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2002

GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '02
Thannickal, Joseph

On completing three terms as Program Director at Don Bosco Renewal Centre in Bangalore, Joseph Thannickal M.A. ’02 has been granted a sabbatical year at Fordham University and JST Berkeley to complete some writing work. Following his sabbitcal, Joseph will return to India to take up another interesting assignment. Currently he is enjoying the warm humidity of NY.

submitted Aug. 6, 2013 7:01A
GRD Law '02
Murray, Amanda

Amanda Murray J.D. ’02 and Matthew Nowakowski, both of Redwood City, were wed on Sept. 21, 2013, at Murrietta’s Well Winery in Livermore.

The bride is the daughter of Dennis and Maggie Murray of Red Bluff. She graduated from Red Bluff High School in 1996, from U.C. San Diego in 1999, and from the Santa Clara University School of Law in 2002 with a juris doctorate degree. She is a deputy attorney general at the California Attorney General’s Office in San Francisco.
Her husband is the son of Celina Nowakowska of Mountain View. He graduated from Irvington High School in 1996. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s degree in 2001, and with a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 2004. He is a satellite R.F. engineer at Space Systems Loral in Sunnyvale.
submitted Aug. 16, 2013 12:43P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '02
Morrissey , Ellie (Taft)

Ellie (Taft) Morrissey ’02 and husband Sam are thrilled to welcome their daughter Sadie Elise, born May 29, 2013. The happy family lives in Pasadena, Calif. and is visited often by proud Grandpa Jim Taft ’72.

submitted Oct. 4, 2013 9:35P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '02
Mendelson, Sean

Sean Mendelson ’02, a.k.a. Teacher Sean, just finished producing his first children’s music album, Crank Out the Music. The music is vibrant and fresh with an engaging alternative vibe, a nod to Mendelson’s history of playing in rock bands.

“I played all the guitar and bass on 11 of the 14 tracks, and I did all the lead vocals,” says Mendelson, whose official artist name is Sean's Music Factory. Friends, family, and musical colleagues performed other instrumentals, such as the percussions, saxophone, violin, and backup vocals.

Mendelson, a Santa Clara University graduate, composed 12 songs in just three days.

Mendelson approached his song writing by reflecting on what he likes about music and listening to his children’s favorite music. He also drew on his experiences as a music teacher.
 
“In the 12 years that I’ve been teaching, I learned a lot about how you can use music to interact with the listener,” Mendelson says. “[On the album], there are songs where I’d sing and then leave spaces for children to fill in the blanks with their own words.”
 
Mendelson is grateful to the 93 backers who helped him raise over $5,000 on Kickstarter to cover his album’s production and recording costs.
 
submitted Sep. 13, 2013 11:39A
'02
McAllister, Eric

Miller, Morton, Caillat & Nevis, LLP announces the elevation of construction attorney Eric McAllister ’02 to the partnership.

“Eric is a highly skilled and valued member of our team, and particularly to our construction industry clients; we are proud to welcome him to the partnership,” said Managing Partner David Kornbluh. “Carrie and Jordan both stood out to the firm as summer associates and we are thrilled they are permanently joining.”

An experienced construction attorney, McAllister represents real property owners, developers and general contractors in evaluating and litigating construction defect claims, delay claims and payment disputes. Since joining the firm in 2007, he has assisted property owners in recovering more than $60 million for the repair of defective construction.

Active within his industry, McAllister is the current chair of the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Real Estate Executive Committee and sits on the Civil Practice Committee. He is also an active member of the California Apartment Association’s Tri-County Division and the Apartment Owners Association of California. McAllister earned his J.D. from the University of Arizona, James Rogers College of Law (2007) and his B.A. from Santa Clara University (2002).

 

submitted Feb. 3, 2014 3:59P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '02
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
UGRD Arts & Sciences '02
Gerlich, Courtney (Chatalas)

Courtney (Chatalas) Gerlich ’02 and husband Ira Gerlich - happily welcomed their first child, Maxwell Chatalas Gerlich, on Oct. 25, 2013. The family lives in Seattle, Wash.

submitted Jan. 25, 2014 5:55P
GRD Law '02
Donovan, Christine

Christine Donovan J.D. ’02, a senior staff attorney for the Solano County Superior Court, has been appointed the Judicial Council's Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee. Donovan, who has worked for Solano County Superior Court since 2007, is a Certified Family Law Specialist through the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization and has served as a faculty member for the Center for Judiciary Education and Research at the Administrative Office of the Courts.

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee makes recommendations for improving the administration of justice in all cases involving marriage, family, or children. The committee identifies issues and concerns affecting court administration; proposes necessary changes to rules, standards, and forms; reviews and recommends legislation; recommends pilot projects to evaluate new procedures or practices; and acts on assignments referred to it by the Judicial Council. The committee also makes recommendations to the Judicial Council regarding grants for programs and projects involving court appointed special advocates (CASA), child support commissioners and family law facilitators, family court services, and access to visitation.
 
"It is an incredible honor to be selected by Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye as a member of Judicial Council's Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee. I look forward to collaborating with others who believe as I do that these areas of the law are both challenging and highly rewarding. I am committed to using my experiences as a family law staff attorney and as a certified family law specialist to improve the administration of justice in cases involving marriage, family, or children for the people of the State of California," Donovan said in a statement.

 
submitted Oct. 13, 2013 11:23P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '02
DeLuca, Elia

Elia DeLuca ’02, J.D. ’06 was named a Rising Star in the Northern California Super Lawyers 2013 edition, which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state. DeLuca practices labor and employment law in the San Francisco office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton.

submitted Aug. 5, 2013 12:11P
UGRD Leavey Business '02
Carrera, Mary (Chong)

Mary Chong Carrera ’02 and husband Jesus, welcomed their second son, Angel, on December 6, 2013. Big brother Jesse loves showering Angel with kisses and can't wait to play ninja turtles with him.

submitted Jan. 9, 2014 5:01P
'02
Bobek, Carly (Dadson )

Carly A. Dadson ’02 is special counsel at Dannis Woliver Kelley in Long Beach. She advises and counsels public school district clients on a wide range of personnel-related matters.

submitted Jul. 24, 2013 9:27A

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