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Patricia (Feeney) Gallagher ’80 joins Catholic Charities of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin as chief development officer. In this new position, Gallagher will be responsible for providing innovative leadership and strategic vision to all aspects of Catholic Charities’ development and fundraising program.
Here is press release https://catholiccharitiessf.org/news/catholic-charities-names-new-chief-development-officer/
Howard Rudolf ’81, M.S. ’83 is working for the federal government as a safety and occupational health manager for the Presidio Trust, the agency that runs the Presidio, a former Army base turned national park in San Francisco. Additionally, he is a part-time mathematics instructor at De Anza Community College in Cupertino and plays keyboard in a rock band called the Presidiots.
Chris Meissner ’82, president and CEO of Meissner Filtration Products, is the 2018 chair of the board of directors for the Economic Development Collaborative in Ventura County, California. A Southern California native, Meissner founded Meissner Filtration Products in 1989 in Camarillo, California. He has received numerous awards, including the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Man of the Year Award and Cal State Channel Islands Business and Technology Partnership’s 2015 Community and Business Leader of the Year Award.
Lawrence Yee MBA ’83 of Ojai, California, has been reappointed to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, where he has served since 2012. He was president and coordinating director at the national Food Commons from 2010 to 2015, a national program leader for food marketing systems innovations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2003 to 2004, and served in several positions at the University of California Cooperative Extension from 1975 to 2008, including director of the University of California Cooperative Extension, Ventura County, and director of the University of California Hansen Trust. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $250 per diem. Yee is registered without party preference and is 69 years old.
Wayne Repich ’83 has been named vice president of development at Enovate Engineering (formerly Conti Professional). Previously, Repich worked at Dewberry, where he was responsible for client services on various projects.
Colleen T. Davies-Ronan J.D. ’83 has received the Alumni Special Achievement Award from Santa Clara School of Law, which recognizes outstanding achievements of law school alumni who have distinguished themselves in their profession, community, and in service to humanity. Davies-Ronan is senior counsel at Reed Smith and a member of the firm’s life sciences health industry group. During her 35-year career, she has been a partner at both Reed Smith and the firm with which it merged—Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May. For ten years, she served on Reed Smith’s senior management team as global chair of the litigation department and head of legal personnel. During this time, the firm underwent rapid global expansion across the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, growing to 1,600 lawyers in 23 offices around the world. She has focused her litigation practice on complex product liability and commercial defense, and her experience includes national counsel roles and the management of enterprise risk for pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer product manufacturers. She has been recognized by Chambers USA for both product liability defense and life sciences; named by the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Daily Journal as among the Top Women Litigators; and featured as one of California’s top women rainmakers by California Law Business. She is a member of Santa Clara Law’s Advisory Board and serves as chair of its Executive Committee. A UC Davis undergraduate alumni who majored in English language and literature, she is married to Joe Ronan, formerly general counsel and senior vice president of government affairs at Calpine, and they are the proud parents of Katie (a Boston College graduate) and Patrick (a junior at Columbia University).
McGregor Scott ’85 was nominated by the president and unanimously confirmed by the Senate to serve as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California. As the chief federal lawyer in the Eastern District, Scott will oversee an office of 90 lawyers responsible for prosecuting federal crimes and representing the federal government in civil litigation. The Eastern District covers 34 of California’s 58 counties and is headquartered in Sacramento with a branch office in Fresno. Scott previously served in this same position from 2003 to 2009. He and his wife, Jennifer, reside with their three sons in El Dorado Hills.
Nathan Pendleton ’85, MBA ’89 has opened a physical location of his company, Nox Cookie Bar. The shop opened its doors in downtown San Jose and serves cookies, ice cream, and ice cream sandwiches—and continues to offer its signature cookie delivery service (developed out of the founder's need for late-night snacks that could fuel the final hours of project completion), which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Timothy Jeffries ’85 serves as the executive chairman of ChemResearch Company and serves on several other boards of directors. Wife Mary Frances ’87 is the headmaster of Archway Classical Academy Veritas, a charter school in the Great Hearts network.
Todd M. Goolkasian '85 and the structural engineering firm Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group were published in the national Magazine of the American Society of Civil Engineers for a project they completed in Healdsburg. This project, notable for its historic preservation and sustainability, won five local, state, and national awards in 2017. His wife, Maureen (Orlando) Goolkasian '85, is Cornerstone’s chief financial officer.
Jayshree Ullal ’86 has become the first female Indian-American billionaire, according to Forbes.com. Ullal served as vice president of marketing at Crescendo Communications, which was taken over by Cisco in 1993. She rose to senior vice president of the Data Center, Switching & Security Technology Group of the company, overseeing more than 20 mergers and acquisitions and $10 billion in revenue. In 2008, Ullal stepped into the role of president and CEO of Arista Networks, a small startup that grew under her leadership into a public company with an $18 billion market cap within a decade.
Patrick Machado ’86, co-founder and former chief business and financial officer of Medivation, has been appointed to the board of directors for Endocyte, a biopharmaceutical company developing targeted therapeutics for personalized cancer treatment. Machado is a seasoned biotech executive and experienced board member with more than 20 years of experience leading finance, business development, and legal functions.
Marc Monte ’88 was inducted into the Cabrillo College Hall of Fame as a community contributor in February 2018 as part of the second inaugural class of inductees.
Thomas Stocking ’90 married Raemarie Kauder (University of Florida, class of ’94) on April 21, 2017.
Eric Nemechek ’90 writes, “Apologizing for the delay in submitting our fantastic family news, we’ve been a little busy. Imarried Katherine Sperry on July 6, 2013, in Katherine’s hometown of Seattle. Surrounded and supported by three generations of family and friends, the ceremony was held at the Seattle Tennis Club. Essentially a giant family reunion, we were also blessed to have friends in attendance from our grade school, high school, college, and post-college grown-up lives. A few months prior to Tommy Nemechek (Regis Jesuit class of ’18) starting his first year of high school, Katherine and I welcomed Tommy’s baby brother, Andrew (Regis Jesuit class of ’32), on April 17, 2014. Katherine graduated from Gonzaga, so basketball season can be a little rough around our house in Littleton, Colorado. Tommy will be attending UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy, International Relations program, in fall 2018.”
Debra Low-Skinner M.S. ’91 has been appointed the vicar of Christ Episcopal Church Sei Ko Kai and chair of the Asian Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of California.
Jeff Henderson MBA ’91 has been appointed senior vice president of corporate development at Lumileds, a lighting solutions company. Before joining Lumileds, Henderson led corporate development at Keysight Technologies.
Nearly 20 years after being one of the biggest names in sports, Brandi Chastain ’91 has been inducted into the 2018 Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. “It’s a big honor, especially here, acknowledging what a great well of sports personalities we have in our community,” she says. “And it’s always nice to celebrate women in sports.”
Shauna L. Chastain ’91 J.D. ’96 has been appointed to the Solano County Superior Court as a judge. Chastain has been a sole practitioner since 2007. She was an associate at Mattice Law Offices from 1998 to 2007 and at the Law Offices of Lynne Yates-Carter from 1996 to 1998. She is certified as a family law specialist.
Sonoma Brands, founded by Jon Sebastiani ’92, closed its second fund at $60 million, which is aimed at continuing the company’s strategy of investing in consumer brands and incubating new concepts. Sebastiani is the founder of KRAVE, an artisanal jerky brand that was acquired by The Hershey Company in 2016.
Adrian Amelse MBA ’92 rode 2,950 miles in two months to complete USA Bike Tours Coast-2-Coast Ride from San Diego to St. Augustine, Florida. Amelse rode up to 75 miles per day through mountains, desert, hills, and flat land. Next on his bucket list: He plans to tackle the Northern Tier ride from Seattle to Boston in 2020.