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Overview

Corporate Advisors: Dean’s Advisory Council

The Dean’s Advisory Council is one of the strongest connections the Graduate School of Management has to the business community.

The council includes many of California’s top business leaders, who serve as key advisors to the dean, sharing ideas and making recommendations on future growth and development of the School, curriculum issues and student organizations and projects.

Paul Bianchi, BS 85

Board & CEO Advisor

 

Kristy Bird Makieve, MBA 15

CEO

Healthy Rural California, Inc.

Todd Brockman, MBA 93

GM & Global Head of Visa DPS

Visa Inc.

 

Roger Halualani, BS 89, MBA 91

Founder & Principal

Halualani & Assoc./Epiphany Partners

Michael Hurlston, BS 88, MBA 90, MS 91

Chief Executive Officer

Synaptics HQs

Mike Kourey, BS 81

CFO

Vlocity

Srini Koushik

Investor & Board Member

 

Gary Lew, MBA 98

Lecturer & Consultant

 

Michelle Leyden Li, JD 93, MBA 95

VP Global Marketing

Global Foundries US Inc.

Philip Mader, BA 90

Chief Investment Officer and President of Development

Kingsbarn Realty Capital

Joncarlo Mark, MBA 00

Founder & Managing Member

Upwelling Capital Group LLC

 

May Ngai Seeman, MAD 89

Board Trustee

UC Davis Foundation

 

Jud Riggs, BA 85

Chairman, CEO & President

Teichert Inc.

Wylie Tollette, BS 88

EVP, Client Portfolio Solutions

Franklin Templeton Investor Services

Andres Trillo

Global VP, Human Resources

HM.CLAUSE

Louise Walker

President and Chief Executive Officer

First Northern Bank of Dixon

Staff Profile
Daria Costello

Daria Costello
Director of Corporate Relations and IMPACT Projects

Daria works with corporations, organizations and business partners to source strategic projects and industry experts for the School’s full-time and part-time MBA students’ capstone courses.

Previously, Costello was the Associate Director of the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) program, which welcomed its charter class in 2012. She managed recruiting and admissions, program management and career services for MPAc students.

Daria has a background in counseling, education (including a teaching credential from UC Davis) communications and project management.

Gallagher Hall
Rm 1101H
Davis, CA
O: (530) 752-5834
F: (530) 754-9355
Staff Profile
Tracey Soeth

Tracey Soeth
IMPACT Projects Analyst

The IMPACT curriculum is a 10-week project capstone course that allows UCD MBA students to gain real-world experience by working on corporate strategy projects in small teams. Tracey serves as a liaison for sponsor donors, faculty leads, and student team members to provide high-level support for the course, performing complex coordinating, planning and analysis functions.

Gallagher Hall
Rm 1101
Davis, CA 95619
Ph: (530) 752-9878
F: (530) 754-9355
Staff Profile
Michelle Leah Vasquez

Michelle Leah Vasquez
Analyst, Academic Operations and Planning

Michelle works directly with the Assistant Director of Academic Operations and Planning to develop, edit, and review the curriculum for all 35 members of our senate faculty. This process includes the management, maintenance, and update of EMS, Banner, RaPS and the Education Building Resource Scheduling system to ensure schedule quality and completeness for multiple programs across all three campuses. Michelle is also responsible for data entry, as well as quality checks for each system and campus to ensure accuracy and consistency across applications. 

540 Alumni Lane
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-4600
Staff Profile
Sergio Esquerre

Sergio Esquerre
Instructional Operations Manager, Bay Area MBA Campus

Sergio Esquerre joined the School as a student assistant in July 2012. He was promoted to instructional operations specialist in November 2017. With seven years of experience assisting the Project and Instructional Resources team, Esquerre was named as the instructional operations manager for the Bay Area MBA campus in July 2019.

UC Davis
San Ramon Campus
12647 Alcosta Blvd., Suite 190
San Ramon, CA 94583
(925) 543-8076
Staff Profile
Andy Fleisher

Andy Fleisher
Assistant Director, Project & Instructional Resources

Andrew graduated from UC Davis in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. Before arriving at the Graduate School of Management, he worked for six years in the Entomology Department at UC Davis as a technician where he coordinated on research involving the feeding habits of mosquitoes and co-authored three journal articles. After time in the lab, Andrew worked in the Temporary Employment Pool and found his way to the Graduate School of Management where he has been for the last 8 years.

Gallagher Hall
Rm 2209
Davis, CA
Ph: (530) 754-8830
F: (530) 752-2924
Staff Profile
Michele Goodman

Michele Goodman
Interim Director of Administration and Human Resources

Michele Goodman manages fiscal affairs and provides administrative and operational direction of business services/resources for the school. Goodman serves as the human resources expert for the school. She is instrumental in organizing, planning and meeting key objectives to enhance employee on-boarding and business operations among students, faculty, staff and University affiliates. 

Gallagher Hall
Rm 2306
Davis, CA
Ph: (530) 752-8878
F: (530) 754-9553
Staff Profile
Christina Sanchez

Christina Sanchez
Director, Project & Instructional Resources

With more than 22 years experience as a Director of Project and Instructional Resources, Sanchez manages the operations and instructional support unit for the school.

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Ln
Room 2218
Ph: (530) 752-5330
GSM cell: (530) 574-7438
Staff Profile
Dedan Sims

Dedan Sims
Sacramento Instructional & Operations Manager

Sims comes to the GSM most recently from UC Davis IET Department. He was Storekeeper and Equipment Manager. He was employed with them for over 2 1/2 years. Previously, Sims worked for the Department of Veteran Affairs and UCDMC. He also served in the US Army for over 10 years as a Supply SGT/Operations Manager. He has his Bachelor of Science degree from Trident University in Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management. He is currently working towards his MBA from Trident University, which an anticipated graduation of 2019.

UC Davis Sacramento Campus – Education Building
4610 X Street, Room 2203
Sacramento, CA 95817
Ph: (916) 734-3937
Fax: (530) 754-9355
Staff Profile
Loreli Burton

Loreli Burton
Admissions Coordinator, Student Affairs

Loreli Burton joined the Graduate School of Management in 2016. As part of the admissions operations team, she provides analyst-level support for various graduate level programs and maintains and audits admissions databases. She also assists with student admissions, events, and activities supporting the Full-Time MBA, Part-Time Sacramento MBA, Part-Time San Ramon MBA, MPAc, and MSBA programs.

Gallagher Hall
Ste. 1101
Davis, CA
Ph: (530) 752-8722
Staff Profile
Brian Favetti

Brian Favetti
Admissions Coordinator, Student Affairs

Brian Favetti joined the Graduate School of Management in 2017. As part of the admissions operations team, he provides analyst-level support for the Master of Professional Accountancy and Master of Science in Business Analytics programs. He maintains and audits admissions databases; provides customer service and support to applicants; compiles reports on admissions data; and helps improve admissions processes on an ongoing basis.

Gallagher Hall
Ste. 1101
Davis, CA
Ph: (530) 752 5145
Staff Profile
Alex Svensson

Alex Svensson
Associate Director of Admissions, Sacramento MBA

Alex Svensson (she/her/hers) joined UC Davis Graduate School of Management as Associate Director of Admissions for the Sacramento Part-Time MBA in 2020. She works alongside candidates through the admissions process, implementing recruiting programs, processing applications and ensuring that prospective students have a quality experience.

Staff Profile
Eva Zhang

Eva Zhang
Associate Director of Admissions, MBA@UCDavis

As Associate Director, Eva Zhang joins the admissions team to manage the admissions and enrollment process of the Online MBA program. She is mainly responsible for overall admissions oversight, candidate evaluation, process supervision and relationship management.   

Bishop Ranch 15, Suite 190
12647 Alcosta Blvd.
San Ramon, CA 94583
Ph: (925) 543-8075
F: (925) 543-8097
Overview

Career Development Center

The Career Development Center is dedicated to helping you in every phase of your career planning endeavors. Take advantage of our many resources and tools in order not just to find your next job, but the right job.True career management is a lifelong process. One of the best ways to ensure a long and successful career is to learn the strategies and tools of proactive career management.

Staff Profile
Parto Aram, Career Counselor

Parivash (Parto) Aram
Career Advisor, Bay Area MBA

Parto Aram joined the Career Development team in October 2018 as a career counselor. She works closely with Bay Area Part-Time MBA students. 

After seven years of working in high tech as a hardware engineer designing embedded systems, Aram went back to school part-time to get her MBA, and subsequently transitioned to semiconductor marketing. She worked as a marketing manager on the East Coast and then as a European marketing manager stationed in Bristol, England.

Staff Profile
Antoine Broustra

Antoine Broustra
Senior Director of Career Development

Antoine Broustra joined the Graduate School of Management’s Career Development team as Senior Director in October 2018, after close to four years of working as Deputy Director, Employer Partnerships at the Yale School of Management in Connecticut. Antoine brings a focus on building and nurturing corporate relations, developing career opportunities for current and past graduate students, and career advising. 

Gallagher Hall
Rm 1101E
Davis, CA
Ph: (530) 752-8826
F: (530) 754-9355
Staff Profile
Carin Hotaling

Carin Hotaling
Career Services Operations Manager

As the Career Services Operations Manager for the Graduate School of Management, Carin manages operations for the career center and coordinates and provides high-level support for students and recruiter programs. Carin serves as the front-line contact for current students, employers and alumni. She manages logistics for events such as career fairs, workshops, guest speakers and interviews. She also provides analytical support and statistical research for the Office of Student Affairs and administrative support to the Senior Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.

Staff Profile
Catherine Jiang

Catherine Jiang
Business Development Manager, MSBA

Catherine Jiang joined the school as a Business Development Manager for the Master of Science in Business Analytics program in May 2020. She is primarily focusing on building relationships with the business community and leveraging these relationships to match student team projects. In addition, Jiang provides general support for the effective implementation of the practicum course, as well as giving career development support to students to help them actualize their career goals to reality.

Staff Profile
Angel McCormack

Angel McCormack
Lead Career Counselor

Angel holds a Master of Science degree in Career Counseling, having graduated with a 4.0 from a CACREP accredited program (an independent agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit master’s degree and doctoral programs). She has been published by WalletHub.com, and has authored a Career Counseling Theory taking into account her full theoretical approach to counseling (Humanistic mix of Existential, Person Centered, Gestalt, and Behaviorism schools of thought).

Staff Profile
Andrea McEvoy

Andrea McEvoy
Director of Business Development

Andrea McEvoy joined the Graduate School of Management’s Career Development team as director of business development in December 2019, after working as senior manager in Corporate Education at the University of California, Berkeley.

Before UC Berkeley, McEvoy established Fortune 500 partnerships for Brandman University—part of the Chapman University System—and led marketing and communications efforts at California State University, East Bay’s Division of Continuing and International Education.

Gallagher Hall
Rm 1101F
Davis, CA
Ph: (530) 754-5476
M: (530) 219-9285
Staff Profile
Alex Minnis

Alex Minnis
Associate Director, MPAc - Student Services & Career Development

Alex Minnis is the Associate Director of Student Services and Career Development for the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) program, which welcomed its charter class in 2012.

Minnis works directly with the MPAc students, providing leadership and guidance for student programs, events and activities from Orientation through Commencement. She also manages the employer relations and career development initiatives for the program, working to maintain and deepen our relationship with our corporate partners to ensure the successful placement for our MPAc students.

Gallagher Hall
Rm 1101K
Davis, CA
Ph: (530) 752-9555
Staff Profile
Elizabeth Moon

Elizabeth Moon
Associate Director of Career Development

Elizabeth Moon joined the Graduate School of Management’s Career Development team in January 2014, bringing a focus on career counseling and an expertise in working with international students. She provides all students with career assistance in the areas of resumes, cover letters, interviewing, job/internship search strategies, negotiations, networking and business etiquette.

Gallagher Hall
Rm 1101F
Davis, CA
Ph: (530) 752-7760
F: (530) 754-9355
Staff Profile
Jennifer Tucker

Jennifer Tucker
Career Advisor, Sacramento MBA

Jennifer Tucker is a career development specialist with over 20 years of experience coaching and helping individuals identify their personal strengths and career interests. She has worked with students in all aspects of career development including assessment and planning, employer research, résumé writing, networking, interviewing and negotiating offers.  She has conducted employer development, created and delivered career workshops, and is currently developing content for a start-up venture focused on assisting professional athletes with career transition.

Staff Profile
Damon Tull

Damon Tull
Director for Industry Alliances

Damon Tull is the director for industry alliances at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. His research interests include U.S. global competitiveness and the financial and human capital flows of our national innovation ecosystems.

Faculty Profile

Joe DiNunzio
Executive Director, Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Assistant Adjunct Professor

Research Expertise: Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Innovation

Joe DiNunzio is a senior executive with three decades of creative, technical and business leadership creating new ventures and building successful organizations. He has extensive experience as a management consulting practice leader, a Fortune 100 senior operating executive, an entrepreneur and an educator.  

Gallagher Hall, Room 3415
540 Alumni Lane
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Office hrs: By appointment
Staff Profile

Sumiko Hong
Special Projects Manager, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

As the special projects manager, Sumiko Hong coordinates the implementation of several new partnerships and programs. These include the Pre-College course in Innovation and Entrepreneurship with UC Davis Extension; the expansion of the Big Bang! Business Competition with the BlueTech Valley Regional Innovation Cluster funded by a California Energy Commission grant; and the creation of new entrepreneurship academies, workshops and clinics funded by Assembly Bill 2664: University of California Innovation and Entrepreneurship Expansion.

Gallagher Hall, Room 3409
540 Alumni Lane
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-0235
Staff Profile
Lindsay Lowry

Lindsay Lowry
Program Coordinator, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Lindsay Lowry brings more than 10 years of administrative experience to the institute. Prior to joining th institute team, she worked at UC Davis in the Primate Center and the Student Advising Office for the Department of Human Ecology. Before coming to UC Davis, Lowry spent eight years as the office coordinator for Cunningham Engineering in Davis. 

Gallagher Hall, Room 2106
540 Alumni Lane
Davis, CA 95616
O: (530) 752-1827
Staff Profile

Jenna Makus
Associate Director, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Jenna Makus oversees the operations, communications and program planning at the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Before joining the Institute, she worked with the UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s Career Services to implement their MBA Accelerator database, and served as a program manager for the School’s Executive Education. Makus earned her UC Davis MBA in 2006. During her time as an MBA student, she was involved in many activities related to the Institute, including serving as the Big Bang! Business Plan Competition marketing chair. 

Gallagher Hall, Room 3409
540 Alumni Lane
Davis, CA 95616
Ph: (530) 752-8214
Staff Profile
Niki Peterson

Niki Peterson
Senior Program Manager, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Niki Peterson believes in being the change one longs to see in the world. Through her efforts as senior program manager for the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, she creates a professional yet welcoming entrepreneurial platform where innovators can come together to cultivate and develop their ideas into tangible/marketable products that benefit our global society.

Peterson holds a bachelor of science in accountancy from the California State University, Sacramento.

Gallagher Hall, Room 2106
540 Alumni Lane
Davis, CA 95616
M: (530) 400-9531
O: (530) 752-2924
Staff Profile
Marianne Skoczek

Marianne Skoczek
Associate Director, Marketing and Communications, Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

As associate director of marketing and communications, Marianne Skoczek conceptualizes, creates and produces the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s communications and marketing efforts, including the its website, print and online publications and campaigns, social media outreach and other projects.

Gallagher Hall, Room 3409
540 Alumni Lane
Davis, CA 95616
O: (530) 752-9634
Staff Profile
Aysha Dinius

Aysha Dinius
Director of Alumni Relations and Network Strategy

A two-time UC Davis alumna, Aysha Dinius joins the Graduate School of Management as the new Director of Alumni Relations and Network Strategy. Learn more about the 2016 MBA grad.

Gallagher Hall
Room 2210
Davis, CA
Ph: (530) 754-9671
Cell: (530) 219-4232
Staff Profile
Lana Watts

Lana Watts
Senior Director of Development and External Affairs

Lana Watts brings more than 10 years of fundraising and business development experience to the Graduate School of Management. Most recently, she served for more than six years with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas where she worked as a development officer responsible for corporate workplace campaigns. Watts’s role allowed her to cultivate relationships with United Way’s loyal donors and major donors while increasing their interest and involvement with organization.

Gallagher Hall
Room 2212
Davis, CA
Ph: (530) 752-8828
F: (530) 752-3744
Staff Profile
Amy Davis

Amy Davis
Social Media Specialist

Amy Davis joins the Graduate School of Management as a proud alumna of UC Davis. She brings 10+ years of experience in communications, PR and social media strategy from locally-based organizations, including regional grocer Raley’s Family of Fine Stores and Northern California-based Sutter Health, where she shaped and launched company-wide social media programs, supported media relations plans and developed internal communications efforts.

Gallagher Hall
Rm 2209
Davis, CA 95616
Staff Profile
Marianne Skoczek

Marianne Skoczek
Associate Director, Marketing and Communications, Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

As associate director of marketing and communications, Marianne Skoczek conceptualizes, creates and produces the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s communications and marketing efforts, including the its website, print and online publications and campaigns, social media outreach and other projects.

Gallagher Hall, Room 3409
540 Alumni Lane
Davis, CA 95616
O: (530) 752-9634
Staff Profile
Kevin Ulrich

Kevin Ulrich
Visual Communications Specialist

Kevin manages shooting, editing and producing a wide range of videos about our dynamic community, helping to take our content to the next level through creative multimedia storytelling.

An accomplished video writer, director and editor, Kevin join us from UC Davis Health’s Public Affairs department where he produced and wrote documentary and promotional videos, working closely with professional writers/journalists and doctors. He also worked with Nugget Markets on multiple filming projects as cinematographer, editor and brain storming ideas for promotional videos.

Gallagher Hall
Rm 2206
Davis, CA 95616
Staff Profile
Mary Xiong

Mary Xiong
Email Marketing Specialist

Mary brings over 10 years of knowledge in digital and CRM marketing. Prior to joining the Graduate School of Management, Mary spent six years at Delaware North Parks and Resorts, a global food service and hospitality management company. Her relentless dedication helped the division grow their CRM marketing programs, guest surveys, user generated content and social media contests.

Staff Profile
Julie Burgal

Julie Burgal
Academic Advisor, Minor Programs

Julie Burgal is the academic advisor for the two undergraduate minor programs hosted by the Graduate School of Management: Technology Management and Accounting. She is passionate about helping students find their niche within their major, helping them realize their career passion. She takes a holistic approach in her advising, actively listening to help students find a path toward their goals.

Gallagher Hall
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
Ph: (530) 754-6746
Staff Profile
Heather Hisserich

Heather Hisserich
Sacramento Part-Time MBA Program Manager

As part of the GSM’s Student and Academic Services team, Heather works to provide guidance to students, faculty, and staff in regards to student programming, special events, and GSM activities; as well as supporting MBA recruiting and admissions activities. Before joining the Graduate School of Management in July 2019, Heather worked within Student Affairs for the undergraduate population on the main UC Davis campus. Heather is experienced in academic programming and guidance within a higher educational setting.

Staff Profile
Eugenia Luu

Eugenia Luu
Online MBA Program Coordinator

Eugenia Luu joined the Graduate School of Management as Online MBA program coordinator as the School welcomed its first cohort of students for the first online MBA program in the University of California system.

Luu previously served as the undergraduate programs coordinator in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at UC Davis. She was responsible for managing undergraduate student services, including individualized and holistic academic advising, programs planning and development, outreach, recruitment, and retention.

Gallagher Hall
Rm 3108-G
Davis, CA 95616
Ph: (530) 752-5354
Cell: (530) 219-8395
Staff Profile
Camille Mack

Camille Mack
Admissions and Operations Analyst, MSBA

Camille Mack joined the School in May 2019. Based in San Francisco, she assists in managing the program operations to help support the Master of Science in Business Analytics program, special events and admissions outreach efforts. Mack also provides support to faculty, students, and staff by managing process, projects and systems that support the instructional and admission engagements of the School.

Staff Profile
Inger Maher

Inger Maher
Director of Student and Academic Services

Inger Maher oversees the student experience at the Graduate School of Management, from orientation to commencement. She plays a lead role in delivering varied programming to students, including international exchange programs and the GSM’s new Principled Leadership Program. Maher manages policies and procedures affecting student enrollment and academic advising, and oversees the process for student scholarship awards.

Gallagher Hall
Rm 2410
Davis, CA
Ph: (530) 754-7529
F: (530) 754-9355
Staff Profile
Alex Minnis

Alex Minnis
Associate Director, MPAc - Student Services & Career Development

Alex Minnis is the Associate Director of Student Services and Career Development for the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) program, which welcomed its charter class in 2012.

Minnis works directly with the MPAc students, providing leadership and guidance for student programs, events and activities from Orientation through Commencement. She also manages the employer relations and career development initiatives for the program, working to maintain and deepen our relationship with our corporate partners to ensure the successful placement for our MPAc students.

Gallagher Hall
Rm 1101K
Davis, CA
Ph: (530) 752-9555
Staff Profile
Jacqueline Romo

Jacqueline Romo
Assistant Director of Student and Academic Services
Program Manager, Full-Time MBA

Jacqueline Romo is responsible for driving work-flow improvements to increase operational efficiency and effectiveness. She collaborates with the associate director, academic and student services to develop  the School’s enrollment and information systems. Romo is responsible for working directly with the full-time MBA students, providing guidance for student programs, events and activities, as well as supporting MBA recruiting and admissions activities.

Gallagher Hall
Rm 2408
Davis, CA
Phone: (530) 752-3593
Fax: (530) 754-9355
Staff Profile
Lisa Sanchas

Lisa Sanchas
GSM Registrar

As the GSM Registrar, Lisa Sanchas is responsible for registration, course scheduling, enrollment management, academic progress, degree certification, record-keeping and student advising across all GSM programs. Sanchas also manages the GSM’s in-house student registration system for each program, creates the school’s academic calendar, and works with various campus units to resolve issues regarding fee assessments, student accounts, and financial aid.

UC Davis Sacramento Campus
4610 X Street
Room 2203
Sacramento, CA 95817
Ph: (530) 219-3397
Staff Profile
Damon Tull

Damon Tull
Director for Industry Alliances

Damon Tull is the director for industry alliances at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. His research interests include U.S. global competitiveness and the financial and human capital flows of our national innovation ecosystems.

Staff Profile
Catherine Jiang

Catherine Jiang
Business Development Manager, MSBA

Catherine Jiang joined the school as a Business Development Manager for the Master of Science in Business Analytics program in May 2020. She is primarily focusing on building relationships with the business community and leveraging these relationships to match student team projects. In addition, Jiang provides general support for the effective implementation of the practicum course, as well as giving career development support to students to help them actualize their career goals to reality.

Staff Profile
Mary Xiong

Mary Xiong
Email Marketing Specialist

Mary brings over 10 years of knowledge in digital and CRM marketing. Prior to joining the Graduate School of Management, Mary spent six years at Delaware North Parks and Resorts, a global food service and hospitality management company. Her relentless dedication helped the division grow their CRM marketing programs, guest surveys, user generated content and social media contests.

Staff Profile
Sergio Esquerre

Sergio Esquerre
Instructional Operations Manager, Bay Area MBA Campus

Sergio Esquerre joined the School as a student assistant in July 2012. He was promoted to instructional operations specialist in November 2017. With seven years of experience assisting the Project and Instructional Resources team, Esquerre was named as the instructional operations manager for the Bay Area MBA campus in July 2019.

UC Davis
San Ramon Campus
12647 Alcosta Blvd., Suite 190
San Ramon, CA 94583
(925) 543-8076
Department

Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship serves as the nexus for entrepreneurship education and research—and as a springboard for entrepreneurial initiatives on the UC Davis campus.

To accomplish this, the institute brings science, engineering and business students and faculty together with experienced entrepreneurs, investors and corporate leaders in an highly collaborative environment that blends effective theory with hands-on participation and solution-driven innovation.

Department

Career Development Center

The Career Development Center is dedicated to helping you in every phase of your career planning endeavors. Take advantage of our many resources and tools in order not just to find your next job, but the right job.True career management is a lifelong process. One of the best ways to ensure a long and successful career is to learn the strategies and tools of proactive career management.

Staff Profile
Daria Costello

Daria Costello
Director of Corporate Relations and IMPACT Projects

Daria works with corporations, organizations and business partners to source strategic projects and industry experts for the School’s full-time and part-time MBA students’ capstone courses.

Previously, Costello was the Associate Director of the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) program, which welcomed its charter class in 2012. She managed recruiting and admissions, program management and career services for MPAc students.

Daria has a background in counseling, education (including a teaching credential from UC Davis) communications and project management.

Gallagher Hall
Rm 1101H
Davis, CA
O: (530) 752-5834
F: (530) 754-9355
Faculty Profile

Joe DiNunzio
Executive Director, Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Assistant Adjunct Professor

Research Expertise: Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Innovation

Joe DiNunzio is a senior executive with three decades of creative, technical and business leadership creating new ventures and building successful organizations. He has extensive experience as a management consulting practice leader, a Fortune 100 senior operating executive, an entrepreneur and an educator.  

Gallagher Hall, Room 3415
540 Alumni Lane
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Office hrs: By appointment
Staff Profile
Heather Hisserich

Heather Hisserich
Sacramento Part-Time MBA Program Manager

As part of the GSM’s Student and Academic Services team, Heather works to provide guidance to students, faculty, and staff in regards to student programming, special events, and GSM activities; as well as supporting MBA recruiting and admissions activities. Before joining the Graduate School of Management in July 2019, Heather worked within Student Affairs for the undergraduate population on the main UC Davis campus. Heather is experienced in academic programming and guidance within a higher educational setting.

Staff Profile

Sumiko Hong
Special Projects Manager, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

As the special projects manager, Sumiko Hong coordinates the implementation of several new partnerships and programs. These include the Pre-College course in Innovation and Entrepreneurship with UC Davis Extension; the expansion of the Big Bang! Business Competition with the BlueTech Valley Regional Innovation Cluster funded by a California Energy Commission grant; and the creation of new entrepreneurship academies, workshops and clinics funded by Assembly Bill 2664: University of California Innovation and Entrepreneurship Expansion.

Gallagher Hall, Room 3409
540 Alumni Lane
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-0235
Staff Profile

Jenna Makus
Associate Director, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Jenna Makus oversees the operations, communications and program planning at the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Before joining the Institute, she worked with the UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s Career Services to implement their MBA Accelerator database, and served as a program manager for the School’s Executive Education. Makus earned her UC Davis MBA in 2006. During her time as an MBA student, she was involved in many activities related to the Institute, including serving as the Big Bang! Business Plan Competition marketing chair. 

Gallagher Hall, Room 3409
540 Alumni Lane
Davis, CA 95616
Ph: (530) 752-8214
Faculty Profile
Will Snyder

Will Snyder
Executive Director, Master of Professional Accountancy

Research Expertise: Financial and tax accounting

Will Snyder is the executive director of the UC Davis Master of Professional Accountancy program.

Before joining UC Davis in 2012, Snyder served as a full-time member of the Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy at San Diego State University (SDSU) for the past 24 years. Prior to that, he was an adjunct faculty at SDSU as well as a partner with Deloitte Haskins and Sells. He was also a professor at the University of Southern California, his alma mater, from 1992 to 1994.

Gallagher Hall
Room 3417
(530) 752-7403
Staff Profile
Tracey Soeth

Tracey Soeth
IMPACT Projects Analyst

The IMPACT curriculum is a 10-week project capstone course that allows UCD MBA students to gain real-world experience by working on corporate strategy projects in small teams. Tracey serves as a liaison for sponsor donors, faculty leads, and student team members to provide high-level support for the course, performing complex coordinating, planning and analysis functions.

Gallagher Hall
Rm 1101
Davis, CA 95619
Ph: (530) 752-9878
F: (530) 754-9355
Staff Profile
Michelle Leah Vasquez

Michelle Leah Vasquez
Analyst, Academic Operations and Planning

Michelle works directly with the Assistant Director of Academic Operations and Planning to develop, edit, and review the curriculum for all 35 members of our senate faculty. This process includes the management, maintenance, and update of EMS, Banner, RaPS and the Education Building Resource Scheduling system to ensure schedule quality and completeness for multiple programs across all three campuses. Michelle is also responsible for data entry, as well as quality checks for each system and campus to ensure accuracy and consistency across applications. 

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Davis, CA 95616
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Stephanie Young-Birkle

Stephanie Young-Birkle
Chief of Staff

Stephanie Young‐Birkle is the chief of staff, responsible for guiding cross-functional support of strategic priorities. She liaises with senior staff, university administrators, advisory boards and external stakeholders on the dean’s behalf. She also oversees the implementation of new initiatives and coordinates major activities and events.

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Lee A. McIntire
Executive-in-Residence, Spring 2005, Commencement 2008 Keynote Speaker

Lee A. McIntire is the president and chief operating officer for CH2M HILL, a global leader in engineering, construction, operations and related technical services for public and private clients. With $6 billion in revenue and 24,000 employees worldwide, the firm delivers innovative, practical, sustainable solutions—helping clients develop and manage infrastructure and facilities that improve efficiency, safety, and quality of life.

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Sotiris Kolokotronis
Executive-in-Residence, Spring 2006

Sotiris K. Kolokotronis is the founder and owner of SKK Developments, a Sacramento-based real estate firm that specializes in mixed-use, multi-family and land development projects.

As Executive-in-Residence in spring 2006, Kolokotronis taught a quarter-long MBA course on real estate development, drawing on two decades of experience on projects involving more than 1,500 single-family homes, 1,200 apartment units and 250,000 square feet of commercial buildings in Northern California, Colorado, Nevada and Oregon.

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Russell Read
Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence, Spring 2007

Russell Read, chief investment officer for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the nation’s largest public pension fund, has joined the UC Davis Graduate School of Management as the Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence for the spring quarter.

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Charles Steinberg
Executive-in-Residence, Spring 2002

Charles A. Steinberg was president of the Broadcast and Professional Company of Sony Electronics Inc. from 1988 to 1999. His responsibilities included marketing and development of products and systems for the broadcast and business/industrial markets in the United States.

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L. Wilton Agatstein, Jr.
Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence, Spring 2008

L. Wilton Agatstein, Jr., a senior executive with Intel Corporation who retired at the end of last year, has been named the Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence for this spring.

With nearly three decades of global experience in the competitive high-tech arena, Agatstein will tap his deep understanding and expertise in emerging markets to teach a quarter-long MBA course focused on innovation for the developing world.

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Linda Oubre
Linda Oubre Executive-in-Residence, Spring 2003

In her two decades of business experience, Linda Oubre has been involved in more than 30 new ventures. Most recently, as co-founder, director, and president-COO of BriteSmile, Inc. From 1998-2002, Oubre was responsible for the planning, launch and management of the company’s one-hour teeth whitening spas and affiliated dental offices. During her four-year tenure, BriteSmile’s annual sales grew to more than $50 million.

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Kevin M. Bacon
2012 Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence

In today’s face-paced, highly scrutinized and transparent business world, the biggest challenge facing leaders is adroitly balancing the needs of the organization and its success with the social and ethical obligations owed to different and often conflicting stakeholders.

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Joe Dobrow
Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence, Spring 2009

Joe Dobrow, a senior marketing executive and consultant who has enjoyed a diverse career in consumer retail and nonprofits, served as the UC Davis Graduate School of Management as the Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence for the spring quarter 2009.

While at UC Davis, Dobrow taught an MBA course on real-world decision making in practice that will offer a unique window into the world of executive thinking.

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Stephen G. Newberry
Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence, Spring 2014

Stephen “Steve” G. Newberry served as chairman of the board of Lam Research Corporation from 2012-2019. From 2010 to 2012, he was the company’s vice chairman; he was CEO from 2005-2012 and president from 1998-2010. He joined Lam Research in 1997 as executive vice president, a role in which he served until 1998, and COO, a role in which he served until 2005. 

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Eamonn Dolan

Eamonn Dolan
Lecturer and 2016 Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence

Eamonn Dolan served as chief investment officer and managing director of CM Capital (CMC), managing diversified portfolios emphasizing alternative investments.  He was responsible for asset allocation, strategy formulation, manager selection, process design, and leading the investment team. Currently, Dolan serves on CMC’s Investment Advisory Board.

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Jack M. Gill
2010 Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence

Jack Gill, a founder and managing partner (retired) of Vanguard Ventures in Palo Alto, has joined the UC Davis Graduate School of Management as in the Robert A. Fox Executive in Residence for the spring 2010 quarter.

Jack has more than four decades of experience working in Silicon Valley and Boston as a company founder and venture capitalist. He also has 10 years of experience teaching entrepreneurship courses in science, engineering and medicine at Harvard Medical School, MIT and Rice University.

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Jim Olson

Jim Olson
Lecturer

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.

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Carlo Pugnetti
2015 Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence

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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Robert Smelick
Ciocca Visiting Professorship in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 2014 Visiting Faculty, 2011 Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence

Managing Partner and CEO, Headland Ventures, San Francisco, Calif.

Adjunct faculty at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. Visiting lecturer at University of Washington; Harvard University; Georgetown University; the University of San Francisco; Duke University; and the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.

Served on the boards of several private and public companies, including Kaiser Steel, Willamette Industries, King Broadcasting and The Wine Group (one of the world’s largest wine companies).

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