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.
Hi everyone! My name is Janelle and I'm an '07 Buck Scholar from Solano County. I grew up in Suisun City before moving to Rio Vista for high school. I earned my BS and MS degrees in Computer Science at Stanford, and started my career as a software engineer at Snap, Inc. in 2013. I lived in Los Angeles for 5 years while working at Snap, and moved back home to the Bay Area last year. I’m now back at my alma mater as a research engineer for CERC, the Clinical Excellence Research Center, at the School of Medicine. We’re working to solve high-cost clinical problems using AI-based solutions. I’m very excited to be a part of the BSA Board. I could not have gotten to this point without the support from the Buck family - I can only hope to impact someone’s life the way that the Buck Foundation has impacted mine. As members of the BSA, we’ve all been given the gift of education, and we are in a unique position to pass that gift onto future generations. I’m looking forward to being a part of that effort.
Lynnea is from Sacramento and attended college at Stanford, where she studied developmental psychology and fiction writing, before attending medical school in New York. She previously lived in Seattle before moving in 2014 to San Francisco, where she works as a hospitalist, which is a general internist who cares for hospitalized patients. She also has several roles in medical education, including research on the impact of emotion on learning, particularly in the remediation process; and she directs multiple courses and programs for students and medical trainees. She also teaches and coaches on challenging communication in healthcare settings. In her free time, she loves to travel, hike, cook, and read novels. Lynnea has benefited immensely from the Buck community and is excited to join the Board of the Buck Scholars Association. She is eager to contribute to enhancement and sustainability of all of the organization’s programming.
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.