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Roger V. Smith MBA '69 has been President of Smith Venture Group since 1994, and he has been an Owner of Smith Venture Group since January 1999. Smith is recognized as a leader in the financial community. He has served on the boards of Silicon Valley Bancshares, Greater Bay Bancorp, and the Community Foundation of Silicon Valley, and he currently holds the position of Director at Bell Microproducts Inc., ReSourcePhoenix.com, and Venture Lending & Leasing III Inc.
Thomas L. Simpson '69, J.D. '73 is a lawyer and Certified Family Law Specialist with his own three-attorney firm in Glendale, Calif. He was recently elected President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter. He resides in La Canada with his wife, Lili.
Christopher J. Reynolds '69 writes, "On April 1, 2011, the Maryland State Senate consented to my appointment by Gary D. Maynard, Maryland Secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, approved by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, as a member of the Maryland Parole Commission. This will require that I close my private law practice in which I have engaged for the past 40 years but the challenge of the new position will allow me to transform my professional career into one of public service."
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Dennis Raefield ’69 has joined the board of directors of Viscount Systems Inc., a high-technology supplier of security systems and software. Raefield has a long and distinguished career in the access control and security industry. Mr. Raefield was president of Honeywell Access Systems, a $100M+ division of Honeywell International, which manufactures enterprise-level access control systems for Fortune 100 clients. Prior, Raefield was president of Pinkerton Systems Integration (now Securitas), a $70M+ security system integration business installing video, access control, and alarms to Fortune 500 clients. He was also owner/CEO of Omega Corporate Security, a West Coast premier systems integrator based in the San Francisco area. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University, and is a member of ASIS, SIA, ESA, ISIO, CAA, and CSAA.
Stephen Pineau, Viscount Systems' Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Dennis Raefield is a valuable addition to our Board. His profile and experience running some of the largest access control companies in the industry will bring enormous insight to our Company. We are honored that he has agreed to join our Board of Directors."
Mr. Raefield remarked, "I am excited to be affiliated with Viscount Systems and hope to assist them in the growth of their flagship enterprise access control solution. Steve Pineau has assembled a strong team with a novel concept in centralized access control decision making, which has real world value for those larger enterprises desiring strong control over their sensitive data. I look forward to adding value as a Board member."
Michael Murphy ’69 writes that his current position is solutions developer, Acxiom Corp.
Bill Mowatt ’58, M.A. ’69 has recently retired from completing Team N Training marathons. Dr. Mowatt and his wife, Gail, have raised more than $75,000 for Leukemia-Lymphoma research, and now they both chair fundraising events for the Santa Cruz County Symphony. Bill still teaches the Shakespeare plays for Shakespeare Santa Cruz. They enjoy living in Santa Cruz with Mike, their lovable Airedale terrier.
Patrick Mason ’69 writes, "I would be remiss if I did not add some facts on my wife, Christine Bjorklund 72. We have been married (by Father Pat Carroll at Mary Lautze Garland 70's resort in Sedona, Ariz.) for 33 years. Chris was the on-air Consumer Reporter for KGO-AM radio for 15 years and served on the Board of Directors of Consumer Reports Magazine for 24 years. She is currrently a Consumer Quality Consultant for Diamond Certified, a services rating company, and Podcast Editor for AllBusiness.com, a website for small business owners. She also works as a water aerobic exercise instructor at The Olympic Club and UCSF Mission Bay in San Francisco. Our two grown children went to Georgetown (Dan of New York City) and U of Portland and USF (Molly of Novato)."
Marilee Pierotti Lau '69 has been appointed to the ERISA Department of Labor Advisory Council in Washington, D.C., for a three-year term.
Bob Labozetta ’69, MA ’75 writes: "After 33+ years teaching at the secondary and lately the community college level, I have retired my chalk and white board pens, closed my grading software, and boxed my PowerPoint presentations and lessons. The last six years my wife, Susan, and I resided in Oregon, and last summer decided to chuck it all and travel full-time. We sold our home and most of our possessions, bought a motorhome, and now see the USA (but not in a Chevrolet). While Susan continues her art (sculpture), I may put my SCU education to work by writing who-knows-what. Figuring out how to brew beer on the road, fishing across this great land, and viewing historical sites that I discussed in the classroom but never took the opportunity to visit are prominent objectives as well."
Daniel Kelly J.D. ’69 recently received the Civility and Professionalism award from the San Francisco Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. The Chapter consists of 350 selected trial lawyers from all of Northern California. Kelly was elected to membership in 1986 and served as Chapter President in 1994. In 2001, he was the recipient of the law school’s Edwin J. Owens Lawyer of the Year award.
Jim C. Jones J.D. '69 retires after more than seven years as county council for Calaveras County. On Tuesday, July 12, the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a Resolution thanking Council Jones for his outstanding service to the county.
Edward Jessen ’69, the longest-serving Reporter of Decisions in the history of the California Supreme Court, has retired after 25 years of public service.
As Reporter of Decisions, Mr. Jessen has been responsible for supervising the preparation and publication of California appellate court opinions in the Official Reports. These days, the work now includes the publication of more than 12,000 opinions a year on the judicial branch's website. Appointed by the court, the Reporter ensures the editorial integrity of all such opinions from filing through publication, and reviews the accuracy of the editorial information included In the advance sheets and bound volumes.
Mark Janlois ’69 is a partner in Janlois Partners, LP, which owns and manages commercial properties in Contra Costa County.
Alan Higginson '69, MBA '71 was appointed to the board of directors of Pivot3, Inc., a leading provider of unified storage and compute appliances. Higginson, Chairman, Hubspan and F5 Networks, will provide his extensive technology and leadership experience of high-growth technology companies to the Pivot3 board and its management team.
With more than 20 years of senior executive and CEO experience in technology-related industries, Higginson applies his extensive leadership skills to help young companies grow and develop. His industry experience spans both private and public companies including Atrieva, F5 Networks and Hubspan. Prior to his work with start-up organizations, Higginson spent five years at Sierra On-Line as executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing.
Dan Hanley '67 MBA '69 J.D. '74 celebrated the birth of his granddaughter last August. He has been married to Judi Hanley since October 22.
Daniel E. Hanley MBA ’67, J.D. ’74 is still in private law practice in San Jose doing estate planning, probate, and business law. He practices with his son Sean Hanley, who does bankruptcy and debt relief. Dan recently became a grandfather with the birth of Brynn Hanley (daughter of Brian Hanley). Dan is happly married to Judi (since 1974). They live in Saratoga, Calif.
L. Laura Fritz '69 earned a master's of science degree in counseling psychology from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She lives with her husband, Mike Weber, in Las Vegas. After years in private practice as a therapist and serving on several nonprofit boards, Laura became a professional fundraiser for the University and Community College System of Nevada for over 10 years. Currently, Laura is a professional fundraiser with Catholic Healthcare West's St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation and recenlty voted Outstanding Professional Fundraiser of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Las Vegas Chapter.
Dr. Patrick Foley M.A. '69 has recently published his book Missionery Bishop: Jean-Marie Odin in Galveston and New Orleans (Texas A&M University Press). He has spent more than 20 years researching and writing the book.
Charles Foley ’69 writes: In March 2013 Texas A&M University published my biography of the first Catholic bishop in Texas, French Vincentian Jean-Marie Odin. The book was more than twenty years in research and writing and is being well received. A few weeks ago the Texas State Senate awarded me a proclamation for the book being published. Odin was named Bishop of Galveston in 1847 and second Archbishop of New Orleans in February 1861.
Kevin J. Donahue '68 was named the California State Athletic Director of the Year for 2010-2011. He was also honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the Central Coast Section Athletic Directors Association, and the In Via Award from Serra High School, the highest honor the school confers on non-alumni. Donahue recently retired from Serra High School in San Mateo after 31 years at the school, where he served as Athletic Director the past 30 years. He lives in Danville with his wife Robin.
Ken Caillat ’69, Grammy-winning producer best known for producing the Fleetwood Mac record Rumours—the third largest-selling album of all time—just released the book Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album, which tells the wild, poignant, and exhilarating story behind the album’s creation. Following the huge commercial success of Rumours, Caillat also produced Tusk (1979), Live (1980), Mirage (1982), and The Chain (box set, originally released in 1992) for the British-American rock band.
Steve Bric ’69 writes that he is president of Hibernia Woolen Mills, which he founded in 1997. The extremely successful company manufactures residential and contract wool carpeting, with plans for growth. He operates the business with his wife, Sharon Bric, whom he married in January 1979. "We enjoy the special friendships we have with our staff," writes Bric, who has two kids: Erin (who graduated from Boston College ) and Kevin ’05.
While at SCU, Bric was station manager at KSCU Radio Station from 1967–1968. He was also a member of Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. After four years in ROTC, he was commissioned 2nd lieutenant. He completed officer’s basic at Fort Bliss, Texas, in air defense artillery, and served two years at Fort Ord, Calif., as a range officer with combat skills. Bric served four years in reserve duty with the rank of captain. His brother was killed in action in Vietnam while serving with Special Forces Secret Unit (SOG), facts only discovered 10 years ago, when Secrecy Agreements ran out.
Joseph A. Braun, Jr. '69 is the coordinator of professional development for the National Council for the Social Studies and led the third annual Teacher Education Institute on Powerful and Authentic Social Studies on the SCU campus in July. He is the co-author of "An Introduction to Standards-Based Reflective Teaching in Middle and High Schools" published by Teachers College Press. He lives in Carmel, Calif., with his wife, Anne Gosch, who is the librarian at Palma High and he is a co-founder of the band Doc Ricketts Crickets.