Panel: Psychological Safety

2023 Lead Cohort


Join us for a brief overview of psychological safety in the workplace, followed by a panel discussion with members of the UCR community.


Track:  Self Care/Mental Wellness





Leaders of Excellence and Distinction (LEAD) fosters engagement of UC Riverside staff (non-represented employees) by promoting professional development for future and current leaders. The panelists in this session represent the 2023 LEAD Certificate Program members: O'dao Lovanh, Rebeca Sanchez Hernandez, Erika Santoyo, Lily Barger, and Cristina L Gonzalez. To learn more about the LEAD program, visit


Lily Barger joined UC Riverside in 2012 after spending many years in the private sector.  She spent the first 10 years of her UCR career in various roles in Advancement, transitioning from the Development side to Advancement Services in 2015.  Lily recently joined ITS as the Director of Computing Support Services.  Lily has a Masters in Business Administration from University of Redlands and a Bachelors in Communications from Cal State San Bernardino. She has three children, two dogs, eight fish, three desert tortoises, and more plants than her husband knows about.


I am Rebeca Sanchez, a Talent Acquisition Consultant with UC Riverside’s Central HR team. I am also a UCR alumni and have about two years of Human Resources experience. I look forward to continuing my career with the university and am grateful for all that UCR has offered me as a student and now as a staff. Joining the LEAD cohort is an example of the initiative I am trying to take in making this institution better than it already is.


Cristina Gonzalez has over 20 years of community-centered care with a background in health care, research, project management, completing process improvement projects, administrative oversight, and operations for educational and healthcare institutions. She is an innovative leader with collaborative skills to improve equity, address barriers to care and deliver impactful results. Cristina has a master’s degree in health leadership.  Her mission is to lead with actions to excel and make a positive impact.


O’Dao Lovanh is a Financial Analyst at the UCR School of Education. O’Dao joined UCR in January 2021 and worked remotely for a year before coming on campus for work. Because he worked remotely in his first year at UCR, he has felt disconnected from the greater UCR community and wants to reconcile that now. Through programs such as the LEAD Program and Highlander Mentorship Program, he wants to build connections in the UCR community.

Prior to joining UCR, O’Dao was a Senior Financial Manager at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and School of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.




The UCR Staff Conference is a two-day event created by and for UC Riverside staff, co-hosted by UCR Staff AssemblyLeaders of Excellence and Distinction (LEAD), and Human Resources Employee and Organizational Development.


Our 2023 event will include three official tracks: driving your career forwardself care / mental wellness; and creating & nurturing a culture of respect.


The conference will take place virtually on Crowdcast on Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29, 2023.


View the full schedule here, and register here.

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