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Grace Wu ’10 and Aung Lwin Oo ’11 welcomed baby boy James on Feb. 22, 2017. The family lives in Yangon, Myanmar.
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.
Elizabeth (McCarty) Baumeister ’10 married William Baumeister on Aug. 12, 2017, at McArthur Burney Falls State Park. They live in San Jose with their two cats, Tormund and Nymeria.
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.
In the fall of 2008, Marc Trasolini ’12, MBA ’16 and Kortney (Wynn) Trasolini ’12 met in a Business 70 class. They were both first-year students. Kortney was a 5-foot-4 accounting major, and Marc was a 6-foot-9 finance major, who also happened to be at SCU on a full basketball scholarship. They became friends and started dating in March 2009. Marc had a tremendous career at Santa Clara, averaging 12.5 points per game and 6.1 rebounds during his four years on the team (he is also ranked No. 9 in career points scored.) After graduation, Marc stayed an extra year to study for his MBA and play one final season of eligibility in basketball, and Kortney received a job offer at Price-Waterhouse, passed her CPA exams, and started her career. Leaving Santa Clara in 2013, Marc signed on to play professional basketball in Europe, and their long-distance relationship began. He played three seasons in Italy before Kortney was able to join him in Europe. During the summer of 2015, Marc proposed to Kortney in the Mission Gardens at SCU, where they had enjoyed many picnics together. After spending a year living and playing basketball in France, the couple married in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Vancouver, British Columbia, which is Marc’s hometown. Their reception was held at the Marine Drive Golf and Country Club, with 185 guests attending. Marc and Kortney Trasolini currently live in Hokkaido, Japan, where Marc is playing pro basketball and Kortney has continued her accounting career as an independent accounting contractor.
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.
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has nominated Elizabeth Mendez ’13 for outstanding coverage of a breaking news story in Spanish. While at SCU, Mendez triple-majored in political science, ethnic studies, and communication. She works for NBC as a producer in New York.
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.
Kelsey Dedoshka ’14 joined Apple a year ago as a software engineer. She recently presented at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2017).
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/.
Sarah Wright ’15 is the 2017 recipient of the Dunlap & Ludwig scholarship, which is awarded to students who are committed to making a difference in their communities. Sarah is now pursuing her master’s in social work at the University of Southern California.
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.
Nancy Orocio ’15 spoke at the Women’s Leadership Breakfast benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. She writes, “I talked about being an undocumented immigrant growing up in the Bay Area and how I was able to achieve my dreams despite these challenges. I was blessed to have the support of the Jesuits at Santa Clara University, mentors at Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, and my family to help me achieve my dreams. I now work as an immigration counselor for a nonprofit agency in San Jose.”