Meet the SHIP Staff

Michelle Alvarez

Insurance Claims Specialist/Cashier

Michelle Alvarez joined the UHS SHIP team in 2015. She originally joined UHS in November 2002 as a pharmacy clerk and moved to the Cashier's Office with Business Operations from 2005-2015. Her current role as an Insurance Claims Specialist/Cashier includes taking in payments, sending out claims to SHIP insurance, billing, providing pricing for students and staff, answering billing questions, and much more.

Michelle enjoys working with students and explaining to them how services and billing works here at UHS so that they understand what they're being billed for. She enjoys her time outside of UHS relaxing at home with her dog, Fluffy, and her son. Michelle loves unexpected visits from her daughter when she has time in between working two jobs and going to school.

Sheila Edwards

Sheila Edwards

Enrollment and Waiver Coordinator

Sheila Edwards joined the SHIP team in 2008 and handles the challenging job of waivers and enrollments for dependents. She received her BA in Social Work from San Jose State University. Sheila also has experience working with teenage parents at the Cal Learn program in Alameda County. She’s also previously worked at Contra Costa Housing Authority (Section 8). When not at UHS, Sheila enjoys hanging out with her husband and three kids. They’re usually at golf, baseball, soccer, or dance. Sheila loves Disneyland and traveling to new destinations.

Aimee Jacques

Aimee Jacques

Insurance Case Coordinator and Benefits Supervisor

Aimee Jacques joined the UHS SHIP team in 2012. She previously worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan before moving to California with her family. As a case coordinator, Aimee handles complex cases for students who need assistance. She enjoys helping students navigate the insurance world and also educating them along the way. Aimee is also a member of the UHS Trans Care team where she assists students with their benefits and insurance needs. She enjoys spending time with her family when not at work.
Francesca Ladwiniec

Francesca Ladwiniec

Analyst

Francesca Ladwiniec joined the SHIP team in 2020. She was previoulsy working as a coding/billing compliance analyst at Brown & Toland Physicians, Stanford Health Care. Francesca received her training at the American Academy of Professional Coders. She is also trained as a Certified Procedure Coder and in Certified Evaluation Management. She enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, traveling, and good food.

Erica McCray

Erica McCray

Benefits and Health Records Representative

Erica McCray joined the SHIP team in 2019. Prior to joining UHS, Erica was working at Optum Behavioral Health as an Eligibility Research Analyst. She enjoys watching documentary films, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Claiborne Sibley SHIP staff

Claiborne Sibley

Benefits Representative

Claiborne has been part of the SHIP team since 2012. Prior to joining UHS, he was a representative at Blue Shield of California. Clai enjoys the opportunities for outreach when it comes to educating students on the Berkeley SHIP benefits and how to access them. Outside of SHIP, he enjoys dancing, listening to podcasts, working out, and spending time with close friends and family.
Minnie Tobias SHIP

Minnie Tobias

Customer Service Representative

Minnie Tobias joined the SHIP team in 2020. She received her AS in Health Care Administration and previously worked in an SF periodontal office as a doctor-patient coordinator. Minnie enjoys spending time with her two sons, singing, hiking, going to theme parks, and watching action-packed films.

Amelia Torres

Amelia Torres

Benefits Representative

Amelia Torres began her career at UHS in 1997 in the Health Records department. She joined the SHIP team in 2012. Amelia enjoys traveling, spending time with her husband, her two daughters, and her friends.

Warren Whitfield

Insurance Manager

Mary Ann Zhao

Mary Ann Zhao

Patient Navigator

Mary Ann Zhao joined the SHIP team in 2013. As a patient navigator, she works with students who have complex care needs or chronic conditions requiring proactive case coordination. She received her BA in Public Health from UC Berkeley.

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