Sue Barnes began working as the director of the UCLA Emeriti/Retirees Relations Center in April 2016. Prior to coming to UCLA, she served in various managerial roles on the UC Davis campus for more than 22 years, most recently as the director of the UC Davis Retiree Center.  While directing the UC Davis Retiree Center, Sue initiated retirement transitioning classes for faculty and staff and partnered with other campus departments and community organizations to develop dynamic programs and services for retired faculty and staff. In addition, she recently served as the president for the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE), a national nonprofit organization that gathers, disseminates and fosters transformative theory, practices and programs for all stages of faculty and staff retirement. She has extensive experience with event planning, volunteer management and program development.   

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Maria was raised in Los Angeles, where she met and married her high-school sweetheart Joey. Their family includes son Cody, daughter Brandi, and three dogs.

Maria has worked at the Center for nearly three decades. Among her responsibilities are maintaining accounting records, processing reimbursements and bank deposits, assisting with retiree programs and referrals to campus resources, and overseeing financial and material management.

In addition, Maria is a second generation Bruin; Maria’s mother retired from UCLA in 1993.  Maria is a graduate of the UCLA Staff Enrichment Program and also volunteers in various capacities. Moreover, she enjoys many family activities and adventures, as well as cooking.

Taking his position at the ERRC as of October 17, 2016, is Eric Wang.  If his name is familiar, it’s because he previously worked in this same position from 1994 to 2005, when he moved to New York.  Returning to the West Coast, he worked at UCLA Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences and has most recently been working at UCLA Campus Human Resources as an employment assistant.

“I am honored to accept the position at the Emeriti/Retirees Relations Center,” he said.  “I look forward to the possibility of contributing again to the value the ERRC brings to the emeriti and retirees.”