BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MEET THE BOARD
Kelly Yun, President & ExComm Chair (Rochdale, 2009-11)
Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco, but made a second home for herself at Rochdale Village, after meeting some of her closest friends in the co-ops. She remains connected to the cooperative community and has served on the BSCAA Board of Directors since 2017. As a development officer for UC Berkeley, she is mission-driven and committed to addressing our world's greatest challenges through philanthropy and public policy. Outside of the BSCAA and work, she is involved with the Chancellor’s Staff Advisory Committee at Cal and serves on the Human Welfare and Community Commission for the City of Berkeley.
Elissa Roy, Vice President & InComm Chair (Casa Zimbabwe 2005-2009, Oscar Wilde 2009)
Elissa has served as kitchen and finance manager for CZ and kitchen manager for Wilde House. Elissa has also co-organized two alumni reunions for CZ: one in 2010 with about 350 people in attendance and one in 2015 with about 250 people in attendance. In 2016, she is part of the committee for CZ's 50th Anniversary Block Party. She works as a writer and analyst in support of University Development & Alumni Relations at Cal.
Analise Electra Smith-Hinkley, Secretary & DigiComm Chair (Cloyne 2008, Oscar Wilde 2009-10)
BSC positions: Board Rep, Social Manager, CO Special Events Coordinator. Analise has served on the BSC Alumni Association Board since graduating from the co-ops in 2010. She is the outgoing President of the BSC Alumni Association, after having previously served as Graduation Chair and Vice President. She now manages the BSCAA website and serves on the External Affairs committee. She lives in Los Angeles, and wants to help the BSCAA continue to expand its reach through enabling active participation of members across the state and supporting involvement with alumni around the world.
Bryce Brown, Treasurer & FiCom Chair (Casa Zimbabwe 2008 – 2011)
Bryce joined the BSC Alumni Association Board in 2018 and has a passion for ensuring affordable housing is made widely available to the students of our community. In his time at the BSC he would often work at the Central Kitchen ensuring the delivery of the high quality and affordable food that has become a hallmark of Cooperative living. He is currently a financial advisor at Burleson + Company providing an analytical eye to the needs of a diverse client base. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, Bryce is a Captain in the California Army National Guard with whom he served in Syria, receiving a Bronze Star. In his free time he enjoys reading, running, travel, and working on fulfilling home projects.
Wick Smith, ExComm Chair (Barrington 1974-75. Ridge Project (Now Casa Zimbabwe) 1974-1977)
B.A. Psychology '77 M.S.W. '80 U.C. Berkeley. Most memorable workshifts: Cooking Sunday Brunch for 125 people, House Photographer, and Switchboard. Career in local government including Alameda County Administrator’s Office, Contra Costa County Schools and Contra Costa County. IT Manager Contra Costa County for 28 years and senior consultant in a firm that specialized in IT for non-profits and local governments. BSA adult volunteer for the last 25 years. Ham Radio operator and CERT volunteer. My interest in public service and working cooperatively for others all started with the Coops! Looking forward to continuing that with the Coop Students and Alums.
Jim Ausman (Chateau House 1990-93)
I was on the Board of Directors of the USCA for two years, mostly as the VP of Finance. I was the Board President one summer, the summer we decided to foreclose on Barrington and get it back from the man we had sold it to. Other accomplishments were to raise rent slightly to tackle the backlog of deferred maintenance and to allow any students from any college to join the USCA, not just Berkeley. There was a vacancy problem in this era. I would like to add more structure to the Board's projects and goals and my experience as a Project Manager should serve useful to the Board.
Alexander Barone (Davis House (2011-14)
My 2.5 years living and boarding at Davis house from 2011-2014 (two years living, one semester boarding) were by far the most formative during my time at Berkeley and represent some of the best years of my life (to date). The BSC presented me with the resources and community to learn about myself and others and I would like to make sure that future generations of students have the same opportunities for success both during their time at Berkeley and beyond. I currently live in Santa Barbara and work at Hulu in advertising sales but when I’m not working from home you can catch me experiencing the beauty of nature through surfing, snowboarding, hiking or mountain biking. I’m looking forward to working with and learning from all of you as we work support and enrich the BSC community.
Nancy Brigham Blattel (Barrington '73-'75, Rochdale '75-'76, Northside Apartments '76-'80)
is currently Data Management Lead supporting UC's database for fundraising and engagement needs. In 1996, she founded the BSC alumni association with a group of dedicated alumni who valued their experience, wanted to give back, and knew other alumni would want to as well. At the BSC, Nancy served on the student board and was vice president for 3 semesters. She graduated in 1977 with a degree in Social Welfare and then worked at the BSC Central Office in the housing department. She has had a long career of leadership with the Better Business Bureau and the Cal Alumni Association.
Michael Burke (Ridge Project, Davis House 1973-77)
I am a licensed clinical social worker who lives in Indianapolis, IN. I served as the assistant house manager and house manager at Ridge Project, today known as Casa Zimbabwe, and Davis House before graduating from Cal in 1977. I credit the coops with allowing me to afford Cal and to graduate debt free. I also believe managing 125 students as a young man helped prepare me for a career on Capitol Hill and later as a social worker.
Alexandra Daily-Diamond (Euclid Hall 2009-12)
obtained a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies at UC Berkeley. Serving as a Health Worker and Kitchen Manager, Alexandra developed a love of baking and interest in mentorship and education that continues in her career in Learning and Development. Alexandra is passionate about sustaining the vital communities and support that co-ops provide for students. She is particularly committed to helping maintain the BSC’s resources for members who, like her, are a part of the disabled student community, and otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford higher education. Alexandra believes the assistance and experience the BSC provided was key to her success as a student and beyond and, as a prospective board member, she is excited to pass it forward.
Noorin Damji (Stebbins 2013-15)
I served on BSC adcom, house president, maintenance manager, and house manager, and after graduating, have returned to facilitate Harm Reduction workshops—a topic about which I am very passionate. Currently I spend my time in medical school and will have my medical degree next year—my main sphere of interest and advocacy is in working with mental health patients, patients who experience addiction, and specific needs of LGBTQ+ patients. I think these topics are all very relevant to the BSC, and I would like to help inform new initiatives to support students who are living these experiences. As a BSC member, I had multiple experiences in which I saw the marginalization of people with mental illness and substance use, and challenging dynamics around LGBTQ students. As a queer and gender non-conforming person who is deeply connected to mental health and substance abuse both from a family/personal, professional and advocacy lens, I feel that I would make a useful contribution to the team.
John Ehrlich (Barrington Hall 1974-77)
BS Business Administration. John was on the USCA Board when we bought & sold houses. He was a House Manager at Barrington and then was President of the Board in 1977. He served 32 years in the San Francisco PD retiring as a Captain. There were many years with his family at the Lair 5th week Gold. John served on the BSCAA Board since 2012. He lives in Berkeley.
Ron Enfield (Barrington Hall 1962-65)
I spent 1962-65 at Barrington Hall, long before coed and drug days. I transferred to UCLA for a BA in film, then joined the computer industry, first as a developer, earning a Comp. Sci. MS at night. Later I wrote, edited, and published technical documents for Bell Labs, MITRE, Oracle, and others, and supported some big corporate websites. I am retired and want to assist the coop. My communication skills could help in outreach to alumni and others.
Selena Feliciano (Wolf House 2012, Hoyt 2012-13, CZ 2013-15)
Selena (she/her pronouns) believes the BSC to be an incredible resource with the capacity to serve our most vulnerable students in the midst of Bay Area housing insecurity, inspire critical redesign of 21st century collective ownership, and support friendships across the globe. Besides her role as member, her favorite tenure as a facilitator in the BSC was that of CZ President in spring 2015. Since graduating from UC Berkeley in Urban Studies (B.A.), Selena participated as an organizer for the CZ 50th anniversary party, and alumni speaker at the 2016 BSC graduation. She is grateful for the continued opportunity to support a formative platform that helped shaped her perspective on community.
Zach Gamlieli (Casa Zimbabwe 2014-18)
valued his in the co-op even more than his education at Cal. The BSC provided the opportunity for incredible leadership positions, and he had the privilege of being elected to the role of House Manager and the Board Representative for CZ. In his time on the BSC's Board, he served as the VP of External Affairs (2016-17), and the BSC President (2017-18). During his tenure in those executive roles, he worked hard to improve the BSC's public perception, which significantly benefitted their recruitment efforts geared towards low-income students as well as their relationships with UC Berkeley and City of Berkeley officials. It would be an honor for him to serve on the Board of the BSCAA.
Victor Garlin (Oxford Hall 1952-57)
served on the BSC (then USCA) Board of Directors for three years. He taught economics, and law, at UCB, UCSF and Sonoma State University for 50 years. Since retiring in 2007 he has served on the boards of the Northeast Bay ACLU, the Emeritus and Retired Faculty at Sonoma State and, since 2008, on the BSCAA board. He is presently working with the BSCAA’s committee on board operations, revising our bylaws, and seeking ways to improve the functioning of our board.
Steve Greenberg (Cloyne Court, 1980-1985)
will always value his BSC (fka University Students’ Cooperative Association) experience as one of two educations he got at Berkeley, the other being a couple of Cal degrees. The BSC was and is much more than a cheap place to live; it’s a special place for students to learn and grow. He worked on the maintenance crew at Cloyne, was the Maintenance Manager, and was active in helping Cloyne and the USCA broadly become more energy efficient. He started working at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab when he was a grad student still living at Cloyne and is still at the Lab, working on energy efficiency in buildings. He bicycles to work every day, riding past Northside, Kidd, and Cloyne. He’s been on the BSCAA Board since 2009.
Margie [Miller Greene] Guillory (Hoyt Hall 1970-73, Northside Coop from 1974-1978)
She graduated from Berkeley with a degree in mathematics, two teaching credentials, and a certificate in accounting. Margie was involved with the BSC as the BSC's first woman Maintenance Manager (1970-1972), first woman on Summer Maintenance Crew (1972), Decentralization & Inventory Control Clerk (1972-1975), A/P Bookkeeper (1975-1988) with a 6-month break to convert all houses to the Home Cooking Program in 1980, and BSC's Accountant (1988-2012). Margie was inducted into the North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO) Hall of Fame in 1990 as an Educator. She is now in a recovery program as the Treasurer of BSCAA.
Nicholas Hamilton (Oscar Wilde 2002-2006)
Nicholas Hamilton served as President of the BSC (then USCA) from 2004-05, on the summer maintenance crew, and as a workshift and house manager at Oscar Wilde House. Experiences at the BSC have strongly influenced his career as an urban policy leader who has launched a diverse set of urban equity and sustainability initiatives, from a national network to revitalize America’s legacy cities to founding the NYC-Metro Urban Sustainability Meetup. Prior to establishing his consulting practice, he previously served as Director of Urban Policy at Columbia University’s bipartisan policy institute, The American Assembly and architectural and urban designer at the firm Davis Brody Bond. He holds a Master of International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and Bachelors from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied Architecture, Planning, and Environmental Design in Developing Countries. After thirteen years in New York City, he recently returned to the Bay Area with his partner and two young children.
Jennifer Heller (Cloyne 2000-01, Rochdale 2001, Kingman 2002-04)
I (she/her) was destined to go to and love living in Berkeley. From a young age, my parents brought her to Cal; I have been frequenting Lama Beans (formerly Jimmy Beans) since 1990! I worked for CO first as Receptionist, then Communications Coordinator and then acting Development Director between 2001 and 2009. Some of my key accomplishments were two complete website overhauls, the development of the online application, and the 75th Anniversary Gala. While at Kingman, I served as Social Manager for two years. Following my time as a staff member at CO, I served on the BSCAA Board until August 2012. In 2010 I founded Artsy Geek, a design and marketing agency. In the past decade, I have continued to work with various non-profits and small businesses on branding and marketing. I look forward to bringing this experience to the BSCAA Board. I will be forever grateful to the BSC not only for the professional experience but for introducing me to my best friends and my husband. All of the people I am closest to in the world I met through the BSC. I currently live in San Leandro with my husband (Lothlorien, Castro, Casa Zimbabwe, Rochdale) and three-year-old son. I enjoy baking, gardening and reorganizing closets.
Laura Vargas Hernandez (CZ 2016, Afro House 2016, Hoyt Hall 2016-17)
After I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2017, I worked with nonprofits doing marketing, fundraising, podcasting, and event planning. I currently work at an elementary school in the Bay Area and volunteer with an education nonprofit. The reason I am interested in joining the BSCAA board is because the BSC helped me during my time at Cal, and I would like to give back by joining the board. As a Latina immigrant, I hope that I get to inspire others to also pursue similar opportunities in their communities.
RW “Randy” Klarin (Barrington 1970 - )
I transferred to UC Berkeley from Los Angeles Valley College in 1970. Housing was very tight, but fate brought me to Barrington Hall where I made life-long friends. While at Barrington, I was the assistant to the Timekeeper (who also is a friend these days). After that school year I moved to the brand-new Rochdale Apts. I earned a Master of Science degree in Public School Administration and Master of Arts in Mass Communication. In 2007 I retired from my career in public education, my last assignment was Coordinator (administrator) of Drop-out Prevention for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Prior to that I served as classroom teacher, high school assistant principal, dean of discipline, and high school principal. Since then, I exhibited a show of acrylic paintings, published a book of poetry and a memoir/self-help book for retirees, and traveled to over 60 countries. I have lived in Santa Monica, CA, since graduation from Berkeley. In 2015, I endowed a permanent scholarship for co-op students in financial need.
Winne Luo (Sherman 2019)
I graduated in December '19 studying Public Health and Statistics. While I only lived in the co-ops for my last semester of college (Sherman, Fall 2019), it was by far the best semester of my college experience and I would love to give back as a board member to make sure that the BSC and all the valuable experiences it provides remain accessible and affordable to students going forward. Since the BSC I have continued to live, work, and think cooperatively in the spirit of all that the co-op has taught me—and I especially want to advocate for living not only in cooperation with each other, but also the land and environment in which we live; and for fostering community as a source of resilience within a largely hostile system. Outside of college, I have conducted academic research on how to use data science to solve civic problems, farmed on a small organic farm in Maine, and worked for a health policy nonprofit as well as in tech, where I am now.
Jonah Markowitz (Fenwick 1998-99)
joined the BSCAA board in 2000 and became a life member. In addition to California Alumni Association lifetime membership, he participates in a number of other community organizations.
Kaye McKee (Cloyne Court, Davis House 2012)
I work as a commodity trader in Houston, TX with expertise in financial markets. I want to help sustain the BSC so that higher education is accessible to everyone and students can continue to grow the cooperative culture (which the world needs more of)!
Marcella Murphy (Stebbins, Oxford, Sherman, Cloyne, Northside, Rochdale)
I thoroughly enjoyed my nine years of co-op living. I lived in Stebbins, Oxford, Sherman, Cloyne, Northside and Rochdale. I held several positions and did a wide variety of workshifts. I loved welcoming new members and I confess to having cried more than once when the house emptied out at the end of the year. I believe now more than ever co-op principles hold many of the keys to solving the economic problems we face today, and I am determined that the BSC should thrive during this pandemic and beyond.
Michelle Nacouzi (Castro, Wolf, Sherman, CZ)
Michelle was a member of the BSC during her junior and senior years at Cal, including serving as BSC President from 2013-14. Her memorable workshifts included bathroom cleaning, Sunday cook crew, and council note taking. Between the BSC and the Berkeley Student Food Collective, Michelle learned more at the student-run coops than she did 'across the street', and attempts to apply the cooperative business principles to her career work. After graduating, Michelle moved to New York City, where she has worked as a management consultant for A.T. Kearney and now as an investment associate for Indicator Ventures (early stage VC). She keeps in touch with BSC alumni and is the proud older sister of two BSC alumna.
Tori Partridge (Hoyt Hall 2008-09, Ridge House 2009-11)
Tori lived in Hoyt Hall from 2008-2009 and Ridge House from 2009-2011 and served as health worker, health worker coordinator, and house manager. Since leaving the BSC, she has gone on to get her masters in special education and now is back in Berkeley working at REALM Charter Middle School. Tori says she learned so much from the BSC and is hoping to give back by being part of the Coop Alumni Board.
Ron Pringle (Stebbins 1977-79, Kingman 1979-81)
I started my journey through the Co-ops at Stebbins Hall in a two person room with Victor Lee. He was the perfect roommate because his parents lived in SF so he went home every weekend. I worked for a time at the Central Kitchen learning how to make vast batches of food to be delivered in “CK” pans to the houses that wanted them. I then became kitchen manager for a year at Stebbins after which I moved up the hill to Kingman Hall. I stayed at Kingman, ultimately getting enough points for a single there until the summer of 1981 when I left Cal to work in the real world. I spent the next 35 years building homes in the East bay. In 2014 I returned to Cal to finish my degree in Forestry, graduating with a BS in 2017. During that time, I raised 3 boys into men, one of which works with me now. I would be proud to contribute my life knowledge back to the Student Coops now.
Sean Sowell (Lothlorien boarder 1984, Kingman 84-89, Northside 89-92)
I (he/him) was born in Boston and grew up in Watertown, Massachusetts. I earned a BA in Psychology in 1992 and credit the USCA for making it possible to work my way through school at Cal. I served as Kingman's Board member in 84, House President and Workshift Manager in 85, House Manager 86-88, as Board President in the Summer & Fall of 88, and as Kingman's and Northside's House President in 89 (concurrently). I led membership referenda 1 (84), 2 (86) and 3 (88) that eventually closed and sold Barrington in 1989. My twin sons are Matt and Nick. I served as Zephyr Teachout's volunteer deputy texting director in her 2018 run for New York State Attorney General, leading a team of 275 volunteers nationwide who contacted 1.01 million registered Democrats in New York with a cell phone. I miss Warren Zevon, Harry Chapin, and Johnny Cash, and regret never seeing Warren in concert. I drive for GrubHub, used to work for Open Heart Kitchen in Pleasanton, and still deliver meals to folks who are hungry. I welcome the chance to return in service to the BSC. USCA President Emeritus.
Alfred Twu (Afro House 2003 - )
has been a co-oper since 2003, starting out at Afro House and now around Lothlorien and Wilde. In addition to holding various house and central level positions, Alfred worked at CO for a couple years in the early 2010s and has been on the Alumni Board since, focusing on events like reunions and happy hours that connect current members to alumni.