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Gary T. Shara '67, J.D. '70 is a business and corporate attorney in San Jose. He is a Professor of Law at Lincoln Law School and for 18 years, an Adjunct Professor in the College of Business at California State University Monterey Bay. For ten years, Gary hosted a weekly cable television interview show called "Minding Your Business." He and his wife Kay are actively involved in the Rotary Club of San Jose and Gary will serve as President in 2018-2019. They enjoy spending time with their 7 grandchildren.
Cathy (Carlos) De Maria '70, M.A. '71 received an Honorary Diploma at the Annual Commencement Ceremony from and for Sacred Heart Nativity Schools, San Jose, by President Sonya Arriola for "exemplary service on behalf of Sacred Heart Nativity Schools." She and her husband, Joe, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on February 16, 2017 with Mass and Renewal of their Vows in the Mission Church - where it all started 25 years ago!
Donald Sullivan ’68, J.D. ’71 retired on March 1, 2017, as a Superior Court judge for the State of California, County of San Francisco. Sullivan lives in Mill Valley with his wife, Genevieve, who continues to teach French. The pair travel a lot, preferring it over housework any day!
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.
Daniel Selmi ’72, J.D. ’75 was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown '59, to the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Board. Selmi has been a professor of law at Loyola Law School since 1983. He served as a deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General from 1976 to 1983 and as a law clerk for the Honorable Manuel L. Real at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California from 1975 to 1976.
Charlie Rausch ’72 was appointed interim chief zoning administrator for the Department of City Planning in Los Angeles. Rausch has worked for the city for the past 40 years and is still having fun!
For his contribution to the field of electrical engineering and the advancement of renewable energy research and adoption, Richard “Dick” DeBlasio ’72 received the School of Engineering's highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, recognizing alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and University service have set them apart.
DeBlasio is a Research Fellow Emeritus at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). With a career at NREL spanning more than 35 years, he has been instrumental in furthering renewable energy research and adoption both nationally and internationally. His work has contributed immeasurably to the efficiency, reliability, affordability, and adoption of renewable energy systems. Industry and government standards that enable the use of renewables in conjunction with central power systems were achieved through his leadership and foundational research, and he led the effort that has become the standard for Smart Grid modernization.
Scores of scholarly publications attest to DeBlasio's influence in his field, as do numerous industry awards—ANSI Finnegan Standards Medal for extraordinary leadership in the actual development and application of consensus standards, IEEE Charles Proteus Steinmetz Medal for contributions to the standardization and global impact of distributed electric power system technology, IEEE Lifetime Achievement Award, and recognition by Fierce Energy Magazine as one of 13 nationally influential experts on energy, to name just a few.
Leslie Leonetti ’73 has joined the SCU Ethics Center as an external relations manager. In this new role, she will manage the Center’s annual giving initiatives, cultivation events, and outreach to donors and alumni. Leonetti brings a wealth of experience in both university and private sector fundraising. Previously, she served as a class giving officer for the development office. She writes that she is very happy working for the Ethics Center and proud to be a part of the Santa Clara employee family!
Thirty-seven years ago, Esteban Valenzuela J.D. '76 founded the Law Offices Of Esteban L. Valenzuela & Associates, in Santa Maria, California. Valenzuela is an accomplished trial attorney and has litigated cases in the Superior Courts, the Court of Appeals, and before the Supreme Court. He assists clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases. He is also a decorated Vietnam veteran, U.S. Marine Corps, E-4.
Retired Superior Court Judge, County of Santa Clara, Eugene M. Hyman J.D. '77 continues to speak to both national and international audiences about, and publish articles on, issues surrounding domestic violence in the criminal and family courts--especially with co-occurring issues of substance abuse and mental health. He has a special interest in domestic violence as it affects children in the home and in the family court setting. He has special understanding of sexual abuse, stalking, and strangulation, as they intersect with domestic violence. Hyman taught as a Lecturer in Law at the Santa Clara University School of Law for over 25 years where he has taught a course "Domestic Violence Law Seminar" for the past several years.
Member of the SCU Law School Board of Visitors Howard Peters J.D. ’78, and wife Sally Peters, received the 2016 Helen M. Free Award for outstanding public outreach from the American Chemical Society. Both former laboratory chemists, they were honored at a ceremony in Philadelphia in August 2016. For nearly 20 years, the Peters have toured the United States sharing their signature presentation, “Chocolate — Food of the Gods,” which explores the history and chemistry of one of America’s favorite treats.
They also have been scientist-author lecturers on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and on Princess Cruises ships. Other venues have included churches, science clubs, children’s museums and schools. Through these activities, they say they have reached out to virtually every demographic, including underrepresented groups in science. They spoke at SCU Law Alumni Reunions in 2015 and 2016, presenting "Chocolate: A Religious Experience" with samples and a free raffle for a 10-pound bar of bittersweet chocolate.
Patrick Maher ’78 is senior counsel in the Dallas office of Ogletree Deakins. He is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Maher is a past chair of the State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law Section and of the Tarrant County Bar Labor and Employment Law Section. He previously served as chair of the Council of Section Chairs and as a section representative for the board of directors of the State Bar of Texas.
Nancy Allen Lee ’78 retired from Ross Stores Inc. in 2014 after 24 years. She moved to a wonderful community on Lake Wylie in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2016. She writes, “My youngest is a senior at SCU. I've been married 28 years. Loving retirement!”
Mario Cordero J.D. ’78 has been named executive director of the Port of Long Beach, California, the second largest container port in the U.S. Previously, he served as chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission on appointment by President Obama.
Paul Totah ’79 published The Gospel of Everyone: A Poetic Retelling of the Gospel of Luke (Resource Publications). This is his 32nd year working at St. Ignatius College Prep (SI) in San Francisco, where he serves as director of communications and editor of Genesis Magazine. His daughter, Lauren Totah ’11, is now his colleague, working as a counselor at SI.
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Scott Richard Lord J.D. ’79 is trial lawyer specializing in construction contracts and disputes. In 2015 he published The Logic Bomb, a suspenceful novel involving an attorney, a malicious computer program, and a showdown in court involving Chinese spies, domestic terrorists, and the U.S. government. Many of the characters and situations in his fiction are inspired by people and cases he has encountered during his long career. Scott is a student of the Italian language and is a devoted opera lover. Scott is also a five-time Jeopardy! winner. He lives with his wife and children in Santa Monica.
Barry O’Brien ’79 is an executive producer of GONE, a new dramatic series from NBC Universal Television. The show stars Chris Noth (Sex and the City) and Danny Pino (Law and Order) and is filming on location in Pittsburgh.
For his impact on the semiconductor chip industry and the advancement of computing, Bill Holt M.S. ’79 received the School of Engineering's highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, recognizing alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and University service have set them apart.
In Silicon Valley, the semiconductor industry exploded, in part, based on what's known as Moore's Law—the maxim that the computing power of integrated circuits would double about every two years. For more than 40 years, Bill Holt led the teams that delivered the efficiency, innovation, and cost reductions that drove the industry and proved Moore's Law to be true. During his time at Intel, processors became 3,500 times more powerful and 90,000 times more energy efficient. You can read more about Holt and this endeavor in the Spring 2016 edition of this mag.
Beginning his career in DRAM development as a development engineer, Holt assumed a number of management roles before being elected corporate vice president in 2003 and taking on the management of TMG in 2005. Under his guidance, Intel consistently led the industry in revolutionizing transistor technologies. A consummate innovator and leader, he had a marked influence not only on his company, but on his industry—and the nation's economy. In 2015, he received the Semiconductor Industry Association's highest honor, the Robert N. Noyce Award for Longstanding Accomplishments on Behalf of Industry.
Dave Fiore ’79 retired June 1, 2016, from the Oregon Education Foundation where he worked for the last 16 years after teaching high school English in Bend, Oregon. He and his wife, Tracey (Hammond) ’82, plan to travel, golf, and do whatever else they choose.