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Verbica, Peter

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 His next book, entitled Left at the Gate and Other Poems, is scheduled for release and will be available on Amazon. 

submitted May. 17, 2016 11:32A
Sly, Julie

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.

submitted Jun. 7, 2016 12:03P
UGRD Leavey Business '82
Miller, Andrew

Andy Miller '82 joined the board of directors of iRobot Corp (NASDAQ: irbt). He is EVP and CFO of software company PTC, and he and his wife Joyce (Valadez) Miller '82 now reside in the Back Bay of Boston, enjoying life as empty nesters, while their two children pursue BFA degrees in the performing arts.

submitted Sep. 17, 2016 9:55A
Ma, Carolyn

The University of Hawai'i Board of Regents approved the appointment of Carolyn Ma '82 to be the second dean of the University of Hawai'i.

“Dr. Ma’s impeccable credentials give us a strong foothold as we take the College of Pharmacy to the next level,” said University of Hawai'i Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney. 

Born and raised on O'ahu, Ma has an extensive background in clinical pharmacy practice, pharmacy and hospital administration. She is a registered pharmacist with licenses in Hawai'i, Nevada and California and remains boarded in oncology pharmacy. She joined DKICP in 2007 as the clinical education coordinator and designed, constructed and implemented 4,200-square feet of space in what is formerly known as the Gold Bond building in Kaka'ako on O'ahu. Additionally, in preparation for the advanced rotations, or internships for student pharmacists, she helped place numerous faculty in residence at O'ahu, Maui and Kaua'i hospitals and clinics.

Former Governor Neil Abercrombie appointed her director for O'ahu on the Hawai'i State Board of Pharmacy and Governor Ige re-appointed her to a 2015-2019 term. She also is past president of the Hawai'i Pharmacists Association.
submitted Sep. 27, 2016 8:55A
Haughey, Mary (Baden)

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. 

submitted Jun. 28, 2016 3:06P
GRD Law '82
Gonsalves, Cynthia

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.

submitted Jan. 2, 2016 3:22P
GRD Leavey/MBA '82
Creveling, Nancy

Nancy Creveling MBA '82 writes, "Retirement is marvelous! Second grandchild arrived in January." 

submitted Jun. 7, 2016 12:10P


UGRD Leavey Business '83
Sullivan , Phillip

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!"

Contact Phillip
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submitted Feb. 15, 2016 8:31A
Lovetro, Keith

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.

submitted Nov. 9, 2015 12:15P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '83
Bissen Jr., Richard

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. 

Judge Bissen has long worked to reduce domestic violence rates, while advocating for juvenile justice and women offenders. He was a founding member of the Maui Drug Court program in 2000. The Maui County Bar Association named him “Lawyer of the Year” in 2001, and in October 1999, he received the “Distinguished Citizen Award” from the Men’s March Against Violence Committee. He is active in several Maui community organizations, including the Maui United Way; Royal Order of Kamehameha, Kahekili Chapter; Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Hawaii, Maui Chapter; Hale Mua Hawaiian Cultural Group; Punana Leo Maui Advisory Committee and more.

Bissen is a married father with three daughters, including Sayble Bissen '10, and two grandsons.

submitted May. 20, 2016 9:42A
Bailey, J.
Attorney J. Michael Bailey '83, a shareholder in Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Salt Lake City office, has been elected to the executive committee of the United States Golf Association (USGA). The executive committee is the governing board of the USGA. He is the first Utahan ever elected to serve on the committee in the USGA’s 121-year history.
Bailey is a member of the firm’s litigation and government relations departments and concentrates his practice on commercial and environmental litigation, as well as government relations and political law. Bailey served as the chair of the firm’s Hiring Committee and is rated in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, is listed in Super Lawyers and maintains an AV Preeminent™ rating from Martindale Hubbell. 
He has served on the USGA’s Regional Affairs Committee since 2002 and served as a Rules official or scoring volunteer at many USGA amateur championships. Bailey played collegiate golf at Santa Clara University, where he earned his B.S. degree, before graduating from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. A former board member of The First Tee in Salt Lake City, he has volunteered on the boards of Ballet West, Utah Youth on Course, the Utah Championship Advisory Board and Friends of Utah Golf. He is a current board member of the Utah Golf Association and an advisor to the Golf Alliance of Utah.  He previously served as President of the Utah Bar Foundation.
submitted Feb. 19, 2016 3:16P


UGRD Arts & Sciences '84
Westover, Catherine (Girolami)

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.

Contact Catherine
submitted Jun. 14, 2016 2:15P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '84
Thornley, David

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.

submitted Jun. 23, 2016 7:17A
O'Neal, Denis
Denis G. O’Neal J.D. '83, an attorney in private practice, serves as a member of the Santa Clara County Personnel Board and as a hearing officer for Santa Clara County’s Department of Planning and Development. He is also a commissioner on the board of the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara. In 2004, O’Neal retired as Deputy County Counsel at the County of Santa Clara, where he had worked for more than 20 years. During that time, he was president and negotiator for the Santa Clara County Counsel Attorneys Association. Before joining the County Counsel’s office, Commissioner O’Neal was a research assistant for labor law Professor Herman Levy at Santa Clara University School of Law and was a summer extern for former California Supreme Court Justice Allen Broussard. Prior to becoming an attorney, he was a Santa Clara County eligibility and social services worker for 13 years. During that time, he was a founding member, officer and negotiator for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) locals 535 and 715. A native of Vallejo, he grew up in a military family and went to grade school and high school in five countries and three states. A resident of Morgan Hill, Commissioner O’Neal is married, with one son and two grandchildren. He was appointed to HACSC’s Board of Commissioners in 2011. 
submitted Aug. 13, 2016 9:21A
O'Hanlon, Timothy


Timothy J. O’Hanlon '84 has been elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of lawyers, judges and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Membership in The Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction (Oregon). Members are nominated by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

submitted Sep. 23, 2016 1:43P
UGRD Engineering '84
Moran, Patrick

Patrick Joseph Moran '84 received his Ph.D. in computer science from University of Illinois and is a visualization specialist at NASA in Mountain View. 

submitted Jun. 7, 2016 12:34P
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '84
Liebscher, Arthur

Arthur Liebscher S.J., '69, M.Div. '84, STM '86 has been named by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., as the next rector of the Santa Clara Jesuit Community. He will assume office on 31 July 2016, the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, and as rector will become a member of the Board of Trustees of the University.

Fr. Liebscher earned a PhD in History at Indiana University, Bloomington. An alumnus and current chair of the history department, Fr. Liebscher has taught at Santa Clara since 1986 with a scholarly focus on Latin American history. He has generously served the community in multiple capacities throughout his time at the University. In addition to his teaching, Fr. Liebscher has served our students as resident minister, faculty adviser, and Jesuit faculty in residence for more than two decades. His engagement in shared governance and membership on many committees over the years have contributed to the well-being of the University community.  As a proud and active member of the alumni community he has been a remarkable ambassador of the University.
Fr. Liebscher will follow Fr. Michael Zampelli, S.J., who has served as rector since 2010. At the conclusion of his term as rector, Fr. Zampelli will spend the 2016-2017 academic year as visiting professor at Fordham University and will return to Santa Clara following his time there.
submitted Mar. 5, 2016 7:29P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '84
Leupp, Heidi (Le Baron)

Heidi (Le Baron) Leupp '84 was recently appointed to the St. Ignatius College Prep board of regents. She is currently co-president of Sacred Heart Prep Atherton Parent Association.

submitted Feb. 9, 2016 7:28A
Cooper, Julia

Julia Harper Cooper ’84 was recently recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of 2016 Women of Influence in which one hundred women were selected from private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Julia has served in a number of key positions over her nearly 30-year career with the City of San Jose and is currently the director of finance.




submitted May. 2, 2016 10:40A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '84
Carey, Kate
The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) announced that Kate Carey '84 will be joining the organization as vice president, federal government relations. Carey joins PCI following a three year sabbatical from professional life.
Carey has worked in the insurance industry for more than 25 years as a strategic government relations and public policy attorney. Most recently, she served as vice president and head of federal government relations for MetLife.
Carey holds a B.A. degree from the University of Santa Clara. She completed her J.D. from Catholic University and an L.L.M. from Georgetown. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
submitted Apr. 11, 2016 6:58P


UGRD Engineering '85
Wehr, Michael
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Major General Michael C. Wehr '85 has been selected for the School of Engineering's highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, recognizing alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and University service have set them apart.
As a civil engineering student, Wehr was commissioned as a second lieutenant though ROTC at SCU in 1985, followed by marrying his college sweetheart, Deborah D. Kalisz ’84, in 1986.  He later obtained his master’s degree from the University of Texas and graduation from the Command and General Staff College and the Joint Forces Staff College. He served as a Military Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Highly decorated during his four combat tours (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and others), engineering highlights include command of the 307th Engineer Battalion in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Theater Engineer for Afghanistan. Following his command of the South Pacific Division in San Francisco, California, he is currently in command of the Mississippi Valley Division in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he is responsible for a $2 billion civil works program impacting 41% of the United States and including 1.25 million square miles, 31 states, and 2 Canadian provinces. Mike and Deb are blessed with two terrific children, Rachel (24) and Chuck (21).
submitted Apr. 25, 2016 8:13A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Ventry, Kathryn

Kathy Ventry '85 is in her third career as a licensed marriage and family therapist in Folsom, and is doing business as Peace Within * Anxiety, Trauma & OCD Treatment. She sees children through older adults, and also specializes in couples therapy. Kathy served 10 years in the Army followed by almost 18 years as a healthcare representative for Pfizer, with seven years as a neuroscience specialty representative. Kathy finds it rewarding and a blessing to now work in the mental health and wellness profession. She looks forward to relocating to Folsom from Elk Grove to have easier access to cycling and kayaking opportunities.

Contact Kathryn
submitted Dec. 8, 2015 9:08P
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