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Tomás Jiménez ’98 published his second book, The Other Side of Assimilation: How Immigrants Are Changing American Life (University of California Press). He is an associate professor of sociology with tenure at Stanford University.
Joe Cannon ’98 was inducted into the San Jose Earthquakes Hall of Fame in April. Known as one of the best goalkeepers in Santa Clara’s program history, he was a three-time All-West Coast Conference honoree and a two-time All-Far West Region selection. He is the new head coach of the Earthquakes’ premier development league affiliate, Burlingame Dragons FC.
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."
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.
Danny Liebertz ’00 joined Yarrow Bay Plastic Surgery as a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Located in Kirkland, Washington, Liebertz and his wife look forward to becoming involved in the local community and enjoying everything the great Pacific Northwest has to offer!
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Emree Syrah Gaylord was born to April Valenzuela Gaylord ’00 and University of San Diego alumnus Timothy Gaylord on April 27, 2017. The couple married on April 7, 2017, at Pajaro Dunes Beach in California.
Joe Manatt ’02 and Alexandra Manatt welcomed their first child, Theodore “Teddy” Richard Manatt, on Feb. 11, 2017. The family resides in Des Moines, Iowa.
Kristina Lawson J.D. ’02 joined Hanson Bridgett as a partner in its Walnut Creek and San Francisco offices, where she specializes in land use and environmental law. Previously, she was a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.
San Francisco Business Times has named Aaron Waxman ’03 one of its 2017 40 under 40 award winners. Part of the leadership team for wealth management firm B|O|S, Waxman has helped shape the vision for a company considered a top RIA and financial advisor by Forbes and Financial Times. He also serves on the board for nonprofits Headlands Center for the Arts and Stern Grove Festival Association. Outside of work, he enjoys reading, drawing, and pillow fighting with his two children—and walking his dog, Mr. Wilson. Stroll down memory lane long enough, and you’ll learn he was once an accomplished classical pianist.
Chris Liebertz ’03 has been working in aviation engineering since moving to Hawaii two years after graduating from SCU.
Sameer Khedekar J.D. ’03 was promoted to managing partner of Pearl Law Group in San Francisco, which handles the immigration needs of some of the world’s leading companies.
Grace Hu-Morley MBA ’03 is a product management leader who transforms emerging technologies and market requirements into successful, user-friendly products and solutions. She writes, “My expertise is in bringing first-generation products to market—I lead teams to create winning strategies for the early stages of the technology adoption lifecycle.” Hu-Morley is director of product management at Prysm, Inc., delivering next-generation digital workplace solutions for enhanced enterprise collaboration.
James Goodnow ’03 co-authored Motivating Millennials, which hit No.1 in three categories on Amazon, including business management. Goodnow is an attorney, Above the Law columnist, and Forbes contributor. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School as well as SCU, where he majored in political science. Goodnow regularly provides legal and political analysis for national broadcast and print media, including CNN, CNBC and the Washington Post. He is a member of the five-person management committee at Fennemore Craig, one of the oldest and largest law firms in the western United States. You can connect with Goodnow on Twitter (@JamesGoodnow) or by emailing him at James@JamesGoodnow.com.
Angelica Nohemi Quinonez ’04 was selected for the position of assistant head of school for mission at Mercy High School in San Francisco. She is responsible for the integration of the Sisters of Mercy charism and mission in the life of the school and will oversee the schoolwide mission integration and vision alignment in campus ministry, community service, diversity and inclusion, athletics, student life, and discipline.
Callie (Reger) Abrahamowicz ’04 and husband Andrew welcomed daughter Kaibrie Anne on Nov.17, 2016. She joins big sister Ainslie. The family resides in Bellevue, Washington.
Matt Tuttle ’05 and Katy (Shumm) Tuttle ’05 welcomed their third child, William Gary Tuttle, on Jan. 6, 2017. The happy couple plus daughter Emily, 6, and son Jack, 4, are overjoyed and thrilled to welcome “Sweet William” into their family. The family resides in Willow Glen, California.
Christine M. Pham ’05, J.D. ’11 was named a 2017 honoree of the Silicon Valley Business Journal 40 under 40. Pham works for NASA at the Ames Research Center and serves as an attorney-advisor in the office of the chief counsel. Additionally, she is the president of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California Law Foundation.
Michael Yang J.D. ’06 is a partner at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe, where he works in the firm’s compensation and benefits group.
John T. Shepard ’06, M.S. ’10, Ph.D. ’16 was awarded a doctorate in mechanical engineering from after completing his thesis, “A Framework for Collaborative Multi-Task, Multi-Robot Missions” under the supervision of Christopher Kitts.
Timithie (Gould) Norman ’06 is celebrating her second work anniversary with the Catholic Community Foundation of Los Angeles, a new operation headed by executive director and SCU regent emeritus Kathleen (Habing) Anderson ’72 and led by Board President and SCU Trustee Louis Castruccio ’60. Also working to support the Foundation are Broncos Louise Damberg ’74 and intern Kara Duncan ’17.
Leslie (Maglione) Jensen ’06, J.D. ’09 and her husband James welcomed their second child, Eleanor (Ellie) Marie, on Dec. 19, 2016. Ellie joins big sister Samantha, 3, as the latest San Jose Sharks fan in the family.
Brooke M. Simonson ’07 is teaching English at the Jesuit high school Saint Peter’s Prep in Jersey City. She is engaged to Thomas Juarez, the son and grandson of Santa Clara alumni. The couple resides in New York City but consider themselves “bi-coastal” as they regularly travel back to the West Coast (best coast!) to visit family and friends.
Trina Sheedy '07 is a physician assistant in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco. As a PA, Trina provides urgent and routine care for head and neck cancer patients during all stages of their treatment and surveillance. Originally from Southern California, Trina has worked in emergency medicine and otolaryngology and is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Society of PAs in Otolaryngology, American Academy of PAs, and the California Academy of PAs.