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David Bonacci MBA '02 brought the first FirstLight HomeCare location to California in June. Located at 2910 Camino Diablo, Suite 140 in Walnut Creek, the company provides professional, non-medical, in-home care services to seniors and others in need of assistance with daily activities in Walnut Creek, Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette, Alamo, Danville and Canyon areas. "I'm eager to bring FirstLight HomeCare to my community in Walnut Creek and the surrounding areas," says Bonacci. "As our nation's demographic shifts, there is an extreme need for our services. These days, seniors want to remain independent and in their own homes for as long as possible." Bonacci's career in the rapidly expanding home care industry came as a result of various life experiences. For many people, flying jets in the military is a dream but for Bonacci, it became a reality in 1991 when he was commissioned as an officer for the U.S. Navy. Due to deep cuts in defense spending, Bonacci was able to leave the military early but quickly discovered his skills gave him the background to enter the flight simulations industry. Over time, this market died down but Bonacci continued working as a marketing manager in the video game industry while earning his MBA from Santa Clara University. As the gaming industry continued to evolve, Bonacci realized the types of games he was required to manage weren't in line with his moral stance and he knew he needed a career change. Wanting to make a positive difference in his community, Bonacci turned to FirstLight HomeCare. Coming from the video game industry, Bonacci witnessed first-hand the degree to which we live in a youth-based culture. The importance placed on looks and youth in many industries was unsettling to him and he found that the elderly and their needs are often overlooked and brushed aside. This is what ultimately prompted his decision to enter the rapidly growing home care industry. "As my own parents age, I've realized what a challenge it is to find quality and professional help. I also wanted to find an opportunity that would allow me to serve others in our community in a meaningful way," says Bonacci. "Not everyone has a friend or family member locally to assist them. This business gives us the chance to really make a difference in someone's life." Founded in March 2010, Midwest-based FirstLight HomeCare creates a new standard in non-medical home care by combining best practices gained by a dynamic senior leadership team with innovative approaches to make this franchise an emerging market leader in a fast-growing industry. Services can be provided at a private residence, assisted-living facility, retirement community, nursing home, skilled-nursing facility, adult family home or group home. Clients might also include new mothers, individuals recovering from surgeries and others. For more information, please visit www.firstlighthomecare.com.
Carly A. Dadson ’02 is special counsel at Dannis Woliver Kelley in Long Beach. She advises and counsels public school district clients on a wide range of personnel-related matters.
Erik Bergstrom '00 and Leslie-Ann (Holt) Bergstrom '02 welcomed their first child, daughter Stella Grace, on January 28, 2012.
Nikki Osborne '02 married Jason Benedict on November 7, 2008 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in San Diego, Calif. Nikki is a senior manager (SEC Reporting and Financial Planning & Analysis) at Digirad in San Diego.
Gilbert Aviles '00 and Nyrene Badal Aviles '02 announce the birth of their daughter Layla Grace Aviles on August 28, 2009 in Santa Clara, Calif.
Gilbert Aviles '00 and Nyrene Badal Aviles '02 welcomed Evan Edward Aviles on May 27, 2011. Evan was born in Santa Clara, CA and weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces. He joins his big sister Layla.
Vivian Roldan '02 and Timothy Arnold were wed on Sep. 5, 2009 in Santa Cruz County. Wedding guests included Jose Ramirez '98, Margo Gaitan '00, Will Arroyo '07, and Lianne Chun MBA '09. The couple currently resides in Santa Clara. Vivian works as a Systems Analyst in Information Technology at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.
Paulo Apolinario '02 and Maya (Vestal) Apolinario '02 are proud to announce the birth of their baby boy, Marco Cruz, on July 29, 2009. Marco is their first child.
Maya Vestal Apolinario ’02 and Paulo Apolinario ’02 welcomed daughter Sara Alexandra on October 12, 2012. Her proud big brother, Marco Cruz, is three years old, and the family lives in San Jose.
Jose '02 and Gino Alvarez '08 have started JEA Specialties, specializing in purchasing material for self-performing General Contractors. A big advantage is that the brothers will show you what material will cost and only charge a 10% mark up above cost for Division 10, 11, 12 items, unlike traditional suppliers that can charge up to 40% mark up without disclosing actual cost. Business is based Sacramento, but servicing all of California.
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Jose Alvarez ’02 has been promoted to clinical engineer for Sutter Health Medical Center Sacramento, and he is currently working on another master's degree in health care administration.
Nate Aldworth '00 and Stephanie (Merlo) Aldworth '00 are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Samantha Claire. She was born on May 16, 2009. The three Aldworths live happily in San Diego, where Nate teaches history at Coronado High School, Stephanie works in finance at Qualcomm, and Samantha works hard at trying to roll over.
Jennifer (Magpayo) Alderete '02 and husband Chris welcomed a baby boy, Colin Joel 'CJ', on January 16, 2010. Jennifer works as a Software Engineer for a print-on-demand publishing service Blurb.com.
Jennifer (Magpayo) Alderete ’02, husband Chris, and big brother CJ (2) welcomed a baby girl, Kailee Aralina “Kaya,” on April 21, 2012. Kaya was born 7 pounds, 14 ounces.
Jennifer Magpayo Alderete '02, husband - Chris, big brother CJ, and big sister Kaya, are proud to announce the birth of Liana "Lia", on August 29, 2014. New baby sister was 7lb 11oz and a week early. The family recently moved to Castro Valley as well.
Karen Dazols Albers ’04 and Joe Albers ’02 welcomed their son Lucas into the world this past April. Karen is a kindergarten teacher in Sunnyvale. Joe serves as founding Principal of Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School, which opened this fall. Cristo Rey prepares low income students for college through a unique model of education where students work one day a week for companies and non-profits. They live in San Jose.
Vivek Agrawal M.S. ’02 has been performing stand-up comedy, in addition to his day job in the Advanced Technology Group at Applied Materials. In January, he will be performing a solo show that he wrote called "Sounds of My Dreams" at the Historic Montgomery Theater in Downtown San Jose (www.SoundsofMyDreams.com).
Jose Alvarez '02 and wife Adreana, and big brother Adrian 4 years old, welcomed Aden Manuel, on April 19, 2010. 9lbs and 22inches long. The family lives in Sacramento.
Dori L. Yob J.D. '03 made 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. Yob, 36, has been with Hopkins & Carley since she graduated from law school. She handles complex real estate cases in state and federal courts. SHe also routinely appears on behalf of her land use clients at planning commission and city council hearings. As the co-chair of her firm's litigation department, she oversees the firm's largest department. This January, she was elected chair of the San Jose Planning Commission.
Matthew Wood '03, a practicing engineering in accident reconstruction, and wife Jennifer Wood, an HR business partner with the Bank of New York Mellon, welcomed twins on June 5, 2012 - a baby girl, Emma, and a baby boy, Bingham. The family lives in Atlanta.
Emily (Moody) Wilcox '03, MBA'09 and husband Lee had their first child, Abigail Wilcox, on August 18, 2011. Abby was born 9 pounds, 8 ounces and is a Bronco through and through. The family lives in San Jose.
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Emily (Moody) Wilcox ’03, MBA ’09 and husband Lee celebrated the birth of their first child, Abigail, on Aug. 18, 2011. The family lives in San Jose, Calif., where Emily works as the alumni and external relations director for the Leavey School of Business at SCU.
Kalie (Bass) Ward ’03 and Matthew Ward ’03, M.S ’14 welcomed their first child, Brendan Charles Ward, on Jan. 6, 2015 at 11:01 pm. He was 7 lbs 2 oz, 19 3/4" long.
Valerie (Martin) Visse '03 and Nicholas Visse '05, MBA '10 were married on March, 23, 2013, in Sacramento. In attendance were Matron of Honor Kalie (Bass) Ward '03, Best Man James (Jamie) Arntz '05, groomsman John Paul Vasicek '05, and other Broncos Diana Passadori '03, J.D. '06, Daniel Figoni '03, MBA '07, Matt Ward '03, and Bobby McCarthy '05. The newlyweds honeymooned in Bora Bora. The couple lives in Sunnyvale, CA.