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Undergraduate Class Notes


William A. Wolff celebrated his 90th birthday in November 2007 and writes that he is staying active by gardening and playing bridge.


Michael A. Filice and his wife, Corinne, celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on June 1.


John J. Smurda’s grandson, Matthew J. Smurda ’07, has completed his first year at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


Tom Kelly lives in Orinda with his wife of 53 years, Aileen. He has four children, two of which are Santa Clara grads: Kevin Kelly ’85, J.D. ’91 and Mary Allegrucci ’88. He also has seven grandchildren.


G. Steve Holeman writes that he is still playing golf and “had one lucky round this year and shot my age.”


Herman Carmassi writes that his granddaughter Stephanie Carmassi will be entering SCU as a freshman this fall. She’s the daughter of Stephen Carmassi ’84.


Richard B. Clark is looking forward to the 50-year class reunion. Living near SCU, he notes that he has watched the remarkable growth of the campus, especially the soon-to-be-completed School of Business building and the new Learning Commons, Technology Center, and Library.

William D. Mowatt M.A. '69 has retired from race walking marathons and half marathons for the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society. He currently teaches plays at the Shakespeare Santa Cruz summer festival and lives with his wife, Gail, in Santa Cruz.


James C. Hankel, a retired almond farmer, celebrated 45 years with wife Charlene this year. They are enjoying their six grandchildren, golfing, traveling, and life in general. He writes, “Viva SCU!”


William “Bill” Parra MBA '65 is chief operating officer with the Bloomberg Global Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use at the National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. The initiative, funded by the New York-based Bloomberg Philanthropies, supports global efforts to reduce tobacco use in 16 countries. Bill retired from the CDC in 2000.

Joseph S. Franzia and his wife announce the birth of granddaughter Sophia Inez Franzia.


Kevin P. Coughlan retired in 2007 as the director of the Water Division of California Public Utilities Commission. He and wife, Teresa, took a one month trip in March to China, Thailand, and Saigon.

Mary Jean (SeLegue) Rivera retired after 25 years in elementary education, the last 12 as principal in Catholic schools in the Northwest. She is now an Elderhostel tour leader. Her daughter, Christina ’99, leads tours for high school seniors to Third World countries for Where There Be Dragons, based in Boulder, Colo. Mary Jean, the mother of four, lives with her husband, Ben. They have five grandchildren.


Daniel E. Hanley MBA ’69 J.D. ’74 has been in solo law practice since 1975 and specializes in real property, trusts, and estates. He and wife Jude celebrate 36 years of marriage this year. They have two sons—Brian and Sean, both lawyers. Sean currently practices law with Dan.

Kathleen (Meehan) Thuner has retired from her 23-year post as the Agricultural Commissioner for San Diego County. She was the first woman in California to hold this position. She now works as an agricultural consultant, and enjoys spending time with her two grandchildren— one in Australia and one in North Carolina.


Michael J. Antonini is in his 36th year of dental practice in San Francisco’s Marina District. He is in his sixth year of service as a planning commissioner for the city and county of San Francisco. He and wife Linda live in San Francisco, as do their children, Gina and John.


David Minister is the vice president at Earth Tech, Inc. He is managing the design of seven new BART stations in the counties of Alameda and Santa Clara. He has four daughters: one works as a documentary filmmaker; one attends Seattle University; and one is stationed with the U.S. Army in Texas. He and wife Regina live in Lafayette.

John G. Donaldson celebrates 38 years of marriage with wife Kathy, who graduated from O’Connor Nursing School, and daughters Heather and Elizabeth.

Randy Frakes is now the CEO of Pacific Partners Management Services in Foster City. The company provides administrative services to the Santa Clara County Independent Practice Medical Group in the East Bay.

Patricia (Pegg) Soldati retired from corporate America in 2001 and now runs Purposeful Work, a career management consulting business.

Oil paintings by Peter Zell earned him a 2008 Sanibel Island Alliance for the Arts “Angel of the Arts” nominee in the “New Artist of the Year” category. He practiced law for 32 years in Southern California. He moved to Florida in 2005 and has two grown children and one grandson.


Angelo P. Danna and his wife, Mary, have a son who is a junior at Stanford University and is the head manager of the men’s basketball team.


Terry Ellis has retired from city management following 36 years of service to local government agencies, most recently as city manager of Peoria, Ariz. He and his wife, Lynn, plan to continue to live in Arizona. Both are engaged in community volunteer work with the homeless, the state prison system, and women in crisis due to unplanned pregnancy.

Linda (Darin) Mills is corporate vice president and president of the IT sector for Northrop Grumman Corp.


B. Lyn Haston now lives in Las Cruces, N.M. with his wife, Joanna. She supports him in his housing ventures: Build New Mexico, ERA Sellers and Buyers, and Lyn Haston Property Management. Their son, Joel, continues to live in Santa Cruz County, one of many remaining ties to California.

Karen Posner has retired from a career in sales and is now working as a client placement volunteer for Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue for Sacramento and the greater Bay Area—one of only three Golden Retriever sanctuaries in the U.S.


Dianne Donnelly Bonino is president of Santa Clara University’s Catala Club, succeeding Mary Conlon Almassy ’77. Julie, the daughter of Dianne and husband Mark J.D. ’76, will graduate from SCU in 2009.

Chris Hasney, who attained the rank of bridge life master, is teaching bridge, learning how to grow vegetables, “and trying not to become one,” he reports.

Willie “Bill” Itule and his wife, Lynn, live in Phoenix and have been running a produce company for the past 29 years. They have three children, who also work in the family business. Willie also does a weekly television spot on the Fox network in Phoenix, promoting fruits and vegetables. In his spare time, he is a varsity girls’ basketball coach at a Catholic high school.


Elise (Day) DeYoung MBA ’79 is the national operations director for Girls For A Change, a national nonprofit organization empowering young women to create social change in their communities. She also serves as a school board trustee for the Santa Clara Unified School District and is active with the Boy Scouts of America. Elise lives with her husband of 24 years, Michael, and their two sons, Charles and Daniel, in the historic Old Quad area of Santa Clara, just blocks from SCU.

Timothy Ford has retired early and is now making furniture and accessories.

Phillip S. Foster has been a certified public accountant since April 1980, and a sole practitioner since 1981. He was selected as nationally syndicated radio financial talk show host Dave Ramsey’s CPA Endorsed Local Provider for the Salt Lake Valley. Phillip and his wife, Susy, live in Sandy, Utah.

James J. Obot has joined the Bronco Bench Board of Trustees. His son, Kyle '08, graduated with a degree in psychology.


Pat Maher has been elected chair of the State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law Section for 2008-2009. He is board certified in Labor and Employment Law. Texas Monthly Magazine recently recognized him as one of the best lawyers in America and a Texas super lawyer.

Debra (Schram) Ronsvalle announces the birth of her first son, Erik James, on Nov. 28, 2007. Debra is an information technology director at Credit Suisse in New York City.


Wain Mailhot is director of sales for PMC-Sierra. He lives in Eagle, Idaho, with his wife, Megan, and his three sons.


Paul Flint is the human resources manager at Omni-Means in Roseville. Omni-Means provides civil engineering, surveying, and landscape architecture design services. Paul and his wife live in Auburn. Their two daughters—Melanie ’96 and Stephanie ’04—are SCU alumni.

John Mirassou is now working as a software engineer for Euphonix, developing the EuCon Ethernet protocol.

Terri Simone Horiye and her son, Anthony, volunteer with the Special Olympics in Santa Clara County.


Mike Escalante and daughter Cameron appeared on the NBC game show “My Dad is Better Than Your Dad” in March. Team Escalante waded through a gooey Alphabet soup in the “Which dad is the fastest?” competition, scored 190 points in the human dartboard “Which dad is the strongest?” contest, and racked up enough points in the “Which dad is the smartest?” quiz to earn a place as one of the final two teams competing in the “Which dad is the bravest?” contest: the “Paperboy Shootout,” where Mike used an air cannon to shoot papers at windows. The result: second place and some quality father-daughter time on screen.


Monica Jenkins works as the human resources business partner to the president of the United States Program at The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. Since graduating from Santa Clara, she has worked in human resources since for various biotechnology companies including Genentech and Amgen. She is the mother of a 9-year-old son and is also the sister of federal district Judge Martin Jenkins ’77.

Michelle Goins is chief information officer of Juniper Networks Inc. She previously worked for Hewlett-Packard, where she served in a number of executive positions during her 25-year tenure.


Michael Osorio is managing director, new store development, with DFS Group Ltd. Joining him in Hong Kong are his wife, Debbie, and son, John, graduated in May from Johnson & Wales University with a bachelor’s degree in restaurant management.


Heidi (Seevers) Gansert was elected as assembly minority leader for the state of Nevada in September 2007. She was first elected to the Nevada Assembly in 2004. She lives with her husband of 21 years, Guy, and their four children in Reno.

Sue (Haney) Miller MBA ’90 works as a vice president for Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. in Novato. Her husband, Chuck ’85, J.D. ’88, works as a regional sales manager for First American Title Insurance Co. in Walnut Creek. The couple resides in Lafayette with their two children: Samantha, 12, and Charlie, 9.


John Watters, chairman and CEO of iSIGHT Partners, was appointed to the board of directors of NetWitness Corp. He has served on more than 20 corporate and nonprofit boards and has been actively involved in supporting scholarships for inner city children in Dallas. He serves on the investment committee of the Jesuit Foundation in Dallas.


Elizabeth (Milligan) Blickenstaff and her husband, Steve, are teachers for Modesto city schools. They are raising three boys and three girls, in a situation they call, “Lots of crazy and lots of love!”

Eric Barrett celebrated his 20th anniversary with New York Life Insurance Company.


Sandy (Dallas) Herman and her husband, Mike, welcomed their third son, Luke William, on Nov.12, 2007. He joins older brothers Jack, 5, and Nicholas, 2. Sandy is a stay-at-home mom after moving to San Diego two years ago. Mike is vice president of publisher services at Millennial Media.

Debbie (Klis) Melnick and husband, Stu, welcomed their second child, Michael Eliezer (Elie) on Dec. 12, 2007. He joins his brother Sammy, 3. Debbie is a partner at the law firm of Shulman Rogers outside of Washington, D.C. Stu works in the general counsel’s office for U.S. attorneys for the Department of Justice.

Cecilia (Saqueton) Muraki and her husband, Charlie, welcome the birth of their third child, Olivia Makani Muraki, who joins big brother Kai and big sister Elena. After maternity leave, Cecilia returns to work as an optometrist at Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Ore., where she has practiced for 11 years.


Brendan and Nina (Salembier) Murphy announce the birth of their ninth child, Peter Benedict, on St. Patrick’s Day, reporting, “We couldn’t make this stuff up.” The family includes five boys and four girls.


Ryan O’Connor is chief executive officer of Velocity Payments, a credit card transaction processor in Boulder, Colo. He lives in Boulder with his wife, Stephanie, and their 3-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn Reese.

Scott Olsen and his wife, Barbara (Hehir) J.D. ’96, welcomed their second child, William Scott, on April 14. He joins big sister Morgan, who just turned 5. Scott is a marketing manager for Fair Isaac Corporation. The family lives in San Jose’s Almaden Valley.

Lisa Passal Smith ’92, MBA ’95 and her husband, Scott, announce the birth of their second child, David Ryder, on Feb. 24. He joins his older sister, Sarah Rachel, 1, in the family’s Redwood City home.


John Gilroy and his wife, Colleen, welcomed their fifth child, Walter Joseph, on Dec. 29, 2007. “Walt” joins brothers Jack, 8, Hugh, 5, Ned, 2, and sister, Quinn, 7. John is an attorney in private practice in Portland, Ore.

Nicole Rabaud and her husband, Mike Webb, announce the birth of a daughter, Sophie Caroline, on Dec. 13, 2007. She joins big sister Chloé in the family’s home in Durham, North Carolina, where Mike is a researcher at Duke University.


Caroline (Zodrow) and Seamus Walsh welcomed their daughter, Flannery Aoife, on Feb. 26 in Phoenix.


Michelle Andre earned a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Golden Gate University in May 2007. She and her husband, Sean Creane, welcomed their son, Niko Andre Creane, in June 2007. He was born June 13, 2006, and came home to California from Russia. After many years as a senior marketing art director, Michelle now works as director of marketing for the Napa Valley Opera House. The family lives in San Rafael with their cat, Barfie.

Autumn Elizabeth (Blatchford) Casadonte J.D. ’05 and her spouse Alex announced the birth of a daughter, Eva, in February.

Tiffany (Ennis) and Peter Andrade welcomed a baby girl, Amelia Mae, on May 20. She joins big brother Gavin.

Tiana (Wiersma) Dixon and her husband, Martin, welcomed twins, Abigail and William, on May 30, 2007. The twins join big sister Chloe, 2, at their home in Portland, Ore.

Matthew Hansink and his wife, Holly Geringer, recently moved to Portland, Ore., where Matt is director of development at Caldera, a nonprofit arts organization, and Holly owns AnyBody Pilates and is a triathlon coach.

Garrett Wade married Lisa Barsanti at Mission Santa Clara on April 19.

Sarah (Stupp) and Matt Hagen welcomed their third child, Tess Elizabeth, on Oct. 28, 2007. She joins brothers Grant, 6, and Miles, 4, in the family’s home in San Ramon.


Andrea (Losh) Hackman and her husband, Chris, welcomed their second child, Bailey Therese, on Aug. 26, 2007. She joins big brother Cole in the family’s Seattle home. Chris is a securities trader for Parametric Portfolio Associates and Andrea owns and operates the preschool she founded, Harvard Avenue School.

Cate (Bloem) O’Reilly and husband Rob O’Reilly welcomed their first child, Shay Louden O’Reilly, on March 12. The family lives in San Diego.


Laura (Weimer) Delucchi and her husband, John, welcomed their first child, Nathaniel Thomas, on Dec. 8, 2007. They were married in 2004 at Mission Santa Clara. Fellow Broncos in attendance included the bride’s father, Blair Weimer ’67; maid of honor and sister, Katie Weimer ’01; bridesmaids Rachel (Connolly) Delucchi ’93 and Alyssa (Schmidt) Olson ’96; and best man Bill Delucchi ’93. Laura graduated from University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law in May 2004, and is an attorney in Sacramento.

Katie (Cochran) Dolan and husband, Drew, welcomed their second child, Elizabeth, on Jan. 18. She joins big brother Luke, 2. Katie teaches 8th-grade English in Albuquerque and is completing her master's in secondary education.

Melissa (Kolesar) Everest and her husband, Jon, welcomed their second child, Andrew Charles, on March 6. He joins big sister, Elyse, 2, in the family’s home in Honolulu.


Lindsay Boitano married Steve Clarke ’98 on Jan. 26 at Mission Santa Clara. Members of the wedding party included Allison (St. John) Basile, Kim Demartini ’01, Kevin Brown ’98, John Gonzales ’98, and Bob Lyding ’98. Lindsay and Steve live in San Francisco.

David Doroquez and Lesley Yamaki welcomed a baby girl, Alana Mei-Lin Yamaki Doroquez, on May 15 in Boston.

Brent Gonzalez is operations manager for the Hollywood & Highland Center, which is home to Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, and the Kodak Theater; and the Academy Awards show.

Bridget (Blum) Molinar and her husband, Aaron, welcomed a son, Alex, on Nov. 9, 2007.


Eric Denton, a former All-American soccer forward at SCU, signed with the San Jose Earthquakes professional soccer team. He led the Broncos to the 1999 NCAA championship game and has played in Major League Soccer since 2000. The Quakes also signed former Broncos midfielder Matt Hatzke ’07 and defender Jamil Roberts ’08.

Jane Duong married Anthony Davaransky on July 21, 2007 at Mission Santa Clara. The wedding party included Oliva Dorilag and Aaron Wong ’95. The couple lives in Fremont.

Dena (Herpe) Kline and her husband, Roger, announce the birth of a son, Zachary Joseph Kline, on March 25. Zachary joins big brother Samuel Nathan in the family’s home in Eugene, Ore.

Lowen Thomas married Ingrid Peters on Aug 11, 2007 in New Orleans. The wedding party included Charles Beauregard, Radu Buta, Adam Oren ’01, Nick Piziali, and Tony Taormino. Classmates in attendance included Orlando Rodriguez and Julian Tobias. Lowen and Ingrid are chefs in New Orleans.


Monique Derenia married Benoit Roederer in Villefranche-sur-mer, France, on July 13, 2006. Wedding attendants included Melissa Wong ’01. The couple welcomed their first child, Gianna Colette, on Feb. 3. The family lives in Grass Valley in the Sierra foothills, where Monique pursues a career in documentary filmmaking and Benoit works as an electrical engineer.


Kathleen (Welch) Dippert and her husband, Dustin, welcomed their first child, James Ryan, on Jan. 9, in Sacramento.

Beth (Livingston) and Andrew Thompson ’03 welcomed their first son, Henry Elliott Andrew, on April 7. The family lives in San Jose.


Amanda (Curry) and Timothy Shim ’02 welcomed a daughter, Isabelle Leilani, on March 23. “Izzie” joins big sister Chloe, 2.

Rebecca Fowler ’03 married Brad Gervin on May 10 at the Los Gatos Lodge. The wedding party included Randy Yabes ’03. Also in attendance were Anthony Barnes ’00, Mike and Nicki Nabasny ’03 and Michelle (Cobo) Cwirko-Godycki ’03. The couple honeymooned in Maui and continue to live in the Bay Area.

Vanessa Jackson married Kevin Pansky on Nov. 23, 2007 in San Diego. She graduated in May 2007 from the University of Southern California with a doctorate in physical therapy and is an owner of a San Diego physical therapy practice that specializes in golf performance and rehabilitation.

Daniel McKenzie recently joined Archer Norris, a California law firm with more than 80 lawyers in four California offices. Daniel is primarily engaged in civil litigation, with particular emphasis on all aspects of catastrophic injury cases. He earned his law degree in 2006 from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.


Gary Coover and Trisha Chang have been selected to be Kiva Fellows for the summer and fall, 2008 respectively. The Kiva Fellows Program offers individuals an opportunity to travel abroad and work directly with a microfinance institution. Gary will visit Indonesia and Trisha will go to Tanzania.

Kathryn Ortiz in May earned a master of arts degree in rhetoric, composition, and the teaching of English from the University of Arizona. She also received the DeFazio Excellence in Teaching Award from the university’s Department of English.


Liz Fullerton and Trevor Hansen joined the Santa Clara Fund staff at SCU. Liz is an administrative associate, while Trevor is a class giving officer, working on the 35th reunion campaign for the Class of ’73.

Christina Mogren has spent the past year working for the Bureau of Land Management in Pinedale, Wyo., most recently as a biological technician. In fall 2008, as the recipient of a Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship, she will begin work on her doctorate in entomology at UC Riverside.