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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.
A novelette by Taryn Hook J.D. '88, "Van Gogh's Slice," was published in the literary journal Abstract Jam. Hook lives and writes near Honolulu, Hawaii.
Anne Lawlor Goyette J.D. '88 is the principal of Griffiths Goyette Mediation Firm. She serves as a full-time special master and mediator who has been managing and resolving complex litigation and civil disputes in federal and state courts and outside formal litigation for the past 23 years. Her cases involve business, commercial, construction, environmental, insurance, personal injury, professional liability, real property, tort and other matters. Goyette lives and works in Burlingame.
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.
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."
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.
After graduating summa cum laude, Chantal Eldridge J.D. '89 clerked for one year with Judge William Ingram, the chief Judge for the Northern District of California. Since then, she has been a successful trial attorney and managed her own practice for more than 20 years. Since moving to Texas more than a decade ago, she has defended felony and misdemeanor criminal defendants. For the past several years, she has worked extensively with felony and misdemeanor criminal defendants with MH/IDD issues and their families.
Socket Mobile, a leading innovator of data capture and delivery solutions for enhanced productivity, appointmented Nelson C. Chan MBA '89 to its board of directors. Mr. Chan becomes a member of the Company's Compensation Committee and of its Nominating Committee.
Nelson Chan, 55, served as the CEO of Magellan Corporation from 2006 to 2008, a leader in the consumer, survey, GPS and OEM GPS navigation and positioning markets. From 1992 through 2006 he served in various senior management positions with SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash memory cards, the most recent as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Business. From 1983 to 1992 Mr. Chan held marketing and engineering positions at Chips and Technologies, Signetics, and Delco Electronics. Mr. Chan serves as an independent director on several public companies, including Synaptics, a worldwide developer and supplier of custom-designed human interface solutions; Adesto Technologies, a developer of innovative, low-power memory solutions; and Decker Brands, a global leader in designing, marketing and distributing footwear, apparel and accessories. Mr. Chan also serves on the board of directors of several private companies. Within the past five years, Mr. Chan previously served on the boards of Outerwall Inc. – a provider of automated retail solutions, and Affymetrix – which developed, manufactured and sold products and services for genetic analysis to the life science research and clinical healthcare markets.
Mike Prym M.A. '90 was appointed the new director of development at The Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux in Vina, California, on August 1.
Appointed the new Director of Development at the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, Ca on August 1.
Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (CDF), an award-winning California employment, labor and immigration law firm, recognized for protecting California employers for more than 20 years, has promoted Marianne Koepf '90 to Partner. Koepf maintains a decade of experience with the firm, managing class action and single plaintiff litigation.
http://www.cdflaborlaw.com/attorneys/bio/marianne-koepf (415) 981-3233
Meredith McAdam Smith '91 is Development and Marketing Director at JW House in Santa Clara, a home away from home for families with a loved one in the hospital.
A.J. Riebli '91 is the creative studio manager at Telltale Games, an award-winning independent developer and publisher of video games, located in Marin County. In 2014 it was named Most Innovative Company in Gaming by Fast Company. Prior, Riebli had spent 17 years with Pixar, fostering the development and creative output of six Academy Award–winning animated feature films. Riebli resides in Sonoma with his wife and two children.
Ron Pasek MBA '91 is now executive vice president and chief financial officer of NetApp. He brings more than 30 years of experience in financial management. After graduating from SCU, Pasek joined Rolm Corporation, where he worked in accounting and financial planning. In 1990, he began a nearly 20-year career with Sun Microsystems, where he served in roles including vice president, Finance, Global Sales, and Service; and vice president and treasurer. Most recent, he served as CFO of Altera Corporation before the company was acquired by Intel Corporation.
Pamela (Rozolis) Ortega '91 recently celebrated her 20th wedding anniversary with husband Johnny Ortega '88. They live in Orange County with their twins, Sophia and Daniel, who just turned 16 years old. Pam works part-time for an affordable housing builder who helps veterans, people with special needs, and single-families. You can also follow her on her cooking blog at www.busybrunettebakerista.com
Meghan Ackley '91 is among ESL faculty at the International Office of the Univeristy of Texas at Austin. She speaks four languages: French, German, Czech, and English and taught abroad in the Czech Republic for four years. She enjoys teaching listening/speaking, reading, grammar and pronunciation classes, and has been teaching at UT Austin ESL Services since 2005.
Bob Downey '92 is the assistant director of Clinical Laboratory Applications at Sysmex America. He continues his volunteer work running medical clinics in rural southwestern Haiti and serving on the board of the Seattle-King County Disaster Team. He lives in San Diego with his husband, Karl, and their dog, Alvin.
SurveyGizmo, industry leader in online data collection services and survey software, has a new COO: Nicole Craine '92. Nicole brings more than years of operations, start-up, and leadership experience. Her main focuses will be speed, efficiency, and scalability.
Nicole is an active member of both Women in Technology International (WTI) and Women in Wireless.
Renee Balodis-Cox '92 writes that she is a licensed mental health counselor and has been working with the state of Washington's criminal justice training commission for the past several years to provide crisis intervention training to law-enforcement officers. "It is essentially a training that teaches them about the most common mental illnesses, and educates them on appropriate resources in the area to help these people and their families, as well as emphasizing/teaching verbal de-escalation tactics. This is a big issue across the nation and a very needed training. I'm proud of Washington for being on the forefront of this. We have a legislation that just passed requiring all commissioned officers to attend this training, we are the only state in the nation that has done so, so far."
Rock Zierman '93 is CEO of the California Independent Petroleum Association, where he has worked since 2002. Prior to being appointed CEO, Rock served as both the director of Public Affairs for CIPA and the executive director of the California Natural Gas Producers Association, a wholly owned subsidiary organization of CIPA. Rock recommends and implements policy for the Association's 50 member Board of Directors. He serves as chief spokesperson for the Association and coordinates all of its state and national legislative activities.
Prior to joining CIPA, Rock served as chief of staff to Assemblyman Mike Briggs (Fresno). Rock has also served in the offices of assemblymembers Chuck Quackenbush (San Jose), Tom Bordonaro (Paso Robles), and Robert Prenter (Hanford).