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Chris Muldoon '02 is currently working as a Physician Assistant at Amundsen-Scott Station, South Pole, Antarctica, providing medical care (and evacuations as necessary) and facilitating a NASA project that is a very small part of the program aimed at putting man on Mars. He recently finished a winter at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. He is also a member of a global disaster response team and has been a member of all-volunteer mountain rescue teams in the Pacific Northwest for about the last ten years.
Joe Manatt ’02 and Alexandra Manatt welcomed their first child, Theodore “Teddy” Richard Manatt, on Feb. 11, 2017. The family resides in Des Moines, Iowa.
Rob Pereyda ’03 is vice president of VIZ Media. He is an entrepreneur, innovator, and expert in the field of Japanese entertainment, including anime, manga, and video games. His career spans a variety of corporate positions centered around unlocking the potential of Japanese intellectual property across the world, including business development, licensing, strategy, marketing, creative, production, and more.
Pereyda is member of the Producers Guild of America New Media Council (PGA NMC) and on its Weekend Shorts Committee, International Committee, and Education Committee Northwest. He is also a professional member of ASIFA-Hollywood (the Hollywood chapter of the International Animated Film Association, also known as “Association Internationale du Film d'Animation”).
Chris Liebertz ’03 has been working in aviation engineering since moving to Hawaii two years after graduating from SCU.
For two years in a row, Tara S. Kaushik '98, J.D. '03 has been included in the Best Lawyers in America guide, Utilities Law. She is a partner in Holland & Knight's San Francisco office and a member of the firm's West Coast Land Use and Environment Group. Ms. Kaushik focuses her practice on regulatory matters, with a specific emphasis on energy, natural resources and the environment. She has represented energy companies, local governments, Alaska Native Corporations and tribal entities in project developments, including the negotiations of power purchase agreements and project financing.
Ms. Kaushik has advised and represented her clients on numerous issues before state public utilities commissions throughout the western United States and before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She also handles carbon credits transactions and cap-and-trade issues before the California Air Resources Board, and regularly advises energy companies and tribal organizations on litigation and arbitration involving energy and commercial disputes.
Grace Hu-Morley MBA ’03 is a product management leader who transforms emerging technologies and market requirements into successful, user-friendly products and solutions. She writes, “My expertise is in bringing first-generation products to market—I lead teams to create winning strategies for the early stages of the technology adoption lifecycle.” Hu-Morley is director of product management at Prysm, Inc., delivering next-generation digital workplace solutions for enhanced enterprise collaboration.
Angelica Nohemi Quinonez ’04 was selected for the position of assistant head of school for mission at Mercy High School in San Francisco. She is responsible for the integration of the Sisters of Mercy charism and mission in the life of the school and will oversee the schoolwide mission integration and vision alignment in campus ministry, community service, diversity and inclusion, athletics, student life, and discipline.
Ryan Kottenstette ’04 is co-founder and CEO of Cape Analytics and former principal with a local VC. He recently was a featured speaker at the School of Engineering's Lunch with an Entrepreneur. Kottenstette advises: “Focus on market segment and problems that need solving—what’s sexy is not always lucrative; and don't let your ego be an impediment to building an effective team—be self-reflective about where you excel, and hire key players who are complimentary. Your goal is not to personally be the best at everything individually, but to hire the team that can be the best in aggregate.”
Bryan Kohm J.D. '04 practices intellectual property litigation, with a focus on representing high technology and life science companies in patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation disputes. Bryan has been with Fenwick & West LLP for 13 years and was named a partner in 2015. In 2013 and 2014 he was recognized as a "Rising Star" in the area of IP Litigation by Northern California Super Lawyers.
Stacy (Hartman) Greenwood '04 and her husband Sean welcomed Grant Joseph on July 7, 2016. He joins big brothers Landon (5) and Cohen (2). The Greenwoods reside in San Jose, California.
Marie Bordeleau M.A. '04 is principal of St. Hilary Catholic School, in Tiburon, CA. Marie is thrilled to serve the Saint Hilary community as the school principal. Her son, Charlie, is enjoying second grade at Saint Hilary's. She is also entering her second year as a doctoral student at Creighton University where she is study Interdisciplinary Leadership. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking with Charlie and his dog, Moe, traveling, going to see her beloved Giants and 49ers, visiting with friends and just embracing all of life's many blessings.
Harbir Bhatia M.S. ’04 writes: “Looking forward to reconnecting with SCU alums. Since graduating, I have been heavily involved in the tech sector and community service. Also, I’m now a cultural commissioner for the City of Santa Clara. Hope to meet more of our alums.”
Vanessa Garcia '05 married Kevin Zakes at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento, CA in a New Year's Eve ceremony on 12/31/2016.
Matt Tuttle ’05 and Katy (Shumm) Tuttle ’05 welcomed their third child, William Gary Tuttle, on Jan. 6, 2017. The happy couple plus daughter Emily, 6, and son Jack, 4, are overjoyed and thrilled to welcome “Sweet William” into their family. The family resides in Willow Glen, California.
Benjamin Qiu J.D. ’05 is a partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP, in Beijing, China, and Hong Kong. He is a registered arbitrator of the South China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission. Qiu has deep roots in Chinese technology startups, having worked as an in-house general counsel and fund director for venture capital investor, Innovation Works, after which he practiced at Cooley before joining Loeb & Loeb.
Simon O'Connell J.D. '05 has been a district attorney with Contra Costa County for more than 11 years. He's part of the Richmond Community Prosecutions Unit. He also serves on the District Attorney’s Association Board, representing the lawyers who have dedicated themselves to the citizens of Contra Costa County as career prosecutors. He was named Prosecutor of the Year by Contra Costa County for his work on the homicide team. His hobbies include snowboarding, surfing, and do-it-yourself projects.
Pamela (Salas) Nieting ’05 was elected vice president of the San Francisco Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA. She writes that the organization “supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders.”
Melissa Kueny (Eckel) ’05 married Joshua Kueny on October 8, 2016 at Vellano Country Club in Chino Hills, California. The two met in 2013 at The Walt Disney Company, where they both still work today. Joshua has two children from a previous marriage—Taylor, 11, and Isaac, 15.
To view photos from the wedding: http://clients.kayshaweiner.com/guestlogin/melissaandjosh/?return=/melissaandjosh/
Robert Uy J.D. ’06 is a partner at Uy Law Group, where he is an immigration and family law attorney. In 2015 he received a Minority Bar Coalition Unity Award from the Minority Bar Coalition of the Bar Association of San Francisco. He was also appointed Regional Governor for the Northern California Region for the National Filipino American Lawyer’s Association from 2015-2016, is past president of the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California, and currently a director for the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area. He was chosen as a Super Lawyer Rising Star fin 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Robert has recently been appointed a Commissioner for Parks and Recreation in the city of South San Francisco. Robert recently received the Mentor of the Year award from the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area.
In May 2016, David J. Tsai J.D. ’06 was recognized before the California State Legislature with the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus Excellence in Civil Rights Award. Tsai is a partner in Vinson & Elkins LLP’s San Francisco office and co-managing partner of the firm’s Taipei office. He is committed to pro bono work, has successfully represented a number of API clients in immigration matters, led the filing of a number of amicus briefs for the same sex marriage cases in California, and is responsible for the founding of numerous scholarships for API students. Tsai is the President-Elect of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area. He founded Santa Clara Law’s Diversity Gala.
Timithie (Gould) Norman ’06 is celebrating her second work anniversary with the Catholic Community Foundation of Los Angeles, a new operation headed by executive director and SCU regent emeritus Kathleen (Habing) Anderson ’72 and led by Board President and SCU Trustee Louis Castruccio ’60. Also working to support the Foundation are Broncos Louise Damberg ’74 and intern Kara Duncan ’17.
Leslie (Maglione) Jensen ’06, J.D. ’09 and her husband James welcomed their second child, Eleanor (Ellie) Marie, on Dec. 19, 2016. Ellie joins big sister Samantha, 3, as the latest San Jose Sharks fan in the family.
Brooke M. Simonson ’07 is teaching English at the Jesuit high school Saint Peter’s Prep in Jersey City. She is engaged to Thomas Juarez, the son and grandson of Santa Clara alumni. The couple resides in New York City but consider themselves “bi-coastal” as they regularly travel back to the West Coast (best coast!) to visit family and friends.