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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.
Joe Ritzo '06 is in his 11th season as the "Voice of the San Jose Giants." Ritzo began with the San Jose Giants (Minor League affiliate of the San Francisco Giants) while a freshman at Santa Clara in 2003 broadcasting select home games on the radio before moving into a full-time role prior to the 2007 season. He has also served as the club's Director of Broadcasting since 2010. Ritzo has additional broadcast experience calling games for Stanford University baseball, Santa Clara University soccer and women's volleyball as well as local college and high school basketball. The Palo Alto, CA native also handles the play-by-play of the 30 San Jose Giants television broadcasts on Comcast Hometown Network and co-hosts the "Inside the San Jose Giants" podcast. He enters the 2017 season having called over 1,500 San Jose Giants games.
Trina Sheedy '07 is a physician assistant in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. As a PA, Trina provides urgent and routine care for head and neck cancer patients during all stages of their treatment and surveillance. Originally from Southern California, Trina has worked in emergency medicine and otolaryngology and is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Society of PAs in Otolaryngology, American Academy of PAs, and the California Academy of PAs.
Maren Lovgren '06 married Marcos Moreno '07 on December 3, 2016 at the Saratoga Foothill Club in Saratoga, CA. The ceremony was officiated by John Sabine '07 and included over a dozen fellow alumni and several dozen donuts.
Caroline Robinson '08 was recently named Associate Producer of the Disney XD animated television series, Star Wars Rebels.
After moving to Germany with her family in August 2015, Mandy Pearson '08 started working as a project manager for ichhelfe.jetzt. ichhelfe.jetzt (which translates to "I help now") is an online platform that connects help organizations with volunteers who offer their time and in-kind donations in order to improve the care of refugees. Mandy recently represented ichhelfe.jetzt during the European Social Innovation Competition in Berlin and Brussels, where the project became one of the 10 finalists from more than 1,000 applicants.
Jennifer Leung J.D. '08 received The Young Alumnus Rising Star Award from Santa Clara University School of Law. The award recognizes individuals and organizations in the community who have demonstrated a longstanding commitment to encouraging the advancement of minorities in the legal profession or promoting equal access to the administration of justice for individuals. She is Employment Counsel at Juniper Networks, in Sunnyvale.
The world of video games can be a treacherous place for many parents. Always in the forefront of the press, the intersection of video games, violence and antisocial behavior worries many parents, but a lot of the studies released to the public give a very narrow glimpse into the effects of video games. Inspired by her time at SCU, Rachel Kowert M.A. '08 wrote her new book, "A Parent's Guide to Video Games," which sets out to provide moms and dads with a reliable resource of information and advice backed up by over 100 scientific studies on video games and the way they affect physical, social, and mental development among children. "A Parent's Guide to Video Games" investigates the issues of video game addiction, worsening ADHD symptoms through extended game play and the correlation between aggression and violent games. A graduate of the University of York, Dr. Kowert doesn't just look into some of the potential negatives of game play; she also investigates the positive ways that video games can impact children. This guide will help parents look at all the information the scientific community has gathered as they try to decide what games to choose for their children and whether they want their kids playing games at all. Her hope is that this book will become a guidebook for parents, teachers, and clinicians who are concerned about the ever increasing media consumption (especially of video games) for young children and adults.
Website: www.rkowert.com Twitter: @linacaruso
Regina Clark ’08 married John Holleman, a class of 2008 Georgia Tech alumnus, on Jan. 28, 2017, in Gilroy, California.
Amanda Martin Bates '08 married Daniel Bates on June 4, 2016 at Mission Santa Clara surrounded by their family and friends. Reception followed at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose. Fellow alumnae in attendance included: Allison Walewski '08, Grant Cassingham '08, Kiely Nose '08, Terri Bowles Reynolds '08, Hannah McCarthy Crowder '08, Andrew Shepard '03, Julianne Hausle Garnett '00, and Dave Garnett '98. Other alumnae include: Lisa Fiscalini Hausle '75 and Steven Hausle '74.
Lauren Baines ’08 has joined the de Saisset Museum as its assistant director. Baines arrives with experience from the nonprofit arts sector within Silicon Valley, working with institutions like Cardboard Box Theatre Project, Montalvo Arts Center—Lucas Artists Residency Programs, the Palo Alto Art Center, and ongoing work with genARTS Silicon Valley. She has held teaching assignments with the dance department at Mills College and the Department of Theatre and Dance at Santa Clara University. She is an avid supporter of the arts and has managed countless public programs associated with exhibitions, arts education programs, artist residencies, and contemporary art exhibitions—in addition to developing comprehensive marketing plans, websites, and social media platforms. She is also a professional choreographer and dancer who presents her work throughout the Bay Area under the company Lauren Baines Dance/Theatre.
In 2016, Kevin Albanese ’96, J.D. ’08 was named one of Silicon Valley Business Journal‘s Power Executives. He is President and CEO of Joseph J. Albanese, Inc. Construction, which was founded by his grandfather. Kevin has served on several industry associations, including United Contractors, and is currently a member of the Contractors' State License Board, appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown '59. His trajectory also exempliifies the company motto of "just get it done." He continues to run a small law practice.
Daniella Vallurupalli (Klopocki) ’09, Aneal Vallurupalli ’09, Paul Cecconi ’09, Summer Lynn McCormick ’08, and Nicole Qaqundah ’07, members of The Saint Francis Foundation Associates, helped raise more than $100,000 for the Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership with the nautical-themed fundraiser: The 8th Annual White Caps & Night Caps. Put on by the Associates, a group of young professionals within the Saint Francis Foundation which benefits Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and the community in which it serves. The event was held on October 22, 2016, at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco, and attracted 250+ people. The Associates have raised $216,000 for the Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership in the last two years, and five of its 11 board members are proud Broncos (with Mrs. Vallurupalli serving as Board Chair).
Ben Rice '09 is the Associate Manager for Consumer Electronics at Walmart eCommerce.
Paul Breucop ’06 and Lizette Faraji ’09 joyfully welcomed their daughter, Phoenix Azadeh Breaucop, to the world on Feb. 21, 2017.
Paige Baird (Fujiu) '09 and Kevin Baird are pleased to announce their marriage on October 28, 2016 at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Other Santa Clara Alumni in attendance included Jordan Crary '09, John Beadle '09, Megan Allen (McCormick) '09, Erica Swoboda (Mawbey-Lance) '09, Mark Swoboda Jr. '09, and Alexandra Zaretsky '09. Paige is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at a private practice, and Kevin is the bassist of indie band, Two Door Cinema Club. They are looking forward to moving full-time to London, United Kingdom, in the spring of 2017.
On May 21, 2016, Brittani Conley '10 and Stephen Archer '09 were married at a vintage bed and breakfast in Northern California amongst loved ones, including many fellow SCU alums from classes '07-'13.
Natalie Lamar '09 married Michael Aguilar '09 on August 20, 2016. The couple met in Swig Hall their freshman year. Natalie is a pediatric nurse and Mike is a mechanical engineer. They live in Portland, Oregon.
On Sept. 24, 2016, Cassandra Anne Ilich Reed ’10 married Shaun Michael Reed in front of 200 guests in a traditional Serbian Orthodox ceremony, presided by Father Tumbas and Father Bunjevic at the home of the bride’s parents, Chateau Summerset, in the wine and gold country of Northern California. Cassandra, 28, is a marketing professional in Evergreen, Colorado. She graduated cum laude with multiple degrees (B.S. in political science, B.A. in French and German, minors in Spanish and international studies). Shaun, 34, is a P.E.-licensed mechanical engineer in Denver, Colorado. He graduated with a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. The couple enjoyed a monthlong African honeymoon on safari in Ethiopia, sailing around Seychelles Islands, and touring Morocco. They now reside at their home, Sierra Dorado Ranch, in the Rocky Mountains of Golden, Colorado.
You can read the New York Times article about our wedding here: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/fashion/weddings/vows-the-gift-of-the-goat-sealed-the-deal.html?_r=0
Richard Navarro ’10, M.S. ’12 is working on Google’s [e]Team, where he focuses on the sustainable operation of the company's European and Asia-Pacific–U.S. facilities. At SCU, he was the electrical lead on the Refract House, the entry to win 3rd place in the 2009 Solar Decathlon, for which he designed the electrical system and its solar arrays. This past March, he returned to the Mission campus to give a presentation on sustainable opportunities in office spaces at an Engineering Club event.