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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.
GCA Law Partners LLP
2570 W. El Camino Real, Ste. 510
Mt. View, CA 94040
(650) 428-3900 phone
submitted Jun. 25, 2014 7:52A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '86
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.
John P. Nyhan
O'Keefe Lyons & Hynes, LLC
30 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60602
submitted Aug. 18, 2014 8:00A
GRD Law '86
Cole Dillon, Ce
Ce Cole Dillon J.D. ’86 co-founded Student Loan 411 LLC. Student Loan 411 LLC is an advisory firm that helps student loan borrowers reengineer their student loan debt to pay for their life, not just their student loans. We also help financial services firms clients, mortgage and real estate companies and universities to manage their default rates. Ce resides in Chicago, Ill. with her family.
submitted May. 30, 2014 6:57A
Cebedo Lefebvre, Mary Beth
Mary Beth Cebedo Lefebvre ’86 writes, "I am a project/program manager at Symantic's Sales and Marketing Operations org. Outside work, I volunteer as a board member with the Palo Alto Historical Association and as a yoga teacher at St. Elizabeth Seton School."
submitted Jun. 3, 2014 1:07P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '86
Liz Bruno '82, M.A. '86
had her jersey—No. 42—retired at a Bronco basketball game in Feb. Bruno played for SCU from 1978 through 1982 and holds the school career women’s and men’s record for rebounds with 1,218; is 16th on the school all-time points list with 1,081; and is the only Bronco women’s basketball player with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. The SCU Hall of Famer is an 18-year Redmond resident and licensed clinical therapist in the dual diagnosis unit at Fairfax Hospital in Kirkland, Wash. She is also an active member of the St. Jude Catholic Church in Redmond and also participates in prison ministry when she’s not at her full-time job at Fairfax Hospital. Read more about her on the Kirkland Reporter
submitted Feb. 25, 2014 8:17A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '86
Alba Jr., John
John Alba Jr. M.A. ’86 retired from education after a 35-year career. He taught for seven years in a K–8 setting and was a school administrator for 28 years. He was an elementary school prinicipal, junior high school principal, and director of personne. He finished his career as the East Union High School principal, in Manteca, Calif., for the past ten years. He is also celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary with Cindy Alba, assistant superintendent of the Livermore Unified School District. He thanks SCU for a great education!
submitted Jul. 15, 2014 10:43A
GRD Leavey/MBA '87
Clos Du Val Winery appointed industry veteran Steve Tamburelli MBA ’87 as president, overseeing all operations for the winery located in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District.
A Napa Valley native, Tamburelli joined Stags Leap Wine Cellars as chief operating officer in 1998, spent 11 years as general manager at Chappellet, and recently held the role of chief operating officer at Flora Springs Winery.
submitted Aug. 9, 2014 8:14A
The Board of Directors of The Goldman Sachs Group announced the appointment of Peter Oppenheimer MBA ’87 as an independent director of the firm, effective immediately. Oppenheimer will be a member of each of the firm’s Audit, Risk, Compensation and Corporate Governance, Nominating and Public Responsibilities committees.
“Peter’s 25 years of broad experience across important industries will add a valuable perspective to our Board of Directors,” said Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and CEO. “We appreciate his willingness to serve as a director and look forward to benefitting from his judgment and counsel.”
Mr. Oppenheimer is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Apple, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of electronic devices and related software services. Before becoming Chief Financial Officer at Apple, he was Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller from 2002 to 2004, and prior to that, from 1996 to 2002, he served first as Senior Director of Finance and Controller for the Americas, then as Vice President and Controller of Worldwide Sales and later as Vice President and Corporate Controller. Before joining Apple, from 1992 to 1996 Mr. Oppenheimer was the Divisional Chief Financial Officer of Finance, MIS, Administration and Equipment Leasing Portfolio at Automatic Data Processing, Inc., a leading provider of human capital management and integrated computing solutions, and prior to that, from 1988 to 1992 he was a consultant within the Information Technology Practice at Coopers & Lybrand, LLP.
Mr. Oppenheimer is a member of the boards of the California Polytechnic State University Foundation and of the Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, California. He is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, and received an MBA from Santa Clara University.
submitted Mar. 4, 2014 12:31P
GRD Leavey/MBA '88
Samuel Viroslav MBA ’88 writes, "New 50 MW Wind project, enters operation in Tilaran, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Developers: Acciona Energy Grupo Ecoenergia VL S.A."
submitted May. 30, 2014 12:02P
GRD Law '88
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
GRD Law '89
Christopher G. Rudy J.D. ’89 has been appointed to serve on the Santa Clara County Superior Court by Gov. Jerry Brown ’59. Rudy, a 53-year-old Boulder Creek resident and a Democrat, has been a partner at Stenberg Sunseri Roe Pickard and Rudy since 1994.
submitted Jul. 21, 2014 7:55A
May, Maggie (Rodee)
Maggie Rodee May ’89 writes: "My husband and I relocated to Silver Spring, M.D. in 2012, after living abroad in Vicenza, Italy for three years. My husband Tony, is serving in the U.S. Army. I am currently enrolled at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in an adult nurse practitioner program."
On Facebook: Maggie Rodee May
submitted Apr. 5, 2014 12:02P
Lotti, Elisa (Eidson)
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Elisa (Eidson) Lotti ’89, M.A. ’92 married George Lotti ’90 in 1997. She is a currently the project specialist at Sylvandale Middle School in San Jose, Calif., and was a teacher for 20 years prior to changing educational roles. Lisa and George live in the Willow Glen area of San Jose, where they also run Unconditional Love Animal Rescue and Placement, a nonprofit organization that has rescued approximately 2500 animals from local shelter euthanasia lists since its inception in 1999. In their spare time, they love wine tasting, golf, Tahoe, and snuggling their four kitties and two pups.
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 8:16P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Scott Evan Guggenheim '89 is the executive director of the California Academy for the Creative Performing Arts. For the fifth summer in a row, he has hosted The Scene, a musical theater summer camp for kids held at Santa Clara University. “Our intention is to provide students with the opportunity to grow as artists and human beings," Guggenheim says.
Guggenheim works alongside his wife, Shannon, who is a co-director, movement specialist, and choreographer at The Scene.
He has staged and produced numerous productions, anong them the original Schoolhouse Rock Live. He will be taking The MeshugaNutcracker! to New York this winter.
submitted Jul. 25, 2014 9:36A
Karin Bootsma MBA ’89 has been named VP of marketing for RiseSmart, a leader in enterprise career management solutions. In this position, Bootsma will build upon RiseSmart’s market leadership and focus on creating marketing programs that grow the foundation for ongoing customer, sales, and channel success in each of the company’s markets.
Bootsma brings more than 20 years of high-tech, HCM and SaaS marketing experience, including seven years as vice president of marketing at public and private companies. She joins RiseSmart from Monster Worldwide, where she led Product Marketing, HR Alliances and Monster’s Talent Management Suite. Bootsma also drove product marketing for several new products, such as Monster’s semantic resume search products.
“We are delighted to have Karin lead RiseSmart’s already stellar marketing program,” said RiseSmart President and CEO Sanjay Sathe. “Karin brings a deep understanding of the HR industry and her past experience is perfectly in line with the expertise we need here at RiseSmart. We’re excited by what she brings to the table as we continue innovating the career management industry.”
Prior to Monster Worldwide, Bootsma was responsible for marketing strategy and execution at Trovix, a leading provider of employment products and services using intelligent search technology, now owned by Monster. She executed branding, awareness, demand generation, sales enablement, and competitive intelligence. Before Trovix, Bootsma established a competitive presence for Entopia, a venture-backed knowledge management company. She also led marketing strategy and execution at Information Storage Devices Inc., now owned by Winbond. Bootsma was responsible for marketing Winbond’s products in North America and Europe, along with worldwide marketing for ISD's products. Her efforts led to successful initial and secondary public offerings.
Bootsma holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, Leavey School of Business, and a mechanical engineering degree from University of the Pacific. Bootsma will be based in RiseSmart’s San Jose office.
submitted Jun. 21, 2014 9:45A
UGRD Leavey Business '89
Laura Bertone '89 was recently interviewed by the newspaper Catholic San Francisco. With about 100 parish communities, the Archdiocese of San Francisco could well be the site of some 1,400 Masses and prayer and devotional services per week, and that’s a conservative estimate. Laura Bertone, director, Office of Worship for the archdiocese, helps all of it take place.
Laura spent 20 years around the world auditing for Bank of America but always felt called to liturgy. Her responsiblities include advising the archbishop on matters of liturgical policy; preparing and organizing all large archdiocesan liturgies such as chrism Mass, ordinations, and Rite of Election; and certifying and training lay liturgical ministers so that they are properly prepared. Laura said she is “amazed that I get to do this job. I work with and for great people and it’s an honor and joy to come into work each day.”
submitted Apr. 3, 2014 6:33A
Aleksander Zecevic M.S. '90, Ph.D. '93 is one of four recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, presented by Santa Clara's School of Engineering, for distinguished accomplishments in service to his profession, community, and the University.
As professor of Electrical Engineering at Santa Clara University for the past 20 years, Dr. Zecevic also serves as associate dean for Graduate Engineering Programs. His research in the control of complex dynamic systems has resulted in a book and more than 40 publications in leading journals. His interest in the intersection between science and religion has opened the door to a constructive dialogue that transcends simplistic arguments of religious fundamentalism and radical secularism, and has resulted in the publication of two books on the subject, as well as the development of a unique course, "Chaos Theory, Metamathematics and the Limits of Knowledge: A Scientific Perspective on Religion." An excellent educator and a deeply thoughtful collaborator, Dr. Zecevic's search for truth, beauty, and knowledge honor Santa Clara's Jesuit tradition.
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 4:08P
World-famous soccer athlete and champion of girls’ health, Brandi Chastain '91 will give the 163rd undergraduate commencement address on June 14. Chastain’s selection to give the commencement address memorializes the 50th anniversary of women’s athletics at Santa Clara, which the University celebrates this year.
Chastain is best known for scoring the penalty kick goal that won the United States the 1999 Women’s World Cup and for her passionate celebration in the moments following. Her success earned her a spot as one of People Magazine’s 25 Most Intriguing People that year, while the photo of her celebration was named one of the 100 greatest sports photos of all time by Sports Illustrated. She took home a silver medal in the 2000 Olympics and a gold medal in 2004 games.
More recent, Chastain co-founded the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative in 2005 with a mission to create programs and partnerships through which women athletes bring health, hope, and wholeness to the community. The initiative offers a free weekly after-school program for elementary school girls to develop self-esteem and good health practices with mentoring from women athletes from collegiate and high school teams.
“Brandi epitomizes the world-class leadership and fortitude that every Bronco is capable of achieving,” says SCU President Michael Engh, S.J. “She is a dedicated and disciplined athlete who is also committed to strengthening communities by advocating for and empowering young girls.”
Chastain was named an All-American twice in soccer during her time as a student. She was also the assistant coach for the Santa Clara Broncos from 1994 to 2000 and is currently in her fourth season as a volunteer assistant coach.
She will receive an honorary Doctorate of Public Service.
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 4:27P
GRD Leavey/MBA '91
Dean Birge MBA '91 was hired as controller of Mission City Federal Credit Union in Santa Clara.
submitted Aug. 2, 2014 10:43A
UGRD Engineering '92
Richard Weber '92 was recently interviewed in The Californian for his role at Whitson Engineers, where he is an owner and principal partner. A general civil engineering and land survey firm that dates back to the late 1970s, the company has projects in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties. It is also beginning projects in Southern California. Weber joined Whitson Engineers in 1993.
A sampling of large and small projects the engineering firm is presently working on range from a housing development in the East Garrison section of Fort Ord and the proposed softball fields at Toro Park County Park to a flood control study at the mouth of the Carmel River.
Weber says he has seen the private sector begin to rebound about two years ago in 2012. Housing and commercial projects are again on track in Marina on what was formerly the Fort Ord military base and also in other parts of the tri-county area.
Besides the engineering expertise that his staff brings to every project, Weber said it is necessary today to have an understanding of the community. It is important to have a feeling for the sensitive issues that each project involves. These can vary from environmental concerns to a difference of opinion over the use of a particular parcel of land. It takes longer now to move from the concept and drawing board levels to actual breaking ground on a project.
submitted Aug. 2, 2014 11:17A
UGRD Leavey Business '92
P. J. Vaughn '92, '98 is now living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She works for Chevron as the general manager of the Buenos Aires Shared Services Center.
submitted May. 14, 2014 2:13P
The CBS crime series Criminal Minds, starring Shemar Moore '92 as Derek Morgan, has announced its renewal for a 10th season. Moore played Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless for eight years, leaving in September 2005. He hosted Soul Train from 2000 to 2003.
While attending Santa Clara University, he modeled to pay his bills.
submitted Apr. 24, 2014 10:49A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '92
Lotti, Elisa (Eidson)
UGRD Leavey Business '92
Michael R. Johnson ’92, M.S. ’93 is completing his fourth year as Middle School Principal at Escuela Campo Alegre, an international school in Caracas, Venezuela. Recently he was appointed to the Middle School Principal position at the Anglo-American School of Moscow for the 2014-2015 school year. He will move to Moscow this summer with his wife, Christina, daughter Danielle (14), and son Derek (11).
submitted Apr. 29, 2014 6:18P
Santa Clara dentist, Dr. Alan Frame ’92, now offers treatments that can transform smiles and improve dental health, including dental implants and teeth whitening. He is proud to serve the community in which he grew up. Frame is a a member of the Tao Kappa Omega and Omicron Kappa Upsilon, academic dental fraternities, as well as the American Dental Association. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys talking about football, baseball and other athletic events.
submitted Apr. 30, 2014 1:16P