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Paul DeCunzo '86 writes that he recently founded the Kelly SWAG Academy, a new school of engagement and collaboration focusing on coaching, teaching, training, and facilitation. "SWAG" stands for "strengths with a groove." It is the home of the DEP, differentiated engagement plan, which is customized and for everyone.
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).
Jeanne-Marie (Bourcier) Carr '86, is in her second year as an Independent Study teacher for high school students in Redding, CA. She is active as a Girl Scout Troop leader for high school girls, and is a Regional Delegate for Girl Scouts Northern California. In July 2016, JM will chaperone Girl Scouts travelling to Peru. With her husband, Jeff, and kids, Marie & Brendan, the family had been hosting students from France to promote global understanding and to build life-long friendships celebrating cultures through immersion. Jeanne-Marie is currently serving on the SCU Board of Directors and gearing up for the Grand Reunion for Class of 1986!
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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.
Kelly (Schaller) Barnes '86, M.A. '12 is the director of Christian Service at Jesuit High School in Sacramento. She and husband, Mike Barnes '85, will celebrate their 30th anniversary in July.
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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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.
Mary J. Novak J.D. '88 began serving in August as Georgetown University Law Center's associate director for Ignatian Formation. Mary is also chair of the board of the Catholic Mobilizing Network to end the use of the death penalty and promote restorative justice.
A novelette by Taryn Hook J.D. '88, "Van Gogh's Slice," was published in the literary journal Abstract Jam. Hook lives and writes near Honolulu, Hawaii.
Anne Lawlor Goyette J.D. '88 is the principal of Griffiths Goyette Mediation Firm. She serves as a full-time special master and mediator who has been managing and resolving complex litigation and civil disputes in federal and state courts and outside formal litigation for the past 23 years. Her cases involve business, commercial, construction, environmental, insurance, personal injury, professional liability, real property, tort and other matters. Goyette lives and works in Burlingame.
Eileen Silva '89 writes, "Last fall I started a new job as the internal communications manager for U.C. San Diego Health. I have been with UCSD for 12 years."
Gayle M. Haworth MBA '89 is the chief business officer for Symphogen A/S, a biotechnology company headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark. Previously Gayle was senior VP of Abgenix Inc., the biotechnology firm, now part of Amgen Inc. In her extensive career in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors, Gayle has held senior management roles in sales, marketing, business development and operations.
Gayle lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and their two rescue dogs, Diego and Zoe. Gayle and Phil also actively volunteer in their community to help non-English speaking adults and children improve their language skills and achieve academic success.
Mike Prym M.A. '90 was appointed the new director of development at The Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux in Vina, California, on August 1.
Appointed the new Director of Development at the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, Ca on August 1.
Meredith McAdam Smith '91 is Development and Marketing Director at JW House in Santa Clara, a home away from home for families with a loved one in the hospital.
A.J. Riebli '91 is the creative studio manager at Telltale Games, an award-winning independent developer and publisher of video games, located in Marin County. In 2014 it was named Most Innovative Company in Gaming by Fast Company. Prior, Riebli had spent 17 years with Pixar, fostering the development and creative output of six Academy Award–winning animated feature films. Riebli resides in Sonoma with his wife and two children.
Ron Pasek MBA '91 is now executive vice president and chief financial officer of NetApp. He brings more than 30 years of experience in financial management. After graduating from SCU, Pasek joined Rolm Corporation, where he worked in accounting and financial planning. In 1990, he began a nearly 20-year career with Sun Microsystems, where he served in roles including vice president, Finance, Global Sales, and Service; and vice president and treasurer. Most recent, he served as CFO of Altera Corporation before the company was acquired by Intel Corporation.
Pamela (Rozolis) Ortega '91 has been busy with her family, husband of 19 years, Johnny Ortega '88, and her 15-year-old twins, in Orange County, California. After years of entertaining, she has combined her love of cooking and writing with a blog for almost two years called www.busybrunettebakerista.com. Pam did a special tribute to SCU Benson Center with her post of http://www.busybrunettebakerista.com/2014/05/not-bensons-turkey-tetrazzini.html She is always accepting recipe recommendations or requests!
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