2017 Board Members

geoffGeoff Liu, President

Class of 2013. I grew up in Fremont, California. At Cal, I majored in Molecular and Cell Biology with a concentration in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and worked in the lab of Ming Hammond. I have stayed in the sciences and am now in the Biology Ph.D. program at MIT. In my spare time, besides watching a wide variety of Cal sports, I had a small taste of  representing Cal in intercollegiate athletics as a member of the Kendo Club.

Favorite spot on campus

My favorite spot on the Cal campus is Memorial Stadium. I went to every Cal football home game during my time as a student and always loved the experience, even as our victories became few and far between… The view of the campus and San Francisco Bay can’t be beat!

Best Cal memory

My best memory from my time at Cal is rushing back from a late lab meeting to my dorm room in Foothill to catch the bottom of the ninth when the Giants won the 2010 World Series!


Eric GuoEric Guo, Treasurer

I majored in Chemical Biology at Cal and graduated in 2008. After graduation I moved to the East coast to pursue my PhD in Molecular Biology at Yale. In 2015 I came to Boston to continue my research training at MIT. My experience at Berkeley was nothing but amazing!

Favorite spot on campus

My favorite spot on campus is the ob­ser­va­tion deck on top of the campanile (I miss those beautiful views).

Best Cal memory

My best memory from Cal is the time spent with my friends having fun together!


IMG_0419Catherine Start, Communications Chair

I’m originally from Union City, CA and graduated from Cal in 2010. At Cal, I studied Political Economy and was an active member of the Partnership for Pre-Professional Pilipinos. I currently live in Boston and work as an Innovation Manager at a nonprofit focused on strengthening the economic opportunity of financially vulnerable Americans.

Favorite spot on campus

Memorial Glade – such a beautiful spot on campus to picnic, especially during the summer!


HFish_Cal bioHeather Fish, Scholarship Chair

Class of 2001. I was raised in Long Beach, CA and started CAL as an intended Chemistry major. My interests quickly changed and I ended up graduating with a degree in Political Science. After graduation, I moved to Boston to have a 2 year adventure and experience a different part of the country. It will be 16 years in August 2017 of living in Boston! My favorite things to do here are run around the Charles River, cheer for the Patriots and Celtics and be a tour guide whenever I can convince my family to leave CA and visit Boston! I am most proud of being an aunt to my nephew and niece, Aiden & Reagan.

Favorite spot on campus

Although this spot is technically across the street from campus, I think it still counts – Caffe Strada.  They have the best coffee drink I have ever tasted – the Strada Bianca Mocha.  The cafe is on the corner of Bancroft/College Ave with outside seating that offers some great people watching and an excellent place to study.  I wouldn’t have graduated CAL without Caffe Strada.

Best Cal memory
My best memory from my time at CAL was charging the field at Memorial Stadium after winning a football game that no one thought we would.  My sorority sisters (Delta Gamma) and I ran onto the field (with hundreds of others) and everyone was completely ecstatic.  It made you proud to be a CAL bear and some of my favorite pictures are from that moment.

lisa_wangLisa Wang, Old Blues Co-Chair

Class of 1989.  I attended CAL as a Regent’s/Chancellor’s scholar and received a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of Chemistry.  Graduate studies in organic chemistry brought me to the Boston area to pursue a Ph.D at MIT. In 2004, after many years absence, I moved back to Boston to work in the vibrant biotech/pharma/life sciences industry and quickly became an active member of CACNE.  Currently, I work in marketing, leading a team of product managers in support of the clinical and educational microscopes businesses in the Americas for Olympus.

Favorite spot on campus
My favorite spot on campus is the base of the Campanile from where I enjoyed the panoramic view of downtown San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.  I often passed in front of Leconte and the Campanile between classes, stopping to take in the view.   Seeing the fog roll in or watching the sun setting behind the Golden Gate bridge were especially beautiful moments.
Best Cal memory
It’s hard to choose from so many great memories! As a college senior, I applied to be a graduate TA for Chem 8A/B and was initially disappointed that I did not get selected.   However, right after that notification, Professor Joel Hawkins approached me and asked  if I would be his TA for his graduate level physical organic chemistry course.  It was quite an honor  to be an undergraduate TA for a grad student class, and this experience turned out to be highly influential in guiding the direction of my graduate studies.

Amy S. Yee, Old Blues Co-Chair

1980, Biochemistry. I grew up in Sacramento and San Francisco. I hail from a large extended family of Cal alumni—and we all appreciate how the varied Cal experience has shaped our lives. I am a full professor in Developmental Molecular and Chemical Biology (what used to be Biochemistry) at Tufts University School of Medicine in downtown Boston. My lab works on Wnt signaling in breast cancer and few other diseases (epilepsy, colitis/colon cancer). I have been through the whole process from PhD, postdoc, assistant professor, tenure—while trying to balance work and family. To the Old Blues chair, I bring many diverse perspectives: professor, mentor, researcher and mom. I hope that CACNE will be a place where young and old Blues alike can come together for interesting activities and forums.

Favorite spot on campus

Sproul Plaza exemplifies the diversity that is Cal.

Best Cal memory
Interacting with many eminent professors—and then learning later that they were all leaders in their fields. I had a great undergraduate research mentor (the late Daniel Koshland), but also had wonderful political science, history and English classes.

BerlinpicKristine Rezai, Events Co-Chair

Class of 2015.  After growing up in Huntington Beach, CA, I moved to Berkeley, intent on studying the mysteries of the physical world.  I majored in Engineering Physics, and did research in the lab of Dmitry Budker.  At Cal, I spent most of my free time watching Cal football games (Go Bears!) and playing board games with friends.  Currently I live in Cambridge and am pursuing a Ph.D. in physics at Harvard.


matthewMatthew Turner, Board Member

Class of 2014. Engineering Physics. I grew up in Southern Californian in Lakewood (near Long Beach.) I was heavily involved in the Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholars Association, teaching the E98 DeCal for Freshman Engineering students, and physics research. I am now a PhD candidate in the physics department at Harvard.

Favorite spot on campus

When studying for finals I would always go to the top floor of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, sit next to one of the windows and look out over Memorial Glade while looking over my notes and various problem sets.

Best Cal memory
There are a lot of great memories. What I really enjoyed about Berkeley is that there wasn’t just one amazing memory that defined my experience there, but instead it was a constant flow of joyful experiences that is representative of my time.
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