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Stephen Okonek MBA '81 was elected vice president of Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO). TRIO, whose main office is in the Washington, DC area, was founded in 1987 by renowned transplant pioneer and surgeon Thomas Starzl. Formerly, Steve was president of the San Francisco Bay chapter of the organization for eight years. Steve received his first liver transplant on Jan 1, 1993, at UCSF; he underwent a second liver transplant on April 4, 2001, at the same center. He lives in Half Moon Bay and works as a consultant/technical writer in energy technologies.
Joe McNab ’81 has earned the title 2015 Santa Claran of the Year by the Alumni Association's Los Angeles chapter for his dedication to Catholic school education and for putting Santa Clara values into action every day. McNab is the head track and field coach, and assistant football coach, at Notre Dame High School, in Sherman Oaks, California. He has also taught physical education, history, and religion there. The South San Francisco native has been at the school for more than 30 years.
Brett Lowart ’81 has earned the title 2015 Santa Claran of the Year by the Alumni Association's Los Angeles chapter for his dedication to Catholic education and for putting Santa Clara values into action every day. He has served in Catholic education since 1983, most recent as president at Notre Dame High School for the past six years. He also served as president at San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno (2002–2009), as VP at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park (1996–2002), and as director of development/instructor at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco (1983–1996).
P. Gregory Giordano J.D. '81 is now a partner and the vice chairman of the Gaming Practice Group in the Las Vegas, Nevada, office of the law firm of McDonald Carano Wilson LLP. His practice is concentrated in the areas of gaming compliance, licensing, and regulation, especially regarding publicly traded gaming companies, financing, and other transactions.
Freshman Dorm: Dunne
Barb (Burns) Frank '75, MBA '81 writes, "I retired at the end of 2005 after almost 30 years with Intel Corporation in a variety of positions, mostly in finance and information technology. I am currently the president of the Intel Retiree Organization and treasurer for Community Bridges, the largest deliverer of family services in Santa Cruz County. In 2015, my first grandchild was born to our daughter Jessica Frank Brown '05, so we are planning on moving to San Francisco sometime next year to be closer to our children and my stepson and family. Every year since we turned 50, I have been organizing us 4th-floor Dunne girls for an annual girl's weekend. Very fun!"
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.
Massimo Sorbara M.S. '82 is senior director of Technical Standards at Ikanos Communications in Red Bank, NJ. He is currently involved in the development of G.fast and DSL standards in the ITU-T and serves as vice chair in the Metallic Transmission Group in the Broadband Forum responsible for development of the DSL test specifications. Massimo has been involved in DSL Standards Development since 1990, seeing the evolutions of the HDSL, ADSL, and VDSL standards. He has served as the chair of ATIS Committee NIPP-NAI (formerly T1E1.4) 2000-2008 and as vice chair 1994-1999, and 2008-present; chair of the Spectral Compatibility Sub-Committee in NRIC-V (an advisory group to the FCC); and the CPE Working Group in FS-VDSL Committee defining CPE technical specifications in support of VDSL-based services. From 1986 through 1996, Mr. Sorbara held positions at AT&T Bell Labs / AT&T Paradyne, where he was primarily responsible for DSL systems engineering and product definition.
Larry Murnane ’82 just published the book Limitless: How to Be, Have, Do, and Accomplish Anything, a short book on living a purposeful life of accomplishment and fulfillment. It's available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks. Fifty percent of proceeds go to charities benefiting underprivileged children. Larry lives in Coronado, California.
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Kathryn Kane '82, J.D. '86 writes, "This fall, I will retire as a deputy county counsel, Office of County Counsel, County of Santa Clara. I have been a hearing, trial, and appellate counsel in the Child Dependency Unit for more than 25 years. I will forever be grateful for this amazing career opportunity."
Dr. Steven Ashby ’82 has been appointed as the laboratory director for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. PNNL is managed by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. It has an annual budget of $1B and employs 4,300 staff who perform research in fundamental science, energy, environment, and national security.
Hugh Daly '83 writes, "VP Sales & Marketing, METZ CONNECT USA, Tinton Falls, New Jersey."
Robert G.P. Cruz '71, J.D. '83 was recently sworn in by Guam Governor Eddie Calvo as a member of the Guam Senior Citizens Council. He is president of the Guam Chapter, AARP, and an adjunct professor at the University of Guam. Cruz has also taught business law for the U. of Phoenix MBA program for the past two years. He recently received an award from the Guam Division of Senior Citizens for serving as a Medicare volunteer assisting senior citizens with appeals. For the past two years, Bob has volunteered as a dance instructor in senior citizen centers throughout Guam. He is also a certified volunteer AARP, Driver Safety Instructor.
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James P. Cramer ’83, J.D. ’87 has been appointed a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court. The appointment was made by Gov. Jerry Brown '59. Cramer, 55, of Piedmont, has served as an assistant public defender at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office since 2004. He served as supervising legal research attorney at the Alameda County Superior Court from 2000 to 2004 and was general counsel and project manager at McGuire and Hester from 1996 to 2000. Cramer was an attorney at Cramer and Cramer (Robert '48 and Michael '78) from 1992 to 1996, after working as an associate in law firms between 1989 and 1992 and as a deputy district attorney at the Alameda County District Attorney's office from 1987 to 1989.
Robert J. Reid MBA '84 writes, "I successfully completed a Ph.D. in business at Oklahoma State University in August. I earned the Owners, Presidents, and Managers certificate at the Harvard Business School (2006). For the past 21 years, I have served as the executive director of the J.F. Maddox Foundation, in New Mexico. Previously, I had a successful career in turning around and managing hospital companies."
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jon D. Lee '84 has retired after 31 years of selfless service to our country. He was the commanding officer of the 91st Training Division at Fort Hunter-Liggett, California, where the ceremony was held in April 2015.
In 1984, he commissioned as a 2nd Lt., and completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Ga. From there, he was assigned to the Army Reserve. Lee is also a graduate of the Infantry Officer Advance Course, Airborne school, Air Assault school, Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.
He served with the 100th Bn., 442nd Infantry Regiment, at Fort De Russy, Hawaii, as rifle and mortar platoons leader, company executive officer, and company commander. From August 1999, through September 2002, Lee was the commanding officer of the 100th Bn., before moving on to future endeavors.
He was born in Wailuku on the island of Maui, and at Santa Clara he earned his bachelor’s degree in commerce. Gen. Lee served with various units prior to taking command of the 91st TD, including chief of Operations for Combined Joint Task Force 7, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Oct. 2003 to April 2004, and deputy commanding general for the 63rd Regional Support Command, from September 2009 to June 2012.
His awards and decorations include, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
On June 29, 2012, Lee assumed command of the 91st TD. His task as commanding general has been to train and prepare for deployment, Reserve and active duty units from all branches of the military, utilizing large-scale exercises to accomplish an overall mission of readiness.
Patty Clerkin '84 writes, "We have relocated to the suburbs of Philadelphia for a spouse job transfer. My children, Chris and Rochelle, will attend Catholic schools in Wayne. My son will be a freshman at Archbishop Carroll High and my daughter will enter 7th grade at St. Katharine's. It appears almost 150 alumni live nearby!"
Michael C. Wehr '85 was promoted to the rank of major general by the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at a ceremony in January. Last September, Wehr received his second star at his alma mater, where his career began in the ROTC program.
"It feels great to come back to the place and people who shaped me at an early age for the career that led to this day," he said. His parents, Art and Margaret Wehr, had the honor of participating in the ceremony, while his Santa Clara sweetheart, Deborah Kalisz Wehr ’84, stood by his side.
Responding humbly, Wehr said, "It takes a lot of little things to make something big happen. It's a real honor to celebrate this moment here at Santa Clara. It is a gift to get to lead. It's about living, learning, loving, and leaving a legacy—carrying a torch, but thanking those who handed it to me and those who will receive it. "Wehr also recognized the incredible importance of mentoring, specifically thanking his Santa Clara ROTC professor of military science, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Robert E. Camors.
Laura Rafaty '79, J.D. '85 is the founder and artistic director of NapaShakes (www.napashakes.org), a nonprofit bringing world-class professional Shakespeare to the Napa Valley. She continues her law practice (www.nvilaw.com) in St. Helena, California, specializing in immigration law, including work visas for extraordinary culinary, winemaking, and performing artists. A national award winning writer, her work can be found at www.laurarafaty.com.
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Chuck Miller ’85, J.D. ’88 is business development nanager for American Pacific Mortgage in Walnut Creek. He is also the JV basketball coach at De La Salle High School in Concord. Chuck is currently serving on the SCU National Alumni Board as well as on the committee for the Class of '85 Grand Reunion coming up this fall. He is encouraging all his classmates to come to the reunion and looks forward to seeing them all there. Chuck is proud of his daughter, Samantha, who is attending George Washington University and his son, Charlie, who is a freshman at De La Salle High School. Chuck lives in Pleasant Hill.
Freshman Dorm: Swig
After 11 years teaching virtually every religious studies course that Catholic high schools have to offer, Mary Marsella '85 is taking a break for several months to chill out and determine her next steps for how to best apply her nine years of graduate theological study to living this gift of life. This includes sorting out her passions, which include promoting social justice, deepening her spirituality, meditating, practicing yoga, spending more time with her family, cooking, writing about what's on her mind—she had a field day writing posts about Pope Francis in order to give balance to the various mis/understandings of him and the Church during his visit to the United States—and whatever the heck else she wants to do. She lives in Point Richmond and loves her view of the Bay, which she is well aware that she is lucky to have. She looks forward to reuniting with her third-floor- freshman-year "Swig-mates" and other Santa Clara alums. And of course, while working at LaSallian high schools, she ever maintained the TRUTH that God is NOT a Gael! Can I get an amen?
Tim Jeffries ’85 served as the senior deputy of the Colorado Flood Recovery Task Force for Governor John Hickenlooper (D) of Colorado in fall 2013. Tim was reappointed to the Arizona Commerce Authority by House Speaker Andy Tobin (R) in summer 2014. And Tim also serves on the Crime and Child Safety Subcommittee of the Transition Committee for Governor-Elect Doug Ducey (R) of Arizona.
Rev. Dr. Laura (Boltz) Holck '85 has been called to served as senior pastor at Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Cross in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She shares the position with her spouse, Rev. Dr. Philip Holck.
Charlotte Hart ’85 got married in January of 2014, and in September moved back to hometown Long Beach, California after 10 years in Scottsdale, Arizona. With three kids in college now, she and her new husband, Marshall Waller, live together and no longer comute 800 miles a week! When not working on their home remodel or charitable caues, Charlotte consults part-time as a marketing strategist specializing in business development. As the reunion nears, she is exhorting classmates and all alumni to bolster SCU's endowment. Examining her alma mater's giving statistics compared to the colleges her kids were accepted to (comprable size schools) was eye-opening, so she joined the reunion committee to spread the word!