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Thomas H. Smolich, S.J., M.Div. ’86 will become the international director of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Rome on November 1, 2015. Prior to this assignment, he had been president of the Jesuit Conference of the United States from 2006-2014.
John Savage '87 is in his 11th season as UCLA's head coach. Savage helped UCLA reach college baseball’s pinnacle in 2013, as the Bruins won their first-ever NCAA baseball title. Under his guidance, UCLA has advanced to the postseason in seven of the last nine seasons, hosting four consecutive NCAA Regionals from 2010 through 2013. He is currently the third longest-tenured head coach in UCLA baseball program history. UCLA has gone 349-254-1 under Savage the past 10 seasons. In seven trips to the postseason at UCLA, Savage has compiled a 32-14 record (.696 winning percentage), recording the most postseason victories of any head coach in program history. Read more of this stats on www.uclabruins.com.
Julie Mar-Spinola J.D. '87 has been appointed Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Finjan Holdings Inc., a cybersecurity technology licensing company, Ms. Mar-Spinola has served as the company's VP, Legal Operations since February 3, 2014. In this expanded role, Ms. Mar-Spinola will have additional wide-ranging responsibilities, including building Finjan's intellectual property assets, overseeing the Company's Enforcement Program, including the licensing and litigation practice groups, as well as managing public policy, including Patent Reform.
James P. Cramer ’83, J.D. ’87 has been appointed a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court. The appointment was made by Gov. Jerry Brown '59. Cramer, 55, of Piedmont, has served as an assistant public defender at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office since 2004. He served as supervising legal research attorney at the Alameda County Superior Court from 2000 to 2004 and was general counsel and project manager at McGuire and Hester from 1996 to 2000. Cramer was an attorney at Cramer and Cramer (Robert '48 and Michael '78) from 1992 to 1996, after working as an associate in law firms between 1989 and 1992 and as a deputy district attorney at the Alameda County District Attorney's office from 1987 to 1989.
Ellen Arabian-Lee '87, J.D. '90 opened Arabian-Lee Law Corporation in Roseville, California, in April 2014.
Colette Rausch J.D. '90 is the author of a recently published book, Speaking Their Peace: Personal Stories from the Frontlines of War and Peace. With a foreword from the Dalai Lama, Speaking Their Peace contains 80 interviews from 11 countries and gives a voice to people who have not been heard before, people silenced by the trauma of conflict, gagged by fear and conformity, or muted by the world's indifference. See: Speakingtheirpeace.org. Rausch has worked for 20 years to build the justice, security, and the rule of law in countries emerging from conflicts. She is currently the vice president for Governance, Law & Society at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.
Kathleen O'Brien, RSM, M.A. ’90 recently published two books on the history of the Sisters of Mercy in the western U.S. Our Journey Together: Sisters of Mercy of Omaha 1929-1959 and Home Is Our Journey, Sisters of Mercy of Omaha 1960-2008, published privately by the Sisters of Mercy, West Midwest Community.
Tina (Johnson) Murray ’90, MBA ’97 lives in Los Gatos with her husband, Kirk, and her 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son. Tina continues fundraising for her daughter's local public school, and recently joined the board of directors of the Skylar Hadden Foundation to ensure program funding for her son's school program for children with Asperger's and ADHD. Tina is also serving on the Grand Reunion Committee for her class of 1990.
Eric Monsef ’90, M.S. ’96 led the group responsible for bringing to market HP Sprout, which was awarded Best Desktop PC at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, by PC Mag. The HP Sprout is an immersive workstation that combines a fully loaded TouchSmart all-in-one PC with a combination projector and scanner, plus cameras. Monsef is an engineering management adjunct professor and VP of Immersive Systems at HP.
In March 2015, Jin Li (Teo) Frick ’90 will say 'goodbye' to San Diego and will be relocating to Shanghai with her husband, Jeff, and son, Jaeden. Jin Li lived in Shanghai in 1994, moving there shortly after graduating from SCU in 1990. She returned from China in 2000, but is moving back again 15-years later in support of her husband's new role as General Manager for HAVAS Life China, a global advertising agency. Jin Li will continue to develop her business, Thrive Energy Coaching & Consulting, from China while their 4-year old son begins kindergarten at Tiny Tots International Preschool and Kindergarten in the Fall.
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Nancy Ureña Reid '91 is the only Latina AP computer science teacher in the 42-school, 3,000-employee San Jose Unified School District. She worked in the technology industry years ago on both coasts at a time when it was rare for a female to work in technology, especially a Latina engineer. Nancy’s goal is to close the digital divide for women, Latinos, and African Americans, groups that are under-represented in the technology force. She got involved with Microsoft’s Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) program to develop technology skills that can lead to life-changing advances for many young people. She learned how to teach coding at the high school level and helped introduce a self-sustaining computer science program at Lincoln High School, where she teaches.
Patrick T. Miyaki J.D. '92 writes, "I have been appointed the section leader of the Hanson Bridgett Government Section. I also was chosen to be the Alumnus of the Year by the political science department of San Francisco State University."
Bennett Cloud '92 sold his company in 2013 after 16 years and has been enjoying his career and passion as a financial advisor with Mass Mutual in Dallas, Texas.
Simon Chiu ’92 was named president of Saint Francis High School, in Mountain View.
Pope Francis has named John Stowe M.Div. ’93, STL ’95, to be the third bishop of Lexington, Kentucky.
Lexington is designated as a mission diocese within the United States: the geographic, demographic and economic characteristics indicate an acute need to evangelize Gospel values and to provide outreach services elevating human dignity and eliminating human suffering. It has 39 priests, and 6 Jesuits work in the diocese. Bishop-elect John’s vision of his ministry dovetails with the mission of his Alma Mater, JSTB: “reverent and critical service of the faith that does justice” and of Pope Francis’ hope that we become a church of the poor.
Sheryl Staub-French '93 received the School of Engineering's 2015 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, which honors alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and/or service to the School of Engineering have set them apart. Staub-French reflects the qualities and characteristics that best define the ideals of a Jesuit education: a passion for and commitment to excellence.
Since obtaining her bachelor’s degree at Santa Clara, Sheryl Staub-French went on to earn her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. She is currently associate professor of civil engineering at University of British Columbia. An active proponent of the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM)—a digital process for modeling the spatial, functional, and contextual dimensions of a construction project—Sheryl researches and develops tools and techniques to better support multidisciplinary decision processes in the increasingly complex field of construction coordination. During the past 15 years she has contributed more than 50 papers in leading journals and conferences in BIM and topics related to the technological and organizational issues associated with its implementation.
Stephen Sifferman '93, M.S. '98 received the School of Engineering's 2015 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, which honors alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and/or service to the School of Engineering have set them apart. Sifferman reflects the qualities and characteristics that best define the ideals of a Jesuit education: a passion for and commitment to excellence.
For the past 20 years, Steve Sifferman has had a distinguished career in the wireless communications industry. Beginning as a senior software engineer at Northrop Grumman, he moved on to ArrayComm, where he worked his way up the ranks to eventually taking on the role of President of the world leader in multi-antenna signal processing software products for wireless communications. During his time with ArrayComm, he helped develop cutting-edge technologies and holds numerous patents in recognition of his work. Respected not only for his technical ability, Steve is also lauded for his managerial and leadership abilities. In his current capacity as president and CEO of Tarana Wireless, Inc., Steve is guiding the company’s evolution from its successful first phase of technology development into broad commercialization and growth. Beyond serving his company, he impacts his field as a board member of the Telecommunications Industry Association. For his contribution to the development of wireless communication technologies and outstanding leadership within his industry, Steve was selected to receive this honor.
Kevin F. Rooney ’93 was made partner at the law firm of Browne George Ross LLP. He was appointed co-lead class counsel by the United States District Court in Florida in a landmark class action involving a fraudulent trade school, achieving the largest known student loan forgiveness settlement in U.S. history, in excess of $140 million. Kevin lives in San Mateo with his wife, Diane, and his children, Braeden and Olivia.
Kenneth Kan ’94 is managing director/portfolio manager in one of Asia's largest macro hedge funds.