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Andy Zorio '90 and wife Mechelle welcomed their second child, Ethan on June 20, 2011. His older brother, Nicholas, is also very proud.
Susan Zaro MA '90 is working as a sports psychologist in Mountain View, Calif.
Rob Wright '90, along with his wife Cassie, gave birth to their first child on September 29th, 2011. Gavin Michael Wright quickly chose Bronco Red as his favorite color and can be seen wearing Bronco gear in Marin, Calif.
Sara (Pike) Wilczewski '90 and husband Michael welcome their second child, Andrew John, on April 19, 2010, weighing 9.3 pounds. He joins big sister Chiara Elisabeth, 21 months. The family lives in Centennial, Colorado.
Jeff Waters ’90 joined Altera Corporation as senior vice president and general manager of the military, industrial, and computing division. Waters and his team are responsible for systems solution development and marketing for these segments.
Waters was most recently with Texas Instruments/National Semiconductor as vice president, precision signal path division, after returning to the U.S. from a three-year position as regional vice president of National's Japan division where he led sales, marketing, and operations. Additionally, he has held positions in research and development and in management consulting, as well as managing analog and system-on-chip (SOC) product groups.
He holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, a master's in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University, and an MBA from Northwestern University (Kellogg Graduate School of Management).
Alice Marcarelli Valenzuela MBA ’90 was awarded the 2012 Soroptimist Ruby Award in Phoenix, Ariz., for her tireless work on behalf of women in Sonora, Mexico, where she founded a women’s cooperative that operates an electronics recycling business to create employment in the impoverished rural area. The Soroptimists are a worldwide professional women’s service club, and the Ruby Award is the highest honor awarded by the organization. For more information about the electronics recycling initiative, see: http://retroworkswest.weebly.com/retroworks-de-mexico.html.
Scott Stone MBA ’90 is running for Adams County Clerk/Recorder in Illinois. He is a native of Quincy, Ill., married to his wife, Michelle, and they have two young children.
Eric Steuben ’90, MBA ’95 joined Asante Solutions Inc., a medical device company focused on diabetes care, as vice president of operations. Steuben has broad corporate experience ranging from high-growth startups to world-leading corporations and has specialized insight into the medical device industry. He led the manufacturing, engineering, and operations teams at Align Technology and MicroDental Laboratories. He started his career at Varian Medical, a medical device manufacturer focused on the treatment of cancer.
Kathleen (Mitchell) Simpson ’87, M.A. ’90 married Robert Simpson on October 2, 2010, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton, CA. Kathy and Bob were second-grade friends and classmates in Pleasanton. They currently reside in Brentwood, Calif. SCU alums in attendance were bridesmaid Christine Fierro ’88, Wes Bliven ’88, Brendan Lewis ’88, Michelle Matsumoto ’88, Diane Zilliotto ’88, John Scardamaglia J.D. ’09, and Jim Mitchell ’83.
Shelley (Carriere) Sheridan '94 and her husband Andrew announce the arrival of their son, Parker Edward, on Aug. 13, 2008. Parker joins brother Trevor, 2.
Alaina Sayers '90 is the new 2nd/3rd grade teacher at St. Mark's Catholic School in Boise, ID.
Colette Rausch J.D. '90 is the author of a recently published book, Speaking Their Peace: Personal Stories from the Frontlines of War and Peace. With a foreword from the Dalai Lama, Speaking Their Peace contains 80 interviews from 11 countries and gives a voice to people who have not been heard before, people silenced by the trauma of conflict, gagged by fear and conformity, or muted by the world's indifference. See: Speakingtheirpeace.org. Rausch has worked for 20 years to build the justice, security, and the rule of law in countries emerging from conflicts. She is currently the vice president for Governance, Law & Society at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.
Narender Oruganti MBA '90 has been appointed to the industry advisory board for Arkeia Software, a leading provider of fast, easy-to-use, and affordable network backup solutions for the Data Protection market. The board is composed of an elite group of storage industry veterans who will provide valuable perspective and counsel to the executive team at Arkeia Software in the areas of business development, market trends, and operations.
Oruganti is an entrepreneur and co-founded Catura Broadband Systems, an Internet based Education Company. Before Catura, he spent almost 20 successful years in marketing, operations and management in leading high- technology companies. Before launching a startup, he was the director of marketing at Veritas' Appliance Software Division. Prior to Veritas, he spent over four years at Network Appliance. Previous experience includes more than 10 years at Hewlett Packard in various roles in marketing, management and operations. Oruganti holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, CA, M.S. in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India.
Michael Okada ’90 was named vice president, chief accounting officer, and interim chief financial officer of Cereplast, Inc., a manufacturer of proprietary biobased, sustainable plastics.
Okada joined Cereplast in April 2011 as vice president and corporate controller. Prior, Okada served as vice president of finance and corporate controller for Mindspeed Technologies, Inc., where he was responsible for general and international accounting, SEC reporting, and Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance.
Okada has more than 20 years of experience in senior executive roles, leading accounting and finance departments for both private and public rapid-growth companies.
Kathleen O'Brien, RSM, M.A. ’90 recently published two books on the history of the Sisters of Mercy in the western U.S. Our Journey Together: Sisters of Mercy of Omaha 1929-1959 and Home Is Our Journey, Sisters of Mercy of Omaha 1960-2008, published privately by the Sisters of Mercy, West Midwest Community.
Rita Neal J.D. ’90 will take over as county counsel for San Luis Obispo in September. She began her employment with the county office in 1998 as a deputy county counsel. Ten years later, she was promoted to chief deputy county counsel. Later in 2008, Neal was promoted to assistant county counsel.
Before she joined the county counsel’s office, Neal was in private practice in San Luis Obispo, specializing in civil litigation.
Tina (Johnson-Cohen) Murray B.S. '90, M.B.A. '97 and her husband, Kirk, live with their two children in Los Gatos, CA. Tina continues to consult on Agile Software.
Tina (Johnson) Murray ’90, MBA ’97 lives in Los Gatos with her husband, Kirk, and her 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son. Tina continues fundraising for her daughter's local public school, and recently joined the board of directors of the Skylar Hadden Foundation to ensure program funding for her son's school program for children with Asperger's and ADHD. Tina is also serving on the Grand Reunion Committee for her class of 1990.
Eric Monsef ’90, M.S. ’96 led the group responsible for bringing to market HP Sprout, which was awarded Best Desktop PC at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, by PC Mag. The HP Sprout is an immersive workstation that combines a fully loaded TouchSmart all-in-one PC with a combination projector and scanner, plus cameras. Monsef is an engineering management adjunct professor and VP of Immersive Systems at HP.
Hugh Molotsi M.S. ’90 joins the CSO/CTO advisory board of Qualys Inc., a pioneer and a leading provider of cloud IT security and compliance management solutions. Molotsi, vice president of technology innovation at Intuit, joins information security leaders from eBay, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, PayPal, and other leading companies to meet quarterly to discuss top priorities and challenges for securing global infrastructures, providing strategic direction for product development at Qualys.
Krista Meade M.A. ’90 writes: "After a successful 15-year career in geriatric social work, I am beginning my third career as a writer/editor. I hope to work for a nonprofit or foundation serving the needs of older adults, women and children, social justice, or the environment."