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UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Porter, Leanne (Leanne Lorraine Patterson)

Leanne Patterson Porter '85, M.A. '95 is the Director of Sales - West for TableCraft Products. An equipment and supplies manufacturer in the Foodservice Industry.

submitted Jul. 7, 2009 11:11A
GRD Law '85
Pizer, Brad

Brad Pizer J.D. '85 is a lawyer at Pizer & Associates, APC in Beverly Hills. He is a member of the American Bar Association Committee on Credit Unions. He maintains the highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell (AV). From 1995 through 2009, he has been the featured speaker presenting Silverman's Legal Update for California Credit Unions. He is a past recipient of the California Credit Union Collectors New Millennium Award. He is always current on the latest credit union legal developments.

submitted Mar. 25, 2011 1:23P
GRD Law '85
Mauriello, Susan

Susan Mauriello J.D. 85 of Aptos, has been appointed to the California Board of State and Community Corrections by Gov. Jerry Brown ’59. Mauriello has been the county administrative officer for Santa Cruz County since 1989.

submitted Jul. 16, 2012 9:06A
Lobo, Maria

Maria Lobo ’85 and her artwork were mentioned in InMenlo. Her mixed-media works on paper, wood, and canvas can be seen at the store HOME, in Menlo Park, and at Working across cultures and genres, Lobo creates collectable artworks for galleries, residences, and corporate, public, and private spaces. 


Contact Maria
submitted Sep. 30, 2013 5:06P
Lepow, Kate

Kate Lepow '85 has joined Yahoo! in Sunnyvale, CA. She will continue to focus on product management for e-commerce payment solutions. Kate lives in the Willow Glen area of San Jose, CA with her partner, Jim Lungaro.

submitted Jan. 30, 2009 4:10P
GRD Leavey/MBA '85
Kisling, Priscilla

Priscilla Kisling '79, MBA '85 writes, "Moved to Portland, Ore. area, in Jan. 2014, and started working for Business Valuation Resources, LLC, in Feb. 2014 as CFO. Business Valuation Resources is a niche publisher of business valuation guides, books and on-line resources for the professional business appraiser. This big change allows me to be in the same area as my daughter, Kristina, who graduated from University of Portland in May 2013 and is working in the Portland area."

Contact Priscilla
submitted Mar. 13, 2014 1:18P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '85
Kahl, Steven

Steve Kahl '84 has achieved National Board Certification as an English teacher. Steve teaches at Mountain View High School, where he also coordinates the GATE and AVID programs. He recently was named to the board of directors for the California Association for the Gifted.

Contact Steven
submitted Jun. 9, 2009 6:59P
Jones, Brent

Brent Jones '85 was inducted to the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame on May 23.

Jones, who grew up in the Bay Area, was picked by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1987 draft, but he was traded to the 49ers before playing a game for the Steelers and spent his entire 11-year career in red and gold. He made the Pro Bowl four times and won three Super Bowls with San Francisco.

Read the full article in the San Francisco Examiner.

submitted May. 24, 2013 9:56A
UGRD Engineering '85
Holck, Laura (Boltz)

Laura (Boltz) Holck ’85 and her husband, Phil, have been called to serve as co-pastors at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Cross in Calgary, Canada. Laura received her doctor of ministry degree in preaching in May 2011.

submitted Sep. 24, 2013 5:04P
GRD Law '85
Hillman, Bret

Bret Hillman J.D. '85 was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to a judgeship on the Tulare County Superior Court. Hillman has been partner in the firm Hillman and Lew in Tulare. 

submitted Mar. 16, 2010 4:43P
GRD Leavey/MBA '85
Harrison, Brian

Brian Harrison MBA '85 is president and CEO of Solyndra Inc., a manufacturer of cylindrical solar panels for commercial rooftops.

submitted Aug. 19, 2010 12:20P
Harney, Kevin

Kevin Harney '85 and Gina (Hornecker) Harney '87 live in Georgetown, Mass. Their eldest son, Michael, will be starting his freshman year at SCU this fall.

submitted Jun. 10, 2009 4:20P
GRD Law '85
Habbas, Omar

Omar Habbas J.D. ’85, the managing partner at Habbas & Associates law firm in San Jose, has been nominated for the 2012 San Jose Best of Business Award. Mr. Habbas earned this nomination through the outstanding legal prowess he demonstrated while representing clients in personal injury cases. 

As an attorney, Mr. Habbas has maintained a number of professional memberships. He is also selected for inclusion in SuperLawyers, a distinction held by an elite percentage of attorneys in the United States.
Mr. Habbas focuses on several legal practice areas. While his experience in personal injury includes birth injuries, dog bite injuries, drunk driving accidents, medical malpractice and other legal fields, he emphasizes serious personal injuries, auto accidents, pedestrian accidents, slip and fall accidents, and defective product accidents. Mr. Habbas is dedicated to offering his clients high-quality legal representation and spends his time volunteering as a court appointed arbitrator. 

submitted Jun. 29, 2012 2:09P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Goolkasian, Todd

Todd Goolkasian '85, president of Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group, received an award for outstanding civil engineer in community service from the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was awarded for his outstanding community service. Goolkasian has been and Fresno-based Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group have been serving the community professionally and personally for 25 years. He has proudly held numerous civic and professional organization positions such as: Director, California State University Fresno Civil Engineering Department Advisory Board, Scoutmaster, Boy Scout Troop 223, St. Anthony of Padua Church in Fresno, Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus Council 6092 in Fresno, President, American Council of Engineering Companies, San Joaquin Valley Chapter, President, American Society of Civil Engineers, Fresno Branch and as an Active Member of Structural Engineers Association of Northern California.


submitted Dec. 7, 2010 3:20P
UGRD Engineering '85
Goolkasian, Maureen (Orlando)

Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group, a structural engineering firm founded 10 years ago by Todd M. Goolkasian ’85 and Maureen (Orlando) Goolkasian ’85, has been awarded an Engineering Excellence Award by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for its design of the new Mountain Road 319 Bridge in Tulare County. Cornerstone was selected because of its successful use of Public Outreach and innovative construction methods. The award will be presented to Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group at the annual ACEC banquet to be held in Sacramento in February 2014.

submitted Jan. 22, 2014 12:17P
Gansert, Heidi

Heidi Gansert ’85 has joined the University of Nevada, Reno as special assistant to the president for external affairs. Said university president Marc Johnson, "Heidi will serve as a catalyst for opportunities and partnerships that will result in productive outcomes for Nevada. She will help connect the expertise of our faculty and resources of the University to result in solutions. The University's connection to economic development will be a priority, and Heidi has worked closely with economic development agencies throughout the state."

Gansert most recently was chief of staff to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval from January 2011 to September 2012. She served as an assemblywoman representing District 25 in the Nevada State Legislature from 2004 to 2010. Her time in the executive and legislative branches of state government included important roles related to education, economic development, workforce training, energy and business.
Gansert is the governor's appointee to the Legislative Committee to Evaluate Funding for Higher Education in 2012 and was a member of Nevada's Team to the National Governor's Association Policy Academy to Improve Performance Measures for Higher Education. As a legislator, Gansert served on the Committee to Study Capital Funding for Washoe County School District and the P-16 Committee to Study Education in Nevada. In 2005, she was named Freshman Legislator of the Year by the Las Vegas Review Journal and the Police Officers' Research Association. She received the Nicholas J. Horn Award from the Nevada State Medical Association and a Special Recognition Award from the Washoe County Medical Society in 2007. 
Prior to these roles, Gansert was an independent management consultant for medical practices and a resource planning engineer for Sierra Pacific Power Company in Reno and Louisville Gas and Electric in Louisville, Ky.
submitted Oct. 29, 2012 11:56A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Esquivel, Barbara (Esquivel)

Barbara Esquivel '85 has returned to Northern California and is living in Roseville having accepted the Assistant Vice President of Workers' Compensation Claims with York Risk Services Group. Barbara was most recently Claims Manager at Keenan & Associates in Torrance, Calif. Her daughter Courtney now lives in San Diego and works for Gallagher Bassett, and her son Nathan lives in Lakewood and works for New York & Co.

submitted Sep. 20, 2012 6:08P
Drummond, David

David Drummond ’85, Google’s chief legal officer, will speak at the SCU law school commencement on May 25. 

submitted May. 6, 2013 10:19P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Collins, Bob

Bob Collins '85 is celebrating the grand opening of a new branch of his Italian restaurant Pasta Market in San Jose's MarketCenter.

submitted Sep. 1, 2010 3:45P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '85
Canelo, Christine

Christine Canelo ’80, M.A. ’85 is working as a marriage and family therapist at Kaiser Permanente Adult Psychiatry in Campbell, Calif.

submitted May. 3, 2012 3:06P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Brion MD, Gordon

Gordon Brion ’85 writes: “I always think of the great experience I had at SCU. It gave me the option in life to pursue a near life-long dream. Specifically, a path to becoming a physician. I never take that for granted. It is a remarkable honor that people trust me with their actual lives at times. Also, my patients have helped me over the years, and that was an unforeseen and unexpected benefit. I am grateful to have been in such an inspirational environment and met such great friends along the way. It made me think big.”

Contact Gordon
submitted May. 21, 2012 1:46A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Bowlby, David

David Bowlby ‘85 is the chairman of the Alamo Municipal Advisory Council, an advisory body formed last year that gives recommendations to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and planning agency on issues that affect Alamo. He's also a current member and Chair-elect of the Contra Costa Council Board of Directors, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the ÿDe Marillac Academyÿ, a nonprofit school for underprivileged kids in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood. He founded and directs the Bowlby Group, an advocacy firm in 2005 to provide consulting for communications and messaging, crisis management and community outreach issues. Clients include Safeway and California State University, East Bay. Bowlby has an economics degree from SCU and previously had a career in real estate.ÿ For two years he was a congressional aide for current U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Affairs Ellen Tauscher, whom he says remains one of his closest friends.

submitted Dec. 8, 2010 1:30P
Bloomfield, Ellyn

Ellyn Bloomfield MBA '85 has been appointed Registrar at Lincoln Law School of San Jose. Lincoln Law School is an evening law program in downtown San Jose. Previously she was employed in the lending and mortgage industry.

submitted May. 15, 2009 10:56A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Blach, Michael

Mike Blach '85 reports that his company, Blach Construction, was ranked #1 in the "Best Places to Work" in the Greater Bay Area in the Large Company category (100-499 employees) by the San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal and the San Francisco Business Times.

submitted Dec. 2, 2010 7:17P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Bewley, Andrew

Andrew Bewley '85 has picked up stakes and moved to Tennessee, where he will be taking a position as Director of Sales for the Compass Efficient Model Portfolios, an institutional and retail asset manager. He and his wife are expecting their first child together, and seventh overall, in December. They reside in the Chattanooga area, where Andrew's oldest son is a junior at the University of Tennessee campus, and only two hours from the University of Alabama where his second son has just started.

Contact Andrew
submitted Sep. 1, 2010 9:35A
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