June 3, 2014
5 to 8 p.m.
Beckman Center

Gerald R. Solomon
UCI Samueli School of Engineering
Award Recipient

Bob & Barbara Kleist
UCI Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences
Award Recipients

About Gerald R. Solomon

Gerald R. Solomon has served as the Samueli Foundation’s Executive Director since April, 2008. Prior to the Samueli Foundation, Mr. Solomon served as CEO of Public Health Foundation Enterprises (PHFE) for seven (7) years, where he transformed the organization from an LA-centric provider of funding and services into national prominence. At the time of Mr. Solomon’s departure, PHFE was operating in 31 states with 1,500 employees and annual revenues exceeding $120 Million.

Since his tenure at Samueli, he has achieved many significant goals, including; refining the Foundation’s strategic plan, and helping establish a secondary operating foundation entitled Anaheim Ducks Foundation to develop a sports philanthropic approach to address community health disparity issues through the use of hockey. Mr. Solomon has developed long range collaborative community initiatives including: local, state and regional networks addressing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education deficiencies within the K – 16 continuum, and local and national programs to broaden the healthcare dialogue to focus on a true health, wellness and well-being approach through integrative medicine practices.

Mr. Solomon currently serves on several Boards and Committees, including: UCLA’s School of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council; UCI’s School of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council; UCI’s Dept of Education Chair’s Advisory Committee; chair of the national STEM Funders Network; chair of OC STEM Initiative; the California Dept of Education Foundation; and actively supports and works with Grantmakers in Health and Grantmakers For Education on local, regional and national issues.

Previous work has included service on the Board of Directors of: the NACCHO-CDC national accreditation committee developing standards for public health departments; OCHNA – Orange County Health Needs Assessment; Chair of CMPHL – the California Medical and Public Health Leadership Group; and Treasurer of Alliance for Nonprofit Management headquartered in Washington DC.

Mr. Solomon offers a diverse executive leadership background, having served as President and CEO of several highly successful nonprofit as well as for-profit organizations, including a distinguished 18 year career as a civil trial attorney and Judge Pro Tem. Mr. Solomon's nonprofit experience includes serving as President of a Child Abuse Prevention Foundation, CEO of a multi-state residential and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program, and as Executive Director of the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce.


About Bob & Barbara Kleist

Robert A. Kleist was one of the founders of Printronix in 1974 and served as its CEO and Chairman of the Board through 2008. His previous experience included co-founding Pertec Computer and serving in engineering and management assignments at Ampex, Link Aviation and Magnavox. Bob received a BSEE degree from Kansas University and an MSEE degree from Stanford University, and holds 17 patents for computer and control systems. He has served on the Seagate Technology Board of Directors, The Stanford Engineering Advisory Committee and the UC Irvine Engineering and Information and Computer Sciences Schools' Dean's Leadership Councils. He has also served as Chairman of the UCI CEO Roundtable. In 2008, he co-authored the book /RFID Labeling: Smart Labeling Concepts & Application for the Consumer Packaged Goods Supply Chain/.

Barbara Kleist is a graduate of St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing, now the St. Luke's College of Health Sciences. During her nursing career, she specialized in nursery care and public health nursing. After she and Bob raised their three girls, she became active as a hospital and community volunteer. This included joining the Anaheim Memorial Hospital Guild, serving 22 years on the Anaheim Memorial Hospital Medical Center board of directors and being a board member of the Anaheim Memorial Medical Center Foundation and Assistance League.

Bob and Barbara are active supporters of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Pacific Symphony and UC Irvine research projects including bioengineering, Alzheimer's disease and autism spectrum disorders. They have given continued support to St. Luke's College of Health Sciences, Kansas University, Stanford University and Mariners Church.