Meet the Village Staff

University Village Staff | Administrative Support | Community Advisors | Community Director

University Village Staff 

 

Claudia Hall,  Community Director

510.559.3116 I claudia.hall@berkeley.edu

Hello! My name is Claudia Hall and I am the Community Director of University Village in Albany. I have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Washington State University and a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Louisiana State University. My passion area is working with survivors of interpersonal violence and sexual assault. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, watching all the Shondaland shows, hiking, and spending time with my family. 

 

 

Koko Mulder, Academic Center Coordinator

510.558.8006 | kmulder@berkeley.edu

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 | robleto@berkeley.edu

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 and Bear Pantry Director

510.527.5651 | mikejames@berkeley.edu

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!    


                

 

Victor Sanchez, Assistant Director

510.384.0154 | victor.sanchez@berkeley.edu

Vic Sánchez (they/he) is from Monterrey, Mexico and Dallas, Texas. They have been at UC Berkeley since 2014 and have served in multiple roles in Residential Life. Before coming to UC Berkeley, Vic attended the University of Vermont and Texas A&M. Vic enjoys working in Residential Life and aims to incorporate an equity lens to their work. In their free time, Vic likes to workout, go for walks around San Francisco and hangout with their cat Gloria.

 

 

 

Jen Siecienski, Associate Director of Family Housing

510.527.5354 | jen.s@berkeley.edu

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!

 

 

Jason Straussman, Social Work Fellow

510.561.8199 | jstraussman@berkeley.edu

HI! I'm originally from Miami, Florida and recently moved out here to do a fellowship at UC Berkeley. I'm excited to be a part of the village community and to serve the residents who are here. I have my degree in social work from  University of Chicago and I'm excited to work with families, couples, and individuals here at the village. I love cooking, traveling, and getting out in nature as much as possible. My previous work was with refugee families in Chicago. I'm excited to meet everyone and be a part of the team here. 

 

 

Aisha Younis, Director of Community Engagement

510.358.7575 | younisa@berkeley.edu

Hi There!! My name is Aisha Younis [she/her] and I meet you all from New Jersey where I was born and raised. I attended Montclair State University where I earned a bachelors is Family Science and Human Development and Rider University where I received a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. I love to facilitate workshops and programs, rooted in social justice, healing & radical love. I have spent my past few years working in student affairs, teaching social justice to high school youth/college students and working with their families. My mission is to educate, empower and co-create a space of freedom and liberation for all.

 

 

 

 

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Administrative Support

 

Justine Erickson

510.701.9578 | jlerickson@berkeley.edu

Hi! I've been with UC Berkeley since 2006 and came to the Village in 2008. Over the years I've had the opportunity to be involved in many different areas here at the Village and love being part of this community. I’m certified as a nutrition educator and love exploring the food/body connection, but spoiler alert..I don’t enjoy cooking! In my free time, I enjoy taking dance classes, seeing live music and making favorite song playlists! 

 

 

 

Lisa Hart

510.526.2839 | lhart@berkeley.edu

Lisa HartHello! 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!

 

 

Community Advisors

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

CA 1 Bonnie Cherry

510.867.8631 | Neighborhood: Buildings 100-111

Hello! I am a PhD student in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at Berkeley Law, and have lived in the Village with my daughter Seva since my undergrad days. I enjoy baking and reading and planning treasure hunts! I have long benefitted from the support and love my fellow student parents have shown me in the UC Village community and hope to enthusiastically pay it forward in any way I can. 

 

 

 

CA 2  Megdi Abebe

510.867.8632 | Neighborhood: Buildings 116-123

I joined the Village community in spring 2019 with my partner and dog after living in the Bay for a couple years. Originally from Detroit, I enjoy all California has to ofer including hiking, finding new restaurants, and exploring coastal towns. I'm pursuing my MLIS at the University of Illinois and love chatting with other library lovers! I'm looking forward to meeting more people and supporting my community in anyway I can. 


 

 

CA 3 Nadia Madden

510.867.8633 | Neighborhood: Buildings 124-134

Hi, my name is Nadia! I'm originally from Kailua, Hawaii. I have been living in the Village since the beginning of 2020 with my parents and beloved dog. I'm working on my undergrad degree in Cognitive Science and Data Science here at Cal. Outside of class, you can find me sightseeing and exploring hidden gems around the Bay. Feel free to reach out whenever! Looking forward to getting to know you all!

 

 

 

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 Peter Michelli

510.867.9695 | Neighborhood: Buildings 140-146

Hi, I’m Peter (he/him), a Community Advisor  and PhD candidate in History at UC Berkeley. I came to the Bay in 2015 from Queens NY, and I’ve lived in the village with my wife since then.  I enjoy exploring our sprawling Regional Parks system, . I look forward to helping residents transition to the Bay Area and connect with one another.

 

 

 

CA 6 Caleb Dawson

510.867.8649 | Neighborhood: Buildings 151-157

Hey Yall! My name is Caleb Dawson (he/him), and I'm a 90s kid from Federal Way, WA. I started my PhD in Education in 2017, and I have been living in the Village with my partner since 2019. I love to dance and indulge in food that tastes too good to be vegan. I also enjoy riding my bike, jump roping, hiking, and generally spending time around running water. I look forward to building community with yall!


 


 

CA 7 Elle Henry

510.772.1636 | Neighborhood: Buildings 158-163

Hi! I’ve been here since 2018 and I have enjoyed being apart of the village community. As a Bay Area native, I am passionate about the culture, the nature and vibrancy it provides. From the local parks, beaches and trails to advocating and supporting the preservation of cultural spaces for local communities. During my free time I like a good pu erh tea, some abstract painting and curating playlist for any mood. Looking forward to see you around! 
 

 

 

CA 8 Joy Esboldt

510.867.9695 | Neighborhood: Buildings 164-168

Hello all! I'm a doctoral candidate in Education and joined the Village in 2020. I'm originally from Minnesota where I was a public school teacher and coach for several years. I love to trail run, escape from academics with a good novel, and try and make friends with the neighborhood pets. I'm excited to join my amazing fellow advisors and co-create community! 

 

 

 

CA 9 Rashad Timmons

510.326.8391 | Neighborhood: Buildings 112-115, 169-170

Hey folks! I moved to the Village (UV) with my partner Megdi and our dog Binx in 2019. UV was the first place I visited as a prospective graduate student in 2017, and I knew then that I wanted to join this amazing family community! I love baking, playing piano, reading, and spending time in nature. I’m excited to meet UV residents and be in meaningful community with everyone.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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