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UGRD Arts & Sciences '82
Castillo, Linda

Linda Castillo '82 was named division manager of Catholic Charities’ El Programa Hispano, the largest social service program operated by Catholic Charities in Oregon, which supports more than 20,000 low-income Latinos annually.

Castillo will oversee numerous social service programs, including Latino family services; rent assistance and energy assistance services; Latino youth school retention; mentoring and community school programs; resources for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; low-income tax clinic services; Spanish language parenting education; community education services; job placement services; and mental health services.

Previously Castillo worked as a program manager at Bienestar de La Familia Social Services in Portland, where she spent more than 16 years. Castillo is vice chairwoman and a board member with Latino Network. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Santa Clara University in 1982 and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of San Francisco in 1987.

submitted Apr. 7, 2012 9:22A
GRD Law '82
Casas Frier, Laura

Laura Casas Frier J.D. '82 was elected vice president of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District board of trustees.

Casas Frier has served on the Foothill-De Anza board of trustees since 2005. She was elected earlier this year to serve on the Community College League of California’s board of trustees. Casas Frier earned a law degree from Santa Clara University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University, Northridge.

submitted Dec. 19, 2011 5:21P
Burroughs, Kathleen

Kathleen Burroughs '82 works in Office of Advancement for St. Martin of Tours School. Married to Tim Lenihan '83, she has three children: Maggie, Brigid and Aidan. She also volunteers at SCU Law Alumni Relations and Development.

submitted Mar. 4, 2012 6:37P
Bruno, Liz
Liz Bruno '82, M.A. '86 had her jersey—No. 42—retired at a Bronco basketball game in Feb. Bruno played for SCU from 1978 through 1982 and holds the school career women’s and men’s record for rebounds with 1,218; is 16th on the school all-time points list with 1,081; and is the only Bronco women’s basketball player with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. The SCU Hall of Famer is an 18-year Redmond resident and licensed clinical therapist in the dual diagnosis unit at Fairfax Hospital in Kirkland, Wash. She is also an active member of the St. Jude Catholic Church in Redmond and also participates in prison ministry when she’s not at her full-time job at Fairfax Hospital. Read more about her on the Kirkland Reporter.
submitted Feb. 25, 2014 8:17A
UGRD Leavey Business '82
Brown, OMV, Fr. Bill

Fr. Bill Brown, OMV '82 was appointed as the Advancement Director for Mission and Apostolate for the Oblates of the Virgin Mary in Boston, Mass. He just completed his three-year term as Director of St. Joseph Retreat House in Milton, Mass.

submitted Feb. 21, 2014 1:44P
GRD Law '82
Brown, Lynne (Thaxter)

Lynne (Thaxter) Brown JD '82 has been certified as a legal specialist in appellate law by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California. She and her husband and teenage son live in Fresno.

Contact Lynne
submitted Jul. 7, 2009 10:33A
UGRD Leavey Business '82
Brown, William

Bill Brown '82 is the Director of St. Joseph Retreat House in Milton, Massachusetts located just outside of Boston. He is a priest and member of the religious community, the Oblates of the Virgin Mary. He was appointed as director of the retreat house in 2011 after previously serving as Provincial for eight years. The retreat house focuses on directed retreats based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

Contact William
St. Joseph Retreat House 65 Father Carney Drive Milton, MA 02186
submitted Jul. 27, 2011 11:01A
Banich, Joan

Freshman Dorm: Walsh

Joan Banich ’82 writes: “This past year has been a challenge that has helped me appreciate life so much more. After being diagnosed with a rare bone marrow disease in 2003, I finally had to undergo a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor in June 2011. Celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary last August; and our 18-year-old daughter is a freshman at U.C. Davis. Living in Campbell, Calif., and looking forward to returning to work as a brand strategist at Cisco once I am fully recovered.”


Contact Joan
submitted Mar. 11, 2012 2:35P
Ashby, Steven

Steven Ashby '82 is now the deputy director for Science and Technology at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA.

submitted May. 3, 2009 9:49P
Ashby, Steven

Dr. Steven Ashby ’82 has been appointed as the laboratory director for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. PNNL is managed by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. It has an annual budget of $1B and employs 4,300 staff who perform research in fundamental science, energy, environment, and national security. 

Contact Steven
submitted Mar. 14, 2015 6:26A
GRD Law '82
Alcala, Javier

Javier Alcala B.A. ’77, J.D. ’82 was appointed to judgeship in the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Alcala, 57, of Mountain View, has been a deputy district attorney for the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office since 1983.

submitted Nov. 30, 2010 12:32P
Acosta, Nina

Nina Acosta ’82 is one of 18 castaways who will compete against each other on CBS’s Survivor: One World when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 24th season this February.

Survivor: One World  pushes the game to its limits, forcing the two competing tribes to share one beach. The castaways must fight the elements, adapt to their new surroundings, and vie against each other to stay in the game or be voted out by their peers, all while living together on the same beach. Tribes, separated by men versus women, will have to decide whether to share their resources with each other or leave the opposing tribe to fend for themselves. This ultimate social game becomes even more difficult to navigate because alliances could be formed between members of different tribes much earlier, adding yet another layer of intrigue to this competitive game.

Acosta, a retired LAPD officer, lives in Clovis, Calif.

submitted Jan. 24, 2012 9:12P


GRD Leavey/MBA '83
Yee, Lawrence

Lawrence Yee MBA '83 was appointed to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Yee held a variety of positions at the University of California Cooperative Extension from 1975 to 2008, including director of the University of California Cooperative Extension in Ventura County from 1986 to 2008. He was director of the University of California Hansen Trust, established to sustain Ventura County agriculture through research and education, from 1993 to 2008.

submitted Feb. 5, 2012 12:42P
UGRD Engineering '83
Wells, David

David Wells '83 joined RETTEW, an engineering design firm, in the Mechanicsburg, Pa. office as a senior engineer in the land and development division.

He is responsible for administering RETTEW’s quality control/quality assurance (QA/QC) standards and providing QA/QC on all of RETTEW’s land development projects. He also writes QA/QC procedures and is tasked with further advancing QA/QC standards in RETTEW’s land development and survey divisions.

Wells has 30 years of construction and land development experience, which includes his managing a variety projects involving highway and transportation facilities. Additionally, he is well versed in subdivision and land development planning for natural gas, residential and community facilities. Wells is an engineer in training (EIT) and has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from SCU.

submitted Mar. 11, 2012 7:55A
Walker, Chris

Chris Walker '83 has recently joined IBM Global Business Services as healthcare training program manager for the Middle East and Africa. He now lives in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with his wife of 20 years, Hassania, and their youngest son, Norm, who is a freshman at American Community School of Abu Dhabi.

Contact Chris cell: +971 56 216 2816
submitted Jan. 7, 2013 8:14P
UGRD Engineering '83
Vogelsang, Kevin

Kevin G. Vogelsang '83 was promoted to Vice President in Public Works of RBF Consulting in the San Diego office. Prior to joining RBF eight years ago, Vogelsang managed the design and contract award of over 60 military construction projects for the U.S. Navy. He brings nearly 30 years of project management, environmental planning, and engineering experience to his new position in RBF Consulting.

submitted Mar. 18, 2010 11:10A
UGRD Engineering '83
Vogelsang, Kevin

Freshman Dorm: McLaughlin

Kevin Vogelsang ’83 recently left RBF Consulting after 11 years to become the Director of Federal Business at Alta Vista Solutions, an engineering services firm based in Richmond. He is establishing a new Alta Vista Solutions office in San Diego. Kevin and his wife, Patty, remain active presenting Catholic weekends for Worldwide Marriage Encounter in Southern California.

Contact Kevin
submitted Sep. 5, 2013 10:55P
GRD Law '83
Vogel, Bernard

Bernard Vogel III J.D. ’83 was recently named President and CEO of Silicon Valley Law Group. He specializes in corporate financing and tax planning as the chair of the corporate and securities group. Bernie plans to carve strategic alliances with domestic and international firms to better support the firm's globally involved clients.

Contact Bernard
submitted Nov. 7, 2011 12:24P
GRD Leavey/MBA '83
Sasbrook, John

In addition to serving as president of Sunwest Wild Rice and vice president of Sunwest Foods, Inc., John Sasbrook '81, MBA '83 recently released first vintages of Sierra Rose Syrah from his family vineyard.

submitted Jun. 9, 2009 4:52P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '83
Sammon, Lisa

Lisa Sammon '83 and husband Eric Fischer welcomed a baby girl, Emily Genevieve Michael, on May 25. The family lives in Santa Clara.

submitted Jun. 12, 2010 6:01P
GRD Law '83
Russell, Karen

Karen Drury Russell J.D. ’83 practices and promotes collaboration and mediation as alternatives to litigation in divorce proceedings through her law practice in Campbell, for a “peaceful, respectful divorce.”

submitted Jun. 18, 2012 9:48A
Rafael, Betsy
Betsy S. Rafael ’83 has been elected to SCU’s Board of Trustees. Rafael held the position of vice president and corporate controller for Apple since August 2007, and was appointed to the additional role of principal accounting officer in January 2008. She previously worked at Cisco Systems in the roles of vice president, corporate finance; corporate controller; and principal accounting officer. Before Cisco, Rafael worked in senior finance, executive, or management positions at Aspect Communications, a provider of customer relationship portals; Escalate, an enterprise e-commerce application service provider; Silicon Graphics; and Sun Microsystems. She began her career with the accounting firm Arthur Young & Co.


submitted Jun. 18, 2012 9:02P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '83
Perez, David

David Perez ’77, MA ’83 was named parks commissioner of Watsonville, Calif. by the city council. Hel brings more than 30 years of experience working with children and families to the city. Perez, who has lived in Watsonville for 23 years, has worked as a juvenile probation counselor, social worker in an adolescent residential treatment center, foster parent and juvenile traffic hearing officer. 

submitted Jan. 12, 2011 11:27A
GRD Leavey/MBA '83
Patti, Gregory

Gregory Patti B.S. '79, M.B.A. '83 is currently managing director for Agave Partners, a start-up and transition management advisory firm.

submitted Mar. 30, 2010 1:12P
Paliwoda, Lucy

Lucy Paliwoda '83, a director of engineering in Northrop Grumman's electronic systems sector, received special recognition at the 17th annual Women of Color in Technology STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Conference for her leadership. Paliwoda was cited for her commitment to helping others and her distinguished service in advancing science and technology.

Paliwoda's technical leadership and interpersonal skills have been instrumental in her appointment to leadership positions within Northrop Grumman. Currently, she is director of engineering for several company campuses in California and Colorado. Paliwoda is responsible for technical and process excellence for hardware engineering, software engineering, test engineering and flight operations. Her primary program areas support the payload and mission processing programs for various satellite programs.

submitted Oct. 28, 2012 9:12P
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