Universitywide Headquarters & Staff

University of California
3324 Olmsted Hall
Riverside, CA 92521
tel. (951) 827-3519
fax (951) 827-3856


Dr. Stefano Bertozzi
Director Ad Interim and Professor of Health Policy and Management, UC Berkeley

Dr. Stefano M. Bertozzi is dean emeritus and professor of health policy and management at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Previously, he directed the HIV and tuberculosis programs at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Bertozzi worked at the Mexican National Institute of Public Health as director of its Center for Evaluation Research and Surveys. He was the last director of the WHO Global Programme on AIDS and has also held positions with UNAIDS, the World Bank and the government of the DRC.

He is currently the interim director of the UC systemwide programs with Mexico (UC-MEXUS, the UC-Mexico Initiative and Casa de California). He recently co-edited the Disease Control Priorities (DCP3) volume on HIV/AIDS, Malaria & Tuberculosis. He has served on governance and advisory boards for the East Bay Community Foundation, HopeLab, UNICEF, WHO, UNAIDS, the Global Fund, PEPFAR, the NIH, Duke University, the University of Washington and the AMA. He has advised NGOs, and ministries of health and social welfare in Asia, Africa and Latin America. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a PhD in health policy and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his medical degree at UC San Diego, and trained in internal medicine at UC San Francisco.


Luisa Levario
Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff
(951) 827-7884

Luisa Levario is our Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff. She was a first-generation student when she joined UCR, majoring in sociology. She then went on to California Baptist University to earn her Master’s degree in public administration. She has worked on the Riverside campus for 14 years, most recently as the Assistant Dean/ Chief Financial Administrative Officer for the School of Public Policy. Luisa will be overseeing areas in strategic planning, budget, financial, space/facilities, human resources, policy/compliance, marketing and general operations. She is excited to be in a role that supports students and programs internationally and systemwide.

Irene Dotson
Financial Assistant
(951) 827-4317

Irene Dotson is responsible for the collection and management of data for UC MEXUS financial reports on activities. She prepares day-to-day budget expenses/balances summaries, coordinates departmental payroll, and assists with administration of program funds. Irene began working at UC MEXUS as a work study student in October 2005. She received her bachelor’s degree from UC Riverside in environmental sciences.

Office Assistants
The Institute hires several year-round office assistants to help with special projects and daily office business.


Dr. Wendy DeBoer
Associate Director
(951) 827-7339

Wendy DeBoer is in charge of academic programs which include the UC MEXUS-CONACYT doctoral and postdoctoral research fellowship programs. She received her doctorate in sociology from the University of Southern California and holds bachelors degrees in English Literature and Social Sciences from UC Irvine. Her dissertation There Goes the Neighborhood: Tattoo Removal, Stigma, and the Context of Culture examines relationships between geography, social class, race, and gender through the lens of tattooing and tattoo removal. Prior to attending graduate school, DeBoer worked at the Institute for International Education in Mexico City where she coordinated CONACYT fellowships. In joining UC MEXUS, she follows in the footsteps of her grandfather who spent much of his life forging U.S.-Mexico academic ties.

Susana Hidalgo
Academic Programs Officer
(951) 827-4744

Susana Hidalgo coordinates the UC MEXUS international programs, which includes research exchange fellowships for postdoctoral researchers, faculty visits, and sabbatical stays. In addition, she works closely with CONACYT graduate students entering doctoral programs at UC. Hidalgo comes to UC MEXUS from Washington, D.C., where she worked with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture coordinating short-term training programs. She recently completed a master's program in International Training and Education at American University and UC MEXUS hopes to utilize her cross-cultural skills to address the needs of the Mexican students and scholars.

Veronica Sandoval
Academic Programs Coordinator
(951) 827-3582

Veronica Sandoval is the first point of contact for Mexican fellows pursuing their doctoral degrees at the University of California. She also provides support to Mexican scholars throughout their UC stays, as well as direct assistance to Susana Hidalgo and Wendy DeBoer. Sandoval completed her bachelor of science degree in business administration at UCR and has worked extensively in higher educational settings.

Anna Medina
Grants Analyst
(951) 827-4773

Anna Medina manages the administrative processes for the different grants offered through the UC MEXUS Research Programs. She is the point of contact for principal investigators and their department administrators. Anna previously worked at UC Riverside’s School of Business. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from UC Riverside.


Bob Gay

Bob Gay maintains the UC MEXUS website. He is responsible for posting, and updating all relevant information supplied by the UC MEXUS offices. Bob is a graduate of Cal-State Long Beach with additional study at Cal-State Dominguez Hills and continues his studies through enrichment classes offered by various Internet sources.