UCRAB Board

Board Meetings

The University of California Retirees' Association at Berkeley (UCRAB) Board of Directors meets on the third Tuesday of each month (excluding August and December) at 10:30 am. You are welcome to join them. Because the meeting location varies, please email ucbrc@berkeley.edu if you plan to attend.

Meet the UCRAB Board Members


Lynn Bailiff  
Lynn serves as President of UCRAB and as one of its representatives on the UC Berkeley Retirement Center Advisory Board. 

Lynn  began his career at Cal in 1975 as a member of then-Vice Chancellor Mike Heyman’s staff. During the ensuing 21 years, Lynn worked in a variety of capacities to improve the quality of undergraduate education and to make Cal’s undergraduate student body more reflective of the State’s diverse population. These included 11 years as Executive Officer in the Division of Undergraduate Affairs and four years as Director of the Disabled Students’ Program.

After taking early retirement from the University in 1996, Lynn managed a private-sector social research company for five years and, from 2002 to 2015 assisted high school principals in the Oakland Unified School District with financial and organizational management.

Lynn joined the UCRAB Board in July 2013 and served as Treasurer from July 2014 through September 2015, when he was elected President by the Board.

Lynn also finds time for traveling with his wife Fran, listening to jazz and classical music, and walking daily in the Oakland Hills.


Kathleen Demerdjian

Kathleen serves as Treasurer of UCRAB.

Kathleen is also Treasurer of the East Bay Rose Society and a member of the American Rose Society. For over 27 years Kathleen was an administrator at both the UC Berkeley and UCSF campuses, which enabled her to learn about the junior year abroad program, biotechnology, chemistry, medicine and the Arabic language.  Her other career was teaching - business and English subjects to Ohio high school students and going abroad to teach English as a Foreign Language to businessmen at a South Korean iron and steel company, to university students in a Tokyo, Japan suburb, and to women university students in the United Arab Emirates.  All of these experiences led to trips throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.  After retirement, she has been taking many UC Berkeley OLLI classes, UCRAB trips, and traveling to England, Ireland, Italy, Spain, the American Southwest, and to the World Federation of Rose Societies' conferences in New Zealand, France, and Denmark.


David Duer

Dave serves as a UCRAB Director-At-Large.

Dave's 30 year career with the University was focused on development and fund raising programs with the UCB College of Engineering (1987-97), the UCD Health System (medical school and hospital) (1997- 2000), and the UCB University Library (2000-2017).  He is a member of Berkeley’s Centennial Class of 1968.  He has a graduate degree from the University of Southern California. 

Dave served as a volunteer on many community boards and committees, and spent the earlier years of his career directing the Richmond Boys’ Club, Big Brothers of Marin County, and then fund raising for independent schools in San Francisco before coming to Berkeley in 1987.  He is currently the chair of the Richmond Library Commission and a writing coach for middle school students.  He is also a board member of The Faculty Club and the Early Childhood Mental Health Program in Richmond.  He previously served as the District 1 Commissioner for the Contra Costa County Arts & Culture Commission, and as a member of the West Contra Costa Unified School District Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee for school construction bonds.  At Berkeley, he has been a member of the Fund Raising Council, the Campaign Management Team, and the Campanile Centennial Committee, as well as organizing and promoting many public and donor recognition events with current ties with many authors and performers who participated in Cal events.


Marian Gade

Marian Gade serves as Secretary of UCRAB and as one of its representatives on the Retirement Center Advisory Board.

For 35 years, both within the University and through other sources, Marian was a Research Associate with UC President Emeritus Clark Kerr, working with him on a variety of projects, mainly involving studies of college and university governance, finance, and history. She assisted with the research, organization, and editing of his two-volume set of memoirs of his years as Berkeley Chancellor and UC President. For the last two years of her employment, Marian was also Deputy Director of UC Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education.

Marian is active both organizationally and playing/singing music with the San Francisco Folk Music Club. She is a 50+ year Girl Scout and a former President of the SF Bay Area Council. She served five years as chair of the Council of University of California Retiree Associations. Marian is a former whitewater kayaker and kayaking trainer. Other long-time and current interests and activities include being a ham radio operator involved in West Contra Costa County emergency preparedness efforts, and she is the grandmother of a 12-year-old girl.


Patricia Hardy

Pat serves as Scholarship and Mentoring Coordinator for UCRAB.

Pat retired from the Department of Statistics after 40 years of service on the UC Berkeley Campus. She is also a UC Berkeley Alumni, with a BA in Sociology. 




Lola Harris
Lola served as a member of UCRAB’s Board of Directors for more than a decade and, in June 2018, was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership in UCRAB.


Nancy Johnsen Horton

Nancy serves as Membership Coordinator for UCRAB. 

Nancy was hired as a clerk in 1979 to write acknowledgment letters in one of the first Development Offices on campus. A career in the burgeoning field of fundraising began, and Nancy served in successive Annual Giving roles in the Colleges of Engineering, Environmental Design and Chemistry, with a three-year stint as University House Manager, organizing over 300 events a year during the Tien and Berdahl administrations.

From 2000 to 2009 she was one of two Berkeley delegates to the Council of UC Staff Assemblies and contributed to the project that resulted in the establishment of the Staff Advisors to the Regents.

Nancy is a recreational dragon boat racer and enjoys reading, writing, and travel with her husband John, also a UC Berkeley retiree. The Hortons have two Schipperke dogs.

 



Patti Owen

Patti serves as Vice President of UCRAB and Chair of the UC Berkeley Retirement Center Advisory Board.

Patti started working on the Berkeley campus in 1975 while her husband pursued his PhD. Her first position was in the Academic Personnel Office, where she worked for 3 ½ years. She followed her husband to Paris while he did his doctoral research. Upon her return she worked in the Engineering Dean's Office for 10 years and at UC Office of the President for almost 5 years. She returned to campus in 1993 to serve as head of the Academic Personnel Office. At the time of retirement in 2009, she was the Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Personnel.

Patti enjoys traveling with her husband, especially to France where she spent her junior year abroad. She is an avid quilter and serves as a volunteer for Stitchin' for Kids. 


Bill Roberts
Bill serves as Editor of the UCRAB Newsletter.

Bill joined the staff of the Bancroft Library in 1966, while working on his M.L.S. at Cal. In 1984 he was appointed Archivist for both the Berkeley campus and UC System, a position he held until his retirement in 2001. At that time, he was awarded the Berkeley Citation in recognition of his many contributions to campus during 35 years of service. Currently Bill volunteers as archivist for the Berkeley Historical Society and enjoys listening to classical music and traveling in Europe.  


Toni Sweet
Toni serves as Luncheon Coordinator for UCRAB and as its representative to the Council of UC Retiree Associations (CUCRA) and to the UC Retirement System Advisory Board.


Ben Tucker
Ben serves as Speaker Coordinator for UCRAB.

Ben joined the Berkeley campus in May 1980 as an Outreach Officer in the Office of Relations With School. He subsequently became Director of Berkeley's Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP), a UC systemwide program designed to increase the number of underrepresented students attending the University of California. In 1995, Ben left the Berkeley campus to take the position of Manager of Early and Immediate Outreach Programs at the UC Office of The President.

When Ben retired from UCOP in 2003, a friend suggested he take classes at StageBridge, a performing arts company for seniors in Oakland. After taking singing, acting, and storytelling classes, Ben focused on storytelling as his art form. He has performed at the Berkeley Marsh and open mics around the bay area.

Ben published his memoir, A Good Run, in 2015. He gives book talks and storytelling workshops at libraries, museums, schools, senior centers, and community-based organizations. In addition to being a dedicated storyteller he is a world traveler and avid hiker.