Department of Health Policy and Management

Meet the Staff

Allison Kamerman, MS, MSO

310-825-0240 |

Allison comes to us after eight years with the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters as the Assistant Director for Administration. She worked at the Anderson School of Management for a year and a half after spending ten years in Washington D.C. working first as a Manager in corporate fitness and more recently as the Program Manager in the Publications Directorate for an Earth sciences association. She earned an M.S. in Applied Behavioral Science from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Physical Education with a minor in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University, SLO. When not at work, Allison spends time with her family and raising her two boys.

Allison Kamerman

Claudia Thomas, Financial Manager

310-206-3248 |



Maria Porras, Assistant to the Chair

310-983-1355 |

Maria was the Assistant to the Vice Chair and Program Coordinator for the Critical Care Unit in the Department of Surgery at UCLA for eight years and has been with UCLA for a total of fifteen years. Now, she joins the Department of Health Policy and Management as the Assistant to the Chair and Academic Coordinator. While living abroad, she was an elementary school teacher and also taught English as a second language (ESL) to native Costan Rican adults, an experience she considers fulfilling as well as enlightening. Maria speaks fluent English and Spanish and is a UCLA Certified Medical Interpreter. From 2014 to 2017, she participated actively with the Special Olympics, serving as a volunteer and liaison for the U.S. and Costa Rican delegations. In her free time, Maria loves listening to music, dancing, cooking, and traveling with her family. She is eager to provide her knowledge and experience in helping the department reach its goals. 


Anna Lim, Student Affairs Officer

310-825-7863 |

Anna graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Physiological Sciences and has been part of Health Policy and Management Department for 11 years now. She was a work study student, here in the department, before she started working full time as an administrator. Now, she has taken the role of the Student Affairs Officer in pursuit of her passion to help, support, and enhance student growth and development. When she’s not working, she’s spending most of her time cuddling and cleaning up after her mischievous, yet irresistibly adorable American Eskimo named Skimo. She enjoys hiking, card making, painting, and reading for leisure.

Anna Lim

Kelli Hornachek, Coordinator, MPH Program and Alumni Relations

310-825-7661 |

Kelli comes to us from New York where she worked with Partnership for a Drug-Free America, the Direct Marketing Association, Westside Dance Physical Therapy, and Weight Watchers of North America. She brings great experience in managing multiple tasks, organizing events, and providing interpersonal support. Kelli earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Health Science with a minor in Psychology, from Saint Mary’s College of California. She is excited to share her experience and work alongside the HPM department staff, faculty, and students to support the mission of the department.

Kelli Hornachek


Victoria Vezaldenos, Administrative Coordinator

310-825-2594 |

Victoria is from Manteca, California and attended UCLA graduating with the class of 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Education Studies. As a first-generation college student she made sure to maximize her time here, becoming a New Student Advisor for incoming Bruins, joining the UCLA Spirit Squad, teaching an undergraduate course, and conducting research through UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Her experience as Administrative Coordinator with UCLA's New Student and Transition Programs along with her rigorous academic and extracurricular schedule has preapred her to take on the Administrative Coordinator position at the Department of Health Policy and Management. For fun, Victoria enjoys spending time with friends and family, as well as going to Disneyland whenever possible, exploring LA, cheering on the Bruins, and hitting the gym. In the future, Victoria plans on applying to PhD programs in Education to continue her research analyzing mixed-race students' educational experiences in the United States.