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After almost 25 years in California and Oregon, it was time for Thomas Gemal M.S. ’94, MBA ’00 to move his family back to their native Scandinavia. He is enjoying life living in southern Sweden and working for Palantir in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Sarah Reagan Christie ’00 has been named to the Treehouse Young Professionals Board. A Seattle, Washington–based nonprofit, Treehouse helps kids in foster care graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers—in addition to helping them develop a plan for their future. Christie is also a senior manager at Deloitte Tax LLP.
Casey Bowles ’00 and his lover, Lauren Hogel, welcomed Tyler Alexander Bowles into the world on Oct. 17, 2016. Casey is a school counselor living with his family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and looks forward to getting more sleep in a few years.
Rafael Renovato ’01, M.S. ’03 is happy and proud to announce the birth of his first child, Valentina Renovato, born on Aug. 22, 2017, in Cary, North Carolina. Mom and baby are doing great!
Christina Guzmán ’01 is back at SCU serving as the Office for Multicultural Learning director. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. at UC Santa Cruz and has taught ethnic studies classes at SCU.
On Nov. 9, 2017, Danielle Slaton ’02 will be inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame. As captain of the 2001 women’s soccer national championship team, a 2000 Olympics silver medalist, and a 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup bronze winner, Slaton has spent her career helping lead teams to success on and off the field. She is Santa Clara’s Coaching for Life Academy director and works as a soccer analyst for NBC, Fox Sports, and the Pac-12 Networks.
Kathy (Tran) Shaw ’02 and husband Kyle welcomed their second child, William Hieu Shaw, to their family on Oct. 4, 2017.
Megan (Moore) Mozzetti ’02 is an elementary school teacher in Danville. She and husband Donny welcomed a new little girl Bronco, Kenleigh Grace, to the world on Oct. 10, 2017. The family lives in Livermore.
Emily (Moody) Wilcox ’03, MBA ’09 was promoted to assistant dean of strategic services and dean’s office relations for the Leavey School of Business. Emily and her husband, Lee, recently welcomed a son, Adam Frederick Wilcox. Adam joins big sister, Abby.
Schayne (Fernando) Jallow ’03 and husband Razzak Jallow welcomed their third child, Ronan Kai, on Jan. 29, 2017. He joins big brother Razz (born 2010) and big sister Coral (born 2013). The family lives in San Jose.
Joe Cannella ’03 always knew that “Cannella” meant cinnamon in Italian, but it wasn’t until 2010 that he would come to understand his Sicilian roots. On his first visit to Catania, on the eastern coast of Sicily, he and his uncle sat down for a drink at their cozy hotel bar, and came across a simple, rustic bottle of “Rosolio di Cannella,” which would become the inspiration for their very first product: Cannella Cinnamon Cordial. He brought a few bottles home, and it became an instant family tradition to pour some “Cannella” after dinner—until they ran out! And so he did what any proper Italian family would do in such a situation: He began learning how to make his own.
Several years and dozens of variations later, after much testing and expert feedback, batch #1 of their namesake Cannella Cinnamon Cordial launched in November 2014 under their company, Cannella Spirits. With his dad as his business partner and his wife, Andrea “Annie” Gastelum '03, as their first sales manager, the business has expanded distribution to nine states and launched two other products: Amaro Cannella and Fernet Cannella. Although home base for the family is in Reno, Nevada, they plan to launch their own distillery in the heart of San Francisco this coming summer and will continue to maintain production there. Joe and Annie have three children—Carolina (2 years old) and Antonino “Nino” and Isabel, their newborn twins.
Sarina (Passarelli) Bronson ’03 and husband Greg were blessed with their fifth child on Aug. 8, 2017. Martha Clare is loved by her three big brothers and her sister, Lucy. The family lives in Rescue, California.
Patricia (Ball) Alberts ’98 J.D. ’03 and husband Erik welcomed their baby boy Robert “Robbie” Reginald on June 29, 2017, in Santa Monica, where the family resides. Robbie is joins big brother Evan. Patricia is a partner at Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP and Erik has his own practice in Los Angeles.
Patricia (Ball) Alberts ’98, J.D. ’03 and her husband, Erik, welcomed a son, Robert Reginald, on June 29, 2017. He joins brother Evan. The family lives in Santa Monica. Patricia is a partner at Manion Gaynor & Manning, and Erik has his own practice.
Mary Carlich ’04, J.D. ’07 and her husband welcomed a baby boy on Sept. 7, 2017. His big sister was so excited! The newly expanded family lives in Newberg, Oregon.
Mary Carlich ’04, J.D. ’07 and her husband welcomed a boy on Sept. 7, 2017. The family, which also includes a daughter, lives in Newberg, Oregon.
Francisco Zepponi ’05 married Amanda Bloomberg ’08 on July 1, 2017, in Mission Santa Clara. The couple met at The Hut while Amanda was finishing her senior year studying combined sciences. Francisco was attending an alumni event as he had graduated in 2005 with a B.S. in accounting. While at SCU, Francisco was an integral member of the men’s tennis team and still holds the record for most career wins. His record for most wins in a season was just recently broken. Amanda was a four-year member of the SCU Dance Team and coached the team the year after she graduated. She was accepted to Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, where she obtained her doctorate in veterinary medicine.
Amanda practices small animal veterinary medicine in Dublin, and Francisco works in the finance department at Kaiser Permanente. They live in Pleasanton with their cat, Boiler (named after the Purdue Boilermakers) and their Chihuahua, Bella, who grew up on SCU’s campus and was even voted as the tennis team’s #1 fan.
Francisco and Amanda are still extremely close to the friends they made while attending SCU, many of whom were present at the wedding and have gone on to marry fellow Broncos. The ceremony was officiated by Paul Soukup, S.J., and the reception was held at The Westin in downtown San Jose. The day was filled with love, laughter, and tears. During Francisco’s earlier years in school, he experienced the devastating loss of his parents, Dolores and Roy Zepponi. His classmates, teammates, and coaches were pillars of love and support for him and will always be considered family to the couple. Francisco and Amanda love to add to the statistics of students who meet their soul mates at SCU. They are forever Broncos at heart and cannot wait to continue their Bronco traditions in the future.
Sar (Korte) Tassone ’07 and husband Jon Tassone ’05 welcomed a baby boy, Luca, on April 7, 2017.
Anirban Kundu M.S. ’05 was named a 2017 honoree for the Silicon Valley Business Journal 40 under 40. He serves as the CTO of Evernote and previously worked for Yahoo.
Allison (Stover) Fiscalini ’05 and Chris Fiscalini ’04 welcomed their second boy, William Andrew Fiscalini, on Feb. 22, 2017. Will joins big brother Nick, who is 3 years old. The Fiscalinis recently moved from San Francisco to Novato.
Chris DeMartini ’05 and Megan (Koppes) DeMartini ’05 welcomed their third daughter, Olivia Kathleen, on Oct. 20, 2017. Olivia joins big sisters Abigail, 6, and Madelyn, 3.
Jessica (Frank) Brown ’05 and husband Peter Brown welcomed their daughter, Charlotte Austen Brown, on Oct. 12, 2017. Charlotte weighed in at 7 lbs. and measured 19.75 inches long. Charlotte joins big brother Connor, who is 2 years old. The family is happily adjusting to their family-of-four status at home in Walnut Creek.
Jennifer Bradford ’05 transitioned this year from the Chicagoland area back to Silicon Valley. She is a new adjunct lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Dance at SCU. Bradford is excited to connect and work with so many other SCU alumni in the Bay Area as a project manager, performer, and on the alumni board. The love extended from other Broncos has made the transition back to the Bay Area easy.