Class Notes | Obituaries
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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!!!"
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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.
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."
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.
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.
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).