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2000

GRD Leavey/MBA '00
Gemal, Thomas

After almost 25 years in California and Oregon, it was time for Thomas Gemal M.S. ’94, MBA ’00 to move his family back to their native Scandinavia. He is enjoying life living in southern Sweden and working for Palantir in Copenhagen, Denmark.  

submitted Nov. 29, 2017 11:20P
'00
Christie, Sarah (Reagan)

Sarah Reagan Christie ’00 has been named to the Treehouse Young Professionals Board. A Seattle, Washington–based nonprofit, Treehouse helps kids in foster care graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers—in addition to helping them develop a plan for their future. Christie is also a senior manager at Deloitte Tax LLP.  

submitted Nov. 22, 2017 4:46P

2001

'01
Guzmán, Christina

Christina Guzmán ’01 is back at SCU serving as the Office for Multicultural Learning director. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. at UC Santa Cruz and has taught ethnic studies classes at SCU.  

submitted Nov. 22, 2017 4:42P

2003

'03
Cannella, Joe
Joe Canella with bottles of Cannella Cinnamon Cordial

Joe Cannella ’03 always knew that “Cannella” meant cinnamon in Italian, but it wasn’t until 2010 that he would come to understand his Sicilian roots. On his first visit to Catania, on the eastern coast of Sicily, he and his uncle sat down for a drink at their cozy hotel bar, and came across a simple, rustic bottle of “Rosolio di Cannella,” which would become the inspiration for their very first product: Cannella Cinnamon Cordial. He brought a few bottles home, and it became an instant family tradition to pour some “Cannella” after dinner—until they ran out! And so he did what any proper Italian family would do in such a situation: He began learning how to make his own.

Several years and dozens of variations later, after much testing and expert feedback, batch #1 of their namesake Cannella Cinnamon Cordial launched in November 2014 under their company, Cannella Spirits. With his dad as his business partner and his wife, Andrea “Annie” Gastelum '03, as their first sales manager, the business has expanded distribution to nine states and launched two other products: Amaro Cannella and Fernet Cannella. Although home base for the family is in Reno, Nevada, they plan to launch their own distillery in the heart of San Francisco this coming summer and will continue to maintain production there. Joe and Annie have three children—Carolina (2 years old) and Antonino “Nino” and Isabel, their newborn twins. 

submitted Dec. 7, 2017 2:05P

2005

'05
Zepponi, Francisco
Newlyweds Francisco Zepponi and Amanda Bloomberg on the steps of the Mission Church with fellow alumni

Francisco Zepponi ’05 married Amanda Bloomberg ’08 on July 1, 2017, in Mission Santa Clara. The couple met at The Hut while Amanda was finishing her senior year studying combined sciences.  Francisco was attending an alumni event as he had graduated in 2005 with a B.S. in accounting. While at SCU, Francisco was an integral member of the men’s tennis team and still holds the record for most career wins.  His record for most wins in a season was just recently broken. Amanda was a four-year member of the SCU Dance Team and coached the team the year after she graduated. She was accepted to Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, where she obtained her doctorate in veterinary medicine.

Amanda practices small animal veterinary medicine in Dublin, and Francisco works in the finance department at Kaiser Permanente.  They live in Pleasanton with their cat, Boiler (named after the Purdue Boilermakers) and their Chihuahua, Bella, who grew up on SCU’s campus and was even voted as the tennis team’s #1 fan.

Francisco and Amanda are still extremely close to the friends they made while attending SCU, many of whom were present at the wedding and have gone on to marry fellow Broncos. The ceremony was officiated by Paul Soukup, S.J., and the reception was held at The Westin in downtown San Jose. The day was filled with love, laughter, and tears. During Francisco’s earlier years in school, he experienced the devastating loss of his parents, Dolores and Roy Zepponi. His classmates, teammates, and coaches were pillars of love and support for him and will always be considered family to the couple. Francisco and Amanda love to add to the statistics of students who meet their soul mates at SCU. They are forever Broncos at heart and cannot wait to continue their Bronco traditions in the future. 

submitted Dec. 7, 2017 2:21P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '05
Bradford, Jennifer

Jennifer Bradford ’05 transitioned this year from the Chicagoland area back to Silicon Valley. She is a new adjunct lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Dance at SCU. Bradford is excited to connect and work with so many other SCU alumni in the Bay Area as a project manager, performer, and on the alumni board. The love extended from other Broncos has made the transition back to the Bay Area easy.

submitted Nov. 29, 2017 3:37P

2007

UGRD Leavey Business '07
Rasmussen, Bobby

Bobby Rasmussen ’07 recently moved in with girlfriend and fellow Bronco Stephanie Petersen ’09. He writes he’s still dominating on the tennis court by competing for the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Go Broncos!

submitted Dec. 5, 2017 1:26P

2008

UGRD Arts & Sciences '08
Erickson, Julie (Erickson)

Julie Erickson ’08 and Tommy Kelly ’08 welcomed baby boy Liam on Oct. 1, 2017. The newly expanded Kelly family lives in San Francisco. 

submitted Nov. 20, 2017 2:27P

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