Santa Clara University

Class notes


61Richard Bernacchi is an attorney with Irell & Manella in Los Angeles. He was named a Southern California Super Lawyer by Los Angeles Magazine, and was also listed in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in corporate mergers and acquisitions and securities law.
62Robert Kinerk is the author of Clorinda, which was named one of the best books of 2003 by Child Magazine. It is his second picture book. His first, Slim and Miss Prim, won the 1999 Storyteller Award from Western Writers of America. Robert and his wife, Anne, make their home in Cambridge, Mass.
65Thad Waterbury MBA '68 retired after 34 years with the U.S. Forest Service. He was the contracting officer for the Stanislaus National Forest. He lives in Sonora, where he volunteers in his community and spends time with hobbies and travel. Both of his sons graduated from SCU: Jude '91 and Mason '93.
66William Landtbom writes: "Attention Class of '66: We are planning a déjà vu cruise celebrating our imminent 60th birthdays, to imitate the hugely successful cruise 10 years ago (44 attendees). Limited space still available." Call him at 415- 387-4082.
69Joseph A. Braun Jr. retired as professor emeritus from Illinois State University and now lives in Carmel. He is teaching part-time for Chapman University, co-authoring a revision of a secondary methods text, and serving on the board of directors of the National Council for the Social Studies. His wife, Anne, is the librarian at Palma High School in Salinas. J. Randolph MacPherson J.D. '72 has joined the law firm of Halloran & Sage in the Washington, D.C., office. He practices in the administrative, regulatory, business, construction, and commercial litigation areas. He previously was a partner at two other Washington, D.C., firms, and served for 16 years in the United States Army and Department of Defense.
70Rex Moser is public affairs officer at the U.S. consulates in Karachi and Lahore, Pakistan.
73Sergio Meza retired from SBC/PacBell after 26 years in sales and marketing. He is now pursuing a second career as a Porsche technician. He is also chairman of the board for UNCLE Credit Union.
74Glen Marchant announces the adoption of a 22- month-old daughter, Anna, from the Children's Home in Sochi, Russia, on July 22, 2003.
75Tennessee Blix and her husband, Dr. John Hottinger, moved to Henderson, Nev. They purchased two dental practices in Las Vegas and operate as a management team. Tennessee is the executive administrator. She writes, "The bigger picture is John and Tennessee spending more time on tropical beaches while the practices are providing dental services to the patients." Marjorie Cohn has been elected executive vice president of the National Lawyers Guild and the U.S. representative to the executive council of the American Association of Jurists.
77Vladamir Belinsky is president of Hermitage Advisors, Ltd. in San Francisco, an investment counseling firm advising individuals and families on their investment strategies and implementation.
78Maureen (Doyle) McQuerry had her second book, Student Inquiry, published in summer 2003 by Creative Learning Press. It was written for teachers who use the inquiry method for senior projects, challenging gifted students, and providing differentiated curriculum. Her earlier book, Nuclear Legacy, published by Battelle Press in 2000, was a finalist for the Independent Publishers Young Adult Non-Fiction Book of the Year. It contains accounts written by children evacuated from Chernobyl and a history of the Hanford Site's Manhattan Project.
79Greg Patti has joined Synctomi as their CFO and as a member of their board of directors. He is married to Annie Kim and lives in San Francisco.
80Guy Morrone and his wife, Barbara, announce the birth of their third son, Nico Stefano, on Dec. 29, 2003. They live in San Jose. Bartholomew Sullivan works in Washington, D.C. as a correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service. He worked for the Scrippsowned Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis for 11 years, and was sent on extensive reporting trips to Portugal and India. He also worked for the Palm Beach Post in Florida, and the Gettysburg Times and Carlisle Evening Sentinel in Pennsylvania. In 1999, he won the American Society of Newspaper Editors' Jesse Laventhol Prize for Deadline Writing, and his stories were reproduced in the The Poynter Institute for Media Studies' Best Newspaper Writing 1999. Bart is married and has two teenage daughters. He was editor-in chief of The Santa Clara in 1979-80.
81Allison (Abbott) Kline is development director for St. Justin School in Santa Clara. Her husband, Norman Kline '79, is a city council member in Saratoga and CEO of CASPR Library Systems. They are busy with Santa Clara County Democratic politics and with raising two sons, John, 14, and William, 12. They divide their time between Saratoga and Carmel. Richard Newton and his wife, Pamela, announce the birth of their second child, Jeffrey, in August 2003. Jeffrey joins brother Michael, 3, at the family's home in Los Angeles. Richard is the scheduler for the city of Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus, and Pam is a veterinary radiologist for Veterinary Centers of America.
82Ken Najour is the senior vice president and senior financial officer for MasterCard International's Latin America and Caribbean Region in Miami, Fla., where he lives with his wife, Suzanna, and daughters, Dhanna, 11, and Savannah, 9.
83P. Gregory "Greg" Frey was recently elected to the Hawaii State Bar Association's board of directors. Greg continues as litigation partner at Coates & Frey, Hawaii's largest family law firm. Greg and his wife, Maria "Mia" Fialho '84, live in Hawaii Kai and have two children, Samantha Io'ana Malia, 15, and Allie Malaea, 13. Nancy E. Johnson MBA '86 has been appointed executive vice president of the trust department of Borel Private Bank and Trust Company of San Mateo and Palo Alto. She has spent most of her 20-year trust career managing trust investments. Eric Roderiques married Lynn Personale on Oct. 11, 2003. They live in Santa Clara. Sherrie (Gong) Taguchi wrote her second book while living in London, and it was published by McGraw-Hill in fall 2003. It is called The Ultimate Guide to Getting the Career You Want… and What to Do Once you Have It. The book is filled with strategies, advice, exercises, and case studies. Pat Wahl and his wife, Lori, announce the birth of a daughter, Madison Anne, on Dec. 8, 2003. She joins three brothers and her parents in Walla Walla,Wash.
84Heidi (LeBaron) Leupp writes, "I am enjoying a great year as National Alumni President for Santa Clara and love reconnecting with SCU friends and making new ones." She is also co-chair for the Campaign for Santa Clara. She and her husband, Jay '85, have three children, ages 13, 10 and 6, and are involved in their school and sports activities.
85Cathy Thorsteinson has joined Swedish technology company Antoto Limited as Asia Pacific Legal Counsel based in Hong Kong.
86Rich Kelly and his wife, Meaghan, announce the birth of their second daughter, Erin, on June 12, 2003. Rich has a business/construction trial practice and still makes it out to play rugby. Michelle (Lewellyn) married Richard Tubbs on Aug. 15, 2003, at an outdoor ceremony at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, Ore. They honeymooned in Polynesia and live in Portland, Ore.
87Kelley (Sessions) Raetz and her husband, Ralph, announce the adoption of a daughter, Emily Annabelle Guo Bei, 2, from China on Sept. 16, 2003. The family lives near Richmond, Va. Kelley is an employment litigation specialist for Capital One.
88Robert Krakauer was promoted to executive vice president corporate operations from chief financial officer at ChipPAC, Inc., in Fremont. He is responsible for finance, planning, information technology, quality, and manufacturing strategy in the company's three Asian plants. Michael Medeiros and his wife, Dianne, announce the birth of a son, Collin Michael, on Sept. 7, 2003, in Fairfield. Collin joins sisters Alexandra, 7, Isabella, 4, and brother Phillip, 2. Kimberly Sweatt married Shawn Stephenson on May 11, 2002, in Mission Santa Clara. Bridesmaids included Holly Mallory and Jeanne (Balda) Marzano. Shawn is a chiropractor. The couple works together in Mountain View, and lives in San Jose.
89April Hahn married Bryan Gebhardt on July 26, 2003, in Carmel. The wedding party included Anna (DeLeone) DeBrine, Aideen (FitzGerald) Gaffney J.D. '92, Lorin (Pecoraro) Kennedy and Brian Hahn '93. The couple lives in Fremont. Kara (Woods) Hamilton and her husband, Dave, announce the birth of their first child, Audrey Grace, on Dec. 30, 2003. Kara is director of operations for Vigilos, Inc., a Seattle-based software company. Bryan Mason and his wife, Elizabeth, announce the birth of their son, Liam Bryan Kentzler, on Dec. 8, 2003, in Redwood City. Chris (Sweeney) and Kelly Buchanan '90 announce the birth of Grace Elizabeth, on Sept. 2, 2002, in Federal Way,Wash. Chris is a speech therapist in the public schools and Kelly is a massage therapist. Teresa (Covello) Willson and her husband, Doug, announce the birth of their son, Luke Andre, on Dec. 30, 2002, in Seattle.
90Vince Quilici and his wife, Caroline, announce the birth of their daughter, Isabelle Anne, on Oct. 25, 2003. Renee (Reece) and Tim Walz '89 announce the birth of a son, Michael John, on Oct. 15, 2003, in Newton, Mass. He joins sisters Megan, 8, and Molly, 5. James Rivard announces the birth of a daughter, Anna Patricia, on May 15, 2003. She joins sisters Ellie, 5, and Sarah, 3. James is partner at real estate development company SRM Development in Spokane,Wash.
91Coleen Delane-Skibsrud and her husband, Arne, announce the birth of a daughter, Elisabeth Delane, on Mar. 17, 2003. Elisabeth joins big sister Catarina, 4, and brother Erik Arne, 2. The family moved from Los Angeles to Arne's native Kristiansand, Norway, in June 2003. In addition to keeping her three children warm, Colleen is starting an Internet company selling American baby products in Scandinavia. Any other alums looking to start a chapter in Norway should contact her at Julie (Jamile) Flanagan and her husband, Joe, welcomed a daughter, Cas Milena, on June 28, 2002. She joins big brother Cade, 3. Lynn (Kwarcinski) and James Vaughn announce the birth of twins, Meghan and Jacob, on Aug. 7, 2003, in San Jose. They join big brother Matthew, 3. Stacy (Hawes) Melle was promoted to vice president of worldwide marketing, pay-per-view, and video-on-demand at Universal Studios, served as president of the Southern California Chapter of Women in Cable and Telecommunications, and was selected as one of the Hollywood Reporter's Next Generation Class of 2003, a list of 35 entertainment industry leaders under the age of 35. David Montgomery married Julie Cripe on Aug. 15, 2003, in Issaquah,Wash. David is a pilot with Executive Flight in Wenatchee,Wash., and Julie is an architect in Seattle. Alex Panelli married Deepa Muralimohan on Dec. 4, 2003, in Chennai, Madras, India. Alex is an executive with Trilibis, Inc., a publisher of social and professional community applications for mobile phones. Deepa is a commodity manager for Palm, Inc. They live in San Diego. Christopher Park returned to the United States after 12 years living and working abroad as a journalist for Reuters. He is a personal banker for First Bank in San Rafael, and lives in San Francisco. Maria Elena (Garcia) Schoneman and her husband, Thomas, announce the birth of their daughter, Samantha, on July 24, 2003. She joins big brother Benjamin at home in Albuquerque, N.M.
92Patrick Allen and Devon (Wilkins) '93 announce the birth of their daughter, Lucy Olivia, on July 14, 2003, at Stanford Hospital. Lucy joins brothers Owen, 4, and Zachary, 3. Lisa (Schmeltz) Brocker and her husband, Peter, announce the arrival of a daughter, Annie Page, on June 26, 2003. Annie joins big brother Jack in Chestertown, Md. Lisa telecommutes to work in California and Pete is a wine buyer/adviser. Marc Hanger and Heather (Eide) welcomed their first child, Sarah Marie, on Dec. 30. 2003. They live in Elmhurst, Ill. Andrea (Barclay) Maxwell and her husband, Mark, welcomed their first child, Samuel Hugh, on May 29, 2002. The family lives in Redwood City. Michael Moran and his wife, Kimberly, announce the birth of their daughter, Brassil, and son, Aidan, on Feb. 25. Michael is a consultant at strategy consulting firm McKinsey & Co., and Kimberly is a director of the non-profit Voices of Illinois Children. The family lives near Wrigley Field in Chicago. Gene Moreland and Molly (McDowell) '95 announce the birth of a son, Charles Francis, on Nov. 12, 2003. Charles joins big brother Joseph Douglas. Gene is a real estate agent and Molly is a technical writer in Portland, Ore. Christine (Stewart) Rockey and her husband, Don, welcomed their son, Donald Leonard Rockey III (Trey), on May 2, 2003. Christine teaches part-time at Coastal Carolina University near Myrtle Beach, S.C. Dean Schafer and his wife, Debbie, announce the birth of a daughter, Lily Nicole, on April 16, 2003. She joins big brother Jordan in Centennial, Colo. Dean is a financial analyst at Echostar Communications.
93Mitchel Noel Ahiers Jr. and his wife, Aimée, announce the birth of their daughter, Morgan Lina, on Sept. 25, 2003. Kristen (Comeau) and Todd Bulich '90 celebrated the birth of their first child, Abigail Lynn, on July 6, 2003. The family lives in San Diego, where Kristen is director of marketing for an employee services company, and Todd is a securities attorney for Shustak, Jalil, and Heller. Piper (Cutliffe) Engels and her husband, Dominic, welcomed their first child, Dylan Charles, on Aug. 3, 2003. They live in San Francisco. Carole Low recently earned her MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management. She has joined Digital Impact, an online direct marketing solutions company in San Mateo, as a senior account manager. Victoria Lydon married Auvifer Ruelos on Oct. 18, 2003, at the Mission Dolores in San Francisco. Members of the wedding party included Patricia Aquino and Jocelyn Nguyen Phillips. Victoria is a teacher in San Francisco and Auvifer works for a biotech company. They live in San Francisco. Chrissy Mingrone and Kevin Mobeck '92, MBA '02, were married Oct. 18, 2003, at Mission Santa Clara. The wedding party included Stephanie (Ravizza) Karic, Dana (Arnaudo) Kouretas, P.J. Duran '92, Andrew Ianni '92, Shawn Milligan, and Craig Mobeck '95. Alan Harter '91 and Mike Chielpegian '92 also participated as readers. Chrissy is the founder of a stationery business and Ken is a division controller at KLATencor. They live in San Jose.
94John Bankovitch and his wife, Melyssa, are the proud parents of Olyvia Julia, who was born on Feb. 2, the couple's second wedding anniversary. Cynthia De Acha and her husband, Mark Novacek, were married at Mission Santa Clara in December 2002. They live in Menlo Park. Jennifer (Goebel) Ferrara and her husband, Todd, recently purchased a condo in the Logan Circle area of Washington, D.C. Todd works at the U.S. Department of Agriculture as an aide to Secretary Ann Veneman. Jennifer teaches high school English and works as a college counselor at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School. They are co-presidents of the Washington, D.C., SCU alumni chapter. Christina McAllister married Patrick Ritchie in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Oct. 1, 2003. Christina is a freelance writer and marketing consultant, as well as a parttime real estate agent. Patrick is a loan officer for Axis Mortgage. They live in Tempe, Ariz., with Christina's dog, Kujo. Branden Mello J.D. /MBA '98 married Kate Griffin in December 2003 in San Francisco, where they make their home.
95Patrick Frontiera and Maire Ford '96 announce the birth of their first child, Keeva Siobhan, on Aug. 8, 2003. They live in Goleta, Calif. Dianna (Finocchiaro) Gallagher and her husband, Joe, announce the birth of a daughter, Margaret Dorene, on Oct. 9, 2003. She joins brother Frankie and sister Mary Bridget at home in Alamo. Gialisa Whitchurch and Bernard Gaffaney were married in September 2003 at St. Clements By-the-Sea Episcopal Church in San Clemente, Calif. The bridal party included Laura McDonald, Angela (Deniz) Arkills, Jennifer (Jasper) Jennings, and Laura (Wing) Yamamoto. The couple owns a home in Redondo Beach. Gialisa is currently an adjunct professor of constitutional law at Chapman Law School. This fall, she will teach Sexuality, Gender Identification, and the Law. Nadir Yasin J.D. '99 cofounded La Fleur & Yasin, a San Jose law firm that focuses on property law (both real property and intellectual property) and related business consulting. Nadir handles the firm's intellectual property practice, focusing on patent and trademark issues. He is also studying for an LL.M. in intellectual property law at SCU's School of Law. Nadir and his wife, Lynn, live in San Jose with their children, Bennett and Sophie.
96Kevin Albanese and his wife, Julie, announce the birth of their son, Aiden Nicholas, on Dec. 23, 2003. Aiden lives with his parents and brother Connor in San Jose. Adam Anderson and Maureen (Loftus) announce the birth of a daughter, Natalie Grace, on Nov. 29, 2003. Adam is a vice president at Morgan Stanley in Cupertino. Maureen is a nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose. They live in San Jose. Alexa Conomos is a television anchor for ABC in Dallas, Texas. Kathleen (Kneeshaw) and Tyler McIntosh announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Clare, born on Dec. 28, 2002, in San Diego. Dawn (McGuire) and Jim Shannon welcomed their first child, Logan James, on Aug. 8, 2003. Jim is a sales representative for a surgical equipment company and Dawn is a marketing program manager for IBM. They live in San Jose. Lisa (Johnson) Normandin announces the birth of her third son, Trent Joseph, on April 10, 2003. He joins brothers Louis and Cole at the family home in Los Gatos. Jennifer (Matos) Stevens and her husband, Alan, announce the birth of a daughter, Emma St. Claire, on Sept. 23, 2003, in Folsom, Calif. Alicia (Gonzales) Viviani and her husband, Michael, announce the birth of their son, Tristan Mario, on Feb. 17. Tristan joins sister Sophia Alexa, 2. They live in Redwood City.
97Mary (Cox) Cato married Michael Cato on Oct. 19, 2003. The wedding party included Jennifer (Stapleton) Burnett '96. Noelle (Oscamou) and Jason Passalacqua recently opened Passalacqua Winery in the Dry Creek Valley of Healdsburg, Calif. The winery includes a tasting room and gardens. The couple represents the fourth generation of Passalacquas to work in the wine industry in Sonoma County. Jennifer (Hartley) Van Every and Chad Van Every were married on Sept. 20, 2003, at the Palos Verdes Country Club. They live in Los Angeles.
98Jason Caskey and Kirsten Holm were married Dec. 27, 2003, at Sacred Hearth Church in Omaha, Neb. Bryan Bayless '99 was a groomsman, and Arthur Liebscher, S.J. '69 concelebrated the ceremony. Jason is a first-year law student at the University of Nebraska College of Law in Lincoln. The couple lives in Omaha. Jason Henderson is a dentist in Mountain View. Monica (Eastman) Karambelas and her husband, Shawn, announce the birth of their first baby, Steven Stratis, born on Nov. 25, 2003. The family lives in Portland, Ore. Melissa Kolesar married Jonathan Everest on June 28, 2003. They were married in San Diego, where they live. Melissa is a kindergarten teacher and Jon is an attorney. Bridesmaids included Nicole (West) Perry and Sara (Leach) Montero. Also in attendance were classmates Karolyn Dallosto, Maureen Bermingham, Anthony Zamora, and Jennifer (Dyen) Zamora. Jill (Hamilton) Livengood has completed a Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. She is now a postdoctoral fellow there. Darlene (Medina) married Jeff Addiego on Aug. 31, 2003, at Mission Santa Clara. Bridesmaids were Kimberly Silva '97, Diane Holmes, Jennifer (Davelaar) Dicker '99, and Nicki (Long) Womac '00. Darlene teaches dance at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale. Roneil E. Narciso married Roselle R. Papa at Mission Santa Clara on May 10, 2003. The wedding party included Allan Adajar '97, Dennis Kwan, Hazel Narciso '01, and Natalia Velez '99. Others in attendance included Jerome Ragadio, Marvin Bautista, Rickey Biljani MSEE '02, Eric Tancongco '02, Angela Rapadas, Marie Jordan '01, and Lien Kieu. Roneil works for Genentech, Inc., and Roselle is a buyer for a retail company. Amy (Puccetti) and Brandon "Bubba" Randazzo celebrated the birth of their first child, Jake William, on Feb. 26. Lucia (Valadao) Soares and her husband, Duarte, announce the birth of a son, Daniel, on June 14, 2003, in Modesto. He joins brother Matthew, 3.
99Chris Barresi is a park ranger in the Santa Cruz Mountains with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. Angela Bunting married James Nuttman at Queen of Apostles Church in San Jose on January 10. The wedding party included Jill (Cardoza) Painter '98 and Albert Painter '95. Guests included Suzanne Barnecut '00 and Nicole Tung '98. Angela is executive assistant to the President at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, and James is employed with Visa International in Foster City. They live in Belmont. John Carleton and Sheelagh Horrigan were married Jan. 31 in Half Moon Bay. They live in San Jose. Travis Hagedorn is completing his first year of veterinary school at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. Katya (Morales) and Joshua White were married March 22, 2003, at Mission Santa Clara. They recently moved to Arizona. Shawna (Reeves) married Omar Nourzaie '98, earned a master's degree in social work from Smith College, and is a social worker at the Council on Aging in San Jose. Allen J. Sanford is the owner of Union Cattle Co. Chophouse and Bar in Hermosa Beach, Calif. Procopio Sclafani is assistant director of alumni relations at SCU. He was previously employed at Sooriya Networks as director of marketing. Keryun Su is president of the Santa Clara Alumni Peninsula Chapter. She reports that she likes post-work socials, reunions, kickoffs, and long walks on the beach.
00Catherine Boyce recently completed her hours towards MFT licensure and is a psychology instructor at Gavilan College in Gilroy. She has also started a private practice in marriage and family therapy. Jeffrey Henderson is in his final year of law school at the University of San Francisco. Michelle Pritchard married David Matthews on Feb. 21 at Holy Trinity Church in El Dorado Hills, Calif. Lisa Kroll was the maid of honor. Will Saso is a sales specialist at Inxight Software in Sunnyvale.
02Margery Blain is an editor on the Internet communications team at Apple Computer in Cupertino.
03Diana DeRego works at the Silicon Valley Manufacturers Group, focusing primarily on its website.


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