Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in the last year by graduates in the 1980s
Maryilyn Sponza MFT '73 writes, "I have retired from my position as perinatal substance abuse counselor from Kaiser Permanente after 20 years."
Angela “Angie” Robbiano ’80 MBA ’01 was selected to be on the list of 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.” As a senior finance manager of one of the nation's biggest defense contractors, Robbiano enjoys tackling challenging projects.
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."
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.
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Thomas Deline '80 says, "I am a proud 1980 graduate of USC (now SCU) and St. Louis University School of Law in 1983. I was blessed in 1989 to marry Margaret 'Meg' Hencmann, and we are blessed to have our two oldest children attend and graduate from SCU, Elizabeth Deline '13 and Thomas 'Chris' Deline II '15. Our two younger children, Brian and Carrie, both chose another Jesuit university so that all four kids wouldn't be at SCU at the same time...we tried. Throughout the last 30 years it has never ceased to amaze me how all roads lead to Santa Clara. All the best to my classmates. Remember every day AMDG. TCD."
Jeffrey H. Cooper MBA '80 has been appointed to the board of directors of ProNAi Therapeutics, a clinical-stage oncology company advancing novel therapeutics for patients with cancer. Cooper has served as an independent consultant for life science companies since January 2014. Previously, he served at KaloBios Pharmaceuticals and BioMarin Pharmaceutical. He has also served as VP of finance at Matrix Pharmaceutical.
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.
Tom Brysacz '80 loves his job as a family physician more than ever and is the luckiest man on the planet.
T.L. Brink '80 MBA has been selected as a Peer Online Course Reviewer for the California Open Education Initiative.
Tom Templeman '81 has joined Medivation as senior vice president of pharmaceutical operations. With more than 25 years of pharmaceutical experience, Dr. Templeman previously served as vice president of manufacturing, science, and technology at Hospira; as senior vice president, integrated supply chain at Liquidia Technologies; and in various leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson, where he worked for 13 years in a number of capacities, most recent as general manager of Centocor Biologics, LLC and head of the global biologics supply chain.
Medivation, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of medically innovative therapies to treat serious diseases for which there are limited treatment options. Medivation aims to transform the treatment of these diseases and offer hope to critically ill patients and their families.
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."
Kelly (Rickon) Mitchell '81 has been inducted in the Santa Clara University Athletics Hall of Fame. Mitchell, a two-sport standout at Santa Clara, was a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic women's rowing team. She was awarded a Congressional gold medal for the boycotted 1980 Olympic Summer games and went on to become the captain of the 1984 Olympic team, helping the Americans claim the silver medal as coxswain. During her junior season, she was also the coxswain for the U.S. women's team that placed sixth at the 1979 World Championships. A member of both the Santa Clara men's rowing and women's cross country teams, she has remained involved in sports. Mitchell, a coxswain for the 1979 and '80 Santa Clara men's rowing team, was chair of the ethics committee on the board for U.S. Rowing, a manager for the World University Games, area director for Southern California Olympians, and a member of ZLAC Rowing Club. She worked to help build the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA, before going on to earn her master's in Leadership and Nonprofit Management from University of San Diego. She currently works as a development director at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego where she lives with her husband and two sons.
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.
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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.
Dan Hunter '81 is the vice president and corporate controller at Coherent, Inc. He writes, "Looking foward to the 35-year reunion in October!"
P. Gregory Giordano J.D. ’81 is a partner and vice chair of the Gaming Practice Group at the law firm of McDonald Carano Wilson in Las Vegas. His practice focuses on gaming compliance, licensing and regulation.
Freshman Dorm: Dunne
Barb (Burns) Frank '75, MBA '81 writes, "I retired at the end of 2005 after almost 30 years with Intel Corporation in a variety of positions, mostly in finance and information technology. I am currently the president of the Intel Retiree Organization and treasurer for Community Bridges, the largest deliverer of family services in Santa Cruz County. In 2015, my first grandchild was born to our daughter Jessica Frank Brown '05, so we are planning on moving to San Francisco sometime next year to be closer to our children and my stepson and family. Every year since we turned 50, I have been organizing us 4th-floor Dunne girls for an annual girl's weekend. Very fun!"
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.
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In November, Maria Evans '81 was named Principal of the Year and bestowed an Excellence in Education award at the Legends and Leaders dinner, a signature event put on by the Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. Maria is principal of Washington Elementary, which is part of the Thriving Neighbors Initiative through the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education.
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.
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.
Peter Coe Verbica '82, JD '99 has published Hard-Won Cowboy Wisdom (Not Necessarily in Order of Importance). The book incorporates five generations of ranching tradition distilled into one, easy-to-read book of maxims with photographs from the 1800s and early 1900s. Peter works in Silicon Valley for the wealth management group for a large investment bank. To learn more about his book go to www.hardwoncowboywisdom.com. His next book, entitled Left at the Gate and Other Poems, is scheduled for release and will be available on Amazon.
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.
Kam Shadan M.S. '82, PE, a vice president of Gannett Fleming based in the San Francisco, California, office, is updating two key national guidance handbooks by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The handbooks are aimed at helping transit project sponsors plan, manage, and construct capital projects in compliance with FTA guidelines and best practices. The revised publications are expected to be released in early 2016.
The first, titled “The FTA Project Construction Handbook,” will assist project sponsors who plan to develop a large project for the first time. Projects include bus maintenance and operations facilities, bus rapid transit, and transit multi-modal terminal projects up to $100 million. Shadan was the original lead author for this handbook in 2006, and this latest version will be the third update in the past 10 years. The other book, “Project and Construction Management Guidelines,” is targeted for new projects typically ranging from $100 million to several billion dollars.
With more than 38 years of industry experience, Shadan has spent 15 years working directly for public utility and transit and rail agencies. He has provided national project management oversight for FTA capital transit and rail projects in Los Angeles, California; the San Francisco Bay area; Sacramento, California; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Chicago, Illinois. In addition, he serves as a program management advisor and forensic expert witness on public and private development projects.
Active in professional organizations, Shadan has been a member of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Capital Projects Committee since 1998 and the Public-Private Partnership Committee since 2008. He also has served on the California Transit Association Executive Committee since 2007.
Shadan earned a master of science in engineering management from the University of Santa Clara and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California Berkeley. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Harvard Business School executive seminars in project development and private equity. Shadan is a registered Professional Engineer and an engineering and general building contractor in California.