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Jeff Nishita MBA ’00 has joined Novogradac & Company LLP, a San Francisco-based accounting and consulting firm that specializes in affordable housing, community development, historic preservation and renewable energy tax credits. Nishita performs numerous services in the real estate industry, including audit and tax services, consulting, forecasting and training. He works with for-profit and nonprofit developers, syndicators and direct investors.
Mr. Nishita speaks at various affordable housing conferences throughout the year and is in charge of maintaining the firm’s Financial Forecast Model. He is also the founder of the firm’s community service program and one of the founders of the firm’s LIHTC Working Group, a membership organization that addresses technical issues in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program.
Before joining Novogradac & Company LLP, Mr. Nishita worked with several start-up companies and small businesses in executive positions.
Marcel Nienhuis '00 and wife, Bethany, welcomed a baby girl, Nya, on April 29, 2011.
Matt Nichols '00 and Catherine welcomed a baby girl, Camille, on January 28, 2010.
Emily Nelson '00 and Paul Nelson '01 announce the birth of their first child, Jared Damian Kijoon Nelson, on June 1, 2010.
Emily (Hong) Nelson ’00 and Paul Nelson ’01 welcomed their second son, Derek Cameron Kisung Nelson, on July 6, 2012. Derek joins big brother Jared and is the first in the family to be born outside of the Bay Area. The family moved to Austin, Texas in April 2012.
Jaime Neilson '00 is a licensed structural engineer working for Thornton Tomasetti in Oakland, Calif. He and his wife welcomed twins in September 2010 and reside in Fremont, CA.
Rebecca Morrow '00, an associate in the highly regarded Seattle boutique law firm of Skellenger Bender, recently received her LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Washington. This term she is serving as an adjunct professor in the UW's Master of Professional Accounting Taxation Program where she teaches estate tax, gift tax, and income taxation of trusts and estates. A 2003 graduate of the Yale Law School, Rebecca is a member of the Family Law Practice Group at Skellenger Bender and a former Columbia Legal Services Public Interest Fellow.
Rebecca Morrow '00, a senior associate at the Seattle law firm of Skellenger Bender, recently received her LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Washington. In addition to her law practice, Rebecca currently is serving as an adjunct professor in the UW's Master of Professional Accounting Taxation Program, where she teaches estate tax, gift tax, and income taxation of trusts and estates. A 2003 graduate of the Yale Law School, the Washington native is a member of the Family law Practice Group at Skellenger Bender and a former Columbia Legal Services Public Interest Fellow.
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Katie (Charles) Middlebrook '00 and husband Derek welcomed baby girl Ashley Elaine on Feb. 1 in Seattle.
Nilofer Merchant MBA '00 has been appointed to the Martin Prosperit Institute (MPI), which is a research center at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. A leading thinker in innovation, business ethics, management, and public policy, Merchant will look at society's emerging power infrastructure for the Infrastructure for Democratic Capitalism project. She teaches innovation at Stanford and Santa Clara Universities. During a 20-year career, she has personally launched 100 products amounting to $18B in revenue. Her career includes stints at Apple, Autodesk, GoLive/Adobe as well as service on both public and private boards. She is the author two best-selling books: The New How (2010); and 11 Rules for Creating Value in the #SocialEra (2012). She won the 2013 Thinkers 50 Future Thinker Award. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, written innovation columns for Businessweek and Forbes and is a contributor to Harvard Business Review, Wired, and Oprah.
Sebastian Mejias '00 and Iris (Ayala) Mejias '01 welcomed their second child, Camila, on May 23, 2009. Older brother, Sebastian Nicolas, is now 3 1/2 years old and is thrilled to have a baby sister. The family lives in Milpitas, Calif.
Magda Marcu '00 is the a cofounder of Sailo, a peer to peer boat rental platform.
Katie (Cvitovich) Mallory '00 joyfully married James Mallory on June 26, 2010 outside on an unusually sunny and warm day in Seattle. In her bridal party included the lovely SCU alumni Courtney Sheils '00, Jennifer Albertini '00, and Susan Ewens '00. Katie also received a masters in science for International Care and Community Development at Northwest University the previous month in 2010. Katie writes that "it has been a busy and blessed year."
David Mahoney '99 and Mary Santarosa Mahoney '00 welcomed twin girls on November 29, 2009. Caitlin Elizabeth weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces and Claire Elayne weighed 5 pounds. Both were 18 inches long. The family resides in San Jose.
Tyler Luiten '00 received a Ph.D. in German in August 2011 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently a visiting assistant professor at Marquette University.
Jennifer Lewis J.D. '00 is a partner with Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP of Oakland. She represents clients in various aspects of real property transactions and business matters, including lease acquisition and disposition of commercial property, corporate formation, financing, and compliance.
Kristen Lewis '00 married Brian Howards on May 10, 2014, in San Francisco.
Crystal Lequang-Gonzales ’00 is celebrating the 10th anniversary of her company, Amazae Events Inc. The company has recently relocated to Willow Glen with an expanded team, where Gonzales continues to provide exceptional event planning and design services for corporate functions, social gatherings, and wedding celebrations.
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Music by Linus Lau '00 was recently heard in the trailer to the film "Howl," starring James Franco. A member of The Society of Composers and Lyricists, Linus is also enjoying his fourth year teaching in the Department of Film, Theater and Dance at Long Beach City College.
Linus Lau ’00 has been Chair for the Music Video, Film and Television Program at Musicians Institute since December of 2012, in addition to adjunct lecturer of Film Studies at Long Beach City College. He is also the composer of the upcoming feature "Bread and Butter," starring Bobby Moynihan of Saturday Night Live.
Joseph Larrenaga '00 was married at the Mission to Rachel Ragni on Dec. 5, 2009.
Zach Koontz '00 and Shannon Koontz (Slegel) '00 welcomed their first child, daughter Khloe Nichole, on July 27, 2010