Class Notes | Obituaries
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Peter Verbica ’82, J.D. ’99 is now at Merrill Lynch’s Global Wealth Management Group in Silicon Valley. His oldest daughter, Vanessa, serves as an IT petty pfficer with the U.S. Navy. His second oldest daughter, Madeline, is a ballerina, graduating from Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Nadick, Mass.
Andrew Syvertsen '99 and wife Carrie (Littlefield) Syvertsen '00 live in Seattle, where Andrew works for FEAT, a Seattle organization that helps families with autistic children. Carrie works as a high school counselor.
Nicole (Moscini) Soluri ’99 was appointed by Gov. Brown to serve as Chief Counsel to the California State Lottery. She and husband Patrick Soluri also welcomed a baby boy, Connor, on February 24, 2012. The family lives in Sacramento.
Matthew J. Slater ’99 and his wife, Betsy, welcomed their first child, Noah, on Jan. 15, 2012. Matthew is a physician assistant working in orthopedic spine surgery in Seattle.
Brian Setzer '99 has been named the co-director of the Video Games Group of the marketing agency Trailer Park. Setzer joined Trailer Park in 2004 as an account executive.
Dana (Bisordi) Reynolds '99 and husband Dan Reynolds welcomed a son, Gabriel John, on August 21, 2010.
Jaysson A. Reno '99 was recently named general sales manager of KSAN - 107.7 The Bone, flagship of the SF 49ers, and is also taking on the newly created role director of strategic partnerships, for Cumulus Media in San Francisco. Jaysson and his wife of 8 years have 3 children and reside in San Jose.
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Jordan Reed '99 and Ashley Ostrom were married on May 21st, 2011. They reside in Jordan's hometown Sacramento, CA. Jordan continues to work for his 8th year at the bay area company Yodlee, Inc. as a product manager for the financial applications platform.
Mary Reding ’99 is featured in a joint-agency report announced by First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ’60, J.D. ’63 on the employment challenges facing military spouses who work in licensed professions.
Susana Ramirez '99 received her Ph.D. in communication from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2010. She has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in cancer prevention from the National Cancer Institute and will be earning a master's in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health beginning in Fall 2010. She and her husband Kristopher Unger welcomed their first child, a baby boy, Matias Kristopher Unger-Ramirez, on Aug. 1, 2009.
Joanne Pasternack-Bardin JD '99 and Robert Bardin MBA' 01, and their daughter, Kira (age 2) are thrilled to announce the arrival of Reid Oliver Bardin. Reid was born on November 17, 2009 at 8:36 PM at a substantial 9 pounds, 5 ounces and 21.5" with red hair and blue eyes. Joanne and Rob both work in sports - Joanne is the community relations director for the San Francisco 49ers and Rob is the corporate partnership director for FC Gold Pride of the Women's Professional Soccer league. They live in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Joanne Pasternack J.D. ’99 was part of the Women in Sports Symposium, sponsored jointly by the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the San Francisco 49ers, in November. An all-star panel of women described what it’s like to have a career in the professional sports industry.
As a youngster, Joanne Pasternack thought she knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up—first an Olympic figure skater and then a pediatrician. Instead, she has ended up in a totally different realm—professional football, where she works as the director of community relations and philanthropy for the San Francisco 49ers, helping to raise millions for charity.
Several of the panelists came to the sports industry through circuitous routes. Before assuming her current role with the 49ers in 2008, Pasternack worked as a senior analyst with the City of Mountain View. Armed with a law degree from Santa Clara University, she helped the mayor and other city officials write speeches and analyze legislation. “It was a very comfortable job,” she said, but it wasn’t exciting.
She had grown up as a competitive ice skater and did a stint as manager of international corporate relations for the Special Olympics, so Pasternack decided to go for the 49ers” position because of her zest for community relations and passion for sports.
As part of her duties, Pasternack arranges for players, former players, team owners, and 49ers employees to participate in service projects, such as building playgrounds in underserved communities or heading to Ronald McDonald House to play board games with young patients. “That’s the really fun part of the job,” she said.
When searching for prospective college interns, Pasternak doesn’t focus on students’ grade point averages. Instead, she’s impressed by candidates who have played on a sports team or taken a leadership role in a campus club or sorority.
"I’m looking for somebody who’s able to come in and take a leadership role, but who also understands how to be part of a team,” said Pasternak. “That’s far more important to me than what they majored in.”
Ethan Parker ’99 writes that he became vice president of Boca Public Relations of San Francisco and moved to Austin, Texas, to open a new office.
Alexander Nestor JD '99 was elected to a partnership at Allen Matkins, a California-based full service real estate and business law firm.
Nestor practices in the labor and employment group in Allen Matkins' San Francisco office, where he represents some of the nation's largest technology and financial services companies. He represents employers in litigation proceedings in state and federal court, in arbitration, and before administrative agencies on a broad range of employment matters, including discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, defamation, wage and hour, trade secret misappropriation, and unfair competition claims.
He also counsels and assists employers in resolving a variety of employment issues, such as compliance with state and federal employment laws, developing employee policies, reductions in force, executive employment agreements, and restrictive covenants.
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Maureen Muscat '91, MBA '99 is living in Redwood City, Calif., with two wonderful children ages 8 and 10. Maureen has worked at SCU since 1992 in various departments on campus. Currently she works in the Alumni Office and is looking forward to celebrating her reunion instead of just planning it!
Barbara Murphy '99 has been named Chief Marketing Officer at Panasas Inc. She brings 20 years of marketing experience to her new position, where she will push to expand Pansas' network-attached storage solutions.
Julie (Adair) Minerva '99 was recently named in the top 40 Under 40: K Street's New Generation of Lobbyists by Washingtonian magazine — which lists the "young lobbyists with the most influence in Washington." Here's the scoop, in the words of Marisa M. Kashino for the mag: "Firm: Holland & Knight — Age: 34 — For Minerva, focusing on large water and transportation projects comes with a reward. 'If I'm helping a client on an infrastructure project, you actually see it built,' she says. The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act presented a wealth of new opportunities for Minerva's clients, many of which are local government entities in her home state of California. She successfully secured $400 million from the stimulus bill to break ground on San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center, a high-speed-rail station. She helped win funding for the Port of West Sacramento as well as money that allowed the Sacramento County sheriff's department to hire 50 new officers. Aside from the client work, Minerva stands out for another reason. When she started at Holland & Knight, she was told it was possible for a non-attorney to make partner, though no one had ever done it. After she started attracting new clients to the firm, she became the first non-lawyer to get promoted to partner."
Bruce McGregor '99 and Lindsay (Dietrich) McGregor '99 are thrilled to announce the birth of their second child, Nora Hailey McGregor. She joined big sister Lucy on Feb. 17, 2010. The McGregors live in Pasadena, Calif.
Michelle Stewart '99, '05 was married on July 16, 2011 to Ryan McGovern at the Mission. Family and friends, among whom were several alumnae spanning graduations years from 1974 to 2009, celebrated after the ceremony at a reception in Mission Gardens and Adobe Lodge. The couple reside in San Jose, where Michelle is a high school counselor.
Michelle Stewart '99, M.A. '05 was married on July 16, 2011 to Ryan McGovern at the Mission. Family and friends, among whom were several alumnae spanning graduations years from 1974 to 2009, celebrated after the ceremony at a reception in Mission Gardens and Adobe Lodge. The couple reside in San Jose, where Michelle is a high school counselor.
Jill Mason '99 has published Couldn't Happen to Me: A Life Changed by Paralysis and Traumatic Brain Injury. It chronicles Jill's personal story over the past five years. Jill Mason and Alan Liu were hit by a drunk driver while training for a triathlon on their bicycles in Santa Rosa the morning of Easter Sunday, April 11, 2004. Alan was killed and is lovingly remembered by family and friends. ill, now paralyzed with a traumatic brain injury, is charged with communicating the consequenses of driving while impaired to schools all over Northern California. The book is available through Amazon, and Jill is available for making presentations to schools.
Neda Mansoorian J.D. '99 was named to the Northern California Super Lawyers 2010 Edition -- Rising Stars, which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the region. Mansoorian's legal practice at McManis Faulkner emphasizes high-technology litigation, among other matters.