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Nancy Allen Lee ’78 retired from Ross Stores Inc. in 2014 after 24 years. She moved to a wonderful community on Lake Wylie in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2016. She writes, “My youngest is a senior at SCU. I've been married 28 years. Loving retirement!”
Mario Cordero J.D. ’78 has been named executive director of the Port of Long Beach, California, the second largest container port in the U.S. Previously, he served as chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission on appointment by President Obama.
Paul Totah ’79 published The Gospel of Everyone: A Poetic Retelling of the Gospel of Luke (Resource Publications). This is his 32nd year working at St. Ignatius College Prep (SI) in San Francisco, where he serves as director of communications and editor of Genesis Magazine. His daughter, Lauren Totah ’11, is now his colleague, working as a counselor at SI.
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Barry O’Brien ’79 is an executive producer of GONE, a new dramatic series from NBC Universal Television. The show stars Chris Noth (Sex and the City) and Danny Pino (Law and Order) and is filming on location in Pittsburgh.
For his impact on the semiconductor chip industry and the advancement of computing, Bill Holt M.S. ’79 received the School of Engineering's highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, recognizing alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and University service have set them apart.
In Silicon Valley, the semiconductor industry exploded, in part, based on what's known as Moore's Law—the maxim that the computing power of integrated circuits would double about every two years. For more than 40 years, Bill Holt led the teams that delivered the efficiency, innovation, and cost reductions that drove the industry and proved Moore's Law to be true. During his time at Intel, processors became 3,500 times more powerful and 90,000 times more energy efficient. You can read more about Holt and this endeavor in the Spring 2016 edition of this mag.
Beginning his career in DRAM development as a development engineer, Holt assumed a number of management roles before being elected corporate vice president in 2003 and taking on the management of TMG in 2005. Under his guidance, Intel consistently led the industry in revolutionizing transistor technologies. A consummate innovator and leader, he had a marked influence not only on his company, but on his industry—and the nation's economy. In 2015, he received the Semiconductor Industry Association's highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce Award for Longstanding Accomplishments on Behalf of Industry.
Dave Fiore ’79 retired June 1, 2016, from the Oregon Education Foundation where he worked for the last 16 years after teaching high school English in Bend, Oregon. He and his wife, Tracey (Hammond) ’82, plan to travel, golf, and do whatever else they choose.
Silicon Valley Business Journal has named Terri Marcroft ’80 one of its 2017 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley. Through her consulting firm MarketSavvy Inc., she serves local tech companies as their “interim VP of marketing,” developing positioning, messaging, go-to-market strategy, and execution.
Company contact info: www.Market-Savvy.com, 408-656-1876, email@example.com
Following her tenure as director of production finance at Arnold Shapiro Productions, Dorothy Duder ’80 has joined MAK Pictures in Sherman Oaks, California, as director of production finance. She resides in North Hollywood with her Academy Award–winning husband, artist Doug Drexler. Both have been active in television production for more than 25 years.
Rolanda Pierre Dixon J.D. ’80 served as keynote speaker at Mission College’s African American Celebration Luncheon, which recognizes achievements made by African Americans.
Pierre Dixon was the first African American assistant district attorney in the history of the District Attorney's Office in Santa Clara County. In 1991, she established the first domestic violence unit in Santa Clara County, among many other accomplishments, retiring in 2011 after 30 years of service.
With humor and insight, Pierre Dixon led attendees through her musings on current events, early motivations for becoming a lawyer, and reasoning behind advocating for the domestic violence unit.
“Every child deserves to be raised in a home of peace—can't promise them all a million dollars, can't give them all a scholarship—but we can certainly keep them in a home where they're not being abused, where their mothers are not being abused,” she said. “And for me, that was what I wanted to speak to.”
Pierre Dixon's journey to becoming a lawyer was at times fraught with challenge. While attending Lowell High in San Francisco, her guidance counselor told her she could never become a lawyer because it was “too difficult.” It took her mother calling the school before Pierre Dixon was put back on the right track to support her career interests.
“I was lucky,” she said. Even though Pierre Dixon grew up in a single-parent household, her mother always made it clear “my girls are going to do what they need to do to be successful.”
Positive self-talk and years of hard work ultimately paid off for Pierre Dixon, who was over the moon when she learned she passed the bar exam.
“I cried from the depth of my toes to the top of my head,” she recalled. “In that moment, in that phone call, I had been told that my dreams had been fulfilled. I was an attorney and licensed to practice law in the State of California. I was 24-years-old.”
Edythe DeMarco ’81, a wealth management advisor for Merrill Lynch, has been named one of America’s top 100 women financial advisors by Barron’s for 2017. The Barron’s ranking reflects assets under management, annual revenues, and the quality of the advisor’s practice. DeMarco, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, has been working at Merrill Lynch in Providence, Rhode Island, for 35 years, helping clients successfully manage wealth and achieve their financial goals.
Peter Coe Verbica ’82, J.D. ’99 has been promoted to assistant vice president and senior financial advisor for a wealth management group at a major investment bank. In March, he published three books: The Missing Tales of Sherlock Holmes, Eighty-Eight Lost Haikus (under a different pen name), and Speak Easy and Other Poems. His Sherlock Holmes short stories were praised by novelist Elizabeth McKenzie as "clever and addictive and supremely well done."
Peter Coe Verbica ’82, J.D. ’99 has four daughters; his eldest is at Georgetown in D.C., his second works for the Smithsonian in Panama, his third studies at West Chester, and his youngest resides in Germany. Verbica’s wife is an avid trail runner, placing No. 1 for women overall in a number of races this year. He serves as an assistant VP at a top-tier investment bank in its wealth management group and was recently elected president of the California Congress of Republicans.
Christine Russell ’71, MBA ’83 has been appointed to the board of directors of eGain, a leading provider of cloud customer engagement solutions. Russell is CFO of UniPixel and a director and audit committee chair of QuickLogic Corporation. Prior to joining UniPixel in 2015, she served as CFO for a number of technology companies, including Vendavo, a leading provider of SaaS pricing optimization software; EAG; Virage Logic; and OuterBay Technologies. Russell serves on the board and is a former chair of Silicon Valley Directors Exchange (SVDX). She has also served as president of Financial Executives International (Silicon Valley Chapter) and is an emeritus member of the Leavey School of Business advisory board.
Wayne Repich ’83 has received associate design-build professional certification from the Design-Build Institute of America. He is the director of client services at the New York City office of Dewberry, a leading market-facing firm that provides professional services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Repich has more than 34 years of experience in real estate, finance, and development and is responsible for various projects across several service lines at Dewberry. He is a member of Design-Build Institute of America; the New York Building Congress, where he serves on the government affairs committee; the Performance Based Building Coalition, where he serves on the legislative committee; the Society for College and University Planning; the American Institute of Architects–New York; Professional Women in Construction; the Metropolitan Railway Club of New York; the Building Owners and Managers of New York; and the California Association of Mortgage Professionals.
After a nationwide search, Todd Howeth J.D. ’83 was appointed chief public defender for Ventura County. With 27 years of experience for the county, Howeth’s office will work to defend minors and adults in both felony and misdemeanor cases. Howeth lives with his wife, Marty, and has three children: Sarah, Jacob, and India.
Jesper Rasmussen J.D. ’84 is a trial attorney who has practiced law in California for more than 30 years. While Rasmussen has in-depth knowledge and experience in many areas of the law, he now specializes in employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination, public entity defense, civil rights, business litigation, and anti-SLAPP litigation.
Rasmussen has successfully tried cases to verdict in both state and federal courts, including a three-week jury trial for FEHA retaliation, where his client was awarded $110,000 in costs, and a two-week jury trial in U.S. District Court for alleged violations of the ADA and rights of privacy. He has never lost a case he has taken to trial, and he’s appeared and argued before the California Supreme Court as well as worked on an appeal that resulted in a precedent-setting Internet libel opinion by the California Supreme Court. Rasmussen has a strong track record of resolving cases in their early stages, having won more than 40 motions for summary judgment. He also has extensive experience in writs and appeals.
Retired Colonel Bart Howard ’84 served as a featured military history guest lecturer on a Viking Ocean Cruises ship sailing around the Mediterranean. While on board, he befriended two other Broncos: Steve Silvestri ’75, MBA ’77, and Dick Lambert ’76, MBA ’79. Here they are in Malta. What a small Bronco world!
Phil Rehkemper ’85, MBA ’89 was recently named VP and CFO of Freeman, a leading global provider of brand experiences and integrated services for experiential marketing. He will be responsible for the company’s accounting, tax, financial planning and analysis, real estate, and treasury teams.
Fred Hamel ’85 has published Choice and Agency in the Writing Workshop: Developing Engaged Writers, Grades 4–6, through Teachers College Press. The book explains what happened when he and a fourth-grade teacher decided to create a weekly writing workshop that allowed students greater autonomy than is typical in schools. The book is “an observational, reflective study about paying attention to the range of things kids do to make acts of writing accessible and meaningful.” Hamel is a professor in the School of Education at University of Puget Sound.
The book is available at https://www.tcpress.com/choice-and-agency-in-the-writing-workshop-9780807758557
Joe Allanson ’85 is thrilled to have joined the board of trustees at the University of San Francisco. While a Santa Clara Bronco at heart (Once a Bronco, Always a Bronco), USF is a place where his contributions have the potential to make a greater impact. Allanson continues to serve as a trustee at St. Ignatius College Preparatory and will be hitting his six-year term limit in June 2018. He is also the chief accounting officer and controller for Salesforce.com in San Francisco, where he recently celebrated his 14th anniversary at the company.
Laura (Thompson) Donohue ’86 has a tax practice, Donohue & Associates, and works as a certified clinical hypnotherapist. She and her boyfriend, Jason, live in Grass Valley, California. Her son, Matthew, attends San Jose State, her daughter, Sarah, attends Sacramento State, and her daughter, Megan, graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Christopher Der Manuelian J.D./MBA ’87 is a personal injury attorney with offices in Jackson, Modesto, and Stockton, California. He worked as an insurance defense attorney in the Bay Area for the first 10 years of his career.
For the contributions he has made to enriching the lives and furthering the prospects of the poor—and for his leadership within the Society of Jesus—Scott Santarosa, S.J., ’88 received the School of Engineering's highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, recognizing alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and University service have set them apart.
During his time as a student at SCU, the seeds for Santarosa's future were planted when he took part in a brief trip to Mexico. There, he witnessed abject poverty but was moved by how the people experienced God's love. After receiving his bachelor's degree in civil engineering, he joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, running an after-school program for low-income families in New Jersey, and soon decided to begin the formation process to become a Jesuit. He spent his fourth year of theology studies in Mexico City.
As a Jesuit, Fr. Santarosa spent five years at Verbum Dei High School in Watts, Los Angeles. When he arrived in 2000, the inner-city school was on the verge of closing. Just six years later, he transformed the school into a well-respected Catholic preparatory school for low-income students, with 100 percent of the graduating students accepted to college. For the next eight years, he lovingly pastored Dolores Mission Church in Los Angeles, a parish dedicated to social justice through serving the poor and the immigrant. In 2014, he took on the role of Provincial of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, and as the Jesuits merge the California and Oregon provinces, he will head the new province, which includes Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and Hawaii.
Santarosa is no stranger to this mag; read about his provinical post in the Summer 2014 edition.
Sanjay Patel M.S. ’90 has served as founder and CEO of EDA Direct (www.edadirect.com) since 1997.