Leadership

Pooja Lohia, President

Pooja Lohia is the President and founder of the new ICS Alumni Chapter at UCI. In June 2019, Pooja led the ICS Graduation Ceremony as Mace Marshall. She graduated from UCI, in 2002, with a B.S. in Information and Computer Sciences with a minor in Management and specialization in Information Systems. As an Anteater, she interned at Fortune 500 companies such as Epicor and Canon, along with serving as an active board member of student organizations such as Women in Computer Sciences (WICS) and Indian Student Council (ISC).

In 2008, Pooja received her MBA from USC Marshall, with a specialization in Strategy and Operations as well as her Six Sigma Black Belt Certification. Pooja is a Transformation Consultant specializing in Technology & Business Process Improvement using Six Sigma & Lean methodologies. She has worked as a Business & Technology consultant, both domestically and internationally, for companies such as Symantec, Raytheon, UCI, IBM, Group 4 Securicor (G4S), and local small businesses in Irvine.

Pooja is passionate about increasing the ICS Alumni Network membership and engagement along with providing meaningful content, knowledge sharing, and interactions within the ICS network & UCI at large. In addition to serving as ICS Alumni Chapter President, she is also on the prestigious Chancellor’s Club Leadership Council. Pooja wants to give back to the school that has given her so many opportunities to help her be successful. She and her family are always pridefully beaming with ZOT spirit and expanding their Anteater legacy.

Please reach out to Pooja or anyone on the ICS Board about partnerships and events opportunities or any other suggestions and feedback.

Jimar Garcia, Vice President

Jimar Garcia is the Vice President of the ICS Alumni Chapter at UCI. In this role, he supports the President and the rest of the leadership team to create value for chapter members. Jimar graduated from UCI in 2003 with a Bachelors of Science in Information and Computer Science (ICS) and a minor in Management.

Jimar is currently the President and owner of HatchWork Solutions Inc., a professional services and solutions provider in the area of business process automation. In this role, he has led dozens of highly complex projects with enterprises in numerous industries, including banking, financial services, insurance, logistics, healthcare, manufacturing, and government. In these projects, his main goal is to improve the economic viability of his customers by helping them increase revenue, decrease and control costs, improve productivity of key resources, and improve compliance.

Jimar believes that education and economic opportunity are the keys to success and prosperity, and the basis of the American dream.

Vijay Kumar, Treasurer

Vijay Kumar earned his Bachelor of Science from the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science (ICS).Then he earned his MBA from the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. In an effort to give back to the university, Alumni, and the surrounding community, Vijay decided to join the UCI ICS Alumni organization. Vijay’s primary motivation is to encourage and assist current students and alumni on how to use their Computer Science degree to help further their own careers and also how to assist businesses solve their technological initiatives. Vijay looks forward to growing the ICS Alumni chapter.

Jennifer Pascua, Events

Jennifer Pascua graduated from UCI with a B.S. in Information Computer Science in 2003 and received her MBA from Pepperdine University in 2007. She is an international businesswoman with an extensive career in developing and managing In-flight Entertainment systems within the aerospace industry for over 17 years. She is currently Director of Program Management at Thales Inflyt and previously the Software Product Support Manager at Rockwell Collins. Prior to aerospace, she worked at Canon, UCI, Reynolds & Reynolds and had side projects for Merrill Lynch, Deloitte Consulting, and Syska Hennessy Group. She is also a co-founder of Project Potluck, a volunteer group helping at-risk children in Orange County for the past 9 years.

Outside of work, she is passionate with giving back to the community and a strong advocate for women's leadership and STEM through her involvement with Women's Unlimited Leadership, TechNovation, and UCI. She was recently inducted into UCI's ICS Hall of Fame in 2017 and was the commencement speaker for UCI's 1st Masters Program in Computer Science in 2018. Jennifer joined UCI's ICS Alumni Board as a way to "pay it forward" and help create a space where all alums can inspire, engage, and connect while helping within the local community.

Lili Mannarino, Communications

Lili Mannarino earned her Bachelor of Science from the UCI Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science (ICS) in 2001. She has been in the technology business for ~20 years. For the last 10 years, Lili has built and managed her own technology consulting company which focuses on large scale digital transformation, specifically fintech. Her customers included Fortune 500 banks like Wells Fargo and Bank of America. She believes in the power of her UCI ICS degree, women in leadership, networking and keeping strong relationships with her fellow anteaters and the school of ICS. Lili joined the UCI ICS Alumni board to help encourage and enable alums to learn, re-connect and share all things ICS. Keep in touch on our social media channels - ZOT ZOT ZOT!

Kerri Fung, Communications

Kerri Fung graduated from the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science in 1988. After a career in IT in the finance industry, Kerri currently works at the non-profit Irvine Public Schools Foundation, striving to give tomorrow's leaders the best possible education.

UCI has provided Kerri with an excellent education that continues to serve her well in addition to lifelong friendships, unforgettable memories, and continuous learning opportunities. She enjoys doing what she can to pay forward some of what she has gained from the UCI community.