Alumni Notes







David Rea, of Stockton, Calif., writes, “My wife and I recently enjoyed a two-week, round-trip cruise from San Diego to the Hawaiian Islands. Since honeymooning there many years ago, we’ve been back many times and always enjoy ourselves. At my age of 93, we limit our travel but still enjoy our Stockton home and a second home two hours away on the coast.”




Ron Milligan, of Westminster, Calif., continues to teach journalism at CSU Long Beach.




Sprague Edwards, of Twain Harte, Calif., spent 40 years working in outside sales with Mobil Oil, Johnson and Johnson, and the imported pipe and tobacco industry. He also spent 20 years working in the awards and recognition industry. He was a partner in a vineyard in Healdsburg, Calif., for 15 years and owned a distributing business in Santa Rosa, Calif., for eight years. He writes, “My college education was interrupted by the Korean War. I was always proud that I got my degree from Cal while supporting a family and working full time in a supermarket in Berkeley. I also got my degree in less than four years by attending summer sessions. I helped raise five children and was married to two wonderful women. Now widowed, I enjoy retirement in a resort, play golf poorly, and enjoy the company of some very nice friends.”




Allan Herzog was awarded the Wells Fargo Advisors Spirit Award for 2011. It was presented on Ellis Island at the annual Premier Advisors dinner in New York, honoring his lifetime commitment to community service and to his investment career.




Thomas Jones, of Dana Point, Calif., is the president and CEO of TMJ Insurance Services, which markets health, life, disability, Medicare and group policies, annuities, IRA rollovers, and retirement planning services.




Vijay Kumar (Pandit), of Mountain View, Calif., worked briefly in the actuarial department of Fireman’s Fund after graduation. He subsequently worked for IBM and IBM’s competitors - Memorex, Amdahl, and BMC - for over 25 years in software. Vijay also founded and ran an import/export company on the side. He is on the board of advisers of InternetSpeech, which pioneered the technology of reading Internet text and performing voice conversion to a user’s telephone. Vijay’s son, Jay, is a solar engineer for Solar City, based in San Mateo. Vijay’s daughter, Amba, worked for Cisco in the Silicon Valley before moving to Santa Cruz and becoming a real estate agent. Amba has one daughter.




Richard Owen, of Bakersfield, Calif., retired in January after spending 25 years with the State Compensation Insurance Fund. He is working on an LLM in dispute resolution from the Straus Institute at Pepperdine University’s School of Law. Richard continues his work as a State Bar certified workers’ compensation law specialist. He is actively seeking engagement as a mediator and/or arbitrator.


Jeffrey Thornton, see MBA 68 notes.




Robert “Bob” Kellerman, of Portland, Ore., writes, “After a few careers - marketing, store buyer, designer, and more - I am in Portland, looking for my next part-time or full-time adventure.”




Anita (DeArmond) Vogel, see MBA 71 notes.


Joseph Butler was appointed to the City of Pleasanton Housing Advisory Commission in May. The advisory is responsible for initiating and pursuing opportunities for developing, promoting, and retaining affordable housing within the city and region.




Randall Hedrick, of Sparks, Nev., has started a new career in real estate.




Sherman Chao, of Palm Beach, Fla., writes, “My wife and I moved to Florida, and now I can say I’ve lived in all four major regions of the United States (West, North, East, and South). I’m still working at Impala Asset Management, a hedge fund. We are currently working towards opening an office in Palm Beach. My wife and I have a calmer and healthier lifestyle now, compared to living in the New York City area. Our family is healthy and happy. No grandchildren yet, as none of our three sons is married. One nephew just married, so the next generation of Chaos are getting started with their next phase of life.”


David Glanz writes, “From the vantage point as a commercial real estate lawyer in New York, economic activity in commercial real estate In the Back BerkeleyHaas has picked up strongly from the doldrums in 2009. At long last, there are sales of distressed assets to new owners, and at smaller discounts than what many surviving players had hoped for in 2009-2010. In New York City, our clients are also selling, buying, and investing in trophy multifamily and (hold your socks) new condo development, but that’s New York for you. My wife’s fine jewelry business - at what I would call strong startup level, but don’t tell her I said so - has dramatically higher revenue this year over two years ago, and she did not suffer a dip in revenue in 2009-2010 at all. She’s a designer and wholesaler, selling to Internet and brick-andmortar retailers across the country. She does a lot of production in Asia, and her cost of stones and (no surprise) gold has also increased strongly since 2007. Part of that is what we read in the Wall Street Journal: demand in China for luxury goods. But demand in the United States is higher than ever, in part due to excellence of her designs - kudos from the savvy retailers - but also in part due to general strength in this sector. Hey, Haas alums, if any of you are in commercial real estate, anywhere in the United States, please contact me - my practice has always been national, and I love to talk shop. (Bio and contacts are on”




Diane (Parker) Wisdom, of Monument, Colo., and her husband, Tom, celebrated their fourth year owning and operating Wisdom Tea House. The tea house is in a building from the 1890s, and Tom and Diane received the Jim Moore Award for its renovation. Both Tom and Diane serve as officers of the Historic Monument Merchants Association. The association sponsors several events, including the Art Hop, Concerts in the Park, and the Chili Cookoff.






Kate “Kathy” Grant, of Santa Clara, Calif., spent a decade in advertising after leaving Cal, working for Leo Burnett in Chicago and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco, before returning to get a Masters of Public Affairs at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School. She is the CEO of the Fistula Foundation, supporting treatment for women with the child-birth injury obstetric fistula at 38 sites in 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. She writes, “I love my work. I draw on my marketing background every day, but now I use it to open hearts, minds, and wallets to the plight of very poor women, horribly injured simply for trying to bring a child into the world. I’m the mother of an energetic 12-yearold- son who keeps me humble every day!”




Richard Leider is mentoring Anvil Builders, a construction and engineering firm based in San Francisco and started by decorated Iraq war veteran H.T. Tran.




Steve Peletz, see MBA 99 notes.




Michael Belkin, of Seattle, is in a band, The Refusers. Their song, “First Do No Harm,” about childhood vaccinations, recently went “viral” on YouTube.




Elizabeth Romo, of Berkeley, Calif., and her husband, Dennis Barfield, have completed their 14th year as tutors with Boost! West Oakland, which empowers youth with the skills and confidence to be positive contributors to society. They are looking forward to their first season in the new Memorial Stadium.




Heidi (Hirchenhein) Jakobsen, of Kentfield, Calif., celebrated her 10-year anniversary as president and founder of Balanced Bookkeeping, an accounting and business management firm based in Marin County, which provides accounting for television, film, and music production companies. Heidi left Deloitte and Touche in 1993 to work for her first production company, the San Francisco Symphony.




Ted Andrews, of Concord, Calif., writes, “After a recent merger, I’m still a national communications manager, but am now at Ricoh USA. For fun, I’m taking an online music class at the Berklee College of Music. If there are any East Bay alumni who’d like to jam some time, feel free to contact me. I’m no Dean Lyons, but I can play a pretty mean guitar.”


leimerBradley Leimer lives in Oakland, Calif., with his wife, Marcia, and son, Oliver. With nearly 20 years of marketing and technology development in the financial sector, Bradley currently leads the online and mobile channel strategy for Mechanics Bank. Bradley writes and speaks about banking, marketing, and technology trends, and is an active contributor and banking technology proponent across several social media channels. Prior to joining Mechanics Bank, Bradley spent six years leading marketing and technology teams in the credit union industry and nine years leading analytic and database marketing initiatives for over 6,500 financial clients at the insurance division of Fortune 100 Cendant.


Arvinder Singh, of New Delhi, opened a publishing company called Sanbun Publishers in 1998. The company has published over 350 books so far and recently joined with Google Books to promote books online worldwide.




Lawrence “Larry” Fox, of Richmond, Calif., writes, “I’m living the busy life with my wife and three kids. I am forging ahead with a career in human resources, helping out in my community, and taking on the role of president at my congregation. Go Bears!”


Celia “Patty” Juarez, of Orange County, Calif., is the regional manager for Commercial Banking. She and her husband, Manny, have a 6-yearold daughter, Isabella. Celia writes, “Bella is our pride and joy. She loves school, singing, dancing, gymnastics, and acting.” Celia is involved in her community and serves on several boards, including the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and the Think Together Leadership Council.




agustinEleen (Hsu) Agustin, of Alameda, Calif., writes, “Our biggest news this year is that husband Jimmy Agustin and I are expecting our first child in September! We are very excited, and a little scared! On the work front, I’ve gone full time with social startup Delivering Happiness this year and love telling people my job title: Happiness Hustler. My retail shop, Modern Mouse, has officially been in business for 2.5 years and we were delighted to kick off the new year with a fun and surprising mention in the January issue of Sunset magazine! Looking forward to what the rest of 2012 brings. Go Bears!”




Mary (Shen) O’Carroll, of San Mateo, Calif., is the head of operations of the legal department of Google. She and her husband have a 2-yearold daughter, Anna.




oluponaMichelle Olupona, of New York, recently started a clothing line, which combines traditional African prints with contemporary Western shapes. All of the fabrics are sourced and produced in Nigeria.




sampsonGlenn Sampson, of Austin, Texas, is a senior finance manager with Applied Materials. He writes, “I recently took time out to read The Lorax at my daughter’s preschool. You are never too young to learn the social responsibility of business!”







David Chang, of Hong Kong, was married April 7 in Sonoma, Calif. David and his wife celebrated their wedding at a ranch and vineyard with family, friends, and Cal alumni.




Trevor Nelson, of Los Angeles, writes, “ Last year, I partnered with a longtime friend, David Chasin, (I met him as a Berkeley undergrad in 2000, before he transferred to USC in 2002) in a commercial real estate investment firm - Pegasus Investments. In November we closed the largest shopping center transaction of Los Angeles County for 2011 (Culver Center - $115 million) and have been growing the business tremendously ever since. In addition to this, my wife of 4 years, Jessica, is about to have our first child. It is a very exciting time.”




Manisha Gupta, of New York, is a PhD candidate in the field of social psychology, with a concentration in peace and violence, at UMass Amherst. Manisha is interested in the intersection of research and policy, and has done volunteer work with several nonprofits that focus on improving race relations.




Johan Kharabi, of New York, serves as the senior program officer of global policy programs at Asia Society. Johan works on the organization’s Track II Dialogues, manages its resident fellows programs, and provides support for a range of other projects focused on improving U.S.-Asia relations.


Tiffany Miao, of New York, recently completed a research project for the Fordham University School of Law.




Nippar Poolthananunt, of Philadelphia, just finished her first year of the MBA program at Wharton. She is interning this summer at Green Mountain Digital, a digital media startup in Vermont.




Shan Kachhi, of Hollywood, Calif., is pursuing a career in music and entertainment. His music production and entertainment company, Royal Fam Productions, released its first full studio album in February 2012 and plans to release two more projects before the end of the year.




Melissa Medina, of Washington, D.C., works as a congressional staffer for a California representative. Melissa is also the 2012 California Cherry Blossom Princess for this year’s Centennial Cherry Blossom Festival, which celebrates the friendship between the United States and Japan.


David Morton, of Berkeley, Calif., is the founder and director of the Men Against Violence Center. Men Against Violence is a nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping intimate partner violence. The organization works to expand the definition of partner violence to include the verbal and emotional components of abuse.






Allan Bortel, of Tiburon, Calif., retired from investment business 13 years ago and now serves on the Marin County Commission on Aging. He has also been teaching computer classes for 13 years at a retirement residence, and was the California Volunteer of the Year in 2011. Allan has two sons; one has an investment fund and the other is a defense attorney. Allan has six grandchildren.


1968 45TH REUNION APRIL 25-28, 2013


Jeffrey Thornton retired in April as the executive vice president of Farmers National Bank of Danville, Ky. Jeffrey joined the board of directors of the bank as an outside director in 1980 and became an employee of the company in 1992. He will continue to serve on the board through 2015. Prior to his employment with Farmers, he was the chief financial officer and assistant administrator of Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.




Dan Hake, of Scottsdale, Ariz., is a full-time engineer helping to design a line of highfrequency, small microwave coax connectors. Dan does 3-D computer-aided design to produce engineering drawings for manufacturing. He and his wife, Charlotte, will celebrate their 23rd anniversary in September.




Anita (DeArmond) Vogel, of Dallas, is working as a self-employed financial consultant. She is on the board of directors for the Grammy Awardnominated Dallas Wind.


Garrett Vogel, of Dallas, works as a financial consultant to a number of small public corporations. Garrett is also a city council appointee to the board of the Martin Luther King Community Center. This summer he was a delegate to the Texas Democratic Party Convention.


1973 40TH REUNION APRIL 25-28, 2013


Ernie Bumatay, of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., was recently elected to the Cal Alumni Association Board of Directors for a four-year term. He is the president of Summit Group, a management consulting firm focusing on corporate development and the management and development of human capital. In 2004, Ernie was presented with the Raymond Miles award for alumni service to Haas.


Bill “Pete” Perttula, of Piedmont, Calif., is retiring from the college of business at San Francisco State University after spending 37 years in higher education. Pete has specialized in Internet marketing since 1999. He writes, “I made some contacts at two universities in Romania in fall 2011 and plan to return there in 2013 plus do some traveling. My golf game should improve significantly now that work will not interfere with hitting the little ball.”






Joseph Carlson, of Monument, Colo., was elected Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7829 Post Commander in April. In January, Joseph was elected treasurer for the VFW District 5 Warriors. The VFW Warriors are VFW members who ride motorcycles. Joseph and his wife, Kathy, are planning on taking a two-month trip to Puerto Rico in the fall with their children.


Joi Grieg, of Washington, D.C., has been appointed as the chief technical adviser on the board for Visual Science Informatics. Visual Science Informatics uses information technology visualization capability to inform, make decisions, and take action using evidence-based health information.


Lynne Levesque, of Boston, has been collaborating with David Barry, BS 38, to write the story of his life and legacy. The book launched June 6 in Concord, Mass. (See page 35.)




rickettsGrant Ricketts, of El Cerrito, Calif., is the CEO and co-founder of Tripos Software, where he continues to leverage his background in enterprise software. Tripos focuses on enterprise sustainability management with an emphasis on people mobilization as a means to scale and achieve superior results. Prior to forming Tripos, Grant was the vice president of business development and a founding member at Saba Software. He continues to be involved in Saba Software’s in-house company rock band, Sabatage. Grant is active in the Haas entrepreneurship program at the Lester Center and in Haas Founders. He enjoys traveling with his wife, Anne Delehunt; multiple recreational sports; and bird watching.




Michaela Rodeno, of Napa, Calif., writes, “Our daughter, Kate, received her MBA from Rutgers last month - sorry, but Haas would have been a 3,000-mile commute - and has just been promoted. Our son, John, completed his first year in wine marketing with Hahn Family Estate, but so far is showing little interest in eventually taking over the family winery, Villa Ragazzi. If he changes his mind, we’ll have to develop a strategy to grow the business enough to provide him a living. Three years after stepping down from my CEO job at St. Supery, I’m enjoying serving on advisory boards and trade association boards. If it weren’t for my commitment to Villa Ragazzi and the memoir I’m writing, my tennis game would probably improve. ‘Retirement’ has been a happy surprise.”


Ingrid Stange, of Norway, founded Partnership for Change in 2011. Partnership for Change aims at raising awareness of the need for collaboration between government, business, NGOs, philanthropists, and social entrepreneurs to obtain sustainable social change.




Victoria Wray-Greening, of Claremont, Calif., and her husband, Jay, have three children: Leslie, Alex, and Chris. She writes, “Jay is nosing toward retirement, without any expectation of reaching it. I’ve been retired from banking ever since the twilight zone of babies. Now we have more flexible schedules and plan to do more traveling. Last year we went to Switzerland and Argentina. We may even take up golf as we’ve just purchased a vacation home at Genoa Lakes (downhill from Lake Tahoe, on the eastern flank of the Sierras). Come see us! I attended the MBA 1981 reunion last year and was thrilled to see everyone and renew old ties.”




Beverly Dance, of Oakland, Calif., was recently a speaker at the HR West Conference for human resources professionals. She enjoyed participating in the MBA reunion dinner in April at the San Francisco Cookhouse.


John Mulcahy, of San Francisco, is teaching finance classes at Hult International Business School.


1983 30TH REUNION APRIL 25-28, 2013


David Becker, of Boulder, Colo., ended his first retirement to join the Emergency Family Assistance Association as the director of finance. He continues to coach girls basketball at Fairview High School.


Abraham Kohen, of New York, writes, “When my first born was 6 months old, she was in the Hearst Greek Theatre, held by her mother, who was cheering me on as I got my second Berkeley master’s degree. Now the roles are reversed, as her mother and I and her younger sister recently cheered her on as she was conferred the engineering PhD in the Greek Theatre.”




Michael Henry, of Needham, Mass., is the vice president of business development at Athena Diagnostics, where he collaborates with “gene hunters” who discover new disease genes, launches new genetic tests, and serves on the senior leadership team that sold Athena to Fisher Scientific for $283 million in 2006, and to Quest Diagnostics for $740 million in 2011. Michael plays bass in the Artifacts, the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council band, which recently played at an AstraZeneca holiday party at Gillette Stadium.




Lyla (May) El-Safy, of Los Angeles, is a senior underwriter for private bank clients. Lyla has three children: one in college, one who will enter college in the fall, and one in fourth grade. She enjoys volunteering, and has a book about genealogy in publication


1988 25TH REUNION APRIL 25-28, 2013.


Ralph Garcia, of San Francisco, writes, “I have become very involved in spreading international goodwill through soccer. I just returned from a soccer mission trip in which our veterans soccer club from San Mateo (San Mateo Brujos Masters Charities) competed against teams from Guadalajara, Cartago, and Victoria, British Columbia. We also played a match against a team from San Salvador that included past World Cup players like Jorge “Magico” Gonzalez. This trip was successful in helping to strengthen the bonds between all five countries.”




Bill Cohen, of Los Alamitos, Calif., writes, “Kathy and I are busy, like all of you, with family and business. Our kids are now 14 and 12. I spend most weekends at a soccer or baseball field but am thankful my son is getting into golf. My business, Edge Systems Corporation, continues to grow, entering our 15th year. I also recently snuck in a river trip on the Tuolumne this spring with some good friends.”


David Russell, of Auckland, writes, “Nabil Romanos, MBA 89, visited me recently in New Zealand. We spent four great days on Waiheke, an island near Auckland. It proved relaxing for Nabil, who had been in Russia, Dubai, and Australia immediately beforehand, and was on his way to Hong Kong, then Algeria before home to Europe. I moved back to New Zealand in late 2011, but I’m keen to keep my contacts from Berkeley and the Bay Area.”




Frank Hundley, of Bridgewater, N.J., was recently promoted to assistant vice president and senior financial adviser at Merrill Lynch. Frank graduated in December as a fellow with the 2011 Class of Leadership New Jersey. He is finishing up the third year of a six-year term on the Rutgers University Board of Trustees.


Mayer Riff, of Berkeley, Calif., left his position as the assistant head for finance and operations at Marin County Day School in June. He is starting a new job as the chief financial officer at The Center for Early Education in West Hollywood in July.






JoAnn Dunaway recently qualified as boat crewman for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. JoAnn has been an auxiliary member for two years and also serves as division staff officer for materials and flotilla staff officer for public education. She and her husband, Ray, enjoy spending time together on the water and appreciate the opportunities for public service.


hoferDirk Hofer, of Singapore, has started a business, Infoteam Asia, which provides sales process consulting. Infoteam Asia helps companies generate, qualify, and win new business. Dirk writes, “One year into this adventure I have to say it was a rollercoaster ride, from finding our first office to finally signing the first client! Luckily the first client has become a longterm partner that fully embraces our ideas and approaches. In between this client work, I am also looking forward to crossing the Alps on a mountain bike in July and enjoying some major sport events in Europe, such as the French Open in Paris and the London Olympics. It’s not as difficult as you might imagine to get tickets, so make travel arrangements and we can meet up!”


Laurence Lawless, of Portland, Ore., writes, “My wife, Helene’s, startup beauty boutique Be-smooth, www., has entered its second year and is still growing and profitable (despite my advice!). There is nothing more satisfying than applying principles learned at Haas to a startup. It was great to see classmates at the reunion in April!”


1993 20TH REUNION APRIL 25-28, 2013


Paolo Bianciardi, of Switzerland, works for the American Management Association in Europe in the area of management education. He is also active in trading raw materials, such as plastics, packaging materials, and compounds between China, Europe, and South America. Paolo writes, “I am grateful to Berkeley because I met my wife, Monica Parcer, there. With her, I have two wonderful daughters, Valentina and Chiara.”


Bill Vederman, of Oakland, Calif., writes, “I closed the last of my clinics about a year ago so I’m officially unfettered. I’m now only affected as a patient, but I have grave concerns about the future of medical practice from every perspective.”


George Willman, of Palo Alto, Calif., has co-founded the Berkeley Angel Network with Professor Jerry Engel of the Lester Center and several other Berkeley- Haas alumni. (See page 3.) George also continues his technology law practice at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati.




altmanArt Altman retired from the Electric Power Research Institute of Palo Alto, where he spent two decades developing algorithms to help power companies forecast energy markets and manage risk. He has moved to New York, where he will continue to work on alternative energy, smart grid, and market issues.


Koji Asada, of New York, is a deputy general manager for the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. Koji visited the Haas School in March to participate as one of the panelists at the Asia Business Conference. He was inspired by the atmosphere created by the participants.




Cameron Ragen, of Seattle, writes, “Larry Fried, MBA 94, and I (Team Fragen) met Jim Maloney, and Tim Terell, both MBA 94, (Team Terloney) in Arizona in January to compete in a variety of manly sports, including shuffleboard, golf, ping-pong, big chess, billiards, and arcade games. Team Fragen defended their title, clinching their victory in go-karts. Team Terloney was able to recover from their devastating defeat with the hospitality provided by the well-coiffed staff at the Scottsdale W during a Saturday night pool party.”




Michaela (Schmieder) Ballek, of Munich, is relocating to Berkeley, Calif., this summer after spending 15 years abroad. She is looking forward to reconnecting with her classmates and showing the campus to her children.


Eric Krauss, of Seattle, is running AT&T’s machineto- machine business, applying wireless and IT technologies to business problems.


Rich Petersen, of San Jose, Calif., writes, “In February, my startup, FlashSoft, was acquired by SanDisk, to bring our software into the SanDisk enterprise storage solutions business. Our entire team has joined SanDisk to extend the software and increase the size and scope of our business operations.”




Mark Beckford, of San Francisco, has started NetBridge Global, which helps technology companies and entrepreneurs do business in China. He writes, “It’s amazing how many fellow alumni are doing business in China or involved with China in some way.”


Jonathan Geurkink, of Seattle, has joined Lesa Sroufe and Co. as partner and director of investment research.




Andy Laszlo, of Hillsborough, Calif., cofounded and is on the board of directors of Flint Mobile, which recently closed its Series A round, co-led by True Ventures and Storm Ventures. Flint Mobile provides a next-generation, mobile-payments service, which enables mobile phones to accept credit cards using a simple downloadable application and requires no additional hardware.


Paul Logue, of Pleasanton, Calif., is the vice president of global marketing at HP. He was recently elected to the board of directors for the nonprofit Bay Area Leadership Foundation, which provides mentorship and financial assistance to high school students in low-income communities. He and his family are active in 4-H and are raising three donkeys.


Ira Rubien, of Philadelphia, writes, “Had an unbelievable 15-year reunion. I have great memories of the special time I had at Haas, and my amazing classmates.”


Rajesh Shah, of Bangalore, India, was recently in Cairo for the World Summit awards ceremony. These awards are presented by the UN and recognize digital content produced for developing countries.


1998 15TH REUNION APRIL 25-28 2013


Dwayne Florenzie, of San Jose, Calif., works on global mobile Internet strategy and business development for Cisco.


Nancy Hazlewood, of Oakland, Calif., continues her independent consulting practice in strategic and financial planning, primarily in health care, IT, startups, and nonprofits. Nancy also works part time with the Integrated Healthcare Association on health care reform programs.


Kathy Oneto, of San Francisco, works at Anthem Worldwide, a branding and design firm, where she leads brand strategy. Elizabeth Pearce, of Mill Valley, Calif., has joined Matches That Matter as the chief financial officer. Matches That Matter is a dating service that introduces singles over 40. The company was launched in April in the greater Bay Area and is expected to launch in Sacramento by the fall and Southern California before the end of the year.


Srivats Srinivasan, of Redmond, Wash., writes, “Greetings from the Pacific Northwest! Things continue to stay busy for me with Nayamode, my digital marketing agency, but I’m in the process of spinning up another venture in the cloud and mobile arena. On the home front, our kids, Mihika and Anushka, consume most of our free time while Rupal just got confirmed as a docent with the Seattle Art Museum.”




Theodore Bell, of Sacramento, Calif., is managing a large book of business for Progressive Insurance. Theodore writes, “Ryan and Zach are 8 and 7 now and getting crazier by the day!”




Gleb Budman, of San Francisco, recently celebrated the fiveyear anniversary of his online backup company, Backblaze. He has started learning to play guitar and recently went hang-gliding for a week in Mexico.


Willam “Scott” Kucirek, of Piedmont, Calif., has started an organic candy business, OCHO Candy, with a family friend who created the 365 line at Whole Foods. The candy bars are selling well, and the company is looking forward to expanding production. Scott and his wife, Mirjana, have two daughters, Natalie and Julie. Scott continues to coach Julie’s soccer team.


Kim Niquette, of Mill Valley, Calif., recently hired Chok Wee, the former director of information security at Oracle, as the director of incident response at Kivu Consulting. Kivu Consulting is a digital investigative and analysis firm, which Kim founded in 2009.


Francisco Ottino writes, “I’m living in Rio de Janeiro with my wife. We love this city.”


peletzSteve Peletz, of San Francisco, recently founded Parc Pacific Ventures. The firm serves clients as a real estate advisory, brokerage, and a real estate investment collaborative. The firm specializes in residential and investment real estate in Northern California with a particular focus in San Francisco residential properties and investment properties around the Bay Area.


Nilmini (Gunaratne) Rubin, of Washington, D.C., started a new job at the Information Technology Industry Council. Nilmini writes, “On the personal side, I’m heartened by the response to my Los Angeles Times oped about my mom’s forced sterilization and the links between American eugenics and Nazi programs. My hope is that it catalyzes apologies from the dozens of states with compulsory sterilization programs and compensation for the victims.”


Tanya (Shaw) Steinhofer, of Mill Valley, Calif., writes, “My financial planning firm celebrated its third anniversary in May 2012. I’m very happy with my decision to go off on my own and focus on comprehensive financial planning for women and families with young children. Eric continues his focus on sustainability as the product manager of the Winter Gas Savings program at PG&E. On a fun note, we finally found the courage to take the kids (3 and 5) on a big international trip. We took them to Vietnam for two weeks in April to visit some friends who are in the foreign service. Their favorite part of the trip? The water slide at the beach resort. Go figure!”




Eric Cutter, of San Anslemo, Calif., continues to work as an energy consultant for energy and environmental economics. Eric works on energy storage and load-based solutions for integrating renewable and high penetration distributed generation. His current projects include working with UC San Diego and Viridity to use campus resources to support grid operations and working with EPRI and utilities to value energy storage. He writes, “Kathleen is still sticking people with needles to help them feel better. Daegan just turned 7 and Anya is almost 10. We’re looking forward to our family river trip on the Green River in Utah since Anya was conceived on the Rouge River oh so many years ago.”


Greg Patterson, of San Francisco, roadbikes regularly and participates occasionally in triathlons. Greg continues to volunteer for Haas. He writes, “Our three kids keep us busy and provide lots of joy. The Advisory Group is growing, and the institutional division recently launched a basic 401k program for startups to compliment the company’s traditional $10 million to $100 million-sized 401k clients and personal wealth clients.”




A. Maria Dahl, of London, recently joined global pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, where she is the executive director for business development in oncology.




Justin Gordon, of Paia, Hawaii, is working on a concept called “eduvacation,” in which tourists visit Maui to study the technology used to build website startups. (railsonmaui. com). His family also is in the vacation advisory business for the north shore of Maui with and and owns a palm tree farm where he grows organic fruits and vegetables. Justin writes, “Please let us know if you’d like to visit Maui. It’s a really wonderful place that reminds me of San Francisco in that you never stop discovering new things to do. I’m very active posting pictures on Facebook, so please “friend” me there (justin.”


Jerome Rougeot is a group treasurer for Eurocopter, a leading helicopter manufacturer. Jerome writes, “Just had a wonderful twoweek break in French Polynesia with my wife, Caroline, and kids Alienor (13) and Gregoire (10); we are now back to the southeast of France where we have been living for the past five years.”




cortesEmilie Cortes, of Millbrae, Calif., has spent the last two years working at Alan Biller and Associates as a senior advising consultant. Emilie advises union and corporate pension plans and foundations on asset allocation and other investment topics. She has recently been speaking on investment topics (impact investing in particular) and about leadership lessons from the mountains. Emilie writes, “I’ve taken the last year off to recover from a knee injury, but I’m slowly returning to climbing and other outdoor activities. I did manage to get to Australia last November, and with the help of a knee brace, trekking poles, and a supportive friend, I made it to the top of Mt. Kosciuszko - the highest peak on the continent!”


Michael Ellis, of San Francisco, recently joined GSB Capital, an Asia-focused money management firm. Michael writes, “My partner, Sang, and I continue to happily live in South Beach with Baxter the dog. Great to see everyone at the recent reunion!”


Wendy Hsu and Todd are thrilled to welcome Nicole and Jackson to their family. She writes, “The twins were born March 14 and have been keeping Mom and Dad super busy, but somehow we are surviving. We are still residing in the Northeast in Connecticut, so if you’re ever in the neighborhood, the twins would love to meet you!”


Uri Man, of Miami, recently joined The Related Group as the vice president of real estate development.


Eric Meyerson, of San Francisco, has started a new job as the head of content partner communications for YouTube after running video advertiser marketing for Google since 2010. He writes, “A couple of weeks before our reunion, I had a ridiculous night out in New York with Eric Frandson, Inder Grewal, and Aaron McNally, all MBA 02. That evening, we randomly ran into our old marketing professor, Priya Raghubir, who is now at NYU, and shared many drinks with her. What a trip.”


2003 10TH REUNION APRIL 25-28, 2013


Luis Ferreira, of San Francisco, writes, “Over the last three years, I had the opportunity to work for a company that was reinventing the mobile industry and the way that people interact with technology. The pace of innovation was exhilarating, and the people I worked with were some of the best in the world. We had ups and downs, but at the end we were able to sell our dreams and passions to one of Silicon Valley’s icons, HP. Haas School of Business has allowed me to not only participate, but to be a vivid voice in shaping and driving new waves of thinking and innovation to our lives.”


Adam Goldworm, of Los Angeles, is co-producing LORE at Warner Bros., starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Adam’s company, Aperture Entertainment, continues to shepherd the careers of many of Hollywood’s top writers, directors, and actors.


Julie Hickey, of Oakland, Calif., welcomed baby Ellie in December. Ellie has two siblings, Jackson (5) and Lucy (2). Darren Reinke, of Encinitas, Calif., and his wife welcomed their second son, Kai Reinke, in April.


Sam Shakir, of Chevy Chase, Md., became an executive director of AREVA Solar, leading an effort to develop the largest solar energy project in the Southern Hemisphere. Sam also continues to act as president and CEO of AREVA Enrichment Services. He writes, “The nice thing about this new role is that I’m spending a lot of time back in the Bay Area, which is home to AREVA Solar.”




Irene Corantis, of Athens, and Stavros welcomed daughter Melina on Nov. 11. Irene writes, “She got off to a rocky start, but proved to be a hell of a fighter and is now enjoying great health and non-stop cuddling. Work-wise, I’m staying focused on Coke, and love being part of the team managing this amazing brand for Central and Southern Europe. Despite the tough times Greece is going through, I’m staying optimistic and hoping that we’ll be strong enough as a country to bring about the change we need.”


DAVISBraden Davis, of New York, was recently named head of strategic planning for QBE North America, the 10th largest property and casualty insurance company in the United States. Braden supports the CEO and executive management team on matters relating to corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and industry relations. Braden was previously the head of strategic initiatives for the product and portfolio management unit within QBE North America, where he supported the chief underwriting officer and the product management team on strategic and operations issues. Prior to joining QBE, Braden spent five years with McKinsey and Company working across Europe, with a particular focus on property and casualty insurance.


Andy Jagoe, of San Francisco, is working on Venturegrit, an effort to help startups improve the way they recruit and retain talent.


Okan Karliova, of Istanbul, has joined, an e-commerce fashion company, as the chief financial officer.


Christopher “Dan” Mucha, of Seattle, recently joined Amazon and leads Kindle content for the education and professional categories. His wife and two daughters are spending time in Puyloubier, a village in France, where they will stay until finishing the school year.


Ezra Roizen, of Alameda, Calif., and his wife, Bambi, welcomed Branson Race Francisco Roizen to their family. In addition, Ezra recently launched www.weover. me, a new blog and discussion group surrounding different ways to improve society.


Chris Thompson, of Danville, Calif., is managing a financial advisory practice at Merrill Lynch. Chris and his wife, Angie, have two children, Reagan (10) and Rhett (5). He writes, “We haven’t hiked Everest or cured cancer, but we are enjoying many activities, including fly fishing, t-ball, soccer, Girl Scouts, carpentry, and bocce. Recently had lunch with Rush LaSelle, MBA 04, and would like to reconnect with more classmates on a regular basis. Is there any active and ongoing periodic lunch or anything, and how do I get on the list? If not, I would be glad to participate in a Go Bears!”


Anita Yuen, of Mountain View, Calif., and Mark Martel, MBA, 2005, welcomed the birth of their second son, Paxton Evan Martel, in April.




Daisuke Asaoka, of Tokyo, completed a doctoral program and obtained a PhD from the University of Tokyo in March. Daisuke also recently published a book, The Growth of Firms and Institutional Evolution.




Qing Li, of Mountain View, Calif., writes, “We all know how to do a SWOT analysis for a business. Some of us do it for our career advancement. With the rapid development in human genomics, soon we’ll be able to apply SWOT analysis for our lives, resulting in healthier, happier, and more successful lives. We are all born with about 50,000 genes, out of which only about a dozen are ‘bad genes,’ which means we are all very good but not perfect. Some of the ‘bad genes,’ when put in the right environment, can become advantageous. Our genes, interacting with our environment, influence all aspects of our lives, including health, abilities, personalities, behaviors, and relationships. Wouldn’t it be great if we could decode our genome, understand the strengths and weaknesses, and know how best to leverage the strengths, convert the weaknesses to strengths when associating us with the right environment, or otherwise minimize the threats? This is the exciting project I am working on at Blueberry Genie.”




Joshua Atlas, of Pleasanton, Calif., will be taking over as chair of the Institute of Management Accounting’s Committee on Ethics this summer.


Alejandro Canasi, of Mexico City, attended the alumni reunion in April and was happy to see many of his fellow classmates. Alejandro is excited to announce that he will be getting married this summer.


Angus Maclaurin, of Santa Barbara, Calif., and his wife, Michelle, welcomed a baby boy, Ian, in February.


Mikhail Shneyder writes, “In March I was appointed president and CEO of Nightingale College in Ogden, Utah. Nightingale is a 1-year-old startup institution of higher learning, accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools and specializing in nursing education. Our first program dedicated to registered nursing has almost 50 enrolled students and just became a candidate for accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. This innovative nursing education program utilizes hybrid, distance, and on-ground instructional methodologies. I am very excited to lead Nightingale toward becoming a premier institution for nursing education and growing both domestically and abroad.”


2008 5TH REUNION APRIL 25-28, 2013


Jens Dueing, of London, started a new position as principal at the pan- European growth capital investment company Frog Capital. He and his wife, Anke, recently moved into a new house.


Clayton Schloss, of San Francisco, joined Google in October as a workplace services program manager. Clayton helps improve the performance of the food, health and fitness, and transportation services that Google provides to its employees.




Ariel Rak, of Calgary, Canada, continues to work for Dow Chemical. He and his wife, Iris, welcomed a baby boy, Hillel Malachi, in May. The couple also has a daughter, Keren Neora (4).




Navinjai Mittal, of Fremont, Calif., recently took the product management executive education class at Haas and is looking forward to applying the skills she gained.


John Pavolotsky, of San Mateo, Calif., writes, “I am working on technology, commercial, and corporate transactions at Greenberg Traurig LLP in San Francisco. It’s been a busy year, trying to stay ahead of the curve on developments in cloud services, information security, and social media platforms. The MBA has definitely come in handy in understanding my clients’ businesses and providing more comprehensive service.”




Derek Suzuki, of Walnut Creek, Calif., is the vice president of technology at Voleon Capital Management. Derek married Orlanda de Azevedo in a beach wedding in Hawaii in May. They enjoyed celebrating their wedding with family and friends in Lisbon and Mafra, Portugal.




Christopher Fong, of New York, will be moving into Google’s channel partnerships division after spending over five years building Google’s education industry direct-advertising sales strategy. Christopher will help auto and emerging- business channel partners devise new business models and strategies to help them grow their businesses.


Peter Dugo, of Horseheads, N.Y., started a job as real estate development manager with Arnot Realty Corporation in April.






Pierino Branella, of Houston ,joined Ernst and Young as a manager in February.




yangAlbert Yang, BASE 99, married Janeen Anthony on March 17, 2012, in Rome, Ga.




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