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Freshman Dorm: Campisi
Lauren Renfort ’03 married Chris Alberts on June 18, 2011, at Cordevalle Resort in San Martin, Calif. Also in attendance were fellow SCU alums Hadyn Renfort ’07 (Groomsman), Lane Renfort ’12 (Groomsman), Barbara (Dieckman) Orellana '03 (Bridesmaid), Janice (Yee) Swearingen ’03, M.A. ’06 (Bridesmaid), Julie Angelo ’09 (Bridesmaid), Christian Pfrommer ’03, Michael Maclaren ’03, Heather (Stark) Rainusso ’03, Lindsay Gray ’12, Jason Mueller ’07, Adam Suleman ’07, Andrew Swearingen ’03, M.S. '07, and Carlos Orellana ’01.
Freshman Dorm: Graham 100
Nicki (Pichel) Nabasny ’03 writes that she and Mike Nabasny '03 moved to Chicago in July 2011. Nicki is currently the director of external relations at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and Mike is director of sales, Midwest at Wildfire, a division of Google. They have a daughter, Mia, born Dec. 30, 2011, and are expecting their second child in August 2013.
Michelle Cwirko-Godycki '03 is the new associate director, Marketing & Communications for Alumni Relations. In this role, Michelle will oversee all marketing, communications, social media, and career networking strategies for Alumni Association programs, events and services.
Former NCAA All-American and two-time Major League Soccer (MLS) Champion Ryan Cochrane ’03 has been named assistant men's soccer coach at Santa Clara. Cochrane capped off an outstanding collegiate career at SCU by helping the Broncos reach the 2003 NCAA College Cup Final Four. He went on to enjoy nine-years playing professional soccer, which included winning a pair of MLS titles with the Houston Dynamo.
"There is no doubt Ryan is going to help this program grow and become better," said Santa Clara men's soccer head coach and Bronco Hall of Famer Cameron Rast. "First and foremost, his background as a player is exceptional. He just finished up his professional career and was already transitioning into coaching, so it's a natural fit."
A native of Portland, Ore., Cochrane became one of the most accomplished players in school history during his three years on SCU's Mission Campus (2001-03). Cochrane started every game he was available for, serving as the team's central defender. He earned Soccer America Freshman All-America honors in 2001 and All-America Honorable Mention recognition in 2002.
In 2003, Cochrane anchored a Bronco defense that posted 12 shutouts, went 16-4-4, won the West Coast Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA College Cup Final Four in Columbus, Ohio. He was named an NSCAA/adidas Second Team All-American in 2003 and a M.A.C. Hermann Trophy semifinalist.
More recent, during his last two years playing professionally, Cochrane served as an assistant coach at the collegiate level with San Antonio's Trinity University in 2012 and at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. in 2011.
Steve Braccini '99, J.D. '03 and his wife, Teresa, welcomed their first child into the world on March 20, 2012, a son—Angelo Antonio Braccini. The family resides in the Willow Glen area of San Jose. Steve is a trust and estate litigator with Hopkins & Carley, APLC in the firm's San Jose and Palo Alto offices.
Kristin (Love) Boscia ’03, J.D. '08 and Chris Boscia J.D. ’08, welcomed their second child, Evelyn Love Boscia on July 26, 2013. Big sister, Kate, is delighted.
Gina Policastri ’00, J.D. ’03 is a partner at Lonich & Patton, LLP in San Jose. She is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Family Law Specialist. She and her husband welcomed a baby girl, Bianca, in 2011. The family lives in Willow Glen.
Oscar Silva '04 received his PhD in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics from UCLA. As a Medical Scientist Training Program participant, he will be returning to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA to complete his medical training.
Stephanie (Flint) Shaire '04, husband Michael Shaire and big brother Elliot welcomed baby Ethan on March 15, 2013. The family lives in Charlotte, NC.
In April 2013, Noelani Sallings '04 joined San Jose Jazz as director of business development. This organization has been around for more than a quarter of a century focusing on education, performance, and music.
Ashley Ritchie ’04, former opinion editor for her college newspaper at Santa Clara University, is an anchor at KMPH Fox 26, covering the Midwest. She received the 2005 Spot News Story of the Year from the Missouri Broadcaster's Association for her coverage of the Greg Norman murder trial. That same year, she also won first place for her investigative story on DWI checkpoints in Springfield. Ritchie's first children's book, Mr. Pickles Paints the Town, was released in March 2013.
Jacey Prupas ’01, J.D. ’04, an associate in the Reno office of Snell & Wilmer, has been appointed to the Nevada Board of Bar Examiners. Her three-year term began in April. She previously served as a Nevada Bar Exam Grader from 2006 to 2008.
Prupas focuses her practice in general commercial litigation. She has experience with all stages of litigation, including pretrial discovery, trial, appellate work and alternative dispute resolution. Prupas’ practice includes representing businesses in all types of contract disputes, complex tort actions and product liability matters. She also has extensive experience with personal injury actions, both for plaintiffs and defendants.
Prupas received both her undergraduate and law degrees from Santa Clara University. Also licensed in California, she is a member of the American Bar Association and the Northern Nevada Women’s Lawyer’s Association, for which she served as a board member from 2005 to 2011. She has been recognized for several years as a Nevada Super Lawyers Rising Star.
Evan McLean '05 and Kristen (Harada) McLean '04 welcomed a baby boy, Cooper, on April 12, 2013. The family lives in San Jose.
M. Ryan Hubbard '04 D.O. completed his residency in internal medicine at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara. He was the recipient of the Stanford University School of Medicine Gold Humanism in Medicine and Teaching Award. He will join the Daughters of Charity Health Foundation and work at O'Connor Hospital, where he did a health care ethics internship during his time at SCU.
In 2012 James Hatcher MBA '04 established consulting firm Core Strategies Co. Ltd. in Bangkok, Thailand and resides there. Core Strategies provides consulting services to clients with business in the Middle East and Asia.
Colin '04 and Laura Harter ’04—Addison Marie Harter on June 7, 2013. She lives with her big sister Charley and parents in San Francisco.
Ron Hansen M.A. ’95, M.Div. ’04 is this year’s recipient of the Evil Companions Award, which honors a writer who hails from the West or writes about it. Hansen is an Omaha native who teaches literature at Santa Clara University. He has earned numerous honors in his four decades as a novelist, essayist and short-story writer, including the status of creating one of the longer and more intriguing titles in contemporary fiction: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Meghan (Hanratty) Green '04 and Tyler Green '04 welcomed their second child, Nora Elizabeth, on March 20, 2013. She joins big brother Gavin. They live in Seattle, WA.
Noel Fonseca ’04 married his partner Kyle Davidson on July 5, 2013 in Urbana, Ohio. In attendance were alumni Manuel Perez ’04, Khanh-Thy Gonzales ’04, Juan-Carlos Guzman ’04, Deanna Sainten ’06, and Communications Professor Charlotta Kratz.