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Grace Wu '10 writes, "I have moved to Yangon Myanmar with my husband, Maung Aung Lwin Oo '11, and we are seeking investment opportunities in Myanmar. If anyone is interested in visiting or investing in Myanmar, feel free to contact us! It is an exciting and fast-growing country!"
Ryan Watkins J.D. '10 writes, "My wife, Sherry Watkins, and I welcomed our first child, Weston Watkins on October 23, 2015. After I graduated from law school my wife and I moved back home to Toronto, Canada."
Benjamin Petersen '10 and Leah (Torres) Petersen '10, both of Bend, Oregon, were married Aug. 15, 2015, at the Mission Church of Santa Clara. A reception took place at Valencia Hotel, Santana Row, in San Jose.
The groom is the son of David and Colleen Petersen, of Bend. He works at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. The bride is the daughter of Victor and Iris Torres, of Tracy, California. She works as the director of operations at Red Jacket West. The couple honeymooned in Ixtapa, Mexico, in December. They will settle in Bend.
Paul La Londe '10 joined SV Angel as an associate in 2014 and will be attending The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, starting in Summer 2016.
A self-described “renegade” whose heroes include Margaret Thatcher and the underdogs described in Malcom Gladwell’s David and Goliath, Amy Yao MBA '11 is a data science supply chain strategist for Seagate Technology. This role is partly due to the challenging courses and inspiring faculty at the Leavey School of Business. She says her coursework, including one exploring neuroscience and sales and one called “Spirits of the New Workplace,” continues to open doors to new fields. “Learning regression analysis in John Heineke’s class has paved the way to my involvement in data science today,” she notes.
As supply chain strategist at Seagate, she is deploying big data methods to ensure the hard drive leader is the first to utilize advance planning systems, and was recently a speaker for the Gartner Supply Chain Forum.
She also sees the supply chain management function becoming central to profitability, especially in the global technology capital of the world. “Supply chain management is so much more than the traditional notion of warehousing and physical distribution. It’s an exciting discipline that has matured over the last few decades, and is about to be even more complex and interesting with the emergence of IoT (“Internet of Things”) and data science application for operations.”
Yao thinks SCU is perfectly positioned to create an emerging generation of supply chain managers, offering the only graduate degree in the discipline in northern California. “Silicon Valley is teeming with companies that are competing in the high tech industry, which has characteristically fast product life cycle and thrives on innovation. Supply chain management is a great skillset to have to be an operational caretaker as well as a growth partner,” she says.
Megan Wirth '11 writes, "I cannot believe it's been five years. Just yesterday, we were 'running' the streets of Bellomy and roaming the beautiful Santa Clara campus. Today, I am inspired by all of the people I was lucky to graduate with. Through social media, I feel a continued closeness with my classmates and a sense of pride as I follow their accomplishments day by day and year after year. Cannot wait to see all of my fellow Broncos again in the near future!"
Liz (Courter) Oseguera '06, MBA '11 recently married the love of her life (whom she met at SCU while working there), Michael Oseguera, on Sept. 10, 2015, in San Diego, California, with three of her best SCU friends by her side: Kate (Goethals) Barbero '06, Micaela Esquivel '06, and Dan Erwin '06! After working in the SCU Athletic Department for 5.5 years while getting her MBA at SCU, she left to pursue a marketing position at Marketo. She recently moved to San Diego with her husband from the North Bay and now works remotely for Marketo.
Christopher Mosier '11, J.D. '14 is an associate attorney specializing in complex business litigation and insurance coverage at Willoughby, Stuart, Bening & Cook in downtown San Jose. Chris is a board member for the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at Santa Clara University and co-chairs the 2011 Grand Reunion Committee.
Robert "Bert" Girdner '11 and his wife, Cicily, proudly welcomed a baby girl, Abigail Grace Girdner, on Feb. 8, 2016. The Girdner Family hopes Abby will be a fourth-generation Bronco, following in the footsteps of her father, her grandfather (Gregory Girdner '83), and her great-grandmother (June Girdner, who attended from '57-'59 as a nursing student). Godparents are Gregory Semenza '11 and Sara Jones M.A. '16.
Diana Fitts '11 has published two books, Your Focus Formula and What Next? She has launched a business helping others achieve their goals and live with no limits at dianafitts.com.
Website: dianafitts.com Facebook: facebook.com/DianaAFitts Twitter: twitter.com/nolimits_diana
Adrien De Leener '11 signed a pro contract with WRT Audi for the Blancpain Endurance Series (european endurance racing). He completed his MBA at Pepperdine University's Graziadio Business School this past April.
Upon graduation, Amanda Arthur '11 co-founded a mobile application with her father. Aimed at helping local businesses communicate to their customers, OptTown got a first round of venture capital funding in 2012. The app was launched at Santa Clara, much as Mark Zuckerberg tested out Facebook at Harvard. Twenty-five of Santa Clara's favorite businesses participated, from Blinky's, to Blondie's Frozen Yogurt, to Wicked Chicken (formerly known as Cluck You). After Santa Clara, the company targeted U.C. Davis, where the college atmosphere and demographic provided an even more receptive audience. By June 2013, Arthur and her team of sales reps signed up an additional 350 businesses and 25,000 unique users to downloaded the app. The OptTown technology was acquired in early 2014, and Arthur transitioned to work for a pre-IPO startup in San Francisco, named MuleSoft. She now runs global training and enablement for their inside sales department. She lives in San Francisco.
LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amandacarthur
Kelly (Schaller) Barnes '86, M.A. '12 is the director of Christian Service at Jesuit High School in Sacramento. She and husband, Mike Barnes '85, will celebrate their 30th anniversary in July.
Alexandria Shearer '13 has received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to further her work on applications in heterogeneous computing. During her time at SCU, she was a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, and the University Honors Program. She was also a SWE ViaSat Scholar, a Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholar, and she won an NSF Grace Hopper Celebration Scholarship. Alexandria expects to complete her Ph.D. at U.C. San Diego in 2018.
Karl Cook '13 continues to ride horses professionally. He has been riding since age 8 and has won numerous competitions. He considered quitting the sport after some poor performances in 2012, but he realized he could not imagine life without horses. After spending two months training in France, he changed his sitting style and hand positioning, and is having success on the track.
Paige Webster '14 has joined the Alumni Relations team as the new assistant director of Student & Young Alumni Programs. Paige graduated from Santa Clara with a major in sociology. She has spent the past year as an assistant director in the Jerry Smith Coaching for Life Academy. Paige brings her Bronco passion, program development skills, and a creative lens toward engaging our students and young alumni to our team. Paige manages the Student~Alumni Council, as well as a group of young alumni ambassadors to implement a variety of events and programs. She will be working alongside Frankie Bastone '15 to bring about the 2nd Annual Young Alumni Soiree. Paige will also be working on the Grand Reunion classes of 2011 and 2016.
Timothy T. Tran '14 is now a design engineer for BKF Engineers at its Redwood City office.