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Ryan Amante ’10 and Brittany Benjamin Amante ’10 are excited to announce the arrival of their first child. Their son, Rowan, was born on Nov. 29, 2017.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s visit to San Jose on March 24, 1968, San Jose City Councilman Raul Peralez and historian Ralph Pearce will be giving speeches, and actor Jeffrey Brian Adams ’10, most recently seen in SF Playhouse’s She Loves Me, will reenact Kennedy’s speech in the park.
As senior patent counsel at eBay, Jeff Leng J.D. ’11 helps protect the e-commerce corporation’s intellectual property through obtaining patents on new technology and software that makes the shopping and selling experience more enjoyable for millions of eBay users.
Daniel Keese J.D. ’11 has been promoted to the position of counsel at Perkins Coie.Keese practices intellectual property litigation, focusing on patent litigation. He has been at Perkins Coie in Portland, Oregon, for four years after previously practicing at Ropes & Gray in Silicon Valley.
Julie Pang ’12 works and lives in San Francisco, where she is a brand designer at Shipt, a grocery delivery service company. Before joining Shipt, she worked as an art director specializing in event and marketing design for Sage Software. In her spare time, Pang helped brand Just Poke, a series of poke restaurants in Seattle, Washington, in addition to freelancing for tech companies and small businesses.
Agustine Perez Rojas ’12 and Nathalie Godoy Perez ’12 were married on the beautiful shores of Cancun, Mexico, on March 10, 2017.
John-Paul S. Deol ’12 is an associate in the litigation group for firm Fenwick & West’s Mountain View and San Francisco offices.
Matt Blanco ’12, M.S. ’15, MBA ’18 and advisory board member Krzysztof Izdebski participated in the VII World Voice Consortium Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark, and attended a conference in Florence, Italy, which focused on medical applications of voice. They gave two lectures and led a roundtable discussion on readiness to use mobile devices in voice research and data gathering.
Josh Ronen ’13 graduated from the Ross University School of Medicine in summer 2017. In the 2018 National Resident Matching Program, main residency match, Ronen obtained a categorical internal medicine position at Texas Tech University and will begin the first of his three years of residency in summer 2018. This completes an eight-year climb through undergrad and medical school. He is slated to graduate from residency in 2021 and obtain board certification in internal medicine soon thereafter.
John Michael Reyes ’09, M.Div. ’13 presented a paper and breakout session at the Cultures of Formation conference held at the University of Notre Dame in March 2018. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute sponsored the conference for Church Life. It was held in preparation for the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment that will be held October 2018 in Rome, Italy.
Jackie Gage ’13 returned to the Bay Area for a jazz concert held at City Lights Theater Company in February 2018 and performed at Santa Clara’s Golden Circle scholarship fundraiser. Living in NYC, the jazz vocalist has played at The Mint and Blue Whale in Los Angeles, California, BB King’s in New York, Minton’s in Harlem, and was also a 2014 Jazz Search West finalist.
Katherine Burkhuch ’14 and Michael Busch ’12 were married in Mission Santa Clara on Feb. 3, 2018.
Shannon Price ’15 is thrilled to announce that her debut novel, The Red Bridge Wars, has been acquired by editor Diana Gill at Tor Teen. The book is a reimagining of The Iliad set in a version of modern-day San Francisco, where three gangs rule the city streets. The plot follows one grieving teen who joins the “wars” to seek vengeance for her younger brother, but finds herself torn between old love and new loyalty. Publication is scheduled for fall 2019.
Nancy Orocio ’15 spoke at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula Women’s Leadership Breakfast. As a “Dreamer” she highlighted her ability to overcome hardship and achieve success. 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.”
Brittni Vargas ’16 and Breana Vargas ’16 will be performing in the Portuguese version of Broadway’s Carnaval, with shows all over the Bay Area and California in February 2018. They are both starring in the production “Os Portugueses em Paris” under the group Do Carnaval Ao Céu.
Twitter @brittbreav Instagram @brittniannv, @breanamariev Youtube: Brittni and Breana For more information follow their group, Do Carnaval Ao Ceu, on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/DoCarnavalAoCeu/
Lizbeth Mateo J.D. ’16, an attorney and immigrant rights activist, was appointed by Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) to the California Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee, or “Cal-SOAP,” a committee to help students from underserved communities go to college. She is the first undocumented immigrant appointed to a California post.
Francis Estacio ’16, M.S. ’17 and Taylor Mau ’18 presented a poster, “NanoGrid: A path to energy efficiency and renewable energy,” at IEEE SusTech 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Jason Back ’16 returns to Santa Clara as a corporate and foundation relations associate for University Relations. He was previously part of Tesla’s product specialist and owner advisor team. As an undergraduate, Back served as an Associated Student Government parliamentarian and was the co-captain of the SCU club swim team.
Jake Ososke ’17, M.S. ’18, Grant Mishler ’18, Dante Dalla Gasperina ’18, and Collin Walther ’18 are the winners of the San Jose Earthquakes Entrepreneurial Design Challenge, earning the grand prize of $2,000. The group presented an augmented reality app that leads attendees around the Earthquakes’ stadium while trying to get a soccer ball into a goal. More than 60 students and local Silicon Valley engineers participated in the SoE Fall Mentoring Reception this past week.
Cooper McDonnell ’17 was part of the team that made the launch of Falcon Heavy, the newest and most powerful rocket from SpaceX, successful.