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NCURA’s Region VI DE&I Committee aligns with the Council’s overall goal of promoting the development of research administration as a professional field while stimulating the personal growth of the members of the Council.  

Region VI’s committee dedicates their time and resources to creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming environment that embraces and celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion regionally, nationally, and globally.


These principles are vital to the Region’s sustainability and growth as well as the breadth of educational and professional opportunities offered. The committee’s goal is to empower members to participate, learn, lead, educate, celebrate and advocate for growth and learning that reflects the dynamic and universal world we live in.



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Cristi Williams, The Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation- Chair

Sylvia Campos, City of Hope- Media Liason

Brigidann Cooper, University of Washington- Treasurer

Gina Goodrich, University of California, San Fransico

Amy Hui, Stanford University

Patrick Lennon, University of Washington

Anastasia Rutherford, California Polytechnic University, Pomona

Yui Saito, University of California, Irvine

Lisa Wottrich, SRI International

Kartik Yadav, University of California, Irvine

Haley Ye, California State University, Stanislaus

Emily Yu, University of California, Irvine- Secretary

Please scroll below to meet the members of the NCURA Region VI DE&I Committee. We would love feedback from the Region VI members about what activities or programming you'd like to see. So please fill out our feedback comment form located below at any time.

Interested in providing member feedback regarding DE&I?  The DE&I Committee would like your input. Thank you for keeping the Research Administration Community a safe place for all.

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Sylvia Campos, CRA, CPRA, CFRA, Senior Grants & Contracts Administrator

Office of Sponsored Research, City of Hope

Sylvia brings over 20 years of experience in Research Administration, with expertise in both pre and post award roles. Currently, she serves as the Web Editor of the NCURA Region VI Marketing & Communications Committee and the Nominating and Elections Committee. Sylvia is dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Research Administration community. 

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Brigidann Cooper, MBA, Grants & Contracts Manager/Specialist

Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington,

Brigidann has been an active member of NCURA since 2014. She has volunteered in several roles, presented at conferences, published in the NCURA Magazine, and participated in the LEADMe Program as a mentee, MINT, mentor, and program assistant.

She is currently serving as the Secretary-Elect for the Region VI Board and is excited to be a change agent within NCURA and to encourage other professionals to utilize the paths and the programs offered.

Gina Goodrich, CRA, Director of Research Administration Orthopedic Surgery

The Regents of the University of California, San Fransisco,

Gina has worked in Research Administration for over 20 years. Her experience spans central and department level management of pre and post award activity. Gina’s current role oversees the Research Program Management Office in Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSF. She has been a NCURA member in multiple regions and currently in Region VI. Gina is looking forward to giving back to the NCURA community by contributing to the DEI Committee.

Amy Hui, Research Administrator,

Stanford University

Amy has been in research administration since 2019, assisting with School of Medicine PIs in pre-award, before becoming a Research Administrator in School of Engineering serving as pre-and pos-award Departmental support. As a life-long learner interested in diverse issues, she has held prior roles in the fields of health and education advocating for equity and inclusion. She also has a background working with community members and students on environmental justice & education and participatory citizen science. She is passionate about championing accessibility issues as a part of DEI. -edited.jpg

Yui Saito

The Regents of the University of California, Irvine

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Patrick Lennon, Administrator for Research, Department of Pediatrics

University of Washington

Patrick has participated in the Region VI LeadMe program as a mentee and MINT, and is currently serving as an at-large member of the Regional Advisory Council. He is passionate about helping make research administration a more diverse, inclusive, and accessible field.


Anastasia Rutherford, Director, Research and Sponsored Programs

Cal Poly Pomona,

I am a current member of the NCURA's DEI Committee, and it is my desire to be part of diversity, equity, and inclusion, in my personal and work life. Equality and Inclusive in all areas.  My goal is to organically infuse DEI into our DNA at the workplace, personal life and research administration.  

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Cristi Williams, Clinical Research Program Manager

Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

I am an experienced program coordinator that oversees daily operations and business activities for clinical research projects. I manage clinical research trials, conduct quality assurance reviews, and participate in contract and grant administration. I also work with principal investigators to formulate research objectives, and budgets and provide administrative support. Attentive to detail with experience in coordinating projects, programs, and improvements. I have a positive attitude and am capable of multitasking in a fast-paced environment and can perform independently and collaboratively.

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Lisa Wottrich, CRA – Director, Contract Strategic Services

SRI International,

Lisa has been a research administrator since 2003, holding a variety of roles from departmental to central, pre-award to post.  Currently, she leads a team focused on supporting administrative compliance activities for all contracts and grants at SRI.  Lisa is active in NCURA, volunteering at every regional meeting dating back to 2011, serving as a regional officer in two different regions, and serving on a variety of standing and ad hoc committees, including the inaugural DE&I committee for Region VI. 

Kartik Yadav, Director of Research Development and Administration

I am naturally curious and have a penchant for learning new things and continuously building on my skills. I joined NCURA in 2019 and have been closely involved in volunteering (mostly presentation and group discussions) and networking at the annual and other NCURA conferences. I am also a member of the DEI committee for the NCURA Region VI. My commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is essential to my understanding of others and allows me to communicate effectively with individuals of all backgrounds. I work hard to give them a positive and welcoming experience both in science and real life.


Haley Ye, PhD, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research | Professor of Climatology

California State University, Stanislaus

Dr. Haley Ye is the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at California State University, Stanislaus.  In this role, she provides support and services to faculty, staff, and graduate students in their teaching and learning, research, and grantsmanship. Having worked at HSI and MSI campuses for the biggest part of her career, Dr. Ye has many years of success in using DEI lens in every decision making and incorporating it in every project she worked. 

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Emily Yu, Senior Contracts and Grants Analyst

The Regents of the University of California, Irvine -

Emily started out her LeadMe journey after going to the Region 6 meeting in Billings, Montana – and her research administration journey has never been the same! Through the LEADMe program, she met many likeminded individuals who wanted to hone their research administration skills, find ways to grow in the field, and share experiences on how to become better leaders within our field. She was able to network with many people and soon found something that she is passionate about: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The reason she is part of the DE&I committee is because she wants to help create a safe and inclusive environment where all kinds of people are represented in research administration.

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