Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in the last year by graduates in the 1980s
Mike Arnold ’86 will soon celebrate his 28th year with State Farm Insurance, where he is VP of Operations–Property and Casualty Claims. He and his wife, Valerie Bettencourt Arnold ’87, have been married for 27 years and live in Bloomington, Ill. They have two daughters. Their youngest is a junior in high school while their oldest has returned to the Bay Area and is working full-time in Pleasanton upon graduating from college from North Carolina State University.
Samuel Viroslav MBA ’88 writes, "New 50 MW Wind project, enters operation in Tilaran, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Developers: Acciona Energy Grupo Ecoenergia VL S.A."
Chuck Miller ’85, J.D. ’88 is business development nanager for American Pacific Mortgage in Walnut Creek. He is also the JV basketball coach at De La Salle High School in Concord. Chuck is currently serving on the SCU National Alumni Board as well as on the committee for the Class of '85 Grand Reunion coming up this fall. He is encouraging all his classmates to come to the reunion and looks forward to seeing them all there. Chuck is proud of his daughter, Samantha, who is attending George Washington University and his son, Charlie, who is a freshman at De La Salle High School. Chuck lives in Pleasant Hill.
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.
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).
Roy Agustin '88 was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General on Nov. 2, 2014. He is currently serving as Headquarters Air Combat Command's Director of Installations and Mission Support at Langley Air Force Base, Va.
David Wiesner ’89, MBA ’93 has joined Edgewood Partners Insurance Center as managing principle and regional director in its Employee Benefits Consulting Division. EPIC is a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant. Wiesner brings 25 years of experience in strategic market planning, sales organizational leadership, new product/service development and health and welfare plan consulting to the firm.
As regional director, Wiesner will focus on growing EPIC's employee benefits consulting business in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, recruiting and adding producer/consultants and specialty service teams, and fully integrating EPIC's national Employee Services Platform into local client offerings. Wiesner will be based in San Francisco and will report locally to John Connell , EPIC's President, Employee Benefits of California.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.