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Sears, Madeleine

In mid-2014, Madeleine Sears ’11 and Sowmya Ayyar ’00 co-founded Prafull Oorja: Holistic Practices for All, a charitable trust in Bangalore, India, sharing yoga and other healing therapies with alternative populations, primarily special-needs children. The two look forward to welcoming SCU Global Fellows in 2015 and continuing the SCU-India connection.

Contact Madeleine
submitted Dec. 1, 2014 1:31P
UGRD Engineering '11
Ryan, Michael (Ryan)

Michael Ryan ’11 writes, "I started working for Tesla Motors in 2011 while finishing up my senior design project. Working up from a Product Specialist on the sales floor to a Store Manager in White Plains, it has been great having a mechanical engineering background from SCU. I encourage any and all Broncos globally to step foot into a Model S and feel the rush of electric propulsion. If you are in the New York area, please reach out to me. I would be happy to show you what electric vehicles are all about.

In Engineering 101 back in 2007, we were told to use the knowledge we obtained on campus for the good of mankind. I have now spoken and emailed over 50,000 people globally and seen owners grin at the sight of their new vehicles which have no tail-pipe. I'm excited to say that Tesla is now working on our second full production vehicle, a crossover called the Model X. Tesla vehicles, including the award winning Model S, have driven over 750 millions miles on electricity. The age of combustion for individual transportation will be coming to a close soon. With many more Broncos now at Tesla Motors, our alumni are on the front lines making a huge difference in the world of transportation.

I hope all is well in Sunny California. I opted to jump back to the temperate climate of the Northeast, but my attitude towards work, life and my fellow human being is always as positive and warm as the culture where I got my degree from in Santa Clara, California. Bronco for life!"

Contact Michael
Michael Ryan 917-453-2540
submitted Feb. 13, 2015 12:35P
Nanda, Natasha

Natasha Cabiria Nanda M.A. '11, a daughter of Margaret E. Nanda and Kapil K. Nanda of Los Gatos, was married June 20 in Santa Clara to Nickhil Avinash Bhave, a son of Dr. Sujata A. Bhave and Avinash S. Bhave of Lexington, Mass. Michael Engh, S.J., performed the ceremony at Mission Santa Clara de Asís. On June 19, Pandit Prabhakar Sathe, a Hindu priest, led a Hindu ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

The bride, 28, is a special-education teacher at Green Hills Elementary School in Millbrae. She graduated from the University of Southern California.
Her father is the founder and chief executive of Infogain Corporation, an information technology services company based in Los Gatos. Her mother is a lawyer, also in Los Gatos.
Next month, the groom, 29, is to begin working in Santa Cruz as a senior product manager for a division of Amazon that helps businesses list and sell products and services on its website. He graduated from Middlebury College and received an M.B.A. with high distinction from the University of Michigan.
His mother is an anesthesiologist at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Mass. His father owns an information technology consultancy in Lexington that bears his name.
submitted Jun. 28, 2015 6:08P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '11
McGowan, Caitlyn (Happ)

On Nov. 15, Robbie McGowan ’11 married college sweetheart Caity Happ ’11. They had a wonderful reception at Willow Heights Mansion in Morgan Hill. Several of their college friends attended the blessed ceremony. They currently live in Campbell and are adjusting to married life quite well.

submitted Dec. 15, 2014 8:48P
GRD Leavey/MBA '11
Lam, Stephanie

Stephanie Lam ’05, MBA ’11 received top honors for her oil painting African Child III at Salon at the Triton: A 2D Art Competition and Exhibition. This distinction also won her a solo show at the museum in 2016.

“I’m so impressed by the artwork in this show and so humbled to have had two of my pieces accepted,” said Lam. “I can’t wait to share what evolves from this series of African children; I’m already planning a trip to several African countries to further develop the work for the 2016 solo exhibition.”
submitted Jan. 18, 2015 5:05P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '11
Jocewicz, Lisa

Lisa Jocewicz M.A. ’11 was hired in November as director of Records and Operations, Graduate Programs, School of Engineering at SCU. Lisa has a degree in education administration with an emphasis on higher ed. Her role includes assisting students with registration, transfer credit, orientation, and graduation, creating quarterly class schedules, and processing adjunct faculty contracts, among much more.

submitted Mar. 20, 2015 9:19P
Ichikawa, Tyler

Tyler Ichikawa ’11 writes, "I am now a technical recruiter at Apex. Let me know if you or your company have any staffing needs!"

Contact Tyler
submitted Mar. 26, 2015 4:20P
Hinds, Jennifer

Jennifer Hinds ’11 is a 2014 graduate of Loyola Law School Los Angeles. She graduated in the top 5 percent of her class and was awarded Order of the Coif Award, given to those who are at least in the top 10 percent of their graduating class. She passed the July 2014 California Bar Examination on her first attempt and is now a litigation associate with a Los Angeles law firm.

submitted Dec. 8, 2014 9:37P
GRD Leavey/MBA '11
Hendershott, Hilary

Hilary Hendershott ’99, MBA ’11 appeared in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2014 40 Under 40 list. She is the founder and CEO of Hilary Hendershott Financial, one of Silicon Valley's only woman-owned and operated investment advisory firms. She has made it her mission to empower women to maximize their own resources, grow their wealth and live sustainable and healthy lives. She has created a financial training program, Your Rich Retirement Academy, which is delivered virtually and designed for Millennial and younger investors, and teaches both healthy money mindsets and technical skills such as calculation of net worth and retirement savings goals, to enable long-range financial success.

Hendershott volunteers at the Financial Planning Association's Pro Bono Day, where professionals offer financial advice to individuals who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford those services. She also co-created and spearheaded an annual fundraising event for the Emergency Housing Consortium's youth shelter
The San Jose native has also volunteered as a leadership skills coach for Landmark Worldwide for more than six years. In this volunteer role, Hendershott provides coaching and guidance for individuals looking to improve their communication, effectiveness and leadership skills. She has been responsible for programs of up to 80 individual participants and 15 trained coaches and estimates that she has likely spent over 1000 hours in these volunteer efforts.
She has also been a foster mother.


submitted Jan. 9, 2015 8:31A
GRD Leavey/MBA '11
Haryanawalla, Murtuza

Murtuza Haryanawalla MBA ’11 writes, "Had a great immersion experience in India over the last four years working with Entrepreneurs. Now looking to move back to the bay area."

Contact Murtuza
submitted Nov. 5, 2014 4:39P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '11
Goll, Becky

Becky Goll ’11 is the new co-president of the New York chapter of the SCU Alumni Association. Becky studied marketing and played women’s basketball while at SCU. Transported from the East Bay, she now lives in Manhattan and works as a production manager for Gap's marketing department. Becky enjoys long bike rides, painting, and exploring the city.

submitted Feb. 15, 2015 3:43P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '11
Galli, Angelica (Wright)

Angelica (Wright) Galli ’11, M.A. ’14 and Justin Galli on Aug. 9, 2014 at the Mission Santa Clara. They celebrated with family and friends, including bridesmaids Caitlin (Gambee) Sappington ’10, Sarah Mathes ’11, and Elizabeth Kiikvee ’11. The couple honeymooned in the Dominican Republic and are currently living in Las Vegas, Nev.

submitted Nov. 22, 2014 10:50P
Boniface, Brooke

Brooke Boniface ’11 is Santa Clara's new class giving officer in University Relations. Brooke graduated magna cum laude from Santa Clara in just three years with a double major in Political Science and History. She was obviously an incredible student and has already supported our office’s efforts greatly through her student job in the call center, where she ranked No. 1 in credit card rates her first year and had an unbelievable 99 percent fulfillment rate during her second year. We also had the opportunity to feature her student story in an annual fund piece during her senior year, so several of you will recognize her face. In her “spare time”, she also served as Opinions Editor for The Santa Clara student newspaper. Following her undergraduate degree from Santa Clara, Brooke served in Teach for America for two years in Phoenix. Most recent, she was tremendously successful as an ad sales rep for Yelp.  We are incredibly happy that she is coming back home to Santa Clara to join our Reunion Fundraising team.

submitted Oct. 22, 2014 8:15A
Blanco, Eva

 Eva Blanco M.A. '11 is the new dean of Undergraduate Admission at SCU. "The desire to positively affect young lives and promote higher educational attainment drew me to college admissions. A strong sense of community and passionate students attracted me to Santa Clara. SCU changes lives and is located in a place that is equally transformative. Nothing compares to entrepreneurial spirit of the Silicon Valley and beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area!"

Eva volunteers much of her extra time to organizations and activities that she cares abouts. She's served as national chair of the Yale Latino Alumni Association, scholarship chair of the California Hispanic Professional Association, and grants committee member of the Arts Council of Silicon Valley. "I also enjoy spending time with my loving husband, DJ-ing, finding my Zen with yoga, and visiting my family in Venice, CA (my hometown). Last but not least, I love exploring the Bay Area."

submitted Aug. 4, 2015 3:06P
GRD Engineering '11
Amato, Michael

Michael Amato '07, M.S. '11 and Bianca Vallorz '07, tied the knot at the beautiful Mission Santa Clara on January 24, 2015! Even though the wedding was in the middle of winter, they were blessed with wonderful 70-degree weather and not a cloud in the sky! They currently live in San Jose, with Bianca supporting the local community working at Family Supportive Housing and Michael working at Apple.

submitted Jul. 31, 2015 7:57P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '11
Ahlstrom, Christine

Christine Ahlstrom '11 graduated with her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy in May 2013 from the University of Southern California. She is now a Student Services Advisor in the Department of Preventive Medicine in the USC Keck School of Medicine. She lives in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

submitted Oct. 22, 2014 4:38P


Sunzeri, Jaclyn (Sunzeri)

Brandon Gojenola ’13, MBA ’15 proposed to fellow Bronco Jaclyn Sunzeri ’12 in front of the Santa Clara Mission. Father Art will marry the two in the Mission on July 2, 2016. Brandon earned his MBA in 2015 and now works as a Marketing Operations Specialist at Juniper Networks. Jaclyn will earn her M.A. in Counseling Psychology in 2017. The two met in Walsh Hall in 2009.

submitted Mar. 4, 2015 9:12P
Schmidt, Tanya

Tanya Schmidt ’12 is the new New York chapter co-president of the SCU Alumni Association. An English major with minors in religious studies and classics, Tanya moved to New York after two seasons of professional volleyball in Europe for a Master of Arts program at NYU in English and American literature. She enjoys pick-up volleyball and volunteering with an after-school cooking program at a school in Brooklyn.

submitted Feb. 15, 2015 3:39P
UGRD Engineering '12
Parker, Kathleen (Huber)

Kathleen (Huber) Parker '12, M.S. '15 and Andrew Parker '12 were married at Mission Santa Clara on June 27, 2015. They celebrated with several Bronco friends and family including bridesmaids and groomsmen Kim Aagaard '12, Mari Katsura '12, Lizzie Mercado '12, Chris Barna '12, and Michael Busch '12.

submitted Jul. 28, 2015 4:34P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '12
Magaña, Gustavo

Alumni Gustavo Magaña ’12, J.D. ’15 and Melanie Reyes ’12 were wed on Nov. 1, 2014. Alumni in attendance: Melissa Minato ’12, Albenis Curiel ’12, Iman Latif ’12, and Farhan Choudhury ’13. Current Law students in attendance: Diego Aviles J.D. ’15, Joseph Nave J.D. ’15, and Andrew Goetz J.D. ’15. The mass was presided by Father Michael Engh.

submitted Mar. 3, 2015 5:04P
Lambert, Kamila

Kamila Lambert '12 founded Edible Urban Farm, a business that empowers people to grow their own fresh, organic food. She sparked her interest in urban farming while working at Santa Clara University's community vegetable garden, The Forge.  She wondered what was stopping people from turning their thirsty, unproductive lawns into beautiful, productive vegetable gardens. Brendan Ruiz '12 joined Edible Urban Farm after working as a youth garden educator at Middlebrook Center for Urban Sustainability.  A lifelong interest in human ecology led Brendan to study anthropology at Santa Clara University and to grow his own food at his home in Santa Clara.  When he's not farming, he enjoys climbing rocks, making music, and being an organism.

submitted Jul. 22, 2015 4:22P
UGRD Engineering '12
Hockenson, Kristi

Kristi Hockenson ’12, a Stryker endoscopy supplier quality engineer, was nominated for Employee of the Month within weeks of being hired, for her leadership in discovering and handling a potential health and safety concern for customers. She placed parts on shiphold, quarantined product, and implemented a course of action allowing Stryker to meet sales goals and clear back orders. Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies.

submitted Feb. 9, 2015 1:58A
Ghafourifar, Brienne

Brienne Ghafourifar '12 made MOGUL's 35 Under 35 list of women for her work in tech and for being the youngest college grad to have raised $1 million in venture funding. The award recognizes women who have shown outstanding leadership and innovation. She is the co-founder of Entefy Inc., a Palo Alto tech startup focused on reinventing digital interactions and rewriting the code of communication. 

submitted Feb. 9, 2015 2:17A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '12
Flores, Claudia

Claudia Flores '12 joined Congressman Mike Honda (D-Santa Clara) at the State of the Union Address in January. Flores is an immigration rights activist and Congressional fellow who was allowed to stay in the United States thanks to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

“Claudia is a great example of what DACA means for our country,” Congressman Honda said. “This hard-working, bright woman, who has done so much in her young career, would have been deported if not for President Obama’s action in 2012. She is exactly the type of person this policy was meant to encourage to stay in the United States.”
Claudia and her family moved to San Jose from Honduras when she was a teenager. She became a leader at San Jose High School and in her community, eventually earning a full-ride scholarship to Santa Clara University. Two summers ago, she arrived in Washington, D.C., and worked as an intern in Congressman Honda’s office. Fueled by her passion for social justice, she later joined the national immigrants’ rights movement, advocating for millions of families, including her own.
“I am in Washington, DC because I feel that I have a responsibility to serve as a voice for the millions of immigrants in my community who are simply asking for an opportunity to live their dreams,” she said.
submitted Feb. 1, 2015 2:32P
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