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Dr. Tanner Diggs '09 joined Piedmont Heights Dental Associates as a general dentist. Diggs is a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry in the Twin Cities. He is a member of the Minnesota Dental Association and the American Dental Association.
Ryan Watkins J.D. '10 writes, "My wife, Sherry Watkins, and I welcomed our first child, Weston Watkins on October 23, 2015. After I graduated from law school my wife and I moved back home to Toronto, Canada."
BlueLight, a mobile 911 app created by Preet Anand '10, is contributing to the White House "Smart Cities" initiative. BlueLight addresses the deficiency in 911 response times from mobile devices. Emergency response systems are still based on landlines; with a standard call from a mobile phone, it can take up to six minutes for responders to receive location information, often only as specific as within three blocks.
In areas where the BlueLight app is supported, it will route your call based on your position and provide your location. Otherwise, if someone is outside of the BlueLight network, it will make a regular 911 call. BlueLight pinpoints the location and reaches the closest responder – local or campus police or other appropriate emergency services. The service is available on over 250 college campuses as well as at sites such as corporate campuses and ski resorts.
“Emergency response is the most vital function of any community, and it is far behind the rest of the world technologically,” Anand said. “This service can make people safer.”
To earn a place in the $160 million Smart Cities Initiative, BlueLight was one of two winners of the Multi-City Innovation Campaign. As part of the Smart Cities program, BlueLight will test a pilot program in four cities beginning in 2016. Mountain View has agreed to be part of the program, and discussions are under way with Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Green Bay.
Anand was part of SCU’s 2009 Solar Decathlon team, which won third place in the U.S. Department of Energy contest to build a solar-powered home. Anand left SCU when he received a lucrative offer to become Zynga’s youngest lead product manager. However, the University’s Jesuit teachings and emphasis on the public good have always resonated with him, and BlueLight was a way to pair his skills with those ideals.
Giselle Marie Estabrook '10 and Carlo Giuliano Ammatuna '10 were married on April 25, 2015. Bishop Richard B. Higgins performed the ceremony at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento. Included in the wedding party were maid of honor Jenna Abeyta Duston '09 and bridesmaid Julianne Tortolano '11 as well as groomsman Nick Calvitti '10. Giselle and Carlo live happily in Roseville, California.
Christopher Mosier '11, J.D. '14 is an associate attorney specializing in complex business litigation and insurance coverage at Willoughby, Stuart, Bening & Cook in downtown San Jose. Chris is a board member for the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at Santa Clara University and co-chairs the 2011 Grand Reunion Committee.
Allison Kopf '11 recently won the $50,000 grand prize at TechCrunch Disrupt's Startup Battlefield. As a sophomore computer science and engineering major, Allison co-led the 2009 SCU Solar Decathlon Team to its third-place victory. Allison is CEO of Agrilyst, a company that helps “greenhouse operators run their operations more efficiently by pulling in data from sensors in the greenhouse and information about crop yields and other metrics.”
Gabriela Tunzi J.D. '12 and Martin Behn J.D. '12 were united in marriage on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the Santa Clara Mission Church in Santa Clara, with Fr. Peter Abdella presiding. An outdoor reception was held at the Rengstorff House in Mountain View. Gabriela is the daughter of Dr. Marc Tunzi and Dr. Danielle Acton of Salinas. She is a 2005 graduate of Salinas High School and a graduate of UCLA and the Santa Clara University School of Law. Martin is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter and Diane Behn of San Luis Obispo. He is a 2004 graduate of San Luis Obispo High School and is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the Santa Clara University School of Law. Gabriela and Martin are both members of the California Bar. Gabriela works for San Mateo County; Martin works for a private law firm in Palo Alto.
Attendants for the bride included maid of honor, Dominique Tunzi, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids included college friend Vicky Sinnett-Smith, law school friend Crystal Roberts J.D. '12, and Whitney Behn, sister of the groom. Best man was Brendan Till, college friend of the groom. Groomsmen included law school friend Jake Smith J.D. '12, high school friend Max Benson, and Matthew Tunzi, brother of the bride. The couple make their home in the San Francisco Bay area.
Thomas Tatum '13 has joined the firm White Oak Global Advisors as senior analyst of Originations. Tatum is responsible for supporting the originations team with preliminary diligence and analysis. Prior to joining White Oak, Tatum served as an analyst at Medley Management Inc., focusing on portfolio servicing and underwriting. Tatum began his career as an analyst at Balyasny Asset Management, responsible for idea generation and fundamental research. White Oak Global Advisors, LLC, is an SEC-registered investment adviser that directly originates private debt financings to middle market companies to support growth initiatives. White Oak’s product suite includes asset-based secured term loans, cash flow based term loans, unitranche facilities, rescue and debtor-in-possession (DIP) financings, in/out of court restructurings, acquisition and capital expenditure facilities and other structured finance instruments. With more than $1.8 billion of invested and committed capital*, White Oak has made 87 direct debt investments in companies with enterprise values between $50 million and $1 billion across a diverse range of industries and sectors. White Oak is headquartered in San Francisco, with additional offices in New York, Denver and Atlanta.
*The Firm’s AUM is estimated as of 6/30/2015, and includes the regulatory Assets under Management in addition to the uncalled capital commitments of the separate accounts managed by the Firm.
Chloe (Wilson) Sommers '13 married Ron Sommers III (Boston College '13) on July 19, 2015, in Snohomish, Washington. The two met while serving as Jesuit Volunteers in Omak, Washington, after college. Ron and Chloe currently reside in Chicago, where Ron attends the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. Chloe currently studies at Loyola University Chicago School of Law as a recipient of the Civitas ChildLaw Fellowship. Both will graduate in 2018.
Alexandria Shearer '13 has received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to further her work on applications in heterogeneous computing. During her time at SCU, she was a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, and the University Honors Program. She was also a SWE ViaSat Scholar, a Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholar, and she won an NSF Grace Hopper Celebration Scholarship. Alexandria expects to complete her Ph.D. at U.C. San Diego in 2018.
Paige Webster '14 has joined the Alumni Relations team as the new assistant director of Student & Young Alumni Programs. Paige graduated from Santa Clara with a major in sociology. She has spent the past year as an assistant director in the Jerry Smith Coaching for Life Academy. Paige brings her Bronco passion, program development skills, and a creative lens toward engaging our students and young alumni to our team. Paige manages the Student~Alumni Council, as well as a group of young alumni ambassadors to implement a variety of events and programs. She will be working alongside Frankie Bastone '15 to bring about the 2nd Annual Young Alumni Soiree. Paige will also be working on the Grand Reunion classes of 2011 and 2016.
Campbell & Associates, a personal injury law firm, named John Thomas Ryan J.D. '14 an associate attorney based at the firm’s Eden office. Previously, Ryan served as a law clerk at Google Inc. in California.
Former Santa Clara standout John Lamble '14, winner of 81 career singles matches during his time as a Bronco, captured his first professional title in doubles over the weekend.
Partnering with Alan Kohen from Argentina, the duo rolled through the field at the USA F23 Futures event in Edwardsville, Ill. en route to the final on Sunday. In the tournament-deciding match, Lamble and Kohen came back to down the Great Britain pairing of Scott Clayton and Richard Gabb by a score of 3-6, 7-6(4), 10-7.
"I'm very proud of John and the momentous accomplishment that he has just accomplished in his professional career," said Santa Clara Head Coach Derek Mills. "John was a terrific player when he was a Bronco and I'm happy that he has continued his success at the next level."
While competing at Santa Clara, Lamble racked up three All-WCC Doubles Team awards, two All-WCC Singles accolades, and was a highly ranked player in the conference as well as the Northwest Region on a consistent basis. The Saratoga, Calif. native ranks second all-time on both Santa Clara's singles and doubles wins lists. In his final year on the Mission Campus in 2013-14, Lamble tallied 21 victories in singles competition and completed a near-perfect 15-2 mark in doubles action.
Chris Dasgupta '14 has joined SCU's Alumni Relations teamstarted as an assistant director of Chapters & Groups. Chris majored in political science/international relations and minored in philosophy. He has traveled to six countries so far and has lived and worked in both the UK and India. For the past year, he worked for an NGO that fights against human trafficking in Mumbai, India. Chris will be managing events and chapter leadership for the following areas: Central Coast, Fresno, India, Las Vegas, Marin, Monterey/Salinas, New York, Orange County, Palm Springs, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz. He will also be managing our three ethnic alumni chapters: African American, Asian Pacific Islander, and Chicano Latino... and will be working with Kendra Kliesen on the Class of 1976 Grand Reunion Committee!
Christine Cate ’14 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with San Diego Youth Services as a residential counselor and is also volunteering as a crisis counselor with Crisis Text Line.
Melissa Bica '14 has created a data mining tool called RendezView. Using Twitter data, the program helps data analysts by displaying relationships, patterns, and new insights that are often lost or missed when looking through a database or an Excel spreadsheet.
As a Computer Science PhD student at University of Colorado Boulder, Bica studies crisis informatics—a type of human-centered computing with real-world applications for social benefit. Bica got her first taste of using computer science for social benefit in a class at Santa Clara taught by Silvia Figueira, an associate professor of computer engineering and director of the on-campus Frugal Innovation Lab. Under the direction of Figueria, Bica and her classmates created computer applications for social benefit and the first of now many applications that aid the homeless.
Another experience, which was one of the most significant parts of her undergraduate career, was the fellowship she did through the Global Social Benefit Institute–which is housed under the newly renamed Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. In the summer of 2013, Bica traveled to rural India where she worked with two social enterprises, Anudip and iMerit, to provide technology training to women.
According to Bica, RendezView is still in the prototype phase, but ideally she would like to see it developed into a website that would allow users to upload their own data and run the program on it.
Amy Bernstein '13 was promoted to the position of public relations and marketing associate at SurfMedia. Bernstein leads media relations and marketing campaigns including media sponsorship and advertising coordination for a variety of non-profit clients across Santa Barbara County. Prior to joining SurfMedia in 2014, Bernstein interned with Special Olympics Santa Barbara, Direct Relief, and Breathe California, a nonprofit that raises awareness for clean air and healthy lungs. While studying at Santa Clara, Bernstein was the vice president of membership for The Communication Honors Society, where she recruited new members and promoted events. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading and finding new recipes.
Andrew Azzarello '14 writes, "Celebrating one year at Lockton Insurance Brokers!"
Adam Whalen '15 says, "I graduated in 2015 with a BS in Biology and Public Health Science. I joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, a year-long intentional service organization that focuses on community, spirituality, simple living, and social justice. I live in Baltimore, MD with three other JVs, two of which graduated my year from Santa Clara as well (Patrick McDonell '15, Cameron Coulter '15). I am the Program Coordinator for Back on My Feet Baltimore. Back on My Feet is a national non-profit that uses running as a way to empower individuals who may be recovering from addiction, returning from incarceration, or at risk of becoming homeless. We run with our teams each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of the year at 5:30 am. As Program Coordinator, I work with each Member to track their progress through the program, and help them to achieve their personal goals of education, employment, and sustainable housing on their path to self-sufficiency. And I'm just about to start training for my first half marathon in April!"
Since graduation, Malu Veltze '15 has been traveling throughout Southeast Asia for various humanitarian endeavors. In October, with a Canadian NGO in Nepal, Veltze photographed schools that were destroyed by the earthquake to promote awareness and raise funds to rebuild the schools. In November, she traveled to Cambodia and launched a 24-hour CrowdRise fundraiser called "86,402 seconds in Cambodia." It has since raised over $15,000 to bring eye exams and glasses to the local community. Now she is in Jakarta, Indonesia, working on a photo series.
Veronica Solorio ’15 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps with Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona in Tucson.