Alumni Notes



Mimi (Mary Renard) Knox, Walnut Creek, Calif., reports, “The Class of 1950 Council under the leadership of President Dick Ingraham will be announcing the site for our 68th Class Reunion. Looking forward to enjoying more time together!”


Richard Tompkins writes, “Recently moved to Sun Valley, Idaho, to continue my real estate business. Now licensed as a broker in California, Hawaii, and Idaho.”



Russ Pike, BS 60

Russ Pike, of San Francisco, announces that he and Lauri Nitz recently formed New Venture Management LLC, a business consulting service with offices in Reno, San Francisco, and Denver, focusing on startups. With over 50 years of experience between them in legal services, marketing, business management, and investor services, they offer very personalized guidance for the small business owner.


Vijay Kumar (Pandit), of Mountain View, Calif., updates, “I am retired now. I worked at IBM, Memorex, and BMC Software company writing and testing IBM mainframe software until my retirement. I also did sales of imported semi-precious and some precious stones as a side activity. I have now sold all my leftover inventory and shut down the business.

“My son Jay had a daughter in August 2016. Now I have two granddaughters, as my daughter Amba has an 8-year-old daughter also. Jay is a senior manager at the real estate company Partner Engineering and Science. Amba, who graduated with honors from UC Davis in sociology, is a real estate professional in Santa Cruz.”


Herman (Buzz) Boschken. See MBA 1968.

Irene Hartung Boschken. See MBA 1968 note for Herman Boschken.



Timothy Yee, BS 90

Timothy Yee, Alameda, Calif., recently attained his latest 401k-advisor certification, the C(k)P certification. His practice, Green Retirement, Inc., is celebrating 10-plus years in business.



Lidia Stiglich, BS 92

Lidia Stiglich, Reno, Nev., was appointed to the Nevada Supreme Court in November 2016 by Governor Brian Sandoval.


Berkeley Club of Hong Kong’s Berkeley Ball organizing committee: Darrell Chan, BA 98, MA 04; Michelle Wong, BA 11; Peter Yu, BS 92; Winston Lam, BA 92; Esther Ma, BA 87; Cheryl Lo, BA 09; Clara Lo, BA 95; See Kay Ng, BA 14; Karen Chan, BS 11; and Tak Chi Chow, BA 04

Peter Yu, Hong Kong, reports, “On November 19, nearly 150 alumni and friends gathered for Berkeley Club of Hong Kong’s 10th Berkeley Ball. Hong Kong Haas Alumni Chapter President James Man (MBA 03) and board member Richard Ann (MBA 03) joined the ‘Haas Table’ alongside many more Haas alums.” Club President and Berkeley Ball Co-Chair Yu and Club Executive Committee Member Karen Chan (BS 11) sat on the event’s organizing committee.



The wedding ceremony in the Philippines for James McCorkle, BS 98.

James McCorkle, Albany, Calif., reports: “Launched as the truly first Internet of Everything and Energy as a Service platform. Additionally, launched Beyond Organix Digital Farm platform with the owners of Berkeley Bowl for indoor and outdoor controlled environment agriculture with for Tribal Nations. Began volunteering with run by former UC Berkeley professor Oscar Pemantle. Celebrated second anniversary of my marriage to Mae France McCorkle-Conol.”


Chris Pope, Santa Monica, Calif., announces, “My wife and I welcomed our first-born son into the world!” Jackson Lewis Pope arrived on January 7, 2017.



Stephen Maier, BS 07, talking with Kyrgyz Dairy Farmers

Stephen Maier, of Osh, Kyrgyzstan, reports, “Our for-profit, development-minded livestock nutrition company made a partnership with USAID to develop the smallholder dairy and beef sectors in southern Kyrgyzstan. I am working as the project manager. We hope to help farmers turn dairy farming and beef fattening into a profitable business, rather than just a cultural practice. I’d love to connect with other alums in the agriculture field:”



Anjali Menon, BS 11

Anjali Menon, San Francisco, writes, “This year brought about some amazing career milestones. I became the head of growth for a Y-Combinator company called Magic. I also have the privilege of serving on the SF Opera Bravo! Board. Finally, I was selected as a Nasdaq entrepreneur fellow for this round’s cohort. Very exciting year—hope to continue to make Cal proud!”



Brandon Lassoff, BS 12

Brandon Lassoff, Evanston, Ill., recently began the pursuit of his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management.

Jeff Rizzo reports that the digital media company he founded and leads, RIZKNOWS, secured a growth capital investment from Haney Business Ventures in order to continue its rapid growth. They’ll purchase additional production equipment, bolster the company’s website and mobile app (which went live in March), move into larger office space, and hire additional employees. Founded in 2013, RIZKNOWS currently has over 180,000 subscribers who rely on the company for deals on and reviews of popular sporting goods and technology-related consumer products.


Stephanie Wang, Palo Alto, Calif., writes, “Having a great time at my first full-time job. Looking forward to marrying my amazing fiancé this year!”




Irene & Buzz Boschken, MBA 68, at the Haas Old Blues lunch, 2016

Herman (Buzz) Boschken and Irene Hartung Boschken, Davis, Calif., write they “have yet to achieve a ‘retirement-years’ state of mind.” Emeritus Professor Buzz finished a comprehensive revision of his business-strategy teaching case on Vail Resorts (used by faculty worldwide) and remains busy on the Davis Planning Commission. Irene balances her work on teacher credential testing at Pearson with ballet training and volunteer activities. “We are constantly on the go with grandchildren, traveling to several volunteer commitments in San Diego, alpine skiing, and enjoying many Haas activities throughout the year.”



Randy Weil, MBA 75, at his first city council meeting on Jan 3, 2017

Randy Weil, Cherry Hills Village, Colo., left his position as a senior executive in larger companies after a 30-year run and took a one-year sabbatical to climb “fourteeners” (peaks above 14,000 feet; Colorado has 55 of them). “After that,” he writes, “I purchased a small manufacturing company, then found my way into commercial real estate. Now I am embarking on Version 3.0 of myself. I sold off a very successful real estate business, kept the small manufacturing business (it’s fun!), and moved into a more ‘service-oriented’ phase. Very active as a private school trustee, elected to City Council, and sing in a Barbershop Chorus at retirement, convalescent, and other facilities—a humble attempt to repay a debt of gratitude for the opportunities I have had.”


Joe Garrett, of Berkeley, Calif., writes, “I was appointed to a three-year term on the National Advisory Council for the Institute of Governmental Studies here at Cal. Am still serving on the Board of Directors of Pacific Premier Bank, a $4 billion bank in southern California.”


Karen Rohde has joined semiconductor-solutions company Marvell as its chief human resources officer. She has previously led human resource efforts at Amyris, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, and Sun Microsystems.


William Zarit, of Beijing, was elected chairperson of the American Chamber of Commerce in China.



Andrea Lepcio, MBA 85, with France, Lady, and Kili

Andrea Lepcio, Bar Harbor, Maine, reports, “After years working as a research analyst on Wall Street, I’m now a playwright, writing coach, and adjunct teacher at the College of the Atlantic and the Dramatists Guild Institute. Home in Bar Harbor means I travel frequently for play productions and rehearsals, but I love the quiet on my island in between gigs. I live with my partner, France, and our dog, Lady.”


Eric Muller-Borle, MBA 85

Eric Muller-Borle, of Luxembourg, was elected to the boards of directors of life insurance carrier Zurich Eurolife and of financial services firm Zurich Finance, as independent director. Zurich Eurolife, a member of the global Zurich Insurance group, is a leader in pan-European pension plans.


Steve Nozik, MBA 85; Colleen Cassidy, MBA 86; Cindy (Baldwin) Strauch, MBA 86; Rich Strauch, MBA 85; and Mike Hammon, MBA 85, at Lighthouse Beach in Edgartown, MA on Martha’s Vineyard in October 2016.

Steve Nozik, Boston, updates, “After working for 30 years in Silicon Valley, I am now retired. In October, old friends held a mini-reunion hosted by Colleen Cassidy, MBA 86, on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., with Mike Hammon, Rich Strauch, and his wife, Cindy (Baldwin) Strauch, MBA 86. It’s been over 25 years since this entire group has been together. Laughter, reminiscing, and lobster eating ensued, and it was as though we had never left Berkeley. We had so much fun that we decided to have these reunions on a regular basis. Such great friendship developed at Berkeley—despite long distances and longer separation the friendships held strong.”


Mauri Schwartz, MBA 85 with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Jan. 2017

Mauri Schwartz, San Francisco, writes, “I am enjoying my tenure as vice president of the B-HAN SF Chapter, working with my colleagues to produce informative and fun events during the year. As president of Career Insiders, I’m excited with the terrific response received for CI’s Executive Personal Branding Initiative. It’s not new but has taken off and seems to have a life of its own. Thank you to all my Haas alum clients!”



Chiara Moressa and Klaus Hammer, MBA 90

Klaus Hammer, of Einsiedeln, Switzerland, moved on from McKinsey and Genioo and writes, “I have decided to put my experiences and knowledge into my new company HammerResults. We will, through high automation and clever technology, bring the costs of a current expensive consulting service down to make it available broadly. The methodology really works. I would be very happy to offer to any Berkeley company owners (minimum 50 employees, no upper limit) free pilots to the new and better way to manage company culture and engagement ( At the same time I married Chiara, an Italian woman from Tortona, a true princess, and we will live happy together ever after.”



Frank B. Hundley, MBA 91 (left), and his business partner, Craig McGovern, joined Janney Montgomery Scott as Hundley McGovern Wealth Management in December.

Frank Hundley, Flemington, N.J., left Merrill Lynch in December to join Janney Montgomery Scott LLC in the firm’s New Hope, Pa., offices as Hundley McGovern Wealth Management. Janney is a high-end boutique wealth management and investment advisory firm headquartered in Philadelphia. Frank’s title is vice president/wealth management. Also in December, he was sworn in as a member of the board of governors, the principal governing body of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Rutgers is the newest member of the Big Ten Conference. His term will last until June 30, 2022.


Yasunori Nakagami, MBA 91

Yasunori Nakagami, Tokyo, reports, “It has been two years since I relaunched a new engagement fund. It now amounts to a several hundred million dollar fund with 14 professionals. The fund and one of our investments now has become a Harvard Business School case. I am excited to visit HBS in March as ‘protagonist’ of the case. Last year, surprisingly enough, a book I wrote based on my observations as an investor was selected as one of the 2016 Best Management Books by Harvard Business Review in Japan.”


Mary (Palmer) Taylor, of San Francisco, writes, “Working at Deloitte in SF and excited to connect with classmates at our 25th reunion!”

Peter Wilson, Piedmont, Calif., notes, “I have gotten involved in two interesting things: Search Funds and TIGER 21. The first is a form of micro private equity, backing recent MBAs who are looking to take over a small business. The second is a membership organization for people who have succeeded in business and want to learn from one another in a confidential setting. I continue to support Futures Without Violence and the Golden State Warriors’ Hoops4Kids programs.”



Melissa Kelley, MBA 93 (seated at right), signs a contract from Impact 100 Redwood Circle awarding a $100,000 grant to VOICES in Sonoma County. Seated: Alissa Abdo. Standing: Suzy Marzalek, Jan Gilman, Barbara Ramsey, Thea Hensel, Mitch Findley, and Julia Freis.

Melissa Kelley, Santa Rosa, Calif., announces, “I recently co-founded Impact 100 Redwood Circle, a women’s giving circle that provides funding for nonprofits in Sonoma County. In 2016, we awarded our first Impact Grant of $100,000 to VOICES, which provides academic, career, and life skills support for youth who have aged out of the foster care system.”

Tom Stahl became COO of WildAid, a San Francisco-based group working to end the trade in endangered species. WildAid uses Hollywood-quality media communications including TV, billboard, and social media in China, Vietnam, and Hong Kong to reduce consumer demand for wildlife products. “In August,” he writes, “my wife, Julie Kim, and I moved back to San Francisco after two amazing years living in Barcelona.”


Jack Duan, MBA 06; Gabe Burke, BCEMBA 08; and George Willman, MBA 93, at a recent Berkeley Angel Network meeting

George Willman, Palo Alto, Calif., has joined the Silicon Valley office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman as a partner. His practice focuses on intellectual property, licensing, and technology law, including in financings, mergers, acquisitions, and strategic partnering arrangements. He remains active as co-chair of the Berkeley Angel Network.


Karen Bianchini, of Kensington, Calif., writes, “In 2016, I became the chief marketing officer for AAA, my employer for the past 10 years. I’m very fortunate to work for a trusted brand that serves a higher purpose and with colleagues I truly respect.” She adds: “In honor of the National Parks’ 100-year anniversary, I visited more than seven parks—from Glacier to Redwood. My favorite moment was in Yellowstone, quietly standing across a stream from a herd of bison, including several calves.”


Gregg Chow, MBA 94 (right), with Cal’s Athletic Director, Mike Williams, BA 82 (Economics)

Gregg Chow, Greenwich, Conn., jokes, “This is why you always maintain your peer and colleague network—because you never know when one of them might become an athletic director: #mikewilliams #gobears.”

Mark Tobin, Nashville, Tenn., writes, “I have been the treasurer at Louisiana-Pacific for 15 years. I moved to Nashville from Portland about 12 years ago. I came here with reservations but have grown to love the place—the weather, food, and most of all the southern hospitality. Recently visited Budapest, Vienna, Slovakia, and Prague. It was a wonderful trip in a beautiful part of the world. Here in Nashville I serve on the Board of Directors as treasurer for Conexion Americas—a wonderful organization that helps Latinos integrate into the Nashville community and works to keep Nashville a welcoming place.”


Vijay Bobba, Bangalore, India, reports, “Exited from the first startup in loyalty marketing in 2014. Co-founded a new fintech startup with my older son, who just graduated from Northwestern! Young boys are now turning out to be responsible young adults. Thank God!”

Chris Rimer, of San Carlos, Calif., writes, “Just finished my first year at IBM in NA Cloud Unit. In 2017 helping with the combination of cloud and analytics at IBM and making cognitive computing real for clients and partners of all sizes.”



Philipp von Heydebreck, MBA 98

Philipp von Heydebreck, Bad Doberan, Germany, writes that after working eight years for Nordex, a multi-megawatt wind turbine manufacturer, he now heads project management for EEW Special Pipe Constructions, the leading manufacturer of monopile foundations for the offshore wind industry. “We still live in Bad Doberan on the Baltic Sea in our 1905 house, a listed building, which will probably never become completely ready. Lucas, born 1998 in Berkeley two weeks before graduation, is now 18 years old, just finished high school, and will probably study architecture. Louisa, 17, Theresa, 15 (both born in Brazil), and Valentin, 11 (the only one born in Germany) are doing well in their schools. Caroline and I miss the great two years we spent in Berkeley. Haas alumni are always welcome to visit us!”



Whitney Wheeless and Mike Dennis, MBA 99s

Michael Dennis, Portland, Ore., notes, “MBA 99ers—and former Axe Cohort-ers—Whitney Wheeless and I have been working together on projects at The Nature Conservancy. I attended a session Whitney led in Portland.”


Hari Harikrishnan, MBA 99

Hari Harikrishnan, Fremont, Calif., reports: “Surinder Brar, MBA 74, and I founded The Cerebrus Group, a business strategy consultancy offering strategy services for the digital age. Cerebrus helps our clients navigate the tsunami of change unleashed by the intersection of business models and digital technologies. We bring a business lens to digitization and apply a top-down ‘Business First, Digital Inside’ approach to transformation to drive growth, productivity, and speed in our clients’ businesses. Visit us at”


Alan Knitowski, MBA 99

Alan Knitowski, Austin, Texas, closed a $22M investment for Phunware from Khazanah, the $35B sovereign wealth fund for the government of Malaysia. This investment brought Phunware’s funding since inception to just over $90M. In parallel, Phunware finished 2016 with $47M+ in revenues and expects to deliver $100M+ in 2017 bookings.


Nancy Riess and Nilmini Rubin, MBA 99s

Nancy Riess caughtup with fellow classmate Nilmini Rubin in Baltimore.



Jon Mauer, MBA 00

Jon Mauer, Kailua, Hawaii, was named president and CEO of Island Energy Services, LLC, a One Rock Capital Partners portfolio company. Island Energy acquired all of the Chevron refinery and marketing assets in Hawaii, which included a 56mbd refinery, pipelines, four marketing terminals, and a network of 56 retail stations serving the state.

Greg Patterson, of San Francisco, says, “The Advisory Group continues to grow, and our retirement advice startup will launch mid-2017.

“Kids are growing. Still doing triathlons. Saw classmate Javier Rapallo in Madrid last summer, so great to be together! Thanks Haas for being a friendship catalyst.”


Adam Berman founded Urban Adamah, a community farm and environmental education center in Berkeley. “We recently purchased a two-acre property in West Berkeley and are building the largest urban farm and community center in the metropolitan Bay Area,” he notes. “Come visit us:” Adam married Deena Aranoff in 2010, and their two children are Shira, 4, and Maya, 1.


Raj Manghani, MBA 01 (far right), and family (from right): Sonam (11), Om (14), and Ruja

Raj (Rajesh P.) Manghani returns to Pleasant Hill, Calif., after four years based in Singapore. “Ruja and the kids, Om (14) and Sonam (11), are settling back nicely into the community. Ruja, MBA 11, will be starting a new opportunity with a medical center in Walnut Creek. I will be looking for new opportunities in the financial services industry in the Bay Area after deciding to leave MSCI-Barra (the firm that I joined right after b-school) after a 15-year stint. We look forward to reconnecting with the Haas community in 2017.”



Emilie Cortes, MBA 02, in the Slurpee hat surrounded by expedition team members in the Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan

Emilie Cortes relocated to Arusha, Tanzania, to serve as the general manager for trek and safari company Duma Explorer Ltd and Chaka Camp, which runs two luxury tent camps in the Serengeti and soon a third in Tarangire National Park. She writes that 2016 was “a tough year as I shut down my own adventure travel company, Call of the Wild Adventures, that I ran out of Bend, Ore. Despite the accolades the company received, it was difficult to achieve financial sustainability while facing disintermediation, thin margins, and geopolitical risk. My passion for guiding and climbing will never wane though. I recently acquired my Professional Climbing Guides Institute (PCGI) Top Rope Guide (TRG) certification and the Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician designation. I traveled to Afghanistan last May to train a group of young female mountaineers for Ascend Athletics out of Kabul. I climbed Mt. Kenya and failed for the third time (rock climbing at 17,000 feet is tough), but now I’m close enough to go back and try again. I’m looking forward to the new challenges and opportunities that 2017 will bring! Please come visit me in Tanzania!”


Sara Drake (MBA/MPH), of St. Paul, Minn., after eight years in public service for the Minnesota Department of Human Services as the pharmacy program manager and the deputy director of health care purchasing and service delivery, began a new role as a principal in Mercer Government Human Services Consulting in its Minneapolis office.


Michael Thomas, San Francisco, notes: “I just wanted to share my article on unconscious bias and compensation published in the National Law Review: With gratitude, Michael.”



Ben Biddle, MBA 09, with lots of reasons to smile for his Edmunds employee photo

Ben Biddle, Los Angeles, writes that after struggling to find that “dream job” in the wake of the financial crisis, he “finally landed an amazing role with at the intersection of product management and data science. I’ve been blown away by the corporate culture here and couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come in the automotive space.”

Alex de Winter was promoted to managing director at GE Ventures, where he’s worked for four years. The new position takes him to Boston to operate out of GE’s headquarters there. In his role, he invests in health care startups and builds ties between GE and the East Coast’s innovation ecosystem.


Jeffrey Hale announces, “I have taken a job as political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. My work portfolio will include human rights, refugee issues, trafficking in persons, and religious freedom.”

Portia (Portia Yee) Meneau, San Francisco, moved from PG&E to Sunrun in January and is now director of financial operations. “Just got back from a food tour extravaganza of Mexico City,” she adds.



John Wilson and Laurie Peterson, MBA 11

Laurie Peterson, Oakland, Calif., reports, “My toy startup Build & Imagine was a finalist for two ‘Toy of the Year’ (TOTY) awards, which is like the Oscars for toys. It’s an amazing feeling to be recognized in the ‘Construction Toy of the Year’ category, alongside established companies like Lego. Learn more at”


Nicole Sanchez, Berkeley, Calif., the VP of Social Impact at GitHub, the world’s largest open source code repository, is excited to teach Diversity in the Workplace in the Full-time Berkeley MBA Program this semester.



Carter Reue, of Alameda, Calif., was promoted to director at his consulting firm, Alvarez and Marsal, where he works on projects in the finance, technology, and supply chain areas. “My project teams were phenomenal, helping me be successful on various projects as well as internal initiatives such as campus recruiting and instructor duty! Thank you to all my fantastic colleagues and my extremely supportive wife, Kat!”


Scott Lovejoy, of Dallas, started in September as the vice president of technology at Topgolf.


Caroline Yeh, of El Cerrito, Calif., joined the cannabis industry with a job as product development manager at Bloom Farms, located in Oakland, Calif.


Michael Hennon, EMBA 16, and his family wear Berkeley Haas hats for the holidays



Marc-David Seidel, MS 93, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, was promoted to a Professorship in Innovation at the University of British Columbia, became director of the Maurice Young Entrepreneurship Centre and chair-elect of the Academy of Management OMT Division, and is associate editor of Administrative Science Quarterly at Cornell University. He adds, “Still enjoying life in Vancouver!”

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