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UGRD Leavey Business '97
Donaldson, Christopher

Christopher Donaldson '97 and his wife Tressa are delighted to announce the birth of their son, James Alexander Donaldson, on September 10, 2009. The family resides in Laguna Niguel, Calif. Christopher serves as the Corporate Revenue Manager at Quest Software in Aliso Viejo.

submitted Sep. 23, 2009 10:13A
UGRD Leavey Business '97
Donaldson, Christopher

Christopher Donaldson ’97 and wife Tressa are overjoyed to announce the birth of their second son, Andrew Friedrich, on July 12, 2013. Chris, Tressa, baby Andrew, and older son James all reside in Laguna Niguel, CA.

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submitted Sep. 4, 2013 3:58A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '97
Dicochea, Perlita

Dr. Perlita R. Dicochea '97's manuscript, "Between Borderlands and Bioregionalism: Life-Place Lessons Along a Polluted River," will be published in the upcoming Spring 2010 issue of the Journal of Borderlands Studies, 25/1. In this piece, Dr. Dicochea explores the relationships between bioregionalism and borderland life-ways in the narratives of Mexican and Mexican American residents living along the toxic binational New River, which crosses the Mexicali and Imperial Valley dessert regions of Southern and Baja California. JBS is the journal of the international Association for Borderland Studies (ABS). More than 120 libraries subscribe to JBS across the world in 18 different countries. Dr. Dicochea is an Assistant Professor in Ethnic Studies at SCU. Her research areas include environmental racism and environmental justice policy. She graduated from SCU with a major in Communication and minors in Ethnic Studies and Women & Gender Studies in 1997. She earned her MA in Communication/Rhetoric at Arizona State University in 1999 and her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at U.C. Berkeley in 2006.

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submitted Apr. 26, 2010 2:08P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '97
Dicochea, Perlita

Perlita R. Dicochea ’97 writes that she “has a new article published in the Journal of Environmental Justice about the Cal/EPA’s Pilot Project for the New River. It is significant to her personally because some folks tried to discourage her from doing this work. Dr. Dicochea continued on the path inspired by God knowing that she has a unique perspective to share. You can read it at”

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submitted Feb. 29, 2012 10:24A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '97
Dicochea, Perlita
Perlita R. Dicochea ’97 writes that she "is delighted to have her most recent manuscript, 'Discourses of Race and Racism within Environmental Justice Studies: An Eco-racial Intervention,' published via open access with Ethnicity and Race in a Changing World: A Review Journal at This piece was created specifically for courses that address relationships between race, racism, environmental issues, and justice."
submitted Mar. 7, 2013 7:40A
Dahl, Russell

Russell Dahl ’97 is an associate professor of medicinal chemistry in the Departments of Neuroscience and Pharmaceutical Science at The Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University, in North Chicago. Dr. Dahl is the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and an inventor on over 20 patents in small molecule therapeutics. He also directs the Laboratory for Molecular Design and Drug Discovery.

submitted Apr. 8, 2013 3:09P
UGRD Leavey Business '97
Daftary, Vijay

Vijay (Jay) Daftary ’97 and his wife Tara welcomed a baby boy, Neal, on Feb. 8, 2013. The family lives in Reno, Nev.

submitted Feb. 26, 2014 1:19P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '97
Crow, Michael

Michael Crow '97 and wife Katherine Smith welcomed a baby boy, Peter Lewis Crow, on September27, 2011. The family lives in Tacoma, WA.

submitted Oct. 19, 2011 8:48A
GRD Law '97
Corvi, Michele

Michele Corvi J.D. '97 was named to the Northern California Super Lawyers 2010 Edition -- Rising Stars, which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the region. Corvi focuses on domestic violence, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, valuation of property and division of assets as Co-leader of the family law team at McManis Faulkner.

submitted Jul. 26, 2010 2:58P
UGRD Leavey Business '97
Conca, Joanne (Barbara)

Joanne Conca ’97 just moved back to Santa Clara County with her husband and two children after living in Colorado for 8 years. Both she and her husband are involved in their real estate investment business.

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submitted Aug. 9, 2013 7:57A
GRD Law '97
Burnside, Leigh

Leigh Burnside J.D. ’97, an attorney with Dowling Aaron Inc. of Fresno, received an “AV Preeminent” rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, which evaluates lawyers in the United States and Canada based on the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and judiciary. The rating is the highest possible professional rating designated by peers.

Burnside is chairman of the firm’s trust and estate litigation practice group.

submitted Jun. 17, 2012 10:25A
GRD Leavey/MBA '97
Burns, Ron

Ron Burns MBA '97 was appointed to the position of vice president of sales at EVE, a hardware/software co-verification solution company.  Previously, Burns was vice president of marketing at Axis, sales and vice president of marketing at InTime Software and worldwide sales vice president at Forte Design systems.

submitted Feb. 10, 2010 1:15P
GRD Leavey/MBA '97
Bowers, Kristi

Kristi M. Bowers ’90, MBA ’97 has joined SCU’s Board of Trustees. Bowers is marketing director for King Mountain Vineyards, a family business that is a French-style, sustainably farmed vineyard in Woodside, Calif. She is a director for The BASIC Fund, which has awarded $55 million in scholarships to more than 17,000 children over the past 14 years. A devoted SCU alumna who is highly involved in University events, since 1999 Bowers has served as an advisory board member for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, which was created by her parents, Linda and A.C. "Mike" Markkula, a founder and former CEO of Apple. She is also director of the family's philanthropic arm, the Markkula Foundation.

submitted Jun. 18, 2012 8:55P
Blanar, David

David Blanar '97 writes, "Hallo from England! I recently wrapped up an MA in Systematic Theology & Philosophy from the University of Nottingham—yep, you read that right. Really enjoyable work, it brought back lots of memories and made me all the more grateful for Fr. Tollini's lectures. Much love from overseas!"

submitted Feb. 18, 2014 2:15P
Blake, Colleen

Colleen Blake ’97 was named one of Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “100 Women of Influence.” As sr. director, Global People Operations, Brocade Communications Systems Inc., Blake is a key partner in driving the company’s involvement in community initiatives for young girls and women, and is responsible for the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy, including the expansion of Brocade’s Women In Networking (WIN) initiative across the globe. Blake was named to the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2012 "40 Under 40" list, and she is active in youth and women's organizations.


submitted May. 6, 2013 9:00P
Biafore, Lani (Biafore)

Lani L. Biafore ’92 is serving as In-House Staff Attorney for Delta Gamma Executive Offices in Upper Arlington, Ohio. While at Santa Clara, she was a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity. She, daughter Lia, and husband, Dr. Michael S. O'Mara, moved to the Columbus, Ohio area in 2012.

submitted Jul. 8, 2013 8:10A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '97
Barreras, Nathan

Nathan Barreras '97 and Angie Wilcox M.A. '06 were married at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, on July 2, 2011. Members of the wedding party included Matt Barreras '90 and Jason Annicchero '97. Joe Cullan '97 was a reader at the wedding ceremony. Broncos on hand to celebrate included Laura Barreras '84, Dawn (Leth) Barreras '92, MBA '97, Phil Koblis '97, Randy Allen '98, and Jeff Prentice '98. Nathan works at IBM as a storage sales specialist, and Angie is an associate director of student life at Stanford University. The couple resides in Mountain View, Calif.

submitted Sep. 4, 2011 12:48P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '97
Baier, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Baier ’97 has been appointed the new superintendent of Los Altos School District.


submitted Jun. 16, 2010 11:41A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '97
Bachicha, Angela (Bachicha)

Angela Bachicha '97 and husband Matthew Faulkner welcomed their first child, Charlotte Emily, on October 25, 2010. Angela graduated from Vanderbilt University in '09 with a masters in nursing and is a neonatal nurse practitioner at the University of New Mexico Childrens Hospital in Albuquerque, NM.

submitted Mar. 30, 2011 8:30A


UGRD Engineering '98
Zoufonoun, Armin

Armin Zoufonoun ’98, J.D. '01 was profiled in the SF Gate article "Meet The Iranian Musician Who Hammered Out Facebook's $1 Billion Instagram Deal In Zuckerberg's Living Room" in April. Zoufonoun, Facebook's director of corporate development, has only been at the company for a little more than a year. Before that, he worked for Google. 


submitted Apr. 20, 2012 3:40P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '98
Yellen-Lilley, Lori (Yellen)

Lori Yellen-Lilley M.A. '98 writes, "After 17 years of working in child welfare, both in California and Idaho, I have recently changed the direction of my career and am now teaching psychology at the College of Western Idaho. Also started a small business creating mosaic windows."

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submitted Dec. 8, 2009 10:32P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '98
Wong, Imelda (Wong)

Imelda Wong ’98 married Jediah Kortens on June 23, 2012 at Northstar, Lake Tahoe. In attendance were fellow SCU alumni Jeff Prentice ’98, Amy Pearsall ’98, Angela (Wang) Fisher ’98, Meilissa Lum ’98, Malissa (Pena) Goldstein ’98, and Mary Grace Barasi ’98. Imelda is a teacher in San Jose, and Jediah works in HR.

submitted Aug. 27, 2012 12:55P
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