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About Cal Parents

David Ortega

Director, Parent Services and Communication


David is a Cal alumnus, a former Cal football player, and now a proud parent of a third-year student, who is also a Cal football player. He is the campus point person for parent services and communications.  He assists parents with campus processes and works with Cal Parents’ social media and the parent newsletter, Letter Home. David has been on campus for almost 25 years and loves helping parents with their Berkeley experience. Go Bears!


Karla Rodebush

Interim Director, Parent Philanthropy and Engagement

Karla has worked for Berkeley for 12 years. She joined the Cal Parents team in April 2013 and is also a proud Cal parent. She has two sons and — when she isn’t meeting with parents across the country — enjoys yoga, golf, and gardening.

Colleen Cahill

Assistant Director, Parent Philanthropy and Engagement

Colleen holds an M.S. in Higher Education and has enjoyed a career in fundraising for the past 11 years, having held positions at universities on the East Coast prior to joining the Berkeley Cal Parents team. She loves living in the Berkeley and working with the wonderful Cal Parents community. An avid runner, when she isn’t working she can often be found running the beautiful Bay Area trails.


Michelle Mielke Walsh

Senior Development Analyst, Parent Philanthropy and Engagement

Michelle has worked at Berkeley for more than 10 years, and joined the Cal Parents team in 2009. A native of the Midwest, she holds an M.A. in Depth Psychology and has worked with non-profits supporting the arts and humanitarian assistance.

Rose Hsu

Assistant Director, Parent Philanthropy & Engagement

(510) 664-7411

Rose is the newest member of the Cal Parents team, overseeing the Cal Parents Ambassador Program since May 2016.  Although relatively new to Berkeley, she spent 10 years at UCOP (Office of the President) in Alumni Relations and Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach.  Rose is the editor of the monthly volunteer e-newsletter and is always in search of new Cal parent volunteers!  If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact her directly.

Kelly Yun

Development Associate, Parent Philanthropy and Engagement

Kelly is a San Francisco native and proud Berkeley alumna (Go Bears!) Before joining the Cal Parents team in 2016, she lived in Madrid, Spain for two years teaching English and traveling around different countries. Kelly has previously worked with non-profits such as the Berkeley Student Cooperative and other educational institutions in the Bay Area.