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Aly Wagner ’10 has become the first woman to call a men’s World Cup match on U.S. television, serving as the analyst alongside Derek Rae for Iran’s 1-0 win over Morocco at the 2018 World Cup. Wagner has numerous accomplishments to her name in the game of soccer, having won bronze at two FIFA Women’s World Cups and winning two Olympic gold medals before moving on to a successful broadcasting career.
Karen W. Schulz J.D. ’10 has received the Young Alumnus Rising Star Award from Santa Clara School of Law, which recognizes a law graduate who has distinguished himself/herself after less than ten years in practice—and has made a positive impact in the community through service and commitment to the law. Schulz has a passion for providing much-needed legal services to the low-income communities in the Bay Area. At Santa Clara Law, Schulz enrolled in Skills I and II classes at the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center (KGACLC) under the mentorship of Professor Lynette Parker, and she continued to volunteer there even after becoming licensed. At KGACLC, Schulz’s first pro bono client retained her in 2011, and that experience cemented the formation of her nonprofit organization, Step Forward Foundation, which began serving clients in the San Jose area. In 2013, Schulz developed a close partnership with Community Solutions in Morgan Hill, and she moved the headquarters there. Step Forward now serves hundreds of clients per year on a pro bono basis, focusing on Santa Clara and San Benito Counties, and has the support of hundreds of thousands of dollars in government grant funding. Schulz serves as managing attorney and employs a team of eight. Step Forward was an initial partner in the Santa Clara County Family Justice Centers, which provide free legal consultations to victims of domestic violence, and is led by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. Since 2013, Step Forward has been a member of the South Bay Coalition To End Human Trafficking, and Schulz has provided dozens of trainings on human trafficking to social services agencies and other attorneys. A 2006 graduate of UCLA with a B.A. in political science, Schulz lives in Campbell with her husband, Brandon, two-year-old daughter Evelyn, and newborn daughter, Adrienne.
Darrin Gambelin J.D. ’10 is counsel at Downey Brand in San Francisco. He is a member of the firm’s natural resources group, where he assists clients with permitting, compliance, and regulatory enforcement matters.
Michelle (Donecho) Duchesne ’05, M.A. ’10 and Chris Duchesne ’06 welcomed their second child, Robert “Bobby” Francis Duchesne, on July 9, 2018. He joins older sister Betsy in the family’s home in the Rose Garden area of San Jose.
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.
Da Zhuang J.D. ’12 is an attorney at Structure Law Group in San Jose. His practice focuses on corporate transactional matters and complex business and commercial litigation. Previously, he was in-house counsel at a Chinese technology company and worked at Perkins Coie and Dechert.
Blake Williams ’12, M.S. ’14, has been promoted to the rank of “Scientist” with leadership roles in the Bay Area biotech company Medikine, a title usually offered to a researcher with a Ph.D. and extensive experience and achievement.
Christine Benvenga Keenan ’12 andhusband Joseph E. Keenan ’12 welcomed a baby girl, Natalie, on Aug. 14, 2018. The family is happy and healthy, living together in San Mateo.
Lilee (Chan) Karwoski ’08, M.A. ’12 and husband Timothy welcomed a baby girl, Alice, on Oct. 4, 2015, and another baby girl, Mabel, on March 12, 2018. The family lives in Portland, Oregon, where Lilee has recently been promoted to creative director of child development at one of the area’s most sought-after employers, House of Alice and Mabel.
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.
Lauren Elizabeth Elmets ’12 and Christian Joseph Spencer ’12 were married on July 7, 2018, at the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Sacramento. The reception was held at the Sutter Club in Sacramento. Lauren and Christian met sophomore year at Santa Clara. Lauren is a sales recruiter at Yelp and Christian is a certified public accountant for Deloitte & Touche.
Brice Hamack J.D. ’13 works for Legal Aid in Canberra, Australia. He was profiled on Australian radio about his journey to Islam.
Chloe (Wilson) Sommers ’13 completed a J.D. with certificates in Public Interest Law and Child Law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Her husband, Ron Sommers, a Boston College alumnus, earned an M.D. from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. The couple is moving to Madison, Wisconsin, in June 2018.
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Hallie McKnight-Smith ’13, M.A. ’19 and Sean Smith ’13 wed June 23, 2018, at Sacred Heart Church in Sacramento. Many Broncos were in attendance and several were in the wedding party. Hallie and Sean live in San Jose.
Carole Wentz ’14 is retiring from her position as a senior administrative assistant at SCU. She has been at the University for 18 years. Wentz writes, “Looking forward to traveling and finally visiting Africa for the first time next year!”
Nicole Shanahan J.D. ’14 was named one of 18 millennials changing the face of legal tech by Legaltech News. She is founder of ClearAccessIP, an integrated patent management and collaboration software.
Brian G. Lu ’15 married Michelle M. La Bine ’14 on Sept. 18, 2017, at the happiest place on earth: Disneyland. They met while working on a civil engineering group project at SCU in 2012.
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Chris Cook MBA ’14 has been promoted to director of operations for the Monterey Peninsula at California American Water. A native of the Monterey area, Cook came to California American Water in 2015 as assistant engineering manager and was promoted to engineering manager the following year. He has more than 13 years of experience in engineering, project, and workforce management. He also served for two years with the Peace Corps in Guinea.
Kendra Livingston J.D. ’15 is joining Santa Clara Law as director of external relations. She previously worked as a legal analyst for HomeBase, a nonprofit law firm in San Francisco dedicated to reducing homelessness.
Ryan Patrick Mahoney ’15 married Margaret Madeline Jones ’15 in a ceremony at the groom’s parents’ home in Sacramento. Broncos in the bridal party were Brian Klahn ’14, Drew Duskin ’15, Theresa McArdle ’15,and Amanda Laufer ’15.Other Broncos in attendance: Trevor Belanger ’14, Nathan Carlson ’15, Chloe Fryman ’15, Ellen McKay ’15, Brandon Powers ’14, Kaelynn Willey ’15, M.S. ’21, and Kevin Coyle ’15. The couple lives in Boulder, Colorado, where Ryan is a law student at the University of Colorado and Maggie is a structural engineer at Martin/Martin.
Anthony Carnesecca ’15 was hired as the economic development coordinator for the city of Los Altos. He will help spearhead the Downtown Vision project—an effort to boost economic growth in downtown Los Altos while also preserving the tradition and history of the city.
Breana Marie Vargas ’16, completed her Master of Public Health degree summa cum laude and is continuing her education through a Doctor of Medicine degree.