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Mehul Rangwala

Mehul Rangwala has nearly 20 years of experience in information technology and quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Currently, an Information Technology Manager at the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, Mehul researches, plans, and provides insights to the executive management on IT strategy and the latest technology trends, while providing leadership in areas of IT investments, cost/benefit analysis, asset management, IT operations, and support.

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Ceren Kolsarici

Dr. Kolsarici specializes in advertising, diffusion of new products, and pharmaceutical marketing. Her current research encompasses several critical areas including design and evaluation of integrated marketing communications campaigns, media selection and scheduling, marketing budgeting, and development of advertising creative strategies. In her research, she develops new models and methods to improve managerial decisions and marketing applications in practice, by helping managers better understand how marketing affects performance.

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Paul A. Wong
Assistant Professor of Management

Research Interests: Financial reporting, financial analysts, corporate disclosures, auditor/audit firm networks, the role of the audit committee 

Paul Wong received his bachelor of science in accounting from DePaul University (Chicago, Ill.) in 2007 and earned his CPA in 2008. He worked for Crowe Horwath (formerly Crowe Chizek) from 2007–2011 as a senior staff auditor in the not-for-profit and higher education group.

Office: Gallagher Hall Room 3204
(530) 752-4983
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Dr. Yuying Shi
Lecturer, Spring 2015

Yuying’s research interests focus on marketing analytics and marketing strategy. Her research centers on developing new measurement techniques to quantify firms’ marketing activities.  She uses analytics, econometrics and psychometrics to analyze data and to identify important marketing problems. Her current research is the analysis of customer behavior data to understand and forecast customer purchasing activities, and the analysis of firm aggregate sales data to identify long-term marketing effectiveness and to capture the dynamic nature of brand equity.

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Ann Huff Stevens
Dean / Professor of Economics

Ann Huff Stevens is director of the Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis, professor of the Department of Economics, and became interim dean of the Graduate School of Management in October 2014.

Stevens’ current research includes studies of the relationship between job loss and health, the relationship between aggregate unemployment rates and mortality, and the returns to technical and vocational education

Dean's Suite, Gallagher Hall, UC Davis
(530) 752-4600

Carlo Pugnetti
Robert A. Fox Executive in Residence, Winter 2015

Carlo Pugnetti is an experienced international executive who has served in a variety of roles in several countries during his 14-year tenure with Allianz, the German market leader in insurance. At Allianz, he has been involved in leading turnaround cases, founding new companies, business development, strategy and general management.

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Lindsey Spice-Zich
Lecturer, Summer 2015

Before her current role as HR & People Operations Manager at EatWith, Lindsey enjoyed a decade-long career in nonprofit management with Resources Legacy Fund in Sacramento, CA. In addition to managing an international portfolio of conservation-focused philanthropic programs, she also worked cross-functionally with various business units as a human resources liaison to develop and implement effective solutions to enhance organizational success.

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Hollis Skaife
Professor of Accounting and Information Systems

Hollis Skaife’s research addresses international financial reporting issues and corporate governance, including the role of internal control and auditing in the development of high quality financial information. She serves as a consultant on these topics.

As a former CPA and CMA, Skaife has taught various accounting courses at the undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. levels and currently teaches financial accounting to MBA students. She has received numerous teaching awards.

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Crystal A. Ekanayake
Lecturer, Winter 2015, Spring 2015

Crystal Ekanayake is an audit partner with GALLINA LLP, a regional accounting firm with offices throughout Northern California, Nevada and Washington.  Crystal earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and earned Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Accountancy degrees from California State University, Sacramento.

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Alan M. Taylor
Professor of Economics and Finance

Alan Taylor is a Professor of Economics and Finance at the University of California, Davis, with appointments in the Department of Economics and the Graduate School of Management. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a research fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research in London. He currently serve as a co-editor at the Journal of International Economics.

Department of Economics
1 Shields Ave
(530) 752-9241
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Alan Meier
Lecturer, Fall 2014, Winter 2015

Alan Meier teaches core energy efficiency courses and supervises graduate student activities at EEC. He is also a Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research has focused on understanding how people (and machines) use energy and the opportunities that exist for them (and technologies) to conserve.

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Hemant Vaidya
Lecturer, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

Hemant Vaidya, Ph.D., is currently an independent consultant in the In-Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) space and a professor at the UCD Graduate School of Management.  He has worked in the IVD Industry for 24 years in various capacities. He started out as a bench scientist developing Immunoassays for cardiac and thyroid markers and grew in the ranks to become the Director of Clinical and Scientific affairs for Chemistry/ Immunochemistry diagnostics business and then the Vice-President of R&D for the Molecular and Microbiology diagnostics business.

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Harold Schmitz
Ciocca Visiting Professorship in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Senior Scholar in Management

A 20-year veteran at Mars, Harold Schmitz has been chief science officer since 2005. His responsibilities include strategy development, program alignment and quality control of the company’s multidisciplinary scientific research programs. He has previously held various positions within Mars in Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Fundamental Research, Analytical and Applied Sciences and Corporate functions.

3414 Gallagher Hall
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Charley Ansbach
Lecturer, Spring 2015

Charley Ansbach has worked with major corporations nationally and internationally representing not only their interests in discussions as donors to major nonprofits/NGOs but also in appeals for support and partnership made by community groups.In those many interactions he learned why most corporate CSR programs fail and how to fix them.He has learned what CSR directors must do to manage their programs inside corporate structures and the practical sides of serving effectively in that role.Charley also was an early adopter of social entrepreneurism in the 1970’s before the

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Scott Strait

Dr. Strait is a senior IT executive with over 25 years of experience leading technology organizations. He is currently the Chief Information Officer at Renewable Funding, the leader in the administration and financing of clean energy retrofits using property taxes. At Renewable Funding, he oversees technology strategy, development and infrastructure; product management; call center; and lien and lending operations.


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Suzy Taherian
Lecturer, Winter 2015

Suzy Taherian has over 20 years of experience across the international finance spectrum. She started her career with Exxon and Chevron in various roles, including controller, M&A, international financing, trading, and internal controls. Looking for a different challenge, she transitioned to small rapidly-growing companies. She is currently CFO of eCullet, a technology company in glass processing with several plants across US.

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