Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted anytime by graduates in the 1980s
Jenny (Merk) Krenek '86 writes: "I have been married to Jeff Krenek '87 for 17 years. We have four children; Alex and Maddy, 15, Leah, 13, and Peter, 11 (hopefully some future Broncos in the bunch). We lived in the Bay Area for many years but have called Portland home for the past 14. I'm a stay at home mom, which of course means I'm not home much, mostly driving between schools, sports, and activities. Pleasant surprise to find several Bronco families at our local elementary. There's an instant connection with fellow Santa Clara grads. Looking forward to catching up at the 25th reunion!"
Mike Kourey MBA '86 is now CFO of Medallia, a customer experience management company. With more than 20 years of financial operating and audit committee experience with both startups and large technology enterprises, Kourey brings extensive hands-on expertise in leading financial strategy and execution for high-growth companies.
Prior, Kourey was a partner at Khosla Ventures, where he worked closely with RingCentral to guide the company through its successful initial public offering. Kourey has also held a number of operational finance leadership roles – including serving as CFO of Polycom, where he started as the seventh employee and helped grow the business to over $1.5 billion in annual revenues.
Kourey also serves on the board of directors at RingCentral and various private companies and previously served on the boards and audit committees of Aruba Networks and Riverbed Technology.
Sean M. Kneafsey J.D. ’86 is married with three children: Conor (12), Dillon (10), and Colin (6). Sean owns his own business and intellectual property law firm in Los Angeles, Kneafsey & Friend LLP.
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Tom Kenny '86 writes: "I have been married for 16 years to my lovely wife, Julie, and we have three boys, Joe (age 14), Jake (12), and Ryan (8). We have made our home in "The OC" and are constantly on the move with lots of baseball, football and lacrosse games. Generally, when we get a weekend off, we head to Big Bear Lake for skiing or wakeboarding...sometimes we even run into the Fraher family up there and catch up on the good old SCU days. I have been with the same commercial real estate finance firm (Dwyer-Curlett)for 18 years as Executive VP."
Richard M. Kelly '86, Principal for the Kelly Litigation Group, has been recognized by Cambridge's Who's Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in legal services.
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Allison Joss '86 writes: "I have been married to my husband Jon for almost 21 years. We have four boys: Alex, 19, a freshman at Tulane, Andy, 17, a senior and soon to be at the University of Washington, Jason, 15, and Justin, 13. Hopefully there is a Bronco in our future. I often tell them how much they would love it. We live in Orinda, CA."
Rob Jensen ’86 and Diana Jensen ’88 own Testarossa Winery, in Los Gatos, which is housed in the beautiful old Novitiate Winery founded by the Jesuits of then-Santa Clara College in the late 19th century.
Testarossa (Italian for “red head”) was the nickname given Rob as a young university student in Italy. Rob, a fourth generation Northern Californian, developed a passion for winemaking: its past, present, and future through extensive travel to Europe's great wine growing areas, combined with living in Italy during his university days. Although Rob's degree is in electrical engineering, with a minor in Italian language and culture, he has studied grape growing, winemaking and chemistry at the renowned School of Viticulture and Oenology at UC Davis. During Rob's nearly twenty-year high-tech career he held several sales and marketing positions in pre- and post-IPO companies in Silicon Valley. Rob's technical background, love of the arts, and business experience made it a natural for him to dive headlong into the wine business, an industry that is equal parts science and art.
Freshman Dorm: Walsh
Leanne D. Ingram '86 writes: "A year ago I married my first love from high school. We went back to Hawaii and got married on the beach where we used to hang out. I have 3 kids, my husband has 5, and we have one grandbaby boy. My daughters are: Julia (14), Natalie (13) and my son is Jonathan (11). My son has profound autism. He does not talk and has severe behavioral issues of headbanging and punching himself in the head. I have dedicated myself to learning more about autism and other developmental disabilities. I am midway through receiving my master's in special education and have taught in the classroom as well as job coached young adults with disabilities. We recently moved to upstate NY, where my son is in a residential school, but we see him regularly. My husband, Daniel Ingram, is a retired Navy man (23 years served), now teaches ROTC in high school."
Kathryn Kane '82, J.D. '86 writes, "This fall, I will retire as a deputy county counsel, Office of County Counsel, County of Santa Clara. I have been a hearing, trial, and appellate counsel in the Child Dependency Unit for more than 25 years. I will forever be grateful for this amazing career opportunity."
Laura Grimes '86 has just accepted a position as lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Dayton. She recently published the first book in English on medieval theologian and mystic Gertrud of Helfta: Wisdom's Friends: Gertrud of Helfta's Conversational Theology (VDM Verlag, 2009).
Derek Granath MBA '86 is vice president of marketing of ConSentry Networks.
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Heidi Finan '86 writes: "After reading up on many of my classmates I have to ask, Is it just my imagination or did the class of '86 produce lots of twins? I have been married 18+ years and I too have twin 13-year-old boys now in 7th grade. When I am not checking homework or driving the boys to sports or scouting events, I spend my time volunteering with a women's collective philanthropy group, 100 Women Charitable Foundation. I am looking forward to reconnecting with all my classmates at the reunion in the fall."
Hans Peter Faye IV '78, MBA '86 was promoted to senior vice president/agribusiness lending manager at First Northern Bank.
A fourth-generation Californian whose family is still involved in agriculture, Faye has more than 22 years of business lending and management experience, nine years of it at First Northern.
He holds both a bachelor's degree in commerce and a master's from Santa Clara University. He is also a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School, which is affiliated with the Graduate School of Management at the University of Washington.
Active in the community, Faye is a board member and past president of the Woodland Memorial Hospital Foundation; member and founding director of the Woodland Sunrise Rotary Club; and former Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 131. Faye and his wife live in Davis.
Suzy (Kruse) Farnworth '86 has recently accepted a position as a Chef Instructor at the International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California-San Francisco. She teaches part time to students earning either their AA or BA degree. She has her own private culinary consulting business, where among other things, she teaches alot of children's cooking classes. Her 13 year old daughter, Amy, is now skilled enough to be able to be an assistant in many of her classes. Her twin 10 year old sons, Sam and Scott, are on their way to "not having to do dishes once they are in college." They figure they will do the cooking—and the roommates will do the dishes!
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Norm Dorais '86 writes: "My wife, Kathleen (Day) '86, and I have three kids, 13, 11, and 9. We're enjoying having them all in one school for the last year; our eldest will be moving on to high school in the fall. We live in San Carlos, Calif."
Jack DeStories '86 and Rosie DeStories '87 are principals at Fairfield Auction, Connecticut’s leading auctioneer of antiques and fine art. Jack has been a collector since childhood. Before graduating from high school, he was a nationally known collector of baseball cards. He has been estimating, cataloging, and marketing antique auctions full-time since 1990. Jack has been certified as an expert witness in his field by the Bridgeport Superior Court and has donated his expertise to dozens of antique appraisal events across New England benefiting various schools, churches, museums, and historical societies.
Freshman Dorm: Dunne
John Del Santo '86 (still) works for Accenture in San Francisco where he is the Financial Services Managing Director. He and wife Maureen '87 are busy raising 3 future Broncos -- Maddie, Jack and Colin. The family lives in Hillsborough, CA.
Roland de Milleret MBA '86 has been appointed one of the managing directors of the Consulting and Valuation service of the HVS office in New York. deMilleret joined HVS in 1999 and has evolved into the firm's premier expert on the New York City marketplace. He is an adjunct professor at New York University and recently earned his MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute.
Jil Dalesandro J.D. '86 has been elected 2009 President of the Santa Clara County Bar Association. She assumed office in January. In November 2008, Ms. Dalesandro founded her own law and mediation firm in Santa Clara, specializing in business litigation, and employment law. She has been a mediator since 1995.
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Moya and Pete Collins '86 and their four daughters, Sara (13), Monica (11), Charlotte (9) and Katherine (7), moved to San Marino four years ago after a five year 'tour' of Boise and Seattle. Pete worked for Albertson's in Boise and then Nordstrom in Seattle. He is now working for True Religion Brand Jeans near Los Angeles. They enjoyed joining the Santa Clara 'network' along the road and reconnecting with many old friends upon their return to the Pasadena area.
Ce Cole Dillon J.D. ’86 co-founded Student Loan 411 LLC. Student Loan 411 LLC is an advisory firm that helps student loan borrowers reengineer their student loan debt to pay for their life, not just their student loans. We also help financial services firms clients, mortgage and real estate companies and universities to manage their default rates. Ce resides in Chicago, Ill. with her family.
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Jeff Chistianson '86, M.S. '95 writes: "Working with the Piken Company in commercial real estate. Main office is in Studio City. Involved in leasing of general retail and office throughout Los Angeles area. I've been living in LA since 1996. I also work for Braemar Country Club in Tarzana coaching 'kids' of all ages. I've twice been a member of the Braemar 5.0 National Teams -- we keep getting beat in the Semis. Occasionally I see old SCU tennis teammates and former players... I think as we're aging; we remember winning more often."
Kenton D. Chow '86, MBA '96 has joined Wine.com, the nation's No. 1 online wine retailer, as Chief Financial Officer. In this newly created position, Chow will oversee the finance functions, business development, mergers and acquisitions and investor relations. Chow brings more than 25 years of experience in high growth public and privately held companies. Prior to joining Wine.com, he was the Chief Financial Officer at a number of high technology companies in Silicon Valley, including Aurora Networks, Catena Networks and Cobalt Networks. His experience includes leading a successful IPO, mergers and acquisitions, including Sun Microsystems' $2 billion acquisition of Cobalt Networks, and over $350 million raised in multiple equity and debt financings. He also held senior financial management positions at Sun Microsystems, Symantec, Bay Networks and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. (Chow holds a M.B.A. and B.S. in Finance from Santa Clara University. He is a certified public accountant in California and also served on the Advisory Board for the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.
Kenton Chow ’86, MBA ’96 is now the Chief Operating Officer of RetailNext, Inc., the leading big data analytics software company for physical retail stores worldwide. He and his wife of 19 years, Teri, live in Almaden Valley in San Jose with their two daughters, Kendra 17, and Kianna 14.
Mary Beth Cebedo Lefebvre ’86 writes, "I am a project/program manager at Symantic's Sales and Marketing Operations org. Outside work, I volunteer as a board member with the Palo Alto Historical Association and as a yoga teacher at St. Elizabeth Seton School."