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RM2019

Ross Millenacker, 2004

Ross has built a multifaceted career around one central element: building impactful products.  After graduating from PCS, Ross attended a dual degree program between UCSC and UC Berkeley to study his two passions, history and mechanical engineering. Upon graduation, Ross worked as a design engineer for a MEMS semiconductor start-up building micromachines. Looking to shift gears, Ross pursued an MBA at Carnegie Mellon focusing on analytics, strategy, and marketing.  Afterward, Ross held a multitude of roles at Cisco and Autodesk before settling at his current position as a product manager at Delphix, a software startup that accelerates application development by streamlining developer and tester access to data.  

(November 2019)

RK2019

Robert Kaspar, 2006 

 
Robert studied Philosophy and Chemical Engineering at Caltech, then received a PhD in Chemical Engineering (hydrogen fuel cells) from U.Delaware.  He moved back to California as fast as he could, just six days after defending his dissertation to be precise!  Following a materials science postdoc at Hewlett Packard in San Diego, Robert now lives in San Francisco where he works as a data scientist with his brother Jake (PCS 2014) to automate and optimize Lyft's advertising.  In his free time, he studies languages (Spanish, Mandarin, German) at the City College of San Francisco, misses the SoCal lifestyle and tries to get enough sleep.  Robert's pride and joy is the baby grand piano he inherited from his grandmother, which he tunes himself.  
 
(November 2019)
MS2019

Molly Shane, 2009

 

Molly graduated from Middlebury College in 2014 with a degree in Sociology/Anthropology and African Studies. After graduation, she returned to the Bay Area to work at a small tech startup. Eager to pursue her passion for sustainable tourism and wildlife conservation, Molly eventually left the 9-to-5 for a year of travel. She traversed Central America and Europe before returning to Monterey, CA, where she earned a Master’s in International Environmental Policy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Since then, Molly has worked as a nonprofit communications consultant, a barre fitness instructor, and now as a Program Coordinator for WildAid Marine. In her free time, she manages her new sustainable travel blog, Molly Gone Wild, and takes long hikes with her fiancé, Tyler.

 

(November 2019)

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.
 
(February 2016)
MC2019

Mo Cohen, 2016

 
After PCS, Mo attended Northeastern University.  With hopes of getting a holistic view on how to create lasting change, he eventually decided to focus on governance and graduated with a BS in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics in 2019.  An avid collector of neckties, Mo has pursued opportunities where this is actually a useful hobby, most recently as a Field Representative and Constituent Caseworker in Congressman Jimmy Panetta's Salinas office.  In his spare time Mo plays and referees soccer, is an avid cook, and likes to remind people to get out and vote! 
 
(February 2020)
MR2019

Maisy Russo, 2016

 

After Maisy graduated from PCS in 2016, she went to Cabrillo College for a year and a half.  After this, Maisy lived in New Zealand for a year on a working holiday visa.  She is now in her last year at Portland State University where she's majoring in English and minoring in Spanish.  At the moment Maisy runs a volunteer program at Alder Elementary School (a school in Portland) which partners Portland State students with second-graders at Alder for one-to-one mentoring through an organization called Together We Are Greater Than.  Maisy is looking forward to becoming an elementary school teacher after she graduates.

 

(November 2019) 

 

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.