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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.
Chris Morales J.D. ’90, an attorney, traveled to Poland last fall to teach American constitutional and criminal law at a Polish law school.
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Associate professor of mathematics Karrolyne Fogel ’91 received the 2017 President’s Award for Teaching Excellence at the Honors Convocation at California Lutheran University on April 25. The award recognizes professors who are held in high esteem by their peers, students, and the rest of the university community. Fogel joined the Cal Lutheran faculty in 1998. The Thousand Oaks resident teaches upper division electives for math majors as well as classes for non-majors. She also educates aspiring elementary school teachers through an interdisciplinary educational studies program and serves as the director of the mathematics single subject program for those planning to become high school math teachers. She was the chair of the mathematics department for eight years. In addition to serving as an academic adviser and mentor to math majors and minors, Fogel is adept at helping undeclared and transfer students identify and transition into fields of study. Fogel’s background is in algebraic number theory and her current research is in graph labeling. She also enjoys the mathematics of voting and has mentored student projects in that topic at Cal Lutheran and introduced the subject to local elementary school students. She has served on the leadership team for the Pacific Coast Undergraduate Math Conference, which was recognized in 2015 by the American Mathematical Society as a mathematics program that makes a difference. She is a member of the governing board of the Southern California–Nevada section of the Mathematical Association of America. Fogel received her doctorate in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Patricia J. Vaughn ’92, MBA ’98 has been VP of finance and planning at Chevron's Midstream headquarters since February 2016.
Micki O’Brien ’92, CEO and co-founder of Aligned Education, gave a TEDx Talk at Bellevue College. Titled “Tapping Your Superpowers,” the presentation referenced the impact neurotypical and neorodivergent concepts have on education, and how the larger culture tends to focus on getting kids to fit in a “normal box.” With the TEDx mission of spreading worthy ideas in mind, O’Brien argues that we can create a “new normal” that celebrates the uniqueness of each person—one with more authenticity and love.
Watch her TEDx Talk: https://youtu.be/vYlI3JjZyE0 Visit her company website: www.AlignedEducation.com Twitter: @AlignedEd Facebook: www.facebook.com/alignededucation/
After 23 years in Washington, D.C., and 12 years with AARP, Greg Macias ’92 is relocating to New York City to serve as the chief operating officer for sageusa.org, the nation’s leading advocacy organization for older LGBT Americans.
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.
Haydée Alfonso J.D. ’92, MBA ’92 is general counsel and managing attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid, a firm with over 140 attorneys and advocates providing free legal assistance to low-income clients. She joined the organization in 2008.
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.
Alice Busching Reynolds J.D. ’93 is senior advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown ’59 on climate, environment, and energy. Previously, she was deputy secretary for law enforcement and counsel at the California Environmental Protection Agency since 2011 and has also worked for the California Attorney General’s Office and in private practice.
Katherine McLain J.D. ’93 is corporate counsel for Stripe in San Francisco. Previously, she held legal and compliance roles in private and public companies. She lives with her family in Castro Valley.
Lena Sousa Day M.A. ’93 has written A Journey Through My Soul (Poems from My Youth). These lyrical poems range from her teenage years through adulthood and include the excitement of early love relationships, experiences on friendship and betrayal, desperately missing a loved one stationed overseas, and what it might feel like to be handicapped. Available on Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com.
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.
Greg DePasquale J.D. ’94 is senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary at Copart, a publicly-traded company providing online vehicle auction services.
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.
Steve Nash ’96 and wife Lilla Frederick announce the birth of their 8-pound son, Luca, on July 19.
Heidi von der Mehden ’97, husband Matt Harris, and big brother Stephen welcomed baby Michael Vincent Harris to the world on Feb. 4, 2017. The family is looking forward to the big reunion weekend in the fall!
Karen (Mion) Pachmayer ’97 is excited to be back on campus as an adjunct lecturer in the School of Engineering. She resides in San Carlos with her husband and three young children.
Jeree Glasser-Hedrick ’97 was appointed deputy treasurer for Retirement Security and Housing Policy. In this position, Glasser-Hedrick plays an important role in transforming and enacting housing policy in California. Previously, Glasser-Hedrick worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as well as the Sacramento Housing and Redeveloment Agency.
Aruna Ravichandran ’98, M.S. ’08 is vice president of global marketing and strategy at CA Technologies. She has more than 20 years of experience building and marketing products in various DevOps markets spanning all walks of the software development life cycle. Starting her career as an engineer at Hewlett Packard 22 years ago, Ravichandran has since worked to promote DevOps best practices and help organizations address key challenges facing DevOps, such as cultural changes and metrics needed for success. Prior to CA Technologies, she worked at Juniper Networks, where she held executive leadership roles in marketing and engineering. She frequently blogs for SYS-CON Media, Wired Insights, Tech Target, Information Week, DevOpsDigest.com, DevOps.com, and Cloud Tweaks. She has presented at Gartner Symposium 2016, Gartner ITOM 2014, Gartner Data Center 2014, DevOps Summit 2014, Cloud Expo 2014, CA World 2014, 2015, and HP Discover (2008–2012). Ravichandran is the author of several articles and publications as well as the book DevOps for Digital Leaders. In 2016, she was named one of the top 100 most influential women in Silicon Valley by Silicon Valley Business Journal and received the 2016 Most Powerful and Influential Woman Award by the National Diversity Council.
Steve O’Brien ’98 has been named deputy director of athletics at San Jose State University. Prior to SJSU, O’Brien worked with the athletics departments at the Naval Academy, UCSB, and SCU. A former member of the SCU men’s cross-country program, O’Brien earned a B.A. with honors as a history and economics double major. He also earned a law degree from the University of Southern California and worked as a finance and real estate attorney. While working at SCU, he provided academic support and compliance assistance for student-athletes before serving as executive director of the Bronco Bench Foundation.
Tomás Jiménez ’98 published his second book, The Other Side of Assimilation: How Immigrants Are Changing American Life (University of California Press). He is an associate professor of sociology with tenure at Stanford University.