We believe a strong Santa Clara Family makes the world a better place.
As members of the Santa Clara University Alumni Office, we foster passion for the University, inspire lifelong connections, and encourage Santa Clara values to live on within the SCU family. We behave with passion, commitment, and in service to others.
Assistant Director, Social Media & Career Networking
Megan Bradley M.A. '11 manages career education programs for alumni, assists with the SCU thought leader blog Illuminate, and runs the social media program for the Alumni Association including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. She is so grateful for the lifelong Bronco friendships she created as a student and continues to create working in the alumni office. Megan loves all things outdoors including beach cruiser bike rides, street festivals, visiting the ocean, and music in the park.
Associate Director, Engagement & Analytics
Melissa Brotherton manages SCU alumni engagement efforts including Santa Clara’s thought leader blog, the Alumni Association’s drone “SCUter,” and the Super Broncos campus alumni group. She is also responsible for tracking and reporting alumni metrics and R&D for new alumni programs. Melissa enjoys cooking/baking, scrapbooking, arts/crafts, and spending time with her family and friends.
Assistant Director, Chapters & GroupsLiz Connelly '15 works as part of the Chapters & Groups team, and manages 17 regional and ethnic chapters of alumni around the nation. She is responsible for being one of our regional experts, engaging with alumni, current parents, and friends of the University, keeping them connected to one another and to SCU. She is grateful for the lasting Bronco friendships created during her time at Santa Clara and is excited to continue engaging past and present Broncos as a member of the alumni team! Liz enjoys cooking, reading, spending time with her family, and supporting local theater and dance.
Associate Director, Marketing & Communications
Michelle Cwirko-Godycki '03 leads marketing and communications efforts for the SCU Alumni Association and is primarily responsible for marketing and communications strategies, brand integrity, the monthly Bronco Connect alumni eNewsletter, overseeing alumni email communications, the association website, and strategic campus partnerships. She is thankful for the opportunities her Santa Clara education has afforded her and values the strength of the Bronco community. Michelle enjoys backyard barbecues, water sports, and spending time with her family at Clear Lake.
Senior Assistant Director, Events
Rachaella Giannotta supports and assists in the planning and implementation of alumni Signature Events including the Grand Reunion Weekend, Vintage Santa Clara, and the President’s Dinner. She values the Bronco network and endless opportunities to connect and establish relationships. Rachaella enjoys meeting new people, hiking, fashion, and spending time with her family and friends.
Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations
Kathy Kale '86 is responsible for the strategic direction of the Alumni Relations office, the overall management of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and the primary steward of the Alumni Family Scholarship program. Every day she feels blessed to work on our beautiful Mission Campus and keep our amazing Bronco Family connected to the University and each other. She also loves spending time with her family and friends, meeting new people, learning new things, and spontaneous trips to The Hut!
Operations and Finance Manager
Alma McChesney leads the Operations team within the alumni office, which includes managing the operations area and related Donohoe Alumni House facilities, managing the alumni budget and financials, supervising student workers, supporting alumni programs, and general customer support. She has enjoyed working with Santa Clara University so much that she's lost count of the number of years she's been a part of the team. Alma enjoys dancing, especially Zumba, being around her family, and devoting extra time to a women’s leadership group at her church.
Mary Modeste Smoker
Senior Assistant Director, Alumni for Others (AFO) and Spiritual Programs
Mary (Modeste) Smoker '81 coordinates Alumni for Others (AFO) projects within our regional chapters, alumni spiritual programs including the annual alumni retreat and afternoons of reflection, graduation picnic and the football reunion. Her large Bronco family includes husband, Jeff '82, and all four siblings and their spouses and three nieces. Her father, Ron Modeste '55, coached football for over 30 years. Mary enjoys spending time with Jeff and their five children, including Stephen and his wife, Beth, both class of '09 and Claire '17.
Associate Director, Events
Maureen Muscat '91, MBA '99 leads the Signature Events team which is primarily responsible for large alumni events held on campus. The most significant of these is the Grand Reunion Weekend. She has wonderful memories of her time as a student at SCU and is happy to share that her closest friends today are those she met on campus over 20 years ago! Maureen enjoys good food, good wine, and entertaining family and friends whenever possible - the more, the merrier!
Senior Associate Director
Paul Neilan '70 joined the Alumni Office in 1978. He is responsible for the annual Alumni Association Graduation Picnic, Gianera Society class reunions, and assists with other association events and programs as needed. In his spare time Paul enjoys golf, organic gardening, rock climbing and spending time at his Maui vacation home.
Assistant Director, Chapter & Groups
Zach Plaza '07 works as part of the Chapters & Groups team, and manages 15 regional chapters of alumni around the globe. Keep an eye out for him at your next alumni event as he will be there, ready to meet you and connect you with other Broncos from your area! Zach truly identifies with the mantra "Once a Bronco, Always a Bronco" and couldn't be happier to be back on campus, contributing to the Alumni Association and serving the SCU community. Zach enjoys following his favorite Bay Area sports teams and spending time with his friends and family, especially his wife and their newborn son.
Director, Chapters & Groups
Jenny (Moody) Sullivan '07 leads the regional chapter engagement efforts for the Alumni Association. She is primarily responsible for advancing the strategic priorities of SCU through the development and coordination of specific alumni activities, events and relationships. She enjoys connecting Broncos to one another and the University through our shared passion for such a special place that means so much to all of us. Jenny loves spending time with her friends and family, while watching her son, JT grow (SCU Class of 2035!).
Maria von Massenhausen
Associate Director, Chapters & Groups
Maria von Massenhausen ’87 is dedicated to providing engagement opportunities for alumni, parents, and friends of the University through chapter programming and volunteer experiences. From a long line of Broncos, Maria loves to hear stories from your Santa Clara days. In her free time she is most happy following the Giants, walking the dogs, or spending time with her family and friends.