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Undergraduate Class Notes

James O’Brien enjoyed the 55-year class reunion last fall.

Although devoted to his large family, Tom O'Leary has not stopped enjoying the hedonistic luxuries of retirement from the UC Santa Cruz Office of Public Information.
Dennis W. Lid has published First to Last: The Tale of a Biker (CCB Publishing, 2007, $14.95) which chronicles his lifetime love of motorcycles and his career in the military. He and his wife, Bi Yu, reside in La Quinta, Calif.
Kenneth Luschar recently retired from Northrop Grumman Corp. after 42 years of service in the Electronics Systems Division in San Jose. Through various acquisitions and mergers, his 42 years include employment with Dalmo Victor, Bell Aerospace, Singer, General Instrument, Litton, and then Northrop Grumman. He currently resides in San Mateo.

Loren W. Harper was elected as Rotary District 5170 governor for 2009. He is a partner and member of the executive committee with Nollenberger Capital Partners Inc.
Louis Renaud Jr. was awarded the 2007 Faculty of the Year Award at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland. In addition, he was appointed interim dean of the STEM (science, technology, English, math) Division at the college.

Rick Hutchinson
retired from the City of Santa Clara in December 2006. He worked for more than 30 years with the parks and recreation department as recreation superintendent. He and his wife, Patricia Hutchinson, have three children: Ryan, 23, Kyle, 20, and Courtney, 18. All three children are attending college in central Oregon. Rick and Patricia are retired and living in Eagle Point, Ore.

Leslie Leonetti is business development director of Execustaff HR in Campbell. She previously worked as a senior account executive for PRIMARY Worldwide/Willis.
Richard A. Rodriguez has been appointed to the faculty at the University of Hawaii, School of Social Work. He also is a lecturer in sociology for Maui Community College at Molokai Education Center.
Martin J. Jenkins was appointed as a justice to the First District Court of Appeal by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Jan. 25. Since 1997 Marty had served as a U.S. district judge for Northern California. He previously served as a superior court judge and prosecutor in Alameda County, in the U.S. Department of Justice in the civil rights division, and as in-house counsel for Pacific Bell.

Elise (Day) DeYoung ’77, MBA ’79 is the national operations director for Girls For A Change, a national non-profit organization empowering young women to create social change in their communities. She also serves as a School Board Trustee for the Santa Clara Unified School District and is active with the Boy Scouts of America. Elise lives with her husband of 24 years, Michael, and their two sons, Charles and Daniel, in the historic Old Quad area of Santa Clara, just blocks from SCU.

Jess R. Gutierrez joined CFOs2GO Partners as an associate partner in May 2007.
79 Robert Dennis is vice president, commercial relationship manager, and Small Business Administration lender at Lighthouse Bank in Santa Cruz. He previously worked at Wells Fargo. He is a past president of SCU’s alumni association and serves on the board of the Bronco Bench Foundation.

Kathleen M. King was honored with the 2007 Distinguished Alumna Award by the West Valley-Mission College District and City of Saratoga. She completed her A.A. at West Valley Community College before enrolling at SCU. She is past mayor of Saratoga and serves on a number of boards for Bay Area community organizations.

Wain Mailhot is director of sales for PMC-Sierra. He lives in Eagle, Idaho with wife Megan and his three boys.
80  Chris Curry Carlyle is a psychotherapist at Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Ore. Her daughter, Emily, is a freshman at SCU and her son, Patrick, graduated from New York University last year and is a “starving” actor in New York City. Chris lives in Hillsboro, Ore., with Sand, her husband of 25 years.
Michele Goins was recently named chief information officer of Juniper Networks. She previously worked for Hewlett Packard for 25 years, most recently serving as vice president and chief information officer for HP’s Imaging and Printing Group.

Monica Jenkins works as the human resources business partner to the president of the United States Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. Since graduation from Santa Clara she has worked in the field of human resources, including for biotechnology companies Genentech and Amgen. Monica is the mother of a son, 9, and is the sister of Judge Martin Jenkins ’77.

Joan (Goetze) Martinelli is a middle school science teacher in Vero Beach, Fla., where she lives with her husband, Frank, and their six children: Melissa, 19; Tim, 17; Melanie, 15; Micaela, 12; Marina, 9; and Mia, 5.
Christopher Babiarz co-hosted the eighth International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant in August 2006. Immediately following the conference, Chris performed in the musical “Walmartopia” during the 10th Annual New York International Fringe Festival. The production was invited back for an encore in September and is in development for an off-Broadway run.
Laura Grimes was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto. She was also consecrated as founding bishop of Sophia Catholic Communion after serving as an Independent Catholic priest for three years.

Michael L. Hess successfully defended his dissertation in political science at the University of New Orleans in November 2007 and was hooded at the spring 2008 commencement. He lives in Albuquerque.
Kim Olson and her husband, Jim Beit, welcomed their third daughter, Natalie Helena, on Sept. 13, 2006. Natalie and sisters Caroline, 7, and Isabelle, 4, live with their parents in Bronxville, N.Y. Kim and Jim both work on Wall Street, with Kim having joined Deutsche Bank this past September as the chief operating officer of Deutsche Bank Trust Americas.
Patricia Ernstrom is executive director of the San Jose Sports Authority. She is also a member of the Bronco Bench Foundation Board of Directors.

Niamh (O’Flaherty) Pellegrini and her husband, Ron, welcomed their second child in June 2007. Joseph Brendan joins his big sister Christina in the family home in Los Altos. Niamh continues her career work as vice president of U.S. sales at Lifescan, a Johnson & Johnson company located in Milpitas.
Roxanne (Barry) Brady and her husband announce the birth of their daughter, Lidia Teresa, on May 14, 2007, in San Francisco. Lidia joins big sister Grace, who is 2. In 2006 Roxanne was promoted to chief financial officer of Business Engine Inc., a software company in San Francisco. The family lives in Burlingame.

Troy Buckley, SCU baseball program’s record-holder for single-season batting average and runs batted in, is the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league pitching coordinator. The 1988 West Coast Conference Player of the Year previously was Long Beach State’s assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

Kurt Stache is vice president and general sales manager for American Airlines. He previously was president of AAdvantage.
Jeff Decker, senior vice president and financial consultant at D.A. Davidson in Everett, Wash., has been appointed to the company chairman’s advisory council. Decker joined Davidson in 1999, with prior experience at Piper Jaffray and Dain Bosworth.

Sandy (Dallas) Herman and husband Mike welcomed their third son, Luke William, on Nov. 12, 2007. He joins older brothers Jack, 5, and Nicholas, 2. Sandy is now a stay-at-home mom. Mike is vice president for publisher services at Millennial Media. The family lives in San Diego.

Carol LaMadrid moved from Monaco in 2006 and is currently living in Geneva, Switzerland, with her husband. She works with Edmiston and Company as a yacht consultant. She recently choreographed the “Kiss Me Kate” musical for the Geneva English Theatre.

Debbie (Klis) Melnick and husband Stu welcomed their second child, Michael Eliezer (Elie), on Dec. 12, 2007. He joins brother Sammy, 3. Debbie just made partner at the law firm of Shulman Rogers outside of Washington, D.C. Stu works in the general counsel’s office for U.S. Attorneys for the Department of Justice.

Kelly (Kestle) Tuohey and Mikko Tuohey welcomed their third daughter on April 2, 2007. Madison Shea joins big sisters Samantha and Annika in the family’s home.
Patrick Black J.D. ’94 practices utilities law and government relations focusing on energy, water, wastewater, and telecommunications regulation with the firm of Fennemore Craig in Phoenix.

92 Simon Chiu was recently appointed principal of Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda. His family recently welcomed a son, Christian, into the family, joining son J.P., who turned 3 in April. Christian turned 1 in March.

Christine (Stewart) Rockey announces the birth of her daughter, Mallory Alyse, on Jan. 8. She joins brothers Trey, 4, and Britton, 2. Christine is teaching part time at Coastal Carolina University near Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Lisa Passal Smith ’92, MBA ’95 and her husband Scott were blessed with their second child, David Ryder, on Feb. 24. He joins his older sister, Sarah Rachel, who is almost 2. The family lives in Redwood City.

Kevin Woestman and his wife, Peggy, welcomed their first child, Noah Patrick, on May 1, 2007, in Fairfax, Va.

Molly Orell and Michael Patrick Crehan ’92 welcomed their first child, Catie Clare Crehan, on Nov. 9, 2006. They live in San Francisco, where Molly is self-employed as a personal chef and Michael drives ferry boats on the San Francisco Bay. They wed in October 2003 in Carmel.
John Gilroy and wife Colleen welcomed their fifth child, Walter Joseph, on Dec. 29, 2007. Walt joins brothers Jack, 8, Hugh, 5, Ned, 2, and sister Quinn, 7. John is an attorney in private practice in Portland, Ore.

Franklin Loffer and his wife, Jenny, welcomed their first child, Wyatt Henry, on July 17, 2007. The family lives in San Francisco.

Joe and Anna (Murphy) Ryan announce the arrival of their fourth son, Daniel Edward Cassidy, on March 2, 2007. He joins older brothers, Jack, 9, David, 7, and Joey, 4. Joe is a physical therapist at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Anna graduated with a bachelor's degree in nursing from California State University-Stanislaus in December 2006. She spent some time at home with the children but has started a new career as an emergency department nurse in a Sacramento-area hospital.

Philip Sandifur and his wife, Shelley, announce the birth of their second child, Madison, in August 2005. She joins older brother Chase, 4. Philip completed the Ironman Coeur d’Alene Triathlon in July 2006 after recovering from a five-way heart bypass surgery. The Sandifurs live in Spokane, where they pursue careers in real estate and yoga.

David Sanguinetti and wife Alicia welcomed their second son on Oct. 6, 2006. Anthony joins big brother Dominick, 2, in the family’s Lafayette home. Alicia is the design director with Advisor Software, Inc. in Lafayette and David is a vice president with Offit Hall Capital Management in San Francisco.
Mariah (Youngkin) Baughn completed the medical doctorate program at the University of Southern California and is starting residency in pathology at UC San Diego. Husband Jeff Baughn MBA ’03 and son Evan are happy about the move to San Diego.

Julie Chang won the title of Mrs. Hawaii United States 2007 at the state pageant, which was held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on May 25, 2007. She represented Hawaii at the national Mrs. United States pageant in Las Vegas in July 2007.

Jeff Hilgers married Swedish journalist Cecilia Hahne on Jan. 12, 2007, in Kona, Hawaii. Jeff and Cecilia live in Stockholm.

Christina (McAllister) Ritchie recently accepted a position as planner of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs in Phoenix. Tina works with the Arizona Army National Guard in real estate and planning matters, handling lease negotiations and long-range military construction projects. She is also writing a sequel to her book, The Credit Road Map. Tina lives with her son, Declan, in Phoenix.

Branden Mello ’94, J.D. ’98, MBA ’98 and wife Kate welcomed their second child, Ansel Paul, in May 2007. They live in Modesto. Branden is an attorney with Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher & Silva.

Nader Yasin ’94, J.D. ’99 is a transactional and litigation partner with La Fleur & Yasin LLP, a law firm based in San Jose, where his practice continues to focus on real estate and related industries, with a particular emphasis on commercial ownership, property management, leasing, development, land use, construction and related dispute resolution and litigation. He lives in San Jose with his wife, Lynn, and their two children, Bennett, 6, and Sophie, 4.
Kevin Beals married Devon Woodfin ’00 on March 10, 2007, at Mission Santa Clara. Groomsmen included SCU alumni Bob D’Acquisto, Toby O’Brien ’93, Mark Jamtgaard, and Bryan Wargo. Bridesmaids included Kori (Woodfin) O’Brien ’96, Megan (Schreiber) Deaton ’00, Kelly Cunningham ’00, and Kendra Michielssen ’00.

Bill Bennett and his wife, Jyllian, welcomed twin boys, Patrick and Peter, on Sept. 7, 2006. They join their 2-year-old sister, Laryn, at the family’s home in Pleasanton.

Richelle Faria married Christopher Massey on Nov. 10, 2007, at Mission Santa Clara. The bridal party included Lucy (Azevedo) Rojas ’96, Anna Lee ’96, the three daughters of Jade L’Heureux ’95, and Christina (Picazo) L’Heureux ’93. The celebrant of the ceremony was Jack Treacy, S.J. ’77.

Matt and Monica (Garcia) Reilly announce the birth of daughter Samantha Grace on Sept. 27, 2007, in Greenwich, Conn.
Tom Bertulis is the manager of the engineering department at Transport, Planning & Engineering, a company specializing in the design and construction of sustainable transport projects. He lives and works in Glasgow.

Phil Von Buchwaldt MBA ’98 and wife Susan announce the birth of a son, Grant, on Sept. 6, 2007. He joins big brother Aidan in the family’s Spokane, Wash., home.

Autumn (Blatchford) Casadonte J.D. '05 and husband Alex welcomed their first daughter, Ava Rose, on April 5, 2007. Autumn is an attorney with Miller Morton Caillat & Nevis LLP in San Jose.

Tiana (Wiersma) Dixon and her husband Martin welcomed twins Abigail and William on May 30, 2007. The twins join big sister Chloe, 2, at their home in Portland, Ore.

Vanessa (Bettisworth) Rambis and husband Jeff welcomed their third child, Adrienne Claire, on Aug. 23, 2007. She joins siblings Caleb and Jillian in the family’s northern Colorado home.

Kevin and Alyssa (Schmidt) Olson welcomed their third child, Kaden Michael, in June 2007. He joins big sister Alexis and big brother Konner in the family’s Gilbert, Ariz., home.

Jessica (Cihak) Wilson and her husband, John, announce the birth of their son, Scott Robert, on Aug. 1, 2007. Scott joins his big sister Claudia at their home in Olympia, Wash.
Chris and Andrea (Losh) Hackman welcomed their second child, Bailey Therese, on Aug. 26, 2007. She joins big brother Cole in Seattle. Chris is a securities trader for Parametric Portfolio Associates, and Andrea owns and operates the preschool she founded, Harvard Avenue School.

Charlotte (Castro) Markey and her husband, Patrick, announce the birth of a daughter, Grace Elizabeth, in June 2007. Grace joins her big brother Charlie, 2, in the family’s Pennsylvania home.

Alexis M. Wetoska Malayter and husband Ryan welcomed their first child, Winston Patrick, on Sept. 16, 2007. Alexis writes, “Hope all is well on campus! Go Broncos!”
John Bergmann and his wife, Anna, welcomed their first child, Aiden Huynh, on Dec. 19, 2007, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Chris Brady and his wife, Peaches, announce the birth of their first child, Finley “Finn” Robert, on June 23, 2007.

Joseph DeLucchi and his wife, Kimberly, announce the birth of their first child, David William, on Dec. 6, 2007.

Andrew Duncan is a real estate consultant with Intero Real Estate Services. He consults with and advises buyers, sellers, and investors in the Bay Area, and provides services throughout the United States.

Sarah Lentz married Sergio Rodriguez on Oct. 27, 2007. The couple lives in Fullerton, where Sarah teaches theatre arts and dance at the junior high she previously attended.

Becky Warren is pursuing graduate work in sustainability at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Her focus on sustainability started in earnest at SCU and was bolstered when she served as a student researcher in Kenya. More recently, she served on the board of the Denali Citizens Council in Alaska and completed coursework in solar panel design and installation.
Gianna I. Franzia and husband Michael A. Gambatese announce the birth of their daughter, Giada Franzia Gambatese, on Sept. 7, 2007.

Shannon Hoyt married Eric Sackett on May 21, 2005, in Monterey. The wedding party included SCU alumna Ann Wolfe. Shannon is a clinical laboratory scientist for Stanford University Hospital and Clinics (Department of Virology). She and Eric welcomed a daughter, Madison Lynn, on June 8, 2007.

Jessica (Goodearl) Stefani and her husband, Jon-Paul, welcomed their son, Justin Cole, into the world on July 24, 2007, in San Diego.

Ann M. Wolfe recently served as a guest curator at the Nevada State Museum for the exhibit "Voces Latinas: Works on Paper, 1921-present." The exhibit featured 15 distinguished Latino artists, including Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco. Wolfe is also the curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Nevada Museum of Art.

Lisa Trujillo and Dale Corpus were married at Mission Santa Clara on Feb. 2. Then they were off to Costa Rica for the honeymoon. The wedding party included fellow '00s Alan Abar, Rex Isaguirre, George Carino, Brian Fong, Glenn Hernandez, Micheliene Yim, and Trina Estella-Nguyen. Back home, Dale works as a mortgage branch sales manager at JPMorgan Chase in the Campbell office, and Lisa works for Palamida as a professional services consultant.

Audree (Anderson) Davidson and her husband, Rob, announce the birth of a daughter, Amanda Faith, on Dec. 2, 2007.

Elias Francisco Portales and Claudia Martinez Soto married on May 5, 2007, at the Capilla de Nuestra Señora del Carmen, in the Mayan Riviera. The ceremony included many Santa Clara alumni, including Laura Aguilera ’03, Xio Vielman ’02, and Gloria Yu ’02. The couple honeymooned in Playa del Carmen and now lives in San Jose.

Jenn Viane Riese and husband Mike ’99 welcomed their first child, Christian James, in December 2006.
Will Saso and wife Gretchen welcomed a son, McCormick William, into the world on Aug. 9, 2007.

Elizabeth Thompson is assistant director and liaison to the undergraduate arts and sciences students at the SCU Career Center. She began her work in the Career Center in 2003 as an assistant director while also living on campus as a resident minister.
Anthony M. Chimienti, a former Broncos soccer star, took part in his second FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Rio de Janeiro this past November. Chimienti made four goals and led U.S. players in scoring. A team member of the Sacramento Knights since 2004, he also runs Chimienti Soccer Camps in Folsom and El Dorado Hills, Calif.

Monique Derenia married Benoit Roederer in the small coastal town of Villefranche-sur-mer, France, on July 13, 2006. The wedding party included SCU alumna Melissa Wong. In May 2007 Monique earned her master’s degree in anthropology from San Francisco State University, where she produced and directed a short documentary about the growing trend of men who choose to become stay-at-home fathers. She plans to continue making documentaries and to pursue a career in teaching at the junior college level. The couple lives in San Carlos, where Benoit works in the field of electrical engineering.

Meredith (Cecchin) and Tom Galvin ’02 announce the birth of their son, Thomas Arthur, on April 24, 2007.

Janelle (Martinez) Morgan, along with husband Bodie and son Luke Tyler, has relocated to Sacramento. Janelle is working as a therapist and is looking forward to completing her hours for a license as a marriage and family therapist.
Rebecca Ayres and Matthew Bright were married in Mountain View on July 14, 2007. The wedding party included Holly Hem and Brynn Hale ’01. Rebecca is studying clinical psychology at San Jose State University. Matt works in technical marketing in Sunnyvale. They live in San Jose.

Kathleen (Welch) Dippert ’02 and husband Dustin welcomed their first child, James Ryan, on Jan. 9. The family lives in Sacramento.

Andrew Holtz and Katherine Wichmann ’03 were wed at the Mission Church on Sept. 29, 2007. Justin Elkin and Adam Moreland ’05 were in the wedding party, with alumni from 1950 through 2008 in attendance. The couple honeymooned in Costa Rica and lives in Sunnyvale.

Wedding bells rang at the Mission Church for our own Sandra Renteria '03 (née Figueroa) and groom Robert on Nov. 3, 2007. The happy couple honeymooned in the Caribbean and live in San Jose. As office manager for SCU's Office of Marketing and Communications, Sandra helps make sure we here at SCM keep our ducks in a row.

Billy Ramirez is lead content programmer at MyWaves, a leading Silicon Valley startup that provides mobile video.
Craig Corica married Melissa Meek J.D. ’07 on June 30, 2007, at Mission Santa Clara. The wedding party included Ashley Rahilly, Colin Barceloux ’03, David Thompson ’01, J.D. ’05, Emily Moody ’03, Michael Byer, and Neha Mandal. The newlyweds honeymooned in the Caribbean and now live in the Bay Area.

Adriana Navarro de la Guardia married Juan Antonio Alfaro on June 2, 2007, in Panama City, Panama. The wedding party included Lindsey Cromwell. Also in attendance were Khanh Chau, Emily Jamieson, Matthew Kalkbrenner, Abid Mogannam, and Steven Spence. The newlyweds honeymooned in Hawaii and will continue to live in Panama City.

Kathryn Ortiz of the University of Arizona’s Department of English was selected as one of 10 recipients of the 2008 Scholars for the Dream Travel Awards.

Miranda Mestas Vatterott and husband Timmy announce the birth of their daughter, Estela Patricia, on Sept. 19, 2007. They live in Los Angeles.
Brian Hurd earned a master of science degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Colorado State University on Dec. 14, 2007. He is studying for his Ph.D. and teaching graduate statistics. He and his wife, Kristin, live in Fort Collins, Colo.
Caitlyn (Gilley) Obolsky and husband Arthur ’04 welcomed their first child, Isabelle Alana Obolsky, on Dec. 20, 2007.