Questionnaire Answers

Jan (Holve) Persons

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ERIN-11, MATTHEW-5 

B.A. ECONOMICS & POLY SCI, U.C.BERKELEY; M.A. PUBLIC POLICY, U.C.BERKELEY; M.B.A., STANFORD; ALMOST COMPLETED CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER. 

INVESTMENT ANALYST; BUSINESS MANAGER, INSITEC  

COMMUNITY SERVICE, SKIING, HIKING, TRAVEL  

BEING HELD HOSTAGE BY A BAND OF BLACK ACTIVISTS FOR A DAY  

OUR TWO CHILDREN  

EUROPE, MEXICO, HAWAII 

TRAVEL TO MORE EXOTIC SPOTS OR LIVE IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY A YEAR; SLEEP. 

Prague, Czech Republic 

UC-Berkeley: BA Econ & Poli Sci, MPP (Public Policy) Goldman School; Stanford: MBA; University of San Francisco: JD 

Articles yes.. but no book... yet :-) 

Many: Principal Analyst for Strategic Planning reporting to Univ. of California President. General Counsel & Business Manager for NiteFloat (Medical translation App lauded for use in Haiti by Doctors Without Borders) 

About equal fourths: 1. Strategic Planning for Non-Profits /Government offices; 2. Financial Analyst & CFP within Brokerage Firm/ Bank; 3. Marketing Director/ Partner small high tech manufacturer of laser optic instruments; 4. Attorney for several new .com/ app enterprises 

No 

Hopeully whenever Don stops coming up with new instrument ideas 

Erin (41) and Matt (36)

Very proud mother!! but definitely give teachers & lots of our friends the bulk of the credit!!! Erin, PhD Johns Hopkins in Public Health who is now Director of Health Research for Washington DC Health Services. Matt, MD UC-Irvine, Residency Stanford, is Head of Adolescent and Child Psychiatry for Kaiser at their new mental health facility in Vacaville. Hard to believe each has been married for more than a decade to terrific, accomplished, spouses that have become my equally adored children. Son in Law Greg a great drummer who played for many well known bands but who currently is a Budget Director for Arlington County and daughter in law Dana who is a UC Davis Vet (Equine and Small Animal) who now works for the SPCA part time. 

Four: Three granddaughters (9,4 & 2) and one grandson (6) 

OMG! Not ready for that role... yet 

All European countries (most several times) except Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, Poland & Ukraine.) Russia, Iran, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, Israel, Jordon, Lebanon, India, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Canada. 

Probably in terms of distance: South Africa 

Friends and Family!!! 

Helping to reduce pollution and waste by enabling development of an instrument to monitor particle size, distribution and velocity in real time. In production environments, this allows real time control of physical qualities thus limiting out of specification manufacturing of powders or unwanted airborne pollutants'

Participating in many Stanford Alunmi Consulting Team project to help non-profits or NGO's solve pressing programatic or strategic planning objectives: Children's Fairyland, ABAG, Oakland School for the Arts, New Orleans 9th Ward Housing Commission after Katrina, Social Venture Network, to Evaluating the role of Citizen Participation in Walnut Creek among others.

Helping to develop and implement a Medical Translation App lauded by Partners in Health and Doctors Without Boarders for helping assist in limiting health crises in Haiti. 

Pardon the cliches! While I may use Social Media I am not part of the Twitter generation:

Worried less, enjoyed the moment more! (Carpe Diem)

Recognized sooner that often the grass is not greener, just different!

To more often be the willow rather than the oak! (But still be willing to tell truth to power even when consequences were personally challenging.)


 

My children say Frost's poem is apt but not nearly the key phrases they remember! Those that can be quoted are: "Is it Considerate, is it Responsible?" (if it is - go for it, if not, there will be consequences :-)) "Thumper" (If you can't say something nice... no need for the full quote you all know it)... "News not gossip" (not entirely sure there is a difference but one is based in fact & hopefully caring while the other is generally fiction.) "There will be tears..." (if you proceed with.... )

Their editorial comments notwithstanding, I would take all the roads if I could...
The Road Not Taken Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.