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Misha McPherson '97 accepted the role as COO of ShareRoot, where she's currently heading up sales, marketing, product, and business operations. Since graduating from Santa Clara with a degree in English, she has gone on to help scale teams at companies such as Mixpanel, Responsys, Yammer, and Yahoo proving that, yes, liberal arts degrees are marketable!
Jeff Cleveland '97 has joined the growing investment banking team of D.A. Davidson & Co as managing director in its Consumer and Retail sector. Cleveland works out of the Seattle office, where he leads the firm’s food, beverage and agriculture practice, in addition to his responsibilities in the broader consumer industry.
Cleveland has more than a decade of leadership experience in the food and beverage and consumer investment banking market, previously as a founding member of Harris Williams & Co.’s Minneapolis office along with its global food and beverage and consumer investment banking practices. Recently, Cleveland established the food, beverage, and agriculture practice for a Seattle, WA boutique investment bank. Cleveland earlier worked in Piper Jaffray & Co.’s investment banking group.
Rob Boyd '86, J.D. '97 has worked at SCU since 1988 and, as a hobby, plays the bagpipes. He recently performed for the president of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.
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…
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.
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.
Brian Fukumoto MBA '98 has been hired as VP of WW Manufacturing Operations & Supply Chain at FINsix. Fukumoto will oversee day-to-day global operations to ensure timely supply of high quality product for FINsix's retail and OEM (original equipment manufacturer) customers. He brings to the company over 25 years experience in manufacturing and supply chain operations. Most recently, Fukumoto was vice president of global supply chain and operations at DataDirect Networks, overseeing end-to-end supply chain execution for DDN's storage systems and solutions. Prior to DDN, Fukumoto held a variety of executive leadership roles for HP, Palm, Tasman Networks, and Solectron Corporation.
Patricia Ball Alberts '98, J.D. '03 married Erik Alberts on February 20, 2016, in Santa Monica, California. SCU Broncos who helped them celebrate included "bridesman" Jarvis Murray J.D. '03, Erica Gomes '98, Jennifer Pitts '98, Joe Delucchi '98, Erik Johnson '98, Steven Armstead '98, Daniel Womac '98, Nikki Womac '00, Carolyn (Lees) Metnick J.D. '03, and Amanda Fornwalt J.D. '03. Patricia and Erik both practice law in Los Angeles and reside in Santa Monica.
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.
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 www.hardwoncowboywisdom.com. His next book, entitled Left at the Gate and Other Poems, is scheduled for release and will be available on Amazon.
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.
Kim Felt MBA '99 has been inducted into the National Association of Professional Women's VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in business. NAPW is the nation's leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 850,000 members and over 200 operating Local Chapters. As strategic marketing/business intelligence manager for ManageUP PRM, Kim Felt brings more than 10 years of experience in product marketing and new business creation. She is a strong advocate of customer intimacy and has often been consulted to work across product lines to identify opportunities that increase the wallet share of high-value customers. Ms. Felt thrives on evaluating information from key opinion leaders, performing competitive intelligence and identifying and building relationships with third party partners and acquisition candidates. She excels in market research, product marketing and project management. Her skills include product lifecycle management in regulatory markets, portfolio management, market analysis and needs assessments. She is also adept in negotiation of licenses, partnerships and collaboration.
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.
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.
Gustavo Guerrero '00 started Ben's Roofing, Inc., based in his hometown of Oakland, Calif., in November 2012. He is married to his soul mate and best friend, Rosario. He writes, "We created two amazingly funny children, Natalia who is 9, and Benjamin II who is 6. My children are the inspiration in my life and along with my wife, they are my biggest supporters. My life is complete!"
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.
Brendan O'Brien '01 and Lauren (Russell) O'Brien '02 welcomed their third child, Dylan Francis O'Brien, on Nov 4, 2015. Older brothers Liam (5) and Declan (2) are happy to share their toys with their new baby brother. The family currently resides in Burlingame, CA.
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.
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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.
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."
Jeremy Armstrong '01 has accepted a tenure track position in the department of physics at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, starting in Fall of 2016.
Katie (Barlag) Ackerman '01 was recently promoted to president of Global Executive Group (GXG), a professional services firm dedicated to helping great leaders become extraordinary.