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Board of Directors


The University Friends Circle is led by a volunteer Board of Directors. Members are elected or appointed to a one-year term beginning July 1 and ending June 30.

To contact any member of the board or express an interest in joining the board next year, please email or call 209-752-8833.

2023-24 Elected Officers

President: Belinda Braunstein
1st Vice President (President-Elect): Christie Hendricks
2nd Vice President (Program Content): Christie Hendriks
Co-2nd Vice President (Program Arrangements): Karen Le Cocq
Governance Chair: Kathy Hansen
Secretary // Historian: Gaye Riggs
Financial Liaison: Mike Cuchna
Immediate Past President: Mike Cuchna


Chancellor's Designee: Ed Klotzbier
Communications/PR Chair: Donald Barclay
Common Interest Committee Co-Chair: Pauline Cuchna
Common Interest Committee Co-Chair: Beth Kirchhoff
Membership/Volunteer Committee Co-Chair: Cathie Lancaster
Membership/Volunteer Committee Co-Chair: Bette Woolstenhulme
Scholarships/Awards Committee Co-Chair: Teresa Pitta
Scholarships/Awards Committee Co-Chair: Patti Kishi
Special Events Committee Co-Chair: Mindy Broadley
Special Events Committee Co-Chair: Judy Pfitzer-Boyer
Special Projects - Guardian Scholars Co-Chair: Joanna Browning 
Special Projects - Guardian Scholars Co-Chair: Pauline Cuchna
Student Impact Fund Co-Chair: Mindy Broadley
Student Impact Fund Co-Chair: Stella Danis
Director-at-Large: Barbara Hoffman
Director-at-Large: Mary Camper
Director-at-Large: Christine Long
Director-at-Large: Dan Murphy
Advisor/Resource Person: Ann Anderson

Non-Voting Members

UC Merced Chancellor: Juan Sánchez Muñoz
UFC Staff Liaison: Chris Luna