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Baylee Zwart ’10 designs 18k-gold fine jewelry that helps benefit ocean-related causes, in partnership with the Sausalito Marine Mammal Center. For every purchase, 10 pounds of food is donated to the Center—whose mission is to save and rehabilitate endangered marine mammals. Zwart’s collections are presented each season at Paris and New York Fashion Week and are sold at luxury retailers including Matches Fashion, Moda Operandi, Dover Street Market, and her own website, AzleeJewelry.com. Before starting AZLEE, Zwart led sustainability in product design at TOMS—a shoe company that donates one pair of shoes for every purchase made.
To learn more, please visit AzleeJewelry.com.
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.
Linda (Wuestehube) Kahl J.D. '10 is senior counsel and director of OSI (Ownership, Sharing, and Innovation) at the BioBricks Foundation, a public benefit organization whose mission is "to ensure that the engineering of biology is conducted in an open and ethical manner to benefit all people and the planet." Linda’s work focuses on legal frameworks, policies, and infrastructure for the development of foundational biotechnologies that will enable local biological solutions to global challenges in healthcare, agriculture, energy, and the environment.
Caitlin Robinett Jachimowicz J.D. ’10 has been appointed a council member for the City of Morgan Hill. A lifelong resident, Jachimowicz brings legal experience and prior public service to her new role. She writes: “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the community I love. I look forward to working with city staff, volunteers, and businesses to ensure Morgan Hill continues to be a safe, vibrant, and successful city.
While attending Santa Clara Law, Jachimowicz held many leadership roles, including president of the Student Bar Association. She conducted a research project in Haiti in 2009 and was named “Student Leader of the Year” in 2010. Jachimowicz is an attorney at Jachimowicz | Pointer, Attorneys at Law, Inc. She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2010 and concentrates her legal practice in criminal law and civil litigation. Prior to joining the family firm, Jachimowicz clerked for the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, and served as a congressional assistant to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren J.D. ’75 of the U.S. House of Representatives. Additionally, she served as commissioner of the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Commission for more than five years. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, fellow lawyer Josh Jachimowicz J.D. ’11, and their daughter, Penelope.
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.
Nicholas Summary M.S. ’13 is chief of biomedical engineering at the VA Central Iowa Health Care System in Des Moines, Iowa.
Friends since childhood, Michael Santos '11 and Darren Harter '11 run The Futures Project, a private Bay Area foundation that provides financial grants to organizations and individuals. Its focus is on community growth and fostering opportunity by promoting education, youth development, and juvenile justice. The goal of The Futures Project is to support grassroots activism by bringing awareness to people making a difference in the community and highlighting the work that they do. Michael is president of The Futures Project and also works at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in San Francisco. Darren is CFO and Secretary of The Futures Project and also is an assurance manager at Moss Adams LLP.
Jason Maples J.D. '11, LLM '12 is a legal data expert for legal analytics and patent data science company Lex Machina. He previously served as a paralegal in the U.S. Army during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, where he handled military, criminal, administrative and humanitarian law issues and managed journalists embedded with combat units.
Blake Coelho ’11 has released his debut single “Crazy” as Los Angeles indie artist CASPR. Premiering on Atwood Magazine, the song can be streamed via Spotify and SoundCloud and features classically polished vocals and chilling reverberations over an electro-pop-driven beat. The name CASPR relates to Coelho’s pale complexion, which his friends repeatedly referred to growing up—in addition to his own affinity for all things spooky.
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Quinn Peck B.S., M.S. ’12 is a senior engineer with Arup. He has been involved in the design of building structures across a wide range of markets and project types, including high-end commercial office buildings, developer-lead high-rise towers, academic laboratories, and modular structures. Peck specializes in design of reinforced concrete and post-tensioned concrete as well as steel and heavy timber structural systems. As senior engineer, he is responsible for close collaboration with architects and contractors throughout the design and construction process, management of project design deliverables, and development of contract documents.
Lauren Orlando '12 writes, "I am currently going into my fifth year working at Yelp, Inc. I have had the privilege to work in three major cities -- San Francisco, New York City, and now Chicago -- and live in four other countries. Travel is by far my biggest accomplishment so far, just returning from Ireland this Jan. 2017 completing my 13th country thus far.
Lauren O. https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenorlando
Dominic S. Irudayaraj, S.J., STL ’12, STD ’15 is a senior lecturer and senior research fellow teaching biblical courses in Hekima University College, Nairobi. He is a Jesuit priest of Andhra Province, India, and writes that he’s “glad to be in this green city (Nairobi) with its passion for the Bible—both in class and in the pastoral fields, sharing what JST-SCU has imparted in the area of biblical studies.”
Grace Kinder Fleshman '12 enters her fifth season at the San Francisco Giants baseball club. She acts as Entertainment and In-Game Experience Coordinator for the team as well as Ballpark Assistant to the voice of the Giants, Bay Area radio personality Renel Brooks-Moon. Grace met her husband of two years at the University of San Francisco while they jointly pursued masters degrees in Sport Management. They currently live in Sunnyvale with their French Bulldog fur-child Ozzie.
Giordano M. Capovilla '12 is enjoying his career at Deloitte in San Francisco, focusing on the growth of local technology companies. Having graduated a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, he lives with brother Henry Eder '12 and brother William Rush '12, continuing to give back to the Iota Omicron chapter. He frequents the South Bay area, where he can be found front row of the Bronco basketball game supporting the new era of Coach Sendek.
Tom Skinner J.D. ’13 works as counsel and assistant in the office of U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren J.D. ’75. Previously, he served as an associate at Ferrari Ottoboni Caputo & Wunderling LLP as well as a graduate student fellow at the Katherine and George Alexander Law Center tax clinic.
Allie Sibole ’14 is product development engineer for DePuy Synthes, part of the medical devices division of Johnson & Johnson. Her job satisfies a curiosity that came out of her own orthopedic injury while studying at SCU.
She writes, “Right before my sophomore year, I suffered a stress fracture in my femur. Although it healed without any complications, I sustained another stress fracture in the opposite leg two years later. My desire to understand my own injuries better, combined with the biomechanics and anatomy classes I was taking at Santa Clara, sparked my interest in orthopedic medical devices to prevent and treat injuries to bones and muscles.”
“Two weeks before my official graduation from Santa Clara, I started graduate school at the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design. The yearlong master’s program gave me the opportunity to shadow doctors at the Johns Hopkins medical center, travel to Nepal to observe health care needs in low-resource settings and work on numerous health care projects. One of these projects was a device to detect kidney damage during surgery, which is now being evaluated in two large medical centers, and another was an improved protective suit for health care workers treating Ebola patients, which is now in the process of being manufactured by DuPont.”
“After graduating from Johns Hopkins, I landed a job working in research and development for the world’s No. 1 orthopedics company. In my role, I design and test implants and instruments that surgeons use to treat complex fractures. As part of my job, I’ve also gotten to meet with surgeons from all around the world and spend an extended time period working at my company’s office in Switzerland. It’s rewarding knowing that my work will help patients regain their ability to walk and live pain-free lives.”
“One thing I've learned in my time in industry is that engineering is so much more than being able to set up calculations or make cool designs. It requires teamwork, dedication, and careful consideration of the human impact of engineering decisions. During my time at Santa Clara, I memorized formulas and built robots like any stereotypical engineering student, but I also got to analyze the ethics behind sustainable construction, learn about the challenges of designing for low-resource countries, and apply my skills over the summers in internships I found through career fairs and my professors. Engineering at Santa Clara was never about problem sets; it was about impact—and figuring out what kind of mark we wanted to leave on the world through our chosen field.”
While Sibole was at Santa Clara, she competed for the cross-country and track teams and worked as a student blogger for the Office of Marketing and Communications. Today, she continues to run, and blog, for fun. You can check out more of her writing at https://nevereverstoplearning.wordpress.com/.
Nicole Shanahan J.D. '14 is the founder and CEO of ClearAccessIP, an innovation strategy platform that dramatically accelerates the idea to market process. ClearAccessIP uses artificial intelligence to automate many of the costs related to creating a patent portfolio, managing data, analyzing inventions, and engaging in collaborative transactions. She is a Stanford CodeX Fellow and has been featured in ABA Law Journal, Huffington Post, and MOGUL for her tremendous work in legal technology. She says, "While in law school I participated in research of the patent system and worked with Professor Chien to identify key weaknesses in both patent law and the transactional marketplace for patents. I finally dug into creating the company while in law school, after my research led me to take a stance on where the future of this industry is headed (or should head). The more time I spent around patent data, the more I realized the value in aggregating it and creating standard processes of analysis around the patented technologies... I’ve always been attracted to the concept that you can own an idea, and that ideas can lead to people coming together to build something, and that something can potentially change the course of human history. I feel that it’s important that lawyers don’t just 'practice law' but actually serve as guardians of progress, and improving the patent system is just one small piece of this large puzzle.” Nicole also does a lot of yoga, paddle boarding, snowboarding, swimming, running, cooking, meditation, and kite boarding.
Mark-Phillip Pebworth ’14 is a biomedical sciences graduate student at UCSF, studying brain development in the lab of Arnold Kriegstein. Last spring, he won an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. But more importantly, as he puts it, “I married Hanna Reisdorff on Sept. 5, 2016, and we're having a great time settling into San Francisco.”