Chris Ackerman


Managing Director of People Operations

Executive Placements

Ramona Batra
Director of HR & Operations, Educational Programs & Services

Ramona is a senior business operations professional with over 10 years of experience driving strategy and process improvement initiatives in research and academic medicine administration. Most recently, Ramona served as the interim operations leader of an Oakland based biomedical research institute Read More  acquired by UCSF. Prior to relocating to the West Coast to be closer to her family, Ramona spent close to 9 years at NYU Langone Health as the Director of Education, Faculty and Academic Affairs (EFAA) within the health system’s School of Medicine. While at NYU, Ramona focused on executing strategic initiatives related to faculty affairs and oversaw day-to-day operations for EFAA, including human resources.

Ramona received a B.S. in Economics from George Washington University, an MBA from the University of Maryland and is a certified Prosci Change Management practitioner.

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Bryant Wong
Director of Finance & Administration, Neurology & Neurosurgery

In his previous role as the DFA in Ophthalmology, Bryant partnered with Dr. Jeffrey Goldberg during his inaugural term as chair to build the department infrastructure for rapid growth in the clinical, education, and research missions.  Prior to Ophthalmology, Bryant served in a number of business and professional positions of increasing Read More  responsibility in clinical business operations at Stanford Health Care, New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and NYU Downtown Hospital. Bryant earned his M.P.A. from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and his B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley. 

In his new role as the DFA for the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Bryant will partner with both department chairs to advance the success of the financial, operational and administrative management of the three mission areas and ensure compliance with school, university, and government policies and regulations.  Bryant will continue to collaborate with the other DFAs and the Dean’s Office on cross-departmental improvement efforts where his expertise in process improvement has been invaluable.  Additionally, Bryant will foster and promote a productive, effective, and respectful workplace which builds diversity and inclusion aligned with the values of Stanford Medicine.

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Erika Strandberg
Executive Director, Biomedical Informatics

Stephanie Dornes
Director of HR Strategy and Operations, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Stephanie joins the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences as the Director of HR Strategy and Operations. Prior to Stanford, Stephanie worked at the Claremont Colleges Services for almost 10 years where she served as the Director of HR. In that capacity, she supported a team of HR business partners who  Read More provided a full range of HR services to faculty, staff, and students, including talent acquisition and onboarding, compensation planning, employee relations, process alignment, information systems implementations, and performance coaching.

As a member of the senior staff, Stephanie will be leading the HR team for the department and help supplement support provided by our wonderful HR group, especially as it relates to HR strategy, staff wellness, systems implementation, workforce planning, professional growth and development of our teams, among other areas.

Stephanie holds a BS in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and an MS in HR Design from Claremont Graduate University.  

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Michael Negrette
Director of Finance & Administration, Biomedical Data Sciences

With over 10 years of experience at Stanford School of Medicine, Michael brings a wealth of experience in leadership and strategy to his new role. Most recently, Michael served as the Division Manager for Cardiovascular Medicine in the Department of Medicine, where he had oversight of finance and administration.  Read More He also served as a member of the Division Manager Leadership Committee within Department of Medicine where he worked with other senior leaders on key operational initiatives as well as process improvement efforts. Michael holds an MBA from Notre Dame de Namur University, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Jose State University.

In partnership with the Department Chair, Michael will lead the department in financial and administrative management as the DFA for Biomedical Data Science to achieve the Department’s mission of teaching and research, all while maintaining compliance with University, Government, and external sponsor rules and regulations.

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Lakshmi Kalyanaraman
Senior Director of Operations Innovation

Lakshmi comes to the role with over 10 years of strategic finance and operations experience, and a broader background in business that has included roles at Abbot Laboratories and Roche Diagnostics. In her most recent role within Fiscal Affairs for Stanford School of Medicine,  Read More Lakshmi re-envisioned how to present school financial analyses and information, helped to re-engineer the budget processes for the School, as well as other key initiatives that have spanned across Stanford Medicine. Lakshmi received her Bachelor of Commerce from University of Kerala, and her Master of Business Administration from Loyola University and holds a CPA designation.

As the Senior Director of Operations Innovation, Lakshmi will provide leadership to many School-wide projects and initiatives that involve multiple faculty and staff leaders from central Dean’s Office units and departments, and requires synthesizing multiple perspectives. Through leadership of these initiatives, she will champion school-wide process excellence following the School’s process excellence methodology and management system.

When not at Stanford, she can usually be found spending time with her husband and two young children in one of the many parks in Palo Alto and enjoying local events.

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Joella Mesa

Director of Finance and Administration, Biochemistry

Michael Negrette

Director of Finance and Administration, Biomedical Data Sciences

Joella Mesa
Director of Finance & Administration, Biochemistry

With nearly 20 years of experience working in academic medical centers, Joella brings to her new role a wealth of experience in financial management, division management, and student services administration. Most recently, Joella served as the lead for Student Services for Biochemistry,  Read More where she has been an instrumental member of the department, as well as a recognized expert in her area by the school. Prior to coming to Stanford, Joella spent several years at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, where she held positions of continuing progression in accounting, finance, and division leadership. Joella holds Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics magna cum laude from Moorhead State University.

In partnership with the Department Chair, Joella will lead the department in financial and administrative management as the DFA for Biochemistry to achieve the Department’s mission of teaching and research, all while maintaining compliance with university, government, and external sponsor rules and regulations.

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Craig Gaines
Director of Finance & Administration, Comparative Medicine

Craig joins Comparative Medicine with close to 20 years of progressive financial and managerial roles at both UCSF and Stanford School of Medicine, including his most recent role as Clinical Division Manager for Primary Care and Population Health within the Department of Medicine.  Read More Craig is a recognized leader among his peers, and has been a key contributor for the Department of Medicine in broader initiatives to include process improvement projects, and strategic projects with department and division impacts. Craig received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from San Francisco State University.

As the DFA for the Department of Comparative Medicine, Craig will partner with the Department Chair to ensure the success of the department and the Veterinary Service Center. He will lead the organization in financial and administrative management in support of research activities that span across the School and University, while maintaining compliance with University, Government, and external sponsor rules and regulations.

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Inderjit Singh
Director of Finance & Administration, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Indy has over ten years’ experience in business management and leadership positions in academic and healthcare administration. He has been with the university since 2016 as the Director of Finance and Administration with the Departments of Biochemistry and Developmental Biology.  Read More Prior to working at Stanford, Indy worked at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) where he held the position of Director of Administration, Department of Medicine-VAMC. Before that, he held leadership and management positions in the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Indy has a Master’s in Public Health in Health Policy Management from Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health-Biostatistics/Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

In his role as Director of Finance and Administration for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Indy will serve as the key business leader for the Department. He will partner with the Department Chair to ensure the success of the department and will be responsible for the department’s financial and administrative management, support of clinical care, teaching and research activities, and for compliance with university, government and external sponsor rules and regulations. He will partner with the Chair, and the rest of Stanford Medicine to ensure the success of the academic programs, to sustain their financial viability, and to provide a productive, effective, and respectful workplace.

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Tom Lau

Director of Finance and Administration, Chemical and Systems Biology