Executive Placements

Robert Pettit

Director of Human Resources, Office of the General Counsel & Department of Public Safety

Robert brings over two decades of leadership experience. He has previously held positions at UC Davis, UC Office of the President, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 

He is deeply committed to mentoring and developing employee success at every level of an organization. Robert is particularly skilled in partnering with organizations to enhance employee engagement, promote accountability,  Read More and facilitate effective change management.

Robert will provide human resources support to the Department of Public Safety and the Office of General Counsel. 

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Victoria Leyton

Assistant Dean for Research Operations

Victoria joins us from Baylor College of Medicine, where she served as the Director of Research Administration in the Office of Sponsored Programs. She has deep expertise in research administration after serving in multiple roles overseeing research at both the departmental and institutional levels. She is also working on a dissertation in research administration, which she expects to complete in 2026. Read More

In this new role as Assistant Dean for Research Operations, Victoria will provide strategic and operational oversight of the School of Medicine’s research operations and lead the Research Management Group (RMG). She will be a key point of contact for research teams throughout the School of Medicine and our health systems and will be a primary liaison with research leaders across the university. Victoria will also play a key role in an initiative to optimize our research proposal development and study activation processes to support the continued growth of the medical school’s research portfolio. 

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Dr. Benita Wolff

Senior Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB)

Dr. Wolff has extensive experience leading DEIB-related strategies and initiatives focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and academic medicine at public and private institutions across the United States.

Dr. Wolff most recently served as the interim Chief Inclusion Officer at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She previously served as the inaugural Equity and Inclusion Administrative Fellow for the Harvard University Read More

Faculty of Arts and Sciences Division of Science and Department of Physics, Assistant Dean and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and as the inaugural Associate Dean for Diversity for the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

Benita holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lincoln University (MO), a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Toledo, and a Doctor of Education in Education and Leadership in Healthcare from Nebraska Methodist College.

In her free time, Dr. Wolff enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and traveling. 

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Lynn Miles

Senior Associate Dean, External Relations

Lynn is a strategic development and external relations executive with more than 30 years of experience, including senior leadership positions at Wellesley College, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and, most recently, the University of Southern California. At USC, Lynn managed all programmatic and personnel efforts to secure philanthropic support and industry engagement for the Iovine and Young Academy (IYA). Lynn has successfully implemented  Read More

development and external relations programs that led to IYA achieving its vision to nurture critical thinking and creativity at the intersection of human-centered design, technology, and entrepreneurship. 

As the Senior Associate Dean for Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, Lynn will oversee teams managing communications; development; alumni, community relations; volunteer engagement; and events.  

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Michael Rothman

Executive Director, Process Excellence

Michael is a seasoned healthcare leader with more than 15 years of experience in spearheading strategic programs that drive significant change, foster cultures of continuous improvement, and enhance organizational capability. His expertise lies in successfully implementing Lean management systems, resulting in sustained revenue growth, the delivery of high-value care and services, and substantial cost reductions. Read More

In his role as the Executive Director of Process Excellence, Michael will play a pivotal role in leading the School of Medicine's process improvement and change management program. Collaborating closely with the School, department leaders, and the Office of Chief Operating Officer leadership team, he will ensure the alignment of process and operational excellence initiatives with the School's mission, goals, and overarching strategies. 

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Clariecia Groves 

Director of Workforce Analytics

Clariecia has over 13 years of analytics and insights experience, including in visualizations, statistics, and predictive analytics. She loves to bridge the gap between business, analytics, and strategy and has a strong passion for teaching and helping others to use data to make better  Read More

decisions. Most recently, she led the workforce analytics function at Tenneco, an auto manufacturing company, where she focused on developing roadmaps, creating a data governance structure, and building a team. Prior to that, Clariecia worked at Ascension Healthcare, serving in various leadership and analytical roles focused on business intelligence, data analytics, and research.

As a lifelong learner, Clariecia has a B.S. in Mathematics, a M.S. in Statistics and Operations Research, and a doctorate in Engineering Management. 

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Michele Lima

Senior Administrative Division Director, Medicine - Cardiovascular Medicine

Michele is an experienced manager with deep knowledge of Stanford University. She started her Stanford career 13 years ago as a research administrator in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. She moved to a finance specialist role in Molecular and Cellular Physiology (MCP) in 2013 and was promoted to Associate DFA in 2017.  She was responsible for all financial and administrative  Read Morefunctions within MCP including human resources, grants management, and department budgeting and financial activity. She also participated in Lean process improvement teams in Finance as part of her role. Michele spent a year in Biochemistry as the DFA where she was responsible for administrative and financial functions. 

 In February 2020, Michele joined the Department of Medicine as an Administrative Division Director for Immunology/Rheumatology. Her strong interest in both research and clinical initiatives, and her ability to mentor and train staff on financial and other tasks fueled her success in I/R.

Michele holds Bachelor's degrees in Biology and Spanish from Johns Hopkins University. 

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Dawn Rorig

Chief Human Resources Officer, Stanford Health Care

Dawn joined Stanford Health Care in 2018 as the Vice President of Human Resources and has made a tremendous impact on the HR function - transforming the approach to talent acquisition and onboarding, compensation and benefits, and employee and labor relations. In addition, she has effectively led the stabilization Read More and streamlining of department operations resulting in significant improvements in recruitment and employee retention.

Before her tenure at Stanford Health Care, Dawn dedicated nearly 20 years at Charles Schwab, where she held the position of Senior Vice President for Human Resources. There, she led a 150-member human resources team responsible for managing the firm’s more than 16,000 global employees.  

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