Santa Clara University

Class notes


70 Bob Peterson and his wife, Henneke, celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary in 2005. Bob is the director of public works for Napa County. For the last 26 years, he and his wife have lived in Napa where they raised their three children: Mark, Travis, and Christina. The couple has three grandchildren.
76 Jay Burcham was recently promoted to director, Army Community Service, U.S. Army Garrison Hessen located in Hanau, Germany. Jay’s wife, Col. Margaret Burcham, serves as the commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Europe district in Wiesbaden, Germany. Barbara (Cribari) Johnson writes that she and her husband, Mark, “are awesomely proud” that their son, Tony Christopher Johnson, graduated from SCU in 2005.

Scott J. Cromie received the John Newman Award for Outstanding Service, presented by his high school, Cardinal Newman in Santa Rosa. Scott has remained active in Cardinal Newman High School Alumni Association activities since his graduation. He is a member of the Memphis Chamber of Commerce board of directors as well as a director of the RISE Foundation, which assists Memphis public housing residents and Section 8 voucher holders in reaching financial self-sufficiency using a combination of financial education classes, credit repair, and asset-building strategies. He is president of American Home Shield, one of the ServiceMaster companies. He resides in Germantown, Tenn., with his wife, Ann (Foley) Cromie ’82, and three children, Elizabeth, 11; Brian, 10; and Michael, 7. Thomas G. Mailhot and his wife, Jane, announce the birth of their second daughter, Olivia Eileen, on May 23, 2005.

82 Patrick Neary MBA ’89 works as a marketing and process management consultant in Denver. In 2005, he also edited a book titled The Power of the Obvious, by Aldo Pipone, former chairman and chief executive officer of American Express Travel Related Services.

Ray Nunez recently joined McDonough Holland & Allen, a law firm in Sacramento, as director of finance. He and his wife, Celia, live in Rocklin with their 10-year-old daughter, Ana, and son Diego Ray Nunez, born Oct. 12, 2005. Ana Ventura Phares launched a campaign for the California State Assembly. The district represents the Salinas Valley as well as Hollister, Gilroy, Watsonville, and the Evergreen area of San Jose. The primary election is in June.

85 Jeanne Dodd-Fitzsimmons has added grant writing to her resume in order to provide “enriching academic and social opportunities for the children and families at my rural school.”
86 Kenneth Green and his wife, LiChin, announce the birth of a baby girl, Yaeko Virginia. She was born on Dec. 13, 2005, in San Francisco. Eric Lerude, a Reno attorney, has joined the board of directors of Angel Kiss Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families of children with cancer in Northern Nevada and the eastern Sierra. Lerude earned a law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Additionally, he is the founder and event director for the Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Relay Run Adventure, group leader for the Young Chautauqua Nevada Humanities Program, and youth basketball coach for the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows.
89 Megan (O’Neil) Bucks and her husband, John, announce the birth of a baby boy, Kellan Wayne Bucks, on April 5, 2005. Michelle Samson, her husband and two daughters have been living in Turin, Italy for the past five years. She is the public relations director for a communications agency in Turin.
91 Brendan Murphy and his wife, Nina (Salembier) announce the arrival of Andrew John-Paul, born May 9, 2005 in Sacramento. Andrew joins brothers Nicholas, 14; Matthew, 11; and Joseph, 2; and sisters Catherine, 17; Mary, 9; Magdalene, 6; and Clare, 4. Brendan says he expects to put all eight children through Santa Clara University. He writes that he also “believes that the moon is made of chalk and the tooth fairy is real.”

Jon Barker and his wife, Emily, moved from Portland, Ore., to Eagle, Idaho, where Jon accepted a job with Albertson’s corporate offices as a finance manager. The couple has three children: 5-year-old boy/girl twins, Colin and Hayden, and a 2-year-old son, Grant. Jim Routh has formed a law firm, Scanes, Routh & James, in Waco, Texas. He and his wife, Brooke, have two sons: Will, 7, and Gus, 4. Amy Silan married Todd Sprague on the island of Hawaii on Oct. 17, 2005. Amy works as a sixth-grade math and science teacher, and Todd designs moving-map software for general aviation. They live in Placerville. Kathy (Hill) and Randy Stark MBA ’03 welcomed their second son, Nathan Thomas, on Aug. 14, 2005. Nathan joins big brother Matthew, 3, at their family home in Morgan Hill. Randy works for Electric Power Research Institute as a program manager, and Kathy works for Kaiser as a physical therapist.


Mary Diridon married Steve Ormsby on May 29, 2005, at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara. Broncos in attendance included Thomas Tannert ’94, MBA ’04; Alyssa (Schaeffer) Tannert; Melissa (O’Loughlin) White; Mitch Ahiers; Chris Hite ’91, J.D. ’94; Angela Nunes M.A. ’01, Maureen Ross M.A. ’03, and Sharon Storton M.A. ’02. Mary is the director of counseling for the YWCA of Silicon Valley, and Steve is a project manager who trains astronauts on life-science experiments at NASA Ames Research Center. The couple honeymooned in Kauai and Maui and lives in San Jose. Katey Dallosto Shinn recently joined RE/MAX Allied Brokers in Walnut Creek as a realtor associate. She serves the Mt. Diablo valley and continues her duties as SCU’s East Bay alumni chapter co-president. Joanna Maino J.D. ’96 married Scott Whitcher on Oct. 15, 2005, at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. She was escorted by her brother, Tom Maino ’90. Bridesmaids included Santa Clara alumni Allison (Chapman) Cleary, Lucy (Reis) Dathan, Katerina Hertzog J.D. ’95, Roberta Economidis J.D. ’95, and Julie Rankine J.D. ’96. Joanna and Scott live in San Francisco. Joanna is a partner with Boornazian, Jensen & Garthe in Oakland, and Scott is managing director of S&Y Asset Management in San Francisco. Jeff Gonsalves-McCabe, Ruth Snively ’04, and Rob Harper ’04 led their faculty co-ed indoor soccer team to a league championship this fall. The three alumni work together at Arrupe Jesuit High School in Denver.

94 Jill (Yokoyama) Atwal and her husband, Money, announce the birth of their son, Tevin Masato Singh, on Nov. 9, 2005. They also have a daughter, Maya. Kristin Feyen married Daniel Glunt on Sept. 10, 2005, in San Francisco. The wedding party included Jennifer Rosa and Amy Brydon ’95. Wedding guests included Gina (Maita) and Brian Wood, Rebecca (Bell) Fazilat, Kim (Ritchey) Le Towt, Karen (Schorr) Craig, Krista Carlson, and Jennifer Grace. Kristin is a learning and development manager for Wells Fargo Bank and Daniel owns an insurance agency. They live in San Francisco. Tonya (Laughridge) and Brad Chin recently welcomed a son, Alexander Thomas, to their family. Alexander joins his sister, Sydney. Laura Owen is senior vice president of human resources of Macrovision Corporation in Santa Clara. Christopher Schultz has been working in the human resources training and development field for the last decade. Most recently, he was the senior manager of learning and development for IKON Office Solutions, supporting a training organization serving 5,500 employees in North America and the United Kingdom. In October 2005, he scaled back his responsibilities and relocated to Bangkok, Thailand, with his partner of six years, Tawn Chatchavalvong.
95 Christiane Eberharter and Warren Parker welcomed their first child, Alexander Nicholas, on Sept. 27, 2005. The family lives in Michigan, where Christiane is a senior manager with Deloitte Consulting and Warren works in corporate finance for DaimlerChrysler.Gialisa (Whitchurch) Gaffaney and her husband, Bernard, welcomed a son, Caden Anthony, on Oct. 2, 2005. The family lives in Redondo Beach. Russ Marcel and Katie (Borud) ’96 welcomed their first child, Zoe Carolyn, on Oct. 13, 2005. Russ teaches English and theater at Bellarmine College Prep, and Katie is assistant director for Livermore Downtown Inc. Jen (Hendrickson) and Jeff Mills ’96, announce the birth of their son, Colin, on Sept. 11, 2005. He joins his brother, Eric, in the family’s Mountain View home. Jeff is an emergency medical technician with American Medical Response in the East Bay, and Jen is an editor at Klutz in Palo Alto. Dennis O’Malley and Tanya (Montano) ’96, J.D. ’99 welcomed daughter Mila Moemi on Oct. 31, 2005, at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City. David Topete and his wife, Lynn, welcomed their first baby, Eva Lucia, on Sept. 3, 2005, in Hayward. The family lives in San Leandro. Lisa (Kinoshita) Williams announces the birth of a son, Braden Michael Williams, on Sept. 14, 2005.
96 Marlee (Hubbs) and Coby Carlson announce the birth of a daughter, Maeve Margaret, on June 10, 2005. She joins big brother Cian, 3, at the family home in Madison, Wis. Jennifer (Rielly) Lemus and her husband, Rudy, welcomed their first child, Rielly Guadalupe, on Sept. 27, 2005. The couple was married at Mission Santa Clara on April 27, 2003, and both work at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. They live in San Jose. Kristen (Taylor) and Steve O’Sullivan announce the birth of their son, Miles Michael, on Jan. 28, 2005. The family lives in West Linn, Ore. Nick Tsiagkas and Stephanie (Melia) announce the birth of their daughter, Amelia Marie, on Sept. 6, 2005. The family lives in Sunnyvale.
97 Kathleen Chambers married Josh Schelhorse on June 4, 2005, on Capitola Beach. The wedding party included Bryce McDonald and Jeff Vargas ’96. Kathleen and Josh live in Petaluma while Josh completes his master’s degree in kinesiology at Sonoma State University, where he is the assistant men’s soccer coach. Joe Duvall married Alexandra Held on Nov. 12, 2005, at Our Lady of the Snows in Sun Valley, Idaho. The couple lives in Alder, Mont. Olivia (Ford) Stover and her husband, Kieran, welcomed their first child, Madeline Deia, on Nov. 27, 2005. They live in South Lake Tahoe, Nev.

Jennifer (Ackman) and Chris Hakes welcomed a baby girl, Annika, on July 1, 2005. The family lives in Sunnyvale. John Bergmann married Anna Dang on Sept. 17, 2005. Matt Bugna and Ruben Gonzales were in the wedding party. Ricardo Martinez and his wife, Alexis, welcomed their first child, Gabriella Anne, on Sept. 26, 2005. The family lives in San Diego, where Ricardo is an auditor and the primary recruiting manager with KPMG. Alexis is the revenue manager at Peregrine Systems. Amanda Santos and Steven Smith were married on Aug. 28, 2005, at Mission Santa Clara. Paul Soukup, S.J., was the officiant. The bridal party included Ragan Henninger and Christina Carinalli. Other graduates in attendance were Julie Sciandri ’97, Michael Andueza, Carolyn Courtman, Kristie Ward ’01, and Melissa Turon. Amanda is a senior technical writer at Hitachi Data Systems, and Steven is an advanced marketing analyst at Altera Corporation. The couple honeymooned in Aruba and lives in San Jose.


Dana Bisordi married Daniel Reynolds at Mission Santa Clara on Oct. 29, 2005. Bridesmaids included classmates Rhea (Whitfield) Lwin, Monica Kane, Joslyn Burke and Gina Tassone. Also in attendance were Mark Weiler, Nicole Parianos, Shelly Babowal, Malcolm Duncklee ’94, Dianne (Donnelly) Bonino ’76, Mark Bonino J.D. ’76, SCU freshman Nicholas Buckley, and sophomore Carleen Durkin. Yi (Yam) Fisher and her husband, Michael, are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Matthew Lee, on June 15, 2005. Gianna Franzia married Michael Gambatese on Sept. 17, 2005, in Chicago. The bridal party included SCU alums Damon Franzia ’95, Lisa Franzia ’96, Mia Franzia ’01,MBA ’03, Molly Gee, and Piper Lee Cook. Other alumni in attendance were Joseph S. Franzia64, MBA ’65; Renata Franzia-Price ’90, and Joseph J.D. Franzia ’95. Andrew Kouvaris and Erin King were married on May 21, 2005, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in San Jose. They live in Los Gatos. Cory Costanzo was part of the wedding party and many SCU alumni were in attendance.


Jane Nguyen Duong recently accepted a position with Sun Microsystems as a financial analyst. She previously worked for Gap Inc. Myra Ramirez married Marc Geronimo on Aug. 20, 2005, at St. Anne’s Church in Gilbert, Ariz. Myra earned a master of education degree from Northern Arizona University in May 2004 and is a first-grade teacher in Encinitas. Marc practices general dentistry. The couple lives in San Diego. Marc McClure married Erin Daly on Aug. 13, 2005, in Omaha, Neb. The wedding party included Christopher Knapp, John Stephenson, and Carlos Bobadilla. Also in attendance were Tim Riehl, Marcel Nienhuis, and Tim Bowman. Marc and Erin live in Boston, where Marc is completing a master’s degree in computer systems engineering at Boston University, and Erin is finishing her counseling psychology master’s degree at Boston College.


Stephanie Deddens married Michael MacDonald ’02 at Mission Santa Clara on Aug. 6, 2005. Erin Hill, Meghan Levee, and Steven Santana were in the wedding party. Stephanie teaches kindergarten and first grade in San Jose and Mike is an attorney in San Carlos. Janelle Martinez married Bodie Morgan on Oct. 14, 2005, in Manhattan Beach. Bridesmaids included Nathalie Oroz, Lina Mendonca, and Becky Aoanan ’00. Close friends in attendance included Caroline Cannizzaro, Kelsey Blakely ’00, Julia Dondero ’99, Orlando Rodriguez ’00, and Adam Oren. Bodie and Janelle spent their honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and are living in Redondo Beach.

02 Mike Kukreja reports that he is busy traveling for work and is back in Hong Kong. He spends his free time improving his walk-in humidor.
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