Who We Are

Christina Drum

Interim Assistant Vice Provost,
Office of Decision Support


As Interim Assistant Vice Provost for Decision Support, Christina is responsible for providing information that enhances the quality of the decision-making process at the university's executive level. Christina is charged with supporting the information needs across all vice-presidential areas and providing leadership in the interrelated areas of Institutional Research, Data Governance, Enterprise Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence. Prior to accepting a position with UNLV's Office of Information Technology in 1999 and later joining the office in 2001, Christina lived in upstate New York, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences, with a concentration in Women's Studies, at Cornell University. She holds an M.A. in Ethics and Policy Studies from UNLV, is the 2005 recipient of the UNLV Alumni Association Outstanding Thesis Award, and has previously taught Critical Thinking and Reasoning (Philosophy 102). Her "spare-time" diversions include making art, writing, traveling, hiking, and spending time with her partner and their children.


Mike Ellison

Director, Enterprise Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence


Mike came to UNLV in March 1996 as a computer programmer and joined the Office of Institutional Analysis & Planning in October 2001. His background includes experience developing data-intensive PC, Macintosh, and Internet applications using C, C++, C#, Pascal, Java, Visual Basic, VB.NET, ASP.NET, PowerBuilder, Lotus Notes, Microsoft Office, and a variety of SQL-compliant relational database systems. Mike holds a B.A. in Music Education from the University of Iowa and prior to moving to Las Vegas, he taught public school music classes in the midwest. In addition to his programming and systems work, Mike still occasionally teaches computer classes, holding the MCT and MCP professional certifications from Microsoft. Mike and his wife have two children, a fourteen-year old boy and a nine-year old girl.


Mya Starling

Director, Institutional Research


Originally from Maryland, Mya earned an MS in Biology at UC San Diego and an MBA from San Diego State University. After falling into (and falling in love with!) the field of institutional research in 2005 and working at four other institutions in this area, she joined the Office of Decision Support in 2014 as Director of Institutional Research. She is primarily responsible for managing the collection and analysis of institutional data and leading its participation in state and national studies. In addition, she is responsible for compiling accountability data for external and internal use as well as assisting with accreditation projects. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two bunnies, exploring the outdoors, painting, hot yoga, playing the banjo, and watching hockey.


Jonathan Blake

Senior Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence Developer


Jonathan, a native of Las Vegas, has worked in various technology-related positions including website design, computer programming, technology instruction, electronic marketing, and rocket electronics. He earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering from UNLV in 2003 and returned to work at UNLV in late 2004 in the Office of the Registrar. He has worked in several positions for the university - most recently as part of the team implementing the new ERP system - while working toward a M.S. in Electrical Engineering. He joined the Office of Institutional Analysis & Planning in 2010 to help design, implement, and maintain UNLV's new data warehouse. Outside of the office, he enjoys being with his family and learning stuff.


Theresa Farmer

Administrative Assistant IV


Theresa completed B.A.s in Psychology and Spanish at UNLV, and worked for the Department of Foreign Languages for five years before joining the Institutional Analysis & Planning staff as an Administrative Assistant IV in 2011. When not working at the office, she enjoys reading, listening to records and traveling.


Viki Kazee

Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence Analyst/Developer


Originally from Washington D.C., Viki graduated from the University of Maryland and later worked in Information Technology for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. She moved to Las Vegas in 1992 where she worked for the Clark County School District as a Systems Analyst primarily supporting their financial applications. Viki joined the Office of Institutional Analysis and Planning in October 2012. In her spare time, Viki enjoys cooking, art, horseback riding and spending time with her family.


Tondra De

Research Analyst/Statistician


In her role as Research Analyst/Statistician for the Office of Decision Support, Tondra performs quantitative and qualitative research in support of university planning and decision-making. Prior to joining the Office, she worked as a researcher for several other units on the UNLV campus, including The Lincy Institute and the UNLV Libraries. Her educational background includes a B.S. in mathematics and B.S.E. in electrical engineering from UNLV and a M.A. in education from UCLA. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in education, also from UCLA. Outside the office, Tondra enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends.


Sunita Patnaik

Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence Analyst/Developer


Sunita joined the Office of Decision Support in July 2013. Prior to UNLV, she has worked as Senior MIS analyst at Capitalone Financial corporation. She received a dual masters degree in MS MIS and MBA from UNLV in 2012. In her spare time, Sunita enjoys spending time with her family and traveling to new places.


Andrea Esguerra

Institutional Research/Business Intelligence Analyst


As an Institutional Research/Business Intelligence Analyst for the UNLV Office of Decision Support, Andrea manages complex databases and applications to conduct independent analyses that inform decisions and assess the effectiveness of strategic initiatives. She performs ongoing and ad hoc research and reporting by analyzing data and develops innovative methods for conveying information to present findings to appropriate audiences. Prior to joining Decision Support, she worked for several other units on the UNLV campus including the Department of Sociology, Graduate College, and most recently as the Compliance & Data Analyst for the Office of Online Education. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (2008) and a Master of Arts in Psychology (2010) from Pepperdine University. She also holds a Master of Science in Management Information Systems (2012) from UNLV. Currently, she is taking a break before pursuing a doctoral degree but continues to take various business and computing information technology courses at CSN. Her areas of interest include institutional research, analytics, business intelligence, organizational behavior, and workforce development. Andrea enjoys spending time with her three dogs, traveling, gardening, reading, cooking, playing instruments, and exploring the variety of attractions and activities Las Vegas has to offer.