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Meet your Staff Assembly

The results of the OP Staff Assembly (OPSA) Steering Committee elections are tallied. Congratulations to Howard Fallon, Blaze Farrar, Kenneth Feer, Gemma Rieser, Ravinder Singh, Jenné Vargas and Eric Zárate!

These seven join four continuing members and will be working to promote the interest and welfare of all staff at UCOP. Here is more information about your Steering Committee:

Howard Fallon is Chair-Elect of the Steering Committee and OP’s Junior Delegate to the Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA). He is also a member of OPSA’s Communications & Visibility Subcommittee. Fallon is a principal analyst in Student Financial Support (SFS).

Blaze Farrar is Chair of OPSA’s Communications & Visibility Subcommittee. She is a program support specialist for California GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs).

Kenneth Feer is Secretary of the Steering Committee. He serves as an analyst in the systemwide Academic Senate office.

Andrea Gerstenberger is Chair of the Staff Assembly and also serves as OP’s Senior Delegate to CUCSA. (The OP Staff Assembly is part of CUCSA. Click here to read more about CUCSA.) She is director of Planning and Program Development in the division of Health Sciences & Services.

Trish Hare is OPSA’s Treasurer. She is also a strategic resource coordinator in OP’s Strategic Resource Center (SRCT).

Charleen Mininfield is Co-Chair of OPSA’s Programs Subcommittee. She is an administrative assistant in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS).

Gemma Rieser is an analyst in the Business Resource Center (BRC).

Nancy Scott-Noennig is Co-Chair of OPSA’s Programs Subcommittee. She is also a licensing specialist for the California Digital Library.

Ravinder Singh is Chair-Elect of CUCSA. He has served the Staff Assembly for the past two years, as a member and chair. He’s a research analyst in Education Partnerships.

Jenné Vargas is a program assistant for the Eligibility in the Local Context (ELC) program, in Undergraduate Admissions, Student Affairs.

Eric Zárate is a senior policy analyst in the Academic Senate office.

More on the OP Staff Assembly

Voting for the Steering Committee was conducted online July 13–20. All career staff employees are members of the Staff Assembly, and were eligible to vote in the Steering Committee elections for up to seven candidates.

The OP Staff Assembly (formerly called UCOPA) is led by this steering committee, comprised of 5–11 employees from across UCOP’s units and departments. The Steering Committee:

  • Champions staff interests
  • Provides opportunities for networking and career and leadership development
  • Works with colleagues on behalf of the OP community
  • Builds ties with other UC campus staff assemblies through the Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA)

Staff Assembly meetings, which are open to all staff, are held the third Wednesday of each month in Franklin 10325. If you would like to add an item to the agenda, please contact Assembly Chair Andrea Gerstenberger at (510) 287-3807 or by e-mail at Visit the OP Staff Assembly website for more information:

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