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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.
Mark Heyl ’88, J.D./MBA ’92 is chair of Hopkins & Carley’s corporate practice, mergers and acquisitions practice group, and its Cannabis industry group in San Jose.
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.
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.”
Chris Carr J.D. ’90 served as the U.S.-Italy Fulbright distinguished chair of business and economics in Napoli, Italy. Carr is a tenured professor at the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo College of Business.
John Slebir J.D. ’91 is senior vice president, business development and general counsel, at VIVUS, a biopharmaceutical company in Campbell. Previously, he was an attorney at Wilson Sonsini.
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.
Simon Chiu ’92 is serving as vice president of financial development at the YMCA Silicon Valley. After 23 years of working in Catholic secondary schools, Chiu is looking forward to the experience of working in a new industry while still working at a mission-oriented organization that serves children and families in the Silicon Valley.
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.
Helen K. Yi ’93 and husband James S. Choi welcomed their third son, Adam Matthew, on August 27, 2017. Mom, Dad, and big brothers Andrew and Aaron are thrilled with the newest addition to their family!
Former COO Tom Schott ’93 has been promoted to president and CEO of Cupertino Electric, Inc., a nationally ranked electrical engineering and construction company. Schott has been with the company for 24 years and remains a member of the company’s board of directors.
Amy Montagne ’93 is Nike’s new VP, GM of Global Categories. A 13-year Nike veteran, she has held senior management roles across Nike including, most recently, VP, GM of the Global Nike Women’s category. She was previously VP, GM of Global Merchandising and also held positions of increasing responsibility in North America, Women’s Training and Sportswear. She also serves on SCU’s Advisory Board of the Leavey School of Business Retail Management Institute.
Lauren Downum J.D ’93 is a director and private wealth advisor at Union Bank in San Francisco. Previously, he was at Wells Fargo for 18 years, serving 11 years as senior vice president and wealth advisor.
Katey Dallosto ’93 writes, “My fellow classmate, Christina Mifsud ’93, and I had a wonderful time in Florence, Italy. She is a knowledgeable tour guide and will customize any tour on the needs of her clients. While I was in Rome, I presented my new book, Fortune Cookie Leadership. It was a wonderful trip! Grazie Mille!”
Catie Costa ’93 published her second novel, Hiding Boys in Bathrooms (2017). Screenplays for Hiding Boys in Bathrooms, as well as for her first novel, Love on the Rocks, have been written. Both are in pre-production for filming.
Frank Nguyen J.D. ’94 is vice president of intellectual property and licensing for Intuitive Surgical, a pioneer in the field of robotic-assisted surgery.