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UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
tsu, benjamin

The newest future Bronco, Ashley Elodie Tsu was born to Ben Tsu '89 and Jill Tsu on 1 June 2011. Born at 8:42 AM, Ashley weighed in at 8 pounds and 7 ounces. She joins her brother Aidan, born in 2009. The Tsus live in the Seattle, WA area.

submitted Jul. 14, 2011 5:27P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Symons, Jenni

Jenni Symons '89 has been inducted into the Los Gatos High School Athletic Hall of Fame for her outstanding accomplishments in soccer, field-hockey, and softball during her high school career.

submitted Jun. 16, 2010 1:31P
GRD Leavey/MBA '89
Stafford, Edwin

Edwin R. Stafford MBA '89 has won the Seven Summits Award Best Mountain/Environmental Film at the Mountain Film Festival in Mammoth Lakes, California, for his co-produced documentary entitled, Wind Uprising. The film chronicles Utah's four-year struggle to establish the state's first commercial wind project at the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon, about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City. Describing the story from the entrepreneurs' perspective, the documentary highlights the social, political, and market barriers hurdled by the developers and the lessons learned from jumpstarting a new cleantech industry in the state. Edwin is a marketing professor and co-director of the Center for the Market Diffusion of Renewable Energy and Clean Technology at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University, Logan, Utah (

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submitted Mar. 6, 2010 2:46P
Sparacino, Bricken

Bricken Sparacino '89 received the 2008 People of the Year award from the website for her work in independent theater. She lives, acts, directs, and writes in New York City with her husband, Michael Birch.

submitted May. 19, 2009 2:28P
UGRD Leavey Business '89
Soriano, Marcelino

Maj. Marcelino "Butch" Soriano ’89, MBA ’94, broke the record for number of hours of straight bell-ringing for the Salvation Army in Southern California, ringing the bell for 150 hours. In the end, he raised almost $10K. He set his record at 150 hours in celebration of the Salvation Army’s 150 years in existence and its 124th annual Red Kettle Campaign, during which bell-ringers seek donations outside stores throughout the holiday season.

“The reality is that I was sure that I would not be able to accomplish this quest on my own strength,” said Soriano, moments after setting his record. “I needed God’s strength.”
According to the organization’s rules, Soriano earned five minutes of rest for every continuous hour he rang his bell. He had to stand the entire time and could only eat, sit, go to the bathroom, or nap during his five-minute breaks. He was allowed to drink something, as long as it didn’t get in the way of his ringing the bell.
His first real test came at about the 51st hour, when his feet began to ache and throb. By the 84th hour, his feet were severely swollen.
“I was like, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to keep going,” Soriano said.
An hour later, the Salvation Army said “a stranger who had no idea of the pain he was in offered a bit of powerful support.”
“In the 85th hour, there was a gentleman who came behind me, he put a hand on me and prayed for me,” Soriano recalled. “A lot of the discomfort came out of me.”
The bell-ringer was struck with another surge of endurance when a woman came up to donate and he noticed on her shirt was written Bible verse “Philippians 4:13″ — “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” — a phrase Soriano said has motivated him in the past.
“I was at a very low point, where it was very uncomfortable,” Soriano said. “God reminded me because that verse was on that person’s shirt.”
After Soriano broke the record, he said sleep would have to wait: “Actually, right now I’m going to change so I can go to church.”
submitted Jan. 9, 2015 2:22P
Silva, Eileen (Eileen Silva)

Eileen Silva ’89 joined the Department of Surgery at the U.C. San Diego Medical Center as a senior editor in March, after a layoff and contracting for 18 months.

Contact Eileen
submitted Apr. 20, 2012 8:36P
GRD Law '89
Rudy, Christopher

Christopher G. Rudy J.D. ’89 has been appointed to serve on the Santa Clara County Superior Court by Gov. Jerry Brown ’59. Rudy, a 53-year-old Boulder Creek resident and a Democrat, has been a partner at Stenberg Sunseri Roe Pickard and Rudy since 1994.

submitted Jul. 21, 2014 7:55A
Rodriguez, Luis
Luis Rodriguez ’89, J.D. ’92 is the first Latino and the first active public defender elected to be president of the State Bar of California, which regulates more than 237,000 attorneys in the state.
"I'm the first Latino and that's something to celebrate, especially in the state of California but at the same time, it's a stark reminder of how long it takes for certain groups to move up and become part of the leadership of the community," said Rodriguez.
The Los Angeles native, who was the first in his family to attend college, came to believe the best way to help his family and give the disadvantaged a voice was by getting a formal education and becoming an advocate of the legal system. 
Rodriguez was admitted to the State Bar in 1994. He is a former president of the California La Raza Lawyers Association, the Mexican American Bar Association, and the Latino Public Defenders Association.
submitted May. 22, 2013 4:50A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Pierce, Nancy (Schnetz)

Mickey Pierce '89 and Nancy (Schnetz) Pierce '89 joyfully welcomed a baby boy, Dominic James, on October 6, 2010. Dominic weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz. and was 19.75 inches long. The family lives in San Jose.

submitted Mar. 28, 2011 2:15P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Moreland, Michele
Seasoned IP executive Michele Moreland ’89, J.D. ’98 has been appointed to oversee SITO Mobile's IP strategy. The company is a leading mobile engagement platform provider. Prior to joining SITO Mobile, Michele was the director of acquisitions for RPX Corporation where she oversaw the assessment, valuation, acquisition and licensing of patents against clients. Prior to RPX Corporation Ms. Moreland worked as a Partner at McDermott Will & Emery and as an Associate at Cooley Godward LLP focused solely on patent litigation.


submitted Feb. 1, 2015 3:35P
GRD Law '89
Montgomery, Wayne

Wayne Montgomery JD ’89 was appointed Vice President of legal affairs and intellectual property of iPierian,  a biopharmaceutical company focused on the industrialization of induced pluripotent stem cell. Montgomery comes prepared with over twenty years of experience as an intellectual property law attorney in the biopharmaceutical industry. He most recently served as vice president of patents at Exelixis. Previously, he served as vice president of intellectual property at Nektar Therapeutics. He held the position of vice president, assistant general counsel & chief patent counsel at Axys Pharmaceuticals prior to its acquisition by Celera, and subsequently vice president of intellectual property at Celera Genomics. Mr. Montgomery began his legal career with Syntex Legal Affairs. Prior to entering the legal profession, he served as a pharmacologist with Syntex Research. He received a J.D. degree from Santa Clara University School of Law and undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and pharmacology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

submitted Oct. 4, 2010 12:58P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Mendez, Fred

Fred Mendez '89 was named director of the Office of Corporate Social Responsibility at Rabobank NA. He was previously senior vice president of community and economic development. He and his wife Nicole live in Sacramento with their two boys, Alejandro and Santiago.

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submitted Dec. 28, 2012 9:47P
May, Maggie (Rodee)

Maggie Rodee May ’89 writes: "My husband and I relocated to Silver Spring, M.D. in 2012, after living abroad in Vicenza, Italy for three years. My husband Tony, is serving in the U.S. Army. I am currently enrolled at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in an adult nurse practitioner program."

Contact Maggie
On Facebook: Maggie Rodee May
submitted Apr. 5, 2014 12:02P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Mauk, Scott
Scott Mauk ’89 received his Ed.D. from Seattle Pacific University in June, 2010. He writes that he is currently: Director of Special Education, Director Special Programs and Director of Whidbey Island Academy in the South Whidbey School District in Wash—“Way too many titles!”
submitted Apr. 5, 2011 9:50A
GRD Leavey/MBA '89
Mattson, Brad

Brad Mattson MBA ’89 has just published The Solar Phoenix: How America Can Rise from the Ashes of Solyndra to World Leadership in Solar 2.0. The book explains why solar is fundamental to the world’s energy future, and how the industry has passed a cost tipping point. It provides a set of detailed road maps of how, when, and where the solar energy revolution will take place. And it challenges the United States to take its rightful place as the world’s solar superpower.

After taking both Novellus and Mattson Technology from his garage to NASDAQ, Mattson retired from the semiconductor industry and became involved with social entrepreneurship, pursuing the goal of “technology benefiting humanity.” During that pursuit, he fell in love with solar.
As a venture capitalist and now as the CEO of Siva Power, Mattson is working to bring solar to the cost point that would unlock the market – making clean, affordable energy available to everyone, everywhere. He lives with his wife Vicky Mattson ’84 in Silicon Valley.
submitted Aug. 26, 2014 1:21P
Lotti, Elisa (Eidson)

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Elisa (Eidson) Lotti ’89, M.A. ’92 married George Lotti ’90 in 1997. She is a currently the project specialist at Sylvandale Middle School in San Jose, Calif., and was a teacher for 20 years prior to changing educational roles. Lisa and George live in the Willow Glen area of San Jose, where they also run Unconditional Love Animal Rescue and Placement, a nonprofit organization that has rescued approximately 2500 animals from local shelter euthanasia lists since its inception in 1999. In their spare time, they love wine tasting, golf, Tahoe, and snuggling their four kitties and two pups.

Contact Elisa
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 8:16P
UGRD Leavey Business '89
Lleverino, Mario

Mario Lleverino ’89, a restaurant exective with 20 years of experience, has opened Ciano's Modern Latin Flavors, a restaurant in downtown Campbell. He is also on the board of the Mexican Heritage Corporation.

Contact Mario
submitted Jul. 29, 2013 11:05A
GRD Law '89
Kwok, Edward

Edward Kwok J.D. ’89 joined Hogan Lovells as a partner in the intellectual property practice, based in Silicon Valley. Kwok's practice focuses on patent prosecution, patent and trade secret litigation, IP portfolio assessment and development, infringement and validity opinions, and licensing. He has extensive experience in representing clients in intellectual property litigations in state courts, federal courts, and the ITC.

Since 1993, he has participated in patent infringement and trade secret trials before the ITC. Kwok has prosecuted patents for analog and digital electronic circuits, computer architecture, network systems, software, semiconductor equipment, semiconductor materials and processing, mass storage media, optical and laser instrumentation, controllers, telecommunication systems, digital signal processing, image processing, wireless communication systems, global positioning system applications, and software and Internet applications.

Before becoming a lawyer, Kwok held various engineering and management positions in the semiconductor industry.

submitted Sep. 17, 2012 7:29P
Kannaday, Colleen

Colleen Kannaday '89 was appointed president of Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, and Advocate Eureka Hospital, Eureka. Kannaday has nearly 20 years of experience as a health care executive. She served most recently as president of St. Francis Hospital and Health Center, Blue Island, and led a stabilization strategy for the 410-bed hospital, which had an operating budget of $170 million, 1,400 associates and 350 physicians. She also served as vice president of operations and interim president at Saint Eugene Community Hospital in Dillon, S.C., and worked at Good Samaritan Regional Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

submitted Sep. 10, 2010 12:37P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Jordan, Keith

Keith Jordan ’89, J.D. ’93 writes, "I work for an amazing company that is a disruptive game-changer for the betterment of business and employees. I partner with other companies and look for ways to bring value to their business with a measurable ROI. I determine how I can improve a company's 'PIERS': Productivity, Image, Expenses, Revenue, Safety, Security, Stability."

Contact Keith
submitted May. 17, 2013 3:09P
GRD Leavey/MBA '89
Huebner, Robert

Denny Huebner ’89 and family (wife, Susan; son, Brian, 19; and daughter, Anna, 13) returned to the Bay Area from Nakuru, Kenya, after serving as missionaries for three years with Rohi Children Organization. They are now adjusting to the reverse culture shock of life in Livermore, Calif. and looking for jobs and/or new ministry opportunities.

Contact Robert
Denny blog: Susan blog: Email:
submitted Sep. 15, 2009 2:30P
UGRD Leavey Business '89
Heher, Timothy

Timothy S. Heher '84, MBA '89 was appointed vice president of finance at ZONARE Medical Systems, Inc., a developer of high-end ultrasound solutions.

Heher brings to ZONARE more than 25 years of experience in key financial positions within the medical industry, both in ultrasound and healthcare IT.  Heher brings direct senior level experience in reducing costs and improving administrative and operational efficiencies at leading organizations, such as Allocade, Siemens and Acuson. At ZONARE, he will direct the company's overall financial operations, including financial planning and analysis, cash management and financial statement preparation.

Prior, Heher was the CFO at Allocade, Inc. in Menlo Park, and was responsible for all the finance and accounting activities and key in securing significant funding from VCs. His ultrasound experience includes over 16 years at Siemens Medical Solutions' Ultrasound Division and Acuson for where he assumed responsibilities as director of finance overseeing supply chain management, service, sales, and service & marketing

submitted Dec. 19, 2011 4:59P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Hartland, Charm (Barber)

Charm (Barber) Hartland '89 is a Senior Manager, Strategic Planning & Operations, Cisco Systems and just celebrated her 16th anniversary with the company. Charm lives in San Jose with her husband Andrew and sons Connor and Tyler.

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submitted Dec. 8, 2009 6:06P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Hardcastle, Christine (Spencer)

Chrissy (Spencer) Hardcastle '89 is teaching her 15th year of English/AP Literature at Central High School-East Campus in Fresno, Calif. She and her husband Randy reside in Clovis with their daughters Kali (a junior at St. Mary's college-yes, she is a Gael), Meagan (a senior at SJM HS), and Hayden (a very active 2-year old). She appreciates the inspiration she received from her SCU professors.

submitted Jun. 23, 2010 6:25A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Guggenheim, Scott

Scott Evan Guggenheim '89 is the executive director of the California Academy for the Creative Performing Arts. For the fifth summer in a row, he has hosted The Scene, a musical theater summer camp for kids held at Santa Clara University. “Our intention is to provide students with the opportunity to grow as artists and human beings," Guggenheim says. 

Guggenheim works alongside his wife, Shannon, who is a co-director, movement specialist, and choreographer at The Scene.
He has staged and produced numerous productions, anong them the original Schoolhouse Rock Live. He will be taking The MeshugaNutcracker! to New York this winter.
submitted Jul. 25, 2014 9:36A
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