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Klees, Jill

Jill Klees M.A. '95 gives tips on overhauling a résumé in her recent Illuminate article "Take Your Résumé from Retro to Wow." Jill is the director of Law Student Life and the former assistant director of Alumni Career Counseling at Santa Clara University.

She has worked in the career coaching field for more thanr 15 years in both academic and corporate environments. She gained extensive experience working in start-up, non-profit and technology-based industries providing career related resources within the Silicon Valley marketplace. She has extensive programming experience in developing innovative tools and resources to prepare her clients for the workforce and is highly skilled in helping her clients determine their unique talents and strengths.

submitted Sep. 11, 2015 10:01A
Grogan, Rita

Rita Grogan M.A. '95 joined West Hills Community College District as the district’s associate vice chancellor of enrollment management and institutional effectiveness. She is currently earning an education doctorate through Brandman University.

submitted Aug. 4, 2015 9:57A
UGRD Leavey Business '95
Beck, Justin

Justin Beck '95 and his wife Betty welcomed their second child, Brewer, into their family at Thanksgiving in 2014. He joins big brother Evan on the team. Justin is currently the Chief of Staff for the Pabst Brewing Company based in Los Angeles.

submitted Jul. 23, 2015 8:33A


Nelson, Michael

Mike Nelson '96 is doing a cross-country motorcycle ride for Breast Cancer Awareness and to raise funds for Breast Cancer research. Get more info and support at

Contact Michael
submitted Jul. 21, 2015 2:12P
Fogarty, Shana (Fogarty)

Dr. Shana Fogarty '96 writes, "My husband and I just adopted our second son (Carter) in January 2015. We adopted our older son (Matthew) in February 2009. I work as a hospitalist and hospice medical director. We're celebrating our 10th anniversary next week. We've enjoyed the last 11 years in the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, community."

submitted Jul. 28, 2015 2:22P


Grogan, John

John Grogan '97 MBA recently started Sunlit Oaks Winery (, with a tasting room, in Gilroy.

submitted Aug. 4, 2015 11:00A


UGRD Arts & Sciences '98
Little, Angela

Angie Little '98 welcomed her first baby, Bennett James on January 1, 2015. Bennett weighed 6 lbs 11 oz and was 21" long.

submitted Sep. 26, 2015 9:20A
Kortens, Imelda (Wong)

Imelda (Wong) Kortens '98 and Jediah welcomed their second child, Jessica Celine, to the world on September 9, 2015. Imelda, Jed, and Jessica live in San Jose with Jessica's big brother, Jackson.

submitted Sep. 21, 2015 8:49A
Castañeda-Liles, Socorro

Religious studies professor Socorro Castañeda-Liles '98 recently shared her inspiring life story in Visión magazine, from a grim childhood in Mexico to a career in academia. She's currently working on a book about the Catholic devotion of Latinas to be published by Oxford University Press, and co-editing a volume of stories by artists, academics, professionals, and entrepreneurs who share similar stories about coming to the United States. Her husband is Josef Castañeda-Liles, development research director at SCU, and they have a daughter. Socorro is also a co-founder of the Sacred Heart Parish Computer Center and a founding member of the San Jose's Parque de Padre Mateo Sheedy commitee.

submitted Sep. 11, 2015 10:54A


GRD Leavey/MBA '00
O'Malley, Dennis

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.

Contact Dennis @dennis_omalley
submitted Aug. 11, 2015 3:01P
GRD Leavey/MBA '00
Marcu, Magda

Magda Marcu '00 is the a cofounder of Sailo, a peer to peer boat rental platform.

Contact Magda
submitted Aug. 4, 2015 2:36P
Lewis, Kristen

 Kristen Lewis '00 married Brian Howards on May 10, 2014, in San Francisco.

submitted Jun. 14, 2015 6:44P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '00
Huerta-Bapat, Carmen (Huerta)

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.

submitted Jul. 20, 2015 4:32P
Colvin, Suzanne (Lyons)

Freshman Dorm: Campisi

Suzanne (Lyons) Colvin '00, M.A. '15 loved her time at SCU so much that she decided to go back for more! Suzanne completed her master's in educational administration in June 2015. She is currently the Leadership Academy director and AP biology teacher at Presentation High School, in San Jose. Suzanne lives with her husband, Brent, and their cats in San Jose.

submitted Aug. 31, 2015 9:36P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '00
Armstrong, Hilary

Pascal Stang '98 and Hilary Armstrong '00 welcomed baby Alexa Marguerite Carina on March 22, 2015. They live in San Jose.

submitted Jul. 23, 2015 2:14P


GRD Leavey/MBA '01
Murphy, Natalie (Eblacas)

Natalie (Eblacas) Murphy '80, MBA '01 writes, "I have recently relocated to Bremerton, Washington, and am looking to connect with SCU Alumni in the area."

submitted Oct. 20, 2015 7:31A
Ireland, Courtney (Dittenbir)

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!"

submitted Jul. 24, 2015 6:46P
Buccola, Nicholas

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.

submitted Jun. 28, 2015 5:01P


UGRD Arts & Sciences '02
Zavala, Rafael

Rafael Zavala '02 writes, "After eight years away from our native land, Pearl Barros '05, Violet Barros-Zavala (18 months), and I have finally returned from Boston, Massachusetts."

submitted Sep. 27, 2015 2:15P
Thompson, Beth (Livingston)

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.

submitted Jul. 13, 2015 8:48A
Holtz, Andrew

Andrew Holtz ’02 and Katherine (Wichmann) Holtz ’03 welcomed a boy, Luke Daniel, on May 18. Luke joins big sister Emma, 4.

submitted Jun. 14, 2015 6:41P
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