Currently chief deputy for the nation’s largest federal trial court, serving seven counties and a population of 19.3 million, Schnack delivers quality, legally appropriate judicial support services; establishes and maintains relationships with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and other key agencies; and ensures office compliance with court directives, federal statutes, judiciary procedures and best practices.
Active in his community, Schnack has volunteered for the Manhattan Beach Police Department and is a committee chair for the Junior International Tournament of the Manhattan Beach Badminton Club.
Schnack’s service to UCLA began as an undergraduate floor representative in residential housing government and a Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity brother. A former president and board member of the Los Angeles South Bay Network, chair of the Chancellor’s Associates South Bay Volunteer Committee and task captain for UCLA Volunteer Day, he currently serves on the Chancellor’s Associates Executive Committee and participates in Dinners for 12 Strangers, Alumni Day and Bruin Woods, Bruin Caucus and UC Day in Sacramento.
Schnack and his wife, Lissen, reside in Manhattan Beach, Calif. They have two sons.
While at UCLA, Tagle was president of the UCLA Samahang Pilipino student advocacy group. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, he earned an M.B.A. from Yale University School of Management.
Tagle has served on numerous nonprofit boards and managed special events, fundraisers and community service projects. He was chair of the UCLA Pilipino Alumni Association (PAA) and led alumni mentorship, scholarship and career networking programs. He is a board member and past chair of FilAm ARTS, which produces the annual Los Angeles Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture, and serves on the UCLA PAA Community Advisory Board.
Since joining the Association Board of Directors, Tagle has been active on numerous committees and task forces, including Governance, Outreach and Networks, Young Alumni Engagement, Audit and Alumni Volunteer Strategy. He also has volunteered for Interview With a Bruin, Dinners for 12 Strangers and LeaderShape.
Tagle has participated in the UCLA Anderson School Riordan Fellows Program, and on the Yale M.B.A. Alumni Admissions Committee, Staples Center Foundation and ABC Unified School District Finance Advisory Committee in Cerritos, Calif.
Wallan has tried dozens of cases in state and federal courts and in binding arbitrations across numerous industries involving merger and acquisition disputes, license and distribution agreements, dealership terminations, lending practices, bond defaults, insolvencies, real estate transactions, indenture trustee obligations and insurance coverage disputes. He also helps clients avoid litigation and manage risks in the context of transactions and corporate governance matters. His clients include major banks and technology companies, as well as hedge funds and several popular chain restaurants.
At UCLA, Wallan majored in history and was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. He met his wife, Nancy ’82, in a sophomore English class. After graduating, he went on to earn his J.D. from the University of San Diego in 1986. His daughter, Julianne, graduated from Colgate University and attends Pepperdine Law School. His son, Jack, attends high school at the Buckley School and is a regular UCLA summer camper. The Wallans live in Westwood, enjoy Bruin Woods and are long-time UCLA football and basketball season ticket holders.
Ng was active as a UCLA undergraduate, participating in Student Accounting Society, Undergraduate Business Society and the Mardi Gras Committee. She is a member of Gold Shield and participates in network activities for the Westside and South Bay Bruins. She is well known for her passionate support of all things UCLA, bleeding blue and gold as a longtime football season ticket holder, enthusiastic cheerleader for basketball, donor to the Chancellors Associates and Wooden Athletic Fund, Dinner for 12 Strangers co-host, Bruin Woods camper and avid supporter of her fellow Bruins’ UCLA endeavors. She has been an active volunteer on a number of different committees, including the Alumni Association Finance, Governance, Nominations, Membership and UCLA Awards committees. She was chair of the UCLA Alumni Association Audit Committee for two terms prior to joining the Board of Directors in 2009.
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.
Chu established some of the first ATM systems and financial transaction switches in Asia. Later, he deployed some of the first Internet banking systems and modern core banking systems in Asia. When he co-founded Asia’s first and largest private IP-VPN network across Asia, his career diversified into telecom services.
Chu recently co-founded Bacāva, a start-up company that remotely monitors health data from a plethora of biosensors to provide a holistic health status of consumers or patients. The service allows interactive and real-time health management to improve the fitness of subscribers, and extends aging-in-place and outpatient medical monitoring.
In addition to his professional endeavors, Chu served as past president of the UCLA Association of Singapore, an international UCLA alumni network. He currently resides in Singapore. Chu’s daughter is a 2012 graduate of UC Santa Cruz.
Currently, Griffin is the chief information officer (CIO) for the Screen Actors Guild, where she serves on the strategic senior management team and oversees technology-related operations.
Previously, Griffin served as vice president of information technology and chief information officer at Loyola Marymount University, where she transformed IT operations from an underperforming outsourced division to an award-winning technical support team. She worked in a similar capacity at St. John’s College and at the U.S. Naval Academy. She has lived and worked in Germany, Japan and Italy, serving in both diplomatic and professional roles with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Navy overseas.
Griffin’s key areas of expertise include global IT operations; aligning IT and business; uniting diverse stakeholders around a common goal; leveraging next-generation technology; and leading turnaround initiatives to accelerate growth, resolve business challenges and improve operational performance. In 2007, she was awarded both the CIO 100 Award and the CIO Decisions Leadership Award.
In addition to her service to the Alumni Association, Griffin is active on the boards of the UCLA Anderson School IS Associates and the Society for Information Management.
Poulakidas worked on campaigns in Texas before moving to Washington, D.C., where she first served as congressional aide to her hometown representative. After this period on Capitol Hill, she joined the University of California Federal Government Relations office. During her 11 years with UC in D.C., she became active in the federal science and research advocacy community.
Currently, Poulakidas is vice president for congressional and governmental affairs for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). She works closely with the leadership of APLU’s 215 member institutions to promote public higher education positions to Congress and the executive branch.
Poulakidas continues to give back to UCLA. She is a past president and current board member of the UCLA Washington D.C. Network, and she participates in Bruin Caucus, Order of the Golden Bruins and Alumni Association events such as Dinners for 12 Strangers.
Founding partner and principal of MediaFour, Sauer is a successful personal manager, and packager and producer of motion pictures, television and live events. His management clientele, comprising actors, writers, directors and composers, are some of the biggest names in entertainment and include many winners of Academy Awards, Emmys, Golden Globes, Grammys and Kennedy Center Honors. One, Julie Andrews, was honored with The George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Achievement at Spring Sing 2009.
Sauer has always been active in the Los Angeles community, especially at UCLA. He was a board member from 1999 to 2002, chair of the Career Services, Membership & Benefits and Marketing committees, and originator in 1996 of Entertainment Night, which has enabled thousands of UCLA students to network and seek jobs in the entertainment industry. He is currently inaugural co-chair of the UCLA Bruin Woods Advisory Committee.
Sauer is the proud father of Jonathan, a senior at UCLA, and Molly, a sophomore at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He and his family are 16-year veterans of Bruin Woods and have hosted Dinners For 12 Strangers for the past 18 years. He is also a Chancellor’s Associate and loves everything UCLA. He lives in Westwood with his beagles Waldo and Wiley.
Simmons is a member of the board of directors of the UCLA Black Alumni Association and holds a seat on the board of the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the National Association of Female Executives and a founding board member of Endeavor College Prep Charter School. In 2003, BP awarded her a certificate of achievement for Contributions in Supplier Diversity.
At UCLA, Simmons is involved with the Academic Advancement Program Scholarship Council, Women & Philanthropy, Government Relations, Bruin Caucus and Bruins in Business. In 2008, DiversityPlus Magazine named her one of the Top 25 Women Impacting Diversity, and she was recently included in Who’s Who in Black Los Angeles.
Black later completed the UCLA Technical Management Program and earned an M.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University, where she was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society as well as Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honor society.
Black is currently director of GPS and Navigation Systems at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. In this role, she is responsible and accountable for the successful execution of a diverse set of programs. She has 25 years of design, technical and program management experience implementing signal processing functions on military programs. She has led teams in the design and development of application-specific integrated circuits, embedded software, software development tools, field programmable gate arrays, circuit card assemblies, subsystems units and radar systems.
In addition to her service to the UCLA Alumni Association, Black is active on the UCLA Electrical Engineering Alumni Advisory Board.
Retana’s experience includes being the associate director of public relations and marketing at Long Beach City College, and spearheading two national campaigns and a place-based health initiative. In these leadership roles, she advanced each organization by: spearheading the development and implementation of internal and external communications including social media; serving as the spokesperson for English and Spanish-language media; developing partnerships with state and local allies, policy leaders and funders; and delivering keynote speeches in urban cities and for state task forces, such as the mayor of San Antonio’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force and Healthy Futures Alliance.
Retana is a director of the UCLA Alumni Association Board and an advisory board member for the Girls Inc. Latina Initiative. She is an alumna of the HOPE Leadership Institute and Southern California Leadership, Class XIII.
During her free time, Retana enjoys practicing yoga, hiking and traveling. She has completed marathons in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C. Retana is the co-author of the travel guide book Let’s Go Mexico.
In 1994, Golds founded the law firm Criste, Pippin & Golds, and the same year he founded the real estate brokerage firm Fred Sands Desert Realty, which he sold to Coldwell Banker in 2003.
Golds was a founder of a state chartered bank. He was also a board member of a national bank, where in 2009 he received regulatory approval to serve as interim president, a position he held until 2010 when a permanent president was appointed. He is currently the owner and CEO of Capitis Real Estate, a real estate brokerage and investment company pursuing real estate opportunities in the Coachella Valley.
Golds serves on several charitable boards in the Coachella Valley, including the Desert Community Foundation. He and his family (Connie ’80; Kerry, UPenn ’09; Aaron, Georgetown ’11; and Jordan, UChicago ’13) are avid Bruin fans, who dislike anything USC and have attended Bruin Woods for more than 20 years.
Kaplan has worked with several start-up companies, initially in operations for quality assurance service providers improving technology products and preparing them for public release. He moved into sales in 1999 and currently hires, trains and manages the 18-person business development team for EdgeCast Networks. EdgeCast Networks provides content delivery network services to enable the highest performing web delivery for websites simultaneously through an infrastructure of 22 global data centers.
Kaplan previously served on the ASUCLA Board of Directors as the Alumni Association representative. In 2001, he married Madeline Biesty ’95, who was elected USAC facilities commissioner and president of Alpha Phi, and became a Coro Fellow post-graduation. Craig and Madeline have three children: J.T. ’29 (Communications), Jonny Rufus ’31 (Mechanical Engineering) and Casey Meghan ’33 (Political Science).
Lemus is a senior vice president in the Real Estate Group for Lowe Enterprises, Inc., responsible for expanding the organization’s mixed use, public-private partnerships and redevelopment in urban markets. He oversees investment opportunities through the Lowe California Community Fund and New Markets Tax Credits. Previously, he co-founded and was senior vice president of Telscape Communications, a national telecommunications firm.
In addition, Lemus is active in his community, serving on the Burbank Little League Board, Campbell Hall School Diversity Committee and the Burbank American Youth Soccer Organization.
As a UCLA undergraduate, Lemus was active in the Latino Business Association and Barrio Youth Alternative. A long-standing member of the UCLA Bruin Caucus, Lemus currently serves on the Bruin Caucus Council, the group’s steering committee. Lemus also participated in the UCLA Anderson School Riordan Fellows Program in 1994. He participates in UCLA Alumni Association programs such as Dinners for 12 Strangers and served on the UCLA Alumni Marketing Committee.
A creative leader with a strong background in innovative engineering and problem-solving, Crawford thrives in cross-discipline and diverse environments. He is a positive and optimistic leader who learns from those around him and loves finding ways to achieve things others say are impossible.
Crawford has participated in a variety of UCLA volunteer opportunities, including the Nominations Subcommittee, Awards Selection Committee and Alumni Mentor Program. He lives in Long Beach with his wife and two sons and enjoys woodworking, scuba diving, and home tech projects that make it overly complicated for his family to do simple things like turn on the TV or make a phone call.
Before joining CCF, Irvin served as president of the Riordan Foundation for seven years and as a consultant and coach for nonprofits and foundations. She has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and in consulting numerous nonprofit organizations, foundations and charitable arms of for-profit companies. She has extensive private sector marketing experience as well, for Nestlé USA and the Pepsi Cola Company.
A native of Los Angeles, Irvin serves on several boards of directors and is a trustee for the Riordan Foundation and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She received a B.A. in economics and political science from Yale University and was named one of the 100 Most Inspirational Alumni by the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where she earned an M.B.A. She is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a Marshall Memorial Fellow and a Next Generation Fellow of the American Assembly.
Currently, Lew works as a foundation administrator at the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation, providing direct support to the foundation president with respect to foundation business and related projects. She is also the regional network weaver in Southern California to a cohort of grantees for the Marguerite Casey Foundation. Additionally, she provides consulting services – including strategic planning, board and staff development and training, executive coaching, meeting and retreat facilitation, conference and event planning and logistics, proposal development and grant review, and prospect research as well as executive searches – to myriad nonprofits and foundations. Today, Lew is a director on the boards of Phillips Graduate Institute and the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, Community Development Branch.
A native of Los Angeles, Lew has a B.A. in English from UCLA and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.
McNeal is responsible for further expanding the scope of these programs across DATG to include Disney Channel and ABC Family. Additionally, he serves as a liaison between DATG and diversity-related organizations, nonprofit arts institutions, entertainment industry guilds, and colleges and universities nationwide to identify and nurture talented, emerging writers, actors and directors.
Previously, McNeal served as senior vice president of development at the Tom Lynch Company, where he led the production company’s expanse from child-centered TV entertainment to primetime television. Earlier in his career, as executive vice president of HollywoodTicket.com, McNeal was responsible for the marketing and promotion efforts of the interactive entertainment start-up. In 1994, he joined The WB, where he eventually rose to the position of vice president of drama development, and was responsible for shepherding such hit series as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson’s Creek and Felicity.
A native of California, McNeal received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from UCLA.
Jennifer Vescio is the vice president of business development at ESPN, overseeing strategy, commercial partnerships and acquisitions related to ESPN’s content business. Before assuming her current position, she was vice president of business development at CBS Interactive, responsible for news, technology and business partnership strategies. Throughout her career she has been actively involved in start-ups and large entertainment firms living at the intersection of technology and media. She has held other product and business development positions with Yahoo!, SAS Institute, Yodlee and Monster Worldwide. She is also a board advisor for Taaz, a start-up in San Diego, Calif.
Vescio is involved in the UCLA Anderson community and has served for eight years in various roles on its alumni network board of directors. She began her board role as a class president (2005-10) before serving on the executive committee as the chair of career development (2010-11). In her latest position, she assumed full leadership over the executive committee and board as president of the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network Board of Directors (2011-12). She continues to stay involved in the UCLA community through service on the UCLA Anderson annual golf tournament committee and by working on various technology-related projects for the Anderson board.
Vescio received a B.S. degree in psychology from Allegheny College in 1992 before earning her M.B.A. from UCLA.
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.
Persing’s other on-campus activities include work as an emergency medical technician for UCLA Emergency Medical Services, membership in Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity as a risk management chair, counseling for the Ahead Mentorship Program, and service on the External Relations Committee representing Future Leaders of America’s Generation. His excitement and passion for UCLA have grown during the past four years in a way he hopes will spread to his fellow students.
Originally from Rochester, Minn., Persing is the fifth of eight children, but he is the first in his family to attend UCLA. After graduation, he plans to take a few years off to volunteer abroad, after which he hopes to pursue a career in emergency medicine. Wherever he ends up, however, he will always be a Bruin to the core.
As president, Europa is eager to increase the visibility of ASC on campus and throughout UCLA’s vast alumni network. She is excited to meet this year’s incoming scholars and see them develop academic excellence, leadership skills, professionalism and a commitment to service.
This is Europa’s fourth year serving ASC in leadership positions. During this time, she has participated in Los Angeles Team Mentoring and served on the UCLA Fund’s Student Giving Committee. Currently, she works as a student assistant for Alumni Travel and as an intern supporting the UCLA Awards at the Alumni Association.
A Bay Area Bruin, Europa enjoys hiking, running, cooking and exploring Los Angeles.
Molina studies military veterans and their educational experiences, with particular emphasis on issues affecting the current generation of veterans. He seeks to expand the knowledge base on veterans in postsecondary education, specifically influences on their access, persistence, degree attainment, graduate or professional school attendance, labor market outcomes and income.
A native of Los Angeles and the first in his family to pursue higher education, Molina enlisted in the Army five days after turning 17. While in the service, he participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom during its ground campaign in March 2003 under the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 49th Quartermaster Group at Fort Lee, Va. He received numerous awards and decorations for his honorable service in the theater.
David Bocarsly’s objective as USAC president is to create a more inclusive and tolerant campus, increase the student voice in the fight for affordability and increase pride in our incredible school. Last year, he was a general representative on USAC.
Beyond student government, Bocarsly serves actively in the Jewish community as a member of Hillel’s board of directors. He also works on UCLA’s Dance Marathon Committee to fight pediatric AIDS, and he is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He spent a year in Israel prior to enrolling at UCLA.
A fourth year economics major at UCLA, Bocarsly was born into a Bruin family. His parents (Lance ’84 and Vivienne ’84) and paternal grandparents (Zivian ’47 and Sidney ’50) met at UCLA, and the rest is history. Bocarsly also has two wonderful siblings, Zachary and Hannah (an aspiring Bruin). He was born and raised in Northridge, Calif.
A regional director with Halbert Hargrove in San Diego, Klosterman is a fee only investment advisor to affluent individuals and institutions and has a diverse client base including a family office, entrepreneurs, professional athletes, radio personalities, executives and non-profits.
Klosterman serves on several non-profit investment committees and is a member of the Investment Advisory Group (IAG) for the UC Regents. He also supports the Chancellor’s Greatest Needs as a Chancellor’s Associate Cabinet donor and is a lifetime member of the Alumni Association.
In conjunction with the Association and San Diego Network, Klosterman is integral to fundraising for the Amy Rose Memorial Scholarship Fund. A donor himself, his and other key Bruins’ leadership and the generosity of numerous family members, friends and colleagues have made this one of the Association’s largest scholarships.
Klosterman received his bachelor’s degree with honors from UCLA in political science and was an Honorable Mention and second team Academic All-American football player. In 1977, he earned an M.B.A. from Stanford, where he later served on the Business School Fund Leadership Council and as president of the Alumni Association.
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.
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.