OEOD

OEOD Staff

Section 1

OEOD Director, Kirsten Quanbeck

Kirsten Quanbeck

Associate Chancellor, Equal Opportunity and Compliance

Kirsten Quanbeck is the Associate Chancellor, Equal Opportunity and Compliance. She reports directly to the Chancellor and is a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet, where she provides advice to the Chancellor and coordination and liaison with other senior campus officials on matters of equal opportunity, affirmative action, discrimination, harassment and sexual violence, including policy, programs, personnel actions, community relations, and state and federal laws and regulations. She serves as the university's Chief Ethics and Risk Officer (CECO), Locally Designated Official (LDO) for whistleblower and whistleblower retaliation complaints, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Officer. She provides leadership and management oversight of four units: The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, the Public Records Office, the Office of the Whistleblower, and the Administrative Policies unit. Kirsten earned a B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, a Master's degree in Education from Saint Louis University in Missouri and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. Prior to joining UCI, she worked in the Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention and Policy at the University of California, San Diego, and as a staff attorney at Michigan State University.

OEOD Senior Associate Director, Gwendolyn Black

Gwendolyn Kuhns Black

Director of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action

Gwen Black is the Director of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. She supervises the development of the annual affirmative action plan and oversees the affirmative action/diversity programs coordinated and offered by OEOD. She also oversees the administrative and business functions of the units that report to the Associate Chancellor. Gwen serves as a resource for UCI administrators, committees, and departments involved in addressing affirmative action, equal opportunity, nondiscrimination, and diversity issues, and works to ensure that UCI faculty and staff employment policies and procedures comply with all relevant Federal, State, and University equal employment opportunity and affirmative action requirements. She also serves as the UCI AA/EEO representative to campus and systemwide work groups and committees. Gwen earned her B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara and her certificate in Conflict Management and the Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution from UC Irvine. Prior to joining UCI, she worked in Institutional Research & Planning at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

OEOD Assistant Director, Theresa Truman

Theresa Truman

Title IX Officer and Director of Equal Opportunity/Investigations

Theresa Truman is the Title IX Officer and Director of Equal Opportunity/Investigations in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Theresa is the lead campus resource for administrative investigations of sex offenses including sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. Theresa supervises the formal investigations and informal resolution of complaints alleging discrimination, sexual harassment, sex offenses, and retaliation. She responds to complaints filed with outside agencies including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Theresa also conducts a variety of presentations and workshops on sexual harassment and sex offense prevention, nondiscrimination, cultural awareness, and bystander intervention for students, faculty, and staff. She earned her B.A. at the University of New Hampshire, where she double majored in Political Science and Women´s Studies. She holds a Master´s degree from Simmons College in Gender and Cultural Studies, and a Master of Dispute Resolution Degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. Prior to joining UCI, she worked as a discrimination investigator for the State of New Hampshire.

OEOD office manager, May Wang

May Wang

Operations Manager

May Wang is responsible for overseeing general office administrative operations for the units that report to the Associate Chancellor, including purchasing, onboarding, payroll, budgeting, and serving as fiscal officer. She joined the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity in June 2015. May came to UCI after 13 years of working in a private technology company located in the Irvine area. She received her B.A. in Brazil and has a diverse background in language, such as Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish.

OEOD Executive Assistant to the Associate Chancellor, Lindy Grishkoff

Lindy Grishkoff

Executive Assistant to the Associate Chancellor

Lindy provides executive administrative support to the Associate Chancellor, as well as managing special projects and assignments. Since 2000, Lindy has worked in Facilities Management, the School of Humanities, Campus Counsel, the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost and the Office of the Chancellor before joining the Equal Opportunity and Compliance in November 2018. A professional musician and puppeteer, Lindy immigrated to the United States from South Africa in 1997.

OEOD senior investigator, Cris Buckley

Cris Buckley

Investigative Lead

Cris Buckley is responsible for conducting formal investigations and informal resolutions of complaints alleging discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and sex offenses at the UC Irvine campus and medical center. She responds to complaints filed with outside agencies including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). She also conducts workshops on the prevention of discrimination and sexual misconduct for students, staff, and faculty. Cris earned a B.A. in Political Science and Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. Prior to joining UC Irvine, she worked on Title IX policy and litigation in the Office of General Counsel at the University of California, Office of the President.

OEOD senior investigator, Tierney Anderson

Tierney Anderson

Title IX Lead

Tierney Anderson is responsible for conducting formal investigations and informal resolution of complaints alleging discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and sex offenses at UCI, and responds to complaints filed with outside agencies including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). She also conducts workshops on the prevention of sexual harassment, sex offenses, and discrimination for faculty, staff, and students. Prior to joining OEOD, Tierney worked as a mediator in Washington, DC, specializing in juvenile diversion, victim offender mediation, and restorative justice programs. Tierney received her Bachelor's Degree in International Studies from UC Irvine and a Master's Degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University. She has certificates in advanced mediation and victim offender mediation.

OEOD senior investigator, Raid Faraj

Raid Faraj

Senior Investigator

Raid (pronounced Rah-ed) Faraj is responsible for conducting formal investigations and informal resolution of complaints alleging discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and sex offenses at the UC Irvine Medical Center and campus, and responds to complaints filed with outside agencies including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). He also conducts a variety of presentations and workshops on sexual harassment prevention, sex offenses, nondiscrimination, diversity, cultural awareness, and cross-cultural communication for students, faculty and staff. A graduate of Chapman University in Orange, California, he earned his B.A. in Peace Studies with a minor in Communications and an M.A. in Organizational Leadership. Additionally, he has a graduate certificate in Human Resources from Chapman University and a certificate in Mediation from the Orange County Human Relations Commission. Raid has many years of experience in the fields of peace-making and conflict resolution, cultural awareness, employment law, interfaith dialogue, and community and media relations.

OEOD senior investigator, Gregory Timberlake

Gregory Timberlake

Senior Investigator

Gregory Timberlake is responsible for conducting formal investigations and informal resolution of complaints alleging discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and sex offenses at UCI and responds to complaints filed with outside agencies including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Gregory conducts workshops on the prevention of sexual harassment, sex offenses, and discrimination for faculty, staff, and students. Gregory is an experienced investigator with 20 years of investigative experience. Gregory worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as both a Special Agent and Supervisor in which he conducted a variety of investigations to include Drugs, Child Exploitation and National Security matters. Gregory received his Bachelor's Degree from Towson University where he double majored in Political Science and Economics.


OEOD Senior Investigator, Holly Hare

Holly Hare

Senior Investigator

Dr. Hare is responsible for conducting formal investigations and informal resolutions of complaints alleging discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and sex offenses at the UC Irvine campus and medical center. She responds to complaints filed with outside agencies including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). She also conducts workshops on the prevention of discrimination and sexual misconduct for students, staff, and faculty. Dr. Hare earned both a Bachelor and Masters of Music at Purchase College, State University of New York, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles.

OEOD Senior Investigator, Danielle Hernandez

Danielle Hernandez

Senior Investigator

Danielle Hernandez is responsible for conducting formal investigations and informal resolution of complaints alleging discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and sex offenses at UCI. She also responds to complaints filed with outside agencies including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). In addition, she also conducts workshops on the prevention of sexual harassment, sex offenses, and discrimination for faculty, staff, and students. Danielle earned a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Communication from the University of California, Davis. Additionally, she has a certificate in Basic Mediation from Waymakers Dispute Resolution Services.

OEOD Principal Research Analyst, Kimberly Dawn Rams

Kimberly Dawn Rams

Principal Research Analyst

Kim Rams is a part-time Principal Research Analyst for the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity. Kim’s main responsibilities are providing information and analysis on institutional effectiveness, strategic planning and benchmarking of the annual Affirmative Action plans for the UC Irvine Campus and Medical Center. She also assists the Director of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action on various analytical reports and data inquiries. She began her career at UCI in 2006 as a research analyst for the Office of Institutional Research and joined the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity officially in February 2019. Kim earned her M.A. in Psychology at Cal State Fullerton and worked in Research & Evaluation for five years at WestEd before coming to UCI.

OEOD data analyst, Jaqueline Eshraghi

Jacqueline Eshraghi

Data Analyst

Jackie Eshraghi joined the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity in late 1999. She updates all data and tables necessary for the Affirmative Action Plan and reviews academic search plans, ads and reports in UC Recruit for alignment with equal opportunity/affirmative action provisions of UCI recruitment policies and procedures. A long-term UCI employee, Jackie graduated from UCLA with a BA in German/French Language and Literature. 

OEOD case management coordinator, Charlene Mandau

Charlene Mandau

Case Management Coordinator

Charlene Mandau is responsible for maintaining all information related to cases reviewed by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (OEOD). This includes the database case management system, files, and archiving. She compiles metrics on incidents reported to OEOD, works with outreach and education initiatives, coordinates the Case Management Team meetings, and responds to inquiries directed to the office. She is the liaison to her systemwide counterparts. Charlene spent the previous five years working on faculty councils with UC and UC Irvine policies in the Academic Senate. Before her time with the University, she worked in Affordable Housing, generating data related to properties in the Mid-Atlantic region, managing all corporate accounts, and working in Human Resources. Charlene received her Bachelor's Degree from Rutgers University where she double majored in Political Science and Art History. 

Evelyn Anderson

Receptionist

Evelyn Anderson is often the first-contact person for those doing business with the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity.  She is the OEOD administrative assistant who supports a variety of projects and connects those who seek the services of OEOD to the appropriate staff member.  Evelyn processes financial transactions for the units reporting to the Associate Chancellor. Evelyn joined the office in November 2002.