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2002 Inductees



Peter Casey
Alumnus of the Year 2002

Peter Casey (also Hall of Fame Honoree of 2001) excels in television production.  Casey earned his B.A. in Broadcast Communication Arts in 1975.  Four years later, he was writing for the sitcom, "The Jeffersonso/oo, and not long after was named Producer.  For three and a half years he wrote and produced "Cheerso/oo, and he was in on the creation of "Wingso/oo.  He is presently writer/producer for "Fraziero/oo, now in its ninth year.  He alone has picked up 14 Emmy nominations and seven Emmy awards.  He and his writing partners Angell and Lee won five consecutive Emmy,s for Outstanding Television Comedy Series.  Since 1985, the three have earned 34 Emmy nominations and 24 Emmy Awards.


Paul Gemignani 

In 2001, Paul Gemignani was honored with a Life-Time Achievement Tony Award for his outstanding career as musical director for over 35 Broadway musicals.  Shows include Pacific Overtures, Candide, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Evita, Dreamgirls, Merrily We Roll Along, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, On The Twentieth Century, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Crazy for You, Passion, High Society, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Kiss Me Kate, the original production of Follies.

Mr. Gemignani has guest conducted the Boston, San Francisco, Buffalo, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, and both conducted and recorded with the Royal Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestras. His received Grammy nominations for Passion, Crazy for You, and Kiss Me, Kate. His conducting credits include the film score for A Little Night Music.  He graduated from SFSU in 1960 with a music major.


Mohan Gyani 

Mohan Gyani was born in India and grew up in several countries before settling in San Francisco in 1970.  He earned his B.A. in 1972 in Finance, graduating summa cum laude, and his MBA in 1978 in  Finance from San Francisco State University. Mr. Gyani is president and chief executive officer of AT&T Wireless Mobility Group. He is a telecom and wireless industry veteran.  He has played key roles in the $1.6 Billion IPO of AirTouch in 1993 and the $10.6 Billion IPO of AT&T Wireless in 2000.  Following the merger of Vodafone and AirTouch, Mr. Gyani was head of Strategy and Corporate Development and a member of the Board of Directors for Vodafone AirTouch PLC.  Prior to the merger, Mr. Gyani was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AirTouch Communications. As Executive Vice President and CFO of AirTouch, Mr. Gyani was a key leader in the $120 Billion merger of AirTouch and Vodafone and the subsequent $70 Billion joint venture with Bell Atlantic. Prior to the merger, Mr. Gyani played a major operational and strategic role in the company,s growth from an IPO to a $70 Billion global company in five years.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications and  Internet Association), GSM Association and Keynote Systems, Inc.

Wunderma Jim Wunderman

Jim Wunderman served as deputy mayor and chief of staff to San Francisco Mayor Frank Jordan from 1992 to 1995.  In that capacity, he oversaw operations of all city departments, and balanced the budget during lean economic times.  From 1984 to 1988, he was a special assistant to San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein.
When Mr. Wunderman temporarily left politics in 1995, he started his own consulting company.  In 1997, he joined Providian Financial Corporation as senior vice-president for corporate affairs.  His activities include being primary corporate funder of the San Francisco Child Care Facilities Fund.  He is president and CEO of the Bay Area Council, was presently chairman-elect of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations.


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