Santa Clara University

Class notes



Leighton Hatch J.D., a retired Sacramento superior court judge, received the California Judges’ Association’s Alba Witkin Humanitarian Award. He was honored for his commitment to serving others.

Jack Peters
of Gilroy recently ranked in the top five at the World Bench Press and Dead Lift Championships in Reno.

 56 Mic Kelly will be inducted into the Daly City Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his contribution as boys’ basketball coach at Jefferson High School in Daly City.
 61 Curtis M. Caton recently retired after 40 years of law practice in complex litigation at the San Francisco office of Heller Ehrman. In his honor, the firm has established an annual Outstanding Attorney Mentoring Award. During his career, he served as managing partner of the firm and was the first national chair of the American Bar Association’s Law Firm Pro Bono Project. He continues to do pro bono work and is teaching law-related courses in the politics department at St. Mary’s College.
 62 Robert Wynhausen, a certified public accountant, has announced his candidacy for the Idaho state legislature. Bob serves as vice chair of the Bonner County Democratic Central Committee. During his career in public accounting, Bob worked for an international accounting firm in its Los Angeles, Portland, Ore., and Seattle offices. He spent the past 17 years of his career in private tax practice in Portland.

Anthony Benedetti, a former lineman for the SCU football team, retired from the Long Beach Police Department as a detective after more than 30 years in law enforcement. He now works as an insurance fraud investigator and lives in San Pedro.

J. Stephen Czuleger, an assistant presiding judge of the Los Angeles superior court, and a colleague were named 2005 Persons of the Year by the Metropolitan News-Enterprise. In the announcement about the honor, the two were commended for “safeguarding interests of the local trial court while working harmoniously with state court officials.” Appointed a Los Angeles municipal judge in 1988, he was elevated to the superior court in 1990 by Gov. George Deukmejian. Prior to his appointment, he was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Central District of California and also had served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Justice Organized Crime Task Force. He earned his law degree from Loyola Law School and later was in private practice for four years.

 79 L. Michael Bogert was named Region 10 Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He is responsible for managing agency programs in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska.
 80 Steve Collins recently completed an environmental MBA at Florida Atlantic University and is the new director of environmental affairs for Yellowstone National Park.
 81 Molly Matthiesen Lyons was recently published in an actors’ magazine, Soul of the American Actor. Molly is director of the Green Wood Studio and continues to teach workshops in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Paris, Vancouver, and Ireland.
 82 John P. Barrett has joined the Greater Los Angeles Division of the March of Dimes as chairman of the board of directors. He has been with Marsh, a leading risk and insurance services firm, since 1986 and has served as a board member for the Los Angeles chapter of the Boy Scouts of America, the Insurance Brokers Association of the West, and Pepperdine University, where he earned his MBA. He lives in Palos Verdes with his wife, Sandi, and their three children.

P. Gregory Frey is managing attorney of his firm, Coates & Frey, Hawaii’s largest family law firm, with 11 attorneys and about 19 paraprofessionals and support staff. He will also continue as the supervisor of the litigation department, and he was just re-elected for his second two-year term as a director for the island of Oahu on the Hawaii State Bar Association Board. He and his wife of 20 years, Maria (Fialho) ’84, live in Honolulu with their two children, Samantha, 17, and Allie, 15.

Lisa Galan de Martinez lives with her husband, Samuel; daughter, Maritza, 13; and son, Mateo, 8, in Oakland. She is a licensed clinical social worker working as a behavioral medicine specialist for Kaiser Permanente.

 84 Colin Lochner graduated from Seton Hall Law School in May 2005 and is working for the Superior Court of New Jersey. He and his wife, Rubi, live in Upper Montclair, N.J.

Shelly Orlando-Epstein and her husband, Marc Epstein ’96, recently celebrated their 20-year wedding anniversary. Shelly works for Runyan Real Estate in Fair Oaks. Marc is staff mechanical engineer for NEC and continues to work with the United States Tennis Association as an umpire for college matches, wheelchair events, and the Sacramento Capitals. The couple has two children: Kyle, 1, and Courtney, 5.

Laura Shoe left the corporate world in late 2004 to pursue her passion of fine art photography. See her work at


Lisbeth Armentano and her husband, Bob Buchi, welcomed their first child, Claire Alessandra Buchi, in March 2005.

Mark J. Lustig is chief financial officer of ActivIdentity. He has 20 years of experience in financial reporting, domestic and international accounting, treasury, and management of mergers, acquisitions and integrations, with 15 years in the technology sector.

 88 Dan Davidson and his wife, Marcy, live in Austin, Texas, with their three children: Amanda, 14; Anna, 12; and Tony, 8. Dan is the owner and CEO of Streamline Insurance Agency, which specializes in commercial transportation risks.
 89 Kate (Torre) Blocker and her husband, Chris, welcomed their fourth son, Timothy John, on Sept. 16, 2005. Timmy joins big brothers Nick, 10; Thomas, 7; and Matty, 3. Chris is the director of OEM sales and business development at Sling Media, Inc. and Kate works part time as a marketing consultant. The family lives in Morgan Hill.
 90 Paul Holocher was named head coach of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo’s men’s soccer program. Paul led the U.C. Santa Cruz soccer program to five NCAA Division III playoff appearances, including a trip to the finals in 2004 and to the Elite Eight in 2003. He played soccer professionally for seven years after helping lead Santa Clara to the 1990 NCAA Division I Championship with a 20-0-3 record. He concluded his career as SCU’s career scoring leader and was a two-time All American. In 2004, he was inducted into the Santa Clara University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Judy (Bannan) and John Wentworth ’89 welcomed daughter Margaret Bannan Wentworth on Feb. 14, 2005. Maggie joins big brothers Johnny and Ryan. John is senior vice president of investments with Moores & Cabot. The family lives in Phoenix.

Deborah Saunders recently joined Inforte, a management consultancy specializing in customer strategy and solutions, as a senior principal in the London office where she heads up the U.K. strategy practice.


Rachel (Bell) and Kevin Melia ’91 announce the birth of a son, Nathan Joseph, on Dec. 29, 2005. Rachel is a media supervisor specializing in online marketing for Carat Fusion in San Francisco. Kevin works for Storm Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm in Menlo Park. The family lives in Mountain View.

David Mealey and his wife, Sarah, welcomed their son, Christopher John, on March 2. “CJ” joins sister Mara Rose, 1, in the family’s San Jose home.

Christine (Stewart) Rockey and her husband, Don, announce the birth of their son, Britton John, on Dec. 29, 2005. Britton joins big brother Trey, 2.

Laura Trujillo is one of four SCU communication graduates who work as editors for The Arizona Republic, the nation’s 15th largest newspaper. Laura is features department editor. Her colleagues include Megan (Smith) Brownell ’96 (magazine department editor), Cara LaBrie ’99 (custom publishing department editor), and Erin Ryan ’03 (magazine department associate editor and a former student intern with Santa Clara Magazine).


Ron Andre Jr. and Nancy (Nissen) announce the birth of their daughter, Claire Kathryn, on Aug. 1, 2005. She joins big brother Joseph Henry who is nearly 3. The family lives in Pleasanton, where Ron is a State Farm agent and Nancy is a stay-at-home mom.

Nicole Rabaud and her husband, Mike Webb, announce the birth of their daughter, Chloe, on Nov. 17, 2005. They live in Durham, N.C., where Mike performs cancer research in biochemistry at Duke University, and Nicole is at home.

Alyssa (Schaeffer) and Thomas Tannert ’94, ’99, MBA ’04 announce the birth of their daughter, Larena Lyn, on Aug. 30, 2005. The Tannerts live in Cupertino.


Kristen Anderson and her husband, Steve, announce the birth of their daughter, Francesca Sofia, on Jan. 23. Steve is controller for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kristen works in residential design. The couple lives in Marina Del Rey.

Branden Mello J.D./MBA ’98 and his wife, Kate, welcomed their first child, Elizabeth Grace, in October 2005. They live in Modesto. Branden is an attorney with Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher & Silva. His practice includes general civil litigation and probate, trusts, and estate planning.

Sommer (Tombari) and Paul McCann announce the birth of their son, Tripp Tamalpais, on Dec. 23, 2005. The family lives in Mill Valley where Paul is a commercial real estate broker with Ritchie Commercial, and Sommer teaches fourth grade at Hillsborough West School.


Christine (Cogliandro) Otts and her husband, Tim, welcomed their first child, Lucas Joseph, on Jan. 13.

Laura (Wilson) and Ken Johnson welcomed a daughter, Kacie Alice, on Aug. 29, 2005. Kacie joins her big brother, Kenneth, 3. The family lives in Ripon.

Jenni (Edgar) Pereyda and her husband, Jeff, brought their two children, Victoria and Eamon, home from Russia on December 24, 2005. The children were adopted in Murmansk, Russia, on Dec. 19.


Cathy (Huber) Moran and her husband, James, had their first child, Mackenzie Jill, on June 18, 2005. The family lives in Seattle.

Suzy (Pollack) Loftus ’96 graduated from USF School of Law and is an assistant district attorney in San Francisco.

Erin (McCarthy) Reasoner and her husband, Scott, welcomed their first child, Olivia Maureen, on Dec. 29, 2004. The family recently moved from Northern California to Mission Viejo in Orange County, where Scott works for Quest Software and Erin is a stay-at-home mom.


Jeannie (Cocconi) Wynne and her husband, Peter, announce the birth of their daughter, Isabella Rose, on Oct. 3, 2005, in Santa Clara.

Perlita Dicochea began a tenure-track position as assistant professor in the Department of Mexican-American Studies at San Jose State University in fall 2005. Her dissertation is about the New River pollution problem impacting the Mexicali and Imperial valleys. Perlita has also returned to Mexican folkloric dance with Los Lupenos de San Jose after a five-year hiatus.

Christopher Donaldson married his high school sweetheart, Tressa Smith, on Sept. 3, 2005, in La Jolla. Among those in attendance were classmates John Cox, Joshua Potter, Christine Courard-Potter, Steven Freeman, Tom Gardner, and Joseph Westfall. The newlyweds celebrated with a 12-day cruise through the Mediterranean, followed by a two-week stay in Paris. The couple lives in Houston.

V. Tom Gardner is manager of communications for the International Bottled Water Association. His primary duties include media relations, Web site management, and general communications activities. He previously worked for Nahigian Strategies, a public relations firm. He earned a master of arts degree from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management.

Margaret Madden married Gerardo Rivero in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Members of the wedding party included Tina Cahalan, Julie (Kudrna) Gainey, Chris Madden ’93, Sonia Madden ’91, and Amy Moran ’98. Margaret and Gerardo live in Los Angeles.


Katie (Cochran) Dolan and her husband, Drew, welcomed their first son, Lucas Paul, on Jan. 20. The Dolans live in Albuquerque, N.M., where Katie is pursuing her master’s degree in secondary education and Drew works in real estate development.

Christine Guerrero married Darin E. Parvin on Nov. 5, 2005, at Mission Santa Clara. Paul Soukup, S.J., officiated. Alumni in attendance included David Alexander, Chrissie Castillo, Jeff Fioresi, Tony Gonnella, Michael Lightbody, Danya Lucchesi, Amy (Puccetti) Randazzo, Bubba Randazzo, Audrey (Paulsen) Trewin, Tom Trewin, and Mark Williams. Christine and Darin are pharmaceutical sales reps and live in Lodi.

Nicole Nastari and her husband, Brian, announce the birth of son Luca Swan, who joins his big sister, Sofia.

Julieta Stubrin married Scott Wiley on Oct. 23, 2004, in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. SCU alumni in attendance included David Alexander, David Basso, Aaron Brinker, Stacey (Collins) Burbach, Susan Evans ’00, Brian Flahavan, Angela Little, Molly (Cleland) Mitchell ’99, Jeff Mitchell, Ryan O’Malley, Molly (Boyd) Powers, Jason Sedlock ’97, Maria Shrime, Katherine Walsh, and Kathryn (Harrison) Woike. Julieta and Scott live in San Francisco.

Esther (Zaltsmann) and Alex Aronov announce the birth of their son, Jacob Samuel, on Dec. 18, 2005. The family lives in Watertown, Mass.

 99 Anne Wolf was appointed curator of exhibitions and collections for The Nevada Museum of Art (NMA). She will oversee the NMA’s exhibition and collection program including planning and development of permanent and temporary exhibitions, collection management, donor cultivation, and community outreach. She will also research and publish on the NMA’s permanent collection of works from the late 19th century to the 21st century. From 2002 to 2005, Anne served as assistant curator at the San Jose Museum of Art and wrote the book, Suburban Escape: The Art of California Sprawl, which will be published by The Center for American Places and distributed by the University of Chicago Press in September.

Michael Cofield is an associate for Marger Johnson & McCollom in Portland, Ore. Prior to joining the firm, he was a registered and practicing patent agent. Michael’s technical experience includes electrical engineering and technologies, computer architecture, microprocessor technologies, Internet networking technologies, and semiconductors. His practice focuses on patent and trademark prosecution, policing, and licensing. Michael earned his juris doctorate degree from Lewis and Clark Law School.

Devin Daniels married Ryan McCord on Oct. 29, 2005, in Belize. Carrie (Littlefield) and Drew Syverstsen ’99 were two of 40 guests at the wedding.

Christina Rivera and her partner, David Dang, announce the birth of their daughter, Chloe Natalya Dang, on March 6, 2005. Christina also has a 6-year-old son, Noah Hansen.


Ryan Hoffman will participate this summer with Team In Training to bicycle 100 miles in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Jennifer Voigtmann married Joshua Wills on Sept. 24, 2005, in Medford, Ore. Alumni in attendance included Jennifer Dorsa, Cindy Barrango, Wendy Hsieh, and Dori Wall.


Jose Alvarez married Adreana Nunez in 2005, and the couple announces the birth of a son, Adrian Elias Alvarez.

Mike Kukreja says he spends 90 percent of his time on a plane traveling around the world for work. He is a capital markets specialist for UBS Investment Bank.

Drew McGuire Milam graduated from the University of San Francisco in December 2005 with a master’s degree in sports management.

 04 Arr Obolsky and Caitlyn Gilley, SCU senior, were married on July 23, 2005, in a Jewish ceremony at San Francisco City Hall surrounded by family and friends.