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Alyssa Dovey '06, M.A. '07 is a kindergarten teacher and has been teaching for nine years for MUSD. Her husband, Jackson Dovey '06 has been a superintendent at XL Construction for 10 years. Jackson is 9th in the world for Ironman triathlons. They live in San Jose.
Jacquelyn (Alexander) Dormandy '06 and her husband, Douglas, welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Larissa Rose, on September 1, 2015. The family of three lives in Fremont, California.
Sarah (Boskovich) Villalobos '06 married Nicolas Villalobos at the Seascape Resort in Aptos, California, on Aug. 29, 2015. Fellow '06 classmates Kristin Siem Matthews, Mary Nadine Kane, and Kate Hitchcock '05 were bridesmaids.
Kristin Klingvall MBA ’07 has joined DZH Phillips, one of the largest regionally based accounting and advisory firms in the Bay Area, as director of the firm’s Bridgeway Outsourced Accounting group in its Burlingame office. Most recently, Klingvall was controller for the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, where she had primary responsibility for all accounting-related activities, including payroll, grant administration, fund and project accounting, purchasing, tax compliance and reporting. Klingvall is actively involved with the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Oracle Financials Strategy Council and Oracle Procurement Customer Advisory Board.
Benton Gray '05 and Carly (Syke) Gray '07 welcomed a baby girl, Ainsley Royer, on March 15, 2015. The family lives in Seattle, Washington.
Marilena Lamp B.S. '08, MBA '14 has joined the Donor Relations team at SCU as assistant director, responsible for University recognition societies and programs (President's Club, Loyal Bronco, etc.) and capital recognition (plaques, signage, and other naming opportunities). While an undergraduate at Santa Clara, Marilena led and facilitated training for student Orientation leaders. Since then, she has worked in marketing and sales for the San Jose Giants, Le Boulanger, and Testarossa Winery.
Mary “MJ” Austin MBA ’08 was selected to be on the list of 2016 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. These are women “who are changing Silicon Valley’s landscape in business, nonprofits, healthcare and professional services.” Her best advice for others: Always do the best that you can—even if you don't like the role you are in—and you will be recognized/rewarded in the future.
Jennifer Zeidan ’09 writes, "After five years as a production engineer at Cisco TV and two years as a broadcast engineer establishing Al Jazeera's newest digital venture “AJ+," it was time to move from television to film. I am now a media systems engineer for Industrial Light and Magic, the visual effects division of Lucasfilm (Yes, we’re working on Star Wars!). I also freelance as a broadcast technician for MLB Network and MLB.com. This past October I spoke on a panel at the annual Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers Technical Conference and Exhibition regarding increasing diversity in entertainment technology and our paper was published in the latest SMPTE journal."
Aruna Ravichandran M.S. ’98, MBA ’09 was selected to be on the list of 2016 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. These are women “who are changing Silicon Valley’s landscape in business, nonprofits, healthcare and professional services.” If Ravichandran wasn't working in tech, she'd be a kick-ass mixed-martial arts instructor…
Dr. Amanda Major '09 is now in her third year of private practice as a general dentist in Sonoma County. She writes, “In my free time, I serve as treasurer on the board of my local dental society and spend my Fridays teaching the next wave of future dentists at UCSF School of Dentistry. I also enjoy road cycling and will be participating in several 100-plus-mile riding events this year.”
Grace Wu '10 writes, "I have moved to Yangon Myanmar with my husband, Maung Aung Lwin Oo '11, and we are seeking investment opportunities in Myanmar. If anyone is interested in visiting or investing in Myanmar, feel free to contact us! It is an exciting and fast-growing country!"
Benjamin Petersen '10 and Leah (Torres) Petersen '10, both of Bend, Oregon, were married Aug. 15, 2015, at the Mission Church of Santa Clara. A reception took place at Valencia Hotel, Santana Row, in San Jose.
The groom is the son of David and Colleen Petersen, of Bend. He works at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. The bride is the daughter of Victor and Iris Torres, of Tracy, California. She works as the director of operations at Red Jacket West. The couple honeymooned in Ixtapa, Mexico, in December. They will settle in Bend.
Paul La Londe '10 joined SV Angel as an associate in 2014 and will be attending The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, starting in Summer 2016.
A self-described “renegade” whose heroes include Margaret Thatcher and the underdogs described in Malcom Gladwell’s David and Goliath, Amy Yao MBA '11 is a data science supply chain strategist for Seagate Technology. This role is partly due to the challenging courses and inspiring faculty at the Leavey School of Business. She says her coursework, including one exploring neuroscience and sales and one called “Spirits of the New Workplace,” continues to open doors to new fields. “Learning regression analysis in John Heineke’s class has paved the way to my involvement in data science today,” she notes.
As supply chain strategist at Seagate, she is deploying big data methods to ensure the hard drive leader is the first to utilize advance planning systems, and was recently a speaker for the Gartner Supply Chain Forum.
She also sees the supply chain management function becoming central to profitability, especially in the global technology capital of the world. “Supply chain management is so much more than the traditional notion of warehousing and physical distribution. It’s an exciting discipline that has matured over the last few decades, and is about to be even more complex and interesting with the emergence of IoT (“Internet of Things”) and data science application for operations.”
Yao thinks SCU is perfectly positioned to create an emerging generation of supply chain managers, offering the only graduate degree in the discipline in northern California. “Silicon Valley is teeming with companies that are competing in the high tech industry, which has characteristically fast product life cycle and thrives on innovation. Supply chain management is a great skillset to have to be an operational caretaker as well as a growth partner,” she says.
In February, Clare Wylie '11 participated in a STEM panel at the School of Engineering's "Imagining the Future State of STEM" conference. Clare currently works at Lyra Health, a digital health company in the Bay Area, as Service Operations Manager. Lyra Health’s mission is to transform mental health care through technology with a human touch — to get more patients the care they need when they need it. She works for a fellow Santa Clara graduate, Steve Blake '86.
Megan Wirth '11 writes, "I cannot believe it's been five years. Just yesterday, we were 'running' the streets of Bellomy and roaming the beautiful Santa Clara campus. Today, I am inspired by all of the people I was lucky to graduate with. Through social media, I feel a continued closeness with my classmates and a sense of pride as I follow their accomplishments day by day and year after year. Cannot wait to see all of my fellow Broncos again in the near future!"
Liz (Courter) Oseguera '06, MBA '11 recently married the love of her life (whom she met at SCU while working there), Michael Oseguera, on Sept. 10, 2015, in San Diego, California, with three of her best SCU friends by her side: Kate (Goethals) Barbero '06, Micaela Esquivel '06, and Dan Erwin '06! After working in the SCU Athletic Department for 5.5 years while getting her MBA at SCU, she left to pursue a marketing position at Marketo. She recently moved to San Diego with her husband from the North Bay and now works remotely for Marketo.
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.