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McCandless, Carol

Carol McCandless M.A. '96 has been an enthusiastic adjunct associate professor teaching religion at San Joaquin Delta College, in Stockton, California, since 2000.

submitted Jul. 24, 2016 3:17P
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Mahan, Patricia

Patricia Mahan J.D. '80 has been elected to the Santa Clara City Council. She was born and raised in Santa Clara. She owns a private practice, specializing in tax and estate planning. Patricia is married to John Boyles, a retired San Jose police sergeant, and they have one son, Colin, who is attending the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Her stepson Sean Boyles and his wife Roan Victor, both artists, own and operate “The Arsenal,” an art class and supply store. She served on the city council for three terms from 1994-2002, and again in 2010. Mahan was also mayor of Santa Clara from 2002-2010. 

submitted Dec. 16, 2016 2:58P
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Lofstrand, Darby

Darby Winterhalter Lofstrand '81 is a senior lecturer in Acting and Voice, at Northern Arizona University. As an actress she has worked in over one hundred productions in film and stage in Los Angeles, the San Francisco/Bay Area, and Portland, Oregon.  She has also developed and staged several performance art pieces, and she is the voice of Miss Kitty in the Uncle Percy's Adventures in Space educational shorts at Lowell Observatory.  She has directed one-person shows, festival plays, musicals, performance pieces, and film shorts.  Her 16mm short, HeartSister, was featured at the New York International Independent Film Festival. 

Darby is also a writer.  Her collection of short stories, Elephant Kisses: A Novel of Sweden Told in Five Stories, was released in Sweden to acclaim, and her novel Gang of Eight: The First Tee was relaesed a year ago. Her stage adaptation of Susan Lowell's children's books, Josefina Javelina, a Hairy Tale, and  The Three Little Javelinas, was produced for three years by Peaks Theatre Fest, and she has several full-length and short plays which have been seen or heard in various venues.

She is married to Tobias Lofstrand, the President of the Arizona chapter of the Swedish/American Chamber of Commerce, and enjoys travel and golf.

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 11:51A
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Leader, Kevin

As Bechtel’s treasurer, Kevin Leader MBA '92 has global responsibility for all cash operations, short-term investments, foreign currency, and relationships with banks and other financial institutions. Kevin also oversees the coordination of project- specific banking matters for Bechtel entities, operations, projects, and joint ventures around the world. Kevin joined Bechtel in 2001 as director of corporate finance and was appointed treasurer in 2003. He was also elected a principal vice president in 2008. Prior to Bechtel, Kevin spent more than 15 years in corporate banking, most recently as managing director with Bank of America’s global corporate and investment-banking group. He is a member of Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Economic Advisory Council.

submitted Nov. 9, 2016 1:56P
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Kim, Andrew

Andrew C. Kim J.D. '98 has been appointed a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court by Gov. Gerry Brown '59. Kim has served as a deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office since 1999. He was a contract attorney at Jackson and Abdalah from 1998 to 1999. 

submitted Jul. 8, 2016 8:33A
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Jimenez, Elsa

Elsa Mendoza Jimenez '98 is the interim director of health at the Monterey County Health Department. She has been in the public health sector for 15 years. Jimenez says, "I always wanted to work in a profession at which I would be able to help others, particularly those unserved or underserved. Public health has afforded me the opportunity to be able to work on initiatives that positively impact individuals, communities, organizations, and systems."

 
submitted Apr. 21, 2016 3:28P
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Jackson, Symone
Symone Jackson '13 is a 2016 recipient of the Rise Up: Be Heard journalism fellowship, which gives young people living in California’s most underserved areas an opportunity to report on issues affecting health in their community.
 
Jackson is a community organizer in San Jose. Her involvement in grassroots organizing and work experience as a public health research assistant has provided her with a unique lens for analyzing community health issues. As a local organizer, she primarily works with families who have lost loved ones to police violence, serving as a consultant, conducting legal research, and performing PR and communications duties. As a fellow, she hopes to further develop her reporting skills while shedding light on some important community health issues in the South Bay such as gentrification and the impact of police violence on children and families. 
 
The fellowship is made possible through a partnership with The California Endowment. 

submitted Apr. 29, 2016 1:45P
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Herb, Jeremy

Jeremy Herb '08 is in his third year as a defense reporter for POLITICO Pro. Prior to joining POLITICO, he covered defense and national security for The Hill, and covered the Minnesota congressional delegation and 2012 Republican presidential primary as a Washington correspondent for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Herb is a native of San Jose, Calif.

submitted Nov. 9, 2016 2:54P
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Hayes, David

David R. Hayes '96 has been appointed to the board of directors of Symbility Solutions Inc., a global software company dedicated to developing applications for the insurance industry, based in Toronto, Canada. 

Mr. Hayes is currently the vice president and treasurer for CoreLogic, where he oversees the corporate treasury function for the company. Prior to joining CoreLogic in 2009, Mr. Hayes served in a variety of leadership roles for Prospect Mortgage and Indymac Bank within senior consumer banking, enterprise risk management, finance, and treasury divisions. 
submitted Mar. 14, 2016 9:33P
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Hacking, Rose

Rose Hacking '07 works in the Obama Administration as a deputy assistant secretary. "And yes," she writes, "I'm only 30. I started in Congress answering phones for Speaker Pelosi and it's been a wild ride ever since. SCU helped me to cultivate a deeper understanding of social justice and now I work on refugee, unaccompanied children, welfare, and other programs that assist vulnerable populations. I am especially grateful to professor Elsa Chen, as her classes opened my eyes to the power of policy to tackle tough issues like homelessness.  While there are many politically divisive and complex problems out there, Santa Clara didn't shy away from them and even supported a group of us to go to a protest in Texas to promote worker rights.  I'm grateful for the foundation that set for me and many others who to continue to fight for social justice in our own ways."

submitted Sep. 20, 2016 7:54A
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Greig, Judith

Judith Maxwell Greig M.A. '81, 60, of Belmont, has been appointed to the California Student Aid Commission by Gov. Gerry Brown '59. Greig has been president at Notre Dame de Namur University since 2009, where she has held several positions since 1988, including provost, dean of the School of Education and Leadership and senior advisor to the president. She was adjunct faculty at San Jose State University from 1987 to 1988 and a teacher at the Old Orchard School from 1977 to 1984. Greig is a member of the Council of Independent Colleges Board of Directors and the California Campus Compact Executive Board.

submitted Jul. 24, 2016 1:43P
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Giorgetti, Rick

 

Rick Giorgetti '70 has been honored with the prestigious Ignatian Award from Santa Clara University. The Ignatian Award acknowledges university alumni who live the ideals of competence, conscience, and compassion through service to others. Previous Ignatian Award Recipients include Frank Boitano 69' MB '74, Kevin Eagleson '70, Leon Panetta '60 JD '63 Roxanne Vane '78, and Edward Panelli '53 JD '55.
 
"The Alumni Association is proud to honor individuals who have brought distinction to Santa Clara University through service to others,” said Kathy Kale, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations at SCU. “Rick is definitely one of those unsung heroes who is making a difference in the world. He deserves to be recognized," said Ms. Kale.
 
“Rick’s volunteer efforts encompassing education, community, professional, and church embody the Ignatian purpose,” said Leo Quilici, a former Silicon Valley financial executive, who nominated Mr. Giorgetti for the Award. “This award is a fitting tribute to his giving and caring for others.”
 
“Being recognized by my alma mater, the Jesuit Community, and my good friend and classmate is truly a humbling experience,” said Giorgetti. “I am embracing this honor as a tribute to the organizations that allowed me to be a part of their efforts towards the betterment of humanity.”
 
For over 40 years, Giorgetti has been active in community service involving seven beneficiary organizations including Santa Clara University’s Bronco Bench Foundation, Sacred Heart Nativity School, Silicon Valley Chapter of Financial Executives International, Presentation High School, and the Rotary Club of San Jose.
 
“Rick is a role model for all Bay Area business executives,” said Ragu Bhargava, CEO of Global Upside, where Giorgetti serves as  VP of staffing. “This award is a testament to his character and his passion for making a difference in the world. I’m proud to have him as part of the Global Upside family.”
submitted Apr. 7, 2016 5:46A
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Fultz, Robert
Anthony Fultz '86, J.D. '91 has been appointed as a Judge of Tulare County Superior Court by Gov. Jerry Brown '59. Fultz, 51, of Visalia, had been the Assistant District Attorney at the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office since 2012, where he had served since 1993. He was a sole practitioner at the Law Office of Anthony Fultz from 2005 to 2006. Currently assigned to the Juvenile Division, he's overseeing both criminal cases, as well as dependency matters. Through this assignment, he gets to make a difference early on in someone’s life. “Even before I was a father, I was interested in helping children,” Fultz said. “Now, I get to be a part of the process.”
submitted Mar. 28, 2016 12:29P
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Fujii, Andrea

Andrea Fujii J.D. '02 is a CBS2/KCAL9 reporter in Los Angeles. She was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She took an unusual road to journalism, which, in her words, took her “a little longer than most.” After taking and passing the California bar exam, she realized she didn’t want to practice law and instead pursued her dream of reporting.

Fujii’s first reporting job was at KHON, the Fox affiliate in Honolulu. She then anchored at the NBC affiliate in Yakima, Wash., before anchoring and reporting at the Fox affiliate in Salt Lake City and CBS’ WJZ in Baltimore. She began working with CBS2/KCAL9 in October 2012.

Fujii is married to Whit Johnson, who anchors at NBC4. She has two young daughters and a dog named Nemo. “We love being in LA: the weather, being close to family and friends, and the endless amounts of things to do and see,” she says. Fujii is always up for a challenge and describes herself as a wife, mother, dog lover and food enthusiast.

 

submitted Nov. 7, 2016 1:14P
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Estremera, Tony

Tony Estremera '72 began his tenure on the District 6 board of the Santa Clara County Water District in 1996, when he was appointed to fill out Pat Ferraro's term after the District 2 representative resigned. The following year, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors appointed him to represent the North County. In 2001 and 2007 he served as the Board's chairperson. Now he is director.

Tony has extensive government experience in both appointed and elected positions serving on the Santa Clara County Grand Jury, Santa Clara County Housing Task Force, Valley Medical Center Advisory Board, Santa Clara County Personnel Board, San Jose Municipal Stadium Task Force, (San Jose) Mayor's Committee on Minority Affairs and the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District Board of Trustees. Tony is Directing Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County. He is an active member of the State Bar of California and the Santa Clara County Bar Association.

submitted Nov. 9, 2016 2:08P
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Cress, Meghan
Meghan Cress '04 has joined Santa Clara University's Career Center as our assistant director for Business and Engineering.  Meghan returns to SCU after seeing the dynamic employment landscape and industry trends firsthand through recruiting and human resources at a top consulting firm and Bay Area startups.  Meghan is passionate about helping students articulate how their skills, interests, and education come together to tell a unique story along their career exploration journey. 
submitted Sep. 20, 2016 7:59A
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Chun, David

As an attorney, David J. Chun J.D. '98 has practiced workers’ compensation defense exclusively. Mr. Chun has vast experience in all aspects of defending self-insured employers and insurance carriers on workers’ compensation, 132a, and serious and willful matters. In addition, Mr. Chun has lectured on various topics related to this practice and is available to lecture in accordance with his clients’ needs and requests. Mr. Chun speaks conversational Spanish, is fluent in Korean and has both studied and worked in South Korea. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf. Mr. Chun has been certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation law. He is a shareholder and manager of the Fresno office of Stander Reubens Thomas Kinsey as well as the Chief Operations Officer and Vice President of the firm. 

submitted Nov. 9, 2016 2:03P
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Cara, Elizabeth
Professor Elizabeth Cara '70 is a faculty member of the Department of Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University. Dr. Cara's clinical experience is primarily in mental health, infant mental health, and geriatric physical and mental health. She is the co-editor and co-author of a popular text, Psychosocial Occupational Therapy: A Clinical Practice, currently in its 3rd edition. She has published papers on clinical fieldwork, infant mental health, and Dian Fossey, the occupational therapist and primatologist, and also one of SJSU and occupational therapy’s most famous graduates. Dr. Cara was selected for San Jose State University's Teacher-Scholar program for 2006-2007, served for six years as President of the SJSU California Faculty Association for over 700 faculty members and represented CASA in the academic senate, 2012-2014. Her scholarly interests include psychobiography, clinical supervision, infant and family mental health, group dynamics, interpersonal communication, and psychosocial disorders, and causes and prevention of genocide. She has presented numerous papers and workshops nationally and internationally. Dr. Cara is a native of San Francisco and fervent follower of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers.
submitted Aug. 13, 2016 9:15A
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Callagy, Laura

Laura Callagy '91 is a Care Manager at Sage Eldercare Solutions where she has worked for 8 years. She has been involved in the elder care industry for over 20 years. She has worked for the Federal Government in the policy department for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services as well as serving as a bilingual claims representative with the Social Security Administration. Laura worked for a Peninsula Adult Day Health Program while attending graduate school. Laura has a Masters Degree in Gerontology from SFSU, is a certified care manager(CMC) and will complete her certification in Aging and Mental Health From UC Berkeley in March. Laura serves on the Board of Directors for the Ombudsman of San Mateo County. Laura and her husband Mark live in Foster City with their 5 children.

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 11:55A
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Bruner, Judy

Judy Bruner MBA '86, retired executive VP, administration, and CFO of SanDisk Corporation, has been appointed to the Varian board of directors.

 Bruner, 58, served as the chief financial officer for SanDisk from 2004 to this year when it was acquired by Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC).  She also served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for Palm, Inc. from 1999 to 2004.  She has held prior management positions in finance and administration with 3Com Corporation, Ridge Computers, Inc. and Hewlett Packard Company.

 Bruner is also a member of the board of directors of Brocade Communications, Inc., where she serves as chair of the audit committee, a member of the board of directors of Applied Materials and a member of the board of trustees of the Computer History Museum.  She also served in the past on the boards of Vermillion, Inc. and SanDisk Corporation, before assuming her executive role there.
 

 

submitted Sep. 8, 2016 12:15P
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Becerra, Michael

Michael Becerra MBA '08 was a finalist in the 5th annual Mr. Marina Competition, a fun-spirited fundraising pageant for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which conducts blood cancer research and patient services. Becerra is a co-founder of Crewmix, an app using tech to bring fun groups together to create lifelong memories. He writes, "I am honored and humbled to be involved in the 2016 Mr. Marina competition! Not only is this event totally quirky and uniquely SF, but so many of us have had cancer touch our friends and loved ones. Together with the power of our network, we can support cancer patients and affected families...and accelerate the cure!" Becerra raised over $12,000 and all finalists combined raised $175,000.

Contact Michael
michael.becerra@gmail.com
submitted Feb. 28, 2016 9:05A
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Bates, Camille

Camille Bates M.A. '16, is the newest resource specialist/special education professional at James Monroe Middle School, in Ridgecrest, California. She takes a bright, passionate approach to her role with her students.

“I believe in the capacity for change and people’s ability to be better than they have been,” she says. “I’m focusing on their psycho-emotional well-being, what gets in the way of them learning, and how they talk about what’s happening so they can participate in their learning.

Her background in social justice work also informs everything she does. Part of her own lesson plans include having her students keep record of the good things said about them, have them practice hearing positive things about themselves and then writing them down.

“Schools are our closest connection to community — they draw us together like no other social institution,” Bates says. “There is no other capacity that comes together for the sake of educating a child. That’s a beautiful and special thing about our culture.”

submitted Sep. 8, 2016 1:00P
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Barnes, Damian

Damian Gerard Barnes '97 teaches English at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland. A native of Sacramento, Calif., Damian most recently taught at Our Lady of Mercy School in Daly City, while completing his Master in English (The Writer's Craft Program) from Holy Names University. Previously, Damian was a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and worked as a community organizer in Brooklyn, N.Y., establishing youth programs from Coney Island to Crown Heights. He has also worked as a youth minister and taught at Catholic elementary and middle high schools in the Bay Area. Damian says the rhythms of teaching and learning are deeply entrenched in his soul. “I love working with young people on the discovery of new material, the practicing and expansion of skills and the reflection on life to find personal meaning and direction,” he said. Recently married with quite a few Bronco Alums in attendance, Damian enjoys writing, travel, friends and family.

submitted Jul. 24, 2016 3:12P
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Sreenivasamurthy, Kiran
Kiran Sreenivasamurthy MBA '06 is now leading Maxta Inc.'s product management team as a vice president. Sreenivasamurthy, who joined Maxta in 2013, has successfully led the company's product management and product marketing efforts through its critical early stages of development, culminating in bringing to market award-winning Maxta MxSP hyperconvergence software and MaxDeploy appliances. His previous roles include serving as lead software product manager for Hewlett-Packard 3PAR storage and product manager for Mendocino Software, a maker of continuous data protection software. Additionally, he held various technical marketing, planning and engineering positions with NetApp, NetIQ and Taos Mountain. 
submitted Sep. 8, 2016 12:33P
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