Meet the Board of Directors
Keith Barnes, '76 Environmental Studies
Barnes has over 35 years of experience in semiconductor, manufacturing and test companies. He has held chairman and chief executive officer positions for three public companies over 15 years, served on five public company boards, and has manufacturing expertise in China, Malaysia, Singapore, Europe and the United States. Barnes was recently named to the Board of Directors of Intermec, Inc. and Spansion. His most recent position was chairman of Verigy, a semiconductor equipment company, which focuses on IC, multi-chip modules, and subassembly test. He served as division president of Agilent Technologies semiconductor test business, which spun out to become Verigy, and held executive positions with Electroglas, Cadence and Kontron.
John W. Baird
John W. Baird is a principal partner of ExecutivEdge of Silicon Valley. John has more than 20 years of coaching experience and is an emeritus senior professor in the College of Business at San José State University. John specializes in one-on-one coaching, executive development, succession planning, strategy and team development and organizational change. He is the author of three textbooks on communication and management and has authored over 50 articles and papers on organizational communication, management and organizational development. John is very active in the community and has served on boards for the San Jose Rotary, YMCA, and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. John received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in the field of organizational communication and management.
Laurence “Larry” Boucher, '69 Industrial Management, '70 M.B.A.
Boucher founded Alacritech in 1997 and has since served as its president and CEO. He is a member of the American National Standards Institute and the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers. In addition to two degrees from SJSU, he has a master’s in electrical engineering from University of California-Berkeley. Boucher and his wife, Anna, live in Saratoga.
Phillip R. “Phil” Boyce, '66 Business Administration
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.
Stephen “Steve” Caplan, '65 Industrial Management
Caplan recently retired as president of KBM Office Furniture, a company he joined while a senior in college, and then purchased in 1984. Since that time, the company has grown from a small, local dealership to a large company that does business throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Caplan and his wife, Cheryl, live in Los Gatos and Lake Tahoe. He has been involved with such organizations as The Health Trust, YMCA of Santa Clara Valley, KTEH and Rotary.
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 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. He has 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 and his wife, Elaine, live in San Martin.
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 Washington, D.C., and have three grown children.
Wanda Ginner, '68 Business
Wanda Ginner is a semi-retired CPA/consultant. A long-time supporter of the College of Business, she works closely with the business plan competition and is a member of the SJSU Exceptional Women Executives, Distinguished Woman Alumnae, and the SJSU Heritage Society. Ginner still practices accounting on a part-time basis after merging with Burr, Pilger and Mayer in 1999, following several decades as the head of her own independent CPA firm. Ginner and her husband, Lance, live in Portola Valley.
Wanda Hendrix, '77 Sociology, '94 M.P.A.
Wanda Hendrix is treasury manager with the East Bay Municipal Utilities District. A long-time supporter of the Spartan Foundation, Hendrix is also a member and the immediate past-president of the SJSU Alumni Association Board of Directors. Hendrix lives in Milpitas and is involved with many organizations in the community.
Anthony Jackson, '71 History, '73 History
Major General Anthony Jackson is among the highest ranking African- Americans in the United States Marine Corps. He was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany, as the director of operations and logistics, U.S. Africa Command. Most recently, he served as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations West. He has over 34 years serving as a Marine and retired October 2011. Jackson holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in History from San José State University.
James “Jim” Jimenez, B.S. Business/Industrial Management, '75 M.A. Education
Jim Jimenez is co-founder of Kelley Transportation Services and Bay Cities Leasing, which he sold to GE Capital Services in 1998. He lives with his wife, Margaret, in Los Altos and Pebble Beach. They have two sons, who both attended University of Southern California. Jimenez taught high school for four years, and then worked for several companies, including IBM, prior to founding Kelley Transportation. In 2005, he and his wife hosted a Cypress Spring Quartet event at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club, where they are members.
Cynthia Lazares, '76 Accounting
Cindy Lazares co-founded Shilling & Kenyon, a regional accounting firm, in 1982. She sold the firm in 1998 to CBIZ, a national consulting company, and joined her husband in Lazares Companies, a real estate development corporation, where she oversees all financial and tax activities. Lazares is a member of the College of Business Advisory Committee, the Heritage Society and the Exceptional Women Executives. She is a past-chair of the Silicon Valley Bowl and Spartan Foundation Fund Drive. Cindy and her husband, Dave, live in Saratoga and have three sons.
Carolyn Lewis, ’70 Physical Education
Carolyn was elected to the San José State Alumni Association Board in October of 2003. After receiving her BA in Physical Education in 1970 and her Teaching Credential in 1971 from San José State, she was awarded a MS in Physical Education from Washington State University in 1972. She began her teaching career at Leigh High School in Campbell. She then moved onto a teaching and coaching position at Cal Poly Pomona for two years. Carolyn returned to SJSU in 1975 with a joint position in Women’s Physical Education and Women’s Athletics. She coached both Women’s Basketball and Women’s Field Hockey and eventually retired in November of 2003 as the Senior Associate Athletic Director.
During her professional career at SJSU, she served as the United States Field Hockey Association’s Vice President of Administration, was a coaching member of the Women’s Field Hockey National Squad, and developed the SJSU Student-Athlete Support Service Unit and initiated the Student-Advisory Council. She also served on the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Committee, the San José Sports Authority Hall-of-Fame Selection Committee, the Greater San José After-School All-Stars Board, and the Monterey High School Sports and Recreation (SPARC) Academy Advisory Board.
In retirement, she continues her volunteer service activities which include coach of the Pacific Collegiate School Girls’ Basketball team (2004-2007); volunteer docent at Seacliff State Beach (Aptos); Board member of the following organizations: the Santa Cruz Chapter of the SJSU Alumni Association, the SJSU Order of Sparta (Alumni Athletes), and the Monterey High School SPARC Academy Advisory Board. She is also the current Treasurer of the Trout Gulch Mutual Water Company.
Donald L. “Don” Lucas, '59 Marketing
Don Lucas is founder of the Lucas Dealership Group, one of the first multiple franchise automobile companies in the country. From 1964 to 2000, Lucas owned more than 40 different dealerships in San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Jose, Monterey and Hawaii. His company was ranked among the top 25 automobile corporations in the nation. He currently heads Lucas Trust Ventures, which oversees his real estate and private investment holdings. Lucas currently serves as a member of the Board of Overseers for the Hoover Institute at Stanford. Lucas and his wife, Sally (SJSU, 1957), are involved with numerous local nonprofit organizations. In 2004, the Lucases founded the Lucas Artist Residency Program at Villa Montalvo, and in 2006 made a $10 million donation to establish the Donald and Sally Lucas Graduate School of Business. The Lucases divide their time between their homes in Pebble Beach, Los Gatos and Hawaii.
Amir Mashkoori, '84 Business, '86 M.B.A.
Amir Mashkoori is CEO of Kovio. His has 30 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and an in-depth understanding of how to create new businesses and drive demand for emerging products and technologies. Mashkoori came to Kovio from Spansion, the largest company focused exclusively on Flash memory. He began his career at AMD in 1978, serving in various senior level operational roles for a period of 17 years. Mashkoori and his wife, Danette, have three sons and live in Los Gatos. He is an avid cyclist.
Jenny Ming, '78 Home Economics
Jenny Ming has a record of achievement in the retail apparel industry. She was part of the executive team that founded Old Navy in 1994, and became the President in 1999. She grew the store base to over 950 in North America, with total revenue of 6.7 billion dollars. In 2008, Jenny joined Advent International, a global private equity firm to focus on investment opportunities in the apparel retail sector. In partnership with Advent, Jenny joined Charlotte Russe as President and CEO. Charlotte Russe is a fashion retailer for young adult women with 500 stores and $800M in sales. Jenny serves as a board member for Kaiser Foundation and the Merage Foundation. She is a trustee for Museum of Chinese in America and a member of Committee of 100, a non-profit organization of accomplished Chinese Americans. Jenny graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. in clothing merchandising and a minor in marketing.
Constance B. Moore, '77 Business
With 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, Connie Moore assumed the role of BRE's president and CEO in 2005, and serves on the company's board of directors. Prior to joining BRE in 2002, she was the managing director of Security Capital Group & Affiliates. From 1993 to 2002, Moore held executive positions with Security Capital Group. In addition to an SJSU bachelor's degree, Moore holds an M.B.A. from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts' Board, the Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics Policy Board Executive Committee, the Urban Land Institute, and the California Housing Council. Moore and her husband, Roger Greer, live in San Francisco.
Edward A. Oates, '68 Math/Computer Science
Edward Oates is one of the founders of Oracle Corporation, along with Larry Ellison and Bob Miner. He served as Oracle’s vice president until 1994, when he retired. 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' mother is also a graduate of SJSU. He and his wife, Jennifer Hammer, live in Portola Valley and have three children.
Joseph Parisi, Mechanical Engineering
Joe Parisi is founder and president of Therma Corporation, a mechanical contractor specializing in the installation of HVAC and plumbing systems for clients such as Intel, Varian, Texas Instruments and Hewlett Packard. Mr. Parisi and his wife Nicki, the CFO, co- founded the company in 1967 which now has 1,500 employees. Parisi is active in the community with a variety of organizations.
Robert Pisano, '65 Public Administration
Pisano recently retired as President and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. Formerly he served as CEO of the Screen Actors Guild. He was student body president and a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. Born in San Jose in 1943, he currently resides in Pacific Palisades with his wife Carolyn. They have four children.
Polese is a leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur and innovator. She currently serves as chairman of internet consumer finance startup ClearStreet. Prior to that she served as CEO of Spike Source which pioneered the automation of open source software management. In 1996, Polese co-founded Marimba and helped lead the company to a successful IPO. Kim earned a degree in biophysics from UB Berkeley. She is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow and serves on several boards including TechNet, SVLG, UC President’s Board of Science and Innovation, UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering and the Global Security Institute.
Gary J. Sbona, '66 Business Administration
Gary Sbona is chairman/CEO/owner 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.
(Junior – BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering, College of Engineering) Although born in the beautiful country of Iran, Avesta is a citizen of both the prosperous nation of Canada and the great nation of the United States of America. Serving as SJSU’s Associated Students Director of Business Affairs (2012-2013) and its Controller (2013-2014), he strives to increase educational opportunities for all students through meaningful actions. As an award-winning member of SJSU’s Speech and Debate team, Avesta has garnered international policy-making skills, unbound empathy, and a prowess in communication. Outside of SJSU, Avesta is a founding servant of an INC 500 tech corporation. He assists 80+ employees globally while supplying clients in 218+ countries, territories, and colonies.
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.
Beth Von Till
Beth Von Till is just completing a term as Chair of the Academic Senate at San José State. She has been a member of the faculty in Communications Studies since 1987. She is an expert in strategic professional communication, interviewing and facilitation. She attended Michigan State University, and holds degrees from the University of Chicago at Urbana-Champaign and San José State. She was voted Outstanding Lecturer at San José State in 2006-2007 and has been a Salzburg Fellow since 2007.
David Weng, '83 M.S. Computer Science Engineering
David Weng is an angel investor, bringing start-up companies to successful IPOs and acquisitions. The general partner of InnoBridge Capital Management, Weng invests in early-stage high technology companies. Some of the 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 Cisco, he worked for Hewlett-Packard managing software development projects. Weng serves on the SJSU Engineering Leadership Council. 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.
San Jose State University Members
Shawn Bibb, Vice President, Administration and Finance
SJSU Vice President Shawn Bibb serves as the university's chief financial officer. Bibb joined San José State University in August of 2011. He previously worked at San José State for 19 years in various finance and administration areas, including as associate vice president for administrative systems and finance. In 2007 he joined California State University, East Bay, as CFO and vice president for administration and finance. Before coming to the CSU system, Shawn worked in the Office of the Comptroller for the Texas A&M University system, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting. As vice president, Bibb directs the financial and administrative affairs of the university. Division service groups include Facilities Development and Operations, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology Services, University Police Department, and Spartan Shops, Inc.
Gene Bleymaier, Athletic Director
Appointed SJSU’s athletics director in June 2012. As Boise State's athletics director for nearly three decades, Bleymaier is widely credited with transforming the Broncos football team into a national phenomenon, with a top-10 ranking in the past three seasons. He received the prestigious Bobby Dodd Athletic Director of the Year Award in 2011. He was one of five nominees for the Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily Athletic Director of the Year for 2010, and the only nominee from a non-automatic qualifying Bowl Championship Series school.
Rebecca Dukes, Vice President for University Advancement and CEO of the Tower Foundation
Rebecca Dukes is the vice president for University Advancement and CEO of the Tower Foundation. She has more than 30 years in the not-for-profit sector, including 18 years in healthcare and 13 in higher education. Dukes served as director of planned giving and then assistant vice president of institutional advancement at Utah State University, and vice president of development at Westminster College, Salt Lake City. As vice president of advancement and executive director of New Mexico State University, she managed an endowment of $129 million and more than 40 staff members, and oversaw the completion of the first goal of NMSU’s first comprehensive campaign. Most recently, Dukes was a financial advisor with Armstrong Prickett & Associates at Merrill Lynch in Albuquerque. She has been a frequent speaker both nationally and internationally on working with volunteer investment committees and foundation boards on nonprofit investment, governance, campaign design, marketing and fundraising.
Ellen Junn, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Ellen Junn was named Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs in January 2012. She was previously associate provost at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Junn graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. and high honors in psychology and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in cognitive and developmental psychology from Princeton University. Her research interests and publications include college teaching effectiveness, faculty development, academic technology, educational equity, diversity, and early childhood education and advocacy. She has authored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications and numerous presentations. While a faculty member at CSU Fullerton, she received several awards and was invited by President George W. Bush to the White House Summit on Early Cognitive Development in 2001.
Michael Kaufman, Faculty Member Appointee
Michael Kaufman is a professor in the College of Science’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. He also serves as the chair of the Academic Senate, which oversees academic policy formulation. Kaufman began his career at SJSU in 1997. His teaching responsibilities are in general education astronomy, as well as upper-division astronomy and physics. He has research collaborations at NASA Ames, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and other renowned organizations. Kaufman has been the P.I. for a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates program, and received the Physics Club Outstanding Professor Award in 2006-07. Prior to joining SJSU, he was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA. He received his bachelor's degree in physics, magna cum laude, from Middlebury College, and his master's in physics and doctorate in astrophysics from The Johns Hopkins University. Kaufman and his wife, Melissa, live in Santa Clara with their two daughters.
Mohammad Qayoumi, President
Mohammad H. Qayoumi assumed the presidency of SJSU on July 1, 2011. He came to SJSU from Cal State East Bay, where he served as president. Qayoumi has more than 30 years of experience in the service of higher education and industry. Previously, Qayoumi served as associate vice president for administration at San Jose State; director of utilities and engineering services, director of technical services, and staff engineer at University of Cincinnati, Ohio. Qayoumi also served as an engineer on a variety of projects in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. He earned a bachelor's in electrical engineering from American University of Beirut. He holds four degrees from the University of Cincinnati: a master's in nuclear engineering, a master's in electrical and computer engineering, an M.B.A., and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer and a certified management accountant.