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2000

UGRD Arts & Sciences '00
Walker, Travis

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."

Contact Travis
Look me up on LinkedIn
submitted Dec. 9, 2016 2:13P
'00
Byrne, Rory

Rory Byrne MBA ’00 has joined the executive team of Billtrust, a leader in payment cycle management, to help meet growing business demands and expansion into new markets. Rory, who will assume the role of executive vice president of Business Development, will oversee corporate partnerships and channel sales, as well as mergers and acquisition strategies. He brings expertise from a variety of leadership roles, including his positions as Senior VP of OEM & Partner Strategy at Kofax, and VP of Business Development at Kapow, a robotic process automation provider, where he was responsible for partner growth through channels and alliances, leading to a successful acquisition by Kofax in 2013. Prior to Kapow, Rory held roles as Director of Corporate Development at Yahoo! Inc., and Director of Interchange Pricing Strategy at Visa.

 
submitted Nov. 1, 2016 9:41P
'00
Benavidez, Ricardo

Ricardo Benavidez '00 was named to the Silicon Valey Business Journal's 40 under 40 list for 2016.

As Cisco’s government and community relations manager, Benavidez granted $16 million-plus in cash and millions more in product donations to Bay Area nonprofits. Now as a program manager with Google, he helps design and build workplaces that inspire and energize employees. He serves on the board of the San Jose-based Shortino Foundation, and at Year Up, he mentors at-risk/under-served students.

 
submitted Sep. 8, 2016 1:07P

2001

UGRD Arts & Sciences '01
Wilczoch, Bianca (Placencia)

Bianca Placencia '01 married Christian Wilczoch on Septemner 17, 2016 in Carmel, California. In attendance were the immediate families of the bride and groom, including Jose Placencia MBA '79 and friends Julia (Debriyn) Tabery '01, Tara (Cano) Skipper '01, and Jamie (Ceccato) Perkins '01. The couple lives in Santa Clara, where Christian works as an engineer and Bianca as the director of operations.

submitted Nov. 22, 2016 7:44P
'01
Murai, Garret

 

Garret Murai J.D. '01 has been recognized as a JD Supra Top Author in its inaugural Readers’ Choice Awards. Murai is honored in the Construction and Insurance categories for the high level of visibility and engagement of his articles among JD Supra’s readers. Garret is a construction partner with Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP. Garret has also been recognized as a Rising Star and Super Lawyer in the area of Construction Litigation, and in addition to being a prolific writer on issues affecting the construction industry, is the editor of the firm’s California Construction Law Blog, which provides an informative yet wry look at construction law in California.

 

submitted Jan. 12, 2017 11:57A
'01
Lathrop, Rob

Rob Lathrop '94, M.S. '01 is the new president of Lathrop Engineering, a Paramit company, that designs and develops medical device and life science instrumentation. As the former VP of engineering at Lathrop, Rob brings more than 20 years of experience in leading multidisciplinary teams, project management, and designing and developing complex scientific instrumentation. He has been instrumental in expanding the company's client base, and his optimization of the product development process now enables Lathrop to complete even the most complex projects on timelines no one else can match. Rob's leadership of design and engineering teams through many successful projects over the years has built strong working relationships with clients, as well as their continued repeat business. 

Rob has served on the University's Mechanical Engineering Industry Advisory Board for the last 10 years. Finding it important to give back to young engineers coming up in the ranks, he also contributes his time, mentoring, and training as part of his activities on the board.
submitted Nov. 9, 2016 1:11P
'01
Jonsson, Francisca (Jonsson)

Francisca "Kika" Jonsson '01 married Brian Yeung on September 15, 2016, at the New York City Marriage Bureau in Manhattan. The immediate families of the bride and groom were in attendance, including Erik Jonsson '01, his wife Yulia Protasova Jonsson, and their 8-month-old son Jakob; and Alicia Foster '03 and Chris Foster '03 and their two children Eve (5) and Jason (3). Kika is a fine artist in Berlin and Brian works as a director of Service Experience at Blacklane, a transportation startup. The couple lives in Berlin, Germany.

Contact Francisca
www.kikajonsson.com
submitted Nov. 1, 2016 5:07A
'01
Faust, Kim (Sorenson)
MainStreet Property Group LLC, a real estate development firm, is proud to congratulate Kim Faust '01, Senior Vice President of Development, on receiving the 40 under 40 recognition from the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2016 lineup of young business leaders.
 
Faust has served as an integral member of MainStreet since its inception, tracing her contributions back to the firm’s humble beginnings of two employees working out of a conference room with a rented table and chairs. Faust remembers fulfilling many roles from the very basics to creating templates and standards while formulating future company strategy.
 
As Senior Vice President of Development, Faust helps manage the firm's development and construction activities across the Puget Sound region. As a leader of a pipeline of more than $300 million in development and construction, Faust coordinates mixed-use, multifamily, commercial and retail projects for the company.
 
“I work with energy and passion every day, putting all of my hard work and determination into seeking ways to improve the company and delight our customers while having fun,” said Faust. “I care about the success of the company and feel responsible for every aspect of our projects, upholding the brand and quality that will continue to earn us a solid long term reputation.”
 
A native of Seattle’s Eastside, Faust attended Eastlake High School in Sammamish and earned a scholarship to Santa Clara University in 1997. There she played Division I College Basketball for four years while earning her Bachelor’s in Marketing from the Leavey School of Business in 2001. Throughout her career, Faust has participated in more than $500 million in construction across all types of real estate development.
 
“Congratulations to Kim on this well deserved honor from the PSBJ.” said Kelly Price, President. “She has a remarkable passion for our business and works hard to make each project better. Her positive energy and determination have helped shape MainStreet into who we are today.”
  
When she’s not coordinating multi-million dollar construction projects across greater Seattle, Faust coaches youth softball, basketball and soccer in Kirkland, Wash. She lives in Seattle’s Kirkland neighborhood with her husband Mark and their two daughters Emily and Mia.
 
submitted Oct. 3, 2016 1:41P

2002

UGRD Arts & Sciences '02
Muldoon, Chris

Chris Muldoon '02 is currently working as a Physician Assistant at Amundsen-Scott Station, South Pole, Antarctica, providing medical care (and evacuations as necessary) and facilitating a NASA project that is a very small part of the program aimed at putting man on Mars. He recently finished a winter at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. He is also a member of a global disaster response team and has been a member of all-volunteer mountain rescue teams in the Pacific Northwest for about the last ten years.

Contact Chris
www.penguinsareiceholes.wordpress.com
submitted Jan. 11, 2017 9:54P
UGRD Leavey Business '02
Benedict, Renee (Osborne)

Renee (Osborne) Benedict '02 writes, "My daughter, Sophia Marie, was born in July 2015. I am really enjoying her. It's the first grandchild for Connie Osborne '75."

submitted Sep. 2, 2016 5:49P

2003

'03
Kaushik, Tara

For two years in a row, Tara S. Kaushik '98, J.D. '03 has been included in the Best Lawyers in America guide, Utilities Law. She is a partner in Holland & Knight's San Francisco office and a member of the firm's West Coast Land Use and Environment Group. Ms. Kaushik focuses her practice on regulatory matters, with a specific emphasis on energy, natural resources and the environment. She has represented energy companies, local governments, Alaska Native Corporations and tribal entities in project developments, including the negotiations of power purchase agreements and project financing.

Ms. Kaushik has advised and represented her clients on numerous issues before state public utilities commissions throughout the western United States and before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She also handles carbon credits transactions and cap-and-trade issues before the California Air Resources Board, and regularly advises energy companies and tribal organizations on litigation and arbitration involving energy and commercial disputes.

submitted Jan. 15, 2017 11:08A
'03
Casesa, Rhianna (Henry)

Rhianna Henry Casesa '03 received her Ph.D. in Education from the joint doctoral program between San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University in August 2015. She is currently a tenure-track assistant professor at Sonoma State University. Her research interests include dual-language education, literacy, and biliteracy. She is currently living in Sonoma County with her husband, Marco, and their 4-year-old daughter, Giovanna.

submitted Sep. 13, 2016 10:22A

2004

UGRD Arts & Sciences '04
Snyder, Sarah (Snyder)

Sarah Snyder '04 is the team dietitian for the Detroit Lions football team. She worked as a sports dietitian for the University of Florida and the University of Michigan athletic departments prior to joining the lions.

Contact Sarah
3525147262
submitted Nov. 15, 2016 8:30A
'04
Olah, Veronika

Veronika Olah '04, Lauren Lopez '11, and Angelica Salinas '13 made an uncanny discovery that they make up three of only about a hundred Disney Adventure Guides in the world. Along with local experts, the guides ensure that travelers feel a connection to the people, culture, and traditions of each destination visited. Bringing Bronco spirit to their competitive positions as tour guides with talents for storytelling, Angelica guides in Wyoming, Lauren in Hollywood and San Francisco, and Veronika on the Danube River Cruise.

submitted Sep. 27, 2016 11:17A
UGRD Leavey Business '04
Greenwood, Stacy (Hartman)

Stacy (Hartman) Greenwood '04 and her husband Sean welcomed Grant Joseph on July 7, 2016. He joins big brothers Landon (5) and Cohen (2). The Greenwoods reside in San Jose, California.

submitted Jan. 2, 2017 8:39P
'04
Ferrari, Jennifer

Jennifer Ferrari '04 started in her new role as the associate directorfor Santa Clara University's Career Center, providing leadership and strategic planning support. Jennifer has more than 10 years of experience in higher education. Santa Clara is a big part of Jennifer’s history, as she has worked on campus since 2005, previously serving as the business manager in Auxiliary Services before taking on her former assistant director role in the Career Center. Her work is inspired by her own Santa Clara experience and she loves helping SCU students explore the intersection between their passions, talents, and the needs of the world to discover meaningful opportunities. Jennifer has a BS degree in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Italian and an MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Career Development from Santa Clara University.

submitted Sep. 14, 2016 2:22P
'04
Bordeleau, Marie

Marie Bordeleau M.A. '04 is principal of St. Hilary Catholic School, in Tiburon, CA. Marie is thrilled to serve the Saint Hilary community as the school principal.  Her son, Charlie, is enjoying second grade at Saint Hilary's.  She is also entering her second year as a doctoral student at Creighton University where she is study Interdisciplinary Leadership. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking with Charlie and his dog, Moe, traveling, going to see her beloved Giants and 49ers, visiting with friends and just embracing all of life's many blessings.

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 12:20P
'04
Ali, Stefanie

Dr. Stefanie Hirano-Ali '04 is a dual board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist serving patients in Joliet and Downers Grove, Illinois. In addition to dermatopathology, she also specializes in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Her hobbies and interests include painting, tennis, and travel. Dr. Ali and her husband, who is a radiologist, are excited to be in the Chicago area with their daughters and love serving the community. 

submitted Sep. 27, 2016 12:36P

2005

UGRD Arts & Sciences '05
Zakes, Vanesas (Garcia)

Vanessa Garcia '05 married Kevin Zakes at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento, CA in a New Year's Eve ceremony on 12/31/2016.

submitted Jan. 22, 2017 11:46A
'05
Soldato, Anthony

After law school, Anthony Soldato '05, J.D. '08 worked for a real estate litigation firm in San Francisco. His practice focused on landlord tenant disputes, purchase-sale disputes, and local land use disputes. After moving to Seattle, he worked for a litigation defense firm handling matters from class-action/mass tort defense to pre-litigation defense of civil rights and general liability claims. Mr. Soldato joins the firm as an associate attorney in the Seattle office of Klinedinst PC. Mr. Soldato is a civil litigator who focuses on public entity and insurance defense. Mr. Soldato handles litigation and pre-litigation claims regarding personal injury, civil rights violations, real estate issues, and business torts, on behalf of cities, counties, and business entities.

Contact Anthony
http://klinedinstlaw.com/profiles/attorney/anthony-soldato
submitted Oct. 19, 2016 2:59P
'05
Robertson, John

John Robertson '05 is an investor relations manager at CrowdStreet, commercial real estate technology startup in Portland, Oregon. CrowdStreet provides a crowdfunding marketplace that connects individual and professional investors with institutional-quality real estate investments.

submitted Sep. 8, 2016 12:45P
'05
Pitigoi, Allison
After practicing employment law for more than a decade at some of the largest and most reputable law firms in the world, Allison Pitigoi J.D. '05 joined Newmark Cornish & Carey’s Santa Clara office in 2016 as a managing director to assist clients forging the intersect between employee headcount growth and their real estate needs. Ms. Pitigoi leverages her strong client service and negotiation skills to obtain favorable results for her clients in commercial real estate transactions.
submitted Nov. 9, 2016 1:18P
'05
Field, Jennifer

Actress, host, and beauty queen Jennifer Field '05 was born and raised in San Jose, California, and graduated from Santa Clara University, with a B.A. in Theatre Arts.  Miss Field holds the title of Miss Asian America 2006-2007, and is half Korean, half English-Irish-German.  A host for Kore Asian Media, Ideate TV, and CarHub, she also recurs on Dish Network's Sangre Negra starring Erik Estrada and Eric Roberts and co-stars on Chance, the new psychological thriller on Hulu starring Hugh Laurie.  For leisure, Jennifer enjoys reading, writing, and snowboarding.  An avid hiker, she annually vacations to one of the nation’s beautiful National Parks.  She has visited nearly every national park and monument in the western United States.  Jennifer hopes to build a career in entertainment which includes becoming a successful, respected actress who takes on challenging work that in turn helps audiences empathize with and have compassion for people from all walks of life.

submitted Sep. 28, 2016 3:42P
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