UCI Volunteer Programs

Professional Staff

Section 1


Darlene Esparza, M.S.

A proud Anteater since 2005, Darlene currently serves as the Director of Office of Campus Organizations at the University of California, Irvine.  Since joining the team in November 2015, she oversees the registration process for 600+ registered campus organizations and provides education on insurance and liability, risk management, food safety, leadership development, and event planning.  She also coordinates volunteer and community service activities within Student Life & Leadership, that include the UCI Alternative Break program. 

A first generation college student, Darlene received her BA in Psychology from the University of California, Davis in 2000, and in 2004 received her MA in Counseling, Student Affairs, from the University of San Diego.  She is involved with NASPA as a mentor for the undergraduate fellows program (NUFP). Prior to this appointment with the Office of Campus Organizations, Darlene served as assistant director of the Cross-Cultural Center, director of the Center for Service in Action and managed the Veteran Services office at UCI. 

Darlene enjoys traveling, and served as Resident Director for the May 2012 short-term program, and Spring 2012 voyage with Semester at Sea.  Darlene enjoys her work in higher education since she has the opportunity to learn from the students she interacts with and share in their personal and professional development while at UCI. 


Patty Zimmerman
Assistant Director

Patty joined the Student Life & Leadership team as the Assistant Director for the Office of Campus Organizations and Volunteer Programs in January 2017.  Patty is responsible for the coordination of community service projects, including Alternative Break, MLK Jr. Day of Service, Engage UCI and implements additional programming and resources for community service organizations.  She also manages and develops campus wide programming, supports over 600+ registered campus organizations through advising, orientation, leadership development, and coordinating program assessments.

Prior to becoming an Anteater this year, Patty spent ten years supporting students at UCLA by serving as the Student Government Services Division Manager, The Green Initiative Fund Grant Coordinator and the ASUCLA Event Manager for student programming.  Her passion for Student Affairs began during her time as an undergraduate student at the University of California, Riverside and the passion continues to grow through her work in leadership development and student advising.   

Patty is excited to be a part of the UCI family and aspires to be a resource that encourages and empowers the campus community to become global leaders.


Selina Bustillos
Program Coordinator

Selina graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services. As an undergraduate student she worked for University Outreach, New Student Programs, and Upward Bound as a student coordinator, orientation leader, and intern. Her co-curricular activities included being an Ambassador for the Asian American Pacific Islander CSU-wide initiative to promote higher education to underrepresented AAPI communities and she was also a NASPA Undergraduate Fellow (NUFP). Her involvements have led her to find her passion to work in Student Affairs. 

Nicole Inouye
Administrative Resources Manager