Sam BeldonaDean and Professor of Strategic Management
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Offering a high-quality curriculum that is grounded in the liberal arts, thoroughly incorporates the knowledge and skills necessary for success in business and leadership, and promotes the Dominican ideals of study, reflection, community, and service.
Providing opportunities for collaborative learning, enriching educational experiences, and other forms of student engagement.
Supporting the faculty’s commitment to applied research and teaching excellence.
Serving as a business and leadership resource for the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond through the Institute for Leadership Studies, the Françoise O. Lepage Center for Global Innovation, and other centers and strategic partnerships.
Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of a review of each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, alumni success, strategic plan, student satisfaction, and more. Schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.
“The Barowsky School provides a personalized business education focused on the student. The schools small size allows faculty to get to know student's goals and aspirations, and personalize the curriculum in a way that makes it transformative.”Barney Mizel, Board of Trustees Member, Dominican University of California
“My professors really cared about me and about what I was doing. They helped me get internships and they helped to guide me in the right direction. I cannot thank them enough for giving me opportunities.”Jake Bernstein '15
“Dominican’s business program taught me the soft skills of interacting, networking and presenting. I was able to develop close relationships with professors and get one-on-one mentoring academically, professionally and personally.”Michelle Mitra '08
Rajvi Berry has over twenty years of financial service experience including certification as a CPA and Tax Planning at KPMG, Institutional Equities’ Sales at Goldman Sachs both in New York and Hong Kong, and Real Estate investing in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Her work includes creating custom planning and investment solutions for ultra-high net worth families. Rajvi implements wealth management strategies for clients by concentrating on Portfolio management. She focuses on asset allocation, portfolio hedging and lending, retirement and estate-planning strategies. Rajvi has her MBA from the University of Chicago-Booth School of Business in both Finance and Marketing.
She attended University of Southern California and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting and Masters of Science in Taxation. She has a true appreciation for diverse cultures, having lived and worked both in Asia and the United States. She is passionate about working with women and enjoys hosting educational private briefings for women and their ability to manage their financial affairs astutely. Rajvi is a mother of three teenagers and enjoys yoga and cooking. She is also on the Board of 10,000 Degrees, a non-profit organization, in San Rafael, CA.
Chana Anderson is a human resource (HR) professional with over seventeen years of experience and expertise in employee and labor relations, performance management, leadership development, and organizational effectiveness.
Her HR career spans a multitude of industries including banking, tourism, healthcare and non-profits, where she focused on developing (HR) foundations and implementing strategic employee initiatives, as well as designing and delivering organizational development programs.
She has traveled internationally as part of HR delegations to impart HR best practices in developing countries, served on multiple non-profit boards and been member of Society for Human Resource Management’s national Employee Relations Special Expertise Panel. Currently, Chana is an item writer and reviewer for the national Professional in Human Resource exam, through the Human Resource Certification Institute, and a frequent speaker on the topic of leadership development.
Chana is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and as a Compensation Professional. She holds a certificate in Human Resource Management from University California San Diego, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Studies, and a master’s degree in Leadership from St. Mary’s College.
After a career in management, with Procter & Gamble and smaller firms, John Caple came to Dominican to start the business department. That was 1977, with the first class taught that spring, and in 1979 he started the Dominican at Oxford program. He taught at Dominican for ten years and delivered the commencement address in 1986.
After leaving Dominican he was a strategic consultant, leader of a CEO group, and speaker on vision and mission before CEO groups in the U.S. and abroad. He reconnected with Dominican in 2005 as lead volunteer on the Field of Dreams, which became the John F. Allen Athletic Complex. He served on the Dominican Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2011.
John earned a BA in Economics from Stanford (where he also played basketball), an MBA from Harvard, and a PhD from Golden Gate University with a thesis on The Executive Soul. He has written 14 books including Finding The Hat That Fits: How To Turn Your Heart’s Desire Into Your Life’s Work, published by Penguin. John and his wife Anne-Marie live in San Rafael.
Kevin Johnson is a vice president and portfolio manager at Dodge & Cox, the investment
management firm he joined in 1989. Dodge & Cox had $259.3 billion of assets under
management as of June 30, 2016.
Kevin is a portfolio manager, working with the firm’s institutional clients. For over
20 years he was also a Securities Analyst with primary responsibility for the Oil & Gas
Sector along with analyst experience in the Banking, Consumer Finance, Auto and
Chemicals Industries. Mr. Johnson is a shareholder of Dodge & Cox, and a Chartered
Financial Analyst (CFA).
Kevin is a member of Dodge & Cox’s charitable giving committee and serves on
the boards of the United Way of the Bay Area and the Boys & Girls Clubs of San
Francisco. He is also Board Chair of Bridge the Gap College Prep, a Marin City
organization that provides tutoring and educational support to disadvantaged youth.
Dennis Joyce’s accomplishments span a range of complex businesses – large and small, public and private, heavily traded and closely held. He founded the Joyce Group to help clients build exceptional companies through exceptional leadership teams. Prior to this, Dennis conducted executive management and Board level searches for Hodge Partners’ U.S. Consumer Practice. A coach at heart, his passion for building winning teams is what led him to pursue a career in executive search and leadership consulting.
Dennis’ early years in business were in marketing with Johnson & Johnson, where he grew many of their familiar brands to record sales and market share. His work there was featured in publications including The New York Times and BrandWeek. As Vice President of Marketing at PlanetRx.com, he led the company as it grew to one hundred million dollars in revenues in its first year after its one billion dollar public offering.
At Robert Mondavi Inc., he rose to Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing and ultimately Chief Operating Officer for the then publicly-traded, global wine company. After the merger of Robert Mondavi with Constellation Brands, he went on to become President of AgraQuest, Inc., a biotech developing transformative technologies for the commercialization of safe and effective pesticides. Throughout his career, and in each of these roles, Dennis consistently demonstrated an ability to build high performance teams that delivered positive business results and organizational improvement. He has hired executives at all levels, both as a hiring manager and as an executive recruiter.
Dennis received his B.A. from Georgetown University, M.B.A. from The University of Michigan, and also studied at the University of Oxford in England. An avid sports fan, and sometime participant, he played for Georgetown’s junior varsity basketball team. Today he is happy to ride his road bike around western Marin and the greater Bay Area, and recently completed his fourth century ride. He has served on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of San Francisco, the Board of Directors of the Wine Market Council, and the Board of Governors of Georgetown University.
Thomas Jung is the CEO, Co-founder and Chairman of AdvantageTec, Inc. – a texting SaaS business in the automobile industries. He has over 20 years executive experience in the technology and software industry. Prior to AdvantageTec, Thomas was on the founding executive team at vAuto as Chief Marketing Officer and was a standing board member; vAuto was purchased by Cox Communications in 2010. Prior to vAuto, Thomas was the CEO, co-founder and Chairman of Marketdrive Interactive which was purchased in 2000 by Cars.com, a division of Classified Ventures where he became a divisional President and VP Product Development.
Thomas is an automotive technician by trade having worked for Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porshce AG in Stuttgart Germany. He also has a Bachelor’s of Science from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Harvard.
George McCullagh is a banking professional with over 28 years of experience. He was previously Senior Vice President and Regional Manager at Mechanics Bank, leading the bank’s commercial and industrial teams in San Mateo, San Francisco, and Marin counties. Prior to Mechanics Bank, Mr. McCullagh was Senior Vice President and Regional Sales Manager at Wells Fargo in San Francisco. He also held executive regional sales and marketing positions at Civic Bank of Commerce in Oakland and Bank of America in San Francisco.
Susan Schultz is the Vice President of Business Operations at the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, a nonprofit start-up with the audacity to try to cure cancer. She leads a capable team responsible for the organization’s finance, human resources, program management and administrative operations including organizational development. With a proclivity for organizational effectiveness, Susan is committed to building a kick-ass organization with soul.
Prior to joining the Parker Institute, Susan spent 25 years supporting the University of California at the San Francisco and Los Angeles campuses in management roles; most recently (from 2008 to 2016), as the Associate Dean of Administration and Finance in UCSF’s School of Dentistry. Her contributions at UCSF were recognized with the Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional University Management.
A skilled mediator and facilitator, Susan frequently speaks on the topics of management, leadership, organizational culture and employee development. In Fall 2018, she addressed senior UCSB Communication students as a featured speaker at UCSB Comm Connect. In Winter 2019, Susan was a guest lecturer at Dominican University in the MBA 5400 course: Organizational Behavior and Executive Communication.
In addition to serving on the Board of Advisors for Dominican University’s Barowsky School of Business, Susan’s previous board experience includes the UCSF Dental Center Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of Sunflower Wellness, a nonprofit organization that empowers people living with cancer to find strength and support through exercise.
Susan holds a BA in Communications from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA with a concentration in strategic leadership from Dominican University.
Kate Wang is Vice President of MyCOS and is responsible for international business development. At MyCOS, Kate is leading the development of business partnerships with international consulting firms to introduce world-class strategic higher education consulting services to China, and also collaborating with these firms and international research organizations to bring MyCOS’ deep survey expertise abroad to foreign universities and institutions. Her work in the nonprofit and higher education sectors has spanned Paris, Beijing, Chicago, Boston and New York.
Prior to joining MyCOS, Kate was at CCS, an international fundraising consulting firm, where she worked with clients in higher education and healthcare, and contributed to one of the firm’s most significant projects: fundraising $100 million in under six months for Schwarzman Scholars, an elite academic program at Tsinghua University seed-funded by the Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO of the Blackstone Group, Stephen A. Schwarzman. Kate managed operations for an innovative microfinance not-for-profit with programs in Mexico and Tanzania, and worked at the Harvard China Fund and at the Clinton Foundation in China. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and French from Harvard College, a master’s degree in education policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and speaks English, French, Mandarin and Spanish. She has also been a board member of the Harvard Clubs of Paris and Chicago.
Leonard Weingarten has a rich track record in developing, marketing and managing successful business, nonprofit and civic partnerships, high profile events and economic development and workforce development programs. Currently, Leonard is the Director of Business Development at the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce. Before joining the Chamber in 2010, he was a Business Advisor with the Small Business Development Center, a national federally funded program that provides free and low-cost services to current and future business owners. He directed various Marin and Sonoma Counties marketing activities and managed a two county youth entrepreneurial program that exceeded its student participation goal by more than 700%.
Previously, at Enterprise for High School Students, a San Francisco city-wide youth employment agency, Leonard created a new department spearheading their partnerships with the business sector for youth workforce opportunities, job shadow experiences, financial support, marketing and civic engagement. During his tenure, Enterprise was nationally honored by the United States Department of Labor. With the United Way of the Bay Area, Leonard had record success fundraising and was recommended for a CEO position to the national headquarters.
Earlier in his career, some of his sports and entertainment achievements included marketing and public relations for two Summer Olympic Games, the Rose Bowl Parade and Game, projects with the Oakland Raiders, fundraisers featuring Ray Charles, and the entertainment production for a Mass by Pope John Paul II. Leonard also designed a sports marketing/event management course which he taught at UC Berkeley for five years to an international audience.
Leonard is part of the ownership group of the San Rafael Pacifics Professional Baseball Team. He has a BA from California State University, Chico, and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of San Francisco. A graduate of the San Rafael Leadership Institute and Leadership San Francisco, Leonard serves on the College of Marin’s advisory committee for the Business and the Information Systems Department and Friends of the Indian Valley Campus.