Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in the last year by graduates in the 1990s
Steve Tradewell '90 was among 11 recipients of the CFO Recognition Award, bestowed by the North Bay Business Journal, for making a significant impact on the health of local companies and the economy.
Steve is the CFO of Napa Valley Vintners. Born and raised in the Bay Area, he has spent most of his life within a few hours of home. After deciding that a career in academia was not him, Steve spent time working in the film industry as the director of finance and operations of the California Film Institute. After seven years there, the Napa Valley Vintners called, and for the past 11 years has enjoyed learning about and growing with the Napa Valley wine industry. He currently lives in Napa, with his wife, Linda, and four dogs.
Steve's advice for young emerging financial leaders: "Develop a personal “brand” based on integrity, dedication, and follow-through. Also, avoid the temptation to try and be “right” all of the time. There is a lot that can be learned by listening and via thoughtful reflection."
Read more at http://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/northbay/napacounty/4344257-181/cfo-awards-steve-tradewell-napa#vS2hWTlfiMiEBLs7.99
Colette Rausch J.D. '90 is the author of a recently published book, Speaking Their Peace: Personal Stories from the Frontlines of War and Peace. With a foreword from the Dalai Lama, Speaking Their Peace contains 80 interviews from 11 countries and gives a voice to people who have not been heard before, people silenced by the trauma of conflict, gagged by fear and conformity, or muted by the world's indifference. See: Speakingtheirpeace.org. Rausch has worked for 20 years to build the justice, security, and the rule of law in countries emerging from conflicts. She is currently the vice president for Governance, Law & Society at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.
Kathleen O'Brien, RSM, M.A. ’90 recently published two books on the history of the Sisters of Mercy in the western U.S. Our Journey Together: Sisters of Mercy of Omaha 1929-1959 and Home Is Our Journey, Sisters of Mercy of Omaha 1960-2008, published privately by the Sisters of Mercy, West Midwest Community.
Tina (Johnson) Murray ’90, MBA ’97 lives in Los Gatos with her husband, Kirk, and her 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son. Tina continues fundraising for her daughter's local public school, and recently joined the board of directors of the Skylar Hadden Foundation to ensure program funding for her son's school program for children with Asperger's and ADHD. Tina is also serving on the Grand Reunion Committee for her class of 1990.
Eric Monsef ’90, M.S. ’96 led the group responsible for bringing to market HP Sprout, which was awarded Best Desktop PC at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, by PC Mag. The HP Sprout is an immersive workstation that combines a fully loaded TouchSmart all-in-one PC with a combination projector and scanner, plus cameras. Monsef is an engineering management adjunct professor and VP of Immersive Systems at HP.
Chris Bunje Lowenstein '90 is an English teacher at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo. She also writes about and sells antiquarian books and ephemera online and at rare book shows through her business, Book Hunter's Holiday, ABAA, established in 2007. She and husband Jeff Lowenstein '90 live in San Mateo with their two sons, Ryan (17) and Matthew (14).
Patricia De Fonte '90 BA Communication, graduated from Golden Gate University with a JD in 2002. She has now been accepted to Golden Gate University's Small Business Program for Fall 2015. She has also been accepted, with a substantial merit scholarship, to GGU's Master of Laws (LLM) in Estate Planning Program and will begin classes in Fall 2015. Patricia lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.
Carrie (Sticklin) Cameron '90 has spent her career with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and currently runs the company's global sales office in San Francisco. She lives in Oakland with her husband, Mike, and three kids.
Tara Bunch MBA '90 is the vice president of AppleCare. In April 2015 she gave the closing keynote address at FutureVisions 2020 at Colordao State University, an event providing differing perspectives on the future of information science and technology. She spoke about how the social web might evolve in the future. Bunch also led a discussion on what it means to be a woman in the technology industry. Bunch and her team are responsible for delivering customer support and repair experiences for Apple customers worldwide. The technical support delivered through AppleCare advisors and online content reaches billions of customers in more than 30 languages. Before joining Apple in 2012, Bunch was a senior vice president at Hewlett Packard, leading the Global Customer Service and Support Operations. In her more than 20 years at HP, she worked in various roles that honed both her technical skills and her passion for delighting customers.
Ellen Arabian-Lee '87, J.D. '90 opened Arabian-Lee Law Corporation in Roseville, California, in April 2014.
Nancy Ureña Reid '91 is the only Latina AP computer science teacher in the 42-school, 3,000-employee San Jose Unified School District. She worked in the technology industry years ago on both coasts at a time when it was rare for a female to work in technology, especially a Latina engineer. Nancy’s goal is to close the digital divide for women, Latinos, and African Americans, groups that are under-represented in the technology force. She got involved with Microsoft’s Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) program to develop technology skills that can lead to life-changing advances for many young people. She learned how to teach coding at the high school level and helped introduce a self-sustaining computer science program at Lincoln High School, where she teaches.
Pamela (Rozolis) Ortega '91 has been busy with her family, husband of 19 years, Johnny Ortega '88, and her 15-year-old twins, in Orange County, California. After years of entertaining, she has combined her love of cooking and writing with a blog for almost two years called www.busybrunettebakerista.com. Pam did a special tribute to SCU Benson Center with her post of http://www.busybrunettebakerista.com/2014/05/not-bensons-turkey-tetrazzini.html She is always accepting recipe recommendations or requests!
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Carlton K. Clarke II '91 and wife Liana welcomed a baby boy and first family grandchild, Andrew Dean, in June 2015. The family lives in University Park, Texas. Liana is delighted to be taking time off as comptroller for an oil company to be an at-home mommy. Carlton is working on his 16th year as an obstetrician in Dallas, Texas.
Genice (Holmes) Chochon '91 is working at the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation as the Accounting Manager and Scholarship Coordinator. Her husband, Mike, recently co-founded a financial risk software company, PrairieSmarts. Genice and Mike have three kids (Chris 16, Morgan 13, and Carson 11), and they live in Elkhorn, Nebraska.
Kathleen Tonry '92 has been out of touch for a while but would like to note that she was busy producing 30 pounds of baby and a book. Kathleen and her husband, Brian Lynch, welcomed a baby girl, Irene, on December 27, 2014. Irene joins older siblings Mary (2007) and Tommy (2012). Kathleen was recently awarded tenure and is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.
Tony Scott J.D. '92 is the new United States chief information officer and administrator of OMB’s Office of Electronic Government and Information Technology. Under Tony’s leadership, the Administration will continue to build on the remarkable work done by former CIOs in changing the way the federal government manages IT.
Tony brings more than 35 years of global leadership and management experience to build upon our progress and drive continued success. He will drive the Administration’s Smarter IT Delivery Agenda and the core objectives across the Federal IT portfolio: (1) driving value in Federal IT investments, (2) delivering world-class digital services, and (3) protecting Federal IT assets and information.
Kerry San Chirico '92 is the new assistant professor of Interfaith and Inter-religious Studies at Villanova University. Having taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa since 2012, Kerry, along with his whole family, is excited to make the 6,000-mile trek east by plane, minivan, and Winnebago.
Patrick T. Miyaki J.D. '92 writes, "I have been appointed the section leader of the Hanson Bridgett Government Section. I also was chosen to be the Alumnus of the Year by the political science department of San Francisco State University."