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A 35-year resident of Davis, Chris met his wife and fellow alum Karen in the Sacramento MBA program. He has 25 years experience founding, managing, advising, capitalizing and selling companies in the clean tech, high-tech, professional services and private equity industries. Today, he’s a solar energy entrepreneur who gives back to the GSM in many ways, most recently speaking at our Big Bang! Kick-off.
Giving back is at the top of Melinda Ornburg’s priority list. In her previous career studying to be a forensic anthropologist, Ornburg MBA 16 spent her working hours dissecting human skeletons during an internship at the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office, trying to piece together accidental and violent deaths.
Vickie Sherman’s office is steps away from the landmark sports and entertainment arena her company named and is a centerpiece of the renaissance of downtown Sacramento: Golden 1 Center, home of the Sacramento Kings NBA franchise.
It was an investment opportunity like no other—compelling enough to quit his San Francisco finance job to join his client, a fintech startup in Africa.
Jeff Ansley embarked on his planet-saving career in 1993 in East Africa, where he installed remote photovoltaic systems and taught residents how to install and service solar equipment. Today he is president of Natron Resources Inc., a Moraga, Calif.–based solar system design and engineering company he founded while a student in the Bay Area MBA program. Natron Resources is dedicated to making solar energy economically feasible for its residential and business clients.
Realizing that his professional success required a deeper immersion in finance, Covrig entered the UC Davis Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) program in fall 2016.
Juliana Gidwani MBA 02 is CEO of the international marketing consulting firm Ahilia, and co-founder of RevAmerica, which promotes awareness, information and growth of the U.S. IT and BPO services industry within the context of today’s global services economy. She gives a shout-out to Distinguished Professor Chih-Ling Tsai. “He is very motivational. He pushes us to better ourselves.”
Lauren Beyer MPAc 17
UC Davis Basketball Player Rebounds Back on the Court—as a Graduate Accounting Student
- Master of Professional Accountancy student
- UC Davis Women’s Basketball Team player
- UC Davis Women’s Basketball – Coaches Award, Perseverance Award
- B.A., Communications, UC Davis
Lauren Beyer MPAc 17 knows what it’s like to be the come-back kid. More importantly, she knows what it takes.
- Sacramento MBA student
- Visiting Scholar, UC Davis Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
- Accounting, University of Bedfordshire, U.K.
- Finance and Accounting, China Agricultural University’s International College, Beijing
Sacramento MBA Student Sees Potential in He
Venita Sivamani MBA 15, is co-founder of Dermveda, a startup based in her hometown of Sacramento that she describes as an integrated, educational skin care resource like “WebMD meets Consumer Reports.”
Ed Skapinok MBA 04 was bitten by the hospitality bug early: he started working at his first hotel, bussing tables and delivering room service, when he was a sophomore in high school.
You’ve held leadership roles at IDEO, Business for Social Responsibility, the Cleantech Group and now Fathom Travel. Tell a little about your career path.
My career to date has been about where/how I can have positive impact on the world through my work. The shape of this has changed over time, but my formula has always been: do work that matters on interesting challenges and with great people.
John Anderson MBA 03 has a BA from Claremont McKenna College, the equivalent of an MA from Christie’s in London—and an MBA from UC Davis. But, he says, “Perhaps my proudest accomplishment is my CBJ (Certified Barbecue Judge) from the Kansas City Barbecue Society!”
Briefly, describe your education and career paths.
I started my path with a BS in managerial economics from UC Davis (class of 2011).
“I’m learning how to leverage my clinical experience as an RN to build high-quality, efficient and affordable healthcare delivery systems that benefit both my patients and Kaiser Permanente.”
Manager, Cardiology and Cardiac Lab Services
Kaiser Permanente | Sacramento, Calif.
Samuel Merritt College | Oakland, Calif.