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Julio Ledesma IV '81 is winding up a second tri-term at the Philippine House of Representatives; having been elected to the 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, and 16th Congress. He has chaired the Labor (11th), Energy (11th), Ways and Means (12th), and Science and Technology (15th) committees and is currently senior vice chair of the Ways and Means Committee. Jules plans to return to the private sector.
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Don Kinney '81 retired from Chevron Corporation after 35 years, with the last 18 years in positions in South America and Africa. He and his family have retired to Pinehurst, NC.
Dan Hunter '81 is the vice president and corporate controller at Coherent, Inc. He writes, "Looking foward to the 35-year reunion in October!"
P. Gregory Giordano J.D. ’81 is a partner and vice chair of the Gaming Practice Group at the law firm of McDonald Carano Wilson in Las Vegas. His practice focuses on gaming compliance, licensing and regulation.
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Barb (Burns) Frank '75, MBA '81 writes, "I retired at the end of 2005 after almost 30 years with Intel Corporation in a variety of positions, mostly in finance and information technology. I am currently the president of the Intel Retiree Organization and treasurer for Community Bridges, the largest deliverer of family services in Santa Cruz County. In 2015, my first grandchild was born to our daughter Jessica Frank Brown '05, so we are planning on moving to San Francisco sometime next year to be closer to our children and my stepson and family. Every year since we turned 50, I have been organizing us 4th-floor Dunne girls for an annual girl's weekend. Very fun!"
Chris Fellenz '81 lives in San Jose, working as a consultant in High Tech (planning, operations, communications, quality systems). He and Diane (Watkins) '83, have 3 children — Kyle, Curtis, and Janelle.
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In November, Maria Evans '81 was named Principal of the Year and bestowed an Excellence in Education award at the Legends and Leaders dinner, a signature event put on by the Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. Maria is principal of Washington Elementary, which is part of the Thriving Neighbors Initiative through the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education.
Kerry (Lenihan) Baz '81 works at Adobe Systems Inc. in downtown San Jose and is adjusting to life as an "empty-nester". She is looking forward to seeing lots of classmates at the reunion this fall.
Allison Abbott-Kline '81 and her husband, Norman Kline '79 celebrated their 35th anniversary in June. They serve on the SCU Board of Fellows, are involved with SCU Catala and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. They live in the Rosegarden area of San Jose with their golden retriever Rose.
Peter Coe Verbica '82, JD '99 has published Hard-Won Cowboy Wisdom (Not Necessarily in Order of Importance). The book incorporates five generations of ranching tradition distilled into one, easy-to-read book of maxims with photographs from the 1800s and early 1900s. Peter works in Silicon Valley for the wealth management group for a large investment bank. To learn more about his book go to www.hardwoncowboywisdom.com. His next book, entitled Left at the Gate and Other Poems, is scheduled for release and will be available on Amazon.
Julie Sly '82 has been editor for the past six years of Catholic Herald Magazine, a bimonthly magazine of the Diocese of Sacramento, reaching more than 40,000 households with faith stories of Catholics in the 20-county diocese. She has been a resident of the Land Park area of Sacramento since 1991.
Kam Shadan M.S. '82, PE, a vice president of Gannett Fleming based in the San Francisco, California, office, is updating two key national guidance handbooks by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The handbooks are aimed at helping transit project sponsors plan, manage, and construct capital projects in compliance with FTA guidelines and best practices. The revised publications are expected to be released in early 2016.
The first, titled “The FTA Project Construction Handbook,” will assist project sponsors who plan to develop a large project for the first time. Projects include bus maintenance and operations facilities, bus rapid transit, and transit multi-modal terminal projects up to $100 million. Shadan was the original lead author for this handbook in 2006, and this latest version will be the third update in the past 10 years. The other book, “Project and Construction Management Guidelines,” is targeted for new projects typically ranging from $100 million to several billion dollars.
With more than 38 years of industry experience, Shadan has spent 15 years working directly for public utility and transit and rail agencies. He has provided national project management oversight for FTA capital transit and rail projects in Los Angeles, California; the San Francisco Bay area; Sacramento, California; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Chicago, Illinois. In addition, he serves as a program management advisor and forensic expert witness on public and private development projects.
Active in professional organizations, Shadan has been a member of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Capital Projects Committee since 1998 and the Public-Private Partnership Committee since 2008. He also has served on the California Transit Association Executive Committee since 2007.
Shadan earned a master of science in engineering management from the University of Santa Clara and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California Berkeley. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Harvard Business School executive seminars in project development and private equity. Shadan is a registered Professional Engineer and an engineering and general building contractor in California.
Kathryn Kane '82, J.D. '86 writes, "This fall, I will retire as a deputy county counsel, Office of County Counsel, County of Santa Clara. I have been a hearing, trial, and appellate counsel in the Child Dependency Unit for more than 25 years. I will forever be grateful for this amazing career opportunity."
Mary Baden H. Haughey '82, senior vice president of operations for the YMCA of Silicon Valley, has co-authored the second edition of Dr. Marlene Bumgarner's book Working with School-Age Children. In addition to her work in Youth Development at the Y, Mary also teaches child development courses at Gavilan College. Mary lives in Morgan Hill with her husband, Norman. You can find her every Saturday riding her horse.
Cynthia Gonsalves '82 lives in downtown San Jose with her wife of two years, Emma Humphries. She is a senior technician at Evans Analytical Group making samples for transmission electron microscopy and measuring surface contamination on all sorts of wafers.
Nancy Creveling MBA '82 writes, "Retirement is marvelous! Second grandchild arrived in January."
Phil Sullivan '83 writes, "I recently moved to the heart of the wine country, not far from the historical Jack London estate in the most scenic valley of the moon, where I spent my formative years on a 12-acre 'mini farm.' Now, I'm thoroughly enjoying the experience of introducing newcomers and reacquainting with native/pioneering wine country families. It's great to be involved in real estate in the Sonoma/Napa areas!"
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Keith Lovetro MBA '83 has been elected to the board of directors of OmniTRAX Inc., one of the largest privately held rail and transportation service companies in North America. Lovetro currently serves as president and CEO of TRAC Intermodal, the largest intermodal chassis pool manager and equipment provider for international and domestic shippers in North America.
"We are fortunate to have such a skilled and connected leader as Keith join our board. His more than 34 years of management experience, including time with regional trucking, ground parcel, air express and air freight firms, will help guide all of our businesses,” said Brad Skinner, Chairman of OmniTRAX.
Lovetro has served as president and CEO of TRAC Intermodal since June 2011, growing revenue by 23+ % (CAGR) since joining the company. Prior to TRAC Intermodal, he was president and CEO of YRC Regional Transportation, responsible for the P&L performance of USF Reddaway, USF Holland, and New Penn Motor Express. He previously held executive positions at DHL Express and FedEx Freight West, and started his career at Emery Worldwide/CF Airfreight.
Lovetro holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Davis, and a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Santa Clara. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of OmniTRAX, Mr. Lovetro is also on the Board of Directors of Interpool (parent company of TRAC Intermodal), the Institute of International Container Lessors and the Intermodal Association of North America and is member of the American Trucking Association and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.
Flex Pharma announced the appointment of Kathie Lindemann '83 as its chief operating officer.
Prior to joining Flex Pharma, Ms. Lindemann served as COO at DAVIDs TEA Inc. Ms. Lindemann also spent 19 years at Starbucks, where she held several leadership roles including senior VP, Starbucks Foodservice, SVP US Business Operations, and SVP International Operations, Store Development and Global Business Systems. She has been a director of Cambia Health Solutions, Inc. since June 2009.
“Since we see substantial opportunity to develop our consumer product as a global brand, I am looking forward to working with Kathie to leverage her extensive experience building and running operations ex-US as we plan to access key international markets,” commented Marina Hahn, president of Consumer.
Richard T. Bissen Jr. '83 has been a second circuit court judge in Hawaii sincen April 2005. He was a gubernatorial nominee of former Gov. Linda Lingle. Prior to his appointment, he served as the interim director for the State of Hawaii Department of Public Safety and as the first deputy attorney general for the state. Bissen served as the prosecuting attorney for the County of Maui from August 1995 to January 2003. Prior to that, he served as a deputy prosecutor from 1987 to 1991 and again from 1992 to 1995.
Bissen is a married father with three daughters, including Sayble Bissen '10, and two grandsons.
Catherine "Cat" Girolami Westover '84, a Realtor® at Sereno Group Real Estate, just celebrated her 19th wedding anniversary with Rob Westover, who "Builds Great Things" at DPR Construction. Cat enjoys volunteering and recently had the honor of chairing Bellarmine's 60th Annual Fashion Show for Financial Aid. Cat & Rob's elder son, Foster, who just graduated from Bellarmine, received the St. Ignacian award and will be attending CalPoly (Architecture). Gavin, their younger son, will be a junior at Bellarmine and writes satirical articles for the school's online yearbook. They all live in Atherton with their 80-pound chocolate lab, 12-year-old cat, and three chickens.
David Thornley Bronco '84 was named the new principal of Cabrillo Elementary in Fremont Unified School District. David began his career in Fremont USD in 1985. He has been a teacher, a trainer, a coordinator, and an administrator at the elementary level for many years. Most recently, he served as the acting principal at Patterson Elementary School. David and his wife Stephanie have three children and live in Fremont, California.
Robert J. Reid MBA '84 writes, "I successfully completed a Ph.D. in business at Oklahoma State University in August. I earned the Owners, Presidents, and Managers certificate at the Harvard Business School (2006). For the past 21 years, I have served as the executive director of the J.F. Maddox Foundation, in New Mexico. Previously, I had a successful career in turning around and managing hospital companies."