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1980

GRD Leavey/MBA '80
Maxfield, Katherine (Hullmann)

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.

Contact Katherine
www.katherinemaxfield.com
submitted Apr. 17, 2014 3:18P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '80
Gallagher, Patricia (Feeney)

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!

submitted Jun. 20, 2014 3:36P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '80
Fitzgerald, Paul

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.

Fitzgerald, 56, grew up in Los Gatos, graduated from Santa Clara University and was ordained to the priesthood at USF's St. Ignatius Church, according to USF's announcement.
 
He leaves a post as senior vice president for academic affairs at Fairfield University in Connecticut.
 
He grew up in Los Gatos and spent 12 years at Santa Clara University, where he was associate dean and senior associate dean at the College of Arts and Sciences. He was also ordained at St. Ignatius Church on the USF campus in 1992.
 
Fitzgerald speaks German, French and Spanish. He has taught in China and Kenya, and he earned a doctorate in the sociology of religion at the Sorbonne in Paris. While in Paris, he earned a pontifical doctorate in ecclesiology from the Institut Catholique de Paris.
 

 

submitted Apr. 24, 2014 10:01A

1981

'81
Mullins, Catherine (Armanasco)

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)."

submitted May. 5, 2014 2:30P

1982

GRD Law '82
Lawless, Tom
In March, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer appointed Tom Lawless ’77, J.D. ’82, a Phoenix attorney, to serve a five-year term on the Arizona Racing Commission.
 
A shareholder in the Phoenix law firm of Milligan Lawless, PC, specializing in estate planning and corporate law, Lawless has a broad-based practice representing individuals and companies across many industries. He takes over for Burt Kruglick, whose term expired in January 2014.
 
“It’s an honor to be selected to serve as a member of the Arizona Racing Commission,” Lawless said. “I look forward to working with the other commission members and all stakeholders involved in Arizona’s thoroughbred, quarter horse and greyhound racing communities.”
 
Lawless graduated magna cum laude from the University of Santa Clara Law School in 1982 and also holds a master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Denver, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University.
 
Lawless is a life member of the Phoenix Thunderbirds, and has been an avid fan of thoroughbred racing. The Arizona Racing Commission is a five-member body that prepares and adopts rules to govern racing meetings as may be required to protect and promote the safety and welfare of the animals participating in racing meetings; protect and to promote public health, safety and the proper conduct of racing and pari-mutuel wagering. 
submitted Mar. 24, 2014 11:36A
UGRD Engineering '82
Flaherty, Timothy

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.

submitted Jun. 8, 2014 12:37P
'82
Creveling, Nancy

Nancy J. Creveling MBA '82 writes, "Finally retired from Lockheed Martin. Enjoying volunteering with Master Gardeners."

submitted May. 27, 2014 4:47P

1983

UGRD Arts & Sciences '83
Lynch, Thomas

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.

submitted May. 14, 2014 2:10P
UGRD Engineering '83
Gelsinger, Pat
In March, Pat Gelsinger ’83 was one of two keynote speakers at the 20th annual Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast, “Creating Connections That Count.”
 
Gelsinger is the CEO of VMware. His career began in 1979 when Intel Corp. recruited the 18-year-old from a two-year technical school in Pennsylvania. He joined the company as a technician in quality assurance and quickly advanced. While working full time, he used Intel’s college tuition reimbursement program to complete his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Santa Clara University, then earned a master’s in electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford University. He was appointed the company’s youngest vice president at 31 and, a few years later, its first chief technology officer. Gelsinger worked at Intel for 30 years.
 
EMC, located in the Boston area, recruited him in 2010 as its chief operating officer. In the fall of 2012, he returned to Silicon Valley to become CEO of VMware, a $4.6 billion technology company headquartered in Palo Alto.

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.

 
submitted Mar. 24, 2014 12:14P
'83
Frey, P. Gregory

P. Gregory "Greg" Frey ’83, managing attorney at Coates & Frey, AAL, LLLC, Hawaii’s largest family law and divorce law firm with 10 attorneys and about 14 support staff, is also an equity partner in PIAE Group, LLP, creator of the famed Pacific Ink & Art Expo, Hawaii’s largest and best attended tattoo expo.

Contact P. Gregory
www.coatesandfrey.com www.hawaiitattooexpo.com www. facebook.com/PGFESQ www.saintlouishawaii.org/alumni/about-slaa/current-board//p-gregory-frey-79 www.pacificinkandartexpo.com
submitted Jul. 13, 2014 8:32P
'83
Cruz, Robert

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.

submitted May. 27, 2014 4:37P

1984

GRD Leavey/MBA '84
Stevens, Kenneth

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."

submitted Mar. 21, 2014 2:06P
'84
Stevens, Mary

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.

The gift will be used to build a new state-of-the-art soccer training center and to upgrade the current soccer stadium. It will also help build a new plaza to recognize and honor the importance and history of sports played on that field—including many years of NCAA football and women’s and men’s soccer.
 
“We thank the Stevens family for their generous gift that has brought us to this important moment for Santa Clara University athletics,” said Michael Engh, S.J., president of Santa Clara University. “After a great deal of thought, study, and reflection, we are moving forward with a new level of resources to reach our goal of having an athletics program that is nationally prominent, ethically focused, and a vibrant force on campus.”
 
Mary has served on the Board of Trustees since 2012, before which she served on the Board of Fellows for more than a decade. A soccer player while at SCU, she served on the president’s athletic commission, which explored the best role for sports at Santa Clara University. She spent 14 years in the commercial real estate industry in Silicon Valley.
 
“It’s a joy to be able to make this gift to my alma mater. I am proud to help the University build the foundation for a well-rounded experience for the next generation of elite student-athletes,” said Mary. “Santa Clara is uniquely positioned as an institution of strong Jesuit values that benefits from its location in the heart of Silicon Valley.”
 
Past gifts from the couple include $7 million to build the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J., Student Activity Center, and a $500,000 scholarship for St. Mary’s Academy alumnae to attend SCU.
 
Mark, an active philanthropist and former partner in the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Sequoia Capital, was an investor in some of the most successful tech companies of the past decades, notably Google and LinkedIn. He has served on the University’s investment committee since December 2009.
“I see Santa Clara as the best Catholic institution in the Pacific Rim,” added Mark. “This gift is an investment in future leaders who will have the advantage of a strong grounding in academics, athletics, and global human values.”

 

submitted Jun. 21, 2014 11:45A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '84
Mimmack, Marty
Marty Mimmack ’84 has been inducted into the Cupertino High School hall of fame, alongside more than 100 alumni and honorary members from throughout the school's history.
 
Marty Mimmack is now a motivational speaker and teacher who specializes in disability awareness and character education. He resides in Hawaii. While in high school, he was a member of the speech and debate team and the Junior Achievement business organization. He was recognized as the state's speaker of the year while a senior.
 
After his time at CHS, he attended Santa Clara University on a speech scholarship. As a child, he was the Santa Clara County and National Poster Child for the March of Dimes.
submitted May. 30, 2014 4:42P
GRD Leavey/MBA '84
Laufer, Steven

Steven Laufer MBA '84 is leaving employment with the state of California, for General Motors in Phoenix.

submitted Mar. 18, 2014 9:45A
'84
Kapur, Shelley (Simmons)

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.

submitted Jun. 4, 2014 3:18P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '84
DiSano, Michael

Mike DiSano '84 married Noelle Concepcion on June 22, 2014 at the Palm Event Center in Pleasanton, Calif.

submitted Jun. 13, 2014 4:05P
'84
Dessau, Peter

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). 

HIF’s mission is to assist individuals and families in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties in remaining in or returning to stable housing, while supporting efforts to identify long-term solutions to the lack of affordable housing in these communities. Through collaboration with emergency service organizations, the organization funds emergency housing grants that provide an immediate bridge to keep individuals and families in their homes. HIF also completes renovations to non-profit housing facilities and transitional living facilities.
 
“Adequate shelter is such a basic need, and one that can often be taken for granted. It’s incredibly fulfilling for me to be able to provide my expertise in support of the great work that HIF is doing in the communities that so many of our attorneys and clients work and live,” said Dessau.
 
HIF’s board of directors is responsible for providing all operational funding so that 100 percent of fundraising contributions go directly to the organization’s programs. The Board further extends the organization’s community reach by gaining the support of industry leaders who can leverage their resources, funding and skills to complete renovation projects.
 
With 26 years of experience in construction law, Dessau’s practice focuses on litigation involving construction defects and other issues. Regularly advising clients out of both the firm’s San Jose and Newport Beach offices, he represents developers, builders and contractors in payment disputes and defends and prosecutes delay and impact claims against private owners, contractors and public entities. Dessau’s experience also includes providing counsel to members of the industry on risk management techniques to avoid litigation.
 
In addition to his involvement with HIF, Dessau is a member of the State Bar of California, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the Tri-County Apartment Association. A frequent author and speaker on various construction law topics, he has served as a guest lecturer at his alma mater (1988), Santa Clara University School of Law. In addition to his J.D., Dessau earned his B.A. from Santa Clara University (1984).
 
submitted May. 4, 2014 12:55P
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Claudon, Franci

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Franci Claudon ’84 writes, "I am in the midst of pursuing my true calling as an artist. I am a possibility provocateur. I am a Silicon Valley cubicle refugee. I have set the naysayers and fears aside and am pursuing my art as my vocation, profession and life. I am in the midst of that pursuit and I have no crystal ball telling me where this path leads and I've never been happier. I have made lifestyle trade-offs, I smile politely at those who echo the 'starving artist' refrain, and I continue to believe in this possibility for myself."

Contact Franci
www.franciclaudon.com
submitted Aug. 14, 2014 12:04P
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Brown, Timothy

Tim Brown ’84 received a promotion to partner at AonHewitt, where he leads Radford's Global Technology Survey operation. Brown is also an adjunct at San Jose State University teaching a course about Compensation and Rewards to Human Resources Management majors.

submitted Aug. 3, 2014 2:33P

1985

GRD Leavey/MBA '85
Kisling, Priscilla

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."

Contact Priscilla
www.bvresources.com
submitted Mar. 13, 2014 1:18P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Fink, Elissa

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).

 
 

 

submitted May. 13, 2014 10:01A

1986

GRD Law '86
Small, Barbara (Beall)

Barbara Small ’86 joined GCA Law Partners LLP as a partner in May 2014 and established the firm’s Trusts and Estates practice. Barbara’s practice covers estate planning, decedent’s estate administration (probate), trust administration, conservatorship/guardianship matters, and elder law counseling. Her clients are drawn from all levels of the business and social structure in Silicon Valley, from innovative CEO's and pioneering legal leaders to individual family members and elders intent on preserving their independence.

Contact Barbara
Barbara Small GCA Law Partners LLP 2570 W. El Camino Real, Ste. 510 Mt. View, CA 94040 (650) 428-3900 phone bsmall@gcalaw.com
submitted Jun. 25, 2014 7:52A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '86
Nyhan, John

John P. Nyhan ’86 has joined the law firm of O'Keefe Lyons & Hynes, LLC as a partner in its Property Tax Appeal and Real Estate Practice group. Prior to joining the firm, he served in local government as Chief Legal Counsel to the Cook County Assessor and as Chief Deputy Commissioner for the Cook County Board of Review. John resides in the Chicago area with his wife Kris and their eight year old daughter Laura.

Contact John
John P. Nyhan O'Keefe Lyons & Hynes, LLC 30 N. LaSalle Street Suite 4100 Chicago, IL 60602 312-422-9137 JohnNyhan@Okeefe-law.com
submitted Aug. 18, 2014 8:00A
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