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Meet Our Staff

Development Team

Jeff Rhode

Associate Dean for Development

Jeff leads all areas of fundraising for the dental school and manages the department's staff. He works closely with school leaders, alumni, donors, and friends to meet fundraising goals that support the success of the school's programs and people.

With over 12 years of development leadership experience, Jeff's teams have succeeded in raising more than $60 million in support of higher education. He came to the Dugoni School from the School of Pharmacy at University of California, San Francisco, where he served as director of development and alumni relations. Prior to his role at UCSF, he held three senior roles in development at University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business, College of Engineering, and University Relations. Prior to working in development, he was a writer and editor at ESPN.

Jeff holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree from UC Berkeley, and a Masters of Arts degree from the University of San Francisco. He and his wife Nada live in Kensington, Calif., with their two sons, Miles (7) and Oliver (5).

Mynor aragon

Senior Development Officer

Mynor comes to us from University of the Pacific's main campus in Stockton, where he was head of the Parent Giving Program. Prior to that, he managed major gift prospects and reunion giving at USF's law school. Born and raised here in San Francisco, he earned his B.A. in Politics, M.A. in Nonprofit Administration and M.B.A — all from the University of San Francisco. In his free time, he enjoys playing flag football and Giants baseball.

Dr. Craig Yarborough

Senior Development Officer

Dr. Craig Yarborough earned his bachelor's degree from Pacific's Stockton campus in 1977, his DDS degree from the dental school in 1980 and his MBA from the Eberhardt School of Business in 1999.

After spending 13 years in private practice in Lodi, California, Craig returned to his alma mater as a full-time faculty member/administrator in 1993. Craig has been an active member of organized dentistry serving in multiple leadership positions including being a member and past chair of the California Dental Association Presents Board of Managers, past chair of the American Dental Association Council on Annual Sessions and a director on the CDA Foundation Board. He currently serves as Speaker of the House for the California Dental Association. Craig is a past president of the dental school's Alumni Association and a recipient of its Medallion of Distinction Award in 2005. He is also a past executive director of the Pacific Dugoni Foundation. Craig and his wife Nancy live in Marin County. Both of their children are Dugoni School alumni; Jenna graduated in 2009 and Matthew in 2014.

Melisa Caminata

Development Officer

Melisa was born and raised in Stockton. She earned her BA in history from Sacramento State and started her fundraising career there as a student caller. Outside of work, Melisa enjoys swimming and running. Also, she loves the beach and country music.

Kevin Wessler

Data Coordinator

Kevin handles various research and data needs for the development team, and plays an important role in supporting the department's fundraising efforts.

Kevin first began working in development at Episcopal Community Services, a non-profit organization in San Francisco that serves the homeless population. Before that position, he worked at two other non-profits, the California Medical Association and Walden House.

He graduated from San Francisco State University with an English degree. He is originally from Los Angeles, but says that he found both the people and weather in San Francisco to be far more agreeable so he stayed. In his free time he enjoys hiking, reading, writing and watching sports.

MatThew Schueller

Donor Relations Manager

Matt functions in the donor stewardship role, recognizing those who have given to the school, providing gift information, and maintaining donor relationships.

A native of Wisconsin, Matt has a wealth of relationship management experience, including press relations, shareholder relations, and project management. Prior to joining the Development team, Matt worked as a coordinator in the Dean's Office here at the Dugoni School.

Matt earned his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin — Madison, and his M.F.A. from UCLA. Besides riding his motorcycle around the City by the Bay and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Matt spends his time with his wife, Shannon, and their two daughters, Violet and Lily.

Anita Ayers

Annual Fund Manager

A native New Yorker who always dreamed of living in California, Anita moved to the Bay Area 12 years ago. She attended the Bronx High School of Science, earned a B.A. in English Literature from Fordham University, and a paralegal certificate from San Francisco State University. 

Anita spent more than ten years at the USF School of Law primarily in a Development and Alumni Relations role that included donor research, project management, reunion and class gift programming, gift acknowledgement and alumni communications.

Anita lives in Berkeley with her husband, Dale Nelson, a retired political science professor, and is enthusiastic about cooking, most sports, most arts, most sciences, old music, and spelling and grammar. She also enjoys travel and volunteers for environmental causes.