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1960

GRD Law '60
Nicholson, Allan

Allan Nicholson J.D. ’60 now has seven great-grandchildren. Several of his grandchildren attended Santa Clara, including Andrea McCandless ’07, Katherine Leardini ’10, Jenny Nicholson ’12 and Brooks Nicholson ’18. Two of his children, Bruce Nicholson ’75 and Alicia Raj ’92, are also alumni.

submitted Oct. 3, 2017 10:15A

1966

UGRD Arts & Sciences '66
Kassis, Frederick

Frederick John Kassis ’66 retired in 2015 after practicing and teaching internal medicine for 40 years. Since retiring, he has lived in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife. They have four children, who are scattered as far as Hawaii.  

submitted Sep. 23, 2017 9:42P

1974

GRD Leavey/MBA '74
Delivanis, Constantin

On Aug. 28, 2017, The annual Golden Bridge Awards honored Constantin Delivanis MBA ’74 with silver for Most Innovative Executive of the Year. Delivanis is the co-founder and CEO of the BDNA Corporation, a leader in comprehensive information about technology assets. BDNA also received the gold Milestone of the Year for “Technopedia”—providing timely market intelligence for more than 2 million hardware and software products. Winners were honored at a red carpet ceremony in San Francisco on Sept. 18, 2017.  

submitted Oct. 6, 2017 10:36A

1983

'83
Núñez, Ray

Ray Núñez ’83 was appointed chief financial officer for all organizations under the Vanir Group of Companies in Sacramento, California. A senior finance and operations executive with more than 30 years of experience, Núñez has worked for businesses at every stage of development—from startups to Fortune 100 companies. He and his wife, Celia, have lived in Rocklin, California, for the last 20 years and have two children: Ana, who is studying at University of Cambridge, and Diego, who is a sixth grader. Núñez stays busy coaching his son’s little league team and fly-fishing in the Sierra. 

submitted Oct. 3, 2017 11:04A

1991

GRD Law '91
Schissler, Claire (Serrao)

Claire (Serrao) Schissler J.D. ’91 has been appointed managing director and fiduciary manager of Boston Private’s West Coast operations. Based in the San Mateo office, Schissler will be responsible for managing all aspects of trust administration and overseeing a regional team of trust officers. 

submitted Oct. 3, 2017 10:50A

1998

'98
Turner, Christina

Christina Turner ’98 has been selected as the new Morgan Hill city manager. She started working for Morgan Hill in March 2016 as assistant city manager and oversaw finance and budget, human resources, information services, and council services. Turner previously served as the finance director and treasurer for the city of Gilroy. She lives in and is actively engaged in the South Santa Clara County community with her husband, a local chef, and her teenage daughter and son. 

submitted Oct. 3, 2017 10:59A

2002

'02
Slaton, Danielle

On Nov. 9, 2017, Danielle Slaton ’02 will be inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame. As captain of the 2001 women’s soccer national championship team, a 2000 Olympics silver medalist, and a 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup bronze winner, Slaton has spent her career helping lead teams to success on and off the field. She is Santa Clara’s Coaching for Life Academy director and works as a soccer analyst for NBC, Fox Sports, and the Pac-12 Networks.  

submitted Oct. 6, 2017 10:51A

2005

GRD Engineering '05
Kundu, Anirban

Anirban Kundu M.S. ’05 was named a 2017 honoree for the Silicon Valley Business Journal 40 under 40. He serves as the CTO of Evernote and previously worked for Yahoo.

submitted Oct. 3, 2017 10:48A

2010

UGRD Arts & Sciences '10
Villa, Ruben

Ruben Dario Villa ’10 is making headlines for his mosaic of Frida Kahlo. Titled Frida4587, the piece is made up of 4,587 pieces of Chiclet gum. Villa writes, “My Frida piece is an expression of my personality. It’s nostalgic. It’s vibrant. It’s catchy and kitschy at the same time.” In addition to his artistic pursuits, Villa works as a visual designer for Google Maps. It was this very experience that inspired the mosaic. He is also founder and CEO of Fúchila Fresheners, a Chicano and Latino pop culture–inspired line of air fresheners. (Fúchila is a phrase used when something is smelly or off-putting.) But Villa isn’t done yet. He’s planning to create another Chiclet mosaic of La Virgen de Guadalupe—and land a Guinness World Record for it. 

submitted Oct. 3, 2017 10:26A

2015

'15
Peters, Matt

Matt Peters ’15 is the new assistant director for Chapters & Groups. Raised in Southern California, he spent two years with the Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education in Portland, Oregon, teaching under-resourced middle school children while obtaining a graduate degree in education. As a student, Peters worked in the Housing Office and was a community facilitator in Dunne. He is thrilled to rejoin the Santa Clara community, where he will be serving the Asian Pacific Islander, Black, and Chicano Latino identity-based groups, along with the following regional chapters: Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, East Bay, Napa/Santa Rosa, Peninsula, Phoenix, Portland, Reno/Tahoe, Seattle, Spokane, Stockton/Modesto, and Washington D.C. 

submitted Oct. 3, 2017 10:30A

2017

'17
Swenson, Kristin

Kristin Swenson ’07 married Graham Wilson on Sept. 3, 2017, in Denver, Colorado, which is where they reside. The wedding party included Ana Raab ’07, Lisa (Porter) McGaffey ’07, Erin Kunse ’07, Alix (Bogehold) Watson’07, and Laura Brown ’07.

submitted Sep. 22, 2017 11:20A

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