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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.
Freshman Dorm: Dunne
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!"
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.
Massimo Sorbara M.S. '82 is senior director of Technical Standards at Ikanos Communications in Red Bank, NJ. He is currently involved in the development of G.fast and DSL standards in the ITU-T and serves as vice chair in the Metallic Transmission Group in the Broadband Forum responsible for development of the DSL test specifications. Massimo has been involved in DSL Standards Development since 1990, seeing the evolutions of the HDSL, ADSL, and VDSL standards. He has served as the chair of ATIS Committee NIPP-NAI (formerly T1E1.4) 2000-2008 and as vice chair 1994-1999, and 2008-present; chair of the Spectral Compatibility Sub-Committee in NRIC-V (an advisory group to the FCC); and the CPE Working Group in FS-VDSL Committee defining CPE technical specifications in support of VDSL-based services. From 1986 through 1996, Mr. Sorbara held positions at AT&T Bell Labs / AT&T Paradyne, where he was primarily responsible for DSL systems engineering and product definition.
Kam Shadan M.S. '82, PE, a vice president of Gannett Fleming based in the San Francisco, California, office, is updating two key national guidance handbooks by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The handbooks are aimed at helping transit project sponsors plan, manage, and construct capital projects in compliance with FTA guidelines and best practices. The revised publications are expected to be released in early 2016.
The first, titled “The FTA Project Construction Handbook,” will assist project sponsors who plan to develop a large project for the first time. Projects include bus maintenance and operations facilities, bus rapid transit, and transit multi-modal terminal projects up to $100 million. Shadan was the original lead author for this handbook in 2006, and this latest version will be the third update in the past 10 years. The other book, “Project and Construction Management Guidelines,” is targeted for new projects typically ranging from $100 million to several billion dollars.
With more than 38 years of industry experience, Shadan has spent 15 years working directly for public utility and transit and rail agencies. He has provided national project management oversight for FTA capital transit and rail projects in Los Angeles, California; the San Francisco Bay area; Sacramento, California; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Chicago, Illinois. In addition, he serves as a program management advisor and forensic expert witness on public and private development projects.
Active in professional organizations, Shadan has been a member of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Capital Projects Committee since 1998 and the Public-Private Partnership Committee since 2008. He also has served on the California Transit Association Executive Committee since 2007.
Shadan earned a master of science in engineering management from the University of Santa Clara and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California Berkeley. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Harvard Business School executive seminars in project development and private equity. Shadan is a registered Professional Engineer and an engineering and general building contractor in California.
Kathryn Kane '82, J.D. '86 writes, "This fall, I will retire as a deputy county counsel, Office of County Counsel, County of Santa Clara. I have been a hearing, trial, and appellate counsel in the Child Dependency Unit for more than 25 years. I will forever be grateful for this amazing career opportunity."
Cynthia Gonsalves '82 lives in downtown San Jose with her wife of two years, Emma Humphries. She is a senior technician at Evans Analytical Group making samples for transmission electron microscopy and measuring surface contamination on all sorts of wafers.
Phil Sullivan '83 writes, "I recently moved to the heart of the wine country, not far from the historical Jack London estate in the most scenic valley of the moon, where I spent my formative years on a 12-acre 'mini farm.' Now, I'm thoroughly enjoying the experience of introducing newcomers and reacquainting with native/pioneering wine country families. It's great to be involved in real estate in the Sonoma/Napa areas!"
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Keith Lovetro MBA '83 has been elected to the board of directors of OmniTRAX Inc., one of the largest privately held rail and transportation service companies in North America. Lovetro currently serves as president and CEO of TRAC Intermodal, the largest intermodal chassis pool manager and equipment provider for international and domestic shippers in North America.
"We are fortunate to have such a skilled and connected leader as Keith join our board. His more than 34 years of management experience, including time with regional trucking, ground parcel, air express and air freight firms, will help guide all of our businesses,” said Brad Skinner, Chairman of OmniTRAX.
Lovetro has served as president and CEO of TRAC Intermodal since June 2011, growing revenue by 23+ % (CAGR) since joining the company. Prior to TRAC Intermodal, he was president and CEO of YRC Regional Transportation, responsible for the P&L performance of USF Reddaway, USF Holland, and New Penn Motor Express. He previously held executive positions at DHL Express and FedEx Freight West, and started his career at Emery Worldwide/CF Airfreight.
Lovetro holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Davis, and a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Santa Clara. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of OmniTRAX, Mr. Lovetro is also on the Board of Directors of Interpool (parent company of TRAC Intermodal), the Institute of International Container Lessors and the Intermodal Association of North America and is member of the American Trucking Association and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.
Flex Pharma announced the appointment of Kathie Lindemann '83 as its chief operating officer.
Prior to joining Flex Pharma, Ms. Lindemann served as COO at DAVIDs TEA Inc. Ms. Lindemann also spent 19 years at Starbucks, where she held several leadership roles including senior VP, Starbucks Foodservice, SVP US Business Operations, and SVP International Operations, Store Development and Global Business Systems. She has been a director of Cambia Health Solutions, Inc. since June 2009.
“Since we see substantial opportunity to develop our consumer product as a global brand, I am looking forward to working with Kathie to leverage her extensive experience building and running operations ex-US as we plan to access key international markets,” commented Marina Hahn, president of Consumer.
Hugh Daly '83 writes, "VP Sales & Marketing, METZ CONNECT USA, Tinton Falls, New Jersey."
Robert G.P. Cruz '71, J.D. '83 was recently sworn in by Guam Governor Eddie Calvo as a member of the Guam Senior Citizens Council. He is president of the Guam Chapter, AARP, and an adjunct professor at the University of Guam. Cruz has also taught business law for the U. of Phoenix MBA program for the past two years. He recently received an award from the Guam Division of Senior Citizens for serving as a Medicare volunteer assisting senior citizens with appeals. For the past two years, Bob has volunteered as a dance instructor in senior citizen centers throughout Guam. He is also a certified volunteer AARP, Driver Safety Instructor.
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Robert J. Reid MBA '84 writes, "I successfully completed a Ph.D. in business at Oklahoma State University in August. I earned the Owners, Presidents, and Managers certificate at the Harvard Business School (2006). For the past 21 years, I have served as the executive director of the J.F. Maddox Foundation, in New Mexico. Previously, I had a successful career in turning around and managing hospital companies."
Arthur Liebscher S.J., '69, M.Div. '84, STM '86 has been named by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., as the next rector of the Santa Clara Jesuit Community. He will assume office on 31 July 2016, the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, and as rector will become a member of the Board of Trustees of the University.
Heidi (Le Baron) Leupp '84 was recently appointed to the St. Ignatius College Prep board of regents. She is currently co-president of Sacred Heart Prep Atherton Parent Association.
Patty Clerkin '84 writes, "We have relocated to the suburbs of Philadelphia for a spouse job transfer. My children, Chris and Rochelle, will attend Catholic schools in Wayne. My son will be a freshman at Archbishop Carroll High and my daughter will enter 7th grade at St. Katharine's. It appears almost 150 alumni live nearby!"
Kathy Ventry '85 is in her third career as a licensed marriage and family therapist in Folsom, and is doing business as Peace Within * Anxiety, Trauma & OCD Treatment. She sees children through older adults, and also specializes in couples therapy. Kathy served 10 years in the Army followed by almost 18 years as a healthcare representative for Pfizer, with seven years as a neuroscience specialty representative. Kathy finds it rewarding and a blessing to now work in the mental health and wellness profession. She looks forward to relocating to Folsom from Elk Grove to have easier access to cycling and kayaking opportunities.
Laura Rafaty '79, J.D. '85 is the founder and artistic director of NapaShakes (www.napashakes.org), a nonprofit bringing world-class professional Shakespeare to the Napa Valley. She continues her law practice (www.nvilaw.com) in St. Helena, California, specializing in immigration law, including work visas for extraordinary culinary, winemaking, and performing artists. A national award winning writer, her work can be found at www.laurarafaty.com.
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Freshman Dorm: Swig
After 11 years teaching virtually every religious studies course that Catholic high schools have to offer, Mary Marsella '85 is taking a break for several months to chill out and determine her next steps for how to best apply her nine years of graduate theological study to living this gift of life. This includes sorting out her passions, which include promoting social justice, deepening her spirituality, meditating, practicing yoga, spending more time with her family, cooking, writing about what's on her mind—she had a field day writing posts about Pope Francis in order to give balance to the various mis/understandings of him and the Church during his visit to the United States—and whatever the heck else she wants to do. She lives in Point Richmond and loves her view of the Bay, which she is well aware that she is lucky to have. She looks forward to reuniting with her third-floor- freshman-year "Swig-mates" and other Santa Clara alums. And of course, while working at LaSallian high schools, she ever maintained the TRUTH that God is NOT a Gael! Can I get an amen?