Dean's Council

Mission

The Dean’s Council assists and advises the leadership of the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences (PBSci) at the University of California, Santa Cruz, as it strives to increase its fundraising, enhance its research relationships and reputation, and develop internships and career opportunities for students and graduates. Council members promote a positive image and good relations for PBSci, serving as ambassadors of PBSci with alumni and with business, nonprofit, government, and community organizations identified by the council as potential supporters of PBSci and its objectives.

    Rachael Spencer, Council Chair

  • Rachael Spencer

    A UC Santa Cruz alumna with BAs in Biology and Environmental Studies, Rachael spent the bulk of her career in the mortgage industry, owning and operating Santa Cruz Mortgage. She has served as an elected Cabrillo College trustee since 2003. She is a former member of Friends of Long Marine Lab Board 2006-14, donor to PBSci, co-founder (with Peggy Downes-Baskin in 1997) of the Women’s Educational Success program at Cabrillo College, a board trustee for the Davenport/North Coast Association, and a member of the Tannery Arts Center’s Performing Arts Center Honorary Committee.

    Joined September 2016


  • Richard Bader

  • Richard Bader

    Richard F. Bader is an innovator responsible for starting several successful technology companies in Silicon Valley. These include Compression Labs (compression technology for video conferencing), Raytel (compressing radiology images for transmission over phone lines), a company that developed devices for in-home blood testing to monitor medication levels, and another that developed seat electronic systems for the 747 and L1011 aircraft. He has served on the advisory boards of the electrical engineering school at Rutgers/NJIT University and the Silicon Valley Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Bader obtained his BSEE from Rutgers/NJIT, his MBA from Santa Clara University, and has taken advanced physics courses at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Stanford. He has a strong interest in astronomy and physics.

    Joined March 2014


  • Peter Cartwright

  • Peter Cartwright

    Pete was a pioneer in the development of the independent power industry with an emphasis on environmentally clean power. He left General Electric’s Nuclear Energy Division after 19 years, served as Vice President of an engineering firm, and in 1984 founded Calpine Corporation, an independent power company. As Calpine’s president, CEO, and board chairman, he developed, built, owned, and operated gas-fired and geothermal power plants. The company grew to become one of the largest independent power companies in the United States with a portfolio of 12,000 megawatts of power plants in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and the U.K.

    Pete has served on the boards of Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, Catalytica, Calpine Corporation, California Chamber of Commerce, Symphony Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz Symphony, and Sierra Club Foundation.

    He received a BS in geologic engineering from Princeton University in 1952 and a MS in civil engineering from Columbia University in 1954, and he served in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps.

    Joined July 2016


  • Peter Coha

  • Peter Coha

    Peter is a UC Santa Cruz alumnus (1978 Mathematics, Kresge College). Peter retired from Intel Corporation in 2013 after a 35-year career where he had worked primarily in automation and rose to principal engineer. He began working for Intel when there was a site located in Santa Cruz and later worked for the company in Santa Clara, Arizona, New Mexico, and for a couple of years in China. Peter led in areas including computer, network, and application design, installation, and operations to run semiconductor fabrication factories and improve computer system reliability. Post retirement, one of his current projects is studying and characterizing plans to divert water from Gila River in Southwest New Mexico and the impact on the river and the environment. His recreational interests include kayaking, rafting, hiking, photography, and traveling.

    Joined July 2017


  • Brent Constantz

  • Brent Constantz

    Brent received his Master's and PhD in Earth Sciences from UC Santa Cruz. He is a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur who has founded and led several companies: Norian Corporation 1987- 1998, Corazon Technologies 1998- 2002, Skeletal Kinetics 2002-2007, and Calera Corporation 2007 -2010. He is presently CEO at both DeepWater Desal (since 2011) and Blue Planet (since 2012). In the 1980s, Constantz discovered the basic process used by corals to form their skeletons, and based on this knowledge he invented widely-used cements for healing broken bones. In 2007, he launched his efforts to address climate change by sequestering anthropogenic carbon dioxide as building materials, specifically concrete. In 2012, he brought a new discovery of basic biomineralization to practical reality with a scalable solution that can address climate change in an economically and technically sustainable manner. Brent has testified before both the US Senate and the House of Representative about climate change solutions. He received the UCSC Alumni Association Alumni Achievement Award in 1998. He is also a former Fulbright Scholar.

    Joined December 2008


  • Federico Faggin

  • Federico Faggin

    Federico Faggin is a physicist, inventor, and entrepreneur. Born, raised, and educated in Italy, he immigrated to the US in 1968. He is credited with designing the world’s first commercial microprocessor, the Intel 4004 in 1971, and he went on to invent dozens of other integrated circuits. Before that, in 1968 while working at Fairchild Semiconductor, he created a technology that made possible dynamic memories, non-volatile memories, image sensors, and the microprocessor. Faggin started several successful high-tech companies (Zilog, Cygnet Technologies, and Synaptics) that introduced significant products and technologies, including the touchpad and touchscreen that revolutionized the way we communicate with our personal devices. Among the honors Faggin has received are the 2009 National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama and the 2014 Enrico Fermi Prize. Through the Federico and Elvia Faggin Foundation, Faggin now supports research programs at US universities and research institutes to advance the understanding of consciousness through theoretical and experimental research.

    Joined March 2013


  • Jim Gunderson

  • Jim Gunderson

    A UC Santa Cruz alumnus (1977, Philosophy, Rachel Carson College), Jim Gunderson operates Governance and Transactions LLC, which assists boards, management, and owners with governance and compliance issues, particularly in connection with strategic transactions and other major changes in business.

    Gunderson earned a JD from Hastings College of Law. He spent 18 years with Schlumberger Limited, including nine years based in Paris and three years as secretary and general counsel. While there, he was instrumental in creating the company’s programs to support science education in underserved communities in developing and emerging economies. After Schlumberger, Gunderson served as general counsel for Vetco International, a UK-based multinational, before its sale to GE in early 2007. He then served on the board of Norwegian-based Aibel Group Limited as chair of the compliance and audit committees and briefly as chairman of the board. He is the former chair of the National Association of Corporate Directors New York Chapter. 

    He is also a trustee of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation and supports several theater and music-related organizations.

    Joined October 2012


  • Russell Ivanhoe

  • Russell Ivanhoe

    A UC Santa Cruz alumnus (1978, Biology, Crown College), Russell is an entrepreneur and cardiologist. After 20+ years as an interventional cardiologist with the Florida Heart Institute and an early investigator in stent development, he went to business school and shifted his focus to the biomedical device industry. He recently founded of Studio9, which focuses on finding opportunity in the rapidly changing healthcare environment. He is also on the medical advisory board of Carrum Health (a healthcare network solution for self-insured employers) and a senior advisor for DermaSensor (a company designing handheld sensors for skin cancer). He joined Velomedix in 2012, first as a consultant and then as the chief medical officer. He was the founding CEO of Vida Systems, Inc. a medical education software company developing game-based surgical training systems and interactive health education software. Before that, he was chief medical officer at Paracor Medical, Inc., a venture-backed heart failure device company. And from 2002-2004, he consulted at Guidant Compass Group, Medtronic, and Apollo Capital Group.

    Russell holds his BS, with Honors, from UC Santa Cruz, his Doctor of Medicine degree from Chicago Medical School (1982), and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business (2002).

    Joined October 2017


  • Kristen Tibbitts Marinovic

  • Kristen Marinovic

    A UC Santa Cruz alumna (1991, Education Certificate), Kristen’s professional background is in brokerage, banking, and education. She is a registered investment advisor affiliated with Integral Investment Advisors. Before that she was with Charles Schwab & Co for 15 years as a senior financial consultant and branch manager and with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney as assistant vice president and compliance officer for the Capitola and Salinas branches. Before entering the brokerage industry, Kristen was a vice president and portfolio manager for Banc Texas, where she managed a $300 million bond portfolio for the lead Dallas bank and its eleven affiliate banks.

    Kristen is a trustee of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation Board and a longtime member and past president of the Friends of Friends of Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Several important milestones distinguished Kristen's tenure as president, including founding the Director's Circle, a group of significant supporters. Her work with the Seymour Center embodies her passion for the ocean, including studying marine sciences and participating in ocean sports. She also served as board president for New Horizons School, a school for homeless children in the Santa Cruz area, and was a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) for a foster child for 8 years.

    Kristen earned a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and a minor in French from the University of the Pacific and went on to earn a graduate teaching credential from UC Santa Cruz, after which she taught at the elementary and middle school levels. She has also earned the designation of accredited asset management specialist (AAMS).

    Joined March 2013


  • David Morrell

  • David Morrell

    A UC Santa Cruz alumnus (2000, Literature, Kresge College), David is a real estate agent serving Santa Cruz County from Scotts Valley along the coast through La Selva Beach. He served on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Long Marine Lab at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center.

    Joined October 2014


  • Rose Ann Woolpert

  • Rose Ann Woolpert

    Rose Ann is a community leader, artist, author, and owner of Graniterock, her family’s 118-year-old construction materials and services company based in Watsonville. Rose Ann is passionate about the values found in family-owned businesses and is a member of the Family Business Network, a global networking group made up of 3,200 privately held companies.

    Rose Ann has collaborated with UC Santa Cruz faculty to expand the reach and success of the Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy, a math immersion program created by her husband before his death in 2012. The Academy provides academic enrichment for Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey County middle school students and inspires them to pursue higher education in STEM fields of study.

    She has written and illustrated three children’s books which tell stories of construction in northern California over the last century. A former registered nurse, Rose Ann graduated from UCLA in 1973. She is a member of Cupertino Rotary, where she chairs the Programs Committee.

    Joined August 2014