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Dean's Advisory Board

The Dean's Advisory Board of The Paul Merage School of Business was established to assist the Dean in the ongoing qualitative growth of the School. Specifically, the Dean's Advisory Board of The Paul Merage School of Business serves as the School's primary advisory body, providing advice and counsel for the School's academic and professional programs from the perspective of the general management profession.

The Dean's Advisory Board of The Paul Merage School of Business plays an important role in the fund raising efforts necessary to maintain the academic standing of the School, particularly as public funding sources become less predictable. The Board also provides oversight of select aspects of the School, addressing relevant issues and providing guidance to the Dean and his colleagues.




Board Members



  • Kellie Aamodt - Vice President, Sales, UPS West Region

  • Pamela Adams - CFP®, MBA '98 - Managing Director - Investments, The Adams Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

  • Richard Afable - President & CEO, Covenant Health Network
  • Mike Aghajanian - Retired President & CEO, PRTM
  • Jacqueline Akerblom - Managing Partner-West Region, Grant Thornton, LLP
  • Barry Arbuckle - President and CEO, MemorialCare Health System
  • Craig Barbarosh - Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP
  • Donald R. Beall - Chairman Emeritus, Retired Chairman & CEO, Rockwell
  • Ken Beall - Founder and Principal, Bridge Partners and Dartbrook Partners, LLC
  • John Belli - Office Managing Partner, Ernst & Young
  • Jeff Benck - President and CEO, Lantronix
  • Katie Bianchi - Chief Human Resources Officer, Advantage Sales and Marketing
  • Craig Boundy, CEO-North America, Experian Group
  • Jane Buchan - CEO and Managing Director, Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company (PAAMCO)
  • Christopher Callero - President & Chief Operating Officer, Experian Group
  • Bernie Clark - Executive Vice President-Advisor Services, Schwab Advisor Services
  • Victoria Collins - CFP, Your Legacy Project
  • Christopher Coulter - Chief Medical Officer, Precept
  • John Della Grotta - Partner, Corporate Department, Paul Hastings
  • Rick Dutta - President & CEO, Nexvisionix
  • John Evans - Retired SVP & Manager, Wells Fargo - Private Client Services
  • Ed Fuller, Chair Emeritus - President & Co-Founder, Laguna Strategic Advisors, LLC
  • Thomas Gephart - Managing Partner & Founder, Ventana 
  • Stephen Gordon - Chairman, CEO & President, Opus Bank
  • Neel Grover - Executive Operating Partner, Clearlake Capital Group
  • William Halford - President & CEO, Bixby Land Company
  • Julie Hill, Chair Emeritus - Director, WellPoint, The Lord Abbett Mutual Funds, Lend Lease
  • Greg Irmen - VP & GM, Flight Controls & Info Systems/Commercial Systems, Rockwell Collins
  • Jeanne Jackson - President, Product & Merchandising, Nike
  • Alan Kaye - EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Mattel, Inc. 
  • Rick Keller, Jr. - CEO, First Foundation Advisors
  • Darcy Kopcho - SVP & Project Manager, Capital Group International, Capital Guardian Trust Company
  • John Krafcik - President & CEO, Google Self-Driving Cars
  • Knute Kurtz - Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
  • Greg Lai - CFA®, Principal, Affinity Investment Advisors, LLC
  • Marc Levin - Managing General Partner, Levin Capital Management 
  • Robert Lucenti - Managing Partner, Deloitte 
  • Charles Martin, Chair Emeritus - Chairman, CEO & CIO, Mont Pelerin Capital 
  • Mike Mata - Independent Management Consultant
  • James Mellor - Chairman, USEC, Inc. 
  • Paul Merage, Chair Emeritus - Chairman, MIG Capital | Suncore Products
  • Kristen Monson - Retired Executive Vice President, PIMCO
  • David Murphy - President-USA, WPP/Team Detroit
  • Katherine Napier - President & CEO, Arbonne International, Natural Products Group, Inc.
  • Don Natenstedt - Regional Managing Partner-West Region, McGladrey, LLP
  • Ken Neeld - President & CEO, Delphi Display Systems, Inc.
  • Paul O'Mara - Regional VP & Commercial Banking Executive, Wells Fargo
  • Douglas Ongaro - Managing Director-Newport Beach Office, PIMCO Investments, LLC
  • Sue Parks - Founder & CEO, WalkStyles, Inc.
  • Daryl Pelc - VP, Engineering & Technology, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems
  • Jim Peterson - COB & Chief Executive Officer, Microsemi Corporation 
  • Andy Peykoff II - Founder and Chairman, Niagara Water
  • Richard Reisman - CEO & Publisher, Orange County Business Journal 
  • Alan Sellers - Chief Executive Officer, Perimetrics LLC
  • Kimberly Sentovich - SVP-Pacific Division, Walmart
  • Richard Shields - CFO, Quiksilver, Inc. 
  • Paul Short - Partner, KPMG, LLP 
  • Patricia Soldano - Chair-Western Region, GenSpring Family Offices
  • Eric Spangenberg - Dean, UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business
  • Gregory Spierkel - Retired CEO, Ingram Micro Inc.
  • Ariela Tannenbaum - Senior Vice President-Finance, Allianz Global Investors 
  • Peter Ueberroth - Managing Director, Principal, The Contrarian Group, Inc. 
  • Rob Vasquez - Vice President, Technical Services, Leidos
  • Tom Wagner - Principal, The Wagner Group, LLC
  • Jon Wampler - Retired CEO, JRW Consulting
  • Chris White - SVP, Internet of Things Go-to-Market Solutions & GM, Sports and Entertainment Group, Cisco
  • Kevin Wijayawickrama - Principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Nam K. Woo - Honorary President, Woo Song University, South Korea
  • Dean Yoost - Director, Pacific LifeCorp