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1995

GRD Leavey/MBA '95
Jacoby, Rebecca

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. 

Prior to joining Cisco in 1995, Ms. Jacoby held a variety of planning and operations positions with other companies in Silicon Valley. She serves on the board of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara County and is a founding member of the Technology Business Management Council. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of the Pacific and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

 

submitted Oct. 30, 2014 11:00A
UGRD Leavey Business '95
Guerrero , Ignacio

Ignacio J. Guerrero ’95 was appointed director of the Santa Clara County Department of Child Support Services by the County Board of Supervisors in San Jose, Calif.

submitted Dec. 18, 2014 5:56A
GRD Leavey/MBA '95
Geffon, Eric

Eric Geffon ’95 was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown ’59 to Santa Clara County's bench. Geffon, 44, has headed his own law firm—Geffon and Isger—for the past 13 years, previously working as a Santa Clara County deputy public defender. A Los Altos resident, Geffon has a law degree from Santa Clara University.

submitted Dec. 15, 2014 9:25A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '95
Babka, Brian

Brian Babka, M.D. ’95 is a sports medicine physician with Northwestern Medicine in the western suburbs of Chicago. He completed a rotation 12/1/14 to 12/16/14 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs acting as a member of the medical staff serving the resident athletes.

submitted Dec. 9, 2014 8:04P

1996

GRD Law '96
Nevarez, Kristi

Kristi Nevarez  ’91, J.D. ’96 has been named a Partner at Fragomen Worldwide, which is recognized as the world's leading global corporate immigration services provider. For over 17 years, she has advised clients in matters of corporate business immigration. She has also served as the Congressional Assistant and Immigration Policy Advisor to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Immigration Subcommittee.

Contact Kristi
http://tinyurl.com/nfog7ls
submitted Dec. 3, 2014 4:14P
GRD Law '96
Nevarez, Kristi

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.

submitted Oct. 22, 2014 12:49P
UGRD Leavey Business '96
Cumming, Evangeline (Maynard)

Evangeline "Vangie" Maynard Cumming ’96, MBA ’13 married Stephen Ballard Cumming in a beautiful ceremony in Palos Verdes, Calif. Alumni in attendance included her brothers, Paul Maynard ’89 and Ryan Maynard ’91, and friends Valeri Yee ’96, Christy Duncan-Anderson ’96, Dawn McIntosh M.S. ’10, and Sonya Duffin ’98.

submitted Dec. 7, 2014 2:37P

1997

UGRD Arts & Sciences '97
Rodriguez , Kimberly

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.

Contact Kimberly
Kimberly.Rodriguez@sen.ca.gov
submitted Oct. 24, 2014 9:11A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '97
Mortenson, Autumn (Cossi)

Autumn Mortenson ’97 writes, "I'm going back to school! MFA program in Dance at UC Irvine starting Fall 2014!"

submitted Sep. 8, 2014 5:48P

1998

UGRD Leavey Business '98
Siregar, Nazly

Nazly Siregar ’98 was made a partner with Deloitte Southeast Asia in January 2013.

Contact Nazly
nsiregar@deloitte.com
submitted Sep. 8, 2014 2:01A
'98
Henninger, Ragan

Ragan Henninger ’98 has been appointed senior policy advisor in the office of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. Ragan joined Sam’s council office in 2007, first as a council assistant, then spent five years as chief of staff. Her policy expertise includes environment, housing, budget and economic development, including work on the citywide inclusionary housing policy, plastic bag ban, and downtown high-rise incentive. She later left service with the city to manage Sam’s successful mayoral campaign in 2014. She previously worked for HomeFirst (formerly EHC LifeBuilders) as the director of Development and Communications where she was responsible for raising over $12 million annually.

Ragan currently serves on the board of Legacy Alviso San José Youth Foundation and is responsible for the foundation’s charitable distributions. Ragan and her husband live in the Cambrian neighborhood of San José, where they are raising their daughter.

submitted Jan. 9, 2015 2:16P
UGRD Leavey Business '98
De Buizer, Amber (Nixon)

Amber (Nixon) De Buizer ’98 has been elected to the 2015-2016 Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) - Silicon Valley Chapter. She is currently Director of Development at Acterra in Palo Alto. She and husband James welcomed their son, Ryker, on November 18, 2013. The family lives in Santa Clara.

Contact Amber
www.linkedin.com/in/amberdebuizer
submitted Oct. 15, 2014 2:46P
GRD Leavey/MBA '98
Das, Sujal

Sujal Das MBA ’98 has joined the executive management team of Netronome as the senior vice president and general manager of strategy and Data Center Business Unit. Netronome is the leading provider of data plane processing solutions for software-defined networks. Das brings more than 20 years of experience with success in leading growth for a number of networking semiconductor companies including Broadcom, Mellanox and Marvell.

A strategic leader with a deep understanding of the market, Das recently led data center and SDN related initiatives at Broadcom helping establish the growth of merchant switch silicon and bare metal switches as a forceful trend in data center networking. Prior to that, at Mellanox, Das led the expansion of the company’s growth into the data center market by establishing the value of the company’s technologies in mainstream applications. Sujal also held key marketing and product development positions at Marvell and AMD.
 
submitted Oct. 22, 2014 12:56P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '98
Boznanski, Blake

Blake Boznanski ’98 and Erica (Milanese) Boznanski ’03 welcomed their second son, Beckett Rick, into this world on Nov. 23, 2014. The family resides in San Francisco.

submitted Dec. 28, 2014 11:25P
'98
Ball, Patti

The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Patricia E. Ball ’98 as counsel in the Employment and Labor Practice Group of the firm's Los Angeles office. "Patricia is a seasoned litigator with significant trial experience and will be a valuable addition to our employment litigation team," said Tony Campiti, practice leader for the firm's Employment and Labor Practice Group.

submitted Aug. 19, 2014 12:35P

1999

GRD Leavey/MBA '99
Martin, Cecilia (Allen)

Cecilia (Allen) Martin ’94, MBA ’99 and husband, Dave, live in Santa Clara with their 2 children, ages 7 and 10.

submitted Oct. 6, 2014 5:33P
UGRD Leavey Business '99
Iwamoto, Eric

Eric Iwamoto ’99 and Wendy (Vu) Iwamoto ’99 welcomed a boy, James Toshiro Vu, on April 7, 2014. He joins big sister Ellie, 5. The family lives in Ladera Ranch, Calif. 

submitted Aug. 1, 2014 11:37A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '99
Hendershott, Hilary

Hilary Hendershott ’99, MBA ’11 appeared in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2014 40 Under 40 list. She is the founder and CEO of Hilary Hendershott Financial, one of Silicon Valley's only woman-owned and operated investment advisory firms. She has made it her mission to empower women to maximize their own resources, grow their wealth and live sustainable and healthy lives. She has created a financial training program, Your Rich Retirement Academy, which is delivered virtually and designed for Millennial and younger investors, and teaches both healthy money mindsets and technical skills such as calculation of net worth and retirement savings goals, to enable long-range financial success.

Hendershott volunteers at the Financial Planning Association's Pro Bono Day, where professionals offer financial advice to individuals who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford those services. She also co-created and spearheaded an annual fundraising event for the Emergency Housing Consortium's youth shelter
The San Jose native has also volunteered as a leadership skills coach for Landmark Worldwide for more than six years. In this volunteer role, Hendershott provides coaching and guidance for individuals looking to improve their communication, effectiveness and leadership skills. She has been responsible for programs of up to 80 individual participants and 15 trained coaches and estimates that she has likely spent over 1000 hours in these volunteer efforts.
 
She has also been a foster mother.

 

submitted Jan. 9, 2015 8:31A
UGRD Leavey Business '99
Diaz, Alma (Parra)

Angel Diaz ’99 and Alma Diaz Parra ’01 welcomed their second child, Antonio Ernesto, on Oct. 27, 2014. He joins big brother Eduardo Angel who is three years old and the family resides in Los Angeles.

submitted Jan. 9, 2015 1:05P
UGRD Leavey Business '99
Betz, Jennifer
Jennifer Betz '99 appeared in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2014 40 Under 40 list. She is the executive director, manufacturing finance, at Maxim Integrated, where, last year, Betz led the strategic planning process, which brings analyses of macroeconomic trends and internal data into a cohesive form for all decision makers and business groups in the company. Senior leadership relies on the revamped strategic planning process that Betz leads to make critical planning decisions that drive the success of the company.
 
Along with a team of 22, she manages all financial aspects of Maxim Integrated's manufacturing organization, a $2.4 billion business. Her responsibilities specifically impact three subgroups and 4,600 employees. The organization spans oceans, with sites in the Philippines, Thailand and several in the U.S.
 
Betz began her career as an associate analyst and was promoted to a director position in 2008. She was promoted to executive director in 2011. She has held the position of group controller for almost every organization at Maxim.
As group controller for Maxim's Consumer business group, Betz represented more than 39 percent of Maxim's total revenue in fiscal year 2014. When working with Maxim's product engineers, she focuses on bringing her knowledge of business, financial management and policies, rather than trying to learn the technical nuances her electrical engineering colleagues are familiar with. Her approach builds valued partnering within the group.
 
Since 2008, Betz has volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, helping to create a home-away-from-home and a supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses who are receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals. Each week, Betz coordinates and plans a special activity for children in the Garden Immune Wing, an area of the house especially designed for the needs of children who are receiving bone-marrow transplants.

 

submitted Jan. 9, 2015 8:39A

2000

'00
Thorsett, Brian

Brian Thorsett ’00 is now an assistant professor at Virginia Tech University in the School for Performing Arts. Thorsett also recently performed at the prestigious Festival del Sole in Napa, Calif., in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti.

submitted Aug. 5, 2014 5:31P
'00
Rocha, Stephanie

Stephanie Rocha '00, J.D. '09 appeared in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2014 40 Under 40 list. She is an associate attorney at Miller Morton Cailat & Nevis LLP, where Rocha represents developers, builders and prime contractors in construction litigation, including defect and payment disputes. She also represents real estate agents and brokers, homeowners, landlords, tenants and other individuals and entities in a variety of real estate- and business-related matters.

A Santa Clara native, Rocha started her career at a semiconductor company in Santa Clara County. She quickly moved up the ranks in the human resources department and — unfortunately, as the recession began to hit — was involved in handling company layoffs, exposing her to legal employment claims and piquing her interest in law.
 
Her experience at this time also included working as employee relations manager for a biotech company, where she was able to cultivate her newfound interest by working closely with the company's outside labor and employment counsel.
 
Indulging her varied outside curiosities, Rocha earned her real estate license and began selling real estate at nights and on the weekends, while still maintaining her full-time job. Exposure to real estate law was the final push she needed to pursue law school.
submitted Jan. 9, 2015 8:53A
GRD Leavey/MBA '00
Nishita, Jeff

Jeff Nishita MBA ’00 has joined Novogradac & Company LLP, a San Francisco-based accounting and consulting firm that specializes in affordable housing, community development, historic preservation and renewable energy tax credits. Nishita performs numerous services in the real estate industry, including audit and tax services, consulting, forecasting and training. He works with for-profit and nonprofit developers, syndicators and direct investors.

Mr. Nishita speaks at various affordable housing conferences throughout the year and is in charge of maintaining the firm’s Financial Forecast Model. He is also the founder of the firm’s community service program and one of the founders of the firm’s LIHTC Working Group, a membership organization that addresses technical issues in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program.

Before joining Novogradac & Company LLP, Mr. Nishita worked with several start-up companies and small businesses in executive positions.

submitted Jan. 9, 2015 2:48P
GRD Leavey/MBA '00
Merchant, Nilofer

Nilofer Merchant MBA '00 has been appointed to the Martin Prosperit Institute (MPI), which is a research center at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. A leading thinker in innovation, business ethics, management, and public policy, Merchant will look at society's emerging power infrastructure for the Infrastructure for Democratic Capitalism project. She teaches innovation at Stanford and Santa Clara Universities. During a 20-year career, she has personally launched 100 products amounting to $18B in revenue. Her career includes stints at Apple, Autodesk, GoLive/Adobe as well as service on both public and private boards. She is the author two best-selling books: The New How (2010); and 11 Rules for Creating Value in the #SocialEra (2012). She won the 2013 Thinkers 50 Future Thinker Award. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, written innovation columns for Businessweek and Forbes and is a contributor to Harvard Business Review, Wired, and Oprah.

 

submitted Nov. 15, 2014 8:49A
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