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Savage, John

John Savage '87 is in his 11th season as UCLA's head coach. Savage helped UCLA reach college baseball’s pinnacle in 2013, as the Bruins won their first-ever NCAA baseball title. Under his guidance, UCLA has advanced to the postseason in seven of the last nine seasons, hosting four consecutive NCAA Regionals from 2010 through 2013. He is currently the third longest-tenured head coach in UCLA baseball program history. UCLA has gone 349-254-1 under Savage the past 10 seasons. In seven trips to the postseason at UCLA, Savage has compiled a 32-14 record (.696 winning percentage), recording the most postseason victories of any head coach in program history. Read more of this stats on

submitted Apr. 17, 2015 1:37P
Samuelson, Mark

Susan and Mark Samuelson '87 are happy to share the news that their daughter, Darcy, was born July 19, 2010.

submitted Sep. 23, 2010 12:16P
Rumery, Beth

Beth Rumery '87 writes: "Sue, my partner for 21 years, and I have been in Connecticut for 17 years. After several years working in academic libraries, and having my own business, I went back to school and earned a Master in Library Science degree. In July 2010, I became the Library Director for the Univ. of Connecticut, Avery Point Campus."

Contact Beth
submitted Jul. 27, 2011 3:13P
GRD Leavey/MBA '87
Rudolph, Barry

Barry Rudolph MBA ’87 has been appointed to the Dot Hill Systems Corp. board of directors. Dot Hill is a leading provider of SAN storage solutions. Rudolph, a storage and networking veteran of 32 years, retired from IBM in November 2010.

Until his retirement Mr. Rudolph held numerous senior level positions in a variety of functional areas, including operations, engineering, product development, test and assurance, program management, field support, and direct manufacturing. Most recently he was VP System Networking, with responsibility for delivering overall networking product strategy, portfolio management, and P&L over each of the products in the group.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Rudolph was Vice President, Strategy and Stack Integration for IBM Storage, responsible for establishing the overall strategy, driving all decisions on portfolio investments for the storage business, and integrating with other areas within IBM including IBM's Global Services and Software organizations.
Prior positions Mr. Rudolph held include VP for IBM's Disk, SAN & NAS Storage Systems, where he was responsible for all aspects of the Disk, SAN and NAS storage business within IBM, including profit and loss, product portfolio investments, go to market strategy, and execution and customer support. He has also held an identical role with responsibility for IBM's tape business.
Mr. Rudolph's accomplished academic background includes a bachelor of science degree in engineering, a master of science degree in electrical engineering from San Diego State University, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
"We are delighted that Barry has joined the Dot Hill board of directors," said Charles Christ, Dot Hill chairman. "His impressive operational experience, knowledge of the storage industry and insight into the decision making process of a large OEM, should prove to be a real asset for Dot Hill. I am confident that he will help to drive the future success of the company."
Mr. Rudolph's appointment brings the total number of directors on the Dot Hill board to seven, and the number of independent directors to six.
submitted Feb. 23, 2012 3:18P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '87
Rodriguez, Luis

Luis J. Rodriguez '89, J.D. '92 was among five attorneys certified in July for the State Bar Board of Governors. He was elected, along with Gretchen Nelson, to represent District 7, which encompasses Los Angeles County. Elected to serve a three-year term, Luis will be sworn in at the State Bar’s annual meeting on September 25. Luis Rodriguez, a Los Angeles County deputy public defender, is a former member of the State Board of Education, a former president of the Mexican American Bar Association, and former chair of the State Bar’s Council on Access and Fairness.

submitted Aug. 19, 2010 3:55P
Potts, Shannon

Shannon Potts ’87, the coordinator of assessment in the Santa Clara Unified School District for the last seven years, is La Entrada Middle School's new principal. Her earlier work in the Santa Clara district office included a stint as the instructional, materials, library and technology specialist at the middle school and high school levels, according to a press release issued by the district. Ms. Potts, who has also taught first and sixth grades, has technology and bilingual credentials, according to the district. She served as a summer principal at both the middle school and high school levels for several years, working closely with the Stanford Teacher Education Program, or STEP, the district said. She received her bachelor's degrees in history and Spanish from Santa Clara University and her master of arts degree in educational leadership from San Jose State University.

submitted Aug. 17, 2012 1:40P
Oppenheimer, Peter

The Board of Directors of The Goldman Sachs Group announced the appointment of Peter Oppenheimer MBA ’87 as an independent director of the firm, effective immediately. Oppenheimer will be a member of each of the firm’s Audit, Risk, Compensation and Corporate Governance, Nominating and Public Responsibilities committees.

“Peter’s 25 years of broad experience across important industries will add a valuable perspective to our Board of Directors,” said Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and CEO. “We appreciate his willingness to serve as a director and look forward to benefitting from his judgment and counsel.”
Mr. Oppenheimer is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Apple, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of electronic devices and related software services. Before becoming Chief Financial Officer at Apple, he was Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller from 2002 to 2004, and prior to that, from 1996 to 2002, he served first as Senior Director of Finance and Controller for the Americas, then as Vice President and Controller of Worldwide Sales and later as Vice President and Corporate Controller. Before joining Apple, from 1992 to 1996 Mr. Oppenheimer was the Divisional Chief Financial Officer of Finance, MIS, Administration and Equipment Leasing Portfolio at Automatic Data Processing, Inc., a leading provider of human capital management and integrated computing solutions, and prior to that, from 1988 to 1992 he was a consultant within the Information Technology Practice at Coopers & Lybrand, LLP.
Mr. Oppenheimer is a member of the boards of the California Polytechnic State University Foundation and of the Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, California. He is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, and received an MBA from Santa Clara University.
submitted Mar. 4, 2014 12:31P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '87
Olson, Kim

Kim Olson '87 lives with her husband, Jim Beit, and their three daughters in Bronxville, New York. She is a principal in advisory practice at Deloitte. She works in the intersection of risk management and regulation, primarily serving bank and investment bank clients. She specializes in assisting clients to implement Dodd Frank reforms, Federal Reserve stress testing requirements and capital adequacy standards, and risk and control governance structures.

submitted May. 28, 2013 8:02P
GRD Leavey/MBA '87
Mueller, Ron

Ron Mueller MBA ’87 has started a freelance content marketing business ( after retiring from Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.

Contact Ron
submitted Dec. 10, 2014 8:51A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '87
Mendizabal, Gregory

Alexa Xianlan Mendizabal was born on 3 Sept. 2009 to Greg Mendizabal '87 and Jennifer Wang in Kirkland, Washington. She joins her sister, Kira, who turns 4 in November, and her parents who live in Kenmore, Washington.

submitted Sep. 6, 2009 6:43P
UGRD Leavey Business '87
McBride, Daniel

Daniel G. McBride '87 is the Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer for The Cooper Companies based in Pleasanton, Calif. Dan and his wife, Maya, live in Orinda with their three children, Aidan (12), Liam (9) and Kieran (5).

submitted Apr. 24, 2012 10:39P
UGRD Leavey Business '87
Marshall, Chris

After departing from the Rose Garden, I headed straight to Belize, Central America, for a year-long stint as a PE coach to 750 primary schoolkids. Had no idea what I was getting into, but it was a hoot. Upon re-entry, driving back to the Bay Area for an indoor job, I stopped by a friend's house in LA and never quite made it any farther north. Through a course of unpredictable events, I eventually acquired my wonderful wife (Paula), two fantastic boys (Andy, Kevin), a hefty mortgage, and a dog (which I tried to get rid of). Along the way, I kept moving south and currently live in the Los Alamitos/Seal Beach area. Someday I might find myself in Central America again--who knows?Education, with the exception of UCLA grad school, has been all Jesuit training since kindergarten--I kid you not. So I've been conditioned to always ask why. Why am I here? Why not? How did I get here?, somewhat like that Talking Heads song, "Once in a Lifetime." This is probably more than you need to know. Perhaps I'll find answers at the 25th Reunion. Perhaps not. Either way, I'm excited about attending with Paula. For work, I'm currently with a company, DealerTrack, none of you have heard of unless you're in the automotive industry. I've been on the client side, the agency side, and the marketing partner side. When asked which I liked best, I tell people they all have their up sides. My interests: At this moment, I'm interested in figuring out how not to forget to wind up the cuckoo clock. Due to the fact that kite boarding was no longer conducive to my lower back, I've become an avid stand-up paddleboarder (what's SUP?), and one can frequently find me on the water at 7:00 am. The key to all of this is trying to keep a balance in life. If you know how, please share (  Music-wise: Still living in the '80s. For favorite movies there are four: Field of Dreams; The Good, The Bad and The Ugly; How to Train Your Dragon; and Dumb and Dumber because I can't believe something so stupid could be so entertaining.

Contact Chris 562-248-6789
submitted Oct. 8, 2012 9:22A
GRD Law '87
Mar-Spinola, Julie

Julie Mar-Spinola J.D. '87 has been appointed Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Finjan Holdings Inc., a cybersecurity technology licensing company, Ms. Mar-Spinola has served as the company's VP, Legal Operations since February 3, 2014. In this expanded role, Ms. Mar-Spinola will have additional wide-ranging responsibilities, including building Finjan's intellectual property assets, overseeing the Company's Enforcement Program, including the licensing and litigation practice groups, as well as managing public policy, including Patent Reform.

Ms. Mar-Spinola is currently the chairman and co-founder of ChIPs, a nonprofit organization, founded in 2005, whose mission is to support, educate, and promote the advancement, development, and retention of women in IP and technology.
Ms. Mar-Spinola has been a court-appointed mediator for the US District Court for the Northern District of California, specializing in patent disputes, since 2011. Since November 2014, Ms. Mar-Spinola has served on the Santa Clara Law, High Tech Law Institute's High Tech Advisory Board. More recently, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce appointed Ms. Mar-Spinola to serve on the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


submitted Apr. 6, 2015 2:24P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '87
Maloney, Diane

Diane E. Maolney, M.A. '87 is Director of Field Education at Loyola University Chicago Institute of Pastoral Studies.

submitted May. 27, 2011 12:16P
Laird, Laurie
Laurie Laird '87 has left Santa Clara University as associate director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education to assume a new position as associate director of Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest.
In the 15 years that Laird has devoted to community-based learning at SCU, she has affected the lives of more than 11,000 students. Her efforts as associate director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education have been key in the creation of strong and sustainable partnerships between the University and more than 60 community organizations in the South Bay.
In 2011, California Campus Compact (CCC) awarded her the Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence & Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education. A coalition of leading colleges and universities, CCC established the award in 1999 to inspire institutions to deepen their efforts to create and sustain authentic community campus partnerships.
Among her accomplishments, Laird founded and co-directed the Jean Donovan Summer Fellowship Program, which provides grants for undergraduate students for summer community-based social justice work. She also led a delegation of faculty and staff on an immersion trip to El Salvador each year.
submitted Sep. 19, 2013 10:50A
Krupa, Michael

Michael Krupa ’87 joined Mercer as the technology strategist for its global talent business. In this role, based in Portland, Ore., he will be responsible for further enhancing the vision and strategy for client-facing technology solutions that support product and consulting offerings across Mercer's Talent business. He will also advise senior leadership on all aspects of technology-driven market changes that can meet the needs of clients and support business growth.

He has more than 20 years of experience in all facets of HR and IT applications and is a well-known speaker and blogger regarding HR technology. He joins Mercer from Knowledge Infusion, where he was director of technology, responsible for designing the technical architecture and planning service offering for the firm's deployment practice as well as consulting in this area for numerous clients.

Prior to Knowledge Infusion, he held a number of technology-related senior management positions of increasing responsibility at such leading organizations as Charles Schwab, InfoBox, Inc. (where he was the founder and CEO) and Kaiser Permanente.

submitted Sep. 17, 2012 7:38P
Krenek, Jenny (Merk)

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!"

submitted Mar. 16, 2011 4:17P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '87
Johnson, Kim

Kim (Johnson) Flodin '87, a photo supervisor with The Associated Press in Los Angeles, has been appointed News Editor/Photos for Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. She is based in Dallas.

submitted Sep. 7, 2010 2:38P
UGRD Leavey Business '87
Jay, Steven

Freshman Dorm: McLaughlin

Steven "Blue" Jay ’87 has been living in Chicago since 2010 where he works as a Consultant/Project Manager for Infor Global Solutions. Married to Laura, whom he met at fellow alum Jay Holmes' ’87 wedding, Steven and Laura have three children, Sarah(9), Margaret(8) and Griffin (5). Steven still cant believe the hockey team he followed since his youth, the LA Kings, are Stanley Cup Champions!

submitted Sep. 7, 2012 4:55A
GRD Leavey/MBA '87
Hu, Jackson

Jackson K. Hu MBA ’87 was added to IKOS System’s board of directors. He is president and CEO of SiRF Technology, Inc. and has 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, including all phases of development, marketing and management. Prior to SiRF, Hu was senior vice president and general manager at S3, Inc., where he helped to grow the company from a start-up to a company with revenues of approximately $450 million. In addition to architecting and managing the development of S3's venerable 2D GUI accelerator families, he also created an operations and quality infrastructure for very high volume production. Before S3, he held positions at Western Digital as director of graphics engineering, at Verticom as director of engineering and at Zilog as a project leader.

submitted Sep. 22, 2010 12:52P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '87
Houlihan, Gerry

Gerry Houlihan '87, JD '97 married Karen Dalhuisen on November 24, 2011. The couple resides in San Jose. Gerry is an attorney with Matteoni, O'Laughlin & Hechtman in San Jose.

submitted Jan. 21, 2011 3:01P
GRD Law '87
Hilst, Steven

Steven Hilst J.D. '87 joined the Los Angeles personal injury law firm of Banafsheh, Danesh & Javid, P.C., as a senior associate.

A veteran California accident and injury attorney, Hilst has spent more than 20 years fighting insurance companies and wrongdoers to obtain maximum compensation for accident victims and their families. His personal injury and wrongful death litigation experience includes cases involving car accidents, premises liability, motorcycle accidents, dog bites, construction site accidents and a wide variety of other accident types.

In 2001, Hilst received the rank of Associate with the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an invitation-only bar association of the most talented trial attorneys in the country and an honor that only one percent of U.S. attorneys achieve. To qualify for membership in ABOTA, an attorney must not only prove their abilities as a trial lawyer but must also demonstrate the virtues of professionalism and integrity.

Hilst also has obtained the rank of master with the American Inns of Court, served on the board of directors of the ABOTA/William J. Rea Inn of Court and served on the faculty of the ABOTA/Jack Daniels trial school. He was the first president of the California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno Trial Practice Inn of Court, a fraternal organization which teaches trial techniques to attorneys.

He is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, whose membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. In addition to serving as a trial attorney, he has successfully argued appeals that have resulted in published opinions.

Beyond his legal practice, Hilst serves on the board of directors of the Trojan Club of Beach Cities. He is also active in his local Parish, St. James Catholic Church in Redondo Beach, where he teaches adult religious education and is a Sunday lector.

submitted Jan. 30, 2012 3:20P
Herrera, Rose


Rose Herrera '76, M.A. '87 is seeking a second term as San Jose City Councilwoman, District 8, in this year's election. The incumbent is facing a tight race, particularly in the aftermath of pension reform Measure B. Read more at and


submitted Oct. 22, 2012 12:37P
GRD Leavey/MBA '87
Hayden, Ralph

Ralph Hayden MBA ’87 just took on a new role as director, OEM Support Programs, at Fusionio, a division of the SanDisk company.

submitted Aug. 20, 2014 8:16A
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