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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Nancy Creveling MBA '82 writes, "Retirement is marvelous! Second grandchild arrived in January."
Shortly after relinquishing command of the 63rd Regional Support Command, Maj. Gen. Nickolas Tooliatos '80, J.D. '83 retired from the Army Reserve after 36 years of service.
Tooliatos received the Distinguished Service Medal from Maj. Gen. Peter Lennon, Deputy Commanding General (Support), U.S. Army Reserve Command, capping off a career which began in 1980. Tooliatos joined the Army Reserve after graduating from Santa Clara University that year, and was commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate. In the three decades that followed he served in leadership positions throughout the Army Reserve, culminating in his three-year tenure as commanding general of the 63rd RSC.
Tooliatos, of San Ramon, Calif., remembered the day he took his oath of office as a second lieutenant 36 years ago.
“The day I commissioned I had my mother, my father, my sister Paula and my then fiancée Joni (Chiesa) ‘80, M.B.A. ’82 in the Rose Garden at Santa Clara University just a few miles up the road,” Tooliatos said. “My mother and Joni pinned my bars on. As I looked across at my dad he had a grin from ear to ear. My dad was a World War II (battle of) Peleliu Marine and he was the greatest patriot I’ve ever met.”
"I owe my life to my wife Joni, who has stood by me through everything," he said.
“She’s been there through deployments … through rocket attacks when I would click the Skype off so she wouldn’t have to hear the incoming rounds. I’d call back and say it was a bad connection,” Tooliatos joked.
The demands of Army life often meant missing important family events, including his children’s baseball games.
“My poor kids had to endure me coaching baseball games in my old Battle Dress Uniform back in the day,” he said. “How many kids do you think had their dad coaching a game in BDU’s? I’ll always be thankful to my battalion commander who gave me the leeway to do that and let me maintain some balance.”
“I challenge all of you to maintain that balance. Your priorities are your family, your civilian job and then the United States Army,” he continued. “The Army is a jealous mistress. She will take as much time as you’re willing to give her and we need you. But you have to maintain that balance.”
Tooliatos thanked all his mentors and influences for helping him improve as an officer and reach the rank of major general.
“In some way they all gave me opportunities that I probably didn’t deserve and praise on evaluation reports that I probably didn’t earn,” Tooliatos said. “Thanks for being great teammates and bringing out the best in me.”
Being afforded the opportunity to command the 63rd RSC as his last assignment has been an honor and a privilege, he said.
“You are a great group of soldiers and it’s been an honor to serve alongside you,” he said with pride.
Even in retirement Tooliatos asserted that he would remain a Soldier.
“When I was on the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee we coined the concept called ‘Soldier for Life,’” Tooliatos said.
“Believe me I’m going to be a Soldier for life,” he said.
Although he has retired from the Army Reserve, he will continue to practice law in the Pleasanton, California, firm of Randick, O’Dea & Tooliatos, LLP, where he is a Certified Specialist in Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Law. He plans to take Joni on some well-deserved and long-deferred trips to see the world and play golf and hunt with his two sons, Nickolas and Michael.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kevin Dowling '84 started a new job in January 2017 as a Major Gift Officer for Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley
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.