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David Fisher MBA '98 is now vice president and business transformation officer at SRA International, Inc., a leading provider of IT solutions and professional services to government organizations.
Mr. Fisher will lead a business transformation program to drive continuous process improvement and operational optimization efforts in support of SRA’s strategic plan. As BTO, he will help SRA continue to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of internal business processes, enhancing the focus on providing customers with the best people, ideas and performance.
“We are pleased to welcome David to the SRA team,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Tim Atkin. “David’s thought leadership and extensive operational experience in the public and private sectors will strengthen how we support our employees and our customers. He will provide SRA, and our customers, with strategies and practices that will enable us to consistently meet the dynamic needs of the federal government market in order to achieve exceptional operational performance.”
Mr. Fisher has held a number of senior roles within the public and private sectors, most recently as Chief Risk Officer and Senior Advisor to the Commissioner at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Prior to joining the IRS, he served as Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Financial Officer at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Before holding his role at the GAO, David held a number of positions with the Department of Defense (DoD), including serving as the first permanent director of the Business Transformation Agency, Defense Enterprise Integration Executive, and Special Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Financial Management). Prior to joining DoD, David served as Managing Director with BearingPoint.
Mr. Fisher graduated with distinction from Stanford University with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication. He completed his Masters of Business Administration at Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business. He is also the author of Optimize Now (or else!): How to Leverage Processes and Information to Achieve Enterprise Optimization and Avoid Enterprise Extinction.
submitted Jun. 21, 2014 9:55A
The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Patricia E. Ball ’98 as counsel in the Employment and Labor Practice Group of the firm's Los Angeles office. "Patricia is a seasoned litigator with significant trial experience and will be a valuable addition to our employment litigation team," said Tony Campiti, practice leader for the firm's Employment and Labor Practice Group.
submitted Aug. 19, 2014 12:35P
UGRD Leavey Business '99
Sachi Sambandan MBA '99 has been appointed senior vice president of engineering at Gigamon, a leader in traffic visibility solutions. Sambandan joins Gigamon from VMware, where he recently served as vice president for the company's R&D Hybrid Cloud Services, responsible for all aspects of product development as well as building and managing a team of approximately 180 engineers. Prior to VMware, Sambandan spent ten years at Force10 Networks as vice president of engineering, developing and expanding Force10's product roadmap. Sambandan received a bachelor's degree in electronics and communication engineering from India's College of Engineering in Guindy, Madras. He went on to earn a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland and a master's in business administration from Santa Clara University.
submitted May. 16, 2014 1:12P
UGRD Leavey Business '99
Eric Iwamoto ’99 and Wendy (Vu) Iwamoto ’99 welcomed a boy, James Toshiro Vu, on April 7, 2014. He joins big sister Ellie, 5. The family lives in Ladera Ranch, Calif.
submitted Aug. 1, 2014 11:37A
Brian Thorsett ’00 is now an assistant professor at Virginia Tech University in the School for Performing Arts. Thorsett also recently performed at the prestigious Festival del Sole in Napa, Calif., in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti.
submitted Aug. 5, 2014 5:31P
GRD Leavey/MBA '00
Michael Clapperton MBA ’00 has been named to the board of Etairos Consulting in San Jose, Calif. He currently is the Chief Technology Officer of IT Sigma in New York City, a SaaS Workflow Management tool.
submitted May. 29, 2014 10:11A
UGRD Leavey Business '00
Davaransky, Jane (Duong)
Jane Duong Davaransky ’00 and husband Anthony announce the birth of Carson Thai Davaransky, born on April 27, 2014. Carson spent 5 weeks at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford for apnea, aspiration, and reflux. He is now home with mom, dad, and big sister Emerson. He is growing and improving every day.
submitted Sep. 1, 2014 1:57A
submitted May. 16, 2014 11:54A
Adam Blaylock ’01 was promoted to partner from senior manager. Blaylock is a member of Ernst & Young LLP?s Assurance practice in San Jose, where he serves technology clients, including large multinationals, as well as clients in the solar industry. He previously served as a Professional Practice Group resident in the West Region, where he assisted client service teams with complex technical accounting matters and facilitated executive training sessions. Blaylock graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor?s degree in Accounting and a minor in Mathematics from Santa Clara University. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California and a member of the American Institute of CPAs.
submitted Jul. 30, 2014 11:12A
UGRD Leavey Business '02
Blaze Smallwood ’02 and wife Annie welcomed their second child, Brady Drue, on May 17, 2014. Big sister Avery Mae (4 years old in Oct 2014) loves giving her new brother smooches any chance she gets.
submitted Jul. 23, 2014 12:27P
UGRD Leavey Business '03
Travis, Christine (Beechinor)
Christine (Beechinor) Travis '03 and husband Chris welcomed their first child, Evelyn Andrea Travis Sept. 1, 2013. The family resides in Bakersfield, Calif. where Christine owns her own Pilates studio, Poise Pilates+Barre.
submitted Apr. 27, 2014 8:17P
GRD Leavey/MBA '03
Ananda Rajagopal MBA '03 has joined Gigamon as vice president of Product Management, bringing more than 20 years of global software, hardware and engineering leadership. Ananda joins Gigamon from Brocade, where he was most recently VP Routing, Product Management & Strategy for their Data Center Switching and Routing business.
Gigamon is a leader in traffic visibility solutions with the innovative Unified Visibility Fabric.
Rajagopal holds an MBA in Technology Management from Santa Clara University, as well as a Masters of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT in Kanpur, India. He received his Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Mysore in India. Previously, he held positions on the Internet2 Research Advisory Board, Metro Ethernet Forum, and DSL Forum, as well as serving as a voting member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
submitted Apr. 24, 2014 10:57A
GRD Law '03
Phan, Emily (Wang)
Emily Wang Phan J.D. '03 was the reader's pick for the "Best Criminal Lawyer" of Silicon Valley, according to the Metro. The law office of Emily Phan specializes in defending cases such as driving under the influence, theft, and domestic violence.
submitted Apr. 25, 2014 7:47P
UGRD Leavey Business '03
Miguel Legarreta ’03 joins Truex Insurance in Stockton after a successful career at Liberty Mutual Insurance, where he was recognized for his outstanding performance by the Liberty Mutual Leader’s Club. Legarreta speaks Spanish fluently, has seven years of experience, and brings a vast knowledge of personal insurance to Truex.
In 2011, Legarreta earned his Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow designation. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 2003 with a degree in economics and a minor in Spanish studies.
submitted Jul. 15, 2014 2:48P
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '03
Matthew E. Carnes M.Div. '03 has been elected to Santa Clara University’s Board of Trustees, bringing to 44 the number of members of the governing body that helps steer its strategies and priorities.
A native of San Carlos, Calif., Carnes has been assistant professor of government at Georgetown since 2009 and is the recipient of several awards for outstanding teaching and faculty excellence. He spent a year as a fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and a semester as a fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Stanford, where he also received his B.A. in international relations. He holds a M.Div. degree from the Jesuit School of Theology and an M.A. in philosophical resources from Fordham University.
A Jesuit priest since 2003, he was a Jesuit scholar-in-residence at Unity residential learning community at SCU from 2004 to 2008 and from 2011 to 2012. During that time, he periodically served as coordinator for student immersions in Tijuana, Mexico.
“I have a great fondness for Santa Clara University and the time I’ve spent here,” said Carnes. “The University is a remarkable community of open, intellectual debate that keeps justice for the world’s poorest and most needy at the forefront in all its endeavors. It will be a privilege to contribute to Santa Clara’s work and foster its growth.”
submitted Jul. 25, 2014 9:20A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '04
Monica Vasquez ’04 writes, "After 10 years together, we finally tied the knot in Sedona, AZ on May 17, 2014. What a beautiful backdrop..."
submitted Aug. 27, 2014 3:57P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '04
Schwarm, Ashley (Ritchie)
Freshman Dorm: Campisi
Ashley (Ritchie) Schwarm ’04 and her husband, Conor, are thrilled to announce the arrival of their son, Noah Jeffrey, on Oct. 9, 2013. Noah joins his older brother, Mark Brian (8-29-11).
submitted Sep. 11, 2014 5:03P
Pecoraro, Rebecca (Potter)
Former volleyball player Becky Potter '04, married Nick Pecoraro on May 24, 2014, in Pismo Beach, Calif. Other SCU alum in attendance: teammate Becky Biniek '04, Claire (Parsons) Durrell '04, Jenny (Siegel) Ruso '04, Lindsay (Uchikura) Melaas '04, and Rick Ruso '03, MBA '07.
submitted Jun. 12, 2014 2:35P
UGRD Leavey Business '04
Gonzales, Khanh-Thy (Nguyen)
Khanh-Thy (Nguyen) Gonzales ’04 and 1st Lt. Ramiro Gonzales celebrated their 10th year anniversary by renewing their wedding vows in Las Vegas with "Elvis." In attendance were Khanh-Vy Nguyen ’01, Hiroko Shirakata ’99, and Kristin Calcagno ’99. Future Broncos Aria and Ellia Gonzales served as flower girls.
submitted Jul. 3, 2014 1:42P
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '04
Carol Depner MTS ’04 writes, "I have retired from hospital chaplaincy. The plan is to do volunteer services at both a homeless shelter and at St. Joseph Hospital, after relocating to Denver, Colo."
submitted Jul. 1, 2014 4:36P
UGRD Leavey Business '04
Kevin Cote ’04 and Kristin (Koenekamp) Cote ’04 welcomed a daughter, Cailin Parker Cote, on June 28, 2014. She joins 2-year-old brother Carson at the family's home in Walnut Creek, Calif.
submitted Jul. 15, 2014 8:38P