UC Davis Alumni Award Recipients Personify Aggie Pride

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The Cal Aggie Alumni Association at the University of California, Davis today (March 8) announced the winners of its 2022 Alumni Awards.

The awards honor the achievements of six dedicated alumni and friends, including a physician dedicated to improving diversity in healthcare, a former CEO who has dedicated his life to sustainability in the tech industry, and a winemaker legend of Napa Valley.

The Cal Aggie Alumni Association, or CAAA – which serves more than 290,000 UC Davis alumni – has selected these exceptional individuals to recognize the incredible impact they have on UC Davis and the world:

  • Jerry W. Fielder Award — Charles “Chuck” Nichols ’83, ’84
  • Excellence Award — William Bill » P. Sullivan ’72
  • Outstanding Alumnus Award – John M. Wasson ’84
  • Young Graduate Award — Olivia M. Campa, MD ’14
  • Aggie Service Pricing — Debby Stegura ’79
  • Distinguished Friend of the University — Warren Winiarski

Although they come from many different professions and backgrounds, these stars all personify Aggie Pride: they are committed to making UC Davis, and the world, a better place for everyone.

The 49th Annual Alumni Awards Gala, “A Night at the Aggies,” will take place at UC Davis on Friday, May 6. Tickets are available here.

Jerry W. Fielder Award

chuck nichols

Charles “Chuck” Nichols, of Visalia – He is a longtime leader of California agriculture and the president of Nichols Farms, one of the largest family-owned pistachio growing, processing and marketing businesses in the state .

Nichols comes from a multigenerational family of farmers and Aggie—his father, wife, and eldest son are also graduates of UC Davis—and is dedicated to the people and agriculture of the Central Valley.

To provide hands-on experience for students and bring skilled workers to the area, he founded the Central Valley Scholars Program at UC Davis, which provides financial support and internships to Valley students, helping them start careers and to return to the area. graduation.

Throughout his career, he has regularly partnered with UC Davis, sharing his expertise as an industry leader and his forward-thinking approaches to sustainable agriculture. Nichols was president of CAAA for two years and a trustee of the UC Davis Foundation.

Nichols also headed the California Pistachio Commission, the Tulare County Farm Bureau, and the Central California Almond Growers Association, and served as a trustee on the board of the California Farm Bureau Federation.

Distinguished Achievement

Bill Sullivan

William P. “Bill” Sullivan, of San Jose – As CEO of Agilent Technologies from 2005 to 2015, he led breakthrough innovations in high-tech electronics and facilitated partnerships between Agilent and UC Davis in the areas electronics, food safety and life sciences.

These partnerships have led to a wide variety of projects, including a publicly available genetic database of common foodborne illnesses and the development of new techniques for testing human milk.

Throughout his 40-year career in research and management at Hewlett-Packard Co. and its spin-off Agilent, Sullivan has been a strong advocate for sustainability in the technology industry – and he led Agilent to become one of the most sustainable companies in the world.

He has a long history of supporting students and programs at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He and his wife, Linda, recently donated $1 million to the college’s annual fund and their William and Linda Sullivan Environmental Science Scholarship Fund.

Sullivan has served on several UC Davis boards, including the Chancellor’s Advisory Council and the Inaugural Campaign Cabinet, a group of volunteers who provided advice on the university’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign in 2010.

Outstanding Alumnus

John M. Wasson

John M. Wasson, of Oakton, Virginia – He is the Managing Director of ICF International Inc., a $1.5 billion publicly traded digital consulting and services company that partners with organizations to solve some of the most complex economic and social problems of our time.

A local leader, Wasson joined ICF as a partner in 1987 and served as a senior executive for more than 20 years, helping to guide the company’s incredible growth story: ICF has doubled in size every five years on average over the past two decades providing innovative services and digital solutions to clients in key markets such as energy, environment, climate, public health, education, disaster recovery and more again.

He is one of the most active alumni of the College of Engineering, where he serves on the Dean’s Executive Committee and was an early supporter of the Diane Bryant Engineering Student Design Center. In the chemical engineering department – ​​where he earned his undergraduate degree – he sits on the department’s advisory board, regularly contributes to scholarships and lab improvements, and was an early supporter of the professor’s Coffee Center. Bill Ristenparts.

Wasson also sits on the advisory board of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum and has supported its exhibitions and art acquisitions. He is a former board member of the UC Davis Foundation.

Young graduate

Olivia Campa

Olivia Campa, of Sacramento – In the four years since joining UC Davis Health as a physician and faculty member, she has held several leadership positions and created lasting impact in the community.

After graduating from medical school and completing residency training at UC Davis, Campa was recruited to join the medical staff because of her exceptional talent, volunteerism, and community service.

A primary care physician and assistant clinical professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, she is also the director of the Medical School’s post-baccalaureate program, designed to help students who are educationally and socioeconomically disadvantaged apply to medical school. .

Campa is distinguished by its commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at UC Davis Health and in the broader healthcare community. She is a member of the Student and Resident Diversity Office and represents UC Davis on the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Diversity.

Some of her accomplishments include establishing a medication assistance treatment program at a local federally qualified health center, helping her division transition to telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, serving as a counselor for the new gender-affirming care program at UC Davis Health, and mentoring/coaching 43 undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds to enroll in medical school.

She is dedicated to providing compassionate care to people in the Sacramento community, advocating for the success of medical students and mentoring the next generation of healthcare providers.

Aggie Service

Debby Stegura

Debby Stegura, of Rolling Hills Estates – She is a longtime community leader and advocate for UC and Aggie, whose leadership roles have included alumni regent and president of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and University of California alumni associations.

A former business law litigator, Stegura is passionate about engaging alumni of all ages and backgrounds. She advocates to help students in need, supporting the Student Emergency Relief Fund, ASUCD Pantry, DREAM Scholarship, and other causes. She and her family have established two student support endowments – one for scholarships and one to help with student retention, with a preference for first-generation and AB540 students.

Stegura is an executive trustee of the UC Davis Foundation and served for several years on the CAAA Board of Trustees. She is a founding member of UC Davis Women & Philanthropy and the UC Davis Library Leadership Council.

In her home community of Rolling Hills Estates, Stegura has twice been elected to public office, first as a library district trustee and now as a member of city council.

Distinguished Friend

Warren Winiarski

Warren Winiarski, of Napa Valley – Award-winning winemaker and land advocate Warren Winiarski, known around the world for his contributions to Napa Valley and the wine industry, has also had a profound impact at UC Davis.

Dedicated to making the UC Davis Library the largest collection of wine writing in the world, in 2018 he donated $3.3 million to establish the Warren Winiarski Wine Writer Fellowship, which continues to develop and manage the collection of works from the library of the most eminent in the world. wine writers.

Winiarski has mentored several UC Davis alumni, now prominent winemakers, at his former winery, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, and he’s a long-time supporter of the university’s viticulture and enology program.

To support winegrowers in the face of climate change, it subscribes to the modernization of the Amerine-Winkler Heat Summation Index. Original UC Davis research in the 1940s was instrumental in reviving California’s wine industry after Prohibition.

In 2017, Winiarski was inducted into the California Hall of Fame for his worldwide efforts to showcase and preserve the quality and history of California wine.

Clémentine Sicard is a writer for the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Reach her by phone, 530-752-6523, or email, [email protected]

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