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2014

UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Hessler, Thomas

Thomas Hessler ’14 has moved to Buffalo, New York, where he’s a member of the d!g co-working space. Hessler is technical operations manager at Trainersvault, based out of Los Angeles, and executive project manager for Cuore Technology, out of Santa Clara. He’s been charged with building out the business and tech teams at each of those companies, with the hires taking place in Buffalo.

 
submitted Apr. 6, 2015 12:01P
'14
Guibord, David

David Guibord ’14 was recently interviewed by MTV News about raising awareness and finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Last year Guibord joined Hilarity for Charity, Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller’s groundbreaking organization that encourages college students to spread awareness. Their biggest event, HFC U is a fundraising competition between universities. The schools that bring in the most money get amazing prizes, including a meet and greet with Seth. Last year Guibord helped Santa Clara come in second place.

submitted Mar. 20, 2015 11:57P
'14
Gonzalez, Leah

Leah Gonzalez '14 is currently working as a post-production assistant and is thrilled to be able to continue writing for Santa Clara Magazine as well.

submitted Jun. 8, 2015 3:49P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '14
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
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Federici, Allison

Allison Federici '14 is volunteering with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, an organization started in 1956 based on four core values: social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality. Her year-long placement is at St. John the Evangelist Catholic School, in Tucson, Arizona, where she'll work for social change among an underserved population.

submitted Nov. 7, 2014 2:42P
'14
Eisenberg, Joey

Joey Eisenberg '14 is the new assistant director, Chapters & Groups, Alumni Relations, at Santa Clara. He graduated from this past June with a degree in political science. He and his family are from Bellevue, Wash., so he is eager to hit the ground running with our Pacific Northwest Chapters! Eisenberg studied journalism and news media at American University while interning for a semester in Washington, D.C. (another chapter he will manage). He was an orientation leader, search retreat leader with Campus Ministry, and a member of Associated Student Government during his time on campus.  

He will be managing events and chapter leadership for the following areas: Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, East Bay, Marin, Napa/Santa Rosa, Peninsula, Phoenix, Portland, Reno/Tahoe, San Francisco, Seattle, Spokane, Stockton/Modesto, Washington, D.C.
submitted Aug. 26, 2014 11:55A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Dedoshka, Kelsey

Kelsey Dedoshka ’14, a software engineer at Hewlett-Packard, participated on the Career Aspirations Panel of the Aspirations in Computing program, a talent development pipeline initiative of the National Center for Women & IT designed to increase women's meaningful participation in computing careers by providing encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internships to high potential technically inclined young women. Aspirations in Computing is the only national-level talent development program for young women in computing and information technology.

The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program engages young women interested in technology and computing. By generating visibility for these young women in their local communities, the program encourages their continued interest in computing, attracts the attention and support of educational and corporate institutions, and emphasizes at a personal level the importance of women's participation in computing and IT.
submitted Mar. 20, 2015 10:32P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Davisson, Michael

Michael Davisson '14 is volunteering with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, an organization started in 1956 based on four core values: social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality. His year-long placement is at United Community Housing Coalition, in Detroit, where he'll work for social change among an underserved population.

 

submitted Nov. 7, 2014 2:37P
UGRD Engineering '14
Chester, Samantha (Meredith)

Samantha (Meredith) Chester ’14 and Peter Chester ’14 were married in Sacramento on July 26, 2014. The couple now lives in sunny Santa Clara.

submitted Nov. 23, 2014 2:56P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Bonino-Britsch, Michael

Michael Bonino-Britsch '14 is volunteering with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, an organization started in 1956 based on four core values: social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality. His year-long placement is at Fair Share Housing Development/Northgate II, in Camden, New Jersey, where he'll work for social change among an underserved population.

 

 

submitted Nov. 7, 2014 2:31P
'14
Bird, Jack

This summer, Jack Bird '14 traveled to Mexico, where he created an agroforestry program guide similar to one he produced the summer before in Zambia. He then went to Korea, where he presented a paper on the guide that he produced in Zambia.

Bird double majored in environmental science and political science at Santa Clara. He was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa national honors society, a participant in the honors program, and a Pi Sigma Alpha, a political-science honor society. He had the honor of being the recipient of the Nobili Award for outstanding male student.

Bird’s goal, according to his resume, is to “work with a socially and environmentally responsible organization aimed at promoting clean-energy technologies and sustainable business practices.”

 

submitted Aug. 4, 2014 6:14A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Allen, Marianna

Marianna Allen ’14 writes, "Just graduated December 2014! Looking at work options! Excited yet a bit apprehensive, too. So happy to be an SCU graduate!"

submitted Jan. 5, 2015 8:18A

2015

GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '15
Ponce, Alexzander

Alexzander Ponce M.A. '15 writes that he will be getting married within the next two years!

Contact Alexzander
Alexzander Ponce
submitted May. 14, 2015 10:58A
GRD Law '15
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

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Ullal, Jayshree

Jayshree Ullal M.S. '86 was ranked 30th in Forbes’ first list of "America’s Top 50 Most Successful, Self-made Women,” as measured by her net worth: $470 million. According to the magazine, “to be eligible for this list, women had to have substantially made their own fortunes. In cases where they started businesses with, and still share with, their husbands, we’ve assigned them half of that combined wealth.”

London-born Jayshree Ullal, 54, who was raised in New Delhi, took over computer networking company Arista Networks in Santa Clara, Calif., as president and chief executive officer in 2008, when it had less than 50 employees, transforming it into one of Silicon Valley’s most valuable networking firms by 2014. Ulla is a mother of two.
 
submitted May. 30, 2015 1:51P
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Russell, Christine

Christine A. Russell '71, MBA '83 has been appointed chief financial officer of UniPixel. Russell brings to the position more than 30 years of CFO and senior management experience for private and publicly traded technology companies. Over the course of her career, she has completed a number of IPOs, as well as both the buy and sell side of M&A transactions.

Russell previously served as CFO of Vendavo, a provider of B2B price optimization software solutions, where she helped grow revenue 20% year-over-year and generate a record bookings quarter before helping lead the company's sale to a private equity firm earlier this year. 
 
Russell currently serves as director and audit committee chair of QuickLogic Corporation, and previously served as director and audit committee chair of Peak International. She is currently the chairman of Silicon Valley Directors Exchange (SVDX) which affiliates with the Stanford Rock Center. Other roles included president of Financial Executives International (Silicon Valley Chapter), and emeritus member of the business school advisory board at the University of Santa Clara, Leavey School of Business. 
 
submitted May. 30, 2015 1:14P
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Mengis, Greg
Greg Mengis ’94 is the new Broncos lacrosse head coach for the 2014–2015 season.

In 2012, Coach Mengis was inducted into the Santa Clara University Lacrosse Hall of Fame, where he played lacrosse for four years in the early '90s, earning Team Captain and Coaches Award honors. He is a two-time WCLL All Star and helped lead Santa Clara to the WCLL Final Four three years in a row. Before tearing his ACL partway through his senior year, Mengis was ranked in the NCAA National top 10 in points as an attack man.

Mengis has stayed active playing and coaching lacrosse. His philosophy stresses a positive attitude, mastering the fundamentals, and teamwork. He has been the head coach of the Los Altos High School Varsity since 2009, and for the last three years he led the team to a 32-4 division record, two league championships, and 3 straight playoff appearances.

Mengis is a program director for Team NorCal Lacrosse, where he has coached U11, U13, U15, and high school teams to considerable success in regional and national tournaments over the last six years. He has played a number of seasons with the Palo Alto Club Lacrosse team and has coached with the Fremont Spartans, Diablo Scorpions, and Palo Alto Tomahawks club teams.

Said Coach Mengis, "I am excited to return to my alma mater and help lead SCU back to a winning tradition in the MCLA."

He will be a great addition to the Bronco Lacrosse Program, and the team is looking forward to having a successful season.
 

 

submitted Aug. 4, 2014 6:08A
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Dill, Henry

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.”

Dill is a native of the Salinas Valley. He started working full time in production for the The Garin Company in 1979 and moved later to sales. He has also worked for Bruce Church and D’Arrigo Bros., and is currently sales manager at Pacific International Marketing/Dynasty Farms. Dill lives in Salinas with his wife, Lisa, and they have three grown children, Henry, Natalie, and Sam. For many years, he has been active in the California Rodeo Salinas, Palma School and Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation
submitted May. 30, 2015 1:44P
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