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UGRD Arts & Sciences '90
Zorio, Andrew

Andy Zorio '90 and wife Mechelle welcomed their second child, Ethan on June 20, 2011. His older brother, Nicholas, is also very proud.

submitted Jul. 21, 2011 2:47P
Zecevic, Aleksander
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
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '90
Zaro, Susan

Susan Zaro MA '90 is working as a sports psychologist in Mountain View, Calif.

submitted Sep. 16, 2010 10:52A
UGRD Leavey Business '90
Wright, Rob

Rob Wright '90, along with his wife Cassie, gave birth to their first child on September 29th, 2011. Gavin Michael Wright quickly chose Bronco Red as his favorite color and can be seen wearing Bronco gear in Marin, Calif.

submitted Jan. 26, 2012 2:39P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '90
Wilczewski, Sara (Pike)

Sara (Pike) Wilczewski '90 and husband Michael welcome their second child, Andrew John, on April 19, 2010, weighing 9.3 pounds. He joins big sister Chiara Elisabeth, 21 months. The family lives in Centennial, Colorado.

submitted Jun. 16, 2010 2:20P
UGRD Engineering '90
Waters, Jeff

Jeff Waters ’90 joined Altera Corporation as senior vice president and general manager of the military, industrial, and computing division. Waters and his team are responsible for systems solution development and marketing for these segments.

Waters was most recently with Texas Instruments/National Semiconductor as vice president, precision signal path division, after returning to the U.S. from a three-year position as regional vice president of National's Japan division where he led sales, marketing, and operations. Additionally, he has held positions in research and development and in management consulting, as well as managing analog and system-on-chip (SOC) product groups.

He holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, a master's in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University, and an MBA from Northwestern University (Kellogg Graduate School of Management).

submitted Jan. 22, 2012 9:51A
GRD Leavey/MBA '90
Valenzuela, Alice (Marcarelli)

Alice Marcarelli Valenzuela MBA ’90 was awarded the 2012 Soroptimist Ruby Award in Phoenix, Ariz., for her tireless work on behalf of women in Sonora, Mexico, where she founded a women’s cooperative that operates an electronics recycling business to create employment in the impoverished rural area. The Soroptimists are a worldwide professional women’s service club, and the Ruby Award is the highest honor awarded by the organization. For more information about the electronics recycling initiative, see:

Contact Alice
submitted Jun. 5, 2012 4:48P
UGRD Leavey Business '90
Stone, Scott

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
UGRD Engineering '90
Steuben, Eric

Eric Steuben ’90, MBA ’95 joined Asante Solutions Inc., a medical device company focused on diabetes care, as vice president of operations. Steuben has broad corporate experience ranging from high-growth startups to world-leading corporations and has specialized insight into the medical device industry. He led the manufacturing, engineering, and operations teams at Align Technology and MicroDental Laboratories. He started his career at Varian Medical, a medical device manufacturer focused on the treatment of cancer.

submitted Apr. 15, 2012 7:02A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '90
Simpson, Kathleen (Mitchell)

Kathleen (Mitchell) Simpson ’87, M.A. ’90 married Robert Simpson on October 2, 2010, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Pleasanton, CA. Kathy and Bob were second-grade friends and classmates in Pleasanton. They currently reside in Brentwood, Calif. SCU alums in attendance were bridesmaid Christine Fierro ’88, Wes Bliven ’88, Brendan Lewis ’88, Michelle Matsumoto ’88, Diane Zilliotto ’88, John Scardamaglia J.D. ’09, and Jim Mitchell ’83.


submitted Jun. 29, 2012 4:08P
Sheridan, Shelley (Carriere)

Shelley (Carriere) Sheridan '94 and her husband Andrew announce the arrival of their son, Parker Edward, on Aug. 13, 2008.  Parker joins brother Trevor, 2.

submitted Dec. 8, 2008 8:12P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '90
Sayers, Alaina

Alaina Sayers '90 is the new 2nd/3rd grade teacher at St. Mark's Catholic School in Boise, ID.

submitted Jul. 12, 2011 8:24P
GRD Leavey/MBA '90
Oruganti, Narender

Narender Oruganti MBA '90 has been appointed to the industry advisory board for Arkeia Software, a leading provider of fast, easy-to-use, and affordable network backup solutions for the Data Protection market. The board is composed of an elite group of storage industry veterans who will provide valuable perspective and counsel to the executive team at Arkeia Software in the areas of business development, market trends, and operations.

Oruganti is an entrepreneur and co-founded Catura Broadband Systems, an Internet based Education Company. Before Catura, he spent almost 20 successful years in marketing, operations and management in leading high- technology companies. Before launching a startup, he was the director of marketing at Veritas' Appliance Software Division. Prior to Veritas, he spent over four years at Network Appliance. Previous experience includes more than 10 years at Hewlett Packard in various roles in marketing, management and operations. Oruganti holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, CA, M.S. in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India.

submitted Jan. 31, 2012 3:20P
UGRD Leavey Business '90
Okada, Michael

Michael Okada ’90 was named vice president, chief accounting officer, and interim chief financial officer of Cereplast, Inc., a manufacturer of proprietary biobased, sustainable plastics.

Okada joined Cereplast in April 2011 as vice president and corporate controller. Prior, Okada served as vice president of finance and corporate controller for Mindspeed Technologies, Inc., where he was responsible for general and international accounting, SEC reporting, and Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance.

Okada has more than 20 years of experience in senior executive roles, leading accounting and finance departments for both private and public rapid-growth companies.

submitted Feb. 21, 2012 4:23P
GRD Law '90
Neal, Rita

Rita Neal J.D. ’90 will take over as county counsel for San Luis Obispo in September. She began her employment with the county office in 1998 as a deputy county counsel. Ten years later, she was promoted to chief deputy county counsel. Later in 2008, Neal was promoted to assistant county counsel.

Before she joined the county counsel’s office, Neal was in private practice in San Luis Obispo, specializing in civil litigation.

submitted Jun. 17, 2012 10:22A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '90
Nagamine, Michele
Michele Nagamine ’90 has been selected as the head women's soccer coach at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Nagamine, 42, is just the second coach in the 17-year history of the soccer program. She has made her mark on the club, high school and collegiate levels with a reputation as a program builder. She has also been named a conference coach of the year, won numerous state titles in high school and has guided the one of the elite club programs in the West region. Nagamine spent the last three years as the head women's soccer coach at Hawai‘i Pacific University where she turned a losing program into a conference contender. She inherited a team that won just three games in 2007 and by her second year lifted the team to a 10-8-1 record and a third-place finsh in the PacWest Conference. For her efforts she was named the 2009 PacWest Coach of the Year. This past season, the Division II Lady Sea Warriors finished with their second straight winning record and were the only team in the nation during the regular-season to defeat BYU-Hawai‘i, ranked No. 1 in the West region. While at the helm of the Lady Sea Warrior soccer program she recruited a conference goalkeeper of the year, a conference newcomer of the year and six all-conference players. She also oversaw academic improvement as the team increased its GPA to above a 3.0. Prior to joining HPU, Nagamine established herself as one of the most successful coaches in all of Hawai‘i high school athletics. As the head coach of the Kamehameha School girls soccer team since 1991, she won five Hawai‘i state championships and six Interscholastic League of Honolulu titles. Nagamine was named ILH Coach of the Year a league-record seven times and was a five-time selection as state coach of the year. Nagamine also received national recognition for her work at Kamehameha. She has been named state coach of the year five times and Far West Region coach of the year two times by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, the governing body of United States soccer coaches. In 2007 she was named the NSCAA National High School Coach of the Year after guiding the Warriors to an undefeated (11-0-2) season and a second consecutive Hawai‘i state championship. Nagamine has also displayed a golden touch on the club level. As the Technical Director for Le‘ahi Soccer Club since 2002, she has overseen the direction and operation of Hawai‘i largest and most competitive girls' soccer club. During that span she helped grow the club from four teams to 26 teams. By creating a competitive travel schedule for premier teams, she helped more than 100 players obtain athletic or academic scholarships in numerous college programs. Nagamine also boasts extensive business experience. She was the owner of her own marketing group as well a soccer retail store. Since 2001, she has been the Director of Sports Marketing & Sales for Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, where she oversees the operations of all sports bookings within all Outrigger properties.
submitted Jan. 12, 2011 11:44A
UGRD Leavey Business '90
Murray, Tina (Johnson-Cohen)

Tina (Johnson-Cohen) Murray B.S. '90, M.B.A. '97 and her husband, Kirk, live with their two children in Los Gatos, CA. Tina continues to consult on Agile Software.

submitted Mar. 30, 2010 1:23P
UGRD Leavey Business '90
Murray, Tina (Johnson)

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.

submitted Feb. 28, 2015 9:25A
UGRD Engineering '90
Monsef, Eric

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.

submitted Mar. 2, 2015 12:10P
GRD Engineering '90
Molotsi, Hugh

Hugh Molotsi M.S. ’90 joins the CSO/CTO advisory board of Qualys Inc., a pioneer and a leading provider of cloud IT security and compliance management solutions. Molotsi, vice president of technology innovation at Intuit, joins information security leaders from eBay, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, PayPal, and other leading companies to meet quarterly to discuss top priorities and challenges for securing global infrastructures, providing strategic direction for product development at Qualys.

Molotsi joined Intuit in 1993 where he has helped develop several solutions for small businesses. His current role involves nurturing innovation by accelerating the discovery and adoption of new technologies, developing new ways to work, and overseeing the Intuit Rotational Development Program and University Relations. Hugh holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University and a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Engineering Technology from the University of Southern Mississippi.


submitted May. 14, 2012 2:14P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '90
Meade, Krista

Krista Meade M.A. ’90 writes: "After a successful 15-year career in geriatric social work, I am beginning my third career as a writer/editor. I hope to work for a nonprofit or foundation serving the needs of older adults, women and children, social justice, or the environment."

Contact Krista
submitted May. 24, 2012 9:49A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '90
Mason, Matt

Matt Mason '90 was named executive director of the non-profit Nebraska Writers Collective, an organization dedicated to putting poets into schools to assist students as well as teachers.

submitted Mar. 19, 2010 4:59P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '90
Lawson, Renee (Machi)

Renee (Machi) Lawson '90 has joined Zynga, the maker of popular social games such as Farmville and Mafia Wars, as Associate General Counsel. She and her husband Kent are among the founding parents of Alta Vista School, a new elementary school in San Francisco focused on math, science, and technology.

Contact Renee
submitted Dec. 4, 2010 10:32A
GRD Leavey/MBA '90
Knott, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Knott MBA '90 was appointed chief financial officer of AmeraMex International, Inc., a provider of heavy equipment to logistics companies, infrastructure construction, commercial farming and mining companies. Prior, Mr. Knott spent five years in real estate development, property management and business development. He brings over 20 years of commercial lending experience to AmeraMex from well-known financial institutions, including Bank of America, American Ag Credit, Equitable Life and Rabo Bank.

submitted Dec. 5, 2011 6:17P
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