectively toward reimagining IT here at UC Berkeley. Each of your roles is vital to our success since you are interconnected with some of the larger initiatives we have undertaken that are outlined in our IT Action Plan.

We thank you and all the Pay IT Forward recipients for your efforts and dedication - keep up the great work!  
          ~ IT Leadership Group

View recipients in 2019: April 13 - July 8  Nov. 5 - April 13 Aug. 5 - Nov. 1|May 24 - Aug. 5 | March 20 – May 23 | Feb. 5 - March 19 | Dec. 20 - Feb. 4

Visit the Appreciate page to see how the recipients are living the UC Berkeley Operating Principles.

Recipients April 13, 2o2o - July 8, 2020 (in progress)

Peter Munoz (Enterprise Applications - AdminIT) - nominated 4/6/20 - We focus on service.

Thank you for being part of the team that handled over 1,000 Zoom incidents in March 2020. Migrating the campus from in-person classes to remote instruction, and from in-office work to remote work, was not a trivial endeavor and we would not have been as successful as we were without your contributions. You were an integral part of of this successful project. Thank you!! (Terri Kouba, Administrative IT)

William Dvorak (Enterprise Applications - AdminIT) - nominated 4/6/20 - We focus on service.

Thank you for being part of the team that handled over 1,000 Zoom incidents in March 2020. Migrating the campus from in-person classes to remote instruction, and from in-office work to remote work, was not a trivial endeavor and we would not have been as successful as we were without your contributions. You were an integral part of of this successful project. Thank you!! (Terri Kouba, Administrative IT)

Bob Bernhardt (Enterprise Applications - AdminIT) - nominated 4/6/20 - We focus on service.

Thank you for being part of the team that handled over 1,000 Zoom incidents in March 2020. Migrating the campus from in-person classes to remote instruction, and from in-office work to remote work, was not a trivial endeavor and we would not have been as successful as we were without your contributions. You were an integral part of of this successful project. Thank you!! (Terri Kouba, Administrative IT)

Colette Jackson (IST-Telecom) - nominated 4/6/20 - We focus on service.

Thank you for being part of the team that handled over 1,000 Zoom incidents in March 2020. Migrating the campus from in-person classes to remote instruction, and from in-office work to remote work, was not a trivial endeavor and we would not have been as successful as we were without your contributions. You were an integral part of of this successful project. Thank you!! (Terri Kouba, Administrative IT)

Timotius Vincent (ITCS-OCIO) - nominated 4/13/20 - We focus on service. 

Always pitches in to get things done, looks for how he can help without having to be told (Vivian Sophia, ITCS-OCIO)

Nili Ovaici (EA-SIS) - nomimated 4/13/20 - We simplify.

There's so much, but this particular recognition is for her leadership role during the COVID-19 crisis regarding P/NP grades. Nili is steadfast and humorous. We are so glad to have her as a SIS Service Lead. (Rana Silver, EA-SIS)

Chara Bui (EA-SIS) - nomimated 4/13/20 - We simplify.

I had to pull Chara into a last minute meeting to get a solution to an urgent request from OR regarding the P/NP updates. Chara immediately jumped in with both feet, offering up a realistic and highly user friendly solution to the problem and turned out usable documentation to share with OR within the hour. Absolutely great work on Chara's behalf and I really appreciated her great ideas, even when asked for last minute! (Nili Ovaici, EA-SIS)

Brandon Wright (EA-SIS) - nomimated 4/13/20 - We simplify.

I pulled Brandon into a meeting last minute to discuss a highly urgent request from OR regarding the P/NP updates that they were requested a week's turnaround time on. Not only did Brandon not even blink, but he made solid and useful recommendations regarding what changes were doable within that time period and how we could implement it from a development point of view. I appreciate Brandon's willingness to drop everything else he was doing to work on this very last minute urgent request, and with zero complaints too! (Nili Ovaici, EA-SIS)

Nader Kutub (EA-SIS) - nomimated 4/13/20 - We simplify.

I have asked Nader to perform so much high-urgency short-turnaround work with respect to the P/NP updates that were required by OR and he did not complain once. Whether it was a last-minute eForm request, a surprise consultation, or the 90000014th update to the CalCentral Banner, Nader did the work in a timely fashion and never complained once! I appreciate Nader's flexibility and willingness to get the work done! (Nili Ovaici, EA-SIS)

Jake Tracy (EA-SIS) - nomimated 4/13/20 - We simplify.

With the P/NP changes that have gone in, Jake has not only been extremely helpful in deciding the best manner to move forward but also has not complained once about the last minute work that has been thrown his way. Whether it's updating the APR to accept a brand new grading basis/category or testing unexpected functionality, I appreciate Jake's quick, efficient work and his willingness to drop other items to get this work done! (Nili Ovaici, EA-SIS)

Wood Foster-Smith (EA-SIS) - nomimated 4/13/20 - We simplify.

Wood has been extremely helpful with regards to the P/NP changes that need to go in. Whether it's creating queries/reports so colleges can make decisions or updating Views so that functionality displays correctly for Students/Advisors, Wood has been instrumental in ensuring that everything is running smoothly! Many requests have been high-urgency last-minute requests from OR/departments and Wood has not even blinked! I appreciate Wood's flexibility and willingness to take on work during these crazy COVID times!(Nili Ovaici, EA-SIS)

Dhruv Prabhakar (IST-ED) - nominated 4/13/20 - We focus on service. 

Just before 2 am on April 8, one of our Procure-to-Pay jobs failed, and our offshore team reached out to Dhruv for assistance. Even though he was not on call, Dhruv immediately stepped in, conducted analysis, identified the problem, and then designed, tested and implemented a solution. His quick response to this issue allowed our loads to complete before Cal Answers opened for business that day at 7 am. Thanks Dhruv for your dedication and commitment to our customers! (Max Michel, IST-ED)

Tony Roybal (IST-Admin IT) - nominated 4/15/20 - We are accountable to each other. 

Great leadership in helping the team work through a complicated issue! (Jody Couch, EA-SIS)

Bobby Cox (IST-Admin IT) - nominated 4/15/20 - We focus on service.

Great team effort in helping solve a service issue! (Jody Couch, EA-SIS)

Mike Baldwin (IST-Admin IT) - nominated 4/15/20 - We focus on service.

Great team effort in helping solve a service issue! (Jody Couch, EA-SIS)

Iryna Donchishin (IST-Admin IT) - nominated 4/15/20 - We focus on service. 

 Great team effort in helping solve a service issue! (Jody Couch, EA-SIS)

Beatrice Cardona (IST-IS) - nominated 4/16/20 - We focus on service. 

When there was a problem between ServiceNow and Google Mail, Beatrice manually managed the email queue to make sure the requests PCSSC receives from customers where handled in a timely fashion. She documented for her team the instructions on how to manually open tickets, keep the customers informed, and ensured that these urgent requests were handled. (Laurie Graham, IST-IS)

Alex Kim (IST-IS) - nominated 4/16/20 - We imagine and innovate.

When it was discovered that new laptops users had to login for the first on campus, Alex worked with a cross functional team from Platform Services, ITCS, Athletics, Optometry, and EOS to come up with a method that this login can be done remotely. He documented the process, worked to automate it and will roll out FAQs for it. He is leading EOS as a true team leader, getting them to understand that these are not normal times, and they need to think outside the box.(Laurie Graham, IST-IS)

Jeff Makaiwi (IST-IST - Platform Engineering) - nominated 4/16/20 - We imagine and innovate.

Thank you Jeff for always going above and beyond expectations. Your support on the CalCentral and SIS platform upgrades has enabled all of our success. In addition to your technical skills you are always a pleasure to work with, and inspire us all. (Kali Armitage, EA-SIS)

Supriya Shanbhogue (IST-DBA) - nominated 4/16/20 - We include and excel, together. 

Thank you Supriya for your support on the SIS project. You have consistently gone above and beyond supporting our applications, as well as always enthusiastically jumping in to help with troubleshooting and performance tuning. We are lucky to have you a part of the team! (Kali Armitage, EA-SIS)

Quin Bligh (IST-DBA) - nominated 4/16/20 - We include and excel, together. 

Thank you Quin for all your help with our day to day planning (patching, etc) as well as all your flexibility and hard work on the Oracle upgrade project. We're so happy to have you as a part of our team! (Kali Armitage, EA-SIS)

Ryan Tran (Berkeley Law School Help Desk) - nominated 4/20/20 - We focus on service. 

Ryan has gone above and beyond as a member of the MSSND Workgroup. His contributions, expertise and perspective are invaluable in helping to create a better, up-to-date, usable standard for the campus. The other Workgroup members and I were thrilled that Ryan agreed to continue as a member even after his internship with the Information Security Office ended. Ryan is a valued and respected member of the team. Thank you, Ryan! (Julie Goldstein, IST-Information Security)

Dave Browne (IST-IS) - nominated 4/20/20 - We simplify.

Thanks for working so diligently to get the Zoom site-wide license in place. It really made a difference for our customers to easily get a Zoom license and also reduced the number of incidents and manual work for staff. Thanks a bunch! (Terri Kouba, IST-Adminstrative IT)

Stella Kiiza Pretzlaf (IST-OCIO) - nominated 4/20/20 - We simplify.

Thanks for working so diligently to get the Zoom site-wide license in place. It really made a difference for our customers to easily get a Zoom license and also reduced the number of incidents and manual work for staff. Thanks a bunch! (Terri Kouba, IST-Administrative IT)

David Willson (IST-OCIO) - nominated 4/20/20 - We simplify.

Thanks for working so diligently to get the Zoom site-wide license in place. It really made a difference for our customers to easily get a Zoom license and also reduced the number of incidents and manual work for staff. Thanks a bunch! (Terri Kouba, IST-Administrative IT)

Marty Sulc (EA-SIS) - nominated 4/21/20 - We focus on service.

Marty spent weeks working on COVID-19-related efforts to change all undergrad classes to P/NP, whether that included jumping into last minute meetings, spending hours creating and testing QBUs and permissions, or accounting for potential gaps and system limitations. It was a massive lift and Marty did it all with a smile! I appreciate Marty for his easygoing nature and willingness to take on important work at the drop of a hat! (Nili Ovaici, EA-SIS)

Rich McGowan (EA-SIS) - nominated 4/21/20 - We focus on service.

Rich spent so much time working on COVID-19-related efforts to change all undergrad classes to P/NP, whether that included jumping into last minute meetings, creating a brand new grading basis, or accounting for potential gaps and system limitations. It was a huge amount of effort and Rich was happy to do it! I appreciate Rich for his easygoing nature and willingness to take on important work as needed! (Nili Ovaici, EA-SIS)

Andrea Lloyd (EA-SIS) - nominated 4/21/20 - We focus on service.

When we were first alerted that we would need a Late Drop eForm due to the COVID-19-related P/NP efforts, Andrea jumped in feet first and immediately got the ball rolling on creating the eForm. Gathering requirements, working with the developer, configuring the form -- all of this work usually takes at minimum 3 weeks to accomplish, but Andrea was able to go live with an eForm only a week after gathering requirements (which was a full week ahead of an already-accelerated schedule!). I appreciate Andrea's hardworking nature and easy willingness to prioritize the high-urgency work! (Nili Ovaici, EA-SIS)

Ken Hensel (EA-SIS) - nominated 4/21/20 - We focus on service.

When we were first alerted that we would need a Late Drop eForm due to the COVID-19-related P/NP efforts, Ken jumped in fully to ensure that the eForm work was completed in time. Working hand-in-hand with the BSA, Ken spent hours doing the necessary development work to get an eForm turned around in record time. Gathering requirements, developing the form, creating the Link API, assisting with any configuration or other related details -- all of this work usually takes at minimum 3 weeks to accomplish, but Ken was able to develop an entire eForm only a week after the BSA gathered requirements (which was a full week ahead of an already-accelerated schedule!). I appreciate Ken's hardworking nature and easy willingness to prioritize the high-urgency work! (Nili Ovaici, EA-SIS)

Eric Armstrong (EA-SIS) - nominated 4/21/20 - We focus on service.

Eric has been working on the UCPath Fee Remission project for an extended period of time which in and of itself is exhausting, but you would never know it with Eric's attitude. He still gets excited when he hits big and small milestones and his positive nature flows down to everyone on the team. Even though Eric is exceptionally busy with this project, he has still managed to find time to be available to assist with knowledge transfer and to work on his professional development. Eric has been very successful in supporting the overall strategy for SIS and the campus; his efforts to migrate the responsibility for the T-Calc and 1098T processes to the partners have been instrumental to alleviating some of the demand of SIS’ time and resources, allowing for the department to be able to expand their support in other areas and thus allowing Eric to focus on the UCPath Fee Remission Project. (Deanna Sailor, EA-SIS)

Craig Carlson (IST-Information Security Office) - nominated 4/22/20 - We focus on service. 

Craig is an absolute beast in our help desk queues. He handles thousands of service requests, security incidents, and user questions each month. I wanted to recognize him as a consistent performer and say I'm not sure what we'd do without him. Thank you, Craig! (Josh Kwan, IST-Information Security Office)

Josh Kwan (IST-Information Security Office) - nominated 4/22/20 - We include and excel, together. 

Josh regularly goes above and beyond to help and show appreciation for his colleagues. Josh regularly volunteers to take on additional work when his colleagues need assistance. Josh also show his appreciation for his colleagues by recognizing the good work they are doing. Josh is an amazing team player and colleague. (Jeff Kreutzen, IST-Information Security Office)

Tyler Crooks (UHS) - nominated 4/22/20 - We imagine and innovate.

Tyler played a huge role helping UHS clinicians and counselors quickly shit to delivering remote zoom video appointments to students, patients, and clients. Tyler worked long hours issuing Chromebooks; setting up Zoom accounts; and training staff how to deliver video appointments. (Jeff Kreutzen, IST-Information Security Office)

Wood Foster-Smith (EA-SIS) - nominated 4/23/20 - We include and excel, together. 

Wood has been giving up his lunch hour on Wednesday's to help improve the skills of BSAs by teaching SQL classes. I very much appreciate this. Having the information presented in small chunks makes it easy to absorb and put into use. Just yesterday I was able to take what we learned and apply it to improve the assignments of NIF tasks to our international student population. (Barbara Sowden, EA-SIS)

Ross Nolan (EA-SIS) - nominated 4/23/20 - We include and excel, together. 

Ross has been giving up his lunch hour on Wednesday's to help improve the skills of BSAs by teaching Query Manager classes. I very much appreciate this. Having the information presented in small chunks makes it easy to absorb and put into use. Just yesterday I was able to take what we learned and apply it to improve the assignments of NIF tasks to our international student population. (Barbara Sowden, EA-SIS)

Raghu Musini (EA-SIS) - nominated 4/23/20 - We focus on service. 

Fantastic work on the extra effort bringing up Supplier Portal and eBill! There were tight timelines and a lot of quick turnaround was needed. We greatly appreciate all you did to make this a success! - (Francis Gomes & Ross Stivison (EA-SIS))

Kishore Katuri (EA-SIS) - nominated 4/23/20 - We focus on service. 

Fantastic work on the extra effort for 1099 bug fixes and processing! There were tight timelines and a lot of quick turnaround was needed. We greatly appreciate all you did to make this a success! - (Francis Gomes & Ross Stivison (EA-SIS))

Melissa Adelman (EA-SIS) - nominated 4/24/20 - We include and excel, together. 

The SIS infrastructure projects (both the CalCentral and Campus Solutions upgrades and replatforming in particular) simply would not be as fun or successful without Melissa's leadership. She is a trusted colleague, top-notch professional and a total pleasure to work with. She elevates everyone's performance and ability to innovate and deliver on every project she manages. Thanks Melissa! (Kali Armitage, EA-SIS)

Lisa Gies (IST-Information Security Office) - nominated 4/24/20 - We include and excel, together. 

Thank you Lisa for all your effort and help with the massive CalCentral MSSEI effort. We all appreciated your thoughtfulness, thoroughness, and ability to move us forward and ask the right questions. You were a pleasure to work with on this project, and what we learned from you this go-around has us well positioned for our upcoming Campus Solutions and Berkeley Financials MSSEIs. (Kali Armitage, EA-SIS)

Jason Miller (EA-SIS) - nominated 4/24/20 - We include and excel, together. 

Jason was instrumental in the success of the CLC upgrade with the assistance he provided me in the early stages of the project planning and design, as well as THE key resource in the completion of the CLC MSSEI, which was a massive undertaking. He went way above and beyond his job duties to ensure the success of these efforts. (Kali Armitage, EA-SIS)

Jessica Longhurst (EA-SIS) - nominated 4/24/20 - We include and excel, together. 

Jessica, thank you for your leadership with the Enterprise Applications Community Committee (Comm Comm). We know it is definitely a team effort, and that effort requires leadership that you are bringing to the group. It is making and has made significant impact especially during these challenging times. You are greatly appreciated!
- R&R (Rana Silver & Ross Stivison, EA-SIS)

Marty Sulc (EA-SIS) - nominated 4/27/20 - We include and excel, together. 

Thank you Marty for all your work prepping the data for multiple rounds of SIS load testing. Your work on this project enabled us to fully test the CalCentral environment prior to go live, as well as properly tune our new environment for this years busy enrollment time. Thank you for supporting both your team members, and all Cal students! (Kali Armitage, EA-SIS)

Francis Gomes (EA-SIS) - nominated 4/27/20 - We include and excel, together. 

Thank you so much, Francis, for being part of the BCS Technical Leads Interview panel and providing valuable inputs. I really appreciate your time and help! (Sunil Panta, EA-SIS)

Adrianne Mann