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Duchesne, Michelle (Donecho)

Michelle (Donecho) Duchesne '05, M.A. '10 and Chris Duchesne '06 welcomed their first child, Elizabeth "Betsy" Lee Duchesne on March 23, 2016.

submitted Jul. 5, 2016 12:35P
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '05
Delgadillo, Robert

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.

submitted Jun. 12, 2016 8:21A


GRD Leavey/MBA '06
Ravichandran , Aruna

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.

Contact Aruna
Twitter: @aruna13
submitted Aug. 24, 2016 2:17P
UGRD Leavey Business '06
Payer, Katie (Roberts)

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

submitted Jun. 14, 2016 2:24P
Nunnally, Natalie (Evans)

Natalie E. (Evans) Nunnally '06, married Charles Nunnally on July 23, 2016, in an intimate outdoor ceremony in Lake Tahoe officiated by Paul Jockisch '06. Best Man and brother of the groom was Jonathan Nunnally '05, classmate Carolina (Garcia) Wagner '06 was Matron of Honor, and in attendance were classmates Benjamin Johnson '05, Elizabeth Luu '06, and Justin Ungson '06.


submitted Sep. 30, 2016 7:36P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '06
Mei, Mayka

Months after drafting her first class note, Mayka Mei '06 moved to LA and changed work industries, thus negating everything mentioned in her previous update. She lives with her husband and dog.

submitted Sep. 10, 2016 3:37P
Kinder, Kristin

Kristin Kinder '06 is an environmental consultant, specializing in zero waste. She and her sister have also started a new business together, KinderInk ( They make wedding (and baby shower) thank you notes easier for the bride and groom and meaningful for the guests. They are having a blast helping couples share gratitude!

Contact Kristin
submitted Jun. 22, 2016 9:40P
UGRD Leavey Business '06
Haase, Hillary (Boller)

Brent Haase '08 and Hillary (Boller) Haase '06 joyfully welcomed their second future Bronco, Samuel Logan Haase on May 27, 2016 at 6:56 pm. Sam - 5 pounds, 14 ounces, 20 inches - joins big brother Louis (21 months) and Ollie (German Shepherd) at home with his parents in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

submitted May. 30, 2016 11:18A
Green, Amy (Whelan)

Amy (Whelan) Green '06 and Bryan Green welcomed Jackson Matthew Green on April 8, 2015.

submitted Jun. 17, 2016 8:50A
GRD Law '06
Ghassemi-Vanni, Sheeva

Sheeva J. Ghassemi-Vanni J.D. '06 was named to Silicon Valley Business Journal's 40 under 40 list for 2016.

The 33-year-old is a labor and employment senior associate in Fenwick & West’s Mountain View office who works to interpret law as it relates to changing relationships with work and the workplace. She advises Silicon Valley’s hottest startups and established companies regarding a multitude of labor and employment issues such as hiring, progressive discipline, and termination; leaves of absence; wage and hour issues; social media; and compliance with local, state, and federal employment laws. When Sheeva realized that clients needed to be informed about shifting law on employer social media policies, she set up a Fenwick Twitter account that spreads the word about best practices. She also organized a partnership with LinkedIn to offer hiring and performance management webinars. At her urging, the firm produced short videos explaining honor vacation policies, an emerging issue for startups.

submitted Aug. 15, 2016 2:01P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '06
Figoni, Elizabeth (Garvin)

Daniel Figoni '03, MBA '07 and Elizabeth Figoni '06 welcomed their first child, Rose Cecelia Figoni, on July 11, 2016.

submitted Sep. 26, 2016 8:36A


UGRD Arts & Sciences '07
Reiss, Patricia (McGlynn)

Patricia (McGlynn) Reiss '07 got married at Concannon Winery on August 11, 2016, to Eric Reiss.

submitted Oct. 4, 2016 4:43P
Plaza, Zach

The Santa Clara Alumni Association welcomes  Zach Plaza '07. an assistant director. Zach is focused on being an Alumni Relations regional expert, engaging our Bronco community and building relationships across the globe. Zach comes to us from nine years with the San Jose Sharks. From media relations to customer service and sales manager roles, it's fair to say he knows the Sharks well... but, he knows and loves the Broncos more! Zach truly identifies with the mantra "Once a Bronco, Always a Bronco" and couldn't be happier to be back on campus, contributing to the Alumni Association and serving the SCU community. Zach enjoys following his favorite Bay Area sports teams and spending time with his friends and family, especially his wife and their newborn son.

Zach will be managing the following chapters and groups: Central Coast, Fresno, India, Las Vegas, LGBTQ, Marin, Monterey/Salinas, New York, Orange County, Palm Springs, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and SCU Bronco Builders Association (SCUBBA).

submitted Sep. 12, 2016 10:48A
Kianerci, Alelah

In June, Alaleh Kianerci J.D. ’07 joined Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen to unveil legislation that would toughen penalties for sexually assaulting an unconscious person. This move was in response to the controversial Brock Turner case, for which Kianerci was the prosecuting attorney.

submitted Jul. 7, 2016 9:40P
Ford, Julia (Eisen-Meyers)
Julia (Eisen-Meyers) Ford '07 is the development director at St. Andrew Nativity School, Portland's only tuition-free private school exclusively serving low income students and their families. Nativity School serves 87 middle schoolers, and 248 alumni in high school, college and the working world. The school is 100 percent dependent on private and corporate donations in order to provide wraparound educational services. 

Julia also does catering and wedding/personal event management for private entities through sole-proprietorship of Cocoa N' Lola, LLC. She has a strong background in French pastry with more than three years of experience as the lead pastry chef for both retail and wholesale operations. 
submitted Sep. 20, 2016 8:32A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '07
Caron, Lindsay (Westby)

Lindsay (Westby) Caron '04, '07 launched her Etsy shop, 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, and lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, James, and boys, Luke and Levi.

Contact Lindsay
submitted May. 29, 2016 3:31P


GRD Law '08
Soldato, Anthony

After law school, Anthony Soldato '05, J.D. '08 worked for a real estate litigation firm in San Francisco. His practice focused on landlord tenant disputes, purchase-sale disputes, and local land use disputes. After moving to Seattle, he worked for a litigation defense firm handling matters from class-action/mass tort defense to pre-litigation defense of civil rights and general liability claims. Mr. Soldato joins the firm as an associate attorney in the Seattle office of Klinedinst PC. Mr. Soldato is a civil litigator who focuses on public entity and insurance defense. Mr. Soldato handles litigation and pre-litigation claims regarding personal injury, civil rights violations, real estate issues, and business torts, on behalf of cities, counties, and business entities.

Contact Anthony
submitted Oct. 19, 2016 2:59P
GRD Law '08
Moreno, Rosanna

Rosanna Moreno J.D. '08 recently received the State Bar of California's Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services for her continued pro bono efforts on behalf of Orange County's low-income residents in need. Moreno is a volunteer attorney with the Orange County PLC's "Operation Veterans Re-Entry" program.

Issued by the State Bar of California to those with 50 or more hours of pro bono service, the certificate is named in honor of Wiley W. Manuel, an associate justice of the Supreme Court of California from 1977-1981. Judge Manuel was the first African American to serve on the state's high court.

Advising clients from the firm's Newport Beach and San Jose offices, Moreno's construction practice places particular emphasis on civil litigation. Her experience includes defending general contractors and subcontractors in construction defect litigation, as well as representation of property owners, developers and other entities and individuals in cases involving mechanics' liens, unsecured payment claims, change orders, delays, breach of contract and other construction defect related claims.

In addition to Moreno's involvement with PLC, she is a Department of Veterans Affairs accredited attorney, serves as vice-chair of the Legal/Re-Entry Working Group of the Orange County Veterans and Military Families Collaborative and is a board member of the Veterans Legal Institute. Her professional affiliations also include Los Angeles, Orange County and Santa Clara County Bar Associations, California Women Lawyers, Orange County Women Lawyers Association and the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association.

submitted Aug. 13, 2016 8:09A
Marquez, Stephanie

Stephanie Marquez '08 just accepted a position with Best Buddies International as the Director of Alumni Relations in Miami, FL. It is a brand new position where she will be charged with creating an Alumni Association, Alumni Board of Directors, and other new initiatives involving the Best Buddies Alumni. Best Buddies International is the world's largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD). 

Contact Stephanie
submitted Jun. 7, 2016 5:41P
GRD Leavey/MBA '08
Juarez, Martin
Martin Juarez MBA '08, vice president of operations at Infoblox, can be counted among the numbers of people in Silicon Valley who made the transition from engineering to business, and he gives much of the credit to the MBA program at Santa Clara University School of Business.
Juarez earned a degree in electrical engineering and computer science and began a long career at Hewlett Packard. He started as an engineer, working on products, and enjoyed the technical challenges, but soon found himself fascinated by business challenges as well.
He enrolled in the Executive MBA program at Santa Clara. “All my classmates had careers and were looking to enhance their toolbox with business-related skills. The curriculum had a great deal of relevance to the issues faced by Silicon Valley companies, and the faculty was reflective of the leaders of Silicon Valley.
“And something else I really appreciated was the Jesuit value system with an emphasis on ethics and giving back. I had enough work and life experience to know that it’s not all about advancing in your career and making money. The program fit with who I was.”
“Santa Clara offers a very pragmatic program that gives a set of skills and a perspective for solving problems collaboratively. You don’t graduate from there with a Lone Ranger mentality.
“The program teaches you to see things from multiple dimensions. Sometimes what seems like a technical problem can have its roots in an organizational problem, which in turn is linked to a human relations issue. We were taught to look at problems holistically and try to get to the root cause, and that it takes the whole team to solve the problem. You can’t leave anyone out.”
Not long after Juarez earned his MBA, HP underwent a major restructuring and offered employees financial incentives to leave. He’d been there long enough to qualify and decided to move on and look for another position. That’s where the network of people he’d gotten to know at Santa Clara became invaluable.
In 2012 Juarez was hired in the operations division of Infoblox, a rapidly growing company that provides software and hardware to help businesses manage their networks. He began as a supply-chain director (a subject Santa Clara is known for teaching well), and when his boss left a year and a half later, Juarez was named vice president of operations for the company.
The job requires him to work with a wide range of people to make sure the supplies the company orders will work from an engineering, financial and operational standpoint, which necessitates truly understanding the relevant issues in each area.
submitted May. 2, 2016 10:23A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '08
Eschman, Chad

Chad Eschman '08 and Matthew Johns '09, after years of collaborating in theatre, are making a short film in Los Angeles called Never Stop. They released a trailer and began their fundraising campaign in July 2016. Eschman wrote the script and is co-producing and co-starring in the film, and Johns is working as the production designer.

Contact Chad instagram and facebook: @neverstopfilm twitter: @chadeschman email:
submitted Aug. 3, 2016 12:35P
Ebrahimian, Tina

Dr. Elena Marie Ebrahimian '08 received her Doctoral of Dental Surgery from the University of Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco on Sunday June 12th. Dr. Ebrahimian is the daughter of Dr. Max Ebrahimian ‘75, and Tina Ebrahimian of Scotts Valley, California.

Born and raised in Scotts Valley, Elena attended Vine Hill Elementary School and Baymonte Christian Middle School. She graduated from Santa Catalina High School in Monterey. She received her undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University earning a  B.A.  in Religious Studies. Before attending dental school, Elena earned a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Science at Barry University in Florida.
Dr. Ebrahimian is excited to begin work in private practice in the Bay Area. She has plans to eventually work with her father Dr. Max, and mother Tina, along with her sister Dr. Ariana Ebrahimian at their private practice in Scotts Valley where they have been treating patients for over 35 years.
submitted Jul. 11, 2016 9:38A
Austin, MJ

Mary “MJ” Austin MBA ’08  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: Always do the best that you can—even if you don't like the role you are in—and you will be recognized/rewarded in the future.



submitted May. 2, 2016 10:25A


GRD Leavey/MBA '09
Ravichandran, Aruna

Aruna Ravichandran M.S. ’98, MBA ’09 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.” If Ravichandran wasn't working in tech, she'd be a kick-ass mixed-martial arts instructor…

submitted May. 2, 2016 10:34A
UGRD Leavey Business '09
Perna, Justin

Justin Perna '09 is engaged to Danielle Kieckhefer, and will be married in Chicago in August 2017. He currently manages the brokerage operations at TradeStation Securities, and is building a team in Chicago. Justin was the co-founder of the Santa Clara University men's ice hockey team in 2007.

submitted Sep. 17, 2016 2:37P
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