Class Notes | Obituaries
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Frankie Wong M.S. ’85 joined Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione in Chicago as a patent agent with particular focus on patent prosecution in wireless and network communications and the computer arts. Before joining Brinks, Wong prosecuted more than 230 patent applications in the areas of 3G and 4G wired and wireless communication systems. He began his career as a design engineer, working for CTT Inc., Microsource Inc./Gigatronics and Nexyn Corp., in the Silicon Valley. He also worked as a patent engineer for Patent Planet, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc. and as a patent agent at McAndrews, Held & Malloy.
Michael C. Wehr '85 was promoted to the rank of major general by the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at a ceremony in January. Last September, Wehr received his second star at his alma mater, where his career began in the ROTC program.
"It feels great to come back to the place and people who shaped me at an early age for the career that led to this day," he said. His parents, Art and Margaret Wehr, had the honor of participating in the ceremony, while his Santa Clara sweetheart, Deborah Kalisz Wehr ’84, stood by his side.
Responding humbly, Wehr said, "It takes a lot of little things to make something big happen. It's a real honor to celebrate this moment here at Santa Clara. It is a gift to get to lead. It's about living, learning, loving, and leaving a legacy—carrying a torch, but thanking those who handed it to me and those who will receive it. "Wehr also recognized the incredible importance of mentoring, specifically thanking his Santa Clara ROTC professor of military science, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Robert E. Camors.
Evelyn Tolbert J.D. '85 has ended twelve (12) years of service as a City Council member for the City of Tracy, Calif. She previously served as a Tracy Planning Commissioner, on the Board of Directors for the Tracy Chamber of Commerce, and as a Trustee for Sutter Community Hospital. Throughout her civic service, Evelyn remained active in the community and founded the Tracy Performing Arts Foundation and the Tracy Women's Forum Association. She also is a playwright with a number of works that have been produced in community theatre.
Jennifer (Stuhr) Smith '85 has been promoted to the Chief of Audit Section with the Employment Development Department in Sacramento, Calif. Jennifer and husband Angelo reside in Redding with their children, Nyjel and Emily.
Jennifer Stuhr Smith '85 was promoted to Bureau Chief of the Taxpayer Advocate Office with the Employment Development Department in April 2011. She and her husband Angelo live in Redding, Calif., with their children, Nyjel and Emily.
Tom Squeri '82, J.D. '85, longtime vice president and general counsel of Granite Rock Co., was named as the company's president and CEO. Squeri worked for two private law firms in the San Franciso Bay Area that specialized in construction litigation prior to joining Graniterock: San Francisco's Pettit and Martin, where he became a partner in 1993, and the San Jose office of Coudert Brothers.
McGregor Scott '85 joined the law firm of Orrick Herrington, & Sutcliffe as a partner in the firm's Sacramento office after nearly six years as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California in Sacramento. He will practice in the area of white collar defense and corporate investigations. Scott and his wife Jennifer continue to live with their three sons (ages 10, 7, and 4) in El Dorado Hills and are fully engaged in their school, sports, and scouting activities.
Daniel Scharre '85 has been named Executive Vice President, general manager of Symmetricom's Government Business Unit. In his new position, Scharre is in charge of building and managing the company's time and frequency technology products that cater to the government, enterprise, science, aerospace and defense industries.
Pearle (Verbica) Salters '85, her husband John, and her four children Hannah (18), Daniel (17), Esther (14), and David (9) moved back to the United States in 2005 to assist her mom, upon the death of her father. She and her husband John (a pilot) served for 7.5 years in East Africa with Africa Inland Mission's (AIM) aviation branch, AIM AIR (www.aimair.org). The Salters returned to Kenya to help AIM AIR in 2007 for four months. They currently reside in Oklahoma. Pearle helps part time with the Member Care Department of Africa Inland Mission (www.aimint.org/usa) and enjoys home schooling two of her children.
Royce Roberts J.D. ’85 explores the public's misconception of public defenders, as well as the importance of our public defense system, in his new book Public Pretender. A public defender for more than 20 years, his book began as a way of understanding what he was experiencing at juvenile court with his clients and the child-welfare system. He works as a public defender in Washington state for the King County–funded nonprofit agency, the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (SCRAP).
Jeffrey Rickard J.D '85 joined Needham Kepner & Fish, LLP, in San Jose in May 2012 after many years at Alexander Hawes, LLP. Along with a colleague each time, he was awarded the Santa Clara County Trial Attorney of the Year Award in 2008 and again in 2011. He continues to handle personal injury, product liability, toxic tort and other plaintiffs' cases both in CA and elsewhere. He married Lynne Coates in October 2011 and his son, Ryan Rickard, 22, will be a senior at the University of San Diego in the fall.
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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Leanne Patterson Porter '85, M.A. '95 is the Director of Sales - West for TableCraft Products. An equipment and supplies manufacturer in the Foodservice Industry.
Brad Pizer J.D. '85 is a lawyer at Pizer & Associates, APC in Beverly Hills. He is a member of the American Bar Association Committee on Credit Unions. He maintains the highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell (AV). From 1995 through 2009, he has been the featured speaker presenting Silverman's Legal Update for California Credit Unions. He is a past recipient of the California Credit Union Collectors New Millennium Award. He is always current on the latest credit union legal developments.
Chuck Miller ’85, J.D. ’88 is business development nanager for American Pacific Mortgage in Walnut Creek. He is also the JV basketball coach at De La Salle High School in Concord. Chuck is currently serving on the SCU National Alumni Board as well as on the committee for the Class of '85 Grand Reunion coming up this fall. He is encouraging all his classmates to come to the reunion and looks forward to seeing them all there. Chuck is proud of his daughter, Samantha, who is attending George Washington University and his son, Charlie, who is a freshman at De La Salle High School. Chuck lives in Pleasant Hill.
Susan Mauriello J.D. ’85 of Aptos, has been appointed to the California Board of State and Community Corrections by Gov. Jerry Brown ’59. Mauriello has been the county administrative officer for Santa Cruz County since 1989.
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After 11 years teaching virtually every religious studies course that Catholic high schools have to offer, Mary Marsella '85 is taking a break for several months to chill out and determine her next steps for how to best apply her nine years of graduate theological study to living this gift of life. This includes sorting out her passions, which include promoting social justice, deepening her spirituality, meditating, practicing yoga, spending more time with her family, cooking, writing about what's on her mind—she had a field day writing posts about Pope Francis in order to give balance to the various mis/understandings of him and the Church during his visit to the United States—and whatever the heck else she wants to do. She lives in Point Richmond and loves her view of the Bay, which she is well aware that she is lucky to have. She looks forward to reuniting with her third-floor- freshman-year "Swig-mates" and other Santa Clara alums. And of course, while working at LaSallian high schools, she ever maintained the TRUTH that God is NOT a Gael! Can I get an amen?
Miguel Lopez-Pereira MBA '85 writes, "After earning my MBA in agribusiness at SCU in 1985, I went on to earn a Ph.D. in agricultural economics at Purdue University in 1990. I was encouraged to continue my studies by Dr. Charles French, former director of the agribusiness department at SCU at that time. Then I worked for about 12 years in different international organizations: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico, (1990-1994); the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, D.C. (1994-1995); international consultant 1995-1998; the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 1998-2002; international consultant again (2002-2010). With my wife, Norma, we created a small consulting and construction company in Honduras in 1998. We are now independent and have developed the company into a well established small real estate business, with activities in Tegucigalpa and La Ceiba, Honduras, our hometown. We are also beginning to expand our activities to the United States, with a new investment in Miami. My wife and I are very grateful for having had the opportunity to study at SCU, where we also lived two of our best years. Thank you, Santa Clara University!!!"
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Maria Lobo ’85 and her artwork were mentioned in InMenlo. Her mixed-media works on paper, wood, and canvas can be seen at the store HOME, in Menlo Park, and at marialobo.com. Working across cultures and genres, Lobo creates collectable artworks for galleries, residences, and corporate, public, and private spaces.
Kate Lepow '85 has joined Yahoo! in Sunnyvale, CA. She will continue to focus on product management for e-commerce payment solutions. Kate lives in the Willow Glen area of San Jose, CA with her partner, Jim Lungaro.
Bart Lally ’85 and wife Amanda welcomed their first child, Francis Joseph Lally, on July 27, 2014. The family lives in San Francisco.
Priscilla Kisling '79, MBA '85 writes, "Moved to Portland, Ore. area, in Jan. 2014, and started working for Business Valuation Resources, LLC, in Feb. 2014 as CFO. Business Valuation Resources is a niche publisher of business valuation guides, books and on-line resources for the professional business appraiser. This big change allows me to be in the same area as my daughter, Kristina, who graduated from University of Portland in May 2013 and is working in the Portland area."
Steve Kahl '84 has achieved National Board Certification as an English teacher. Steve teaches at Mountain View High School, where he also coordinates the GATE and AVID programs. He recently was named to the board of directors for the California Association for the Gifted.