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John Baker, Jr., PE, FACEC (’68), 
BHAA Vice President

john_baker_photoJohn received his MSCE from Berkeley in 1971 and recently retired as Senior Vice President of Kleinfelder, Inc. a $300 million civil engineering, architectural, construction management and environmental consulting business. In preparation for this responsibility, John served as a Lieutenant in the USN Civil Engineering Corps, State of California Office of the Legislative Analyst and Special Assistant to the Director of the State of California Department of General Services. John has served as president of the American Council of Engineering Companies (California), president of the California Geotechnical Engineers Association, and president of the UCB Engineering Alumni Society. John was recently elected to the rank of Fellow by the American Council of Engineering Companies.

Lionel T. Engelman, CPA, ABV, AEP, CBA (’66), 
BHAA Treasurer

lionel_engelmanLionel received his B.A. cum laude from UC Berkeley in 1966 and an MBA from UC Berkeley in 1967. He has led Engelman Accountancy Corporation for the past 34 years, preceded by a term as partner of Alexander Grant & Co., In addition to public accounting and tax planning, Lionel is well known for his expert witness role in litigation involving business valuation and financial forensics, having testified in more than 200 cases. He has served on the Taxation Committee of the California Society of CPs and the Finance Committee of the Bay Area Girl Scout Council. He is also a member of the Bowles Hall Foundation and Peninsula Bay Area Chapter of the Jewish Community Relations Council.

H. James Griggs (’56), 
BHAA Board Member

Jim GriggsJim Griggs resided at Bowles Hall during his first three years as an undergraduate at Cal. He served as president in 1955 and recalls serving in every other office at the Hall during his time there. His fondest memories of Bowles revolve around the camaraderie among residents and the willingness of older students to always lend a helping hand to younger ones transitioning into UC Berkeley life. Jim found Bowles Hall integral to his leadership development and social fulfillment, as the Bowles community encouraged independence, even as it solved problems as a group and created opportunities for fellow residents through working together.

After graduating with a B.S. in Real Estate Finance in 1957, Jim went on to serve as Chairman and President of F.I.A. Associates, Inc. a financial consulting firm specializing in public pension funds, providing acquisition and asset management advisory services for real estate including 130 properties valued at over $4 billion. Jim currently serves as President of Buckeye Pacific Investors alongside his son Chris and daughter Lorene, both UC Berkeley graduates.

Over the years, Jim has carried the helping spirit of Bowles beyond UC Berkeley, serving in many professional and community organizations, including positions on the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula Board of Trustees, the Board of the Special Olympics for the State of California, and on the Campaign Leadership Committee for the Boys and Girls Club of the Monterey Peninsula. An avid golfer, he presided as Chairman of the PGA Tour Properties Board for five years while also dedicating his time as a committee member for the Golf for Kids program, benefiting the Boys and Girls Club. Aside from golf, Jim is a lifelong fisherman and served for 25 years as president of the Board of Friends of North Coast Fish, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that raised over $1 million for the preservation of fisheries in the Pacific Northwest.

Jim became involved with the BHRC as a means for getting back together with some of his friends and fellow members of the Bowles Hall community in order to benefit future generations of Cal students. Jim is currently a Cal Football season-ticket holder. He lives with his wife Gail in Pebble Beach, California. 

Les “Laz” Laky (’62), 
BHAA Board Member

LakyLaz’s three years at Bowles Hall, from 1958 to 1961, constituted an active time for Laz, one that helped develop his extroverted personality. He served as both Hall President and Dork at Bowles and swam and played water polo for Cal. Laz belonged to many campus organizations, including the Order of the Golden Bear. In 1961, the Blue & Gold honored Laz with a write-up in the yearbook as a BMOC (big man on campus).

Les completed his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at UC Berkeley in 1962, and his career developed in marketing and strategic planning. Les pursued post-graduate studies in sales and marketing management at Columbia and Harvard. He spent the informative years in telecom with Reliance and Nortel. During the transition from telecom to Internet, Les was among the pioneers in cable modem applications, integrating internet, telephony, interactive television and energy management in a single device, and deploying these services in North America and Europe. He started his entrepreneurial career with MediaCity, the first Internet Service Provider in Palo Alto, subsequently acquired by SoftNet. As an entrepreneur, Les is an active participant and adviser to several internet start-up ventures.

At the ripe young age of 73, Laz earned his PhD in Metaphysics from the University of Sedona. He lives in Pebble Beach. When he’s not on the computer, he spends his spare time as a volunteer on the Aquarium’s 65′ sailboat; as SCRAMP assistant director at Laguna Seca racetrack; and most recently helping Bowles Hall Alumni with the Restoration Project. Les says that his years at Bowles Hall were some of the best times in his life.

Jonathan Lederer (’96), 
President, Bowles Hall Foundation

LedererJonathan Lederer has been a member of the Bowles Hal Alumni Association since 2006 and became President of the Bowles Hall Foundation in 2009. Jonathan got involved with BHAA upon hearing the news that Bowles was scheduled to be transformed into an executive residence for the Haas School of Business. He was inspired to take on a leadership role after several meetings with BHAA President Bob Sayles.

Jonathan still treasures his experiences at the hall from 1992–94 and has maintained close friendships with many of his fellow Bowlesmen, including Matt Ellis (’96), who became Jonathan’s brother-in-law more than 10 years ago. He now lives in Sacramento, where he runs an investment advisory firm that he founded in 2005. In 2011, Jonathan was named one of the Sacramento Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” honorees, selected for their leadership, entrepreneurship and community involvement. He maintains that his sting as Assistant Social Secretary/Head of Light Entertainment during the Spring 1993 semester played a valuable role in shaping his leadership skills.

Outside work, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his wife, Laurel, and two daughters. One of his fondest recent memories was taking his girls to watch the Cal bank play the Bowles Hall Drinking Song after a football game. It provided him with additional motivation to see the Bowles project get completed so that future Bowlesmen can relish similar experiences in the years ahead.

Tom Mader (’96), 
BHAA Board Member

maderTom Mader attended Cal on an ROTC scholarship and was a Bowlesman throughout his undergraduate experience. He served in several leadership capacities at the Hall including President of Bowles Hall Association. Tom received his bachelor’s degree in Physics and was commissioned an Ensign in June 1970. He subsequently completed graduate studies at the Naval Postgraduate School, where he was awarded a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Physics. In preparation for his first shipboard assignment, he received practical training in the Navy’s nuclear propulsion program and submarine operations.

During his 30-year Naval career, Tom served more than 19 years at sea aboard nuclear-powered submarines, including assignments as Commanding Officer of the USS Miami (SSN 755) and USS Florida (SSBN 728). All of his shore-duty assignments were associated with engineering and development programs for submarine weapons systems or submarine operations and maintenance.

Following his retirement from the Navy in July 2000, Tom became an instructor at the California Maritime Academy, where he taught a wide range of courses in engineering fundamentals and marine engineering technology, attained tenure and was promoted to Professor. He served as Chair of the Engineering Technology Department for more than three years and as Chief Engineer aboard the Academy’s training ship for six summer training cruises. Tom retired from Cal Maritime in May 2011.

Tom and his wife, Chris, live in Benicia, California, and have two daughters.


Bob Sayles (’52), 
 BHAA President/BHF Member

Bob SaylesRobert A. Sayles (’52) was part of the Bowles Hall community from September 1948 to June 1952, actively participating in Bowles Hall Association activities: in 1950 he was Big Game Float Chairman (Sweepstakes winner); in 1951, Social Chairman (Spring) and Vice President (Fall); and as President in the Spring of 1952. Bob graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS in Business Administration in 1952. He subsequently served in the USMC during the Korean conflict, being discharged as Captain.

Bob served with IBM from 1954 to 1977, primarily in sales, sales management, marketing management and business strategy development and execution roles. From 1977 through 2005, Bob led Robert A. Sayles Associates, Inc. to provide experienced, objective counsel to executive management, directors and investors in the information technology industries (hardware, software, services), primarily on issues of business strategy. He has served as a member of the boards of Technology Partners, Pentamex S.A de C.V. (Mexico City), Brite Voice Systems, Lionhearth Technologies, Trident Systems, Mobex Communications, and SHC Direct LLC. He also served as a partner of the venture capital partnership of Technology Partners from 1987 to 1999.

Bob is a co-founder of the Bowles Hall Alumni Association and currently serves as its president. He also currently serves on the Leadership Council of the University of California Davis Medical Center and the Scholarship Committee of the University of California Berkeley Alumni Association.


Chuck Sizemore, 
BHAA Director of Development

sizemoreChuck has been a practicing fundraising professional since 1979, when he started his career at Yale University, where he was a fellow at Calhoun College, one of Yale’s undergraduate residential colleges. He then moved on to an institution slightly southwest of UCB, where he served as the Assistant Dean for External Relations in the Graduate School of Business. Later, he became the Vice President for University Relations at Santa Clara University, followed by a long stint as a fundraising consultant, first with Marts & Lundy, Inc. and now on his own. His work is primarily with colleges, universities, independent schools, and healthcare organizations.

Early in Chuck’s fundraising career, he benefited from his professional relationship with a mentor/co-worker. His mentor patiently explained to him the difference between capital giving and annual giving. “Institutions need both types of giving in order to achieve their missions,” the mentor avowed. “They need annual gifts to live by, and they need capital gifts to grow by.” Never has his mentor’s words of wisdom been truer than in the case of the Bowles Hall Alumni Association (BHAA) and its work to renovate and repurpose Bowles Hall..


Richard G. Snow (’67), 
BHAA Secretary/General Counsel

Richard SnowRick served as president of the Bowles Hall Association in the fall semester of 1966. After graduating with a B.S. in Business Administration from UC Berkeley in 1967, Rick received a Juris Doctorate in 1970. A highly experienced corporate attorney, Rick spent 34 years in various corporate legal positions in the high-tech industry. For more than 14 years, he served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of J.D. Edwards & Co. In 2002, the Colorado Mountain College system awarded its first Colorado Circle of Excellence Award to Rick as Colorado High-Technology Executive of the Year. Rick retired in 2003 after negotiating the acquisition of J.D. Edwards by PeopleSoft and assisting with the subsequent merger of the two companies.

In his retirement, Rick has been associated with the Colorado State University, teaching corporate law and ethics in the University’s MBA program. In 2006 he joined Fort Collins–based Citadel Advisory Group, a boutique investment banking company, as legal director and also serves on the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program, a non-profit dedicated to rehabilitation of injured and sick birds of prey and release of recovered birds back into the wild.

Scott Wilson, PhD (’67), 
BHAA Secretary/General Counsel

scott_wilson_photoScott received B.A. degrees in Political Science and German from Cal in 1985 and a PhD in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara in 1995. Scott’s career has focused on the regulatory requirements of medical device ventures. Most recently he joined Ardian early in its corporate life, managing quality assurance and regulatory affairs (FDA approvals). In 2011, Ardian was acquired by Medtronics. Scott now serves in the same regulatory affairs capacity for the renel denervation operations of Medtronics.

Scott is a second-generation Bowlesman; his father—also Scott Wilson—served as the first Head Resident of Bowles Hall, from 1929–1947, when he became the first leader of what is now known as the UCB Housing and Dining function (RSSP).

John A Woods (’69), 
BHAA Board Member

john-woodsJohn Woods lived in Bowles Hall from 1964/65 through 66/67. He holds a Ph.D. (Education), an M.B.A. from Stanford University, and a B.A. (Economics) from UC Berkeley.

John had a distinguished career in public service, including the roles of consultant to the U.S. Office of Education (Washington, D.C.), program analyst for the Office of the Legislative Analyst (California Legislature), and Director of Analysis at the University of California Systemwide Office of the President. He was the Vice Chancellor for Resource Management and Planning at University of California at San Diego from 1993 until his retirement in 2007. His responsibilities included policy development and management of the campus operating and capital budgets, capital planning, land-use planning, facilities design and construction, technology transfer and intellectual property services, real estate development, audit and management advisory services, contract and grant administration, conflict of interest, and administrative records.

In addition to his work with the BHAA, since 1990,John has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Effective Education, a non-profit school serving handicapped children under contract with local public school districts.