Alumni Notes




Dick Halliday, BS, writes, “In early July, with wife Lois – also 1947 – I took a great trip to Alaska with eight of the ten other members of our immediate family. Started in Anchorage and then flew to Brooks Lodge to watch the bears fishing in the river and all around the lodge. Fantastic contact with the animals and recommend this to anyone visiting Alaska when the salmon are running. Then we were off for four nights at the North Face Lodge in Denali National Park. Fortunately we had great weather during our stay and on the day we flew out and over Mt. McKinley. Then it was six nights on board a small yacht, a Sikumi, we chartered for the family. Again, great weather and a fantastic time with kayaking in many different areas and real close-ups with whales and other sea animals, lots of birds, and just an all-around unique experience with a great, very knowledgeable crew. Highly recommend this vessel.”


Loren Hov, BS, of Sacramento, Calif., writes, “After grad school and employment by Stauffer Chemical Co. as a research engineer, I was an inventor and wrote up my own inventions and others for patenting. I was asked to do a study on what made people likely to be inventors (so such could be hired) and I found that they were mostly young, in their 20s, and had not been convinced that it couldn’t be done so they did it, as did I. Although I have another patent in my 40s, I’m now in my 80s and inventing again and would add to the study that late in life, with broad experience, one can put together several or many disciplines and conceive new correlations that are unique. We (oldies scientists) now don’t care what others say and we may just do. Keep learning and studying and you may have a new creative period much older than you think.”


Keith Brooks, BS, of Walnut Creek, Calif., is a member of the 86th Blackhawk Infantry Division Association. In September 2009, he attended the last reunion of the association in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Earl Goldman, BS, writes, “Living in Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, Calif. Still working as an independent insurance broker. Having fun traveling. Recently been to Russia, China, India, and Africa. Will be 80 in January. Children and grandchildren live nearby.”


Oscar Erickson, BS, is retired and serves on the YMCA Board in El Sobrante, Calif.

Stanley Koo, BS, of San Francisco writes, “Retired 17 years and still enjoying it! Slowing down in traveling though, but my wife and I did go to Toronto, Canada, in June and will be taking a trip to Hong Kong late this year. It will be nice to keep in touch.”


Allan Hitchcock, BS, of San Francisco joined Wells Fargo Advisors LLC via acquisition, as a senior vice president-investments. He hails from a four-generation Bear family: brother, Larry Hitchcock, 1960; father, Jack Hitchcock, BS 36; grandfather, Francis Hitchcock, 1912; and daughter, Lisa, via Piedmont High accelerated honors program in 1978. After many years in the investment and financial services business, he joins the same firm his father worked with in the 1950s.


Wiliam “Bill” Clark, BS, reports he is alive and well in El Dorado Hills. He has been a contract recruiter in the high-tech sector, but his business has been in the tank lately, to say the least. In October, Bill’s search for a new contract was interrupted by emergency surgery for the repair of an “acute ’Stanford’ type A aortic dissection.” (He usually omits the “Stanford” part when describing the event.) He was lucky to have survived. The surgeon tells him that only 20 percent make it. He is now doing great, walking, talking, exercising, and generally exhausting himself on a regular basis. He is rapidly working toward the “normal” state and looking forward to attending his 55th reunion of the Palo Alto High School Class of 1954. His wife, Carole, retired in 2002. She is doing well after recovering from back surgery, which she had shortly after Bill’s emergency. What a way to end 2008! 2009 is much better thus far and getting better day by day. They enjoy spending time with their 18 grandchildren and are looking forward to Cal football this fall. Go Bears!


Sonny Low, BS

Sonny Low, BS, of Chula Vista, Calif., writes, “After 34 years of federal service with the Peace Corps and the US Agency for International Development in Latin America, Washington, DC, and Eastern Europe, I retired with my wife, Mirian, to San Diego County. We spent the first year transforming the house into our ideal retirement abode, getting reconnected with family and friends whom we had neglected while I was out galavanting the world with my very satisfying career as a US Foreign Service officer managing Housing Guaranty Loans and technical assistance to borrowing countries. Our loans financed affordable housing and improved services like potable water and wastewater disposal to low-income communities in the countries we served. Since retirement, my main priorities have been to seek the proper advice to devise a financial plan that will sustain a comfortable retirement, find interesting part-time work to stay fit and keep the Alzheimer’s away, and travel as often as we wish. To this end we planned an extended cruise through the Panama Canal, Costa Rica, and the Mexican Riviera in October. From mid-December through mid-January, we’ll be in Ecuador, South America, enjoying part of the Christmas holidays with the grandkids, our daughter’s family, and former co-workers’ families to bring in the New Year!”


Vijay Kumar Pandit, BS, of Mountain View, Calif., is a member of the Board of Advisors of InternetSpeech, based in San Jose. He writes, “I have primarily worked in IBM mainframe area as a software specialist. I also took a break from software for a few years and ran a private import/export business, but I do that on a part-time basis now. I am a grandfather now of a granddaughter born to my daughter, Amba, a UC Davis grad. My son, Jay, also attended UC Davis and San Jose State to get a structural engineering degree. He helped construct Sutardja Dai Hall at UC Berkeley, which contains the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society. One of the structures which he helped construct received the Platinum Award of Civil Engineering.”


Michael Nitefor, BS, writes, “I have lived in Toronto since graduating. After a very short stint in the corporate world at Colgate Palmolive, I set out on what has turned out to be an interesting life journey. Entrepreneurial dabbling of varying sorts led me eventually to real estate investment. Marriage, two children, and all of a sudden I’m 66 years old. The time at Berkeley was wonderful in many ways. Many fond memories.”


David Kong, BS, see MBA 1974 notes.


James McWalters, BS, see MBA 1975 notes.

Fred Sheng, BS, see MBA 1975 notes.


Arnold Nixon, BS, of Petaluma, Calif., is CFO at Icore International, a division of Zodiac Aerospace. He is married to Kassie and has three children, Jenny, Kate, and Maggie. He holds an MBA in finance from San Francisco State University (1981) and is a Sonoma County planning commissioner, a board member of Redwood Empire Chapter of APICS, and a board member of Santa Rosa Manufacturing Group.


After serving on the board of the California Native Plant Society for 13 years (mostly as treasurer), Steven Hartman, BS, of Sherman Oaks, Calif., is focusing his energy on developing a line of iPhone applications in partnership with EarthRover Software. The first apps are “California Wildflowers” and “Sierra Nevada Wildflowers.” Steve is also collaborating with founder Rolf Muertter to incorporate social networking into environmental conservation. Contact Steve at Steve is the CFO of the Stanley-Lawrence Co., and is the treasurer of the Theodore Payne Foundation, a non-profit southern California native nursery and educational institution.


Linda (Owen) Hsu, BS, of Albany, Calif., writes, “After graduating from Cal I worked as a program analyst for a San Francisco company, designing online programs for their accounting department. When my first child arrived I made the decision to stay home with my children. Eventually I decided to return to the workforce and at that point made a career change to become an ESL teacher. However, my oldest son is currently enrolled in the night and weekend MBA program at Haas, so our family is still staying connected with the business program at Haas. My husband, who is also a Berkeley grad, and I have stayed connected with Cal by opening our home on Friday nights to Berkeley students for Christian fellowship.”


Steven Gomberg, BS, see MBA 1981 notes.


Russ Irwin, BS, Sausalito, Calif., is traveling to Japan and China in September. He writes, “In November we resume sailing west until it’s not fun anymore. More details at”

Amelia Marshall, BS, writes, “Along with husband, Bill Imler, son, Alan, and daughter, Rosie, we are keeping busy in lovely Oakland. I am a broker-associate with the Prudential California Realty Grand Lake office, and always welcome new business or questions about real estate. Since we are irresistibly close to the Berkeley campus, I spend a few hours per month presenting planetarium shows at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Last year I co-authored a local history book, Oakland’s Equestrian Heritage, part of the Arcadia Publishing Images of America series. Volunteer activities include freelance advocacy for children with disabilities, and membership on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Horsemen’s Association of Oakland.”


Hal Bogotch, BS, of Los Angeles, is writing English language arts test questions for a fast-growing educational services enterprise,, based in Long Beach. His wife, Laura Lacamara, is illustrating a picture book for a bilingual division of the University of Houston Press. Their daughter, Annalisa, starts kindergarten in a dual-immersion, English-Spanish school in September.

Jeffrey Eglash, BS, writes, “I am working as a senior counsel for litigation and legal policy for General Electric in Fairfield, Conn., and live nearby in Weston with my wife, Karen, and sons, Elliott and Benjamin.”

Barry Geisler, BS, of Potomac, Md., is starting his 22nd year as general manager of the Patriot Center, the 10,000-seat arena at George Mason University. Barry is married to Meredith Geisler, president of Meredith Communications, a sports public relations and communications firm. They have two children, Natalie (16) and Grant (9).

Joann (Martens) Weiner, BS, was elected vice president of Community Tax Aid. She is an adjunct professor at George Washington University, teaching public economics and a seminar on the financial crisis.

Lynn (Warfield) Westbay, BS, began a graduate program in social work with an emphasis in public health at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University this fall.


Mitch Collins, BS, writes, “I recently accepted a position as president and CEO of the Oregon Center for Applied Science in Eugene, Ore. ORCAS is one of the most successful organizations in the country in obtaining funding under the Small Business Innovation Program of the National Institutes of Health. Our research is focused on developing innovative programs to address a range of public health issues. See After many years away from the left coast, it is great to be back. In many ways Eugene reminds me of the Bay Area, with close proximity to the coast, mountains, and wineries, not to mention the quirkiness I remember at Berkeley; Eugene has that and then some. Plus, Eugene in many ways reminds me of the Bay Area I grew up in, before the cultural shift engendered by the impact of the tech revolution. I like it. Our challenge is to better commercialize our programs. Any ideas out there?”


Steven Peletz, BS, see MBA 1999 notes.


Marc Bruderer, BS, see MBA 1991 notes.


Jennifer (Farrell) Guttman, BS, writes, “I continue to run a small tax practice while juggling raising our children. I volunteer in Seattle for a women’s homeless shelter and I’m on the board of a local women’s club, where I am responsible for fundraising efforts for local charities.”


Debbie (Chen) Keesey, BS, of Torrance, Calif., who has a law degree from Cornell, is doing estate planning for young families and producing eco-friendly bamboo clothing and furniture (

Timothy Wong, BS

Timothy Wong, BS, moved a private, nonprofit high school into a former, upscale car dealership at the “window of the bay” in Monterey, Calif. He writes, “The architecture and open-floor design of this building complements our unique campus culture stressing the importance of developing authentic relationships while integrating the skills necessary to thrive in a global, digital market. To view a video of this transformation, visit”


Thomas Leutzinger, BS, see MBA 1997 notes.


Daniel Ciruli, BS, writes, “The Bowles Hall Alumni Association will be having its 60th annual Big Game dinner on Nov. 20 at the Stanford Park Hotel in Menlo Park. Several distinguished Haas alumni are expected to be in attendance. Held every Big Game weekend since 1949, this special anniversary dinner will have Bowlesmen from eight decades. For more information on the event, please contact Dan Ciruli at or 510-336-9151.”


Laura Calaway, BS, is working as an independent change management consultant focused on technology projects. She and her husband reside in the East Bay and recently celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary.


Edward Kennedy, BS

Edward Kennedy, BS, was promoted to partner in the San Francisco assurance practice of Ernst & Young in July 2008. Ed serves clients in a number of industries, including retail and consumer products, real estate, hospitality, and technology, and he is the campus coordinating partner for Ernst & Young’s recruiting efforts at Berkeley. Ed moved his home this year to Walnut Creek, where he lives with his wife, Janette, and his two children, Alexa (6) and Andrew (4).


Daniel Abram, BS

Daniel Abram, BS, writes, “After graduating Haas, I attended Columbia Law School, practiced corporate and real estate law for four years at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York, and then switched to the business side doing real estate M&A for two years at Goldman Sachs’ headquarters in New York. Following my great experience at Goldman Sachs, I moved to Israel, where I am currently doing business development for an American/Israeli stem cell technology startup.”


Jeff Y. Lin, BS, joined the law firm Moss & Barnett in downtown Minneapolis, Minn. He is part of the firm’s energy regulation, communications, and infrastructure practice groups. He joined Moss & Barnett as a law clerk through its joint internship program with Xcel Energy while attending law school at the University of Minnesota and has participated in a number of energy and telecommunications regulatory proceedings. Prior to attending law school, Lin worked in the accounting and finance fields.


Together with her partner and sister-in-law, Lily Dawis, BS, founded and launched an exciting luxury bag brand, Kindle, in Jakarta, Indonesia ( Lily Dawis’ ’Fresh Definition of Luxury’ has won fans of her and Sylvia Kolim’s custom-made sateen and suede bags. She writes, “At Kindle, we present the unique option of being able to custom-order bags with alternative shapes, and also different zipper and leather treatments. We print our luxurious sateen material with customers’ selections from our extensive and fun, in-house designed backgrounds and icons, words and accessories.” The company has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar Indonesia and Prestige Indonesia. She plans to avail ordering of bags online through user-friendly tools, which will allow more clients from all over the world to experience the excitement of designing and owning their own Kindle bags and small goods.


Claudia (Gallegos) Cazares, BS, writes, “I recently had two very important accomplishments take place in my life. No. 1, I welcomed my third child into this world, and he’s a blessing, happy and healthy. No. 2, I was promoted to the position of housing and community development division manager for the city of Fresno. My education at Cal definitely has provided the backbone to the level of planning, research, and analysis that is required of my previous work and now more than ever in my new position. I welcome the challenge in managing a $15 million annual budget and staff to provide safe, decent, and affordable housing for some of Fresno’s poorest families.”

Ramit Mizrahi, BS, lives in Los Angeles, having been won over by the city’s high energy and abundant sunshine. She is an attorney at Allred, Maroko & Goldberg, where she practices employment law, with a focus on discrimination, retaliation, and sexual harassment.


Matthew Daugavietis, BS

Matthew Daugavietis, BS, of San Jose, Calif., writes, “I married Jennifer Seguin on July 5, 2008, and we celebrated our one-year anniversary. Time flies and we’ve been enjoying every minute. Jen graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, but our future kids will be wearing blue and gold, not that yucky maize color.”

Kimberly Koo Iaocovella, BS

Kimberly Koo Iaocovella, BS, got married in May. She is going to school part-time at NYU Stern in pursuit of her MBA and planning to graduate by 2011. She writes, “Look forward to reconnecting with some of you.”

Priscilla Tan, BS, received her Master of Arts in international studies with an international economics focus and China studies minor from the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies. For the next several years, she plans on forging a career in China’s major cities and becoming involved with the local Haas alumni networks.


Jay Bharadwa, BS

Jay Bharadwa, BS, writes, “I proposed to my girlfriend of six years and fellow Cal alum, Savita, on campus the weekend of August 2. Another four Cal alum friends of ours had come with us from New York to Monterey for a wedding, and since we were flying out of SFO we decided to take a day trip to Berkeley on Sunday. Arrived at Raleigh’s (now inexplicably called Manny’s Tap Room -- who came up with that?), then through a series of clues I led her through a scavenger-type hunt to Sproul, Henry’s, Blake’s, and Racha Café – all places that meant a lot to her at Cal. At each stop, one of her best college friends surprised her (separate from the six of us who were there for the wedding) with a drink, favorite appetizer, pitcher of beer, etc. They had come from Los Angeles, San Francisco, or New York, and were matched with the place where they had memories with my girlfriend. The last clue led her to me, where I proposed. Then, with a lot of help from Tenny, Diane, and the rest of the Haas Alumni Relations team, I threw her a surprise engagement reception on the Faculty Glade, complete with the Cal Band (definitely the highlight) — a great day!”

Tom Nemat (Tahamtan Nematbakhsh), BS, writes, “I am the principal attorney at the law firm of Tom Nemat which is located in Irvine, Calif. I focus my practice on estate planning, asset protection planning, business law, and real estate law. If anyone needs any help in those areas, please contact me at or (949) 375-5541. You can view my website at I am also a California licensed real estate broker and a Realtor. On a personal note, I was married on March 14 at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel, Calif. We currently live in Newport Beach and are enjoying our time together.”


Jeff Anker, BS, writes, “I am attending UCLA Anderson for my MBA, and I will be graduating next summer. This summer I was a marketing intern at Electronic Arts in the casual games group. I am hoping to continue working in the video games industry full-time after school.”

Anuj Saigal, BS, writes, “Now that I’m back in the US, I’ve been meeting with startup companies involved in renewable energy, specifically smart grid and solar. This has been a growing interest of mine for the last few years. My eventual goal is to help spread solar panel technologies that have been developed in the US to off-grid communities in India. In many instances, these would be the same recipients of microfinance loans who previously have not had a stable source of light after sunset.”

Karan Singh, BS, writes, “After working at ZS Associates, a management consulting firm specializing in sales, marketing, and operations, for the past four years in the Bay Area, I have decided to pursue my MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management this fall. As a member of the entrepreneurship and innovation program, I plan to explore my interest in the ’health. 2.0’ space (using the Internet to facilitate information exchange between different stakeholders). While not a fan of the 2.0 moniker, I am excited about the possibilities that a more digitally connected healthcare community could bring. I spent the summer before school trekking through the Himalayan Mountains in India and recently made the move to Cambridge, Mass. Drop me a note if you’re in town — would love to connect.”


Libby Leffler, BS, writes, “In June I was elected the 2009-2010 president of the 175-member Spinsters of San Francisco charity and social organization. The society is one of the oldest women’s societies in San Francisco and members’ requirements include being a 21- to 35-year-old female college graduate having lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for at least a year. Spinsters of San Francisco is nonprofit by charter and our social events’ proceeds benefit City of Dreams, our chosen philanthropic partner for the year. I am excited to announce that the Spinsters of San Francisco is also celebrating our 80th anniversary this year, having been founded in November 1929 at the historic de Young house at 1616 California Ave. in San Francisco. More info: Professionally, I am excited to announce that I made the move from Google to Facebook last summer. One of the things I love most about working for Facebook is running into and reuniting with tons of Haas alum undergrad and MBA alumni!”

Nicole Sirivansanti, BS, writes, “After stints in Japan, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, I’m back in Berkeley to get my master’s in public health. Best wishes to all.”


Cole Turay, BS, of Pleasanton, Calif., writes, “Hey fellow Bears, I have moved up in the world. I am now the business operations manager for the educational software company Brainology and am the defensive coordinator for Amador Valley High School’s football team. Hopefully, Cal and Amador’s defenses will remain as stifling as they have been in the past. Cal, without linebacker Zack Follett, and Amador, with me calling the shots, will definitely be keeping me up at night. See you all this season. Go Bears!”

Serge Vartanov, BS, of Wai’anae, Hawaii, writes, “Aloha fellow Haas alumni! I’ve spent the past year teaching seventh graders in Hawaii about Japanese language and culture through the Teach for America program. I’m very proud to report that my students took to the language like superstars, learning well over a year of high school Japanese, despite not yet being in high school. Despite severe socio-economic challenges, these kids are showing a true passion for learning and I personally feel that the biggest impact I can make on their lives is to give them first-hand exposure to the language and culture. Thus several months ago I laid the foundation for a two-week educational trip to Japan in the summer of 2010. Please visit to learn more about (and help support) our trip! A hui hou!”


Negar Adeli, BS, of San Jose, Calif., started working full time for Agilent as a financial analyst in August. He writes, “Spent a month in Iran this summer; it was a great experience visiting friends and family and reliving childhood memories. As far as political issues are concerned, didn’t see any protests while I was there, but the atmosphere was definitely different.”

Conrad Myers, BS, is a Realtor in Berkeley’s Claremont district with Prudential California Realty. He is researching home values, helping clients find a good investment, but more importantly helping clients find the perfect home for their needs and wants. Conrad is an active member on the board of the Haas Alumni Network, East Bay Chapter. He plays electric guitar and leads the 191st Army Rock Band, Weapon of Choice. He is a member of the US Army Reserve, Camp Parks, Dublin, Calif.

Conrad Chi Him Ngai, BS, of San Jose, California, works for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Kourosh Zamanizadeh, BS

Kourosh Zamanizadeh, BS, of San Francisco, writes, “After an amazing four years at Haas, my classmate Mike Mizono, BS 2009, and I departed for a one-month backpacking trip though Europe. Our first destination was Cannes, France, where we attended my cousin’s wedding and spent the first week of June with friends and family from all around the world in a villa near the Mediterranean Sea. Then our real journey began. We traveled throughout Italy, visiting popular cities such as Venice and Rome. Our planning could not have been better as I got to spend a day in Florence with my lovely girlfriend whose cruise ship happened to be docked in Port Livorno. Mike and I then explored Spain and even made a short trip to the infamous island of Ibiza in search of the world’s largest dance club. I am now back in California and have started my career as an investment associate at Bailard Inc. I am very thankful to be working with such a friendly, smart, and encouraging group of individuals, including another fellow Haas graduate, Dave Smith, BS 2008, who has been incredibly helpful throughout my training period. I am very grateful for the education and opportunities that the Haas School of Business has provided me.”

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1960|50th mba reunion
april 23-25, 2010

1965|45th mba reunion
april 23-25, 2010


Theodore Lee, MBA

Theodore Lee, MBA, of Las Vegas, Nev., is a member of the Board of Governors of the East West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1970|40th mba reunion
april 23-25, 2010


Steve Fabricant, MBA, writes, “I’m still enjoying the lovely people and relaxed life in Okinawa after five years. I stay busy gardening and doing some writing for the World Health Organization, including two recent books, Health in the Asia-Pacific Region and Using Evidence To Improve Health Policy and Equity (case studies), plus another in the works on malaria control in indigenous communities in the Mekong sub-region. Public health doc and wife, Keiko, was swamped by the swine flu and is also busy with HIV/AIDS control. Elder daughter, Elise, is a yoga teacher in Colorado, and Lia (8) is a busy second-grader here in Naha. I’m heading back to New York in October for my 50th high school reunion and will stop off to see jazz bassist son, Daniel, in San Francisco, and I’m incidentally looking to trade my solar house in Ashland, Ore., for a place in San Francisco. All possibilities considered!”

Max Oliva, MBA, of San Jose, Calif., writes, “My book, Beatitudes for the Workplace, (Novalis, Toronto; 23rd Publications, U.S.) was published in May. It is available in the US through Twenty-Third Publications (800-321-0411). Using the beatitude format and personal stories from men and women in the corporate world, I explore eight virtues and their connection to the workplace. It is also available on”


James Eaves, MBA, a Department of Army civilian manager, was selected for, and is currently attending, the prestigious National War College at historic Fort McNair in Washington, DC. The 10-month program will result in the award of another master’s degree and a new, higher level position within the Army. Former graduates of the National War College include Colin Powell and Sen. John McCain. Previously Jim served 20 years as an officer on active duty with the Army, stationed in Europe, Asia, and Africa. His parents, Pat, BA 48, and Jackson Eaves, BS 47, still live in the Bay Area and are involved with Old Blues and the Haas School of Business.

William Perttula (Bill Pete), MBA, of Piedmont, Calif., writes, “I am back for another term as marketing department chair at SFSU. My extra duties involve managing cuts in classes offered, laying off lecturers, and doing the paperwork for the furlough (9.2 percent pay cut) that affects everyone.”


David Kong, MBA, of Castro Valley, Calif., is a senior analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Previously he worked at ProBusiness, Aspect Communications and SBC/AT& T.

1975| 35th mba reunion
april 23-25, 2010

James McWalters, MBA, writes, “I retired from Citibank after 25 years (my last position was managing commercial banking in California and Nevada) and accepted a position with DBS Bank headquartered in Singapore. I was installed last year as general manager for the US Agency in Los Angeles. I will assist the bank with US expansion plans during the next several years. On a personal note, my son, Michael, who was a toddler while I attended school, is now married with two daughters. He is a general dentist and his wife, Yong Moon, a professor at UOP. My second son, Alan, who arrived a year after graduation, married Ms. Brooke Kemp this month in Maui. He lives and works in Dallas for an alternative energy firm as a senior financial analyst. My daughter, Christina, just finished college and is engaged in medical equipment sales. I still live in Orange County and enjoy working with the OC Haas Alumni Chapter.”

Jay Prakash, MBA, of Livermore, Calif., writes, “I started my career at SRI International in the Menlo Park office as a management consultant primarily engaged in corporate strategy work. Since 1986 I have run my own consulting practice called Strategic Focus (, focused on IT, enterprise software, and services markets. We do strategy consulting with supporting market research, hands-on competitive evaluations of enterprise software products in our own laboratory, and venture financing services with the objective of helping young companies and entrepreneurs raise venture capital through our network of VCs and angel investors. We also help in sharpening their VC pitches and business plans to increase chances of getting funded with improved valuations. If anyone wants to get in touch with me, please send an e-mail to”

Fred Sheng, MBA, retired in 2004 after a long career in corporate relocation and international assignment management. Life is now spent traveling (mostly in Asia) and living part-time in Kona, Hawaii. He is on the steering committee for the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, focusing on upper-level member benefits and recently began training to be a storyteller for school groups visiting the museum.

Steven Weinzimmer, MBA, of Moraga, Calif., is vice president of New York Life Investments. He writes, “I have three children. My older daughter, Elissa, is 24 and works for the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles. She graduated from USC in 2007. Lauren and David, both 21, are seniors, respectively, at USC and Cal.”


Graham Covington, MBA, is director of Minds Matter of Portland, a New York-based all-volunteer, nonprofit academic mentoring program for highly motivated, economically disadvantaged high school students who aspire to a four-year college or university.( He is president of Grease Consulting LLC, management coaching to reduce organizational friction and increase competitive advantage.(, and a jazz pianist with After Six jazz trio playing jazz standards from the Great American Songbook on the West Coast. (


Jerry Butzer, MBA, writes, “Starting in September, I took a position as an acquisitions partner at Newport Bay Private Equity in Dallas/Fort Worth to acquire and finance commercial real estate and motion-picture projects. Just returned from a two-year strategic private equity assignment throughout China to acquire large private, non-state-owned, Chinese companies on behalf of a prominent Shanghai-based, Goldman-enhanced private equity fund in the solar energy, coal, agricultural production, and real estate development industries. Returning to LA in 2010 to executive produce a sequence of motion picture projects given the green light.”

1980| 30th mba reunion
april 23-25, 2010

Michaela Rodeno, MBA, writes, “First, I was honored to be one of the keynote speakers at the Haas Women in Leadership conference this spring. Many attendees told me they were inspired to hear that a successful career can be at least in part serendipitous. The planned (not everything I do is ad hoc) orderly transition from CEO to semi-retirement having gone well, as of August I am a month into what feels like a lovely vacation! After 37 years of building Domaine Chandon and then St. Supery into respected Napa wineries, I can now enjoy the morning paper over a leisurely cup of coffee. Friends either envy my freedom or refuse to believe I’m not pining to come back to work. But I am working – just part-time. Serving on corporate boards is challenging and satisfying, and even pays reasonably well. I’d like to add one more board to my director slate (not ready for nonprofits yet, thank you), which currently includes the boards of Silicon Valley Bank and Skalli Corp dba St. Supery Winery. A focus on consumer goods/services would be interesting. Oh, and don’t be afraid to visit Napa Valley – the traffic isn’t bad except during commute hours, and there are plenty of excellent wines for all occasions and pocketbooks.”


Dave DePuy, MBA, of Los Altos, Calif., joined SunPower Corp. He is helping to enhance their North American dealer network.

Steven Gomberg, MBA, writes, “For the past three years I have been living in Bangkok and working with renewable energy project developer Asia Biogas Company Ltd., We build power plants that employ a biological process to convert organic wastewater into natural gas and electricity. The projects clean the water and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are profitable without government subsidies. As finance director I am responsible for corporate development, finance and accounting, and a lot of general management throughout our operating region of Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, The Philippines, and Malaysia. Living here and building a business has been quite an adventure.”

John Lo, MBA, of Hong Kong, co-authored a book entitled, Angel Financing - Principles and Practice for Investors and Entrepreneurs, published in Hong Kong in June 2009. The book is in Chinese, and John is now working on an English version. John, qualified in both Hong Kong and California, is a partner with the Hong Kong office of King & Wood, the leading PRC law firm headquartered in Beijing, China, and focuses on corporate, M&A, and private equity matters in cross-border settings.

Lisa Lomenzo, MBA, is a program officer at S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation in San Francisco overseeing grants for general education and also part of the STEM team (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). She married fellow MBA student John Holmgren, MBA 81, and has three daughters, (22, 24, and 26). She has enjoyed a long career volunteering on behalf of private support for public education and serves on the board of Super Stars Literacy, which strives to improve early literacy among underserved Oakland youth.


David Pieper, MBA, of San Francisco, writes, “Every quarter century I come to Berkeley to work on a graduate degree. After getting my MBA in 1983 and working for Hewlett-Packard for nearly 25 years, I came back to UC Berkeley in 2008 and am just starting my second year of the PhD program in geography.”

Bruce Shepherd, MBA, is the managing partner of the San Diego office of Latham & Watkins LLP, one of the world’s premier, full-service business law firms. Shepherd’s practice focuses on real estate finance and development, joint ventures, and other debt and equity real estate financing vehicles. Shepherd is a member of the board of directors of the San Diego Economic Development Corporation, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of San Diego, and of the Century Club (which hosts the annual San Diego PGA golf tournament). Shepherd also is a publicly elected member of the school board for the Coronado Unified School District.

William Zarit, MBA, is the Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs at the US Embasssy in Beijing.


Mary (Peggy) Bush, MBA, of Oakland, Calif., writes, “I am changing, just like everyone else I know. The nonprofit that I directed closed for lack of funding in May of this year, after 25 years of real good work. I have a legal practice that is significantly business based. The advice and the issues are focused on business issues: strategic, personal coaching, and legal audits that evaluate the value and cost of the services in the market. There is a corner of my heart and practice that is reserved for elder abuse cases. My children have launched and returned. We are all looking forward to a re-launch. I’m feeling better than ever before.”

1985| 25th mba reunion
april 23-25, 2010

Mauri Schwartz, MBA

Mauri Schwartz, MBA, president and CEO of Career Insiders, is proud to announce that her firm is moving to new offices at 180 Montgomery Street, Suite 2200, in San Francisco’s Financial District. Career Insiders provides consulting services to job seekers, successfully coaching senior level professionals to attain their next position. She writes, “Please come by and say hello.”


Michael Yinger, MBA, of Parker, Colo., writes, “I’m involved in a new startup that I want to share with all of you. We have launched WingSpread, a human capital management company ( with the intention of becoming the new standard for matching people to work. We use a SaaS technology to support a methodology built over 30 years of field experience. We were selected to present at the NYC Venture Summit in June (one of the 50 top innovators) and we are now pushing into three exciting markets: mid-market corporations, growth companies, and the individual space (providing a new ’job passport’ to help job seekers differentiate themselves from the crowd). If you’re interested in learning more or perhaps participating, reach out to me at”


Pamela Moraga, MBA

Pamela Moraga, MBA, writes, “I live in the Washington, DC, metro area where I support the national security market with ManTech International. As the current director of human capital transformation, I hope to make an impact on the people programs here. My husband and I enjoy traveling the world and have plans to cruise Australia and New Zealand next year.”


Ross Ellis, MBA

Ross Ellis, MBA, writes, “In July we made the move away from south Florida and moved to eastern Pennsylvania, near the historic areas of King of Prussia and Valley Forge. Miami was kind to us in terms of never having to turn on the heater, playing sports 12 months a year, and enjoying the outdoors, but the humidity and lack of hills helped motivate us to move north. As it happened, my old firm offered me a job to return, so we are now living in a great house in the woods surrounding Valley Forge Park close to the same old neighborhood we used to live in, and we love it! Looking forward to the fall colors and sledding in the winter!

Kevin Renner, MBA

Kevin Renner, MBA, of Portland, Ore., attended the B2B Marketing Strategy executive program at Kellogg, and has launched B2B Market Strategies ( The firm works with emerging B2B companies on a consulting, part-time, or interim executive basis. He also is authoring a book based upon interviews with 50 women from around the world. Tentatively titled, For Better, For Worse, the book explores the influence that women absorbed from the presence or absence of their fathers. The second book in his series will focus on 50 of the world’s most successful and universally regarded women, and their fathers’ influence. The third will look at motherless daughters and fathers. Nominations for interviews are still being accepted for all three works. They can be submitted to


Charmaine Clay, MBA

Charmaine Clay, MBA, writes, “I live with my wonderful husband of 23 years, Scott Willis, in Piedmont, Calif. We have two fantastic kids, Austin (12), and Sydney (9), who keep us very busy. We just got three calico kittens – Boots, Sparrow, and Lucky. I am a senior vice president for Wells Fargo in merchant services where I run the relationship management, marketing, market development, and learning groups. I am also on the Enterprise Diversity Council, supporting the creation of Wells Fargo’s diversity strategy.”

Sandra Fox-Sohner, MBA, writes, “Since graduating, I founded HighTech Business Decisions, a consulting company serving the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. I am now semi-retired, having sold the company so I could spend more time with these darling grandkids.”

1990| 20th mba reunion
april 23-25, 2010

Floris Van den Broek, MBA, writes, “We moved back to Amsterdam after almost three years in Paris. Eva and the kids (9,7, and 4) loved it there. I just changed jobs and became CEO of a technology investment fund.”


Marc Bruderer, MBA, writes, “After 20 years in the corporate America grind of commercial insurance, advertised toys, Hollywood entertainment, and licensing, I fiddled with the dot-com world of the late ’90s with several startups that broke even and then went back to Corporate America. After years of that we discovered we want each other, meaning family, and I landed at a place three years ago I call home: Conscious Living Ventures. I am a partner to an angel fund, and I am the incubator that starts up entrepreneurs into their dream companies. I build them up so they can fly in the Corporate America world. We have three, almost four, companies with the intention of making the world a better place. Meanwhile, I have been blessed with a wonderful wife, Caroline, whom I met at my 20th high school reunion seven years ago. We have been married five years with a 4-year-old, Luke, and 2-year-old, Mason, not to mention my star athletic-scholarship son Nate (11) from my previous marriage. Life is good. Sold our home in Irvine and settling down at the top of the world in Laguna Beach, Calif. God bless Granger, YITBOS, and Go Bears!”

Frank Hundley, MBA, of Bridgewater, N.J., has attended numerous Haas and Cal events in New York and continues working as a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in New Jersey. He writes, “Helping clients weather the financial maelstrom has made my job very rewarding in spite of much pain in the markets and economy.” He was elected to the Rutgers University Board of Trustees for a six-year term, which began July 1.

Bruce Tolley, MBA, is vice president, corporate and technical marketing, at Solarflare Communications in Irvine, Calif. Solarflare is a fabless semiconductor company delivering the next level of high-performance 10-gigabit ethernet.”


Wayne Hamra, MBA, writes, “After teaching full time in the Faculty of Business Administration at Mission College (Thailand) for six years, I was asked to become the vice president for academic administration in 2008. Earlier this year, the Thai Ministry of Education granted us university status, an important milestone in the institution’s development for which we are very thankful.”

Dirk Hofer, MBA, writes, “I have been enjoying life in Paris for over two years leading SAP’s Global Business Operations for the SME Market. Paris turns out to be a great hub to explore many archeology sites around Europe, which has become my favorite leisure time activity. I started with Egypt in January and worked my way up to spectacular sites in Turkey and Greece in April and then on to Pompeii and Rome, covering 1700 BC all the way to 400 AD in just six months!”

Murali Subbarao, MBA, of Saratoga, Calif., writes, “Billeo recently won the 2009 Codie and American Business Awards for ’Best eCommerce solution.’ On a personal note, I looked forward to visiting the campus as a Cal parent in October. Our son, Anirudh, is now a sophomore at Berkeley. He plans to major in environmental economics and energy resource management.”


Brian Kaplan, MBA, was promoted to vice president of development and marketing at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. SVEF improves public education across the region and is focused on ensuring students graduate from high school prepared for success at a post-secondary institution (trade school, community college, or university). SVEF runs programs for students and teachers, conducts research, convenes stakeholders, and seeks to influence public policy to improve the quality of public education. Check out to learn more. Brian can be reached at for anyone looking for ways to support public education.

Melissa Kelley, MBA, writes, “This spring, KRCB Public Radio and Television hired me to write a grant to the National Endowment for the Arts to participate in The Big Read. The NEA funded our request, and KRCB subsequently hired me to coordinate the project. In April 2010, all of Sonoma County will join together to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and enjoy fabulous programs, including river and campfire outings in our regional parks and a recently discovered play by Mark Twain called Is He Dead?


Art Altman, MBA, manages research in energy derivatives risk management at the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto, Calif. He is studying the effects of stochastic power generation, such as wind and solar, on portfolio financial behavior. Anyone sharing interest in energy and finance can contact Art at

Nick Guerrero, MBA, Santa Cruz, Calif., writes, “My wife, Celeste, our children, and a total of 23 Deck family grandparents, parents, and children left on a week-long 50th wedding anniversary Alaskan cruise in July. This was our first family cruise. It was really outstanding. The environment, including the glaciers, the bald eagles, and an occasional bear and porcupine, was quite spectacular, but what really made the event special was the laughter of children. There were 13 children ranging in ages from the youngest, our daughter, Mariana (9), to the oldest, nephew Phillippe (15). The children really kept themselves busy the entire trip and there were minimal sour faces or upset. The other memorable thing was our own adult relaxation. The ship’s crew really makes you their No. 1 priority, and you can literally leave your concerns about everyday and work related items at the dock. The food, drink, and entertainment of course is legendary, but the lasting memories will revolve around my children’s fun times and the peace and relaxation that Celeste and I were able to enjoy. Best regards, Nick, Celeste, Nico (13), Andreas (11), and Mariana (9).”

Keith Hoang, MBA, of San Francisco, writes, “I picked up sailing this year. I received my Bareboat certification and am now working on my Coastal Passage Making certification. Please feel free to drop me a note if you would like to sail or charter share a sailboat.”

Brian Liddicoat, MBA, of Corralitos, Calif., and his wife, Zenaida, welcomed their second child, Siena, into the world last August. Brian is happily practicing real estate law in the Bay Area.

Morris Noble Jr., MBA, CFA, joined Northern Trust as senior investment officer for Northern California. Morris lives in San Anselmo with his daughters, Caroline (11) and Sally (8).

Alan Xusheng Yao, MBA, writes, “After graduation I came back to China and joined the Sinar Mas group in its real estate division of China. For five years in the real estate section, I participated in several projects in Shanghai. Later in 1999, I was transferred to Asia Pulp and Paper Co. in the same group, took the positions of CFO and CEO, and managed USD 10 billion assets until I left the group in 2005. Since then, I started my own real estate company and have been developing residential, retail, and hotels in the city called Suzhou, which is 50 miles from Shanghai. My email address is, and I welcome you to contact me.”

1995| 15th mba reunion
april 23-25, 2010

Eric Browne, MBA, writes, “After a few years in Boston, I’ve moved back to Seattle to do another software startup. Check out to track any type of work, improve team collaboration, and tap into the power of crowd-sourcing. Met up with Rob Nicholson, MBA 95, in March for a few days of skiing at Whistler. Hoping to make it to reunion next year. Would love to hear from anyone who’s passing through Seattle.”

Palmer Jackson, Jr., MBA, writes, “I am beginning my third year with a tech startup called Cogi ( Needless to say, we picked an interesting time to start a new company, but things are going well. My son, Austin, who was born while I was in my second year at Haas, is now 14 years old. I have two other boys, Trey and Bryce, (12 and 7). All is well here in Santa Barbara. Finally, I’ve been playing a lot of music with fellow Haas-mate, Tom Brigham, MBA 94.”


Michael Asher, MBA, of Palo Alto, Calif., writes, “Despite the rough economy, things are going well. I am currently the CFO of an exciting young software company called Greenplum in San Mateo. My wife, Jill, and I celebrated our 10-year anniversary earlier this year. We have two daughters, Julia (9) and Emily (7), who are still happy to see me when I walk in the door. I’m trying to enjoy this while it lasts, as I’m assuming all this will change when they are teenagers!”

Mark Beckford, MBA, writes, “I’m back in the workforce after taking a year off after a three-year assignment in China. But as vice president of global business development for NComputing, I’m finding myself in China a few weeks every month as I develop a market entry plan for the company. Gabe enters middle school, Jon’s in the third grade, and Jake starts the first grade. I lose my toothbrush a lot as I’m bouncing between my home in Folsom, corporate apartment in Redwood City, and China.”


Damien Dallemagne, MBA

Damien Dallemagne, MBA, of Brussels, Belgium, writes, “This summer, my wife, Anne-Pascale, and I wanted to show our three sons (7, 10 and 12) the marvels of California, where we lived 12 years ago. We were hosted by classmate Francois Jeanneau, MBA 97, and his wife, Daniela, who also have three children of the same age. We all had a fantastic time going back through the Haas buildings, wandering around the streets of Berkeley (not much has changed, except shops seem to be more upscale on College Avenue or Fourth Street), playing tourists again in San Francisco, or hiking in the wilderness of Yosemite. We also had the chance to meet classmate Wens Gerdyman, MBA 97, his wife, Angeline, and two children, who showed us around their place in Los Altos. PS: Watching Francois as he was kitesurfing in the Berkeley Marina, I decided I would try the same after returning to Belgium. Could take me some time to acquire his skill level, though.”

Wens Gerdyman, MBA, of Los Altos, Calif., writes, “I continue to do independent consulting to help businesses develop, launch, and revamp their products. With my partners, I also provide online marketing advice, especially for e-commerce companies. So far so good. I am enjoying the challenge of finding new business and the flexibility that working for yourself allows. This summer Angeline and I hosted classmate Damien Dallemagne, MBA 97, and Anne-Pascale Dallemagne on their visit to California with their three boys. We had quiet fun sharing personal stories and watching the children get know each other. We had a barbecue dinner at Francois Jeanneau’s, MBA 97, who has remained in Berkeley with his family since graduation. We talked about how proud we are of our Capstone teammate and now energy entrepreneur/rock star John Woolard, MBA 97, who gave the 2009 commencement speech. I would love reconnect with as many classmates as possible. Please email me at”

Thomas Leutzinger, MBA, is starting a commercial photography business in Los Angeles for advertising firms.


Jeff Marshall, MBA, of Oakland, Calif., serves as CEO of Brightstorm, an online education company targeting high schoolers with a new free math help offering. He writes, “Everyone in the family — Jeanette Gurmendi, MBA 98, Olivia (entering first grade), and Junior (entering second year of preschool) — is doing great.”

Piyush Sevalia, MBA, of Saratoga, Calif., is vice president of marketing at SiTime, the leader in MEMS-based timing solutions, and married with two children “who teach me new perspectives on life every day.”

Miguel Tam, MBA, of Redwood City, Calif., writes, “It’s been almost one year since I started TopSprout, a marketing consulting firm that helps companies launch new products and succeed in the marketplace ( I’ve been fortunate to work with a number of interesting companies and have learned a whole lot in the process. I’ve also done some pro bono work with the Taproot Foundation, an organization that links marketing professionals with non-profit agencies – a great idea and I look forward to more projects with them. Consulting has been very rewarding, and the biggest plus is that I’ve been able to use my more flexible schedule to spend more time with Sofia (9), Jackson (7), and, of course, Wendy. It’s amazing how fast the kids have grown up, and I’m glad that I can be a bigger part of it. Before I know it, they’ll be wanting to apply to Haas!”


Steven Peletz, MBA, became chair of the Development Council for the Haas School July 1. In that volunteer role, he is happily working with a broad range of bright, energetic, and dedicated alumni and Development and Alumni Relations staff to foster higher levels of giving back to Haas, recruit energetic and committed volunteers, build a solid fundraising platform that will make giving easier to do, help volunteers and alumni understand the compelling business case for giving, and make the process of volunteering fun, rewarding, and inspiring to those willing to pitch in. Contact Steve for information about the fundraising effort. At work, Steve continues to help clients buy, sell, and invest in real estate in San Francisco while he invests in residential real estate himself. At home, Steve and his wife, Kyra, continue to enjoy raising their two children and travel intermittently.

R.J. Schembs, MBA, of Lafayette, Calif., enjoys work at Viasyn, which supports developers, owners, and operators of utility-scale renewable energy facilities, which includes rubbing elbows with Sam Enoka, MBA 99, on a daily basis. He writes, “If you’re ever in San Ramon, give us a shout.”

Tanya (Shaw) Steinhofer, MBA, writes, “After almost five years at a large, San Francisco-based independent wealth management firm, I recently launched my own financial planning firm, Redwood Grove Wealth Management (, focused on comprehensive financial planning for women and families with young children. Although the timing is a bit questionable (worst recession since the Great Depression), the direction feels right and momentum is strong. Other than that, I’m enjoying having a bit more flexibility in my life to spend time with my husband and two rapidly growing young children, Brendan and Ashlyn. We’re enjoying being located in Mill Valley once again, with good schools and temperatures a few degrees warmer than San Francisco.”

2000| 10th mba reunion
april 23-25, 2010

Melissa (Cardenas) Konin, MBA, “As a former colleague recently wrote, I ’picked a fine time to find inner peace.’ In 2003, having decided to more fully pursue the Zen Buddhist practice I had been doing for 15 years, I began to get involved with San Francisco Zen Center. One step followed another — taking my lay vows, moving into the temple in the City, quitting my job to practice full-time, and in late 2006 moving to a monastery in Japan and receiving priest ordination. Now, back at the temple in SF and two and a half years into my monastic training, I’m taking up the role of priest and chaplain in an urban environment. I hope to ease the suffering of the world (including my own), and I can offer the teachings of meditation and mindfulness for free to the Haas community and to everyone. Still, donations would be greatly appreciated!”

Megan Minich, Rachelle Diamond, Cagla Erdogan, and Jeanne Washington, all MBA

Megan Minich, Rachelle Diamond, Cagla Erdogan, and Jeanne Washington, all MBA, spent an exotic weekend in May together. She writes, “Sex and the City Croatia style! We flew in from all corners of the earth (Istanbul, Paris, San Francisco, and Delhi, India) and spent three days in Dubrovnik, Croatia enjoying time on the beaches, kayaking with dolphins around nearby islands, swimming in the Adriatic, and eating, drinking, and celebrating at beachfront restaurants. We can’t wait to see everyone at the 10th!”


Emily Miller, MBA

Emily Miller, MBA, attended the lovely wedding of Edmund Bellord, MBA 01, and Sadaf Roshan. They were married June 20, 2009, in the Auvergne region of France.

Deepak Murthy, MBA, married and wrapped up law school and medical school in record time. He writes, “Looking out for venture capital seeding. Willing to share details along with complete career progression after the MBA from Haas.”

Sara Olsen, MBA, of San Francisco, is celebrating the eighth year of her company, SVTgroupnet, ensuring clients know and manage their environmental and social impact.

Nicholas Turner, MBA, writes, “My wife and I welcomed a baby boy, Elliot, into the world last September. We’re still living in San Francisco, where I’m covering technology as an editor for Bloomberg News.”

Peggy Wu, MBA

Peggy Wu, MBA, writes, “Our son, Kadin Wu Wheeler, arrived strong and healthy April 16. He is super sweet and content — and very big. Lilia, the ever-spirited girl, seems to enjoy her big sister status. This month we are moving from South Beach to 11th/Lake in San Francisco, trading in ultra-convenient urban living for a more peaceful, kid-friendly neighborhood. I still enjoy my work at Mellon Capital as product manager while John remains a senior credit analyst at Wells Fargo’s international banking group. Visitors and out-of-town guests are always welcome at our home. Contact me at”


Jill Alvidrez, MBA, of Palo Alto, Calif., writes, “Our Alvidrez family has been growing. We have Zev (5), Ari (3), and now Talia (4 months). Soon I return from maternity leave to Google, where I manage some of Google’s key outsourced relationships in finance. Warm hello to everyone!”

On Sept. 13, Cindy Karasick, MBA 02, was married to Marc Sherman in Chicago. The couple currently lives in Chicago. Cindy will be changing her name to Cindy Karas Sherman.

Prasad Saggurti, MBA, of Sunnyvale, Calif., writes, “Lakshmi and I celebrated a graduation recently. Medha and Pavan, our 5-year old twins, graduated from preschool. Prism Circuits (aka the best darn Interconnect IP company) at which I was running marketing and sales has recently been acquired by MoSys (which by definition now becomes the best darn Interconnect IP company). My gig remains the same.”

Tanya (Himathongkam) Vannapruegs, MBA

Tanya (Himathongkam) Vannapruegs, MBA, writes, “Apart from running the operation at Theptarin Hospital (specialized in diabetes and thyroid diseases) in Bangkok, Thailand, I’m very active in philanthrophic work at the Foundation for the Development of Diabetes Care which is wholly supported by Theptarin Hospital. Work mainly involves trainings for medical personnel from everywhere in Thailand, aiming at expanding the concept and practice of diabetes teamwork in the country. Another objective is diabetes prevention currently targeting at the most difficult group, working people in metropolitan area. The work is fun and fulfilling, and we recently established ties with international foundations and received grants from the World Diabetes Foundation. The easy key message is diet control and be active.”

Marcelo Vásquez, MBA

Marcelo Vásquez, MBA, writes, “We launched our first TEDx event in Chile with a group of friends called TEDxPatagonia. It was a great evening of inspiring stories and great networking. You can check our website at (in Spanish).”


Christine Connett, MBA, of San Francisco, writes, “I was married to Wes Gutknecht on July 3 on the beautiful north shore of Oahu. We recently returned from our honeymoon in the Maldives, Java, and Bali, where I continue to work at Old Navy as a director in inventory management. The wedding was attended by a number of Haas classmates, including Trevor Daughney, Sonali Rohagti, Andrew Yee, Masae Otsuka and Miriam Tai.”

Jay Jung, MBA, of Seoul, Korea, writes, “I am very happy and honored to visit Haas for recruiting again this year as recruiting manager for Samsung Global Strategy Group, in-house consulting agency and leadership program in Samsung group. I hope more Haas alums would come to Seoul and find great opportunities in GSG. Go Bears.”

Richard Velazquez, MBA

Richard Velazquez, MBA, of Redmond, Wash., writes, “The Year of the Ox is proving to be fortunate and prosperous. He married fellow Cal Bear, Christine Chen (BA, 90 English) on August 1 in a beautiful ceremony at Alki Beach in Seattle, Wash. They honeymooned in Bali, Lombok, and Singapore. The good fortune doesn’t stop there. Supporting the Oxen belief that the road to success involves hard work and scrupulous behavior, Velazquez just received two prestigious awards: The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) awarded him the 2009 Brilliante Award for Excellence. Velazquez serves as president of NSHMBA’s Seattle chapter, which he co-founded. Velazquez will be recognized at the Brillante Awards Gala during the NSHMBA 2009 Conference and Career Expo on October 10 in Minneapolis. The Puget Sound Business Journal just named Velazquez as one of its “40 Under 40” top business and community leaders for 2009, highlighting his work with NSHMBA, as well as his role as senior product planner for Microsoft’s Xbox team. Finally, to top off the first half of the year, Richard won first place at the Northwest Dance Extravaganza Jack ’n’ Jill Salsa Competition April 4 in Seattle. He also received a standing ovation after performing a salsa routine with his team, Seattle’s Salsa Salvaje, at the Portland International Salsa Congress, a first for the revamped team.”


Brian Leslie, MBA, writes, “Anna and I welcomed our second little boy, Liam, April 2. Mom and baby are doing great and Roan, who will be 3 in October, is really enjoying being a big brother. I’m still with Deloitte in Seattle working in the finance practice.”

Caroline Lew, MBA, married Adam Wolf, MBA 04, in Portland, Ore., Sept. 6. The happy couple will reside in the Pacific Northwest. Adam works for Microsoft, and Caroline works for Nike.

Justin Rietz, MBA, of Cupertino, Calif., writes, “I just started a new job at as a senior product manager, Partner Network.”

Andrea (Kappenman) Sharma, MBA, and her husband, Kanwal, celebrated the birth of their son, Nicolas Russell Sharma, on June 27.

Niandong Wang, MBA, writes, “After living and working in three countries and four cities in the past five years since graduation, I have recently settled my family in Palo Alto (for now). I joined VMware, a Palo Alto-based software company, early this year to manage its partner programs. It’s a fast-growing company and an industry leader in virtualization and cloud computing. My wife, Lingling, will continue to teach students at her private violin studio in Palo Alto, while our daughter, Angelina (9), will be a fourth grader and a GATE student in PAUSD. In addition to our hobbies we picked up when we moved around (downhill skiing from Pacific Northwest, for example), we have now added one more thing to the list: road biking in the peninsula. Perhaps both the gas price and the easily accessible biking lanes all contribute to this new hobby, but life is really good when you are on a bike. When I am not working or biking, I volunteer for Haas in various alumni and school activities. As the co-founder of the Haas Chinese Business Association, I’ve also built up one of the most active professional Chinese communities in North America and China. I can be reached at +1-317-I-AM-WANG (+1-317-426-9264) or”

2005| 5th mba reunion
april 23-25, 2010

William Buchan, MBA, of Union City, Calif., writes, “Since its start in 2004, my consulting firm, Market Potential Inc., which focuses on business strategies in energy and environment markets, has blossomed into a steady sustainable business supporting startups and established organizations with developing new clean-tech initiatives. A major focus for the firm is developing partnerships in biofuel technology development for NASA Ames Research Center.”

Razab Chowdhury, MBA, of Fremont, Calif., writes, “The arrival in May of our daughter, Zoya Imaan Chowdhury, has rounded out the clan. The wife and I are already hatching plans around how Zoya and her two brothers, Zaif (5) and Zareef (2), will become proud Berkeley alumni. Wish the current students, faculty, and administration the best as they tackle the budget crunch.”

Howard Connell, MBA, of Atlanta, Ga., writes, “After almost four years at A.T. Kearney, including eight months in Saudi Arabia most recently, I am now on a leave of absence for several months. This time will include catching up on family and personal life, travel, and my more recent passion, poker. To kick it off, I played in the World Series of Poker for the third year in a row and plan on several other major tournaments in the latter half of 2009. Watch for me on ESPN in the coming years.”

Antonia Cusumano Binetti, MBA, of San Carlos, Calif., is managing director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Western Region People and Change Practice Leader. She and her husband, David Binetti, welcomed daughter Sarina Cusumano Binetti in October 2008.

Darryl Eaton, MBA, writes, “Isa, the family, and I moved to Santa Barbara, Calif., in late July. I’m now heading up product management at RightScale, a leader in cloud computing management software. We were sad to leave the Bay Area after 11 years, but are happy to be closer to family now that we’re expecting our third child in December.”

Gautam Ghose, MBA, of Silicon Valley, Calif., is working as a senior product manager at Xilinx Inc., managing a family business, spending time with the kids, and exploring new opportunities in semiconductor marketing.

Marcel Roche, MBA, of San Diego, Calif., was promoted to director, financial planning, at Illumina, a life-science company dedicated to helping scientists better understand, diagnose, and eventually cure diseases through the analysis of genetic variation and biological function.

Sandy (Lii) Wozniak, MBA

Sandy (Lii) Wozniak, MBA, writes, “Michael Wozniak and I were married on the fourth of July in Kamloops, Canada, witnessed by 31 family members. We returned immediately to San Francisco to our newly adopted puppy, Twilight Wozniak. We look forward to our pending honeymoon in Napa and welcome classmates and friends to our wedding banquet in Taiwan in February 2010.”


Sangeeta Chakraborty, MBA, of Danville, Calif., writes, “My husband and I have been spending a fantastic summer enjoying our terrific kids, Neil (11) and Keya (6). With our busy careers (I run professional services for Digital Fuel Technologies and my husband runs an energy startup), it has been a very full few months. I recently had the wonderful opportunity to welcome the EWMBA class of ’12 at the orientation at the gorgeous Berkeley Marina, and as I spoke to the class, many wonderful memories returned to me. I shared my seven-step survival guide to the EWMBA: Have a time management plan and stick to it, embrace the unknown, look beyond the grades, make friends (not ’network’), know your support network and use it, have a passion outside the MBA, and finally, enjoy yourself! I hope this helps the new class and they have as much fun as I did in school. Also, very busy indeed with SAMBAA, the South Asian MBA Association. The first Annual Women’s Leadership Network event was in August, a clean-tech seminar in September and our big annual conference in October. We are very fortunate to have an amazing team and able leadership. Check us out at”

Angela Dorsey, MBA, married Nicholas Kockler, PhD, Sept. 5 in Laguna Beach, Calif. Angela works as brand manager for Pure Bar, and Nicholas is assistant professor of bioethics at Loyola Marymount University. The couple live in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Sami Iwata, MBA

Sami Iwata, MBA, of San Francisco, writes, “On March 28, I married Lance Anderson at Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside, Calif. Joining us to celebrate were Grethe Petersen and Delphine Sherman, both MBA 06; Dawn Woo (Belt), MBA 07; Vasey McClory (Hargreaves), MBA 06; and Phil Guindi, MBA 02. (A big thank you to Phil, who got married at this idyllic spot and suggested it.)”

Wesley Kong, MBA,of San Francisco, is actively investing in and marketing Bulldog Gin, a new brazen breed of gin, promised to capture a new generation of gin drinkers. Bulldog Gin is currently sold in the New York City area, as well as London, Paris, and Barcelona. Bulldog Gin is where Skyy Vodka and Grey Goose were in the late ’90s and is ready for success. More details can be found Here’s hoping to a better economy for all of us!”

Margaret Rhee, MBA

Margaret Rhee, MBA, married Adrian Winoto April 18 in Dallas, Texas. She switched jobs in January 2009 and is now working with Jeffrey A. Parker and Associates, a financial advisor to public sector clients in transportation infrastructure. She is still based in San Francisco.


Steve Falace, MBA, is back in the Bay Area again after working as an associate in Bank of America/Merrill Lynch’s Mergers and Acquisitions group in New York for the past year. He has returned to the wine industry as director of finance for Vine Connections in Sausalito and lives in Napa with his wife, Trina.

Valeska Scharen-Guivel, MBA, and Doug Meyer welcomed their beautiful daughter, Ellie Jadyn Meyer, into the world on March 28 at 8:36 p.m. in San Francisco. She weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 20 1/4 inches long.

Wes Selke, MBA, writes, “I continue my work as the investment manager at Good Capital, a social venture-capital fund based in San Francisco. We’re working on some exciting projects, including the opening of the first Hub in Berkeley at the David Brower Center. This is a co-working space, where social entrepreneurs meet, connect, and collaborate on projects that are changing the world. We’re working with Haas on several fronts and will be having co-hosted events with the business school this fall. I moved my office location to Berkeley when the Hub opened on Sept 1, and was excited about the 2-mile commute. We’re still living in Rockridge and very involved with our church, Christ Church Rockridge. And last, but certainly not least, my wife, Adrienne, is expecting our first baby in January. Excited to be a dad!”


Robert Chatwani, MBA

Robert Chatwani, MBA, was promoted to head of global citizenship at eBay Inc., reporting to eBay’s CEO. The role involves stewarding the company’s commitment to promoting an ethos of sustainable commerce in society. Building from the foundation of eBay’s business models in e-commerce, payments and communications, Robert oversees eBay’s impact through dedicated businesses and programs that support cause marketing, sustainable shopping, microfinance, and philanthropy.

Dai Deh, MBA, writes, “I adopted a puppy named Seal in April and bought a home in Berkeley in July. What a crazy 2009. Also, still keeping the Haas alumni connection strong here at Del Monte Foods.”

Yunfei Feng, MBA, who was an exchange student from Beijing, China, is working in strategy development in the financial services industry.

Huzefa Mehta, MBA, of San Jose, Calif., writes, ”In June of 2008, I ran an ultra marathon (155 miles/six days) across the Gobi desert. The locale, the Uyghur people, the inspiring stories of the competitors, and the challenge of running through a spectacular course was the highlight of my summer.”

Mikhail Shneyder, MBA, of Martinez, Calif., writes, “In May 2009, I joined Heald College, established in 1863 and currently operating 11 campuses in California, Oregon, and Hawaii, as the vice president, Allied Health Programs. In this exciting role, I look forward to contributing to the growth of education opportunities for a number of healthcare occupations experiencing ongoing labor supply shortages.”


Echo Cheng, MBA, works for and is based in China.

Kaan Ersun, MBA, is working as monetization manager at lolapps, a quickly-growing startup in San Francisco that develops games and other software for the Facebook platform.

Adam Skibley, MBA

Adam Skibley, MBA, married Dr. Lindsay Jackson in Sonoma, Calif., on June 6. The couple honeymooned in Bora Bora and now reside in San Francisco. Adam is a consultant with ZS Associates, and Lindsay is a chief resident at Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.”

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Swaroop Yalla, MFE, writes, “After two hectic years on the securitized products and residential housing derivatives desk of Morgan Stanley in New York and witnessing the unraveling of the credit crisis from a somewhat first-hand perspective, to say that it has been a roller coaster ride would be an under-statement! Recently I moved to the San Francisco office of Morgan Stanley in the commercial real estate strategy group, where I will focus on CRE and REIT strategy and research. Hoping to connect back with other Haas alums in the Bay Area, as well as enjoy California with my wife and 2-year-old son, Jai.”


Jevgenijs (Eugene) Pauksta, MFE, writes, “I’m a math monkey at Golden State Asset Management hedge fund in Sausalito, Calif.”

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Julie Hickey, BCEMBA, of Berkeley, writes, “On the business front, I am celebrating 10 years at Intuit this fall and am helping to grow our solution provider/VAR channel. On the personal front, my partner, Lori, is expecting at the end of the year and our son, Jackson, will be 3 this October. Life is busy and full of fun.”


Jason Berkin, BCEMBA, of Los Angeles, is working in technology management. He writes, “Consulting but passionately pursuing R&D on exciting opportunities in the energy smart-grid/smart-billing market segments.”


Gabe Burke, MBA

Gabe Burke, BCEMBA, writes, “For the last ten years I’ve been working for Colliers International in Oakland, Calif. I specialize in leasing and sale transactions of office and industrial property. I represent both tenants and landlords, buyers and sellers.”

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Shih-Chieh (Joe) Su, Executive Development, of Taipei, Taiwan, is an IT industry analyst consultant.

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