Santa Clara University


Undergraduate Class Notes


Wilmot J. “Bill” Nicholson writes, “I’m still here.”


John B. Mooney pub­lished Utopia Revisited (Cork Hill Press, $13.95), “a rewriting of Thomas More’s classic in modern and future terms,” with Utopia set on a planet orbiting Alpha Centauri. The book is dedicated to the memory of Austin A. Fagothey, S.J., who taught ethics at SCU.


Norman A. Slaught and his wife, Claire, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Colorado Springs, Colo., in July 2005. They were joined by their eight children and 23 grandchildren.


Leslie R. Webber M.D. has published his autobiog­raphy, An American Doctor’s Life Divinely Orchestrated (Authorhouse, $26.99). The book covers life from the Great Depression to the 1990s and includes Webber’s time at SCU.


Thomas T. Farley is chair of the advisory board for Colorado State University, Pueblo.


James D. O’Brien writes that he can’t believe it has been 50 years since he gradu­ated. His son, Michael MBA ’83, is an SCU alumnus.


Vincent Burns and his wife, Debby, celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary in January at their home in Carpenteria, Calif.


Robert Pedroncelli continues his civil engineering practice part-time by designing private sewage disposal systems. He lives in Healdsburg.


G. William Knopf and his wife announce the birth of their sixth grandchild on April 12, 2006.


Daniel E. Hanley has been in private law practice in San Jose since 1974. He has been married to his wife, Judi, since 1972.


Shelly Barsanti was appointed as chair of the Hope Lodge Team by the California Division of the American Cancer Society. Shelly was a founding member of the Healthy Young Attitude program, a support network for young adult cancer patients and survivors in their 20s and 30s.

Tom Kelly co-authored Cashing In on a Second Home in Mexico: How to Buy, Rent and Profit from Property South of the Border (Crabman Publishing, $19.95). Kelly was class president at SCU and has gone on to become a newspaper columnist, author, and host of the radio talk show “Real Estate Today.”

David Samuelson J.D. ’75 is “living the slower, healthy life” in the San Juan Mountains in Telluride, Colo. He and his wife have two children, Maryfaye, 20, and Peter, 17.


Bob Burson recently published a novel, A Romanov Returns (Outskirts Press, $13.95), which deals with the current energy needs of America. Bob is a partner in the CPA firm of Grice, Lund, and Tarkington. He and his wife, Rosemary (Williams) ’74, have three sons. Rosemary is an academic technology spe­cialist at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego.

J. Stephen Czuleger was named Alfred J. McCourtney Trial Judge of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles.

Kathie Gerrity VMD lives and works in Boulder Creek, Calif., where she owns a small animal veterinary clinic. Her twin sons, Joey and Marco, whom she adopted as infants from Paraguay, will graduate from high school in June.


Clint Hill earned a Ph.D. in 2004 from Northern California Graduate University. He is a therapist with Fremont Hospital outpatient services.


Ken Ravizza is a partner at TICO Construction, a commercial contractor. He lives in San Jose with his wife, Karen, and children Vanessa ’05 and Andrew.


Scott Chapman is a general partner and senior portfolio manager at Lateef Management Associates. He and his wife, Celeste (Lindemann) ’82 live in Fairfax, Calif., with their children, Bobby and Gina.

Scott Freeman is senior vice president, current programming and development, for Bunim/Murray Productions, which is producer of such shows as “The Real World,” “Starting Over,” and “The Simple Life.” He is co-executive producer of “The Real World/Road Rules Challenge.”


Eric Stille is president and CEO of Nugget Market Inc., an 80-year-old family grocery business that was recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the “Best Companies To Work For.” The company is ranked No. 13, up from No. 33 in 2006.


Greg Patti MBA ’89 has published Reverse Mortgages: Cash for the Rest of Your Life! (Booksurge, $16.99).


Donna Iusi Scheer is School for the Performing Arts director at the National Dance Institute of New Mexico in Santa Fe.


Melissa Finocchio Burdekin J.D. ’90 joined Micron Technology Inc. in Boise, Idaho as senior assistant general counsel managing intellectual property litigation.


Carol Lamadrid relo­cated to Monaco for her husband’s job and started work­ing at Edmiston & Company in yacht charters and sales. A double major in communication and dance, Carol continues to teach dance as a second career.


Michelle J. (Woomert) Latray J.D. ’94, and her husband, Steve, announce the recent birth of a daughter, Brianna Christine. The baby joins siblings Bryce, 11, Brody, 7, and Brant, 4, in the family’s cen­tral Texas home.


Patrick and Devon Allen ’93 welcomed daughter Fiona Quinn to their family on March 12, 2006. Fiona joins siblings Owen, Zachary, and Lucy in the family’s Hinsdale, Ill., home.

Jean (Huston) Walker and her husband, Todd, announce the birth of their son, Andrew Harley, on April 18, 2005. The family lives in Carlsbad, Calif.


Kim (Sheldahl) Leane and her husband, Brigham, announce the birth of their second daughter, Chloe Anne, on June 23, 2006. She joins big sister Emily in the family’s Grand Junction, Colo., home.


Kristina (Muhlker) Crites and her husband, Aaron, announce the birth of their son, Noah, on April 10, 2006. The family lives in Pleasanton, Calif.

Michael Thanos and his wife, Diane, announce the birth of a son, Ryan Michael, on Nov. 10, 2006.


 Kara Grover married Justin Herrick on Sept. 23, 2006. SCU alumni in attendance included Suzanne (Senasac) and John Lertora, Debra (Mallos) Broccardo, and Katie (Grant) O’Keefe. Kara is a licensed marriage and family therapist. The couple lives in Salida, Calif.

Tiffany (Allen) and Jason Marandas have moved with their 2-year-old daughter to Amsterdam, where Jason serves as an account executive for WebEx Communications Inc.


Lisa (Sacco) and Damien Swendsen announce the birth of their third baby, Matthew Benjamin, on Jan. 30.

Tamra Tiong was named the 2007 New Mexico Teacher of the Year, and she was one of four teachers selected as finalists for National Teacher of the Year. She teaches in Dulce, N.M.


Alexis Hyman graduated from SCU’s teaching cre­dential program in 2005. She is now teaching in Fairfield, Calif.


Stephanie Enos and Jesus Morales were married at Mission Santa Clara on March 18, 2006—30 years after her parents were wed at the same church. The couple honey­mooned in Oahu and now lives in Tracy. Stephanie is working as an administrative specialist with the UC Police Department at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Adrian Hall earned a master’s degree in marital and family therapy (clinical art therapy) from Loyola Marymount University.

Brooke Sibley married Kyle Parrish ’00 on July 29, 2006 at Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside. Kyle is currently a regional sales manager for Oracle and an MBA student at SCU. Brooke received a master’s degree in teaching reading from USF and teaches first grade in Sunnyvale.

Alexis Zolezzi married Ross Garrett and lives in Cardiff-By-The-Sea.


Beth Livingston and Andrew Thompson ’03 were married Jan. 20 at the Yosemite Chapel in Yosemite National Park. The wedding party included Lacey (Paulson) Summers ’04, Jana (Milbank) Smithwick ’01, Sean Eirich, and Chris Tschinkel ’03. Guests included Rosby Lamm, Jean McCarron, Cara Payne, Ian Nassman ’99, Jeremy Schrader ’03, Jenna Doot ’03, Alicia Johnson ’03, Chris Foster ’03, Wiley Erikson ’03, Tina Lennox ’03, John Lingbeck, Katie Tasca ’05, and Nicole Rolle. The newly­weds honeymooned in Sonoma Valley and live in Seattle.

Christopher Montanaro married Rachelle Colquhoun ’03 on Aug. 26, 2006 in Spokane, Wash. The wedding party included Alexis Ferguson ’04, Erica Milanese ’03, Joanne Quion ’03, and Morgan Rudolf ’01. Also in attendance were Goldeen Corpuz ’01, Josh Griffin ’03, Jennifer Hooper ’03, Brian and Anne Linde, Michael Pittman ’04, Allie Perazzelli ’05, Erin Russo ’05, Lisa Slyngstad ’02, and David Thompson ’01. The newlyweds honeymooned in Scotland and Ireland and now live in Denver.

Stephen R. McShane opened a nursery in 2005. He is married to Caroline Chapin and is chair of the Hartnell College (Salinas) board of trustees. He lives in Prunedale, Calif.

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