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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.
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.
Jennifer Rosky MBA ’82 writes, “I just visited my college graduate daughter in Vancouver, British Columbia. It was amazing trip. The sky is so clear there and the people are so happy. It was a pleasure to spend the time with her. Now one more to go!”
Jennifer Hamburg Rosky, 323.932.6051 and LinkedIn profile.
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!
Mark Ghan J.D. ’85 is serving as acting president of Western Nevada College (WNC). He is excited to serve as president while WNC conducts a national search for a new president to lead the college. “It is my goal to ensure the college does not lose momentum in advancing the program and projects that make WNC a special place,” he says.
After more than a decade of board service, Brian Linnane, S.J., MDV ’86, STL ’88 has been named chair of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) Board of Directors. The AJCU board is comprised of the presidents of all 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States and includes an executive committee of seven presidents. Since 2005, Fr. Linnane has been serving as president of Loyola University Maryland. Previously, he served as assistant dean and associate professor of religious studies at College of the Holy Cross.
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.
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.
John Leupp ’87 and his wife, Kara, just welcomed their first baby, John (Jack) Leon Leupp on Sept. 27, 2017. They couldn't be happier!
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.
The University of Rhode Island (URI) has named R. Anthony Rolle ’88 its inaugural dean of the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies. He writes, “Upon my arrival, I met Fernando Guzman ’80, URI’s director of diverse faculty and staff recruitment and retention. After chatting, we found that we both are from San Jose’s East Side (Dr. Guzman went to Overfelt HS and I attended Yerba Buena)—literally separated by the 101. We were just marveling about how two poor kids from the East Side attended SCU and now are at the URI. SCU truly is life changing.”
Rolle began his new position on July 1. “Dr. Rolle is an accomplished leader and scholar of education finance and economic policy, with expertise in the organizational and sociopolitical environments that influence the accuracy of economic productivity, policy efficacy, and equity measurements utilized for public education systems,” said Donald H. DeHayes, provost and vice president for academic affairs. Additionally, he has extensive administrative and leadership experiences in program and budget development, faculty development, and curriculum improvements related to higher education, professional leadership, and special populations programs. “Working with students, staff, and faculty in The Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies will provide a number of great opportunities,” Rolle said. “My hope is that our re-visioning efforts will create avenues for academic and professional successes that enrich the Rhode Island community.” Rolle’s research has been published in more than 50 books, journals, and monographs. While at Texas A&M, University of South Florida, and University of Houston, he conducted and managed nationally and internationally recognized K–12 education finance and policy research projects for various governmental and higher education policy centers. Rolle is the 2017 President of the National Education Finance Academy, an organization providing national leadership focused on integrating educational research and policy in a dynamic way to address critical issues in education today. He also holds an appointment as a Distinguished Research Fellow at Shanghai Academy of Education Sciences that supports the development of comparative and internationally focused K–20 educational leadership and policy initiatives.
Fernando Guzman has a doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of Denver, a master’s degree in counseling from California State University, Sacramento, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Santa Clara University. He was the executive director of Multicultural Engineering Program at the Colorado School of Mines. For eight years, he was the assistant provost for multicultural faculty recruitment and retention at the University of Denver. For six years, he was an adjunct assistant professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. For ten years, he worked in mental health. Guzman has a long history of creating extremely creative and groundbreaking strategies to recruit board and staff members of color.
Sean Murphy ’88 writes, “Looking forward to connecting with Class of ’88 next year for our 30th reunion! Having fun here in Marin as the new Marin alumni chapter president, creating local events that bring Broncos from multiple generations together. Our next event will be a watch party for a Bronco’s hoop game in the winter!”
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