From Webb alumni who became Webb parents to an alumna who was recognized for her commitment to education and serving others, we are proud to announce the new leadership and members of the 2017-18 Alumni Council.
With the election of new members, effective July 1, the council of over 30 members represents alumni from six decades living across the U.S. and around the world in locations such as Beijing, Portland and Seoul.
As these changes went into effect, Rahmi Mowjood ’90 stepped down after two consecutive terms as president. He will remain on the council as a non-voting member, and has joined the Board of Trustees.
Doug Gregg ’66, who took over as president, said he is humbled by his new assignment. He is looking forward to furthering the schools' goals and traditions, and wants to keep striving for an equal representative balance of Webb School of California and Vivian Webb School alumni on the council.
"For the short term, I'd like to explore establishing an Alumni Council Alf Museum Affinity group and to keep asking ourselves what can we do better in representing all of our alumni and the schools," Gregg said.
Learn more about the latest additions to the Alumni Council below.
President Doug Gregg ’66
Doug Gregg ’66 is a longtime supporter of Webb and a past reunion chair. He resides in Carlsbad with his wife Christine. Gregg was a Deputy District Attorney for the County of San Diego, until his retirement in 2008. He attended USC for his undergrad and received his JD from California Western Law. At Webb, Gregg was a member of the choir for four years (under the direction of Bill Blanchard ’51), and a member of the folk singing group, New Essex Three. He was also an active member of Block W, playing varsity tennis for three years, JV football, and varsity football. Gregg became President of the Alumni Council effective July 1, 2017. He has served on the council since 2012 and has chaired the Membership Committee.
Vice President Whitney Wharton ’05
Whitney (Sevesind) Wharton ’05 received her BA in psychology from Georgetown University. She was formerly an Assistant Managing Clerk for the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Washington, DC. Wharton and her husband relocated to Southern California in July 2013, and she started work as a Project Engineer with Dickinson Cameron Construction Co. in Carlsbad. She is currently a Project Engineer at Pacific Building Group in San Diego. Wharton, who joined the council in 2013, has worked on the Alumni Awards committee and co-chaired the Women of Webb affinity group. She now serves as Vice President.
Member at Large Micol Issa ’05
Micol Issa ’05 is an 8th grade English teacher at Brookhurst Junior High School in Anaheim. Previously, she spent four years in Haiti with H.E.L.P., the Haitian Education and Leadership Program, which provides scholarships to university-bound Haitians, and Ecole Supérieure d’Infotronique d’Haiti. Issa completed a Bachelor’s degree at Oberlin College and has participated in an intensive Arabic program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. In 2015, she received Webb’s Rising Star Award, in recognition of her work as an educator.
Member at Large Ed Ratinoff ’83
Ed Ratinoff ’83 is the managing partner of the real estate investment firm James Investment Partners, which specializes in commercial properties in the San Francisco Bay Area, greater Los Angeles Area and selected cities on the west and east coasts. He is the proud parent of a recent Webb graduate: Josh Ratinoff, WSC ’17. Ratinoff received his bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and his MBA from Northwestern University.
Member at Large Aminah Teachout ’04
Aminah Teachout ’04 received a BA in political science from American University and an MPA from George Mason University. She has been an active volunteer for many years, having served as a Regional Representative in the DC area from 2011-2014, a Council member from 2014-2016, and a committee member and guest speaker for Women of Webb. Now that Teachout is back in Southern California, we are pleased to welcome her back to the Alumni Council.
Immediate Past President Rahmi Mowjood ’90
Rahmi Mowjood ’90 graduated from Claremont McKenna with a dual degree in pre-medical sciences and theater. He went onto Western University Health Sciences and completed his medical training at College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. In the wake of the tsunami in Southeast Asia, Mowjood traveled back to his native Sri Lanka to help treat those affected by the devastation. He currently runs his own family medicine practice in Rancho Cucamonga, California. He served as Alumni Council President for four years and has been a member since 2010.
Portland Representative David Ditz ’72
David Ditz ’72 is an industry veteran Real Estate Project Executive with over 35 years total experience in the pursuit, execution and delivery of commercial, residential, industrial, mixed-use, institutional and telecommunications real estate development projects. His total completed building construction projects exceed five million square feet and $250 million in value. Ditz also has extensive land development experience. Ditz attended college at University of California, Berkeley after graduating from the Webb School of California. He currently resides in Bend, Oregon.
Beijing Representative Michael McDermott ’83
Michael McDermott ’83 is the founder and executive producer of Gung-Ho Films, a leading production services company in Mainland China. The company, with offices in Beijing and Shanghai, has been providing production support for top advertising agencies, production companies, television networks, and film studios from around the world for over 15 years. McDermott received his BA from UCLA. A proud parent of a VWS senior, he looks forward to connecting with alumni, parents and friends in China.
Seoul Representative Chan Woo Sung ’86
Chan Sung '86 graduated from UC Irvine with a BA in Political Science in 1990. Then he headed to New York to attend New York Law School, where he was a member of the law review before he graduated in 1993. He worked as a maritime lawyer for 10 years at a law firm where former Head of Schools Susan Nelson's mother worked for many years (although Sung never had the pleasure of working with her). Sung returned to Korea with his family in 2003 where he continued his legal career. He has worked for one of Korea's leading law firms, an electronics company, a tobacco company, and a large retailer. Sung currently holds the position of legal director of a total beverage alcohol company, and hopes to add weapons and casino companies to round out his resume as the consigliere for all of the sin industries. He and his wife Beatrice have a daughter Sabrina, who will soon graduate from Brandeis University, and a younger son Curtis.
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