Athletes Supporting Athletes. Official Ambassadors or Cal Athletics <> Teammates for Life.
JIM BARKER - PRESIDENT
Jim Barker wrestled for the Bears in the 157 pound category, and graduated Cal in 1965 with a B.S. in Zoology. He went on to graduate from the Dental School at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 1971, and he’s been practicing dentistry ever since. Jim serves as the President of The Big C Society®, and is a proud father to a family of Golden Bears.
CHRIS CARPENTER - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Chris Carpenter serves as the Executive Director of The Big C Society® . Carpenter earned his first varsity letter in 1962 and became a three-year starter on the Golden Bear basketball team. After graduation, Carpenter stayed in Berkeley to earn his JD degree at Boalt Hall School of Law. Following a short stint working in Hawaii, Chris returned to the East Bay and began a 35-year career as a prosecutor with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. For the final 10 years, he was in charge of the office's Consumer and Environmental Protection Division. Since retiring in 2007 Chris has devoted his time to The Big C Society®, and has been the Executive Director since July 2015.
JOSEF RUEF - VICE PRESIDENT
Josef Ruef is an entrepreneur and executive with 20 years of experience developing and growing businesses. Currently, Mr. Ruef is Founding Partner of September Capital, an investment and consulting firm that assists early stage technology companies. Previously Mr, Ruef was Co-Founder and CEO of Verical Inc., an online marketplace for electronic components that was acquired by Arrow Electronics (NYSE:ARW). Mr. Ruef is also a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, 1993, where he earned a B.A. in English and earned a varsity letter playing football for the Golden Bears.
CLIF MAYNE, JR. - TREASURER
Clif Mayne, Jr. is Treasurer for The Big C Society® . Mayne played Tennis for the Golden Bears.
KENT BREWER - PAST PRESIDENT
R. Kent Brewer retired in 2012 after a 40-year family law practice in Walnut Creek, CA. Kent graduated from Cal with a major in Political Science. He was a member of the Cal Track and Field team, earning his letter in the pole vault in 1963 and 1964. As a long time supporter of Cal sports Kent has been both a liaison to the track and field program and a certified USATF official serving as a volunteer official for track and field meets held at Cal. He is a Past President of The Big C Society® and continues to serve as a member of its Board of Directors.
John Ricksen - Past President
John is a member of the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame. He played both Basketball and Tennis for the Golden Bears, and served as President of The Big C Society®.
Don Bowden - Liaison to Cross Country
Don Bowden is a longtime Director for The Big C Society® and its Liaison to the Cross Country teams.
A 1956 Olympic Team member, Bowden was the first American ever to break the four-minute barrier in the mile (3:58.7) on June 1, 1957, in Stockton, Calif. His almost-50-year-old record time in the mile was recently broken by former Cal runner David Torrence, who set the new record at 3:58.62 at the California Collegiate Challenge on April 28, 2007, at Edwards Stadium.
A 1956 Olympian in the 1500, the 1957 NCAA Outdoor 880-yard champion, Bowden was ranked third in the world in the 800 meters by Track & Field News in 1957. He also ran the third leg (1:49.5) for Cal's quartet that set the 4x880-yard relay world record time of 7:21.0 in Los Angeles on May 24, 1957.
Karl Uebel - Executive Commitee
Bill Ausfahl - Executive Committee
Maurita Toler - Liaison to the Athletic Department
Executive Committee Member and Liaison to the Athletic Department. Maurita Toler is currently a development officer for the Cal Athletics Fund; serving as a liaison between the fundraising arm and programs including track & field, gymnastics, and The Big C Society®. Ms. Toler works closely with coaches, donors, alumni and current student-athletes to gain support for the various programs. Ms. Toler ran for the Cal track & field team and graduated from UC Berkeley in 2011 with a B.A. in Sociology. In 2016 she earned her M.A. in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco.
Burl Toler - Liaison to Football
Storrie Johnson - Liaison for Rowing
Dave Butler - Liaison to Basketball
Dave Butler is Liaison to the Cal men's basketball team and a Director at The Big C Society® . Butler played forward for the California Golden Bears basketball team of the University of California, Berkeley (Cal), twice leading them to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) after a 25-year postseason absence for the program. In his first season, he was honored as the top freshman player in the Pacific-10 Conference (renamed the Pac-12 in 2011). Butler finished his career at Cal with the school record for games started (113), fourth in Cal history in career rebounds (814), and seventh in scoring (1,291). Butler graduated with a Bachelor of Science in marketing and finance in 1986, and was a Rhodes Scholar candidate. He was inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011, and named to the Pac-12 Hall of Honor in 2014. Butler was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the fifth round of the 1987 NBA Draft, but chose to play professionally in Turkey. After two years playing basketball overseas he returned to Cal and earned an MBA at the Haas School of Business in 1990. Dave Butler serves as Co-Chief Executive Officer and Head of Global Financial Advisor Services along with holding a seat on the Board of Directors for Dimensional Fund Advisors. He joined Dimensional in 1995 and brings more than 20 years of experience working with financial advisors.
Lisa Daiss - Liaison to Men & Women's Soccer
Lisa Daiss, née Kevorkian, is a Big C Society® director and its Liaison to women and men's soccer. Kevorkian lettered three years in women's soccer from 2006-2010, after medically redshirting as a sophomore. The Bears advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament every year during her tenure. Kevorkian won the Golden Bear Award for highest team GPA her freshman through senior years; other awards include PAC-10 Player of the Week and several All-Academic honors. Kevorkian went on to graduate school at Boston University, where she used her redshirt eligibility to play for the Terriers and earned All-America honors, fourth-team.