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Kerkorian, Stephanie

Stephanie Bass Kerkorian '85, lives in Phoenix with husband John Kerkorian '84 "(who I met at SCU). I am in Oncology Device Sales," she writes. "Our son Jack Kerkorian '18, is currently a sophomore at SCU. Our daughter Kate graduated from Mizzou and works in PR in LA."

submitted Jun. 6, 2016 1:34P
Guerrero Wildanger, Veronica

The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley has awarded the Jose Luis and Ofelia Guerrero family with its La Familia Award for deep-rooted commitment and involvement in the community.  Among the family members honored were Martha Guerrero Soto '85, Veronica Guerrero Wildanger '88, MBA '96, and Ignacio J. Guerrero '95. Martha is principal at  Mount Pleasant High School, Veronica homeschools and volunteers in the arts, and Ignacio is director of Child Support Services for the County of Santa Clara. Other siblings honored included Jose Luis, retired battalion chief for the city of San Jose, and Juan Carlos, reporter for ABC News.

submitted Nov. 14, 2015 9:58A
Goolkasian, Todd
The company that Todd Goolkasian '85 and Maureen (Orlando) Goolkasian '85 founded, Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group Inc., received two 2016 National Engineering Excellence Honor Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies. The first award was for the design of the R. B. Oliver Bridge Replacement Project in Tulare County. The 740-foot long post-tensioned bridge over the Kings River also included the successful development of new bat habitats into the underside of the replacement bridge, which have increased the bat population at the bridge to four times its original number.  The second award was for renovating and seismically retrofitting the South American Rain Forest and Aviary Building at the San Francisco Zoo. The renovated building features a realistic rainforest ecosystem, exotic plants and trees, a two-toed sloth, and the zoo’s first significant herpetological collection. The new exhibit highlights environmental threats facing rainforests, as well as the devastating effects of the illegal pet trade on South American wildlife. The awards will be presented at a black-tie EEA Awards Gala on April 19, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
submitted Mar. 6, 2016 9:35A
Blach, Mike
The Silicon Valley Business Journal named Mike Blach '85, president and CEO of Blach Construction, one of its first ‘Power Executives.’ The journal cited Blach’s successful leadership of the company, as well as his commitment to many community nonprofits, as reasons for his inclusion on its inaugural list of Silicon Valley’s most influential business leaders.
Blach, 53, is in excellent company. The list included Silicon Valley titans such as Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google and Elon Musk of Tesla. 
Blach has led the San Jose-based general contracting firm Blach Construction for nearly three decades. Under his leadership, the company has thrived, builds several landmark projects every year and continues to be recognized with top state and national awards in safety, innovation, project execution and corporate philanthropy. Moreover, the Business Journal also has just named Blach Construction as one of the Best Places to Work for the eighth year in a row.
submitted Apr. 11, 2016 6:54P
Aylward-Kravetz, Therese (Aylward)

Therese Aylward-Kravetz '85 just published her first nonfiction book, Why Zarmina Sings: 18 Steps to Live and Learn Beyond Anxiety. The book tells her story and the story of her international students as they used alternative educational techniques such as drama, movement and improvisational comedy, among others, to accelerate learning and overcome the fight-or-flight response. Her website is www.thereseaylakratetz. 

Contact Therese
submitted Apr. 4, 2016 3:00P


Ullal, Jayshree
Jayshree Ullal M.S. '86 was honored by Ernst and Young as the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year. Ullal has been awarded with prestigious honors previously. In 2005, she was named one of the “50 Most Powerful People” by Network World. And VMWorld and Forbes both dubbed her as one the “Top Executives” in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
She has led Arista Networks to a successful initial public offering in June 2014 at the New York Stock Exchange and is responsible for building the company's business in cloud networking. As Arista has grown, Ullal has been a catalyst in forging alliances with Microsoft, HP and VMware, among others, according to Arista.
While at Cisco, Ullal helped build the company to billions in annual revenue while there as the senior vice president. She helped with the introduction of Cisco’s flagship Nexus 7000 and Catalyst 5000, 4500 and 6500 product lines.
Before Cisco acquired Crescendo Communications in 1993, Ullal served as that company’s vice president of marketing. She has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from San Francisco State University and a master’s in engineering management from Santa Clara University. In 2013, she was honored with the SCU School of Engineering distinguished engineering alumni award.


submitted Nov. 21, 2015 1:29P
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Suhr, Mary Beth (Fox)

Mary Beth (Fox) Suhr' '86 is a Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Palo Alto, CA. Husband, Peter, J.D. '86, MBA'86 is practicing business law at Doty, Barlow in Palo Alto. Sons Michael and Jamie are in the final stages of college and Mom and Dad look forward to a pay raise soon.

submitted Jun. 22, 2016 8:45P
Smolich, Thomas
In April, Jesuit Refugee Service International Director Thomas Smolich, S.J., M.Div. '86 spoke on a panel  hosted by Rotary International to discuss the needs and challenges of refugees as well as sustainable solutions. Smolich focused on education for refugees and other practical ways to support refugees to enable them to restart their lives and become self-sufficient.
Currently, the UN has recorded 65.3 million people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes due to war, persecution, and oppression. It is the highest number ever recorded and the biggest humanitarian crisis. Pope Francis has spoken out on several occasions about the urgency of addressing the challenges refugees face.
Whether offering refugees opportunities to better integrate into host communities, or to be prepared for the return home or resettlement to a third country, JRS seeks to promote self-sufficiency, and it does so by providing access to education. "JRS' education and livelihood initiatives go beyond the mere economic aspects of life, reaching more human and social dimensions. We aim not only to help refugees get back on their feet to earn a living, but to restore dignity and hope and facilitate integration as well," said Fr Smolich.
Fr Smolich looks at a future collaboration with Rotary and says, "we must come together and mobilise our compassion to make a globalised difference. It is the role of each one of us to ensure those who have lost their homes do not lose their hope. JRS does this through education, and Rotary's global commitments seek to do the same." Smolich has served as the International Director of JRS since October 2015.
submitted Aug. 13, 2016 8:23A
GRD Law '86
Small, Barbara

Barbara Small J.D. ’86 is a partner at GCA Law Partners. She handles the firm’s trusts and estates practice. 

submitted Dec. 14, 2015 4:35P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '86
Russick, Andrew

Andy Russick '86 is serving as Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Pacific Coast Producer, a food manufacturing firm in California's Central Valley. This spring marks Andy's 29th year with his company. Andy and Kathy (Martin) Russick '87 recently celebrated 26 years of marriage. Their oldest daughter Chloe is a landscaper and graduate of the University of Oregon (2014) and currently traveling in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize doing some farming and building. Their youngest daughter Jana is a recent graduate of Point Loma Nazerene University (2016) and is now working for Anthropologie in San Diego, CA.

submitted Jun. 22, 2016 4:54P
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Pola, Michael (Pola)

Michael Pola '86 and his wife, Liz Karr-Pola, live in San Francisco with their 3 boys. Mike is a managing partner at HSS-a healthcare consulting firm. Mike recently joined the SCU Alumni Board and is looking forward to catching up with old friends at the Grand Reunion.

Contact Michael
submitted Dec. 15, 2015 11:03P
Niemi, Renee

In February, Renee Niemi '86, the head of the smart home business at Logitech, was a panelist at the School of Engineering's "Imagining the Future State of STEM" conference. Niemi is a visionary business leader who was previously at Google, where she was the director of global business for Android and Chrome for work and education. She has held senior positions at Plantronics, Visto Corporation, Mobilesys Inc., Xircom, and NEC Technologies. As an advocate for diversity, Renée volunteers her time with young women who are looking to explore professional careers in technology.

submitted Feb. 29, 2016 10:39A
Macfarlane, Mike

Former Kansas City Royals catcher and ESPN baseball analyst Mike Macfarlane '86 has been inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. He and former Royals teammate Kevin Seitzer own Mac-n-Seitz, a baseball and softball training academy in Kansas City.

submitted Dec. 16, 2015 11:24A
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Kollas, Mike ( )

Mike Kollas '86 owns an event marketing agency, ONUS Agency, which produces corporate events around the country. Mike and his wife Kathy live in Portland, Oregon and have 2 sons, Matthew and Connor.

Contact Mike
submitted Jun. 16, 2016 10:48A
GRD Law '86
Kirwan, Peter

Peter Kirwan J.D. '86 currently heads the Complex Litigation Department of the Santa Clara County Court’s Civil Division after serving as the supervising judge of the Civil Division for two years.  Kirwan is currently on the faculty at Santa Clara School of Law as an adjunct professor teaching mediation and is the incoming president of the Santa Clara Inns of Court. Kirwan serves on the board for the ABTL and is a frequent lecturer and speaker for Continuing Education seminars.

submitted Apr. 25, 2016 11:46A
Kassen, Melanie

Melanie Kassen '86 worked for Warren Beatty after graduating. She has operated her own holistic health care practice in Los Gatos, CA for the last 21 years. In 2013, she published a children's book, Bruce and Juliet: The Unlikely Friendship of a Bubble Breathing Dragon and A Daydreaming Kitten.

submitted Jun. 23, 2016 5:02P
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Kale, Kathy

Kathy Kale '86 will celebrate her 13th anniversary working in the SCU Alumni Office in August, 2016 and feels lucky to have the best job in the world. She and husband Jim live in San Jose with their two kids and is really looking forward to reconnecting with classmates and friends at the October Grand Reunion. Go Broncos!

submitted Jun. 23, 2016 6:08P
Fultz, Robert

Robert Anthony Fultz '86, J.D. '91 was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown '59 to the position of judge of the Superior Court for the County of Tulare. Anthony took the oath of office on Dec. 31, 2015, with his wife of nine years, Jennifer (Hayes) Fultz J.D. '03, and their two children in attendance. Jennifer is a senior deputy district attorney for the County of Tulare.

submitted Jan. 5, 2016 8:52A
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Del Santo, John

John Del Santo '86 is a Senior Managing Director at Accenture where he is responsible for the Financial Services sector. He and wife Maureen (Meagher) '87 live in the Bay Area. Their daughter Maddie graduated last year from Boston College, son Jack is at USC and son Colin will be a freshman at SCU this fall — class of 2020!

submitted Jun. 23, 2016 8:16A
DeCunzo, Paul

Paul DeCunzo '86 writes that he recently founded the Kelly SWAG Academy, a new school of engagement and collaboration focusing on coaching, teaching, training, and facilitation. "SWAG" stands for "strengths with a groove." It is the home of the DEP, differentiated engagement plan, which is customized and for everyone.

Contact Paul
submitted Jan. 27, 2016 2:03P
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Chow, Kenton

After spending the last 20 years as a CFO/COO for Silicon Valley based venture backed companies, Kenton Chow '86, MBA '96 joined as a partner with Financial Leadership Group (FLG) Partners (, the premier CFO service firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. He and his wife, Teri, live in Almaden Valley in San Jose, and have three daughters: Mikaela (Babson College), Kendra (University of Virginia), and Kianna (Archbishop Mitty High School).

Contact Kenton
submitted Jun. 25, 2016 7:58A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '86
Carr, Jeanne-Marie (Bourcier)

Jeanne-Marie (Bourcier) Carr '86, is in her second year as an Independent Study teacher for high school students in Redding, CA. She is active as a Girl Scout Troop leader for high school girls, and is a Regional Delegate for Girl Scouts Northern California. In July 2016, JM will chaperone Girl Scouts travelling to Peru. With her husband, Jeff, and kids, Marie & Brendan, the family had been hosting students from France to promote global understanding and to build life-long friendships celebrating cultures through immersion. Jeanne-Marie is currently serving on the SCU Board of Directors and gearing up for the Grand Reunion for Class of 1986!

Contact Jeanne-Marie
JM Carr on Facebook & messenger LinkedIn
submitted Dec. 15, 2015 9:27P
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