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Allison and Aug Sebastiani '02 welcomed their third child and first son, August David Sebastiani III, on Tuesday, May 10. Allison and Aug also have 2 girls Gabriella (5) and Sofia (3), who are very excited to be big sisters.
Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska, welcomes Nicholas J.C. Santos, S.J., Th.M. '02, Ph.D. to its Board of Trustees. Fr. Santos brings a wealth of experience in Jesuit higher education. He is an assistant professor of marketing at the College of Business at Marquette University, in Milwaukee, and the co-director of Marquette’s social innovation initiative. He advises Marquette’s Alpha Sigma Nu chapter as well as the student chapter of Changemakers, which expands social innovation and entrepreneurship among students to help tackle the world’s most pressing problems.
A native of Pune, India, Santos holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in businessfrom the University of Pune; bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and theology from Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, also in Pune; a master’s in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University; and MBA and Ph.D. degrees from Marquette University.
Prior to entering the Jesuits, Santos was an accountant for a chemical distributor and transportation company. As a Jesuit, he taught for eight years at St. Vincent’s College of Commerce in Pune, which has a special emphasis on providing business education to low-income students. He spent three years as a visiting scholar and post-doctoral fellow at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and was also involved with the Global Social Benefit Incubator program of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara.
Xiomara Vielman '02 and Jason Saldana '01 married May 18, 2012, in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Friends who joined them were Mary Rodriguez Stavn '02, Sylvia Anguiano '02, Gloria Yu '02, and Sam Ritchey '01. The couple lives in Sunnyvale, Calif.
After working as a community organizer for five years, Alicia Ross '02 is now the executive director of Sacramento Area Congregations Together, a faith-based nonprofit community organization that is part of the PICO National Network. Alicia also completed her masters of liberal arts in creation spirituality from Naropa University in 2006.
Kerrie Romanow MBA ’02 was named as San Jose's director of the environmental services department, which she has led for the past year as it oversees services for wastewater, drinking water, trash and recycling collection.
Romanow began her career in San Jose in 2006 as assistant director of environmental services, the second-highest position in the department. Before that she worked for Sunnyvale-based consulting firm Environmental and Occupational Risk Management Inc., Filtronic Solid State in Santa Clara and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
Kerrie Romanow MBA '02 earned a place on the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2015 Women of Influence annual list. This list comprises “100 women rocking Silicon Valley business” who have made a big impact across all professions. As the director of the San Jose's Environmental Services Department, Romanow is responsible for San Jose’s 2012 plastic bag ban. The Bring Your Own Bag ordinance won a Helen Putnam Award for Excellence from the League of California Cities in 2014. Since she took over the department in 2011, Romanow streamlined garbage and recycling services, partnered with the Santa Clara Valley Water District to provide clean water, partnered with Zero Waste Energy Development Company to build a composting facility, and enacted a polystyrene (foam) ban. Romanow’s programs have won statewide and national honors.
Kimberly Rodriguez J.D. ’02 writes: “My husband and I recently started a small business renting margarita machines. If you are an SCU alumni living or working in the greater Sacramento area and interested in renting our margarita machines for your personal or corporate events, please contact me.”
(916) 612-8830 http://www.margaritamanrents.com/
Maria Quintero J.D. ’02 is now a senior attorney at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in San Francisco, handling civil litigation defense and appellate matters.
Maren (Hawkins) Pellant '02 and husband Butch Pellant welcomed daughter, Sawyer Jane, on february 18th, 2010. Sawyer joins big brother Beckham 4, and big sister, Tylie,3.
Ken Shadman Ota '02 completed his Family Medicine Residency in June. Ken is initiating his unique Transitional Care Medicine Program at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix, Ariz., in August. Ken thanks his Santa Clara Advisor, Associate Professor of Biology David Tauck, for helping guide him to his medical career.
Maribeth (Bleymaier) Oscamou '02 and her brothers started a new company called www.lateralsports.com. It's a website that aggregates online media content for college athletic teams, ranging from game times to information on favorite players and teams. It also features links to games being streamed online and free text message alerts when your favorite teams are playing. The website had been live for only a few weeks when it was noticed by the Wall Street Journal in the article Early Adopter: LateralSports.com–Kayak for College Sports Online."
Amanda Murray J.D. ’02 and Matthew Nowakowski, both of Redwood City, were wed on Sept. 21, 2013, at Murrietta’s Well Winery in Livermore.
Dan and Lisa (Mrkvicka) Mudgett '02 welcomed their first baby on April 3, 2009. Owen Robin Mudgett weighed 9 lbs 12 oz and measured 22 inches long. The new family is enjoying the spring weather in Seattle.
Lisa (Mrkvicka) Mudgett ’02 and husband Dan welcomed baby boy Joshua Graham to their family on Jan. 17, 2012, weighing 9 pounds 4 ounces and measuring 20 inches tall. Big brother Owen loves his new friend, and will be turning 3 in April. The family lives in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, and Lisa is working as a consulting healthcare actuary.
Lisa (Mrkvicka) Mudgett ’02 and husband Dan welcomed their fourth son, Isaac Maxwell, on Feb. 21, 2015. The busy family lives in Seattle.
Ellie (Taft) Morrissey ’02 and husband Sam are thrilled to welcome their daughter Sadie Elise, born May 29, 2013. The happy family lives in Pasadena, Calif. and is visited often by proud Grandpa Jim Taft ’72.
Michael Mooney ’02 was named to Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2012 "40 Under 40" list. Mooney is director of risk management and insurance at the Americas at Expeditors International and co-founder and vice president of ClimbOn.
Christine (Lupo) Montgomery '02 writes, "I received my Ph.D. in English from U.C. Santa Cruz in 2012 and now have a two-year postdoctoral position in the English department at my undergraduate university, Santa Clara."
Ryan Monger ’01 and Janet (Nissen) Monger ’02 welcomed twin boys Andrew Kenneth and Henry Lloyd on Jan. 13, 2012.
Sean Mendelson ’02, a.k.a. Teacher Sean, just finished producing his first children’s music album, Crank Out the Music. The music is vibrant and fresh with an engaging alternative vibe, a nod to Mendelson’s history of playing in rock bands.
Mendelson, a Santa Clara University graduate, composed 12 songs in just three days.
Sean Mendelson '02 has put out his third children's album, Love and Music, under the artist name Sean's Music Factory (www.seansmusicfactory.com). He is the director of a licensed Music Together Center in Santa Clara called Teacher Sean's Music Factory, which is for 0- to 4-year-olds and their respective caregivers. He also performs regularly throughout the South Bay and is working on a children's educational music series.