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Our Team

Isabelle Girard, Director

Isabelle Girard

Isabelle Girard serves as the Director of the Research Core Facilities Program (November 2022).  She joined the RCFP in March 2020 as the Program Manager and Interim Director in Jan 2022. She has a Ph.D. in organismal physiology from UCLA, conducted postdoctoral research in the evolution of exercise performance, and joined the faculty at UW-Stevens Point. She has experience directing animal research facilities, greenhouses, and controlled environment testing labs. Prior to joining the RCFP team, she implemented the first campus-coordinated research core program at UW-Madison. Isabelle also aspires to bake the perfect hamentaschen, ride a Matchless G12, and hike Utah’s canyons.

Stephani Leber, PPMS Implementation Specialist

Stephani Leber profile

Stephani Leber transitioned from the Genome Center to the RCFP team in July 2020 as the Implementation Lead for the new campus core billing program, Stratocore PPMS. She has a background in supply chain management and finance. Outside of the office, you can find Stephani traveling, spending time with family, or watching Lord of the Rings for the umpteenth time.


Erlita (Yette) Neri, Financial Analyst

Erlita Neri

Yette joined the Research Core Facilities Program as a Financial Analyst in September 2016.  She provides financial analysis, reporting, and support for the RCFP managed Core Facilities.  Yette has been with the University for over ten years.  She began as the Account Manager for UCD Contracts and Grants Accounting before joining the Office of Research’s Sponsored Programs as a Contracts and Grants Analyst.  She has enthusiasm for butterflies and loves ice cream with nuts.


Hijab Zainab Chaudhry, Financial Analyst

Hijab Zainab Chaudhry

Hijab joined the Research Core Facilities Program as a Financial Analyst in April 2021.  She provides financial analysis, reporting and operational support for one of the RCFP managed Core Facilities, High Performance Computing Core, and the McClellan Nuclear Research Center (MNRC) at UC Davis.  Hijab has been with the UC system for eleven years now. Before UC Davis, Hijab was an undergrad with UC Merced and then worked for five years with UC Merced as a Program and Operations Manager where she gained extensive experience working in program and financial management, process improvement, and stakeholder partnerships. Outside work time, Hijab enjoys spending time with family, hiking, and traveling.

 Kathleen Farrelly, Financial Analyst

Kathleen Farrelly transitioned to the Office of Research as a financial analyst in September 2023.  She has been with the University for over 10 years, as she received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from UC Davis and worked with laboratory animals until switching careers with the completion of her master’s degree in Accountancy from Sacramento State.  From there, Kathleen worked at EY in public tax accounting and returned to the University where she worked first as a Finance Assistant with the Department of Internal Medicine and then as a Capital Asset Accountant with Accounting & Financial Reporting.  She now utilizes her research and accounting background while serving as the financial analyst for the High Performance Computing Core and the McClellan Nuclear Research Center.  When she is not working, she enjoys nature photography and is taking up hiking.” 

Diana Lazo, Research Data Analyst

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Diana joined RCFP as a Research Data Analyst in January 2021.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She has been working in the UC system for five years previously working at UC Davis SOM Dean’s Office. Diana also worked at UC San Francisco where she supported the Vice Chancellor for Research as well as a Project Analyst for a P30 Center. She has experience in managing projects, process improvement, data management, and administrative operations. Diana is always seeking new adventures and trying exotic cuisines.


Anthony (Tony) Thomas Schrick, Safety Officer

Tony joined the RCFP as the Safety Officer in March 2023.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from UC Santa Barbara.  He has worked in lab safety for the previous 12 years at UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara.  He also ran computer labs at UC Santa Barbara for ten years. He was also a nuclear machinist mate on board the USS Mississippi during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  He loves animals and has a cockatiel and four rescued bunnies.


Shelby Mattews, HR and Finance Analyst

Shelby joined the RCFP in July 2023. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Human Resource Management. She is a new resident to the Sacramento area moving from Columbus, Ohio in December 2022. Prior to joining the UC Davis RCFP team, she worked for Ryder Systems as an office supervisor. She has experience in office management, administrative operations, and onboarding training and development. When she is not working you can find her trying to keep up with her toddler twins’, traveling, or eating her way through Sacramento as a self-proclaimed foodie.



Research Core Advisory Council (RCAC)
RCAC makes well-informed recommendations to Faculty Director for establishing, maintaining, expanding, and sun-setting of Campus Research Core Facilities. RCAC reviews funding requests to RCFP and makes recommendations for strategic investments.

The council convenes once a month and develops a strategic plan for sustainable research core facility operation and identifies necessary resources (dollars, space, personnel) to implement such a plan. RCAC is asked to specifically address the following topics:

  • Establishment of suitable metrics for core evaluation, and suggestion of subsequent actions that emerge from core evaluations.
  • Definition and identification of Campus Research Core Facilities that become eligible for support from RCFP/Office of Research.
  • Review funding requests to the RCFP and make recommendations for strategic investments in and direct financial support of individual research cores.
  • Guide centralized core facilities across campus in development of business plans towards sustainable operation.
  • Assist core facilities to ensure that state-of-the-art research services and instrumentation are provided in a cost-efficient manner.
  • Define, evaluate and refine functionalities of a new software-based administrative backbone which will facilitate user management, instrumentation reservations, automated monthly centralized billing, ad hoc reporting, definition of recharge rates, online service requests, etc.RCAC FY24 members