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GRD Law '96
Groves, Amanda

Amanda Groves J.D. '96 joins Winston & Strawn LLP in its Charlotte office. A veteran commercial litigator, Groves has been a partner in the firm's San Francisco office and is chair of the firm's Diversity Committee. She has represented consumer-product companies in complex commercial litigation. Besides successfully representing consumer-product companies and national retailers in numerous high-stakes class actions based on state and federal consumer protection laws, Groves is noted for resolving state-wide and national litigation involving financial institutions' loan origination transactions and collection practices.

submitted Apr. 20, 2012 2:58P
UGRD Leavey Business '96
Green, Tyson

Tyson Green ’96, wife Dana, and 2-year-old Cooper Robert welcomed a girl, Remy Marie, on March 4, 2014. The family lives in Los Gatos, Calif.

submitted Jul. 18, 2014 10:24A
UGRD Leavey Business '96
Giovannini, Alicia

Alicia Giovannini ’96 and her husband, Andre Benguerel, welcomed their second son, Enzo Augustus Benguerel, on Dec. 10, 2013. The family lives in San Francisco, where Alicia works as a Realtor.

submitted Jul. 14, 2014 10:55P
UGRD Leavey Business '96
Gallagher, Lauren

Lauren Gallagher '96 and husband Don Reierson welcomed their second child, Fiona Jane Reierson, June 28, 2012. She joins their 2-year-old daughter Adelyn Mae. The family lives in Los Gatos, Calif. Lauren is controller at Humane Society Silicon Valley.

submitted Jul. 13, 2012 12:11P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '96
Ford, Maire

Máire Ford '96 is an assisant professor of psychology at Loyola Marymount University.

submitted Aug. 18, 2010 1:51P
Fogarty, Shana (Fogarty)

Dr. Shana Fogarty '96 writes, "My husband and I just adopted our second son (Carter) in January 2015. We adopted our older son (Matthew) in February 2009. I work as a hospitalist and hospice medical director. We're celebrating our 10th anniversary next week. We've enjoyed the last 11 years in the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, community."

submitted Jul. 28, 2015 2:22P
GRD Leavey/MBA '96
Evans, Allan

Allan Evans MBA '96 has been appointed CEO of Samplify Systems Inc., provider of intellectual property for computing, consumer, and mobile device markets. Evans will lead Samplify to the next level in its corporate evolution by focusing the company, and its next-generation APAX(TM) application acceleration technology, on multibillion dollar markets including high-performance and cloud computing, Big Data, consumer electronics, and mobile devices.

According to Al Wegener, CTO and founder of Samplify Systems, "Allan has been with Samplify since its beginning. He keenly understands Samplify's value proposition and how the company's powerful acceleration technology can solve data bottleneck issues wherever multicore processors are used. We are confident that he will skillfully lead Samplify's growth and business development as the company steps up to address huge market opportunities with its APAX technology."
"For the first time Samplify has a technology in APAX that can address high-volume computing, consumer electronics, and mobile device markets," says Evans. "Through our APAX technology, Samplify will make an impact on how companies can deliver faster, better performing systems whether they are huge data centers, applications running on the cloud, or tablet devices and smart phones."
Evans has a proven track record of building new businesses. Mr. Evans was a founder of Stanford Telecom's Wireless Broadband Products subsidiary (acquired by Newbridge Networks for $340M), where he was responsible for system architecture and product development before leading the marketing activities. At Netro Corporation, Mr. Evans led marketing activities for Netro's second generation broadband fixed wireless platform, leading to a successful IPO at over $1B valuation. Mr. Evans also played a leading role in Netro's acquisition of Project Angel from AT&T Wireless. At Savi Technology (acquired by Lockheed Martin for $400M), Mr. Evans led several strategic RFID initiatives for real-time asset tracking, wireless sensor networks, service-oriented architecture, RFID encryption, and wide-area tracking using GPS, satcom, and cellular. Mr. Evans holds an MSEE from the University of California at San Diego and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
submitted Mar. 18, 2012 8:35P
Czarkowski, Gregory

Greg Czarkowski J.D. '99 and Susan Garci '98, M.A. '02 welcomed their second child, Xavier Francisco Garcia-Czarkowski on March 23, 2007.

submitted Jan. 23, 2009 10:02A
UGRD Leavey Business '96
Cumming, Evangeline (Maynard)

Evangeline "Vangie" Maynard Cumming ’96, MBA ’13 married Stephen Ballard Cumming in a beautiful ceremony in Palos Verdes, Calif. Alumni in attendance included her brothers, Paul Maynard ’89 and Ryan Maynard ’91, and friends Valeri Yee ’96, Christy Duncan-Anderson ’96, Dawn McIntosh M.S. ’10, and Sonya Duffin ’98.

submitted Dec. 7, 2014 2:37P
Cole, Michael

Michael Cole '96 and wife Teresa welcomed daughter Sienna on July 13, 2008. Michael is a pharmaceutical sales representative for Takeda Pharmaceuticals in San Diego.

submitted Mar. 4, 2009 5:52P
UGRD Leavey Business '96
Cole, Michael

Michael Cole '96 and wife Teresa welcomed their son, Cameron, on Nov. 3, 2011. Cameron joins his sister Sienna, age 4. They live in San Diego.

submitted Oct. 3, 2012 9:46P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '96
Clerinx, Wendy
Wendy Clerinx ’96 of Hilo, Hawaii, has been named part of Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s policy team to oversee policy initiatives and legislative issues. Clerinx serves as Policy Director. She worked for Abercrombie for 10 years in Washington, D.C. when he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Clerinx began as his legislative assistant in 2000 and was promoted to Legislative Director, where she worked extensively on many issues, including the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, and legislation advancing the nation’s movement to renewable energy.
submitted Jan. 12, 2011 11:56A
GRD Leavey/MBA '96
Chow, Kenton

Kenton D. Chow '86, MBA '96 has joined, the nation's No. 1 online wine retailer, as Chief Financial Officer. In this newly created position, Chow will oversee the finance functions, business development, mergers and acquisitions and investor relations. Chow brings more than 25 years of experience in high growth public and privately held companies. Prior to joining, he was the Chief Financial Officer at a number of high technology companies in Silicon Valley, including Aurora Networks, Catena Networks and Cobalt Networks. His experience includes leading a successful IPO, mergers and acquisitions, including Sun Microsystems' $2 billion acquisition of Cobalt Networks, and over $350 million raised in multiple equity and debt financings. He also held senior financial management positions at Sun Microsystems, Symantec, Bay Networks and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. (Chow holds a M.B.A. and B.S. in Finance from Santa Clara University. He is a certified public accountant in California and also served on the Advisory Board for the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.

submitted Oct. 21, 2011 2:20P
GRD Leavey/MBA '96
Chow, Kenton

Kenton Chow ’86, MBA ’96 is now the Chief Operating Officer of RetailNext, Inc., the leading big data analytics software company for physical retail stores worldwide. He and his wife of 19 years, Teri, live in Almaden Valley in San Jose with their two daughters, Kendra 17, and Kianna 14.

Contact Kenton
submitted Oct. 20, 2013 3:35P
GRD Leavey/MBA '96
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
GRD Law '96
Chiu, Dennis

Dennis Chiu J.D. ’96, an attorney and community leader in Santa Clara County, is a candidate for the El Camino Hospital District Board. He is running on a reform platform that emphasizes transparency after the purchase of the Los Gatos hospital, a critical grand jury report in 2011, and a LAFCo service review and audit that raised concerns. Read at interview with him at

submitted Oct. 22, 2012 12:48P
GRD Law '96
Chastain, Shauna

Shauna L. Chastain ’91, J.D. ’96 is President of the Solano County Bar Association, and Bay Area Chapter Director of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists.

submitted Sep. 10, 2012 3:09P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '96
Carlson, Marlee (Hubbs)

Coby B. Carlson '96 and Marlee A. (Hubbs) Carlson '96 welcomed a son, Cormac Sullivan, on March 27, 2010. He joins big brother Cian, 8, and big sister Maeve, 5, at the family home in Madison, Wisc.

submitted Sep. 8, 2010 11:38A
Bruno, Mary
Mary Bannan Bruno '96 and Phil Bruno—Berchman Kyle Bruno, born July 28, 2012.
submitted Aug. 22, 2012 4:44A
GRD Law '96
Brown, Shelyna

Shelyna Brown J.D. '96 was appointed as a judge to the South Bay's 79-member bench by California Gov. Jerry Brown.

Shelyna Brown, 41, has been a public defender in San Jose since 1997. Like the governor, she is a Democrat. A graduate of Santa Clara University law school, Brown takes a seat vacated by the retirement of Judge Eugene Hyman. She will be one of four African-American judges on the local bench.

submitted Jan. 2, 2012 10:24A
GRD Leavey/MBA '96
Bhaumik, Sam

Sam Bhaumik MBA '96 joined Square 1 Bank, a diversified financial services company, as an executive vice president and head of Silicon Valley. Bhaumik, who brings more than 25 years of debt financing and investment experience, will be a member of the senior leadership team. Prior to joining Square 1 Bank, he was senior managing director with Hercules Technology Growth Capital. He also spent two years as the New York Stock Exchange's vice president of the western region and was co-founder of the emerging growth division at Imperial Bank (which was later acquired by Comerica). Bhaumik also previously served as a vice president with Silicon Valley Bank's Technology Group.

submitted Nov. 21, 2011 6:17P
Betz, Michael

Mike Betz and Alisa (Harmon) Betz '97 welcomed their second child and future bronco, Henry Michael Betz, February 5, 2009. Hank and older sister Alice look forward to meeting all other future SCU students at their parents' 15 year reunions (if not sooner).

submitted May. 29, 2009 2:43P
Betz, Mike

Mike Betz '96 and Alisa (Harmon) Betz '97 are pleased to announce the birth of their third (and final) future Bronco, Charles Donald Betz on Oct. 14, 2012. Charlie joins his siblings Alice and Henry and has the distinct privilege of being the proud owner of numerous articles of hand-me-down SCU gear! Here's to hoping they all get in to SCU! Third one's free, right?

submitted Jan. 17, 2013 10:18A
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