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Esau Herrera ’72, J.D. ’76 is proud to report that his daughter, Kiara ’12, recently graduated from SCU and promptly joined AmeriCorps to "save the world." Esau is serving as president of the school board at Alum Rock School District in East San Jose, the same district that he attended as a child.
Laura Casas Frier J.D. ’82 is a candidate for Governing Board, Foothill-De Anza Community College District. She is currently vice president of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District’s Board of Trustees, member of the Audit and Finance Committee, and board ember since 2006. She is also member of the state-wide California Community College League Board.
Alayne Fardella ’72 was named chief operating officer of the Seattle Times. Fardella served in a number of leadership roles at the Seattle Times over 15 years, most recently as senior vice president/business operations. She left the company in 2010 and has since served in a consulting role. Previously, she held management positions with technology and manufacturing companies, including Intel and National Semiconductor.
Freshman Dorm: Campisi
Jeanne English ’72 retired after 26 years at the California DMV, where she did driving tests, specializing in big rigs.
A veteran real-estate investor, financier, and CEO who has learned the healing qualities of art has donated $12 million to Santa Clara University to help build a grand, three-story art and art history facility on campus by 2016.
- A dramatic design, selected by Dowd and funded by the Sobrato Group, featuring a dome with circular walkway and an outdoor sculpture garden
- Flexible studios that can accommodate teaching of multiple mediums
- Technology-rich classrooms, some optimized for 3-D projects
- A 1,600 square foot gallery, and additional space to feature works of SCU students, faculty, and visiting artists
- Darkroom, film lab, and lighting studios for photography
Kerry K. Daly '72, owner of KerryOn Personal Assistants, relocated to Mill Valley and her landlord is SCU football legend, Ray "Frisky" Kalisky '36 -- a good friend to Kerry's dad, Jack F. Daly, Jr. '36.
Kerry K. Daly ’72 has moved from San Francisco to Hollywood, Florida to open "An English Majors Bookstore" in early 2014.
Mark d'Ercole '71 received a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Master Charles Gracie. By doing so, he becomes registered in the BJJ Federation in Rio De Janiero, Brazil. He is still actively competing in tournaments and is married with two sons in San Francisco.
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Freshman Dorm: O'Connor
Rory Cantando '72 writes: "Diane and I will be celebrating our 30-year wedding anniversary by spending a couple of weeks on a Mediterranean cruise which begins in Rome (on September 29th and ends October 11th). We will visit Alexandria, Egypt, Jerusalem and one other port in Israel, Santorini, Naples and then returning to Rome. I am sorry that I will not be able to attend the reunion."
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Craig Borba '72 was selected as administrator of the year for the state of California by the Association of California School Administrators.
The work of the late George Bolling '72, a Santa Clara University alum and video curator at the de Saisset Art Gallery and Museum in the 1970s (he was the first video curator at any museum on the West Coast), was featured in a show at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art this spring. Bolling's 1979 documentary "Newport Beach Revisited" was screened March 5 - June 1. His pioneering curatorial work and videography at the de Saisset Art Gallery and Museum in the 1970s is the subject of a post on the SFMOMA blog Open Space by Tanya Zimbardo.
Shelly (Bruneau) Barsanti ’72, a Los Gatos resident and long-time American Cancer Society volunteer, was awarded the St. George National Award at the American Cancer Society California Division Annual Board of Director's meeting on Oct. 29. This honor is presented to an outstanding volunteer in recognition of distinguished service in achieving the Society's strategic goals. “The American Cancer Society has an invaluable resource and leader in Shelly Barsanti,” said Michael Chae, Vice President, Silicon Coastal Region of the American Cancer Society. “The theme for the Board this year is ‘fighting for more birthdays starts with you,’ and Shelly is a shining example with her passion and dedication to our mission.” A breast cancer survivor, Barsanti has been a tireless leader and advocate for the American Cancer Society for 16 years. When she discovered that one of the great gaps in cancer support is for young adults, she helped found, fund, and organize a support group for young cancer patients between the ages of 19-30. She is passionate about making the volunteer experience both rewarding and educational while recognizing volunteers for their time and talents.
Kathleen Viery ’72 married Louis Anastasio Jr. on October 13, 2013 on Block Island, R.I. The honor attendants were the Louis’ four granddaughters. Kathleen is a retired Chief Financial Officer. Louis is a retired teacher and swim coach.
Peter Wise BSME '69, MBA '73 came out of retirement and accepted a faculty research associate position at the University of Colorado's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics in 2009. He lives with his wife, Julie, and their three dogs in Louisville, Colo., where they enjoy rides on the Harley, writing their blogs, and conducting research on Julie's book about Christian Sacred Sexuality.
Andrew Swartz ’73 has been a partner for Spiering, Swartz & Kennedy law firm located in Monterey, Calif. since 1974. He is married to Kiane Swartz, and they reside in Monterey. They have two grown sons: Adam, a longtime Chicago firefighter married with one daughter, and Alex, a business analyst for Visa.
John Stege '73 of Aptos, Calif., is the new Vice President and Broker for the Employee Benefits Division of Lawson-Hawks Insurance Associates.
Thomas L. Simpson '69, J.D. '73 is a lawyer and Certified Family Law Specialist with his own three-attorney firm in Glendale, Calif. He was recently elected President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter. He resides in La Canada with his wife, Lili.
Joanna White Rydder '73 is a Regional Director of Funding for The Hunger Project, an international NGO, working in Africa, South Asia, and Latin America.
Paul Russell '73, MBA '82 was appointed senior vice president of engineering at ArrayPower, a Silicon Valley-based power electronics company.
Russell has more than 25 years of experience in technology development for companies in the solar, aerospace and defense industries. Prior, he served as senior vice president of engineering for concentrated photovoltaic solar systems provider Amonix. Additional experience includes multiple executive positions with Northrop Grumman and Space Systems/Loral, as well as systems engineering roles with Ford Aerospace.
Alvaro A. Reis M.B.A. '73 is retired, traveling, and participating in the OSHER Program at SCU as well as spending time at SCU events.
Risë Pichon ’73, J.D. ’76 was honored with the Santa Clara Law Social Justice and Human Rights Award in October 2011 in honor of her work for equality and human rights during her career.
Michael Pereira '73, retired NFL vice president of officiating, joins Fox Sports as a multi-platform NFL rules analyst. Before his retirement, Pereira did weekly reviews of controversial officiating calls for the NFL Network. It was one area where the NFL Network outshined the league's other broadcast partners. Pereira will be situated in a control room each Sunday at the Fox Network Center in Los Angeles, giving him visual access to all games played. If circumstances warrant a rules interpretation or explanation, he'll be available to interact with studio analysts and game crews from stadiums around the country, either on- or off-camera. A team of Los Angeles-area football referees, each assigned to a different game, will be assisting Pereira.