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Michael Cannestra MBA ’95 was named vice president of business development at Horizon Technology, an international distributor of storage devices, displays and system parts.
Cannestra has more than 20 years of progressive sales operations and financial experience. He will be responsible for all facets of business development for Horizon Technology including the strategic partnerships, channel development and acquisition of the new business and sales operations. He comes to Horizon Technology from Western Digital as senior director of sales operations for the Hitachi Global Storage Technologies brand. Prior to WD, Cannestra was the senior director of sales operation at Seagate.
Maire O'Keefe Byrne '90 expanded her catering business in the fall of 2009 to open Thyme Café and Market in Santa Monica. Thyme Café specializes in seasonal fresh gourmet foods.
Nicole Bugna-Doyle '95 and E. John Doyle IV '95 welcomed twin boys, Colin and Thomas Doyle on November 19, 2011. The family lives in Los Angeles.
Nicole Bugna-Doyle '95 is a Graham's Foundation NICU Ambassador for UCLA Santa Monica Hospital. The Graham's Foundation empowers parents of premature babies through support, advocacy, and research to improve outcomes for their preemies and themselves. Nicole writes, "Any alumni or friends you know who have had a preemie or micro preemie and would like support or resources, feel free to contact me or go to GrahamsFoundation.org."
Justin Beck '95 and his beautiful bride, Betty, welcomed their first child, Evan, into the world on January 25, 2013. Justin is currently the Director of Training and Development for the Pabst Brewing Company based in Los Angeles.
Justin Beck '95 and his wife Betty welcomed their second child, Brewer, into their family at Thanksgiving in 2014. He joins big brother Evan on the team. Justin is currently the Chief of Staff for the Pabst Brewing Company based in Los Angeles.
Kevin and Devon (Woodfin) Beals '00 welcomed their first child, Zachary Matthew Beals, on December 16, 2008.
David Banmiller ’95 is a managing director at KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., the corporate and investment banking arm of KeyCorp.
Banmiller joined KeyBanc Capital Markets from Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Houston, where he served as director of investment banking and managed client relationships, both US and international, in the upstream, midstream and oilfield services sectors within the energy and power group. Before Bank of America Merrill Lynch, he was a vice president at Bank of America NA in Dallas.
Brian Babka, M.D. ’95 is a sports medicine physician with Northwestern Medicine in the western suburbs of Chicago. He completed a rotation 12/1/14 to 12/16/14 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs acting as a member of the medical staff serving the resident athletes.
Reza Aslan ’95 is speaking at the University Forum Distinguished Lecture Series this spring at Appalachian State University. Aslan’s lecture is titled “Understanding Muslims and the Future of the New Middle East” and addresses a drastic shift taking place in the Middle East.
A new generation of youth in the Middle East are clamoring for their rights and freedoms, and they drastically outnumber their elders. Seventy-five percent of the population of the Middle East is under the age of 35, and 50 percent is under the age of 25. The young, educated, and politically motivated youth in places like Iran, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and beyond have a new vision – one that represents their values, not the values of a ruling elite or of the generation that preceded them.
Aslan is a world-renowned expert on the Middle East, its history, economy, culture and populations. In this eye-opening talk, Aslan goes beyond skin-deep punditry and reveals the true nature of these historic societal changes. What motivates the Muslim youth of today? What will the new Middle East look like? How will these sudden regime changes affect the world’s economic and political climate? With unparalleled authority and eloquence, Aslan unravels the complexities of the new Middle East and shows audiences what the future holds for this often misunderstood part of the world.
Aslan is the author of the international bestseller No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, which has been named by Blackwell Publishers as one of the 100 most important books of the last decade. It’s now available in 13 languages. Aslan appears regularly in the media, on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and The Colbert Report, among other high-profile outlets. He has degrees in religion from Santa Clara University, Harvard and UC Santa Barbara, as well as a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, where he was named the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction.
Reza Aslan '95, professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside and best-selling author, has been named the recipient of the James Joyce Award and an Honorary Fellowship of the Literary & Historical Society, Europe’s largest university society.
The James Joyce Award is given to those who have excelled in a field of human endeavor and have made a profound impact on the world around them. Recipients in recent years have included Salman Rushdie, Alan Rickman, Desmond Tutu and Noam Chomsky.
Aslan is an internationally renowned author and scholar of religions. His books include the New York Times bestseller Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth and international bestseller No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam. His writing has been published in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Washington Post, and he appears frequently on TV and radio shows as a religion and political analyst. He also is the host and executive producer of Ovation’s Rough Draft with Reza Aslan, and CNN’s upcoming documentary series, Believer.
Bridget (Branson) Albert '95 and husband Mark Albert welcomed the birth of their second son, Samson Steam, in May 2009. Samson joins big brother William Hawkeye in their home in Bend, Oregon.
Paul Aggarwal MBA '95 was appointed as vice president of pre-construction services from his former position as vice president of estimating at Cupertino Electric, Inc. Aggarwal will set the strategic direction for the company's pursuit of new projects and oversee all pre-construction activities.
Dr. Marilyn Abplanalp M.S.’95 currently serves as president of the Alliance for Assemblies of God Colleges and Universities. Prior to beginning her post in 2008, Dr. Abplanalp served for 18 years at Bethany University, in Scotts Valley, California, where she was the associate dean for the School of Professional Studies and the director of the master of arts in education. Before her stint at Bethany, Marilyn worked with her husband, Bob, as he pastored churches in Lovelock, Nevada, and Fontana, California. Other ministries for Bob and Marilyn include working as youth pastors and acting with a street drama troupe: Resurrection Theatre. She has been married to Bob since 1971, and they have two married daughters, Alethea and Hillary, who have given them five astonishing grandchildren: Emma, Clara, Jackson, HollyMay and Hope.
Bernard Zanck ’67 writes, "My son, Bernie Zanck ’96, just graduated from University of Chicago with an MBA on March 22, 2013. He was also the Director of Recruitment for the university's MBA program, and during his time as director he spent 3 years in London recruiting for the program."
Brian Zacharias ’96 is a new principal to the Financial and Forensic Consulting Service Group of Hemming Morse, LLP, a national accounting firm. He joins from Burr Pilger Mayer, Inc., where Zacharias was a senior manager.
Randy Winn '96 has been inducted into the Santa Clara University Athletics Hall of Fame. Winn was a two-sport standout at Santa Clara, but made his mark professionally in baseball. As an outfielder he helped guide the Broncos to the 1994 NCAA Tournament with a 40-20 overall record, including a first-place showing in the West Coast Conference. As a senior the following year, he earned All-WCC honors while batting .294 with 30 steals, a mark that still ranks third on the school's single-season list. Before concentrating on baseball, Winn was a two-year member of the Santa Clara basketball team, including the 1992-93 squad which upset No. 2 seed Arizona in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
A native of Danville, California, Winn was selected in the third round of the 1995 MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins and enjoyed a 13-year professional career. He made his major league debut in 1998 with Tampa Bay and earned the team's MVP award in 2002 after batting .298 with 14 home runs, 39 doubles, nine triples and 27 steals. That same season he represented the team in the MLB All-Star game. A switch-hitter, Winn went on to play with Seattle (2003-05), San Francisco (2006-09), the New York Yankees (2010) and St. Louis (2010), hitting .284 with 110 home runs and 662 RBIs in his career. He was inducted into the WCC Hall of Honor in March and works for the San Francisco Giants while serving as an analyst for CSN Bay Area.
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Jacquie Walker '96 writes: "My husband Matt Walker '95 and I live in Dallas, Texas with our two boys, Barrett (5) and Casey (3). I worked for an investment bank in New York as a graduate recruiter before moving to Texas in 2006 and 'retiring.'"
Jacqueline Barnet Walker ’96, Matthew B. Walker ’95 and sons Barrett (7) and Casey (5) embarked on a new adventure in life by moving to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands with Matt's employer Ocwen Mortgage Servicing Inc. Visitors Welcome!
Garrett Wade '96 and his wife Lisa welcomed their first child, Emily Marie Wade, into the world on June 11, 2010.
Garrett Wade '96 and his wife Lisa welcomed their second daughter, Madison Riley Wade, into the world June 4, 2012.
Stephanie (Melia) Tsiagkas '96 and husband Nick welcomed their second daughter, Katherine Anne, on Oct. 12, 2008. The family currently resides in Sunnyvale with 3-year-old daughter Amelia.
Mary Trujillo '96 earned her master's degree in Spanish from the University of Colorado.