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George Clause ’75, J.D. ’79 was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers at the organization’s spring meeting in Boca Raton, Florida. He is a partner at Hayes Scott Bonino Ellingson & McLay in Redwood City. Membership in the College is by invitation and is limited to 1 percent of the total lawyer population of the state in which the member practices.
Silicon Valley Business Journal has named Terri Marcroft ’80 one of its 2017 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley. Through her consulting firm MarketSavvy Inc., she serves local tech companies as their “interim VP of marketing,” developing positioning, messaging, go-to-market strategy, and execution.
Company contact info: www.Market-Savvy.com, 408-656-1876, firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen (Sly) Flynn ’80 retired after 31 years with the Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office, serving as its chief assistant for the past 14 years. She and her husband, Dan, are proud of their sons, John Flynn ’16, a freelance writer, and Jimmy Flynn ’18, editor in chief of The Santa Clara.
Following her tenure as director of production finance at Arnold Shapiro Productions, Dorothy Duder ’80 has joined MAK Pictures in Sherman Oaks, California, as director of production finance. She resides in North Hollywood with her Academy Award–winning husband, artist Doug Drexler. Both have been active in television production for more than 25 years.
E. Scott Douglas ’80, J.D. ’83 is celebrating his 20th year as a full-time legal mediator. Since forming Douglas Mediation in 1997, Douglas has successfully resolved over 2,700 disputes on a national basis involving FINRA securities actions and a broad range of commercial litigation matters. He lives and works in Manhattan Beach, California.
Rolanda Pierre Dixon J.D. ’80 served as keynote speaker at Mission College’s African American Celebration Luncheon, which recognizes achievements made by African Americans.
Pierre Dixon was the first African American assistant district attorney in the history of the District Attorney's Office in Santa Clara County. In 1991, she established the first domestic violence unit in Santa Clara County, among many other accomplishments, retiring in 2011 after 30 years of service.
With humor and insight, Pierre Dixon led attendees through her musings on current events, early motivations for becoming a lawyer, and reasoning behind advocating for the domestic violence unit.
“Every child deserves to be raised in a home of peace—can't promise them all a million dollars, can't give them all a scholarship—but we can certainly keep them in a home where they're not being abused, where their mothers are not being abused,” she said. “And for me, that was what I wanted to speak to.”
Pierre Dixon's journey to becoming a lawyer was at times fraught with challenge. While attending Lowell High in San Francisco, her guidance counselor told her she could never become a lawyer because it was “too difficult.” It took her mother calling the school before Pierre Dixon was put back on the right track to support her career interests.
“I was lucky,” she said. Even though Pierre Dixon grew up in a single-parent household, her mother always made it clear “my girls are going to do what they need to do to be successful.”
Positive self-talk and years of hard work ultimately paid off for Pierre Dixon, who was over the moon when she learned she passed the bar exam.
“I cried from the depth of my toes to the top of my head,” she recalled. “In that moment, in that phone call, I had been told that my dreams had been fulfilled. I was an attorney and licensed to practice law in the State of California. I was 24-years-old.”
Matt Aubertine ’80 retired from IBM in Austin, Texas, after over 30 years.
Edythe DeMarco ’81, a wealth management advisor for Merrill Lynch, has been named one of America’s top 100 women financial advisors by Barron’s for 2017. The Barron’s ranking reflects assets under management, annual revenues, and the quality of the advisor’s practice. DeMarco, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, has been working at Merrill Lynch in Providence, Rhode Island, for 35 years, helping clients successfully manage wealth and achieve their financial goals.
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.
Christine Russell ’71, MBA ’83 has been appointed to the board of directors of eGain, a leading provider of cloud customer engagement solutions. Russell is CFO of UniPixel and a director and audit committee chair of QuickLogic Corporation. Prior to joining UniPixel in 2015, she served as CFO for a number of technology companies, including Vendavo, a leading provider of SaaS pricing optimization software; EAG; Virage Logic; and OuterBay Technologies. Russell serves on the board and is a former chair of Silicon Valley Directors Exchange (SVDX). She has also served as president of Financial Executives International (Silicon Valley Chapter) and is an emeritus member of the Leavey School of Business advisory board.
Wayne Repich ’83 has received associate design-build professional certification from the Design-Build Institute of America. He is the director of client services at the New York City office of Dewberry, a leading market-facing firm that provides professional services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Repich has more than 34 years of experience in real estate, finance, and development and is responsible for various projects across several service lines at Dewberry. He is a member of Design-Build Institute of America; the New York Building Congress, where he serves on the government affairs committee; the Performance Based Building Coalition, where he serves on the legislative committee; the Society for College and University Planning; the American Institute of Architects–New York; Professional Women in Construction; the Metropolitan Railway Club of New York; the Building Owners and Managers of New York; and the California Association of Mortgage Professionals.
After a nationwide search, Todd Howeth J.D. ’83 was appointed chief public defender for Ventura County. With 27 years of experience for the county, Howeth’s office will work to defend minors and adults in both felony and misdemeanor cases. Howeth lives with his wife, Marty, and has three children: Sarah, Jacob, and India.
Jesper Rasmussen J.D. ’84 is a trial attorney who has practiced law in California for more than 30 years. While Rasmussen has in-depth knowledge and experience in many areas of the law, he now specializes in employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination, public entity defense, civil rights, business litigation, and anti-SLAPP litigation.
Rasmussen has successfully tried cases to verdict in both state and federal courts, including a three-week jury trial for FEHA retaliation, where his client was awarded $110,000 in costs, and a two-week jury trial in U.S. District Court for alleged violations of the ADA and rights of privacy. He has never lost a case he has taken to trial, and he’s appeared and argued before the California Supreme Court as well as worked on an appeal that resulted in a precedent-setting Internet libel opinion by the California Supreme Court. Rasmussen has a strong track record of resolving cases in their early stages, having won more than 40 motions for summary judgment. He also has extensive experience in writs and appeals.
Retired Colonel Bart Howard ’84 served as a featured military history guest lecturer on a Viking Ocean Cruises ship sailing around the Mediterranean. While on board, he befriended two other Broncos: Steve Silvestri ’75, MBA ’77, and Dick Lambert ’76, MBA ’79. Here they are in Malta. What a small Bronco world!
Phil Rehkemper ’85, MBA ’89 was recently named VP and CFO of Freeman, a leading global provider of brand experiences and integrated services for experiential marketing. He will be responsible for the company’s accounting, tax, financial planning and analysis, real estate, and treasury teams.
Fred Hamel ’85 has published Choice and Agency in the Writing Workshop: Developing Engaged Writers, Grades 4–6, through Teachers College Press. The book explains what happened when he and a fourth-grade teacher decided to create a weekly writing workshop that allowed students greater autonomy than is typical in schools. The book is “an observational, reflective study about paying attention to the range of things kids do to make acts of writing accessible and meaningful.” Hamel is a professor in the School of Education at University of Puget Sound.
The book is available at https://www.tcpress.com/choice-and-agency-in-the-writing-workshop-9780807758557
Joe Allanson ’85 is thrilled to have joined the board of trustees at the University of San Francisco. While a Santa Clara Bronco at heart (Once a Bronco, Always a Bronco), USF is a place where his contributions have the potential to make a greater impact. Allanson continues to serve as a trustee at St. Ignatius College Preparatory and will be hitting his six-year term limit in June 2018. He is also the chief accounting officer and controller for Salesforce.com in San Francisco, where he recently celebrated his 14th anniversary at the company.
Stephen Gronowski J.D. ’86 and his wife, Katy (Mortezai) Gronowski J.D./MBA ’87, are in private practice in Walnut Creek. Stephen specializes in transactional real estate. Katy is a certified specialist in family law and has taught law school courses in family law and community property. They live with their children in Alamo, California. Their oldest daughter, Madeline Gronowski ’21, is about to become a Bronco.
Laura (Thompson) Donohue ’86 has a tax practice, Donohue & Associates, and works as a certified clinical hypnotherapist. She and her boyfriend, Jason, live in Grass Valley, California. Her son, Matthew, attends San Jose State, her daughter, Sarah, attends Sacramento State, and her daughter, Megan, graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Peter Phung Phu Nghiem M.S. ’87, M.S. ’14, Ph.D. ’17 was awarded a Ph.D. in computer science and engineering after completing his thesis, “Towards Efficient Resource Provisioning in Hadoop” under the supervision of Silvia M. Figueira.
Christopher Der Manuelian J.D./MBA ’87 is a personal injury attorney with offices in Jackson, Modesto, and Stockton, California. He worked as an insurance defense attorney in the Bay Area for the first 10 years of his career.
Dana Curtis J.D. ’87 was the keynote speaker at the 2017 San Francisco Peacemaker Awards for Community Boards of San Francisco. She is Santa Clara Law’s new director of conflict resolution programming.