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1995

GRD Leavey/MBA '95
Geffon, Eric

Eric Geffon ’95 was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown ’59 to Santa Clara County's bench. Geffon, 44, has headed his own law firm—Geffon and Isger—for the past 13 years, previously working as a Santa Clara County deputy public defender. A Los Altos resident, Geffon has a law degree from Santa Clara University.

submitted Dec. 15, 2014 9:25A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '95
Babka, Brian

Brian Babka, M.D. ’95 is a sports medicine physician with Northwestern Medicine in the western suburbs of Chicago. He completed a rotation 12/1/14 to 12/16/14 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs acting as a member of the medical staff serving the resident athletes.

submitted Dec. 9, 2014 8:04P

1996

GRD Law '96
Nevarez, Kristi

Kristi Nevarez  ’91, J.D. ’96 has been named a Partner at Fragomen Worldwide, which is recognized as the world's leading global corporate immigration services provider. For over 17 years, she has advised clients in matters of corporate business immigration. She has also served as the Congressional Assistant and Immigration Policy Advisor to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Immigration Subcommittee.

Contact Kristi
http://tinyurl.com/nfog7ls
submitted Dec. 3, 2014 4:14P
'96
Nash, Steve

Steve Nash '96 has retired from professional basketball after 18 years. The former Los Angeles Lakers point guard had led the Santa Clara Broncos to 3 NCAA tournament appearances in his four seasons there. The elusive, crafty guard was able to win the West Coast Conference player of the year award twice and rewrote the history books as the school’s all time leader in assists. Nash also played for the Phoenix Suns and was voted as the 9th greatest NBA point guard of all time and was able to shoot 50% from the field, 40% from 3 point land and 90% from the free throw line in 4 different seasons.

submitted Mar. 27, 2015 10:42A
GRD Engineering '96
Monsef, Eric

Eric Monsef ’90, M.S. ’96 led the group responsible for bringing to market HP Sprout, which was awarded Best Desktop PC at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, by PC Mag. The HP Sprout is an immersive workstation that combines a fully loaded TouchSmart all-in-one PC with a combination projector and scanner, plus cameras. Monsef is an engineering management adjunct professor and VP of Immersive Systems at HP.

submitted Mar. 2, 2015 12:10P
UGRD Leavey Business '96
Cumming, Evangeline (Maynard)

Evangeline "Vangie" Maynard Cumming ’96, MBA ’13 married Stephen Ballard Cumming in a beautiful ceremony in Palos Verdes, Calif. Alumni in attendance included her brothers, Paul Maynard ’89 and Ryan Maynard ’91, and friends Valeri Yee ’96, Christy Duncan-Anderson ’96, Dawn McIntosh M.S. ’10, and Sonya Duffin ’98.

submitted Dec. 7, 2014 2:37P

1997

'97
von der Mehden, Heidi (Mehden)

Heidi von der Mehden ’97 and husband Matt Harris welcomed their first child, Stephen Joseph, on Oct. 27, 2014. Heidi also has a new position as associate winemaker for Merry Edwards Winery in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma County. The family makes their home in Santa Rosa.

submitted Feb. 18, 2015 12:14P
'97
Thibeaux, Mia

Mia Thibeaux ’97 writes, "I am now the mother of two wonderful children. I have a 5-year-old son and a 3-month-old daughter."

Contact Mia
mochamia28@yahoo.com
submitted Feb. 26, 2015 2:10P
GRD Leavey/MBA '97
Murray, Tina (Johnson)

Tina (Johnson) Murray ’90, MBA ’97 lives in Los Gatos with her husband, Kirk, and her 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son. Tina continues fundraising for her daughter's local public school, and recently joined the board of directors of the Skylar Hadden Foundation to ensure program funding for her son's school program for children with Asperger's and ADHD. Tina is also serving on the Grand Reunion Committee for her class of 1990.

submitted Feb. 28, 2015 9:25A
GRD Leavey/MBA '97
Kim, Dale

Dale Kim MBA ’97 is the latest author to join SYS-CON Media industry bloggers.

Dale Kim is the director of industry solutions at MapR. His background includes a variety of technical and management roles at information technology companies. While his experience includes work with relational databases, much of his career pertains to non-relational data in the areas of search, content management, and NoSQL, and includes senior roles in technical marketing, sales engineering, and support engineering. Dale holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, and a BA in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
submitted Feb. 1, 2015 3:57P

1998

GRD Law '98
Moreland, Michele
Seasoned IP executive Michele Moreland ’89, J.D. ’98 has been appointed to oversee SITO Mobile's IP strategy. The company is a leading mobile engagement platform provider. Prior to joining SITO Mobile, Michele was the director of acquisitions for RPX Corporation where she oversaw the assessment, valuation, acquisition and licensing of patents against clients. Prior to RPX Corporation Ms. Moreland worked as a Partner at McDermott Will & Emery and as an Associate at Cooley Godward LLP focused solely on patent litigation.
 

 

submitted Feb. 1, 2015 3:35P
'98
Henninger, Ragan

Ragan Henninger ’98 has been appointed senior policy advisor in the office of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. Ragan joined Sam’s council office in 2007, first as a council assistant, then spent five years as chief of staff. Her policy expertise includes environment, housing, budget and economic development, including work on the citywide inclusionary housing policy, plastic bag ban, and downtown high-rise incentive. She later left service with the city to manage Sam’s successful mayoral campaign in 2014. She previously worked for HomeFirst (formerly EHC LifeBuilders) as the director of Development and Communications where she was responsible for raising over $12 million annually.

Ragan currently serves on the board of Legacy Alviso San José Youth Foundation and is responsible for the foundation’s charitable distributions. Ragan and her husband live in the Cambrian neighborhood of San José, where they are raising their daughter.

submitted Jan. 9, 2015 2:16P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '98
Dennison, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Dennison ’98 is the director of Marketing and Communications for Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland, Washington. Jeff provides leadership in producing and managing WSU Tri-Cities internal communications, social media, marketing and branding.

submitted Jan. 21, 2015 3:14P
'98
Crowley, Kristen

Kristen Crowley ’98 is teaching kindergarten special education and developmental preschool for the Pasco School District in Pasco, Washington. She is also attending WSU-Pullman's graduate school.

submitted Mar. 2, 2015 12:32A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '98
Boznanski, Blake

Blake Boznanski ’98 and Erica (Milanese) Boznanski ’03 welcomed their second son, Beckett Rick, into this world on Nov. 23, 2014. The family resides in San Francisco.

submitted Dec. 28, 2014 11:25P

1999

UGRD Arts & Sciences '99
Hendershott, Hilary

Hilary Hendershott ’99, MBA ’11 appeared in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2014 40 Under 40 list. She is the founder and CEO of Hilary Hendershott Financial, one of Silicon Valley's only woman-owned and operated investment advisory firms. She has made it her mission to empower women to maximize their own resources, grow their wealth and live sustainable and healthy lives. She has created a financial training program, Your Rich Retirement Academy, which is delivered virtually and designed for Millennial and younger investors, and teaches both healthy money mindsets and technical skills such as calculation of net worth and retirement savings goals, to enable long-range financial success.

Hendershott volunteers at the Financial Planning Association's Pro Bono Day, where professionals offer financial advice to individuals who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford those services. She also co-created and spearheaded an annual fundraising event for the Emergency Housing Consortium's youth shelter
The San Jose native has also volunteered as a leadership skills coach for Landmark Worldwide for more than six years. In this volunteer role, Hendershott provides coaching and guidance for individuals looking to improve their communication, effectiveness and leadership skills. She has been responsible for programs of up to 80 individual participants and 15 trained coaches and estimates that she has likely spent over 1000 hours in these volunteer efforts.
 
She has also been a foster mother.

 

submitted Jan. 9, 2015 8:31A
UGRD Leavey Business '99
Diaz, Alma (Parra)

Angel Diaz ’99 and Alma Diaz Parra ’01 welcomed their second child, Antonio Ernesto, on Oct. 27, 2014. He joins big brother Eduardo Angel who is three years old and the family resides in Los Angeles.

submitted Jan. 9, 2015 1:05P
UGRD Leavey Business '99
Betz, Jennifer
Jennifer Betz '99 appeared in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2014 40 Under 40 list. She is the executive director, manufacturing finance, at Maxim Integrated, where, last year, Betz led the strategic planning process, which brings analyses of macroeconomic trends and internal data into a cohesive form for all decision makers and business groups in the company. Senior leadership relies on the revamped strategic planning process that Betz leads to make critical planning decisions that drive the success of the company.
 
Along with a team of 22, she manages all financial aspects of Maxim Integrated's manufacturing organization, a $2.4 billion business. Her responsibilities specifically impact three subgroups and 4,600 employees. The organization spans oceans, with sites in the Philippines, Thailand and several in the U.S.
 
Betz began her career as an associate analyst and was promoted to a director position in 2008. She was promoted to executive director in 2011. She has held the position of group controller for almost every organization at Maxim.
As group controller for Maxim's Consumer business group, Betz represented more than 39 percent of Maxim's total revenue in fiscal year 2014. When working with Maxim's product engineers, she focuses on bringing her knowledge of business, financial management and policies, rather than trying to learn the technical nuances her electrical engineering colleagues are familiar with. Her approach builds valued partnering within the group.
 
Since 2008, Betz has volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, helping to create a home-away-from-home and a supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses who are receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals. Each week, Betz coordinates and plans a special activity for children in the Garden Immune Wing, an area of the house especially designed for the needs of children who are receiving bone-marrow transplants.

 

submitted Jan. 9, 2015 8:39A

2000

GRD Leavey/MBA '00
Smudin, Richard

Richard S. Smudin MBA ’00 recently took command of the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade. He has had 27 years of military service. Colonel Smudin's most recent assignments include Battalion Commander of the 3rd Battalion of the 304th Infantry Regiment (United States Military Academy), Chief of the Civil Information Management Cell at the 353d Civil Affairs Command, and Chief of the Functional Specialty Team at the 353d Civil Affairs Command. His operational deployments include service as the Mobilization Plans Officer at Fort Drum in 2003, Civil Affairs Team Leader in Baghdad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom II - III, and Division Engagements Officer for the Commander of Multi-National Division North at Contingency Operating Base Speicher Iraq during OIF 2007-2009.

submitted Apr. 10, 2015 5:54P
'00
Rocha, Stephanie

Stephanie Rocha '00, J.D. '09 appeared in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2014 40 Under 40 list. She is an associate attorney at Miller Morton Cailat & Nevis LLP, where Rocha represents developers, builders and prime contractors in construction litigation, including defect and payment disputes. She also represents real estate agents and brokers, homeowners, landlords, tenants and other individuals and entities in a variety of real estate- and business-related matters.

A Santa Clara native, Rocha started her career at a semiconductor company in Santa Clara County. She quickly moved up the ranks in the human resources department and — unfortunately, as the recession began to hit — was involved in handling company layoffs, exposing her to legal employment claims and piquing her interest in law.
 
Her experience at this time also included working as employee relations manager for a biotech company, where she was able to cultivate her newfound interest by working closely with the company's outside labor and employment counsel.
 
Indulging her varied outside curiosities, Rocha earned her real estate license and began selling real estate at nights and on the weekends, while still maintaining her full-time job. Exposure to real estate law was the final push she needed to pursue law school.
submitted Jan. 9, 2015 8:53A
GRD Leavey/MBA '00
Nishita, Jeff

Jeff Nishita MBA ’00 has joined Novogradac & Company LLP, a San Francisco-based accounting and consulting firm that specializes in affordable housing, community development, historic preservation and renewable energy tax credits. Nishita performs numerous services in the real estate industry, including audit and tax services, consulting, forecasting and training. He works with for-profit and nonprofit developers, syndicators and direct investors.

Mr. Nishita speaks at various affordable housing conferences throughout the year and is in charge of maintaining the firm’s Financial Forecast Model. He is also the founder of the firm’s community service program and one of the founders of the firm’s LIHTC Working Group, a membership organization that addresses technical issues in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program.

Before joining Novogradac & Company LLP, Mr. Nishita worked with several start-up companies and small businesses in executive positions.

submitted Jan. 9, 2015 2:48P
GRD Leavey/MBA '00
Merchant, Nilofer

Nilofer Merchant MBA '00 has been appointed to the Martin Prosperit Institute (MPI), which is a research center at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. A leading thinker in innovation, business ethics, management, and public policy, Merchant will look at society's emerging power infrastructure for the Infrastructure for Democratic Capitalism project. She teaches innovation at Stanford and Santa Clara Universities. During a 20-year career, she has personally launched 100 products amounting to $18B in revenue. Her career includes stints at Apple, Autodesk, GoLive/Adobe as well as service on both public and private boards. She is the author two best-selling books: The New How (2010); and 11 Rules for Creating Value in the #SocialEra (2012). She won the 2013 Thinkers 50 Future Thinker Award. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, written innovation columns for Businessweek and Forbes and is a contributor to Harvard Business Review, Wired, and Oprah.

 

submitted Nov. 15, 2014 8:49A
UGRD Leavey Business '00
Lequang-Gonzales, Crystal

Crystal Lequang-Gonzales ’00 is celebrating the 10th anniversary of her company, Amazae Events Inc. The company has recently relocated to Willow Glen with an expanded team, where Gonzales continues to provide exceptional event planning and design services for corporate functions, social gatherings, and wedding celebrations.

Contact Crystal
www.amazae.com www.facebook.com/AmazaeSpecialEvents www.yelp.com/biz/amazae-special-events-san-jose
submitted Feb. 13, 2015 11:18A
GRD Law '00
Edwards, Erik
Erik Edwards J.D. '00 has re-joined Cooley as a partner in its business department. Edwards, who first joined Cooley as a summer associate in 1999, and became a partner in 2009, will reside in the firm's Palo Alto office where he will re-establish a practice focused on the representation of emerging growth companies, investors and public companies on a wide range of matters including financings, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters. From 2011 to 2014 he served as general counsel and later as the managing director of the family office of Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
 
 
At Santa Clara University School of Law, Edwards served as the business editor of the Santa Clara Law Review. He was the recipient of the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Securities Regulation and the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in the Legal Profession. He also served as an extern for Judge James Ware of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.
submitted Nov. 21, 2014 6:07P
UGRD Leavey Business '00
Davaransky, Jane (Duong)

Jane Duong Davaransky ’00 created a petition on www.change.org to ask Medela, a leading manufacturer of breast pumps, to create a program to recycle old breast pumps. After 2,002 signatures, Medela responded by creating a recycling program called Medela Recycles. Each pump received through Medela Recycles supports the donation of new hospital-grade, multiuse breastpumps and supplies to Ronald McDonald House Charities to support parents who have babies in the NICU. Medela expects to recycle 12,000 pumps with this program. As of mid-January 2015, the company has recycled 171 pumps.

submitted Jan. 21, 2015 12:27P
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