Alumni Notes



James T. Bialac, of Scottsdale, Ariz., received an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters from the University of Oklahoma at its commencement exercises on May 8.

Edward Martins, of Danville, Calif., reports, “Opted to go into law, received LLD at the University of San Francisco in 1952; practicing lawyer in Hayward, Calif.; business background from Haas has been well used in my profession. Fond memories of undergraduate period during World War II when Berkeley’s accelerated program allowed me to earn two years of university credits before being drafted at age 18; later discharged to return to Cal then to USF and marriage to Donna—and now you know the rest of the story.”


Paul McKnight announces, “The great class of 1950 is having its 65-year reunion lunch at Claremont Country Club the Friday before the Big Game. A big celebration with surprises like the Straw Hat Band. The class council—President Roger Thompson, Mimi Knox, Don Sharman— is preparing for it.”



A 10-year-old Norman Parsons, BS 56, celebrating Christmas eve 1944 with his sister, parents, and grandmother in California.

Norman Parsons, Clovis, Calif., writes, “Since retiring from dentistry in 1999, I entered the business field with a company I co-founded in 1994. In 2007 I took up watercolor painting and recently won an award at the Fresno County Fair. I am teaching myself to play the ukulele, working presently on a solo presentation of ‘The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise.’ Later, I’ll work on the Cal fight song.

“Last September my younger daughter had a son, thus ending the all-girl makeup of my family of two daughters and three granddaughters.”



Tom Hobday, BS 64

Tom Hobday, of Truckee, Calif., updates, “After service in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, returned to Sacramento where I had a 30-year career with Sacramento Valley Insurance and my final position was chairman of the board. After retiring, I was assistant dean of the UC Davis Medical School and assistant director of the UC Davis Medical Center, where I was the head of Advancement and Public Affairs. There, I was initial point person in the development of the UC Davis MIND Institute and several other programs.

“I retired again in 2001 and moved to Truckee, where I am currently the president of the Tahoe Institute for Rural Health Research ( TIRHR is developing medical technologies that fill targeted health care needs through ‘disruptive technology.’ I had a 27-year volunteer career with the American Cancer Society where I served as chairman of the California division and a member of the national board of directors. In addition, I was national chair of fundraising for the ACS for three years when the society initiated Relay for Life.

“I contracted kidney disease in Vietnam, and had a transplant at UC Davis in 1995, made possible by the generosity of my wife, Pam, who donated a kidney. I served as the president of the Sacramento Commerce and Trade Organization (SACTO).”


New book by Alan Mindell, BS 64

Alan Mindell, of Solana Beach, Calif., reports, “My new novel, The B Team: A Horse Racing Saga, was released on April 10, 2015. Within a week, it skyrocketed to being listed by Amazon as the number one best-selling paperback in sports fiction released in the prior month. It is the story of a one-eyed racehorse that makes it to the Kentucky Derby. His biggest fan is a young boy, himself with only one sighted eye. What follows is the heartwarming chronicle of the horse’s remarkable journey and the inspiration he provides his owners.”

Vijay (Pandit) Kumar, of Mountain View, Calif., announces, “I am honorary treasurer for a Sierra Club subgroup. I am also on the Board of Advisors for Internet Speech, based in San Jose, Calif.


Richard A. Lyon, of Carmichael, Calif., writes, “Currently, area coordinator for Jump Into Reading Tutoring for the San Juan Unified School District in Sacramento; a rater for Educational Testing Service—TOEFL-iBT—Speaking; and a bilingual wedding officiant (Spanish/English). Performed a Spanish/English wedding recently in Rocklin, Calif. Donated a gourmet dinner for four to two charity auctions. Volunteer for my church. Will be 70 in August.”



Dan Asera, BS 69

Daniel Asera, of Las Vegas, Nev., a 2015 Pearson Fellow and mathematics professor at the University of Nevada, was selected by Pearson Education Inc. and Pearson Higher Education to participate in the 27th International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics.

He is president of the Berkeley Haas Las Vegas Chapter and president of the CAA alumni chapter, Cal Spirit of Las Vegas. He’s also a Haas Partner, Charter Hill Society Member, and Golden Bear Life Member of CAA. As a student, he was senior class president of the Class of 1969, Cal Alumni Scholar, and a Cal-in-the-Capital intern in Washington, D.C.

Steven Turover, of La Grange, Ky., See MBA 1978 notes.



Chuck Hansen, BS 78, performing with his baritone sax in concert with Tower of Power

Chuck Hansen, of Sacramento, Calif., updates: “Joined Folsom, Calif.-based Monenta Ventures as an investment advisor in November 2014 and finished seventh year as managing director of Hansen Investment Holdings (HIH), a family-based private equity firm investing in public and private companies. In March Electro Scan Inc., a portfolio company of HIH, announced a disruptive technology to locate and measure water leaks in potable water mains. Data is ported to its CriticalH2O cloud app to help prioritize and fix leaks.

“Continuing my music career, I played with Huey Lewis and Michael Bolton at the AT&T Pro Am Saturday Clambake Dinner at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club.”

Jesse Wolf, of New York, N.Y., received a PhD in mathematics from the City University of New York Graduate Center in May.



Tomas Schoenberg, BS 81

Tomas Schoenberg, of Berkeley, Calif., was recently promoted to executive vice president of the Swig Company and will celebrate his 10th year with this venerable San Francisco company in 2015. He leads the investments group at the 80-year-old Swig Company and is in charge of identifying new investment opportunities and implementing strategies for the company and the Swig Family.

Christa Pedersen writes, “So proud my son Marshall Krock is a freshman this year and also rowing for Cal!”


Roger Franks, of Delray Beach, Fla., announces, “I was recently named general counsel and vice president, law and human resources, of KLX Inc. KLX is the world’s leading provider of aerospace fasteners, consumables, and logistics services globally. KLX also provides oil field services and associated rental equipment across North America.”


Sylvia (Guel) Ruiz, of San Jose, Calif., reports, “Applying over 15 years HR and leadership experience in high-tech and nonprofit industries to higher education at San Jose State University in the Nursing Department for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. New knowledge using Qualtrics for applicant recruiting and program evaluation as well as the accreditation standards and process for WASC and CCNE.

“My daughter (18) is headed to the University of Chicago in fall 2015. Although she decided not to be a Golden Bear like me or a Bruin like her father, we are very proud of her admittance to the Honors Program and having amazing choices to begin her college career! She is a role model for two younger brothers (14 and 12).”


Christopher Chew, of Sunnyvale, Calif., updates as follows, “Work experience from 1992 to present: 1. Partnership tax return preparer at Coopers & Lybrand, LLP, San Jose; 2. IRS revenue agent, San Jose; 3. Accounting manager of manufacturing company, South San Francisco; 4. Partner with two CPAs, Fremont, providing tax preparation, consulting, and financial auditing services; 5. Sole proprietor, Sunnyvale, focus on tax preparation, tax planning, and IRS audit representation.

“My 24-year-old daughter starts medical school in fall 2015. My 18-year-old son starts his first semester at UCB in fall 2015. He is working on getting into Haas too.”


Peter Yu, BS 92

Peter Yu, of Hong Kong, announces, “After nearly a decade at Oracle, most recently leading a sales consulting team covering Asia-Pacific, I have decided to leave for a new opportunity in the manufacturing services space. I will still be based in Hong Kong but join Multek’s global headquarters here to head the strategy, marketing, pricing, and chief of staff functions, reporting to the company president. It’s my first C-level role and will still provide ties to Silicon Valley since our parent, Flextronics, is based in San Jose.”



Jeff Cohen, BS 96

Jeff Cohen, of Beverly Hills, Calif., recently published The Dealmaker’s Ten Commandments (Ankerwycke, 2015). The book provides a practical, no-nonsense methodology for negotiating deals, managing your time, and handling crisis, all at the highest level. A prominent transactional attorney and former child actor, Jeff penned the book to overcome resistance and achieve his goals without losing his soul along the way. The real-world tactics are vital for any business environment.

Lucky Sandhu reports, “Honored to be back at Haas as a member of the EMBA Class of 2015!”


David Oblath, of New York, N.Y., writes, “In 2001, I started a company called Tutor Associates in New York City with my freshman year roommate from Cal. Long live Ehrman Hall, Unit 2! This past year, he and I founded our second company called Codesters, which provides a platform and curriculum to teach computer programming in the classroom to middle schoolers. I am also involved with various other startups.”


Scott Orn, of San Francisco, Calif., reports, “In April, I became chief operating officer of Kruze Consulting, a fast-growing startup CFO consulting firm with more than 130 clients. The firm has quadrupled in the last six months, which created the COO opportunity. I look forward to working with the best and brightest startups in Silicon Valley.”

Will Edmonson, of Los Angeles, Calif., updates, “I was recently named a partner in Doll Amir & Eley LLP, a Westside Los Angeles boutique law firm focusing on commercial, intellectual property, and entertainment litigation. Will Edmonson, (310) 461-3111, wedmonson@”

Putri (Sugondo) Pascualy See MBA 2006 notes.



Kia Gaines, BS 03

Kia Gaines, of Long Beach, Calif., writes, “I recently joined Top Tier Consulting, a management consulting firm that provides exceptional IT, strategy, and operations solutions to health care payer and provider organizations.

“After stints in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Arizona, I have moved back to the Golden State and am excited to get more involved in Cal Alumni events. I have become involved with Taproot Foundation and completed my first pro bono consulting assignment for the Los Angeles Dodgers Charity. I’m enjoying the Southern California weather and running along the beach.”

Amy Chou, of Oakland, Calif., is wrapping up her first year in the FTMBA program at Berkeley Haas and “very excited to return to N.Y.C. for her summer internship at Character Lab!”

David Pordes, of San Mateo, Calif., announces, “This May I will be celebrating my one-year work anniversary at Sapphire Ventures, a 1.4B late-stage venture fund located in Palo Alto. I work in the finance department and report to the CFO.

“My son Matthew turned 3 years old this January and is keeping us busy. We were able to spend a month in Brazil last year and had a great time visiting family. My wife’s business,, has been booming. If you are in need of a great housecleaning service, please reach out to her.”



Todd Osborne, BS 06, helping a customer design her perfect shoes in Paramus, New Jersey, for the launch of his design studio

Todd Osborne, of Santa Monica, Calif., reports, “After several years in Sydney, both myself and the fashion retail startup Shoes of Prey are moving headquarters to Santa Monica, Calif. This follows on the heels of a recent six-store partnership with Nordstrom. Come visit us and design your perfect shoes in the downtown San Francisco Nordstrom! I’ve spent the past eight months living out of a suitcase launching store-in-stores in Nordstrom in Bellevue, Wash.; San Francisco; Newport Beach, Calif.; Paramus, N.J.; Washington, D.C.; and Oakbrook,”


Varoon Bhagat has been promoted to director of corporate development for, which he joined in 2012 as manager of corporate development. He practiced similar roles for Hewlett-Packard prior to joining

Calvin Hohener, of San Francisco, Calif., writes, “After two and a half years helping build the last-minute mobile hotel booking app HotelTonight, I’m off to Evanston to get my MBA from Kellogg. Don’t worry. I’ll be back to the Bay Area in two years (and likely in between)!”


Jessica Tiao, of San Francisco, Calif., announces, “I joined KISSmetrics as a product designer with a focus on user experience. It’s a wonderful role where I not only build and design tools for marketers but also apply skills that I learned from Haas.

“I learned how to surf for the first time this past March in Hawaii. It was scary at first, but as soon as I stood up, it was an incredibly liberating experience.”

Amy L. Young, of London, U.K., updates, “I recently transferred from San Francisco to London for Prophet, a strategic brand-driven growth consultancy. If you’re in London, give me a shout!”


Pamela Mardo is now a financial analyst for Jive Software based in Palo Alto, Calif., where she supports the entire marketing organization. Previously, she was a cost analyst for The Clorox Company.


Talia Caldwell just returned from Kos, Greece, after seven months playing basketball in the Greek Eurobasket League. She averaged 20 points and 13.5 rebounds and helped her team make the playoffs. She says, “I traveled all over Greece, to places like Thessaloniki and Athens. It was a 30-minute boat ride from Bodrum, Turkey. I finished my complete front to back Bible journey. Also read From Me to We, Who Moved My Cheese, Lean In: For Graduates, and a bunch of other good books.” Watch a highlight video ( and read an article about her performance (


Jose Antonio Flores, BS 13 (center), with current Berkeley student Janet Arratia (lower left), and their students from last summer’s Adelante Youth Empowerment Program in Aguascalientes, Mexico

Jose Antonio Flores, of Los Angeles, Calif., reports as follows, “Co-founder, co-owner, and CEO of Sky Moving, LLC, a household furniture moving company based out of Los Angeles. Co-founder and executive director of Adelante Youth Empowerment Programs, a Mexico-based nonprofit that serves to empower and guide at-risk Mexican youth toward a college education.”

Jose traveled to his native Mexico to lead the Adelante nonprofit summer program through a special travel permit last summer. This was the first time he was able to visit his country of birth and family there in 19 years because of his undocumented status.


Kapil Gururangan, BS 13

Kapil Gururangan, of Pleasanton, Calif., announces, “Finishing my first year of medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine! Double majoring in business administration and molecular and cell biology was one of the best decisions I made at Cal. MCB frames how I learn the science of medicine, and the Haas Defining Leadership Principles are shaping how I engage the art of medicine. I am one of the lab coordinators at Arbor Free Clinic and am doing research in neurology and epilepsy patient care.”



Perla Garcia Gutierrez, BS 14

Perla Garcia Gutierrez, of Port Hueneme, Calif., writes, “I graduated in December 2014 and joined the finance team at Berkeley Haas this past April. It is great to be back at Haas now as a staff member and to learn about what it takes to manage a top business school. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes!”



V. Jordan Tanner reports, “After completing my MBA, I entered the Foreign Service and served in countries around the world and in Washington, D.C. Upon retirement I was elected to the Utah House of Representatives and served five terms. I have done contract work for the past 26 years with the Department of State and served on the Municipal Energy Board of Provo for the past seven years.”


Russell Kalmacoff, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is spearheading participation in the proposed Berkeley Global Campus on the part of a handful of major Canadian public research universities. While it is early (land development at the Richmond site will take at least three years) Chancellor Dirks has encouraged identification of common research interests of professors and graduate students at UCB and Canadian universities.

Russ is particularly interested in comparative capital markets and would welcome expressions of interest on the part of people in the Haas community. Russ is founder of the UC Berkeley Club of Canada. He chaired the campaign that established the Professorship of Canadian Studies and serves on the Canadian Studies Advisory Board at UCB.


Stephen Wood retired from Shell in 2004 after a 36-year career in human resources management.



Dean Suzuki, MBA 69, with new granddaughter, Madalena

Dean Suzuki announces, “I finally became a proud grandfather. Madalena was born on Jan. 27, 2015, to Derek Suzuki, MBA 2010, and his wife, Orlanda. They live in Brooklyn, N.Y.”


Steve Fabricant, of Okinawa, Japan, writes, “Classmate Garrett Vogel’s note in the Spring issue about working with a company selling cannabis products brought back memories of the joint MBA thesis that Pete Michael and I wrote. It was based on a sample survey of attitudes and future plans of our classmates, analyzed using a mountain of punch cards, and optimistically titled “Counterculture and The Business World.” We found that Berkeley MBAs were more frequent pot smokers than college students nationwide and even Cal students as a whole. We assumed that since we were natural “forerunners,” we could expect a kinder and mellower future corporate culture. Forty-four years later nearly the same problems face us, plus we’ve had a major financial crisis, more serious environmental/existential threats, and worsened inequality. Business and finance are more reviled than ever…but cannabis is now practically universally legal. Of course we’re both very pleased that Berkeley students still Question the Status Quo.

Peter Michael, of Adamstown, Md., reports that his latest book, Running on Empty: Along an Epic 12,000-Mile Road Trip America Has Its Say on Economic Inequality, has been awarded a first-place national book prize in political and economic affairs. Learn more at This follows two national prizes in biography for his Remembering John Hanson: A Biography of the First President of the Original United States Government. Pete’s been at it for a while. A popular version of his and Steve Fabricant’s joint Berkeley Haas MBA thesis, which really questioned the status quo, was published as the cover story of the August-September, 1973 issue of MBA magazine. See Steve’s note here.”


By Max Oliva, MBA 71

Max Oliva SJ, MBA 71, reports, “I have a new book out! It is a sequel to Beatitudes for the Workplace and is called The Ten Commandments for Everyday Life. Same publisher: Novalis in Toronto, Canada. Those of you who have the Beatitudes book will love the cover of the new book: same Post-its style but with a pleasant blue background. Like my other books, there are personal stories to inspire and to make the theory personal and practical—including a few stories from my life.”



Lily Carlson and Joe Carlson, MBA 77

Joseph Carlson, of Monument, Colo., announces, “Elected chairman of the El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition (EPCHVC) and elected post commander VFW Post 7829. The EPCHVC’s mission is to improve the lives of homeless veterans with direct service programs.

“Enjoyed a three-week vacation with our three youngest children (11, 10, and 8) to Belize in March and a 2,680 mile motorcycle trip in April to Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Death Valley, and Zion National Park.”


Bill Haworth, MBA 77

William Haworth, of Washington, D.C., reports he is working as Chief strategist, Financial Institutions Group, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group.


Ray Fry, of Oakland, Calif., updates, “I’m now at Security One, still specializing in reverse mortgages. I used to do a radio show advising baby boomers on retirement issues, and I’m now focusing on building a website to answer reverse mortgage questions ( Doing reverse mortgages and mentally keeping up with program changes is my personal antidote to Alzheimer’s.

“Last year we took a three-week trip to Italy with two other couples. Rome, Capri, Taormina, Rapallo, and San Gimignano were the major stops. Our biggest challenges were driving a large van in Rome, trying to keep the ladies out of fancy boutiques, and deciding among six people where to eat dinner.”

Azmat Malik, of Redwood City, Calif., reports, “Expanding our presence in countries that have strong innovation cultures: Israel, Turkey, Denmark, and Pakistan. This has been a challenging and exciting endeavor, and never disappoints. I find new ways to approach entrepreneurship and innovation and never take anything for granted. I am finding that innovation is culture- and society-based; what in Silicon Valley we may call archaic could quite easily be a path to independence for other countries. It is also gratifying to see how empowering it is for women to start businesses, including social ventures. Empowerment of women is the most sustainable approach to poverty alleviation.” Steven Turover, of La Grange, Ky., retired in May of 2013. He updates, “Last summer, Steve and Trish took their RV to Mount Rushmore. This spring they took a 17-day tour to nine countries in Europe, covering much of the same area that Steve’s Dad had in World War II.

“Generally living a life of leisure although Steve volunteered to be a board member for the county EMS. He is involved in building a new eight-bay, near net zero ambulance station.”


Michaela Rodeno is working on a book update by expanding Bubbles to Boardrooms.


Kim Staking, MBA 80

Kim Staking, of Fairfield, Calif., announces, “It is good to be back in California! After graduating, I spent several years working in international commercial banking in Santiago, Chile. I returned to the U.S. to get a PhD from The Wharton School with a focus on financial institutions/risk management and insurance. I taught finance at INSEAD.

“My love for Latin America induced me to accept a position at the Inter-American Development Bank, where I worked on financial market development—modernizing regulation, legal reforms; developing competitiveness and democratization in banking, securities, and insurance/pension markets; and micro-insurance and dealing with the financial aspects of natural catastrophes. After a couple of decades, I retired and moved back to California, where I joined the faculty in the College of Business Administration at Sacramento State.”


Louis Grabowski, of Atlanta, Ga., updates, “Sold my interest in a commercial real estate business in 2011, received my doctorate in 2012, and now work for the Kennesaw State University Foundation. Milestone: For now at least, all children out of the house.”



Deborah Stern, MBA 84 (second from right) with friends

Deborah Stern, of New York, N.Y., writes, “Still enjoying my career in the social impact business and philanthropy space, always with fresh challenges. Currently: How can smarter metrics through better tools help us achieve a sustainable future? As 2020 Strategies founder and advisor to Tennaxia, a leading sustainability/CSR/EHS data management firm, working with Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (, Sustainable Brands, (Haas postdoc colleague). Building philanthropic and impact investing funds for Pro Mujer Int’l. (, celebrating 25 years of trailblazing new paths for low-income women in Latin America. Two million women served; over $1B in microloans made, health and empowerment training.

“Enjoying life in N.Y.C., singing in Voices in Unity choir, dancing NIA, traveling to Nicaragua (Pro Mujer donor trip; amazing place—highly recommend!) and Costa Rica this year and regular trips back to the Bay Area.”



Mauri Schwartz, MBA 85

Mauri Schwartz, of San Francisco, Calif., reports, “My management consultancy Career Insiders is 13 years old and ready for her Bat Mitzvah! The firm provides talent acquisition and outplacement services for companies and job search coaching for individuals. Thank you alumni who have used our services or referred clients and remember our Haas discount. It’s rewarding to serve with intelligent, dedicated, and fun alumni on the B-HAN SF board, especially the past year when I’ve helped with career and social events. I recently delivered my Network Within to Advance Your Brand presentation at the St. John Boutique, a fun evening of networking, career development, and shopping!”


David Sherman, MBA 85

David Sherman, of El Cerrito, Calif., announces, “Co-authored Flourishing Enterprise: The New Spirit of Business, co-founded Cooperative Advantage Collaborative to bring the ideas in the book to business. Co-chair of Aclima advisory board. Aclima designs and deploys sensor networks that advance environmental awareness and will be coming out of stealth mode soon. This company has a strong social mission and is aligned with the vision and logic of Flourishing Enterprise. Attended 30-year reunion and am co-president of the Berkeley Haas Alumni Network–East Bay.”


Paul DeMuro, MBA 86

Paul DeMuro, a nationally regarded health care information and technology attorney, joined Broad and Cassel’s Fort Lauderdale Office as counsel in the Health Law Practice Group. A press release states, “DeMuro has a broad-based health law background, a unique knowledge to advise and consult with health care organizations on alignment and business strategies in the changing health care marketplace, as well as expertise in health care technology. His nearly 40 years of experience in transactional and regulatory matters, coupled with his health IT expertise, positions DeMuro as a legal architect capable of designing solutions for even the most complicated situations, particularly in the transitio n from fee-for-service medicine to payment for quality and cost-effectiveness. He is also a CPA with an MBA in finance and a master’s degree in biomedical informatics and a PhD candidate in biomedical informatics at Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine. He is also a National Library of Medicine postdoctoral fellow.”


Mark Gilley, Orlando, Fla., was promoted to senior vice president of marketing for Red Lobster. In 2009, he joined Red Lobster as vice president of consumer insights.

Richard Reeves, of Hillsborough, Calif., writes, “Retired after 35 years in the biotech and medical device industry to spend more time with family. Doing some consulting (quite a bit more than planned), which is very different from working for a company. I consulted all throughout the MBA program and enjoyed it tremendously so this is perhaps coming full circle. The family trips have been wonderful, so much is missed when you live the life corporate. What a different Bay Area it is as well biotech-wise compared with 1987.

“My son is getting ready to graduate with a degree in EECS and my youngest is a sophomore in high school. My wife has been semi-retired for a decade since selling her practice and is loving it. Just returned from a business trip to Singapore and a whirlwind trip of the Western national parks with the family, including the dog. My wife and I are learning Regency dance and plan to attend a ball at Chatsworth (U.K. not Irvine) this June. In period costume. I don’t know how she talks me into these things.”


Edward Tse, of Hong Kong, reports, “I started Gao Feng Advisory Company in April 2014. We are a global pre-eminent strategy and management consulting firm with roots in China. Thanks to support from clients, we are growing very fast. Our clients include foreign multinationals, Chinese state-owned enterprises, and private-owned companies. With China becoming the epicenter of global businesses, companies are looking for more successes there. We have offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, as well as a broad network of global resources.”



Stewart Noyce, MBA 89

Stewart Noyce, of San Anselmo, Calif., announces, “I recently started Simpatica Medicine with Dr. Jason Barbour, a scientist from UCSF. We are introducing a vertically integrated RNA Seq information platform for chronic disease care. Our first product will target stem cell transplantation, where proactive first-year treatments can avoid hospital readmissions and save over $50,000 per patient. We are an early-stage company seeking seed funds and contacts for pre-clinical and clinical research projects.”

Steven Terusaki, of Albany, Calif., reports, “I’ve added to my practice as business coach with SEIDO Consulting the role of director of Haas Alumni Leadership Forums with Alumni Forum Services. As a former CEO, I know how lonely it can be at the top. The Alumni Forum offers the only place where you can talk honestly about important issues and challenges that you’re facing in a completely confidential setting and gain new perspective from eight to ten of your most trusted and respected peer alums. It’s a valuable way for those in leadership positions to grow professionally and personally and be a Student Always. For more information about the Haas Alumni Leadership Forums, please visit:”


Klaus Hammer, of Einsiedeln, Schwyz, Switzerland, writes, “I have found two new passions in my life. First is my new partner, Chiara, with whom I am living in the Swiss mountains, enjoying Cyprus beaches. The second is helping clients to manage the workforce better with my new company Genioo Workforce Solutions in Zug, Switzerland. We are supporting clients to efficiently identify the right people through online assessments and also have tools to improve organizational health, perhaps the greatest management concept I have come across.”


Frank Hundley, MBA 91

Frank Hundley, of Flemington, N.J., announces, “Promoted to vice president and wealth management advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management (formerly Private Client Group). Continue working to help high-net-worth families and small businesses with retirement and investment needs. Transferred to the local Merrill Lynch branch near new home in Flemington, where clients are serviced nationally and globally.

“Flemington is about an hour away from both New York and Philadelphia in rural Hunterdon County. New house has lots of rooms for visiting classmates. Currently serving as vice chair of the Rutgers University Board of Trustees for the 2014-15 academic year.”


William “Bill” Dagley, of San Rafael, Calif., reports, “celebrating 20 years at Private Wealth Partners, an investment management firm. I am now running the company and looking forward to the next 20 years. The investment management world is ever changing and never dull.

“My wife and I traveled to Scotland and Ireland last year for the first time and had a great trip. This year we are traveling to Portugal and Spain for the first time. We will be celebrating our 30-year anniversary. Traveling is good for the soul and a great diversion from the pressures of work.”



Fernando Gil de Bernabe, MBA 94, with Mary Ann, Olivia (12), Mateo (10), and Lucas (8) on a family trip in Shanghai

Fernando Gil de Bernabe, of Singapore, reports, “In June 2014 I became the managing director for strategy, planning, and execution for Asia Pacific and Japan at Cisco Systems in Singapore. My team is responsible for business growth identification, go-to-market strategy, sales planning, investment due-diligence, and execution optimization in the region. Prior to this, I was an executive with the Cisco China 3.0 team in Shanghai, appointed by the CEO in 2008.

“Since December 2009, I’ve been serving as a member of the board of directors and the audit committee at eLONG (NASDAQ: LONG), a leader in China online travel services. We moved from Shanghai to Singapore in June 2014.”

Morris Noble, of San Francisco, Calif., writes, “I was named to Northern Trust’s Investment Policy Committee. Getting ready to send my youngest child (Sally) to high school.”

Atsushi Toda, of Tokyo, Japan, reports, “I have been working for Prologis, a global industrial real estate company, since 2012. Since the company is headquartered in San Francisco, I periodically have chances to visit the Bay Area and Berkeley campus.”



Pierre-Etienne Bouchaud, MBA 95

Pierre-Etienne Bouchaud, of Rabat, Morocco, announces, “recently started a new job, heading the European Investment Bank office in Morocco. I took this position after six years spent at headquarters in Luxembourg. It is a fully satisfying job requiring the full array of my skills. In addition to representing the bank diplomatically, I identify projects to finance (infrastructure, corporate, etc.) and liaise with our clients and other IFIs.

“I recently moved to Rabat, administrative capital of Morocco, with my family (my wife and our child, now 17). Although work is quite intense for the family, being abroad and especially in a sunny country almost makes you feel like you are on vacation. And we take advantage of living here. Last family (real) vacations included Namibia, Japan, Argentina, and, closer to us, Spain. For each of these vacations, we took three weeks and therefore truly had the opportunity to discover the country.”

Lisa Feldman has joined the UC Berkeley Change Management team as the outreach and engagement lead for the new Student Information Systems (SIS) project to integrate 80+ systems used by students, faculty, and staff across campus. The new role builds on her extensive student services leadership roles and university administration work.


Kira Makagon, MBA96, on a re- cent trip to the Grand Canyon

Kira Makagon, of Hillsborough, Calif., updates as follows, “Since graduation, I’ve co-founded and helped lead several tech companies in the Bay Area. I’m currently RingCentral’s EVP of innovation, leading global product strategy, product management, engineering, operations, and IT. I enjoy working with young entrepreneurs and mentoring women in tech as a public speaker, blogger, and as an advisor to early-stage companies. This year, I’ve recently been recognized as one of the Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times and the Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, as well as the Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards. In my free time I enjoy traveling, skiing, reading, and spending time with my family.”

Tony Talarico, of San Francisco, Calif., writes, “All is well on the career front, though I recently shifted gears. After 15 years of delivering systems of record for entertainment industry clients, I am now helping deliver systems of engagement and cloud-based analytics solutions for heavy industrial clients.

“My wife, Phuong, and daughter Yvonne keep me smiling every day. Last year, we visited Phuong’s family in Vietnam, and this summer we will vacation in D.C. and New York. Like me, the girls prefer city life! We caught up with Nakyang Seong when he visited from Korea in 2013, but I haven’t connected with any other Haas classmates for a long time. I would love to re-connect with any of the MBA Class of 1996 and get caught up on what you are doing.”



Ravi Shankar, MBA 98

Ravi Shankar, of Cupertino, Calif., announces, “I recently joined Denodo Technologies as its chief marketing officer. Reporting directly to the CEO, I will be responsible for Denodo’s global marketing efforts, including product marketing, demand generation, field marketing, communications, social marketing, customer advocacy, partner marketing, branding, and solutions marketing. My team is based in the U.S. and Spain. I am thrilled to join Denodo and will leverage my expertise and past experience to help further drive revenue growth and position Denodo as the absolute leader in the data virtualization market.”

Srivats Srinivasan, of Clyde Hill, Wash., reports, “My little startup know’N’act is growing up! We’re in our second year and our second round of financing. Work is crazy but in a clichéd good way. This ride has been more fun than my first venture.

“Seems hard to believe but our two kids are moving into high school and middle school. To fill the gap of a little one at home, we’ve brought home a puppy, who has promptly established himself as the center of the family! Rupal is continuing her work as docent at the Seattle Art Museum. Visiting Greece this summer—would love to see classmates if anyone is there.”

Brian Stone forwards the following news: Brian Stone 98, Tom Hardy 99, and Dan Israel 01 were part of the initial team that launched Vlocity, Inc. in summer 2014. Brian leads marketing, Tom leads the communications product, and Dan leads the public sector industry. Vlocity is the first company to build multiple industry-specific cloud and mobile apps on the Salesforce Customer Success Platform. The company has grown to 85 employees in six countries in its first 12 months and just raised $42.8M in financing from Salesforce Ventures and Accenture.


Joao Adao, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, announces, “I am now in the third year of leading an exciting transformation at hibu in LatAm, helping SMEs find customers, migrating from what was originally the traditional Yellow Pages directories, to a comprehensive digital offering now including websites, Google AdWords campaigns, online directories, and display banners. A complete cultural, product, and market transformation, which is very challenging but a lot of fun!

“Tatiana and I recently welcomed beautiful Anastasia, born December 2013, and her older sisters Luna and Alexia are completely in love with the new addition to the family!”

Tom Hardy See Brian Stone, MBA 1998 notes.


Ted Hartnell, MBA 99, with three generations: his parents; his wife, Song; and their kids, Sydney and Aidan

Ted Hartnell, of Shanghai, China, writes, “I’ve managed to join eCommerce data with Market Simulation. Now developing a ‘scientific strategy’ (developing a strategy based upon data, analytics, and science) that is quick and painless. Finding the profit-maximizing price for all your online products is as easy as pushing a button! It’s an exciting time. Loving Shanghai. We’ll be here until the kids are ready to attend UC Berkeley.”



Chris Bryan, MBA 00

Chris Bryan, of San Diego, Calif., [is] leaving health care after 20 years. Chris is now the executive director of, a nonprofit he started at age 23 that now services seven U.S. cities. The organization provides college scholarships and mentorship to low-income youth who see higher education as a way out of generational poverty. Nominated for the Livesay Award for Social Change, Chris matches companies and individuals who want to sponsor students who are often the first in their families to go to college.


Patrick Feely owns Art Tile at 4336 Broadway, Oakland, CA, 94611.

Pascal Hoffmann, of Oakland, Calif., writes, “It was so fun to reconnect with MBA 2000 classmates during the 2015 Haas Reunion!! Thank you to those who made the trip from far away and to Haas for organizing a terrific weekend!!”


Riichiro Metoki, MBA 00

Riichiro Metoki, of Tokyo, Japan, reports, “This April, I was promoted to director, sales and managing executive officer at CONEXIO Corporation, one of the largest mobile phone distributors in Japan. The company sells 3 million mobile phones and tablets a year to consumers through retail stores and to large/medium business customers. I am responsible for sales and marketing, leading about 6,000 staff members.

“My daughter got married in May. She is 25 years old. She was 10 years old when we were in Berkeley,” he adds.

Atsushi Sakahara, of Kyoto, Japan, announces, “I started directing a film. This is my first feature documentary, aiming for Berlinale 2016 and the Oscars 2016. Swing big when you swing.”


Jennifer Barron, MBA 01, and family

Jennifer Barron, of Oakland, Calif., announces, “My husband, Michael, and I welcomed a son, Samuel Walker Malione, to our family on March 19, 2015. He is joined by big sister Annabelle. I will be home until August then returning to an independent consulting gig at CSAA Insurance Group in Walnut Creek.”

Dan Israel See Brian Stone, MBA 1998 notes.



Emilie Cortes, MBA 02

Emilie Cortes, of Bend, Ore., was awarded the 2015 Bend Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year award for her business, Call of the Wild Adventures, Inc. She was also asked to serve as the 2015 commencement speaker for the OSU-Cascades graduation in Bend. She has continued to deepen her ties with her community by serving as a judge for the Bend Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Women of the Year awards, renewing the Adopt-a-Park project at Smith Rock for another year, and receiving a four-page spread in the March Bend Chamber Journal.

She received her Professional Climbing Guides Institute (PCGI) Top Rope Guide (TRG) certification. She’ll be running rock-climbing trips for women at Smith Rock State Park, a world-class climbing destination in Central Oregon. Her trip in the fall was recognized by for being a unique offering in the adventure travel field. Emilie continues to return to the Bay Area frequently and recently spoke for Professor Kellie McElhaney’s undergraduate Women in Business class, as well as for the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco in Oakland.


Dan Firepine, MBA 02, with son, Tyler (8), wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Fiona (9)

Dan (Pine) Firepine, of Berkeley, Calif., writes, “I’d like to make connections and get introductions in the health care accelerator and investment space. I have achieved success in the divergent areas of investing and medicine and have decided to act on integrating the two.

“Just back from New Orleans Jazz Festival, probably about the 15th time to that fun city.”

Uri Man, of Miami, Fla., updates as follows, “Joined Crystal Lagoons to lead the company’s expansion in the United States. Crystal Lagoons can transform any destination into an idyllic beach paradise. The company’s unique concept and cutting-edge technology provide an unlimited size lagoon amenity, surrounded by picturesque sandy white beaches. Low construction and maintenance costs provide a unique recreational and water sport amenity that can be enjoyed by the whole family and, most importantly, provide real estate developers more value than traditional amenities (”

Jihong Sandeson, of Beijing, China, announces, “I have conducted business innovation research in China for the past two years; as a result, my new book, The Ear of Everyone: Solution for the New E³ Economy, will be published by China CITIC Press in May 2015.”


Scott Cheeseman, of Sonoma, Calif., reports, “Five years ago I stepped away from the world of real estate development to take the helm of Pinnacle Stone and Tile, a construction company based out of Fairfield, Calif. This February, we successfully completed the sale of the company to a strategic buyer in the space, Residential Design Services of Anaheim, Calif. While it was difficult to get the company pointed in the right direction, I am pleased with the outcome for the company’s investors, and I am looking forward to my next challenge.”

Adam Goldworm, of West Hollywood, Calif., is executive producing Hood with Jerry Bruckheimer at Sony Pictures. His film The Last Witch Hunter starring Vin Diesel and Michael Caine premieres on October 23. Goldworm has also been busy producing a string of Bruce Willis’ action movies at Lionsgate including Extraction and Vice.


Will Doolittle, of San Francisco, Calif., updates as follows, “Last year I left SuccessFactors/SAP and plunged back into startup life as VP of product at Inkling, an enterprise solution for creating and publishing mobile content. Helping build a broad platform and articulating its benefits for different markets has been a great workout for the MBA side of my brain!”

Steven Egli, of Mill Valley, Calif., was promoted to managing director at Sandler O’Neill & Partners, LP in December of 2014. Steve has worked for Sandler O’Neill since graduating from Haas and has been advising financial institutions on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity offerings, and other strategic matters for the last decade. He is based in the firm’s San Francisco office and resides in Mill Valley, Calif., with his wife, Sarah, and their two young children.

Martin Huffmann, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, reports, “At the end of 2014, I joined Intiza as business development manager. Intiza provides a cloud-based accounts-receivables solution for corporations and small business. We already have customers in more than 15 countries and manage almost US$1 B.”

Sherwin Wang was promoted to head of China Globalization Office, Qualcomm Mobile Semiconductor Division.


Giambattista Selvaggi has joined McKinsey & Co. in the operations practice. He will be based in San Francisco, Calif., where he has lived for more than a decade.

Paul Anderson is a former management consultant and global business development professional seeking new opportunities.


Putri Pascualy, MBA 06

Putri (Sugundo) Pascualy, of Newport Coast, Calif., writes, “Hello all! I’m still at PAAMCO, managing alternative portfolios for leading global institutions. My recent projects include publishing a book, Investing in Credit Hedge Funds (McGraw-Hill) and further building alternative fixed-income solutions to help institutions manage their duration risk while generating attractive long-term returns. I consider myself fortunate to work with these clients as well as to serve as an industry expert to the media including the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, Bloomberg Business, and US News and World Report. Most of all, I’m very pleased to have opportunities to come back to Haas as a guest lecturer!

“We were thrilled to welcome a wonderful baby boy into our family in 2014. Paul has been a great addition and he’s been keeping us busy!”


Michael Svatek, MBA 06

Michael Svatek, of Austin, Texas, writes, “Started a software business generating high-definition photo and video content for brands–Rivet. I’m enjoying the entrepreneurial ride now that we’ve raised funds and are signing some wonderful customers like Estee Lauder and Viking Cruises. Hope to work alongside a number of you in the future. Go Bears!”



John Donovan, MBA 07

John Donovan, of San Francisco, Calif., reports, “After seven years of splitting time between medical practice and business development in the life sciences, I started my own company, Concentric Analgesics, Inc., which is developing a novel therapeutic for postoperative pain. Combining my interests in anesthesiology and entrepreneurship into a single pursuit has been an amazing opportunity.”


Stephan Krajcer, of São Paulo, Brazil, sends this news: “My wife, Fabiane, my bigger daughters Catarina and Vitoria, and I are proud to announce the arrival of our little girl Jade.

“She was born last December and brought more happiness and joy to our lives!”

Grant Olsen, of San Diego, Calif., writes, “Advising two great startups: makes it easy to search, discover, and connect with other top MBA graduates and their offerings. Think ‘LinkedIn meets Yelp’ for business offerings from the graduates of the top 25 MBA programs. is the best way to discover new apps using your friends’ recommendations.”

Matt Rhodes continues as vice president of investor relations and corporate FP&A for Intuit in Mountain View, Calif., which he joined in 2010. He is also an advisor and board member for Pine Street Software, developer of Engage, a cloud-based service designed for CPAs and the electronic practice environment.


Menaka Shroff, MBA 08, kicking off Goal Summit 2015

Menaka Shroff, of San Francisco, Calif., announces, “I recently joined BetterWorks to lead marketing, and it was great to host our first event, Goal Summit, attended by 300 executives with speakers such as John Doerr and John Maeda. It’s the first event of its kind where the focus was on driving operational excellence. The best part was that I got to hang out with a few executives who graduated from Haas!”

Michael Thomas, a seasoned trial lawyer says, “I am passionate about labor and employment law and helping businesses flourish by unleashing the potential of their workforces through creativity, innovation, and sound labor and employment practices. As both a plaintiff’s and management attorney, I litigate on individual and class discrimination, harassment, discrimination, ADA violations, traditional labor disputes, and claims. I regularly counsel businesses on regulatory compliance, overtime, wage and hour disputes, leave requests, and union issues.

“I have a yoga certification from the Niroga Institute, which focuses on yoga, mindfulness, and meditation to heal the mind and body and to increase focus and emotional intelligence. I am also a Restorative Justice Facilitator. The aforementioned skills allow me to understand client problems, come up with effective and creative solutions that meet litigation and business needs, and assist clients in overcoming limiting beliefs regarding what is possible. My goal is to inspire clients to not only be sustainable but to flourish.”

Iris Wedeking, of Oakland, Calif., has been associate director of brand insights for over a year at The Clorox Company. She originally joined as associate global insights manager in 2008 and was promoted to global insights manager in 2011. She also founded Camp Kesem in 2000, a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer.

James Wu, of San Francisco, Calif., updates, “Matt Kelso, MBA 09, and I are co-founders of MonJa (, an investment analytics startup for marketplace lending. We joined this disruption of traditional banking by helping investors make better decisions.

“In other news, my wife and I had our second child, whom I delivered at home–unexpectedly.”



From left: Dillan Bernstein, Morgan Bernstein, MBA 09; Matt Bernstein, MBA 09; and Hunter Bernstein

Morgan (Eckles) Bernstein, of San Francisco, Calif., announces, “Matt and I welcomed our second child and first son, Hunter Alika Bernstein, on December 3, 2014. Big sister, Dillan, is thrilled to have a play buddy (aka jungle gym) and we’re looking forward to the days when they can keep each other entertained in the mornings while Mom and Dad sleep!”

Gary Duong recently moved back to California, joining Game Show Network as director of digital marketing. Previously, he worked for The Madison Square Garden Company in New York.

Matt Kelso See James Wu, MBA 2008 notes.

Michael Lee, of Cambridge, Mass., reports, “In 2013, after four years as a management consultant, I started a doctoral program in management at Harvard Business School. I study the role that self-management plays in organizational life and how it can be leveraged to foster deeper flourishing. One stream of my research explores the self-regulatory abilities that are needed for individuals and teams to collaborate more effectively and achieve higher performance. Another stream of research examines post-bureaucratic organizational structures (e.g., less hierarchical, self-organizing) and examines how they enable organizations and individuals within them to thrive. I am loving the academic life and the ability to explore important organizational issues in a deeper way.

“In 2012, I married Holly Shelton, also a Haas 2009 MBA, in her beautiful hometown of Ketchum, Idaho!”

Will Wright, of Birmingham, Ala., notes, “Since 2013, I have been working on Pack Health ( with the goal of finding a low-cost, highly effective way to help patients with chronic diseases find and access better health care. We’re getting great lift and scaling our model in Alabama, as well as nationally and internationally. It is exciting to put the skills I’ve learned at Haas to work, and I’m especially grateful to professors like Kristi Raube and Kim MacPherson for my ‘out of the blue’ questions. Whitney and I have also been blessed with a little daughter. Vivian is 8 months old and a ton of fun.”



Marissa Drouillard, MBA 10, in Cape Town, South Africa

Marissa Drouillard, of San Francisco, Calif., reports, “After graduating from Haas, I embarked on a new career path that led to many adventures on the African continent, new friends, and a tremendous amount of learning. But I am now back in San Francisco and am pleased to share more about my latest gig leading investment advisory at Caribou Digital (, which specializes in building inclusive digital economies in emerging markets.

“On April 16, along with our partner Goodwell Investments, we launched a new platform at Skoll World Forum that will channel funding and support to catalyze the growth of inclusive digital businesses, ecosystems of support, industry dynamism, and the next generation of technology leaders in Africa. If you have questions about the technology sector in Africa or want to hear more about what we’re up to, drop me a line ( Go Bears!”

Jeffrey Hale, of Washington, D.C. announces, “In March, I left my tech job in San Francisco to take a job with the U.S. State Department. I’ll be a Foreign Service officer, posted in U.S. embassies around the world, focusing primarily on international economic issues. My first two-year assignment will be in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.”


Atsuki Kajitani, MBA 10

Atsuki Kajitani, of Tokyo, passed away June 1 after an accident in Santiago, Chile, where he had been living and working for Mitsui & Co. Atsuki was a man of smiles and full of energy. He loved playing soccer, skiing, and golfing and fully enjoyed his two years at Haas with his family and friends. While a student, he studied very hard, especially in marketing, O&B, and M&A, strengthening the foundation for his brilliant career after Haas. He successfully organized and closed a significant investment project in Chile and furthermore led the post-investment management locally. In extracurricular activities, he was a captain of the Haas Soccer Club and trained classmates to win in the UCLA soccer tournament. He also led the 2009 Japan Trek that is remembered fondly by his classmates.

He is survived by a wife and daughter and will be dearly missed by the MBA Classes of 2009 through 2011, the Haas Japanese community, and all who knew him as a Berkeley Haas student.

Sanjay Krishnan, of Foster City, Calif., writes, “I’m at Google scaling the speed and quality of innovation in consumer electronics through OS and hardware partnerships with Google’s open source platforms: Chrome and Android.”


The Berkeley Haas Chilean Chapter team that played in the third annual MBA Alumni tournament in Santiago, Chile. Upper row: Santiago Cilley, MBA 01; Leonardo Butler; Macario Valdes, MBA 11; Marcelo Vasquez, MBA 02; Felipe Camposano. Lower row: Renato Daziano, MBA 04; Manuel Matheu, MBA 04; Pedro Kudrnac, MBA 10; and Alejandro De Giorgis, MBA 09, all joined by Santiago’s kids.

Pedro Kudrnac, of Santiago, Chile, reports, “The Berkeley Haas Chilean Chapter played the third annual MBA Alumni tournament in Santiago, Chile.”

Carlos Lievano, of Luxembourg, announces, “Last year I started a new job as senior marketing manager with Amazon in Luxembourg. I joined our classmate Lauren Stark and her team there! I also got married to Alba Gonzalez, a smart and beautiful Colombian woman whom you must meet, and we moved together to Luxembourg.”

Jorge Machado is celebrating his promotion from engagement manager to associate principal at McKinsey & Company, based in New York City.

John Pavolotsky, of San Mateo, Calif., reports, “I am starting year three at Intel, where I provide legal support to its Technology and Manufacturing Group.”


Angel Lopez Samartino, MBA 10

Angel Lopez Samartino, of Madrid, Spain, has launched the .Ozone Drive Electric Road Show to accelerate the adoption of zero emissions mobility worldwide. Currently, .Ozone Drive facilitates electric vehicle experiences in the Mediterranean islands, but the company aims to have a global impact. “Would you like to enjoy electric mobility in Hawaii? Support .Ozone Drive Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign ‘Connecting islands to electric cars’ at” This campaign has been launched with the support and direct involvement of the International Business Development Program at Berkeley Haas.


Derek Suzuki, MBA 10, and wife, Orlanda, enjoying a stroll among the cherry blossoms in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with daughter, Madalena, who was born on Jan. 27, 2015.

Derek Suzuki sends this note: “My wife, Orlanda, and I enjoyed a stroll in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with our daughter, Madalena, who was born on Jan. 27. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom.”

Laurie Peterson, of Oakland, Calif., announces, “My new toy startup Build & Imagine has received several honors, including The National Parenting Seal of Approval and the Dr. Toys ‘Best Classic Toys’ award for re-imagining the classic dollhouse as a building toy (”


Christian Dambolena, of Brooklyn, N.Y., joined CA Technologies as senior director of corporate strategy. Before, he was a senior consultant at L.E.K. Consulting. CA Technologies offers software and solutions to help customers thrive in the new application economy.


Ran Haimoff, MBA 12

Ran Haimoff, of Berkeley, Calif., reports, “After almost three years at Deloitte Consulting, where I was a manager leading teams on strategy engagements in the tech sector, I am joining DocuSign as a value engineering principal, where I will be leading cross-functional teams on high-profile engagements. DocuSign is a San Francisco- and Seattle-based company that provides electronic signature technology and digital transaction management services, helping companies keep processes 100 percent digital from start to finish to accelerate transactions, reduce costs, and delight customers, partners, suppliers, and employees.”


Sandeep Singh Kohli, MBA 12

Sandeep Singh Kohli joined Piston Cloud Computing as a senior director of marketing. Piston democratizes big data and cloud application infrastructure software for everyone.

Kevin Krause became director of microbiology for Achaogen, located in South San Francisco, Calif. Achaogen addresses unmet medical needs caused by bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

Monish Sharma joined PwC in technology advisory.

Stephanie Tsai was promoted to senior product manager for San Francisco-based One Kings Lane. She originally joined in 2012 as relationship marketing manager. One Kings Lane is an e-commerce company that sells top-brand, designer, and vintage home furnishings.

Genevieve Wang, previously senior director of product management for Brightidea, has been promoted to vice president of product.



Elie Hong and Luke Ahn, both MBA 13

Luke Ahn and Elie Youngsun Hong got married in March 2015 in Seoul, Korea. They attended the same cohort, have been best friends, and started a new chapter of their life. Luke is CEO of a mobile application company, Fronto, in San Francisco. Elie works as business intelligence manager at Symantec in Mountain View.


Oscia Wilson, MBA 13, with Emmylou Saoirse Wilson

Oscia Wilson announces, “My husband and I welcomed our first baby into the world on May 14. Emmylou Saoirse Wilson made her debut, weighing 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and in robust health.”


Molly Bode (MBA/MPH) sends this news: “Moved to Boston in January to work for the Massachusetts governor’s office! A small contingent of 2014 Haasies is growing out here, including Annie Murphy and Alana Tucker, who are also MBA/MPHers, so let us know if you are popping through for a visit!”



Mark Bachleda, of Charlotte, N.C., has been appointed general manager of Czech Republic for Amgen, Inc., based out of Prague, starting July 2015.

Ronald Baldwin, of San Francisco, Calif., announces, “Recently acquired two skilled nursing health care facilities in Hayward, Calif. Also entered letter of intent with nationwide acute rehabilitation hospital corporation to develop Marin County property into a 40-bed acute rehabilitation hospital. Licensing of a fourth facility in Alameda still pending, very slow process to start from scratch. All in all, it is shaping up as a great year after several years getting off the ground. The joys of entrepreneurship abound. I continue my volunteer work with Legal Services for Entrepreneurs, a program sponsored by the California Bar Association.”


Matthew Cooper writes, “I am pleased to announce Carmenta Bioscience has been acquired by Progenity, a large diagnostics company. This transaction is the result of a ton of hard work by many people, including classmates from Haas (see the article in the Fall 2013 issue of BerkeleyHaas: I cannot articulate how excited my family, co-workers, and I are and how appreciative we are to those who supported us over the past couple years. Things like this do not happen without the strong support of friends, family, classmates, and colleagues. I will serve as chief scientific officer for Progenity and will lead scientific strategy for the company.”


Christopher Fong, BCEMBA 10, on his last day at Google

Christopher Fong, of San Francisco, Calif., writes, “There’s never a good time to leave Google, especially after 8.5 years and in a role working with venture capital firms and startups across different Google product areas to help these startups be successful. I left in April to co-found my startup in San Francisco and it’s been an amazing ride so far. The Haas community has given tremendous support already. Thank you to all Haas alums, staff, and faculty that have helped make it such a seamless transition.”

Tracy Saxton, of San Francisco, Calif., reports, “I recently joined the Roche Venture Fund, where I will be making investments in early-stage biotechnology companies discovering and developing novel therapeutics.”



Patrick Muggler, BCEMBA 13, with his newest products

Patrick Muggler, of Palo Alto, Calif., announces, “Founded Ambit Networks and launched an Indiegogo campaign. Check out: or First product is AmbyGear: the first kid’s smartwatch that combines safety and fun. AmbyGear allows children to be independent and physically active and helps them learn life lessons while creating a safe environment. AmbyGear’s ecosystem brings ‘peace of mind’ to families, whether they are on vacation or at the mall. AmbyGear provides an experience in a connected world that is non-intrusive and not all-consuming, providing parents better control of how their children use technology.”



Cathy Goodwin, of Philadelphia, writes, “Fighting retirement! After many years as a marketing professor, I now work online at, saving owners of small businesses from the predators lying in wait in the Internet jungle ready to gouge them on web development. I specialize in websites and white papers, working from home with clients all over the world.

“I have a dog and two cats, all seniors adopted from shelters who have no idea how lucky they are! Since moving to Philly, I volunteer with the animal shelter (mostly via computer). In the last couple years, I started doing standup comedy at open mikes around town and it’s going well! After years of teaching, it’s not really that different from entertaining a class, except you don’t have to watch your language and the audience doesn’t get graded. Sometimes I wish they did. Thinking about looking for some speaking gigs, too. Last year I took an amazing vacation—Greece, Italy, and Croatia—next year I want to get away for a couple weeks in winter. Suggestions welcome.”



Eduardo Canabarro, PhD 93 (second from right), with family Michael, Matthew, and Carla

Eduardo Canabarro, of New York, N.Y., reports, “I have worked in Wall Street since I graduated from Haas. Currently, global head of risk modeling at Morgan Stanley since 2007. It has been an amazing 22-year journey through the changes of the financial industry. When I was at Haas, I used to see Fed Chair Janet Yellen all the time in Barrows Hall. She is doing a terrific job with the Federal Reserve.

“My wife and I immigrated to the U.S. in 1988. We both attended UC Berkeley. We have twin sons who just started high school. We would love if they were to study at Berkeley too. Our friends often ask us why we never taught Portuguese to them, our native language in Brazil. We respond with one excuse or another but the reality is we intentionally burned the bridges; life moves forward and America is the best, most amazing country to live, work, and build family and the future.”



Jo Ilfeld, PhD 04, with her husband, sons Adin and Nathaniel, and daughter, Miriam

Jo Ilfeld, of Berkeley, Calif., updates, “Since finishing my PhD program at Haas, I’ve started and sold one business. Now I’m doing executive and leadership coaching and consulting through my own company: I work with high potentials and leaders throughout the Bay Area (and beyond) who want more influence and growth in their organization. The work is incredibly rewarding and diverse and I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to do some professional development talks and webinars with Haas MBAs and alumni this year. It’s great to give back to the Haas alumni community. I’m always honored to bring these workshops to local Bay Area companies with Haas alums if there’s interest.

“On the personal front, this was a big year for my family as my oldest son got Bar Mitzvah’ed. I never knew how much work this was until this year. Luckily, I have another few years before my next son’s turn is up. Otherwise, life seems to be speeding by with three children in grade school. I love reading in this column about the adventurous personal and professional things other alums are doing!”


Minah Jung, of Berkeley, Calif., announces, “I will be joining the marketing department at the Stern School of Business, New York University, as an assistant professor.”

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