Biographies last updated: June 2008
Yolanda Nunn Gorman is president and chief executive officer of Brilliance Strategies, Inc. (formerly Nunn Consulting, Inc.), a full service management consulting firm dedicated to the needs of nonprofit agencies. She teaches workshops on proposal writing, evaluation, nonprofit board development, fundraising and nonprofit management. In addition, Gorman is core faculty and the director of a doctoral program in Organizational Consulting at Phillips Graduate Institute in Encino, Calif. Recipient of the Richard Riordan Award for Business Leadership, Gorman also serves as a proposal reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Gorman is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Alumni Association’s Alumni Academy and past Association president and vice president. An active volunteer with multiple community, civic and cultural organizations, she has served as chair of the board of the California Association of Nonprofits and the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California and is currently the alumni regent on the UC Board of Regents.
Alfaro is currently at Chevron Corporation in human resources strategy and planning and is responsible for workforce metrics and analytics. Recent assignments have included managing the Unocal international human resources integration, compensation analysis and a six-month human resources project assignment in Lagos, Nigeria. His previous professional experience includes regional programs director for alumni relations at the Anderson School at UCLA. He received his M.B.A at USC and currently serves on the corporate advisory board for the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. While at UCLA, Alfaro served on the Alumni Scholars Club as president and University Service director and was tours co-director for the Student Alumni Association's Parents Weekend. Since graduation, he has chaired the Ralph J. Bunche Scholarship Committee and served on the Educational Outreach and Scholarship Steering committees.
Lori Pelliccioni’s career has taken her from the courthouse to the classroom. She received her juris doctorate in 1986 and worked as a litigation associate with Katten Muchin and Zavis. She moved on to the United States Attorney’s Office where she served as an assistant United States attorney prosecuting health care fraud cases. Since leaving government service, Pelliccioni has been a partner in PricewaterhouseCooper’s Health Care Practice, the chief compliance officer and acting general counsel for DaVita, Inc. and health care consultant and interim corporate counsel for Amgen, Inc. She currently serves as the acting general counsel and chief compliance officer for Simplex Healthcare, Inc.
At UCLA, Pelliccioni studied health law, examining regulatory compliance, health care fraud and abuse. She is currently an assistant professor in the School of Public Health.
Pelliccioni is the immediate past chair and the alumni regent designate of UC California for the UCLA Alumni Association Board of Directors, a member of the School of Public Health’s alumni board and a past president of the UCLA Health Policy and Management Alumni Association. She is also a member of the Delta Omega Society.
Terman, a partner with Reish Luftman Reicher & Cohen law firm, earned his law degree from Loyola. His broad Association experience includes a previous term as general counsel, and work on the Executive, Finance Review, Bylaws, Nominations and Volunteer Recruitment, Membership and Benefits, Greek Relations, Volunteer Relations, Diversity, Alumni Awards, and multiple award nomination and scholarship committees. Other UCLA activities include Chancellor's Associates, Intrafraternity Council, Zeta Beta Tau, Westside Development Committee and governmental relations. He is active with a wide range of professional and community organizations, including the American, State of California, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles County bar associations; Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, Professionals In Human Resources Association, Children's Nature Institute, Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, Museum of Contemporary Art, Contemporaries Support Group and Los Angeles Conservancy. He was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1992.
A CPA, Takasugi is the chief financial officer of a real estate development company headquartered in Century City. He served as the 2005-06 UCLA Alumni Association vice president He also has served on the Association's Finance Review Committee, as a board director, on scholarship and award committees and as a Homecoming Parade judge. He has volunteered for Interview With a Bruin and UC Day in Sacramento. Takasugi is a member of the University Recreational Advisory Committee and has served on the board of directors of the John R. Wooden Center. Outside UCLA, he has been a club soccer coach, manager and national referee, and was involved in teaching and coaching youth sports programs.
Since 1990, Ralph Amos has gained progressive experience in alumni relations and marketing communications. He has been a leader in alumni relations nationally and internationally. He is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and has served on its Committee on Opportunity and Equity, Commission on Alumni Relations and the CASE International Board of Trustees.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Amos received his bachelor of arts in international studies from Ohio State University in 1986. He received a master of public administration from Ohio University in 2004 and is pursuing a doctorate in higher education administration at Ohio University.
Brown has served the Alumni Association in a number of roles, chairing district, regional and state committees for the Freshman Scholarship Program, district chair of the Community College Program, and president of the Bay Area Bruins. An economics major, Brown is a financial consultant who specializes in helping clients create accumulate and conserve their net worth. In addition to her service to UCLA, Brown has taught at the Jubilee Christian Center, been chapter secretary for the Society of Financial Service Professionals and served on the board of Las Brisas Homeowners Association.
Mike Fong earned his degree in psychobiology and a minor in education. Fong currently works as a field deputy for Los Angeles city councilmember Ed Reyes '82, M.A. '85.
Fong remains engaged with the UCLA community having served in the Association on seven different committees since graduation. He also served as president of the Asian Pacific Alumni of UCLA. Fong is involved with the Bruin Caucus Council and has participated in UC Day in Sacramento and UCLA Day in Local Government.
Schwartz has worked for SBC Communications Inc. since graduation and currently oversees one of the company's Southern California high-end business call centers. She also volunteers with the Hospice of Pasadena and for her national sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi. She chaired the Career Services Committee and has served on the Awards Resource Committee, two awards nominating committees and as a Homecoming Parade judge.
Steinmetz currently serves on the board of visitors for the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and the UCLA Library. In addition, he is a volunteer project manager for the UCLA Cultural Virtual Reality Lab. Steinmetz is a graduate of the Alumni Academy and has been a Bruin Woods camper since 1987. A commercial real estate investor, Steinmetz’s community leadership includes serving on the board of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, and is currently President of the Friends of St. Lawrence Literacy Center in Watts.
In 2008, Maillian was honored as a Distinguished Champion at the UCLA Academic Advancement Program’s 35th Anniversary Celebration. He received the Jackie Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award from the UCLA Black Alumni Association in 2007.
Wolfus is the founder and publisher of Estylo, a Los Angeles-based bilingual entertainment and style magazine that is nationally distributed. Before starting his own magazine, he served two terms as treasurer for the Yosemite Association. He is currently the area vice president of Chief Executive Organization, Inc., a group of former leaders of The Young Presidents’ Organization who are dedicated to enhancing personal relationships through continuing education and idea exchange.
Carney is currently a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He was nominated to the federal bench by President Bush in January 2003 and confirmed by the Senate in April 2003. As a federal judge, he handles complex civil and criminal matters, including patents, copyright, trademarks, securities, business finance, civil rights, drug conspiracies and white collar crime. Before becoming a federal judge, he was a California Superior Court judge, appointed by Governor Gray Davis in October 2001. As a state judge, Carney presided over criminal and civil jury trials involving domestic violence, assault and battery, theft, breach of contract and personal injury.
Carney graduated from UCLA cum laude, in psychology. As an undergraduate, he played varsity football and achieved Academic All-American recognition. After a one-year stint playing professional football in the USFL, he attended Harvard Law School and obtained his J.D. in 1987.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, Carney practiced business litigation with the nationally recognized law firm of O'Melveny & Myers. He became a litigation partner at O'Melveny & Myers in 1995. While at O'Melveny & Myers, he gained experience in a wide variety of business litigation areas, including real estate, partnership, lender liability, environmental, securities, intellectual property and insurance coverage.
Carney is involved in the Federal Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. He devotes significant time speaking at and participating in numerous events sponsored by those legal community organizations.
Collett is currently a principal of Citizens Home Funding, Inc., a mortgage company. He was a practicing attorney for 15 years prior to entering the mortgage business. As an undergraduate, Collett earned the Outstanding Senior Award, and while attending UCLA's Anderson School of Management, he won a silver medal in the 400-meter dash at the 1972 Munich Olympics Games. Following the completion of his studies, he continued his involvement with UCLA. He chaired the Alumni Awards Steering Committee and the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame and served on the Bunche Scholarship Committee, several Alumni Awards Nominating Committees and the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. Collett was elected into UCLA's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.
Holloway is president of Information Design Consultants. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Holloway continued her involvement at UCLA by serving on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and Marketing Committee, and with Bruin Professionals, UCLA Black Alumni Association, and Alumni Academy.
After graduating from Stanford Law School, Kolligian practiced entertainment law and became a sports agent for many prominent professional athletes, including Muhammad Ali. He is involved with the UC Merced Foundation as the vice chairman of the campus’ Finance Committee and also serves on the board of directors for Lance-Kashian, a land development company in Fresno.
Murakawa is owner of Murakawa Communications, a strategic communications and public affairs firm in Redondo Beach. Before starting her company, she worked at UCLA Governmental Relations. Maintaining close ties with UCLA after graduating, she was involved in the Bruin Caucus, Alumni Association Marketing Committee, the Alumni Awards Committee and a local scholarship selection committee. Also an active volunteer with several civic and community organizations, Murakawa is active with the American Lung Association of California, the Redondo Beach Harbor Commission and writes a column for a local community paper.
After receiving her degree in dance from the School of Arts and Architecture and her education credential from UCLA, Susan Crockett enjoyed a rewarding career as an educator. Since then, she has spent more than a decade as an independent contractor and wardrobe consultant in the fashion industry.
Crockett is an active UCLA alumni volunteer, currently sharing district chair duties for the Alumni Association’s Freshman Scholarship Program with her husband, David J.D. ’69. She is also past chair of Alumni Academy and serves on the newly established Parents Council, the Chancellor’s Associates Orange County Advisory Committee and the Bruin Woods Advisory Committee.
Crockett’s older daughter, Molly, is a 2005 UCLA graduate, and her younger daughter, Cailin, will be a UCLA graduate in 2010.
Kristen Montet Lonner studied psychology at UCLA, and enjoys a successful career in real estate, serving as vice president of land use and planning at Cerrell Associates. She is an experienced land use planner and political strategist with an extensive career in the public sector working on a variety of development projects. In addition, Lonner is past area chair for the Association’s Ralph J. Bunche Scholarship and serves on the Scholarship Steering Committee. Lonner is past president of the 900-member Los Angeles County Young Democrats and a graduate of the Los Angeles Chamber’s Leadership L.A. program.
Noah Manduke has more than 25 years of experience helping organizations optimize their branding, marketing and communications practices. After graduating from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in political science, he apprenticed directly with public relations pioneer Henry Rogers. Manduke then spent 13 years at ad agency Ogilvy & Mather and eight years at international branding firm Siegel & Gale, where he worked on global branding initiatives for organizations such as Technicolor, Lexus, Sony PlayStation, Mattel, Adobe, Microsoft and Yahoo! He was named president and chief operating officer of Siegel & Gale in 2005.
Manduke is now president of Durable Good, a branding firm that helps nonprofits and other social businesses leverage brand building disciplines to achieve performance goals. Durable Good’s clients include World Vision, Walt Disney Company, Participant Media (producer of An Inconvenient Truth), the Skoll Foundation and Half the Sky Foundation.
Manduke has been involved with numerous nonprofit organizations. He is a former national trustee for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; was recruited by Arnold Schwarzenegger to assist with the rebranding of the After-School All-Stars Foundation when Schwarzenegger was its chairman; and is an advisor to eBay co-founder Jeff Skoll regarding Skoll’s philanthropic and media ventures.
Todd Sargent is a senior manager at Hitachi Consulting, the global business and IT consulting company of Hitachi Ltd., where he leads the Southern California Organizational Transformational Strategy practice, which includes corporate strategy, change management, human capital management and organizational design solutions. After graduating from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in political science, he earned an M.B.A. in international business from George Washington University, where he served as graduate student president and director of full-time M.B.A. admissions.
Sargent is a graduate of the UCLA Alumni Academy, chair of Lambda Alumni, member of the Order of the Golden Bruin, past alumni representative for the Undergraduate Students Association Council, Alumni Scholar mentor and host for Dinners for 12 Strangers. He currently serves on the Alumni Association’s Strategic Planning and Review, Finance, and Technology committees and as a member of the Chancellor’s Circle.
Recipient of the 2007 National Volunteer of the Year for Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, Sargent is an advisor for the UCLA and CSUF chapters. He also is active in the community, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, Skid Row Housing Trust (Los Angeles), Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, StandUp for Kids and the Clinton Millennium Foundation.
Upon graduation, Van Schultz received the Outstanding Bachelor of Science Candidate Award from the UCLA Engineering Alumni Association. After completing his Master of Science degree, he began his career in the petroleum industry working for Shell Oil in Ventura, Houston and New Orleans. He is currently the senior vice president, Strategic Development and Innovation, for Aera Energy LLC in Bakersfield, Calif.
An alumnus of Triangle Fraternity, Schultz has remained involved at UCLA. He served on a variety of committees at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and was president of the Engineering Alumni Association from 2004 to 2006. Schultz graduated from the Alumni Association Alumni Academy in 2001 and has participated on a number of Association committees since, most recently the Audit Committee. He completed two years as a director and one year as chair-elect on the UCLA Alumni Association Board of Directors before becoming the chair.
Schultz shares his Bruin pride with his wife, Susan ’75, and son, Stephen ’04, while daughter, Jennifer, graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2007 with a bachelor of architecture. The Schultz family enjoys following the Bruin football and basketball teams. They are members of the Chancellor’s Associates.
Brewer has held various Association volunteer positions including board treasurer and chair of the Professional and Academic Council. She has been a member of the Anderson Board of Visitors, Development Committee and the Anderson School Dean Search Committee. She was president of the UCLA Anderson Alumni as well as president of the Executive M.B.A. Alumni Associations. She is also a member of Gold Shield. In addition to her service to UCLA, Brewer volunteers at Regina Residence, an assisted living facility for retired religious sisters, and at the Fullerton College Horticulture Department. She is a retired health care executive.
O'Brien leads the largest academic unit in the University of California system. She is an expert on modern French history and in 19th and 20th century social and cultural history. She has held fellowships from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the National Humanities Center as well as a Regent's Faculty Fellowship from the University of California. She has twice held the prestigious post of directeur d'études at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France. Prior to her UCLA appointment, O'Brien served as dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at UC Riverside, and was the director of the UC Humanities Research Institute at UC Irvine.
McCarthy currently serves as chair for The UCLA Foundation. A member of The Foundation since 1992, McCarthy has been a UCLA Foundation Investment Committee member since 1995 and served as committee chair from 2003-05.
McCarthy is currently the treasurer of the McCarthy Family Foundation. Prior to this, he held several positions with Bumble Bee Seafoods, including serving as chief operating officer after its merger with Pillsbury. Prior to his seafood industry career, McCarthy was a naval officer for nine years, primarily at sea including combat service in Vietnam.
McCarthy volunteers for the United Way of San Diego County and serves on the board of the YMCA of San Diego County. He is also a director of Summer Science Program, Inc., the nation’s oldest program of its type for gifted high school students (UCLA was one of the founding institutions in 1959). He is a director and past chair of San Diego Grantmakers, a regional philanthropic association.
McCarthy graduated with honors and a bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford University in 1964. He later earned his M.B.A. from George Washington University in 1971.
Robin Garrell is the vice provost for graduate education and dean of the graduate division at UCLA. She holds a biochemistry degree from Cornell and advanced degrees in macromolecular science and engineering from the University of Michigan. In 1991, she joined the faculty of the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She was chair of the UCLA Academic Senate in 2009 and chair faculty of the College of Letters and Science from 2003 to 2007. She is PI/director of the UCLA NSF-IGERT materials creation training program and a member of the CNSI and biomedical engineering faculty. She is also a charter member of the NIH enabling bioanalytical and imaging technologies study section.
Garrell received the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, Herbert Newby McCoy Award for Outstanding Research at UCLA, Iota Sigma Pi Agnes Fay Morgan Award, Hanson-Dow Award for Teaching Excellence at UCLA, 2003 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award and UCLA Gold Shield Faculty Prize in 2009. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an honorary fellow of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.
Rhea Turteltaub was appointed Vice Chancellor, External Affairs at UCLA in March 2008.
As vice chancellor, Turtletaub oversees a diverse, yet integrated department comprising Development, Alumni Relations, University Communications & Public Affairs, Government & Community Relations and The UCLA Foundation.
Leading a team of nearly 500, Turtletaub is actively working with campus leadership on the preparations for the University's 100th anniversary celebration which include plans for a Centennial Campaign.
Turtletaub previously served as associate vice chancellor for Development with management responsibility for one of the most successful development programs of its kind. The campus has averaged more than $400 million in annual private support during the past three years.
Campaign UCLA, completed in 2005, generated a record-setting $3.052 billion.
Turtletaub began her UCLA career in the Office of Planned and Major Gifts. During the last 28 years, she served in varying capacities in annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, research, alumni and donor relations, regional development and campaign planning.
Prior to arriving at UCLA, Turtletaub held leadership positions at Otis College of Art and Design and The University of Chicago, as well as campaign positions at the University of California, Berkeley, and Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree in political science.
Turtletaub resides in Encino, California, with her husband, Adam, and their two young sons.
Dr. Gene Block became chancellor of UCLA in August 2007. As chief executive officer, he oversees all aspects of the university’s three-part mission of education, research and service.
A biologist, Block holds UCLA faculty appointments in the David Geffen School of Medicine and the College of Letters and Science. He also leads a research lab funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Block previously served as vice president and provost of the University of Virginia. There, he headed an NIH graduate training program designed to increase the number of scientists from underrepresented groups. He also received the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Outstanding Public Service Award for his work with Virginia’s business community.
A native of Monticello, N.Y., Block holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University and a master’s and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Oregon. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The inventor of a number of devices, Block holds a patent for a non-contact respiratory monitor to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
The UCLA Alumni Association is a membership organization comprising more than 88,000 alumni and friends of UCLA and serving the larger community of nearly 400,000 living alumni. Founded in 1934, the Association has a diverse and rich history of bringing alumni together to support the university, its students and each other.
To enrich the lives of alumni and involve them in UCLA’s future