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Jayshree Ullal M.S. '86 was honored by Ernst and Young as the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year. Ullal has been awarded with prestigious honors previously. In 2005, she was named one of the “50 Most Powerful People” by Network World. And VMWorld and Forbes both dubbed her as one the “Top Executives” in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
She has led Arista Networks to a successful initial public offering in June 2014 at the New York Stock Exchange and is responsible for building the company's business in cloud networking. As Arista has grown, Ullal has been a catalyst in forging alliances with Microsoft, HP and VMware, among others, according to Arista.
While at Cisco, Ullal helped build the company to billions in annual revenue while there as the senior vice president. She helped with the introduction of Cisco’s flagship Nexus 7000 and Catalyst 5000, 4500 and 6500 product lines.
Before Cisco acquired Crescendo Communications in 1993, Ullal served as that company’s vice president of marketing. She has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from San Francisco State University and a master’s in engineering management from Santa Clara University. In 2013, she was honored with the SCU School of Engineering distinguished engineering alumni award.
submitted Nov. 21, 2015 1:29P
Mike Kourey MBA '86 is now CFO of Medallia, a customer experience management company. With more than 20 years of financial operating and audit committee experience with both startups and large technology enterprises, Kourey brings extensive hands-on expertise in leading financial strategy and execution for high-growth companies.
Prior, Kourey was a partner at Khosla Ventures, where he worked closely with RingCentral to guide the company through its successful initial public offering. Kourey has also held a number of operational finance leadership roles – including serving as CFO of Polycom, where he started as the seventh employee and helped grow the business to over $1.5 billion in annual revenues.
Kourey also serves on the board of directors at RingCentral and various private companies and previously served on the boards and audit committees of Aruba Networks and Riverbed Technology.
submitted Jun. 28, 2015 4:49P
GRD Law '86
Hogan, Kathryn (Kane)
Kathryn Kane '82, J.D. '86 writes, "This fall, I will retire as a deputy county counsel, Office of County Counsel, County of Santa Clara. I have been a hearing, trial, and appellate counsel in the Child Dependency Unit for more than 25 years. I will forever be grateful for this amazing career opportunity."
submitted Sep. 18, 2015 11:39A
Jack DeStories '86 and Rosie DeStories '87 are principals at Fairfield Auction, Connecticut’s leading auctioneer of antiques and fine art. Jack has been a collector since childhood. Before graduating from high school, he was a nationally known collector of baseball cards. He has been estimating, cataloging, and marketing antique auctions full-time since 1990. Jack has been certified as an expert witness in his field by the Bridgeport Superior Court and has donated his expertise to dozens of antique appraisal events across New England benefiting various schools, churches, museums, and historical societies.
Rosie is a second-generation auctioneer. Her parents operated an antique store from her earliest days and created one of the first large retail antique collectives in 1970. Rosie graduated from The World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa at the age of 19. Over the years since, she has managed over 400 auctions, selling everything from Stieff bears to multi-million dollar real estate. In her spare time, she has coordinated fundraising auctions that have generated over $5,000,000 for local causes.
submitted Jun. 14, 2015 8:17P
de Lorimier, Cathy (Bueno)
Cathy de Lorimier '87, pastel artist, has joyfully returned to her home state of California after living out of state for the past 27 years. She and her husband Arthur de Lorimier '86, have moved to Sacramento to live close to family. Their daughter Julia de Lorimier '15 graduated this past Spring with a degree in Psycho-Biology and we are very proud of her accomplishments!
Cathy de Lorimier, pastel painter
de Lorimier Fine Art
submitted Aug. 10, 2015 3:03P
Ellen Arabian-Lee '87, J.D. '90 opened Arabian-Lee Law Corporation in Roseville, California, in April 2014.
submitted Jun. 23, 2015 2:34P
Bruce Johnsen M.A. ’88 writes: “Continuing to enjoy my work 'saving' family-owned businesses and partnerships."
submitted Sep. 18, 2015 8:26A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '90
Lowenstein, Christine (Bunje)
Chris Bunje Lowenstein '90 is an English teacher at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo. She also writes about and sells antiquarian books and ephemera online and at rare book shows through her business, Book Hunter's Holiday, ABAA, established in 2007. She and husband Jeff Lowenstein '90 live in San Mateo with their two sons, Ryan (17) and Matthew (14).
submitted Jul. 18, 2015 10:55P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '90
De Fonte, Patricia
Patricia De Fonte '90 BA Communication, graduated from Golden Gate University with a JD in 2002. She has now been accepted to Golden Gate University's Small Business Program for Fall 2015. She has also been accepted, with a substantial merit scholarship, to GGU's Master of Laws (LLM) in Estate Planning Program and will begin classes in Fall 2015. Patricia lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.
submitted Aug. 15, 2015 9:01A
Cameron, Carrie (Stricklin)
Carrie (Sticklin) Cameron '90 has spent her career with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and currently runs the company's global sales office in San Francisco. She lives in Oakland with her husband, Mike, and three kids.
submitted Oct. 7, 2015 11:30A
Tonry, Kathleen (Tonry)
Kathleen Tonry '92 has been out of touch for a while but would like to note that she was busy producing 30 pounds of baby and a book. Kathleen and her husband, Brian Lynch, welcomed a baby girl, Irene, on December 27, 2014. Irene joins older siblings Mary (2007) and Tommy (2012). Kathleen was recently awarded tenure and is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.
submitted Aug. 11, 2015 7:26P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '92
San Chirico, Kerry
Kerry San Chirico '92 is the new assistant professor of Interfaith and Inter-religious Studies at Villanova University. Having taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa since 2012, Kerry, along with his whole family, is excited to make the 6,000-mile trek east by plane, minivan, and Winnebago.
submitted Jun. 8, 2015 11:13A
Patrick T. Miyaki J.D. '92 writes, "I have been appointed the section leader of the Hanson Bridgett Government Section. I also was chosen to be the Alumnus of the Year by the political science department of San Francisco State University."
submitted Jun. 23, 2015 2:25P
Aaron Michael Ritchey '93 has published his third novel for young adults, Elizabeth’s Midnight. He lives in Colorado with his wife and two young daughters.
“It really is a story about courage, overcoming fear, and embracing grand adventures,” he said. “I think it’s easy for us to say no to the adventures we get in our lifetime. It’s easy to give all of the excuses in the world not to go on them. So, this is really about saying yes to the adventure ... One of the quotes in the book is, ‘we walk through our fear afraid,’ and that’s one of the themes. It has been a great book to work on and to actually put out in the world, because unlike my other stuff that’s kind of edgy, this one is really nice. There’s still an edge to it, but it’s kind of a sweeter, more adventure, kind of romance.”
He is already planning the release of his next book, which is due out later this year. Visit http://aaronmritchey.com/ for more information or to sign up for the newsletter.
submitted Jul. 22, 2015 3:35P
Returning to her alma mater and former employer, Heather Pastorini '93 has joined SCU staff as a Principal Gifts officer. Heather has spent the past nine years as chief advancement officer at De La Salle High School in Concord. Heather led their fundraising, alumni and communication operations including their most recent capital campaign. Prior to her time at De La Salle, Heather was director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Santa Clara University and is proud to be home with the Broncos. She and her husband Todd Pastorini '91 reside in Discovery Bay and have two children, Hayden, a sophomore at University of Arizona and Shelby, a high school senior.
submitted Jul. 20, 2015 2:56P
GRD Leavey/MBA '93
Catie Costa '93 successfully published her first novel, Love on the Rocks: A Positano Tale.
@ Twitter MCatieCosta
submitted Sep. 11, 2015 3:46P
Andy Breuner J.D. '93, married to Susan Beth Bowden J.D. '93, is the new city court judge for Belgrade, Montana. After law school, Breuner got a job representing a large insurance firm. But realizing it was "a total mismatch,” he taught at SCU then started a commercial coffee roasting business in Lake Tahoe. Another move took him Montana, where he opened his own office. According to state law, the dignity of the human being is not to be violated by the court. That is Breuner’s credo every time he hands down a judgment in his current role as judge. “My motto would be to make sure that all those who have business with the court are respected,” he said. “To me, it means you respect the dignity of the person.”
submitted Jun. 14, 2015 8:06P
UGRD Leavey Business '94
Amy Seidlinger '94 is a first-time mom via adoption. Tate Jackson Seidlinger was born July 14, 2015, in Galveston, Texas, and the new family flew home to San Diego a week later.
submitted Sep. 29, 2015 5:13P
Peter Rooks MBA ’93 credits Professor Al Bruno’s advice (along with a good idea, great employees, and strong family support) with helping the sucess of the business he founded in 2003, Phoenics Electronics. Bruno’s Small Business Entrepreneurship was one of the courses that made a big difference. “Professor Bruno said, ‘You will not be successful unless you focus.’ I think I got a C or a C-plus in that class, but I learned so much from it.”
Another highly influential class was Drew Starbird’s Operations course, which focused on business logistics, an area of critical importance in the company he would later found.
Phoenics maintains $18 million in inventory, enabling it to fill most orders the same day, employs extensive Vendor Managed Inventory programs, and has distribution centers in Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico, Eastern Europe, and the US to serve its 1,200 customers worldwide. Phoenics currently has 23 employees, all highly knowledgeable and committed.
Looking back on the growth and success of the company, Rooks says there was a “tremendous benefit” to business school, and to Leavey in particular. “We learned about everything — operations, finance, accounting — and made excellent contacts,” he says. “Most of us were here for the education, and it was a good university for people who wanted to learn. It was clear the people at the business school knew what they were doing. A lot of the professors had solid business experience, real-life experience. They imparted a broad understanding of all aspects of business that enabled us to project confidence to our customers. All that has been critically important.”
submitted Jun. 28, 2015 4:39P
Steven McLaughlin '94 writes, “Working as a DA civilian at the 63rd Regional Support Command at Moffett Field, Calif.” He is a colonel in the Army Reserve.
submitted Jul. 1, 2015 2:57P
Philip J. Dion J.D. '94, MBA '94 joins American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, as vice president, Technology Business Development. Dion, 47, was previously with UNS Energy Corp. as senior vice president, Public Policy and Customer Solutions, since 2013. Prior, he was responsible for the direction and execution of regulatory and legislative strategy at the federal and state levels for UNS Energy Corp. He also had oversight of customer service and engagement, marketing, corporate communications, customer programs and community relations. Prior to his tenure with UNS Energy Corp, Dion was an advisor to a Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as well as a Commissioner at the Arizona Corporation Commission. Dion also was a deputy Maricopa County attorney and an administrative law judge at the Arizona Corporation Commission.
submitted Jun. 14, 2015 7:55P