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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."
Renee (Osborne) Benedict '02 writes, "My daughter, Sophia Marie, was born in July 2015. I am really enjoying her. It's the first grandchild for Connie Osborne '75."
Dori Yob Kilmer J.D. '03 was named to Silicon Valley Business Journal's 40 under 40 list for 2016. In 2014, Yob Kilmer was elevated to a shareholder at Hopkins & Carley, making her the youngest shareholder at the firm. Shortly thereafter, she was appointed as the co-chair of Hopkins & Carley’s litigation department. She represents clients in complex real estate, land use, business, and commercial litigation matters. Dori currently serves as counsel to client Martins Beach in a high-profile beach access case. The 38-year-old also served for 5 years on the San Jose Planning Commission, including serving as chair. In 2015 she was also named one of the Silicon Valley’s Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. When asked to describe her future in one word, she said, "Dynamic."
Kim (Lay) Twombly '03 and Daniel Twombly '04 welcomed their first child, Lily, on May 27, 2016. The family lives in San Diego.
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.
Tim Rahall '03 was promoted to partner at EY. Rahall has more than a decade of Assurance experience working with high-profile public and pre-IPO technology clients. He is well-versed in SEC financial reporting requirements, including software revenue recognition, complex inventory valuation, debt and equity matters, and share-based compensation accounting. Rahall is a CPA licensed to practice in California. He has a bachelor's degree in Accounting from Santa Clara University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Rahall is also passionate about finding a cure for Ataxia-Telangiectasia and improving the lives of children who suffer from the rare neurodegenerative disease. As an A-T Children's Project board member, he has raised over $600,000 in the past five years to fund A-T research, with the support of his family, friends, EY colleagues and the Southern California business community.
www.linkedin.com/in/timrahall www.atcp.org/rylie https://www.facebook.com/groups/ryliesangels
Mike Loza '03 married Julie (Silva) Loza on October 17, 2015, at Mission Santa Clara. Mike is the regional director of business development at Sanveo Inc. alongside CEO and fellow Bronco Ashfaq Rasheed '03.
Matthew Carnes, S.J., M.Div. '03 was recently appointed Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown University. He also serves as an associate professor in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service, as well as a Jesuit-in-Residence. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University, political science, an M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, an M.A. from Fordham University, and a B.A. from Stanford University. He has extensive experience in Latin American politics and economics, spiritual and pastoral ministry, and previously served as a Jesuit-in-residence at SCU.
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.
Katherine (Quevedo) Stokke '04 has been published in the fantasy anthology Myriad Lands: Volume 2: Beyond the Edge. In addition to writing speculative fiction, she works as an analyst in Beaverton, OR, where she lives with her husband and two sons.
I write under my maiden name, Katherine Quevedo. Website: www.katherinequevedo.com
Carol Reiley ’04 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.” Reiley is developing artificial intelligence for self-driving cars, helping to usher in a new era of urban mobility. Reiley is the cofounder and President of drive.ai, a artificial intelligence self-driving car startup that recently closed its Series A fundraising round.
Aila Malik J.D. '04 is a founder of Venture Leadership Consulting (www.ventureleader.org). An experienced leader, she collaborates with venture-ready organizations to reimagine their places within the education, correction, and community-based organization sectors.
She is a member of the California Bar Association. Among other accolades, she was a recipient of the 2011 ABA Child Advocate of the Year Award. During her undergraduate career at UC Santa Barbara, she studies environmental science, professional writing, and music.
Aila has dedicated over 20 years to supporting and educating youth in many contexts including: homeless shelters, mentally disabled homes, juvenile justice system, foster care and mainstream public schools. In that time, Aila has served as a non-profit executive for high performing non-profits, an experienced trainer in the community-based organization, education, and correction sectors, an adjunct lecturer for Juvenile Justice courses at both Santa Clara University School of Law and Lincoln Law School, and recently a children’s author (www.pocketmommy.org).
A Bay Area native and Mountain View resident since 2002, Aila has been active in the local community. She is currently the Vice Chair of Mountain View’s Human Relations Commission (active since 2013), graduate of Leadership Mountain View (Class of 2015), and member of the League of Women Voters (2016). She was the Challenge Team John Gardner Honoree of Los Altos Foundation (2014), the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce’s Young Athena Award recipient (2015), and the 2016 Mountain View Champion for Youth.
Aila’s greatest motivation for community involvement is her desire to model civic engagement for her three kids. Her ultimate dream: To eliminate gaps of disparity so that ALL of our kids have opportunities to live a healthy and fulfilling life.
Jennifer Ferrari '04 started in her new role as the associate directorfor Santa Clara University's Career Center, providing leadership and strategic planning support. Jennifer has more than 10 years of experience in higher education. Santa Clara is a big part of Jennifer’s history, as she has worked on campus since 2005, previously serving as the business manager in Auxiliary Services before taking on her former assistant director role in the Career Center. Her work is inspired by her own Santa Clara experience and she loves helping SCU students explore the intersection between their passions, talents, and the needs of the world to discover meaningful opportunities. Jennifer has a BS degree in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Italian and an MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Career Development from Santa Clara University.
Lindsay (Westby) Caron '04, '07 launched her Etsy shop, MyCatholicHome.etsy.com and published her first book, The Little Way for Parents of Little Ones (available on Amazon). She works as a family faith formation consultant, writes at inspiredforthejourney.com, and lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, James, and boys, Luke and Levi.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/mycatholichome https://inspiredforthejourney.com http://www.littlewayfamilyfaithformation.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin Pearson '05 (music major & soccer player), released an Amazon bestselling book: 10 Reasons Your Kids Don't Practice Their Music: And What Parents Can Do About It. This book takes a unique and interdisciplinary approach to the problem of music practicing frequency in beginning grade school age music students. Drawing on concepts from neuroscience, parenting, personal organization, systems theory, behavioral psychology, and various other educational learning theories, this book introduces principles that will help you develop a plan for music practicing with your kids and help them achieve their goals (workbook included). Ebook: https://amzn.com/B01JMN5514 Paperback: https://amzn.com/153548036X.
facebook.com/erinpearsonmusic Instagram.com/eepmusic twitter.com/eepmusic www.erinpearson.com www.eepmusic.com
Leslie Osborne '05 has been inducted into the Santa Clara University Athletics Hall of Fame. One of the most decorated athletes in school history, Osborne was a three-time first team All-American and 2004 Honda Award winner, as the nation's top women's soccer player. She was also a two-time WCC Player of the Year (2003-04) and earned spots on the 2001 and 2004 College Cup All-Tournament team. Orborne was instrumental in leading the Broncos to the 2001 National Championship, as well as the national semifinals in 2002 and 2004. Only five players in school history have more postseason goals than Osborne who ranks seventh in the Santa Clara record book in both career goals (44) and points (122). Her jersey (No. 10) is one of only four to be honored by Santa Clara and she was inducted into the WCC Hall of Honor in 2014.
The native of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, was a longtime member of the U.S. National team and competed in the 2007 FIFA World Cup. She also competed professionally for eight seasons (2005-13) with FC Gold Pride, Boston Breakers, and Chicago Red Stars, serving as team captains for all three organizations. Her jersey was retired at Santa Clara in 2011 and for the Boston Breakers in 2015. In her second year as Santa Clara's assistant athletics director for intercollegiate sports and student-athlete leadership, Osborne has a number of other interests, including serving as a national advisory board member of the Positive Coaching Alliance, an official ambassador for Puma, and TV soccer analyst for FOX Sports. Osborne is also the co-founder of Sweat Cosmetics.
In July, Tessa Miller '05 took part in an art and design exhibition at a University of Nevada, Reno gallery. Miller owns The Nest, a boutique in Reno. Much of the work she does is creative—purchasing, repairing, and merchandising vintage clothing and furniture, and consulting with clients on interior designs—but it’s not the kind of work that typically would be shown by an academic institution.
She was excited to be asked to peruse UNR's art collection and build a set of rooms at the gallery using pieces from her shop. Thinking about artwork in a domestic setting is right up Miller’s alley. Upon graduation, she decided, “Silicon Valley was not for me. I moved back here as soon as possible.” Her dad suggested a career path that hadn’t occurred to her, buying a retail store.
“The next thing I know, all of my savings I put down to purchase a used furniture business,” Miller said. “It’s not like I had a huge interest in furniture before that. I ended up loving it. It was my calling.
"The message I wanted to portray is that art is accessible, and it doesn’t necessarily belong only in galleries. I wanted to make the rooms look like a home so people could imagine gallery-worthy pieces of art hanging in their own bedrooms or living rooms." She added real-life touches such as pairs of shoes strewn here and there and a half-eaten bowl of cereal on the dining table. She also mixed in affordable artwork from her shop to see if people were able to tell the difference between high-priced gallery pieces and art found at yard sales.
“It was interesting to see that many people couldn't tell the difference between the university's collection and pieces that I sell in the shop for $20-$200,” she said. “It was my way of doing the blind wine tasting experiment but with art. I hope it made people realize that they can afford great art!"
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.
www.bohnlaw.com https://twitter.com/Bohnlaw https://www.facebook.com/bohnlaw/
Michelle (Donecho) Duchesne '05, M.A. '10 and Chris Duchesne '06 welcomed their first child, Elizabeth "Betsy" Lee Duchesne on March 23, 2016.
Robert F. Delgadillo M.Div. '05 recently received a Ph.D. in theology and church history from Fuller Theological Seminary, in Pasadena, California. His dissertation, “A Study of El Censor: A New Perspective of the Catholic Church in the Spanish Enlightenment” examines El Censor, the essay periodical published in Madrid from 1781 to 1787, shedding new light on the study of the religious Enlightenment, especially in the context of the Roman Catholic Church. The dissertation passed with distinction because of the quality of the translations and its insightful analysis. His conclusion is that it was possible to be enlightened and Catholic at the same time. Originally from Los Angeles, Robert Delgadillo credits his mother for teaching him to read and write Spanish at an early age.
Aruna Ravichandran M.S. '98, MBA '09 was recently named among the top 10 Most Powerful and Influential Women in the Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York) for 2016 by Diversity First. Also, earlier this year, Aruna was named an honoree of the Silicon Valley Business Journal's 2016 Top 100 Women of Influence.
Twitter: @aruna13 https://www.linkedin.com/in/aruna2u
Katie Payer '06 is celebrating the one year anniversary of starting her own consulting practice. For the past year, she has provided program development and organizational design services to companies in Colorado and California. She creates and delivers detailed programs and curriculum, and also enables organizations to use their resources most effectively. The experience has been exciting and fulfilling, allowing her to stay plugged into the work world and also balance spending time with her 1-year-old daughter