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George C. Erb, BS,
of Orinda retired in 1982 after serving 37 years in various management capacities. He and his wife recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their five children and their families. He is a member of Rotary Club, SIRS, and the Safeway Retirees Association.

Hugh T. Gordon, BS, has spent 30 years in the South Pacific in New Zealand. He has nine children and step-children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He writes, "We live in a delightful beachfront spot on Tasman Bay at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. I am no longer in business activities. Most fortunately, I am blessed with good health. Busy? I didn’t know what busy was until I retired! I am active in community affairs and enjoy looking after our property and our bed and breakfast facility. See our Web site at www.barkingfish.co.nz and pay us a visit! Thanks Haas for keeping us in touch with Cal Business and Berkeley."

Bob Hearther, BS, is retiring from business in the Lake Tahoe area. He settled Tahoe in 1974, residing in the Dollar Point area of Tahoe City. He helped build and operate the Carnelian House Restaurant in Carnelian Bay, Calif. He sold his interest in 1988 when his last son graduated from North Tahoe High School. After that, he reentered the real estate field and recently completed his 15th active year with Coldwell Banker. Both his boys graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He and his wife, Jennifer, are selling their home and plan to move to the Gold Country near Pioneer, Calif.

Delwin A. Roy, BS, see MBA 1960 notes.

Carlo Americo Odella, BS, owns Europamerican Tile and Marble in Dayton, Ohio, a retailer and contractor of ceramic tile and marble. He offers a 15 percent discount to any UC alum who mentions "Go Bears" when ordering from the business’s Web site, europamericantile.com.

Sonny Low, BS, of Alexandria, Va., is regional coordinator of US Development Assistance for Asia and the Near East for the USAID Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture & Trade. He rotated to his Washington DC assignment from Guatemala, Central America. He and his wife, Mirian E. Low, have three grandchildren, who live in Ecuador. Steven Okamoto, BS, of Foster City, Calif., writes, "After 38 years in the insurance and investment business, I retired two years ago to begin a most worthwhile career as the director of planned giving for the American Cancer Society. My territory includes the Silicon Valley as well as the entire state of Hawaii. Anyone wanting to leave both Berkeley and the American Cancer Society in their wills or trusts, please contact me, steve.okamoto@cancer.org."

Schuyler Bailey, BS, see MBA 1965 notes.

Herman L. Boschken, BS, see MBA 1968 notes.

John B. Lovewell, BS, of Atherton, Calif., writes, "I am a commercial real estate developer operating in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. Based in Palo Alto, Keenan Lovewell Ventures develops office, industrial, and research buildings. We generally develop for our own account, and have leased our projects to such companies as AOL, Netscape, Nokia, Xerox, Lockheed, and a variety of others. Before my development career of 22 years, I was a banker and mortgage broker. I have been married to Cynthia Barry for 31 years and have two college-age kids. I am active in volunteer and community activities and like to travel, ski, play tennis, and boat at Tahoe. I keep in touch with many of my Old Blue friends with a semi-annual Phi Delta Theta reunion we sponsor after the Big Game in Palo Alto. I have recently taken a greater interest in Cal alumni activities and am an active Bear Backer."

Lawrence Rosencrantz, BS, was recently appointed chairman of the board and CEO of Capital Pacific Bank in Portland, Ore. Prior to joining Capital Pacific, he was president of The Aspen Group Inc. In the 1980s, he served as executive vice president and treasurer of US Bancorp, reporting directly to the chairman, and prior to that he was executive vice president of Schnitzer Steel Products Co. and Lasco Shipping Co., where he was also a director. He has served on numerous civic and philanthropic boards and committees, including as chairman of the Lake Oswego Planning Commission, the Oregon Business Committee for the Arts, Portland Repertory Theater, and Portland Center for the Visual Arts. He also served on the Blue Ribbon Task Force for Lake Oswego Redevelopment, the Special Committee for Governmental Operations, Multnomah County, Tri-Met Light Rail Public/Private Finance Committee, and the Board of Central City Concern.

Phillip E. Handin, BS, see MBA 1971 notes.

Jean L. Tardy-Vallernaud, BS, writes, "After a 30-year career in international and private banking with major US institutions here and overseas, I started my own investment management firm almost two years ago, in Santa Monica, Calif. The accent is on very high-net worth families and on diversifying through active portfolio management and sophisticated tools on a global basis. Asset managers are based in Europe, and I act as relationship builder and nurturer. Performance record is outstanding (including 2000-2002). Visit my web site at www.jtvprivatemanagement.com. My wife, an artist and entertainment consultant, and I live in Pacific Palisades. My son, married, lives in West Los Angeles and is the father of 22-month-old Noah. He and his wife run and grow the web site design and hosting business they founded five years ago. My daughter, Marilyn, lives in Westwood and works with her boyfriend’s new professional photography and computer coaching business. I am particularly active on the board of the Century City Chamber of Commerce, especially as a member of its Entertainment Council and Law and Business Council. I continue to remain engaged in the affairs of the Public Counsel Law Center, and I am, of course, a continuing active member and student of The Art Studio in Santa Monica."

Gary E. Jones, BS, writes, "We are still in Cupertino after 30 years. but the family profile has certainly changed over the decades from no kids to kids to our being emptynesters now. With all that extra time on our hands, Barbara and I are becoming more active in community through Rotary and her job at Cupertino Community Services. It feels good to be able to give back to the community that has been so good to us. The Jones Family wishes you all success and happiness."

Michael D. Marr, BS, of Fresno, Calif., has worked in the gaming industry more than 20 years, including in the Caribbean, South America, and China. He now is with the new Chukchansi Casino near Yosemite. He and his wife, Elise, have four daughters, Marin (8), Maryann (6), Shannel (4), and Whitney (2).

Cathy C. Seymour (Clennen), BS, writes, "After 25 years in marketing research for two major insurance companies, I’ve switched gears to follow my true passion — children! I’m currently working in administration for a charter school while pursuing my teaching credential at San Jose State University. It may take a while to complete, but I’m hoping to teach at the middle school level. Still performing extensive volunteer work for my 11-year- old son’s activities with Boy Scouts, Fremont American Little League, Our Lady of Guadalupe CYO Basketball and Fremont’s soccer league."

Zach Whitman, BS, see MBA 1979 notes.

Kent A. Halkett, BS, is a lawyer and partner in the firm of Miller & Holguin (millerholguin.com) in Los Angeles. His articles on cutting-edge legal issues appear frequently in state and international publications. A recent article, "Determining Personal Jurisdiction in Internet-Related Litigation" (Los Angeles Lawyer, May 2003), is assigned reading at the Pepperdine University Law School.

Sharon J. Rusconi, BS, writes, "I am still living in Sacramento! My surety bond business is doing fine despite the economic downturn in the industry. I have been an entrepreneur now for over 13 years. My daughter, Roxanne, is almost 12 now and is joy to me each and every day. I would like to get out and play more golf, ride on the Harley, or work out, but time seems to be going by too fast. I would really love to hear from my pals who graduated with me in 1979 from Haas. You know who you are. We used to get together, and now I never hear from anyone! Am I the Sacramento outcast? Please call, write or e-mail. You can even stop by for a visit on your way to Tahoe skiing this winter!"

Lieh K. (Lieh-kang) Oung, BS, see MBA 1983 notes.

Barry H. Geisler, BS, is general manager of the Patriot Center, a 10,000-seat sports arena on the George Mason University campus in Fairfax, Va. He lives in Potomac, Md., with his wife, Meredith, and children, Natalie (10) and Grant (4).

Charles L. Rashall, BS, recently celebrated the first anniversary of his new marketing consulting business, Brandadvisors. His work in relaunching 120-year-old Rheingold beer in New York has now become a case study at the NYU Stern School of Business. Charles has also begun pro-bono work for Big Brothers/Big Sisters in San Francisco.

Kathleen D. Johnson (Manrique), BS, is working at the University of California, San Diego, as the chief administrative officer for the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in the Jacobs School of Engineering.

Brian M. Collins, BS, of Greenbrae, Calif., writes, "After working for a couple of large law firms, I recently founded Marin Business Law (www.marinbizlaw.com) to help solve clients’ business law, estate planning, and real estate law issues. My wife, Patricia Medina, is a litigator for Howard Rice in San Francisco. We love being back in California to support the Bears and dote on our new puppy, Domino."

Jackie Khor, BS, of Piedmont, Calif., writes, "Six years ago, I traded my career on Wall Street for one in the nonprofit-philanthropic world, and I have not looked back. Everything I learned in accounting and finance at Haas has stood me in good stead throughout my career, especially now. I run a philanthropically- motivated investment fund that is part of the Rockefeller Foundation. My husband, Peter Liu (BS Engineering from Cal 1988 and avid Cal sports fan), and I moved back to the Bay Area from New York three years ago. We have two adorable girls who have been appropriately indoctrinated into the Cal fan club, Skyler (5) and Sasha (3). I have had the privilege of returning to Haas a few times to be a judge for the Goldman Sachs Foundation/Global Social Venture Competition and to speak at a class on social enterprise. It is always inspiring to meet Haas alums; who are applying business management disciplines to achieve social goals and to know that I am an alumnus from one of the handful of premier business schools globally at the forefront of educating business professionals to run enterprises that integrate both financial and social principles."

Elizabeth Romo, BS, lives with her husband, Dennis Barfield, BS, 78, in Berkeley.

Rich Pearson, BS, see MBA 1998 notes.

Vidya Kagan (Ramanjaneya), BS, and her husband, Steve, of Needham, Mass., are the proud parents of Reena Jeanette Kagan, born in Boston on October 5, 2003. Reena measured 18.5 inches and weighed 6 pounds 12 ounces. She writes, "The family is doing well and are anxiously awaiting Reena’s first words, which will be ‘Go Bears!’ of course!"

Armando (Armand) M. Enriquez, BS, of Alhambra, Calif., writes, "Since graduating, I have worked for several real estate companies and received an MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business in 2002. I am currently working for Thrifty Oil Co. in Southern California as director of acquisition and development. Thrifty Oil is a real estate holding company with assets located throughout California. I am responsible for sourcing new acquisition and development projects. I have been married for nine years and have two daughters, (6) and (8)."

Clayton D. Rifkind, BS, writes, "After years of advertising fun, I finally made it to associate media director. In my current company, Modem Media, this means I’m ‘second banana’ in my department. Modem is an interactive consultancy specializing in Web site development and online advertising. In essence: ‘Build it and they will come. If they don’t come, we’ll bring them to you.’ I also recently married Kineret Orlikow. She’s very cute. We currently live in San Rafael where we patiently await Cal’s return to the Rose Bowl or peace in the Middle East, whichever is more realistic. Hope this note finds you well. Go Bears!"

Richard K. Santiago, BS, of Burbank, Calif., was recently promoted to finance director at Activision.

Brian Watkins, BS, married Yonnie Woo (Cal BA 94) in August 2002 in Paso Robles, Calif. The couple lives in Seattle where Brian is director of diamond merchandising and planning at Blue Nile and Yonnie is program director at Bellevue Place Club.

David C. Chu, BS, will graduate from Cornell Business School in May 2004.

Matthew J. Davies, BS, writes, "After five years as a research analyst at JP Morgan H&Q in San Francisco, and a few months off with my wife, Francesca, and our new baby, Grace, I set off in a new direction within financial services. I am a case designer in the Wealth Transfer and Estate Planning Department of Sitzmann Morris & Lavis. SML, www.smlinsurance.com, is a boutique life and health insurance brokerage and advisory firm based in Oakland. In between jobs, I had an amazing time with my wife enjoying our baby’s first few months and a great reunion with my wife’s family in France where we rooted on Lance Armstrong in the Tour de France. Go Bears!"

Joseph A. Goldberg, BS, writes, "I am currently a second-year MBA at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and spent my summer doing product marketing at Sun Microsystems in the Bay Area. After graduating, I will return to the Bay Area to do high-tech product marketing or venture capital. My twin brother, Jon Goldberg, BS, is a second-year MBA at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern and interned in the Lehman Brothers sales and trading group this summer. He will likely head to New York after Kellogg.

Angela Keres, BS, is taking two years off to live in southern France and paint.

Maria U. Ku, BS, writes, "My own tax CPA practice has grown significantly in the past year. I am becoming the local CPA and business advisor. I also serve as a treasurer of two local nonprofits and am active on their boards. My children’s education is my other area of great involvement – Anya’s elementary school and Margarita’s preschool. Marco and I just marked our 10th anniversary. The family is planning a trip to Moscow, Russia, next summer."

Fred (Freddie) T. Mok, BS, writes, "This fall I started the full-time master of divinity program at Western Seminary to become a pastor and missionary. Earlier this year my company changed to Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, and I am now a part-time project manager and business analyst in the Web arena. Our son, Caleb (2), is adorable, and Judy and I are expecting our second child in May 2004. We look forward to transitioning into vocational ministry in the next year or two. I am excited about using my professional experience in the service of the church!"

Mag Wangsuwana, BS, of San Francisco is vice president, mergers and acquisitions, at UnionBanCal Corporation.

After three years with JPMorgan and CIBC, Neil S. Sheth, BS, is studying computational finance at Carnegie Mellon University. He writes, "If anyone has questions about CMU or any of the other financial math or engineering programs, I’m at nsheth@cal.berkeley.edu."

Donny Chia, BS, is attending Harvard Law School. He joined JPMorgan after graduating from Haas and is currently an investment banking analyst with the Diversified Industries Group in New York.

Kimberly M. Koo, BS, is a teaching fellow in the Math Immersion Program in New York.

Ankur Luthra, BS, writes, "I am here at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and I am truly loving my time here. Oxford is majestic, and the people are quite friendly and polite. It’s amazing to get a taste for the global respect that the name Berkeley has. When I mention that I went to school at Berkeley and studied business there, the typical reaction is along the lines of ‘Wow, congratulations!’ But I can’t lie; I truly miss Berkeley and Haas, despite Oxford’s charm. Hope all my fellow Bear/Haas alums are doing well!"

Kinman K. Tong, BS, of Berkeley writes, "Just wondering where all my amazing classmates went. I’m hoping to get a core group of us to plan a first reunion sometime next year to gather everyone back together and catch up for old time’s sake. Anyone else interested?"

Amy E. Wong, BS, of San Jose is working in the lead tax group at Deloitte.


Delwin A. Roy, MBA, of Mount Vernon, N.Y., writes, "Recently, I assumed the chairmanship of Loita Transactions Services (LXS), a Mauritius-based subsidiary of the Loita Group of Companies. LXS is establishing national switching capacity in a number of African countries to enable SMEs in the banking and finance industry to adopt ATM and POS technology. The Loita Group, in which I am a partner, offers IT and financial services and merchant banking in over 20 East, Central, and Southern African countries. I remain married, 43 years now, and have two daughters, one serving as a vice president in the New York Federal Reserve Bank, and the other at the Environmental Protection Agency. Sadly, our son, Eric, was killed in an auto accident in South Africa a few years ago."

After serving in the State Assembly for 10 years (1970-1980), Robert C. Cline, MBA 61, began a career in lobbying for business interests before state government. Cline and Duplissea, www.cline-duplissea.com, is a full-service lobbying firm.

Harley Smith, MBA, writes, "Tara Christina Smith, BS 00, received her Juris Doctor degree from the King Hall School of Law at the University of California at Davis in May."

After a 38-year career with Union Bank of California, Schuyler Bailey, MBA, of Berkeley retired Sept. 30. He served the last 22 years as vice president and manager of the Berkeley office. In November, he received the "Achievements by Individuals" award from the Berkeley Community Fund for his consistent, long-term commitment to community service. His wife and Cal alum, Susie, retired from Berkeley Unified School District in 2002. They plan to fix up their home in Berkeley and to travel. He also plans to walk on every street in Berkeley.

Kerry P. Curtis, MBA, was recently elected chair of the Faculty Senate at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, where he is professor of marketing. Kerry and his wife, Lynn, an artist, are now grandparents and are still living in Orinda.

David A. Woolsey, MBA, has worked more than 30 years in the finance and leasing industries, including corporate finance, real estate loan investment and servicing, and business development. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the McLaren School of Business at the University of San Francisco.

Herman L. Boschken, MBA, is professor of organization and management at San Jose State University. He has published more than two dozen articles and five books. His most recently published book is Social Class, Politics and Urban markets: The Makings of Bias in Policy Outcomes (Stanford University Press, 2002). Current articles includes "Vail Resorts, Inc." in Hill and Jones, Strategic Management Sixth Edition (Boston: Houghton-Mifflin), and "Global Cities, Systemic Power and Upper Middle Class Influence," in Urban Affairs Review, July 2003. Dr. Boschken lives with his wife, Irene (Class of 66), in Davis, Calif.

Ron Duckhorn, MBA, leads the Blue & Gold Fleet, a ferry vessel transportation company serving the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2003, the company received eight national awards for its environmental programs and accomplishments, including a "Clean and Green" designation by the San Francisco Department of the Environment and a "Waste Reduction Award of the Year" by the California Industrial Waste Management Board. The company was also recognized by the California Environmental Protection Agency as an innovator in the reduction of hazardous waste generated by marine industries.

Bob Mellin, MBA, writes, "My Haas MBA prepared me well to run the world’s largest publishing company specializing in pediatric obesity patient education and in providing training to health professionals (visit childobesity.com). I’m happy to have an ongoing excuse to visit the Berkeley campus: My son, Joe, is a junior majoring in physics, and my daughter, Haley, is a fine arts major. Besides boasting about an excellent education, I explain to my kids that I went to Cal 30-plus years ago during an unpopular war that drained our country of lives and resources and where ‘winning’ was never really a possibility. After serving in the Army, I had hopes that history would not repeat itself. I am delighted that my children can share the Cal Berkeley experience as a foundation for building their lives."

Robert Caruso, MBA, recently started the John Benjamin Company, a real estate development firm with expertise to plan, design, build, and manage residential and commercial real estate projects. The firm focuses on the Hayward, San Leandro and Oakland areas.

Michael H. Creazzi, MBA, is the CEO of Trek Equipment Corporation, a lease and rental company of electronic test and measurement equipment. The company has made the INC 500 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies for the second consecutive year. mike@trekequip.com

Phillip E. Handin, BS, writes, "I have resided in the Oakland hills for over 26 years. I am an attorney for a group of securities companies in San Francisco founded by a Cal business alum, and I do limited ‘outside’ work, as well. I have one son, Mark, who is enrolled as a junior at the University of Arizona’s Business School and is on the U of A rugby team after playing high school football as a kicker for Bishop O’Dowd in Oakland. I play golf as often as possible and lend some support to the Cal golf team. I continue to stay in contact with several friends from my Cal days, and I attend various Cal athletic events from time to time. My wife of 25 years, Margaret, has an interior design and staging business that keeps her very busy. We are empty nesters and enjoy it thoroughly!"

Peter H. Michael, MBA, and his wife, Vicki, have purchased the historic Cooling Springs Farm founded by the Michael family in 1768 and used by the family as a station on the Underground Railroad. Pete and Vicki are the seventh consecutive generation of the Michael family at Cooling Springs Farm, which is located two miles north of the Potomac River in Frederick County, Md.

Rich Gleitsmann, MBA, writes, "After 31 years of the corporate world, including the last four as a group president for ITW, I am retiring at the end of 2003. My wife, Pat, and I will be relocating to Ashland, Ore., where we have a small vineyard and orchard."

Benson R. Quan, MBA, writes, "Chris (71 BA, Cal) and I are proud to report our college expenses are over! Our twins have graduated, Geoffrey from Cal in cognitive science and Gregory from UCSD in economics. Geoffrey is working at a Washington DC architectural firm, and Gregory is back home in the San Francisco Bay Area seeking employment. Both are planning to attend graduate school down the road, with Gregory interested in a business degree. Perhaps another Haas MBA in the family?"

Phil Bradley, MBA, writes, "I am CFO and co-founder (in 1995) of ProClarity Corporation, which has been the fastest growing company in the business intelligence software space over the past several years. Being located in Boise, Idaho, allowed us to escape the worst excesses of the tech bubble, which did in most of the other business intelligence companies that started in the late 90s."

Joe Garrett, MBA, writes, "I recently visited the bank of which I was president the past several years — I sold it earlier this year — and I ran into Mike Ahern. He’s handling the insurance for the new owners. Mike and I were good friends during our MBA program years, but we had not seen each other once in over 25 years. It was great seeing him. We intend to look up our old classmate John Coleman and get together soon.

Robert Bergsten, MBA, was appointed president and chief credit officer of Tri-State Livestock Credit Corporation. He has 33 years of banking business experience, working in California, Colorado, Texas, and Indonesia, with the last 24 years serving CoBank ACB.

Jeanne V. Starren (Valente), MBA, of New York has worked for Deutsche Bank for 10 years, currently as consultant on CAFM implementation manager. Her twins (5) are in pre-kindergarten, and she is still making it to the gym and doing fundraising for The Sharing Foundation aiding Cambodian orphans.

Zach Whitman, MBA, is a financial representative with the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in the San Jose office. He is married and the father of two boys (5) and (12).

Steve L. Catton, MBA, writes, "I am now in my fourth year as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch (San Ramon branch). I specialize in comprehensive financial planning as well as advising people on rolling their 401(k) plans into IRAs. Though I enjoyed my 20 years in corporate finance with The Clorox Company, my new career is much more rewarding on a personal level. I live in Orinda with my wife, Maureen Sheehy, and two kids, Billy (10) and Katie (8). Boy Scouts, swim team activities, and coaching soccer seem to suck up all available hours. Fortunately, the winter is free of organized sports, leaving time for skiing."

David J. Lam, MBA, writes, "Kimberly and I are doing the best we can with the six kids in our blended family. The kids range in age from 17 months to 19 years. We are in the middle of remodeling our home to make more bedrooms and bathrooms. It’s busy but one day, when the house is quiet, we’ll think back and remember how much life we had in such a concentrated area of time and space.

Howard Robinson, MBA, of Los Angeles writes, "Having co-founded the Public Management Association and specialized in real estate while at Haas, it was probably predictable that my work over the years has involved private real estate development, public sector real estate management, and most recently, the nexus between the two. Yet, it all seems surprising to me. Three years ago, I set up a new land-use consulting firm, helping developers and property owners obtain the discretionary planning permits for new projects. The terms ‘lobbyist’ or ’fixer’ are only loosely applicable to what I do. My wife, Kate, and I recently celebrated our 17th anniversary. Our two girls, Rachel and Leah, are in middle school and high school in the local public schools. Somehow, things are fairly smooth. Knock on wood. This coming summer, I will be recognizing my 30 years of white-water rafting by rowing 18 days on the Colorado through the Grand Canyon, with my wife and some friends. I am also on the Board of Friends of the River, a statewide river conservation group. I love contacting former Haas classmates, so anyone who wants to say hi, ring me up."

Neal Cohen, MBA, is director of database marketing for Nordstrom.

John M. Courtright, MBA, of Redmond, Wash., is vice president of business development at Covault Corporation, a wireless data software company in the telecom sector. He is active on the advisory boards of a couple of startups and happily raising three kids (one in college) and climbing and hiking in the Cascades.

Peter R. Nielsen, MBA, of San Rafael writes, "After 18 years in the software field, culminating as vice president of engineering for WebWare Corporation, a startup firm in Sausalito, I have made a major career change. I’ve always been enthusiastic about real estate and believe that it is the best wealth-building tool available. For over 25 years, I have owned, managed, sold, and exchanged my own investment properties, including single-family homes, apartments, and commercial property. I’ve recently decided to focus full-time on real estate and helping others to achieve success with their home and investment real estate transactions. To this end, I have activated my real estate license and teamed up with Loretta Ferraro, a very successful Realtor with RE/MAX of Southern Marin. I’d like to help any UC alumni, particularly those with an interest in the North Bay, to make the most of the real estate opportunities that are available. I can be reached via email or phone. NielsenFerraro@aol.com (415) 472-6243."

Carrie Pryor, MBA, recently joined Korn/Ferry International, a leading provider of recruitment solutions, as senior client partner specializing in media and technology. Previously she was a partner with Christian & Timbers, where she co-managed the media and entertainment practice. She also played a key role in its technology practice, particularly in telecommunications. She focuses on senior-level positions, including CEOs, CFO’s, board members, and partners in private equity firms.

John S. Haley, MBA, writes, "Until April of this year, I worked for ALLTEL Information Services, the information technology subsidiary of ALLTEL Corporation, headquartered in Little Rock, Ark. AIS was one of the leading suppliers of software and IT services to retail banks and mortgage companies. In April we were acquired by Fidelity National Financial. In June I was named managing director of our Asia Pacific Region, responsible for sales and operations to retail banks in Asia. My oldest daughter, Anne, matriculated this year at Randolph Macon Womens College in Lynchburg, Va. My youngest daughter, Colleen, is a sophomore in high school. My wife, Danette, and I celebrated 20 years of marriage this year."

George C. McLaughlin, BA 76 (math), MBA, of Berkeley writes, "I was recently designated a Certified Earnings Analyst by the American Rehabilitation Economics Association, a group of economists and rehabilitation professionals who testify regarding economic damages in civil cases. In other news, my son, Alexander (10), recently sang as part of the Pacific Boy Choir in a performance of Carmina Burana with the San Francisco Symphony. Go Bears!"

Lieh Oung (Lieh-kang), MBA, of Sunnyvale, Calif., has been with National Semicondutor for the last 15 years. She is currently assistant treasurer overseeing the firm’s foreign currency exposure management, cash investment, and other capital market activities.

Bob Potter, MBA, writes, "In July, my new book, Winning In The Invisible Market: A Guide To Selling Professional Services In Turbulent Times, will be published." www.rapotter.com

Geoffrey Styles, MBA, and his wife, Pamela, are the proud parents of a baby girl, Lillian, who was born in Connecticut during the recent Northeast blackout. Geoff is an independent energy and strategy consultant in Greenwich, Conn., having left Texaco Inc. in 2001.

William M. Zarit, MBA, writes, "After having served in similar capacities in Taipei, Taiwan, and Beijing, China, I am at present the commercial counselor at the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, promoting US exports."

Robert (Bob) Kustel, MBA, retired from corporate life after 20 years with AT&T and five years with GE. He is now the head swim and water polo coach at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, where he lives with Karen, his wife of 21 years, and two teenage sons, Matt and Sam. He is also teaching part-time in the Tam School District while finishing up his teaching credential at Dominican College.

Eric H. Sahn, MBA, of Redwood City, Calif., joined DJM Capital Partners as associate partner and vice president. DJM is a real estate investment, brokerage, and consulting firm headquartered in San Jose.

Mauri Schwartz, MBA, is president of Career Insiders, a career management consulting firm providing consultation for individual job seekers as well as succession planning services for corporate clients. mschwartz@careerinsiders.com

Mark Coopersmith, MBA, writes, "It’s great to be back at Cal, almost two decades after receiving my MBA. Last fall I taught entrepreneurship in the Haas MBA program — a course I fondly remember. I co-taught with Cal classmate JD/MBA Paul Rogers. I also sit on a few corporate boards and advise businesses on strategy and growth. Since grad school, I have been a management consultant for Ernst & Young, founded and built a new business for Sony, and launched and sold a startup of my own. On the personal front, my wife, Lori (CAL BA 83, Hastings JD 86), and I have stayed in the Bay Area, living happily in Tiburon while raising Alison (9) and Matt (5)."

Eric Larson, MBA, moved to a new commercial, public service role this year as chief risk officer of the Bonneville Power Administration in Portland, Ore. BPA is a self-funding federal agency providing reliable, cost-based electric power in the Pacific Northwest. This marks Eric’s return to the West Coast after over 12 years working in energy markets in Europe and the eastern United States.

Christopher C. Scharff, MBA, recently acquired a lingerie firm with 2,200 accounts and is working to expand its sales and reduce costs. He and his wife, Andrea, live in West Los Angeles with their two-year-old son, Henry Boardman Scharff. Christopher and Andrea are also developing and building condominiums on some Los Angeles Venice area beach-front property, which Christopher’s family has owned since the 1950s.

Kathi Pugh, MBA, writes, "I still live in Berkeley in a 1907 Craftsman house just a few blocks from campus. I have been an attorney at Morrison & Foerster (www.MoFo.com) in San Francisco since graduating (JD/MBA) where I serve as the firm’s pro bono counsel. Basically I am in charge of the work that we do for people for free. Last year MoFo billed over 100,000 pro bono hours. I feel very fortunate to have a job that I am able to put my heart into. My husband and I enjoy sailing on the Bay, local sporting events, and mountain bike riding (in my wheelchair) on the weekends. No children but we do have two rat terriers, Rosie & Fannie, who keep us exercised and entertained. I would love to hear from old friends. Go Bears!"

David M. Traversi, MBA, of Santa Rosa is managing director of 2020 Growth Partners LLC (www.2020gp.com). The firm provides strategic advisory, facilitation, mediation, merchant banking, and leadership development services to growth-oriented private and public companies and nonprofit organizations across the United States. A former general partner of Montgomery Securities, president of Sirrom Capital Corporation, and CEO of PRE Solutions Inc., David is enjoying helping entrepreneurs and organizations "optimize their opportunities." He serves on a number of public and private company boards, and this year headed up the campaign for the United Way of Sonoma- Mendocino-Lake.

John R. Trotter, of Chula Vista, Calif., and his wife, Tabitha, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Grace, on October 3, 2002. She joins Ricky (15) and Samantha (14).

Bill Cohen, MBA, of Los Alamitos, Calif., writes, "Nice recession; was that your idea? My business is picking up speed again. Looking for an exit plan. Any help? Just kidding, as I hope to push for a few more years prior to burning out on all these personnel issues. My status: I still own a medical device company, two kids, new address, more around the waistline and less hair on top. Still swimming. Have not seen a full night’s sleep or a river trip since my kids were born."
HighTech Business Decisions, a market research company founded by Sandra J. Fox, MBA, of Moraga, Calif., was named one of the 100 fastest-growing private companies in the Bay Area by The San Francisco Business Times in October. The company was ranked No. 33 with a growth rate of 103.5 percent from 2000 to 2002. She writes, "Thanks Haas!"

Carlos Gaviola, MBA, enjoyed a week of sailing with Cal alumni Asaf Mohr, MBA 89, Ciaran Quinn, MBA 90, and Roberto Agosta, MS 84. He chartered a 43-foot sailboat to celebrate his birthday crewing in the Antigua Sailing Week regatta, a full week of hard sailing against 200 other sailboats from the United States and Europe. He writes, "The Atlantic swell, steady trade winds, warm waters, and blue skies were followed every evening by hard partying on the beach — barbecued lobsters, cold rum punches, and more than 4,000 sailors dancing to the magic rhythm of the steel bands. We did not win any races (for the record, the winner was Roy Disney’s Pyewacket), but the daylong races were short enough so that even the slowest boats finished before the steel bands began to play. For us, winning wasn’t everything. It was hardly anything. The real prize was simply being there, enjoying the camaraderie around the cockpit reminiscing about our days at Cal! After so much good sailing and good fun, we unanimously decided to do it again next year."

Mary Lamprech, MBA, writes, "We’ve launched a new business, Icosa Village (www.IcosaVillage.com). Founder Sanford Ponder sums up our motivation this way: ‘If we must live in a world in which people are forced to live in cardboard boxes, then someone should at least invent a better box.’ So we’ve developed patent-pending Pods, based on Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes. They are semi-permanent shelters for consumer and humanitarian applications. They are made out of cool-looking, space-age materials that are environmentally friendly, cheap and dignified. Check ’em out."

Maria Vickroy-Peralta, MBA, writes, "I am president of the new San Francisco chapter of the Catholic Professional & Business Club, which held its inaugural meeting Nov. 20, 2003 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco. This organization’s mission is to encourage Catholics to incorporate and uphold their Christian ethics in the business environment. At our monthly meetings, members come together to share their common spirituality, network, and listen to speakers who inspire and educate them in the faith. For more information about the Club, please visit our Web site at www.cpbc-sf.org."

Ker D. Gibbs, MBA, and his wife, Amy, have a baby daughter. Amelia Ziya Liao Gibbs was born September 2, 2003. Baby pictures are on their Web site, www.ker.gibbs.net. They are still living in Shanghai, where Ker works for Secure Computing Corporation as vice president of the Asia Pacific region, but they also spend time in the Bay Area.

Christine M. Landon (Burke), MBA, and Geoff Landon, MBA 84, are living in Danville with their two children, Rachel (12) and Gregory (9). They are both working in Silicon Valley. Christine has been with HP and now Agilent for 18 years and Geoff is with Sun Microsystems. Christine is manager of Next Generation Leadership at Agilent and Geoff is working on his Black Belt in Sun’s Six Sigma program. Christine is committee chair for the local Boy Scout group, and Geoff is a referree for Mustang Soccer. The family loves river rafting, hiking, and skiing.

After working in Hungary with the MBA Enterprise Corps, Roland M. Champagne, MBA, of San Jose went on to work in Russia, Mexico, and Venezuela. Subsequently he has traveled to and worked in over 35 other countries in South America, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Some of his travel photos of China, Vietnam, and Korea will be on display at the Borders book store in Sunnyvale from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30. He writes, "I hope everyone is having a great summer, and if you are in town, please stop by and have a look."

Zenda Kuo, MBA 92, recently moved to Beijing with her husband after eight years of pursuing power deals out of Hong Kong. She also recently became a mother. Zachari was born June 10, 2003.

Steve Zahm, MBA, of Santa Barbara has recently launched a new company after leaving DigitalThink Inc., which he co-founded with Haas alum Pete Goettner, MBA, 92. Steve’s new venture is Colterra LLC, a firm that provides e-commerce services to premium wineries in the Central Coast region of California. As interstate shipping regulations on wine continue to evolve to more open policies, Colterra is able to offer smaller wineries direct-to-consumer e-commerce technologies, wine shipping, and marketing, without heavy upfront investments in technology and personnel. stevez@colterra.com.

Mike Brantjes, MBA, of Amsterdam writes, "In the past years I have dedicated massive amounts of volunteer time to chairing and developing the National United World Colleges Committee. Career-wise this has moved me from mere strategy consulting to developing initiatives and growth strategies aimed at creating a more sustainable future world. My partner, Kevin, of six years and myself may be taking a break and travelling sometime in the future."

Kal Deutsch, MBA, and his wife, Sharon Zezima, welcomed their beautiful daughter, Isabelle Ursula, on April 21, 2003. He writes, "Mommy, Daddy and Isabelle are settling quite nicely into a world of poopy diapers, creamed green beans and rice, station wagons, and life in suburbia."

Dirk Van Dyke, MBA, director of valuation services for Cupertino-based ValueNomics Research Inc., has been named chairman of the San Jose branch of the American Society of Appraisers. He is an American Society of Appraisers’ Accredited Senior Appraiser in the business valuation discipline. At ValueNomics, he is responsible for company business valuation operations. He and ValueNomics’ founder Gary Jones co-authored the book, The Business of Business Valuation, published by the McGraw-Hill Companies Inc.

Art M. Altman, MBA, manages a software and consulting business in energy derivatives for the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto, Calif.

Koji Asada, MBA, of Tokyo writes, "I have been appointed as team head to lead the Cross-Border Team at Corporate Advisory Group, the M&A advisory arm of Mitsubishi Securities Co. Ltd. The Cross-Border Team has been newly set up in March to expand international M&A advisory function, and I will be responsible for all overseas business opportunities across the industry."

Debi Gerstel, MBA, writes, "Eight Haas ’94 alumni and their families got together for a ninth reunion on Memorial Day weekend. Cam Ragen supplied the spot — a beautiful cabin on the coast of the San Juan Islands. Whales were watched, bald eagles were spotted, kids were played with, and lots of activities enjoyed. In honor of Annika Sorenstam, I’m happy to report women were allowed to play golf. Nighttime activities were a bit more mellow than previous years, with board games replacing all-night drinking festivities."

Jeffrey B. Johnsen, MBA, is CEO of a biotechnology startup firm and living in Carmel.

Katherine Barnhisel, MBA, joined Embarcadero Technologies as vice president of marketing in June. Previously she held senior director and vice president of marketing positions at BEA Systems and WebLogic, and most recently served as vice president of marketing for AltoWeb.

Palmer G. Jackson, MBA, writes, "I am still enjoying working at CallWave, a profitable Internet company based in Santa Barbara, where I have now been working for five years. I would welcome hearing from any other Haas alumni in the telecommunications or Internet services industry. I have also been playing music regularly with another Haas alum, Tom Brigham, MBA 94. Our band, The Mobile Homeboys, played at San Quentin this past June (no joke)! Of course, we also do non-prison gigs! Check out our website at www.mobilehomeboys.com. Go Bears!"

Rob Nicholson, MBA 95, and Leslie Davis Nicholson, MBA 01, were married on May 25, 2003, in a little town on Skaneateles Lake in central New York. Leslie writes, "Haas MBAs from the classes of 95, 01, and 02, traveled from all over to join us for a weekend of festivities and revisiting memories from days at Haas. We had a tremendous time and were very glad to be able to share the weekend with so many friends and family. Afterwards, we spent two wonderful weeks in the Greek islands."

Kevin Palans, MBA, writes, "I began work with Orange Glo International two years ago, after an exciting and ultimately humbling e-commerce rollercoaster ride. In January 2003, I moved to Guadalajara, as managing director of Orange Glo de Mexico, where I’ve enjoyed the exciting opportunity to build the Mexican market for Orange Glo’s environmentally-friendlier cleaning products. Should you visit Mexico, as goes the saying here, ‘Tienes casa en Guadalajara.’ My e-mail is kevin@greatcleaners.com."

James D. Satterthwaite, MBA, recently joined the Boston office of Egon Zehnder International, the world’s largest privately held executive search firm with more than 300 consultants located in 58 wholly owned offices in 37 countries. The firm specializes in senior-level executive search, board consulting and board search, management appraisals, and talent management.

Ellen M. Tobin (Hurley), MBA, of Rocky River, Ohio, writes, "My husband, John, and I continue to enjoy the challenge and benefits of running our own company, TENANTreps.net Corporate Real Estate Advisors. Last December we also celebrated the birth of Clay Hurley Tobin. He is our fifth child. Emma is the oldest (6), followed by Ethan (4), Luke (3), and June (1). Except June, they are all classic red-heads. As everyone says, we really have our hands full, and we are loving it."

Ellen K. Fleishhacker, MBA, is an attorney at the San Francisco law firm Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk Rabkin. She works as a corporate attorney, specializing in real estate transactions. She and her husband, William, have two children, Kara (6) and Jonah (3). She also serves on the boards of a variety of nonprofit organizations.

Andre Marquis, MBA, of Boston, Mass., writes, "Camille and I are pleased to announce the arrival of Zeno Louis Marquis on Aug. 13, 2003. We’re moving back to the Bay Area before the end of the year to continue my work with Eli Lilly. Be well."

Jack McKee, MBA, writes, "My wife, Shannon, and I were blessed with a beautiful baby girl! Cayley Alyn McKee was born in February and is keeping us very busy. I’m managing the online marketing program at the Warner Music Group in Los Angeles. I really miss all of my friends from Haas! Please get in touch if ever in LA."

Patrick Sullivan, MBA, writes, "In February of this year I married Jill Nepper, and we are living in Burlingame. We got married in Mexico with a few family and friends there, and will be taking our honeymoon in July. I continue to consult in intellectual capital management at ICMG (www.icmgroup.com), and the past two spring semesters I co-taught a course at Haas to MBA and Berkeley engineering students on managing intellectual property. I guess I can’t shake the desire to be roaming the Haas hallways."

Federico Alvarez-Marquard, MBA, writes, "Howdy all! I guess the biggest news is that my wife, Annett, and I had our son, Ian, in April. It was a water birth. He weighed 3.4 kilos (if you are into such information), and everything went great for both mother and baby. Obviously he keeps us very busy, but overall is a very easy, happy kid, so no complaints from the proud parents! I’m still building homes near Mexico City, and hope to see some of you in San Francisco early next year."

John M. Carrick, MBA, of Marina del Rey, Calif., recently joined Julien J. Stulley, a real estate consulting firm, as managing director of the downtown Los Angeles office, where he will specialize in tenant representation and the execution of strategic capital market transactions.

Segolene A. Finet, MBA, of Paris, France, welcomed daughter Juliette into the world on March 11, 2003. She writes, "After a very stressful pregnancy we are enjoying our time with her, and older sister, Emilie, is adjusting well. I am (still!) with PeopleSoft, in charge of European product strategy for the Human Capital Management product line, and husband, Drew, is busy with the kids and with teaching international law courses in a couple of business schools. We will make it to California in May 2004."

John F. Galanakis, MBA, writes, "I’d like to send my warmest wishes to all my fellow Haas classmates. I hope everyone is doing great and recalls our wonderful time at Berkeley. I am waiting for all or some of you next summer (Aug. 13-30) at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Come and spend a wonderful time during the games and at the same time spend your holiday vacations. Contact me for any help and to organize a night out in the city."

Rukmani P. Ramdharry, MBA, and Robert B. Spears, MBA 98, were married in Carmel, Calif., on January 24. The couple lives in San Francisco.

Jon M. Russo, MBA, is vice president of marketing for iPass Inc. Jon helped take iPass through its initial public offering as the third technology IPO of 2003. He lives in San Jose with his wife, Michele, and their twin daughters, Sophia and Mirabella.

Mark F. Strassman, MBA, of San Rafael, Calif., writes, "I have left Kivera, which produced a platform for location-based services, and am now at Autodesk, heading up marketing and product management for AutoCAD and various AutoCAD-based products and technologies."

Chris Chan, MBA, of South San Francisco writes, "After spending seven illustrious years at Elan Pharmaceuticals (see what happened to Elan’s stock after I left in 2000!), I moved to up-and-coming powerhouse Titan Pharmaceuticals, where I am embarking upon my fourth year. (Please ignore what happened to Titan’s stock after I arrived in 2000.) Recently I was promoted to associate director of financial planning and reporting, and my efforts to drop the o-c-i-a-t-e from the title on my business card did not succeed. Phenomenally, my wife is still my wife after 11 years, and my son and daughter are still such after 10 and 8 years, respectively. Recently, I received the CMA (Certified Management Accountant) designation, which somewhat alleviates my disappointment of not being accepted by the CIA when they recruited at Haas. Acronyms after my name, that’s all I ever really wanted. I honestly miss all of my friends and acquaintances at Haas, and often reminisce warmly about those times where we’d sit around the forum and discuss whether the pain of paying $1 million in tuition per evening semester was adequately softened by the paid-for class textbooks. If any of you are out there, please drop me a line at cchan@titanpharm.com."

Clare Deegan-Kent, MBA, of Ramstein, Germany, writes, "I’m currently at home with my three girls, Audrey (5), Nessa (3), and Finna (1). I do a lot of volunteer work here in Germany. I’m president of the PTA, a Daisy Scout leader, and chairperson of the officer spouses’ singing group. So being ‘at home’ is a bit of a misnomer, but I still often wonder how I got from investment banking to here! My husband, Bob, is serving with the US Air Force in Ramstein — I’m forwarding a picture of us right before he deployed to the Gulf last year. He was subsequently awarded a Bronze Star for his work during Operation Iraqi Freedom. We’re glad to have him back!"

Maryam Ghazi-Majidi, MBA, of Mill Valley, Calif., writes, "My life has been enriched over the last year by the arrival of my son, Touss, born Jan. 11, 2003. He brings joy and much perspective to our lives. I am still working full-time for FTI Consulting Inc. (previously the Business Recovery Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers), as a turn-around consultant. It was great seeing many of you at the reunion."

Rich Pearson, MBA, writes, "I’m off to London for a two-year assignment to lead Yahoo!’s direct marketing efforts in Europe."

Yeong-Sang Ryu, MBA, writes, "My family and I moved to Shanghai, China, to seek my own business opportunity last summer. We are settled well here even though we are busy learning Chinese. Hope to see some of you here in one of the most dynamic areas. yeongsang_ryu@alumni.haas.org"

Kevin A. Yen, MBA, of Menlo Park, Calif., writes, "I hope all is well with everyone. Two things that have changed: One, I’m now at Google, and two, I have a beautiful newborn daughter. Fatherhood is beyond words. One thing that has remained the same: Golf game still only muni-worthy."

Norman (David) Bruce, MBA, and Liz Bruce welcomed the birth of their third child, Ellen Elisabeth, on Jan. 26, 2003. David, Liz, Ellie, William (2), and Henry (4) are doing well and enjoying life in Atlanta, Ga. David is a principal with San Francisco-based Barclays Global Investors.

John A. Emerson, MBA, writes, "After traveling to China and working for other tea companies, I’ve finally set up my own tea business, and it feels great. We focus on tea gifts, top-quality tea mail-order with an ‘edu-tainment’ spin. Non-tea drinkers even subscribe because they find it an entertaining way to learn some history and culture. Thanks already to the many MBA 99ers who already support me. I’m especially excited about my China tour coming up in May 2004. My tour guide has done four- and five-star tours with Smithsonian and is great to work with. For info, go to www.flyingcloudtea.com/teatrip.html. And, oh yeah, drink more tea!"

Josh Fox, MBA, of Albany, Calif., writes, "Bettina and I are happy to announce the birth of our son, Henry Barrett Fox. He was born in June and is unbearably cute. Yes, we did get married after 10 years of pure sin. I am working as a bond trader for a risk-management firm, and Bettina runs adoptions for Marin County Child Protective Services."

Matthew R. Fry, MBA, writes, "Still living in Stamford, Conn., and working for Starwood Hotels and Resorts, the same company that I worked for right out of business school. Caitlin and I now have three children, Alison, Eliza, and Walter who keep us busy. At Starwood, I work in the Real Estate Group handling new business development and real estate acquisitions and dispositions.

Jennifer Kern Weiss, MBA, writes, "Jacob James Weiss was born on April 4. Having him is absolutely amazing. In January, I became the president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Petaluma, Calif. Jason, Jacob and I are living in Napa."

Francisco P. Ottino, MBA, writes, "Still in Buenos Aires working for the Techint Group of Companies, now as assistant to the CFO at the holding company. Fortunately, the group is very strong and international, so the job is interesting. On the other hand, the wild devaluation of the local currency has cut my salary in dollars to a half, which allows me to continue living here very well, but makes trips to overseas more expensive. The only good thing about this is that foreign tourists are more tempted now to come because of prices, and I can see some good friends again, such as Armelle Masseron, MBA 99, who was here this year. I am not business traveling so often as before, and this year I only saw Juan Enrique Nestler, MBA 99, in Santiago. If any of you visit Buenos Aires, send me an email."

Robert (R.J.) Schembs, MBA, writes, "My wife, Miwako, and I are settled into our new life in Tokyo now, and I’ve just taken a job with Oracle Japan, responsible for CRM and medical, clinical, and health-care applications here. Since we arrived in February, we’ve had the chance to connect with ‘native’ Haas 99ers Hiro Nakamura and Kazuhiro Masaki, recent transplants Chris Moore and Sabina Yoon (who just had their first child a few months ago), and visitors Sam Enoka, Chris Heerin, and Tanya Steinhofer. We’re having an all-Japan Haas 99 reunion in mid-November, so let me know if you are going to be in the ’hood. schembs@alumni.haas.org or +81-3-3457-0103. Hope everyone is doing well."

Tanya K. Steinhofer (Shaw), MBA, of San Francisco, writes, "My husband, Eric, and I decided to take a break from the rat race this year to travel. So far we’ve covered Oceania (Australia and New Zealand), Japan, and Thailand. We enjoyed meeting up with Haas alumni in Tokyo (Chris Moore, Sabina Yoon, and RJ Schembs among others) and Bangkok (Gil Lo). Still on the agenda are Nepal and South America. If we ever get rid of the travel bug, we plan to settle back in the Bay Area."

Peter Cowing, MBA, writes, "Since graduation, my wife, Suzann, and I have had two kids, Sienna (2) and Carson (5 months). We moved to Danville almost two years ago and really love it. I also recently accepted a job with IBM Global Services in the Integrated Technology Services division. Things are going well on all fronts, and I hope to catch up with you all soon. Go Bears!"

Lisa Housman Tellander, MBA, has lived in London with her husband, Erik Tellander. Lisa moved to London with the Mitchell Madison Group and continues to work in strategy consulting, currently with EDS. In January of this year Lisa and Erik welcomed into the world their baby daughter, Maja. Lisa has just returned to work part-time after an enjoyable eight-month maternity leave.

Laura Z. Mytels, MBA, and Ethan Andelman were married on Aug. 31, 2003. During Laura’s time at Haas, Ethan was next door at Boalt Hall, but they didn’t meet until a year after they graduated. Laura is a senior manager of strategy at SBI.Razorfish in San Francisco, where she works with clients as the lead strategist for integrated marketing and Web-based activities. She writes, "I’d love to talk with other Haas folks about what we do!"

Cheryl L. Proctor, MBA, writes "In January I left Siebel to pursue an interest in food and nutrition. I’m currently back at school studying dietetics, and plan to go out on my own as a nutritional consultant in a couple of years when I’m done. Hopefully by then, you’ll all be fattened up from your travel and expense accounts and in need of my services! Just kidding. Hope everyone is doing well!"

Nick Sturiale, MBA 00, was promoted to general partner at Sevin Rosen Funds. He joined the firm in 1999 as a senior associate and was named partner in 2001.

Brisen Brady (Vannice), MBA 01, and Scott Brady, MBA 04, were married at the Church of St. Mary Magdalen in Berkeley. A champagne toast at Live Oak Park immediately followed the ceremony, with dinner and dancing at the Berkeley City Club and a special post-party at Le Colonial in San Francisco. Haas 2001 classmates in attendance included Heather Anderson, Jen Barron, Sara Baylis, Nancy Blum, Heidi Gilman, Jinny Lee, Ann Marie Macdonald, Liz Maw, and Ajay Sreekanth.

Dan Israel, MBA, writes, "Allison Fansler and I were married Aug. 31 in Middletown, Va., and had a great crowd of MBA 01s in attendance. Mike Madigan did a rock-solid job as one of the ushers. The rest of the Haas crowd represented two continents, East and West coasts, plus the great state of Texas! Jon, Lori and Evelyn Altschuler, Naard & Evy Broeckaert, Misha Cornes, Ronnie and Hope Gurion, Nate and Ali Jones, Joe Moss, Sara Olsen, and Sanjay Wagle all helped to make it a memorable day.

Thomas J. Kutter, MBA, of New York proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Kristen, and celebrated by escaping to the beaches of St. Martin.
For news on the MBAs at the Nicholson wedding, please see the note in MBA 95.

Susan J. Ram, MBA, and her husband, Yanir, welcomed a baby boy, Liam Ram, in May 2002. In spring of 2002, they moved to southern California and started a real estate investment company.

Oswaldo Ramirez, MBA, of Mountain View, Calif., writes, "Juan Andres is now 3 months old. We are having lots of fun and, surprisingly, Carolina and I are getting plenty of sleep. On the professional side, I’m still with the treasury at HP and I have recently accepted a job as treasury consultant for Latin America. As a result we will relocate to Houston in January."

Peggy Wu, MBA, writes, "I am ecstatic to announce my recent engagement to John Wheeler after a whirlwind romance of 4 1/2 months. We are preparing for a chaotic but exciting trip to meet each other’s family in Chicago, Boston, and New York. We want to enjoy being engaged for a bit before making wedding plans but expect to tie the knot in 2004. We both live in the Bay Area and expect to stay here in the foreseeable horizon. Please keep in touch. wu_peggy@yahoo.com"

Ingrid Yang, MBA, writes, "I just moved back to Taiwan and am working with ABN Amro as a research analyst now. I really miss my pre-ABN life in the states. Please do come and visit me if you stop by this part of the world. I don’t really have a life outside work, but I will definitely arrange time to show my hospitality. Sorry if I did not say goodbye to you. I left in a hurry to squeeze time out between the two jobs to allow myself a vacation in China. I would love to show you the pictures if you drop me a note. Check out my new contact information on the alumni database!"

Eng Young (Yeh), MBA, of Emeryville writes, "This has been an exciting year, to say the least. We moved to Ohio in the winter, had a baby girl in March, decided we miss the Bay Area, so we moved back! Little Amanda is now 7 months old, and I am back at work at Charles Schwab as a senior finance manager."

Dennis Cox, MBA, recently made a switch from database marketing in the resort real estate industry to practicing residential real estate sales for Prestige Properties of Mammoth in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. He looks forward to seeing more Haas alumni skiing, fishing, and mountain biking in Mammoth Lakes in the near future (and hopes you would consider passing along any referrals as well!). www.Prestige PropertiesMammoth.com."

Michael M. Ellis, MBA, writes, "A lot has happened in the past couple of months. After learning the ins and outs of job searching, I started a position in equity research with Thomas Weisel in September, which focuses on electronic supply chain, and it’s going well so far. Been doing a lot of sports and volunteer activities, especially with the Asian Art Museum. And I recently met someone pretty special. I’m still living in Noe Valley in San Francisco and look forward to meeting up with all the Haas people who call it home and everyone else."

Doug Cameron, MBA, writes, "I have been working as a contractor in Visa International’s Global Products Group since July. I’m still looking for something full-time. Outside of work, I finished the San Francisco Marathon in July and have been enjoying the many attractions of the Bay Area."

Toshi Koide, MBA, writes, "Hiromi delivered a boy on Sept. 22, 2003. We named him Kaito, meaning a pioneer in Japanese. Both Hiromi and Kaito are healthy."

Abhijit Mitra, MBA, writes, "I was promoted to director of development at Oracle Corporation (thanks to my MBA). My boy’s first birthday was on Oct 30. Had a big bash at our place."

Berkeley Columbia Executive MBA Gregory A. Brown, MBA 04, recently launched a company in Seattle called Advantage Global, which helps US-based manufacturers source their components and finished products more directly and efficiently from factories in Asia. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Erika.

Executive Development

Harry Bruintjes (e-Herry), Executive Development, of The Netherlands writes, "Dear Colleagues, times have become harder. But the sun is still shining and we still have the spirit to elaborate on our e-business. Keep up the good work!"

Stephen Frost, Executive Development, of Melbourne, Australia, writes, "I recently left CRM eXpress where I was CEO for three years and have started a new venture (Community One Fundraising Services) to help community-based organizations create reliable monthly income streams to underwrite their administrative overheads. My first contract is with the Assemblies of God in Australia, a church with more than 1,000 congregations and around 160,000 members."


Paul Y. Huo (Yangchung Paul Huo), Ph.D, assumed a new position as the dean of the School of Business at University of Bridgeport Jan. 1, 2003. Prior to moving to Bridgeport, he was the director (dean) and George Frederick Jewett Distinguished Professor of School of Business and Leadership, University of Puget Sound.

Serge Matulich, Ph.D, professor emeritus at the Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College, recently completed a six-week Fulbright Senior Specialist assignment at the University of Rijeka in Pula, Croatia. Serge, a CPA, consulted on the feasibility of starting an MBA program at the Faculty of Economics and Tourism in Pula.

Marc-David L. Seidel, Ph.D, writes, "I have relocated back to the West Coast after spending seven years at the University of Texas at Austin. As of July 1, 2003, I’ve joined the faculty of the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. I’m living in downtown Vancouver with an easy commute to campus, and loving the new location."

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Ankur Luthra, BS
Mark Coopersmith, MBA
Carlos Gaviola, MBA
Isabelle Ursula
Art M. Altman, MBA
Rob Nicholson, MBA 95, and Leslie Davis Nicholson, MBA 01
Clare Deegan-Kent, MBA

Maryam Ghazi-Majidi, MBA
Maja Tellander
Brisen Brady (Vannice), MBA 01, and Scott Brady, MBA 04
Peggy Wu, MBA
Amanda Young
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