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Arthur Liebscher S.J., '69, M.Div. '84, STM '86 has been named by the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., as the next rector of the Santa Clara Jesuit Community. He will assume office on 31 July 2016, the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, and as rector will become a member of the Board of Trustees of the University.
Heidi (Le Baron) Leupp '84 was recently appointed to the St. Ignatius College Prep board of regents. She is currently co-president of Sacred Heart Prep Atherton Parent Association.
Julia Harper Cooper ’84 was recently recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of 2016 Women of Influence in which one hundred women were selected from private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Julia has served in a number of key positions over her nearly 30-year career with the City of San Jose and is currently the director of finance.
Kathy Ventry '85 is in her third career as a licensed marriage and family therapist in Folsom, and is doing business as Peace Within * Anxiety, Trauma & OCD Treatment. She sees children through older adults, and also specializes in couples therapy. Kathy served 10 years in the Army followed by almost 18 years as a healthcare representative for Pfizer, with seven years as a neuroscience specialty representative. Kathy finds it rewarding and a blessing to now work in the mental health and wellness profession. She looks forward to relocating to Folsom from Elk Grove to have easier access to cycling and kayaking opportunities.
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After 11 years teaching virtually every religious studies course that Catholic high schools have to offer, Mary Marsella '85 is taking a break for several months to chill out and determine her next steps for how to best apply her nine years of graduate theological study to living this gift of life. This includes sorting out her passions, which include promoting social justice, deepening her spirituality, meditating, practicing yoga, spending more time with her family, cooking, writing about what's on her mind—she had a field day writing posts about Pope Francis in order to give balance to the various mis/understandings of him and the Church during his visit to the United States—and whatever the heck else she wants to do. She lives in Point Richmond and loves her view of the Bay, which she is well aware that she is lucky to have. She looks forward to reuniting with her third-floor- freshman-year "Swig-mates" and other Santa Clara alums. And of course, while working at LaSallian high schools, she ever maintained the TRUTH that God is NOT a Gael! Can I get an amen?
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."
The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley has awarded the Jose Luis and Ofelia Guerrero family with its La Familia Award for deep-rooted commitment and involvement in the community. Among the family members honored were Martha Guerrero Soto '85, Veronica Guerrero Wildanger '88, MBA '96, and Ignacio J. Guerrero '95. Martha is principal at Mount Pleasant High School, Veronica homeschools and volunteers in the arts, and Ignacio is director of Child Support Services for the County of Santa Clara. Other siblings honored included Jose Luis, retired battalion chief for the city of San Jose, and Juan Carlos, reporter for ABC News.
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Andrew Byrne '85, M.S. '89 is married and currently living in Oregon where he works for an engineering firm focusing on thermally efficient hexagonal structures. He avidly pursues outdoor activities and has climbed a number of the tallest 200 peaks in North and Central America. He also collects beach bottle glass from some of the lowest elevation coastline in the Northern Pacific basin and hopes to retire to Humboldt County and open a marine bottle glass museum.
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.
Barbara Small J.D. ’86 is a partner at GCA Law Partners. She handles the firm’s trusts and estates practice.
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.
Michael Pola '86 and his wife, Liz Karr-Pola, live in San Francisco with their 3 boys. Mike is a managing partner at HSS-a healthcare consulting firm. Mike recently joined the SCU Alumni Board and is looking forward to catching up with old friends at the Grand Reunion.
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.
Former Kansas City Royals catcher and ESPN baseball analyst Mike Macfarlane '86 has been inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. He and former Royals teammate Kevin Seitzer own Mac-n-Seitz, a baseball and softball training academy in Kansas City.
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!