Dave Barry, of Concord, Mass., see MBA 1977 notes.
Dudley Dinshaw, of Encinitas, Calif., see MBA 1953 notes.
Terry Prindiville, BS 57, and a Victoria Falls Park guard
Terry Prindiville, of McKinney, Texas, writes, “As a board member of Global Aid Network I just returned from Zimbabwe. I traveled to Wedza, a small village outside of Harare. We were a small team of 14 from the U.S. and several from Harare. We set up a medical clinic and served several hundred patients. We also rebuilt two water wells that were not functioning—one had not worked since 2002. Those in the bush had to walk 2 miles to get their water from a small pool. They then carried their water to their small thatch-covered hut in large plastic buckets on their head. We were also able to put new roofs on two small schools that had been condemned. The bush people are happy and friendly. They fed us lunch consisting of goat and sadza, a food made from cooked maize.”
Erich Stratmann, BS 62, with SingforAmerica Orchestra and Chorus
Erich Stratmann, of San Francisco, Calif., reports, “Approaching arts funding with a business bent, I sing with the San Francisco Opera Chorus and have started SingforAmerica.org, a fundraising activity where amateur singers (you) join with professionals to train, perform, and raise dollars for their own choice of charity. Like training for a Leukemia Marathon—with online fundraising. Great time with our son’s family in Canada. He won MPSE award for Best Music Editor of a Feature Film—The Life of Pi.”
Vijay (Pandit) Kumar, BS 65
Vijay (Pandit) Kumar, of Mountain View, Calif., writes, “I am on the board of advisors of InternetSpeech Company of San Jose. InternetSpeech converts Internet text to speech. It helps the blind who are unable to access the Internet visually.
“My cousin’s son got married in November 2012 in North India in the city of Faizabad near Lucknow. I flew to India to be at the wedding. When one flies to Lucknow, from the air you get a remarkable view of the Himalayas. It is lovely. I also flew to Michigan and New York to visit relatives in February 2013. My daughter Amba lives and works in Santa Cruz. My son, Jay, and his wife have moved to Los Angeles. His company is headquartered in San Mateo but has an office in Los Angeles.”
Luanne (McKinney) Clayton, BS 66, with her horse, Harley
Luanne (McKinney) Clayton, of Sacramento, Calif., reports, “Finally retired: Mentoring family, exercising animals, gardening, creating new learning opportunities, watching wildlife. Actually have time to visit friends and neighbors and repaint the house. Volunteering at local sheriff’s service center.”
Richard A. Lyon, BS 67, celebrates his 68th birthday with his daughter, Erin, at the Space Needle.
Richard A. Lyon, of Sacramento, Calif., writes, “I have recently been officiating Spanish/English weddings as Revlyon—Bilingual Wedding Officiant. Also, I have been serving as Spanish liaison and tutor for Jump Into Reading—an SES tutoring company.
“My only daughter turned 21 on Sept. 10, and I was with her (she lives in Seattle, but was in California for her birthday). I am volunteering with a United Way Educational Collaborative in Sacramento and coordinate a Christmas Giveaway project for Swords to Plowshares, a nonprofit that cares for homeless veterans in San Francisco.”
Dan Asera, of Las Vegas, Nev., informs, “As a professor at UNLV, during the summer months I teach Finance in the Summer Business Institute for high school seniors and college freshmen and just completed my seventh year in the program. As president of the Berkeley Haas Las Vegas Chapter, we have joined forces with the local Cal chapter to form a Las Vegas university alumni group comprising Ivy League schools and major West Coast schools such as Cal, Stanford, and USC. Recent networking mixers with these other chapters are becoming very popular and well-attended.”
Lily (Yee) Quisol, of Burlingame, Calif., sends this update: “Working at Genentech., in South San Francisco. Married, with twin boys.”
Steve Kaplan, of Stateline, Nev., reports, “I interviewed and took a new position with Nutanix five months ago, only the second time in my career I’ve interviewed for a job. The first time was right out of Haas undergraduate. Since then, I’ve started and sold a couple of businesses and then worked for the companies that bought them as well as the companies that acquired those firms. I never imagined just taking a job again—but Nutanix is arguably the hottest company in the enterprise technology space. We’re changing the data center by bringing the same type of architecture Google pioneered in the Internet space to the enterprise. After selling my last company, I moved up to Lake Tahoe. I now help fund and coach the Douglas High School wrestling team.”
Ed Fineman, of Burlingame, Calif., writes, “During the past year, Nancy (AB 1981, JD 1986) and I celebrated our 30th anniversary, the graduation of our older son, Ross (BA 2013, School of Public Health), and the election of younger son, Grant (2016), as an ASUC senator. Just this last month, I helped Ross move to Philadelphia where he is starting a PhD program in demography at the University of Pennsylvania. He has already found the Philly-based Cal Alumni Group as a safe haven for watching Cal games. Go Bears.”
Marina Gracias, of Orinda, Calif., see MBA 1999 notes.
Rebecca Bogart, of El Cerrito, Calif., sends this news: “I will be performing in Carnegie Hall on February 23, 2014, as a winner in the 2013 Alexander and Buono International Piano Competition. Other milestones: completed an e-book with my sister, also a musician, called 21 Songs in 6 Days: Learn Ukulele the Easy Way, and built three websites to promote various aspects of my business. I’ve also been learning self-promotion via social media— thank goodness I took marketing at Haas! This August I celebrated seven years of health after my 2006 breast cancer diagnosis.”
Joseph Breen, BS 82
Joseph Breen, of San Rafael, Calif., sends this report: “Joe and Sue Breen’s daughter, Kate, graduated in May 2013 with her degree from Cal’s world-renowned English department. Their son, Brian, will resume his acting studies this fall at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Joe continues to serve as co-president of HAN’s North Bay Chapter.”
Haas Lecturer Stephen Etter, BS 83, MBA 89, officiates the wedding of Rachel Senko, BS 06, and Ryan Foltz, BS 05, who were introduced by Etter at Cal.
Haas Lecturer Stephen Etter, of Greyrock Capital Group, forwards this announcement: “Over the summer, Ryan Foltz, BS 05, and Rachel Senko, BS 06, were married in Thousand Oaks, Calif. They were introduced to each other at Cal by Lecturer Stephen Etter, BS 83, who served as the officiant at the wedding. Many Haas and Cal alumni were in attendance. Both Ryan and Rachel have chosen careers in the private equity field, working in Los Angeles at Brentwood Associates and Endeavour Capital, respectively. Stephen continues to donate his time lecturing at Haas for his 19th consecutive year.”
Dave and Tara (Ryan) Rochlin, of Moraga, Calif., write, “Tara and I are very happy to report that our younger son has just enrolled at UC Berkeley. Quite a relief after our older one decided he would rather be a Bruin. Since I work here at Haas, we’re trying to figure out how to divide up the campus. I expect to be banned from going west of Barrows Hall.”
Janet Jaiswal, BS 89
Janet Jaiswal, of Los Altos, Calif., reports, “Janet is the global product marketing lead at Tealeaf Technology, a company that IBM recently acquired. She lives in Los Altos with her husband and two sons.”
Yana Leventon, BS 89
Yana Leventon, of San Francisco, Calif., writes, “Have owned and operated InCare Home Health Services going on 19 years with my husband, Bryan. Just took an amazing trip to the Black Sea area, visiting Russia, Ukraine, Romania, and Turkey with my son (11). Haas gave me the entrepreneurial spirit, which enabled me to pursue the goal of creating my own business and have the freedom to live out my passion of travel and photography.”
Vidya (Ramanjaneya) Kagan, of Menlo Park, Calif., sends this update: “Vidya Kagan has happily relocated to the Bay Area! Vidya, her husband, Steve, and their two kids (daughter Reena, 9, and son Brady, 6) moved to Menlo Park in July. Vidya is working as the new director of development at Menlo School in Atherton. She and her family are thrilled to be back in California and would love to hear from classmates! (Email her at email@example.com.) GO BEARS!”
Kevin Crow, BS 93, enjoys the new stadium at the Cal vs. Washington game last year.
Kevin Crow, of Sacramento, Calif., writes, “Just started a new job within Intel Corporation. Hard to believe I’m in my 16th year here! Took an amazing family trip to Europe in 2012 but this year we stayed in California camping, going to camps, and playing soccer. GO BEARS!”
Jeremy Omholt, of Seattle, Wash., reports, “I have been in the real estate world for the past nine years and one thing I can say is ‘never a dull moment.’ I am now the CFO for HomeServices of Washington, a subsidiary of HomeServices of America Inc., and we are one of the first companies that will be part of the launch of the new franchise Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. It is exciting to be part of a brand-new franchise with a name that has such a distinguished history.”
Robert “Scott” Boyer, of Los Angeles, Calif., reports, “I recently wrote a YA fantasy/spiritual adventure novel called Bobby Ether and the Academy, which is due to be released shortly. I’m also about to finish the first draft of the sequel, Bobby Ether and the Temple of Eternity. Just spent three days volunteering at one of my favorite programs, Camp Harmony, followed by four days RV camping with friends at Lake Isabella.”
Shaikh Ahmad, of Berkeley, Calif., updates, “After spending a number of exciting years working in a few wonderful startup enterprise software companies, in capacities ranging from consulting to marketing/strategy, I made the decision a few years ago to switch directions and pursue my lifelong passion of education and mental health care (looking ‘beyond one’s self,’ so to speak). After spending the last three years preparing for my career change with prep classes, research, and volunteering, I am delighted to say that this fall I am starting a PhD program in clinical psychology right here at UC Berkeley. My experiences and education from Berkeley/Haas definitely helped shape my trajectory, and I look forward to leveraging my skills in a new and exciting domain. Go Bears!!”
Lily Dawis, of Jakarta, Indonesia, writes, “Finally done with the first fully animated music video for ‘On Top of the Morning’ in the Bubbles of Love album I composed! Also getting ready to release the songs, video, and e-book worldwide through CD Baby. Here’s hoping more families will be inspired to bond closer through Bubbles of Love’s complete package of music * stories * movements! Also looking forward to exciting tie-in potentials with fellow Cals :) (www.bubblesoflove.net).”
Andrew Farthing, of Redwood City, Calif., updates, “After nearly eight years at Latham & Watkins LLP, I have taken a new position at Apple Inc., as senior litigation counsel with responsibility over a broad array of commercial and intellectual property litigation.”
Oliver Lao, BS 00, with daughter Isabella and wife Victoria
Oliver Lao, of Seattle, Wash., reports, “Beginning my practice in pediatric surgery at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma. Moved back to the Pacific Northwest with my wife, Victoria (BA 2000), and daughter Isabella.”
Brian LeTourneau, of Los Angeles, Calif., writes, “I recently landed a new job in IT for Union Bank down in Los Angeles. It’s a fantastic role and I look forward to continuing my career in the financial sector. Just finished up my masters in information systems at Cal State Los Angeles.”
Ryan Foltz, BS 05, see BS 1983 notes.
Nick Gonzalez, of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, writes, “I have co-founded and been operating a digital media company (Nervora) that represents ad sales and regional titles from some of the world’s leading publishing brands, including Condé Nast, Hearst, CBS Interactive, and more. We’re now expanding across APAC and hiring.”
Victoria Huang, of San Francisco, Calif., updates, “I recently relocated back to San Francisco after spending six years working in investment banking and financial services in Asia (Hong Kong and Beijing) and completing Chicago Booth’s Executive MBA program in Singapore. Since moving back to the Bay Area, I became a member of the founding team for Ivylla (www.ivylla.com), a freshly launched travel accommodations startup connecting international top university alumni and trusted friends. We invite Haas alumni to register as beta users and provide feedback. Please kindly reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Susan Liu, of Cupertino, Calif., and her husband, Michael Liebman (Princeton 96), welcomed a baby girl, Amy Kaitlyn Liebman, this summer. Amy is doing well and keeping her parents very busy and entertained. Susan looks forward to returning to work this fall as a global brand protection manager at Johnson & Johnson.
Tasha Salveron, of Diamond Bar, Calif., reports, “I traveled to the Philippines to venture into housing development. I started my first five-hectare project and will be expanding to more projects. While working overseas. I visited Europe and Asia. I’ve also been scuba diving a lot and am now an advanced diver. Working overseas has been an adventure and a learning experience.”
Rachel Senko, BS 06, see BS 1983 notes.
Emily Chan, of San Francisco, Calif., announces, “I received my JD from UC Hastings College of the Law in 2010 and began a career in nonprofit and exempt organizations law. I was recognized as the 2012 Outstanding Young Nonprofit Lawyer by the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Nonprofit Organizations Committee. In summer 2013, I joined Adler & Colvin, a preeminent law firm in nonprofit and exempt organizations practice areas.”
Stephen Maier, BS 07, and wife Leah on their initial visit to Kyrgyzstan, where they are moving in 2014.
Stephen Maier, of Chicago, Ill., reports, “In September I left Sears/Kmart after 5 years+ with the company, having spent that time working on innovation in the financial service realm. In early 2014 my wife and I will be moving to Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia) to join a business that facilitates economic development through empowering nationals to be entrepreneurs. The model is called microfranchising. I would love to connect with other alums in the region or those with agribusiness experience.”
Wai Thit Lwin, of Yangon, Myanmar, writes, ”Since graduation I went back to Burma (Myanmar) to work in a family business. In 2009, I took over the construction material distribution arm of the business, which has been doubling its sales turnover every year. A year after, I added a ceramic tile manufacturing plant to the business. Early 2010, I started a hospital project with my husband and on June 2011 we opened a100-bed international hospital in Yangon, which we sold last year. Since then, I bought and ran the largest and fastest growing convenience store chain in Myanmar. On the side, I do marketing for Sony in Myanmar, as it is one of the family’s businesses, and run the biggest consumer electronics stores chain as well. I got married in 2010 and am now the mother of two daughters. My husband and I started a foundation for Burmese children’s future called Apple Foundation, which has vaccinated more than 10,000 children against hepatitis B and has provided education for more than 3,000 children since 2010.”
Lesya Pishchevskaya, BS 09
Lesya Pishchevskaya, of Palo Alto, Calif., writes, “Hi Haaskies! After almost four years at Facebook sales department, I have started a new job as a director of sales and marketing at Databrain. Databrain is a new mobile crash analytics platform. It’s a startup with a team of 10. Everyone but me is located in Ukraine, where I am originally from. I am excited to be employee #1 here in the United States and my main focus is to create and execute a to-go strategy in the U.S. Currently, I am looking for beta-testers, which are any iOS and Android apps. Connect with me if you have one or have someone in mind! Also, if you need general advice about tech startups, Facebook advertising, or the meaning of life, do not hesitate to reach out email@example.com.”
Art Cybulski, BS 10
Art Cybulski, of Chicago, Ill., reports, “After spending three years at Citi ICG (corporate credit and corporate and investment banking) in New York, I decided to attend the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business full-time MBA program. So happy to see other Berkeley alumni among admitted students! Go Bears!”
Christina Ting, BS 10
Christina Ting, of San Jose, Calif., writes, “Traveled to Japan for two weeks and visited Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Nagoya. The highlight was watching sumo wrestling in Nagoya! It was very awesome to experience the rich culture around this sport live!”
Miraya Berke, BS 12
Miraya Berke, of New York, N.Y., announces, “I started a new job as the event producer for The Feast in New York. The Feast is focused on creative solutions to today’s toughest societal challenges. Our flagship conference in October brings together extraordinary people from across disciplines and serves as a starting point for relationships and projects that run all year long. I’m working with an amazing team including two other Cal Bears! As we say at The Feast, ‘It’s time to stop waiting for the world to change. Start changing it, and the world will follow.’ ”
Kevin Chan, of Brooklyn, N.Y., reports, “I recently started ASPECD Apparel, a men’s fashion company. Moved to New York.”
Jacqueline Barros Dias Leao, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, updates, “I am the e-commerce manager for Native Organics, the manufacturer of a line of organic products from Brazil. You can find Native products at Amazon, Whole Foods, and others, or at www.nativeorganicos.com.br. It is very nice to be back to Brazil, but it is not easy to get used to the Brazilian bureaucracy. Brazilians are very nice on the personal level, but not straightforward when it comes to doing business. Taxation is a nightmare, and I feel sorry for foreigners doing business in Brazil.”
Steven (Difan) Chen, of Shanghai, China, writes, “Currently, I am working at ABB Robotic in charge of the company’s product line sales channel management. And I really love my job. The amount of data that flows through allows me to see the entire China market. I wake up everyday thinking of the four defining leadership principles. They have been a part of my life and, I must say, the two years of education at Haas have proved priceless. After graduation, I challenged the ‘status quo’ and decided not to pursue a career in accounting, banking, consulting, or marketing but instead went for a totally different route, ‘a crazy route’ as my classmates once called it. I moved to China and work at ABB headquarters. My principal job duty consists of management and analysis of ABB’s sales channel. This opportunity has allowed me to look at the entire Chinese industrial manufacturing market from a very high perspective.
“And let me say, how much I thank the school for that, particularly my teachers and the school’s Defining Leadership Principles. The faculty at Haas, most distinguished professors Dmitry Livdan and Alan Ross, taught not only knowledge but how to think, work, and live in a competitive business environment.”
Anthony D’Asaro, of Chicago, Ill., writes, “In August I made my first donation to charity through Children International. I’m sponsoring school and meals for a young boy in Colombia.”
Phillip “Walker” Dove, of San Francisco, Calif., reports, “I began working as a research analyst for The Nielsen Company on July 1, 2013. I use quantitative and qualitative research to help improve new product ideas and create two-year sales forecasts of those new products. Our clients range from medium to massive CPG companies, such as Nestle.”
Jeff Totten, BS 13
Jeff Totten, of San Francisco, Calif., updates, “I joined Alpine Investors, a private equity fund in San Francisco, as an investment professional. I am primarily responsible for sourcing, evaluating, and performing due diligence on investment opportunities. I moved to Pacific Heights in San Francisco where I am living with my classmate Ben Natter, BS 13.”
Dudley Dinshaw, MBA 53, and wife Muriel celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary.
Dudley Dinshaw, of Encinitas, Calif., writes, “Hi, I attended Cal from 1948 thru 1953. Got a BS in business administration in 1951 and an MBA in 1953. My wife, Muriel, worked at the Cal Music Library until she retired to start a family in 1954. I worked at IBM for 33 years in San Jose and retired in 1991. My wife and I have been enjoying our retirement. We lived in San Jose for almost 50 years and are now living in Encinitas, Calif. We’re closer to two of our daughters now. We had three daughters. Our second daughter, Dr. Carolyn L. Dinshaw, was a professor of English at Cal for about 17 years and now teaches at NYU. My wife and I just celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary. Best regards—and Go Bears!”
Herman Boschken, MBA 68, and wife Irene at the Haas Menlo Circus Club event in Menlo Park.
Herman Boschken, of San Jose, Calif., updates as follows: “Herman (Buzz) Boschken recently had an article published in Urban Studies on ‘Global Cities Are Coastal Cities Too: Paradox in Sustainability?’ (July 2013). He also currently has two papers in progress on institutional analysis of global cities using interorganizational network theory. One of these was presented at the 2013 Meeting of the American Political Science Association. The other is scheduled for presentation at the 2014 Congress of the International Sociological Association in Japan (where he also serves as panel organizer). Besides attending to his faculty responsibilities, he has completed his third year as a member of the City of Davis Planning Commission, where he is able to bring years of academic scholarship in urban land use management to a practical policymaking arena. His wife, Irene (BS 66), continues to pursue her educational policy consulting work, many volunteer activities, ballet classes, and the joys of their seven grandchildren.”
Marvin Lamoureux, MBA 68, visits a market in Santiago, Chile.
Marvin Lamoureux, of West Vancouver, B.C., Canada, reports, “Although retired after 22 years’ participation in international education and training development and having worked in 27 countries for various international agencies, e.g., World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Canadian, U.S., and U.K. governments, I recently had an opportunity to go to Myanmar (Burma) to formulate a technical education and vocational training developmental proposal to upgrade that country’s Ministry of Education training efforts. This was on behalf of ORT of Arlington, Va. The proposal was accepted (after eight months of negotiation), and new buildings are being constructed, along with the development of new TEVT curriculum and instructor upgrading. I just wanted to say that my Haas MBA has proved invaluable throughout my international career. It also demonstrates the flexible and adaptable application of our learning outcomes from the Haas MBA program. Many thanks to all of the professors. The process and outcome were well worth the effort.”
David Schaffner, MBA 70, teaches an Introduction to Agribusiness course in Haiti.
David Schaffner, of Arroyo Grande, Calif., writes, “A few years after Berkeley I joined the agribusiness faculty at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and taught food marketing courses for 35 years, retiring in 2008. Career milestones include a Fulbright where I worked with a Thai University on graduate agribusiness curriculum and co-authoring the text of Food Marketing Management: An International Perspective. Since retiring I have done volunteer work in Africa and taught in Haiti at the University Nouvelle Grand’Anse, Jeremie.”
Steve Fabricant, of Naha City, Okinawa, Japan, announces, “I’m edging into retirement from my international health policy consulting practice, mostly at home in Japan but also visiting the Bay Area twice a year. Recently, I had a consulting assignment that forced me to dredge up my ancient accounting knowledge (my last course at Haas was in 1970!) to do a business analysis for the largest teaching hospital in Cambodia. It hoped to get a loan from the French Development Agency to expand services to a growing middle-class market. Existing records and reports were difficult to understand—and not just because they were in French! With some ‘creative accounting,’ I was able to make 10-year P&L projections for four possible projects (two of which were real losers!) and develop prospective balance sheets. I have not heard whether the lender was convinced though.”
Ernie Bumatay, of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., forwards this update: “Ernie Bumatay is president of Los Angeles-based 24-Hour Medical Staffing Services. He joined the company in July to implement its strategic plan, which includes a national expansion. Prior to his new position, he was president of Summit Group Ltd., a management consulting and technical staffing firm with a focus on corporate development. Previously, he was vice chairman of High Technology Solutions Inc., a venture-backed, privately held company that was acquired by a publicly traded company.
“Ernie worked actively with Haas staff and classmates on his MBA class reunion, which occurred at the Claremont Hotel last April. Currently, he is on the board of the Cal Alumni Association. Ernie is a former Haas Alumni Network Los Angeles Chapter board member and president. He also is a former Raymond Miles Alumni Service award winner. Ernie is proud to be a member of the Haas Leadership Society and True Blues. His hobbies include tennis and collecting California wines. He and his wife, Becky, reside in Rolling Hills Estates.”
Lodovico Gandini, MBA 76
Lodovico Gandini, of Milan, Italy, informs, “In 2006 I started a new project in the asset management business with the setup of a Luxembourgish fund. In six years’ time the fund grew to more than $1 billion, and my role is the quantitative side of the fund management, discipline learned mainly during my MBA program at Berkeley.
“With two ex-wives, five kids, and a new mate violinist, I feel I’ve had a life lived.”
Lynne Levesque, of Charlestown, Mass., writes, “I recently spent a lovely Saturday afternoon celebrating the 96th birthday of Haas alum Dave Barry, BS 38. While Dave may have a bit of a challenge getting around and remembering what happened yesterday, his mind is still incredibly sharp and his conversational comments right on target! His sense of humor remains as classy and funny as ever, and he is still quite a flirt—both making him a big hit at his senior living home! What a wonderful role model for aging gracefully!”
Lori (Gibson) Banducci, of Boise, Idaho, announces, “Opening a Pure Barre studio (a franchise) in Boise in the fall of 2013. Am partnering with my daughter, Nina, to bring the barre fitness regimen to Boise. Left my job as VP of marketing operations at Scentsy in October 2012. All three kids have finished college and are ‘launched.’ Celebrated 36 years of marriage to Tom in June. Looking forward to a trip to Bhutan this fall. Still loving Boise after 34 years!”
Mark Coles, of McLean, Va., announces, “After 10 years as deputy director for large facility projects at the National Science Foundation, this year I became a senior adviser in the physics division of NSF with oversight responsibility for the Caltech/MIT Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). I previously headed the LIGO Livingston Observatory before coming to NSF, so this is a nice opportunity to once again work closely with a scientific program and technical team that I have long been enthusiastic about.
“About 100 years after Einstein described gravitational radiation in his theory of general relativity, the first direct detection of the phenomenon with newly upgraded experimental apparatus looks likely. Hopefully, this will open up an entirely new vantage point for studying the universe, perhaps as revolutionary to our understanding as the advent of radio astronomy. The next few years promise to be very exciting!
“What does this have to do with an MBA? The U.S. government, through the NSF, has committed nearly $1 billion over more than three decades to the search for gravitational waves, involving the coordinated efforts of thousands of scientists and engineers in academia and industry. Good management is crucial!”
Michaela Rodeno, MBA 80
Michaela Rodeno, of Napa Valley, Calif., reports, “My newly published book, From Bubbles to Boardrooms Act I: Startups Are Such Fun, has been described as an entertaining business fable. It is attracting the interest of budding entrepreneurs, people starting or moving up in careers, those who encourage young people to excel, wine lovers, university business professors, Francophiles, and readers interested in how the Napa Valley has changed since the early 1970s when I was employee #2 at nascent Domaine Chandon. It will be followed by Act II in October 2013, full of lessons learned during my 21 years as CEO of St. Supery Winery.
“I am grateful to Guy Kawasaki for publishing APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur just in time to help me with this, my first major writing project. Published by Villa Ragazzi Press.
John Courtright, of Redmond, Wash., informs, “I have several new projects going. Among them, my company is managing the creation of the new ORBIS International Flying Eye Hospital, a converted FedEx freighter turned into a state-of-the-art fully functional mobile surgical and ophthalmological teaching hospital with examination rooms, operating rooms, and video teaching facilities. The ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital will work in third-world countries, staffed by volunteer surgeons, nurses, and technicians saving people from blindness. This project is an exciting example of aerospace technology serving a vital humanitarian mission. (See www.ORBIS.org for details.)”
Jim Graves, of Brawley, Calif., writes, “I practice business law in El Centro. Recent projects include solar energy leasing, geothermal project leasing, representing cattlemen in Affordable Care Act analysis and stock redemptions, and the usual estate planning, tax planning, real property transactions, and setting up corporations and limited liability companies.
“My wife and I have two Springer spaniel puppies but no children. I teach hunter safety as a volunteer instructor. My interests include photography, gardening, shooting handguns and rifles, and exploring the Sonoran Desert on quads and on foot almost every weekend during cool weather. Our playground is the area bounded by the Salton Sea, the Colorado River, Joshua Tree National Park, and the Mexican border.”
John Mulcahy, of San Francisco, Calif., is enjoying a new chapter in his career: teaching Finance and Economics at Hult International Business School.
Dana Baughman Chapman, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, reports, “Dana and husband Kyle are delighted to announce that their son, Carter, was accepted into the pre-pharmacy program at Drake University and began his study there in the fall of 2013.”
Jennifer Kane, of Palo Alto, Calif., forwards this update: “What could be better than advising innovative people on how they can contribute their personal values, their financial resources, their considerable networks, and their visionary leadership to make the world a better place for all? For the past six years, I have had the privilege of doing just that as a senior philanthropy adviser at Silicon Valley Community Foundation.”
She adds, “It’s the best work I can imagine doing—work that plays to all the strengths and skills my Berkeley experience helped me cultivate. Being surrounded each day with teams of people motivated and capable of making a huge positive difference in the world is deeply gratifying and enormously energizing.”
Mauri Schwartz, MBA 85
Mauri Schwartz, of San Francisco, Calif., writes, “It seems that marketing folks have decided that SF SOMA is now part of Silicon Valley. And my company Career Insiders has moved right into the middle of the SOMA startup scene. There is so much energy in this neighborhood. We’ve moved to WeWork at 156 Second Street and joined the South of Market Business Association SOMBA—the name makes me want to dance. Check out the photos from the ice cream social we threw for everyone in the building (http://www.careerinsiders.com/events.html).
“This is why they call it a ‘physical social network.’ Nothing makes me feel more gratified than hearing from clients that they got the job they wanted. Career Insiders also provides talent acquisition services to SMBs, and last week I presented a webinar on job search etiquette, a topic that is near and dear to my heart, to more than 65 job seekers all over the country and Canada. I’m proud to say that I have a number of savvy Haas alums as clients. Please come by and visit us in our new home.”
Paul Caracciolo, of Pasadena, Calif., reports, “I’m in my sixth year with HINER & Partners, a marketing research and strategy firm in SoCal. The work itself is rewarding and life is good. My son graduated in June and found a job in S.F. without my help, thank you. I only wish I had bought Apple at $8 like the rest of the class of ’86.”
Debra (Smith-Kelley) Eagle, MBA 86, pours a glass of champagne (although her actual expertise is Napa Valley Cabernet).
Debra (Smith-Kelley) Eagle, of Sonoma, Calif., reports, “The winery I am running—Hestan Vineyards—just built a spectacular modern tasting room in downtown Yountville, the heart of Napa Valley. We are showcasing our wines, made by a top team of winemakers, as well as exclusive Italian copper cookware that the winery’s founder manufactures. The completion of this project added many new skills to my repertoire, including construction project management, budget negotiations and oversight, as well as government negotiation skills. Concurrently, I was elected to the board of directors of Yountville’s Chamber of Commerce, so although I live in the charming town of Sonoma, I am quite immersed in the world of Yountville now.”
Dan Engel, MBA 86
Dan Engel, of San Diego, Calif., writes, “I’ve been inspired to start another nonprofit, Pitch it Forward. We will begin a pilot program in San Diego this fall. Pitch it Forward’s mission is to challenge young athletes to lead—to inspire others to take responsibility for helping to create a better school for all students. By combining the responsibility to lead, to learn, to perform random acts of kindness, and to express gratitude to those that have helped, we believe that we can help young leaders, while enriching the communities in which they live.
“My son Sam is an incoming freshman at Cal and I just dropped him off at the Clark Kerr Campus.”
Victor Alterescu, of Oakland, Calif., writes, “Well, it’s been 27 years since graduation and I’m still as disgusted by corporate politics as I was when I graduated. My back still hurts and I’ve had a few more surgeries. But, as I’ve often written in the past, the most important thing is that I am not yet dead. I keep going and going and going—hoping to make it past 90. Oh yes, still married too, and my dear wife, Karen, also keeps going. I like my job and I will retire sometime in my 70s even though I could stop now if I wanted to. It’s hard to think of how young I was 27 years ago. And if I live another 27 years, I’ll probably consider myself as young in 2013. It all goes by so quickly. I love the Rockridge section of Oakland where we live. And I know where the hospital bed will go in our house when the time comes. This is not pessimism. It is the way things go.”
Pamela Moraga, MBA 87, with husband Erik
Pamela Moraga, of Ashburn, Va., reports, “My husband and I took an amazing vacation cruise from Sydney, Australia, through New Zealand. After two years with General Dynamics, I’m taking a new position as vice president of business development with Abacus Technology in the Washington, D.C., metro area. I would be happy to connect with other Haas alums.”
Christopher Scharff, of Los Angeles, Calif., updates as follows: “Christopher and his wife, Andrea, and children, Henry and Amelia, just had an amazing summer in the Caribbean and in Norway, where they explored the Arctic Circle.”
Michael Lake, MBA 88, rides his bicycle across the mountains of southern Ecuador.
Michael Lake, of Davis, Calif., reports, “Currently riding my bicycle across the mountains of southern Ecuador, hoping to reach Ushuaia, Argentina, (the end of the known world) by March (gods be willing).”
John Boesel, of Ross, Calif., reports, “In 20th year with CALSTART working to grow clean transportation tech industry—lots of excitement. In the past year opened offices in New York and Michigan and have launched an investor council. Member company Tesla building car with lowest emissions, best safety score, and highest customer satisfaction. Now exporting to Europe! CA succeeding. Need to see more national progress to make the USA the leader in new industry and to prevent climate change.”
Floris Vandenbroek (second from r.), MBA 90, returns to Berkeley with wife Eva, Alice (14), Catharina (9), and Hendrik (12).
Floris Vandenbroek, of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, informs, “On the board of fast-growing software company based in Amsterdam (www.sig.eu). Company analyzes and helps solve IT problems of clients in several countries (including United States).
“Took the whole family (two girls and one boy, ages 9 to 14 now) to Berkeley in August. We had a wonderful time and of course we walked around the campus and saw the current and old (Barrows) building. The kids now all want to study in Berkeley as well. Of course we saw several fellow alumni in the Bay Area and will come back for more visits.”
Tammy Beaulieu and Özdil Nami, both MBA 91, reconnect during Beaulieu’s visit to Cyprus.
Özdil Nami, of Nicosia, Cyprus, is continuing to work as a member of Parliament and recently became minister of foreign affairs. Twenty-two years after graduation, she reconnected with Tammy Beaulieu, MBA 91, during Beaulieu’s visit to Cyprus. Özdil writes, “We had a lot of catching up to do but not enough time. Was impressed to see how little effect time had on her!”
Nikolaos-Panos Karras, of Athens, Greece, is the manager of marketing services at GM Hellas (Greece) and responsible for all ATL/BTL advertising, shows, and corporate events. He is married and has one daughter, 4 years old.
Francesco Rockwood, of Orinda, Calif., reports, “I have left investment banking to launch a new, Berkeley-based consultancy with my wife, Susan, MBA 89. Our firm, Rockwood Pacific (www.rockwoodpacific.com) is focused on serving mission-based nonprofits and public entities. With the once-in-a-lifetime changes in health care policy and the major demographic shifts upon us, we are honored to support our clients in planning and building better health care and senior living communities. We intend to embody all four of the Haas defining leadership principles in our new venture. We hope and expect that our new venture will involve frequent contact with our Haas community; looking forward to our next visit.”
Bruce Deaner, MBA 94, at Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park.
Bruce Deaner, of Tokyo, Japan, updates as follows: “I was recently asked to lead a large-scale reengineering initiative at Goldman Sachs across Asia-Pacific, in addition to leading the development of our business process management capability. My new role requires travel to various cities in Asia and the U.S., and I’ll look forward to catching up with fellow Haas alums over the coming months.”
Kim MacPherson, MBA 94
Kim MacPherson, of San Francisco, joined Haas staff in September as the associate director of the Health Management Program. She has been program director of the Health Policy and Management Division in the School of Public Health since 2006 and is also the associate director of the Berkeley Center for Health Technology. Before returning to campus in 2006, Kim was a consultant with Health Workforce Solutions, Digital Think, and Arthur Andersen, among other firms. Kim lives in San Francisco with her two grade school age children and serves on the board of trustees for St. Francis Memorial Hospital.
Anya Axelrod, of Berkeley, Calif., announces, “Our family welcomed a new baby girl, Katrina ‘Katya,’ on Sept. 30, 2012! Hard to believe she is 1 year old already!”
Kristen (Lusk) Smith, of Reno, Nev., is still with Dickson Realty in Nevada.
Carolyn (Sproule) Ahmad, of Pleasanton, Calif., writes, “I’m happy to announce that I have rejoined the Haas community as an assistant director of admissions for the full-time Haas MBA program. It feels wonderful to be back on campus, meeting prospective students and reconnecting with alums. I can’t wait to see my old classmates at various outreach events around the world!”
Danielle de Clercq, of Seattle, Wash., announces, “I just joined a very early-phase startup company that has developed a lightweight sand substitute for use in concrete. Lots of advantages, not to mention that it’s made out of 99 percent recycled materials. I’m looking forward to the challenge of very rapid growth. Richard and I also had a marriage ceremony. I now have five stepdaughters!”
Chris Rimer, MBA 97, on a flight from San Francisco to San Diego this summer.
Chris Rimer, of San Carlos, Calif., reports, “After more than six years at VMware, I made the switch to Google’s cloud platform team this past spring. I’m building the partner business for Google’s cloud and looking forward to working with many of my Haas colleagues as they bring their software products into the dynamic world of ‘cloud.’
“On the personal front, my wife, Christine, and I continue to enjoy suburban San Francisco life on the Peninsula and in Tahoe, with son Thomas (9) and daughter Rebecca (7) in third and second grade, respectively. We found time in between the VMware/Google switch to take the family for our first trip to Costa Rica, and all four of us agreed that this is a part of the world undergoing some profound and exciting change—not to mention a great place to surf! Look forward to seeing friends at Haas events.”
Deborah (Chaplin) Spalding, of Guilford, Conn., sends this update: “In March, 2013, Deborah became board chair of the National Wildlife Federation. When not serving NWF, she is a managing partner at Working Lands Investment Partners, which specializes in the investment and long-term stewardship of sustainably managed working lands.”
Peter Watridge, of Corte Madera, Calif., writes, “My consulting business, Pointed Insight (pointedinsight.com), advises subscription product businesses and SaaS companies on metrics-driven growth and financial strategies, business modeling, and revenue recognition. I work with several independent consultants in accounting, finance, big data, and business/strategy consulting to help support my clients and am interested in growing this network. Feel free to contact me if you are an independent consultant with these skills and have experience with subscription and SaaS businesses.”
Gonzalo Arguello, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, writes: “Last year, with a group of friends, we founded the Partido de la Red (The Net Party). Our goal is to revitalize democracy in Argentina. We are developing software that will allow citizens (first in Buenos Aires) to access all legislative information, discuss projects, and vote them online. Then Net Party representatives will vote accordingly in Congress. We will compete in the legislative elections this October and hope to get the first web-representative of the region/the world.”
Matthieu Malan, MBA 98
Matthieu Malan, of Casablanca, Morocco, writes, “I launched a company four years ago along with my wife, Caroline, in Casablanca. Livremoi.ma is leader in its market and we have learned quite a lot. Now is the time for the second round of investment funding. We are again enjoying the fun of road shows. I had a child (Felix is 3 years old).”
Srivats Srinivasan, of Clyde Hill, Wash., informs, “I’m excited about having started a new company (know’N’act) this year; it is just going live. Around eight years after founding and running Nayamode (a digital agency), I’m having a blast getting know’N’act off the ground. We provide real-time, location-based, actionable customer feedback and the tools for businesses to respond immediately to that feedback in person, phone, email, or right on their device. It’s fantastic to go through the process of creation again. Look us up at www.knownact.com. And we’re looking for strong sales/BD folks in the Bay Area, New York, and Chicago. Ping me if you know someone.”
Tim Albinson, of San Anselmo, Calif., moved out of the CEO seat at Aravo and onto the board. He returned to the finance world and is a managing partner in a Southeast Asia-focused real estate private equity fund called Emergent Capital Partners. He writes, “Having a lot of fun building the business. Moved from San Francisco after 15 years, out to San Anselmo and loving life in Marin, despite living a half mile from Tim Reidy MBA 99.”
Marina Gracias, BS 80, MBA 99
Marina Gracias reports, “I recently joined Accenture as a managing director in the company’s financial services practice. I am based out of San Francisco. Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company. I am looking forward to my new role especially as we grow our presence in California. I am responsible for leading/directing efforts that enable the origination/closure of sales, improving sales performance and sales growth. Prior to joining Accenture, I was the chief procurement officer for Visa. In my new role, I travel quite a bit so I hope to reconnect with fellow alums.” Marina lives in Orinda with her husband and two children—Daniel who is a junior at USC at the Marshall School of Business and Annaliese who is a senior in high school.
Alan Knitowski, MBA 99, with wife Kelly
Alan Knitowski, of Austin, Texas, writes, “Phunware Inc. (www.phunware.com), the company that I founded in February 2009 and run as CEO was recently awarded the #41 ranking for the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies in the United States list, including the #4 ranking for the software specific Fast Growth list. Phunware was also recently given an Always On Global 250 Award as one of the 250 Best Private Companies in the World. It was incredibly humbling as others on the list included Twitter, Uber, Box, Dropbox, Living Social, Snapchat, and many others of similar stature.”
Steve Peletz, of San Francisco, Calif., reports, “The real estate market continues to surprise to the up side. Transaction volume and sale values have continued to grow here in San Francisco in general and at Parc Pacific Ventures in particular. One of our recent residential sales came in just under $15 million for a single-family residence in Pacific Heights. 2013 has been a great year for family travel, with separate trips to Scotland/England, Turkey, France, and Mexico.”
Victor Szczerba, of Palo Alto, Calif., announces, “After running the data division at SAP for a few years, I finally took the leap to start Yeti Data with the support of the Berkeley community. We at Yeti Data are building the next-generation data management platform and applications to harness the power of big data in enterprise for more effective marketing. Everything that I have learned at Haas is coming back to me.”
Terry Tullis, of Laguna Hills, Calif., is now a partner at his law firm, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP, with his practice focused on patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property. He adds, “I moved to Laguna Hills in Orange County, Calif.”
Achim Dunnwald, of Mannheim, Germany, writes, “I pressed the reset button: I left McKinsey after 12 years and took responsibility for the German mail business at Deutsche Post DHL. We also had our first child last summer (Emilia, born August 2012) and moved from Frankfurt, farther south to Mannheim.”
Osmar Santos Jr., of São Paulo, Brazil, reports, “Richard Lyons, Jeanne HuangLi, and Adam Berman arrived in São Paulo on August 14. Among several meetings, the HAN Brazil Chapter prepared an event at Banco Itau, the largest Brazilian financial institution in the private sector. It was a round table between Richard Lyons and Ilan Goldfajn (Itau’s senior economist) to discuss ‘International Finance and Exchange Rates.’ The audience focused on Itau’s trainees and collaborators that have the potential to apply for the school in the future. The event was very successful. The HAN Brazil Chapter would like to thank Rich, Jeanne, and Adam for the opportunity to get close to the alumni in Brazil.
“I left BlackRock in 2012 and joined Advis Asset Management as the chief operating officer of the company in the same year. I have two kids, Luisa Cezare, a beautiful 6-year-old girl, and Eduardo Cezare, a cute 3-year-old boy. Ana Laura, my wife, and I are enjoying a lot the time we spend with them. I also became the president of the HAN Brazil Chapter this year after an outstanding job done by Fabio Matsui, MBA 03.”
Rahul Sharma, of San Jose, Calif., founded a startup Averail (http://www.averail.com) in the enterprise mobility domain. Averail is series A funded by Foundation and Storm.
Sandeep Shroff, MBA 00
Sandeep Shroff, of Burlingame, Calif., reports, “Helping startups raise money and help them grow in a financially responsible fashion has become a passion ever since I did it for my own startup and then numerous others. My new company is an embodiment of this passion—www.mystartupcfo.com. We execute all aspects of the CFO’s office for startups on an outsourced basis with the cost certainty that entrepreneurs desire.”
Mark Brown, MBA 01
Mark Brown, of Berlin, Germany, writes, “I’m continuing my work in urban environmentalism in the developing world and am now working on a book project that documents the limited access the poor in developing world cities have to trees and green spaces. I will be spending a month each in Istanbul, Mumbai, Nairobi, and Johannesburg in the coming months to gather data and conduct interviews.
“I’ve spent the last few months in Berlin (which is my model city) and have just arrived for a month of research in Istanbul. My research will also include Bogota, Tokyo, Mexico City, and New York. You can read about the project here: www.citinature.org. If you are involved in urban environmental issues, please get in touch with me: firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Vijay D’Souza, of Washington, D.C., announces, “After eleven years working at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) auditing federal information technology programs, this spring I was accepted to our Senior Executive Service candidate program. I am currently completing a rotational assignment in our health care area, as well as a leadership training program that reminds me of my MBA days. Some time next year I will receive a final placement as a director here at the GAO. I have yet to testify before Congress but am looking forward, somewhat nervously, to the opportunity.
“My partner Tom and I have been staying active and enjoying all that the Washington area has to offer. This fall we will be traveling to Istanbul to run the Istanbul marathon. Wish us luck!”
Adam Persson, Naard Broeck- aert, and Peggy Wu, all MBA 01
Peggy Wu, of Singapore, reports, “We moved to Singapore in late June as John got a great job transfer with Wells Fargo. Lilia (6) and Kadin (4) are adjusting well to the big change. We just registered Lilia into a local primary school for the coming academic year, which begins in January. I am enjoying the tropical weather, especially coming from San Francisco. It’s great to meet up with alums Adam Persson and Raj Manghani, both MBA 01. And I would like to see any Haas alum who comes through Singapore; my email is email@example.com.”
Tomoko Yamabe, of Paris, France, writes, “I started a new job this year as representative of the European office of CHAdeMO Association based in Paris, France. We promote the de facto global standard of DC fast charging technology for electric vehicles (EV) through PR activities and workshops etc., working closely with our 70+ European members from 17 countries toward the common goal of accelerating e-mobility. I am truly excited about this new challenge and learning many things each day.”
Becky Frank, of Seattle, Wash., writes, “After almost eight years in Salt Lake City and 10 years doing corporate strategy with San-Francisco based McKesson Corporation, my husband, Justin, and I and our 5-year-old daughter have moved to Seattle. I will be working in strategy, planning, and management for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation within its global health division. I’m very excited to enter an organization where I can put my dual-degree (MBA 02/MPH 03) to work! We look forward to exploring a new part of the country and connecting with Seattle-based Haas alums (firstname.lastname@example.org).”
Michael Golden, of Shanghai, China, updates, “My marketing communications agency Adsmith China continues to grow with some key new client wins this year: Hamilton Beach, Haier, Philips LED, and a few more. Other China ventures also launched: a Latin-inspired New York style bistro called Azul Urban in Shanghai’s newest mall and a website designed for expat parents to find the right school for their children (chalksmart.com). My 2-year-old Olivia is speaking a mix of English, Mandarin, and Shanghainese!”
Uri Man, MBA 02
Uri Man, of Miami, Fla., joined The Related Group as VP of development, where he is currently leading the development of residential communities. The Related Group is the country’s leading developer of rental apartment communities and condominium residences. Eric Meyerson, of San Francisco, Calif., writes, “I recently left Google to run global metro marketing and brand for Eventbrite.”
Lesley (Keffer) Russell, MBA 02
Lesley (Keffer) Russell, of Napa, Calif., announces, “Formerly vice president at St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery in Napa Valley, I am now the general manager of Saint Helena Winery in Napa Valley, a small producer of estate Cabernet Sauvignons made by a highly esteemed winemaker, Aaron Pott.”
Eric Bretthauer, MBA 03, with wife Sara and children Sydney (12), Blake (7), and Rachel (12) in China, where they moved in 2013.
Eric Bretthauer, of Chengdu, China, reports, “After five years in London, at the beginning of 2013, my family and I relocated to Chengdu, China, so I could join Chevron’s natural gas project in this area as the business planning manager. After exploring Europe for many years, we now look forward to this same opportunity in Asia. Chengdu, located in the Sichuan province, is the home of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. So if you (or your children) have a need to hold a baby panda, this is the place! If you do plan a visit, please contact me at email@example.com.”
Karin Geldfeld, of San Francisco, Calif., writes, “After almost a decade at Hewlett-Packard, mostly managing alternative investments for the pension fund (my first job post-Haas), I recently joined Wells Fargo’s Abbot Downing business unit. Abbot Downing serves a select number of individuals and families, as well as foundations and endowments, to help preserve and grow assets while building legacies across generations. We go beyond traditional financial services to help clients manage the full impact of unique wealth—addressing its financial, social, and personal dimensions. I source and manage illiquid investments in buyout, venture capital, distressed debt, and real estate funds globally and couldn’t be happier with this move.”
Irene (Chen) Poston, MBA 03, at Tumble Falls, Ore.
Irene (Chen) Poston, of Redwood City, Calif., updates as follows: “After a year of long hours and hard work, my husband and I decided to take a week off and vacation locally. We spent two days in San Francisco and two more days in Timber Cove. Each spot could not be more different than the other, but both opened our eyes to new experiences and brought us closer together. I share this to remind myself (and maybe others) how amazing ‘stepping away’ can be. This vacation week is so much more meaningful to me than any accomplishment at work. That’s a lot coming from a still-workaholic.”
Jason Anderson, MBA 04, with son Logan
Jason Anderson, of Kansas City, Mo., reports, “I relocated back to the Midwest in late 2012 and started Insights Meta, a research and gamification agency. We’re building games for market research and doing market research for games. My son, Logan, just celebrated his third birthday and continues to make me wonder how my parents ever survived.”
Ross McConnell, of Auckland, New Zealand, writes, “It was great to sponsor an IBD project team to work with a New Zealand company for the first time this year. Joseph, Natalie, Sarah, and Jasen from MBA class of 2014 did great work on their project for Triplejump www.triplejump.co, which has developed an enterprise platform to help financial institutions provide superior human capital risk advice to their customers.
“Hollie (wife) and I are looking forward to bringing our children Niko (6), Alec (4), and Jed (2) to California for the first time in April next year, to attend the MBA 2004 10-year reunion and introduce the kids to some of their Berkeley MBA ‘cousins.’ We hope to see you there.”
Nelly Spieler, of Sausalito, Calif., reports, “A few months ago, I started working for a new company, Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP. At this firm, I have an exciting opportunity to grow an IT audit practice. I am working with a lot of fascinating and innovative cloud-based companies that inspire me to learn new and exciting technologies.”
Howard Connell, MBA 05
Howard Connell, of Atlanta, Ga., updates with the following: “Professor Connell? Who would have thought? In July, I accepted an appointment as professor of the practice as well as director of the newly launched Center on Business Strategies for Sustainability at Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business. I’m developing and teaching courses as well as getting this new center up and running. Thanks to Professor Kellie McElhaney for being a great mentor and role model for this new direction!
“Last October I married the love of my life, Katharine Field Connell. We honeymooned in Thailand and fit in beaches, mountains, and Bangkok. We are looking to buy a place in Atlanta and settle in for the long haul in the coming year.”
Steve Hardgrave, MBA 05
Steve Hardgrave, of Bangalore, India, writes, “After raising capital in 2012, I have launched a new social venture focused on improving education for India’s low-income families (varthana.com). We are off to a great start having already partnered with 60 schools, impacting more than 50,000 children in just eight months.”
Martin White, of Los Angeles, Calif., reports, “I’m still with ZS Associates (since graduation) and after three years in London and five years in Zurich, we have now moved to Los Angeles.
“Isabella just had her second birthday in August, but she now has a new sister: Holly May White, born May 29, in Los Angeles.”
Angela Dorsey-Kockler, MBA 06, with husband Nicholas, Niko (2), and Asher (1 week old)
Angela Dorsey-Kockler, of Portland, Ore., announces, “Angela Dorsey-Kockler and Nicholas Kockler gave birth to Asher Dorsey Kockler on June 11, 20 at home. He joins his big brother, Niko, and Australian shepherd, Ace.”
Qing Li (right), MBA 06, with wife Joyce Lim and daughters Klaire (10) and Aiji (8)
Qing Li, of Mountain View, Calif., writes, “What a great way to end summer, volunteering at the Oakland Zoo with 40 other Haas alumni and families. We cleared huge piles of debris and planted grass along the creek. The zoo loved Haas volunteers so much the place we planted grass was named ‘Haas Hollow’! Kids worked so hard and they had a great time. We’ll be back next year.”
Kirsten Tobey, of Berkeley, Calif., reports, “Kristin Groos Richmond, MBA 06, and I are excited to announce the introduction of Revolution Foods meal kits into retail channels—our healthy, all-natural meal kits are now available in Safeway, Whole Foods, Target, HEB, King Soopers, and more. After seven years of serving fresh, healthy meals to schools across the United States, we are proud to be expanding our impact on eating habits nationally.”
Michael Berolzheimer, of Lafayette, Calif., announces, “Bee Partners has been buzzing with activity as an angel and seed investor, having now invested in nearly 20 startups, many of them Cal companies—in fact, we have a soft spot for Berkeley-originated startups, having invested in Tubemogul (Brett Wilson, John Hughes, and Mark Rotblat, all MBA 07, and Keith Eadie, MBA 08), Magoosh (Bhavin Parikh and Hansoo Lee, both MBA 10), Indiegogo (Danae Ringelmann and Eric Schell, both MBA 08), Modify Industries (Aaron Schwartz, MBA 10), and two other Cal companies, Mobileworks, (Anand Kulkarni, MS 09\8, Prayag Narula, MS 12) and Outline (Nikita Bier, BS 12). There’s never been a more exciting time to start a company, and we welcome the opportunity to get to know Cal Founders. Cal Founders is a place where alumni can learn from each other, and where we can acknowledge that ‘It’s going great’ isn’t the most honest response to the question of ‘How’s it going?’ As with everyone, founders are constantly learning best practices from each other, and Cal Founders gives us that setting to return to our Cal principles and learn.
“Michelle and I recently moved to the East Bay and are expecting our third child in December 2013.”
Jed Clevenger, of San Francisco, Calif., is “excited” to start a new role at Facebook as global head of channel marketing for the small- and medium-sized business team. He is currently building an analytical marketing team to help small businesses grow their business on Facebook. He is looking for good marketers, business analysts or data scientists, and front-end product folks. If you or someone you know might be interested, feel free to contact Jed.
Robert Kaplan, of Fayetteville, Ark., reports, “I was just promoted to director of sustainability for Walmart. I now lead support for our consumables and health and wellness businesses, as well as packaging and customer-facing engagement efforts. Looking forward to the new challenges!
“My wife (Jill) and I celebrated our five-year anniversary in October.”
Mark Schelbert (r.), MBA 07, and co-driver Alex Canasi place sec- ond in the 2013 Baja 250 race.
Mark Schelbert, of Santa Monica, Calif., announces, “Alex Canasi and I raced 250 miles of unforgiving off-road backcountry through the vast deserts and beautiful mountains of Baja, Mexico, to take second place in the SCORE International 2013 Baja 250. Not an easy feat. We could not have finished were it not for borrowing a sledgehammer at midnight to fix the suspension and stay the course. Go Gold!”
Merrian (Fuller) Borgeson, of Oakland, Calif., writes, “In 2013, I started a consulting group (Tule Partners) that works on strategy and analysis for climate policy and clean energy financing. Sam and I are expecting our first baby in November!”
Jeff Ford, MBA 08, with bride Katherine McLaughlin
Gabe I. Burke, sends this news: “Jeff Ford, MBA 08, married Katherine McLaughlin on August 18 in Napa. Classmate Gabe Burke, MBA 08, was Jeff’s best man. Jeff is a director of sales for TrueCar in Los Angeles, and Gabe is a senior vice president at Colliers International in Redwood City, Calif.”
Wilson Chen, of Mill Valley, Calif., sends this update: “After three years of growing our aircraft leasing business to more than $2B in assets, we just sold our company to Mitsubishi. Joining a handful of colleagues in 2010 as CFO gave me the opportunity to build infrastructure, secure financing, and develop strategy. And now it’s exciting to see this new chapter of our business unfold.
“In February 2013, joining my wife, Sherene Chen, MBA 08, and son Jackson Chen (age 2) is Harrison Chen. His resume already includes turning over and waking up before dawn to practice voice and motor skills. He is also quite the charmer of grandmas everywhere.”
Andrew Gee, MBA 08, with wife Kristine and children Andrew and Charlotte
Andrew Gee, of Los Angeles, Calif., announces, “In May 2013 I launched an SaaS startup company in commercial real estate called www.myCREsearch.com. We are working toward making data and information in the industry more transparent and accessible.
“My wife, Kristine, and I now have two kids, Anthony who is 3 and Charlotte who will be turning 2 at the end of this year.”
Joe Harrington and Ayse Kulahci, both MBA 08, and son Kaya
Joe Harrington, of San Francisco, Calif., writes, “Ayse Kulahci, MBA 08, and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our son, Kaya Arda Harrington. Kaya was born on June 21, 2013, at a hearty 8 lbs. 7 oz. We are all doing well and loving our time together as a new family. Kaya has already met several Haas 08ers. We look forward to our little rock bridging Turkish-American relations. ”
Bong Hun Lee, MBA 08, in Oman
Bong Hun Lee, of Seoul, South Korea, reports, “This year I moved to Dubai to work for Standard Chartered Bank UAE, as the head of Korea desk covering Middle East and North Africa. It is a unique opportunity for me to work as a banker in this region, where many Korean companies are actively involved in major projects. I was also glad that here I had chances to interview some candidates who are applying to Haas MBA, which proves that many professionals in the Middle East and North Africa yearn for Berkeley!
“All my family moved to Dubai because of my job; it was a big change in terms of everything (including culture and weather). It may take some time for us to fully settle in, but I hope my wife and kids can make some good memories here as well, just as we did in Berkeley.”
Adam Prishtina, of San Francisco, Calif., updates as follows: “In December 2012, I founded my own e-commerce company, WishCast (http://wishcast.co). We’re now live in beta. It has been fun challenging the assumption that there’s little innovation left in online shopping. I’m a Silicon Valley veteran, but I’m also a first-time entrepreneur, who welcomes advice from fellow Bears. Drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org! In October I will marry the love of my life, Jennifer, in Mendocino County.”
Adam Skibley, of Chicago, Ill., writes, “I recently took on the role of president of the Haas Alumni Network Chapter in Chicago. It has been an exciting opportunity to meet and work with many great Haas alums in the area, and we look forward to continuing to build the board and the chapter. For anyone relocating to the Chicago area (or just passing through!) feel free to reach out—we would love to hear from you!”
Patrick Fischer, MBA 10, and Nora Tucker, MBA 09, take in the sunset in Luang Prabang, Laos.
Nora Tucker and Patrick Fischer, MBA 10, are celebrating their third year in Singapore. Nora is a senior product manager for Intuit’s small business financial solutions group, focused on expanding into Australia. Patrick works for Swiss commodities firm Trafigura, trading refined oil products across Asia Pacific. Nora writes,, “We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the five-year reunion next year and welcome any Haas visitors to Singapore!”
Gary Coover, MBA 10
Gary Coover, of San Francisco, Calif., reports, “After 2.5 years in Seoul working for Samsung, I returned to the Bay Area to help launch the Samsung Accelerator, which is a software-focused incubator (yes—we’re looking for entrepreneurs to back). Korea was an incredible adventure, but I’m happy to be home, closer to my classmates and enjoying such American delights as the frozen food aisle in Trader Joe’s and Saturday mornings at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market.”
Monica Khan and Nick Freeman, both MBA 10
Monica Khan, of Los Angeles, Calif., writes, “In April 2013, my husband, Nick Freeman, MBA 10, and I moved out of San Francisco and relocated to Los Angeles in light of new career opportunities that arose. I joined Guggenheim Digital Media, where I am the director of strategic initiatives. Nick assumed a new role at Fox Sports Digital, where he is the senior director of sales integration.
“I married Nick, a native of San Francisco, in my home state of New Jersey in Jersey City on October 27, 2012. We met while we were both graduate students at Haas. We got married the weekend right before Hurricane Sandy unleashed its fury in the New York/New Jersey area and, fortunately, we were able to make it to Kauai for our week-long honeymoon, though many of our guests were stranded in the area for a few days.”
Sanjay Krishnan, of Foster City, Calif., informs, “I am advising major technology companies on strategy topics at the top-tier consulting firm Keystone Strategy, founded by Harvard Business School professor Marco Iansiti. If you are interested in exploring a consulting career or have strategy questions you would like advice on, please get in touch with me!”
Sanjay adds, “My wife and I had a new baby in 2013. With two boys, it’s now fun and busy at the same time!”
John Pavolotsky, of San Mateo, Calif., sends this news: “I joined Intel Corporation this year, as a senior attorney, supporting its technology manufacturing group.”
Adam Rahman, MBA 10, with son Rami at Alamere Falls
Adam Rahman, of South San Francisco, Calif., writes, “Earlier in the year, I moved to a new role within Genentech/Roche as a senior finance leader, supporting the BioOncology Business Unit and several of its product franchises in the U.S. sales and marketing organization.” He adds, “My son, Rami, and I discovered some really amazing local hiking trails. Our new favorite is Alamere Falls in Marin, which has a wonderful waterfall that empties into the Pacific Ocean!”
Susan Houlihan and Doy Charnsupharindr, both MBA 11, in Berlin
Doy Charnsupharindr, of San Francisco, Calif., updates as follows: “In August, I was in Berlin, Germany, with Susan Houlihan, MBA 11. Both of us were guest lecturers at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership. Interestingly, both of us have made big changes in our careers since graduating from Haas—leaving our cushy corporate jobs to teach, train, and coach full time. Today, as principals and coaches of the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute, we get to work with companies and individuals from all around the world to develop their leadership, communication skills, and organizational culture.”
Tom Charron, of Oakland, Calif., sends this news: “I was recently promoted to VP of product marketing for 3D Systems, the largest maker of 3D printers.”
Laurie Peterson, MBA 11, with daughter Avery
Laurie Peterson, of Oakland, Calif., announces, “This summer I began a journey to establish my own toy company, called Build & Imagine. I am developing constructible play-sets to get girls building. Imagine a dollhouse with magnetized walls that you can configure into any structure you choose. The goal is to get girls (like my daughter Avery) exposed to skills that will give them the confidence to later consider a career in STEM—fields in which women only represent 24 percent of the workforce. I’ve been product testing at the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco and both boys and girls (and parents!) love my prototype. I hope to have a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign live around the time this note publishes. Please keep an eye out for it. I would love the support of my classmates! www.buildandimagine.com.”
David Schlosberg sends this news: “My wife, Deborah, and I celebrated the birth of our first child, Max Alon Schlosberg, on Oct. 12, 2012. “
Chris Weatherford, of Green Lane, Pa., and his wife, Wendy, welcomed their son Colin to the family in December 2012.
Bernadette Geuy, MBA 12
Bernadette Geuy, of Emeryville, Calif., reports, “I am a product manager at UC Berkeley, and in August a small agile development team and I delivered on a big idea to unify the online student experience with the a beta release of CalCentral. The new portal was built using a User Centered Design approach and front-ending many legacy campus systems. It is in limited release and open to all incoming freshman and first-year graduate students, and it is where students can receive timely alerts about their registration status, blocks, financial aid, and class enrollments.”
Benny Du, MBA 13, at Point Reyes
Benny Du forwards this update: “On August 26, Benny started his post-MBA career as a business development leader at MasterCard Labs, MasterCard Worldwide’s global research and development arm dedicated to bringing innovative payment solutions to market. Benny will be based in San Carlos, Calif., and will focus on Simplify Commerce, a new product that makes it easy (for merchants and developers) to accept e-commerce and mobile commerce payments, regardless of payment brand, in a matter of minutes. Benny is very excited about this new role and the opportunity to work in a fun and intellectually stimulating startup environment under one of the most recognized brands in the world.”
Stephanie Lawrence and Aashi Vel, both MBA 13, in Vietnam
After graduation, Stephanie Lawrence and Aashi Vel, both of San Francisco, Calif., started a company together called Traveling Spoon. Stephanie writes, “After meeting each other at Haas around a shared passion for food and travel, we created Traveling Spoon to help travelers experience local, authentic food experiences, from home-cooked meals to cooking classes, in people’s homes around the world. We launched travelingspoon.com with our first vetted hosts in India, Thailand, and Vietnam.” Aashi adds, “I’m thrilled to be doing exactly what I envisioned after graduating from Haas.” In personal news, Stephanie announces, “I got married in August to Craig Rubens, currently at Google, in Guerneville, Calif.” Aashi, meanwhile, writes, “I plan to get back into dancing the Argentine tango on a regular basis very soon.”
Moti Sorkin, of San Francisco, Calif., writes, “I am working at Dropbox and love it.”
Laura Cerruti, of Napa, Calif., writes, “In September I will celebrate my one-year anniversary with the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, as its first director of development. We moved into our current home in downtown Napa in May. The Community of Writers provides workshops and programming to enable adult writers of all ages to evolve and improve their writing.”
Julie Hickey, of Oakland, Calif., reports, “I left Intuit in July after 14 years and founded a consulting company that specializes in technology business development and educational training.”
Jamie Pirrello, BCEMBA 04
Jamie Pirrello, of Cape Coral, Fla., sends this news: “Jamie Pirrello, as part of his doctoral studies at The George Washington University, will be presenting a paper at the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education’s Annual Conference in Lexington, Ky., in November. The paper is titled ‘Emancipatory Learning as an Alternative to Talent Management: Adult Education from Dewey to Today and Implications for Critical Human Resource Development.’ Jamie is the CFO of BCB Homes Inc., headquartered in Naples, Florida.”
Sahil Sarosh, of Milpitas, Calif., reports, “I created a case study on ‘The Battle for the Smartphone Supremacy’ and taught marketing and game theory for high school students at Berkeley Business Academy for Youth (B-BAY) this summer. B-Bay is presented by the Center for Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH) and helps to support the center’s programs for under-resourced Bay Area youth. It was a great experience to come back to Haas and be on the other end, teaching students. I am glad my sessions were well received by students and the faculty.”
Todd Fitch, BCEMBA 05
Todd Fitch, of Sunnyvale, Calif., writes, “I just spent an amazing six weeks teaching summer courses at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. The students were wonderful in this fast-paced, intense format, and I met some wonderful new friends and colleagues, from all over the U.S. While there, I was also able to travel to Thailand, Tibet, and Vietnam.”
Sudhir Nakhwa, of San Francisco, Calif., announces, “I joined @WalmartLabs as a principal product manager this year after eight years of running my own consulting firm. It has been a thrilling ride to be working for a Fortune #1 company and have an impact on a massive scale. I am responsible for migrating the latest e-commerce stack that is developed at @WalmartLabs to international markets beginning with the U.K., then Brazil and Japan. I work with an international team spread across five countries. We are hiring and am happy to help any Haas graduate to become part of the Walmart family.”
Dan Kimble, BCEMBA 10
Dan Kimble, of Orinda, Calif., writes, “I feel very lucky to have discovered my calling as an executive coach during my BCEMBA experience. Helping others to develop new leadership skills, break through their self-limiting beliefs, and transform their careers to be all they are meant to be is such an honor and so breathtaking. Since graduating, I founded Resonance Executive Coaching and have been working very closely with a variety of leaders, entrepreneurs, and executives in transition. If you’d like to learn more please visit www.resonanceexecutivecoaching.com for more information.
“I recently moved to Orinda and really enjoy the community, the landscape, and the small town feel while still being very close to Berkeley and San Francisco. I have my son Indy (short for Indiana) half-time and the kid-friendly nature of this area is wonderful.”
Carter Reue, BCEMBA 12
Carter Reue, of San Francisco, Calif., updates, “I began working as a consultant for Alvarez & Marsal, a management consultancy, in August. My focus areas include IT, finance, and operations. As part of my career transition, I will move from San Jose to San Francisco in the coming months.”
Juan Camilo Echeverri, of Washington, D.C., was promoted to financial economist at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at the beginning of 2013.
Charles Snow, of State College, Pa., reports, “I retired from the faculty of Penn State’s business school at the end of 2012. During 2013-14, I will be a visiting professor at the Norwegian Business School and a visiting scholar at Aarhus University in Denmark. Along with a childhood friend who is now a retired political science professor, I’ve started a blog called Phronesis (Greek for ‘practical wisdom’). Please take a look at our site and subscribe if you are interested.”
Cathy Goodwin, of Philadelphia, Pa., writes, “I’ve added some e-books on my career site—MidlifeCareerStrategy.com. I try to share info that nobody else provides, so my e-books are about career change without tests and assessments and also writing career change resumes. I’ve added some articles to my blog, including one on using SlideShare on your LinkedIn bio.
“Still living in Philadelphia, which is one of the most impractical crazy cities but a wonderful place to live. Besides work I’ve been taking classes in ceramics and am on a project to make ceramic sneakers. I see sneakers as a symbol of comfort and freedom, in contrast to high heels, especially (shudder) stilettos. I’m also doing some online volunteering with animal rescue. And I’m a big fan of the WNBA. The Seattle Storm were my team when I lived there, and now I’m following the Liberty (playing at Madison Square Garden next summer!). Love to connect with alums in Philly.”