Biographies last updated: June 2006
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.
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.
Bechtel is a senior portfolio manager at Wells Fargo in Santa Barbara. He began volunteering at UCLA as an undergraduate, serving as an intern for the Campus Events Commission, director of the Administrative Internship Program and ultimately as administrative vice president of Undergraduate Students Association Council. As an alumnus, he has volunteered extensively within UCLA and the greater Los Angeles community. He has served as chair of the Professional and Academic Council, member of the Scholarship Committee, and president of the Anderson Alumni Association. In the community, he currently serves on the boards of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, We Can (a pediatric brain tumor support network), and Global Neuro Rescue (supporting international brain injured children, including the famous Guatemalan twins).
Manby holds an M.B.A. from Yale and works as an internal management consultant identifying new market and technology opportunities for Visa USA. Manby’s service to UCLA began as a student, serving the Student Alumni Association as Senior Class Cabinet Gift director, Spring Sing executive director, National Convention director and on the Homecoming executive committee. She also was active with Mardi Gras, Bruin Belles and the USAC Elections Committee. As an alumna, Manby has been a member of Awards for Excellence and the Membership and Benefits committees and and volunteered for many Association projects, including Career Network, Dinners for 12 Strangers, New Student Welcome Calling and student recruitment receptions.
Manning first served the Association board as chair of the Regional Council. She has served on the board of the Rose Bowl Bruins since 1994. She first volunteered for UCLA through the Student Alumni Association, where she held board positions on the National Convention and Spring Sing committees. Since 1996, Manning has worked with the UCLA School Management Program, where she is the director of events and marketing. In 2004, Manning completed the University’s prestigious Professional Development Program. Manning has served on a number Association committees, including Government Relations Alumni Advocacy, Educational Outreach, Alumni Awards for Excellence, Ralph Bunche Scholarship Award, and Nominations and Volunteer Recruitment. She is active in Bruin Caucus and other University advocacy efforts.
Roper earned her M.A. from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and works as a counselor at Santa Monica College and El Camino College. A graduate of the Alumni Academy, she has served on the Association’s Educational Outreach, Bunche Scholarship and Community Service committees and sits on the board of the UCLA Black Alumni Association. She began her involvement with the Association board as the Diversity/Outreach Council chair. As a student, she was involved in many activities, including Special Olympics, Student Educational Exposure Project, Community Service Commission and African Graduation Committee. She is active at Faithful Central Bible Church.
Before coming to UCLA, Grant earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale and a medical degree from Columbia. She is former chair of the Health Care Collaborative at UCLA and the Health Care Management Student Association at the Anderson School of Management. She also served on the Anderson School’s Alumni Board of Directors.
Lo holds a law degree from Harvard and currently is an attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, specializing in intellectual property and antitrust litigation. He has served on the board of the UCLA Club of Boston and currently sits on the board of the UCLA Asian Pacific Alumni Association as well as the Project by Project Steering Committee.
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.
Mosqueda is currently a second year graduate student in higher education, with a focus on researching the educational opportunities for Chicano and Latino students. As a UCLA undergraduate, Mosqueda served as an undergraduate representative for the General Education Governance Committee and as general representative in the Undergraduate Students Association Council. She also held leadership roles in MEChA de UCLA and the Affirmative Action Coalition. Mosqueda recently has been active with the Community Activities Committee and the Alumni Association Scholarship Committee.
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.