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Patrick J. Maher ’78 has been elected as Section Representative to the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas. Mr. Maher previously served as the Chair of the State Bar’s Council of Section Chairs for the last two years, and Chair of the State Bar’s Labor and Employment Law Section in 2010. He is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law and a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Law.
Steven Lovejoy ’78 has retired after 24 years as a chemist at Lockheed Martin Space Systems and is now living with his husband Thane Kreiner, executive director of SCU's Center for Science, Technology and Society, in Sebastopol, Calif.
Pamela Lister '78 writes: "I'm working in the South Bay! My new position is with The Camp Recovery Program in Scotts Valley, marketing this wonderful program!"
Jim Hartnett J.D. '78 is the current vice chair of the California High Speed Rail Authority Board. He maintains his active litigation and dispute resolution practice as a partner at Hartnett, Smith and Paetkau in vibrant downtown Redwood City. He's a former mayor of Redwood City.
Modesta Garcia ’78 credits her SCU experience and particularly her mentors, Professor Francisco ’66 and Laura Jimenez ’67, for providing inspiration and a foundation for her career in higher education and service leadership. On receiving her BA in Spanish at SCU, Modesta enrolled and completed a master’s in education at Harvard University. Two years later, she was hired as SCU assistant director of admissions and first minority student recruitment coordinator. This job prepared her for the next step as a Princeton University admissions officer. Subsequently, Modesta was hired in her dream job as faculty/academic counselor at her other alma mater, College of San Mateo, from which she retired after 24 years of service in May 2011. Modesta has been sought as a college admissions consultant and speaker nationally and in China, and consultant or committee member for the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholars Program, Brown University, the College Board Western Region, Educational Testing Services, NACAC, and WACAC, among others. She now provides college admissions consulting and coaching for Ivy League, international, transfer and general college admissions planning. Modesta also served on the board of directors for the SCU National Alumni Association, which prepared her for such service on the local Harvard alumni chapters. She is Harvard’s (and SCU’s!) only graduate to be elected president of both Bay Area alumni chapters: the Harvard Club of San Francisco, and the Harvard Club of Silicon Valley. Modesta’s works have been recognized with awards from the College Board Western Region, Harvard Alumni Association, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Princeton University, and Santa Clara University Chicano Alumni, among others, for her support of students and alumni. Modesta’s 15 minutes of fame unfurled when she introduced Francisco Jimenez as the recipient of the award, 2002 U.S. Professor of the Year by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; the award ceremony was held at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
Michelle (Massaro) Tabler ’79 is the Alaska Regional Manager for the Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon & Western Washington. Michelle retired in 2010 from a career in insurance.
Priscilla Kisling '79, MBA '85 writes, "Moved to Portland, Ore. area, in Jan. 2014, and started working for Business Valuation Resources, LLC, in Feb. 2014 as CFO. Business Valuation Resources is a niche publisher of business valuation guides, books and on-line resources for the professional business appraiser. This big change allows me to be in the same area as my daughter, Kristina, who graduated from University of Portland in May 2013 and is working in the Portland area."
Mark Hurtubise M.A. ’79, President and CEO of Inland Northwest Community Foundation, was recognized in the May 2013 issues of Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living magazine as one of "Power 50," who is making things happen in the North Idaho/Eastern Washington region.
Bob Hale M.S. '71, M.S. '79 writes, "Retired. Living in Carlsbad, Calif. Volunteering at Museum of Making Music. Enjoying life!"
Allene Feldman M.A. ’79 has just received her SIT-TESOL teaching certification from the World Learning SIT Graduate Institute. Allene, who is the owner of Argus Publishing Group in New York City, is confident that her new certification will help her and her staff write, edit, and create engaging Common Core materials for English language learners.
Paul Duncan ’79 writes that he is "Semiretired and writing a book called High Technology and Complex Decision-Making. Spends time fishing. When Sony was first coming out with a compact disk, I worked on that as a consultant and had the name changed. They wanted to call it WORM (Write Once Read Many Times) and I convinced them that wouldn't go well in the States. I worked on over a thousand projects. I did the strategic two year and five year strategic planning for Kodak and its affiliates. I helped manage and market the introduction of the first color copier. I okayed the underseas cable in the Atlantic for private networks. From '75 to '79 my girlfriend at the time made me a handmade quilt bedspread and I still use it every night. It's still in great shape. After SCU went to grad school at Berkeley, but you just don't get that SCU community. Personal edict: 'Never abandon your own ship.'" I am the West Coast Director of the Pathological Liars Society. But then, how can you believe that??
May do Complicated/Important Business Consulting
Freshman Dorm: Graham 100
Michael Dee ’79 recently joined the Henry S. Miller Company in Dallas, Texas a President, Retail Division. Henry S Miller is a 100 year old private commercial real estate firm. Michael resides in Dallas with his wife, Julie, and their 3 daughters, ages 19, 16 & 13.
Michael Dee ’79 writes that he is president of the Retail Division of Henry S Miller Company. The company is the oldest private real estate firm in Texas and is celebrating 100 years in business in 2014. Michael lives in Dallas with his wife, Julie, and their three daughters.
Steve Cordial MBA ’79 writes that he is living in Seattle, Wash. Having raised 5 children, and now enjoying 6 grandchildren, Cordial is changing his focus from business to socially responsible nonprofit activities.
Freshman Dorm: Graham 100
Rich Bluth ’79 and Anne Nickel Bluth ’79 celebrated 34 years of marriage in June 2014 and are enjoying their newly "emptied nest" in Seal Beach, Calif. where they have lived since their Santa Clara Mission wedding. They have been blessed to have all four of their children graduate from Catholic universities. Their youngest son, Mark Bluth ’14 graduated this June from Santa Clara in Philosophy and Economics . Mark's twin brother Tom Bluth graduated from University of Portland just a month earlier in May 2014. Their daughter, Maria (LMU 2011) relocated to San Francisco in June, where she works at De Marillac Academy. Also this May, their oldest son, Danny Bluth (College of the Holy Cross, 2009, St Joseph's University 2012) married Kelly Casey (College of the Holy Cross, 2009) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where they both live and work. Rich has worked for the Irvine Company for the past 7 years, and is currently Vice President, Energy Management. Anne spends her time in support of her family near and far, (mostly far now).
Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson J.D. ’79, a retired Superior Court of Guam Judge, is in the race for attorney general. She served the government of Guam for 33 years. She is credited with the creation of the Driving While Influenced (DWI) Court and the rules of procedure and practice in the field of domestic violence. Barrett-Anderson has been recognized nationally for this work in the past, serving on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and the Federal Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice. She is a strong advocate for judicial and legal education, victims rights, consumer protection, and child support enforcement.
Andrew Barnes MBA ’79 retired in October 2013. He spent a long career in the computer industry, holding various sales/marketing and management positions.
Katherine Maxfield's MBA ’80 new book Starting Up Silicon Valley (Greenleaf 2014) received a starred review from Kirkus: "will satisfy anyone captivated by Silicon Valley...unusual in its candor...intense emotions and exuberant personalities...few authors have Maxfield's knack for describing both the forest and the trees...enough drama for a movie." Available at bookstores, on Amazon, iBook, and BN.com.
Patricia Feeney Gallagher ’80 recently joined St. Anthony Foundation as the Director of Development & Outreach. St. Anthony’s is a venerable institution in the heart of the Tenderloin, committed to providing the poor of San Francisco with basic services as a gateway to reclaiming their sense of dignity and progressing towards stability. Pat welcomes her fellow Bronco classmates and alumni to volunteer at St. Anthony’s!
The University of San Francisco appointed a new president, Paul J. Fitzgerald '80, a Jesuit priest and 20-year college administrator with deep Bay Area roots.