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Showing class notes submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 2000s
Brayden Yoder ’00 wrapped shooting on his latest short film, Last Taxi Dance, which he wrote and directed. The story is told through a dance between a native Hawaiian woman and a U.S. soldier in the aftermath of WWII and captures a pivotal point in Hawaii’s history.
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.
Jane Duong Davaransky ’00 received the 2018 Staff Sustainable Stanford University Award for creating a commuting program for SLAC Accelerator Laboratory. The program incentivizes the alternative commute by encouraging employees to forgo single occupancy vehicles in favor of sustainable forms of commute.
Sarah (Barr) Stone ’01 and husband Mark welcomed Hannah Kate on Dec. 15, 2017. Hannah joins proud big sister Haley Jane. Sarah oversees marketing for a local real estate developer, and Mark works in finance. The family resides in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
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.
Jennifer Wintrode Schuler J.D. ’01 was honored for her pro bono work by the Florida Bar. She is the deputy assistant county attorney for Bay County and has accepted approximately 30 case referrals from Legal Services of North Florida, mainly assisting low-income clients in domestic violence and family law cases. She has done pro bono work for the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society and at a legal aid restraining order clinic in Detroit.
Garret Murai J.D. ’01 is a top author in JD Supra’s 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards. He practices construction law at Wendel Rosen.
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.
Angel Diaz ’99 and Alma Diaz Parra ’01 welcomed their third child, Alicia Esperanza, on Feb. 6, 2018. She joins older brothers Eduardo Angel and Antonio Ernesto. The family resides in San Jose.
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.
Erika Canchola ’02, a partner at the entertainment law firm Ramo Law PC, is among 75 honorees in the Los Angeles Business Journal special supplement honoring the city’s most influential women attorneys. Canchola regularly handles film financing, corporate formations, trademark and copyright fillings, contract negotiation, production financing and production legal. Her recent work highlights include representing the producers of the Academy Award–nominated films Call Me By Your Name and The Disaster Artist. She also represented five films nominated for Independent Spirit Awards.
Aletia Flaherty ’03 has joined Rizen Creative as an account manager. She has experience in marketing and media planning, particularly working with clients in the nonprofit sector. Before joining Rizen, Flaherty was the senior customer success manager at Jelli in Boise, Idaho.
Greg Lundell J.D. ’04 is a partner at Haley Guiliano in San Jose. His practice includes audit-based licensing compliance, trade secret disputes, and technology transfer. Previously, he spent a decade at public companies, including TiVo and the Kudelski Group.
Matt Weyand ’05 has been promoted to division chief at the Louisville Metro Public Defender. In his new role, he will supervise a team of public defenders.
Liz (Courter) Oseguera ’06 MBA ’11 and Michael Oseguera welcomed their first child, Hailey Grace, into the world on Aug. 23, 2017. She weighed 7 lbs 4 oz. It is inevitable that she be an athlete, they hope. The family resides in Carlsbad, California.
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.
Christina Fialho ’06, J.D. ’12 fights to abolish immigration detention through Freedom for Immigrants, a nonprofit she co-founded. Her husband, J.P. Rose ’06, is a staff attorney at the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity.
Mark Weinswig MBA ’07 is chief financial officer of Avinger, a leading developer of innovative treatments for peripheral artery disease. Weinswig brings extensive strategic and operational financial experience to the company, including almost 20 years in financial leadership positions in private and publicly traded technology companies.
Following his graduation from the Jesuit School of Theology at SCU, Dung Q. Tran MTS ’07, served as an adjunct professor in the communication studies department at Loyola Marymount University from 2007 to 2015. During that time, he spent his summers in Spokane, Washington, earning a Ph.D. in leadership studies from Gonzaga University in 2015. Since then, he has served as an inaugural instructor of organizational leadership in the School of New and Continuing Studies at Seattle University. Starting in fall 2018, Tran will begin a tenure-track appointment as an assistant professor of leadership and organizational development for the graduate and doctoral programs in the School of Business, Arts, and Media at Cabrini University, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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!