Meet the Board of Directors
John W. Baird
John W. Baird is a principal partner of ExecutivEdge of Silicon Valley. Baird has more than 20 years of coaching experience and is an emeritus senior professor in the College of Business at San José State University. Baird 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. Baird is very active in the community and has served on boards for the San Jose Rotary, YMCA, and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. Baird received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in the field of organizational communication and management.
Keith Barnes, '76 Environmental Studies
Keith 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 is a director 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.
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.
Stephen “Steve” Caplan, '65 Industrial Management
Steve Caplan retired as president of KBM Office Furniture, a company he joined while a senior in college, and 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 San Jose and Lake Tahoe. He has been involved with such organizations as The Health Trust, YMCA of Santa Clara Valley, KTEH and Rotary.
Mr. Coniff is President/CEO Focus Business Bank, a community-based bank opened in 2007 by Mr. Coniff 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.
Mr. Diridon is Executive Director of the Mineta Transportation Institute. He was the youngest member to be elected to the Saratoga City Council in 1972. He was first elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in 1974, and served as a member of the Board from 1975-1995. In 2000, Diridon was appointed to the California High Speed Rail Authority by Governor Gray Davis, and was re-appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 1976, he chaired the first successful campaign for a half-cent sales tax for a transit district in California, and has subsequently come to be known as "the father of VTA light rail."San Jose's Diridon Station was renamed in Diridon’s honor at the time of its 1994 restoration. Diridon and his wife, Dr. Gloria Duffy, live in Santa Clara.
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 Hendrix, '77 Sociology, '94 M.P.A.
Wanda Hendrix retired from East Bay Municipal Utilities District in 2013. A long-time supporter of the Spartan Foundation, Hendrix is also a member and 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 (Ret) Anthony Jackson was among the highest ranking African-Americans in the United States Marine Corps when he retired. 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.
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 made leadership gifts to establish the Donald and Sally Lucas College 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 was most recently CEO of Kovio and oversaw sale of the company to Thinfilm. He 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.
Coleetta McElroy, '97 Public Administration
Coleeta holds an undergraduate degree from CSU Long Beach and her MPA from San Jose State. She has worked at SJSU for 25 years and currently works as Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships. She has served on the board for over a decade and cares deeply for retention and recruitment related issues. Coleeta lives in Santa Clara and is in the first year of a two-year term as President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Jenny Ming, '78 Home Economics
In 2009, Jenny J. Ming was appointed President and CEO of Charlotte Russe Holding, Inc., a specialty retailer of apparel and accessories targeting young women. Ming joined Gap, Inc. in 1986, serving in various executive capacities, was a member of the executive team that launched Old Navy and later served as its President. Ming serves on the boards of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Barneys New York, the Museum of Chinese in America (New York) and is a member of the board for the Committee of 100. Ming received her Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics from San Jose State University. In 2012, the university presented her with the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
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 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 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' 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. Parisi and his wife Nicki, the CFO, co-founded the company, which now has 1,500 employees, in 1967. Parisi is active in the community with a variety of organizations.
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.
Cindy Thawley, '77 Liberal Studies
Cindy Thawley is co-founder of World Marketing Alliance, a financial services organization she and her husband, Rich, founded in 1991. They joined the Tower Board in 2014. They have three children, and the youngest is a current SJSU student on the men's golf team.
Rich Thawley, '77 Political Science
Rich Thawley is principal of Virtual Financial Group LLC, a financial services company. He and his wife Cindy joined the Tower Board in 2014. Prior to his career in the financial services field, Rich served a four-year stint as Associate Athletic Director at San Jose State. He and Cindy founded World Marketing Alliance in 1991, and later sold the company to Aegon. They have three children and the youngest is a current SJSU student on the men's golf team.
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 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 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 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
Gene Bleymaier was 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 last three seasons he was at Boise State. 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.
Dr. Andrew Hale Feinstein
Dr. Andrew Hale Feinstein is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at San José State University. Feinstein served as Deputy Provost from July 2013-January 2014. Before coming to SJSU, Feinstein was dean and James A. Collins Distinguished Chair of The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona. He also served as the first CSU Director of Hospitality Management Education and established the Hospitality Management Education Initiative, a partnership of 14 CSU campuses and a board of top industry leaders. Feinstein also served as senior advisor to the president at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and associate dean for strategic initiatives at UNLV’s Harrah Hotel College. He holds bachelors and masters degrees in hotel administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He received his doctoral degree from The Pennsylvania State University.
Michael Kaufman, Faculty Member Appointee
Michael Kaufman is a professor in the College of Science’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. Kaufman began his career at SJSU in 1997. He has served as the chair of the Academic Senate, which oversees academic policy formulation. 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.
Paul I. Lanning
Dr. Paul I. Lanning has served as vice president for University Advancement and CEO of the Tower Foundation since June 2015. Previously, Lanning was co-founder and managing partner of Ascend Partners Group, a consulting firm to California-based nonprofit organizations. Lanning earlier served as president and CEO of the Foundation for California Community Colleges and in various advancement roles at the University of the Pacific. Lanning holds a doctorate in education administration and leadership from the University of the Pacific, a master’s degree in sport management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a bachelor’s degree with honors in political science from the University of California, San Diego.
Josee Larochelle is the interim vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer for San Jose State. In her role, Larochelle is responsible for the strategic and operational direction for the administrative operations of the university, including Finance, Facilities Development and Operations, Human Resources, Information Technology Services, University Police Department and Spartan Shops, Inc. Larochelle’s career includes 24 years of public sector management experience, with the last 14 years in public higher education. Prior to her appointment as interim vice president for administration and finance/CFO, she served as San Jose State’s associate vice president for finance. Larochelle holds a bachelor’s degree from University of California at Los Angeles and a master’s in business administration from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Beta Gamma Sigma.
Susan W. Martin
Dr. Susan W. Martin joined San Jose State University as interim president August 18, 2015 after serving for the previous seven years as president of Eastern Michigan University (EMU). Martin earlier served as provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where she was involved in allocating budgetary resources, increasing enrollment and faculty support. Martin has a doctorate and an MBA in accounting from Michigan State University, and a bachelor’s degree in public speaking from Central Michigan University.
Beth Von Till
Beth Von Till has been a member of the faculty in Communications Studies since 1987 and has served as Chair of the Academic Senate at San José State. She is an expert in strategic professional communication, interviewing and facilitation. Von Till 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.