Alumni Notes



Mimi (Mary Renard) Knox, of Walnut Creek, Calif. reports, “After a highly successful 65th Class Reunion at the Claremont Country Club Big Game Friday, the Class Council already has plans under way for the Fall of 2018 reunion.”


Richard (Rich) Tompkins, of Oakland, Calif., who has been providing real estate expertise in California and Hawaii for more than 50 years, writes, “Go Bears!”



Charles Hall, BS 60

Charles B. Hall, founder and president of CLUBFUNDER®, forwards the following: “CLUBFUNDER® is a nonprofit organized to support Gay-Straight Alliance Club projects in secondary schools and colleges. GSA Clubs submit their proposals to in hopes of being awarded grants (up to $250)—support that’s vital because GSA Clubs Save Lives!®. Quantitative research shows the presence of GSA Clubs in schools significantly reduces suicidal behavior and binge drinking among all students. GSA Clubs also provide a safe space for all students. CLUBFUNDER® recently received notice of a matching grant from the Arcus Foundation. The first $25K in accumulated individual donations will be matched. Please help us fulfill our matching grant by donating to this unique national cause for youth. Visit for more details. Thank you.”


Gary Rinehart, BS 60, with his wife, Sharon

Gary Rinehart, of Piedmont, Calif., updates, “Retired as a lawyer, still going as a pianist and author. My novel, Nude Sleeping in a Hammock, has been published. Title is the name of the statue sold at the San Francisco Panama Pacific Exposition in 1915. She rested in Piedmont for 85 years. She’s now in London, owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story even includes the UC School of Business Administration. Please see my website: Please call me if this may be of interest. (It may be only to other Old Blues.)”



Thomas May, BS 74

Thomas (Tom) May, of Foster City, Calif., writes, “Doing the Right Things in the Right Order is my passion. I recently started a company called RTRO Energy that is focused on helping commercial building owners ‘Do the right things in the right order.’ We help our customers sort through the enormous list of energy savings options. We evaluate a building from top to bottom, looking at every device that uses energy to help our customers make sure they are getting the most for their investment in energy reduction. Most buildings can upgrade their systems and lower their monthly energy costs. My life is filled with opportunities to help my friends and family by contributing my knowledge and energy to their success.”



Justin Barnett, BS 79, honored with scouting’s highest volunteer award

Justin Barnett, of San Rafael, Calif., forwards the following: “Received the Silver Beaver Award from the Marin Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Silver Beaver is the highest honor bestowed by a local Boy Scout Council to a volunteer. The award celebrates and recognizes Justin’s 15 years of dedicated service to the youth of Marin. Previous awards include Marin Council Award of Merit and the National Medal of Merit for assisting three Scouts to save a man’s life on the top of Mount Whitney, Calif. The Scouts received the Medal of Honor for saving the man’s life.”


Ed Fineman, of Burlingame, Calif., reports, “Nancy, BA 81 (political science), JD 86, and I are so proud of our son, Grant Fineman, BS 16, along with the other graduates of the Haas Undergraduate program for graduating this spring semester. Upon graduation, Grant will be joining Bain & Company in its San Francisco office.”



Lori Quitiquit-Hoffman, BS 82

Lori Quitiquit-Hoffman, of Aptos, Calif., reports, “After more than 30 years in HR and OD, I have become a PCC (Professional Certified Coach) with International Coaches Federation. I feel blessed to be able to help leaders realize their passion in pursuit of their goals. My husband and I have finally landed at the coast full time. I am looking forward to connecting with other Monterey Bay-area Bears.”


Bill Reynolds, BS 82, with the 1969 Camaro he restored shortly after graduating from Berkeley

Bill (Don William Reynolds Jr.) Reynolds, of Austin, Texas, announces, “A little more than a year ago, I joined an exciting new company called Knowledgent where I’m helping guide health care organizations through the dramatic changes they face as the industry shifts toward a focus on patients, outcomes, and cost-effective care delivery models. Knowledgent has recently been named one of the 20 most promising health care analytics solutions providers. My focus is to help our clients apply leading-edge big data and analytics technologies to support strategic business transformation.

“Before Knowledgent, I’d been working in health care for more than 15 years where the combination of my finance degree from Haas, my time spent in financial services after graduation, and the experience I gained by building Austin Software Foundry into a thought leader in software engineering methods and practices has allowed me to ‘cross the aisle’ in health care organizations between business and IT. The flood of data from clinical, financial, and social sources requires a combination of business and technology perspectives to transform raw data into information, knowledge, and action.

“Finally, I’d like to give a shout-out to the UC Berkeley AMPLab for its contributions to big data and analytics like Spark and the Berkeley Data Analytics Stack. I’m always proud to be able to recommend solutions that came from my alma mater!”


Gregg Solomon, BS 82

Gregg Solomon, of New York, announces, “I co-founded Touchstone Group, LLC, a private equity fund placement agent, in 2002. I am happy to report that business is good. “My wife, Leslie, and I have three sons and are happy to report that our oldest, Daniel, got married on April 16, 2016, to Lucy Hayes. Daniel’s wedding party comprises his two younger brothers, Matthew (who now lives in San Francisco) and Brian (who is a college freshman). In my spare time, I enjoy refereeing soccer matches and will be refereeing this fall in my third college soccer season.”


Douglas Schuler, of Houston, Texas, now associate professor of business and public policy, and his colleagues at Rice University developed a shipping container-based unit for sterilizing medical instruments in low-resource settings such as off-grid areas in developing countries. Their sterile processing unit addresses the problems of surgical site infections that cause pain and occasionally death to patients and are prominent in low-resource health care facilities. The results of a validation of this project were recently published (March 2016) in PLoS ONE ( and was featured in the Huffington Post (

Christa Pedersen, of Blackhawk, Calif., writes, “I imagine for the rest of this year and next, I’ll be busy helping corporations implement the new revenue recognition standard or a new ERP system. Both have enterprise-wide implications and I’m looking forward to it! I’m always happy to hear from fellow alums! My son is a sophomore at UC Berkeley now. Go Bears!”



Kim Carter, BS 86

Kim (Crossley) Carter, of Los Altos/Palo Alto, Calif., writes, “Hello, Fellow Bears: I have started my second career, combining my previous experience and education in finance and construction with real estate. I am looking to reconnect with classmates and other alumni to help in any way that I can. So if you or someone you know is transitioning/moving, please give me a call at 650-208-5516 or visit I’d be more than happy to help. Hope to hear from you soon!”



Chris Carvalho, BS 88

Chris Carvalho, of San Rafael, Calif., updates, “Since stepping down as the COO of Kabam, which grew from 25 people above a dim sum restaurant to more than 700 people and $360M in revenue during my tenure, I have been working with a number of startups. I recently joined the board of ROBLOX, the largest kid/tween gaming destination with more than 20 million monthly unique visitors.”


Stacy Williams, BS 88

Stacy Williams Sutton, of Atlanta, announces, “I ran my digital marketing agency, Big Drum (formerly known as Prominent Placement), for nearly 15 years before recently selling it to a larger agency, Nebo. I am now senior director of conversion there—my team uses conversion rate optimization strategies to encourage more website visitors to take the action we want them to take (make a purchase, fill out a lead form, etc.).

“Lots of life changes in the past year: I got divorced, moved to a modern townhouse in a great Atlanta neighborhood, and my youngest daughter leaves the nest this summer. Looking forward to starting lots of new chapters this year!”



William (Bill) Gardner, BS 95

William (Bill) Gardner, of Davis, Calif., notes, “Earlier this year, I was appointed as the director of the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) Settlement Bureau, which negotiates settlements in personal and corporate income and franchise tax disputes at the administrative level. That makes three Haas undergraduates on the management team of FTB’s legal division. Rosalia and I celebrated our 25th anniversary last year, and we are looking forward to watching our oldest graduate from high school this June.”



Eleen Hsu Agustin, BS 96, with husband, Jimmy, and daughters, Zoe and Maya

Eleen Hsu Agustin, of Alameda, Calif., writes, “It’s hard to believe, but I’ve reached my sixth year of shop keeping at Modern Mouse, a little indie boutique in Northern California selling handmade goods by local and independent artists. It’s been equal parts fun, rewarding, and mind-bogglingly crazy to learn the ins and outs of retail and being a small business owner.

“My husband, Jimmy Agustin (BS 98 in electrical engineering), and I were blessed with our second baby girl last year. Maya just turned 1 and Zoe is 3.5 years old. Both are sweet, fun-loving goofballs who help us remember to take the time to enjoy life and each other.”



Jane Li, BS 97, with husband, George, and son, Tanner

Jane (Liou) Li, of Boston, reports, “I have been at Monarch Partners Asset Management since 2010. We manage money for foundations, endowments, corporations, and public entities. We specialize in small- and mid-cap investing. My husband and I have a 5-year-old son and we live in Boston.”



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

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


Ilya Klets, of Danville, Calif., see MBA 2010 notes.


Jeff Anker, of Los Angeles, who started working at 505 Games in Calabasas as a senior brand manager, announces, “Recently had our second child, who is now 5 months old (Emma), to go along with our 3-year-old boy (Andrew).”



Jaime Aparicio, BS 08

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


Andrew Tai, of Irvine, Calif., reports, “Starting third year as an attorney at Latham & Watkins LLP in its Costa Mesa office. Volunteered over Christmas break at Christian Happy Home, a home for orphans in Cambodia.”



Melissa Medina, BS 11, and Rep. Bruce Westerman

Melissa (‘Em’) Medina, of Washington, D.C., announces, “A new project I have been working on is the Congressional App Challenge, a congressional initiative in which members of Congress engage students in STEM education and computer science by hosting an app competition in their districts. As the congressional affairs director, I work with members of Congress and spearhead this competition across the U.S.

“Wrapping up its second year, the App Challenge had 116 members of Congress participate from 32 states, 500 app submissions, and 1,700 student participants from across the country. An awesome aspect is that this has great bipartisan support (50 percent split) and it aims to engage Congress on technology issues while addressing STEM diversity. To celebrate the end of the 2015 competition, we hosted the House of Code Reception on Capitol Hill. For the evening, we turned the House of Representatives into the House of Code!



Krystie Mak, BS 12

Krystie Mak, of New York, writes, “It’s been an amazing first year in New York City! I found my career calling in brand consulting at Interbrand, where I’m building brands that have the power to change the world. As someone who has always enjoyed giving back to the community, I recently started volunteering as a mentor at Essay Busters, a nonprofit educational organization that gives underprivileged high school students the essential writing tools to tackle the college admissions process. It’s been such a rewarding experience helping my students find their voices.”

Amy Ticsay, of San Jose, announces, “I was offered admission to Berkeley Haas Evening & Weekend MBA, the #1 Best Part-Time MBA Program. Berkeley Haas is a special place to me. What attracted me to Haas is that it embodies what’s important to me. I felt at home knowing that the Defining Leadership Principles, particularly ‘Students Always,’ align with my life philosophy. Haas challenged me to take risks, gave me the confidence to achieve my dreams of finishing college despite life obstacles, taught me how to step outside my comfort zone, and showed me how much more there is to learn. As an alumna, I’m more than excited to go back for another enriching experience!”



G. Michael (Mike) Yovino-Young, of Oakland, Calif., reports, “Celebrating 56th year as real estate appraiser, president of Yovino-Young, Inc. with 10 professionals, slowly moving into retirement and grooming next generation of Cal grads to take over the business: Diana Yovino-Young, BA 89 (social sciences), and Tamara Spokane, BA 99 (human biodynamics). My services are mainly valuation of commercial, industrial, and special purpose properties. My wife of 34 years, Alison Teeman, is the firm’s CFO and manages the residential division. Our offices have always been in Berkeley and for 46 years, right on Telegraph Avenue.”



Lewis Okser, MBA 69

Lewis Okser, of Brooklyn, N.Y. announces, “My family has opened, at our home, a rental location for films, video, fashion production, etc. The converted 7,000 sq. ft. National Historic Cuyler/Mohawk Church is located in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn. The three-floor church has literally more than a hundred pieces of high-end art, deco, and mid-century modern furniture from some of the 20th century’s most notable designers. Included are hundreds of decorative items from the same period. The building also houses hundreds of pieces of realistic art. All can be seen at Visitors welcome.”


Robert Klein, of Verdi, Nev., writes, “Survived Vietnam in the front seat of a helicopter (1968); survived 29 years in middle management with AT&T (retired); still operating a private railroad car for charter on AMTRAK after 30 years; still on the right side of the grass.”



Garrett Vogel, MBA 71, at sister’s house in Bahamas

Garrett Vogel, of Dallas, Texas, and Lincoln City, Ore., writes, “After graduation my wife, Anita DeArmond, BS/MBA 71, now deceased, and I left the Bay Area and went back to Dallas to take care of family matters. But our hearts remained.” He continues, “Professional boot camp at two of the then-Big Eight accounting/consulting firms. First, Deloitte consultant in Dallas. Founded what to best of my knowledge was country’s largest single-owner CPA/consulting firm. Burned/bailed out just before Texas bank/real estate/oil bust of the 1980s. Had interesting part-time niche in receiverships, long before Allen Sanford. Mostly SEC: one major financial crime case a year for 40 years. Thirty-seven convictions. Good reasons for other three. Fell in with investor group and co-founded medical information management company that became part of Affiliated Computer. Series of non-disastrous venture failures.

“Working on post-MBA certificate at Cal. Frequently mistaken for retired faculty—GAG! Currently, CFO of publicly traded marijuana dispensary chain—some say they are in the business, but we put product in the hands of the end-user. Helping assemble small fleet of liquefied natural gas supertankers in JV with General Dynamics and Cheniere’s mega-LNG plant in Sabine Pass, La., to reduce European dependence on Russian natural gas.

“Over the years served on Dallas mayor’s Task Force on Capital Formation. Dallas City Council appointee. MLK Community Center Board and Human Services Commission. Dallas County Treasurer’s Transition Team and Citizens Advisory Board. District Commissioner–Boy Scouts of America. Advisor, operative, and delegate to/for various Democratic Party candidates and hierarchical organizations. Co-founder and board member of private foundation.

“Finally sold my modest Texas Hill Country ranch. I’m a rare species: well-educated, financially comfortable, widower with no kids. Headwaters of Ecuadorian Amazon by paddled canoe, small motor vessel circumnavigating Black Sea ahead of Russian invasion of Crimea/Ukraine, captained 50-foot blue water sail for week, solo night-tracked jaguars with one Mayan guide, Lewis and Clark water route from Idaho to Pacific—all in the last three years.”


Ernie Bumatay, of Rolling Hills, Calif., has been elected vice president of the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) Board of Directors. Founded in 1872, CAA represents nearly 500,000 Cal alumni and actively works to engage a broad alumni community that supports the university through more than 90 alumni chapters, numerous events, student recruitment, scholarships, Cal Discoveries Travel, Lair of the Golden Bear campers, California Magazine, and other activities. Previously, Ernie served on the CAA Board for four years. Ernie has also been active with the Berkeley Haas Alumni Network, serving as president of the Los Angeles Chapter twice. Ernie served on the reunion committee in 2013 for his MBA class and has been a consistent donor to the Haas Annual Fund. President of 24-Hour Medical Staffing Services, a health care staffing company based in Los Angeles, he and his wife, Becky, reside in Rolling Hills Estates.


Leslie William Perttula, MBA 73, in the Panama Canal

Leslie William (Pete) Perttula, of Piedmont, Calif., updates, “Since I retired from the College of Business (marketing) at San Francisco State University in 2012, I limit my teaching to five mornings a year at a private university in Bucharest, Romania. I will go there for the fifth time in April 2016. After Bucharest my wife and I will visit Zagreb and three smaller Croatian towns along the Adriatic coast. We visited the Panama Canal on a long weekend in February 2016 that included an escorted trip to the jungle and a boat ride through the three locks on the Pacific end of the canal. We were quite impressed to see the canal and consider the huge size of the job that was finished 102 years ago.”


Grant Wong, of Oakland, Calif., announces, “I retired after working 43 years at the same engineering company in San Francisco. I graduated from Cal BS 64, MBA 76, and worked on many of Berkeley’s building projects, including the Haas School of Business at the time Raymond Miles was dean.

“Last year, I finished my book project to translate the Chinese classic novel Shui Hu Zhuan into English, 70 chapters, 600 pages. My book is called Band of Brothers, Saga at the Water’s Edge. I am the fourth translator of this book, but the first Chinese. The first was Pearl S. Buck in 1933. Anyone interested, I can email this book to you. Email me at”



Cheryl Fragiadakis, MBA 78

Cheryl (Anderson) Fragiadakis, of Barcelona, Spain, writes, “Just started some new projects for KIC InnoEnergy: helping new sustainable energy ventures from Spain, France, Germany, Poland, Benelux, and Sweden connect with the U.S. and developing intrapreneurship projects in European organizations. Hope to connect with other Haas alums in Spain!”



Book by Tom Metz, MBA 79

Thomas Metz, of Seattle, announces, “My new book has just been published. The title is Perfect Your Exit Strategy—7 Steps to Maximum Value. The book advises entrepreneurs, CEOs, and business owners about how to develop a sound exit strategy for the eventual sale of their company. The book describes how to improve value, reduce risks, unsolicited offers, and the nature of strategic value. Based on the lessons I have learned from three decades of selling companies, the book is available at Amazon in both Kindle and print versions.” Thomas Metz is president of T.V. Metz & Co., LLC. He has been a boutique investment banker for 30 years, specializing in selling companies with strategic value, primarily in the technology, software, and service industries.

Randy Wedding, of Piedmont, Calif., retired from the UC Office of the Chief Investment Officer after 17 years of managing fixed income for the UC pension and endowment funds. He is a lecturer in finance at the Haas FTMBA program.



Jose Serra-Vega, MBA 82, at one of the palaces of the tsars in Moscow

Jose Serra-Vega, of Lima, Peru, reports, “I am working on an independent environmental impact assessment of a 600-km, 220-kilovolt transmission line in the Amazon Basin. It will be built between the cities of Moyobamba and Iquitos and will cut through 480 km of virgin forests, opening a way for illegal loggers, new settlers, gold seekers, commercial hunters, etc. Only the right of way for the line and the service roads will destroy more than 1 million tons of trees. The advance of new settlers will destroy several million tons more.

“I am working for environmental NGOs that oppose the project and we hope to convince the government to stop it because there are other, less expensive solutions to give electricity to Iquitos. But it is a $500 million investment that has already been given in concession to a Spanish company. So it is going to be difficult.

“One of my daughters, Claire, got a Harvard MBA and is now in Silicon Valley trying to give shape to a startup. My son, Arnault, is in the Central African Republic working for United Nations, where there is an uneasy truce between Christians and Muslims after a brutal civil war and a new president has just been elected. My son is a liaison between the U.N. troops there and New York headquarters; he did not want me to come to visit him last year. Just too dangerous, he said.”



Paul DeMuro, MBA 86

Paul DeMuro, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., of counsel in the Fort Lauderdale office of Broad and Cassel, has been named a voluntary associate professor of public health sciences at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.


Deb Siegle, MBA 86

Deborah Siegle, of Belmont, Calif., announces, “I was recently named one of the Top 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. I was also a panelist for the first Town Hall held this year by the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) to assess how regional economies support high-growth women entrepreneurs, identify opportunities for future action, and build relationships within the regional economy. NWBC is a nonpartisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the president, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners.”



Ralph Garcia Jr., MBA 88, at Cal versus UT tailgate

Ralph Garcia Jr., of San Mateo, Calif., notes, “My wife, Jean (MA 89 in art history), and I visited Austin, Texas last fall for the Cal/University of Texas football game. While supporting the Bears we also wanted the Texas fans to know that Bears can be bullish! The Bears prevailed.”

Edward Tse, of Hong Kong, reports, “Gao Feng Advisory Company, the strategy and management consulting firm I founded, just celebrated its second anniversary on March 31. The first two years saw fast growth and clients’ resonance of our value proposition. We are a global strategy and management consulting firm with roots in China. The Chinese version of my book, China’s Disruptors, came out in December. Its title is literally ‘Entrepreneurial Spirit.’”



Ker Gibbs, MBA 90, and Federal Reserve Chair and Prof. Emeritus Janet Yellen

Ker Gibbs, announces, “Still in China; it’s been almost fourteen years now. I work in technology and investments, but I also spend a lot of time with the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, which helps American companies succeed in China and promotes a positive business relationship between our two countries. I served on the Board of Governors for the past two years, and was elected chairman this year.

“We have a fairly steady stream of U.S. government officials who visit China and want to hear the views of foreign business leaders operating here. In March, our very own Professor Janet Yellen, now chair of the Federal Reserve, came to China for the G-20 finance ministers meeting. I’m happy to report she is very much the same personable, humorous, and humble professor, despite being one of the most influential people on the planet.”


Floris VandenBroek, MBA 90, with Shunsa Hayashi, MBA 90

Floris van den Broek, of Amsterdam, updates, “I became CEO of cybersecurity company RedsocksSecurity ( We’ve been growing fast to about 50 people and won various awards. We had a great experience with our kids (11, 14, 16 years old) moving them from Amsterdam to Seattle for two months to attend school there, while I was on an IT security project at Microsoft. Kids loved it and didn’t want to go back to Europe.”


Wilson Woo, MBA 90, and the Woo family visiting Boston in 2015

Wilson Woo, of Sunnyvale, Calif., just became a part owner and general manager of Qinghai Business Services (QBS) in China. QBS provides professional business services to local and international clients, bridging Qinghai/China, Malaysia, Southeast Asia, and the world. QBS specializes in cross-cultural and cross-market challenges. On the personal front, he writes, “Our oldest son is a junior high science teacher in San Diego. Our younger daughter graduated from an accelerated nursing program last year and is working as an RN at Johns Hopkins Hospital.”



Portrait of Erin Fray, MBA 91, by Austrian painter Lisel Salzer

Erin Fray, of Seattle, is currently working for a venture capital firm as acting CMO for a natural product company in Boulder, Colo., engaged in a company turnaround project. In her words: “Most invigorating!”


Frank B. Hundley, MBA ‘91, with President Obama

Frank Hundley, of Flemington, N.J., writes, “I had the unique privilege to serve as chair of the Rutgers University Board of Trustees for the 2015–16 academic year, marking the 250th anniversary of the university. The year was highlighted by the university commencement address by President Barack Obama. I had the opportunity to be personally introduced to the President and sit in the front row during his address. In June, as my term as chair come to a close, I was elected to move up to serve a six-year term on the Rutgers University Board of Governors, which began July 1. The Board of Governors is the principal operational governing board of the university. Showing equal love for Haas, I returned to Berkeley for my 25th reunion at the end of April and connected with many long-lost classmates and friends.”

Arturo Taboada, of Albany, Calif. updates, “Two years ago I rejoined Turner Construction to head the Latin America + Caribbean region, as VP and regional manager. Since then, I’ve been living primarily in Mexico City and traveling between the Bay Area, New York, and all over Mexico. Also, recently welcomed our first grandson, Leon Andrada Taboada, born on March 6, 2016, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.”


Scott Bechtler-Levin, of San Diego, writes, “[I am] proud to have led the growth, outcomes study, and acquisition by a larger nonprofit to scale up the innovations of the Community Information Exchange (CIE) San Diego. This nonprofit creates bridges across health care and social service organizations to facilitate seamless care coordination. By leveraging technology, fostering cross-sector provider networks, and enforcing privacy/security processes, CIE San Diego shares client-specific dashboards that our community’s safety net organizations use to create care plans based on a whole person’s needs, not just organizationally siloed perspectives.”



Cherie Hammer, MBA 93, and one of NCEFT’s therapy horses

Cherie (Wolfe) Hammer, of San Mateo, Calif., reports, “This past February, I celebrated my two-year anniversary at NCEFT: The National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy in Woodside, Calif., working as the development director. This amazing nonprofit uses horses to provide rehabilitative therapy to children, adults, and military veterans with physical and cognitive disabilities. I’m thrilled to be using my Haas marketing background in new ways in the nonprofit sector. I’d love to connect with Haas folks interested in getting involved with an amazing cause. Email me at

“Our eldest son, Zack, will be attending Boston College in the fall of 2016. He was recruited onto its Division 1 foil fencing team. Soon cheers of ‘Go Eagles’ will join the cries of ‘Go Bears’ in our house! (Sadly, Berkeley doesn’t have a competitive fencing team.)”

Hilary Weber, of San Francisco, updates as follows, “In addition to my day job of CEO for my business, Opportu, I’ve been very busy back on the Berkeley campus. I taught my first class on entrepreneurship for the College of Engineering, I’ve stayed active as a venture advisor and board member for SkyDeck, UCB’s accelerator, and I recently was named an Industry Fellow at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, due to being a contributor to the Berkeley Innovation Index (a research initiative that allows companies to measure their employees’ innovation mindset).

“Additionally, I’ve been working with Girls in Tech on some custom ‘boot camps’ for women all over the world (starting in India) on topics like confidence, leadership, and entrepreneurship. If these topics are resonating with you, give me a shout!”



Bruce Deaner, MBA 94, and friends after cherry blossom viewing

Bruce Deaner, of Tokyo, Japan, reports, “Haas Hanami Reunions Held in Tokyo: Haas alumni and spouses gathered for ‘hanami’ (cherry blossom viewing) parties in Tokyo this spring, with dozens in attendance. The first event was held at a restaurant alongside the popular Naka-Meguro River, with many attendees from the Classes of 94, 95, 96, and 99 and organized by Atsushi Toda. The second event was a picnic held among the impressive cherry trees at Kinuta Park, organized by Ikuya Kurikawa and attended by 94 alumni and spouses Yoko and Atsushi Toda, Mikiko and Hiroshi Ohkubo, and Kyoko and Bruce Deaner. These are annual events; if alumni are in Tokyo in the spring, please contact us and join the celebration!”


Class of 1994 mini-reunion: Vanessa and Steve Lambright, Richard Hart, Milan Krajci, Clark Omholt, Emma Rosen, and Craig Wood, all MBA 94s

Walter Scheiber, of Vienna, writes, “Ten years ago, my family and I left the beautiful Bay Area to settle in another great spot, Vienna, Austria, which last year was named the world’s most livable city. In this past decade, some of our Haas friends paid us a visit and we hope more will visit in the coming years. This winter, I got the chance to travel to Silicon Valley on business and I paid them back by inviting myself to their illustrious homes.

Milan Krajci organized a mini-reunion and was a most generous host. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get together more frequently at such sporadic mini-reunions.”

Robert Tyminski, of San Francisco, recently won the Michael Fordham Prize, awarded annually for the paper published in the Journal of Analytical Psychology the previous year that demonstrates the most creative and original approach to clinical analytic thinking. The prize is awarded by the editors in consultation with the Journal Editorial Committee. His paper, “Lost in (Cyber)space: Finding Two Adolescent Boys Hiding from Their Own Humanity,” was selected as joint winner of the Fordham prize. It appeared in the JAP last year, volume 60. The article details some of the ways our using technology presents problems for adolescents and young adults.



Jill Fujisaki, MBA 95, with son, Oliver Cohen (16), and husband, Robert Cohen

Jill Fujisaki, of Berkeley, Calif., writes, “Happy to report that I’ve recently become a mentor at IndieBio, a biotech accelerator with a ‘twist’: applying biology as a technology to nontraditional uses such as cultured meatballs (Memphis Meats), sustainable seafood (New Wave Foods), and vegan gummy bears (Gelzen). I’m also on the lookout for mentors for the National Science Foundation’s Innovation-Corps effort. If you have entrepreneurship in your blood and love biotech, please give me a holler. We need more Haas alums to ‘give back’ and help guide young founders in the startup world.

“Our son, Oliver, is a sophomore at Berkeley High. We’re enjoying the soccer, soccer, (and more) soccer life, and look forward to seeing you out on the pitch!”



Kevin Brown, MBA 96

Kevin Brown, of Atherton, Calif., is CEO and co-founder of Innit, an innovative food tech company based in Redwood City, Calif. Innit recently came out of stealth with $25 million in funding and a mission to empower people through food.


David Sorensen, MBA 96

David Sorensen, of Clayton, Calif., is based in the Walnut Creek office of U.S. Trust and has more than 25 years in the industry, working with clients to manage large and complex needs of family and inter-generational wealth. David specializes in commercial real estate and a full balanced sheet investment management.


Kristen Smith MBA 96, with son, West (12), daughter, Macy (13), and husband, Bill Smith

Kristen (Lusk) Smith, of Reno, Nev., writes, “Still selling real estate in Reno, Nev. It is an exciting time in Reno—a city full of change and transformation. Reno is becoming quite the feeder city for the Bay Area with no state income taxes, proximity to the city, no traffic, great weather, and amazing lifestyle. In the spring it is possible to ski and golf all in the same day! It is awesome!”



Kiara Bechta-Metti, MBA 97

Kiara Bechta-Metti, of Sydney, Australia, has been appointed as the inaugural director of University of Adelaide Enterprise, the new unit being established to accelerate commercialization of the university’s research through licensing and establishment of spinout companies. Kiara adds, “I am excited about the move to South Australia and getting commercial traction for the world-class technologies coming out of the university.”


Hanifa Indradjaya, MBA 97

Hanifa Indradjaya, of Indonesia, was recently appointed president director of PT Petrosea Tbk., a multidisciplinary mining, infrastructure, and oil & gas services company serving Indonesia since 1972. Previously, he was president director of PT Indika Indonesia Resources, a holding company under PT Indika Energy Tbk., which oversees its mining assets. He has also held positions in various companies in the financial sector such as Fitch Ratings, Merril Lynch, and others.

Hope Jarvis, San Francisco, updates, “In January 2016, I assumed responsibility for the operations and customer service organization, Chubb Personal Risk Services, a $5 billion division of Chubb, the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurer. I have a great team of 800 people focused on delivering to our high net worth and affluent insureds and their agents.”


Mario Álvarez, Madrid, Spain, writes, “At last I got my PhD in business administration, after defending my doctoral thesis on how EU corporations are today using social networking sites. Teaching was always a hobby—and it may become more serious in the mid-term future. In the meantime, I keep in touch with the Berkeley graduates in Madrid, although am wishing to visit the Bay Area soon!”


Ted Hartnell, MBA 99, Arman Zand, MBA 09, and Ann Hsu, MBA 98, in a Kazakh yurt while visiting uibek Dairy Products in Xinjiang

Ann Hsu, of San Francisco, announces, “After 20 years in high tech, living and working in Silicon Valley and Shanghai, China, I switched gears in 2012 and co-founded a social venture making dairy products in Xinjiang, China (a far western region bordering the ‘-stan’ countries). Our company, uibek Dairy Products, supports local farmers and ethnic minorities in the region and has angel investors including more than a dozen Berkeley Haas alumni. We welcome more to join us (

“Due to a couple of family emergencies, I moved from Shanghai back to San Francisco a few months ago. Now, I get to enjoy the California sunshine every day while still working closely with uibek colleagues in China every evening.”


Scott Kucirek, of Piedmont, Calif., updates as follows, “Just opened our third candy factory in Oakland, to start the year. The twelve-month project ended our days of hand-making every OCHO Candy bar. We are in West Oakland, right behind Brown Sugar Kitchen. Our business continues to grow and we were just picked up by Target nationwide. If you are interested in taking a tour, getting lunch, and catching up, don’t hesitate to contact me.”


Nilmini Rubin, MBA 99, with husband, Joel, and daughters, Renuka (9), Araliya (7), and Bhavana (5)

Nilmini (Gunaratne) Rubin, of Chevy Chase, Md., announces, “My 9-year-old daughter and I wrote our first children’s book—How Carrots Became Orange. It’s a historical fiction about two sisters in the Netherlands who make the world’s first orange carrot in the 1600s (spoiler: carrots weren’t always orange). We had a blast writing it and now her sisters are plotting their own books.”


Dan (Pine) Firepine, of Berkeley, Calif., reports, “I’ve begun a project focused on housing and care settings for older people who require at least some assistance. The plan is to use network technology to create richer and more affordable options than are available now. If you have relevant connections, skills, or interests, please get in touch at Also, I’m still working in emergency medicine.”

Adam Persson, of Canton, Mass., updates, “After almost a decade in Singapore, we’ve moved back to the U.S.A., this time to Boston. We arrived with two dogs and no kids and returned with three girls and one dog for a net gain of two children! My wife, Melinda, continues to work as a veterinarian and I’m still a flaky sales guy. I’ve recently become involved with a startup doing drone software. Check it out at And, I’ve recently launched a website for a new business selling the world’s most amazing wallets: And for those crazy few who need more stimulus than ‘awesome wallet,’ I’ve created a discount code for you. Just enter ‘HaasRules’ at checkout and get 15 percent off your order—wotta deal! However, I regret to inform that I was not able to make it to this year’s reunion, but I do look forward to seeing anyone who’s passing through Boston.”


Shing Wong, of San Francisco, writes, “Hi Berkeley Haas alums! Ever given presentations on stage or as attendees at a conference or classroom and wished that everyone in the audience could follow the presenter’s slides in real time on their mobile phones, tablets, or laptops? Better yet, what if those slides could be immediately emailed or shared on social media? And what if it was as simple as uploading your original presentations and, within minutes, being able to present and live-share?

“In April 2016, I launched to solve these problems and more. Ampslide is revolutionizing the way speakers present and how audiences engage. We’ve already had speakers from TaskRabbit, RingCentral, and Nginx use Ampslide at two different conferences in the Bay Area. Check us out at today! Sign up with your Berkeley email address and get a free month to try the best presentation tool on the market!

“Last December, I ran my first-ever half marathon in Lisbon, Portugal. I was never a runner until this past year. I’m excited to run my second half marathon at Avenue of the Giants on May 1 and run Bay to Breakers later in May.”


Scott Cheeseman, of Sonoma, Calif., announces, “[I] recently joined the team at Direct Urgent Care as CEO to help scale the business from a single pilot clinic in Berkeley to a network of clinics designed to help people feel better faster throughout Northern California. The change in industries has been an exciting challenge and a great opportunity to fine-tune some real estate skills while developing a positive and engaged corporate culture in a rapidly growing sector of the health care industry.

“On a personal level, the Cheeseman family continues to grow and thrive in Sonoma, with both Cheeseman boys (Connor 9, Austin 7) enjoying the great outdoors every chance we get. If you are in the wine country, please drop us a line!”


Darren Reinke, MBA 03, with sons Madden and Kai

Darren Reinke, of Encinitas, Calif., writes, “In 2015, I started coaching business teams as well as individual executives, entrepreneurs, and other business professionals. It’s been an incredibly fulfilling experience to help teams and individuals accelerate progress toward their goals and overcome barriers along the way. I have also found coaching to be a wonderful complement to my Group Sixty consulting business.

“I am excited about working with Mike Swanston, MBA 95, and other members of the Haas Alumni Board in San Diego to increase exposure to the Haas brand in Southern California. We are planning an upcoming panel focused on innovation in San Diego. Go Bears!”


Dan Mucha, of London, U.K., updates, “My family and I moved to London in summer 2015 where I took a new role with Amazon. After working in Seattle on the Kindle team, I’m now leading Amazon’s book business and student program in the U.K. We love living in central London and traveling around Europe, and our daughters are super happy in their school and activities, ballet and soccer. We’ve become die-hard Arsenal fans, and we are managing to find the snow in the Alps to get in some skiing!”



Qing Li, MBA 06, with Guochun Liao, MBA 15, in their office

Qing Li, of Mountain View, Calif., reports, “I recently joined IDbyDNA, founded last year by my friend, colleague, and fellow Haas MBA Guochun Liao (EMBA15). Our exciting technology— Taxonomer—is like Google for DNA sequencing. It can discover any organism in any sequencing data in real time. Potential applications are limitless, including clinical diagnostics, public health surveillance, food safety, and human microbiome. We are working hard on the world’s first hypothesis-free NGS-based (next generation sequencing) diagnostic test for respiratory infections. Our team of scientists, medical doctors, and engineers is located in Silicon Valley and Salt Lake City. We are on a mission to enable anyone to identify any organism from any sample. The day of instantaneously detecting Ebola, MERS and Zika is near!”


Hu Liang, of Los Altos, Calif., writes, “A lot has happened in the last five years. In 2011, my family and I temporarily left Los Altos for Hong Kong. This opportunity to head up State Street’s Electronic Trading Platforms business in APAC was supposed to be two years. My role then expanded into a broader data and analytics role as well when State Street created a new corporate division called Global Exchange.

“My family and I finally decided to come back to Los Altos and the Bay Area after a little over four years in Hong Kong. Aside from a wonderful work experience, we had the opportunity to visit some of the best vacation spots in Southeast Asia and made many new friends from around the world. The challenging adjustment in the beginning turned out to be a life-changing experience for me, my wife, and our two young girls. Oh, I almost forgot to mention—we ended up with a little boy in Hong Kong as well. It was certainly an experience we will never forget.

“We moved back to Los Altos in June 2015. I transitioned into a new role and created a new corporate group with State Street Bank & Trust called Emerging Technologies Center. My main motivation for coming back to the Bay Area was to be closer to technology again. The main mandate of my group is to accelerate the adoption of emerging technologies through the identification, exploration, and prototyping of technologies that could have a long-term impact on State Street and the financial industry. Armed with my experience in Asia and my time at the Haas School, I really feel I can bring technology closer to banking.

“While it’s been a tough transition coming back to the Bay Area with three little kids, we are all loving the weather and enjoying the space. My wife is back at work and we’re juggling three kids without any help, but we’re loving every moment of it while fondly talking about our experience in Hong Kong.”


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Ariel Rak, of Bloomfield, N.J., announces, “Last summer, I packed up the family (yet again) and moved East, this time to Bloomfield, N.J. After settling in, I started up in KPMG Management Consulting in its project and portfolio management practice. Also enjoying life close to N.Y. and had a great opportunity to spend two weeks in London with my family earlier this year. Maybe that will be my next move.”


Ilya Klets, of Danville, Calif., updates, “I joined Lending Club last year and help manage investments and capital markets. I would love to continue to reconnect with classmates from EWMBA and Haas undergrad days—so please reach out and we can get together in S.F.”


Laurie Reemeyer, MBA 10

Laurie Reemeyer, of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, left his role at Amec Foster Wheeler in January to start his own consulting business, Resourceful Paths. His focus is sustainability in natural resources, especially climate change, energy efficiency, mine waste and water management, and resource recovery. He is engaging with the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors through proposals to reduce environmental footprint in resource development, climate change education, and a submission to the B.C. Climate Leadership Plan. Laurie is fundraising for Climate Council of Australia and will travel to the Kimberley region in Western Australia with chief councilor and author of The Weather Makers Professor Tim Flannery, in September. He ran a marathon on May 1 to promote the cause.


Rakesh Agrawal, of Milpitas, Calif., notes, “Throughout my Haas experience, I learned the skills that are required for entrepreneurship. I always wanted to be an entrepreneur and now I am living my dream. Currently, I am working on a venture in the mobile chat messenger space (Serkit Messenger: All the established chat messengers are in the race to monetize their platforms. We hope to provide our users with a platform that focuses on the user experience while increasing the engagement in their chat conversations.”


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

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


Badri Raghunathan, MBA11, with family at Yellowstone National Park

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

Matt Salazar, of Portland, Ore., writes, “I’ve accepted a position at Nike to be the head of central product management within the digital organization. I’m excited about this new opportunity and am thankful for the doors Haas has opened to get me to where I am today.”


Kyle Sandburg, MBA 11, and family: Kai (7 months), Reid (2.5), and Nicole

Kyle Sandburg, of Seattle, writes, “I was promoted in February to Sr. Director to lead strategy and analytics for, a home improvement startup. Our second child, Kai, celebrated his first birthday and at the end of summer. Our oldest, Reid, turns 3.



Jeff Chen, MBA 12, with Emily and Lucas

Jeffrey Chen, of Mountain View, Calif., has embarked on a new mission to enable a sustainable planet through smart and connected devices after 11 years at Intel. As a first step, he has joined Google as a product manager for its embedded operating system called Brillo and connectivity platform called Weave. Send a note to Jeff if you’re interested in learning more and want to work together on this mission. On a personal note, Jeff and his wife, Emily, had their first child, Lucas, in February.


Sunil Sharma, MBA12

Sunil Sharma, of San Jose, Calif., writes, “We started Sparkflows ( with the idea of democratizing data science and data analytics and making it available to anyone who has data-related questions they would like to get answered. We are disrupting this whole process by streamlining and accelerating the overall development of machine-learning-focused ‘Predictive Data Products.’ Sparkflows Fire reduces the overall time to production to just a few days from months. We just recently launched the product after being in stealth mode for more than 18 months and already have a few customers. We bootstrapped our way until now and are now looking to raise VC money. Please feel free to contact me at if I can be of any help.”



Ben Buchanan, MBA 13, with wife, Jacqueline, and daughters Camilla Eloise (newborn) and Leonora Grace (2)

Ben Buchanan, of Los Angeles, reports, “In January, I transferred to BCG’s L.A. office from the Sydney office as a project leader. I relocated from Sydney to LA with my wife, Jacqueline, and our 2-year-old daughter, Leonora Grace. On March 7, our second daughter, Camilla Eloise, was born in Pasadena.”




Carter Reue, BCEMBA 12, with wife, Kat, and baby Ellana

Carter Reue, of Alameda, Calif., writes, “Please welcome to the world Ellana Gloria Reue, or Ella for short! This name honors both grandmothers. Also, the name Ellana would look great on a CD cover—based on her midnight ‘performances‘ this little girl inherited Kat’s powerful lungs!

“Ellana (pronounced El-la-nah) means ‘spirited’ or ‘oak tree’ and our hope is that she has a passionate, joyful spirit and yet is also strong and rooted like an oak tree. After becoming parents, we both feel overwhelming gratitude for our own parents. Parenthood has opened up our hearts in ways we never could have imagined—and we have only just begun! Thank you to both our moms and dads for everything!”



Mukund Chavan writes, “I joined Tesla in their autopilot hardware team as an IP & interface architect. In this role, I will be engaged in emerging fields such as deep neural networks, computer vision, sensor fusion, etc. and contributing back by drawing upon my own background and experiences. Without a doubt, Haas’ Defining Leadership Principles have been ingrained in me, and, very recently, along with the mindset, skillset, and toolset that I have garnered from the overall Haas experience, I have been applying principles and learnings from our operations and data analytics classes (Joe Hall and Amy Gershkoff) pretty heavily while doing some work at the Factory. Excited to be aligned with Tesla’s mission of accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy.”




Rubing Shao, MFE 11

Rubing (Owen) Shao is currently working in Hong Kong and has been married for more than one year now.




Chuck Leo, PhD 73

Charles Leo, of Huntington Beach, Calif., writes, “Over the past few years, I have been active at professional and academic conferences as a workshop speaker in the areas of ‘The Relevance of Mindfulness to Business Leaders’ and ’The Agile Organization: Assessment and Implementation.’ On both of those topics, I have been continuing to write articles for professional journal outlets, and I teach one course per semester at Pepperdine University in Organizational Behavior and Creating and Leading Effective Work Teams.”


Cathy Goodwin updates, “After many years as a college professor, am now applying what I used to teach to helping small business owners create websites and other online marketing materials. Based in Philadelphia, I work with clients remotely. I am working on other writing projects, especially related to my website

“Took an amazing vacation to Egypt, to see the pyramids and other historical monuments. It was a life-changing event. The people were wonderful.”



Marc-David Seidel, MS 93, PhD 97

Marc-David Seidel, of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, reports, “I continue as an associate professor at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. I have just stepped into the role of director of the W. Maurice Young Centre for Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Research. I was also elected to the five-year leadership track of the Academy of Management Organization & Management Theory Division.”

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