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Pamela Stacks
Interim Chief Operating Officer

Image of Paul Harris Paul Harris
Senior Director, Finance & Accounting

Paul Harris joined the Research Foundation in October, 2000, with over 25 years of non-profit financial leadership experience, which includes serving as the Business Director for the Amon Carter Museum, Controller/CFO for the Manhattan School of Music, Assistant Controller for the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services, and Controller for Lee University. Harris has also served on the faculty of the University of Tennessee and McKenzie College, where he taught accounting. Responsible for the Research Foundation's financial infrastructure, Harris and his staff oversee all of the Research Foundation's accounting operations. His professional affiliations include the National Association of College and University Business Officers, and the Auxiliary Organizations Association. Harris holds a Master's Degree in Accounting from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Education from Lee University.

Image of Cheree Aguilar Cheree Aguilar, CCP
Senior Director, Human Resources

Cheree Aguilar is currently a senior executive team management member and the Senior Director of Human Resources with the San Jose State University (SJSU) Research Foundation. The SJSU Research Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) auxiliary organization to SJSU. There are approximately 90 auxiliaries that support universities within the California State University (CSU) system, and the Research Foundation is the second largest. It employs over 1200 people and manages approximately $72M in research funding. Cheree is the former Chair of the CSU's Auxiliary Organization Association's (AOA) Human Resource Committee.

She joined the Research Foundation's Human Resource Department in September 2006 with over 15 years of private and public sector experience. She is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) and has a rich background in Human Resources, HRIS and core IT system interfacings. Throughout her career, she has been a pioneer and successfully led global corporate-wide compensation, IT and HRIS initiatives.

As a senior operations administrator & senior director of human resources reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, she has broad administrative oversight of administrative and operational management across all functions in the Research Foundation's central administration, as well as direct oversight of the human resources function which include: classification, labor and compensation management, performance management, risk management, organization development, benefits administration, communications, training, development and immigration.

Her leadership philosophy includes respect for all persons, the championing of curiosity, challenge, and participatory governance and transparency. She believes joint decision making promotes dialogue, honesty, and diversity; which she believes are all fundamental and necessary components of a healthy community and organization.

She holds both a BA in Management and an MA in Leadership, from St. Mary's College of California.

Jeanne Dittman
Director, Sponsored Programs

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