Dedicated to Excellence

The Dean’s Leadership Council (DLC) is composed of successful alumni, business executives and community leaders who provide counsel to the dean and help ensure our strategic mission is properly aligned with the needs of society and business.
Michael Aguiar headshot

Michael Aguilar, ’88

Former President
and CEO

Innovia, Inc.
Wajdie Ahmad

Wajdie Ahmad, M.B.A

Former Co-Founder & CEO

Bonti, Inc.
Zachary Antovich headshot

Zachary Antovich

General Manager

Linkage BioSciences | A ThermoFisher Scientific Brand
Brian Atwood headshot

Brian Atwood ’74

Former President
and CEO

Innovia, Inc.
Mitchell Brin headshot

Mitchell Brin, M.D., FAAN

Sr. Vice President, Global Drug
Development & Chief Scientific Officer

Botox ®, Allergan, Inc.
Ed Chang headshot

Ed Chang

Vice President of Marketing

Avenu Medical
Charles L. M. Dunlop headshot

Charles L. M.


Ambry Genetics
Jacqueline Dupont headshot

Dupont, Ph.D.


Dupont Residential Care, Inc.
Aaron Elliott headshot

Aaron Elliott,


Ambry Genetics
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John Gerace, M.B.A.


DiaSorin Molecular
Diana Hendel headshot

Diana Hendel,
PharmD., ’85

Senior Partner

Partnership Advantage
Nikki Iravani headshot

Nikki Iravani, O.D.,

Founder & CEO

Tamra Kaplan headshot

Tamra Kaplan

Senior Vice President Operations

Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Nikan Khatibi headshot

Nikan Khatibi,
D.O. ’04

CEO and Medical Director

Ahura Healthcare Corporation
William Loudon headshot

William Loudon,
M.D., Ph.D.

Section Chief for Pediatric Neurosurgery

Children’s Hospital of Orange County
Mohannad S. Malas headshot

Mohannad S. Malas


IRA Capital, LLC
James McGaugh headshot

James McGaugh, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Neurobiology and Behavior

UCI School of Biological Sciences
Maria Minon headshot

Maria Minon, M.D., ’72, ’76

Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer

Children’s Hospital of Orange County
Michael O'Connell headshot

Michael O’Connell

Executive Director

Irvine Ranch Conservancy
Devansu Tewari headshot

Devansu Tewari, M.D. ’93,’97,’14

Director, Gynecologic Oncology
Division, Southern California Permanente Medical Group

Kaiser Permanente Orange County
Nita Tewari headshot

Nita Tewari, Ph.D.,’92


Nita Tewari, Ph.D.
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