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GRD Leavey/MBA '77
Carter, Jean

Jean H. Carter MBA '77 writes that she is enjoying the challenge of learning a new skill, after a career as a business analyst. Creative writing is her new passion, requiring a whole new approach to communication. 

submitted Feb. 21, 2012 10:01A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '77
Cacciari, Lisa

Lisa “Lia” Cacciari ’77 is publishing the literary historic novel Hieros Gamos later this year. Cacciari, a medievalist and anglophile of longstanding, plans to follow with publication of the saga Fyr Boren. Both works are set in the north of England during the Middle Ages.

Contact Lisa
submitted Feb. 8, 2012 12:46P
Bogner, Larry

Larry Bogner '73, MBA '77 reports that he recently retired after more than 30 years as a civil engineer, the last 16 at Napa County's Public Works Department.

submitted Jan. 6, 2010 1:04P
GRD Law '77
Bissonette, Lee

Lee R. Bissonette J.D. '77 is chair of Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC's Medical Malpractice/Catastrophic Injury Group in Minneapolis, where he assists families and individuals with a broad range of injury cases. He has more than 25 years of experience representing victims with catastrophic injuries, including those caused by medical malpractice. In 2006, Bissonette was named a "Super Lawyer", recognized among the top 5 percent of Minnesota attorneys by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine.

submitted Mar. 25, 2011 2:32P
GRD Leavey/MBA '77
Barrett, James

Dr. James Barrett MBA ’77 was honored by the Tech Council of Maryland with its Lifetime Achievement Award, in March. The award is given each year to a local individual who has gone above and beyond to serve the community at large over the course of his or her career. Recipients display commitment and leadership both in the field and within their company, fostering new ideas and encouraging creativity. The recipient also demonstrates generosity and compassion, making sure their work benefits others.

Barrett is a general partner at New Enterprise Associates, one of the world's largest venture capital firms. He focuses on investing in healthcare technologies and therapeutics as a pioneering figure in the field of biotechnology, during which he worked with companies that focused on gene therapy, targeted cancer therapies, rare diseases and the first implantable glucose sensor. In 2012, Barrett was on the Forbes Midas List.

submitted Feb. 28, 2013 12:11P
GRD Law '77
Ball, Ron

Ron Ball J.D. ’77 announced he will retire at the end of the year after 26 years of service to the City of Carlsbad. Carlsbad City Attorney Ron Ball was hired the day before the people of Carlsbad adopted the Growth Management ordinance, which became the road map for guiding development for the next 26 years and beyond. At that time, the City was less than half of its current size. Ball worked as assistant city attorney until 1991, when the City Council appointed him as its second full-time City Attorney in the City’s history.



submitted Sep. 14, 2012 11:59A
GRD Law '77
Back, Brian

Judge Brian J. Back ’77 was elected by Ventura Superior Court judges as assistant presiding judge for 2011 and 2012. Back was appointed to the Ventura Municipal Court by Gov. Pete Wilson in 1997 and elevated to the Superior Court in 1998 by court unification. He has been a judge for 12 years. Back is assigned to the criminal division. Previous assignments have included juvenile delinquency, family law, guardianship, domestic violence and adult mental health courts. Back has presided over specialized juvenile drug and mental health calendars and served on numerous professional and community boards and commissions. In 2003 he was named Judge of the Year by the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association. Before his appointment to the bench, Back was an attorney with Arnold, Back, Mathews, Wojkowski & Zirbel from 1990 to 1997; Arnold & Back from 1989 to 1990; and Nordman, Cormany, Hair & Compton from 1977 to 1989. Back earned a bachelor’s degree at Claremont Men’s College and a law degree from Santa Clara University Law. He also has a master’s degree in government from the Claremont Graduate School.

submitted Oct. 4, 2010 1:33P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '77
Alcala, Javier

Javier Alcala B.A. ’77, J.D. ’82 was appointed to judgeship in the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Alcala, 57, of Mountain View, has been a deputy district attorney for the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office since 1983.

submitted Nov. 30, 2010 12:32P


Yost, Stephen

Stephen P. Yost MBA '78 has been elected as a member of Pacific Mercantile Bancorp's Board of Directors. Yost also has been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the company's wholly owned banking subsidiary, Pacific Mercantile Bank. 

During the span of his 35-year career in banking, spent mostly in credit administration, Yost held the position of Regional Chief Credit Officer for Comerica Bank, where he was the Executive in charge of its Special Assets Group for the western region. Mr. Yost was the Chief Credit Officer of Imperial Bank prior to its merger with Comerica. He was also a Senior Credit Officer with First Interstate Bank and Mellon Bank, N.A. Upon his retirement in 2006, he established Kestrel Advisors, a credit risk consulting firm that focuses on the banking, financial, and legal communities. 

Mr. Yost currently is a member of the boards of directors of two other bank holding companies and their subsidiaries, chairing the directors' loan committees of both banks, as well as being a member of several other standing committees.
submitted Mar. 28, 2013 9:10A
GRD Law '78
White, Patti

Patti White ’78 has just been appointed Vice Chair of the California Committee of Bar Examiners. She is a semi-retired shareholdedr with Littler Mendelson in the San Jose office.

submitted Sep. 6, 2013 3:19P
Watson, Robert

Robert J. Watson '78, MBA '81 writes, "My oldest daughter, Eileen Watson '18, is a freshman at SCU in the Leavey School of Business. She's living in Sobrato and working in the Career Center!"

submitted Jun. 23, 2015 3:07P
GRD Leavey/MBA '78
Walker, Jim

Jim Walker MBA 78 joined Spigit, a social innovation software and services company, as chief financial officer and chief operating officer. He is responsible for finance, sales operations, human resources and product delivery.

Walker has more than 30 years of experience. He was a senior executive at Alara, Inc., serving as chairman of the board from 1995 to 2004, and as president and CEO from 2004 to 2011. He served as COO and CFO of AlphaSmart, Inc. and senior vice president and CFO of Diamond Multimedia Systems. Walker has also held senior executive positions at Fujitsu Computer Products and its parent company, Fujitsu America.

submitted Sep. 2, 2012 6:25P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Valdez, Salvador

Sal Valdez '78 is recuperating from a life-changing stroke, learning to walk again. With his wife of 32 years, Martha '80, the couple just celebrated the birth of their first grandchild, Leah.

Contact Salvador
submitted Apr. 14, 2011 6:37P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Tucker, Jeanine

Jeanine Tucker '78, J.D. '81 is a court operations manger for the Stanislaus County Superior Court. She oversees the daily operations of several court divisions and has participated in salary negotiations for both labor and management. Tucker is also active in community service, which she has primarily been doing through the Lions Club for the past 15 years.

submitted Mar. 24, 2011 10:12A
Tucker, Jeanine

Jeanine D. Tucker ’78, J.D. ’81 is the new court executive officer with the Tuolumne County Superior Court. Tucker had worked for the Stanislaus County Superior Court since 1991. She most recently served as the operations manager for eight years, managing a staff of about 140 employees.

submitted May. 7, 2013 9:21A
Treder, Mary

Mary Treder '78 writes, "As of May 4, 2015, I'm working for Cigna Insurance as  a continuous quality improvement director."

submitted Jul. 1, 2015 3:07P
GRD Engineering '78
Tai, Paul

Paul Tai M.S. ’78 is having a book signing on May 19, 2012, at San Jose State University. He writes; “Happy Thoughts shares a message with everybody about the importance of Happiness in our lives here now on earth, and our lives in the future Living Dimensions in another world. It also introduces the concept of combining or accepting todays Energy Frequency world in our religious beliefs to achieve a 21st Century Belief. It is the concept of science combining with religion as one to form the Living Belief or Living Religion.”

Contact Paul
cell No.: 408-202-4368;, PO Box 2450, Cupertino, CA 95015; UGRD in SJSU & HK Polytechnic University and Certificates in MBA classes Hardvard University.
submitted Mar. 23, 2012 11:31A
GRD Leavey/MBA '78
Stinger, Valerie

Valerie Stinger MBA '78 recently returned from a volunteer assignment in Malawi through CNFA, an international development nonprofit in Washington D.C. Stinger's field assignment included providing an overall scope and financial model for a small produce business.

submitted Nov. 17, 2009 4:14P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '78
Stephan, Barbara (Beard)

Barbara Beard Stephan ’74, M.A. ’78 writes that she has recently assumed the position of Clinical Director at Windhorse Integrative Mental Health in San Luis Obispo, Calif. She is delighted to be working in an environment that is in line with her view of psychologyhonoring humanistic and relational ideals, as well as an integrative/holistic approach to healthcare.

submitted Feb. 24, 2013 2:21P
GRD Law '78
Spector, Barbara

Barbara Spector J.D. ’78 was recently featured on the Los Gatos Patch website in its new Most Influential column. A government leader, vice mayor Spector has dedicated nearly 20 years of service to the town she loves and calls home since 1973. She serves as special counsel to the law firm of Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, where, in addition to her civil litigation and mediation practice, she's regularly appointed by state and federal courts to resolve disputes without trial as a judge pro tem, a special master, a judicial arbitrator and a mediator. For three years, she's been selected by her Northern California colleagues as a "Super Lawyer," and, in 2003, her volunteer services to the legal profession and the community earned her the Bar Association's highest honor, the Bryl Salsman Award. Read more at



submitted May. 3, 2012 9:28A
GRD Law '78
Spector, Barbara

Recently elected vice mayor of Los Gatos Barbara Spector J.D. ’78 maintains her active mediation and litigation practices at Hoge Fenton Jonues & Appel in San Jose.

submitted Dec. 29, 2014 11:37A
UGRD Leavey Business '78
Shaw, James

Jim Shaw ’78 is in his 16th season as the varsity surf coach for St. Augustine High School in San Diego. Jim is also a CPA in San Diego, maintaining a tax firm in the downtown area. Jim is married to Joy Shaw, CPA and has three children, including Jessica Shaw ’13, who is in her junior year at Santa Clara.

Contact James
submitted Jan. 10, 2012 9:02P
UGRD Leavey Business '78
Schmidt, Tim

Tim Schmidt ’78 has been named a major league special assignment scout with the Angels, after serving with the Arizona Diamondbacks as a professional scout since 2007. Prior to his time with the D-Backs, he worked as a pro scout with the Seattle Mariners (2002–06) and as an international cross-checker, west coast cross-checker and area scout with the Florida Marlins (1992–2001). His first three years as a professional area scout came with the New York Yankees 1989–91. Schmidt graduated from Santa Clara University, where he was a first baseman on the Broncos baseball team from 1975-78. In 1978, the Broncos won the West Coast Conference. Following his time at Santa Clara, he played overseas in the Dutch Hoofdklasse League (1981-83) and was an assistant coach at UC Riverside from 1984-88.

submitted Nov. 17, 2011 9:32A
Ryan, Kathy

 Accounting Today, a national magazine for public accounting professionals, has recently named Kathy Ryan '78 to its 2014 Managing Partner Elite list for her innovation in staffing, technology, and strategy. Ryan co-founded RoseRyan, a Silicon Valley-based accounting and finance consulting firm, in 1993. She serves as the firm’s CEO and CFO. In 2012, the San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal named Ryan one of the most influential women in Silicon Valley that year for her success in effecting change in her industry and her community.

submitted Oct. 30, 2014 10:08A
UGRD Engineering '78
Ronsvalle, Debra (Schram)

Debra (Schram) Ronsvalle '78 is currently a Senior Vice President in Enterprise Architecture at Bank of America in New York City.

submitted Nov. 17, 2010 2:08P
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