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1993

'93
Iravani-Sani, Nahal

Nahal Iravani-Sani J.D. ’93 received the 2016 Diversity Award at the Santa Clara County Bar Association Judge’s Night for commitment and leadership in promoting diversity in the legal profession. She was recently interviewed by The Huffington Post regarding this achievement, during which she said, "My immigrant background has fostered traits of perseverance and fair-mindedness. Early encounters with injustice and adversity have heightened my sensitivity and commitment to fairness and equality. In our legal system, in particular, I firmly believe in the notion that all who come to our courts must be treated with uncompromising fairness, respect, and dignity."

submitted Jan. 12, 2017 11:04A
'93
Hart, Katherine
Kate Hart '93 is the land use and permitting counsel to Richland Investments, Inc., a real estate development firm based in Irvine, California. She has held this position since May 2015. Hart works out of their Roseville office, handling land use and permitting issues statewide.
 
Previously she was a land use attorney with Abbott & Kindermann, LLP. She has worked for both local agencies and private developers processing subdivision maps, conditional use permits, rezoning and general plan amendments, and variances, as well as negotiated development agreements and various types of easements for residential, commercial and industrial properties. Ms. Hart is a member of the State Bar of California and the Real Property and Environmental Law Sections of the Sacramento County Bar Association. She also previously served as Chair of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. Since 2005, she has served as a member of the Sacramento Valley Conservancy Board of Trustees. 
submitted Aug. 13, 2016 9:30A

1994

'94
Sukhija, Dushyant

Dushyant Sukhija MBA ’94 wrote an article for NewsMax that examined President-elect Donald Trump’s prominent policy commitments, noting how they’d be both a blessing and a curse for businesses. For example, Sukhija argued that the disruption of foreign trade could hinder economic growth; at the same time, it could create new opportunities for Americans to enter markets previously dominated by foreign imports.

An excerpt from the piece: “The clamp down on free trade could force foreign governments and partners to seek out and form different alliances leading to severe restrictions in available global market growth for American business owners. American business owners will be forced to look inward for new domestic opportunities and growth.”

He is the author of The Cisco Way: Leadership Lessons Learned from One of the World’s Greatest Technology Services Companies (www.theciscoway.com) and is a former executive with Cisco Systems. As a Silicon Valley thought leader and insider, Sukhija is highly sought after for his expert views and advice on digital transformation and as a speaker at forums around the world.

Contact Dushyant
http://dushyantsukhija.com
submitted Jan. 16, 2017 9:49A
'94
Purdy, Douglas

In March, Doug Purdy ’94 and his wife premiered the feature film, Quality Problems, at the Cinequest Film and VR Festival in San Jose, California. This marks the couple’s feature film debut, in which they also star. A comedy, the film is about the power of laughter and love in overcoming breast cancer while raising a family. Purdy writes he was very happy to premiere this film so close to SCU.

submitted Mar. 2, 2017 9:01P
'94
O'Brien, Mark

Mark O'Brien '94 and John Cordaro were married in Kenwood CA on May 21, 2016. In attendance at the beautiful ceremony, reception and after parties were many SCU friends including Bob Downey '92, Beth Kelley Gillogly '93, Shawn Gillogly, TJ Firpo, Ben Bowler and Carolyn Adams Nicholson '93.

submitted Aug. 30, 2016 9:51A
'94
Mai, San
San Mai, S.J., '89, MBA '94 is a Jesuit scholastic completing his second year of regency as a math and science teacher at St. Andrew Nativity School, in Portland, Oregon. 
submitted Sep. 20, 2016 8:41A
GRD Law '94
Lopez, Juan

Local attorney Juan Lopez J.D. '94 was named as one of nine recipients of the 2016 California Peace Award for the 30th Assembly District. 

Lopez, a Morgan Hill resident who was born in Arizona and raised in Los Angeles, founded We the People in 2014, an organization that defends the civil rights of Morgan Hill residents and promotes multicultural events in the community.

“It is my honor to recognize these truly remarkable individuals and organizations who have made it their mission to promote peace throughout all of our communities,” Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) said. “The commitment and dedication they have demonstrated for their communities exemplify what this award is all about. It’s everyday heroes like these who help keep our neighborhoods safe.”

Lopez, who owns a bachelor’s degree in Chicano Studies from U.C. Berkeley and a law degree from Santa Clara University, served as director of the Latino Student Rights Project from 1994-95 and also worked at the Family Violence Law Center, the first male attorney hired there. He has worked in the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office since 1996, defending indigent clients. Lopez has been a board member of the Community Agency for Resources and Services since 2015.

He is joined as one of two Santa Clara County honorees by Gilroy native Sally Duran Armendariz, a statewide president of the Young Christian Workers and founding board member of the La Isla Pacifica Shelter for women and children.

submitted Aug. 1, 2016 11:50A
'94
Lathrop, Rob

Rob Lathrop '94, M.S. '01 is the new president of Lathrop Engineering, a Paramit company, that designs and develops medical device and life science instrumentation. As the former VP of engineering at Lathrop, Rob brings more than 20 years of experience in leading multidisciplinary teams, project management, and designing and developing complex scientific instrumentation. He has been instrumental in expanding the company's client base, and his optimization of the product development process now enables Lathrop to complete even the most complex projects on timelines no one else can match. Rob's leadership of design and engineering teams through many successful projects over the years has built strong working relationships with clients, as well as their continued repeat business.

Rob has served on the University's Mechanical Engineering Industry Advisory Board for the last 10 years. Finding it important to give back to young engineers coming up in the ranks, he also contributes his time, mentoring, and training as part of his activities on the board.

submitted Nov. 9, 2016 1:11P
UGRD Leavey Business '94
Handley, Scott

Scott Handley '94 is now co-founder and CTO of Jawger, Inc. A new social networking platform, Jawger's goal is to capture your most important life experiences and help foster meaningful conversations with those closest to you in a private and safe setting. (www.jawger.com)

Contact Scott
Web: https://www.jawger.com Email: scott@jawger.com Like us on FaceBook @ https://www.facebook.com/jawger LinkedIn: - https://linkedin.com/in/scottchandley - https://linkedin.com/company/jawger Twitter: @jawgerinc
submitted Jun. 14, 2016 11:05P
'94
Carroll, Terry

 Terry Carroll J.D. ’94 has been named Copyright Counsel for the IBM Corporation.

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 12:51P

1995

'95
Shubat, Alex

Alex Shubat Ph.D. '95 is CEO of startup Espresa, which recently launched an app to help companies manage the types of workplace services that help draw and keep the best talent within their ranks. Companies like Google and Facebook are known for treating employees to benefits such as onsite massages, dry cleaning service, yoga, and car repair, but not every organization has the staffing required to curate and moderate those incentives. Espresa takes the hassle out of managing those extras by offering more than 250 services provided by 40 vendors. It has more than 25 companies enrolled for the service. Shubat is a School of Engineering Advisory Board member. He holds more than 20 patents and has contributed to more than 25 publications. 

submitted Sep. 27, 2016 8:43A
UGRD Engineering '95
Rapp, Amy (Brydon)

Amy Rapp '95 is moving to Taiwan with her husband and three children to continue her work with Nike and Product Creation Operations. They are looking forward to the adventures ahead.

submitted Jul. 17, 2016 8:30A
'95
Rabang, Chris

Chris Rabang ’95 oversees resort operations, strategic planning, and owner relations as the new general manager of the Westin Nanea Ocean Villas in Hawaii. The resort opened in April 2017.

submitted Mar. 14, 2017 3:28P
'95
Peters, Alison

Alison Peters '95 works at EnviroIssues, a Seattle-based 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. 

For the past 20 years, Alison has been designing voter and community surveys on a wide range of topics, moderating focus groups around the state, interviewing stakeholders and implementing online surveys with hard-to-reach populations.  She spends her free time serving on the board of the Northwest Literacy Foundation, planning road trips and cheering on her two sons, Ryan and Charlie.

 
submitted May. 29, 2016 10:53A
'95
Lu, Avery

Avery Lu '95, co-founder and chief marketing officer of Palo Alto Scientific, Inc., a sports science analytics and wearable technology startup, received the Silicon Valley Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum's (SVIEF) Top 30 Most Innovative Startups Award 2016.  

submitted Oct. 21, 2016 4:53P
'95
Keefe, Heidi

Heidi Keefe J.D. '95 was named among the Top 20 Influential Women in IP Law by Law360, and The Recorder listed her among the Women Leaders in Technology Law. She is a partner at Cooley an a first chair trial lawyer. She has two decades of experience representing some of the hottest tech companies in the world in complex patent litigation. A former astrophysicist and registered patent attorney, Heidi easily understands a variety of technical disciplines, from software to medical devices.

submitted Jan. 12, 2017 9:56A
'95
Gibson, Kelly
Kelly Gibson '95 runs North America Strategic Alliances at PFS. During her 20+ year career, Kelly has spent most of her time in Silicon Valley responsible for business development & market penetration for early-stage software firms in big data, commerce & analytics markets.  In her roles, she has been responsible for marketing for both the software firm she represents, while delivering marketing services for such firms as Victoria’s Secret, Orchard Supply Hardware, Puma, Stock Building Supply & TUMI.  Her business development expertise, combined with her unique ability to build high-quality relationships with executives and industry leaders is the key to her continued success.
submitted Sep. 27, 2016 1:03P
'95
Falcon, Sylvanna

Sylvanna Falcón '95 is the author of Power Interrupted: Antiracist and Feminist Activists Inside the United Nations (University of Washington Press, 2016), the winner of the 2016 Gloria E. Anzaldúa book prize from the National Women’s Studies Association. Falcón is an associate professor in the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She was the recipient of two postdoctoral fellowships: the University of California, Office of the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship (2006-2008) and the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation’s Junior Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship (2013-2014). A daughter of Peruvian immigrants, Falcón is also the co-editor of New Directions in Feminism and Human Rights (Routledge, 2011), and her work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, Feminist Formations, Journal of Women’s History, Gender & Society, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Societies Without Borders, and Social Justice.

 
submitted Nov. 7, 2016 12:37P
'95
Aslan, Reza

Reza Aslan '95, professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside and best-selling author, has been named the recipient of the James Joyce Award and an Honorary Fellowship of the Literary & Historical Society, Europe’s largest university society. 

The James Joyce Award is given to those who have excelled in a field of human endeavor and have made a profound impact on the world around them. Recipients in recent years have included Salman Rushdie, Alan Rickman, Desmond Tutu and Noam Chomsky. 

Aslan is an internationally renowned author and scholar of religions. His books include the New York Times bestseller Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth and international bestseller No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam. His writing has been published in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Washington Post, and he appears frequently on TV and radio shows as a religion and political analyst. He also is the host and executive producer of Ovation’s Rough Draft with Reza Aslan, and CNN’s upcoming documentary series, Believer.

submitted Jun. 12, 2016 8:35A
'95
Abplanalp, Marilyn

Dr. Marilyn Abplanalp M.S.’95 currently serves as president of the Alliance for Assemblies of God Colleges and Universities.  Prior to beginning her post in 2008, Dr. Abplanalp served for 18 years at Bethany University, in Scotts Valley, California, where she was the associate dean for the School of Professional Studies and the director of the master of arts in education. Before her stint at Bethany, Marilyn worked with her husband, Bob, as he pastored churches in Lovelock, Nevada, and Fontana, California. Other ministries for Bob and Marilyn include working as youth pastors and acting with a street drama troupe: Resurrection Theatre. She has been married to Bob since 1971, and they have two married daughters, Alethea and Hillary, who have given them five astonishing grandchildren: Emma, Clara, Jackson, HollyMay and Hope.

submitted Aug. 13, 2016 8:56A

1996

GRD Leavey/MBA '96
Chow, Kenton

After spending the last 20 years as a CFO/COO for Silicon Valley based venture backed companies, Kenton Chow '86, MBA '96 joined as a partner with Financial Leadership Group (FLG) Partners (www.flgpartners.com), the premier CFO service firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. He and his wife, Teri, live in Almaden Valley in San Jose, and have three daughters: Mikaela (Babson College), Kendra (University of Virginia), and Kianna (Archbishop Mitty High School).

Contact Kenton
ken@flgpartners.com www.flgpartners.com
submitted Jun. 25, 2016 7:58A

1997

UGRD Arts & Sciences '97
von der Mehden, Heidi

Heidi von der Mehden ’97, husband Matt Harris, and big brother Stephen welcomed baby Michael Vincent Harris to the world on Feb. 4, 2017. The family is looking forward to the big reunion weekend in the fall!

submitted Apr. 5, 2017 11:35A
'97
Stellenberg, Daniel

Daniel Stellenberg M.S. ’97, J.D. ’01 has joined Paul Hastings LLP to bolster the firm’s growing Bay Area presence. He brings a track record of expertise handling executive compensation issues in capital markets, private equity, and M&A transactions to his new firm, where he will be a partner in the employment law practice, based in the Palo Alto office.

submitted Jan. 12, 2017 9:44A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '97
Snedigar, John

John Snedigar '97 celebrates 10 years at the helm of his Silicon Valley tech PR firm Faultline Communications in May 2017. He and wife Nicole Snedigar '98 reside in Los Altos with son Brayden (age 12) and daughter Finley (age 4).

Contact John
https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnsnedigar http://www.faultlinecomms.com john@faultllinecomms.com
submitted Jan. 11, 2017 8:21P
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