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Showing class notes submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 1980s
Howard Rudolf ’81, M.S. ’83 is working for the federal government as a safety and occupational health manager for the Presidio Trust, the agency that runs the Presidio, a former Army base turned national park in San Francisco. Additionally, he is a part-time mathematics instructor at De Anza Community College in Cupertino and plays keyboard in a rock band called the Presidiots.
Chris Meissner ’82, president and CEO of Meissner Filtration Products, is the 2018 chair of the board of directors for the Economic Development Collaborative in Ventura County, California. A Southern California native, Meissner founded Meissner Filtration Products in 1989 in Camarillo, California. He has received numerous awards, including the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Man of the Year Award and Cal State Channel Islands Business and Technology Partnership’s 2015 Community and Business Leader of the Year Award.
Lawrence Yee MBA ’83 of Ojai, California, has been reappointed to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2012. He was president and coordinating director at the national Food Commons from 2010 to 2015, a national program leader for food marketing systems innovations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2003 to 2004, and served in several positions at the University of California Cooperative Extension from 1975 to 2008, including director of the University of California Cooperative Extension, Ventura County, and director of the University of California Hansen Trust. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Yee is registered without party preference and is 69 years old.
Wayne Repich ’83 has been named vice president of development at Enovate Engineering (formerly Conti Professional). Previously, Repich worked at Dewberry, where he was responsible for client services on various projects.
McGregor Scott ’85 was nominated by the president and unanimously confirmed by the Senate to serve as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California. As the chief federal lawyer in the Eastern District, Scott will oversee an office of 90 lawyers responsible for prosecuting federal crimes and representing the federal government in civil litigation. The Eastern District covers 34 of California’s 58 counties and is headquartered in Sacramento with a branch office in Fresno. Scott previously served in this same position from 2003 to 2009. He and his wife, Jennifer, reside with their three sons in El Dorado Hills.
Nathan Pendleton ’85, MBA ’89 has opened a physical location of his company, Nox Cookie Bar. The shop opened its doors in downtown San Jose and serves cookies, ice cream, and ice cream sandwiches—and continues to offer its signature cookie delivery service (developed out of the founder's need for late-night snacks that could fuel the final hours of project completion), which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Timothy Jeffries ’85 serves as the executive chairman of ChemResearch Company and serves on several other boards of directors. Wife Mary Frances ’87 is the headmaster of Archway Classical Academy Veritas, a charter school in the Great Hearts network.
Todd M. Goolkasian '85 and the structural engineering firm Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group were published in the national Magazine of the American Society of Civil Engineers for a project they completed in Healdsburg. This project, notable for its historic preservation and sustainability, won five local, state, and national awards in 2017. His wife, Maureen (Orlando) Goolkasian '85, is Cornerstone’s chief financial officer.
Jayshree Ullal ’86 has become the first female Indian-American billionaire, according to Forbes.com. Ullal served as vice president of marketing at Crescendo Communications, which was taken over by Cisco in 1993. She rose to senior vice president of the Data Center, Switching & Security Technology Group of the company, overseeing more than 20 mergers and acquisitions and $10 billion in revenue. In 2008, Ullal stepped into the role of president and CEO of Arista Networks, a small startup that grew under her leadership into a public company with an $18 billion market cap within a decade.
Patrick Machado ’86, co-founder and former chief business and financial officer of Medivation, has been appointed to the board of directors for Endocyte, a biopharmaceutical company developing targeted therapeutics for personalized cancer treatment. Machado is a seasoned biotech executive and experienced board member with more than 20 years of experience leading finance, business development, and legal functions.