Team Bios

Faye young and old

Faye Snowden, Director, TPO

2 Truths 1 Lie

  • My first concert was Fleetwood Mac.
  • I’m a certified deep water diver.
  • I lived in Italy for 3 years.

Faye joined the Technology Program Office in November of 2020 after 21 years in higher education at the University of the Pacific where she served in various information technology leadership and senior project management roles. During her career, Faye has designed, implemented, and managed help desks in higher education and private industry, transformed failing teams, developed a portfolio management office, and led projects and programs to replace legacy IT voice, network infrastructure, and enterprise systems. While her entire career has been focused on information technology, Faye’s mantra is that technology should enable the strategic mission of the institution it serves.

Faye holds a master’s of English from California State University, Stanislaus, and credentials in project management, business analysis and ITIL foundations. Aside from IT, Faye is a published author of poems, short stories and mysteries. She has received writing fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Djerassi.

Jon BatesJon Bates, Senior Project Manager

2 Truths, 1 Lie

  • I spent 10 years of my life in the Midwest
  • I was 18 years old when I saw snow in real life for the first time
  • I owned 8 cars over my life

Jon Bates joined the Technology Program Office in November 2022 with over 10 years of experience in infrastructure project management. Industries range from technology, healthcare, financial services, retail, TV media, and higher education.

Jon has a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Jon has PMP, ITIL, and CSM certifications.

Sam young and old

Sam Griffin, Senior Project Manager

2 Truths 1 Lie

  • I’m a Project Manager by day and a lumpia roller by night.
  • I love coffee with my creamer.
  • I'm allergic to tacos.

Sam has over 8 years of technical project management in university, health care and software development settings. She has spent the last few years at the University of the Pacific where she was responsible for leading university-wide projects, including the implementation of Office 365, the project to prevent dead-naming which required changes to most university systems, and a digital workspace implementation for faculty/students. Sam has an associate degree in Systems Administration and a bachelor degree in Network Communications Management from DeVry University. She is also a certified project management professional. She is bringing to the TPO her centralized PMO experience as well as the perspective she’s gained from working on a wide variety of university projects.

Luqi Jia young to oldLuqi Jia, Technical Project Manager

2 Truths 1 Lie

  • I am really good at cooking.
  • My husband and I held two wedding ceremonies.
  • My brother and I are birthday twins, even though we are 9 years apart.

Luqi Jia joined the Technology Program Office in July 2022 as a Technical Project Manager. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 7 years project management experience leading localization, application, and IT system implementation projects. As a passionate, results-driven project manager, her goal is to complete the projects successfully in the shortest amount of time possible using her expertise in project management.

Luqi obtained her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from SUNY Binghamton, when enrolled she met her current husband. After graduating she moved to the Bay area with her husband to pursue both of their careers. Since then, Luqi and her husband tied the knot in both the US and China, so they have two anniversaries for the price of one.

wayne young and oldWayne Kuang, Senior Technical Project Manager

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  • I celebrated every Christmas with my family (after my 1st child was born in 2003) in Disneyland.
  • I competed in US Open and US National Table Tennis Tournaments at Las Vegas.
  • I have travelled to more than 10 countries.

Wayne joined UC Berkeley as a Technical Project Manager in 2018 and has over 20 years of successful experience in IT project management working in multiple industries including higher education,  healthcare, and telecommunications. Wayne has conducted infrastructure deployments, system implementation, operational analysis, and financial budget planning and forecasting.

Prior to joining the Technology Program Office in November 2020, Wayne was a project manager for UC Berkeley’s  Researching, Teaching, and Learning, and he was an Operations Consultant Specialist and Senior Project Manager at Kaiser Permanente for 15 years where he provided oversight and project management for the Wireless National Infrastructure Program with a budget of $43M in which the team successfully implemented wireless infrastructure and services in over 800 buildings.

Wayne’s  current projects include the Education Technology Services Classroom Refresh Project to implement new classroom technology and to improve UC Berkeley’s general assignment classrooms. He is also managing the Kaltura Implementation and Expansion Project to replace a campus legacy system with a new enterprise video platform and to expand the delivery of this service  to additional classrooms in partnership with other campus schools,  and departments.  

When not working, Wayne enjoys spending time with his family of three teenagers. He also loves dogs and cats. In his spare time, he dedicates his time to serve as a table tennis coach to train students to compete in local and national tournaments. This is his way of giving back to the sport he loves. 

Yoshida young and oldYoshita Mukherjee, Senior Project Manager

2 Truths 1 Lie

  • I played tennis for college.
  • I can ski black runs.
  • I bought a round trip ticket to Europe for $500 in Summer.

Yoshita Mukherjee joined the Technology Program Office in March 2020 with eleven years of prior career experience at UCSF. Her experience spans information services and technology related work in higher education and healthcare domains. She has worked with established organizations as well as startups, managing both local and global teams.

Yoshita enjoys volunteering at the public Library as a “Booklegger” to introduce authors and genres to fifth graders. She was also a Chair of Board of Reviews that manages a Boy Scout’s rank advancement for Troop 934. She enjoys being an assistant baseball coach sometimes for a Little League team.

Yoshita has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science and an MBA from CSU East Bay.

SeyiOluseyi Oyegunwa, Senior Project Manager

2 Truths 1 Lie

  • I have hiked to the summit of Mount Fuji in Japan.
  • I have visited the Great Wall of China.
  • I have ridden a hot air balloon over the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

Oluseyi Oyegunwa is a highly experienced project manager with over eight years of experience in the field. She holds certifications in both PMP and CSM. Additionally, She has earned a master's degree in business administration and a bachelor's degree in psychology. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to lead diverse teams from various departments within different industries. She excels at meeting and exceeding project goals set for each team. Outside of work, she cherishes spending quality time with her two daughters, which brings her immense happiness.

Jeff Parks young and now photoJeff Parks, Senior Project Manager

2 Truths 1 Lie
  • I broke my foot from landing too hard after skydiving.
  • I recorded on-air commercials for a local radio station.
  • I worked as a congressional intern in Washington D.C.
Jeff joined the Technology Program Office in January 2023. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 10 years of experience managing technical and business projects within university and IT organizations. Prior to joining Berkeley, he worked as a Senior IT Project Manager at the University of Washington in Seattle, and before that he worked in similar roles for the University of Colorado, Denver Health Hospital, and Imagine Communications.
He earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from UW’s Foster School of Business, and during that program he attended the University of Auckland in New Zealand as part of a study exchange. He also earned a graduate certificate in leadership and management from the Lockheed Martin Engineering Management Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Jeff is passionate about improving education, healthcare, and technology to help people better learn, grow, and thrive.

Gert young and oldGert Reynaert, Senior Technical Project Manager

2 Truths 1 Lie

  • I once had a nice conversation with Ryan Gosling in the elevator at the hotel where we were both staying.
  • I've fractured orbital bones on both my left and right eye, on separate occasions.
  • The longest I've ever been awake is 52 hours - it involved but was not limited to climbing Mt. Rainier.

Gert joined UC Berkeley and the Technology Program Office in September 2020. For the previous 20 years, Gert was based in Massachusetts where he worked in both software startups and consulting companies, primarily as a Project, Program and Change Manager. 

Gert's areas of expertise include managing software development and implementation projects, as well as leading change management and organizational design initiatives. He has cross-industry experience, most recently in financial services, biomedical research, and pharmaceuticals.

An alumnus of the University of Antwerp, in Belgium, with a Masters in Economics, Gert is also a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and a Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP).

David young and oldDavid Rieger, Senior Technical Project Manager

2 Truths 1 Lie

  • Learned how to use computers and the command line using Melvyl as a child.
  • I enjoy music from all genres.
  • Went to Stanford University.

David joined the TPO in September 2020 and has been working at the University for over 20 years. David has a background in systems administration, web services, and web development. He has provided technical account and project management specializing in infrastructure, platforms, database services, and data security to IST since 2010. 

David has managed a variety of projects including setting up the IT Operations Center. He worked with the Production Control Shared Service Center to onboard campuses (UCI, UCSC, UCSF) while standardizing their jobs on Control-M and helped set-up the secondary datacenter (MDC) on the Berkeley campus. He managed the replacement of the campus enterprise backup system and the abatement and upgrade of a variety of operating systems and platforms managed within IST and by departmental IT groups across campus. He coordinated implementation of the bSecure Nextgen network, managing a network refresh and replacement of adaptive security appliances at the San Diego SuperComputing Center location.

David was Coordinator of Micronet, started the Data-Protection Level 2 working group that ultimately built the business case for the Secure Research Data and Compute (SRDC) cluster, and was involved in starting the Berkeley Business Process Analysis Working Group (BPAWG). In addition to managing projects, he currently provides client relationship and service management for IST with the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, UC Merced, UC Riverside Extension as well as University Development and Alumni Relations, and a variety of research groups on the Berkeley campus. 

David holds a Masters Degree in Information Management and Systems from UC Berkeley’s School of Information. He also holds a B.A. degree from UC Berkeley in Political Science. David is also a credentialed Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute.

Mira young and oldMira Roseman, Senior Project Manager

2 Truths 1 Lie

  • Had her appendix removed in Paris, France.
  • Lived on a commune growing up. 
  • Speaks three languages.

Mira Roseman joined the Technology Program Office in June 2021 as a Sr IT Project Manager with two decades of project management experience in the healthcare and retail industries.  She has worked with established organizations as well as startups, managing both local and global teams. She is passionate about the end user experience and believes that technology should make life easier for end users.

Prior to joining UC Berkeley, Mira worked at Peet’s Coffee and Tea, running projects that supported employees in the Home Office and Retail Stores. Prior to Peet’s, she  worked for an electronic medical records company managing development of that company's first ever web offering. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from UC Santa Barbara and has been a credentialed Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute since 2009.

When she is not working at UCB, she spends time with her family and pandemic pup Daisy. They can be found at Scouting events, dog parks, beaches and anywhere that dogs are allowed.