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GRD Leavey/MBA '80
Weiss, Joseph
Weiss, Joseph

Joe Weiss MBA '80 has recently published a book on cyber security of Critical Infrastructure. The book is titled Protecting Industrial Control Systems from Electronic Threats (ISBN: 978-1-60650-197-9). It includes approximately 20 actual control system cyber incident case histories.

submitted Nov. 16, 2010 12:30P
GRD Engineering '80
Webster, John

John H. Webster M.S. ’80 is running for California State Senate, 13th District. A software engineer, Webster served in the U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1968, including in Vietnam. After his service, he earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington and a master's degree in computer science from Santa Clara University. He has worked for a number of high-tech companies in the Bay Area. Webster believes that the government has grown too powerful and now controls the people, rather than serving them. He thinks checks and balances as well as loyalty to the Bill of Rights and Constitution need to be restored. He suggests devising a plan to secede from the federal union if these changes are not made, and that he would like to help with that, should he be elected.

submitted May. 18, 2012 4:37P
Tooliatos, Nickolas

Shortly after relinquishing command of the 63rd Regional Support Command, Maj. Gen. Nickolas Tooliatos '80, J.D. '83 retired from the Army Reserve after 36 years of service.

Tooliatos received the Distinguished Service Medal from Maj. Gen. Peter Lennon, Deputy Commanding General (Support), U.S. Army Reserve Command, capping off a career which began in 1980.

Tooliatos joined the Army Reserve after graduating from Santa Clara University that year, and was commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate. In the three decades that followed he served in leadership positions throughout the Army Reserve, culminating in his three-year tenure as commanding general of the 63rd RSC. Tooliatos, of San Ramon, Calif., remembered the day he took his oath of office as a second lieutenant 36 years ago.

“The day I commissioned I had my mother, my father, my sister Paula and my then fiancée Joni (Chiesa) ‘80, M.B.A. ’82 in the Rose Garden at Santa Clara University just a few miles up the road,” Tooliatos said. “My mother and Joni pinned my bars on. As I looked across at my dad he had a grin from ear to ear. My dad was a World War II (battle of) Peleliu Marine and he was the greatest patriot I’ve ever met.”

"I owe my life to my wife Joni, who has stood by me through everything," he said.

“She’s been there through deployments … through rocket attacks when I would click the Skype off so she wouldn’t have to hear the incoming rounds. I’d call back and say it was a bad connection,” Tooliatos joked.

The demands of Army life often meant missing important family events, including his children’s baseball games.

“My poor kids had to endure me coaching baseball games in my old Battle Dress Uniform back in the day,” he said. “How many kids do you think had their dad coaching a game in BDU’s? I’ll always be thankful to my battalion commander who gave me the leeway to do that and let me maintain some balance.”

“I challenge all of you to maintain that balance. Your priorities are your family, your civilian job and then the United States Army,” he continued. “The Army is a jealous mistress. She will take as much time as you’re willing to give her and we need you. But you have to maintain that balance.”

Tooliatos thanked all his mentors and influences for helping him improve as an officer and reach the rank of major general.

“In some way they all gave me opportunities that I probably didn’t deserve and praise on evaluation reports that I probably didn’t earn,” Tooliatos said. “Thanks for being great teammates and bringing out the best in me.”

Being afforded the opportunity to command the 63rd RSC as his last assignment has been an honor and a privilege, he said.

“You are a great group of soldiers and it’s been an honor to serve alongside you,” he said with pride.

Even in retirement Tooliatos asserted that he would remain a Soldier.

“When I was on the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee we coined the concept called ‘Soldier for Life,’” Tooliatos said. “Believe me I’m going to be a Soldier for life,” he said.

Although he has retired from the Army Reserve, he will continue to practice law in the Pleasanton, California, firm of Randick, O’Dea & Tooliatos, LLP, where he is a Certified Specialist in Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Law. He plans to take Joni on some well-deserved and long-deferred trips to see the world and play golf and hunt with his two sons, Nickolas and Michael.

submitted Oct. 3, 2016 8:44A
GRD Law '80
Takaichi, Drew

Drew C. Takaichi J.D. '80, of San Jose, was appointed to the Santa Clara County Superior Court by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Takaichi has been a sole practitioner since 1994. He was a partner for Brockman and Takaichi from 1983 to 1994 and Hamrick, Hoffman, Guillot and Takaichi from 1982 to 1983. Takaichi served as an associate for the Law Offices of Diana E. Levitz from 1980 to 1982. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Santa Clara University School of Law and a Bachelor of Business Administration from California State Univeristy, Chico.

submitted Dec. 7, 2010 3:09P
UGRD Engineering '80
Stitt, Gordon
Gordon Stitt ’80 has joined the board of advisors at TAM Technologies. Mr. Stitt’s more than 30 years of experience and entrepreneurial success in the information technology industry will contribute to both TAM Technologies’ and Blue Door Network’s future growth. TAM Technologies is a Northern Virginia based private firm that acts as an incubator for small to medium sized technology companies, dedicated to providing assistance to its portfolio companies in areas that include sales, marketing, and operations. Blue Door Networks, a subsidiary of TAM Technologies, is a communications and information technology company that specializes in providing best-in-class solutions for medium sized enterprises.
Mr. Stitt co-founded Extreme Networks in May 1996 and served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Extreme Networks, Inc. from its formation until August 2006. Prior to forming Extreme, in 1989, Mr. Stitt co-founded Network Peripherals, Inc., a pioneer in high speed networking. He served as Vice President of Marketing, then as Vice President and General Manager of the OEM Business Unit until 1995. Mr. Stitt holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Santa Clara University and a Masters in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business of the University of California, Berkeley.
In addition, Mr. Stitt has served on the Board of Directors for Extreme Networks, and several private companies including RGB Networks, Skyfire Labs and Barracuda Networks. He also serves as chair of the Industry Advisory Board for the Computer Engineering Department at Santa Clara University.
"We are extremely proud to have Mr. Stitt on our Board of Advisors,” said Frank Carlucci, TAM Technologies CEO and President. “Mr. Stitt has an outstanding track record of startup success, value creation and leadership in the information technology industry; we will benefit tremendously from his knowledge, expertise and strategic vision. We're very happy to welcome him as a member of the board and very fortunate to have him as a resource.”
submitted May. 8, 2012 1:08P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '80
Sponza, Marilyn

Maryilyn Sponza MFT '73 writes, "I have retired from my position as perinatal substance abuse counselor from Kaiser Permanente after 20 years."

submitted Apr. 21, 2016 10:02P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '80
Sousa, Frank

Dr. Frank Sousa ’80 is a professor of Portuguese at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he has been teaching since 1990, and has been influential in development of the Portuguese studies program. Originally from the Azores, he strives to educate people on the Portuguese influences and contributions in the United States. “Nothing is more rewarding to me than having students become enthusiastic about and appreciative of a great work of literature, in what it has to teach and delight us. I am also grateful for the opportunities I have had over the years at UMD, as director of the publishing house Tagus Press, soon to be a part of the University Press of New England, to be the general editor of translations of great books from Portuguese literature and of books on the Portuguese-American experience.” Sousa has received several awards from Portuguese organizations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and California. He also proposed the development of the Portuguese-Language Newspaper Digitization Initiative, whose first completed project is the 84,000 pages of the Diario de Noticias, the only Portuguese daily newspaper published in the United States. He believes that the establishment of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, the creation of the graduate program in Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives are the most crucial projects he has been a part of.

submitted Jan. 21, 2011 2:00P
Smith, Steve

Chicago attorney Steve Smith J.D. '80 has launched Legal Ally, a law firm specializing in small businesses and entrepreneurship. His specialty focuses on startups, women-owned businesses, and LGBT entrepreneurs. The firm offers clients a combined 36 years of legal experience. Legal Ally's mission is to provide excellent service from experienced lawyers at large global firms for fees that fit small business owners. The firm specializes in litigation, drafting and negotiating binding contracts, protecting intellectual property, such as trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, incorporation, employment law, drafting employee manuals and insurance advisory. Legal Ally also works with clients to ensure that their online business is protected as well. Smith wants business owners to know, "Some of the seemingly small decisions you make at the very start can have huge repercussions later. We help business owners avoid problems down the line by being proactive in the beginning." Legal Ally specializes in coaching lawyers. "We have coached hundreds of lawyers in our 36 years in practice." says Smith. "Legal Ally can help lawyers build their book of business, have a career plan and become rainmakers." Smith has long been passionate about helping women and LGBT entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed. In addition to his duties as Founding Partner at Legal Ally, he is on the executive committee of Personal PAC, a pro-choice political action committee and is a member of the LGBT chamber of commerce. Prior to founding Legal Ally, Smith practiced law at large firms such as Sidley, McGuire Woods and Bryan Cave. At Santa Clara Law School, he was an Editor of the Law Review.

submitted Jan. 12, 2017 12:44P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '80
Shoemaker, Rebecca (Bohn)

Rebecca Shoemaker '80 writes, "Newly joined the team at Coldwell Banker on Shelter Island."

Contact Rebecca
submitted Jul. 7, 2015 12:12P
UGRD Leavey Business '80
Seifert, Mike
Veteran technology executive Mike Seifert ’80 is the CFO of Analogix Semiconductor Inc., the market leader in enabling DisplayPort solutions and creator of SlimPort connectivity products. Prior, he served as CFO of PureWave Networks Inc. and Multigig Inc. He has previously served as CFO or corporate controller of Virage Logic Corp., Southwall Technologies Inc., SiteSmith, Inc., Compression Labs, Inc. and PMC-Sierra, Inc. Earlier in his career, he also spent 10 years with professional services firm Ernst & Young, where he became a senior manager and principal in its San Jose office.
submitted Oct. 31, 2013 1:01P
GRD Leavey/MBA '80
Schammel, Richard
Rich Schammel

Rich Schammel MBA '80  was named chairman of the Pasadena Center Operating Company. Rich is also a board member and director of the Rose Bowl Operating Company, the California Assoc of Business Brokers, and is president of Venture Investors Business Group, Inc. -- a merger and acquisition advisory firm. Rich resides in Pasadena, Calif., with his wife, Mary, and daughter, Ashley.

Contact Richard
President | Venture Investors Business Group, Inc. VR Business Sales, Mergers and Acquisitions 600 South Lake Avenue, Suite 507 Pasadena, CA 91106 Office: 626.449.1500 Mobile: 626.644.8306 Fax: 626.593.6343
submitted Oct. 27, 2009 4:06P
Robbiano, Angela


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.

submitted May. 2, 2016 10:36A
Rambis, Kurt

Kurt Rambis ’80 will be inducted into the West Coast Conference Hall of Honor, joining eight other WCC legends to be inducted in March in Las Vegas.

submitted Feb. 16, 2012 12:47P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '80
Powell, David

David Powell ’80, veteran employment lawyer, has joined the Denver office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. from Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Powell was a Brownstein shareholder for eight years and had headed the employment law practice. Ogletree, based in Atlanta, now has 11 attorneys in Denver. The firm is the nation’s third-largest labor and employment law firm. Powell started his career as a prosecutor in the Denver District Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable trial experience. Since entering private practice in 1990, he has served as lead counsel on numerous litigation matters involving federal employment and civil rights statutes, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Powell also regularly advises clients on issues arising from the employer- employee relationship, such as executive terminations, restrictive covenants, proprietary and trade secret information, wrongful discharge claims, disability and family leave issues, harassment, discrimination, and other matters governed by applicable state and federal laws. Powell has earned many accolades throughout his career including being named to Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers for five consecutive years and Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment for six consecutive years. He also is a Fellow in the International Society of Barristers. Powell is very active civically and professionally serving on the board of directors of the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado and the board of trustees for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. He holds leadership roles within the Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association and the National Employment Law Council. He also is an active member of the National Bar Association, the Sam Cary Bar Association, and the local Faculty of Federal Advocates.

submitted Jan. 19, 2011 12:42P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '80
Murphy, Natalie (Eblacas)

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."

submitted Oct. 20, 2015 7:31A
Montanari, George

With more than 36 years in the business, George Montanari '80 brings to Alain Pinel Realtors a wealth of skill and professionalism: Top Listing Agent, Top Selling Agent, Top Producer, Monthly Sales awards, Annual Sales awards, Platinum Circle, Wall Street Journal, and so on. Montanari has more than1,000 clients, including the Santa Clara County Public Guardians Office. George is a valley native and lives in Los Gatos with his wife, Jill, and their two children, Kristin and Massimo. 

submitted Sep. 27, 2016 12:52P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '80
McGovern, Tina (Tina McGovern)

Ed McGovern '79 and Tina McGovern '80 are pleased that their daughter Meagan will be attending our alma mater in the fall! Four years ago we launched a foundation named for our son Jack McGovern, the Jack McGovern Coats Disease Foundation. This rare eye disease affects our Jack age 15 and many others around the world. It affects mostly boys between the ages of infancy to teenage and is a life long battle they wage to keep their eyesight. To learn more we raise funds to support research by hosting a fashion event every spring and a golf tournament every summer. Thanks to our friends and family, the foundation has sponsored research and a national conference of pediatric retinal specialists in San Francisco this past February. For more information, please visit our website

Contact Tina
submitted May. 2, 2010 9:07P
GRD Leavey/MBA '80
Maxfield, Katherine (Hullmann)

Katherine Maxfield's MBA ’80 new book Starting Up Silicon Valley (Greenleaf 2014) received a starred review from Kirkus: "will satisfy anyone captivated by Silicon Valley...unusual in its candor...intense emotions and exuberant personalities...few authors have Maxfield's knack for describing both the forest and the trees...enough drama for a movie." Available at bookstores, on Amazon, iBook, and

Contact Katherine
submitted Apr. 17, 2014 3:18P
Marcroft, Terri

In her spare time, Terri Marcroft '80 is executive director of a nonprofit called Unplanned Good, which encourages teens facing unplanned pregnancy to consider making an adoption plan. The cause is very close to her heart, since Terri became a mom when a 16-year-old chose to make an adoption plan; now Terri wants to encourage others in the same way. She writes, "We just launched our redesigned website, Since we have a teen audience, we had to make our site easy for viewing on mobile devices. Visit our new site and--if you feel moved--support our mission!”

submitted Aug. 3, 2015 1:07P
UGRD Leavey Business '80
Marcroft, Theresa
Marcroft, Theresa

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.

Contact Theresa
Company contact info:, 408-656-1876,
submitted Apr. 3, 2017 2:00P
GRD Law '80
Lodge, Joseph
Joseph Lodge ’76, J.D. ’80 was appointed to Arizona’s Coconino County Superior Court. “Mr. Lodge is known as one of the finest prosecutors in the State of Arizona,” said Governor Brewer. “His legal experience and outstanding personal and professional reputation make him well qualified to be a superior court judge.” Joe Lodge has worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office since 1989, where he currently serves as the Branch Chief in the Flagstaff office. Prior to serving as a U.S. Attorney, he worked as a Judge Advocate General in the U.S. Army from 1981 to 1989. He received his licensed to practice law in Arizona in 1992. As a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Lodge prosecuted procurement fraud, white collar offenses and violent crimes occurring on northern Arizona Indian reservations. From 1995 to 1999 he served as the U.S. Attorney’s Office tribal liaison. As a JAG officer he helped soldiers and their families with domestic relations issues, contracts, wills and other civil matters. He also advised commanders on the applicable provisions of the Geneva Convention, rules of engagement and the law of appropriate targets. Mr. Lodge is reflective of Governor Brewer’s continuing effort to identify and appoint judges who share her philosophy that judges should strictly interpret and apply the laws as written by the Arizona Legislature. “It is an honor to appoint Joe Lodge to the Coconino County Superior Court,” said Governor Brewer. “He is an outstanding attorney who will serve the citizens of Coconino County well as their newest judge.”
submitted Feb. 16, 2011 12:13P
Levy, Gina (Ebert)

Gina Levy '80 has her own CPA practice which focuses on tax planning for parents of children with special needs. Gina lives in West Los Angeles with her husband Ralph, son Jeff and daughter Andrea. Gina's daughter recenlty celebrated her Bat Mitzvah on 12/6/08 at Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel in Los Angeles. In attendance was Gina's roommate at SCU, Kathy Becker '80.

submitted Dec. 8, 2008 4:53P
LaForge, Perry

Perry LaForge '80 joined the advisory board of AirHop Communications on January 18. Perry is founder and executive director of the CDMA Development Group, and with nearly 30 years in high-tech, is known for growing a number of successful companies and building global business partnerships throughout the wireless ecosystem. 

submitted Jan. 20, 2010 11:59A
Hogan, Tracy (Stempel)

Tracy (Stempel) Hogan ’80 writes that she is working at Dominican University of California in San Rafael as director of external relations and director of alumni relations. She has two sons, ages 24 and 27, and is married to Bill.

submitted May. 18, 2012 3:51P
UGRD Engineering '80
Hipps, Ralph

Ralph Hipps '80 recently took a position with Toshiba in San Jose, Calif., as a staff technical sales engineer (FAE) supporting Apple computer. He lives in Cupertino with his daughter Shannon who's interested in becoming an environmental scientist.

Contact Ralph
submitted Sep. 13, 2009 9:16P
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