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Posted on: Wednesday, 11/02/2016

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Recognizing Exceptional Service

At the All-School Holiday Party that was held on Fri., December 2, Dean Paul Krebsbach recognized Grant Yano as the Outstanding Supervisor of the Year and Joanna Danielak as the Outstanding Staff Member of the Year.

Grant Yano has served the dental school as the Computer Services Manager for nearly 19 years. One of Grant’s most recent notable accomplishments was the launch of the new axiUm software, which is now being used by our general clinic and all the specialized clinics. His involvement and contribution in the successful transition from GSD to axiUm is immeasurable. In a position that is often overlooked until a crisis arises, Grant continually puts in the time and effort to make sure that projects are completed according to stakeholder’s requirements.

Joanna Danielak serves the dental school as an Administrative Assistant for the Section of Periodontics. She quickly learned her job duties and consistently exceeds job expectations. From managing faculty promotion packets to executing section events, Joanna is efficient and proactive with everything she does. In just two years as a full-time employee, she has become a valuable team member and the Section of Periodontics feels lucky to have her.

On behalf of the entire UCLA School of Dentistry, congratulations to Grant and Joanna on this well-deserved recognition.

Additionally, the following people were recognized for their years of service:

First Name

Last Name

Years of Service


NORA                           BARBA-MUNOZ                    20 Faculty Group Dental Practice
OLGA                           BEZOUGLAIA                     20 Research
CARLOS                         DOMINGUEZ                      20 Storeroom
VERONICA                       RIOS                           20 Finance
MATTHEW                        TYLER                          20 Academic Personnel                      
LORENA                         DE LA TORRE                    25 Pediatric Dentistry
MARIA                          SALDANA                        30 Staff Human Resources
STEVEN                         SHAEVEL                        30 Academic Personnel     
MARY                           CHIARO                         30 Faculty Group Dental Practice
LINDA                          CROMMETT                       35 General Clinic                                  


Staff Personnel Actions (July 1 - December 16, 2016)


Working Title


New Hires  

Rubi Diaz Group Practice Administrator General Clinic
Louis Gutierrez Postgraduate Programs Coordinator  Student Affairs & Outreach
Azniv Libaryan Administrative Assistant Constitutive & Regenerative Sciences, Endodontics
Luke Lucas EH&S Specialist Environmental Healthy & Safety
Dorothy Jackson Administrative Assistant Oral Biology & Medicine, Oral Medicine & Orofacial Pain
Maria Unda Segundo Administrative Assistant Diagnostic & Surgical Sciences
Yesenia Moreno Administrative Assistant Venice Dental Center
Yesenia Tuna Administrative Assistant Advanced Education in General Dentistry

New and Expanded Roles

Jennifer Morales  Patient & Account Coordinator Venice Dental Center
Michael Gordon Director of Student Services Student Affairs & Outreach
Ashley TerHorst Administrative Specialist Supervisor Constitutive & Regenerative Sciences, Endodontics


David Akin Clinical Research Administrator Center for Oral/Head & Neck Oncology


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