board of DIRECTORS
Josef Ruef is an entrepreneur and executive with 20 years of experience developing and growing businesses. Currently, Mr. Ruef is Founding Partner of September Capital, an investment and consulting firm that assists early stage technology companies. Previously Mr, Ruef was Co-Founder and CEO of Verical Inc., an online marketplace for electronic components that was acquired by Arrow Electronics (NYSE:ARW). Mr. Ruef is also a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, 1993, where he earned a B.A. in English and played football for the Golden Bears. Mr. Ruef serves as President and Executive Director of the Big C Society®.
Min Ta is Treasurer of The Big C Society® and sits on its Executive Committee and is its Liaison to the Field Hockey Team. Ms. Ta graduated from Cal in 1994 with a B.S. in Business Administration from the Walter A. Haas School of Business and was honored with the Anna Espenschade Award for Athletic and Academic Achievement as a graduating senior. Ms. Ta was a four-year letter winner in Field Hockey and earned All-Nor Pac Conference and Regional All-American honors her senior year. Ms. Ta has over 20 years of experience in financial management and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation and a Master of Corporate Real Estate. Ms. Ta now works at Visa overseeing Real Estate Analytics, Corporate Events, and Global Travel.
Sarah Schwartz is a Director and the corporate Secretary of The Big C Society® and serves on its Executive Committee. Sarah is also co-Liaison to Women’s Rowing. Ms. Schwartz lettered four years in rowing from 2012 to 2016, and was a member of the 2016 NCAA National Champion 2V8+ and Team. She graduated from Cal in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Economy. After graduating from Cal, Sarah began working for ABD Financial Services, Inc. in addition to co-founding Oakland Athletic Rowing Society (OARS), a youth rowing club in Oakland on a mission to create the next generation of leaders.
Burl Toler who was a standout football player for the Golden Bears, was President of the Big C Society® from 2011 to 2012, and currently sits on its Board of Directors and Executive Committee and serves as its Liaison to Football.
Storrie Johnson was President of the Big C Society® from 2001 to 2002, and currently sits on its Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
Clif Mayne, Jr. was Treasurer for The Big C Society® through the end of 2018, and serves on its Board of Directors and Executive Committee . Mayne played Tennis for the Golden Bears.
Director and Executive Committee Member of the Big C Society®
Executive Committee Member and Liaison to the Athletic Department. Maurita Toler is currently a development officer for the Cal Athletics Fund; serving as a liaison between the fundraising arm and programs including track & field, gymnastics, and The Big C Society®. Ms. Toler works closely with coaches, donors, alumni and current student-athletes to gain support for the various programs. Ms. Toler ran for the Cal track & field team and graduated from UC Berkeley in 2011 with a B.A. in Sociology. In 2016 she earned her M.A. in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco.
Rachelle is a director of The Big C Society® and is the team Liaison to Women's Basketball. Rachelle graduated from Cal in 2011 with a B.A. in Media Studies and was an Honorable Mention for the Pac-10 All-Academic Team from 2009-2011. She also served as team captain her senior year and was a part of the school's first-ever Women's Basketball Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2009 as well as the school's first WNIT Championship in 2010. Since then, Rachelle has spent seven years in the Financial Tech clean energy space as a Software Product Manager and is now working at Pixar Animation Studios.
Lisa Daiss, née Kevorkian, is a Big C Society® director and its Liaison to women and men's soccer. Kevorkian lettered three years in women's soccer from 2006-2010, after medically redshirting as a sophomore. The Bears advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament every year during her tenure. Kevorkian won the Golden Bear Award for highest team GPA her freshman through senior years; other awards include PAC-10 Player of the Week and several All-Academic honors. Kevorkian went on to graduate school at Boston University, where she used her redshirt eligibility to play for the Terriers and earned All-America honors, fourth-team.
Jacob (“Jake”) Wilson is a Director of The Big C Society and serves as its team Liaison to Men’s Soccer.
Chuck Harrington is a Director of the Big C Society®.
Sue Woodward played tennis for the Golden Bears, and is a Director of The Big C Society.
Tyler Browne is a director of The Big C Society® where he serves as its liaison to Men's Tennis. Tyler competed for the Cal Bears from 2003-2007. During his time, Tyler was nominated for multiple Pac-10 awards and served as the team captain his senior year. Upon graduation with a degree in Sociology, Tyler was hired as the Men's Tennis Assistant Coach in 2008. He has since been elevated to Associate Head Coach in 2013 and earned Regional Assistant Coach of the Year awards in 2012, 2015, and 2017. Tyler is entering his 11th season with the Cal Bears.
David Glasgow is a director of The Big C Society® and its team Liaison to Men’s Track & Field. Mr. Glasgow graduated from Cal in 2004 with a B.A. in History and again in 2005 with an M.A. in Education. He also competed on the track and field team, serving as team captain and earning All-American honors in 2005. Since then, David has worked in both the public and private sectors, working as an aide in the U.S. Senate, an organizer on President Obama’s 2008 campaign, and a marketer at Eventbrite. David now works in career education at Stanford University.
Alysia Montaño is a director of The Big C Society® and its team Liaison to Women’s Track & Field.
Kelsey Santisteban is a director of The Big C Society® and its team Liaison to Cross Country. Ms. Santisteban lettered three years in cross country from 2011 to 2013. She was a member of the women’s team that qualified to the NCAA championships in 2011, then qualified individually in both 2012 and 2013. She was 10th at the 2013 NCAA championships earning All-American honors and the record for highest finish of any Cal runner ever. She graduated from Cal in 2016 with a B.A. in Integrative Biology.
Pippa Saunders, who graduated with Dean's Honor List recognition in 2016 with a BA in Media Studies and minor in Ethnic Studies, sits on the Board of Directors as Liaison to Women's Water Polo. Pippa currently works at Google as an Account Executive for Google Cloud. After finishing her collegiate water polo career as team captain with All-America honors, she continued playing water polo for a professional season abroad in Lille, France.
Stephanie Schnugg is a Big C Society® director and its Co-Liaison to Women’s Water Polo. Ms. Schnugg lettered four years in women's water polo from 2005-2010, while medically redshirting as a sophomore and competing on the USA Women's National Team. She served as team captain 2009 & 2010, leading her team to a 3rd Place finish in the NCAA Tournament her senior season. Ms. Schnugg received All-America & All-Academic honors 2007-2010. After her tenure at Cal, Ms. Schnugg competed professionally in Australia & Italy. Since then, she has worked in both the start up & corporate worlds with a career in Sales.
Brian Schnugg is a Director of The Big C Society and is its team Liaison to Men’s Water Polo.
Director and Liaison to Women’s Swimming & Diving.
Kyson Bunthuwong is a Director of the Big C Society® and liaison to the Men's Gymnastics. Kyson is also the chairman of the Revenue Committee. Mr. Bunthuwong graduated from Cal in 2009 with a B.A. in International Political Economy. Representing Cal's student-athletes, he was chosen as a delegate for the 2009 NCAA National Student-Athlete Leadership Conference. He earned multiple All-American and All-MPSF Academic honors throughout his tenure and served as co-captain. Mr. Bunthuwong was honored as a Nissen-Emery Award Finalist and with the Pac-10 "Living the Dream Leadership Award". Since then, he's worked in the nonprofit sector across various national and international causes, including co-founding a nonprofit social venture in Malawi. Currently, Mr. Bunthuwong is the board of various local Bay Area organizations and is an Executive Director at CCS Fundraising, a strategic consulting firm that partners with non-profit organizations on transformative fundraising campaigns.
Director and Liaison to Women’s Gymnastics. Kristen Smyth was a three-time All-American and three-time Academic All-American at Berkeley from 1989-1992. In her senior year, she led the Golden Bears to their first-ever national championship appearance finishing eighth in the country. In 2008, she became the first gymnast inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame. Kristen recently concluded a long and successful career in collegiate coaching. During her 16 years as the Head Women’s Gymnastics Coach at Stanford University her teams qualified to twelve NCAA Championships, advanced to the NCAA Super Six seven times, and won three Pac-10 team titles.
Alleah Laxamana is a director of The Big C Society® where she serves as its team Liaison to Softball. After graduating in 2017 with a B.A. in Legal Studies, Alleah interned in the Cal office of Athletics Compliance. Following her internship, she began the full-time role of Athletics Administration Coordinator and shortly thereafter took on the expanded role of Compliance Coordinator. Alleah Laxamana played Softball for the Golden Bears and earned her first varsity letter in 2013.
Director and Liaison to Rugby.
Director and Liaison to Women’s Golf.
Director and Liaison to Men’s Rowing.
Vanessa serves as Director and Co-Liaison to Women’s Rowing. She is also the Chair of the Student-Athlete and Young Alumni committee and is a member of the Executive Committee of The Big C Society.
Director and Liaison to Volleyball.
Director and Liaison to Beach Volleyball.