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Kevin Collins J.D. ’05, after five years of prosecuting drunk-in-public and DUI jury trials in San Mateo County, has been assigned to the General Felony trial team, where he specializes in small amounts of narcotics and is assigned to the Minor Vendor Unit.
Kristin (Simms) Byrnes '01, M.Div. '05 and her husband Billy have accepted volunteer positions for two years with Volunteer Missionary Movement. They leave the beginning of September for Waslala, Nicaragua. They will serve as English teachers at Instituto Agropecuario de Waslala, which is a teaching farm and certified secondary school that offers educational opportunities focused on diversified and sustainable farming practices specifically designed for the Waslala region of Nicaragua. Billy and Kristin will also participate in some of the various ministries the local parish provides.
Elizabeth Budd ’05 is in her second year of the doctoral program at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She studies nutrition and physical activity among youth and adolescents.
Carlie Brown ’05 and Lance Ogren exchanged marriage vows Oct. 12 at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in New York. A reception was held at Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on the banks of the Hudson River.
She is the daughter of Shelly and Steve Brown of Orland. He is the son of Dorothy Ogren of Manchester, N.J. They met while coaching swimming at Chelsea Piers Athletic Club. She graduated from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara and is a freelance event and promotion coordinator.
He graduated from St. John's University in New York and works as a personal trainer and swim coach. He has swum the English Channel and holds the world record for the 17.5-mile Ederle Open Water Swim.
They honeymooned at Kruger National Park and Durban, South Africa and live in Manhattan.
Gina M. Biegel M.A. '05 has just written her first book, The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness Skills to Help You Deal with Stress and her audio CD, Mindfulness for Teens: Meditation Practices to Reduce Stress and Promote Well-Being are currently available through Amazon.com. She is currently working locally as a psychotherapist.
Keely Nelson ’05 and Christopher Berg were wed on June 26, 2010, in Soquel, Calif. The wedding party included maid of honor Shuryn Barnes (Riggins) ’05; bridesmaids Kelly Sjolund (Burns) ’05 and Kristi Anderson ’06; and reader Chanel McCreedy ’04. Other Broncos in attendance included Jessy Wray ’05 and Emmalisa Sparrow ’05. The couple recently purchased their first home in San Jose and are expecting their first child this summer.
Josh Bennett '99, J.D. '05 and Cate (Cassin) Bennett '99 welcomed their second child, Brooke Isabel, on Aug. 21, 2008.
Rev. Robert Ballecer M.Div. ’05, who is known as the Digital Jesuit because of his knowledge of technology and his high profile online and on social media networks, was profiled in the San Jose Mercury News on Nov. 30.
Recently Ballecer was named director of the Center for Apostolic Technology, and for the last three years, he has served in Washington, D.C., as the director of national vocation promotion, overseeing the Jesuits' efforts to encourage young men to consider the priesthood.
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Andrew Zilli '06 writes: "Check Facebook -- it knows all :)."
Matthew Wood '03, a practicing engineering in accident reconstruction, and wife Jennifer Wood, an HR business partner with the Bank of New York Mellon, welcomed twins on June 5, 2012 - a baby girl, Emma, and a baby boy, Bingham. The family lives in Atlanta.
Freshman Dorm: Dunne
Andy Western '06 is an associate at the international law firm Latham & Watkins LLP in their Orange County, Calif. office where he practices in the areas of corporate transactions and public company representation. After graduating from SCU, he attended and graduated from the UCLA School of Law. Andy lives in Irvine, CA with his wife Catherine (Cochrane) Western '05, who is Director of Planning and Allocation at BCBG Max Azria. Andy and Catherine will celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary on July 8, 2011.
Freshman Dorm: Graham 300
Kate Trevelyan-Hall '06 currently works as the Foundations & Grants Associate for the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL). CORAL is an international non-profit organization based in San Francisco that works around the world to unite communities to save coral reefs. Through this job she recently became SCUBA certified and in December 2010 had an opportunity to dive in Mexico (along the Riviera Maya) to see the important work CORAL is doing there to protect their reefs. She writes that, in addition to work, she lives in the East Bay with her boyfriend and often hangs out with fellow SCU friends: Sara Iino '06, Courtney Branich '06, Kendra Middendorf '06, Lena Shaw '06, Dinelle Lucchesi '06, Jamie Campbell '06, Jennifer Sbicca (Grisaitis) '06, Kenny Waggoner '06, Trevor Hansen '07, and Annie Thompson '07.
Kevin Teh '06 and wife Sadie welcomed a baby boy, Samuel, on August 6, 2011. The family is enjoying their home in Nashville, TN.
Michelle Evanson '06 and Scott Sweeney '08 were married in Snoqualmie, Washington on July 31, 2010. The bridal party included Kevin Sweeney '05, Sarah Egan '06, Jessica Moses '06, Peter Lowry '08, Matthew Hatzke '08, and Jerred O'Connell '08. Also in attendance: Nikki Strehlow '06, Cristina Rodarte '06, Alex Diaconou '06, Matthew Reardon '06, Katrina Welch '06, Ryan McKernan '06, Brittney Salvatore '06, Esther Ayorinde '06, Heidi Spurgeon '06, Kirsten Cornell '07, Cassie Conching '07, Pomai Hanson '08, Matthew Marquess '08, Brendon Bula '09, Tyeler O'Connell '10, and Trevor Hatzke '10.
Kathleen Fitzsimmons ’06 and Patrick Sullivan on Oct. 1, 2011, at the Immaculate Conception Church in San Diego, Calif. The couple currently lives in San Diego.
Kathleen Fitzsimmons ’06 and Patrick Sullivan were married on Oct. 1, 2011, at the Immaculate Conception Church in San Diego, Calif., where they currently live.
Johan Sulaiman MBA ’06 joined OneWest Bank in Pasadena, Calif. in July 2013, as vice president, Forecast and Modeling.
Niamh Conlon '06 and Michael Storie married in San Jose, California at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph on August 6, 2011. The ceremony was presided by Father Paul Soukup S.J. The bridal party included Brian Ross '08. Also in attendance: Stephanie Currier '06, Natalie Genco '06, Bob Pfahnl '06, Matt Lightner '06, Katie Roberts Payer '06, Alex Diaconou '06, M.S. '07, Ashley Penrod Cobb '06, Kristina Casuga McMinn '05, Scott McMinn '05, Brent Izutsu '05, Leah Verhoeven '05, Travis Merz '05, Jeanne Marie Hood '06, Ryan McKernan '06, Eli Girod '06, M.S. '08, Kari Kallio Girod '06, Robyn McElhiney Palmer '07, Andrew Zilli '06, Kevin Wetzel '08, Stephanie Arnold '09, Ted Theocheung '87, and Catherine Chalfant Murua '04. They now reside in Sunnyvale, CA.
Michael Spencer MBA ’06 and his wife, Elizabeth, are thrilled to announce the birth of their third son, Matthew Collins Spencer. He was born on May 23, 2012. The family lives in the Old Fig Garden neighborhood of Fresno.