Meet the Brown Club of San Francisco Board
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).
Lisa Ryers '90, Co-President
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.
Kelsey Tripp '13
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).
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.)
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 psychologist in private practice in San Francisco, as well as an executive coach. He also has appeared on stage and in films and commercials as an actor and hand model. He lives 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.
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.
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.
Lexi Nuttbrown '15
Lexi was born in the Bay Area, and split her time between France and Silicon Valley before starting her English degree at Brown. Since graduating in 2015, she has alternated years living on both coasts, returning to Providence to study interactive design at RISD. She now works as a user experience designer at a cloud monitoring startup in San Mateo. When she’s not thinking about use cases and pushing pixels, Lexi performs improv comedy, participates in performance driving events, and attempts to keep her succulents alive.
Fun fact: At Brown, Lexi co-headed the improv group Comic Sans and lived on blue state coffee with blue room muffins.
Sarah Kandath '15
At Brown, Sarah concentrated in Biology with a focus on Physiology. Now as a Bay Area t transplant, she still keeps in touch with her science roots through management consulting at ZS Associates, albeit tangentially.
Fun fact: Sarah was captain of Brown's varsity tennis team; on occasion you may see a rare sighting of her on the courts in Dolores park, trying to channel her inner Serena.