Dr. Lalchandani holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in operations research from Cornell University. Throughout his career he focused on the application of operations-research techniques to a variety of industrial and government problems and operating roles in the high-tech industry, predominantly superconductors, computer systems, and software. His role gradually increased in scope from strategic planner to chief financial/administrative officer and finally as chief executive officer of a venture-backed software company (representative companies are National Semiconductor and Oracle).
For the past 15 years, he has worked as part-time advisor, board member, and general business mentor to a number of early-stage information-technology companies. Representative companies are Juniper Networks, AtHome Corps, and Cerent & Equinix.
- BA, New College of California, San Francisco
- MFA, University of California, Davis
Chris Lanier is an artist with a background in both traditional and digital media, and a demonstrated interest in hybrid forms, having worked in multimedia performance, digital animation, web production, and comics. His animation has screened at Sundance and won awards at several international festivals, including the Grand Prize for Internet Animation at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. His graphic novel “Combustion” was published by Fantagraphics Books, and his comics have appeared in a variety of venues, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Reader, Nickelodeon Magazine, and the Indiana Review. He is also an essayist and critic whose art criticism has appeared in a variety of online and print publications, including The Believer, HiLobrow.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon Magazine, the Bay Guardian, and the Comics Journal. Most recently, he curated the exhibit “The Art of Howl,” featuring concept and animation art from the film “Howl,” which featured James Franco as the beat poet Allen Ginsberg. He also did storyboarding for the film. He is currently the Assistant Professor of Digital Art at Sierra Nevada College.
- MA, California State University at San Jose
Michael is in his 44th year in professional education.He has served in the capacity of secondary teacher and college adjunct professor, student teacher supervisor for student teachers, as a secondary counselor, and as a principal at elementary, middle and high school levels. He also was a district director of K-12 programs.
- BA, Zoology, B.S., Oceanography, University of Washington
- PhD, Limnology, Dartmouth College
Levitan has been with SNC since 1986. He has conducted research on Daphnia and Mysis in Lake Tahoe and is doing research at the University of Montana Biological Station at Flathead Lake involving the effects of changing lake levels on ecosystem dynamics. He teaches courses in environmental science, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Chuck has involved many students in active research and many of these projects have resulted in presentations at professional meetings.
- BS, Business Administration, Arizona State University
- MS, National Security Strategy, National War College
- MBA, Arizona State University
- Certified Public Accountant.
Professor Lewellen is a retired senior Foreign Service Officer, having served with the Agency for International Development for over 25 years, and has worked extensively overseas in Africa and Asia, including long-term assignments in Indonesia, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Ethiopia. She has had short-term assignments in South Africa, Namibia, and Cambodia as well, and has also taught courses in project management and administration in Kenya, Zambia, Afghanistan, Senegal, and Washington. Ms. Lewellen currently teaches classes in international studies and business.
- BSChE, University of Texas
- MBA, Rice University
Janet began her career with Shell Oil in refinery process and environmental engineering positions, and was soon promoted to become one of youngest engineers in Shell to hold P&L and line management responsibility for a large refinery manufacturing plant in Martinez, CA.
After leaving Shell for business school, she managed several marketing teams for Compaq Computers and also served as a VP for VYVX, the acquisition arm of Wiltel. In 1989, Janet co-founded CPLEX, a software company that she helped operate for 10 years before selling to ILOG, a publicly traded French company. Janet remained with ILOG in a variety of executive positions as that company grew rapidly from under 300 employees to almost 1000 employees, including executive VP positions in marketing and M&A, before successfully negotiating and executing the sale of ILOG to IBM in 2008. Janet remained as an IBM executive for several years under a retention agreement, but since resigning in 2010 offers consulting related to marketing and M&A, with clients including IBM.
Janet and her husband of 27 years, Todd, have lived in Incline since 1991 and have raised twin daughters (currently freshmen in universities on the east coast) in Incline Village. Janet has served on multiple non-profit boards related to education and literacy, and remains a trustee at Sage Ridge School, a private 5-12 college prep school in Reno, NV.