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'99
Reding, Mary

Mary Reding ’99 is featured in a joint-agency report announced by First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ’60, J.D. ’63 on the employment challenges facing military spouses who work in licensed professions.

In her speech, the First Lady called on professional organizations to follow the lead of the American Bar Association in supporting military spouse licensing initiatives.
 
The Military Spouse JD Network is featured in the report as the leading national organization, formed by two military spouses Mary Reding and Hon. Erin Wirth, focused on implementing a solution to the licensing problems faced by military spouses in the legal profession. MSJDN is working closely with state bar associations and supreme courts to accommodate the unique challenges faced by military spouse attorneys.
 
The Department of Defense and the Department of Treasury issued the report, Supporting our Military Families: Best Practices for Streamlining Occupational Licensing Across State Lines.
 
The report highlights the difficulty of “licensing portability” for military spouses who work as teachers, nurses, social workers, lawyers, and in many other professions requiring state occupational licenses. The report suggests ways that state-licensing bodies can reduce these barriers for military spouses moving across state lines. Eleven states already have enacted legislation to support portability for military spouses with occupational licenses.
The report concludes that spouse employment plays a key role in the financial and personal well being of military families. Spouse satisfaction with the military lifestyle is an important component of retention of service members. The report encourages all states to eliminate the undue burden of occupational licensing requirements in all professions in recognition of the great sacrifices military spouses make for the country.
The full speech is available at: www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2012/02/15/supporting-military-spouse-employment. ABA mention is at minute 20.
 
The report, with MSJDN mention on page 19, is available at: www.defense.gov/home/pdf/Occupational_Licensing_and_Military_Spouses_Report_vFINAL.PDF.
 
submitted Mar. 15, 2012 3:34P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '99
Ramirez, A Susana

Susana Ramirez '99 received her Ph.D. in communication from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2010. She has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in cancer prevention from the National Cancer Institute and will be earning a master's in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health beginning in Fall 2010. She and her husband Kristopher Unger welcomed their first child, a baby boy, Matias Kristopher Unger-Ramirez, on Aug. 1, 2009.

submitted Apr. 16, 2010 6:13P
GRD Law '99
Pasternack-Bardin, Joanne (Pasternack)

Joanne Pasternack-Bardin JD '99 and  Robert Bardin MBA' 01, and their daughter, Kira (age 2) are thrilled to announce the arrival of Reid Oliver Bardin. Reid was born on November 17, 2009 at 8:36 PM at a substantial 9 pounds, 5 ounces and 21.5" with red hair and blue eyes. Joanne and Rob both work in sports - Joanne is the community relations director for the San Francisco 49ers and Rob is the corporate partnership director for FC Gold Pride of the Women's Professional Soccer league. They live in Sunnyvale, Calif.

submitted Dec. 5, 2009 12:11A
GRD Law '99
Pasternack, Joanne

Joanne Pasternack J.D. ’99 was part of the Women in Sports Symposium, sponsored jointly by the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the San Francisco 49ers, in November. An all-star panel of women described what it’s like to have a career in the professional sports industry.

As a youngster, Joanne Pasternack thought she knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up—first an Olympic figure skater and then a pediatrician. Instead, she has ended up in a totally different realm—professional football, where she works as the director of community relations and philanthropy for the San Francisco 49ers, helping to raise millions for charity.
 

Several of the panelists came to the sports industry through circuitous routes. Before assuming her current role with the 49ers in 2008, Pasternack worked as a senior analyst with the City of Mountain View. Armed with a law degree from Santa Clara University, she helped the mayor and other city officials write speeches and analyze legislation. “It was a very comfortable job,” she said, but it wasn’t exciting.
 

She had grown up as a competitive ice skater and did a stint as manager of international corporate relations for the Special Olympics, so Pasternack decided to go for the 49ers” position because of her zest for community relations and passion for sports.

As part of her duties, Pasternack arranges for players, former players, team owners, and 49ers employees to participate in service projects, such as building playgrounds in underserved communities or heading to Ronald McDonald House to play board games with young patients. “That’s the really fun part of the job,” she said.

When searching for prospective college interns, Pasternak doesn’t focus on students’ grade point averages. Instead, she’s impressed by candidates who have played on a sports team or taken a leadership role in a campus club or sorority.

"I’m looking for somebody who’s able to come in and take a leadership role, but who also understands how to be part of a team,” said Pasternak. “That’s far more important to me than what they majored in.”

submitted Nov. 28, 2011 3:09P
'99
Parker, Ethan

Ethan Parker ’99 writes that he became vice president of Boca Public Relations of San Francisco and moved to Austin, Texas, to open a new office.

submitted Nov. 13, 2012 3:13P
GRD Law '99
Nestor, Alexander

Alexander Nestor JD '99 was elected to a partnership at Allen Matkins, a California-based full service real estate and business law firm.

Nestor practices in the labor and employment group in Allen Matkins' San Francisco office, where he represents some of the nation's largest technology and financial services companies. He represents employers in litigation proceedings in state and federal court, in arbitration, and before administrative agencies on a broad range of employment matters, including discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, defamation, wage and hour, trade secret misappropriation, and unfair competition claims.

He also counsels and assists employers in resolving a variety of employment issues, such as compliance with state and federal employment laws, developing employee policies, reductions in force, executive employment agreements, and restrictive covenants.

submitted May. 5, 2013 9:05P
GRD Leavey/MBA '99
Muscat, Maureen (Wernert)

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Maureen Muscat '91, MBA '99 is living in Redwood City, Calif., with two wonderful children ages 8 and 10. Maureen has worked at SCU since 1992 in various departments on campus. Currently she works in the Alumni Office and is looking forward to celebrating her reunion instead of just planning it!

submitted Feb. 24, 2011 1:05P
'99
Murphy, Barbara

Barbara Murphy '99 has been named Chief Marketing Officer at Panasas Inc. She brings 20 years of marketing experience to her new position, where she will push to expand Pansas' network-attached storage solutions. 

submitted Aug. 6, 2010 2:14P
'99
Minerva, Julie (Adair)

Julie (Adair) Minerva '99 was recently named in the top 40 Under 40: K Street's New Generation of Lobbyists by Washingtonian magazine — which lists the "young lobbyists with the most influence in Washington." Here's the scoop, in the words of Marisa M. Kashino for the mag: "Firm: Holland & Knight — Age: 34 — For Minerva, focusing on large water and transportation projects comes with a reward. 'If I'm helping a client on an infrastructure project, you actually see it built,' she says. The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act presented a wealth of new opportunities for Minerva's clients, many of which are local government entities in her home state of California. She successfully secured $400 million from the stimulus bill to break ground on San Francisco's Transbay Transit Center, a high-speed-rail station. She helped win funding for the Port of West Sacramento as well as money that allowed the Sacramento County sheriff's department to hire 50 new officers. Aside from the client work, Minerva stands out for another reason. When she started at Holland & Knight, she was told it was possible for a non-attorney to make partner, though no one had ever done it. After she started attracting new clients to the firm, she became the first non-lawyer to get promoted to partner."

submitted Aug. 4, 2011 10:12A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '99
McGregor, Lindsay (Dietrich)

Bruce McGregor '99 and Lindsay (Dietrich) McGregor '99 are thrilled to announce the birth of their second child, Nora Hailey McGregor. She joined big sister Lucy on Feb. 17, 2010. The McGregors live in Pasadena, Calif.

submitted Mar. 20, 2010 1:26P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '99
McGovern, Michelle (Stewart)

Michelle Stewart '99, '05 was married on July 16, 2011 to Ryan McGovern at the Mission. Family and friends, among whom were several alumnae spanning graduations years from 1974 to 2009, celebrated after the ceremony at a reception in Mission Gardens and Adobe Lodge. The couple reside in San Jose, where Michelle is a high school counselor.

submitted Oct. 23, 2011 10:51P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '99
McGovern, Michelle (Stewart)

Michelle Stewart '99, M.A. '05 was married on July 16, 2011 to Ryan McGovern at the Mission. Family and friends, among whom were several alumnae spanning graduations years from 1974 to 2009, celebrated after the ceremony at a reception in Mission Gardens and Adobe Lodge. The couple reside in San Jose, where Michelle is a high school counselor.

submitted Oct. 23, 2011 10:47P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '99
Mason, Jill

Jill Mason '99 has published Couldn't Happen to Me: A Life Changed by Paralysis and Traumatic Brain Injury. It chronicles Jill's personal story over the past five years. Jill Mason and Alan Liu were hit by a drunk driver while training for a triathlon on their bicycles in Santa Rosa the morning of Easter Sunday, April 11, 2004. Alan was killed and is lovingly remembered by family and friends. ill, now paralyzed with a traumatic brain injury, is charged with communicating the consequenses of driving while impaired to schools all over Northern California. The book is available through Amazon, and Jill is available for making presentations to schools.


Contact Jill
www.jillmason.com
submitted Nov. 10, 2009 4:59P
GRD Law '99
Mansoorian, Neda

Neda Mansoorian J.D. '99 was named to the Northern California Super Lawyers 2010 Edition -- Rising Stars, which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the region. Mansoorian's legal practice at McManis Faulkner emphasizes high-technology litigation, among other matters.

submitted Jul. 26, 2010 2:53P
UGRD Leavey Business '99
Lwin, Rhea (Whitfield)

Calvin Lwin '99 and Rhea (Whitfield) Lwin '99 welcomed their second child, Trevor Myint Lwin on June 29, 2010. He joins big sister Carissa, age 3 1/2. The family resides in Bellevue, Wash.

submitted Aug. 16, 2010 10:18P
GRD Law '99
Lucero, Richard

Richard Lucero J.D. ’99 was appointed Fremont's chief of police.

Lucero, a 26-year veteran of Fremont police, has spent his entire law enforcement career in Fremont, where he has worked with several units, including SWAT, narcotics, street crimes and internal affairs.

He has served as commander of Fremont police's two major departments: the Patrol Division and the Special Operations and Investigations Division.

Lucero is a graduate of San Jose State University and Santa Clara University School of Law, and is a member of the State Bar of California. He is a volunteer with Officers Give Hope, a nonprofit organization that encourages officers to join the National Marrow Donor Registry. He also is first vice president of the California Peace Officers' Association.

Read the full story in the San Jose Mercury News.

submitted May. 5, 2013 9:00P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '99
Lowry, Ryan

Ryan Lowry ’99 and wife Melissa had their first child, a daughter, Samantha Marie, on October 8, 2010. She weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 19 inches long. The family resides in San Francisco. Ryan's father, Bob Lowry M.A. '79, supervises student teachers in SCU's education department; and his mother, Fran, is on the Catala Club board and assists with liturgies and serves as a greeter at the Mission Church. Bob and Fran are also proud holders of season tickets to SCU men's basketball and members of the Bronco Bench Foundation.

 

submitted Jan. 26, 2011 11:02A
'99
Lalangan , Sheri (Lara )

Sheri Lara ’99  and Ronald Lalangan were married at Mission Santa Clara on August 17. The happy couple were surrounded by their family and friends, including fellow Bronco Susan Lalangan Vaughan who served as a bridesmaid.

submitted Oct. 4, 2013 4:33P
GRD Law '99
Joseph, Cassandra

Cassandra Joseph J.D. '99 is a partner at Watson Rounds, which specializes in intellectual property litigation, business litigation and transactions, and insurance law and defense.

submitted May. 19, 2009 2:57P
'99
Johnston, Jeremy

Jeremy Johnston '99 is the bass player and assistant band director for Cirque du Soleil's Alegria. Alegria was the 22nd highest grossing worldwide touring act in 2011, and is the 10th highest grossing worldwide touring act so far in 2012. When not on tour, he lives with his wife and two boys in Hudson, Ohio.

submitted Dec. 4, 2012 9:34A
UGRD Leavey Business '99
Iwamoto, Eric

Eric Iwamoto '99 and Wendy (Vu) Iwamoto '99 are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Elizabeth Quynh Haruko Iwamoto, on April 13, 2009. The family lives in Ladera Ranch, Calif.

Contact Eric
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=611937683
submitted Jun. 9, 2009 10:04A
UGRD Leavey Business '99
Iwamoto, Eric

Eric Iwamoto ’99 and Wendy (Vu) Iwamoto ’99 welcomed a boy, James Toshiro Vu, on April 7, 2014. He joins big sister Ellie, 5. The family lives in Ladera Ranch, Calif. 

submitted Aug. 1, 2014 11:37A
'99
Irvine, Katie (D'Amico)

Katie (D'Amico) Irvine '99 and her husband, Michael, welcomed their first child, Lucy Laura Irvine, on Oct. 15, 2008.  The happy family resides in San Carlos.

submitted Dec. 5, 2008 1:52P
'99
Holmes, James

James (Jamie) Holmes '99 married Laura Severson on Aug. 28 in Orland Park, IL. Jamie is employed at Aliph in San Francisco.

submitted Dec. 10, 2010 5:46P
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