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2001

'01
Weyher, Anna

Anna Weyher ’01 is the principal investigator and founder of the Kasanka Baboon Project, formed in 2010 for the study of a group of Kinda baboons (Papio cynocephalus kindae) in Kasanka National Park, Zambia. 

In addition to studying the social behavior of the Kinda baboobs, Weyher has set up a long-term research site dedicated to the study and conservation of the Kinda baboon, as well as developed science, environmental education, and conservation programs for the community. In particular, he Kasanka Baboon Project has created the Science, Math, and Conservation Club for Girls in the local area. With lessons held twice weekly at the Conservation Centre, the aim is to improve the girl’s science, maths, and English skills, while teaching them about conservation and giving them life skills such as first aid and computer ability.
 
 
Contact Anna
http://kasankababoonproject.com/
submitted Sep. 26, 2013 3:18P
UGRD Leavey Business '01
Tonna, Stephen

Stephen Tonna ’01 and Margery (Blain) Tonna ’02 welcomed their second son, Christopher, on July 6, 2013. Big brother Joshua (3) is already educating Chris all about planes, trains, and tractors. Steve and Margi both work at Apple and the family lives in San Jose, Calif.

submitted Jul. 23, 2013 10:01A
'01
Thorpe, Gillian

 "Seek help for your child at the onset of any suspicion of alcohol or drugs," advises Gillian Thorp M.A. ’01, Three Stones Wellness CEO and co-founder with Kathryn Spelman, COO. "You don't want to wait until your child hits rock bottom and is expelled from school or in the hospital. Early intervention is important."

Three Stones Wellness, which opened in a cozy home in Santa Clara last November, is a residential program providing alcohol and drug abuse treatment for adolescents, ages 12 to 17. The home can accommodate up to six teens for stays of 30 to 90 days. It is one of just nine residential facilities for adolescents in all of California (compared with some 2,400 facilities for adults).
 
"There is a huge, unmet need for help for adolescents suffering from substance abuse," says Thorp, a mother of two daughters. Thorp holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University, where she was Director of the International Student Services before leaving the university last April to focus her efforts on establishing Three Stones Wellness.
 
"It's been quite a leap of faith, but it's something that speaks to my heart for personal reasons," says Thorp, a Santa Clara resident who was born and raised in South Africa.
 
"I wanted to do something in our community because I have long-standing roots here," continues Thorp, whose late husband, Deron, was a native of Santa Clara.
 
Thorp and Spelman are neighbors living on the same street, and Thorp's daughters are friends with Spelman's daughter. As the moms got to know each other, they discovered that they shared concern for teens struggling with substance abuse, which sometimes co-occurs with underlying disorders such as depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar, and attention deficit.
 
"The establishment of a holistic, compassion-based program for adolescents to address very real problems was needed. The opportunity to develop and create a new program with a fresh perspective, incorporating evidence-based treatments and drawing upon the expertise of professionals in the field, while working with a dear friend, was a privilege not to be passed by," writes Spelman in an e-mail.
 
A native of Southern California, Spelman brings her problem-solving and organizational skills as an attorney—with a law degree from the University of San Diego—to the partnership.
 
"What began as simply an idea and good intentions has blossomed into a program that we are extremely proud of. With the incredible support of our families and friends, and the commitment and work of the team that we have brought together, we expect that this program will create positive change in the lives of our adolescent clients and their families," states Spelman.
 
On the Three Stones Wellness website, it states that its core belief "is that alcohol and substance abuse is a treatable condition and that recovery is best achieved through a process that heals and nurtures mind, body, and spirit." This holistic approach to wellness is symbolized by three stacked stones, sometimes used by travelers along trails to mark the way home or to a new destination.
 
submitted Feb. 3, 2014 4:15P
'01
Prupas, Jacey

Jacey Prupas ’01, J.D. ’04, an associate in the Reno office of Snell & Wilmer, has been appointed to the Nevada Board of Bar Examiners. Her three-year term began in April. She previously served as a Nevada Bar Exam Grader from 2006 to 2008. 

Prupas focuses her practice in general commercial litigation. She has experience with all stages of litigation, including pretrial discovery, trial, appellate work and alternative dispute resolution. Prupas’ practice includes representing businesses in all types of contract disputes, complex tort actions and product liability matters. She also has extensive experience with personal injury actions, both for plaintiffs and defendants. 

Prupas received both her undergraduate and law degrees from Santa Clara University. Also licensed in California, she is a member of the American Bar Association and the Northern Nevada Women’s Lawyer’s Association, for which she served as a board member from 2005 to 2011. She has been recognized for several years as a Nevada Super Lawyers Rising Star.

submitted Jun. 28, 2013 1:47P
UGRD Leavey Business '01
O'Brien, Brendan

Brendan O’Brien ’01 and Lauren (Russell) O’Brien ’02 welcomed their second boy Declan Charles on April 5, 2013. The family, with their oldest son Liam and dog Burger, currently live in Burlingame, Calif.

submitted Oct. 3, 2013 12:55P
'01
Diaz, Alma (Parra)

Angel Diaz ’99 and Alma Diaz Parra ’01 welcomed their first child, Eduardo Angel, on September 7, 2011. The family resides in Los Angeles.

submitted Oct. 7, 2013 9:15A
'01
Dazols, Lisa

Lisa Dazols ’01 and Jennifer Chang at San Francisco City Hall. In attendance were Cheryl Dumesnil (former SCU faculty), Sarah (Canepa) Pastran ’01, Armando Pastran ’01, Kelly (Linder) Ernst ’01, Jonathan Ernst ’01, Michele (Eggers) Lago ’01, Aimmon Lago ’01, Joseph Albers ’02, and Karen (Dazols) Albers ’01. The newlyweds also have a film coming out in the spring called Out and Around: Stories of a Not-So-Straight Journey (www.OutandAround.com).

submitted Oct. 13, 2013 10:56P
UGRD Leavey Business '01
Davis, Mark

Mark Davis '01 and Rachel Davis are delighted to announce the arrival of their third child, Clara Mariam Davis, who was born at home on Nov. 22, 2013. Best wishes to all of the SCU alumni and their families!

submitted Feb. 10, 2014 12:44P
'01
Byrnes, Kristin (Simms)

Kristin (Simms) Byrnes ’01, M.Div. ’05 is happy to be back in the Bay Area and teaching at Archbishop Mitty High School, after serving for two years with Volunteer Missionary Movement in San Nicolás, Nicaragua. She and her husband, Billy, welcomed their first child, William James Byrnes on October 17, 2013. He has since blessed their lives with so much joy and love that they overlook the sleepless nights. They hope to return to Nicaragua soon for a visit, to introduce their son to the many friends they left behind.

submitted Dec. 17, 2013 9:03P
UGRD Leavey Business '01
Bauer, Jennifer (Cooke)

Jennifer (Cooke) Bauer ’01, MBA ’11 married Jeffrey Bauer MBA ’11 on Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Burlingame, Calif. Cindy (Barrango) Rodondi 01 served as a bridesmaid. Many SCU undergraduates and MBA graduates were in attendance from the classes of ’01 and ’11 respectively. The happy couple lives in San Jose, Calif.

submitted Jan. 17, 2014 3:11P
'01
Asprinio, Carrie (Fuller)

Carrie (Fuller) Asprinio ’01 and husband Jim Asprinio welcomed their second son, Kyler Max, on March 5, 2013. He joins brother Braylen, 2. Proud Grandpa and SCU alumnus Jerry Fuller ’74 couldn’t be happier. The family lives in Seattle, Wash.

submitted Jul. 5, 2013 12:22P

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