Class Notes | Obituaries
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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.
Catherine Mullins ’81 writes: "Working as a Hospice RN for Summit Community Hospice in Greenwood Village, CO. Two sons--Max (graduate of the Leed's School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder) and Joe (sophomore at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. studying a business degree in Music and Entertainment)."
Beth Kerttula J.D. ’81 resigned from the Alaska Legislature for a fellowship with her alma mater, Stanford University.
The Juneau Democrat has served in the House since 1999 and as minority leader since 2007. She hadn't drawn a general election opponent since 2004 and would have been up for re-election again this year.
Kerttula is leaving to serve as visiting fellow with the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University in California. In that role, she will be involved in meetings and communications to help strengthen decision-makers' understanding of policy implications of changing oceans and climates.
Prior to running for the Legislature, Beth Kerttula worked in private practice and served as an assistant public defender in the 1980s and assistant attorney general in the '90s. Kerttula has been a vocal advocate on women's and children's issues, equal rights and of Alaska getting its "fair share" for its oil and gas resources.
In the attorney general's office, she worked with the state's coastal management program and on oil and gas issues. As a legislator, she supported efforts to set standards for cruise ship waste discharges and in more recent years she supported -- unsuccessful -- efforts to re-establish a coastal management program after it lapsed.
Timothy J. Flaherty '82 and David F. Mira '82 legally wed on Aug. 24, 2013 in a backyard garden wedding at their home in West San Jose. The husbands met at SCU and have fought for marriage equality during their 33 years together. They continue that fight when they're not arguing about whose turn it is to do the dishes.
Nancy J. Creveling MBA '82 writes, "Finally retired from Lockheed Martin. Enjoying volunteering with Master Gardeners."
Fr. Bill Brown, OMV '82 was appointed as the Advancement Director for Mission and Apostolate for the Oblates of the Virgin Mary in Boston, Mass. He just completed his three-year term as Director of St. Joseph Retreat House in Milton, Mass.
Thomas Lynch '83 was recertified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in December 2013. He continues to practice in Indianapolis at the Indiana University School of Medicine and V.A. Hospital.
Gelsinger is married and the father of four children. He has written two books, including “The Juggling Act: Bringing Balance to Your Faith, Family, and Work” (David C. Cook, 2008).
The event, launched as the Los Altos Prayer Breakfast by a group of Los Altos couples in 1995, features Christian leaders who offer their testimonies on the power of faith and prayer in their lives and as vital elements of a meaningful and vibrant life.
Robert G. Cruz ’71, J.D. ’83 writes that he is an adjunct professor teaching business law and intergovernmental relations at the University of Guam. He also teaches business law for the University of Phoenix MBA program. He was recently elected president, Guam chapter, AARP. He is a member of the Governer's Council on Senior Citizens.
Margueritte Britton J.D. '83 joined Richmond-based CPA firm PIASCIK as tax manager. She was previously a U.S. tax consultant and manager for MG Partners in Paris and Thomas St. John in London. Britton has a J.D. from University of Santa Clara in Santa Clara, Calif., and a master’s degree from the Université de Paris.
Kenneth G. Stevens ’69, MBA ’84 writes, "I am retired from NASA Ames Research Center and married to Catherine Schulbach who is still working at NASA. I also taught for several years in the early bird computer science program in the Dept. of Engineering."
Santa Clara Trustee Mary Stevens ’84 and her husband, Mark, a prominent venture capitalist, have made a $7.7 million gift to create a more nationally prominent athletics program at Santa Clara University.
Steven Laufer MBA '84 is leaving employment with the state of California, for General Motors in Phoenix.
Shelley Simmons Kapur ’84 and her husband, Vineet, live in Portland, Ore., where she works as a delivery manager for TEKSystems Global Services. Shelley recently joined the Rose City Rollers, a women's flat-track roller derby league, and skates with their recreational team known as the Wreckers.
Mike DiSano '84 married Noelle Concepcion on June 22, 2014 at the Palm Event Center in Pleasanton, Calif.
Peter V. Dessau ’84, J.D. ’88, a partner at Miller, Morton, Caillat & Nevis LLP, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Housing Industry Foundation (HIF).
Miguel Lopez-Pereira MBA '85 writes, "After earning my MBA in agribusiness at SCU in 1985, I went on to earn a Ph.D. in agricultural economics at Purdue University in 1990. I was encouraged to continue my studies by Dr. Charles French, former director of the agribusiness department at SCU at that time. Then I worked for about 12 years in different international organizations: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico, (1990-1994); the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, D.C. (1994-1995); international consultant 1995-1998; the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 1998-2002; international consultant again (2002-2010). With my wife, Norma, we created a small consulting and construction company in Honduras in 1998. We are now independent and have developed the company into a well established small real estate business, with activities in Tegucigalpa and La Ceiba, Honduras, our hometown. We are also beginning to expand our activities to the United States, with a new investment in Miami. My wife and I are very grateful for having had the opportunity to study at SCU, where we also lived two of our best years. Thank you, Santa Clara University!!!"
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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."
Elissa Fink '85 was recognized with an honorable mention from PR World as CMO of the year for 2013. Fink is chief marketing officer at Tableau Software, a company making databases and spreadsheets understandable to ordinary people. With 20+ years helping companies improve their marketing operations through applied data analysis, Fink has held executive positions in marketing, business strategy, product management, and product development. Prior to Tableau, she was EVP Marketing at IXI Corporation, now owned by Equifax. She has also served in executive positions at Tele Atlas (acquired by TomTom), TopTier Software (acquired by SAP), and Nielsen/Claritas. Fink also sold national advertising for the Wall Street Journal. She’s a frequent speaker and has spoken at conferences including the DMA, NCDM, PSAMA and others. In 2013, Elissa joined the Board of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA).