Winter 2009

Alumni News

Alumni Notes




Stuart (Haddon) Manners, BS, of Angels Camp, Calif., writes, “In retirement at 84 years old, I’m writing my second book. The first was the history of Angels Camp. It has been very successful. My present endeavor’s subject is the history of the Ebbetts Pass Corridor, a narration of the sites and history of cities and villages along State Highway 4 in Calaveras and Alpine counties. Telegraph City, a ghost town, to Markleeville are the targets. I’m finding these histories fascinating. Gold here, silver there, water here, and lumber there – a really interesting adventure. I will self-publish this book and hope to have it finished by late spring 2009.’


Ernest Lageson, BS 54Ernest Lageson, BS, celebrated the publication of his fifth book. His first two books, Battle at Alcatraz (1999) and Alcatraz Justice (2002), detailed the sensational 1946 escape attempt from the island prison, and the murder trial that followed. Ernie’s father worked for a time as a custodial officer in the prison, and Ernie and his family lived on the island. During the 1946 uprising, Ernie’s dad was taken hostage and wounded. Following the unsuccessful escape attempt during which three inmates and two officers lost their lives, the three surviving convicts were tried for the murder of one of the hostages. His latest book, Guarding the Rock, began as an unfinished manuscript by his father, who died in 1953 before he had a chance to complete it. Ernie revised, edited, and added to the original manuscript, and appears as a co-author with his late father. Guarding the Rock is the fascinating story of serene family life amid the violence and danger of one of the world’s most famous prisons. It describes the day-to-day activities of the convicts, the periodic prison violence, and the 14 escape attempts, all of which took place alongside the homes of the approximately 300 employee family members who shared the island with the hardened criminal occupants. In 2006 Ernie and his wife, Jeanne, BA 1954, together published The Other Alcatraz, the story of the Alcatraz Western Gull colony. In 2005 he published The Lageson Legacy, the Lageson family history. Ernie’s writing career began in 1993 after his retirement from active law practice. A 1959 graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law, he began his practice as a deputy district attorney in the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office. In 1961 he joined the San Francisco law firm of Bronson, Bronson, and McKinnon, where he developed a nationally known practice as a civil litigator. After 25 years with the Bronson office, he spent the final eight years of practice with Archer, McComas & Lageson in Walnut Creek, Calif. He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, The American Board of Trial Advocates, among other organizations, and is a past president of the Defense Research Institute. Ernie still works as an arbitrator in northern California. He and Jeanne, his wife of 54 years, live in Kensington, Calif. They have two children, Kristine and Ernie, and five grandchildren.


Karl Wahl, BS, of Toronto, Canada, writes, "Along with my wife, Mary, class of 59, we have visited 35 countries since I retired in 2000. We are starting to run out of places to go that are safe."


Kenneth Colvin, BS, of Hillsborough, Calif., writes, “We have over 15 UC Berkeley grads in our family. I served in Europe during World War II, working as a surgical tech in six liberated concentration camps. I am now retired after 55 years as president of Colvin Distributing Co., a broker and distributor of fresh fruits and vegetables concentrating on sales in northern California and extending to the East Coast.” He is a member of 20 boards here and in Israel, serving in leadership positions in most. He and his wife, Thelma Marguleas, class of 45, have three children: Francene Colvin Henderson, 75, Cynthia Colvin Wolf, 77, and Larry Colvin, 79. They will celebrate their 62nd anniversary in March. “Go Bears!”

Alan A. "Scotty" Herd, BS, has been elected 2009 president of the 5,000-member Beverly Hills Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors. The association was chartered in 1903 and includes the former Realtor associations of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Culver City, Marina Del Rey, and Santa Monica. Scotty is the father of Berkeley alumni Angela, BA 82 and Easton, 83. Scotty is a member of The Counselors of Real Estate and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Robert Starron, BS 60Robert Starron, BS, of Sahuarita, Ariz., writes, “I retired in December 2004 after a long career in accounting/finance. My wife, Pat Robinson Starron, BA 60, passed away from breast cancer in June 2004. She was a Sigma Kappa. Our son, Wayne, lives in Pleasanton, Calif., with my two grandkids, Brynne (8) and Brandt (5). I am treasurer of Johrei Fellowship, a spiritual religious corporation, in Redondo Beach, Calif. I am also vice president and a director of the Johrei Institute, a nonprofit corporation that awards grants for scientific research. Would like to hear from some of my 1960 classmates.”


Carlo Odella, BS, still owns and operates his tile and stone company in Centerville, Ohio, ( and reports that he and his wife, Sheila, have been newly blessed with a second set of twin grandchildren from their son, Phillip, and his wife, Janet.


Richard Gearhart, BS, of Santa Rosa, Calif., writes, “My wife, Sally, Cal 1965, and I just returned from a trip to Rome and Egypt, including one week on a Nile River cruise. I am a retired HR director for Sonoma County and work occasionally as an HR consultant for the city of Rohnert Park. Sally retired from SRJC as an English-as-a-second-language instructor but continues to teach part time once or twice a year. We travel regularly, particularly to Atlanta to visit our son, David, and his wife and our 2-year-old granddaughter. Our daughter, Carolee, and her husband in Oakland are expecting their first child. We regularly attend Cal football and basketball games and are hopeful of successful Cal seasons this year.”

William Harrison, BS, writes, “I am in my 19th year as a Superior Court judge of the Solano Superior Court. I am married to Jackie, who is recently retired and completing her doctorate at UC Davis. We have five adult children and seven grandchildren. We divide our time between our homes in Napa, Calif., and Northstar at Lake Tahoe. Golf, skiing, and family keep our lives fit and active.”


Schuyler Bailey, BS, see MBA 1965 notes.

Robin (Craig) Brown, BS, of San Francisco writes, “The Haas entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well as seen in the hard work and creativity of our daughter, Candace Craig Nelson, and husband, Charles, who both left investment banking in San Francisco to start the original cupcake bakery, Sprinkles. Their fifth and newest store recently opened in Palo Alto along with locations in Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, Dallas, and Scottsdale.“


Vigay Kumar, BS 65Vijay (Pandit) Kumar, BS, of Mountain View, Calif., writes, “After passing actuarial math and statistics exams, I left that field to get into the software field. I worked for IBM and then its competitors Memorex, Amdahl, and BMC. For IBM I worked in San Francisco and later in San Jose. I last worked for IBM at its Silicon Valley labs in San Jose in 2007. I am a member of the Board of Advisors of Internet Speech, a San Jose company. I took a break from software and ran an import/export company for a few years, but later rejoined the software field. I enjoy Cal football and hold a season ticket. I was very happy to see Cal beat Stanford and get the axe back in 2008. My son, Jay, is a structural engineer living in Emeryville. He built one of the buildings at Cal. My daughter, Amba, just gave birth to my first granddaughter in Santa Cruz on May 30.”


Bruce-Kreiger, BS, see MBA 1968 notes.


Bob Kellerman, BS, of Los Angeles is enjoying a later career of designing offices and homes. He also teaches, tutors, and sets up AutoCAD, with an emphasis on clear, practical use for design professionals. He writes that he is “definitely interested in new clients and networking. I am a bit sad that I have not found as many of my favorite classmates as I might like. The ’60s sent us in many directions.”


Daniel D. Asera, BS, was selected a 2008 TLC Fellow by the Teaching and Learning Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in recognition of faculty members who have demonstrated a commitment to their teaching practices, their interests in continuing professional development, and their concerns for student learning outcomes at the University. Asera teaches governmental accounting and public finance at UNLV and is the founder and current president of Cal Spirit of Las Vegas, the Cal alumni chapter of southern Nevada. He is also president of the class of 1969 at Cal and visits Berkeley regularly. At UNLV he has been active as the faculty adviser to the Rebel Ice Hockey Team. In the community he is a Clark County hearing officer for property tax appeals and serves on the Community Development Advisory Committee to review grant applications for homeless shelter and affordable housing programs in Clark County. He also teaches in the Summer Business Institute of Clark County and the UNLV Center for Academic Enrichment & Outreach.


Erick Vinther, BS, of Burlingame, Calif., is a broker for Vinther Properties, www.Vinther


Alan D. Fong, BS, writes, “After graduation from Berkeley, I worked for a number of private and governmental agencies before settling in at the State Compensation Insurance Fund, where I have just completed 20 years of service. I received my MBA from San Francisco State University in 1980 and have been married 27 years to Charlene Ja (UCSF 1977). We have two children, who are currently attending UC Davis. Our son, Jordan, is a senior, and our daughter, Dana, is a junior. We are still active with the First Chinese Baptist Church in San Francisco.”


Philip Cernuto, BS, is vice president of Lincoln Industries, a global manufacturing firm headquartered in St. Louis, Mo.

Bruce Hurd, BS, writes, “I retired as a colonel from the US Air Force in 2007 after a 30-year career as an officer and pilot. After ’retirement,’ I immediately began working as a project manager for Science Applications International Corporation here in San Diego. I manage SAIC’s Electronic Key Management Systems programs dealing with the Common User Application System and the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite system. The Department of Defense is our primary customer. My wife and daughter and I are enjoying life in southern California very much and are truly appreciative of our good fortune and what life has provided us. We send our very best to all of you.”


Hal Bogotch, BS, and his wife, Laura, and daughter, Annalisa, recently moved 150 yards closer to scenic Venice Beach. He writes, “Annalisa is 4 years old and enjoying her very own bedroom. In November, Laura (Lacamara) bagged a contract to illustrate a children’s book for Arte Publica/ Pinata Press.” Hal is teaching technical arts/computer literacy classes to children with autism spectrum disorders at a private school in Culver City. He also publishes his poetry in a local monthly, the Free Venice Beachhead.

Joseph Breen, BS 81Joseph Breen, BS, an employment law and business litigation attorney, recently celebrated his first anniversary with the San Francisco office of international law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Joe continues to represent clients in all aspects of workplace law including defense of class actions. A former president of the San Francisco Chapter of Cal Business Alumni, he also serves on the board of the new North Bay Chapter of the Haas Alumni Network and recently hosted a presentation by Professor Jim Wilcox on the credit crisis.

Anne (Nielsen) Mitchell, BS, and her husband, Mark Mitchell, BS 1980, are busy raising two children, Ryan (15) and Lauren (13), in Lafayette, Calif. Anne has enjoyed the last 15 years volunteering throughout Lafayette while providing financial consulting services to a variety of clients. Recently she joined Workday Inc. as a product manager for their SaaS-based revenue, resource, and financials product. Mark continues to work in finance and real estate.

Charles Rashall, BS 61Charles Rashall, BS, celebrates the “lucky 7th” year of his firm, brandadvisors, a boutique consultancy that helps clients compete and innovate by defining and driving relevance and differentiation. This year he joined the Haas faculty to teach the core marketing course for undergraduates during the summer session. He hopes fellow Cal alums will let the above proven dedication to UC Berkeley outweigh the fact that Stanford Medical Center is a new client of brandadvisors! Aside from work, Charles is back in another band – this one a ’70s and ’80s classicrock cover band, and he serves on the San Francisco Symphony Symphonix Advisory Board, following three years on the board of directors. Charles also serves on the board for the Wharton School’s Lauder Institute Alumni Association. He writes, “No triathlons this year, but more pool time, thanks to the California weather, and less road-bike time ’thanks’ to a seemingly never-ending streak of flat tires!”


Katharine Coakley, BS 83Katharine (Baker) Coakley, BS, a 1995 Berkeley Advanced Management Program graduate, and her husband, Glen Baker, have been married for 15 years and have a son, Aaron (11). She has been a banker for 25 years, spanning international, commercial, and private banking in San Francisco, London, Milan, Bend, and Portland. She is involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind and has been a volunteer ski patroller at Squaw Valley for 25 years.

Steven Peletz, BS, see MBA 1999 notes.


Bill Koefoed, BS, see MBA 1994 notes.


John L. Francis, BS, of San Diego, writes, “I have been very fortunate in maintaining my career path in public and private service due to my excellent academic training at UC Berkeley’s undergraduate business program.” He received his MBA in international entrepreneurial economics from Harvard University. He speaks English, Spanish, and Germanic Slavic languages and has worked as a public relations and sales/marketing advisor, with international finance knowledge in world markets, world securities, and emerging and converging opportunities.

Larry Schaffer, BS, writes, “After working in the publishing industry for nearly two decades, I made a 180-degree turn a few years back and decided to try my hand at something completely different. I went back to school and got my master’s degree in viticulture and enology from UC Davis! I now work as the assistant winemaker at Fess Parker Winery in Los Olivos. In addition, my wife, Christie, and I have started our own wine label — Tercero Wines — concentrating on Rhone reds and whites from leading Santa Barbara County vineyards. Check out our offerings at, and let me know if you are ever in the area. I would love to offer tips and taste wines together. My wife and I are fortunate to have three unbelievable children – Davis, Cade, and Jaxon. They keep us young. Cheers!”


Jenny Huang, BS 87Jenny (Yen Chung) Huang, BS, of Mountain View, Calif., writes, “It feels good to be reconnecting with Cal. I am not sure if it’s because of the state of the economic climate or just that time of the year. My life journey after Cal is very different from what I had expected. I always thought that the Cal education was to build a career in my profession but as it turned out, it benefited me in different ways than I would have imagined. After years working as a marketing professional in the high-tech field, I now own a marketing consulting business. I have been enjoying it because having your own business means that you have more control over your destiny. You get rewarded for the hard work that you put in, and you meet people that you would have never thought of meeting. I am also contributing my time as a board member of the Haas South Bay Alumni Chapter. If you want to find more about what’s up in my life, join my network at LinkedIn or follow me at”

Dennis Ku, BS, writes, “I am working at Egon Zehnder International as its managing partner in China, currently based in Shanghai. The firm is a great global outfit, the largest privately held search firm in the world with more than 370 consultants located in 62 wholly owned offices in 37 countries. It specializes in senior-level executive search, board consulting and director search, management appraisals, and talent management. In the 12 years that I have been here, we have been growing at a very healthy rate. After Berkeley, I joined the finance department of a company called Phoenix Leasing based in San Rafael before I entered Stanford for its MBA program, graduating in 1992. I then returned to Hong Kong to work for Hong Kong Toy Center, a publicly listed company in Hong Kong, initially as its head of sales and subsequently as president and general manager. In between, I also joined a startup called Teleweb as president, offering call-center customer outsourcing solutions in China. On the personal front, my wife, Karen, and I have two wonderful kids, Ryan (10) and Sarina (7).”


Kevin Ackerman, BS, of Hollywood, Calif., writes, “After graduating with an M.A. from the USC School of Cinema-Television, I made a few award-winning short films and embarked on a career as a professional photographer and filmmaker. So all of you should hire me to make industrials to support your new startups. www.”

Salim Lakhani, BS 89Salim Lakhani, BS, writes, “My wife, May Chang (BS Econ. 91) and I recently adopted a baby girl from China, Abby, and moved from San Jose, Calif., to Denver, Colo. I’m back at school at CMU SV getting my MS in software management. We’re loving it in Colorado and want to meet some alumni. Drop me a note at if you’re in Denver.”

Jojilyn (Gonong) Siegel, BS, of Issaquah, Wash., recently returned to the workforce and is an educational assistant at a local elementary school, working with students who are English language learners and students in the Benchmark Enrichment Learning program. She serves as PTA covice president at her daughter’s elementary school and is enjoying life in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Mark, and children, Matthew (12) and Emma (9).


Vidya (Ramanjaneya) Kagan, BS, started in July as the director of annual giving at Noble and Greenough School, a private school grades 7 to 12 in Dedham, Mass. Vidya is enjoying her new job and short commute very much. She and her husband, Steve, still live in Needham, Mass., with their two beautiful kids, daughter Reena (5) and son Brady (20 months).

Dawna Stone, BS, recently launched Women’s Running magazine, a national consumer magazine available nationwide at Barnes & Noble, Borders, Books-AMillion, and other national specialty retailers. Check out Women’s Running online at www.womensrunningmag. com. She earned her MBA at The Anderson School at the University of California, Los Angeles. She lives in Saint Petersburg, Fla., with husband, Matt, daughter, Kaelie (1), and their dog, Valkyrie.


Michael Lynch, BS, of San Francisco writes, “I am happy to report that I proposed to Lilian Kim on Nov. 7 at the Haas Gala held at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco. I am also happy to report that she said ’yes.’ Go Bears!”

Gene Tenberg, BS, see MBA 1997 notes.


Adam Smithline, BS, is working in Los Gatos, Calif., as vice president of B2C and vice president of marketing for mobile entertainment company Buongiorno USA.


Christine Edmondson (Kuang-yu Shih), BS, of Sunnyvale, Calif., writes, “I am married with two children, Evan (5) and Aliya (3). I am teaching one Psychology 001 course at West Valley College while spending the rest of my time playing with Evan and Aliya (and my poor husband when he is not working). I would like to get in touch with my college friends so please feel free to send me an email at edmondson_ Cheers!”

John Harkavy, BS, is controller for Dole Fresh Vegetables in Monterey, Calif. He has two sons, Trey (5) and Axel (1).


Eleen Agustin, BS 96Eleen (Hsu) Agustin, BS, writes, “2008 was a big year for me! I got married to my husband, Jimmy Agustin, in January and have been enjoying being a newlywed. Both of us being Cal grads, we could think of nowhere better to host our reception than right on campus at the beautiful Berkeley Faculty Club. With Jimmy’s support, I left the world of Web project management and started a small business selling handmade bags and accessories online at and at local, juried craft fairs. Everything is designed and manufactured by me in our lovely home in Alameda, Calif. Other than that, we enjoy supporting the Cal football team as annual season ticket holders. And both Jimmy and I look forward to 2009 as a year for even bigger and better. Go Bears.”

Jeff Cohen, BS 96Jeff Cohen, BS, of Beverly Hills, Calif., is a founding partner of entertainment law firm Cohen & Gardner LLP. He was recently named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top 35 executives under 35 years old in the entertainment industry. In addition, Variety recently profiled Jeff in its annual “Dealmakers Impact Report.”


Allen Lee, BS 97Allen Lee, BS, of Los Angeles writes, “I am in charge of corporate development at Capitol Films, an independent distributor, financier, and producer of film and TVcontent. We are actively looking to acquire film/TV library and acquire or partner with domestic, foreign, and emergingmarket operating entities, as well as preparing for the ongoing transition to digital distribution. We offer our investors participation across the capital structure in single pictures, marketing funds, and film slates. Personally, I am involved with the Korean and Korean-American entertainment community. I look forward to connecting with any current and future alumni (allenwlee@yahoo. com). Go Bears!”

Ryan McDonough, BS, is a partner with Constantin Partners, a seed and early-stage venture capital fund. He brings more than 10 years of consulting and management experience to his work at Constantin. He spent most of the past decade with McKinsey & Company, where he served a range of clients in the high-tech, financial, and telecom spaces. His strategy and operations work has taken him around the globe, working in McKinsey’s San Francisco, Silicon Valley, London, Hong Kong, and Tel Aviv offices. He’s counseled CEOs and top management across the range of business issues, from corporate vision setting to product definition to streamlining back-office operations to meeting customer needs cost effectively. He provided investment advice for a global multibillion- dollar private equity firm and a leading Israeli VC. Ryan is on the board of The V Foundation Wine Celebration, a charity wine auction that has raised over $30 million for cancer research. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Amy, and young son, Matthew, and enjoys renovating their home.

Monica (Chandiramani) Ramani, BS, writes, “I joined MSCI Barra as a vice president of client coverage focusing on the asset-owner client segment, including pension funds, endowments, and consultants. I have been living in New York for the past six years and will be covering clients on the east coast.”

Viola Sutanto, BS, of San Francisco, writes, “I am the owner of chewing the cud, a concept-driven design studio, We collaborate with businesses to create meaningful and impactful brands. At the beginning of this year, we ventured into product and added wedding and custom stationery design to the sister arm of our company, www.chewingthecudweddings. com. It has been an exciting and tremendously fulfilling ride that I continue to embrace each day.”


Mark Coker, BS, of Los Gatos, Calif., writes, “I launched Smashwords, a new startup that allows authors to digitally selfpublish e-books. Check it out at”

Irene (Chen) Poston, BS, see MBA 2003 notes.

Elke Snijder, BS, of Soest, The Netherlands, has been employed at ING the last eight years and is now working on the operational side of the merger of two of the largest banks in the Netherlands. He writes, “On a personal level the big news is our baby son, Hugo, born on Aug. 1.”

Robert Yen, BS, of San Francisco, writes, “Changing the world, one call center agent at a time. If you run a call center or utilize call-center services, check out Evolv On-Demand. On a personal note, moving back to the Bay Area after nine years away has been nice. And a recent engagement has us planning a 2009 wedding!”


Lee Amaya, BS 99Lee (Thysell) Amaya, BS, writes, “Happy New Year from my family to yours!”

Aurora Kessler, BS, writes, “I have recently moved to Singapore to direct the public relations efforts for Amanresorts in Southeast Asia. It’s a delight to return to Asia after growing up in Thailand and India for many years, and working with Aman as it continues to expand its luxury resort portfolio is tremendously exciting.”

Armeen Mazda, BS 99Armeen (Armin) Mazda, BS, writes, “I am the CEO of Appeon Corp., a Hong Kongbased software company with an R&D center in Shenzhen, China. Shenzhen is among the top-10 fastest growing cities in the world. It’s been an exhilarating ride with quite a few bumps along the way. Out of necessity I learned to speak Mandarin (now fluent), witnessed true Chinese culture firsthand, ate some unimaginable things (for lack of a better word), and got married. I encourage all fellow alums to visit Shenzhen, and feel free to look me up while you are here (asmazda@haasalum.”


Joyce (Tingley) Paige, BS, of Overland Park, Kan., will open a wholesale gluten-free bakery soon, Grandma’s Gluten- Free Goodies. The new web site is www.GrandmasGlutenFreeGo or The bakery will serve Missouri and Kansas initially.


Vivian Lu, BS, of San Francisco writes, “I recently returned from service in Peace Corps Bolivia, where I worked for two years with the rural credit program of the microfinance NGO, Pro Mujer, and several other community institutions in and around the city of Sucre. It was an incredible, challenging experience, and it is great to see family and friends again.”

Michael Mashintchian, BS 03Michael Mashintchian, BS, writes, “I spent some time in management consulting at Accenture after graduation and am now pursuing my MBA full-time at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, while also starting my own company.”

Victor Peneda, BS 03 Victor Pineda, BS, of Los Angeles, spoke at the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization Conference on Inclusive Education in November. The theme of the 48th session was “Inclusive Education: the Way of the Future.” He writes, “For me this UNESCO Conference on Inclusive Education is about building the next generation of citizens that are not only responsible to themselves but also to their state. In order for them to feel responsible for their state, they must feel that their state is responsible for them.”


Daniel O’Leary, BS, of Chula Vista, Calif., writes, “The biggest news is our son born in June. We have a 2-year-old daughter also. I’m the director of manufacturing operations at D&K Engineering in Rancho Bernardo, going on four years with D&K. The company is expanding its engineering and manufacturing model and has had a very successful year. It has been challenging and rewarding to play a part in the company’s growth in not only California but now internationally as well, as we have set up a joint venture in Singapore. Having fun on the OPS career path. I’ve even had to crack open my old finance book on one or two occasions!”


Since graduating with a double major in economics and business administration, Aaron Shaw, BS, of San Francisco has been working in public accounting at Deloitte & Touche, primarily with real estate clients. He passed his CPA exam and the first two levels of the CFA exam and will take level 3 of the CFA exam in June.

Allen Vartazarian, BS, of Los Angeles writes, “We raised $800,000 this year for my startup,, a platform that connects aspiring talent with fans and industry professionals.”


Aaron Dallek, BS, of San Francisco, writes, “Planet Metrics, the San Bruno-based carbon information management software company I founded right out of college, announced the launch of the company and the close of $2.3 million in Series A funding. We were funded by angel investors and Draper Fisher Jurvetson. We also have announced our first customer, the Consumer Electronics Association. We are using our emission modeling software to calculate the carbon footprint of the World’s Largest Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.”

Sulina Lee, BS, writes, “I recently got promoted to senior tax consultant. One of the good things about being an accountant is that you have a stable job no matter what the economy looks like – there is always work for us. I look forward to the new challenges and tax planning opportunities lying ahead of us, especially with our next president!”

After working as a tax consultant for two years, Chantal Wu, BS, will pursue her master’s of management degree in hospitality at Cornell University. She is very excited about starting the program in May 2009 and would like to get back in touch with fellow alumni on the east coast.


David Habibian, BS, writes, “A few fellow classmates and I started a professional services firm centered around real estate while attending courses at Haas. We utilized the advice and feedback of our professors to develop our business model and competitive advantages. We are now an incorporated team of five professionals with licenses, degrees, and certifications allowing us to help clients and investors identify, evaluate, and invest in residential and commercial properties. Because of the current market downturn and ensuing decline in home prices, we are beginning to see a significant increase in demand for our services, which is exciting and particularly rewarding. We owe a lot of this success to the principles we learned in business school at Haas. To learn more about us, feel free to visit our web site at Thanks again to all our wonderful professors and staff for your invaluable advice and support.”

Anthony DeLoney, BS, of Sacramento, Calif., is working in a company of 10 people as a municipal solid-waste management consultant. Jessica Lai, BS, writes, “I spent the past summer at the University of Virginia pursuing a master’s in accounting. I now reside in Orange County and work for Ernst & Young in the assurance practice.”

Cole Turay, BS, of Pleasanton, Calif., writes, “After graduating this past May I took ’the road less traveled’ and partnered with an e-learning and personal development startup company called Brainology. You can check out our site at We are rolling out slowly and are planning our official launch for sometime in Q1 of 2009. Drop me a line at Go bears!”

Serge Vartanov, BS, of Wai’anae, Hawaii, is working through Teach for America in a low-income charter school in Hawaii. He writes, “In addition to teaching fifth grade reading and math, seventh-grade Japanese, and K-6 technology, I’m also planning an educational trip that will allow 15 of our seventh graders to travel to Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Kyushu.”

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Georgina Falu, MBA, is president of Falu Foundation in El Barrio-Manhattan, a communitybased, nonprofit organization offering computer training for children. Celebrating the 20-year anniversary, Dr. Falu invites alumni to New York to volunteer as board members. She writes, “Many of these children are potential future Berkeley students. I invite everyone to help work for this.”


Donald Hendon, MBA 64Donald Hendon, MBA, of Mesquite, Nev., writes, “After getting a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1971, I began teaching marketing at universities full time, in the US and overseas (Mexico, Canada, Australia, Oman, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Malaysia). During summer holidays, I always did consulting overseas, hardly ever in the US, and have done this kind of work in 36 nations on six continents. Retired from full-time teaching in 2003. I now do consulting-seminars overseas four or five times a year, a month at a time. I have written four books, including Cross- Cultural Business Negotiating, Battling for Profits, and Classic Failures in Product Marketing. My new book is coming out in summer 2009: 365 Powerful Ways to Influence, Persuade, and Win Big—in Life and Business! I am happily married to a wonderful Filipina. Hobbies include collecting Uncle $crooge McDuck stuff.”




Schuyler Bailey, MBA, of Berkeley, writes, “From May 15 to August 9, Susie and I took our (small!) 24-foot RV to New England and eastern Canada (Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick). What an adventure – snowstorms in Yellowstone and Cody, thunderstorms near Chicago, the Weather Radio on frequently. New England was beautiful in the spring and summer. The Boston/Concord/Lexington area was historically special. We drove 15,200 miles (and at 9.2 mpg, the gas bill was #&%?*!)”




Bruce Kreiger, MBA, of Wilton, Conn., writes, “Since graduation I have held several positions as vice president and general counsel to public (NYSE) and privately held companies. In addition, I had the pleasure to be asked and did work as special counsel to the Reagan White House. I have two sons. One recently graduated Wharton and is in his own callcenter business. My other son is finishing at NYU while working as a jazz musician. I am working on two books. One is a short anthology of my own poetry with my original illustrations; the other is a legal textbook on the subject of the making of a general counsel.”




Robin Bollinger, MBA 70Robin Bollinger, MBA, of Oakland, writes, “China has become my passion. It is a wonderful country whose people are friendly and industrious. Now launching a direct marketing business in China. I’m in startup stage and seeking a few bilingual individuals of Chinese descent with family or friends residing in or near Beijing to help create value for themselves and me. Since 2002 I have been working with Chinese entrepreneurs based in China to help them develop business plans and raise capital. I also assist in developing US market entry. Web site:” Among his three sons, the oldest is deputy political consul to El Salvador, the middle son is living independently and working as a courtesy clerk for Safeway, and the youngest is executive chef of Urbana Restaurant in Washington, DC.


Gary Matkin, MBA 70Gary Matkin, MBA, who also has a Ph.D. (Education 89), is dean of continuing education at the University of California, Irvine. Matkin serves as treasurer of the OpenCourseWare Consortium, a collaboration of more than 200 higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model. He is the visionary behind UC Irvine’s OpenCourseWare initiative. Under his leadership, UC Irvine’s OCW initiative strives to play a significant role in the contribution to the social welfare of the state, the nation, and the world; showcase the University’s top instructional efforts and make those course materials free on a global scale to educators, students, and self-learners; and to create educational assets that are discoverable, searchable, and modifiable under Creative Commons licenses. For more information about UC Irvine’s OCW initiative, visit




Donald Kummer, MBA, is professor emeritus in finance at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He will retire this academic year after 32 years of service.




Frank R. Finch, MBA, president of Greenhorne & O’Mara, assumed the added role of CEO in November. He joined G&O six years ago as senior vice president of water and environment, and in March 2007 was named president. He has more than 30 years of broad-based experience in the engineering consulting and construction industries, serving in significant positions as a senior officer with the US military, and in executive positions in the private and public sectors. He also holds a master’s degree in engineering. Greenhorne & O’Mara (G&O) is a full-service engineering consulting firm that provides solutions in the areas of general civil, transportation, environmental, water resources, and hazard mitigation and security services to clients in the public and private sectors.


Redge Martin, MBA, writes, “I continue to be the president and CEO of Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland. The auction house handles fine art, antiques, midmodern furniture, jewelry, Asian pieces, rugs, etc. My wife, Carole, works part time as a vision specialist with the Pleasanton School District. My daughter is a manager with the California Department of Education, working on fitness and health programs for schools throughout the state. My son works for Fisher Investments. We like adventure travel, various sports, working with animals, and are optimistic about the change in leadership of our government.”




Raymond Fry, MBA, retired from Levi Strauss after 23 years working with the Haas family. He is now a Certified Senior Advisor and a mortgage broker specializing in the reverse mortgage loan program and co-owner with his wife of a company called Mr. Reverse Mortgage Inc. He writes, “I’ve been married for 30 years to a wonderful lady from Persia. We have no children, but I’ve been blessed with a large number of nieces, nephews, and in-laws from my wife’s family. My volunteer work is centered around working with seniors and the local Area Agency on Aging.”




In his new book Selling the Intangible Company published by John Wiley & Sons, Thomas Metz Jr., MBA, helps CEOs, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists to understand the process and nuances of selling a company whose value is strategic. He addresses the key issues surrounding the sale of a company in which the value is in its technology, software, and know-how, but has not yet shown up on its balance sheet. He identifies the best time to sell and debunks many of the common myths surrounding the sale process. He explains why a CEO should not sell the company himself. Metz offers advice on negotiating the price of an intangible company, identifies the common negotiating mistakes, and discusses how creative structuring can overcome unusual deal problems.




John-Paul Leonard, MBA, of Joshua Tree, Calif., writes, “When people asked where I got my degree, I used to like to tease them and say from the University of Broccoli at Cauliflower. They were always puzzled of course. But now at last there is a grain of truth to my silly joke — I see Berkeley scientists have found that broccoli may be good against cancer! As for other highlights, this year it will be a record number of new book titles coming out of my little publishing company, Progressive Press, the main project being two exposés of Obama as a phony cover artist for repressive domestic and aggressive foreign policies.”


Linda Wright, MBA, writes, “I am in the process of completing my work as senior vice president and treasurer of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co./Allianz and will be looking for my next opportunity. I would like to stay in California as my husband is a practicing attorney and general counsel of his firm. I live in Tiburon and have two college-attending children.”




Ronald Pimentel, MBA 81Ronald Pimentel, MBA, completed his Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in 1997. He is associate professor of marketing and MBA program director at California State University, Bakersfield. He is married with three adult children and one French bulldog.




Beverly Dance, MBA, of Oakland, writes, “As a human resources consultant, I want to support fellow bears directly impacted by changes in the economy. In addition to facilitating classes for the Society for Human Resources Management and the Northern California Human Resources Association, I also provide interview preparation coaching, which includes an interview for a targeted job plus feedback to strengthen answers and build confidence. To schedule a practice interview prior to a real job interview, contact me at Use the phrase ’Go Bears!’ for 25 percent off.”




Maureen Buehler, MBA 83Maureen (McCoy) Buehler, MBA, is living in beautiful Sonoma County, happily married to Noel Buehler, who is an avid Cal Bears football fan. Her daughter, Haley, just graduated from UCLA in June and son, Andrew, is successfully exploring a sales career with a tech company. Maureen loves the work she’s doing for Autodesk running its Global University Relations programs. Her role took her to China four times this past year (including living there for three months last summer) as well as to Europe and many US universities. She’s having a great time as a new member of the board that is launching the North Bay Chapter of the Haas Alumni Network.


1984 Reunion - April 24-26


Joe Jimenez, MBA, writes, “I was named CEO of Novartis Pharmaceuticals in October 2007 after a long career in consumer packaged goods. I served as a non-executive director on the board of AstraZeneca from 2002 to 2006, which was my entry into health care. I am having a very good time running this $26 billion global business, despite all the issues in the pharma industry. Most importantly we are making decisions now regarding the development of new compounds, which will have a significant impact on medicine and public health well into the next decade. I live in Basel, Switzerland, with my wife, Denise, and my three kids, Christina (17), Stephen (12), and Aaron (10), but we make it back to the Bay Area twice a year for summer and the holidays.”




Paul Caracciolo, MBA, writes, “After many years on the corporate side of market research I switched to the supplier side when I joined HINER & Partners in 2007 as vice president/senior consultant. We’re a market research company based in Long Beach that provides marketing diagnostics and strategy consulting. The work, clients, and company atmosphere have been extremely satisfying. My wife, Mary, and I are crossing the 20-year mark as Pasadena residents and have a 17-year-old son who’s looking at Cal and other colleges that he deems ’sufficiently far from home.’ We’re entrenched in a sea of rabid USC football fans and attend the Cal- USC games when they’re down here. Afterwards, our only solace comes from noting that Cal generally beats the spread.”


James Frolich, MBA, writes, “I moved from Hawaii to Vancouver in 2006 and it took quite a while to adjust to the change in climate. Having a pass to the ski resort behind my house helps though! I joined Golder Associates, a global engineering consultancy, in 2006 and am responsible for the environmental and social resource practice here. My focus is on M&A due diligence and environmental assessment for resource industries. In addition to work here in Canada, I have been conducting consulting activities for projects in Tibet, Mongolia, Colombia, and Panama in the last year. While I have been staying home more than usual in the last year I did get to South America twice and spent a month visiting my old homes in Spain and Germany. I would like to meet any other alumni here in the vicinity.”


Robin (Rasure) Roeper, MBA, of Montgomery Township, N.J., writes, “After retiring to start a family, I am working at home to raise three children, volunteer in the local PTA, and play tennis. I am still searching for the perfect startup idea that can be worked into my schedule of chauffering the kids to their many activities. Our family spent the Christmas holiday in merry ol’ England visiting my husband’s family and friends.”




C. Cheryl Archer, MBA, writes, “My partner and I own a sign manufacturing business called SignWorks Inc. We are located in San Leandro, Calif. Please visit our web site,, for complete information about our business, or call us at 510-357- 2000 to say hello. We are never too busy for your referrals.”


Eric Larson, MBA, of Indianapolis, Ind., and Denver, Colo., writes, “I’m serving energy needs of public, nonprofit utilities across the US and hoping my son might attend Cal next year.”




Ralph Garcia Jr., MBA, writes, “I am still working as a financial advisor in San Francisco. I am playing a lot of soccer and doing volunteer activities with a few boards and AYSO. Jean is busy working at the YMCA (aerobics instructor) and volunteering in the community. Our kids are now 19, 17, and 13. Our daughter is a sophomore at UCSB. Our son, Nicholas, is a high school senior. Our youngest son, James, has been accepted to Cal on the Big Game Verbal Early Acceptance Program by the chancellor. James plans to play in the Cal band.”


1989 Reunion - April 24-26


Jeff Bialik, MBA, of San Rafael, Calif., is the new executive director of Catholic Charities CYO, one of the largest nonprofit providers of social services in the Bay Area. He takes over from Brian Cahill, who is retiring after having headed the agency for nine years. As executive director, Bialik will oversee the $39 million organization, which has over 600 employees in four counties and supports 30 programs that help the Bay Area’s most vulnerable and in need. CCCYO provides critical services to families in crisis, children, the homeless, the aging and disabled, those living with debilitating HIV/AIDS, refugees and immigrants, and runs CYO camp, athletics, and transportation programs.




Matthew Anderson, MBA, writes, “I have been busy charting the course of distress in the real estate markets. Since founding Foresight Analytics in 2005 with co-alum Susan Underberg Persin, MBA 1991, I have been increasingly occupied with analyzing bank loan portfolios and market trends. Our firm’s data has made its way into major publications, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and American Banker. When not working, I am busy at home in Alameda, Calif., with my wife, Nuala, and daughters, Aoife (7) and Orla (3).”


Ker Gibbs, MBA 90Ker Gibbs, MBA, is taking advantage of the vibrant jazz scene in Shanghai and recently performed with some friends at the JZ Club. He and his family have been living in Shanghai for the last 6 years. A steady stream of Haas classmates, past and present, have visited them in Shanghai. Ker is working for a boutique investment bank doing M&A advisory.


Midori Katsumata, MBA, writes, “After 11 years at GE, I joined Spencer Stuart, a privately held executive search firm. I spent this summer in the Singapore office to promote cross-border searches across Asia/Japan, visited Shanghai and Hong Kong on business, and visited Angkor Wat (Cambodia), Bintan Island (Indonesia), and Hanoi (Vietnam) for pleasure. Caught up with Haas alums including Till Vestring, Shunsa Hayashi, Aki Yasuda, Amy Wong (from class of ’90); Bill Shaw, Ken Yeo, Lin Haibin, David Turchetti; Jon Tanaka and Professor Terry Marsh, who were in town for conferences. Ker Gibbs, Jay Johannesen, Yoshi Murakami (again, class of 90) and Nancy Starr kindly introduced their friends in Singapore for me to network with. In addition, I met two newly admitted students from Singapore. Truly appreciated the friendship and hospitality extended by all these alums (Did I miss anyone?) Go Bears!”


Ray Meadows, MBA, of San Francisco, writes, “In my money management business I’ve managed to perform much better than the overall market this year, and no clients have pulled money from their accounts — a major victory in my view. I am in the planning stages for an analytically driven loan modification business that will help people avoid foreclosure and help banks reduce losses. I like the idea of building a profitable business that truly helps people. If there are other alumni interested in joining forces on this project as partners or investors, please contact me.”




Adam Hardej, MBA, of Carmel, Calif., and Hingham, Mass., writes, “All is well in the real estate valuation world. Refinancings and purchases of commercial property have slowed, but now it seems like everyone is disagreeing about something and my litigation support and expert witness volume is way up, not to mention pre-foreclosure asset management related work. Beth, BS 91, Adam III, and Rachel are all doing well. Recently reunited with Austin Garrison and Pat Constanza, MBA 90, at the Hardrock Cafe in Instanbul. We were both in town for a technology fair – small world. Also communicate with classmates Will Wilfong (Bangkok) and John Rosen (Boulder, Colo.) upon occasion. Still looking for Otis Spencer to show me some love and send me an email, Adam@ Go Cal!”


Nick Kiritz, MBA, of Washington, DC, writes, “What should the economic capital requirement be for a mortgage firm that’s smack dab in the middle of the worst housing market in history and has already been taken over by the government? That’s a question that even Nancy Wallace’s great real estate finance class didn’t prepare me for, but it’s the one I’m grappling with as head of economic capital at Fannie Mae. Hope all my fellow grads are doing okay. Cheers.”


Al Moser, MBA, of Dublin, Calif., deputy CFO at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, just completed leading the successful implementation of Oracle ERP at the lab. Now he’s taking a nice long Caribbean vacation with his family.


Sudhanshu Verma, MBA, of Silicon Valley, Calif., has been active in various entrepreneurial roles. He was co-founder of a successful startup company in the late ’90s. He is now vice president, software engineering, at Infinera, an optical telecom company that went IPO in 2007. He has three children and is active with various soccer activities and coaching.




Bridgitte Backman- Bocken, MBA, an exchange student in 1992 now living in Secunda, South Africa, writes, “I have been traveling to India and China during the past year, which from both a business and personal perspective has been exciting and insightful. My two daughters are doing well. The youngest one will start school next year. I am missing the US and would love to come back. Managed to touch base with a friend from my year here in South Africa and others via the Web. I would love to touch base with the German-speaking contingent of friends from my year. Please feel free to look me up when you are here.”


Scott Bechtler-Levin, MBA, of San Diego, Calif., writes, “For the past year, I have been leading IdeaEncore Network (, which will launch in January. We are creating an online marketplace for nonprofit organizations to share and sell their quality ready-to-use tools, training, and project plans to other nonprofits (an eBay for nonprofit tools). Pacific Ridge School (www.pacificridge. org), an independent middle and high school that we helped create, has doubled enrollment. Now in its second year of operation, the school has over 225 students and is ahead of plan to reach 500 students within two years.”


Barron’s named Mike Fitzhugh, MBA, one of the top 100 independent wealth managers in the United States. He is a principal with Aspiriant in San Francisco.


Walter Tendler, MBA, writes, “I’m vice president, finance, at VMIX Media, a white-label video hosting service for companies with a lot of video content to display on the Web. I recently joined the Crawford High Foundation to raise funds for my public high school, a true melting pot with students that are native speakers of more than 25 languages. Please say hello if you are in San Diego.”


1994 Reunion - April 24-26


Art Altman, MBA 94Art Altman, MBA, manages R&D in risk management of energy derivatives for Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto, Calif. His focus for 2009 will be carbon risk and integration of renewable resources. Contact him at


Olivier Cédé, MBA, of Paris, France, is vice president, procurement, and managing director of Nagra France.


Bill Koefoed, MBA, BS, of Seattle, Wash., was appointed general manager of investor relations for Microsoft Corp. He was previously general manager of finance and strategy for Microsoft’s information technology organization


Jeff Kragen, MBA, is a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch in Walnut Creek, Calif., where he runs a wealth management practice focused on long-term financial planning and investment strategy. He and his wife, Kate, live in Alamo with their four children, ages 8 to 15.


Poul Erik Olsen, MBA, of Oakland, Calif., writes, “With the arrival of Fiona Astrid Olsen, we have now joined the two-plustwo club, which seems to be very popular among my fellow alums. Looking forward to seeing everybody for some ha-ha-time in April. Still at Rochdale Investment Management, so I have saved people from losing all their savings but haven’t saved any rain forests.”


Lars Stenstedt, MBA, writes, “After working in the software industry since graduation, I took the plunge in April and opened a retail store here in Alameda, Calif., SMART Phone and Photo (www.smartphonephoto. com). I run the store with my wife, Tirra Stenstedt, MBA 94, a graduate of the evening program, and our three children do their homework upstairs after school. The store sells phones and services for Verizon Wireless and Metro PCS, and we have a wide array of products and services to help people ’rediscover their photos.’ The basic idea is to help people get those thousands of family photos off their computers and made into something tangible that will be around for a while. Of course we picked a nice economic climate to start a new retail business in, but at least we’re having fun with it! Stop by and see us sometime.”


Thomas Wehlen, MBA, San Francisco is still running his global quantitative fund, the inspiration for which came during Richard Lyons’ international finance class. He writes, “Ivory tower theories, it seems, can be put to good use: The GLI Fund LLC has been in operation for 11 years and has outperformed its benchmarks by more than 10 percent a year over that time.” His partners include two Haas alumni: Ellie Brigham Wehlen and Rainer Genschel, both MBA 04.




Dana (Harmon) Charron, MBA, and Nap Hosang, MBA/MPH 95, are founding partners in two UC Berkeley spinoffs designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the quality of life for millions of families in the world’s poorest countries. Berkeley Air Monitoring Group is a consulting firm specialized in international environmental health monitoring and program evaluation. The Center for Entrepreneurship in International Health and Development, or CEIHD, is a nonprofit organization that leverages carbon finance to scale international development projects that simultaneously tackle climate change and alleviate poverty, poor health, and environmental degradation. Nap and Dana have received critical input and assistance from many Haas alumni, including JoAnn Dunaway, Staci Collins, Kathy Kim, Kari Gothie, Dominic Montague, Jenna Marshall Hano, Susie Weiss, Eva Ros Guerrero, Adit Mane, Matt Evans, and Dennis Macray. For more information, visit www.berkeleyair. com and”


Adina Safer, MBA/MPH, writes, “It has been fun to be back on campus this year. I started this fall as a lecturer at Haas teaching the healthcare finance class in conjunction with the School of Public Health. I look forward to another semester on campus and getting involved in more activities at Berkeley. I continue to work for CVS/Caremark, focusing on the West Coast biotechnology and device companies, helping them on reimbursement and distribution planning. I am still living in San Francisco with my husband, Mark, and two kids, Adley (7) and Jude (5). Drop me a line,”




Mark Beckford, MBA, writes, “After 11 great years with Intel Corp. and a three-year assignment in China, I left the company in January to take a long self-funded sabbatical. In November, I joined NComputing, a mature startup, as vice president of global business development. NComputing delivers ultra-low cost/power PC solutions for emerging markets and education (allows up to 30 users to share one desktop PC). It’s a perfect match to my passion and love for growing technology businesses in countries around the world. I am still living with my wife, Monica, and three sons, Gabriel (11), Jonathan (8), and Jacob (6), in Folsom, Calif., but work in Redwood City when I am not on the road.”


Brent Blasnek, MBABrent Blasnek, MBA, of San Mateo, Calif., is entering his third year at Visa Inc. in Foster City. He writes, “Highlights from the past year included going public via the largest US IPO ever, getting promoted to senior business leader, and meeting Michael Phelps after his incredible Summer Olympics. Fellow colleagues and Haas alums Mandy Fraser, Cedric Bru, and Michael Griffiths, among others, are helping Visa institute formal recruiting at Haas, including on-campus information sessions and interviews. Best to everyone in 2009!”


Olivier Girard, MBA, of São Paulo, Brazil, writes, “I am still working in management consulting with focus on infrastructure projects, of which Brazil is in great need. Last year Andrea and I were blessed with the arrival of our first son, Patrick. He is 1 1/2 now and is already a great traveler, having been twice to Europe and once to the US. We also visited the Bay Area and Haas School last year, first time since graduation. Apart from the bigger trees and the older paint, I thought I was still in 1996.”


John Gutman, MS 96, writes, “Busy with two kids (first and second grades) while my wife is headmaster of The Lawrenceville School in central New Jersey, a coed boarding and day high school for 800 students, which I attended 30 years ago. Using my Cal education in organizational behavior every day as an interested observer. Go Bears!”




Federico Alvarez-Marquard, MBA 97Federico Alvarez- Marquard, MBA, writes, “After several years in the homebuilding business near Mexico City, I decided a big change in quality of life was in order, and last year Annett, the kids (Ian and Nicole), and I moved to Seattle since we have always liked the Pacific Northwest area (and have family here also). If you are living nearby or planning a visit, let me know! My email is”


Wens Gerdyman, MBA, of Los Altos, Calif., writes, “Looking for better work-life balance and self-fulfillment, I resigned my group product manager position at (part of eBay) last August. I spend half of my time as an independent consultant, helping companies bring to market new products. My experience has been in software and Internet applications, but I believe the innovation principles and process discipline can be applied to other environments. I spend the other half of my time scouting entrepreneurial partnership opportunities. You can contact me at wens@”


Ira Rubien, MBA, is starting a new position as executive director, brand and marketing communications, at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania. He continues to live in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife, Bonnie, and three kids.


Deborah (Chaplin) Spalding, MBA, of New Haven, Conn., is a managing partner at Working Lands Investment Partners LLC, which she founded in 2008 with five partners. Working Lands specializes in the investment and long-term stewardship of sustainably managed timber and agricultural lands, while providing investors exposure to rapidly developing environmental services markets, including carbon, wetland mitigation, biodiversity, and water quality trading.


Dan Stryker, MBA, writes, “Karen, Kate (4), Oliver (2), and I are all happily settling into life in Asheville, NC. We all love the beautiful mountain scenery, lack of traffic, diverse cultural scene, and great local food culture (seven microbreweries plus phenomenal sushi). Downtown Asheville definitely has a bit of a Berkeley vibe to it. When I am not kid herding, I am staying busy as a contractor, managing the development of software and Web applications for the electric power industry. Karen is doing very well with Abbott Labs in pharmaceutical sales. Kate focuses her energy on anything remotely artistic and princess related. Oliver, when not sprinting somewhere, enjoys anything with wheels or that can be taken apart and then put back together.”


Gene Tenberg, MBA 97Gene Tenberg, MBA, writes, “I continue to live in the Bay Area with my wife, Irina, and two fabulous kids who keep us both busy and on our toes. Work is taking me in several profit and nonprofit directions. On the profit side, I continue to build clients in the sustainable energy space, which I consider to be one of the most exciting areas of our economy. My most recent project involves raising a tax credit investment fund for financing commercial solar installations. On the nonprofit side, I am leading the development and growth of the Silicon Valley Duck Race, a regional fund-raising event benefiting social services organizations around Silicon Valley. I also just finished advising a Silicon Valley synagogue on the evaluation and installation of a 70 KW solar array, which will provide three quarters of the institution’s electrical demand.”




Dwayne Florenzie, MBA, writes, “After 10 years in the East, our family moved to the Far East as I took a position with Cisco Systems in Tokyo. I had previously managed wireless business opportunities in Asia for Alcatel-Lucent, based in New Jersey but with frequent travel to the region. Now I am based in Tokyo leading a sales team for telecommunications service provider business throughout Japan. I am thoroughly enjoying the new challenges, and it is a wonderful new adventure for my children. For my wife Kathy and I, it is a second honeymoon, since we first met each other here 20 years ago.”


Joe Godinho, MBA, writes, “After nine years at Intel, six in strategy, planning and product development, I got married in 2006 to Helen, an Irish girl, and moved to Dublin, Ireland. Lovely city. I have had an interest in investments and in 2007 started with an asset management firm as a fund manager with four others managing about $3 billion in equities. Love it for the new perspective it’s given me, but I must be honest that I miss the world of technology, managing large complex programs, and the buzz that goes with it. This November, we have been blessed by the arrival of Emily, our daughter. Plan to be back in California in 2010.”


David Hehman, MBA, is living in Sebastopol, Calif., with his wife and two sons. He is the publisher of and a co-founder of and


J.T. Klepp, MBA, writes, “On June 12, life changed forever as little Calista Marie was born. Given the huge amount of kids at the reunion, I guess a big part of the class knows how huge this is. It has been almost six months since I last slept, but it is just getting better and better. She is amazingly beautiful, almost always happy (except when about to go to sleep), and has changed our lives forever. Also, I decided to leave MoConDi and joined Storyz (www., which is a viral marketing tool for social networks on Web and mobile. We just launched on the AppStore, and getting good traction, and aim to commercialize everything in 2009. I am frequently in the Bay Area and in LA, as we have gotten a lot of interest from ad agencies and online sites looking to mobilize their offering. Otherwise, life in Sydney is good, as we are heading into summer and I am watching the thermometer in Oslo drop day by day. Sorry Tone and Thorvald.”


Jeff Marshall, MBA, cofounded Brightstorm (www.brightstorm. com) and secured $6 million in Series A funding. Brightstorm, launched in October, provides video courses to high school students who want to learn more in order to get higher grades and better test scores. Jeff and his wife, Jeanette Gurmendi, MBA 1998, now live in the Montclair section of Oakland with their two kids, Olivia and Jeffrey. He writes, “Everyone is doing great!”


Miguel Tam, MBA, writes, “After 20 years of working at various Silicon Valley high-tech companies, I’m finally doing my own thing. I’ve started a product launch and marketing consulting firm called TopSprout (www.topsprout. com) to help green-tech and high-tech startups. Kind of crazy to do in this economy, but so far, so good! Wendy’s now teaching kindergarten in San Mateo. Sofia is almost 9 and Jackson 7 – time just flies.”


1999 Reunion - April 24-26


JAmes Cook, MBA 99James Cook, MBA, writes, “Enjoying our son Chris’ first-grade experience and our life in Palo Alto. Work at OptiSolar continues to be fun. If you want to talk renewable energy, etc., please email me.”



Alan Knitowski, MBA, writes, “Over the summer I relocated to Austin, Texas, from Newport Coast, Calif., to help expand business opportunities outside of California.”


Steve, Peletz, BS 83, MBA 99Steven Peletz, MBA, enjoyed the volcanoes, rainforests, beaches, and wildlife (snakes, monkeys, and prolific birds amongst many others) in Costa Rica over the summer while traveling with his wife and two children. He continues to get real estate deals done despite more challenging times in the San Francisco real estate market and is enjoying his role as vice chair of the Development Council for the Haas School of Business, raising money for the Annual Fund, which allows Dean Lyons to recruit and retain top talent and grow the stature of the Haas School of Business nationally and internationally.


Allen Schoonmaker, MBA, and Jennifer welcomed the newest addition to their family, Alyssa Schoonmaker, who was born Jan 16, 2008. She joins her bigger brother, Alexander (4). Allen continues to work in product management for high-tech networking gear in the Silicon Valley.


Tanya (Shaw) Steinhofer, MBA, writes, “The big news recently in our family was the birth of our daughter, Ashlyn, on June 29. We now have two under the age of 2 in diapers, so any advice is appreciated! We relocated to Mill Valley to be closer to good public schools and the fun, fun trails of Marin (we can still dream about free time). After maternity leave, I’ll be back at Wetherby Asset Management, and hopefully the chaos in the markets will have settled down by then. Eric recently left Schwab after almost two years and is looking for a client-facing role for a small firm focused on sustainability.”


Manuel Vera, MBA, writes, “Just changed jobs within J&J this year. I’m now responsible for the development of the J&J orthopaedics business in Ireland, Scandinavia, Baltics, Poland, Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary, South East Europe, Balkans, and Israel. Still based in Rome, traveling to beautiful places and meeting great people.”




Pauline Velez, MBA 00Pauline Velez, MBA, writes, “Still at the VA. What changes the most is the size of the kids – two now taller than me and the third catching up quickly. We’ve taken in a fifth child, so we now have the inside straight 15-11. I’m still enjoying some administration so long as I can still escape into the operating room or clinic. Hoping to see any classmates (with or without others) drop by in Berkeley like Atsushi does.”



Arshad Carim, MBA, writes, “Kim and I happily welcomed our second child, Jahan, to the family on October 27. She joins 2 -year-old big brother, Khalil. I just passed the seven-year mark at The Alexander Group Inc., a sales-management consulting firm that I joined upon graduating from Haas. Kim is CFO of the San Francisco Ballet. We both work in San Francisco and enjoy living in nearby Alameda. Our best to all.”


Ruthanne Feinberg, MBA, writes, “I was recently promoted to partner at Glocap Search and moved back to San Francisco from New York in January. I look forward to reconnecting with all of you in the Bay Area.”


Mat Fogarty, MBA, writes, “After five years forecasting at Electronic Arts, I left in July 2007 and founded a startup. The company is Xpree, and we provide software to crowd-source enterprise forecasts. Kind of like a play money betting exchange, with employees betting on future outcomes – When will the product really launch? How much will sell? So far, so good – five employees, lots of customers, and just closed our series A venture round (last helicopter out of Saigon). Living in Palo Alto, kids are old (9 and 11), dog, green karmann ghia. Life is good.”


Jinny Lee

Jinny Lee, MBA,
writes, “I married Dan Lam (unfortunately, not pictured) on Oct. 24, 2008, in Sonoma on a gorgeous fall day! It was a celebration filled with laughter, 80s music, and great friends. Pictured from left to right: Juan Serrano, Emily Miller, Susan (Steiner) Saal, Patrick De Neale, Ruthanne Feinberg, Leslie (Davis) Nicholson, Amber Yusuf, Inder Grewal (MBA 02), Lindsay Clarke Pedersen, Jinny Lee, Laura (Kaak) Vidalakis, Heather Anderson, Perry Deluca (MBA 02), Linda Ng (MBA 02), Peddy Khatami (MBA 02), Emily Stauffer, and Darin Boyd.


Peggy Wu, MBA 01Peggy Wu, MBA, writes, “We are excited to be back in San Francisco after four years in Boston. I am enjoying my new job as product manager at Mellon Capital in downtown SF and living in South Beach; nothing beats walking to work. Lilia just turned two and we’re expecting another baby next April. We’ll really have a handful then! Would love to hear from Haas alums. I can be reached at”


Amber Yusuf, MBA, writes, “Inder Grewal, MBA 2002, and I welcomed baby Tate to our family last summer. Big brother, Taj, absolutely adores his baby brother. Inder continues to work for Markit, and was recently promoted to the global head of alliances. I am working part time for a consulting firm, G2 Systems. We have our hands full these days, but are enjoying all that New York has to offer.”




Lorenzo D’Ambra, MBA, writes, “We are very happy to announce the birth of our third child, Christoph, who came to light on Nov. 7. Our two other children are 3 1/2 and 2 years old, so as you can imagine we are very busy at the moment, but also very happy. We continue living in Germany near Duesseldorf (it is now six years). Best greetings to all our class!”


Emilie Cortes, MBA 02Emilie Cortes, MBA, of Millbrae, Calif., writes, “It’s been an interesting year of challenges and changes. Moody’s finally decided to integrate KMV into the fold, and I left amid significant changes in structure, processes, and culture. In April I joined a smaller firm called Axioma Inc. that provides portfolio construction tools and risk models to asset managers and hedge funds. One month later I had a bad mountain biking accident and have spent the last six months in multiple surgeries and countless hours of physical therapy. All is good now, and I’m thankful that one of my primary criteria in selecting my new firm was culture. They were extremely supportive. I had to cancel my June 2008 trip to attempt to climb Denali (Mt. McKinley) as the accident occurred just weeks before. I’ll be ramping up my training again this January and the new chant is now ’Denali 2009!’ Stay tuned.”


Paul Dyson, MBA 02Paul Dyson, MBA, of San Francisco, was married to Maureen Kinane Nov. 15 in The Presidio of San Francisco, and spent his honeymoon in Costa Rica. Over 20 MBA 2002ers were there to witness it first hand, including groomsmen Peddy Khatami and Aaron Duran.


Coco Kee, MBA 02Coco Kee, MBA, writes, “2008 has been a very special year. Kevin and I married on March 8 in New York with a small reception attended by 17 family members and an officiant. Our honeymoon was at the west coast of Mexico. In August I resigned from the company I had worked for 51/2 years. In September I started a business advisory firm, Kee Global Advisors LLC, advising US firms on doing business and investing in China and at the same time, helping Chinese companies identify strategic partners, markets, and acquisition targets in the US. My husband, Kevin, and I live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in New York.”


Eric Meyerson, MBA, of San Francisco is consulting (under the name Profundo Strategies) on product management and marketing strategy initiatives. He’s currently helping Wells Fargo figure out how to integrate its online brokerage offerings with Wachovia’s, and he’s thrilled to be riding the subway instead of 101 to work.”


Chris Mills, MBAChris Mills, MBA, and Deb Mills are enjoying their new roles as parents. Braden Alexander Mills was born on Aug. 2. Chris is doing strategic marketing for ServiceSource, a high-tech services firm in San Francisco.





Han Feung, MBA, of South Korea writes, “Juyoung and I are happy to announce the birth of our first child, William. He was born Aug. 25 and has already figured out the right team to cheer for. Go Bears!”


Karl Pisor, MBA, of Tokyo writes, “Busy in Japan! Working on a new startup,, which just went live in October. There’s a lot to do, but we’re having fun with selling wine to the Japanese market. Look us up online. Leia, who was just a munchkin at MBA, is now 8, and little Charlotte, who was only on the product development drawing board, is 31/2 and growing like a weed. We miss all our friends in Berkeley.”


Irene (Chen) Poston, MBA, of Redwood City, Calif., writes, “I got married! June 1, 2008, is one of the happiest days of my life so far!”


Elizabeth Van Benschoten, MBA, and her husband, Chris Pemberton (MBA Monterrey Institute) moved back to the Bay Area from Washington, DC, in April. Elizabeth manages a national product development team for Bank of America’s community development banking group, which focuses on financing multifamily affordable debt and equity. Elizabeth is actively involved with Haas’ Global Social Venture Competition and hopes to reconnect past student organizers with the competition as it celebrates its 10-year anniversary in April. If interested in learning more, please send her an email at lizvanben@gmail.


2004 Reunion - April 24-26


Bryce Johnson, MBA, of Salt Lake City, Utah, writes, “Had a great year building up my company called CafeScribe, which is an online eTextbook platform. In March I sold the company to Follett and am now working with the team to build up the product.”


Jeff Lee, MBA, of Seoul, Korea, joined Samsung Card in 2008 as deputy general manager at the corporate strategy team following four years at Citibank.


Rodrigo Brumana, MBA 04Rodrigo (Moreira) Brumana, MBA, of San Jose, Calif., writes, “2008 was a great year! Our daughter, Bella Czamanski Brumana, arrived on July 3 and within about three months, was already cheering for the Golden Bears at Memorial Stadium. Alessandra and I look forward to seeing Bella joining the MBA class of 2038. On the professional side, I am now with Palm Inc. as senior director of finance. See you all at our reunion in April.”


Waldemar Mozes, MBA, writes, “We moved the family to McLean, Va., from Marin County. Now working for TAMRO Capital Partners and welcomed a new member to the family, Mitchell McClennahan Mozes, on Nov. 24.”


Paul Scarpa, MBA, Redmond, Wash., is senior marketing manager with Microsoft Office Labs, a rapid innovation team within Microsoft dedicated to exploring the future of software in the workplace.




Brad Bao, MBA, of Redwood Shores, Calif., is running the US operation for Tencent, the largest Internet company in China with 230 million active users.


Kornelijus Chelutka, MBA, joined the venture capital firm MTVP. The fund is focused on Russia and CEE, based in Tallinn. Kornelijus spends part of the week traveling across the region and the rest of the week and weekends in Vilnius.


Howard Connell, MBA, writes, “I’m still working with AT Kearney from the Atlanta office but the fun updates include winning an entry into and playing in the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2007 and 2008 as well as the upcoming Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure Main Event in January 2009. I’ve also recently started a project in Saudi Arabia and I’ll be there, Dubai, and the Middle East through June 20.”


Angela (Baker) Goldin, MBA, of San Jose, Calif., just launched a high-performance, science-based, green commercial janitorial company. Check it out at


Timothy Gray, MBA, of Worcester, Mass., was honored when his wealth management practice, The Gray Group at Smith Barney, was recognized in Research Magazine as one of its Top-Ranked Advisor Teams in America. The article appeared in the September 2008 issue and is based on the methodology and criteria of the independent research organization The Winner’s Circle. The Winner’s Circle screened more than 7,000 financial professionals nationwide and selected 30 full-service financial advisor teams using a combination of quantitative and qualitative criteria. The Gray Group specializes in managing personal assets for high-net worth individuals and families across the US.




Sean Eckard, MBA, writes, “I am kickin’ it in Portland, Ore. Nothing really to report, besides that expectation can be far out of line with reality (at least right when you graduate from school). Life is good. If you are in Portland, drop me a line.”


Jennifer Quan, MBA, Eric, and Jordan were expecting a new addition to their family on Feb. 7. They live in San Mateo, Calif.


Alfonso Portillo, MBA, recently changed employment from PIMCO to Charles Schwab Investment Management. As a managing director, he is responsible for managing all non-agency mortgage- and asset-backed securities across taxable fixed-income portfolios.




Sara Klein, MBA, of San Francisco, writes, “One month after graduating from Haas, my husband and I celebrated the birth of our first child, Reece Ryan. Contrary to initial speculation from those present at the 2007 Haas charity auction, we opted not to name our firstborn after Mac Gerlach. We have enjoyed watching Reece develop into a busy little toddler. In March I launched a financial market commentary blog called Mock the Market (http://mockthemarket., which aims to dissect financial market headline news with a humorous perspective. Not surprisingly, I’ve had plenty of material lately.”


Todd Richards, MBA, writes, “My wife, Sarah, and I were pleased to welcome the arrival of our twin girls, Sierra and Hannah, in May. I am now in my fourth year of plastic surgery training at Stanford.”


Elizabeth “Beth” (Seidelhuber) Sordi, MBA, of Oakland, Calif., writes, “I was married to Joe Sordi, a director in real estate, in Piedmont, Calif., at the beginning of November. I just returned from my honeymoon in Hawaii to my senior product manager position in Delta Dental’s e-business group.”


Kate Stillwell, MBA, of Oakland, Calif., and her husband, Frank Hickman, are delighted to be expecting their first child in mid February. Meantime, Kate is a founder of the public-private Global Earthquake Model (www., an opensource initiative to calculate and communicate earthquake risk worldwide. Having raised a strong first round of funding, GEM will launch formally in early 2009.


2008 Reunion - April 24-26


Jacob Heitler, MBA, of Emeryville, Calif., writes, “Though we haven’t been out long, I just thought I’d write to let people know I’m working on a startup doing interactive Web media for training and teaching applications. At this point, I’m just trying to learn as much as I can about the industry, and I’m always looking for people to talk with about corporate training. You can check us out at I hope everyone’s doing well and weathering the economic turmoil. I’m just glad we’re not graduating now.”


Stephan Krajcer, MBA, of Sao Paulo, Brazil, writes, “Fabi and I are really excited to announce the arrival of our first daughter, Catarina Stiefelmann Krajcer, born on November 17.”


Raif Barbaros, MBA, of Berkeley, is the president of Carsala, a used-car buying service for those of us who don’t want to haggle with auto dealers but still want a great deal. Over the summer, he raised $850,000 from Labrador Ventures, Launch Capital, and angel investors to help launch, which is scheduled for a release in early 2009. Having started with the modest goal of revolutionizing the single largest retail segment of the US economy, Raif looks to the future with much excitement.


Tejas Saraiya, MBA, of Newark, Calif., “We’re happy to announce a new member of the Haas family. Our daughter, Shayla Saraiya, was born on Oct. 23. Life as a new parent has been great and makes me appreciate the lessons learned at Haas even more, particularly those in Professor Rao’s creativity and personal mastery class.”


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Jianyun “Jerry” Yao, MFE, of Nanjing, China, writes, “After graduating from Haas, I joined McKinsey for corporate finance. Now I returned back to my family business, producing AGM separator for lead-acid batteries. I am looking into new technologies in traditional AGM batteries as well as new types of batteries, such as Li-ion battery for HEV. I welcome those who are in the same fields to contact me for technical and business discussion. I am a golfer. It would be nice to enjoy a round with alumni.”



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