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1997

UGRD Leavey Business '97
Daftary, Vijay

Vijay (Jay) Daftary ’97 and his wife Tara welcomed a baby boy, Neal, on Feb. 8, 2013. The family lives in Reno, Nev.

submitted Feb. 26, 2014 1:19P
'97
Blanar, David

David Blanar '97 writes, "Hallo from England! I recently wrapped up an MA in Systematic Theology & Philosophy from the University of Nottingham—yep, you read that right. Really enjoyable work, it brought back lots of memories and made me all the more grateful for Fr. Tollini's lectures. Much love from overseas!"

submitted Feb. 18, 2014 2:15P

1998

GRD Leavey/MBA '98
Vaughn, Patricia

P. J. Vaughn '92, '98 is now living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She works for Chevron as the general manager of the Buenos Aires Shared Services Center.

submitted May. 14, 2014 2:13P
UGRD Leavey Business '98
Siregar, Nazly

Nazly Siregar ’98 was made a partner with Deloitte Southeast Asia in January 2013.

Contact Nazly
nsiregar@deloitte.com
submitted Sep. 8, 2014 2:01A
GRD Law '98
Hicks, Josh

Josh Hicks ’95, J.D. ’98 is a new shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, a firm practicing in the areas of real estate, natural resources, public policy, corporate, and litigation. Hicks is a member of the firm’s government relations department and taxation group. His tax practice focuses on Nevada state and local tax matters, ranging from tax planning to litigated tax controversies. Hicks’ government affairs practice focuses on representation before the Nevada Legislature, local governments and state government agencies. In addition, Hicks practices in all aspects of Nevada campaign finance and election law, including all aspects of ballot initiatives.

submitted Jan. 7, 2014 10:35P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '98
Henderson, Sheila

Sheila J. Henderson M.A. '98 writes, "Two exciting events: My husband and I moved to New York City, and I recently published two books: Fostering Inventiveness in Children and Invention Friday Curriculum: Grades 2-5. These books are available on Amazon.com. For more information, please see the website: http://inventionfriday.org These books would likely be interesting to parents and teachers who are interested in encouraging their children toward interesting careers and to enjoy learning, inside and outside the classroom. The curriculum is great for the classroom, after school programs, and education at home."

Contact Sheila
drsheilaj@gmail.com http://SheilaJHenderson.org http://inventionfriday.org
submitted May. 10, 2014 2:04P
'98
Fisher, David

David Fisher MBA '98 is now vice president and business transformation officer at SRA International, Inc., a leading provider of IT solutions and professional services to government organizations.

Mr. Fisher will lead a business transformation program to drive continuous process improvement and operational optimization efforts in support of SRA’s strategic plan. As BTO, he will help SRA continue to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of internal business processes, enhancing the focus on providing customers with the best people, ideas and performance.
“We are pleased to welcome David to the SRA team,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Tim Atkin. “David’s thought leadership and extensive operational experience in the public and private sectors will strengthen how we support our employees and our customers.  He will provide SRA, and our customers, with strategies and practices that will enable us to consistently meet the dynamic needs of the federal government market in order to achieve exceptional operational performance.”  
 
Mr. Fisher has held a number of senior roles within the public and private sectors, most recently as Chief Risk Officer and Senior Advisor to the Commissioner at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Prior to joining the IRS, he served as Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Financial Officer at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Before holding his role at the GAO, David held a number of positions with the Department of Defense (DoD), including serving as the first permanent director of the Business Transformation Agency, Defense Enterprise Integration Executive, and Special Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Financial Management). Prior to joining DoD, David served as Managing Director with BearingPoint.
 
Mr. Fisher graduated with distinction from Stanford University with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication. He completed his Masters of Business Administration at Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business. He is also the author of Optimize Now (or else!): How to Leverage Processes and Information to Achieve Enterprise Optimization and Avoid Enterprise Extinction.
submitted Jun. 21, 2014 9:55A
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
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

UGRD Engineering '99
Warner, Amy
Amy Warner '99, M.S. '00 was recently elected as vice president of Precision Analog. As such, Warner is responsible for setting and driving strategy for the Precision Analog team with the goal of sustainable growth and profitability with differentiated analog signal chain products designed for the industrial, energy and communications markets.
 
In previous roles at TI, Warner managed Precision Digital-to-Analog Converter products and served as an analog field applications engineer.  Prior to joining TI in 2004, she spent four years as a hardware engineer at Agilent Technologies.
submitted Mar. 12, 2014 8:39P
UGRD Engineering '99
Tarantino, Jeffrey

Jeffrey ’99 and Sarah Tarantino welcomed Edward "Teddy" Tarantino to their family on January 23, 2014. Teddy joined big sister, Katherine. Jeff also celebrated his 10th Anniversary with Erler & Kalinowski, Inc.

submitted Apr. 1, 2014 2:11P
UGRD Leavey Business '99
Sambandan, Sachi
Sachi Sambandan MBA '99 has been appointed senior vice president of engineering at Gigamon, a leader in traffic visibility solutions. Sambandan joins Gigamon from VMware, where he recently served as vice president for the company's R&D Hybrid Cloud Services, responsible for all aspects of product development as well as building and managing a team of approximately 180 engineers.  Prior to VMware, Sambandan spent ten years at Force10 Networks as vice president of engineering, developing and expanding Force10's product roadmap. Sambandan received a bachelor's degree in electronics and communication engineering from India's College of Engineering in Guindy, Madras. He went on to earn a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland and a master's in business administration from Santa Clara University.
 

 

submitted May. 16, 2014 1:12P
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

2000

GRD Engineering '00
Warner, Amy
see year 1999
'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
Clapperton, Michael

Michael Clapperton MBA ’00 has been named to the board of Etairos Consulting in San Jose, Calif. He currently is the Chief Technology Officer of IT Sigma in New York City, a SaaS Workflow Management tool.

Contact Michael
212-390-0696
submitted May. 29, 2014 10:11A
UGRD Leavey Business '00
Davaransky, Jane (Duong)

Jane Duong Davaransky ’00 and husband Anthony announce the birth of Carson Thai Davaransky, born on April 27, 2014. Carson spent 5 weeks at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford for apnea, aspiration, and reflux. He is now home with mom, dad, and big sister Emerson. He is growing and improving every day.

submitted Sep. 1, 2014 1:57A

2001

'01
Thorpe, Gillian

 "Seek help for your child at the onset of any suspicion of alcohol or drugs," advises Gillian Thorp M.A. ’01, Three Stones Wellness CEO and co-founder with Kathryn Spelman, COO. "You don't want to wait until your child hits rock bottom and is expelled from school or in the hospital. Early intervention is important."

Three Stones Wellness, which opened in a cozy home in Santa Clara last November, is a residential program providing alcohol and drug abuse treatment for adolescents, ages 12 to 17. The home can accommodate up to six teens for stays of 30 to 90 days. It is one of just nine residential facilities for adolescents in all of California (compared with some 2,400 facilities for adults).
 
"There is a huge, unmet need for help for adolescents suffering from substance abuse," says Thorp, a mother of two daughters. Thorp holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University, where she was Director of the International Student Services before leaving the university last April to focus her efforts on establishing Three Stones Wellness.
 
"It's been quite a leap of faith, but it's something that speaks to my heart for personal reasons," says Thorp, a Santa Clara resident who was born and raised in South Africa.
 
"I wanted to do something in our community because I have long-standing roots here," continues Thorp, whose late husband, Deron, was a native of Santa Clara.
 
Thorp and Spelman are neighbors living on the same street, and Thorp's daughters are friends with Spelman's daughter. As the moms got to know each other, they discovered that they shared concern for teens struggling with substance abuse, which sometimes co-occurs with underlying disorders such as depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar, and attention deficit.
 
"The establishment of a holistic, compassion-based program for adolescents to address very real problems was needed. The opportunity to develop and create a new program with a fresh perspective, incorporating evidence-based treatments and drawing upon the expertise of professionals in the field, while working with a dear friend, was a privilege not to be passed by," writes Spelman in an e-mail.
 
A native of Southern California, Spelman brings her problem-solving and organizational skills as an attorney—with a law degree from the University of San Diego—to the partnership.
 
"What began as simply an idea and good intentions has blossomed into a program that we are extremely proud of. With the incredible support of our families and friends, and the commitment and work of the team that we have brought together, we expect that this program will create positive change in the lives of our adolescent clients and their families," states Spelman.
 
On the Three Stones Wellness website, it states that its core belief "is that alcohol and substance abuse is a treatable condition and that recovery is best achieved through a process that heals and nurtures mind, body, and spirit." This holistic approach to wellness is symbolized by three stacked stones, sometimes used by travelers along trails to mark the way home or to a new destination.
 
submitted Feb. 3, 2014 4:15P
GRD Leavey/MBA '01
Terrazas, David

David Terrazas MBA '01, J.D. ’06, has been re-elected to the Santa Cruz City Council. He is a manager with Valley Transit Authority.

Terrazas, 45, wants to strengthen connections with UC Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley, saying the city's proximity to both communities provides ample opportunities for Santa Cruz to grow its reputation as a tech incubator. Terrazas wants to help create additional jobs so fewer people have to commute over the hill for higher-paying employment in the tech sector. He also plans to continue to work to make parks and beaches safer and cleaner, while replacing aging infrastructure.
 
As chair of the council's public safety committee, Terrazas was instrumental in garnering support for a pilot program with county law enforcement and social services to identify repeat low-level offenders downtown and funnel them into treatment and supportive housing. The data from the Downtown Accountability Program's first four months has showed promise in reducing recidivism on Pacific Avenue and nearby streets, and the council has extended the pilot to gather more data.
 
Terrazas also is chair of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries governing board, which has managed planning for a 2015 vote on a special tax to tackle $63 million in facilities improvements.
 
Terrazas has lived in Santa Cruz for 25 years after growing up in the San Lorenzo Valley and San Jose, where he earned his bachelor's degree from San Jose State University in political science. He also earned law and business degrees from Santa Clara University.
 
Terrazas' wife, Monica, works at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. They have three children.
submitted Oct. 22, 2014 1:11P
UGRD Leavey Business '01
Hicks, Sarah (Petersen)

Sarah (Petersen) Hicks ’01 and husband Dave welcomed their second daughter, Cora Eloise Hicks, on Feb. 17, 2014. She joins 2-year-old sister Carsen Rose at the family's home in San Jose, Calif.

submitted Oct. 27, 2014 10:10A
'01
Doré, David
 
submitted May. 16, 2014 11:54A
UGRD Leavey Business '01
Davis, Mark

Mark Davis '01 and Rachel Davis are delighted to announce the arrival of their third child, Clara Mariam Davis, who was born at home on Nov. 22, 2013. Best wishes to all of the SCU alumni and their families!

submitted Feb. 10, 2014 12:44P
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