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1984

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 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 (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
UGRD Arts & Sciences '84
DiSano, Michael

Mike DiSano '84 married Noelle Concepcion on June 22, 2014 at the Palm Event Center in Pleasanton, Calif.

submitted Jun. 13, 2014 4:05P
'84
Dessau, Peter

Peter V. Dessau ’84, J.D. ’88, a partner at Miller, Morton, Caillat & Nevis LLP,  has been appointed to the board of directors of the Housing Industry Foundation (HIF). 

HIF’s mission is to assist individuals and families in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties in remaining in or returning to stable housing, while supporting efforts to identify long-term solutions to the lack of affordable housing in these communities. Through collaboration with emergency service organizations, the organization funds emergency housing grants that provide an immediate bridge to keep individuals and families in their homes. HIF also completes renovations to non-profit housing facilities and transitional living facilities.
 
“Adequate shelter is such a basic need, and one that can often be taken for granted. It’s incredibly fulfilling for me to be able to provide my expertise in support of the great work that HIF is doing in the communities that so many of our attorneys and clients work and live,” said Dessau.
 
HIF’s board of directors is responsible for providing all operational funding so that 100 percent of fundraising contributions go directly to the organization’s programs. The Board further extends the organization’s community reach by gaining the support of industry leaders who can leverage their resources, funding and skills to complete renovation projects.
 
With 26 years of experience in construction law, Dessau’s practice focuses on litigation involving construction defects and other issues. Regularly advising clients out of both the firm’s San Jose and Newport Beach offices, he represents developers, builders and contractors in payment disputes and defends and prosecutes delay and impact claims against private owners, contractors and public entities. Dessau’s experience also includes providing counsel to members of the industry on risk management techniques to avoid litigation.
 
In addition to his involvement with HIF, Dessau is a member of the State Bar of California, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the Tri-County Apartment Association. A frequent author and speaker on various construction law topics, he has served as a guest lecturer at his alma mater (1988), Santa Clara University School of Law. In addition to his J.D., Dessau earned his B.A. from Santa Clara University (1984).
 
submitted May. 4, 2014 12:55P
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Claudon, Franci

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Franci Claudon ’84 writes, "I am in the midst of pursuing my true calling as an artist. I am a possibility provocateur. I am a Silicon Valley cubicle refugee. I have set the naysayers and fears aside and am pursuing my art as my vocation, profession and life. I am in the midst of that pursuit and I have no crystal ball telling me where this path leads and I've never been happier. I have made lifestyle trade-offs, I smile politely at those who echo the 'starving artist' refrain, and I continue to believe in this possibility for myself."

Contact Franci
www.franciclaudon.com
submitted Aug. 14, 2014 12:04P
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Brown, Timothy

Tim Brown ’84 received a promotion to partner at AonHewitt, where he leads Radford's Global Technology Survey operation. Brown is also an adjunct at San Jose State University teaching a course about Compensation and Rewards to Human Resources Management majors.

submitted Aug. 3, 2014 2:33P

1985

GRD Leavey/MBA '85
Lopez-Pereira, Miguel

Miguel Lopez-Pereira MBA '85 writes, "After earning my MBA in agribusiness at SCU in 1985, I went on to earn a Ph.D. in agricultural economics at Purdue University in 1990. I was encouraged to continue my studies by Dr. Charles French, former director of the agribusiness department at SCU at that time. Then I worked for about 12 years in different international organizations: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico, (1990-1994); the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, D.C. (1994-1995); international consultant 1995-1998; the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 1998-2002; international consultant again (2002-2010). With my wife, Norma, we created a small consulting and construction company in Honduras in 1998. We are now independent and have developed the company into a well established small real estate business, with activities in Tegucigalpa and La Ceiba, Honduras, our hometown. We are also beginning to expand our activities to the United States, with a new investment in Miami. My wife and I are very grateful for having had the opportunity to study at SCU, where we also lived two of our best years. Thank you, Santa Clara University!!!"

Contact Miguel
miguellp@yahoo.com miguellp@hotmail.com www.facebook.com / Miguel A. Lopez Pereira
submitted Feb. 25, 2014 1:14P
'85
Lobo, Maria

Maria Lobo ’85 and her artwork were mentioned in InMenlo. Her mixed-media works on paper, wood, and canvas can be seen at the store HOME, in Menlo Park, and at marialobo.com. Working across cultures and genres, Lobo creates collectable artworks for galleries, residences, and corporate, public, and private spaces. 


 

Contact Maria
marialobo.com
submitted Sep. 30, 2013 5:06P
GRD Leavey/MBA '85
Kisling, Priscilla

Priscilla Kisling '79, MBA '85 writes, "Moved to Portland, Ore. area, in Jan. 2014, and started working for Business Valuation Resources, LLC, in Feb. 2014 as CFO. Business Valuation Resources is a niche publisher of business valuation guides, books and on-line resources for the professional business appraiser. This big change allows me to be in the same area as my daughter, Kristina, who graduated from University of Portland in May 2013 and is working in the Portland area."

Contact Priscilla
www.bvresources.com
submitted Mar. 13, 2014 1:18P
UGRD Engineering '85
Holck, Laura (Boltz)

Laura (Boltz) Holck ’85 and her husband, Phil, have been called to serve as co-pastors at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Cross in Calgary, Canada. Laura received her doctor of ministry degree in preaching in May 2011.

submitted Sep. 24, 2013 5:04P
UGRD Engineering '85
Goolkasian, Maureen (Orlando)

Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group, a structural engineering firm founded 10 years ago by Todd M. Goolkasian ’85 and Maureen (Orlando) Goolkasian ’85, has been awarded an Engineering Excellence Award by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for its design of the new Mountain Road 319 Bridge in Tulare County. Cornerstone was selected because of its successful use of Public Outreach and innovative construction methods. The award will be presented to Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group at the annual ACEC banquet to be held in Sacramento in February 2014.

submitted Jan. 22, 2014 12:17P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Fink, Elissa

Elissa Fink '85 was recognized with an honorable mention from PR World as CMO of the year for 2013. Fink is chief marketing officer at Tableau Software, a company making databases and spreadsheets understandable to ordinary people. With 20+ years helping companies improve their marketing operations through applied data analysis, Fink has held executive positions in marketing, business strategy, product management, and product development. Prior to Tableau, she was EVP Marketing at IXI Corporation, now owned by Equifax. She has also served in executive positions at Tele Atlas (acquired by TomTom), TopTier Software (acquired by SAP), and Nielsen/Claritas. Fink also sold national advertising for the Wall Street Journal. She’s a frequent speaker and has spoken at conferences including the DMA, NCDM, PSAMA and others. In 2013, Elissa joined the Board of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA).

 
 

 

submitted May. 13, 2014 10:01A

1986

GRD Law '86
Small, Barbara (Beall)

Barbara Small ’86 joined GCA Law Partners LLP as a partner in May 2014 and established the firm’s Trusts and Estates practice. Barbara’s practice covers estate planning, decedent’s estate administration (probate), trust administration, conservatorship/guardianship matters, and elder law counseling. Her clients are drawn from all levels of the business and social structure in Silicon Valley, from innovative CEO's and pioneering legal leaders to individual family members and elders intent on preserving their independence.

Contact Barbara
Barbara Small GCA Law Partners LLP 2570 W. El Camino Real, Ste. 510 Mt. View, CA 94040 (650) 428-3900 phone bsmall@gcalaw.com
submitted Jun. 25, 2014 7:52A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '86
Nyhan, John

John P. Nyhan ’86 has joined the law firm of O'Keefe Lyons & Hynes, LLC as a partner in its Property Tax Appeal and Real Estate Practice group. Prior to joining the firm, he served in local government as Chief Legal Counsel to the Cook County Assessor and as Chief Deputy Commissioner for the Cook County Board of Review. John resides in the Chicago area with his wife Kris and their eight year old daughter Laura.

Contact John
John P. Nyhan O'Keefe Lyons & Hynes, LLC 30 N. LaSalle Street Suite 4100 Chicago, IL 60602 312-422-9137 JohnNyhan@Okeefe-law.com
submitted Aug. 18, 2014 8:00A
GRD Law '86
Cole Dillon, Ce

 

Ce Cole Dillon J.D. ’86 co-founded Student Loan 411 LLC. Student Loan 411 LLC is an advisory firm that helps student loan borrowers reengineer their student loan debt to pay for their life, not just their student loans. We also help financial services firms clients, mortgage and real estate companies and universities to manage their default rates. Ce resides in Chicago, Ill. with her family.

Contact Ce
http://www.schoolloan411.com http://www.facebook.com/schoolloan411 @schoolloan411
submitted May. 30, 2014 6:57A
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Chow, Kenton

Kenton Chow ’86, MBA ’96 is now the Chief Operating Officer of RetailNext, Inc., the leading big data analytics software company for physical retail stores worldwide. He and his wife of 19 years, Teri, live in Almaden Valley in San Jose with their two daughters, Kendra 17, and Kianna 14.

Contact Kenton
www.retailnext.net
submitted Oct. 20, 2013 3:35P
'86
Cebedo Lefebvre, Mary Beth

 Mary Beth Cebedo Lefebvre ’86 writes, "I am a project/program manager at Symantic's Sales and Marketing Operations org. Outside work, I volunteer as a board member with the Palo Alto Historical Association and as a yoga teacher at St. Elizabeth Seton School."

submitted Jun. 3, 2014 1:07P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '86
Bruno, Liz
Liz Bruno '82, M.A. '86 had her jersey—No. 42—retired at a Bronco basketball game in Feb. Bruno played for SCU from 1978 through 1982 and holds the school career women’s and men’s record for rebounds with 1,218; is 16th on the school all-time points list with 1,081; and is the only Bronco women’s basketball player with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. The SCU Hall of Famer is an 18-year Redmond resident and licensed clinical therapist in the dual diagnosis unit at Fairfax Hospital in Kirkland, Wash. She is also an active member of the St. Jude Catholic Church in Redmond and also participates in prison ministry when she’s not at her full-time job at Fairfax Hospital. Read more about her on the Kirkland Reporter.
submitted Feb. 25, 2014 8:17A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '86
Alba Jr., John

John Alba Jr. M.A. ’86 retired from education after a 35-year career. He taught for seven years in a K–8 setting and was a school administrator for 28 years. He was an elementary school prinicipal, junior high school principal, and director of personne. He finished his career as the East Union High School principal, in Manteca, Calif., for the past ten years. He is also celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary with Cindy Alba, assistant superintendent of the Livermore Unified School District. He thanks SCU for a great education!

submitted Jul. 15, 2014 10:43A

1987

GRD Leavey/MBA '87
Tamburelli, Steve

Clos Du Val Winery appointed industry veteran Steve Tamburelli MBA ’87 as president, overseeing all operations for the winery located in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District.

A Napa Valley native, Tamburelli joined Stags Leap Wine Cellars as chief operating officer in 1998, spent 11 years as general manager at Chappellet, and recently held the role of chief operating officer at Flora Springs Winery.

submitted Aug. 9, 2014 8:14A
'87
Oppenheimer, Peter

The Board of Directors of The Goldman Sachs Group announced the appointment of Peter Oppenheimer MBA ’87 as an independent director of the firm, effective immediately. Oppenheimer will be a member of each of the firm’s Audit, Risk, Compensation and Corporate Governance, Nominating and Public Responsibilities committees.

“Peter’s 25 years of broad experience across important industries will add a valuable perspective to our Board of Directors,” said Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and CEO. “We appreciate his willingness to serve as a director and look forward to benefitting from his judgment and counsel.”
 
Mr. Oppenheimer is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Apple, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of electronic devices and related software services. Before becoming Chief Financial Officer at Apple, he was Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller from 2002 to 2004, and prior to that, from 1996 to 2002, he served first as Senior Director of Finance and Controller for the Americas, then as Vice President and Controller of Worldwide Sales and later as Vice President and Corporate Controller. Before joining Apple, from 1992 to 1996 Mr. Oppenheimer was the Divisional Chief Financial Officer of Finance, MIS, Administration and Equipment Leasing Portfolio at Automatic Data Processing, Inc., a leading provider of human capital management and integrated computing solutions, and prior to that, from 1988 to 1992 he was a consultant within the Information Technology Practice at Coopers & Lybrand, LLP.
 
Mr. Oppenheimer is a member of the boards of the California Polytechnic State University Foundation and of the Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, California. He is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, and received an MBA from Santa Clara University.
submitted Mar. 4, 2014 12:31P
'87
Laird, Laurie
Laurie Laird '87 has left Santa Clara University as associate director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education to assume a new position as associate director of Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest.
 
In the 15 years that Laird has devoted to community-based learning at SCU, she has affected the lives of more than 11,000 students. Her efforts as associate director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education have been key in the creation of strong and sustainable partnerships between the University and more than 60 community organizations in the South Bay.
 
In 2011, California Campus Compact (CCC) awarded her the Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence & Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education. A coalition of leading colleges and universities, CCC established the award in 1999 to inspire institutions to deepen their efforts to create and sustain authentic community campus partnerships.
 
Among her accomplishments, Laird founded and co-directed the Jean Donovan Summer Fellowship Program, which provides grants for undergraduate students for summer community-based social justice work. She also led a delegation of faculty and staff on an immersion trip to El Salvador each year.
submitted Sep. 19, 2013 10:50A
'87
Agrimonti, Lisa

Lisa Agrimonti ’87 married her partner of eight years, Verlynn Pinkney, on December 7, 2013 in Minn. Lisa is a shareholder and energy law attorney with the law firm of Briggs and Morgan, P.A. in Minneapolis. Verlynn is a retired retail executive.

submitted Jan. 14, 2014 7:25P
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