Staff News

Posted on: Wednesday, 01/07/2015

Congratulations to the Staff Member and Supervisor of the Year

At the Annual Holiday Party, held on Friday, December 12, the School of Dentistry honored two very important staff members. Mr. Paul Chao, Programmer/Analyst, was recognized as the 2014 Staff Member of the Year and Ms. Victoria Sandoval, MSO III, was recognized as the 2014 Supervisor of the Year.

Paul, pictured at right with Vina Chin, Assistant Dean for Administration & External Affairs, has been with UCLA since 1992 and with the School of Dentistry since 1998. Paul is known as being one of the most reliable, helpful, and effective staff members at the School. He is known for his dedication and hard work. Regardless of a busy schedule with other projects and deadlines, he will help out with any IT problem or task beyond his areas of responsibilities without any complaints. Thank you to Paul for his quiet but substantial contribution to the school.

Victoria, pictured at left with Dean Park, has been with UCLA since 1983 and the School of Dentistry since 2004. Vicki helps keep the Division of Advanced Prosthodontics and the Weintraub Center running smoothly on the administrative level. She is known for her efficiency, experience, and caring heart. Her valuable contributions have been felt by many of the School’s faculty, students, and residents. Thank you to Vicki for her many years of dedication and hard work.



Congratulations to both staff members on these well-deserved recognitions. 

New Parents at the School

Jennifer Eikermann, Dental Hygienist in the Faculty Group Dental Practice, welcomed her daughter Emily Eve Eikermann born on October 29, 2014. She weighed 8 pounds and 1 ounce and measured 20 inches.

Nancy Corona, Care Coordinator for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Faculty Group Practice, gave birth to a baby girl. Rebecca Corona was born on July 31, 2014. 

Johanna Lozano, Administrative Assistant for the Division of Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences, gave birth to a baby girl on Friday, December 26. Kaitlyn Brisa Harper weighed in at 6 pounds, 10 oz. and measured 19.5 inches. Johanna went into early stages of labor on Christmas morning and checked into labor and delivery that evening. There were no major complications and she had a natural delivery. Johanna wishes to thank everyone for their support and words of encouragement leading up to her delivery. Kaitlyn already showed signs of a personality as she made her way home from the hospital in her car seat.

Johanna Lozano Baby in car seat 

Welcome to Our New Staff Members

The School of Dentistry welcomed a new Facilities Manager in December. Ms. Lisa Gotori-Koga replaced Joel Latimer in this very important position. Lisa came to us from UCLA Asset Management, where she worked as Operations Manager for over 18 years, managing the Wilshire Center and other off-site University-owned properties. She has in-depth knowledgle of university policy and procedures and has worked extensively with Facilities Management over the years to successfully accomplish many large projects. Prior to her UCLA tenure, she managed high-rise office buildings in the downtown Los Angeles area, industrial properties in Pomona, small shopping centers in Monrovia, and mixed-use properties in Ontario. She is looking forward to meeting everyone. We are excited to have Lisa on board. Mr. Joel Latimer, the former Facilities Manager, transferred to the Department of Life Sciences as their new Building and Operations Manager. Good luck to Joel on his new endeavor.

Welcome to Mr. Antonio Ambriz, General Clinic Cashier, who started with the School at the beginning on January. Antonio just completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from UC Irvine  with the Class of 2014.


Welcome to Ms. Maria Jacobo, Sterilization Assistant at the Faculty Group Dental. 

Staff Personnel Actions September 15, 2014 – January 9, 2015

New Hires to Campus




Effective Date

Antonio Ambriz

General Clinic Cashier

General Clinic


Maria Jacobo

Sterilization Assistant

Faculty Group Dental Practice



Transfers From Another UCLA Department




Effective Date

Lisa Gotori

Facilities Planning Manager

Facilities Planning Office