The Employer Advisory Board consists of a diverse group of Human Resources professionals representing a broad array of employment sectors. Information gathered from Board meeting discussions and initiatives will advance UC Irvine’s provision career services for the UCI student, alumni, and employer community. The Board meets in person two times annually throughout the academic year, and project work may occur throughout the year.

The Board will:

  • Share current information regarding the job market for college graduates
  • Identify the skills most needed in today’s work world
  • Better understand the career services landscape at UC Irvine and how to access our student talent
  • Generate ideas to increase access to internship programs
  • Provide feedback to the Division on new and exciting initiatives
  • Assist in the development of new programs, share benchmarks, and identify best practices


Gary Matkin, UC Irvine Division of Career Pathways

Suzanne Helbig, UC Irvine Division of Career Pathways

Leigh Poirier, UC Irvine Division of Career Pathways

Jay Wall, UC Irvine Division of Career Pathways

Tonie Zhu, UC Irvine Division of Career Pathways  and UCI Alumni

Tanya Zabalegui, UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education

Mitch Spann, UC Irvine Advancement

Kristie Samudio, Amare Global and UCI Alumni

Esther Park, AXA Advisors, LLC

Caroline Nguyen, City Year and UCI Alumni

Grace Powers, DeLoitte

Katie Albert, DioSorin Molecular

Brandy Copeland, Disneyland

Jane Madsen, Edwards Life Science

Michelle Harris, Enterprise

Mary Ford, Experian Information Solutions, Inc.

Lai Turn, Facebook

Katie Sauls, In-N-Out Burger and UCI Alumni

Chris Argate, Kaiser Permanente

Beth Lanphier, MerchSource, LLC

LCDR Adam Schuman,  U.S. Navy

Nina Fang, Precision Castparts Corporation and UCI Alumni

Najla DeBow, Providence St. Joseph Health and UCI Alumni

Denise Datta, QSC, LLC

Sharon Soong, Salesforce and UCI Alumni

Ellen Einkauf, Thales

Holly Sterling, Siemens PLM Software

Alexa Bisbas, The Irvine Company

Nilu Kazemi, Wells Fargo and UCI Alumni

Meagan Cooper, Western Digital and UCI Alumni