Winter 2006

Alumni Notes & News

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Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA
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George Erb, BS, writes, "Marion and I celebrated our 61st anniversary in June. While we don't do much traveling these days, we do enjoy one another's company living here in God's Country. Do enjoy attending the football games in Strawberry Canyon during these wonderful Tedford years. Go Bears!"


Alexis Benioff, BS, writes, "I'm living in San Francisco, my native city, with my wife, Marilyn. We have three children, one a Berkeley grad and one a Santa Cruz grad, plus grandchildren. In the last many years I have been running my own firm, Systems Works, where we provide strategic planning and implementation of business information technology solutions including computer accounting."


Carol Harkness Williams, BS Carol Harkness Williams, BS, writes, "I am retired from the California Reading and Literature Project, Northern California Office. My husband, Bob, is retired after serving as deputy legislative secretary from 1963 to 1988, to California governors Pat Brown, Ronald Reagan, Jerry Brown, and George Deukmejian. Here is a picture of me sailing at Newport, R.I., this fall. The wind is in my hair, and I am having the time of my life. We have two sons -- one works for Intel, and the other is with the Federal Reserve Bank – and three grandchildren. We have just celebrated anniversary No. 51. Best wishes to all."


William H. Johnson, BS, writes, "My wife, Shirley (Brooks), class of '56, and I are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary in December 2004. We met on a blind date when we were students at Cal. I have been retired from Chevron Chemical Co. since 1986 where I completed 30 years of service. We have lived in the Concord/Walnut Creek area for 46 years."


John Wilson Jr., BS, see MBA 1963 notes.


Christy Reehl, BS, see MBA 1962 notes.


Eileen (Costales) Fredrikson, BS, and husband, Jon, owners of Gomberg-Fredrikson & Associates, received the 2004 Wine Industry Integrity award. Created in 1998, the award honors those individuals who have conducted their careers with integrity while making significant contributions to the wine industry. Gomberg-Fredrikson & Associates is the oldest research and consulting firm in the industry. It was founded by wine industry pioneer Louis Gomberg and acquired by the Fredriksons in 1983. Along with publishing the monthly Gomberg-Fredrikson Report and WineData Wine Pricing, the Fredriksons consult on strategic planning, wine market analysis, winery acquisitions and divestitures, new venture analysis, and project management. Eileen also serves on the Wine Institute Research & Education Committee and is past president of American Institute of Wine & Food, NorCal and a former national board vice president of Women for WineSense.

Vijay Kumar, BS, of Mountain View writes, "I am a staff QA representative to BMC Software on the mainframe side. I perform that function for $50 million annual sales of software. I am also an advisor to a software company called InternetSpeech, whose technology allows any person via phone to connect to the Internet. It performs speech to text and text to speech conversion, which allows reading of Web pages, sending and receiving e-mail, and performing Web searches. InternetSpeech,, is looking for individual and institutional investors. My e-mail address is"


Luanne Clayton, BS Luanne Clayton, BS, writes, "I live in Sacramento. I have worked for the Department of Defense, been an independent training consultant, and taught business in evening school for the local community college. I am currently teaching sixth grade in an elementary school in a poor district. I have three children. My son, Andy, earned a Masters from the University of the Pacific. My middle child is developmentally disabled, attends day school, and lives at home. My youngest, Julia, graduated this year from Boalt and we are awaiting the results of her Bar exam. I learned to ride a horse 10 years ago and now I have two of them and a young golden retriever. If my peers are looking for a challenging career change, I encourage you to look at becoming an elementary school teacher. Balancing the needs of second-language children; teaching academic English to native English speakers; handling classroom discipline, absenteeism, and a lack of parent involvement; meeting the needs of different learners, and helping children develop confidence in their ability to solve problems, while presenting a fast-paced, standards-based curriculum will challenge you and draw upon all your past experience."


Jean Tardy-Vallernaud, BS Jean Tardy-Vallernaud, BS, is founder and managing director of JTV Private Management, an independent wealth management practice in Santa Monica serving affluent US, and non-US individuals and families. The firm, which is formally associated with private London-based asset management institutions, focuses on an absolute-return approach, with client assets invested in all major global markets. He writes, "Earlier, my 29-year corporate career in banking and private wealth started after my Wharton MBA graduation, and included senior business development and management positions with three major US institutions (Bankers Trust, First Interstate, and Citibank) and two leading Swiss private banks (Banque Privée E. de Rothschild, Bank Julius Baer). I began in New York, was then stationed in Europe, and have now been based in Los Angeles for the past 19 years. I have been married for seven years. My wife, Patricia, is an artist (painter) and also runs her own graphic design business. I have two adult children from my prior marriage. My son is a '97 USC business school entrepreneurship graduate and founder of a private multimedia and Web site design and hosting company in Los Angeles. My daughter is a '99 Rhode Island School of Design graduate, and HR director with a startup private animal-care organization. I am an active participant in the Los Angeles art community, and a member-exhibitor at The Art Studio in Santa Monica. My main volunteer activities have included The Public Counsel Law Center, the Century City Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles City Library Foundation, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others."


Steven Turover, BS, see MBA 1978 notes.


Joseph Butler, BS, is president of Montclair Financial Group LLC, which provides tax consulting services to biotechnology and medical technology companies as well as personal financial planning, estate planning, and investment advisory services. The company relocated its Northern California offices to 827 Broadway, Suites 230-260, in the historic "Old Oakland District" of downtown Oakland and opened a government affairs office in the Washington, DC, area. The DC office provides consulting services to clients who plan to participate in programs sponsored by the US Treasury and Commerce departments as well as the Small Business Administration.


Barry Gilbert, BS, see MBA 1977 notes.

Robert Pomeroy Jr., BS, see MBA 1974 notes.


Arnold R Nixon, BS, who received his MBA at San Francisco State University, is a CPA and member of the Institute of Management Accountants, local board member of the American Production and Inventory Control Society, and a Sonoma County planning commissioner. He is married with three children.

Bruce Ward, BS, was named chief financial officer at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, where he is responsible for financial and resource management in support of the NASA mission. Prior to this position, he was deputy chief financial officer at the US Treasury, Financial Management Service, in Washington, DC.


Thomas Leaver Jr., BS, of London, England has spent more than 25 years in the international petroleum refining, trading and supply, and marine transportation business in various senior management roles with private and national oil companies. He is now working on oil infrastructure projects in the Middle East and developing a commodity fund for a publicly traded hedge fund. He is married with one daughter finishing up her International Baccalaureate in France and applying to University of California for fall 2005.


David Glanz, writes, "Can't believe it's coming on 30 years. The photos of the new – well, after our time anyway – B-School Building certainly look great. I'm a real estate lawyer in New York, and our developer and finance clients have never been busier. Due to a recent merger of law firms, I'm not only continuing my classic 'dirt law' practice but have also become active in government agency-issued, tax-exempt bond financings for real estate development. As an example, I'm about to close a Liberty Bond financing for the development of a new multi-family rental building in the downtown New York area near the 9/11 site. So, I'm always thankful for my training in finance and accounting at Cal. (And just imagine - all we had in the mid-'70s were arithmetic calculators, not laptops with Excel.) My wife is launching a fine jewelry line to be marketed through high-end department stores; the two of us are certainly busy. All the best!"


John Jack, BS, of Tiburon is working in the high-tech industry as a CEO of a startup company. He has been in software since graduating in 1977 and counts companies like Sybase and Vantive among his successes. He is married with three girls, the oldest of which is a senior at Cal this year. Go Bears.

Jeffrey Lerman, BS, and his wife, Michelle Lerman, both attorneys, run their own law firm, Lerman & Lerman in San Rafael. Jeff practices in the areas of real estate transactions and litigation. Michelle's expertise is in estate planning. Jeff also serves as treasurer and board member of the Marin County Bar Association, co-chair of the State Bar Real Estate Litigation Section, and co-chair of the Marin County Bar Real Estate Section. He also makes weekly radio appearances, "Lerman on the Law." He and Michelle have four children, ages 8 to 17.
Jon Stern, BS, of Mill Valley, writes, "Our company is building one of the first lifestyle brands in China capturing the essence of the new 'I am me' generation, freedom of the individual."


Charles Michaels, BS, writes, "Shortly after graduating from Haas, I married Doris Schmidt, a Cal student in the Masters of Arts in Teaching program. Doris and I moved to New York, and then on to Zurich and London following career opportunities in banking and international equities. Ten years ago we returned to New York, where we currently live. I started a money management business, Sierra Global, focused on European growth stocks – the business is named after the mountain range I fell in love with while at Cal. Doris started a literary agency. Her biggest selling book is How To Become A Rainmaker by Jeffrey J. Fox. We both look forward to celebrating our 25-year wedding anniversary shortly here in New York, and then again in Arnold, Calif., in December. We miss our cappuchinos at Cafe Renaissance and Cafe Med – Starbucks just doesn't cut it for us."

Linda Schermer, BS, a member of the California Bar Association since 1983, decided to combine her legal background with real estate. She received her real estate broker's license in 1996 and in 2002 started her own company, LGJ Realty in Los Angeles.


After a brief stint as a California State Franchise Tax Board revenue agent, CPA Paul A. Johnson, BS, spent four years as a senior consultant with Price Waterhouse Coopers' Bay Area practice. He married Sali Golda, a UCLA alumna in the late 1980s, and worked in a variety of positions in the Bay Area, including senior tax executive with Citicorp, subsidiary controller with Mitsui Bank, vice president and CFO of MCSI, a regional high-tech computer leasing firm, and senior vice president of accounting and administration with BACO Realty Group of San Francsico. Most recently he joined the management team as operations controller of AD Seeno Construction Company of Concord, one of America's top 50 builders. Paul's new duties will include key participation in fiscal management and accounting oversight of the home building, real estate, and hospitality and gaming operating divisions. He and his spouse spend their spare time involved in many community activities, including the Oakland SPCA and other local charitable organizations. Together they enjoy practicing yoga and Paul, who holds a black belt in Aikido, regularly attends regional training sessions.


Karl Edwards, BS, of Los Angeles launched a private consulting practice, Bold Enterprises/Cultural Architects, to help leaders and organizations create personally rewarding and business enhancing workplace cultures. Combining the practical wisdom of 20 years of business and institutional experience with a personal passion for helping people thrive in their vocational pursuits, Karl enjoys consulting, coaching, speaking, and teaching on the complex challenges business leaders face. He believes leaders have an unprecedented opportunity to influence the broader culture by enhancing the workplace culture. (

Barry Geisler, BS, has been the general manager of the Patriot Center, the 10,000- seat arena on the George Mason University campus, since 1988. Patriot Center hosts concerts, basketball games, and family and other special events. Barry and his wife, Meredith, have two children, Natalie (11) and Grant (5). The Geislers live in Potomac, Md., a suburb of Washington, DC.


Joseph P. Breen, BS, and The Louderback Law Firm have relocated to One Embarcadero, 23rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111 415-398-7860 Joe continues to specialize in employment law and business litigation, and looks forward to attending more Haas events with fellow alumni in the Bay Area. His wife, Sue, recently completed her second book, Kitchen Design, which is expected to be published by Sterling Publishing in spring 2005, and is working on her third book on home design.

Nancy McKinney, BS, is the director of stewardship for the University of California, Berkeley. She started this second career in February 2004, after having spent three years consulting independently to banks in the area of risk management. Before that, she had a 17-year career with Bank of America, where she developed a diverse corporate staff background. Her last position there was as senior vice president and senior marketing officer for the International Corporate Banking Group. Nancy and her husband, Greg, are active with the universities they attended – Berkeley, UCLA, The University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northwestern University. They live in San Francisco and are avid collectors of fine art photography.


Pamela (Worsnop) Gleeson, BS, and her husband, Patrick, are the proud parents of two beautiful boys, Cole (6), class of 2021, and Liam (3), class of 2023. Pamela was recently promoted to CFO of Santen Inc., an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company in Napa. The Gleeson clan visited the Lair for the first time this past summer and highly recommend it!


Lisa Spearman, BS, see MBA 1992 notes.

Alan J. Sue, BS, writes, "Wisconsin is beautiful! Elise (Elise Davis BA '88) and I are loving life with our two girls, Hayley (8) and Charlotte (4), and Rhubarb-the-Wonder-Dog here in Madison. Great people, great cheese, and we love the snow. I'm in my eighth year with Famous Footwear and having a lot of fun and challenge creating a 'Test and Learn' department that will test and provide optimization guidance for our business practices."


James Garber, is enjoying life with his wife, Virginia, and daughter, Katalina. He is marketing director for World in Advance, a startup marketing and auction management company. He also serves as parish council officer at Catholic Community of Pleasanton, and president of Holy Name Alumni Association.
Charles J. Kreling, BS, of Walnut Creek received his multi-engine rating in March. He has been flying as a hobby since 1983.


Chris Carvalho, BS 88, enjoys the perks of working for Lucasfilm Chris Carvalho, BS, of San Rafael writes, "Part of the fun working for Lucasfilm is that I get involved in a lot of fun and unusual events and promotions. Earlier this year Lucasfilm and the Oakland Raiders did a special promotion at a Raiders home game, which combined Darth Vader and the denizens of the Black Hole, the Raiders most faithful fans, many of whom dress up wearing Star Wars costumes. The result was a great promotion – Storm Troopers and Darth Vader officially attending the game and Darth Vader masks everywhere – and a chance for myself to meet Mr. Vader." Chris is director of business development for Lucasfilm.

Harvey Schwartz, BS, was recently promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. He and his wife, Mary, are stationed at Okinawa, Japan, where they have lived for two years. He is assigned as the officer in charge of the Material Operations Center, 3rd Force Service Support Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Forces Pacific. He is responsible for the material readiness, logistic sustainment, and distribution support for over 15,000 Marines assigned to III Marine Expeditionary Force units located on Okinawa, mainland Japan, and the Republic of South Korea.

Kendall Thiemann, BS, of Walnut Creek, writes, "I have been gone from the Bay Area for 14 years and now I am back. And what a time to come back. Go Bears!" Kendall is the new vice president of sales at Claremont Insurance Services. With fourteen years of sales and marketing leadership experience under his belt, Kendall most recently served as PacifiCare's Northwest regional director of marketing and sales. Prior to that, he was vice president of Willis of Portland, and director of Life & Health Operations at Bieker, Richard & Ross, a regional brokerage. He developed the commercial health insurance company Family Care Health Plans Inc. within FamilyCare Inc. and served as a senior account executive at HealthNet. He has also served on the board of the Oregon Association of Health Underwriters. He is married with two girls (5) and (7).


Cathy Lo, BS, of Walnut Creek was married in May to Andrew Brown.


Althea T. Kippes, BS, an attorney with Mortimer Lawyers & Counselors in San Francisco, announces the firm's formation of the Business Litigation Group. The group represents small- to medium-sized businesses in dispute resolution, including litigation in federal courts. She writes, "Because we limit the number of cases we handle, we are able to aggressively represent our clients while putting their interests above all else. If you want to learn more about what I'm doing, visit our website at"

Mariza Verdugo, BS, writes, "I own two Curves franchises in Brea & Phillips Ranch, Calif., which I enjoy managing and operating. This opportunity has allowed me to spend more time with my three sons (6), (3), and (10 months). I feel that I am contributing to better the health issues of women in our society by helping them acquire the habit of exercise in just 30 minutes. Thanks, Haas Business School for giving me the tools to run my own business."


After several years of working at boutique investment banks and spending time as a freelancer, Paul Ark, BS, has taken a job on the corporate side of the fence as a vice president of corporate strategy and development with Central Retail Corporation, Thailand's largest retail group. He is responsible for the company's international expansion and acquisitions.


Monica Emerick, BS, of New York is now vice president and senior counsel for litigation and dispute resolution with U.S. Trust, the private wealth management arm of Charles Schwab.


Adrian Chua, BS, of Tokyo, Japan, writes, "Having founded Round Hill Capital Partners ( in 2001, I've been working in Japan for over three years, focusing on the real estate investment management business here and in Asia. We are Prudential Real Estate's ( investment manager in Japan, and have been slowly building up our business and assets under management. Unfortunately, it's been a very busy time, so there's nothing to update on family or other activities at the moment."

John Harkavy, BS, writes, "I received an MBA from Wharton in 2002. Since then, I have been working as a commodities manager at a manufacturer based in Charlotte, N.C. I now have a son, John III (aka Trey) born March 5, 2003."

Annie (Lai) McMillin, BS, writes, "Aloha everyone! Life on Maui is a dream life! My husband and I continue to surf almost every day. Surfing is so addicting because I feel like I'm constantly challenging myself physically and mentally. I'm not a complete surf bum yet because we are also growing our surf shop, Da Beach House Maui. I have been able to apply my great shopping skills by finding new merchandise for our store. I have also tapped into my artistic side by creating a surfer girl tank top design, painting light switch covers, and making handmade greeting cards. I feel like I am participating in a real live case competition every day because I'm trying to juggle all the operations, accounting, and marketing of the business. We've had friends and family visit us every month, so please schedule a trip soon! This is the first year that I won't be going to the Big Game in the last 12 years, so I know everyone will be partying on my behalf at Demar's Big Game Bash. Go Bears! Love you and miss you lots. E-mail me at, and check our website at"


Messai Gessesse, BS, is associate counsel, team sports, for Strickland & Ashe Management LLC. In addition to being a licensed attorney in the District of Columbia and New Jersey, Messai is also a certified NBA player agent. The last three years Messai headed up legal and business affairs for SFX Basketball during which he negotiated, drafted, and finalized numerous licensing, endorsement, and employment contracts for various NBA players, including Mike Bibby, Tracy McGrady, Darius Miles, and Jermaine O'Neal. Messai received his law degree in 2001 from the Georgetown University Law Center and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Joseph Goldberg, BS, writes, "I finished up my MBA at the Wharton School back in May, took off the summer to travel, and started up as a senior product marketing manager at VMware, a software subsidiary of EMC. I am living in San Francisco near the ballpark and commuting down to work in Palo Alto. Also, after dealing with cruddy Division 2 Ivy League football the last two years at U of Penn, it's nice to be back home watching the Bears clean up in a real football league."


Sam Willard, BS, of Berkeley writes, "After six years in IT consulting, project management, and marketing, I decided that it wasn't for me, and made a drastic career switch to photography. (Those who knew me back in school probably could have guessed that I'd end up in a creative career. Well, it happened!) I just celebrated my one-year anniversary in the new business, and I am pleased to say that I've had great success so far. I do a lot of portraiture and corporate event photography, and I have a long client list of other photographers whom I assist with large production magazine and advertising photo shoots, where my business background comes in handy. It is rewarding to be pursuing my dream career. I hope all my former classmates are following their dreams, too. Visit my website and/or drop me a line at"


Dan Hua, BS, of Los Angeles writes, "After three years as an investment banker at Bear Stearns, I moved on to Synergy Capital Partners and am now currently at Trinity Capital LLC. I am involved in the buyout of Burger King Corp. and other multi-unit franchises. I am happily married as of September, and we had a blast honeymooning in Paris, Rome, Florence, and Venice (especially after reading The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons). Also currently going to UCLA as a fully employed MBA."

Lisa Lan, BS, writes, "Six years out of Haas and one year after getting my MBA from NYU, I am now pursuing my longtime dream of running a food-related business. My partners and I have launched the Diner's Deck, New York City's fun and informative dining guide in the form of a deck of cards that gets you $10 off at 52 hot spots and neighborhood favorites (for more info, please visit Every restaurant featured has our stamp of approval (and we have all been serious restaurant-goers for years). The Decks have garnered a cult following by New Yorkers and we look forward to a successful holiday season."

Pratima Sethi, BS, of San Francisco writes, "I finished my MBA this past May and have made a significant career change from IT to luxury goods. Currently I am working in the family jewelry business handling all the marketing initiatives from media outreach and PR to special events. We launched a line of designer color diamond jewelry on Check us out under the designer name YS18 Collection. However, I am excited to embark on a new opportunity as part of Louis Vuitton's Retail Management program. Aside from that, I have been fortunate to be in touch with many of my Cal friends from undergrad and made some new Cal alum friends in B-school. Go Bears!"


Doug Bentz, BS, of San Diego returned from an 89-day, 5,674-mile cross-country bicycle tour for charity. The two-man tour raised over $18,000 for the San Diego chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Details and pictures from the tour can be found at

Yan Gelman, BS, is looking forward to finishing the second year of his MBA at The Wharton School. He plans to return to the Bay Area upon completion of the program in May 2005.
Greg Haack, BS, writes, "I recently moved to Aliso Viejo in Orange County to work at my company's headquarters in Laguna Hills. I continue to work at The Pacific Group as an employee benefits insurance broker. Although I miss all of my friends in the Bay Area, the move to Orange County has been great. Year-round golf – wow! I'm in heaven. I look forward to catching up with alums in the area. Go Bears!"

Ulysses Romero, BS, writes, "After working for Mercer Management Consulting in San Francisco, United Way in Los Angeles, and GE Capital in New York, I attended that other school across the Bay and received my MBA from Stanford in June 2004. I formed Ithaca Capital a few months ago and am pursuing buy-out opportunities in the Hispanic food space."


Akiva Balfour, BS, "After all these years, I am still trading index options in Chicago. I also recently began an evening MBA program at University of Chicago. Chicago's a fun town, but I miss the California sunshine."

William Edmonson, BS, is a third-year student at New York University School of Law and an articles editor of the New York University Law Review. He worked as a summer associate at Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher in the summer. Upon graduation in May 2005, he will clerk for Judge F.A. Little in the US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

Traci Rupp, BS, writes, "I got married! The lucky groom is Lee Grainger, to whom I was introduced just before graduation by another alum, Hiromi Dyson, BS. We were married on Sept. 30, 2004, in a small but lovely outdoor ceremony in Ottawa, Canada. We expect to be living in Canada until the spring, when we plan to move back to California. In addition, our business is starting to do well; our two main products, Living Cookbook and Diet Pro, are quickly becoming market leaders. I am deliriously happy and look forward to seeing you all next year for our fifth (can you believe it?) reunion!"

Pravir S. Singh, BS, writes, "I Have been with ABN Amro's M&A advisory practice for the past three years, after joining Morgan Stanley in New York upon graduation from Haas in 2000. Look forward to catching up with any Haas alums living or passing though London. (We are also currently recruiting at the analyst and associate levels!)"


Mai Anh Mimi Tran, BS, and Adam Smithline, BS '92, write, "We've decided to be the change we wish to see in the world. Flaws in the US political system, our very own democracy, have prompted us to start Fact Shirt, a campaign to increase public awareness and dialogue about the facts of US democracy, our public policies and actions, and their impact on human suffering and social justice throughout the world. Fact Shirt is a 100 percent employee-owned company that donates a significant portion of revenues to non-partisan organizations working to strengthen our democracy. We believe informed dialogue is a prerequisite for democracy, and we're trying to help get the conversation started. When not working towards positive change and supporting clean money campaigns, Adam loves spending time with his family. While away from hugging trees, Mimi enjoys working toward a goal of one day climbing a big wall with her fiancée."

Joyce (Tingley) Paige, BS, of Shrewsbury, Mo., is the proud new grandma of Thomas Allen Felber. He was born July 27, 2004, to Joyce's son, Charles Felber, and his wife, Krista.


Christina Bogatsky, BS, writes, "Hello to the broader Haas community! Fortunately I have been able to remain somewhat involved through recruitment for The Clorox Company, which is my latest gig. After a year in investment banking, I moved on to brand management, and it has been a wonderful and rewarding experience. I have also been working with a great San Francisco-based nonprofit called Upwardly Global, which I would like to briefly promote. The organization helps immigrant professionals ground their careers in the US UpGlo provides immigrants with resources to assimilate to our corporate culture and develop themselves into strong candidates for work in the US. Additionally, the group matches their clients with professionals in the Bay Area to provide a mentorship relationship. I continuously try to recruit for this great organization, so please contact me or access if you are interested. Good luck to everyone with finals, and happy holidays! Go Bears!"

Natalie Melamed, BS, writes, "I got married on Oct. 3 in Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, Calif., to a Stanford alumnus Alex Shoykhet. We had a Jewish ceremony and a super-fun reception with lots of toasts and nonstop dancing until 11 p.m. We had many classmates of mine at the wedding and one of my bridesmaids I also met while in Haas. Shortly after the wedding we departed for our honeymoon in Tahiti, which was very romantic and absolutely spectacular. Following our honeymoon, we are residing in Fremont, Calif."


Charles Hunter, BS, has joined CBRE Hawaii as an associate in the investment properties division. He is assisting with major assignments, including the disposition of the Hawaii Omori Portfolio and the Kakaako Commerce Center. Prior to joining CBRE Hawaii, Hunter worked with a commercial brokerage company in Los Angeles, primarily handling apartment management and sales. He is also experienced in retail management.

Fan Li, BS, works for Cisco China and recently met Cisco CEO John Chambers in Beijing.

Ankur Luthra, BS, writes, "Just enjoying my time here at Harvard Business School, and I've found that every single Cal and Haas alum misses Berkeley dearly. Not a day goes by where we don't share Cal stories! Haas prepared me so well for HBS; it's just amazing. Hope all is well on your end and at my beloved Haas."

Victor Santiago Pineda, BS, writes, "I have recently founded the Victor Pineda Foundation, a nonprofit disability rights advocacy organization. This past year I have worked for the World Bank and UN Agencies and have collaborated with ministers, policy makers, and heads of state promoting equal opportunity, access, and inclusion. I invite interested alumni and friends to contact me about upcoming events, as well as sponsorship and outreach initiatives. I will be speaking at the United Nations on Dec. 3, 2004. If you have any questions or ideas to share, reach me at"


Brian Wei, BS, writes, "Right now I am in Mongolia enjoying the wonderfully warm weather. I am currently working for the UNDP on a business development project in the countryside, aimed at rural poverty alleviation, and an employment generation project. It is truly amazing work. Drop me an e-mail if you're in Ulaanbaatar. Cheers."



Merrell Skeels, BS 39, MBA 41, passed away on May 22, 2004, writes Peter H. Michael, MBA 71. Skeels had a serial career as a certified public accountant, first rising to partner in the international accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand, and after retiring from there, teaching accounting at California State University, Sacramento, where he chaired the Department of Accountancy. Professor Skeels was the founder of the Sacramento chapter of Cal Business Alumni, now the Haas Alumni Network, and served on the board of directors of Cal Business Alumni. He was an active member of many civic and professional organizations. This competent, modest alumnus was the kind who never had an enemy, and never sought credit for his many fine deeds which benefited so many others.


Robert Cline, MBA, is a partner with the firm of Cline & Duplissea, a full-scale lobbying firm that specializes in California state government ( Both Cline and Bill Duplissea are former members of the California State Assembly. Among the clients are financial services, local governments, building contractors, and a variety of others, which are listed on the Web site.

David A. White, MBA, writes, "After receiving my MBA, I worked briefly as a Foreign Trade Analyst for the US Department of Commerce in San Francisco, followed by a position in the business office in Sproul Hall from 1961 to 1963. After traveling in Europe and playing and coaching basketball in Bilbao, Spain, I returned to school and earned my Ph.D. in Latin American history from UCLA in 1968. Since then I have taught Latin American history at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, and this spring semester, I will retire after 37 years of university teaching. I have also been teaching in Sonoma State's Lifelong Learning Program, including leading study groups to Cuba the last three years and another study trip to Chiapas planned for March. Our four children have produced five delightful grandkids. We like to travel, and I play tennis when knees and weather permit. I am also currently involved in the Living Wage movement in Sonoma County."


Christy Reehl, MBA, of Fountain Valley, Calif., is a retired former managing partner of Squar, Milner, Reehl & Williamson LLP, a business consulting and accounting firm. He is author of The Mathematics of Options Trading to be published by McGraw-Hill in February 2005.


John C. Wilson Jr., MBA, has been performing corporate and individual valuations for his firm, Wilson Associates, since 1989. Valuation assignments involve stock option plans for Silicon Valley companies, mergers and acquisitions, buy-outs and buy-ins, and other corporate restructurings. For individuals, it involves estate planning for taxes, gifting, and shareholder disputes.


Ralph Bahna, MBA, was named non-executive chairman of the board for He has served as a company director since 1998, the year was launched. He was an innovative leader in the cruise industry, serving for many years as CEO of Cunard Line Ltd., and was a senior marketing executive with Trans World Airlines Inc. He is the founder and current president of Masterworks Development Corp., which has developed an international chain of specialized business hotels, called Club Quarters.

Allen Lauer, MBA, of Portola Valley, Calif., writes, "I have just wrapped up a 39-year career with Varian Inc. and its predecessor, Varian Asscociates, a Silicon Valley firm focusing on scientific instruments for chemical and biochemical analysis. I began in 1965 as an application engineer and retired as chairman and CEO. It was quite a ride over the years through the ups and downs of the technology markets, but it was a great experience. Retirement looks like a busy time. I will continue to serve on the Varian board as chairman and will serve on the boards of a couple of other companies with exciting technologies, but my wife, Kathy, (a Cal grad) and I intend to find more time for hiking, fishing, golfing, and skiing with many old friends and classmates."


Flagg Taylor, MBA, writes, "Thanks to the article and picture update in this summer's CalBusiness, my old friend and classmate, Don Krom, MBA '67, was able to locate me. We got together at his wife's family's 600-acre farm in Grey, Ga., even more rural than Social Circle, Ga., where I live. Don marked the entrance to the mile drive back to the farmhouse with a huge 'Go Bears' sign highlighted with blue and yellow deflated pool rafts. Imagine, two Haas MBAs, both married to women named Carole, living in rural Georgia, talking about Cal, Vietnam, life in the corporate world, and the Bears. It was a great evening. Hopefully some other alums will come down to see us and enjoy some barbeque."


Douglas Fancher, MBA, writes, "My wife and I did the New York young management scene for almost two years and moved back to Sausalito, Calif. We had two children, a daughter, Christian, and son, Justin. Now they are grown and married. I was divorced in 1994 and remarried to a college classmate 15 months later. I now live in Oxford, Miss. I am an international investment banker as well as president of one of our companies (an aircraft company that operates out of Waco). I spend a lot of time traveling here and abroad on business. Margaret and I go to France as often as possible. I proposed to her in Paris and we were lucky enough to house-sit for friends in Central France for three months in 1998. While living in Sausalito I got involved with local politics and was elected a few times to public office, including mayor. All in all I have been enjoying the dickens out of life."


Following a 29-year career with AT&T, Robert (Bob) Klein, MBA, of Verdi, Nev., succumbed to the romance of the rails and is now president and CEO of Golden State Ltd., offering private railroad car charter trips nationwide. He writes, "All you ever wanted to know about this opportunity can be found at Looks like the transportation part of the Cal MBA finally got put to use!"


G.J. Max Oliva, MBA, a Catholic priest in Calgary, Alberta, Canada writes, "Beginning May 2002, I started 'Spirituality at Work' in which I am a 'Spirituality Coach' to the business community. There are, basically, four dimensions to this ministry: six-day, individually directed, retreats that a person makes while continuing to go to work; seminars on ethics for companies and associations; an e-mail newsletter on ethics and spirituality; and small groups, which I facilitate. Our focus is on virtues and their connection to one's work."


James Bryant, MBA, retired from IBM after a 30-year career. He is now president and COO of a software startup, Optimum Outcomes, and selectman in the town of Hamilton, Mass. He is married with four children; two grown and working, and two in school.


James C. Eaves, MBA, of Heidelberg, Germany, was promoted as a Department of the Army Logistics Management Specialist within the Installation Management Agency - Europe. His job focuses on supply chain management and life support for US Soldiers stationed in Europe, and also for those US soldiers from Europe who are deployed to Southwest Asia. Supporting these soldiers is something he considers an honor, and not just a job. He keeps in close touch with his blue-and-gold roots through frequent phone calls to his parents, Pat (BA 1948), and Jackson (BS 1947), and by watching Cal football games on the Armed Forces Network, which broadcasts more Cal games now that Cal is nationally ranked. Go Bears!

William Perttula, MBA, writes, "After serving as a marketing department chair for four years, I was chosen as the interim dean of the College of Business at San Francisco State University. This is a challenging year because we are moving our MBA program to downtown San Francisco. My new work schedule is incompatible with my plan to improve my golf game!"


Robert Pomeroy Jr., MBA, of West Simsbury, Conn., started a new venture debt firm, Horizon Technology Finance, that received funding earlier this year. He writes, "We have committed over $50 million of the $300 million fund so far. Most recently I was president of GATX Ventures and before that founded venture finance businesses for Transamerica and Financing for Science. My wife, Sue (Backus), BA 74, and I have been enjoying life in New England for the past 19 years, but our daughters have made their way back to California. We visit often. Go Bears!"

Gale Wrausmann, MBA, writes, "I am a photographer living in Carmel, Calif. Nine years ago I founded Carmel Walks, a walking tour about the history, artists, architecture, and gardens of Carmel. See It has been featured on Home and Garden TV, Bay Area Backroads, USA Today, Sunset Magazine, AAA Tourbook, etc. My airedale accompanies me on the tours."


Nancy Lewellen, MBA, received her law degree in May 2000 from Santa Clara University and is a principal of Palladian Law Group, a majority woman-owned business that specializes in business, corporate, intellectual property, and employment law. It also has a thriving wills and trust practice for its entrepreneurial clients who need personal wealth accumulation and disposition. Alums are invited to stop in and see her new quarters at 220 Montgomery, Suite 560, San Francisco, CA 94104. Nancy can be reached at 415-399-0993 or by e-mail at

After a career in international business with the Carnation Company and First Interstate Trading Company, Willy Tjen, MBA 75, started his own trading company in 1990, concentrating on imports from Indonesia. He later worked in consulting and became more involved with trade policy and eventually environmental consulting. He writes, "Over the years I learned to deeply appreciate what life is all about, and how people in other places with vastly different cultures work to improve their community and their own lives. We all live in a globalized world, and peoples of this planet need to learn how to deal with a growing complexity and multiculturalism of modern living."


Barry Gilbert, MBA, Barry Gilbert remains president of Smith & Hawken in Novato, Calif., since the company was acquired by The Scotts Company, the world's largest marketer of branded products for consumer lawn and garden care.

Gordon Gregory, MBA, of Los Angeles writes, "Having recently celebrated our 15th anniversary in the investment banking business, Mosaic Capital LLC (member NASD) is pleased to announce its recent association with International Merger & Acquisition Partners (www. It is an exclusive global partnership of leading M&A advisory firms with 90 offices in 22 countries, whose partners have completed more than 1,000 middle-market transactions exceeding $15 billion in value since 2000. More importantly, Gordon and his Cal sweetheart, Gayle, just celebrated their 20th anniversary.


Azmat Malik, MBA, is looking forward to teaching marketing at the Graduate School of Business Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Pakistan starting winter quarter, after many years of marketing management and strategic planning in the semiconductor industry. He writes, "The transition is bound to be interesting, to say the least, with significant differences in the cultural, geographic, and, most of all, the working environment."

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Grant Ricketts, MBA, of El Cerrito, Calif., writes, "No major updates to announce for my wife, Anne Delehunt, and myself except that Saba, the company I helped start in 1997, continues to grow. We see the convergence of knowledge management, learning management, and performance management occuring in the enterprise and are excited about the platform and market leadership we've developed to help manage these processes at a more strategic level. This has been a very rewarding experience professionally. Volunteerism also abounds. Anne has spearheaded volunteer teams for Habitat for Humanity and other environmentally friendly organizations. Also served on the local Planning Commission for the past four years. Our garden is turning into a local wildlife scantuary, complete with many things flying, crawling, running, and even fighting, like the two bucks who crossed paths at about 5 the other morning."

David Southern, MBA, of San Francisco writes, "I've just taken a job as director of finance at a small biopharmaceutical company, Threshold Pharmaceuticals Inc. If that's not enough to keep me busy, I am pursuing a Ph.D. program in behavioral finance through the Union Institute and University. I am in need of a couple of adjunct professors for my doctoral committee, so if you have an interest in this area and hold a Ph.D., please feel free to contact me at"


Alan Gutterman, MBA, is general counsel of ASI Computer Technologies Inc. in Fremont, Calif. ASI, a wholesale component and peripheral products distributor offering more than 3,000 products, has been the largest privately-held woman-owned business in Silicon Valley for the last eight years and has been ranked one of the top 25 woman-owned businesses in the United States. Alan is responsible for all legal affairs associated with the business. Since graduating from the business school, he has been a partner and senior counsel at several major national law firms and is also a best-selling author of business law and transactions publications for Thompson/West, the world's largest legal publisher. He lives in Oakland with his wife, Kathy, and their youngest son, Spencer. His three older boys are in college and beyond. He can be reached at


Erik Juell, MBA, returned to Oslo, Norway, in the early 1990s and joined a privately owned investment management company, which was sold to ABN Amro Asset Management in 2000. He is now working within portfolio management (fixed income) and as advisor to a few select clients and will take a sabbatical year from work in 2006 to pursue interests, spend time with family, and travel (possibly visit Berkeley). His family includes a wife and two boys, (6) and (8). Fellow graduates visiting Europe are welcome to make contact.


Dana Baughman Chapman, MBA, is vice president and head of the Aon Consulting office in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She also serves on the board of directors for the Iowa Society of Human Resource Management and is a volunteer on the city of Cedar Rapids' Compensation Committee. Dana and her husband, Kyle, and son, Carter, a fourth grader at Coolidge School, are active in Cub Scouts and the fellowship and education committees of Cedar Hills Community Church.

Philip Livingston, MBA, of Basking Ridge, N.J., is CFO and board member of World Wrestling Entertainment and on the board and audit committee chairman of Cott Corporation and Insurance Auto Auctions. All three are public companies. WWE and Cott are NYSE companies. He also works with a small, private software startup, Approva, that provides an SAP bolt-on application that monitors user authorities and violations of segregation of duties rules. Approva is backed by NEA and Columbia Capital. He writes, "I speak regularly on corporate governance and am very proud that one of my first classes at Cal was a corporate governance seminar taught by Dow Votaw and Mike Chetkovich. Go Bears!"

Jim McKnight, MBA, is president and CEO of Elysian Isle Gourmet Foods, a company that specializes in importing 100 percent pure and natural avocado oil and other gourmet food products from New Zealand. Previously, he owned and operated Hearing Solutions, a chain of hearing aid offices in the Pacific Northwest. He lives in the wine country hills above Dundee, Ore.

Diane Shigeta, MBA, of Honolulu, Hawaii, was promoted to vice president at A&B Properties Inc., the property development and management subsidiary of Alexander & Baldwin Inc. She retains primary responsibility for the financial evaluation of acquisition, development, property management, and sales activity, as well as for strategic and operating plan development for the subsidiary. She joined A&B Properties in 1994 as manager, financial planning and analysis, and, in 2002, was promoted to director, financial planning and analysis. She had originally joined the corporate planning department of parent company Alexander & Baldwin Inc. in 1988 as manager, investment analysis. Prior to joining A&B, Shigeta was a portfolio manager with Hawaiian Trust Company, now known as Pacific Century Trust, and she also had been a financial analyst with Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco. She also serves as treasurer of the board of the Hawaii Society of Corporate Planners.


Pauline Chan-Fabries, MBA, has enjoyed an international career in the cosmetic industry in France, including six years with L'Oreal and 10 years with Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmetique. She created her own company, the Laboratoire de Dermo-Cosmetique Animale (LDCA), to take care of the skin health and hair beauty of dogs and cats. Married to a veterinarian, she finds this a natural career transition. The key members of LDCA founders include Pauline's husband, Lionel, Michel Bichard-Breaud, a famous international professional of French cosmetics, as well as two French leading vet dermatologists. Visit the Web site at www. Having won several prizes in France for the innovation and originality of the products, Dermoscent is also protected and supported by patents for worldwide market. Dermoscent, which was recently launched in France, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Holland and soon the UK, is looking for an exclusive distributor for the American market to distribute the products through vet clinics and the
pet trade.


Mike Gallivan, MBA, writes, "I have been living in Atlanta for the past six years, after spending nearly three years in Manhattan. I am a business professor, teaching technology management courses to MBA students at Georgia State University. From 1990 to 1996, I was in the Boston area as a Ph.D. student at MIT Sloan School of Management. I have been busy and happy since arriving in Atlanta, and Doug (Rice) sends his regards to all, too."

Mauri Schwartz, MBA, of San Francisco writes, "Thank you all for supporting Career Insiders, the career management consulting firm I started two years ago. The company is growing and we are proud to announce the launch of a terrific new Web site this fall,"

Andrew Turnbull, MBA, is product integration director for Credence Systems in Milpitas, Calif., a manufacturer of automatic test equipment for the semiconductor industry. He is in his 10th year with Credence and 20th year in the industry. Andrew lives in a small rural town in the East Bay Area and enjoys spending time with his horse, country western dancing, singing and playing country music, and being active in the community.


Cartoonist and Dilbert creator Scott Adams, MBA, has created Dilbert's Ultimate House (DUH), a virtual Web-based home that Dilbert, his fans, tech geeks, and the environmentally inclined will covet. The house is complete with cat room, basketball court, and home theater and is energy efficient, eco-friendly, and practical, yet whimsical. He writes, "Dilbert is single and needs all the help he can get. We wanted him to have a house so impressive that some woman would overlook his personality just to live in it." Unique spaces include a Christmas tree storage closet, hoseable bathroom for kids, quiet room that doubles as scream room, urinal in the master bathroom, and observatory shaped like Dilbert's head. Adams recruited the help of his fans, a leading 3D animation and multimedia studio, and energy and environment experts. Viewers can take virtual tours of the completed house on

Paul Caracciolo, MBA, writes, "Hi to Haas alums of the Barrows Hall era. I'm still weathering it in Southern California as a director of global market research, which has offered me personal satisfaction from extensive analysis, report writing, and consulting, but faces continuing assaults from digital outsourcing and misused survey applications, not to mention cost containment. Otherwise, I'm a soccer dad and Boy Scout parent who is finally learning a lot of elementary school social studies by way of end-of-the chapter quiz reviews.

James Frolich, MBA, writes, "Earlier this year I joined Environmental Resources Management (ERM), a major, international environmental and management consultant, as managing director for Hawaii and the Pacific. I am enjoying working with this new multinational group and am currently on my way to Taiwan where my team will advise developers of a proposed resort. I still miss Europe, where I spent 10 years as a consultant, but learning about our Pacific neighbors has been intersting and exciting. In my spare time I travel, play with my cars, enjoy food and wine, and have just taken up archery (I am waiting to bag my first wild pig in the mountains behind my house!)."

Bill Ledeen, MBA, of Rancho Cordova writes, "Just got back from this year's fabulous Haas Alumni Network Gala at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Despite the rather harrowing experience of braving the picket line of the striking hotel workers, the event was terrific, and it was fun seeing many friends from various class years and from my multiple connections with Haas through the alumni volunteer work. I especially enjoyed chatting with Sandra Hopkins, MBA 86, and Karin DeGraffenreid, MBA 86. After a long stint at Cisco, Sandra has returned to her roots and is teaching high school in Belmont and working on her Ph.D. in mythology! Karin is working in aerospace doing business development at Northrop Grumman in Los Angeles. I'm on my own doing consulting work in IT and in the busy field of biometric security, working out of my home (and car) near the American River east of Sacramento. I'm keeping in touch by continuing my work on the HAN Alumni Council and continuing to help out with the South Bay (San Jose) chapter of HAN where I've been a board member for some 15 years. Incidentally, the South Bay chapter just won it's fourth Chapter of the Year award. I'd love to hear from other Cal biz grads who are living out this way in the Sacramento Valley as well. Go Bears!"

Michael A. Yinger, MBA, writes, "We've just passed our fourth year in Parker, Colo., the longest we've lived in one place during 18 years of marriage. Mike is managing a small but growing IT consultancy, with clients on both coasts (but none in Denver). Denise competes at a world-class level in Taekwondo. She's on the road to her fourth world champion ranking, so we all toe the line around the house."

Tom Zengel, MBA, heads up the Sacramento office of Zengel & Associates, specializing in expert commercial real estate appraisal and consultation and business valuation. From its Fresno and Sacramento offices, the firm serves lenders, law firms, property owners and managers, government, and other professional and business clients with properties located throughout Central and greater Northern California, including the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit


Mark Thompson, MBA, accepted a new position as chief financial officer of MatchNet PLC (


Craig Kerr, MBA, writes, "I've just joined Cataphora, a technology company based in Redwood City, as vice president of marketing. Cataphora's solution is for the electronic discovery market and is sold to law firms and corporations. I've been a business advisor to Cataphora since its founding, but I am just now coming on board full-time. This is Cataphora's first full year of sales, and it is already profitable at 30-plus people. My son, Arman, and I still live in San Francisco."

Paul Rogers, MBA, of El Cerrito, Calif., who is also a 1988 graduate of Cal's Boalt Hall, is pleased to announce the formation of Rogers & Meador LLP, a law firm partnership between himself and Ross Meador (Boalt Hall, JD, '86). The firm emphasizes most all aspects of business counseling and business law. The firm is the third partnership between them. The first was in 1984, when as law students they were award-winning partners in the first-year moot court competition. Much more recently (2001-02), they were both partners with the Preston Gates & Ellis, LLP law firm. In addition to an active law practice, and his family responsibilities rearing three kids, (11), (14), and (16) with his wife, Julie, who is also an attorney, Paul spends much of his spare time teaching entrepreneurship in the Haas Evening & Weekend MBA Program, along with co-instructor Mark Coopersmith, MBA 86.

After six years with Sika in Switzerland, Chris Tobler, MBA, has taken on the position of CEO at the Sefar Group in Switzerland, a market leader in technical fabrics for screenprinting and filtration applications ( He writes, "Between jobs I took time off to climb some of the highest mountains of North and South America. What a great time-out!"


Linda Carlton, MBA, of Oakland, is co-founder of FinanceStaff, which was recently named one of the 100 fastest-growing private companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company was also founded by the late Douglas Larson, MBA 84.

Adrienne Eng, MBA, of Newark, Calif., recently joined Network Appliance as a compensation manager, leaving Yahoo! after four years. During her time at Yahoo!, she was instrumental in creating its current compensation structures, policies, training, and communication materials.


Monica Dean, MBA, is the new director of the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College in New York. She can be reached at or 646-312-4786.


Cecilia Colombetti, MBA, of Mountain View, Calif., writes, "My partner, Yvonne, and I are the proud parents of Luca Alessandro. We just celebrated his second birthday. How time flies in the parent time warp. I'm still enjoying a career in Intel Finance and traveling the world. Luca hasn't slowed us down too much; he's already been to Argentina and France, and we're heading off to Costa Rica in December. Yvonne is an architect at a Bay Area firm."

Stan and Amy Lujan, MBAs, are beginning their 12th school year since moving to Alaska together. Stan is superintendent and Amy is business manager of Nome Public Schools. They write, "It's great to be able to support the exciting reforms in public education. It takes all of our Berkeley skills and talents! We also get to enjoy living in the great state of Alaska!"

Steve Ramirez, MBA 91, writes, "Our Bear cub, Aleksander Ramirez, has arrived! He was born on July 24 at 11:53 a.m. He weighed 5 pounds 10 ounces and was 18 inches long. Mother and baby (and dad!) are all happy and healthy."


Jim Demartini, MBA, writes, "I am experiencing life inside the Beltway in Arlington, Va., but I get to escape on a daily basis out to Reston, where I'm employed at Nextel in product development. My son, Victor, is 3 now and is the proverbial handful. Anyone living in or passing through DC, please drop a line to"

Dirk Hofer, MBA, has been living for eight years in Singapore. He writes, "The Asian economic upswing has lifted my career at SAP in Singapore. In July I was appointed to vice president, responsible for sales operations and business planning in 12 Asia-Pacific countries. The job is as challenging as ever, with new market segments and channels evolving. Traveling remains my favorite pastime, and this summer had two distinct highlights: The Euro 2004 Football Championships and the Athens Olympic Games!"

Arden Koontz, MBA, writes, "Our 3-year-old son, Caden, now has a brand new baby sister, Rosalie Davis Koontz, born March 20, 2004. In addition to some added duties at home, I also work for the city of Alameda managing its Small Business Assistance Program. I coach entrepreneurs outside of Alameda via a peer problem-solving group for small-business owners. Anyone interested in finding out more is welcome to contact me at 415-378-3332."

Lisa Spearman, MBA, of Oakland writes, "I have embarked on an exciting career as a real estate agent for Prudential California Realty. Along with years of solid business practices, uncompromising ethics, and my desire to serve others, I know I will be very successful in finding great homes for my future clients. If you or any of your friends or relatives have a real estate need, please feel free to contact me anytime at"


Praveen Bhatia, MBA, of Fremont, Calif., climbed the 19,344-foot summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest in the continent of Africa. He writes, "It was the most exhilarating and wow experience of my life."

Rhonda Bucklin, MBA, her husband, Martin, and son, Kyle (2), welcomed Ella Josephine to the family July 5. Everyone is doing well, and Rhonda is at home managing the two little tots in Menlo Park.

Chris Lehman, MBA, writes, "Hello old friends (and ex-denizens of Barrows Hall). I hope this note finds you all well and thriving. My updated contact information is on my Web site ( I haven't moved more than a stone's throw from Haas, but have started a small consulting practice. The niche I serve may be of interest to VCs and CEOs who govern and manage small biotech companies. In a nutshell, I offer a less expensive alternative when senior-level transactional expertise is needed. Aside from that I am completing teacher-level training in (where else?) Berkeley as an Anusara yoga instructor (but keeping my day job). My wife, Lisa, is getting a Ph.D. in child psychology and my sons, both elementary school students, are crazy for basketball, soccer, and trading-card games. I would love to hear from you!"

Katherine Marshall, MBA, writes, "I recently joined LoanCity, a wholesale mortgage lender based in San Jose as senior vice president, marketing. My husband has started another entrepreneurial venture in the search space, and our two kids are thriving in fourth grade and first grade, respectively."

Francesco Rockwood, MBA, writes, "We survived four major hurricanes our first year in Florida. Jacksonville boosters like to point out that hurricanes very rarely pass over Northeast Florida. However, as we all learned at Haas, past performance is no guarantee of future performance. I joined Bridge Partners in August, a real estate development and investment firm based in Walnut Creek. After several years of being a supporting role in real estate investment transactions, it is good to be back on the front line again BridgePartners focused on multi-family and hospitality redevelopment opportunities. Please look us up if you are ever in Northeast Florida. Golf anyone?"


Art Altman, MBA, manages a product line and research in valuation and risk management of energy derivatives for the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto.

Fernando Gil de Bernabe, MBA, joined Cisco as a group manager of the Internet Business Solutions Group in late 1999 to roll the service provider practice out from the USA to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He was promoted to director in 2001 and managing director in October 2003. In this role, he heads a team of senior advisors drawn from the industry and the major management consulting firms providing trusted, independent advice to senior business executives from Cisco's largest telecom service providers. He and his wife, Mary Ann, whom he met in Berkeley, were married in Barcelona in 1999 and now have two kids: Olivia (2) and Mateo (3 months). The family is settling in Vilanova i La Geltru, a small town by the sea, 25 miles south of Barcelona.


Rick Caccia, MBA, and his wife, Courtney, of Redwood City, happily welcomed their first child, Sofia Grace, into the world on July 31. Rick leads product management at Oblix, and Courtney leads market research at Google. Sofia is working hard at keeping the Pampers corporation profitable.

Chris McClain, MBA, and Carolyn, and Ally McClain moved to St. Paul, Minn., in June. Chris has started a medical services company and is very busy being a husband, father, and entrepreneur. Carolyn is a medical resident in emergency medicine and will be finished with residency in 2007. If anyone is going to visit the Twin Cities, please send Chris an email at

Helena M. Pechaver Starc, MBA, is putting her Haas MBA to full use as vice president of marketing for Cymbal Corporation, a leading global systems integration consulting firm for telecoms and media firms worldwide. Nearly doubling in size since her joining in early 2003, privately held Cymbal is now almost 600 strong. It has experienced 40 percent CAGR since inception in 1998 when founded as an IT services firm. Outside of the office, three young children keep Helena and her husband, Mario, busy with school and community events.

Margaret Weichert, MBA, of San Carlos, Calif., writes, "Our second son, Andrew Lukas Weichert, was born in April 2004."

Michael Yang, MBA, of Los Altos Hills, Calif., writes, "I married Sunny two years ago, and now we have a beautiful son named David (1). I started a new search engine startup,, with my former partner at mySimon. Having a great time both at home and at work."


Noah Doyle, MBA, writes, "Today Keyhole announced the release of our new enterprise system. With grid-based processing and new ease of use, we now bring advanced geo-spatial publishing to virtually any organization with geo-spatial data." The Mountain View-based company specializes in Internet 3D earth visualization.

Dan Dyer, MBA, of San Francisco writes, " After Deloitte Consulting, software marketing, and teaching marketing at the undergraduate level, I wanted a change. Quality of life reasons, I decided to retire early and live how I wanted to live. I'm now a helicopter flight instructor, flying mostly out of San Carlos airport on the peninsula. I encourage you all to live out your dreams!"

Alan Seigrist, MBA, writes, "My company, the Executive Centre, has opened its first office in Eastern Europe in Sofia, Bulgaria. I went for the official opening and it must be said that Sofia is an absolutely beautiful city. The people are wonderful and the food is great! Business is also going extremely well in Shanghai where we've opened our second office. My wife, Barbora, is pregnant with our first baby, due in January. Niki and Ross O'Brien, MBA 96, who live in Hong Kong as well, had a boy in August, Noem, which is their second child.

Kenichiro Yamada, MBA, writes, "After four years in Tokyo and four years in Los Angeles, Miya and I have just moved to New York. I joined Atlantic Investment as a senior equity analyst. It is a $2 billion hedge fund and will launch a new international equity fund soon. Excited to find people with a Cal cap on the weekend in Manhattan. I missed our five-year reunion since I tore my Achilles tendon and had a full leg cast then, but I'm planning on being there for the next one."


Wens Gerdyman, MBA, of Los Altos, Calif., writes, "In August, I visited my hometown in Surabaya, Indonesia, and met with Henky Suwignjo, MBA '98. He now leads his family's electrical transformer business, and recently introduced additional products (utility management devices and software) to the Indonesian market. I also spoke with classmate Funadi Wongso, MBA '97, who now has three daughters and manages Schlumberger's corporate finance/treasury in Jakarta. On another note, I joined Yahoo! Small Business Merchant Solutions in Sunnyvale, Calif., as senior product manager. Before, I was director of product management at Escalate and assisted in its acquisition by San Diego's GERS Retail Systems. My wife, Angeline Hadi, is a pediatrician with the PAMF clinic in Fremont in the East Bay."

Jin and Matthias Keudel, MBAs, write, "We moved to Matthias' hometown of Korbach, Germany, in January of 2004, and our daugther, Elena Kim, was born on June 4. Philip is now 2, attends kindergarten, and talks nonstop: 'Papa sagt Wald, Mommy says forest.' Matthias is working at Nobilia, a German kitchen manufacturer, as head of export, and Jin has started working part-time giving seminars on international business. We had visits this summer from Emy Fernandez, MBA '97, who lives in Caracas, the Defty's, MBA '97, from Berkeley and Marcin Tubylewicz, MBA '97, with his family from Stockholm."

Alan Norquist, MBA, of Los Altos was appointed vice president of marketing and business development for Imperva Inc., the leader in application firewalls. In his new position, he is responsible for marketing strategy and communications as well as Imperva's growing strategic partnership efforts.

Christopher Rimer, MBA, and Christine Rimer are proud to announce the arrival of Thomas Daniel Rimer on Oct. 13 at LPCH in Palo Alto. He's happy and healthy, and parents are excited with their first family addition. All three look forward to meeting the other 2004 MBA '97 babies at the next Haas family event!

Gene Tenberg, MBA, of San Jose has 10 years of product management and marketing experience in Silicon Valley and is founder of Cypress Equity Investments, a firm focused on bringing superior returns by repositioning real estate assets.


Chris Chan, MBA, recently joined Intarcia Therapeutics, a privately held pharmaceutical company headquartered in Emeryville. He writes, "While the opportunity to work with some wonderful people who are targeting therapies for the treatment of cancer, immunological, and infectious diseases is quite appealing, my primary reason for joining Intarcia is simply that I'm apparently tired of those short, uneventful, sub-15 minute commutes to work in South San Francisco for the past 11 years. No, one must include at least a bridge or two in one's commute, lest one becomes too complacent and relaxed in life. Other than my blatant attempts to reduce my own lifespan through additional stress, all else is going quite peachy. My wife Miuky and I have two children, Jason and Clarissa. Looking forward to corresponding with some of my former Haas classmates. Please write, and I promise to be more cordial and less 'off-color' in my replies than James Gray was (you know how those oil-industry executives get sometimes)."

Tessa Jackson, MBA, writes, "I've been living below sea level – between the mighty Mississippi and a huge lake – for three years now. After a brief stint as the regional business development manager for a national funeral home consolidator (they call it the death-care industry), I'm now doing business development for an international manufacturing company. I was recently appointed to the board of the New Orleans Public Library and am starting to enjoy life as a Southerner, although staying in shape in a city where everything is fried, the bars never close, and you can buy a daiquiri at a drive-thru window (really) makes this a challenge. If you don't believe me about the drive-thru daiquiri shops, just ask the cab driver at the airport to take you to one when you come down for Mardi Gras or Jazz Fest."

JT Klepp, MBA, of Oslo, Norway writes, "I recently sold my mobile services company to our majority owner, and also merged with a US-based company, so I will definitely be spending more time in the States. The combined entity now has over 200 employees, and my part is now running with quite a healthy profitability. It has been a major struggle getting there, having been way down below the basement level, but now things are certainly looking good. I just spent two weeks in San Francisco and got to stay with Anders and his family, which was great. I also managed to see the Cal vs ASU football game. The bad part was realizing how much I miss the Bay Area."

Jeff Marshall, MBA, and Jeanette Gurmendi, MBA, are still happily married in Oakland, and having fun raising their 19-month-old daughter, Olivia. Jeff is completing his fifth year at DigitalThink (now Convergys Corporation, after a recent acquisition) where he serves as senior principal and regional vice president.

Brian Stone, MBA, writes, "After six years at Siebel Systems, I have made a job change! I am working as an executive-in-residence at Mohr, Davidow Ventures in Menlo Park. Please reach out to me if you have any great business ideas or know of any young, exciting startup companies looking for funding or marketing help ("

Jonathan Weinstein, MBA, of Washington, DC, is pleased to announce that on Feb. 27, 2005, he will have the honor of marrying Dr. Stacie Isenberg. The happy couple is hoping that their new home will be completed not long after they return from their honeymoon. The condo will fulfill one of Jon's other longtime dreams - having a rooftop deck (with a view of the Washington Monument) on which to regularly entertain friends, so call if you're in town.


Susannah Carrier, MBA, writes, "We moved to New York from London in August 2004 and are having a great time living in Greenwich Village. Our son, William, loves outings in his stroller and has seen lots of famous people (Uma Thurman, Sam Shepherd, and Chloe Sevigny to name a few). I am still on maternity leave from Credit Suisse First Boston and looking to get back to work in the new year. Regarding other Haas mates, I saw Tim Reidy in London before we moved. He, Lesley and his baby, Caroline, were going to be in London on a three-month assignment with Barclays Global Investors. Elena Madsen had another sweet baby, Elsa, in August. I checked out Rich Chen's baby, Isabella, online and she's a total cutie! I also got good news from Anna Munn (Bogardus at school) that she's getting married in November down in Australia. So lots of good news from everyone. Also, I'm going to be on the 99 class gift committee again this year so everyone don't forget to donate!"

James Cook, MBA, of Lake Hughes, Calif., writes, "As chief operating officer for Featherston Communities, I am responsible for entitlements, day-to-day operations, and strategy for this startup land development and master plan community developer. We buy raw land and develop it for residential builders. My experience developing The Painted Turtle, a 173-acre, 25-building, Paul Newman nonprofit camp for children with chronic and life threatening illnesses prepared me well for more development work in Los Angeles County. We plan to work in as many sustainable technologies possible. More importantly, my wife, Wendy, and son, CJ, are healthy and happy."

Edwin Hartnell, MBA, of Lebanon, N.H., writes, "You will all be pleased to know that I am taking active steps to help expand the Haas network by linking it to the Tuck (Dartmouth) network. My wife, Song Yin, has just commenced her first MBA year at Tuck and we both intend to be very active in the school (in case you were wondering, she was determined to go to an East Coast school). For starters, we are currently exploring how we can bring the technology clubs from the two schools together when we visit in the spring. Got some ideas? We'd love to hear them! (mail to:hartnell@"

Scott Kucirek, MBA, executive vice president of new market development for ZipRealty Inc., writes, "Things are going well for us now five years after leaving Haas. ZipRealty continues to grow and has filed documents to become a public company. Never did I imagine it would really happen. It has been a great ride to see how far the company has come in such a short time. We are still headquartered in Emeryville and get occasional visitors from Haas. On the personal side, my family is doing very well. My wife, Mirjana, started her private psychology practice this year and has been growing her client list month by month. I think she would prefer not to be as busy, but has enjoyed getting back to her profession after three years at home full-time with our daughters. Natalie (9) is in fourth grade and continues to enjoy and excel at school. She plays soccer almost year-round and also plays the flute and takes gymnastics classes. She is a huge Cal sports fan and gets to most football and many basketball games. Our youngest daughter, Juliet (4) is in her second year of preschool. She loves gymnastics and art and spends a lot of time bothering her sister. She also enjoys going to Cal sporting events (I am very lucky). I am in good health and spend most Saturdays coaching my daughter's soccer team. We haven't taken any big trips but may try to get to Croatia next summer to visit Mirjana's relatives. I included a photo of the girls from the Monterey aquarium. If you are ever in the East Bay and want to catch up, drop me an e-mail. Until then, Go Bears!"

Anne Merkert, MBA, writes, "On Aug. 14, 2004, I married Matt Merkert in Palo Alto. We are enjoying married life in our new house in the Redwood City/Woodside Plaza area. I am still working at Covad as director of corporate communications, and Matt started a new job in business development at Guidant in June."

Chris Moore, MBA, and Sabina Yoon, MBA, are enjoying life in Japan with their first daughter, Alyssa Claire Moore, who was born in Tokyo in August 2003. Chris has been on an overseas assignment for Vodafone for 16 months and recently was promoted to general manager of Vodafone Japan's mobile content business. Sabina is working as a product management strategy consultant for a global company expanding in the Japanese market. If you visit Tokyo, please look us up -"

Nancy Riess, MBA, of Baltimore, Md., writes, "Adam and I joyfully announce the birth of Gabrielle Nicole Riess, May 13, 2004. We are adjusting well to parenthood and marvel at the miracle!"

Tanya Steinhofer, MBA, writes, "I recently started work at Wetherby Asset Management, an independent wealth management firm in downtown San Francisco. I've made a bit of a career transition and am no longer researching REIT stocks, but instead researching alternative asset classes and managers. Amy Clifford Jones, MBA, started working at Wetherby on the same day. I'm involved with the HAN San Francisco chapter and my class gift committee."


Chris Barton, MBA, of San Francisco joined Google in Strategic Partnerships in March 2004. Former startup Shazam Entertainment has launched in the U.S. on AT&T Wireless and Virgin Mobile.

Kirk Edwards, MBA, of Cerritos, Calif., writes, "Since our last posting, there has been a lot of excitement in our world. Sheba and I had a baby boy last year. His name is Vinay Edwards. Our daughter, Roshni, who was announced in our last posting is nearly 3. Love and sleepless nights abound in our home. Lately our careers have been exciting and volatile. I'm going on my fourth position (and fourth industry) since graduation. One constant is that my Berkeley education has really made a positive difference in all areas and enviroments – thank you Haas! Sheba is doing quite well. She has a post-doc at UCLA, a research appointment at a medical school, and a new book coming out in March. Please keep an eye out for it. When Women Come First describes the changes in social dynamics at work, home, and in church when women, rather than men, immigrate first to the US from a foreign country and set up shop on behalf of the family. It is a fascinating human story as well as great scholarship (in my humble opinion). I typically wouldn't plug the book so hard in the alumni notes but it is published by University of California Press. I figure it's all in the Bear family ( If anyone is coming for a family trip to Disneyland, please look us up. We're only 10 minutes away!"

Philip Inghelbrecht, MBA, writes, "After four busy years in London I have come back to the Bay Area to enjoy a better lifestyle. I am working with a startup, Ordinate, in Menlo Park. It has been great catching up with friends!"

Rebecca Malkin-Chocron, MBA, of Berkeley writes, "Still not back in France, and loving the Bay Area more and more every day. Lio joined Cisco earlier this year after four years in consulting, and I am now almost considered an old-timer with Levi Strauss. Our 1-year-old son, Noam, has been a lot of fun since day one last December in Bogota, Colombia, where we adopted him. Our Colombian MBA 2000 connection was wonderful.Thanks Mauricio and Maria!"

Peter Marchetti, MBA, of San Francisco writes, "Heard from a lot of my Haas friends about the soybean/corn/plasma protein diet I mentioned in the last issue, and just to set the record straight, it is not a pyramid scheme. In fact, I am still on the diet and the results have been fantastic, but this is a choice that each person has to make. Also, just to update, they have now been able to put the ingredients into the shape of a donut. Although the taste still leaves something to be desired, I love eating all those donuts! Keep the emails coming:"

Stephan Menzel, MBA, writes, "Life changes in seconds! My wife and I are very proud parents of our sunshine, Alessia-Joy (A.J.), born Sept. 24, 2003. As our friends told us, life really changes 100 percent. Weekends start at 6 a.m., and all family members (including our cat) go to bed by 10 p.m. Professionally, I am still working for the Corporate Development Department of Bertelsmann – more than two years in the same job!"

Lisa Tellander, MBA, writes, "After four years in London and consulting, I have moved to New Hampshire with husband, Erik, and daughter, Maja (19 months), and started with Fidelity Investments as a research analyst. Happy to be back in finance and on the East Coast, but do miss the buzz of London and the great weather of the Bay Area!"


Mourtaza S. Asad-Syed, MBA, writes, "After three years of consulting at McKinsey in Paris, the Asad-Syed family – Constance, little Gabrielle, and myself – is moving to Geneva. I just joined Alsptar a long-short equity hedge fund based in Switzerland. I will manage long-short sector strategies. Real life is starting again: Gone are the dinners at 11 p.m.! The sleepless nights and the Power Point slides! This year I was happy to see Rune Aaasgaard, Edmund Bellord and Jean-Pierre Ting in Paris, I would be glad to see some more Haas alumni in this alpine place."

Ronnie Gurion, MBA, writes, "Hope and I have settled into life back in DC since leaving the Bay Area a year and half ago. We are both working at AOL and have welcomed our first child, Zachary Samuel Gurion, who arrived on Aug. 28 and weighed in at 7 pounds 4 ounces. It's been a wonderful two months, and each and every day brings new adventures. If you are in the DC area for work or fun, please drop us a line.

Brett Nishi, MBA, and Emily Granada, MBA, were married in June 2004, having gotten engaged in 2003 after summiting the 12,000-foot Mt. Fuji in Japan. The wedding was held in Carmel Valley, Calif., among family, close friends, and MBA 01s. Brett and Emily live in Menlo Park and continue to work at BayTSP and Agilent Technologies respectively.

Luiz Sauerbronn, MBA, writes, "Flavia and I welcomed to the world on Oct. 11 our twin babies, Gustavo and Beatriz. We'll be very busy people for a while! I am also glad to say I am still very much enjoying life in San Diego and work at Brandes Investment Partners, researching equities throughout the globe."

Kathryn Stambaugh, MBA, writes, "My husband and I are delighted to announce the birth of our second child and daughter, Grace Sophia, on June 25, 2004. After maternity leave I will return to my job as program director of LifeLong Medical Care Adult Day Health Care in Oakland."

Ed Stone, MBA, and Leslie Hudson were married in a hay field in Bedford County, Va., Oct. 9, 2004. They will be living in Richmond, Va.

Melissa Weinstock, MBA, writes, "Jeff Foor and I were married on May 30, 2004. We had a beautiful wedding in New York City, followed by two weeks in Hawaii. We were so lucky to have Alyssa Farber, Martin Dare, Jennifer Martin (all MBA 01) and her husband Paul Mathus in attendance. On the job front, Freddie Mac closed its broker-dealer in early October, so I am on the job hunt again. Hopefully, by the time this is published, I will have settled somewhere new. We are still living in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC, so please look us up if you are coming to town."

Peggy Wu, MBA, writes, "John and I just moved back from Taiwan to Boston in October. We're super-busy settling in and looking for jobs, housing, car, etc. Always exciting to have a fresh start. Job-wise, I am targeting financial services firms and industry-related service providers, e.g. software vendors and consulting companies. I am open to various roles but primarily interested in sales and marketing, business strategy and development, and client services. Any relevant tips or contacts would be greatly appreciated! My mobile is (617)894-4569 and email is Please drop me a line!"


Emilie Cortes, MBA, of San Francisco writes, "I recently returned from an amazing vacation in Germany. Michael Walter, MBA, and I were in the Bavarian Alps and climbed the highest mountain in Germany called the Zugspitze (2,964 meters, 9,725 feet). Then we went to our classmate's wedding in Neuss, a small town near Dusseldorf. Lorenzo D'Ambra, MBA, married Gabriela Baum, MBA 01, on Sept. 18 in a beautiful Catholic mass. There was a reception afterwards and later on, a dinner in a nearby castle that lasted late into the night. Einar Sigvaldason, MBA, Will Andrianov, MBA, and his wife, Janet Andrianov, were also in attendance.

Chris Hornbeck, MBA, of Orinda, Calif., writes, "It is hard to believe my two children born during my studies at Haas are now in school themselves. Death, taxes, and homework are all a certainty, at least for another 18 years. Will began kindergarten and T-ball this year, and Tessie jumped right into preschool. Professionally, I was able to leverage my past career into a position as the vice president of business development for San Francisco-based Fisher Development Inc., possibly my best job ever. Great enough to overlook that my office is in beautiful Bayview-Hunter's Point."

Chris Nuttall, MBA, of New York and his wife, Kirsty, had a baby boy, Luke, weighing in at 7 pounds 6 ounces.
Chris Sklarin, MBA, is working at JumpStart Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio. JumpStart is a business development organization that identifies and invests in early-stage companies in Northeast Ohio that have strong potential in the marketplace, solid prospects for high growth, and are likely to qualify for later-stage funding. Chris writes, "Saw many friends at a recent mini gathering in Berkeley, Sept. 15. Maya is 2 1/2, and her brother is due in late November. Anyone visiting Cleveland please give us a call."

Ani Wu, MBA, is an associate brand manager for ACH Foods in Memphis, Tenn. The company is an $8 billion holding of consumer products and brands, including Karo syrup, Argo cornstarch, Golden Griddle pancake syrup, and Mazola cooking oil. Jose is working for Fedex in strategic marketing. They have bought a nice house, which is keeping them busy. If you stop by Memphis, do not hesitate to contact them.


Patrick Collins, MBA, of Berkeley writes, "In my role as a senior IT manager at the University of California Office of the President, I manage IT vendor relations and IT purchasing contracts for the system. Over the last two years I have greatly expanded this program to achieve savings for the university. My work was recently recogized by a magazine for Microsoft customers. I appear on the cover of the November issue of Redmond Magazine in recognition of a software licensing negotiation that I led for the University of California system. The cover story and an audio recording of the interview are both available on line. and http://redmondmag. com/radio/".

Toshi Koide, MBA, of Tokyo, Japan, writes, "I switched my management consulting career from A.T. Kearney to Boston Consulting Group in November. My son, Kaito (1), will have to continue to endure his father's absence for a while longer. Hiromi enjoys growing Kaito, and luckily I can manage to spare time for him."

Mark Kurowski, MBA, writes, "I'm excited to announce that my wife, Karen, gave birth to our healthy son on Sept. 10, and both of them are doing very well (our first child after nearly 17 years of marriage). Some photos are at Before that, in April I left Silicon Valley and the software startup I had been with for two years, putting an end to the long commutes in order to spend more time at home near Davis, Calif., where Karen is attending vet school. In anticipation of the move, last year I went back to private law practice, part-time. Now that I'm back at it full-time, I've focused on transactional real estate law and real estate brokerage; check out or http://www.Kurowski"

Robert Lee, MBA, is CEO of, an online travel and software company in Maui, Hawaii (


Steffany (Yee) Lee, MBA, of San Francisco, and Zachary Lee were married in June in Malibu. They honeymooned in Australia before Steffany started her marketing position at Ghirardelli, and Zac began his fourth year of teaching physics and AP physics at Balboa High School.
After graduating from Haas in 2004, Julio Montealegre, MBA, returned to his native country, Nicaragua, where he has been working as a part-time advisor to the government. In that position he has introduced the tools of SROI that he learned while participating in the global social venture competition. Julio, along with two other partners, is also launching Central American Telephony, a prepaid card provider of telephony services for Nicaragua's poor.

Marcelo Moya, MBA, writes, "My first son was born on Oct. 1. I'm working with Banco de Crédito in La Paz, Bolivia, as a project manager for business intelligence.

Brian Solon, MBA, is engaged to Ashley Bryan, MBA 03, and they recently moved to Los Angeles. Brian just completed work on a new book on management and leadership with best-selling author Jason Jennings called Think Big Act Small, which will be published in spring 2005 by Penguin Putnam. Brian spent his last year at Haas flying around the country to interview CEOs and top managers at nine firms, including Cabela's, Koch Industries, Sonic Drive-In, and SAS, attempting to uncover some of the management secrets that led to their outstanding, consistent financial performances. In addition to the book, Brian is producing a new radio show with Jason Jennings called Minding Your Business. It will be a short format program featuring interview soundbites with top CEOs, which will be syndicated nationally on weekday mornings beginning in the spring. Ashley's nonprofit, Safety Organization for Schools, has successfully promoted school safety and prevented school violence and drug distribution in a number of Texas school districts for the past three years. Beginning next year, SOS will expand into New York and Los Angeles.


Christopher Phenner, BCEMBA 03, writes, "I will be director of business development at Audible Inc., effective December 2004. My wife, Erika, and I are moving from San Francisco to New York. Audible is the leading provider of digital spoken-word content (think audio books for iPods), and provides digital spoken word content to and Apple's iTunes Music Store. Audible's library is found at"

Alice (Quinn) Hansen, BCEMBA 03, recently joined the global communication consultancy, Burson-Marsteller, as managing director of the firm's San Francisco-based corporate and financial communication practice. A public relations industry veteran, she had been a principal at Firefly Ventures, a communications consulting firm in San Francisco. Previously, she managed corporate and investor communications at and Autodesk, and had been a senior vice president at Blanc & Otus Public Relations. She leads a team of 10 corporate specialists and serves on the national leadership team.



Joanne Oxley, Ph.D, joined the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management as a professor for the 2004-2005 academic year. She is known for her research in the organization and performance of international firms. Previously, she was at the Michigan Business School. Reflecting her former life as an engineer, she is interested in how technological capabilities influence and are shaped by a firm's strategic choices in different geographical markets. Her research has appeared in several scholarly journals including Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Research Policy, and Journal of International Business Studies.


Branko Urosevic, Ph.D., writes, "Years at Haas have been some of the best in my professional and personal life. I met great colleagues with whom I still actively collaborate, as well as my wife, Diana, with whom I have two children, Emilia (4) and Aleksandar (6 months). Upon graduatation I have been splitting my time between Belgrade, Serbia, where I am director of the International Masters in Quantitative Finance program at the University of Belgrade, and Barcelona, Spain, where I teach finance. IMQF is a brainchild of three Haas alums: Diego Garcia, Ph.D., '00, Nick Wonder, Ph.D. '01, and myself. The purpose of creating the program has been to bring to Southeastern Europe a cutting-edge Western-style education program in finance and economics (visit us at If you are in the region or are simply interested in visiting, please make sure to contact me. Diana and I shall be very happy to show you around. And, who knows, maybe you can gain some valuable personal and professional contacts as well!"



Steven Turover, Executive Development, has taken early retirement as CFO of OHIC Insurance Company in Columbus, Ohio, a medical malpractice insurer. He also retired from Fireman's Fund, where he spent 25 years in the Bay Area and in Atlanta, Ga. Steve has opened a private consulting practice and plans to travel with his wife, Trish, in their new motor home. They live in Columbus and remain avid Cal supporters, listening to untelevised football games on KGO radio over the Internet. They hope to see fellow Bear Backers in Hattiesberg on December 4.


Patricia Harden, Executive Development, was named general manager of the San Francisco office of Peppercom, a strategic communications firm. Her primary focus will be business development and creative strategy. Previously, she was vice president and financial service practice leader of Gibbs & Soell. Prior to that, she ran her own consulting firm, Corporate Media LLC, specializing in public relations for financial services firms. Harden also held corporate senior management positions at OffRoad Capital, American Century, Fidelity Investments, and Sun America. She lives with her husband, Jeff King, in Oakland.

Alan Schwartz was promoted to associate professor with tenure at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, where he continues his research in medical decision psychology, and teaches medical decision making, quantitative methods, and leadership.


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