Alumni Notes



Mimi (Mary Renard) Knox, of Walnut Creek, Calif., announces, “The Class of 1950 will celebrate our 65th reunion Friday, 11/20/2015 at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at the Claremont Country Club. Contact Class President Roger Thompson at”


Gerald Wheeler, of Orting, Wash., writes, “Retired in 2006; wife now runs the business. Now three years as a police chaplain with county sheriff’s office. Officer or on the board of a few nonprofits. Teach three adult Bible classes each week. Enjoy two dozen grandchildren and almost two dozen great-grandchildren. Trying to stay healthy, physically, mentally, and spiritually. God bless!”


Morton Beebe, a photographer and author, has explored the world, starting with Antarctica in 1957-58. Photo essays of this trip launched his career in photojournalism. His work has been exhibited in numerous collections and published in a variety of magazines including National Geographic, Life, Smithsonian, and Travel and Leisure. The author of several coffee-table books, he is also the recipient of the Explorers Club (EC) Communications Award.

He has volunteered for nonprofit organizations, including Tom Dooley Foundation medical doctors, EC Expedition, and Maasai Oral Histories, and more. Morton also worked as a photographer and film producer, based in San Francisco. Scouting locations for Paramount Pictures, he set Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate on the UC Campus.

He has since been revisiting many of the places he’s photographed. Says Morton, “Fifty years later I started thinking about the major changes in the lifestyles I had experienced. I returned to Russia with one of my GlobeCombers companions. The KGB who had secretly documented our travels in 1959 now appeared as doormen-security guards at the major hotels. I revisited Kenya where the digital age had arrived, Maasai students learning with laptops. I returned to Antarctica twice through the eyes of tourism reaching the Palmer Peninsula and The Patriot Hills. I organized a concluding trip to the South Pole with a journalist who had accompanied Ed Hillary’s team, Geoffrey Lee Martin, to do a film recounting the ‘then and now’ at the South Pole where we met in 1957. Their NSF Antarctic return was cut short by Lee Martin’s demise.”



Gunnar Engen, BS 58, with wife, Maria, and daughter, Sonja, at Christmas dinner at Norwegian Seamen’s Church in San Pedro, Calif., in 2012.

Gunnar Engen, of Plano, Texas, updates as follows, “Received MA in economics from UC Berkeley 1959. Married Maria Sagarna, PhD in history, University of Madrid, Spain. Retired from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics after 39 years, as regional commissioner. Great years at UC and I-House with friends from all over the world. Keep up the good work!

“Had two children, a son and a daughter. Son is in legal work with the Navy; daughter is a film producer, Hollywood. Wife still a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. Great vacations in Norway, Spain, and cruising the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Alaska. Founded the Norwegian Society of Texas. Had King Olav V of Norway as guest. This year’s guest speaker: the ambassador of Iceland for the Leif Eriksson Festival.”



Alan Mindell, BS 64

Alan Mindell, of Solana Beach, Calif., writes, “My horse racing novel, The B Team, has been listed by Amazon as the number one best-selling paperback in new sports fiction. While attending Cal, I got my start with horses by going off to nearby Golden Gate Fields and writing a column for The Daily Californian titled ‘Mindell Tags The Nags.’ ”


Herman (“Buzz”) Boschken, See MBA 1968 notes

Irene Boschken, see Herman “Buzz” Boschken, MBA 68


Michael Watters See MBA 1968 notes.


Ken Cera, BS 81, with daughter Michelle Cera, class of 2018

Ken Cera, of New York, N.Y., reports, “I continue to practice law at my law firm Schwartz & Cera, with offices in San Francisco and New York. I am also now counsel to General Catalyst, a venture capital firm with offices in Palo Alto and Boston. My practice continues to emphasize venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and related financial transactions, so I continue to put my Cal finance education to good use. My daughter Michelle started her sophomore year at Cal, and I am thrilled that she is now a second-generation Bear.”

AnnMarie (Zanger) Khalifa, of Pittsburgh, Pa., updates as follows, “We lost my dear husband, Professor Yasi Khalifa, in a boating accident during 2010. He was teaching in Doha, Qatar, at the Carnegie Mellon University campus there. I have spent over 20 years in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon and now head up the finance and administrative operation for the Computer Science Department. We left New York City after a decade there. Berkeley really took me far beyond my hometown of Hollister, Calif. I hope that it has taken my college friends well beyond their wildest dreams, too.

“Nearly 35 year after graduating, I took my son, Malek Khalifa, on the prospective student campus tour at Cal this summer. It was wonderful! Let’s see where he lands. Visited the Haas School complex for the first time. Accidentally wandered into an alumni advisory meeting where Rich Lyons was engaged in cheerful conversation. Not surprised he became dean. He was the busiest, most dedicated student in Barrows Hall during my undergrad days. UC Berkeley felt just like home again!”



Mark Cohen, BS 82

Mark Cohen, of Lafayette, Calif., announces, “This is a year of celebrations. My company, Cohen | Volk Economic Consulting Group in Walnut Creek is celebrating its 20th anniversary. We are one of the leading Bay Area firms in providing economic damage analyses in litigation.

“Personally, my wife, Pascale, and I just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary at the beach in Algarve, Portugal, where we met. We are just sending off our youngest of two daughters to UC Santa Cruz, where her older sister went to school too. Go UC!”



Ruby Zefo, BS 85, with Hillary Clinton at Watermark’s Lead On women’s conference in February. Image: ©Marla Aufmuth

Ruby Zefo, of Palo Alto, Calif., writes, “I am now a vice president in the Law & Policy Group (LPG) at Intel Corporation, still serving as chief privacy and security counsel. My teams also provide legal support for Intel’s IT department, Intel Security Platforms Group, and Intel Trademarks & Brands. Last fall, I volunteered to co-chair LPG’s first women’s development program, Leading Edge. Leading Edge is one way I can pay it forward and help other women with their career development. My two kids and I still live in the Bay Area, and I’ve done speaking engagements for people from both of my alma maters, UC Berkeley and Stanford. Go Beardinal!”

Ken Sunoo, of Seattle, Wash., announces, “I recently started a new position as pastor, Ministry With Internationals, at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle.”



Diane Ziesing, BS 87, with Forms 3 & 4 of Daraja Academy 2014

Diane (Griggs) Ziesing, of Larkspur, Calif., reports, “I am a current and active board member supporting women’s education in Kenya at the Daraja Academy ( I’d like to introduce you to this amazing and unique program lifting young women out of material poverty and helping them become the future leaders of Kenya! Started by two American teachers, Daraja Academy is a secondary boarding school with a proven track record of selecting and educating amazing young women. We offer a full scholarship of four years plus a transition program to bright Kenyan girls who would not otherwise have continued their education past the eighth grade. We have also attracted amazing Kenyan administrators and teachers and are proud of our alumni group who return to support their sisters.

“We are interested in connecting with like-minded individuals and corporations doing business or wanting to do business in Africa. Please reach out if you are interested in learning more. We have open board, ambassador, and volunteer positions as well as opportunities for corporate sponsorship.

“Volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters! I have been a ‘Big’ for eight years now and am excited to see my ‘Little’ prepare her college applications! Volunteer with Daraja Academy secondary girls’ boarding school in Kenya.”

Norbert Tan, of Oxnard, Calif., celebrated his eighth year as the executive director of the Ventura College Foundation and serves as president of the Ventura County Leadership Academy.


Kevin Crow, of Granite Bay, Calif., reports, “My son and I just finished an incredible trip with the Boy Scouts to St. Thomas and St. John in the Virgin Islands as part of the ‘Sea Base’ program. What an amazing place! I highly recommend it if you like snorkeling and diving and an opportunity to look at living coral, which seems all too scarce these days. My daughter and I kick off our soccer season with a tournament this weekend.

I’ve been coaching her team for nine years now. Go Bears!”


Nicole C. Wong, BS 01

Nicole C. Wong, of Mountain View, Calif., announces, “I joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as senior manager of leadership development, responsible for helping all 41,000 partners and staff in the United States excel in the dimensions of whole leadership and relationships! Prior to that, I launched UpLeveler, a leadership-development independent-consulting firm serving Fortune 100 companies and nonprofits, including Cisco Systems and Code for America.”


Alex Abelin, co-founder and CEO of LiquidTalent, writes, “LiquidTalent is a new-generation job platform revolutionizing how world-changing companies discover, connect, and hire exceptional talent. Please check out our web experience at, our iOS mobile app by searching ‘LiquidTalent,’ and follow us on social @LiquidTalent—welcome to the future of work!”

Amir Blumenfeld launched podcast network HeadGum with the goal of producing, curating, and promoting the best podcast content from around the web. His own podcast, “If I Were You,” features Jake Hurwitz, his costar of the show “Jake and Amir.” Contact for advertising opportunities.


Chris Pawlik, BS 05

Chris Pawlik, of Holly Glen, Calif., updates as follows, “The company I started a few years ago with a friend from Cal, Energy-Producing Retail Realty, Inc. (EPR^2), recently announced the first commercial solar installation in the U.S. to take advantage of innovative financing that is poised to disrupt the commercial solar industry. The company’s patent-pending business method enables the deployment of solar on commercial buildings through its proprietary Next Level Solar program. EPR^2 estimates the opportunity for development in California at over $100 billion. Check us out at”

Aaron Dallek, of Chicago, reports, “I raised $3 million and launched my new company, Opternative, the world’s first online eye exam service. The Opternative Exam is the most convenient way to get a glasses and contacts prescription from an ophthalmologist. By using a computer and smartphone, consumers can take a 25-minute eye exam from the comfort of home and receive a prescription within 24 hours.” Watch a Fox Business interview about Opternative:


Colin Ford, BS 06

Colin (McLaughlin-Ford) Ford, of Los Angeles, has been promoted to director of talent procurement at Platinum Rye Entertainment in Los Angeles, negotiating talent contracts on behalf of brands, companies, and advertising agencies that want to hire celebrities, athletes, models, or any other talent for ad campaigns, personal appearances, commercials, or other marketing objectives.



Baby Jakub Bartlomiej Nowak with his dad, Filip, BS 08, and mom, Dominique

Filip Nowak, of Dublin, Calif., announces, “My wife, Dominique, and I welcomed our son to the world. Jakub Bartlomiej Nowak was born on June 30 in Pleasanton, Calif.”

Congrats from Berkeley Haas on your new job or promotion*: Samuel Shiah, finance team, GitHub in San Francisco.


Christian Beaumont, of San Jose, Calif., celebrates seven years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was recently promoted to manager of technology consulting.


Andy Rich, BS 09

Andy Rich has had a 2015 full of happy news: he married Kacey Brown, they moved to Colorado, and they welcomed their son, Hudson Brown Rich. Andy remains a loyal Bears and Giants fan.


Alex Cocotas, of Tel Aviv, Israel, writes, “I am working as a freelance journalist, now based out of Tel Aviv, perhaps moving to Berlin or back stateside soon. Feel free to provide me with blockbuster tips and information.”

Jimmy Shi has joined San Francisco-based Zenefits as product marketing manager. Zenefits centralizes payroll, health insurance, paid time off, and other HR systems into a single platform.

Congrats from Berkeley Haas on your new job or promotion*: Wynne Chyou, product manager of economy tools, Machine Zone mobile gaming company.


William Buster, BS 11, shaking hands with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi in Washington, D.C.

William Buster, of San Francisco, financial analyst in Student Affairs at UC Berkeley, traveled to Washington, D.C., in June to receive the Congressional Award. Will’s visit included a special dinner reception and official ceremony where he met House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who presented him with the Gold Medal.

Congrats from Berkeley Haas on your new endeavor*: Jay Sathe, Chicago Booth, MBA Class of 2017.



Kevin Chan, BS 12

Kevin Chan, of San Mateo, Calif., started a new company—Maderight—which handles the entire supply chain for physical product companies. It is currently in Y Combinator and StartX. He says, “Let me know if you want to make anything!”

Tommy York, of Oakland, Calif., updates as follows, “I recently started working as an associate at FMV Opinions, a firm offering both business valuation and financial opinion services. Previously, I worked at OnPoint Analytics, an economic consulting firm specializing in antitrust litigation. In the last year, I moved to Oakland’s Adams Point neighborhood and traveled around the coast of Taiwan by rail.”


Talia Caldwell reports, “This season I am playing basketball for one of the top teams in the Spanish League, CB Conquero, in Huelva, Spain. Pre-season has been extremely intense with two-a-days and just really tough tiring practices. I love it. I love to compete and get better.”

A.J. D’Asaro, of Chicago, started a new job as an investment analyst for Jackson National Asset Management.


Ann Schreiber (Steve’s wife); Haas lecturer Steve Etter, BS 83, MBA 89; Kinman Tong, BS 13; and Patrick Laney taking in the blue moon over Big Mountain by Whitefish, Montana

Kinman Tong, of San Francisco, reports, “In early August, we traveled to Whitefish, Montana, to celebrate the wedding of a fellow Cal-Haas classmate, Tara Kramlich, BS 03, and Larry Trebesch. We had the amazing blue moon shining over us, as we reconnected with their family and friends, including our former Haas instructor, Steve Etter, and his wife, Ann. The view was breathtaking and the time was wonderful! Congratulations to Tara and Larry, as they embark on the next phase of their lives together!”




Dave Wilson, MBA 65

Dave Wilson, of Naples, Fla., was appointed to the board of directors and as chair of the audit committee of Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. He also serves on the board of directors and as chair of the audit committee of CoreSite Realty, Inc., and was selected in 2015 by the National Association of Corporate Directors for inclusion in Directorship 100, which each year honors the most influential leaders in the boardroom.


Chuck Leo See PhD 1973 notes.



Irene, BS 66, and Herman Boschken, BS 66, MBA 68

Even though retired and beyond 70, Irene Boschken, BS 66, and Herman “Buzz” Boschken, BS 66, MBA 68, of Davis, Calif., continue to carry on busy lives. As a professor emeritus, Buzz is fully engaged with research and publication of his global-cities study, which has produced several articles and papers on urban policymaking, economic development, and sustainability. In a separate research track, he recently presented work on “The New Panama Canal in a Global Context” at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco, on June 11, 2015. Read the research at

In September, Buzz was a panel discussant at the American Political Science annual meeting in San Francisco, speaking on the subject: “Building and Testing Theories of Urban Policymaking and Governance.” However, his most time-consuming task this year has been as director of a task force charged with a complete overhaul of the City of Davis’ Core Area Strategic Plan, the document governing development and revitalization of the city’s downtown.

Irene’s work has been equally stimulating as a testing-services manager for the Teacher Certification Division of Pearson. This summer, the company initiated its new computerized online scoring system, and she manages the training and oversight for that program. Yet, even with all these activities, both still find great adventure time to share with their family and seven grandchildren.

Michael Watters, of Santa Rosa, Calif., writes, “I’m the managing partner of my law firm—O’Brien Watters & Davis, LLP—which I founded in 1982. The firm is very public service-oriented and has produced four superior court judges, a state senator, and the dean of a law school. Been practicing law for more than 40 years and still loving it. My business school education and military service in the Marine Corps during Vietnam helped greatly with our formal, rigorous training program. Thank you, Haas!”

Joe Garrett, of Berkeley, Calif., just completed his third year on the board of directors of Pacific Premier Bank.


Joi Grieg, of Bethesda, Md., reports, “Happily semi-retired: working part time as a senior fellow at Intelligence and National Security Alliance supporting its Technology and Innovation Council. Besides traveling and spending time with family, I am writing and speaking on freemasonry and volunteering at the Kennedy Center, Travelers Aid at National Airport, and other places.”



Mark Fischer-Colbrie, MBA 80

Mark Fischer-Colbrie, of Cupertino, Calif., updates as follows, “I have been honored to start my second term as board member for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. I am the treasurer/finance chair and volunteer for the largest charitable funder driving for a cure for Type 1 diabetes, with a $200 million annual budget. Other than wondering where 35 years went since graduating from the MBA program, I am pleased to report that one of my children, Tyler, is starting the same program this month!”


Joani Krieger Mitchell, MBA 81, jumping for joy on her beach in Santa Cruz

Joani (Joan Krieger) Mitchell, of Santa Cruz, Calif., writes, “Have been enjoying the beach town of Santa Cruz for the last four years when not traveling to faraway places such as Vietnam, Cambodia, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, or cruising the Caribbean, etc. Still doing management consulting for a number of different firms and running a travel consulting business as well.”



John Pollner, MBA 82, with wife, Jennifer Pollner

John Pollner, of Washington, D.C., having worked several years in the Eastern Europe region of the World Bank (in the new EU member states as well as Russia and Ukraine) covering financial sector operations and technical advisory services, is moving to the Latin America Region as lead financial officer to develop new lending programs tied to innovations in capital market bonds, including supporting credit guarantee programs and securitization of SME portfolios. John continues his earlier long-standing work on catastrophe insurance instruments and securities as well as his work on reforms in the private pension sector and its investment benchmarking. He notes, “Late last year, my wife, Jenny, accompanied me on a business trip, where she was able to see the whereabouts of my regular ‘work beat’ at that time covering Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg; Moscow; Baku, Azerbaijan; and Istanbul.”


MaryJo Radosevich, of Portland, Ore., writes, “Enjoyed three wonderful weeks touring and visiting relatives in Norway. Simply gorgeous scenery everywhere one looked especially in the archipelago of islands above the Arctic Circle in Lofoten. Two of my photos were printed in one of Norway’s largest newspapers, Avisa Nordland.”



Eric Muller-Borle, MBA 84

Exchange student Eric Muller-Borle, of Luxembourg, has launched Global Benefits Vision, a global, all-digital B2B magazine about global employee benefits: insurance for expatriates and benefit optimization for multinational corporations. Written by industry experts for practitioners, Global Benefits Vision is the only website and monthly publication in global benefits focusing on sharing the accumulated knowledge and wisdom of more experienced professionals with their younger colleagues.



Mauri Schwartz, MBA 85

Mauri Schwartz, of San Francisco, reports, “I was happy to spearhead a Women in Tech panel discussion on June 17, hosted by HAN-SF in collaboration with the Kellogg Alumni Club at LinkedIn’s Financial District location. Four fabulous women executives shared their experiences and wisdom to a crowd of more than 100. Attendees were very engaged and gave the event high ratings … and the speakers were excited to share the stage with each other. My company, Career Insiders, keeps growing its client base and continues to offer a special Haas alumna discount. And I am currently working on an initiative to turn the recruitment process on its head.”

Paul DeMuro, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with the Fort Lauderdale office of Broad and Cassel, recently earned a doctorate in biomedical informatics through Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine in Portland, Ore. His studies focused on clinical informatics, which transforms health care by analyzing, designing, implementing, and evaluating information to improve patient care, enhance access to care, advance individual and population health outcomes, and strengthen the clinician-patient relationship. Such concepts are key to the transition from fee-for-service medicine to the evolving payment-for-quality and cost-effective models, which are becoming increasingly prevalent. In August, he was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.



Michael Lake, MBA 88

Michael Lake, of Berkeley, Calif., writes, “I left the corporate world some years back. Since then I earned an MA in religious history and theology from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and over the last few years have, in fits and starts, been riding my bicycle around the world. Completed the Americas over the last couple of years and am now on the Asia leg. Right now I’m lost somewhere in the deserts of western China.

“My daughter Sachi graduated from Princeton in 2012, spent some time as a volunteer in Africa, and is now back in California and in the process of applying to medical schools.”



John Santoro, MBA 90

John Santoro, of Huntington Beach, Calif., writes, “After twelve years at Apple [and] more years at Lexar and Unified Color handling marketing in the photo industry, I’ve returned to my own photography, specializing in travel photography. My work can be found at and my new print store at store.

“Jeff Santoro, the second of my three beautiful children, married Lee Karlsson in Waitsfield , Vt., on July 4!”


Ted Seymour, MBA 90, in upper right corner, with the children from Nepal Orphans Home who are part of his Khan Academy online learning classes

Ted Seymour, of Fort Bragg, Calif., announces, “Earlier this year, I traveled to Nepal to support a wonderful orphanage called Nepal Orphans Home, a home for 130-plus children in Kathmandu. I spent six weeks there establishing an after-school Khan Academy online learning program. I returned again to spend this summer assisting with those classes, working on development projects. We have also recently begun English literacy training for 115 local women. I also took a couple of weeks to trek to the remote Upper Mustang region. Amazing place. Managed to dodge the earthquakes between visits.

I also continue to work as a photographer on various humanitarian photography projects. See”


Michael Sterns, MBA 90

Michael Sterns, of Mountain View, Calif., reports, “Burned out in the startup world of financing and international travel, I went back to my roots practicing veterinary medicine full time, but this time around I went to the dogs and cats, rabbits, and reptiles. I still have my hand in three or four startup projects while being a full-time clinician, but this time around I have a regular paycheck and benefits and shut down the business at night.

“I am in the process of finalizing a divorce. My oldest daughter is now a junior in college and is interning in a large D.C. law firm as part of her political science curriculum. I am still competing in Olympic triathlons and just completed the Pacific Crest Triathlon in Sunriver, Ore., for the fifth time, with my kids in tow for a great outdoor vacation in Oregon. Taking time off for a minor surgery and then back to training.”


Michael Sterns, MBA 90 Caroline Winnett, MBA 90

Caroline Winnett, of Berkeley, Calif., writes, “I’m having a great time as executive director at SkyDeck, UC Berkeley’s startup accelerator. We currently have 20 Cal-founded startups in various industries, at our stunning location at the penthouse at 2150 Shattuck in downtown Berkeley. Several of the teams are co-founded by Haas alums. We are always looking for Haas and Cal alumni for networking and mentoring for our teams.”

Adam Hardej, of Hingham, Mass., reports, “All is well in the world of commercial real estate appraisal: busy! We are working on assignments in over 20 different states for a wide variety of clients (banks, law firms, private investment funds, et al.) on an assortment of property types (basic industrial, retail, office, and multi-family along with more complex properties such as hotels, car washes, marinas, golf courses, et al.). Never a dull moment. FYI: I am always looking for both full-time and part-time real estate analysts, so email me at

“Wife Beth, Cal BA 91, and Adam (Princeton 2017) and Rachel (doing a post-graduate year at Loomis Chaffee, graduating in 2016) are all doing great. Adam just completed a 10-week summer internship at Nomura in N.Y.C. in the investment banking group, proudly logging 70-plus hour weeks and testing the waters of Wall Street. Rachel is still chasing her dream of playing Division I lacrosse in college with the target of Yale getting closer. We vacationed on Nantucket in August. Life is good and everyone is healthy and happy. Thank God!”


Annetta (Bolden) Moses has moved to Seattle and works at Amazon as a principal consumer insights manager supporting the Amazon Elements brand.


Kal Deutsch, of Orinda, Calif., reports, “I am very happy to announce that I have returned to Berkeley as one of the managing partners of The Batchery, a new startup incubator and accelerator. We will be incubating early-stage Berkeley and East Bay companies and providing them the tools, mentorship, connections, and even investments needed for success. There are 50 founding investor/advisors who are veterans of the startup and VC/angel investment worlds, and each will spend 10 hours a month working alongside the startups. The 12,000-square-foot facility is close to campus at 2036 Bancroft Way. If you want to learn more, you can email

“I continue to be blessed with a beautiful family and wonderful home life in Orinda. My wife, Sharon Zezima, keeps working hard as the general counsel for GoPro, my son Lucas is going into his last elementary school year and is becoming quite the tennis ace, and my daughter, Isabelle, is moving on to the seventh grade and just rocked at the regional swim meet with two silver medals and one bronze. I’m keeping Orinda loose this October by chairing the Art of Mixology craft cocktail competition and fundraiser for a local nonprofit.”


Brian Kaplan, MBA 93

Brian Kaplan, of Palo Alto, Calif., announces, “Dear Haas friends, I am always looking to connect with socially conscious alums who strive to make the world a better place. Having worked for the past decade on U.S. education issues, I have gone international and taken a leadership role with Educate Girls Globally (EGG), a small but big-impact nonprofit. EGG lifts up the most marginalized group in India, namely girls. EGG has developed a community-based program that changes the paradigm in tribal villages where the average education a girl receives over her entire lifetime is just four years. EGG works where the prevailing culture is ‘boys’ education is important, but girls’ education not.’

“The combination of community work and specific educational programs designed for girls produces powerful results. EGG, last year, served 60,000 girls at a cost of $4 per girl. I was hired to help triple that number to 180,000, double the operating budget, and help EGG expand into Africa over the next three years. If you are interested in this work and want to help, please reach out to me at

“In personal news, Stephanie (Acton) Kaplan, MBA 92, and I are sending our oldest son off to college at Northwestern. We expect four years in Chicago with rough winters will motivate Josh to return to the Bay Area and eventually pursue a graduate degree at Cal.”

Larry Marcus, of San Francisco, updates as follows, “Announced Walden Venture Capital VIII, a $107M venture fund focused on sprout-stage investing in digital media and cloud services companies. In portfolio news, after nine years of stealth mode, SoundHound launched the Hound app. It combines understanding and speech recognition in one engine. It’s a breakthrough voice assistant/search product that was very well received. Everyone has been amazed at the speed. Nice to be able to talk about it. CEO and founder Keyvan Mohajer has been a speaker at Haas too.”

Robert Pascual has joined the San Francisco office of Brilliant Corners as director of finance. Rob currently is building and leading the finance department as it transitions to an in-house function. Brilliant Corners, with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, is a nonprofit housing agency serving people with developmental disabilities and other special needs including people transitioning from homelessness or institutional settings and homeless veterans.

Jorge Spichiger is now chief financial officer for Banchile. Previously, Spichiger was director at Citibank.


Hilary Weber, MBA 93

Hilary Weber, of San Francisco, updates as follows: “My startup/innovation consulting business,, is in its third year, going strong. I really enjoy the coaching, consulting, and leadership in my role as the CEO, and my awesome team is growing. I am also one of the instructors for a new course on Transformational Innovation & Intrapreneurship: Secrets of Silicon Valley that is being produced by the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley, and I’m a regular presenter at Girls in Tech for the Bootcamp Series: Confidence, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership (currently in the Bay Area but plans are being made to roll out nationally and possibly internationally). Lots going on, and it’s very fulfilling, especially with my health care tech clients. Exciting times!”

Greg Wolfson, of Tiburon, Calif., announces, “After a five-year stint in Laguna Beach, my family and I have relocated back to Northern California and have settled in Tiburon. I have taken a position with Enphase Energy to direct the energy storage product line. Before making my way back to NorCal, I developed large-scale commercial and utility solar projects in Southern California. Now, I will be focused on managing the flow of renewable energy to the grid. I’m looking forward to getting back on campus more often and cheering on the Bears this fall.”


Michaela (Schmieder) Ballek, of Berkeley, Calif., writes, “It was so wonderful to see so many of my classmates at the reunion in April! This must have given me an extra kick to finally find my ideal position:

I am now working as a program manager for Empower Efficiency, leading an energy efficiency initiative based on behavioral change in three cities in California. What a great place to be!”


The Ney family: Ross (15); Richard; Gina, MBA 95; and Michael (17)

Gina Ney left Northgate High School in Walnut Creek and is very excited to now be focusing full time on her independent college and career advising practice. She had a blast seeing so many classmates at her 20-year MBA reunion in April and also got to visit with Debra Fifer and her husband, Claudio, while touring colleges in Seattle this summer. On the home front, Gina and her family just got back from vacation in Chicago and Grand Haven, Mich. Her two teenage sons, Michael and Ross, who were sidelined with sports concussions for several months earlier this year, are now recovered and all set for their senior and sophomores years at Acalanes High School. Life is good!

Jonathan Geurkink, of Seattle, Wash., reports, “Just launched Possession Point Partners, a new venture with Mark Oskin, CS professor at UW. We’re applying machine-learning algorithms to the process of investment management.”

Laura Parmer-Lohan, of San Carlos, Calif., lives in the Bay Area with her family. She is thrilled to announce that she recently founded Ruckus Partners, Inc., a consulting firm providing on-demand commercial and reimbursement leadership for diagnostic, digital health, device, and pharma companies. Laura welcomes the opportunity to connect with you, so please reach out!


Deborah (Chaplin) Spalding, of Guilford, Conn., was named chief investment officer of the State of Connecticut, overseeing $30 billion in assets, including six state pension funds and nine state trust funds.


Alex Brutin, MBA 99

Alex Brutin, MBA 99, and part of the YRA at a team-building activity in Tanay, Philippines

Alex Brutin, of San Ramon, Calif., announces, “Joined Your Remote Assistant (YRA), the virtual admin services company I founded a while ago, as CEO. We visited the Philippines this summer and had an awesome off-site including team-building activities with our team. Also we had an amazing summer trip that took us to Alaska, Turkey, Hungary, Japan, the Philippines, and China.”

Mitchel Harad, of Sydney, writes, “After 18 years in the Bay Area—the past four spent at Lending Club—we’ve taken on a new family adventure! We’ve moved to Sydney, Australia, where I’m the chief marketing officer of SocietyOne, the largest marketplace lender in the Southern Hemisphere.”


Kirsten Barker and Nancy Riess, both MBA 99

Nancy Riess, of Baltimore, Md., writes, “Enjoyed a brief reunion this summer with Kirsten Barker at the SFO International terminal. I was on the West Coast for a business meeting and enjoyed catching up with Kirsten before my red-eye to Baltimore. Big news for Kirsten: She is marrying Peter Feinberg this August. If you visit the D.C./Baltimore area, please give me a call.”


Michael Baum, of Los Angeles is now vice president of business development for Arise Virtual Solutions. Prior, he worked as senior director of sales for ServiceSource. At Arise, he oversees all business development activities for the high-technology vertical.

Craig van Roekens (MBA/MPH), of Highland Mills, N.Y., reports, “Started a health care consulting company—Rev Health Care Consulting Group, at, and have become VP of MedExcel USA, an MSO for ED physicians, hospitalists, and urgent care in the N.Y./N.J./Connecticut area.”

Craig adds, “Our now 15-year-old triplets continue to challenge us in all things, growing up with disruptive technology, which they continue to help their slower-to-learn parents in attempting to understand. Occasionally, we can still teach them a few things that are difficult to Google or to ask Siri. Or that cannot be answered in 140 characters or less. But that doesn’t leave much.”

Tanir Ami, of Berkeley, Calif., reports, “Since 2011 I have been the CEO of OLE Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center providing high-quality primary care to more than 25,000 patients. This past year, I was able to take the organization through a rebranding initiative including a name change, and it’s been a lot of fun and highly rewarding. Also I just wanted to highlight that this is the fourth year that I have been serving as board member of Urban Adamah, a wonderful Berkeley-based non-profit founded by fellow alum Adam Berman.”

Married couple Jon Metzler and Kakul Srivastava both have offices in downtown San Francisco and look forward to catching up with fellow alums, either local or visiting. Jon started lecturing in the EWMBA program in fall 2014 (co-teaching with Paul Tiffany!), and has really enjoyed it. He just finished a seminar in international business on Japan. His company, Blue Field Strategies, is now in year eight and continues to support telecom, media, and technology clients with a focus on US-Asia cross-border business. He also recently joined the board of the Japan Society of Northern California.

Kakul recently joined GitHub as VP of product. GitHub helps developers manage and share their code; some call it Facebook for developers. She also recently spoke at Haas MBA orientation and has been active in evangelizing on behalf of women in technology.

Chris Neale, of San Mateo, Calif., announces, “Celebrating my 15th year at The Core Companies developing market rate and affordable housing in the Bay Area. Before the end of the year, we will deliver a brand-new 60-unit apartment project on VA land in Menlo Park for low-income veterans. And we have just embarked on a similar process to provide 150 apartments for low-income veterans on VA land in West L.A. Very exciting work and much needed housing. “Just returned from a two-week holiday in England. It was a combination 50-year wedding anniversary for my parents, my own 18-year wedding anniversary, and a family reunion. Excited to introduce my two boys, Ryan, 11, and Jacob, almost 3, to our family and family history in England. It was wonderful to see the next generation get to know each other.”

Kakul Srivastava See alumni note with Jon Metzler, MBA 01.


Michael Ellis, of San Francisco, updates, “Earlier this year, I made the jump to technology from finance, where I spent most of my career. I joined Salesforce in a market strategy role, building upon my experience as a longtime investor in software companies. Despite the huge change in work style and culture, the switch has been well worth it.

“Also earlier this year, we took an epic trip to snowboard in the Alps, fulfilling a long-held dream of my better half for his big birthday.”


Colm Lysaght, MBA 02

Colm Lysaght, of Palo Alto, Calif., reports, “I was promoted to vice president, corporate strategy at SanDisk Corporation in March. I have been with the company for nine years and look forward to propelling it to new growth!”


Reza Afkhami, of Burlingame, Calif., notes, “It is hard to believe how long it has been since graduation, so I want to send a big hello to all the wonderful people with whom I was lucky to share a Haas experience. It is even harder to believe that Sara Araghi, BS 03, and I met at Haas so long ago, have been married for almost 10 years, that our first child is four years old, and that we just had a second one. In retrospect, so much of my life since Haas was enabled by Haas, including my current position at a biotech company reporting to another Haas alum. So I am taking this opportunity to also thank Haas for not only the great two years of learning and the wonderful people I met but also for bringing me out to the Bay Area through the big door, for helping me find my soulmate and therefore start a family, and for giving me a start in the biotech industry, which I am so fond of and so privileged to be working in every day. Thank you!”


The Sarafas: Hope, Alexa (4), Christina (4), Ashley Clare (7), and Jeff, MBA 03, on a summer vacation in Sunriver, Oregon

Jeff Sarafa writes, “After moving to Portland, Ore., three years ago, we have settled into life in Hillsboro, near my wife’s family. I recently changed jobs after nine years at Sun Microsystems and Oracle for a finance director role at Nike, which supports one of the Nike Technology groups. Nike has an amazing culture and is a great place to work. I stay informed of Haas with the local alumni club in Portland. We are enjoying all the family fun activities and scenery in the Pacific Northwest. Hope is happy being near her family in Oregon and connecting with other moms in Portland. Our three Golden Bears are now a bit older: Ashley Clare is now 7 and Christina and Alexa will turn 4 soon. I have still managed to see Cal football play up here in Oregon and look forward to the upcoming season.”

Congrats from Berkeley Haas on your new jobs or promotions*: Trevor Daughney, EVP marketing, INSIDE Secure, an Internet security company; Jason Wallis, enterprise account executive, Zendesk, Sydney, Australia.


Jason Anderson, a 1995 graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), received the Ichabod Washburn Young Alumni Award for Professional Achievement for his impressive career as founder and president of market research agency Insight Meta. Anderson accepted the award at WPI in May during his 20-year reunion celebration.


Sukwan Chae, MBA 04

Sukwan Chae passed away on March 22. Sukwan had a wonderful career with Nike, rising in the ranks from advertising manager when he joined the company in 2004 to the marketing director of the Jordan brand at the time of his death. He was an ardent Nike and sports fan whose dream was to change the world through sports culture, which he did by impacting millions of Chinese through his work elevating basketball, football, and other sports. He lived in Shanghai City, China, and is survived by a wife and two children. His Nike colleagues posted a memorial website:

Chris Thompson of Danville, Calif., announces, “After nearly 13 years as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch, I accepted a position as SVP-investments with full-service brokerage firm Stifel Nicolaus in San Francisco and will be part of a national corporate client services team focusing on serving and guiding principals, founders, and significant shareholders of companies through and after liquidity events (IPO, M&A). This is an exciting opportunity for my family and me, and we are very excited about the road ahead.

“In other news, my 13-year-old daughter Reagan (born during my first year of the EWMBA program) and I recently published a book. It can be found on Amazon or Barnes & Noble in hardback, paperback, and digital download. The name of the book is Have You Ever… and it celebrates the surprising little moments and adventures that are all around us in life. Its purpose is to get families up, out, and away from our devices and to experience the richness of the world around us. Not to be outdone, my 8-year-old son Rhett and I recently patented a baseball item that is designed to protect expensive bats, organize dugouts, and increase player safety. We are learning all about ecommerce, marketing, and Internet fulfillment along the way. You can check it out at”


Mandy (Van Zytveld) Nelson, of Alamo, Calif., writes, “Treated current Haas MBA students Braden Lake and Dorothy Yang, MBA 16s, to a networking lunch with Heather McPherson, MBA 07, at Pican Restaurant in Oakland, Calif. Both MBA students are interning at Kaiser Permanente where Heather and I work. Quite an enjoyable time and reminisced about our experiences in the memorable Negotiations class.”


Brian Chevalier-Jordan, MBA 06, of Chevalier-Jordan Consulting

Brian (Jordan) Chevalier-Jordan, of Oakland, Calif., announces, “After nearly 20 years in the corporate world, I have decided to strike out on my own as an independent marketing consultant focusing on new product development, digital marketing, and customer research. If you or your company could benefit from better understanding your customers or improving your products and marketing programs, please reach out to me directly at or visit”

Jack Duan, of Napa, Calif., reports, “Our five-year startup Gliding Eagle is using cloud- and mobile-based technology to bring data-driven transparency into international commerce. Each product is individually tagged and tracked between the source and the final consumer. This is to ensure product authenticity and to direct-connect quality producers and willing consumers anywhere in the world. We are helping American organic food brands and Napa wineries reaching vast Chinese consumers using our model and technology.”


Rob Kaplan, of Brooklyn, N.Y., announces, “I just started a new job as managing director of the Closed Loop Fund, an innovative sustainability impact investment fund that aims to scale recycling infrastructure in the U.S. (

“My wife, Jill, and I had our second son in December. His name is Julian Charles. Our first son, now 3, is Miles Samuel.”

Allan Ng, of Oakland, Calif., writes, “After four years at Google, I’m leaving to join Livongo Health as SVP of marketing. Livongo Health is reinventing the way we manage chronic health conditions by blending the power of technology, real-time information, and human support to help people live their lives better. It’s backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and General Catalyst Partners.”


Todd Richards, MBA 07

Todd Richards updates as follows, “I have settled in Phoenix where I am working as a reconstructive plastic surgeon, specializing in hand and microsurgery. Our surgical group is extremely busy and the cases are complex and interesting. It has been an awesome experience—although I do miss the Bay Area!”

Congrats from Berkeley Haas on your new job or promotion*: Michael Griffiths, senior vice president, CBRE, San Francisco.



Jens Düing, MBA 08, in a happy family photo shoot a week after Sophie’s birth

Jens Düing, of London, U.K., writes, “We are very happy to announced that our daughter Sophie was born on April 19. She joins our 2-year-old bear cub Lara, who loves cuddling her baby sister.”

Kamal El Mernissi was promoted to managing director with Syngenta. The new role takes him from Switzerland to Morocco. Syngenta is a multinational agribusiness company with the mission of bringing plant potential to life.

Deepak Goel reports, “I just launched KarmaCircles (KC). Check it out at On KC, people give and receive help for free. Find a person, request an online/in-person meeting, and then thank them for their help. When you help others, you build your online reputation around various skills.”


Mike Blanchard and Andreas Otto, MBA 08s, at ski week in Austria

Andreas Otto writes, “Quick update from over here in Munich: After Haas I joined BCG for a couple of years. While the learning was great, I knew that eventually I would have to let the entrepreneurial seed—which the granola project with Manu planted in my head—come to life. First, it started with a cocktail bar in Munich; later I moved to Sydney to build up a Zappos-style online fashion retailer called THE ICONIC ( It is the market leader for online fashion today in Australia and New Zealand. Last year, I returned to Munich to work on a new venture. Caremondo is an online marketplace for the booming medical tourism market. On Caremondo, patients can find a clinic for treatment overseas. Currently, our model provides access to clinics in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Israel. Other countries will be added shortly. Medical costs here are about 30 percent of U.S. prices while quality is very high. Consequently, already today lots of U.S. patients come here for medical or aesthetic treatment. Check it out:

“On the personal side, life is great with my daughter India and a second on the way. Plus I’m engaged to Annabell—wedding in lederhosen and dirndl planned for next year in our home state of Bavaria. One of my greatest pleasures this year was having Mr. Michael Blanchard over here for a week of skiing.”

Emily Poague, of San Francisco, continues her career at LinkedIn and received a promotion to head of consumer marketing.

Ashish Shete, of Palo Alto, Calif., writes, “After a two-year stint in Bangalore, India, as the head of engineering for Zyme Solutions, I moved back with my wife and son to our home in Palo Alto. I will be expanding my responsibilities at Zyme as the VP of products and engineering. Looking forward to settling in and reconnecting with Haas friends.”

Emily Walling, of Menlo Park, Calif., updates as follows, “After seven years at Yahoo, I recently took on a new role at Shutterfly, Inc., doing integrated marketing for the Tiny Prints brand. This position allows me to combine my love of marketing strategy with my love of stationery and planning the perfect event—a win-win in my book. Another bonus is working with inspiring Haas women. My boss is MBA 00, our senior business manager is BS 02, and the company has two MBA 16 interns this summer who are making Haas proud. Please don’t hesitate to ping me for friend and family promos for your holiday needs, birth announcements, or birthday invites!”

Congrats from Berkeley Haas on your new jobs or promotions*: Aron Clymer, senior director, data science and products, Popsugar; Elizabeth Ingram, manager of regulatory strategy, Entergy, Louisiana; Larissa Wojciechowski, lead solution engineer, Salesforce, Australia.


Gilbert Lee, of San Francisco, announces, “My wife, Marisa, and I had a baby daughter, Vivian May Lee, in March 2015. Vivian has brought us tremendous joy and we can’t wait to bring her to visit Haas in the fall.”

Viral Mehta, of Danville, Calif., reports, “I’m director of support programs at Autodesk at One Market in San Francisco. Autodesk is accelerating the business model transformation, and my team is responsible for shaping and implementing the roadmap for Autodesk support and services to drive customer success and retention. I enjoyed my time at Adobe and love being in the city. If you are close by, let’s meet up for coffee or grab a drink. On the personal front, our daughter, Eesha, will be starting middle school back on this side of the tunnel at Head Royce in the fall.”

Adam Skibley was promoted to director, strategy & corporate development, at Glanbia Performance Nutrition, the Chicago-based global leader in sports nutrition products. In 2015 Adam completed his term as president of the Berkeley Haas Alumni Network Chicago Chapter but looks forward to staying involved on the Board.


Tim Ziemann, MBA 09

Tim Ziemann, of Austin, Texas, announces, “I recently moved into Accenture’s M&A practice to help expand this area of our business. The demand for M&A services is up and we’re delivering exceptional value to our clients over the competition.”


Jeffrey Hale, of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, reports, “I recently started working as a vice consul in the U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. I’ll be adjudicating visas and managing the embassy fraud prevention program. I’ll be based in Trinidad for the next two years, then rotate to an embassy in a different part of the world.”


Anna Brian Lee, MBA 10

Anna Brian Lee, of New York City, announces, “I am celebrating my five-year work anniversary at American Express. I currently work in the enterprise growth division on a team called LoyaltyEdge. In November 2013, I married my longtime boyfriend, Joshua Karotkin, in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. And on April 29, 2015, we welcomed our son, Dean Bryant Karotkin.”

TJ Touran was promoted to director of cancer services at Sutter Health, where he has worked in strategy and business development since 2012.


Rob Williamson, MBA 10; wife, Dana; Calder (4); Paige; and Grey (1)

Robert Williamson, of Lafayette, Calif., updates as follows: “Earlier this year, I accepted a position as project director with Taylor Design in San Francisco, a consulting design and strategic solutions firm comprising architects, interior designers, and strategists. I lead the firm’s Northern California education practice and hope to one day lead the design of a project back at Cal.”

Motoki Bandai, of Foster City, Calif., started a new job at AIG as associate director of global technology strategy. He writes, “Together with my wife, Hiroko, welcomed our new son, Yugo, on May 20.”

Federico Fabbri has been promoted to principal at The Boston Consulting Group, where he works out of the San Francisco office. He started back in 2010 as a summer consultant and has since focused on technology and consumer goods sectors, managing project teams in several transformational efforts.


Laurie Peterson, MBA 11

Laurie Peterson, of Oakland, Calif., reports, “I’m stretching the skills I acquired in Leadership Communications with Mark Rittenberg as I prepare for a TV appearance to showcase my new building toy on QVC this holiday. This is a major ‘curtains up!’ opportunity for my toy startup Build & Imagine ( I hope to inspire audiences with our mission to get girls building to help them overcome the gender innovation gap.”

Congrats from Berkeley Haas on your new jobs or promotions*: Carlos Chiabra, founder,, which is owned and operated by 199insights; Jason Liang, VP, business development, Qeexo; Dharini Ramakrishnan, director, SAP; Vishal Rana, principal, senior director, financial services, Medallia, Inc.


Len Conapinski is a founding partner at DuFour Conapinski LLP, where he and his team advise renewable energy and technologies companies regarding commercial transactions and project finance. Previous to starting DuFour Conapinski, Len worked for Yingli Green Energy Americas as vice president and general counsel.


Paroma Sen, MBA 12

Paroma Sen, of Gurgaon, India, writes, “I took over as head of marketing for NDTV Ethnic, an ecommerce platform for fashion. Read more at and

“I moved back to India in early 2013. I spent most of 2013 in the philanthropy domain, working through a fellowship awarded by LGT Venture Philanthropy. In 2014 I returned to the private sector in India.”

Panpan Wang (MBA/MPH) is now a VC at Fosun Kinzon Capital. Fosun Kinzon is a U.S.-China cross-border venture capital firm with teams in the U.S., China, and Israel, where they cover a range of industries including digital health, IoT, consumer-mobile, online-to-offline related, etc. Panpan is also helping at-risk San Francisco youth, recently joining the board of SFCASA (, a nonprofit in San Francisco focused on advocating for abused and neglected children in foster care as well as being a longtime volunteer photography mentor with First Exposures (

Congrats from Berkeley Haas on your new job or promotion*: Patrick Flemming, senior product manager, Netflix.



Sarah Morra, MBA 13, and new husband Rich Qualters

Sarah Morra, of San Francisco, announces, “I started a new job at The Wine Group on July 27. I will be an innovation brand manager helping to launch new wines across the U.S.

“I got married to Rich Qualters on May 24 in North Lake Tahoe, one of our favorite places in the world. Rich and I met before Haas, and he was a great partner throughout my MBA. We live in S.F. surrounded by lots of friends from Haas!”


Kartik Rao, MBA 13

Kartik Rao, of Santa Clara, Calif., is now senior director of product management at Levi Strauss & Co. He previously worked as director of product management at Tango and eBay.

Adam Sterling, (MBA/JD), of Berkeley, Calif., writes, “I joined Berkeley Law as the executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy. Read more at”

Kevin Sung was promoted within Smule to director of product.


Ravi Vayuvegula, MBA 13

Ravi Vayuvegula, of Bellevue, Wash., reports, “I left my corporate strategy role at T-Mobile, and I am excited about what lies ahead as I work toward my startup that looks to create a new kind of visual content platform. Today’s visual content providers like YouTube, Facebook, Periscope, etc. are differentiated only along the lines of the temporal nature of their content. I believe there are other dimensions that define visual content that users want, and I hope to fill that gap.

“I am very grateful to Haas for having equipped me with the right tools and education. I can literally see the difference in the way I think and approach the whole startup scene. Also the support system for a startup is incredible. Very excited (and nervous) about my new venture that will be coming out with its beta product in another four months. I cannot wait to see where it takes me next.”

Congrats from Berkeley Haas on your new jobs or promotions*: Kota Fukasawa, engagement manager, McKinsey & Co., Tokyo; Andrea Schalka, manager, global brand strategy, Mattel Inc.



Erik Beans, MBA 14, with wife, Liz Beans

Erik Beans, of Redwood City, Calif., writes, “I graduated from Haas last year and have continued to work in security at Google. I am a software engineer and the tech lead for an internally used product that manages authorization management for employees, vendors, and contractors. The workload has ramped up significantly as we open up our product to more employees and tackle new and interesting scalability issues.

“I am still living in Redwood City and would love to meet up with any alumni and classmates to catch up. I recently got back from a wonderful trip with my wife to Iceland. I highly recommend this place if you enjoy hiking on glaciers, biking from town to town in the golden circle, kayaking across the west fjords, and bathing in the numerous geothermal pools that Iceland has to offer.”


Katie Foos, Ennis Olson, and Cassie Gruenstein, all MBA 16; Jeff Eyet, MBA 14; and Haas Lecturer Clark Kellogg

Jeffrey Eyet, of Berkeley, Calif., announces, “Along with Haas Lecturer Clark Kellogg and current Haas EWMBA students Ennis Olson, Cassie Gruenstein, and Katie Foos, MBA 16s, we launched the Berkeley Innovation Group (BIG). BIG introduces organizations to design thinking by teaching the methods that make innovation possible, facilitates workshops to help teams practice design-thinking methods, and leads applied innovation sessions with companies on their most wicked problems (theberkeleyinnovationgroup. com).”

Kerry (Tuohy) Dolan, of Chicago, began an MBA rotational program at United Airlines in the pricing and revenue management organization in July 2015.




Rose Duignan, BCEMBA 06

Rose Duignan, of Richmond, Calif., announces, “All golfers and Berkeley and/or Haas alums are welcome to come try out my beautiful golf course at the Richmond Country Club. At RCC ( we are addicted to golf. Our slogan is ‘private golf—not pretentious—just better.’ Come play and I’ll show you where I got my hole-in-one. It’s been a joyous three years at RCC as marketing and sales director for this private golf club. Imagine that your job is to play golf two to three times a week with nice people. That is my job. Really. Rose Duignan 510-495-4909.”

Nick Triantos, of Menlo Park, Calif., reports, “I just joined SRI International as managing director at SRI Ventures. I am responsible for commercializing cutting-edge software research, through licensing and incubating new companies. My focus spans cybersecurity, bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, vision, augmented reality, and speech recognition. I’m looking to hire rock star EIR’s to help start some companies in these areas!”


Dan Kimble is working as an executive coach to optimize his firm’s unique leadership capabilities; he continues to be CEO of Resonance Executive Coaching, which he founded in January 2012.

Congrats from Berkeley Haas on your new job or promotion*: Sudeep Mohile, enterprise integration manager, Intel.


Heather (Bonilla) Wasielewski, of Long Beach, Calif., writes, “I’m excited about the recent publication of my new book, What Families Can Learn from Corporate America (available on This book, and my business, Parents with Careers, got their start during my time at Haas, in John Danner’s entrepreneurship class. Thanks to my fellow BCEMBAs for all of their help and inspiration!”

Ryan Johnson is taking on a new role as VP of finance and corporate development with PowerSchool—a newly created spin-off from Pearson, where he worked while completing his EMBA.




Chuck P. Leo, PhD 73

Charles P. “Chuck” Leo, of Huntington Beach, Calif., will be presenting a paper on the subject of “The Relevance of Mindfulness to Business Leaders” at a conference in New York in fall 2015. He has also written articles on this subject published in both academic and professional journals. Dr. Leo has more than 30 years executive experience in the areas of human resource management and organizational effectiveness and, concurrently, he has also been an adjunct professor of management at Pepperdine University for 30 years.


Diane Satin, of Alameda, Calif., announces, “After many years of teaching financial, intermediate, managerial, and cost accounting, I will be teaching the lower-division business law class in the fall! Big change! I’d better get back to watching People’s Court.”


Oliver Beige writes, “After four years in Berlin and increasing involvement in its burgeoning startup scene, I made the plunge and joined Startupbootcamp, Europe’s foremost accelerator program, trying to find exciting new ventures for their smart transportation and energy accelerator. Smart transportation has seen massive disruption and Berlin is a perfect place to test out and showcase new ideas. Also it’s a vibrant city to live in. So if you like startups or smarter ways of getting around or Berlin, pay us a visit, send me a note, or, when we start scouting for the next batch, consider our program…”


Brian Reschke, of Mapleton, Utah, reports, “I begin as an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University this fall.”

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Bart Tkaczyk, of London, U.K., president and CEO of Energizers, LLC, forwarded the good news that Energizers, an HR and organization development advisory boutique, earned recognition among the Top 500 Leadership Organizations in the 2015 Leadership 500 Excellence Awards.

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