Washington Center

UCDC Campus Coordinators

UC Washington Program (UCDC) Campus Coordinators

On-Campus Coordinator
Mary Crabb
Mary Crabb (she/her) is the program manager and student advisor for UC Berkeley’s Washington Program (UCDC). She is excited to work with students as they apply for and participate in all the amazing experiential learning opportunities a semester in DC offers.
Mary grew up in lower Delaware and returns most summers to spend time with her family and friends at the beach.  After graduating from Duke University with a degree in English Literature, she worked in the publishing industry in New York City and taught English in southern China, before moving to Berkeley for grad school at Cal.   Mary has been an advisor in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Prestigious Scholarships for 10 years, and is excited to now be working with students participating in UCDC.   Mary lives with her husband, daughter and two cats in the East Bay and enjoys hiking, reading and going to the theater.  
Nina Parker
Nina Parker is the Program Manager for Cal in the Capital, an internship prep program housed in the UC Berkeley Public Service Center. Prior to joining the PSC, Nina worked with various non-profits providing programming to students ages K – college. She is passionate about providing opportunities for young people to hold leadership positions, develop financial literacy skills, attain valuable career experience, and explore their interests. Nina received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Social Sciences from the University of Missouri. She finished school as an intern with the House of Representatives, and eventually moved to the Bay Area as an AmeriCorps volunteer.
Cheryl Purifoy
Phone: (530) 754-5718
Cheryl Purifoy serves as the Director for the UC Davis Washington Program.  She enjoys helping position students for career success by providing them with opportunities and tools for professional development. She started her career in higher education at UC, Davis where she spent close to 25 years working with graduate and undergraduate students helping them through the academic and career development process. She’s held various positions in Academic Departments and Career Services which evolved into the administrative functions of managing student focus programs.
Chad Higgs
Phone: (530) 754-5718
Chad's role with the UC Davis Washington Program is to advise students as they discover their passions and assist in helping them find avenues to achieve their goals. He knows the transition from being a full-time student to student intern can be difficult at times, and he enjoys the chance to make that a smoother transition.
The Washington Program offers students the opportunity to have valuable life experiences that they would not be able to gain elsewhere and Chad feels incredibly fortunate to play a small part in the success of individual students. 
Michelle Mallen
Phone: (949) 824-5400
Michelle originally joined UCI as a Career Counselor in the Career Center and now serves as the Director of the Office of Civic Engagement. The Office hosts the UCDC and UCCS internship programs, the Civic and Community Engagement minor, and additional civic engagement-oriented programs for UCI. Michelle has over 10+ years of experience overseeing distance internship programs in Washington, DC and Sacramento.
Charlie Ruano
Charlie is the Quarter in Washington and the UC Center Sacramento program coordinator. He has been working for UCLA since May of 2022. His previous role at UCLA was as the Undergraduate Counselor for the Political Science Department. Charlie became the Quarter in Washington and the UC Center Sacramento program coordinator in October 2023. He received his bachelor’s degree from Cal State Dominguez hills in Sociology and went on to obtain his Masters in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola Marymount University. He is passionate about supporting any and all students towards their personal and academic success.
Timothy Mar
Diana Hernandez Garcia
Phone: (209)-228-4605
Diana Hernandez Garcia joined the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) at UC Merced in August 2022 and serves as a Program Coordinator for several programs including UCDC. She earned a BS in Geology and MPA from CSU Bakersfield. During grad school, Diana had the opportunity to complete a summer internship with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and then a fall semester internship at the US Department of Agriculture in 2019 (both in Alexandria, VA). These internships sparked her passion for public service and reconciled her marred view of the federal government since she grew up undocumented. After becoming a US Citizen, she jumped on the opportunity to return to NSF as a Science Assistant in February 2020. Her favorite activity at NSF was leading the Summer Scholars Internship Program, where students from across the nation spend their summer at NSF completing mentor-guided projects. In searching for her next position, she wanted to work with a program that valued professional development and mentorship for students. She was incredibly happy to find a place like UC Merced’s UROC Office that focuses on undergraduate research and experiential learning opportunities. While she enjoyed her years in the DMV, she was excited to be closer to her family and serve students in the San Joaquin Valley.
Macy Ring
Phone: (951) 827-6717
Macy is an UCR alum and has been working at UC Riverside since 2014, previously with Education Abroad. As a first-generation college, minority, and financial aid student, from an immigrant family, she overcame significant barriers to participate in a high-impact practice. If there’s a will, there’s always a way! She spent a year at the University of British Columbia, Canada and one summer at Yonsei University, South Korea. Both experiences allowed her to gain independence, build self-confidence, internationalize her fields of anthropology and art, learn new perspectives and teaching methods, expand her global network, and enroll in coursework not offered at UCR. These experiences helped her persist in school, engage in other high-impact activities on campus, and achieve her graduation and career goals. While she did not participate in capital internships as a student, Macy understands the value of them as high-impact opportunities that elevate students’ learning success and workforce preparedness. Her goal is simple,  to help UCR students aim higher through high-impact practices!
Keith Tindall
Phone: (858) 534-4355
Keith is the Interim Academic Internship Counselor at UC San Diego, with a specific focus on coordinating and managing the UCDC program. Keith received his Master's Degree in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University, where he served as a Graduate Assistant Community Director and completed internships as an Academic Advisor and Career Advisor. Keith also received his Bachelor's Degree in Spanish from Michigan State University.
Much of Keith's career and academic choices stemmed from experiential learning opportunities during his undergraduate studies such as Study Abroad and Summer Internships. Keith is passionate about advising students to set their own goals and find creative ways to achieve them. In particular, Keith encourages students to explore new experiences, learn more about themselves, and use their skills to become career ready.
UC Santa Barbara
Noeli Martinez
Phone: (805) 893-3892
Noeli Martinez is a UC Santa Barbara graduate with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Applied Psychology. During her undergraduate career, she participated in the UCDC program and interned with the social media team at the national mental health non-profit Active Minds. She is ecstatic to return to her alma mater as the new Capital Internship Program Advisor. As a UCDC alumnus, she recognizes how transformative the experience was for herself and continues to be for all UC students. She looks forward to working with the UCDC staff and serving the UCSB campus community. 
Ashley Bayman
Phone: (831) 459-2858
Ashley Bayman is an Ohio native who completed a dual B.A. in Latin American Studies and Spanish from The Ohio State University. During her undergraduate, she studied abroad in Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina and discovered a passion for global education. She went on to earn an M.A. in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Prior to joining the UCSC Global Learning team, Ashley served as an international education program leader in Mexico and Spain. Ashley is committed to ensuring that students from all backgrounds benefit from the academic, social, and professional advantages of participating in global learning opportunities, like UCDC.