Meet the Staff
Director of Training and Organizational Development : Shola Richards
Shola began his career at UCLA Health as a Training Specialist on May 7, 2007. After serving in that capacity for four years, he was promoted to the position of Training Manager in 2011. Two years later, he was promoted to his current role as the Director of Training for UCLA Health. In this capacity, Shola led the reinvention of UCLA Health's New Employee Orientation Program (now known as Day One: It Begins with U), led the creation and opening of UCLA Health's state-of-the-art Center for Organizational Readiness and Education (CORE), and is responsible for the oversight of training program operations and outcomes including: planning, developing, marketing and implementing dedicated training courses on topics such as CICARE, conflict resolution, team cohesion, diversity and inclusion, insurance payors, effective communication and transformational leadership.
Shola's areas of expertise include classroom facilitation, instructional design, public speaking, and system troubleshooting & support. During his time as a classroom training facilitator for UCLA Health, Shola has personally trained over 10,000 UCLA Health learners and has maintained an astonishing 99.6% participant satisfaction rating throughout his career with UCLA Health.
Shola holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Union College in Schenectady, NY. Additionally, he is a Certified Emotional Intelligence Practitioner, a Certified Advanced Instructional Designer, the 2013 UCLA Chancellor's Excellence in Service award recipient, an in-demand keynote speaker, and a positivity blogger with a passionate worldwide following. His work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, Complete Wellbeing India, Business Insider Australia, and in numerous other publications all over the world as an expert on workplace happiness and engagement.
Shola recently signed a literary deal with Sterling Publishing in New York City (owned by Barnes & Noble) to write a book on the topic of workplace happiness, engagement and success. His book, "Making Work Work: The Solution for Bringing Positive Change to Any Work Environment" is slated to hit bookstores worldwide on September 6, 2016.
Additionally, Shola's interests include meditation, playing and watching sports, working out, reading non-fiction, writing, and most importantly, spending time with his wife and their two young daughters.
Senior Organizational Development Specialist : Reg Randles
Reg joined UCLA Health in January 2010 as a Training Specialist. In his current role as the Lead Training Specialist, UCLA Health Human Resources CORE, he designs, develops, facilitates training, and implemented the leadership onboarding program for UCLA Health. He is the UCLA Health appointee to the UCOP Talent Management Consortium. He is a Certified Practitioner of Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI ®) and a qualified D.i.S.C. Classic ® facilitator. Reg is a published author of a case study on motivation and organizational citizenship behavior, presented at the 2008 Hawaii Global Conference on Business and Finance. He is a published author of the intrinsic motivational book "Practice! Practice! Practice! 'Til It Rolls off Your Tongue Like Your Mother's First Name," and is an alumnus of the UCLA Professional Development Program (PDP).
Reg holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University, an Executive Certificate in Public and Non-Profit Leadership from Chapman University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Communication from California State University, Los Angeles.
Prior to joining UCLA, Reg, co-founded the human and leadership-development consulting firm J R Randlés Enterprises, Inc. He successfully led and/or collaborated on organizational development, transitions, and talent progression of several organizations, including: Comcast, Best Buy Corporation, the Los Angeles County Department of Public and Social Services, FAA Federal Credit Union and AltaMed Health Services, ensuring talent is equipped with the core competencies and continuous learning required for exceeding organizational expectations.
The widely used Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI ®) assessed Reg's preferences as ENTP (Extroversion, Intuition, Thinking, Perceiving). According to the MBTI ®, ENTP's are described as "Quick, ingenious, stimulating, and see the world as full of possibilities. They are resourceful in solving new and challenging problems." ENTP preference types are good at reading other people and intrinsically motivating them.
Senior Organizational Development Specialist : Clayton Vetter
Clayton joined CORE in 2012 as a Training Specialist. He supports the ongoing design, development and facilitation of training classes at CORE. Clayton is passionate about the employee experience at UCLA Health. He is dedicated to creating an enthusiastic and engaged workforce and believes the delivery of quality customer service is as important internally as it is externally. He comes to UCLA Health with over 16 years of experience in the health care field with an emphasis on employee training and leadership development, specializing in the design of simulation models and exercises that enhance customer service. He earned his CDP (Certified Diversity Professional) credential in 2015 and is part of UCLA's health commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable workforce. Clayton began his teaching career as a High School teacher where he coached a nationally ranked debate team that produced three consecutive state championships and two national champions. Prior to working in health care he taught Human Sexuality at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City where he also received his Bachelor's degree in English and Communications. Clayton enjoys writing and served as a researcher and consultant for three seasons of HBO's Big Love. He was also the published in the David Geffen School of Medicine Literary Journal THE BEAT, where his short story, "A Good Idea at the Time," received 1st place.
Senior Organizational Development Specialist : Sherry Dodge
Sherry Dodge joined UCLA Health's Training and Development team (CORE) in 2013. As a Training Specialist, Sherry focuses on team effectiveness and interpersonal communication to empower leaders and frontline staff to enhance the patient experience at UCLA Health. The courses she leads emphasize creating a culture of service excellence, effectively addressing conflict in the workplace, overcoming communication barriers and setting achievable team goals for sustainable culture change.
Sherry designs and facilitates training courses on topics such as conflict resolution, creating and managing high functioning teams, emotional intelligence and interpersonal communication. She is a certified trainer for "Crucial Conversations," a course that provides participants with tools for fostering open dialogue around high-stakes or sensitive topics. In 2015, Sherry became a Certified Diversity Professional through the Diversity Executive Leadership Program.
Prior to UCLA Health, Sherry served as Director of Career Services for the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She considers herself to be a true UCLA Bruin as she has earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from UCLA and has worked for the University for over 11 years. Outside of UCLA, Sherry holds an Adjunct Faculty position at Santa Monica College where she teaches evening classes. She enjoys attending UCLA sporting events, volunteering as a CPR and First Aid instructor for the American Red Cross, and training for half marathons and triathlons.
Senior Organizational Development Specialist : Nicholas Ruhe
Nicholas joined UCLA Health in 2013 and has been with CORE as a Training Specialist since 2015. His career in healthcare began at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in the Emergency Department where he worked and later trained new staff in patient Registration & Admitting. Nicholas further pursued his passion for teaching when he moved to Los Angeles to study Education at the University of Southern California and received his M.A. in Teaching in 2013.
His UCLA Health career started shortly after at the Patient Communication Center in Santa Monica where he provided administrative support for nurses, physicians and all medical staff for the UCLA Division of Dermatology's Westwood and Santa Monica locations. When an additional Patient Communication Center opened in Agoura Hills, Nicholas began a new role as a Coach and Trainer for all staff members at this location, which involved onboarding new hires and initiating Learning & Development programs for experienced staff.
Outside of UCLA Health, Nicholas is a College Admissions consultant and private tutor. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, cycling and soaking up the Southern California sunshine.
Organizational Development Specialist : Debby Brown
Debby joined The Center for Organizational Readiness and Education (CORE) as an Organizational Development Specialist in January 2017. She will facilitate training classes offered to the UC Community to provide employees with tools to support staff development and readiness, as well as customer service (CICARE), conflict-resolution and communication.
Prior to CORE Training, Debby began her employment with UCLA Health in September 1997 and worked for 19 years in the Human Resources Department. She facilitated the New Employee Orientation program for 16 years, welcoming thousands of new employees to UCLA Health. She led the HR Chapter in all its accreditation activities, personnel file interviews and survey inspections. She is also a content expert on the HR Competency process. She was responsible for training staff in managing and completing all annual requirements and annual education. Debby's Human Resources and Training career began at Children's Hospital in Boston and Good Samaritan Hospital in downtown Los Angeles.
Debby has a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University. Her focus was helping young adults with disabilities gain employment and successful independent living skills to become productive members of their community.
Debby has always had a passion for teaching and feels that providing skills, tools, confidence and responsibility to others to better themselves always ends up helping many more along the way. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, reading, writing, trying out new restaurants and farmers' markets. She is married with two children and most importantly loves spending time with her family and friends.
Organizational Development Administrator : Argelia Monroy
Argelia joined UCLA in 2004 and has been with CORE Training since 2008. Prior to joining CORE, Argelia was Manager for the Teacher Education Program (M.Ed.) at UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, as well as Residency Program Coordinator for the Department of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Before coming to UCLA, Argelia was Operations Supervisor for Laureate International Universities' Teacher Continuing Education Programs.
Argelia has 15 years' experience in the administration of adult education programs in the health and teacher education fields at both brick & mortar and online universities.
As the Training Administrator, Argelia is responsible for database development, programming, and administration, course scheduling and coordination, website design and improvements, budget management, and reports and analysis. Argelia is also a Qualified Volunteer Medical Interpreter proficient in Spanish.
The widely-used Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) classified Argelia as an ESFJ (Extraversion, Sensing, Feeling and Judging). According to the MBTI, ESFJs "project warmth through a genuine interest in the well-being of others. They are often skilled at bringing out the best in people, and they want to understand other points of view. They are serious about their responsibilities, seeing what needs to be done and then doing it. Generally proficient at detailed tasks, they enjoy doing little things that make life easier for others."
Outside of work, Argelia loves to spend time with her two children and her husband. She also enjoys arts and crafts, going on road trips with her family, and reading non-fiction books.
Organizational Development Coordinator : Courtney Scarlata
Courtney joined UCLA Health in July of 2007 and has been with the Core Training Team since September 2015. Prior to joining Core, Courtney was a part of the staffing and recruitment department. As the Core Training Coordinator for the team Courtney works very closely with all of the trainers to assistant in any way she can. She handles all of the enrollment, training setups, calls and more to be there for the team.
Courtney has 8 years of administrative healthcare experience. 10 years prior to working at UCLA Health; Courtney worked in sales.
Outside of work, Courtney loves to spend time with her 2 girls, husband and has a 3rd little girl on the way to join the Scarlata Family. She also enjoys health, fitness, movies, reading, baking, art projects and crafts. Her biggest love is spending time with her family and friends.