Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board

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Group shot of the 2016 Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board.

Ambassadors in the Community

The Chancellor’s Office is committed to fostering and strengthening positive relationships with the campus and community organizations. The Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board (CCAB), formerly known as the Board of Overseers, advocates for UC San Diego and advises the Chancellor, with specific emphasis on the university’s role in the community. The board also supports the formulation and execution of advocacy plans and programs related to increasing the community’s understanding of the positive impact UC San Diego has on the region’s development and progress.

Created by former Chancellor William D. McElroy in 1973, CCAB is one of the oldest advisory boards of its type in the University of California system.


The board is composed of talented, experienced and motivated citizens of San Diego interested in fostering positive and productive relationships between UC San Diego and the community at-large. The board’s membership reflects the diversity of San Diego.

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Yen Tu*President, Yen C. Tu Consulting, UC San Diego Alum ’90

Yen Tu

Location: San Diego, CA

Yen Tu was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and came to the United States as a refugee with her family in 1977. She is one of 10 children. A San Diego resident since 1978, she graduated from UC San Diego in 1990 with a B.A. degree in Chinese studies. Tu owns a consulting business focused on marketing, community outreach and special events. Her clients include the City of San Diego, Asian Business Association, Center City Development Corporation (CCDC), San Diego Chinese Center, I Love a Clean San Diego and Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair. Her previous positions include serving as the Community Relations Manager for Viejas Enterprises, Executive Director for the Asian Business Association, Senior Campaigner for United Way of San Diego County, and Legislative Aid for two City of San Diego Council Members, and one County Supervisor.

David Arambula*Litigation Consultant, McAvoy & Rivera

David Arambula

Location: Lemon Grove, CA

David Arambula has broad-based experience in different industries and environments including retail, healthcare, education, social services, legal, union, non-union, multi-state and international companies. He excels in the areas of HR business and strategic planning with key responsibilities in the following areas: employee relations/HR law, litigation management, training and development, conflict resolution risk management and contract review/negotiations. He has a juris doctorate from the California Western School of Law, an MBA from National University, and a B.S. in business administration from Southern Illinois University.

Ruben BarralesPresident, Grow Elect

Ruben Barrales

Location: San Diego, CA

Mr. Barrales is the president of Grow Elect, an organization that empowers the Latino community by electing Latinos to public office in local and state government. He served previously as CEO of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Deputy Assistant to President George W. Bush, and was elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Policy Institute of California, and graduated from UC Riverside with a BA in political science in administrative studies.

Linden BlueVice Chairman General Atomics

Linden Blue

Location: San Diego, CA

Linden Blue is Vice Chairman of General Atomics, a global high-technology company and world leader in unpiloted aerial systems, high-power electromagnetics, fusion and fission. As a leader of the San Diego-based company, he helps oversee a diverse technology portfolio. He is a director of ICON aircraft and also served as a director of Raytheon Co. Past and present activities include: Center for Naval Analysis, Hudson Institute, trustee and executive committee; Green Foundation (geophysics and planetary physics), board member and past president; Lindbergh Foundation (National Parks Foundation), board member; General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Chairman of the Airports and Airways Committee; Chairman of the Board, Jobs for San Diego’s Graduates Burnham Institute, board member; UC San Diego Foundation, board member; UCSD Connect, Board of Advisors; board member of the advisory council to the UC San Diego Dean of physical sciences and Chairman Emeritus of the Deans Advisory Council, UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. Blue earned his B.A. from Yale University, served on active duty with the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School. He has an honorary doctor of science degree from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Bob Brown*Principal of Brown Consulting

R. Lee Brown

Location: La Jolla, CA

Bob Brown, PhD, earned a doctorate in leadership studies at the University of San Diego (USD) and a master’s in cross-cultural counseling at San Diego State University (SDSU). His doctoral studies focused on adaptive, servant, transformative leadership strategies, and his master’s work concentrated on cross-cultural relationship management. Brown’s leadership experiences in public and private sector enterprise risk management, human resources, mediation-conflict resolution, achievements as an adjunct faculty in graduate homeland security and guest lecturer in graduate community mental health counseling have provided him with abilities and skills to serve people in ways that inspires them to do their best. In addition to his service on other insurance boards, as chair, trustee and board member of the California State University Risk Management Authority (CSURMA) and CSU’s Auxiliary Organization Risk Management Alliance (AORMA), joint powers insurance programs, he designed self-insured workers’ compensation and captive insurance financing programs that save CSU hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

Sylvester “Sac” Carreathers*Research Business Solutions Consultant, The Nimbus Group, Inc., UC San Diego Alum ’74

Sylvester Carreathers

Location: Walnut, CA

Sylvester “Sac” Carreathers is a Research Business Solutions Consultant for his company, The Nimbus Group, Inc. He was formally the Director of Research Administration at the Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Department of Research and Evaluation. In this capacity, he was responsible for the overall administrative management of Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s research portfolio. He has held several director positions at hospitals, medical centers and research facilities, and has authored more than 450 proposals for external funding, ranging from $50,000 to $12 million. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from UC San Diego. Currently, he serves as a consultant for numerous community organizations, including the UC San Diego Black Alumni Association.

Cristina Chiriboga-HahnRetiree, Interim President of Cuyamaca College, UC San Diego Alum ’72 and ’03

Cristina Chiriboga-Hahn

Location: San Diego

Christine Chiriboga-Hahn has extensive experience in higher education. She received her M.A. in history from UC San Diego and her Ed.D. in education leadership from the University of San Diego. She was the Interim President of Cuyamaca College and also served as the Vice President of Instruction. Currently, she serves on the Dissertation Service for Doctoral Students in the College of Education at SDSU. Her experience includes Dean for Language Arts at Southwestern Community College, and CEO Member of San Diego and Imperial Counties Community College Association (SDICCCA).

Grace Chui-MillerChief Financial Officer, Correlation Ventures, UC San Diego Alum '93

Grace Chui-Miller

Location: San Diego, CA

Grace is responsible for the financial reporting of the firm’s investment funds as well as day-to-day management of firm-wide finance, operations and investment monitoring. In addition, she is responsible for investor relations and works closely with outside legal counsel on fundraising, operations and regulatory compliance matters. Prior to Correlation, she was the Chief Financial Officer of DCM, a technology-focused venture capital firm based in the Bay Area with over $2 billion under management, where she had oversight of global finance operations and advised portfolio company management teams, providing operational and financial guidance and assistance. Previously, Grace spent seven years at KPMG LLP, working as an audit manager on various privately and publicly-held clients in the financial services and information technology industry segments (including several venture capital funds and venture-backed portfolio companies). Grace received her MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA and a BA in Quantitative Economics and Decision Sciences from UC San Diego. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of California.

Joe ConnerProfessor, School of Science and Math, Pasadena City College and Director, LegalShield, UC San Diego Alum ’80

Joe Conner

Location: Costa Mesa, CA

Joe Conner teaches both general and marine biology. He has been the Upward Bound Math/Science Director at both UC San Diego and Pasadena City College. Conner developed pedagogical and communication tools while teaching science for UC San Diego Upward Bound that help diverse students of all ages and disciplines better understand the rules that facilitate lifelong learning. He has presented in the U.S. and abroad at NASA, USAFA, UNESCO, and science and engineering conferences. Since leaving UC San Diego, Conner has worked with students to assist them in applying to four-year institutions. Conner received his Ph.D. in biological sciences from UC San Diego and a B.S. in biological sciences from the University of Southern California. He conducted postdoctoral research at Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and CSULB.

Stanley M. FaerRetiree, Television Director

Stanley Faer

Location: Valley Center, CA

Stanley M. Faer has been a member of the UC San Diego Chancellor’s Associates since 2007 and is a member of the newly formed Chancellor’s Associates Council. He has chaired its Faculty Excellence Awards. As a member of the UC San Diego Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, he served three terms as President and two years as Treasurer. Faer is the Community Chair of UC San Diego Health’s Moores Cancer Center Patient and Family Advisory Council. He has also served on the Geisel Library Board. 

Prior to his retirement, he served on a number of boards including the Directors Guild of America. Faer was employed by CBS Television for over forty years, first in management, then as an Assistant Director primarily on variety and sports programs. Additionally, Faer had his own production company where he directed variety programs, commercials, and industrials. He is a recipient of an Emmy Award and the Directors Guild of America Franklin J. Schaffner Lifetime Achievement Award.

Marne FosterCommunity College Teacher and Board Member, San Diego Unified School District

Location: San Diego, CA

Marne Foster

Marne Foster is a native San Diegan and has extensive experience in education. She has been a community college teacher for 17 years, and provides leadership to deans and more than 700 faculty members as the Student Learning Outcomes/Program Review Coordinator and Assistant Accreditation Coordinator for San Diego Continuing Education. Foster was elected to the San Diego Unified School District Board for Sub-District E in 2012, and became President in 2014. She currently serves on the California School Board Association’s conference planning committee. Foster’s achievements include: the recipient of Phi Delta Kappa Sorority Inc., San Diego Chapter’s 2012 Outstanding African American Educator Award, the recipient of San Diego Continuing Education 2010 President’s Leadership Award, and the recipient of the 2009 Promising Outcomes Work and Exemplary Research Award (POWER) given by the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges for her leadership in Student Learning Outcomes. She is a graduate from Howard University School of Business and American University School of Communications.

Robert Gillespie*Cardiologist, Sharp HealthCare

Robert Gillespie

Location: Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Robert Gillespie, received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Loyola Medical Center in Chicago and completed his fellowship in cardiology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography and cardiac computed tomography. He is director of the Nuclear Imaging Department at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group and has been with the group for 22 years. Dr. Gillespie has lectured frequently to his colleagues both on a local and national level on a variety of topics including congestive heart failure and multiple topics related to cardiac imaging. Gillespie remains very active in clinical research. His primary research interests have been related to imaging the heart with echocardiography, nuclear and CT. He has published in a number of journals such as American Journal of Cardiology and Heart. Gillespie also remains active in his community and was recently honored by the American Heart Association, receiving the Lifesavers distinction for his work in the San Diego community focusing on reducing cardiovascular diseases.

Peter J. HallRetiree, President, Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC)

Peter J. Hall

Location: Del Mar, CA

Peter J. Hall is a resident of Del Mar and has many years of experience in the private sector in banking with Great American Savings Bank and ultimately was the President of Great American Development Co., its joint venture development arm. Hall has led an organization in Downtown San Diego at the vanguard of maximizing the involvement of underrepresented, minority and disadvantaged businesses in a wide variety of public and private projects. He has a strong interest in higher education, and his family has many strong connections with the UC system, particularly UCLA, where he received his degrees.

Christine KehoeExecutive Director, the California Plug-In Vehicle (PEV) Collaborative

Location: San Diego, CA

Christine Kehoe

Christine Kehoe is Executive Director of the California Plug-In Vehicle (PEV) Collaborative, a public/private organization focused on accelerating the adoption of PEVs to meet California’s economic, energy and environmental goals. Kehoe is a former Democratic member of the California State Senate, representing District 39 from 2004 to 2012. Her previous political experience includes two terms on the California State Assembly from 2000 to 2004. While in the state assembly, she was the Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore for a session. Kehoe also served on the San Diego City Council from 1993 to 2000 and was a member of the California Coastal Commission from 1997 to 2000. Her professional experience also includes working as a Community Development Specialist in San Diego, legislative aide, Executive Director of the Hillcrest Business Association, Coordinator of the San Diego AIDS Assistance Fund and Editor of the San Diego Gayzette. Kehoe earned a B.A. from the State University of New York-Albany.

Ray KingPresident and CEO, the Urban League of San Diego County

Ray King

Location: San Diego, CA

Ray King has been President and CEO of the Urban League of San Diego County since October 2007. The Urban League of San Diego is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream. Locally, the Urban League of San Diego County provides direct services to more than 7,000 people annually, countywide, through programs, advocacy and research. Prior to joining the Urban League, King worked in the corporate world as the general manager for marketing and operations of a transportation company that found him traveling to Asia, Europe and South America. He has a master’s in business administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business and was appointed to an education commission by the governor of California.

William D. LynchOwner and President, William D. Lynch Company

William Lynch

Location: Rancho Santa Fe, CA

William D. Lynch is the owner and president of the William D. Lynch Company and Owns and operates: Cosmetology Schools; Dining Yachts; Apartment Units; Commercial Real Estate; Laundromats; Iowa Farms; and certain other business holdings. He is Founder & Chairman of the Board of the William D. Lynch Foundation for Children through which Lynch has donated over $2,500,000 to charitable causes. He is the Founder & Chairman, Education Policy and Law at USD; Strategic Roundtable of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation; Board of Directors, ACCION San Diego Board of Directors. Past organizations and affiliations include Advisory Board of Directors, San Diego Council on Literacy; the Board of Directors, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority; Board of Directors, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation; Board of Directors, Reading Recovery Council of North America; Board of Directors, Reading Recovery Council of California; Co-Chair, California Reading Task Force; Board of Directors, City Club of San Diego; Advisory Board SDSU College of Education; President of the Lincoln Club of San Diego County; Board of Directors, High Tech High; S.D.S.U. President's Council; Board of Directors, Principle Development Partnership; Member of McGill Circle, San Diego Dialogue.

Lynch has also received the following awards and recognitions: San Diego Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick, "Irishman Of The Year” 1995; San Diego Lions Club Fletcher Award 2003; San Diego Nice Guys “Man of the Year” 2003. International Reading Association and Greater San Diego Reading Association's Celebrate Literacy Award; SANDAPP-Collaborative Spirits Award; Children's Hospital and San Diego County Office of Education - Champion for Children Award; University of Iowa College of Business Administration Special Support Award; Reading Recovery Council of North America – Teacher Leader Award; American Ireland Fund 2007 Robert A MacNamara Literary & Arts Award.

Lidia S. MartinezManager of Community Affairs & Grassroots, Southwest Airlines

Lidia S. Martinez

Location: San Diego, CA

Lidia S. Martinez is the Manager of Community Affairs & Grassroots for Southwest Airlines. She leads a dynamic team of managers, and together they take care of Southwest’s community outreach in the West Coast. In addition, she supports national efforts in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Cabos San Lucas (Mexico). Some of her responsibilities include engaging in outreach efforts and maintaining relationships with nonprofit organizations, chambers of commerce and community leaders. She has been honored by many local and national organizations for her work in the non-profit community, and gives back to her community by serving on numerous boards. She is also involved in a variety of organizations dedicated to empowering under-represented communities. Some of these organizations include Project Concern International; MANA de San Diego; Equality California; and Hispanas Organized for Political Equality. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI); LEAD San Diego; Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and SDSU’s President’s Latino Advisory Council. Lidia received a Business Administration degree with a focus in Marketing from the University of Texas in Arlington.

Judith T. MuñozRetired Vice President, The Scripps Research Institute

Judith T. Muñoz

Location: San Diego, CA

Judith Muñoz retired as a Vice President from the Scripps Research Institute. She spent the majority of her career as an executive in higher education and nonprofit research. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Oregon and a doctorate from the University of San Diego. In retirement, she is volunteering with several nonprofit boards including the San Diego Humane Society, the PETCO Foundation, the UC San Diego Friends of the International Center and the Center for Organizational Effectiveness.

Hoan NguyenSr. Lead Consultant, Forest Through the Trees Consulting

Hoan Nguyen

Location: San Diego, CA

Hoan Nguyen is currently employed with Forest through the Trees Consulting where he led the design and implementation of database architecture with user-friendly interface for a student data management system. Although an engineer by trade, he has mediated over 300 federal and state cases (employment discrimination, labor disputes, landlord/tenant disputes, contract, superior court and small claims) with a resolution rate of over 84 percent. Nguyen has facilitated employment law, conflict resolution, mediation and diversity training for university students and staff, nonprofit organizations, and state and federal agencies. Nguyen received his BSEE and M.A. in business administration from Utah State University and J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law.

Phyllis K. PfeifferPresident, the U-T Community Press

Phyllis K. Pfeiffer

Location: La Jolla, CA

Phyllis Pfeiffer is the President of the U-T Community Press. She previously served as Vice President and General Manager of the U-T Community Press, a group of nine community newspapers including: the Ramona Sentinel, Poway News Chieftain, Rancho Bernardo News Journal, La Jolla Light, Rancho Santa Fe Review, Del Mar Times, Carmel Valley News, Solana Beach Sun, and the new Encinitas Advocate. Pfeiffer brings a depth of knowledge and experience, having begun her newspaper career at the La Jolla Light, where she served as publisher from 1977 to 1987. She is the Founding Chairman of the La Jolla Community Foundation, an affiliate of the San Diego Foundation. The La Jolla Community Foundation joins a network of membership-based community foundations whose purpose is to increase responsible and effective philanthropy in locally targeted areas. She is a graduate of Cornell University.

Sean SheppardFounder of Embrace

Sean Sheppard

Location: San Diego, CA

Sean Sheppard is the founder of Embrace, a nonprofit corporation whose mission is rooted in mobilizing college student volunteers to serve less fortunate members of civilian and military veteran communities. Embrace programs are designed to connect college student leaders to San Diego’s multicultural community in the areas of social and physical wellness through service learning and volunteerism. His life philosophy is that serving less fortunate members of society brings people together - irrespective of their race, religion, sexual orientation or cultural upbringing.

A 21-year resident of San Diego with an undergraduate degree in psychology from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and a master’s degree in physical education from San Diego State University, Sheppard began his lifetime of team-oriented service and assistance of others as a strength and condition coach, holding assistant positions at a number of universities before finishing his coaching career as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at The Ohio State University. During his career in coaching, he won multiple conference and tournament championships along the way. For the past 12 years, Sheppard has been leading thousands of college student volunteers representing all San Diego-based four-year and two-year colleges to serve the homeless and remodel the homes of disabled veterans. Embrace and Sheppard have received numerous local, state and national awards/recognition for community service, cultivating a diverse environment and serving veterans.

Peter S. SilvaPresident, Silva-Silva International

Peter S. Silva

Location: San Diego, CA

Peter S. Silva is President of Silva-Silva International, a small civil engineering firm in the San Diego area. He is a civil engineer with 39 years of professional experience in the water and wastewater fields, and over 35 years of experience related to US-Mexico border issues. He has served as a staff member of the California Regional Board in San Diego and then was in charge of the San Diego office of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) for four years. Silva was appointed by President Clinton to the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC), and California governors, Davis and Schwarzenegger appointed him as the Vice-Chair of the California Water Resources control Board (SWRCB). After he was employed by the Metropolitan Water District to provide policy advice on issues (including Mexico) related to the Lower Colorado River Basin. Silva was appointed by President Obama to the post of Assistant Administrator for Water for the U.S. EPA. Silva earned a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from Cal-Poly Pomona, is a California Registered Civil Engineer, and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer.

Teresa StiversCEO, Walden Family Services, UC San Diego Alum '90

Teresa Stivers

Location: San Diego, CA

Teresa Stivers brings extensive cross-sector experience to her role as CEO of Walden Family Services, where she oversees administration, operations, public relations and fundraising. Under Stivers’ leadership, Walden became one of the first California agencies to offer transitional housing and support services for youth remaining in foster care. She opened visiting centers where birth families receive training and coaching to increase the likelihood they will reunify with their children. Prior to joining Walden, Stivers held positions as the program director and executive director of the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation (now Promises2Kids) for eight years. During her tenure, she helped establish the Guardian Scholars Program and Mary’s House, a transitional living program for former foster youth. Stivers served as Deputy Chief of Staff to San Diego Mayor Susan Golding and worked as an account executive at Nuffer, Smith, and Tucker. She received a BA in Communications from UC San Diego.

Michael E. TurkFounder, KD Development

Michael E. Turk

Location: San Diego, CA

Mike Turk is a community leader and an environmentally responsible real estate developer in San Diego with strong political ties to community organizations and with local, state and national representatives. As a developer, he has built approximately 6,000 energy-efficient homes and apartments in over 37 years. He has specialized in sustainable infill and restoration work with KD Development since 2000. He is a member of the City of San Diego’s Sustainable Energy Advisory Board, and former Chairman.

Jim WarneDirector, the Circle for American Indian Rehabilitation and Education (CAIRE) center at the SDSU Interwork Institute; President, Warrior Society Development, LLC

Jim Warne

Location: San Diego, CA

Jim Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) Nation. He earned a B.S. degree from Arizona State University and a master’s from San Diego State University (SDSU). He also earned a postgraduate certificate in Rehabilitation Administration (PET-RA) at SDSU. Warne administers the Post Employment Training - American Indian Rehabilitation (PET-AIR) Postgraduate Certificate Program and is the Director of the Circle for American Indian Rehabilitation and Education (CAIRE) center at the SDSU Interwork Institute. Warne is also president of his consulting firm, Warrior Society Development, LLC (WSD). He has contracted with various organizations and Tribal Nations through WSD consulting. He is also a motivational speaker with experience in professional football and an actor in Hollywood movies and television. Other activities Warne is involved in include Indian country advocacy, congressional testimonies, cultural diversity, youth athletic and life skills camps, organizational development, and grants and contracts management.

Karin WinnerRetiree, Editor, San Diego Union Tribune

Karin Winner

Location: La Jolla, CA

Karin Winner is a graduate of The Bishop’s School and the University of Southern California. As West Coast Editor of Women’s Wear Daily, she helped create W Magazine in 1972. She joined the San Diego Union as special features editor in 1977 and spent 33 years at the Copley Press. She was Editor and VP/News of the San Diego Union-Tribune for 16 years until January 2010. During her leadership, the San Diego Union-Tribune won two Pulitzer Prizes and she served on six Pulitzer juries. Now retired, Karin chairs the board of Inewsource, a nonprofit, independent investigative journalism organization housed in the KPBS newsroom on the San Diego State University campus. She also serves on the boards of The Old Globe, SDSU’s Campanile Foundation, Wellness Warriors and the Advisory Boards of KPBS and the San Diego History Center. She is a member of Rotary Club 33 and The Wednesday Club.

*Executive Committee Member

For more information on CCAB, contact Irma Velasco, director, Campus and Community Relations, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 858-534-6862.