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GRD Law '97
Frank, Clare

Clare Frank J.D. ’97 is the assistant deputy director, cooperative fire, training and safety program for CAL FIRE, the largest fire department in California and the second largest fire department in the United States. Chief Frank, of San Jose, has over 23 years of fire service experience. Prior to this appointment, Frank was the deputy chief of the civil cost recovery program, which recouped nearly $26 million in the past 24 months from parties who negligently caused fires. Chief Frank began her career as a seasonal fire fighter in the San Mateo-Santa Cruz (CZU) Unit in 1982. She has held a variety of field and management positions in the department, working in training, fire prevention, administration, and operations. She also served as the Fire Chief for the city of Milpitas, a progressive, all-risk fire department in the San Francisco Bay Area. Chief Frank is also an accomplished attorney who has practiced as a labor- employment lawyer, a California Deputy Attorney General, and a federal staff attorney for the U.S. District Court. 

submitted Jan. 19, 2011 1:01P
Fitzpatrick, Thomas

Thomas F. Fitzpatrick J.D. '97 is partner and co-chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Silicon Valley office. He recently was a speaker at The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, entitled: “Best Trends and Practices in Avoiding Trade Secrets and Third Parties Litigation.”

Mr. Fitzpatrick focuses his practice on all aspects of intellectual property, including litigating patent, trade secret, trademark, technology licensing and other related disputes. He has represented both patent owners and patent defendants in federal courts throughout the country, including in the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California, the Eastern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Virginia, the District of Delaware, the Northern District of Georgia and the District of Arizona. Most recent, Mr. Fitzpatrick has successfully represented internationally based and publicly traded companies in the computer database, telecommunications, semiconductor, Internet and power supply industries.

At SCU, Fitzpatrick received the American Jurisprudence Award in Patent Law and was the research editor for the Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal.

submitted Apr. 23, 2015 8:58A
Faust, Blye (Pagon)

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Blye (Pagon) Faust '97 with her husband, Aaron Faust, welcomed Benjamin Pagon Faust on October 20, 2011. They recently moved back to the Bay Area (Belvedere) after a five-year stint in Santa Barbara.

submitted Mar. 8, 2012 10:48A
Dutra, Jimmy

Jimmy Dutra '97 will join a crowded race for the 4th District County Supervisor seat in Santa Clara County.

While at Santa Clara University, Dutra was chosen among thousands of applicants to be a White House intern for President Bill Clinton. While at the White House Dutra worked in the Office of Presidential Personnel, as well as in First Lady Hillary Clinton's office.  

Dutra has worked on some high-profile campaigns, including a California Gubernatorial campaign and former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro's NY Senate race.  

More recently, Dutra has been working for the family business, Dutra Farms, and operating Jimmy's Pumpkins on East Lake Avenue each fall. He is 38.

The election is in June.

submitted Sep. 19, 2013 11:02A
GRD Law '97
Dumont, Kristen

Kristen Garcia Dumont J.D. ’97 has joined Goodwin Procter’s Litigation Department in its Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices as a member of Goodwin’s Labor & Employment and Technology Companies Practices. She will focus on defense work for technology companies related to a wide range of employment disputes, including employee mobility lawsuits, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination ,and whistleblower complaints. Dumont joins Goodwin from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s San Francisco office, where she was a partner.

Dumont has substantial experience in labor and employment litigation matters for technology-related companies. She was successful in obtaining a dismissal with prejudice of a statewide overtime and commission forfeiture class action for a Fortune 100 client, as well as achieving a complete defense verdict in a fraud and breach of contract case brought against several venture capital firms. She also represented a client in a closely watched statewide class action that is expected to help define the scope and applicability of the learned and professional exemptions in the computer and software engineering fields.
In addition to her litigation background, Dumont has extensive experience in counseling clients on all facets of employment relationships, including social media policies, privacy issues and protection of trade secrets.
“Kristen has developed a strong reputation for her work in technology-related labor and employment litigation,” said Mark E. Tully, partner and chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. “We’re delighted that she has chosen to join Goodwin’s growing litigation practice group in California.”
“We are very excited to welcome Kristen to Goodwin’s Silicon Valley office,” added Kevin Dennis, partner and chair of the firm’s Silicon Valley office. “Her experience counseling companies in various employment disputes and class actions related to unpaid wages and unfair business practices will add to our ability to support technology and other clients in this important area.”
Dumont received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Dumont is also a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Santa Clara County Bar Association.
submitted Mar. 30, 2012 12:55P
UGRD Leavey Business '97
Donaldson, Christopher

Christopher Donaldson '97 and his wife Tressa are delighted to announce the birth of their son, James Alexander Donaldson, on September 10, 2009. The family resides in Laguna Niguel, Calif. Christopher serves as the Corporate Revenue Manager at Quest Software in Aliso Viejo.

submitted Sep. 23, 2009 10:13A
UGRD Leavey Business '97
Donaldson, Christopher

Christopher Donaldson ’97 and wife Tressa are overjoyed to announce the birth of their second son, Andrew Friedrich, on July 12, 2013. Chris, Tressa, baby Andrew, and older son James all reside in Laguna Niguel, CA.

Contact Christopher
submitted Sep. 4, 2013 3:58A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '97
Dicochea, Perlita

Dr. Perlita R. Dicochea '97's manuscript, "Between Borderlands and Bioregionalism: Life-Place Lessons Along a Polluted River," will be published in the upcoming Spring 2010 issue of the Journal of Borderlands Studies, 25/1. In this piece, Dr. Dicochea explores the relationships between bioregionalism and borderland life-ways in the narratives of Mexican and Mexican American residents living along the toxic binational New River, which crosses the Mexicali and Imperial Valley dessert regions of Southern and Baja California. JBS is the journal of the international Association for Borderland Studies (ABS). More than 120 libraries subscribe to JBS across the world in 18 different countries. Dr. Dicochea is an Assistant Professor in Ethnic Studies at SCU. Her research areas include environmental racism and environmental justice policy. She graduated from SCU with a major in Communication and minors in Ethnic Studies and Women & Gender Studies in 1997. She earned her MA in Communication/Rhetoric at Arizona State University in 1999 and her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at U.C. Berkeley in 2006.

Contact Perlita
submitted Apr. 26, 2010 2:08P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '97
Dicochea, Perlita

Perlita R. Dicochea ’97 writes that she “has a new article published in the Journal of Environmental Justice about the Cal/EPA’s Pilot Project for the New River. It is significant to her personally because some folks tried to discourage her from doing this work. Dr. Dicochea continued on the path inspired by God knowing that she has a unique perspective to share. You can read it at”

Contact Perlita,
submitted Feb. 29, 2012 10:24A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '97
Dicochea, Perlita
Perlita R. Dicochea ’97 writes that she "is delighted to have her most recent manuscript, 'Discourses of Race and Racism within Environmental Justice Studies: An Eco-racial Intervention,' published via open access with Ethnicity and Race in a Changing World: A Review Journal at This piece was created specifically for courses that address relationships between race, racism, environmental issues, and justice."
submitted Mar. 7, 2013 7:40A
Dahl, Russell

Russell Dahl ’97 is an associate professor of medicinal chemistry in the Departments of Neuroscience and Pharmaceutical Science at The Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University, in North Chicago. Dr. Dahl is the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and an inventor on over 20 patents in small molecule therapeutics. He also directs the Laboratory for Molecular Design and Drug Discovery.

submitted Apr. 8, 2013 3:09P
UGRD Leavey Business '97
Daftary, Vijay

Vijay (Jay) Daftary ’97 and his wife Tara welcomed a baby boy, Neal, on Feb. 8, 2013. The family lives in Reno, Nev.

submitted Feb. 26, 2014 1:19P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '97
Crow, Michael

Michael Crow '97 and wife Katherine Smith welcomed a baby boy, Peter Lewis Crow, on September27, 2011. The family lives in Tacoma, WA.

submitted Oct. 19, 2011 8:48A
GRD Law '97
Corvi, Michele

Michele Corvi J.D. '97 was named to the Northern California Super Lawyers 2010 Edition -- Rising Stars, which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the region. Corvi focuses on domestic violence, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, valuation of property and division of assets as Co-leader of the family law team at McManis Faulkner.

submitted Jul. 26, 2010 2:58P
UGRD Leavey Business '97
Conca, Joanne (Barbara)

Joanne Conca ’97 just moved back to Santa Clara County with her husband and two children after living in Colorado for 8 years. Both she and her husband are involved in their real estate investment business.

Contact Joanne
submitted Aug. 9, 2013 7:57A
UGRD Leavey Business '97
Cleveland, Jeff

Jeff Cleveland '97 has joined the growing investment banking team of D.A. Davidson & Co as managing director in its Consumer and Retail sector. Cleveland works out of the Seattle office, where he leads the firm’s food, beverage and agriculture practice, in addition to his responsibilities in the broader consumer industry.

Cleveland has more than a decade of leadership experience in the food and beverage and consumer investment banking market, previously as a founding member of Harris Williams & Co.’s Minneapolis office along with its global food and beverage and consumer investment banking practices. Recently, Cleveland established the food, beverage, and agriculture practice for a Seattle, WA boutique investment bank. Cleveland earlier worked in Piper Jaffray & Co.’s investment banking group.

submitted Mar. 15, 2016 4:37P
GRD Law '97
Burnside, Leigh

Leigh Burnside J.D. ’97, an attorney with Dowling Aaron Inc. of Fresno, received an “AV Preeminent” rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, which evaluates lawyers in the United States and Canada based on the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and judiciary. The rating is the highest possible professional rating designated by peers.

Burnside is chairman of the firm’s trust and estate litigation practice group.

submitted Jun. 17, 2012 10:25A
GRD Leavey/MBA '97
Burns, Ron

Ron Burns MBA '97 was appointed to the position of vice president of sales at EVE, a hardware/software co-verification solution company.  Previously, Burns was vice president of marketing at Axis, sales and vice president of marketing at InTime Software and worldwide sales vice president at Forte Design systems.

submitted Feb. 10, 2010 1:15P
GRD Law '97
Boyd, Robert (Boyd)

Rob Boyd '86, J.D. '97 has worked at SCU since 1988 and, as a hobby, plays the bagpipes. He recently performed for the president of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.

Contact Robert
submitted Jun. 7, 2016 1:48P
GRD Leavey/MBA '97
Bowers, Kristi

Kristi M. Bowers ’90, MBA ’97 has joined SCU’s Board of Trustees. Bowers is marketing director for King Mountain Vineyards, a family business that is a French-style, sustainably farmed vineyard in Woodside, Calif. She is a director for The BASIC Fund, which has awarded $55 million in scholarships to more than 17,000 children over the past 14 years. A devoted SCU alumna who is highly involved in University events, since 1999 Bowers has served as an advisory board member for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, which was created by her parents, Linda and A.C. "Mike" Markkula, a founder and former CEO of Apple. She is also director of the family's philanthropic arm, the Markkula Foundation.

submitted Jun. 18, 2012 8:55P
Blanar, David

David Blanar '97 writes, "Hallo from England! I recently wrapped up an MA in Systematic Theology & Philosophy from the University of Nottingham—yep, you read that right. Really enjoyable work, it brought back lots of memories and made me all the more grateful for Fr. Tollini's lectures. Much love from overseas!"

submitted Feb. 18, 2014 2:15P
Blake, Colleen

Colleen Blake ’97 was named one of Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “100 Women of Influence.” As sr. director, Global People Operations, Brocade Communications Systems Inc., Blake is a key partner in driving the company’s involvement in community initiatives for young girls and women, and is responsible for the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy, including the expansion of Brocade’s Women In Networking (WIN) initiative across the globe. Blake was named to the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2012 "40 Under 40" list, and she is active in youth and women's organizations.


submitted May. 6, 2013 9:00P
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