Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in the last year by graduates in 1997
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.
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.
Giovanna Gaitan O’Grady ’97 and Kevin O’Grady ’96, welcomed their second child, a boy, Callum O'Grady on June 20, 2013. He joins big sister Carine, who's 2 years old. The family lives in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Laura Lee Norris J.D. ’97 has been named founding director of the new Entrepreneur’s Law Clinic at Santa Clara's School of Law.
Kristi Martinez ’97, Chad O'Hara and daughter Sabine welcomed baby girl Deryn Josie O'Hara on August 18. The family lives in San Carlos.
Yan Yuen Brenda Lao MBA ’97 writes, "I am working at Hong Kong Baptist University now."
Birgitta Delurgio Hughes ’97 and husband Allen Hughes—their second child, a daughter, Faith Marie Hughes, on Oct. 22, 2012. She joins brother Rhys Delurgio Hughes, 2. The family lives in Kirkland, Wash. outside of Seattle.
Jimmy Dutra '97 will join a crowded race for the 4th District County Supervisor seat in Santa Clara County.
While at Santa Clara University, Dutra was chosen among thousands of applicants to be a White House intern for President Bill Clinton. While at the White House Dutra worked in the Office of Presidential Personnel, as well as in First Lady Hillary Clinton's office.
Dutra has worked on some high-profile campaigns, including a California Gubernatorial campaign and former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro's NY Senate race.
More recently, Dutra has been working for the family business, Dutra Farms, and operating Jimmy's Pumpkins on East Lake Avenue each fall. He is 38.
The election is in June.
Christopher Donaldson ’97 and wife Tressa are overjoyed to announce the birth of their second son, Andrew Friedrich, on July 12, 2013. Chris, Tressa, baby Andrew, and older son James all reside in Laguna Niguel, CA.
Russell Dahl ’97 is an associate professor of medicinal chemistry in the Departments of Neuroscience and Pharmaceutical Science at The Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University, in North Chicago. Dr. Dahl is the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and an inventor on over 20 patents in small molecule therapeutics. He also directs the Laboratory for Molecular Design and Drug Discovery.
Joanne Conca ’97 just moved back to Santa Clara County with her husband and two children after living in Colorado for 8 years. Both she and her husband are involved in their real estate investment business.
Colleen Blake ’97 was named one of Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “100 Women of Influence.” As sr. director, Global People Operations, Brocade Communications Systems Inc., Blake is a key partner in driving the company’s involvement in community initiatives for young girls and women, and is responsible for the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy, including the expansion of Brocade’s Women In Networking (WIN) initiative across the globe. Blake was named to the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2012 "40 Under 40" list, and she is active in youth and women's organizations.
Lani L. Biafore ’92 is serving as In-House Staff Attorney for Delta Gamma Executive Offices in Upper Arlington, Ohio. While at Santa Clara, she was a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity. She, daughter Lia, and husband, Dr. Michael S. O'Mara, moved to the Columbus, Ohio area in 2012.