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Greg Meacham ’78 wrote that he's been promoted to account manager in the division AF Solutions, Cardiac Rhythm Device Management, for Medtronic.
Brian R. McDonald ’78 has been appointed CFO of Meru Networks Inc., a leader in wi-fi networks, by its board of directors. McDonald has served as CFO in a number of rapidly growing Silicon Valley technology companies, including both publicly traded and private companies, such as eASIC Inc., Advanced Analogic Technologies, Monolithic Power Systems, and Elantec Semiconductor Inc.
Pamela Lister '78 writes: "I'm working in the South Bay! My new position is with The Camp Recovery Program in Scotts Valley, marketing this wonderful program!"
Nancy (Gerlach) Lee ’78 recently celebrated 30 years of marriage to husband LTC Anthony Lee M.S. ’86. They have three grown children—Jessica, 29, Michael, 26, and Stephanie, 22—and in October 2012 they were blessed with their first grandchild, Autumn Jade. They live in White Lake, Mi.
Freshman Dorm: Day Student/Off Campus
Phil Iatomase ’78 spent more than 20 years in the semiconductor business in Supply Chain Management and as an Information Technology professional. In 1997 he co-founded Ariba, a pioneering business-to-business Internet commerce software company. He writes, "We took the company public in 1999 and at the peak of the market in 2000 had a higher market capitalization than General Motors and employed more than 2,300 people around the world. I left Ariba in 2001 and have spent the last 12 years as a high-tech retiree. Most of my time is spent volunteering/fundraising for various causes I beleive in—particularly education. I have been married to JoAnn Cardinale for 29 years and we have one daughter Marina Iatomase ’14, a junior finance major at SCU."
Modesta Garcia ’78 credits her SCU experience and particularly her mentors, Professor Francisco ’66 and Laura Jimenez ’67, for providing inspiration and a foundation for her career in higher education and service leadership. On receiving her BA in Spanish at SCU, Modesta enrolled and completed a master’s in education at Harvard University. Two years later, she was hired as SCU assistant director of admissions and first minority student recruitment coordinator. This job prepared her for the next step as a Princeton University admissions officer. Subsequently, Modesta was hired in her dream job as faculty/academic counselor at her other alma mater, College of San Mateo, from which she retired after 24 years of service in May 2011. Modesta has been sought as a college admissions consultant and speaker nationally and in China, and consultant or committee member for the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholars Program, Brown University, the College Board Western Region, Educational Testing Services, NACAC, and WACAC, among others. She now provides college admissions consulting and coaching for Ivy League, international, transfer and general college admissions planning. Modesta also served on the board of directors for the SCU National Alumni Association, which prepared her for such service on the local Harvard alumni chapters. She is Harvard’s (and SCU’s!) only graduate to be elected president of both Bay Area alumni chapters: the Harvard Club of San Francisco, and the Harvard Club of Silicon Valley. Modesta’s works have been recognized with awards from the College Board Western Region, Harvard Alumni Association, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Princeton University, and Santa Clara University Chicano Alumni, among others, for her support of students and alumni. Modesta’s 15 minutes of fame unfurled when she introduced Francisco Jimenez as the recipient of the award, 2002 U.S. Professor of the Year by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; the award ceremony was held at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
Jeff Ferriell J.D '78 has taken over as director of Capital University Law School's Academic Support Program, and also teaches contracts, bankruptcy, and commercial law. The third edition of his law school hornbook, Understanding Bankruptcy (with co-author Ted Janger of Brooklyn Law School), was published this spring by LexisNexis. He is currently working on the third edition of Understanding Contracts and continues to serve as a member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, from Ohio.
Mario Cordero J.D. ’78 has been designated the new chairman of the nation's most powerful maritime governing body, the Federal Maritime Commission, by President Barack Obama. A former Long Beach harbor commissioner, Cordero has practiced law for 30 years, including as a workers' compensation defense attorney. He was on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners for about seven years before heading to the federal commission in 2011.
Steve Bennett J.D. ’78 writes that he has joined the Portland, Ore., law firm Farleigh Wada Witt (FWW). Bennett was a partner of the Portland law firm Powers, McCulloch & Bennett, LLP, which merged with FWW effective January 1, 2013. He continues to focus his practice in the areas of business and estate planning.
http://www.fwwlaw.com/ Farleigh Wada Witt 121 SW Morrison St., Ste 600 Portland, OR 97204 (503)228-6044
Janet Napolitano ’79 will step down as head of Homeland Security to become the first woman to head the University of California system.
Brad Mandell ’79 is now VP of Global OEM Big Data Sales at WANdisco, a provider of high-availability software for global enterprises to meet the challenges of Big Data and distributed software development
James R. Ebert ’79 was recently admitted to practice law in the state of Nevada. He has previously been admitted to pratice law in California and Georgia, as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Ebert continues to practice law in Irvine, Calif., where he handles business litigation cases. He was featured in an article published by The Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune about a $2,225,000 arbitration award he won against a major bank for his clients.
James R. Ebert KITAGAWA & EBERT, P.C. 8001 Irvine Center Drive, Suite 960 Irvine, CA 92618 Tel (949) 788-9980 Fax (949) 788-0918 email@example.com
Doug Cosbie ’79 has been named athletic relations associate and head football coach at Kamehameha Schools Kap'lama. Cosbie joins the Warriors with an extensive background in athletics, playing for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League for 10 years under legendary coach Tom Landry, being selected to the Pro Bowl in each season from 1983-85. He played his collegiate ball at Santa Clara University before being drafted by the Cowboys in the third round of the 1979 NFL Draft.
Steve Cordial MBA ’79 writes that he is living in Seattle, Wash. Having raised 5 children, and now enjoying 6 grandchildren, Cordial is changing his focus from business to socially responsible nonprofit activities.
Michael J. Bowler ’79 has published the edgy young-adult novel Children of the Knight, which reflects his many years working with marginalized youth in Southern California. A young King Arthur leads a crusade of unwanted kids against an adult society that discards and ignores them. The well-trained army—the children of the knight—eventually win the hearts and minds of the populace at large, and gain a truer understanding of themselves and their worth to society.
Bowler is an award-winning author of three novels. He grew up in San Rafael, California. He taught high school in Hawthorne, California for a number of years, both general education and to students with learning disabilities. He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to seven different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a long-time volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California. He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and National Big Brother of the Year. The ?National? honor allowed he and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office. He has already completed the sequel to Children of the Knight and is hard at work on the third volume in the trilogy.
Charles "Chuck" Berger MBA ’80 is the new president and CEO of Extreme Networks, a tech company. He's also been elected to the board of directors.
Berger is joining Extreme Networks following the successful sale of ParAccel, a privately held software analytics company to Actian. He is an established CEO and director with 30 years of experience in the technology sector, including extensive P&L, general management, marketing and financing experience in high growth, large and mid-sized companies. Prior to ParAccel, Berger served as the CEO of DVDPlay, Nuance Communications, Vicinity Corporation, AdForce, and Radius. He has also held executive positions in sales, marketing and finance at Apple and Sun Microsystems.
Jeanine D. Tucker ’78, J.D. ’81 is the new court executive officer with the Tuolumne County Superior Court. Tucker had worked for the Stanislaus County Superior Court since 1991. She most recently served as the operations manager for eight years, managing a staff of about 140 employees.
Nancy (Levandowski) Keller ’81 and Steven Keller was the first couple married at Denny's Chapel in Las Vegas on April 3. "As passionate Denny’s fans for more than 35 years, my husband and I couldn’t think of a more fun and exciting way to tie the knot than at Denny’s Vegas location in the very heart of the restaurant,” said Levandowski, director of ISU Dining for Iowa State University.
Wedding contact for Denny's media relations is Rebecca Lynch phone is 864-752-4778 Rebecca.Lynch@erwinpenland.com I am reachable at 515 509-4295. My new name will be Keller
Carol Dempsey '81 remarried Walter Frey on June 24, 2012, in Tiburon, Calif. Carol resides in Manteca with her husband and works for Woodside Homes.
Edythe M. De Marco '81 has been nationally recognized among the top advisors in Rhode Island by Barron's magazine in its annual "America's Top 1,000 Advisors: State-by-State" list, published in February. Advisors considered for Barron's "America's Top 1,000 Advisors: State-by-State" ranking have a minimum of seven years' financial services experience and have been employed at their current firm for at least one year. Numerous quantitative and qualitative measures (including assets managed, revenue produced and quality of practice) determine the financial advisor rankings.
"We believe Edythe's inclusion on the list is highly merited and underscores her commitment to developing strong relationships with clients. Barron's recognition of so many Merrill Lynch advisors on its annual list confirms our commitment to providing clients with outstanding talent and top-quality service to help them achieve their financial goals," said Gary Hernandez, Managing Director of the Merrill Lynch office in Providence. Ms. De Marco resides in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and has been a part of Merrill Lynch's Providence office for 31 years.
After moving back to New York in late 2013, Deirdre Cherry ’81 has been appointed Northeast Division Structured Lending Exec for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.