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Armin Zoufonoun ’98, J.D. '01 was profiled in the SF Gate article "Meet The Iranian Musician Who Hammered Out Facebook's $1 Billion Instagram Deal In Zuckerberg's Living Room" in April. Zoufonoun, Facebook's director of corporate development, has only been at the company for a little more than a year. Before that, he worked for Google.
Lori Yellen-Lilley M.A. '98 writes, "After 17 years of working in child welfare, both in California and Idaho, I have recently changed the direction of my career and am now teaching psychology at the College of Western Idaho. Also started a small business creating mosaic windows."
Imelda Wong ’98 married Jediah Kortens on June 23, 2012 at Northstar, Lake Tahoe. In attendance were fellow SCU alumni Jeff Prentice ’98, Amy Pearsall ’98, Angela (Wang) Fisher ’98, Meilissa Lum ’98, Malissa (Pena) Goldstein ’98, and Mary Grace Barasi ’98. Imelda is a teacher in San Jose, and Jediah works in HR.
Mumtaz Pierre-Davis Winn '98 and husband, Michael, are proud first-time parents of a beautiful baby girl, named Ananda Maryum, born November 22, 2010.
P. J. Vaughn '92, '98 is now living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She works for Chevron as the general manager of the Buenos Aires Shared Services Center.
Damien Swendsen '98 and Lisa (Sacco) Swendsen '98 are thrilled to announce the birth of their fourth child, Emily Anne Swendsen. She joined brothers Michael and Matthew and sister Claire on June 12, 2009. The Swendsens live in San Jose, California.
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.
Clark Stone J.D. ’98 joined Hogan Lovells as a partner in the intellectual property practice, based in Silicon Valley. Stone's practice focuses on litigation relating to patents, trademarks, Internet privacy, trade secrets, and business disputes for high technology clients, in federal and state courts and the ITC. He has handled cases involving semiconductor devices, manufacturing processes and equipment, electronic circuitry, global positioning systems, cellular handsets, patent licenses, commercial contracts, online trademark issues, software, electronic mail, and trade secrets misappropriation.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Stone worked in both technical and managerial positions for various semiconductor manufacturing equipment companies, including Applied Materials, Inc., and Novellus Systems, Inc. He has an extensive knowledge of semiconductor devices and manufacturing techniques, plasma etching and deposition, and Internet-related technologies.
A past president of the Santa Clara County Bar Association (2007), Stone has served as a volunteer arbitrator for the Santa Clara County Bar Association's Attorney-Client Fee Dispute Arbitration program since 2002, and also serves as a volunteer arbitrator for the State Bar of California's Mandatory Fee Arbitration program.
Bryan Stofferahn ’98 married Claire Ilog on July 6, 2013, at the Pacific Oaks Vineyard Estate in Santa Cruz, Calif. Mark Brower ’99 performed the ceremony, while Nate Baker ’99 and Rogelio Calderon ’98 served as groomsmen. Also in attendance were Jason Cook ’99, Brad Perkins ’99, Aisha Curran ’99, and Ryan Hoffman ’01. Bryan is a partner at the law firm of Connor & Bishop in San Francisco, and could not be happier right now.
Nazly Siregar ’98 was made a partner with Deloitte Southeast Asia in January 2013.
Jolyn Silva M.A. '98 is the owner and operator of Heaven On Earth: Skin Care & Massage. She has two locations: San Jose and Mountain View. They perform therapeutic massages, pampering facials, and meticulous waxing. www.heaven-on-earth.net
Stephen Sifferman '93, M.S. '98 received the School of Engineering's 2015 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, which honors alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and/or service to the School of Engineering have set them apart. Sifferman reflects the qualities and characteristics that best define the ideals of a Jesuit education: a passion for and commitment to excellence.
For the past 20 years, Steve Sifferman has had a distinguished career in the wireless communications industry. Beginning as a senior software engineer at Northrop Grumman, he moved on to ArrayComm, where he worked his way up the ranks to eventually taking on the role of President of the world leader in multi-antenna signal processing software products for wireless communications. During his time with ArrayComm, he helped develop cutting-edge technologies and holds numerous patents in recognition of his work. Respected not only for his technical ability, Steve is also lauded for his managerial and leadership abilities. In his current capacity as president and CEO of Tarana Wireless, Inc., Steve is guiding the company’s evolution from its successful first phase of technology development into broad commercialization and growth. Beyond serving his company, he impacts his field as a board member of the Telecommunications Industry Association. For his contribution to the development of wireless communication technologies and outstanding leadership within his industry, Steve was selected to receive this honor.
Robert P. Rutila J.D. '98 has returned to Ridenour, Hienton & Lewis in Phoenix, Ariz. He practices commercial litigation and is focused on construction law, landlord/tenant disputes, creditors rights, real estate, banking and general-contract issues.
Kathleen Rubin '98 has recently directed a one man show, written and performed by Aaron Braxton, called "Did You Do Your Homework?" It has been playing at the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Los Angeles since January and continues to run due to overwhelming success. The show chronicles Mr. Braxton's experience as a substitute teacher in an urban school in Los Angeles. The theme is timely and relevant as Mr. Braxton states, "Education is an equalizer and a conditioned mind will defeat an angry heart."
Sarah (Lentz) Rodriguez '98 and husband Sergio had their first child, son Tanner Dashiell, on March 12, 2010. The family lives in Fullerton, Calif.
Bubba and Amy Randazzo '98 welcomed the birth of their second child in February. Sofia Marie Randazzo was 6 lbs 9 oz and was 19 inches long. Sofie's big brother Jake loves taking care of his "sissy girl."
Maureen Bermingham Postigo '98 and husband Javier joyfully welcomed their daughter, Francesca Elizabeth, into the world on June 8, 2011. They continue to marvel at her amazing growth and development. The family resides in Walnut Creek.
Rachel (Palmer) ’98 and David Plut ’97 welcomed their third baby girl, Charlotte Sunshine, on August 20. The family lives in Spokane, Wash.
Lloyd Pierce '98 is now a player development coach for the Memphis Grizzlies. Mr. Pierce, with more than 15 years of collegiate and professional basketball experience, joins the Grizzlies’ organization for a third NBA coaching job after a year (2010-11) with the Golden State Warriors, where he served as an assistant coach under head coach Keith Smart. Prior to his stint with the Warriors, he worked for the Cleveland Cavaliers as a player development coordinator for three seasons (2007-10). The San Jose, Calif., native attended SCU (1994-98) where he helped lead the Broncos to two NCAA Tournament berths. After graduating with a degree in business management, he played four seasons internationally, making stops in Mexico, Australia, and Germany before returning to SCU, where he joined the team’s staff as an assistant coach under head coach Dick Davey (2003-07).
Lloyd Pierce ’98 has been hired by 76ers coach Brett Brown as assistant coach. Pierce had previous stints with the Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors, and Cleveland Cavaliers. The San Jose native played for Santa Clara University from 1994-98 and played professionally in Mexico, Australia and Germany before returning to Santa Clara to join then-coach Dick Davey's staff.
Christine (Guerrero) Parvin '98 and her husband Darin announce the birth of their son, Dylan Edward-Oscar, on July 30, 2008. Their growing family moved to Sacramento shortly after Dylan's birth and are happy to be settled in.
Christine (Guerrero) Parvin '98 and husband Darin welcomed thier daughter Sloan Felicty on August 8, 2010. Big brother Dylan is thrilled to have someone to boss around.
Jill Cardoza Painter '98 and Al Painter '95 welcomed Lilly Hannah Painter to their family Aug. 17, 2011.