Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in the last year by graduates in the 2010s
Maung Aung Lwin Oo ’11 and Wai-Sze (Grace) Wu ’10 were married on Dec. 27, 2014, in Hong Kong, where Grace is from, and had another reception on Jan. 29, 2015, in Mandalay, Myanmar, Aung's hometown. The couple will move to Yangon, Myanmar, in later 2015. The couple loves to hear from SCU alumni in Myanmar.
Eric Pressberg ’10 was nominated a Peace Corps Malaria Hero. This competition honored individuals from across Africa that consistently went above and beyond the call of duty to fight malaria. Pressberg had been living and working in Zambia since 2012 as a Peace Corps volunteer, serving as an aquaculture specialist being active in his community.
In addition to his primary project of working to build fish ponds and encourage aquaculture to ensure food security, Pressberg worked with a local community health worker to interview individuals and gather data on mosquito net usage. Upon discovering that mosquito nets were often misused, they created a poster to promote proper usage. Over several weeks they toured the community, photo-documenting cases of proper usage. The best photos were turned into a poster that now hangs prominently at the local clinic.
Pressberg is now a graduate student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Brittany Luckham ’10 received a PsyD, Doctor of Clinical Psychology with Concentration in Family Forensic Psychology on May 2, 2015 from Azusa Pacific University. She will begin a Fellowship with Children's Hospital Los Angeles in September.
Julienne Syme Lorenzen ’10 and Robert Lorenzen ’09 welcomed their first child, Theodore James, on Sep. 5, 2014. The family lives in San Francisco.
Marisol Jimenez Gradilla ’10 will celebrate her 5th year wedding anniversary on April 8, 2015.
Megan Mills Fairbank ’10 married David Fairbank on July 26, 2014 in Los Angeles. The wedding party included Elise Norman ’10 and Kelly Weber ’10. The couple currently resides in Boston, Mass. They would love to hear from SCU alumni in the Boston area.
Chris Duchesne ’06 married Michelle Donecho ’05, M.A. ’10 on July 12, 2014 at the Mission Santa Clara de Asis with a reception following at the Adobe Lodge. The wedding party included Matt Duchesne ’05 and Trey Miller ’13. The couple honeymooned in Maui and resides in Menlo Park.
Kate Bradley '10 is pursuing a degree in epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research has taken her abroad to Kenya and Sri Lanka, and has more recently turned to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. She hopes to continue to have the opportunity to work abroad in developing nations.
Justin Thomsen ’10 and Adriana Asdourian ’10 were married at St. Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014. The wedding party included Lindsey DeMicheli ’10, Samantha Duarte ’10, Giuseppina Chiaramonte ’10, Nicholas Gable ’10, and John Howard ’10. In attendance were Michael O'Sullivan ’10, George Durando ’09, and Benjamin Petrick ’10.
Greg Angelos ’10 married Dana Honzel ’10 on Aug. 30, 2014 in beautiful Sunriver, Oregon. The wedding party included Nicole Barrack ’10, Sarah (Angelos) Henscheid ’04, Kelly Angelos ’07, Colin Niedermeyer ’10, Chris Hipple ’10, Stephen Sih-Choi ’10, Julio Gomez ’10, Matt Roeckel ’10. Other notable guests included Drew Honzel ’78. The newlyweds live in Corvallis, Oregon, where they are finishing their graduate degrees.
Jeffrey Adams '10 played the role of Happy in Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, Death of a Salesman. Adams spent much of his undergraduate studies dissecting the intricacies of the script and delving into its themes with each paper he wrote.
“I think it’s a beautiful play,” Adams told the Santa Clara Weekly. “I think it captures elements of every human emotion, and that’s something that’s hard to accomplish in a single piece of work. It has humor and tragedy, and I think it captures family dynamics in a really unique way... It makes you ask about what’s important to you. I think every performance should make the audience feel and make the audience walk away asking questions.” Death of a Salesman runs through April 26
Vivek Thakkar M.S. ’11 writes, "Got my dream job at Apple Inc. this year."
In mid-2014, Madeleine Sears ’11 and Sowmya Ayyar ’00 co-founded Prafull Oorja: Holistic Practices for All, a charitable trust in Bangalore, India, sharing yoga and other healing therapies with alternative populations, primarily special-needs children. The two look forward to welcoming SCU Global Fellows in 2015 and continuing the SCU-India connection.
Michael Ryan ’11 writes, "I started working for Tesla Motors in 2011 while finishing up my senior design project. Working up from a Product Specialist on the sales floor to a Store Manager in White Plains, it has been great having a mechanical engineering background from SCU. I encourage any and all Broncos globally to step foot into a Model S and feel the rush of electric propulsion. If you are in the New York area, please reach out to me. I would be happy to show you what electric vehicles are all about.
In Engineering 101 back in 2007, we were told to use the knowledge we obtained on campus for the good of mankind. I have now spoken and emailed over 50,000 people globally and seen owners grin at the sight of their new vehicles which have no tail-pipe. I'm excited to say that Tesla is now working on our second full production vehicle, a crossover called the Model X. Tesla vehicles, including the award winning Model S, have driven over 750 millions miles on electricity. The age of combustion for individual transportation will be coming to a close soon. With many more Broncos now at Tesla Motors, our alumni are on the front lines making a huge difference in the world of transportation.
I hope all is well in Sunny California. I opted to jump back to the temperate climate of the Northeast, but my attitude towards work, life and my fellow human being is always as positive and warm as the culture where I got my degree from in Santa Clara, California. Bronco for life!"
Michael Ryan MRyan@teslamotors.com 917-453-2540
On Nov. 15, Robbie McGowan ’11 married college sweetheart Caity Happ ’11. They had a wonderful reception at Willow Heights Mansion in Morgan Hill. Several of their college friends attended the blessed ceremony. They currently live in Campbell and are adjusting to married life quite well.
Stephanie Lam ’05, MBA ’11 received top honors for her oil painting African Child III at Salon at the Triton: A 2D Art Competition and Exhibition. This distinction also won her a solo show at the museum in 2016.
Lisa Jocewicz M.A. ’11 was hired in November as director of Records and Operations, Graduate Programs, School of Engineering at SCU. Lisa has a degree in education administration with an emphasis on higher ed. Her role includes assisting students with registration, transfer credit, orientation, and graduation, creating quarterly class schedules, and processing adjunct faculty contracts, among much more.
Tyler Ichikawa ’11 writes, "I am now a technical recruiter at Apex. Let me know if you or your company have any staffing needs!"
Jennifer Hinds ’11 is a 2014 graduate of Loyola Law School Los Angeles. She graduated in the top 5 percent of her class and was awarded Order of the Coif Award, given to those who are at least in the top 10 percent of their graduating class. She passed the July 2014 California Bar Examination on her first attempt and is now a litigation associate with a Los Angeles law firm.
Hilary Hendershott ’99, MBA ’11 appeared in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2014 40 Under 40 list. She is the founder and CEO of Hilary Hendershott Financial, one of Silicon Valley's only woman-owned and operated investment advisory firms. She has made it her mission to empower women to maximize their own resources, grow their wealth and live sustainable and healthy lives. She has created a financial training program, Your Rich Retirement Academy, which is delivered virtually and designed for Millennial and younger investors, and teaches both healthy money mindsets and technical skills such as calculation of net worth and retirement savings goals, to enable long-range financial success.
Murtuza Haryanawalla MBA ’11 writes, "Had a great immersion experience in India over the last four years working with Entrepreneurs. Now looking to move back to the bay area."
Becky Goll ’11 is the new co-president of the New York chapter of the SCU Alumni Association. Becky studied marketing and played women’s basketball while at SCU. Transported from the East Bay, she now lives in Manhattan and works as a production manager for Gap's marketing department. Becky enjoys long bike rides, painting, and exploring the city.
Angelica (Wright) Galli ’11, M.A. ’14 and Justin Galli on Aug. 9, 2014 at the Mission Santa Clara. They celebrated with family and friends, including bridesmaids Caitlin (Gambee) Sappington ’10, Sarah Mathes ’11, and Elizabeth Kiikvee ’11. The couple honeymooned in the Dominican Republic and are currently living in Las Vegas, Nev.
Brooke Boniface ’11 is Santa Clara's new class giving officer in University Relations. Brooke graduated magna cum laude from Santa Clara in just three years with a double major in Political Science and History. She was obviously an incredible student and has already supported our office’s efforts greatly through her student job in the call center, where she ranked No. 1 in credit card rates her first year and had an unbelievable 99 percent fulfillment rate during her second year. We also had the opportunity to feature her student story in an annual fund piece during her senior year, so several of you will recognize her face. In her “spare time”, she also served as Opinions Editor for The Santa Clara student newspaper. Following her undergraduate degree from Santa Clara, Brooke served in Teach for America for two years in Phoenix. Most recent, she was tremendously successful as an ad sales rep for Yelp. We are incredibly happy that she is coming back home to Santa Clara to join our Reunion Fundraising team.