BRS Leadership Team

The Leadership Team for Berkeley Regional Services is comprised of six (6) Regional Directors who each have a team of dedicated professionals who provide service to their regional "groupings/clusters" of colleges, departments, and or campus units. 

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Cynthia Weekley, ERSO Executive Director

Cynthia Weekley has been a member of the UC Berkeley campus community since 2001.  She first joined Central Human Resources in Employment Services.  In 2005, she joined the ERSO team as the Human Resources Director and helped launch the organization.  In January 2018, she was named the Regional (Executive) Director for the ERSO Region and continues to serve as the Assistant Dean, HR for the College of Engineering.  Cynthia has worked on numerous campus committees and advocates for efficient administrative organizations, processes and systems.

Prior to joining UC Berkeley, Cynthia spent her time working in the private sector holding various HR leadership roles.  Cynthia earned a BA in Communications from St. Mary’s College of California and a MS in HR Strategic Management from Golden Gate University.

Cynthia is committed to providing exceptional service to her customers and works to instill this philosophy in the College of Engineering and the ERSO team. Over the years, Cynthia has been honored with two Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Awards.

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Maya Serban, (Interim) BEST Regional Director

Maya first joined UC Berkeley in 2011 as a Research Administrator. In 2013, she accepted the role of Contracts and Grants Supervisor for Campus Shared Services, supporting various Organized Research Unites (ORUs) including The California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3).

Prior to working at UC Berkeley, Maya was a Program Officer at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) where she managed United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awards focused on electoral assistance and political finance in developing democracies. Maya earned her BA in History from the University of California, San Diego and a MA in International Affairs - European and Eurasian Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

In February 2022, Maya was named interim BEST Regional Director (RD) and in this role, she is focused on continuing BEST commitment to provide faculty and staff with the required services in the areas of Human Resources/Academic Personnel Support, Research Administration, and Purchasing & Reimbursements.

She is also the proud recipient of the 2021 Excellence in Management Award. 

Teal Sexton

Teal Sexton, SHARE Regional Director and Interim ChaMPS Regional Director

Teal brings ten years of higher ed administrative experience serving the State of California in progressively responsible roles beginning in the CSU system and coming to UC Berkeley in 2014. In her most recent role as Interim Director of Finance Systems, Teal collaborated with many individuals and teams across campus to implement systems that over 2000 faculty and staff today: PI Portfolio and Cal Answers Finance, HR and Payroll.

Teal earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from UNC – Chapel Hill, a Master’s in Business Administration from Humboldt State University and a Master’s in Information Technology from CSU Fullerton. She served at Humboldt State University as Administrative Support Coordinator for the School of Business and the Nursing Department before moving to a role as Sr. Budget Analyst in the University Budget Office and then as Interim Co-Director of the University Budget.

The knowledge and skills gained through administration of the HSU campus budget served her well when Teal transitioned to a systems role supporting Berkeley’s VC Finance organization. Teal has developed relationships with many people across campus in both academic and central functional teams and enjoys collaborating on continuous improvement of business processes. Teal is thrilled to bring her skills and passion for service delivery to Berkeley Regional Services in support of the SHARE Region.

Julia Arno

Julia Arno, ProS Regional Director

Julia comes to UC Berkeley with over 12 years of management experience in the area of research and sponsored programs with significant work experience overseeing the entire grant lifecycle from peer review to post-award grants management. Most recently, Julia was the Interim Executive Director of the Research Grant Program Office (RPGO) at the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) during a protracted national search process. She oversaw the awards process of approximately $125 million annually with a staff of 45 employees. Prior to that, Julia served as UCOP’s Director of RGPO for seven (7) years where she oversaw the research infrastructure for the UCOP-based grant-making programs.

Julia began her career as the Executive Director for the Family Violence Law Center in Oakland. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations from the University of California at Davis, a Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University School of Law, and a Masters of Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Julia’s experience in sponsored programs and the areas of financial and human resources management provide her with a solid background that will be beneficial for her Regional Director role for the ProS (Professional Schools) Region.

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Lori Tannyhill, BEARS Regional Director

Lori Tannyhill is happy to return “home” to UC Berkeley in 2014 after a 15 year career with Deloitte Services, most recently as the Western Region Business Relations Manager for National Meeting Services. Previous to that, Lori spent 14 years on the Berkeley campus in operations management at International House among other departments. She brought her passion to support the University’s mission of teaching, research and public service to her Service Director role at CSS.

Lori is a proud UC Berkeley alumna with a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition. In addition to her contributions to UC Berkeley and Deloitte, Lori worked as a Registered Dietician for Kaiser Permanente, in private practice and hospitality management.

As the Regional Director for the Berkeley Researchers and Administrators (BEARS) Region, Lori serves as the BRS point of contact for those campus units as well as the BRS staff who provide service, and she is responsible for overall service satisfaction and problem resolution.