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Class Notes

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Norman Slaught '52Norman Slaught reports that he “finally” has a grandchild attending Santa Clara.

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Robert B. Yonts Jr. J.D. ’68 retired as a judge of the Santa Cruz County Superior Court in January and immediately started part-time as a mediator and arbitrator with JAMS, a nationwide group of more than 200 retired judges. Yonts and his wife, Bjorg, a stone sculptor, live in Soquel. Their family includes 10 children and 28 grandchildren.

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Voices from the Past—A Quintet of Novels: Sappho’s Journal, Christ’s Journal, Leonardo da Vinci’s Journal, Shakespeare’s Journal, Lincoln’s Journal Steven James Bartlett edited and helped publish his late father Paul Alexander Bartlett’s work, Voices from the Past—A Quintet of Novels: Sappho’s Journal, Christ’s Journal, Leonardo da Vinci’s Journal, Shakespeare’s Journal, Lincoln’s Journal (Autograph Editions, $29.95).

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Colleen (Stinnett) Badagliacco is the 2007 president of the California Association of Realtors, a statewide trade organization representing more than 220,000 Realtors.

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Kevin Kelly reports that he is “living the reflective life in and on the Pacific Ocean” aboard the sailing vessel Farraige, with his wife, Ruth. The vessel’s home ports are Santa Cruz and Lahaina, Hawaii.

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Steve Rychly and his wife, Michelle, live in the Chicago suburbs with their two sons, Sean, 17, and Johnathan, 15. Steve is a regional sales manager for Apple.

Shirley Trevino was named one of the 100 most influential Latino/as in the Silicon Valley by The Mexican American Community Services Agency. Shirley has worked for more than 30 years in labor relations and is co-founder of CAUSA and the Institute for Non-Violence.

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William E. (Bill) Brown was elected president of the California Association of Realtors for 2008.

Dan and Thelma (Silvio) Dietsch completed the four-year diaconate formation program for the Chicago archdiocese, and Dan was ordained a deacon.

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Robert E. Strunck is featured in the newly released book, Defending the Damned: Inside Chicago’s Cook County Public Defender’s Office, which discusses the office’s Murder Task Force and the defense of death penalty cases.

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Robert Mason is legal advisor for the Public Utilities Commission. He has worked for Bergman and Dacey Inc. since 1989.

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James Houghton became the Richard Rodgers Director of the Drama Division at The Juilliard School in 2006. 

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James Hulburd is ranked on Barron’s 2007 list of the “Top 100 Financial Advisers” for the second year in a row. He is a private wealth advisor at Merrill Lynch.

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Sarah (Deininger) Vasquez oversees 29 shopping centers as senior vice president of Westfield Corporation. She and her husband Richard have two children and live in San Jose.

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Frank Basich was recently presented an Award for Academic Excellence in the Associate in Reinsurance Program. This award is given each year to two graduates with outstanding cumulative grade averages for the national examinations in this Insurance Institute of America program. Since graduating from Santa Clara, Frank has completed more than 20 insurance examinations and has earned four insurance designations. He is employed by Fireman’s Fund Insurance working as a senior inland marine underwriter. Frank and his wife, Jennifer, recently celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary. They live in Petaluma, with their 3-year-old son, Sam.

Amy (Hutcherson) Brink and her husband, Tim ’86, recently moved from Southern California to Pennsylvania with their three boys, Taylor, 15, Jonathan, 13, and Riley, 7. Tim is the executive director of the mechanical contractors association of Eastern Pennsylvania. Amy says she is a “baseball mom.”

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Mickey Pierce and Nancy (Schnetz) Pierce were married at Mission Santa Clara on Aug. 26, 2006. Mickey is a hazardous substance scientist for the state of California, and Nancy is a technical sales manager for Jeppesen DataPlan. They live in Willow Glen

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Heather (Dabel) Hignite and her husband, Dennis, announce the birth of their first child, Corey Thomas, on April 2. Heather left her position as librarian at the Arkansas Arts Center to care for her son full time. The family lives in White Hall, Ark., but is building a house in Little Rock.

Carol LaMadrid and her husband live in Geneva, Switzerland, where Carol works in yacht brokerage and charter for Edmiston & Company. She is also involved with the musical theater and has choreographed several shows.

George Lotti is chief financial officer of Heat and Control Inc., an international company based in Hayward. George’s wife, Lisa (Eidson) ’89, is a middle school teacher in San Jose. Both operate a nonprofit animal rescue organization—Unconditional Love Animal Rescue—that has rescued more than 1,000 animals from local shelters and placed them in homes. The couple lives in the Willow Glen area of San Jose with their six cats and one bunny.


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Barbara Galvin was promoted to associate at Gensler, a global architecture, design, planning, and strategic consulting firm headquartered in San Francisco. She joined Gensler in 2001 and serves as project accountant, managing accounting matters for such clients as the Gap Inc., Cisco, and Network Appliance. Prior to joining Gensler, Barbara served in the Peace Corps in Poland and worked as a high school teacher for five years.

Stacy (Hawes) Melle has expanded her responsibilities at NBC Universal Digital Distribution as vice president of marketing to include not only video-on-demand, but also electronic sell-through, and mobile and interactive television for all TV and film content.

Lorie (Hannigan) Murphy and her husband, Tom, announce the birth of their son, Ryan James, Dec. 12, 2007. Ryan joins older sisters Mandy, 3, and Hannah, 7, in the family home. Lorie is the senior vice president of e2k Sports in Palo Alto.

Mike Strain and his wife, Anna, announce the birth of a daughter, Maggie, in June 2007. She joins big sister Katrina in the family home.

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Dan Dion and his wife, Lisa, are pleased to announce the birth in September of Roman James, their second child and a native San Franciscan.

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Peter Lampe and his wife, Kristi, announce the birth of a son, Dylan James, on March 5. Dylan joins older sisters Kaitlyn, 6, and Megan, 3.

Mai (Vuong) Wang MBA ’95 and her fiancé, Brian S. Jones, welcomed their first child, Bradey Sam Jones, on April 26. Mai and Brian have started a management consulting business, Coral Equity Partners, to assist private equity firms.

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Jose Arroyo and his wife, Madeline, announce the birth of a son, Emilio Antonio, on April 29. Emilio joins big sister Elisa in the family’s Gilbert, Ariz., home.

Trevor Corkery and Courtney Moroney announce the birth of their son, Kevin, on June 5.

Sylvanna Falcon has been appointed to the faculty at Connecticut College in New London, Conn. Her areas of specialization include race-ethnic relations, racism, globalization, and human rights. She previously taught at UC Santa Barbara.

Nick Marquis ’95 and Sarah Bartlett ’95 welcomed a daughter, Avery, on May 23. They live in San Mateo.

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Jason Marandas was appointed manager of UK Sales for the EMEA division of WebEx Communications, recently acquired by Cisco Systems. He lives in Amsterdam with his wife of seven years, Tiffany (Allen) Marandas, and their 2-year-old daughter, Avalon.

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Kelli Swader married James Wolfe in St. Lucia, West Indies on March 28. The wedding party included “Best Mate” Dawn Michelle Roberts. The couple lives in London, England, where Kelli has released her debut CD, “On the Verge,” which has earned accolades as “smooth country pop.” Listen to album tracks at www.firedragonsings.com.

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David Doroquez earned a Ph.D. in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and is now a post-doctoral fellow at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. David and his wife, Lesley Yamaki, a nurse at North Shore Medical Center in Salem, Mass., live in the Boston metro area.

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Myra Ramirez-Geronimo and her husband, Marc, welcomed their first child, Nicholas James, on Jan. 11 in San Diego.

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Christina Newell married Thomas Stanley on June 29 at the Hilltop Ski Chalet in Anchorage, Alaska. Christina is an art teacher in Alaska. Thom graduated from UC Berkeley in 2002 with a bachelor of arts degree in history. He is an assistant brewer at the Glacier Brewhouse.

Lauren Russell and Brendan O’Brien ’01 were married on May 19 in the Mission Church at Santa Clara. The wedding party also included Lindsay Smith, Megan (Sullivan) White, Kevin O’Brien, David Bianco ’01, and Felix Tismer ’01. The newlyweds honeymooned in St. Maarten and live in San Francisco.

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Jennifer BeVard entered the Master of Fine Arts in Directing program at DePaul University.

Christina Flynn entered the Master of Fine Arts program in Acting at Wayne State University.

A. Zell Williams was chosen as one of only two recipients for the African-American Fellowship by Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. The two-year fellowships are awarded based on the candidates’ academic accomplishments, demonstrated potential for leadership, and commitment to a career in arts administration. Zell will be working with Steppenwolf’s General Manager David Schmitz.


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John Sabine has been chosen to be an intern for The Second City theatre in Chicago.
Bronco groom takes the cake

Bronco wedding cake
Photo: Chris Moseley 

The lovely pastry above featuring the SCU Broncos logo (the groom's cake, for those keeping score) made an appearance at the wedding of Tyler Green '04 and Meghan Hanratty '04 on May 26 in Dallas. The wedding party included fellow '04 grads Colin Harrigan, Lucas Herrera, Megan Kinnear, Cam (Elkin) Barsness, and Alison Bettles. Guests included more than 20 other SCU 2004 and 2005 graduates. The newlyweds honeymooned in Hawaii and live in Seattle.