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Northern California Chapter Leadership

Dennis Wu
Chairman

Dennis is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of WuHoover & Co., LLP, a professional CPA firm. Before WuHoover he had a 37-year career at Deloitte & Touche and was the founding national partner of Deloitte's Chinese Services Group and also served in numerous other Managing Partner roles including Deloitte's Financial Services Industry Group in Northern California. He also led numerous diversity projects and was one of five national leaders for the firm's diversity initiative. Dennis is the Chair of the Board of Recology and previously served on two NASDAQ listed companies. He is also the Chair of the San Francisco Chapter of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Committee of 100, a national organization of prominent Chinese Americans. Dennis is a former president of the Commonwealth Club of California and the Berkeley HAAS Alumni Association.


Dennis Schmal
Vice Chairman

Dennis serves on the boards of Owens Realty Mortgage Inc. (ORM) and Blue Calypso Inc. (BCYP), plus the corporate boards that oversee the families of public investment funds offered by three different fund sponsors: Wells Fargo Hedge Funds, AssetMark Mutual Funds and Cambria ETF Funds. He has previously served on the boards of Varian Semiconductor (VSEA), Northbay Bancorp (NBAN), Merriman Holdings Inc. (MERR) and Sitoa Global Inc. (STOA), plus another 6 private corporate entities. He earlier was a partner with Arthur Andersen for nearly three decades.


Wendy Beecham
Program Chair

Wendy is Managing Principal with the Leadership and Talent Consulting Practice of Korn Ferry/Hay Group where she works with leading global organizations to ignite their human strategy potential within their organizations through developing, engaging and rewarding their people to achieve business success. Previously she was Managing Director-Executive Education Davis Graduate School of Management where she led the development of customized executive education programs specifically tailored to the needs of organizations and companies. As former CEO of Watermark, an organization for senior women leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area, she created and launched the Watermark Institute Board Access Program to provide tools and resources for women interested in attaining a public or private board seat. Beecham serves on the Boards of the NACD NorCal Chapter, Eskaton Foundation and is on the advisory board of Illuminate Ventures. She is a former Board member of Granicus, Inc.


Nora Denzel
Nominating and Governance Chair

Nora serves on the boards of directors of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Ericsson, and Talend Software. She previously served on the public boards of Outerwall, Saba Software and Overland Storage. Nora is an experienced technology executive having retired as the Senior Vice President of Big Data at Intuit and held other senior executive positions at HP, IBM and interim CEO of Outerwall.


Elizabeth Fetter
Treasurer

Liz currently serves on the boards of directors of McGrath RentCorp and Fox Factory, on the audit and compensation committees. She previously served on the public boards of Symmetricom, Ikanos, Andrew, QRS and NorthPoint, among others. She also served as Chair of privately held Alliant International University. Liz holds a masters' level Board Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors. A seasoned Technology executive, she has held President and CEO positions at a number of public and private technology companies, including QRS and Symmetricom.


Maureen Conners
Director

Maureen is CEO of Conners Consulting and a Board Advisor at Fashion Incubator SF. She is a former Board Member of Deckers Outdoor (DECK) where she served in Chair roles for the Nominating/Governance and Compensation Committees. Maureen is a former senior executive for Gillette, Levi's and Mattel, where she helped build iconic, global brands and increase shareholder value. Her background includes launching many new products in new categories. Additionally, she has served as an advisor to many start-ups with disruptive technologies. She is also on The Smithsonian Libraries Board.


Matthew Jacobs
Director

Matthew has been the General Counsel at CalPERS since July 2014. He is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the CalPERS Legal Office, the Office of Audit Services, and the Legislative Affairs Division, and advises the Board and executive team on complex legal issues relating to pensions, health care, investments, and corporate governance. He also represents CalPERS in litigation. Before moving to CalPERS, Matthew was a litigation partner at DLA Piper LLP (US), and before that, was the Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California. Since 2009 he has served on the Board of WEAVE, the primary provider of domestic violence and sexual abuse services in Sacramento County.


Robert McCormick
Director

Bob is a partner at Camberview Partners, LLC. Before joining Camberview Partners, Bob was Chief Policy Officer of Glass Lewis, overseeing the policy development of Glass Lewis' proxy voting guidelines and the analysis of over 20,000 Proxy Paper research reports on shareholder meetings of public companies in more than 100 countries. Previous to Glass Lewis, Bob was the Director of Investment Proxy Research at Fidelity Investments where he managed the proxy voting of 700 mutual funds and accounts, holding 5,000 securities worth $1 trillion. He serves on the board of the Northern California Chapter of the NACD. Bob serves on the advisory boards of the University of Delaware's Weinberg Center on Corporate Governance and Enlight Research. Bob authored an article entitled "Good Governance and Shareholder Expectations-an Investor's Perspective" published by the London Stock Exchange in its 2012 book Corporate Governance for Main Market and AIM Companies. Bob frequently speaks at industry conferences and has appeared on CNN, NPR, CNBC, Fox Business News, Business News Network, BBC, Board Member's This Week in the Boardroom, Swiss TV and Bloomberg television. Bob was named one of the 100 most influential people on corporate governance by Directorship magazine from 2008 through 2012, and in 2015. Bob was a panelist on the Public Consultation panel on Corporate Governance and the Financial Crisis at the OECD in 2009 and served on the OECD's Latin American Roundtable Task Force on Related Party Transactions in 2012.


Mary Jo Potter
Director

Mary Jo is a nationally recognized governance expert, and consultant and investor in the healthcare sector. She is a General Partner of Keiretsu Capital, a 15-year member of Keiretsu Forum, and Chair of the Global Healthcare Committee. She has been an executive with four other firms, and an entrepreneur, selling a company to McGraw-Hill. Mary Jo recently left the board of John Paul in France, having sold the company to Accor. She also left the board of Ocular Sciences when that company was sold to Cooper Companies. She has been on the boards of CHI in Denver, Dignity/CHW, and Christus in Dallas. She currently serves on the boards of Compli in Portland, Northwestern University School of Social Policy, GTU in Berkeley, and the UC School of Public Health.


Don Yee
Director

Don is a serial business builder having served as the CEO of several companies including United Healthcare Vision and the VSP Family of companies. He was also formerly a Managing Director at Ernst & Young and a management consulting partner. Don has been a Board Director of numerous companies and currently serves as an independent Director on the Board of Blue Diamond (recognized as 2017 Private Company Board of the Year) where he chairs the Audit Committee, as well as OC Communications and Valley Healthcare. His experience ranges from fast growth mid-market environments to the Fortune 100. He has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is an NACD Leadership Fellow.


Lisa Spivey
Executive Director