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Did You Know? Supply Chain Staff Updates

This page profiles Supply Chain Management staff, what they enjoy about their UC Davis roles, and what they do for fun outside of work.

Julie Alvarez

Mary Jackson

Donna Horbelt

Britt Ramsey

Robert Fischer

Henry Ortiz

Michelle Valine

Eddie Montes

Noreen McIntyre

Linda Vermeer

Victoria Chege


Featured Staff Member for July 2020:

Julie Alvarez, Life Sciences Strategic Sourcing Manager

 

Julie Alvarez

When did you join the university? 

I joined the Supply Chain Management team in September 2016 as the Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager for the Life Sciences and Medical commodities. I joined the ranks of UC Davis graduates in 1991, B.S. Genetics, College of Letters and Science.    

What do you do at Supply Chain Management? 

With the support of 130 other people in the SCM organization, we bring products and services to the university. I manage the part of the supply chain that connects the researchers to the suppliers of products and some services related to science, medical, veterinary, and agriculture. A Strategic Sourcing Manager is accountable to ensure the responsible use of public funds. I negotiate contracts, minimize risks, create efficiencies, resolve service and payment issues, and partner with key suppliers to maximize the value of the relationship for the benefit of the customers. Since March, during the days of COVID 19, the team kept the campus supplied with critical PPE and cleaning products that are in short supply due to federal allocations and worldwide disruption resulting from the impact of coronavirus. Along with my team and many other people, we are preparing the campus for the safe return of staff, faculty and students. Go Aggies! 

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I have the best job on campus! My favorite part of the job is learning how people work to support the advancement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. I especially enjoy hearing people tell their stories about how they came to be at UC Davis. I am very proud to represent UC Davis on the UC Sustainable Procurement Working Group to promote principles of environmental, economic and socially responsible purchasing.

What do you find the most challenging about your job? 

Before Covid 19, one of the biggest challenges was communicating important information about changes in contracts and suppliers to everyone who bought products. Today, as COVID 19 strains the supply chain, people now understand the importance of working together with our strategic partners. The pandemic has improved the communication and strengthened the collaborations allowing us to respond more strategically.

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t working? 

During this unusual time of sheltering to keep people safe, I enjoy any opportunity to visit from a distance with my kids, family and friends. We are preparing for my daughter to transfer to UC San Diego in the fall! I stay busy at home, gardening, crocheting while watching movies and music performances, cooking, playing with my dogs, making home improvements and staying healthy. I like remembering trips to the desert, ocean, mountains, camping, hiking, snow skiing, live music concerts, baseball games and celebrating the bounty of California. I look forward to the days when we can enjoy the freedom to do all of this and more. Thank you, UC Davis, for all you are doing to make it possible!

 


Featured Staff Member for June 2020:

Mary Jackson, AggieTravel Product Owner

Mary Jackson

 

When did you join the university? 

I started in February 2013 with what was then Accounting & Financial Services.

What do you do at Supply Chain Management? 

I am the Product Owner for AggieTravel. I manage and maintain the AggieTravel system, lead of the Travel and Accounts Payable help desks, and ensure that our users and departments are able to use the AggieTravel system painlessly.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I enjoy being able to work behind the scenes to ensure our travel system is meeting the needs of our campus employees.

What do you find the most challenging about your job? 

Trying to meet the needs of all employees and departments. There are a lot of different scenarios that occur with travel and entertainment and it’s tough to make sure everyone’s needs are met with one system.

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t working? 

I enjoy spending time with my husband, son, and daughter and doing anything outdoors.


Featured Staff Member for May 2020:

Donna Horbelt, Repro Graphics

Donna Horbelt

Supply Chain Management is pleased to announce that Repro Graphics has a new director. Donna Horbelt joined us April 15.

Donna comes from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where she served as the director of Printing Services, overseeing a staff of 20 professionals performing design, pre-press, digital press, offset press and bindery services. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of College and University Printers, a non-profit professional organization focused on learning opportunities, collaboration and knowledge sharing.

While it’s not ideal to begin a new job in a pandemic, Donna said she is excited to get started.

“I’m enjoying it here,” she said. “I’m in the office almost every day. I’m meeting people, and while it’s not exactly how I’d have liked to introduce myself, it’s working well.”

Repro Graphics has remained open during suspended campus operations, continuing to provide print, copy, design and promotional services, although with limited campus activities, the nature of its business has slowed and shifted. Usually May is a particularly busy time for university printers, supporting numerous events, like fundraisers, open houses and commencements with print and promotional items.  Much of that activity has slowed, but Donna said Repro Graphics has been working to support UC Davis Health with new projects related to COVID-19, such as patient letters, marketing materials and signage.

Once campus resumes normal activity, Donna said she intends to focus on meeting clients and improving customer service.

“I’m looking forward to meeting our customers, learning what they are doing and how I can help them,” she said.


Featured Staff Member for April 2020:

Britt Ramsey, Special Services

Britt Ramsey Photo

 

When did you join the university? 

I started in early 2016, as a limited classification employee in Special Services.  I did a short stint over at Student Housing before coming back to Special Services as full-time career employee in 2018.

What do you do at Supply Chain Management? 

I work in Special Services, where the project diversity is never-ending!  I assist with a lot of equipment salvage requests, campus freight deliveries, ranging from pallets of salt to growth chambers, tax-free alcohol deliveries, and many furniture and whiteboard installs.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

The furniture installs are always fun and challenging. It’s very rewarding to help a blueprint come to life!

What do you find the most challenging about your job? 

Some of the furniture installs can be challenging, especially if they don’t end up looking quite like the original blueprint designs. But, it’s rewarding to work with the customer to discuss available options, and seeing their satisfaction once a project is completed!

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t working? 

I enjoy spending time with my kids, as well as being outdoors as much as I can.  I love backpacking, cooking, playing the guitar, and disc golf.  I think I’ve been to all of the disc golf courses in California, including the one right here in Davis!


Featured Staff Member for March 2020:

Robert Fischer, Card Program

 

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When did you join the university?

I started in 2006 as an employee with what was then known as Materiel Management in a little store on campus called "Supply Express." Supply Express sold office and custodial supplies for departments. 

What do you do at Supply Chain Management?

I work as a member of the Supply Chain Management Card Program Team.  I assist with the day-to-day oversight of the Procurement Card program, processing applications, and answering cardholder questions.  I also act as a liaison between the cardholder and bank.  With the upcoming Travel card changes, I'm also assisting with questions Travel cardholders may have.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Interacting with cardholders in many departments, while helping them resolve an issue or challenge, is always a lot of fun, and rewarding, too!

What do you find the most challenging about your job?

Keeping up with the volume of incoming emails can be a challenge sometimes.

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t working?

Spending time outdoors, golfing, running, and playing basketball, makes me happy.  I like to spend time with my wife and daughter, as well as my 13-year old dog, and 17-year old tortoise-shell cat!


Featured Staff Member for February 2020:

Henry Ortiz, Special Services

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When did you join the university?

I started in October 2007 as an employee with Special Services, and have been with Special Services ever since then.

What do you do at Supply Chain Management?

I assist with Supply Chain Management Special Services projects all over the Davis campus and at the UC Davis Medical Center.  And, there are a lot of projects!    Projects include furniture installs (and uninstalls), installation of fume hoods and incubator shakers, campus freight deliveries, setting up tables and chairs for large campus events, whiteboard installs, and freezer installs (ranging from 50lb freezers to those weighing in excess of 1000lbs)!

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I enjoy the variety of the work; no two days are ever the same!  I love seeing what I'm able to accomplish each day and the hands-on aspect of the job.  Each day includes working with different folks, at different locations on campus, and driving different vehicles, depending on the type of jobs assigned for that day.

What do you find the most challenging about your job?

Some of the furniture installation jobs can be quite involved and tricky. 

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t working?

I enjoy spending time with my wife and my 3 daughters.   I also enjoy spending time in my garden, whether it's working with the fruit trees or vegetable gardening in the summertime.


Featured Staff Member for January 2020:

Michelle Valine, Procurement Analyst, Procurement and Contracting Services

 

Michelle Valine

When did you join the university?

I started in July 2000 as a buyer in the Procurement Department.

What do you do at Supply Chain Management?

I’m a Procurement Analyst IV and the Team Lead. Purchase requests come to me and I review them over for completeness and I assign them to my colleagues. I also draft and publish complex bid projects and legal contracts. I do some teaching and education internally , handle vendor interfacing and problem resolution and try to serve as a on-call information resource to my customers.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I enjoy working collaboratively in the educational process with people who are seeking to learn how to procure things through the UC system correctly. I like finding more efficient and effective ways to do things. But most of all, the best part about the job is the people I’ve encountered over 20-plus years of service.

What do you find the most challenging about your job?

We are a public institution. We have several requirements, rules, terms and conditions, laws. They aren’t set in stone. They aren’t static. They change, and it’s hard for some people to change or understand why they need to change. So I try to educate them on why it’s important to maintain compliance and how to go about it.

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t working?

I compete in equestrian events and have for 40-plus years. I breed, raise, train and show registered American Quarter Horses in reining and other Western events.


Featured Staff Member for December 2019:

Eddie Montes, Financial Analyst, Business and Financial Services

Eddie Montes

When did you join the university?

I started in May 2018. I was in the private sector for the past 9 years since graduating from UCD, and I always thought it would be great to come back to contribute to the university.

What do you do at Supply Chain Management?

As a Business and financial analyst there is quite a lot to do. Some of my responsibilities for AP and Travel include building and maintaining account reconciliations to check for discrepancies that need be addressed. When working with Distribution & Logistics, I focus on KPI (Key Performance Indicator) reporting for all units as well as providing support for the store house operation financials. Newer responsibilities I have include overseeing the Supply Chain Management Data Analysis Team.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I enjoy working with people and the exposure to not just Supply Chain, but units from various parts of the university. After coming back to the university that I had spent so much time at, I realized how much happens behind the scenes and I really enjoy being able to contribute to that.

What do you find the most challenging about your job?

In this job there are many different systems that the university uses like KFS, AggieBuy, etc. and getting used to them can be difficult and just as rewarding.

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t working?

I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter and I’m also a big basketball fan, especially the Kings.


Featured Staff Member for November 2019:

Noreen McIntyre, Administrative Assistant, Central Storehouse

Noreen

When did you join the university?
I joined the university as a temp in November of 1993, I was picked up by Central Storehouse shortly after and became a full-time career employee in April of 1994. When I started I was in data entry and the great people and supervisors are why I stay.

What do you do at Supply Chain Management?
My official title is ___ Administrative Assistant III and I am responsible for many different things such as ordering stock and special-order items and doing inventory control for Central Storehouse and reconciling two compressed gas accounts for the Cylinder Program.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is helping customers with orders and assisting with billing issues. I appreciate passing on knowledge that helps others with their problems. Ensuring that the compressed gas vendor accounts’ balances are correct is very rewarding and is one of the things I like to focus on.

What do you find the most challenging about your job?

The most challenging part of my job is that there is not enough hours in a day to finish all that I would want to. It can build up with projects and the workload that I manage. In the end though, I find that having things to occupy me throughout the day is what makes the day flow faster and make the job more productive.

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t working?

While not at work I like to work on my yard, I am currently in the process of changing it to a low water landscape hospitable for people to enjoy. Usually on Saturdays you can find me working outside on my yard with my two rescue dogs a golden retriever and a terrier mix. While not outside I tend to read nonfiction and biographies and occasionally fiction.


Featured Staff Member for October 2019:

Linda Vermeer, Travel and Entertainment Analyst

Linda Vermeer

 

When did you join the university?
After seeing UC Davis develop into what it is now I decided to join in February 2000.

What do you do at Supply Chain Management?
I help train and integrate new members into AggieTravel. I started and worked my way from AP (Accounts Payable) to where I am now and with the experience I have, I feel it's only necessary to share and assist others.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
Working with people! I find getting to know how people function helps keep the job very intriguing and rewarding.

What do you find the most challenging about your job?

Since I work with people, mostly they are my biggest concern and my passion. Everyone has their own individual way of looking at things, which keeps my job engaging as well as challenging.

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t working?

I love my Kelpie dog, Dustie Rose! We often frequent the dog park on my days off. I am also in a bowling league and I am proud of bowling a 206 last season.


Featured Staff Member for September 2019:

Victoria Chege, Business And Revenue Contracts, Contracts Administrator Lead

Photo of Victoria Chege, Business and Revenue Contracts Administrator

 

When did you join the university?

I joined the university in March 2018 because it was an opportunity to work in higher education, something I have always wanted to do having been inspired by my mother whose career was in academia. It was also a nice transition from working for the State, and an opportunity to pursue my graduate studies.

What do you do at Supply Chain Management?

I am the Lead Contract Administrator for Business and Revenue Contracts. Essentially we review and negotiate terms and conditions of agreements with outside entities, on behalf of the university.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Gaining insight on the various projects and collaborative partnerships that the university is engaging in is something I really enjoy. It is rewarding to be that step in the process that formalizes the arrangement.

What do you find the most challenging about your job?

Reviewing complex, unique agreements can be challenging sometimes. The volume can add to the intensity, but the satisfaction in executing a contract is more than worth it.

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t working?

Traveling with my family. The world is a large place and we always find new things to discover – we love the beach, so we frequent the California coastline. Would love to visit Hawaii one of these days.