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UGRD Arts & Sciences '80
Shoemaker, Rebecca (Bohn)

Rebecca Shoemaker '80 writes, "Newly joined the team at Coldwell Banker on Shelter Island."

Contact Rebecca
submitted Jul. 7, 2015 12:12P
Marcroft, Terri

In her spare time, Terri Marcroft '80 is executive director of a nonprofit called Unplanned Good, which encourages teens facing unplanned pregnancy to consider making an adoption plan. The cause is very close to her heart, since Terri became a mom when a 16-year-old chose to make an adoption plan; now Terri wants to encourage others in the same way. She writes, "We just launched our redesigned website, Since we have a teen audience, we had to make our site easy for viewing on mobile devices. Visit our new site and--if you feel moved--support our mission!”

submitted Aug. 3, 2015 1:07P
Ferreira, Michael

Michael Ferreira ’80 has been elected vice president of CWA-TNG Local 39000, a newly formed labor local representing the nearly 900 certified employee interpreters working in the California Superior Courts. Mike, who is certified for both federal and state level courts, works full-time in the profession at the flagship Gov. Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach, Calif.

submitted Dec. 17, 2014 3:31P
Deline, Thomas

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Thomas Deline '80 says, "I am a proud 1980 graduate of USC (now SCU) and St. Louis University School of Law in 1983. I was blessed in 1989 to marry Margaret 'Meg' Hencmann, and we are blessed to have our two oldest children attend and graduate from SCU, Elizabeth Deline '13 and Thomas 'Chris' Deline II '15. Our two younger children, Brian and Carrie, both chose another Jesuit university so that all four kids wouldn't be at SCU at the same time...we tried. Throughout the last 30 years it has never ceased to amaze me how all roads lead to Santa Clara. All the best to my classmates. Remember every day AMDG. TCD."

submitted Sep. 1, 2015 8:02P
Cimino, Holly (Kupka)

Holly Kupka Cimino ’80 fell in love with the Italian culture her junior year studying abroad in Florence, Italy. She recently formed her own business, Cimino Tours, which specializes in tours specifically to Cinque Terre, Italy. Visit her Cimino Tours Facebook page or her website

Contact Holly Cimino Tours Facebook Page
submitted Feb. 25, 2015 1:57P


Wasson, Malia

Malia Wasson '81 has joined Columbia Sportswear's board of directors, effective March 19, 2015. Wasson served as the president of Oregon and Southwest Washington for the US Bank from 2005 to 2015, capping a banking industry career that spanned 33 years. As the president of US Bank, Wasson served as the senior executive in the region and led the US Bank Board in Portland. She also led the Oregon Commercial Banking group for U.S. Bank, which provides a wide variety of financial services to middle market companies. Prior to joining US Bank in 1989, Malia held various commercial lending positions with the former Oregon Bank and Security Pacific Bank of Oregon, according to a statement released by the company.

Wasson is a member of the board of directors of Northwest Natural Gas Company and serves as a board member of several civic organizations including Oregon Business Council, OHSU Foundation and OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, and American Leadership Forum, among others. A lifelong Oregonian, Wasson holds Bachelor of Science and Commerce degree in finance from Santa Clara University.

Columbia Sportswear Company markets lifestyle apparel, footwear, accessories, and equipment through a portfolio of brands for active lives.

submitted Apr. 10, 2015 5:58P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '81
Thomas, Rob

Rob Thomas ’81 has earned the title 2015 Santa Claran of the Year by the Alumni Association's Los Angeles chapter for his dedication to Catholic school education and for putting Santa Clara values into action every day. Thomas is the vice principal for Student Life at Notre Dame High School, in Sherman Oaks, California. He has been at the school for more than 30 years.

submitted Feb. 15, 2015 2:34P
GRD Leavey/MBA '81
Okonek, Stephen

Stephen Okonek MBA '81 was elected vice president of Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO). TRIO, whose main office is in the Washington, DC area, was founded in 1987 by renowned transplant pioneer and surgeon Thomas Starzl. Formerly, Steve was president of the San Francisco Bay chapter of the organization for eight years. Steve received his first liver transplant on Jan 1, 1993, at UCSF; he underwent a second liver transplant on April 4, 2001, at the same center. He lives in Half Moon Bay and works as a consultant/technical writer in energy technologies. 

submitted Jun. 23, 2015 3:10P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '81
McNab, Joe

Joe McNab ’81 has earned the title 2015 Santa Claran of the Year by the Alumni Association's Los Angeles chapter for his dedication to Catholic school education and for putting Santa Clara values into action every day. McNab is the head track and field coach, and assistant football coach, at Notre Dame High School, in Sherman Oaks, California. He has also taught physical education, history, and religion there. The South San Francisco native has been at the school for more than 30 years.

submitted Feb. 15, 2015 2:29P
Lowart, Brett

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).

submitted Feb. 15, 2015 2:11P
Haley, Tim

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);;  TheFind; ThredUP;  Jaunt VR; and Zuora.

Haley also serves on the board of trustees at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, and is on the advisory board of SCU's Center for Science, Technology, and Society. He received his B.A. in philosophy from Santa Clara University.
He lives in Palo Alto with his wife Dr. Ethna McGourty, a general practitioner, and their two children. 
"We are very pleased to welcome Tim Haley to the board of trustees, where we will benefit from his years of experience in the financial sector and in Silicon Valley,” said President Michael Engh, S.J.
submitted Oct. 30, 2014 2:37P
GRD Law '81
Giordano, Paul

P. Gregory Giordano J.D. '81 is now a partner and the vice chairman of the Gaming Practice Group in the Las Vegas, Nevada, office of the law firm of McDonald Carano Wilson LLP. His practice is concentrated in the areas of gaming compliance, licensing, and regulation, especially regarding publicly traded gaming companies, financing, and other transactions.

Contact Paul
submitted May. 21, 2015 1:21P
Davis, Mark

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.

Contact Mark
submitted Dec. 14, 2014 10:26A


GRD Leavey/MBA '82
Watenpaugh, Norma
Norma Watenpaugh MBA '82 made the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2015 Women of Influence annual list. This list comprises “100 women rocking Silicon Valley business” who have made a big impact across all professions. An expert in strategic alliances, Watenpaugh has helped companies including SAP, Adobe Systems Inc., and Xerox Corporation build better and stronger business relationships. She believes firmly that managing successful collaborations is both an art and a discipline; as such, she founded Phoenix Consulting Group in 2002 to teach those skills. She is the company's CEO.
submitted Apr. 10, 2015 5:05P
Sorbara, Massimo

Massimo Sorbara M.S. '82 is senior director of Technical Standards at Ikanos Communications in Red Bank, NJ. He is currently involved in the development of and DSL standards in the ITU-T and serves as vice chair in the Metallic Transmission Group in the Broadband Forum responsible for development of the DSL test specifications. Massimo has been involved in DSL Standards Development since 1990, seeing the evolutions of the HDSL, ADSL, and VDSL standards. He has served as the chair of ATIS Committee NIPP-NAI (formerly T1E1.4) 2000-2008 and as vice chair 1994-1999, and 2008-present; chair of the Spectral Compatibility Sub-Committee in NRIC-V (an advisory group to the FCC); and the CPE Working Group in FS-VDSL Committee defining CPE technical specifications in support of VDSL-based services. From 1986 through 1996, Mr. Sorbara held positions at AT&T Bell Labs / AT&T Paradyne, where he was primarily responsible for DSL systems engineering and product definition.

submitted Jun. 14, 2015 7:45P
Murnane, Larry

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.


Contact Larry
Larry Murnane Regal Properties 690 West B Street San Diego, CA 92101 www.RegalProperties.Net
submitted Mar. 2, 2015 5:54P
Meissner, Chris
Chris Meissner '82 was presented with the 2015 Business & Community Leader of Year Award by CSU Channel Islands for his contributions toward advancements in business, technology, educational collaboration, and the local economy. Meissner is founder and president of Meissner Filtration Products Inc. Established in 1989 and located in Camarillo, his company develops, manufactures, supplies, and services advanced microfiltration and single-use systems worldwide. Meissner also serves on several boards: Economic Development Collaborative/Ventura County, St. John’s Seminary, and the CSU Channel Islands Foundation.


submitted Apr. 17, 2015 1:18P
Lion, Paul "Chip"

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.

In this role, Chip will continue to advance the Section’s key strategic objectives, focus on enhancing member benefits, including the development and distribution of substantive content, and coordinate its primary meetings.
Chip commented:  “I’m delighted and honored to take on this role.  I look forward to working with the leaders of our Section, and superb staff, to furthering the development and improvement of business law, and continuing to provide valuable member services.”   
Chip has been actively involved with the Business Law Section for most of his professional career, having served most recently as chair-elect, responsible for managing the implementation of the Section’s business plan, and before that as vice-chair and secretary of the Section. He has served as editor-in-chief of The Business Lawyer, the highly regarded journal of the Section, and as co-editor-in-chief of Business Law Today, the Section's online monthly magazine. He is the past chair of the Venture Capital & Private Equity Committee of the Section.
Chip’s practice focuses on advising pooled investment fund sponsors and institutional investors in connection with the formation of venture capital funds, leveraged buyout funds, real estate opportunity, and other private equity funds. He also has extensive experience in advising emerging growth companies at every stage of development and, venture capitalists who invest in them, including, matters relating to the initial public offering of securities mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, auction transactions, tender offers, leveraged buy-outs, and cross-border transactions.


submitted Oct. 22, 2014 8:38A
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
Ashby, Steven

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. 

Contact Steven
submitted Mar. 14, 2015 6:26A


UGRD Leavey Business '83
Daly, Hugh

Hugh Daly '83 writes, "VP Sales & Marketing, METZ CONNECT USA, Tinton Falls, New Jersey."

submitted Aug. 15, 2015 5:47A
GRD Law '83
Cruz, Robert

Robert G.P. Cruz '71, J.D. '83 was recently sworn in by Guam Governor Eddie Calvo as a member of the Guam Senior Citizens Council. He is president of the Guam Chapter, AARP, and an adjunct professor at the University of Guam. Cruz has also taught business law for the U. of Phoenix MBA program for the past two years. He recently received an award from the Guam Division of Senior Citizens for serving as a Medicare volunteer assisting senior citizens with appeals. For the past two years, Bob has volunteered as a dance instructor in senior citizen centers throughout Guam. He is also a certified volunteer AARP, Driver Safety Instructor.

Contact Robert
Robert G Cruz on Facebook
submitted Jul. 20, 2015 4:44P
UGRD Engineering '83
Cramer, James

James P. Cramer ’83, J.D. ’87 has been appointed a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court. The appointment was made by Gov. Jerry Brown '59. Cramer, 55, of Piedmont, has served as an assistant public defender at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office since 2004. He served as supervising legal research attorney at the Alameda County Superior Court from 2000 to 2004 and was general counsel and project manager at McGuire and Hester from 1996 to 2000. Cramer was an attorney at Cramer  and Cramer (Robert '48 and Michael '78) from 1992 to 1996, after working as an associate in law firms between 1989 and 1992 and as a deputy district attorney at the Alameda County District Attorney's office from 1987 to 1989.

submitted Apr. 6, 2015 11:24A


UGRD Engineering '84
Sautter, Bill

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).

Contact Bill
submitted Oct. 11, 2014 3:40P
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