An announcement from Associate Vice Chancellor and Controller Amanda Preston-Nelson:
We are happy to announce the appointment of two directors in the Division of Finance and Administration’s Business and Financial Services. Christie Harvey, who has held several key roles at UC Merced, has been named Director of Accounts Payable, Travel and Tax. Carol Dinuzzo, a Merced native with an extensive background in financial management, has joined the university as Director of Financial and Accounting Services.
These appointments are the result of an organizational assessment last fall aimed at aligning similar bodies of work to streamline processes and improve service to the university.
"I am thrilled to welcome Carol and Christie as leaders in the DFA team!” said Amanda Preston-Nelson, Associate Vice Chancellor and Controller. “Both of them bring a wealth of knowledge to UC Merced and I am excited to have them help with the maturation of our financial reporting and related procedures."
Christie has been the university’s Treasury and Accounts Payable Supervisor for three years. She joined UC Merced in 2009, serving previously as an Operations Supervisor and Operations Coordinator. She has an impressive track record of achieving organizational goals and identifying opportunities that challenge the status quo.
Christie lives with her family in Merced, She enjoys reading, singing, dancing (“I love to dance,” she says) or simply relaxing with a good show or movie on TV.
As director – she is scheduled to start in her new role Sept. 12 – she will oversee Accounts Payable, Tax, and Travel and Expense teams that were merged July 1 to optimize university disbursement. Christie will play a key role in developing and cross-training the new team and in making process improvements that benefit faculty, staff and students.
Carol, who began work at UC Merced on Aug. 29, leads a team responsible for managing the university’s financial data, including monthly and annual closing processes. Financial and Accounting Services has added extramural funds, such as grants and contracts, to its oversight of general campus funds.
As director, Carol will lead this growing team to develop best practices, advance financial reporting, and ensure accounting due diligence to support the university’s financial responsibility to internal and external stakeholders. She comes to us from the Southern California Library Cooperative, for which she worked for more than five years as finance manager and controller. Previously, she was a staff analyst for the Merced County government.
Carol and her family live in Merced. Her two teenage children are deeply involved in sports, which she says keeps her and her husband very busy. They also love to travel and enjoy exploring new foods and cultures.
Congratulations, Christie and Carol!