Alumni Notes



Mimi (Mary Renard) Knox, of Walnut Creek, Calif., reminds, “Join us for the Class of 1950 65th reunion! Oski and the Cal Band will be there to entertain us! Watch for the invitation and make up a table.” Claremont Country Club, Friday 11/20/2015 11:30 a.m.
Roger Thompson, Class President
Don Sharman, Reunion Coordinator


James Jorgensen, of Walnut Creek, Calif., announces, “After eight personal finance books, I started retirement with the publication of my first novel, Blind Will.
It’s a story set in Berlin in the last year of the war and follows the German V2 rocket program, where more than 3,000 fell on London. The book is available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book.”


Victor H. Morales, of Point Richmond, Calif., reports, “Now 86 years. Retired at 75 after 20 years self-employed as an expert witness (economics) before state and federal courts. Previously served as economics consultant doing project feasibility studies for local governments and major engineering firms with international assignments in Southeast Asia and Latin America. Earlier work comprised employment as a project economist with SRI International and the State of California and military service with the topographic battalion in Occupied Japan. Retirement activities include foreign travels, grandpa to two granddaughters, fine art photography, and volunteer work on local history projects.”



Erich Stratmann, BS 62

Erich Wolf Stratmann writes, “Recognizing the huge force of choral singing in America (30 million adults), four years ago I started a singer’s version of an activity-centered fund- raising event thus far, in San Francisco. involves choral singers in 12 weeks of training each year for a concert while, like a sports event, also raising dollars for charity—their charity! We provide the guidance and gateways and a show with an orchestra, lead Broadway and opera participants, professionals singing alongside amateurs in the chorus (no auditions). The result in three seasons: hundreds of thousands of dollars to charities and employment for many professional artists. We begin in January. Those of us from so many years ago can only reflect on how lucky we are to be able to still create some good in a difficult time for most Americans. Having lived more than twice the life of my father, I am the lucky one with a really smart wife and really smart children and terrifically smart grandchildren, and I’m around to enjoy them all.”


Ronald Cassano, of Walnut Creek, Calif., announces his re-election to a fifth four-year term as Walnut Creek City treasurer and the celebration of his and Karen’s 50th wedding anniversary.


Richard Cutler passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 11. His distinguished career included two stints with the Austin Community College (ACC) District (in the 1980s and again starting in 2004), teaching at Fordham, and working at the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute in Southern Calif. ACC honored him in January with a special memorial resolution that expressed “gratitude and respect for Dr. Richard ‘Dickens’ Cutler, adjunct professor of radio-television-film. Dr. Cutler made innumerable contributions to ACC and touched the lives of many faculty, staff, and students.”

Richard taught intermittently in the Continuing Education Department for many years. As an adjunct professor, he served and assisted countless students with his outstanding teaching, tutoring, and mentorship. He served as a U.S. Air Force captain during Vietnam and was dedicated to meeting the unique needs of veteran students. Aspiring artists found inspiration through his instruction at the Art Institute of Austin, the Art School at Laguna Gloria, Dougherty Arts Center, and the Art Pad Studio. The resolution concludes, “The Austin Community College family will remember the life and legacy of Dr. Richard Cutler and honor his memory by serving others and continually striving to better our campuses and communities.” Richard is survived by his wife, Heidi Cutler; his daughter, Danielle Cutler; his son, Chris Cutler, and daughter-in-law, Alexa; his sister-in-law, Susan Gentz; and his grandchildren Alyssa and Wylie Wallin and Mackenzie and Cassidy Cutler.


Vijay Kumar, BS 65, with daughter, Amba, and granddaughter, Linden

Vijay (Pandit) Kumar, of Mountain View, Calif., reports, “After graduation, I did actuarial work in San Francisco. I switched to software technology in the Bay Area, which I pursued until retiring in 2006. The year 2009 was the half-centennial of my arrival in the United States as an immigrant green-card holder. I arrived on my 18th birthday, Nov. 3, 1959 (alone). I have a son who lives with his wife in Los Angeles. I have a daughter who lives with my granddaughter in Santa Cruz. Granddaughter Linden, age 6, just started school. She acted in Life and Times of Ramona the Brave at the Broadway Theater in Santa Cruz on Dec. 13 and 14. Linden is also a strong swimmer and can swim the length of an Olympic-size pool easily.”


Scott Healy, of San Francisco, Calif., recently joined NRG Energy, Inc., one of the largest American energy companies, as SVP, structured finance. In his 20-plus year energy career, Scott has financed, developed, or acquired more than $3 billion of operating renewable generation projects in 10 different countries and more than $5 billion of U.S. operating gas-fired generation projects. In 2006, he was a principal in one of the largest sales of a privately held wind developer. Scott spent his initial career as a licensed CPA and as a licensed securities principal in investment banking.

Joann (Martens) Weiner, of Washington, D.C., writes, “I continue teaching economics at George Washington University and blogging at The Washington Post and was elected chair of the board of Community Tax Aid, a not-for-profit organization that helps low-income people file their tax returns for free.”


Andrew Shapiro, of Mill Valley, Calif., announces, “Andrew Shapiro’s activist investment management firm, Lawndale Capital Management, recently celebrated its 22nd anniversary. BarclayHedge ranked Lawndale’s flagship activist fund performance in its top-five equity long-biased funds at least three times in the second half of 2014. Andrew continues to regularly speak at national conferences focused on corporate governance, hedge fund, and activist investing topics. His work as an activist investor was recently featured as part of a story, titled “Board Games,” on NPR’s This American Life and Planet Money. The story highlighted Andrew’s role in a campaign to reduce the excessive compensation of a public company CEO. A link to the story is here: 2014/12/ 30/374011462/episode- 593-board-games.”


Adrienne Hogg, of Berkeley, Calif., See MBA 1994 notes.


Ted Andrews, of Concord, Calif., writes, “I recently reached a 20-year employment milestone at Ricoh USA, Inc., where I’m currently a national communications manager. I can’t believe it has been that long since I graduated. Where did the time go?! I still feel like a young alumnus. I guess I’ll always be young at heart.”



Rudy Lacayo, BS 94, with family Sebastian, Isabella, and Ana

Rudy (Rodolfo A.) Lacayo, of Alhambra, Calif., reports, “After 20 years in the organization development and change management consulting business, I launched Sebella Advisors. The mission of my company is to help individuals realize their peak potential and achieve their self-defined growth goal in the fastest, healthiest, and most effective manner—in partnership with a personal coach. I am passionate about coaching individuals and groups. Contact me at For Cal alums and current Cal students, I offer our coaching services at a discounted rate. Go Bears! I live in Alhambra, with my wife, Ana, son Sebastian, daughter, Isabella, and our dog, Buddy.”


Jeff Cohen, of Beverly Hills, Calif., sends this update: “Jeff’s first book The Dealmaker’s Ten Commandments is being published by the American Bar Association in April. It’s a how-to guide for making great deals, managing crises, effectively utilizing your time, and not losing your soul along the way. Jeff is a partner at Beverly Hills-based transactional law firm Cohen Gardner LLP.”


Yan Gelman, of San Francisco, Calif., joined SF-based startup Madison Reed in early 2014 as controller and director of HR. He writes, “Madison Reed is destined to revolutionize the professional hair care industry.” Yan also teaches financial accounting for several institutions, including UC Berkeley Extension.

David Sikes of Palo Alto, Calif., writes, “I was admitted to the partnership of Jones Day, a law firm, in January. I practice in the Palo Alto office. In December 2014, my wife and I also celebrated the birth of our first child, a daughter.”


Joe Lazar, of Oakland, Calif., See MBA 2008 notes.


Vivian Hsiao, of Dongguan, China, “celebrates one year of working for the Brown Shoe Company as the creative director for Naturalizer Asia. Her career weds fashion and business, with past work for world-class brands including Vince Camuto, Theory, Nicole Miller, and Kooba prior to her current job.”

Scott Miramontes has moved back to San Francisco after earning his MBA at Columbia Business School and summering with MBAs Across America and Tugende (in Kampala, Uganda). He starts his post-MBA career as an associate with Strategy& (formerly Booz & Co.), in its digital business and technology practice.


Brian Raney, BS 05, with wife, Megan Vincent, at their June 2014 wedding

Brian Raney, of Berkeley, Calif., announces, “Married Megan Vincent in June 2014 at the College of William & Mary, Megan’s alma mater.” Brian works as a development officer for Cal Athletics.



Phillip Wu, BS 07, kayaking with Coco at La Jolla Shores

Phillip Wu, of San Diego, Calif., writes, “After graduating from law school this past May, I moved from San Francisco to San Diego. I began working at a small law firm that primarily handles family law, bankruptcy, and copyright cases. Every day I’m learning something new.”


David Habibian is now strategic sales manager for Meraki, Inc., in San Francisco.

Christopher Lowes of Yangon, Myanmar, is entering his second year working for Standard Chartered Bank in Myanmar where he is witnessing the country’s financial sector grow after nearly 60 years of isolation.

Julia Numair joined LinkedIn as sales solutions relationship manager in New York, N.Y. She also continues her work with The Clean Cube since she co-founded it in 2013.


Mariel Lisud, of Minneapolis, Minn., was promoted by Target to import operations senior logistics analyst. She has worked for Target in the Twin Cities area since graduating from Haas.


Andrew Tai, BS 09

Andrew Tai, of Irvine, Calif., writes, “Started a new job at the law firm Latham & Watkins LLP. Bought my first house, in Irvine, California.”


Grace Chang, of San Francisco, Calif., has worked in media since graduation, first as a media manager at YouTube, then as a TV host, and starting mid-2014 as the creator and host of The Grace Show, with the goal of helping and inspiring organizations and individuals to treat others well. Search for The Grace Show on YouTube and check it out/subscribe!”

Albert Chien, of New York, N.Y., was promoted to assistant vice president at Hudson Advisors/Lone Star Funds. He previously worked as an associate focused on commercial real estate acquisitions. Albert lives in the Greater New York City area.


James Dong, BS 10

James Dong, of San Francisco, Calif., writes, “I just started a project to help people rent camping/ backpacking equipment and snow sports apparel. Check it out: Goal is to help more people get outside and reduce over-consumption of stuff!”


Jasmine Guo, BS 10

Jasmine Guo, of San Francisco Bay Area, has joined Visa’s University Talent Team, based in the Bay Area. And she is recently engaged!

Scott Holcom, after being with Altria for four years, began work for Fisher Investments as account executive in Camas, Wash.

George Jiang, of Taipei, Taiwan, currently works as the business development manager for Shacom in Taiwan. He earned his Master of Finance from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2012.

Allyson Liu, of San Francisco, Calif., was promoted to assistant manager, marketing operations, at, where she started as a marketing operations coordinator in 2013. Allyson continues dancing in San Francisco with Funkanometry, and she served as artistic director in 2013. While at Haas she was involved in several student dance groups, including Danceworx, Main Stacks Dance Team, and Movement.


Brian Thomas, BS 10

Brian Thomas, of San Francisco, Calif., reports, “Celebrating two years as a transaction manager with the Global Corporate Services–CBRE on the McKesson account in San Francisco. After graduation he joined Advent Software in corporate RE and property management for two years before transitioning to CBRE as a transaction analyst. Brian specializes in negotiation and financial analysis of leasing, acquiring, and disposing of commercial corporate real estate, including office, medical office, and warehouse space.”

Guy Zehavi joined Okta as a senior software developer, based in San Francisco. Prior, he was part of Goldman Sachs as an associate strategist.


Karl Andersson, of San Francisco, Calif., celebrated three years with, where he works in international user operations. Karl is able to use his native Swedish to support the company’s localization and ongoing expansion into the Swedish market. In his spare time, Karl continues to work with the music production collective Elephant Guns Music, which he co-founded while studying at Cal. He recently became a father to his first son, Ragnar.

Christopher Hammond, of Martinez, Calif., announces, “I will be graduating from Boalt Hall School of Law in May 2015, then plan to take the California bar exam in July before beginning work at Skadden Arps’ Palo Alto office in the corporate group. My wife (Kaitlyn) and I are expecting our first child in April.”

Adam Leyva, of Washington, D.C., joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) as an accountant this November. He has relocated to the Washington, D.C., metro area.


Aron Schindler, BS 11, with Bain & Company in Singapore

Aron Schindler, of New York, N.Y., writes, “This summer I started my MBA at NYU Stern in New York after working for Bain & Co. in Europe and Asia. I’m very excited to be back in school, have time to commit myself to learning new skills (Mandarin, salsa, pilot school), meet new amazing people, and travel as much as I can!”

Shazia Virji is a marketing manager at focused on partnership management. She writes, “I drive revenue growth across our key business verticals by managing end-to-end marketing campaigns. I also serve on the HAN-SF board as the VP of digital strategy and HULA scholarship chair.”


George Jaber, previously an investment banking analyst, has been promoted to investment banking associate for Dean Bradley Osborne.

Alicia Perez is sharing IT innovation with K-12 and higher-education institutions in the Northeast region. “Customer-obsessed and results-driven.”


Khaled Aboudamous, of Pleasanton, Calif., forwards the following: “In October 2014, I joined ServiceMax, whose mission is to be the go-to application for every field service technician in the world. I will conduct enterprise business development.”

Brandon Curran, of Los Angeles, Calif., writes, “I have been working at Relativity Media/Relativity Sports, a movie studio and sports agency based in Los Angeles. I greatly enjoy it and have been able to learn a ton while being able to work with NFL players and NBA players like Amar’e Stoudemire and Jimmy Butler. I have also been able to advise other Haas undergrads and MBAs on pursuing careers in the sports and entertainment industries. In my free time, I enjoy biking all across Los Angeles, especially the 22 miles of beachside bike paths. I am also coaching a youth basketball team at my local park.”

Andrew Kung, of San Francisco, Calif., has moved into the sales operations and strategy team at LinkedIn, acting as COO and chief of staff to the sales leaders. He joined LinkedIn shortly after graduation as an associate in the business leadership program.

Brian Liou of Berkeley, Calif., writes, “I recently graduated from the Imaginek12 ed-tech accelerator and launched Leada, a data science education company with Cal alumni. Leada provides online training in data science and analytics to prepare individuals and enterprises for the big data revolution. Our website: For inquires email”



G. Michael Yovino-Young, of Berkeley, Calif., updates as follows, “Active appraisal career since 1960, still going strong at age 77, with Yovino-Young, Inc., 10 professionals (three Cal grads) in the firm with offices always in Berkeley. Jealous of the fantastic Haas campus compared with the dumpy, drafty basement at Barrows Hall in the 1960s. Go Bears!”


William Ziemba See PhD 1969 notes.


Lewis Okser, of Brooklyn, N.Y., writes, “I am a partner in a new high-end, online sports management, social-networking-oriented and advertising/marketing project. The work is applicable to all non-pro sports tournaments. We are seeking sports-oriented partnerships in the U.S., Asia, Europe, etc. The product will be offered free to your group for distribution, and a mutual arrangement will be worked out accordingly. If you or your group is interested, an executive summary will be emailed. Second grandson born a week ago in Finland.”


Robert Klein, of Verdi, Nev., announces, “Celebrated 30 years operating the private railroad car Silver Iris, in charter service out of the Bay Area. Still rolling!”

George Reitter, of Fiddletown, Calif., retired in late 2013 from a prestigious career in executive management. For the last decade of his career, he served as CFO for national engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.


Günther Grewe is celebrating 18 years as partner with Dr. Grewe & Partner. Based in New York, he specializes in U.S.-German tax and accounting issues, corporate and individual.

Max Oliva, S.J., of North Las Vegas, Nev., writes, “I am now on the Board of Directors of Nevada Legal Services. The mission of NLS is to strengthen the community by ensuring fairness and providing equal access to justice for low-income Nevadans. For more information, go to”

Garrett Vogel, of Dallas, Texas, announces, “Among the more interesting investment and professional activities I’m engaged in is serving as secretary treasurer of Med-Cannabis Pharma, Inc. (OTC-MCPI). Med-Cannabis is a tiny, publicly traded company. To the best of our knowledge it’s the only public company actually in the business of selling cannabis and cannabis-products directly to the end user. Talk about making a full circle! In June, I took a Cal Discoveries trip circumnavigating the Black Sea. It was great! But Russian activities in Crimea and Ukraine caused us to make unexpected changes in the itinerary. In October, I spent a week taking a live-aboard program learning to sail a large (50-foot) sailboat. Yes, I still work.”


William Sherman, of San Francisco, Calif., retired from law practice in 2014. He’s serving on public company board and three volunteer organizations, including Mendocino Abalone Watch.


Takejiro Hama, of Tokyo, Japan, has retired.



Kudret Oztap and Heinrich Stucki, both MBA 75, and their spouses enjoying lunch in Paris

Heinrich Stucki, of Paris, France, reports, “Two retired alumni who attended our business school, Kudret Oztap of New York and Heinrich Stucki of Paris, and their spouses, met in Paris, France, this fall and enjoyed a great lunch. Many nice souvenirs from the happy but very studious Berkeley time were exchanged.”


Donald Smith, of Dover, Mass., See PhD 1981 notes.



Joe Carlson, MBA 77, with Kathy Carlson and kids Lily, Michael, and Andy Carlson

Joseph Carlson, of Monument, Colo., writes, “As a board of directors member of the King’s Deer Home Owners Association (HOA) responsible for water issues and the board’s secretary, I’ve had to learn quite a bit in a short period of time. Water in this part of Colorado is a very precious and valuable commodity with various rights of ownership, and the HOA has been tasked by District Court Water Division Augmentation Plans to report on the water usage and how required augmentation plans have been accomplished. Most of us haven’t ever thought about what the difference is between ‘not nontributary’ and ‘nontributary’ sources, what is a ‘plan of augmentation’ or what constitutes the Dawson and Denver aquifers. As an accountant—even Haas School of Business trained—I’m a bit overwhelmed at times.

“Kathy, our three younger children (Michael 11, Andy 9, and Lily 8), and I truly enjoy the opportunities of world travel to diverse countries and we are all looking forward to a trip to Belize in March (diving and snorkeling) and an adventure in Argentina and Uruguay in December 2015. Each year, as a family, we work on our ‘bucket list’ of countries to visit and cultures to learn about.”



Michael O’Donnell, MBA 79

Michael O’Donnell, of Ann Arbor, Mich., reports, “The fourth edition of my Health Promotion in the Workplace text was released a few months ago. I started writing the first edition in 1979, the second year of my Cal MBA program, because there was no textbook or reference book for the field. It was finally published in 1984. In 1986, I launched American Journal of Health Promotion, the first peer-reviewed scientific journal in the field. What a great career choice I made: I get to help people improve their sense of well-being and avoid unnecessary illness and help employers control their medical costs at the same time.”

Mark Coles, of McLean, Va., announces, “In November 2014, I was named to the governing board of the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum, an autonomous, not-for-profit society that promotes and catalyzes Indo-U.S. bilateral collaborations in science, technology, engineering, and biomedical research through substantive interaction among government, academia, and industry. I continue to work in the Physics Division of the National Science Foundation, where I have oversight responsibility for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) program, which includes the prospects for a partnership with the government of India to establish a LIGO observatory in India. This year I also assumed principal responsibility for oversight of NSF funding of U.S. participation in the ATLAS and CMS detectors at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. 2015 promises to be a very exciting year scientifically, with the restart of LHC operation in the spring and the first searches for gravitational radiation with the newly upgraded LIGO detectors in the fall.”



Marshall Leisten, MBA 82

Marshall Leisten, of San Mateo, Calif., writes, “Started a new job at Red Book Connect as vice president of Platform Technology & Partner Sales in December. Red Book Connect is the leading mobile restaurant management software specializing in providing innovative technology for the restaurant, retail, and hospitality industries. The company delivers a comprehensive suite of customizable software designed to automate managerial challenges such as hiring, training, scheduling, business intelligence, shift communication, labor, and inventory.”


Philip Livingston, of Spokane, Wash., reports, “I recently became CEO of a small public company, Ambassadors Group, in Spokane. The company runs the People To People Ambassadors student travel business. In 2014, we traveled 16,000 students to all seven continents. Our challenge is to transform the company’s go-to-market approach, which has been direct mail based for too many years. Our vision is to be the most customer-centric company in the student travel industry.”


Brian Bloom, MBA 85, at the track with one of his jockeys

Bryan Bloom, of Solana Beach, Calif., announces, “Started a new venture with my brother Jeffrey Bloom. We are an investment company focused on racehorses and opportunities in the equine and horse racing industry. We already own a horse racing stable where we race, breed, train, and syndicate horses. In addition, we are in the process of our first investments in the same space. There is no other company that does what we do, and we have very large and wide industry knowledge, expertise, and access. My brother Jeffrey is well-known in the industry having spent his entire career in horse racing. He started as a professional jockey. ”



Mark Coopersmith, John Thornton, Jim Lane, and Karen Criddle. Front: Kate Johnson Hart, Tonia Sabatini Rubin, Laura Hudson Evans, Julie Sloman Chrisman, and Jean Nozawa Pelfini, all MBA 86.

Mark Coopersmith, of Tiburon, Calif., writes, “How time flies! Hard to believe I’ve been teaching innovation and entrepreneurship at Haas for more than a decade now, both to graduate students and also to executives from around the world. This spring I’m particularly excited about a John Wiley & Sons book I’m publishing titled The Other ‘F’ Word: How Smart Leaders, Teams, and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work. Co-authored with my UC Berkeley and Princeton colleague John Danner, the book is based on the pioneering course of the same name that we teach at Haas, helping current and future leaders better understand how failure can be leveraged as a powerful tool to drive innovation, growth, and more resilient and successful organizations in general.

“My wife, Lori, (Cal BA 1983, Hastings Law 1986) and I live in Marin as our children Matt and Ali grow up and head to college.”

Karen Criddle, of Bellevue, Wash., has been getting together with five female classmates—Kate Johnson Hart, Tonia Sabatini Rubin, Laura Hudson Evans, Julie Sloman Chrisman, and Jean Nozawa Pelfini, all MBA 86, each fall. She writes, “This is our twelfth year, and we enjoy hikes, reconnecting, and sharing advice.” The group was recently joined by classmates Mark Coopersmith, John Thornton, and Jim Lane, all MBA 86, for brunch at Sam’s in Tiburon.



Ralph, MBA 88, and Jean Garcia, MA 90 (art history), at Northstar

Ralph Garcia, of San Mateo, Calif., announces, “I am entering my 27th year in the investment advisory business. Haas prepared me to help busy executives and their families make better investment decisions and I am forever grateful. In appreciation, my wife, Jean, and I recently made Haas one of our estate beneficiaries.”

Dan (Pine) Firepine, of Berkeley, Calif., reports, “Still at Kaiser, Emergency Medicine. I’m incubating medical startup ideas and am open to connecting with others regarding brainstorming on substantive health care/tech innovation(s). Married to Jennifer, have an 8-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl.”

Chris Jay, of Grass Valley, Calif., updates as follows, “Chris has been elected partner of The Exetor Group, an executive leadership and coaching firm—”


Charles Jones, MBA 90

Charles Jones, of San Jose, Calif., was recently elected to the San Jose City Council in District 1.


Dr. Michael Sterns, MBA 90, at the office

Michael Sterns, of Portola Valley, Calif., reports, “A year ago I stepped off the underfunded startup circuit and returned to my first career as a clinical veterinarian. This time around I decided to work on dogs and cats, a huge departure from my first round as a horse doctor. It is very satisfying performing surgery again, and the steady hours allow me to maintain a consulting practice in drug development and product launch strategy for small science-based companies. My oldest daughter is now a sophomore at LMU/LA, and my twins are high school freshmen. I am gearing up for another triathlon season, trying to reverse the aging process through exercise. If you live on the Peninsula, bring your pet(s) to Alta View Animal Hospital and say hello.”


Atul Sharan, of Cupertino, Calif., updates as follows, “Our company, CellMax Life, emerged from stealth mode. It has a simple, noninvasive blood test for early detection of cancer. Once all the fear, uncertainty, and doubt around cancer is peeled off, the only hope anyone has of overcoming cancer successfully is early detection. Now, for the first time, CellMax makes that a reality.”



Rob Karmele, Shaw Taylor, Richard Jones, and Rich Da Costa, all MBA 92

Richard Jones, of Oakland, Calif., reports, “The PC is still alive and so am I. Year 15 at Intel currently serving as a technology evangelist for the mobile market. Looking forward to my three-month sabbatical in the summer. Will travel to China, Japan, and France. Hope to see classmates. Had a good time reminiscing with classmates Rob Karmele, Rich DaCosta, and Shaw Taylor, all MBA 92, at a recent holiday gathering.”


Calvin Moree, of San Francisco, announces, “Recently founded Freedom Analytics, a data analytics consulting firm providing data mining, machine learning, and predictive analytics to forward-thinking enterprises that seek to leverage their data as a strategic asset. My son just turned 13, so now we officially have a teenager in the house. Also, recently took an amazing trip to Belize in Central America, where we toured a jaguar preserve in the rain forest as well as Mayan ruins. I highly recommend it.”


Francesco, MBA 93, and Susan Rockwood, MBA 89

Francesco Rockwood, of Berkeley, Calif., writes, “Susan, MBA 89, and I are now a year and half into our new venture, Rockwood Pacific. Our firm provides professional real estate services specifically related to decision support, development services, financial advisory, and real estate transactions. Susan and I feel blessed to be supporting great organizations committed to advancing the wellness and health of older adults. Our only regret is that we don’t get to work with other Haas alums as often as we would like. Anyone up for meeting in San Francisco after work?”



MBA Class of 1994 alumni and wives: Ikuya Kurikawa, Bruce Deaner, Hiroyuki Yamamura, Yuka Ohta, Yoko Toda, Hirotake Ohta, Toshiyuki Ogura, Taketoshi Sagisaka, Hiroshi Ohkubo, Atsushi Toda, and Dai Watanabe.

Bruce Deaner, of Tokyo, Japan, reports as follows, “A group of 1994 MBA alumni and spouses gathered in December for a lively 20th reunion dinner in Tokyo. The mood was both energetic and nostalgic as old friends reengaged, reminisced about classes held in Barrows Hall (we were the last class to never study in the current facility), and shared their experiences since graduation. It was a fantastic evening and plans for the next one are already in the works. If anyone from the Haas community is planning a visit to Tokyo, be sure to let us know!”

MBA Class of 1994 alumni and wives: Ikuya Kurikawa, Bruce Deaner, Hiroyuki Yamamura, Yuka Ohta, Yoko Toda, Hirotake Ohta, Toshiyuki Ogura, Taketoshi Sagisaka, Hiroshi Ohkubo, Atsushi Toda, and Dai Watanabe.

Adrienne Hogg, MBA 94

Adrienne Hogg, of Berkeley, Calif., announces, “After 25 years as a finance professional with public and private corporations, I am embarking on an entrepreneurial path. I have founded Gather Locally, an online marketplace for small independent retailers ( A longtime resident of Oakland and Berkeley, I wanted to support our local neighborhoods and provide people a platform for shopping locally. So far, I have enjoyed getting to know many small local retailers and look forward to helping them grow their businesses through the e-commerce world.

“On the personal side I’m staying plenty busy. My husband, Warren, MBA 91, and I celebrated 26 years of marriage this year. Our son is 13 years old and applying to high schools. I am president of the parent association at my son’s school and just rolled off of a three-year term as a board member for the Oakland School for the Arts.”

Leslie Little, of New York, N.Y., reports, “I recently relocated to Manhattan and joined Korn Ferry’s New York office as a senior partner focusing on CEO and board effectiveness, CEO coaching, succession planning, and talent strategies. It’s an exciting opportunity to leverage my consulting expertise and help grow Korn Ferry at a pivotal point for the firm as it broadens its offering to the full spectrum of talent management and talent advisory. I am still following my passion for books with Icon Images and accepting private commissions on the Icons University branded books as well as finishing my first screenplay, which has garnered interest from three major producers. So life is busy and Manhattan is off to a great start. I hope to see lots of classmates as they pass through N.Y.”

Ahroon (Henderson) Yoch, of Edina, Minn., announces, “In August of 2014, my family and I moved to Minnesota. While it was difficult to leave friends and family in the East Bay, we are loving our new life in Minnesota, and especially the cold, snowy winter. I am taking a break from work to get us all settled in.”



Katherine Kim, MBA 96

Katherine Kim, of Oakland, Calif., reports, “I was appointed assistant professor, Healthcare Innovation and Technology and Founding Faculty at UC Davis, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. My work focuses on the application of mobile and social technology to improve care coordination and community health.”



Jodi Joachim, MBA 98, riding Afternoon Delight

Jodi Joachim, of La Crosse, Wis., updates as follows, “I recently took on a new role at Kaplan Professional Education (KPE) in La Crosse, Wis., where I have worked for more than 13 years. In this new role, I work on mergers and acquisitions, assist with development of growth strategies, and assess international market opportunities. KPE helps professionals obtain designations including CFA(R) and CFP(R) and certifications that enable them to advance and succeed in their careers.

“While I miss the San Francisco area more than words can express, moving back to the Midwest reacquainted me with my overriding passion—horses. My spouse and I live with our four horses on a hobby farm and I train for and compete in eventing horse trials—which are known as ‘equestrian triathlons.’ ”

Daniel Tellalian, of Los Angeles, Calif., enjoyed the thrill of a lifetime delivering his new daughter Fatima in shotgun of wife’s Audi. Wife, baby, and vehicle are all doing well.”


Naveen Agarwal has recently been hired for a newly created position of chief customer officer at Prudential Financial. Agarwal is responsible for the design and execution of an integrated strategy to enhance the customer experience in Prudential’s U.S. businesses leveraging data, digital, and marketing. He will be based in the NY/NJ/CT area. Agarwal will shape and execute the digital strategy for all of Prudential’s U.S. businesses. Agarwal joins Prudential from Pricelock, a leading online provider of fuel price protection for businesses, where he was CEO. His prior experiences include serving as president of E*TRADE Capital Management where he was responsible for growing the company’s mass affluent customer base.


Gleb Budman, MBA 99, and wife, Katia Bloom, with “The Big B”

Gleb Budman, of San Fran- cisco, Calif., reports, “Backblaze has grown revenue 917 percent over the last five years and stores 150 petabytes in its cloud storage (about one-fourth the size of Facebook) and has recovered more than 7 billion files for customers.

“Been having a blast with our almost 2-year-old daughter and was thrilled to see many of the MBA 99 classmates at the pre-reunion happy hour and the spontaneous Rain-organized gathering later in the year! Took great vacations to Colombia and Germany, as well as hang gliding in Mexico and snowboarding in Canada.”


Beth Murphy, MBA 99

Beth Murphy, of San Francisco, Calif., announces, “I’ve recently joined Deezer as chief marketing officer, the first truly worldwide digital music streaming service in more than 180 countries with 16-plus million users. I’ll be spending quite a bit of time in Paris and London (suggestions on great people to connect with encouraged!). While racking up miles crossing the pond with the new gig, 2014 was a great year for travel generally—with trips to Maldives, Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Mexico, Bali, Hawaii, etc. Hope to connect with more Haas folks in the New Year!”

Steve Peletz, of San Francisco, Calif., updates, “The San Francisco real estate market has been really strong over these past few years. At Parc Pacific Ventures, both the rental business and the brokerage business have been very good. We look forward to making some big changes in 2015!

“We are nearly empty nesters as our son, born the second week of class at Haas, is a junior in high school. His older sister is halfway through her sophomore year in college. More travel, scuba adventures, bike riding, and daily exercise are on the horizon! Currently, we enjoy watching a lot of our son’s high school basketball games, with one more basketball season to go after this year.”

Clem Bason, of San Francisco, Calif., is CEO for two travel-focused startups, and, helping travel consumers get the best possible values and savings.


Greg Patterson, Edgard Capdevielle, Pascal Hoffmann, and Chris Barton, all MBA 00, at the 2014 Santa Cruz triathlon

Edgard Capdevielle, of Danville, Calif., reports as follows, “Four Haas MBA classmates completed the 2014 Santa Cruz triathlon together. Chris Barton completed his first triathlon, Edgard Capdevielle and Pascal Hoffmann had a great race, while Greg Patterson achieved second place in his age group. It was a great day!”

Rachel (Martin) Long, of Piedmont, Calif., writes, “After eight years of being a stay-at-home mom to three children, I started a new job at Guide Dogs for the Blind as director of Canine and Veterinary Operations.”


Greg Patterson, MBA 00, crossing the finish line

Greg Patterson, of San Francisco, Calif., forwards the following news: “The Advisory Group, led by Greg, will soon be launching WealthStep, an automated online planning and investment service with the option of human guidance, the roots of which started in a Haas b-plan competition. On the personal front, Greg accomplished a longtime dream by completing his first and second full Ironmans over the summer. The encouragement and training insight from Haas friends and family were greatly appreciated.”

Cheryl (Proctor) Strachan, of Calgary, Canada, reports, “After nine years working as a dietitian in a cardiac rehabilitation program, I left in the spring and started Sweet Spot Nutrition Consulting ( with a friend. Looking forward to putting my MBA to work and growing it in 2015.”

Robert Tanner, of Beijing, China, is now senior product manager, UC&C Solution Sales (videoconferencing) at Huawei Enterprise, Shenzhen, China.



John Cole III, MBA 01

John Cole, of Santa Rosa, Calif., died Dec. 2 of complications from multiple myeloma. “Director of production at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate, John oversaw production and planning at the 15 wineries that create wines for 25 large and boutique brands, selling more than 5 million cases annually. His responsibilities included Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay, the top-selling Chardonnay in America. John ran Kendall-Jackson’s innovative French Oak barrel-making operation that produced 30,000 barrels each year, and he traveled regularly to France and Missouri to work with mill and cooperage partners.”


Peggy Wu, MBA 01, celebrating Christmas at home in Singapore with family.

Peggy Wu, of Singapore, writes, “Happy New Year from Singapore! We have now been here for exactly a year and a half. I joined Henderson Global Investors as head of Asia marketing last July and it’s going well so far. Lilia (8) is blending in well at a local public school, while Kadin (5) is enjoying her second year at a bilingual kindergarten. John is enjoying a new role at Wells Fargo as a senior risk officer. We traveled to Bali and Bangkok last year; this year we’re planning a trip to Sydney, Germany, and another Asian city. If you ever pass through Singapore, please give me a holler:”



Jeffrey Ha, OD 04 (Optometry), and Linda Ng Ha, MBA 02, with future Cal Bear Ryan Ha

Linda (Ng) Ha, of Los Angeles, Calif., reports, “Many life changes have occurred over the past year-plus. After over a decade living in San Francisco and working at Gap Inc., I moved back to Los Angeles to be closer to family. My husband and I welcomed our son Ryan in early 2014. I have loved being a full-time mom and cannot believe where the time has gone as Ryan is now turning 1!”


Manuel Bronstein, of Palo Alto, Calif., joined YouTube as head of consumer products this fall. Before joining YouTube, Manuel was VP of product and general manager at Zynga, where he led games and platform teams working on “Poker,” “FarmVille,” and “FarmVille 2,” among other projects. Manuel is also an active investor and advisor to consumer tech companies including ZocDoc, Outpost Games, ActiveHours, Faraday Bicycles, Zeal, Boosted Boards, Voxy, Ekso Bionics (OTCBb: EKSO), Pixable (acquired by SingTel), and PlaySpan (acquired by Visa). Before joining Zynga, Manuel spent about seven years in Redmond, Wash., working for the Xbox team at Microsoft.

Nori Fujii, of Tokyo, Japan, is head of Google Play Developer Marketing APAC.

Dave Geisler joined Lateef Investment Management in Greenbrae, Calif., as portfolio manager. Prior, he worked as portfolio manager at Artisan Partners for nearly eight years.


Shannon Graham, MBA 03, with husband, Carlos, and kids Renata (8) and Marco (5)

Shannon Graham reports, “I’ve transferred from San Francisco to Dubai, to lead Middle East market expansion for Navigant Consulting’s Energy Practice. As of mid-2014, I moved to the United Arab Emirates with my husband (Carlos), and children (Renata, 8, and Marco, 5). We are enjoying the experience and anticipate being here at least until 2016. Please let us know if you are in Dubai or can connect us with professional or social circles!”


Keith Kilpatrick, MBA 03, and fiancée, Rosabel Tao, in Amanpulo, Philippines

Keith Kilpatrick, of San Francisco, Calif., writes, “Fellow Berkeley MBA alumni, I am currently VP of product at NinthDecimal, responsible for mobile advertising and measurement. A recently launched product (Location Conversion Index) is being white-labeled across major Madison Avenue agencies to attribute offline behavior back to digital spend.

“I also got engaged to Rosabel Tao back in November. We are in the midst of wedding planning while growing new venture companies!”

Valeriy Povreznyuk, of Kyiv, Ukraine, moved to JSC VTB Bank earlier this year as the head of Credit, Leveraged Finance & Investments. In his new role he manages a portfolio of approximately $2.0B. Previously, Valeriy led the structured finance group for UkrSibbank of BNP Paribas Group.


Families of James Man, Hiro Ikeda, Han Feung, and Fred Lam, all MBA 03

Fred Lam, of Hong Kong, announces, “The four Haas families in Hong Kong celebrated Christmas together. It was an evening of gifts and play for the kids and wine and food for the adults. We missed the Richard Ann family; otherwise, would be full house for Haas 2003 in Hong Kong. Separately, my family welcomed our baby Mark to the family! We now have a boy and a girl.”

Tony Tai, of Beijing, China, joined as senior director of marketing based in Beijing City, China. For the past seven years Tony worked in product marketing for Microsoft.



Rodrigo Brumana, MBA 04, with Alessandra and Bella

Rodrigo (Moreira) Brumana, of Austin, Texas, reports, “We moved from the Bay Area to Austin, Texas. Never thought of leaving California, but found Austin to be a hidden jewel with great quality of life, people, job market, education, and affordable housing. Took a job as VP of finance for eCommerce leader RetailMeNot, Inc.—the world’s largest marketplace for digital offers. Participated in company’s IPO summer of 2013 and have built a world-class finance organization for the post-IPO era. Alessandra doing really well and Bella enjoying public school. Looking forward to the 15-year reunion!”


Jen Mayer, MBA 04, with wife, Christina G. Page, and sons Thaddeus and William

Jen Mayer, of San Francisco, Calif., updates, “After 17 years with the Department of Transportation, last year I joined Ernst and Young Infrastructure Advisors (EYIA) as a senior VP. EYIA provides finance, business planning, and procurement advisory services for large-scale infrastructure projects and public-private partnerships. The firm has advised on some of the largest undertakings in the country, the $5B Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement and $1.4B Goethals Bridge in New York, the Port of Miami Tunnel, and Interstate 595 Express Lanes projects in Florida.

“More locally, my colleague Margaret Rhee 06 helped develop the financial plan for the recently opened BART/Oakland Airport Connector (which I’m sure will help transport many Haas students between campus and the rest of the globe over the next few decades). We are also helping Berkeley’s sister campus, UC Merced, realize its ambitious vision for campus expansion and serving as advisors to the Transportation Agency for Monterey County, Caltrain, LA Metro, and the Southern California Association of Governments.

“I’ve celebrated many milestones since my time at Haas, including getting married to Christina Page in 2010 (and again, this time legally, in 2014). Together we are parents to Thaddeus (born 2011) and William (born 2014). We live in the Bernal Heights area of San Francisco, which has recently gained the nickname ‘Maternal Heights’ thanks to the prevalence of young kids. When I’m not working on behalf of transportation agencies, I’m trying to pass on my love of all things train and transit, taking Thaddeus to as many kiddie train rides, train museums, and actual trains as I can on weekends. I welcome friends getting in touch and queries about the best places to take train-crazy toddlers.”

Taylor Schreiner, of San Francisco, Calif., is the new VP for research at Haas-founded TubeMogul, Inc. Since graduating from Haas in 2004, Taylor has built a career in strategic insights and research for Bay Area tech firms Yahoo!, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Chris Thompson, of Walnut Creek, Calif., celebrates 12 years as vice president and senior financial advisor for Merrill Lynch. He advises clients on a full scope of categories ranging from investment management to employee benefits.

Alice Vatta, of Rome, Italy, joined C3 Energy as the VP of strategic clients in 2014. C3 Energy is a software company that helps utility operators realize the value of the smart grid (

Alex Bauer, of San Leandro, Calif., became executive director of investor relations for TriNet in September 2014. TriNet provides HR solutions to small and mid-sized businesses.

Jeff Bray, of San Francisco, Calif., writes, “Approaching 10 years at Prologis, Inc. (and its predecessor organization AMB Property Corporation), a global real estate investment trust, heading up the risk management team. My wife and I welcomed our new son Max in February 2014.”

Marcos Dehollain, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, was promoted to finance and services director with Roche, based in Brazil.


Brad Irby, MBA 05

Bradley Irby, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, reports, “It has been 1.5 years since I founded my technology outsourcing company in Buenos Aires, and it is growing quickly. This area is a spectacular place for technical talent.

“We just spent our second Christmas by the swimming pool in 90-plus degree weather, and we are loving Buenos Aires. If any classmates want to experience the southern hemisphere, just drop me a line. I hope to see everyone at the 10-year reunion in April!”


Nadeem Sheikh, MBA 05

Nadeem Sheikh, of Singapore, updates, “The last few months have been big ones at work—my company Opower went public on the NYSE earlier this year, and I moved halfway across the world to Singapore to run Opower’s offices in Asia. I think I have finally figured out how to properly bow in Japan and negotiate with taxi drivers in Manila. It has been a great career (and personal) adventure! Looking forward to the 10-year reunion in 2015.”



Mary Francis, MBA 06

Mary Francis, of San Ramon, Calif., has been named corporate secretary and chief governance officer of Chevron, effective May 1, 2015. In her new role, Francis will counsel the board of directors and senior management of Chevron on corporate governance matters, manage the Corporate Governance Department, and serve on the Law Function Executive Committee. Francis joined Chevron in 2002 as a trademark senior counsel in the Corporation Law Department. In 2005, she was appointed to the position of lead senior counsel in Chevron Shipping Company. In 2007, she was appointed to the position of managing counsel, Pipeline and Shipping in Global Gas. In 2009, she was appointed general counsel, Chevron Asia Pacific, Exploration and Production Company. She has held her current position as chief corporate counsel since 2012.

Uyen Nguyen of Seattle, Wash., writes, “These past two years have been busy for us. We took five months off to travel around the world (well, 25 countries to be exact) and started two new businesses: Waterbridge Capital, a boutique investment advisory firm run by me, and Nue, an international street-food restaurant based in Capitol Hill in Seattle, run by my husband. We love the start-up life—the energy, the problem-solving (and there are constant streams of problems to solve), and the amazing, often unexpected support we’ve received from our friends, families, and communities. It will be a while before we have the time to do another international trip (we are just aiming for six hours of sleep now), but we are enjoying ourselves.”

Vijay Sakhrani is now responsible for new business incubation, customer services at Hewlett-Packard. Before returning to HP, he was director of product management and marketing at Agni Energy, a startup focused in renewable energy from biomass.


Meghna Majmudar, of San Francisco, Calif., joined Bonfire Communications as the strategy director/senior associate in December 2014. Bonfire, a Lippincott company, creates and executes strategic communications campaigns driving employee engagement and action. Since graduating from Haas, Meghna has worked in strategy, specializing in business development, culture change, and leadership development.

David Saxe, of San Francisco, Calif., along with two Haas MBA alums, Brian Milovich 06 and Brian Chuck 07, co-founded Calvera Partners in 2010, a San Francisco-based real estate investment firm focused on the acquisition of apartment buildings. The company, which primarily sources its equity from accredited, high-net worth investors, recently acquired its eighth apartment building.

William Sellman, of Oakland, Calif., writes, “Still a family practitioner in the East Bay; also working with Stanford Health Care to define and expand the primary care network.”


Deepak Goel, of San Francisco, Calif., informs, “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.”


Anuj Jenveja, MBA 08

Anuj Jenveja, of Las Vegas, Nev., writes, “I have been working at Duetto, a cloud-based predictive analytics revenue strategy application for hotels and casinos. I am the SVP of Global Customer Success, which oversees deployment, onboarding, training, and support of our customers.”

Joe Lazar, of Oakland, Calif., announces, “My boutique marketing agency just celebrated its fourth anniversary! My wife and I had our son, Sam, in October. So far, so good—he’s a good sleeper!”

Billy Leung, of San Francisco, Calif., joined Ingenio as the senior director of product management. Ingenio is one of the largest peer-to-peer e-commerce marketplaces. Outside of his day job Billy advises startups including Crowdera and formerly PlaySay Inc. (acquired by Babbel).

Matt Mathias of Sydney has been promoted to retail operations manager of Australia and New Zealand for Google. He has been part of Google’s team since July 2008.

Damian Marano, of San Francisco, Calif., was promoted to VP of national sales at The Coca-Cola Company, where he has worked since 2006. Since graduating from Haas, he also earned his JD at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Michael Varshavski, of San Francisco, Calif., began work for Google on its partnerships and alliances team. Since he graduated from Haas, his career has focused on strategy, recently at HP and previously at McKinsey.

Nobie Yamawaki, of San Francisco, Calif., was promoted to regional senior manager, product and trade marketing, Latin America with PlayStation. Nobie has worked in product marketing for PlayStation since 2011.

Yuji Yoshimoto is now manager for Bain & Company in Tokyo, Japan. Previously, he worked as senior manager for Accenture.


Atul Agarwal, of Foster City, Calif., was promoted to senior director at Visa Inc. He was previously the director, strategy and product management, since 2012.

Kyle Kearney, of Oakland, Calif., announces, “I moved back to the Bay Area after three years of living in D.C. I started a new job as vice president of sales and project development at Borrego Solar. I’m excited to be back in California and looking forward to reconnecting with fellow Haas alums!”

Will Wright, of Birmingham, Ala., reports, “After leaving McKinsey and moving to Birmingham, I am now running Pack Health ( We provide bundled support services for patients living with chronic conditions like diabetes and cancer. It has been a great year for us having grown tremendously and having great patient impact. Thanks to Berkeley colleagues who have answered my questions thrown from ‘out of the blue.’ Also great news, my wife and I had a baby daughter, Vivian James Wright, in September 2014. She is growing like a weed, healthy and happy. Whitney and I are doing well too.”

Glenn Ballard, of San Jose, Calif., writes, “Recently celebrated the three-year anniversary of founding Marpé Finance & Accounting, an accounting and finance advisory firm focused on providing services to startups and early-stage companies—outsourced CFO, 409a valuations, audit prep, IPO readiness, and M&A support. Without doubt, the Berkeley MBA gave me the confidence I needed to start my own consulting business. Additionally, the alumni network has been incredibly helpful and valuable to me in business development.

“Regarding the Haas defining leadership principles, it’s really hard for me to narrow my favorite down to just one. They’re all great and two of them, Question the Status Quo and Confidence Without Attitude, really resonate with me. I’ll have to pick Confidence Without Attitude as my overall favorite though. It is the Berkeley brand of confidence that has enabled me to found and lead a successful, thriving, growing business. Thank you, Haas! I love Berkeley!”

Erik Kiewiet de Jonge, of Arlington, Va., was hired as director, business consulting, for Marriott International. As with his previous work with Deloitte Consulting, Erik will be based in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area. Along with his wife, Kristen, Erik welcomed their first daughter, Louisa, into the world in June 2014.

Eugene Lin announces, “I joined Plum Organics as a brand manager in December 2014. Plum, a public benefits corporation, makes delicious organic meals and snacks for babies, kids, and adults.” He and wife, Alicia Chan, MBA 13, live in the Bay Area.

Arun Nair, of San Jose, Calif., co-founded RetailNext Inc. to provide comprehensive in-store analytics to any retail professional with data for CEOs/owners, operations, marketing, merchandising, store design, and loss prevention. The company, celebrating its seventh year, is at

Amir Pelleg, of Seattle, Wash., continues building his career at Amazon. In December, Amir was promoted to senior manager, product management, digital products. Most recently, he was a principal product manager for Kindle Fire. Amir interned with Amazon while enrolled at Haas and has worked in product management since graduation.

Simon Ru, of Burlingame, Calif., writes, “My startup just raised $2MM seed funding. We are disrupting the $62B/year real estate commission market by adding much-needed transparency to the realtor hiring process. Come check out why people are raving about us on Yelp and please help spread the word. We will give your friends an extra $500 rebate if they use our service and mention you as the Haas connection.”


Jason Dolan, of Oakland, Calif., was promoted to senior account executive and team lead at Hobsons—maker of the Naviance college and career prep tool.

Hamza Khan, of Dubai, writes, “Still living large and racking up the miles at McKinsey in Dubai, but considering moving back to the States this year. Other resolution for 2015: Learn Spanish. Say hello if you’re ever passing through. Mi casa es su casa.”


Kimberly Petska, MBA 11, business director at People Against Dirty

Kimberly Petska, of San Francisco, Calif., announces, “I recently moved back to San Francisco from the East Coast to take a great new role as a business director with Method Products (now People Against Dirty, pbc) in S.F. It’s a great opportunity to be a general manager for the world’s largest green cleaning company and continue my personal passions in green science and consumer goods. We recently opened a LEED platinum manufacturing facility in Chicago, and it houses the world’s largest rooftop greenhouse managed by Gotham Greens. Business is strong; look forward to all 2015 brings. Clean happy!

“In addition to moving back to S.F. for the new role, I continue my travels to see the world. Most recently I visited Bolivia to see the Salt Flats in Uyuni and mountain bike in La Paz.”

Tim Potter, of Fairfax, Va., writes, “Tim, Kylie, and family relocated from the S.F. Bay Area to Fairfax, Va. Looking forward to connecting with Haas alumni in the area.”

Alan Wang reports, “Celebrating 12 years with Keller Williams Realty in Cupertino, Calif. Ranked in the top 1 percent of Keller Williams agents in Northern California and Hawaii.”


Jose Ramon Alvarez has over a decade of global experience in North America, Asia, and Europe in corporate strategy, VC, and product management and is currently at the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center driving future technology strategy, corporate VC investments in early-stage technology startups, and incubation of new products.

Andrea Leewong announces, “I recently left Intuit to join a startup in S.F. called NerdWallet. We are a website that provides content and comparison tools to help people make better financial decisions. We’re hiring, so if you’re interested, let me know!”

Lindsey Lincoln-Nabwangu, of Palo Alto, Calif., joined HP’s M&A corporate development team as an integration manager, based in Palo Alto. Lindsey and her husband and son welcomed another baby boy this summer, Oliver Lincoln-Nabwangu, born July 17, 2014, and weighing 9 pounds 11 ounces.

Nicole Sanchez, of Berkeley, Calif., writes, “In 2014, I founded Vaya Consulting, dedicated to supporting companies that are ready to diversify their workforce. Primarily working in tech, it has already proved rewarding, challenging, and fun.”

Arun Shekar, of San Francisco, Calif., continues building his career in entrepreneurship and advisory services, adding mentor/advisor for Alchemist Accelerator to his resume. Arun simultaneously leads Augment Advisory as founder and president, offering strategy consulting to early-stage startup firms and entrepreneurs.

Chris Tar, of Saratoga, Calif., reports, “After many years managing infrastructure teams and projects, Chris has made a move within Google to a group working on natural language understanding and artificial intelligence.”

Pete Thompson, of San Francisco, Calif., announces, “Chieko and I are celebrating the birth of our first child, Aiden, born on December 12 in San Francisco.”

Darren Woulfe became director of procurement at Sungevity in fall 2014. It is his second career advancement this year, as he was previously promoted to senior manager, strategic procurement, at Recurrent Energy in June.


Arup Banerjee, of San Francisco, Calif., joined Radius Intelligence in March 2014 and serves as the director of product management. Additionally, he celebrates two years since co-founding tally24, a Berkeley-based tech company that facilitates online booking for service-oriented businesses.


Benny Du, MBA 13

Benny Du, of Daly City, Calif., writes, “In mid-September 2014, I made the transition from the payments/e-commerce innovation space to enterprise IT/cloud computing infrastructure as I started my new role at Chouinard & Myhre, Inc. (CMI), an enterprise IT services provider based in Mill Valley (the company has extensive Cal connections!). I’m on the sales/business development side of things as I look forward to growing CMI’s cloud solutions practice and deepening our partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS). It has been a fascinating ride so far and I’m learning new things everyday! Please feel free to reach out to me if you’d like to discuss any cloud-related issues!”

Dennis Ducro, of Sydney, Australia, was recently promoted to engagement manager with McKinsey & Co.

Minnie Fong works at Korea’s #1 online retailer of Korean cosmetics, MEMEBOX, as head of e-commerce bringing Korean cosmetics to the Western market starting with the U.S.

Daniel Lee, of San Francisco, Calif., reports, “After graduation from the full-time MBA/MPH program in December 2013, I joined a tiny medical device startup making assistive self-feeding devices for people with tremor caused by essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease. Lift Labs had just launched its Liftware tremor-stabilizing utensil (which incidentally was my client company/project in Dr. Teck Ho’s Pricing class). In September 2014, we were acquired by Google[x] Life Sciences. I continue to be involved with the Liftware product and working with the bright minds within Google to bring the Liftware to the next level and get the device into the hands of more people who need it.”

Marius Rus, of Bucharest, Romania, joined CIT Restructuring, based in Bucharest and will be working on turnaround and distressed debt investing.


Harsh Sinha, of San Jose, Calif., is now director of product for PayPal in San Jose. He previously worked as head of engineering for eBay Local Shopping.


Gary DeBerry, of San Francisco, Calif., took a new job as director, email marketing for Lending Club starting in December 2014. He previously worked as vice president, database marketing, for BlackRock while applying to and starting the EWMBA at Haas.


Tony Verdon, MBA 15, at the finish line of his first 100-mile race with his wife, Michelle

Tony Verdon, of San Francisco, Calif., “completed his first 100-mile trail race at the Javelina Jundred on November 1, 2014, in Fountain Hills, Ariz. His wife, Michelle, and sister Stephanie paced him for nine 15-mile loops, each providing the much-needed support to get him to the finish. The race started at 6:00 a.m. and Tony finished in 22 hours and 44 minutes, coming in 58th place out of 511 runners who started the race. In addition to completing his first 100-mile race, he also earned the coveted sub-24-hour belt buckle.”



Colin Schmidt, of San Francisco, Calif., writes, “My wife and I are living in San Francisco with our three children (10, 10, 7). I am still the executive director for a nonprofit organization called America Scores. We help level the playing field for thousands of at-risk youth and have started a new program to transform asphalt public-school playgrounds into safe, green sports fields.



Geoffroy Samarcq, of New York, N.Y., works as a VP at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in N.Y.C. After graduating from the MFE program in 2010, Geoffroy returned to Goldman Sachs in the equity strategies group, where he worked until switching firms in June 2013.


Wilson Lee, of San Francisco, Calif., celebrates three years at BlackRock in the Client Solutions Group. He interned with BlackRock’s Global Market Strategy Group while a student at Haas.



Ekaterina (Kate) Matrosova, MFE 14

Ekaterina (Kate) Matrosova died tragically in February at age 32. She was a New York-based credit trader for France’s BNP Paribas SA, a position she’d held since August. While a student, Kate and five classmates took third place among more than 50 rivals and first place among U.S. teams in the 2014 Rotman International Trading Competition, the largest event of its kind in the world. “Kate was a true inspiration and good friend to all the people around her,” says her classmate Li Sun, MFE 14. “She was always motivated and dedicated to anything she set her mind to. As classmates, we worked on many projects together, and we achieved so much more than we could have possibly achieved without her.” Says Linda Kreitzman, executive director of the MFE program. “Everything she did, whether studying at Berkeley or working at BNP or being with friends, Kate did it with the utmost passion, dedication, ethics, and hard work. She lived her life courageously, on her own terms, and always cared about the least privileged ones. She supported many organizations, including a school for orphans in Peru. She was the most tenacious person I have ever met, and the Berkeley MFE community has lost a role model and a great friend.”



William Ziemba MBA 65, is the series editor for World Scientific Handbooks in Financial Economics and recently published The World Scientific Handbook of Futures Markets (World Scientific Publishing Company, 2014). He is the Alumni Professor Emeritus of Financial Modeling and Stochastic Optimization in the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, where he taught from 1968 to 2006. He is also a distinguished visiting research associate at the Systemic Risk Centre, based at the London School of Economics. He has authored and co-authored numerous publications, all of which can be found at



Thomas Jones, PhD 77

Thomas Jones, of Seattle, Wash., retired on December 31, 2014, after 37 years at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. He held the Boeing Professorship in Business Management and is one of the most frequently cited authors in both business ethics and stakeholder theory.



Donald Smith, PhD 81, with rescue greyhound Dolce wearing a Patriots coat

Donald Smith, of Dover, Mass., writes, “The second edition of my book, Bond Math: The Theory behind the Formulas, published by Wiley Finance, ‘dropped’ in November 2014. I’m still teaching at Boston University School of Management.”


Cathy Goodwin, of Philadelphia, Pa., announces, “After many years as a marketing professor and researcher, I’m working online with small businesses that want to create a compelling online presence. I’m still teaching via webinars, online workshops, and speaking. I’m particularly passionate about saving business owners from schemes and scams when they develop websites. My website is I got into this from marketing my first website, and my book on relocation,

“For fun, I am a WNBA basketball fan. I’ve taken several improv classes and last year I started doing stand-up comedy at open mikes in Philly. Well, lots of experience teaching undergrads and it’s not that different! I went on a cruise last summer to Italy, Croatia, and Greece. I live with two cats and a dog and do some volunteering (mostly online) for animal rescue.”


Jeffrey Bohn, of San Francisco, Calif., reports, “After many years of living in Tokyo, I am moving back to San Francisco to set up GXLabs for State Street Global Exchange, a new entity created within State Street focused on trading platforms, risk solutions, and advisory services. I have been promoted to chief science officer to oversee research and development in the areas of data science and risk analytics.”

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Rajesh Shrestha of Phoenix was promoted to COO of Cigna Medical Group, Cigna Healthcare of Arizona, in October 2014. He is responsible for expanding and executing the group practice’s operational strategy.

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