Mary Lou D. Ortiz
Chief Financial Officer
Vice Chancellor, Division of Finance and Administration
Mary Lou D. Ortiz joined UCI on July 18, 2022 as chief financial officer and vice chancellor for the Division of Finance and Administration. She manages a large, $3.5 billion operating budget and a $3 billion capital expenditure budget, ensuring responsible allocation of public and private financial resources to meet objectives including the health enterprise (health sciences and medical center).
Mary Lou has broad experience leading administrative and financial operations at public and private research universities, strengthening those operations to best support the needs of each institution’s core programs. She most recently served as associate vice president for budget and university budget officer at Pennsylvania State University, serving as a senior member of the university’s financial leadership team and responsible for overseeing the University Budget Office and for the development and assessment of the university’s budget and resource allocation policies. She implemented the university’s annual operating budget and had budgetary responsibility for Penn State’s complex $7.7 billion organization with 24 campuses, leading discussions about maintaining affordability for Penn State students while continuing to innovate.
Prior to joining Penn State, Mary Lou served as vice chancellor for finance and administration at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, providing financial and operational leadership to the university’s flagship campus and overseeing $1.7 billion in total resources. She is the former director for finance and resource administration of University Services for Princeton University and former director of planning and financial administration at Columbia University’s student health services. In addition to her higher education experience, she was the senior director of budget and financial planning at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a global humanitarian aid, relief and development nongovernmental organization, where she oversaw the annual operating budget for the IRC’s 26 overseas offices and affiliates and 32 domestic operations.
Mary Lou earned her Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Columbia University, and is a candidate for the Doctorate in Education in Penn State’s Higher Education program.
Richard L. Coulon
Associate Vice Chancellor
Division of Finance and Administration
Richard Coulon is the associate vice chancellor for the Division of Finance and Administration (DFA) most recently serving as interim CFO & vice chancellor for DFA. He has over 21 years of experience at UCI overseeing a portfolio of Design and Construction Services, Capital Planning and Space Management, Campus Physical and Environmental Planning, Real Estate Services, Risk Management, and UCPath. He served as UCI’s UCPath committee chair which led to the successful implementation—the largest administrative system implementation in UC’s history. He also served as UCI’s director of Materiel and Risk Management which included central purchasing, equipment management, business contracts, interior design, and risk management. Rick is a skilled negotiator and is experienced in procurement policy, contract law, and complex agreements. He is a certified mediator, serves on numerous committees, and is the director of UCI’s Emergency Operations Center.
Rick received his B.S. degree from California State University, Long Beach and later earned the professional designation of Associate in Risk Management (ARM) from the Insurance Institute of America. Rick graduated from the UC Coro Systemwide Leadership Collaborative in 2018.
Chief of Staff
Office of the CFO & Vice Chancellor
Mary Clark plays a critical support role in strategic planning and provides administrative leadership on Division of Finance and Administration and/or UCI initiatives, including the design and management of projects and programs that are integral to UCI’s financial health, academic excellence, and productivity. She has nearly 25 years of experience in higher education at universities in the United States and Europe. Mary served as the chief of operations for the Division of Administration & Finance at California State University, Fullerton; eight years at UCI's Paul Merage School of Business as director and then assistant dean; and prior to her tenure at UCI, Mary was at Washington University in St. Louis, IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, and Chapman University. Mary holds an executive MBA degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in business administration from California State University, Fullerton.
Michael P. Bathke
Internal Audit Services
Mike Bathke leads a staff of nine professional auditors with operations and offices at the campus and medical center. In 2010, Mike served a temporary role in Accounting and Financial Services as the Interim Director of Internal Controls and General Accounting. Mike previously worked as an internal audit and accounting/financial consultant at Jefferson Wells (now Experis), an international professional services organization. Mike graduated from California State University, Los Angeles, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and holds three professional certifications.
Grace Crvarich joined UCI in October 2019 as the assistant vice chancellor for Process Improvement. Currently she oversees the Program Development and Execution (PDE) unit in the Office of the CFO & Vice Chancellor which provides project management support for DFA initiatives and projects, as well as for certain campuswide projects. Grace has over 25 years of experience in higher education and comes to us from Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine (KPSOM) where she served as their senior director of Finance. During her time there, she led the planning of a 10 year, $1B business case that included accreditation, staffing, and financial plans for KPSOM.
Grace’s experience includes 15 years at UC San Francisco, in facilities management, capital projects, and the School of Medicine. At UC Berkeley she served as the assistant vice chancellor and chief operating officer for the Division of Real Estate, where she managed multiple strategic initiatives to improve business efficiency, implement cost-savings, and simplify processes. Grace earned a bachelor’s in business administration from CSU East Bay and a master’s in business administration (MBA) from the University of San Francisco.
Assistant Vice Chancellor
Real Property Development
Richard Demerjian oversees real property development at UCI including off-campus staff housing and the UCI Naturescape program. With over 35 years of experience managing projects and programs, Richard has played a significant role in community planning and development of the UCI campus and off-campus properties.
Richard is a registered Landscape Architect and LEED accredited professional. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the School of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the UCI Paul Merage School of Business.
Controller and Assistant Vice Chancellor
Accounting & Fiscal Services
Mary Ek is the controller and assistant vice chancellor of Accounting & Fiscal Services. In this role, she leads an organization of more than 100 financial professionals and support staff in the areas of Accounting & Fiscal Services and Procurement Services as well as overseeing many of UCI’s central financial functions. Working closely with campus business offices, Mary and her team ensure the integrity of UCI's financial reporting, enable effective and efficient campus financial processes and controls, and champion compliance with policies, laws, and regulations. Mary has extensive leadership experience in both higher education and corporate finance organizations. She recently served as assistant vice chancellor and controller for California State University Chancellor’s Office overseeing financial services and reporting activity across 23 campuses. Prior to her time at CSU, Mary worked for The Boeing Company as the director of Defense and Space Procurement Financial Analysis Department where she led a team of 350 procurement financial analysts and managers. Mary received her MBA from UCI.
Special Assistant to the CFO & Vice Chancellor
Office of the CFO & Vice Chancellor
Brian Fahnestock is special assistant to the CFO & Vice Chancellor. He joined UCI in March 2019 as special assistant to the CFO and vice chancellor in the Division of Finance and Administration. Brian brings over 25 years of government and higher education experience and has held the positions of chief business officer, vice president, and vice chancellor at four California Community College Districts. He also served as the interim associate vice president for Fiscal Affairs at San Francisco State University. Brian received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and his master’s degree from the Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey.
Assistant Vice Chancellor
Katherine Gallardo is the assistant vice chancellor of budget and academic resource planning and has over 25 years of experience in higher education, including appointments at Boston University, UCLA, and UCI. Her experience includes serving in financial and personnel management roles in a wide variety of academic disciplines and units. Katherine joined the Budget Office in 2014. She coordinates campus strategic planning and budget efforts, collaborates with UC Office of the President, advises leadership on academic resource matters, and oversees financial forecasting, trend analysis, modeling, and development of allocation methodologies intended to better align resources with strategic goals. Katherine has a B.S. in business administration with a focus on finance from Boston University, and an MBA from UCI.
Elizabeth (Liz) Griffin
Chief of Police
UCI Police Department
Chief Griffin joined UCI in May 2019 with over 25 years of police experience. She started her career in the Long Beach Police Department in 1992, and moved up the ranks from officer to sergeant to lieutenant and, ultimately, to commander. As UCI’s Chief of Police, she manages an operation that includes patrol, administration, investigations, emergency management, and Public Safety Services at the UCI Medical Center. She is a graduate of LAPD West Point Leadership Program and FBI National Academy. She was a member of the board of directors for Boy Scouts of America’s Long Beach Area Council, assistant director of LBPD Historical Society, and LBPD’s liaison to the LGBTQ community. Chief Griffin earned a B.S. in criminal justice at CSUF and a M.S. in emergency services administration at CSULB.
Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor,
Matt Gudorf was appointed interim assistant vice chancellor of Facilities Management effective July 1, 2022. Matt oversees the day-to-day operations of Facilities Management and assures the team of trades, engineers, and professional staff continue to advance UCI's brilliant future by creating a physical environment allowing our students, faculty, and staff to thrive. Matt has worked at UCI for 15 years and for the past 11 years has led UCI’s Energy, Engineering, and Inspection team focusing efforts on energy efficiency upgrades, utility and infrastructure retrofits, and project development. Prior to joining UCI, Matt worked for various companies in the fields of electrical transmission and distribution, ultra-high voltage substation design, and underground wet utility installations throughout the mid-west and southern California. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with an emphasis on high voltage systems.
Janet C. Mason
Assistant Vice Chancellor
Capital Planning & Space Management
Janet Mason is responsible for overseeing the planning of new building projects and major renovations, administering the Small Capital Improvement Program, developing project approval documents for State and Regental review, developing the ten-year Capital Financial Plan, supporting campus decision-making regarding the use of on- and off-campus space, and maintaining UCI’s facilities inventory database. Janet has been with UCI for 38 years, beginning in Public Policy Research Organization and moving to the planning office several years later. During her tenure, Janet has been in involved in planning most of the new facilities that have been constructed on campus since the mid-1980s. Janet graduated from Adelphi University with the degree in experimental psychology.
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Support Services
Division of Finance and Administration
David Ott is responsible for centralizing a support service delivery model for the Division of Finance and Administration business processes, human resources processes, and budget and financial processes. He has over 35 years in the public service industry where he served as a special consultant to the vice president and chief financial officer of Administration and Finance at San Francisco State University, interim assistant city manager for San Juan Capistrano, city manager for Solana Beach, and director of the Solana Beach Redevelopment Agency. He also held the position of fire chief for the cities of Solana Beach and Del Mar where he was responsible for managing and directing the fire department and emergency preparedness personnel and all department operations. He holds a Master of Arts in executive management leadership from Grand Canyon University, Master of Arts in management - human resource management from the University of Redlands, and Bachelor of Science degree in fire administration and fire prevention, both from Cogswell Polytechnical College.
Associate Vice Chancellor and Campus Architect
Design & Construction Services
Brian Pratt oversees major academic building projects, research facilities, and housing projects. He leads design and construction's efforts for the campus, delivering highly complex projects via design build. Brian has served in the private and public sectors, formerly leading the Orange County Architecture Discipline as a Principal with AECOM. Brian has recently led a variety of project types, including laboratories, sports facilities, retail, cultural, and civic, both new and renovation. Past clients include the Arizona Cardinals, University of Arkansas, Pomona College, UCSD, UCLA, CSUF, UCSB, and UCR. Brian’s work has been recognized with several awards and recognitions and many projects have achieved various levels of LEED certification.
Allen Shiroma oversees the departments of Facilities Management and Environmental Health & Safety. He has over 40 years of experience in his field has held similar positions in high-technology private companies. He has been at UCI for over 14 years and prior to stepping into his current role, he led completion of $95 million of campus deferred maintenance, improvement of renovation processes and accelerated the completion of critical campus projects. He holds a B.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Michigan and received his MBA from UCI.