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1977

'77
Michaels, Marina (Michaels)

Marina "Lisa" Michaels '77 has written a friendly, compassionate book on forgiveness: The Forgiving Lifestyle: How to Forgive Everyone (Including Yourself). She writes, "The book is available on Amazon. Don't buy it because I'm a classmate; buy it because it's a great book."

Contact Marina
Mobile: (707) 235-5555. Email: marina@sonic.net. Facebook: Marina Michaels. Twitter: @marinamichaels.
submitted Feb. 16, 2016 12:30A
'77
Eichenberg, Tom

Col. Tom Eichenberg '76, M.S. '77 is looking forward to celebrating both his 40th class reunion and Santa Clara’s 100th anniversary of the national ROTC program, along with ROTC classmates who’ve wrapped up careers at the Pentagon.

After graduating from the program and completing his M.S. in applied economics, Eichenberg reported for active duty at Hawaii’s famed Schofield Barracks in October 1977—the same filming location as the movie From Here to Eternity. There he met his wife, Yvonne Kuwana, at a dinner at the Pearl Harbor Officers Club. One year later, the couple married at the post before relocating to Fort Polk, just outsideof Leesville, Louisiana.

After decades of dual civilian and military reserve careers, Eichenberg was recalled to active duty when his command came up for rotation in Iraq in 2005, requesting a job as director of the National Iraqi Assistance Center (NIAC), a walk-in humanitarian assistance facility with “30 dedicated Iraqis on staff, Sunnis, Shias, and Kurds, who all got along and risked their lives every day to come to work.”

While director, Eichenberg oversaw support staff at the NIAC in addition to Kuwait City and the American Embassy in Amman, Jordan. “As a relatively small operation, we were at the lower end of thespectrum compared to the mega projects being run by the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development,” explains Eichenberg, “so what we did had immediate results.”

NIAC projects included directing the Baghdad Job Fair, locating missing persons, assisting battered women and children through safe houses and counseling, and providing sewing machines to help local women make and sell scarves at local bazars in Baghdad. The sewing project was set up as a way for war widows and wives who had invalid husbands to earn a living.  Their wares were also sold in the gift shop of the American Embassy in Baghdad. The Center’s medical section assisted patients who had nowhere else to go outside of the NIAC. The Missing Persons Section was the busiest section and was able to locate over 2000 missing Iraqis (38% success rate.) The Medical Section received the most publicity.  Through funding from Rotary Club International’s Gift of Life Foundation, we sent over 50 children and their guardians to the U.S. for life-saving heart surgeries.  The Medical Section also sent 5 children for corneal transplants to Anadolu-Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Istanbul, Turkey.  We helped distribute over 5000 wheelchairs from Free Wheelchair Mission in Irvine, CA.  The Medical Section also ran the largest and most modern prosthetics clinic in Iraq.

While based in Baghdad, Eichenberg got the idea to form an impromptu SCU Alumni Chapter, which included Lieutenant General Joseph Peterson ’72 and Special Agent Bob Gorini ’71, after running into the latter as he sported an SCU t-shirt during an early morning gym workout.

His father, William L. Eichenberg ’41, served as an assistant professor of military science during WWII, brothers William L. Eichenberg ’65 and James R. Eichenberg ’77, and nephew James P. Eichenberg ’92 have all graduated from the ROTC program.

Eichenberg is planning on attending the SCU ROTC 100 Years Celebration on April 29th.

submitted Mar. 28, 2016 11:45A
UGRD Engineering '77
Beck, Robin (Senigaglia)

Robin (Senigaglia) Beck '77 has been selected for the School of Engineering's highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, recognizing alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and University service have set them apart.

After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Santa Clara, Beck went on to earn her master’s degree from Stanford University. For more than 35 years she has led an exemplary career, highlighted by her time as Project Engineer and Engineering Manager at Aerotherm Corporation, and more recently as Lead Engineer at NASA AMES Research Center. As NASA’s Cognizant Engineer for the Mars Science Laboratory thermal protection systems, she led the team that designed the heat shield for the Curiosity rover's spacecraft that successfully survived the heat of entry into Mars’ atmosphere in August, 2012. Since then she has continued to advance the development of conformal ablative thermal protection materials, and is lead or co-author on numerous scholarly research publications within her field.

 
submitted Apr. 25, 2016 8:09A

1978

'78
Rodgers, Sally-Christine (Rodgers)

Sally-Christine Rodgers '78 recently published Convergence: A Voyage Through French Polynesia, which chronicles the first leg of her sailing circumnavigation, with her husband and son. 

Sally-Christine grew up sailing and has always loved the water. She worked in the marine industry heading up sales and marketing for a British life raft manufacturer, then had her own firm selling commercial and recreational marine products in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. She later started Port Supply International, a divison of West Marine (the largest marine supply company in the world). Concerned about the plight of the oceans, she has worked actively in Marine Conservation for decades, and served three terms as the first woman on the board of Oceana. Her family foundation focuses on marine conservation including California salmon, acidification, over fishing, and plastics in the ocean.

All proceeds from the book go to marine conservation (available at westmarine.com). Learn more about Sally-Christine's life on the water at convergencevoyages.com. Sally-Christine was delighted to attend Sylvia Earle's recent presentation at SCU.

Contact Sally-Christine
convergencevoyages.com
submitted Mar. 29, 2016 10:24A

1979

'79
Beglin, Tim

Tim Beglin '79 has written Ring$ of Value, Run Your Business Every Day Like It’s For Sale. The book is geared toward business owners and entrepreneurs—helping them first understand how to calculate the value of their business and, second, how to drive exponential value into their business. The book is available for purchase through Beglin's consulting company website (targetadvisoryservices.com) and Amazon.com.

submitted Apr. 29, 2016 2:10P

1980

GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '80
Sponza, Marilyn

Maryilyn Sponza MFT '73 writes, "I have retired from my position as perinatal substance abuse counselor from Kaiser Permanente after 20 years."

submitted Apr. 21, 2016 10:02P
'80
Robbiano, Angela

 

Angela “Angie” Robbiano ’80 MBA ’01 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.” As a senior finance manager of one of the nation's biggest defense contractors, Robbiano enjoys tackling challenging projects.

submitted May. 2, 2016 10:36A

1981

'81
Mitchell, Kelly (Rickon)

Kelly (Rickon) Mitchell '81 has been inducted in the Santa Clara University Athletics Hall of Fame. Mitchell, a two-sport standout at Santa Clara, was a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic women's rowing team. She was awarded a Congressional gold medal for the boycotted 1980 Olympic Summer games and went on to become the captain of the 1984 Olympic team, helping the Americans claim the silver medal as coxswain. During her junior season, she was also the coxswain for the U.S. women's team that placed sixth at the 1979 World Championships. A member of both the Santa Clara men's rowing and women's cross country teams, she has remained involved in sports. Mitchell, a coxswain for the 1979 and '80 Santa Clara men's rowing team, was chair of the ethics committee on the board for U.S. Rowing, a manager for the World University Games, area director for Southern California Olympians, and a member of ZLAC Rowing Club. She worked to help build the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA, before going on to earn her master's in Leadership and Nonprofit Management from University of San Diego. She currently works as a development director at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego where she lives with her husband and two sons. 

submitted May. 12, 2016 6:58P
GRD Law '81
Giordano, P. Gregory

 P. Gregory Giordano J.D. ’81 is a partner and vice chair of the Gaming Practice Group at the law firm of McDonald Carano Wilson in Las Vegas. His practice focuses on gaming compliance, licensing and regulation.

submitted Dec. 14, 2015 4:28P

1982

GRD Law '82
Gonsalves, Cynthia

Cynthia Gonsalves '82 lives in downtown San Jose with her wife of two years, Emma Humphries. She is a senior technician at Evans Analytical Group making samples for transmission electron microscopy and measuring surface contamination on all sorts of wafers.

submitted Jan. 2, 2016 3:22P

1983

UGRD Leavey Business '83
Sullivan , Phillip

Phil Sullivan '83 writes, "I recently moved to the heart of the wine country, not far from the historical Jack London estate in the most scenic valley of the moon, where I spent my formative years on a 12-acre 'mini farm.'  Now, I'm thoroughly enjoying the experience of introducing newcomers and reacquainting with native/pioneering wine country families. It's great to be involved in real estate in the Sonoma/Napa areas!"

Contact Phillip
Wine Country Real Estate Coldwell Banker Previews International Diamond See www.SonomaPhil.com psullivan@cbnorcal.com Facebook.com/SonomaNapaRE
submitted Feb. 15, 2016 8:31A
'83
Bailey, J.
Attorney J. Michael Bailey '83, a shareholder in Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Salt Lake City office, has been elected to the executive committee of the United States Golf Association (USGA). The executive committee is the governing board of the USGA. He is the first Utahan ever elected to serve on the committee in the USGA’s 121-year history.
Bailey is a member of the firm’s litigation and government relations departments and concentrates his practice on commercial and environmental litigation, as well as government relations and political law. Bailey served as the chair of the firm’s Hiring Committee and is rated in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, is listed in Super Lawyers and maintains an AV Preeminent™ rating from Martindale Hubbell. 
He has served on the USGA’s Regional Affairs Committee since 2002 and served as a Rules official or scoring volunteer at many USGA amateur championships. Bailey played collegiate golf at Santa Clara University, where he earned his B.S. degree, before graduating from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. A former board member of The First Tee in Salt Lake City, he has volunteered on the boards of Ballet West, Utah Youth on Course, the Utah Championship Advisory Board and Friends of Utah Golf. He is a current board member of the Utah Golf Association and an advisor to the Golf Alliance of Utah.  He previously served as President of the Utah Bar Foundation.
submitted Feb. 19, 2016 3:16P

1984

GRD Jesuit School of Theology '84
Liebscher, Arthur

Arthur Liebscher S.J., '69, M.Div. '84, STM '86 has been named by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., as the next rector of the Santa Clara Jesuit Community. He will assume office on 31 July 2016, the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, and as rector will become a member of the Board of Trustees of the University.

Fr. Liebscher earned a PhD in History at Indiana University, Bloomington. An alumnus and current chair of the history department, Fr. Liebscher has taught at Santa Clara since 1986 with a scholarly focus on Latin American history. He has generously served the community in multiple capacities throughout his time at the University. In addition to his teaching, Fr. Liebscher has served our students as resident minister, faculty adviser, and Jesuit faculty in residence for more than two decades. His engagement in shared governance and membership on many committees over the years have contributed to the well-being of the University community.  As a proud and active member of the alumni community he has been a remarkable ambassador of the University.
 
Fr. Liebscher will follow Fr. Michael Zampelli, S.J., who has served as rector since 2010. At the conclusion of his term as rector, Fr. Zampelli will spend the 2016-2017 academic year as visiting professor at Fordham University and will return to Santa Clara following his time there.
submitted Mar. 5, 2016 7:29P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '84
Leupp, Heidi (Le Baron)

Heidi (Le Baron) Leupp '84 was recently appointed to the St. Ignatius College Prep board of regents. She is currently co-president of Sacred Heart Prep Atherton Parent Association.

submitted Feb. 9, 2016 7:28A
'84
Cooper, Julia

Julia Harper Cooper ’84 was recently recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of 2016 Women of Influence in which one hundred women were selected from private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Julia has served in a number of key positions over her nearly 30-year career with the City of San Jose and is currently the director of finance.

 

 

 

submitted May. 2, 2016 10:40A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '84
Carey, Kate
The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) announced that Kate Carey '84 will be joining the organization as vice president, federal government relations. Carey joins PCI following a three year sabbatical from professional life.
 
Carey has worked in the insurance industry for more than 25 years as a strategic government relations and public policy attorney. Most recently, she served as vice president and head of federal government relations for MetLife.
 
Carey holds a B.A. degree from the University of Santa Clara. She completed her J.D. from Catholic University and an L.L.M. from Georgetown. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
 
submitted Apr. 11, 2016 6:58P

1985

UGRD Engineering '85
Wehr, Michael
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Major General Michael C. Wehr '85 has been selected for the School of Engineering's highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, recognizing alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and University service have set them apart.
As a civil engineering student, Wehr was commissioned as a second lieutenant though ROTC at SCU in 1985, followed by marrying his college sweetheart, Deborah D. Kalisz ’84, in 1986.  He later obtained his master’s degree from the University of Texas and graduation from the Command and General Staff College and the Joint Forces Staff College. He served as a Military Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Highly decorated during his four combat tours (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and others), engineering highlights include command of the 307th Engineer Battalion in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Theater Engineer for Afghanistan. Following his command of the South Pacific Division in San Francisco, California, he is currently in command of the Mississippi Valley Division in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he is responsible for a $2 billion civil works program impacting 41% of the United States and including 1.25 million square miles, 31 states, and 2 Canadian provinces. Mike and Deb are blessed with two terrific children, Rachel (24) and Chuck (21).
submitted Apr. 25, 2016 8:13A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Ventry, Kathryn

Kathy Ventry '85 is in her third career as a licensed marriage and family therapist in Folsom, and is doing business as Peace Within * Anxiety, Trauma & OCD Treatment. She sees children through older adults, and also specializes in couples therapy. Kathy served 10 years in the Army followed by almost 18 years as a healthcare representative for Pfizer, with seven years as a neuroscience specialty representative. Kathy finds it rewarding and a blessing to now work in the mental health and wellness profession. She looks forward to relocating to Folsom from Elk Grove to have easier access to cycling and kayaking opportunities.

Contact Kathryn
http://www.peaceandwisdomwithin.com
submitted Dec. 8, 2015 9:08P
'85
Goolkasian, Todd
The company that Todd Goolkasian '85 and Maureen (Orlando) Goolkasian '85 founded, Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group Inc., received two 2016 National Engineering Excellence Honor Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies. The first award was for the design of the R. B. Oliver Bridge Replacement Project in Tulare County. The 740-foot long post-tensioned bridge over the Kings River also included the successful development of new bat habitats into the underside of the replacement bridge, which have increased the bat population at the bridge to four times its original number.  The second award was for renovating and seismically retrofitting the South American Rain Forest and Aviary Building at the San Francisco Zoo. The renovated building features a realistic rainforest ecosystem, exotic plants and trees, a two-toed sloth, and the zoo’s first significant herpetological collection. The new exhibit highlights environmental threats facing rainforests, as well as the devastating effects of the illegal pet trade on South American wildlife. The awards will be presented at a black-tie EEA Awards Gala on April 19, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
 
submitted Mar. 6, 2016 9:35A
'85
Blach, Mike
The Silicon Valley Business Journal named Mike Blach '85, president and CEO of Blach Construction, one of its first ‘Power Executives.’ The journal cited Blach’s successful leadership of the company, as well as his commitment to many community nonprofits, as reasons for his inclusion on its inaugural list of Silicon Valley’s most influential business leaders.
 
Blach, 53, is in excellent company. The list included Silicon Valley titans such as Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google and Elon Musk of Tesla. 
 
Blach has led the San Jose-based general contracting firm Blach Construction for nearly three decades. Under his leadership, the company has thrived, builds several landmark projects every year and continues to be recognized with top state and national awards in safety, innovation, project execution and corporate philanthropy. Moreover, the Business Journal also has just named Blach Construction as one of the Best Places to Work for the eighth year in a row.
submitted Apr. 11, 2016 6:54P
'85
Aylward-Kravetz, Therese (Aylward)

Therese Aylward-Kravetz '85 just published her first nonfiction book, Why Zarmina Sings: 18 Steps to Live and Learn Beyond Anxiety. The book tells her story and the story of her international students as they used alternative educational techniques such as drama, movement and improvisational comedy, among others, to accelerate learning and overcome the fight-or-flight response. Her website is www.thereseaylakratetz. 

Contact Therese
www.thereseaylakravetz.com
submitted Apr. 4, 2016 3:00P

1986

GRD Law '86
Small, Barbara

Barbara Small J.D. ’86 is a partner at GCA Law Partners. She handles the firm’s trusts and estates practice. 

submitted Dec. 14, 2015 4:35P
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Pola, Michael (Pola)

Michael Pola '86 and his wife, Liz Karr-Pola, live in San Francisco with their 3 boys. Mike is a managing partner at HSS-a healthcare consulting firm. Mike recently joined the SCU Alumni Board and is looking forward to catching up with old friends at the Grand Reunion.

Contact Michael
4153107764
submitted Dec. 15, 2015 11:03P
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