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UGRD Arts & Sciences '84
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
GRD Leavey/MBA '84
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."
submitted Aug. 31, 2015 9:24A
UGRD Engineering '84
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
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
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
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
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
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.
submitted Dec. 8, 2015 9:08P
Freshman Dorm: Swig
After 11 years teaching virtually every religious studies course that Catholic high schools have to offer, Mary Marsella '85 is taking a break for several months to chill out and determine her next steps for how to best apply her nine years of graduate theological study to living this gift of life. This includes sorting out her passions, which include promoting social justice, deepening her spirituality, meditating, practicing yoga, spending more time with her family, cooking, writing about what's on her mind—she had a field day writing posts about Pope Francis in order to give balance to the various mis/understandings of him and the Church during his visit to the United States—and whatever the heck else she wants to do. She lives in Point Richmond and loves her view of the Bay, which she is well aware that she is lucky to have. She looks forward to reuniting with her third-floor- freshman-year "Swig-mates" and other Santa Clara alums. And of course, while working at LaSallian high schools, she ever maintained the TRUTH that God is NOT a Gael! Can I get an amen?
submitted Oct. 3, 2015 9:34P
Stephanie Bass Kerkorian '85, lives in Phoenix with husband John Kerkorian '84 "(who I met at SCU). I am in Oncology Device Sales," she writes. "Our son Jack Kerkorian '18, is currently a sophomore at SCU. Our daughter Kate graduated from Mizzou and works in PR in LA."
submitted Jun. 6, 2016 1:34P
Guerrero Wildanger, Veronica
The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley has awarded the Jose Luis and Ofelia Guerrero family with its La Familia Award for deep-rooted commitment and involvement in the community. Among the family members honored were Martha Guerrero Soto '85, Veronica Guerrero Wildanger '88, MBA '96, and Ignacio J. Guerrero '95. Martha is principal at Mount Pleasant High School, Veronica homeschools and volunteers in the arts, and Ignacio is director of Child Support Services for the County of Santa Clara. Other siblings honored included Jose Luis, retired battalion chief for the city of San Jose, and Juan Carlos, reporter for ABC News.
submitted Nov. 14, 2015 9:58A
The company that Todd Goolkasian '85 and Maureen (Orlando) Goolkasian '85 founded, Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group Inc., received two 2016 National Engineering Excellence Honor Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies. The first award was for the design of the R. B. Oliver Bridge Replacement Project in Tulare County. The 740-foot long post-tensioned bridge over the Kings River also included the successful development of new bat habitats into the underside of the replacement bridge, which have increased the bat population at the bridge to four times its original number. The second award was for renovating and seismically retrofitting the South American Rain Forest and Aviary Building at the San Francisco Zoo. The renovated building features a realistic rainforest ecosystem, exotic plants and trees, a two-toed sloth, and the zoo’s first significant herpetological collection. The new exhibit highlights environmental threats facing rainforests, as well as the devastating effects of the illegal pet trade on South American wildlife. The awards will be presented at a black-tie EEA Awards Gala on April 19, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
submitted Mar. 6, 2016 9:35A
UGRD Engineering '85
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Andrew Byrne '85, M.S. '89 is married and currently living in Oregon where he works for an engineering firm focusing on thermally efficient hexagonal structures. He avidly pursues outdoor activities and has climbed a number of the tallest 200 peaks in North and Central America. He also collects beach bottle glass from some of the lowest elevation coastline in the Northern Pacific basin and hopes to retire to Humboldt County and open a marine bottle glass museum.
submitted Sep. 29, 2015 8:52A
The Silicon Valley Business Journal named Mike Blach '85, president and CEO of Blach Construction, one of its first ‘Power Executives.’ The journal cited Blach’s successful leadership of the company, as well as his commitment to many community nonprofits, as reasons for his inclusion on its inaugural list of Silicon Valley’s most influential business leaders.
Blach, 53, is in excellent company. The list included Silicon Valley titans such as Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google and Elon Musk of Tesla.
Blach has led the San Jose-based general contracting firm Blach Construction for nearly three decades. Under his leadership, the company has thrived, builds several landmark projects every year and continues to be recognized with top state and national awards in safety, innovation, project execution and corporate philanthropy. Moreover, the Business Journal also has just named Blach Construction as one of the Best Places to Work for the eighth year in a row.
submitted Apr. 11, 2016 6:54P
Aylward-Kravetz, Therese (Aylward)
Therese Aylward-Kravetz '85 just published her first nonfiction book, Why Zarmina Sings: 18 Steps to Live and Learn Beyond Anxiety. The book tells her story and the story of her international students as they used alternative educational techniques such as drama, movement and improvisational comedy, among others, to accelerate learning and overcome the fight-or-flight response. Her website is www.thereseaylakratetz.
submitted Apr. 4, 2016 3:00P
Jayshree Ullal M.S. '86 was honored by Ernst and Young as the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year. Ullal has been awarded with prestigious honors previously. In 2005, she was named one of the “50 Most Powerful People” by Network World. And VMWorld and Forbes both dubbed her as one the “Top Executives” in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
She has led Arista Networks to a successful initial public offering in June 2014 at the New York Stock Exchange and is responsible for building the company's business in cloud networking. As Arista has grown, Ullal has been a catalyst in forging alliances with Microsoft, HP and VMware, among others, according to Arista.
While at Cisco, Ullal helped build the company to billions in annual revenue while there as the senior vice president. She helped with the introduction of Cisco’s flagship Nexus 7000 and Catalyst 5000, 4500 and 6500 product lines.
Before Cisco acquired Crescendo Communications in 1993, Ullal served as that company’s vice president of marketing. She has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from San Francisco State University and a master’s in engineering management from Santa Clara University. In 2013, she was honored with the SCU School of Engineering distinguished engineering alumni award.
submitted Nov. 21, 2015 1:29P
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Suhr, Mary Beth (Fox)
Mary Beth (Fox) Suhr' '86 is a Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Palo Alto, CA. Husband, Peter, J.D. '86, MBA'86 is practicing business law at Doty, Barlow in Palo Alto. Sons Michael and Jamie are in the final stages of college and Mom and Dad look forward to a pay raise soon.
submitted Jun. 22, 2016 8:45P
GRD Law '86
Barbara Small J.D. ’86 is a partner at GCA Law Partners. She handles the firm’s trusts and estates practice.
submitted Dec. 14, 2015 4:35P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '86
Andy Russick '86 is serving as Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Pacific Coast Producer, a food manufacturing firm in California's Central Valley. This spring marks Andy's 29th year with his company. Andy and Kathy (Martin) Russick '87 recently celebrated 26 years of marriage. Their oldest daughter Chloe is a landscaper and graduate of the University of Oregon (2014) and currently traveling in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize doing some farming and building. Their youngest daughter Jana is a recent graduate of Point Loma Nazerene University (2016) and is now working for Anthropologie in San Diego, CA.
submitted Jun. 22, 2016 4:54P
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Pola, Michael (Pola)
Michael Pola '86 and his wife, Liz Karr-Pola, live in San Francisco with their 3 boys. Mike is a managing partner at HSS-a healthcare consulting firm. Mike recently joined the SCU Alumni Board and is looking forward to catching up with old friends at the Grand Reunion.
submitted Dec. 15, 2015 11:03P
In February, Renee Niemi '86, the head of the smart home business at Logitech, was a panelist at the School of Engineering's "Imagining the Future State of STEM" conference. Niemi is a visionary business leader who was previously at Google, where she was the director of global business for Android and Chrome for work and education. She has held senior positions at Plantronics, Visto Corporation, Mobilesys Inc., Xircom, and NEC Technologies. As an advocate for diversity, Renée volunteers her time with young women who are looking to explore professional careers in technology.
submitted Feb. 29, 2016 10:39A
Former Kansas City Royals catcher and ESPN baseball analyst Mike Macfarlane '86 has been inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. He and former Royals teammate Kevin Seitzer own Mac-n-Seitz, a baseball and softball training academy in Kansas City.
submitted Dec. 16, 2015 11:24A
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Kollas, Mike ( )
Mike Kollas '86 owns an event marketing agency, ONUS Agency, which produces corporate events around the country. Mike and his wife Kathy live in Portland, Oregon and have 2 sons, Matthew and Connor.
submitted Jun. 16, 2016 10:48A