Alumni Notes



Mimi (Mary Renard) Knox, of Walnut Creek, Calif., announces, “The Class of 1950 had a wonderful time celebrating our 65th year Big Game weekend. Dick Hafner shared Hafner wine at the luncheon at the Claremont Country Club while the Straw Hat Band and Oski came to entertain. A good time was had by all!”


Hugh Gordon, of Mapua, New Zealand, reports, “All is calm and all is bright and very dry in the South Pacific this January. We commence the New Year with gratitude for continuing good health along with the passing years. Greetings and best wishes to all.”



Pax Beale, BS 52

Pax Beale, of San Francisco, announces, “At 86 years of age, I launch my last entrepreneurial effort, the Body For The Ages nonprofit, dedicated to avoiding America’s #1 killer, heart disease, using my five patents.”


Merlin L. (Bud) Henry Jr., of North Justin, Calif., writes, “We recently celebrated our 35th anniversary and just returned from a California Alumni Association-sponsored, cruise to Canada and New England. In the many cruises we have taken, we have never experienced such outstanding customer service. We were joined by 10 other Cal alums. I now see why Crystal Cruise Lines is rated #1 in the cruise industry.

“I keep active in my church, play tennis, and volunteer in the Orange County community. Am meeting with Tom Campbell this week. He recently announced that he is stepping down as dean of the Chapman School of Law. Go Bears!”

Gerald Wheeler, of Orting, Wash., inquires, “What are the odds that Mort Beebe, BS 55, and I would have our alumni notes published one after the other in the fall 2015 issue? Mort and I were fraternity brothers and roommates at Cal. Hi Mort!”


Larry Tessler, of Moraga, Calif., reports, This is my 17th year as a volunteer with SCORE, a national nonprofit dedicated to mentoring and counseling small businesses for free. One of my clients, MODE of Fargo, N.D., was named SCORE franchise of the year. That led to speaking before the Senate and a visit to the White House.”


Robert McNulty celebrated 40 years of leadership after the founding in 1975 of Partners for Livable Communities. Some 100 friends and colleagues gathered in Washington, D.C., at a celebration presided over by former board chair William K. Reilly of Texas Pacific Group of San Francisco. In attendance were some 23 trustees, four past board chairs, and guests.

Robert is a Global Fellow in Resiliency and Sustainability at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars; a visiting researcher at the Smith School, a joint venture of the Said Business School and the Center for the Environment at Oxford; a visiting fellow at Kellogg College, Oxford; and a policy fellow resident at the Rockefeller Foundation in October/November 2016 at the Bellagio conference facility at Lake Como, Italy.


Chuck Leo, See PhD 1973 notes.



Carl Jacobs, BS 65, ready for Jewish High Holidays

Carl Jacobs, of Woodland Hills, Calif., after completing an AA in music in 2010, entered the Academy for Jewish Religion California (AJRCA) in cantorial studies and will receive his master’s degree in Jewish studies in May. He has been a cantorial soloist since fall 2014, leading High Holiday and Sabbath services. He was invited to guest lecture to MBA students at both Tel Aviv (TAU) and Hebrew universities. He also met with the dean and staff of the TAU Recanati Graduate School of Business to share his Haas experiences and provide insight into effective alumni relations and development practices. Carl has traveled to more than 60 countries. In 2014 he went to Holland, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, and to Paris, where he celebrated his birthday with a group of friends and family. He took two trips to Israel in 2015.


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

Vijay Kumar, of Mountain View, Calif., reports, “I am retired now, but an advisor to InternetSpeech, based in San Jose. Enjoying times with my daughter and 7-year-old granddaughter living in Santa Cruz. They are strong swimmers and swim in the Pacific Ocean sometimes. Granddaughter Linden also swims several lengths of an Olympic-size pool. I enjoy visits from my son, who is a manager in his civil engineering company in Los Angeles.”


Bob Kellerman, of Davis, Calif., updates as follows: “Finished a few careers— store buyer, sales rep, eventually interior and CAD design. Would love to go back to work part time, in business consulting or small design jobs. Always learning something new— pop culture helps keep me thinking younger, but don’t invite me over for gossip or Kardashians, thanks. I am a strong member of a group helping people with alcohol/drug family issues. Still have Berkeley sense of humor.

“Was in S.F., then L.A. for decades, with a try at New York (I’m too spoiled by California weather). Went ‘bust’ when the 2007 events destroyed my income and finances. At a friend’s invitation, moved to Portland for two years. Escaped to Davis because old Berkeley roomie offered to rent me a house there cheap. Discovered that it is even more not like Paris, New York, or San Francisco than I remembered. Probably I am too outgoing, but it’s a pleasant place to live.”


Junichi Yamasaki, of Tokyo, Japan, writes, “Hi. I was in Ehrman Hall from 1966 to 1970. Anybody who remembers me, send me an e-mail. I worked for Mitsui-Sumitomo Bank in Tokyo for 13 years and established my own company developing financial artificial intelligence systems. If you need an advanced financial system, count on me.”



Hal Bogotch, BS 81, in scenic Santa Monica by the sea

Hal Bogotch, of Los Angeles, has been busy freelance writing and editing books, blogs, and websites. He has also been teaching private English/ESL classes.



Katharine Coakley Baker, BS 83

Katharine Coakley Baker, of Portland, Ore., reports, “2015 was an exciting year for my family and my work. Our son started college at Oregon State University, where he was recruited to row for the Division 1 team. I am the president of a subsidiary of Columbia Bank, where I run the trust and investment group now known as Columbia Trust Company. I have been in banking since I left Cal in 1983 and love the trust business. I work for a great company and live in the beer capital of the country. Thanks Cal for setting me on a great path!”



Mark Metcalfe, BS 84, with his dog, Ted

Mark Metcalfe, of San Antonio, Texas, announces, “After spending much of my career in direct marketing (first catalog marketing and then web retailing) I moved to health care several years ago. We are trying to expand a provider group nationwide with a focus on outcomes, patient experience, and costs ( I am always excited to hear from Cal grads and would especially love to hear from anyone working in health care. Marika (Cal 86) and I live in San Antonio but get back to the Bay Area from time to time to see family and friends.”


David Inchausti, of Alamo, Calif., repatriated after 20 years abroad, was appointed comptroller for Chevron’s upstream business in April 2015.

Kim (Crossley) Carter, of Palo Alto, Calif., writes, “Hello former classmates and all alumni and students: I am happy to announce that I have started my second career. I have gone from accounting and finance to real estate with Coldwell Banker in Los Altos. And I am excited to help all my fellow alumni, their families, and friends with everything real estate. There are so many of us that live on the Peninsula! Please contact me for any real estate question or need. I am on LinkedIn and Facebook. Or just call the Coldwell Banker office in Los Altos. I am happy to help. I look forward to talking with you.”


Charles Kreling, of Walnut Creek, Calif., started a new job as the head of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) for Central Garden & Pet, located in Walnut Creek.



Scott Sachs, BS 88

Scott Sachs, CPA, of Los Angeles, is now regional managing partner for the West region at CohnReznick, LLP, one of the leading accounting, tax, and advisory firms in the United States. Scott’s territory includes the firm’s California offices in Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, Sacramento, and San Diego. He continues in his previous role as office managing partner of the Los Angeles offices.

Scott is actively involved with the Boys & Girls Club of West Valley, Los Angeles Jewish Home (Eisenberg Village and Grancell Village campuses), and the Girl Scout Council of the San Fernando Valley and was also recently the annual honoree at C5LA Youth Foundation. Scott has been honored three times by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, once as one of the Valley’s “Top 40 Under 40” (an award that recognizes the accomplishments and community contributions of the San Fernando Valley’s most influential business people), once as one of the Valley’s “Top 25 CPAs,” and again as one of the Valley’s “Most Trusted Business Advisors.”


Stacy Sutton Williams, BS 88

Stacy (Sutton) Williams, of Atlanta, Ga., reports, “I sold my digital marketing agency, Big Drum, to a larger agency, Nebo, and am now senior director of conversion. Also, I downsized to a townhouse and my last child heads off to college in the fall. Looking forward to the next chapter!”



Eduardo Asturias, BS 92

Eduardo Asturias, of Stuttgart, Germany, writes, “I have been based in Germany for the last three years, leading a business function for a global medical device company. I have enjoyed every minute of it!!”


Arvinder Singh, BS 92, in his new office with a view

Arvinder Singh, of New Delhi, India, announces, “Reached a milestone of publishing 500 books from writers across the world. Recently shifted to our new office (an office with a view) in a downtown New Delhi high-rise corporate office building. Hope to publish more and more books from writers across the world and fellow Berkeley alumni. My wife’s fabulous 40th was celebrated at the La Piazza Italian restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Hotel New Delhi. Joined a spiritual group for personal and family well-being.”


Jeff Cohen, BS 96

Jeff Cohen, of Beverly Hills, Calif., reports, “The American Bar Association published my first book, The Dealmaker’s Ten Commandments: Ten Essential Tools for Business Forged in the Trenches of Hollywood.”



Jennifer Besner, BS 02

Jennifer (JenMarie Landig) Besner, of San Francisco, writes, “My passion lies in using my business skills for social good. I recently joined Tides after 4.5 years scaling a startup nonprofit, Girls Leadership. Tides gives grants, incubates new nonprofits, and provides collaborative work spaces for social ventures in order to accelerate the pace of social change. At Tides I am responsible for the operations of the executive office, working closely with the board of directors and leading internal communications. I also provide nonprofit management guidance in my role on the advisory board of Global Glimpse, a small nonprofit that helps low-income youth study abroad.”


Jacqueline Leao, BS 02, and niece Elisa Leão Costa Gonçalves

Jacqueline (Barros Dias) Leao, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, reports, “I have been working for Native Organic Products as the e-commerce manager since 2012. The company belongs to an organic sugar mill company in Brazil called Usina Sao Francisco, the pioneer of the Green Cane Project. You can check out more about it at nativealimentos. or at nativeorganicos.”



Stephanie Koran, BS 03, and family

Stephanie (Lyras) Koran, of San Francisco, announces, “On March 31, Mike Koran (BA/BS 2003) and I welcomed another son, Constantine Koran, to the world. With two boys our lives are quite full these days! Mike continues to run Primary Residential Mortgage in San Francisco and I work on Shopping at Google. We had a joyful time skiing in Utah over the holidays and look forward to a great 2016.”



Sara Hamdan, BS 05

Sara Hamdan, of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, reports, “It has been 10 years since graduation and I still use lessons learned at Haas. After starting off in banking at Merrill Lynch, I’ve somehow become an established journalist: the main writer for The International New York Times in Dubai since 2010. Starting in 2016, I have also taken on the role of editor of the Dubai Department of Tourism’s official quarterly magazine. Haas helped me to thrive in competitive environments, rely on professional instinct, and create a healthy work-life balance. I had a baby in July 2015. Baby Adam already has a Berkeley onesie.”


David Pordes, BS 05, with wife, Thairis, and son, Matthew

David Pordes, of San Mateo, Calif., writes, “In 2015, I was promoted to controller at Sapphire Ventures, a growth-stage VC in Palo Alto. Our son, Matthew, just turned 4 years old, and he is excited for his new baby brother, arriving April 2016.”

Congrats from Berkeley- Haas on your new job: Scott Goldsmith, associate attorney, Severson & Werson



Lara Estrada, BS 07

Lara Estrada, of Los Angeles, updates as follows, “In October 2015, I opened Yoga Bliss—a heated vinyasa yoga studio in the Westchester area of Los Angeles, just north of LAX. After teaching yoga for a few years in L.A., I decided to combine my passion for yoga with my knowledge in business. It has been quite an adventure and a huge learning experience! I would love to have other Haas alums in the West L.A. area practice at my studio! For more info, you can visit yogabliss-studio. com. I would also love to offer my support to other Haas entrepreneurs and can be contacted through the website.”

Christopher Jocson has been promoted to senior manager of financial planning and analysis at San Francisco-based OpenTable.



Jaime Aparicio, BS 08

Jaime Aparicio, Mexico City, announces, “I celebrated my third anniversary working for Easy Taxi, Latin America’s first and largest car booking app. After launching operations from the ground up in Argentina and taking the app to the country’s three largest cities, I moved to Mexico to manage operations for the northern Latin American region, including Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, and Venezuela. Three years in, I continue to learn and am enjoying shaping urban mobility in Latin America.”



Griffin Goc, BS 10, with grandpa Chin Chen Jen

Griffin Goc, of San Francisco, reports, “Helping build a San Francisco- based mobile ticket marketplace, Gametime, into something big. Focused on business development and strategic partnerships. Recently, I returned from a four-month backpacking trip throughout South America. Currently, am living in NOPA with my girlfriend. Enjoying the Bay Area and all the access to surrounding coasts, mountains, and hikes.”


Sonya Petcavich, BS 10

Sonya Petcavich, of San Diego, writes, “I recently left my job at Altria to focus on growing my pet- sitting startup, Meowtel. com. I was also accepted into the University of Oxford’s MBA program and will be joining the Class of 2017 next fall.”

Prashant Shukla started graduate school at the University of Chicago, pursuing an MBA/MPP dual degree while concurrently working as a senior product manager for Metromile in San Francisco.

Christopher Hammond, of Belmont, Calif., graduated from Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law and joined the corporate law practice of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP in the Palo Alto office. He will focus on counseling clients in M&A and corporate finance transactions. Christopher and his wife, Kaitlyn, welcomed their first child, Addison Claire Hammond, in April 2015.

Stanley Quan, of Palo Alto, Calif., reports, “Started a new job at a health care tech startup called analyticsMD. We are building an ‘air traffic control’ system for hospitals!”

Congrats from Berkeley- Haas on your new job: Jonathan Chen, corporate development, eBay



Brian Wang, BS 12 (second from right), with his a cappella group RosendaleSings—all of whom are Berkeley students or alumni.

Brian Wang writes, “I have been creating YouTube videos featuring a cappella and acoustic covers and songs for the past three years (the a cappella medleys are the most popular offerings). My channel has recently garnered over 23,000 subscribers and nearly 3 million views combined. Check out my work at My latest release is a 5 minute a cappella medley, combining the hottest songs of 2015 based on their peak date on the Billboard Hot 100. A recent feature on the front page of BuzzFeed about this helped me and my group garner additional attention within the first week of release:

Congrats from Berkeley- Haas on your new job: Laudan Fatemi, senior accountant, OpenTable



Talia Caldwell, BS13

Talia Caldwell, of Los Angeles, updates as follows, “Continuing my third year as a professional basketball player. I have been playing in the top-ranked and very competitive Spanish league since September. I am having a nice season and am a league candidate for MVP. Also, our team is in second place, which is awesome. Living in Huelva, Spain, is a nice experience. I am only an hour from Portugal. Through competition I have been able to travel to various cities across the country.”

Arting Chang joined the N.Y. office of AEA Investors in October 2015. Previously she worked in the M&A product group for JP Morgan.


Nick Alberson, of Boston, announces, “After a year of working in business development at Oracle, I was promoted within the sales organization, where I’ve been settling in for the past couple of months. Outside of my career, I’ve begun to look at a transition to graduate school, likely an MBA, and I began volunteering with Service2School. It’s an organization that helps veterans who, typically, have recently separated from the U.S. military and are looking to begin their higher education. Having served as an enlisted member myself, I know firsthand the struggles of adapting into a civilian lifestyle, the value of going back to school, and how amazing an asset the VA Post 9-11 GI Bill can be for all veterans.”

Lauren Closson joined digital health startup Vital Labs as a business operations and clinical specialist. Vital Labs is tackling chronic care management for hypertension patients and was co-founded by Haas alumnus Doug Barry, BS 85.




Stanley Goodrich, MBA 58

Stanley Goodrich, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., writes, “For the past 18 years I’ve held the post of public relations manager for SYSPRO, a Costa Mesa, Calif.-based provider of computer software. I also do some ‘freelance’ PR for motion picture producers.”

Ron Roderique reports, “I took early retirement from banking in 1988 when Citibank purchased United Bank of Arizona, where I was SVP and marketing director. As such, I introduced the first ATMs to Arizona in 1973, which we advertised as ‘ugly tellers,’ a marketing program that helped grow the bank from $200 million to $2.4 billion in 18 years. Retirement has also allowed me to provide marketing services to a number of community organizations.”


Delwin Roy, of Soquel, Calif., announces, “I remain active as a senior partner in the Africa- based firm, The Loita Group of Companies, and serve as secretary/treasurer for the group. In addition, I remain chairman of eSwitch, which in turn operates ZamLink, located in Lusaka, Zambia. Doing business in Africa is most challenging, for the company’s operations involve projects in more than 20 countries, each with its own legal and tax regimes.

“My oldest daughter, Dana, was promoted to the position of senior vice president, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, in February 2015 and currently supervises operations at Morgan-Stanley Bank. My wife and I will be celebrating our 55th wedding anniversary in March.”


John P. Dolan, of Seattle, reports, “Semi-retired, but getting ready for the political season. Am I one of the few democrats with an MBA in finance? Seemed that way when I was in corporate America. Living in Seattle, around two kids and three grandkids, I am considered something of a conservative. We will elect a new congressman this year, it was just announced today. Like to visit with other alums here when they have functions. Go Bears! (except when you play St. Mary’s in basketball).”

Chuck Leo See PhD 1973 notes.


Michael Kingsbury, of Indio, Calif., has joined the adjunct faculty of The College of the Desert, where he is teaching accounting.



Paul Eveloff, MBA 70

Paul Eveloff, of San Francisco, is continuing as a commercial property/ office building advisor for individuals, trusts, and estates; worldwide licensor and co-owner of the game JENGA®; partner with a Bay Area chef in the development and marketing of new cooking products; and managing trustee of the Joseph R. Parker Foundation focused on advancing educational opportunities for underserved and at-risk Bay Area youth and support of the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival.


Joe Garrett reports, “I’m on the board of Pacific Premier Bank, a $3 billion Southern California bank. It’s the fourth bank whose board I’ve served on, two as CEO.”


Lodovico Gandini, MBA 76

Lodovico Gandini, of Milan, Italy, writes, “Last May, I joined Lemanik SA, a new asset management company based in Lugano, Switzerland, as VP. Last May, I got married, for the third time, with Christine Waldmann, a German violinist living in Milan. Last summer, my eldest daughter Maria Sole spent two months at International House, attending a summer session at Berkeley’s law school.”

Grant Wong, of Oakland, Calif., reports, “Completed one of my retirement goals, finished my book. It is actually a translation of a Chinese classic novel first translated by Pearl S. Buck in 1933. Her book was a pioneering effort, but very hard to read in English. I used non-traditional name translations to make it easier for English readers. The book is 600 pages long, available in e-mail form for anyone interested. Send me your e-mail address, identify yourself, and I’ll e-mail the book to you, free. It is not yet published. Printout, two-sided, on laser printer will take 300 sheets plus one toner cartridge. Don’t print on ink-jet, the cost of ink will be more than $100.”


Jesse Wolf, of New York, announces, “I received a PhD in mathematics from the Graduate Center of The City University of New York on May 27, 2015.”

Leo Egashira, of Seattle, writes, “Here’s a television interview on my take on life, as someone who has lived and thrived with HIV for 28 years. I plan on flying down to the Bay Area for our 35th reunion—so you California classmates had better attend!”


Laura Clayton McDonnell, of New York, recently became district general manager of Microsoft’s New York Metro District team. She brings a wealth of knowledge in sales management and legal experience, most recently in executive roles at Aspect Software, IBM, Sun, and Apple.

Roger Austin, of Marysville, Calif., updates as follows, “Am assembling a pipe organ. Raising meat goats on a ranch in Northern California. Volunteering financial analysis for our church.”


Stephen Bartoletti, MBA 86

Stephen Bartoletti, of San Francisco, is delighted that his discovery of an account missing from the balance sheet has been validated in the Journal of Accountancy (“The Missing Piece in Liquidity Calculations— Why Calculating the ‘Current Portion of Fixed Assets’ Would Provide a More Accurate Picture of Financial Health” April 2012) and now in The RMA Journal (“Negative Working Capital is Not Negative—Heresy or Revelation?” December 2015).

The discovery of CPFA is one of several domino discoveries explained in Steve’s book Cash Flow 3.0—Advances in Cash Flow Lending based on Sustainable Cycles ( Following careers in commercial banking in Oakland and in development banking as senior banking advisor for the World Bank in Russia and Eastern Europe, he has turned to more academic pursuits developing his theory and practice of cash flow cycles.

Paul DeMuro, an attorney in the Fort Lauderdale office of Broad and Cassel, has been reappointed as chair of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Finance and Investment Committee and will serve a two-year term.

Debra (Smith-Kelley) Eagle, of Sonoma, Calif., reports, “After working nearly 20 years in Napa Valley, I’m pleased to announce that I am once again working in bucolic Sonoma Valley, where I live. I became general manager of BR Cohn Winery in July 2015, when my company, Vintage Wine Estates, purchased this winery. Not only am I close to home, but I’m learning lots about the world of music as founder Bruce Cohn (manager of the rock- n-roll group the Doobie Brothers) produces an annual music festival here. Having lots of fun. To top it off, my daughter Monica (28) had a daughter in November. Monica’s father (Jochen Rueter, MBA 86) and I are thrilled!”


Satish Rishi, MBA 86, with Kiran, Ryan, and Maureen Rishi

Satish Rishi, of Los Altos, Calif., writes, “Thirty years is a long time! Fortunately, I’ve had the opportunity to work in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Austin, and the Bay Area, with Intel, Dell, DuPont Photomasks, and now Rambus. It has been an amazing journey. No regrets. I’ve also been able to stay in touch with a core group of local MBA friends, (Andrzej Lubowski, Chris Silverstein, Cindy Kephart, Kathy Downing, Nancy Friedman, Susi Stadler) and we get to spend time together once in a while but not often enough. Looking forward to catching up with others at the reunion.”



Christopher Scharff, MBA 87, and the Scharff family receiving the honor of German (European Union) citizenship bestowed by Deputy German Consul Biedermann (far left)

Christopher Scharff, of Los Angeles, announces, “Recently, my wife, Andrea, daughter, Amelia (11), and son, Henry (14), and I returned from an amazing Sun Valley ski vacation to a new home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles. On January 7, at the German Consulate of Los Angeles, my children and I were presented with our German (and EU/European Union) citizenship at a ceremony attended by the German consul general. My father, Werner, and his brother, Kurt, along with other family members left Germany, Austria, and France either before or after WWII and emigrated to our great American nation. While we all indeed feel fortunate to be American citizens, dual German/EU citizenship represents a partial end to a journey that my father and uncle began and also because of the additional opportunities this presents to my children in an increasingly global world.”



Dennis Hickman, MBA 88, at World Masters Track and Field Championship in Lyon, France

Dennis Hickman, of Lake Oswego, Ore., last summer competed in the USATF National Masters Championship in Jacksonville, Fla., and finished 5th, 6th, and 7th in the 400m, 100m, and 200m dash, respectively, in his age group. He also finished 4th in the 200m at the National Senior Games in St. Paul, Minn., and competed with the USA team in the World Masters Championship in Lyon, France. Dennis is a program manager with Jacobs Engineering Group. His wife, Jane, is an attorney with Oregon DEQ. They have two sons. Morgan graduated from Southern Oregon University and Ben is a senior at Western Washington University.


Kathy Hovsmith, MBA 88

Kathy (Hov) Hovsmith, of Woodside, Calif., encourages classmates age 45+ to explore “thinoptics. com” for “Always With You” readers that stick on your phone or iPad. “They work great!” Kathy provides channel marketing services to ThinOPTICS and sends her best to Haas alumni.

Edward Tse, of Hong Kong, updates as follows, “I left Booz & Company as its chairman for Greater China in March 2013 and established a new consulting firm, Gao Feng Advisory Company, a strategy and management consulting firm with global vision, capabilities, and resource networks. In July, my latest book China’s Disruptors (Portfolio/Penguin) was published. In this book, I talked about the fast developing entrepreneurship and innovation coming from China (”



Mark Beckford, MBA 89, and wife Qiu Jing (Ashley)

Mark Beckford, of Folsom, Calif., reports, “Have joined a very cool cloud startup, eze System, based out of Folsom. It has been the shortest commute of my career (five minutes from my house). Have expanded my consulting business, NetBridge Global, to focus more on international business development versus just China.

“With fellow alum Brent Haapanen, MBA 13, kick-starting a formal Haas alumni chapter in Sacramento. If interested, contact me. Lastly, acclimating my wife, Qiu Jing (or ‘Ashley,’ whom I met in Shanghai on a long-term assignment), to life in the U.S. and, more importantly, to suburbia.”

Marco Salvalaggio, of London, U.K., writes, “I graduated in December 2015 from the London School of Economics with a master’s in local economic development, and I now consult on business development and financing with startups and SMEs with a dual profit and social mission.


Cecile Cogez, of Paris, France, writes, “After having had seven children and put work in second place in my life for a while, I have been back to a full-time job since 2014. I am working in RTE (French transmission system operator) and in charge of the internal control system.”


Manoj Goel, MBA 90

Manoj Goel, of San Jose, was recently named Distinguished Alumni of IIT (Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee), the top honor alumni can achieve from their alma mater.

Cam Pollock, of Seattle, reports, “Moved into a new role at Physic- Control, a medical device company in Redmond, Wash. Have been there 14 years total. New role is executive vice president and chief marketing officer.”

John Santoro, of Huntington Beach, Calif., announces, “After a 12-year stint at Apple followed by a slew of startups handling digital photography marketing, I returned to my love of creating photography. My business John Santoro Photography serves as my gallery and store. Now I travel widely, constantly searching for the scene, people, and light that tells the story of our planet.

“My daughter, Alyson, and her husband, Nick, have just accepted professorships at UC Santa Barbara. My oldest son, Jeff, married Lee Karlsson last July and he now owns two online businesses based in Burlington, Vt. My youngest son works hard toward graduation at the Academy of Art in San Francisco.”


MBA 90 classmates Tom Ninnis, Britt Anderson, Stephen Zavell, Gil Roeder, David Dannis, and Spencer Hirotsu at their reunion

A. Stephen Zavell, of Oakland, Calif., updates as follows, “I retired from Chevron in December 2015 after 28 years of providing intellectual property licensing, contract negotiations, and patent portfolio acquisition, sale, and management advice for major capital projects in the upstream, midstream, and downstream operations. I expect to travel, ski, learn new skills of interest, oversee building a net- zero house, and will be available for technology management consulting for projects where a new or ongoing business is looking to define an IP strategy for acquisition or sale of IP assets. I also expect to lecture on IP portfolio strategy and management.”


At the Big Game 2015: Borre Ulrichsen, MBA 92; Joe Brand, MBA 91; Diego Brand; Bruce Kirton, MBA 91; Lou Pelosi, MBA 91

Lou Pelosi, of Palo Alto, Calf., writes, “Recently enjoyed the Big Game for the 20th straight year together with MBA alumni Borre Ulrichsen, MBA 91, Joe Brand, and Bruce Kirton and celebrated Thanksgiving with classmate Clark Newby and family. Looking forward to our 25th. Hope those of us living in the Bay Area can welcome classmates living abroad and out of state who make the trip! Reach me at”

Ivar Spydevold, of Oslo, Norway, reports, “This January I started as CEO at the Norwegian governmental startup Statsat. Statsat is set up to develop and operate satellites for governmental purposes. This includes ship surveillance, science satellites, and communication in the Arctic. The company is developing an innovative and highly automated mission planning and operation software solution. It’s very satisfying when people ask, ‘What are you, a rocket scientist or something?’ to be able to answer, ‘Well, yes!’”

John Wright, of Austin, Texas, announces, “After 25 years in the Bay Area, we packed up and relocated to Austin, Texas, last summer to be closer to family. I head up the consumer insights team for Whole Foods, which nicely leverages my work in the natural food industry as well as my market research background. My partner, Troy, and I have 8-year- old twins, who now miss California terribly. We’ve told them the quickest way to to get back to the Bay Area is to study really hard and get into Cal!”



Tigo Business Forum 2015 speakers Uri Levine; Steve Wozniak, BS 86 (electrical engineering and computer science); and Jeff Wallace, MBA 92

Jeff Wallace was featured at the Tigo Business Forum 2015 as the keynote speaker at the forum’s event in Guatemala City. Other speakers included Steve Wozniak, BS 86 (electrical engineering and computer science), formerly of Apple, and Uri Levine, founder of Waze. Jeff’s firm, Global Kinetics (, is a corporate advisor and market development accelerator partner to early to mid-stage clients. He lives in the East Bay.



Hilary Weber, MBA 93

Hilary Weber, of San Francisco, reports, “We’re coming up on four years at Opportu, our startup innovation consulting company. We’re now offering two lines of coaching and consulting services: one for startups and early-growth companies to help them thrive and grow, and one for established enterprises, to help them get their ‘startup mojo’ (innovation) back on track. It’s so rewarding! Plus I’m co-instructing my first course at Cal on innovation this year (within College of Engineering Executive Education). Very exciting times!”



Haas MBA Class of 1994 alumni in Tokyo at their year-end reunion party. Clockwise from lower left: Hiroshi Ohkubo; Hiro Yamamura; Sean Howley; Toshi Ogura; Stephanie, Alana, and Ben Howley; Hiro Ohta; Dai Kawanami; and Atsushi Toda.

Atsushi Toda, of Tokyo, Japan, announces, “In December 2015, Haas alumni in Tokyo had a fantastic year-end reunion party with Sean Howley and his family who were visiting Japan for the 2016 New Year’s Day in Kyoto. As always, we did a lot of talking about the world economy, our businesses, our classmates, Cal football, and the newly opened Star Wars Episode VII. After several pitchers of Asahi beer, all of us were talking like Jedi Knights who want to save the whole world!”


Kassim Chaudry, of Metuchen, N.J., reports, “After another exciting year at EMC as a presales engineer, I’m looking forward to what the Dell merger is going to bring to the table. The company has been producing a lot of new products and services as it finds itself in an industry in transition.

“On the home front, my wife (of 27 years) is now working at one of the largest law firms in New Jersey, which keeps her very busy. Our son, Kevan, who was born in Berkeley, is now a junior at Northeastern, where he’s in his second co-op program. Our middle child, Kiren, is studying Russian in Moldova for a (gap) year and will be attending Georgetown in the fall. Our youngest, Kamryn, is adjusting well as a freshman in high school, having already won a varsity letter in field hockey as one of the school’s two top goalies.”

Robert Leland, of San Carlos, Calif., writes, “I’m still working in the financial planning and wealth management business at Ameriprise Financial. I may be moving to our Campbell office (near San Jose) this summer. Is there anyone I can help out there?

“We are expecting to move back to Los Altos Hills, Calif., so my two kids can attend the schools I grew up in, in particular Gunn High School in Palo Alto. It will be interesting after being gone for nearly 30 years. We’ve been having a great time taking our kids on some very nice trips throughout the world and look forward to more.”

Naoki Kobayashi, of Tokyo, Japan, is working for Taisei Corporation (general contractor, Tokyo) and has a son, who is seven years old.



James Gray, MBA 97

James Gray, of Austin, Texas, updates as follows, “In 2015 I returned to Berkeley as a data science graduate student at the School of Information. I had the opportunity to spend a few days on campus as a student in May and cherish the energy of Berkeley. During the summer I was able to give back to the Haas community by sharing a career strategy framework at a Haas webinar and S.F. chapter event. One of my goals for 2016 is to complete the master of information and data science program and return to Berkeley with my family to celebrate another graduation. This fall I transitioned into a data scientist role at Microsoft that is leveraging the blend of my business and technical expertise. After 15 years in Seattle, our family of seven moved to Austin this past May. We are now much closer to family and friends in Texas and Louisiana. We love everything Austin has to offer including its unique culture, great weather, and growing tech industry.”

Chris Rimer, of San Carlos, Calif., reports, “This fall, I transitioned from nearly three great years with Google Cloud Platform to IBM, where I will head the North America Cloud Unit partner business. I can genuinely say the Haas MBA was a key element of my acceptance into both of these roles. Go Haas! And any Haas IBMers around the world, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line.”


Inese (Lovensteina) Lowenstein, of Frankfurt, Germany, informs as follows, “While I have been part of Merck (the German company, known in the U.S. and Canada as EMD) for 12 years now, nearly every two or three years there has been a chance to try a new or an expanded role. Until January 2015, I was managing pigments and functional material business where I was able to return the business to industry-leading profitability levels after a significant reorganization, cost reduction, and refocusing of portfolio. Since then, I have been entrusted with managing the crown jewels of Merck, our liquid crystals business. It is a more than $1.5 billion business for Merck and we have remained the industry- leading supplier of liquid crystals to the display industry by continued innovation and being close to our customers in Asia. We hope to make significant progress beyond the traditional display industry by developing business opportunities in new applications for liquid crystals, such as Smart Windows, for instance. Hope your 2016 is also successful and full of new adventures professional and personal!”



New book by Brooks Mendell, MBA 00

Brooks Mendell, of Athens, Ga., just published his sixth book, Aunt Fanny Learns Forestry: Managing Timberland as an Investment. Brooks’ grandmother (and Berkeley student), the late Frances Collat Mendell, inspired the character of Aunt Fanny. She is sharp, loves salty jokes, wants to learn, and enjoys making a little money. However, her recently inherited forestland remains a bit of a mystery to her. This brief book, with drawings by Max Lang, follows Aunt Fanny through her learning of the key concepts and ideas needed to manage her forest as an investment.

Robert Tanner, of Beijing, is now director of global business development for Kika Tech, makers of Google Play’s #1 mobile keyboard, Kika keyboard.


Misha Cornes, MBA 01

Misha Cornes, of San Francisco, writes, “I’ve had a love of design since my first New Product Development class at Haas and have spent the last 15 years as a strategist in design-driven consulting firms. I am delighted to have recently joined LUNAR, an industrial design studio with a 30- year history with clients such as Apple, Nike, and Google. As head of innovation strategy, I work on defining problems and identifying customer needs to create strategic innovation opportunities for clients. LUNAR was acquired by McKinsey & Co. in May, so ironically I am also back in management consulting—my career before I came to Berkeley in 1999. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion!”


Vijay D’ Souza, MBA 01

Vijay D’ Souza, of Washington, D.C., reports, “I am still working at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). However, about a year ago, I was made a director in our analytics organization, where I am developing our strategy to manage advanced analytics and big data. Looking forward to comparing notes with any of you that could help us in that area.

“Last October I completed Ironman Maryland, which I had been training for for almost a year. It was a great experience, although delayed by two weeks due to Hurricane Joaquin. I am enjoying having many more free hours back in my schedule post-race.”

Leslie (Davis) Nicholson, of Toronto, Ontario, announces, “I recently sold my engraved giftware business after eight years of ownership and varying job responsibilities over the years, from wholesale account generation to sales team management to social media marketing. What I enjoyed most about running a business was managing the staff. I hope to focus on managing people in the next chapter of my career. Before embarking on that new adventure, I plan on taking at least six months off to spend time with my husband and three daughters, who are now 6, 8, and 11 years old.”



Anita Akerkar, MBA 02 (center), with friends Elise Morse and Srivats Srinivasan, MBA 98

Anita Akerkar, of Bellevue, Wash., announces, “Celebrated two years of moving to the Seattle area from India by hosting a fundraiser at a locally owned winery for a nonprofit very dear to my heart, Udayan Care USA, for which I serve as the treasurer. My dear friend and fellow Haas alum Srivats Srinivasan, MBA 98, showed his support over a lovely evening of wine and food pairings. Udayan Care USA supports orphaned, abandoned, and lost children in India as well as assists motivated, ambitious young women to achieve great things through education.”

Robyne (Shirley) Eldridge, of Danville, Calif., updates as follows, “This year, I am toasting 12 fabulous years in the wine industry. I am currently working as vice president of marketing for Treasury Wine Estates, looking after brands such as Sterling Vineyards, Chateau St. Jean, Acacia, and Etude and overseeing marketing support for all of Treasury’s exported brands. I got my start through a class project/ internship my second year of Haas and am proud to have several Haas grads working with me. This year, we were thrilled to pour our wines and talk about the industry at the Haas wine class and at Grapes of Haas. Go Bears!”


Stacey Grace, MBA 02

Stacey Grace, of Oakland, Calif., passed away on January 7, 2016, after a brave battle with cancer. She was 43. Says classmate, Sara Filipek, “Many of you may not even have known Stacey was ill these past four years. She insisted on living rather than dwelling on the cancer. She didn’t stop living each day to the fullest—working, traveling, entertaining, laughing, and giving all of her love to family and friends.” A memorial page has been set up to share a favorite Stacey memory or story and to upload photos or videos: forevermissed. com/staceygrace.

Stacey was passionate about her career, playing a key role in the success of many biotech companies, most recently Dermira, as senior director of corporate development and commercial strategy. She leaves behind her loving husband, Peter Grace, her sons, Alex and Robbie Grace, and her parents, sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Diego Groiso, of Swindon, U.K., announces, “After four years back home in Argentina, we decided to go back to the U.K. We have moved to live in Swindon, a town one hour away from the big city of London, to get a better quality of life, but not too far. I am working for Vodafone, leading agile development teams for the enterprise group. I continue with my goal to use agile methodologies and design thinking for the greater good.”

Chris Nuttall, of Short Hills, N.J., writes, “On behalf of the N.Y.C. Alumni Chapter, I’d like to thank all alumni who have participated in chapter events and/or served on the chapter board over the last four years, thereby contributing to our chapter success and recognition as Chapter of the Year. If you’re an alum living or working in the Greater New York City region and wish to get involved in the chapter or serve on the board, please contact me at chris_nuttall@”



Newlyweds Keith Kilpatrick, MBA 03, and Rosabel Tao (center) flanked by Christine Chen Velazquez and Richard Velazquez, MBA 03

Keith Kilpatrick, of San Francisco, announces, “Married Rosabel Tao in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on December 12, 2015. Thanks to Richard Velazquez, MBA 2003, and his wife for the intro many years ago!”



Wesley Winn, MBA 03, and Anand Shroff, MBA 04

Anand Shroff, of San Carlos, Calif., reports, “The startup I co-founded in 2011, Health Fidelity, completed a Series B offering in 2015 and is on track for a strong year in 2016. We provide solutions for health care organizations transforming themselves from fee-for-service to value-based, outcomes- focused businesses. We are growing quickly and would love to see Haas students and alumni exploring opportunities at Health Fidelity!”


Joel Drescher, of Mill Valley, Calif., updates as follows, “I am pleased to announce that I recently left my director of equity post at Symphony Asset Management to form Drescher Capital. I am joined by my good friend and a former Yale classmate, Jorge Robert. As many of you know, this launch is a long time coming. I am grateful for the experiences and knowledge that I accrued during my five years at Ascend Capital and three years at Symphony. Excited to start this new chapter. As CIO, I will steward a best ideas portfolio, consisting of 25 to 45 total names. This is an equity long/ short product, domestic focus, small- and mid- cap bias, all sectors. We expect to launch in 2016. We are fortunate to have engaged with top-flight service providers, such as Goldman, KPMG, and Shartis. Institutional investor meetings are ramping up, and we are off to a good start.”

Phil Strauss, of San Francisco, joined Health Fidelity, Inc. in San Mateo, as VP of operations and general counsel. Health Fidelity provides risk adjustment analytics for Medicare and other health care payers. Health Fidelity was founded by Phil’s classmate, Yan Chow, and Anand Shroff, MBA 04.


Monica Wiese, MBA 05, enjoying a typical day with her three little joys

Monica Wiese, of Lima, Peru, writes, “I started working as a Harvard- based adaptive leadership professor and consultant. Pablo Seminario, MBA 04, continues to be happy as Falabella VP of supply chain management of hypermarket brand. We feel at times overwhelmed with three under 6 years old but are loving every minute.”


Jesse Brackenbury, MBA 06

Jesse Brackenbury, the executive director of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in Boston, was named one of ten “Outstanding Young Leaders” by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Since taking the helm at The Greenway in 2012, Brackenbury has used his business background and love of parks to make the mile-and-a-half stretch of green space in the heart of Boston a destination for organic gardens, public art, and 300 annual free events. Past recipients of this award include President John F. Kennedy and conductor Leonard Bernstein.


Mohammed Guller, MBA 06

Mohammed Guller, of Danville, Calif., reports, “My first book, Big Data Analytics with Spark, was published last week. It is a book about one of the hottest technologies that came out of Berkeley and is taking the world by storm.”


Steven Huang, MBA 06 (right), with partner, Dan, and their twins Ilana and Isaac

Steven Huang, of San Francisco, announces, “My partner, Dan Risman Jones, and I were blessed with our playful twins, Ilana and Isaac, who will celebrate their first birthday this February. Dan and I are also business partners, having started the Ascend Group realtor team together and are now among top-producing real estate agents in San Francisco and the East Bay. We love the work-life balance we have, as well as the opportunity to help other young professionals find homes to start their families in the Bay Area.”

Ilyse Pender, of San Jose, Calif., was a software development manager for Amdocs ClarifyCRM while earning her MBA. A few years after graduation, Ilyse left the high-tech world behind to pursue a career in the wine industry. She studied at the French Culinary Institute and became a certified sommelier. She currently is the Wine Club manager at Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains, handling the day- to-day business operations and teaching wine education classes. Ilyse has augmented her wine studies with travels to wine regions in Germany, France, Slovakia, Croatia, Montenegro, Thailand, and, most recently, New Zealand. When not studying, traveling, or working at the winery, she can be found at the gym training for her next bodybuilding competition.


Kirsten Tobey and Kristin Richmond, MBA 06s

Kirsten Tobey, of Berkeley, Calif., updates as follows, “Kristin Groos Richmond and I celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Revolution Foods this year. We continue to be so grateful for our time at Haas and all the classmates, professors, and others who helped us get Revolution Foods off the ground. We are now serving more than 1.5 million healthy school meals per week and have retail products in more than 3,000 grocery stores across the country.”



Dawn Belt, MBA 07

Dawn Belt, of Mountain View, Calif., has been elected partner at Fenwick & West. She earned a joint MBA/JD from Berkeley. She advises technology companies including Dropbox, Facebook, GoPro, Nimble Storage, and ServiceNow on a broad range of corporate transactional matters, including startup counseling, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, SEC compliance, and corporate governance.

Nate Bucholz of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, writes, “My wife, son, and I have moved to Kuala Lumpur for a two-year work and personal adventure. Still with Google, I’ll be leading our advertising sales efforts for the consumer package goods and finance industries. I’m excited for the challenge of a new job in a new market and the whole family is looking forward to some interesting travel opportunities.” Alex Canasi, of Mexico City, is starting his eighth year as CEO of Eficasia. He and his wife, Katherine, have their hands full with Sebastian and Emma, who will turn two and one in 2016.

Kevin Hill, of Oakland, Calif., started Heights Consulting in 2015, offering business intelligence services to a range of clients. He also taught data visualization for full-time and evening and weekend Berkeley MBA students.


Jennifer Quan, MBA 07, and her family

Jennifer Quan, of San Mateo, Calif., updates as follows. “Now owner, chief creative, and big kid at Rec Room Creative. We are a creative indoor space and community for families of littles to explore, play, and love together. Opening in downtown Burlingame, winter 2016.

“We welcomed our fourth child, Emma Sophia Quan, on April 28, 2015, and spent Christmas in Taiwan (where we stayed in a most family friendly hotel where the kids enjoyed in-room tents to sleep in, motorized cars to drive around the hotel in, clay crafts, jumpy houses, and more) and New Year’s in Hong Kong (where the kids declared Disneyland HK the best Disney destination and where we enjoyed a most spectacular fireworks display).”


Kate Stillwell, MBA 07, founder of Jumpstart

Kate Stillwell, of Berkeley, Calif., reports, “I’ve spent the past year founding Jumpstart Recovery, to create affordable earthquake insurance and increase post-disaster economic stimulus up to 10x. The future remains to be seen, but so far so good! And now that our daughters, Karen and Julia, are 7 and 5, family life is suddenly much more fun (while it lasts)!”



Arun Garg, MBA 08

Arun Garg, of Cupertino, Calif., announces, “I recently joined Nimble Storage in San Jose, Calif., as director of solutions product management for the SmartStack Solutions Portfolio that includes data center and cloud solutions. An important aspect of this role is to accelerate inorganic growth through strategic alliances and partnerships. Prior to this, I was at Cisco Systems where I defined and grew innovative data center and cloud solutions to capture market transitions.”

Deepak Goel, of Fremont, Calif., reports, “I have launched a new peer-to-peer knowledge- sharing platform called KarmaCircles (KC). On KC, people give and receive advice for free. One can find an expert, request online/in-person meetings, and then thank them for their help. When you help others, you build your online reputation around various skills. You can see a typical KC profile at karmacircles. com/deepak. It takes less than 10 seconds to sign up for KarmaCircles using LinkedIn. Or please install the KarmaCircles app from the Google Play Store.”

Adam Prishtina has joined the WP Engine team as senior director of product management. Austin-based WP Engine is a hosting service for websites and apps built on WordPress dedicated to optimizing the sites’ performance in all areas. Before, Adam was director of product management for Bigcommerce.

Tejas Saraiya, of Dublin, Calif., updates as follows, “I recently joined the board of directors of a Bay Area nonprofit organization called Abode Services. Abode’s mission is to end homelessness by assisting low-income, unhoused people, including those with special needs, to secure stable, supportive housing as well as to be advocates for the removal of the causes of homelessness. Abode helps about 4,000+ adults and children each year. I’m excited to join the cause!”

Michael Thomas, of San Francisco, announces, “I am currently an associate with the global labor and employment law firm of Ogletree Deakins P.C. in San Francisco. I have been blessed to use my background as a lawyer and knowledge of business models from Haas to represent several high-profile, on-demand tech clients in litigating whether their drivers or technicians are employees or independent contractors. It is very challenging and very rewarding.

“On a personal note, in my free time, I completed a yoga teacher training with the Niroga Institute in Berkeley. Niroga focuses on yoga, mindfulness, and meditation as a way of healing the body from stress and trauma and increasing emotional intelligence and focus. Not only have yoga and mindfulness been a part of my healing life journey but I have used these beautiful tools in volunteer work with at-risk youth in Oakland and in working with incarcerated men through the Insight Prison Project.”



Rocio Martin Hoyos, Ryan Drake-Lee, MBA 09, and Sebastian Martin-Drakelee

Ryan Drake-Lee, of Hoboken, N.J., announces, “My wife, Rocio Martin Hoyos (Haas MBA exchange student fall 2008), and I had a son, Sebastian Blaise Martin-Drakelee, on February 28, 2015.”

Omar Garriott, of San Mateo, Calif., reports, “I started in June as director of product marketing for Salesforce. org (formerly Salesforce Foundation), focused on the nonprofit market. I’m as shocked as all of my classmates surely are that I’ve become a tech marketing guy post-Haas.”


Elihu Luna-Thomas, MBA 09, with Claudia and Sebastian

Elihu Luna- Thomas, of Seattle, just moved to the Pacific Northwest from New Jersey to join Amazon. Ariel Rak, of Bloomfield, N.J., writes, “After a second stint on the West Coast, we packed up and moved east over the summer, now living right outside the Big Apple. I also started working as a director in KPMG’s management consulting group, based in N.J.”

Boaz Ur’s company, HARBO Technologies (which he co-founded and which won the Cleantech track of the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition), was recently featured in the news for its new technology to clean up offshore oil spills. The company will begin taking orders for its 100-foot boom in late 2016.

Keri Waters, of Santa Cruz, Calif., writes, “My startup, Calliope Waterworks, is a contestant in TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield at CES! I am proud to announce we’ll also be joining the spring class at Highway1, an accelerator in San Francisco.”


Lindsay Brown, of Chicago, started a new job at Strategy&, formerly Booz & Co. and now part of the PwC network.


Rahul Jauhari, MBA 10

Rahul Jauhari, of San Jose, Calif., founder of LogTera Education, launched ClassK12. com—a personalized learning website that improves student performance and teacher productivity for math and English language arts. ClassK12 provides fun, visual, and interactive online practice of standards-based content to keep young learners engaged. Check it out at

Sanjay Krishnan, of Foster City, Calif., writes, “Over the last couple of years at Google, I’ve been building the partnerships necessary for companies to build great products and services using Google’s open-source contributions (Android, Chrome, etc.). Take a look at open-source technologies if you have ideas to explore!”

Ian Lee, of San Francisco, has been named global head of Citi’s Innovation Lab Network and Acceleration Seed Fund at Citi Ventures (Citigroup’s global corporate venture capital and venturing unit).


Shikha Maheshwari, MBA 10

Shikha Maheshwari, of New Delhi, India, reports, “I am currently associate director of marketing at Abbott Vascular—cardiovascular device division of Abbott Labs. I moved to India right after graduation as a part of Abbott’s MDP (Management Development Program) and decided to stay. India is a hyper-growth market with accelerated career opportunities, and I have acquired several key skills to be successful in emerging markets. I lead marketing strategy, marketing operations, product launches, product lifecycle management, market research, and analytics. I have also acquired skills in cross-functional leadership and navigating discussions on government policy and lead discussions on public affairs policy. And I had a beautiful addition to my family—a daughter. She is now a year old and a bundle of joy!”

Navin Mittal, of Fremont, Calif., just took a new role at the newly formed Hewlett Packard Enterprise as the director of product marketing for the company’s data center switches. In his new role he is responsible for all the FlexFabric and Altoline line of switches.

Lijia (Howard) Qiao, of Beijing/Hong Kong, announces, “I recently left Morgan Stanley’s M&A group in Hong Kong, after five years executing cross-border transactions involving Chinese companies, and joined a longtime client, HOPU Investments, the preeminent private equity firm in China.”

Congrats from Berkeley- Haas on your new job or promotion: Aaron Berndt, Business Development Team, Nest


Raul de Oliveira Cardoso, MBA 11, with wife, Paula Silva, daughter, Amanda, and son, Lucas

Raul de Oliveira Cardoso, of San Jose, Calif., writes, “Started a new job in 2015 at Rovi Corporation as program director in business transformation. Will celebrate my twins’ second birthday in March.”

Lauren Hayslett, of San Francisco, announces, “I just started a new job as a senior product manager with DocuSign in S.F. in September and am loving it so far.”


Twenty-three Haas MBA alumni at the wedding of Christine Vleck, MBA 10, and Andrew Jensen, MBA 11

Andrew Jensen, of San Francisco, updates as follows, “I started working at Lending Club in January 2014 and was recently promoted this November to director, customer experience. I married fellow Haas alumna Christine Vleck, MBA 10, September 26, 2015, at Triple S Ranch in Calistoga, Calif. We had 25 Haas alumni at our wedding (25 percent of our attendees were Haas!) between our two classes. We went to South Africa for our honeymoon. Christine has worked at CLIF Bar the last five-and-a-half years and recently switched roles to consumer promotions manager.”

Hamza Khan, of London, U.K., writes, “Still working with McKinsey but moved from Dubai to London at the end of 2015. Here’s to a 2016 full of exploring and understanding a new region. Students Always.”

Laurie Peterson, of Oakland, Calif., announces, “I appeared on QVC to debut my new line of building toys, called Build & Imagine StoryWalls. It was a true ‘Curtain Up!’ experience as I juggled demoing, engaging with the host, and trying to figure out which of the six cameras was on. Exciting! Check out our toys on”


Badri Raghunathan, MBA 11, and his family

Badri Raghunathan, of San Jose, Calif., recently started working at Symantec in product management. He is responsible for some of Symantec’s products in big data analytics for security applications. He also recently took an amazing vacation in Yellowstone National Park and spent a week unplugged from civilization.

Amber Ulrich, of San Jose, Calif., reports, “After launching iOS 9 in September, I took a new job as a manager in the Apple Maps team. This job focuses on feature and product development for Apple Transit and other Apple Maps client features. The new role focuses heavily on people and product management skills and works with an amazing group of engineers, designers, and researchers.

“Outside of work, my husband and I continue to spend time training our 1-year-old labradoodle, Loki, who lives up to his mischievous name, and are settling into our new house in Willow Glen. I traveled this year to both Iceland and Japan and enjoyed the beautiful scenery of their national monuments!”



Darcy Illg, MBA 12

Darcy Illg, of San Francisco, became the new board president for 2016 of the Financial Women of San Francisco (FWSF), a professional organization of almost 400 executive and managerial women in finance and financial services. Darcy served as vice president of FWSF in 2015 and has been an active member since 2011. She headed finance and business operations for several services firms in the Bay Area before joining Wells Fargo as a consultant in the virtual channels fraud group.


Rama Kolappan, MBA 12

Rama Kolappan was named a 2016 Computerworld Premier 100 Technology Leader for his exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges. He helped transform business unit structure within his company to align innovation with customer needs in the area of information management, mobility, and cloud computing.


Daniel Lombardi, MBA 12

Daniel Lombardi, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, as senior investment manager for Iron House Real Estate, successfully closed on a reported R$400 million joint venture with ADIA (Abu Dhabi Investment Authority) to develop the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences, the first luxury hotel in Sao Paulo. He is now on to new challenges within real estate investments as a founding partner of a real estate private equity company.



Gabe Cohen, MBA 13, with friends celebrating Lyft with iconic pink mustaches

Gabe Cohen, of Denver, Colo., announces, “After launching and managing the consumer insights group for a wonderful, fast-growing Denver startup—Craftsy, I will soon be starting a new job as Colorado general manager for Lyft.”


Brent Haapanen, MBA 13, with wife Destiny (and soon to be born baby Calvin) cheer on the Bears

Brent Haapanen, of Sacramento, Calif., recently relocated from San Francisco to help JP Morgan Chase build its middle marketing corporate banking strategy for Northern California. “Together with Mark Beckford, MBA 96, I am working on developing a more formal Haas alumni chapter for the greater Sacramento area. My wife, Destiny, and I welcomed our first child (a boy) at the end of January!”

Tobi Hann, of Vienna, Austria, moved back from Dubai in summer 2014. “After a year of consulting in Europe I left BCG in fall 2015 to head the launch of a new long-distance bus service for the Austrian Federal Railways. It’s a great mix between startup and corporate world and I really enjoy the new challenge. Finally (at least partly) back to entrepreneurship! It’s also fantastic to be able to spend more time in Vienna again. I’m always excited to show people around the city, so definitely drop me a line in case you happen to find yourself in this part of the world!”

Maria Teresa Martins has joined Uber in the company’s San Francisco headquarters as a strategic planning and pricing associate. Prior, Teresa was part of Google for Work Growth as a strategist.

Congrats from Berkeley- Haas on your new job or promotion: Gilad Bonjack, Senior Product Manager, Zenefits


Kevin Chang, of San Francisco, writes, “I started as a finance manager at NVIDIA last November. I will be looking after the company’s technology endeavor in autonomous driving business (i.e., driverless car technology). Also, I took a four-day vacation in Tokyo, Japan, meeting up with Haasies and enjoying amazing cuisines there.”


Harsh Sinha, MBA 14

Harsh Sinha, of London, U.K., took on a new role in May 2015 as vice president of engineering at TransferWise—the international money transfer startup. The role provides the perfect blend of product and engineering and allows Harsh to help scale a fast-growing startup disrupting the financial industry. It also allows him and his wife the opportunity to explore Europe. London is seeing a lot of FinTech startups re-imagining the way banking, loans, money transfer, and other financial services work.


Newlyweds Kristen Nesbit Duffel, MBA 15, and Andrew Nesbit, BS 09

Kristen Nesbit Duffel, of San Francisco, announces, “This past October, Andrew Nesbit, BS 09, and I got married in beautiful Santa Barbara. Now that the honeymoon is officially over, work is keeping us busy. Andrew is the VP of content, community, and sales at Course Hero, a startup in the education space, and I am an engagement manager at Medallia, a customer experience software company. We both are looking forward to lots of new adventures in 2016!”



Martha Gerhan, of San Francisco, is putting her marketing skills to work as her husband launches his first novel. Terms of Use by Scott Allan Morrison is a fast-paced, Dan Brown-esque geopolitical thriller that exposes the dark side of social media. Readers are raving about it on Amazon—making Martha’s marketing efforts a bit easier. You can learn more by contacting Martha or visiting



Deepak Deolalikar BCEMBA 09

Deepak Deolalikar, of Milpitas, Calif., joined SugarCRM as group product manager. SugarCRM is a leading cloud-based enterprise CRM software that automates core sales, marketing, and customer service processes. Deepak’s portfolio of products includes sales intelligence, analytics, and data visualization.


Christopher Fong recently co-founded Choice (, a marketplace for digital marketing services, after spending 8.5 years at Google. The marketplace consists of ex-Google employees and other certified consultants ready to assist with growth marketing services. In addition, Choice has established a digital marketing training program to land ambitious job seekers a paid job as a digital marketer without any prior experience through an apprenticeship, internship, and job placement program. He welcomes anyone looking to hire digital marketing staff or consultants to get in touch. His program also welcomes any Haas grads interested in making a career switch into digital marketing. chris@



Carter Reue, BCEMBA 12

Carter Reue, of Alameda, Calif., writes, “My wife, Kat, and I moved from San Jose, Calif., to the island of Alameda! We are still in the Bay Area, but it was a big move for us. We are right on the beach, and the door is always open to anyone who wants to enjoy sunny NorCal!

“Kat and I took a ‘babymoon’ road trip earlier this year and that story made it into the ‘Life’ section of the Wall Street Journal! Here is the link to the online version of the article: I thought you might enjoy the quick read and get inspired to go on a road trip of your own!”



Qibin (Kevin) Cai, of San Francisco, reports, “I am starting a new career as a director in risk management with RBC Capital Market in New York.”




William Halal, PhD 71

William Halal, of Washington, D.C., has taken emeritus status at George Washington University and now devotes his time to his company, TechCast Global Inc. ( Emerging out of his academic research, TechCast has become one of the best forecasting and foresight systems in the world. It pools the knowledge of 150 experts worldwide to forecast emerging technologies, social trends, and wild cards for business and government leaders. The project was cited by the U.S. National Academies, won awards, and was featured with a full page in the Washington Post. He adds, on a personal note, “My wife, Carol Lynn, and I have been married 42 years and have two lovely grown children.”



Chuck Leo, BS 64, MBA 66, PhD 73

Chuck Leo, of Huntington Beach, Calif., announces, “After 30-plus years of executive-level positions in the area of human resources as well as extensive consulting and simultaneously teaching MBA graduate courses at Pepperdine University for those same 30-plus years, I have ‘partially’ retired. I still teach one course each term, but am doing quite a bit of traveling (primarily in Western Europe). I’m also still active at various academic and professional conferences in the capacity of workshop presenter in the areas of human resources strategy and organizational leadership. I have also written some articles, as of late, in the area of ‘The Relevance of Mindfulness to Business Leaders.’”


Cathy Goodwin, of Philadelphia, has left academia but continues to use her research and teaching skills to provide online marketing support for small businesses, through copywriting, web development, and online course creation. Cathy lives in the Old City section of Philadelphia with a dog and two cats, and she’s very involved in animal rescue. In the last few years, she has ventured into the world of standup comedy. She’s working on a book that will be an irreverent guide about preparing for growing older.

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Conrad Metz, of Cleveland, reports, “I have recently joined an investment firm here in the Cleveland area, specializing in institutional and ultra-high-net-worth families. Before that I served as chief investment officer for the State of Ohio treasurer, after managing global mutual funds and sovereign wealth funds for 30 years.

“My wife, June, and I recently celebrated our 22nd anniversary. Our daughter, Elizabeth, is in the seventh grade.”

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