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1983

GRD Law '83
Avila, Simao

Simao J. Avila J.D. '83 is Senior Counsel, Legal & Government Relations for Kaiser Permanente. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Avila was labor and employment counsel for the Office of General Counsel, University of California. He was previously a partner with Littler Mendelson where he represented private and public sector clients on nearly all aspects of employment and labor law. He lecturers at Leland Stanford University, Law School (Gould Center) and at University of California - Boalt Hall on negotiations and ADR. He was a comments editor for Santa Clara Law Review at Santa Clara University, which published an article he authored, entitled "The Erosion of the Exclusionary Rule." He has presented on various subjects at professional conferences and speaks regularly on pertinent labor and employment issues dealing with the complexities of today’s diverse work force. To assist employers with one of those difficult contemporary challenges, while at Littler Mendelson, he co-authored a handbook entitled Terror and Violence in the Workplace. Avila is also co-author in A Litigator’s Guide to Effective Use of ADR in California (CEB, 2005).

submitted Mar. 25, 2011 12:58P
GRD Law '83
Avila, Simao

Simao “Sim” Avila J.D. ’83 was named a Diversity Champion Finalist in the 2012 Bay Area Corporate Counsel Awards publication, a joint production of the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal.

Avila became a lawyer to create social justice in the world around him. It was a natural outgrowth of his years studying philosophy and existential phenomenology at St. Patrick’s College and law at Santa Clara University. In October 2011, he earned the Santa Clara Law Social Justice and Human Rights Award, which recognizes outstanding individuals in the cause of equality, social justice, and human rights.

Born on St. George Island in the Portuguese Azores, Avila worked for the National Labor Relations Board in Puerto Rico before coming to California. He practiced law as a partner at Littler Mendelson. Then as the labor and employment counsel for the University of California.

He joined Kaiser in 2007 and serves as senior counsel at the Oakland-based health giant and as an attorney in the labor and employment department. The medical foundation has more than 8.8 million members and 14,000 doctors and is one of the largest nonprofit managed health care systems in the United States.
 
Avila, 57, oversees all of Kaiser’s employment issues, including claims of discrimination. He ensures the company’s compliance with affirmative action laws and policies. He also serves on the Kaiser Permanente diversity committee. Avila frequently teaches at Stanford Law School and U.C. Berkeley. He is also an active volunteer in the California Minority Counsel Program. In September, Avila received the Social Justice and Human Rights Award from Santa Clara School of Law.
 

 

submitted Mar. 2, 2012 2:50P
UGRD Engineering '83
Artiles, Marth

Martha C. Artiles '83 is the Global Chief Diversity Officer at Manpower, one of the world's leading staffing and employment firms. At Manpower, Artiles oversees strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives, and her expertise is organizational change, recruitment, quality management, and mechanical engineering.

submitted Mar. 25, 2011 3:33P
UGRD Engineering '83
Allana, Karim
 
Karim Allana ’83, CEO of Allana Buick & Bers Inc., was recently featured in the San Francisco Business Times’ Small Business Entrepreneur Profile. His company comprises "engineers who specialize in the exterior elements of buildings as well as energy conservation" and is headquartered in Palo Alto. Read more about Allana and the business he founded in 1987 in the San Francisco Business Times' article Karim Allana of Allana Buick & Bers Inc.

 

submitted Mar. 30, 2012 4:46P

1984

'84
Zsoka, George
George Zsoka ’84, J.D. ’87 is running for district attorney in the Sixth Judicial District, New Mexico, according to a recent profile in the Silver City Sun-News
 
submitted Oct. 9, 2012 8:09P
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Thomas, Robert

Robert H. Thomas '84 is the Managing Attorney of the Pacific Legal Foundation’s Hawaii Center in Honolulu. Thomas joined PLF in 2003, and he directs land use, coastal zone, and environmental litigation across the State of Hawaii at the appellate and trial levels. His area of specialty is land use and eminent domain, but Thomas appreciates having a range of issues to tackle at PLF Hawaii. He is also Of Counsel to Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, a Honolulu firm that is one of Hawaii’s leaders in land use law.

submitted Mar. 25, 2011 1:12P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '84
Stimson, Laura (Rogers)

Laura Rogers Stimson '84 and husband Charles "Cully" Stimson welcome children 3 and 4, Will and Cate--they join Ian and Sophia, both 7 years old. Laura is Director of the Career Litigation Track for the US Navy and Cully is a Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC.

submitted May. 18, 2010 6:03P
GRD Leavey/MBA '84
Stevens, Kenneth

Kenneth G. Stevens ’69, MBA ’84 writes, "I am retired from NASA Ames Research Center and married to Catherine Schulbach who is still working at NASA. I also taught for several years in the early bird computer science program in the Dept. of Engineering."

submitted Mar. 21, 2014 2:06P
'84
Stevens, Mary

Santa Clara Trustee Mary Stevens ’84 and her husband, Mark, a prominent venture capitalist, have made a $7.7 million gift to create a more nationally prominent athletics program at Santa Clara University.

The gift will be used to build a new state-of-the-art soccer training center and to upgrade the current soccer stadium. It will also help build a new plaza to recognize and honor the importance and history of sports played on that field—including many years of NCAA football and women’s and men’s soccer.
 
“We thank the Stevens family for their generous gift that has brought us to this important moment for Santa Clara University athletics,” said Michael Engh, S.J., president of Santa Clara University. “After a great deal of thought, study, and reflection, we are moving forward with a new level of resources to reach our goal of having an athletics program that is nationally prominent, ethically focused, and a vibrant force on campus.”
 
Mary has served on the Board of Trustees since 2012, before which she served on the Board of Fellows for more than a decade. A soccer player while at SCU, she served on the president’s athletic commission, which explored the best role for sports at Santa Clara University. She spent 14 years in the commercial real estate industry in Silicon Valley.
 
“It’s a joy to be able to make this gift to my alma mater. I am proud to help the University build the foundation for a well-rounded experience for the next generation of elite student-athletes,” said Mary. “Santa Clara is uniquely positioned as an institution of strong Jesuit values that benefits from its location in the heart of Silicon Valley.”
 
Past gifts from the couple include $7 million to build the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J., Student Activity Center, and a $500,000 scholarship for St. Mary’s Academy alumnae to attend SCU.
 
Mark, an active philanthropist and former partner in the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Sequoia Capital, was an investor in some of the most successful tech companies of the past decades, notably Google and LinkedIn. He has served on the University’s investment committee since December 2009.
“I see Santa Clara as the best Catholic institution in the Pacific Rim,” added Mark. “This gift is an investment in future leaders who will have the advantage of a strong grounding in academics, athletics, and global human values.”

 

submitted Jun. 21, 2014 11:45A
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Stapleton, James

James Stapleton '84, has joined 800-lawyer Littler Mendelson as the Chief Marketing Officer based in San Francisco.

submitted Mar. 26, 2011 8:30A
'84
Spear, Timothy

Thomas M. “TJ” Spear, Jr., '84, a lawyer in Bend, Ore., with a private practice focusing on criminal defense and litigation, announced his candidacy in March for Oregon's Circuit Judge of the Deschutes County Circuit Court.

Prior to his entering private practice, Spear was a deputy district attorney in the State of Oregon for over 12 years. He is an accomplished trial attorney having both prosecuted and defended high-profile criminal cases, including murder and other serious crimes. Spear also previously served as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy and worked in the energy industry.

submitted Mar. 18, 2012 7:39A
GRD Law '84
Smyth, Monica

Monica Smyth J.D. '84 of Stamford, Conn., was appointed a member of the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities on October 27.  The council is a governor-appointed body of people with disabilities, family members and professionals who work together to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities in community life.  Smyth works as a family resource support coordinator for Abilis, Inc., a Greenwich-based not-for-profit agency. 

submitted Nov. 17, 2009 3:58P
UGRD Engineering '84
Ryan, Steven

Steven Ryan ’84 has been working in Jakarta, Indonesia, since 1996 as senior management in the field of freight transportation and logistics. Steven earned his master's degree in engineering from RMIT University (Australia) in 1994 and is currently pursuing his MBA. His wife, Evi, is from Indonesia and two boys, Vincent and Lawrence, attend an international school.

Contact Steven
LinkedIn: http://id.linkedin.com/in/stevenryan01
submitted Sep. 20, 2013 7:32P
'84
Riley, Mary
Mary Beth Riley ’84 and Joanne Pasternack J.D. ’99 made the Silicon Valley Business Journal's Women of Influence list for 2013.
 
As executive director of the San Francisco 49ers Foundation, Pasternack heads an organization that has donated more than $20 million to support nonprofit programs for preventing violence and youth leadership. Pasternack has stayed busy in the last few years by adding the role of Director of Community Relations for the 49ers to her already full agenda.
                                         
Santa Clara resident Riley leads the oldest private secondary school for girls in California. She joined Notre Dame in 1985 as a French teacher. Riley also served as the director of admissions from 1998 through 2006, where she established a unique program that helped increase enrollment. She has served on the Catholic School Advisory Board at the SCU Dept. of Education, Counseling and Psychology.

 

submitted Jun. 24, 2013 8:28A
GRD Leavey/MBA '84
Reid, Bob

Bob Reid MBA '84 has been admitted to the PhD program in business at Oklahoma State University.

submitted Sep. 19, 2012 5:46P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '84
Mimmack, Marty
Marty Mimmack ’84 has been inducted into the Cupertino High School hall of fame, alongside more than 100 alumni and honorary members from throughout the school's history.
 
Marty Mimmack is now a motivational speaker and teacher who specializes in disability awareness and character education. He resides in Hawaii. While in high school, he was a member of the speech and debate team and the Junior Achievement business organization. He was recognized as the state's speaker of the year while a senior.
 
After his time at CHS, he attended Santa Clara University on a speech scholarship. As a child, he was the Santa Clara County and National Poster Child for the March of Dimes.
submitted May. 30, 2014 4:42P
GRD Law '84
McMahon, Timothy

Timothy McMahon J.D. ’84 was selected as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in California by the National Trial Lawyers Association and one of the top 100 Irish American attorneys in the United States by the Irish Voice for 2013. Tim and his wife Lisa Twomey McMahon ’83 live in Los Gatos with their 3 children.

Contact Timothy
Timothy D McMahon Corsiglia McMahon & Allard 96 N 3rd St 620 San Jose Ca 95112
submitted Oct. 4, 2013 9:07A
GRD Law '84
McCurdy, Mary (Plungy)

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Mary McCurdy '81, J.D. '84 writes: "I live in Menlo Park, CA with my husband Kevin McCurdy. We have two children, Helen (22) and Brigid (19). Kevin and I have our own law firm, McCurdy & Fuller, in Menlo Park. As we are now empty nesters, we are enjoying traveling."

submitted Sep. 29, 2011 8:46A
'84
Mathews-Stevens, Mary

Mary Mathews-Stevens ’84 has been elected to SCU’s Board of Trustees. Along with her husband, Mark, a former partner in the venture-capital firm Sequoia Capital, Mary has been active in education philanthropy with their support of numerous educational organizations in California. Earlier in her career, Mary spent 14 years in the commercial real estate industry in Silicon Valley. She served as a Vice President at Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank in Santa Clara. Their philanthropy has included a $500,000 gift to endow a fellowship program for graduates of the high school Mary attended in Portland, St. Mary's Academy, who wish to attend SCU. In a gesture to honor the late former president of Santa Clara University, in 2008 the couple donated $7 million for the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J., Student Activity Center.

submitted Jun. 18, 2012 9:00P
'84
Martinelli, Megan

Megan Martinelli '84 writes: "I will be installing my son, Phil, as an incoming freshman at SCU come September. I can now honestly say, 'I birthed a Bronco!'"

submitted May. 21, 2009 3:42P
GRD Leavey/MBA '84
Laufer, Steven

Steven Laufer MBA '84 is leaving employment with the state of California, for General Motors in Phoenix.

submitted Mar. 18, 2014 9:45A
'84
Kapur, Shelley

Shelley (Simmons) Kapur '84 and husband Vineet live in Portland, where Shelley is a project manager for Aerotek.

submitted May. 27, 2009 2:32P
'84
Kapur, Shelley (Simmons)

Shelley (Simmons) Kapur ’84 is working for TEKsystems Global Services as a project manager in Portland, Ore.

submitted Apr. 26, 2012 3:38P
'84
Kapur, Shelley (Simmons)

Shelley Simmons Kapur ’84 and her husband, Vineet, live in Portland, Ore., where she works as a delivery manager for TEKSystems Global Services. Shelley recently joined the Rose City Rollers, a women's flat-track roller derby league, and skates with their recreational team known as the Wreckers.

submitted Jun. 4, 2014 3:18P
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