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Cara, Elizabeth
Professor Elizabeth Cara '70 is a faculty member of the Department of Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University. Dr. Cara's clinical experience is primarily in mental health, infant mental health, and geriatric physical and mental health. She is the co-editor and co-author of a popular text, Psychosocial Occupational Therapy: A Clinical Practice, currently in its 3rd edition. She has published papers on clinical fieldwork, infant mental health, and Dian Fossey, the occupational therapist and primatologist, and also one of SJSU and occupational therapy’s most famous graduates. Dr. Cara was selected for San Jose State University's Teacher-Scholar program for 2006-2007, served for six years as President of the SJSU California Faculty Association for over 700 faculty members and represented CASA in the academic senate, 2012-2014. Her scholarly interests include psychobiography, clinical supervision, infant and family mental health, group dynamics, interpersonal communication, and psychosocial disorders, and causes and prevention of genocide. She has presented numerous papers and workshops nationally and internationally. Dr. Cara is a native of San Francisco and fervent follower of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers.
submitted Aug. 13, 2016 9:15A
Bruner, Judy

Judy Bruner MBA '86, retired executive VP, administration, and CFO of SanDisk Corporation, has been appointed to the Varian board of directors.

 Bruner, 58, served as the chief financial officer for SanDisk from 2004 to this year when it was acquired by Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC).  She also served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for Palm, Inc. from 1999 to 2004.  She has held prior management positions in finance and administration with 3Com Corporation, Ridge Computers, Inc. and Hewlett Packard Company.

 Bruner is also a member of the board of directors of Brocade Communications, Inc., where she serves as chair of the audit committee, a member of the board of directors of Applied Materials and a member of the board of trustees of the Computer History Museum.  She also served in the past on the boards of Vermillion, Inc. and SanDisk Corporation, before assuming her executive role there.


submitted Sep. 8, 2016 12:15P
Bates, Camille

Camille Bates M.A. '16, is the newest resource specialist/special education professional at James Monroe Middle School, in Ridgecrest, California. She takes a bright, passionate approach to her role with her students.

“I believe in the capacity for change and people’s ability to be better than they have been,” she says. “I’m focusing on their psycho-emotional well-being, what gets in the way of them learning, and how they talk about what’s happening so they can participate in their learning.

Her background in social justice work also informs everything she does. Part of her own lesson plans include having her students keep record of the good things said about them, have them practice hearing positive things about themselves and then writing them down.

“Schools are our closest connection to community — they draw us together like no other social institution,” Bates says. “There is no other capacity that comes together for the sake of educating a child. That’s a beautiful and special thing about our culture.”

submitted Sep. 8, 2016 1:00P
Barnes, Damian

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.

submitted Jul. 24, 2016 3:12P
Sreenivasamurthy, Kiran
Kiran Sreenivasamurthy MBA '06 is now leading Maxta Inc.'s product management team as a vice president. Sreenivasamurthy, who joined Maxta in 2013, has successfully led the company's product management and product marketing efforts through its critical early stages of development, culminating in bringing to market award-winning Maxta MxSP hyperconvergence software and MaxDeploy appliances. His previous roles include serving as lead software product manager for Hewlett-Packard 3PAR storage and product manager for Mendocino Software, a maker of continuous data protection software. Additionally, he held various technical marketing, planning and engineering positions with NetApp, NetIQ and Taos Mountain. 
submitted Sep. 8, 2016 12:33P
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