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.
“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 Advisors Member, Barowsky School of Business
“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
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. She is currently the Vice President for Human Resource at Marin Community Foundation, which is focused on making a difference in the lives of others through thoughtful, effective philanthropy.
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.
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.
Rajvi 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.
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.
Bernard Mizel is the retired chairman and CEO of CCI Financial and Insurance Solutions, one of the largest independent insurance brokerage-consulting firms in the San Francisco Bay Area. He joined CCI in 2003 following an extensive career in the insurance industry, which includes involvement in more than 370 acquisition transactions.
In the late 1970s, Mr. Mizel created one of the largest West Coast Regional brokerages when he led the acquisition of Albert M. Bender Company by Bache Inc. Leading the company as president with a seat on the Board of Directors, he oversaw the distribution of life insurance and financial planning through a national sales force of over 5,000 producers. Mr. Mizel later oversaw US Operation when Bache was acquired by Jardine Mathison, headquartered in Hong Kong.
In the early 1980s, Mr. Mizel formed American Business Insurance Brokers in partnership with American Financial Corporation, Cincinnati, Ohio. In three years it ranked within the top 10 brokerages in the country. American Business Insurance Brokers was renamed Accordia when it was sold to Anthem Blue Cross and is now known as Wells Fargo Insurance Brokers.
In the 1990s, Mr. Mizel raised capital with Saratoga Partners to launch USI, again leading the development of one of the 10 largest brokerages in the US. The company was subsequently taken public and then purchased by Goldman Sachs.
Mr. Mizel received his BA from the University of California at Berkeley. A lifelong musician, he studies piano at the San Francisco Conservatory and has served on the boards of the Oakland Symphony and Oakland Youth Orchestra. He currently serves on the board of 10,000 Degrees.
George McCullagh is Mechanics Bank’s Senior Vice President and Regional Manager, leading the bank’s commercial and industrial teams in San Mateo, San Francisco and Marin counties. Prior to joining Mechanics Bank in November, 2015. Mr. McCullagh spent nine years at Wells Fargo in San Francisco, serving as Senior Vice President and Regional Sales Manager. His 28 years of banking experience in Northern California also includes executive regional sales and marketing positions at Civic Bank of Commerce in Oakland, CA, and Bank of America in San Francisco.
In addition to serving on the Board of Advisors at Dominican’s Barowsky School of Business, Mr. McCullagh most recently served two terms as a board member of the Okizu Foundation, a Novato-based non-profit dedicated to supporting the childhood cancer community. He received a bachelor’s degree in Finance/Marketing at the University of Santa Clara, and his mother was a 1939 graduate of Dominican College. He resides in San Rafael.
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.
Susan Schultz recently joined the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy as Vice President, Business Operations. Prior to joining the Parker Institute, Susan spent much of her professional life at the University of California. For the past eight years she was the Dean of Administration and Finance in UC San Francisco’s School of Dentistry. Susan was recognized with the Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional University Management for her contributions to UCSF.
Susan is frequently asked to be a speaker or panelist on the topics of management, diversity and employee development. A skilled mediator and facilitator, Susan’s passions are exemplified in her volunteer work, serving on boards of organizations supporting education and cancer patients. She holds a BA in Communications from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA in Strategic Leadership from Dominican. Susan resides in San Rafael and in her free time can be found attending youth sporting events with her husband, rooting for their children’s teams.
Ms. Sedonaen is the President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin Counties, one of the longest-running and most successful nonprofit social enterprises in the country. She joined SFGoodwill in July, 2013.
Maureen is known as an inspiring leader with a highly successful track record in both private-sector and nonprofit social enterprise. She previously served as the Regional Vice-President of Revolution Foods, where she led high levels of growth and established new partnerships, including an innovative national model with the San Francisco Unified School District.
Earlier in her career, Maureen founded the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI), an acclaimed national youth development organization, serving as the organization’s Founder, President and CEO for 22 years. She founded YLI’s social enterprise – The Center for Research, Philanthropy, Evaluation and Training – in 1991. Through her leadership, the Center gained both national and international recognition for its program models and curriculum, and served as an often-replicated model for youth organizations around the globe.
Maureen serves as Chair of the Board for the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership and is a former board member of the Bay Area chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management and holds an MBA in Strategic Leadership from Dominican University of California.
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. Prior to joining the San Rafael Chamber in 2010, Leonard 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. During his tenure, Enterprise was nationally honored by the United States Department of Labor.
Earlier in his career, 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 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 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 Advisory Board of the Barowsky School of Business at Dominican, Working Solutions North Bay, Business and the Information Systems Department at the College of Marin and serves on the Destination Management and Technology and Entrepreneurship Committees for Marin Economic Forum.