Mary Aguayo provides strategic leadership and operational management focused on recruiting, enrolling, and graduating students through oversight of the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, and Extended Learning. She came to the University of La Verne in 2018 from the University of Wyoming. She has particular expertise in working with transfer students, access and equity, educational attainment, and institutional data analysis. She is active in AACRAO and is a frequent presenter on enrollment management topics both regionally and nationally. Aguayo holds a BA and a Masters of Public Administration, both from the University of Wyoming. In addition to her role at La Verne, Aguayo serves an Associate Consultant for Ruffalo Noel Levitz.
Lamija (Mia) Basic has worked in human resources management roles in educational institutions, hospitality, and the health care industry. As associate vice president and chief human resources officer, she oversees all HR functions including talent management, employee relations, performance management and total rewards, onboarding and orientation, and providing consultative support to leadership on matters relating to management decisions and compliance.
Prior joining University of La Verne, she was the HR director for employee relations and performance management at Chapman University; the human resources director at Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena; senior HR director for Sizzler in Culver City; and HR global specialist for Electronic Data System (now HP) Company. In 2015-2016, Basic was a president for College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) for Southern California.
Basic completed her bachelor’s degree in education; business and information systems, master’s degree in human resources, and doctor of education (Ed.D.), organizational leadership from Brandman University.
Todd Britton is a technology professional well versed in organizational leadership, information technology, risk management, program and project management, and technology governance. Britton came to the University of La Verne in 2008 from private industry and provides strategic leadership and operational management through oversight of the Office of Information Technology.
Britton, a lifelong learner, achieved his doctoral degree in organizational leadership and management in 2014, studying open source software needs in budget-challenged California universities. Britton is a frequent invited speaker, panelist, guest lecturer, and executive education instructor in national and international academic and business forums.
Shannon Capaldi is the special assistant to the president and administrator to the Board of Trustees at the University of La Verne. In her role, she is charged with leading special, cross-unit initiatives and projects which currently include developing the university’s strategic plan, facilitating the establishment of the Randall Lewis Center for Well-Being and Research, and launching the Terrence E. Deal Leadership Institute. Capaldi earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communications from California State University, Fullerton and her doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of La Verne.
Juanda Lowder Daniel was appointed general counsel at the University of La Verne in December 2015. Prior to that, she served as university counsel for California State University, San Bernardino and California Maritime Academy. Daniel was also a full-time professor and administrator at the University of La Verne, College of Law. She spent a number of years as deputy city attorney for the Riverside City Attorney’s Office. She is admitted to practice in California, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Washington.
Beatriz Gonzalez is the chief diversity officer, vice provost, and professor of educational counseling at the University of La Verne. Gonzalez’ role underscores a unified approach to the retention of students, faculty, and staff with an intentional focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Within this integrative structure, the offices reporting directly to Gonzalez include: Wilson University Library, Center for Advancement of Faculty Excellence, Office of Religious & Spiritual Life, La Verne Experience, Academic Support & Retention, Office of Civic and Community Engagement, Student Affairs, and Sponsored Research & Programs. Formerly, as vice president for planning and enrollment at St. Thomas University, Gonzalez had oversight of strategic planning, annual planning and assessment, institutional research, enrollment management, athletics, emergency management, and student affairs.
Gonzalez is a fellow of the American Council on Education (ACE) and a E. Kika De La Garza Fellow of the United States Department of Agriculture with an emphasis on Hispanic Serving Institutions. Gonzalez serves on the national Women’s Network Executive Council for ACE and is a Board member of the ¡Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund. Gonzalez is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Florida State Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling).
Avo Kechichian oversees all strategic financial planning and analysis for the University of La Verne and provides leadership to La Verne’s budgeting, financial strategic planning, resource allocation, business solutions, and development of operating strategies. He joined the university’s payroll office in 1985, has served in several positions within the Division of Financial and Business Services. Kechichian holds a MBA from La Verne.
Rod Leveque is executive director of the Office of Strategic Communications, which encompasses advertising and marketing; digital communications; creative services; and public relations. He joined the University of La Verne in 2016 after six years of higher education communication and marketing experience at the Claremont Colleges.
He has managed integrated marketing campaigns, and secured high-profile media placements in outlets including ABC, BBC, Los Angeles Times, NPR, New York Times, MTV, Today Show, Washington Post, and many others. Prior to working in higher education, Rod was an editor and award-winning reporter for the Southern California News Group.
Sherri Mylott joined the University of La verne in February 2017 and serves as the vice president of University Advancement. She has more than 25 years of experience in development serving as vice president at institutions small and large and she has participated in five successful comprehensive campaigns. Recently, she served as vice president for development at Virginia Tech, where she led its eleven-unit university programs division in raising $373 million.
Mylott has developed and implemented successful fundraising strategies while creating entrepreneurial environments and a culture of collegiality. In each of her roles, she has been a successful principal gift fundraiser, has provided administrative oversight, and has mentored and trained development and alumni officers.
Mylott earned a BA from the College of William & Mary and a Masters of Public Administration from Old Dominion University, both in Virginia. She has also received a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and a Certificate in Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Loretta Rahmani has 40 years of experience working in higher education. She has worked at San Diego State University, California State University, Northridge, and University of California, Los Angeles. Rahmani earned her doctorate in education and organizational leadership from the University of La Verne in 1994, and has devoted the last 30 years to leading the Division of Student Affairs at the University of La Verne.
As the chief student affairs officer, Rahmani oversees all of the co-curricular programs and services for students in the following areas: Sara and Michael Abraham Campus Center, Associated Students of the University of La Verne (ASULV), Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), Campus Activities Board (CAB), Center for Multicultural Services, clubs and organizations, commencement, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Dining Services, Events and Scheduling, Greek Life, Housing and Residential Life, new student orientation, Office of International Services and Engagement (OISE), Office of Student Life, student conduct, Student Health Services, University Safety Operations, and Veteran Students Success.
Prior to his appointment as provost, Jonathan Reed served the university as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a leading authority on the archaeology of early Christianity and has conducted research at the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, the American Academy in Rome, and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. He is a professor of religious studies at La Verne and has been on the research council of Claremont Graduate University’s Institute for Antiquity and Christianity.