The International House Board of Directors welcomed seven new members at its October meeting.

Takahide Akiyama currently serves as the General Manager of the San Francisco Agency Office of the Industrial Bank of Japan. He has worked for IBJ since 1974, serving in Tokyo, London and Los Angeles. Mr. Akiyama received his bachelor's degree from Keio University, his master's degree from Oxford University, and was a high school exchange student in the US.

Robert M. Berdahl became UC Berkeley Chancellor in July, 1997. Previously, he was president of the University of Texas in Austin where he held the Walter Prescott Webb Chair in history. Dr. Berdahl is a former vice chancellor for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, at the University of Oregon. Click here for more.

George J. Fesus retired in 1995 as Executive Vice-president and Chief Financial Officer of State Street Bank in Boston and currently serves as a consultant in the financial services industry. During his twenty-six year career, he held senior management positions in marketing, operations, finance and general management. Mr. Fesus was born in Hungary and came to the USA in 1956.

Reeve Gould a fourth generation Californian, was an I-House resident from 1942-43 and received his bachelor's degree in architecture at UC in 1943. He returned to Cal and I-House in 1946 to receive his master's in architecture. He is a board member of the Piedmont-Montclair Rotary Club, the Oakland Ballet, and Cal Performances. A favorite leisure time activity is looking up old I-House friends during world travels.

Martha M. Hertelendy is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in Communications and Public Policy as well as in International Relations. She received her master's degree from San Francisco State University. Born in Peru, she is currently working with the International Diplomacy Council, the World Affairs Council, and the California International Studies Project at Stanford.

Cynthia La Mont is the Financial Controller of Mandarin Oriental San Francisco Hotel, responsible for accounting, purchasing, and facility engineers, while overseeing legal matters and sharing varied responsibilities. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Mandarin Oriental, Inc. Ms. La Mont received her Executive MBA from the University of San Francisco.

James A. Morrison is Senior Vice President of Hines, a leading international property development firm with headquarters in Houston, Texas. He has worked with Hines in San Francisco for ten years. Mr. Morrison is a 1982 graduate of UC Berkeley, where he studied Anthropology and Landscape Architecture. He received his MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth in 1987.

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