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Dr. Alisa Garni '98 has been part of the faculty at Kansas State University since 2008. Her substantive interests include international development, migration, and social change. In her published work, Dr. Garni has examined how changing local conditions in war-torn Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua affect people’s decisions to migrate to the United States. She has also examined how land tenure patterns affect local development strategies across high migration communities. Pursuing questions on gender, migration, and development, Dr. Garni has also conducted ethnographic research on independent women entrepreneurs who carry goods between El Salvador and the United States. Studying how they do so sheds light on local mechanisms for combating gender inequality and promoting development. In collaborative work, Drs. Garni and Weyher connect questions of migration and development to changing conditions in war-torn El Salvador. They argue that on-going mass migration—driven by new conditions of desperation and alienation—represents a critical dissipation of class relations and struggle. Building on research examining the relationship between neoliberalism and high crime rates in war-torn Central America, they also examine how neoliberalism’s structural and ideological components both reflect and further contribute to the conditions and growing sense of estrangement that many Salvadorans face.
Brian Fukumoto MBA '98 has been hired as VP of WW Manufacturing Operations & Supply Chain at FINsix. Fukumoto will oversee day-to-day global operations to ensure timely supply of high quality product for FINsix's retail and OEM (original equipment manufacturer) customers. He brings to the company over 25 years experience in manufacturing and supply chain operations. Most recently, Fukumoto was vice president of global supply chain and operations at DataDirect Networks, overseeing end-to-end supply chain execution for DDN's storage systems and solutions. Prior to DDN, Fukumoto held a variety of executive leadership roles for HP, Palm, Tasman Networks, and Solectron Corporation.
Patricia Ball Alberts '98, J.D. '03 married Erik Alberts on February 20, 2016, in Santa Monica, California. SCU Broncos who helped them celebrate included "bridesman" Jarvis Murray J.D. '03, Erica Gomes '98, Jennifer Pitts '98, Joe Delucchi '98, Erik Johnson '98, Steven Armstead '98, Daniel Womac '98, Nikki Womac '00, Carolyn (Lees) Metnick J.D. '03, and Amanda Fornwalt J.D. '03. Patricia and Erik both practice law in Los Angeles and reside in Santa Monica.
Pallie Zambrano ’99 was selected to be on the list of 2016 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. These are women “who are changing Silicon Valley’s landscape in business, nonprofits, healthcare and professional services.” Before joining McManis Faulkner, Zambrano actually litigated against Jim McManis' team.
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.
Brent Gonzalez '99 married Jaime Melissa on May 1, 2016 at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles. The wedding party included fellow alumni David Dwyer '99 and Jack Murakami '99 along with guests Brian Donahue '00, Anny (Madden) Tedeschi '97, Linda (Hoffman) Leipper '91 and Gerry Houlihan '87.
Kim Felt MBA '99 has been inducted into the National Association of Professional Women's VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in business. NAPW is the nation's leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 850,000 members and over 200 operating Local Chapters. As strategic marketing/business intelligence manager for ManageUP PRM, Kim Felt brings more than 10 years of experience in product marketing and new business creation. She is a strong advocate of customer intimacy and has often been consulted to work across product lines to identify opportunities that increase the wallet share of high-value customers. Ms. Felt thrives on evaluating information from key opinion leaders, performing competitive intelligence and identifying and building relationships with third party partners and acquisition candidates. She excels in market research, product marketing and project management. Her skills include product lifecycle management in regulatory markets, portfolio management, market analysis and needs assessments. She is also adept in negotiation of licenses, partnerships and collaboration.
Jessica Perry ’97, J.D. ’00 was selected to be on the list of 2016 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. These are women “who are changing Silicon Valley’s landscape in business, nonprofits, healthcare and professional services. Perry, a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Menlo Park, CA, represented venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in a high-profile trial last year defeating gender discrimination claims brought by former partner Ellen Pao.
Sheila Hatch MBA '00 was selected to be on the list of 2016 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. These are women “who are changing Silicon Valley’s landscape in business, nonprofits, healthcare and professional services.” Her best advice for others: Be open to input.
Gustavo Guerrero '00 started Ben's Roofing, Inc., based in his hometown of Oakland, Calif., in November 2012. He is married to his soul mate and best friend, Rosario. He writes, "We created two amazingly funny children, Natalia who is 9, and Benjamin II who is 6. My children are the inspiration in my life and along with my wife, they are my biggest supporters. My life is complete!"
Katie DeLeuw '00 works at EnviroIssues, an agency dedicated to developing and executing comprehensive public involvement, strategic communications, and outreach plans and programs by tackling some of the thorniest public policy and environmental issues of our day. Katie has 11 years of public involvement experience in Washington and California. Katie’s multidisciplinary education in environmental science, policy and management gives her the ability to understand complex environmental issues and communicate them to a variety of audiences. Katie is originally from Mountain View, California.
Ram Fletcher '01, J.D. '05 and Rob Bohn '91, J.D. '94 are excited to announce they have moved their law practice, Bohn & Fletcher, LLP, to a beautiful new office located at 333 W. Santa Clara St., Suite 620 in San Jose, California. They will continue their civil litigation practice pursuing justice for people seriously injured or killed as a result of the wrongdoing of others.
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Christine N. Epres '01 is an in-house attorney with Robert Half International Inc. in Menlo Park. She handles a variety of commercial transactions, as well as corporate and compliance matters for the company. She and husband Phil Yeager reside in Santa Clara.
Eric Bathen Jr. JD '73 writes about his daughter, "Hollis Barr (Bathen) '01 is a realtor in San Francisco and raising her 1 year old daughter Poppy with her husband Sal."
Jeremy Armstrong '01 has accepted a tenure track position in the department of physics at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, starting in Fall of 2016.
Erin Taylor '02 works at EnviroIssues, an agency dedicated to developing and executing comprehensive public involvement, strategic communications, and outreach programs by tackling some of the thorniest public policy and environmental issues of our day. Erin has been at EnviroIssues 12 years. Whether managing engagement associated with installing a safe seawall foundation on the Seattle waterfront, converting an entire community from septic to sewer near Hood Canal, or light rail planning across Puget Sound, Erin’s asset is an eye for combining the complexity of big picture policy and delivery with relatable, simultaneous details. Erin lives in the Seattle area with her husband and 18-month old daughter.
Sean Mendelson '02 has put out his third children's album, Love and Music, under the artist name Sean's Music Factory (www.seansmusicfactory.com). He is the director of a licensed Music Together Center in Santa Clara called Teacher Sean's Music Factory, which is for 0- to 4-year-olds and their respective caregivers. He also performs regularly throughout the South Bay and is working on a children's educational music series.
Anna (Kraus) Lydon '02 married Keith Lydon in Incline Village, NV, on April 16, 2016, at the St. Francis of Assisi Church.
Selina Camaibau Kuruleca M.A. '02 is the director of Kuruleca Consultants, in Fiji, for psychotherapy, consulting, addressing mental health issues, research, and training. She has had a full-time private practice since 2006. She was profiled in the Fiji Times Online in May. Some highlights: "I love the work that I do, listening to people, not judging them but facilitating the process for them. Helping them to realise that everyone has problems, including me, but if we are honest and willing to do something to make it right, the we can overcome difficulties....I am proud of my kids; mostly they have learnt some good skills and manners and are trying hard to stay in school, play sports and achieve their targets. I am proud of my contribution to various policies governing suicide prevention and mental health in Fiji.... I relax by hanging out at home, baking, drinking kava, listening to Fijian music and Hawaiian music, and watching CSI. I have some of the best friends in the world and some of the best cousins in the world as well and they offer great entertainment — always live."
Kim (Lay) Twombly '03 and Daniel Twombly '04 welcomed their first child, Lily, on May 27, 2016. The family lives in San Diego.
Sunderraj Soundaranathan '03 is vice president of WW sales at a mobile software startup in San Jose.
Chantal Rodriguez '03, Ph.D., is the newly appointed Assistant Dean at the Yale School of Drama. She will be leading important Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives at the School, among many other responsibilities. She earned a B.A. in Theater Arts and Spanish Studies from SCU in 2003, and a Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies from UCLA in 2009. For the last 7 years she has served as the Programming Director for the Latino Theater Company at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, while teaching at various universities and engaging in scholarly research and publication.