Class Notes | Obituaries
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Joseph Westfall '97 is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Houston-Downtown. He and his wife have two-year old twins, Oliver and Eloise, and welcomed a third child, Dorothy, on May 19, 2013.
Freshman Dorm: Campisi
Kristen Weaver ’97 writes that she received her M.A. in education in 1999 from Stanford University; volunteered in the U.S. Peace Corps from 2002 to 2005 as a curriculum development specialist in Nouakchott, Mauritania; and married her husband, Natnael, in November 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Weaver is presently employed by the U.S. Department of State. Natnael is a newsletter editor who loves IT and woodworking. They currently live in Saudi Arabia.
Chantel Waterbury ’97, founder and CEO of chloe + isabel, was listed in "More 40 under 40" by Fortune magazine. Although the 37-year-old didn't make the main list of business' hottest rising stars, she was nevertheless recognized as being among the latest players on the direct-sales jewelry scene, helping sellers set up virtual store fronts and offering them a range of jewelry to hawk using their social networking savvy. Waterbury has more than 14 years of experience developing jewelry for retailers like Macys, Old Navy, and LVMH's DFS Galleria.
Chantel Waterbury '97, founder and CEO of Chloe + Isabel, was interviewed by the Huffington Post. Waterbury launched Chloe + Isabel after a 15-year tenure in the corporate jewelry industry. She developed, designed and sourced jewelry for brands such as Kenneth Cole, Gap Inc., Macy's, Nordstrom, Target, Kohl's and specialty retailers, and served as Director of Luxury Jewelry for DFS, division of LVMH. Chantel's interest in the direct selling space stemmed from her years at Santa Clara University, where she paid her way through college selling Cutco Cutlery, and was recognized as the top producer in the Western U.S. She regularly guest lectures at Santa Clara University, San Francisco State University, and several specialty fashion and design schools, on topics ranging from product development to retail math and merchandising.
Heidi von der Mehden ’97 and husband Matt Harris welcomed their first child, Stephen Joseph, on Oct. 27, 2014. Heidi also has a new position as associate winemaker for Merry Edwards Winery in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma County. The family makes their home in Santa Rosa.
Mia Thibeaux ’97 writes, "I am now the mother of two wonderful children. I have a 5-year-old son and a 3-month-old daughter."
Jason Tarver ’97 is the new defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders. He previously worked with the San Francisco 49ers and the Stanford football coaching staff.
Katie Susemihl ’97, J.D. ’05 and Ryan Bennie welcomed their first child, Thomas Ryan Bennie, on June 28, 2014. He weighed 8 pounds 13 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long. The family lives in Santa Rosa.
Alison (Lacy) Stroot '97 and husband Steve welcomed a girl, Gwendolyn Aurora, on Sep. 9, 2009. She joins big brother Logan, 2, in San Jose, CA. Alison teaches 1st grade at Allen at Steinbeck K-8, in San Jose.
Olivia Brittany Stover (Ford) '97 and husband Kieran welcomed their second daughter, Lily Finch, on November 19, 2010. Older sister is Madeline Deia (5 1/2 yrs old).
Gates Matthew Stoner '98 is now Senior Instructional Technologist & Web Platform Manager at The University of Arizona in the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. He continues to adjunct in the Communication Department.
Kathy Carr Stephens '97 and her husband, Jeff, proudly welcome their first child, Chloe Grace born 12-19-10! The family lives in Playa del Rey, California.
Kathy Carr Stephens ’97, husband Jeff, and 3-year-old-daughter, Chloe, welcomed baby brother Clayton Michael on June 1, 2014. He was 6 pounds, 14 ounces and 19.5 inches long. The family resides in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Danielle (Martinez) Sempek '97 welcomed daughter Kathryn McCullough Sempek into the world on Jan. 10, 2011 and son Noah James Sempek into the world on April 2, 2012. She is happily married and working as a registered nurse in Tallahassee, Fla.
Karl Schweikert MBA ’97 received his JD from UOP McGeorge and is now practicing aviation and state administrative law in Sacramento for Churchwell White LLP.
Don '97 and Angelena (Sanfilippo) Paxton '97 proudly announce the birth of their son, Michael-Patrick Paxton. He was born Dec. 12, 2010, and is named after their dearly-loved and sorely-missed SCU friend, Patrick Carney '97. Michael-Patrick joins big sister Graciana, big brother Donnie, and golden retriever, Roosevelt in the family's San Jose home. Don is Director for Maxim Integrated Products in Sunnyvale. Angelena teaches Creative Writing and linguistics at National University and U.C. extension. She also bakes a lot.
Kimberly Rodriguez ’97 recently began her position as chief education advisory to California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon. Kimberly has worked for and with the California Legislature for over 15 years.
Margaret (Madden) Rivero '97 and husband Gerardo Rivero welcomed their third child, Lena Sophia, on March 25, 2010. She joins big brothers Lucas, 4, and Sam, 2, at home in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.
Jessica Perry ’97, J.D. ’00, was among this year’s winners of the San Francisco Business Times’ 40 Under 40 award, which honors “the best and brightest young leaders who are shaping our region’s vibrant future.” Lawson is a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Read full article here.
Jeff Perry '97 was promoted to Vice President of Enterprise Hardware at Oracle, where he manages a number of sales teams. His position has brought him back to the SCU campus where he spends time recruiting and hiring recent grads. Jeff and Jessica Perry '97 have three children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.
Brian Paulson '97, marketing manager at Juniper Networks, and wife Michelle MA '05, welcomed twin boys, Colby and Zachary, on July 15th, 2010. They join older sister Dana (4) and brother Ethan (6).
Alison (Ehrich) Pariani '97 and husband Steve welcomed identical twins Elena Rose and Siena Marie on May 23, 2011. They join older brothers Jordan (15) and Marco (2). The family lives in Burlingame.
Cate (Bloem) O'Reilly '97 who lives with her husband in San Diego is pleased to announce the birth of her daughter Sophie Catherine on March 4th 2010. Sophie joins two year old brother Shay Louden.