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Robin (Senigaglia) Beck '77 has been selected for the School of Engineering's highest honor, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, recognizing alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and University service have set them apart.
After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Santa Clara, Beck went on to earn her master’s degree from Stanford University. For more than 35 years she has led an exemplary career, highlighted by her time as Project Engineer and Engineering Manager at Aerotherm Corporation, and more recently as Lead Engineer at NASA AMES Research Center. As NASA’s Cognizant Engineer for the Mars Science Laboratory thermal protection systems, she led the team that designed the heat shield for the Curiosity rover's spacecraft that successfully survived the heat of entry into Mars’ atmosphere in August, 2012. Since then she has continued to advance the development of conformal ablative thermal protection materials, and is lead or co-author on numerous scholarly research publications within her field.
Robert Williams '78 writes, "Recently completed a beautiful second home in Brasada Ranch, in central Oregon. Looking forward to cool summer nights!"
Sally-Christine Rodgers '78 recently published Convergence: A Voyage Through French Polynesia, which chronicles the first leg of her sailing circumnavigation, with her husband and son.
Sally-Christine grew up sailing and has always loved the water. She worked in the marine industry heading up sales and marketing for a British life raft manufacturer, then had her own firm selling commercial and recreational marine products in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. She later started Port Supply International, a divison of West Marine (the largest marine supply company in the world). Concerned about the plight of the oceans, she has worked actively in Marine Conservation for decades, and served three terms as the first woman on the board of Oceana. Her family foundation focuses on marine conservation including California salmon, acidification, over fishing, and plastics in the ocean.
All proceeds from the book go to marine conservation (available at westmarine.com). Learn more about Sally-Christine's life on the water at convergencevoyages.com. Sally-Christine was delighted to attend Sylvia Earle's recent presentation at SCU.
Eileen Clark writes, "Many many happy memories of our daughter (Lorraine Clark '79) at Santa Clara. She loved it there. Thank you."
Tim Beglin '79 has written Ring$ of Value, Run Your Business Every Day Like It’s For Sale. The book is geared toward business owners and entrepreneurs—helping them first understand how to calculate the value of their business and, second, how to drive exponential value into their business. The book is available for purchase through Beglin's consulting company website (targetadvisoryservices.com) and Amazon.com.
Maryilyn Sponza MFT '73 writes, "I have retired from my position as perinatal substance abuse counselor from Kaiser Permanente after 20 years."
Angela “Angie” Robbiano ’80 MBA ’01 was selected to be on the list of 2016 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. These are women “who are changing Silicon Valley’s landscape in business, nonprofits, healthcare and professional services.” As a senior finance manager of one of the nation's biggest defense contractors, Robbiano enjoys tackling challenging projects.
Scott Freeman '80 is the EVP of International for Bunim/Murray Productions. In addition, he is an executive producer on The Challenge for MTV and Valerie's Home Cooking (with Valeria Bertinelli) for Food Network.
Jeffrey H. Cooper MBA '80 has been appointed to the board of directors of ProNAi Therapeutics, a clinical-stage oncology company advancing novel therapeutics for patients with cancer. Cooper has served as an independent consultant for life science companies since January 2014. Previously, he served at KaloBios Pharmaceuticals and BioMarin Pharmaceutical. He has also served as VP of finance at Matrix Pharmaceutical.
Joseph V. Capurro, Esq. ’80 has been selected by the State Bar of California for their 2016 State Jimenez Memorial Special Recognition Award as Applicants’ Attorney in the field of Workers Compensation. The award will be presented on Friday, September 30, 2016, during a reception at the California State Bar Annual Convention in San Diego.
Joe has practiced in the field of Workers Compensation Law since he was admitted to the California Bar in 1980. He is a sole practitioner at The Law Office of Joseph V. Capurro in San Jose, CA, and has represented injured workers before the Workers Compensation Appeals Board, various California Courts of Appeal, and the California Supreme Court. He has been a certified specialist in the field of Workers Compensation for over 20 years.
He is an active member of the California Applicants Attorneys Association and is a member of the Board of Directors. He currently serves on several committees of the organization and is Co-Chair of the Amicus Curiae Committee. He is a frequent lecturer on matters involving Workers Compensation, particularly on the topic of recent case law developments. Additional memberships include the Santa Clara County Bar Association, the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group, and the American Association for Justice.
He and his wife Jackie have three adult sons, one granddaughter, and one grandson-to-be.
Tom Brysacz '80 loves his job as a family physician more than ever and is the luckiest man on the planet.
Laurel Rematore '81 writes, "On Jan. 4, 2016, I became the executive director of the Great Smokey Mountains Association, an educational nonprofit that has provided more than $35 million in support to Great Smokey Mountains National Park since GSMA's formation in 1953."
Kelly (Rickon) Mitchell '81 has been inducted in the Santa Clara University Athletics Hall of Fame. Mitchell, a two-sport standout at Santa Clara, was a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic women's rowing team. She was awarded a Congressional gold medal for the boycotted 1980 Olympic Summer games and went on to become the captain of the 1984 Olympic team, helping the Americans claim the silver medal as coxswain. During her junior season, she was also the coxswain for the U.S. women's team that placed sixth at the 1979 World Championships. A member of both the Santa Clara men's rowing and women's cross country teams, she has remained involved in sports. Mitchell, a coxswain for the 1979 and '80 Santa Clara men's rowing team, was chair of the ethics committee on the board for U.S. Rowing, a manager for the World University Games, area director for Southern California Olympians, and a member of ZLAC Rowing Club. She worked to help build the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA, before going on to earn her master's in Leadership and Nonprofit Management from University of San Diego. She currently works as a development director at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego where she lives with her husband and two sons.
Julio Ledesma IV '81 is winding up a second tri-term at the Philippine House of Representatives; having been elected to the 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, and 16th Congress. He has chaired the Labor (11th), Energy (11th), Ways and Means (12th), and Science and Technology (15th) committees and is currently senior vice chair of the Ways and Means Committee. Jules plans to return to the private sector.
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Don Kinney '81 retired from Chevron Corporation after 35 years, with the last 18 years in positions in South America and Africa. He and his family have retired to Pinehurst, NC.
Dan Hunter '81 is the vice president and corporate controller at Coherent, Inc. He writes, "Looking foward to the 35-year reunion in October!"
Chris Fellenz '81 lives in San Jose, working as a consultant in High Tech (planning, operations, communications, quality systems). He and Diane (Watkins) '83, have 3 children — Kyle, Curtis, and Janelle.
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Kerry (Lenihan) Baz '81 works at Adobe Systems Inc. in downtown San Jose and is adjusting to life as an "empty-nester". She is looking forward to seeing lots of classmates at the reunion this fall.
Allison Abbott-Kline '81 and her husband, Norman Kline '79 celebrated their 35th anniversary in June. They serve on the SCU Board of Fellows, are involved with SCU Catala and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. They live in the Rosegarden area of San Jose with their golden retriever Rose.
Peter Coe Verbica '82, JD '99 has published Hard-Won Cowboy Wisdom (Not Necessarily in Order of Importance). The book incorporates five generations of ranching tradition distilled into one, easy-to-read book of maxims with photographs from the 1800s and early 1900s. Peter works in Silicon Valley for the wealth management group for a large investment bank. To learn more about his book go to www.hardwoncowboywisdom.com. His next book, entitled Left at the Gate and Other Poems, is scheduled for release and will be available on Amazon.
Julie Sly '82 has been editor for the past six years of Catholic Herald Magazine, a bimonthly magazine of the Diocese of Sacramento, reaching more than 40,000 households with faith stories of Catholics in the 20-county diocese. She has been a resident of the Land Park area of Sacramento since 1991.
Mary Baden H. Haughey '82, senior vice president of operations for the YMCA of Silicon Valley, has co-authored the second edition of Dr. Marlene Bumgarner's book Working with School-Age Children. In addition to her work in Youth Development at the Y, Mary also teaches child development courses at Gavilan College. Mary lives in Morgan Hill with her husband, Norman. You can find her every Saturday riding her horse.
Nancy Creveling MBA '82 writes, "Retirement is marvelous! Second grandchild arrived in January."
Phil Sullivan '83 writes, "I recently moved to the heart of the wine country, not far from the historical Jack London estate in the most scenic valley of the moon, where I spent my formative years on a 12-acre 'mini farm.' Now, I'm thoroughly enjoying the experience of introducing newcomers and reacquainting with native/pioneering wine country families. It's great to be involved in real estate in the Sonoma/Napa areas!"
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Richard T. Bissen Jr. '83 has been a second circuit court judge in Hawaii sincen April 2005. He was a gubernatorial nominee of former Gov. Linda Lingle. Prior to his appointment, he served as the interim director for the State of Hawaii Department of Public Safety and as the first deputy attorney general for the state. Bissen served as the prosecuting attorney for the County of Maui from August 1995 to January 2003. Prior to that, he served as a deputy prosecutor from 1987 to 1991 and again from 1992 to 1995.
Bissen is a married father with three daughters, including Sayble Bissen '10, and two grandsons.