Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 1990s
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.
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.
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.
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
Rob Devincenzi '93 was named president and publisher of the Marin Independent Journal in October. He worked as editor and publisher of publications and digital media covering San Jose, Milpitas, Fremont and Newark prior to his Marin County appointment.
Rob Devincenzi '93, editor and publisher of several South Bay newspapers, has been named president and publisher of Marin Independent Journal. Devincenzi was named Milpitas business man of the year in 2010 and this year was a nominee for citizen of the year.
Devincenzi, 44, began work with the Milpitas Post Newspapers in 1993 as a reporter, shortly after graduating from Santa Clara University with a bachelor’s degree in communication with an emphasis in print journalism.
He was promoted to managing editor a year later, and in 1999 became editor and publisher as well as advertising director. He has helped launch two newspapers, the Fremont Bulletin in 1996 and, in August 2014, the Newark Connection.
Devincenzi said, “My heart has always been in community newspapers — it’s what I do, what I’ve done for 23 years. One of my goals is to become actively engaged in the community, particularly with nonprofits, charities and chambers of commerce.”
Devincenzi is married to Monica and has two sons, ages 15 and 11 years old. They live in San Mateo.
Ann Barham M.A. '93 has published a book through Enliven Books/Atria/Simon & Schuster entitled The Past Life Perspective: Discovering Your True Nature Across Multiple Lifetimes. Sharing some of the most fascinating client stories from her past 18+ years work as a transpersonal psychotherapist, Barham demonstrates the profound influence our prior lifetimes may have on our current life, and how emotional and relationship issues can be resolved by bringing these experiences up to conscious awareness to be worked through. Clients also find opportunities for significant spiritual exploration and growth. You can learn more about Barham's work and book at her website, www.pastlives.org. She maintains a private practice in Gilroy, CA.
Rosalinda "Rosie" Zepeda '94 was selected to be on the list of 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.”. Zepeda understood the value of hard work by the time she was 9 years old. That understanding led her to two college degrees and the leadership of a Latina-empowerment organization and her own business on communication training and diversity consulting, Compelling Conversations.
Scott Handley '94 is now co-founder and CTO of Jawger, Inc. A new social networking platform, Jawger's goal is to capture your most important life experiences and help foster meaningful conversations with those closest to you in a private and safe setting. (www.jawger.com)
Web: https://www.jawger.com Email: email@example.com Like us on FaceBook @ https://www.facebook.com/jawger LinkedIn: - https://linkedin.com/in/scottchandley - https://linkedin.com/company/jawger Twitter: @jawgerinc
Dr. Fernando Gutierrez J.D. '94 was instrumental in convincing the California Board of Psychology to approve a requirement of continuing education for California psychologists in multicultural issues in psychology. The board approved one hour every two years.
Marjorie Doyle Versen MBA '94 is CFO of Applied Control Equipment LLP in Englewood, CO.
Alison Peters '95 works at EnviroIssues, a Seattle-based agency dedicated to developing and executing comprehensive public involvement, strategic communications, and outreach plans and programs by tackling some of the thorniest public policy and environmental issues of our day.
For the past 20 years, Alison has been designing voter and community surveys on a wide range of topics, moderating focus groups around the state, interviewing stakeholders and implementing online surveys with hard-to-reach populations. She spends her free time serving on the board of the Northwest Literacy Foundation, planning road trips and cheering on her two sons, Ryan and Charlie.
Reza Aslan '95, professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside and best-selling author, has been named the recipient of the James Joyce Award and an Honorary Fellowship of the Literary & Historical Society, Europe’s largest university society.
The James Joyce Award is given to those who have excelled in a field of human endeavor and have made a profound impact on the world around them. Recipients in recent years have included Salman Rushdie, Alan Rickman, Desmond Tutu and Noam Chomsky.
Aslan is an internationally renowned author and scholar of religions. His books include the New York Times bestseller Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth and international bestseller No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam. His writing has been published in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Washington Post, and he appears frequently on TV and radio shows as a religion and political analyst. He also is the host and executive producer of Ovation’s Rough Draft with Reza Aslan, and CNN’s upcoming documentary series, Believer.
Randy Winn '96 has been inducted into the Santa Clara University Athletics Hall of Fame. Winn was a two-sport standout at Santa Clara, but made his mark professionally in baseball. As an outfielder he helped guide the Broncos to the 1994 NCAA Tournament with a 40-20 overall record, including a first-place showing in the West Coast Conference. As a senior the following year, he earned All-WCC honors while batting .294 with 30 steals, a mark that still ranks third on the school's single-season list. Before concentrating on baseball, Winn was a two-year member of the Santa Clara basketball team, including the 1992-93 squad which upset No. 2 seed Arizona in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
A native of Danville, California, Winn was selected in the third round of the 1995 MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins and enjoyed a 13-year professional career. He made his major league debut in 1998 with Tampa Bay and earned the team's MVP award in 2002 after batting .298 with 14 home runs, 39 doubles, nine triples and 27 steals. That same season he represented the team in the MLB All-Star game. A switch-hitter, Winn went on to play with Seattle (2003-05), San Francisco (2006-09), the New York Yankees (2010) and St. Louis (2010), hitting .284 with 110 home runs and 662 RBIs in his career. He was inducted into the WCC Hall of Honor in March and works for the San Francisco Giants while serving as an analyst for CSN Bay Area.
Matt Hansink '96 along with wife, Holly, and 6-year-old son, Quinton, moved back to Portland, OR. Matt is a marketing consultant for Bridge Partners Consulting.
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).
Jessica Perry ’97, J.D. ’00 was selected to be on the list of 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. Perry, a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Menlo Park, CA, represented venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in a high-profile trial last year defeating gender discrimination claims brought by former partner Ellen Pao.
Misha McPherson '97 accepted the role as COO of ShareRoot, where she's currently heading up sales, marketing, product, and business operations. Since graduating from Santa Clara with a degree in English, she has gone on to help scale teams at companies such as Mixpanel, Responsys, Yammer, and Yahoo proving that, yes, liberal arts degrees are marketable!
Jeff Cleveland '97 has joined the growing investment banking team of D.A. Davidson & Co as managing director in its Consumer and Retail sector. Cleveland works out of the Seattle office, where he leads the firm’s food, beverage and agriculture practice, in addition to his responsibilities in the broader consumer industry.
Cleveland has more than a decade of leadership experience in the food and beverage and consumer investment banking market, previously as a founding member of Harris Williams & Co.’s Minneapolis office along with its global food and beverage and consumer investment banking practices. Recently, Cleveland established the food, beverage, and agriculture practice for a Seattle, WA boutique investment bank. Cleveland earlier worked in Piper Jaffray & Co.’s investment banking group.
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.