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UGRD Leavey Business '92
Cloud, Bennett

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.

submitted Apr. 15, 2015 1:02P


UGRD Engineering '93
Staub-French, Sheryl

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.

She is also the inaugural holder of the Goldcorp Professorship for Women in Engineering and director of the eng•cite program (, which develops and delivers a targeted recruitment strategy for UBC Engineering that aims to increase the number of women enrolled in its programs to 50 percent by 2020. Eng•cite works with teachers, counselors, parents, and high school students to promote engineering education, and provide mentorship and role models for young women who might not otherwise consider or pursue engineering careers.  For her contribution to the field of civil engineering and her commitment to the education of the next generation of practitioners, Sheryl received this award.
submitted Apr. 28, 2015 1:07P
Sifferman, Stephen

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.

He continues to live in Santa Clara with his wife, Leslie Anne (Rettig) Sifferman '93, and their three children: Greg, Stephanie, and Nick.
submitted Apr. 28, 2015 1:04P
Rooney, Kevin

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.

submitted Apr. 14, 2015 10:43A
Ritchey, Aaron


Aaron Michael Ritchey '93 has published his third novel for young adults, Elizabeth’s Midnight. He lives in Colorado with his wife and two young daughters.
“It really is a story about courage, overcoming fear, and embracing grand adventures,” he said. “I think it’s easy for us to say no to the adventures we get in our lifetime. It’s easy to give all of the excuses in the world not to go on them. So, this is really about saying yes to the adventure ... One of the quotes in the book is, ‘we walk through our fear afraid,’ and that’s one of the themes. It has been a great book to work on and to actually put out in the world, because unlike my other stuff that’s kind of edgy, this one is really nice. There’s still an edge to it, but it’s kind of a sweeter, more adventure, kind of romance.”


He is already planning the release of his next book, which is due out later this year. Visit for more information or to sign up for the newsletter.

submitted Jul. 22, 2015 3:35P
Pastorini, Heather

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. 

submitted Jul. 20, 2015 2:56P
GRD Leavey/MBA '93
Costa, Catie

Catie Costa '93 successfully published her first novel, Love on the Rocks: A Positano Tale.

Contact Catie @ Twitter MCatieCosta
submitted Sep. 11, 2015 3:46P
Breuner, Andy
Andy Breuner J.D. '93, married to Susan Beth Bowden J.D. '93, is the new city court judge for Belgrade, Montana. After law school, Breuner got a job representing a large insurance firm. But realizing it was "a total mismatch,” he taught at SCU then started a commercial coffee roasting business in Lake Tahoe. Another move took him Montana, where he opened his own office. According to state law, the dignity of the human being is not to be violated by the court. That is Breuner’s credo every time he hands down a judgment in his current role as judge. “My motto would be to make sure that all those who have business with the court are respected,” he said. “To me, it means you respect the dignity of the person.”  
submitted Jun. 14, 2015 8:06P


Rooks, Peter
Peter Rooks  MBA ’93 credits Professor Al Bruno’s advice (along with a good idea, great employees, and strong family support) with helping the sucess of the business he founded in 2003, Phoenics Electronics. Bruno’s Small Business Entrepreneurship was one of the courses that made a big difference. “Professor Bruno said, ‘You will not be successful unless you focus.’ I think I got a C or a C-plus in that class, but I learned so much from it.”
Another highly influential class was Drew Starbird’s Operations course, which focused on business logistics, an area of critical importance in the company he would later found.
Phoenics maintains $18 million in inventory, enabling it to fill most orders the same day, employs extensive Vendor Managed Inventory programs, and has distribution centers in Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico, Eastern Europe, and the US to serve its 1,200 customers worldwide. Phoenics currently has 23 employees, all highly knowledgeable and committed.
Looking back on the growth and success of the company, Rooks says there was a “tremendous benefit” to business school, and to Leavey in particular. “We learned about everything — operations, finance, accounting — and made excellent contacts,” he says. “Most of us were here for the education, and it was a good university for people who wanted to learn. It was clear the people at the business school knew what they were doing. A lot of the professors had solid business experience, real-life experience. They imparted a broad understanding of all aspects of business that enabled us to project confidence to our customers. All that has been critically important.”
submitted Jun. 28, 2015 4:39P
McLaughlin, Steven

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.

submitted Jul. 1, 2015 2:57P
UGRD Leavey Business '94
Kan, Kenneth

Kenneth Kan ’94 is managing director/portfolio manager in one of Asia's largest macro hedge funds.

submitted Apr. 11, 2015 3:46P
Dion, Philip
Philip J. Dion J.D. '94, MBA '94 joins American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, as vice president, Technology Business Development. Dion, 47, was previously with UNS Energy Corp. as senior vice president, Public Policy and Customer Solutions, since 2013. Prior, he was responsible for the direction and execution of regulatory and legislative strategy at the federal and state levels for UNS Energy Corp. He also had oversight of customer service and engagement, marketing, corporate communications, customer programs and community relations. Prior to his tenure with UNS Energy Corp, Dion was an advisor to a Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as well as a Commissioner at the Arizona Corporation Commission. Dion also was a deputy Maricopa County attorney and an administrative law judge at the Arizona Corporation Commission.
submitted Jun. 14, 2015 7:55P


UGRD Engineering '95
Rapp, Amy (Brydon)

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Amy Rapp '95 writes "I am working for Nike and have a 2.5 yr old boy named Andrew and twin 9 month olds, Pearson and Anna."

submitted Aug. 5, 2015 10:36P
Olson, Eric

Freshman Dorm: McLaughlin

Eric Olson '95 was recently appointed vice president, US Regulatory, at Genentech, Inc. Eric, his wife Kristin and daughters Greta & Sofie recently returned to Redwood City after living for two years in Basel, Switzerland, where Genentech's parent company, Roche, is headquartered.

submitted Aug. 4, 2015 2:26P
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
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
Fitzpatrick, Thomas

Thomas F. Fitzpatrick J.D. '97 is partner and co-chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Silicon Valley office. He recently was a speaker at The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, entitled: “Best Trends and Practices in Avoiding Trade Secrets and Third Parties Litigation.”

Mr. Fitzpatrick focuses his practice on all aspects of intellectual property, including litigating patent, trade secret, trademark, technology licensing and other related disputes. He has represented both patent owners and patent defendants in federal courts throughout the country, including in the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California, the Eastern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Virginia, the District of Delaware, the Northern District of Georgia and the District of Arizona. Most recent, Mr. Fitzpatrick has successfully represented internationally based and publicly traded companies in the computer database, telecommunications, semiconductor, Internet and power supply industries.

At SCU, Fitzpatrick received the American Jurisprudence Award in Patent Law and was the research editor for the Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal.

submitted Apr. 23, 2015 8:58A


Sifferman, Stephen
see year 1993
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
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