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David Rea, BS, of Stockton, Calif., recently visited the Bahamas to attend the wedding of his grandson, the first of four to marry. He writes, “The others better marry closer to home if they want Grandpa and Grandma to be there.”
Edward Winthers, BS, of Apple Valley, Calif., writes in on behalf of his son, Mark Edward Winthers, BS 68. Mark died August 14, 2010, after fighting prostate cancer for 10 years. Mark leaves his two daughters, Spring Cogswell and Marina Cheney, stepdaughter, Crystal Wansick, and several grandchildren behind.
Schuyler Bailey, BS, see MBA 1965 notes.
Vijay (Pandit) Kumar, BS, of Mountain View, Calif., is a shareholder and on the advisory board of InternetSpeech. Though the past year has been hard in U.S. sales, the company has done well in Thailand, India, and Brunei and is setting up systems for Saudi Arabia and other Middle-Eastern countries. Vijay writes, “My granddaughter, Linden, turned 3 on May 30. She attends preschool happily. Linden’s mother, my daughter, Amba, continues to sell properties in Santa Cruz. She also owns rental property in Eureka. We are all getting ready for my son Jay’s wedding to Alyse, which will be held near the city of Lone Pine, close to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, within sight of Mt. Whitney, which he and his fiancee climbed using ropes in 2010. Jay is working for Solar City as a civil engineer, and Alyse is a San Francisco lawyer. Alyse has enrolled at UC Irvine for graduate courses leading to a PhD.”
Richard Power, BS, of Shingle Springs, Calif., is a practicing attorney. He also runs RCP Software (www.rcpsoftware.com) and writes custom software.
Richard Lyon, BS, of Sacramento, Calif., has begun volunteering with RAFT, a nonprofit that offers teachers classroom supplies at discount pricing. He is using his skills and contacts as a former liquidation and surplus broker to resource goods for RAFT for cheaper pricing than they currently have. Richard will also be working in this capacity for a local United Way project to furnish underprivileged children with school supplies. He has been involved in a similar capacity for the past 13 years as purchasing agent for the annual “Christmas Giveaway” for homeless veterans in San Francisco through a nonprofit, Swords to Plowshares. Swords to Plowshares has been giving away backpacks loaded with items, such as a fresh towel, toiletries, underwear, socks, a sweatshirt or light jacket, rain poncho, calendar, pen, battery-free ’shake’ flashlight, ski gloves, a wallet, and a baseball cap embroidered with “I am a Vet,” and the Swords to Plowshares logo.
Robert “Bob” Kellerman, BS, writes, “Two or three careers ran their course, and so did being in Los Angeles. Now I am in Portland (similar to San Francisco in many ways) and ready to go back to work: AutoCAD, interior design, retail buying, or the next surprise! I am a great problem solver (thanks, Haas!) and ready to make a contribution, have some fun, and make some money. Any response you might like to give me is good—thanks! There must be some Haas alums up here.”
Peter Meeks, BS, of Scottsdale, Ariz., writes, “On June 30, I retired from BDO USA LLC with over 40 years in public accounting. During that period, I also served in various leadership positions in the Haas Alumni Association. For a short period I also served as assistant dean of Haas to help Dean Hassler in his team’s efforts to raise funds for what is now the Haas building complex and campus facility. In retirement, I will do some limited consulting and plan on attending local college classes to learn more about the many evolving aspects of the use and infrastructure demands of social media technology in the enterprise arena. In addition, I will be taking more advantage of the numerous golfing opportunities here in Arizona and, with my lovely wife, plan to increase our travel domestically and internationally. I still plan on staying active to help raise annual general funds for the Haas school and participate on its Development Council. Go Haas! Go Bears!”
Mark Edward Winthers, BS, died August 14, 2010, after fighting prostate cancer for ten years. Mark leaves his two daughters, Spring Cogswell and Marina Cheney, stepdaughter, Crystal Wansick, and several grandchildren behind.
Daniel Asera, BS, of Las Vegas, Nev., the Haas Alumni Network regional representative for Nevada, is a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was recently given additional duties as online administrator and coordinator of graduate assistants in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. In 2008, he was selected a TLC Fellow by the UNLV Teaching & Learning Center. He is also president of Cal Spirit of Las Vegas, the CAA alumni club of southern Nevada and was senior class president of the class of 1969 at Cal. Dan is also active in his community, serving as a Clark County hearing officer for property tax appeals and as a member of the Community Development Commission, which awards federal grants to homeless shelters and senior affordable housing programs in Clark County.
Stephen Yee, BS, of Berkeley, retired from PG&E in 2004 after commuting to San Francisco for 32 years. Stephen is currently a partner in a tax-consulting group in Fremont. When not busy with taxes in the winter, he and his wife, Charlene Gregory, a 1971 UC Berkeley anthropology graduate, take motorcycle trips around the country on one of his Harleys or spend time in Honolulu at their condo. Stephen also spends time riding his bicycle around the Berkeley Hills. His wife teaches hula and Polynesian dance.
Fred Sheng, BS, see MBA 1975 notes.
Hossein Hadjibashi, BS, see MBA 1976 notes.
Michael Puccinelli, BS, was honored with the 2011 O.D. Glaus Credit Executive of Distinction Award, formerly known as the National Credit Executive of the Year Award. He received the award from the National Association of Credit Management at its annual Credit Conference and Exposition, held in Nashville, Tenn., in May. Puccinelli has been involved in the credit field for more than 30 years, with the majority of his tenure spent in the information technology and services industry. Puccinelli is the director, revenue operations, for Equinix, a company that provides high-performance data centers worldwide. He previously held credit management positions at VeriSign, ProBusiness, and KAO Information Systems.
John Lukrich, BS, of San Francisco, writes, “The Haas entrepreneurial spirit has served me well. I just started a new Internet business in San Francisco, Vertical Response Group LLC.” Vertical Response Group builds, owns, and manages comprehensive “For Dummies” branded websites. The sites focus on niche verticals in education, home services, dating, insurance, and baby boomer markets. Their sites include www.AccountingCareers ForDummies.com and www. SeniorDatingForDummies.com.
Steven Hartman, BS, of Sherman Oaks, Calif., recently authored two wildflower field guides for Quick Reference Publishing Inc. (Wildflowers of Southern California and Wildflowers of Southeast Arizona). He also has a series of iPhone wildflower field guide apps (California, Sierra Nevada, Joshua Tree National Park, and Death Valley). Steven is the treasurer of the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants, and is involved in restoration projects in the Sepulveda Dam Basin and along the Los Angeles River on behalf of the California Native Plant Society.
Russ Irwin, BS, of Sausalito, Calif., sailed 5,000 miles from Panama to Tahiti this year. More information can be found at www.newmorning.info.
Martha (Garriga) Stoneburner, BS, see MBA 1984 notes.
Joann Weiner Martens, BS, of Washington, D.C., joined Bloomberg as the tax team leader for Bloomberg Government. She was promoted to vice president for Community Tax Aid and selected to be treasurer for Stoddert Soccer. She continues to teach finance at George Washington University. Emily Wu, BS, of Los Altos, Calif., completed her MBA from the University of Michigan and had a successful career in high-tech marketing at Intel and LSI Logic. Recently, Emily took some time off to be with her family full time. Her daughter, Allison, will soon be a senior at Tufts University and her son, Daniel, will be graduating next year from the Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley. Both hope to attend the Haas School for their MBAs. Daniel will not be a Bear as an undergrad as he will be playing on the golf team at Whitman College. Emily is currently the development director for ALearn, a nonprofit based in Los Altos, which provides free math classes during the summer for low-income middle school students who live in the San Jose area. Her husband, Drew Hoffman, is the managing partner heading up the Silicon Valley office of Howard Fischer and Associates, an executive search firm specializing in recruiting senior management to high-tech companies.
Ruby Zefo, BS, of Palo Alto, Calif., is the legal director for Trademarks and Brands and Information Technology at Intel Corp. She also chairs the legal security and privacy practice group at Intel. She frequently speaks on trademark law practice and is an active member of the International Trademark Association, where she chairs the Enforcement Committee. In her free time, Ruby enjoys spending time around the Bay Area with her two children, Connor and Zoe.
Larry Schaffer, BS, of Los Olivos, Calif., writes, “Tercero Wines, a label I started after going back to school and getting my master’s degree in viticulture and enology at UC Davis, is happily growing and I’m pleased to announce the opening of our tasting room in downtown Los Olivos. Please contact me at email@example.com if you plan on being in the area. I’m also VP of the board of directors of the Santa Barbara County Vintner’s Association and can make a number of recommendations about wineries to visit, places to stay, or restaurants to dine at. Cheers!”
Leslie (Lindahl) Schibsted, BS, of Chico, Calif., is currently serving as director of advancement for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at California State University, Chico, where she raises money for programs, scholarships, and endowments to benefit students, faculty, and staff.
Robert Saman, BS, of Ladera Ranch, Calif., writes, “Amazing how time flies! After having spent time as assistant GC at Gateway and then Eclipsys (healthcare enterprise software), I am now heading the legal department for STEC (NASDAQ traded enterprise solid-state drive company), which coincidentally was founded by three Persian brothers, although there is no connection to my wife Natalie. Given the international (Persian/European/Asian) elements of the company, I feel very much at home, and fortunately our market segment is positioned for high growth over the next few years—I guess that means that I will be busy. On the home front, Natalie and I just celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary, and our two boys, Cameron (12) and Nicholas (8), are growing up. Our home is also expanding into a mini-pet store with two dogs, three guinea pigs, and two hamsters.”
Chris Rhoades, BS, of Irvine, Calif., writes, “After Cal, I worked in San Francisco for three years as a consultant, then went to Northwestern University (Kellogg) for my MBA. That was followed by an 11-year career with Merrill Lynch in San Francisco, which I left in 2003 to become a business owner and entrepreneur. I moved to Maine with my wife, purchased a company, and ran it as the CEO. Following a series of acquisitions and mergers, the company is now eight times larger and one of the largest privately owned building materials companies in the United States. I exited at the end of 2011 after seven years, and now have an ownership stake and board seat. In quarter one of 2011, I joined a private equity firm, SAIL Capital Partners, as a partner. My wife and three boys are still in Maine and will join me in southern California when my travels slow down following the successful completion of raising $500 million for our third fund, SAIL III, a global growth equity clean-tech fund.”
Lawrence “Larry” Fox, BS, of Richmond, Calif., writes, “2011 has been a very busy year. While the economy has been rough, I have thankfully been contracting at Kaiser as an HR analyst. My family is doing well and even managed to take part in the annual Cal Day festivities. In my other pursuits I was named volunteer of the year at my congregation. Hoping that 2012 will be a better year. Go Bears!”
Eleen Hsu Agustin, BS, of Alameda, Calif., writes, “This year finds me double dipping in the world of shop keeping! Modern Mouse, (modernmousegifts.com), where we sell modern handcrafted wares by local and independent artists, will celebrate its two-year anniversary this November. And my newest role on the Delivering Happiness team (deliveringhappiness.com) involves creating a Delivering Happiness line of merchandise to help spread and inspire happiness through fun and inspirational goods! Husband Jimmy Agustin, BS 1998, and I do our best to keep things balanced amidst our busy schedules and are inspired by our friends to do more and have more fun. Good food, music, and a little bit of travel here and there in the company of family and friends have already packed this year full of happy memories, and we look forward to making even more! Here’s wishing more fun and happiness to our fellow alumni too. Go Bears!”
Jesse Wilson, BS, of New York, has accepted a new position as vice president of finance for NBC Universal.
Jason Zaixin Xie, BS, of Los Gatos, Calif., works at Microsoft as a senior program manager in the Interactive Entertainment Business Division. He writes that he is “living and breathing our Xbox and Mediaroom IPTV products day in and day out. At home, I spend time with my wife, Anca, and two sons, Julian (6) and Elijah (2). As you can imagine, we always have some fun activities going on either around the house or around town.”
Putri (Sugondo) Pascualy, BS, see MBA 2006 notes.
Pravir (Sawhney) Singh, BS, joined UBS Investment Bank in London at the beginning of 2011 as a director within mergers and acquisitions. Pravir writes, “Always happy to hear from Haas alumni in London!”
Karen Bernard, BS, of Kilauea, Hawaii, is retired and enjoying ballroom dancing, line dancing, zumba, and yoga. She is the treasurer of the YMCA North Shore dance club. She enjoys traveling and has two grandsons (1) and (3).
Alex Kaplenko, BS, of San Ramon, Calif., writes, “I am happy to celebrate 10 years of working for Chevron. Yep—made it through all the rounds of ’resource optimization.’ Also, Diana, 00, and I welcomed our second child, Bryce, in February, exactly two years after our daughter, Amber, was born. Go Bears!”
Diana Rothschild, BS, of San Francisco, writes, “Gabe and I are excited to welcome Sophia Rothschild Risk into the world! She was born on July 30, measuring seven pounds and 21 inches long. She came with a beautifully smooth and speedy home delivery with an incredible birth team. We’re totally smitten with her and find her to be peaceful, wise, and curious.”
Ankur Luthra, BS, is a fourth-year investment professional at Ziff Brothers Investments, working on investment ideas in public technology companies (long/short equities). Ankur writes, “On May 29, 2011, I married Dr. Nijee Sharma in Chicago. Nijee has a PhD in neuroscience, an MD, and is a neurology resident.”
David Miskie, BS, of San Francisco, Calif., writes that San Franola Granola was recently chosen as one of the featured granolas to be carried at all the Google campuses and kitchens. After beating out 20 of the other top granola brands, San Franola’s roasted granola will now be feeding over 30,000 Googlers a day.
Aaron McDaniel, BS, of San Francisco, was recently promoted to senior director of Business Development within AT&T’s Global Strategy Group. In addition, Aaron launched the Jill Wakeman Foundation for Equality, a nonprofit focused on fighting for equality initiatives in honor of his godmother. Media coverage has included CBS radio, ABC News,
and the SF Examiner. See http://cupsforequality.org for more information and to donate.
Nancy Chen, BS, of Fremont, Calif., is in her fourth year working for a nonprofit doing overseas conference planning and event coordination and logistics. She recently got married and is enjoying being a newlywed.
Samir Gharib, BS, and Stephanie Abuyaghi, BS 06, write, “Since meeting each other as students at the Haas School nearly six years ago, we finally married at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco on June 25. It was a beautiful ceremony shared in the company of family and friends, including Cal and Haas alumni. After our wedding, we spent our honeymoon in beautiful Oahu, Hawaii. We are now living in San Francisco, where I work in management consulting and Stephanie works in corporate finance. Go Bears!”
David Pordes, BS, of Alameda, Calif., left Farallon Capital Management in San Francisco and joined Hercules Technology Growth Capital in Palo Alto. He writes, ”My boss is a Stanford undergrad, but we won’t blame her since she redeemed herself with a Haas MBA. Go Bears!”
Varun Paul, BS, of Berkeley, Calif., writes, “It’s been a year of challenges and surprises, both in the world of biotech finance and personally. I am juggling my day job at a local biotech powerhouse, in finance and capital projects, while getting my consulting and staffing startup off the ground. I am looking forward to seeing the Bears play at AT&T field. Go Bears!”
James “Huy” Bao, BS, of San Francisco, writes, “After a few years in financial consulting, I started a social enterprise called OneVietnam Network. The idea was simple: what if we mixed social media with philanthropy? We imagined a platform where anyone who cared about their home country can exchange ideas, collaborate, and invest—wherever they are in the world. It’s social networking for a cause. We’ve put together a small team, including one of the original developers of Hotmail. Last July, we received funding from the Ford Foundation, one of the most distinguished honors in philanthropy. Our success so far is thanks to the lessons in business planning, marketing, and presentation I learned at Haas. In fact, one of our board members is the professor of innovation at the Haas MBA program, Professor David Teece. We hope in the near future the platform we built for OneVietnam Network can be used for other communities as well.”
Stephen Maier, BS, writes, ”After graduating, I moved to the frozen tundra of Chicago, where I work for Kmart, developing innovative solutions for the financially under-banked and underserved. Married a farmer’s daughter and turned her into a Cal fan instantly! Carrying the blue and gold torch here in the Midwest as the head of the Cal Alumni Club of Chicago. Go Bears!”
Kenny Nguyen, BS, of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is the managing director of SECUDE International LLC.
Sean Ahrens, BS, of San Francisco, writes, “After graduating from Haas and Berkeley’s computer science program, my heart was quickly pulled to Silicon Valley’s tech startup scene. I founded and did design and development for multiple mobile and Web software startups, and gained invaluable experience with the backing of Y-Combinator, a seed-stage venture firm. This year, I have taken my 13-year run with a chronic digestive condition called Crohn’s and founded Crohnology, a social network for people with Crohn’s & colitis. This website helps patients (myself included) share information about alternative treatments, diets, and supplements so that we each can get healthy more quickly. The website is crohnology.com. Feel free to reach out by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Paul Duan, BS, of San Francisco, writes, “I recently finished up two years of investment banking and am taking some time off to travel, relax, and do some personal learning. Hopefully, I’ll find my next gig at a startup!”
Ziwei “Victoria” Tang, BS, of Los Angeles, recently joined Kaiser Permanente. She writes, “Learning a lot about health care reform and its impact on both insurance and health provider industries. This is an exciting turning point for our country’s health care system. I am thrilled to be part of it!”
Shan Kachhi, BS, moved to Los Angeles after graduating to start a music production company and pursue a career in music and entertainment. Shan is working on a studio album for himself (“Kach”) as well as for another artist. His production company, AK37 Productions, will officially open by the end of 2011.
Terence Kim, BS, has returned to his hometown in Los Angeles after two years in investment banking in San Francisco. He is working in private equity at Oaktree Capital Management. He writes that he would love to connect with any alumni in the area and invites you to contact him at email@example.com.
Ryan Ko, BS, returned to the Bay Area as a sales and marketing consultant for ZS Associates after a year of audit experience with KPMG Los Angeles. He is using the skills and knowledge he gained from the Social Sector Solutions program to grow the fledgling nonprofit, Leadership Institute for the Future of Education (LIFE). LIFE aims to connect and empower dedicated teachers to create educational environments that foster student accountability, social equity, and profound achievement in the classroom and community. Ryan invites you to reach out to Ryan@HaasAlum.Berkeley.edu if you, too, are passionate about resolving issues in America’s education system.
Kourosh Zamanizadeh, BS, writes, “After graduating from Haas and moving to San Francisco, I wanted to find a way to keep in touch with my old classmates and friends. I also wanted to find an easy way to network with other young professionals in the Bay Area. As a result, I recently co-founded a professional networking organization called Young Professionals of San Francisco (YPOSF) with my colleagues David Smith and Jeff Whitlow. YPOSF is a nonprofit which seeks to provide a forum for motivated young professionals to share ideas and network in an enjoyable environment. Our events are hosted at restaurants in San Francisco’s Financial District on the last Wednesday of each month. Our first event was in March, and we already have over 250 members, including graduates from all across the country. I’d love to have some more Bears at our next monthly event! Learn more about YPOSF at: www.youngprofessionalsofsanfrancisco.com or www.facebook.com/YPOSF”
Richard Zen, BS, of El Cerrito, Calif., writes, “I’m wrapping up two memorable years as an auditor at Ernst & Young in San Francisco.
Next steps involving major life
transitions: getting married to a
fellow Cal alumna (Jenny Zhang), joining Deloitte Consulting, and moving to Hong Kong. I’ll miss the Bay Area. Please say hi if you are in Hong Kong.”
Yeonjoo “Rosa” Seo, BS, of Pleasanton, Calif., is working as a paralegal.
Tiffany Barillas, BS, of New York City, is a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs.
Stephanie Chen, BS, of Sunnyvale, Calif., has joined Google in Mountain View, and is working on support for the Android market.
Michael Fong, BS, of Berkeley, Calif., writes, “As alumni life slowly grows on me, I am constantly looking for new opportunities to expand my horizons. It is an exciting time to be in cannabusiness. The industry is constantly evolving and has grown from an experimental stage to a full-fledged, cutthroat environment that requires daily assessment of an unknown future. The opportunities are endless and I am excited to be in a position to make a difference in the ever-changing medical cannabis industry. Berkeley has always been one to embrace that connection with this sacred plant. Feel free to contact me to get in touch; there is a lot to talk about!”
Peter “Tae” Pang, BS, of Singapore, is currently working at Olam International as a commodity trader.
Sang Sub Lee, BS, of San Francisco, was hired as an investment-banking analyst at Evercore Partners in the technology M&A group. He is their first straight-
out-of-college hire from Berkeley undergrad.
1962|50th MBA Reunion
APRIL 26-29, 2012
Georgina Falu (Pesante), MBA, of New York, became the first female dean of the business school at the University of Puerto Rico in 1974 after teaching accounting there for 10 years. She later taught accounting at SUNY-NY. She is now the professor of afro-latino history and culture at City College-CUNY. She travels through Latin America lecturing on African history and has translated three books on African history to Spanish. Georgina has been the president of the Falu Foundation for 23 years and was recently elected secretary general of the African Union Diaspora Task Team. The task team is preparing the report for the African Union to progress towards its goal to integrate African Descendants Diaspora as the sixth region of the African Union.
Schuyler Bailey, MBA, of Berkeley, Calif., writes, “Susie and I continue to treasure the care-giving time we spend with our only grandchild, Eliana (18 mos.). Our RV travels to the 49 states we could drive to are on hold; we have done 37 states and 50,000 miles so far! We are looking forward to Cal football at AT&T Park this year.”
Robert Clarke, MBA, retired as chairman, president, and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Industries in June 2006. He has been the executive in residence at the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he co-teaches the core MBA course in corporate finance.
1967|45th MBA Reunion
APRIL 26-29, 2012
Dan Hake, MBA, of Scottsdale, Ariz., has been working at Southwest Microwave Inc., for two and a half years as a manufacturing and development engineer. He is helping develop a line of small microwave coax connectors. After leaving Berkeley, Dan married Nancy Brickley, and the two lived in northern and southern California and the Arizona high country. She died from illness in 1989 after 19 years of marriage. Dan returned to Arizona, where he worked for TRW Automotive and later Goodrich, designing air bags and inflatable seat belts. He met and married Charlotte Bemis, and the two are closing in on 20 years of marriage.
David Jones, MBA, of Renton, Wash., joined Boeing in 2003, after retiring from United Airlines. He retired from Boeing in March. In his last assignment at Boeing, he led a team of pilots and engineers developing strategies for improving Boeing airplane landing capabilities. He writes, “I enjoyed the work so much that I stayed on part-time for another year. I have airplanes in my blood and so I volunteer as a docent at the Seattle Museum of Flight. At the museum I served as an aviation merit badge counselor to approximately 300 Boy Scouts this year. In the winter, skiing is my way of living with our many overcast days. We live less than one hour from the closest resort, and only two ½ hours to Crystal Mountain (the largest resort in the state), so have been able to ski over 25 days each of the last several years.” David’s daughter, Rochelle, is a UC Davis veterinary graduate and works in a clinic in State College, Penn. Rochelle will be getting married in Kensington over Labor Day weekend. David’s son, Ryan, finished the MBA program at UCLA in June and is now working for a startup company in San Francisco.
Peter Michael, MBA, will publish his latest book, Remembering John Hanson, later in 2011. Hanson was the first president of the first United States government, the United States in Congress Assembled under the Articles of Confederation. A key but now all but forgotten revolutionary-era figure, Hanson served the 1781-1782 presidential term after his nation-saving accomplishments in forming the first government. For more on John Hanson or to schedule an author appearance, visit JohnHansonMemorial.org.
George Oliva, S.J., MBA, moved from San Jose, Calif., to North Las Vegas, Nev., in early June. He teaches ethical decision-making in the school of management at Regis University’s campus in Henderson. He is also a spiritual coach and ethics consultant in the Las Vegas corporate community.
1972|40th MBA Reunion
APRIL 26-29, 2012
Fred Sheng, MBA, retired in 2004, and has become increasingly active with the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. This year he became chair of the Jade Circle, a member group that supports the museum. Fred also volunteers as a storyteller working with elementary school children and is the vice-chair of the storyteller group, primarily in charge of continuing education.
Hossein Hadjibashi, MBA, of Hamburg, Germany, has been working as a manager for various trading and financial companies in Germany and is currently the manager of a large trading company in Hamburg. Hossein is married and has a son and a daughter. His daughter has her BS from Haas Business School and an MBA from Harvard.
1977|35th MBA Reunion
April 26-29, 2012
Laura Brody, MBA, of Piedmont, Calif., is now serving on the Alameda County Civil Grand Jury for a second year after retiring from 32 years in the financial services industry.
Joi Grieg, MBA, of Washington, D.C., was appointed assistant director of research and development at the Library of Congress. She is also president of the Maryland Masonic Society. She was excited for the arrival of her first granddaughter near Halloween.
Dana (Stevenson) Lang, MBA, of Oakland, Calif., writes, “One of the high points of my year was attending the Haas ‘Awakening’ dinner in March 2011 for minority students and alumni. Although very few African American students are enrolled at Haas, I was heartened by the determination of the group to recruit and encourage more minority applicants. Other highlights this year include enjoying my work as grants manager for the San Francisco Police Department, having two (of three) of my sons graduate from college, sending the youngest son off to Morehouse University this fall, and celebrating the oldest son’s marriage in August 2011. To keep everything focused, I maintain a steady schedule of Tae Kwon Do classes and am preparing to test as a second-degree black belt this fall.”
Sandra Rettger, MBA, of Mill Valley, Calif., writes, “I am working on an entertaining children’s film based on popular music with a variety of characters. If anyone has marketing or production skills with DVDs, videos, or applets or grant writing experience for educational projects please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.”
Raymond Fry, MBA, of Oakland, Calif., retired in 1999 from finance and planning at Levi Strauss. After consulting in Silicon Valley for three years, Raymond got his real estate broker’s license and began doing mortgage loans. He focuses on reverse mortgages and started a corporation called Mr. Reverse Mortgage Inc. He also recently started a radio show in the Bay Area called “Ray Fry on Baby Boomers,” which focuses on the problems and issues of baby boomers. Raymond writes, “Never stop learning, changing, and challenging yourself.”
Lori (Gibson) Banducci, MBA, of Boise, Idaho, recently accepted a position as the vice president of marketing operations with Scentsy, which was recently named the fastest growing consumer products company in the United States by Inc. Magazine. She writes, “I am really looking forward to working for a privately held, socially engaged company that is driven by something other than quarterly earnings!”
Grant Ricketts, MBA, of El Cerrito, Calif., recently started a new software company, Tripos Software Inc., after many years as vice president and co-founder of Saba Software, Inc. Tripos Software focuses on corporate sustainability management. Grant writes, “It’s fun to address a new opportunity all over again. Enjoy other activities as well in music, sports, and travel. Drop a note if on LinkedIn.”
Michaela Rodeno, MBA, of Oakville, Calif., writes, “By the time this is published Gregory and I will be back from a trip to the highlands of Scotland focused on the annual games in Lonach and the celebration of the 25th anniversary of friends who were married there. To prepare we’ve been practicing reeling every week, noticeably increasing our fitness levels. It’s wonderful to travel with children who are over 21 (daughter, Kate, and her husband, John, and our son, John); we’re all looking forward to learning more about single malt Scotch on a quick tour of the Whisky Trail. On our return home in early September, I’ll dust off my marketing hat to launch our family’s very small production of Villa Ragazzi 2009 Napa Valley Sangiovese; please feel free to ’like’ it on Facebook or visit online at villaragazziwine.com. I continue to serve on the board and executive committee of the Wine Market Council and am a board member and chair-elect of the Napa Valley Destination Council.”
1982|30th MBA Reunion
April 26-29, 2012
David Brockman, MBA, of Dallas, Texas, retired in 2009 from AT&T after a successful career. He is enjoying golf, volunteer work, and family activities more fully now. He is also promoting investments in life settlements, which provide a non-correlated investment product, with exceptional returns and minimal risk. He writes, “I’m sure all Berkeley MBAs understand the value of such an investment!”
Crystal (Cavelos) Campisi, MBA, of San Jose, Calif., writes, “I am truly living the dream! Used my MBA to work in high tech for 20 years in Silicon Valley, and put all my income towards my house payment. Paid off my house in 13 years, funded two college educations, and retired at 42. My kids (18 and 21) will both be in college this fall. One is a freshman at Cal State Long Beach pursuing acting, and the other will be transferring from junior college to San Jose State University to become a physical education teacher. I will now have an empty nest! My husband is still working to pay the monthly bills, so I could choose not to work. Instead, I chose a fun retirement job: I am now a piano teacher! It’s amazing how you can do something that you really enjoy when you don’t have a huge house payment. I don’t teach in the summer, so my days consist of sitting by the pool, reading, and enjoying my newly re-done backyard with outdoor kitchen. My advice to new graduates: Always pay over the minimum on your loans—the rest goes straight to principal. Keep your nose to the grindstone, and save as much as you can while you’re single. When you marry and have kids, your money is no longer yours. If you buy a house, get a 15-year loan and pay it off as soon as you can. Then you’ll be living the dream as I am!”
Beverly Dance, MBA, of Oakland, Calif., enjoys her work as a human resources consultant and trainer. Beverly does sexual harassment prevention training that is required for supervisors in California. Her work as a part of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) faculty will take her to Las Vegas, Chicago, and Phoenix this fall. She is happy to hear from fellow bears at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Takehiko Nakao, MBA, is the vice-minister for foreign affairs of the Ministry of Finance of Japan. He has held several positions within the Ministry, including a post at the IMF as a senior-level economist and at the embassy in Washington, D.C., as a minister. He appreciates his days at Berkeley as it provided him with a foundation to work in the international sector of the Ministry of Finance. Takehiko is married to Asako and has two sons.
Jacqueline Bogard, MBA, of San Jose, Calif., writes, “This note is the result of attending a recent South Bay Chapter Alumni barbecue with good friends from the class of 1984. What a fabulous, tight-knit class we had! Over the years I’ve hosted some teas for my MBA friends and many of us have stayed in touch over the years. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Jim Bell, for 19 years. We share a lovely home in San Jose with our cat, Phoenix. We love to travel, garden, cook, and read. Jim is an avid bicyclist. I did marketing for a couple of years after my MBA, and then returned to environmental work. I’ve worked for the (now titled) Silicon Valley Leadership Group, been in the corporate environmental, health, and safety departments for Intel and Del Monte Foods, worked for startups, and consulted on EHS matters for many years. It’s been a fun and ever-evolving field. A shout-out to all my class of ’84 friends!”
Martha (Garriga) Stoneburner, MBA, has been managing her company, Stoneburner Associates, since 1991. Stoneburner Associates is a full-service mortgage lending company with offices in California and Arizona. She writes, “It’s been a hectic industry with all the changes and ups and downs. I still very much enjoy the business and helping clients achieve the dream of home ownership.”
Jeanne Hsu, MBA, of Mountain View, Calif., writes, “For fun, I usher at several different venues, such as the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, the San Jose Rep, Stanford Lively Arts, and the Mountain Winery. I enjoy doing service and being able to see some great theater and music concerts. Two of my favorites: a children’s rendition of “Annie Get Your Gun” (“Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better!”), and seeing The Monkees with Davy Jones, Peter Tork, and Micky Dolenz. Remember “Daydream Believer” and “The Last Train to Clarksville”? They showed some of the old Monkees TV episodes on a big screen while playing their music, which brought back pleasant memories!
As a patron, I saw Garrison Keillor (Prairie Home Companion), in his Summer Love tour. He was so adroit at telling his stories that he didn’t need notes, except for the tailored song he wrote about Saratoga and the Bay Area, which was a nice touch. I got to see Fred Newman, his sound effects man, doing his rendition of clopping horses, old Colt gunshots, and barbequing Heirloom tomatoes; you don’t get to see that everyday! Then during intermission, Garrison and his musical guest Sara, strolled up into the audience.They sang familiar tunes that they encouraged everyone chime in. It was magical because he came up so close as he walked around the different sections of the theatre; adoring patrons were clicking away his picture, mesmerized by his presence. That was an amazing concert!
I also want to put in a plug for the Haas South Bay Chapter. They put on a great alumni picnic in July where I got to meet some new people and reconnect with some of my classmates. Here’s a shout out to Karen Wolff, Jacqui Bogard, and Nora Raggio, all MBA 84, my Haas classmates!”
Raymond Kaupp, MBA, of Ben Lomond, Calif., started teaching after 20 years of marketing and general management, including a five-year stint at Apple, a successful IPO, and another startup sold to Cisco. Raymond went back to school for a doctorate in educational leadership at SFSU. He is currently working on alignment of the education and workforce development systems in Santa Cruz County, as director of Workforce Development 2.0 at Cabrillo College.
Nora Raggio, MBA, of Palo Alto, Calif., is using her marketing skills to help nonprofit organizations in the arts make better strategy decisions. She is also co-teaching workshops on video, animation, and photography. Nora is an artist and was selected to be an artist in residence at the Cubberley Studios in Palo Alto. She received a grant while she was an artist in residence at Djerassi, and her artwork has been shown across the United States and in France and Argentina.
Mauri Schwartz, MBA, of San Francisco, Calif., owns Career Insiders, a company committed to helping Haas graduates and alumni succeed. Mauri writes, “I am proud to say that I was recently told by one of my Haas career advisees that he and his colleagues had decided that I conducted the most difficult mock interviews.” He adds, “Aside from my work, I am once again involved in electoral politics in San Francisco (but not as a candidate). It’s always a wild ride.”
Jill (Altshuler) Dresser, MBA, of Walnut Creek, Calif., writes, “I can’t believe that it’s been 25 years since graduation from Cal and 25 years of wedded bliss to Bruce! Our daughter Jessica (20) is a senior at UC Davis and the twins, Joe and Scott (16), are juniors at Las Lomas High School. Lots of time is still spent at high school sporting events and UC Davis lacrosse games as Jessica is a two-time All American center midfielder on the UC Davis women’s club lacrosse team. I also have the best job that I never knew I wanted as an Independent CAbi Consultant (Carol Anderson by invitation). I represent a debt-free apparel company (yes, that’s unusual) that designs and sells beautiful, stylish, and comfortable women’s clothes in a trunk show format. Bruce is in his 15th year as president of Tenth Dot Solutions Marketing Consulting. Go Aggies, and go Bears!”
Laura Roche, MBA/MPH, of Forestville, Calif., continues to work as adjunct faculty for the School of Nursing at Dominican University of California. Laura is a part-time clinical instructor in maternal child health for Dominican at Kaiser Santa Rosa. She volunteers for the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods as a tide pool docent for school children from second through seventh grade. She also volunteers for Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods at fund-raising festival events, usually serving in the beer and wine tent. Laura writes, “I am single and live in a cedar log cabin on 3.2 acres at the southern end of the Russian River valley in the heart of Sonoma County wine country. I have two sweet kitties, Sophie and Wanda. I enjoy showing people around my region’s wine country. I love movies, most music, mystery/crime novels, the redwoods and ocean, fine wines and food, and fast cars. Life is good!”
1987|25th MBA Reunion
April 26-29, 2012
Ken Bozzini, MBA, of Lafayette, Calif., writes, “Not sure where the athletic genes came from, but our daughter, Corrine Bozzini, competed in the 2011 World Rowing Junior Championships held in Eton, Great Britain, the first week of August. Corinne rowed in a pair, and they came in sixth. Corinne will be a senior in high school this year and rows for the Oakland Strokes during the year.”
Pamela Moraga, MBA, of Ashburn, Va., writes, “I’m enjoying my life with family and friends and recently relocated to the Washington, D.C., metro area. My husband and I particularly enjoy traveling. Europe has been our favorite destination so far, especially our cruise to Norway. My current employer is Hewlett-Packard Co., where I work as a business development executive in the US federal business, which is part of HP’s Enterprise Business Group.”
Anthony Carrick, MBA, of La Mirada, Calif., and his wife, Susana, are proud that their son, Matthew, will be a freshman at the University of California Santa Barbara this year. Matthew is doing the weeklong freshman adventure program canoeing, camping, and climbing at the Colorado River with some of his new classmates. Their daughter, Sarah, has just committed to Boston University to attend and play soccer as a goalkeeper in the fall of 2012. Anthony and Susana’s youngest child, Monica, just started high school.
Kevin Renner, MBA, of Portland, Ore., recently published his book, In Search of Fatherhood: A Mother Lode of Wisdom from the World of Daughterhood. Kevin writes that as the father of two daughters he ran into a confidence crisis when he realized he wasn’t the dad he wanted for his daughters. To learn how fathers shape their daughters’ lives, he spent a year interviewing 50 women from around the world, across seven decades, on their lives and the influence their fathers had—for better and for worse. He has appeared around the country on NPR, ABC, CBS, Oprah Network, FOX, and other television and radio affiliates. His blog, conference speaking availability, and retail availability of the book can be found at www.kevin-renner.com.
Britt Anderson, MBA, of Los Gatos, Calif., is now working at K&L Gates LLP in Palo Alto, Calif., where he is a partner practicing trademark and copyright law. He and his wife, Karyn, have one son at Cal and another at UCLA.
Manoj Goel, MBA, of San Jose, Calif., took an early retirement from Cisco Systems in July 2011 to start a medical diagnostic device company for emerging markets.
Caroline Winnett, MBA, of Berkeley, Calif., writes that her company, NeuroFocus, was acquired by Nielsen in May. NeuroFocus now provides neuro-marketing research as part of the Nielsen family of companies. The NeuroFocus executive team is still heavily populated by Cal alumni, as it has been since the company started. Carolina writes, “Our headquarters and main NeuroLab is in Berkeley, and we are hosting a group from the executive MBA program in August. We very much benefit from our collaboration with the Haas School as our industry grows and develops.”
Eiji Kinoshita, MBA, writes, “After four years in the Philippines and 3 ½ years in Australia as general manager, I am now back in Tokyo, Japan, my home. I am part of the marketing sector of international operations working on infrastructure projects. Between the earthquake, tsunami, nuclear power problem, and the appreciating value of the yen, life is not easy here for me, my family, or our nation. We Samurai will never give up and continue to encourage people in the northern region. I will always remember blue sky, the fantastic environment, and phenomenal atmosphere of Berkeley. Spirit of Golden Bears and Samurai!”
Nicholas Kiritz, MBA, of Washington, D.C., just returned from a wonderful trip to Thailand with his family.
Tsuguru Saito, MBA, of Tokyo, Japan, became president of a new forex broker, Ava Trade Japan K.K., in July 2011 after taking marketing executive positions at world-known companies in various industries for approximately 17 years. Ava Trade Japan K.K. is a startup Japanese subsidiary of Ava FX, which is one of the world’s top-10 forex brokers. Tsuguru is excited to take on a general management position for the first time in his career. He aims to make Ava Trade one of the top five forex brokers within the next five years. Tsuguru writes, “The business education I got from Haas has helped me transform myself from an unknown insurance operations staffer to a marketing manager 17 years ago. I appreciate the Haas School and friends from Haas because my career and life would never have been colorful like this without Haas.”
Atul Sharan, MBA, of Cupertino, Calif., is the president and CEO of AutoESL Design Technologies, which was acquired by Xilinx Inc. earlier this year. This was his fourth startup that had a positive exit. Atul is currently an independent board member for high-tech startups and also does selective angel investing.
1992|20th MBA Reunion
April 26-29, 2012
Cathy Ferron, MBA, of San Rafael, Calif., writes, “This was an exciting summer for family travel! We met our 20-year-old son (who was born while I was getting my MBA) in Peru in June, after he had finished volunteering in a medical clinic in Lima, and travelled for two weeks visiting Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes, Cusco, Ollantaytambo, and the rainforest of the Tambopata National Reserve. What a fabulous trip of incredible sights, lots of hiking and climbing, cultural experiences, and wonderful food! Lucky for us we had our son along who speaks fluent Spanish to help us negotiate our souvenir purchases and the cab rides.”
William “Bill” Golove, MBA, of El Cerrito, Calif., writes, “This last year has been exceptionally rewarding both professionally and personally. I just celebrated one year as chief development officer for Tri Global Energy, an independent wind developer headquartered in Dallas with a field office in Lubbock, Texas. On a personal note, my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of our first son, Leonard (Leo) Andrew Golove, on March 16, 2011. Little did I know it might be easier to sleep in a hotel in Lubbock than at home!”
Tim Leach, MBA, of San Francisco, spent three years in Minneapolis in his current role as chief investment officer for US Bank. He writes, “Happily, the bank’s strategic plan includes accelerating its growth on the West Coast so I recently shifted my office back to San Francisco! It’s great to be back, although I found the quality of life to be great in Minneapolis...weather aside.”
Gene Lash, MBA, of Danville, Calif., recently joined Delta Consulting Group as a vice president in their new San Francisco Bay Area office in Walnut Creek. Gene is an expert CPA responsible for expanding Delta’s West Coast practice in construction and commercial related consulting and litigation work. He is active in St. Isidore Parish in Danville and recently became a first-degree member of the Knights of Columbus. Gene and wife Erin have four children: Garrett, Keaton, Ireland, and Cael.
Hilary Weber, MBA, of San Francisco, writes, “I am thrilled to announce the launch of my new business, Opportu.com, a professional coaching enterprise dedicated to helping businesses, teams, and individuals get from where they are now to greatness. I love helping my clients define what they want to accomplish and helping them remove both inner and outer barriers to success. I specialize in purpose-driven work and relationship building. I hope all of my Haas alums are having as much fun as I am having in their daily work - there’s nothing like feeling that you were born to do something. Powerful stuff!”
Koji Asada, MBA, moved to New York in July to take up a position as deputy general manager of Asian Corporate Banking Division, New York at The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ LTD. Koji will be responsible for the corporate and investment banking relationship with Asian and Japanese customers in the Americas.
Richard Petersen, MBA, of San Jose, Calif., joined FlashSoft this year as vice president of marketing. He writes, “I’ve realized how much I missed the excitement of a dynamically changing business climate, wearing lots of hats and working with a solid business and technology team. I’m also doing my best to protect my family time, especially during the kids’ summer vacation.”
Johannes Raedeker, MBA, was promoted to director at Deloitte, where he is consulting on IT strategy and planning for ERP and SaaS-based business transformation. He is married to Franziska (Peter) Raedeker, MBA 95, who left McKinsey 10 years ago to run her own strategy and sustainable business-planning consultancy. Johannes writes that their tall kids, Clara (8) and Lars-Henry (5), are catching up fast with their parents’ height.
1997|15th MBA Reunion
April 26-29, 2012
Maryam Ghazi, MBA, of San Rafael, Calif., started her own financial advisory practice in January after over a decade of restructuring Fortune 500 companies while at top-tier consulting and Big Four accounting firms. Maryam writes, “Though the change was challenging, I am confident that it was the right decision as it allows me to be creative in my solutions and flexible with my schedule. I am excited about providing financial advisory and restructuring services to middle-market companies in the Bay Area and enjoy the impact I have on my clients’ lives. I have been grateful for the support of the Haas alumni services during this transition process and hope to see my practice develop over the next few years. I strive to develop a balance between my professional and personal life and always live life mindfully and with purpose.”
Tim Gray, MBA, of Berkeley, Calif., writes, “Did you know that 90 percent of new products fail? Outrageous, but true. So, this summer I joined King Brown Partners, a research and consulting firm in Sausalito, to create a new service tailored specifically to helping product teams dramatically improve their success rates. I am also volunteering with Sara Beckman to research product team practices relevant for the UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education Product Management. It’s a great opportunity to focus on a discipline I care about and give something back to Haas. Go Bears!”
Nancy Hazlewood, MBA, of Oakland, Calif., continues to provide custom solutions to health care, IT, nonprofit, and startup organizations via Hazlewood Consulting Inc. (www.hazlewoodconsulting.com) in the areas of strategic, financial, product, and project management. Nancy has been working most recently on health care reform. She is also very active musically. She plays and records with local and national acts, and also performs with her own sax/organ combo to promote her CD “Moanin.” You can hear tracks and learn more at www.myspace.com/nancywrightmusic.
Elizabeth Pearce, MBA, writes, “After 25 years in the investment business, envious of my classmates in technology, I have finally figured out a way to join them. I am now the CFO of Organic Marketplace Solutions, a startup software company in food traceability, business analytics for farm management, and organic certification. I’d love to connect with any Golden Bears who can help us!”
Daniel Tellalian, MBA, of Los Angeles, has been busy designing and capitalizing the California FreshWorks Fund, a $200 million public-private loan fund created to expand healthy food retailing statewide. Launched in July by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of the national “Let’s Move” campaign, Daniel’s firm, Emerging Markets Inc., is now driving the outreach and pipeline development aspects of the fund.
Gleb Budman, MBA, of San Francisco, writes, “After getting married last year, Katia and I took our honeymoon on safari in Kenya, which had been a dream of mine for over a decade, and had an amazing time. Backblaze, our online backup service, continues to grow quickly and profitably. We have also had some entertaining occurrences, including helping capture a counterfeiting crime ring in Argentina and exposing a thief with a video of him dancing on YouTube.”
Alan Knitowski, MBA, of Austin, Texas, writes that Phunware purchased GoTV Networks on July 11 and is now the world’s largest global provider of enterprise branded application infrastructure. Phunware is a profitable, debt-free company with a customer base that includes many of the largest brands on the planet, including the NFL, McDonald’s, and Discovery Communications.
Nancy Riess, MBA, of Baltimore, Md., writes, “The Haas Alumni network produces results!” Nancy and Chris Ritchie, MBA 99, reconnected via LinkedIn in early 2010. When Sentrana needed a marketing and technology consultant, Chris invited Nancy’s company to submit a proposal. Now we have been working together for over one year. Go Haas!”
Nilmini (Gunaratne) Rubin, MBA, of Washington, D.C., is delighted to join the Information Technology Industry Council as director of government relations after a dozen fantastic years with the Senate, White House, and Treasury Department working on international finance, transparency, and foreign assistance. Nilmini will be working on public policy challenges on behalf of leading information and communications technology companies and is looking forward to connecting her Bay Area roots with her D.C. work experience.
Tanya (Shaw) Steinhofer, MBA, of Mill Valley, Calif., celebrated the second anniversary of her financial planning firm, Redwood Grove Wealth Management in May. Her business continues to grow, despite market turmoil, and she feels fortunate to have several Haas MBAs as clients. Outside of work, she continues to enjoy cycling with friends and rode in the Wine Country Century in May and plans to ride the Tour de Tahoe in September. Now that her children are older, Tanya is also beginning to travel more, and is eagerly planning a trip to Vietnam with her children in November.
Terra Terwilliger, MBA, of Menlo Park, Calif., recently became the vice president of marketing for Citrus Lane, a company that sends monthly care packages to new parents. She writes, “This fits perfectly with my life since Ian and I welcomed our first baby in May. Lincoln Matthew McCarthy was born
at a whopping nine pounds! Balancing our precious baby boy with startup life is crazy. But I wouldn’t change a thing!”
Rodrigo Prudencio, MBA, of Oakland, Calif., writes, “Into my eleventh year as a Haas graduate, and the connection to UC feels even stronger. I continue to lead investments in early- to mid-stage energy technology companies as a partner at Nth Power. I run into many Haas grads in my Rockridge neighborhood and work with many Haas alumni who populate the clean-energy world. I’ve stayed local, living in Oakland and raising a 5-year-old daughter who attended a Spanish immersion school for a few years and will now attend the first public Mandarin immersion school in northern California. I’m still chasing down tennis balls as long as my aging body holds out. Hope all of you from the class of 2000 are doing great! Go Bears!”
Deepak Shankar, MBA, moved to Chennai, India, in June. He will continue to be CEO of his company, Mirabilis Design, which is based in Sunnyvale, Calif. Deepak writes that the business opportunities in India and China, especially in government and defense, are enormous, and his company hopes to grow in these economies. Deepak invites anyone who needs business or tourist assistance in India to contact him.
Heidi (Gilman) Bennett, MBA, writes, “So pleased to be living in Berkeley! My husband and I with our two young children (2 and 4) are now living in the Berkeley hills, and are within walking distance from the Lawrence Hall of Science, just above Haas. I’ve continued my successful independent consulting business, which focuses on education publishing and specializes in the school market and the growing public pre-K opportunities. My clients have included big companies like Disney as well as interesting education technology startups, and I’m honored to be working for Sesame Workshop right now. My kids love it, too!”
Mark Brown, MBA, of Bogotá, Colombia, is planning urban-greening projects with his nonprofit, CitiNature (www.citinature.org). He writes, “I would love to have contact with others working on urban environmental issues and will happily welcome any Haas visitors to Bogotá!”
Santiago Vitagliano, MBA, of Miami Beach, recently developed a patent for a dynamic pressure differential hydroelectric generator.
2002|10th MBA Reunion
April 26-29, 2012
Michael Brown, MBA, of San Rafael, Calif., joined W3 Real Estate Partners in December 2010 as chief financial officer. W3 is a private real estate investment management firm that invests in value-add office assets in California, Washington, and Oregon. Michael lives in Petaluma with his wife, Paula, and daughter, Emily. He serves as a volunteer on the board of directors of Emily’s school, a private school in Petaluma, as treasurer and as a member of the executive team. He also continues to spend time trying to help new graduates and experienced professionals try to find new opportunities.
Mike Golden, MBA, of Shanghai, China, writes, “We had our first baby, Olivia Ping Golden, this June. Shanghai is still going strong, and our agency, Adsmith China, has had a busy year doing the marketing for Miss Universe China, Monster headphones, Melia Hotels, life’sDHA, and other great brands in China. I run into fellow alum Beau Giannini, MBA 94, often, as we share the same building.”
Uri Man, MBA, of Tel Aviv, Israel, recently founded Naturera, a consumer products company dedicated to helping people with diabetes through proven all-natural dietary supplements backed by published clinical research. Uri is also a regular contributor to CNBC, FOX Business, and FOX News.
Marc Rahlves, MBA, of New York, left Bain and Company four years ago to venture into the nonprofit world. Mark writes, “I moved to Bogota, Colombia, to serve as the CFO/Head of Development of Fundacion Escuela Nueva, a high-impact education nonprofit. It was a wonderful experience and I have decided to stay dedicated to the sector. As of August 29, I will work as a manager for the Bridgespan Group in their New York office. Before that I am hoping to help my German baseball team win our fourth consecutive championship (this time in the third highest division).”
Chris Sklarin, MBA, of Cleveland, Ohio, joined Edison Ventures as an Investment Manager in early 2011. Chris now splits his time between BioEnterprise in Cleveland and Edison. He leads Edison’s regional efforts in Ohio and western Pennsylvania, generating investment opportunities and cultivating relationships with deal referral sources.
Katy (Moore) Song, MBA, of Mill Valley, Calif., launched her solo fee-only financial planning practice, Katy Song Financial Planning. She specializes in objective and customized financial planning for families with young children and couples starting their lives together. Katy also welcomed her second child, Luke Song, on Dec. 29, 2010. For more information, visit her website at www.katysong.com.
Abhijit Mitra, MBA, of Los Altos, Calif., moved back to the United States after spending four years in India. Abhijit recently built a new business for SAP.
Heather Sears, MBA, writes, “We are still living in San Francisco and enjoying life with our 2-year old twins, Sofia and Gabriel. They keep us smiling and on our toes! I branched out on my own after the twins were born and formed Red Tulip Marketing, a consulting firm that services the natural/specialty food industry. I feel very fortunate to work with some amazing local artisan food companies. Carmen is a nephrologist at UCSF seeing patients and doing research on kidney disease prevention. We are taking our first overseas trip with the kids this December, heading to Barranquilla, Colombia, to visit the grandparents. Any and all travel tips for the 16-hour journey are welcome!”
Justin Schuster, MBA, San Mateo, Calif., started a new job in August leading product marketing at Lithium Technologies.
Marcio Cardoso, MBA, of Dallas, Texas, and his wife, Rhonda, welcomed the arrival of their first child, Jonas Choi Cardoso, on July 22, 2011. Marcio writes, “We send a big howdy to y’all! Please come say hi when visiting the Dallas-Fort Worth area!”
Sharon Karlsberg, MBA, of San Francisco, Calif., writes, “My husband, Craig Sakowitz, and I are pleased to announce the arrival of our second child. Wyatt Albert Sakowitz was born on Feb. 21, weighing in at a healthy nine pounds, four ounces and was 21 inches in length. Big brother Zachary (3) and ’first child’ Sugar (who was a puppy during our time at Haas) are delighted with the new addition to our family. In other news, we recently celebrated summer with a weekend away in Russian River with several Haas friends from the MBA class of 2004: Rob Jacoby, Jen Baik, Bette Tsai, Tom Silverstrim, Rachel Fleet and Simon Wakefield (PhD 2007). (Simon and Rachel joined by Skype from Berlin.) Rachel and Simon are expecting their No. 2 this fall!”
Rob Ricketts, MBA, of Rockville, Maryland, writes, “After more than 15 years Karla Romero finally agreed to be my wife. We surprised many of our Haas friends with an impromptu wedding ceremony during the May baby shower for our first child. Karla gave birth to a healthy and spirited baby, Robert Romero Ricketts, on June 21. I have been working since graduation for Kaiser Permanente in various roles, and recently accepted a position as executive director for our Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. region. We will miss our California friends but are looking forward to seeing our East Coast Bears more often!”
Justin Rietz, MBA, of Cupertino, Calif., writes, “My wife and I just welcomed our son, Liam Rietz, into the world on May 4. He is doing well, as is his big sister, Alexa, who is excited to have a new playmate. I’m currently working at Yahoo! as a product manager, though I’m trying to make extra time for the family.”
Razab Chowdhury, MBA, of Fremont, Calif.: “The three Z’s continue to make life interesting—as is wont when you have three young children aged 2 to 6. The past year has included me changing industries from consulting to high tech (Juniper Networks), a fun family trip to Dubai and Bangladesh, and my rejoining competitive cricket. Wishing a great rest of the year for fellow Haasies!”
Howard Connell, MBA, of Atlanta, Ga., accepted an offer to join Kimberly-Clark Professional after almost six years on the consulting travel circuit with A.T. Kearney. Howard writes, “It’s an exciting role perfectly fitting my consulting background. Our B2B operations are headquartered in Atlanta, so it seems I’m setting for the longer term here in my hometown. An even better piece of news: I’ve gotten engaged to the love of my life, Katharine. We’ll get married in summer or fall of 2012.”
Leah Sutton, MBA, and her husband and son moved to Bangalore, India, in April after seven years in the Bay Area. Leah took an assignment with her current company, Bloom Energy, to head up HR for India until Bloom can find a local candidate. She writes, “We’ll be here at least until early 2012, so if you find yourself in Bangalore, look us up!”
Angela Dorsey-Kockler, MBA, of Portland, Ore., and her husband, Nicholas Kockler, are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Nikolas Alan Kockler, born on June 21 in a planned home birth.
Qing Li, MBA, of Mountain View, Calif., writes, “We’ve been working very hard on our new Facebook social game, White House. Isn’t this a perfect time to see if you have what it takes to run the Oval Office and get our national debt under control? Keep an eye on www.facebook.com/whitehousegame.”
Marcy Lynn, MBA, writes, “My husband, Dave, and I welcomed our daughter, Lila Gisele Hershenson, into the world on Oct. 8, 2010. After an extended maternity leave I joined Facebook and am heading up the company’s corporate sustainability initiative as well as working on local/community relations. We are still enjoying life in San Francisco, especially play-dates with lots of Haas 2006 grads!”
Putri (Sugondo) Pascualy, MBA, of Newport Coast, Calif., writes, “In May I traveled to China and Hong Kong on business and learned a tremendous amount about the investment opportunities via hedge funds in Asia. I was glad to catch up with Colin Ho, MBA 06, and Wingee Sin, BS 01, in Hong Kong. Both of them were doing very well, and I had a fantastic time catching up professionally and personally. I’m still with the firm I joined after receiving MBA. As a credit strategist I’m actively researching investment opportunities for leading global institutions. Would love to hear from other fellow alums—drop me a note!”
Jeffrey Wong, MBA, writes, “Catherine and I were married last summer and we now live in peaceful Mill Valley. I continue to work in real estate development and asset management for the County of Marin. Lately, I’ve taken up mountaineering as a serious hobby with ambitions to climb Mt. Rainier, Kilimanjaro, and Denali in the coming years.”
2007|5th MBA Reunion
April 26-29, 2012
Stephanie Horwitz, MBA, of Mountain View, Calif., joined Google in July as a global process manager.
Jed Clevenger, MBA, of San Francisco, Calif., writes, “After seven years at eBay and finishing my MBA at Haas, I decided to take the plunge. I recently joined a social commerce startup called Yardsellr as the second full-time employee. We raised $5 million in a Series A from Accel and Harrison Metal and are having a blast growing the business. We are looking for engineers, analysts, finance, and marketing professionals to join our growing team. Feel free to get in touch at email@example.com or learn more at http://yardsellr.com.”
Russell Bernstein, MBA, of Denver, Colo., is working to incorporate his nonprofit (Global Team Players Foundation) in the state of New York and is organizing volunteer activities in New Mexico, Colorado, Tennessee, and Indiana. Russell developed the idea for his nonprofit eight years ago, when his professional water polo career ended. His nonprofit focuses on the long-term coordination and provision of core competencies for capacity building in developing communities.
Henrique Ceribelli, MBA, of Mountain View, Calif., writes, “Our daughter Olivia was born on April 4. She is strong as a bear and happy as a Berkeley student. Go Bears!”
Renee (Palgutt) McLemore, MBA, of Moraga, Calif., is the marketing strategy director at McKesson in San Francisco. She is happily married with two sons, Connor (4) and Garrett (1). She is serving as co-director of a nonprofit board supporting UCSF Medical Center.
Ori Elkin, MBA, writes, “After six years in the Bay Area, in which we have increased our family size to five, we are all going back to Israel. I am joining a new initiative in the NI (natural interface or spatial gestures) area. I would love to connect with alumni that are currently active in this field from the consumer electronics perspective.”
Robert Chatwani, MBA, of Fremont, Calif., and his wife, Shital, celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary this year. Robert writes that their three kids are growing up fast—daughter Diya (7), daughter Shreya (3), and son Niyam (1). Robert also passed the eight-year mark with eBay in San Jose, and earlier this year was promoted to head of global Internet marketing. His team is responsible for driving consumer demand to eBay through a range of marketing channels, including global paid search, affiliate marketing, display advertising, search engine optimization, partnership marketing, and online local marketing.
Kathy (Barris) Dideum, MBA, recently moved from the Bay Area to San Antonio, Texas, where her husband, Patrick, is attending medical school. She continues to serve as a product development manager in Wells Fargo’s card services and consumer lending division.
Huzefa Mehta, MBA, of San Jose, Calif., and Reena Mehta cofounded rasa tabula (http://www.rasatabula.com), a cloud platform for schools. The rasa tabula portal combines backend administrative tasks, social media, and learning management systems in a secure, collaborative environment. To raise awareness for funding for Cupertino public schools, Huzefa did a four-day bike fundraiser, riding 500 miles from San Francisco to Santa Monica.
Emily Olman, MBA, writes, “Jason, Talea, and I are still living in Berlin, Germany. I began working for the Berlin School of Creative Leadership in July and am recruiting for their executive MBA program. Jason is busy writing his dissertation, and Talea is busy learning how to talk!”
Scott Schube, MBA, of Palo Alto, Calif., writes, “I’ve been working hard on my startup company, Happy Toy Machine (www.happytoymachine.com), which enables people to create their own custom plush toys online. We won the Audience Choice Award at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in May, and just took the site out of private beta so that anyone can now go on the site and make some cool toys.”
Jose De Oliveira Pereira, MBA, of Lisbon, Portugal, is a consultant in the Iberian office of Strategos and was responsible for an open innovation project for a major Portuguese conglomerate. In the future, Jose will have the responsibility of working on further open innovation projects in Europe and Brazil.
Luke Filose, MBA, of San Mateo, Calif., joined Intel Corporation in their education technologies group, working with Julie Clugage, MBA 02, on alliances with NGOs to deploy technology in schools in developing countries.
Robin (Waller) Fitts, MBA, of San Jose, Calif., and Matt Fitts were married on June 25 at Holly Farm in Carmel, Calif. Robin writes, “Haas friends represented well at the party with Elizabeth Berkey, MBA 09, flying in all the way from Paris for the celebration!”
Shailender Malik, MBA, of San Francisco, writes, “Two years at Haas and numerous exceptionally talented people to connect with for life. Investing two years of my life with the Haas community was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. It gave me the confidence and the ability to give shape to my dreams and a vision to making the dreams a reality.”
Dutta Satadip, MBA, of San Jose, Calif., writes, “2011 has been a year of great changes. Earlier this year, I joined Google as the head of product operations for advertiser products. It is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate problem solving leadership, facilitate organizational change, and develop high performance teams to accelerate Google’s display advertising business by scaling rapidly to meet demands placed by this explosive growth. After serving on the board of the Hemophilia Foundation of Northern California for the last five years, I have gained the support of the hemophilia community at the national level. I will be serving on the board of directors of the National Hemophilia Foundation. As a board member of the South Bay Chapter of the Haas Alumni Network, I continue to host events targeted at career-related topics for senior managers. I look forward to meeting our newest batch of alumni (class of 2011) in one of the upcoming events being hosted by our chapter.”
Adam Skibley, MBA, and his wife recently moved to Chicago, Ill., and Adam transferred to his firm’s (ZS Associates) downtown Chicago office, where he focuses primarily on sales and marketing strategy in the B2B space. Adam is also involved in launching a new startup called MySipTrip that provides customized wine tasting itineraries for visitors to Napa and Sonoma based on their specific preferences. You can find more information at www.mysiptrip.com.
Andy Zhang, MBA, moved to Shanghai, China, in May to work on a game startup.
Gary Coover Jr. and Aaron Schwartz, both MBA 2010, started Modify Watches (www.modifywatches.com) in April 2010. Liz Callahan, MBA 11, recently joined Modify as director of business development. They design and sell interchangeable silicone watches, which they have customized for major companies such as Facebook, Google, and the Pac-12. Aaron writes, “We also designed a unique watch for our class's one-year reunion. We've had great support from the Haas community. If anyone is interested in custom watches for their organizations, let us know!”
Gary, meanwhile, moved to Seoul to work in Samsung’s Global Strategy Group. Gary writes, “Samsung and Korea have been an incredible experience and balancing that with working on Modify on the side has allowed me to feel somewhat balanced and connected to life back home. Living in South Korea and traveling around Asia has been great, but I always miss my Haas family.”
William Doyle Jr., MBA, of San Francisco, Calif., was recently promoted to partner at Barker Pacific Group. He oversees the redevelopment and leasing at One Sansome St.–Citigroup Center in San Francisco. Bill is also focused on locating and underwriting other potential acquisitions for BPG throughout the western United States. Bill was married to Catherine Koo at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco in March. He and his
wife live in Pacific Heights with their dog Axl.”
Deepti Illa, MBA, is the youngest and first Indian woman to be a partner in an American wine company, De Novo Wines. The winery is located in Sonoma, Calif. Deepti made her connection with De Novo Wines through a Haas classmate. After working with De Novo Wines on several successful projects to expand marketing outreach in the San Francisco Bay Area while completing her MBA from Haas, Deepti joined the De Novo team as managing partner and vice president of marketing. Deepti is also a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW), an Introductory Certified Sommelier and president of Barrel Tap Inc., a wine events and experience company.
Carlos Liévano, MBA, of Bogotá, Colombia, is working as a senior consultant for Remolina Estrada Consultoría Gerencial.
Kiran Karadi, MBA, of Milpitas, Calif., “I didn’t think I would say this when I was in school: I miss classes and Haas. I felt this recently when I took my mom, who is visiting from India, to Haas. In addition to other sightseeing places, Haas was on my list of places to show her. On the professional front, I transitioned to a new role in a new group within my current company. Last May, with my MBA qualification, I successfully made a case to transition from a role as a technology architect to a role as a business strategist. I joined as a principal strategist in new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Business Platforms group. I am excited about shaping our social medial platform and working with clients on social media initiatives. On a personal front, my wife, Padma, and I had our first child on March 18 this year. We are blessed with a baby boy, Tejus Karadi. The first few weeks felt like the first year at Haas—it was hectic! Little did we know to handle baby cries and attend to his needs, and we wondered what we had gotten ourselves into. Tejus is about 5 months now. It feels like the second year at Haas now. We think we have a little more of a handle on his needs. The fun part has been to see Tej’s small developments. His latest tricks are rolling over on his tummy and completing a full 360-degree roll around his axis. It was super exciting to see that for the first time. We are looking forward to seeing him crawl and sit next.”
Sanjay Krishnan, MBA, of San Francisco, is currently a management consultant and semiconductor expert at Keystone Strategy, a strategy consulting firm founded by Harvard Business School Professor Marco Iansiti. Keystone Strategy serves some of the major global high-tech brands in technology and business strategy. Recently, Sanjay was in India advising the Union Ministry of Telecom and IT on semiconductor strategies for the country. He writes, “The work is high impact and I am happy to talk in more detail to anyone interested in career changes or thinking about working in India.”
Navinjai Mittal, MBA, of Fremont, Calif., manages a product management team in the technical services organization at Cisco Systems Inc., which is responsible for the strategic serviceability requirements, definition, and communication of targeted products, technologies, and solutions across Cisco.
Rick Lin, MBA, recently moved to Beijing, China, to take a position with the StratOp Group (www.stratopgroup.com), a boutique management consulting firm focused on helping foreign SMEs and global PE/VC firms improve their operations in China. Rick writes, “If any Haasies find themselves in Beijing for business or just a vacation, please feel free to contact me!”
Dan Smuts, MBA, of Berkeley, Calif., was promoted to regional director for California and Nevada for The Wilderness Society, a 500,000-member land conservation organization. He and his wife, Cecily, also celebrated the birth of their second son, Charlie, in December.
Brooks Kincaid, MBA, of San Francisco, co-founded Imprint Energy with Dr. Christine Ho from UC Berkeley’s Materials Science and Engineering Department. Imprint Energy is developing the technology to print ultrathin, flexible, rechargeable batteries.
Alan Lock, MBA, of London, writes, “Just returned from Peru as a married man. Great wedding with a good representation from Haas, including the first dance played for us by the famous Jason Dolan, MBA 11. I have traded the blue skies, sun, and sushi of the Bay Area for the rain and overpriced, internationally renowned food of the UK. Although being back in a country where you don’t have to go to specialty stores for English tea... No, in all seriousness, I really miss Berkeley and my Haas classmates. I start with BT in early April and then later in the year, Andrew Jensen, MBA 11, and I will head to Antarctica to take on our ’Polar Vision’ challenge. I am hoping to become the first visually impaired person to ski all the way from the coast to the South Pole. In doing so, Andrew, myself, and the rest of the team hope to raise awareness and funds for sight-related causes in the UK and around the world. We head off to Chile in late November, before the flight to Antarctica and the start of our 500-mile expedition across the ice. As Andrew and I have said countless times before, we are very grateful for all the help and support we have received from the Haas community during this project. As always, all our updates are on www.polar-vision.org—please check in as we near our expedition date. I know a few of my classmates got married over the summer too, and I am sure you are asking how my wife gave me permission to do this. Well, lets just say my negotiation classes came in useful!”
Laurie Peterson, MBA, of Oakland, Calif., is the new director of marketing for the Bay Area startup Sifteo. She is excited to help Sifteo launch its “intelligent play” platform later this year. Learn more at www.sifteo.com.
Oscia (Timschell) Wilson, MBA, of San Francisco, Calif., writes, “Summer 2011 was busy and life-changing! Not only did I get married and become Oscia Wilson, I also founded my own architecture firm called Boiled Architecture. It’s long been my dream to run an architecture firm committed to collaborative design and transparent, shared ownership. We only do projects where we can work directly with the builders, for maximum innovation and efficiency. What’s more, the company’s books are totally open to employees, all of whom become part owners of the company if they stay longer than one year. Believe it or not, we even have two projects, and our doors have been open for less than a month! Haas has already given me tangible skills to help me with this journey, and I can’t wait to jump into negotiations class and entrepreneurship!”
Suzy Lahey, BCEMBA, of Menlo Park, Calif., writes, “Packing up the family and moving to London later this month. I’m transferring with Apple and will lead the Consumer Programs and CRM team for Apple’s online store in Europe. Looking forward to spending time with Chris Howard, BCEMBA 06, and his family who moved to London earlier this year.”
Bijun He, BCEMBA, writes, “Before I entered the BCEMBA 13 class, I worried whether I could handle both work and school. After a few months into the program, I found in addition to business knowledge, I have also learned from the professors, my classmates, the admission team, and the career coaches to become a better person, a better leader. That brings a positive impact to my work, and my team and my bosses are all impressed by my performance. Now I have taken on a new leadership role to launch a new product for Google Ads this fall!”
Charles Snow, PhD, of State College, Penn., will be the Fulbright Hall chair in entrepreneurship at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in March through June of 2012. He will teach a course on innovation management and do research with colleagues. He will also give guest lectures throughout central Europe.
Sheila Puffer, PhD, of Boston, Mass., was awarded the title of University Professor at Northeastern University, where she has been a professor of international business since 1988. University Professor is considered the highest honor the university can bestow on a faculty member and reflects “international recognition and distinction for contributions to education, artistic creativity, and expression and/or research that cross disciplinary boundaries.”