Meet the Development Office Team

Craig S. Yarborough, D.D.S., M.B.A.
Associate Dean for Institutional Advancement
Director, Center for Success

Dr. Craig Yarborough is the Associate Dean for Institutional Advancement and Director of the Dugoni School’s Center for Success. He earned his bachelor's degree from Pacific’s Stockton campus in 1977, his DDS degree from the Dugoni School in 1980 and his MBA from the Eberhardt School of Business in 1999. After spending 13 years in private general practice in Lodi, California, Craig returned to his alma mater as a full-time faculty member/administrator in 1993. In addition to his administrator duties at the dental school, Craig has been an active member of organized dentistry serving in multiple leadership positions including as Speaker of the House of the California Dental Association, the CDA Presents Board of Managers, past chair of the American Dental Association Council on Annual Sessions, and a director on the CDA Foundation Board. Craig is a past president of the dental school’s Alumni Association and past Executive Director of the Dugoni School Foundation, the school's fundraising board. He and his wife Nancy are parents of two graduates of the Dugoni School, Jenna Atwood ’09 and Matthew Yarborough ’14.

Jim Dugoni
Development Officer

Jim Dugoni is the youngest of seven children born to Dean Emeritus Art Dugoni and his wife Kaye. Originally hired at Pacific in 1996, Jim spent 21 years working in a variety of progressively responsible roles on the Stockton campus in annual giving, major gifts and planned giving. He initially spent seven years overseeing Athletics Annual Giving, then four years as Director of Annual Giving for the entire University, followed by six years of doing Major Gifts work for Pacific Athletics, and then four years in the Office of Estate & Gift Planning. 

A 1986 Pacific graduate with a BSBA degree in business administration, Jim spent the first 10 years of his career in the Bay Area, including two years doing marketing and sales in professional women’s volleyball, 4 years as a regional ticket manager for the San Francisco Giants, and then four years in the Office of Development at Stanford University. 

Jim completed a master's degree in sport management from the United States Sports Academy in 1990, before earning a master's degree in higher education administration from Stanford in 1993. He also received his Certificate in Fund Raising Management in Dec. 2013 from The Fund Raising School (TFRS) at Indiana’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and became a Certified Specialist in Planned Giving (CSPG) in Dec. 2016 by completing year-long classes at the American Institute for Philanthropic Studies at Long Beach State University.

Jim and his wife Lisa, a UOP-educated speech-language pathologist, have two adult sons: Tyler, a social media marketing manager, and Jack, a mechanical engineer who became the 13th member of the Dugoni family to graduate from Pacific in May 2019.

Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni
Senior Director for Development

Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni, dean emeritus at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry at the University of the Pacific (Pacific), was dean from 1978 to 2006, and is a former president of the American Dental Association and the American Association of Dental Schools.  An orthodontist from San Francisco, he served as Director of the American Board of Orthodontics from 1979 to 1986 and as president in 1986.

At the World Dental Parliament meeting of the FDI World Dental Federation in Barcelona, Spain, on October 8, 1998, Dr. Dugoni was elected to the List of Honour, the highest award the FDI can bestow on a member and is limited to thirty living members throughout the world who have made distinguished contributions to international dentistry and the World Dental Federation.

At the 2001 American College of Dentists Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri, Dr. Dugoni received the William John Gies Award which recognizes exceptional contributions to the profession, the community, and society.  This is the highest honor bestowed by the College. 

On August 28, 2004, the University of the Pacific renamed its renowned School of Dentistry as the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in honor of Dr. Dugoni’s contributions to dental education and organized dentistry during his silver anniversary as dean.  The University of the Pacific hosted a Gala Celebration and two-day leadership symposium commemorating the naming of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. 

Dr. Dugoni's activities in education have included assistant professor of operative dentistry from 1951 to 1955; assistant professor of pediatric dentistry from 1955 to 1960; orthodontic graduate resident at University of Washington from 1960 to 1963; assistant professor of orthodontics from 1963 to 1964; chairman of the department of orthodontics from 1963 to 1966; associate professor of orthodontics from 1966 to 1977; and professor of orthodontics since 1977.  Dr. Dugoni pioneered and initiated the primary and mixed dentition orthodontic clinic at the University of the Pacific in 1963, which continues to operate under the direction of his son, Dr. Steven A. Dugoni.

 He is a fellow of the American and International College of Dentists and the Academy of Dentistry International.  A member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, Dr. Dugoni received their gold medal award (1996) and the Distinguished Service Award from the Northern California Chapter in 1982. His bibliography is listed in Who's Who in California, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in America, Who’s Who in Dentistry, Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care, International Who’s Who, and the American Academy of Science.

Kevin Wessler
Data Coordinator

Kevin handles various research and data needs for the development team, and plays an important role in supporting the department's fundraising efforts.

Kevin first began working in development at Episcopal Community Services, a non-profit organization in San Francisco that serves the homeless population. Before that position, he worked at two other non-profits, the California Medical Association and Walden House.

He graduated from San Francisco State University with an English degree. He is originally from Los Angeles, but says that he found both the people and weather in San Francisco to be far more agreeable so he stayed. In his free time he enjoys hiking, reading, writing and watching sports.

Matthew Schueller
Donor Relations Manager

Matt functions in the donor stewardship role, recognizing those who have given to the school, providing gift information, and maintaining donor relationships.

A native of Wisconsin, Matt has a wealth of relationship management experience, including press relations, shareholder relations, and project management. Prior to joining the Development team, Matt worked as a coordinator in the Dean's Office here at the Dugoni School.

Matt earned his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and his M.F.A. from UCLA. Besides riding his motorcycle around the City by the Bay and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Matt spends his time with his wife, Shannon, and their two daughters, Violet and Lily.

Anita Ayers
Annual Fund Manager

A native New Yorker who always dreamed of living in California, Anita moved to the Bay Area 12 years ago. She attended the Bronx High School of Science, earned a B.A. in English Literature from Fordham University, and a paralegal certificate from San Francisco State University. 

Anita spent more than ten years at the USF School of Law primarily in a Development and Alumni Relations role that included donor research, project management, reunion and class gift programming, gift acknowledgement and alumni communications.

Anita lives in Berkeley with her husband, Dale Nelson, a retired political science professor, and is enthusiastic about cooking, most sports, most arts, most sciences, old music, and spelling and grammar. She also enjoys travel and volunteers for environmental causes.

Beverly Parayno
Development and Grants Coordinator

As a part-time development and grants coordinator for the Dugoni School, Beverly raises support from private institutional funders for scholarships, oral health services for underserved patients, oral health education and awareness, and special projects.

Beverly has over 16 years of development experience in nonprofits and higher education, including 11 years as a successful grant writer. Prior to the Dugoni School, she served as vice president of Corporate and Foundation Giving at United Way of the Bay Area, grant writer at UC Hastings College of the Law, grants manager at Edgewood Center for Children and Families, corporate and foundation relations manager at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, and associate director of Stewardship and Communications in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. 

She holds a BA in English from San Jose State University, an MA in English from University College Cork (Ireland) and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Hilda Asturias
Development Assistant

Hilda provides administrative and event support to the development team. She has worked at the Dugoni School for five years and in the dental field for nearly 20 years. She has held a variety of roles, including as a Registered Dental Assistant and as an office manager at private practices. Her interests outside of work include dogs, hiking, running and rooting for FC Barcelona, her favorite soccer team.

Anastasia Damyan
Development and Alumni Association Assistant

Anastasia serves as the Dugoni School's Development and Alumni Association Assistant. Prior to her current role, she was the 2018 Project Director for the Children's Defense Fund-Freedom School, a youth literacy program in Hartford, Connecticut. She grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and earned her bachelor's degree from Metropolitan State University. Shortly after graduating, she undertook a year of community service through the progressive United Church of Christ. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephews, gardening, and learning new things.