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Stephanie Bass Kerkorian '85, lives in Phoenix with husband John Kerkorian '84 "(who I met at SCU). I am in Oncology Device Sales," she writes. "Our son Jack Kerkorian '18, is currently a sophomore at SCU. Our daughter Kate graduated from Mizzou and works in PR in LA."
Therese Aylward-Kravetz '85 just published her first nonfiction book, Why Zarmina Sings: 18 Steps to Live and Learn Beyond Anxiety. The book tells her story and the story of her international students as they used alternative educational techniques such as drama, movement and improvisational comedy, among others, to accelerate learning and overcome the fight-or-flight response. Her website is www.thereseaylakratetz.
Mary Beth (Fox) Suhr' '86 is a Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Palo Alto, CA. Husband, Peter, J.D. '86, MBA'86 is practicing business law at Doty, Barlow in Palo Alto. Sons Michael and Jamie are in the final stages of college and Mom and Dad look forward to a pay raise soon.
Andy Russick '86 is serving as Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Pacific Coast Producer, a food manufacturing firm in California's Central Valley. This spring marks Andy's 29th year with his company. Andy and Kathy (Martin) Russick '87 recently celebrated 26 years of marriage. Their oldest daughter Chloe is a landscaper and graduate of the University of Oregon (2014) and currently traveling in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize doing some farming and building. Their youngest daughter Jana is a recent graduate of Point Loma Nazerene University (2016) and is now working for Anthropologie in San Diego, CA.
In February, Renee Niemi '86, the head of the smart home business at Logitech, was a panelist at the School of Engineering's "Imagining the Future State of STEM" conference. Niemi is a visionary business leader who was previously at Google, where she was the director of global business for Android and Chrome for work and education. She has held senior positions at Plantronics, Visto Corporation, Mobilesys Inc., Xircom, and NEC Technologies. As an advocate for diversity, Renée volunteers her time with young women who are looking to explore professional careers in technology.
Simona Hodek Martin '86 is the COO for Atlos Investments Inc, a registered investment advisory firm opened together with her husband, Bill Martin, in Los Altos, CA. Simona is also the co-founder of Martin+Mo, an online lifestyle brand. Simona lives in Los Altos with her husband and two boys.
Mike Kollas '86 owns an event marketing agency, ONUS Agency, which produces corporate events around the country. Mike and his wife Kathy live in Portland, Oregon and have 2 sons, Matthew and Connor.
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Peter Kirwan J.D. '86 currently heads the Complex Litigation Department of the Santa Clara County Court’s Civil Division after serving as the supervising judge of the Civil Division for two years. Kirwan is currently on the faculty at Santa Clara School of Law as an adjunct professor teaching mediation and is the incoming president of the Santa Clara Inns of Court. Kirwan serves on the board for the ABTL and is a frequent lecturer and speaker for Continuing Education seminars.
Melanie Kassen '86 worked for Warren Beatty after graduating. She has operated her own holistic health care practice in Los Gatos, CA for the last 21 years. In 2013, she published a children's book, Bruce and Juliet: The Unlikely Friendship of a Bubble Breathing Dragon and A Daydreaming Kitten.
Kathy Kale '86 will celebrate her 13th anniversary working in the SCU Alumni Office in August, 2016 and feels lucky to have the best job in the world. She and husband Jim live in San Jose with their two kids and is really looking forward to reconnecting with classmates and friends at the October Grand Reunion. Go Broncos!
John Del Santo '86 is a Senior Managing Director at Accenture where he is responsible for the Financial Services sector. He and wife Maureen (Meagher) '87 live in the Bay Area. Their daughter Maddie graduated last year from Boston College, son Jack is at USC and son Colin will be a freshman at SCU this fall — class of 2020!
After spending the last 20 years as a CFO/COO for Silicon Valley based venture backed companies, Kenton Chow '86, MBA '96 joined as a partner with Financial Leadership Group (FLG) Partners (www.flgpartners.com), the premier CFO service firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. He and his wife, Teri, live in Almaden Valley in San Jose, and have three daughters: Mikaela (Babson College), Kendra (University of Virginia), and Kianna (Archbishop Mitty High School).
Rob Boyd '86, J.D. '97 has worked at SCU since 1988 and, as a hobby, plays the bagpipes. He recently performed for the president of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.
John P. Bianco '86 was appointed to the Tulare County Superior court June 28th 2010.
Julie Mar-Spinola J.D. '87 received the Alumni Special Achievement Award from tthe Santa Clara University School of Law. She holds a dual business and legal role as Finjan Holdings, Inc.'s Chief Intellectual Property Officer and Vice President of Legal. She is responsible for the Company's revenue-based operations, including IP assets, cyber technology innovations, enforcement programs, licensing best practices, public policy initiatives, and mentorships. In 2016, Ms. Mar-Spinola was appointed to the Board of Directors for subsidiary, Finjan Mobile, Inc. Ms. Mar-Spinola has dedicated her entire professional career in representing high technology companies of all sizes and business models on all things IP, including IP portfolio development, M&A's, acquisitions, divestitures, enforcement (licensing and litigation), as well as preservation and monetization of proprietary technologies and patents.
Julie is Chairman Emeritus and co-founder of ChIPs (www.chipsnetwork.org), a non-profit dedicated to advancing women at the confluence of law, technology, and regulatory policy. She serves as a court appointed mediator specializing in patent and other complex disputes, since 2011, and is a member of the High Tech Advisory Board at Santa Clara University, School of Law, since 2014. Ms. Mar-Spinola has been a member of the Patent Public Advisory Board (PPAC) since 2015. Julie has also been recognized for her contributions in the fields of technology and law, including most recently by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and the Recorder.
Betsy Ferguson '87 was was named one of the 2016 Top 10 Redesigners for United States and Canada by the Real Estate Staging Association. As the owner of The Home Artisan, Betsy provides home staging and redesign services in the Los Angeles area. She received the 2016 Houzz Service award and was recently featured in a Forbes article about home staging. She lives in Montrose with her two boys, ages 14 and 10.
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Steve Clinton '87, J.D. '97 is with the law firm Womble Carlyle. He mentors law student participants in the Entrepreneurs Law Clinic, as well as participates in the "Bronco Network" which connects mentors to Santa Clara student athletes to provide guidance, information, and career counseling. He writes, "It's very rewarding to be able to connect with students and provide perspective and hopefully some helpful suggestions about the path ahead." As the dad of a child with special needs, he's proud to be a board member of Hope Services – the leading provider of services to people with developmental disabilities in the region.
Brendan Riley '88 is an ATA Certified Translator of Spanish to English specializing in literary translation whose recent publications include The Bible: Living Dialogue (2015), a book of interfaith dialogues by Pope Francis, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, and Dr. Marcelo Figueroa; Caterva (2015) by legendary Argentine novelist Juan Filloy; and The Great Latin American Novel (2016) a book-length survey of the genre by Mexican novelist and scholar Carlos Fuentes. Riley's work has appeared in numerous publications, both in print and online, including The New York Times, The Believer, Numéro Cinq, Drunken Boat, Bookslut, Little Star, The White Review, Your Impossible Voice, SPN Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. Additionally, Brendan has been a full-time high school teacher since 1994. He currently teaches 10th grade humanities, AP English language and composition, and journalism at San Diego Jewish Academy in San Diego, California.