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2009 Election
Penn Club of Beijing Officers
Loretta Evans (ÀÖ´ï), President

Loretta was born in Philadelphia, raised in Delaware County and attended Nether Providence High School in Wallingford, Pennsylvania. She holds an ExMSE degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Science. After leaving Penn, she obtained a Doctor of Science degree in Engineering Management at The George Washington University¡¯s School of Engineering and Applied Science in Washington, DC.

She worked for Verizon for more than eight years in IT, Project Management and Engineering before relocating to Suzhou China in 2004 to teach Software Engineering and Data & Computer Communications at Soochow University and work for Loop Telecom. In 2005, she moved to Beijing.

Her current responsibilities for the club include Webmaster for the Penn Club of Beijing¡¯s website and looking for interesting content for the site. She participated in alumni activities in Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Maryland in the 1990s.

Loretta currently has her own business, the Gartrell Group, Inc. which focuses on consulting, software development and geophysical technical services. When not working, Loretta loves reading, studying Chinese and meeting new people. Her hobbies are playing the piano and talking with other entrepreneurs.

Loretta was elected president for 2009/2010 at the club¡¯s first Annual General Meeting.

Terry Crossman, Board Member

Terry is originally from New Jersey and is a 1978 honors graduate with a BA degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Terry is currently the Historian and Past President of the Penn Club of Beijing. He¡¯s kept the organization together for more than a decade. He regularly gets exposure for the club and university in numerous panel discussions in Beijing.

Terry Crossman is the founder and principal of Cross Search International Inc. and runs their Beijing office.

His hobbies are photography, the Penn Club of Beijing, and riding his motorcycle.

Jerry Zhang, Events Coordinator

Jerry Zhang graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences with a double-major in Economics and Environmental Studies. He didn't think that was good enough to guarantee a job in China considering the amount of overachievers here, so he went on and got a master degree in Environmental Studies at Penn. But after all this, he packed his stuff and went to Hollywood to work in the entertainment industry. Yes, it has always been his passion and dream to work in ShowBiz. After almost a year in LA, he decided to move back to Beijing to witness the rising of Chinese cinema. He is really excited to be part of the Penn Club, and will try his best to organize events that everyone will enjoy. 

Scott Pogoda, Officer at Large

Scott graduated in 1982 with honors from Wharton's undergraduate program with concentrations in finance, statistics, and operations research. Statistics and operations research majors were officially added to Wharton's undergraduate curriculum after 1982. Based on encouragement received from professors John Cozzolino and Shiv Gupta at Wharton, Scott completed doctoral work in operations research related to risk analysis during his undergraduate years at Wharton, and received an MS from the London School of Economics. Professor Cozzolino's encouragement to study risk at a very high level helped Scott to influence how $100 billion in insurance business was priced.

As an entrepreneur, Scott founded and developed successful businesses in management consulting, information systems, and computer programming. His clients included some of the most recognized companies in insurance, finance, communications, management consulting, accounting, and real estate development.

In 1991, at age 35, Scott was invited to join a group of seven industrialists from the U.S. and Europe to advise the Russian government on how to help arms producers transition to producing consumer products. Scott loved the international experience and later started businesses in India and China.

Scott lives in Beijing most of the year with his wife ShaoLi. He mentors many young people regarding their studies and engages in endurance sports including cycling and swimming. He spends most ski seasons at Lake Tahoe snowboarding.

Scott's academic regret is that he did not coauthor an applied mathematics book with Professor Cozzolino, who had a profound impact on Scott's life.

Nick Stipp, Officer at Large
Nick graduated in 2003 with a BA in International Studies & French and a BS in Management from the Huntsman Program.  After graduation, he stayed in Philadelphia for 4 more years, working only one block from Penn's Campus at Thomson Reuters.  After completing his part-time MBA at NYU, he moved to New York for a year before moving to Beijing with Thomson Reuters in 2008.  His mother complains incessantly that he continues to move further away from his hometown in Vancouver, Canada.
Nick has found the Penn Club to be an incredible source of friendships and professional inspiration during his relocation to Beijing and looks forward to helping the club develop over the next year.
Andy Wen, Officer at Large

Andy is an award winning architect and graduate of Penn's School of Design.

Andy was recently featured on this website. Click here to learn more about Andy. http://www.pennclubbeijing.com/spotlight_wen.html

Zhen Tao, Officer at Large
Xinyi Yang, Special On Campus Liaison

First year student, Xinyi Yang, is our first ever Special On Campus Liaison. In her role, she'll let us know what students on campus would like from the Penn Club of Beijing and how we can better serve them.