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GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '10
Pomposo, Frances (Coutermarsh)

Frances Coutermarsh '10 married Anthony Pomposo M.A. '15 on 8/29/15 at the Mission Church. 

submitted Aug. 31, 2015 6:13P
Brogan, Lisa (Zellitti)

Lisa Brogan '10 married another SCU Bronco, Brian Brogan '10, on Oct. 24, 2014, at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa in Monterey, California. 

submitted Aug. 6, 2015 4:15P
Anand, Preet

BlueLight, a mobile 911 app created by Preet Anand '10, is contributing to the White House "Smart Cities" initiative. BlueLight addresses the deficiency in 911 response times from mobile devices. Emergency response systems are still based on landlines; with a standard call from a mobile phone, it can take up to six minutes for responders to receive location information, often only as specific as within three blocks.

In areas where the BlueLight app is supported, it will route your call based on your position and provide your location. Otherwise, if someone is outside of the BlueLight network, it will make a regular 911 call. BlueLight pinpoints the location and reaches the closest responder – local or campus police or other appropriate emergency services. The service is available on over 250 college campuses as well as at sites such as corporate campuses and ski resorts.

“Emergency response is the most vital function of any community, and it is far behind the rest of the world technologically,” Anand said. “This service can make people safer.”

To earn a place in the $160 million Smart Cities Initiative, BlueLight was one of two winners of the Multi-City Innovation Campaign. As part of the Smart Cities program, BlueLight will test a pilot program in four cities beginning in 2016. Mountain View has agreed to be part of the program, and discussions are under way with Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Green Bay.

Anand was part of SCU’s 2009 Solar Decathlon team, which won third place in the U.S. Department of Energy contest to build a solar-powered home. Anand left SCU when he received a lucrative offer to become Zynga’s youngest lead product manager. However, the University’s Jesuit teachings and emphasis on the public good have always resonated with him, and BlueLight was a way to pair his skills with those ideals.

submitted Oct. 5, 2015 11:31A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '10
Ammatuna, Carlo

Giselle Marie Estabrook '10 and Carlo Giuliano Ammatuna '10 were married on April 25, 2015. Bishop Richard B. Higgins performed the ceremony at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento. Included in the wedding party were maid of honor Jenna Abeyta Duston '09 and bridesmaid Julianne Tortolano '11 as well as groomsman Nick Calvitti '10. Giselle and Carlo live happily in Roseville, California.

submitted Sep. 11, 2015 10:17P


Nanda, Natasha

Natasha Cabiria Nanda M.A. '11, a daughter of Margaret E. Nanda and Kapil K. Nanda of Los Gatos, was married June 20 in Santa Clara to Nickhil Avinash Bhave, a son of Dr. Sujata A. Bhave and Avinash S. Bhave of Lexington, Mass. Michael Engh, S.J., performed the ceremony at Mission Santa Clara de Asís. On June 19, Pandit Prabhakar Sathe, a Hindu priest, led a Hindu ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

The bride, 28, is a special-education teacher at Green Hills Elementary School in Millbrae. She graduated from the University of Southern California.
Her father is the founder and chief executive of Infogain Corporation, an information technology services company based in Los Gatos. Her mother is a lawyer, also in Los Gatos.
Next month, the groom, 29, is to begin working in Santa Cruz as a senior product manager for a division of Amazon that helps businesses list and sell products and services on its website. He graduated from Middlebury College and received an M.B.A. with high distinction from the University of Michigan.
His mother is an anesthesiologist at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Mass. His father owns an information technology consultancy in Lexington that bears his name.
submitted Jun. 28, 2015 6:08P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '11
Kopf, Allison

Allison Kopf '11 recently won the $50,000 grand prize at TechCrunch Disrupt's Startup Battlefield. As a sophomore computer science and engineering major, Allison co-led the 2009 SCU Solar Decathlon Team to its third-place victory. Allison is CEO of Agrilyst, a company that helps “greenhouse operators run their operations more efficiently by pulling in data from sensors in the greenhouse and information about crop yields and other metrics.” 

submitted Oct. 5, 2015 11:05A
Blanco, Eva

 Eva Blanco M.A. '11 is the new dean of Undergraduate Admission at SCU. "The desire to positively affect young lives and promote higher educational attainment drew me to college admissions. A strong sense of community and passionate students attracted me to Santa Clara. SCU changes lives and is located in a place that is equally transformative. Nothing compares to entrepreneurial spirit of the Silicon Valley and beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area!"

Eva volunteers much of her extra time to organizations and activities that she cares abouts. She's served as national chair of the Yale Latino Alumni Association, scholarship chair of the California Hispanic Professional Association, and grants committee member of the Arts Council of Silicon Valley. "I also enjoy spending time with my loving husband, DJ-ing, finding my Zen with yoga, and visiting my family in Venice, CA (my hometown). Last but not least, I love exploring the Bay Area."

submitted Aug. 4, 2015 3:06P
GRD Engineering '11
Amato, Michael

Michael Amato '07, M.S. '11 and Bianca Vallorz '07, tied the knot at the beautiful Mission Santa Clara on January 24, 2015! Even though the wedding was in the middle of winter, they were blessed with wonderful 70-degree weather and not a cloud in the sky! They currently live in San Jose, with Bianca supporting the local community working at Family Supportive Housing and Michael working at Apple.

submitted Jul. 31, 2015 7:57P


UGRD Engineering '12
Parker, Kathleen (Huber)

Kathleen (Huber) Parker '12, M.S. '15 and Andrew Parker '12 were married at Mission Santa Clara on June 27, 2015. They celebrated with several Bronco friends and family including bridesmaids and groomsmen Kim Aagaard '12, Mari Katsura '12, Lizzie Mercado '12, Chris Barna '12, and Michael Busch '12.

submitted Jul. 28, 2015 4:34P
Lambert, Kamila

Kamila Lambert '12 founded Edible Urban Farm, a business that empowers people to grow their own fresh, organic food. She sparked her interest in urban farming while working at Santa Clara University's community vegetable garden, The Forge.  She wondered what was stopping people from turning their thirsty, unproductive lawns into beautiful, productive vegetable gardens. Brendan Ruiz '12 joined Edible Urban Farm after working as a youth garden educator at Middlebrook Center for Urban Sustainability.  A lifelong interest in human ecology led Brendan to study anthropology at Santa Clara University and to grow his own food at his home in Santa Clara.  When he's not farming, he enjoys climbing rocks, making music, and being an organism.

submitted Jul. 22, 2015 4:22P
GRD Leavey/MBA '12
Cho, Sage

Sage Cho MBA '12 writes, "I just got a new job as an assistant director, Business Development, at Ernst & Young."

submitted Jun. 19, 2015 6:45A
Bhatnagar, Vaishali

Abe Gupta and Vaishali Bhatnagar J.D. '12 wed on Valentine’s Day 2015 at Hayes Mansion in San Jose.

Halfway through his first date with Vaishali Bhatnagar, Abe Gupta knew she was the one. “I was completely absorbed in this conversation,” he says. “I remember thinking ‘I haven’t felt this alive and engaged in so long.’ ”
For Vaishali, it took a little longer to be sure — their second date. “This feeling washed over me, that this could be the beginning of everything,” she says. “I already felt so comfortable with him. I had this feeling of ‘wow, this is the real deal.’”
Their connection came as a surprise, since the two attorneys were both certain they would not end up with another lawyer. In fact, during their first, brief exchange at a networking event in August 2013, they jokingly discussed how much they disliked lawyers.
Abe, 32, grew up in Danville. He graduated from Stanford University at 19 years old and earned his law degree from USF by age 22. As the vice mayor of Dublin, where the couple lives now, he’s the youngest elected official in Alameda County and the first politician of South Asian descent elected in the San Ramon Valley. The couple also have a law office together, the AV Law Firm, in San Ramon.
Vaishali, 27, is a Saratoga native who attended UC Davis and Santa Clara University, “becoming a lawyer when I was really old: 24,” she says.
Abe proposed in 2014 at a winery in Livermore that he and Vaishali had visited early in their relationship. Their wedding was a six-day affair, with the traditional Hindu ceremony taking place at San Jose’s Hayes Mansion on Feb. 14.
On the Wednesday night before their wedding, the bride had a henna party at her parents’ home. On Thursday night, the couple held a Sangeet (meaning “song”) at the Dublin Community Center so guests could meet informally. Friday night was a family dinner, with the wedding and reception following on Saturday. Abe rode into the wedding ceremony on a horse, as per tradition, but the couple says they were deliberate in choosing which rituals had meaning for them, such as the priest asking for blessings from their deceased ancestors.
On Sunday, the couple dined at the groom’s parents’ house, where Vaishali was welcomed as the new bride, and on Monday the couple joined the bride’s parents for lunch, where the groom was welcomed into the family.
Life for the pair is a bit slower now, since they ran Abe’s re-election campaign at the same time they were planning the wedding. “That was intense,” Abe says, noting that, one moment “you’re putting up lawn signs and knocking on doors, and then the next, you’re looking at tablecloths.” But they managed to do both, as well as establish their law office, admitting that neither knows what to do with too much free time.
submitted Jun. 28, 2015 10:17P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '12
Aozasa, Margueritte

Margueritte Aozasa '12 has been named assistant coach for the Stanford women’s soccer program. 

Aozasa, who grew up in nearby Mountain View, was a four-year starter at Santa Clara University, where she split positions between midfield and center back, a spot that allowed her to take advantage of her ability to read the field. She earned West Coast Conference All-Academic honors. Aozasa has been coaching with the Mountain View-Los Altos Soccer Club – a club she represented as a player – for the past six years.

submitted May. 15, 2015 3:15P


Tatum, Thomas

Thomas Tatum '13 has joined the firm White Oak Global Advisors as senior analyst of Originations. Tatum is responsible for supporting the originations team with preliminary diligence and analysis. Prior to joining White Oak, Tatum served as an analyst at Medley Management Inc., focusing on portfolio servicing and underwriting. Tatum began his career as an analyst at Balyasny Asset Management, responsible for idea generation and fundamental research. White Oak Global Advisors, LLC, is an SEC-registered investment adviser that directly originates private debt financings to middle market companies to support growth initiatives. White Oak’s product suite includes asset-based secured term loans, cash flow based term loans, unitranche facilities, rescue and debtor-in-possession (DIP) financings, in/out of court restructurings, acquisition and capital expenditure facilities and other structured finance instruments. With more than $1.8 billion of invested and committed capital*, White Oak has made 87 direct debt investments in companies with enterprise values between $50 million and $1 billion across a diverse range of industries and sectors. White Oak is headquartered in San Francisco, with additional offices in New York, Denver and Atlanta.

*The Firm’s AUM is estimated as of 6/30/2015, and includes the regulatory Assets under Management in addition to the uncalled capital commitments of the separate accounts managed by the Firm.


submitted Oct. 5, 2015 11:40A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '13
Sommers, Chloe (Wilson)

Chloe (Wilson) Sommers '13 married Ron Sommers III (Boston College '13) on July 19, 2015, in Snohomish, Washington. The two met while serving as Jesuit Volunteers in Omak, Washington, after college. Ron and Chloe currently reside in Chicago, where Ron attends the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. Chloe currently studies at Loyola University Chicago School of Law as a recipient of the Civitas ChildLaw Fellowship. Both will graduate in 2018.

Contact Chloe
submitted Aug. 26, 2015 10:56A
Kromm, Genevieve
Genevieve "Jenny" Kromm '13 has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study censorship campaigns in Vienna, Austria, during WWI, and their impact on the arts. Kromm, a 24-year-old whose hometown is Santa Clara, studied in Vienna through an SCU Research Travel Award in 2011 and received many scholarships and opportunities to study German music and language while at SCU. Her Fulbright topic was influenced by a history class taught by Professor Matthew Newsom Kerr called War and Democracy: WWI in the UK, which she said “changed my life”; and by her senior thesis, which focused on the collapse of the Austrian monarchy before and during WWI and rising nationalism of former Austro-Hungarian territories. Jenny also credits her thesis advisor, Professor Amy Randall, and her German teacher, Professor Josef Hellebrandt, for her success at SCU.
President Michael Engh, S.J. said of the recipients: “Their accomplishments and intellectual endeavors represent the best of Santa Clara University. They, like Santa Clara, have a special appreciation for the international exchange of ideas and culture as a source for positive global change.”


submitted Apr. 30, 2015 12:41P


Otto, Brent

Brent H. Otto, S.J. M.Div. '14 is one of 28 Jesuits ordained into priesthood this summer by the Society of Jesus, the largest order of priests and brothers in the Roman Catholic Church. Otto, 35, grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts. In 2006, he was sent to Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, where he earned a master’s degree in philosophy and completed a joint master’s program in International and Global History from Columbia University in New York and the London School of Economics. He is a board member of the Ignatian Solidarity Network. He is working on his LST at the Jesuit School of Theology.

submitted Jun. 14, 2015 6:27P
Gonzalez, Leah

Leah Gonzalez '14 is currently working as a post-production assistant and is thrilled to be able to continue writing for Santa Clara Magazine as well.

submitted Jun. 8, 2015 3:49P


Yamamato, Franchesca

Franchesca Yamamoto '15 received the Charles and Barbara Hazel Outstanding Student in Economics Award. She was selected by Santa Clara department facutly for her academic performance in the discipline combined with strong leadership skills, commitment to service, and potential for professional success.

submitted Jul. 20, 2015 12:52P
Wendel, Kristin

Kristin Wendel '15 received the Albert F. Bruno Outstanding Student in Marketing Award. She was selected by Santa Clara department facutly for her academic performance in the discipline combined with strong leadership skills, commitment to service, and potential for professional success.

submitted Jul. 20, 2015 12:59P
Ta, Tuyet-Anh

Tuyet-Anh Ta '15 received the Professor O. Robert Anderson Outstanding Student in Accounting Award. She was selected by Santa Clara department facutly for her academic performance in the discipline combined with strong leadership skills, commitment to service, and potential for professional success.

submitted Jul. 20, 2015 12:38P
Sullivan, Jessica

Jessica Elaine Sullivan '15 received the Leavey School of Business Service Award. She was nominated by faculty for exemplifying the mission of the University, as well as for demonstrating academic excellence, leadership, and dedication to the Leavey School of Business. She is currently working as a digital marketing specialist at FireEye Inc. and volunteering in her local community.

submitted Jul. 20, 2015 1:12P
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '15
Silva, Martin

Martin O. Silva, S.J. M.Div. '15 is one of 28 Jesuits ordained into priesthood this summer by the Society of Jesus, the largest order of priests and brothers in the Roman Catholic Church. Silva, 53, was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. He received an MBA from Pepperdine University. Missioned to the Jesuit School of Theology, he earned a Master of Divinity degree while serving as a deacon at San Quentin State Prison. After ordination, he will serve at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hollywood, California. 

submitted Jun. 14, 2015 6:05P
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