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Allie Marie Smith '06, founder of "Wonderfully Made," developed the first mobile app designed to help women and girls have a positive body image: Body Beautiful™, which has already charted as a top paid app in the Health and Fitness category, features inspirational quotes, media articles, videos and tools to help users cultivate a positive self-image and fight body dissatisfaction. The app hosts a growing collection of quotes from celebrities, athletes, self-esteem experts and authors such as Tyra Banks, Demi Moore, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and even Ben Stiller’s character in the movie Zoolander. Body Beautiful’s unique photo-stamp feature allows users to encourage a friend by imprinting an inspiring quote or phrase on a photo of her.
Hilary Ruth Sledge J.D. ’06 and Lateef A. Sarnor were married Nov. 1 in Sonoma, Calif. Judge Denise Page Hood of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan officiated, with her husband, the Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III, a minister of Plymouth United Church of Christ, taking part.
Patrick Semansky '06, a professional photographer who has covered events ranging from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, has been hired by The Associated Press as a staff photographer in the Baltimore bureau. Semansky started his career as a freelance photographer with the AP in New Orleans in 2006. He later was hired as a temporary AP staffer based in that city. He was an integral member of a team of AP journalists covering the 2010 Gulf oil spill. "Patrick will help the AP bolster its already-strong photo report for members in the region," said John Pain, the AP's Mid-Atlantic chief of bureau. "He will provide the compelling coverage of news and sports that our members find essential and can rely on."
Mateja Schuck '06 has begun her first year in the Linguistics Ph.D program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She plans to conduct research on the cognitive parallels of music and language, and the use of music in second language acquisition systems.
Jennifer Sbicca ’06 and Joshua Sbicca ’05 are thrilled to be returning to Santa Clara this summer. Jennifer will graduate from University of Florida College of Medicine this May and start an internal medicine residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center for one year. Joshua will be performing research for his Ph.D. in sociology throughout California. In the summer of 2013, they will move to Los Angeles so Jennifer can begin a three-year dermatology residency at the University of Southern California.
Lindsey Hart ’06 and Jonathan Saxon on Oct. 27, 2012. The wedding party included SCU alumni Katie Reedy ’06, Kendall Craver ’06, Claire Bickenbach ’06, and Chrissie (Moreno) Smith ’05. Also in attendance were Maggie (Kaufman) Coffey ’07, Marisa (Randazzo) Fillmon ’06, Drew Gulick ’06, Francesca (Zanfini) Koscielak ’06, Brian Koscielak ’06, Varant Ovanessoff ’06, Alex Rhodes ’06, Blake Twisselman ’05, and Michael Vincent ’06. The couple lives in Chicago, Ill.
Tara Rolle, MA education '06, is assistant principal and director of admissions at Moreau Catholic High School, a college preparatory School in the Holy Cross Tradition. She is in her third year of service at MCHS. In addition to serving as an educational administrator, Tara is in her second year of work on her doctorate in educational leadership, administration and policy at Pepperdine University. Tara lives in Campbell, Calif.
Michelle Rodriguez '06 married Antonio Flores in Redwood City, Calif. on Oct. 19, 2013. The wedding party included Jessica Clee '06; Denise Carrillo '05; Kyra Hanson '05; Paulina Lomeli '04; Viviana Montoya-Hernandez '04, M.A. '07; SCU Assistant Dean of Finance & Administration Elizabeth Barron Silva '01, M.A. '12; and Ruben Silva '01, MBA '07. Guests included: Victoria Duran '07; Susana Fernandez '05; Alejandra Hermosillo '05; Maria Patricia C. Miranda '06; Vanessa Blanco Otto '04, MA '08; Eric Otto MA '08; Manuel Perez '04; Jessica Ponce '07; Agustin Torres, Jr. MBA '10; and Danny Zepeda '05. The couple enjoyed their honeymoon in Punta Cana and is currently residing in San Carlos, Calif.
In May, Alicia Rice ’06 was a special guest performer in Aquamania: A Blast from the Past, a water ballet integrating elements of swimming, dance, and gymnastics. The performance was presented by the Santa Clara Aquamaids, the most decorated synchronized swimming club in the world; it's produced more USA Olympic Synchronized Swimmers than any other club since synchronized swimming became an Olympic sport in 1952. Rice, who left Arizona at age 16 to train with the Aquamaids in 2000, is an Olympian who graduated from Santa Clara University with cum laude honors. She was a performer in La Reve at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort from 2007-2012 and recently returned to the Aquamaids to assist with choreography and artistic development.
Katrina Welch '06 married Matthew Reardon '06 on September 3rd, 2011 at Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo, Washington. The wedding party included SCU alumni Michelle Rhoney '06, Anita (Ellias) Phillips '06, and Colin Wood '06. Other Broncos in attendance were: Jamie Weaver '06, Christina Alexander '06, Jennifer Gottschalk '07, Diane Snodgrass '06, Trevin Phillips '06, Michelle (Evanson) Sweeney '06, Scott Sweeney '08, Tori Markey '06, Ross Nelson '06, Nick Dieringer '06, Reid Conte '06, Patrick Mower '06, Ross Matthews '05, Colleen Murphy '05 and Alex Tosti '08 who was also the couple's wedding photographer. The newlyweds are currently living in Newport Beach, California.
http://www.chrystabelphotography.com or http://chrystabelphotography.com/blog/
Marc Rasmussen ’06 married Laura Faulkner May 27, 2012, at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla. Rasmussen leads business analyses and research at Forward Management in San Francisco. This fall he will begin an MBA program at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.
Scott Potter '06 and Stephanie Blocker Potter '06 welcomed their first child, daughter Savannah Grace, on March 18, 2012. She was 6 pounds, 9 ounces. The family lives in Lake Charles, LA.
Mike Pienovi ’06 and his wife, Kate, have recently moved to Shanghai, China, where Mike is pursuing a carrer as a TI technical sales engineer. After receiving his electrical engineering and marketing bachelor's degrees from Santa Clara University, he has been working to support TI's American-based customers with design sites in China. His attempt to build a bridge between the American and Chinese teams has lead both teams to new prospects, applying both the business and technical asepcts tothe job.
Artical online: http://e2e.ti.com/blogs_/b/aroundti/archive/2013/01/17/one-to-watch-shanghai-based-technical-sales-representative-mike-pienovi.aspx
Yoana Picazo ’06 writes, "My family welcomed lovely baby boy Noel on Dec. 26, 2013 in Kentucky. He weighed 10 lbs. 8 oz. and was 22 inches long!!!"
Freshman Dorm: Dunne
Anita L. Ellias '06 married Trevin J. Phillips '06 in Somis, CA on July 24, 2010. Toby Hardman '06, Broderick Smith '06, Vince Castro '06, Jennifer Gottschalk '08, Katrina Welch '06, Michelle Rhoney '06, and Diane Snodgrass '06 were all in the wedding party. Other Broncos in attendance: Melissa Diamond '06, Holly (Honnen) Smith '06, Christina Alexander '06, Alex Tosti '08, Michael Haro '05, Greg Berber '05, Vinnie DiCarlo '05, Ryan Kunkle '05, and Spencer Rand '05. Anita currently works as a United States History teacher at Notre Dame Academy in Los Angeles, Calif., and Trevin works as a whole sale insurance broker in Los Angeles, Calif.
Freshman Dorm: Campisi
Following his tendency to drastically change his surroundings, after moving from San Jose to Santa Clara for his college years, Bob Pfahnl '06 has since trekked back to San Jose as a lifelong native of the region.
Katie (Roberts) Payer '06 recently moved to Denver with her husband. She started a position as the Vice President of Communications for the Young Americans Center for Financial Education (yacenter.org).
Arthur Obolsky '04 and Caitlyn Gilley Obolsky '06 welcomed their second child, Maya Charlotte Obolsky, on July 24, 2009. She joins older sister Isabelle Alana. Arthur received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in May 2009.
Arthur Obolsky '04 and Caitlyn Gilley Obolsky '06 welcomed their third child, a son named Adam Daniel Obolsky on May 19, 2011. His big sisters Isabelle and Maya are smitten. The family recently relocated from San Diego to Berkeley, and maintain a thriving law practice in both Tax Disputes and Consumer Protection laws. Their websites are bayarealemonlawyer.com and obolskytaxlaw.com
Travis Niesen '06 is a police officer with the City of Santa Clara.
Kevin Morris MBA ’06 writes, "Married to Helen and have two amazing kids: Kieran and Isla. We moved to Austin in 2011 after 12 years in the Bay Area. We are enjoying life in the Lone Star State and are continuing to get used to the heat!"
Maria Patricia Miranda '06 graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in June 13, 2010 and is in her first year of residency in Internal Medicine program at the University of Massachusetts. She currently resides outside of Boston.