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Kathy Kale '86 will celebrate her 13th anniversary working in the SCU Alumni Office in August, 2016 and feels lucky to have the best job in the world. She and husband Jim live in San Jose with their two kids and is really looking forward to reconnecting with classmates and friends at the October Grand Reunion. Go Broncos!
John Del Santo '86 is a Senior Managing Director at Accenture where he is responsible for the Financial Services sector. He and wife Maureen (Meagher) '87 live in the Bay Area. Their daughter Maddie graduated last year from Boston College, son Jack is at USC and son Colin will be a freshman at SCU this fall — class of 2020!
After spending the last 20 years as a CFO/COO for Silicon Valley based venture backed companies, Kenton Chow '86, MBA '96 joined as a partner with Financial Leadership Group (FLG) Partners (www.flgpartners.com), the premier CFO service firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. He and his wife, Teri, live in Almaden Valley in San Jose, and have three daughters: Mikaela (Babson College), Kendra (University of Virginia), and Kianna (Archbishop Mitty High School).
John P. Bianco '86 was appointed to the Tulare County Superior court June 28th 2010.
Betsy Ferguson '87 was was named one of the 2016 Top 10 Redesigners for United States and Canada by the Real Estate Staging Association. As the owner of The Home Artisan, Betsy provides home staging and redesign services in the Los Angeles area. She received the 2016 Houzz Service award and was recently featured in a Forbes article about home staging. She lives in Montrose with her two boys, ages 14 and 10.
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Brendan Riley '88 is an ATA Certified Translator of Spanish to English specializing in literary translation whose recent publications include The Bible: Living Dialogue (2015), a book of interfaith dialogues by Pope Francis, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, and Dr. Marcelo Figueroa; Caterva (2015) by legendary Argentine novelist Juan Filloy; and The Great Latin American Novel (2016) a book-length survey of the genre by Mexican novelist and scholar Carlos Fuentes. Riley's work has appeared in numerous publications, both in print and online, including The New York Times, The Believer, Numéro Cinq, Drunken Boat, Bookslut, Little Star, The White Review, Your Impossible Voice, SPN Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. Additionally, Brendan has been a full-time high school teacher since 1994. He currently teaches 10th grade humanities, AP English language and composition, and journalism at San Diego Jewish Academy in San Diego, California.
Mary J. Novak J.D. '88 began serving in August as Georgetown University Law Center's associate director for Ignatian Formation. Mary is also chair of the board of the Catholic Mobilizing Network to end the use of the death penalty and promote restorative justice.
Gayle M. Haworth MBA '89 is the chief business officer for Symphogen A/S, a biotechnology company headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. Previously Gayle was senior VP of Abgenix Inc., the biotechnology firm, now part of Amgen Inc. In her extensive career in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors, Gayle has held senior management roles in sales, marketing, business development and operations.
Gayle lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and their two rescue dogs, Diego and Zoe. Gayle and Phil also actively volunteer in their community to help non-English speaking adults and children improve their language skills and achieve academic success.
Socket Mobile, a leading innovator of data capture and delivery solutions for enhanced productivity, appointmented Nelson C. Chan MBA '89 to its board of directors. Mr. Chan becomes a member of the Company's Compensation Committee and of its Nominating Committee.
Nelson Chan, 55, served as the CEO of Magellan Corporation from 2006 to 2008, a leader in the consumer, survey, GPS and OEM GPS navigation and positioning markets. From 1992 through 2006 he served in various senior management positions with SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash memory cards, the most recent as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Business. From 1983 to 1992 Mr. Chan held marketing and engineering positions at Chips and Technologies, Signetics, and Delco Electronics. Mr. Chan serves as an independent director on several public companies, including Synaptics, a worldwide developer and supplier of custom-designed human interface solutions; Adesto Technologies, a developer of innovative, low-power memory solutions; and Decker Brands, a global leader in designing, marketing and distributing footwear, apparel and accessories. Mr. Chan also serves on the board of directors of several private companies. Within the past five years, Mr. Chan previously served on the boards of Outerwall Inc. – a provider of automated retail solutions, and Affymetrix – which developed, manufactured and sold products and services for genetic analysis to the life science research and clinical healthcare markets.
Mike Prym M.A. '90 was appointed the new director of development at The Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux in Vina, California, on August 1.
Appointed the new Director of Development at the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, Ca on August 1.
Meredith McAdam Smith '91 is Development and Marketing Director at JW House in Santa Clara, a home away from home for families with a loved one in the hospital.
Pamela (Rozolis) Ortega '91 recently celebrated her 20th wedding anniversary with husband Johnny Ortega '88. They live in Orange County with their twins, Sophia and Daniel, who just turned 16 years old. Pam works part-time for an affordable housing builder who helps veterans, people with special needs, and single-families. You can also follow her on her cooking blog at www.busybrunettebakerista.com
Bob Downey '92 is the assistant director of Clinical Laboratory Applications at Sysmex America. He continues his volunteer work running medical clinics in rural southwestern Haiti and serving on the board of the Seattle-King County Disaster Team. He lives in San Diego with his husband, Karl, and their dog, Alvin.
Renee Balodis-Cox '92 writes that she is a licensed mental health counselor and has been working with the state of Washington's criminal justice training commission for the past several years to provide crisis intervention training to law-enforcement officers. "It is essentially a training that teaches them about the most common mental illnesses, and educates them on appropriate resources in the area to help these people and their families, as well as emphasizing/teaching verbal de-escalation tactics. This is a big issue across the nation and a very needed training. I'm proud of Washington for being on the forefront of this. We have a legislation that just passed requiring all commissioned officers to attend this training, we are the only state in the nation that has done so, so far."
Rock Zierman '93 is CEO of the California Independent Petroleum Association, where he has worked since 2002. Prior to being appointed CEO, Rock served as both the director of Public Affairs for CIPA and the executive director of the California Natural Gas Producers Association, a wholly owned subsidiary organization of CIPA. Rock recommends and implements policy for the Association's 50 member Board of Directors. He serves as chief spokesperson for the Association and coordinates all of its state and national legislative activities.
Prior to joining CIPA, Rock served as chief of staff to Assemblyman Mike Briggs (Fresno). Rock has also served in the offices of assemblymembers Chuck Quackenbush (San Jose), Tom Bordonaro (Paso Robles), and Robert Prenter (Hanford).
Timothy Shih Ph.D. '93 will serve as a keynote speaker at the 19th International Conference on Computer and Information Technology (ICCIT) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dec. 18-20. His topic will be "Motion Interpretation Via Human-Computer Interaction."
Mark O'Brien '94 and John Cordaro were married in Kenwood CA on May 21, 2016. In attendance at the beautiful ceremony, reception and after parties were many SCU friends including Bob Downey '92, Beth Kelley Gillogly '93, Shawn Gillogly, TJ Firpo, Ben Bowler and Carolyn Adams Nicholson '93.