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EVP-COO Area News  |  August 2015
A monthly compilation of news within the EVP-COO

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New Members of the Team

(left to right: Elizabeth Adams, Alice Raucher, Ashley Bagby, Patty Marbury)

Welcome new EVP-COO area employees!

Elizabeth Adams is the University's new Assistant Vice President for Research Administration. She previously served as Executive Director of Office of Sponsored Research at Northwestern University. Mike Ludwick, Associate Director for Grants and Contracts in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), recently interviewed Elizabeth for the AVPF blog. Check out Mike's interview to learn more about Elizabeth including how her experience as a college soccer player influences her management style. Elizabeth's priority will be to build strategic and collaborative partnerships between OSP and the deans and faculty of the schools, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and Strategic Initiatives.

Alice Raucher was appointed Architect for the University effective September 14. She is coming to us from Yale University where she has most recently served as senior architect, major projects planner, and chiar of the Design Steering Team for Yale's Office of Facilities, Planning, Construction, and Renovation. Alice will report to the Board of Visitors and work closely with members of the Vice President for Management and Budget's team. Read more about her in UVaToday.

Ashley Bagby is the newest Managerial Reporting Project Data Analyst. A UVa alumna with a degree in Classics, she brings 16 years of experience in finance and operations at GE.

Patty Marbury is the new Finance Training Lead on the Finance Outreach and Compliance Team. Patty has been at the University for 15 years, first as an instructional designer with the Integrated Systems Project and then as the Learning and Development Manager for Systems and Technical Training with University Human Resources.

Rohan Patel joined the University Budget Office as a Senior Budget Analyst on July 1. He brings more than five years experience in University budget and analysis experience from the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

New Names to Know in Other Areas

Kelley Hodge joined the University as Title IX Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the President on August 17. Ms. Hodge is a UVa alumna (B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Spanish Language and Literature) and holds a JD from the University of Richmond's T.C. Williams School of Law. She is an experienced trial attorney with more than 14 years handling a variety of courtroom cases, and specializes in advocacy for juvenile and adult victims of crime. As Title IX Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the President, Ms. Hodge will monitor the University's compliance with Title IX; coordinate our investigations, responses, and resolutions of reports of sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, interpersonal violence, and stalking; ensure that we are offering appropriate education and training of students, faculty, and staff; and ensure institutional accountability to prevent prohibited conduct and to address its effects when it does occur.

Catherine Spear will begin her work at the University as Assistant Vice President for Equal Opportunity Programs on September 28. In this role, she will ensure that the University gives full consideration to the principles and obligations of equal opportunity and affirmative action. Ms. Spear will be responsible for establishing policies and procedures for the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, monitoring and coordinating compliance with nondiscrimination laws, and overseeing investigations of all complaints alleging discrimination. She is coming to UVa from Stanford University, where she has served as Title IX Coordinator since 2014. She previously held several positions in the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights in Cleveland, including serving as director of that office from 2010 to 2014.

To learn more about these new employees and the University's efforts against sexual violence and alcohol abuse, see this August 28th UVaToday article.
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Employee Profile
Denise Hubbard, PMP, Project Manager


Denise Hubbard is a Project Manager who works closely with Assistant Vice President Pace Lochte on Strategic Initiatives for the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Denise recently earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification after successfully passing the certification exam, which is known for its difficulty. The PMP is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers across the globe. Denise used the Education Benefit that is available to employees to enroll in a  preparation course. Congratulations on your achievement, Denise, and your wise use of your Education Benefit!                                        

What brought you to U.Va. and how long have you worked here? I was an IT consultant in DC and was hired as part of the SIS implementation team. 10 years.

What was your very first job ever? Neighborhood pet sitter.

In no more than two sentences, tell us a little about what you do in your job. In my role as a project manager, I oversee all sorts of projects for Strategic Initiatives, from Strategic Corporate Partnerships to participating on working groups to economic development efforts in Southwest Virginia.

What is your favorite thing to do in the area? Camping with my family

What is your favorite Charlottesville area restaurant? Zocalo's sea scallops are really good.

What is something you have always wanted to learn how to do? Scuba dive
Who do you want to learn more about in the EVP-COO Area? Send a note to to nominate someone for next month's Employee Profile.

Kudos to Captain Melissa Fielding

University of Virginia Police Department Chief Mike Gibson announced that Melissa Fielding was promoted to the rank of Captain effective August 24th. Captain Fielding started her career with UPD as a Security Officer in 1993. She was promoted to Police Officer in 1993, Police Sergeant in 1998, and Lieutenant in 2007. In her new role, Captain Fielding will be the Law Enforcement Captain in-charge of Patrol, Investigations, the Crime Analyst, and Community Policing sections of the Department. 

Congratulations to Captain Fielding on her promotion!

Organizational Excellence

Do you want to connect with others who are interested in quality and improvement pursuits, contribute to University-wide and unit-level improvement efforts, and further develop your skills and knowledge? If so, then the Quality CORE Network is for you! CORE= Connecting Our Resources for Excellence. Check out this fall's Quality CORE Network sessions on the Organizational Excellence (OE) site. The September 24 session with UVa Law Professor Bob Sayler is sure to be a great one!

OE continues to accept nominations for its Spotlight on Excellence award. For information about the award and how to nominate one of your colleagues, visit the OE site.
More Resources for Learning and Skill Development
  • UHR's Center for Leadership Excellence has created a great tool to help employees identify professional organizations, events and training, education and certifications, independent learning, and on-the-job activities: Career Development Compass
  • UVa holds a membership in the EAB (Education Advisory Board) and employees have access to its resources
  • UVa also is a member of CEB's Audit Leadership Council. Information is accessible to all staff with a email address.
  • UVa staff and faculty have access to more than 3,500 online courses on

    If you have additional learning resources to share, please pass along the information to Thanks!
Donna Cox, Treasury Manager/ Children's Book Author & Illustrator

O'Neil Hall occupants recently celebrated the book launch of first-time author Donna Cox, who published her first e-book on Amazon this summer. Check out The Blue Basher Storm Team - A Rain Delay, written and illustrated by Donna. The story teaches children about the weather, storm safety, and being confident and strong in their abilities.
Remember to keep tracking your activity to complete the Fall Fitness Challenge!

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