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On Sept. 24, 2016, Cassandra Anne Ilich Reed ’10 married Shaun Michael Reed in front of 200 guests in a traditional Serbian Orthodox ceremony, presided by Father Tumbas and Father Bunjevic at the home of the bride’s parents, Chateau Summerset, in the wine and gold country of Northern California. Cassandra, 28, is a marketing professional in Evergreen, Colorado. She graduated cum laude with multiple degrees (B.S. in political science, B.A. in French and German, minors in Spanish and international studies). Shaun, 34, is a P.E.-licensed mechanical engineer in Denver, Colorado. He graduated with a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. The couple enjoyed a monthlong African honeymoon on safari in Ethiopia, sailing around Seychelles Islands, and touring Morocco. They now reside at their home, Sierra Dorado Ranch, in the Rocky Mountains of Golden, Colorado.
You can read the New York Times article about our wedding here: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/fashion/weddings/vows-the-gift-of-the-goat-sealed-the-deal.html?_r=0
Richard Navarro ’10, M.S. ’12 is working on Google’s [e]Team, where he focuses on the sustainable operation of the company's European and Asia-Pacific–U.S. facilities. At SCU, he was the electrical lead on the Refract House, the entry to win 3rd place in the 2009 Solar Decathlon, for which he designed the electrical system and its solar arrays. This past March, he returned to the Mission campus to give a presentation on sustainable opportunities in office spaces at an Engineering Club event.
Linda (Wuestehube) Kahl J.D. '10 is senior counsel and director of OSI (Ownership, Sharing, and Innovation) at the BioBricks Foundation, a public benefit organization whose mission is "to ensure that the engineering of biology is conducted in an open and ethical manner to benefit all people and the planet." Linda’s work focuses on legal frameworks, policies, and infrastructure for the development of foundational biotechnologies that will enable local biological solutions to global challenges in healthcare, agriculture, energy, and the environment.
Caitlin Robinett Jachimowicz J.D. ’10 has been appointed a council member for the City of Morgan Hill. A lifelong resident, Jachimowicz brings legal experience and prior public service to her new role. She writes: “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the community I love. I look forward to working with city staff, volunteers, and businesses to ensure Morgan Hill continues to be a safe, vibrant, and successful city.
While attending Santa Clara Law, Jachimowicz held many leadership roles, including president of the Student Bar Association. She conducted a research project in Haiti in 2009 and was named “Student Leader of the Year” in 2010. Jachimowicz is an attorney at Jachimowicz | Pointer, Attorneys at Law, Inc. She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2010 and concentrates her legal practice in criminal law and civil litigation. Prior to joining the family firm, Jachimowicz clerked for the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, and served as a congressional assistant to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren J.D. ’75 of the U.S. House of Representatives. Additionally, she served as commissioner of the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Commission for more than five years. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, fellow lawyer Josh Jachimowicz J.D. ’11, and their daughter, Penelope.
On May 21, 2016, Brittani Conley '10 and Stephen Archer '09 were married at a vintage bed and breakfast in Northern California amongst loved ones, including many fellow SCU alums from classes '07-'13.
Zach WalkerLieb '11 named top 30 Under 30 Realtors in the world by Coldwell Banker International for the year of 2016. Zach lives in his home town, fabulous Las Vegas.
Nicholas Summary M.S. ’13 is chief of biomedical engineering at the VA Central Iowa Health Care System in Des Moines, Iowa.
Friends since childhood, Michael Santos '11 and Darren Harter '11 run The Futures Project, a private Bay Area foundation that provides financial grants to organizations and individuals. Its focus is on community growth and fostering opportunity by promoting education, youth development, and juvenile justice. The goal of The Futures Project is to support grassroots activism by bringing awareness to people making a difference in the community and highlighting the work that they do. Michael is president of The Futures Project and also works at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in San Francisco. Darren is CFO and Secretary of The Futures Project and also is an assurance manager at Moss Adams LLP.
Marisa Plescia '11 is currently living in France and Italy completing her graduate studies in cosmetic and fragrance chemistry. She has learned formulation of skin care products, color cosmetics, and perfumery and hopes to work in R&D.
Amit Patel '09, M.S. '11 is a certified LEED Green Associate and Engineer in Training. He is a project engineer at SunPower Corporation, in San Jose, and an engineer and manager of the Drafting Department at A1 Solar Power. On campus in November, he and Angelica Escruceria M.S. '13 gave a talk to the Energy Club about their work designing residential and agricultural solar projects.
Jason Maples J.D. '11, LLM '12 is a legal data expert for legal analytics and patent data science company Lex Machina. He previously served as a paralegal in the U.S. Army during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, where he handled military, criminal, administrative and humanitarian law issues and managed journalists embedded with combat units.
Blake Coelho ’11 has released his debut single “Crazy” as Los Angeles indie artist CASPR. Premiering on Atwood Magazine, the song can be streamed via Spotify and SoundCloud and features classically polished vocals and chilling reverberations over an electro-pop-driven beat. The name CASPR relates to Coelho’s pale complexion, which his friends repeatedly referred to growing up—in additon to his own affinity for all things spooky.
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Quinn Peck B.S., M.S. ’12 is a senior engineer with Arup. He has been involved in the design of building structures across a wide range of markets and project types, including high-end commercial office buildings, developer-lead high-rise towers, academic laboratories, and modular structures. Peck specializes in design of reinforced concrete and post-tensioned concrete as well as steel and heavy timber structural systems. As senior engineer, he is responsible for close collaboration with architects and contractors throughout the design and construction process, management of project design deliverables, and development of contract documents.
Lauren Orlando '12 writes, "I am currently going into my fifth year working at Yelp, Inc. I have had the privilege to work in three major cities -- San Francisco, New York City, and now Chicago -- and live in four other countries. Travel is by far my biggest accomplishment so far, just returning from Ireland this Jan. 2017 completing my 13th country thus far.
Lauren O. https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenorlando
Dominic S. Irudayaraj, S.J., ’15 is a senior lecturer and senior research fellow teaching biblical courses in Hekima University College, Nairobi. He is a Jesuit priest of Andhra Province, India, and writes that he’s “glad to be in this green city (Nairobi) with its passion for the Bible—both in class and in the pastoral fields, sharing what JST-SCU has imparted in the area of biblical studies.”
Grace Kinder Fleshman '12 enters her fifth season at the San Francisco Giants baseball club. She acts as Entertainment and In-Game Experience Coordinator for the team as well as Ballpark Assistant to the voice of the Giants, Bay Area radio personality Renel Brooks-Moon. Grace met her husband of two years at the University of San Francisco while they jointly pursued masters degrees in Sport Management. They currently live in Sunnyvale with their French Bulldog fur-child Ozzie.
Ben Clarin M.S. '12 is a project manager at Electrical Power Research Institute, an independent, nonprofit organization that conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery, and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. The company brings together scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and the industry to help address challenges in electricity. Its ultimate goal is to provide society with safe, reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible electricity.
Giordano M. Capovilla '12 is enjoying his career at Deloitte in San Francisco, focusing on the growth of local technology companies. Having graduated a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, he lives with brother Henry Eder '12 and brother William Rush '12, continuing to give back to the Iota Omicron chapter. He frequents the South Bay area, where he can be found front row of the Bronco basketball game supporting the new era of Coach Sendek.
Dewey Tieu MBA '13 is an associate relationship manager in Atlantic Trust’s San Francisco office, with more than five years of industry experience. In this role, Dewey works closely with senior relationship managers to implement investment solutions and provide wealth counseling services to individuals, families and foundations. Prior to joining Atlantic Trust, Dewey was a vice president and associate banker at Citi Private Bank, delivering investment and credit solutions and wealth planning services to affluent individuals, families and institutions. In addition, he is a Level III candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program.
Briana Mitchell '13 is starring as the titular character in George Bernard Shaw's "Major Barbara" at Mountain View's Pear Theatre.
As Mitchell explained to the Mercury News, the play is incredibly relevant.
“It deals with broad questions about humanity — What drives people? What is morality and what does that mean? But it’s a timely piece too, because it deals with socioeconomic status, with money and its impact on society, with power and how people use it.”
Mitchell, originally from Portland, Oregon, moved to the Bay Area to attend Santa Clara University in 2009, and now resides in Mountain View. She described her character, Major Barbara, as “a very complex, thoughtful and intentional person. She really cares about making a difference in the world, and being a part of something bigger than herself.”