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Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (CDF), an award-winning California employment, labor and immigration law firm, recognized for protecting California employers for more than 20 years, has promoted Marianne Koepf '90 to Partner. Koepf maintains a decade of experience with the firm, managing class action and single plaintiff litigation.
http://www.cdflaborlaw.com/attorneys/bio/marianne-koepf (415) 981-3233
Meghan Ackley '91 is among ESL faculty at the International Office of the Univeristy of Texas at Austin. She speaks four languages: French, German, Czech, and English and taught abroad in the Czech Republic for four years. She enjoys teaching listening/speaking, reading, grammar and pronunciation classes, and has been teaching at UT Austin ESL Services since 2005.
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.
SurveyGizmo, industry leader in online data collection services and survey software, has a new COO: Nicole Craine '92. Nicole brings more than years of operations, start-up, and leadership experience. Her main focuses will be speed, efficiency, and scalability.
Nicole is an active member of both Women in Technology International (WTI) and Women in Wireless.
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."
Nahal Iravani-Sani J.D. ’93 received the 2016 Diversity Award at the Santa Clara County Bar Association Judge’s Night for commitment and leadership in promoting diversity in the legal profession. She was recently interviewed by The Huffington Post regarding this achievement, during which she said, "My immigrant background has fostered traits of perseverance and fair-mindedness. Early encounters with injustice and adversity have heightened my sensitivity and commitment to fairness and equality. In our legal system, in particular, I firmly believe in the notion that all who come to our courts must be treated with uncompromising fairness, respect, and dignity."
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.
Rob Lathrop '94, M.S. '01 is the new president of Lathrop Engineering, a Paramit company, that designs and develops medical device and life science instrumentation. As the former VP of engineering at Lathrop, Rob brings more than 20 years of experience in leading multidisciplinary teams, project management, and designing and developing complex scientific instrumentation. He has been instrumental in expanding the company's client base, and his optimization of the product development process now enables Lathrop to complete even the most complex projects on timelines no one else can match. Rob's leadership of design and engineering teams through many successful projects over the years has built strong working relationships with clients, as well as their continued repeat business.
Terry Carroll J.D. ’94 has been named Copyright Counsel for the IBM Corporation.
Alex Shubat Ph.D. '95 is CEO of startup Espresa, which recently launched an app to help companies manage the types of workplace services that help draw and keep the best talent within their ranks. Companies like Google and Facebook are known for treating employees to benefits such as onsite massages, dry cleaning service, yoga, and car repair, but not every organization has the staffing required to curate and moderate those incentives. Espresa takes the hassle out of managing those extras by offering more than 250 services provided by 40 vendors. It has more than 25 companies enrolled for the service. Shubat is a School of Engineering Advisory Board member. He holds more than 20 patents and has contributed to more than 25 publications.
Avery Lu '95, co-founder and chief marketing officer of Palo Alto Scientific, Inc., a sports science analytics and wearable technology startup, received the Silicon Valley Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum's (SVIEF) Top 30 Most Innovative Startups Award 2016.
Sylvanna Falcón '95 is the author of Power Interrupted: Antiracist and Feminist Activists Inside the United Nations (University of Washington Press, 2016), the winner of the 2016 Gloria E. Anzaldúa book prize from the National Women’s Studies Association. Falcón is an associate professor in the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She was the recipient of two postdoctoral fellowships: the University of California, Office of the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship (2006-2008) and the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation’s Junior Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship (2013-2014). A daughter of Peruvian immigrants, Falcón is also the co-editor of New Directions in Feminism and Human Rights (Routledge, 2011), and her work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, Feminist Formations, Journal of Women’s History, Gender & Society, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Societies Without Borders, and Social Justice.
John Snedigar '97 celebrates 10 years at the helm of his Silicon Valley tech PR firm Faultline Communications in May 2017. He and wife Nicole Snedigar '98 reside in Los Altos with son Brayden (age 12) and daughter Finley (age 4).
https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnsnedigar http://www.faultlinecomms.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Clinton '87, J.D. '97 is with the law firm Womble Carlyle. He mentors law student participants in the Entrepreneurs Law Clinic, as well as participates in the "Bronco Network" which connects mentors to Santa Clara student athletes to provide guidance, information, and career counseling. He writes, "It's very rewarding to be able to connect with students and provide perspective and hopefully some helpful suggestions about the path ahead." As the dad of a child with special needs, he's proud to be a board member of Hope Services – the leading provider of services to people with developmental disabilities in the region.
Scott Wiley '98 writes, "I am now a Private Client Advisor at City National Bank."
For two years in a row, Tara S. Kaushik '98, J.D. '03 has been included in the Best Lawyers in America guide, Utilities Law. She is a partner in Holland & Knight's San Francisco office and a member of the firm's West Coast Land Use and Environment Group. Ms. Kaushik focuses her practice on regulatory matters, with a specific emphasis on energy, natural resources and the environment. She has represented energy companies, local governments, Alaska Native Corporations and tribal entities in project developments, including the negotiations of power purchase agreements and project financing.
Ms. Kaushik has advised and represented her clients on numerous issues before state public utilities commissions throughout the western United States and before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She also handles carbon credits transactions and cap-and-trade issues before the California Air Resources Board, and regularly advises energy companies and tribal organizations on litigation and arbitration involving energy and commercial disputes.
Kyle Daniels '98 recently joined Teles Properties in Residential Real Estate Sales in the Manhattan Beach office after a 22 year career with the LA County Fire Department Lifeguard Division and retiring as on Ocean Lifeguard Captain. He currently resides in Palos Verdes Estates with his wife, Colleen, and two children, Riley (5) and Isla (2).
Ryan Jones J.D. '99 is an associate at the Long Beach office of Singer & Benjumea. Since graduating, he has solely practiced in the field of workers’ compensation law. Mr. Jones has also represented employers in 132a matters and serious and willful claims.