Five highly experienced new trustees were elected to Santa Clara’s Board of Trustees in June, bringing to 45 the number of members of the governing body that helps steer strategies and priorities of the 161-year-old private University. All hold undergraduate or graduate degrees from SCU.
Kristi M. Bowers ’90, MBA ’97 is sales and marketing director for King Mountain Vineyards in Woodside, and a director for The BASIC Fund, which has awarded $55 million in scholarships to more than 17,000 children throughout the past 14 years. Since 1999 Bowers has served as an advisory board member for SCU’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. She is also director of the Markkula Foundation.
Howard S. Charney MBA ’73, J.D. ’77 is an engineer, serial entrepreneur, patent law attorney, and a 35-year veteran of Silicon Valley's high-tech industry. Now a senior vice president at Cisco, he was one of the four founders of 3Com Corporation, and the founder of Grand Junction Networks, which invented Fast Ethernet and low-cost switching. In addition to Charney's SCU degrees, he received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mary Mathews-Stevens ’84 and her husband, Mark, a former partner in the venture-capital firm Sequoia Capital, have been active in education philanthropy with their support of numerous educational organizations in California. Earlier in her career, Mathews-Stevens spent 14 years in the commercial real estate industry in Silicon Valley. In a gesture to honor the late former president of Santa Clara University, in 2008 the couple donated $7 million for the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. Student Activities Center.
Jeffrey A. Miller ’73, MBA ’76 has more than 35 years of high- tech experience in semiconductors, hardware, and software companies. Prior to establishing the business-consulting firm JAMM Ventures, Miller was a venture partner with Redpoint Ventures, mentoring CEOs of portfolio companies. He spent the early years of his career at Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel, and he serves or has served on the boards of Lithium, MarkLogic, McAfee, and others. Miller was previously co-managing director of SCU’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society.
Betsy S. Rafael ’83 has held the position of vice president and corporate controller for Apple since 2007 and was appointed to the additional role of principal accounting officer in 2008. She previously worked at Cisco Systems in the roles of vice president, corporate finance; corporate controller; and principal accounting officer. Before Cisco, Rafael worked in senior finance, executive, or management positions at Aspect Communications, Escalate, Silicon Graphics, and Sun Microsystems.