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Therese Aylward-Kravetz '85 just published her first nonfiction book, Why Zarmina Sings: 18 Steps to Live and Learn Beyond Anxiety. The book tells her story and the story of her international students as they used alternative educational techniques such as drama, movement and improvisational comedy, among others, to accelerate learning and overcome the fight-or-flight response. Her website is www.thereseaylakratetz.
Barbara Small J.D. ’86 is a partner at GCA Law Partners. She handles the firm’s trusts and estates practice.
Michael Pola '86 and his wife, Liz Karr-Pola, live in San Francisco with their 3 boys. Mike is a managing partner at HSS-a healthcare consulting firm. Mike recently joined the SCU Alumni Board and is looking forward to catching up with old friends at the Grand Reunion.
In February, Renee Niemi '86, the head of the smart home business at Logitech, was a panelist at the School of Engineering's "Imagining the Future State of STEM" conference. Niemi is a visionary business leader who was previously at Google, where she was the director of global business for Android and Chrome for work and education. She has held senior positions at Plantronics, Visto Corporation, Mobilesys Inc., Xircom, and NEC Technologies. As an advocate for diversity, Renée volunteers her time with young women who are looking to explore professional careers in technology.
Former Kansas City Royals catcher and ESPN baseball analyst Mike Macfarlane '86 has been inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. He and former Royals teammate Kevin Seitzer own Mac-n-Seitz, a baseball and softball training academy in Kansas City.
Peter Kirwan J.D. '86 currently heads the Complex Litigation Department of the Santa Clara County Court’s Civil Division after serving as the supervising judge of the Civil Division for two years. Kirwan is currently on the faculty at Santa Clara School of Law as an adjunct professor teaching mediation and is the incoming president of the Santa Clara Inns of Court. Kirwan serves on the board for the ABTL and is a frequent lecturer and speaker for Continuing Education seminars.
Robert Anthony Fultz '86, J.D. '91 was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown '59 to the position of judge of the Superior Court for the County of Tulare. Anthony took the oath of office on Dec. 31, 2015, with his wife of nine years, Jennifer (Hayes) Fultz J.D. '03, and their two children in attendance. Jennifer is a senior deputy district attorney for the County of Tulare.
Paul DeCunzo '86 writes that he recently founded the Kelly SWAG Academy, a new school of engagement and collaboration focusing on coaching, teaching, training, and facilitation. "SWAG" stands for "strengths with a groove." It is the home of the DEP, differentiated engagement plan, which is customized and for everyone.
Jeanne-Marie (Bourcier) Carr '86, is in her second year as an Independent Study teacher for high school students in Redding, CA. She is active as a Girl Scout Troop leader for high school girls, and is a Regional Delegate for Girl Scouts Northern California. In July 2016, JM will chaperone Girl Scouts travelling to Peru. With her husband, Jeff, and kids, Marie & Brendan, the family had been hosting students from France to promote global understanding and to build life-long friendships celebrating cultures through immersion. Jeanne-Marie is currently serving on the SCU Board of Directors and gearing up for the Grand Reunion for Class of 1986!
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Kelly (Schaller) Barnes '86, M.A. '12 is the director of Christian Service at Jesuit High School in Sacramento. She and husband, Mike Barnes '85, will celebrate their 30th anniversary in July.
A novelette by Taryn Hook J.D. '88, "Van Gogh's Slice," was published in the literary journal Abstract Jam. Hook lives and writes near Honolulu, Hawaii.
Anne Lawlor Goyette J.D. '88 is a full-time special master and mediator who has been managing and resolving complex litigation and civil disputes in federal and state courts and outside formal litigation for the past 18 years. Her cases involve business, commercial, construction, environmental, insurance, personal injury, professional liability, real property, tort and other matters. Goyette's office is in Burlingame.
A.J. Riebli '91 is the creative studio manager at Telltale Games, an award-winning independent developer and publisher of video games, located in Marin County. In 2014 it was named Most Innovative Company in Gaming by Fast Company. Prior, Riebli had spent 17 years with Pixar, fostering the development and creative output of six Academy Award–winning animated feature films. Riebli resides in Sonoma with his wife and two children.
Pamela (Rozolis) Ortega '91 has been busy with her family, husband of 19 years, Johnny Ortega '88, and her 15-year-old twins, in Orange County, California. After years of entertaining, she has combined her love of cooking and writing with a blog for almost two years called www.busybrunettebakerista.com. Pam did a special tribute to SCU Benson Center with her post of http://www.busybrunettebakerista.com/2014/05/not-bensons-turkey-tetrazzini.html She is always accepting recipe recommendations or requests!
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Christopher C. Hite '91, J.D. '94 has been appointed to a judgeship in the San Francisco County Superior Court by Gov. Jerry Brown '59. Hite, 46, of San Francisco, has served as a deputy public defender at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office since 1998. He was a sole practitioner at the Law Offices of Christopher C. Hite from 1996 to 1998 and a legal consultant for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, San Francisco Branch from 1996 to 1997. He earned a Master of Arts degree from Golden Gate University, a Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from Santa Clara University.
Carlton K. Clarke II '91 and wife Liana welcomed a baby boy and first family grandchild, Andrew Dean, in June 2015. The family lives in University Park, Texas. Liana is delighted to be taking time off as comptroller for an oil company to be an at-home mommy. Carlton is working on his 16th year as an obstetrician in Dallas, Texas.
Genice (Holmes) Chochon '91 is working at the Elkhorn Public Schools Foundation as the Accounting Manager and Scholarship Coordinator. Her husband, Mike, recently co-founded a financial risk software company, PrairieSmarts. Genice and Mike have three kids (Chris 16, Morgan 13, and Carson 11), and they live in Elkhorn, Nebraska.