Staff News

Posted on: Friday, 09/12/2014

Josyel Castellon Receives Research Administration Award

Josyel Castellon, Senior Administrative Analyst, received the 2014 Catherine Core Minority Travel Award. The award included travel, lodging, and participation to attend the 56th Annual Meeting of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), which was held in Washington D.C. this past August.

The purpose of NCURA is to serves its members and advance the field of research administration through education and professional development programs, the sharing of knowledge and experience, and by fostering a professional, collegial, and respected community. Congratulations Josyel. 

Steve Shaevel to Serve on Grant Board

Steve Shaevel, Director of Academic PersonnelSteve Shaevel, Director of Academic Personnel, and his wife Gail, were recently asked to serve on an Advisory Board for a National Institutes of Health Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant award (R21) that will help expand living donor renal transplantation. One of the grant’s Principal Investigators, Dr. Jeffrey Veale, Director of the UCLA Kidney Transplant Exchange Program, was the surgeon and part of the team that helped locate a kidney for Gail who needed a transplant in 2008. The Shaevels were beneficiaries of a unique arrangement called the kidney chain made possible by the National Kidney Registry, a computer program, and the willingness of others to donate a healthy kidney to a stranger so that their loved one or relative can get one from another stranger in return.  Steve, who wasn’t a match for Gail, then donated his kidney which was flown to Stanford University to continue the kidney chain. They were part of the first kidney chain at UCLA.

Along with Steve and Gail, the Advisory Board is made up of CEO’s, directors, and doctors who head up transplantation medical centers and transplant waiting lists. The grant is funded through April of 2016.

Staff Recognized for Exceptional Service

Ms. Muneeza Irfani, T32 & Research Coordinator, was recognized as an exceptional van pool driver in the UCLA Vanpool Program. She was celebrated at a breakfast reception at the Faculty Center this past June. The UCLA Vanpool Program offers a viable alternative to driving for staff, faculty and students at a reasonable rate. Congratulations Muneeza.




Staff Member Becomes Author

Ms. Susan Brooks, Administrative Assistant for the Division of Constitutive and Regenerative Sciences, published a fictional story about her two pet corgis that came out on September 1st , titled: “The Life of Corgnelius and Stumphrey: The Cutest Corgis in the World.” Susan began her journey to authorship after amassing tens of thousands of followers on her dogs’ Instragram page and other social media accounts. Publishing house, Harlequin, caught onto the dogs’ popularity and approached Susan about writing a book about her corgis. Susan took all the photos and wrote the storyline for the book, which can be purchased on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble, and Target.

Staff Personnel Actions

(May 1st – September 19th, 2014)

New Hires to Campus




Barbara Nichols


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Andres Luevano

Clinic Administrative Assistant


Stella Zaringhalam

Administrative Assistant

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

Dulce (Maria) Delgadillo

Group Practice Administrator

General Clinic

Veronica Cerna-Guzman

Group Practice Administrator

General Clinic

Transfers From Another UCLA Department




John Gamboa

General Clinic Cashier

General Clinic