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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.
Steve Clinton '87, J.D. '97 is with the law firm Womble Carlyle. He mentors law student participants in the Entrepreneurs Law Clinic, as well as participates in the "Bronco Network" which connects mentors to Santa Clara student athletes to provide guidance, information, and career counseling. He writes, "It's very rewarding to be able to connect with students and provide perspective and hopefully some helpful suggestions about the path ahead." As the dad of a child with special needs, he's proud to be a board member of Hope Services – the leading provider of services to people with developmental disabilities in the region.
Peter C. Califano J.D. ’87 is the president of the Commercial Law League of America. In 2011, Mr. Califano testified in Congress and has since organized the CLLA’s leading effort for bankruptcy venue reform. He has more than 30 years of experience in representing parties in all aspects of insolvency-related matters, including bankruptcy and state law insolvency proceedings, litigation and related business transactions.
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.
Jeffrey C.P. Wang J.D. ’89 is managing partner, Litigation Practice Group, International Corporate Transaction Group, at WHGC, in Newport Beach, California. Wang’s practice focuses on handling the legal concerns of international and domestic corporations, with a special emphasis on international technology corporations.
Wang started with the tax department of Pricewaterhouse in San Jose, California. He then became a litigation attorney at several reputable, AV-rated litigation law firms in Northern and Southern California. Wang started this firm in 1994 and has since built a substantial client portfolio in Northern and Southern California as well as in the Pacific Rim countries.
He has been a frequent commentator in Chinese language newspapers regarding the legal significance of recent events that have impacted Trans-Pacific international commerce and the Chinese American business community. Wang has also been a frequent speaker in events and seminars sponsored by international government agencies, think tanks, and public accounting firms that are designed for international corporations focused on the political, business, legal, and intellectual property issues related to doing business in America.
Committed to the Jesuit mission as it relates to education, as a higher education professional, Helen Valine '84, '89 M.A. is excited to serve on the board of the Jesuit Graduate Admission Professionals. The purpose of the association is to support admission members of Jesuit colleges and universities, share best practices in enrollment management, and promote professional development. She looks forward to achieving much good and effective work on this board.
After graduating summa cum laude, Chantal Eldridge J.D. '89 clerked for one year with Judge William Ingram, the chief Judge for the Northern District of California. Since then, she has been a successful trial attorney and managed her own practice for more than 20 years. Since moving to Texas more than a decade ago, she has defended felony and misdemeanor criminal defendants. For the past several years, she has worked extensively with felony and misdemeanor criminal defendants with MH/IDD issues and their families.
Sanjay Patel M.S. ’90 has served as founder and CEO of EDA Direct (www.edadirect.com) since 1997.
It has been nearly 10 years since Jeff Park J.D. ’90 partnered with Hemant Habbu to form Habbu & Park Inc. Park’s practice covers a variety of areas, including contracts and multiple areas of employment law, including discrimination, harassment, wage and hour issues, whistle blowing, misappropriation of trade secrets, leaves of absence, and other areas of employment law.
He has successfully represented and advised hundreds of clients with employment and contract matters and has aggressively pursues his clients’ rights and interests to achieve the best possible outcome. He writes that his unique perspective as both an attorney and mediator allows him to understand both sides of a dispute for more effective results.
Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (CDF), an award-winning California employment, labor and immigration law firm, recognized for protecting California employers for more than 20 years, has promoted Marianne Koepf '90 to Partner. Koepf maintains a decade of experience with the firm, managing class action and single plaintiff litigation.
http://www.cdflaborlaw.com/attorneys/bio/marianne-koepf (415) 981-3233
Sean Kelly '90 has been a medical examiner for 13 years at The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner, which conducts independent investigations using advanced forensic science in the service of families, communities and the criminal justice system. The work he does provides answers for those affected by sudden and traumatic loss, and helps protect public health. Prior, Kelly was a medical examiner for the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's Office.
Mark Silacci MBA ’91 says he's lost count of how many times his business, Swenson & Silacci, has won the Readers’ Choice Award for best florist, which earned the distinction again this year. Founded in 1945, the business has retail stores in both Salinas and Monterey, California, as well as the online store OnlineFlowers.com. “Every year we’re honored,” he writes, “we never take it as a foregone conclusion. We like it. You’re present in people’s lives. You’re there for the birth, you’re there for the wedding. It’s very personal from a retail point of view.”
Bea Grause, J.D. ‘91 is leading the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) as President.
HANYS is New York’s statewide healthcare association, representing 500 hospitals, health systems, continuing care providers, and other healthcare providers the state. Bea began her tenure as President of HANYS on July 1, 2016, and she directs all of the association’s activities, including advocacy, education, quality improvement, and data analytics. With the likely impending repeal of the Affordable Care Act, one of her main areas of focus is protecting patient access to care in New York.
“This is an important time of healthcare transformation—it’s exciting and inspiring,” said Bea. “I’m honored to partner with our members, policy makers, and stakeholders to achieve better care for all New Yorkers.”
She joined HANYS after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems for 14 years. In that position, she successfully led Vermont hospitals through a variety of reform initiatives, including the state’s single-payer debate, continuously and intentionally building the hospitals’ brand as trusted, competent leaders.
Bea also worked for ten years in Washington D.C. in a variety of positions, beginning as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Representatives Norman Y. Mineta and Joseph P. Kennedy II. She simultaneously held senior governmental affairs positions with the Tennessee Hospital Association and Massachusetts Hospital Association. She spent the last three years working as counsel with the law firm of Foley, Hoag, where she developed tailored legislative and regulatory strategies for healthcare clients.
Before Washington D.C., Ms. Grause spent ten years in California, where she worked as a registered nurse, primarily in the emergency room and intensive care areas at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
Bea recently completed a three-year term (2012 to 2015) as an at-large member of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees, including a 2015 term on the AHA Executive and AHA CEO Search Committees. As part of her AHA Board responsibilities, she also served as chairman of the AHA Allied Advisory Committee on Medicaid.
Ms. Grause earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston College in 1979 and is currently a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is also a 2003 graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute.
Carina del Rosario ’91 created the visual art installation The Passport Series, which explores identity, discrimination and the history of identity documents. While trained in print journalism, she considers herself a cultural worker and a teaching artist. She writes: “The experience of completing any identity application makes the lesson clear: This is how the U.S. government has conferred rights on some people and denied them for others.” to complete the art installation, she took the five most common questions asked on identity applications, reframed them into more open-ended questions, set up temporary passport offices, and invited people to fill out her reimagined passport application. Read more about this project here.
Meghan Ackley '91 is among ESL faculty at the International Office of the Univeristy of Texas at Austin. She speaks four languages: French, German, Czech, and English and taught abroad in the Czech Republic for four years. She enjoys teaching listening/speaking, reading, grammar and pronunciation classes, and has been teaching at UT Austin ESL Services since 2005.
Larry Garcia ’92 leads the financial planning practice of the Pacific Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley. He has extensive knowledge and experience in retirement, business succession, estate, education, and philanthropic planning strategies. He takes special care in establishing a big-picture view of clients’ overall goals and develops planning strategies that often include the input of their other trusted advisors, such as CPAs, estate and business planning attorneys, trustees, and insurance professionals.
Having achieved multiple industry designations, including Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA), and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Garcia has a breadth of wealth management experience that enables him to deliver comprehensive solutions to clients.
Garcia played intercollegiate volleyball for Santa Clara University and the University of London. He and his wife, Kelley, are the parents of two daughters, and they live in Kirkland, Washington. He is a board member of the Kirkland Boys and Girls Club, and he manages the volleyball program at Holy Family School.
SurveyGizmo, industry leader in online data collection services and survey software, has a new COO: Nicole Craine '92. Nicole brings more than years of operations, start-up, and leadership experience. Her main focuses will be speed, efficiency, and scalability. Nicole is an active member of both Women in Technology International (WTI) and Women in Wireless.
In February, Pete Woytowitz Ph.D. ’93 presented “Printing the Next Revolution—Materials, Software, and Additive Manufacturing” as part of the Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series. Woytowitz heads the algorithms and modeling group at Arevo Labs. He specializes in software development and modeling and optimization—including thermal, stress, and materials modeling. Prior to joining Arevo Labs, he served as director of computational modeling at Lam Research. He has worked at Failure Analysis Associates, Loral Space Systems, and Boeing Commercial Airplane Company. Woytowitz is also an adjunct professor at SCU and a California-registered professional engineer. He has three U.S. patents and more than 40 papers in the open literature to his name.
Timothy Shih Ph.D. '93 will serve as a keynote speaker at the 19th International Conference on Computer and Information Technology (ICCIT) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dec. 18-20. His topic will be "Motion Interpretation Via Human-Computer Interaction."
Nahal Iravani-Sani J.D. ’93 received the 2016 Diversity Award at the Santa Clara County Bar Association Judge’s Night for commitment and leadership in promoting diversity in the legal profession. She was recently interviewed by The Huffington Post regarding this achievement, during which she said, "My immigrant background has fostered traits of perseverance and fair-mindedness. Early encounters with injustice and adversity have heightened my sensitivity and commitment to fairness and equality. In our legal system, in particular, I firmly believe in the notion that all who come to our courts must be treated with uncompromising fairness, respect, and dignity."
Dushyant Sukhija MBA ’94 wrote an article for NewsMax that examined President-elect Donald Trump’s prominent policy commitments, noting how they’d be both a blessing and a curse for businesses. For example, Sukhija argued that the disruption of foreign trade could hinder economic growth; at the same time, it could create new opportunities for Americans to enter markets previously dominated by foreign imports.
An excerpt from the piece: “The clamp down on free trade could force foreign governments and partners to seek out and form different alliances leading to severe restrictions in available global market growth for American business owners. American business owners will be forced to look inward for new domestic opportunities and growth.”
He is the author of The Cisco Way: Leadership Lessons Learned from One of the World’s Greatest Technology Services Companies (www.theciscoway.com) and is a former executive with Cisco Systems. As a Silicon Valley thought leader and insider, Sukhija is highly sought after for his expert views and advice on digital transformation and as a speaker at forums around the world.
In March, Doug Purdy ’94 and his wife premiered the feature film, Quality Problems, at the Cinequest Film and VR Festival in San Jose, California. This marks the couple’s feature film debut, in which they also star. A comedy, the film is about the power of laughter and love in overcoming breast cancer while raising a family. Purdy writes he was very happy to premiere this film so close to SCU.
Rob Lathrop '94, M.S. '01 is the new president of Lathrop Engineering, a Paramit company, that designs and develops medical device and life science instrumentation. As the former VP of engineering at Lathrop, Rob brings more than 20 years of experience in leading multidisciplinary teams, project management, and designing and developing complex scientific instrumentation. He has been instrumental in expanding the company's client base, and his optimization of the product development process now enables Lathrop to complete even the most complex projects on timelines no one else can match. Rob's leadership of design and engineering teams through many successful projects over the years has built strong working relationships with clients, as well as their continued repeat business.
Rob has served on the University's Mechanical Engineering Industry Advisory Board for the last 10 years. Finding it important to give back to young engineers coming up in the ranks, he also contributes his time, mentoring, and training as part of his activities on the board.
Terry Carroll J.D. ’94 has been named Copyright Counsel for the IBM Corporation.
Chris Rabang ’95 oversees resort operations, strategic planning, and owner relations as the new general manager of the Westin Nanea Ocean Villas in Hawaii. The resort opened in April 2017.