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Foster, Steven

Steven Foster '84 was named partner at Altira Group LLC.

submitted Jul. 27, 2010 11:00A
Eichten, Chuck

Chuck Eichten '84 wrote, illustrated and designed The Book of Better: Life With Diabetes Can't Be Perfect, Make It Better (Random House, U.S.; Harper Collins, Canada), leveraging skills honed working the late shift at The Santa Clara.

The Book distills all the idiotic things and all the smart things Chuck did over 30 years living with diabetes into a collection of ways to make life with the condition BETTER. Until Jon Stewart or Oprah discovers The Book, Chuck is a creative director at Nike, Inc and lives with his wife Michelle (Imhof) '87, and beautiful kids Matthew, Eiley, and Violet in Portland, Ore.

submitted Feb. 5, 2012 12:48P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '84
Dowling, Kevin

Kevin Dowling '84 is a candidate for Alameda County Supervisor in June 2010. He is a lifelong Alameda County resident and has served on the Hayward City Council for 11 years.

Contact Kevin
submitted Sep. 22, 2009 3:15P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '84
Dowling, Kevin

Kevin Dowling '84 is working at UC Hastings College of Law as a Director of Development in their Alumni Center.

submitted Sep. 15, 2011 12:00P
GRD Leavey/MBA '84
Douglas, Tom

Tom Douglas MBA ’84 has joined the executive team at AM General as senior VP, Business Development and Strategy. AM General designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for commercial and military customers. In his role, Douglas will be responsible for the oversight and strategic direction of the company's international and domestic military business development and program management. He will be located in AM General's Washington, D.C., office.

Douglas has more than 32 years of extensive experience in business development with heavy emphasis on international markets within the defense industry. He comes to AM General from DRS Technologies, where he held the position of Corporate Vice President, Integration and International Business Development. Prior to DRS he held key leadership positions at Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin.
A 1975 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Douglas holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University. Douglas and his wife Judy reside in Annapolis, Maryland.
submitted May. 3, 2012 9:17A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '84
DiSano, Michael

Mike DiSano '84 married Noelle Concepcion on June 22, 2014 at the Palm Event Center in Pleasanton, Calif.

submitted Jun. 13, 2014 4:05P
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Dillon, Denis

Denis Dillon ’84 and Hilary ’86 live in San Anselmo, Calif. with their children Patrick & Megan. Hilary works for Trainos Commercial Construction and Denis is Vice President Finanace & Controller at Norcal Mutual Insurance Co.

submitted May. 16, 2011 11:19A
GRD Law '84
Dillon, Michael

Michael Dillon J.D. 84 was appointed general counsel of Adobe Systems Incorporated. Dillon comes to the company with 25 years of corporate legal experience, much of it in the technology industry. Before signing on with Adobe, he was general counsel at Silver Spring Networks, a networking solutions provider. He also spent 14 years in the legal department of Sun Microsystems, including a stint as general counsel, prior to its acquisition by Oracle Corporation. He took a few years’ break from Sun to serve ONI Systems Corp., an optical networking company, as it was being launched.

submitted Sep. 2, 2012 6:33P
Dessau, Peter

Peter V. Dessau ’84, J.D. ’88, a partner at Miller, Morton, Caillat & Nevis LLP,  has been appointed to the board of directors of the Housing Industry Foundation (HIF). 

HIF’s mission is to assist individuals and families in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties in remaining in or returning to stable housing, while supporting efforts to identify long-term solutions to the lack of affordable housing in these communities. Through collaboration with emergency service organizations, the organization funds emergency housing grants that provide an immediate bridge to keep individuals and families in their homes. HIF also completes renovations to non-profit housing facilities and transitional living facilities.
“Adequate shelter is such a basic need, and one that can often be taken for granted. It’s incredibly fulfilling for me to be able to provide my expertise in support of the great work that HIF is doing in the communities that so many of our attorneys and clients work and live,” said Dessau.
HIF’s board of directors is responsible for providing all operational funding so that 100 percent of fundraising contributions go directly to the organization’s programs. The Board further extends the organization’s community reach by gaining the support of industry leaders who can leverage their resources, funding and skills to complete renovation projects.
With 26 years of experience in construction law, Dessau’s practice focuses on litigation involving construction defects and other issues. Regularly advising clients out of both the firm’s San Jose and Newport Beach offices, he represents developers, builders and contractors in payment disputes and defends and prosecutes delay and impact claims against private owners, contractors and public entities. Dessau’s experience also includes providing counsel to members of the industry on risk management techniques to avoid litigation.
In addition to his involvement with HIF, Dessau is a member of the State Bar of California, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the Tri-County Apartment Association. A frequent author and speaker on various construction law topics, he has served as a guest lecturer at his alma mater (1988), Santa Clara University School of Law. In addition to his J.D., Dessau earned his B.A. from Santa Clara University (1984).
submitted May. 4, 2014 12:55P
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Clerkin, Patty (Huld)

Patty Clerkin '84 writes, "We have relocated to the suburbs of Philadelphia for a spouse job transfer. My children, Chris and Rochelle, will attend Catholic schools in Wayne. My son will be a freshman at Archbishop Carroll High and my daughter will enter 7th grade at St. Katharine's. It appears almost 150 alumni live nearby!"

submitted Jul. 7, 2015 6:46P
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Claudon, Franci

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Franci Claudon ’84 writes, "I am in the midst of pursuing my true calling as an artist. I am a possibility provocateur. I am a Silicon Valley cubicle refugee. I have set the naysayers and fears aside and am pursuing my art as my vocation, profession and life. I am in the midst of that pursuit and I have no crystal ball telling me where this path leads and I've never been happier. I have made lifestyle trade-offs, I smile politely at those who echo the 'starving artist' refrain, and I continue to believe in this possibility for myself."

Contact Franci
submitted Aug. 14, 2014 12:04P
Chew, Lewis

Lewis Chew '84 was elected to the Board of Directors at PG&E Corporation, as well as the Board of its subsidiary, Pacific Gas and Electric Company on September 16.  Chew, 46, is Senior Vice President, Finance, and Chief Financial Officer of National Semiconductor Corporation in Santa Clara.  Chew joined National Semiconductor in 1997 as Director of Internal Audit and was named Vice President and Controller in 1998.  Prior to joining the company, he was partner and CPA with KPMG, LLP in San Jose.

submitted Nov. 16, 2009 2:47P
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Chew, Lewis

Lewis Chew '84 was appointed executive vice president and CFO of Dolby Laboratories (effective June 4, 2012). Chew comes to Dolby with decades of financial management experience. From 2001 to 2011, he served as senior vice president of finance and CFO of National Semiconductor.

Chew has been recognized five times as one of America’s best CFOs by Institutional Investor magazine in its annual ranking. In 2009, Chew was a finalist for Bay Area CFO of the Year; and in 2002, Treasury and Risk Management magazine named him as one of the nation’s top 40 finance executives under the age of 40.

submitted Apr. 1, 2012 11:33A
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Caras, Mary Rose (Colonna)

Mary Rose (Colonna) Caras '84 has been appointed to the California State Board of Accountancy, Enforcement Advisory Committee.

submitted Mar. 29, 2010 1:26P
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Brown, Tim

Tim Brown '84 is a Vice President at Aon Consulting. He manages Radford's Global Technology Survey for compensation professionals in the high technology industry. He's also an adjunct Professor at SJSU teaching Compensation and Rewards within the Management department. He lives in Los Altos with his wife Darla and son Adam.

submitted Jan. 24, 2010 7:30P
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Brown, Timothy

Tim Brown ’84 received a promotion to partner at AonHewitt, where he leads Radford's Global Technology Survey operation. Brown is also an adjunct at San Jose State University teaching a course about Compensation and Rewards to Human Resources Management majors.

submitted Aug. 3, 2014 2:33P
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Brennan, Anne

Anne Brennan ’84, a new addition to Chinook Medical Gear, a leading supplier of (custom medical solutions, will oversee sales and marketing strategy for Chinook Medical Gea.

Brennan is a seasoned sales and marketing executive with more than 28 years of experience, ranging from diverse industries such as cable television, education, hotel, and affiliate promotional campaigns. She will oversee all sales and marketing activities for Chinook, including developing strategies for effective business retention, assisting with new product development, and launches.

“As we head into a pivotal year for growth and development, we are thrilled to have Anne join our team” said Jessica Denison, COO for Chinook. “She is a top-notch sales executive with a proven track record for managing complex sales cycles and building the strong relationships necessary for successful sales results.”

A graduate of Santa Clara University in California with a B.S. in marketing, Brennan will be based at Chinook’s headquarters in Durango, Colo., where she has lived for the past ten years.

A former Chicago resident, Brennan served for five years as regional VP at AMC Networks in Chicago, where she increased network penetration by 40 percent and exceeded sales goals by 50 percent for three consecutive years.

Chinook specializes in supplying government agencies, military units, and corporations with the latest technology in medical containers, modules, supplies and kits.

submitted Jan. 12, 2012 1:55A
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Brennan, Anne

Anne Brennan ’84 joined Chinook Medical Gear, a provider of custom medical solutions and field medical supplies for military, government, law enforcement and emergency medical services, as the company’s sales and marketing director.

Brennan brings more than 28 years of experience to her new role, ranging from industries such as cable television, education, hotel, and affiliate promotional campaigns. She will oversee all sales and marketing activities for Chinook, including developing strategies for effective business retention, assisting with new-product development, and launches.

She graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in marketing. Brennan will be based at Chinook’s headquarters in Durango, where she has lived for the last 10 years.

submitted Jan. 22, 2012 9:56A
GRD Leavey/MBA '84
Bauer, Kevin

Kevin S. Bauer MBA '84 has been appointed CFO of Exar Corporation.  Bauer, serving Exar as vice president as well, is responsible for finance, accounting, treasury, tax and investor relations functions.  Prior to his appointment as vice president, finance and corporate controller, Bauer was Exar’s director, corporate controller and before that was the company’s operations controller. Previously, he was with WaferTech LLC for four years as operations controller. Bauer has been at Exar for more than eight years.  

submitted Oct. 21, 2009 4:29P
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Barres, Spyros

Spyros Barres '84 beat out nearly 2,000 runners in the inaugural Citizens Bank Newport Pell Bridge Run on Nov. 13 in Rhode Island. Barres, 48, finished the 4.2-mile race in 22 minutes, 32 seconds. He was 35 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Barres, who has lived in Mystic, Rhode Island since 1984, is a real estate investor and manages apartment buildings. He played soccer and ran track at SCU. “Soccer and running have always been my passion,” Barres said in an interview with the Mystic River Press. “Just before I turned 40 I came down with Crohn’s Disease (an immune disorder affecting the digestive system). I wasn’t able to run much for almost 10 years, but did play soccer. I had surgery last year and have been asymptomatic ever since. I’ve done some road and trail races and half-marathons. For me, it’s a new life.”

submitted Nov. 21, 2011 6:24P
GRD Law '84
Alvarez, Sylvia
Sylvia Alvarez J.D. '84, a 43-year resident of the Evergreen District of San Jose and an Evergreen School Board trustee, has been named Woman of the Year for the 13th Senate District. State Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-San Jose, presented the award to Alvarez, who is president of the school board. Alvarez taught school for 26 years and earned a law degree from Santa Clara University while working full-time as a teacher. She is also a member of the Evergreen Roundtable for San Jose City Council District 8.
submitted Feb. 28, 2012 6:48P
Martig, Rick

Rick Martig '84 was appointed CFO of Nexenta Systems. Most recently, Martig served as the vice president of File & Content at Hitachi Data Systems, following the company's acquisition of BlueArc in September 2011.

Martig has 26 years of senior leadership, finance, and accounting experience in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Nexenta Systems, Martig served as BlueArc's chief financial officer where he managed the finance, human resources, and IT departments. Prior to BlueArc, Martig was CFO at Genesis Microchip, and he spent 12 years at Xilinx, where he was responsible for managing a global organization of 80+ in Asia, Europe, and California. 

submitted Oct. 28, 2012 6:56P


GRD Engineering '85
Wong, Frankie

Frankie Wong M.S. ’85 joined Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione in Chicago as a patent agent with particular focus on patent prosecution in wireless and network communications and the computer arts. Before joining Brinks, Wong prosecuted more than 230 patent applications in the areas of 3G and 4G wired and wireless communication systems. He began his career as a design engineer, working for CTT Inc., Microsource Inc./Gigatronics and Nexyn Corp., in the Silicon Valley. He also worked as a patent engineer for Patent Planet, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc. and as a patent agent at McAndrews, Held & Malloy.

submitted May. 29, 2012 6:06P
UGRD Engineering '85
Wehr, Michael

Michael C. Wehr '85 was promoted to the rank of major general by the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at a ceremony in January. Last September, Wehr received his second star at his alma mater, where his career began in the ROTC program.

"It feels great to come back to the place and people who shaped me at an early age for the career that led to this day," he said. His parents, Art and Margaret Wehr, had the honor of participating in the ceremony, while his Santa Clara sweetheart, Deborah Kalisz Wehr ’84, stood by his side.

Among other highlights, his career has included four combat tours, most recent serving as the Theater Engineer for Afghanistan. As a two-star general, Wehr is now in command of the Mississippi Valley Division in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he is responsible for a $2 billion civil works program and plays a vital role in managing the Corps' water resources program in the Mississippi River Valley. To give you some perspective on the scope of his assignment, this division encompasses the third largest watershed in the world—trailing only the Amazon and Congo Rivers in size—and is the most navigable and most connected to arable land on Earth.
Less than 50 percent of one-star generals earn their second star. Leading the ceremony, Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick cited Wehr's compassion, decisiveness, work ethic, and engineering prowess that, coupled with a calm, strong leadership style makes him one of the Army's best.

Responding humbly, Wehr said, "It takes a lot of little things to make something big happen. It's a real honor to celebrate this moment here at Santa Clara. It is a gift to get to lead. It's about living, learning, loving, and leaving a legacy—carrying a torch, but thanking those who handed it to me and those who will receive it. "Wehr also recognized the incredible importance of mentoring, specifically thanking his Santa Clara ROTC professor of military science, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Robert E. Camors.

submitted Feb. 1, 2015 2:53P
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