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1985

'85
Kerkorian, Stephanie

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."

submitted Jun. 6, 2016 1:34P
'85
Goolkasian, Todd
The company that Todd Goolkasian '85 and Maureen (Orlando) Goolkasian '85 founded, Cornerstone Structural Engineering Group Inc., received two 2016 National Engineering Excellence Honor Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies. The first award was for the design of the R. B. Oliver Bridge Replacement Project in Tulare County. The 740-foot long post-tensioned bridge over the Kings River also included the successful development of new bat habitats into the underside of the replacement bridge, which have increased the bat population at the bridge to four times its original number.  The second award was for renovating and seismically retrofitting the South American Rain Forest and Aviary Building at the San Francisco Zoo. The renovated building features a realistic rainforest ecosystem, exotic plants and trees, a two-toed sloth, and the zoo’s first significant herpetological collection. The new exhibit highlights environmental threats facing rainforests, as well as the devastating effects of the illegal pet trade on South American wildlife. The awards will be presented at a black-tie EEA Awards Gala on April 19, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
 
submitted Mar. 6, 2016 9:35A
'85
Blach, Mike
The Silicon Valley Business Journal named Mike Blach '85, president and CEO of Blach Construction, one of its first ‘Power Executives.’ The journal cited Blach’s successful leadership of the company, as well as his commitment to many community nonprofits, as reasons for his inclusion on its inaugural list of Silicon Valley’s most influential business leaders.
 
Blach, 53, is in excellent company. The list included Silicon Valley titans such as Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google and Elon Musk of Tesla. 
 
Blach has led the San Jose-based general contracting firm Blach Construction for nearly three decades. Under his leadership, the company has thrived, builds several landmark projects every year and continues to be recognized with top state and national awards in safety, innovation, project execution and corporate philanthropy. Moreover, the Business Journal also has just named Blach Construction as one of the Best Places to Work for the eighth year in a row.
submitted Apr. 11, 2016 6:54P
'85
Aylward-Kravetz, Therese (Aylward)

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. 

Contact Therese
www.thereseaylakravetz.com
submitted Apr. 4, 2016 3:00P

1986

UGRD Leavey Business '86
Suhr, Mary Beth (Fox)

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.

submitted Jun. 22, 2016 8:45P
'86
Smolich, Thomas
In April, Jesuit Refugee Service International Director Thomas Smolich, S.J., M.Div. '86 spoke on a panel  hosted by Rotary International to discuss the needs and challenges of refugees as well as sustainable solutions. Smolich focused on education for refugees and other practical ways to support refugees to enable them to restart their lives and become self-sufficient.
Currently, the UN has recorded 65.3 million people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes due to war, persecution, and oppression. It is the highest number ever recorded and the biggest humanitarian crisis. Pope Francis has spoken out on several occasions about the urgency of addressing the challenges refugees face.
Whether offering refugees opportunities to better integrate into host communities, or to be prepared for the return home or resettlement to a third country, JRS seeks to promote self-sufficiency, and it does so by providing access to education. "JRS' education and livelihood initiatives go beyond the mere economic aspects of life, reaching more human and social dimensions. We aim not only to help refugees get back on their feet to earn a living, but to restore dignity and hope and facilitate integration as well," said Fr Smolich.
Fr Smolich looks at a future collaboration with Rotary and says, "we must come together and mobilise our compassion to make a globalised difference. It is the role of each one of us to ensure those who have lost their homes do not lose their hope. JRS does this through education, and Rotary's global commitments seek to do the same." Smolich has served as the International Director of JRS since October 2015.
submitted Aug. 13, 2016 8:23A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '86
Russick, Andrew

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.

submitted Jun. 22, 2016 4:54P
'86
Niemi, Renee

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.

submitted Feb. 29, 2016 10:39A
UGRD Engineering '86
Martin, Simona (Hodek)

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.

Contact Simona
simona@altosinvestments.com
submitted Oct. 4, 2016 8:10A
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Kollas, Mike ( )

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.

Contact Mike
503-708-7721 mkollas@onusagency.com www.onusagency.com
submitted Jun. 16, 2016 10:48A
GRD Law '86
Kirwan, Peter

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.

submitted Apr. 25, 2016 11:46A
'86
Kassen, Melanie

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.

submitted Jun. 23, 2016 5:02P
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Kale, Kathy

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!

submitted Jun. 23, 2016 6:08P
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Del Santo, John

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!

submitted Jun. 23, 2016 8:16A
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Chow, Kenton

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).

Contact Kenton
ken@flgpartners.com www.flgpartners.com
submitted Jun. 25, 2016 7:58A
'86
Bunger, Tanya
Tanya Monsef Bunger ’86 was awarded the 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.” She is the director of the SCU Leavey School of Business Global Fellows program. The program sends 30 students abroad to work in developing countries to expand their knowledge of global citizenship and what it means to be a leader in the 21st century.
 
submitted May. 2, 2016 10:32A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '86
Boyd, Robert (Boyd)

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.

Contact Robert
http://www.linkedin.com/in/rcboyd/
submitted Jun. 7, 2016 1:48P
'86
Bianco, John

 John P. Bianco '86 was appointed to the Tulare County Superior court June 28th 2010.

submitted Oct. 5, 2016 4:33P

1987

'87
Mar-Spinola, Julie

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.

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 12:29P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '87
Ferguson, Betsy

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.

Contact Betsy
http://thehomeartisan.com betsy@thehomeartisan.com https://www.facebook.com/yourhomeartisan/ https://twitter.com/YourHomeArtisan https://www.linkedin.com/in/betsy-ferguson-870024b
submitted Sep. 18, 2016 10:07A
UGRD Leavey Business '87
Clinton, Steve

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.

submitted Jan. 3, 2017 1:21P
'87
Califano, Peter

 

Peter C. Califano J.D. ’87 is the president of the Commercial Law League of America. In 2011, Mr. Califano testified in Congress and has since organized the CLLA’s leading effort for bankruptcy venue reform.  He has more than 30 years of experience in representing parties in all aspects of insolvency-related matters, including bankruptcy and state law insolvency proceedings, litigation and related business transactions.

submitted Jan. 12, 2017 11:19A
'87
Becic, Carolyn
Carolyn Becic '87 is president at St. Andrew Nativity School, a tuition-free Jesuit middle school for underserved youth, located in Portland, Oregon. 
Carolyn began her career as a teacher in East Los Angeles, California, and Miami, Florida. Identifying a passion for working with under served youth, she became the executive director of College & Careers, a Ford Foundation initiative to improve high school and college graduation for minority youth. In 1998, she returned home to Portland and held development director positions at Providence Portland Medical Center, Friends of the Children, and Self Enhancement, Inc. From 2005 to 2012, was the executive director of Oregon Mentors, the state partnership for mentoring programs. In August 2012, Carolyn became the new president of St. Andrew Nativity School, a tuition-free, Jesuit middle school for under served youth. Brings experience in fund development, strategic planning, public relations, marketing and branding.

 

submitted Sep. 20, 2016 8:20A

1988

UGRD Arts & Sciences '88
Riley, Brendan

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.

Contact Brendan
https://brendanriley2015.wordpress.com/, https://www.linkedin.com/in/brendanriley?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile
submitted Sep. 12, 2016 5:37P
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