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1989

UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Gordon, Jens

Jens Gordon '89 was named the new coach of the Salinas High School boys basketball team. He becomes just the third varsity boys basketball coach at Salinas High in 65 years. 

Gordon, who earned a full-ride basketball scholarship to SCU, was an undrafted free agent for the San Antonio Spurs in 1989. After breaking his ankle, he went on to play basketball professionally in Europe and Japan for 19 years.  

In 2006 he returned to the Salinas area and earned his teaching credential at Cal State University-Monterey Bay. Last year he coached the Salinas High JV girls team to an 18-4 record.

submitted Jul. 4, 2012 10:52A
GRD Leavey/MBA '89
Delsman, Mark

Mark Delsman MBA '89 has been appointed the new vice president of engineering at Pliant Technology.

submitted Sep. 1, 2010 11:59A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Darchini, Tracy

Tracy Garfinkel Darchini ’89 was promoted to Media Relations Manager for Daimler Trucks North America in Portland, Ore.

submitted May. 15, 2013 3:07P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Colaizzi, Robert

Robert Colaizzi ’89 has joined Atlona, a global manufacturer of cutting-edge digital connectivity solutions, as the CFO. Colaizzi brings more than 20 years of experience building world-class accounting, finance, and operational teams to Atlona. He has extensive global experience in optimizing operations and driving revenue and profitability by successfully developing and executing financial and operational strategies. Colaizzi holds a B.S. in economics from Santa Clara University and an M.B.A. in finance from the College of Notre Dame. Atlona supplies an extensive range of high-quality products—from cables, splitters, and extenders to distribution amplifiers, converters, switchers, and more—to a diverse client base spanning the consumer electronics, home theater, computing, retail, systems integration, professional A/V, broadcast, entertainment, medical digital imaging, and digital signage markets.

 
submitted Apr. 20, 2012 2:32P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Chen, Kathy

Kathy Thielke Chen '89 and husband Pete welcomed a baby girl, Leilani Marina Chen, on December 12, 2008. The Chens continue to reside in Palo Alto, CA where Kathy is the owner of Just a Party Girl, an event planning and wedding coordination service business.

submitted Jun. 3, 2009 2:22P
'89
Chen, Kathy

Kathy Thielke Chen '89 and husband Pete welcomed a baby girl, Leilani Marina Chen, on December 12, 2008. The Chens continue to reside in Palo Alto, Calif., where Kathy is the owner of Just a Party Girl, an event planning and wedding coordination service business.

submitted Jun. 3, 2009 2:18P
GRD Engineering '89
Carruthers, Malcolm

Malcolm J. Carruthers '94 was appointed manager of customer support for Comtech Xicom Technology Inc. in Santa Clara. Earlier this year he presented a paper at the IVEC/IVESC Conference titled "The More Things Change, the More They Stay The Same," a retrospective and prospective look at the vacuum tube industry. Comtech Xicom Technology is a world leader in satellite communications (satcom) amplifiers, some of which will be used to transmit the 2012 London Olympics to countries around the world.

Contact Malcolm
http://www.xicomtech.com malcolm.carruthers@xicomtech.com
submitted Jul. 19, 2012 2:34P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Buckley, Troy

Troy Buckley '89 is the baseball coach at Long Beach State University.

submitted Aug. 18, 2010 2:17P
'89
Bootsma, Karin

Karin Bootsma MBA ’89 has been named VP of marketing for RiseSmart, a leader in enterprise career management solutions. In this position, Bootsma will build upon RiseSmart’s market leadership and focus on creating marketing programs that grow the foundation for ongoing customer, sales, and channel success in each of the company’s markets.

Bootsma brings more than 20 years of high-tech, HCM and SaaS marketing experience, including seven years as vice president of marketing at public and private companies. She joins RiseSmart from Monster Worldwide, where she led Product Marketing, HR Alliances and Monster’s Talent Management Suite. Bootsma also drove product marketing for several new products, such as Monster’s semantic resume search products.
 
“We are delighted to have Karin lead RiseSmart’s already stellar marketing program,” said RiseSmart President and CEO Sanjay Sathe. “Karin brings a deep understanding of the HR industry and her past experience is perfectly in line with the expertise we need here at RiseSmart. We’re excited by what she brings to the table as we continue innovating the career management industry.”
 
Prior to Monster Worldwide, Bootsma was responsible for marketing strategy and execution at Trovix, a leading provider of employment products and services using intelligent search technology, now owned by Monster. She executed branding, awareness, demand generation, sales enablement, and competitive intelligence. Before Trovix, Bootsma established a competitive presence for Entopia, a venture-backed knowledge management company. She also led marketing strategy and execution at Information Storage Devices Inc., now owned by Winbond. Bootsma was responsible for marketing Winbond’s products in North America and Europe, along with worldwide marketing for ISD's products. Her efforts led to successful initial and secondary public offerings.
 
Bootsma holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, Leavey School of Business, and a mechanical engineering degree from University of the Pacific. Bootsma will be based in RiseSmart’s San Jose office.
submitted Jun. 21, 2014 9:45A
UGRD Leavey Business '89
Bertone, Laura
Laura Bertone '89 was recently interviewed by the newspaper Catholic San Francisco. With about 100 parish communities, the Archdiocese of San Francisco could well be the site of some 1,400 Masses and prayer and devotional services per week, and that’s a conservative estimate. Laura Bertone, director, Office of Worship for the archdiocese, helps all of it take place.
 
Laura spent 20 years around the world auditing for Bank of America but always felt called to liturgy. Her responsiblities include advising the archbishop on matters of liturgical policy; preparing and organizing all large archdiocesan liturgies such as chrism Mass, ordinations, and Rite of Election; and certifying and training lay liturgical ministers so that they are properly prepared. Laura said she is “amazed that I get to do this job. I work with and for great people and it’s an honor and joy to come into work each day.”

 

submitted Apr. 3, 2014 6:33A
GRD Leavey/MBA '89
Berghoff, Eric

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Eric Berghoff '86, MBA '89, writes: "My wife (Madeline Desmond '87), my three children (Kayla, Garrett, and Tessie), and I have resided in the Sacramento area for the past 20+ years. My oldest daughter, Kayla, graduates with a theater arts degree from Santa Clara this year. Seeing her grow up as a Bronco has been incredibly exciting and gratifying for me. For the last 10 years, I've enjoyed an excellent professional experience in finance at Intel in Folsom, Calif. For several years, I also moonlighted as a mobile disc jockey, emceeing several hundred events until my 'retirement' in 2005. In short, life since SCU has been very rewarding and enriching."

Contact Eric
Eric Berghoff I can be found and followed on Linkedin.
submitted Mar. 23, 2011 3:46P
'89
Baghdasarian, Zareh

Zareh Baghdasarian M.S. '89 recently became CEO of 15desks, a new startup focused on the education market.  He was co-founder of Monterey Networks, which was sold to Cisco Syetems in 1999, and has been an active angel investor in Southern California. 

submitted Nov. 24, 2009 3:41P
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