Meet the Board of Directors
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- John W. Baird
- William E. "Bill" Barton, Sr.
- Phillip R. "Phil" Boyce
- Stephen "Steve" Caplan
- Richard Conniff
- Vincent Del Casino
- Dana C. Ditmore
- Charlie Faas
- Wanda Hendrix
- Eric Kelly
- Lisa Millora
- Constance B. Moore
- Edward A. Oates
- Stephen Perez
- Gary D. Radine
- Jeff Ricci
- Gary J. Sbona
- Marko Trapani, Jr.
- Peter V. Ueberroth
- David Weng
- Colleen B. Wilcox
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Highlands, NC.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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
Christine "Chrissy" Chang
Chrissy serves as the President of the SJSU Alumni Association Board of Directors. A 1995 graduate with a bachelor of science degree in Kinesiology, she also holds a master of science degree in Human Factors.
Raised in the Santa Clara Valley, she graduated from St. Francis High School and began her college career at UC Irvine, before transferring to San Jose State where she was a member of the women's basketball team.
After graduating from San Jose State, Chrissy began her career with the City of San Jose, where she worked until 2000. She began work as an eighth grade physical education teacher at The Harker School where she also coached after school sports and served as chair of the K-8 Physical Education Department.
Chrissy works as a Nanny, dedicated to promoting physical, social and mental/emotional well-being through dynamic education and training programs that support healthy development of children in her care.
Chrissy is an active runner, hiker and outdoor adventurer. She and her partner, Teedie Kimbrell, reside in Santa Clara.
"Charlie Faas is a strong leader with professional integrity", stated former SJSU President Mary Papazian. "His business and sports acument will help us maintain forward progression during this transition. We are grateful for his teamwork." A seasoned financial executive with over three decades of progressive, diverse, private and public sector experience, Faas most recently served as CEO of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano, a non-profit organization selected by the State Department to ensure a strong U.S. presence at the 2015 World's Fair in Milan, Italy.
As San Jose State's CFO, Faas leads the financial, administrative and business functions. This includes Administration and Finance, Facilities Development and Operations, the University Police Department, Audit, Clery, Sustainability, Gold Operations and Spartan Shops. Faas is the chair of the Board of Directors of the San Jose Sports Authority. He served as executive vice president and CFO for Sharks Sports & Entertainment and CEO of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano. In addition, he has held senior roles with numerous entities in Silicon Valley and New York, including IBM.
Wanda Hendrix is the former President of the SJSU Alumni Association and a long time supporter of the Spartan Foundation. She retired as Treasury Manager from East Bay Municipal Utility District in 2013. Hendrix resides in San Jose and is involved with many organizations in the San Jose community.
Alison is a Professor in the Radio-Television Film program at SJSU. She specializes in American film history, theory, and criticism. Professor McKee earned a B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara and went on to get a Ph.D. in film and media studies at UCLA, focusing particularly on film history, narrative, and gender issues in classical American cinema. She presents regularly at national and international conferences and is frequently invited to speak in the U.S. and abroad on her areas of expertise. She also writes and publishes romance under a pen name.
In addition to teaching in the RTVF program, Professor McKee is a faculty advisor for SJSU's award-winning college radio station: 90.5 KSJS-FM. She has also taught and mentored graduate students in Theatre Arts and served as an Associate Director of the School of Music & Dance/RTVF-Theatre Arts/Animation & Illustration (2011-2012).
Lisa serves as the Vice President for Strategy and Institutional Affairs & Chief of Staff at San José State University. Beginning June 1st, she will also serve as the Interim Vice President for University Advancement and CEO of the Tower Foundation. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, she works with other campus leaders to develop and community partners. Prior to Lisa's time at SJSU, she led visioning and strategic planning efforts at Santa Clara University. She is passionate about addressing equity and social justice issues through leadership and advocacy with campus constituents, local communities, and other external stakeholders. Lisa earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA in Education with a focus on Higher Education and Organizational Change, along with an M.A. in Higher Education Administration and a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College.
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.
Steve Perez began his appointment as Interim President of San Jose State University in January 2022 where he is proud to lead what Money Magazine ranked as the Most Transformative University in the Nation. Prior to coming to SJSU, he served as the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Sacramento State which he initially joined as an assistant professor in the Department of Economics in 2001. Steve has been characterized as "a bold leader with a long-standing commitment to improving student achievement demonstrated through his many years of service at Sacramento State." Steve earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Davis in 1994.