Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 1980s
Holly Kupka Cimino ’80 fell in love with the Italian culture her junior year studying abroad in Florence, Italy. She recently formed her own business, Cimino Tours, which specializes in tours specifically to Cinque Terre, Italy. Visit her Cimino Tours Facebook page or her website Ciminotours.com.
Ciminotours.com Cimino Tours Facebook Page
Malia Wasson '81 has joined Columbia Sportswear's board of directors, effective March 19, 2015. Wasson served as the president of Oregon and Southwest Washington for the US Bank from 2005 to 2015, capping a banking industry career that spanned 33 years. As the president of US Bank, Wasson served as the senior executive in the region and led the US Bank Board in Portland. She also led the Oregon Commercial Banking group for U.S. Bank, which provides a wide variety of financial services to middle market companies. Prior to joining US Bank in 1989, Malia held various commercial lending positions with the former Oregon Bank and Security Pacific Bank of Oregon, according to a statement released by the company.
Wasson is a member of the board of directors of Northwest Natural Gas Company and serves as a board member of several civic organizations including Oregon Business Council, OHSU Foundation and OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, and American Leadership Forum, among others. A lifelong Oregonian, Wasson holds Bachelor of Science and Commerce degree in finance from Santa Clara University.
Columbia Sportswear Company markets lifestyle apparel, footwear, accessories, and equipment through a portfolio of brands for active lives.
Rob Thomas ’81 has earned the title 2015 Santa Claran of the Year by the Alumni Association's Los Angeles chapter for his dedication to Catholic school education and for putting Santa Clara values into action every day. Thomas is the vice principal for Student Life at Notre Dame High School, in Sherman Oaks, California. He has been at the school for more than 30 years.
Stephen Okonek MBA '81 was elected vice president of Tansplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO). TRIO, whose main office is in the Washington, DC area, was founded in 1987 by renowned transplant pioneer and surgeon Thomas Starzl. Formerly, Steve was president of the San Francisco Bay chapter of the organization for eight years. Steve received his first liver transplant on Jan 1, 1993, at UCSF; he underwent a second liver transplant on April 4, 2001, at the same center. He lives in Half Moon Bay and works as a consultant/technical writer in energy technologies.
Joe McNab ’81 has earned the title 2015 Santa Claran of the Year by the Alumni Association's Los Angeles chapter for his dedication to Catholic school education and for putting Santa Clara values into action every day. McNab is the head track and field coach, and assistant football coach, at Notre Dame High School, in Sherman Oaks, California. He has also taught physical education, history, and religion there. The South San Francisco native has been at the school for more than 30 years.
Brett Lowart ’81 has earned the title 2015 Santa Claran of the Year by the Alumni Association's Los Angeles chapter for his dedication to Catholic education and for putting Santa Clara values into action every day. He has served in Catholic education since 1983, most recent as president at Notre Dame High School for the past six years. He also served as president at San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno (2002–2009), as VP at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park (1996–2002), and as director of development/instructor at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco (1983–1996).
P. Gregory Giordano J.D. '81 is now a partner and the vice chairman of the Gaming Practice Group in the Las Vegas, Nevada, office of the law firm of McDonald Carano Wilson LLP. His practice is concentrated in the areas of gaming compliance, licensing, and regulation, especially regarding publicly traded gaming companies, financing, and other transactions.
Larry Murnane ’82 just published the book Limitless: How to Be, Have, Do, and Accomplish Anything, a short book on living a purposeful life of accomplishment and fulfillment. It's available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks. Fifty percent of proceeds go to charities benefiting underprivileged children. Larry lives in Coronado, California.
Larry Murnane Regal Properties 690 West B Street San Diego, CA 92101 www.RegalProperties.Net www.LimitlessAchievement.com
Dr. Steven Ashby ’82 has been appointed as the laboratory director for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. PNNL is managed by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. It has an annual budget of $1B and employs 4,300 staff who perform research in fundamental science, energy, environment, and national security.
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.
Patty Clerkin '84 writes, "We have relocated to the suburbs of Philadelphia for a spouse job transfer. My children, Chris and Rochelle, will attend Catholic schools in Wayne. My son will be a freshman at Archbishop Carroll High and my daughter will enter 7th grade at St. Katharine's. It appears almost 150 alumni live nearby!"
Michael C. Wehr '85 was promoted to the rank of major general by the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at a ceremony in January. Last September, Wehr received his second star at his alma mater, where his career began in the ROTC program.
"It feels great to come back to the place and people who shaped me at an early age for the career that led to this day," he said. His parents, Art and Margaret Wehr, had the honor of participating in the ceremony, while his Santa Clara sweetheart, Deborah Kalisz Wehr ’84, stood by his side.
Responding humbly, Wehr said, "It takes a lot of little things to make something big happen. It's a real honor to celebrate this moment here at Santa Clara. It is a gift to get to lead. It's about living, learning, loving, and leaving a legacy—carrying a torch, but thanking those who handed it to me and those who will receive it. "Wehr also recognized the incredible importance of mentoring, specifically thanking his Santa Clara ROTC professor of military science, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Robert E. Camors.
Laura Rafaty '79, J.D. '85 is the founder and artistic director of NapaShakes (www.napashakes.org), a nonprofit bringing world-class professional Shakespeare to the Napa Valley. She continues her law practice (www.nvilaw.com) in St. Helena, California, specializing in immigration law, including work visas for extraordinary culinary, winemaking, and performing artists. A national award winning writer, her work can be found at www.laurarafaty.com.
www.napashakes.org www.nvilaw.com www.laurarafaty.com
Chuck Miller ’85, J.D. ’88 is business development nanager for American Pacific Mortgage in Walnut Creek. He is also the JV basketball coach at De La Salle High School in Concord. Chuck is currently serving on the SCU National Alumni Board as well as on the committee for the Class of '85 Grand Reunion coming up this fall. He is encouraging all his classmates to come to the reunion and looks forward to seeing them all there. Chuck is proud of his daughter, Samantha, who is attending George Washington University and his son, Charlie, who is a freshman at De La Salle High School. Chuck lives in Pleasant Hill.
Rev. Dr. Laura (Boltz) Holck '85 has been called to served as senior pastor at Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Cross in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She shares the position with her spouse, Rev. Dr. Philip Holck.
Charlotte Hart ’85 got married in January of 2014, and in September moved back to hometown Long Beach, California after 10 years in Scottsdale, Arizona. With three kids in college now, she and her new husband, Marshall Waller, live together and no longer comute 800 miles a week! When not working on their home remodel or charitable caues, Charlotte consults part-time as a marketing strategist specializing in business development. As the reunion nears, she is exhorting classmates and all alumni to bolster SCU's endowment. Examining her alma mater's giving statistics compared to the colleges her kids were accepted to (comprable size schools) was eye-opening, so she joined the reunion committee to spread the word!
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Todd Goolkasian ’85 writes, "Maureen Goolkasian ’85 and I are looking forward to seeing everyone at the 30th reunion!"
Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group, Inc. www.cseg.com
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.
Ellen Arabian-Lee '87, J.D. '90 opened Arabian-Lee Law Corporation in Roseville, California, in April 2014.