About FSS: Meet the Team


Becky | Brad | Dorann | Elena | John | Kristal
Libby | Marcia | Mark | Patricia | Pradeep | Reggie | Varsha
Addy | Chris | Christyn | Debra | Ivan | Kiran | Melinda


   

Becky Vilsack
Becky Vilsack
Briefly describe your role in FSS.
As project leader, I assemble a talented group of people with various skill sets and ensure that they use their abilities to create a serviceable financial accounting system for the university.

How long have you worked for the University of Central Florida?
Since 2002

Where did you attend school, college?
Walsh University & Webster University

What's your favorite lunch spot?
California Pizza Kitchen…Great Salads!

Who's your favorite cartoon character?
Tweety Bird and Addy

What are your hobbies?
Tennis & Golf

What's your ultimate vacation goal?
I’d like to cruise around the world.

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Brad Smith
Brad Smith
Briefly describe your role in FSS.
To help maintain and enhance the PeopleSoft Financials system.

How long have you worked for the University of Central Florida?
A little over 9 years.

Where did you attend school, college?
I got my BSEE and MSCS from Bradley University in Peoria Illinois.

What's your favorite lunch spot?
El Cero with my wife.

Who's your favorite cartoon character?
Any of the X-men.

What are your hobbies?
Running, computers and spending time with the family.

What's your ultimate vacation goal?
No phones, No computers, on a beach miles from nowhere.

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Dorann Mullins
Dorann Mullins
Briefly describe your role in FSS.
I am the Functional Lead for the Accounts Payable and Purchasing modules. Currently, this includes problem solving, recommendations for procedures, project work related to the modules, and creating queries for users to extract data.

How long have you worked for the University of Central Florida?
Since August, 2002

Where did you attend school, college?
Montana

What's your favorite lunch spot?
The usual spot is my desk, but my favorite might have to be Baja Burrito Kitchen. Panera and Olive Garden are close seconds.

Who's your favorite cartoon character?
It’s a tie between Bugs Bunny and Sylvester.

What are your hobbies?
Golf (my free will hobby), home improvement (my necessary hobby!)

What's your ultimate vacation goal?
To spend an average of two weeks every year exploring different places in the world. Traveling for an extending period in Australia and New Zealand is a future requirement.

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Elena Wilson
Elena Wilson
Briefly describe your role in FSS.
I am the Functional Lead for the Asset Management module as well as the UCF Financials Security Administrator.

How long have you worked for the University of Central Florida?
I started in September 2002.

Where did you attend school, college?
I received my bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Tomas Claudio University, and a master in Information Systems from Webster University.

What's your favorite lunch spot?
Chili’s

Who's your favorite cartoon character?
Bugs Bunny

What are your hobbies?
Reading & gardening

What's your ultimate vacation goal?
To go to Paris and Australia.

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John Gyory
John Gyory
Briefly describe your role in FSS.
My role in FSS is a Systems Analyst / Programmer, responsible for providing end user support within the UCF Financials system; as well as, developing new features and functionality.

How long have you worked for the University of Central Florida?
I have worked with UCF since September of 2008.

Where did you attend school, college?
I am proud to have attended UCF. Go Knights!

What's your favorite lunch spot?
I enjoy many of the places near UCF, but prefer to cook and prepare my own lunch.

Who's your favorite cartoon character?
Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes

What are your hobbies?
I enjoy playing sports, and doing outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking with friends and family.

What's your ultimate vacation goal?
I would like to visit various countries throughout Europe and experience as many historical landmarks as I can..

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Kristal Jackson
Kristal Jackson
Briefly describe your role in FSS.
I am a PeopleSoft developer, and I provide technical support for the FSS Team.

How long have you worked for the University of Central Florida?
Since March of 2004

Where did you attend school, college?
Rollins College

What's your favorite lunch spot?
Thai Singha

Who's your favorite cartoon character?
Pinky and the Brain

What are your hobbies?
Home restoration, basketball, volleyball, and reading

What's your ultimate vacation goal?
I’d like to travel to Singapore.

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Libby Kohlmeyer
Libby Sanders
Briefly describe your role in FSS.
Providing functional support for the Accounts Payable module.

How long have you worked for the University of Central Florida?
Since November 2009

Where did you attend school, college?
Delta State University in Cleveland, MS

What's your favorite lunch spot?
Panera Bread or Applebee’s

Who's your favorite cartoon character?
Rugrats because my daughter watched it all the time.

What are your hobbies?
Reading, going to movies, karaoke and volunteering

What's your ultimate vacation goal?
Take a Med Cruise to Greece, Italy, France, and Spain.

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Marcia Maukonen
Marcia Maukonen
Briefly describe your role in FSS.
I provide functional support for Asset Management and serve as Security Administrator for UCF Financials.

How long have you worked for the University of Central Florida?
Since 2000

Where did you attend school, college?
University of Central Florida

What's your favorite lunch spot?
Crispers

Who's your favorite cartoon character?
Clifford, the Big Red Dog

What are your hobbies?
I love to read and write in my spare time.

What's your ultimate vacation goal?
Go to Hawaii with my sister. I’ve been twice and it is gorgeous!

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Mark Wray
Mark Wray
Briefly describe your role in FSS.
I concentrate on creating and editing communications regarding UCF Financials. Additionally, I help develop training materials, and supervise the UCF Financials Help Desk.

How long have you worked for the University of Central Florida?
I came to work at UCF in January of 2003.

Where did you attend school, college?
I am a UCF graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and a Technical Writing minor.

What's your favorite lunch spot?
Any spot with my co-workers on the FSS team; they are good dining company.

Who's your favorite cartoon character?
Homer Simpson, because he loves his family.

What are your hobbies?
I read for pleasure.

What's your ultimate vacation goal?
I would like to spend two weeks at Everest base camp, plus the month it would take to walk there from Kathmandu.

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Patricia Kentish
Patricia Kentish
Briefly describe your role in FSS.
I provide functional support for the PeopleSoft Accounts Payable module.

How long have you worked for the University of Central Florida?
I started on 06/18/2012.

Where did you attend school, college?
University of Central Florida- undergrad
Webster University- grad

What's your favorite lunch spot?
Chipoltle, Azteca

Who's your favorite cartoon character?
Bugs Bunny

What are your hobbies?
Zumba and cross-stitch

What's your ultimate vacation goal?
Long-term: visit the historic sites in Europe
Short-term: cruise to the Caribbean

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Pradeep Nimmathota
Pradeep Nimmathota
Briefly describe your role in FSS.
I'm a Financials Applications Systems Analyst Programmer Lead, involved in technical computer applications and systems, specifically Oracle PeopleSoft Financials and Supply Chain Management applications.

How long have you worked for the University of Central Florida?
I started working for UCF since 11/04/2011

Where did you attend school, college?
Victoria University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia (1997 – 1999)
Osmania University, Hyderabad, India (1986 – 1992)

What's your favorite lunch spot?
Chinese

Who's your favorite cartoon character?
Tom and Jerry

What are your hobbies?
Playing Cricket

What's your ultimate vacation goal?
Alaska

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Reggie Besana
Reggie Besana
Briefly describe your role in FSS.
I am the General Ledger Functional Lead, Functional Fixes and Patches Lead, and a Financial Reporting expert.

How long have you worked for the University of Central Florida?
Since 2002

Where did you attend school, college?
University of the City of Manila

What's your favorite lunch spot?
My mom’s kitchen

Who's your favorite cartoon character?
Popeye

What are your hobbies?
Macro digital photography, surfing, and competitive basketball

What's your ultimate vacation goal?
The tropics

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Varsha Das
Varsha Das
Briefly describe your role in FSS.
Technical Support for the FSS team

How long have you worked for the University of Central Florida?
Since 1999, initially on the student administration implementation, then on the Financials implementation

Where did you attend school, college?
I earned my master’s degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

What's your favorite lunch spot?
Thai Singha, Waterford Lakes - yummy Thai food!

Who's your favorite cartoon character?
Spongebob SquarePants, of course!

What are your hobbies?
Indian classical music, Jazz, and meeting people

What's your ultimate vacation goal?
A trip around the world for a year

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Addy 9.1
Addy
Briefly describe your role in FSS.
I am in-charge of promoting the UCF Financials system and FSS upcoming events.

How long have you worked for the University of Central Florida?
Since birth, July 2002.

Where did you attend school, college?
I don't need to attend college as I have my own knowledge base.

What's your favorite lunch spot?
I don't eat lunch, breakfast or dinner.

Who's your favorite cartoon character?
I'm typically modest but......ME.

What are your hobbies?
Answering UCF Financials questions.

What's your ultimate vacation goal?
To go somewhere other than computer screens and paper prints.

Addy 8.4

 

 Addy 8.9
 Retired
 November 29, 2010

Addy 8.4 

 Addy 8.4
 Retired
 April 30, 2006

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Christopher Kachele
Chris Kachele

Briefly describe your role in FSS.
I am part of the Financials Support Services Helpdesk.

How long have you worked for the University of Central Florida?
Since July 2016

Where did you attend school, college?
I attended Seminole State College and UCF.

What's your favorite lunch spot?
Larry’s Giant subs or Beefy Kings

Who's your favorite cartoon character?
Philip J Fry from Futurama

What are your hobbies?
I enjoy reading, writing, watching TV and movies

What's your ultimate vacation goal?
To visit all 50 states

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Christyn Smith
Christyn Smith

Briefly describe your role in FSS.
I am a Technical Communicator. I help produce, write and edit documents for the Accounting and Finance Department.

How long have you worked for the University of Central Florida?
I started working for the university in May of 2016.

Where did you attend school, college?
I graduated from Troy University in Troy, Alabama.

What's your favorite lunch spot?
You can never go wrong with Chipotle.

Who's your favorite cartoon character?
Scooby-Doo

What are your hobbies?
I love to read in my spare time, as well as go zip lining on the weekends.

What's your ultimate vacation goal?
My ultimate vacation goal would be to take a month to explore Spain.

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Debra Simon
Debra Simon

Briefly describe your role in FSS.
As senior Instructional Designer, I develop webcourses and other training material for UCF Financials users.

How long have you worked for the University of Central Florida?
I began recently (2012).

Where did you attend school, college?
University of Kansas

What's your favorite lunch spot?
I’m still exploring the neighborhood, but Chipotle is a good standby.

Who's your favorite cartoon character?
Sandy on Spongebob

What are your hobbies?
I like to read, write, sing and hang out at the beach with my family.

What's your ultimate vacation goal?
I would love to take a train to visit family in the Midwest, rent a cabin on the north shore of Lake Superior, see a Broadway show after an evening cruise around Lady Liberty, catch up with distant relatives in far-off lands, take my children to Paris, sleep at a tree house hotel in Turkey, island hop in the Mediterranean, tour Israel, climb the Pyramid of the Moon in Teotihuacan, check out the crowded streets of Buenos Aires and Tokyo, feel the ocean breezes in the Bahamas and South Pacific, and then see the rest of the world.

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Ivan de Sagun
Ivan de Sagun
Briefly describe your role in FSS.
I am part of the Financials Support Services help desk team.

How long have you worked for the University of Central Florida?
I've worked at UCF since 2002.

Where did you attend school, college?
I attended AMA Computer College in Makati, Philippines

What's your favorite lunch spot?
Bubbalou's Bodacious BBQ

Who's your favorite cartoon character?
Luffy

What are your hobbies?
Autocross.

What's your ultimate vacation goal?
I want to be able to travel back to the Philippines often.

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Kiran Acharatlal
Kiran Acharatlal
Briefly describe your role in FSS.
I maintain the UCF Financials Web site, and facilitate with administrative tasks for the Financials Support Services team.

How long have you worked for the University of Central Florida?
I've worked at UCF since 2003.

Where did you attend school, college?
I went to school in Hong Kong and attended college in Singapore.

What's your favorite lunch spot?
Panera

Who's your favorite cartoon character?
Garfield

What are your hobbies?
Cooking and interior decorating.

What's your ultimate vacation goal?
I would like to visit the Serengeti National Park.

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Melinda Martin
Melinda Martin
Briefly describe your role in FSS.
I am a technical communicator that works on enhancing the financials training and communications at UCF.

How long have you worked for the University of Central Florida?
I began working for UCF in June 2016.

Where did you attend school, college?
I am a graduate of the University of Florida (Go Gators!) with a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and a graduate of the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!) with a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology- eLearning. So I like to say sometimes I am a Knightly Gator.

What's your favorite lunch spot?
Ari Sushi in Celebration

Who's your favorite cartoon character?
Minnie Mouse

What are your hobbies?
Reading, movies, tennis, playing and crafting with my daughter and going on adventures with my husband.

What's your ultimate vacation goal?
My family and I love to travel. We have been fortunate to go to Japan, China, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Spain and many places in the Caribbean. Still on my list, is to go to England and France, Australia and New Zealand and I would like to return to Japan when my daughter is older so she can see where her dad and I went on our honeymoon.

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