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Michael Cole '96 and wife Teresa welcomed their son, Cameron, on Nov. 3, 2011. Cameron joins his sister Sienna, age 4. They live in San Diego.
Kenton D. Chow '86, MBA '96 has joined Wine.com, the nation's No. 1 online wine retailer, as Chief Financial Officer. In this newly created position, Chow will oversee the finance functions, business development, mergers and acquisitions and investor relations. Chow brings more than 25 years of experience in high growth public and privately held companies. Prior to joining Wine.com, he was the Chief Financial Officer at a number of high technology companies in Silicon Valley, including Aurora Networks, Catena Networks and Cobalt Networks. His experience includes leading a successful IPO, mergers and acquisitions, including Sun Microsystems' $2 billion acquisition of Cobalt Networks, and over $350 million raised in multiple equity and debt financings. He also held senior financial management positions at Sun Microsystems, Symantec, Bay Networks and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. (Chow holds a M.B.A. and B.S. in Finance from Santa Clara University. He is a certified public accountant in California and also served on the Advisory Board for the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.
Kenton Chow ’86, MBA ’96 is now the Chief Operating Officer of RetailNext, Inc., the leading big data analytics software company for physical retail stores worldwide. He and his wife of 19 years, Teri, live in Almaden Valley in San Jose with their two daughters, Kendra 17, and Kianna 14.
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).
Dennis Chiu J.D. ’96, an attorney and community leader in Santa Clara County, is a candidate for the El Camino Hospital District Board. He is running on a reform platform that emphasizes transparency after the purchase of the Los Gatos hospital, a critical grand jury report in 2011, and a LAFCo service review and audit that raised concerns. Read at interview with him at losaltos.patch.com.
Shauna L. Chastain ’91, J.D. ’96 is President of the Solano County Bar Association, and Bay Area Chapter Director of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists.
Coby B. Carlson '96 and Marlee A. (Hubbs) Carlson '96 welcomed a son, Cormac Sullivan, on March 27, 2010. He joins big brother Cian, 8, and big sister Maeve, 5, at the family home in Madison, Wisc.
Shelyna Brown J.D. '96 was appointed as a judge to the South Bay's 79-member bench by California Gov. Jerry Brown.
Shelyna Brown, 41, has been a public defender in San Jose since 1997. Like the governor, she is a Democrat. A graduate of Santa Clara University law school, Brown takes a seat vacated by the retirement of Judge Eugene Hyman. She will be one of four African-American judges on the local bench.
Sam Bhaumik MBA '96 joined Square 1 Bank, a diversified financial services company, as an executive vice president and head of Silicon Valley. Bhaumik, who brings more than 25 years of debt financing and investment experience, will be a member of the senior leadership team. Prior to joining Square 1 Bank, he was senior managing director with Hercules Technology Growth Capital. He also spent two years as the New York Stock Exchange's vice president of the western region and was co-founder of the emerging growth division at Imperial Bank (which was later acquired by Comerica). Bhaumik also previously served as a vice president with Silicon Valley Bank's Technology Group.
Mike Betz and Alisa (Harmon) Betz '97 welcomed their second child and future bronco, Henry Michael Betz, February 5, 2009. Hank and older sister Alice look forward to meeting all other future SCU students at their parents' 15 year reunions (if not sooner).
Mike Betz '96 and Alisa (Harmon) Betz '97 are pleased to announce the birth of their third (and final) future Bronco, Charles Donald Betz on Oct. 14, 2012. Charlie joins his siblings Alice and Henry and has the distinct privilege of being the proud owner of numerous articles of hand-me-down SCU gear! Here's to hoping they all get in to SCU! Third one's free, right?
David Bernhardt '96 and wife Dorea welcomed their first child and daughter, Sierra Riley, on April 26, 2010. The family lives in San Jose.
Morgan Becker '96 lives in Danville with wife Deborah and kids Jack and Madeline. He is the senior vice president and financial advisor at Morgan Stanley in Walnut Creek.
Michelle M. Andre '96 works with the San Francisco Opera as director of membership and marketing for the Merola Opera Program. She still does some freelance graphic design, and earned a master's in Integrated Marketing Communications in 2007. She lives in San Rafael with her husband, Sean Creane, and son Niko (age 4), along with their cat, Barfie.
Michelle Andre '96 writes, "After working for the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera as the Director of Membership & Marketing for the past four to five years, I was recruited to head up the new marketing department (as director of marketing) for an international market research firm called Decipher. I am traveling all over the world and loving the new challenges in a new industry for me. It is putting to great use my MS in IMC from GGU too, in addition to my undergraduate degrees from SCU. And I am in the 12th year of owning my own 'side' business, Andre Design & Marketing. We also welcomed our new baby daughter home from Russia early in 2012, Nadia Marie. She just turned 2 years old on May 4. She joins big brother, Niko, who will turn 7 on June 13. A photo is attached of our daughter Nadia on her second birthday with her brother Niko on the far left, and my identical twin sister's son, Ivan, in the middle."
Michelle Andre '96 joined Virtual Incentives as the VP of Marketing in the fall of 2015. She also was recently awarded a prestigious Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year, as well as the Marketing Executive of the Year award from the highly competitive Best in Biz awards. Michelle and her husband, Sean Creane, their son, Niko (age 9), daughter, Nadia (age 4), and their cat, Hooligan, split their time between the mountains of Oregon and the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area.
Ria Ferguson Amidon '96 married Andrew Amidon on May 22, 2010. The couple lives in Santa Clara, where Ria teaches fifth grade.
Joseph Westfall '97 is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Houston-Downtown. He and his wife have two-year old twins, Oliver and Eloise, and welcomed a third child, Dorothy, on May 19, 2013.
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Kristen Weaver ’97 writes that she received her M.A. in education in 1999 from Stanford University; volunteered in the U.S. Peace Corps from 2002 to 2005 as a curriculum development specialist in Nouakchott, Mauritania; and married her husband, Natnael, in November 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Weaver is presently employed by the U.S. Department of State. Natnael is a newsletter editor who loves IT and woodworking. They currently live in Saudi Arabia.
Chantel Waterbury ’97, founder and CEO of chloe + isabel, was listed in "More 40 under 40" by Fortune magazine. Although the 37-year-old didn't make the main list of business' hottest rising stars, she was nevertheless recognized as being among the latest players on the direct-sales jewelry scene, helping sellers set up virtual store fronts and offering them a range of jewelry to hawk using their social networking savvy. Waterbury has more than 14 years of experience developing jewelry for retailers like Macys, Old Navy, and LVMH's DFS Galleria.
Chantel Waterbury '97, founder and CEO of Chloe + Isabel, was interviewed by the Huffington Post. Waterbury launched Chloe + Isabel after a 15-year tenure in the corporate jewelry industry. She developed, designed and sourced jewelry for brands such as Kenneth Cole, Gap Inc., Macy's, Nordstrom, Target, Kohl's and specialty retailers, and served as Director of Luxury Jewelry for DFS, division of LVMH. Chantel's interest in the direct selling space stemmed from her years at Santa Clara University, where she paid her way through college selling Cutco Cutlery, and was recognized as the top producer in the Western U.S. She regularly guest lectures at Santa Clara University, San Francisco State University, and several specialty fashion and design schools, on topics ranging from product development to retail math and merchandising.