Lecturers & Visiting Faculty
Sally Hamilton, Ph.D. has lectured for the UC Davis Graduate School of Management since 2015. She teaches accounting at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She has taught Managerial Accounting and Cost Management. She has extensive experience both in industry and teaching. She was a Clinical Assistant Professor for Drexel University Sacramento for 5 years.
Lecturer John D. Hancock provides valuation consulting services in civil and business litigation through economic and financial analysis. He also teaches at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management as a visiting professor.
Shannon Kahn is currently an Associate Director for Private Sector Counseling and Programs at UC Berkeley School of Law. From 2015-2019, she was an Associate Director of Career Services at King Hall. She received a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2008. After graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Robert W. Sweet, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and then worked as an associate in the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
Research Expertise: The development of persuasive, professional speaking and writing skills for business, and the use of critical thinking protocols that optimize decision.making
Teaching Expertise: The development of persuasive, professional speaking and writing skills for business, and critical thinking protocols to optimize decision making
Lecturer Brian Kennedy is an attorney, focusing on criminal defense. He has his own law practice in San Diego.
Judy Kjelstrom (aka Dr. Judy) has a rich background in health science and biotechnology education and training, clinical laboratory science, microbiology, program administration, mentoring and leadership. From 2004 to 2018 she directed the UC Davis Biotechnology Program (est. 1986), a novel program that partners effectively across the campus and with the life sciences industry. Although the program is small in the number of personnel, it is involved in a large number of cross-disciplinary projects:
Keisha Liggett–Nichols joined the Graduate School of Management as a lecturer in fall 2015. During her career in academia, Nichols has taught business management, specifically courses focused in business strategy. With her significant practical industry experience, she has primarily taught graduate studies.
Research Expertise: executive coaching, performance management, leadership, teamwork, life planning, corporate culture and developing strategy.
Lecturer Dickson Louie is principal of Louie & Associates, a boutique San Francisco Bay Area consultancy that provides strategic planning, competitive analysis, and executive development services to start-ups, nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies.
Courses Taught: New venture formation, business planning and product management
Lecturer Marc Lowe is managing partner and founder of Praxis Ventures, a consultancy advising high-potential technology companies on strategy development, venture capital financing and M&A transactions. Praxis Ventures has been instrumental in raising more than $150 million in venture capital financing for its clients, and has advised on M&A transactions and initial public offerings valued in excess of three billion dollars.
Marc Ross Manashil is a consultant and educator specializing in leadership and organizational development. His background is in global health and philanthropy, having served in director roles with an international grant-making foundation, a medical relief organization, and an NGO preventing child mortality in West Africa.
Lecturer Nishith Mathur has extensive experience leading large Organization Change programs for implementation of business strategy, business processes, and IT systems in several domains including electronics, high-tech, manufacturing and automotive sectors.
He has worked at companies such as Accenture, IBM and Tech Mahindra.
Currently, he is Chief Solutions Officer at Infogain Inc., a Los Gatos headquartered software engineering services company where he is responsible for all technology solutions for their clients.
Ms. Mazzacurati is the founder and CEO of Four Twenty Seven, an award-winning market research and advisory firm that brings climate risk analytics to private sector decision-makers to enable the incorporation of climate science into economic and financial decisions. Her work mixes rigorous economic analysis and creative data visualization to help businesses and communities understand climate risks and develop an effective climate resilience strategy. Ms.
Teaching Field: Real Estate Finance and Development
A vice president at Union Bank, where he manages relationships with several of the top real estate developers in Northern California, Lecturer Todd Mirell has held previous positions with Preferred Capital Advisors as a senior associate, McMorgan & Company as a real estate investment analyst and with CB Richard Ellis Inc. as a property tax assistant/marketing specialist.
Mirell earned both his MBA and B.S. in managerial economics from UC Davis.
Ms. Morris is an experienced technology executive with over 25 years in leadership roles ranging from startups to large Fortune 500 companies. She is currently Academic Coordinator of the Food & Agriculture Industry Immersion at the Graduate School of Management, UC Davis, having previously served as Director, Technology Innovation at the World Food Center at UC Davis. Prior to joining UC Davis, Morris was with Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc.
Jim Olson founded the WestShore Management Group in April of 2007, continuing a distinguished career after leading several high technology businesses for two Fortune companies and serving for nine years as CEO of SkyStream Networks, the top rated IPTV video head-end provider worldwide. WestShore Management Group provides Interim CEO, corporate consulting, and executive development services for both public, and private, venture-financed companies.
Visiting Faculty Gregory Perelman has worked in the U.S. banking industry since 1990. For the last 15 years he has been employed by Wells Fargo Bank in various finance and management positions. He is based in San Francisco, where he conducts analysis of small business credit markets in the U.S. and internationally.
Jason Perez began his career in the United States Navy as a military police officer. He served approximately one and a half years in Bahrain and two years in New Jersey leading teams of police officers responding to emergency 911 calls. Perez was also given the opportunity to attend military detainee operations school, where upon completion, he worked for approximately one and a half years at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba as a prison guard.
Courses Taught: International Marketing
Kay Peters is the founder and CEO of DMC Dialogmarketing Consulting GmbH and previously founded and sold a company. He worked at Accenture as a specialist for marketing strategy in the Telecommunications & eCommerce Sector. He also worked as marketing-controller for BASF AG in Caracas, Venezuela.
Peters received his Ph.D and MBA from Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany.
Lecturer Mehul Rangwala has nearly 20 years of experience in information technology and quantitative and qualitative data analysis. An information technology manager at the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, Rangwala researches, plans and provides insights to the executive management on IT strategy and the latest technology trends while providing leadership in IT investments, cost/benefit analysis, asset management, IT operations and support.