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For achieving a high level of responsibility in his career and contributing to the betterment of our region through community involvement, Britten Sessions J.D. '11 was listed in the Top 40 Under 40 in the Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Sessions is the director of the only IP pro-bono clinic in the Valley, manages the IP department at Lincoln Law School, and is a patent attorney with the Zilka-Kotab law firm in San Jose. This past year, Sessions was recognized as a leading Intellectual Property attorney by Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars and received the IAM 300 as one of the top 300 IP strategists in the world. He has published 8 books on intellectual property, 6 in the last year alone. Additionally, he has assisted companies in monetizing patent assets yielding over $80 million in returns. Sessions currently serves as the chair of the High Technology Section of the Santa Clara Bar Association.
Daniel A. Reyes '11 has published his first novel, The Essences, the first of a trilogy series. The Essences is a riveting story that follows the lowly angel Uriel as he gradually finds himself wedged in the early stages of a rebellion in Heaven. Tasked with a special duty from God, himself, he embarks on a journey of special importance all while trying to avoid the dark prophecy from being fulfilled. All while, Satan, God's most beautiful Archangel, embarks on a journey of his own, wishing to kickstart the dark angelic prophecy by stealing the archangels' weapons, the essences, including his own, the trident of persuasion. Now available on Amazon.com/1514491877. Daniel resides in Morgan Hill, CA.
Jessica Gagnon M.A. '11 just completed her PhD in education at the University of Sussex. Her doctoral thesis was titled: "Born to fight: The university experiences of the daughters of single mothers who are first-generation students in the United Kingdom." She earned an uncommon unconditional pass/no corrections following her viva voca/defense. Her research was recently featured in The Times Higher.
Kayla Berghoff '11, daughter of Eric E. '86 and Madeline M. Berghoff '87, married Michael Dessel '11, son of Annette M. Naughten-Dessel '80 in the Santa Clara Mission on July 23, 2016, with Fr. Michael Zampelli presiding. Their wedding party included fellow Broncos Phillip Craig '11, sister Tessie Berghoff '18, Gregory Semenza '11, Karl Dupont '11, and brother Garrett Berghoff '16. The newlyweds are now living in New York City, where Kayla is working towards her M.F.A. in acting and Michael is a full time physical therapist.
Abby Longcor M.A. '12 was named to the Silicon Valley Business Journal's 40 under 40 list for 2016.
Longcor is the senior director of The Tech Museum of Innovation’s signature program, The Tech Challenge, which introduces and reinforces the engineering design process with a hands-on project geared toward solving a real-world problem. Along with her duties as director, she assisted in developing The Tech Academies program, which provides professional development to educators. Her focus on education is further demonstrated through her volunteer work with the League of Women Voters, helping the league develop an advocacy position to work more actively on higher education in California. As the director of The Tech Challenge, she leads recruiting to reach low-income students and girls. Currently, about 40 percent of registered teams come from socioeconomically disadvantaged schools, and about 45 percent of participants are girls.
Mike DeMaria '12 recently launched a consumer mobile application on the iOS App Store, Grow Invest. The TechCrunch article can be found here: https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/29/grow-launches-its-app-for-socially-responsible-investing/
https://www.facebook.com/michael.demaria.1987 https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-demaria-40ab3b95 https://twitter.com/growinvesting http://growapp.us/
Matt Blanco ’12, M.S. ’15, MBA '19 was invited to speak at the XXIV Annual Pacific Voice Conference, US Edition, held at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, in October. He also represented Santa Clara at the EU Edition of the XXIV PVC in Warsaw and Lublin, Poland, the same month.
Gabriela Estephanie Solis ’13, after receiving her Masters In English Composition at San Francisco State University, successfully auditioned for and accepted a full two year scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame's Masters of Sacred Music Program. Recently Gabriela has performed throughout the Bay Area as a soloist and as an ensemble member with various groups.
Gabriela Estephanie Solis | Alto / Mezzo-Soprano https://gabrielaestephaniesolis.com
Morgan Stinson '13 and Jack Schneeman '13 were married on April 23, 2016, at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Jack and Morgan first met while at SCU but later found out they grew up down the street from each other in the Twin Cities. Morgan is currently in Physician Assistant graduate school at St. Catherine University and Jack works in private equity in Minneapolis but will be getting deployed to Egypt this summer with the Minnesota National Guard. Wishing all you Broncos the best and greetings from the North!
Joshua Ronen '13 is currently completing his studies at the Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) in pursuit of the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. He is in his third year clinical clerkships in Los Angeles, CA. During his time at RUSM he has served as the president of the Student Government Association, representing a student body of 1,500 at the school's island campus in the Commonwealth of Dominica.
Amanda Dewey '13 and Kristian Borofka '14 were married on June 18, 2016, in Santa Clara, CA. They were married by Dr. Laura Ellingson, professor of communication and women's and gender studies. The bridal party included Allison Kamiya '13 and Sarah McClammy '14. Ushers included Devin Wakefield '13 and Kelsey Ford '14. Ceremony music was performed by Christopher Wemp '13 and Claire Kunkle '14.
Angela Choy MBA '13 is the co-founder and CEO of Edmission, a college planning site that empowers students and parents to get affordable, high-quality, and personalized college admission advice. Angela has spent her career helping organizations improve processes and drive efficiencies. She is a learner and reader. She loves entrepreneurship, startups, and women leadership. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a mother of two. Follow her on twitter @angelahchoy.
Alina Adams '13 is the CEO of Artveoli, Inc., a Silicon Valley startup that makes buildings healthier by converting CO2 into fresh Oxygen. Along with her co-founder, Anastasia Neddersen M.S '10, the duo participated in the latest Tech Crunch Startup Battlefield, a venture pitch and demo competition in New York City.
Eric Stackpole M.S. '15, co-founder of OpenROV and creator of the OpenROV (open-source remotely operated vehicle) submarine, a low-cost underwater robot, was interviewed by YouTube channel, Tested, at the Maker Faire in May. The intention of OpenROV is to democratize underwater exploration by making tools capable of exploring the deep available to anyone. Stackpole has worked on numerous other projects that utilize telerobotics as a means for exploration, including piloting ROV submarines under the Ross Sea in Antarctica and developing low-cost spacecraft used to carry out scientific missions in low earth orbit. Check out his interview about OpenROV's new Trident Underwater Drone. Also read why Stackpole was named a White House Champion of Change, here.
Alyssa Kleiner '15, a recent soccer alum, has been acquired by the Washington Spirit from the Portland Thorns. In exchange, Portland is receiving defender Katherine Reynolds '10. Kleiner made her NWSL debut in 2015 and played in eight matches, including four starts, for Portland. At Santa Clara University, she helped her team to an NCAA Tournament as well as the 10th West Coast Conference championship. Says Spirit general manager and head coach Jim Gabarra, “I was impressed with Alyssa’s play last season. We believe that she has tremendous potential and will challenge for a starting role.”
Daniel Hunt '15 is one month away from finishing up his year as a Jesuit Volunteer through JVC and will continue working in education in Milwaukee, WI.
Stephanie Goodman '15 has been offered a Fulbright grant for the 2016-2017 year to go to Ghana, where she plans to evaluate the effect of enrollment in Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme on trauma-related mortality, and examine impediments to enrollment. Goodman was last in Ghana as a Global Fellow, in Kumsai working at an NGO in addition to serving as an EMT. Since March, she has worked as the Performance Improvement Coodinator at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Stanford, so she believes that her experience analyzing hospital flow will inform her research in Ghana.
The Santa Clara Alumni Association welcomes Liz Connelly '15 as an assitant director. Liz will be focused on being an Alumni Relations regional expert, engaging our Bronco community and building relationships across the globe. Liz has spent her last year in Scranton, PA, with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She was the Community Health Program Assistant for an organization called United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA. She received the St. Clare medal when graduating from SCU, was a Honzel Fellow with the Markkula Center, and worked as the assistant resident director in Swig. Liz and her family are from Spokane, WA, but don't worry—her loyalties lie with the Santa Clara Broncos!
Liz will be managing the following chapters and groups: African American, Asian Pacific Islander, Chicano Latino, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, East Bay, Napa/Santa Rosa, Peninsula, Phoenix, Portland, Reno/Tahoe, Seattle, Spokane, Stockton/Modesto, and Washington, D.C.
Avery Unterreiner '16 received the Richard J. Riordan Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions to community service. Avery was an English major with a double minor in Communications and Urban Education with her favorites being creative writing and eco-literature. She is in the University Honors Program, was an orientation leader, and has served a variety of leadership roles in both the Santa Clara Community Action Program and the Associated Student Government. As an OL, remembering how nervous she was to come to SCU, she shared with incoming students how they could love the school too. In addition, as a Global Fellow with the Leavey School of Business, she spent seven weeks interning in Kolkata, India, her first time out of the U.S. She embraced a lifestyle of valuing community and learning above busy-ness, which is different from the efficiency-based culture the US has. She is staying on at SCU to pursue a master's in teaching and hopes to eventually become an English teacher.
Piper Thomasson '16 was awarded the Gracelyn Rillorta Bateman Student Inclusive Excellence Award, given by the University Council on Inclusive Excellence to a current student or student organization that has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing an inclusive environment at SCU. Piper, a double major in Dance and English, is champion for social justice within the SCU community. Among her achievements has been in her role as the Program Coordinator for GASPED (Gay and Straight People Educating for Diversity) and guiding such efforts as Rainbow Prom, Drag Show and others. She was a founding member of the Santa Clara Dance Coalition and is passionate about the arts. This passion led Piper to be awarded the Anna Halprin Dance Award, awarded to the dancer in the Theatre and Dance department who demonstrates excellence and inclusiveness in dance and promotes the art of dance outside the department, as well the Charles Lampkin Award, given to an African-American student in theatre, dance, music, or communication who demonstrates commitment to their study along with interest in other diverse subjects. During the summer, she will be the Program Director at American Dance Training Camps in Squaw Valley. She plans to move back to the Bay Area afterward to audition for dance companies with choreographers whom she's worked with while at SCU.
Tiffany Sarchet '16 was presented with a Student Life Award in recognition of her contributions to the overall quality of life in the University community. Besides serving as a community facilitator for two years and currently as the assistant resident director in the Cyphi RLC, Tiffany has served as a Campus Ministry music intern, a writing partner at the HUB Writing Center, and has worked as a liaison to Campus Safety Services to bring the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program back to campus. Her long-term plans include getting a master's degree in public policy or public administration and then a J.D. to practice law.