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Chris Bjorklund ’72, widely known as the Savvy Consumer, has worked as a consumer advocate for more than 35 years. Her unique perspective on consumer issues and trends comes from her work in both the private and public sectors, as well as in the media and non-profit world. In her semi-retirment, Bjorklund contributes regularly to the Diamond Certified blog. Prior to joining American Ratings Corporation, Chris was the consumer reporter for KGO-Radio, where she produced consumer segments for the morning and afternoon newscasts. She also managed the consumer complaint unit for KGO-Radio and TV. Before KGO, Chris was an investigator for the Consumer Fraud Unit of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, a consumer news producer for KPIX-TV, and the director of Consumer Education for the Rocky Mountain Better Business Bureau in Denver. She was on the national Board of Directors of Consumer’s Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports, for 24 years.
Walter G. Weber ’73 has been chosed by the California Dental Association (CDA) to be its new president for 2014–2015. Dr. Weber, who has been practicing general dentistry in Campbell, Calif., for more than 30 years and lives in Los Gatos, graduated from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and Santa Clara University, with a master's degree in business administration from Golden Gate University. He has been a CDA member for 33 years and succeeds past president, James D. Stephens, DDS.
Kevin M. Rooney ’73 was married to the former Joanne Rosenberg on Aug. 3, 2014, in Morgan Hill with several former SCU classmates in attendance. Kevin is director of operations for RNP Advisory Serices in Morgan Hill and is eagerly awaiting joining his classmates who have already crossed over into retirement.
Hon. J. Stephen Czuleger ’73 returned in November 2014 from teaching law in Tirana, Albania. Judge Czuleger was awarded a Fulbright grant by the Fulbright Commission of the U.S. State Department. Working through the US Embassy in Albania, he lectured at Tirana University Law School. He also spoke at a number of other law schools, met with the judges of Albania and members of the Albanian government as well as granting television and newspaper interviews. During his term, Judge Czuleger was asked to lecture on comparative law as well as issues of official corruption and independence of the judiciary. He is the first sitting judge from the United States to receive a Fulbright to teach in Albania. He continues to sit as a judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court beginning his 28th year on the court.
Cisco senior VP Howard Charney MBA ’73, J.D. ’77 and his wife of 34 years, Alida Schoolmaster Charney, have donated $10 million in matching and direct funds to Santa Clara University School of Law to fund a new technologically advanced, collaboration-oriented law school building, which will replace three current facilities and be housed near the business school to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration.
John Cruden J.D. ’74 was confirmed by the United States Senate to be the assistant attorney general for Environment and Natural Resources Division for the United States Department of Justice. Cruden was originally appointed to the position in an announcement on December 23, 2013.
Sherri R. Sager '75 made the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2015 Women of Influence annual list. This list comprises “100 women rocking Silicon Valley business” who have made a big impact across all professions. Sager is the chief government and community relations officer at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. For more than two decades, she has been advocating for children and expectant mothers, primarily by working with government officials and communities on policy issues. She is on the boards of the San Mateo County Economic Development Association and East Palo Alto’s Ravenswood Family Health Center. In 2012, she received a Tribute to Women Award from the YWCA, adding it to a long list of recognitions for her volunteerism.
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Robert M. Dawson ’75 is a senior litigation partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, in Los Angeles. He and his wife, Johanna, have two daughters: Michelle (about to start law school after two years at JP Morgan and graduating from Columbia in English Literature) and Stephanie (junior at Wesleyan). He writes, "Santa Clara provided me with extraordinary personal growth and a deep education, for which I will always be grateful. Particularly strong are memories of Dr. Pierson, Dr. Gurney, Dr. Moscy, and Sister Marie-Louise Beutner."
Donn Callaway ’75 started as the director of Special Sessions, College of Extended Learning and International Affairs, at SF State in April 2014.
Phyllis Hamilton J.D. ’76 has been appointed chief judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Hamilton is the first African-American woman in the court’s history to fill this position.
Kenneth Giebel '69, MBA '76 has been appointed director of homeownership at California Housing Finance Agency by Gov. Jerry Brown '59. California Housing Finance Agency provides home mortgage financing to first-time homebuyers and renters in California. It also provides mortgage insurance; permanent financing for the acquisition, rehabilitation, and preservation of existing or new construction of rental housing; and multifamily rental development properties management services. Giebel, 68, of Lincoln, has served as acting director of single family lending for the agency since 2012 and was director of marketing from 2002 to 2012. He was director of promotions and ethnic advertising at the California State Lottery from 1994 to 2002. Prior to the Lottery position, Ken worked in marketing, advertising, and promotion positions for a number of Fortune 500 Companies.
Recently elected vice mayor of Los Gatos Barbara Spector J.D. ’78 maintains her active mediation and litigation practices at Hoge Fenton Jonues & Appel in San Jose.
Rudy Navarro ’79 retired from City of San Jose in 2012.
Dennis Maguire ’79 is divorced with four children: Caitlin, Molly, Wilder, and Jack. He is presently living in Malibu, California. He has been working in the motion picture industry now for 40 years—most of it as an assistant director.
Michael Ferreira ’80 has been elected vice president of CWA-TNG Local 39000, a newly formed labor local representing the nearly 900 certified employee interpreters working in the California Superior Courts. Mike, who is certified for both federal and state level courts, works full-time in the profession at the flagship Gov. Deukmejian Courthouse in Long Beach, Calif.
Holly Kupka Cimino ’80 fell in love with the Italian culture her junior year studying abroad in Florence, Italy. She recently formed her own business, Cimino Tours, which specializes in tours specifically to Cinque Terre, Italy. Visit her Cimino Tours Facebook page or her website Ciminotours.com.
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Rob Thomas ’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. Thomas is the vice principal for Student Life at Notre Dame High School, in Sherman Oaks, California. He has been at the school for more than 30 years.
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).
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.