The Staff

ROXANNE MENDEZ, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Roxanne Mendez is the 5th Executive Director of the Riordan Programs. Previously, Roxanne was the Associate Director of the The Riordan Programs, in which she managed the Riordan MBA Fellows Program and the financials. Roxanne is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a B.S. in business administration. She completed her graduate work at the University of Southern California. Before coming to the UCLA Anderson School of Management, she worked with the USC Upward Bound Math/Science Program. Her experience also includes working as a grant consultant, establishing a pre-medical school program for underrepresented populations.

BARRY KENDRICK, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
Barry Kendrick is a 2007 graduate of Auburn University with a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. He completed his M.S. in Higher Education at Drexel University where his research focused on assessing multicultural student services and achievement in underrepresented populations. He previously worked as a Graduate Intern at the University of Southern California in the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs and has experience in budgeting, financial aid, student advising, programming, and assessment. Before transitioning to Student Affairs, Barry worked as an accountant in the private sector where he performed internal audits and managed the company's budget.

MARGIE CRUZ, PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Margie Cruz is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a B.S. in English Education with an emphasis in Secondary Education. She received her M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs at the University of Southern California. Margie has a wide range of work experience in teaching, programming, advising, recreation, management, and various positions within student affairs. Her interest include initiatives to assist under represented and first generation students, as well as providing a rich student experience.

MARIA NICOLE COSSIO, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
Maria Cossio is a Journalism student from Florida International University with a minor in International Relations. She previously worked for Citigroup as a Public Affairs Specialist in Miami and joined UCLA Anderson School of Management in February 2014. Her communication background encompasses experience in media relations for various publications and a delegation internship for the United Nations in Geneva. She has a keen interest in digital media and communication strategies.