Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Helping people
lead healthy lives.

In the over 120-year history of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry at University of the Pacific, our purpose has never been more clear and critical: to help people lead healthy lives. We are driven by the concept of humanism and connecting our students, faculty, staff, patients, alumni and friends.

How you can help.

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is a nationally renowned institution of higher learning. We are committed to providing a world-class dental education for our students and comprehensive, affordable patient care for adults and children in a humanistic environment.

The only dental school in the United States offering a year-round, accelerated three-year DDS program

The Dugoni School cares for nearly 2,500 children (with 90% of them coming from low-income families) annually.

$56M
Raised to Date
$65M
Goal

Gift Officers

Anastasia Damyan

Anastasia Damyan

Annual Fund Manager

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

415.929.6413

adamyan@pacific.edu

Anastasia was named Annual Fund Manager in December 2020 after serving for more than a year as the Dugoni School's Development and Alumni Association Assistant. Previously, 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.

Anita Ayers

Anita Ayers

Director of Development

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

415.929.6402

aayers@pacific.edu

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.

Craig Yarborough

Craig Yarborough

Associate Dean

Institutional Advancement

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

415.929.6430

cyarborough@pacific.edu

Craig 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

Senior Director of Development

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

415.749.3349

jdugoni@pacific.edu

Originally hired at Pacific in 1996, Jim spent 16 years working for Tiger Athletics. He also spent 3 years overseeing the Pacific Fund before serving as a Certified Specialist in Planned Giving (CSPG) for 4 years before being elevated into his current role with the Dugoni School. Jim earned a BS in Business at Pacific in 1986, a MS in Sport Management from the U.S. Sports Academy in 1990 and a MA in Education Administration from Stanford in 1993. In May 2019, Jim’s youngest son Jack became the 13th member of the Dugoni family to graduate from Pacific.