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 earned a varsity letter playing 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.
Jim Barker wrestled for the Bears in the 157 pound category, and graduated Cal in 1965 with a B.S. in Zoology. He went on to graduate from the Dental School at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 1971, and he’s been practicing dentistry ever since. Jim served as President of The Big C Society® from 2017 to 2018, and is a proud father to a family of Golden Bears.
R. Kent Brewer retired in 2012 after a 40-year family law practice in Walnut Creek, CA. Kent graduated from Cal with a major in Political Science. He was a member of the Cal Track and Field team, earning his letter in the pole vault in 1963 and 1964. As a long time supporter of Cal sports Kent has been both a liaison to the track and field program and a certified USATF official serving as a volunteer official for track and field meets held at Cal. He is a Past President of The Big C Society® and continues to serve as a member of its Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
Karl Uebel was President of the Big C Society® from 2013 to 2014, and currently sits in its Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
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.
Chris Carpenter serves as the Executive Director Emeritus of The Big C Society® . Carpenter earned his first varsity letter in 1962 and became a three-year starter on the Golden Bear basketball team. After graduation, Carpenter stayed in Berkeley to earn his JD degree at Boalt Hall School of Law. Following a short stint working in Hawaii, Chris returned to the East Bay and began a 35-year career as a prosecutor with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. For the final 10 years, he was in charge of the office's Consumer and Environmental Protection Division. Since retiring in 2007 Chris has devoted his time to The Big C Society®, and has been the Executive Director since July 2015. Previously, Carpenter was President of The Big C Society® from 2009 to 2010.
Don Bowden is a longtime Director and Executive Committee member for The Big C Society® and its Liaison to the Cross Country teams. Bowden was President of The Big C Society® from 2007 to 2008.
A 1956 Olympic Team member, Bowden was the first American ever to break the four-minute barrier in the mile (3:58.7) on June 1, 1957, in Stockton, Calif. His almost-50-year-old record time in the mile was recently broken by former Cal runner David Torrence, who set the new record at 3:58.62 at the California Collegiate Challenge on April 28, 2007, at Edwards Stadium.
A 1956 Olympian in the 1500, the 1957 NCAA Outdoor 880-yard champion, Bowden was ranked third in the world in the 800 meters by Track & Field News in 1957. He also ran the third leg (1:49.5) for Cal's quartet that set the 4x880-yard relay world record time of 7:21.0 in Los Angeles on May 24, 1957.
John Ricksen played both Basketball and Tennis for the Golden Bears, and is a member of the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame. Ricksen was President of The Big C Society® in 1978, and since then has served 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.
Kevin Kuechler graduated from Cal in 2011 with a B.S. in Environmental Economics and Policy and competed as a decathlete on the men's NCAA Track & Field team. Mr. Kuechler started his career as an accountant at KPMG and currently works in the portfolio management group for a real estate private equity firm in San Francisco. As a Board Member for The Big C Society®, Mr. Kuechler assists with young alumni outreach, event planning and other strategic initiatives.