Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in the last year by graduates in the 2010s
Julienne Syme Lorenzen ’10 and Robert Lorenzen ’09 welcomed their first child, Theodore James, on Sep. 5, 2014. The family lives in San Francisco.
Megan Mills Fairbank ’10 married David Fairbank on July 26, 2014 in Los Angeles. The wedding party included Elise Norman ’10 and Kelly Weber ’10. The couple currently resides in Boston, Mass. They would love to hear from SCU alumni in the Boston area.
Chris Duchesne ’06 married Michelle Donecho ’05, M.A. ’10 on July 12, 2014 at the Mission Santa Clara de Asis with a reception following at the Adobe Lodge. The wedding party included Matt Duchesne ’05 and Trey Miller ’13. The couple honeymooned in Maui and resides in Menlo Park.
Lindsay Bruce ’10 made appearances on this season's NBC reality show The Voice.
Her early accomplishments helped set her on a path that led to an appearance on “The Voice,” but it was a long, sometimes difficult journey. At 13, the Santa Rosa native wrote a book and a song about having lost her uncle on 9/11. In high school, she became an international model and local celebrity. All along, though, she wanted to write and sing her own songs, so after graduating from Santa Clara University, Bruce headed to Nashville to pursue the one dream that still eluded her.
Thomas Akins Jr. ’10 came up with the idea for the mobile app called podStatus, a music player that takes a stab at music discovery for frequent Instagram users (and other social networks) who have songs on their iPhone to share music for friends to listen and discover. He writes that no other app brings this level of music discovery to Instagram where users can actually listen to the music. It also has an algorithm that only makes music suggestions based on what users already have in their music library and are listening to right in that moment.
Jeffrey Adams '10 is back in the Bay Area after receiving his masters of fine arts from the New School for Drama in New York City. He's starring as the Prince in San Francisco Playhouse's production of Into the Woods, the Stephen Sondheim musical which has a big-screen, Disney version in the works. It runs through Sept. 6.
Cassandra (Thomassin) Staff MBA ’11 and her husband Adrian Staff welcomed their first child, Lucille Khoo Staff on March 9. They are happily raising Lucille in San Jose.
Lauren Silk '11 has chosen to attend the University of Colorado--Boulder for her degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
In mid-2014, Madeleine Sears ’11 and Sowmya Ayyar ’00 co-founded Prafull Oorja: Holistic Practices for All, a charitable trust in Bangalore, India, sharing yoga and other healing therapies with alternative populations, primarily special-needs children. The two look forward to welcoming SCU Global Fellows in 2015 and continuing the SCU-India connection.
On Nov. 15, Robbie McGowan married college sweetheart Caity Happ ’11. They had a wonderful reception at Willow Heights Mansion in Morgan Hill. Several of their college friends attended the blessed ceremony. They currently live in Campbell and are adjusting to married life quite well.
Jennifer Hinds ’11 is a 2014 graduate of Loyola Law School Los Angeles. She graduated in the top 5 percent of her class and was awarded Order of the Coif Award, given to those who are at least in the top 10 percent of their graduating class. She passed the July 2014 California Bar Examination on her first attempt and is now a litigation associate with a Los Angeles law firm.
Hilary Hendershott ’99, MBA ’11 appeared in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2014 40 Under 40 list. She is the founder and CEO of Hilary Hendershott Financial, one of Silicon Valley's only woman-owned and operated investment advisory firms. She has made it her mission to empower women to maximize their own resources, grow their wealth and live sustainable and healthy lives. She has created a financial training program, Your Rich Retirement Academy, which is delivered virtually and designed for Millennial and younger investors, and teaches both healthy money mindsets and technical skills such as calculation of net worth and retirement savings goals, to enable long-range financial success.
Murtuza Haryanawalla MBA ’11 writes, "Had a great immersion experience in India over the last four years working with Entrepreneurs. Now looking to move back to the bay area."
Angelica (Wright) Galli ’11, M.A. ’14 and Justin Galli on Aug. 9, 2014 at the Mission Santa Clara. They celebrated with family and friends, including bridesmaids Caitlin (Gambee) Sappington ’10, Sarah Mathes ’11, and Elizabeth Kiikvee ’11. The couple honeymooned in the Dominican Republic and are currently living in Las Vegas, Nev.
Brooke Boniface ’11 is Santa Clara's new class giving officer in University Relations. Brooke graduated magna cum laude from Santa Clara in just three years with a double major in Political Science and History. She was obviously an incredible student and has already supported our office’s efforts greatly through her student job in the call center, where she ranked No. 1 in credit card rates her first year and had an unbelievable 99 percent fulfillment rate during her second year. We also had the opportunity to feature her student story in an annual fund piece during her senior year, so several of you will recognize her face. In her “spare time”, she also served as Opinions Editor for The Santa Clara student newspaper. Following her undergraduate degree from Santa Clara, Brooke served in Teach for America for two years in Phoenix. Most recent, she was tremendously successful as an ad sales rep for Yelp. We are incredibly happy that she is coming back home to Santa Clara to join our Reunion Fundraising team.
Sarah Allbritten ’11 writes, "Recently relocated back to SF Bay Area from Los Angeles and I am currently looking for a job."
Christine Ahlstrom '11 graduated with her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy in May 2013 from the University of Southern California. She is now a Student Services Advisor in the Department of Preventive Medicine in the USC Keck School of Medicine. She lives in the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Maria Valle ’12 facilitated San Jose's second annual leadership conference for young women in the spring. The theme was "Strong Girls, Strong Women."
Ana Maria Valdes ’12 and Mark Spain ’13 were married on June 7, 2014, at the Mission Santa Clara de Asís. The couple met at SCU freshmen orientation and began dating their senior year. Other Broncos in attendance included bridesmaids Jessica Campbell ’11 and Marlynn Spain ’10, and groomsmen Anthony Sagariballa ’12, Dong Seon Min ’14, and David Sippel ’13. The couple resides in Seattle, Wash.
In May, Daniel Peng ’12 received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant. He’s one of about 1,800 recipients nationwide who will have the chance to travel abroad for a unique hands-on learning opportunity in their chosen field.
Starting in September, he will be stationed at a clinic in Hangzhou a city of about 6 million in the eastern portion of China.
His research grant proposal targets Type 2 diabetes, which is far more prevalent, but less understood than Type 1 diabetes. Together, the two forms of the disease affect about 29 million Americans. During his time in Hangzhou, he’ll be interacting with patients and clinicians to affect change.
“In terms of the research I’m conducting, this is not hard science,” he said. “It’s more of a public health project.”
Simple changes, Peng noted, can reduce the rates of diabetes. People can often create and maintain better health by eating more fruits and vegetables, and fewer high-fat foods and simple carbohydrates like white rice and potatoes. Another important factor, Peng said, is getting patients to understand and care about dietary restrictions.
Educating others comprises about half of his duties in China. He’s also going to be working to create a patient database that will help doctors understand the long-term affects of treatment.
Prior to his current job, Peng spent time working with diabetics of all ages at the Stanford University School of Medicine and at the Pacific Free Clinic in San Jose.
Both Dana Knudsen ’12 and Tanya Schmidt ’12 who played volleyball for the Broncos are now playing professionally in Europe. Dana in Murcia, Spain and Tanya in Germany. Thanks to SCU for giving both girls the opportunities and growth to reach to a higher level. Go Broncos!
Brienne Ghafourifar ’12, the youngest college graduate at age 17 to raise $1 million in venture funding for her business, Entefy, is among four women chronicled in the upcoming documentary film She Started It, about women entrepreneurs.