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Jill Klees M.A. '95 gives tips on overhauling a résumé in her recent Illuminate article "Take Your Résumé from Retro to Wow." Jill is the director of Law Student Life and the former assistant director of Alumni Career Counseling at Santa Clara University.
She has worked in the career coaching field for more thanr 15 years in both academic and corporate environments. She gained extensive experience working in start-up, non-profit and technology-based industries providing career related resources within the Silicon Valley marketplace. She has extensive programming experience in developing innovative tools and resources to prepare her clients for the workforce and is highly skilled in helping her clients determine their unique talents and strengths.
Nicole Bugna-Doyle '95 is a Graham's Foundation NICU Ambassador for UCLA Santa Monica Hospital. The Graham's Foundation empowers parents of premature babies through support, advocacy, and research to improve outcomes for their preemies and themselves. Nicole writes, "Any alumni or friends you know who have had a preemie or micro preemie and would like support or resources, feel free to contact me or go to GrahamsFoundation.org."
Jimmy Panetta J.D. '96 is a candidate for the 20th Congressional District, located on the California Central Coast. The district includes Monterey and San Benito Counties, and portions of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties.
Panetta lives in his hometown of Carmel Valley. After attending local public schools, Panetta graduated from Monterey Peninsula College, U.C. Davis, and Santa Clara University School of Law.
Panetta works as a prosecutor at the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office. Prior to that, he worked as a prosecutor in Oakland, California. He also is involved in a number of community activities concerning Veterans, at-risk youth, local colleges, and the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary.
Panetta served in the United States Navy Reserve as an Intelligence Officer for eight years. During that time, Lieutenant Panetta was mobilized and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Based on his work for a Special Forces task force, he was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service.
Panetta serves on the Board of Directors for the Monterey County Veterans Transition Center, the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation, Rancho Cielo Youth Campus, the Community Foundation of Monterey County, the National Steinbeck Center, and on the Advisory Council for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. He also serves as a trustee on the University of California at Santa Cruz Foundation and chairs the Monterey Peninsula College Citizens Bond Oversight Committee.
Ollie Mamaril '96 was recently promoted to senior motion graphic designer for CBS' Decades TV Network. He, his wife (Sara), and their cat (Rolls) live in Chicago.
Michelle (Despres) Jaeger '96 and husband, Jens Jaeger welcomed Liam Jackson on Jan 29, 2015. He joins sisters Sydney, age 2 and Madison, age 4. Michelle is a Realtor on the Peninsula and Jens is in Marketing at Google.
The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley has awarded the Jose Luis and Ofelia Guerrero family with its La Familia Award for deep-rooted commitment and involvement in the community. Among the family members honored were Martha Guerrero Soto '85, Veronica Guerrero Wildanger '88, MBA '96, and Ignacio J. Guerrero '95. Martha is principal at Mount Pleasant High School, Veronica homeschools and volunteers in the arts, and Ignacio is director of Child Support Services for the County of Santa Clara. Other siblings honored included Jose Luis, retired battalion chief for the city of San Jose, and Juan Carlos, reporter for ABC News.
Michelle Andre '96 joined Virtual Incentives as the VP of Marketing in the fall of 2015. She also was recently awarded a prestigious Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year, as well as the Marketing Executive of the Year award from the highly competitive Best in Biz awards. Michelle and her husband, Sean Creane, their son, Niko (age 9), daughter, Nadia (age 4), and their cat, Hooligan, split their time between the mountains of Oregon and the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area.
Angie Little '98 welcomed her first baby, Bennett James on January 1, 2015. Bennett weighed 6 lbs 11 oz and was 21" long.
Imelda (Wong) Kortens '98 and Jediah welcomed their second child, Jessica Celine, to the world on September 9, 2015. Imelda, Jed, and Jessica live in San Jose with Jessica's big brother, Jackson.
Religious studies professor Socorro Castañeda-Liles '98 recently shared her inspiring life story in Visión magazine, from a grim childhood in Mexico to a career in academia. She's currently working on a book about the Catholic devotion of Latinas to be published by Oxford University Press, and co-editing a volume of stories by artists, academics, professionals, and entrepreneurs who share similar stories about coming to the United States. Her husband is Josef Castañeda-Liles, development research director at SCU, and they have a daughter. Socorro is also a co-founder of the Sacred Heart Parish Computer Center and a founding member of the San Jose's Parque de Padre Mateo Sheedy commitee.
Amy Theberge M.A. '00, '04 is the new co-principal at Harvest Park Middle School, in Pleasanton. Theberge has experience as principal of Alisal Elementary and Donlon Elementary, as a TVTIP coach, and as a classroom teacher. She earned her bachelor's from Cal State Chico, her master's in interdisciplinary education with a literary emphasis from Santa Clara University and, in 1999, her multiple-subject credential from Santa Clara University. In 2004, she also received her Administrative Credential as well as a 2nd masters in Education Administration from Santa Clara as well.
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Suzanne (Lyons) Colvin '00, M.A. '15 loved her time at SCU so much that she decided to go back for more! Suzanne completed her master's in educational administration in June 2015. She is currently the Leadership Academy director and AP biology teacher at Presentation High School, in San Jose. Suzanne lives with her husband, Brent, and their cats in San Jose.
Matt Oscamou '01, founder and president of Frontier Snacks, Inc., will be the featured speaker at the Leavey School of Business Winter CIE Entrepreneur Forum, Monday, Feb. 8. His company makes bite-size, nutritious energy snacks that are gluten-, soy-, and dairy-free, and are non-GMO verified. They are available at Whole Foods and Sprouts stores.
Natalie (Eblacas) Murphy '80, MBA '01 writes, "I have recently relocated to Bremerton, Washington, and am looking to connect with SCU Alumni in the area."
Reed (Dudley) Moll '01, husband Aaron Moll, and 2-year-old daughter Ledare welcomed their second child,William Alexander "Alex," on October 8, 2015.
Tania Rodriguez Alvarado '01 and her husband, Gonzalo Alvarado, moved to Austin, Texas, and purchased their first house in September 2015. They have three children together: Angelina, Isabelle, and Max.
Rafael Zavala '02 writes, "After eight years away from our native land, Pearl Barros '05, Violet Barros-Zavala (18 months), and I have finally returned from Boston, Massachusetts."
Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska, welcomes Nicholas J.C. Santos, S.J., Th.M. '02, Ph.D. to its Board of Trustees. Fr. Santos brings a wealth of experience in Jesuit higher education. He is an assistant professor of marketing at the College of Business at Marquette University, in Milwaukee, and the co-director of Marquette’s social innovation initiative. He advises Marquette’s Alpha Sigma Nu chapter as well as the student chapter of Changemakers, which expands social innovation and entrepreneurship among students to help tackle the world’s most pressing problems.
A native of Pune, India, Santos holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in businessfrom the University of Pune; bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and theology from Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, also in Pune; a master’s in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University; and MBA and Ph.D. degrees from Marquette University.
Prior to entering the Jesuits, Santos was an accountant for a chemical distributor and transportation company. As a Jesuit, he taught for eight years at St. Vincent’s College of Commerce in Pune, which has a special emphasis on providing business education to low-income students. He spent three years as a visiting scholar and post-doctoral fellow at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and was also involved with the Global Social Benefit Incubator program of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara.
Patrick Vallez-Kelly '03 is currently working as coordinator of liturgy at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo.
Dan Winter ’04 has been accepted as a partner of California-based accounting and consulting firm Burr Pilger Mayer, Inc. With more than 10 years of experience in public accounting, Dan has served a variety of technology industries including software, internet media and SaaS, networking equipment, intellectual property, semiconductor and life science. Dan has extensive experience with equity and debt financing, including public offerings, business combinations, revenue recognition and SEC reporting and compliance. Dan is the vice-chair of BPM’s Technology Industry Group and a member of the Technical Committee. Dan recently spent a month travelling in New Zealand with his wife, including hiking across active volcanoes and whitewater rafting.