Lalithra Fernando is a 2006 Buck Scholar. He is a producer, specializing in post, with Chops Films, where he has worked on multiple features and short films that have traveled the festival circuit, including CHEE AND T, GRASS, and now STAYCATION. He grew up in the Bay Area after his family emigrated from Sri Lanka. He attended Princeton University, where he studied Computer Science and Film, supported generously by the Buck Scholarship. Following a career as a program manager at Microsoft in Seattle, Lalithra moved to Los Angeles to be immersed in the entertainment industry. Currently, he works in the production department at Bad Robot.
Kelsey is an attorney at Buffington & Aaron, ALC in San Francisco where she practices tax law, with a focus on employee benefits and estate planning. Kelsey grew up in Rio Vista, a small farming community in California’s delta region. After receiving the Buck Scholarship in 2005, Kelsey attended U.C. Berkeley and spent a year studying abroad in Spain and France. She received her B.A. in History from U.C. Berkeley in 2009. Kelsey then attended U.C. Davis for law school and received her J.D. in 2013. She is an active member of the employee benefits and legal communities in San Francisco. Kelsey serves on the membership committee of the San Francisco Chapter of the Western Pension & Benefits Council and for two years has served as a delegate of the Bar Association of San Francisco to the Conference of California Bar Associations, where lawyers throughout California propose and debate changes in California law. Kelsey has been a member of the BSA Board since 2015 and currently is a mentor to 2017 Buck Fellow Suheng Chiv. In her free time you can find Kelsey relaxing with her husband Dylan and dog Rue, reading a book for her book club, swimming or otherwise spending time outdoors.
Bernadette Doerr is a 1994 Buck Scholar. Bernadette studied leadership and corporate culture as a PhD student in Management of Organizations (UC Berkeley Haas School of Business). She now helps companies assess their cultures and plan for organizational change. In previous lives, she ran research and analytics at start-up companies (Medallia, CrossLead), served as assistant to Paul Romer (2018 Nobel Prize in Economics), and worked as a strategy consultant (Monitor Group, Edgar Dunn). Prior to Haas, she earned a BS in International Business and an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She lives in Belmont with her LEGO-loving son, husband, and German Shepherd. In her spare time, she enjoys crafting brief autobiographical sketches in the third person.
Robert served as the Executive Director of The Frank H. and Eva B. Buck Foundation from 2003 until the Foundation was dissolved in 2016. The Foundation had a special focus on education and served Napa, Solano, Yolo, Sacramento, San Joaquin and Contra Costa counties since 1990. The Frank H. Buck Scholars Program has supported the full educational costs of over 250 Scholars at their choice of educational institutions throughout the world. He has been active in nonprofit and arts management since 1973 and has held major positions at the New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, Sacramento Symphony and other arts and cultural organizations. From 1995 to 2003 he was Executive Director of The Management Center, San Francisco, a nationally known management support organization that developed the capacity of nonprofit leaders to build powerful and effective organizations. He has served on several national and local boards including the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, the California Association of Nonprofits, Opera America, Chanticleer, the California Assembly of Local Arts Agencies, the California Confederation of the Arts, and Association of Fundraising Professionals and as a member of the Board of Governors of The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. He received his B.A. from UC Berkeley, M.A. from San Francisco State University and his M.B.A. from UCLA’s Graduate School of Management. An accomplished musician and former officer in the U.S. Navy, he has also been active in local civic, nonprofit and other organizational activities.
Derek is a 1999 Buck Scholar and one of the co-founders for the Buck Scholar Association. Derek was recognized as the 2017 Man of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce and appointed by the City Council to the Scotts Valley Planning Commission where he serves as Chair of the Commission. He is Chair of the Save Our Schools, which was recognized by the Chamber of Commerce as the Scotts Valley 2012 Organization of the Year. He is President of the Scotts Valley Educational Foundation and former President of the Scotts Valley Friends of the Library. He also served as Chief Operating Officer of the Buck Scholars Association and currently serves as a current Board Advisor. He received his BA from UC Santa Barbara in and studied law at George Washington University and UC Davis. He served on Law Review, Moot Court and founded the Journal of Juvenile Law. Derek clerked with Congressman Tom Campbell and US Attorney’s Office. After graduation in 1997, he practiced law with Seyfarth Shaw and Ropers Majeski and later became VP, Business Development of Wish.com. In 2003 he founded Montalvo Homes & Estates, a real estate company in Santa Cruz, California.
Christian P. Erdman is a resident of Jackson Hole Wy where he lives his wife Jacqueline Legorreta Erdman. He has one daughter Mackenzie, who is currently a senior at USC. He is the grandson of the late congressman Frank H. Buck Jr. and late philanthropist Eva B. Buck and served as the chair of the Frank H. & Eva B. Buck Foundation. He is private investor, active in a wide variety of personal and family enterprises; Among his positions are Chairman of the Abalone Farm Inc. a California based aquiculture farm; President of Shasta Copper Exploration, a family holding company; and Vice-president and CFO of Ulupalakua Ranch Inc., a diversified agricultural operation based in Hawaii. Christian is a trustee of the Carol Franc Buck Foundation whose primary focus is on the visual and performing arts and arts education in the Western U.S. Additionally; Christian serves as a trustee of the Grand Teton Music Festival. Christian grow up splitting his time Crystal Bay, NV (Lake Tahoe) and Ulupalakua, Hi. He attended UC Davis receiving degrees in both Agricultural/Managerial Economics and Art History. At Davis he was on the Ski Team 1982-1986.
Christian Shelton is a 2000 Buck Scholar. He currently serves as the Chief Growth Officer of HelloTech—a national on-demand tech support company. Prior to Geekatoo’s merger with HelloTech, he served as Executive Chairman and co-founded the company. Previously, Christian was Chief of Staff of Global Public Policy at Sun Microsystems. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley, Harvard University, and the London School of Economics.
Farnoosh is a 2007 Buck Scholar. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Farnoosh joined the Board in July 2014. She attended UCLA for undergraduate, where she studied Neuroscience and Women’s Studies, and returned to UCLA for medical school. She is actively involved in health services research, clinical outcomes research, and serves on the Student Council to promote well-being and resilience training initiatives amongst medical students. As a Board member, Farnoosh hopes to create the same mentorship and educational opportunities for the Buck Fellows that the Buck Scholarship provided for herself and so many others. She has led numerous projects, including leading the selection of the 2015 Buck Fellows and helping to expand the Fellows program. In her spare time, Farnoosh enjoys spending time with her family, painting, and traveling as much as possible. She will be starting residency in 2019.
Phuoc Le is a 1994 Buck Scholar. Internist, Pediatrician, Associate Professor at UCSF and UC Berkeley, Dr. Le is also a social entrepreneur in the global health space. In 2014 he co-founded the HEAL Initiative at UCSF, a global health delivery fellowship program that trains and transforms frontline health providers to make service to the poor their first career choice. After 3 years of operation, the HEAL Initiative has over 100 fellows working with partner organizations in 7 countries, seeing nearly 1,000,000 patient visits per year. In 2018, Dr. Le co-founded Arc Health, the first company in the medical staffing industry to focus singularly on achieving health equity through the recruitment and retention of human resources for health in underserved populations.
Ramana is a 1998 Buck Scholar who grew up in the mountains outside of Vacaville, CA. She did undergraduate work in Medieval/Early Modern Studies, Psychology, and Classics at UC Davis and the University of Exeter in England. She is currently completing a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She has broad experience in multicultural counseling, pediatric and family therapy, and high acuity treatment. She also has fifteen years of experience with management; business development; clinical efficacy and outcomes; and organizational psychology. Ramana speaks German and Spanish, and is passionately committed to social justice. She currently works in senior management at Easterseals Bay Area, a large nonprofit provider of autism services.
Born in Japan, Rei Onishi grew up in Citrus Heights, attended Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks, and was awarded the Buck Scholarship in 2000. Thanks to the scholarship, Rei was able to attend Harvard College, Harvard Law School, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies. Rei currently works as a legal advisor in the California Governor’s Office in Sacramento. Previously, he worked in the Obama Administration as a White House Fellow and Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he directed a public-private initiative to bridge the digital divide for low-income families. He has also served as a Deputy Attorney General in the California Attorney General’s Office, a law clerk for the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and a Senate Fellow and legislative aide in the California Senate. From 2011 until 2015, Rei served as President of the Buck Scholars Association and co-founded the Buck Fellows Program.
Dr. William Wu is a 1999 Buck Scholar. Dr. Wu is the director of QED (https://qed.ai), a company that builds technologies to collect and analyze medical and agricultural data. He is passionate about finding meaningful challenges no matter where they take him --- from the rural health clinics of Western Kenya to the farming terraces of Nepal --- and mobilizing international engineering teams to solve problems actually worth fighting for. WW currently spends most of his time living and working in the developing world. Together with his team, some notable projects that WW has worked on include the Child Health And Mortality Prevention and Surveillance (CHAMPS) project, which aims to understand the reasons underlying high under-five mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and the Africa Soil and Information Service (AfSIS), which aims to collect missing information about the soils and landscapes of Africa. WW has extensive experience with scientific computing and data systems development, and has seen how these strategies play out across a rich diversity of environments, from "too small to fail" to "too big to succeed". He served as an engineer at many companies, including Apple, NEC, and Oregon Health and Science University, and various tech startups. WW is also a former member of the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, where he worked as a telecommunications engineer for space missions such as OPALS, MRO, and Curiosity. WW earned his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of California Berkeley, and his M.S. in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering both from Stanford University.