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UC San Diego Alumni Board
of Directors Announces New Members

August 1, 2011

By Malinda Danziger

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The Alumni Board of Directors at the University of California, San Diego, has announced the appointment of four new members: Megan Bettilyon, ’07, M.S. ’10; Sandi Logan, ’86; Mark Suster, ’91; and Suzanne Valentine, ’89.

“Over the past 12 months, our UCSD Alumni group has gained tremendous momentum while celebrating UC San Diego’s 50th Anniversary with alumni both locally and across the globe,” says Armin Afsahi, ’90, executive director of UCSD Alumni. “Our new board members bring new energy and talent to UCSD Alumni. Our board is poised to make a powerful leap forward in engaging our alumni in all facets of the university.”

The Board of Directors oversees the strategic development of UCSD Alumni programs and initiatives that advance UC San Diego in communities around the world including 25 regional alumni clubs in locations as far afield as London and South Korea. Nine have been added in the last year including Hawaii, Latin America and Singapore.

The Board is also committed to raising scholarships for ambitious and motivated students at UC San Diego. In just under 40 years, the Board of Directors has and alumni donors have helped to raise an endowment of $6.5 million that has funded nearly 1,000 scholarships.

The new directors will join the current 32-member board to advise in the policies and outreach efforts of UCSD Alumni and to provide counsel and advice to University leadership, serving as the representative voice of over 130,000 alumni around the world.

The new Board members come from a diverse range of backgrounds including science, business and entertainment:

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    Megan Bettilyon, ’07, M.S. ’10, is the administrative coordinator for the San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology, a consortium of UC San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers dedicated to finding ways to use algae in products such as biofuels, nutraceuticals, packaging and medicine. Previously, Bettilyon was the laboratory and administrative manager for a kidney development and tissue engineering lab at UCSD.
  • Alumni Board of Directors
    Sandi Logan, ’86, is vice president of casting for ABC Entertainment, responsible for both the ABC Network and ABC Studios. In 1996, she started her career in casting at Universal Television working on sitcoms like Coach, Brother’s Keeper, and Something So Right. Logan then joined Liberman/Patton Casting as a casting director where she cast Boomtown, Monk (for which she was nominated for an Emmy for Best Casting of a Comedy), as well as pilots for Medium and Like Cats and Dogs.
  • Alumni Board of Directors
    Mark Suster, ’91, is general partner at GRP Partners, the largest venture capital firm in Southern California where his focus is early-stage technology companies. A two-time entrepreneur himself, Suster was vice president of product management at Salesforce.com following its acquisition of Koral, where he was founder and CEO. Prior to Koral, he was the founder and CEO of BuildOnline, the largest independent global content collaboration company focused on the engineering and construction sectors, which was acquired by SWORD Group.
  • Alumni Board of Directors
    Suzanne Valentine, ’89, is senior vice president of science and analytics at DemandTec, a collaborative optimization network for retailers and consumer product companies headquartered in San Mateo, Calif. Valentine has pioneered scalable analytics to support retailers and manufacturers and is the co-recipient of 17 patents. She championed the inauguration of the DemandTec Foundation and the Retail Challenge, a math-based scholarship program for high school seniors. Prior to DemandTec, Valentine worked at Procter & Gamble in both trade promotion analytics, and design and analysis of clinical trials.

UCSD Alumni Board of Directors began as a group of 10 volunteers in 1974. Today, the board includes loyal alumni from a variety of industries and backgrounds and from five decades of graduates. Each member may serve two three-year terms. The board meets throughout the year to establish goals and objectives for UCSD Alumni and, through the work of its committees, guides and assists the staff in the implementation of its programs for alumni. For more information, visit UCSD Alumni Association Board of Directors.


Media Contact: Malinda Danziger, 619-504-5127, or mdanziger@ucsd.edu

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