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Showing class notes submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 1980s
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.
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.
Matt Aubertine ’80 retired from IBM in Austin, Texas, after over 30 years.
Patrick Taylor M.A. ’81 retired after 43 years as an Ignatian educator, serving as director of resident students (twice), dean of students, director of student activities, campus minister, personal and academic guidance counselor, JV baseball coach, roller hockey coach—and for the past four years, program director for personal counseling. He says, “This ministry has filled my heart with gladness and gratitude for the many wonderful memories and cherished relationships with Bellarmine colleagues, students, and families. My service has been guided by the Bellarmine motto (and Santa Clara charism) ‘men & women for and with others’ as well as the scripture verse ‘Much is expected from those to whom much has been given’ (Luke 12:49). God has blessed me in a special way these past 43 years in addition to my life pathway of 65 years. Being a Bronco is awesome, too!”
Lloyd A. Schmidt ’78, J.D. ’81 has joined Hoge Fenton, a law firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, bringing over 30 years of experience. A veteran in his field, Schmidt is a practicing attorney specializing in corporate advising, mergers and acquisitions, and business transactions. He was previously a shareholder of Hopkins & Carley and served as its chair of the corporate, tax, and business transactions department. At Hoge Fenton, he looks forward to advising and counseling clients in technology, e-commerce, and a multitude of other sectors.
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 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.
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.
Ray Núñez ’83 was appointed chief financial officer for all organizations under the Vanir Group of Companies in Sacramento, California. A senior finance and operations executive with more than 30 years of experience, Núñez has worked for businesses at every stage of development—from startups to Fortune 100 companies. He and his wife, Celia, have lived in Rocklin, California, for the last 20 years and have two children: Ana, who is studying at University of Cambridge, and Diego, who is a sixth grader. Núñez stays busy coaching his son’s little league team and fly-fishing in the Sierra.
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.
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!
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.
Mary Beth Cebedo Lefebvre ’86 is an IT project manager at Stanford University. This summer, she attended a family reunion in Lake Tahoe, California, with her parents and siblings Francis Cebedo ’87, Celine Cebedo Schmidek ’88, Josephine Cebedo Copeland ’90, and their families.
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.
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.
Avis Bishop-Thompson J.D. ’87 is a partner with DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, representing private and public clients in education, labor, and employment law. She has been nominated for the Superior Court in New Jersey by Gov. Chris Christie.
Linda B. Johnson M.A. ’88 retired from the University of New Hampshire as librarian in 2016. She is emeritus associate professor at the University of New Hampshire.