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GRD Law '78
Hartnett, Jim

Jim Hartnett J.D. '78 is serving on the California High Speed Rail Authority Board, appointed by state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. He  maintins his active litigation and dispute resolution practice at Hartnett, Smith and Paetkau in Redwood City.

Contact Jim
Hartnett, Smith and Paetkau 777 Marshall Street Redwood City, CA 94063 650 568 2820
submitted Apr. 25, 2012 8:41A
Hartnett, Jim

Jim Hartnett J.D. '78 is the current vice chair of the California High Speed Rail Authority Board. He maintains his active litigation and dispute resolution practice as a partner at Hartnett, Smith and Paetkau in vibrant downtown Redwood City. He's a former mayor of Redwood City.

submitted May. 4, 2014 1:06P
Gutierez, Joseph

Joe Gutierez '78 is the president of Cobalt Marketing and Communications.  He has just been appointed to the American Cancer Society Leadership Advisory. 

submitted Apr. 7, 2010 12:11P
GRD Law '78
Geraghty, Michael

Michael Geraghty J.D. ’78, an Anchorage attorney, will be Alaska’s next attorney general. Geraghty was born and grew up in Fairbanks before joining his current Anchorage law firm in 1979. 

Geraghty has received national recognition in his handling of cases in personal litigation and construction law. He is a commissioner with the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. The appointment will go to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees for consideration.

The full legislature will have to approve the appointment in a joint session,  although Geraghty can begin the job before then.

submitted Jan. 22, 2012 9:59A
Geraghty, Michael

Former Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty J.D. '78 has joined the law firm Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP based in its Anchorage office. During his 36-year career, he has been involved in numerous complex cases, and has tried cases to verdict throughout Alaska, including Kenai, Barrow, Dillingham, Fairbanks and Anchorage. He has appeared before the Alaska Supreme Court in matters ranging from sovereign immunity, insurance bad faith, and administrative law, to attorney-client privilege, OSHA regulations, contract claims, shareholder disputes, products liability, and premises-landowner liability.

Geraghty served as Alaska’s Attorney General 2012-14; prior to his appointment, he was a partner in the Anchorage law firm DeLisio Moran Geraghty & Zobel PC, with a practice devoted exclusively to litigation and appeals before state and federal courts.

submitted May. 7, 2015 11:47A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Garner, Michael

Michael Garner '78 writes: "I've changed from pastor of a local church (served as such for 25 years) to missionary work. Days find me mostly on the internet in countries around the world -- teaching, training, praying, counseling. I just returned from a 12-day trip to Austria to train counselors (and many other duties, including working with a refugee church). I preach weekly at a Korean-American church here in Silicon Valley as well. You can find more info about this ministry at (I'm an Associate)."

Contact Michael
submitted May. 11, 2011 10:08A
Garcia, Modesta

Modesta Garcia ’78 credits her SCU experience and particularly her mentors, Professor Francisco ’66 and Laura Jimenez ’67, for providing inspiration and a foundation for her career in higher education and service leadership. On receiving her BA in Spanish at SCU, Modesta enrolled and completed a master’s in education at Harvard University. Two years later, she was hired as SCU assistant director of admissions and first minority student recruitment coordinator. This job prepared her for the next step as a Princeton University admissions officer. Subsequently, Modesta was hired in her dream job as faculty/academic counselor at her other alma mater, College of San Mateo, from which she retired after 24 years of service in May 2011. Modesta has been sought as a college admissions consultant and speaker nationally and in China, and consultant or committee member for the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholars Program, Brown University, the College Board Western Region, Educational Testing Services, NACAC, and WACAC, among others. She now provides college admissions consulting and coaching for Ivy League, international, transfer and general college admissions planning. Modesta also served on the board of directors for the SCU National Alumni Association, which prepared her for such service on the local Harvard alumni chapters. She is Harvard’s (and SCU’s!) only graduate to be elected president of both Bay Area alumni chapters: the Harvard Club of San Francisco, and the Harvard Club of Silicon Valley. Modesta’s works have been recognized with awards from the College Board Western Region, Harvard Alumni Association, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Princeton University, and Santa Clara University Chicano Alumni, among others, for her support of students and alumni. Modesta’s 15 minutes of fame unfurled when she introduced Francisco Jimenez as the recipient of the award, 2002 U.S. Professor of the Year by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; the award ceremony was held at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

submitted Oct. 7, 2013 3:01P
GRD Law '78
Ferriell, Jeff

Jeff Ferriell J.D '78 has taken over as director of Capital University Law School's Academic Support Program, and also teaches contracts, bankruptcy, and commercial law. The third edition of his law school hornbook, Understanding Bankruptcy (with co-author Ted Janger of Brooklyn Law School), was published this spring by LexisNexis. He is currently working on the third edition of Understanding Contracts and continues to serve as a member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, from Ohio.

submitted May. 12, 2013 5:47P
UGRD Leavey Business '78
Faye, Hans

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.

submitted Jan. 9, 2012 4:05P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Duque, Kathy (Navarrete)

Kathy Navarrete-Duque '78 retired from Santa Clara County-Probation Department with 30 years of service on June 1, 2010. Kathy started as a SCU college intern in 1978 and now leaves as Deputy Chief of Probation. A stellar career with many achievements, not the least of which was first female superintendent at the boys ranch.

submitted Jun. 13, 2010 3:19P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Coyle, Stevie

Stevie Coyle '78, who toured for many years with newgrass / jamband The Waybacks, recently released his first solo CD, a concept album called Ten-In-One, based in no small part upon his post-graduation adventures with The Royal Lichtenstein Circus. Stevie tours nationwide, enjoying thoroughly the current wave of interest in the grassroots House Concert movement. He lives in Marin County.

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submitted Sep. 19, 2009 4:20P
GRD Law '78
Cordero, Mario

Mario Cordero J.D. ’78 has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission. Cordero is an attorney in private practice and is currently serving his second term on the Long Beach of Harbor Commissioners. During his first term, Mr. Cordero served as vice president and president of the Board. He is also a part-time professor of political science at Long Beach City College. He has previously sat on the Long Beach Community Development Commission and served as vice-chair of the Long Beach Ethics Review Task Force.

submitted Sep. 20, 2010 12:55P
GRD Law '78
Cordero, Mario

Mario Cordero J.D. ’78 has been designated the new chairman of the nation's most powerful maritime governing body, the Federal Maritime Commission, by President Barack Obama. A former Long Beach harbor commissioner, Cordero has practiced law for 30 years, including as a workers' compensation defense attorney. He was on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners for about seven years before heading to the federal commission in 2011.


submitted Apr. 8, 2013 3:38P
GRD Law '78
Bennett, Steven

Steve Bennett J.D. ’78 writes that he has joined the Portland, Ore., law firm Farleigh Wada Witt (FWW). Bennett was a partner of the Portland law firm Powers, McCulloch & Bennett, LLP, which merged with FWW effective January 1, 2013. He continues to focus his practice in the areas of business and estate planning.

Contact Steven Farleigh Wada Witt 121 SW Morrison St., Ste 600 Portland, OR 97204 (503)228-6044
submitted Mar. 6, 2013 11:11A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Ackerman, Andy

Andy Ackerman '78, executive producer for Universal Media Studios, is producing a new sitcom, Perfect Couples, which centers around three unique couples who are at various stages in their relationships. You can find a profile of Ackerman in the SCM archives at

submitted Jan. 19, 2011 12:34P
Ackerman, Andy

Andy Ackerman ’78 is an executive producer for NBC’s Whitney, which the network gave a full-season order after the show’s success this fall.

Whitney, starring standup comedian Whitney Cummings as an unmarried woman living with her boyfriend, has performed well at 9:30 p.m. Thursday following The Office. In its two airings, the show has held steady by averaging a 2.9/7, with 6.1 million total viewers.

submitted Jan. 22, 2012 11:33A


Walker, Mark

Mark Walker '79 earned an MBA from Arizona State University. He and Michele (Sipiora) '80 live in Aurora, Colo., and their daughter Jillian '11 is currently at SCU.

submitted May. 19, 2009 2:16P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '79
Wade, Wendy (Silva)

Wendy (Wade) Silva M.S. '79 recently completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is an adjunct professor in the MFT Program at Simpson College and doing her post-doctoral hours at the Christian Counseling Center in San Jose.

submitted Oct. 10, 2011 7:46A
Tabler, Michelle (Massaro)

Michelle (Massaro) Tabler ’79 is the Alaska Regional Manager for the Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon & Western Washington. Michelle retired in 2010 from a career in insurance.

Contact Michelle
submitted May. 4, 2014 8:48A
Sweeney, Richard

Richard Sweeney ’79 has been named defensive line and special teams coach of the Humboldt State University football team. He has over 23 years of collegiate coaching experience and played defensive back during his years at Santa Clara.

submitted Jun. 16, 2010 11:46A
UGRD Leavey Business '79
Storum, William
William A. Storum ’79, J.D. ’86 has published Going for the Gold: Preserving Wealth, Lowering Taxes (Book Publishers Network, 2014), which advises how to use gold to preserve net worth and achieve financial goals, slash exposure to increased inflation and higher taxes, and buy gold bullion and coins smartly without getting scammed...and much more.
submitted Feb. 27, 2015 1:35P
Smolarski, Dennis

Dennis C. Smolarski, S.J., M.Div., STM ’79 published two books: Eucharist and American Culture: Liturgy, Unity, and Individualism (New York: Paulist Press, 2010)—the Catholic Press Association awarded it first place in the "Liturgy" category for books published in 2010; and his Chinese translation of How Not to Say Mass appeared in late 2011 (Taipei City: the Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference). 

submitted Apr. 20, 2012 5:42P
GRD Leavey/MBA '79
Simpson, Carl

Carl Simpson M.S. ’72, MBA ’79 is a board member of Uptake Medical, a company founded to help address the problem of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease worldwide. Simpson has worked in the medical/medical device arena for over 40 years. He supported his way through undergraduate school working as an x-ray technician at El Camino Hospital. In addition, he supported his way through graduate school working at Stanford in cardiovascular medicine. After graduate school and a short period working for Hewlett-Packard’s medical business group, Simpson began an unanticipated excursion into becoming a medical device entrepreneur. With John Simpson, MD, PhD, and Ray Williams, Advanced Cardiovascular Systems (ACS) was formulated and was Carl Simpson’s first entrepreneurial effort. The company was sold to Lilly in 1984 and spun-off into Guidant in 1994. ACS became the University of Medical Devices for Silicon Valley, giving birth to over 100 medical devices companies. Recently Guidant has been sold to Boston Scientific and Abbott Vascular. For Simpson, ACS created the experience, motivation, and entrepreneurial drive to launch into a career of working with other entrepreneurs in establishing over 16 medical device companies. Simpson has been on the board of multiple medical device companies and worked with Versant Ventures for four years learning the VC business and assisting them in defining new companies for future investments.

submitted Jan. 21, 2011 1:35P
Schnuckel, Joanne (Formato)

Joanne Formato Schnuckel ’79 is living in Manhattan Beach, Calif., with husband Brian and their three children: Greg, Lauren, and Michael. She is currently working at NBC/Universal.

submitted May. 3, 2012 1:45P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '79
Rafaty, Laura

Laura Rafaty '79, J.D. '85 is the founder and artistic director of NapaShakes (, a nonprofit bringing world-class professional Shakespeare to the Napa Valley.  She continues her law practice ( in St. Helena, California, specializing in immigration law, including work visas for extraordinary culinary, winemaking, and performing artists. A national award winning writer, her work can be found at

Contact Laura
submitted May. 18, 2015 3:53P
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