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George E. Schauf, M.D. has published a revised edition of The QQF Theory, which examines the etiology of obesity and challenges the validity of the traditionally accepted caloric theory. His theory was first published in 1973 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and the revised edition was published in the Winter 2006 edition of The Bariatrician, the official journal of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians.


Joe Edden has retired from teaching after a career that includes work at two Jesuit high schools, in New York and Florida. He taught Latin, English, mathematics, theology, and philosophy, and he ran the rifle team, photo staff, stage crew, and yearbook. He presently lives in Palm Coast, Fla., with wife Bernice and son Michael.


By chance, Jim Putkey, Gus Suhr Jr., and Dick Vance recently sat together at a 7:30 a.m. Mass at St. Monica Church in Moraga.


Daniel Flynn is managing partner at Bourget's Office of Education and Training in Brussels, Belgium.


Robert "Bob" Yonts Jr. J.D. '68 retired as a judge of the Santa Cruz County Superior Court after a 38-year legal career. He and his wife, Bjorg, live in Soquel, near Santa Cruz. He is working part-time as a private mediator and arbitrator


Richard Grassl recently stepped down from the position of associate dean at two different colleges. He also served for 14 years as chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. He is now a mathematics professor, teaching three courses while conducting research.


Antonia "Toni" (Lastreto) Allegra is a professional "launcher" in the culinary industry. She works as a career and writing coach, a food writer/ editor, and is author of two books about Napa Valley, where she lives—in a treehouse. Toni has launched and edited three magazines about the "valley of vines." She is a public speaker, and is active in many associations. She launched and directs two national symposia for writers—one for professional wine writers, and one for professional food writers. Her main focus now is launching a culinary center in Baja, Calif., at Rancho La Puerta Spa.


After retiring from a career with AT&T, Nancy (Bauman) Englehardt and her husband, Duey, launched a five-year adventure aboard their 40-foot sailboat, "The Great Escape." Departing from Monterey Bay, they traveled more than 20,000 miles under sail, visiting Mexico, Central America, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and the East Coast of the United States. Now back home in Hollister, they report that they are searching for their next adventure.

Carlos "Bud" Ogden teaches algebra in the Special Education Department and coaches basketball at Gilroy High School. He lives in Gilroy and has a 3-year-old daughter, Sydney.


Jerry Carter and his wife, Georgia, welcomed their first grandchildren in May: triplets Danny, Drew, and Dylan.

Jeff Dillon and his wife relocated to Sutter Creek in the Sierra foothills. Their daughter, Jacqi, is a junior at UC Santa Cruz. Their son, Jeff, will attend UC Santa Barbara.

Eric Lane is president of the board of Bihl Haus Arts, a nonprofit community art gallery that is a catalyst for inner-city revitalization and development in the Deco District of San Antonio, Texas.


Robert Mason of San Francisco has been appointed legal advisor to the Public Utilities Commission. He has worked for Bergman and Dacey Inc. since 1989 and currently serves as of counsel. He previously served as an associate attorney with Cotkin, Collins & Franscell and with Daniels, Baratta & Fin.

Rob Uyttebroek is finance director for the beach community of Narragansett, R.I., and owns a real estate management/development company, MarketGarden Properties, in Providence.


David C. Geary is curators' professor of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri. He has authored three books: Children's Mathematical Development; Male, female: Evolution of human sex differences; and Origin of mind: Evolution of brain, cognition, and general intelligence. He is chairman of the Learning Processes Subcommittee of the President's National Mathematics Panel and a member of the National Advisory Board of the Institute of Education Science.

Rev. Gary F. Lazzeroni was recently ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Seattle and serves as parochial vicar at St. Michael Parish in Olympia, Wash.

Barry O'Brien is a co-creator of the hit television series "Hannah Montana" for the Disney Channel. Barry is also a supervising producer of the CBS drama "CSI: Miami."


Frederick J. Ferrer is chief executive officer of The Health Trust, a nonprofit organization based in Campbell that focuses on obesity prevention, healthy aging, and the promotion of equal opportunities for health and wellness. Frederick was executive director of Estrella Family Services in San Jose for 18 years, expanding the organization from one that initially served 74 children to one that now serves more than 1,000 children and their families every year. After graduating from SCU, he earned a Master of Science degree from San Jose State University. He is also a graduate of the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management Program at Harvard University, and is on the adjunct faculty of De Anza College and SCU's School of Education.


Bart Howard recently returned from a tour of duty with NATO's International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan, as the military assistant to the commander.


Lisa Freeman Jackson lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband, Roger, and children, John and Anna. After 10 years of being a stay-at-home mom and a volunteer, Lisa now teaches an advanced prealgebra/ algebra 1 class to a small group of seventh graders at Our Lady of Lourdes School. She also substitute teaches for the math department at Judge Memorial Catholic High School.


Tony Young MBA '93 is vice president and chief information officer of Informatica, with responsibility for the strategic direction of Informatica's global information systems and technology infrastructure. During his tenure at Informatica, Tony and the information technology department have won prestigious industry awards. Prior to joining Informatica in 2002, Tony worked at Mindcrossing and Converge, where he oversaw product development and product management.


George Lotti is the chief financial officer of an international company based in Hayward. His wife, Lisa (Eidson) '89, teaches middle school in San Jose. Together, they run Unconditional Love Animal Rescue and Placement, a nonprofit organization that has rescued and placed more than 900 animals. They live in Willow Glen with their six cats, one dog, and one bunny.


Brian Darrow was selected to "40 Under 40," the Puget Sound Business Journal list of up-and-coming business people in the area. Darrow's engineering firm, The Blueline Group, placed second in Washington CEO magazine's Best Places to Work in Washington, in the small business category. Brian and his wife, Tara, live in Kirkland, Wash.

Eileen (Tinney) Goodwin and her husband, Chris, welcomed their second child, Grace Charlotte, on May 7, 2007. She joins older brother Charlie, 3. Eileen is director of communications in human resources at Cisco Systems and Chris is senior manager of IT applications and consumer services at TiVo. They live in Willow Glen.

Zachary Zaharek J.D./MBA '94 is senior corporate counsel of First American CoreLogic in Santa Ana. He also is president of the Association of Corporate Counsels-Southern California chapter.


Jennifer C. Dunn Burhfiend and husband Timothy announce the birth of their third daughter, Colleen Carroll, on Jan. 10, 2007. She joins big sisters Kathleen, 4, and Maureen, 2. Jennifer is an OB/GYN in private practice in Elmhurst, Ill.

Mike Wallis and his wife, Venus, welcomed the birth of their first child, Emma Skye, in July 2007. The family lives in Reno, Nev.

Devin Conway and his wife, Toni (Biondi) '90, celebrated the first birthday of their daughter, Gianna. The family lives in Los Gatos.

Stefania (Capovilla) Miller and her husband, Ken, announce the birth of their third son, Andrew Stefano, in July 2007. Andrew joins big brothers Bradley and Matthew.

Mike Larriva joined the investment advisory team of Perspective Financial Services, in Phoenix.

Mark Stricherz and his wife, Angy, are the proud parents of daughter Grace, born May 23, 2007. The family lives in Washington, D.C.


Kelly (Brown) Alonso and her husband, Dave, welcomed their twin daughters, Lauren and Grace, on Sept. 19. The girls join big sister, Claire, 4. The family lives in San Francisco, where Dave works in institutional sales at Deutsche Bank.

Jennifer (Goebel) Ferrara M.A. '97 and her husband, Todd, welcomed their second child, Mary Margaret, on April 11, 2007. The family lives in Sacramento, where Todd serves as a deputy secretary for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mary Margaret was baptized on Sept. 1 by Arthur F. Liebscher, S.J. '69. Her godparents are Elizabeth (Goebel) Nuti '93 and Paul Nuti '93.

David and Shannon (Willette) Hanel welcomed baby Nicolas David on April 12, 2006. He joins big brother Derek. David is a pilot for Virgin America, a new low-cost airline based in Burlingame.

Francine Shore and Dan Madsen welcomed their first child, Ryan Carter Madsen, on Sept. 18. Francine is a reading recovery specialist with Santa Clara Unified School District, and Dan is a wealth management advisor with Northwestern Mutual in San Jose. The family lives in Los Gatos.

Wyman Yip and his wife, Andrea '94, welcomed daughter Riley Leilani on May 10, 2007, in Seattle. She joins her brother Dylan Kona, 5.


Doug Cords and his wife, Tarah, announce the birth of their third child, Bennett, who joins sister Lili and brother Lucas in the family's Fresno home.

Joe Greenspan and his wife, Maria, welcomed the birth of their son, Evan Michael, on July 1, 2007. The family lives in Phoenix, Ariz.

Blair Walters and his wife, Erin, welcomed their second child, Ford McGuire, on Jan. 20, 2007. Ford joins big sister, Elle, 3, in the family's Willow Glen home.

Megan (Carr) Williams and her husband, Nate, welcomed the birth of Kade Daniel on Nov. 21, 2006. Kade joins big sister Cassidy Jane, 2, in the family's home in Anchorage, Ala.


Renske (Hanselaar) Hinsdale and her husband, Graham, welcomed their son, Clay Russell, on Sept. 17, 2006. They were married on Oct. 1, 2005, in Half Moon Bay, and live in Redwood City.

Katerina Martina Teaiwa, Ph.D., moved from Honolulu to Canberra in January 2007. She works at the Australian National University and is developing graduate courses as well as the first undergraduate major in Pacific Studies in Australia.


Janine (Saunders) Evans married Andrew Evans at Janine's parents' home in Saratoga on Sept. 30, 2006. Participating in the garden ceremony with a reading and a song were fellow theater and dance alumni Bill Duggan and Veronica Gonzalez '96. The couple welcomed their first daughter, Sadie Julia, on Aug. 1, 2007.

Brenda Kuntz married Gregory Drew on Sept. 30, 2006 in San Diego. The wedding party included Meredith (Stowe) Park. Guests included Andrea Lin, Sean Anderson '95 and Janine (Moore) Anderson, David Mendoza and Michelle (Morales) Mendoza, and Zarina Yamat. Brenda currently works as a senior recruiter for Accountants Inc.

Dan Plaine, Mac Cannady '00, Sean Eirich '02, Tim Eirich, Matt Kunk '00, Chris Tschinkel '03, John Schlunt '04, and John Lingbeck '02 rowed in the 2007 Head of the Charles in Boston under JDF Rowing, named for the founder of Santa Clara Crew, James D. Farwell. The group rowed in the Men's Club Eight Event on Oct. 20, 2007. This was the third consecutive year that Santa Clara alumni have rowed in this event and the fifth time in the last six years. The rowers were cheered on by many family and friends including Reilly Dampeer '00 and Mary Elizabeth Plaine '95.

Alison (Lacy) Stroot and her husband, Steve, welcomed their first child, Logan Stephen, on July 27, 2007.

Jeffrey Fioresi and his wife, Lauryn, welcomed their first child, Isabella Lucile, on Nov. 15 in Mountain View.

Ricardo Martinez and his wife, Alexis, welcomed their second daughter, Sofia Cecile, on Aug. 14. She joins big sister Gabriella. Ricardo is a senior manager on rotation at KPMG's Global Service Centre located in Montvale, N. J.

Rachel (Palmer) Plut and her husband, David '97, welcomed their first child, Kailee Rebecca, on Aug. 21, 2006. The family resides in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, where David works at Wells Fargo and Rachel is an independent marketing consultant.


John Hampton Arcidiacono has joined the Community of St. Jean, a religious order in France.

Josh Bennett and Cate Cassin Bennett welcomed a baby boy, Chase William Bennett, on Jan. 31, 2007.

Gina Blancarte has bid farewell to her colleagues in the SCU Alumni Office and returned to Southern California. In December 2007, she took up a position working for the president of motion picture music for Paramount Pictures.

Christopher Cedro and his wife, Ruth Vera-Cedro '01, welcomed their second son, Joshua Anthony, on Feb. 18, 2007. He joins their eldest son, Justin, 6. Chris recently returned to SCU to pursue his MBA.

Jennifer Culter married Marc Baumgartner on Sept. 21. Fellow grads in the bridal party included maid of honor, Leslie (Green) Decina, and bridesmaids Cate (Cassin) Bennett, Megan (Tansey) Olsen, Cara (Sbardellati) Sprague, and Taylor (BenBen) Sterling.


Dan Darcy was appointed president of the board of directors for BayKids, a nonprofit in San Francisco, in January 2007. This volunteer position helps direct the development and overall direction for BayKids, which empowers children facing medical challenges to express themselves and find joy through the art of filmmaking.

Scott Flake has been promoted to Department Manager of Power Generation at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. He is responsible for all of the District's Power Generation facilities, including hydro, natural gas, solar, thermal, and wind power plants.

Myra Ramirez-Geronimo and her husband, Marc, welcomed their first child, Nicholas James, on Jan. 11, 2007, in San Diego.

April (Valenzuela) Paye and her husband, Mike '01, announce the birth of a daughter, Maricela Anise, on July 1, 2007. Mike works for the Palo Alto based start-up company Q builders, and April is using her experience as a teacher in her new role as a stay-at-home mom.

Judy Curran Wise and her husband, Jeff, welcomed their first son, Jack Ronald, on Oct. 10.

Shawna (O'Day) Babula M.A. '03 and her husband, Mark, welcomed their first child, Paulina Ann, on May 13, 2007. Mark earned a doctorate in psychology from the University of Denver in August. The family lives in Illinois.


Carrie (Lawler) McCullagh and her husband, Marc, welcomed their first child, Anna Marie, on Oct. 1.

Janelle (Martinez) Morgan, her husband Bodie, and their son Luke, recently moved to Sacramento from Southern California. Janelle works for the Child Abuse Prevention Council in Roseville as a therapeutic intern, providing counseling to children and their families.

Ruben Silva MBA '07 and wife Elizabeth Barron Silva M.A. '07, welcomed their first child, Amalia Ivette, on Aug. 17. The family lives in Santa Clara.

Lindsay Morgan Smith married Darren Grubb on Aug. 25 in Incline Village, Nev., on the shores of Lake Tahoe. The couple resides in New York, where Smith is an associate producer for the "TODAY" show. Her work for the show has already taken her from Salt Lake City to Greece to the Alps.


Jessica DeSantis married Scott Sebbo on April 21, 2007, in Las Vegas. The wedding party included SCU student Diane DeSantis and fellow SCU grads Megan Goicoechea and Merrick Shanahan Bodmer. The girls from "Chalet" and "Peach House" were also in attendance.


Richard Porter and Grace (Lee) Porter '04 announce the birth of their son, Jacob Joseph Porter, on Nov. 18. Jacob joins big sister Madeline, 19 months, in their home in Mountain View.

Kalie Bass married Matt Ward at Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Gilroy, Calif. on Aug. 25. The wedding party included Ryan Ward '07 and Dan Vincezi '04. There were approximately 20 other Santa Clara alumni in attendance. The couple honeymooned in Italy and lives in Hayward.

Brian Ellis and Kirsten Wilson were married Aug. 4 at Founders Chapel in San Diego. The wedding party included SCU alumni Anne Montgomery and Elizabeth Moyle. Kirsten is a graduate student at the University of San Diego, studying to become a nurse practitioner. Brian works for Cypress Semiconductor as a product marketing manager for touchscreen devices. Kirsten and Brian honeymooned in Thailand.

Kristin Love married Chris Boscia at Mission Santa Clara on Sept. 1. Close friends in attendance included Erin Bishop, Janine Mans, Elissa Stebbins, Joe Dazols-Albers '02, and Karen Dazols-Albers. Kristin and Chris are in their final year of law school at Santa Clara and work as resident ministers in the undergraduate residence halls.


Stephen Chesterton and Emily Sargent were married Sept. 15 in Vail, Colo. Paul Fitzgerald, S.J. '80, presided over their wedding. In the wedding party were Larkin Philbin and Zane Behnke. Also present at the wedding were Shanna and Kyle Knierim '03, Jacob Dekay and Evyn Dekay '05, Jason Allen '05, Michael Keiser Jr., Matthew Spencer, and Andrew Sauter.

Kathryn Ortiz is the first person at the University of Arizona to receive the Scholars for the Dream Travel Award for her presentation on First Year Composition for Latinos. She is currently completing her Ph.D. and is the first member of her family to attend college.

Erin Rieger and Mike Baranick were married Sept. 2, 2007 in Seattle. The wedding party included fellow SCU alumni Melissa Sharp, Megan Kinnear, Lucas Herrera, Colin Harrigan, and Paul Candler.


Louise Wu was crowned 2007 Miss Asian America at the beauty pageant held Aug. 11 in San Francisco. In 2006 she was named Miss Chinatown USA and, in 2001, Miss Teen Chinatown.


Lindsay Soderberg owns a San Diego company, Caddie Connection, which provides caddies for golfers in Southern California.