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James P. Cunningham '80 has been named Partner at Liner Grode in San Francisco. Cunningham was also recently nominated and elected into the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Jeffrey H. Cooper MBA ’80 was appointed chief financial officer at KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cooper has more than 25 years of experience in the life sciences industry and was previously senior vice president and CFO of BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Christine Canelo ’80, M.A. ’85 is working as a marriage and family therapist at Kaiser Permanente Adult Psychiatry in Campbell, Calif.
Philip S. Camilleri J.D. ’80 is an educational psychologist for San Benito County Office of Education. He evaluates students with educational needs, does administration in special education, and has knowledge in special education law.
John Blaettler MBA ’80, has been named "Man of the Year," one of seven "Spice of Life" awards given annually by the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce. The organization nominates and votes for the individuals, businesses and educators who go above and beyond; demonstrating a high level of involvement and commitment to the communities they not only serve, but dually call home.
The Chamber describes Blaettler, 60, as "well known for his financial expertise as a local accountant and also for his steadfast commitment and contributions to our community;" a past Gilroy Garlic Festival president, Gilroy native and trusted financial guru of 32 years who serves in an advisory capacity to the Gilroy Garlic Festival and Gilroy Foundation board of directors.
He began working as a public accountant in 1979 in Gilroy, and has been working independently since 2000.
Blaettler is married to Lee Blaettler, with whom he has two daughters - Genevieve, 26; who lives in Portland, Ore.; and Morgan, a first-grader attending St. Mary School on First Street in Gilroy. Blaettler also had a son, Sean, who died at age 27.
The Chamber describes Blaettler as an avid volunteer who has lent his expertise to several organizations including the Gilroy Arts Alliance, South County Symphony and the Gilroy Historical Society, where he helped to "sharpen and maintain sound accounting practices, develop procedures to reduce costs and increase revenues, and create a five-year budget plan. All of these nonprofit organizations benefit the community of Gilroy."
When he isn't crunching numbers or volunteering, Blaettler enjoys camping, playing racquetball, traveling and spending time with his family.
Charles (Chuck) Berger MBA '80 is the chairman and CEO of ParAccel. Mr. Berger is an established chief executive and director with 30 years experience in technology including extensive P&L, general management, marketing and financing experience in high growth, large and mid-sized companies. Prior to ParAccel, he served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of DVDPlay Inc. Before that Mr. Berger was CEO of Nuance Communications and has also served as CEO of Vicinity Corporation, AdForce, Inc. and Radius Inc. He has also held executive positions in finance, marketing and sales at Apple Computer and Sun.
Chuck Berger currently serves on the Boards of Tier Technology (NASDAQ: TIER) and Bucknell University: Trustee. He received his BS in Business Administration from Bucknell University and his MBA, Cum Laude from the University of Santa Clara.
Charles "Chuck" Berger MBA ’80 is the new president and CEO of Extreme Networks, a tech company. He's also been elected to the board of directors.
Berger is joining Extreme Networks following the successful sale of ParAccel, a privately held software analytics company to Actian. He is an established CEO and director with 30 years of experience in the technology sector, including extensive P&L, general management, marketing and financing experience in high growth, large and mid-sized companies. Prior to ParAccel, Berger served as the CEO of DVDPlay, Nuance Communications, Vicinity Corporation, AdForce, and Radius. He has also held executive positions in sales, marketing and finance at Apple and Sun Microsystems.
James Baker ’75, J.D. '80, veteran ERISA litigator, has joined Baker & McKenzie as a partner in the San Francisco/Palo Alto office, adding 30 years of experience in the entire spectrum of employee benefit and executive compensation matters.
Described by Chambers USA as “an ERISA legend on the West Coast,” Mr. Baker’s practice focuses on ERISA litigation and the counseling of employers on ERISA, employee benefit and executive compensation issues. Among Mr. Baker’s most notable cases, he was the lead attorney in five ERISA stock drop class action cases resulting in consecutive client victories using five different legal theories: In re First American Corp. ERISA Litigation, (C.D. Cal. 2009); In re Dell ERISA Litigation, (W.D. Tex. 2008); Spivey v. The Southern Company, (N.D. Ga. 2006); In re Administrative Committee ERISA Litigation, (N.D. Cal. 2005); and Ogden v. Americredit Corp., (N.D. Tex. 2005). He also regularly represents clients in federal district and appellate courts across the country.
“We are very pleased that Jim has joined Baker & McKenzie,” said Rick Hammett, Chair of the firm’s North American Compensation and Employment Law Practice Group. “Jim is widely regarded as one of the top ERISA litigators in the U.S., and he joins a strong ERISA litigation practice at our firm. I know our clients will value his significant experience and insight, particularly in ‘stock drop’ cases, which continue to be an issue for many companies.”
“Jim is a great addition to our San Francisco/Palo Alto Office,” said Shane Byrne, Managing Partner of the firm’s San Francisco and Palo Alto offices. “His impressive experience and credentials enhance our strong employment law practice, and increase the range of services we can offer clients in California and beyond.”
“I’m excited to join Baker & McKenzie,” said Mr. Baker. “Baker & McKenzie has one of the preeminent global employment practices, and its impressive depth and international reach are terrific complements to my practice.”
Mr. Baker has been repeatedly cited as one of the top employment law and ERISA litigation lawyers in the U.S. Best Lawyers in America named Mr. Baker as the 2012 “ERISA Litigation Lawyer of the Year” for San Francisco, and the National Law Journal has honored him as one of the nation's 40 best ERISA attorneys. Recognized in Chambers USA every year since 2007, the leading directory noted in 2011 that he has been “handling very prominent cases and producing work of the highest quality.” In addition, he’s been listed in other legal directories as a leading attorney nationally for ERISA litigation, including the Legal 500 US (2008–2011), The Best Lawyers in America (2009–2012), and Northern California Super Lawyers (2005–2011). He was inducted into the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel as a Fellow in 2011.
Mr. Baker is co-chair of the American Bar Association’s ERISA and Pension Litigation Subcommittee of the Committee on Business and Corporate Litigation. Since 2006 he has been the primary author and Editor of the “ERISA Litigation” chapter for the ABA’s Annual “Developments in Business and Corporate Law” treatise. He is the Contributing Editor of the Benefits Law Journal. He also serves as a mediator on ERISA cases for the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern districts of California. In addition, he is a volunteer attorney for the AIDS Legal Referral Panel.
Mr. Baker previously practiced at Winston & Strawn. He received his B.A. in 1975 and his J.D. in 1980 from Santa Clara University. He received his L.L.M. in Tax from Georgetown University in 1983.
Shareen Young '81 writes: "My Husband, Richard and I will be celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary in September. Having fun raising our 16 yr old son in Irvine, CA. Traveling the world heading up Business Development for the Aerospace company, Klune Industries, Inc."
Davide Vieira ’81 retired from IBM in 2011 after thirty years of service. Among many highlights was his stint as webmaster for the IBM Year 2000 Technical Support Center. Davide and wife Theresa (Freitas) '80 celebrated another milestone in 2011 -- their thirtieth wedding anniversary. They became sweethearts in Dale Mugler's Advanced Calculus class in 1978 and solved countless mathematics problems in O'Connor Hall's Sussman Room on their way to earning degrees in mathematics.
Freshman Dorm: Sanfilippo
Peggy Donovan-Verheul '81 writes: "I am a physical therapist and reside in Hanford, Calif., with my husband, Eric, and our three children, Sarah, Meghan, and Matthew."
Diana (Sutton) Van Cleve J.D. '81 and husband Bill welcomed their eighth greatgrandchild in May 2011—another boy!
Jeanine Tucker '78, J.D. '81 is a court operations manger for the Stanislaus County Superior Court. She oversees the daily operations of several court divisions and has participated in salary negotiations for both labor and management. Tucker is also active in community service, which she has primarily been doing through the Lions Club for the past 15 years.
Jeanine D. Tucker ’78, J.D. ’81 is the new court executive officer with the Tuolumne County Superior Court. Tucker had worked for the Stanislaus County Superior Court since 1991. She most recently served as the operations manager for eight years, managing a staff of about 140 employees.
David Strong J.D. '81 writes: "I continue serving as managing partner at Branson, Brinkop Griffith & Strong in Redwood City. Last year we opened our branch office in Phoenix, Ariz., managed by fellow Santa Clara alum John Campo '88, J.D. '91. We are an insurance coverage, civil litigation, and business firm serving clients throughout California, Arizona and nationally."
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Laurel B. Silver M.A. '81 has been named Vice President for Student Affairs at Prescott College in Arizona. She also serves on the regional executive committee for the National Association of Student Personnel Administration (NASPA).
In addition to serving as president of Sunwest Wild Rice and vice president of Sunwest Foods, Inc., John Sasbrook '81, MBA '83 recently released first vintages of Sierra Rose Syrah from his family vineyard.
Kirk M. Sanfilippo '81 has been serving as the Chief of Harbor Police for the San Diego Unified Port District since 2003. He and his wife, Jody, are thrilled to be retiring in January 2010 and moving to Oregon.
Kirk M. Sanfilippo '81 retired to Roseburg, Oregon, in May of 2010 with his wife, Jody. In June, 2012, he came out of retirement and was hired as the Chief of Police for the City of Sutherlin, Oregon. Kirk and Jody still reside in Douglas County, Oregon.
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Sheila Pena '81 writes: "I am in the Global HR Center of Expertise at Accenture and my role is the Global Career Transitions Lead. I develop our global strategy and programs for internal and external career movement for our employees. I worked in our San Francisco office until transferring to Phoenix in 1995 and most of my career has been in HR/Talent Acquisition. I have two daugthers, Monica (28)who lives/works in NYC and Cynthia (26) who lives/works in the Bay Area."
Darryl Page '81 was named division president of international personal and business insurance at ACE Group. In this role, he will lead ACE's personal lines and small and mid-size commercial insurance operations in Asia Pacific and Japan, Latin America, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He will be based in Basking Ridge, N.J.
With nearly 30 years of insurance industry experience, Page was most recently with Fireman's Fund in the U.S., where he served for four years as president of personal insurance. Prior, he spent 25 years at Allstate in several senior leadership roles, including vice president of product operations, and vice president of western market operating committee.
Freshman Dorm: Graham 200
Catherine Nunes '81, MBA '86 lives in Los Altos, California with her husband Mike Plasterer and four daughters, Kelley (21), Rachel (18), Dana (15), and Jaclyn (13). Catherine is a partner in a consumer marketing and media agency and has spent her career leading product & company launches, advertising campaigns and brand initiatives for mobile, online and retail products ranging from consumer tech and web services to publishing, food and wine.
Dr. Rich Mounce ’81, a full-time private-practice endodontist in Rapid City, S.D., writes that MounceEndo LLC is marketing American-made nickel titanium in both a Controlled Memory and standard nickel titanium variety. The MounceFile line has an extensive array of tapers, tip sizes, and pack assortments. MounceEndo LLC is also a fully authorized dealer for Mani, Inc. Dental products of Japan featuring premium quality stainless steel hand files and burs, and reciprocating hand piece attachments from W&H of Austria.
Kelly (Rickon) Mitchell '81 writes, "I am married with two sons, 13 and 17 years old, and live in the house in San Diego where I grew up. I was blessed to be on the 1980 and 1984 Olympic teams as a coxswain for rowing and won a silver medal in '84. My career has mostly been in sports (building the Olympic Training Center in San Diego, and development director for the San Diego Crew Classic), but now I'm working as a development officer for Point Loma Nazarene University. Is anyone playing golf on Friday? I'm on the fence."