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Alumni Profiles


Ross Millenacker, 2004


After graduation from PCS, Ross attended a dual degree program between UCSC and UC Berkeley to pursue his two passions, history and mechanical engineering. Upon graduation from UCSC, Ross worked in product development at a semiconductor startup focusing on silicon-based micromachines. Looking to explore new perspectives for developing impactful products, he pursued an MBA at Carnegie Mellon. While there, he focused on studying analytics, strategy, and marketing. Degree in hand, Ross now works at Autodesk San Francisco as a Product Manager charged with defining product business strategy.


Maisy Russo, 2016


During Maisy’s first semester at Cabrillo College, she found a course of study that was unexpectedly exciting. She is majoring in art history and after graduation, will transfer to either a UC or somewhere out of state. When Maisy graduated from PCS she was set on majoring in social services because she wanted to be a caregiver for the elderly. Though that dream is still on her mind, she chose art history because of the interesting required coursework. Whether she becomes a caregiver or an art historian after college is irrelevant to her because she knows she’ll apply all she learns to her career. “


Zoe Novic, 2009


Zoe graduated with honors from Brandeis University in 2013 with degrees in Anthropology and Classical Studies. She served in the Peace Corps from 2014–16, living and working in a rural village in West Java, Indonesia. After living away from California for seven years, Zoe is happy to be back in the Bay Area, working as the San Francisco Director for The Humane League, an international animal advocacy organization.


Jason Zheng, 2016


In his first semester at Stanford University, Jason is enjoying the academic passion that permeates the air. Jason’s major is Computer Science but he is exploring other interests, too. His current goal is to be happy. “What is the point of working so hard for the future if you can’t enjoy the present?” says Jason. Before going to Stanford, Jason worked with undocumented migrant children in Watsonville, practicing the Spanish he learned at PCS and observing parallels between these immigrants and his own family. He developed much compassion through this work and hopes to experience other new cultures in college and beyond.


Maurice Cohen, 2016


Mo’s first semester at Northeastern University in Boston has exceeded his expectations. He volunteers at a community center providing activities and resources to economically disadvantaged youth. He plans to major in economics and minor in finance. He looks forward to starting his own entrepreneurial venture that employs scientists, analysts, humanitarians, and outside-the-box thinkers to come up with solutions to major world problems and work with the power and insight of governments, major NGOs, and transnational corporations to implement change.

Tobin Ortenblad, 2013  

Tobin Ortenblad is currently racing cyclocross professionally all over the United States and Europe. He recently placed 1st in the U23 division at the 2016 National Championships in Asheville, North Carolina, securing a spot on the U.S. cyclocross team. In late January, he traveled to HeusdenZolder, Belgium, to compete in the Cyclocross World Championships where he placed 35th. Soon, Tobin plans to return to Cabrillo College and continue to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.