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Amy Bernstein '13 was promoted to the position of public relations and marketing associate at SurfMedia. Bernstein leads media relations and marketing campaigns including media sponsorship and advertising coordination for a variety of non-profit clients across Santa Barbara County. Prior to joining SurfMedia in 2014, Bernstein interned with Special Olympics Santa Barbara, Direct Relief, and Breathe California, a nonprofit that raises awareness for clean air and healthy lungs. While studying at Santa Clara, Bernstein was the vice president of membership for The Communication Honors Society, where she recruited new members and promoted events. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading and finding new recipes.
Adam Whalen '15 says, "I graduated in 2015 with a BS in Biology and Public Health Science. I joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, a year-long intentional service organization that focuses on community, spirituality, simple living, and social justice. I live in Baltimore, MD with three other JVs, two of which graduated my year from Santa Clara as well (Patrick McDonell '15, Cameron Coulter '15). I am the Program Coordinator for Back on My Feet Baltimore. Back on My Feet is a national non-profit that uses running as a way to empower individuals who may be recovering from addiction, returning from incarceration, or at risk of becoming homeless. We run with our teams each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of the year at 5:30 am. As Program Coordinator, I work with each Member to track their progress through the program, and help them to achieve their personal goals of education, employment, and sustainable housing on their path to self-sufficiency. And I'm just about to start training for my first half marathon in April!"
Since graduation, Malu Veltze '15 has been traveling throughout Southeast Asia for various humanitarian endeavors. In October, with a Canadian NGO in Nepal, Veltze photographed schools that were destroyed by the earthquake to promote awareness and raise funds to rebuild the schools. In November, she traveled to Cambodia and launched a 24-hour CrowdRise fundraiser called "86,402 seconds in Cambodia." It has since raised over $15,000 to bring eye exams and glasses to the local community. Now she is in Jakarta, Indonesia, working on a photo series.
Veronica Solorio ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona in Tucson.
Madeline Regan ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps NW with Low Income Housing Institute/Urban Rest Stop in Seattle.
Patrick D. McDonell ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with Public Justice Center, in Baltimore.
Genevieve Magnan ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with New Avenues for Youth, in Portland, Oregon.
Daniel Hunt ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with Nativity Jesuit Middle School in Milwaukee.
Cameron N. Coulter ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with Cristo Rey Baltimore.
Charlotte Coe ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with Nativity Prep Academy in San Diego.
Parker Atkinson ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with Women Against Abuse in Philadelphia.
Dalan Angelo ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Montana. He loves and misses all of his classmates and says, "XOXOXO."
Heather Schlenger '04 is a recipient of CalCPA's Women to Watch Award. She is a tax senior manager at Moss Adams, where she handles tax planning, compliance and tax provision preparation for closely held food and agriculture operations as well as manufacturing and distribution organizations. She is a front-runner in women's leadership initiatives at Moss Adams, is on the local YMCA board as treasurer, and is a co-founder of the nonprofit Global Leadership Education Assistance Ministry, which seeks to eliminate poverty through education.
Ofelia Rodriguez '01 is now working for SCU's Gifts and Records. She will be assisting with on-line gift and demographic batch entry as well as other administrative duties that are needed within our area. Ofelia comes to us from O'Connor Hospital with 14 years of experience. She had supervisory duties and oversaw the administration of employee files and clinically related activities of the department involving hospital staff.
Mihir Nanavati '03 has joined the executive team of Redwood City, Calif.-based Kahuna, a communication automation company, as senior VP of product. Nanavati previously spearheaded numerous initiatives for Tradeshift, Hightail, and Adobe Systems. He is a graduate of the University of Mumbai and Santa Clara University.
Bridget Mackay J.D. '95 was recently profiled on Petaluma360.com for her commitment to the local community. Bridget served as a deputy district attorney for both Solano and Sonoma counties for nearly 10 years. When she switched to estate planning, Mackay found herself with time to devote to local causes.
One cause that appealed to her was an opportunity to join the Petaluma Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money to benefit local schools. She's now President of the Board of Directors. Mackay helps oversee two Alphabet Soup thrift stores and serves as the chair of the planned giving committee and has used her legal skills to develop the Planned Giving program, as well as helped the committee establish a system for donors to give through their wills, trusts, IRA’s and life insurance policies.
In 2014 she earned the title of Best Attorney in the Petaluma People’s Choice Award. Her hobbies: skiing, scuba diving, and traveling on vacation with her husband and two daughters, especially if the travel involves skiing or scuba diving.
Elsa Mendoza Jimenez '98 is the interim director of health at the Monterey County Health Department. She has been in the public health sector for 15 years. Jimenez says, "I always wanted to work in a profession at which I would be able to help others, particularly those unserved or underserved. Public health has afforded me the opportunity to be able to work on initiatives that positively impact individuals, communities, organizations, and systems."
Michael Becerra MBA '08 was a finalist in the 5th annual Mr. Marina Competition, a fun-spirited fundraising pageant for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which conducts blood cancer research and patient services. Becerra is a co-founder of Crewmix, an app using tech to bring fun groups together to create lifelong memories. He writes, "I am honored and humbled to be involved in the 2016 Mr. Marina competition! Not only is this event totally quirky and uniquely SF, but so many of us have had cancer touch our friends and loved ones. Together with the power of our network, we can support cancer patients and affected families...and accelerate the cure!" Becerra raised over $12,000 and all finalists combined raised $175,000.