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1985

'85
Blach, Mike
The Silicon Valley Business Journal named Mike Blach '85, president and CEO of Blach Construction, one of its first ‘Power Executives.’ The journal cited Blach’s successful leadership of the company, as well as his commitment to many community nonprofits, as reasons for his inclusion on its inaugural list of Silicon Valley’s most influential business leaders.
 
Blach, 53, is in excellent company. The list included Silicon Valley titans such as Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google and Elon Musk of Tesla. 
 
Blach has led the San Jose-based general contracting firm Blach Construction for nearly three decades. Under his leadership, the company has thrived, builds several landmark projects every year and continues to be recognized with top state and national awards in safety, innovation, project execution and corporate philanthropy. Moreover, the Business Journal also has just named Blach Construction as one of the Best Places to Work for the eighth year in a row.
submitted Apr. 11, 2016 6:54P
'85
Aylward-Kravetz, Therese (Aylward)

Therese Aylward-Kravetz '85 just published her first nonfiction book, Why Zarmina Sings: 18 Steps to Live and Learn Beyond Anxiety. The book tells her story and the story of her international students as they used alternative educational techniques such as drama, movement and improvisational comedy, among others, to accelerate learning and overcome the fight-or-flight response. Her website is www.thereseaylakratetz. 

Contact Therese
www.thereseaylakravetz.com
submitted Apr. 4, 2016 3:00P

1986

UGRD Leavey Business '86
Suhr, Mary Beth (Fox)

Mary Beth (Fox) Suhr' '86 is a Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Palo Alto, CA. Husband, Peter, J.D. '86, MBA'86 is practicing business law at Doty, Barlow in Palo Alto. Sons Michael and Jamie are in the final stages of college and Mom and Dad look forward to a pay raise soon.

submitted Jun. 22, 2016 8:45P
'86
Smolich, Thomas
In April, Jesuit Refugee Service International Director Thomas Smolich, S.J., M.Div. '86 spoke on a panel  hosted by Rotary International to discuss the needs and challenges of refugees as well as sustainable solutions. Smolich focused on education for refugees and other practical ways to support refugees to enable them to restart their lives and become self-sufficient.
Currently, the UN has recorded 65.3 million people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes due to war, persecution, and oppression. It is the highest number ever recorded and the biggest humanitarian crisis. Pope Francis has spoken out on several occasions about the urgency of addressing the challenges refugees face.
Whether offering refugees opportunities to better integrate into host communities, or to be prepared for the return home or resettlement to a third country, JRS seeks to promote self-sufficiency, and it does so by providing access to education. "JRS' education and livelihood initiatives go beyond the mere economic aspects of life, reaching more human and social dimensions. We aim not only to help refugees get back on their feet to earn a living, but to restore dignity and hope and facilitate integration as well," said Fr Smolich.
Fr Smolich looks at a future collaboration with Rotary and says, "we must come together and mobilise our compassion to make a globalised difference. It is the role of each one of us to ensure those who have lost their homes do not lose their hope. JRS does this through education, and Rotary's global commitments seek to do the same." Smolich has served as the International Director of JRS since October 2015.
submitted Aug. 13, 2016 8:23A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '86
Russick, Andrew

Andy Russick '86 is serving as Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Pacific Coast Producer, a food manufacturing firm in California's Central Valley. This spring marks Andy's 29th year with his company. Andy and Kathy (Martin) Russick '87 recently celebrated 26 years of marriage. Their oldest daughter Chloe is a landscaper and graduate of the University of Oregon (2014) and currently traveling in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize doing some farming and building. Their youngest daughter Jana is a recent graduate of Point Loma Nazerene University (2016) and is now working for Anthropologie in San Diego, CA.

submitted Jun. 22, 2016 4:54P
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Kollas, Mike ( )

Mike Kollas '86 owns an event marketing agency, ONUS Agency, which produces corporate events around the country. Mike and his wife Kathy live in Portland, Oregon and have 2 sons, Matthew and Connor.

Contact Mike
503-708-7721 mkollas@onusagency.com www.onusagency.com
submitted Jun. 16, 2016 10:48A
GRD Law '86
Kirwan, Peter

Peter Kirwan J.D. '86 currently heads the Complex Litigation Department of the Santa Clara County Court’s Civil Division after serving as the supervising judge of the Civil Division for two years.  Kirwan is currently on the faculty at Santa Clara School of Law as an adjunct professor teaching mediation and is the incoming president of the Santa Clara Inns of Court. Kirwan serves on the board for the ABTL and is a frequent lecturer and speaker for Continuing Education seminars.

submitted Apr. 25, 2016 11:46A
'86
Kassen, Melanie

Melanie Kassen '86 worked for Warren Beatty after graduating. She has operated her own holistic health care practice in Los Gatos, CA for the last 21 years. In 2013, she published a children's book, Bruce and Juliet: The Unlikely Friendship of a Bubble Breathing Dragon and A Daydreaming Kitten.

submitted Jun. 23, 2016 5:02P
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Kale, Kathy

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!

submitted Jun. 23, 2016 6:08P
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Del Santo, John

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!

submitted Jun. 23, 2016 8:16A
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Chow, Kenton

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).

Contact Kenton
ken@flgpartners.com www.flgpartners.com
submitted Jun. 25, 2016 7:58A
'86
Bunger, Tanya
Tanya Monsef Bunger ’86 was awarded the 2016 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. These are women “who are changing Silicon Valley’s landscape in business, nonprofits, healthcare and professional services.” She is the director of the SCU Leavey School of Business Global Fellows program. The program sends 30 students abroad to work in developing countries to expand their knowledge of global citizenship and what it means to be a leader in the 21st century.
 
submitted May. 2, 2016 10:32A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '86
Boyd, Robert (Boyd)

Rob Boyd '86, J.D. '97 has worked at SCU since 1988 and, as a hobby, plays the bagpipes. He recently performed for the president of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.

Contact Robert
http://www.linkedin.com/in/rcboyd/
submitted Jun. 7, 2016 1:48P

1987

UGRD Arts & Sciences '87
Ferguson, Betsy

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.

Contact Betsy
http://thehomeartisan.com betsy@thehomeartisan.com https://www.facebook.com/yourhomeartisan/ https://twitter.com/YourHomeArtisan https://www.linkedin.com/in/betsy-ferguson-870024b
submitted Sep. 18, 2016 10:07A
'87
Becic, Carolyn
Carolyn Becic '87 is president at St. Andrew Nativity School, a tuition-free Jesuit middle school for underserved youth, located in Portland, Oregon. 
Carolyn began her career as a teacher in East Los Angeles, California, and Miami, Florida. Identifying a passion for working with under served youth, she became the executive director of College & Careers, a Ford Foundation initiative to improve high school and college graduation for minority youth. In 1998, she returned home to Portland and held development director positions at Providence Portland Medical Center, Friends of the Children, and Self Enhancement, Inc. From 2005 to 2012, was the executive director of Oregon Mentors, the state partnership for mentoring programs. In August 2012, Carolyn became the new president of St. Andrew Nativity School, a tuition-free, Jesuit middle school for under served youth. Brings experience in fund development, strategic planning, public relations, marketing and branding.

 

submitted Sep. 20, 2016 8:20A

1988

GRD Law '88
Novak, Mary

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.

Contact Mary
https://www.law.georgetown.edu/campus-life/spiritual-life/staff.cfm http://catholicsmobilizing.org
submitted Aug. 21, 2016 11:58A
GRD Law '88
Goyette, Anne

 

Anne Lawlor Goyette J.D. '88 is the principal of Griffiths Goyette Mediation Firm. She serves as a full-time special master and mediator who has been managing and resolving complex litigation and civil disputes in federal and state courts and outside formal litigation for the past 23 years. Her cases involve business, commercial, construction, environmental, insurance, personal injury, professional liability, real property, tort and other matters. Goyette lives and works in Burlingame.

submitted Apr. 25, 2016 11:33A

1989

'89
Silva, Eileen

Eileen Silva '89 writes, "Last fall I started a new job as the internal communications manager for U.C. San Diego Health. I have been with UCSD for 12 years." 

submitted Jun. 7, 2016 2:13P
'89
Haworth, Gayle

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.

submitted Aug. 14, 2016 7:39A

1990

GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '90
Prym, Mike

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. 

Contact Mike
Appointed the new Director of Development at the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, Ca on August 1.
submitted Jul. 17, 2016 10:36A

1991

UGRD Arts & Sciences '91
Smith, Meredith (McAdam)

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.

submitted Jun. 20, 2016 12:11P
'91
Riebli, A.J.

A.J. Riebli '91 is the creative studio manager at Telltale Games, an award-winning independent developer and publisher of video games, located in Marin County. In 2014 it was named Most Innovative Company in Gaming by Fast Company. Prior, Riebli had spent 17 years with Pixar, fostering the development and creative output of six Academy Award–winning animated feature films. Riebli resides in Sonoma with his wife and two children.

 
submitted Apr. 11, 2016 6:30P
'91
Pasek, Ron

Ron Pasek MBA '91 is now executive vice president and chief financial officer of NetApp. He brings more than 30 years of experience in financial management. After graduating from SCU, Pasek joined Rolm Corporation, where he worked in accounting and financial planning. In 1990, he began a nearly 20-year career with Sun Microsystems, where he served in roles including vice president, Finance, Global Sales, and Service; and vice president and treasurer. Most recent, he served as CFO of Altera Corporation before the company was acquired by Intel Corporation.

submitted Apr. 4, 2016 10:03A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '91
Ortega, Pamela (Rozolis)

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

Contact Pamela
www.busybrunettebakerista.com
submitted Jun. 14, 2016 1:32P
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