Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 1980s
Rebecca Shoemaker '80 writes, "Newly joined the team at Coldwell Banker on Shelter Island."
In her spare time, Terri Marcroft '80 is executive director of a nonprofit called Unplanned Good, which encourages teens facing unplanned pregnancy to consider making an adoption plan. The cause is very close to her heart, since Terri became a mom when a 16-year-old chose to make an adoption plan; now Terri wants to encourage others in the same way. She writes, "We just launched our redesigned website, www.UnplannedGood.org. Since we have a teen audience, we had to make our site easy for viewing on mobile devices. Visit our new site and--if you feel moved--support our mission!”
Malia Wasson '81 has joined Columbia Sportswear's board of directors, effective March 19, 2015. Wasson served as the president of Oregon and Southwest Washington for the US Bank from 2005 to 2015, capping a banking industry career that spanned 33 years. As the president of US Bank, Wasson served as the senior executive in the region and led the US Bank Board in Portland. She also led the Oregon Commercial Banking group for U.S. Bank, which provides a wide variety of financial services to middle market companies. Prior to joining US Bank in 1989, Malia held various commercial lending positions with the former Oregon Bank and Security Pacific Bank of Oregon, according to a statement released by the company.
Wasson is a member of the board of directors of Northwest Natural Gas Company and serves as a board member of several civic organizations including Oregon Business Council, OHSU Foundation and OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, and American Leadership Forum, among others. A lifelong Oregonian, Wasson holds Bachelor of Science and Commerce degree in finance from Santa Clara University.
Columbia Sportswear Company markets lifestyle apparel, footwear, accessories, and equipment through a portfolio of brands for active lives.
Stephen Okonek MBA '81 was elected vice president of Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO). TRIO, whose main office is in the Washington, DC area, was founded in 1987 by renowned transplant pioneer and surgeon Thomas Starzl. Formerly, Steve was president of the San Francisco Bay chapter of the organization for eight years. Steve received his first liver transplant on Jan 1, 1993, at UCSF; he underwent a second liver transplant on April 4, 2001, at the same center. He lives in Half Moon Bay and works as a consultant/technical writer in energy technologies.
P. Gregory Giordano J.D. '81 is now a partner and the vice chairman of the Gaming Practice Group in the Las Vegas, Nevada, office of the law firm of McDonald Carano Wilson LLP. His practice is concentrated in the areas of gaming compliance, licensing, and regulation, especially regarding publicly traded gaming companies, financing, and other transactions.
Massimo Sorbara M.S. '82 is senior director of Technical Standards at Ikanos Communications in Red Bank, NJ. He is currently involved in the development of G.fast and DSL standards in the ITU-T and serves as vice chair in the Metallic Transmission Group in the Broadband Forum responsible for development of the DSL test specifications. Massimo has been involved in DSL Standards Development since 1990, seeing the evolutions of the HDSL, ADSL, and VDSL standards. He has served as the chair of ATIS Committee NIPP-NAI (formerly T1E1.4) 2000-2008 and as vice chair 1994-1999, and 2008-present; chair of the Spectral Compatibility Sub-Committee in NRIC-V (an advisory group to the FCC); and the CPE Working Group in FS-VDSL Committee defining CPE technical specifications in support of VDSL-based services. From 1986 through 1996, Mr. Sorbara held positions at AT&T Bell Labs / AT&T Paradyne, where he was primarily responsible for DSL systems engineering and product definition.
Dr. Steven Ashby ’82 has been appointed as the laboratory director for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. PNNL is managed by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. It has an annual budget of $1B and employs 4,300 staff who perform research in fundamental science, energy, environment, and national security.
Robert G.P. Cruz '71, J.D. '83 was recently sworn in by Guam Governor Eddie Calvo as a member of the Guam Senior Citizens Council. He is president of the Guam Chapter, AARP, and an adjunct professor at the University of Guam. Cruz has also taught business law for the U. of Phoenix MBA program for the past two years. He recently received an award from the Guam Division of Senior Citizens for serving as a Medicare volunteer assisting senior citizens with appeals. For the past two years, Bob has volunteered as a dance instructor in senior citizen centers throughout Guam. He is also a certified volunteer AARP, Driver Safety Instructor.
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James P. Cramer ’83, J.D. ’87 has been appointed a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court. The appointment was made by Gov. Jerry Brown '59. Cramer, 55, of Piedmont, has served as an assistant public defender at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office since 2004. He served as supervising legal research attorney at the Alameda County Superior Court from 2000 to 2004 and was general counsel and project manager at McGuire and Hester from 1996 to 2000. Cramer was an attorney at Cramer and Cramer (Robert '48 and Michael '78) from 1992 to 1996, after working as an associate in law firms between 1989 and 1992 and as a deputy district attorney at the Alameda County District Attorney's office from 1987 to 1989.
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jon D. Lee '84 has retired after 31 years of selfless service to our country. He was the commanding officer of the 91st Training Division at Fort Hunter-Liggett, California, where the ceremony was held in April 2015.
In 1984, he commissioned as a 2nd Lt., and completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Ga. From there, he was assigned to the Army Reserve. Lee is also a graduate of the Infantry Officer Advance Course, Airborne school, Air Assault school, Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.
He served with the 100th Bn., 442nd Infantry Regiment, at Fort De Russy, Hawaii, as rifle and mortar platoons leader, company executive officer, and company commander. From August 1999, through September 2002, Lee was the commanding officer of the 100th Bn., before moving on to future endeavors.
He was born in Wailuku on the island of Maui, and at Santa Clara he earned his bachelor’s degree in commerce. Gen. Lee served with various units prior to taking command of the 91st TD, including chief of Operations for Combined Joint Task Force 7, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Oct. 2003 to April 2004, and deputy commanding general for the 63rd Regional Support Command, from September 2009 to June 2012.
His awards and decorations include, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
On June 29, 2012, Lee assumed command of the 91st TD. His task as commanding general has been to train and prepare for deployment, Reserve and active duty units from all branches of the military, utilizing large-scale exercises to accomplish an overall mission of readiness.
Patty Clerkin '84 writes, "We have relocated to the suburbs of Philadelphia for a spouse job transfer. My children, Chris and Rochelle, will attend Catholic schools in Wayne. My son will be a freshman at Archbishop Carroll High and my daughter will enter 7th grade at St. Katharine's. It appears almost 150 alumni live nearby!"
Laura Rafaty '79, J.D. '85 is the founder and artistic director of NapaShakes (www.napashakes.org), a nonprofit bringing world-class professional Shakespeare to the Napa Valley. She continues her law practice (www.nvilaw.com) in St. Helena, California, specializing in immigration law, including work visas for extraordinary culinary, winemaking, and performing artists. A national award winning writer, her work can be found at www.laurarafaty.com.
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Rev. Dr. Laura (Boltz) Holck '85 has been called to served as senior pastor at Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Cross in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She shares the position with her spouse, Rev. Dr. Philip Holck.
Jayshree Ullal M.S. '86 was ranked 30th in Forbes’ first list of "America’s Top 50 Most Successful, Self-made Women,” as measured by her net worth: $470 million. According to the magazine, “to be eligible for this list, women had to have substantially made their own fortunes. In cases where they started businesses with, and still share with, their husbands, we’ve assigned them half of that combined wealth.”
Thomas H. Smolich, S.J., M.Div. ’86 will become the international director of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Rome on November 1, 2015. Prior to this assignment, he had been president of the Jesuit Conference of the United States from 2006-2014.
Mike Kourey MBA '86 is now CFO of Medallia, a customer experience management company. With more than 20 years of financial operating and audit committee experience with both startups and large technology enterprises, Kourey brings extensive hands-on expertise in leading financial strategy and execution for high-growth companies.
Prior, Kourey was a partner at Khosla Ventures, where he worked closely with RingCentral to guide the company through its successful initial public offering. Kourey has also held a number of operational finance leadership roles – including serving as CFO of Polycom, where he started as the seventh employee and helped grow the business to over $1.5 billion in annual revenues.
Kourey also serves on the board of directors at RingCentral and various private companies and previously served on the boards and audit committees of Aruba Networks and Riverbed Technology.
Jack DeStories '86 and Rosie DeStories '87 are principals at Fairfield Auction, Connecticut’s leading auctioneer of antiques and fine art. Jack has been a collector since childhood. Before graduating from high school, he was a nationally known collector of baseball cards. He has been estimating, cataloging, and marketing antique auctions full-time since 1990. Jack has been certified as an expert witness in his field by the Bridgeport Superior Court and has donated his expertise to dozens of antique appraisal events across New England benefiting various schools, churches, museums, and historical societies.
John Savage '87 is in his 11th season as UCLA's head coach. Savage helped UCLA reach college baseball’s pinnacle in 2013, as the Bruins won their first-ever NCAA baseball title. Under his guidance, UCLA has advanced to the postseason in seven of the last nine seasons, hosting four consecutive NCAA Regionals from 2010 through 2013. He is currently the third longest-tenured head coach in UCLA baseball program history. UCLA has gone 349-254-1 under Savage the past 10 seasons. In seven trips to the postseason at UCLA, Savage has compiled a 32-14 record (.696 winning percentage), recording the most postseason victories of any head coach in program history. Read more of this stats on www.uclabruins.com.
Julie Mar-Spinola J.D. '87 has been appointed Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Finjan Holdings Inc., a cybersecurity technology licensing company, Ms. Mar-Spinola has served as the company's VP, Legal Operations since February 3, 2014. In this expanded role, Ms. Mar-Spinola will have additional wide-ranging responsibilities, including building Finjan's intellectual property assets, overseeing the Company's Enforcement Program, including the licensing and litigation practice groups, as well as managing public policy, including Patent Reform.
Cathy de Lorimier '87, pastel artist, has joyfully returned to her home state of California after living out of state for the past 27 years. She and her husband Arthur de Lorimier '86, have moved to Sacramento to live close to family. Their daughter Julia de Lorimier '15 graduated this past Spring with a degree in Psycho-Biology and we are very proud of her accomplishments!
Cathy de Lorimier, pastel painter de Lorimier Fine Art www.deLorimierStudio.com
Ellen Arabian-Lee '87, J.D. '90 opened Arabian-Lee Law Corporation in Roseville, California, in April 2014.