Dean's Leadership Circle

The Dean’s Leadership Circle (DLC) is a select group of business leaders with a commitment to The Paul Merage School of Business, its values and its continued growth. Under the vision of the Dean, the DLC plays a crucial role in elevating the school through leadership, mentorship and community impact.

The Value of Membership

Membership Levels

Participation at one of the following membership levels is tax-deductible and check or credit card payments can be scheduled according to your preference - monthly, quarterly or annually. Membership level is determined by professional experience and career stage. Corporate matching gifts apply. Click here to confirm if your company provides a corporate matching gift.

*All levels are 5-Year membership pledges

Level Amount Opportunities
Executive $5,000/year

Executive members are the most generous donors and visionaries of the DLC and set an example for all Merage School alumni. These members take a leadership role in making a tangible, wide-spread impact on the Merage School. 

Partner $1,965/year

Partners make up the base of the organization. The partner pledge of $1,965 commemorates the Merage School’s founding year.

Associate $965/year

Associate members are valuable, entry-level members of the DLC. The Associate membership is offered to new graduates of the Merage School (until December of their graduation year) as well as faculty and staff.

Associate Membership for Veterans Give as you wish

On behalf of the entire Merage School and its community members, the Dean would like to express gratitude for those who have served our country and exhibited leadership at the highest level. To the veterans who chose the Merage School for their business education – we thank you – and offer membership in our Dean’s Leadership Circle at a “give as you wish” level. We are proud of the example you set: Your dedication and commitment elevates us all.


For membership consideration, please contact Ariel Shrader at

Our Members

Executive Members

  • Pamina Barkow ’16, Owner/Administrator, Orange County Pain Management
  • Terese Blockhus, Dean’s Leadership Circle
  • Keith Boothroyd ’96, Senior Director, Edwards Lifesciences
  • Jim Considine, President, Considine & Associates
  • Adam Dashe ’08, Senior Director, Transcatheter Heart Valves, Japan, Asia, and Pacific, Edwards Lifesciences
  • Al & Susan De Grassi ’79, Senior Vice President, Plaza Bank
  • Jennifer Su Gillick ’83, Senior Business System Manager, Ambarella
  • Marc Levin, Managing Partner, Levin Capital Management
  • Lisa & Mark Locklear ’84, VP/CFO, Avenir Pharmaceuticals
  • Kristen Monson ’86, EVP (Retired), PIMCO
  • Kenneth Neeld ’07, President & CEO, Delphi Display Systems, Inc.
  • Reza Sabahi ’09, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Capital Finance
  • Eric Spangenberg, Professor, The Paul Merage School of Business
  • Larry Wilk, Professor, The Paul Merage School of Business

Partner Members

  • Kimberly Balcerzak ’09, Security & Fire Senior Leader, Duwamish Corridor, The Boeing Company
  • Andy Batcheller ’96, Senior Vice President, NAI Capital
  • Jorge Barrera '09, Estimator, JBI Interiors
  • Victoria Benoit, Executive Director of Development, The Paul Merage School of Business
  • Todd Brake ’16, Production VP, Desco Industries, Inc.
  • Michael Bushey '97, Director, Business Customer Division, Southern California Edison
  • Timothy Joseph Cannon '07, Customer Executive SVP, TEKsystems
  • Timothy Cannon ’07, Customer Executive, TEKsystems
  • Carolyn Castillo '17, Director of Supply Chain, Home Depot
  • Sothary Chhoeung ’16, Regional Sr. Clinical Data Analyst, St. Joseph Health
  • Sabrina Chi ’10, Assistant Professor, Accounting, University of Arkansas
  • Kenneth Chung ’09, VP of Business Development, Frontier Logistics Services
  • Vernon, Crawford '15, Vice President, Talent Management and Organizational Change, West Consulting Services
  • Christian Cruz ’18, Investment Research Associate, Canterbury Consulting
  • Christine, Dardant '17
  • Rodzl De Los Reyes ’16, Financial Solutions Advisor II, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
  • David Alan Friscia ’18, Orthopedic Surgeon, Director of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Desert Orthopedic Center, Eisenhower Medical Center
  • Joseph Gaggero ’12, Chief Operating Officer, SunSystem Technology
  • Rob Aaron Garcia ’16, Retail Sales Manager, Bank of America
  • Cassandra Gray ’10, Founder, DLC Past Chair, Omnia Business Services
  • Marcel Fraix ’16, Assistant Dean/Physician/Associate Professor, Western University of Health Sciences
  • Timothy Francis Guth ’84, Owner, President, Montebello Plastics, LLC
  • Sylvia Haas, Executive Director of EMBA Program, The Paul Merage School of Business
  • Alan Hsieh '95, President, Optek Group
  • Craig Ima ’97, Chief Marketing Officer, Windes
  • Craig Johnson ’95, President, Maylar LP
  • Jason Adam Johnson, VP of Sales, TransUnion
  • Leo Kaplan '15, Associate Director, Product Marketing, Broadcom
  • Jon Kaplan, Assistant Dean, The Paul Merage School of Business
  • Stacia Kato ’16, RPA Solutions Design Consultant, Toyota Financial Services
  • Robin Keller, Professor, The Paul Merage School of Business
  • Michelle Kloosterman ’19, Shopper Marketing Director, Membership Chair, Western Union
  • Ryan Kolynych ’13, Vice President, Head of Corporate Development - Private Equity, Parallax Capital Partners
  • Michelle Koontz ’03, Director, Supply Chain, Fluor Corporation
  • Mayil Krishnam ’16, Director, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Imaging, UC Irvine
  • Sandy Lee, Assistant Director, Leadership Giving, The Paul Merage School of Business
  • Karen Lomas ’16, Financial Consulting, Tax and Financial Group
  • Barbra Marangell ’08, Director, Alumni Relations, The Paul Merage School of Business
  • Richard Milo ’96, Principal, Enterprise Risk Services, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Massoomeh Mullen '16, Vice President Sales, West, COTY Inc.
  • Karen Noblett ’19, Chief Medical Officer, Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc.
  • Lance Noller ’16, Associate Director, Software Engineering, Alcon 
  • Matthew O'Connor, Associate Director of Development, The Paul Merage School of Business
  • Daniel Overson '15, Project Manager, Phoenix Motor Cars, LLC
  • Solomon Pong '16, Director of Sales Operations,
  • Timothy Prelletz, Director of Development, The Paul Merage School of Business
  • Phillip Richardson '16, Former President and CEO, Volunteer Affairs Chair, AAMG
  • Jasmine Shodja '01, Vice President, Wealth Advisor, Wells Fargo, The Private Bank
  • Burt Slusher ’03, Director, Specialty Masters Programs, The Paul Merage School of Business
  • Jonathan & Minh Sorci ’16, Founder, Lavero Laundry
  • Anne Marie Steffa ’16, Co-Founder, Operations and Marketing Director, Petite Shop
  • Suki Swaroop ’00, Transaction Manager, Bixby Land Company
  • Darren Trapp '14, Director - Engineering, Qlogic
  • Brent Theobald '15, Director of Government and Community Relations, Vanguard University
  • Edward Clark Uy ’94, Vice President, Project Management and Data Protection Officer, PADI Worldwide
  • Patty Uy '94, Business Strategy Manager, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
  • Thomas Robert Wagner ’89, Principal, The Wagner Group, LLC
  • Isabelle Zhang ’16, Nurse Director, College Medical Center
  • Jia Zhuang ’16, General Manager of Small Household Appliances, Jingdong Mall

Associate Members

  • Tabitha Adams ’19, Marketing Solutions Architect, Slalom
  • Jennifer Calderon Aldor ’17, Strategy Director, Experian
  • Nijanth Anand ’19, Dean's Leadership Circle
  • Aaron James Anderson  ’18, Trade Associate, PIMCO
  • Raj Arora ’19, Chief Product Officer/Founder, Avyukta, Inc.
  • Arroyo ’17, Managing Partner, Morgan Coast Management LLC
  • Carissa A. Bechtloff  ’18, Executive Director, Physician Development, Memorial Care Health
  • Sinuhe Y. Brito-Aguirre ’17, Assistant Director, Kaiser Permanente
  • Allan Lane Chan ’17, Project Manager II, Farmers Insurance
  • Matthew Chang ’17, Senior Project Manager, Supply Chain, Hyland's, Inc.
  • Kai Cheng ’17, Digital Strategy Manager, TRAFFIK
  • Marisol Christinson ’19, Business Systems Analyst/Project Manager, UC San Diego
  • Joel Dayrit ’19, Director of Operations, Symbol Sciences, Inc.
  • Erik Delgadillo ’19, Executive Director, Synergy4Vets
  • Shreya Kirankumar Desai ’18, Project Manager, Beacon Health Options
  • Amit Dhagat ’18, Business Development Executive, ThoughtFocus, Inc.
  • Oswaldo Diaz ’19, Chief Executive Officer, Onisko & Scholz, Certified Public Accountants, LLP
  • Johnny Fambro ’18, Product Manager, USAA
  • Joanna Leighton Faulkner ’17, Account and Strategy Team, Apex Events LLC
  • Noah Cassner Garrett ’08, Operations, Hospital Operations
  • Kunal Grover ’17, Associate Director, IT Commercial, Allergan
  • Clayton James Haynes ’17, CFO, Super League Gaming
  • Valerie Hoff ’17, Know Your Customer (KYC) Office, JP Morgan Chase
  • James Edward Hoppe ’18, Broker/Owner, Hoppe Realty
  • Jenny Yui-Ling Huang ’18, Senior Analyst, Edwards Lifesciences
  • John Jauregui ’17, VP of Remarketing/Senior Vendor Relationship Manager, JP Morgan Chase
  • Felicia Jao ’18, Operating Partner, Sunray Industries
  • Vrushali Joshi ’19, Senior IT Manager, Capital Group
  • Linda Kang ’19, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Networker LLC
  • Manish Khandelwal ’19, Lead Business/Product Analyst, Mercury Insurance
  • Gokul Kumar Kolandavel ’18, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Vusar
  • Vikram Kshemkalyani ’17, Principal Consultant, CDW Technologies
  • Thien Le ’19, Property Accountant, Bridgecreek Realty Investment Corporation
  • Max Lechner ’19, Senior Consultant, Deloitte and Touche LLP
  • Simon Loo ’17, Senior Sales Manager, GE Energy Connections
  • Michelle Lugo ’19, Founder & CEO, Rossi Armor Systems
  • Abdiel Manuel Maldonado ’17, Senior Human Resources Generalist, Physical Optics Corporation
  • Abhay Mathur ’19, Senior Sales Operations Analyst, Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc.
  • Greg McCord ’19, Director, IT and Product Security, CalAmp Wireless Networks Corporation
  • Pravat Nanda ’19, Senior Consultant - Cyber Risk and Security, Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory
  • Muhammad Zubair Nawaz ’17, Application Development Specialist, 3M
  • David R. Northup ’18, Management Advisor, Southern California Edison
  • Luana Moro Okumura ’18, Business Program Manager, MBA Leadership Rotation Program, Experian
  • Kiwan Park ’17, Technical Specialist - Laser Diffraction, North & South America, Malvern Panalytical
  • Gail L. Parkerson ’18, Director of Finance, Bode
  • Wayne Morton Rapp ’18, Vice President of Engineering and Production, TOCA Football
  • Michelle Reed ’20, Marketing Manager, Compellon
  • Arlis Reynolds ’19, City Council Member, City of Costa Mesa
  • Bijan Sadri ’08, Medical Doctor, Self-Employed
  • Reza Stephen Salari ’18, Director, Business Information Security Officer, Pacific Life
  • Andrew James Schaefer ’18, Sr. Manager, Portfolio Analytics,  Irvine Company
  • Denis Solomon ’19, Product Leader, Rohde & Schwarz USA Inc.
  • Richard John Robert Sprague ’17, Director of Distribution, Growpacker, Inc.
  • Luke Stephenson ’19, Business Operations Manager, Enterprise Automation
  • Sarah Lynn Taylor ’18, Speech Pathology Chief, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
  • Dieter Trippel ’19, Director, Adroit Business Solutions LLC
  • Israel Villanueva ’17, Medical Director, Medical ICU, Saint Francis Healthcare System
  • Jamie Viramontes ’17, Vice President, Talent, Chipotle
  • Tara Walton ’18, Account Executive, Experian
  • Yizhuo Wang ’17, Consultant, Insigniam
  • Bradley J. West ’17, Advisory Senior Consultant, Deloitte Advisory
  • Kim Winslow Westerbeck ’18, Vice President, Senior Real Estate Asset Manager, Northern Trust Wealth Management
  • Joshua Acie Yates ’18, Director of Planning and Budgeting/Assistant Controller, MBK Homes LLC
  • Kashif Zubair ’19, Chief Executive Officer, Adroit Business Solutions LLC

Bylaws and Executive Board

"Our alma mater reached new heights by forging new business relationships, constructing a new building, and growing this organization."

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

For membership consideration:

Ariel Shrader
Director of Development Operations