Class Notes | Obituaries
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Kristi Nevarez '91, J.D. '96 is a new partner at Fragomen Worldwide, the leading provider of global immigration services and a member of both the Am Law 100 and the Am Law Global 100. Nevarez is based at the firm’s Santa Clara office. For over 17 years, she has advised clients in matters of corporate business immigration, including nonimmigrant visas, labor certifications and adjustments of status. Kristi has served as corporate immigration counsel to emerging and mid-sized clients in a wide range of industries, including technology, consumer products, civil engineering and the legal services sector.
In 2010, Kristi briefly stepped aside from her practice to serve as the Congressional Assistant and Immigration Policy Advisor to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Immigration Subcommittee. The experience provided Kristi with first-hand insight into the policy development of complex immigration laws at the highest levels. Upon her return to Fragomen in 2012, Kristi began to manage a team serving a large, multinational high-tech corporation with worldwide immigration needs.
Dean Birge MBA '91 was hired as controller of Mission City Federal Credit Union in Santa Clara.
Richard Weber '92 was recently interviewed in The Californian for his role at Whitson Engineers, where he is an owner and principal partner. A general civil engineering and land survey firm that dates back to the late 1970s, the company has projects in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties. It is also beginning projects in Southern California. Weber joined Whitson Engineers in 1993.
Photographer Dan Dion ’92 just published his second book, Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond Between a Soldier and His Service Dog (Roaring Brooke Press, 2014). A children's book told from the point of view of a service dog, it features a day in the life of co-author and disabled veteran Luis Carlos Montalvan in New York City.
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David Wiesner ’89, MBA ’93 has joined Edgewood Partners Insurance Center as managing principle and regional director in its Employee Benefits Consulting Division. EPIC is a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant. Wiesner brings 25 years of experience in strategic market planning, sales organizational leadership, new product/service development and health and welfare plan consulting to the firm.
As regional director, Wiesner will focus on growing EPIC's employee benefits consulting business in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, recruiting and adding producer/consultants and specialty service teams, and fully integrating EPIC's national Employee Services Platform into local client offerings. Wiesner will be based in San Francisco and will report locally to John Connell , EPIC's President, Employee Benefits of California.
Chris Turner ’93 currently oversees Discovery Communications' original internet networks and lives in San Francisco. He and wife Lisa welcomed a baby girl, Thea Lucia Turner, on June 15, 2014. She joins brother Casey (2).
@crztrnr www.facebook.com/iamchristurner www.linkedin.com/pub/chris-turner/2/683/943/
Michael Villamor ’94 was married to Kathy Pieper on Dec. 28, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. The couple live in Lake Forest, Calif.
After serving as a intern during law school, John Kennedy J.D. ’94 has continued to work in the San Francisco City Attorney's Office for the past 20 years. The office provides legal services to all City departments and agencies as well as elected and appointed officials, and his practice reflects the public policy and political issues facing the City including public transportation, the growth of technology apps, and same-sex marriage/Proposition 8 litigation. John has served on several LGBT non-profit Boards of Directors including the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, LYRIC, and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom. Since he will be marrying his long time partner - Scott Shafer - Labor Day weekend, John regrets that he'll be missing the reunion due to their planned honeymoon in Portugal and Spain but sends his regards to his fellow classmates. His interests include travel, water polo, and food.
Thomas Gemetti '94 was elected for another term on the Campbell Union School District board. Gemetti's a Brocade Communications VP and Controller. He's worked for Ernst & Young, Ariba, and SAP and is active in Junior Achievement.
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Timothy Bidwill ’94 and Kristy Bidwill welcomed their first child, Morgan Andrew Bidwill, on Aug. 26, 2014.
Keith Palmer ’95 happily married Rina Knoblock on June 14, 2014 at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, Calif. Having sadly both lost their first spouses to cancer, they met at a grief support group and share an amazing number of similarities and parallels in their lives. They both feel very fortunate for their second chance at love and that they did not have to look hard for each other. The couple is also expecting a baby boy this December. The first for both of them.
Richelle (Faria) Massey ’95 and husband Chris welcomed daughter Peyton Bella Faria Massey on April 10, 2014. She joins big brother Logan.
Rebecca Jacoby MBA ’95, CIO and senior VP of Cisco, has been elected to McGraw Hill Financial's board of directors. Jacoby, 53, advances the business through the use of Cisco technology. Under her leadership as CIO since 2006, Ms. Jacoby has made the IT organization a strategic business partner, producing significant business value for Cisco in the form of financial performance, customer satisfaction and loyalty, market share, and productivity.
Mark Davis ’95 and Ellice welcomed their second daughter Reese. Tess finally got her sister. The family lives in Creston, Ca.
Jill Rivera ’96, who played softball for four seasons at Santa Clara University, often played catch with her son, Chris Rivera, in the yard even before he entered T-ball. Now he's accepted a scholarship to play baseball at Long Beach State. A single mom, Rivera works for a family-owned general contracting business in Watsonville.
Tyson Green ’96, wife Dana, and 2-year-old Cooper Robert welcomed a girl, Remy Marie, on March 4, 2014. The family lives in Los Gatos, Calif.
Alicia Giovannini ’96 and her husband, Andre Benguerel, welcomed their second son, Enzo Augustus Benguerel, on Dec. 10, 2013. The family lives in San Francisco, where Alicia works as a Realtor.
Katie Susemihl ’97, J.D. ’05 and Ryan Bennie welcomed their first child, Thomas Ryan Bennie, on June 28, 2014. He weighed 8 pounds 13 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long. The family lives in Santa Rosa.
Kathy Carr Stephens ’97, husband Jeff, and 3-year-old-daughter, Chloe, welcomed baby brother Clayton Michael on June 1, 2014. He was 6 pounds, 14 ounces and 19.5 inches long. The family resides in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Kimberly Rodriguez ’97 recently began her position as chief education advisory to California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon. Kimberly has worked for and with the California Legislature for over 15 years.
Guisselle Nuñez ’97 is now director, External Affairs, KQED Silicon Valley. She's responsible for developing and executing KQED’s strategic engagement and communication initiatives in Silicon Valley. She will still continue to teach marketing courses at the University of Phoenix and volunteer as a mentor, startup/small-business marketing consultant, and more.
Autumn Mortenson ’97 writes, "I'm going back to school! MFA program in Dance at UC Irvine starting Fall 2014!"