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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.
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.
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.
"I love dentistry and especially orthodontics," writes Krista Hirasuna '04, who recently purchased Orthodontics of San Mateo. "It gives me the opportunity to meet all kinds of people and truly make a positive difference in their lives by helping them get a more beautiful and lasting smile. I enjoy seeing my patients regularly and genuinely getting to know the person behind the smile. If you are in or around San Mateo, stop by to say hello!"
Lisa Hickey '04 was named principal at Juana Briones Elementary School in Palo Alto. Hickey has served as an elementary school principal in Cupertino Union School District since 2005. Most recently, she was principal at Meyerholz School, directing both a neighborhood population and a Mandarin immersion program.
Lucas Herrera '04 and Bree Horvath '05 were married at Mission Santa Clara on June 28th, 2009 by Father Paul Fitzgerald. The wedding party included fellow Santa Clara alumni Nicole Horvath '97, Megan (Horvath) DeMartini '01, Leslie Osborne '05, Jessica (Ballweg) Perkin '05, Annie Rainero '05, Brandon Butcher '05, Nick Mullen '04, Mike Baranick '04, Tyler Green '04, Colin Harrigan '04.
In 2012 James Hatcher MBA '04 established consulting firm Core Strategies Co. Ltd. in Bangkok, Thailand and resides there. Core Strategies provides consulting services to clients with business in the Middle East and Asia.
Colin Harter '04 and wife Laura (Del Santo) '04 welcome their first child, Charlotte Rebecca Harter, on July 28. The family lives in San Francisco.
Colin '04 and Laura Harter ’04—Addison Marie Harter on June 7, 2013. She lives with her big sister Charley and parents in San Francisco.
Ron Hansen M.A. ’95, M.Div. ’04 is this year’s recipient of the Evil Companions Award, which honors a writer who hails from the West or writes about it. Hansen is an Omaha native who teaches literature at Santa Clara University. He has earned numerous honors in his four decades as a novelist, essayist and short-story writer, including the status of creating one of the longer and more intriguing titles in contemporary fiction: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Norman Gunther ’59, Ph.D. ’04, continues to be part of SCU's Department of Electrical Engineering’s Electron Devices Laboratory, which has advanced world-class research and scholarship in the areas of electronic devices, materials, and their manufacturing technologies. Gunther collaborates with fellow graduates of the program, advancing the methodologies used to characterize surface nanostructures of thin films used in semiconductors, and advising current graduate students as an applied mathematician.