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GRD Law '83
Margueritte Britton J.D. '83 joined Richmond-based CPA firm PIASCIK as tax manager. She was previously a U.S. tax consultant and manager for MG Partners in Paris and Thomas St. John in London. Britton has a J.D. from University of Santa Clara in Santa Clara, Calif., and a master’s degree from the Université de Paris.
submitted Feb. 25, 2014 12:58P
GRD Leavey/MBA '84
Kenneth G. Stevens ’69, MBA ’84 writes, "I am retired from NASA Ames Research Center and married to Catherine Schulbach who is still working at NASA. I also taught for several years in the early bird computer science program in the Dept. of Engineering."
submitted Mar. 21, 2014 2:06P
GRD Leavey/MBA '84
Steven Laufer MBA '84 is leaving employment with the state of California, for General Motors in Phoenix.
submitted Mar. 18, 2014 9:45A
GRD Leavey/MBA '85
Priscilla Kisling '79, MBA '85 writes, "Moved to Portland, Ore. area, in Jan. 2014, and started working for Business Valuation Resources, LLC, in Feb. 2014 as CFO. Business Valuation Resources is a niche publisher of business valuation guides, books and on-line resources for the professional business appraiser. This big change allows me to be in the same area as my daughter, Kristina, who graduated from University of Portland in May 2013 and is working in the Portland area."
submitted Mar. 13, 2014 1:18P
UGRD Engineering '85
Goolkasian, Maureen (Orlando)
Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group, a structural engineering firm founded 10 years ago by Todd M. Goolkasian ’85 and Maureen (Orlando) Goolkasian ’85, has been awarded an Engineering Excellence Award by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for its design of the new Mountain Road 319 Bridge in Tulare County. Cornerstone was selected because of its successful use of Public Outreach and innovative construction methods. The award will be presented to Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group at the annual ACEC banquet to be held in Sacramento in February 2014.
submitted Jan. 22, 2014 12:17P
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Kenton Chow ’86, MBA ’96 is now the Chief Operating Officer of RetailNext, Inc., the leading big data analytics software company for physical retail stores worldwide. He and his wife of 19 years, Teri, live in Almaden Valley in San Jose with their two daughters, Kendra 17, and Kianna 14.
submitted Oct. 20, 2013 3:35P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '86
Liz Bruno '82, M.A. '86
had her jersey—No. 42—retired at a Bronco basketball game in Feb. Bruno played for SCU from 1978 through 1982 and holds the school career women’s and men’s record for rebounds with 1,218; is 16th on the school all-time points list with 1,08; and is the only Bronco women’s basketball player with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. The SCU Hall of Famer is an 18-year Redmond resident and licensed clinical therapist in the dual diagnosis unit at Fairfax Hospital in Kirkland, Wash. She is also an active member of the St. Jude Catholic Church in Redmond and also participates in prison ministry when she’s not at her full-time job at Fairfax Hospital. Read more about her on the Kirkland Reporter
submitted Feb. 25, 2014 8:17A
The Board of Directors of The Goldman Sachs Group announced the appointment of Peter Oppenheimer MBA ’87 as an independent director of the firm, effective immediately. Oppenheimer will be a member of each of the firm’s Audit, Risk, Compensation and Corporate Governance, Nominating and Public Responsibilities committees.
“Peter’s 25 years of broad experience across important industries will add a valuable perspective to our Board of Directors,” said Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and CEO. “We appreciate his willingness to serve as a director and look forward to benefitting from his judgment and counsel.”
Mr. Oppenheimer is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Apple, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of electronic devices and related software services. Before becoming Chief Financial Officer at Apple, he was Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller from 2002 to 2004, and prior to that, from 1996 to 2002, he served first as Senior Director of Finance and Controller for the Americas, then as Vice President and Controller of Worldwide Sales and later as Vice President and Corporate Controller. Before joining Apple, from 1992 to 1996 Mr. Oppenheimer was the Divisional Chief Financial Officer of Finance, MIS, Administration and Equipment Leasing Portfolio at Automatic Data Processing, Inc., a leading provider of human capital management and integrated computing solutions, and prior to that, from 1988 to 1992 he was a consultant within the Information Technology Practice at Coopers & Lybrand, LLP.
Mr. Oppenheimer is a member of the boards of the California Polytechnic State University Foundation and of the Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, California. He is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, and received an MBA from Santa Clara University.
submitted Mar. 4, 2014 12:31P
Lisa Agrimonti ’87 married her partner of eight years, Verlynn Pinkney, on December 7, 2013 in Minn. Lisa is a shareholder and energy law attorney with the law firm of Briggs and Morgan, P.A. in Minneapolis. Verlynn is a retired retail executive.
submitted Jan. 14, 2014 7:25P
Frank Basich ’88 is the Inland Marine Team Lead for Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty in San Francisco. He has been in the insurance industry for 24 years and with AGCS for the last 11. He lives in Petaluma, CA with his wife of 23 years, Jennifer, and their 9-year-old son, Sam. Frank is the head coach of Sam's CYO Basketball Team in Petaluma. Frank wanted to let the class of 1988 know that the 25th Reunion was fantastic. He wrote, "It was great to catch up with so many wonderful friends. Thank you so much for all the great memories. See you all at the 30th, if not before. The class of '88 rocks!"
submitted Jan. 10, 2014 9:54A
May, Maggie (Rodee)
Maggie Rodee May ’89 writes: "My husband and I relocated to Silver Spring, M.D. in 2012, after living abroad in Vicenza, Italy for three years. My husband Tony, is serving in the U.S. Army. I am currently enrolled at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in an adult nurse practitioner program."
On Facebook: Maggie Rodee May
submitted Apr. 5, 2014 12:02P
UGRD Leavey Business '89
Laura Bertone '89 was recently interviewed by the newspaper Catholic San Francisco. With about 100 parish communities, the Archdiocese of San Francisco could well be the site of some 1,400 Masses and prayer and devotional services per week, and that’s a conservative estimate. Laura Bertone, director, Office of Worship for the archdiocese, helps all of it take place.
Laura spent 20 years around the world auditing for Bank of America but always felt called to liturgy. Her responsiblities include advising the archbishop on matters of liturgical policy; preparing and organizing all large archdiocesan liturgies such as chrism Mass, ordinations, and Rite of Election; and certifying and training lay liturgical ministers so that they are properly prepared. Laura said she is “amazed that I get to do this job. I work with and for great people and it’s an honor and joy to come into work each day.”
submitted Apr. 3, 2014 6:33A
Aleksander Zecevic M.S. '90, Ph.D. '93 is one of four recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, presented by Santa Clara's School of Engineering, for distinguished accomplishments in service to his profession, community, and the University.
As professor of Electrical Engineering at Santa Clara University for the past 20 years, Dr. Zecevic also serves as associate dean for Graduate Engineering Programs. His research in the control of complex dynamic systems has resulted in a book and more than 40 publications in leading journals. His interest in the intersection between science and religion has opened the door to a constructive dialogue that transcends simplistic arguments of religious fundamentalism and radical secularism, and has resulted in the publication of two books on the subject, as well as the development of a unique course, "Chaos Theory, Metamathematics and the Limits of Knowledge: A Scientific Perspective on Religion." An excellent educator and a deeply thoughtful collaborator, Dr. Zecevic's search for truth, beauty, and knowledge honor Santa Clara's Jesuit tradition.
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 4:08P
UGRD Leavey Business '90
Scott Stone MBA ’90 is running for Adams County Clerk/Recorder in Illinois. He is a native of Quincy, Ill., married to his wife, Michelle, and they have two young children.
He is a graduate of Quincy High School, has an electrical engineering degree from the University of Illinois, and his MBA from Santa Clara University. He comes from a family of business owners (Poepping, Stone, Bach & Associates, Illinois Watch Company and Collision Solutions) that led him to manage his own construction company, Stone & Sons Construction, after his engineering career in Silicon Valley and at Glenayre Corporation.
Stone got into politics six years ago and has helped numerous conservative candidates while being active with the Republican Party. In 2010, Stone served as the Adams County coordinator for Bobby Schilling’s successful congressional campaign.
In 2009, Stone joined the Quincy School Board Finance Committee and was elected to the full School Board in 2011. While on the School Board, Stone has chaired the discipline policy sub-committee creating new policies for each of the school buildings, and establishing a new attitude toward personal responsibility that was previously absent. Stone also served as a member of the contract negotiations team.
"In this capacity, I worked hard to make sure those taxpayers were well served and worked to control spending," Stone said.
He is a longtime and active member of the Chamber of Commerce and Great River Referral Group. He has also been a long time member of Lambert Lodge and Quincy Consistory.
submitted Jan. 16, 2014 10:40A
World-famous soccer athlete and champion of girls’ health, Brandi Chastain '91 will give the 163rd undergraduate commencement address on June 14. Chastain’s selection to give the commencement address memorializes the 50th anniversary of women’s athletics at Santa Clara, which the University celebrates this year.
Chastain is best known for scoring the penalty kick goal that won the United States the 1999 Women’s World Cup and for her passionate celebration in the moments following. Her success earned her a spot as one of People Magazine’s 25 Most Intriguing People that year, while the photo of her celebration was named one of the 100 greatest sports photos of all time by Sports Illustrated. She took home a silver medal in the 2000 Olympics and a gold medal in 2004 games.
More recent, Chastain co-founded the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative in 2005 with a mission to create programs and partnerships through which women athletes bring health, hope, and wholeness to the community. The initiative offers a free weekly after-school program for elementary school girls to develop self-esteem and good health practices with mentoring from women athletes from collegiate and high school teams.
“Brandi epitomizes the world-class leadership and fortitude that every Bronco is capable of achieving,” says SCU President Michael Engh, S.J. “She is a dedicated and disciplined athlete who is also committed to strengthening communities by advocating for and empowering young girls.”
Chastain was named an All-American twice in soccer during her time as a student. She was also the assistant coach for the Santa Clara Broncos from 1994 to 2000 and is currently in her fourth season as a volunteer assistant coach.
She will receive an honorary Doctorate of Public Service.
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 4:27P
GRD Engineering '91
Subhash Bhatia M.S. ’91 joins Acesse Corporation as chief technology officer in the Santa Clara, CA office. Within this role, Bhatia will manage the company’s technological developments and build research and development centers in Silicon Valley, India, and China.
Bhatia comes to Acesse with over 20 years of product and technology strategy and management experience. His extensive resume includes: CTO at ProconGPS, EVP at Mobile Content Network, Division Chief of Staff and Senior Director at Yahoo!, VP Business Systems and eCommerce at Infoseek/Disney, Senior Manager at Oracle, and most recently as a technology consultant for Pleygo, AngiesList, CoreMobile Networks, and AlwaysOnVacation. This background has helped Bhatia make an easy transition into his current position as CTO with Acesse.
Educated in India, Canada, and California, Bhatia possesses a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronic Instrumentation from University of Baroda, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University, and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University.
submitted Dec. 12, 2013 11:49A
GRD Leavey/MBA '92
Adrian Amelse MBA ’92 is running for County Board, District 20, in Vernon County, Wisconsin. He has 22 years of experience in manufacturing, product marketing, engineering, and business unit general management positions at Apple Computer and Cisco Systems. Amelse and his wife Donna also own Amelse Farms in Viola.
"I am an objective problem solver seeking to make a positive contribution to Vernon County government," he says. "We purchased our farm outside of Viola 14 years ago and have an active interest in our community. A key tenet of my candidacy is to listen and learn from the community to properly represent our district. I have met with nearly 250 households over the past two months and have many more people to meet. If elected, I will put the residents of our district first and make decisions based on data vs. personal opinion or self interests."
submitted Mar. 24, 2014 12:07P
Timothy K. Shih Ph.D. '93 is one of four recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, presented by Santa Clara's School of Engineering, for distinguished accomplishments in service to his profession, community, and the University.
Since obtaining his Ph.D. at Santa Clara, Dr. Shih has become a full professor of Computer Science and Information Engineering at National Central University, which is ranked among the top eight research institutions in Taiwan. Throughout his career, he has made major research contributions in the areas of intelligent distance learning and video technology on video repair and special effects production, garnering numerous international research and best paper awards. A prolific researcher, he has more than 480 publications and is the founder of theInternational Journal of Distance Education Technologies, where he served as coeditor-in-chief. He also served as associate editor and area editor for more than 40 journals, including IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, and ACM Transactions on Internet Technology. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 4:05P
UGRD Leavey Business '93
Kennedy, Tracey (Smith)
Tracey (Smith) Kennedy ’93 and her husband Dan and their two children, Jordan and Parker, recently moved to Austin, Texas in June 2013. Tracey now works for Cox Media Group as a Client Solutions Director.
submitted Dec. 29, 2013 7:23P
Sarah Bonini J.D. '93 has joined the Campus Ministry staff as senior administrative assistant. Sarah has a long history with SCU, beginning with her work in Orradre Library in 1989. She served as a resident director for several years as well, and most recently worked with the Northern California Innocence Project as project manager since 2010. We are thrilled to have her share her administrative and pastoral gifts with our team.
Sarah will carry on the custom of sharing bereavement notices with the campus community on behalf of our members who have lost loved ones and wish to share that information. So many have found this tradition a means of both offering and receiving support in a time of grief. It is our policy to send out information only if the SCU member wishes it to be shared. Please send any such information directly to Sarah at email@example.com
. You may include information about funeral or memorial services as well.
submitted Jan. 8, 2014 11:28A
Joanne Bannan Vogt '94 and Erik Vogt—a boy, Reaves Augustine, on March 8, 2014. He was 9 lbs. 8 oz. and 22.25 inches long. He lives with his parents and big sister, Regina Virginia, in Chandler, Ariz.
submitted Mar. 12, 2014 8:32P
GRD Leavey/MBA '94
Haugh, Shelly (O'Neil)
Shelly (O'Neil) ’94 and husband William Haugh welcomed their baby daughter, Crissan Rowan Haugh, in May 2013. She joins big brother, James, two years old.
submitted Jan. 28, 2014 2:39P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '94
Rosanna Guadagno Loewald ’94 and her husband, Tonio Loewald, welcomed twin girls, Romilly Jane and Jaelle Marie in March 2008. Rosanna and her family are moving to Dallas, Texas, where Rosanna has accepted a tenured position as an associate professor of Emerging Media and Communication and an associate professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, Dallas.
submitted Apr. 5, 2014 10:28A