Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in the last year by graduates in the 2000s
Brian Thorsett ’00 is now an assistant professor at Virginia Tech University in the School for Performing Arts. Thorsett also recently performed at the prestigious Festival del Sole in Napa, Calif., in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti.
Michael Clapperton MBA ’00 has been named to the board of Etairos Consulting in San Jose, Calif. He currently is the Chief Technology Officer of IT Sigma in New York City, a SaaS Workflow Management tool.
Jane Duong Davaransky ’00 and husband Anthony announce the birth of Carson Thai Davaransky, born on April 27, 2014. Carson spent 5 weeks at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford for apnea, aspiration, and reflux. He is now home with mom, dad, and big sister Emerson. He is growing and improving every day.
"Seek help for your child at the onset of any suspicion of alcohol or drugs," advises Gillian Thorp M.A. ’01, Three Stones Wellness CEO and co-founder with Kathryn Spelman, COO. "You don't want to wait until your child hits rock bottom and is expelled from school or in the hospital. Early intervention is important."
Mark Davis '01 and Rachel Davis are delighted to announce the arrival of their third child, Clara Mariam Davis, who was born at home on Nov. 22, 2013. Best wishes to all of the SCU alumni and their families!
Kristin (Simms) Byrnes ’01, M.Div. ’05 is happy to be back in the Bay Area and teaching at Archbishop Mitty High School, after serving for two years with Volunteer Missionary Movement in San Nicolás, Nicaragua. She and her husband, Billy, welcomed their first child, William James Byrnes on October 17, 2013. He has since blessed their lives with so much joy and love that they overlook the sleepless nights. They hope to return to Nicaragua soon for a visit, to introduce their son to the many friends they left behind.
Adam Blaylock ’01 was promoted to partner from senior manager. Blaylock is a member of Ernst & Young LLP?s Assurance practice in San Jose, where he serves technology clients, including large multinationals, as well as clients in the solar industry. He previously served as a Professional Practice Group resident in the West Region, where he assisted client service teams with complex technical accounting matters and facilitated executive training sessions. Blaylock graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor?s degree in Accounting and a minor in Mathematics from Santa Clara University. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California and a member of the American Institute of CPAs.
Jennifer (Cooke) Bauer ’01, MBA ’11 married Jeffrey Bauer MBA ’11 on Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Burlingame, Calif. Cindy (Barrango) Rodondi ’01 served as a bridesmaid. Many SCU undergraduates and MBA graduates were in attendance from the classes of ’01 and ’11 respectively. The happy couple lives in San Jose, Calif.
Blaze Smallwood ’02 and wife Annie welcomed their second child, Brady Drue, on May 17, 2014. Big sister Avery Mae (4 years old in Oct 2014) loves giving her new brother smooches any chance she gets.
Miller, Morton, Caillat & Nevis, LLP announces the elevation of construction attorney Eric McAllister ’02 to the partnership.
“Eric is a highly skilled and valued member of our team, and particularly to our construction industry clients; we are proud to welcome him to the partnership,” said Managing Partner David Kornbluh. “Carrie and Jordan both stood out to the firm as summer associates and we are thrilled they are permanently joining.”
An experienced construction attorney, McAllister represents real property owners, developers and general contractors in evaluating and litigating construction defect claims, delay claims and payment disputes. Since joining the firm in 2007, he has assisted property owners in recovering more than $60 million for the repair of defective construction.
Active within his industry, McAllister is the current chair of the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Real Estate Executive Committee and sits on the Civil Practice Committee. He is also an active member of the California Apartment Association’s Tri-County Division and the Apartment Owners Association of California. McAllister earned his J.D. from the University of Arizona, James Rogers College of Law (2007) and his B.A. from Santa Clara University (2002).
Courtney (Chatalas) Gerlich ’02 and husband Ira Gerlich - happily welcomed their first child, Maxwell Chatalas Gerlich, on Oct. 25, 2013. The family lives in Seattle, Wash.
Mary Chong Carrera ’02 and husband Jesus, welcomed their second son, Angel, on December 6, 2013. Big brother Jesse loves showering Angel with kisses and can't wait to play ninja turtles with him.
Christine (Beechinor) Travis '03 and husband Chris welcomed their first child, Evelyn Andrea Travis Sept. 1, 2013. The family resides in Bakersfield, Calif. where Christine owns her own Pilates studio, Poise Pilates+Barre.
Pouya Shahbazian J.D. ’03 was profiled in The Hollywood Reporter. He is a manager-producer at New Leaf Literary & Media, a management/production business that includes the hotly anticipated film Divergent, based on a YA novel Shahbazian discovered and placed at Summit. (He has a producer credit). Among his other high-profile sales: Patrick Lee's Runner to Warner Bros. with Justin Lin directing, and Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Boneto DreamWorks.
Emily Wang Phan J.D. '03 was the reader's pick for the "Best Criminal Lawyer" of Silicon Valley, according to the Metro. The law office of Emily Phan specializes in defending cases such as driving under the influence, theft, and domestic violence.
Miguel Legarreta ’03 joins Truex Insurance in Stockton after a successful career at Liberty Mutual Insurance, where he was recognized for his outstanding performance by the Liberty Mutual Leader’s Club. Legarreta speaks Spanish fluently, has seven years of experience, and brings a vast knowledge of personal insurance to Truex.
Therese (DiCola) Henderson '03 and Reed Henderson welcomed Lillian Reed on Sept. 26, 2013. Lily joins big sister Ella, 3.
James Goodnow ’03 and Erin Ryan Goodnow ’03 welcomed their second child, Brody Ryan Goodnow, on Dec. 30, 2013. Big sister, Kelly Claire, welcomed him home as well. The family lives in Phoenix.
Matthew Davies MBA ’03 was recently profiled on the politics page of the Sacramento Bee for his controversial involvement in becoming a medical marijuana entrepeneur in California. After other ventures—launching an online jewelry importing company, starting a property management firm, and then opening an upscale French restaurant—Davies, 35, of Stockton, began building a $10 million Central Valley medical marijuana enterprise in barely two years, starting in 2009. A battle with the federal government ensued. Get the full details in the news article.
Matthew E. Carnes M.Div. '03 has been elected to Santa Clara University’s Board of Trustees, bringing to 44 the number of members of the governing body that helps steer its strategies and priorities.
A native of San Carlos, Calif., Carnes has been assistant professor of government at Georgetown since 2009 and is the recipient of several awards for outstanding teaching and faculty excellence. He spent a year as a fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and a semester as a fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Stanford, where he also received his B.A. in international relations. He holds a M.Div. degree from the Jesuit School of Theology and an M.A. in philosophical resources from Fordham University.