Meet the Village Staff

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University Village Staff


Wendy Ellison, Community Director for Family Services

510.559.3116 |

Wendy Ellison

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Zenaida Hernandez, Village Clinical Social Worker

510.520.7031 |

Zenaida Hernandez

Hi UVA families! I am very excited to be back at the University Village serving individuals, couples, and families.  I am a bay area native and am familiar with the UVA community as I did my post-MSW fellowship here in 2012. I really enjoy working with Cal student parents, spouses and families. They have an energy, drive and resiliency that is inspirational. I especially enjoy the diversity at UVA and learning about the different cultures in the community.  Before coming back to UVA, I worked for San Mateo County doing prevention services in a community school. When I am not working, I enjoy cooking, listening to music, singing out loud, being in nature and spending quality time with my family. I speak English, Spanish and some conversational French and Japanese. Please come by and say “Hi!”.

Joonie Kim, Administrative Operations Manager

510.528.5391 |

Joonie Kim

Hello! I came to the Bay Area with my husband in 2003, started working at University Village as a Resident Advisor, and fell in love with the diverse community!  I now supervise administrative support for the front office, the residential program, and the recreation program, serving over 950 families here in the Village and the surrounding neighborhoods. Outside of my administrative duties, I am very lucky to be able to work with our international community, collaborating with the Berkeley International office and providing workshops and orientations to this incredibly interesting and fun group of people!  

Koko Mulder, Academic Center Coordinator

510.558.8006 |

Koko Mulder

I am a Bay Area native, born in San Francisco and raised in the East Bay. I love working here at UC Berkeley, and really enjoy the variety of challenges present in my current position as Academic Programming Coordinator in Student-Family Housing. I graduated from UC Berkeley myself, with a degree in sociology, and as both a parent of two teens and as a former UC Berkeley student, I particularly appreciate the diversity of needs among our residents in Student-Family Housing.

Aura Lorena Robleto, Custodial Supervisor

510.524.1409 |

Aura Lorena Robleto

I was born in Nicaragua, and came to the United States almost thirty years ago. I now have two college-age children of my own. I have worked for UC Berkeley for over twenty years, in Student-Family Housing. I really enjoy working with all our residents, their families, and our custodial staff from around the world, and being an integral part of this richly diverse community.

Michael Sanchez, Recreation Director

510.527.5651 |

Michael SanchezLos Angeles native, born and raised. I came to Cal as an undergrad while raising my sister and we found our home at University Village. The Village has been an invaluable space for our family and I'm proud to be a member of this diverse community. Come by the Community Center any time to say hello and learn about our programs!    


Elissa Sato, Community Director

510.316.1469 |

Elissa Sato

Hello! I'm a Cal graduate with a Ph.D. in Science and Mathematics Education. I'm originally from Tokyo, Japan. On the US side, I've lived in Hawai'i, California, and Massachusetts. I've enjoyed contributing to our incredibly unique community of residents as a Community Advisor, and look forward to doing more as the Community Director! My top priorities include basic needs security, mental health and wellness, and community development. Outside of academics, I spend my time geeking out about science/technology, and love plants, cooking, hiking, cycling, and traveling. Feel free to stop by and say hello — I love meeting new people!

Jen Siecienski, Associate Director of Family Housing

510.527.5354 |

Jen Siecienski

I really love working at Cal! I've worked in the field of residential student programs at UC Berkeley since 2007, first at the Clark Kerr Campus and now at UVA. I really enjoy and appreciate working with students and their families! I have also worked in Residence Life at Smith College, UC Santa Cruz, Lehigh University, and the University of Toledo. I love to spend time with my daughters, knit, bake, exercise and travel. I'm an avid Giants fan, and go to as many games as I can. Stop by my office – I love having visitors!

Jonathan Winters, Maintenance Supervisor

510.526.8493 |

Jonathan Winters

Hello, I am a bay area native, born and  raised on the peninsula and living some three decades in the east bay; with short stints in Oregon and Cape Town, South Africa. I'm a late Cal graduate (B.A. '12, History) and am inspired by our many returning and transfer students in family housing. I have 30 years experience in our department and in the rental housing industry. I have worked both in single student housing and family housing, charged with opening several new buildings for our department since 2004. I've served on several campus committees, including as chair of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) and the Chancellor's Staff Advisory Committee (CSAC.) Although I often have to interface with residents in solving their maintenance problems, I appreciate the sense of community fostered here by our diverse, international community of scholars..


Front Office Admin Support

Lisa Hart

510.526.2839 |

Lisa Hart

Hello! Originally from Alaska, I grew up in the Bay Area and earned a BFA and teaching credential from the California College of the Arts, in Oakland. I joined the dedicated “family” of staff here at University Village in 2010. Never a dull moment in this vibrant, global microcosm, I love serving our multi-cultural community of students, post-docs, and their families! My working life at Cal began at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology, where for nine years I was privileged to experience another aspect of the richness, creativity, and diversity of the world’s cultures. Berkeley is truly an ever-amazing place! 

Helen Horowitz

510.526.7971 |

Helen Horowitz

I am a Bay Area native, born in Berkeley and raised in the East Bay with all the benefits of a multicultural environment. I have worked at UC Berkeley in the Village since 2008. I enjoy meeting new people and helping residents living here.  I enjoy traveling, literature, movies, knitting and cooking.

Community Advisors

For urgent after-hours services such as lockouts, please call the Community Advisor on Call at 510-224-8298


CA 1 Dennis Best

510.867.8631 | Neighborhood: Buildings 100-111

Dennis Best

My family and I have enjoyed the Village and surrounding community for years. It’s a great place to be — close to the city, waterside spots, hills for hiking, space for BBQing, and so much more! I have been active in the village garden and look forward to more community events — come join the Running Bears if you want to break a sweat and break in your sneakers!

CA 2  Kathy Tomasic

510.867.8632 | Neighborhood: Buildings 116-123

Kathy Tomasic

Hi! I love living at the Village and have made some really nice friends here. My background is in education, both for adults and kids. I like camping with my two sons, playing cards with other families, and exploring the area.

CA 3 Anna Bowden 

510.867.8633 | Neighborhood: Buildings 124-134

Anna Bowden

Hi! I'm Anna, and I've lived in the East Village since October 2015. I'm looking forward to meeting new people through the job, and helping residents enjoy living here!

CA 4 Karen Villegas

510.867.8634 | Neighborhood: Buildings 135-139, 147-150

Hello! I am a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Education. I moved into the University Village in August 2016, and I absolutely love it! I’ve built community here and met some of my closest friends. I enjoy watching movies and trying new restaurants. As a community advisor, I am looking forward to meeting new people and helping them adjust to the University Village.

CA 5 Derrika Hunt

510.867.8635 | Neighborhood: Buildings 140-146

Hello! My name is Derrika and if you see me around the village please free to chat with me. I enjoy meeting new people. My favorite things to do are traveling, reading, writing and taking pictures. I truly look forward to meeting you.

CA 6 Krista Cortes 

510.867.8649 | Neighborhood: Buildings 151-157

Krista Cortes

After four years living in California, I moved to University Village as an expectant mom in 2016.  My family and I love living in the village for the wonderful community it provides. I enjoy time outdoors, exploring all the bay area has to offer. As a community advisor, I am excited to meet more families and create opportunities to learn from one another through village events!


CA 7 Anna Levett 

510.772.1636 | Neighborhood Buildings 158-163

Anna Levett
A California native, I recently returned to the state after many years away and am very happy to be back! I've lived in the village since August 2016 and think it's a great gateway into the larger East Bay community. When I'm not working on my dissertation, I enjoy cooking, hiking, doing yoga, and watching all kinds of television. 

CA 8 Ojig Yeretsian

510.867.9695 | Buildings 164-168

Hello Hello! I’m a California native and Cal graduate from 2000. My family and I moved to the Village in 2017. With a background in public health and expressive arts, I’m eager to build community resilience and focus on wellness here at the Village. I love to explore different neighborhoods, write, dance, and practice mindfulness. Join our Village Meditation Group where you can meet new people and practice meditation on a weekly basis.


CA 9 Ying Lei

510.326.8391 | Buildings 112-115, 169-170

Hi! My name is Ying. I have been living in our Village for many years, and my three sons were born here as well. I enjoy our community, people, and cultural diversity. It’s my pleasure to serve our residents. I hope that everyone will love UC Village just like how I love it.