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Office Staff

(last updated 11/6/2009)

Kathleen H. Canul
Director and Campus Ombudsperson

Kathleen H. Canul is the Director of Ombuds Services for the University of California, Los Angeles.  She is responsible for managing alternative dispute resolution services provided by Ombuds Services.  As an ombudsperson and mediator, she helps parties resolve the differences that may arise between and among faculty, staff and students. Campus diversity issues are a significant area of interest as well.  Prior to this role, Kathleen served for six years as University Ombudsman for the University of California, Irvine.  Before becoming an ombudsperson, she worked at the University of California, Irvine as a psychologist and adjunct faculty member.  Kathleen earned both a Ph.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Washington State University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine.* Additionally, she is a certified mediator and a member of the International Ombudsman Association (IOA).

Thomas Griffin

Thomas Griffin is as an Ombudsperson for the University of California, Los Angeles.  Before discovering his passion for helping individuals and communities grow through conflict, Thomas served in a variety of industries, including radio production, information systems, and music instruction.  He has mediated for the Los Angeles county court system, environmental groups, and individuals, and specializes in choice empowerment and strategic perspective building.  Thomas quadruple majored with honors at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and completed Juris Doctor and Master of Dispute Resolution degrees at the Pepperdine University School of Law.* He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma international honor society and the International Ombudsman Association, and a fellow of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.

Katy Kolodziejski

Katy Kolodziejski has served as a volunteer Ombudsperson for the University of California, Los Angeles for over 12 years. Prior to this role she was a faculty member in the School of Social Welfare for approximately 40 years assuming teaching and administrative roles, including Director of Field Education, Admissions Officer and class room teacher.  Katy also held a joint appointment for several years in the Department of Psychology.  She remains committed to the campus community through her work in Ombuds Services as well as through the Emeriti Association, Faculty Woman’s Club and the Community Partnership recently established by Chancellor Block. In addition, she offers volunteer services at several community mental health programs. Katy holds a M.S.W from the University of Southern California and Ph.D. from the California Institute for Clinical Social Work.* Katy strongly believes that providing Ombuds Services helps create a more benign atmosphere.

Tom Kosakowski
Ombudsperson for the Center for Health Sciences and Associate Ombudsperson

Tom serves as the Ombudsperson for the Center for Health Sciences.  In this capacity, he works with faculty, staff and students from UCLA’s hospitals and clinics, professional schools, laboratories, and related institutes on a wide range of matters such as academic and workplace issues, research and authorship conflicts, and fair treatment concerns.  

Tom has spent the last 12 years working with individuals involved in conflicts.  Prior to joining the UCLA Office of Ombuds Services, Tom established the Ombuds Office at Claremont Graduate University and served as the Interim Director of the Ombuds Office at UC Riverside.  Before becoming an ombuds, Tom was an attorney, representing and counseling clients in matters before state, federal and State Bar courts.*  Tom trained as a mediator with the L.A. County Bar and served as a court-appointed mediator for the L.A. Superior Court.  

Tom graduated with a Bachelor’s in economics from Occidental College and earned a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School.* Tom is on the Board of Directors of the International Ombudsman Association and the Editorial Board of the Journal of IOA.  In addition, he serves as a Trustee and President of the Board of Governors of Occidental College.

Brenda Woods-Patin
Intake Coordinator and Office Manager

Brenda is the initial point of contact in the Office of Ombuds Services. She has an extensive history on the UCLA campus. She was a student first earning her B. A. prior to becoming a career employee. Brenda has worked with students, staff, faculty and administration during her tenure at UCLA. Her graduate work focus was in counseling.* Brenda is a state-certified mediator.  Other relevant training includes: Ombuds 101;  Ombuds 101 Plus;  Effective Mediation of Cross Cultural and Community Disputes; The Art of Win-Win Negotiations; Advanced Mediation Training: Mediation as a Career; Conflict Management Across Cultures: Strategies for a Culture Sensitive Ombudsman Practice; Coaching Strategies for Ombudsman; Challenges to Informality and Other Standards; Essential Questions and Interviewing Skills for Ombudsman.

Brenda was a member of University of College Ombuds Association (UCOA) before it merged with the Ombudsman Association (OA). That merger became the International Ombudsman Association (IOA). Brenda was elected and served an Associate Member and Representative on the Board of Directors of the International Ombudsman Association from 2006-2008. She remains an active member of the International Ombudsman Association.

“I want people to feel comfortable when they communicate with our office. It is important for me to know they feel welcomed and are in a professional environment. We work hard to assure people that we are a confidential office and that they understand our mission and role as an informal, neutral resource.”

*The office of Ombuds Services does not provide legal or psychological counseling.