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GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '97
Baier, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Baier M.A. '97 is serving as superintendent of schools in Los Altos School District, Los Altos.

submitted Aug. 12, 2016 10:15A


GRD Engineering '98
Ravichandran, Aruna

Aruna Ravichandran M.S. ’98, MBA ’09 was selected to be on the list of 2016 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. These are women “who are changing Silicon Valley’s landscape in business, nonprofits, healthcare and professional services.” If Ravichandran wasn't working in tech, she'd be a kick-ass mixed-martial arts instructor…

submitted May. 2, 2016 10:34A
GRD Engineering '98
Ravichandran , Aruna

Aruna Ravichandran M.S. '98, MBA '09 was recently named among the top 10 Most Powerful and Influential Women in the Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York) for 2016 by Diversity First. Also, earlier this year, Aruna was named an honoree of the Silicon Valley Business Journal's 2016 Top 100 Women of Influence.

Contact Aruna
Twitter: @aruna13
submitted Aug. 24, 2016 2:17P
Peshkov, Nellie

Nellie Peshkov ’98 was selected to be on the list of 2016 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. These are women “who are changing Silicon Valley’s landscape in business, nonprofits, healthcare and professional services.” Nellie Peshkov leads Talent Acquisition at Netflix and works to increase the number of female and minority executives and employees, helping companies find great talent globally and build an inclusive work environment where people want to work on complex problems and do their best work.

submitted May. 2, 2016 10:47A
Henninger, Ragan

Ragan Henninger '98 was named a Government Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Ragan is the Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccado. She joined Sam’s Council Office in 2007, first as a Council Assistant, then spent six years as Chief of Staff. Her policy expertise includes environment, housing, budget and economic development, including work on the citywide inclusionary housing policy, plastic bag ban, and downtown high-rise incentive. She later left service with the City to manage Sam’s successful Mayoral campaign in 2014. She previously worked for HomeFirst (formerly EHC LifeBuilders) as the Director of Development and Communications where she was responsible for raising over $12 million annually. Ragan currently serves on the Board of Legacy Alviso San José Youth Foundation and is responsible for the foundation’s charitable distributions. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University where she studied political science and communications. Ragan and her husband live in the Cambrian neighborhood of San José, where they are raising their daughter.

submitted May. 2, 2016 10:42A
Garni, Alisa

Dr. Alisa Garni '98 has been part of the faculty at Kansas State University since 2008. Her substantive interests include international development, migration, and social change. In her published work, Dr. Garni has examined how changing local conditions in war-torn Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua affect people’s decisions to migrate to the United States. She has also examined how land tenure patterns affect local development strategies across high migration communities. Pursuing questions on gender, migration, and development, Dr. Garni has also conducted ethnographic research on independent women entrepreneurs who carry goods between El Salvador and the United States. Studying how they do so sheds light on local mechanisms for combating gender inequality and promoting development. In collaborative work, Drs. Garni and Weyher connect questions of migration and development to changing conditions in war-torn El Salvador. They argue that on-going mass migration—driven by new conditions of desperation and alienation—represents a critical dissipation of class relations and struggle. Building on research examining the relationship between neoliberalism and high crime rates in war-torn Central America, they also examine how neoliberalism’s structural and ideological components both reflect and further contribute to the conditions and growing sense of estrangement that many Salvadorans face.

Dr. Garni’s work has been published/is forthcoming in Latin American Research ReviewSociological PerspectivesSociological ForumLatin American Perspectives, and Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies. She has presented her research at conferences in Athens, Santiago, and across the United States. Currently, Dr. Garni is conducting research on the relationship between Mexican/Central American immigration, changing land use patterns, and local, state, and national immigration policy. Dr. Garni has taught courses on international development (graduate and undergraduate), qualitative methods (graduate), racial and ethnic relations, and introductory sociology.
submitted Jul. 24, 2016 2:27P
UGRD Leavey Business '98
Daniels, Kyle

Kyle Daniels '98 recently joined Teles Properties in Residential Real Estate Sales in the Manhattan Beach office after a 22 year career with the LA County Fire Department Lifeguard Division and retiring as on Ocean Lifeguard Captain. He currently resides in Palos Verdes Estates with his wife, Colleen, and two children, Riley (5) and Isla (2).

Contact Kyle
submitted Oct. 19, 2016 9:38P


Zambrano, Pallie

Pallie Zambrano ’99 was selected to be on the list of 2016 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. These are women “who are changing Silicon Valley’s landscape in business, nonprofits, healthcare and professional services.” Before joining McManis Faulkner, Zambrano actually litigated against Jim McManis' team.

submitted May. 2, 2016 10:50A
GRD Law '99
Verbica, Peter

Peter Coe Verbica '82, JD '99 has published Hard-Won Cowboy Wisdom (Not Necessarily in Order of Importance).  The book incorporates five generations of ranching tradition distilled into one, easy-to-read book of maxims with photographs from the 1800s and early 1900s.  Peter works in Silicon Valley for the wealth management group for a large investment bank.  To learn more about his book go to His next book, entitled Left at the Gate and Other Poems, is scheduled for release and will be available on Amazon. 

submitted May. 17, 2016 11:32A
Jones, Ryan

Ryan Jones J.D. '99 is an associate at the Long Beach office of Singer & Benjumea. Since graduating, he has solely practiced in the field of workers’ compensation law. Mr. Jones has also represented employers in 132a matters and serious and willful claims. 

submitted Sep. 28, 2016 3:21P
Griffin, Tina

Tina R. Griffin J.D. '99 was appointed as the Supervising Deputy City Attorney for the Litigation Unit in October 2013. She has served the Fresno City Attorney’s Office since 2006, specializing in employment litigation, personnel, and labor relations. Prior to joining the City Attorney’s Office, Ms. Griffin practiced law in the private sector handling employment discrimination/civil rights litigation, employment defense litigation, and insurance defense litigation for local (William J. Smith & Associates and Cooper & Hoppe), statewide (Lozano Smith), and national (Littler Mendelson) law firms. Ms. Griffin enjoys reading and traveling. She and her husband keep quite busy with their very active young children: twins (boy and girl) and daughter. 

submitted Sep. 27, 2016 1:13P
Gonzalez, Brent

Brent Gonzalez '99 married Jaime Melissa on May 1, 2016 at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles.  The wedding party included fellow alumni David Dwyer '99 and Jack Murakami '99 along with guests Brian Donahue '00, Anny (Madden) Tedeschi '97, Linda (Hoffman) Leipper '91 and Gerry Houlihan '87.

submitted May. 26, 2016 9:50A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '99
Casesa, Rhianna (Henry)

Rhianna Henry Casesa '03 received her Ph.D. in Education from the joint doctoral program between San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University in August 2015. She is currently a tenure-track assistant professor at Sonoma State University. Her research interests include dual-language education, literacy, and biliteracy. She is currently living in Sonoma County with her husband, Marco, and their 4-year-old daughter, Giovanna.

submitted Sep. 13, 2016 10:22A


Rose Inda, Dori

Dori Rose Inda J.D. '00 is CEO of Salud Para la Gente, a network of four clinics providing low-cost, high-quality healthcare in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties for almost 40 years. Rose Inda has long been committed to making sure people of all walks of life can get excellent healthcare. She has worked as a social worker with homeless men and women and with foster families. After becoming an attorney, she founded the Watsonville Law Center and developed the Agricultural Workers Access to Health Care Project. Rose Inda was also a 2012 recipient of SCU's Ignation Award.

submitted Aug. 14, 2016 8:29A
GRD Law '00
Perry, Jessica

Jessica Perry ’97, J.D. ’00 was selected to be on the list of 2016 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. These are women “who are changing Silicon Valley’s landscape in business, nonprofits, healthcare and professional services. Perry, a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Menlo Park, CA, represented venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in a high-profile trial last year defeating gender discrimination claims brought by former partner Ellen Pao.

submitted May. 2, 2016 10:45A
Hatch, Sheila

Sheila Hatch MBA '00 was selected to be on the list of 2016 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. These are women “who are changing Silicon Valley’s landscape in business, nonprofits, healthcare and professional services.” Her best advice for others: Be open to input.



submitted May. 2, 2016 10:29A
DeLeuw, Katie

Katie DeLeuw '00 works at EnviroIssues, an agency dedicated to developing and executing comprehensive public involvement, strategic communications, and outreach plans and programs by tackling some of the thorniest public policy and environmental issues of our day. Katie has 11 years of public involvement experience in Washington and California. Katie’s multidisciplinary education in environmental science, policy and management gives her the ability to understand complex environmental issues and communicate them to a variety of audiences. Katie is originally from Mountain View, California.

submitted May. 30, 2016 12:53P
Benavidez, Ricardo

Ricardo Benavidez '00 was named to the Silicon Valey Business Journal's 40 under 40 list for 2016.

As Cisco’s government and community relations manager, Benavidez granted $16 million-plus in cash and millions more in product donations to Bay Area nonprofits. Now as a program manager with Google, he helps design and build workplaces that inspire and energize employees. He serves on the board of the San Jose-based Shortino Foundation, and at Year Up, he mentors at-risk/under-served students.

submitted Sep. 8, 2016 1:07P


UGRD Arts & Sciences '01
Wolfe, Dana
Dana K.C. Wolfe '01 graduated with his MBA from the University of San Francisco in May, but he remains a loyal Bronco. He and wife Erin Brigham, PhD, welcomed a son, Xavier, in December 2014.
Contact Dana
submitted Jun. 29, 2016 11:32A
Nicoletti, Tracy
Tracy Nicoletti '01 M.A. '12 is privileged to be teaching seventh grade at Queen of Apostles School in San Jose. After graduating from SCU, she attended Notre Dame DeNamur University to earn her teaching credential, while teaching freshman and Junior English classes at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino. In 2002, she taught freshman and Junior English at Archbishop Mitty High School.
In her free time she competes in triathalons and she just completed training for her first Ironman this year.
submitted Jul. 24, 2016 2:49P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '01
Fletcher, Ram

Ram Fletcher '01, J.D. '05 and Rob Bohn '91, J.D. '94 are excited to announce they have moved their law practice, Bohn & Fletcher, LLP, to a beautiful new office located at 333 W. Santa Clara St., Suite 620 in San Jose, California. They will continue their civil litigation practice pursuing justice for people seriously injured or killed as a result of the wrongdoing of others.

Contact Ram
submitted Jul. 2, 2016 11:16A
Faust, Kim (Sorenson)
MainStreet Property Group LLC, a real estate development firm, is proud to congratulate Kim Faust '01, Senior Vice President of Development, on receiving the 40 under 40 recognition from the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2016 lineup of young business leaders.
Faust has served as an integral member of MainStreet since its inception, tracing her contributions back to the firm’s humble beginnings of two employees working out of a conference room with a rented table and chairs. Faust remembers fulfilling many roles from the very basics to creating templates and standards while formulating future company strategy.
As Senior Vice President of Development, Faust helps manage the firm's development and construction activities across the Puget Sound region. As a leader of a pipeline of more than $300 million in development and construction, Faust coordinates mixed-use, multifamily, commercial and retail projects for the company.
“I work with energy and passion every day, putting all of my hard work and determination into seeking ways to improve the company and delight our customers while having fun,” said Faust. “I care about the success of the company and feel responsible for every aspect of our projects, upholding the brand and quality that will continue to earn us a solid long term reputation.”
A native of Seattle’s Eastside, Faust attended Eastlake High School in Sammamish and earned a scholarship to Santa Clara University in 1997. There she played Division I College Basketball for four years while earning her Bachelor’s in Marketing from the Leavey School of Business in 2001. Throughout her career, Faust has participated in more than $500 million in construction across all types of real estate development.
“Congratulations to Kim on this well deserved honor from the PSBJ.” said Kelly Price, President. “She has a remarkable passion for our business and works hard to make each project better. Her positive energy and determination have helped shape MainStreet into who we are today.”
When she’s not coordinating multi-million dollar construction projects across greater Seattle, Faust coaches youth softball, basketball and soccer in Kirkland, Wash. She lives in Seattle’s Kirkland neighborhood with her husband Mark and their two daughters Emily and Mia.
submitted Oct. 3, 2016 1:41P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '01
Epres, Christine

Christine N. Epres '01 is an in-house attorney with Robert Half International Inc. in Menlo Park. She handles a variety of commercial transactions, as well as corporate and compliance matters for the company. She and husband Phil Yeager reside in Santa Clara.

submitted Jul. 3, 2016 9:35P
Bathen, Eric

Eric Bathen Jr. JD '73 writes about his daughter, "Hollis Barr (Bathen) '01 is a realtor in San Francisco and raising her 1 year old daughter Poppy with her husband Sal."  

submitted Jun. 6, 2016 2:38P
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