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1991

'91
Chastain, Brandi
Brandi Chastain '91 has been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. 
Chastain is a leader in women's sports and a pioneer soccer professional, best known for a game-winning penalty kick at the 1999 Women's World Cup in the Rose Bowl. She made the covers of Sports Illustrated, Newsweek and Time magazines after the nation-stopping goal. But the woman who played every position but goalkeeper had an illustrious 12-year international career that included three World Cups and three Summer Olympics. U.S. teams with Chastain won the World Cup in 1991 and '99 and the Olympic gold medal in 1996 and 2004. She was the first player to score five goals in a game, doing it during the inaugural Women's World Cup in 1991. Chastain scored 30 goals in 192 appearances for the U.S. national team, where she spent most of her career as a defender.
Chastain assists her husband, Jerry Smith, with coaching the Santa Clara women's team. The star also helped launched women's professional soccer in the United States, playing for the now-defunct San Jose CyberRays in 2001-03 and Bay Area-based FC Gold Pride in 2009. Along with Marlene Bjornsrud (former associate athletics director at SCU) and U.S. teammate Julie Foudy, she founded the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative (BAWSI, pronounced "Bossy" but in a good way) in 2005 that helps bring health wholeness and collegiate female student athletes to underserved girls. Having started with 11 girls, the initiative now helps service more than 19,000 girls through sports and activity. Check out bawsi.org to learn more. 
submitted May. 12, 2016 7:47P

1994

'94
Zepeda, Rosie

Rosalinda "Rosie" Zepeda '94 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.”. Zepeda understood the value of hard work by the time she was 9 years old. That understanding led her to two college degrees and the leadership of a Latina-empowerment organization and her own business on communication training and diversity consulting, Compelling Conversations.

submitted May. 2, 2016 10:52A

1996

'96
Winn, Randy

Randy Winn '96 has been inducted into the Santa Clara University Athletics Hall of Fame. Winn was a two-sport standout at Santa Clara, but made his mark professionally in baseball. As an outfielder he helped guide the Broncos to the 1994 NCAA Tournament with a 40-20 overall record, including a first-place showing in the West Coast Conference. As a senior the following year, he earned All-WCC honors while batting .294 with 30 steals, a mark that still ranks third on the school's single-season list. Before concentrating on baseball, Winn was a two-year member of the Santa Clara basketball team, including the 1992-93 squad which upset No. 2 seed Arizona in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

A native of Danville, California, Winn was selected in the third round of the 1995 MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins and enjoyed a 13-year professional career. He made his major league debut in 1998 with Tampa Bay and earned the team's MVP award in 2002 after batting .298 with 14 home runs, 39 doubles, nine triples and 27 steals. That same season he represented the team in the MLB All-Star game. A switch-hitter, Winn went on to play with Seattle (2003-05), San Francisco (2006-09), the New York Yankees (2010) and St. Louis (2010), hitting .284 with 110 home runs and 662 RBIs in his career. He was inducted into the WCC Hall of Honor in March and works for the San Francisco Giants while serving as an analyst for CSN Bay Area.

submitted May. 12, 2016 7:07P

1997

'97
Perry, Jessica

Jessica Perry ’97, J.D. ’00 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. Perry, a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Menlo Park, CA, represented venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in a high-profile trial last year defeating gender discrimination claims brought by former partner Ellen Pao.

submitted May. 2, 2016 10:45A

1998

GRD Engineering '98
Ravichandran, Aruna

Aruna Ravichandran M.S. ’98, MBA ’09 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.” If Ravichandran wasn't working in tech, she'd be a kick-ass mixed-martial arts instructor…

submitted May. 2, 2016 10:34A

1999

'99
Zambrano, Pallie

Pallie Zambrano ’99 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.” Before joining McManis Faulkner, Zambrano actually litigated against Jim McManis' team.

submitted May. 2, 2016 10:50A
GRD Law '99
Verbica, Peter

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. 

submitted May. 17, 2016 11:32A

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