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EVP-COO Area News  |  July 2015
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Finance Forward
UVa's Conference for Finance Professionals

On June 10, nearly 150 UVa finance professionals met for the annual Finance Forward conference. Sponsored by Associate Vice President for Finance Melody Bianchetto, the conference was held at the McIntire School of Commerce. Attendees collaborated, learned, and networked at the day-long event, addressing a full range of professional development topics. Because fiscal administrators and other data management staff play a critical role at the University, the program addressed current and future financial analyst skills and pathways to develop new skill sets.

The day after the conference, participants were treated to a discussion with UVa Board of Visitors member Victoria Harker (pictured above), who shared her perspective on the University and answered questions about her career.
Check out the AVPF blog to read more about the conference and view presentation materials.

Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness
New Name Reflects Expanded Role

The Office of Emergency Preparedness has been renamed the Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness (OSEP) in recognition of its expanding role in maintaining the safety and well-being of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the University. Founded in September 2007, the office was initially responsible for developing and communicating the University’s key emergency policies, strategies and methods, as well as designing and implementing emergency response plans and assessing hazard vulnerabilities.
In September 2014, Pat Hogan appointed Director of Emergency Preparedness Marge Sidebottom co-chair of the President’s Safety Working Group charged with conducting a comprehensive assessment of safety and security on Grounds and developing an actionable plan for improvements. As a result, infrastructure enhancements ranging from camera technology to additional lighting to changes in after-hours University transportation procedures are underway. Marge also has helped lead the institution’s effort to forge an agreement with local landlords on safety standards in off-Grounds rental housing for students.

The Office of Safety and Emergency Preparedness will continue to ensure that the University complies with federal, state, regional, and institutional planning and response requirements. In addition, it will expand its role in safety education and personal responsibility efforts. One example of enhancing safety programs includes growing the University’s already robust Automated External Defibrillation (AED) program. OSEP is responsible for expanding the program from more than 170 to nearly 250 devices this summer, as well as the upkeep and maintenance of these devices, and they will offer CPR/AED classes to the University community starting this fall. OSEP is also sponsoring the re-launch this fall of a special status student group called “Hoos Ready,” which will promote individual responsibility and safety education directly to students.

The change comes at the same time that the institution will adjust how it communicates comprehensive information about emergency situations and extended operating schedule changes online. The Emergency webpage has become the official source for up-to-date information on emergency alerts and extended closings. High-level information will still appear on the University's homepage but comprehensive, all-inclusive details will be posted on the Emergency webpage maintained by OSEP. Bookmark it on your mobile devices today so that you have it handy in case of an emergency.

Employee Spotlight
Julie Richardson, Director of Treasury Management

Julie Richardson
kindly agreed to be our first employee in the spotlight. Thanks, Julie! Julie also will be leading our efforts in the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) this fall. Stay tuned for news about how you can participate in the campaign.

What brought you to U.Va. and how long have you worked here? I came to UVa shortly after the passing of the Restructured Higher Education Financial and Administrative Operations Act of 2005 (Restructuring Act).  The act provided UVa with increased operational and administrative autonomy, leading to the need for a Treasury Department separate from the Commonwealth. I was drawn to the opportunity to be part of creating something from the ground up. In my 8 years at UVa, the opportunity has fully lived up to my expectations.

What was your very first job ever? My very first job was selling fishing worms and night crawlers on the side of road in Price, Utah. I was in the 5th grade; my friends and I made more in tips from passing fishermen than in actual sales. My first “real” job was a grocery store cashier for Be-Lo in West Point, Virginia. 

In no more than two sentences, tell us a little about what you do in your job. I work with a team to provide debt management, cash management, and investment management and oversight for the University. We offer banking services to UVa schools and departments by providing loans, investment options, and managing cash, in aggregate, for the University.

What is your favorite thing to do in the area? Anything outdoors . . . hiking, skiing, kayaking, biking, paddle boarding!

What is your favorite Charlottesville area restaurant? Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar

What is something you have always wanted to learn how to do? Paraglide.
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 Spotlight.

Honors and Awards
EVP-COO Area Staff Excellence

This spring, Kristin Floyd, Jay Gallimore, and Shannon Wampler from Procurement & Supplier Diversity Services received a "Best Practices Finalist" award from SACUBO (Southern Association of College and University Business Officers) for their work to design and implement a Supplier Scorecard for use with Procurement's strategic suppliers. They presented the Scorecard in a workshop at the SACUBO Annual Meeting in New Orleans in April and at the NACAS East Regional Conference in Philadelphia in June. Their Scorecard provides an objective, metrics-based process to measure and track a strategic vendor’s performance over the life of the contract. It also delivers a clearly-delineated workflow for the vendor depending on results in each category.

Congratulations to Kristin, Jay, and Shannon for  the well-deserved recognition for their good work!

New Team Members
Welcome Clayton Lockhart, Gerald Cannon, Laura Nucci, & Johann Reinicke

Clayton Lockhart joined ITS as Assistant Vice President for Enterprise Infrastructure on May 19, bringing vast infrastructure experience from AT&T Labs, AT&T Operations, and RIM/ Blackberry, where he was the Senior Vice President overseeing Network and Infrastructure Engineering. Clayton has a strong interest in higher education and our mission and recently taught Enterprise Architecture classes at James Madison University. He holds a B.A. in Physics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin. Clayton's office is located on the first floor of the Dynamics Building on Ivy Road.

Gerald Cannon began his role as Director of University Audits on July 17. He has more than 15 years experience in audit, information technology, internal controls, and project management experience in both professional services and corporate environments. Gerald earned his BS in Finance and MBA from Wayne State University and holds CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) and CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) designations. Prior to coming to UVa, he led the global IT audit team at Seagate Technologies. He also has served as Global Director of IT Audit for Ally Financial, Director IT Audit at Wellcare, and Director of Enterprise Risk Services at Deloitte. In his role as Director, Internal Audit, Gerald will oversee a diverse portfolio of work with an emphasis on IT audits.

Laura Nucci is the newest Data Analyst on the Managerial Reporting Team, She has been a consultant for nearly 20 years, implementing large computer software packages (Baan, SAP, and Siebel) and reporting systems and working on continuous process improvement initiatives. In 2008, Laura co-founded a local consulting firm that helps small to medium-size businesses manage their operational and growth challenges by implementing Lean/ Agile techniques across their software and business operations departments. She has worked with several start-ups in the Charlottesville area, implementing financial systems, data warehouse reporting systems, and business analytics processes.

Johann Reinicke has been a University employee for more than 12 years, working in various IT support roles in the Health System, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Student System Project, and Student Financial Services. He recently joined the Managerial Reporting Project as the Scrum Master for the Architecture team. Johann is passionate about improving lives through technology and process improvement.

Welcome Clayton, Gerald, Laura, and Johann!

Spotlight on Excellence

Organizational Excellence has announced the first Spotlight on Excellence program honorees, recognizing individuals who exhibit the principles of OE in their daily work and contribute to an overall institutional culture of quality. The first recipients of the award are Diane Cole (Curry School), Robin Fisher (School of Medicine), Young Kim (ITS), and Jessie Wood (ITS). Read about these honorees and how to nominate one of your colleagues on the OE site.

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