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1979

'79
Fiore, David

Dave Fiore ’79 retired June 1, 2016, from the Oregon Education Foundation where he worked for the last 16 years after teaching high school English in Bend, Oregon. He and his wife, Tracey (Hammond) ’82, plan to travel, golf, and do whatever else they choose.

submitted Feb. 6, 2017 11:34A
'79
Clark, Eileen

 Eileen Clark writes, "Many many happy memories of our daughter (Lorraine Clark '79) at Santa Clara. She loved it there. Thank you."

submitted Jun. 6, 2016 1:20P

1980

'80
Tooliatos, Nickolas

Shortly after relinquishing command of the 63rd Regional Support Command, Maj. Gen. Nickolas Tooliatos '80, J.D. '83 retired from the Army Reserve after 36 years of service.

Tooliatos received the Distinguished Service Medal from Maj. Gen. Peter Lennon, Deputy Commanding General (Support), U.S. Army Reserve Command, capping off a career which began in 1980.

Tooliatos joined the Army Reserve after graduating from Santa Clara University that year, and was commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate. In the three decades that followed he served in leadership positions throughout the Army Reserve, culminating in his three-year tenure as commanding general of the 63rd RSC. Tooliatos, of San Ramon, Calif., remembered the day he took his oath of office as a second lieutenant 36 years ago.

“The day I commissioned I had my mother, my father, my sister Paula and my then fiancée Joni (Chiesa) ‘80, M.B.A. ’82 in the Rose Garden at Santa Clara University just a few miles up the road,” Tooliatos said. “My mother and Joni pinned my bars on. As I looked across at my dad he had a grin from ear to ear. My dad was a World War II (battle of) Peleliu Marine and he was the greatest patriot I’ve ever met.”

"I owe my life to my wife Joni, who has stood by me through everything," he said.

“She’s been there through deployments … through rocket attacks when I would click the Skype off so she wouldn’t have to hear the incoming rounds. I’d call back and say it was a bad connection,” Tooliatos joked.

The demands of Army life often meant missing important family events, including his children’s baseball games.

“My poor kids had to endure me coaching baseball games in my old Battle Dress Uniform back in the day,” he said. “How many kids do you think had their dad coaching a game in BDU’s? I’ll always be thankful to my battalion commander who gave me the leeway to do that and let me maintain some balance.”

“I challenge all of you to maintain that balance. Your priorities are your family, your civilian job and then the United States Army,” he continued. “The Army is a jealous mistress. She will take as much time as you’re willing to give her and we need you. But you have to maintain that balance.”

Tooliatos thanked all his mentors and influences for helping him improve as an officer and reach the rank of major general.

“In some way they all gave me opportunities that I probably didn’t deserve and praise on evaluation reports that I probably didn’t earn,” Tooliatos said. “Thanks for being great teammates and bringing out the best in me.”

Being afforded the opportunity to command the 63rd RSC as his last assignment has been an honor and a privilege, he said.

“You are a great group of soldiers and it’s been an honor to serve alongside you,” he said with pride.

Even in retirement Tooliatos asserted that he would remain a Soldier.

“When I was on the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee we coined the concept called ‘Soldier for Life,’” Tooliatos said. “Believe me I’m going to be a Soldier for life,” he said.

Although he has retired from the Army Reserve, he will continue to practice law in the Pleasanton, California, firm of Randick, O’Dea & Tooliatos, LLP, where he is a Certified Specialist in Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Law. He plans to take Joni on some well-deserved and long-deferred trips to see the world and play golf and hunt with his two sons, Nickolas and Michael.

submitted Oct. 3, 2016 8:44A
'80
Smith, Steve

Chicago attorney Steve Smith J.D. '80 has launched Legal Ally, a law firm specializing in small businesses and entrepreneurship. His specialty focuses on startups, women-owned businesses, and LGBT entrepreneurs. The firm offers clients a combined 36 years of legal experience. Legal Ally's mission is to provide excellent service from experienced lawyers at large global firms for fees that fit small business owners. The firm specializes in litigation, drafting and negotiating binding contracts, protecting intellectual property, such as trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, incorporation, employment law, drafting employee manuals and insurance advisory. Legal Ally also works with clients to ensure that their online business is protected as well. Smith wants business owners to know, "Some of the seemingly small decisions you make at the very start can have huge repercussions later. We help business owners avoid problems down the line by being proactive in the beginning." Legal Ally specializes in coaching lawyers. "We have coached hundreds of lawyers in our 36 years in practice." says Smith. "Legal Ally can help lawyers build their book of business, have a career plan and become rainmakers." Smith has long been passionate about helping women and LGBT entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed. In addition to his duties as Founding Partner at Legal Ally, he is on the executive committee of Personal PAC, a pro-choice political action committee and is a member of the LGBT chamber of commerce. Prior to founding Legal Ally, Smith practiced law at large firms such as Sidley, McGuire Woods and Bryan Cave. At Santa Clara Law School, he was an Editor of the Law Review.

submitted Jan. 12, 2017 12:44P
'80
Montanari, George

With more than 36 years in the business, George Montanari '80 brings to Alain Pinel Realtors a wealth of skill and professionalism: Top Listing Agent, Top Selling Agent, Top Producer, Monthly Sales awards, Annual Sales awards, Platinum Circle, Wall Street Journal, and so on. Montanari has more than1,000 clients, including the Santa Clara County Public Guardians Office. George is a valley native and lives in Los Gatos with his wife, Jill, and their two children, Kristin and Massimo. 

submitted Sep. 27, 2016 12:52P
UGRD Leavey Business '80
Marcroft, Theresa

Silicon Valley Business Journal has named Terri Marcroft ’80 one of its 2017 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley. Through her consulting firm MarketSavvy Inc., she serves local tech companies as their “interim VP of marketing,” developing positioning, messaging, go-to-market strategy, and execution.

Contact Theresa
Company contact info: www.Market-Savvy.com, 408-656-1876, tmarcroft@market-savvy.com
submitted Apr. 3, 2017 2:00P
'80
Freeman, Scott

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.

submitted Jun. 7, 2016 12:01P
UGRD Leavey Business '80
Duder, Dorothy

Following her tenure as director of production finance at Arnold Shapiro Productions, Dorothy Duder ’80 has joined MAK Pictures in Sherman Oaks, California, as director of production finance. She resides in North Hollywood with her Academy Award–winning husband, artist Doug Drexler. Both have been active in television production for more than 25 years.

submitted Mar. 28, 2017 5:05A
UGRD Leavey Business '80
Dolan, Peter

Peter Dolan '80 serves in his seventh year as a trustee for Regis University in Denver Colorado. He is past chairman of the Endowment and currently serves as chairman of the Finance Committee and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Peter is a founding partner of Plaza Advisory Group, a wealth management firm in St. Louis, Missouri. He and his wife Anne have two sons. Ryan is a graduate of Regis University and Sean is a graduate of St. Louis University. In 2014, Peter wrote and published the book The Integrated Investor: The Art and Science of Financial Achievement, which aims to share essential ideas learned through years in the industry in a way that would interest and inform a broad audience.

submitted Oct. 11, 2016 9:26A
'80
Dixon, Rolanda

Rolanda Pierre Dixon J.D. ’80 served as keynote speaker at Mission College’s African American Celebration Luncheon, which recognizes achievements made by African Americans.

Pierre Dixon was the first African American assistant district attorney in the history of the District Attorney's Office in Santa Clara County. In 1991, she established the first domestic violence unit in Santa Clara County, among many other accomplishments, retiring in 2011 after 30 years of service.

With humor and insight, Pierre Dixon led attendees through her musings on current events, early motivations for becoming a lawyer, and reasoning behind advocating for the domestic violence unit.

“Every child deserves to be raised in a home of peace—can't promise them all a million dollars, can't give them all a scholarship—but we can certainly keep them in a home where they're not being abused, where their mothers are not being abused,” she said. “And for me, that was what I wanted to speak to.”

Pierre Dixon's journey to becoming a lawyer was at times fraught with challenge. While attending Lowell High in San Francisco, her guidance counselor told her she could never become a lawyer because it was “too difficult.” It took her mother calling the school before Pierre Dixon was put back on the right track to support her career interests.

“I was lucky,” she said. Even though Pierre Dixon grew up in a single-parent household, her mother always made it clear “my girls are going to do what they need to do to be successful.”

Positive self-talk and years of hard work ultimately paid off for Pierre Dixon, who was over the moon when she learned she passed the bar exam.

“I cried from the depth of my toes to the top of my head,” she recalled. “In that moment, in that phone call, I had been told that my dreams had been fulfilled. I was an attorney and licensed to practice law in the State of California. I was 24-years-old.”

submitted Mar. 22, 2017 8:27A
'80
Capurro, Joseph

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.

submitted Jul. 14, 2016 9:16A
'80
Brysacz, Thomas

Tom Brysacz '80 loves his job as a family physician more than ever and is the luckiest man on the planet. 

submitted Jun. 6, 2016 3:07P
GRD Leavey/MBA '80
Brink, T.L.

T.L. Brink '80 MBA has been selected as a Peer Online Course Reviewer for the California Open Education Initiative.

Contact T.L.
works.bepress.com/tlbrink
submitted Jul. 23, 2016 10:43P

1981

'81
Templeman, Tom

Thomas S. Templeman '81 has joined Graybug Vision as Chief Operating Officer. The company is a venture-stage pharmaceutical company committed to developing potentially transformative therapies for ocular diseases including wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma.  A seasoned pharmaceutical executive with more than 25 years of cross-functional experience, Dr. Templeman joins Graybug Vision from Medivation (acquired by Pfizer in late 2016), where he was Senior Vice President Pharmaceutical Operations and Quality. In that role, he was responsible for early and late-stage pharmaceutical development, operations and quality including early developmental candidates, clinical developmental candidates and marketed products. As a member of the Medivation Executive Committee, Dr. Templeman was responsible for developing and implementing company vision and strategy.

Thomas S. Templeman, PhD, said, "There is a dramatic increase in eye diseases due to our aging population, and an increased need for new and more effective treatments. Graybug Vision's novel delivery technology, to create injectable, long-acting products to deliver single or multiple drugs for up to one year in the eye, significantly reduces the treatment burden on patients and physicians. I am excited to join the management team with our efforts to deliver innovative care to patients."

Dr. Templeman began his career as a research and development scientist and over the past two decades has held management positions at, among others: Ortho Diagnostic Products and Centocor Biologics; Liquidia Technologies, where he was Senior Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain; and at Hospira, where he was Vice President, Manufacturing, Science & Technology.

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 1:32P
'81
Rematore, Laurel

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."

submitted Jun. 6, 2016 2:32P
UGRD Leavey Business '81
Ledesma IV , Julio

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.

He is founder and principal steward of their Family Trust — a giving pledge Inspired Org. Its first foray into PhilanthroCapitalism was the Agri-Agra Group. 

Contact Julio
Ledesma Centre San Carlos Business Park San Carlos Negros Occ. 6127 The Philippines.
submitted May. 27, 2016 3:00P
UGRD Leavey Business '81
Kinney, Don

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.

submitted Jun. 22, 2016 1:32P
'81
Hunter, Daniel

Dan Hunter '81 is the vice president and corporate controller at Coherent, Inc. He writes, "Looking foward to the 35-year reunion in October!"

submitted Jun. 7, 2016 2:34P
UGRD Leavey Business '81
Fellenz, Christopher

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.

Contact Christopher
Find me on LinkedIn of Facebook
submitted Jun. 22, 2016 1:43P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '81
Baz, Kerry (Lenihan)

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.

submitted Jun. 22, 2016 2:48P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '81
Abbott-Kline, Allison (Allison Abbott)

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.

Contact Allison
https://www.linkedin.com/in/allison-abbott-kline-aa065619?trk=hp-identity-name http://www.libraryworld.com
submitted Jun. 23, 2016 11:43A

1982

'82
Verbica, Peter

In June, Peter Coe Verbica '82, J.D. '99 published Left at the Gate and Other Poems. Peter continues to work in the Wealth Management Group of an investment bank, providing credit facilities as well as portfolio advisory services. He serves as President of the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition, and Vice President of the Pine Ridge Association at Henry W. Coe State Park. He has taught Principles of Investments in the Econ Department of SJSU this past year. He is also helping with the 1982 Year Reunion Committee for Santa Clara University. Peter ran in 14 trail races last year for the fun of it, including the Death Valley Half with his competitive athlete wife, Tiffany, who typically placed 1st or 2nd in every race. 

 

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 1:07P
'82
Verbica, Peter

Peter Coe Verbica ’82, J.D. ’99 has been promoted to assistant vice president and senior financial advisor for a wealth management group at a major investment bank. In March, he published three books: The Missing Tales of Sherlock Holmes, Eighty-Eight Lost Haikus (under a different pen name), and Speak Easy and Other Poems. His Sherlock Holmes short stories were praised by novelist Elizabeth McKenzie as "clever and addictive and supremely well done."

submitted Feb. 22, 2017 5:11P
'82
Sly, Julie

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.

submitted Jun. 7, 2016 12:03P
'82
Nalty, Sean

Sean Nalty '82, J.D. '85 is a member of Ogletree Deakins' Life, Health, Disability, ERISA and Employee Benefits practice. For more than 30 years, Sean has specialized in ERISA litigation and  California litigation involving life, health, and disability insurance. In 2014, Sean was awarded a Client Choice award by International Law Office (ILO). He was the exclusive winner of the Healthcare/Life Sciences category in California. Sean also volunteers with Catholic Charities of the East Bay, St. Vincent De Paul, various East Bay homeless shelters, and Ministries to the Sick. 

 

submitted Jan. 15, 2017 9:51A
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