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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.
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.
Aila Malik J.D. '04 is a founder of Venture Leadership Consulting (www.ventureleader.org). An experienced leader, she collaborates with venture-ready organizations to reimagine their places within the education, correction, and community-based organization sectors.
She is a member of the California Bar Association. Among other accolades, she was a recipient of the 2011 ABA Child Advocate of the Year Award. During her undergraduate career at UC Santa Barbara, she studies environmental science, professional writing, and music.
Aila has dedicated over 20 years to supporting and educating youth in many contexts including: homeless shelters, mentally disabled homes, juvenile justice system, foster care and mainstream public schools. In that time, Aila has served as a non-profit executive for high performing non-profits, an experienced trainer in the community-based organization, education, and correction sectors, an adjunct lecturer for Juvenile Justice courses at both Santa Clara University School of Law and Lincoln Law School, and recently a children’s author (www.pocketmommy.org).
A Bay Area native and Mountain View resident since 2002, Aila has been active in the local community. She is currently the Vice Chair of Mountain View’s Human Relations Commission (active since 2013), graduate of Leadership Mountain View (Class of 2015), and member of the League of Women Voters (2016). She was the Challenge Team John Gardner Honoree of Los Altos Foundation (2014), the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce’s Young Athena Award recipient (2015), and the 2016 Mountain View Champion for Youth.
Aila’s greatest motivation for community involvement is her desire to model civic engagement for her three kids. Her ultimate dream: To eliminate gaps of disparity so that ALL of our kids have opportunities to live a healthy and fulfilling life.
Erin Pearson '05 (music major & soccer player), released an Amazon bestselling book: 10 Reasons Your Kids Don't Practice Their Music: And What Parents Can Do About It. This book takes a unique and interdisciplinary approach to the problem of music practicing frequency in beginning grade school age music students. Drawing on concepts from neuroscience, parenting, personal organization, systems theory, behavioral psychology, and various other educational learning theories, this book introduces principles that will help you develop a plan for music practicing with your kids and help them achieve their goals (workbook included). Ebook: https://amzn.com/B01JMN5514 Paperback: https://amzn.com/153548036X.
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Chad Eschman '08 and Matthew Johns '09, after years of collaborating in theatre, are making a short film in Los Angeles called Never Stop. They released a trailer and began their fundraising campaign in July 2016. Eschman wrote the script and is co-producing and co-starring in the film, and Johns is working as the production designer.
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Louise Pon-Barry '01 is in her 14th year teaching and in her eleventh year at Kittredge School, in San Francisco. She earned her multiple subject teaching credential and MA in Education from the University of San Francisco. Ms. Pon-Barry enjoys working with kindergarten and first-grade children for their fresh and unique outlook on life. She strives to make the learning process enjoyable and exciting for each child. Ms. Pon-Barry’s website is available at: http://msponbarry.weebly.com.
Carol McCandless M.A. '96 has been an enthusiastic adjunct associate professor teaching religion at San Joaquin Delta College, in Stockton, California, since 2000.
Judith Maxwell Greig M.A. '81, 60, of Belmont, has been appointed to the California Student Aid Commission by Gov. Gerry Brown '59. Greig has been president at Notre Dame de Namur University since 2009, where she has held several positions since 1988, including provost, dean of the School of Education and Leadership and senior advisor to the president. She was adjunct faculty at San Jose State University from 1987 to 1988 and a teacher at the Old Orchard School from 1977 to 1984. Greig is a member of the Council of Independent Colleges Board of Directors and the California Campus Compact Executive Board.
Damian Gerard Barnes '97 teaches English at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland. A native of Sacramento, Calif., Damian most recently taught at Our Lady of Mercy School in Daly City, while completing his Master in English (The Writer's Craft Program) from Holy Names University. Previously, Damian was a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and worked as a community organizer in Brooklyn, N.Y., establishing youth programs from Coney Island to Crown Heights. He has also worked as a youth minister and taught at Catholic elementary and middle high schools in the Bay Area. Damian says the rhythms of teaching and learning are deeply entrenched in his soul. “I love working with young people on the discovery of new material, the practicing and expansion of skills and the reflection on life to find personal meaning and direction,” he said. Recently married with quite a few Bronco Alums in attendance, Damian enjoys writing, travel, friends and family.