- Phyllis McCalla, President
- Bob Halferty, Vice President
- Sharon Henn, Treasurer
- Kamal Lemseffer, Secretary
- Robert Blake
- Lorrie Bortuzzo
- Easan Katir
- Liz McCapes
- Susan Moore
- Rahim Reed
- Krystyna von Henneberg
- Joanna Regulska, Ex-Officio
Phyllis McCalla, President
Phyllis McCalla grew up in Dixon, California. She then worked at UC Davis in many areas and departments on campus.
The last seven years of employment were with the Department of Epidemiology, Cancer Research Program as Program Manager. She worked as a UC Davis employee on contract with the State of California managing a 20 million dollar budget that funded cancer research in the state. She supervised both UC and State employees and worked within the policies of both institutions to manage and monitor the funded agencies. Phyllis retired from UC Davis June 2004 after 34 years of service with UC.
Phyllis has served as a member of the UC Davis Staff Assembly, as a chair for the River City Quilt Show, as President of Soroptimist International of Greater Davis, and as a chair and president of the UCD Davis Retireees Association and Advisory Committee.
Phyllis was exposed to the international world when she met her now husband, Alex McCalla. She says she has been very lucky and privileged to have visited more international countries than US states. Her first international trip was the Hague Netherlands, Paris France and Rome Italy. Other international travel includes Africa, Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Korea, Nepal, Russia, and a list of many other places too long to mention. Phyllis says she has met some incredible and very charming people and her travels have exposed her to many different cultural and food experiences.
Bob Halferty is a native of southwest Wisconsin, born and raised in the City of Lancaster. After high school, Bob attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, receiving his degree in business administration in 1959. Soon after graduation, Bob entered the military service and was assigned to the US Army’s Central Finance & Accounting Office, Europe in Heidelberg, Germany for two and a half years. After completing his active duty in 1962, Bob returned to his hometown in Wisconsin to take a position as assistant cashier in one of the local banks where he had worked summers during his years as a student at the University.
Bob worked in his hometown bank for five years and during that time served as secretary and treasurer of the Grant County Bankers’ Association and as a member of the Wisconsin Bankers’ Association Committee on Agriculture. Bob was also active in his community during those five years, serving as a deacon, trustee and treasurer of his church, chair of the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals and treasurer of the Grant County Historical Society. Bob became the first president of his community’s new chapter of the American Field Service, hosting a high school exchange student from Costa Rica. At his church’s request, he took on a leadership role in scouting first as cubmaster, then scoutmaster and as a member of the local explorer committee. Bob also continued his military career, serving as platoon leader, then as company commander in the 389th Engineer Construction Battalion, an active US Army Reserve unit in Dubuque, Iowa.
In 1967, Bob accepted a position as administrative analyst in the Planning and Budget Office at UC Davis. After three years as an administrative analyst, Bob transferred into the area of facilities planning and management as facilities requirements analyst, a position that had a close working relationship with the Office of Architects & Engineers and the Department of Physical Plant. After two years in that position, Bob was advanced to Educational Facilities Planner, and later to Senior EFP. After 36 years of service to UC Davis in capital planning and budgeting, Bob retired in June of 2003.
Bob has lived in Davis continuously since taking his position with the University in 1967. His community service has included serving as President and member of the Board of Directors of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Davis, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Yolo County Family Services Agency and on the Board of Directors of the Yolo County YMCA in Woodland. Bob is a lifetime member of the American Legion.
Since retirement, Bob has continued his involvement with the University by serving on the Executive Board of the UC Davis Retirees’ Association for six years, including two years as President of the Association, and as a member of the campus Retiree Center Advisory Committee. In 2012 he was appointed to represent University retirees on the Chancellor’s 2020 Initiative Task Force. Bob has considered these rewarding activities, but most important to him since his retirement from the University is the greater amount of time he can now spend with his son and grandchildren.
Bob enthusiastically supports the programs and objectives of the I-House and looks forward to continuing his participation in the organization as a member of the Board of Directors.
Sharon Henn and her family are all native New Yorkers of German and Irish heritage. After leaving long island and being in various areas, Sharon came to Davis in 1984. Before coming to Davis and I-House, Sharon was employed with a Sacramento public accounting firm where she completed her CPA license. Her A.A. in accounting is from
Sacramento City College, her B.S. in business administration (concentration in accounting) is from Sacramento State University and her M.B.A. in accounting and public sector management is from UC Davis Graduate School of Management. During her 28 year career at UC Davis, Sharon served as an accountant, campus payroll manager, associate accounting officer, interim accounting and controller, assistant dean-administration and project adviser for Kuali financial system development.
While Sharon is new to International House Davis, she has had a long term interest in promoting international understanding. Her family has hosted several international students in their home various times throughout the year. She has also, with varying degrees of success, studied Spanish, Russian, German, French and Italian. In retirement her volunteer experience includes UCD Retiree’s Association, Council of UC Retiree Associations, Davis Genealogy Club, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and UCD Mondavi Center. In addition, she has done occasional transcription for genealogical data digitization projects.
Kamal Lemseffer is originally from Morocco but considers himself practically a Davis native as he has resided in this city over 25 years. Over these years Kamal has enjoyed the programs offered at the International House. He currently works at UC Davis in the budget office. He hopes to strengthen the ties between the International House and UC Davis and help create programs to continue serving international students and our Davis community. Kamal has a Masters in Computers and Robotics from France, a Masters in Software Engineering and MBA from Sacramento State University.
Robert Blake joined the I-House board of directors in 2010. He was born in Santa Barbara, CA, in 1951, and became interested in international affairs when he was sent to Brisbane, Australia, as an American Field Service exchange student in high school.
While in Australia, he made a fair attempt to learn their native tongue, Strine, and eat with the fork in the left hand, knife in the right. After graduation, he attended UCLA and studied Latin American Studies and Economics until his last year when he switched his major to Spanish. While attending UCLA, he went with friends first to Mexico and later to Guatemala for the summer. His Spanish dictionary was his constant companion. Now with a B.A. in Spanish, Robert attended Middlebury College, Vermont, during the summer, followed by a yearlong program in Madrid, Spain.
This experience convinced him that he wanted to teach the Spanish language at the university Level. Now with an M.A. under his belt, he enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Spanish linguistics at the University of Texas, Austin. Seven years later, he began his first job as an assistant professor of Spanish at Dartmouth College. In his five years in N.H., Dartmouth College sent him twice to Mexico with a full quota of students in tow, first to San Luis Potosí and later Puebla de Los Angeles. A stint of summer acting in Hanover, N.H., (a.k.a. Ernst Ludwig from Cabaret) led him to marriage the lighting designer Elizabeth Crisp of Nashua, N.H., who was teaching English at Hanover High School.
A tenured appointment with the University of Rochester took the couple to Rochester, N.Y., where both his children were born (James and Ian). After five years in the bitter cold of the upstate New York, he finally got a chance to return to sunny California with an offer from UC Davis in the well-known Spanish Department. At UC Davis, Robert has twice been chair of the Spanish Department and currently is the director of the Spanish language program. He currently is the founding director of the UC Language Consortium (http://uccllt.ucdavis.edu), which is responsible for promoting language study throughout the UC system. He is an avid tennis player, jazz guitarist, and makes a mean paella when plied with good white wine.
Lorrie was not originally from Davis as she moved here from Northfield, Minnesota. She decided to join the International House because of her multicultural and international education background. She felt that volunteering her time at International House would be the perfect fit in getting settled in Davis. She has seen herself become the coordinator of the I-House Friendship Program.
A fourth generation Californian, Easan Katir moved to Davis ten years ago. Easan is no stranger to public speaking as he co-hosted a radio talk show for two years which was syndicated in 32 markets. Throughout his time he has also been an MC for various gatherings.
Easan is no stranger to different cultures as he has worked with and conversed with many different cultures. this includes the Chief Rabbi of Temple Emmanu-El, the High Commissioner of India in London and the former king of Kashmir. Easan was Board Chairman of Morgan Parsons Inc which and has done extensive business management ventures in his time there. Easan has now joined the Board of Directors at I-House and is eager to get to work.
Liz McCapes moved to Davis in 1970 and has lived here for over 40 years. She is a third generation graduate of UC Davis, graduating in 1984 with a BA in sociology. Following college, she worked for three years on a public outreach grant with the Yolo County Health Department. In 1989, she joined Brown Construction, Inc., a local general contracting company. Brown Construction has since moved to West Sacramento and is now a mid-size construction company that constructs commercial and multifamily apartment projects throughout California.
Liz has focused on multifamily housing, primarily affordable housing (apartments and mixed use) working with nonprofit developers. She has overseen all of the company’s multifamily housing projects for the past 15 years. She is currently the executive vice president and a principal of Brown Construction, Inc.
She is a Charter Member and former president of the Davis Sunset Rotary Club.
She has two daughters.
Susan Moore has lived in Davis for over 40 years. A native Californian, she has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from UC San Diego and graduate degrees from UCD (MS, Consumer Science) and California State University, Sacramento (M.B.A emphasis in Accounting). Earning her CPA license while working at the State Department of Finance, she went on to work in many industries but always returned to the non-profit world. Favorite jobs included 7 years at the international nonprofit organization, Freedom from Hunger, where she traveled to their programs in Antiqua, Thailand and Nepal, and 15 years in the central accounting office of UCD, with the last 5 spent as functional lead in the implementation of a new accounting system. Recently retired, Susan is looking forward to expanding her volunteer activities and becoming more connected with the community.
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Associate Executive Vice Chancellor (AEVC)
Office of Campus Community Relations (OCCR)
Rahim Reed joined the board of directors at International House Davis in January of 2012. He assumed his responsibilities as the Associate Executive Vice Chancellor for Campus Community Relations (AEVC) at UC Davis on September 17, 2001. The AEVC serves as the primary advisor on matters of campus community relations to deans, vice chancellors, vice provosts and other senior campus administrators. The primary responsibility of OCCR is to help the University chart a course that will ensure attention to those components of campus’ social environment that affect community, campus climate, diversity and inclusiveness.
Rahim Reed has more than 20 years of experience in administration, student affairs and affirmative action policy development at four major universities. From 1998 until September 2001, he served as the Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations at the University of Florida. Rahim was one of the founding members of the Center, which is an interdisciplinary institution that promotes research and development of public policy in the areas of race relations, interracial dispute resolution, diversity education and training, racial equality and community relations. Prior to becoming director of the Center, Rahim served as the Assistant Dean for Student and Minority Affairs at the University of Florida College of Law from 1988 to 1998. During this period, he also chaired the University of Florida’s Council on Affirmative Action from 1994 to 1996. Rahim served as Assistant Dean in the Office of African Affairs at the University of Virginia from 1986 to 1988 and has also taught and held positions as a Teacher/Counselor at the University of Pittsburgh and a Teaching Assistant at Rutgers University Law School.
Rahim received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Black Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977. He also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed his legal studies in 1986 and holds a Juris Doctorate Degree from Rutgers University School of Law. He is also an active member of several national organizations and has made many presentations to groups on topics of diversity education and building inclusive communities.
Krystyna is a multi-lingual writer, educator and scholar with 30 years of experience in academia, journalism, teaching and community development. Her work has taken her through multiple disciplines and continents. Her guiding passion has been linking diverse communities through creative and participatory forms of research, learning and social outreach.
Krystyna holds a B.A. and M.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley. She is a former Mellon Fellow and Fullbright Scholar and has taught at the undergraduate and Ph.D. level at Berkeley, Stanford, Davis and at the Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas in Zacatecas, Mexico.
Currently, she runs her own business, Creative Language Works. She offers private language instruction, translation, editing and communication services in English, French, Spanish and Italian. Currently she serves as Creative Communications Consultant for the Center for Regional Change at U.C. Davis, and is developing a tri-lingual language program for a multinational company based in Davis. She especially enjoys her work as an editor and writing coach for U.S. and foreign students and scholars writing in the humanities and social sciences.
Within Davis’ community, Krystyna tries to be an active member. Since 2010, she has co-coordinated the annual city-wide Davis Reads book program at the Davis Public Library, which has brought books about migration and diversity to the attention of Davis Readers. Since 2010, she has also volunteered for the Harvard Office of Admissions, interviewing applicants to the college. Since 2012, she has served as a French instructor at I-House where she launched Café Césaire, a monthly forum for Francophone readers, writers and speakers.
Krystyna’s love of languages and international settings comes from her family. She is the daughter of a Polish architect and an Italian art historian. Her husband is a Colombian sociologist and artist and has two children. When she can, Krystyna opens her house frequently to scholars and students all over the world.
Joanna Regulska serves as the Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor for Global Affairs and is a Professor in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program at University of California Davis. With over thirty years of international experience in higher education, she has led diverse educational and research projects and partnerships. Prior to coming to UC Davis she was Vice President for Global and International Affairs at Rutgers University. She was an AIEA Presidential Fellow (2010-2011), was awarded the Fulbright US-Korea International Education Administrator Award (2014) and received a Doctor Honoris Causa from the Tbilisi State University, Georgia (2011).