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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.
Tony P Santos '00 recently opened Lunch with Tony, a lunch cafe and caterer, in the Alviso neighborhood of San Jose, Calif. Tony and his wife, Laura Anderson-Santos '00, reside in San Jose.
www.lunchwithtony.com, 408-493-6090, www.twitter.com/lunchwithtony, www.facebook.com/tonypsantos, www.lunchwithtony.blogspot.com
Kristin (Waldram) Russo '00 and Thomas Richard Russo on Oct. 17 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Portland, OR. Erin (Fuller) Betker '00 served as a bridesmaid. Other alumni in attendance: Nick and Jen (Kogen) Albertini '00, Bryan Bayless '99 and Erika (Johnson) Bayless '00, Eric and Katie (Hansen) Canaday '00, Dave and Tracie (Waldram) Gonyea '93, Adam Harrington '00, Annemarie (Alvistur) Kelley '00, Joe Menning '01, Brian Murphy '00, Jill Scherffius '00, and Kim Stetson '00.
Katherine Rendler '00 and Ben Roxborough were married September 25, 2010 at Mission Santa Clara. The couple resides in Los Gatos.
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.
Myra Ramirez-Geronimo '00 and her husband Marc welcomed a baby girl, Emma Grace, on September 1, 2010. Emma joins big brother Nicholas. The family lives in San Diego.
Matthew Powelson J.D. '00 of LaRiviere, Grubman & Payne, LLP has been elected to the Officer Track of the IP Section of the California State Bar. In this position, he will become Secretary in September 2009 and the Chair of the IP Section in two years.
Gina N. Policastri '00, J.D. '03 was recently certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California as a Family Law Specialist. Ms. Policastri is a senior associate at Lonich & Patton, LLP, where she has worked since 2003.
Gina N. Policastri Lonich & Patton, LLP 1871 The Alameda, Ste. 475 San Jose, CA 95126 Phone: (408) 553-0801 Fax: (408) 553-0807 www.lonichandpatton.com http://www.linkedin.com/pub/gina-n-policastri/2/375/519 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lonich-Patton-LLP/10150134556305604
Jessica Perry ’97, J.D. ’00, was among this year’s winners of the San Francisco Business Times’ 40 Under 40 award, which honors “the best and brightest young leaders who are shaping our region’s vibrant future.” Lawson is a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Read full article here.
Colette (Meyer) Perachiotti '00 and Tony Perachiotti '00 welcomed a baby boy, Dominic Charles, on April 9. They live in Marin.
Tony Perachiotti '00 and Colette (Meyer) Perachiotti '00 welcomed their second son, Tyler, on November 20. Their first son Dominic is three years old, and the family lives in Marin County, in Novato.
April (Valenzuela) Paye '00 is working with fellow Ann Linthacum ’83, MBA ’90 in a new dance studio, Allegro Performing Arts, in San Jose. The studio opened this summer to host dance camps and prepare a ballet conservatory program for pre-professional dancers. April has also performed recently with South Bay Musical Theatre in its 2011 production of 42nd Street and has been cast as a showgirl for the upcoming 2012 production of Funnygirl.
firstname.lastname@example.org, 1071 South Winchester Blvd, SJ, www.allegroperformingarts.com, 408-249-5500
Jill (Blasi) Olmstead '00 and husband Zack welcomed their first child, Micah Paul, on Oct. 8, 2008. The family lives in Sacramento.
Jill (Blasi) Olmstead ’00 and Zack Olmstead—their daughter, Eleanora (Ellie) Grace Olmstead, on May 27, 2011. Micah (3) loves being a big brother. The family lives in Sacramento, Calif.
Jeff Nishita MBA '00 was named a principal at Novogradac & Company LLP, a national CPA and consulting firm headquartered in San Francisco. Mr. Nishita is 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 program, performs numerous services in the affordable housing and renewable energy industries, including audit and tax services, consulting, forecasting, and training.
In addition, he is in charge of maintaining the firm’s Financial Forecast Model on CD-ROM. Mr. Nishita also works in the defeasance industry, providing services to borrowers and lenders. He speaks at various affordable housing conferences throughout the year and is a technical editor for the firm’s various Special Reports. Prior, Mr. Nishita worked with several start-up companies and small businesses in various executive positions. He is licensed in California as a certified public accountant.
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.
Marcel Nienhuis '00 and wife, Bethany, welcomed a baby girl, Nya, on April 29, 2011.
Matt Nichols '00 and Catherine welcomed a baby girl, Camille, on January 28, 2010.
Emily Nelson '00 and Paul Nelson '01 announce the birth of their first child, Jared Damian Kijoon Nelson, on June 1, 2010.
Emily (Hong) Nelson ’00 and Paul Nelson ’01 welcomed their second son, Derek Cameron Kisung Nelson, on July 6, 2012. Derek joins big brother Jared and is the first in the family to be born outside of the Bay Area. The family moved to Austin, Texas in April 2012.
Jaime Neilson '00 is a licensed structural engineer working for Thornton Tomasetti in Oakland, Calif. He and his wife welcomed twins in September 2010 and reside in Fremont, CA.
Rebecca Morrow '00, an associate in the highly regarded Seattle boutique law firm of Skellenger Bender, recently received her LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Washington. This term she is serving as an adjunct professor in the UW's Master of Professional Accounting Taxation Program where she teaches estate tax, gift tax, and income taxation of trusts and estates. A 2003 graduate of the Yale Law School, Rebecca is a member of the Family Law Practice Group at Skellenger Bender and a former Columbia Legal Services Public Interest Fellow.