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Travis Walk '00 writes, "I am blessed with an amazing team at work, a great support system at home, and the skill set I was able to develop while attending SCU. And because of this, I was promoted to regional sales vice president of Southern California at SolarCity, a Tesla Company. SCU is a great place to help you get the skills to be extremely successful in life. We are actually looking for qualified individuals who want to make a difference. Please reach out to Twalker3@solarcity.com if you are looking to make a change."
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Rory Byrne MBA ’00 has joined the executive team of Billtrust, a leader in payment cycle management, to help meet growing business demands and expansion into new markets. Rory, who will assume the role of executive vice president of Business Development, will oversee corporate partnerships and channel sales, as well as mergers and acquisition strategies. He brings expertise from a variety of leadership roles, including his positions as Senior VP of OEM & Partner Strategy at Kofax, and VP of Business Development at Kapow, a robotic process automation provider, where he was responsible for partner growth through channels and alliances, leading to a successful acquisition by Kofax in 2013. Prior to Kapow, Rory held roles as Director of Corporate Development at Yahoo! Inc., and Director of Interchange Pricing Strategy at Visa.
Bianca Placencia '01 married Christian Wilczoch on Septemner 17, 2016 in Carmel, California. In attendance were the immediate families of the bride and groom, including Jose Placencia MBA '79 and friends Julia (Debriyn) Tabery '01, Tara (Cano) Skipper '01, and Jamie (Ceccato) Perkins '01. The couple lives in Santa Clara, where Christian works as an engineer and Bianca as the director of operations.
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.
Garret Murai J.D. '01 has been recognized as a JD Supra Top Author in its inaugural Readers’ Choice Awards. Murai is honored in the Construction and Insurance categories for the high level of visibility and engagement of his articles among JD Supra’s readers. Garret is a construction partner with Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP. Garret has also been recognized as a Rising Star and Super Lawyer in the area of Construction Litigation, and in addition to being a prolific writer on issues affecting the construction industry, is the editor of the firm’s California Construction Law Blog, which provides an informative yet wry look at construction law in California.
Rob Lathrop '94, M.S. '01 is the new president of Lathrop Engineering, a Paramit company, that designs and develops medical device and life science instrumentation. As the former VP of engineering at Lathrop, Rob brings more than 20 years of experience in leading multidisciplinary teams, project management, and designing and developing complex scientific instrumentation. He has been instrumental in expanding the company's client base, and his optimization of the product development process now enables Lathrop to complete even the most complex projects on timelines no one else can match. Rob's leadership of design and engineering teams through many successful projects over the years has built strong working relationships with clients, as well as their continued repeat business.
Rob has served on the University's Mechanical Engineering Industry Advisory Board for the last 10 years. Finding it important to give back to young engineers coming up in the ranks, he also contributes his time, mentoring, and training as part of his activities on the board.
Francisca "Kika" Jonsson '01 married Brian Yeung on September 15, 2016, at the New York City Marriage Bureau in Manhattan. The immediate families of the bride and groom were in attendance, including Erik Jonsson '01, his wife Yulia Protasova Jonsson, and their 8-month-old son Jakob; and Alicia Foster '03 and Chris Foster '03 and their two children Eve (5) and Jason (3). Kika is a fine artist in Berlin and Brian works as a director of Service Experience at Blacklane, a transportation startup. The couple lives in Berlin, Germany.
Michael Warren J.D. '02 is a partner at the law firm McManis Faulkner. He leads the firm’s labor and employment litigation and compliance practice. Employers come to him for help with a variety of issues, including discrimination, wage and hour, harassment, leaves of absence, disability accommodation, workplace investigations, employment policies, and class actions. Michael is a member of the Labor and Employment Sections of the American Bar Association and State Bar of California, and serves on the board of directors of the Santa Clara County Bench and Bar Historical Society. He is also a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and a member of the American Inns of Court, the Honorable William A. Ingram Inn. Michael serves on the board of directors for Family Supportive Housing, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing shelter and supportive services to homeless families in Santa Clara County.
Chris Muldoon '02 is currently working as a Physician Assistant at Amundsen-Scott Station, South Pole, Antarctica, providing medical care (and evacuations as necessary) and facilitating a NASA project that is a very small part of the program aimed at putting man on Mars. He recently finished a winter at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. He is also a member of a global disaster response team and has been a member of all-volunteer mountain rescue teams in the Pacific Northwest for about the last ten years.
Joe Manatt ’02 and Alexandra Manatt welcomed their first child, Theodore “Teddy” Richard Manatt, on Feb. 11, 2017. The family resides in Des Moines, Iowa.
Rob Pereyda ’03 is vice president of VIZ Media. He is an entrepreneur, innovator, and expert in the field of Japanese entertainment, including anime, manga, and video games. His career spans a variety of corporate positions centered around unlocking the potential of Japanese intellectual property across the world, including business development, licensing, strategy, marketing, creative, production, and more.
Pereyda is member of the Producers Guild of America New Media Council (PGA NMC) and on its Weekend Shorts Committee, International Committee, and Education Committee Northwest. He is also a professional member of ASIFA-Hollywood (the Hollywood chapter of the International Animated Film Association, also known as “Association Internationale du Film d'Animation”).
Chris Liebertz ’03 has been working in aviation engineering since moving to Hawaii two years after graduating from SCU.
For two years in a row, Tara S. Kaushik '98, J.D. '03 has been included in the Best Lawyers in America guide, Utilities Law. She is a partner in Holland & Knight's San Francisco office and a member of the firm's West Coast Land Use and Environment Group. Ms. Kaushik focuses her practice on regulatory matters, with a specific emphasis on energy, natural resources and the environment. She has represented energy companies, local governments, Alaska Native Corporations and tribal entities in project developments, including the negotiations of power purchase agreements and project financing.
Ms. Kaushik has advised and represented her clients on numerous issues before state public utilities commissions throughout the western United States and before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She also handles carbon credits transactions and cap-and-trade issues before the California Air Resources Board, and regularly advises energy companies and tribal organizations on litigation and arbitration involving energy and commercial disputes.
Grace Hu-Morley MBA ’03 is a product management leader who transforms emerging technologies and market requirements into successful, user-friendly products and solutions. She writes, “My expertise is in bringing first-generation products to market—I lead teams to create winning strategies for the early stages of the technology adoption lifecycle.” Hu-Morley is director of product management at Prysm, Inc., delivering next-generation digital workplace solutions for enhanced enterprise collaboration.
Sarah Snyder '04 is the team dietitian for the Detroit Lions football team. She worked as a sports dietitian for the University of Florida and the University of Michigan athletic departments prior to joining the lions.
Bryan Kohm J.D. '04 practices intellectual property litigation, with a focus on representing high technology and life science companies in patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation disputes. Bryan has been with Fenwick & West LLP for 13 years and was named a partner in 2015. In 2013 and 2014 he was recognized as a "Rising Star" in the area of IP Litigation by Northern California Super Lawyers.
Stacy (Hartman) Greenwood '04 and her husband Sean welcomed Grant Joseph on July 7, 2016. He joins big brothers Landon (5) and Cohen (2). The Greenwoods reside in San Jose, California.
Marie Bordeleau M.A. '04 is principal of St. Hilary Catholic School, in Tiburon, CA. Marie is thrilled to serve the Saint Hilary community as the school principal. Her son, Charlie, is enjoying second grade at Saint Hilary's. She is also entering her second year as a doctoral student at Creighton University where she is study Interdisciplinary Leadership. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking with Charlie and his dog, Moe, traveling, going to see her beloved Giants and 49ers, visiting with friends and just embracing all of life's many blessings.
Harbir Bhatia M.S. ’04 writes: “Looking forward to reconnecting with SCU alums. Since graduating, I have been heavily involved in the tech sector and community service. Also, I’m now a cultural commissioner for the City of Santa Clara. Hope to meet more of our alums.”
Vanessa Garcia '05 married Kevin Zakes at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento, CA in a New Year's Eve ceremony on 12/31/2016.
Matt Tuttle ’05 and Katy (Shumm) Tuttle ’05 welcomed their third child, William Gary Tuttle, on Jan. 6, 2017. The happy couple plus daughter Emily, 6, and son Jack, 4, are overjoyed and thrilled to welcome “Sweet William” into their family. The family resides in Willow Glen, California.
Benjamin Qiu J.D. ’05 is a partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP, in Beijing, China, and Hong Kong. He is a registered arbitrator of the South China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission. Qiu has deep roots in Chinese technology startups, having worked as an in-house general counsel and fund director for venture capital investor, Innovation Works, after which he practiced at Cooley before joining Loeb & Loeb.
After practicing employment law for more than a decade at some of the largest and most reputable law firms in the world, Allison Pitigoi J.D. '05 joined Newmark Cornish & Carey’s Santa Clara office in 2016 as a managing director to assist clients forging the intersect between employee headcount growth and their real estate needs. Ms. Pitigoi leverages her strong client service and negotiation skills to obtain favorable results for her clients in commercial real estate transactions.
Simon O'Connell J.D. '05 has been a district attorney with Contra Costa County for more than 11 years. He's part of the Richmond Community Prosecutions Unit. He also serves on the District Attorney’s Association Board, representing the lawyers who have dedicated themselves to the citizens of Contra Costa County as career prosecutors. He was named Prosecutor of the Year by Contra Costa County for his work on the homicide team. His hobbies include snowboarding, surfing, and do-it-yourself projects.