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Sanjay Patel M.S. ’90 has served as founder and CEO of EDA Direct (www.edadirect.com) since 1997.
It has been nearly 10 years since Jeff Park J.D. ’90 partnered with Hemant Habbu to form Habbu & Park Inc. Park’s practice covers a variety of areas, including contracts and multiple areas of employment law, including discrimination, harassment, wage and hour issues, whistle blowing, misappropriation of trade secrets, leaves of absence, and other areas of employment law.
He has successfully represented and advised hundreds of clients with employment and contract matters and has aggressively pursues his clients’ rights and interests to achieve the best possible outcome. He writes that his unique perspective as both an attorney and mediator allows him to understand both sides of a dispute for more effective results.
Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (CDF), an award-winning California employment, labor and immigration law firm, recognized for protecting California employers for more than 20 years, has promoted Marianne Koepf '90 to Partner. Koepf maintains a decade of experience with the firm, managing class action and single plaintiff litigation.
http://www.cdflaborlaw.com/attorneys/bio/marianne-koepf (415) 981-3233
Sean Kelly '90 has been a medical examiner for 13 years at The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner, which conducts independent investigations using advanced forensic science in the service of families, communities and the criminal justice system. The work he does provides answers for those affected by sudden and traumatic loss, and helps protect public health. Prior, Kelly was a medical examiner for the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's Office.
Mark Silacci MBA ’91 says he's lost count of how many times his business, Swenson & Silacci, has won the Readers’ Choice Award for best florist, which earned the distinction again this year. Founded in 1945, the business has retail stores in both Salinas and Monterey, California, as well as the online store OnlineFlowers.com. “Every year we’re honored,” he writes, “we never take it as a foregone conclusion. We like it. You’re present in people’s lives. You’re there for the birth, you’re there for the wedding. It’s very personal from a retail point of view.”
Bea Grause, J.D. ‘91 is leading the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) as President.
HANYS is New York’s statewide healthcare association, representing 500 hospitals, health systems, continuing care providers, and other healthcare providers the state. Bea began her tenure as President of HANYS on July 1, 2016, and she directs all of the association’s activities, including advocacy, education, quality improvement, and data analytics. With the likely impending repeal of the Affordable Care Act, one of her main areas of focus is protecting patient access to care in New York.
“This is an important time of healthcare transformation—it’s exciting and inspiring,” said Bea. “I’m honored to partner with our members, policy makers, and stakeholders to achieve better care for all New Yorkers.”
She joined HANYS after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems for 14 years. In that position, she successfully led Vermont hospitals through a variety of reform initiatives, including the state’s single-payer debate, continuously and intentionally building the hospitals’ brand as trusted, competent leaders.
Bea also worked for ten years in Washington D.C. in a variety of positions, beginning as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Representatives Norman Y. Mineta and Joseph P. Kennedy II. She simultaneously held senior governmental affairs positions with the Tennessee Hospital Association and Massachusetts Hospital Association. She spent the last three years working as counsel with the law firm of Foley, Hoag, where she developed tailored legislative and regulatory strategies for healthcare clients.
Before Washington D.C., Ms. Grause spent ten years in California, where she worked as a registered nurse, primarily in the emergency room and intensive care areas at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
Bea recently completed a three-year term (2012 to 2015) as an at-large member of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees, including a 2015 term on the AHA Executive and AHA CEO Search Committees. As part of her AHA Board responsibilities, she also served as chairman of the AHA Allied Advisory Committee on Medicaid.
Ms. Grause earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston College in 1979 and is currently a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is also a 2003 graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute.
Carina del Rosario ’91 created the visual art installation The Passport Series, which explores identity, discrimination and the history of identity documents. While trained in print journalism, she considers herself a cultural worker and a teaching artist. She writes: “The experience of completing any identity application makes the lesson clear: This is how the U.S. government has conferred rights on some people and denied them for others.” to complete the art installation, she took the five most common questions asked on identity applications, reframed them into more open-ended questions, set up temporary passport offices, and invited people to fill out her reimagined passport application. Read more about this project here.
Meghan Ackley '91 is among ESL faculty at the International Office of the Univeristy of Texas at Austin. She speaks four languages: French, German, Czech, and English and taught abroad in the Czech Republic for four years. She enjoys teaching listening/speaking, reading, grammar and pronunciation classes, and has been teaching at UT Austin ESL Services since 2005.
Associate professor of mathematics Karrolyne Fogel ’91 received the 2017 President’s Award for Teaching Excellence at the Honors Convocation at California Lutheran University on April 25. The award recognizes professors who are held in high esteem by their peers, students, and the rest of the university community. Fogel joined the Cal Lutheran faculty in 1998. The Thousand Oaks resident teaches upper division electives for math majors as well as classes for non-majors. She also educates aspiring elementary school teachers through an interdisciplinary educational studies program and serves as the director of the mathematics single subject program for those planning to become high school math teachers. She was the chair of the mathematics department for eight years. In addition to serving as an academic adviser and mentor to math majors and minors, Fogel is adept at helping undeclared and transfer students identify and transition into fields of study. Fogel’s background is in algebraic number theory and her current research is in graph labeling. She also enjoys the mathematics of voting and has mentored student projects in that topic at Cal Lutheran and introduced the subject to local elementary school students. She has served on the leadership team for the Pacific Coast Undergraduate Math Conference, which was recognized in 2015 by the American Mathematical Society as a mathematics program that makes a difference. She is a member of the governing board of the Southern California–Nevada section of the Mathematical Association of America. Fogel received her doctorate in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Micki O’Brien ’92, CEO and co-founder of Aligned Education, gave a TEDx Talk at Bellevue College. Titled “Tapping Your Superpowers,” the presentation referenced the impact neurotypical and neorodivergent concepts have on education, and how the larger culture tends to focus on getting kids to fit in a “normal box.” With the TEDx mission of spreading worthy ideas in mind, O’Brien argues that we can create a “new normal” that celebrates the uniqueness of each person—one with more authenticity and love.
Watch her TEDx Talk: https://youtu.be/vYlI3JjZyE0 Visit her company website: www.AlignedEducation.com Twitter: @AlignedEd Facebook: www.facebook.com/alignededucation/
Larry Garcia ’92 leads the financial planning practice of the Pacific Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley. He has extensive knowledge and experience in retirement, business succession, estate, education, and philanthropic planning strategies. He takes special care in establishing a big-picture view of clients’ overall goals and develops planning strategies that often include the input of their other trusted advisors, such as CPAs, estate and business planning attorneys, trustees, and insurance professionals.
Having achieved multiple industry designations, including Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA), and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Garcia has a breadth of wealth management experience that enables him to deliver comprehensive solutions to clients.
Garcia played intercollegiate volleyball for Santa Clara University and the University of London. He and his wife, Kelley, are the parents of two daughters, and they live in Kirkland, Washington. He is a board member of the Kirkland Boys and Girls Club, and he manages the volleyball program at Holy Family School.
SurveyGizmo, industry leader in online data collection services and survey software, has a new COO: Nicole Craine '92. Nicole brings more than years of operations, start-up, and leadership experience. Her main focuses will be speed, efficiency, and scalability. Nicole is an active member of both Women in Technology International (WTI) and Women in Wireless.
In February, Pete Woytowitz Ph.D. ’93 presented “Printing the Next Revolution—Materials, Software, and Additive Manufacturing” as part of the Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series. Woytowitz heads the algorithms and modeling group at Arevo Labs. He specializes in software development and modeling and optimization—including thermal, stress, and materials modeling. Prior to joining Arevo Labs, he served as director of computational modeling at Lam Research. He has worked at Failure Analysis Associates, Loral Space Systems, and Boeing Commercial Airplane Company. Woytowitz is also an adjunct professor at SCU and a California-registered professional engineer. He has three U.S. patents and more than 40 papers in the open literature to his name.
Nahal Iravani-Sani J.D. ’93 received the 2016 Diversity Award at the Santa Clara County Bar Association Judge’s Night for commitment and leadership in promoting diversity in the legal profession. She was recently interviewed by The Huffington Post regarding this achievement, during which she said, "My immigrant background has fostered traits of perseverance and fair-mindedness. Early encounters with injustice and adversity have heightened my sensitivity and commitment to fairness and equality. In our legal system, in particular, I firmly believe in the notion that all who come to our courts must be treated with uncompromising fairness, respect, and dignity."
Dushyant Sukhija MBA ’94 wrote an article for NewsMax that examined President-elect Donald Trump’s prominent policy commitments, noting how they’d be both a blessing and a curse for businesses. For example, Sukhija argued that the disruption of foreign trade could hinder economic growth; at the same time, it could create new opportunities for Americans to enter markets previously dominated by foreign imports.
An excerpt from the piece: “The clamp down on free trade could force foreign governments and partners to seek out and form different alliances leading to severe restrictions in available global market growth for American business owners. American business owners will be forced to look inward for new domestic opportunities and growth.”
He is the author of The Cisco Way: Leadership Lessons Learned from One of the World’s Greatest Technology Services Companies (www.theciscoway.com) and is a former executive with Cisco Systems. As a Silicon Valley thought leader and insider, Sukhija is highly sought after for his expert views and advice on digital transformation and as a speaker at forums around the world.
In March, Doug Purdy ’94 and his wife premiered the feature film, Quality Problems, at the Cinequest Film and VR Festival in San Jose, California. This marks the couple’s feature film debut, in which they also star. A comedy, the film is about the power of laughter and love in overcoming breast cancer while raising a family. Purdy writes he was very happy to premiere this film so close to SCU.
Terry Carroll J.D. ’94 has been named Copyright Counsel for the IBM Corporation.
Chris Rabang ’95 oversees resort operations, strategic planning, and owner relations as the new general manager of the Westin Nanea Ocean Villas in Hawaii. The resort opened in April 2017.
Heidi Keefe J.D. '95 was named among the Top 20 Influential Women in IP Law by Law360, and The Recorder listed her among the Women Leaders in Technology Law. She is a partner at Cooley an a first chair trial lawyer. She has two decades of experience representing some of the hottest tech companies in the world in complex patent litigation. A former astrophysicist and registered patent attorney, Heidi easily understands a variety of technical disciplines, from software to medical devices.
Heidi von der Mehden ’97, husband Matt Harris, and big brother Stephen welcomed baby Michael Vincent Harris to the world on Feb. 4, 2017. The family is looking forward to the big reunion weekend in the fall!
Daniel Stellenberg M.S. ’97, J.D. ’01 has joined Paul Hastings LLP to bolster the firm’s growing Bay Area presence. He brings a track record of expertise handling executive compensation issues in capital markets, private equity, and M&A transactions to his new firm, where he will be a partner in the employment law practice, based in the Palo Alto office.
John Snedigar '97 celebrates 10 years at the helm of his Silicon Valley tech PR firm Faultline Communications in May 2017. He and wife Nicole Snedigar '98 reside in Los Altos with son Brayden (age 12) and daughter Finley (age 4).
https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnsnedigar http://www.faultlinecomms.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen (Mion) Pachmayer ’97 is excited to be back on campus as an adjunct lecturer in the School of Engineering. She resides in San Carlos with her husband and three young children.
Elizabeth O'Callahan J.D. '97 was named on The Recorder's 2016 list of Women Leaders in Tech Law. The annual listing celebrates the recent achievements of lawyers from all practice areas whose work is focused on tech companies and issues and includes firm leaders, trial lawyers, dealmakers, in-house counsel on the cutting-edge, and thought leaders from government and academia. Elizabeth is VP of Legal at NetApp.