Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in the last year by graduates in the 1990s
Mike Prym M.A. '90 was appointed the new director of development at The Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux in Vina, California, on August 1.
Appointed the new Director of Development at the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, Ca on August 1.
Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP (CDF), an award-winning California employment, labor and immigration law firm, recognized for protecting California employers for more than 20 years, has promoted Marianne Koepf '90 to Partner. Koepf maintains a decade of experience with the firm, managing class action and single plaintiff litigation.
http://www.cdflaborlaw.com/attorneys/bio/marianne-koepf (415) 981-3233
Meredith McAdam Smith '91 is Development and Marketing Director at JW House in Santa Clara, a home away from home for families with a loved one in the hospital.
A.J. Riebli '91 is the creative studio manager at Telltale Games, an award-winning independent developer and publisher of video games, located in Marin County. In 2014 it was named Most Innovative Company in Gaming by Fast Company. Prior, Riebli had spent 17 years with Pixar, fostering the development and creative output of six Academy Award–winning animated feature films. Riebli resides in Sonoma with his wife and two children.
Ron Pasek MBA '91 is now executive vice president and chief financial officer of NetApp. He brings more than 30 years of experience in financial management. After graduating from SCU, Pasek joined Rolm Corporation, where he worked in accounting and financial planning. In 1990, he began a nearly 20-year career with Sun Microsystems, where he served in roles including vice president, Finance, Global Sales, and Service; and vice president and treasurer. Most recent, he served as CFO of Altera Corporation before the company was acquired by Intel Corporation.
Pamela (Rozolis) Ortega '91 recently celebrated her 20th wedding anniversary with husband Johnny Ortega '88. They live in Orange County with their twins, Sophia and Daniel, who just turned 16 years old. Pam works part-time for an affordable housing builder who helps veterans, people with special needs, and single-families. You can also follow her on her cooking blog at www.busybrunettebakerista.com
Meghan Ackley '91 is among ESL faculty at the International Office of the Univeristy of Texas at Austin. She speaks four languages: French, German, Czech, and English and taught abroad in the Czech Republic for four years. She enjoys teaching listening/speaking, reading, grammar and pronunciation classes, and has been teaching at UT Austin ESL Services since 2005.
Bob Downey '92 is the assistant director of Clinical Laboratory Applications at Sysmex America. He continues his volunteer work running medical clinics in rural southwestern Haiti and serving on the board of the Seattle-King County Disaster Team. He lives in San Diego with his husband, Karl, and their dog, Alvin.
SurveyGizmo, industry leader in online data collection services and survey software, has a new COO: Nicole Craine '92. Nicole brings more than years of operations, start-up, and leadership experience. Her main focuses will be speed, efficiency, and scalability.
Nicole is an active member of both Women in Technology International (WTI) and Women in Wireless.
Renee Balodis-Cox '92 writes that she is a licensed mental health counselor and has been working with the state of Washington's criminal justice training commission for the past several years to provide crisis intervention training to law-enforcement officers. "It is essentially a training that teaches them about the most common mental illnesses, and educates them on appropriate resources in the area to help these people and their families, as well as emphasizing/teaching verbal de-escalation tactics. This is a big issue across the nation and a very needed training. I'm proud of Washington for being on the forefront of this. We have a legislation that just passed requiring all commissioned officers to attend this training, we are the only state in the nation that has done so, so far."
Rock Zierman '93 is CEO of the California Independent Petroleum Association, where he has worked since 2002. Prior to being appointed CEO, Rock served as both the director of Public Affairs for CIPA and the executive director of the California Natural Gas Producers Association, a wholly owned subsidiary organization of CIPA. Rock recommends and implements policy for the Association's 50 member Board of Directors. He serves as chief spokesperson for the Association and coordinates all of its state and national legislative activities.
Prior to joining CIPA, Rock served as chief of staff to Assemblyman Mike Briggs (Fresno). Rock has also served in the offices of assemblymembers Chuck Quackenbush (San Jose), Tom Bordonaro (Paso Robles), and Robert Prenter (Hanford).
Timothy Shih Ph.D. '93 will serve as a keynote speaker at the 19th International Conference on Computer and Information Technology (ICCIT) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dec. 18-20. His topic will be "Motion Interpretation Via Human-Computer Interaction."
Nahal Iravani-Sani J.D. ’93 received the 2016 Diversity Award at the Santa Clara County Bar Association Judge’s Night for commitment and leadership in promoting diversity in the legal profession. She was recently interviewed by The Huffington Post regarding this achievement, during which she said, "My immigrant background has fostered traits of perseverance and fair-mindedness. Early encounters with injustice and adversity have heightened my sensitivity and commitment to fairness and equality. In our legal system, in particular, I firmly believe in the notion that all who come to our courts must be treated with uncompromising fairness, respect, and dignity."
Rob Devincenzi '93 was named president and publisher of the Marin Independent Journal in October. He worked as editor and publisher of publications and digital media covering San Jose, Milpitas, Fremont and Newark prior to his Marin County appointment.
Rob Devincenzi '93, editor and publisher of several South Bay newspapers, has been named president and publisher of Marin Independent Journal. Devincenzi was named Milpitas business man of the year in 2010 and this year was a nominee for citizen of the year.
Devincenzi, 44, began work with the Milpitas Post Newspapers in 1993 as a reporter, shortly after graduating from Santa Clara University with a bachelor’s degree in communication with an emphasis in print journalism.
He was promoted to managing editor a year later, and in 1999 became editor and publisher as well as advertising director. He has helped launch two newspapers, the Fremont Bulletin in 1996 and, in August 2014, the Newark Connection.
Devincenzi said, “My heart has always been in community newspapers — it’s what I do, what I’ve done for 23 years. One of my goals is to become actively engaged in the community, particularly with nonprofits, charities and chambers of commerce.”
Devincenzi is married to Monica and has two sons, ages 15 and 11 years old. They live in San Mateo.
Ann Barham M.A. '93 has published a book through Enliven Books/Atria/Simon & Schuster entitled The Past Life Perspective: Discovering Your True Nature Across Multiple Lifetimes. Sharing some of the most fascinating client stories from her past 18+ years work as a transpersonal psychotherapist, Barham demonstrates the profound influence our prior lifetimes may have on our current life, and how emotional and relationship issues can be resolved by bringing these experiences up to conscious awareness to be worked through. Clients also find opportunities for significant spiritual exploration and growth. You can learn more about Barham's work and book at her website, www.pastlives.org. She maintains a private practice in Gilroy, CA.
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.
Mark O'Brien '94 and John Cordaro were married in Kenwood CA on May 21, 2016. In attendance at the beautiful ceremony, reception and after parties were many SCU friends including Bob Downey '92, Beth Kelley Gillogly '93, Shawn Gillogly, TJ Firpo, Ben Bowler and Carolyn Adams Nicholson '93.
Local attorney Juan Lopez J.D. '94 was named as one of nine recipients of the 2016 California Peace Award for the 30th Assembly District.
Lopez, a Morgan Hill resident who was born in Arizona and raised in Los Angeles, founded We the People in 2014, an organization that defends the civil rights of Morgan Hill residents and promotes multicultural events in the community.
“It is my honor to recognize these truly remarkable individuals and organizations who have made it their mission to promote peace throughout all of our communities,” Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) said. “The commitment and dedication they have demonstrated for their communities exemplify what this award is all about. It’s everyday heroes like these who help keep our neighborhoods safe.”
Lopez, who owns a bachelor’s degree in Chicano Studies from U.C. Berkeley and a law degree from Santa Clara University, served as director of the Latino Student Rights Project from 1994-95 and also worked at the Family Violence Law Center, the first male attorney hired there. He has worked in the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office since 1996, defending indigent clients. Lopez has been a board member of the Community Agency for Resources and Services since 2015.
He is joined as one of two Santa Clara County honorees by Gilroy native Sally Duran Armendariz, a statewide president of the Young Christian Workers and founding board member of the La Isla Pacifica Shelter for women and children.