Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 1990s
Colette Rausch J.D. '90 is the author of a recently published book, Speaking Their Peace: Personal Stories from the Frontlines of War and Peace. With a foreword from the Dalai Lama, Speaking Their Peace contains 80 interviews from 11 countries and gives a voice to people who have not been heard before, people silenced by the trauma of conflict, gagged by fear and conformity, or muted by the world's indifference. See: Speakingtheirpeace.org. Rausch has worked for 20 years to build the justice, security, and the rule of law in countries emerging from conflicts. She is currently the vice president for Governance, Law & Society at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.
Kathleen O'Brien, RSM, M.A. ’90 recently published two books on the history of the Sisters of Mercy in the western U.S. Our Journey Together: Sisters of Mercy of Omaha 1929-1959 and Home Is Our Journey, Sisters of Mercy of Omaha 1960-2008, published privately by the Sisters of Mercy, West Midwest Community.
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).
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.
Tara Bunch MBA '90 is the vice president of AppleCare. In April 2015 she gave the closing keynote address at FutureVisions 2020 at Colordao State University, an event providing differing perspectives on the future of information science and technology. She spoke about how the social web might evolve in the future. Bunch also led a discussion on what it means to be a woman in the technology industry. Bunch and her team are responsible for delivering customer support and repair experiences for Apple customers worldwide. The technical support delivered through AppleCare advisors and online content reaches billions of customers in more than 30 languages. Before joining Apple in 2012, Bunch was a senior vice president at Hewlett Packard, leading the Global Customer Service and Support Operations. In her more than 20 years at HP, she worked in various roles that honed both her technical skills and her passion for delighting customers.
Ellen Arabian-Lee '87, J.D. '90 opened Arabian-Lee Law Corporation in Roseville, California, in April 2014.
Nancy Ureña Reid '91 is the only Latina AP computer science teacher in the 42-school, 3,000-employee San Jose Unified School District. She worked in the technology industry years ago on both coasts at a time when it was rare for a female to work in technology, especially a Latina engineer. Nancy’s goal is to close the digital divide for women, Latinos, and African Americans, groups that are under-represented in the technology force. She got involved with Microsoft’s Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) program to develop technology skills that can lead to life-changing advances for many young people. She learned how to teach coding at the high school level and helped introduce a self-sustaining computer science program at Lincoln High School, where she teaches.
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.
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."
Bennett Cloud '92 sold his company in 2013 after 16 years and has been enjoying his career and passion as a financial advisor with Mass Mutual in Dallas, Texas.
Pope Francis has named John Stowe M.Div. ’93, STL ’95, to be the third bishop of Lexington, Kentucky.
Lexington is designated as a mission diocese within the United States: the geographic, demographic and economic characteristics indicate an acute need to evangelize Gospel values and to provide outreach services elevating human dignity and eliminating human suffering. It has 39 priests, and 6 Jesuits work in the diocese. Bishop-elect John’s vision of his ministry dovetails with the mission of his Alma Mater, JSTB: “reverent and critical service of the faith that does justice” and of Pope Francis’ hope that we become a church of the poor.
Sheryl Staub-French '93 received the School of Engineering's 2015 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, which honors alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and/or service to the School of Engineering have set them apart. Staub-French reflects the qualities and characteristics that best define the ideals of a Jesuit education: a passion for and commitment to excellence.
Since obtaining her bachelor’s degree at Santa Clara, Sheryl Staub-French went on to earn her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. She is currently associate professor of civil engineering at University of British Columbia. An active proponent of the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM)—a digital process for modeling the spatial, functional, and contextual dimensions of a construction project—Sheryl researches and develops tools and techniques to better support multidisciplinary decision processes in the increasingly complex field of construction coordination. During the past 15 years she has contributed more than 50 papers in leading journals and conferences in BIM and topics related to the technological and organizational issues associated with its implementation.
Stephen Sifferman '93, M.S. '98 received the School of Engineering's 2015 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, which honors alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and/or service to the School of Engineering have set them apart. Sifferman reflects the qualities and characteristics that best define the ideals of a Jesuit education: a passion for and commitment to excellence.
For the past 20 years, Steve Sifferman has had a distinguished career in the wireless communications industry. Beginning as a senior software engineer at Northrop Grumman, he moved on to ArrayComm, where he worked his way up the ranks to eventually taking on the role of President of the world leader in multi-antenna signal processing software products for wireless communications. During his time with ArrayComm, he helped develop cutting-edge technologies and holds numerous patents in recognition of his work. Respected not only for his technical ability, Steve is also lauded for his managerial and leadership abilities. In his current capacity as president and CEO of Tarana Wireless, Inc., Steve is guiding the company’s evolution from its successful first phase of technology development into broad commercialization and growth. Beyond serving his company, he impacts his field as a board member of the Telecommunications Industry Association. For his contribution to the development of wireless communication technologies and outstanding leadership within his industry, Steve was selected to receive this honor.
Kevin F. Rooney ’93 was made partner at the law firm of Browne George Ross LLP. He was appointed co-lead class counsel by the United States District Court in Florida in a landmark class action involving a fraudulent trade school, achieving the largest known student loan forgiveness settlement in U.S. history, in excess of $140 million. Kevin lives in San Mateo with his wife, Diane, and his children, Braeden and Olivia.
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.
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.
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.
Linda Lorenat ’94, J.D. ’98 is a partner with King & Spalding in the Silicon Valley office. She came from Latham & Watkins, where she worked in the firm’s emerging companies practice. Ms. Lorenat represents start-up and emerging companies on a variety of corporate matters as well as venture capital firms in their investments in start-up and early-stage companies. She also represents major corporations in connection with mergers and acquisitions.
Kenneth Kan ’94 is managing director/portfolio manager in one of Asia's largest macro hedge funds.