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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.
Gregg Thornton, who competed on the Track & Field team for the Golden Bears, was President of The Big C Society® from 2005 to 2006.
Bill Bailey is a honorary member of The Big C Society®, and served as its President from 2003 to 2004.
Storrie Johnson was President of the Big C Society® from 2001 to 2002, and currently sits on its Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
Monte Upshaw, who was a track & field standout for the Golden Bears, was President of the Big C Society® from 1999 to 2000.
FRANKLIN HASKELL ("LINN") WATSON III
Linn Watson, who swam and played water polo for the Golden Bears, was President of the Big C Society® from 1997 to 1998.
Rich Stachowski, who played football for the Golden Bears and the Denver Broncos, was President of the Big C Society® from 1995 to 1996.
PAUL ("BOOMER") ANDREW
Paul Andrew, who was a standout football and rugby player for the Golden Bears, was President of the Big C Society® from 1993 to 1994.
John Merchant, who competed for the Golden Bears on the Track & Field team, was President of the Big C Society® from 1991 to 1992.
JAMES ("JIM") WERSON
Jim Werson, who was a standout swimmer and water polo player for the Golden Bears and a member of its Athletic Hall of Fame, was President of the Big C Society® from 1989 to 1990.
Joe Griffin, who ran track for the Golden Bears, was President of the Big C Society® from 1987 to 1988.
THOMAS ("TOM") PAULSON II
Tom Paulson, who swam for the Golden Bears, was President of the Big C Society® in 1986.
Andy Wolfe, who was a standout basketball player for the Golden Bears, was President of the Big C Society® in 1985.
Willis Anderson, who rowed crew for the Golden Bears, was President of the Big C Society® in 1984.
ALLEN L. BENDER
Allen Bender, who played football for the Golden Bears, was President of the Big C Society® in 1983.
SANFORD ("SANDY") SKAGGS
Sandy Skaggs, who rowed crew for the Golden Bears, was President of the Big C Society® in 1982.
JIM ("TRUCK") CULLOM
Jim Cullom, who was a standout football player for the Golden Bears, was President of the Big C Society® in 1981.
ROBERT ("BOB") HOGEBOOM
Bob Hogeboom, who was a standout basketball player for the Golden Bears, was President of The Big C Society® in 1980.
SAMUEL BEAUDOUX (“BEAU”) BRECK
Beau Breck, who rower crew for the Golden Bears, was President of the Big C Society® in 1979.
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.
Jack Elliot, who played tennis for the Golden Bears, was President of the Big C Society® in 1977.
ROBERT STANLEY (“STAN”) MORKETTER
Stan Morketter, who both swam and played water polo for the Golden Bears, was President of the Big C Society® from 1975 to 1976.
Richard Sanford, who ran Track for the Golden Bears, was President of the Big C Society® in 1975.
Douglas Graham, who played football for the Golden Bears, was President of the Big C Society® in 1974.
Ed Donahue, who played Basketball and ran Track for the Golden Bears, was President of the Big C Society® in 1972.
CARL VAN HEUIT
Carl Van Heuit, who was a standout football player for the Golden Bears and one of Pappy’s Boys, was President of the Big C Society® in 1971.
Vic Bottari, who was a standout football player for the Golden Bears, was President of the Big C Society® in 1970.
CLIF MAYNE, JR.
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.
Dave Butler is Co-Liaison to the Cal men's basketball team and a Director at The Big C Society® . Butler played forward for the California Golden Bears basketball team of the University of California, Berkeley (Cal), twice leading them to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) after a 25-year postseason absence for the program. In his first season, he was honored as the top freshman player in the Pacific-10 Conference (renamed the Pac-12 in 2011). Butler finished his career at Cal with the school record for games started (113), fourth in Cal history in career rebounds (814), and seventh in scoring (1,291). Butler graduated with a Bachelor of Science in marketing and finance in 1986, and was a Rhodes Scholar candidate. He was inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011, and named to the Pac-12 Hall of Honor in 2014. Butler was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the fifth round of the 1987 NBA Draft, but chose to play professionally in Turkey. After two years playing basketball overseas he returned to Cal and earned an MBA at the Haas School of Business in 1990. Dave Butler serves as Co-Chief Executive Officer and Head of Global Financial Advisor Services along with holding a seat on the Board of Directors for Dimensional Fund Advisors. He joined Dimensional in 1995 and brings more than 20 years of experience working with financial advisors.
Brenden Glapion is a director of The Big C Society and co-liaison to Men’s Basketball. Mr. Glapion was a member of the men’s basketball team from 2014-2016. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2016 with a degree in Political Science. Mr. Glapion is currently in his second year of law school at UC Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall and will be graduating in 2020. He will be practicing business and corporate law in the Bay Area upon graduation.
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.
Chuck Harrington is a Director of the Big C Society®.
Ed Schumann is a commercial insurance broker with 30 years of experience is assisting growing businesses in the Bay Area. Ed is Senior Vice President and Partner of Pinnacle Brokers Insurance Solutions, a property and casualty brokerage company that works with Health Care Providers, Construction Companies, Property owners and technology firms. Ed is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, 1976, where he earned a B.A. in Psychology and played football, rugby, wrestled and boxed for the Golden Bears. Ed serves as a board member of the Big C Society, and Board member for the Sigma Chi Fraternity on the UC Berkeley campus.
Gregory Peters is a Director of the Big C Society® and played football for the Golden Bears.
Stephen Zirkelbach is a Director of the Big C Society®.
David Glasgow is a director of The Big C Society® and its team Liaison to 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CAITLIN LEVERENZ SMITH
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. 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 Golf. Drew Sanders was Captain of the 1993 Men's Golf team his senior year at Cal and was an All Pac-10 Selection. Sanders is a founding Principal at Banyan Tree Strategies, a management consultancy focused on scaling professional services businesses. Sanders is the author of 3 books and publishes a newsletter by the name of “Branches & Roots” which focuses on applying social science to business, life, and sport.
Director and Liaison to Men’s Rowing.
Sarah Schwartz is a director of The Big C Society® and its team 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.
Director and Co-Liaison to Women’s Rowing.
Director and Liaison to Volleyball.
Director and Liaison to Beach Volleyball.
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.