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Brendan Riley '88 is an ATA Certified Translator of Spanish to English specializing in literary translation whose recent publications include The Bible: Living Dialogue (2015), a book of interfaith dialogues by Pope Francis, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, and Dr. Marcelo Figueroa; Caterva (2015) by legendary Argentine novelist Juan Filloy; and The Great Latin American Novel (2016) a book-length survey of the genre by Mexican novelist and scholar Carlos Fuentes. Riley's work has appeared in numerous publications, both in print and online, including The New York Times, The Believer, Numéro Cinq, Drunken Boat, Bookslut, Little Star, The White Review, Your Impossible Voice, SPN Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. Additionally, Brendan has been a full-time high school teacher since 1994. He currently teaches 10th grade humanities, AP English language and composition, and journalism at San Diego Jewish Academy in San Diego, California.
Committed to the Jesuit mission as it relates to education, as a higher education professional, Helen Valine '84, '89 M.A. is excited to serve on the board of the Jesuit Graduate Admission Professionals. The purpose of the association is to support admission members of Jesuit colleges and universities, share best practices in enrollment management, and promote professional development. She looks forward to achieving much good and effective work on this board.
After graduating summa cum laude, Chantal Eldridge J.D. '89 clerked for one year with Judge William Ingram, the chief Judge for the Northern District of California. Since then, she has been a successful trial attorney and managed her own practice for more than 20 years. Since moving to Texas more than a decade ago, she has defended felony and misdemeanor criminal defendants. For the past several years, she has worked extensively with felony and misdemeanor criminal defendants with MH/IDD issues and their families.
Socket Mobile, a leading innovator of data capture and delivery solutions for enhanced productivity, appointmented Nelson C. Chan MBA '89 to its board of directors. Mr. Chan becomes a member of the Company's Compensation Committee and of its Nominating Committee.
Nelson Chan, 55, served as the CEO of Magellan Corporation from 2006 to 2008, a leader in the consumer, survey, GPS and OEM GPS navigation and positioning markets. From 1992 through 2006 he served in various senior management positions with SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash memory cards, the most recent as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Business. From 1983 to 1992 Mr. Chan held marketing and engineering positions at Chips and Technologies, Signetics, and Delco Electronics. Mr. Chan serves as an independent director on several public companies, including Synaptics, a worldwide developer and supplier of custom-designed human interface solutions; Adesto Technologies, a developer of innovative, low-power memory solutions; and Decker Brands, a global leader in designing, marketing and distributing footwear, apparel and accessories. Mr. Chan also serves on the board of directors of several private companies. Within the past five years, Mr. Chan previously served on the boards of Outerwall Inc. – a provider of automated retail solutions, and Affymetrix – which developed, manufactured and sold products and services for genetic analysis to the life science research and clinical healthcare markets.
Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (CDF), an award-winning California employment, labor and immigration law firm, recognized for protecting California employers for more than 20 years, has promoted Marianne Koepf '90 to Partner. Koepf maintains a decade of experience with the firm, managing class action and single plaintiff litigation.
http://www.cdflaborlaw.com/attorneys/bio/marianne-koepf (415) 981-3233
Meghan Ackley '91 is among ESL faculty at the International Office of the Univeristy of Texas at Austin. She speaks four languages: French, German, Czech, and English and taught abroad in the Czech Republic for four years. She enjoys teaching listening/speaking, reading, grammar and pronunciation classes, and has been teaching at UT Austin ESL Services since 2005.
SurveyGizmo, industry leader in online data collection services and survey software, has a new COO: Nicole Craine '92. Nicole brings more than years of operations, start-up, and leadership experience. Her main focuses will be speed, efficiency, and scalability.
Nicole is an active member of both Women in Technology International (WTI) and Women in Wireless.
Renee Balodis-Cox '92 writes that she is a licensed mental health counselor and has been working with the state of Washington's criminal justice training commission for the past several years to provide crisis intervention training to law-enforcement officers. "It is essentially a training that teaches them about the most common mental illnesses, and educates them on appropriate resources in the area to help these people and their families, as well as emphasizing/teaching verbal de-escalation tactics. This is a big issue across the nation and a very needed training. I'm proud of Washington for being on the forefront of this. We have a legislation that just passed requiring all commissioned officers to attend this training, we are the only state in the nation that has done so, so far."
Rock Zierman '93 is CEO of the California Independent Petroleum Association, where he has worked since 2002. Prior to being appointed CEO, Rock served as both the director of Public Affairs for CIPA and the executive director of the California Natural Gas Producers Association, a wholly owned subsidiary organization of CIPA. Rock recommends and implements policy for the Association's 50 member Board of Directors. He serves as chief spokesperson for the Association and coordinates all of its state and national legislative activities.
Prior to joining CIPA, Rock served as chief of staff to Assemblyman Mike Briggs (Fresno). Rock has also served in the offices of assemblymembers Chuck Quackenbush (San Jose), Tom Bordonaro (Paso Robles), and Robert Prenter (Hanford).
Timothy Shih Ph.D. '93 will serve as a keynote speaker at the 19th International Conference on Computer and Information Technology (ICCIT) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dec. 18-20. His topic will be "Motion Interpretation Via Human-Computer Interaction."
Nahal Iravani-Sani J.D. ’93 received the 2016 Diversity Award at the Santa Clara County Bar Association Judge’s Night for commitment and leadership in promoting diversity in the legal profession. She was recently interviewed by The Huffington Post regarding this achievement, during which she said, "My immigrant background has fostered traits of perseverance and fair-mindedness. Early encounters with injustice and adversity have heightened my sensitivity and commitment to fairness and equality. In our legal system, in particular, I firmly believe in the notion that all who come to our courts must be treated with uncompromising fairness, respect, and dignity."
Rob Lathrop '94, M.S. '01 is the new president of Lathrop Engineering, a Paramit company, that designs and develops medical device and life science instrumentation. As the former VP of engineering at Lathrop, Rob brings more than 20 years of experience in leading multidisciplinary teams, project management, and designing and developing complex scientific instrumentation. He has been instrumental in expanding the company's client base, and his optimization of the product development process now enables Lathrop to complete even the most complex projects on timelines no one else can match. Rob's leadership of design and engineering teams through many successful projects over the years has built strong working relationships with clients, as well as their continued repeat business.
Terry Carroll J.D. ’94 has been named Copyright Counsel for the IBM Corporation.
Alex Shubat Ph.D. '95 is CEO of startup Espresa, which recently launched an app to help companies manage the types of workplace services that help draw and keep the best talent within their ranks. Companies like Google and Facebook are known for treating employees to benefits such as onsite massages, dry cleaning service, yoga, and car repair, but not every organization has the staffing required to curate and moderate those incentives. Espresa takes the hassle out of managing those extras by offering more than 250 services provided by 40 vendors. It has more than 25 companies enrolled for the service. Shubat is a School of Engineering Advisory Board member. He holds more than 20 patents and has contributed to more than 25 publications.
Avery Lu '95, co-founder and chief marketing officer of Palo Alto Scientific, Inc., a sports science analytics and wearable technology startup, received the Silicon Valley Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum's (SVIEF) Top 30 Most Innovative Startups Award 2016.
Sylvanna Falcón '95 is the author of Power Interrupted: Antiracist and Feminist Activists Inside the United Nations (University of Washington Press, 2016), the winner of the 2016 Gloria E. Anzaldúa book prize from the National Women’s Studies Association. Falcón is an associate professor in the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She was the recipient of two postdoctoral fellowships: the University of California, Office of the President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship (2006-2008) and the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation’s Junior Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship (2013-2014). A daughter of Peruvian immigrants, Falcón is also the co-editor of New Directions in Feminism and Human Rights (Routledge, 2011), and her work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, Feminist Formations, Journal of Women’s History, Gender & Society, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Societies Without Borders, and Social Justice.
John Snedigar '97 celebrates 10 years at the helm of his Silicon Valley tech PR firm Faultline Communications in May 2017. He and wife Nicole Snedigar '98 reside in Los Altos with son Brayden (age 12) and daughter Finley (age 4).
https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnsnedigar http://www.faultlinecomms.com email@example.com
Steve Clinton '87, J.D. '97 is with the law firm Womble Carlyle. He mentors law student participants in the Entrepreneurs Law Clinic, as well as participates in the "Bronco Network" which connects mentors to Santa Clara student athletes to provide guidance, information, and career counseling. He writes, "It's very rewarding to be able to connect with students and provide perspective and hopefully some helpful suggestions about the path ahead." As the dad of a child with special needs, he's proud to be a board member of Hope Services – the leading provider of services to people with developmental disabilities in the region.
Scott Wiley '98 writes, "I am now a Private Client Advisor at City National Bank."