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Mike Betz '96 and Alisa (Harmon) Betz '97 are pleased to announce the birth of their third (and final) future Bronco, Charles Donald Betz on Oct. 14, 2012. Charlie joins his siblings Alice and Henry and has the distinct privilege of being the proud owner of numerous articles of hand-me-down SCU gear! Here's to hoping they all get in to SCU! Third one's free, right?
David Bernhardt '96 and wife Dorea welcomed their first child and daughter, Sierra Riley, on April 26, 2010. The family lives in San Jose.
Morgan Becker '96 lives in Danville with wife Deborah and kids Jack and Madeline. He is the senior vice president and financial advisor at Morgan Stanley in Walnut Creek.
Michelle M. Andre '96 works with the San Francisco Opera as director of membership and marketing for the Merola Opera Program. She still does some freelance graphic design, and earned a master's in Integrated Marketing Communications in 2007. She lives in San Rafael with her husband, Sean Creane, and son Niko (age 4), along with their cat, Barfie.
Michelle Andre '96 writes, "After working for the Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera as the Director of Membership & Marketing for the past four to five years, I was recruited to head up the new marketing department (as director of marketing) for an international market research firm called Decipher. I am traveling all over the world and loving the new challenges in a new industry for me. It is putting to great use my MS in IMC from GGU too, in addition to my undergraduate degrees from SCU. And I am in the 12th year of owning my own 'side' business, Andre Design & Marketing. We also welcomed our new baby daughter home from Russia early in 2012, Nadia Marie. She just turned 2 years old on May 4. She joins big brother, Niko, who will turn 7 on June 13. A photo is attached of our daughter Nadia on her second birthday with her brother Niko on the far left, and my identical twin sister's son, Ivan, in the middle."
Michelle Andre '96 joined Virtual Incentives as the VP of Marketing in the fall of 2015. She also was recently awarded a prestigious Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year, as well as the Marketing Executive of the Year award from the highly competitive Best in Biz awards. Michelle and her husband, Sean Creane, their son, Niko (age 9), daughter, Nadia (age 4), and their cat, Hooligan, split their time between the mountains of Oregon and the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area.
Ria Ferguson Amidon '96 married Andrew Amidon on May 22, 2010. The couple lives in Santa Clara, where Ria teaches fifth grade.
Joseph Westfall '97 is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Houston-Downtown. He and his wife have two-year old twins, Oliver and Eloise, and welcomed a third child, Dorothy, on May 19, 2013.
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Kristen Weaver ’97 writes that she received her M.A. in education in 1999 from Stanford University; volunteered in the U.S. Peace Corps from 2002 to 2005 as a curriculum development specialist in Nouakchott, Mauritania; and married her husband, Natnael, in November 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Weaver is presently employed by the U.S. Department of State. Natnael is a newsletter editor who loves IT and woodworking. They currently live in Saudi Arabia.
Chantel Waterbury ’97, founder and CEO of chloe + isabel, was listed in "More 40 under 40" by Fortune magazine. Although the 37-year-old didn't make the main list of business' hottest rising stars, she was nevertheless recognized as being among the latest players on the direct-sales jewelry scene, helping sellers set up virtual store fronts and offering them a range of jewelry to hawk using their social networking savvy. Waterbury has more than 14 years of experience developing jewelry for retailers like Macys, Old Navy, and LVMH's DFS Galleria.
Chantel Waterbury '97, founder and CEO of Chloe + Isabel, was interviewed by the Huffington Post. Waterbury launched Chloe + Isabel after a 15-year tenure in the corporate jewelry industry. She developed, designed and sourced jewelry for brands such as Kenneth Cole, Gap Inc., Macy's, Nordstrom, Target, Kohl's and specialty retailers, and served as Director of Luxury Jewelry for DFS, division of LVMH. Chantel's interest in the direct selling space stemmed from her years at Santa Clara University, where she paid her way through college selling Cutco Cutlery, and was recognized as the top producer in the Western U.S. She regularly guest lectures at Santa Clara University, San Francisco State University, and several specialty fashion and design schools, on topics ranging from product development to retail math and merchandising.
Heidi von der Mehden ’97 and husband Matt Harris welcomed their first child, Stephen Joseph, on Oct. 27, 2014. Heidi also has a new position as associate winemaker for Merry Edwards Winery in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma County. The family makes their home in Santa Rosa.
Mia Thibeaux ’97 writes, "I am now the mother of two wonderful children. I have a 5-year-old son and a 3-month-old daughter."
Jason Tarver ’97 is the new defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders. He previously worked with the San Francisco 49ers and the Stanford football coaching staff.
Katie Susemihl ’97, J.D. ’05 and Ryan Bennie welcomed their first child, Thomas Ryan Bennie, on June 28, 2014. He weighed 8 pounds 13 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long. The family lives in Santa Rosa.
Alison (Lacy) Stroot '97 and husband Steve welcomed a girl, Gwendolyn Aurora, on Sep. 9, 2009. She joins big brother Logan, 2, in San Jose, CA. Alison teaches 1st grade at Allen at Steinbeck K-8, in San Jose.
Olivia Brittany Stover (Ford) '97 and husband Kieran welcomed their second daughter, Lily Finch, on November 19, 2010. Older sister is Madeline Deia (5 1/2 yrs old).
Gates Matthew Stoner '98 is now Senior Instructional Technologist & Web Platform Manager at The University of Arizona in the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. He continues to adjunct in the Communication Department.
Kathy Carr Stephens '97 and her husband, Jeff, proudly welcome their first child, Chloe Grace born 12-19-10! The family lives in Playa del Rey, California.
Kathy Carr Stephens ’97, husband Jeff, and 3-year-old-daughter, Chloe, welcomed baby brother Clayton Michael on June 1, 2014. He was 6 pounds, 14 ounces and 19.5 inches long. The family resides in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Danielle (Martinez) Sempek '97 welcomed daughter Kathryn McCullough Sempek into the world on Jan. 10, 2011 and son Noah James Sempek into the world on April 2, 2012. She is happily married and working as a registered nurse in Tallahassee, Fla.
Karl Schweikert MBA ’97 received his JD from UOP McGeorge and is now practicing aviation and state administrative law in Sacramento for Churchwell White LLP.
Don '97 and Angelena (Sanfilippo) Paxton '97 proudly announce the birth of their son, Michael-Patrick Paxton. He was born Dec. 12, 2010, and is named after their dearly-loved and sorely-missed SCU friend, Patrick Carney '97. Michael-Patrick joins big sister Graciana, big brother Donnie, and golden retriever, Roosevelt in the family's San Jose home. Don is Director for Maxim Integrated Products in Sunnyvale. Angelena teaches Creative Writing and linguistics at National University and U.C. extension. She also bakes a lot.