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Tabitha Kappeler-Hurley ’05 is the new communications coordinator for Palo Alto Unified School District . The former public information officer of the Santa Clara Unified School District had been an English teacher and vice principal at Santa Clara's Wilcox High School before moving into the district's public information role in 2004, where she also directed career-technical education and a program to promote female participation in math and science.
Kappeler-Hurley, who grew up in the southern California agricultural town of Brawley, holds degrees from San Jose State University and earned a credential in educational administration from Santa Clara University.
Holly Kearl ’05 recently led a discussion about sexual harassment, at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Kearl is the author of Stop Street Harassment: Making Public Places Safe and Welcoming for Women and co-author of a national report on sexual harassment in grades 7 through 12, Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School. She founded Stop Street Harassment in 2008 and since 2007 has worked full time for AAUW, where she manages programs that address issues such as sexual harassment and assault, and workplace discrimination.
Fairfield resident Lindsay Horvath J.D. ’05 has been retained as a broker associate at Intero Real Estate Services in Vacaville. Horvath brings a stellar education to her new position, including an undergraduate degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a law degree from Santa Clara University. After passing the bar exam, she worked as a deputy district attorney over a period of about seven years in Riverside, Solano and Napa counties.
She says she changed careers because she has had a longstanding interest in real estate. "I've always had a passion for it, and I genuinely care about the housing needs of people. The opportunity presented itself, so I went for it."
Matt Hatzke '07, former San Jose Earthquakes soccer player, recently wrote an editorial for Outsports. "My life hasn't been the same," he writes, since coming out to family and friends in 2013, "as I have found happiness like I couldn't understand before. I finally felt my life finding completion...I finally felt comfortable in my own skin."
Michelle Montez Fisher J.D. ’99 was elected as a board member of Storyteller Children’s Center, a preschool for homeless and at-risk children in Santa Barbara.
Fisher has practiced municipal law for 12 years, working as an assistant city attorney for the City of Santa Barbara City Attorney’s Office. Fisher provided legal advice to the human resources, police, library, and code enforcement departments. She is a Junior League sustainer and recently assisted in the formation of the Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation, a non-profit corporation seeking to raise funds for the Santa Barbara public libraries. Fisher has served as a board member of the Junior League of Santa Barbara, and is a past president of both the Tri-Counties Local Government Lawyers Association and the Barristers’ Club of Santa Barbara.
She and her husband have three children.
Emily Elrod ’05, MA ’14 and Rene Cardenas ’04 on July 9, 2011 at Santa Catalina School in Monterey. They were married by English professor Theodore Rynes, S.J. Alumni in attendance included maid of honor Lisa Catalano ’08, matron of honor Diana (DeRego) Wells ’03, bridesmaid Elizabeth Foley ’06, groomsman Marshall Mort ’05, and parents of the bride Lawrence Elrod ’71, MBA ’77 and Annette Elrod ’73. Additional Broncos in attendance were the bride's godparents James Foley ’68, MSCE ’70 and Susie Foley ’70; Gina Catalano ’10; Phil Catalano ’73, MBA ’75; Dennis Garvey ’75; Alexandria Kavalaris ’07, JD ’10; Anahita Razmazma ’05; Claire (Romero) Shaw ’05, MA ’11; Arun Delacroix ’09; and Ken Wells ’05, MSEE ’07. SCU faculty and staff who attended include Terry Beers, Russ Morris, and former staff Lisa Taggart. Emily recently completed a graduate degree in history and is in SCU’s MATTC program. Rene received his MBA and works in finance. The newlyweds make their home in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose.
Henry Dill '79 is the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California’s new chairman of the board. His focus will be to continue to make the membership and the industry aware that GSA is an incredible resource to assist them in navigating through the changing business climate facing the agriculture industry. With the challenges facing the industry, right now most notably water and labor, the GSA can offer insight on how to tackle many of these issues. In addition, Dill said “I think more focus can be given to encouraging the next generation that the farming industry is a great profession and can be hard work, but is very rewarding. The challenge is getting mentors to teach and get the students some hands-on experience in the form of internships, whether it be in production, food safety or sales.”
Josephine Breen writes "three graduate sons, two graduate daughters-in-law, one new sophomore granddaughter, Mary Rielly."
William Barton MBA ’73 has been appointed to the state's 14th District Agricultural Association, Santa Cruz County Fair Board of Directors, by Gov. Jerry Brown ’59. These positions don't not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. William Barton, 70, of Aptos, previously held several positions at Granite Construction Inc., served as a controller at Spectra-Flux Inc., and as a price estimating and budget coordinator at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company.
The Redding, California, law firm of Barr and Mudford has announced the addition of Catie Barr '10, J.D. '13 to its roster of attorneys.
Brian Back J.D. ’77, 62, of Camarillo, has been appointed by Gov. Gerry Brown ’59 to the State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Back has been a Ventura County Superior Court judge since 1998. Back was an attorney with Arnold Back Mathews Wojkowski and Zirbel LLP from 1990 to 1997, Arnold and Back from 1989 to 1990 and Nordman Cormany Hair and Compton LLP from 1977 to 1989. He earned a Master of Arts degree in government from Claremont Graduate School and a Juris Doctorate degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Back is a Republican.
William J. Adams '37, has been unanimously elected by the Board of Governors as an Honorary Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In making the announcement, ASME praised Adams "for a lifetime of professional service resulting in distinctive accomplishments that have contributed not only to the advancement of the profession but especially to the well-being of people served by this important vocation." Formal presentation of the award will take place at the Honors Assembly November 15, 2010, during the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition in Vancouver, British Columbia. An avid Bronco, Bill has been a tireless supporter of the Alumni Association. He is an Honorary Member of the Engineering Alumni Board and was among the first recipients of the School of Engineering's Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award in 1991. His enthusiasm for advancing the mission of the University and the field of mechanical engineering, coupled with his keen intellect and generosity of spirit are inspirational to faculty, staff, and students, alike.
Andy Ackerman ’78 is an executive producer for NBC’s Whitney, which the network gave a full-season order after the show’s success this fall.
Whitney, starring standup comedian Whitney Cummings as an unmarried woman living with her boyfriend, has performed well at 9:30 p.m. Thursday following The Office. In its two airings, the show has held steady by averaging a 2.9/7, with 6.1 million total viewers.