Board of Trustees
Chairperson of the Board
Vice President & Director, Isaacson, Miller, San Francisco, CA
Julie Filizetti is a Vice President and Director with Isaacson, Miller, an executive search firm dedicated to providing exceptional leaders for mission-driven organizations. Filizetti joined Isaacson, Miller in 2007 after 16 years in higher education. Prior to joining the firm, she was the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. As Associate Provost, Filizetti was responsible for ensuring the quality of academic programs, strategic planning, accreditation, distance learning, and academic support services. She also served on a number of high-level Navy and Defense committees and advisory boards regarding higher education for the armed forces. In 2005, she was selected as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow, the nation’s premier higher education leadership development program that prepares senior leaders to serve American colleges and universities, and served her fellowship at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Filizetti also spent 12 years as a naval officer, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. She holds a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Villanova University.
Owner, Principal Ying Tech Bioscience Consulting Company, Alamo, CA
Dr. Chien is the founder & CEO of Ying Tech Bioscience Consulting Company in Alamo, California. He is also Senior Consultant of IP Department for Novartis Vaccine & Diagnostics, Inc. in Emeryville, CA and Senior Advisor for ITRI Biomedical Technology and Device Research Labs (BDL) at Hsinchu, Taiwan. Before his retirement from Novartis in 2008, Chien was Senior Director of Research at Chiron Corporation and Novartis Vaccine & Diagnostic, Inc. for more than 25 years. He and his group developed all US & ex-US blood screening products along with Abbott, Ortho and Gene-Probe for HIV, HBV, WNV and HCV blood screening related products. His work in HCV diagnostic research & HBV vaccine development has been credited by peer reviewed colleagues for preventing more than five million blood transfusion recipients to acquire hepatitis through blood transfusion. Chien and his wife, Chia-Chia Chien, have also volunteered their time to serve the Chinese-American community in the San Francisco Bay Area. Together, they formed a non-profit organization, Culture to Culture Foundation, whose mission is to increase mental health awareness and education in the Asian American community. Chien obtained a PhD in Biophysics from University of California at Berkeley in 1978 and he did his post-doctorate training at UCSF.
Howard Dallmar '74
Executive Vice President, Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank, Palo Alto, CA
Howard “Howie” Dallmar ’74 is an Executive Vice President and partner with Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank. His area of experience is representing companies and property owners in the acquisition and disposition of office, research and development properties in the San Francisco Mid-Peninsula. After Menlo College, Dallmar attended Pepperdine University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Following graduation, he played professional basketball for three years in Geneva, Switzerland and Melbourne, Australia. He was employed as an account executive for Owens Corning Fiberglass and 3M Company before he began a career in commercial real estate with Cornish & Carey Commercial. “I joined the Board of Menlo College because I wanted to get involved and make a difference at Menlo College on a personal level.”
David C. Irmer Sr. '58
President, Innisfree Companies, Sausalito, CA
David C. Irmer Sr. '58 is the President of Innisfree Companies, a diversified real estate firm he established in 1970 in Sausalito. Irmer’s development projects have included Sequoia Station in Redwood City. Before Innisfree, he established and managed General American Development Corporation. He received his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from University of Miami, Florida after attending Menlo. Irmer is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the International council of Shopping Centers and the California Redevelopment Association, he is actively involved in various Chambers of Commerce. “I came away from Menlo understanding that I could do about anything I set my mind to.”
Micah Kane '91
Trustee, Kamehameha Schools, Honolulu, HI
Micah Kane ’91, Trustee of Kamehameha Schools and former chairman of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, has recently been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Menlo College. His scope of responsibilities with Kamehameha Schools includes the duty of managing trust assets. The Estate of Bernice Pau`ahi Bishop, the last of the Hawai`ian ali`i, includes trusts lands set aside as resources to educate native Hawaiian children, and the Trustees administer those funds for their education. Kane is a 1991 graduate in business from Menlo College, and he also received an MBA in 1994 from the University of Hawaii. “Menlo was a big part of my life. I remember not only my professors, but also people like Ray Solari, a coach of life, whose teachings apply to what he’s doing with his team. Football players used his blueprint for the future. I was lucky to play under him. Every week he gave us a thought to help us live our lives. Now, I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my life and a chance to give.”
Charles J. Keenan, III ‘66
Property Developer, Keenan Land Company, Palo Alto, CA
Charles J. Keenan, III known as “Chop” to his friends and business associates, attended Menlo Junior College and Menlo School of Administration. Following a brief period in 1968-70 as a Title Officer for Transamerica Title Insurance Company, he began his career as an employee at the Richard C. Price Company, a real estate development company in Menlo Park, California. There he was responsible for sales and closings of 200 townhouses and four-plex units in Daly City, California. This experience brought him to land development for homebuilders. In 1984, Keenan became a major player with the purchase of assets from Ponderosa Homes Northern California, which included 3,731 residential lots from Aetna Life & Casualty. The lots were later joint-ventured with Ponderosa Homes, a newly created homebuilding company and Keenan Land Company continued to expand. Partnerships were formed in the fields of office development, retail, and hotel properties. Many still exist today with quality team members from land planning to architecture to landscaping to design. Keenan is a former member of the United States Marine Corps and serves on the Stanford Athletic Board. He is also a member of the Palo Alto Parking Commission and a staunch supporter of many charitable causes and events in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and development community. In 2007, Keenan received the Tall Tree award as the businessman of the year by Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce.
Harry Kellogg '63
Head of Strategic Relationships, Silicon Valley Bank, Santa Clara, CA
Harry W. Kellogg is a Vice Chairman of the board of Silicon Valley Bank and Head of Strategic Relationships for SVB Financial Group. He is responsible for overseeing the Specialty Lending Group. After more than 20 years as a banker, he joined Silicon Valley Bank in 1986 as Senior Vice President of the Technology Division. In 1990 Kellogg was promoted to Executive Vice President and over the years has served the company in a variety of capacities. Prior to joining the company, he was the group manager of Corporate Banking at Bank of the West for five years and started that bank’s technology lending group. He was also with Wells Fargo Bank for 13 years, including four years in the Wells Fargo Special Industries Group, a high-tech lending unit within Wells Fargo Bank. Kellogg is actively involved in many civic and industry organizations and serves on many of their boards and advisory boards, including TechNet, Financial Executives International, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, The Computer History Museum, California/Israel Chamber of Commerce, The Tuck Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship, Grameen Bank of America, National Association of Corporate Directors (Silicon Valley) and is an emeritus board member of the Technology Museum of Innovation. He was also named one of Upside Magazine’s “100 People Who Changed Our World.”
Real Estate Investor
Suzanne Dworak-Peck, real estate investor, is on the Board of Directors for Assurance Services, Inc., an insurance company based in Washington, DC. She served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California and has held field faculty appointments at UCLA and within the California State University system. Dworak-Peck received her BA cum laude in psychology from the University of Southern California, where she also earned her MSW as an NIMH Fellow. She founded NCN, the National Association of Social Workers Communications Network. NCN provided the media and entertainment industry with a centralized information and resource outlet for social issues, nationally and internationally. Among other achievements, she is the recipient of the International Communications Industries Association Achievement Award, and the USC 2011 Nickel Award for Outstanding Professional Services.
Thor Geir Ramleth '87
CIO, Senior VP, Bechtel Corporation
Thor Geir Ramleth is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Bechtel Group, Inc., where he leads the Global Information Systems and Technology organization. Prior to rejoining Bechtel in January 2002, he held leadership positions for a variety of companies in the technology and communications industry. Among his responsibilities in those roles, he defined strategy and market position and secured multiple forms of financial resources. Previously, Ramleth served as chairman and CEO of DigiPlex S.A., based in Zurich, Switzerland, which owned and operated large communications and networking facilities throughout Europe. Prior to that, he served as President and CEO of Genuity, a Bechtel Enterprises company formed to deliver Internet and data services. Ramleth has held management positions with Oracle, PageMart, and PacTel Personal Communications. Ramleth is also Chairman of the School of Business Administration (SBA) Advisory Board, which partners with the College to support faculty and staff in assisting and enhancing the curriculum and student life at the business school.
James Rea ‘67
President, Brookside Capital, San Francisco, CA
James Rea is the President of Brookside Capital, an investment-counseling firm in San Francisco founded in 1989. The firm manages investment portfolios of families in the U.S. and Europe. “Choosing to attend Menlo College was one of the best decisions in my life,” said Rea. “I developed my interest in the investment world while at Menlo, and I have been in the investment management business since. Menlo College taught me how accounting and finance overlap the soft worlds of history and art to help produce exceptional investment returns. I don’t believe that any other place would have given me that quality level of education. It also provided me with some of my dearest friends whom I see regularly.” After graduation from Menlo, Rea attended the University of California and Stanford University. In 1993, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the School of Management at the St. Petersburg University in Russia in conjunction with the Haas School of Business at the University of California. He is a member of the CFA Institute, The Security Analysts of San Francisco, The Wealth Advisor Institute and The Investment Advisors Association. He is a member of the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, where he has served on the Board of Directors.
Senior Finance Executive, Tom Scannell & Associates, Inc.
Tom Scannell’s experience is in the financial transactions that fuel Silicon Valley. He runs his own consulting firm, Tom Scannell and Associates, which provides interim CFO services to small medical and high-tech companies. He has over 30 years of experience of in-depth financial management experience for high technology companies. For the last 15 years Scannell has been Chief Financial Officer for a series of fast growing, public and private hi-tech and med-tech companies. Both his undergraduate degree and MBA are from Stanford University. He has served on the Menlo College Board of Trustees since July 2011. "I’m very excited to be part of Menlo's Board of Trustees, and to help the school expand its role as ‘Silicon Valley's Business College’,” said Scannell.
John Shenk '61
President, Argus Financial Corporation, San Mateo, CA
John Shenk is the President of Argus Financial Corporation, a mortgage banking company that he purchased in 1982. Since his acquisition, Argus Financial has transitioned into a traditional income property mortgage banking/brokerage company representing the financial interests of many of the larger San Francisco Bay Area real estate developers and investors. John manages the company's mortgage loan production team and the business operation. Argus' primary business is the placement of conventional permanent mortgages, forward loan commitments on build-to-suit developments, institutional investment sales and joint ventures. Over the years, several billion's of dollars worth of mortgages and sales have been successfully completed.
Prior to 1982, John was a Vice President of Union Bank, responsible for new business production, specializing in developing new real estate clients. From 1968 to 1972, John was a principal in a Boston based mortgage banking company. After attending Menlo College, he decided to go to the University of California at Berkeley and graduated there in 1964. John has been on the Board of Directors of the Silicon Valley NAIOP for the past five years. "I look forward to taking an active role in the education of young men and women, and my position on the Board of Trustees of Menlo College represents a unique opportunity," said John. "An education system isn't worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn't teach them how to make a life."
Kristine Thagard '77
Attorney, Of Counsel to Marshack Hays, LLP
Kris has been an attorney for over 30 years with extensive experience in real estate, construction, litigation and insurance matters. After graduating from Menlo College SBA she attended USC Law School, where she received her J.D. in 1980. In 1998 she founded Thagard, Reiss and Brown where she was the managing partner for 10 years, with offices in both Orange County and Las Vegas. After a 3-year hiatus she returned to the practice of law as Of Counsel to Marshack Hay, a bankruptcy boutique in Irvine, California where her real estate and insurance background is utilized in challenging business reorganizations. She has served as a judicial extern at the California Court of Appeal as well volunteering for 7 years as a judge pro tem. She is admitted to practice in both California (1980) and Nevada (2001) as well as the Federal Courts of both states. She is also the President of Forte West Homes, a residential brokerage company, and holds a California Real Estate Broker’s License. “When starting my own firm the practical tools I gleamed from Menlo were much more useful that the theoretical interplay and Socratic method of law school. The changes to the College over the last eight years while I have been on the Board are remarkable- the spirit and energy that made Menlo such a special place when I attended are back.”