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Angie Little '98 welcomed her first baby, Bennett James on January 1, 2015. Bennett weighed 6 lbs 11 oz and was 21" long.
Imelda (Wong) Kortens '98 and Jediah welcomed their second child, Jessica Celine, to the world on September 9, 2015. Imelda, Jed, and Jessica live in San Jose with Jessica's big brother, Jackson.
Ragan Henninger '98 was named a Government Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Ragan is the Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccado. She joined Sam’s Council Office in 2007, first as a Council Assistant, then spent six years as Chief of Staff. Her policy expertise includes environment, housing, budget and economic development, including work on the citywide inclusionary housing policy, plastic bag ban, and downtown high-rise incentive. She later left service with the City to manage Sam’s successful Mayoral campaign in 2014. She previously worked for HomeFirst (formerly EHC LifeBuilders) as the Director of Development and Communications where she was responsible for raising over $12 million annually. Ragan currently serves on the Board of Legacy Alviso San José Youth Foundation and is responsible for the foundation’s charitable distributions. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University where she studied political science and communications. Ragan and her husband live in the Cambrian neighborhood of San José, where they are raising their daughter.
Dr. Alisa Garni '98 has been part of the faculty at Kansas State University since 2008. Her substantive interests include international development, migration, and social change. In her published work, Dr. Garni has examined how changing local conditions in war-torn Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua affect people’s decisions to migrate to the United States. She has also examined how land tenure patterns affect local development strategies across high migration communities. Pursuing questions on gender, migration, and development, Dr. Garni has also conducted ethnographic research on independent women entrepreneurs who carry goods between El Salvador and the United States. Studying how they do so sheds light on local mechanisms for combating gender inequality and promoting development. In collaborative work, Drs. Garni and Weyher connect questions of migration and development to changing conditions in war-torn El Salvador. They argue that on-going mass migration—driven by new conditions of desperation and alienation—represents a critical dissipation of class relations and struggle. Building on research examining the relationship between neoliberalism and high crime rates in war-torn Central America, they also examine how neoliberalism’s structural and ideological components both reflect and further contribute to the conditions and growing sense of estrangement that many Salvadorans face.
Brian Fukumoto MBA '98 has been hired as VP of WW Manufacturing Operations & Supply Chain at FINsix. Fukumoto will oversee day-to-day global operations to ensure timely supply of high quality product for FINsix's retail and OEM (original equipment manufacturer) customers. He brings to the company over 25 years experience in manufacturing and supply chain operations. Most recently, Fukumoto was vice president of global supply chain and operations at DataDirect Networks, overseeing end-to-end supply chain execution for DDN's storage systems and solutions. Prior to DDN, Fukumoto held a variety of executive leadership roles for HP, Palm, Tasman Networks, and Solectron Corporation.
Religious studies professor Socorro Castañeda-Liles '98 recently shared her inspiring life story in Visión magazine, from a grim childhood in Mexico to a career in academia. She's currently working on a book about the Catholic devotion of Latinas to be published by Oxford University Press, and co-editing a volume of stories by artists, academics, professionals, and entrepreneurs who share similar stories about coming to the United States. Her husband is Josef Castañeda-Liles, development research director at SCU, and they have a daughter. Socorro is also a co-founder of the Sacred Heart Parish Computer Center and a founding member of the San Jose's Parque de Padre Mateo Sheedy commitee.
Patricia Ball Alberts '98, J.D. '03 married Erik Alberts on February 20, 2016, in Santa Monica, California. SCU Broncos who helped them celebrate included "bridesman" Jarvis Murray J.D. '03, Erica Gomes '98, Jennifer Pitts '98, Joe Delucchi '98, Erik Johnson '98, Steven Armstead '98, Daniel Womac '98, Nikki Womac '00, Carolyn (Lees) Metnick J.D. '03, and Amanda Fornwalt J.D. '03. Patricia and Erik both practice law in Los Angeles and reside in Santa Monica.
Pallie Zambrano ’99 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.” Before joining McManis Faulkner, Zambrano actually litigated against Jim McManis' team.
Peter Coe Verbica '82, JD '99 has published Hard-Won Cowboy Wisdom (Not Necessarily in Order of Importance). The book incorporates five generations of ranching tradition distilled into one, easy-to-read book of maxims with photographs from the 1800s and early 1900s. Peter works in Silicon Valley for the wealth management group for a large investment bank. To learn more about his book go to www.hardwoncowboywisdom.com. His next book, entitled Left at the Gate and Other Poems, is scheduled for release and will be available on Amazon.
Brent Gonzalez '99 married Jaime Melissa on May 1, 2016 at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles. The wedding party included fellow alumni David Dwyer '99 and Jack Murakami '99 along with guests Brian Donahue '00, Anny (Madden) Tedeschi '97, Linda (Hoffman) Leipper '91 and Gerry Houlihan '87.
Kim Felt MBA '99 has been inducted into the National Association of Professional Women's VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in business. NAPW is the nation's leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 850,000 members and over 200 operating Local Chapters. As strategic marketing/business intelligence manager for ManageUP PRM, Kim Felt brings more than 10 years of experience in product marketing and new business creation. She is a strong advocate of customer intimacy and has often been consulted to work across product lines to identify opportunities that increase the wallet share of high-value customers. Ms. Felt thrives on evaluating information from key opinion leaders, performing competitive intelligence and identifying and building relationships with third party partners and acquisition candidates. She excels in market research, product marketing and project management. Her skills include product lifecycle management in regulatory markets, portfolio management, market analysis and needs assessments. She is also adept in negotiation of licenses, partnerships and collaboration.
Amy Theberge M.A. '00, '04 is the new co-principal at Harvest Park Middle School, in Pleasanton. Theberge has experience as principal of Alisal Elementary and Donlon Elementary, as a TVTIP coach, and as a classroom teacher. She earned her bachelor's from Cal State Chico, her master's in interdisciplinary education with a literary emphasis from Santa Clara University and, in 1999, her multiple-subject credential from Santa Clara University. In 2004, she also received her Administrative Credential as well as a 2nd masters in Education Administration from Santa Clara as well.
Jessica Perry ’97, J.D. ’00 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. Perry, a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Menlo Park, CA, represented venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in a high-profile trial last year defeating gender discrimination claims brought by former partner Ellen Pao.
Sheila Hatch MBA '00 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: Be open to input.
Gustavo Guerrero '00 started Ben's Roofing, Inc., based in his hometown of Oakland, Calif., in November 2012. He is married to his soul mate and best friend, Rosario. He writes, "We created two amazingly funny children, Natalia who is 9, and Benjamin II who is 6. My children are the inspiration in my life and along with my wife, they are my biggest supporters. My life is complete!"
Katie DeLeuw '00 works at EnviroIssues, an 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. Katie has 11 years of public involvement experience in Washington and California. Katie’s multidisciplinary education in environmental science, policy and management gives her the ability to understand complex environmental issues and communicate them to a variety of audiences. Katie is originally from Mountain View, California.
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Suzanne (Lyons) Colvin '00, M.A. '15 loved her time at SCU so much that she decided to go back for more! Suzanne completed her master's in educational administration in June 2015. She is currently the Leadership Academy director and AP biology teacher at Presentation High School, in San Jose. Suzanne lives with her husband, Brent, and their cats in San Jose.
Matt Oscamou '01, founder and president of Frontier Snacks, Inc., will be the featured speaker at the Leavey School of Business Winter CIE Entrepreneur Forum, Monday, Feb. 8. His company makes bite-size, nutritious energy snacks that are gluten-, soy-, and dairy-free, and are non-GMO verified. They are available at Whole Foods and Sprouts stores.
Brendan O'Brien '01 and Lauren (Russell) O'Brien '02 welcomed their third child, Dylan Francis O'Brien, on Nov 4, 2015. Older brothers Liam (5) and Declan (2) are happy to share their toys with their new baby brother. The family currently resides in Burlingame, CA.
Natalie (Eblacas) Murphy '80, MBA '01 writes, "I have recently relocated to Bremerton, Washington, and am looking to connect with SCU Alumni in the area."