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1980

'80
Tooliatos, Nickolas

Shortly after relinquishing command of the 63rd Regional Support Command, Maj. Gen. Nickolas Tooliatos '80, J.D. '83 retired from the Army Reserve after 36 years of service.

Tooliatos received the Distinguished Service Medal from Maj. Gen. Peter Lennon, Deputy Commanding General (Support), U.S. Army Reserve Command, capping off a career which began in 1980.

Tooliatos joined the Army Reserve after graduating from Santa Clara University that year, and was commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate. In the three decades that followed he served in leadership positions throughout the Army Reserve, culminating in his three-year tenure as commanding general of the 63rd RSC. Tooliatos, of San Ramon, Calif., remembered the day he took his oath of office as a second lieutenant 36 years ago.

“The day I commissioned I had my mother, my father, my sister Paula and my then fiancée Joni (Chiesa) ‘80, M.B.A. ’82 in the Rose Garden at Santa Clara University just a few miles up the road,” Tooliatos said. “My mother and Joni pinned my bars on. As I looked across at my dad he had a grin from ear to ear. My dad was a World War II (battle of) Peleliu Marine and he was the greatest patriot I’ve ever met.”

"I owe my life to my wife Joni, who has stood by me through everything," he said.

“She’s been there through deployments … through rocket attacks when I would click the Skype off so she wouldn’t have to hear the incoming rounds. I’d call back and say it was a bad connection,” Tooliatos joked.

The demands of Army life often meant missing important family events, including his children’s baseball games.

“My poor kids had to endure me coaching baseball games in my old Battle Dress Uniform back in the day,” he said. “How many kids do you think had their dad coaching a game in BDU’s? I’ll always be thankful to my battalion commander who gave me the leeway to do that and let me maintain some balance.”

“I challenge all of you to maintain that balance. Your priorities are your family, your civilian job and then the United States Army,” he continued. “The Army is a jealous mistress. She will take as much time as you’re willing to give her and we need you. But you have to maintain that balance.”

Tooliatos thanked all his mentors and influences for helping him improve as an officer and reach the rank of major general.

“In some way they all gave me opportunities that I probably didn’t deserve and praise on evaluation reports that I probably didn’t earn,” Tooliatos said. “Thanks for being great teammates and bringing out the best in me.”

Being afforded the opportunity to command the 63rd RSC as his last assignment has been an honor and a privilege, he said.

“You are a great group of soldiers and it’s been an honor to serve alongside you,” he said with pride.

Even in retirement Tooliatos asserted that he would remain a Soldier.

“When I was on the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee we coined the concept called ‘Soldier for Life,’” Tooliatos said. “Believe me I’m going to be a Soldier for life,” he said.

Although he has retired from the Army Reserve, he will continue to practice law in the Pleasanton, California, firm of Randick, O’Dea & Tooliatos, LLP, where he is a Certified Specialist in Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Law. He plans to take Joni on some well-deserved and long-deferred trips to see the world and play golf and hunt with his two sons, Nickolas and Michael.

submitted Oct. 3, 2016 8:44A
'80
Smith, Steve

Chicago attorney Steve Smith J.D. '80 has launched Legal Ally, a law firm specializing in small businesses and entrepreneurship. His specialty focuses on startups, women-owned businesses, and LGBT entrepreneurs. The firm offers clients a combined 36 years of legal experience. Legal Ally's mission is to provide excellent service from experienced lawyers at large global firms for fees that fit small business owners. The firm specializes in litigation, drafting and negotiating binding contracts, protecting intellectual property, such as trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, incorporation, employment law, drafting employee manuals and insurance advisory. Legal Ally also works with clients to ensure that their online business is protected as well. Smith wants business owners to know, "Some of the seemingly small decisions you make at the very start can have huge repercussions later. We help business owners avoid problems down the line by being proactive in the beginning." Legal Ally specializes in coaching lawyers. "We have coached hundreds of lawyers in our 36 years in practice." says Smith. "Legal Ally can help lawyers build their book of business, have a career plan and become rainmakers." Smith has long been passionate about helping women and LGBT entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed. In addition to his duties as Founding Partner at Legal Ally, he is on the executive committee of Personal PAC, a pro-choice political action committee and is a member of the LGBT chamber of commerce. Prior to founding Legal Ally, Smith practiced law at large firms such as Sidley, McGuire Woods and Bryan Cave. At Santa Clara Law School, he was an Editor of the Law Review.

submitted Jan. 12, 2017 12:44P
'80
Montanari, George

With more than 36 years in the business, George Montanari '80 brings to Alain Pinel Realtors a wealth of skill and professionalism: Top Listing Agent, Top Selling Agent, Top Producer, Monthly Sales awards, Annual Sales awards, Platinum Circle, Wall Street Journal, and so on. Montanari has more than1,000 clients, including the Santa Clara County Public Guardians Office. George is a valley native and lives in Los Gatos with his wife, Jill, and their two children, Kristin and Massimo. 

submitted Sep. 27, 2016 12:52P
UGRD Leavey Business '80
Marcroft, Theresa
Marcroft, Theresa

Silicon Valley Business Journal has named Terri Marcroft ’80 one of its 2017 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley. Through her consulting firm MarketSavvy Inc., she serves local tech companies as their “interim VP of marketing,” developing positioning, messaging, go-to-market strategy, and execution.

Contact Theresa
Company contact info: www.Market-Savvy.com, 408-656-1876, tmarcroft@market-savvy.com
submitted Apr. 3, 2017 2:00P
'80
Flynn, Karen

Karen (Sly) Flynn ’80 retired after 31 years with the Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office, serving as its chief assistant for the past 14 years. She and her husband, Dan, are proud of their sons, John Flynn ’16, a freelance writer, and Jimmy Flynn ’18, editor in chief of The Santa Clara.  

submitted Jul. 30, 2017 4:29P
UGRD Leavey Business '80
Duder, Dorothy

Following her tenure as director of production finance at Arnold Shapiro Productions, Dorothy Duder ’80 has joined MAK Pictures in Sherman Oaks, California, as director of production finance. She resides in North Hollywood with her Academy Award–winning husband, artist Doug Drexler. Both have been active in television production for more than 25 years.

submitted Mar. 28, 2017 5:05A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '80
Douglas, Scott

E. Scott Douglas ’80, J.D. ’83 is celebrating his 20th year as a full-time legal mediator. Since forming Douglas Mediation in 1997, Douglas has successfully resolved over 2,700 disputes on a national basis involving FINRA securities actions and a broad range of commercial litigation matters. He lives and works in Manhattan Beach, California.

Contact Scott
Www.DouglasMediation.com
submitted Jul. 22, 2017 6:13P
UGRD Leavey Business '80
Dolan, Peter

Peter Dolan '80 serves in his seventh year as a trustee for Regis University in Denver Colorado. He is past chairman of the Endowment and currently serves as chairman of the Finance Committee and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Peter is a founding partner of Plaza Advisory Group, a wealth management firm in St. Louis, Missouri. He and his wife Anne have two sons. Ryan is a graduate of Regis University and Sean is a graduate of St. Louis University. In 2014, Peter wrote and published the book The Integrated Investor: The Art and Science of Financial Achievement, which aims to share essential ideas learned through years in the industry in a way that would interest and inform a broad audience.

submitted Oct. 11, 2016 9:26A
'80
Dixon, Rolanda

Rolanda Pierre Dixon J.D. ’80 served as keynote speaker at Mission College’s African American Celebration Luncheon, which recognizes achievements made by African Americans.

Pierre Dixon was the first African American assistant district attorney in the history of the District Attorney's Office in Santa Clara County. In 1991, she established the first domestic violence unit in Santa Clara County, among many other accomplishments, retiring in 2011 after 30 years of service.

With humor and insight, Pierre Dixon led attendees through her musings on current events, early motivations for becoming a lawyer, and reasoning behind advocating for the domestic violence unit.

“Every child deserves to be raised in a home of peace—can't promise them all a million dollars, can't give them all a scholarship—but we can certainly keep them in a home where they're not being abused, where their mothers are not being abused,” she said. “And for me, that was what I wanted to speak to.”

Pierre Dixon's journey to becoming a lawyer was at times fraught with challenge. While attending Lowell High in San Francisco, her guidance counselor told her she could never become a lawyer because it was “too difficult.” It took her mother calling the school before Pierre Dixon was put back on the right track to support her career interests.

“I was lucky,” she said. Even though Pierre Dixon grew up in a single-parent household, her mother always made it clear “my girls are going to do what they need to do to be successful.”

Positive self-talk and years of hard work ultimately paid off for Pierre Dixon, who was over the moon when she learned she passed the bar exam.

“I cried from the depth of my toes to the top of my head,” she recalled. “In that moment, in that phone call, I had been told that my dreams had been fulfilled. I was an attorney and licensed to practice law in the State of California. I was 24-years-old.”

submitted Mar. 22, 2017 8:27A
'80
Aubertine, Matthew

Matt Aubertine ’80 retired from IBM in Austin, Texas, after over 30 years.   

submitted Jul. 30, 2017 6:31P

1981

'81
Templeman, Tom

Thomas S. Templeman '81 has joined Graybug Vision as Chief Operating Officer. The company is a venture-stage pharmaceutical company committed to developing potentially transformative therapies for ocular diseases including wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma.  A seasoned pharmaceutical executive with more than 25 years of cross-functional experience, Dr. Templeman joins Graybug Vision from Medivation (acquired by Pfizer in late 2016), where he was Senior Vice President Pharmaceutical Operations and Quality. In that role, he was responsible for early and late-stage pharmaceutical development, operations and quality including early developmental candidates, clinical developmental candidates and marketed products. As a member of the Medivation Executive Committee, Dr. Templeman was responsible for developing and implementing company vision and strategy.

Thomas S. Templeman, PhD, said, "There is a dramatic increase in eye diseases due to our aging population, and an increased need for new and more effective treatments. Graybug Vision's novel delivery technology, to create injectable, long-acting products to deliver single or multiple drugs for up to one year in the eye, significantly reduces the treatment burden on patients and physicians. I am excited to join the management team with our efforts to deliver innovative care to patients."

Dr. Templeman began his career as a research and development scientist and over the past two decades has held management positions at, among others: Ortho Diagnostic Products and Centocor Biologics; Liquidia Technologies, where he was Senior Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain; and at Hospira, where he was Vice President, Manufacturing, Science & Technology.

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 1:32P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '81
Taylor, Patrick

Patrick Taylor M.A. ’81 retired after 43 years as an Ignatian educator, serving as director of resident students (twice), dean of students, director of student activities, campus minister, personal and academic guidance counselor, JV baseball coach, roller hockey coach—and for the past four years, program director for personal counseling. He says, “This ministry has filled my heart with gladness and gratitude for the many wonderful memories and cherished relationships with Bellarmine colleagues, students, and families. My service has been guided by the Bellarmine motto (and Santa Clara charism) ‘men & women for and with others’ as well as the scripture verse ‘Much is expected from those to whom much has been given’ (Luke 12:49). God has blessed me in a special way these past 43 years in addition to my life pathway of 65 years. Being a Bronco is awesome, too!”

submitted Aug. 21, 2017 2:41P
GRD Law '81
Schmidt, Lloyd

Lloyd A. Schmidt ’78, J.D. ’81 has joined Hoge Fenton, a law firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, bringing over 30 years of experience. A veteran in his field, Schmidt is a practicing attorney specializing in corporate advising, mergers and acquisitions, and business transactions. He was previously a shareholder of Hopkins & Carley and served as its chair of the corporate, tax, and business transactions department. At Hoge Fenton, he looks forward to advising and counseling clients in technology, e-commerce, and a multitude of other sectors. 

submitted Aug. 22, 2017 11:18A
UGRD Leavey Business '81
DeMarco, Edythe
DeMarco, Edythe

Edythe DeMarco ’81, a wealth management advisor for Merrill Lynch, has been named one of America’s top 100 women financial advisors by Barron’s for 2017. The Barron’s ranking reflects assets under management, annual revenues, and the quality of the advisor’s practice. DeMarco, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, has been working at Merrill Lynch in Providence, Rhode Island, for 35 years, helping clients successfully manage wealth and achieve their financial goals. 

submitted Jun. 15, 2017 1:55P

1982

'82
Verbica, Peter

In June, Peter Coe Verbica '82, J.D. '99 published Left at the Gate and Other Poems. Peter continues to work in the Wealth Management Group of an investment bank, providing credit facilities as well as portfolio advisory services. He serves as President of the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition, and Vice President of the Pine Ridge Association at Henry W. Coe State Park. He has taught Principles of Investments in the Econ Department of SJSU this past year. He is also helping with the 1982 Year Reunion Committee for Santa Clara University. Peter ran in 14 trail races last year for the fun of it, including the Death Valley Half with his competitive athlete wife, Tiffany, who typically placed 1st or 2nd in every race. 

 

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 1:07P
'82
Verbica, Peter

Peter Coe Verbica ’82, J.D. ’99 has four daughters; his eldest is at Georgetown in D.C., his second works for the Smithsonian in Panama, his third studies at West Chester, and his youngest resides in Germany. Verbica’s wife is an avid trail runner, placing No. 1 for women overall in a number of races this year. He serves as an assistant VP at a top-tier investment bank in its wealth management group and was recently elected president of the California Congress of Republicans. 

submitted Jul. 20, 2017 4:17P
'82
Verbica, Peter

Peter Coe Verbica ’82, J.D. ’99 has been promoted to assistant vice president and senior financial advisor for a wealth management group at a major investment bank. In March, he published three books: The Missing Tales of Sherlock Holmes, Eighty-Eight Lost Haikus (under a different pen name), and Speak Easy and Other Poems. His Sherlock Holmes short stories were praised by novelist Elizabeth McKenzie as "clever and addictive and supremely well done."

submitted Feb. 22, 2017 5:11P
'82
Nalty, Sean

Sean Nalty '82, J.D. '85 is a member of Ogletree Deakins' Life, Health, Disability, ERISA and Employee Benefits practice. For more than 30 years, Sean has specialized in ERISA litigation and  California litigation involving life, health, and disability insurance. In 2014, Sean was awarded a Client Choice award by International Law Office (ILO). He was the exclusive winner of the Healthcare/Life Sciences category in California. Sean also volunteers with Catholic Charities of the East Bay, St. Vincent De Paul, various East Bay homeless shelters, and Ministries to the Sick. 

 

submitted Jan. 15, 2017 9:51A
'82
Ma, Carolyn

The University of Hawai'i Board of Regents approved the appointment of Carolyn Ma '82 to be the second dean of the University of Hawai'i.

“Dr. Ma’s impeccable credentials give us a strong foothold as we take the College of Pharmacy to the next level,” said University of Hawai'i Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney. 

Born and raised on O'ahu, Ma has an extensive background in clinical pharmacy practice, pharmacy and hospital administration. She is a registered pharmacist with licenses in Hawai'i, Nevada and California and remains boarded in oncology pharmacy. She joined DKICP in 2007 as the clinical education coordinator and designed, constructed and implemented 4,200-square feet of space in what is formerly known as the Gold Bond building in Kaka'ako on O'ahu. Additionally, in preparation for the advanced rotations, or internships for student pharmacists, she helped place numerous faculty in residence at O'ahu, Maui and Kaua'i hospitals and clinics.

Former Governor Neil Abercrombie appointed her director for O'ahu on the Hawai'i State Board of Pharmacy and Governor Ige re-appointed her to a 2015-2019 term. She also is past president of the Hawai'i Pharmacists Association.
submitted Sep. 27, 2016 8:55A
'82
Alexander, Mary

Mary Alexander J.D. '82 is a San Francisco–based personal injury attorney, who is representing the parents of Griffin Madden and Michela Gregory, two victims in the tragic Ghost Ship fire in Oakland in December. Over the past 30 years, Mary Alexander has earned a national reputation for her work protecting consumer rights, winning the respect of clients and colleagues alike. A past president of both the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Consumer Attorneys of California, Mary’s career – both in and out of the courtroom – has focused on one thing: ensuring that those who have been harmed by the negligent, preventable actions of others get their day in court – and get the answers, and justice, they deserve. A scientist before she studied law, Mary leverages her technical background in every matter she takes on, and is well known for her ability to explain complicated theories to juries – and for using high-tech courtroom exhibits that help make difficult points easy to comprehend. She’s taken on cases other lawyers won’t, or can’t – such as child sex abuse cases – and assisted clients from all walks of life. She has been named one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s “Top 10 Trial Attorneys” by the San Francisco Chronicle.

submitted Jan. 15, 2017 12:07P

1983

'83
Tooliatos, Nickolas
see year 1980
'83
Sanchez, Marla

Rocket EMS, a high-value manufacturer of complex boards in the Silicon Valley area, appointed Marla Sanchez MBA ’83 as its new CEO and executive director. Sanchez’s professional experience has been primarily focused on business processes and operational finance at several high tech companies, including Motorola, AMD, VLSI, and SDL. She has served as the CFO at Avanex, as well as on several different Boards.

submitted Nov. 1, 2016 9:50P
'83
Russell, Christine

Christine Russell ’71, MBA ’83 has been appointed to the board of directors of eGain, a leading provider of cloud customer engagement solutions. Russell is CFO of UniPixel and a director and audit committee chair of QuickLogic Corporation. Prior to joining UniPixel in 2015, she served as CFO for a number of technology companies, including Vendavo, a leading provider of SaaS pricing optimization software; EAG; Virage Logic; and OuterBay Technologies. Russell serves on the board and is a former chair of Silicon Valley Directors Exchange (SVDX). She has also served as president of Financial Executives International (Silicon Valley Chapter) and is an emeritus member of the Leavey School of Business advisory board.

submitted Mar. 8, 2017 3:44P
'83
Repich, Wayne

Wayne Repich ’83 has received associate design-build professional certification from the Design-Build Institute of America. He is the director of client services at the New York City office of Dewberry, a leading market-facing firm that provides professional services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Repich has more than 34 years of experience in real estate, finance, and development and is responsible for various projects across several service lines at Dewberry. He is a member of Design-Build Institute of America; the New York Building Congress, where he serves on the government affairs committee; the Performance Based Building Coalition, where he serves on the legislative committee; the Society for College and University Planning; the American Institute of Architects–New York; Professional Women in Construction; the Metropolitan Railway Club of New York; the Building Owners and Managers of New York; and the California Association of Mortgage Professionals.

submitted Jun. 22, 2017 9:54A
'83
Howeth, Todd

After a nationwide search, Todd Howeth J.D. ’83 was appointed chief public defender for Ventura County. With 27 years of experience for the county, Howeth’s office will work to defend minors and adults in both felony and misdemeanor cases. Howeth lives with his wife, Marty, and has three children: Sarah, Jacob, and India. 

submitted Jul. 20, 2017 1:02P
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