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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.
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.
Nick Buccola '01 accepted a tenure track appointment in the Department of Political Science at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.
Nicholas Buccola '01, associate professor of political science at Linfield College, received the Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award, which recognizes a faculty member who has made an outstanding contribution to the life of the college that extends beyond his or her regular duties. Buccola earned an Enduring Questions grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, recognizing the innovative design for his course, What is Freedom? This past year, Buccola has published or had accepted for publication nine separate works, and he currently has two book contracts. He coordinates the successful Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice, which has brought a wide range of world-class scholars to Linfield and provided a forum for discussion for faculty, students and the McMinnville community.
Freshman Dorm: Day Student/Off Campus
Roy Brooks '01 was recently accepted for Fall 2011 entrance into the Ph.D. studies program in Theatre History and Criticism at the University of Georgia. He plans to study and write about the intersections of philosophy and performance--especially as they relate to identity, spirituality, and the human person.
Freshman Dorm: Graham 200
Dominic Boitano '01 and Courtney Daniels '03 were wed in Carmel, Calif., on May 14, 2011. Dominic is working in Irvine for a real estate pension fund advisor and development company. He has advised clients on real estate transactions valued in excess of $5 billion. Courtney received her doctorate in Occupational Therapy from USC and is working with special needs children in the Hermosa Beach School District.
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.
Eric Ballatore '01 and Rosario Lopez Ballatore '01 welcomed their first child, a baby boy, Giovanni on April 25th, 2010. The family lives in Valley Ford, California.
Freshman Dorm: Campisi
Mark Babula '01 writes: "I married Shawna (O'Day) in 2005 and we have a daughter and a son. I earned my doctorate in psychology 2007 and now work as a psychologist in Ohio."
Carrie (Fuller) Asprinio ’01 and husband Jim Asprinio welcomed their second son, Kyler Max, on March 5, 2013. He joins brother Braylen, 2. Proud Grandpa and SCU alumnus Jerry Fuller ’74 couldn’t be happier. The family lives in Seattle, Wash.
Jaime (Novotny) Allen '01 is the director of education at Humane Society Silicon Valley in Milpitas. She and husband, Ron, have no children but are filling their lives (naturally) with a multitude of pets. Minky, Bouncer, Miss Emily, and Munchkin complete their family. They live in San Jose.
Katie (Barlag) Ackerman '01 and husband Brian welcomed their second daughter, Adeline Paige, on December 3, 2009. Addie joins her big sister, Gracie, 4. The family lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Matthew Zilli ’02 was newly appointed Vice President of Marketing at LineStream Technologies. Recent leadership positions he has held include head of sales and marketing at VideoGenie; and product and business development manager at Rovi Corp (formerly Macrovision).
Jimmy Williams ’02 is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland. He writes on the Santa Clara University blog, "I have been working on an approach to identify concrete signatures of the Majorana particle. In some sense, the work I participated in with Professor Betty Young doing research for the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) looking for exotic particles has come full circle. It’s a great job! I have a big lab and a bunch of money to do whatever physics I want. It doesn’t get any better than that."
Jeannine Torres '02 has completed her MBA at NYU's Stern School of Business where she was a Consortium Fellow. She has also begun her studies at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government where she is pursuing her MPA in public policy.
Stephen Tonna '01 and Margery (Blain) Tonna '02 welcomed a baby boy, Joshua, to the world on February 23, 2010. The family resides in Willow Glen, and Joshua's proud parents both work in marketing at Apple Inc. in Cupertino.
Steffan Tomlinson MBA ’02 was named chief financial officer of Palo Alto Networks, a Santa Clara based network security company known for its Next Generation Firewalls.
From 2005 to 2011, Tomlinson served as CFO of Aruba Networks, playing a key role in the company’s Initial Public Offering, something attractive to Palo Alto Networks as the company moves closer to an IPO.
From 2000 to 2005, Tomlinson served multiple roles including CFO of Peribit Networks, a WAN optimization technology company acquired by Juniper Networks in 2005 in a deal valued at approximately $337 million. He earned an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BA from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
Andrew Thompson '03 and Beth (Livingston) Thompson '02 welcomed their daughter Alice Eliza Joy on August 21, 2012. Alice joins big brothers Henry and Timothy. The family lives in San Jose.