Career Services Advisory Council (CSAC)
The purpose of the Career Services Advisory Council (CSAC) is to advise and actively support Cal Poly Career Services in achieving our mission of empowering students to achieve a lifetime of meaningful career success.
For more information, please see the CSAC overview.
Members (* denotes council chair)
Phil Bailey, Cal Poly’s College of Science & Math
Dean, Emeritus of Cal Poly’s College of Science and Mathematics
Dr. Phil Bailey is Dean, Emeritus of Cal Poly’s College of Science and Mathematics and Professor Emeritus in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. He joined the faculty in 1969, serving as Dean for 34 years and teaching for 48 years. Currently, he is the Director of the Frost Fund, a $110M donation to the College of Science and Mathematics to support undergraduate research. With his wife, Dr. Christina Bailey (professor and chair emeritus in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department), he has co-authored a number of books, performed Chemistry Magic shows for over 125,000 people, and published 30,000 copies of an educational DVD of the presentation. He has assumed major leadership roles in facility development including Faculty Offices East and the Baker Center as well as student success initiatives such as the “Study 25-35 Hours/Week” program. Dr. Bailey has been recognized by countless national, state, University and student organizations, including receipt of Cal Poly’s Presidential Medal of Excellence for his continuing support of student diversity, inclusion, welfare and success.
Dr. Bailey earned a BS and Ph.D. in chemistry from The University of Texas (Austin) and Purdue University respectively. The Bailey’s have adopted four mixed-race children and hosted more than 15 Cal Poly multicultural students to live with them over the years to assist them in completing their college degrees as well as many other students in various ways.
Mihran Berejikian, Belami Ecommerce
President of Belami Ecommerce
Audra Branstad, Apple
Director of Employee Development Programs in Finance and Information Systems & Technology, Apple
Since joining Apple in 1999, Audra has served in key roles that fuel Apple’s talent pipeline. She built Apple’s Finance Development and Leadership Programs as well as the IS&T Development Program. Most recently, she has been involved with starting a mentor program for the ACE Charter School in San Jose. Prior to her tenure with Apple, Audra held positions with Cummins Inc. in HR, Labor Relations, and International HR.
Audra holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts degree in Labor & Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Doug Britt, Boyd Corporation
President and Chief Executive Officer, Boyd Corporation
Doug Britt is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Boyd Corporation with more than 30 years of experience leading global strategic initiatives, driving commercial success, managing complex operations, and catalyzing growth across many businesses. His focus is to further advance Boyd’s leading position in strategic end markets and continue to deepen and broaden capabilities, technology and innovation to best serve customers.
Doug most recently served as President of the Integrated Solutions division of FLEX, a +$20 billion business unit that combines Industrial and Emerging Industries (IEI), Communications and Enterprise Compute (CEC), and Consumer Technologies Groups (CTG). FLEX is a $25 billion global provider of design, engineering, manufacturing and supply chain solutions with approximately 180,000 employees in 30 countries. Prior to joining FLEX, Doug served as Corporate Vice President for Future Electronics responsible for managing sales, engineering, and operations, and accountable for profit and loss of Future’s largest business. He led as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Marketing, and Operations at Silicon Graphics and as Executive Vice President responsible for sales, marketing, account and program management at Solectron.
His areas of expertise include C-Suite Team Development & Leadership, Complex Manufacturing Operations Management, P&L Management, Global Business Development, Strategic Planning & Global Sourcing, Private Equity Sponsored Company Leadership, Lean Manufacturing, Supplier & Partner Strategic Alignments , Best Cost Geography Greenfielding & Rationalization, Strategic M&A, Post-transaction Integration and Synergy Management, Footprint & Organizational Vetting / Rationalization, Cross Functional Acquisition Due Diligence, Investor Relations as well as Global Annual Budget Planning.
Doug serves on the Board of Directors for Helios Technologies (NASDAQ: HLIO) as the Chair of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee.
Doug earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Chico State and has attended executive education programs throughout Europe, including the University of London.
Davis Carlin, McKinsey & Company
Solution Manager, McKinsey & Company
Albert Climent, Spencer Stuart
Managing Director, Spencer Stuart Executive Search Firm
Albert Climent is the managing director of Spencer Stuart’s Silicon Valley office and is a member of the firm’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice as well as the North American Board and CEO practices. He brings an extensive and functionally broad background in the storage, computing and semiconductor industries. With more than 20 years of experience in leading worldwide teams, Albert has held management positions with international responsibility in sales, marketing, engineering, product management, quality, materials, and manufacturing operations. Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Albert served as a Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Service, and Support at Celerity. Previously, at Read-Rite/Western Digital, he held positions of Vice President and General Manager of the company’s largest business unit as well as the corporate marketing function. Albert also has held management positions in engineering, product management, and manufacturing operations at Amdahl Corporation/Fujitsu. In addition, he has developed and led several successful entrepreneurial ventures.
Albert earned his Bachelor of Science in engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and holds a master’s in business administration from St. Mary’s College of California.
Lisa Climent, Community Leader
Lisa Climent has retired from the world of technology and has focused her efforts in multiple diverse non-for-profit initiatives. Lisa is on the board of Providing Autism Research (PAR), an entity focused on raising funds for autism research. They have raised over $1,000,000, which has benefited the University of Davis Mind Institute, local special needs teacher grants, the Children’s School of Imagination and others. In addition, Lisa leads multiple charity events to benefit local schools and children’s sporting teams.
Prior to engaging in non-for-profit activities, Lisa spent a number of years consulting for technology companies offering operational excellence practices. Previously, Lisa led Manufacturing Operations organizations and New Product Engineering programs at Spectra Physics, a leading laser technology company.
Lisa earned her Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo and holds a master’s in business administration from St. Mary’s College of California.
Steven Fettig, Boston Financial Investment Management
Boston Financial Investment Management, LP
Steven Fettig currently serves as Senior Asset Manager at Boston Financial
Investment Management, LP. He was formerly Vice President for CAPREIT
Residential Corporation. CAPREIT is a fully integrated real estate operating
company that owns and manages apartment communities throughout the United States. Steven was named to this position in August of 2015 with the purpose of expanding CAPREIT’s western footprint as well as providing leadership for CAPREIT’s West Coast Operations. CAPREIT currently manages over 13,000 multifamily units from Coast to Coast.
Prior to joining CAPREIT, Steven was Senior Vice President and Director of Operations with Evans Property Management, Inc (“EPMI”) which was an owner and operator of approximately 6,000 units located throughout CA, WA, OR, NV, and TX worth in excess of $500MM. In addition, Steven “right-sized” the organization while increasing its portfolio size through the addition of fee managed clients. Steven oversaw Property Management, Human Resources, IT, Payroll, Asset Management, and Construction Management. While at EPMI Steven was very successful in transforming non-performing assets into success stories through his 18 years of real estate experience.
Steven holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo as well as a Master of Science Industrial and Technical Studies also from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He also holds a broker’s license in California, Washington, and Nevada.
Gamiel Gran, Mayfield
Vice President of Business Development, Mayfield
Gamiel Gran is Vice President of Business Development at Mayfield, a venture capital firm located in Silicon Valley. In his role, he manages Mayfield’s CXO Network and oversees Mayfield Insights, Mayfield Impact, and manages the company’s leadership and networking series. Gamiel also leads a CIO Thought and Leadership & Innovation advisory board and invests in and supports AVNI Networks, Ionic Security, and EaseVR. Gamiel possesses over 25 years of experience in the areas of operational management and venture capital. He previously held the position of Chief Strategy Officer for SOASTA where he was responsible for ongoing operational improvements including sales, marketing, channels, strategic partnerships, corporate development, and investment support. Prior to joining SOASTA, Gamiel was a partner at Sierra Ventures. In this role, he expanded the global reach of Sierra and led the Sierra CIO Summit. During his career, he has held executive leadership roles at IBM, Oracle, BEA (acquired by Oracle), Asera, and Cassatt (acquired by CA).
Gamiel is a California native and graduate of U.C. Berkeley. He is passionate about education and internship access for the next generation of employees. In addition to his leadership on Cal Poly’s Career Advisory Board, he recently led the 100% Internship initiative at Claremont McKenna College.
Brett Johnson, CFA, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Vice President of Goldman Sachs & Co.
Brett is a Vice President of Goldman Sachs & Co. As a Cal Poly SLO alumni, he received a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Finance. He has been working as an investment professional since 2006 and previously served as Assistant Vice President for Bank of America Private Bank where he worked as a Private Client Manager for three years. He is a CFA Chaterholder and holds three certifications in Series 3, 7, and 63. He serves on the Deans Advisory Board for OCOB and is a board member of the Manhattan Beach Educational Foundation. Brett currently resides in Manhattan Beach, California.
Jason King, UC Irvine
Associate Director of Corporate Relations, UC Irvine - Bren School of Information & Computer Science
Jason King is the Associate Director of Corporate Relations at UC Irvine - Bren School of Information & Computer Science. He has previously worked for companies in the energy management and energy solutions industries, focusing on various technologies including Fuel Cells, EV Charging Stations, HVAC, Solar, Micro-Grids, and Battery Storage Systems. A graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Jason holds degrees in Communications Business. He also holds various certifications in energy and sustainability. Currently, Jason is the Vice-President of the Cal Poly Orange County Alumni Chapter. Additionally, he is the Co-Founder and President of the Young Professionals In Energy (YPE)- Orange County Chapter. Focusing on “Future Forward Thinkers”. In his free time, Jason is an avid surfer, sailor, mountain biker, and all around outdoor enthusiast. He also regularly volunteers with various non-profit and outreach organizations focused on helping disadvantaged individuals and communities.
Maxine Kozler, LDR Ventures Partners LLC
Co-Managing Director, LDR Ventures Partners LLC
Sabrina Linnemann, Regal Medical Group
Vice President, Network Management, Regal Medical Group
Sabrina Linnemann is Vice President of Network Management for Regal Medical Group, one of the largest physician networks in Southern California. In this position, she is responsible for oversight, management and strategic growth of the primary care physician network in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, representing nearly 1200 primary care physicians. Regal Medical Group provides healthcare for over 600,000 insured members in Southern California through a network of physicians, hospitals, urgent care centers, and ancillary healthcare services.
Prior to working for Regal, Sabrina was the Director of Operations for Concentra, the nation’s largest occupational medicine and urgent care provider. In that position, she was responsible for all aspects of operations in the Southern California and Hawaii regions, which served 1600+ patients per day and generated over $45M of revenue annually. She credits Concentra’s emphasis on professional development through leadership training as instrumental in preparing her for a position of greater responsibility.
Sabrina began her healthcare career in a less traditional path. She worked with her husband to start up his medical practice and learned the business from the ground up, to include all aspects of business operations, work flow development, facilities and leasing, and revenue cycle management. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Systems Management from Chapman University while working and caring for her three children. Her educational goals were hard fought as she balanced a young family and a growing medical practice with her desires for personal achievement. Her education was started and stopped several times along the way, but she persevered and ultimately completed her degree at Chapman. Sabrina’s desire to coach and mentor students is inspired by the non-traditional path she followed in pursuit of her educational and professional goals.
Beth McCormick, Lawrence Livermore Nat'l Laboratory
Strategic Workforce Development Manager, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Bethany (Beth) McCormick is currently the Strategic Workforce Development Manager for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Since joining LLNL in 2006, Beth has created, developed and executed innovative programs in diversity and inclusion including mentoring, leadership, recruitment and onboarding for engineers and scientists. Beth attended Michigan State University where she received a B.S. in chemical engineering.
Five years ago, Beth realized it was getting more difficult to find middle-skilled workers willing to move to California. She decided to develop a local workforce of technicians in partnership with Las Positas College. Together they developed a unique educational program for veterans that accelerated their ability to gain middle wage careers in STEM in just two years. Her Vet’s to Tech program has been recognized at the White House, US News STEM Conference, 2017 Education Innovation Award by East Bay Economic Development Association any more recently by Senator Feinstein as a best practice in strategic workforce development. Beth is passionate about providing educational and work opportunities to under-represented populations and women, in STEM. “Employers need to be more proactive in supporting educators by providing internships as early as possible. Applied learning is the key to building a successful pipeline of students in STEM.”
Beth served on the advisory board for Cal Poly’s Multicultural Engineering program for the past five years. She is also on the Executive Board for Alameda County Workforce Development Board and UC San Diego Jacob School of Engineering’s IDEA Center. In her spare time, she is “adventure gramma” for her four-year-old granddaughter. It’s not unusual to find Beth hiking or riding around somewhere in Northern California.
Kristen Morris, Jamestown Realty Company
Director, Jamestown Realty Company
Ms. Morris created and oversees Jamestown Realty Company, Jamestown’s in-house retail real estate brokerage division, where she manages retail leasing brokerage activity for the entire Jamestown retail portfolio in Boston, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, LA, and South Florida. Her in-house team of seven professionals leases Chelsea Market, Ponce City Market, Westside Provisions, 4th Street in Berkeley, Collins Collection in Miami, Georgetown Park in Washington D.C., Newbury Collection in Boston and the Boston Design Center. She also guides the efforts of the company’s third-party partners, currently operating in three markets.
Additionally, Morris drives asset level strategic retail planning and place-making based on innovative, forward-looking merchandising. Over the last several years she developed and executed a comprehensive and cutting-edge consumer research platform that remains integral to informing the unique strategic plan designed for each asset.
With almost 30 years of retail leasing and marketing expertise, Morris has experience with a broad spectrum of real estate product types including urban retail streets and districts, New Urbanism developments, mixed-use developments, traditional regional malls, lifestyle centers, and grocery-anchored community centers. She is a licensed real estate broker in Georgia, Florida, New York, Massachusetts and Washington D.C., and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute. She was a member of Midtown Atlanta’s Design Review Committee from 2014 through 2017.
Ms. Morris earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Georgia State University.
Kraig Scheyer, Northrup Grumman (Retired)
Former Vice President of Administrative Services, Northrup Grumman
Kraig Scheyer retired from a 34-year career in the Aerospace Industry where his experience included real estate and facilities management; travel management; physical and classified security management; health, safety, and environmental management; purchasing; and process improvement. Kraig has served as chair and now member of the Cal Poly College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council, and is a College Director for the Cal Poly Alumni Association. He is also an active volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and provides support to businesses in the areas of project management systems, project management of construction projects, travel, and environmental health and safety. Kraig is now self-employed making custom craftsman furniture and performing home restoration.
Kraig earned his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and a Master of Business Administration degree from University of California, Los Angeles.
Lauri Shiffrar, County of San Luis Obispo
Assessment Analyst, County of San Luis Obispo
Lauri Shiffrar is an Assessment Analyst with the County of San Luis Obispo, where she serves as the Human Resources Liaison for the Assessor’s Office. In this role, she works directly with elected official Tom J. Bordonaro, Jr., the County Assessor, on outreach and recruitment efforts, onboarding of new hires, performance evaluations, employee development and retention, and organizational development. Prior to working at the County, Lauri was the Development Coordinator for Marian Medical Center Foundation and completed an 18-month-long fellowship program through the Santa Barbara Foundation on leadership and raising funds for non-profit organizations. She also has private sector work experience in the wine and agriculture industries on the beautiful Central Coast.
Before Lauri started her professional career, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business. During her time at Cal Poly, she was President of the Economics Association and served on other committees. A fifth-generation San Luis Obispo County native, Lauri is also proudly a second generation Cal Poly graduate.
Cynthia Tusan*, Strategic Global Advisors, LLC
Founder and President of Strategic Global Advisors, LLC
Cynthia Tusan, CFA is the Founder and President of Strategic Global Advisors, LLC, an employee-owned registered investment advisor based in Newport Beach, California. SGA manages approximately $3.2 billion in international, global and domestic equity strategies, primarily for institutional investors. Ms. Tusan’s investment career spans more than 20 years, including 16 years with Wells Fargo where she began in 1989 as a Senior Portfolio Manager. Ms. Tusan earned her BA in Economics from Bryn Mawr College and her MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA. She is a CFA charter holder and is a member of the CFA Society of Los Angeles and the CFA Society of Orange County.