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UGRD Engineering '65
Dompe, Bob

Robert "Bob" Dompe '65, M.S. '67 writes, "I retired two years ago from BAE Systems as a senior systems engineer. I've got two children (one gender each), five (plus) grandchildren (all boys). I'm concentrating now on: home/family life, photography, attending sports car races, and running."

submitted Sep. 20, 2015 12:39A
Dawson, Rosette

Rosette G. Dawson '65 was among the first class of women admitted to the University in 1961. She writes, "All is well and happy in retirement! Husband loves fishing; I volunteer with American Association of University Women and am Anacortes Branch president. Special project: encourging girls to pursue STEM careers. Our daughter Carolyn is married and working on her Ph.D. at the University of Washington, Seattle."

submitted Sep. 18, 2015 8:33A


Jiménez, Francisco

Napa County Reads has selected the autobiographic stories by Francisco Jiménez '66, an award-winning writer who chronicles his humble beginnings and struggles to complete his education as the son of migrant workers from Mexico, to be shared with area middle school students.

Napa County Reads will host Jiménez at two presentations in November, as well as at sessions with young students.

Napa County Reads, coordinated by the Napa County Office of Education, is a coalition of educators and residents dedicated to improving the reading experiences of students throughout Napa County with an emphasis on middle schools.

Each year, the committee selects a book that is read in the fall, followed by special events that include a visit from the author. 

Jiménez emigrated with his family from Tlaquepaque, Mexico to California and as a child worked alongside his parents in the fields of California. He received his bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and a masters and Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Columbia University under a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.

He has have won several national literary awards. His books have been published in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Italian and Spanish. His stories have been reprinted in more than 100 textbooks and anthologies of literature. He is professor emeritus for the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Santa Clara University.

Jiménez’s autobiographical books include: “The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child,” “Breaking Through,” “Reaching Out,” and “Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University.”

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submitted Sep. 4, 2015 10:29A


GRD Engineering '67
Dompe, Bob
see year 1965


Cummins, Mike

Longtime Bay Area baseball coach Lawrence "Mike" Cummins '79 has joined the San José State University baseball program as the team’s volunteer assistant coach. Cummins, a familiar name to fans of local baseball, brings more than 35 years of coaching experience to the Spartans, including 10 combined seasons as the head coach at Santa Clara and San Francisco State.

In his six seasons (2009-15) at the helm of San Francisco State, 14 Gators received All-California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) recognition, including the program’s first conference Freshman of the Year selection in 2013. SFSU’s 22 total wins in 2010 were the most since 2006, and the team’s 17 CCAA wins in 2014 and 2015 were the most since the Gators tallied 21 conference wins in 2004.

From 2003 to 2009, Cummins served as the head coach at Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College, where he guided the Warriors to a 151-121 (.555) record. In 2007, Walla Walla was crowned East Region Tournament Champion and received a bid to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) Championship Tournament.

Cummins had a 24-year coaching and playing stint at Santa Clara, including a four-year run as the head coach from 1997 to 2001. With Cummins on staff from 1988 to 2001, seven Broncos earned All-America honors, three were named West Coast Conference Player of the Year, three others won WCC Pitcher of the Year and two SCU rookies garnered conference Newcomer of the Year awards. He also played a role in the development of five Bronco catchers who went on to sign professional contracts, beginning with former Kansas City Royal Mike Macfarlane. 

Prior to his time at Walla Walla, Cummins spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons as an assistant coach at Washington State. 

A native of Monterey, Calif., Cummins played two seasons at Monterey Peninsula College before transferring to Santa Clara in the fall of 1977. He was a standout catcher on the 1978 and 1979 Santa Clara teams, helping the Broncos to an NCAA Regional appearance in 1978 and earning Second-Team All-Northern California Baseball Association honors as a senior in 1979.

After graduating from Santa Clara in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in history, Cummins signed a professional contract with the Salem Senators of the Northwest League, an independent Class A team, and batted .302 while leading the team in RBIs in his only year with the club.

Cummins began his coaching career in 1980 at Buchser High School in Santa Clara, where he guided the baseball team to a second place finish in conference. He also served as the head football coach of the junior varsity program at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif. 

Cummins is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and Association of Professional Ball Players of America, and sits on the ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award Committee.

submitted Sep. 11, 2015 9:32A


GRD Law '86
Hogan, Kathryn (Kane)

Kathryn Kane '82, J.D. '86 writes, "This fall, I will retire as a deputy county counsel, Office of County Counsel, County of Santa Clara. I have been a hearing, trial, and appellate counsel in the Child Dependency Unit for more than 25 years. I will forever be grateful for this amazing career opportunity."

submitted Sep. 18, 2015 11:39A


Johnsen, Bruce

Bruce Johnsen M.A. ’88 writes: “Continuing to enjoy my work 'saving' family-owned businesses and partnerships."

submitted Sep. 18, 2015 8:26A


GRD Leavey/MBA '93
Costa, Catie

Catie Costa '93 successfully published her first novel, Love on the Rocks: A Positano Tale.

Contact Catie @ Twitter MCatieCosta
submitted Sep. 11, 2015 3:46P


Kortens, Imelda (Wong)

Imelda (Wong) Kortens '98 and Jediah welcomed their second child, Jessica Celine, to the world on September 9, 2015. Imelda, Jed, and Jessica live in San Jose with Jessica's big brother, Jackson.

submitted Sep. 21, 2015 8:49A
Castañeda-Liles, Socorro

Religious studies professor Socorro Castañeda-Liles '98 recently shared her inspiring life story in Visión magazine, from a grim childhood in Mexico to a career in academia. She's currently working on a book about the Catholic devotion of Latinas to be published by Oxford University Press, and co-editing a volume of stories by artists, academics, professionals, and entrepreneurs who share similar stories about coming to the United States. Her husband is Josef Castañeda-Liles, development research director at SCU, and they have a daughter. Socorro is also a co-founder of the Sacred Heart Parish Computer Center and a founding member of the San Jose's Parque de Padre Mateo Sheedy commitee.

submitted Sep. 11, 2015 10:54A


Gallardo, Andrea

Andrea Friaz Gallardo '05 completed her medical residency at U.C. San Diego, combined family medicine and psychiatry training, and has joined Kaiser Permanente in Gilroy full-time. She is happy to be back in the Bay Area after nine years away in Southern California.

submitted Sep. 19, 2015 4:01P


UGRD Arts & Sciences '10
Ammatuna, Carlo

Giselle Marie Estabrook '10 and Carlo Giuliano Ammatuna '10 were married on April 25, 2015. Bishop Richard B. Higgins performed the ceremony at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento. Included in the wedding party were maid of honor Jenna Abeyta Duston '09 and bridesmaid Julianne Tortolano '11 as well as groomsman Nick Calvitti '10. Giselle and Carlo live happily in Roseville, California.

submitted Sep. 11, 2015 10:17P


Bastone, Frankie

Frankie Bastone '15 is SCU's new assistant director of Student & Young Alumni Giving. No stranger to University Relations, he was involved with the Senior Gift Committee, which he will now oversee, and worked in a number of different roles as a student employee with the Alumni Association. In his new role, Frankie will be responsible for the Student Philanthropy and Senior Gift programs; the Santa Clara Fund letter writing program; the Sprinksgiving event; Young Alumni giving one to four years out; and will partner with the assistant director of Student & Young Alumni Programs, in Alumni Relations, to administer the Young Alumni Soiree.




submitted Sep. 18, 2015 8:05A


Tunzi, Gabriela

Gabriela Tunzi J.D. '12 and Martin Behn J.D. '12 were united in marriage on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the Santa Clara Mission Church in Santa Clara, with Fr. Peter Abdella presiding. An outdoor reception was held at the Rengstorff House in Mountain View. Gabriela is the daughter of Dr. Marc Tunzi and Dr. Danielle Acton of Salinas. She is a 2005 graduate of Salinas High School and a graduate of UCLA and the Santa Clara University School of Law. Martin is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter and Diane Behn of San Luis Obispo. He is a 2004 graduate of San Luis Obispo High School and is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the Santa Clara University School of Law. Gabriela and Martin are both members of the California Bar. Gabriela works for San Mateo County; Martin works for a private law firm in Palo Alto.

Attendants for the bride included maid of honor, Dominique Tunzi, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids included college friend Vicky Sinnett-Smith, law school friend Crystal Roberts J.D. '12, and Whitney Behn, sister of the groom. Best man was Brendan Till, college friend of the groom. Groomsmen included law school friend Jake Smith J.D. '12, high school friend Max Benson, and Matthew Tunzi, brother of the bride. The couple make their home in the San Francisco Bay area.

submitted Sep. 18, 2015 8:18A
Tradewell, Steve

Steve Tradewell '90 was among 11 recipients of the CFO Recognition Award, bestowed by the North Bay Business Journal, for making a significant impact on the health of local companies and the economy.

Steve is the CFO of Napa Valley Vintners. Born and raised in the Bay Area, he has spent most of his life within a few hours of home. After deciding that a career in academia was not him, Steve spent time working in the film industry as the director of finance and operations of the California Film Institute. After seven years there, the Napa Valley Vintners called, and for the past 11 years has enjoyed learning about and growing with the Napa Valley wine industry. He currently lives in Napa, with his wife, Linda, and four dogs.

Steve's advice for young emerging financial leaders: "Develop a personal “brand” based on integrity, dedication, and follow-through. Also, avoid the temptation to try and be “right” all of the time. There is a lot that can be learned by listening and via thoughtful reflection."


submitted Sep. 11, 2015 9:08A
Scott, Tony

Tony Scott J.D. '92 is the new United States chief information officer and administrator of OMB’s Office of Electronic Government and Information Technology. Under Tony’s leadership, the Administration will continue to build on the remarkable work done by former CIOs in changing the way the federal government manages IT. 

Tony brings more than 35 years of global leadership and management experience to build upon our progress and drive continued success. He will drive the Administration’s Smarter IT Delivery Agenda and the core objectives across the Federal IT portfolio: (1) driving value in Federal IT investments, (2) delivering world-class digital services, and (3) protecting Federal IT assets and information.


submitted Sep. 11, 2015 11:30A
GRD Jesuit School of Theology 'wn
Santos, Nicholas

Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska, welcomes Nicholas J.C. Santos, S.J., MTS '02, Ph.D. to its Board of Trustees. Fr. Santos brings a wealth of experience in Jesuit higher education. He is an assistant professor of marketing at the College of Business at Marquette University, in Milwaukee, and the co-director of Marquette’s social innovation initiative. He advises Marquette’s Alpha Sigma Nu chapter as well as the student chapter of Changemakers, which expands social innovation and entrepreneurship among students to help tackle the world’s most pressing problems.

A native of Pune, India, Santos holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in businessfrom the University of Pune; bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and theology from Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, also in Pune; a master’s in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University; and MBA and Ph.D. degrees from Marquette University.

Prior to entering the Jesuits, Santos was an accountant for a chemical distributor and transportation company. As a Jesuit, he taught for eight years at St. Vincent’s College of Commerce in Pune, which has a special emphasis on providing business education to low-income students. He spent three years as a visiting scholar and post-doctoral fellow at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and was also involved with the Global Social Benefit Incubator program of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara.

submitted Sep. 11, 2015 9:25A
Lindemann, Kathie

Flex Pharma announced the appointment of Kathie Lindemann '83 as its chief operating officer.

Prior to joining Flex Pharma, Ms. Lindemann served as COO at DAVIDs TEA Inc. Ms. Lindemann also spent 19 years at Starbucks, where she held several leadership roles including senior VP, Starbucks Foodservice, SVP US Business Operations, and SVP International Operations, Store Development and Global Business Systems. She has been a director of Cambia Health Solutions, Inc. since June 2009. 

“Since we see substantial opportunity to develop our consumer product as a global brand, I am looking forward to working with Kathie to leverage her extensive experience building and running operations ex-US as we plan to access key international markets,” commented Marina Hahn, president of Consumer.


submitted Sep. 11, 2015 8:51A
Lamble, John

 Former Santa Clara standout John Lamble '14, winner of 81 career singles matches during his time as a Bronco, captured his first professional title in doubles over the weekend.

Partnering with Alan Kohen from Argentina, the duo rolled through the field at the USA F23 Futures event in Edwardsville, Ill. en route to the final on Sunday. In the tournament-deciding match, Lamble and Kohen came back to down the Great Britain pairing of Scott Clayton and Richard Gabb by a score of 3-6, 7-6(4), 10-7.

"I'm very proud of John and the momentous accomplishment that he has just accomplished in his professional career," said Santa Clara Head Coach Derek Mills. "John was a terrific player when he was a Bronco and I'm happy that he has continued his success at the next level."

While competing at Santa Clara, Lamble racked up three All-WCC Doubles Team awards, two All-WCC Singles accolades, and was a highly ranked player in the conference as well as the Northwest Region on a consistent basis. The Saratoga, Calif. native ranks second all-time on both Santa Clara's singles and doubles wins lists. In his final year on the Mission Campus in 2013-14, Lamble tallied 21 victories in singles competition and completed a near-perfect 15-2 mark in doubles action.


submitted Sep. 11, 2015 8:45A

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