Meet the Brown Club of San Francisco Board
Kelsey Tripp '13, Co-President
Kelsey moved to San Francisco after graduation and is loving the California life and all of its fresh produce. She was president of her class at Brown and puts her degree in Computer Science to use as a software engineer at a FinTech startup.
Foodie Fantasy: Kelsey's favorite thing about Providence is all of its top-notch food establishments (the CIT meal plan not included).
Cory Abbe '13, Co-President
Cory is a proud Oregonian, but will give up those rainy days for the San Francisco fog any day. She works as a Project Engineer at DPR Construction along with many fellow Brown alumni.
Academic Athlete: Cory was captain of the women's varsity fencing team, and was part of the committee that renamed the former COE degree to BEO (Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations).
Robby Klaber '07
After graduating from Brown, Robby earned an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge as a Craig Cambridge Scholar and received his MBA with Honors from Harvard Business School. Currently, Robby is a Senior Research Analyst at Parnassus Investments.
Keeney Captivation: Robby lived in Keeney for 3 years – few people in Brown’s history can say that!
Erik Peterson '07
After leading the Brown Club of Boston for several years, Erik was drawn to San Francisco's spirit of intrepidity and playfulness. A polymath with stints in education, video game entertainment, and neuroscience, Erik owes a debt to Brown for opening the doors to a lifelong passion for learning and exploration.
Adventure Boy: When he's not at BCSF events, Erik can be found on dawn patrol surf outings, hunting down powder stashes, and occasionally moonlighting as a DJ.
Lisa Ryers '90
Lisa works as an architectural designer and design content provider in San Francisco. Her most recent production design work can be seen in the 2013 film "Torn."
Perkins Power: As a first year resident of Perkins, the Ratty ("Ice cream machine broken, go to other side") trumps the VDub for pure survival. Lisa remembers smuggling many boxes of Crackln' Oat Bran out to maintain life during snowy winters.
Dave Morris '88
Dave has served Brown in a variety of capacities since he graduated. He’s been on the Board of the Brown Clubs of DC, New York, and now San Francisco. He’s also been a class officer for his class and has served as a BASC Area Chair and Regional Coordinator. At Brown, though concentrating in Political Science, he took classes in 13 other departments and ultimately got a Masters in Engineering (from one of our Ivy rivals) despite never taking a math class at Brown. He is also one of the few Brown alumni to host a Brown Club event on his roof. While not wealthy enough to donate a building to Brown, he did donate an electrical outlet.
What he misses about Brown: Dave has fond memories of the days when you could reach anyone on campus via four-digit dialing from ubiquitous outdoor Campus Phones. He even suggested some mnemonic phone numbers for campus institutions such as x3663 for the Ratty, x2665 for the Rock, x2677 for the Dept. of Public Safety, and x7425 for Health Services. Sadly, none were implemented. (Hint: look at your phone to figure it out.)
Brett Stevens '14
A native of Massachusetts, Brett currently works at Delphix where he is a member of the product marketing team. He enjoys running in Golden Gate park and relaxing on Ocean Beach.
B&H Lifer: Brett is happy that the next generation of Brunonian engineers will have clean, fresh air to breathe in the new Barus and Holley, but is proud to say that the old establishment carved him into the man he is today.
Jeanie Chang '91
After Providence, Jeanie lived in Boston for twenty years where she practiced vascular surgery & served of the Brown Club Board of Directors. At her tenth reunion, she ran into classmate Dana Burd from CA--a wedding, a baby & a westward migration later, she finds herself happily relocated in San Francisco.
Perfect Meal in Providence (c. 1991): Steamers from Hemenway's, a TurkeyBacon&Swiss sandwich from the Silver Truck, a side of Cape Cod Potato Chips with a Del's Lemonade, & ice cream from Big Alice's.
Hawlan Ng '93
Hawlan is a partner with the leadership consulting firm RHR International. He also has appeared on stage and in films and commercials as an actor and hand model. He lives in the East Bay with his wife and boy/girl twins.
Fun Fact: Hawlan was known as "The Ngstigator" during his time as a sports columnist and editor for the Brown Daily Herald.
Stephanie Vasquez '13
While at Brown, Stephanie lived in Champlin Hall and the Machado French House. After college, Stephanie traded studying on the Main Green for sunbathing in Dolores Park. Currently, Stephanie is a management consulting analyst at ZS Associates.
Fun Fact: Stephanie took language classes in 3 separate departments while at Brown. Her Russian improves considerably after a Moscow Mule.
Calvin Ho '03
An economics major at Brown, Calvin liked to check out the different restaurants on Thayer Street and to explore all the kinds of food that College Hill has to offer. While not in class, Calvin worked for the Brown Daily Herald, played intramural soccer and enjoyed great conversations with friends at the V-dub and the Gate.
Fun Fact: Hailed from Palo Alto and Hong Kong, Calvin is now bringing back his culinary passion back to the Bay Area and likes to explore the multi-cultural food scene in SF and Berkeley.
Stuart Schussel '08
Stuart studied human biology and environmental science at Brown, and later obtained a law degree from Duke University. He works in San Francisco as a corporate attorney.
Fun fact: Stuart bicycled across the country after his freshman year at Brown as a participant in Bike & Build's Providence to Seattle route, which he credits with fostering his spirit for adventure and enthusiasm for Type 2 Fun.
Karynn Ikeda '10.5
"Cultivating community is the central theme of my career. I love bringing people together for a purpose: learning from one another, collaborating with each other, thinking about how to make the world a better place. As a former social media strategist, I did this first online building out presences on Facebook and Twitter and developing content strategies. Since moving to San Francisco in 2013, I've gone back to the basics: connecting in-person and producing events in the tech industry."
Debbie Yi Madhok '01
Debbie graduated from Brown University concentrating in International Relations and Economics in 2001. When she graduated from college, she was an investment banker with a dream of financing health care clinics in developing countries. She ultimately decided she not only wanted to open health care clinics but wanted to care for the patients herself. She graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, was a chief resident in Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital - Columbia and Weill Cornell Medical Centers - in New York City, and subsequently completed a neurocritical care fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Debbie is currently an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and practices emergency medicine and neurocritical care clinically at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Rishi, and two children, Juhi and Sohan. When not exploring San Francisco with her family (or working), she is on the hunt for the best hole-in-the-wall restaurants in every city.
Fun fact: Debbie remembers eating in the Ratty when there was a smoking section.
Allan Alday '08
An engineering major and proud Perkinite at Brown, one could find Allan usually somewhere in Barus & Holley or at Jo's. He braved a few East Coast winters before deciding it was time to fly back home to sunny California. He obtained an MBA from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management with a focus on social entrepreneurship, which he's putting into practice currently as Associate Director of Partner Relations at Year Up.
Fun Fact: Despite having no prior experience in traditional or contemporary dance, Allan was a regular performer at Legends of the SEA and Asian Arts Fest, two annual shows celebrating the Southeast Asian and Asian/Asian-American communities respectively. You might've seen him on campus carrying all sorts of traditional items (like two giant bamboo sticks!) the day of these performances.
Owen Millard '15
Owen grew up in Baltimore and moved to San Francisco directly after graduating from Brown. He now works in marketing for a logistics company called Flexport.
Fun Fact: Owen perpetuated the mystery around Brown’s curriculum by concentrating in Social Analysis and Research, a previously dormant major that few people at Brown had even heard of. Ask him about it.
Ariel Isaacs '10
Ariel majored in Classics and considers herself herself as a proud Littlefielder. While at Brown she was very involved with Hillel and was a member of the Brown Gallery Project. A San Francisco native, she’s very happy to be back in the Bay Area and is currently a Product Manager at Lucidworks.
Fun Fact: After Brown Ariel moved to France to get a Masters in French Cultural Studies. She blames this experience on her love of wine and cheese.