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2008

UGRD Leavey Business '08
Haase, Hillary (Boller)

Brent Haase 08 and Hillary (Boller) Haase 06 are the proud parents of future Bronco Louis William Haase, born Aug. 23, 2014 at 4:53 PM. 6 lb., 0.9 oz., 18 1/4 in. Louis joins big brother Ollie, a German Shepherd, at home in Greenwood Village, Colo.

submitted Aug. 31, 2014 10:28A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '08
Gallardo-Sanidad, Christina

Cristina Sanidad '08 and Emmanuel Gallardo were married in Phoenix, Ariz. on May 24, 2014.

submitted Aug. 6, 2014 2:58P
'08
Fonts, Augustin

Coming from Santa Clara’s School of Engineering, where “Engineering with a Mission” is the credo, Agustin Fonts ’08 and Ryan Leary ’08 feel right at home putting their ethics, values, and talents to work in their careers. Both are employed by a company whose software is transforming the way the world approaches household energy conservation. At Opower, Fonts is the international product manager and Leary is engineering manager, accountable for promoting good engineering practices and managing software release and testing by working with engineering services and QA release management for the company’s suite of products focused on energy efficiency, customer engagement, demand response, and thermostat management.

The company’s recent successful IPO was exciting, but both Leary and Fonts claim it is the founders’ mission to lower energy use that is most gratifying. Their careers in the energy industry really started when they joined the 2007 Santa Clara University Solar Decathlon team as undergraduates. After graduating, they founded their own start-up, Valence Energy, with other teammates.
 
submitted Apr. 22, 2014 10:14P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '08
Angley, Brody

Brody Angley ’08 signed a two-year deal with Maccabi Haifa Basketball, making his debut in Israel Winner League. The 28-year-old point guard has recently won four championships in the last four seasons, on four different teams in Europe and Latin America. He brings to his new team the leadership, toughness, and high IQ that allowed him to win the rims in Switzerland LNA, Mexico Liga Nacional de Baloncesto, League of FIBA Americas, and Mexico LNBP.

submitted Aug. 26, 2014 12:03P

2009

'09
Linney, Claire

Claire Linney '09 continues to be busy. She is now Santa Clara's first paid assistant coach for men’s and women’s water polo. Linney was an all-conference player here in 2009, and had been an assistant coach at Cal State Monterey Bay. Last fall, as the head coach for the Salinas High School Boy's Water Polo team, she was named MBL Coach of the Year for the second time. She is also the athletic director at San Benancio Middle School. In the spring she was inducted into the 2014 Aptos High School Sports Hall of Fame.

submitted Jun. 16, 2014 9:56A
GRD Law '09
Jensen, Leslie (Maglione)

Leslie (Maglione) Jensen '06, J.D. '09 and her husband James welcomed their first child, Samantha May, on Jan. 17, 2014.

submitted May. 18, 2014 7:14P
'09
Damrow, Lindsay

Lindsay Damrow ’09 became a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch in June 2014. She will be working on the Armstrong/Eshoo Team based in Oak Brook, Ill.

Contact Lindsay
www.linkedin.com/in/lindsaydamrow http://fa.ml.com/Armstrong_Eshoo
submitted Jul. 17, 2014 11:03A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '09
Arntz, Kristina

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Kristina Arntz ’09 is currently attending Vanderbilt University working on an MBA in Healthcare. She has been happily dating Derek Brown '09 for the past 5 years.

submitted Apr. 4, 2014 4:54P

2010

UGRD Leavey Business '10
Bruce, Lindsay

Lindsay Bruce ’10 made appearances on this season's NBC reality show The Voice.

Her early accomplishments helped set her on a path that led to an appearance on “The Voice,” but it was a long, sometimes difficult journey. At 13, the Santa Rosa native wrote a book and a song about having lost her uncle on 9/11. In high school, she became an international model and local celebrity. All along, though, she wanted to write and sing her own songs, so after graduating from Santa Clara University, Bruce headed to Nashville to pursue the one dream that still eluded her.

But for Bruce, the journey was a humbling experience. She was a struggling songwriter in a town where everybody is a struggling songwriter. For five years, Bruce developed her craft, learned what she could and performed in nearly empty halls. Always optimistic, though, she pressed on. A break came after three years in Nashville and at the very moment she was thinking of giving up on Music City once and for all.
 
“It was kind of a perfect storm of bad things,” said the 25-year-old who made it onto one of the celebrity team's on The Voice, where singers compete for a recording contract. “My landlord was selling the house, my roommate was moving, the production contract I had was expiring and my job ended. I was basically getting ready to move back home.”
 
In one of the crazier turns of her young life, she ended up auditioning for “The Voice” coaches on TV in front of thousands of people. Her journey to that point made her feel that she had nothing to lose.
 
Read more on the Press Democrat.  
 
submitted Mar. 24, 2014 11:51A
'10
Akins Jr., Thomas

Thomas Akins Jr. ’10 came up with the idea for the mobile app called podStatus, a music player that takes a stab at music discovery for frequent Instagram users (and other social networks) who have songs on their iPhone to share music for friends to listen and discover. He writes that no other app brings this level of music discovery to Instagram where users can actually listen to the music. It also has an algorithm that only makes music suggestions based on what users already have in their music library and are listening to right in that moment.

submitted May. 4, 2014 2:12P
'10
Adams, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Adams '10 is back in the Bay Area after receiving his masters of fine arts from the New School for Drama in New York City. He's starring as the Prince in San Francisco Playhouse's production of Into the Woods, the Stephen Sondheim musical which has a big-screen, Disney version in the works. It runs through Sept. 6.

Coincidentally, the Cinderella to Adams' Prince is Monique Hafen '10, one of his classmates in Santa Clara's theater arts program.
submitted Jul. 15, 2014 2:58P

2011

GRD Leavey/MBA '11
Staff, Cassandra (Thomassin)

Cassandra (Thomassin) Staff MBA ’11 and her husband Adrian Staff welcomed their first child, Lucille Khoo Staff on March 9. They are happily raising Lucille in San Jose.

submitted Jul. 31, 2014 6:14P
'11
Silk, Lauren

Lauren Silk '11 has chosen to attend the University of Colorado--Boulder for her degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

submitted May. 13, 2014 9:49A
UGRD Leavey Business '11
Allbritten, Sarah

Sarah Allbritten ’11 writes, "Recently relocated back to SF Bay Area from Los Angeles and I am currently looking for a job."

Contact Sarah
www.linkedin.com/pub/sarah-allbritten/1b/77a/b29
submitted Jul. 9, 2014 6:30P

2012

'12
Valle, Maria

Maria Valle ’12 facilitated San Jose's second annual leadership conference for young women in the spring. The theme was "Strong Girls, Strong Women."

About 260 high school girls, their mothers, and grandmothers attended the conference at the Mexican Heritage Plaza. Organized by the American Association of University Women and the Santa Clara County Office of Women's Policy, the meeting featured a series of panel discussions on economic, educational, and health equity for women—as well as discussions on crime and violence.
 
The week before the conference, Valle had taken a group of Andrew Hill students to Sacramento to lobby for health care for all and funding for schools. Valle is a secretary at Our Lady of Grace Nativity School.
submitted May. 4, 2014 2:43P
'12
Trasolini, Marc
Marc Trasolini ’12 began what appears to be an extremely promising career this year in Italy, where he started all year for Pesaro in the top division of the Italian Basketball League, and had, by all accounts, an outstanding first year making the transition from NCAA to the professional ranks.
 
 
“I had a really good year I think, based on moving to a different country and adapting to playing professionally,” said Trasolini. “I had very good numbers (10.4 points and 6.7 rebounds/game) for a rookie, and I have an option on my contract to return to Pesaro next season. But there’s a tremendous amount of movement in Europe with players moving all the time, and my agent is just seeing what’s out there.”
 
Read more at The Province.
 
submitted Jun. 21, 2014 12:10P
UGRD Leavey Business '12
Spain, Ana (Valdes)

Ana Maria Valdes ’12 and Mark Spain ’13 were married on June 7, 2014, at the Mission Santa Clara de Asís. The couple met at SCU freshmen orientation and began dating their senior year. Other Broncos in attendance included bridesmaids Jessica Campbell ’11 and Marlynn Spain ’10, and groomsmen Anthony Sagariballa ’12, Dong Seon Min ’14, and David Sippel ’13. The couple resides in Seattle, Wash.

submitted Jul. 28, 2014 9:18P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '12
Peng, Daniel

In May, Daniel Peng ’12 received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant. He’s one of about 1,800 recipients nationwide who will have the chance to travel abroad for a unique hands-on learning opportunity in their chosen field.
Starting in September, he will be stationed at a clinic in Hangzhou a city of about 6 million in the eastern portion of China.

His research grant proposal targets Type 2 diabetes, which is far more prevalent, but less understood than Type 1 diabetes. Together, the two forms of the disease affect about 29 million Americans. During his time in Hangzhou, he’ll be interacting with patients and clinicians to affect change.

“In terms of the research I’m conducting, this is not hard science,” he said. “It’s more of a public health project.”

Simple changes, Peng noted, can reduce the rates of diabetes. People can often create and maintain better health by eating more fruits and vegetables, and fewer high-fat foods and simple carbohydrates like white rice and potatoes. Another important factor, Peng said, is getting patients to understand and care about dietary restrictions.

Educating others comprises about half of his duties in China. He’s also going to be working to create a patient database that will help doctors understand the long-term affects of treatment.

Prior to his current job, Peng spent time working with diabetics of all ages at the Stanford University School of Medicine and at the Pacific Free Clinic in San Jose.

submitted Aug. 9, 2014 8:23A
UGRD Leavey Business '12
Ghafourifar, Brienne

Brienne Ghafourifar ’12, the youngest college graduate at age 17 to raise $1 million in venture funding for her business, Entefy, is among four women chronicled in the upcoming documentary film She Started It, about women entrepreneurs.

submitted Jul. 15, 2014 2:20P
UGRD Leavey Business '12
Frediani, Bianca

Bianca Frediani ’12 is co-owner of Bed Bandits, a company that makes and sells fire-retardant, hypoallergenic mattress toppers. For every three sold, a fourth is donated to a local shelter. It's a business model driven by compassion. "My dad was an Oakland firefighter for over 30 years," she told the Contra Costa Times, "running into fires to literally save people." She wants to make a difference. "I hope someday -- if this (company) becomes a big thing, that we can go to Third World countries and donate these mattress toppers to people who don't have beds."

submitted Jul. 15, 2014 2:28P
GRD Law '12
Behn, W.

W. Martin Behn J.D. ’12 has joined Sinsheimer Juhnke McIvor & Stroh, LLP. Behn worked as an associate at a small boutique law firm in Palo Alto specializing in estate planning, estate and trust administration and probate, and charitable planning, according to a news release. He will work in the trusts and estates practice of the San Luis Obispo firm.

Behn grew up in San Luis Obispo. Between undergrad and law school, Behn was a law clerk at Société Générale Finance Equipment in Wuppertal, Germany, as well as a summer law clerk at Boehmert & Boehmert in Munich, Germany.

 
submitted Aug. 4, 2014 5:57A

2013

'13
Saavedra, Jaime

Jaime Saavedra J.D. '13 joined the San Francisco office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. Saavedra joins the firm as an associate with the Patent Team in the internationally recognized Intellectual Property Department. 

Dr. Saavedra focuses his practice on patent prosecution and counseling, due diligence, licensing, and other intellectual property issues related to matters in the health and life sciences.

Before becoming an associate, Dr. Saavedra worked as a law clerk and as a summer associate in 2013 with the firm. Prior to joining the firm, he was a graduate researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he developed new and environmentally friendly methods of reducing a variety of functional groups including nitrile, halide and carbonyl functionalities. Dr. Saavedra has authored and co-authored articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research at several scientific conferences.
Previously, Dr. Saavedra was legal intern in the Munich office of a German intellectual property law firm during the summer of 2012 where he performed legal and organizational tasks in patent litigation, including European and U.S. patent search and interpretation of high technology, chemical and materials patents, as well as research on the proposed European Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court. During law school, Dr. Saavedra was a Research Editor of the Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal and focused his studies on intellectual property law and related fields.
submitted Apr. 22, 2014 10:20P
'13
Ronen, Joshua

Josh Ronen ’13 is currently completing his second year of medical school at the Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) on the island of Dominica in the eastern Caribbean. By next summer he is on pace to start his third year as a physician-in-training, composed of clinical rotations at a RUSM-affiliate hospital location in California.

submitted Jul. 22, 2014 3:17P
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