Executive Fellows Program

Established in 1992, the Executive Fellows program is comprised of C-Suite executives across all industry verticals such as technology, retail, health care, manufacturing and consumer goods as well as senior partners from strategy consulting, real estate, insurance, private equity, and financial services. 

The UCR School of Business Executive Fellows program is unique among top business schools because of the scope of our Executives’ involvement at the school. Executives advise and mentor students in their careers, new business ventures, and professional challenges. In addition, they are instrumental to the school’s strategy of bridging theory and practice. Executive Fellows are selected for their outstanding leadership, professional experience, and business expertise.

Executive Fellows Industry Panel Discussion Series

This new exciting virtual discussion series involves top executives who have participated in the Executive Fellows program.

Please watch the recording of the inaugural virtual event that we held on Oct. 21, 2021:


2021-2022 Executive Fellows


Maria Anguelova, Executive Fellow
Maria Anguelova ’03

An accomplished senior executive in corporate development and mergers and acquisitions, Maria Anguelova ’03 is a Senior Vice President at Sony Pictures Entertainment. In this role, she oversees global mergers and acquisitions, including multiple projects in growth strategy and business development, predominantly for studio/TV production, distribution, linear and digital networks. Prior to joining Sony Pictures, Anguelova spent a decade as an investment banker, providing financial and strategic advisory services to companies predominantly in the media, sports and entertainment industries, with clients including major studios, agencies and networks. Originally from Bulgaria, she earned a BA in international business from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia before earning her MBA at UCR. During her time at UCR, she served as a teaching assistant. She has continued to support students, participating in online group and individual discussions about careers in media.



Tim Siegel, Executive Fellow 2021
Tim Siegel ’91

A respected real estate professional and investor, Tim Siegel ’91 is managing partner of LS Capital, a fully integrated private equity company he co-founded in 1998. With two primary business lines, loan acquisitions and fee-simple investments, LS has amassed a portfolio of over 1,000 loans and owns and manages over 1.5 million square feet of commercial real estate. Before founding LS, he also was the founder of TenantDirect.com, started with three friends in a small apartment. He is involved with multiple community programs, including initiatives to introduce low-income children to film-making and music. As a UCR undergraduate, he was a founding member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s California Omicron chapter and was elected as a student body representative. After earning his undergraduate degree in administrative studies, he earned a master’s degree in real estate development from the University of Southern California.



Vonda Simon, Executive Fellow 2021
Vonda Simon ’82

A leader in the beauty and wellness industry, Vonda Simon ’82 is founder and CEO of SeaCliff Beauty Packaging & Laboratories, which produces award-winning designs of stock and custom packaging and turnkey solutions for skin care, cosmetics, personal care and wellness products. The company works with giants of the beauty industry, including Guthy-Renker, Murad, Estee Lauder and others, and offers innovative and sustainable packaging solutions to meet today's evolving customer needs, including PCR, bio-resins, and refillable packaging. Simon began her journey in the beauty industry at TricorBraun, one of the world’s largest packaging distributors, where she quickly became the top salesperson. She created SeaCliff Beauty Packaging in 1999 as a one-stop-shop where all aspects of beauty brand building could be facilitated, from packaging to formulation, all under one roof. Simon earned her undergraduate degree in administration studies.


UCR School of Business Executive Fellows

  • 2020 - 2021 Fellow

    Michael L. Zemetra ’93

    Executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Veritone Inc.

    Michael L. Zemetra is executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Veritone Inc., a leading provider of artificial intelligence technology and creator of aiWARE, the world’s first operating system for artificial intelligence. Veritone aiWARE orchestrates a diverse ecosystem of machine learning models to transform audio, video, text, and other data sources into actionable intelligence. In addition to his role as an executive fellow, Mr. Zemetra serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the UCR School of Business. He is a seasoned executive with financial and operational experience in building, managing and scaling large global organizations, systems and operations. In addition to his undergraduate degree in business-economics from UCR, he earned a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern California and a CPA from the state of California.

  • 2019 - 2020 Fellows

    Darin Anderson ’89, MBA ’91

    Chairman and CEO at Salas O’Brien

    Darin Anderson is the Chairman and CEO at Salas O’Brien, a leading national facilities engineering design and commissioning firm which has been on the Inc. 500 fastest growing companies in the US for the last six years. They have achieved 2800% growth over the last 10 years without the use of outside capital. The company is designing projects exceeding $3 billion in construction value annually. Mr. Anderson currently is an Alumni Regent for the University of California, the recent past Chair of the UC Riverside Foundation Board of Trustees, served for 10 years on the Alumni Association board in various roles, and served as Chair of the UC Riverside School of Business Advisory Board for many years.


    Dr. David M. Hadley ’71, M.S. ’73

    Senior Vice President of Product Development for Cardiac Insight, Inc.

    Dr. David M. Hadley is the senior vice president of product development for Cardiac Insight, Inc. and has over 30 years of hand-on experience blending customer needs with information technology through research and development. He spent nine years as Vice President of Research and Development for Quinton Cardiology. In this role, Dr. Hadley was responsible for rebuilding the engineering team, establishing robust new product architectures and developing the next generation of Quinton and Burdick diagnostic ECG products. Prior to his role at Quinton Cardiology, Dr. Hadley was with Primus Knowledge Solutions and Sierra Geophysics.

  • 2018 - 2019 Fellows
    Matt D. Lyons '87

    Global Equity Trading Manager, Capital Group

    Matt D. Lyons has worked in the equity trading area for Capital Group since 1995. Currently, he is the Global Equity Trading Manager, responsible for trading operations in the US, Europe and Asia. Matt has worked on the FIX protocol U.S. steering committee, STALA board of directors, NYSE Institutional Trading Advisory, and is currently the chair of the ICI equity markets advisory committee. Matt is a CFA charter holder, and earned a BS in Economics from the University of California, Riverside and an MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business.

    Byron Pollitt ’73

    CFO of Visa Inc. (retired); Previously CFO of Gap Inc. and CFO of Walt Disney Parks

    Byron Pollitt retired as CFO of Visa Inc. in 2015. During his tenure, Visa completed the largest IPO in US history and was added to the Dow 30 Index. Prior to Visa, he served as CFO of Gap Inc. and CFO of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Byron was selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of the Best S&P 500 CFOs and was ranked a Top CFO seven times by Institutional Investor. He currently serves on the Board of Voya Financial and on the Finance Commission of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Business Economics from University of California, Riverside.

    William E. Thomas

    Executive Vice President and General Counsel, KPC Group

    William E. Thomas is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the KPC Group of Companies, which owns and manages a diversified portfolio of hospitals, medical groups, ancillary medical providers and real estate in Southern California and India. Prior to partnering with the KPC Group, William was the Founding and Managing Partner of the law firm of Thomas, Luebs & Mort in Riverside. Bill is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, received his Juris Doctorate from Hastings College of the Law, and Masters of Law from New York University Law School.

  • 2017 - 2018 Fellows

    Beverly Bailey

    President and CEO of Stronghold Engineering 

    Beverly Bailey is the president and CEO of Stronghold Engineering, a local international company that provides full-service construction support. Bailey founded the firm 25 years ago, and it is currently ranked in the top ten minority- and women-owned construction companies in the nation. Her success has gained her top awards and achievements such as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Inland Empire in 2000 and the 2016 Enterprising Woman of the Year.


    Candace Wiest

    President and CEO of West Valley Bancorp Inc. and West Valley National Bank

    Candace Wiest is the president and CEO of West Valley Bancorp Inc. and West Valley National Bank. Formerly, Wiest was the president of Inland Empire National Bank in Riverside, California. In June of 2013, Wiest celebrated her 20th anniversary as a bank CEO. Ms Wiest served twice as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and was the first woman to be elected as a class A director in the Bank’s 100 year history. Wiest believes that community commitment is the cornerstone of community banking, and serves as a member and director of several organizations.

  • 2016 - 2017 Fellows
    Patricia Watters, Ph.D.

    Co-founder and managing member of Catalina Partners

    Patricia Watters is the co-founder and managing member of Catalina Partners. Launched in 2009, Catalina Partners assists private fund managers in strategically developing their operational infrastructures and enhancing their responses for investor due diligence. Catalina Partners also performs non-investment due diligence for foundations, endowments and other institutional investors. Prior to forming Catalina Partners, Patricia was COO, CCO and managing director at Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company in Irvine, CA. She received a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Nevada and earned a Ph.D. in financial economics from the University of California, Riverside.

    Victor Tolan

    President & CEO B&K Precision Group

    Victor Tolan defected from communist Romania in 1978 to France and worked for General Motors as a Research and Development Engineer. In the U.S., he worked for Beckman Instruments in California as a research engineer and then as director of Marketing & Sales for a division of ITT. In 1996, he acquired B&K Precision Corporation in Chicago. B&K Precision is an established, large distribution channel and was a well-recognized brand in the U.S. He relocated the company to California, and moved its manufacturing to Taiwan. From 1998 to 2015, the company grew through mergers, acquisitions and organic growth. It now has factories in Nanjing, China; Taipei, Taiwan; and St. Etienne, France, as well as offices in Yorba Linda.

  • 2015 - 2016 Fellows
    Tobin Sloane BA 94, MBA '96

    CFO of Ware Malcomb

    Mr. Sloane is CFO of Ware Malcomb, a leading national design firm, providing planning, architectural, interior design, graphic design and civil engineering services to commercial real estate and corporate clients throughout the world. Established in 1972, the firm has 17 offices throughout the United States and Toronto, Panama City and Mexico City. As the CFO since 2004, Mr. Sloane is an accomplished financial professional and business-savvy leader, bringing over 21 years of experience in financial analytics, accounting, management and operational leadership. He is well-known for his strategic and innovative approach to the company’s financial management and growth, with a strong commitment to fiscal discipline to ensure the overall health of the firm. He holds a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in finance and accounting and a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in business administration, both from the University of California, Riverside.

    Robert Stapleton BA ’80, M.B.A. ’82

    Entrepreneur and manager

    Mr. Robert Stapleton is an entrepreneur and general manager with 25 years of experience in building high-performance organizations. He is a management adviser and investor in portfolio companies of leading private equity firms. Mr. Stapleton co-founded two highly successful public companies, Western Wireless Corporation and VoiceStream Wireless (now-T-Mobile). Both companies were subsequently acquired for a total value in excess of $30 billion. In 2005, he founded High Road Sports Inc., a sports management company that owned and operated Team HTC-Highroad, the winningest professional cycling team in the world from 2007-2011. He earned his both a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a MBA from UCR School of Business.

  • 2014 - 2015 Fellows
    Susan Atherton BA '77

    Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Humane Society Legislative Fund

    Susan D. Atherton, Class of 1977, is on the UCR Board of Trustees. Ms. Atherton served in executive management positions in the enterprise software and cloud computing industries for 25 years, working at NCR Corporation, GE Information Systems, Oracle Corporation, Rightpoint and DoubleClick. Ms. Atherton is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross Bay Area. In 2011 she was the recipient of the coveted American Red Cross Harriman Award, the highest award given to a volunteer within the organization and with only 40 recipients since its inception mid-century. Ms. Atherton currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Humane Society Legislative Fund (Washington, DC), an organization focused on electing animal welfare supportive legislators at all levels of government. Ms. Atherton holds a BS in Administrative Studies and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Riverside.

    Timothy Greenleaf BA '78

    Managing Director at Fairmont Capital, Inc.

    Mr. Timothy Greenleaf, Class of 1978, is a Managing Director at Fairmont Capital, Inc. Prior to joining Fairmont Capital in 1999, he was a corporate attorney specializing in mergers and acquisitions, and the Chairman of the Tax Department of the Los Angeles law office of Fulbright & Jaworski. He has several years of experience in acquisition and buyouts. Mr. Greenleaf has served on the board of Green Dot Corporation since January 2001, a company he helped take public in 2007. The company is the largest provider of prepaid debit card products and prepaid card reloading services in the United States, as well as a leader in mobile banking with its GoBank mobile bank account offering. Mr. Greenleaf holds a Masters of Law in Taxation from New York University, a JD from Loyola Law School and a dual BA with high honors from the University of California, Riverside.

  • Executive Fellows prior to 2014

    Below are business leaders installed as Fellows of the UCR School of Business and the years they currently are serving or have served. (Please note that the titles indicated are those held by the Fellows at the time of induction):