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Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg ’66 serves as chief of staff of the United States National Security Council in the Trump administration. Previously, he served as interim national security advisor following Mike Flynn’s resignation. At SCU, he played on the football team alongside Joe Franzia ’64, MBA ’65, studied political science, and was a member of the Rodents, Class of ’66.
Charlie Rausch ’72 was appointed interim chief zoning administrator for the Department of City Planning in Los Angeles. Rausch has worked for the city for the past 40 years and is still having fun!
Paul Totah ’79 published The Gospel of Everyone: A Poetic Retelling of the Gospel of Luke (Resource Publications). This is his 32nd year working at St. Ignatius College Prep (SI) in San Francisco, where he serves as director of communications and editor of Genesis Magazine. His daughter, Lauren Totah ’11, is now his colleague, working as a counselor at SI.
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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.
Company contact info: www.Market-Savvy.com, 408-656-1876, email@example.com
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.
Jesper Rasmussen J.D. ’84 is a trial attorney who has practiced law in California for more than 30 years. While Rasmussen has in-depth knowledge and experience in many areas of the law, he now specializes in employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination, public entity defense, civil rights, business litigation, and anti-SLAPP litigation.
Rasmussen has successfully tried cases to verdict in both state and federal courts, including a three-week jury trial for FEHA retaliation, where his client was awarded $110,000 in costs, and a two-week jury trial in U.S. District Court for alleged violations of the ADA and rights of privacy. He has never lost a case he has taken to trial, and he’s appeared and argued before the California Supreme Court as well as worked on an appeal that resulted in a precedent-setting Internet libel opinion by the California Supreme Court. Rasmussen has a strong track record of resolving cases in their early stages, having won more than 40 motions for summary judgment. He also has extensive experience in writs and appeals.
Christopher Der Manuelian J.D./MBA ’87 is a personal injury attorney with offices in Jackson, Modesto, and Stockton, California. He worked as an insurance defense attorney in the Bay Area for the first 10 years of his career.
Sanjay Patel M.S. ’90 has served as founder and CEO of EDA Direct (www.edadirect.com) since 1997.
It has been nearly 10 years since Jeff Park J.D. ’90 partnered with Hemant Habbu to form Habbu & Park Inc. Park’s practice covers a variety of areas, including contracts and multiple areas of employment law, including discrimination, harassment, wage and hour issues, whistle blowing, misappropriation of trade secrets, leaves of absence, and other areas of employment law.
He has successfully represented and advised hundreds of clients with employment and contract matters and has aggressively pursues his clients’ rights and interests to achieve the best possible outcome. He writes that his unique perspective as both an attorney and mediator allows him to understand both sides of a dispute for more effective results.
Larry Garcia ’92 leads the financial planning practice of the Pacific Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley. He has extensive knowledge and experience in retirement, business succession, estate, education, and philanthropic planning strategies. He takes special care in establishing a big-picture view of clients’ overall goals and develops planning strategies that often include the input of their other trusted advisors, such as CPAs, estate and business planning attorneys, trustees, and insurance professionals.
Having achieved multiple industry designations, including Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA), and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Garcia has a breadth of wealth management experience that enables him to deliver comprehensive solutions to clients.
Garcia played intercollegiate volleyball for Santa Clara University and the University of London. He and his wife, Kelley, are the parents of two daughters, and they live in Kirkland, Washington. He is a board member of the Kirkland Boys and Girls Club, and he manages the volleyball program at Holy Family School.
Heidi von der Mehden ’97, husband Matt Harris, and big brother Stephen welcomed baby Michael Vincent Harris to the world on Feb. 4, 2017. The family is looking forward to the big reunion weekend in the fall!
Joe Manatt ’02 and Alexandra Manatt welcomed their first child, Theodore “Teddy” Richard Manatt, on Feb. 11, 2017. The family resides in Des Moines, Iowa.
Paul Breucop ’06 and Lizette Faraji ’09 joyfully welcomed their daughter, Phoenix Azadeh Breaucop, to the world on Feb. 21, 2017.
Blake Coelho ’11 has released his debut single “Crazy” as Los Angeles indie artist CASPR. Premiering on Atwood Magazine, the song can be streamed via Spotify and SoundCloud and features classically polished vocals and chilling reverberations over an electro-pop-driven beat. The name CASPR relates to Coelho’s pale complexion, which his friends repeatedly referred to growing up—in additon to his own affinity for all things spooky.
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Dominic S. Irudayaraj, S.J., ’15 is a senior lecturer and senior research fellow teaching biblical courses in Hekima University College, Nairobi. He is a Jesuit priest of Andhra Province, India, and writes that he’s “glad to be in this green city (Nairobi) with its passion for the Bible—both in class and in the pastoral fields, sharing what JST-SCU has imparted in the area of biblical studies.”
Daniel Iritani ’14 returns to SCU as director of external relations for the College of Arts and Sciences. Iritani spent the last four years working for U.S. Representative Ami Bera. During this time, he raised more than $4 million to ensure the success of a $14 million campaign. Iritani brings a proven track record of identifying, cultivating, and stewarding new donors to the College as it continues to build its fundraising arm.
Nicole Hines ’15 is an operations program coordinator with Stanford University's Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes.
Gus Hardy ’16 is a Jesuit volunteer at the largest homeless shelter in Montana. He says it’s a hard job requiring a great deal of empathy—a “people skill” not easy for him to come by because he was born with autism. Hardy was the valedictorian at SCU in 2016 and inspired classmates by proving people with autism can achieve great success in college. “In my work I have been called ‘cold,’ ‘impersonal,’ (and far worse) about as many times as I have been told that I am doing the work of God,” he says. But no matter what, “I look each person in the eye and try with everything I can muster to create the empathic connection that seems to come so easily to other people.” Hardy chronicled his path to service with a first-person essay in America magazine, which can be viewed here.
Stig Patrick Mowrer ’06 married Elizabeth Brette Allen and on Feb. 17 at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau. Alisa Fuentes, a staff member in the City Clerk's Office, officiated. The bride, 32, who goes by Brette, helps manage advertising for luxury fashion brands at Google in Manhattan. She graduated from the University of Colorado. She is a daughter of Frances M. Allen and John M. Allen of Sanibel Island, Florida. She is a descendant of Henry Jarvis Raymond, the founding editor of The New-York Daily Times, which later became The New York Times. The groom, 33, who goes by Patrick, oversees the development of apps at Updater, a company in Manhattan that helps with tasks related to moving. He is the son of Kerstin M. Brunnstrom of Gothenburg, Sweden, and Jacques E. Mowrer of San Francisco. The couple met in 2013 at a mutual friend's party in Brooklyn.
Kevin Carter ’09 is a general partner of SV Angel, a San Francisco–based seed fund. He joined the firm upon launch in 2009. At SV Angel, Carter originated investments in Snapchat, Pinterest, Casper, GroupMe (acquired by Skype), and Sunrise (acquired by MSFT), and works particularly close with Remix, FarmLogs, Amplitude, and Optimizely. He was included in Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 in 2012 and 2013. He is also on the Engineering Advisory Board at Santa Clara University. Prior to SV Angel, he worked in the Private Equity Group at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). At SVB, he was a part of the Entrepreneur Services and Venture Capital Relationship Management Groups and helped with diligence and cross-platform relationship efforts. Before SVB, Carter worked at Affinity Circles, Inc., where he performed sales and client account management. While at SCU, he worked closely with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, founded the CIE Mentor Program, and was awarded “Outstanding Student Entrepreneur.”