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2010

UGRD Arts & Sciences '10
Clayton, Heather

Heather Clayton '10 is going forward with her Master's of Public Health at Cal State Long Beach. She looks forward to visiting Santa Clara University soon.

submitted Sep. 6, 2010 9:04P
'10
Chu, Carolyn

Carolyn Chu '10 serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in Gresham, Ore., for the second year at JOIN. She is working as a House Coordinator at a day center for homelessness. She provides basic services such as mail, laundry vouchers, and showers through a barter system: Clients contribute to the maintenance and community of JOIN to gain barter points, which they can use to trade for services. She also spends time directing people to other social services throughout the city of Portland.

submitted Oct. 19, 2011 12:51P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '10
Chu, Carolyn

Carolyn Chu ’10 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Tacoma, Wash. as a farms assistant working toward environmental justice.

submitted Jan. 19, 2011 11:38A
GRD Leavey/MBA '10
Chien, Derek

Derek Chien JD/MBA '10 has joined Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel, a leading Northern California law firm. Chien is a new admittee to the California bar and is assigned to the firm’s Intellectual Property and Corporate practice teams. His primary areas of focus are trademark and copyright prosecution and USPTO litigation, helping to manage significant IP portfolios for several of the firm’s well known global clients. He also is involved in general corporate work, including mergers & acquisitions and the formation and dissolution of nonprofit organizations. Derek is fluent in Cantonese and speaks basic Mandarin and Spanish. Derek earned his dual J.D./MBA at Santa Clara University School of Law and did his undergraduate work at the University of Texas. While at Santa Clara, Derek served as editor of the highly regarded Santa Clara University Computer and High Tech Law Journal, earning the honor of Best Articles Editor. Before joining Hoge Fenton, he clerked in the Corporate & Securities Department at Oracle Corporation. Chien remarked, “I am thrilled to be a part of the family at Hoge Fenton. Being at such a well-respected firm with diverse practice areas allows me to use the skill-sets learned from both business and law school to better serve our clients.” Stephanie Sparks, Chair of Hoge Fenton’s Intellectual Property practice, commented, “We are thrilled to have Derek join our team. During his internship it became clear that our business clients could benefit from his special talents. He is a great addition to the firm and we look forward to his growth here.”

submitted Dec. 8, 2010 1:16P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '10
Carvalho, Sara (Sorto)

Sara Sorto ’08, M.A. ’10 married Dave Carvalho in Los Gatos, Ca on October 7, 2012. They live in Santa Clara where Sara teaches at Santa Clara High.

submitted Nov. 12, 2012 2:01P
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '10
Carnazzo, Gina

Gina Carnazzo MTS ’10 is a volunteer English teacher at a mission school in Lome, Togo. She writes:  “I have always wanted to come to Africa. I am drawn to the people and the land (and the animals—though there aren’t any safari animals in Togo). But it always seemed like an impossible dream to travel here. Then, when I met so many people from African countries at JST, it began to feel more possible. I chose the Canossian Daughters of Charity because I liked what I read about their organization (VOICA), and I wanted to be involved with a Catholic organization. The core of my coming here is this: I have been showered with love and gifts all my life. I feel filled with love—overflowing, sometimes—and I just want to share that love. I did not come to Africa to convert anyone—just to share Christ’s love with the people here. I am not bringing Christ’s love, though, because His love is already here (something I learned at JST).”

submitted Apr. 20, 2012 5:00P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '10
Cafasso, Sarah

Sarah R. Cafasso ’10 completed a two-year Peace Corps service in October. She served as an Environment volunteer in rural Philippines where she promoted marine conservation and sustainability. She now works at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco, where she is a Community Involvement Coordinator in the Region 9 Superfund Division.

submitted Nov. 5, 2013 5:21P
UGRD Leavey Business '10
Bruce, Lindsay

Lindsay Bruce ’10 made appearances on this season's NBC reality show The Voice.

Her early accomplishments helped set her on a path that led to an appearance on “The Voice,” but it was a long, sometimes difficult journey. At 13, the Santa Rosa native wrote a book and a song about having lost her uncle on 9/11. In high school, she became an international model and local celebrity. All along, though, she wanted to write and sing her own songs, so after graduating from Santa Clara University, Bruce headed to Nashville to pursue the one dream that still eluded her.

But for Bruce, the journey was a humbling experience. She was a struggling songwriter in a town where everybody is a struggling songwriter. For five years, Bruce developed her craft, learned what she could and performed in nearly empty halls. Always optimistic, though, she pressed on. A break came after three years in Nashville and at the very moment she was thinking of giving up on Music City once and for all.
 
“It was kind of a perfect storm of bad things,” said the 25-year-old who made it onto one of the celebrity team's on The Voice, where singers compete for a recording contract. “My landlord was selling the house, my roommate was moving, the production contract I had was expiring and my job ended. I was basically getting ready to move back home.”
 
In one of the crazier turns of her young life, she ended up auditioning for “The Voice” coaches on TV in front of thousands of people. Her journey to that point made her feel that she had nothing to lose.
 
Read more on the Press Democrat.  
 
submitted Mar. 24, 2014 11:51A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '10
Biddle, Lydia

Lydia Lorraine Biddle ’10 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Milwaukee, Wisc. at Holy Wisdom Academy, a Catholic school serving pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

submitted Jan. 12, 2011 1:16P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '10
Benjamin, Britany
Brittany Rose Benjamin ‘10 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Phoenix, Ariz. with Central Arizona Shelter Services, a nonprofit that provides shelter and supportive services to homeless adults and families.
submitted Jan. 12, 2011 12:38P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '10
Barmore, Rachel
Rachel Barmore ’10 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Austin, Texas at St. Louise House, an apartment style long-term supportive housing program. Its mission is to provide a safe, nurturing environment for homeless women and their children.

 

submitted Jan. 12, 2011 1:02P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '10
Arcaro, Julie
Julie Arcaro ’10 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in San Francisco, Calif. at the San Francisco Network Ministries, which provide a wide range of effective and compassionate service including computer training, affordable housing, kids programs, a safe house for prostituted women, memorial services for poor and homeless people, pastoral care for those with AIDS, and political advocacy regarding issues that affect the Tenderloin and its people.
submitted Jan. 12, 2011 1:12P
'10
Alvarado, Ron
Ron Alvarado ’10 and Matt McDonald ’10 have launched Ficks, a "cocktail fortifier" that includes electrolytes, amino acids, and other goodies like milk thistle that are said to help keep the morning after from being a total nightmare. Think of it as a smoothie boost for your vodka tonic.
 
They came up with the idea while in college (where else?) and reached out to an organic and natural foods lab to create Ficks using natural ingredients and another company that makes the vitamin blend that goes into Vitamin Water. The pair launched an IndieGoGo campaign in October.
submitted Nov. 5, 2013 10:21A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '10
Alexander, Gabrielle
Gabrielle Rose Alexander ’10 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in St. Louis, Mo. with St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
submitted Jan. 12, 2011 12:59P
'10
Akins Jr., Thomas

Thomas Akins Jr. ’10 came up with the idea for the mobile app called podStatus, a music player that takes a stab at music discovery for frequent Instagram users (and other social networks) who have songs on their iPhone to share music for friends to listen and discover. He writes that no other app brings this level of music discovery to Instagram where users can actually listen to the music. It also has an algorithm that only makes music suggestions based on what users already have in their music library and are listening to right in that moment.

submitted May. 4, 2014 2:12P
'10
Adams, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Adams 10 is appearing in the new play Animals, presented by Wide Eyed Productions, which follows a group of “twenty-somethings” kicking around their suburban hometown. The play is running as part of the FringeNYC Festival 2012 at the Kraine Theatre in New York City in August. Adams is also working on his MFA at the New School for Drama.

submitted Aug. 12, 2012 2:07P
'10
Adams, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Adams '10 is back in the Bay Area after receiving his masters of fine arts from the New School for Drama in New York City. He's starring as the Prince in San Francisco Playhouse's production of Into the Woods, the Stephen Sondheim musical which has a big-screen, Disney version in the works. It runs through Sept. 6.

Coincidentally, the Cinderella to Adams' Prince is Monique Hafen '10, one of his classmates in Santa Clara's theater arts program.
submitted Jul. 15, 2014 2:58P

2011

UGRD Arts & Sciences '11
Winters, Emmett

Emmett Winters '11 and Alyson Okamura ’10 on May 25, 2012, at The Modern Honolulu in Hawaii.

submitted Aug. 11, 2012 4:47P
GRD Engineering '11
Warms, Mikell

Mikell Warms '11 is currently a graduate teaching assistant at Colorado State University. 

submitted Aug. 9, 2011 2:40P
'11
Vetto, Mark

Mark Vetto '11 is currently serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Syracuse, N.Y., with Catholic Charities of Onondaga County - Emergency Services.

submitted Oct. 19, 2011 1:56P
'11
Vetto, Mark

Mark Vetto ’11 is in his second year as a Jesuit Volunteer with Mental Health Advocacy Project, in San Jose, Calif. Based in four core values—social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality—Jesuit Volunteer Corps offers women and men an opportunity to work full-time for justice and peace. JVs serve the poor directly, working for structural change in the United States and in developing countries.

submitted Oct. 10, 2012 11:18A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '11
Tunison, Corina (Morales)

Corina Morales '05 married Jeff Tunison '04 at the Santa Clara Mission on July 30, 2011. The wedding party included Jackie Morales '08, Gabriel Morales '06, Cara Cage-Atencio '05, Mary Howard '05, Pat Baldwin '05, Andrew Allamby '04, and Dave Fernandez '04. Other family and friends in attendance included Irma Gonzalez-Morales '79, Octavio Morales '79, Robert Gonzalez '79, George Gonzalez '90, Rose Gonzalez '83, Elizabeth (Gonzalez) Cargill '94, Danny Pariseau '07, Jared Atencio '04, Ashley Weber '05, Kaitlin Jernstedt '05, Kayla Villnow '05, Kimmy (Medica) Sam '05, Julian Sam '05, Dave Praklet '05, Anthony Soldato '05Kit (DiJulio) Soldato '05, Patrick McCarthy '05, Jen Oddo '05, Tony Vieceli '05, Erika (Garcia) Hernandez '05, Shannon Pelton M.A. '11, Mike Koontz '05, Joseph Martinez '04, Matt Upton '04, Ryan Wood '07, Kirk Fonseca '04, Will Wetherly '05, Megan Nelson '04, and Joe Quilici '79. The newlyweds currently live in Livermore, CA.

submitted Sep. 15, 2011 7:10P
'11
Totah, Lauren

Lauren Elizabeth Totah '11 serves in New Oreleans, Louisana with The Good Sheperd of Nativity Mission School through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. The school supports students from underprivileged backgrounds with family incomes below the poverty line with the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty through education. Donations and grants enable the school to cover the cost of tuition. Totah is teacher's assistant for the kindergarten classroom and a religious studies teacher for k-3 grades. She is the daughter of Paul Totah '79.

submitted Oct. 14, 2011 11:47A
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