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Joseph B. Edden ’52 writes, “Loved my year at SCU, 1948–49. Since then, I was a Jesuit in the East for 24 years and then was given a dispensation from Pope Paul VI.” After his dispensation, Edden worked in graphic design for 11 years, taught Latin in New York state public schools, and moved to Florida to teach Latin theology. He now lives in Florida with his wife of 43 years and his son, Michael.
Anthony Da Vigo ’63 is a certified family mental health support specialist, providing psychiatric crisis interventions for families.
Janet M. Quilici ’66 is retired and registered to perform volunteer Medicare counseling. She is also on the board of Fremont’s city-owned art gallery and working to acquire masterpoints playing bridge.
Patrick T. Hall ’66 is celebrating 40 years of civil law practice and has no plans to retire.
Alison Little McGhee ’72 published her book My Stroke of Luck: How I Lost My Mind and Found My Sense of Humor. She writes, “Having a stroke is no joking matter ... until it is. I decided to compile a group of anecdotes that exhibited the comical side of trying to overcome the devastating effects of having a stoke (‘Oh woe is me’ is not in my nature.) I learned to laugh at the quirky predicaments in which I found myself (I’ve fallen and can’t get up!) Not funny to you? Read my book. It is available on Amazon.”
Maureen Strohm ’74 has launched a new family medicine residency program for southern Nevada—“a state with profound needs for physicians, especially in primary care and psychiatry!” This marks her third “round” as a program director and second program startup as founding program director. “I’m proud to be part of the solution.”
After being named District Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2015, Kara Lee (Macey) Ruckriegel ’74 decided to retire at the end of the 2016 school year. She is now enjoying her work as an instructional coach, which doesn't require writing lesson plans, at St. Louis Catholic School in Austin, TX!
Andrew Kryder ’74, J.D./MBA ’77 received the Ignatian Award for 2017 from the Santa Clara Alumni Association. The award honors outstanding achievement in service to humanity. He is a member of the executive committee of SCU’s Law Advisory Board.
Patricia Badia-Johnson M.A. ’76 is busy with 13 great-grandchildren. She writes, “Serving as a guardian ad litem for foster children. Vice president of the Amici d’Italia cultural organization in Portland, Oregon.” Patricia was also the “Outstanding Alumna” for 1999 in SCU’s counseling department.
Peter Coe Verbica ’82, J.D. ’99 has four daughters; his eldest is at Georgetown in D.C., his second works for the Smithsonian in Panama, his third studies at West Chester, and his youngest resides in Germany. Verbica’s wife is an avid trail runner, placing No. 1 for women overall in a number of races this year. He serves as an assistant VP at a top-tier investment bank in its wealth management group and was recently elected president of the California Congress of Republicans.
After a nationwide search, Todd Howeth J.D. ’83 was appointed chief public defender for Ventura County. With 27 years of experience for the county, Howeth’s office will work to defend minors and adults in both felony and misdemeanor cases. Howeth lives with his wife, Marty, and has three children: Sarah, Jacob, and India.
Retired Colonel Bart Howard ’84 served as a featured military history guest lecturer on a Viking Ocean Cruises ship sailing around the Mediterranean. While on board, he befriended two other Broncos: Steve Silvestri ’75, MBA ’77, and Dick Lambert ’76, MBA ’79. Here they are in Malta. What a small Bronco world!
Lena Sousa Day M.A. ’93 has written A Journey Through My Soul (Poems from My Youth). These lyrical poems range from her teenage years through adulthood and include the excitement of early love relationships, experiences on friendship and betrayal, desperately missing a loved one stationed overseas, and what it might feel like to be handicapped. Available on Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com.
Steve O’Brien ’98 has been named deputy director of athletics at San Jose State University. Prior to SJSU, O’Brien worked with the athletics departments at the Naval Academy, UCSB, and SCU. A former member of the SCU men’s cross-country program, O’Brien earned a B.A. with honors as a history and economics double major. He also earned a law degree from the University of Southern California and worked as a finance and real estate attorney. While working at SCU, he provided academic support and compliance assistance for student-athletes before serving as executive director of the Bronco Bench Foundation.
San Francisco Business Times has named Aaron Waxman ’03 one of its 2017 40 under 40 award winners. Part of the leadership team for wealth management firm B|O|S, Waxman has helped shape the vision for a company considered a top RIA and financial advisor by Forbes and Financial Times. He also serves on the board for nonprofits Headlands Center for the Arts and Stern Grove Festival Association. Outside of work, he enjoys reading, drawing, and pillow fighting with his two children—and walking his dog, Mr. Wilson. Stroll down memory lane long enough, and you’ll learn he was once an accomplished classical pianist.
Kristina Chiapella Poulter ’09 and Stuart Poulter ’08 of Pacific Grove welcomed their first child, Ella Catherine, into the world on March 24.
Esther Armendariz Ludlow M.A. ’08 recently celebrated the first anniversary of her podcast, “Once Upon a Crime,” which has been downloaded more than 2 million times. Ludlow writes, produces, and edits the weekly true crime podcast independently. “Once Upon a Crime” has been written up in The Mercury News and Entertainment Weekly, and Ludlow has been a featured speaker at historical societies and other community organizations. She is working on her first book about a true crime case that took place in her hometown.
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Michael Becerra MBA ’08 is participating in SeaPaddle NYC, a 25-mile paddleboard race that raises awareness for autism and environmental preservation.
Kelli (McCormick) Taylor ’09 and Michael Taylor ’09 are pleased to announce their marriage on April 29 at The Club at Ruby Hill in Pleasanton. Santa Clara alumni in the bridal party included Emily Stewart ’09, Katrina (Bakamus) Stump ’09, Hana Francisco ’11, Chad Dupic ’09, Brian Belcher ’09, Derek Brown ’09, Jason Cook ’09, and the bride’s brother, Michael McCormick III ’13. The wedding was officiated by the bride’s uncle, Matthew McCormick ’87. Kelli is a psychologist and an adjunct professor at Santa Clara’s School of Education and Counseling Psychology, and Michael is senior director of market development at Addepar. They live in Los Gatos with their dog, Milo.
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.
Jane Nazareno ’16 has been accepted into the doctor of pharmacy program at the University of Washington in Seattle, class of 2021.