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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.
Anirban Kundu M.S. ’05 was named a 2017 honoree for the Silicon Valley Business Journal 40 under 40. He serves as the CTO of Evernote and previously worked for Yahoo.
Jennifer Cheng J.D. ’05 is vice president and general counsel at Adverum Biotechnologies, where she has worked since 2015. Previously, she served as patent counsel at global pharmaceutical company Allergan and at other biotechnology companies.
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.
Elizabeth (Bugarin) Palumbi ’06 married Anthony Roberts Palumbi near her alma mater in a Roman Catholic ceremony at the Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park on March 5, 2016. Several Broncos were in attendance and were members of the bridal party. The newlyweds reside in Orangevale, California, and look forward to building a life together.
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.
James Servino ’07 moved from Washington, D.C. to the U.S. Territory of Guam after nearly a decade working for LGBT equality as an associate director at the Human Rights Campaign. He serves as chief of staff in the Guam legislature for Senator Régine Biscoe Lee. Guam is also home to Speaker B.J. Cruz J.D. ’75 and Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson J.D. ’79.
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.
Marcella (Reynolds) Beasley ’08 married Travis Patrick Beasley on Dec. 10, 2016, in Fresno, California. Her bridal party included fellow alumna Amanda Lowrey ’08.
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.