Fall 2008

Alumni News

Alumni Notes




David Rea, BS, of Stockton writes, "Still playing golf!"


Ivan Houston, BS, writes, "I received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Black Actuaries in Washington, D.C., Aug. 2. I am the retired CEO of Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Co. of Los Angeles. I have served as a board member of Pacific Telesis Corp., First Interstate Bank (now Wells Fargo), and Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corp. I served as a member of the Berkeley Business School, now Haas, from 1980 to 1985. I am completing my memoirs as a combat infantryman in the all-black 92nd Infantry Division, which fought in Italy during World War II. I am also a member of the Big C Society, having earned my varsity letter in track and field in 1946 and 1947."


Eugene Bramhall, BS, of Provo, Utah, writes, "I retired as general counsel and assistant to the president at Brigham Young University in 2000 after spending 18 months with my wife of 54 years (we met as freshmen at Berkeley) in Jerusalem at the Brigham Young University Center For Near Eastern Studies. I resumed private law practice with a large Salt Lake City, Utah, law firm. We are the parents of five children, one of whom practices law with me; 22 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. One daughter swam on the UC Berkeley women's team and married the captain of the men's swim team. A second son has his MBA and the other two daughters have their degrees from BYU. I continue to run (five marathons), ski, and travel as time allows."


Roscoe (Skip) Brooks, BS, of Danville, Calif., writes, "We joined another Bear Treks (Cal Discovery) trip this year to complement our trip to China in 2007. This time we ventured to Europe with 20 other Bears for a trip up the Rhine River and onto Switzerland – 16 days of excitement and awe."


Karl Wahl, BS, of Toronto, Canada, writes, "I retired in June 2000 after working for 50 years, including 32 years as  CEO with five different companies in transportation and distribution. I invented the hub and spoke method of managing road transport in 1965. My wife and I moved to Canada in 1969, and I became a Canadian citizen in 1980. We have been married for 50 years in August and have raised three children. We have traveled to 35 countries since I retired."


William Clark, BS, of El Dorado Hills, Calif., writes, "I am enthusiastically involved in my second career as a contract recruiter, which began in 1991 after being in high-tech sales and sales management. Like most of those who have worked in Silicon Valley, I have experienced fabulous good times and weathered many economic storms, including several startups that didn't make it and one that did. I enjoy working in the recruiting business because it has the same kind of constant interaction with people that I experienced in sales. I have no plans to retire. I love to visit the beautiful campus, go to the football games and see my grandson playing in the Cal band. I am rooting for an outstanding season with Coach Tedford. Students and alumni may contact me at any time for advice, networking, or just to say hello."


John C. Wilson Jr., BS, has been living in San Francisco since graduation. He has been married to Kristin for 43 years. They have three children living in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and two granddaughters. After a career in accounting, high finance, and business management, he started his own valuation firm in 1989. He still practices, but on his own hours.

Milton (Chow) Fung, BS, of Oakland writes, "I am a big Olympic Games fan. I have been to the following Olympic Games: 1964 Tokyo, 1968 Mexico City, 1972 Munich, 1984 Los Angeles, 1996 Atlanta, and 2008  Beijing. Sure the lines are long, the prices unreasonable, the security stifling, but the experience is exhilarating! See you in London!"


Carlo Odella, BS, of Dayton, Ohio, announces that his son and his wife just had their second set of twins! The older girls are 33 months old, and the new boy and girl twins are 2 months old.


Ronald Cassano, BS, maintains a CPA practice, serving as treasurer of the Diablo Symphony Association and city treasurer of Walnut Creek, Calif.


Serge Matulich, BS, see PhD 1971 notes.

Schuyler Bailey, BS, see MBA 1965 notes.


Nancy Beyer Burpee, BS, of Houston, Texas, writes, "I am adjusting to retirement after 30 years as an accountant and controller, having my own consulting business as an outside controller for small and medium sized companies. I'm considering being a volunteer for Junior Achievement at our neighborhood elementary school — a bilingual school — to see if I can inspire this young generation to dream of being entrepreneurs. My husband, Barry, is substitute teaching for bilingual students, after he spent 40 years traveling the Western Hemisphere. Our daughter, Hilary, now resides in San Francisco with her husband, Shaun. Our son, Adam, is a small-business banker in Houston and is about to start his MBA at the University of Houston. I want to thank Berkeley for the wonderful education it provided me."

Carl Jacobs, BS, of Woodland Hills, Calif., writes, "I always wanted to retire from management consulting and go back to school to study music and have done so, though I still work a little. I recently sang solos of St. Sean's Christmas Oratorio with the San Francisco Valley Master Chorale, sing with my jazz band, including recently for a fundraiser honoring LA's mayor and for the Method Fest Film Festival. I also perform solo, especially weddings and holiday music. I will be singing the National Anthem at the Cal/Stanford men's basketball game Feb. 14. I have been active in Haas alumni affairs, planning events and serving on the LA Board, and Development Council. I was just elected to the Board of Trustees of the California Science Center Museum. I have  recently traveled to Russia, Galapagos, Machu Pichu, Greece, and former Yugoslavian countries."

Vijay Kumar Pandit, BS, of Mountain View, Calif., writes, "After graduating I did actuarial work and passed three Society of Actuaries exams. After that I joined IBM in San Francisco. I also worked for IBM competitors Memorex and later BMC until 2005. IBM San Jose hired me several times — the last time was in 2007 at its Silicon Valley Labs. I am a member of the Board of Advisors of InternetSpeech, a startup offering a connection to the Internet by any phone using just the voice. I also ran an import/export business in between my software assignments. My first grandchild, a girl, was born to my daughter, Amba, on May 30. I am active with the California Democratic Council and contribute writings to their chat group. I am also a supporter and contributor to the International Committee on Tibet."

Barbara (Schwartz) Steinmetz, BS, of Belmont, Calif., writes, "I have been the president and owner of Steinmetz Financial Planning, a fee-only financial planning and asset advisory firm for the past 19 years as well as an enrolled agent with a separate tax and audit practice. After raising two sons (a biomedical and electrical engineer and a pediatric gastroenterologist) with the complete support of my husband of 42 years, I decided to pursue my dream business. We have been able to structure my practice so that we have time to pursue our passion — travel, gourmet cooking, wine, and time together."


Stephanie (Kaiser) Eddy, BS, of Santa Rosa, Calif., writes, "Instead of retiring, my husband, Dorr (Art Center School '65), and I are growing our online business ( as a retail addition to the wholesale business we've had since 1976. While we've had factories in Santa Rosa, Calif., and Mexico in the past, we are currently having our products made in southern China and enjoying our associations and travels there."


Glenn Carlson, BS, of Las Vegas, Nev., writes, "I am still flying internationally with retirement less than two years away. I have flown to Beijing numerous times over the last two years watching the preparations for August 2008. My son has become a professional pilot, which makes me proud. My books are still selling and I am getting into e-books. I am still trying to break 100 in golf."


Barry Gilbert, BS, see MBA 1977 notes.

Dean Meyer, BS, of Ridgefield, Conn., released the FullCost software and business planning process, which organizations, such as IT departments, use to attach costs to their service catalogs. He's putting his Haas School training to work, applying business concepts to organizations within the business.


Larry Batina, BS, of San Clemente, Calif., writes, "Since 1990 I have lived in Southern California and engaged in senior finance, operations or general management positions for private and public CPG, food, nutraceutical, and biotech companies. I'm starting the fifth year as CFO of Alacer Corp., creator of Emergen-C with sales in major FDMC and health channels with responsibility for classic financial as well as multi-plant operations, international supplier contracts, and strategic growth options. I remarried in 2005 and am proud of my son, who graduated from Cal's econ department in May (and who found a job!). I make the annual trek with fraternity brothers for the Big Game."

Alan Fong, BS, writes, "We will be celebrating our 27th wedding anniversary this year with my wife, Charlene (BS, UCSF School of Nursing '77) and have just finished my 20th year with the State Compensation Insurance Fund. Our oldest son, Jordan, is a senior at UC Davis, majoring in political science. Our daughter, Dana, is a junior and will be joining him at UC Davis, majoring in interior design/communications. We are also active at the First Chinese Baptist Church in San Francisco."


Philip Cernuto, BS, was appointed vice president at Lincoln Industries, an international manufacturing company headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. He and his wife, Lisa, have four children.

Pamalah McNeeley, BS, of Forest Knolls, Calif., "We supplement the fuel you are using now with hydrogen created in our hydrogen-hybrid generator. This system improves on Faraday's electrolysis with a patented design to make the highest amount of hydrogen we have seen. Our hydrogen-on-demand generator installs in cars, truck, (or any combustion engine) to increase fuel mileage from 20 percent to 40 percent. We are building a sales distribution network now. See"



Debra (Fink) Bogaards, BS 78 Debra (Fink) Bogaards, BS, of San Francisco writes, " I celebrated my 50th birthday with a sock hop, which I've done every five years since age 30. My husband, Pieter, and I will celebrate 25 years of marriage. My law partner, Bob Pave, and I formed our boutique law firm, Pave & Bogaards, almost 15 years ago. Lastly, I just successfully concluded my 30th jury trial. I continue to practice both plaintiff and defense side in personal injury, elder abuse, ADA, employment law, and landlord/tenant law. For the past three years, I have been named a Northern California SuperLawyer, and Top 50 Northern California Women SuperLawyer. As an accounting and finance major at Haas, I am thrilled that my youngest daughter, Danielle, transferred from Northwestern to Cal this fall, where she hopes to follow in my footsteps and major in business. She is also going to be on the Cal Women's Crew Team. My older daughter, Jamie, is a junior at the University of Oregon and wants to be a teacher. I would love to hear from classmates!"

Anson Wong, BS, of El Dorado Hills, Calif., writes, "After a successful 20-year career in finance and marketing at Intel Corp., I retired in 1998. With my wife, Marien (BA, class of 78, Intel retiree in 2001), we raised two beautiful daughters who are now both in college (Kristin, Pomona College 08, currently at USC pursuing her MA in communications; Caitlin, a freshman at Cal, pre-business). During my 'retired' years, I founded the El Dorado Hills girls' AAU basketball program and served on several nonprofit boards, including the Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation. I also had time to pursue my love of the violin after a 20-year hiatus and currently play in the first violin section of the Folsom and Auburn Symphonies."


Nancy Riddle, BS, see 1984 MBA notes.

Maximillian Torres, BS 79, with son Gabriel Gabriel Anthony Torres was born to Maximilian Torres, BS, and Devra in Ann Arbor, Mich., on July 24. His seven siblings — Esther (17), Baron (15), Miriam (13), Rachel (10), Susanna (8), Juan Diego (5), Johanna (3) — are ecstatic, especially his two brothers. Max continues to teach corporate and securities law at Ohio Northern University's Pettit College of Law, and business ethics and organizational behavior at IESE Business School (Barcelona) where he earned his Ph.D., and has taught since graduating from Harvard Law School in 1992.  He also teaches in executive programs at the University of Michigan when he can.


Karl Edwards, BS, of Los Angeles is hosting the weekly online podcast, Working Matters. These fun interviews cover a range of workplace issues all empowering people to enjoy greater ownership of their lives and careers. Join the conversation on the Web at the Working Matters Blog at Karl owns and is principal at Bold Enterprises Cultural Architects, a coaching and consultancy firm that equips leaders and teams to design their own workplace cultures.

Joann (Martens) Weiner, BS, is contributing editor, Tax Analysts, and adjunct professor of economics at George Washington University.  She returned to Washington, D.C., in 2006 after living in Brussels for seven years. She wrote a book on company tax reform in the European Union, Guidance from the United States and Canada on Implementing Formulary Apportionment in the European Union (Springer: New York, 2006). She has a Ph.D. from Harvard University, is a member of the Board of Community Tax Aid in Washington, and a volunteer income tax preparer. She is married to Richard Weiner and has three children, Josh, Stephen, and Naomi."


Douglas Burnet, BS, married Logan Waters in August 2007 in Berkeley's Tilden Park. He practices as a corporate business consultant with Pragmatic Financial. The Burnets live part-time in Berkeley and part-time at their country home in Lake County.

Niloo Soleimani, BS, of Sunnyvale, Calif., writes, " After 22 years of working in the corporate world at four major companies, traveling around the world, getting my MBA, doing a lot of community work, changing careers several times, I finally found what I would like to spend the rest of my life doing.  I am opening a body, mind, and spirit center in the heart of Silicon Valley to help reduce the daily stresses of the high-tech industry and to create healthy balanced lives ( I'm really excited."


Lawrence "Larry" Schaffer, BS, of Los Olivos, Calif., writes, "I recently returned to school and received my master's degree in viticulture and enology at UC Davis. Since graduating in 2005, I've been employed at Fess Parker Winery and am assistant winemaker. I have also just launched my own wine label, Tercero Wines. I specialize in Rhone red and white wines, including grenache, syrah, mourvedre, and grenache blanc. Visit my Web site, Feel free to e-mail me anytime just to say hi or to arrange for a visit, tour, or tasting of my wines and the Fess Parker/Epiphany Cellars offerings."

Ken Sunoo, BS, writes, "In the summer of 2007, my family and I were able to visit Korea and Scotland after we were awarded a Lilly Foundation Pastoral Sabbatical Grant. For the past 10 years, we've been enjoying life in Seattle, Wash."

Raymond Young, BS, writes, "I have become a full time CPA, self-employed in Fremont, Calif. I was an IRS agent for five years, and my clients really appreciate that experience. I did joint ventures with Deloitte and Touche under Jeanpierre & Co. CPA's. I also became a professional photographer for about 15 years, photographing red carpet awards (Emmys, Teen Choice, Billboard Music), Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss America. I'm also an expert marketer, studying under Jay Abraham, Chet Holmes, Dave Lakhani, Frank Kern, Kevin Hogan, and others."



Vidya (Ramanjaneya) Kagan, BS, is still enjoying life in Needham, Mass., (suburb of Boston) with her husband, Steve, daughter, Reena (4 1/2), and son, Brady (16 months). She left Harvard Law School recently after working in the development office for six years and is now the director of annual giving at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Mass. She enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, and traveling around New England.

Noni Ramos, BS, of El Sobrante, Calif., started as chief lending officer for Enterprise Community Loan Fund, a nonprofit organization focusing on providing financing, capacity building, and advocacy for affordable housing and community revitalization. In June she and her family spent a week at Camp Gold up at the Lair.


Monica (Emerick) Storch, BS, writes, "My husband, Jeff, and I welcomed our beautiful daughter, Sadie Reese Storch, to the world on Feb. 10. I am senior counsel at MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. in Manhattan."


Suzanne Greva, BS, writes, "I am living in Petaluma with my two children, Ruby (11) and Matthew (8). I have recently accepted the position of director of financial services and controller at Dominican University of California in San Rafael."

Kevin Long, BS, writes, "After Haas School of Business and Hastings College of Law, I started the Law Offices of Long & Associates in Monterey Park, focusing on business and immigration legal matters between Greater China and the United States."


Ron Mahabir, BS, has been in Singapore for two years and is focused on the development of clean energy projects in the Asia Pacific with Asia Cleantech Capital ( The firm is transferring proven clean technologies to projects in the region. Please contact for more information. Ron and his wife, Cindy, are the proud parents of Nicholas (3) and Tyler (4 months) and are enjoying living in Southeast Asia.


John McClintock, BS, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., recently co-founded Source Capital Advisors LLC (SCA), a national real estate advisory firm that provides advisory and buyer representation services to an elite group of student housing firms. He has more than eight years of transactional experience as an attorney and a real estate professional, advising clients on the development, financing, acquisition and disposition of real estate. Before SCA, he was a business and real estate transactions attorney at Greenberg Glusker LLP, representing investors, developers, owner/operators, and property managers on company formation, joint ventures, private offerings, financings, and purchase and sale transactions. He started his career at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he represented Casden Properties in its $5 billion merger with AIMCO.


Lee (Thysell) Amaya, BS, writes, "I'm still working at IBM and I've been promoted to senior business controls advisor. Last year my husband and I had our second boy, Tyler (our oldest is Jaydon).  I've been reminiscing about my days at Haas and missing all my friends!  I hope you all have enjoyed career and personal success."

Greg Haack, BS, writes, "I'm happy to announce my marriage on June 21. My wife, Thu, and I live in Irvine, Calif. I'm a partner at Pacific Group health insurance brokerage in Laguna Hills."


Diana Rothschild, BS, of San Francisco writes, "I am excited to share that in the past year, I completed my MBA (at our rival school in the South Bay) and started working at Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting ( We focus on helping the world's largest companies and industry leaders think about creating business value by incorporating a sustainability lens to their operations and corporate strategy."


Daniel Cheng, BS, writes, "After graduation I spent five years in nonprofit and economic consulting in Los Angeles. I've finished my first year of the MBA program at Wharton and I'm on year number two."

Christopher Zobrist, BS, of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, writes, "I've been living and working in Vietnam for the past two years. I'm running a small IT outsourcing business, as well as pursuing some other entrepreneurial projects. If you're ever traveling to Vietnam, please let me know. I'd be happy to show you around!"



Chrysann Thau, BS 03 Chrysann Thau, BS, writes, "Both Colin Nakagaki (cognitive science major and business administrative minor) and I graduated in 2003 and have been working in San Francisco ever since. We started dating while we were at Cal and have recently got engaged! We are still working at two of the Big Four firms and when we are not working, we are taking Japanese classes, planning the wedding for August 2009, and collecting Cal gear for the upcoming football season."


Trista (Thompson) Owens, BS, writes, "My husband, Phillip M. Owens, MBA, 2004, and I had our first child, Elliot, on Aug. 7, 2007. We absolutely love being parents. Professionally we have been weathering the real estate storm that has hit California so hard in recent months. Being that we both work in real estate development in Orange County, Calif., — I'm an assistant controller for a major regional firm, and Phil is a director of acquisitions and development for a local firm — we have seen it all firsthand. Needless to say, life since Cal has been eventful."



David Pordes, BS, writes, "After graduating from Haas I moved to San Francisco and started in the Deloitte SF audit practice. I spent three years in the financial institutions group serving mainly venture capital and real estate clients. This July I departed from Deloitte and joined Farallon Capital Management, a hedge fund in San Francisco. I've kept up with a lot of my Haas classmates but am always interested in reconnecting with old friends. I can be reached at All the best to the class of 2005!"



Steven Chu, BS 06 Steven Chu, BS, writes, "I just finished a two-year stint as an advertising art director in Chicago and New York. I'm currently freelancing in photography and working towards editorial fashion and advertising jobs. My work is online at I also recently did a 10-day spree with a friend through Europe, where we attempted to do all there was to do in London, Paris, and Milan. Boy, that was tough on my feet but we got some great pictures."



Philip Wu, BS 07 Phillip Wu, BS, writes, "After graduating from Berkeley, life at home didn't give me the same excitement and energy as I experienced at Cal. For this and many other reasons, I decided to travel to China. I'm in Shanghai now studying Mandarin Chinese. After building up my language ability, I plan to find a job in Shanghai and gain some international work experience. There are many questions I have yet to answer, such as what kind of job I will look for and how long I will stay in China. I've always considered myself a detailed planner, but for once in my life I'm just going with the flow. I enjoy my new friends, city lifestyle, and learning about my new environment. I'm learning so much about China, the world, and myself. Every day in Shanghai is an adventure for me!"

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William D. Whisler, MBA,
of Danville, Calif., received his Ph.D. in engineering from UC Berkeley in 1965 and spent six years working in industry before joining California State University, Hayward, for 28 years, retiring in 2000 as professor emeritus of business and economics. He received two Fulbright grants and was a professor at the University of the Republic in Montevideo, Uruguay, where he initiated the country's first doctoral program in business. As a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador, he evaluated the country's graduate business programs. He and his wife, Ruth, and daughter, Lia, lived in Madrid from 1989 to 1990, when he served as resident director of international programs for California State University students abroad. A 1999 article in Chess Life discusses his draw with Bobby Fischer in the 1955 US Junior Chess Championship. Since retiring he has co-authored a textbook used in graduate business schools and traveled on a yearlong trip around the world visiting 40 countries.


Georgina (Pesante) Falu, MBA, is still directing a technology computers summer program for children of El Barrio in New York. The program, which she founded 20 years ago, encourages children to stay in school in areas with plenty of job opportunities. She invites alumni interested in helping as board members, volunteers, or fundraisers to call her at 212.828.6699 or 646.705.3266. She also translates Spanish books on African history. Last February she traveled to Armenia, Colombia, to lecture on Afro Latinos and their African heritage. Alumni interested in this topic are invited to contact her at 333 E. 118, New York, NY 10035.


Schuyler Bailey, MBA, writes, "Susie and I just completed a three-month trip in our 24-foot RV to New England and Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. Aside from the refrigerator acting up and dodging major snow, severe thunderstorms, and tornados, the trip went really well and was an incredible adventure! We have now driven the RV to 22 of the 49 states we can drive to in the five years since we retired."


Peyton (Tim) Carr, MBA, of Newmarket, N.H., retired in 2004 after 30-plus years as an American Airlines pilot. He enjoys gardening, landscaping, and volunteering on his town's zoning board of adjustment.



Wallace Lowry, MBA 69 Wallace Lowry, MBA, writes, " I started teaching in 1969 at Sonoma State University and began a private CPA practice. I am now a retired emeritus professor from SSU having served 32 years. I was in the U.S. Naval Reserve for 29 years, reached the rank of Navy captain, and served in Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, England, Italy, Sicily, Spain, and multiple U.S. locations. My volunteer positions have included president of the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (now the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts), Sonoma County Family YMCA, Santa Rosa Rotary, Sonoma County Navy League, and Empire Breakfast Club; treasurer for the Sonoma County Museum and Redwood Empire Council Boy Scouts of America; chairman and 21-year appointee to both the Santa Rosa Redevelopment Agency and the Santa Rosa Housing Authority; and a director of several additional not-for-profit agencies. I am serving my second term as an elected board member to the Santa Rosa City Schools.


Joe Amundsen, MBA, writes, "My daughter, Stephanie, and I have a lively accounting practice in New York with more than 50 investment banks as clients. While the banks represent capital from all over the world, each wants to invest in the newest idea out of California. Let us know if we can help with your latest expansion."



Peter Michael, MBA 71 Peter Michael, MBA, launched Underground Railroad Free Press in 2006, serving the international Underground Railroad community with independent news reporting. A 2008 survey showed that Free Press has attained a 55 percent market share against five competing publications. This fall the electronically distributed Free Press will award for the first time the Free Press Prizes for Leadership, Preservation and Advancement of Knowledge in the contemporary Underground Railroad community. Visit for more information. Michael is the seventh generation of his family to own Cooling Springs Farm, a national historic site now open to the public and one of the nation's most visited Underground Railroad safe-houses. Haas alums are always welcome. Visit for more.

Max Oliva, MBA, writes, "After nine years of living in or near Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and being involved in a ministry to people in the corporate world, I am relocating to San Jose, Calif. For an excellent account of where I have been and where I am going and will be doing, go to and click on News. Then click on July 22, 2008. The article you will find there was published in the July 19 issue of the Calgary Herald."


William Sherman, MBA, writes, "My once-rare combination of JD and MBA degrees has made all the difference in my life and career. My law career started as a lowly clerk at Davis Polk & Wardwell on Wall Street, continued through the next 16 years at then-Pillsbury Madison & Sutro in San Francisco, and is reaching its maturity as a more than 20-year partner with Morrison & Foerster in Palo Alto. I have been involved in over 250 public offerings and have been at the public birthing of companies including Oracle, Intel, Netscape, Dreyer's, Adobe, PeopleSoft, Re-Usable Pie Crust Company of America, Compaq, Fair Isaac, and JDS Uniphase. I have been a lecturer at Haas on the legal regimen of public offerings and public companies and was recently honored by the Haas School with an inaugural Richard Holton Teaching Fellowship Award. Awards like Best Lawyers in America or Top Legal Eagles have followed me around, but the greatest honor is that my partners and clients still call and ask me 'What, from your experience, do you think we should do, Bill?'"


Mary P. Carryer, MBA, has joined Cliff Consulting, Inc. (, which provides highly experienced project leadership to corporations and nonprofits throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. A 30-year veteran of the financial services industry, Carryer will bring her executive leadership experience in financial institutions and board experience in the nonprofit sector to CCI clients in the Bay Area and the Southwest, where she resides.


David Roberts, MBA, of Oakland, Calif., was named co-CEO of Evnine & Associates, a quantitative hedge fund management company in San Francisco, founded by Jeremy Evnine, a UC Berkeley Ph.D. in operations research. Previously David was the West Coast managing director of Focus LLC Investment Banking, specializing in financial and business services clients. He practiced law after graduating from Boalt, then started an entrepreneurial career as a franchisee of Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre, eventually taking his company public. He followed that with a less successful venture into "healthy" fast food, an idea way ahead of its time. After marrying Gail Simpson, a Berkeley Ph.D. in economics, they started a statistically based insurance services firm, which made it onto the INC 500, and followed that with Caliber Collision Centers, now the nation's largest collision repair company and also a former INC 500 member. With a freshman daughter at Arizona State and another daughter beginning her freshman year at Berkeley High School, David is a long way from retirement and credits the demands of teenagers for keeping him out on the soccer field instead of the golf course.


Barry Gilbert, MBA, writes, "After three years of angel investing and consulting, I've plunged back into the 9-to-5 world (really 9 to 9) as CEO of MDK Motorsports, America's fastest growing consolidator of motor sports retailers. Never having ridden anything larger than a scooter on vacation in Paris, this is an entirely new world for me but great fun learning a new industry. I now have my own motorcycle, a DL650, and will be buying  an 80-miles-per-gallon scooter next month."


Jerry Butzer, MBA, of Gainesville, Fla., returned from private equity assignments in Shanghai, where he acquired Chinese portfolio companies as managing partner of Pan Asia Group. He writes, "I'm founding Reddog Media, where I will executive produce projects in development at various studios. A Hong Kong project is due for release in 2012. My own screenplays, while awaiting copyright protection and acquiring distribution commitments, will be funded by a publicly traded conduit on Wall Street around 2010. I'm also writing a book on film finance for Hollywood professionals." Scheduled release is 2010. Previously he was involved in private equity investments into commercial properties, primarily in Los Angeles; mergers and acquisitions; corporate securities valuations; and portfolio acquisitions for national real estate funds. Earlier, he served on a White House staff, did early doctoral work in urban economics at Stanford, and won numerous writing awards.


Lori Gibson-Banducci, MBA, writes, "All three kids are grown (mostly). How did that happen? I've been living in Boise, Idaho, since graduation and have spent most of my time working in marketing management (Ore-Ida, H-P, even a stint as director of admissions and communications at College of Idaho). I'm currently working on my new business venture, For Each Other, whose focus is to market and distribute products from women artisans and cooperatives in developing countries. I am working mostly in South and Central America. Maybe some of you will join me on my inaugural trip in Spring 2009? I left the corporate and traditional business world behind (for good?) in 2004. This is certainly less predictable and lucrative financially, but it seems like the right way for me to be using my time, talent, and experience."

David Larson, MBA, currently works in financial reporting at Westfield Corp., and his wife, Deborah (Stanford, Ph.D. 1981), is a professor of political science at UCLA. Their son Ethan, started UC Berkeley this fall as a Regents and Chancellor's Scholar, majoring in history after graduating with high honors from Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades, Calif.


Michaela Rodeno, MBA,
writes, "This is my 20th anniversary as CEO of St. Supery Winery in Napa Valley. I am slightly amazed at how quickly the years have gone, but as my friends at neighbor Frog's Leap say, 'Time's fun when you're having flies.' It's very gratifying to build a reputation for high-quality Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet, but it doesn't happen overnight. Come and see for yourselves: Haas grads get a special welcome. If you want to have some fun with the presidential elections, go to for the latest on our independent candidate whose very name means 'elected.'"


Joani (Krieger) Mitchell, MBA, of Palo Alto, Calif., is working at two consulting firms, Clarity ( and Oliver Wyman (formerly Mercer Management Consulting). In her spare time, she is working on starting a travel business for cruises and women's travel. Son, Dan, graduated college and is a political consultant, Rachel is a senior at Scripps in Claremont, and Shoshana is a senior in high school. Husband, Larry, is childproofing houses as Larry's Baby Safety Service.


Shepard Siegel, MBA,
of New York, writes, "Since Haas, I have worked in unconventional trade finance, metal trading, corporate debt restructuring, leveraged finance, corporate loan sales and trading, and have recently moved into the environmental asset space co-founding a business looking to establish a number of environmental restoration projects in different venues and of different types. Stops along the way included Citicorp, Amroc, Goldman Sachs, Fortress, and now Ecology Venture Partners LLC. I look forward to reconnecting with classmates and other alumni."          

A career foreign service officer in the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, William Zarit, MBA, of Washington, D.C., recently took over as deputy assistant secretary for international operations. With posts in 76 countries, FCS promotes US exports and protects US business interests overseas.


George Elias, MBA, of San Rafael, Calif., writes, "I have joined Morgan Stanley as a financial advisor in a high-profile program for second-careerists who have extensive prior investment/financial experience. I spent 25 years first as a commercial banker with Wells Fargo and then as a self-employed business broker active in the middle market. At Morgan Stanley I can advise my clients on the full spectrum of investment possibilities, building upon my expertise in evaluating businesses and working with business buyers making the largest investment of their lives."


Nancy Riddle, MBA 84 Nancy Riddle, MBA, is serving a second term on the Berkeley School Board. She writes, "I left the private sector in 2007 and joined WestEd as their CFO. WestEd is a nonprofit education research, development, and service agency. It is terrific to have my civic work and my career aligned."


Karen (Dozier) Wolff, MBA 84 Karen (Dozier) Wolff, MBA, of San Jose, Calif., writes, "This year I was named to the ReMax Hall of Fame in recognition of superior service for my 17 years of residential and individual investment real estate. I am honored that more than 90 percent of my business comes from past clients who refer me to people they care for. I continue to be passionate about my role as a volunteer and investor in The Hunger Project. This amazing organization has a proven track record in providing a sustainable end to chronic hunger and poverty in Africa, Latin America, and South Asia by mobilizing thousands of indigenous volunteers to execute strategies developed specifically for their needs and opportunities."




Laura Clayton, MBA 85 Laura Clayton, MBA, of Los Gatos, Calif., writes, "Effective July 1, I was named vice president, public sector, West region for IBM. In this capacity, I lead a sales organization with responsibility for selling IBM hardware, software, and services to clients in the state and local government, education, and healthcare industries. I was previously the vice president of services business development for the communications sector in the Americas at IBM. Prior to IBM, I was vice president, business development, at Rational Software."


Susi Stadler, MBA, of Oakland, writes, "After being in banking for many years, I followed an old dream of mine and got a master's degree in architecture at UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design. I graduated in 1996 and have been a happy architect every since. Having gotten the entrepreneurial bug from my MBA time, I opened my own office in 1998. I am especially interested in building 'green' by designing projects with thoughtful and efficient use of space ('less is more') and in designing environments for people in the latter part of their life. My thesis in architecture suggested to link assisted living to civic spaces like libraries. Luckily my work keeps me connected to my European roots and European trends in architecture. I am married and have a 10-year-old son, who also challenges my creative talents. Visit my website to find out more about me."



Dan Maljanian, MBA 88, and familyDan Maljanian, MBA, recently joined the American University of Armenia in Yerevan, Armenia, as its director of development. The university is affiliated with the University of California, having offices in the UC president's office in Oakland and in Pasadena, Calif., where Dan works with the president of the university. Dan appreciates the opportunity to visit the Bay Area frequently on business. He and his wife, Patrice, and three children recently moved to Altadena, Calif., where their home was featured on the Altadena Home Tour this year, helping to raise $65,000 for the Huntington Medical Research Institutes in Pasadena. They are enjoying getting reacquainted with life in Southern California's San Gabriel Valley."


Peter Evans, MBA, recently joined Wedbush Morgan Securities, a privately held, Los Angeles-based investment banking firm. He writes, "I'm still living in Moraga and continuing on the public finance side structuring tax-exempt bond issues for a wide range of clients located from Seattle to San Diego. Daughter, Katie, is off to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to study architecture and play on the women's basketball team. Many of my closest friendships at Haas were developed while playing hoops in Harmon or the rec center. Hope everyone is as thrilled as me that we got Rich Lyons back to Berkeley!"



Ray Meadows, MBA 90 Ray Meadows, MBA, of San Francisco writes, "We just passed our three-year anniversary of managing client money at Berkeley Investment Advisors, and our overall return exceeded our benchmark by 24 percent. We are looking for new clients and possibly new partners to help the firm grow. I would love to hear from fellow alumni."

Richard Newirth, MBA, writes, "After 20-plus years on the East Coast (for my formative years) and then another 20-plus years in San Francisco (including my time at Haas), I've made the biggest life and career change to date. After being director of the San Francisco Arts Commission for 12 years, I've moved north and taken a director position for the Office of Cultural Affairs in Vancouver, BC. I'd love to get back in touch with lost friends. I can be reached at or"


John Dougery, MBA, of San Francisco co-founded and manages Inventus Capital Partners with offices in Menlo Park, Calif., and Bangalore, India. Inventus provides venture capital to early-growth companies in India and the US that are participating in the emerging Indian economy or new global markets.

Adam Hardej, MBA, of Carmel, Calif, writes, "Spending much of my time focused on collateral valuation and risk management work on commercial and residential portfolios for bank and other institutional clients these days with the subprime debacle and general woes in the financial markets making me a busy man. My firm, BAAR Realty Advisors, has local offices on both the East and West coasts with a national focus on value issues pertaining to real estate. Real estate tip of the day: Good time to buy a vacation condo in South Florida — plenty of inventory and prices are off 2006 peaks by 40-plus percent. Feel free to get in touch with me if you need any valuation-related services or just want to catch up:"

Frank Hundley, MBA, of Bridgewater, N.J., writes, "I recently celebrated three years as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch, having made the jump from Morgan Stanley. My client base continues to thrive in spite of the market downturn and harsh economic conditions. I began my term as president of my undergraduate alumni association (Rutgers Alumni Association) July 1. I remain active with the Haas Alumni Network - New York Chapter. Last fall I participated in a panel for prospective Haas MBA applicants. In December my wife, Cindi, and I attended the Haas Winter Celebration Gala. In May we attended a lecture on 'What Will It Take to Be Elected in 2008?' at the home of Andy Rowan, 76, and Mary Anne Rothberg. Classmates, Steve Ramirez and Jacqueline Espinoza, both MBA 91, visited me for a week in late March, and Steve and I attended a dinner welcoming newly admitted MBAs from the New York area to the Haas family. Afterward, we enjoyed the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. I remain in active contact with other MBA 91 classmates, including Tammy Beaulieu-Hare, Joe Brand, Curt Long, and Monica Dean.

Nicholas Kiritz, MBA, of Washington, D.C., writes, "Currently working to save the US housing market by managing and enhancing Fannie Mae's economic capital modeling unit. Wish me luck."

Bruce Kirton, MBA, writes, "I'm taking a break while between jobs and enjoyed the summer with my kids. I've traveled to Argentina and Aruba, and we've recently relocated to Washington, D.C., from Atlanta. I'm taking on a couple of consulting assignments and trying to narrow down what I want to do next."

Derrick Mar, MBA, of Seattle, Wash., writes, "I was the vice president of engineering at FrontBridge Technologies, which we sold to Microsoft in 2005. I recently left Microsoft to join another private company called Varolii ( as the CTO. In addition to the traditional responsibilities as the CTO, I also have the combined leadership for all technology, engineering, operations, and customer management functions at Varolii."

David Parker, MBA, of Moraga, Calif., writes, "Continuing to establish and build Parkmon Vineyard's reputation as a premier producer of locally grown, world-class wines. Check us out at"

Bruce Tolley, MBA, of Los Altos, Calif., is vice president of marketing for Solarflare Communications, a fabless semiconductor startup company headquartered in Orange County, Calif.


Victor Casalino, MBA, writes, "After 3 ½ years in Sydney we are back home in Seattle getting used to life in Washington again."

Jorge Mercado-Pérez, MBA, was promoted to CFO and vice president, finance and administration, of Pepsi Bottling Group Mexico, the largest Pepsi Bottler in Latin America.

Judith Riffle, MBA, has returned to the Bay Area to accept a CFO position with Chamberlin Associates, a commercial real estate development firm. Judy, her husband, Brad Wiblin (MCP '94), and their daughter, Roxanne, live in north Berkeley. The family is enjoying reunions with Cal friends and basking in the urban ambiance and lifestyle unique to this corner of the globe.

Leslie (Wilson) Widmann, MBA, writes, "Dan Widmann, MBA 91, and I just celebrated the one-year anniversary of the opening of our ice cream shop, MilkShake Werks, in Redwood Shores. We make our ice cream from scratch right on site at the shop from fresh cream, eggs, and pure cane sugar and have developed quite a local following. We're coming up on the first birthday of our little daughter Erin, an absolute cutie pie!"


James Lasher, MBA, writes, "I have recently stepped away from investment banking after 10 years (half with Morgan Stanley and half with Bank of America). I provided corporate finance and M&A advice to real estate and lodging companies, and I'm looking to move to the investing side of the real estate business shortly. First, however, I took a nice long summer vacation in China with my wife, Mary, and four children, ages 8 to 3. Mary and I lived in Hong Kong for a couple of years (our son was born there) and it's been nice to share some of our passion for the region with our kids. I plan on finalizing my next professional move after returning home to Marin County."

Robert Pascual, MBA, writes, "The big news is that this past March I married Libby Evans, who has made me a happy man indeed! Her warmth, caring, intelligence, wit, and beauty bring me joy every day. We're busy settling into our new life and home together in San Francisco with our two crazy dogs. I've continued my work in the nonprofit sector, which I began immediately upon graduation from Haas. After several stints as CFO at local nonprofits, I've shifted to the role of independent consultant (, focusing on nonprofit financial management. I have had the opportunity (and privilege) to work with many wonderful organizations that are doing such vital work in our San Francisco Bay Area communities in the areas of human services, community organizing, advocacy, and philanthropy. Although I see many people in need of help, I also am encouraged by the commitment and talent of all the people with whom I've been fortunate enough to work."

Jorge Spichiger, MBA, of Santiago, Chile, writes, "I am the CEO for the local Funds Manager Penta AGF. What a terrific challenge in today's volatile and sophisticated capital markets. I am having the time of my life! I am married to Patricia, and we have the most amazing three daughters."



Art Altman, MBA 94 Art Altman, MBA, manages research in energy derivatives, energy markets, and energy risk management for the Electric Power Research Institute, in Palo Alto, Calif. This work now includes carbon risk, intermittent resources such as wind, and consumer "demand response." If you share this interest, feel free to contact him at

Susan Bernstein, MBA, of San Rafael, Calif., added another three letters to the end of her name — Ph.D. Her doctoral research looks at the advice the career changers often receive, to "trust your heart" and "listen to your gut." She wanted to know if and how people contemplating career transition use their embodied awareness in addition to their intellect. Visit her website,

Kim Fisher, MBA, of San Francisco writes, "I've had the pleasure of seeing many alumni and Haas faculty through my new company, which has partnered with the Haas Center for Executive Development. We have, together with the faculty, developed short courses in pricing, product management, negotiations, and market research. Check out our programs and come back to Haas for a week!"

Michael Garrow, MBA, is the new general manager for the Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Mich., which is owned by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. Michael lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.

Toshiyuki Ogura, MBA, moved to Austin, Texas, from Kamakura, Japan, a historic "samurai" capital and beach resort town. Toshiyuki writes, "I am going to make a big lifestyle change to pursue an academic career. I will join a Ph.D. program in sports management at the University of Texas."

Marilee Shaffer, MBA, writes, "In a major departure from the high-tech, biotech, and marine navigation worlds, my husband, Steve, and I are opening a winery in Oakland, Calif. Urban Legend Wine will be located at 641 4th St., and tasting should begin in the late spring of 2009. We'll be starting with Italian varieties — Sangiovese, Barbera, and Nebbiolo, both reds and rosé. You'll be able to find out more about the effort at in early 2009."

Alan Xusheng (Xusheng Yao), MBA, of Shanghai, China, writes, "If any one of my classmates or alumni has interests to invest in China, please contact me. Since 2005, I established and have owned a real estate company developing residential, retail, and hotels, including a Holiday Inn in Shanghai and Suzhou, China." Before that, he was CFO and CEO of Asia Pulp and Paper Co. in China, or APP China, for six years. From 1994 to 1999 he was general manager of a real estate company that developed class A office buildings and five-star hotels, including a Westin in Shanghai.


Jonathan Becker, MBA, writes, "Life is very good. After years working for someone else, I started my own consulting business, helping companies execute strategies with a focus on team effectiveness. I am living in Piedmont, with Dave Charron and Dana Harmon as close neighbors, and Steve Miller and family soon to be one. My wife, Virginia, and I are very much enjoying life as parents to our 2-year-old son, William."

Charlene (Grant) Boroumand, MBA, writes, "My son, Veritas, just turned 1 in June. He's a very happy, smart little boy and sleeps really well! We are incredibly lucky. We're still nearby in beautiful Marin County, Calif., and hoping that our good fortune will extend to our latest venture, ('chum' means companion or friend). We recently went live with and Anyone reading this would probably enjoy at least one of the two, if not both! We're trying to enrich people's lives by alleviating the isolation that is so common in today's busy, task-centric society. ChumWorld's mission is to connect people together — in real life — to foster and promote meaningful and shared interests and activities. Our tagline: 'It's not social networking, it's life management.' Feel free to contact me. I'm also on LinkedIn as Charlene Grant."

Laura Flores, MBA, writes, "My husband, Scott, and I welcomed Max Alberto Mahler into the family on March 10. Our little 'gringuito' was born in Panama, where we are currently living. I have been working as assistant representative for the UN Population Fund since 2006, and now am thoroughly enjoying being a mother. We can be reached at"

Arno Hesse, MBA, writes, "After several years working with clients on strategic culture change, I have joined Union Bank of California as executive vice president for retail market segment management. Implementing its new retail strategy, I oversee product management and marketing for consumers and small-business customers. As Union Bank has managed to stay well above the subprime mortgage crisis, we are actually ramping up and hiring. My work is pretty California-centric, allowing me to enjoy living in San Francisco even more."

Red Gillen, MBA, writes, "This past spring, I left the Bay Area after a long run and moved to Portland, Ore. Although I miss Top Dog and looking over the Bay, I am enjoying the beer, bicycles, and (summer) weather up here.  I'm still at my job as a senior analyst for Celent. Should any Haasers be passing through town, please feel free to look me up."

Chris McClain, MBA, of Saint Paul, Minn., writes, "Carolyn and I have had another child, Katherine Rose McClain. In addition, I just closed a $25 million series A financing for a biopharmaceutical company (Nora Therapeutics, Inc.) that I co-founded with a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine faculty member."


Adam McDonough, MBA 95 Adam McDonough, MBA, of San Francisco is president and CEO of Lockton Insurance Brokers of San Francisco and San Jose since August 2006. He was elected to the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce board of directors in February 2007 and married in April 2007. He writes, "Life is good."


Julie Perigo, MBA 95 Julie Perigo, MBA, of Henley-on-Thames, UK, writes, "After my Exchange Scholarship to Haas (from Sydney, Australia) I spent about a decade as partner in Global Executive Search. I became interested in what happens to our lives and careers post-50: the new extended career. I set up Re-Inventors in Australia around that theme (HR policy consulting and executive development), and the CGAcademy, which also runs public programs, on my return to my homeland, UK, last year. My first book on the subject, Winners in the Second Half, comes out in the US, Europe, and Asia shortly. If you are interested in assisting on my further research on later-career issues (and thereby the sequel) please contact me via"



Ron Gies, MBA, was named executive vice president of commercial banking for National City Bank. His responsibilities will include sales strategy, development, automation, training, communications, and incentives/reporting. He relocated his family to Cleveland, Ohio, five years ago to be closer to his wife's extended family and spent the first three years with McKinsey & Company. Two years ago, Ron joined National City in the Retail Bank to start its Sales Strategy group.


Alan Seigrist, MBA 96, and wife, Barbora Alan Seigrist, MBA, of Hong Kong writes, "In April my family traveled to Washington, D.C., where my father was posthumously awarded with his second Agency Seal Medallion for counterintelligence work he had done in 1962 on a mission in Arctic Russia called Project Coldfeet. Sadly for all of us, my father, Capt. Connie Seigrist, passed away only a month beforehand. He was in poor health. A painting of the mission was unveiled and hung on permanent display in the main hallway of the CIA headquarters building in Langley, Va. You can see a picture of my wife, Barbora, and me at the famous entrance to the CIA. It was a sobering experience for me when I looked at the book of names under the wall of stars and recognized almost all the names in the first row as my father's friends when we were growing up. Many of the names are still classified. For more information and a picture of the painting, visit"

Alex Sutton, MBA, is back in Seattle after working in Shanghai for the past 2 ½ years helping grow a new engineering center for Microsoft. He's now the group
program manager for Windows HPC Server, where he gets to play with neat toys like supercomputers and new areas like computational finance.


Yasunori Nakagami, MBA, of Tokyo, Japan, writes, "I have been running Constructive Activist Fund in Tokyo. We invest in small- to medium-cap undervalued companies in the public market, try to improve management, and to set a stock price catalyst. It's been three years since the launch, and I am very much excited about our challenge. Family wise, we try to educate 10-year-old daughter Kyoko on how to learn, how to study. Wish she would be able to study at a world-class university like Berkeley."

Jacqueline (Quebec) Sofer, MBA, and her husband, Mike, are happy to announce the birth of their son, Lucas Chase Quebec Sofer, in November 2007. He joins big sister, Madeline (5), and big brother, Nicholas (3). They live in Westford, Mass., where Jackie is working at Deloitte Consulting as the chief of staff for the consumer and industrial products practice.


JT Klepp, MBA, writes, "I am happy to announce joining the fatherhood club ( with the birth of Calista Marie on June 12. Still has not quite sunk in yet what a monumental event this is — but overly excited to see such a tiny little person forming our family. Work-wise, I just joined a mobile social networking company (, which is about to launch. The company is based in Sydney, which is great, as it means a lot less travel. I am still very much involved in my old company, MoConDi, and will probably be an active board member, and hope to list the company on the bulletin board in the coming months. Having a baby and seemingly having two jobs is coincidental, but I am starting to see why some people need to do this."

Judy Heiman, MBA, and her partner, Martha Moon, returned to California after nearly a decade in Virginia, where Judy served as a state budget analyst and most recently as deputy secretary of education. Judy is now working in Sacramento at the Legislative Analyst's Office, California's nonpartisan fiscal and policy advisor.

Amy Lee, MBA, of San Mateo, writes, "I have been the CFO of Hales & Company ( for a year now. I have also been studying feng shui and Chinese metaphysics and have a side business providing consultations. Check out my Web site:"

A new book by Alan Schwartz, MS, Medical Decision Making: A Physician's Guide, has just been published by Cambridge University Press. Alan is associate professor and director of research of the Department of Medical Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, where he conducts research on decision-making and teaches decision-making, quantitative methods, and leadership and organizational behavior for health professions educators.

Ravi Shankar, MBA, runs product marketing for Siperian Inc., a master data management startup, as the senior director of product marketing. He is also the newly elected treasurer for the San Francisco chapter of Haas Alumni Network.


Gleb Budman, MBA, of San Francisco writes, "Working on my third startup since graduating from business school (last two were both acquired.) This time I am building online backup company Backblaze ( with a mission to ensure no one ever loses data again. We've seen great success with US News, Cnet, TechCrunch and others touting it as the world's easiest service. Hang gliding, rock climbing, and snowboarding still take up the majority of my free time, and sometimes, though not nearly as often as I'd like, getting together with the ol' Haas classmates."

Bryon Crowder, MBA, of Falmouth, Maine, writes, "I am about to launch Life Is Fluid Brands. We will produce a reusable, safe (no BPA), recyclable bottle in three sizes to be marketed as various trademarked sub-brands in four major markets — kids, performance, general use and specialty. But wait, there is more — an innovative twin-neck design that will take the market by storm! We are also donating up to 1 percent for the planet and various children's charities. The mission is to become the dominant brand in the reusable consumer bottle market through innovation and by creating a sense of community, environmental, and philanthropic responsibility, and excitement across multiple markets and age groups."

Alan Knitowski, MBA, writes, "I have recently relocated my family and business activities to Austin, Texas, from Newport Beach, Calif."

Stewart McGuire, MBA, writes, "I have co-founded Concentric Wealth Management with Berkeley alum Eric Flett (BA 1988). We're based in Lafayette, and our goal is to become the East Bay's premier wealth management firm. Our terrific group of experienced and caring advisors work with our clients to develop personalized financial strategies centered on their goals. Our services include ongoing investment management and comprehensive financial planning. At a time when an unprecedented number of Americans need help planning for the next phase of their career, a comfortable retirement, or leaving a family legacy, we are excited to have the skills and capacity to help serve the community for generations to come. For more information on our firm, please see our Web site at My wife, Katie, and our children, Grace (8) and Tom (6), have been incredibly supportive as I pursue my dream of building a business."


Chris Barton, MBA, of San Francisco writes, "Shazam launched its iPhone application for mobile music recognition in July. This has been the most exciting time for the company, which we founded while completing the Haas MBA program back in 2000. Try it out!"

William Bockwoldt, MBA, of Petaluma, Calif., writes, "My wife, Teresa, and I started a consulting practice specializing in Sarbanes-Oxley, FAS123R, SAS70, and a variety of other compliance, tax, and accounting requirements. We can also help you streamline your current financial reporting processes. Check us out at!"


Cagla Erdogan Ruacan, MBA, of Istanbul, Turkey, writes, "After working briefly for AT&T Wireless Services, I joined Sun Microsystems in 2001, got married to my longtime boyfriend, Baris Ruacan, in the summer of 2003, traveled around the world, and became a US citizen! Since then we moved back to Istanbul and had a baby girl, Duru, who turned 1 in August. After enjoying motherhood for six months I started my own Internet company — a restaurant reservations system for Turkey that now has 60 of the most popular restaurants as our customers. Check it out if you'll be visiting Turkey,"

Fernando Martinez, MBA, of Miami Beach, Fla., became the 2008 US Windsurfing National Champion after winning nine of the 17 races held in Worthington, Minn., in June. Fernando also secured the top place at this year's US National Racing Tour.

Mitch Posada, MBA, of San Francisco writes, "I would define myself as an entrepreneur and consultant with my firm, Grupo Entrada, a mix of management consulting firm meets interactive shop meets talent agency focused on the Hispanic market. We offer a very unique combination of Hispanic market expertise, Web 2.0 know-how, product development, strategic thinking, creative ideation, content, distribution, and relationships that can create unique value. I'm combining my efforts of, a content/ad network, and, a media property connecting Latinos to sustainability, with my consulting practice. Some firsts I've been able to accomplish include first Hispanic market-focused venture forum, first Hispanic content/ad network, and first dedicated media property linking Latinos to sustainability. I'm working on unique multi-platform (mobile, online, off-line) marketing concepts and pitching to national brands. I'm looking forward to a great year and more stories to tell my fellow alumni. Hopefully I'll hear from you directly as well."

Laurie (Feldstein) Teichman, MBA, of Ramsey, N.J., writes, "I have now lived in New Jersey 2 1/2 years with my husband, Jason, son, Brady (4), and daughter, Addison (2). Just finished my second year at Unilever, where I was promoted to senior brand manager on the Hellmann's/Best Foods brand."


Mark Brown, MBA,
writes, "I've just been relocated from New York to Forrester Research's European headquarters in Amsterdam as the marketing director for Forrester's Global Markets Group. If you're in town, please drop me a line. My address:  Vondelstraat 132-I, 1054 GS, Amsterdam."

Oluwatosin (Oduola) Iyasele, MBA, writes, "My family moved this summer (driving through seven states!) from the windy (and cold) city of Chicago to the Portland, Ore., area. We're look- ing forward to enjoying the outdoors, and I am hoping to link up with any ex-classmates living in the area."


Abhijit Mitra, MBA, writes, "Earlier this year, I attended the five-year alumni meet at Berkeley. I think I qualified as the alum to have traveled the greatest distance to attend this event. I flew all the way from Bangalore. My family loved it. Along the way, we also went on an extended tour of the US, starting from SFO, to San Jose, to Houston, to New Jersey and New York, Miami, and then back to the Bay Area (Cupertino to be precise). Overall 15 days of bliss. It felt good to be back in the US after spending the last two years in Bangalore. After leaving the US in early 2006, I joined SAP Labs India in Bangalore as vice president of development. Usually, I travel every two months to Germany, but very rarely to the US. So this was my second US trip (and first one with family) in the last two years."

Einar Sigvaldason, MBA, of Reykjavik, Iceland, writes, "Warmest regards to everyone in my 01 and 02 classes! Since graduation, I've been the CEO and part-owner of Peocon, a high-tech image analysis company. In early 2007 I left Peocon to found, a place where you take personality tests and rate what you love or hate. Then through deep data mining you find your Good or Evil Twins (people who think or don't think like you) and use their profiles to get recommendations or stay in touch. All data is user generated and we are not restricted to only movies. We want to be your ultimate discovery tool in any category you can think of – paintings, cities, vacation spots, books, music, clothing design, restaurants, even solutions to medical symptoms.  We just went live this fall. In a way, TellMeTwin was conceived in Berkeley when I asked Netflix to find my 'Cinematwins,' those who hate and love the same movies as me. They never replied and I proceeded to found Netfilm back in Iceland. Out of that pet project, gradually, TellMeTwin was born."



Eric Bretthauer, MBA 03, and family Eric Bretthauer, MBA, writes, "In January of this year, my family and I relocated from the San Francisco Bay Area to London so that I could begin a strategy and planning position with a new Chevron operating company that covers Europe, Eurasia, and the Middle East. With the moving transition behind us, we started to take advantage of the many things that London offers and recently went on holiday to Spain. We expect to live in London for the next three years, so if your travels bring you to the area, please contact me at"

Adam Goldworm, MBA, of Los Angeles works at Industry Entertainment as a literary and talent manager and serves as executive vice president of its independent TV label. Goldworm produced NBC's hit summer series "Fear Itself," which offered hour-long tales of suspense from feature film directors Mary Harron, Darren Bousman, John Landis, Brad Anderson, and Ronny Yu. Goldworm also co-produced ABC's Emmy Award-nominated "Masters of Science Fiction" mini-series. This science fiction anthology adapts famous works by Harlan Ellison and other science fiction giants; stars such actors as Anne Heche, Malcolm McDowell, Sam Waterston, and Judy Davis; and is hosted by Professor Stephen Hawking. Goldworm is executive producing a remake of the David Cronenberg film "The Brood" for Spyglass Entertainment. He produced two seasons of the Emmy Award-winning "Masters of Horror" anthology for Showtime, which offered hour-long horror films directed by genre luminaries, including John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper. Goldworm's client Jessica Lowndes can be seen on the CW's new series 90210 and in theaters this Haloween in "The Haunting of Milly Hartley."

Jeffrey Kasowitz, MBA/MPH, writes, "After an incredible spring of travel, including a drive across the southern route of the US, a Jewish heritage trip to Eastern Europe, and a permaculture retreat, I've arrived in Boston with my fiancée, Adina Allen. I'm loving my new job with City Year, where my focus is on leadership development training and establishing partnerships with colleges, universities, and companies to help City Year corps members find placement after completing their year of service. Adina has begun rabbinical school at Hebrew College and we're keeping busy planning our wedding, experimenting with fermentation, and missing the Bay Area."

Sam Ladah, MBA, writes, "Wendelee and I have moved to London where I'm leading the human resources function for IBM's business consulting unit in Northeast Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Our daughter, Helena (3), and son, Micah (1), are enjoying their new home. We've kept our house in New York, and we expect to be in London for only two to three years (so you should come visit soon)."


Vincent Lu, MBA 03, and family Vincent Lu, MBA, writes, "My family and I moved to Vietnam in late 2005 so I could pioneer in the real estate development along with Vietnam's economy take-off. We live in a cozy villa within a golf course compound, and my wife, Peichen, and two kids, Brian (7) and Jeremy (5), are gradually getting accustomed to the laid back environment here, though still miss Taiwan from time to time. I am involved in two real estate projects; one is a 27-hole golf course project. Anyone who misses our good time at Tilden and wants to play a round of golf in sunny Vietnam, you are welcome to visit me here."

Dhaval Shah, MBA, of Los Altos, Calif., joined MooWee Inc. ( as co-founder & CTO.


Richard Velasquez, MBA 03, with fiancee Christine Chen Richard Velazquez, MBA, writes, "Two Bears in business in the Pacific Northwest are planning a multi-cultural marriage merger." Richard, a product planner for Xbox at Microsoft and president of Seattle's National Society of Hispanic MBAs, is engaged to Christine Chen, BS 90 mass communications and English, a marketing communications consultant and host of  'About the Money with Christine Chen' on PBS. They met on the salsa floor at Century Ballroom one Saturday night, and a few spins later, they knew this encounter was more than just a dance. The Velazquez-Chen reorg will involve continued dancing, a relocation near Microsoft, a golden retriever acquisition, and a myriad of witty business talks about product design and media outreach."


Rafael Alenda, MBA, writes, "We welcomed our third boy, Alastair, into our family in July 2008. Brothers Oscar and Declan are excited to have a new pal join them."

Doug Donovan, MBA, of Portsmouth, N.H., is "fooling around with an online product to satisfy both the hippie and the businessman in him." The business,, sells a green kit to facilitate simple, green lifestyle changes. Doug says his footprint is still too big, while his bank account is too small.

Sean Housley, MBA, and Laura welcomed their fifth child into the world in the spring. They are all doing well in Gilbert, Ariz., but miss their friends in the beautiful Bay Area.

Stephen Leeflang, MBA, of Sunnyvale, Calif., writes, "My wife, Alie, and I purchased our first home last summer and immediately proceeded to demolish it. I'm building the house — mostly myself — and hope to finish safely before our second child arrives (due in January). Professionally, Acumen completed a deal with Medtronic in December of 2007 capping an incredible six-year learning experience. Not too bad for our first company, but plenty of tough lessons learned along the way. Looking forward to starting the next one!"

Michelle Thomas, MBA, of Washington, D.C., graduated cum laude from Howard University School of Law in May.

Tony Pines, MBA, married Audrey Anderson on Aug. 16 at Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah. They live in Beverly Hills.


Over the last year Dr. Anurag Mairal, MBA 05, launched South Asian MBA Association (, with a J&J colleague , organized its first MBA Mixer in June this year, and has helped the organization grow to 250 members. The fledgling organization's partners include Johnson and Johnson and Haas School of Business. Mairal also was a keynote speaker at the Orientation Dinner for the Class of EWMBA 2011. After leaving J&J in January, he launched his latest venture, Orbees Medical, with his Haas classmate Ramesh Surapaneni. He is also playing a significant role in catalyzing the medical device industry in India as the associate director of Stanford-India Biodesign program at Stanford University, where he spends part of his time. Mairal continues to lead TestPundit, his educational venture serving MBAs and MBA aspirants.

Jamie Pirrello, MBA, of Fort Myers, Fla., was elected to the Board of Trustees of Juniata College, Huntingdon, Penn., in April. Juniata is one of a baker's dozen of the nation's best-performing liberal arts colleges.

Monica Wiese, MBA, of Albany, Calif., writes, "This year my best friend and love of my life proposed. Pablo Seminario, MBA 04, and I are to be wed religiously this year in San Francisco and civilly next year in Lima, Peru. We are delighted that we will share this special moment with so many fellow alumni; our celebration in Peru will definitely be a pseudo 2003 - 2006 Haas reunion."

Martin White, MBA, writes, "Karen and I got married on Oct. 5, 2007, and we have recently moved to Zurich, Switzerland, where I am helping to establish a new office for ZS Associates. Karen is working as translator (German into English) at CLS Communications in Zurich."


Harry Yang, MBA 05, with family Harry Yang, MBA, of San Francisco writes, "Chao and I are thrilled to introduce our first son, Harry Yizhi Yang, born Jan. 18. He sleeps really well at night and likes all kinds of jar foods. It has been a tremendous life experience for us since Chao's pregnancy. Chao and I are very excited to enter this new chapter of our lives."


Trent Gruenwald, MBA, of San Francisco joined Six Apart, a blogging software and services company in San Francisco, as a senior marketing manager. He had been a brand manager in the Global Brand Marketing Department at Yahoo! since graduating from the Haas MBA program.

Lili Kan, MBA, of San Jose writes, "After graduating I switched into marketing from my previous engineering management position. Alas, corporate world is still corporate world, and I wanted to do something more fun and exciting! So I quit my full-time corporate job early 2008, and started on a business venture that I personally experience everyday as a parent. My partner and I recently launched a Web site, It's a place where parents can share their knowledge and experience and connect with each other. Although the launch is only a very small first step, and there's a long way to go, it has definitely been a very fun experience so far."

Seth Rosen, BCEMBA, of Oakland, Calif., started a new job in January as general counsel and vice president, corporate development, at Mirion Technologies Inc., based in San Ramon, Calif. Mirion is one of the world's leading manufacturers of radiation safety equipment for the nuclear power industry.


Stanley Chan, MBA, of Palo Alto, Calif., is on his second startup stint since the program. He writes, "As they say, the most valuable lessons come from past failures. Hope everyone is doing well!"

John Chen, MBA, is enjoying life as a McKinsey consultant in Singapore.

Amy Omand, MBA, writes, "I found my dream job at a socially responsible startup, Revolution Foods. I'm now putting my finance and accounting skills to work at a company that provides fresh, healthy lunches to low-income school kids in California. I moved to a new home in Oakland with my 2-year-old daughter, Audrey, and husband, Cory."

Neel Shetti, MBA, writes, "Found a real estate job in Chicago with First Industrial Realty Trust Inc. Celebrated my one-year anniversary with the love of my life by going to Grand Bahama island — and had a shark encounter while scuba diving!"


Stephen Falace, MBA, moved to New York following graduation and is working in investment banking (mergers and acquisitions) for Banc of America Securities.

Jenny Peng, MBA, writes, "I am with PRTM Shanghai office exploring booming business opportunity in the greater China region. Enjoy consulting life and eager to add value to MNC's China strategy as well as Chinese firms globalization process."


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Chris Phenner, BCEMBA, competed in his first triathlon in New York July 20, and raised $5,000 for cancer research with Team-in-Training.


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Serge Matulich, Ph.D., and wife, Margarete, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by sailing from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., through the Panama Canal.


Charles Snow, Ph.D., works in the business school at Penn State where he has been on the management faculty since 1974. Lately he has been traveling a lot to Denmark and Australia, where he is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Aarhus and University of Melbourne. His wife, Barbara, often goes on these trips, and their daughter, Vanessa, works in San Francisco for PricewaterhouseCoopers.


Diane Satin, Ph.D., writes, "I still teach accounting as a full professor at CSU East Bay, but last summer I taught at Berkeley as a visitor. Seems like old times."


Johanna Ilfeld, Ph.D., writes, "I am living in Berkeley and have three kids. My youngest is 5 months old. I started my own stroller and baby gear business online after leaving Haas ( I'm having a blast running and growing my own business! I'm happy to give a special discount to Haas alumni, so check us out if you are in the market for baby gear. I'd also love to connect with other entrepreneur moms. It's a crazy life but I'm having a ton of fun and learning more everyday!"

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Executive Development


David McConnell, Executive Development, of Pittsburg, Calif., and wife, Harminder Kaur, have a great new daughter, Shiloh Johal, born in Walnut Creek on Feb. 20.



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