Michael Fok ’89

Michael FokMichael Fok ’89 is a twenty-plus year employee with Merck & Co., where he works in respiratory care as a Health Science Team Leader on the East Coast. He has completed the Executive Program in Healthcare Marketing and Communications at Dartmouth College. Mike is a devoted husband and a loving father of two. In his spare time, he is a salsa instructor who also enjoys playing piano, cooking, travel and gourmet dining.

Mark Gold ’84

Mark GoldMark Gold ’84, ’86 MA, ’94 PhD (Environmental Science and Engineering), formerly President of Heal the Bay, has been appointed Associate Director for External Relations of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Over the past 25 years Mark Gold has worked extensively on issues of coastal protection and water issues, including pollution, and is recognized as one of California’s leading environmental opinion makers. He has served as President of Heal the Bay since 2006 and was Executive Director from 1994-2006.

Daniel Klionsky ’80

Daniel KlionskyDaniel Klionsky ’80 is Alexander G. Ruthven Professor of Life Sciences at the University of Michigan. He received his PhD in Biology in 1985 at Stanford University, and was a Helen Hay Whitney postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology. He is also Honorary Professor of the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a National Science Foundation Distinguished Teaching Scholar. His research involves autophagy and the cytoplasm to vacuole targeting pathway. In 2004, Dr. Klionsky edited the first textbook on autophagy. He helped launch the Gordon Research Conference on “Autophagy in Stress, Development and Disease,” and served as Chair in 2005. Dr. Klionsky is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Autophagy.

David Castanon ’81

Steven C. GerkenDavid Castanon ’81 writes, “I graduated from UCLA with a double major in Biology and Geography-Ecosystems Conservation and Analysis. I am currently Chief of the Regulatory Division of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District. The Corps Regulatory Program is the federal government’s most important program for protecting wetlands and other aquatic ecosystems. I manage a talented and committed team of multidisciplinary scientists and professionals in such fields as ecology, various biology specialties, fluvial geomorphology, environmental engineering, and planning. Our team of regulators is located in several offices: Los Angeles, Ventura, Carlsbad, Riverside, Phoenix and Tucson. These professionals evaluate permit applications from a broad range of public agencies, businesses, and private land owners who desire to build projects within wetlands, rivers, streams, lakes, or the ocean. Major infrastructure (highways, rail, renewable energy, pipelines, port expansions), mixed use or residential housing, construction on military bases, as well as private developments by individual land owners require Corps permits when they will affect aquatic resources whether on public or private land. The program annually affects about $50 Billion worth of construction projects within the Los Angeles District’s area of responsibility: Southern California from the Mexican Border to the Monterey County Line and Mono Lake as well as the State of Arizona. Evaluation of these applications requires thorough environmental analysis, application of a watershed perspective, and compliance with a wide range of federal environmental statutes: Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, Clean Air Act, and others. This program is challenging and often controversial in that the Corps is charged with balancing environmental protection with economic needs of society and private property rights which means that affected parties (land owners, neighbors, businesses, environmental groups, and elected officials) are rarely fully satisfied. However, the Corps regulator’s ‘honest broker’ role and ability to personally affect how projects are designed and built results in tremendous job satisfaction.”

Eve Haberfield ’80 PhD

Eve Haberfield ’80 PhD (Morin) recently retired as the Director of Humanities, Health, Science, and Social Science at UCLA Extension, where she was responsible for overseeing course programming for more than 1,000 courses each year. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Griffith Observatory. From the UCLA Extension Newsletter: “Eve Haberfield, recently retired director and program director for the Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences, and Health Sciences Programs, was honored at the University Professional & Continuing Education Association’s 2010 Fall Regional Awards ceremony. Haberfield won in the West Region’s Professional Contributions to Continuing Education category for her 33 years of service and dedication developing innovative courses and programs for UCLA Extension.”