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1991

UGRD Engineering '91
Yamini, Faris

Freshman Dorm: McLaughlin

Faris Yamini '91 writes: "I continue to live happily in Novato, Calif., with my wife of 10 years Holly and our daughters Karina (8) and Thalia (6.5). I am a partner in a boutique ebusiness consulting firm in San Francisco and look forward to celebrating our Grand Reunion in October with everyone. Has it REALLY been 20 years??"

submitted Mar. 25, 2011 1:43A
'91
Woerner, Carrie

Carrie Woerner MBA '91 is a candidate for the 113th State Assembly District in New York. The 50-year-old Round Lake resident serves on the Round Lake Village Board and the Malta Planning Board. She operates a software division of a publishing company in Saratoga Springs. Woerner worked as executive director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation from 2002 to 2007, and is a member of the board of directors of Saratoga Arts and other organizations.

submitted Oct. 30, 2012 3:46A
'91
Vara, Tiffany (Brown)

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Tiffany (Brown) Vara '91 writes: "I've been a full-time mom since leaving active duty with the Army as a captain in 1998. The eldest of my five children is now an SCU junior - yikes - you may have seen Chase in his stroller around campus our senior year. Our second son, Kyle, is a college freshman this year, with their twin brothers, RJ and Matt, starting high school. My precious, brave daughter, Abigail Faith, has lead me on the journey of a lifetime through her brain injury at 2.5 years old, in 2004. Much of my time is devoted to advocacy and community service in this vein. I am married to a wonderful man, Ray, who runs a health system in Hawaii, and feel so fortunate to be raising my family in Honolulu. Looking forward to seeing old friends this fall!"

Contact Tiffany
http://www.prayforabby.com/
submitted Aug. 26, 2011 12:41A
'91
Tiscornia, Tim
Tim Tiscornia '91 and wife Jane welcomed their third daughter, Lucia, on Sept. 3, 2007. They live in Mercer Island, Wash. Tim is chief business development officer at Cozi.
submitted May. 19, 2009 3:21P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '91
Thiem, Tracy

Tracy Thiem M.A. '91 is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Somatic Therapist, & Spiritual Counselor in Petaluma, California.

Contact Tracy
www.TracyThiem.com
submitted Nov. 29, 2012 2:57P
'91
Tashjian, Iris (Corenevsky)

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Iris (Corenevsky) Tashjian '91 writes: "I'm back in the Bay Area after 10 years in Chicago -- glad to be back by the mountains and ocean (and away from the long, cold winters)! I've been a Massage Therapist since 2004 and have been grateful ever since for finding my professional calling."

submitted May. 9, 2011 5:07P
'91
strain, lisa (secan)

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Lisa (Secan) Strain '91 writes: "I have been living in Marin County, CA for the past 8 years. John and I have 2 kids (10 and 8 years old). I am definitely going to the reunion and look forward to seeing familiar faces and hopefully lots of the Brown House Girls! I can't believe it has been 20 years."

submitted May. 9, 2011 7:27P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '91
Stevens, Byron

Bryon Stevens '91 was named senior vice president of investor relations and capital markets of Home Loan Servicing Solutions, Ltd. Stevens most recently managed the Alternative Capital Markets Group at UBS Securities, where he was responsible for raising capital for companies in privately arranged transactions. Prior to UBS, Stevens was a vice president in the M&A Group at JP Morgan Securities.

submitted Jun. 24, 2012 1:22P
GRD Leavey/MBA '91
Silacci, Mark

Mark Silacci MBA '91 is owner of Swenson & Silacci Flowers in Salinas and Monterey.

Swenson & Silacci Flowers opened as Swenson Flowers in 1945, and Edward Silacci, Mark's father, became a partner in 1966. After Mark received his MBA from SCU, he worked in advertising and at Household Credit Service before joining his dad in the family firm in 1993. Today, Mark oversees the operation, but his father still remains active in the business.

Named one of the Top 50 florists in the nation by FTD, Swenson & Silacci has also been honored by the Wholesale Florist and Florist Association as the National Retail Florist of the Year in 2004.
 

submitted Feb. 12, 2012 8:42A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '91
Sheehy, Mary (Sweet)

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Mary (Sweet) Sheehy '91 is currently a stay-at-home mom in Glen Ellyn, Ill. She and husband Brendan have two boys, Frankie and Nolan.

submitted Mar. 4, 2011 10:52A
'91
Roohparvar, Frankie

Frankie Roohparvar M.S. 91 was named CEO of Skyera Inc., provider of enterprise solid-state storage systems. Roohparvar brings nearly 30 years of industry experience to Skyera. For the last 13 years he served in various senior engineering and executive positions at Micron. He was also one of the founders of Micron Quantum Devices, an early provider of NOR flash memory.

submitted Aug. 12, 2012 2:04P
UGRD Engineering '91
Panelli, Alex

Alex Panelli '91 recently became the President and CEO of Orbit Media.

submitted Jun. 18, 2010 12:20P
'91
Ortega, Pamela (Rozolis)

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Pamela (Rozolis) Ortega '91 writes: "I work every day to help raise funds to lift people off the ground and give them the gift of mobility. Free Wheelchair Mission is a faith-based, humanitarian, international nonprofit organization based in Orange County. We manufacture and deliver inexpensive and durable wheelchairs for only $59.20 each. Since 2001, FWM has distributed over 550,000 wheelhairs to the disabled poor in developing countries. Please watch this short video with Jim Carey's voice-over on how you can change a life forever."

http://www.freewheelchairmission.org/site/c.fgLFIXOJKtF/b.4922421/k.C340/Videos.htm

Contact Pamela
Pamela (Rozolis) Ortega at portega@freewheelchairmission.org
submitted May. 10, 2011 10:12P
'91
Nethisinghe, FMM, (Sr.) Janet

Sister Janet Nethisinghe, FMM, M.A. '91 writes: "I graduated in 1991 with a M.A in Counseling Psychology. I am from Sri Lanka and am a Catholic nun. Since I returned to the country I have been engaged in Counseling and Psychotherapy in a big way. In fact it is 20 years since I graduated and returned to Sri Lanka. I also had the opportunity to go back to California twice for updates and followed Course in Gestalt therapy, NLP, and EMDR. Now to share a bit of my work. Psychology and counseling is still not a very much popular field in Sri Lanka. We have very few qualified professional counselors and the vacuum is greatly felt as people suffered from two major disasters: the 2004 Tsunami and the 30 years of civil war. Right now we also need a lot of counselors for trauma counseling, because people had to undergo untold sufferings from the war, which ended in 2009. In a place where there is a dearth of counselors, my work has been very important. For the past 20 or so years I have been fully engaged in this field. In fact if I say I am one of the pioneers in this field, I am not wrong! I have not only done individual counseling but also trained many others in counseling. Three years ago, one of the Catholic colleges here began a B.Sc in Counseling and Psychology Degree, which is also approved by the government (the government usually does not allow private universities). Our first batch of graduates had their graduation in 2010 and the second batch last week.I am so happy to be involved in this venture, as it caters to a very great need in our country. You might be surprised to learn that our country of 18 million people have only about 30-40 psychiatrists to cater to their psychological needs! We have a Counselors Association, and I was one time President of the same and currently one of the vice presidents. Apart from lecturing and conducting training programs, I also facilitate workshops in many places. I often think with great affection my time at Santa Clara University and I am really grateful to all my professors who helped me to learn with so much eagerness and commitment." --St. Anthony's Convent, Sri Lanka

submitted Oct. 11, 2011 12:52P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '91
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
UGRD Arts & Sciences '91
Murphy, Brendan

Brendan Murphy '91 and Nina Murphy '91 write that they are still married, much to the relief of their nine children.

submitted Sep. 11, 2010 3:53P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '91
Murphy, Brendan

Nicholas Murphy, eldest son of Brendan ’91 and Nina ’91, graduated from Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif. in May 2013. His brother Matthew completed his freshman year at the same school.

submitted Apr. 26, 2013 11:51A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '91
McDonald, Shannon

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Shannon McDonald '91 is living in San Carlos, Calif., and is an orthopaedic surgeon at Kaiser Permanente in Redwood City. She is happily married for the last 10 years to Kevin Dolan, CRNA. They have a dog and no children, but are happy to see that the rest of the Broncos are having plenty of children to make up for them!

submitted Mar. 16, 2011 2:39P
GRD Leavey/MBA '91
Marash, Sigal

Sigal Marash MBA '91 was named director of quality assurance and food safety for Colorful Harvest in Salinas, Calif.  She has more than a decade of experience in the domestic and international fresh produce industries.

submitted May. 7, 2010 4:30P
GRD Engineering '91
Low-Skinner, The Rev. Debra (Low)
The Rev. Debbie Low-Skinner MSE '91 has moved back home to Silicon Valley after serving churches on the East Coast. She is now the Interim Rector of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Livermore. She, her husband Don Skinner, and her 3 cats are enjoying the warm California winter without snow shoveling!
submitted Jan. 6, 2011 7:17A
GRD Leavey/MBA '91
Laymon, Alex

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Alex Laymon '86, MBA '91 writes: "President of DPSS Lasers Inc. in Santa Clara. Living in Rose Graden area of San Jose for past 17 years. Have never worked or lived more than 3 miles from SCU, since 1986. Married for 20 years this September to Lisa. 2 kids -- Kayleigh, a junior at Notre Dame High School, who is currently starting to look at colleges. Blake, in 7th grade at St. Clare's (right behing SCU on Lafayette), who will hoepfully go to Bellarmine."

Contact Alex
Email - alaymon@dpss-lasers.com
submitted Feb. 19, 2011 4:52P
GRD Law '91
Kirsch, Sharon

 Sharon Kirsch J.D. ’91 was named to the Northern California Super Lawyers 2010 Edition. Super Lawyers is a list of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Kirsch represents a range of clients from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries.

submitted Jul. 22, 2010 11:09A
UGRD Leavey Business '91
Keller, Kelly

Kelly Keller ’91 has been named the market assurance leader for PwC's Pacific Northwest market. Kelly joined PwC—committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax, and advisory services—in 1992 and was admitted to the partnership in 2004. She most recently held the position of Seattle Assurance Team Leader. She is succeeding Matt Kosmicki, who held the Market Assurance Leader role in addition to serving as the Pacific Northwest MMP.

During her nearly 20 year career at PwC, Keller has primarily focused on providing services to companies in the Technology industry including those in the information and communications, software and computers and networking sectors. Keller also spent time in PwC's Transaction Services Practice and most recently is serving clients in the wireless and software sectors. In addition to Seattle, she has also worked in PwC's San Jose and Washington, D.C., offices.

Keller earned her B.S. from Santa Clara University with a major in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in California and Washington. She is a member of the American Institute of certified public accountants and the Washington State Society of certified public accountants and is active with University of Washington. Additionally, she also teaches a course on Sarbanes-Oxley and IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) at the University of Washington.

submitted Jan. 31, 2012 3:26P
'91
Herrick, Lisa

Lisa Herrick J.D. '91 was appointed general counsel of Santa Clara County County Superior Court. Herrick, 46, joins the court with extensive experience in public sector law, including six years as senior deputy city attorney for the city of San Jose and more than four years as Santa Clara County Deputy County Counsel. Herrick also was a partner with the McManis Faulkner law firm, where she worked on civil litigation, criminal defense and family law.

In her current capacity with San Jose, Herrick provides advice and training to Mayor Chuck Reed, City Council members, the city clerk, city manager and department heads on state and local ethics, open government and campaign finance laws, including the Political Reform Act, Ralph M. Brown Act, California Public Records Act and Elections Code. Herrick has also worked on litigation involving the city's ethics ordinances. She has been involved in the Santa Clara County Bar Association, where she served as president as well as on its board of trustees.

At the Superior Court, Herrick will oversee a wide range of legal services and advise the court executive officer, judicial leadership, members of the court's bench and staff on a wide range of legal matters before the court.

submitted Oct. 28, 2012 9:07P
'91
Haladwala, Mark

Mark Haladwala ’91 writes that he is living in Birmingham, Ala. He works at BBVA Compass as head of the Consumer Segment for Alabama and Florida. Mark is married to Georgina Haladwala and has three daughters.

submitted Dec. 8, 2012 12:55P
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