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GRD Law '89
Montgomery, Wayne

Wayne Montgomery JD ’89 was appointed Vice President of legal affairs and intellectual property of iPierian,  a biopharmaceutical company focused on the industrialization of induced pluripotent stem cell. Montgomery comes prepared with over twenty years of experience as an intellectual property law attorney in the biopharmaceutical industry. He most recently served as vice president of patents at Exelixis. Previously, he served as vice president of intellectual property at Nektar Therapeutics. He held the position of vice president, assistant general counsel & chief patent counsel at Axys Pharmaceuticals prior to its acquisition by Celera, and subsequently vice president of intellectual property at Celera Genomics. Mr. Montgomery began his legal career with Syntex Legal Affairs. Prior to entering the legal profession, he served as a pharmacologist with Syntex Research. He received a J.D. degree from Santa Clara University School of Law and undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and pharmacology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

submitted Oct. 4, 2010 12:58P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Mendez, Fred

Fred Mendez '89 was named director of the Office of Corporate Social Responsibility at Rabobank NA. He was previously senior vice president of community and economic development. He and his wife Nicole live in Sacramento with their two boys, Alejandro and Santiago.

Contact Fred
submitted Dec. 28, 2012 9:47P
May, Maggie (Rodee)

Maggie Rodee May ’89 writes: "My husband and I relocated to Silver Spring, M.D. in 2012, after living abroad in Vicenza, Italy for three years. My husband Tony, is serving in the U.S. Army. I am currently enrolled at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in an adult nurse practitioner program."

Contact Maggie
On Facebook: Maggie Rodee May
submitted Apr. 5, 2014 12:02P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Mauk, Scott
Scott Mauk ’89 received his Ed.D. from Seattle Pacific University in June, 2010. He writes that he is currently: Director of Special Education, Director Special Programs and Director of Whidbey Island Academy in the South Whidbey School District in Wash—“Way too many titles!”
submitted Apr. 5, 2011 9:50A
UGRD Leavey Business '89
Lleverino, Mario

Mario Lleverino ’89, a restaurant exective with 20 years of experience, has opened Ciano's Modern Latin Flavors, a restaurant in downtown Campbell. He is also on the board of the Mexican Heritage Corporation.

Contact Mario
submitted Jul. 29, 2013 11:05A
GRD Law '89
Kwok, Edward

Edward Kwok J.D. ’89 joined Hogan Lovells as a partner in the intellectual property practice, based in Silicon Valley. Kwok's practice focuses on patent prosecution, patent and trade secret litigation, IP portfolio assessment and development, infringement and validity opinions, and licensing. He has extensive experience in representing clients in intellectual property litigations in state courts, federal courts, and the ITC.

Since 1993, he has participated in patent infringement and trade secret trials before the ITC. Kwok has prosecuted patents for analog and digital electronic circuits, computer architecture, network systems, software, semiconductor equipment, semiconductor materials and processing, mass storage media, optical and laser instrumentation, controllers, telecommunication systems, digital signal processing, image processing, wireless communication systems, global positioning system applications, and software and Internet applications.

Before becoming a lawyer, Kwok held various engineering and management positions in the semiconductor industry.

submitted Sep. 17, 2012 7:29P
Kannaday, Colleen

Colleen Kannaday '89 was appointed president of Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, and Advocate Eureka Hospital, Eureka. Kannaday has nearly 20 years of experience as a health care executive. She served most recently as president of St. Francis Hospital and Health Center, Blue Island, and led a stabilization strategy for the 410-bed hospital, which had an operating budget of $170 million, 1,400 associates and 350 physicians. She also served as vice president of operations and interim president at Saint Eugene Community Hospital in Dillon, S.C., and worked at Good Samaritan Regional Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

submitted Sep. 10, 2010 12:37P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Jordan, Keith

Keith Jordan ’89, J.D. ’93 writes, "I work for an amazing company that is a disruptive game-changer for the betterment of business and employees. I partner with other companies and look for ways to bring value to their business with a measurable ROI. I determine how I can improve a company's 'PIERS': Productivity, Image, Expenses, Revenue, Safety, Security, Stability."

Contact Keith
submitted May. 17, 2013 3:09P
GRD Leavey/MBA '89
Huebner, Robert

Denny Huebner ’89 and family (wife, Susan; son, Brian, 19; and daughter, Anna, 13) returned to the Bay Area from Nakuru, Kenya, after serving as missionaries for three years with Rohi Children Organization. They are now adjusting to the reverse culture shock of life in Livermore, Calif. and looking for jobs and/or new ministry opportunities.

Contact Robert
Denny blog: Susan blog: Email:
submitted Sep. 15, 2009 2:30P
UGRD Leavey Business '89
Heher, Timothy

Timothy S. Heher '84, MBA '89 was appointed vice president of finance at ZONARE Medical Systems, Inc., a developer of high-end ultrasound solutions.

Heher brings to ZONARE more than 25 years of experience in key financial positions within the medical industry, both in ultrasound and healthcare IT.  Heher brings direct senior level experience in reducing costs and improving administrative and operational efficiencies at leading organizations, such as Allocade, Siemens and Acuson. At ZONARE, he will direct the company's overall financial operations, including financial planning and analysis, cash management and financial statement preparation.

Prior, Heher was the CFO at Allocade, Inc. in Menlo Park, and was responsible for all the finance and accounting activities and key in securing significant funding from VCs. His ultrasound experience includes over 16 years at Siemens Medical Solutions' Ultrasound Division and Acuson for where he assumed responsibilities as director of finance overseeing supply chain management, service, sales, and service & marketing

submitted Dec. 19, 2011 4:59P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Hartland, Charm (Barber)

Charm (Barber) Hartland '89 is a Senior Manager, Strategic Planning & Operations, Cisco Systems and just celebrated her 16th anniversary with the company. Charm lives in San Jose with her husband Andrew and sons Connor and Tyler.

Contact Charm
submitted Dec. 8, 2009 6:06P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Hardcastle, Christine (Spencer)

Chrissy (Spencer) Hardcastle '89 is teaching her 15th year of English/AP Literature at Central High School-East Campus in Fresno, Calif. She and her husband Randy reside in Clovis with their daughters Kali (a junior at St. Mary's college-yes, she is a Gael), Meagan (a senior at SJM HS), and Hayden (a very active 2-year old). She appreciates the inspiration she received from her SCU professors.

submitted Jun. 23, 2010 6:25A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Gordon, Jens

Jens Gordon '89 was named the new coach of the Salinas High School boys basketball team. He becomes just the third varsity boys basketball coach at Salinas High in 65 years. 

Gordon, who earned a full-ride basketball scholarship to SCU, was an undrafted free agent for the San Antonio Spurs in 1989. After breaking his ankle, he went on to play basketball professionally in Europe and Japan for 19 years.  

In 2006 he returned to the Salinas area and earned his teaching credential at Cal State University-Monterey Bay. Last year he coached the Salinas High JV girls team to an 18-4 record.

submitted Jul. 4, 2012 10:52A
GRD Leavey/MBA '89
Delsman, Mark

Mark Delsman MBA '89 has been appointed the new vice president of engineering at Pliant Technology.

submitted Sep. 1, 2010 11:59A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Darchini, Tracy

Tracy Garfinkel Darchini ’89 was promoted to Media Relations Manager for Daimler Trucks North America in Portland, Ore.

submitted May. 15, 2013 3:07P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Colaizzi, Robert

Robert Colaizzi ’89 has joined Atlona, a global manufacturer of cutting-edge digital connectivity solutions, as the CFO. Colaizzi brings more than 20 years of experience building world-class accounting, finance, and operational teams to Atlona. He has extensive global experience in optimizing operations and driving revenue and profitability by successfully developing and executing financial and operational strategies. Colaizzi holds a B.S. in economics from Santa Clara University and an M.B.A. in finance from the College of Notre Dame. Atlona supplies an extensive range of high-quality products—from cables, splitters, and extenders to distribution amplifiers, converters, switchers, and more—to a diverse client base spanning the consumer electronics, home theater, computing, retail, systems integration, professional A/V, broadcast, entertainment, medical digital imaging, and digital signage markets.

submitted Apr. 20, 2012 2:32P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Chen, Kathy

Kathy Thielke Chen '89 and husband Pete welcomed a baby girl, Leilani Marina Chen, on December 12, 2008. The Chens continue to reside in Palo Alto, CA where Kathy is the owner of Just a Party Girl, an event planning and wedding coordination service business.

submitted Jun. 3, 2009 2:22P
Chen, Kathy

Kathy Thielke Chen '89 and husband Pete welcomed a baby girl, Leilani Marina Chen, on December 12, 2008. The Chens continue to reside in Palo Alto, Calif., where Kathy is the owner of Just a Party Girl, an event planning and wedding coordination service business.

submitted Jun. 3, 2009 2:18P
GRD Engineering '89
Carruthers, Malcolm

Malcolm J. Carruthers '94 was appointed manager of customer support for Comtech Xicom Technology Inc. in Santa Clara. Earlier this year he presented a paper at the IVEC/IVESC Conference titled "The More Things Change, the More They Stay The Same," a retrospective and prospective look at the vacuum tube industry. Comtech Xicom Technology is a world leader in satellite communications (satcom) amplifiers, some of which will be used to transmit the 2012 London Olympics to countries around the world.

Contact Malcolm
submitted Jul. 19, 2012 2:34P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Buckley, Troy

Troy Buckley '89 is the baseball coach at Long Beach State University.

submitted Aug. 18, 2010 2:17P
UGRD Leavey Business '89
Bertone, Laura
Laura Bertone '89 was recently interviewed by the newspaper Catholic San Francisco. With about 100 parish communities, the Archdiocese of San Francisco could well be the site of some 1,400 Masses and prayer and devotional services per week, and that’s a conservative estimate. Laura Bertone, director, Office of Worship for the archdiocese, helps all of it take place.
Laura spent 20 years around the world auditing for Bank of America but always felt called to liturgy. Her responsiblities include advising the archbishop on matters of liturgical policy; preparing and organizing all large archdiocesan liturgies such as chrism Mass, ordinations, and Rite of Election; and certifying and training lay liturgical ministers so that they are properly prepared. Laura said she is “amazed that I get to do this job. I work with and for great people and it’s an honor and joy to come into work each day.”


submitted Apr. 3, 2014 6:33A
GRD Leavey/MBA '89
Berghoff, Eric

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Eric Berghoff '86, MBA '89, writes: "My wife (Madeline Desmond '87), my three children (Kayla, Garrett, and Tessie), and I have resided in the Sacramento area for the past 20+ years. My oldest daughter, Kayla, graduates with a theater arts degree from Santa Clara this year. Seeing her grow up as a Bronco has been incredibly exciting and gratifying for me. For the last 10 years, I've enjoyed an excellent professional experience in finance at Intel in Folsom, Calif. For several years, I also moonlighted as a mobile disc jockey, emceeing several hundred events until my 'retirement' in 2005. In short, life since SCU has been very rewarding and enriching."

Contact Eric
Eric Berghoff I can be found and followed on Linkedin.
submitted Mar. 23, 2011 3:46P
Baghdasarian, Zareh

Zareh Baghdasarian M.S. '89 recently became CEO of 15desks, a new startup focused on the education market.  He was co-founder of Monterey Networks, which was sold to Cisco Syetems in 1999, and has been an active angel investor in Southern California. 

submitted Nov. 24, 2009 3:41P
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