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Krakauer, Bob

Bob Krakauer ’88, MBA ’93 has been appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer for Aspect Software, a leading provider of customer contact, enterprise workforce optimization, and Microsoft platform solutions.  Playing a key role on the management team, Krakauer will provide strategic financial direction to the company.

Prior to joining the Aspect team, Krakauer was working with Permira Capital as Interim CFO in the carve-out of Genesys from Alcatel-Lucent. He brings more than 20 years in managing technology-related companies and has extensive experience raising debt and equity capital.
He is currently a member of the advisory board at Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business.
submitted Jul. 26, 2012 11:02A
GRD Law '88
Kim, Thomas

Thomas M. Kim J.D. ’88, MBA ’88 has been elected president of Global Turnaround Management Association for 2013.

submitted Feb. 6, 2013 10:52A
UGRD Leavey Business '88
Kelly, Donna ((Miller))

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Donna (Miller) Kelly '88 is a Global Real Estate Area Manager at Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto.

submitted Apr. 16, 2013 11:40A
UGRD Leavey Business '88
Kelley, Steve

Steve Kelley '88 and wife Jackie welcomed a daughter, Quinn Leighanne, on July 21, 2011. Steve is a corporate finance consultant, and Jackie is a partner with Ernst & Young. The family lives in Corona Del Mar, CA, with their rescue dog, Gabby.

submitted Aug. 20, 2011 7:42P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '88
Johnsen, Bruce

Bruce Johnsen M.A. ’88 writes: “We wrapped up some interesting facilitation/mediation work with Codex Alimentarius. Meetings in Mexico City, Brussels, and Beijing made for interesting context.”

submitted Apr. 26, 2012 4:05P
Johnsen, Bruce

Bruce Johnsen M.A. ’88 writes: “Continuing to enjoy my work 'saving' family-owned businesses and partnerships."

submitted Sep. 18, 2015 8:26A
UGRD Engineering '88
Jensen, Rob

Rob Jensen ’86 and Diana Jensen ’88 own Testarossa Winery, in Los Gatos, which is housed in the beautiful old Novitiate Winery founded by the Jesuits of then-Santa Clara College in the late 19th century.

Testarossa (Italian for “red head”) was the nickname given Rob as a young university student in Italy. Rob, a fourth generation Northern Californian, developed a passion for winemaking: its past, present, and future through extensive travel to Europe's great wine growing areas, combined with living in Italy during his university days. Although Rob's degree is in electrical engineering, with a minor in Italian language and culture, he has studied grape growing, winemaking and chemistry at the renowned School of Viticulture and Oenology at UC Davis. During Rob's nearly twenty-year high-tech career he held several sales and marketing positions in pre- and post-IPO companies in Silicon Valley. Rob's technical background, love of the arts, and business experience made it a natural for him to dive headlong into the wine business, an industry that is equal parts science and art.

Diana Jensen, also born in Northern California but raised in San Diego, met Rob while earning her BS in electrical engineering at Santa Clara University. She worked in high-tech marketing at Silicon Valley's National Semiconductor and Cypress Semiconductor. She, along with Rob, founded Testarossa Winery in 1993 as a small, weekend project. But as new grape sources were secured and the wines gained reputation, a daily presence was needed to develop the winery into a business. In 1994, Diana left the high tech world and started running Testarossa full time.
submitted Dec. 15, 2014 9:02A
GRD Law '88
Jacques, Michael

Michael A. Jacques '82, J.D. '88 was recently elected as a Commisioner for the Placer County Superior Court. He lives on his small-scale farm in rural Placer County with his wife of twenty years, Kyle, and sons Nathan, 15, and Philip, 9.

submitted Jun. 28, 2011 2:33P
GRD Leavey/MBA '88
Jacobson, Mark

Mark I. Jacobson MBA ’88 is celebrating 25 years as a volunteer DJ at KSCU. He can be heard Sunday mornings 9am-11am playing the Blues at 103.3FM and!

submitted May. 16, 2011 11:58A
GRD Law '88
Hook, Taryn (Hook)

Taryn Hook J.D. 88's short story,"Pluto Rising," is included in the Literary Journal's Anthology, Volume II. The Anthology presents the best short fiction published by the in 2011. Hook is an author and private investigator living and working in the South Bay Area.

Contact Taryn
submitted Aug. 1, 2012 5:24P
GRD Law '88
Hook, Taryn (Hook)

Taryn Hook, Esq., J.D. '88 writes that she "is credited with bringing a mysterious disease killing snakes all over the world to the attention of renowned scientist Dr. Joe DeRisi, Vice Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF. Hook, an amateur herpetologist, wrote DeRisi a letter imploring him to find a cure for Inclusion Body Disease, which killed two of her pet snakes and potentially affected another, Larry. In response, Dr. DeRisi researched the disease, and discovered that the cause of the illness appears to originate from a new set of viruses similar to the Ebola virus. A news article published by UCSF in August of this year relates that this new discovery potentially leads to diagnostics and treatment, making it possible to someday eliminate the disease from snake collections worldwide. Hook is featured in an UCSF and NPR story about Dr. DeRisi's groundbreaking discovery as well as on other major media outlets."

Contact Taryn;; Twitter - @Taryn72
submitted Aug. 15, 2012 2:58P
Gomersall, Amy (Kremer)

Amy (Kremer) Gomersall ’88 writes, "Still living in and loving Chico, Calif,. with husband, Edson, and three kids, Peter, (16), Nicholas (14), and Grace (9). Celebrating 22 years of marriage, 20+ years of freelance graphic design with SCU and 25 years with the Class of 1988! Looking forward to our 25-year reunion with Stucco House gal Molly Emrick Scragg ’88, Liz Vierra Malone ’88, Linda May Fitzgerald ’88, and Diane Dunn ’88!"

submitted Aug. 19, 2013 10:56A
Fidrych, Holly

Holly (Mallory) Fidrych '88 and Bob Fidrych were married in October 2007 in the Mission Church. They had their daughter, Mallory, in September 2008. The family lives in Campbell, Calif.

submitted Apr. 12, 2010 4:11P
UGRD Leavey Business '88
Fidrych, Holly (Mallory)

Holly (Mallory) '88, Bob, & big sister Mallory welcome Robert John (RJ) on December 5th, 2011. The family lives in Campbell, Calif.

submitted Apr. 11, 2012 10:18P
UGRD Leavey Business '88
Erbst, Steve

Steve Erbst ’88 has joined Egnyte, a provider of hybrid cloud file server solutions, as VP of sales. Erbst was most recently director of worldwide sales for Cisco’s collaboration products after itsr $215 million acquisition of PostPath. Prior to Egnyte, Erbst held management positions at RSA Security (acquired by EMC), Network Chemistry (acquired by Aruba), and Sana Security (acquired by AVG Technologies). Egnyte’s unique technology provides the speed and security of local storage with the accessibility of the cloud. Users can easily store, share, access and backup files, while IT has the centralized administration and control to enforce business policies.

submitted Dec. 14, 2011 9:01P
GRD Engineering '88
Draxler, Laura

Laura Draxler M.S. ’88 writes: “This is my fifth year working in the clean technology/energy industry with early stage companies and at the Cleantech Open. I am proud that my son is graduating from Woodside Priory School this year and is hoping to attend Santa Clara University!”

Contact Laura
submitted Apr. 26, 2012 5:12P
GRD Law '88
Dessau, Peter

Peter V. Dessau ’84, J.D. ’88, a partner at Miller, Morton, Caillat & Nevis LLP,  has been appointed to the board of directors of the Housing Industry Foundation (HIF). 

HIF’s mission is to assist individuals and families in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties in remaining in or returning to stable housing, while supporting efforts to identify long-term solutions to the lack of affordable housing in these communities. Through collaboration with emergency service organizations, the organization funds emergency housing grants that provide an immediate bridge to keep individuals and families in their homes. HIF also completes renovations to non-profit housing facilities and transitional living facilities.
“Adequate shelter is such a basic need, and one that can often be taken for granted. It’s incredibly fulfilling for me to be able to provide my expertise in support of the great work that HIF is doing in the communities that so many of our attorneys and clients work and live,” said Dessau.
HIF’s board of directors is responsible for providing all operational funding so that 100 percent of fundraising contributions go directly to the organization’s programs. The Board further extends the organization’s community reach by gaining the support of industry leaders who can leverage their resources, funding and skills to complete renovation projects.
With 26 years of experience in construction law, Dessau’s practice focuses on litigation involving construction defects and other issues. Regularly advising clients out of both the firm’s San Jose and Newport Beach offices, he represents developers, builders and contractors in payment disputes and defends and prosecutes delay and impact claims against private owners, contractors and public entities. Dessau’s experience also includes providing counsel to members of the industry on risk management techniques to avoid litigation.
In addition to his involvement with HIF, Dessau is a member of the State Bar of California, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the Tri-County Apartment Association. A frequent author and speaker on various construction law topics, he has served as a guest lecturer at his alma mater (1988), Santa Clara University School of Law. In addition to his J.D., Dessau earned his B.A. from Santa Clara University (1984).
submitted May. 4, 2014 12:55P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '88
Dehlinger, Henry

Henry Dehlinger '88 released his new solo piano album, Evocations of Spain, in November. Showcasing a fresh, New World interpretation of the piano music of Isaac Albeniz and Enrique Granados, the album will speak to “folks with broad musical tastes who listen to classical music with some regularity.”

“If you’re a fan of solo piano and love the sensuous Spanish sound,” Dehlinger says, “you’ll love this album.” The music draws on the beautiful melodies of Andalusia with its Flamenco rhythms and exotic overtones. Also prominent is the use of cante jondo, or “deep song” of the Spanish gypsies.

For nearly a decade, the former tech executive had led sales and marketing teams on three continents, most recently as global VP of an IT company in Northern Virginia. Well before venturing to the corporate world, Dehlinger distinguished himself musically on celebrated stages, from the White House in Washington, D.C., to the War Memorial Performing Arts Center in San Francisco. His first mentor was conductor Dr. William “Doc” Ballard, legendary director of the San Francisco Boys Chorus. Dehlinger credits Doc for his early success. By the time he was ten, Dehlinger was part of the Bay Area music scene, performing with Luciano Pavarotti and Montserrat Caballé and entertaining VIPs from the President of the United States to the Prince of Wales. At twelve, Dehlinger was invited to study with piano virtuoso Thomas LaRatta, founder of the Crestmont Conservatory of Music and student of the great Rudolf Ganz. Enchanted with Spanish music, Dehlinger traveled to Spain, where he enrolled at the University of Valencia. He later graduated from Santa Clara University.

submitted Nov. 8, 2011 8:26P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '88
Dalcher, Greg

Greg Dalcher ’88 is a senior software engineer with McAfee Corp. in Beaverton, Ore.

submitted May. 16, 2011 11:36A
Bell, Kelley (Kornder)

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Kelley (Kornder) Bell ’88 lives in Ben Lomond, Calif., with her husband, custom furniture designer and creator Timothy Bell. They have 2 funny and amazing girls, Charlotte (11) and Sadie (5). Kelley is the global director of Community & Environmental Initiatives for Driscoll's Berries and sits on the Global Executive Team.

submitted Sep. 13, 2013 4:28P
Basich, Frank

Frank Basich ’88 is the Inland Marine Team Lead for Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty in San Francisco. He has been in the insurance industry for 24 years and with AGCS for the last 11. He lives in Petaluma, CA with his wife of 23 years, Jennifer, and their 9-year-old son, Sam. Frank is the head coach of Sam's CYO Basketball Team in Petaluma. Frank wanted to let the class of 1988 know that the 25th Reunion was fantastic. He wrote, "It was great to catch up with so many wonderful friends. Thank you so much for all the great memories. See you all at the 30th, if not before. The class of '88 rocks!"

submitted Jan. 10, 2014 9:54A
Backhus, Maryvette

Maryvette Backhus '88 lives in Sacramento and shares a dental practice with husband Mark. The couple has two daughters: Alexa, 12, and Kailey, 9.

submitted May. 21, 2009 3:49P
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