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New board leadership takes helm at Cal Aggie Alumni Association

Ramak Siadatan/Courtesy photo

Ramak Siadatan/Courtesy photo

The UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association has elected Charles “Chuck” Nichols as president and Ramak Siadatan as vice president of its board of directors for 2012-14.

Nichols assumed the office effective July 1 and has served UCD in many ways, from his participation in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Dean’s Circle to his involvement in CAAA since 1984. He earned two bachelor’s degrees from UCD: electrical and computer engineering in 1983, and agricultural science and management in 1984. His father, Graydon; wife, Susan; and son James are all UCD graduates. He lives in Visalia, and is president of Nichols Farms, an operation started by his father. He’s also founder and owner of Nichols Pistachio, a pistachio and almond processing and marketing company established in 1990.

As CAAA president, Nichols said his “primary focus will be to continue to serve our growing alumni base, with emphasis on enhancing job prospects for new alumni. In addition, we will continue to search for new big ideas to enhance the alumni experience.”

Siadatan, executive vice president and president-elect, has been an active supporter of CAAA. A Life Member since 2005, he has served on several committees, including chairing the Chapters Committee, and as vice president of programs. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural and managerial economics in 1999, and an MBA in 2006. Siadatan is a learning and development professional, and works for Guidewire Software Inc. as its sales enablement training manager. He lives in Roseville with his wife, Allison, a UCD alumna, and their son.

Other CAAA board members not mentioned above are: Toni Alejandria ’08, Michael Campbell ’68, M.S. ’82; William Cochran ’73, Cred. ’74; Evelyn Cook ’89; Delaine Eastin ’69; Jeff Fearn ’68; Stacie Frerichs ’01; Britta Foster ’95, MBA ’99; Donald Godbold ’78; Steve Inouye ’90, Cred. ’96; Stephen Meyer, Esq. ’71; Jill Miller ’97; Jan Morrison, ’69; Brent Sasaki ’94; Debby Stegura ’79; Scott Stevenson ’92; Brett Tank ’85; Debbie Travis, Ed.D. ’08; Christina Tran ’95; George Walker ’68; Derek Wilson ’99; and Bobby Woods ’76.

Ex-officio members are: Chancellor Linda Katehi; Vice Chancellor Shaun Keister; Executive Director and Assistant Vice Chancellor Richard Engel ’90, Cred. ’91; Bruce Edwards ’60, of the UC Davis Foundation; Katie Kolesar ’11, of the Graduate Students Association; Rebecca Sterling ’13, president of the Associated Students of UC Davis; and Amber McIntire ’13, president of the Student Alumni Association.

The Cal Aggie Alumni Association board of directors is a group of alumni volunteers who lead the organization in its service to UCD and its more than 210,000 alumni. It leads the association in fulfilling its mission: “To create lifelong ambassadors for UC Davis, and enrich the lives of alumni, students and friends worldwide.”

The CAAA board of directors meets four times a year to establish policy, develop goals and objectives, assist with long-range planning, and monitor alumni association finances. The board consists of a president, vice president, and up to 23 directors-at-large. Board members are elected for two-year terms with a three-term limit, and participation is open to all CAAA members.

The association is always looking for candidates for its board of directors. For a nomination form, or more information about the association, visit the CAAA website, www.alumni.ucdavis.edu. Questions may be directed to Rita Lundin at (530) 752-9960 or [email protected]

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