Jessica Jencek

Associate Dean for Development; Executive Director of the Dugoni School Foundation Board
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Previously, Jessica served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Development and Alumni Relations at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She oversaw the fundraising strategy for campus-wide priorities and led a team of frontline fundraisers and administrative staff spanning a number of areas including cancer, neurosciences, obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, and diabetes. She also served on a five-person leadership cabinet that made strategic decisions around fundraising goals, metrics, and the overall operations of the UCSF advancement team.

Jessica brings with her over two decades of experience in higher education and health sciences development. She also is no stranger to the Dugoni School family. Before joining UCSF, she was donor relations manager, then annual fund director, and a major gifts officer for the Dugoni School. She has also held roles at UC Berkeley and the Fordham University School of Law.

A native of Sacramento, Jessica received a B.S. in Communication, magna cum laude with distinction in research, from Cornell University. She and her husband, Brian, live with their daughter, Ava, and their dog, Bodhi, in San Francisco.  In her free time, Jessica is an avid runner and baker.

Hilda Asturias

Development Assistant
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Hilda provides administrative and event support to the development team. She has worked at the Dugoni School for five years and in the dental field for nearly 20 years. She has held a variety of roles, including as a Registered Dental Assistant and as an office manager at private practices. Her interests outside of work include dogs, hiking, running and rooting for FC Barcelona, her favorite soccer team.

Anita Ayers

Director of Development
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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.

Anastasia Damyan

Annual Fund Manager, Gift Officer
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Anastasia was named Annual Fund Manager in December 2020 after serving for more than a year as the Dugoni School's Development and Alumni Association Assistant. Previously, she was the 2018 Project Director for the Children's Defense Fund-Freedom School, a youth literacy program in Hartford, Connecticut. She grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and earned her bachelor's degree from Metropolitan State University. Shortly after graduating, she undertook a year of community service through the progressive United Church of Christ. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews, gardening, and learning new things.

Jim Dugoni

Senior Director of Development
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Jim Dugoni is the youngest of seven children born to Dean Emeritus Art Dugoni and his wife Kaye. Originally hired at Pacific in 1996, Jim spent 21 years working in a variety of progressively responsible roles on the Stockton campus in annual giving, major gifts and planned giving. He initially spent seven years overseeing Athletics Annual Giving, then four years as Director of Annual Giving for the entire University, followed by six years of doing Major Gifts work for Pacific Athletics, and then four years in the Office of Estate & Gift Planning. 

A 1986 Pacific graduate with a BSBA degree in business administration, Jim spent the first 10 years of his career in the Bay Area, including two years doing marketing and sales in professional women’s volleyball, 4 years as a regional ticket manager for the San Francisco Giants, and then four years in the Office of Development at Stanford University. 

Jim completed a master's degree in sport management from the United States Sports Academy in 1990, before earning a master's degree in higher education administration from Stanford in 1993. He also received his Certificate in Fund Raising Management in Dec. 2013 from The Fund Raising School (TFRS) at Indiana’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and became a Certified Specialist in Planned Giving (CSPG) in Dec. 2016 by completing year-long classes at the American Institute for Philanthropic Studies at Long Beach State University.

Jim and his wife Lisa, a UOP-educated speech-language pathologist, have two adult sons: Tyler, a social media marketing manager, and Jack, a mechanical engineer who became the 13th member of the Dugoni family to graduate from Pacific in May 2019.

Beverly Parayno

Development and Grants Coordinator
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As a part-time development and grants coordinator for the Dugoni School, Beverly raises support from private institutional funders for scholarships, oral health services for underserved patients, oral health education and awareness, and special projects.

Beverly has over 16 years of development experience in nonprofits and higher education, including 11 years as a successful grant writer. Prior to the Dugoni School, she served as vice president of Corporate and Foundation Giving at United Way of the Bay Area, grant writer at UC Hastings College of the Law, grants manager at Edgewood Center for Children and Families, corporate and foundation relations manager at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, and associate director of Stewardship and Communications in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. 

She holds a BA in English from San Jose State University, an MA in English from University College Cork (Ireland) and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Kevin Wessler

Data Coordinator, Gift Processor
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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.

Craig S. Yarborough, D.D.S., M.B.A.

Associate Dean for Institutional Advancement; Director, Center for Success
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Dr. Craig Yarborough earned his bachelor's degree from Pacific’s Stockton campus in 1977, his DDS degree from the Dugoni School in 1980 and his MBA from the Eberhardt School of Business in 1999. After spending 13 years in private general practice in his hometown of Lodi, California, Craig returned to his alma mater as a full-time faculty member/administrator in 1993. In addition to his administrator duties at the dental school, Craig has been an active member of organized dentistry serving in multiple leadership positions including as Speaker of the House of the California Dental Association, the CDA Presents Board of Managers, past chair of the American Dental Association Council on Annual Sessions, a director on the CDA Foundation Board and is currently the Regent for District 13 of the International College of Dentists.  Dr. Yarborough is a past president of the dental school’s Alumni Association and past executive director of the Dugoni School Foundation, the school's fundraising board.  He and his wife Nancy are parents of two graduates of the Dugoni School, Jenna Atwood ’09 and Matthew Yarborough ’14 (married to Amy Au ’12).

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