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Xiomara Vielman '02 and Jason Saldana '01 married May 18, 2012, in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Friends who joined them were Mary Rodriguez Stavn '02, Sylvia Anguiano '02, Gloria Yu '02, and Sam Ritchey '01. The couple lives in Sunnyvale, Calif.
After working as a community organizer for five years, Alicia Ross '02 is now the executive director of Sacramento Area Congregations Together, a faith-based nonprofit community organization that is part of the PICO National Network. Alicia also completed her masters of liberal arts in creation spirituality from Naropa University in 2006.
Kerrie Romanow MBA ’02 was named as San Jose's director of the environmental services department, which she has led for the past year as it oversees services for wastewater, drinking water, trash and recycling collection.
Romanow began her career in San Jose in 2006 as assistant director of environmental services, the second-highest position in the department. Before that she worked for Sunnyvale-based consulting firm Environmental and Occupational Risk Management Inc., Filtronic Solid State in Santa Clara and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
Kerrie Romanow MBA '02 earned a place on the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2015 Women of Influence annual list. This list comprises “100 women rocking Silicon Valley business” who have made a big impact across all professions. As the director of the San Jose's Environmental Services Department, Romanow is responsible for San Jose’s 2012 plastic bag ban. The Bring Your Own Bag ordinance won a Helen Putnam Award for Excellence from the League of California Cities in 2014. Since she took over the department in 2011, Romanow streamlined garbage and recycling services, partnered with the Santa Clara Valley Water District to provide clean water, partnered with Zero Waste Energy Development Company to build a composting facility, and enacted a polystyrene (foam) ban. Romanow’s programs have won statewide and national honors.
Kimberly Rodriguez J.D. ’02 writes: “My husband and I recently started a small business renting margarita machines. If you are an SCU alumni living or working in the greater Sacramento area and interested in renting our margarita machines for your personal or corporate events, please contact me.”
(916) 612-8830 http://www.margaritamanrents.com/
Maria Quintero J.D. ’02 is now a senior attorney at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in San Francisco, handling civil litigation defense and appellate matters.
Maren (Hawkins) Pellant '02 and husband Butch Pellant welcomed daughter, Sawyer Jane, on february 18th, 2010. Sawyer joins big brother Beckham 4, and big sister, Tylie,3.
Ken Shadman Ota '02 completed his Family Medicine Residency in June. Ken is initiating his unique Transitional Care Medicine Program at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix, Ariz., in August. Ken thanks his Santa Clara Advisor, Associate Professor of Biology David Tauck, for helping guide him to his medical career.
Maribeth (Bleymaier) Oscamou '02 and her brothers started a new company called www.lateralsports.com. It's a website that aggregates online media content for college athletic teams, ranging from game times to information on favorite players and teams. It also features links to games being streamed online and free text message alerts when your favorite teams are playing. The website had been live for only a few weeks when it was noticed by the Wall Street Journal in the article Early Adopter: LateralSports.com–Kayak for College Sports Online."
Amanda Murray J.D. ’02 and Matthew Nowakowski, both of Redwood City, were wed on Sept. 21, 2013, at Murrietta’s Well Winery in Livermore.
Dan and Lisa (Mrkvicka) Mudgett '02 welcomed their first baby on April 3, 2009. Owen Robin Mudgett weighed 9 lbs 12 oz and measured 22 inches long. The new family is enjoying the spring weather in Seattle.
Lisa (Mrkvicka) Mudgett ’02 and husband Dan welcomed baby boy Joshua Graham to their family on Jan. 17, 2012, weighing 9 pounds 4 ounces and measuring 20 inches tall. Big brother Owen loves his new friend, and will be turning 3 in April. The family lives in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, and Lisa is working as a consulting healthcare actuary.
Lisa (Mrkvicka) Mudgett ’02 and husband Dan welcomed their fourth son, Isaac Maxwell, on Feb. 21, 2015. The busy family lives in Seattle.
Ellie (Taft) Morrissey ’02 and husband Sam are thrilled to welcome their daughter Sadie Elise, born May 29, 2013. The happy family lives in Pasadena, Calif. and is visited often by proud Grandpa Jim Taft ’72.
Michael Mooney ’02 was named to Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2012 "40 Under 40" list. Mooney is director of risk management and insurance at the Americas at Expeditors International and co-founder and vice president of ClimbOn.
Christine (Lupo) Montgomery '02 writes, "I received my Ph.D. in English from U.C. Santa Cruz in 2012 and now have a two-year postdoctoral position in the English department at my undergraduate university, Santa Clara."
Ryan Monger ’01 and Janet (Nissen) Monger ’02 welcomed twin boys Andrew Kenneth and Henry Lloyd on Jan. 13, 2012.
Sean Mendelson ’02, a.k.a. Teacher Sean, just finished producing his first children’s music album, Crank Out the Music. The music is vibrant and fresh with an engaging alternative vibe, a nod to Mendelson’s history of playing in rock bands.
Mendelson, a Santa Clara University graduate, composed 12 songs in just three days.
Steve McShane MBA '02 was elected to City Council last fall in Salinas, California. Steve own's McShane's Nursery & Landscape Suppply in Salinas.
Miller, Morton, Caillat & Nevis, LLP announces the elevation of construction attorney Eric McAllister ’02 to the partnership.
“Eric is a highly skilled and valued member of our team, and particularly to our construction industry clients; we are proud to welcome him to the partnership,” said Managing Partner David Kornbluh. “Carrie and Jordan both stood out to the firm as summer associates and we are thrilled they are permanently joining.”
An experienced construction attorney, McAllister represents real property owners, developers and general contractors in evaluating and litigating construction defect claims, delay claims and payment disputes. Since joining the firm in 2007, he has assisted property owners in recovering more than $60 million for the repair of defective construction.
Active within his industry, McAllister is the current chair of the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Real Estate Executive Committee and sits on the Civil Practice Committee. He is also an active member of the California Apartment Association’s Tri-County Division and the Apartment Owners Association of California. McAllister earned his J.D. from the University of Arizona, James Rogers College of Law (2007) and his B.A. from Santa Clara University (2002).
Ramon Marquez III '02 and Nina Nejah '04, M.S. '07 exchanged vows in beautiful Mission Santa Clara on Nov. 1, 2008 after nearly eight years of courtship. Numerous SCU alumni attended the wedding including Groomsman Paulo Apolinario '02. Nina spends her days behind a desk as a Project Manager for Google, Inc. Meanwhile, Ramon has forgotten the office atmosphere chasing down wanted fugitives for the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. Ramon and Nina are happily married and reside in San Jose.