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1998

UGRD Arts & Sciences '98
Dennison, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Dennison ’98 is the director of Marketing and Communications for Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland, Washington. Jeff provides leadership in producing and managing WSU Tri-Cities internal communications, social media, marketing and branding.

submitted Jan. 21, 2015 3:14P
UGRD Leavey Business '98
De Buizer, Amber (Nixon)

Amber (Nixon) De Buizer ’98 has been elected to the 2015-2016 Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) - Silicon Valley Chapter. She is currently Director of Development at Acterra in Palo Alto. She and husband James welcomed their son, Ryker, on November 18, 2013. The family lives in Santa Clara.

Contact Amber
www.linkedin.com/in/amberdebuizer
submitted Oct. 15, 2014 2:46P
GRD Leavey/MBA '98
Das, Sujal

Sujal Das MBA ’98 has joined the executive management team of Netronome as the senior vice president and general manager of strategy and Data Center Business Unit. Netronome is the leading provider of data plane processing solutions for software-defined networks. Das brings more than 20 years of experience with success in leading growth for a number of networking semiconductor companies including Broadcom, Mellanox and Marvell.

A strategic leader with a deep understanding of the market, Das recently led data center and SDN related initiatives at Broadcom helping establish the growth of merchant switch silicon and bare metal switches as a forceful trend in data center networking. Prior to that, at Mellanox, Das led the expansion of the company’s growth into the data center market by establishing the value of the company’s technologies in mainstream applications. Sujal also held key marketing and product development positions at Marvell and AMD.
 
submitted Oct. 22, 2014 12:56P
'98
Crowley, Kristen

Kristen Crowley ’98 is teaching kindergarten special education and developmental preschool for the Pasco School District in Pasco, Washington. She is also attending WSU-Pullman's graduate school.

submitted Mar. 2, 2015 12:32A
'98
Christopher, Erahm (Machado)

Erahm (Machado) Christopher '98 wrote and directed his feature debut, Listen, slated for a release this year. The raw drama is inspired by his work with the educational program Teen Truth, which he launched. He has produced and directed three award-winning Teen Truth films and an operatic film for Bravo!; co-authored and published the book, Teen Truth: Why Youth Have Something to Hide; and conceptualized a live experience that has reached nearly 2 million people worldwide. More than 6 million people have seen his critically acclaimed Teen Truth series, and he has traveled the globe speaking to more than 700,000 people in schools, government agencies, and corporations.

submitted May. 7, 2015 1:43P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '98
Boznanski, Blake

Blake Boznanski ’98 and Erica (Milanese) Boznanski ’03 welcomed their second son, Beckett Rick, into this world on Nov. 23, 2014. The family resides in San Francisco.

submitted Dec. 28, 2014 11:25P
'98
Ball, Patti

The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Patricia E. Ball ’98 as counsel in the Employment and Labor Practice Group of the firm's Los Angeles office. "Patricia is a seasoned litigator with significant trial experience and will be a valuable addition to our employment litigation team," said Tony Campiti, practice leader for the firm's Employment and Labor Practice Group.

submitted Aug. 19, 2014 12:35P

1999

GRD Law '99
Shipman, Scott

Scott Shipman J.D. ’99 has been appointed General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer by Sensity Systems Inc., the pioneer of Light Sensory Networks. Under Shipman, Sensity’s global privacy program will work with governing bodies, businesses, and experts worldwide to build regulatory practices around LSNs and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) implementations. 

Before joining Sensity, Shipman spent his entire legal career at eBay Inc. as an in-house attorney. After taking eBay public in 1998, Shipman helped build many of eBay’s legal functions. Most recent, he built and led the company’s privacy practice in his role as eBay’s CPO, where he managed and oversaw the privacy practices for eBay Marketplaces, PayPal and Skype. During this time, eBay received the “Most Trusted Brand For Privacy” designation from the Ponemon Institute.

Shipman frequently testifies to regulators and government officials on privacy, data protection and information security. Shipman earned his JD with an emphasis in high-tech law from Santa Clara University School of Law and a BA in environmental conservation from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Shipman also teaches Comparative Privacy Law at Santa Clara University, School of Law.
 

 

submitted Mar. 20, 2015 11:32P
GRD Leavey/MBA '99
Martin, Cecilia (Allen)

Cecilia (Allen) Martin ’94, MBA ’99 and husband, Dave, live in Santa Clara with their 2 children, ages 7 and 10.

submitted Oct. 6, 2014 5:33P
UGRD Leavey Business '99
Iwamoto, Eric

Eric Iwamoto ’99 and Wendy (Vu) Iwamoto ’99 welcomed a boy, James Toshiro Vu, on April 7, 2014. He joins big sister Ellie, 5. The family lives in Ladera Ranch, Calif. 

submitted Aug. 1, 2014 11:37A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '99
Hendershott, Hilary

Hilary Hendershott ’99, MBA ’11 appeared in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2014 40 Under 40 list. She is the founder and CEO of Hilary Hendershott Financial, one of Silicon Valley's only woman-owned and operated investment advisory firms. She has made it her mission to empower women to maximize their own resources, grow their wealth and live sustainable and healthy lives. She has created a financial training program, Your Rich Retirement Academy, which is delivered virtually and designed for Millennial and younger investors, and teaches both healthy money mindsets and technical skills such as calculation of net worth and retirement savings goals, to enable long-range financial success.

Hendershott volunteers at the Financial Planning Association's Pro Bono Day, where professionals offer financial advice to individuals who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford those services. She also co-created and spearheaded an annual fundraising event for the Emergency Housing Consortium's youth shelter
The San Jose native has also volunteered as a leadership skills coach for Landmark Worldwide for more than six years. In this volunteer role, Hendershott provides coaching and guidance for individuals looking to improve their communication, effectiveness and leadership skills. She has been responsible for programs of up to 80 individual participants and 15 trained coaches and estimates that she has likely spent over 1000 hours in these volunteer efforts.
 
She has also been a foster mother.

 

submitted Jan. 9, 2015 8:31A
UGRD Leavey Business '99
Diaz, Alma (Parra)

Angel Diaz ’99 and Alma Diaz Parra ’01 welcomed their second child, Antonio Ernesto, on Oct. 27, 2014. He joins big brother Eduardo Angel who is three years old and the family resides in Los Angeles.

submitted Jan. 9, 2015 1:05P
UGRD Leavey Business '99
Betz, Jennifer
Jennifer Betz '99 appeared in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2014 40 Under 40 list. She is the executive director, manufacturing finance, at Maxim Integrated, where, last year, Betz led the strategic planning process, which brings analyses of macroeconomic trends and internal data into a cohesive form for all decision makers and business groups in the company. Senior leadership relies on the revamped strategic planning process that Betz leads to make critical planning decisions that drive the success of the company.
 
Along with a team of 22, she manages all financial aspects of Maxim Integrated's manufacturing organization, a $2.4 billion business. Her responsibilities specifically impact three subgroups and 4,600 employees. The organization spans oceans, with sites in the Philippines, Thailand and several in the U.S.
 
Betz began her career as an associate analyst and was promoted to a director position in 2008. She was promoted to executive director in 2011. She has held the position of group controller for almost every organization at Maxim.
As group controller for Maxim's Consumer business group, Betz represented more than 39 percent of Maxim's total revenue in fiscal year 2014. When working with Maxim's product engineers, she focuses on bringing her knowledge of business, financial management and policies, rather than trying to learn the technical nuances her electrical engineering colleagues are familiar with. Her approach builds valued partnering within the group.
 
Since 2008, Betz has volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, helping to create a home-away-from-home and a supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses who are receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals. Each week, Betz coordinates and plans a special activity for children in the Garden Immune Wing, an area of the house especially designed for the needs of children who are receiving bone-marrow transplants.

 

submitted Jan. 9, 2015 8:39A

2000

'00
Thorsett, Brian

Brian Thorsett ’00 is now an assistant professor at Virginia Tech University in the School for Performing Arts. Thorsett also recently performed at the prestigious Festival del Sole in Napa, Calif., in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti.

submitted Aug. 5, 2014 5:31P
GRD Leavey/MBA '00
Smudin, Richard

Richard S. Smudin MBA ’00 recently took command of the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade. He has had 27 years of military service. Colonel Smudin's most recent assignments include Battalion Commander of the 3rd Battalion of the 304th Infantry Regiment (United States Military Academy), Chief of the Civil Information Management Cell at the 353d Civil Affairs Command, and Chief of the Functional Specialty Team at the 353d Civil Affairs Command. His operational deployments include service as the Mobilization Plans Officer at Fort Drum in 2003, Civil Affairs Team Leader in Baghdad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom II - III, and Division Engagements Officer for the Commander of Multi-National Division North at Contingency Operating Base Speicher Iraq during OIF 2007-2009.

submitted Apr. 10, 2015 5:54P
'00
Rocha, Stephanie

Stephanie Rocha '00, J.D. '09 appeared in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2014 40 Under 40 list. She is an associate attorney at Miller Morton Cailat & Nevis LLP, where Rocha represents developers, builders and prime contractors in construction litigation, including defect and payment disputes. She also represents real estate agents and brokers, homeowners, landlords, tenants and other individuals and entities in a variety of real estate- and business-related matters.

A Santa Clara native, Rocha started her career at a semiconductor company in Santa Clara County. She quickly moved up the ranks in the human resources department and — unfortunately, as the recession began to hit — was involved in handling company layoffs, exposing her to legal employment claims and piquing her interest in law.
 
Her experience at this time also included working as employee relations manager for a biotech company, where she was able to cultivate her newfound interest by working closely with the company's outside labor and employment counsel.
 
Indulging her varied outside curiosities, Rocha earned her real estate license and began selling real estate at nights and on the weekends, while still maintaining her full-time job. Exposure to real estate law was the final push she needed to pursue law school.
submitted Jan. 9, 2015 8:53A
GRD Leavey/MBA '00
Nishita, Jeff

Jeff Nishita MBA ’00 has joined Novogradac & Company LLP, a San Francisco-based accounting and consulting firm that specializes in affordable housing, community development, historic preservation and renewable energy tax credits. Nishita performs numerous services in the real estate industry, including audit and tax services, consulting, forecasting and training. He works with for-profit and nonprofit developers, syndicators and direct investors.

Mr. Nishita speaks at various affordable housing conferences throughout the year and is in charge of maintaining the firm’s Financial Forecast Model. He is also the founder of the firm’s community service program and one of the founders of the firm’s LIHTC Working Group, a membership organization that addresses technical issues in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program.

Before joining Novogradac & Company LLP, Mr. Nishita worked with several start-up companies and small businesses in executive positions.

submitted Jan. 9, 2015 2:48P
GRD Leavey/MBA '00
Merchant, Nilofer

Nilofer Merchant MBA '00 has been appointed to the Martin Prosperit Institute (MPI), which is a research center at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. A leading thinker in innovation, business ethics, management, and public policy, Merchant will look at society's emerging power infrastructure for the Infrastructure for Democratic Capitalism project. She teaches innovation at Stanford and Santa Clara Universities. During a 20-year career, she has personally launched 100 products amounting to $18B in revenue. Her career includes stints at Apple, Autodesk, GoLive/Adobe as well as service on both public and private boards. She is the author two best-selling books: The New How (2010); and 11 Rules for Creating Value in the #SocialEra (2012). She won the 2013 Thinkers 50 Future Thinker Award. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, written innovation columns for Businessweek and Forbes and is a contributor to Harvard Business Review, Wired, and Oprah.

 

submitted Nov. 15, 2014 8:49A
'00
Lewis, Kristen

 Kristen Lewis '00 married Brian Howards on May 10, 2014, in San Francisco.

submitted Jun. 14, 2015 6:44P
UGRD Leavey Business '00
Lequang-Gonzales, Crystal

Crystal Lequang-Gonzales ’00 is celebrating the 10th anniversary of her company, Amazae Events Inc. The company has recently relocated to Willow Glen with an expanded team, where Gonzales continues to provide exceptional event planning and design services for corporate functions, social gatherings, and wedding celebrations.

Contact Crystal
www.amazae.com www.facebook.com/AmazaeSpecialEvents www.yelp.com/biz/amazae-special-events-san-jose
submitted Feb. 13, 2015 11:18A
GRD Law '00
Edwards, Erik
Erik Edwards J.D. '00 has re-joined Cooley as a partner in its business department. Edwards, who first joined Cooley as a summer associate in 1999, and became a partner in 2009, will reside in the firm's Palo Alto office where he will re-establish a practice focused on the representation of emerging growth companies, investors and public companies on a wide range of matters including financings, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance matters. From 2011 to 2014 he served as general counsel and later as the managing director of the family office of Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
 
 
At Santa Clara University School of Law, Edwards served as the business editor of the Santa Clara Law Review. He was the recipient of the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Securities Regulation and the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in the Legal Profession. He also served as an extern for Judge James Ware of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.
submitted Nov. 21, 2014 6:07P
UGRD Leavey Business '00
Davaransky, Jane (Duong)

Jane Duong Davaransky ’00 created a petition on www.change.org to ask Medela, a leading manufacturer of breast pumps, to create a program to recycle old breast pumps. After 2,002 signatures, Medela responded by creating a recycling program called Medela Recycles. Each pump received through Medela Recycles supports the donation of new hospital-grade, multiuse breastpumps and supplies to Ronald McDonald House Charities to support parents who have babies in the NICU. Medela expects to recycle 12,000 pumps with this program. As of mid-January 2015, the company has recycled 171 pumps.

submitted Jan. 21, 2015 12:27P
UGRD Leavey Business '00
Charles, Janelle (Pereira)

Janelle (Pereira) Charles ’00, husband Ryan, and big brother Mason (3) welcomed identical twin baby boys, Tyler and Aiden, on Nov. 24, 2014. The family lives in Morgan Hill.

submitted Feb. 28, 2015 3:24P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '00
Busch, Katie (Pursley)

Katie (Pursley) Busch '00 and Dave Busch welcomed their second child, Anna Kathryn, on July 10, 2014. The family lives in Colorado.

submitted Nov. 13, 2014 11:01A
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