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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).
Santa Clara University’s Board of Trustees elected a new trustee, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Haley '81. Haley is a co-founder and managing director of the Menlo Park–based venture-capital firm Redpoint Ventures, where he focuses on investments in software, consumer Internet and digital-media companies. Among his successful investments were Zimbra (acquired by Yahoo!); Responsys (an Oracle acquisition); and Homestead Technologies (acquired by Intuit). He was previously general partner with Institutional Venture Partners, and currently serves on the board of directors of Netflix (NFLX); 2U (TWOU); Curious.com; TheFind; ThredUP; Jaunt VR; and Zuora.
Mark Davis ’81 is director of humanities at Monterey Coast Preparatory in Scotts Valley. The school offers a college preparatory education for students who learn differently. Students in the program learn to advocate for themselves, to understand their strengths, to know how they learn best, and to use tools, technologies and systems that best support their learning. Mark lives in Santa Cruz at the edge of Seabright Beach.
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
Paul "Chip" Lion J.D. '82 is a partner at the firm Morrison and Foerster, and in September he became chair of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section. The Business Law Section, a renowned institution with over 50,000 members and 50 substantive law committees, provides thought leadership on corporate law issues and is considered to be the premier community for business law professionals.
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.
Freshman Dorm: Day Student/Off Campus
Bill Sautter ’84 is a Peninsula-based financier and entrepreneur with Galazy Ventures. He married Julie (Lopes) Sautter ’83 in 1985, and they have 3 children (25, 23, 13). He is an avid beach-goer, musician, and photographer (concerts, nature & travel).
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.
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.
Bart Lally ’85 and wife Amanda welcomed their first child, Francis Joseph Lally, on July 27, 2014. The family lives in San Francisco.
Tim Jeffries ’85 served as the senior deputy of the Colorado Flood Recovery Task Force for Governor John Hickenlooper (D) of Colorado in fall 2013. Tim was reappointed to the Arizona Commerce Authority by House Speaker Andy Tobin (R) in summer 2014. And Tim also serves on the Crime and Child Safety Subcommittee of the Transition Committee for Governor-Elect Doug Ducey (R) of Arizona.
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
Enrico Viale MBA ’86 has been appointed president of Endesa Chile, the largest electric utility company in that country, by the company's board of directors. Enrico Viale was the global director of the Enel Group's Generation line of business. He is a civil engineer with specialization in hydraulic engineering from Polytechnic University of Turin and has an MBA from the University of Santa Clara Business School. He has also taken training courses at Politecnico di Milano University and at MIT. He began his career in 1986 in the Italian energy company GIE, in various capacities in the area of finance, to join Enel in 2003 as Country Manager for Southeastern Europe. Subsequently, he served as of 2008 to date as Enel's COO in Russia and as CEO of the OJSC subsidiary in that country.
Freshman Dorm: Dunne
Bob Lassalle-Klein ’74, M.Div ’86 is on sabbatical at Santa Clara University this year (2014-15) and is chair of Religious Studies and Prof of Religion and Philosophy at Holy Names University. He is a co-founder of and began his family with Lynn at the Oakland Catholic Worker, which serves immigrant families. They have three wonderfulchildren, Kate Lassalle-Klein ’16 (21), Rose (19, Seattle U sophomore), and Peter (16, sophomore SJND high school). Bob did his dissertation with Jon Sobrino and just published Blood and Ink: Ignacio Ellacuría, Jon Sobrino, and the Jesuit Martyrs of the University of Central America (2014), which Orbis Books calls "the definitive account," and Kevin Burke describes as, "sweeping in its scope, unsettling in its political and historical implications, and profound in its theological depth." Bob is currently finishing The Spiritual Writings of Jon Sobrino (Orbis) and beginning work on Jesus the Immigrant: Contextual Christology and the Signs of the Times. He has done three edited volumes on Contextual Christology (Orbis 2011); The Galilean Jesus (Special Issue of Theological Studies 2009); and The Thought of Ignacio Ellacuría (with Kevin Burke, S.J., 2006). He serves on the board for the Instituto Hispano of the Jesuit School of Theology; as a consultant for the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries at Santa Clara University, and has daughters who participated this summer in university-sponsored service projects in El Salvador and Ghana. Kate has just finished six weeks working with Sr. Peggy O'Neill at the Centro Arte y Paz in Suchitoto supported by a Jean Donovan Fellowship from the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara.
Rob Jensen ’86 and Diana Jensen ’88 own Testarossa Winery, in Los Gatos, which is housed in the beautiful old Novitiate Winery founded by the Jesuits of then-Santa Clara College in the late 19th century.
Testarossa (Italian for “red head”) was the nickname given Rob as a young university student in Italy. Rob, a fourth generation Northern Californian, developed a passion for winemaking: its past, present, and future through extensive travel to Europe's great wine growing areas, combined with living in Italy during his university days. Although Rob's degree is in electrical engineering, with a minor in Italian language and culture, he has studied grape growing, winemaking and chemistry at the renowned School of Viticulture and Oenology at UC Davis. During Rob's nearly twenty-year high-tech career he held several sales and marketing positions in pre- and post-IPO companies in Silicon Valley. Rob's technical background, love of the arts, and business experience made it a natural for him to dive headlong into the wine business, an industry that is equal parts science and art.
Mike Arnold ’86 will soon celebrate his 28th year with State Farm Insurance, where he is VP of Operations–Property and Casualty Claims. He and his wife, Valerie Bettencourt Arnold ’87, have been married for 27 years and live in Bloomington, Ill. They have two daughters. Their youngest is a junior in high school while their oldest has returned to the Bay Area and is working full-time in Pleasanton upon graduating from college from North Carolina State University.
Ron Mueller MBA ’87 has started a freelance content marketing business (muellercopywriting.com) after retiring from Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.
Roy Agustin '88 was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General on Nov. 2, 2014. He is currently serving as Headquarters Air Combat Command's Director of Installations and Mission Support at Langley Air Force Base, Va.
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.
Maj. Marcelino "Butch" Soriano ’89, MBA ’94, broke the record for number of hours of straight bell-ringing for the Salvation Army in Southern California, ringing the bell for 150 hours. In the end, he raised almost $10K. He set his record at 150 hours in celebration of the Salvation Army’s 150 years in existence and its 124th annual Red Kettle Campaign, during which bell-ringers seek donations outside stores throughout the holiday season.