Class Notes

Class Notes | Obituaries

Submit a Class Note or Obituary »

Showing class notes submitted in the last year

1986

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
503-708-7721 mkollas@onusagency.com www.onusagency.com
submitted Jun. 16, 2016 10:48A
'86
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
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Donohue, Laura (Thompson)

Laura (Thompson) Donohue ’86 has a tax practice, Donohue & Associates, and works as a certified clinical hypnotherapist. She and her boyfriend, Jason, live in Grass Valley, California. Her son, Matthew, attends San Jose State, her daughter, Sarah, attends Sacramento State, and her daughter, Megan, graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Contact Laura
http://taxmomcpa.com/ https://www.lauradonohueccht.com/
submitted May. 2, 2017 2:02P
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
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 (www.flgpartners.com), 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
ken@flgpartners.com www.flgpartners.com
submitted Jun. 25, 2016 7:58A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '86
Boyd, Robert (Boyd)

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.

Contact Robert
http://www.linkedin.com/in/rcboyd/
submitted Jun. 7, 2016 1:48P
'86
Bianco, John

 John P. Bianco '86 was appointed to the Tulare County Superior court June 28th 2010.

submitted Oct. 5, 2016 4:33P

1987

'87
Mar-Spinola, Julie

Julie Mar-Spinola J.D. '87 received the Alumni Special Achievement Award from tthe Santa Clara University School of Law. She holds a dual business and legal role as Finjan Holdings, Inc.'s Chief Intellectual Property Officer and Vice President of Legal.  She is responsible for the Company's revenue-based operations, including IP assets, cyber technology innovations, enforcement programs, licensing best practices, public policy initiatives, and mentorships.  In 2016, Ms. Mar-Spinola was appointed to the Board of Directors for subsidiary, Finjan Mobile, Inc.  Ms. Mar-Spinola has dedicated her entire professional career in representing high technology companies of all sizes and business models on all things IP, including IP portfolio development, M&A's, acquisitions, divestitures, enforcement (licensing and litigation), as well as preservation and monetization of proprietary technologies and patents. 

Julie is Chairman Emeritus and co-founder of ChIPs (www.chipsnetwork.org), a non-profit dedicated to advancing women at the confluence of law, technology, and regulatory policy.  She serves as a court appointed mediator specializing in patent and other complex disputes, since 2011, and is a member of the High Tech Advisory Board at Santa Clara University, School of Law, since 2014. Ms. Mar-Spinola has been a member of the Patent Public Advisory Board (PPAC) since 2015.  Julie has also been recognized for her contributions in the fields of technology and law, including most recently by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and the Recorder.

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 12:29P
'87
Lopez, Leslie

Leslie R. Lopez J.D. '87 is the deputy director and chief counsel at the California Department of General Services.
Ms. Lopez has served as deputy secretary and general counsel at the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency since 2013. She served as general counsel at the State and Consumer Services Agency from 2007 to 2013 and as a deputy attorney general in the Government Law Section at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General from 1994 to 2007. She was a deputy city attorney in the Sacramento City Attorney’s Office from 1990 to 1994 and in private practice from 1987 to 1990.

submitted Jan. 12, 2017 12:25P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '87
Ferguson, Betsy

Betsy Ferguson '87 was was named one of the 2016 Top 10 Redesigners for United States and Canada by the Real Estate Staging Association. As the owner of The Home Artisan, Betsy provides home staging and redesign services in the Los Angeles area. She received the 2016 Houzz Service award and was recently featured in a Forbes article about home staging. She lives in Montrose with her two boys, ages 14 and 10.

Contact Betsy
http://thehomeartisan.com betsy@thehomeartisan.com https://www.facebook.com/yourhomeartisan/ https://twitter.com/YourHomeArtisan https://www.linkedin.com/in/betsy-ferguson-870024b
submitted Sep. 18, 2016 10:07A
GRD Law '87
Der Manuelian, Christopher

Christopher Der Manuelian J.D./MBA ’87 is a personal injury attorney with offices in Jackson, Modesto, and Stockton, California. He worked as an insurance defense attorney in the Bay Area for the first 10 years of his career. 

submitted Mar. 25, 2017 5:27P
UGRD Leavey Business '87
Clinton, Steve

Steve Clinton '87, J.D. '97 is with the law firm Womble Carlyle. He mentors law student participants in the Entrepreneurs Law Clinic, as well as participates in the "Bronco Network" which connects mentors to Santa Clara student athletes to provide guidance, information, and career counseling. He writes, "It's very rewarding to be able to connect with students and provide perspective and hopefully some helpful suggestions about the path ahead." As the dad of a child with special needs, he's proud to be a board member of Hope Services – the leading provider of services to people with developmental disabilities in the region.

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 1:21P
'87
Califano, Peter

Peter C. Califano J.D. ’87 is the president of the Commercial Law League of America. In 2011, Mr. Califano testified in Congress and has since organized the CLLA’s leading effort for bankruptcy venue reform. He has more than 30 years of experience in representing parties in all aspects of insolvency-related matters, including bankruptcy and state law insolvency proceedings, litigation and related business transactions.

submitted Jan. 12, 2017 11:19A
'87
Becic, Carolyn

Carolyn Becic '87 is president at St. Andrew Nativity School, a tuition-free Jesuit middle school for underserved youth, located in Portland, Oregon. Carolyn began her career as a teacher in East Los Angeles, California, and Miami, Florida. Identifying a passion for working with under served youth, she became the executive director of College & Careers, a Ford Foundation initiative to improve high school and college graduation for minority youth. In 1998, she returned home to Portland and held development director positions at Providence Portland Medical Center, Friends of the Children, and Self Enhancement, Inc. From 2005 to 2012, was the executive director of Oregon Mentors, the state partnership for mentoring programs. In August 2012, Carolyn became the new president of St. Andrew Nativity School, a tuition-free, Jesuit middle school for under served youth. Brings experience in fund development, strategic planning, public relations, marketing and branding.

submitted Sep. 20, 2016 8:20A

1988

'88
Santarosa, Scott

For the contributions he has made to enriching the lives and furthering the prospects of the poor—and for his leadership within the Society of Jesus—Scott Santarosa, S.J., ’88 received the School of Engineering's highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, recognizing alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and University service have set them apart.

During his time as a student at SCU, the seeds for Santarosa's future were planted when he took part in a brief trip to Mexico. There, he witnessed abject poverty but was moved by how the people experienced God's love. After receiving his bachelor's degree in civil engineering, he joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, running an after-school program for low-income families in New Jersey, and soon decided to begin the formation process to become a Jesuit. He spent his fourth year of theology studies in Mexico City.

As a Jesuit, Fr. Santarosa spent five years at Verbum Dei High School in Watts, Los Angeles. When he arrived in 2000, the inner-city school was on the verge of closing. Just six years later, he transformed the school into a well-respected Catholic preparatory school for low-income students, with 100 percent of the graduating students accepted to college. For the next eight years, he lovingly pastored Dolores Mission Church in Los Angeles, a parish dedicated to social justice through serving the poor and the immigrant. In 2014, he took on the role of Provincial of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, and as the Jesuits merge the California and Oregon provinces, he will head the new province, which includes Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and Hawaii.

Santarosa is no stranger to this mag; read about his provinical post in the Summer 2014 edition.

submitted Mar. 22, 2017 8:07A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '88
Riley, Brendan

Brendan Riley '88 is an ATA Certified Translator of Spanish to English specializing in literary translation whose recent publications include The Bible: Living Dialogue (2015), a book of interfaith dialogues by Pope Francis, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, and Dr. Marcelo Figueroa; Caterva (2015) by legendary Argentine novelist Juan Filloy; and The Great Latin American Novel (2016) a book-length survey of the genre by Mexican novelist and scholar Carlos Fuentes. Riley's work has appeared in numerous publications, both in print and online, including The New York Times, The Believer, Numéro Cinq, Drunken Boat, Bookslut, Little Star, The White Review, Your Impossible Voice, SPN Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. Additionally, Brendan has been a full-time high school teacher since 1994. He currently teaches 10th grade humanities, AP English language and composition, and journalism at San Diego Jewish Academy in San Diego, California.

Contact Brendan
https://brendanriley2015.wordpress.com/, https://www.linkedin.com/in/brendanriley?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile
submitted Sep. 12, 2016 5:37P
GRD Law '88
Novak, Mary

Mary J. Novak J.D. '88 began serving in August as Georgetown University Law Center's associate director for Ignatian Formation. Mary is also chair of the board of the Catholic Mobilizing Network to end the use of the death penalty and promote restorative justice.

Contact Mary
https://www.law.georgetown.edu/campus-life/spiritual-life/staff.cfm http://catholicsmobilizing.org
submitted Aug. 21, 2016 11:58A

1989

'89
Wang, Jeffrey

Jeffrey C.P. Wang J.D. ’89 is managing partner, Litigation Practice Group, International Corporate Transaction Group, at WHGC, in Newport Beach, California. Wang’s practice focuses on handling the legal concerns of international and domestic corporations, with a special emphasis on international technology corporations.

Wang started with the tax department of Pricewaterhouse in San Jose, California. He then became a litigation attorney at several reputable, AV-rated litigation law firms in Northern and Southern California. Wang started this firm in 1994 and has since built a substantial client portfolio in Northern and Southern California as well as in the Pacific Rim countries.

He has been a frequent commentator in Chinese language newspapers regarding the legal significance of recent events that have impacted Trans-Pacific international commerce and the Chinese American business community. Wang has also been a frequent speaker in events and seminars sponsored by international government agencies, think tanks, and public accounting firms that are designed for international corporations focused on the political, business, legal, and intellectual property issues related to doing business in America. 

submitted Jan. 15, 2017 10:03A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '89
Valine, Helen (Valine)

Committed to the Jesuit mission as it relates to education, as a higher education professional, Helen Valine '84, '89 M.A. is excited to serve on the board of the Jesuit Graduate Admission Professionals. The purpose of the association is to support admission members of Jesuit colleges and universities, share best practices in enrollment management, and promote professional development. She looks forward to achieving much good and effective work on this board.

Contact Helen
4098589992
submitted Nov. 21, 2016 3:46P
'89
Silva, Eileen

Eileen Silva '89 writes, "Last fall I started a new job as the internal communications manager for U.C. San Diego Health. I have been with UCSD for 12 years." 

submitted Jun. 7, 2016 2:13P
'89
Mai, San
San Mai, S.J., '89, MBA '94 is a Jesuit scholastic completing his second year of regency as a math and science teacher at St. Andrew Nativity School, in Portland, Oregon. 
submitted Sep. 20, 2016 8:41A
'89
Haworth, Gayle

Gayle M. Haworth MBA '89 is the chief business officer for Symphogen A/S, a biotechnology company headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. Previously Gayle was senior VP of Abgenix Inc., the biotechnology firm, now part of Amgen Inc. In her extensive career in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors, Gayle has held senior management roles in sales, marketing, business development and operations.

Gayle lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and their two rescue dogs, Diego and Zoe. Gayle and Phil also actively volunteer in their community to help non-English speaking adults and children improve their language skills and achieve academic success.

submitted Aug. 14, 2016 7:39A
Viewing 126-150 of 511 (page 6 of 21)
first | prev | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | next | last

all notes/obituaries: