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1968

UGRD Arts & Sciences '68
Parnes, Kate (Thomas)

Kate (Thomas) Parnes ’68 spends part of her retirement time as vice president and founding member of Global Grandmothers. The nonprofit started in California in 2011 and focuses on supporting children worldwide through thoughtful giving. Global Grandmothers carefully screens domestic and international nonprofits for transparency, fund management, and the efficacy of interventions. A visitor to the website wwwglobalgrandmothers.org can select and donate to the recommended nonprofits with confidence. Global Grandmothers sponsors fundraising walks (Walk the Walk) in the Bay Area several times a year. All Broncos are invited to visit the website. You don't have to be a grandmother to be a global grandmother!  

submitted Nov. 29, 2017 5:21P
'68
Brutoco, Rinaldo

Rinaldo Brutoco ’68 was awarded the inaugural Santa Barbara Peace Prize, which honors locals who are advancing world peace and international human rights—especially in developing nations— thanks to a nomination from Jerry Brown ’59. Brutoco is the founding president of the World Business Academy, which is devoted to addressing climate change and advocating for sustainable energy use, and has served on the boards of The National Peace Academy and the Brutoco Family Foundation.

submitted Dec. 15, 2017 8:19A
'68
Barbieri, Don
Don Barbieri

Don Barbieri ’68 was appointed to the Washington State University Board of Regents in January 2015. He is the founder and retired chairman of the board and director of Red Lion Hotels, formerly known as WestCoast Hospitality Corporation and Cavanaughs Hospitality Corporation. Barbieri served as a member of the Washington State Economic Development Board under three governors and as chair of the State of Washington’s Quality of Life Task Force. He is a past chair for the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce, past chair of Spokane United Way, served as president of the Spokane Chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association, was president of the Spokane Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, and chaired Providence/Sacred Heart Medical Center in some of its strongest growth years. He ran for Congress in 2004.

Barbieri led the redevelopment of over one mile of the Spokane River, including the historic Broadview Dairy, Red Lion Hotel at the Park, Red Lion River Inn, and the upscale Riverpoint and Upper Falls condominium developments. Through his efforts, the historic downtown Spokane Crescent building was transformed from a closed shell building to a centerpiece of downtown Spokane’s revitalization. In other regional work, he developed over four miles of Priest Lake, Idaho, through a state-of-the-art planned unit development called Huckleberry at Priest Lake, resulting in 90 percent dedicated open space and forest/wildlife restoration and conservation.

Since retirement, his efforts have been concentrated on the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, a charitable foundation with his domestic partner Sharon Smith. The foundation supports reducing poverty, expanding affordable housing, and fostering a more dynamic and powerful constituency throughout the Inland Northwest.

submitted Dec. 13, 2017 10:18A

1985

GRD Law '85
Ghan, Mark

Mark Ghan J.D. ’85 is serving as acting president of Western Nevada College (WNC). He is excited to serve as president while WNC conducts a national search for a new president to lead the college. “It is my goal to ensure the college does not lose momentum in advancing the program and projects that make WNC a special place,” he says. 

submitted Nov. 22, 2017 5:04P

1986

GRD Jesuit School of Theology '86
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '88
Linnane, Brian
Headshot of Fr. Linnane

After more than a decade of board service, Brian Linnane, S.J., MDV ’86, STL ’88 has been named chair of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) Board of Directors. The AJCU board is comprised of the presidents of all 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States and includes an executive committee of seven presidents. Since 2005, Fr. Linnane has been serving as president of Loyola University Maryland. Previously, he served as assistant dean and associate professor of religious studies at College of the Holy Cross. 

submitted Nov. 22, 2017 5:17P

1990

'90
Meehan, Ed

Ed Meehan ’90 has been named chief operating officer at Accenture Federal Services. Meehan has been at Accenture for 27 years, most recently leading the company’s safety and citizen services portfolio as well as federal sales.  Outside of work, he is an active board member for The Women’s Center. 

submitted Dec. 7, 2017 3:00P

1993

'93
Dallosto, Katey
Book cover of Fortune Cookie Leadership

Katey Dallosto ’93, a third-generation Bronco, wrote and published Fortune Cookie Leadership, a book created to inspire your sales teams as well as your family team. Originating from simple one-liners she shared with her mother, Ann Carr Dallosto ’65, the guide contains 52 “fortunes” to aid in sales, leadership, and life.  

submitted Nov. 27, 2017 12:19P

1994

GRD Engineering '94
Gemal, Thomas

After almost 25 years in California and Oregon, it was time for Thomas Gemal M.S. ’94, MBA ’00 to move his family back to their native Scandinavia. He is enjoying life living in southern Sweden and working for Palantir in Copenhagen, Denmark.  

submitted Nov. 29, 2017 11:20P

1999

GRD Law '99
Gielniak, Peter

Peter Gielniak J.D. ’99 was named president of the Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation. In this role, he will lead the foundation’s philanthropy program and work with local donors on transformational initiatives. Previously, Gielniak was the executive director of gift planning for Sutter Health in the Bay Area as well as a major gift officer at SCU. While attending Santa Clara Law, Gielniak served as managing editor of the Law Review. He lives in San Mateo with his wife and three children.

submitted Nov. 22, 2017 5:21P

2000

GRD Leavey/MBA '00
Gemal, Thomas
see year 1994
'00
Christie, Sarah (Reagan)

Sarah Reagan Christie ’00 has been named to the Treehouse Young Professionals Board. A Seattle, Washington–based nonprofit, Treehouse helps kids in foster care graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers—in addition to helping them develop a plan for their future. Christie is also a senior manager at Deloitte Tax LLP.  

submitted Nov. 22, 2017 4:46P

2001

'01
Guzmán, Christina

Christina Guzmán ’01 is back at SCU serving as the Office for Multicultural Learning director. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. at UC Santa Cruz and has taught ethnic studies classes at SCU.  

submitted Nov. 22, 2017 4:42P

2003

'03
Cannella, Joe
Joe Canella with bottles of Cannella Cinnamon Cordial

Joe Cannella ’03 always knew that “Cannella” meant cinnamon in Italian, but it wasn’t until 2010 that he would come to understand his Sicilian roots. On his first visit to Catania, on the eastern coast of Sicily, he and his uncle sat down for a drink at their cozy hotel bar, and came across a simple, rustic bottle of “Rosolio di Cannella,” which would become the inspiration for their very first product: Cannella Cinnamon Cordial. He brought a few bottles home, and it became an instant family tradition to pour some “Cannella” after dinner—until they ran out! And so he did what any proper Italian family would do in such a situation: He began learning how to make his own.

Several years and dozens of variations later, after much testing and expert feedback, batch #1 of their namesake Cannella Cinnamon Cordial launched in November 2014 under their company, Cannella Spirits. With his dad as his business partner and his wife, Andrea “Annie” Gastelum '03, as their first sales manager, the business has expanded distribution to nine states and launched two other products: Amaro Cannella and Fernet Cannella. Although home base for the family is in Reno, Nevada, they plan to launch their own distillery in the heart of San Francisco this coming summer and will continue to maintain production there. Joe and Annie have three children—Carolina (2 years old) and Antonino “Nino” and Isabel, their newborn twins. 

submitted Dec. 7, 2017 2:05P

2005

'05
Zepponi, Francisco
Newlyweds Francisco Zepponi and Amanda Bloomberg on the steps of the Mission Church with fellow alumni

Francisco Zepponi ’05 married Amanda Bloomberg ’08 on July 1, 2017, in Mission Santa Clara. The couple met at The Hut while Amanda was finishing her senior year studying combined sciences.  Francisco was attending an alumni event as he had graduated in 2005 with a B.S. in accounting. While at SCU, Francisco was an integral member of the men’s tennis team and still holds the record for most career wins.  His record for most wins in a season was just recently broken. Amanda was a four-year member of the SCU Dance Team and coached the team the year after she graduated. She was accepted to Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, where she obtained her doctorate in veterinary medicine.

Amanda practices small animal veterinary medicine in Dublin, and Francisco works in the finance department at Kaiser Permanente.  They live in Pleasanton with their cat, Boiler (named after the Purdue Boilermakers) and their Chihuahua, Bella, who grew up on SCU’s campus and was even voted as the tennis team’s #1 fan.

Francisco and Amanda are still extremely close to the friends they made while attending SCU, many of whom were present at the wedding and have gone on to marry fellow Broncos. The ceremony was officiated by Paul Soukup, S.J., and the reception was held at The Westin in downtown San Jose. The day was filled with love, laughter, and tears. During Francisco’s earlier years in school, he experienced the devastating loss of his parents, Dolores and Roy Zepponi. His classmates, teammates, and coaches were pillars of love and support for him and will always be considered family to the couple. Francisco and Amanda love to add to the statistics of students who meet their soul mates at SCU. They are forever Broncos at heart and cannot wait to continue their Bronco traditions in the future. 

submitted Dec. 7, 2017 2:21P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '05
Bradford, Jennifer

Jennifer Bradford ’05 transitioned this year from the Chicagoland area back to Silicon Valley. She is a new adjunct lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Dance at SCU. Bradford is excited to connect and work with so many other SCU alumni in the Bay Area as a project manager, performer, and on the alumni board. The love extended from other Broncos has made the transition back to the Bay Area easy.

submitted Nov. 29, 2017 3:37P

2007

UGRD Leavey Business '07
Rasmussen, Bobby

Bobby Rasmussen ’07 recently moved in with girlfriend and fellow Bronco Stephanie Petersen ’09. He writes he’s still dominating on the tennis court by competing for the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Go Broncos!

submitted Dec. 5, 2017 1:26P

2008

UGRD Arts & Sciences '08
Erickson, Julie (Erickson)

Julie Erickson ’08 and Tommy Kelly ’08 welcomed baby boy Liam on Oct. 1, 2017. The newly expanded Kelly family lives in San Francisco. 

submitted Nov. 20, 2017 2:27P

2011

'11
Morales, Yaya
Teacher Yaya Morales with her students at Cristo Rey High School in San Jose

Yaya Morales ’11, M.A. ’15 is a Spanish and dance teacher at Cristo Rey High School in San Jose.  

submitted Dec. 7, 2017 2:29P

2015

'15
Orocio, Nancy

Nancy Orocio ’15 spoke at the Women’s Leadership Breakfast benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. She writes, “I talked about being an undocumented immigrant growing up in the Bay Area and how I was able to achieve my dreams despite these challenges. I was blessed to have the support of the Jesuits at Santa Clara University, mentors at Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, and my family to help me achieve my dreams. I now work as an immigration counselor for a nonprofit agency in San Jose.” 

submitted Dec. 7, 2017 2:40P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '15
Morales, Yaya
see year 2011

2016

'16
Vargas, Brittni
Brittni Vargas with sister Breana Vargas

Brittni Vargas ’16 and Breana Vargas ’16 will be performing in the Portuguese version of Broadway’s Carnaval, with shows all over the Bay Area and throughout California in February 2018. They are both starring in the production, “Os Portugueses no Paris” under the group Do Carnaval Ao Céu.

Contact Brittni
Twitter @brittbreav Instagram @brittniannv, @breanamariev Youtube: Brittni and Breana For more information follow their group, Do Carnaval Ao Ceu, on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/DoCarnavalAoCeu/
submitted Dec. 8, 2017 6:58P
'16
Estacio, Francis

Francis Estacio ’16, M.S. ’17 and Taylor Mau ’18 presented a poster, “NanoGrid: A path to energy efficiency and renewable energy,” at IEEE SusTech 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.

submitted Dec. 7, 2017 2:34P

2017

'17
Ososke, Jake

Jake Ososke ’17, M.S. ’18, Grant Mishler ’18, Dante Dalla Gasperina ’18, and Collin Walther ’18 are the winners of the San Jose Earthquakes Entrepreneurial Design Challenge, earning the grand prize of $2,000. The group presented an augmented reality app that leads attendees around the Earthquakes’ stadium while trying to get a soccer ball into a goal. More than 60 students and local Silicon Valley engineers participated in the SoE Fall Mentoring Reception this past week.  

submitted Dec. 7, 2017 3:08P
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