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On the eve of the 55th reunion for the Class of ’63, Rich LaRocca ’63 shares that one of the classmates he remembers fondly and misses deeply is Gil Pena ’63. “Gil was an interesting guy: On Sunday mornings he would visit the local Mexican families to encourage them to practice their religion and attend Church. He was tragically killed in an automobile accident not too long after graduating from Santa Clara. A native of Mexico, he came to Santa Clara from Phoenix’s Brophy Prep. Gil graduated from Santa Clara magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree, was awarded a Nobili Medal Honorable Mention, and received a Stanford University Fellowship. At the time of his death, he was studying earthquake engineering and hoped to return to his earthquake-prone country and apply his skills to mitigate earthquake impacts on his community.”
Dennis Smolarski, S.J., ’69, M.Div., ’79, STM ’79 has been appointed as the next director of Campus Ministry. Fr. Smolarski brings unique gifts and experience to the position as an alumnus, longtime professor, and a Jesuit well aware of the changing trends in the spiritual lives of young adults today. Having taught at Santa Clara first in 1975–76 and since 1982, and serving as a resident minister for ten years, he has also led the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and authored research in his field as well as best-selling books on Roman Catholic liturgy.
Christine Russell ’71, MBA ’83 has been appointed chief financial officer of PDF Solutions, a leading provider of process-design integration technologies for circuit manufacturability. She brings over 25 years of corporate and financial experience to the company.
Donald Temple ’78 received the lawyer of the year award from the Metropolitan Washington Area Employment Lawyers Association.
Scott Freeman ’80 was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Culinary Program category as executive producer of Valerie’s Home Cooking on the Food Network. The show wrapped up its eighth season in June 2018.
Tom Madden ’82, J.D. ’87 was honored as Roblan of the Year by the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce. A Paso Robles, California, native, Madden was recognized for his humility and community involvement, including on Pioneer Day and the Santa Margarita Tractor and Equipment Show. He is also a founding chair of the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival and has been on the Paso Robles Wine Festival committee for 15 years.
Rosella (Compagno) Guttadauro ’88 and husband Joe Guttadauro ’84 ran into classmate Jim Ramos ’88 after 30 years at a Linfield College football game in Oregon. Rosella’s son, Anthony, and Jim’s son, Colton, are teammates at the small liberal arts college.
Mark Delsman MBA ’89 has been appointed vice president of engineering for FalconStor Software, the world’s only hardware-agnostic software platform for comprehensive data management, and will join the company’s global executive team. Delsman continues to serve the Santa Clara community as a mentor at Miller Center’s Global Social Benefit Institute, where he provides intensive review and refinement of business plans, investor materials, operations, governance, and financials to promote social entrepreneurship.
Jolee (Costa) David MBA ’01 is the director of development and major gifts for the Leavey School of Business. Beginning her professional career in the hospitality industry and later moving to the information technology field, David has also volunteered with an education-based nonprofit as a mentor for local college students.
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '12
Lilee (Chan) Karwoski ’08, M.A. ’12 and husband Timothy welcomed a baby girl, Alice, on Oct. 4, 2015, and another baby girl, Mabel, on March 12, 2018. The family lives in Portland, Oregon, where Lilee has recently been promoted to creative director of child development at one of the area’s most sought-after employers, House of Alice and Mabel.
Kendra Livingston J.D. ’15 is joining Santa Clara Law as director of external relations. She previously worked as a legal analyst for HomeBase, a nonprofit law firm in San Francisco dedicated to reducing homelessness.
Srini Sekaran ’17 is the founder of Gavano, a company providing power analytics for enterprise infrastructure that has recently raised a round of seed capital.