Alumni Notes




David Rea, BS, of Stockton, Calif., celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary, 90th birthday, and Stocktonian of the Year award all in the month of February.


Milan Wight, BS, of Walnut Creek, Calif., writes, “After retirement one looks for something meaningful to do. I was a teacher, counselor, and secondary school administrator for 40 years. I dipped into real estate sales and property management for several years. I don’t care to swim in this economy. However if I was an investor, now is an excellent time to acquire residential property at a huge discount. Instead of more of the same, I am now a Certified Media Placement Specialist, better known as the Internet marketing adventure. I have also authored two books this year, Tipping Guide for Gratuitous Folks and Historic Donner Stock Trail, available at Amazon or Trafford Publishing Co. Victoria, BC, Canada. How old am I? 86.”


Richard Dewey, BS, see MBA 1954 notes.

Harold Lustig, BS, of Castro Valley, Calif., writes, “I have been married to my wife, Shirlee, for almost 53 years. We have three children, two girls, and one boy, and eight grandchildren. We started a business called Lustig International in about 1978 importing table accessories for the home. Originally we were working out of Brazil, but have moved all of our operations to China where we design decorative glass. We are avid followers of the Golden Bears and try to go to as many football games as possible.”


Alan Herd, BS, writes, “I was elected president of the 5,000- member Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors for this year. The association includes the former Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Culver City, Marina Del Rey, and West Hollywood Associations of Realtors.”


Sonny Low, BS, retired after 34 years as a Peace Corps volunteer and staff member, which was capped by a quarter-century as a Foreign Service Officer managing affordable housing and urban development programs for the US Agency for International Development. He writes, “Since then, Mirian, my wife, and I moved across country to our San Diego suburban townhouse. We spent the first year making the house our ideal sun-filled home in ’America’s Finest City.’ That has been matched with meeting new relatives and family out here in the West, in Canada, and down in Central and South America. Between Hawaiian and Mexican Riviera cruises, I’ve discovered the joys of seeing Cal win more football games than when I was a student. Go Bears!”

1964   Cal Homecoming Oct 2-4

Schuyler Bailey, BS, see MBA 1965 notes.

Joanie Ciardelli, BS

Joanie (Misrack) Ciardelli, BS, married Dr. John Ciardelli, a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry. They met on a trip to Costa Rica with a small group from the Cal Singles organization, which Joanie had learned about in Cal’s magazine. Both are retired, and living in San Rafael and Walnut Creek, Calif. Joanie volunteers with Pathways To Peace, the Citizens for a U.N. Peoples Assembly, and the Threshold Foundation, and they both volunteer for the Sundance Film Festival every January in Park City, Utah.


Vijay Kumar Pandit, BS, writes, “I passed actuarial math and statistics exams and did actuarial work for one year, but switched to informational technology after that. I worked in the IT industry for nine years, then ran a private business for another nine years, and then transferred back to IT. I’m now a member of the board of advisors of InternetSpeech of San Jose. I occasionally work for InternetSpeech handling customer support, when they are short of staff. I traveled to Thailand and India in October with my partner, Julie, and met my classmates who had graduated with me in 1958, and had recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of this graduation. I am a grandfather now. My daughter, Amba, had a daughter born late last year. My son, Jay, is a structural engineer and contributed to the construction of the CITRIS Information Technology building on the Cal campus. Email:”


Michael Stebbins, BS, see PhD 1972 notes.


Gary Jackson, BS

Gary Jackson, BS, partnered with Peter Abram in 1966 to form The Matrix Recording and bought the Matrix Nightclub in San Francisco. In 1967, they produced Grace Slick and The Great Society albums on Columbia Records. While Peter stayed at the nightclub, Jackson went to San Francisco State University, earning an MBA in accounting; Golden Gate University, earning an MBA in tax in 1975 and Lincoln University, where he graduated in 1971 with a JD. He received his CPA license in 1977. As a political activist in San Francisco, he was involved in numerous fundraisers as a producer and treasurer working for McGovern for President, Sheriff Richard D. Hongisto in San Francisco, and Save The Whales in California and Japan.

1974   Cal Homecoming Oct 2-4

Arnold Nixon, BS, of Petaluma, Calif., is married with three children. He is a Sonoma County planning commissioner and serves on the board of directors of the Redwood Empire Chapter APICS and the Santa Rosa Manufacturing Group.


Lily Quisol, BS, writes, “I am married with twin boys and living in Burlingame, Calif. I work at Genentech Inc. as a business systems analyst.”

Douglas Wiele, BS, of El Dorado Hills, Calif., writes, “The past year has been an exciting one for the retail property development company I started in 1994. Our Trader Joe’s-anchored Uptown Monterey in downtown Monterey was awarded the first LEED certification (LEED Silver) of any shopping center in California by the US Green Building Council. And our Nob Hill Markets-anchored Bridgeside Center in Alameda was recognized by the California Redevelopment Association as 2008’s Best Commercial Redevelopment Project of the Year in California. We’re actively seeking out new urban infill retail projects to keep us busy for the next few years.”


Mark Peck, BS, see MBA 1983 notes.


Laurie Dyke, BS

Laurie (Hatch) Dyke, BS, is owner and managing member of the Investigative Accounting Group, a CPA firm specializing in forensic accounting, fraud investigation, and litigation support. She lives in Atlanta, Ga., with her husband George, who is also her business partner. They have three almost-grown daughters, two dogs, and enjoy outdoor activities, including bicycling, boating, and recreational kayaking.


Michelle (Lamphere) Williams, BS, is director of financial aid and associate director of admissions at Saint Mark’s School in San Rafael, Calif. She has two children, Kimi: who graduated from UC Davis in managerial economics in June, and Doug, a UC Berkeley Haas Business School student going for a global/management degree.


Jeff Davine, BS, writes, “Hard to believe that it has been almost 30 years since entering the business school and hanging around Barrows Hall. I’ve been married for 18 years. We have two kids, Emily (14) and Matthew (8). I’m a tax lawyer at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp in Los Angeles. Prior to joining MS&K, I was a special assistant US attorney for the IRS in Los Angeles. I really miss Berkeley and the Bay Area.”


Mitch Rosenberg, BS

Mitch Rosenberg, BS, earned his CPA certificate while working at Price Waterhouse in Los Angeles after graduating Cal. For the past 23 years he has had a successful career in the insurance and financial services business. Mitch has consistently been recognized with “Top of the Table” honors from the Million Dollar Round Table and “Chairman’s Council” with New York Life Insurance Co., placing him in the top 1 percent of insurance agents worldwide. He has been very active raising money for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. One of his three children wouldn’t be here without the hospital’s incredible medical services. He just completed his fifth annual golf tournament benefiting CHLA and reached his goal of $100,000 raised to have a room named in the new hospital building for his family. Mitch would love to reconnect with other alums in southern California. Email is mdrosenberg@ He lives in Thousand Oaks with his wife, Melanie, and kids, Ashley (16), Andy (13), and Paige (13). Go Bears.


Naomi (Freier) Wexer, BS, writes, “I am a training and development professional living in Manhattan with my husband and son. We enjoy traveling together and seeing a bit of the world!”


Rene Kern, BS, writes, “I just attended a fabulous Haas alumni gala dinner in New York, reconnecting with some old friends. The energy was palpable. It is very clear that the school is on a roll. There have been lots of developments and personal growth since I graduated almost 23 years ago. I’m married to a wonderful wife, Marie- France, and have three children (almost teenagers). We have settled in Greenwich, Conn. Professionally, I have put my Cal business education to productive use. I’m working in global growth. Private equity has certainly been challenging recently, but nothing beats the rewards of working with great companies and great entrepreneurs worldwide and assisting them in building long-term value. Very much look forward hearing from my classmates and otherwise reconnecting with the broader Haas community.”

Larry Schaffer, BS, of Los Olivos, Calif., writes, “Tercero Wines, the label I started last year with my wife, Christie, was recognized by Wine Spectator Magazine in its March 2009 issue as one of the Top Emerging California Rhone Brands.”

Darryl Wong, BS, of Los Angeles, writes, “I have been involved with recruiting and training for JEMS (Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society), a non-profit organization, since 2001.”


Lynn (Kelley-Dulaney) Soss, BS, of Northville, Mich., adopted two children from Kazakhstan and lived in Thailand (1996-1998) and Japan (2000-2005). She is beginning a mother-child small groups initiative in schools/churches to support parents/children in transitional culture.


Vidya (Ramanjaneya) Kagan, BS, visited the Bay Area in December and had a great time catching up with many Haas classmates. She spent an afternoon catching up with Kathy (Szeto) Kobayashi and Rodger Kobayashi in the East Bay, had brunch in Rockridge with Angela Yap and Melva Wong, and had drinks on Telegraph Avenue with Melva, Kevin O’Keefe, and Alvin Hom. Vidya is still living in the Boston area and recently became involved with the Boston Haas alumni group. She helped plan the recent Haas at Harpoon (brewery) event and got to meet about 20 Haas BS and MBA alumni. She writes, “A good time - and lots of great beer - was had by all! Go Bears!”

Icy Diamond Totes

Mariza (Ramirez) Verdugo, BS, writes, “I am launching a new business called Icy Diamond Totes – cool insulated tote bags for all ages, especially cool for individuals who need to keep their medication cold when traveling. Visit www. and support your fellow alum. Thanks, Cal, for inspiring me and giving me the tools to live my dream.”


James Finnen, BS, writes, “After 12 years at IBM in sales and marketing I have recently transitioned into health care, where I now work for Scott & White Hospital, responsible for its growth initiatives in central Texas. My wife, Elsa, and our children, Alexa and Natalia, enjoy living in Austin. I catch a few Cal football games on TV with the local Cal alumni.”


Paul (Polapat) Ark (Arkkrapridi), BS, is living in Beijing, China, where he works at Apple as the company’s real estate manager for Asia Pacific and is responsible for finding locations for the company’s retail stores in the region.

Adam Kane, BS, of Kailua, Hawaii, writes, “About my company: ForgeFX (http://www. is an interactive 3D-simulation, serious game, and training simulation development company based in San Francisco. We provide software development services for clients looking to create both online and offline interactive content. Our clients compete in the education, training, and entertainment industries.”

Arvinder Singh, BS 82

Arvinder Singh, BS, of New Delhi, India, is director of the 60-year-old publishing house, Hemkunt Publishers Pvt. Ltd. He started a new publishing company 11 years ago under the name Sanbun Publishers. He has published over 250 books of authors from around the world. He is the father of two boys, Nishaan (9) and Himmat (5), and has been married to Sanjana Singh since 1997.

1994   Cal Homecoming Oct 2-4

Alan Chuang, BS, recently joined Pillar Pacific Capital Management as a portfolio manager. After owning a Burger King franchise for several years, he got back to his business roots in finance. He started a small hedge fund with some success before joining Pillar Pacific Capital. He also received his CFA charter in 2008, which along with his MBA from the University of Michigan and CPA certification, give him credibility with the high net-worth clients he serves on a daily basis. Alan now does a job he enjoys and lives a mile from work in San Marino with his two lovely children, Gabriella (7) and Alexander (5), and his beautiful wife, Jennifer. He invites you to e-mail him if you have any investment questions or just want to catch up:


Henri Ainai, BS, is living in Tokyo since founding, an online magazine store in 2002. He recently started a new service called MagMe (currently in Beta) where Japanese users are able to read a limited number of full magazine articles on their cell phones. MagMe:


Allen Lee, BS, is helping Alex Weingarten, BA 96 (Political Science), launch Cal in Hollywood, an alumni group for all Cal grads involved in the entertainment industry worldwide. He writes, “Please look out for information regarding our launch party in the Los Angeles area. E-mail me at if you want to stay in the loop.”


Chris Carvalho, BS, of San Rafael, Calif., writes,“After almost 10 years as the head of business development at Lucasfilm and a year-plus as the head of Lucas Online (, I left about nine months ago to try my hand at a startup. In this economy, that very well could have been a recipe for disaster. Instead, my stealth Internet startup just launched, www., and received incredible coverage from the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and many others. We were awarded the People’s Choice award at the prestigious DEMO event. SmartyCard is a first-of-its-kind learn, earn, and play experience for kids in third through sixth grade that provides real and virtual rewards to kids who complete educational activities. What’s unique about SmartyCard is the rewards systems. As kids complete activities they unlock points that can be used for hundreds of rewards -- from iTunes, Club Penguin™, and WebKinz to the most popular books, CDs, games, and more. We’ve created a fun environment -- kids want to show off how smart they are -- with a concept that reinforces universal values of hard work and educational achievement. In these uncertain times, generally and personally as the father of three boys, SmartyCard fills a real need. There is no better investment a parent can make than investing in one’s child.”

1999   Cal Homecoming Oct 2-4

MeiLin Chan, BS, of Boston, recently started an online venture out of an addiction to soap-making and high-tech gadgets:

Tania Kooper, BS

Tania Kapoor, BS, of Los Angeles, writes, “I am a vice president at Goldman Sachs in the Private Wealth Management Group working with high net-worth individuals, families, and foundations. One of my highlights in 2008 was dancing on the NBC reality TV show, Superstars of Dance, as a part of Team India. In my spare time, I am on the local board of The American India Foundation (AIF). AIF is the largest US-based private foundation that supports not-forprofits in India. I have enjoyed organizing our annual gala and increasing the awareness of AIF among young professionals.”

Pranav Popat, BS, writes, “I’m at Lazard in Los Angeles and specialize in mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, and other strategic advice to companies primarily in the casino industry.”


Christina (Ce Zhang) Hollingsworth, BS, of Petaluma, Calif., writes, “I still cannot believe my once impulsive idea to locate fellow alumni in the North Bay community could pick up speed so quickly. Since our HAN North Bay Chapter Inaugural Mixer last January, I have met so many enthusiastic and energetic Haas alums in the North Bay. Together with our new board, we have been on a roll, with five successful social and professional events held in 2008 alone and more planned for 2009. If you live and work north of the Golden Gate Bridge, meet the rest of the Haas family in your neighborhood and join us for our next event! Feel free to call me at (707)762-9900 or email me at”

Pravir Singh Sawhney, BS, writes, “I have been in New Delhi, India, for the past three years making real estate investments. Prior to that I spent six years in investment banking in New York (Morgan Stanley), New Delhi, and the final three years in London (ABN AMRO Corporate Finance). Have unfortunately not made it back to Cal for a while but hope alumni will look me up when they visit Delhi. Best wishes. (”


Patrick Merrill, BS 01

Patrick Merrill, BS, and Elisabeth Merrill celebrated their one-year anniversary in April 2009. The couple was married in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and honeymooned in Greece. They also attended Charter Gala 2009, an annual tradition for the couple, with the Haas School of Business community to honor California Alumni Association Alumnus of the Year Bob Haas on April 4.


Christina Bogatsky, BS, of Los Angeles, writes, “Hello fellow Bears/Haas alums! It’s been a few years, and since my last note, I moved to Los Angeles for a career opportunity. I have been with Sony Pictures Entertainment for three years now, where I manage mobile video distribution. In short, I get movies onto mobile phones. It’s been an exhilarating experience, and it’s a very fun (and volatile) market in which to work. I am excited to get more involved in Southern California’s Haas alumni community, which is pretty robust. Tom Campbell and Richard Lyons came down to LA a couple of years ago and hosted a fantastic luncheon for a group of alums. It makes such a big difference when people heading up the administration make an effort to connect with alums. I hope everyone is doing well. If you are in the digital/ mobile distribution business and would like to talk, I’d love to hear from you. I’m in the alumni directory. Bear love, Christina.”

Joanne Liu, BS, writes, “This May I graduated from Wharton with an MBA and am moving back to the Bay Area to explore opportunities in technology. At Wharton I had the privilege of serving as the student body president and reuniting with several friends from Haas.”


Kinman Tong, BS, writes, “After spending five years with Deloitte, I joined the Health Care Services group at Moss Adams in the San Francisco office. I primarily work on various business assurance engagements throughout northern California, focusing on hospitals, health plans, clinics, longterm care facilities, and healthcare/ medical/biotechnology entities. I am still active with the Haas/Cal community, serving on the HAN Alumni Council, TKE Nu Chapter Advisory Board, and Cal Alumni Pride Executive Committee. If any of my fellow classmates are back in the Bay Area, please do reach out and reconnect!”

2004   Cal Homecoming Oct 2-4

Tahamtan Nematbakhsh, BS, writes, “I recently graduated from law school, passed the California State Bar Exam, and married a beautiful woman. I’m currently working at a great law firm in Orange County, Calif., in the corporate law, estate planning, asset protection, and business litigation departments. I’m very happy and love my life.”


Nancy Chen, BS, of Fremont, Calif., writes, “As a global conference coordinator for a not-for-profit organization, I travel around the world (mostly to Asia), putting together large conferences a few times a year.”

Yvonne Chen, BS, of San Francisco, writes, “I’ve hopped around here and there from the SBC/ATT LDP program to Google. Now I am at Facebook doing relationship management for our advertising clients. It’s a brandnew team within Facebook, so I’m really happy to be a part of it. It’s great to really contribute to something new and build and define a new group. I also love being a part of a site that is changing the way people socialize and connect with others. Personally, I’m staying in touch with fellow Cal alumni and finding time to see my family as they live nearby in the East Bay. I’ve also been doing other activities like kickball leagues, volunteering, painting classes, and going up to Napa for wine tasting. My good friend, also a Haas alumni, is getting married in April so I am looking forward to that wedding. If any of you have questions about a career at Facebook, or transitioning from one job to another, please let me know. I’ll try to help out as much as possible.”

Corey Robins, BS, of San Francisco, has spent the past four years with Deloitte Consulting, and this fall will attend Columbia Business School as a member of the class of 2011.


Olive Davis, BS, of Berkeley, writes, “I am very excited about a new youth business academy (B-BAY) this summer at the Haas School of Business. My passion for teaching young students about the fun aspects of business through the YEAH program has inspired me to offer a summer academy June 15-26 for sixththrough ninth-grade students who want to learn about the basic principles of business in a fun setting. To get more information please check the Web site at www.haas.”

David (Seungmin) Lee, BS, of Malibu, writes, “Returned in February from Shanghai, China. Was working with a large nonprofit organization for two years. Looking for work here in Los Angeles (commercial real estate, developing property, consulting) but sure came back at a bad time. Studying for my LSATs and GMATs, but so is everybody else. Still, life is good and I’m thankful for all the opportunities I have had up to now. Hope everybody else is keeping their heads up during these difficult times.”


Phillip Wu, BS

Phillip Wu, BS, writes, “I have begun working at InnoCSR, an international CSR consulting and training firm in Shanghai, China. As a marketing assistant, my work is very exciting because I have the opportunity to work on various projects and assignments. Given that the company is a small startup firm, I have had the opportunity to work closely with the CEO and other colleagues. I am very busy in Shanghai since I attend Chinese language classes in the morning and work at my company in the afternoons. Aside from work and school, I am continuing my food adventure, sampling new foods and restaurants each week. Although I prefer eating to cooking, I also attend a Chinese cooking class on Saturday afternoons. As the summer weather approaches, I take advantage of the outdoor scenery while enjoying good conversation with friends.”


Anirudh Chadha, BS, of San Diego, writes, “Just traveled and enjoyed life before I started work in July at ZS Associates in its LA office. Was all over the East Coast visiting family and friends as well as to India and Mexico. Other than that, I’ve been catching up on some necessary reading and working on my import business. Not a bad thing to do in the time between graduating and starting work!”

Lisa Murphy, BS, writes, “I have moved down from San Francisco to Foster City. Now I am working at Visa in its legal entity management group. If you are on the peninsula, let me know.”

Zach Stevens, BS, writes, “I work in the marketing department for a tech startup company in San Francisco called Autonet Mobile. We’re pioneering a new market with our product that turns cars into WiFi hotspots. I’m always looking to connect with other alumni if you have interesting business ideas or partnership opportunities.”

Serge Vartanov, BS, of Wai’anae, Hawaii, is teaching low-income students through the Teach for America program.

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Don Bruzzone, MBA 52

Donald Bruzzone, MBA, of Alameda, Calif., president of Bruzzone Research Co., a firm specializing in advertising research, presented a paper at the annual convention of the Advertising Research Foundation in New York on March 30. “The Tracking That Should Replace GRPs” describes the advantages of recognition-based tracking in measuring the effectiveness of advertising. Another paper, “Sampling the Impact,” which showed how respondent behaviors and online sample quality affect measures of ad performance, was published in the April 2009 issue of Quirk’s Marketing Research Review.


Richard Dewey, BS 51, MBA 54, of Sarasota County, Fla., keeps busy “publishing” personalized eightpage, monthly newsletters to each of his six grandchildren. He writes, “I call the issues LTD, which stands for legacy, tradition, and discovery. Each receives 60 monthly issues between seventh and 11th grades.”

1960   50th MBA Reunion - April 23-25, 2010


Michael Yovino-Young, MBA, celebrates his 49th year as a real estate appraiser and 35th year as president of Yovino-Young Inc. This boutique appraisal firm with nine professionals has always been headquartered in Berkeley and has mentored many real estate majors at Haas over the years. Total valuations since 1960 now exceed $45 billion with individual appraisals from $10,000 to over $100 million. Michael holds an MAI designation in the Appraisal Institute and is a designated FRICS in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in England.

1965   45th MBA Reunion - April 23-25, 2010

Schuyler Bailey, BS 64, MBA 65, writes, “In March I was in another play at my wife, Susie’s, Berkeley club, playing the role of Sir John Pontafract in Oscar Wilde’s A Woman of No Importance. Previous roles (about 12) over the past 25 years have included Joe Stengel in Dinner at Eight, Ito in Auntie Mame, and Charley’s Aunt/ Lord Fancourt Babberley (’Babbs’) in Charley’s Aunt.“

Allen Lauer, MBA, writes, “I recently retired as chairman of the board of Varian Inc., after 43 years with the company and its predecessor, Varian Associates. It was quite a ride through the ups and downs of a Silicon Valley technology company. I am still active in the tech area serving as chairman of the board of Intermec Inc. located in Everett, Wash., but I am finding more time to behave like a retired person. My wife, Kathy, (Cal undergrad ’59) and I split our time between our homes in Portola Valley, Calif., and Jackson Hole, Wyo., where I can pursue my skiing and fly fishing habits. We enjoy seeing classmates, so look us up if you are in the area.”


Michael Stebbins, BS, MBA, see PhD 1972 notes.

1970   40th MBA Reunion - April 23-25, 2010

William Halal, MBA, see PhD 1971 noets.


John Bland, MBA, of Cape May Point, N.J., writes, “I am a founder and partner in the Foreign Exchange forum Web site, Globalview. com. My partner and I recently co-authored a book published in spring 2009 by John Wiley and Sons, Forex Essentials in 15 Trades: The Guide to Successful Currency Trading.”

Steve Fabricant, MBA, writes, “I emerged last week from sleepy semi-retirement in Okinawa, Japan, to take a two-month consultancy at World Health Organization’s Regional Office in Manila, and now I am writing a quick note in between revisions of a conference briefing paper. After the MBA, I worked in several countries (some of which have since gone downhill like Afghanistan, Palestine, and Sierra Leone), in areas related to public health management and economics. Got my PhD at the ripe age of 50 in London, lived in Ashland, Ore., for 25 years, and then followed my fully-employed wife, Keiko, to Japan. Now I cook, fish, greet our 8-year old daughter when she comes home from school, and weed the garden. Okinawa is a lovely, laid-back place, with many good restaurants, bars, and beaches. It has had the worst of Japan’s economic malaise, so the current crash has gone largely unnoticed! I’m just glad I don’t need to earn a living there.”

Father Max Oliva, MBA,, of San Jose, Calif., is teaching a course in ethical decision making at Regis University’s campus in Henderson, Nev. His book, Beatitudes for the Workplace, is available through Novalis publications in Canada, and Twenty-Third Publications in the United States.

Jon Orellana, MBA, retired in August 2007 as assistant general manager of Zone 7 Water Agency in Pleasanton, Calif., after 34 years of employment, including 10 years at the agency. He is now enjoying retirement, although his wife, Lynn, is still working as an RN at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, Calif. He is keeping fit by working out and playing tennis and golf. He is also a board member of the Retired Employees of Alameda County, an advocacy group for retirees. He volunteers in different capacities with Cornerstone Fellowship and as a marshal at Castlewood Country Club. He also works very part time for Atrisol Advisors, a tax, retirement, and insurance services firm. Although he is busy, he finds time to enjoy his family, Josh, Abby, and grandson, Haven.


Surinder Brar, MBA, lived in the Berkeley hills and worked in high-tech since graduating in 1974. He is responsible for the worldwide channel strategy at Cisco Systems Inc. and serves as a board member at Park Day School in Oakland. His wife, Jude McAnesby, is a psychologist and son, Jaipal Brar, is in third grade.

1975   35th MBA Reunion - April 23-25, 2010

Marcio Faria, MBA 75

Marcio Faria, MBA, writes, “After I got my MBA from UC Berkeley I went back to Rio de Janeiro to work for the (Federal) Brazilian Development Bank, kind of and roughly the size of the World Bank, but doing business only within Brazil. A few years after, I moved to a brokerage house, later to be acquired by UBS Brazil, and then to a Canadian-owned investment bank, where we advised the federal government on several large privatizations. Then I moved to a Portuguese-owned bank, and currently I am the CFO and CIO of Fundação Atlântico, the pension fund sponsored by Oi, the largest Brazilian-owned telecom. Three kids: one a post-doc at Stanford, the other a commercial manager at a large shopping center group, and the younger — a girl — studying engineering and holding a part-time job in a brokerage house — just like the father! Lovely wife, architect, with whom, from time to time, I go to ski in Utah and visit Nothern California. All the best.”

David Gillespie, MBA, is married with three children and seven grandchildren and living in Fort Worth, Texas, since 1978 as CFO/management of privately held manufacturing and investment companies. He came out of retirement to co-found Home Energy Americas, which provides alternative energy products for homes and small businesses. He also is an active volunteer at his church.

Nancy (Yudelson) Lewwellen, MBA, moved her law practice to 605 Market St., No. 505, San Francisco, 94105, in February. She writes, “If you have real estate or corporate legal issues, please call me at the Palladian Law Group, 415-399- 0993, or email me at nyl@palladianlawgroup. com.”

Jeffrey Vines, MBA, of Point Richmond, Calif., writes, “I continue with my three-plus-year career in corporate real estate, all with firms in San Francisco. I have two grown children. Our daughter has a master’s in education and teaches fourth grade in Berkeley. Our son is a PhD in clinical psychology and a post doctoral fellow.”


Mosaic Capital LLC, the firm of Gordon Gregory, MBA, of Los Angeles, played host in April to more than 150 senior dealmakers from 30 countries at the semi-annual meeting of IMAP partners in Los Angeles. IMAP recently was ranked sixth worldwide in transactions under $200 million in value after completing 2008 with more than 250 middle-market transactions topping $15 billion in transaction value. On a personal note, Gordon’s wife, Gayle (whom he met at Cal in 1976), passed away in December following an eightyear battle with cancer.


Ron Feldman, MBA of Berkeley, writes, “After working in Silicon Valley high-tech for a number of years, I have been working in the non-profit sector. I am the CFO of the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay in Berkeley, having returned here two years ago.”


Lori Gibson Banducci, MBA

Lori Gibson Banducci, MBA, writes, “I am serving a twomonth assignment as a Kiva Fellow in Totonicapan, Guatemala, where I am working with Kiva’s partner microfinance bank (ASDIR) to facilitate improved communications and information flow between ASDIR and Kiva. Kiva (www.kiva. org) is a non-profit organization based in San Francisco that has pioneered the concept of harnessing the power of the Web to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Over $62 million in Kiva loans have been made since its inception three years ago. Part of my duties include visiting the over 100 Kiva borrowers here, most of whom live in remote rural areas. This experience has provided me with hands-on, in-thefield experience with micro-credit as well as given me a front-row seat to this culture and its people. I have been able to interview borrowers who otherwise would have no access to credit. I have also seen the incremental improvement these micro loans can make in the businesses and lives of the working poor. It’s quite a change from marketing French fries (Ore-Ida) or printers (HP)! Normally, I live in Boise, Idaho, with my husband, Tom Banducci (Hastings Law 1979).”

William Waller, MBA, writes, “My wife, Carol, and I really enjoy living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. We have been here for two years, since moving from Houston. Ottawa is a beautiful city with lots of great things going on all the time. My job as CFO of Iogen Corp. ( is going very well. I believe that Iogen is the only company in the world actually making cellulosic ethanol for fuel from wheat straw on a consistent basis. Our technology is making steady advances enabling us to bring down the cost per gallon. We plan to build our first commercial-scale plant in western Canada starting early next year.”

1980   30th MBA Reunion - April 23-25, 2010

Michaela Rodeno, MBA

Michaela Rodeno, MBA, writes, “After 21 years as CEO of St. Supery Winery, a wonderful estate producer of outstanding Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet that I helped start, I am stepping back from operations. I remain on the board as vice chairman. I am enjoying my eighth consecutive one-year term as a director of Silicon Valley Bank Financial Group, chairing the compensation committee. I am now seeking one more corporate board position, preferably in a company focused on consumer products and services. My attorney husband, Gregory, and I still live on our 25-acre Oakville vineyard in the middle of the Napa Valley. Our daughter, Kate, a 2005 SDSU graduate living in New Jersey, will be married at our home in June 2010. Son, John, graduated from USD in May 2009 and plans to work for a year before starting work on his PhD.”

Linda Wright, MBA, of Tiburon, Calif., writes, “Regrettably, after nine years with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co., my position as senior vice president and treasurer was eliminated as part of a corporate restructuring. Therefore I am looking forward to my next challenge. I have experience in budgeting and planning, cash and credit management (including workout and M & A), payments and monetary policy, planning and reporting, real estate, reinsurance recovery, strategic sourcing and treasury and skills in turnaround, process improvement, expense reduction, and re-engineering. If you need help, do not hesitate to call, (415) 435-4342. I have two children in college. Pets: too numerous to count.”


George Dallas, MBA, has lived in London since 1988. He is head of corporate governance at F&C Investments, a UK- based asset management firm with around $140 billion under management. He writes, “I focus on corporate governance in a team that integrates governance with corporate engagement on social and environmental themes: I am also a member the advisory committee of the Haas Socially Responsible Investment Fund, an investment fund run by Haas MBA students. Joined F&C in January 2008, after 24 years at Standard & Poor’s, where I had been managing director and head of corporate governance, head of emerging markets, and head of European credit ratings.


Dave Dent, MBA, of Odessa, Fla., writes, “Cindy Deiter and I met for breakfast last week. We have not seen or spoken in 25 years. Thanks go to the Haas Alumni Network for providing a quick search of my classmates here in Florida. Who knew Cindy grew up in Tampa and later became Dr. Deiter (PhD in Econ)?”

Mark Peck, MBA, writes, “Still in South Lake Tahoe, but moving may be on the horizon soon. Both my children, Earl and Tatianna, are off to college, Berkeley of course. Earl is into chemical engineering, and Tatianna is enjoying gender and women’s studies. I have been doing mortgage loans for the last few years and also watching over my rental business. Career move is in progress.”


Jeffrey Hine, MBA

Jeffrey Hine, MBA, sends greetings from Beijing, where he is chief operating officer for CCB Financial Leasing Corp., a joint venture between China Construction Bank and Bank of America. After 14 years with Bank of America Leasing, he is enjoying the new challenge of developing the leasing business in China. CCBFL is the PRC’s largest leasing joint venture and provides comprehensive equipment finance solutions to mainland-Chinese companies. Jeff and his wife, Kris, have been in China since October 2007 and enjoying life in Beijing. Their son, Tracy, is a senior at Cal in environmental economics. Go Bears!

Joe Jimenez, MBA, writes, “After a long career in consumer packaged goods (Clorox, H.J. Heinz), I have entered health care. I am CEO, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, living in Basel, Switzerland. It is a fascinating time to be in this industry with the amount of change that is occurring. We also support one of the most highimpact public health programs in the world, with our malaria initiative in Africa. We sell over 70 million treatments per year, below cost, and have made a significant impact, curing millions of cases of malaria. I am enjoying running a truly global business. We have offices in over 60 countries around the world, and I have visited most of them already (after 1.5 years). We have a lot of work to do to position the business for future growth, as health care reform around the world is rapidly accelerating (not just in the US). This is creating an opportunity for pharmaceutical companies to position themselves as part of the solution, as opposed to part of the problem. Anyway, it will be a wild journey.”

Robert Wilcox, MBA, writes, “Few in the Haas MBA Class of ’84, I fear, will remember me: I got a ’backwards JD/MBA’ (started with a year at Haas, then started at Boalt, and completed the MBA by taking second-year classes over the three years that I was in law school), and I was not good at networking. But I am and always will be grateful to Haas for giving me a chance after being out of school for 10 years and working as an auto mechanic for eight years. I have been a lawyer at the firm of Schiff Hardin LLP now for almost 25 years. Happily married, two good kids. Some of the classes that I took at Haas -- the accounting classes and portfolio theory classes in particular -- stand me in good stead to this day. I would welcome the chance to take a small step towards remedying my networking inadequacies of 25 years ago by having lunch with anyone who happens to be in downtown Chicago with some time.”

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Adam Weiss, MBA, of Los Angeles, writes, “After selling my interest in my second hedge fund, Scottwood Capital (cofounded 2001, US event driven/ distressed, $1 billion AUM at time of sale) at the end of 2007, I took time off to travel and work on independent projects. Six months ago I founded Credit Online Ventures, which specializes in lead generation across a portfolio of consumer finance related products, from credit cards to payday loans. My wife, Ophelia, and I continue to spend our time between our homes in New York and Los Angeles.”


Andrew Murphy, MBA

Andrew Murphy, MBA, chief operating officer at American Property Enterprises, a diversified San Diego based real estate investor and developer, was elected to serve as the 2009 president of the Building Industry Association of San Diego. The association is one of the largest regional trade foretions in the nation for the real estate development industry. He has served on the board of directors for six years.

Tom Zengel, MBA, is growing his new venture in business valuations and related consulting in the East Bay and Tri-Valley areas (


Karen Sukenic, MBA, has spent the past 12 years at Kaiser Permanente providing business planning, training, and project management to internal sales and marketing clients. She now is executive consultant in the national product development area. She lives in Berkeley with her lifelong partner, two children, two cats, and a dog, and is very happy also spending time in her children’s classrooms in the Berkeley public schools. Karen still enjoys swimming, hiking, traveling, and listening. She’s been to Guatemala, her children’s birth country, seven times, and hopes to go back this summer.


Ross Ellis, MBA

Ross Ellis, MBA, writes, “We have been living down in south Florida now for two years, making the most of the sights and sounds, and particularly enjoying the best time of year, the winter! Hedge-fund land is a lot tougher now than it ever has been, so who knows what the future may bring regarding successes at work? In the last few months, we have been down to Key West and the Conch Republic, visited Cape Canaveral, Naples, and the Gulf Coast, and of course been to the Everglades and Disney more times than we ought! Duncan is finishing fifth grade, and his baseball and soccer has improved immensely through year-round playing. All that being said, Johanna and I are seriously thinking about moving back to the Bay Area, back to our families, friends, and college contacts. Stay tuned – we may see you sooner than you imagined!”

Matthieu Malan, MBA, of Casablanca, Morocco, writes, “I am finally getting into entrepreneurship. I started an online bookstore in Morocco: The good thing about Morocco is the economy is pretty much out of global crisis problems. Spring is here. Let’s hope it brings more than sunny days.”

Kevin Renner, MBA, of Portland, Ore., is working on his first book, a series of oral histories of women ages 19 to 90 from around the world on the lessons they took from their fathers.


Adrienne (Metoyer) Eng, MBA, joined SRI International of Menlo Park, Calif., as a senior compensation consultant.

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Manoj Goel, MBA

Manoj Goel, MBA, of San Jose, Calif., was nominated and joined as charter member of The Indus Entrepreneur, the world’s largest not-for-profit organization for entrepreneurs with 45 chapters in 10 countries. He was also elected as board member of Heritage Fund of Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee, India. He works at Cisco Systems in business development for mobility and collaboration and mobility services.

Chris Johnson, MBA, of Dubuque, Iowa, is chief engineer for operator stations for John Deere Construction Division since 2006. He was previously chief engineer for Ford Motor Co. for Asia/Pacific/ Africa operations responsible for new product development.

Christina (Burke) Landon, MBA, of Danville, Calif., has moved into a new role at Agilent Technologies in the Corporate Strategy and Development Group, and Geoff is in Worldwide Operations and Sun Microsystems. Christine is enjoying her work on the board of Coro, the premier leadership development program for post-graduate and high school students in public affairs in San Francisco and as the treasurer for Diablo Valley National Charity League, an organization that focuses on philanthropy work for girls from sixth to twelfth grade. She is also running the Bay Area Executive Development Network speaker series for 2009, which is dedicated to the executive development community. Their children are both at Monte Vista High School.

Ray Meadows, MBA

Ray Meadows, MBA, of San Francisco, writes, “I’m still in the real estate investment advising business, and I’ve still got the travel bug. I had a wonderful trip to Thailand and Japan in January. Real estate in Thailand is looking pretty good! California isn’t so bad either. I’ve been looking at local property for investors, and it’s amazing the deals I’m seeing – even in the Bay Area. Everyone with buying power should be looking to buy rental properties right now. You know you’re close to a bottom when it becomes cheaper to buy than rent, and we are there. I am still seeking out alumni to partner with in my business to help banks and asset managers boost recoveries by 20 percent to 30 percent on defaulted residential mortgages (by modifying the loans rather than foreclosing). Perhaps we’ll create a whole new market for shared appreciation rights while we’re at it.”


Kate Degnan, MBA, writes, “I am happily ensconced on San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill with my husband of 20 years, legal malpractice attorney Paul Frassetto (also a Cal grad). After working in product, industry, brand, and strategic marketing at global technology and design firms, and leading a strategic marketing consultancy for six years, I joined the Pacific Consulting Group in January. Now I work with complex services organizations in the public and private sectors to help them become more attuned to – and operationally driven by – their customers, with the corollary benefit of improving profitability. Friendships with Haas grads Fiona Lee, Christine Stonehouse, Susan Lundquist, and Christine Landon, and favorite educator, Sara Beckman, all add immeasurably to my life.”


Juan Navarro, MBA

Juan Navarro, MBA, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, writes that he is “still working at Hexacta, the offshore software development company we founded in 1999 in Argentina. We have many clients in the US, but just one in the Bay Area, so unfortunately I don’t have excuses to visit Berkeley! A few months ago, Hexacta was ranked #6 in the Great Place to Work survey in Argentina, making us very proud. On a sportier note, this year I participated in the ’Cruce de los Andes’ race, a 100K, threeday race across the Andes from Argentina to Chile. Managed to finish in relative good shape (although my knees don’t agree with that!).”

Murali Subbarao, MBA, of Saratoga, Calif., enjoyed serving on a panel at the 2009 SXSW conference, Finance 2.0, Money Management to Save This Generation.


Frank Rockwood, MBA, writes, “I recently launched a new venture, Davos Development, with several of my colleagues from Sunrise Senior Living Inc. We will continue to focus on development and re-position opportunities within the senior living industry. On a personal note, Susan, class of 1989, and our children (and me too) are very happy to be back in northern California. We particularly enjoy our frequent visits with our Haas classmates.”

Lisa Thomas, MBA

Lisa Thomas, MBA, of San Francisco, writes, “I am still working for Bank of America. My career has taken many turns over the past several years but still employed and enjoying the ride. For the past year, I have been leading projects supporting BofA’s Strategic Assistance Agreement with China Construction Bank. These projects have allowed me the opportunity to work and travel in China and to gain a better understanding of the Chinese banking industry, policies and regulations, and the corporate banking business processes and products. Would love to connect with classmates in Beijing or Shanghai!”


Art Altman, MBA

Art Altman, MBA, of San Carlos, Calif., manages research in energy derivative price forecasting and risk management at the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto, Calif. Current efforts focus on fuel price volatility and implications of carbon pricing. Art welcomes contact from those sharing this interest at

Maggie Calonico, MBA, of New York, writes, “I left my position as managing director at Bear Stearns in 2005 to finish my first novel, a financial thriller, Shakedown, published on June 1 under my pseudonym, Andie Ryan. The best part of all this has been getting back in touch with old friends. My email address is, and I’d love to hear from you!”

1995   15th MBA Reunion - April 23-25, 2010

Natalie (Natasha) Goroshko, MBA, of Palo Alto, writes, “I am in my nth career track at Cisco, where I started in corporate finance in treasury, then had a four-year stint in technology finance. As of last summer I am in enterprise risk management. The latter job is especially relevant these days with the financial crisis still unraveling in the markets (I am doom and gloom in the outlook). Enjoyed reading up on esoteric writings by Nadem and trying very hard not to be fooled by randomness. Have been forever reading ’Stumbling on Happiness,’ but finding time to read for pleasure has been a challenge. At home, a 12-year-old and a 3-year-old keep me busy. And, yes, I still want to move back to Europe.”

Robert Leland, MBA, of San Carlos, Calif., writes, “Phew, what a year it was to be a financial planner! But it was an interesting year to start reconnecting with alumni, surprisingly (for me) through Facebook. I’m encouraged for the short term, so I’m optimistic. My two young kids seem relatively normal, despite my interference, so I’m happy. But I need to get back to a gym of some sort.”

Ross Van Woert, MBA, of Loveland, Colo., writes, “In January, Consynia Marketing LLC celebrated its fifth birthday. During 2008, we expanded our services to include creative development of advertising materials (print and online) and have delighted a variety of clients. Last fall, Tracy returned to school in pursuit of a nursing degree, with the ultimate goal of working in hospice care. Life continues to be good in northern Colorado.”


Wendy Adams, MBA, of Atherton, Calif., writes, “Pete and I welcomed Jane Christine and Lauren Camille into the world on Nov. 3. We are having a great time, but the adjustment has been sizable! I’m taking time off from my biotech consulting practice while they’re young, and will evaluate returning when we’re all ready for it.”

Arun Mirchandani, MBA, of Pleasanton, Calif., writes, “Vocera, a company started in 2000 at the depth of the dotcom gloom is 9 years old this month! Feels good to have been instrumental in helping shape its products. It seems we’ve come a full circle – we’re now experiencing a worldwide economic slump. Vocera is health care focused so we expect to ride this one out as well. Personally, have been doing a lot of traveling back and forth to India to be with the family. On a recent visit we had the pleasure of spending five days on the way in Barcelona during the GSM conference. A year ago, we did a loop around the eastern bloc countries and before that through Austria and northern Italy. Some fun books I’ve recently read: Outliers, Freakanomics and the Last Lecture. Currently enjoying Fooled by Randomness.”


Matthieu Malan, MBA, of Casablanca, Morocco, writes, “I am finally getting into entrepreneurship. I started an online bookstore in Morocco: The good thing about Morocco is the economy is pretty much out of global crisis problems. Spring is here. Let’s hope it brings more than sunny days.”

Jeff Marshall, MBA, of Oakland, writes, “I’m delighted to be the CEO of Brightstorm (, where we build great online educational experiences for high schoolers. My children (with my wife, Jeanette Gurmendi, MBA 1998) are beautiful, but growing up way too fast!”

Miguel Tam, MBA, of Redwood City, Calif., writes, “Change was definitely in the year for 2008! After 20-plus years of helping companies develop and market new products, I’ve ventured out on my own. I started my own consulting firm called TopSprout ( to help green-tech and high-tech companies launch products. Even in this awful economy, I’ve been very fortunate to work with some interesting clients. On the home front, Sofia and Jackson are now in third and first grade. A great upside of consulting is I have more flexibility to enjoy life with the family – soccer, piano, baseball, Chinese school, and just plain hanging out. Wendy is still teaching kindergarten, and she always has entertaining stories about her class!”

Martyn Taylor, MBA, returned to Kabul, Afghanistan, after spending a year there in 2003, and is now working as the operations director for a US logistics company. He writes, “Still hoping to make it to at least one Haas ’98 reunion!”

Julia (Knowles) Violich, MBA, of Marin, Calif., writes, “Hard to believe a whole year has passed since our 10-year reunion. As a result of the gathering, I am back in touch with Clarence So, still at, who recently returned from a bicycle trip in New Zealand. Other news from our class is the recent addition of John ’Jack’ Peay, Andy and Ami Peay’s ’newest release,’ and Eloise Sachs, the daughter of Elizabeth Herrick and her husband, Ian Sachs. Andres Franklin and his wife, Ceci, visited Guido Kovalskys in early April. Guido is training for yet another Ironman. Jeff Cole and Terry Fraiser- Reid are both recently engaged with weddings planned in the year. I am still running the family almond and walnut farms and racing my bike when not chasing after my two sons (3) and (7).”

Jonathan Weinstein, MBA, writes, “In March 2009, I joined Unity Health Care Inc. as its vice president for facilities and capital development. This is an exciting move for me, following 81/2 years helping to grow a startup real estate development firm to the point at which it received significant institutional equity for both operations and development. I had been consulting to Unity for several months prior to this move, so the transition has been an easy one. Unity serves over 80,000 individuals annually – including the working poor, the uninsured, immigrants, and the homeless – with over 430,000 patient visits per year. Founded in 1985 as Health Care for the Homeless Project, Unity has a presence throughout Washington, DC. Unity provides health care services at over 30 locations citywide, including its stand-alone health centers, homeless shelters, halfway houses, and via a contract with the DC Department of Corrections. I am primarily responsible for managing development of multiple new, state-of-the-art community health centers in conjunction with the DC Primary Care Association’s Medical Homes DC initiative. My work involves most of topics covered in the core curriculum at Haas (finance, accounting, organizational behavior, marketing, operations, and strategy) as well as real estate. It’s good to feel so well prepared for the challenges ahead. With professional and family changes on the horizon, last October Stacie and I took Evan on what was likely our last international trip for a while. Traveling with an almost-2- year-old was much different than the one carry-on bag travel of prior years, but Dublin and Prague were beautiful, and we definitely enjoyed spending so much time together – mainly on playgrounds. I hope my classmates are doing well and look forward to hearing from those visiting DC.”

Terry Whalen, MBA, of San Francisco, writes, “Running an SEM agency (paid search campaign management and optimization) out of an office on Fillmore and Pine streets, Kelly and I are taking Saybrook (3) and Oliver (6) to Disneyland for spring break! Also looking forward to camping at Camp Oski with the Nortons and the Gaylords late summer.”


Samir Goradia, MBA, JD 92, of Oakland, writes, “I have been very busy acquiring partners for my church-organized pulsimonious business. Pulsimonstrosities has also been filed as a partnering organization. Hoping to be online in the fall. Twinkle Society is based in California, having difficulties with federal partnership of that organization.”

Alan Knitowski, MBA, of Austin, Texas, writes, “Took advantage of the 10-year anniversary of the founding of Vovida Networks (later purchased by Cisco Systems), to co-found Phunware Inc., a mobile application production company headquartered in Austin, with offices in San Jose and Newport Beach, Calif. Currently operating as chairman and CEO and looking forward to building out another great company. Incorporation was done in February, and now we’re working the full company build out. Serial entrepreneurship really is a disease that I have yet to find the cure for.”

Kim Niquette, MBA, of Mill Valley, Calif., writes, “My husband, Winston, and I launched Kivu Consulting this year. The firm provides investigative and analysis services to the legal and business community. If we are not working we are enjoying the great outdoors with Alienor (4) and Jasper (9 months).”

Sonnia Park-Dionisio, MBA, writes, “We are still living in London. After 10 years here, we can finally call it home. No plans to move back to the US in the near future. Katrina is now 7, and we also now have a 9-monthold baby boy named Matthew. It’s a lot of fun having two! Peter is working at a hedge fund, and I’m working at Disney. If any of you come through London, it would be great to meet up. Hope all of you are well.”

Terra Terwilliger, MBA, writes, “I am keeping busy growing my consulting business, which helps companies innovate new products and business models using leading-edge consumer Internet and other online technologies. In our spare time, Ian and I are buying a house in Menlo Park (despite the best efforts of Wells Fargo to avoid lending any money) and nursing an addiction to the board game Settlers of Catan. I keep working on writing my books but slowly, slowly...”

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Diane Bisgeier, MBA, of San Francisco, recently left Schwab to become director of product marketing for Soar BioDynamics, an innovator in personalized health analytics software. Soar launched in March with its first application addressing men’s health, and will expand its application to other populations and conditions in the future. Diane learned about Soar through Terra Terwilliger, MBA 99, so it was a true Haas networking victory.

Achim Dunnwald, MBA, of Cologne, Germany, writes, “All is well in Germany. Sometimes I wonder if I am the only one left who still works with the same company I started with upon graduation. I keep in touch with my Haas ties: I meet my MBA colleagues (Patrick Meininger, Dirk Freise, Torsten Rehling, all MBA 00) each year for Thanksgiving (and more often), come to the Bay Area at least twice a year for McKinsey recruiting when I see some friends who have stayed. I have the pleasure to support Haas by giving the access to our Frankfurt and Munich offices for the full-time MBA information sessions every fall.”

Werner Goertz

Werner Goertz, MBA, of Danville, Calif., writes, “I’ve been mentoring Haas MBA candidates searching for jobs. We believe that these unprecedented circumstances require a new look at how we strategize our careers, train and hone our skills, leverage our networks, and market ourselves in resumes, media channels, and interviews. One of my mentored students will be joining the Bertelsmann Leadership Program in Germany upon graduating from Haas. A tip: Read Robert Reich’s The Future of Success. Our advice is based in his vision.”

Kaoru Kano, MBA, writes, “I have been given a three-year assignment at Eli Lilly & Co. headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind. So the whole family – my husband, Steve, and our two boys, Ray (4) and Luca (1), just moved to Indianapolis on March 1 from Kobe, Japan, where the Eli Lilly Japan office is located. We found Indianapolis to be a great place for family, and are enjoying it very much!”

Laurie (Feldstein) Teichman, MBA, of Ramsey, N.J., is finishing her third year at Unilever as a senior brand manager on Hellmann’s/Best Foods. She writes, “Son, Brady (5), and daughter, Addison (3), will welcome a new baby brother in August!”


Jennifer Barron, MBA

Jennifer Barron, MBA, of San Francisco, writes, “I recently got engaged! My significant other, Michael Malione, popped the question atop the roof terrace at The Fairmont on Jan. 9. We are planning an October wedding in the Easy Bay. I have been in the e-business group at Blue Shield of California for five years now. Michael teaches at the Academy of Art University. We hope to see several 2001 alums in attendance this fall!”

Misha Cornes, MBA, writes, “I recently joined DraftFCB, a global ad agency formed by the merger of Draft Worldwide and Foote, Cone and Belding, as senior vice president, account planning director. I’m setting advertising strategy for EA and PG&E - the all-acronym job! It’s my first foray into traditional media after many years in digital design. I’m still living in San Francisco with my wife and 2-year-old daughter.”

A. Maria Dahl, MBA, moved to London in 2003 to work for IPSEN, a global pharmaceutical company. She was at first responsible for oncology in the corporate business development team and was in 2008 promoted to vice president, oncology portfolio management. She is married and has two boys – the youngest is called Bjorn, which means ’bear’ in Swedish. She writes, “Could it possibly be more Cal than that?”

Carlos Soublette, MBA, of Santiago, Chile, writes, “After seven years in different positions at Orica, I left in April for a new challenge. I´m moving to Frigorifico O’higgins S.A. ( as general manager. FRIOSA was acquired two years ago by the Perez Company group from Argentina. The company has an extensive record in the production, preparation and trading of beef and pork in Chile for internal as well as export markets. It is a big operation with 1,700 employees and vertically integrated from the nurseries to the distribution. At home we are doing great. The kids, Carlos (12), Tomas (10), and Magdalena (6), are growing fast, and we are all planning to attend the 2011 reunion. Hope to see you all there!”


Robyne Eldridge, MBA, of Danville, Calif., writes, “I am a marketing director for Diageo working in Napa. Life is wonderfully full chasing around a 21/2-year-old and 6- month-old and balancing a career that allows me to indulge my passion for wine. Looking forward to reading up on my classmates latest adventures!”

Jungwook Lim, MBA, was named CEO of Lycos Inc., subsidiary of Daum Communications Corp. Prior to joining Lycos, Jungwook had held several management positions at Daum Communications Corp., including knowledge officer and vice president of the external affairs office. Lycos was acquired by Daum Communications Corp. in Oct. 2004. He recently moved to the Boston area where Lycos Inc. located from Seoul, Korea.

Einar Sigvaldason, MBA

Einar Sigvaldason, MBA, of Reykjavik, Iceland, writes, “Greetings to everyone from my 2002 and 2001 graduation years. I just got back from Berlin, where my company TellmeTwin. com was rewarded the Red Herring European Top 100 Technology Companies award. Outstanding conference with lots of good European companies in Internet, clean-tech, cloudcomputing, video, and TV. All the best from Iceland which is bursting with two things right now – innovation and new ventures and a wiped-out banking system.”


Sean Besser, MBA, writes, “I recently joined the Macrovision team as vice president of business development. While I am heading up business development efforts companywide, I will be primarily focusing on our digital content strategy. One of my key goals is to enable consumer TV viewing experiences to be more compelling and interactive by bringing Internet-delivered video, music, photos, and more directly to your TV through your guide.”

Ramesh Dewangan, MBA, of Cupertino, Calif., writes, “My Haas MBA helped me change my career from engineering to product marketing. I manage a product line related to electronic design automation at a private EDA company. Would you believe my colleague in the adjacent office is also a Haas EvMBA? We both report to the same manager. I am pursuing a few other interests. I am the community block leader of my neighborhood. I am active with Toastmasters. As the area governor of a few Toastmaster clubs in the South Bay, I organized and conducted an inter-club speech contest. Thanks to helping hands from club volunteers, the event was successful!”

After five years at Industry Entertainment, Adam Goldworm, MBA, of Los Angeles, left the company where he served as executive vice president to start his own management/production company called Aperture Entertainment.

Jason Gursky, MBA, moved from JPMorgan to Citi in 2008 and continues to work in equity research following technology hardware companies. He is married with two daughters (5) and (2) and living in San Francisco. He writes, I am “spending most weekends on the soccer field, pitch coaching the little ones or enjoying downtime in Tahoe with the family. Amazingly, we got our oldest into a kindergarten in San Francisco, which is more difficult to do than getting into Haas!”


Brian Leslie, MBA, writes, “Still with Deloitte Consulting in Seattle. Anna and I are busy with our new arrival, Liam Bruce Leslie, who was born on April 2. He’s doing great as are his mom and his proud older brother, Roan.”

Chad Rogers, MBA, of Boston, Mass., was named chief financial officer of Global Emergency Group, a humanitarian response consulting firm. He brings extensive experience in advising small, high-growth businesses in matters of fundraising, operational efficiency, business development, and other strategic finance decisions. He also has significant experience in helping new companies, either through a role as a CFO, majority investor, or board member, focus on the core activities and principles necessary for future success. Previously, he served as vice president at Fundamental Capital, a middle-market private equity firm making control investments in small, US-based businesses in a variety of industries. He also has significant experience working with various startups (public and private) in Silicon Valley.

Anand Shroff, MBA, of San Carlos, Calif., left Oracle after more than 11 years to join a small healthcare IT company called Axolotl Corp. The company provides health information exchange solutions for multifacility hospitals or regional health information exchange entities. He is leading its product strategy/product management team.

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John Comwell, BA, MBA

John Comwell, BA 89 (biophysics), MBA, and Briana Anderson, both of San Francisco, were married May 9 in Tiburon, Calif., at the Corinthian Yacht Club following last year’s successful underwater engagement. More than a dozen Cal and Haas alums were in attendance. They were introduced by fellow Berkeley-Columbia MBA classmate Gayle Miller, MBA 05. John advises early stage technology ventures in the areas of financing and business strategy and Briana is in corporate communications with Kaiser Permanente.

Ray Kuate Konga, MBA, of McLean, Va., writes, “Building from the success of, the company I founded, I launched a second and more upper-class site, Lifestyle Gourmandia, We also launched the World’s First Gourmets Only Social Network, community/network/files/home. php. We are managing the recession with some worries, but remain very focused on increasing traffic to our sites. The company and I also committed to raising $100 million to support the CARE effort into empowering women in developing countries through a new program, Passport Gourmandia, http://www.passportgourmandia. org. The recession slowed the initiative a bit, but we remain committed into delivering that program sometime this year.”

Hugo Pacanins, MBA, of Miami, Fla., writes, “I was promoted to vice president for RAM Development, a full-service real estate firm in Florida. On the personal side, my wife, Alejandra, and I just had our first baby girl, Federica, who is now 10 weeks old and doing great!”


Angela Dorsey, MBA, of Huntington Beach, Calif., is engaged to Nicholas Kockler. The Sept. 5 wedding will take place in Laguna Beach, Calif.

Brian Mapel, MBA

Brian Mapel, MBA, of Martinez, Calif., formed BMA Construction Engineers Inc. at the beginning of 2009 to provide construction-engineering support for general contractors executing infrastructure construction.


Mark Bachleda, MBA, writes, “My wife, Joy, and I had our first baby, Olivia Marie Bachleda, on April 1.”

Aditi Patwardhan, MBA, of Fremont, Calif., is busy enjoying life as product manager at Formfactor and as a mom to her 4-year-old daughter and 2-yearold son.


Laura Draxler, MBA, of the San Francisco Bay Area, writes, “I have been consulting at clean-technology companies in the past year and have been a volunteer mentor and mock judge for the California Clean- Tech Open. I have also led a development team for an early-stage cardiac medical device company.”

Emily Olman Levis, MBA, writes, “The fall and winter in Berlin have been great, but boy are we ready for spring! If you are in Germany give me a shout. I have been on the Robert Bosch Fellowship this year, and am just finishing up consulting at the Aspen Institute Germany before starting at the American Jewish Committee in April. Jason is playing drums for a German band called Susie Asado, and has been hard at work composing. Auf wiedersehen!”

Rebecca Lynn, MBA, of San Francisco, was promoted to principal at Morgenthaler Ventures. She recently was appointed to the board of Lending Club, a lending network for individual borrowers and lenders, in which Morgenthaler led the Series B round.

Huzefa Mehta, MBA, of San Jose, Calif., is working on setting up infrastructure for Efficient Buildings. His current focus is on energy analytics for home and office and green material analysis for construction. He was part of a three-week expedition, which climbed Mt. McKinley, Alaska, in May 2008, and completed a 155-mile ultra run across the Gobi in June 2009.

Thomas Rocco, MBA, writes, “In January, I accepted the position of CMO at Portfolio Media, publisher of Law360, and relocated from northern California to New York.”

Luis Tong, MBA

Luis Tong, MBA, of San Francisco, writes, “2008 was an exciting year! After graduating from Haas, I started a new career at IBM, and I married Unkei Wu on December 27, 2008. Even though we both grew up in Lima, Peru, we met and fell in love in San Francisco. After being together for 5 years and seven months of long-distance wedding planning, we tied the knot in our hometown Lima. Some of our guests traveled to Lima all the way from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Boston, New York, Santa Barbara, New Jersey, Kentucky, and Hong Kong. We spent a relaxing honeymoon in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where we welcomed 2009. We are now enjoying our lives together as newlyweds, and we look forward to our future together.”

2009   1st MBA Reunion - April 23-25, 2010

Sumeet Verlekar, MBA, writes, “We went down the Grand Canyon and back in a single day. The achievement was notable since we had our 3-year-old son with us and the weather was freezing cold.”


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Swaroop Yalla, MFE, spent the past two years developing and pricing real estate derivatives in the securitized products group at Morgan Stanley in New York. He is in the midst of making a switch into Morgan Stanley equity and economic real estate strategy group covering commercial real estate and REIT sectors. He writes, “It has been an immensely interesting learning experience covering a sector that has been at the center of the current financial storm.”


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William Halal, PhD, of Washington, DC, writes, “I just published my sixth book, Technology’s Promise: Expert Knowledge on the Transformation of Business and Society (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). Would be happy to hear from fellow alums at”


Michael Stebbins, PhD,, is professor emeritus, management, in the Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he teaches courses in organization design and managerial consultation. He is a member of several European-based research networks and has published extensively about sustainable work systems design, collaborative management research, and managing change. His latest article is “Clinical Inquiry and Reflective Design in a Secrecy- Based Organization,” published in a special issue of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences: The Challenge of the Scholar-Practitioner, devoted to the collective research contributions of the psychologist Edgar Schein (Volume 45, No. 1, March 2009). Mike and his wife, Margaret, BA 67 (English), are avid gardeners and enjoy hiking the beautiful hills and beaches of California’s Central Coast.


Paul Tiffany, PhD, of Santa Rosa, Calif., writes, “I continue to teach as a senior lecturer at Haas, which I have done since 1994 offering classes to the MBA and Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA programs (though, alas, no longer teaching in the Haas undergraduate school). My teaching in other parts of the world also continues; currently I am involved in MBA programs in Thailand, Denmark, Switzerland, and China, and corporate lecturing assignments take me to many other regions as well.”


Sheila Puffer, PhD, of Boston, Mass., spent part of the spring as a visiting professor at the Stockholm School of Economics.


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Executive Development


Kevin Haug, Executive Development, of San Diego, Calif., writes, “I started a new company, Ulesco, to take your ideas and bring them from concept to a final consumer product. We handle the manufacturing and prototypes and leave the IP to you. Recent Products: mobile phone (GSM), medical wireless – from tracking devices to measuring medicines – watt meter, disease detection on a stick, peanut tester on a stick, time recorder, wireless agricultural detection for water and chemicals, protein checker, CO sensors, fiber optic data tester, and water flow testers. If you have any interest in seeing your product in a concept with working prototypes, please visit our Web site,”

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