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Ocana, Angela

Santa Clara Librarian Angela Ocana '03 is a recent winner of the California Library Association’s Young Adult Services Award.

“I was nominated by teens who attend the Northside Library and the branch manager,” says Ocana, blown away by the honor. “BAYA, which stands for Bay Area Young Adult Librarians, gives this award of achievement to recognize the accomplishments of an exceptional librarian working in young adult services in a school or public library. The award comes with $500 and a one-year membership into BAYA.”

“Giving teens their own space, providing dynamic programming, and just being a mentor is very important,” Ocana says. “My biggest philosophy about working with teens is just to listen to what they are saying and to provide a safe environment for them to be themselves.”

Ocana has been overseeing Northside Library’s new teen library council, consisting of about 20 members. At meetings, teens give input on upcoming programs. “For example, teens from the library council came up with the idea for the epic Nerf wars at the teen blacklight party in May and they helped set this up,” Ocana says. “The blacklight party came with blacking out the room, and there were glow sticks, and glow-in-the-dark face and nail painting. We sprayed the Nerf bullets with glow paint and put them into Nerf guns, also sprayed with glow paint, and we played Capture the Flag.”

Ocana has also headed programs for adults at Northside Library, such as a lecture on craft liquor, a feng shui workshop, and a Jane Austen-themed tea party. At Central Park Library, Ocana worked on this year’s STEM Innovation Bowl and in a previous year, she organized Sustainable U, a program that encouraged simpler living with offerings such as a seed library and workshops on bread making, cooking seafood and gardening.

submitted Jul. 18, 2016 2:04P
Nanavati, Mihir

Mihir Nanavati '03 has joined the executive team of Redwood City, Calif.-based Kahuna, a communication automation company, as senior VP of product. Nanavati previously spearheaded numerous initiatives for Tradeshift, Hightail, and Adobe Systems. He is a graduate of the University of Mumbai and Santa Clara University.

submitted May. 12, 2016 6:42P
Murphy, Tom
Tom Murphy '83 is VP of Customer Sucess at LiquidPlanner. He leads all activities supporting the success of our customers, including on-boarding, enablement and adoption, professional services and customer support. Tom has spent his entire career serving customers at both management consultant and enterprise software firms. He began his career at Accenture where he focused on CRM solutions, and has spent the past 10 years in various customer-facing leadership roles at prominent enterprise software companies, including Apptio, Mercury Interactive, and Chef Software.
submitted Sep. 8, 2016 5:46P
Middlemist, Scott
Scott Middlemist '91 is among the English department faculty at Brophy College Preparatory, in Phoenix, Arizona. Middlemist earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Santa Clara University and a Master of Arts in Education from Northern Arizona University. He has been a member of the Brophy faculty since 1994, and is a freshman football coach.
submitted Aug. 13, 2016 9:01A
Meegan, Gary

"The summer after I completed my M.A. in pastoral ministry, I went to Vietnam to teach English for the Diocese of Phat Diem," writes Gary Meegan M.A. '07. "This is my 10th summer there. I blog about my experience at I do it to help people understand what the Catholics in the north of the country go through. They are very poor but proud."

submitted Jul. 7, 2016 8:47P
McFarland, Sheldon

Sheldon P. McFarland MBA '13 is vice president of Portfolio Strategy & Research at Loring Ward, a company that serves and supports financial advisors in the United States. His responsibilities include management of the Portfolio Strategy Group, oversight of the Investment Planning Center, and development of tools to support advisors.

submitted Aug. 14, 2016 8:10A
McCandless, Carol

Carol McCandless M.A. '96 has been an enthusiastic adjunct associate professor teaching religion at San Joaquin Delta College, in Stockton, California, since 2000.

submitted Jul. 24, 2016 3:17P
Mackey, Bridget

Bridget Mackay J.D. '95 was recently profiled on for her commitment to the local community. Bridget served as a deputy district attorney for both Solano and Sonoma counties for nearly 10 years. When she switched to estate planning, Mackay found herself with time to devote to local causes.

One cause that appealed to her was an opportunity to join the Petaluma Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money to benefit local schools. She's now President of the Board of Directors.  Mackay  helps oversee two Alphabet Soup thrift stores and serves as the chair of the planned giving committee and has used her legal skills to develop the Planned Giving program, as well as helped the committee establish a system for donors to give through their wills, trusts, IRA’s and life insurance policies. 

In 2014 she earned the title of Best Attorney in the Petaluma People’s Choice Award. Her hobbies: skiing, scuba diving, and traveling on vacation with her husband and two daughters, especially if the travel involves skiing or scuba diving.

submitted Jan. 28, 2016 3:49P
Kim, Andrew

Andrew C. Kim J.D. '98 has been appointed a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court by Gov. Gerry Brown '59. Kim has served as a deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office since 1999. He was a contract attorney at Jackson and Abdalah from 1998 to 1999. 

submitted Jul. 8, 2016 8:33A
Jimenez, Elsa

Elsa Mendoza Jimenez '98 is the interim director of health at the Monterey County Health Department. She has been in the public health sector for 15 years. Jimenez says, "I always wanted to work in a profession at which I would be able to help others, particularly those unserved or underserved. Public health has afforded me the opportunity to be able to work on initiatives that positively impact individuals, communities, organizations, and systems."

submitted Apr. 21, 2016 3:28P
Jackson, Symone
Symone Jackson '13 is a 2016 recipient of the Rise Up: Be Heard journalism fellowship, which gives young people living in California’s most underserved areas an opportunity to report on issues affecting health in their community.
Jackson is a community organizer in San Jose. Her involvement in grassroots organizing and work experience as a public health research assistant has provided her with a unique lens for analyzing community health issues. As a local organizer, she primarily works with families who have lost loved ones to police violence, serving as a consultant, conducting legal research, and performing PR and communications duties. As a fellow, she hopes to further develop her reporting skills while shedding light on some important community health issues in the South Bay such as gentrification and the impact of police violence on children and families. 
The fellowship is made possible through a partnership with The California Endowment. 

submitted Apr. 29, 2016 1:45P
Hayes, David

David R. Hayes '96 has been appointed to the board of directors of Symbility Solutions Inc., a global software company dedicated to developing applications for the insurance industry, based in Toronto, Canada. 

Mr. Hayes is currently the vice president and treasurer for CoreLogic, where he oversees the corporate treasury function for the company. Prior to joining CoreLogic in 2009, Mr. Hayes served in a variety of leadership roles for Prospect Mortgage and Indymac Bank within senior consumer banking, enterprise risk management, finance, and treasury divisions. 
submitted Mar. 14, 2016 9:33P
Greig, Judith

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.

submitted Jul. 24, 2016 1:43P
Giorgetti, Rick


Rick Giorgetti '70 has been honored with the prestigious Ignatian Award from Santa Clara University. The Ignatian Award acknowledges university alumni who live the ideals of competence, conscience, and compassion through service to others. Previous Ignatian Award Recipients include Frank Boitano 69' MB '74, Kevin Eagleson '70, Leon Panetta '60 JD '63 Roxanne Vane '78, and Edward Panelli '53 JD '55.
"The Alumni Association is proud to honor individuals who have brought distinction to Santa Clara University through service to others,” said Kathy Kale, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations at SCU. “Rick is definitely one of those unsung heroes who is making a difference in the world. He deserves to be recognized," said Ms. Kale.
“Rick’s volunteer efforts encompassing education, community, professional, and church embody the Ignatian purpose,” said Leo Quilici, a former Silicon Valley financial executive, who nominated Mr. Giorgetti for the Award. “This award is a fitting tribute to his giving and caring for others.”
“Being recognized by my alma mater, the Jesuit Community, and my good friend and classmate is truly a humbling experience,” said Giorgetti. “I am embracing this honor as a tribute to the organizations that allowed me to be a part of their efforts towards the betterment of humanity.”
For over 40 years, Giorgetti has been active in community service involving seven beneficiary organizations including Santa Clara University’s Bronco Bench Foundation, Sacred Heart Nativity School, Silicon Valley Chapter of Financial Executives International, Presentation High School, and the Rotary Club of San Jose.
“Rick is a role model for all Bay Area business executives,” said Ragu Bhargava, CEO of Global Upside, where Giorgetti serves as  VP of staffing. “This award is a testament to his character and his passion for making a difference in the world. I’m proud to have him as part of the Global Upside family.”
submitted Apr. 7, 2016 5:46A
Fultz, Robert
Anthony Fultz '86, J.D. '91 has been appointed as a Judge of Tulare County Superior Court by Gov. Jerry Brown '59. Fultz, 51, of Visalia, had been the Assistant District Attorney at the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office since 2012, where he had served since 1993. He was a sole practitioner at the Law Office of Anthony Fultz from 2005 to 2006. Currently assigned to the Juvenile Division, he's overseeing both criminal cases, as well as dependency matters. Through this assignment, he gets to make a difference early on in someone’s life. “Even before I was a father, I was interested in helping children,” Fultz said. “Now, I get to be a part of the process.”
submitted Mar. 28, 2016 12:29P
Cress, Meghan
Meghan Cress '04 has joined Santa Clara University's Career Center as our assistant director for Business and Engineering.  Meghan returns to SCU after seeing the dynamic employment landscape and industry trends firsthand through recruiting and human resources at a top consulting firm and Bay Area startups.  Meghan is passionate about helping students articulate how their skills, interests, and education come together to tell a unique story along their career exploration journey. 
submitted Sep. 20, 2016 7:59A
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
Becerra, Michael

Michael Becerra MBA '08 was a finalist in the 5th annual Mr. Marina Competition, a fun-spirited fundraising pageant for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which conducts blood cancer research and patient services. Becerra is a co-founder of Crewmix, an app using tech to bring fun groups together to create lifelong memories. He writes, "I am honored and humbled to be involved in the 2016 Mr. Marina competition! Not only is this event totally quirky and uniquely SF, but so many of us have had cancer touch our friends and loved ones. Together with the power of our network, we can support cancer patients and affected families...and accelerate the cure!" Becerra raised over $12,000 and all finalists combined raised $175,000.

Contact Michael
submitted Feb. 28, 2016 9:05A
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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