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2000

'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
UGRD Leavey Business '00
Charles, Janelle (Pereira)

Janelle (Pereira) Charles ’00, husband Ryan, and big brother Mason (3) welcomed identical twin baby boys, Tyler and Aiden, on Nov. 24, 2014. The family lives in Morgan Hill.

submitted Feb. 28, 2015 3:24P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '00
Busch, Katie (Pursley)

Katie (Pursley) Busch '00 and Dave Busch welcomed their second child, Anna Kathryn, on July 10, 2014. The family lives in Colorado.

submitted Nov. 13, 2014 11:01A

2001

GRD Leavey/MBA '01
Terrazas, David

David Terrazas MBA '01, J.D. ’06, has been re-elected to the Santa Cruz City Council. He is a manager with Valley Transit Authority.

Terrazas, 45, wants to strengthen connections with UC Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley, saying the city's proximity to both communities provides ample opportunities for Santa Cruz to grow its reputation as a tech incubator. Terrazas wants to help create additional jobs so fewer people have to commute over the hill for higher-paying employment in the tech sector. He also plans to continue to work to make parks and beaches safer and cleaner, while replacing aging infrastructure.
 
As chair of the council's public safety committee, Terrazas was instrumental in garnering support for a pilot program with county law enforcement and social services to identify repeat low-level offenders downtown and funnel them into treatment and supportive housing. The data from the Downtown Accountability Program's first four months has showed promise in reducing recidivism on Pacific Avenue and nearby streets, and the council has extended the pilot to gather more data.
 
Terrazas also is chair of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries governing board, which has managed planning for a 2015 vote on a special tax to tackle $63 million in facilities improvements.
 
Terrazas has lived in Santa Cruz for 25 years after growing up in the San Lorenzo Valley and San Jose, where he earned his bachelor's degree from San Jose State University in political science. He also earned law and business degrees from Santa Clara University.
 
Terrazas' wife, Monica, works at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. They have three children.
submitted Oct. 22, 2014 1:11P
'01
Johnson, Mark

Mark "Rusty" Johnson '01 is in his first year as head coach of De Anza College’s men’s soccer team and was named the Coast Conference Coach of the Year. Prior, he was an assistant coach at Santa Clara University for 10 years. Johnson decided he wanted to coach a team of his own. During his years playing at Santa Clara University, Johnson played in two College Cups and one National Championship game. His expertise has been recognized throughout the game, giving him a respectful reputation.

submitted Dec. 8, 2014 5:30P
UGRD Leavey Business '01
Hicks, Sarah (Petersen)

Sarah (Petersen) Hicks ’01 and husband Dave welcomed their second daughter, Cora Elouise Hicks, on Feb. 17, 2014. She joins 2-year-old sister Carsen Rose at the family's home in San Jose, Calif.

submitted Oct. 27, 2014 10:10A
UGRD Leavey Business '01
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

2002

UGRD Arts & Sciences '02
Williams, Jimmy

Jimmy Williams ’02 is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland. He writes on the Santa Clara University blog, "I have been working on an approach to identify concrete signatures of the Majorana particle. In some sense, the work I participated in with Professor Betty Young doing research for the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) looking for exotic particles has come full circle. It’s a great job! I have a big lab and a bunch of money to do whatever physics I want. It doesn’t get any better than that."

 
submitted Apr. 6, 2015 10:27A
'02
Mudgett, Lisa (Mrkvicka)

Lisa (Mrkvicka) Mudgett ’02 and husband Dan welcomed their fourth son, Isaac Maxwell, on Feb. 21, 2015. The busy family lives in Seattle.

submitted Mar. 4, 2015 1:16P
UGRD Engineering '02
Alvarez, Jose

Jose Alvarez ’02 has been promoted to clinical engineer for Sutter Health Medical Center Sacramento, and he is currently working on another master's degree in health care administration.

submitted Oct. 28, 2014 10:15P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '02
Albers, Joe

Karen Dazols Albers ’04 and Joe Albers ’02 welcomed their son Lucas into the world this past April. Karen is a kindergarten teacher in Sunnyvale. Joe serves as founding Principal of Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School, which opened this fall. Cristo Rey prepares low income students for college through a unique model of education where students work one day a week for companies and non-profits. They live in San Jose.

Contact Joe
Jalbers@cristoreysj.org www.cristoreysj.org
submitted Oct. 30, 2014 4:13A

2003

'03
Yob, Dori

Dori L. Yob J.D. '03 made the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2015 Women of Influence annual list. This list comprises “100 women rocking Silicon Valley business” who have made a big impact across all professions. Yob, 36, has been with Hopkins & Carley since she graduated from law school. She handles complex real estate cases in hearings ranging from city council to state and federal courts. As the co-chair of her department, she oversees more than 55 other employees at Hopkins & Carley. This January, she was elected chair of the San Jose Planning Commission. Yob also participates in half-marathons and triathlons.

 
submitted Apr. 10, 2015 5:16P
UGRD Engineering '03
Ward, Kalie (Bass)

Kalie (Bass) Ward ’03 and Matthew Ward ’03, M.S ’14 welcomed their first child, Brendan Charles Ward, on Jan. 6, 2015 at 11:01 pm. He was 7 lbs 2 oz, 19 3/4" long.

submitted Mar. 4, 2015 5:44A
UGRD Leavey Business '03
Siino, Roselyn

Roselyn (Rosie) Siino ’03 and her husband, Steve, welcomed a baby boy, Lucca John on September 25, 2014. He is their first child.

Contact Roselyn
https://www.linkedin.com/in/roselynsiino
submitted Jan. 25, 2015 11:50P
'03
Pinard, Margaret

Margaret Pinard ’03 has recently released Dulci's Legacy, a young adult fantasy-thriller set in Nova Scotia. This is Margaret's second novel, following her debut historical fiction Memory's Hostage in 2013. Both books can be found on Amazon.com. She is thrilled to be writing real stories instead of memoranda, and is currently at work on her third novel. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Contact Margaret
www.margaretpinard.com www.taste-life-twice.com @tastelifetwice
submitted Mar. 1, 2015 7:18P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '03
Bronson, Sarina (Passarelli)

Sarina (Passarelli) Bronson ’03 and husband Greg welcomed a baby girl, Lucy, on Sep. 19, 2014. Big brothers Luke (6), John (4), and Paul (2) love having a sister. The family lives in Cameron Park, Calif.

submitted Oct. 25, 2014 5:48P

2004

UGRD Arts & Sciences '04
Sallings, Noelani

Noelani Sallings '04 has been elected to the board of the Santa Clara Unified School District. Sallings helped organize “Walk for Education” to raise awareness of budget cuts and was a key contributor to the reorganization and redirection of the Santa Clara Schools Foundation, for it to focus on working more directly with the children they fund and improve their fundraising results.

Her most prized project is Music Rivals: a district-wide music competition that inspires student creativity and collaboration. Throughout all of this work, she has remained on the PTA board at her children’s schools.
 
She is also a passionate advocate for women’s rights, social justice, and the environment, having served on the boards of DAWN (Democratic Activists for Women Now), the Asian Pacific American Democratic Club, and BAYMEC (a local LGBT rights organization).
 
Sallings is currently completing a master's degree in Public Administration at Notre Dame de Namur University. She was the first in her family to attend college and ultimately plans to obtain a Ph.D.
submitted Nov. 7, 2014 2:08P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '04
Reiley, Carol

Carol Reiley ’04 has written a children's book, Making a Splash. Combining her engineering problem-solving skills with a desire to help kids unlock their potential, Reiley tested drafts of her book in classrooms and homes across the country before crowdsourcing its publication. For now, Reiley hopes Making a Splash will help young readers understand that “it’s not about how smart you are; it’s about how smart you can become,” and to view failure as a stepping stone to greater things, not a stumbling block. Read more in fyi.

submitted Feb. 9, 2015 2:03A
UGRD Leavey Business '04
Lee, Sara (Pfaff)

Sara (Pfaff) Lee ’04 and Matt Lee ’04 welcomed their second child, daughter Brooke Emerson, on Aug. 12, 2014. Brooke joins big brother Parker, 3.

submitted Mar. 5, 2015 9:09P
GRD Engineering '04
Gunther, Norman

Norman Gunther ’59, Ph.D. ’04, continues to be part of SCU's Department of Electrical Engineering’s Electron Devices Laboratory, which has advanced world-class research and scholarship in the areas of electronic devices, materials, and their manufacturing technologies. Gunther collaborates with fellow graduates of the program, advancing the methodologies used to characterize surface nanostructures of thin films used in semiconductors, and advising current graduate students as an applied mathematician.

 

submitted Mar. 2, 2015 12:30P
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