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G.S. Holeman ’50 is still living in Penn Valley, California, and keeps in touch with Charlie Bedolla ’50 and Bob Ferrari ’50. He writes, “enjoying the Santa Clara Magazine. It’s the only way to keep in touch with what is happening at Santa Clara these days.”
Eric Lane ’73 is the San Antonio, Texas, chapter president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and was elected the new chair of the organization’s National Leadership Council. Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group that educates Americans on the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom. Lane has been involved with Americans United for decades and has written numerous columns defending separation of church and state for newspapers both in and out of Texas.
John Cruden J.D. ’74 joined Beveridge & Diamond PC law firm as a principal. Previously, Cruden served as assistant attorney general in charge of the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division under the Obama administration. He is also the president of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.
Comedy director Andy Ackerman ’78 is back on pilot duty, helming and executive producing Fam and Pandas In New York for CBS Studios. Fam centers on a woman whose respectable life with her new fiancé comes to a screeching halt upon the arrival of her half-sister. Pandas In New York shines a light on a family of Indian doctors who decide to arrange their youngest son’s life, unaware he’s made plans of his own. Ackerman also serves as director and executive producer of CBS’ upcoming comedy series Living Biblically.
Lawrence Yee MBA ’83 of Ojai, California, has been reappointed to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2012. He was president and coordinating director at the national Food Commons from 2010 to 2015, a national program leader for food marketing systems innovations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2003 to 2004, and served in several positions at the University of California Cooperative Extension from 1975 to 2008, including director of the University of California Cooperative Extension, Ventura County, and director of the University of California Hansen Trust. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Yee is registered without party preference and is 69 years old.
Wayne Repich ’83 has been named vice president of development at Enovate Engineering (formerly Conti Professional). Previously, Repich worked at Dewberry, where he was responsible for client services on various projects.
Thomas Stocking ’90 married Raemarie Kauder (University of Florida, class of ’94) on April 21, 2017.
Jeff Henderson MBA ’91 has been appointed senior vice president of corporate development at Lumileds, a lighting solutions company. Before joining Lumileds, Henderson led corporate development at Keysight Technologies.
Nearly 20 years after being one of the biggest names in sports, Brandi Chastain ’91 has been inducted into the 2018 Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. “It’s a big honor, especially here, acknowledging what a great well of sports personalities we have in our community,” she says. “And it’s always nice to celebrate women in sports.”
Sonoma Brands, founded by Jon Sebastiani ’92, closed its second fund at $60 million, which is aimed at continuing the company’s strategy of investing in consumer brands and incubating new concepts. Sebastiani is the founder of KRAVE, an artisanal jerky brand that was acquired by The Hershey Company in 2016.
Jessica Lyons Hardcastle ’98 is a senior editor at SDxCentral. She has worked as an editor and reporter for more than 15 years at numerous publications.
Tara Macken ’06 is Taraji P. Henson’s stunt double in Proud Mary, an action film about a hit woman. Over the past decade, Macken has doubled for actors like Eva Longoria, Scarlett Johansson, and Jessica Alba in films including Suicide Squad and Thor: Ragnarok.
Jeana Dill ’09 won an Emmy in September for her work on the TV show Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. Dill was a supervising producer for A&E Network in New York City. In November, she returned to California to work for Oxygen Network as director of development and current programming.