Member Bios

CSAC members are an interdisciplinary group of campus staff dedicated to connecting employees with the Chancellor's Office

Nancy-EmersonNancy Emerson

Co-Chair, CSAC
College of Letters & Science

Joined CSAC because…“I joined CSAC to be more involved in the UCSB community.”
Loves UCSB because… it feels like home
Enjoys family, travel, tennis, Zumba, the beach!

Mayra MaganaMayra Magana

Co-Chair, CSAC
South Hall Administrative Support Center

Joined CSAC because…“I wanted to be involved and improve UCSB.”
Enjoys tennis, hiking, and reading.
Favorite book is “Ficciones” by Jorge Luis Boges

Becky AhernBecky Ahern

Conference Dining & Catering

Joined CSAC because…“I want to make a difference on campus, contribute my ideas and knowledge to further UCSB's growth, and make new connections across campus!”
Loves UCSB because “it's my alma mater! I love the energetic vibe on campus and the focus on diversity and inclusivity. I also love taking advantage of all that the campus offers, like the noon music concerts and walking around campus point.”
Enjoys reading, singing, travelling, and eating
Favorite book is Too many to name. I really enjoy memoirs, humor, southern literature, most fiction.

Aubrie AmstutzAubrie Amstutz

Letters and Science Information Technology

Joined CSAC because…“I want to network and improve cross-department communication on campus.”
Loves UCSB because “I can hang out on the beach during lunch breaks!”
Enjoys Trying new forms of dance and fitness, movies, screenwriting, and learning languages.
Favorite book is The Sound and the Fury

Barb BeainyBarb Beainy


Joined CSAC because…“I joined CSAC to broaden my knowledge of UCSB’s campus-wide decision making process, connect and collaborate with fellow colleagues, and to help create more collaborative opportunities for holistic engagement.”
Loves UCSB because “it is a dynamic space where faculty, staff, and students feel empowered to contribute and learn from and with each other.”
Enjoys traveling, writing, sports, fitness, reading, cooking, and most of all spending time with friends and family!
Favorite book is To Kill a Mocking Bird

Brett BeiseckerBrett Beisecker

Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

Joined CSAC because… “I want to get involved and help make a difference for staff on campus.”
Enjoys hiking, camping, sports, cookies.
Favorite book is Bullpen Gospels

Susan HarrisSusan Harris


Joined CSAC because…“I am a relatively new staff member here at UCSB and I have been looking for ways to get involved outside of my own department so that I can learn more about what it means to be a staff member. CSAC seemed like the perfect way to meet people outside of my department and also to become involved in larger issues.”
Loves UCSB because “UCSB has always been a part of my life. As a kid growing up in Goleta it is where I took tennis and swimming lessons. Then I was a graduate student for many years, and now I am a staff member. I love that UCSB can mean so many things to different members of the larger Goleta/Santa Barbara community.”
Enjoys hiking, swimming, reading, knitting, baking
Favorite book is The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

Patty MakelaPatty Makela

Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor

Joined CSAC because…“I’d like to contribute to campus-wide initiatives that improve working environments for staff members, as well as build new working relationships with people from across campus.”
Loves UCSB because…“It’s my alma mater and I can walk to the beach on my lunch break!“
Enjoys…“traveling, baking, the beach, great food and wine, and spending time with my friends and family“

Jamie PillsburyJamie Pillsbury

Statistics & Applied Probability

Joined CSAC because…“I'm passionate about educational access and student success and I want the chance to help improve the areas where the institutional administration affects the quality of life and quality of education of the students. I'm particularly interested in how overall organizational structure of the institution helps or hinders student access and success.”
Loves UCSB because “This is a beautiful campus with a great community of students; I am the staff advisor for a few clubs and I love how passionate the students are for both life and learning. I've made a lot of great friends here and I'm excited to be a part of UCSB's growth and success.”
Enjoys hiking, reading, painting, exploring, playing board games with friends.
Favorite book is Oryx and Crake by Margaret Attwood

Omead PoureOmead Poure

UC Education Abroad Program

Joined CSAC because…“I want to network across campus and advise the Chancellor on staff issues.”
Loves UCSB because…“UCSB Alum class of 2011! Great work life balance and great people.“
Enjoys…“Being active outdoors, traveling internationally, watching football, playing sports, being involved at UCSB.“
Favorite Book…The Grapes of Wrath

Brenda RuizBrenda Ruiz

South Hall Administrative Support Center

Joined CSAC because…“I want to be more involved within the UCSB Staff community. I want to be a part of the changes happening on campus. I also want to network and meet people across campus.”
Loves UCSB because “We have so many opportunities for growth and the campus is gorgeous!”
Enjoys Hiking, beach, dancing.
Favorite book is The Four Agreements, the Power of One

Devlin SeymourDevlin Seymour

Accounting Services

Joined CSAC because…“I want to help with staff issues.”
Loves UCSB because “I love Santa Barbara and I like working at a place where I can help world class research.”
Enjoys Beer brewing, skiing, and the ocean.
Favorite book is Dune

Kristin SnyderKristin Snyder

Enterprise Technology Services

Joined CSAC because…“I want to make a positive difference at UCSB, get more involved with campus, and expand my network of like-minded colleagues.“
Loves UCSB because… “Good people, beautiful campus, world class research.“
Enjoys hiking, yummy food, reading, cinema, friends and family.
Favorite books are too many to list! My latest, When Women Were Birds – Terry Tempest Williams

Monica SolorzanoMonica Solorzano

Governmental Relations

Joined CSAC because…“I want to contribute to the staff voice on campus.”
Enjoys running, binge-watching TV shows, traveling, and road trips.
Favorite book is Franny and Zooey

Rocio-TorresRocio Torres

Alumni Association

Joined CSAC because…“I am passionate about our working environment and staff issues concerning diversity, positive morale, acknowledgement and building a more solid staff community.”
Loves UCSB because there is nothing like the unique community and experience UCSB has given me. I'm a Gaucho for life!
Enjoys red wine, great food, and traveling the world!

Mia WeberMia Weber

Intercollegiate Athletics

Joined CSAC because…“I love UCSB and I want to give back to the community and work to improve the university”
Loves UCSB because the atmosphere at UCSB is fantastic! I love meeting all kinds of different people on campus.
Enjoys yoga, painting, going to the beach, gardening, and baking.
Favorite book is The Power of One

Non-Voting Members

Greta Carl-Halle

Staff Assembly Representative

Erica Losada

Staff Assembly Representative

Diane O’Brien

Staff Support