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GRD Law '81
Giordano, P. Gregory
P. Gregory Giordano J.D. ’81 is a partner and vice chair of the Gaming Practice Group at the law firm of McDonald Carano Wilson in Las Vegas. His practice focuses on gaming compliance, licensing and regulation.
submitted Dec. 14, 2015 4:28P
In November, Maria Evans '81 was named Principal of the Year and bestowed an Excellence in Education award at the Legends and Leaders dinner, a signature event put on by the Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. Maria is principal of Washington Elementary, which is part of the Thriving Neighbors Initiative through the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education.
submitted Nov. 21, 2015 1:01P
GRD Law '82
Cynthia Gonsalves '82 lives in downtown San Jose with her wife of two years, Emma Humphries. She is a senior technician at Evans Analytical Group making samples for transmission electron microscopy and measuring surface contamination on all sorts of wafers.
submitted Jan. 2, 2016 3:22P
UGRD Leavey Business '83
Sullivan , Phillip
Phil Sullivan '83 writes, "I recently moved to the heart of the wine country, not far from the historical Jack London estate in the most scenic valley of the moon, where I spent my formative years on a 12-acre 'mini farm.' Now, I'm thoroughly enjoying the experience of introducing newcomers and reacquainting with native/pioneering wine country families. It's great to be involved in real estate in the Sonoma/Napa areas!"
Wine Country Real Estate
Previews International Diamond
See www.SonomaPhil.com email@example.com
submitted Feb. 15, 2016 8:31A
Keith Lovetro MBA '83 has been elected to the board of directors of OmniTRAX Inc., one of the largest privately held rail and transportation service companies in North America. Lovetro currently serves as president and CEO of TRAC Intermodal, the largest intermodal chassis pool manager and equipment provider for international and domestic shippers in North America.
"We are fortunate to have such a skilled and connected leader as Keith join our board. His more than 34 years of management experience, including time with regional trucking, ground parcel, air express and air freight firms, will help guide all of our businesses,” said Brad Skinner, Chairman of OmniTRAX.
Lovetro has served as president and CEO of TRAC Intermodal since June 2011, growing revenue by 23+ % (CAGR) since joining the company. Prior to TRAC Intermodal, he was president and CEO of YRC Regional Transportation, responsible for the P&L performance of USF Reddaway, USF Holland, and New Penn Motor Express. He previously held executive positions at DHL Express and FedEx Freight West, and started his career at Emery Worldwide/CF Airfreight.
Lovetro holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Davis, and a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Santa Clara. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of OmniTRAX, Mr. Lovetro is also on the Board of Directors of Interpool (parent company of TRAC Intermodal), the Institute of International Container Lessors and the Intermodal Association of North America and is member of the American Trucking Association and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.
submitted Nov. 9, 2015 12:15P
Attorney J. Michael Bailey '83, a shareholder in Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Salt Lake City office, has been elected to the executive committee of the United States Golf Association (USGA). The executive committee is the governing board of the USGA. He is the first Utahan ever elected to serve on the committee in the USGA’s 121-year history.
Bailey is a member of the firm’s litigation and government relations departments and concentrates his practice on commercial and environmental litigation, as well as government relations and political law. Bailey served as the chair of the firm’s Hiring Committee and is rated in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, is listed in Super Lawyers and maintains an AV Preeminent™ rating from Martindale Hubbell.
He has served on the USGA’s Regional Affairs Committee since 2002 and served as a Rules official or scoring volunteer at many USGA amateur championships. Bailey played collegiate golf at Santa Clara University, where he earned his B.S. degree, before graduating from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. A former board member of The First Tee in Salt Lake City, he has volunteered on the boards of Ballet West, Utah Youth on Course, the Utah Championship Advisory Board and Friends of Utah Golf. He is a current board member of the Utah Golf Association and an advisor to the Golf Alliance of Utah. He previously served as President of the Utah Bar Foundation.
submitted Feb. 19, 2016 3:16P
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '84
Arthur Liebscher S.J., '69, M.Div. '84, STM '86 has been named by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., as the next rector of the Santa Clara Jesuit Community. He will assume office on 31 July 2016, the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, and as rector will become a member of the Board of Trustees of the University.
Fr. Liebscher earned a PhD in History at Indiana University, Bloomington. An alumnus and current chair of the history department, Fr. Liebscher has taught at Santa Clara since 1986 with a scholarly focus on Latin American history. He has generously served the community in multiple capacities throughout his time at the University. In addition to his teaching, Fr. Liebscher has served our students as resident minister, faculty adviser, and Jesuit faculty in residence for more than two decades. His engagement in shared governance and membership on many committees over the years have contributed to the well-being of the University community. As a proud and active member of the alumni community he has been a remarkable ambassador of the University.
Fr. Liebscher will follow Fr. Michael Zampelli, S.J., who has served as rector since 2010. At the conclusion of his term as rector, Fr. Zampelli will spend the 2016-2017 academic year as visiting professor at Fordham University and will return to Santa Clara following his time there.
submitted Mar. 5, 2016 7:29P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '84
Leupp, Heidi (Le Baron)
Heidi (Le Baron) Leupp '84 was recently appointed to the St. Ignatius College Prep board of regents. She is currently co-president of Sacred Heart Prep Atherton Parent Association.
submitted Feb. 9, 2016 7:28A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '84
The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) announced that Kate Carey '84 will be joining the organization as vice president, federal government relations. Carey joins PCI following a three year sabbatical from professional life.
Carey has worked in the insurance industry for more than 25 years as a strategic government relations and public policy attorney. Most recently, she served as vice president and head of federal government relations for MetLife.
Carey holds a B.A. degree from the University of Santa Clara. She completed her J.D. from Catholic University and an L.L.M. from Georgetown. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
submitted Apr. 11, 2016 6:58P
UGRD Engineering '85
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Major General Michael C. Wehr '85 has been selected for the School of Engineering's highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, recognizing alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and University service have set them apart.
As a civil engineering student, Wehr was commissioned as a second lieutenant though ROTC at SCU in 1985, followed by marrying his college sweetheart, Deborah D. Kalisz ’84, in 1986. He later obtained his master’s degree from the University of Texas and graduation from the Command and General Staff College and the Joint Forces Staff College. He served as a Military Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Highly decorated during his four combat tours (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and others), engineering highlights include command of the 307th Engineer Battalion in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Theater Engineer for Afghanistan. Following his command of the South Pacific Division in San Francisco, California, he is currently in command of the Mississippi Valley Division in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he is responsible for a $2 billion civil works program impacting 41% of the United States and including 1.25 million square miles, 31 states, and 2 Canadian provinces. Mike and Deb are blessed with two terrific children, Rachel (24) and Chuck (21).
submitted Apr. 25, 2016 8:13A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Kathy Ventry '85 is in her third career as a licensed marriage and family therapist in Folsom, and is doing business as Peace Within * Anxiety, Trauma & OCD Treatment. She sees children through older adults, and also specializes in couples therapy. Kathy served 10 years in the Army followed by almost 18 years as a healthcare representative for Pfizer, with seven years as a neuroscience specialty representative. Kathy finds it rewarding and a blessing to now work in the mental health and wellness profession. She looks forward to relocating to Folsom from Elk Grove to have easier access to cycling and kayaking opportunities.
submitted Dec. 8, 2015 9:08P
Guerrero Wildanger, Veronica
The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley has awarded the Jose Luis and Ofelia Guerrero family with its La Familia Award for deep-rooted commitment and involvement in the community. Among the family members honored were Martha Guerrero Soto '85, Veronica Guerrero Wildanger '88, MBA '96, and Ignacio J. Guerrero '95. Martha is principal at Mount Pleasant High School, Veronica homeschools and volunteers in the arts, and Ignacio is director of Child Support Services for the County of Santa Clara. Other siblings honored included Jose Luis, retired battalion chief for the city of San Jose, and Juan Carlos, reporter for ABC News.
submitted Nov. 14, 2015 9:58A
The company that Todd Goolkasian '85 and Maureen (Orlando) Goolkasian '85 founded, Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group Inc., received two 2016 National Engineering Excellence Honor Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies. The first award was for the design of the R. B. Oliver Bridge Replacement Project in Tulare County. The 740-foot long post-tensioned bridge over the Kings River also included the successful development of new bat habitats into the underside of the replacement bridge, which have increased the bat population at the bridge to four times its original number. The second award was for renovating and seismically retrofitting the South American Rain Forest and Aviary Building at the San Francisco Zoo. The renovated building features a realistic rainforest ecosystem, exotic plants and trees, a two-toed sloth, and the zoo’s first significant herpetological collection. The new exhibit highlights environmental threats facing rainforests, as well as the devastating effects of the illegal pet trade on South American wildlife. The awards will be presented at a black-tie EEA Awards Gala on April 19, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
submitted Mar. 6, 2016 9:35A
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
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.
submitted Apr. 4, 2016 3:00P
Jayshree Ullal M.S. '86 was honored by Ernst and Young as the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year. Ullal has been awarded with prestigious honors previously. In 2005, she was named one of the “50 Most Powerful People” by Network World. And VMWorld and Forbes both dubbed her as one the “Top Executives” in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
She has led Arista Networks to a successful initial public offering in June 2014 at the New York Stock Exchange and is responsible for building the company's business in cloud networking. As Arista has grown, Ullal has been a catalyst in forging alliances with Microsoft, HP and VMware, among others, according to Arista.
While at Cisco, Ullal helped build the company to billions in annual revenue while there as the senior vice president. She helped with the introduction of Cisco’s flagship Nexus 7000 and Catalyst 5000, 4500 and 6500 product lines.
Before Cisco acquired Crescendo Communications in 1993, Ullal served as that company’s vice president of marketing. She has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from San Francisco State University and a master’s in engineering management from Santa Clara University. In 2013, she was honored with the SCU School of Engineering distinguished engineering alumni award.
submitted Nov. 21, 2015 1:29P
GRD Law '86
Barbara Small J.D. ’86 is a partner at GCA Law Partners. She handles the firm’s trusts and estates practice.
submitted Dec. 14, 2015 4:35P
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Pola, Michael (Pola)
Michael Pola '86 and his wife, Liz Karr-Pola, live in San Francisco with their 3 boys. Mike is a managing partner at HSS-a healthcare consulting firm. Mike recently joined the SCU Alumni Board and is looking forward to catching up with old friends at the Grand Reunion.
submitted Dec. 15, 2015 11:03P
Former Kansas City Royals catcher and ESPN baseball analyst Mike Macfarlane '86 has been inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. He and former Royals teammate Kevin Seitzer own Mac-n-Seitz, a baseball and softball training academy in Kansas City.
submitted Dec. 16, 2015 11:24A
Robert Anthony Fultz '86, J.D. '91 was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown '59 to the position of judge of the Superior Court for the County of Tulare. Anthony took the oath of office on Dec. 31, 2015, with his wife of nine years, Jennifer (Hayes) Fultz J.D. '03, and their two children in attendance. Jennifer is a senior deputy district attorney for the County of Tulare.
submitted Jan. 5, 2016 8:52A
Paul DeCunzo '86 writes that he recently founded the Kelly SWAG Academy, a new school of engagement and collaboration focusing on coaching, teaching, training, and facilitation. "SWAG" stands for "strengths with a groove." It is the home of the DEP, differentiated engagement plan, which is customized and for everyone.
submitted Jan. 27, 2016 2:03P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '86
Carr, Jeanne-Marie (Bourcier)
Jeanne-Marie (Bourcier) Carr '86, is in her second year as an Independent Study teacher for high school students in Redding, CA. She is active as a Girl Scout Troop leader for high school girls, and is a Regional Delegate for Girl Scouts Northern California. In July 2016, JM will chaperone Girl Scouts travelling to Peru. With her husband, Jeff, and kids, Marie & Brendan, the family had been hosting students from France to promote global understanding and to build life-long friendships celebrating cultures through immersion. Jeanne-Marie is currently serving on the SCU Board of Directors and gearing up for the Grand Reunion for Class of 1986!
JM Carr on Facebook & messenger
submitted Dec. 15, 2015 9:27P
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