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Career Staff

  • Dr. Tricia Bertram Gallant

    Dr. Tricia Bertram Gallant


    Tricia joined UC San Diego in August 2006. Dr. Bertram Gallant is an internationally known expert on integrity and ethics in education. She has consulted with or presented at high schools, colleges, universities and professional associations throughout the U.S. and around the world, including in Australia, Canada, Chile, Egypt, England, Jamaica, Mexico, Montenegro, Singapore, and Ukraine. She is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, as well as author of "Academic Integrity in the Twenty-First Century" (Jossey-Bass, 2008), co-author of "Cheating in School" (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), editor of "Creating the Ethical Academy" (Routledge, 2011), section editor for the Handbook of Academic Integrity (Springer, 2016), and co-editor of Cheating Academic Integrity: Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Research. Tricia is a long-time leader with the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI), of which UC San Diego is an institutional member, including serving as their Advisory Council Chair (2008-2010), Transition Co-Chair (2015-2017) and member Board of Directors (2017-2020). In 2018, Tricia was the first recipient and namesake of the Award for Service presented by ICAI. You can follow Tricia professionally on Twitter or Facebook (@tbertramgallant) and see her CV here.

  • Taylor Jackson-Vachon

    Taylor Jackson-Vachon


    Taylor joined the Triton Testing Center staff in the spring of 2022. Before coming to UC San Diego, Taylor worked as a Spanish teacher for 10 years at both the collegiate and K-12 school level. He graduated from Berry College in Mt. Berry, Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and from the University of Arizona with a master’s degree in Latin American Studies. Taylor was raised in Atlanta, Georgia and is an avid supporter of Atlanta United FC (Go Five Stripes!). When he’s not working at the TTC, Taylor loves to cook, travel, and spend time with his spouse and dog on the many beaches of San Diego.

  • Vanessa Samson

    Vanessa Samson

    Operations Coordinator

    Vanessa graduated cum laude from UC Riverside in 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology. In March 2022, she joined as both the administrative assistant at the Office for Students of Disabilities and Triton Testing Center. She currently oversees day to day operations, the proctor pool, and serves as one of the main points of contacts of the TTC. Vanessa enjoys working with students and is excited to be part of the growing TTC Team. When away from the office, she enjoys binge watching and appreciates any show recommendations.

  • Neha Niranjan

    Neha Niranjan


    Neha is an advisor in the Triton Testing Center. She graduated from UCSD (class of 2022) with a Biochemistry B.S. & Psychology minor. After graduation, she has been spending her time working as a research assistant studying acute myeloid leukemia and assisting in the operation of the TTC. Her plan is to pursue a PhD in Cancer Biology in the years to come!

  • Gerardo Gardner

    Gerardo Gardner


    Gerardo Gardner Jr. is a testing services advisor for the Triton Testing Center. He graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2020 with a degree in Sociology. He is in the process of pursuing a Masters degree in education and hopes to help students as a school counselor one day. He enjoys trying new food, listening to music, traveling, and playing multiple sports.

Assistant Coordinators

  • Elise Hale

    Elise Hale

    Elise came to the Triton Testing Center as an Assistant Coordinator Fall 2022. She is a first year Political Science Major with a minor in History, with a planned graduation year of 2026. She currently works at the front desk and assists both the AIO and the TTC with check-ins and overall testing support. Elise worked as a barista at Starbucks for two years before coming to the TTC and has a love for coffee. Raised in Sacramento, Elise likes the San Diego weather much more and has loved every minute of being here. When not working, she loves to read and play video games with her friends and family.
  • Ellie Ferd

    Ellie Ferd

    Ellie is one of the Triton Testing Center’s Assistant Coordinators. She is graduating in 2023 with a B.S. in Human Biology and minors in Human Development Sciences and Music. In her free time, she likes to read and listen to music (her favorite artist is Adele). Originally from LA, she is really enjoying the relaxed atmosphere San Diego has to offer and loves living here.
  • Orkun Eryilmaz

    Orkun Eryilmaz

    Orkun joined the Triton Testing Center in late 2022 as part of the first ever cohort of TTC Assistant Coordinators. Hailing from the coastal Turkish city of Antalya, he feels right at home in sunny San Diego. He is a second year-student, and majors in Political Science. In his free time, he enjoys bouldering and exploring new places.