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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.
Emily (Moody) Wilcox ’03, MBA ’09 was promoted to assistant dean of strategic services and dean’s office relations for the Leavey School of Business. Emily and her husband, Lee, recently welcomed a son, Adam Frederick Wilcox. Adam joins big sister, Abby.
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.
Anna (Daugherty) Sexe ’09 and her husband welcomed baby girl Addison Jane on Sept. 13, 2017. They live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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/
Griselda Orozco ’09 returns to SCU as a gift planning associate for University Relations. Previously, she worked in comunity relations at Texas Instruments.
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.
Grace Wu ’10 and Aung Lwin Oo ’11 welcomed baby boy James on Feb. 22, 2017. The family lives in Yangon, Myanmar.
Ruben Dario Villa ’10 is making headlines for his mosaic of Frida Kahlo. Titled Frida4587, the piece is made up of 4,587 pieces of Chiclet gum. Villa writes, “My Frida piece is an expression of my personality. It’s nostalgic. It’s vibrant. It’s catchy and kitschy at the same time.” In addition to his artistic pursuits, Villa works as a visual designer for Google Maps. It was this very experience that inspired the mosaic. He is also founder and CEO of Fúchila Fresheners, a Chicano and Latino pop culture–inspired line of air fresheners. (Fúchila is a phrase used when something is smelly or off-putting.) But Villa isn’t done yet. He’s planning to create another Chiclet mosaic of La Virgen de Guadalupe—and land a Guinness World Record for it.
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.
Elizabeth (McCarty) Baumeister ’10 married William Baumeister on Aug. 12, 2017, at McArthur Burney Falls State Park. They live in San Jose with their two cats, Tormund and Nymeria.
Anshul Ashok Vyas M.S. ’11, Ph.D. ’16 received his doctorate in electrical engineering after completing his thesis, “Carbon Nanotube Vias for End-of-Roadmap Technology Nodes” under the supervision of Cary Y. Yang.
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.
In the fall of 2008, Marc Trasolini ’12, MBA ’16 and Kortney (Wynn) Trasolini ’12 met in a Business 70 class. They were both first-year students. Kortney was a 5-foot-4 accounting major, and Marc was a 6-foot-9 finance major, who also happened to be at SCU on a full basketball scholarship. They became friends and started dating in March 2009. Marc had a tremendous career at Santa Clara, averaging 12.5 points per game and 6.1 rebounds during his four years on the team (he is also ranked No. 9 in career points scored.) After graduation, Marc stayed an extra year to study for his MBA and play one final season of eligibility in basketball, and Kortney received a job offer at Price-Waterhouse, passed her CPA exams, and started her career. Leaving Santa Clara in 2013, Marc signed on to play professional basketball in Europe, and their long-distance relationship began. He played three seasons in Italy before Kortney was able to join him in Europe. During the summer of 2015, Marc proposed to Kortney in the Mission Gardens at SCU, where they had enjoyed many picnics together. After spending a year living and playing basketball in France, the couple married in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Vancouver, British Columbia, which is Marc’s hometown. Their reception was held at the Marine Drive Golf and Country Club, with 185 guests attending. Marc and Kortney Trasolini currently live in Hokkaido, Japan, where Marc is playing pro basketball and Kortney has continued her accounting career as an independent accounting contractor.
Elle Sypek ’12 lives in Denver, Colorado, where she works with STRIVE Preparatory Schools and helps at-risk youth and their families. She earned a master’s degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago, focusing on mental health and migration studies. Before moving to Denver, Sypek twice volunteered at Aarti Home, a Global Fellows Program partner organization in India. A shelter for abandoned children, primarily girls, Aarti works on a United Nations–funded project attempting to end infanticide as well as female feticide.
Kenneth Murata ’11 and Lindsay Lee ’12 were married on March 5, 2017, at Kualoa Ranch in Oahu. They were blessed to have family and friends attend, some of whom were SCU alumni.
Gracelyn Bateman ’12 is back home in LA working for ad tech startup AdTheorent. After completing her master’s in sociology from Columbia University in 2013, she held various positions in marketing and media in New York City.
Gabriella Ziccarelli J.D. ’13 has been named Women in Technology’s “Rising Star” for 2017. She was honored at the organization’s 18th annual Leadership Awards on May 11. Women in Technology (WIT) is the premier organization contributing to the success of professional women in the Washington, D.C., region’s technology community. The “Rising Star” award is presented to a woman who has achieved success in the technology field, empowers colleagues to be architects of change in the technology industry, advances women in technology, and is actively involved in extracurricular, community, and civic activities.
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has nominated Elizabeth Mendez ’13 for outstanding coverage of a breaking news story in Spanish. While at SCU, Mendez triple-majored in political science, ethnic studies, and communication. She works for NBC as a producer in New York.