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Claudia (Vasquez) Torres ’00 and husband Ramiro Torres, an architect who graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, welcomed their second child, Sofia, on May, 3 2017. Sofia joins big brother Damian, 5. The family resides happily in San Jose.
After almost 25 years in California and Oregon, it was time for Thomas Gemal M.S. ’94, MBA ’00 to move his family back to their native Scandinavia. He is enjoying life living in southern Sweden and working for Palantir in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Melissa Segura ’01 was named a winner of the George Polk Awards for local reporting. At BuzzFeed News, she wrote a series about a Chicago police officer accused of framing at least 51 people for murder, which also covered how others were affected by this injustice. Since publishing her pieces, seven innocent men have been exonerated and dozens more convictions are under review.
Jacinda Forster ’01 and Juan Eduardo Riofrancos welcomed twins, Juan Ignacio James and Magdalena Kathleen on Jan. 25, 2018. The Riofrancos Forster family live in Santiago, Chile.
Satwinder Mangat MBA ’02 has been promoted to president of Alldata, an AutoZone company. He was formerly general manager, Alldata North America. In his new role, Mangat is responsible for the company’s North American (U.S., Canada, and Mexico) and European operations and is a member of the AutoZone CEO team. Mangat joined Alldata in 2012 as CTO and was promoted to general manager in 2017. Initiatives he has championed include the shift to mobile technologies, a new generation OEM repair platform with an integrated diagnostics scan tool, the expansion of Alldata’s experience-based repair solutions, and harnessing the power of Alldata’s automotive intelligence into a new initiative, Information as a Service.
Mark Liu ’03 started a new position at First Republic Bank as a preferred banking manager specializing in student loan refinance programs.
Joe Cannella ’03 always knew that “Cannella” meant cinnamon in Italian, but it wasn’t until 2010 that he would come to understand his Sicilian roots. On his first visit to Catania, on the eastern coast of Sicily, he and his uncle sat down for a drink at their cozy hotel bar, and came across a simple, rustic bottle of “Rosolio di Cannella,” which would become the inspiration for their very first product: Cannella Cinnamon Cordial. He brought a few bottles home, and it became an instant family tradition to pour some “Cannella” after dinner—until they ran out! And so he did what any proper Italian family would do in such a situation: He began learning how to make his own.
Several years and dozens of variations later, after much testing and expert feedback, batch #1 of their namesake Cannella Cinnamon Cordial launched in November 2014 under their company, Cannella Spirits. With his dad as his business partner and his wife, Andrea “Annie” Gastelum '03, as their first sales manager, the business has expanded distribution to nine states and launched two other products: Amaro Cannella and Fernet Cannella. Although home base for the family is in Reno, Nevada, they plan to launch their own distillery in the heart of San Francisco this coming summer and will continue to maintain production there. Joe and Annie have three children—Carolina (2 years old) and Antonino “Nino” and Isabel, their newborn twins.
Patricia (Ball) Alberts ’98, J.D. ’03 and her husband, Erik, welcomed a son, Robert Reginald, on June 29, 2017. He joins brother Evan. The family lives in Santa Monica. Patricia is a partner at Manion Gaynor & Manning, and Erik has his own practice.
Mary Carlich ’04, J.D. ’07 and her husband welcomed a boy on Sept. 7, 2017. The family, which also includes a daughter, lives in Newberg, Oregon.
Francisco Zepponi ’05 married Amanda Bloomberg ’08 on July 1, 2017, in Mission Santa Clara. The couple met at The Hut while Amanda was finishing her senior year studying combined sciences. Francisco was attending an alumni event as he had graduated in 2005 with a B.S. in accounting. While at SCU, Francisco was an integral member of the men’s tennis team and still holds the record for most career wins. His record for most wins in a season was just recently broken. Amanda was a four-year member of the SCU Dance Team and coached the team the year after she graduated. She was accepted to Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, where she obtained her doctorate in veterinary medicine.
Amanda practices small animal veterinary medicine in Dublin, and Francisco works in the finance department at Kaiser Permanente. They live in Pleasanton with their cat, Boiler (named after the Purdue Boilermakers) and their Chihuahua, Bella, who grew up on SCU’s campus and was even voted as the tennis team’s #1 fan.
Francisco and Amanda are still extremely close to the friends they made while attending SCU, many of whom were present at the wedding and have gone on to marry fellow Broncos. The ceremony was officiated by Paul Soukup, S.J., and the reception was held at The Westin in downtown San Jose. The day was filled with love, laughter, and tears. During Francisco’s earlier years in school, he experienced the devastating loss of his parents, Dolores and Roy Zepponi. His classmates, teammates, and coaches were pillars of love and support for him and will always be considered family to the couple. Francisco and Amanda love to add to the statistics of students who meet their soul mates at SCU. They are forever Broncos at heart and cannot wait to continue their Bronco traditions in the future.
Jennifer Bradford ’05 transitioned this year from the Chicagoland area back to Silicon Valley. She is a new adjunct lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Dance at SCU. Bradford is excited to connect and work with so many other SCU alumni in the Bay Area as a project manager, performer, and on the alumni board. The love extended from other Broncos has made the transition back to the Bay Area easy.
Tara Macken ’06 is Taraji P. Henson’s stunt double in Proud Mary, an action film about a hit woman. Over the past decade, Macken has doubled for actors like Eva Longoria, Scarlett Johansson, and Jessica Alba in films including Suicide Squad and Thor: Ragnarok.
Bobby Rasmussen ’07 recently moved in with girlfriend and fellow Bronco Stephanie Petersen ’09. He writes he’s still dominating on the tennis court by competing for the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Go Broncos!
Jared Hughes ’07 has landed $4.5 million, two-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds. The former Santa Clara baseball pitcher has the 12th-best ratio of ground ball outs among major league relievers since 2011 and went 5-3 with a 3.02 ERA for Milwaukee this past season.
Lucia Hernández-Ulloa ’07 welcomed a baby boy, Diego Rafael, on Dec. 16, 2017, with husband Rafael Hernandez. All three are doing well in their home in San José.
Joe Barsi MBA ’07 has been named chief operating officer of California Giant Berry Farms. Barsi previously worked with California Giant as VP of business development and led the expansion of the blueberry program. He developed an internal team and grower base in the United States, Mexico, South America, and Canada that continues to increase each year for the company.
Megan (Wahl) McCabe ’08 and her husband, Mike, welcomed a baby boy in April 2017. They recently celebrated Matty’s first birthday, which shows how fast time flies when you aren’t paying attention!
Hector Guzman ’07 and Daniele (Gardner) Guzman ’08 are thrilled to announce the arrival of their baby girl, Sienna, on Nov. 29, 2017.
Chris Foster ’08 has joined McDermott Will & Emery in San Francisco as a partner in the firm’s labor and employment group.
Brody Angley ’08 and wife Alicia, who were married on June 10, 2017, announce the birth of their first child, Jamie William Angley. He was born on March 24, 2018, in Redding, California, weighing 8 pounds, 6.2 ounces and stretching 21 inches.
Daniella (Klopocki) Vallurupalli ’09 and Aneal Vallurupalli ’09 welcomed their first child, a baby boy, into the world! Alek Vallurupalli was born on Oct. 18, 2017, weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches long. The new family of three lives in San Francisco. The couple also works in San Francisco—Aneal is the head of strategic finance at Mapbox and Daniella is the head of communications at Cloudflare.
John Michael Reyes ’09, M.Div. ’13 presented a paper and breakout session at the Cultures of Formation conference held at the University of Notre Dame in March 2018. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute sponsored the conference for Church Life. It was held in preparation for the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment that will be held October 2018 in Rome, Italy.