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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
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.
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.
Kristin Kinder '06 is an environmental consultant, specializing in zero waste. She and her sister have also started a new business together, KinderInk (lovekinderink.com). 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!
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.
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.
Daniel Figoni '03, MBA '07 and Elizabeth Figoni '06 welcomed their first child, Rose Cecelia Figoni, on July 11, 2016.
Patricia (McGlynn) Reiss '07 got married at Concannon Winery on August 11, 2016, to Eric Reiss.
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).
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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).
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.
neverstopfilm.com instagram and facebook: @neverstopfilm twitter: @chadeschman email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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…
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.