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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.
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.
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.
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.
Máire Ford '96 is an assisant professor of psychology at Loyola Marymount University.
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."
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.
Greg Czarkowski J.D. '99 and Susan Garci '98, M.A. '02 welcomed their second child, Xavier Francisco Garcia-Czarkowski on March 23, 2007.
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.
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.
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.
Kenton D. Chow '86, MBA '96 has joined Wine.com, 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 Wine.com, 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.
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.
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).
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 losaltos.patch.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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?