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Richard S. Smudin MBA ’00 recently took command of the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade. He has had 27 years of military service. Colonel Smudin's most recent assignments include Battalion Commander of the 3rd Battalion of the 304th Infantry Regiment (United States Military Academy), Chief of the Civil Information Management Cell at the 353d Civil Affairs Command, and Chief of the Functional Specialty Team at the 353d Civil Affairs Command. His operational deployments include service as the Mobilization Plans Officer at Fort Drum in 2003, Civil Affairs Team Leader in Baghdad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom II - III, and Division Engagements Officer for the Commander of Multi-National Division North at Contingency Operating Base Speicher Iraq during OIF 2007-2009.
Freshman Dorm: Graham 400
Dennis O'Malley '95 +1 = SCU Grad Wife Tanya (Montano) '96, JD '99, 3 Daughters (Selma 11, Mila 9, Isla 6). Live in San Carlos.
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Magda Marcu '00 is the a cofounder of Sailo, a peer to peer boat rental platform.
Kristen Lewis '00 married Brian Howards on May 10, 2014, in San Francisco.
Carmen Huerta-Bapat '00 and husband Navin Bapat welcomed their third baby, Neela Valentina, on February 9, 2015. Neela joins her two sisters, Catarina Ines (6) and Naima Isabel (3). The family lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Sowmya Ayyar '00 lives in Bangalore, India, and is the founder and executive director of Prafull Oorja Charitable Foundation, an organization co-founded with Madeleine Sears '11. Prafull Oorja brings yoga and other holistic practices to populations in need, such as special needs children and rural women.
Pascal Stang '98 and Hilary Armstrong '00 welcomed baby Alexa Marguerite Carina on March 22, 2015. They live in San Jose.
Saina Shamilov J.D. '01 was named to 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. By day, Saina Shamilov is a star in intellectual property litigation. As a partner at Mountain View’s Fenwick & West LLP, she has helped successfully defend Amazon.com and Zillow in patent cases. Last year, she led a pro bono team that won a preliminary injunction on behalf of an ill inmate, in which the U.S. District Court directed the prison to provide the inmate with a medically appropriate diet. By night, Shamilov is a competitive ballroom dancer. She competes all over the country and won a national title in Latin dance in 2010.
Gladys (Garcia) Lopez '01 and her husband, Ivan Lopez, are proprieters of Ultimate Performance & Fitness, which was selected for the 2015 Best of Westlake Village Award. Their business, which was recognized in the Gym category for the third year in a row, was selected for enhancing the positive image of small businesses through service to their customers and the community.
Ultimate Performance & Fitness is one of the largest private personal training facilities in the Conejo Valley, with nearly 5,000 square feet of new top-of-the-line cardio and strength equipment. All personal trainers that train clients at UPF must meet strict qualifications in terms of professionalism, training, education and level of certification. These gifted certified personal trainers must also continue to educate themselves in the latest fitness and healthy trends and innovations to better serve the clients of the Conejo Valley.
Courtney Ireland '01 married Josh Ireland on November 12, 2011, at the Mission Church. She writes, "Had our beautiful baby girl Kennedy James on November 21, 2014. Moved to Fresno in July of this year to be closer to family. Would love to connect with any alumni in the area!"
Nicholas Buccola '01, associate professor of political science at Linfield College, received the Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award, which recognizes a faculty member who has made an outstanding contribution to the life of the college that extends beyond his or her regular duties. Buccola earned an Enduring Questions grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, recognizing the innovative design for his course, What is Freedom? This past year, Buccola has published or had accepted for publication nine separate works, and he currently has two book contracts. He coordinates the successful Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice, which has brought a wide range of world-class scholars to Linfield and provided a forum for discussion for faculty, students and the McMinnville community.
Jimmy Williams ’02 is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland. He writes on the Santa Clara University blog, "I have been working on an approach to identify concrete signatures of the Majorana particle. In some sense, the work I participated in with Professor Betty Young doing research for the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) looking for exotic particles has come full circle. It’s a great job! I have a big lab and a bunch of money to do whatever physics I want. It doesn’t get any better than that."
Beth (Livingston) Thompson '02 and Andrew Thompson '03 welcomed their son Benjamin David Justice on February 17, 2015. Benjamin joined big brothers Henry and Timothy, and big sister Alice. The family lives in San Jose.
Melissa (Walker) Sullivan ’02 is a criminal prosecuting attorney in Mount Vernon, Washington. Her husband, Brian Sullivan ’02, is also an attorney and runs his own law practice in Everett, Washington. They welcomed a baby boy, Max, on April 28, 2014. Max joins big sister, Fiona, who will be 3 years old on March 16, 2015. The family lives in Everett, Washington.
Kerrie Romanow MBA '02 earned a place on 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. As the director of the San Jose's Environmental Services Department, Romanow is responsible for San Jose’s 2012 plastic bag ban. The Bring Your Own Bag ordinance won a Helen Putnam Award for Excellence from the League of California Cities in 2014. Since she took over the department in 2011, Romanow streamlined garbage and recycling services, partnered with the Santa Clara Valley Water District to provide clean water, partnered with Zero Waste Energy Development Company to build a composting facility, and enacted a polystyrene (foam) ban. Romanow’s programs have won statewide and national honors.
Lisa (Mrkvicka) Mudgett ’02 and husband Dan welcomed their fourth son, Isaac Maxwell, on Feb. 21, 2015. The busy family lives in Seattle.
Andrew Holtz ’02 and Katherine (Wichmann) Holtz ’03 welcomed a boy, Luke Daniel, on May 18. Luke joins big sister Emma, 4.
Seasoned family law attorney Yadhira N. Gutierrez J.D. '07 joined Hoge Fenton, a leading Northern California law firm, as an associate. Gutierrez has exclusively focused on family law since January 2008 and offers her clients a full range of services, from premarital and marital agreements to strong advocacy representation when issues cannot be resolved by mutual agreement. Gutierrez is often appointed by the court to act as minor’s counsel, representing children who don’t otherwise have a voice in the family law process. She is also active in the community, working with the Santa Clara County Pro Bono Project and as a Spanish Family Court Services Orientation Instructor for the Santa Clara County Superior Court. In 2014, the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Family Law Section honored her with the Henry B. Collada Memorial Award. This distinction recognizes extraordinary service, contribution and professionalism with a focus on the betterment of families and children involved with Family Court.
Andrew Gere MBA '02 has been promoted to chief operating officer of the San Jose Water Company, an investor-owned utility in the business of providing water service to a population of approximately 1 million people in an area comprising about 138 square miles in the metropolitan San Jose area. Andrew has ably served the company and its customers for nearly 20 years in numerous positions and capacities, most recently as VP of Operations. In his new capacity, he has primary and direct responsibility for all San Jose Water Company field activities and departments including Operations, Distribution Systems, Water Quality, Logistics, Engineering, Construction, and Water Resource Management. In addition, he supports and advises the CEO in decision making and assumes primary responsibility for design, development, implementation, reporting, and monitoring of key performance metrics, policies, and procedures for the company.
Greta (Newgren) Fitzgerald '02 and husband Jeff Fitzgerald welcomed a baby boy, Liam Lloyd, on May 27, 2015. The family lives in San Jose. Greta is the culture ambassador at Hoopla Software, Inc. in San Jose.
Aimee Catalano MBA '02 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. Catalano is VP, Alliance Marketing, at Citrix. With more than 17 years of experience in the high-technology marketing field, she has held various roles in companies of all sizes including IBM; Interwoven, Informix, Qumu, and XenSource, which was acquired by her current company, Citrix. And while her executive position at Citrix keeps her very busy, it’s her two young children that really keep her on her toes.
Dori L. Yob J.D. '03 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. Yob, 36, has been with Hopkins & Carley since she graduated from law school. She handles complex real estate cases in state and federal courts. SHe also routinely appears on behalf of her land use clients at planning commission and city council hearings. As the co-chair of her firm's litigation department, she oversees the firm's largest department. This January, she was elected chair of the San Jose Planning Commission.