Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 2000s
Freshman Dorm: Graham 400
Dennis O'Malley '95 +1 = SCU Grad Wife Tanya (Montano) '96, JD '99, 3 Daughters (Selma 11, Mila 9, Isla 6). Live in San Carlos.
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Magda Marcu '00 is the a cofounder of Sailo, a peer to peer boat rental platform.
Kristen Lewis '00 married Brian Howards on May 10, 2014, in San Francisco.
Carmen Huerta-Bapat '00 and husband Navin Bapat welcomed their third baby, Neela Valentina, on February 9, 2015. Neela joins her two sisters, Catarina Ines (6) and Naima Isabel (3). The family lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Freshman Dorm: Campisi
Suzanne (Lyons) Colvin '00, M.A. '15 loved her time at SCU so much that she decided to go back for more! Suzanne completed her master's in educational administration in June 2015. She is currently the Leadership Academy director and AP biology teacher at Presentation High School, in San Jose. Suzanne lives with her husband, Brent, and their cats in San Jose.
Sowmya Ayyar '00 lives in Bangalore, India, and is the founder and executive director of Prafull Oorja Charitable Foundation, an organization co-founded with Madeleine Sears '11. Prafull Oorja brings yoga and other holistic practices to populations in need, such as special needs children and rural women.
Pascal Stang '98 and Hilary Armstrong '00 welcomed baby Alexa Marguerite Carina on March 22, 2015. They live in San Jose.
Gladys (Garcia) Lopez '01 and her husband, Ivan Lopez, are proprieters of Ultimate Performance & Fitness, which was selected for the 2015 Best of Westlake Village Award. Their business, which was recognized in the Gym category for the third year in a row, was selected for enhancing the positive image of small businesses through service to their customers and the community.
Ultimate Performance & Fitness is one of the largest private personal training facilities in the Conejo Valley, with nearly 5,000 square feet of new top-of-the-line cardio and strength equipment. All personal trainers that train clients at UPF must meet strict qualifications in terms of professionalism, training, education and level of certification. These gifted certified personal trainers must also continue to educate themselves in the latest fitness and healthy trends and innovations to better serve the clients of the Conejo Valley.
Courtney Ireland '01 married Josh Ireland on November 12, 2011, at the Mission Church. She writes, "Had our beautiful baby girl Kennedy James on November 21, 2014. Moved to Fresno in July of this year to be closer to family. Would love to connect with any alumni in the area!"
Nicholas Buccola '01, associate professor of political science at Linfield College, received the Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award, which recognizes a faculty member who has made an outstanding contribution to the life of the college that extends beyond his or her regular duties. Buccola earned an Enduring Questions grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, recognizing the innovative design for his course, What is Freedom? This past year, Buccola has published or had accepted for publication nine separate works, and he currently has two book contracts. He coordinates the successful Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice, which has brought a wide range of world-class scholars to Linfield and provided a forum for discussion for faculty, students and the McMinnville community.
Beth (Livingston) Thompson '02 and Andrew Thompson '03 welcomed their son Benjamin David Justice on February 17, 2015. Benjamin joined big brothers Henry and Timothy, and big sister Alice. The family lives in San Jose.
Andrew Holtz ’02 and Katherine (Wichmann) Holtz ’03 welcomed a boy, Luke Daniel, on May 18. Luke joins big sister Emma, 4.
Seasoned family law attorney Yadhira N. Gutierrez J.D. '07 joined Hoge Fenton, a leading Northern California law firm, as an associate. Gutierrez has exclusively focused on family law since January 2008 and offers her clients a full range of services, from premarital and marital agreements to strong advocacy representation when issues cannot be resolved by mutual agreement. Gutierrez is often appointed by the court to act as minor’s counsel, representing children who don’t otherwise have a voice in the family law process. She is also active in the community, working with the Santa Clara County Pro Bono Project and as a Spanish Family Court Services Orientation Instructor for the Santa Clara County Superior Court. In 2014, the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Family Law Section honored her with the Henry B. Collada Memorial Award. This distinction recognizes extraordinary service, contribution and professionalism with a focus on the betterment of families and children involved with Family Court.
Andrew Gere MBA '02 has been promoted to chief operating officer of the San Jose Water Company, an investor-owned utility in the business of providing water service to a population of approximately 1 million people in an area comprising about 138 square miles in the metropolitan San Jose area. Andrew has ably served the company and its customers for nearly 20 years in numerous positions and capacities, most recently as VP of Operations. In his new capacity, he has primary and direct responsibility for all San Jose Water Company field activities and departments including Operations, Distribution Systems, Water Quality, Logistics, Engineering, Construction, and Water Resource Management. In addition, he supports and advises the CEO in decision making and assumes primary responsibility for design, development, implementation, reporting, and monitoring of key performance metrics, policies, and procedures for the company.
Greta (Newgren) Fitzgerald '02 and husband Jeff Fitzgerald welcomed a baby boy, Liam Lloyd, on May 27, 2015. The family lives in San Jose. Greta is the culture ambassador at Hoopla Software, Inc. in San Jose.
Amanda Haughs '03 was named one of PBS LearningMedia's 2015 Lead Digital Innovators. 100 K-12 teachers were recognized for their innovative use of digital media and technology in the classroom and the top 30 applicants were recognized as "leads" in the program. Amanda has taught for seven years as a classroom teacher in grades K-5. This year she begins a new position as a Math and Technology Integration Coach in Campbell Union School District.
Tasce (Simon) '03 and Zack Bongiovanni '03 are thrilled to welcome their baby girl, Caroline Nanibah Bongiovanni, on July 12, 2015. Lucas is a proud big brother. The family has moved back to San Francisco after two years in Connecticut. Zack leads Energy Partnerships at Google and Tasce is completing surgical residency at UCSF.
Christopher Templeton '04 married Brenna Brandsma (University of Portland '02) in a ceremony at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, Washington, on May 16, 2015. In attendance were Chris Cannon '04, Nathaniel Brown '04, Jake Peterson '04, and Joe Nick '04.
Nikki Pope J.D. '04 co-authored Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope: Stories of Surviving Wrongful Conviction, published by Post Hill Publishing (2015). It features a foreword by Professor Cookie Ridolfi (School of Law) and a chapter written by Paige Kaneb (Northern California Innocence Project). Nikki writes, "Pruno is a collection of stories by and about men and women who were wrongfully convicted and spent years, and in some cases decades, imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. Although what happened to these men and women is heartbreaking, their stories are uplifting and inspiring. They and their family members and friends were able to find moments of hope in some of the most hopeless places. All relied on faith of some sort to get them through their ordeal and out the other side. Most people are surprised to learn that exonerees are not entitled to the support services that are provided to parolees or ex-convicts and most do not receive any compensation for their wrongful incarceration. For these and other reasons, half of the proceeds from the sale of Pruno will be shared with the exoneree storytellers and the authors are donating a portion of their proceeds to organizations that assist the wrongfully convicted before and after their exonerations. Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope is available at online booksellers or in bulk through their publisher."