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Accounting Today, a national magazine for public accounting professionals, has recently named Kathy Ryan '78 to its 2014 Managing Partner Elite list for her innovation in staffing, technology, and strategy. Ryan co-founded RoseRyan, a Silicon Valley-based accounting and finance consulting firm, in 1993. She serves as the firm’s CEO and CFO. In 2012, the San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal named Ryan one of the most influential women in Silicon Valley that year for her success in effecting change in her industry and her community.
Patrick J. Maher ’78 has been elected as Section Representative to the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas. Mr. Maher previously served as the Chair of the State Bar’s Council of Section Chairs for the last two years, and Chair of the State Bar’s Labor and Employment Law Section in 2010. He is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law and a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Law.
Jim Hartnett J.D. '78 is the current vice chair of the California High Speed Rail Authority Board. He maintains his active litigation and dispute resolution practice as a partner at Hartnett, Smith and Paetkau in vibrant downtown Redwood City. He's a former mayor of Redwood City.
Michelle (Massaro) Tabler ’79 is the Alaska Regional Manager for the Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon & Western Washington. Michelle retired in 2010 from a career in insurance.
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."
Bob Hale M.S. '71, M.S. '79 writes, "Retired. Living in Carlsbad, Calif. Volunteering at Museum of Making Music. Enjoying life!"
Allene Feldman M.A. ’79 has just received her SIT-TESOL teaching certification from the World Learning SIT Graduate Institute. Allene, who is the owner of Argus Publishing Group in New York City, is confident that her new certification will help her and her staff write, edit, and create engaging Common Core materials for English language learners.
Freshman Dorm: Graham 100
Michael Dee ’79 recently joined the Henry S. Miller Company in Dallas, Texas a President, Retail Division. Henry S Miller is a 100 year old private commercial real estate firm. Michael resides in Dallas with his wife, Julie, and their 3 daughters, ages 19, 16 & 13.
Michael Dee ’79 writes that he is president of the Retail Division of Henry S Miller Company. The company is the oldest private real estate firm in Texas and is celebrating 100 years in business in 2014. Michael lives in Dallas with his wife, Julie, and their three daughters.
Leslie Burton J.D. ’79 writes, "I am a Professor and the Director of Graduate Law Programs at Golden Gate University School of Law, where I have worked for 20 years. I have been married for 27 years to Jeff Wurms, a reformed lawyer who is now working on his teaching credential to teach high school. Our daughter Chelsea graduated last year from Mount Holyoke College. I live in Oakland and I am a huge Oakland booster. I love to travel and do it whenever I can. I have taught in Prague, Germany, and Istanbul."
Freshman Dorm: Graham 100
Rich Bluth ’79 and Anne Nickel Bluth ’79 celebrated 34 years of marriage in June 2014 and are enjoying their newly "emptied nest" in Seal Beach, Calif. where they have lived since their Santa Clara Mission wedding. They have been blessed to have all four of their children graduate from Catholic universities. Their youngest son, Mark Bluth ’14 graduated this June from Santa Clara in Philosophy and Economics . Mark's twin brother Tom Bluth graduated from University of Portland just a month earlier in May 2014. Their daughter, Maria (LMU 2011) relocated to San Francisco in June, where she works at De Marillac Academy. Also this May, their oldest son, Danny Bluth (College of the Holy Cross, 2009, St Joseph's University 2012) married Kelly Casey (College of the Holy Cross, 2009) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where they both live and work. Rich has worked for the Irvine Company for the past 7 years, and is currently Vice President, Energy Management. Anne spends her time in support of her family near and far, (mostly far now).
Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson J.D. ’79, a retired Superior Court of Guam Judge, is in the race for attorney general. She served the government of Guam for 33 years. She is credited with the creation of the Driving While Influenced (DWI) Court and the rules of procedure and practice in the field of domestic violence. Barrett-Anderson has been recognized nationally for this work in the past, serving on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and the Federal Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice. She is a strong advocate for judicial and legal education, victims rights, consumer protection, and child support enforcement.
Andrew Barnes MBA ’79 retired in October 2013. He spent a long career in the computer industry, holding various sales/marketing and management positions.
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.
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!
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.
Michael Ferreira ’80 has been elected vice president of CWA-TNG Local 39000, a newly formed labor local representing the nearly 900 certified employee interpreters working in the California Superior Courts. Mike, who is certified for both federal and state level courts, works full-time in the profession at the flagship Gov. Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach, Calif.
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)."
Beth Kerttula J.D. ’81 resigned from the Alaska Legislature for a fellowship with her alma mater, Stanford University.
The Juneau Democrat has served in the House since 1999 and as minority leader since 2007. She hadn't drawn a general election opponent since 2004 and would have been up for re-election again this year.
Kerttula is leaving to serve as visiting fellow with the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University in California. In that role, she will be involved in meetings and communications to help strengthen decision-makers' understanding of policy implications of changing oceans and climates.
Prior to running for the Legislature, Beth Kerttula worked in private practice and served as an assistant public defender in the 1980s and assistant attorney general in the '90s. Kerttula has been a vocal advocate on women's and children's issues, equal rights and of Alaska getting its "fair share" for its oil and gas resources.
In the attorney general's office, she worked with the state's coastal management program and on oil and gas issues. As a legislator, she supported efforts to set standards for cruise ship waste discharges and in more recent years she supported -- unsuccessful -- efforts to re-establish a coastal management program after it lapsed.
Santa Clara University’s Board of Trustees elected a new trustee, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Haley '81. Haley is a co-founder and managing director of the Menlo Park–based venture-capital firm Redpoint Ventures, where he focuses on investments in software, consumer Internet and digital-media companies. Among his successful investments were Zimbra (acquired by Yahoo!); Responsys (an Oracle acquisition); and Homestead Technologies (acquired by Intuit). He was previously general partner with Institutional Venture Partners, and currently serves on the board of directors of Netflix (NFLX); 2U (TWOU); Curious.com; TheFind; ThredUP; Jaunt VR; and Zuora.
Mark Davis ’81 is director of humanities at Monterey Coast Preparatory in Scotts Valley. The school offers a college preparatory education for students who learn differently. Students in the program learn to advocate for themselves, to understand their strengths, to know how they learn best, and to use tools, technologies and systems that best support their learning. Mark lives in Santa Cruz at the edge of Seabright Beach.
Paul "Chip" Lion J.D. '82 is a partner at the firm Morrison and Foerster, and in September he became chair of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section. The Business Law Section, a renowned institution with over 50,000 members and 50 substantive law committees, provides thought leadership on corporate law issues and is considered to be the premier community for business law professionals.