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Leadership Board

Advancing the library’s philanthropic goals

The Library Leadership Board plays an essential role in sustaining and enhancing the excellence of the UC Davis Library by advancing the library’s philanthropic goals and priorities. It is the primary volunteer leadership group for the library, which is ranked among the top academic research libraries in North America.

Board members represent and serve as ambassadors for the library by advocating for and supporting its mission. They assist the library’s leadership with the development, cultivation and implementation of a philanthropic program that provides the resources necessary to advance the priorities identified in the library’s strategic framework. Members also provide library leadership with input on strategic planning and goal setting.

Board Members

Michael E. Gilson ’73, MBA

“As an undergrad at UC Davis, the library was my sanctuary. It remains my favorite place on the UC Davis campus.”

Board Chair Mike Gilson is a business development manager and strategist for EicOsis, LLC—an emerging biotechnology company founded in Davis that is working on developing a first-in-class therapy of a once-a-day, oral treatment for neuropathic and inflammatory pain in humans, horses and companion animals.

Gilson has had an extensive career in the aerospace and defense industries, building and sustaining companies serving global customers in a diverse range of functions including strategic planning, operations, finance, product innovation and launch, global business development and marketing. Gilson has lived or worked in more than 40 countries ranging from Pakistan to France to China, where he has had the privilege of working with senior business leaders and high ranking government officials.

During the past 20-plus years, Gilson balanced his career with a passion for the non-profit world. He has served in numerous capacities, from board president to building a public elementary school classroom in San Francisco to serving on the University of Pennsylvania board of trustees. More recently, Gilson has served on the boards of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation, the Lafayette War Veteran’s Memorial and the Lafayette Town Hall Theatre. Additionally he is a frequent mentor at the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. Gilson holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Davis and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mary Jane Dellafiora (Hornbuckle)

“I’ve spent most of my life in and around libraries, so serving on the board seemed like a good fit for someone with my background, skills and life experiences. I’ve been impressed with how the library serves so many people in a variety of ways.”

Mary Jane Dellafiora is a retired attorney who has over 30 years of experience in civil litigation.

She started her law career with Los Angeles law firm, Murchison & Cumming, where she was involved in civil litigation and appellate work related to insurance coverage and bad faith law, products liability, intellectual property, torts, commercial litigation, construction defect and employment law. Dellafiora opened her own law office in 1997 and became “of Counsel” at Fields & Israel/Fields Law in 2002. In 2014, Dellafiora returned to work for Murchison & Cumming, until she retired in 2018. She recently has become Director of Risk Management at WhiteFox Defense Technologies, Inc., a counter-drone technology company in San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles.

Dellafiora received her bachelor’s in international relations from the University of Virginia in 1984. She then studied at Pepperdine University School of Law and participated in its London International Law program, obtaining her Juris Doctorate in 1987. In addition to serving on the UC Davis Library board, Dellafiora — whose son is a student at UC Davis — is a member of the UC Davis Parent and Family Council. Dellafiora previously served on the Board of Directors of the Pediatric Therapy Network in Torrance, California, and was a committee member advising on Special Education matters for the Torrance Unified School District. She has participated in fundraising for various community and school organizations such as the Palos Verdes Peninsula High School Athletic Boosters Club.

Ted Green ’81

“Being on the library board is a way I can connect to campus, be of value as they advance their strategic plan, and explore new frontiers and create new spaces — both physical and digital — for collaboration, which is essential for any great university.”

Ted Green is a senior director of portfolio management for Sofgen Pharmaceuticals, a Colombia-based $400 million specialty pharma company.

Green has over 30 years of experience in strategic marketing and business development with a specialty in growing small or under-resourced businesses inside larger organizations by entering new or adjacent areas to create profitable growth. He started his marketing career in the food industry where he worked for General Mills, and then moved into the wine industry working for the E&J Gallo Winery and Constellation Brands. Green transitioned into the pharmaceutical industry in 1999 where he served in numerous senior leadership roles for Leiner Health Products’ over-the-counter drug division. In 2008, Green established his own consulting firm where he specialized in acquisition due diligence and strategic market entry in the pharmaceutical industry. In 2010, one of his clients, Nature’s Products, Inc, recruited him to be their senior director of new business development. He served in that role until 2014 when he transitioned to sister company, Sofgen.

In addition to serving on the UC Davis Library board, Green served as president of the UC Davis Parent and Family Council. Green earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from UC Davis and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University. Green’s son, daughter and his wife (whom Green met through a UC Davis library research project) also are alumni of UC Davis.

Barry M. Klein, Ph.D.

“Information management is one of the biggest challenges facing society today and this library is well positioned to meet this challenge. I am very happy to serve on the library board and contribute toward making UC Davis’ library one of the most relevant in our country.”

Barry Klein is a professor emeritus of physics and former chair of the Department of Physics at UC Davis.

At UC Davis, he has held roles as vice provost for academic personnel, vice chancellor for research and director of the McClellan Nuclear Research Center at UC Davis. Klein is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a fellow and chartered physicist of the Institute of Physics and a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has been involved in developing and supporting numerous major research initiatives at UC Davis. Additionally, he has served on many committees and boards in support of UC Davis, the University of California system and the international scientific community. Klein’s condensed matter research efforts have been in electronic structure theory and applications, studying the fundamental properties of condensed matter systems using theoretical and computational approaches. He has more than 140 research publications.

Klein received his Ph.D. in condensed matter theory from New York University in 1969, and an undergraduate degree in engineering physics from NYU in 1962. From 1969-71 he held a postdoctoral appointment at the Naval Research Laboratory. In 1971 he became a member of the NRL staff, working in condensed matter and plasma physics theory. He eventually became head of the NRL electronic structure of solids section, branch head for condensed matter physics, and subsequently head of the complex systems theory branch. He also served as program manager for condensed matter theory and acting section head for condensed matter sciences at the National Science Foundation.

Courtney Linn ’87, J.D. ’90

“The library connects me to the past and bridges me to the future. As an undergraduate, it provided a place for study, collaboration and research that enriched my education.”

Courtney Linn is a senior vice president and general counsel of Golden 1 Credit Union. In this role, he advises the credit union’s board and senior management on a broad range of legal and compliance matters.

Prior to joining Golden 1 Credit Union, Linn worked for six years at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where he advised and represented financial institutions in Bank Secrecy Act regulatory, enforcement and criminal and civil matters, and represented individuals and institutions in financial crime matters, including money laundering and mortgage fraud. Linn is a former federal prosecutor who has handled numerous complex financial crime cases involving fraud, money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act violations, mortgage lending and asset forfeiture. Additionally, Linn was a chief architect of various national legislative, regulatory and policy strategies affecting the government’s anti-money laundering and asset forfeiture programs. Linn also handled numerous civil matters on behalf of the United States, including actions in which the United States sought to recover fire suppression and resource damages arising out of forest fires on public lands.

Linn is widely recognized as one of the foremost national experts on the Bank Secrecy Act, money laundering, mortgage fraud, asset forfeiture and fraud restitution matters. He has written several articles on the Bank Secrecy Act and was cited by the Fourth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals in U.S. v. Peterson. Linn has been a frequent lecturer on a variety of white collar and financial crime topics at law schools and to audiences of financial institutions, financial professionals, federal prosecutors and law enforcement agents.

Gary D. Novack, Ph.D. ’77

“Serving on the board allows me to provide a modest payback for all that the UC has given to me and my family. It keeps me connected with campus and helps me stay current on information science and trends, which are critical to my work as a researcher.”

Gary Novack is the founder and president of PharmaLogic Development, Inc. PharmaLogic is a consultancy providing development expertise to pharmaceutical and medical device companies, specializing in ophthalmology and other local therapies.

Novack has degrees from three University of California campuses: a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz, a doctoral degree in pharmacology and toxicology from UC Davis, and a postdoctoral fellowship in neurophysiology at UCLA. He has worked in research positions at Merrell Dow, Allergan and Nelson Research. He earned his diplomate in clinical pharmacology in 1990, the inaugural year of the certification. He has authored more than 220 papers and played a key role in the approval of over 40 products. Novack is on the editorial board of several ophthalmology journals.

Novack is a UC Regent Emeritus, past president of the UC Santa Cruz Alumni Association and past president of the UC Santa Cruz Foundation. He is a visiting professor of pharmacology and ophthalmology at UC Davis.

Kathy Sachs-Barrientes ’03

“UC Davis is where I advanced my education and career, and I hope my service on the UC Davis Library board will help ensure this same opportunity for future generations. I am also excited to help advance the library’s exciting projects, especially those related to viticulture and enology.”

Kathy Sachs-Barrientes is a retired senior director of development at UC Davis who has more than 15 years of experience raising funds for the university and the Davis community. She brings her strength as a collaborator, networker and strategic thinker to the UC Davis Library board.

A native of Davis, California, Barrientes has been connected to UC Davis for most of her life. Her father was a professor at UC Davis for decades. Additionally, Barrientes earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from UC Davis in 2003 and soon after started her career in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis. In 2015, she transitioned her career into fundraising for the newly established College of Biological Sciences. She then worked for seven years as a fundraiser for the College of Agricultural Sciences where she successfully led a fundraising campaign to secure $20 million in philanthropic gifts for the Department of Viticulture and Enology LEED Platinum Winery Capital and Equipment Campaign and the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science Endowment and the Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building. She then served as the interim senior director of development for the newly established UC Davis Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. Thanks to her efforts and the generous support of donors, the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art is free and open to the public. After retiring from UC Davis in 2017, Barrientes worked as a substitute teacher in the Davis and Woodland Joint Unified school districts and at St. James School. She then worked as the capital campaign director for the Yolo Food Bank for the “End Hunger Yolo” campaign.

In addition to serving on the UC Davis Library board, Barrientes is a lifetime member of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association, a member of the UC Berkeley Charter Hill Society and El Macero Country Club, among other organizations.

Michelle Scully ’83

“As the first in my family to complete an undergraduate degree, I had little idea of how to structure my study time or advocate for myself. The library is the natural nexus for this outreach to students, and I am excited to support those efforts.”

Michelle Scully is a deputy county administrative officer in economic development for the County of Lake.

She formerly served as the executive director of Marymount California University, Lakeside Campus, where she was responsible for the opening and oversight of the new campus. Prior to her tenure at Marymount California University she was a biology instructor at Mendocino College and worked at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in the Department of Population Health and Reproduction as well as the California Primate Research Center. She graduated from UC Davis with a bachelor’s degree in zoology and received her master’s degree in biology and ecology from California State University, Chico.

Scully received recognition from Congressman John Garamendi as one of his 2014 Women of the Year for her many years of commitment to education and community. She is an appointed member of the Workforce Alliance of the North Bay Lake Advisory committee and volunteer for the Lake County Hunger Task Force. Scully also serves as president of the board of a private school that she and her husband helped found in 2005. Scully currently lives in Lake County with her husband Patrick, who also is a UC Davis alum. They have two children in college.

Debby Stegura ’79, J.D.

“Serving on this board is important to help ensure that academic and other research can be preserved and freely disseminated to other academics and the public. It is a critical aspect of UC Davis’ mission as a land-grant institution.”

Debby Stegura is a retired litigation attorney and currently serves as president of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association.

She practiced law for a number of years with a prominent Los Angeles business litigation firm. During her law career she worked on complex business litigation matters, including some early gray market trademark litigation cases in federal court. She graduated with honors from UC Davis with a double major in political science and mass communication in 1979. She earned a juris doctor degree from the University of Southern California in 1984.

Stegura is an experienced community volunteer with strong nonprofit leadership skills, including board development and fundraising, and has a passion for education and libraries. She holds elective office as a board trustee of the Palos Verdes Library District. Under her leadership, the Palos Verdes Library District implemented a program in 2017 that permits all students Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District to use their student ID numbers to use the to have access to the public library system’s on-line resources 24/7, including homework help. She lives in Rolling Hills Estates with her husband Larry Vanden Bos; the couple has three grown children.

Tony J. Tanke, J.D.

Tony Tanke is an attorney practicing law in Davis. He specializes in civil appeals and class actions brought on behalf of taxpayers and consumers.

Tanke has taught multiple courses both on a full-time and occasional basis at prestigious California law schools, including Santa Clara University and the University of San Francisco, and at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

Tanke holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, a juris doctorate from the University of Minnesota and a master of laws degree from Cambridge University where he studied legal history and international law. He is an active user of the UC Davis Library as a research collaborator with multiple UC Davis faculty members on projects related to the Holocaust, human and civil rights, law and religion.

Diane Zimmerman ’72, Ph.D.

“The UC Davis Library was a haven for me as an undergraduate and then as a graduate student. Being on the Library Leadership Board has opened windows into all aspects of UC Davis. I love working with others to shape the future of one of the nation’s top public universities.”

Diane Zimmerman is a writer and consultant focusing on building human capacity. She recently retired as a superintendent of schools after a 36-year career in education during which she perfected her skills in facilitation, conflict management and leadership development.

Zimmerman has worked as a teacher, speech therapist, program manager and assistant director of special education. She served as principal for two schools in Davis, California prior to being promoted to assistant superintendent for human resources. In 2002, she began a nine-year appointment as a superintendent of Old Adobe School Union School District. Under her leadership the district’s teachers moved from having contentious union interactions to productive, interest-based relations.

Throughout her career, Zimmerman has been involved in her communities. She currently serves as a board member of the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, the Petaluma Educational Foundation and the Watershed Collaborative. She takes great pride in being part of communities that not only work well together, but also seek challenges as an opportunity for learning and knowledge development. Zimmerman has co-authored three books on leadership and is currently working on two more. Her journal articles regularly appear in the Journal of Staff Development, a publication of Learning Forward, a national organization dedicated to excellent teaching and learning. She obtained a bachelor’s degree from UC Davis in 1972 and her doctoral degree in human and organizational development from the Fielding Graduate University in 1998. She has taught college courses at California State University, Sacramento and Sonoma State University. She lives in Suisun Valley, California with her husband, Rich.