Meet the Board of Directors
John W. Baird
One of Silicon Valley’s premier executive leadership coaches, John W. Baird has over 20 years of experience coaching executives from companies including Apple, Nike and Twitter, and new venture founders such as Zesty, BloomThat, and Townsquared. He started ExecutivEdge of Silicon Valley almost 20 years ago, and it is one of the most respected executive coaching firms in the Bay Area. Baird started his new company, Edgeman Coaching, in 2016 to continue his work with established companies. He considers his 25 years of coaching work at Apple, from their fast growth period to the present, to be among his most significant achievements. Baird holds a PhD in Organizational Communication and Leadership from Purdue University. He spent 17 years on the faculty at San Jose State University; he was named the university’s Outstanding Professor in 1989.
William E. "Bill" Barton, Sr., '67 Business
Bill Barton retired from Granite Construction Inc. after 28 years as SVP CFO. He earned a bachelor of science from SJSU in business with a major in accounting and finance, and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He serves on a variety of private, public and non-profit Boards of Directors. Barton also serves as a member of the Lucas College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board and in 2015, he received the Lucas College Distinguished Alumni Award. He lives in Aptos with his wife, Pat.
Phillip R. “Phil” Boyce, '66 Business Administration
Phil Boyce is president of Boyce & Associates. He is on the Board of Directors of EDC Biosystems and the advisory board of Sandhill Capital. Boyce is a member of the SJSU College of Business Advisory Board. He lives in Saratoga and has a daughter, Sharon. Boyce is involved with a number of charitable entities, including the Valley Foundation, Silicon Valley Children’s Fund and the Hakone Foundation. Boyce received the Tower Award in 1997 and chaired the Heritage Gateway Campaign. In 2017, the university presented him with the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
Stephen “Steve” Caplan, '65 Industrial Management
Steve Caplan retired and sold KBM Workspace, an interior design and commercial furnishings
company in 2007. The company grew from a small, local dealership to a large company
with offices in San Jose, San Francisco, and Sacramento. He has been involved with hospital boards, The Health Trust, YMCA of Silicon Valley, KTEH /KQED, and San Jose Rotary. Currently, Caplan spends his time working with San Jose State University and Tahoe Maritime Center Museum and Gardens. Caplan is the recipient of the SJSU College of Business Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award, the YMCA John D. Crummy Award, and other honors. Caplan and his wife, Cheryl, '67, live in San Jose and South Lake Tahoe.
Dick Conniff was President/CEO of Focus Business Bank, a community-based bank opened in 2007 by Conniff and other investors. Previously he was President/COO of Heritage Commerce Corporation, a bank holding company. He is a member of the College of Business Advisory Board and former member of the Business Alumni Association as well as College of Business Distinguished Alumnus, 2003. He received his BS in Business from CSU Long Beach in 1969, and his MBA from San José State in 1987. His wife, Sandi, is one of the founders of the College of Business Alumni Association Speaker series.
Charles W. “Chuck” Davidson, '57 Civil Engineering
Chuck Davidson is president of Charles W. Davidson Company, as well as several other companies, all engaged in civil engineering and construction. He was awarded the College of Engineering Award of Distinction in 2001 and the Tower Award in 2004. An avid fan of Spartan Football, Davidson has attended nearly every game since 1952. He and his wife, Anita, '51, live in San Jose and have four children. Davidson has been a generous supporter of SJSU and, in March 2007, made the campus’ largest gift of $15 million to name the College of Engineering.
Dana C. Ditmore
After retiring from Applied Materials, Dana Ditmore became president of Oak Valley Consulting. He has held leadership roles in many companies, serving as president of Tru-Si Technologies, vice president of Lam Research, vice president of Applied Materials, and various senior positions with General Electric. Ditmore holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley, and graduated from the G.E. Advanced Engineering Training Program. Ditmore is currently active as a business consultant in Silicon Valley. He served as chairman of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers and as chairman of the Industry Advisory Council for San Jose State's College of Engineering. Ditmore is currently on the corporate Board of Directors for Structural Integrity Associates, and sits on the Boards of Directors of six not-for-profit Foundations in the Valley. Ditmore and his wife, Elaine, live in Morgan Hill.
Leslie C. “Les” Francis, '65 Social Science
Les Francis is a senior executive with Washington Media Group, one of America’s most successful public affairs and issue advocacy firms. He is the former chief of staff to Representative and U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta. He served as deputy assistant and deputy chief of staff to President Jimmy Carter. He is a former executive director of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Francis and his wife, Shari, live in Camino, CA and have three grown children.
Eric Kelly, ’80 Business Management
Eric L. Kelly is Chairman and CEO of Sphere3D, a Silicon Valley based NASDAQ company since 2014. Kelly is a strategic, global technology executive with over thirty-five years of experience in developing accelerated growth strategies, improving profitability of complex global businesses, technology and business innovation, mergers and acquisitions and cybersecurity. C-level experience with Fortune 500 companies. In addition, he has over fifteen years of board experience which includes public companies trading on the U.S. and Canada stock exchanges, private companies, universities and foundations. He earned a B.S. in Business Management from San Jose State University and an MBA from San Francisco State University.
Constance B. Moore, '77 Business
With over 40 years of experience in the real estate industry, Connie Moore served as president and CEO of BRE Properties, Inc. for 10 years before the company was acquired by Essex Property Trust. In addition to a bachelor's degree from SJSU, Moore holds an M.B.A. from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She is a member the Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics Policy Advisory Board Executive Committee, the Haas School of Business Advisory Board, and Urban Land Institute. Moore and her husband, Roger Greer, live in San Francisco.
Edward A. Oates, '68 Math
Edward Oates founded Oracle Corporation with Larry Ellison and Bob Miner. He served as Oracle’s vice president until he retired in 1994. Oates has been a strong supporter of and guest speaker in the College of Science. He is on the board of the San Francisco Zoological Society and plays guitar in a band with four friends, three of whom are SJSU alumni. Oates came out of retirement to start a new business venture in 2018, Rock Your Business LLC. Oates' mother is also a graduate of SJSU. He and his wife, Jennifer Hammer, live in Portola Valley and have three children.
Joe Pinto is Senior Vice President of Cisco's Technical Services Group. Pinto joined Cisco in 1991. Under Pinto's leadership, Cisco Services has received numerous industry honors. Pinto devotes his spare time to charitable organizations including Services for Brain Injury and Second Harvest Food Bank. He actively contributes to Cisco's Executive Sponsorship program for top tier customers, and Cisco customer and partner advisory boards. Pinto also participates in keynotes for industry events such as Walker Information and educational institutions. Pinto holds a bachelor's degree in business from Golden Gate University.
Gary D. Radine, '69 Public Relations
Gary Radine worked at Delta Dental in CEO roles for 37 years, retiring at the end of 2015. He still oversees the Mexico affiliate Dentegra Seguros Dentales and is on SJSU’s faculty teaching strategic planning since 2016. He earned a bachelor's degree in public relations in 1969. He also has a master's degree in Applied Behavioral Science from California State University-Dominguez Hills and did postgraduate study at the University of Georgia and Stanford University. He has served on the board of the Bay Area Council and in 2015 was named CEO of the Year by the American Cancer Society. He currently serves on SJSU’s Tower Foundation Board of Directors and on the university’s strategic planning committee.
Jeff Ricci, ‘86 Business Administration
Jeff Ricci is Senior Vice President and Controller at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Previously, Ricci served in various roles for BEA Systems, Alta Vista (which was purchased by Compaq), Tandem Computers and Lockheed Missiles and Space Company. Ricci holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University and an MBA from the University of San Francisco.
Gary J. Sbona, '66 Business Administration
Gary Sbona is chairman/CEO of Regent Pacific Management Corporation, an international firm that specializes in the recovery and restructuring of under-performing companies. Sbona founded the company in 1974. He and his wife, Mary, live in San Francisco. Sbona is also a member of the KTEH Board of Trustees and an active participant in other community organizations.
Marko Trapani, Jr., Jr., '87 Business Marketing
Marko Trapani has been the Managing Partner at Asero Insurance Services for the past 20 years. His clients include many of the largest construction and commercial real estate firms in Silicon Valley. Trapani was a Spartan baseball student-athlete, playing two years for legendary coach Gene Menges. Trapani and his wife, Tammy, have five children and reside in the Willow Glen area.
Peter V. Ueberroth, '59 Business Administration Management
Best known for his roles as Major League Baseball commissioner and U.S. Olympic Committee director, Peter Ueberroth is the president of Contrarian Group, an investment and financial consulting firm. He is on the board of the Cancer Research Fund and is a life trustee of USC. Ueberroth holds honorary degrees from Notre Dame, Ohio University, Holy Cross, Lafayette and USC, and was Time Magazine Man of the Year in 1984. He and his wife, Virginia, '59, live in Laguna Beach.
David Weng, '83 M.S.
Computer Science Engineering
David Weng, CEO of national-level investment firm Taiwania Capital Management sponsored by Taiwan government. Weng spent 20 years as an angel and venture investor in Silicon Valley, brought startups to successful IPOs and acquisitions. Weng focused on early-stage high technology companies. Some of his more notable successes include the Netscreen Technologies IPO and its acquisition by Juniper Networks, and Protego Networks’ acquisition by Cisco. Previously, Weng served as engineering director in the Internet Technologies Division of Cisco. Before joining Cisco, he worked for Hewlett-Packard managing software development projects. In addition to his SJSU master's degree, he earned a bachelor's degree in international trade from Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan in 1979. He lives in San Jose.
Colleen B. Wilcox
Colleen Wilcox is a special education administrator who had leadership roles in Santa Clara County, Los Angeles, Tucson and Highland Park, Ill. She holds degrees in speech and hearing sciences from University of Iowa, University of Arizona and received her PhD from University of Southern California in educational administration. She retired from professional life in 2011 and turned her attention and energy to sculpting in bronze. Wilcox has served on the boards of such organizations as the American Cancer Society, Commonwealth Club of California, Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley, Horace Mann League, American Musical Theater, American Speech, Language and Hearing Foundation, Bellarmine College Preparatory, Children’s Discovery Museum and YMCA of Silicon Valley.
San José State University Members
Allison Briceño is the faculty representative on the Tower board. Briceño is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education, where she coordinates the Bilingual Authorization Program for the Multiple Subject Teacher Credential Program & MA. Briceño teaches courses related to literacy, second language acquisition and multicultural education. Briceño received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA from Stanford University and an Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco. She was selected to be an English Learner Leadership Fellow with the California Association of Bilingual Educators.
Wanda Hendrix, '77 Sociology, '94 M.P.A.
Wanda Hendrix is the Alumni Association President. She retired as Treasury Manager from East Bay Municipal Utility District in 2013. Hendrix is the president-elect of the SJSU Alumni Association and a long time supporter of the Spartan Foundation. Hendrix resides in San Jose and is involved with many organizations in the San Jose community.
Sergio Landaverde, a fourth-year Psychology major, serves as the student representative to the Tower Board. Landaverde works as a student caller in the SJSU Call Center, where he connects with alumni and friends of SJSU and seeks donations for the campus. Landaverde has also been involved in student fundraising efforts for the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Autism Speaks and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Dr. Ravisha Mathur is SJSU’s Academic Senate Chair and the chair for the Department of Child and Adolescent Development in the Lurie College of Education. She has been a faculty member at San Jose State for 16 years and has been in leadership at the senate for the past 9 years.
David J. Neighbors, CPA, MST, ’84, ’93 Business
David J. Neighbors is on the board through his role as the 2018-19 president of the Spartan Foundation. He is a Principal, the Office Tax Leader in Charge of CliftonLarsonAllen LLP's Silicon Valley practice, and has more than 30 years of business experience specializing in corporate and individual tax compliance and planning. Prior to CLA, Neighbors served in a number of roles with KPMG and Ernst & Young.
Mary A. Papazian
Mary Papazian joined San Jose State University (SJSU) as its 30th president on July 1, 2016. A seasoned higher education leader with more than more than 30 years of teaching and administrative experience, Papazian served as president of Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) from 2012 to 2016. Prior to that, Papazian was the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the Lehman College of The City University of New York (CCNY). Born and raised in Southern California, Papazian holds a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral in English from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Peter N. Smits
Dr. Peter Smits is Interim CEO and VP of University Advancement. He is VP Emeritus at California State University, Fresno. He has over 40 years’ experience in the advancement arena for higher education, he has extensive expertise with fundraising and campaigns, alumni relations, communications and foundation management. He is currently Senior Consultant with The Phoenix Philanthropy Group. As a Senior Fellow at CASE International, Peter conducted a major research study on Campus Cultures of Philanthropy. Dr. Smits earned his bachelors and master’s degrees from the State University of New York at Albany, and the Ph.D. from the University of Buffalo. He completed post-doctoral work at Harvard University.