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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.
Ruben Dario Villa ’10 is making headlines for his mosaic of Frida Kahlo. Titled Frida4587, the piece is made up of 4,587 pieces of Chiclet gum. Villa writes, “My Frida piece is an expression of my personality. It’s nostalgic. It’s vibrant. It’s catchy and kitschy at the same time.” In addition to his artistic pursuits, Villa works as a visual designer for Google Maps. It was this very experience that inspired the mosaic. He is also founder and CEO of Fúchila Fresheners, a Chicano and Latino pop culture–inspired line of air fresheners. (Fúchila is a phrase used when something is smelly or off-putting.) But Villa isn’t done yet. He’s planning to create another Chiclet mosaic of La Virgen de Guadalupe—and land a Guinness World Record for it.
Swetha Sirupa MBA ’10 recently made the move from Oracle to BlackBerry, accepting a position as a marketing strategist specializing in cybersecurity (IoT) and enterprise cloud. Throughout her career, Sirupa has focused on enabling companies to achieve market establishment and expansion goals through go-to-market enablers. She has more than seven years of progressive experience in product marketing and customer and sales support.
John T. Shepard ’06, M.S. ’10, Ph.D. ’16 was awarded a doctorate in mechanical engineering from after completing his thesis, “A Framework for Collaborative Multi-Task, Multi-Robot Missions” under the supervision of Christopher Kitts.
Anshul Ashok Vyas M.S. ’11, Ph.D. ’16 received his doctorate in electrical engineering after completing his thesis, “Carbon Nanotube Vias for End-of-Roadmap Technology Nodes” under the supervision of Cary Y. Yang.
Christine M. Pham ’05, J.D. ’11 was named a 2017 honoree of the Silicon Valley Business Journal 40 under 40. Pham works for NASA at the Ames Research Center and serves as an attorney-advisor in the office of the chief counsel. Additionally, she is the president of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California Law Foundation.
Elle Sypek ’12 lives in Denver, Colorado, where she works with STRIVE Preparatory Schools and helps at-risk youth and their families. She earned a master’s degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago, focusing on mental health and migration studies. Before moving to Denver, Sypek twice volunteered at Aarti Home, a Global Fellows Program partner organization in India. A shelter for abandoned children, primarily girls, Aarti works on a United Nations–funded project attempting to end infanticide as well as female feticide.
Kenneth Murata ’11 and Lindsay Lee ’12 were married on March 5, 2017, at Kualoa Ranch in Oahu. They were blessed to have family and friends attend, some of whom were SCU alumni.
Cherie (Motobu) Lambrecht ’09 and Greg Lambrecht ’10 welcomed their first child, Claire, on March 17. Scott Motobu ’13 is thrilled to be an uncle for the first time.
Gracelyn Bateman ’12 is back home in LA working for ad tech startup AdTheorent. After completing her master’s in sociology from Columbia University in 2013, she held various positions in marketing and media in New York City.
Gabriella Ziccarelli J.D. ’13 has been named Women in Technology’s “Rising Star” for 2017. She was honored at the organization’s 18th annual Leadership Awards on May 11. Women in Technology (WIT) is the premier organization contributing to the success of professional women in the Washington, D.C., region’s technology community. The “Rising Star” award is presented to a woman who has achieved success in the technology field, empowers colleagues to be architects of change in the technology industry, advances women in technology, and is actively involved in extracurricular, community, and civic activities.
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.
Genevieve Kromm ’13 completed her 2015–17 Fulbright research and teaching grant in Austria. She took classes in musicology, ethnomusicology, and music education at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and served as a regional advisor for the Fulbright USTA Program 2016–17 while teaching English at Austrian public schools.
Kromm’s research project focused on Vienna as an imperial and cultural epicenter during World War I—specifically examining how early methods of institutionalized censorship and propaganda influenced Vienna’s music scene. She writes, “I was very privileged and honored to have been affiliated with the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna for my research and development as a brass musician. The other half of my grant was teaching English in two high schools in Vienna for the last two years. Between the two schools I worked with approximately 300 students in the advanced English classes and I prepared lectures and discussions on American history, politics, and culture.”
Eric Blank J.D. ’13 has joined Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt as an intellectual property attorney in its Mountain View office. He is responsible for helping Schwabe stay on the cutting edge of the intersection of the global economy and the tech industry. Blank’s focus includes the prosecution of inventions and communicating with inventors and decision makers in high-tech environments through partnerships with clients in the field.
Peter Phung Phu Nghiem M.S. ’87, M.S. ’14, Ph.D. ’17 was awarded a Ph.D. in computer science and engineering after completing his thesis, “Towards Efficient Resource Provisioning in Hadoop” under the supervision of Silvia M. Figueira.
Jack J. McMorrow J.D. ’14 is a family law attorney at Harris Ginsberg LLP in Los Angeles. He was recently elected president of the barristers’ section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He will serve as president-elect before his official term starts September 2018.
John Belisle J.D. ’14 is a litigation associate at Hoge Fenton. You can read more about him at http://www.hogefenton.com/our-people/john-belisle/.
Matt Peters ’15 is the new assistant director for Chapters & Groups. Raised in Southern California, he spent two years with the Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education in Portland, Oregon, teaching under-resourced middle school children while obtaining a graduate degree in education. As a student, Peters worked in the Housing Office and was a community facilitator in Dunne. He is thrilled to rejoin the Santa Clara community, where he will be serving the Asian Pacific Islander, Black, and Chicano Latino identity-based groups, along with the following regional chapters: Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, East Bay, Napa/Santa Rosa, Peninsula, Phoenix, Portland, Reno/Tahoe, Seattle, Spokane, Stockton/Modesto, and Washington D.C.
Christian Mora-Castrellon J.D. ’15 works in legislation as a congressional staffer for the office of U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren J.D. ’75. As a graduate student, she spent a spring break in Puerto Rico investigating health and environmental concerns left behind by the U.S. Navy. Together with a small group of students for the International Human Rights Clinic, she produced a brief that was heard by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Katie Franceschini ’15 graduated with her Master of Arts in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California (USC ’17). She is returning to the South Bay to pursue a career in pediatric occupational therapy with a strong interest in pediatric mental health.
During his time at SCU, Matt Cresci ’15 balanced being a student and a racecar driver. Less than two years after he graduated, he was awarded a $100,000 Mazda Road to 24 Scholarship, which allowed him to race in the Global MX-5 Cup. Cresci has partnered with Slipstream Performance for the 2017 season.
Nathaniel Tucker ’16, M.S. ’17 was accepted into the electrical engineering Ph.D. program with full support at UC Santa Barbara. He will be studying control theory and smart infrastructure. He graduated as the top electrical engineering student in 2016.