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UGRD Arts & Sciences '05
Dimpel, Courtney

Courtney (Dimpel) Shipman ’05 is one of the newest members of the women’s racing team Vanderkitten-Focus. This famous international bicycle racing team showed up at Aptos High School in March with women from New Zealand, Australia, the East Coast, and the Bay Area. They have 25 members of the team representing them worldwide. The Vanderkitten-Focus claim to fame is not only their stamina and racing skills, but their popular line of sportswear. Cycling is one of several successful sports programs at Aptos High available to the students. This women’s pro racing team demonstrated to students that bike racing is not just for boys.

Courtney Dimpel, who graduated from Aptos HS and Santa Clara University has moved up from guest riding with Vanderkitten-Focus (VK) in 2011 to making the 2012 team roster.
The popular young Santa Cruzan has shown her hand at CX racing with Team Rambuski Law this winter, including multiple wins and podiums in NorCal racing, and top finishes at USGP and UCI events across the USA. Earlier in 2011, Courtney joined the Vanderkitten-Focus road program as a guest rider at Tour of America’s Dairyland in Wisconsin and Gateway Cup in Missouri.
“Even though selection for positions on the 2012 roster was a tough process, Courtney earned her spot by showing she is a valuable team member on and off the bike. Definitely a strong competitor on, it was the fact that several members of our team kept asking, “Will Courtney be on it?” that sealed her spot. She really is adored as a hard worker and motivating spirit to be with,” said Team Captain Jennifer Reither. Dimpel will be one of the locals representing Vanderkitten-Focus with 12 riders from four countries in the Scotts Valley Grand Prix starting May 20, 2012.
Courtney said, “This VK team is great. The girls are a real inspiration and push me to reach higher, dig deeper, and throw it all out on the table. I’m proud to be an official member, and have some big goals this year. I feel fortunate that I have a great mix of support not only from the team, but my family and close friends. Racing at this level requires a lot of support, and I’m thankful for those who have and continue to believe in me as a person and professional cyclist.”
For more about the team and its racing calendar, visit
submitted Mar. 18, 2012 8:44P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '05
Di Bari, Briana

Briana Di Bari '05 married Neil Schachter on Oct. 13, 2013 at Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, Calif. In attendance were (L to R) Andy Bloom '05, Alison (Wright) Behrens '05, Sabrina (Sanchez) Puelles '05, Sally Showman '05, Rachael Fairbairn '05, Christopher Nguyen '07, Paul Di Bari '03, MBA '11, Nicholas Di Bari '00, and John Kollus '01 (not pictured). The couple met in law school in Washington, DC and currently resides in New York City.

submitted Feb. 16, 2014 2:14P
GRD Law '05
Demiris, Konstantine

Konstantine Demiris J.D. '05 and Christopher Moore J.D. '06 recently formed Demiris & Moore. They specialize in conservatorship and guardianship matters, estate planning, trust and probate litigation, elder abuse, and appeals. Both partners are also court appointed as counsel in conservatorships by the State of California, Superior Court of Contra Costa County. The firm is located in the heart of downtown Walnut Creek, Calif., and handles cases throughout the Bay Area and California.

Contact Konstantine
submitted May. 28, 2013 7:53P
UGRD Leavey Business '05
DeMartini, Chris

Chris ’05 and Megan (Koppes) DeMartini ’05 welcomed future Bronco, Abigail Maryann, on Oct. 11, 2011.

submitted Feb. 10, 2012 7:23P
DeAngelis, Carey

Carey DeAngelis ’05, MBA ’12 and Ben Fredlake were married on November 16, 2013 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The couple resides in Phoenix, Ariz.

submitted Jan. 8, 2014 7:46P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '05
Davidson, Leslie

Leslie Davidson ’05 writes, "We're leaving the beautiful Bay Area and moving to Boise, Ida.—also beautiful in different ways. I plan to start a private practice there and may run some groups at the VA Hospital. I was fortunate to gain such a solid foundation for my new career as an MFT from SCU's Counseling Psych program. Thanks to all who made that possible."

submitted Aug. 5, 2013 7:41P
GRD Law '05
Cowan, Kelly

Kelly Cowan J.D. ’05 joined Denver-based defense firm Grund-Dagner P.C. as an associate attorney.

Cowan’s principal areas of practice at Grund-Dagner are professional liability, recreational law, transportation law, and construction litigation. Prior, Cowan worked with Sinunu Bruni, LLP, in San Francisco, where she focused on product liability/toxic tort and personal-injury defense, and at Ray Bourhis & Associates, also in San Francisco, where she concentrated on insurance-coverage work.

submitted Apr. 22, 2012 9:24A
UGRD Leavey Business '05
Corrigan, Daniel

Daniel Corrigan '05 and Brittany Palumbo '09 were married on Sept. 13, 2014, at San Carlos Cathedral in Monterey, Calif. Alums in their wedding party included: Eric Kochanski '05, Stephan Vernaelde '05, Francisco Zepponi '05, Jack (John) Corrigan '10, Irine Tyutereva '10, and Eileen Corrigan '02. The parents of the groom are Marian Donovan Corrigan '76 and Dan Corrigan ’74.

submitted Nov. 7, 2014 1:03P
GRD Law '05
Collins, Kevin

Kevin Collins J.D. ’05, after five years of prosecuting drunk-in-public and DUI jury trials in San Mateo County, has been assigned to the General Felony trial team, where he specializes in small amounts of narcotics and is assigned to the Minor Vendor Unit.

submitted Mar. 8, 2013 10:45A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '05
Byrnes, Kristin (Simms)

Kristin (Simms) Byrnes '01, M.Div. '05 and her husband Billy have accepted volunteer positions for two years with Volunteer Missionary Movement. They leave the beginning of September for Waslala, Nicaragua. They will serve as English teachers at Instituto Agropecuario de Waslala, which is a teaching farm and certified secondary school that offers educational opportunities focused on diversified and sustainable farming practices specifically designed for the Waslala region of Nicaragua. Billy and Kristin will also participate in some of the various ministries the local parish provides.

submitted Jul. 15, 2011 1:14P
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '05
Byrnes, Kristin (Simms)

Kristin (Simms) Byrnes ’01, M.Div. ’05 is happy to be back in the Bay Area and teaching at Archbishop Mitty High School, after serving for two years with Volunteer Missionary Movement in San Nicolás, Nicaragua. She and her husband, Billy, welcomed their first child, William James Byrnes on October 17, 2013. He has since blessed their lives with so much joy and love that they overlook the sleepless nights. They hope to return to Nicaragua soon for a visit, to introduce their son to the many friends they left behind.

submitted Dec. 17, 2013 9:03P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '05
Budd, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Budd ’05 is in her second year of the doctoral program at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She studies nutrition and physical activity among youth and adolescents.

submitted May. 3, 2012 9:04P
Brown, Carlie

Carlie Brown ’05 and Lance Ogren exchanged marriage vows Oct. 12 at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in New York. A reception was held at Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers on the banks of the Hudson River.

She is the daughter of Shelly and Steve Brown of Orland. He is the son of Dorothy Ogren of Manchester, N.J. They met while coaching swimming at Chelsea Piers Athletic Club. She graduated from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara and is a freelance event and promotion coordinator.

He graduated from St. John's University in New York and works as a personal trainer and swim coach. He has swum the English Channel and holds the world record for the 17.5-mile Ederle Open Water Swim.

They honeymooned at Kruger National Park and Durban, South Africa and live in Manhattan.

submitted Nov. 11, 2012 6:47P
UGRD Leavey Business '05
Brown, Jessica (Frank)

Jessica Frank ’05 and Peter Brown were married on Aug. 9, 2014 at the Vine Hill House at O'Connell Vineyards in Sebastopol, Calif. Kristin Belanger 05 and Katy Tuttle 05 served as maid & matron of honor. Several other Broncos were in attendance, along with guests from Australia and Germany. The happy couple currently resides in San Francisco, Calif.

submitted Sep. 4, 2014 3:23P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '05
Biegel, Gina

Gina M. Biegel M.A. '05 has just written her first book, The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness Skills to Help You Deal with Stress and her audio CD, Mindfulness for Teens: Meditation Practices to Reduce Stress and Promote Well-Being are currently available through She is currently working locally as a psychotherapist.

Contact Gina
submitted Sep. 13, 2010 5:20P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '05
Berg, Keely (Nelson)

Keely Nelson ’05 and Christopher Berg were wed on June 26, 2010, in Soquel, Calif. The wedding party included maid of honor Shuryn Barnes (Riggins) ’05; bridesmaids Kelly Sjolund (Burns) ’05 and Kristi Anderson ’06; and reader Chanel McCreedy ’04. Other Broncos in attendance included Jessy Wray ’05 and Emmalisa Sparrow ’05. The couple recently purchased their first home in San Jose and are expecting their first child this summer.


submitted Feb. 21, 2012 1:16P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '05
Berg, Keely

Keely Elizabeth Berg (Nelson) '05, M.A. '06 and husband Chris welcomed their daughter Annabelle Rylie Berg into the world on July 3, 2012. The family lives in San Jose, Calif., where they have purchased their first home.

submitted Feb. 19, 2014 1:17P
GRD Law '05
Bennett, Catherine (Cassin)

Josh Bennett '99, J.D. '05 and Cate (Cassin) Bennett '99 welcomed their second child, Brooke Isabel, on Aug. 21, 2008.

submitted Nov. 4, 2008 8:31P
Ballecer, Robert

Rev. Robert Ballecer M.Div. ’05, who is known as the Digital Jesuit because of his knowledge of technology and his high profile online and on social media networks, was profiled in the San Jose Mercury News on Nov. 30.

Recently Ballecer was named director of the Center for Apostolic Technology, and for the last three years, he has served in Washington, D.C., as the director of national vocation promotion, overseeing the Jesuits' efforts to encourage young men to consider the priesthood.

Read the full profile online.

submitted Dec. 2, 2012 5:25P
Badal, Christine

David Rodriguez ’05 and Christine Badal ’07 welcomed a beautiful baby boy, Eddie Alexander, on Jan. 11, 2014.

submitted Jul. 16, 2014 3:08P
GRD Law '05
Allen, Kevin
Kevin Allen J.D. ’05 is an associate with Minami Tamaki LLP in its San Francisco office. Allen practices civil litigation with an emphasis in employment law, wage, and hour issues, and class action litigation. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 2005 and was also admitted to practice in the United States District Court in the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of California. Allen received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1999. Following a short career as a Media Planner at Saatchi & Saatchi, he attended law school at the Santa Clara University where he graduated in 2005 in the top 10 percent of his class. Allen was a Technical Editor for the Santa Clara Law Review and he received a Witkin award in both Antitrust and Criminal Procedure. During law school, he was a summer law clerk at a well-known plaintiff's personal injury firm in San Francisco and externed for Judge Gerald M. Etchingham at the United States Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges. He began his legal career as an attorney at a local litigation firm in the East Bay where he specialized in plaintiff's personal injury claims, employment law, and real estate litigation. He represented clients in a first-chair capacity at depositions, hearings, mediations, and arbitrations. In 2007, Allen joined a prominent class action firm where he directed the day-to-day litigation efforts in more than 25 class actions involving wage and hour issues including claims for unpaid wages, overtime misclassification, meal period and rest break violations, and failure to reimburse employees for business expenses. While litigating wage and hour class actions, he has successfully obtained settlements totaling many tens of millions of dollars for thousands of aggrieved employees. Mr. Allen is a member of the Alameda County Bar Association, the San Francisco County Bar Association, the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, and the California Employment Lawyers Association. He also volunteers as a supervising attorney at the San Francisco Legal Aid Society's Employment Law Clinic.


submitted Feb. 28, 2011 1:05P


UGRD Leavey Business '06
Zilli, Andrew

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Andrew Zilli '06 writes: "Check Facebook -- it knows all :)."

submitted Mar. 25, 2011 4:59P
GRD Engineering '06
Wood, Matthew

Matthew Wood '03, a practicing engineering in accident reconstruction, and wife Jennifer Wood,  an HR business partner with the Bank of New York Mellon, welcomed twins on June 5, 2012 - a baby girl, Emma, and a baby boy, Bingham. The family lives in Atlanta.

submitted Jul. 12, 2012 11:31A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '06
Wilcox, Angela

Angie Wilcox M.A. ’06 assumed a new role as Assistant Dean in the Student Affairs division at Stanford University after 11 years in Student Life at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She and her husband Nathan Barreras ’97 live in Redwood City.

submitted May. 31, 2014 10:01A
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