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Celebrating the FMCP Class of 2018

December 19, 2018
Program to be 'reimagined' for 2019-20
UC Merced Financial Management Certificate Program Participants 2018
The Financial Management Certificate Program had 34 individuals participate in its Class of 2018. The class is the sixth and final cohort to experience the inaugural version of the FMCP. The program will be reimagined for 2019-20.

The Financial Management Certificate Program (FMCP) celebrated the success of its sixth cohort with a certificate ceremony on Dec. 11.

This popular UC Merced professional development program has been in existence since 2013. The Class of 2018 includes:

  • Tamela Adkins, Police and Public Safety
  • Vanessa Azevedo, School of Engineering
  • Rosalva Barriga, Transportation and Parking Services
  • Chiquitha Aminsalehi, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
  • Allison Calistro-Yazzie, Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Christina Clayton, School of Natural Sciences
  • Tracey Cox (Aue), Administrative Coordination Team
  • Crystal Fontes, Police and Public Safety
  • Jeff Fuller, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
  • George Gongora, Police and Public Safety
  • Mireya Gonzalez, Center for Educational Partnerships
  • Tamika Hankston, School of Engineering
  • Jaymz Harkey, Housing and Dining
  • Natalie Hibdon, Center of Institutional Excellence
  • Marta Holtz, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
  • Heath Jackson, Graduate Studies
  • Priya Lakireddy, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
  • William Lentz, Undergraduate Education
  • Sharee Maravilla-Sok, Transportation and Parking Services
  • Judy Marks, Health Sciences Research Institute
  • Thomas Martinez, International Affairs
  • Melissa Mayorga, Center for Educational Partnerships
  • Zuhair Mased, Central Plant
  • Latasha Means, Library
  • Maryam Nabizadeh, School of Natural Sciences
  • Brandon Perez, Bright Success Center
  • Tammy Petree, Administrative Coordination Team
  • Megan Potts (Fordon), Travel Services
  • Laura Purkey, Administrative Coordination Team
  • Sana Ramzan, Human Resources
  • Debbie Reagan, Physical Operations, Planning & Development
  • Sandra Rodriguez-Yoshimi, School of Engineering
  • Xer Thao, Administrative Coordination Team
  • Eddie Torres, Campus Store
  • Alexis Valle-Arevalo, Sierra Nevada Research Institute
  • Michelle Wellington, Ethics and Compliance
  • Joyce Yowell, School of Natural Sciences
  • Linda Zubke, School of Engineering

Some fast facts about FMCP:

  • 34 individuals completed the program in 2018, representing five cohorts.
  • 155 individuals completed the program since 2013, a 90% completion rate.
  • 95% of participants rated the program as excellent or good.
  • The program has delivered over 6,600 hours of professional development to UC Merced employees.

The Controls and Accountability department within Business and Financial Services (BFS) has run the FMCP since 2013, thanks to the efforts of Viola Kinsman, Jenny Duenas and Jennifer Di Salvo. The Ethics and Compliance Office took over the program in 2018 to ensure that prior participants were able to complete certificate requirements before changes are made.

“We appreciate everyone who stepped in to make the Class of 2018’s success possible,” said Sheryl Ireland, director of policy and accountability. “Instructors offered make-up sessions to give enrollees every opportunity to earn their certificate and Jody Gonzalez in our office handled all program logistics and helped to manage everyone’s progress. It’s been a truly collaborative effort.”

The reorganization of the Division of Finance and Administration ushers in a new era for the certificate program. Now coordinated by Ethics and Compliance, the program is being reimagined. Ireland is seeking input from campus constituents to inform the next iteration of the program to add even more value to the employee experience. Her email address is