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Dean's Leadership Circle

The Merage School Dean’s Leadership Circle is the premier network for business leaders in Southern California and beyond. DLC members are successful business professionals and executives — a majority of whom are our alumni — as well as UCI administration, faculty, staff and students. Our members are in various stages of their careers and come from diverse backgrounds and industries. All share a special interest in supporting business education at our world-class university while building stronger ties in the business community.

Since its inception in 2005, the DLC has raised over $4.5 million in pledges from over 600 members. Funding is directed toward a targeted project, with the most recent critical need being the completion of our new five-story building which opened May 2015. Inside this building, the DLC chose to support the most visible space – the 300-seat auditorium. Previous funding allowed us to secure world-renowned faculty, improve classroom technology and enhance the student experience. 

Membership Opportunities

Connections

  • Single Point of Contact — use our “concierge” service to make connections or take advantage of events and services available at UC Irvine.
  • Access to the Dean and Administration — receive updates on the Merage School and UC Irvine from the dean and other top administrators 

Networking

  • Networking Receptions — catered social and networking events, which often offer a behind-the-scenes look at new and interesting ventures in exciting locales across Southern California.
  • Business-Focused Events — enjoy exclusive invitations to annual business conferences and knowledge-sharing industry roundtables and lectures with preferred seating.
  • Personal Introductions — be introduced to other Merage associates – faculty, board members, benefactors – that may help you and your organization get to the next level.

 Community Recognition

  • Donor Profiles & Website Presence — the focus is on you in various Merage publications and websites with our appreciation for your support.
  • Legacy Opportunities — add a distinguished alliance to your family name through various naming opportunities that promote your family’s values.

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. More opportunity and exclusivity is gained at each level. Corporate matching gifts apply. Click here to confirm if your company provides a corporate matching gift.

Level Amount Opportunities
Visionary $25,000 - paid over 5 years 5-year membership with a front row, reserved, named legacy seat in the auditorium with exclusive invitations and recognition
Legacy Seat $10,000 - paid over 3 years 3-year membership with a reserved, named legacy seat in the auditorium front and center
Legacy Seat $7,500 - paid over 3 years 3-year membership with a reserved, named legacy seat in the auditorium middle tier
Legacy Seat $5,000 - paid over 3 years 3-year membership with a reserved, named legacy seat in the auditorium back tier
Annual $1,500 - paid over 1 year 1-year membership with access to events
Shareholder $1,500 - paid over 3 years 3-year pledge with limited access to events. A one-time offer to Merage School students. Offer expires December 31st of graduation year.

 

For more information, contact Ariel Shrader at 949.824.0039 or ashrader@uci.edu.

Our Members

Visionary Members

  • Beau ’06 & Sanam Pirghibi, Rubber-Cal
  • Harry & Melissa ’12 Beck, Big Brothers, Big Sisters OC
  • Len ’02 & Linda Ambrosini, Rosemount Analytical
  • Sara Brock Rollins ’84, CB Richard Ellis
  • John & Sandra Kompanie, Northwestern Mutual
  • Rich ’12 & Viki Baldwin, Union Gaming Analytics, LLC
  • Reza Sabahi ’09, Wells Fargo
  • William ’09 & Mireya Leveson-Gower, Woodfinn
  • John & Lori Belli, Ernst & Young, LLP
  • Jasmine S. Shodja ’01, Wells Fargo, The Private Bank
  • Darren ’10 & Annette McCall, Union Bank
  • Jennifer Su Gillick ’83, Ambarella
  • Dr. Jonathan ’16 & Minh ’16 Sorci, Apollo Med
  • Kenneth B. ’07 & Carla ’05 Neeld, Delphi Display Systems, Inc.
  • Rob & Michelle Henderson ’07, Connexus Equity Management Partners
  • Michael ’88 & Elizabeth Aghajanian, DLC Professor Andrew & Pamela Z. Policano
  • David Jones ’93, Yosemite Capital Management
  • Thomas H. ’05 & Emmy Le Antunez
  • Bill Rowland ’06 & Kathleen Ford-Rowland
  • Gregory R. Lai CFA ’88 & Cindy ’92 Lai, Affinity Investment Advisors, LLCC
  • Isabel Satra ’02, Tradewinds Global Investors
  • Mark ’84 & Lisa ’84 Locklear, CoreLogic
  • Tim Cannon ’07 & Juliette Meunier, Avanade
  • Eric ’12 & Tera Anne Smart, Viceroy Advisory Group
  • John Waldeck, CMB, CRI, ’01 & Megan Waldeck, Pacific Life Insurance Company

Legacy Seat Members

  • Gary Abraham ’94, Aspect Debt Fund LLC
  • Lisa & Laine Ainsworth, Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors
  • Carlos ’05 & Olga Amaya, Deloitte & Touche, LLP
  • Katie Bianchi ’96, Advantage Sales and Marketing
  • Kian Boloori ’12, Ingram Micro
  • Keith Boothroyd ’96, Edwards Lifesciences
  • Kathleen Boyle ’11, Verify Inc.
  • Sean Bradley ’91, Advanced Micro Devices
  • Geoffrey ’05 & Tracy Bremmer ’05, Monster Energy
  • Todd Emmett Canfield ’94, Johnson and Johnson
  • Richard Castillo, MVE & Partners, Inc.
  • Avinash Chainani, FEMBA Candidate 2015
  • Christen Chambers ’05, Fox Networks Group
  • Johnson ’05 & Juiling Chuang
  • Bradley Coburn ’13, JPMorgan Chase
  • Daniel Coffman ’92, UPS Protection Inc.
  • Jim Considine, MD, MBA, HealthClaim Solutions
  • Paige Cotcamp ’84 & Judy Quan, Air & Surface Logistics
  • Peter ’82 & Susan Cullen, Core Performance Consulting LLC
  • Al DeGrassi, ’79, Plaza Bank
  • Anthony Z.DiCostanzo ’00, BookPal, LLC
  • Sue Duris ’16, M4 Communications
  • Andrew Fan ’04, heater Designs, Inc.
  • Nina Faustino ’09, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Cassandra Jean Gray ’10
  • Professor Vijay Gurbaxani, Center for Digital Transformation, Merage School
  • Timothy & Amy Guth ’84, Montebello Plastics, LLC
  • Nina Hajjar, Stratos Wealth Partners
  • Tony Hang ’12, UniChem Enterprises
  • Dr. Michael B. Harrington ’69, The Harrington Group
  • David Hayes, UCI ’79, NeuroSigma, Inc.
  • Varant Herculian ’12, New Leaf Lending
  • Rodney Hill Family, Rodney C. Hill, Inc., Certified Public Accountant
  • Vicki (Lanza) Hines ’77, Assisted Living Locators So Orange County
  • Lucy Huang ’13, Luson, Inc.
  • Brian Humenesky ’06, Eureka Capital Partners
  • Marilyn Humes, MC-ADEPT Practice Management Consulting Group, Inc.
  • William Humes, Ingram Micro
  • Garrison Jaquess, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
  • Nick Jacobus ’12,
  • Timothy J. and Marianne Kay, Snell & Wilmer, LLP
  • Mark & Nanette Kehke ’93, DMB Associates, Inc.
  • Ben & Alice Hkau, Gold Crown Electronics, Inc.
  • Angela Kim ’08, Southern California Edison
  • Zsolt Kiraly ’08, Esterline Palomar Products
  • Maria Kniazeva ’03, University of San Diego
  • Tom Kozicki, The Paul Merage School of Business
  • Selva Kulasingam ’07, ZTNet Solutions
  • Vincent Kung ’07, Unicode Consulting
  • William Kuo, FEMBA Candidate 2015
  • Shannon Lamb, Shannon C. Lamb APC
  • Robert & Lisa Lambert, Cushman and Wakefield
  • Professor Leonard Lane, Merage School of Business
  • Maribel Larios ’09, Fiduciary Experts, LLC
  • Lindsay ’11 & Christopher Lawrence ’11
  • Gregory Lawson ’07
  • Jennifer Leuer ’04, Auction.com
  • Marc Levin, Levin Capital Management
  • Timothy Leyden ’92, Western Digital Corporation
  • George Lin ’06
  • Channing and Erin Lindsay, Bank of the West
  • Barbra Marangell ’08, The Paul Merage School of Business
  • Michael A. Massari ’07, Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc.
  • Laura Mather ’12, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Kristen McAlister ’03, Cerius Interim Executives
  • Benjamin Medvitz ’06, Fusion Professional
  • Chris Meyer ’08, Expedia CruiseShipCenters
  • Richard Milo ’96, Deloitte & Touche, LLP
  • Dr. Michael Miyamoto ’12, Mission Internal Medical Group
  • Johnny Mosham, Lett-uce Cater To You
  • Rashad ’04 & Jennifer Moumneh ’04, Argo Tea
  • Matthew Mousavi ’11, Faris Lee Investments
  • Carl Neisser, The Neisser Company
  • Jem Nguyen ’01, MeridianLink
  • Eugene Pineda Ocampo ’00, Binderone
  • Gus & Leslie Ordonez ’05, United Technologies Aerospace Systems
  • Sue Padernacht, Ncline Leadership Strategies
  • Greg Palavivatana ’11, NBC Universal Inc.
  • Denise Patrick, The Paul Merage School of Business
  • Jim Pavelko, The Paul Merage School of Business
  • Professor Mort & Mary Pincus, The Paul Merage School of Business
  • Evan Pohaski ’12, Sunstone Hotel Investors
  • Jennifer Poley ’11, Ontic, BBA Aviation
  • Mike Pressman ’08, Panasonic Avionics Corporation
  • Gregory ’03 & Nicole Queen, Brasstech, Inc.
  • Kory Razaghi ’02, Attentus, LLC
  • LD Reyer ’94
  • Robert Reza ’17, First Republic Bank
  • Steve Rhee '07, NComputing Inc.
  • Colton Riley ’13, Tieback Holdings, LLC
  • Sarah Rodriguez ’11, Corinthian Colleges
  • Dr. Bijan ’08 and Bita ’04 Sadri
  • Diane Sagey ’99, The Paul Merage School of Business
  • Salvador Jr. & Dessi Sarabosing, Ingram Micro Inc.
  • R. Clark Schenz ’75, Novell, Inc.
  • Kane Shieh ’05, PIMCO
  • Mitchell & Maureen Spann, University of California, Irvine
  • Zachary Staggs ’15, Hollencrest Capital Management
  • Daniel Hau & Theresa Suppanade Tran, Hillsides
  • Dr. Devansu Tewari ’93, Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group
  • Edward Uy, ’94, Kelley Blue Book & Patty Uy ’94, Assoc. of CriticalCare Nurses
  • Professor Kerry Vandell, Center for Real Estate, Merage School
  • Tim von Kaenel ’89 & Amy von Kaenel ’97, Simple Air
  • Thomas Wagner ’89
  • Matthew A. Weiss ’13, Taco Bell
  • Jennifer Wong ’08, Boeing
  • George Thomas Wilson ’13, Integrity International Insurance Brok
  • Darren Whissen ’02, Atomi Financial, Dao Vo Whissen ’01, On Site Fitness
  • Scott Maison & Tiffany Wilson ’07, Western Digital Corporation
  • Nathan Yee, Candidate 2016
  • Perry Yeh ’08, Alcoa Fastening Systems
  • Timothy C. Zevnik ’93, Molina Healthcare, Inc.
  • Coni Zingarelli ’08, The Paul Merage School of Business
  • Todd Zive ’07, MicroVention, Inc.

"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

More information:

Sarah Monteiro
949.824.7311
semontei@uci.edu