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UGRD Engineering '85
Wehr, Michael
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Major General Michael C. Wehr '85 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.
As a civil engineering student, Wehr was commissioned as a second lieutenant though ROTC at SCU in 1985, followed by marrying his college sweetheart, Deborah D. Kalisz ’84, in 1986.  He later obtained his master’s degree from the University of Texas and graduation from the Command and General Staff College and the Joint Forces Staff College. He served as a Military Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Highly decorated during his four combat tours (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and others), engineering highlights include command of the 307th Engineer Battalion in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Theater Engineer for Afghanistan. Following his command of the South Pacific Division in San Francisco, California, he is currently in command of the Mississippi Valley Division in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he is responsible for a $2 billion civil works program impacting 41% of the United States and including 1.25 million square miles, 31 states, and 2 Canadian provinces. Mike and Deb are blessed with two terrific children, Rachel (24) and Chuck (21).
submitted Apr. 25, 2016 8:13A
Kerkorian, Stephanie

Stephanie Bass Kerkorian '85, lives in Phoenix with husband John Kerkorian '84 "(who I met at SCU). I am in Oncology Device Sales," she writes. "Our son Jack Kerkorian '18, is currently a sophomore at SCU. Our daughter Kate graduated from Mizzou and works in PR in LA."

submitted Jun. 6, 2016 1:34P


UGRD Leavey Business '86
Suhr, Mary Beth (Fox)

Mary Beth (Fox) Suhr' '86 is a Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Palo Alto, CA. Husband, Peter, J.D. '86, MBA'86 is practicing business law at Doty, Barlow in Palo Alto. Sons Michael and Jamie are in the final stages of college and Mom and Dad look forward to a pay raise soon.

submitted Jun. 22, 2016 8:45P
Smolich, Thomas
In April, Jesuit Refugee Service International Director Thomas Smolich, S.J., M.Div. '86 spoke on a panel  hosted by Rotary International to discuss the needs and challenges of refugees as well as sustainable solutions. Smolich focused on education for refugees and other practical ways to support refugees to enable them to restart their lives and become self-sufficient.
Currently, the UN has recorded 65.3 million people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes due to war, persecution, and oppression. It is the highest number ever recorded and the biggest humanitarian crisis. Pope Francis has spoken out on several occasions about the urgency of addressing the challenges refugees face.
Whether offering refugees opportunities to better integrate into host communities, or to be prepared for the return home or resettlement to a third country, JRS seeks to promote self-sufficiency, and it does so by providing access to education. "JRS' education and livelihood initiatives go beyond the mere economic aspects of life, reaching more human and social dimensions. We aim not only to help refugees get back on their feet to earn a living, but to restore dignity and hope and facilitate integration as well," said Fr Smolich.
Fr Smolich looks at a future collaboration with Rotary and says, "we must come together and mobilise our compassion to make a globalised difference. It is the role of each one of us to ensure those who have lost their homes do not lose their hope. JRS does this through education, and Rotary's global commitments seek to do the same." Smolich has served as the International Director of JRS since October 2015.
submitted Aug. 13, 2016 8:23A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '86
Russick, Andrew

Andy Russick '86 is serving as Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Pacific Coast Producer, a food manufacturing firm in California's Central Valley. This spring marks Andy's 29th year with his company. Andy and Kathy (Martin) Russick '87 recently celebrated 26 years of marriage. Their oldest daughter Chloe is a landscaper and graduate of the University of Oregon (2014) and currently traveling in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize doing some farming and building. Their youngest daughter Jana is a recent graduate of Point Loma Nazerene University (2016) and is now working for Anthropologie in San Diego, CA.

submitted Jun. 22, 2016 4:54P
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Kollas, Mike ( )

Mike Kollas '86 owns an event marketing agency, ONUS Agency, which produces corporate events around the country. Mike and his wife Kathy live in Portland, Oregon and have 2 sons, Matthew and Connor.

Contact Mike
submitted Jun. 16, 2016 10:48A
GRD Law '86
Kirwan, Peter

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.

submitted Apr. 25, 2016 11:46A
Kassen, Melanie

Melanie Kassen '86 worked for Warren Beatty after graduating. She has operated her own holistic health care practice in Los Gatos, CA for the last 21 years. In 2013, she published a children's book, Bruce and Juliet: The Unlikely Friendship of a Bubble Breathing Dragon and A Daydreaming Kitten.

submitted Jun. 23, 2016 5:02P
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Kale, Kathy

Kathy Kale '86 will celebrate her 13th anniversary working in the SCU Alumni Office in August, 2016 and feels lucky to have the best job in the world. She and husband Jim live in San Jose with their two kids and is really looking forward to reconnecting with classmates and friends at the October Grand Reunion. Go Broncos!

submitted Jun. 23, 2016 6:08P
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Del Santo, John

John Del Santo '86 is a Senior Managing Director at Accenture where he is responsible for the Financial Services sector. He and wife Maureen (Meagher) '87 live in the Bay Area. Their daughter Maddie graduated last year from Boston College, son Jack is at USC and son Colin will be a freshman at SCU this fall — class of 2020!

submitted Jun. 23, 2016 8:16A
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Chow, Kenton

After spending the last 20 years as a CFO/COO for Silicon Valley based venture backed companies, Kenton Chow '86, MBA '96 joined as a partner with Financial Leadership Group (FLG) Partners (, the premier CFO service firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. He and his wife, Teri, live in Almaden Valley in San Jose, and have three daughters: Mikaela (Babson College), Kendra (University of Virginia), and Kianna (Archbishop Mitty High School).

Contact Kenton
submitted Jun. 25, 2016 7:58A
Bunger, Tanya
Tanya Monsef Bunger ’86 was awarded the 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.” She is the director of the SCU Leavey School of Business Global Fellows program. The program sends 30 students abroad to work in developing countries to expand their knowledge of global citizenship and what it means to be a leader in the 21st century.
submitted May. 2, 2016 10:32A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '86
Boyd, Robert (Boyd)

Rob Boyd '86, J.D. '97 has worked at SCU since 1988 and, as a hobby, plays the bagpipes. He recently performed for the president of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.

Contact Robert
submitted Jun. 7, 2016 1:48P
Bianco, John

 John P. Bianco '86 was appointed to the Tulare County Superior court June 28th 2010.

submitted Oct. 5, 2016 4:33P


UGRD Arts & Sciences '87
Ferguson, Betsy

Betsy Ferguson '87 was was named one of the 2016 Top 10 Redesigners for United States and Canada by the Real Estate Staging Association. As the owner of The Home Artisan, Betsy provides home staging and redesign services in the Los Angeles area. She received the 2016 Houzz Service award and was recently featured in a Forbes article about home staging. She lives in Montrose with her two boys, ages 14 and 10.

Contact Betsy
submitted Sep. 18, 2016 10:07A
Becic, Carolyn
Carolyn Becic '87 is president at St. Andrew Nativity School, a tuition-free Jesuit middle school for underserved youth, located in Portland, Oregon. 
Carolyn began her career as a teacher in East Los Angeles, California, and Miami, Florida. Identifying a passion for working with under served youth, she became the executive director of College & Careers, a Ford Foundation initiative to improve high school and college graduation for minority youth. In 1998, she returned home to Portland and held development director positions at Providence Portland Medical Center, Friends of the Children, and Self Enhancement, Inc. From 2005 to 2012, was the executive director of Oregon Mentors, the state partnership for mentoring programs. In August 2012, Carolyn became the new president of St. Andrew Nativity School, a tuition-free, Jesuit middle school for under served youth. Brings experience in fund development, strategic planning, public relations, marketing and branding.


submitted Sep. 20, 2016 8:20A


UGRD Arts & Sciences '88
Riley, Brendan

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.

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submitted Sep. 12, 2016 5:37P
GRD Law '88
Novak, Mary

Mary J. Novak J.D. '88 began serving in August as Georgetown University Law Center's associate director for Ignatian Formation. Mary is also chair of the board of the Catholic Mobilizing Network to end the use of the death penalty and promote restorative justice.

Contact Mary
submitted Aug. 21, 2016 11:58A
GRD Law '88
Goyette, Anne


Anne Lawlor Goyette J.D. '88 is the principal of Griffiths Goyette Mediation Firm. She serves as 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 23 years. Her cases involve business, commercial, construction, environmental, insurance, personal injury, professional liability, real property, tort and other matters. Goyette lives and works in Burlingame.

submitted Apr. 25, 2016 11:33A


Silva, Eileen

Eileen Silva '89 writes, "Last fall I started a new job as the internal communications manager for U.C. San Diego Health. I have been with UCSD for 12 years." 

submitted Jun. 7, 2016 2:13P
Mai, San
San Mai, S.J., '89, MBA '94 is a Jesuit scholastic completing his second year of regency as a math and science teacher at St. Andrew Nativity School, in Portland, Oregon. 
submitted Sep. 20, 2016 8:41A
Haworth, Gayle

Gayle M. Haworth MBA '89 is the chief business officer for Symphogen A/S, a biotechnology company headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. Previously Gayle was senior VP of Abgenix Inc., the biotechnology firm, now part of Amgen Inc. In her extensive career in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors, Gayle has held senior management roles in sales, marketing, business development and operations.

Gayle lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and their two rescue dogs, Diego and Zoe. Gayle and Phil also actively volunteer in their community to help non-English speaking adults and children improve their language skills and achieve academic success.

submitted Aug. 14, 2016 7:39A


GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '90
Prym, Mike

Mike Prym M.A. '90 was appointed the new director of development at The Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux in Vina, California, on August 1. 

Contact Mike
Appointed the new Director of Development at the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, Ca on August 1.
submitted Jul. 17, 2016 10:36A


UGRD Arts & Sciences '91
Smith, Meredith (McAdam)

Meredith McAdam Smith '91 is Development and Marketing Director at JW House in Santa Clara, a home away from home for families with a loved one in the hospital.

submitted Jun. 20, 2016 12:11P
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