Class Notes | Obituaries
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Suzanne Yost J.D. ’00, a Los Gatos resident and broker associate with Alain Pinel Realtors, was installed as president of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, along with the 2012 board of directors, on Jan. 12 in Saratoga.
Yost was active in organized real estate long before becoming a member of the local trade association in 2009. She was named Realtor of the year in 2006 by the Santa Cruz Association of Realtors and salesperson of the year in 1982 by the San Luis Obispo Board of Realtors.
Joe Wlad MBA ’00, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Designated Engineering Representative(DER), recently gave a free webinar, answering questions and offering insight and advice to avionics developers about RTCA’s DO-178C objectives. Also a senior director of Aerospace and Defense at Wind River, Wlad is responsible for all safety-critical and secure products in the aerospace and defense markets. Wlad has more than 25 years of safety-critical systems design, development, test, and evaluation experience including work at LynuxWorks, Intermetrics Inc., McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft Company (in the MD-11 Test and Certification organization), and United Airlines' B747 Fleet engineering and modification organization.
Wlad has also worked for Trimble Navigation as an Engineering Manager in development and FAA approval of military GPS sensors. He is a FAA DER for Systems and Equipment and Software, is an active private pilot and has co-authored three patents on Global Positioning System integrity functions. Mr. Wlad holds a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Buffalo and a MBA from Santa Clara University.
Kelly (Brown) Wissolik ’00 was married to Michael Wissolik (University of Colorado, Boulder) on Jan. 15, 2012, in Santa Cruz, Calif. Her sisters shared the role of Matron of Honor, and her high school friends and college friend Rebecca Eisenman Subity ’00 were her bridesmaids. Kelly and her new husband are happily settling into married life in Los Gatos, Calif.
Travis Walk '00 writes, "I am blessed with an amazing team at work, a great support system at home, and the skill set I was able to develop while attending SCU. And because of this, I was promoted to regional sales vice president of Southern California at SolarCity, a Tesla Company. SCU is a great place to help you get the skills to be extremely successful in life. We are actually looking for qualified individuals who want to make a difference. Please reach out to Twalker3@solarcity.com if you are looking to make a change."
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Judiana (Somilleda) Viruet ’00 and husband Jose Luis Viruet welcome their first child, a girl, Annabella Viruet, born on February 19, 2012, weighing 6 pounds 3 ounces. The family resides in Houston, Texas, and are loving every minute with little Annabella.
Claudia (Vasquez) Torres ’00 and husband Ramiro Torres, an architect who graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, have been blessed with the birth of their first child, Damian Torres, on August 22, 2012. The family resides happily in San Jose and looks forward to traveling.
Brian Thorsett ’00 is now an assistant professor at Virginia Tech University in the School for Performing Arts. Thorsett also recently performed at the prestigious Festival del Sole in Napa, Calif., in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti.
Jason A. Thompson '00 and Merrin L Thompson welcomed the addition of their first child, Daughter Zoe Ella Thompson, on March 30th, 2011.
Elizabeth Thompson '00 married Shyam Krishnan June 10 at Moonridge Vineyard in Glen Ellen, Calif. The ceremony was presided by Ashley Cronin '00 and Kabir Sheikh. Additional SCU grads in attendance: John Thompson JD '01, Erica (Cervantes) Rodriguez '99, Kara (Hartz) Yoshikawa '00, Adam Rausch '01, Deepa Duvvuru '00, M.S. '03, Christy Souhrada '00, Elspeth Rossetti '75, M.A. '96, John Ryan '62, MBA '66, and Joanie (Colby) Bronzini '96.
Jill E. Thomas ’00 and husband Curt Douglas welcomed their first child Alden Zinn Douglas on February 12, 2012. Since both of his parents are teachers, Alden was named after Howard Zinn, who they consider a revolutionary educator. The family resides in Oakland.
Ryan Thelen '00 and Brandy Thelen '00, M.A '02—their second daughter, Ella, on Jan. 17, 2012. She joins big sister, Reese, 4. The family resides in Ventura, Calif.
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.
Richard S. Smudin MBA ’00 recently took command of the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade. He has had 27 years of military service. Colonel Smudin's most recent assignments include Battalion Commander of the 3rd Battalion of the 304th Infantry Regiment (United States Military Academy), Chief of the Civil Information Management Cell at the 353d Civil Affairs Command, and Chief of the Functional Specialty Team at the 353d Civil Affairs Command. His operational deployments include service as the Mobilization Plans Officer at Fort Drum in 2003, Civil Affairs Team Leader in Baghdad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom II - III, and Division Engagements Officer for the Commander of Multi-National Division North at Contingency Operating Base Speicher Iraq during OIF 2007-2009.
Tony P Santos '00 recently opened Lunch with Tony, a lunch cafe and caterer, in the Alviso neighborhood of San Jose, Calif. Tony and his wife, Laura Anderson-Santos '00, reside in San Jose.
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Kristin (Waldram) Russo '00 and Thomas Richard Russo on Oct. 17 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Portland, OR. Erin (Fuller) Betker '00 served as a bridesmaid. Other alumni in attendance: Nick and Jen (Kogen) Albertini '00, Bryan Bayless '99 and Erika (Johnson) Bayless '00, Eric and Katie (Hansen) Canaday '00, Dave and Tracie (Waldram) Gonyea '93, Adam Harrington '00, Annemarie (Alvistur) Kelley '00, Joe Menning '01, Brian Murphy '00, Jill Scherffius '00, and Kim Stetson '00.
Katherine Rendler '00 and Ben Roxborough were married September 25, 2010 at Mission Santa Clara. The couple resides in Los Gatos.
Dori Rose Inda J.D. '00 is CEO of Salud Para la Gente, a network of four clinics providing low-cost, high-quality healthcare in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties for almost 40 years. Rose Inda has long been committed to making sure people of all walks of life can get excellent healthcare. She has worked as a social worker with homeless men and women and with foster families. After becoming an attorney, she founded the Watsonville Law Center and developed the Agricultural Workers Access to Health Care Project. Rose Inda was also a 2012 recipient of SCU's Ignation Award.
Stephanie Rocha '00, J.D. '09 appeared in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2014 40 Under 40 list. She is an associate attorney at Miller Morton Cailat & Nevis LLP, where Rocha represents developers, builders and prime contractors in construction litigation, including defect and payment disputes. She also represents real estate agents and brokers, homeowners, landlords, tenants and other individuals and entities in a variety of real estate- and business-related matters.
Myra Ramirez-Geronimo '00 and her husband Marc welcomed a baby girl, Emma Grace, on September 1, 2010. Emma joins big brother Nicholas. The family lives in San Diego.
Matthew Powelson J.D. '00 of LaRiviere, Grubman & Payne, LLP has been elected to the Officer Track of the IP Section of the California State Bar. In this position, he will become Secretary in September 2009 and the Chair of the IP Section in two years.
Gina N. Policastri '00, J.D. '03 was recently certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California as a Family Law Specialist. Ms. Policastri is a senior associate at Lonich & Patton, LLP, where she has worked since 2003.
Gina N. Policastri Lonich & Patton, LLP 1871 The Alameda, Ste. 475 San Jose, CA 95126 Phone: (408) 553-0801 Fax: (408) 553-0807 www.lonichandpatton.com http://www.linkedin.com/pub/gina-n-policastri/2/375/519 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lonich-Patton-LLP/10150134556305604