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The UofL Alumni Club of Southern California . . .

 . . . has a Board of Directors . . . a steering committee, if you will.  We take care of the administrative chores of the club, as well as plan events.  We hope you will consider being active in the club, and perhaps joining the board yourself.

For us to be a truly viable club, we need to hear from you!  What sorts of events would you like to have?  (Be careful, there's a catch!  You may be called upon to help plan and organize the event!)


The UofL Alumni Club of Southern California Board






Tom Mayes



President Emeritus (Club President 2000-2003)

I graduated from UofL in 1962 with a BA in Chemistry, although I did put in a lot of time at the bridge tables in the old SUB.  I then spent a tour of duty in the U. S. Air Force as a launch officer on the Titan II ICBM at Vandenburg AFB in California.  The weather appealed to me a lot so I stayed.  Eventually I earned an MBA degree from California State University, Long Beach & a Ph.D. from University of California, Irvine.  I returned eastward to spend a few years as an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  I met my wife, Mary Barton, there & we returned to California where I am now a Professor of Management at California State University, Fullerton.  Mary & I have a blended family with her two sons and my daughter from previous marriages.  The kids are now all in their 30s and doing well.  When I am not rolling back the tides of ignorance at the university, I like to play tennis and sail around the Southern California waters in my Ericson 35 sailboat. 

You can reach Tom at





Bob Hoertz



President Emeritus (Club President 1994-2000) and  Scholarship Coordinator


Bob is a graduate of Speed Engineering School (1954) who "lettered" on the Cardinal Baseball team.  After graduating, he went to work for Amoco; first in Whiting, Indiana, then in Seymour, Indiana, in 1957, and finally to Southern California in 1967. He retired in June of 1990 after 36 years with the company.  Bob and his wife, Margie, reside in Placentia (Northern Orange County).  Bob served as president of our club  from 1994 to 2000, and is presently the person to speak to regarding anything involving the William Caldwell Scholarship Fund. In addition to his love of UofL, Bob enjoys golf, travel, bridge and his and Margie's 16 grandchildren.

Bob isn't just crazy about the internet, but can be can be reached by email at




Neil Fischer


President Emeritus and Founding Member

Neil graduated from UofL in 1978 and came to Southern California in 1981.  He has an adult daughter and is the chief financial officer of a major Southern California Charity.  Neil is also active as a member of the Board of Directors and co-founder of the Downed Officers Support Foundation (raising funds for the families of slain and ill law enforcement officers and firefighters) a member of the executive committee of the Love Ride, the largest single one-day charity motorcycle event in the world (just imagine 20,000 Harley riders in one spot, awesome!!), and as you might have guessed, active in his local Harley Owners Group.

 Neil can be reached at






Joseph Willenbrink


Past  President (Club President 2003-2013)

I began college while my high school class was still in their senior year, but took my own sweet time (about 10 years of it) earning my degree part-time at night while working full time (BS Chemistry [A&S] 1985).  After moving West, I got my MBA (also while working full time) from UCLA's prestigious Anderson School in 1991.  Since then, I have gone on to underachieve. 

 Email Joseph at







Cherri Chilton




I graduated from UofL in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing while living in Louisville for over 10 years. I have spent the past 18 years of my career in the aviation industry and currently work at an avionics company in Irvine as a Program Manager in the In-Flight Entertainment division. While Louisville is a fine town, I could no longer resist my desire to bask in the California sun and moved to SoCal in 2006. As a way of meeting new people, I decided to attend a UofL SoCal Alumni event and found the group to be most welcoming. We have a lot of fun, so come join us!!!  Oh, and besides hanging at any of the many wonderful beaches here, I also like to travel and still enjoy Kentucky's fine bourbons.

You can reach Cherri at



Gina Davis  


Vice President

Bio forthcoming




Kelli Barnett



Kelli graduated from UofL  in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology.  After receiving a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Mississippi State University in 1997, she moved to Los Angeles to practice and enjoy the Southern California weather.  In 2001, she received a Masters in Molecular Pathology at University of California, San Diego.  She is now employed as a Lab Animal Veterinarian.  In her spare time, she enjoys the beach, plays golf, and roots for the Cards at the local sports bar.

You can contact Kelli  at





Casey Krawiec



San Diego County Representative

I graduated with an MBA from UofLs College of Business and Public Administration in 1991.  I was born and raised in Louisville and went to Trinity High School.  I received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UK (be nice).  I moved to San Diego in 1993, where I have been involved with the sale of microelectronics in the U.S. and abroad.  I live in La Jolla with my wife, Jamye, and our two sons.  I like to golf, ski, cycle, raise funds for the William G. Caldwell Scholarship, and wrestle with my kids.

You can reach Casey at


Mike Davis  


Bio forthcoming






Vern Meurer


Board Member and Treasurer Emeritus

I received a BChe from Speed School in 1961 and after moving to California in 1973 attended Pepperdine University receiving an MBA in 1977. I currently reside in Fullerton, Cal. and am Vice-President and owner of Con-Tech Plastics located in Brea, Cal. Mariana (my wife) and I have 3 grown kids and 5 grandchildren, our pride and joy. We are both very active in civic and Church activities, serving on several boards. We are both on the UofL  Southern California Alumni Board and have enjoyed serving you the past 12 years.

You can email Vern  at



Joan Leslie Caldwell

Board Member Emeritus and Founding Member

As Joan Leslie, I starred with Fred Astaire, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Gary Cooper, and Ronald Reagan in films during the 40s and 50s. But after that, my leading man, Dr. William Caldwell (MD 43), introduced me to UofL, and I have been a proud adopted alumna ever since! Im still interested in film and keep busy with charity work, gardening, keeping track of my twin daughters who are teachers, and exercising with Jeb Stuart, my beagle! 






Board Members  At Large

We have other Board Members.  They chair committees (Like Susan Richardson, who co-orchestrates the best Derby Party anywhere, and Tammy Radan, who hosts it)  participate, work hard, plan events and come to the meetings  (Hey!  somebody has to come to the meetings!)   The club would not be what it is (or even be here at all, in some cases) without them.  If you have questions, you'll do well to find them for answers.  They include, but are not limited to . . .

  Ellen Caldwell  Mariana Meurer
  Margie Hoertz Tammy Hurst Radan
  Bill Richardson Susan Richardson




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