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Jim Sheehan '66 is the founder of Center for Justice (Spokane, Washington). He worked for more than twenty years as a public defender in Eastern and Western Washington until he received a windfall inheritance. He decided that, in this next unexpected chapter of his life, he would put his money to work for the greater good. In 1999, he founded the Center for Justice, a nonprofit law firm dedicated to protecting human rights, alleviating poverty, preserving the earth, and holding the government accountable to the principles of democracy. In addition, he also restored the old Saranac Hotel in downtown Spokane, which became the first LEED Platinum certified building in the region. Additionally, he renovated the Community Building, the Main Market Co-op, and the Saranac Commons in order to provide affordable, beautiful homes for area nonprofit offices and small businesses in downtown Spokane. Despite all these accomplishments, Jim feels most lucky to have a healthy, supportive family, including his beautiful partner Mary, Katy and Jule and their sons Soren and Reed, and Joe and Jane and their daughter Luisa.
Michael Antonini '68 writes, "I have retired from my dental practice after 44 years. I have just completed 14 years of service as a planning commissioner for the city and county of San Francisco. My wife, Linda, and I are very happy to have our two children and three grandchildren living very near us in San Francisco."
Mary (Cleese) Roybal ’70; Kathy (Roney) ’70 & Lee Schegg ’70; Sue (Drake) ’70 & Tom Walsh ’70; Bob Peterson ’70 and wife Henneke; and Julie Burns ’70 and husband John Christensen '70 have been having a ball as they visit national parks each year. So far the group has visited Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia in California; Bryce, Zion, and Grand Staircase Escalante in Utah; North Rim of Grand Canyon in Arizona; Glacier in Montana; the Columbia River Gorge & Mount Hood (not yet a national park) in Oregon; and most recently Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Yoho, and Glacier in Canada. They writes, “The gatherings started with a memorial to Dave Roybal '70, in Tuolomne Meadows in Yosemite several summers ago. We decided to gather again at Sequoia/Kings Canyon. This has now evolved into an annual event. We find that we share great community with lots of laughs, and being of the same age group we can relate to shared experiences—Vietnam, raising families, careers, and now grandparenting. It shows that friendships that started in the dorms and classes freshman year can be rediscovered and last into the future.”
Lynda Morrison-Rader '71 served as the Nevada State Regent for the Daughters of the American Revolution from 2014 - 2016.
With more than 36 years in the business, George Montanari '80 brings to Alain Pinel Realtors a wealth of skill and professionalism: Top Listing Agent, Top Selling Agent, Top Producer, Monthly Sales awards, Annual Sales awards, Platinum Circle, Wall Street Journal, and so on. Montanari has more than1,000 clients, including the Santa Clara County Public Guardians Office. George is a valley native and lives in Los Gatos with his wife, Jill, and their two children, Kristin and Massimo.
The University of Hawai'i Board of Regents approved the appointment of Carolyn Ma '82 to be the second dean of the University of Hawai'i.
“Dr. Ma’s impeccable credentials give us a strong foothold as we take the College of Pharmacy to the next level,” said University of Hawai'i Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney.
Born and raised on O'ahu, Ma has an extensive background in clinical pharmacy practice, pharmacy and hospital administration. She is a registered pharmacist with licenses in Hawai'i, Nevada and California and remains boarded in oncology pharmacy. She joined DKICP in 2007 as the clinical education coordinator and designed, constructed and implemented 4,200-square feet of space in what is formerly known as the Gold Bond building in Kaka'ako on O'ahu. Additionally, in preparation for the advanced rotations, or internships for student pharmacists, she helped place numerous faculty in residence at O'ahu, Maui and Kaua'i hospitals and clinics.
John P. Bianco '86 was appointed to the Tulare County Superior court June 28th 2010.
Renee Balodis-Cox '92 writes that she is a licensed mental health counselor and has been working with the state of Washington's criminal justice training commission for the past several years to provide crisis intervention training to law-enforcement officers. "It is essentially a training that teaches them about the most common mental illnesses, and educates them on appropriate resources in the area to help these people and their families, as well as emphasizing/teaching verbal de-escalation tactics. This is a big issue across the nation and a very needed training. I'm proud of Washington for being on the forefront of this. We have a legislation that just passed requiring all commissioned officers to attend this training, we are the only state in the nation that has done so, so far."
Rock Zierman '93 is CEO of the California Independent Petroleum Association, where he has worked since 2002. Prior to being appointed CEO, Rock served as both the director of Public Affairs for CIPA and the executive director of the California Natural Gas Producers Association, a wholly owned subsidiary organization of CIPA. Rock recommends and implements policy for the Association's 50 member Board of Directors. He serves as chief spokesperson for the Association and coordinates all of its state and national legislative activities.
Prior to joining CIPA, Rock served as chief of staff to Assemblyman Mike Briggs (Fresno). Rock has also served in the offices of assemblymembers Chuck Quackenbush (San Jose), Tom Bordonaro (Paso Robles), and Robert Prenter (Hanford).
Alex Shubat Ph.D. '95 is CEO of startup Espresa, which recently launched an app to help companies manage the types of workplace services that help draw and keep the best talent within their ranks. Companies like Google and Facebook are known for treating employees to benefits such as onsite massages, dry cleaning service, yoga, and car repair, but not every organization has the staffing required to curate and moderate those incentives. Espresa takes the hassle out of managing those extras by offering more than 250 services provided by 40 vendors. It has more than 25 companies enrolled for the service. Shubat is a School of Engineering Advisory Board member. He holds more than 20 patents and has contributed to more than 25 publications.
Natalie E. (Evans) Nunnally '06, married Charles Nunnally on July 23, 2016, in an intimate outdoor ceremony in Lake Tahoe officiated by Paul Jockisch '06. Best Man and brother of the groom was Jonathan Nunnally '05, classmate Carolina (Garcia) Wagner '06 was Matron of Honor, and in attendance were classmates Benjamin Johnson '05, Elizabeth Luu '06, and Justin Ungson '06.
Daniel Figoni '03, MBA '07 and Elizabeth Figoni '06 welcomed their first child, Rose Cecelia Figoni, on July 11, 2016.
Patricia (McGlynn) Reiss '07 got married at Concannon Winery on August 11, 2016, to Eric Reiss.
Yudong Kim J.D. '10 has joined Holland & Hart’s Boise office. Kim is a patent attorney and engineer who focuses on IP protection for clients with complex technology and processes. He has particular experience in the semiconductor technology industry, having worked for over two decades at Intel Corporation as a process R&D engineer and manager. Kim received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Korea University, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University. He received his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.
Mike DeMaria '12 recently launched a consumer mobile application on the iOS App Store, Grow Invest. The TechCrunch article can be found here: https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/29/grow-launches-its-app-for-socially-responsible-investing/
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Matt Blanco ’12, M.S. ’15, MBA '19 was invited to speak at the XXIV Annual Pacific Voice Conference, US Edition, held at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, in October. He also represented Santa Clara at the EU Edition of the XXIV PVC in Warsaw and Lublin, Poland, the same month.
After spending her last quarter at SCU as the only engaged student in her "Theology of Marriage" class, Abby Hazelitt '16 was married to Marc Deetjen this summer. On July 16th, 2016 the two tied the knot and now reside in Palo Alto. Marc is pursuing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering, and after work, Abby returns to SCU to lead a small group with an on campus ministry.