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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.
Amy (Whelan) Green '06 and Bryan Green welcomed Jackson Matthew Green on April 8, 2015.
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.
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.
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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).
Marilena Lamp B.S. '08, MBA '14 has joined the Donor Relations team at SCU as assistant director, responsible for University recognition societies and programs (President's Club, Loyal Bronco, etc.) and capital recognition (plaques, signage, and other naming opportunities). While an undergraduate at Santa Clara, Marilena led and facilitated training for student Orientation leaders. Since then, she has worked in marketing and sales for the San Jose Giants, Le Boulanger, and Testarossa Winery.
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.
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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.
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.
Jennifer Zeidan ’09 writes, "After five years as a production engineer at Cisco TV and two years as a broadcast engineer establishing Al Jazeera's newest digital venture “AJ+," it was time to move from television to film. I am now a media systems engineer for Industrial Light and Magic, the visual effects division of Lucasfilm (Yes, we’re working on Star Wars!). I also freelance as a broadcast technician for MLB Network and MLB.com. This past October I spoke on a panel at the annual Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers Technical Conference and Exhibition regarding increasing diversity in entertainment technology and our paper was published in the latest SMPTE journal."
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…
Dr. Amanda Major '09 is now in her third year of private practice as a general dentist in Sonoma County. She writes, “In my free time, I serve as treasurer on the board of my local dental society and spend my Fridays teaching the next wave of future dentists at UCSF School of Dentistry. I also enjoy road cycling and will be participating in several 100-plus-mile riding events this year.”
Caroline Freytag '09 and Nick Bratcher '09 were married in San Francisco on October 3, 2015. Having met in Swig freshman year, it was fitting that over 25 SCU alumni were in attendance, including 7 in the wedding party. They now live in Hong Kong.
Nicholas Bass '09 writes "Moved to Texas and started a new job!"
Meghan (Madden) Woody '10 and Austin Woody '08 welcomed their son, James Hamilton Woody, on December 18, 2015 in Austin, TX.
Rochelle Stowe '10 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. Rochelle works to improve relationships with stakeholders, from elected officials to neighboring restaurant owners. Her projects are diverse and range from designing public meetings for wastewater infrastructure to building websites about regional mass transit expansion. She thrives on finding creative solutions to any public involvement challenge. Every weekend, she joins fellow Seattleites in pools around the city for some good old-fashioned water polo, reminiscent of the days she spent competing for the Broncos.
Paul La Londe '10 joined SV Angel as an associate in 2014 and will be attending The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, starting in Summer 2016.
Patrick "Pat" Glenn '10, son of John F. Glenn '91 MBA, graduated from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA with an MBA.
Michelle (Donecho) Duchesne '05, M.A. '10 and Chris Duchesne '06 welcomed their first child, Elizabeth "Betsy" Lee Duchesne on March 23, 2016.
Andrea Borgen '10 was named a 2016 Young Gun by Eater magazine for being a young talent and trailblazer in the food and restaurant industry. Barcito is a 100-seat Argentinian-style, small-plates restaurant in downtown Los Angeles with a no-tipping policy.
Borgen opened Barcito last year as a homage to her Argentinian heritage — her mother was born in the South American country and she visits both of her grandparents there regularly. "We're not trying to recreate traditional Argentine cuisine," she says, adding that a more authentically minded establishment would grill a short rib rather than braise it like her kitchen does. But, as Borgen says, "what always appealed to me about bars and cafes in Buenos Aires is the cultural meaning that they have. Those classic corner bars are pillars of their communities." That's what Barcito is all about.
Part of being a community pillar, of course, is being a responsible employer. Dishwashers at Barcito make at least $11 an hour while cooks make at least $14. All her employees also receive health care, even though the size of her staff (currently 12) means she isn't required to by law. Borgen says she's able to do this due to her no-tipping policy, and if you want to understand why this is such a big deal, you need to know a little bit about labor law in California.
The state minimum wage is rising to $15 per hour by 2022 —€” and at an even faster pace in LA. Making that burden more challenging is the fact that, unlike in most states, California doesn't have a separate, lower wage for service employees, which means owners must pay waiters the full minimum, even if they earn tips. Obviously that's super expensive for owners, who have to pay more money to more people (duh), but what's less obvious is that it exacerbates the income disparity between waiters, who often do well for themselves because they can collect tips, and cooks, who often earn less because they cannot.
So to combat that disparity, more restaurateurs in Los Angeles are levying "mandatory tips" in the form of service or admin charges, which can be distributed throughout the house as the restaurant sees fit. On top of those charges, Los Angeles and San Francisco restaurants sometimes issue separate surcharges to offset the cost of providing health care, as well as additional lines on the check for optional, additional gratuity. This all means that the price on the menu is often much lower than what the diner ends up paying, and Borgen doesn't think it's a fair deal for consumers.
"It feels ludicrous," Borgen says of the health care charge. So she's taken a more challenging course of action: She's raised wages throughout her restaurant by baking the full cost of doing business — including health care and service — into the price of her a la carte items, so that whatever the diner sees on the menu is what the diner pays. Tipping is not accepted. This Danny Meyer-style "hospitality included" policy is increasingly normal in New York, where supplementary fees are illegal, but in California, it's quite rare, because it lets restaurants keep their prices artificially low.
"At the core, what's most important to me is the idea that a restaurant is a pillar of the community."