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Steve L'Esperance ’81 recently celebrated 25 years with Kellogg Company in sales. He and his wife, Shawn (Stinson) ’82, now live in Castle Rock, Colo., outside of Denver, with their son Scott. Their daughter Kelly is working on her doctorate in Physical Therapy at Marquette University and son James lives and works in Manhattan.
Don Kinney '81 retired from Chevron Corporation after 35 years, with the last 18 years in positions in South America and Africa. He and his family have retired to Pinehurst, NC.
Beth Kerttula J.D. ’81 resigned from the Alaska Legislature for a fellowship with her alma mater, Stanford University.
The Juneau Democrat has served in the House since 1999 and as minority leader since 2007. She hadn't drawn a general election opponent since 2004 and would have been up for re-election again this year.
Kerttula is leaving to serve as visiting fellow with the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University in California. In that role, she will be involved in meetings and communications to help strengthen decision-makers' understanding of policy implications of changing oceans and climates.
Prior to running for the Legislature, Beth Kerttula worked in private practice and served as an assistant public defender in the 1980s and assistant attorney general in the '90s. Kerttula has been a vocal advocate on women's and children's issues, equal rights and of Alaska getting its "fair share" for its oil and gas resources.
In the attorney general's office, she worked with the state's coastal management program and on oil and gas issues. As a legislator, she supported efforts to set standards for cruise ship waste discharges and in more recent years she supported -- unsuccessful -- efforts to re-establish a coastal management program after it lapsed.
Julie (Mack) '81 and Mark Johnson '81 live in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Their sons, Eric (2011) and Scott (2013), are currently attending SCU. Julie is a partner in a market research consulting firm and Mark is a civil engineer with CH2MHill in Portland.
Marcia Jensen J.D. ’81, Los Gatos Planning Commission Chairwoman, is running for the town council. This is Jensen's second time on the planning commission, with her most recent appointment coming in June 2008. Previously, she served on the planning commission from 1989 to 1999.
Mark G. Intrieri '81, J.D. ’84 has been included in the Strathmore’s Who’s Who worldwide edition for his outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of law. Mr. Intrieri has been in the legal professional for more than 27 years. He was Co-founder and is a Principal of Chapman & Intrieri, LLP, where he has practiced law for the past 19 years. Since 1984, Mr. Intrieri has specialized in civil litigation and trial work in product liability, employment, business, construction, public entity and intellectual property litigation. In addition, he has extensive experience in education and labor law for public entities, including conducting labor negotiations, contract administration, grievance arbitrations and administrative hearings. He is admitted to all courts of the State of California, including the United States Federal Court, Northern, Southern, Central, Eastern Districts as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Intrieri received a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Santa Clara and his J.D. from the University of Santa Clara, School of Law in 1984. He was voted as one of the top 100 lawyers in Northern California and has been annually elected from 2004 to the present, as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” in the area of civil litigation. He is a member of the Northern California Association of Defense Counsel, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Empire Who’s Who Registry of Executive and Professionals and the California School Boards Association. He is currently serving as President of the Burlingame Elementary School District Board of Trustees and volunteers his time coaching youth baseball, football and soccer in his community. Mr. Intrieri currently resides in Burlingame, California, with his wife Katherine and their four children.
Daniel A. Hunter '81 is the Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer at Force10 Networks. He lives in San Jose, CA with his wife Debra, son Jack (17) and daughter Elizabeth (14).
Dan Hunter '81 is the vice president and corporate controller at Coherent, Inc. He writes, "Looking foward to the 35-year reunion in October!"
James Houghton ’81 was profiled in the Aug. 10 Huffington Post article “Signature Theatre: A Crown Jewel in New York's Off-Broadway Scene.” The article talks about Houghton’s new theater complex in New York, which opens in late August with Heartless, a play by Sam Shepard.
Santa Clara University’s Board of Trustees elected a new trustee, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Haley '81. Haley is a co-founder and managing director of the Menlo Park–based venture-capital firm Redpoint Ventures, where he focuses on investments in software, consumer Internet and digital-media companies. Among his successful investments were Zimbra (acquired by Yahoo!); Responsys (an Oracle acquisition); and Homestead Technologies (acquired by Intuit). He was previously general partner with Institutional Venture Partners, and currently serves on the board of directors of Netflix (NFLX); 2U (TWOU); Curious.com; TheFind; ThredUP; Jaunt VR; and Zuora.
P. Gregory Giordano J.D. '81 is now a partner and the vice chairman of the Gaming Practice Group in the Las Vegas, Nevada, office of the law firm of McDonald Carano Wilson LLP. His practice is concentrated in the areas of gaming compliance, licensing, and regulation, especially regarding publicly traded gaming companies, financing, and other transactions.
P. Gregory Giordano J.D. ’81 is a partner and vice chair of the Gaming Practice Group at the law firm of McDonald Carano Wilson in Las Vegas. His practice focuses on gaming compliance, licensing and regulation.
Carol Dempsey '81 remarried Walter Frey on June 24, 2012, in Tiburon, Calif. Carol resides in Manteca with her husband and works for Woodside Homes.
Robert Freeman ’81, a Los Altos High School Teacher, will be honored with the Palo Alto Kiwanis Club's first Angel Award later this month for his work with One Dollar for Life, the nonprofit organization he founded.
The Angel Award was created to celebrate an individual or organization who mentors and impacts children in the community and throughout the world.
Freeman founded the nonprofit because he was frustrated with "teenagers' sense of impotence in being able to make a difference in the world." So, he made a model by which anyone, by donating a dollar, could participate and change the world -- provided everyone did so.
Through One Dollar, Freeman is working to get children in developing countries complete access to food, education and health care by providing transportation to schools, educated teachers and necessary nutrients. In five years, One Dollar has raised approximately $209,000 from middle and high school students and has completed numerous projects including sending 250 tennis shoes to students in Malawi and buying 20 piglets to save 20 Nepalese girls from being sold into slavery.
Read the full story in the Palo Alto Online News.
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Barb (Burns) Frank '75, MBA '81 writes, "I retired at the end of 2005 after almost 30 years with Intel Corporation in a variety of positions, mostly in finance and information technology. I am currently the president of the Intel Retiree Organization and treasurer for Community Bridges, the largest deliverer of family services in Santa Cruz County. In 2015, my first grandchild was born to our daughter Jessica Frank Brown '05, so we are planning on moving to San Francisco sometime next year to be closer to our children and my stepson and family. Every year since we turned 50, I have been organizing us 4th-floor Dunne girls for an annual girl's weekend. Very fun!"
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Chris '81 and Diane Fellenz '83 live in San Jose. Chris is a management consultant in areas of strategy, communications, process improvement & quality systems. Diane works at Bellarmine College Prep, in the Academic Resource Center. Their 3 children are still students: Kyle at USD Law, Curtis at UC Davis, and Janelle at Archbishop Mitty HS.
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Chris Fellenz '81 lives in San Jose, working as a consultant in High Tech (planning, operations, communications, quality systems). He and Diane (Watkins) '83, have 3 children — Kyle, Curtis, and Janelle.
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Matt Fairbank '81 lives in Yakima, Wash., where he settled after being in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps right out of SCU. He directs the Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties, a non-profit mediation and conflict resolution center. He, his wife Michele and daughter Hannah enjoy the great outdoors, meaningful work, international travel. Hannah is a high school senior preparing for college. "Maybe SCU?" he writes.
In November, Maria Evans '81 was named Principal of the Year and bestowed an Excellence in Education award at the Legends and Leaders dinner, a signature event put on by the Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. Maria is principal of Washington Elementary, which is part of the Thriving Neighbors Initiative through the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education.
Larry Eder '81, aka Stanley L. Eder, Jr., lives in Fort Atkinson, Wisc. He is president of the Running Network, LLC, which represents 23 specialty print magazines and 28 websites focused on the sport of running. He has been fortunate to have been credentialed as a journalist for the last six Summer Olympics. Divorced, Larry has a son, Adam, who is a musician/videographer.
Nancy Doyle '81 writes: "Just retired from my current Administrative position of Dean of Students at St. Francis High School, Sacramento. I will be moving to the Counselling Deapartment of the same High School. Two out of three of my children have graduated from College. One to go, woo hoo!"
Edythe DeMarco ’81, a wealth management advisor for Merrill Lynch, has been named one of America’s top 100 women financial advisors by Barron’s for 2017. The Barron’s ranking reflects assets under management, annual revenues, and the quality of the advisor’s practice. DeMarco, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, has been working at Merrill Lynch in Providence, Rhode Island, for 35 years, helping clients successfully manage wealth and achieve their financial goals.
Edythe De Marco '81 is vice president and wealth management advisor of the De Marco Group for Merrill Lynch and a member of Merrill Lynch's Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council to Management, a national committee composed of 15 financial advisors.