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Christopher Sebastiani ’07 writes, “Robyn Sebastiani ’06 and I welcomed two new Broncos to our family on March 4! Our twin girls, Reagan Rose and Harper Hanson, were born healthy at 11:13 p.m. and 11:20 p.m. We can't wait for what the future holds for these beautiful girls and look forward to including them in our SCU community.”
Molly Scudder ’07 married Kyle Haynes on July 25, 2015 in Sonoma, California. The wedding party included Annie Scudder Gabillet ’06, Lauren (Martinez) Britts ’07, and Brooke Simonson ’07. The couple lives in Lafayette, Indiana. Molly earned her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2014 and is an assistant professor of political science at Purdue University.
Hendrik Pretorius J.D. ’07 joined Pearl Law Group to chair its high growth practice. Pretorius oversees immigration solutions for startups, investors, and entrepreneurs.
Ever Leon ’07 is a teacher at St. Martin of Tours School in San Jose and enjoys working in a close-knit community. He’s done numerous theater productions in the Bay Area and trained at ACT in San Francisco. He is applying to the psychology Ph.D. program at the University of San Francisco. Most recently, he moved to Mountain View with his partner and is enjoying the city’s diversity.
Ross Dakin ’07 has moved to New York City following the completion of his appointment as a Presidential Innovation Fellow under the Obama administration.
Lauren (Feeney) Brown ’07 and Colin Brown welcomed their son, Henry Feeney Brown, on Feb. 16, 2017. Henry was delivered by Dr. Sara Pauk ’07 in Seattle, Washington.
Kristina Chiapella Poulter ’09 and Stuart Poulter ’08 of Pacific Grove welcomed their first child, Ella Catherine, into the world on March 24.
Esther Armendariz Ludlow M.A. ’08 recently celebrated the first anniversary of her podcast, “Once Upon a Crime,” which has been downloaded more than 2 million times. Ludlow writes, produces, and edits the weekly true crime podcast independently. “Once Upon a Crime” has been written up in The Mercury News and Entertainment Weekly, and Ludlow has been a featured speaker at historical societies and other community organizations. She is working on her first book about a true crime case that took place in her hometown.
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Michael Becerra MBA ’08 is participating in SeaPaddle NYC, a 25-mile paddleboard race that raises awareness for autism and environmental preservation.
On June 3, de Saisset Museum Assistant Director Lauren Baines ’08 premiered Something About Chairs (a seat at the table/a seat of one’s own) at San Jose’s Theatre on San Pedro Square with her company Lauren Baines Dance/Theatre. The performance featured alumnae dancers Claire Calalo ’07, Julia Canavese ’08, and Jessica de Leon ’09, and utilized chairs as props to symbolize sources of power and the challenges of accessing it. In addition to movement, the piece featured spoken word elements that explored the social obstacles to being heard as well as incorporated the dancers’ personal stories and excerpts from Witold Rybczynski’s 2016 book Now I Sit Me Down: From Klismos to Plastic Chair: A Natural History.
After seven years of dating, Tyrus Abram ’08 and Cristina Ramos ’10 married on April 15, 2017. The wedding party included fellow Broncos Ryan Romanchuk ’08, David Stanton ’08, Greg Moore ’08, Michael Laubenthal ’08, Megan Lyons ’08, and Nicole Ramos ’12.
Kelli (McCormick) Taylor ’09 and Michael Taylor ’09 are pleased to announce their marriage on April 29 at The Club at Ruby Hill in Pleasanton. Santa Clara alumni in the bridal party included Emily Stewart ’09, Katrina (Bakamus) Stump ’09, Hana Francisco ’11, Chad Dupic ’09, Brian Belcher ’09, Derek Brown ’09, Jason Cook ’09, and the bride’s brother, Michael McCormick III ’13. The wedding was officiated by the bride’s uncle, Matthew McCormick ’87. Kelli is a psychologist and an adjunct professor at Santa Clara’s School of Education and Counseling Psychology, and Michael is senior director of market development at Addepar. They live in Los Gatos with their dog, Milo.
Crystal Riggins J.D. ’09 was named a 2017 honoree for the Silicon Valley Business Journal 40 under 40. She was recognized as an accomplished business litigator, trial attorney, and as a strong Title IX advocate. Crystal is also a shareholder of Hoge Fenton and an adjunct professor at the School of Law.
Read more: http://www.hogefenton.com/news-events/hoge-fenton-shareholder-crystal-riggins-honored-silicon-valley-business-journals-40-40-2017/
Cherie (Motobu) Lambrecht ’09 and Greg Lambrecht ’10 welcomed their first child, Claire, on March 17. Scott Motobu ’13 is thrilled to be an uncle for the first time.
Tae-Woong Koo J.D. ’09 is a partner at the Silicon Valley office of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP. Tae-Woong’s practice focuses on protection, prosecution, enforcement, and monetization of patent rights. Morgan Lewis is among the top five largest U.S. law firms, and has 30 offices around the world, including Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
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.
Paul Breucop ’06 and Lizette Faraji ’09 joyfully welcomed their daughter, Phoenix Azadeh Breucop, to the world on Feb. 21, 2017.
Bryan Donaldson ’09 is the brewing innovation manager at Lagunitas Brewing Co., working closely with various departments to ensure that Lagunitas stays on the forefront of the brewing industry. After completing his master’s degree in brewing and fermentation science at UC Davis, he interned at Anheuser-Busch and worked as a brewer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. At Lagunitas, he also assists specialty brewing in testing new recipes and ideas—and his favorite brew is whatever is currently in his hands—or A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’. Bryan lives in Santa Rosa with his wife, Karen, and dog, Apollo. He is also the Napa/Santa Rosa Chapter president of the SCU Alumni Association.
Baylee Zwart ’10 designs 18k-gold fine jewelry that helps benefit ocean-related causes, in partnership with the Sausalito Marine Mammal Center. For every purchase, 10 pounds of food is donated to the Center—whose mission is to save and rehabilitate endangered marine mammals. Zwart’s collections are presented each season at Paris and New York Fashion Week and are sold at luxury retailers including Matches Fashion, Moda Operandi, Dover Street Market, and her own website, AzleeJewelry.com. Before starting AZLEE, Zwart led sustainability in product design at TOMS—a shoe company that donates one pair of shoes for every purchase made.
To learn more, please visit AzleeJewelry.com.
Swetha Sirupa MBA ’10 recently made the move from Oracle to BlackBerry, accepting a position as a marketing strategist specializing in cybersecurity (IoT) and enterprise cloud. Throughout her career, Sirupa has focused on enabling companies to achieve market establishment and expansion goals through go-to-market enablers. She has more than seven years of progressive experience in product marketing and customer and sales support.
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.
On Sept. 24, 2016, Cassandra Anne Ilich Reed ’10 married Shaun Michael Reed in front of 200 guests in a traditional Serbian Orthodox ceremony, presided by Father Tumbas and Father Bunjevic at the home of the bride’s parents, Chateau Summerset, in the wine and gold country of Northern California. Cassandra, 28, is a marketing professional in Evergreen, Colorado. She graduated cum laude with multiple degrees (B.S. in political science, B.A. in French and German, minors in Spanish and international studies). Shaun, 34, is a P.E.-licensed mechanical engineer in Denver, Colorado. He graduated with a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. The couple enjoyed a monthlong African honeymoon on safari in Ethiopia, sailing around Seychelles Islands, and touring Morocco. They now reside at their home, Sierra Dorado Ranch, in the Rocky Mountains of Golden, Colorado.
You can read the New York Times article about our wedding here: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/fashion/weddings/vows-the-gift-of-the-goat-sealed-the-deal.html?_r=0