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  • Anne Skinner

    Anne Skinner

    Chief Administrative Officer

  • Denise Gellene, M.B.A.

    Denise Gellene, M.B.A.

    Director of Science Communication

  • Rachel Hintz

    Rachel Hintz

    Director of Finance

  • Jovi Ednave

    Jovi Ednave

    Fund Manager

  • Stacey Alvarez

    Stacey Alvarez

    Junior Fund Manager

  • Jessica Castillo

    Jessica Castillo

    Web Editor

  • Deborah Herman

    Deborah Herman

    Project Manager

  • Elizabeth Boystak

    Elizabeth Boystak

    Administrative Specialist

  • Debby Peterson

    Debby Peterson

    Administrative Lead


  • Raquel Gutierrez

    Raquel Gutierrez

    Administrative Lead



  • Pamela Davidson, Ph.D., M.S.H.S.

  • Nicole Makowka

    Nicole Makowka

    Evaluation, Program Manager

  • Jim Morrison

    Jim Morrison

    Evaluation, Program Analyst

  • Terry Nakazono

    Terry Nakazono

    Evaluation, Program Analyst

  • Jachael Gardner

    Jachael Gardner

    Evaluation and Grants Submission Unit, Junior Research Associate

  • Kishore Athreya

    Kishore Athreya

    Evaluation, Junior Research Associate – Admin Specialist


  • Robin Faria

    Robin Faria

    GSU, Director of Operations

  • Jordan Daniel

    Jordan Daniel

    GSU, Project Manager & Trial Innovation Network Liaison

  • Elaine Howell

    Elaine Howell

    GSU, Senior Project Manager

  • Sohaib Kazmi

    Sohaib Kazmi

    GSU, Operations Coordinator

  • Amin Quadri

    Amin Quadri

    GSU, Project Manager


CTSI Communications provides assistance and guidance with publicizing events, news and announcements. Please see the table below for publicity options, deadlines and contacts.

Publicity Option/Vehicle Approach
UCLA CTSI bi-weekly newsletter Published every other Wednesday; contains announcements from the CTSI website (e.g. events and news sections). View the 2020 and 2021 newsletter schedule.
Post events/news to CTSI website (homepage) Submit to ctsinews@mednet.ucla.edu. Please allow up to 48 hours for processing.
Post fliers Individuals/CTSI programs are responsible for the design, photocopying and distribution. Please obtain a logo by e-mailing ctsinews@mednet.ucla.edu
Tabling Contact Deborah Herman for use of the CTSI table cover.
Poster sessions Contact ctsinews@mednet.ucla.edu to obtain poster templates.
CTSI program-area brochures Contact ctsinews@mednet.ucla.edu to obtain a template and/or edit existing content. Text and design must be reviewed and the printed through CTSI Communications.
Branding/CTSI logo requests Contact ctsinews@mednet.ucla.edu to obtain the logo.
PowerPoint templates Contact ctsinews@mednet.ucla.edu to obtain the templates.

The CTSI Finance team coordinates all aspects of pre- and post- award management of the CTSA, including administration of pilot and core voucher awards. The team works closely with the UCLA Office of Research Administration including the Office of Contracts and Grants Administration (OCGA), Extramural Fund Management (EFM), and Research Policy & Compliance (RPC). Our team acts as the point of contact with NIH for all fiscal matters pertaining to the CTSI grant awards.

The Grants Submission Unit (GSU) supports the grant application process, with particular emphasis on large and complex grants. Tools and services may include provision of grant writing outlines and detailed checklists of required components, project management and multi-site coordination, review and editing of grant narrative for consistency, clarity and responsiveness to the FOA.

In the cases of large proposals that advance the goals of CTSI, GSU provides hands-on management of the grant-writing process, including collecting biosketches, drafting and soliciting letters of support, and compiling resources and other boilerplate text.

The CTSI Evaluation Unit provides the evidence base for accelerating innovation and continuously improving operational effectiveness and efficiency of the CTSI. It collects and analyzes relevant data and provides transparent, timely evaluation to increase accountability. To perform these tasks, the CTSI uses a variety of data collection instruments and tools, including:

  • Organizational Effectiveness Survey, a bi-annual survey used to identify gaps and improve resources and services to investigators. The survey asks respondents to rate 29 CTSI services on a five-point scale ranging from “not at all effective” to “extremely effective.”
  • Scientific Achievement Survey, an annual survey that measures scientific productivity. The survey asks if CTSI pilot funds or services led to new extramural funds, publications, patents, copyrights or technology licensing; if the research involved collaborators from the community or other CTSAs; and if researchers encountered barriers that slowed their work. The survey also asks for brief descriptions of the scientific or health impact of their CTSI-supported research.

Evaluation collects operational metrics from each of the CTSI program areas. These metrics measure resource use, service satisfaction, productivity, and adherence to program timelines and milestones, and health impact.

Evaluation also provides the CTSI community with the below services. Contact CTSIEvaluationProgram@mednet.ucla.edu to learn more or visit our Consults & Advice page to submit a request for services.

  • Develop new research organization design leveraging CTSI infrastructure to strengthen applications
  • Collaborate with PI and team to develop evaluation design, improvement plans, and metrics
  • Provide evaluation consultations to internal and external partners
  • Assist with design and deployment of survey instruments, data processing, analysis, and reporting
  • Measure and monitor scientific productivity and impact