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 three 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

Hema Paliwal, UCI Division of Career Pathways

Natasha Strauss, UCI Division of Career Pathways and UCI alumni

Brian Breen, UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education

Ramona Agrela, UCI Human Resources

Kristie Samudio, Amare Global and UCI Alumni

Kiana Drake, City Year, Inc.

Joel Pearson, DeLoitte

Jane Madsen, Edwards Life Science

Taiwo Olagundoye, Experian Information Solutions, Inc.

Chris Argate, Kaiser Permanente

Meagan Cooper, Masimo and UCI Alumni

Nicci Leibold, Pacific Life

Nina Fang, Precision Castparts Corporation and UCI Alumni

Kristine Cather, The Princeton Review

Denise Datta, QSC, LLC

Felicia Boyd, Siemens PLM Software

Kristina Cope, Thales

Nilu Kazemi, Wells Fargo and UCI Alumni