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Michael C. Wehr '85 was promoted to the rank of major general by the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at a ceremony in January. Last September, Wehr received his second star at his alma mater, where his career began in the ROTC program.
"It feels great to come back to the place and people who shaped me at an early age for the career that led to this day," he said. His parents, Art and Margaret Wehr, had the honor of participating in the ceremony, while his Santa Clara sweetheart, Deborah Kalisz Wehr ’84, stood by his side.
Responding humbly, Wehr said, "It takes a lot of little things to make something big happen. It's a real honor to celebrate this moment here at Santa Clara. It is a gift to get to lead. It's about living, learning, loving, and leaving a legacy—carrying a torch, but thanking those who handed it to me and those who will receive it. "Wehr also recognized the incredible importance of mentoring, specifically thanking his Santa Clara ROTC professor of military science, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Robert E. Camors.
Laura Rafaty '79, J.D. '85 is the founder and artistic director of NapaShakes (www.napashakes.org), a nonprofit bringing world-class professional Shakespeare to the Napa Valley. She continues her law practice (www.nvilaw.com) in St. Helena, California, specializing in immigration law, including work visas for extraordinary culinary, winemaking, and performing artists. A national award winning writer, her work can be found at www.laurarafaty.com.
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Chuck Miller ’85, J.D. ’88 is business development nanager for American Pacific Mortgage in Walnut Creek. He is also the JV basketball coach at De La Salle High School in Concord. Chuck is currently serving on the SCU National Alumni Board as well as on the committee for the Class of '85 Grand Reunion coming up this fall. He is encouraging all his classmates to come to the reunion and looks forward to seeing them all there. Chuck is proud of his daughter, Samantha, who is attending George Washington University and his son, Charlie, who is a freshman at De La Salle High School. Chuck lives in Pleasant Hill.
Rev. Dr. Laura (Boltz) Holck '85 has been called to served as senior pastor at Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Cross in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She shares the position with her spouse, Rev. Dr. Philip Holck.
Charlotte Hart ’85 got married in January of 2014, and in September moved back to hometown Long Beach, California after 10 years in Scottsdale, Arizona. With three kids in college now, she and her new husband, Marshall Waller, live together and no longer comute 800 miles a week! When not working on their home remodel or charitable caues, Charlotte consults part-time as a marketing strategist specializing in business development. As the reunion nears, she is exhorting classmates and all alumni to bolster SCU's endowment. Examining her alma mater's giving statistics compared to the colleges her kids were accepted to (comprable size schools) was eye-opening, so she joined the reunion committee to spread the word!
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Todd Goolkasian ’85 writes, "Maureen Goolkasian ’85 and I are looking forward to seeing everyone at the 30th reunion!"
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Thomas H. Smolich, S.J., M.Div. ’86 will become the international director of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Rome on November 1, 2015. Prior to this assignment, he had been president of the Jesuit Conference of the United States from 2006-2014.
John Savage '87 is in his 11th season as UCLA's head coach. Savage helped UCLA reach college baseball’s pinnacle in 2013, as the Bruins won their first-ever NCAA baseball title. Under his guidance, UCLA has advanced to the postseason in seven of the last nine seasons, hosting four consecutive NCAA Regionals from 2010 through 2013. He is currently the third longest-tenured head coach in UCLA baseball program history. UCLA has gone 349-254-1 under Savage the past 10 seasons. In seven trips to the postseason at UCLA, Savage has compiled a 32-14 record (.696 winning percentage), recording the most postseason victories of any head coach in program history. Read more of this stats on www.uclabruins.com.
Julie Mar-Spinola J.D. '87 has been appointed Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Finjan Holdings Inc., a cybersecurity technology licensing company, Ms. Mar-Spinola has served as the company's VP, Legal Operations since February 3, 2014. In this expanded role, Ms. Mar-Spinola will have additional wide-ranging responsibilities, including building Finjan's intellectual property assets, overseeing the Company's Enforcement Program, including the licensing and litigation practice groups, as well as managing public policy, including Patent Reform.
James P. Cramer ’83, J.D. ’87 has been appointed a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court. The appointment was made by Gov. Jerry Brown '59. Cramer, 55, of Piedmont, has served as an assistant public defender at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office since 2004. He served as supervising legal research attorney at the Alameda County Superior Court from 2000 to 2004 and was general counsel and project manager at McGuire and Hester from 1996 to 2000. Cramer was an attorney at Cramer and Cramer (Robert '48 and Michael '78) from 1992 to 1996, after working as an associate in law firms between 1989 and 1992 and as a deputy district attorney at the Alameda County District Attorney's office from 1987 to 1989.
Ellen Arabian-Lee '87, J.D. '90 opened Arabian-Lee Law Corporation in Roseville, California, in April 2014.
Colette Rausch J.D. '90 is the author of a recently published book, Speaking Their Peace: Personal Stories from the Frontlines of War and Peace. With a foreword from the Dalai Lama, Speaking Their Peace contains 80 interviews from 11 countries and gives a voice to people who have not been heard before, people silenced by the trauma of conflict, gagged by fear and conformity, or muted by the world's indifference. See: Speakingtheirpeace.org. Rausch has worked for 20 years to build the justice, security, and the rule of law in countries emerging from conflicts. She is currently the vice president for Governance, Law & Society at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.
Kathleen O'Brien, RSM, M.A. ’90 recently published two books on the history of the Sisters of Mercy in the western U.S. Our Journey Together: Sisters of Mercy of Omaha 1929-1959 and Home Is Our Journey, Sisters of Mercy of Omaha 1960-2008, published privately by the Sisters of Mercy, West Midwest Community.
Tina (Johnson) Murray ’90, MBA ’97 lives in Los Gatos with her husband, Kirk, and her 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son. Tina continues fundraising for her daughter's local public school, and recently joined the board of directors of the Skylar Hadden Foundation to ensure program funding for her son's school program for children with Asperger's and ADHD. Tina is also serving on the Grand Reunion Committee for her class of 1990.
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.
In March 2015, Jin Li (Teo) Frick ’90 will say 'goodbye' to San Diego and will be relocating to Shanghai with her husband, Jeff, and son, Jaeden. Jin Li lived in Shanghai in 1994, moving there shortly after graduating from SCU in 1990. She returned from China in 2000, but is moving back again 15-years later in support of her husband's new role as General Manager for HAVAS Life China, a global advertising agency. Jin Li will continue to develop her business, Thrive Energy Coaching & Consulting, from China while their 4-year old son begins kindergarten at Tiny Tots International Preschool and Kindergarten in the Fall.
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Nancy Ureña Reid '91 is the only Latina AP computer science teacher in the 42-school, 3,000-employee San Jose Unified School District. She worked in the technology industry years ago on both coasts at a time when it was rare for a female to work in technology, especially a Latina engineer. Nancy’s goal is to close the digital divide for women, Latinos, and African Americans, groups that are under-represented in the technology force. She got involved with Microsoft’s Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) program to develop technology skills that can lead to life-changing advances for many young people. She learned how to teach coding at the high school level and helped introduce a self-sustaining computer science program at Lincoln High School, where she teaches.
Patrick T. Miyaki J.D. '92 writes, "I have been appointed the section leader of the Hanson Bridgett Government Section. I also was chosen to be the Alumnus of the Year by the political science department of San Francisco State University."
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.