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1982

'82
Verbica, Peter

In June, Peter Coe Verbica '82, J.D. '99 published Left at the Gate and Other Poems. Peter continues to work in the Wealth Management Group of an investment bank, providing credit facilities as well as portfolio advisory services. He serves as President of the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition, and Vice President of the Pine Ridge Association at Henry W. Coe State Park. He has taught Principles of Investments in the Econ Department of SJSU this past year. He is also helping with the 1982 Year Reunion Committee for Santa Clara University. Peter ran in 14 trail races last year for the fun of it, including the Death Valley Half with his competitive athlete wife, Tiffany, who typically placed 1st or 2nd in every race. 

 

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 1:07P
'82
Verbica, Peter

Peter Coe Verbica ’82, J.D. ’99 has been promoted to assistant vice president and senior financial advisor for a wealth management group at a major investment bank. In March, he published three books: The Missing Tales of Sherlock Holmes, Eighty-Eight Lost Haikus (under a different pen name), and Speak Easy and Other Poems. His Sherlock Holmes short stories were praised by novelist Elizabeth McKenzie as "clever and addictive and supremely well done."

submitted Feb. 22, 2017 5:11P
'82
Verbica, Peter

Peter Coe Verbica ’82, J.D. ’99 has four daughters; his eldest is at Georgetown in D.C., his second works for the Smithsonian in Panama, his third studies at West Chester, and his youngest resides in Germany. Verbica’s wife is an avid trail runner, placing No. 1 for women overall in a number of races this year. He serves as an assistant VP at a top-tier investment bank in its wealth management group and was recently elected president of the California Congress of Republicans. 

submitted Jul. 20, 2017 4:17P
'82
Nalty, Sean

Sean Nalty '82, J.D. '85 is a member of Ogletree Deakins' Life, Health, Disability, ERISA and Employee Benefits practice. For more than 30 years, Sean has specialized in ERISA litigation and  California litigation involving life, health, and disability insurance. In 2014, Sean was awarded a Client Choice award by International Law Office (ILO). He was the exclusive winner of the Healthcare/Life Sciences category in California. Sean also volunteers with Catholic Charities of the East Bay, St. Vincent De Paul, various East Bay homeless shelters, and Ministries to the Sick. 

 

submitted Jan. 15, 2017 9:51A
'82
Alexander, Mary

Mary Alexander J.D. '82 is a San Francisco–based personal injury attorney, who is representing the parents of Griffin Madden and Michela Gregory, two victims in the tragic Ghost Ship fire in Oakland in December. Over the past 30 years, Mary Alexander has earned a national reputation for her work protecting consumer rights, winning the respect of clients and colleagues alike. A past president of both the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Consumer Attorneys of California, Mary’s career – both in and out of the courtroom – has focused on one thing: ensuring that those who have been harmed by the negligent, preventable actions of others get their day in court – and get the answers, and justice, they deserve. A scientist before she studied law, Mary leverages her technical background in every matter she takes on, and is well known for her ability to explain complicated theories to juries – and for using high-tech courtroom exhibits that help make difficult points easy to comprehend. She’s taken on cases other lawyers won’t, or can’t – such as child sex abuse cases – and assisted clients from all walks of life. She has been named one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s “Top 10 Trial Attorneys” by the San Francisco Chronicle.

submitted Jan. 15, 2017 12:07P

1983

'83
Sanchez, Marla

Rocket EMS, a high-value manufacturer of complex boards in the Silicon Valley area, appointed Marla Sanchez MBA ’83 as its new CEO and executive director. Sanchez’s professional experience has been primarily focused on business processes and operational finance at several high tech companies, including Motorola, AMD, VLSI, and SDL. She has served as the CFO at Avanex, as well as on several different Boards.

submitted Nov. 1, 2016 9:50P
'83
Russell, Christine

Christine Russell ’71, MBA ’83 has been appointed to the board of directors of eGain, a leading provider of cloud customer engagement solutions. Russell is CFO of UniPixel and a director and audit committee chair of QuickLogic Corporation. Prior to joining UniPixel in 2015, she served as CFO for a number of technology companies, including Vendavo, a leading provider of SaaS pricing optimization software; EAG; Virage Logic; and OuterBay Technologies. Russell serves on the board and is a former chair of Silicon Valley Directors Exchange (SVDX). She has also served as president of Financial Executives International (Silicon Valley Chapter) and is an emeritus member of the Leavey School of Business advisory board.

submitted Mar. 8, 2017 3:44P
'83
Repich, Wayne

Wayne Repich ’83 has received associate design-build professional certification from the Design-Build Institute of America. He is the director of client services at the New York City office of Dewberry, a leading market-facing firm that provides professional services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Repich has more than 34 years of experience in real estate, finance, and development and is responsible for various projects across several service lines at Dewberry. He is a member of Design-Build Institute of America; the New York Building Congress, where he serves on the government affairs committee; the Performance Based Building Coalition, where he serves on the legislative committee; the Society for College and University Planning; the American Institute of Architects–New York; Professional Women in Construction; the Metropolitan Railway Club of New York; the Building Owners and Managers of New York; and the California Association of Mortgage Professionals.

submitted Jun. 22, 2017 9:54A
'83
Núñez, Ray

Ray Núñez ’83 was appointed chief financial officer for all organizations under the Vanir Group of Companies in Sacramento, California. A senior finance and operations executive with more than 30 years of experience, Núñez has worked for businesses at every stage of development—from startups to Fortune 100 companies. He and his wife, Celia, have lived in Rocklin, California, for the last 20 years and have two children: Ana, who is studying at University of Cambridge, and Diego, who is a sixth grader. Núñez stays busy coaching his son’s little league team and fly-fishing in the Sierra. 

submitted Oct. 3, 2017 11:04A
'83
Howeth, Todd

After a nationwide search, Todd Howeth J.D. ’83 was appointed chief public defender for Ventura County. With 27 years of experience for the county, Howeth’s office will work to defend minors and adults in both felony and misdemeanor cases. Howeth lives with his wife, Marty, and has three children: Sarah, Jacob, and India. 

submitted Jul. 20, 2017 1:02P
'83
Douglas, Scott

E. Scott Douglas ’80, J.D. ’83 is celebrating his 20th year as a full-time legal mediator. Since forming Douglas Mediation in 1997, Douglas has successfully resolved over 2,700 disputes on a national basis involving FINRA securities actions and a broad range of commercial litigation matters. He lives and works in Manhattan Beach, California.

Contact Scott
Www.DouglasMediation.com
submitted Jul. 22, 2017 6:13P

1984

'84
Valine, Helen (Valine)

Committed to the Jesuit mission as it relates to education, as a higher education professional, Helen Valine '84, '89 M.A. is excited to serve on the board of the Jesuit Graduate Admission Professionals. The purpose of the association is to support admission members of Jesuit colleges and universities, share best practices in enrollment management, and promote professional development. She looks forward to achieving much good and effective work on this board.

Contact Helen
4098589992
submitted Nov. 21, 2016 3:46P
GRD Law '84
Rasmussen, Jesper

Jesper Rasmussen J.D. ’84 is a trial attorney who has practiced law in California for more than 30 years. While Rasmussen has in-depth knowledge and experience in many areas of the law, he now specializes in employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination, public entity defense, civil rights, business litigation, and anti-SLAPP litigation.

Rasmussen has successfully tried cases to verdict in both state and federal courts, including a three-week jury trial for FEHA retaliation, where his client was awarded $110,000 in costs, and a two-week jury trial in U.S. District Court for alleged violations of the ADA and rights of privacy. He has never lost a case he has taken to trial, and he’s appeared and argued before the California Supreme Court as well as worked on an appeal that resulted in a precedent-setting Internet libel opinion by the California Supreme Court. Rasmussen has a strong track record of resolving cases in their early stages, having won more than 40 motions for summary judgment. He also has extensive experience in writs and appeals.

submitted Mar. 25, 2017 5:30P
'84
Howard, Bart
Alumni Bart Howard, Steve Silvestri, and Dick Lambert together in Malta.

Retired Colonel Bart Howard ’84 served as a featured military history guest lecturer on a Viking Ocean Cruises ship sailing around the Mediterranean. While on board, he befriended two other Broncos: Steve Silvestri ’75, MBA ’77, and Dick Lambert ’76, MBA ’79. Here they are in Malta. What a small Bronco world!

submitted Jul. 7, 2017 11:37A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '84
Dowling, Kevin

Kevin Dowling '84 started a new job in January 2017 as a Major Gift Officer for Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley

submitted Jan. 10, 2017 12:06P

1985

'85
Wieckowski, Bob

California State Senator Bob Wieckowski J.D. '85 has been selected to lead CSG West’s Energy and Environment Policy Committee. Wieckowski becomes the first California legislator to lead this important body. The work of CSG West policy committees reflects the substantive issues facing Western legislatures. CSG West policy committees offer opportunities for legislators to learn from policy experts and their peers from across the region. Policy committees can also recommend resolutions and policy positions for consideration by the CSG West Executive Committee. Policy committee chairs play an important leadership role in convening committee members and identifying committee priorities. Committee chairs provide direction to CSG West staff in the planning and coordination of the policy committee's agenda during the biennium, lead committee meetings, and ensure committee business is carried out. “This is a fantastic opportunity to share California’s progress on important issues with my colleagues from throughout the western United States and advance the information sharing and cooperation of the Energy and Environment Committee,” stated Senator Wieckowski. “As a delegate to the Paris Climate Change Conference, I am eager to continue efforts on climate adaptation as Chair of this committee. CSG West serves as a terrific forum to learn what other states are doing and share best practices as we grow our economy while combating climate change in the West.”

Senator Wieckowski represents District 10 in the California Senate, which encompasses portions of Alameda and Santa Clara counties. He has served two terms in the State Assembly and is in his first full term in the Senate. He currently chairs the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality, as well as Budget Subcommittee 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation.

submitted Jan. 12, 2017 12:39P
'85
Rehkemper, Phil

Phil Rehkemper ’85, MBA ’89 was recently named VP and CFO of Freeman, a leading global provider of brand experiences and integrated services for experiential marketing. He will be responsible for the company’s accounting, tax, financial planning and analysis, real estate, and treasury teams.

submitted Mar. 14, 2017 3:42P
'85
Nalty, Sean
see year 1982
'85
Hamel, Fred

Fred Hamel ’85 has published Choice and Agency in the Writing Workshop: Developing Engaged Writers, Grades 4–6, through Teachers College Press.  The book explains what happened when he and a fourth-grade teacher decided to create a weekly writing workshop that allowed students greater autonomy than is typical in schools.  The book is “an observational, reflective study about paying attention to the range of things kids do to make acts of writing accessible and meaningful.” Hamel is a professor in the School of Education at University of Puget Sound.

Contact Fred
The book is available at https://www.tcpress.com/choice-and-agency-in-the-writing-workshop-9780807758557
submitted May. 19, 2017 3:59P
UGRD Leavey Business '85
Allanson, Joe

Joe Allanson ’85 is thrilled to have joined the board of trustees at the University of San Francisco. While a Santa Clara Bronco at heart (Once a Bronco, Always a Bronco), USF is a place where his contributions have the potential to make a greater impact. Allanson continues to serve as a trustee at St. Ignatius College Preparatory and will be hitting his six-year term limit in June 2018. He is also the chief accounting officer and controller for Salesforce.com in San Francisco, where he recently celebrated his 14th anniversary at the company.

submitted Jun. 9, 2017 10:29P

1986

'86
Lefebvre, Mary Beth (Cebedo)

Mary Beth Cebedo Lefebvre ’86 is an IT project manager at Stanford University. This summer, she attended a family reunion in Lake Tahoe, California, with her parents and siblings Francis Cebedo ’87Celine Cebedo Schmidek ’88Josephine Cebedo Copeland ’90, and their families. 

submitted Aug. 6, 2017 4:53P
GRD Law '86
Gronowski, Stephen
The Gronowski family

Stephen Gronowski J.D. ’86 and his wife, Katy (Mortezai) Gronowski J.D./MBA ’87, are in private practice in Walnut Creek. Stephen specializes in transactional real estate. Katy is a certified specialist in family law and has taught law school courses in family law and community property. They live with their children in Alamo, California. Their oldest daughter, Madeline Gronowski ’21, is about to become a Bronco.

submitted Jul. 11, 2017 12:00P
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Donohue, Laura (Thompson)

Laura (Thompson) Donohue ’86 has a tax practice, Donohue & Associates, and works as a certified clinical hypnotherapist. She and her boyfriend, Jason, live in Grass Valley, California. Her son, Matthew, attends San Jose State, her daughter, Sarah, attends Sacramento State, and her daughter, Megan, graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Contact Laura
http://taxmomcpa.com/ https://www.lauradonohueccht.com/
submitted May. 2, 2017 2:02P

1987

GRD Engineering '87
Nghiem, Peter

Peter Phung Phu Nghiem M.S. ’87, M.S. ’14, Ph.D. ’17 was awarded a Ph.D. in computer science and engineering after completing his thesis, “Towards Efficient Resource Provisioning in Hadoop” under the supervision of Silvia M. Figueira.  

submitted Aug. 1, 2017 2:35P
'87
Mar-Spinola, Julie

Julie Mar-Spinola J.D. '87 received the Alumni Special Achievement Award from tthe Santa Clara University School of Law. She holds a dual business and legal role as Finjan Holdings, Inc.'s Chief Intellectual Property Officer and Vice President of Legal.  She is responsible for the Company's revenue-based operations, including IP assets, cyber technology innovations, enforcement programs, licensing best practices, public policy initiatives, and mentorships.  In 2016, Ms. Mar-Spinola was appointed to the Board of Directors for subsidiary, Finjan Mobile, Inc.  Ms. Mar-Spinola has dedicated her entire professional career in representing high technology companies of all sizes and business models on all things IP, including IP portfolio development, M&A's, acquisitions, divestitures, enforcement (licensing and litigation), as well as preservation and monetization of proprietary technologies and patents. 

Julie is Chairman Emeritus and co-founder of ChIPs (www.chipsnetwork.org), a non-profit dedicated to advancing women at the confluence of law, technology, and regulatory policy.  She serves as a court appointed mediator specializing in patent and other complex disputes, since 2011, and is a member of the High Tech Advisory Board at Santa Clara University, School of Law, since 2014. Ms. Mar-Spinola has been a member of the Patent Public Advisory Board (PPAC) since 2015.  Julie has also been recognized for her contributions in the fields of technology and law, including most recently by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and the Recorder.

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 12:29P
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