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Respected intellectual property attorney Alexandra J. Horne J.D. ’92 has joined Hoge Fenton, a leading Northern California law firm. Practicing together most recently at the firm of Lewis Roca Rothgerber, Brody-Brown and Horne have expertise in the areas of trademark counseling and prosecution, including portfolio analysis and strategic counseling, domestic and global registration and enforcement, domain name issues, and licensing. They will be based primarily in the firm’s Silicon Valley office.
Horne, an IP practitioner of more than 20 years, counsels clients on domestic and foreign trademark registration and licensing and enforcement, including opposition and cancellation proceedings in the USPTO. Horne’s clients, which range from startup to well-established, come from a diversity of industries, including semiconductor, software and other technology, mobility, Internet, banking, entertainment, education and wine.
Simon Chiu ’92 was named president of Saint Francis High School, in Mountain View.
Pope Francis has named John Stowe M.Div. ’93, STL ’95, to be the third bishop of Lexington, Kentucky.
Lexington is designated as a mission diocese within the United States: the geographic, demographic and economic characteristics indicate an acute need to evangelize Gospel values and to provide outreach services elevating human dignity and eliminating human suffering. It has 39 priests, and 6 Jesuits work in the diocese. Bishop-elect John’s vision of his ministry dovetails with the mission of his Alma Mater, JSTB: “reverent and critical service of the faith that does justice” and of Pope Francis’ hope that we become a church of the poor.
Sheryl Staub-French '93 received the School of Engineering's 2015 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, which honors alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and/or service to the School of Engineering have set them apart. Staub-French reflects the qualities and characteristics that best define the ideals of a Jesuit education: a passion for and commitment to excellence.
Since obtaining her bachelor’s degree at Santa Clara, Sheryl Staub-French went on to earn her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. She is currently associate professor of civil engineering at University of British Columbia. An active proponent of the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM)—a digital process for modeling the spatial, functional, and contextual dimensions of a construction project—Sheryl researches and develops tools and techniques to better support multidisciplinary decision processes in the increasingly complex field of construction coordination. During the past 15 years she has contributed more than 50 papers in leading journals and conferences in BIM and topics related to the technological and organizational issues associated with its implementation.
Stephen Sifferman '93, M.S. '98 received the School of Engineering's 2015 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, which honors alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and/or service to the School of Engineering have set them apart. Sifferman reflects the qualities and characteristics that best define the ideals of a Jesuit education: a passion for and commitment to excellence.
For the past 20 years, Steve Sifferman has had a distinguished career in the wireless communications industry. Beginning as a senior software engineer at Northrop Grumman, he moved on to ArrayComm, where he worked his way up the ranks to eventually taking on the role of President of the world leader in multi-antenna signal processing software products for wireless communications. During his time with ArrayComm, he helped develop cutting-edge technologies and holds numerous patents in recognition of his work. Respected not only for his technical ability, Steve is also lauded for his managerial and leadership abilities. In his current capacity as president and CEO of Tarana Wireless, Inc., Steve is guiding the company’s evolution from its successful first phase of technology development into broad commercialization and growth. Beyond serving his company, he impacts his field as a board member of the Telecommunications Industry Association. For his contribution to the development of wireless communication technologies and outstanding leadership within his industry, Steve was selected to receive this honor.
Kevin F. Rooney ’93 was made partner at the law firm of Browne George Ross LLP. He was appointed co-lead class counsel by the United States District Court in Florida in a landmark class action involving a fraudulent trade school, achieving the largest known student loan forgiveness settlement in U.S. history, in excess of $140 million. Kevin lives in San Mateo with his wife, Diane, and his children, Braeden and Olivia.
Christina Mifsud ’93 is a certified tour guide in Florence, Italy. Travelers seeking a tour from a friendly Bronco can reach her at email@example.com.
Maj. Marcelino "Butch" Soriano ’89, MBA ’94, broke the record for number of hours of straight bell-ringing for the Salvation Army in Southern California, ringing the bell for 150 hours. In the end, he raised almost $10K. He set his record at 150 hours in celebration of the Salvation Army’s 150 years in existence and its 124th annual Red Kettle Campaign, during which bell-ringers seek donations outside stores throughout the holiday season.
Susan Tatsui-D'Arcy M.A. ’95 is the founder and director at Merit Educational Consultants, LLC where she runs Merit Academy: Education for Excellence (one-on-one classes), works with students as a college advisor (ProjectMERIT), and oversees tutoring. Merit's headquarters are in Santa Cruz, California, and she has offices in Cupertino and Palo Alto. All of her programs are available online at meritworld.com. Check out her blog: GakkoMom.com. Susan has also written 12 books on education, parenting, and time management. In her spare time, she builds greenhouses with aquaponics systems, functional furniture, and chicken coops for her school and programs.
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Cristina (Morais) Souza ’95 and husband welcomed their second daughter, Sophia Amelia, on Jan. 23, 2014. She joins older sister Isabella Natalia, 3. The family lives in Tracy, California.
Jeremy Shelley ’95 has been named vice president and assistant general manager, pro scouting and player evaluation, for the San Francisco Giants. He is one of three assistant general managers. Shelley, who enters his 22nd season with the Giants, oversees the pro scouting at the major and minor league levels. He also works on the day to day operations of the department and provides support in statistical analysis, amateur scouting, and international operations. The Concord, California, native began his career for the Giants as a baseball operations intern in 1994. He was hired full-time as administrative assistant, baseball operations in 1996. He lives with his wife, Suzanne Shelley '95, in San Mateo with their two daughters.
Avery Lu ’95 was one of 23 distinguished speakers at the IoT (Internet of Things) Summit, Santa Clara Convention Center, in March. He presented "The State of Wearable Tech in Health and Fitness—Where Do We Go From Here?" Lu is the co-founder and CMO of Palo Alto Scientific. His team is currently working on a product called profileMyRun, an ultrathin, pressure-sensing insole that syncs with a smartphone through a low-power bluetooth clip. The profileMyRun system provides runners with real-time feedback on their running technique, resulting in less pain and injury, and improving running economy to help them win races. For more info about the product, visit www.profilemyrun.com or its Facebook page.
Ignacio J. Guerrero ’95 was appointed director of the Santa Clara County Department of Child Support Services by the County Board of Supervisors in San Jose, Calif.
Jarrod Gerhardt ’95 has been hired as senior vice president and director of marketing for Bank of Marin, which is headquartered in Novato. Gerhardt, of Walnut Creek, has 17 years of experience in the financial services industry. He previously acted as West Coast marketing director for Boston Private Bank. He has also held marketing positions at Charter Private Bank and Washington Mutual in Seattle, Washington. Gerhardt holds a bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University and a master's in business administration from Boston University.
Eric Geffon ’95 was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown ’59 to Santa Clara County's bench. Geffon, 44, has headed his own law firm—Geffon and Isger—for the past 13 years, previously working as a Santa Clara County deputy public defender. A Los Altos resident, Geffon has a law degree from Santa Clara University.
Brian Babka, M.D. ’95 is a sports medicine physician with Northwestern Medicine in the western suburbs of Chicago. He completed a rotation 12/1/14 to 12/16/14 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs acting as a member of the medical staff serving the resident athletes.
Kristi Nevarez ’91, J.D. ’96 has been named a Partner at Fragomen Worldwide, which is recognized as the world's leading global corporate immigration services provider. For over 17 years, she has advised clients in matters of corporate business immigration. She has also served as the Congressional Assistant and Immigration Policy Advisor to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Immigration Subcommittee.
Steve Nash '96 has retired from professional basketball after 18 years. The former Los Angeles Lakers point guard had led the Santa Clara Broncos to 3 NCAA tournament appearances in his four seasons there. The elusive, crafty guard was able to win the West Coast Conference player of the year award twice and rewrote the history books as the school’s all time leader in assists. Nash also played for the Phoenix Suns and was voted as the 9th greatest NBA point guard of all time and was able to shoot 50% from the field, 40% from 3 point land and 90% from the free throw line in 4 different seasons.
Eric Monsef ’90, M.S. ’96 led the group responsible for bringing to market HP Sprout, which was awarded Best Desktop PC at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, by PC Mag. The HP Sprout is an immersive workstation that combines a fully loaded TouchSmart all-in-one PC with a combination projector and scanner, plus cameras. Monsef is an engineering management adjunct professor and VP of Immersive Systems at HP.
Evangeline "Vangie" Maynard Cumming ’96, MBA ’13 married Stephen Ballard Cumming in a beautiful ceremony in Palos Verdes, Calif. Alumni in attendance included her brothers, Paul Maynard ’89 and Ryan Maynard ’91, and friends Valeri Yee ’96, Christy Duncan-Anderson ’96, Dawn McIntosh M.S. ’10, and Sonya Duffin ’98.
Heidi von der Mehden ’97 and husband Matt Harris welcomed their first child, Stephen Joseph, on Oct. 27, 2014. Heidi also has a new position as associate winemaker for Merry Edwards Winery in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma County. The family makes their home in Santa Rosa.
Mia Thibeaux ’97 writes, "I am now the mother of two wonderful children. I have a 5-year-old son and a 3-month-old daughter."