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Jacey Prupas ’01, J.D. ’04, an associate in the Reno office of Snell & Wilmer, has been appointed to the Nevada Board of Bar Examiners. Her three-year term began in April. She previously served as a Nevada Bar Exam Grader from 2006 to 2008.
Prupas focuses her practice in general commercial litigation. She has experience with all stages of litigation, including pretrial discovery, trial, appellate work and alternative dispute resolution. Prupas’ practice includes representing businesses in all types of contract disputes, complex tort actions and product liability matters. She also has extensive experience with personal injury actions, both for plaintiffs and defendants.
Prupas received both her undergraduate and law degrees from Santa Clara University. Also licensed in California, she is a member of the American Bar Association and the Northern Nevada Women’s Lawyer’s Association, for which she served as a board member from 2005 to 2011. She has been recognized for several years as a Nevada Super Lawyers Rising Star.
Nikki Pope J.D. '04 co-authored Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope: Stories of Surviving Wrongful Conviction, published by Post Hill Publishing (2015). It features a foreword by Professor Cookie Ridolfi (School of Law) and a chapter written by Paige Kaneb (Northern California Innocence Project). Nikki writes, "Pruno is a collection of stories by and about men and women who were wrongfully convicted and spent years, and in some cases decades, imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. Although what happened to these men and women is heartbreaking, their stories are uplifting and inspiring. They and their family members and friends were able to find moments of hope in some of the most hopeless places. All relied on faith of some sort to get them through their ordeal and out the other side. Most people are surprised to learn that exonerees are not entitled to the support services that are provided to parolees or ex-convicts and most do not receive any compensation for their wrongful incarceration. For these and other reasons, half of the proceeds from the sale of Pruno will be shared with the exoneree storytellers and the authors are donating a portion of their proceeds to organizations that assist the wrongfully convicted before and after their exonerations. Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope is available at online booksellers or in bulk through their publisher."
Chris Phipps '88, M.A. '04 and his wife, Corinne, welcome the birth of the their daughter Lucille Katharine on April 14, 2011. The Family lives in San Jose.
Ken Philipp MBA ’04 has joined Ensim Corporation as its VP of sales and business development. Mr. Philipp joins Ensim from CA Technologies and brings an extensive background in the automation, virtualization, and cloud markets with more than 20 years of professional sales and leadership experience. He started his career at IBM and has held executive positions with several virtualization startups including Akimbi and Fastscale (both acquired by VMware), Solidcore (acquired by McAffee) and 4Base Consulting (acquired by CA Technologies). Ensim is the leading software platform that enables automation and orchestration for ordering, service catalog, provisioning, and billing of business users, applications, services, and infrastructure in private, public, and hybrid cloud environments.
Christine Peek J.D. '04 was named to the Northern California Super Lawyers 2010 Edition -- Rising Stars, which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the region. Peek practices general civil litigation with a focus on constitutional law and lawsuits against government entities.
Christine Peek J.D. ’04 was named to the Northern California Super Lawyers 2012 Edition - Rising Stars. Recognizing the premier up-and-coming attorneys in the region, approximately two percent of the Northern California Bar received this distinction. Peek maintains a general civil litigation practice, focusing on constitutional law and lawsuits against government entities. She has experience litigating state and federal constitutional issues in a wide variety of contexts, including business regulation, nuisance, takings, election law, public employment, compassionate use, selective enforcement, illegal search and seizure, and excessive force cases. She is an active member of the Santa Clara Bar Association, currently serving on its Appellate Courts Committee.
Former volleyball player Becky Potter '04, married Nick Pecoraro on May 24, 2014, in Pismo Beach, Calif. Other SCU alum in attendance: teammate Becky Biniek '04, Claire (Parsons) Durrell '04, Jenny (Siegel) Ruso '04, Lindsay (Uchikura) Melaas '04, and Rick Ruso '03, MBA '07.
Janette Ortiz '04 and her husband welcome their first child, a baby girl, born on 7/13/11.
Arthur Obolsky '04 and Caitlyn Gilley Obolsky '06 welcomed their second child, Maya Charlotte Obolsky, on July 24, 2009. She joins older sister Isabelle Alana. Arthur received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in May 2009.
Arthur Obolsky '04 and Caitlyn Gilley Obolsky '06 welcomed their third child, a son named Adam Daniel Obolsky on May 19, 2011. His big sisters Isabelle and Maya are smitten. The family recently relocated from San Diego to Berkeley, and maintain a thriving law practice in both Tax Disputes and Consumer Protection laws. Their websites are bayarealemonlawyer.com and obolskytaxlaw.com
Evan McLean '05 and Kristen (Harada) McLean '04 welcomed a baby boy, Cooper, on April 12, 2013. The family lives in San Jose.
Patrick McBride '04 married Monique Bueltel on October 29, 2010, at Balboa Park in San Diego. Groomsmen included Panch Romero '04, Dan Vincenzi '04, and Anthony Rea '04. The couple resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Francisco Lobato '04, M.S. '06 and Elsa Jacobo '05 welcomed their first daughter, Monica Lobato-Jacobo, on January 4, 2010. She was 6 pounds, 15 ounces and 20 inches long. The family lives in San Jose, Calif.
Sara (Pfaff) Lee ’04 and Matt Lee ’04 welcomed their second child, daughter Brooke Emerson, on Aug. 12, 2014. Brooke joins big brother Parker, 3.
Paul Krueger '04 and Kathryn (Finneran) Krueger '05 welcomed a daughter, Samantha Mae Krueger, on March 2, 2015. The family lives in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Dan Kachmarik '04, MS Engineering '06 and Alicia (Wheeler) Kachmarik '04 welcomed their second son, Andrew "Drew" Ryan, on September 15, 2011. Older brother, Connor, is 2 and the family lives in Butte, Mont.
Shankar Iyer MBA '94 is the new Vice President of Product Management and Receiver and End-user Services for Citrix Systems. Iyer will drive product strategy for personal cloud and end-user services with Citrix Receiver(TM), enabling anytime access to virtual desktops and applications from any device. Iyer comes to Citrix from the WebEx division of Cisco, where he led the formation of a Cloud Applications business unit focused on next-generation SaaS and cloud applications for large and small enterprises. Prior to its acquisition by Cisco, Iyer was vice president of products and new business initiatives at WebEx, charged with expanding new business opportunities for the next-generation WebEx platform. Prior to Cisco, he served as executive vice president, products and marketing for GemStone Systems (recently acquired by VMware) and before that, VP of products and strategy at TIBCO Software. Iyer received a M.B.A. from Santa Clara University, a M.S. in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Technology in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai.
Erin Gay '04, MA '11 married Eric Hulderson on June 4, 2011. The wedding was held at Radonich Ranch in Los Gatos, CA. Rev. Aimee Moiso, Santa Clara Director of Ecumenical and Interfaith Ministries, presided over the ceremony. Other broncos in attendance included Katie Delor Childers, Torri Granger, Katie Gottlieb, Veronia Murphy, Ellen Peterson, Courtney Peterson Nilsson, Paul Nilsson, Scott Peterson, Jessica Gagnon, Anne Volz, Chris Madruga, Annie Colbeck, Victoria Reyes and Mike Theoharis.
M. Ryan Hubbard '04 D.O. completed his residency in internal medicine at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara. He was the recipient of the Stanford University School of Medicine Gold Humanism in Medicine and Teaching Award. He will join the Daughters of Charity Health Foundation and work at O'Connor Hospital, where he did a health care ethics internship during his time at SCU.