Monday, November 22, 2021

There have been some changes in the Dean’s office during the last few months. Three new administrative and fiscal staff members have been hired and one individual is leaving the School on December 3.

We are very sorry to say goodbye to Zia Uddin, who has been working as a budget/fiscal analyst lead at the School for the past two years.  In early December, Zia will be moving to the Department of Physics at the College of Arts & Sciences.  Zia was a tremendous asset to our School community, bringing his heart and soul to his work. We wish him the best of luck in his new position.

Taking over for Zia will be Bryan Elion, who will start as the new budget/fiscal analyst lead on December 6. Bryan has held several positions at the UW, most recently in finance and purchasing at the College of Engineering’s Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics. He also worked as an accountant at the Downtown Emergency Service Center, an agency that provides housing and healthcare services to individuals experiencing homelessness.  In his new post, Bryan will assist with both pre- and post-award work in grant administration and will also work with gifts and state budgets.  

Kim Martz, who has worked at the School as a fiscal specialist on a temporary basis for more than two years, was permanently hired in mid-November.  Kim works with reimbursement and purchasing requests, using her experience in finance and facilities to support our School community. During her off-hours, she studies and plays music and is part of a 12-person vocal jazz group. We are delighted to bring Kim on board permanently as part of our research finance team. 

Wendy Wilford started in mid-October as a front office administrative coordinator in the Dean’s office. Before joining the School, Wendy worked at UW Facilities and also as a marketing administrator for a local firm. She loves to travel and is passionate about cycling. Wendy will be assisting our faculty, staff and students with office and facilities requests, and will report to the office and facilities services manager Desi Schatz.  

Please be sure to wish Zia well in his new position at the College of Arts & Sciences, and take the time to welcome our newest hires.  We’re thrilled to have them be part of our community. 

Thank you all for your support of the Dean’s office during these administrative changes.