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2010

'10
La Londe, Paul

Paul La Londe '10 joined SV Angel as an associate in 2014 and will be attending The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, starting in Summer 2016. 

submitted Mar. 28, 2016 12:34P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '10
Duchesne, Michelle (Donecho)

Michelle (Donecho) Duchesne '05, M.A. '10 and Chris Duchesne '06 welcomed their first child, Elizabeth "Betsy" Lee Duchesne on March 23, 2016.

submitted Jul. 5, 2016 12:35P
'10
Borgen, Andrea

Andrea Borgen '10 was named a 2016 Young Gun by Eater magazine for being a young talent and trailblazer in the food and restaurant industry. Barcito is a 100-seat Argentinian-style, small-plates restaurant in downtown Los Angeles with a no-tipping policy.

Borgen opened Barcito last year as a homage to her Argentinian heritage — her mother was born in the South American country and she visits both of her grandparents there regularly. "We're not trying to recreate traditional Argentine cuisine," she says, adding that a more authentically minded establishment would grill a short rib rather than braise it like her kitchen does. But, as Borgen says, "what always appealed to me about bars and cafes in Buenos Aires is the cultural meaning that they have. Those classic corner bars are pillars of their communities." That's what Barcito is all about.

Part of being a community pillar, of course, is being a responsible employer. Dishwashers at Barcito make at least $11 an hour while cooks make at least $14. All her employees also receive health care, even though the size of her staff (currently 12) means she isn't required to by law. Borgen says she's able to do this due to her no-tipping policy, and if you want to understand why this is such a big deal, you need to know a little bit about labor law in California.

The state minimum wage is rising to $15 per hour by 2022 —€” and at an even faster pace in LA. Making that burden more challenging is the fact that, unlike in most states, California doesn't have a separate, lower wage for service employees, which means owners must pay waiters the full minimum, even if they earn tips. Obviously that's super expensive for owners, who have to pay more money to more people (duh), but what's less obvious is that it exacerbates the income disparity between waiters, who often do well for themselves because they can collect tips, and cooks, who often earn less because they cannot.

So to combat that disparity, more restaurateurs in Los Angeles are levying "mandatory tips" in the form of service or admin charges, which can be distributed throughout the house as the restaurant sees fit. On top of those charges, Los Angeles and San Francisco restaurants sometimes issue separate surcharges to offset the cost of providing health care, as well as additional lines on the check for optional, additional gratuity. This all means that the price on the menu is often much lower than what the diner ends up paying, and Borgen doesn't think it's a fair deal for consumers.

"It feels ludicrous," Borgen says of the health care charge. So she's taken a more challenging course of action: She's raised wages throughout her restaurant by baking the full cost of doing business — including health care and service — into the price of her a la carte items, so that whatever the diner sees on the menu is what the diner pays. Tipping is not accepted. This Danny Meyer-style "hospitality included" policy is increasingly normal in New York, where supplementary fees are illegal, but in California, it's quite rare, because it lets restaurants keep their prices artificially low.

"At the core, what's most important to me is the idea that a restaurant is a pillar of the community."

 
submitted Jul. 11, 2016 2:14P

2011

'11
Zelletti, Nicole
Nicole Zellitti '06, J.D. '11 works in business development and marketing for the venture capital group at Cooley LLP. Prior to this role, she worked in business development at Orrick in San Francisco.
submitted Mar. 28, 2016 8:20A
'11
Yao, Amy

A self-described “renegade” whose heroes include Margaret Thatcher and the underdogs described in Malcom Gladwell’s David and Goliath, Amy Yao MBA '11 is a data science supply chain strategist for Seagate Technology. This role is partly due to the challenging courses and inspiring faculty at the Leavey School of Business. She says her coursework, including one exploring neuroscience and sales and one called “Spirits of the New Workplace,” continues to open doors to new fields. “Learning regression analysis in John Heineke’s class has paved the way to my involvement in data science today,” she notes.

As supply chain strategist at Seagate, she is deploying big data methods to ensure the hard drive leader is the first to utilize advance planning systems, and was recently a speaker for the Gartner Supply Chain Forum.

 

She also sees the supply chain management function becoming central to profitability, especially in the global technology capital of the world.  “Supply chain management is so much more than the traditional notion of warehousing and physical distribution. It’s an exciting discipline that has matured over the last few decades, and is about to be even more complex and interesting with the emergence of IoT (“Internet of Things”) and data science application for operations.”

Yao thinks SCU is perfectly positioned to create an emerging generation of supply chain managers, offering the only graduate degree in the discipline in northern California. “Silicon Valley is teeming with companies that are competing in the high tech industry, which has characteristically fast product life cycle and thrives on innovation. Supply chain management is a great skillset to have to be an operational caretaker as well as a growth partner,” she says.

submitted Mar. 21, 2016 9:11A
'11
Wylie, Clare

In February, Clare Wylie '11 participated in a STEM panel at the School of Engineering's "Imagining the Future State of STEM" conference. Clare currently works at Lyra Health, a digital health company in the Bay Area, as Service Operations Manager. Lyra Health’s mission is to transform mental health care through technology with a human touch — to get more patients the care they need when they need it. She works for a fellow Santa Clara graduate, Steve Blake '86

submitted Feb. 29, 2016 10:48A
'11
Wirth, Megan

Megan Wirth '11 writes, "I cannot believe it's been five years. Just yesterday, we were 'running' the streets of Bellomy and roaming the beautiful Santa Clara campus. Today, I am inspired by all of the people I was lucky to graduate with. Through social media, I feel a continued closeness with my classmates and a sense of pride as I follow their accomplishments day by day and year after year. Cannot wait to see all of my fellow Broncos again in the near future!"

Contact Megan
Faceboo.com/megwirthyy
submitted Feb. 26, 2016 5:38P
'11
Sloan, Jessica
Jessica Jackson Sloan J.D. '11 is the vice mayor of Mill Valley. In addition to her duties on the City Council, Jessica serves as Mill Valley’s representative to the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Joint Services JPA Oversight Committee, the Community Development Block Grant, and the MCCMC Legislative Committee. She is a human rights attorney who began her career representing California death row inmates in their appeals. She is now the National Director of #cut50, a national bipartisan initiative to end mass incarceration, which she co-founded with Van Jones in 2014.  Jessica currently sits on The Committee for a Fair Judiciary, serves as a Board member of the American Constitution Society Bay Area Chapter, and represents Congressman Jared Huffman on the Democratic Central Committee of Marin. 
submitted May. 12, 2016 6:49P
'11
Reyes, Daniel

Daniel A. Reyes '11 has published his first novel, The Essences, the first of a trilogy series. The Essences is a riveting story that follows the lowly angel Uriel as he gradually finds himself wedged in the early stages of a rebellion in Heaven. Tasked with a special duty from God, himself, he embarks on a journey of special importance all while trying to avoid the dark prophecy from being fulfilled. All while, Satan, God's most beautiful Archangel, embarks on a journey of his own, wishing to kickstart the dark angelic prophecy by stealing the archangels' weapons, the essences, including his own, the trident of persuasion. Now available on Amazon.com/1514491877Daniel resides in Morgan Hill, CA.

submitted Jun. 1, 2016 9:07A
GRD Leavey/MBA '11
Oseguera, Liz (Courter)

Liz (Courter) Oseguera '06, MBA '11 recently married the love of her life (whom she met at SCU while working there), Michael Oseguera, on Sept. 10, 2015, in San Diego, California, with three of her best SCU friends by her side: Kate (Goethals) Barbero '06, Micaela Esquivel '06, and Dan Erwin '06After working in the SCU Athletic Department for 5.5 years while getting her MBA at SCU, she left to pursue a marketing position at Marketo. She recently moved to San Diego with her husband from the North Bay and now works remotely for Marketo. 

Contact Liz
6029998022
submitted Feb. 2, 2016 3:33P
'11
Girdner, Robert

Robert "Bert" Girdner '11 and his wife, Cicily, proudly welcomed a baby girl, Abigail Grace Girdner, on Feb. 8, 2016. The Girdner Family hopes Abby will be a fourth-generation Bronco, following in the footsteps of her father, her grandfather (Gregory Girdner '83), and her great-grandmother (June Girdner, who attended from '57-'59 as a nursing student). Godparents are Gregory Semenza '11 and Sara Jones M.A. '16.

submitted Feb. 29, 2016 1:44P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '11
Gagnon, Jessica

Jessica Gagnon M.A. '11 just completed her PhD in education at the University of Sussex. Her doctoral thesis was titled: "Born to fight: The university experiences of the daughters of single mothers who are first-generation students in the United Kingdom." She earned an uncommon unconditional pass/no corrections following her viva voca/defense. Her research was recently featured in The Times Higher.

Contact Jessica
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessgagnon
submitted Apr. 25, 2016 9:29A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '11
Fitts, Diana

Diana Fitts '11 has published two books,  Your Focus Formula and What Next? She has launched a business helping others achieve their goals and live with no limits at dianafitts.com.

Contact Diana
Website: dianafitts.com Facebook: facebook.com/DianaAFitts Twitter: twitter.com/nolimits_diana
submitted Feb. 15, 2016 11:22A
UGRD Leavey Business '11
De Leener, Adrien

Adrien De Leener '11 signed a pro contract with WRT Audi for the Blancpain Endurance Series (european endurance racing). He completed his MBA at Pepperdine University's Graziadio Business School this past April.

submitted Mar. 7, 2016 3:27P

2012

'12
Wagner, Kurt
Kurt Wagner ’12 has been writing almost daily for the past four years. "It's somewhat funny to think that, despite all I've learned in the four years since graduating from SCU, my most memorable story was one I wrote as a Santa Clara junior in my Journalism Capstone (COMM 196) class with Senior Lecturer Barbara Kelley. The story was called "Dreamers" and documented a little-known scholarship program that Santa Clara's Jesuits offer to undocumented immigrants looking for a college education. The story was tough to report—not many people talked openly about the scholarships—but it was incredibly rewarding.
"Looking back now, I think what makes the story so special to me is that I was writing about something that truly mattered to people. Students who were part of the program trusted me with their personal stories. It was a chance to talk openly about something that few people even knew existed."
Wagner served two years as the editor-in-chief of The Santa Clara. He is now a senior editor at the business and tech publication Recode, where he covers social media, including companies like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and LinkedIn.
 
 
submitted Mar. 28, 2016 11:58A
UGRD Engineering '12
Sizemore, Michael
Michael Sizemore '12, M.S. '14 is a business analyst for Sunrun, a San Francisco–based residential solar electricity provider. He was introduced to solar energy in his first year at SCU through the 2009 Solar Decathlon House. Mike and his team worked on the 800-square-foot solar-powered Refract House (located between Malley Fitness Center and Campus Safety), which went on to win third place in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2009 Solar Decathlon. Recently Mike worked in Pune, India, to design an off-grid solar panel refrigeration system for low-income local farmers through Villgro Innovations Foundation.
 
Creative solutions (like the off-grid refrigeration system Mike and his team designed) are needed to succeed in the renewable energy industry. For the future of renewable energy, Mike envisions a “free and distributed system where everyone can choose the best way to support themselves and more specifically, being able to produce the type of energy you want to produce where you want to produce it.”
submitted Feb. 19, 2016 12:00P
'12
Dawson, Abram
Abram Dawson ’12 (economics major and international business minor) was listed on Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 list for venture capital in 2016. Dawson was building mobile apps as an aspiring entrepreneur when he met SV Angel and they asked him to join on as an intern in 2012. By the following year, he was investing full time. He's sourced Product Hunt, Taptalk, Clearbit, Outlier, LaunchKit and Readme, while also working with Vidme and Mindie.
 
submitted May. 2, 2016 9:44A

2013

UGRD Leavey Business '13
Schneeman, Jack (Schneeman)

Morgan Stinson '13 and Jack Schneeman '13 were married on April 23, 2016, at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Jack and Morgan first met while at SCU but later found out they grew up down the street from each other in the Twin Cities. Morgan is currently in Physician Assistant graduate school at St. Catherine University and Jack works in private equity in Minneapolis but will be getting deployed to Egypt this summer with the Minnesota National Guard. Wishing all you Broncos the best and greetings from the North!

Contact Jack
6514347785
submitted May. 3, 2016 2:54P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '13
Ronen, Joshua

Joshua Ronen '13 is currently completing his studies at the Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) in pursuit of the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. He is in his third year clinical clerkships in Los Angeles, CA. During his time at RUSM he has served as the president of the Student Government Association, representing a student body of 1,500 at the school's island campus in the Commonwealth of Dominica.

Contact Joshua
www.linkedin.com/in/joshuaronen2
submitted May. 12, 2016 3:29P
'13
Rogers, Shane

Shane Rogers '13 and Brian Holm ’00 are founders of Hive Design, which offers consultation and design services to other companies. Hive has also created and launched three of its own products: Eligo—a “smart hydration” unit offering athletes hands-free selection of water and/or electrolytes from a single reservoir; RPM Speed Rope—sophisticated mechanics paired with cool design that does for jump ropes what Nike did for sneakers; and their latest brainchild, Edwin—"a modern minimal wallet inspired by the binder clip." Edwin was designed with the help of Bryan Herrera '14.

Rogers and Holm previously spent years working together at a medical device company where they gathered lots of experience designing products. Holm also managed the fabrication shop and designed the mechanical aspects of exhibits for San Jose's Tech Museum, tested the viability of fuel cell vehicles in Germany, and before graduating from SCU, led the team that pioneered the School of Engineering's Roverwerx Rover program.

"When we were doing our undergraduate work, we weren’t really thinking about being entrepreneurs, but that’s changing," said Rogers. "I applaud SCU for their forward thinking. SCU is doing a great job of getting students motivated to think about design and how to come up with an idea, and then giving them the tools to follow through." Rogers teaches an entrepreneurship course as an adjunct professor for the School of Engineering and shares his experience with other universities in the KEEN network of engineering educators.
 
For his part, Herrera is grateful for both his experience at SCU and the opportunity to work at Hive. "Everything I have now is due to SCU. My parents never went to college; I had zero engineering background. I discovered it on my own by playing with Legos; I liked building things. SCU gave me the foundation for a really great achievement. I never thought I’d be launching a new product a year and a half after graduation! I’m blessed with these opportunities."
 
submitted Feb. 28, 2016 9:28A
'13
Dewey, Amanda

Amanda Dewey '13 and Kristian Borofka '14 were married on June 18, 2016, in Santa Clara, CA. They were married by Dr. Laura Ellingson, professor of communication and women's and gender studies. The bridal party included Allison Kamiya '13 and Sarah McClammy '14. Ushers included Devin Wakefield '13 and Kelsey Ford '14. Ceremony music was performed by Christopher Wemp '13 and Claire Kunkle '14.

submitted Jul. 5, 2016 1:18P
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