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1995

UGRD Engineering '95
Lu, Avery
Lu, Avery

Avery Lu ’95 was one of 23 distinguished speakers at the IoT (Internet of Things) Summit, Santa Clara Convention Center, in March. He presented "The State of Wearable Tech in Health and Fitness—Where Do We Go From Here?" Lu is the co-founder and CMO of Palo Alto Scientific. His team is currently working on a product called profileMyRun, an ultrathin, pressure-sensing insole that syncs with a smartphone through a low-power bluetooth clip. The profileMyRun system provides runners with real-time feedback on their running technique, resulting in less pain and injury, and improving running economy to help them win races. For more info about the product, visit www.profilemyrun.com or its Facebook page.

submitted Mar. 2, 2015 11:54A
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Lu, Avery
Lu, Avery

Avery Lu '95, co-founder and chief marketing officer of Palo Alto Scientific, Inc., a sports science analytics and wearable technology startup, received the Silicon Valley Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum's (SVIEF) Top 30 Most Innovative Startups Award 2016.  

submitted Oct. 21, 2016 4:53P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '95
Klees, Jill

Jill Klees M.A. ’95 is the newest member of the Career Center team at Santa Clara. Jill is the counselor for alumni as well as graduate students in counseling psychology, education, and pastoral ministries.

Jill has worked in the career coaching field for more than 15 years in both academic and corporate environments. She gained extensive experience working in startup, nonprofit, and technology-based industries providing career-related resources within the Silicon Valley marketplace.  

Jill has extensive programming experience in developing innovative tools and resources to prepare her clients for the workforce and is highly skilled in helping her clients determine their unique talents and strengths. She holds a master’s degree in counseling from Santa Clara University and a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco.

We are happy to have Jill as our colleague and feel fortunate to have her strong foundation of experience to support our alumni.
submitted Sep. 23, 2013 11:57A
'95
Klees, Jill
Klees, Jill

Jill Klees M.A. '95 gives tips on overhauling a résumé in her recent Illuminate article "Take Your Résumé from Retro to Wow." Jill is the director of Law Student Life and the former assistant director of Alumni Career Counseling at Santa Clara University.

She has worked in the career coaching field for more thanr 15 years in both academic and corporate environments. She gained extensive experience working in start-up, non-profit and technology-based industries providing career related resources within the Silicon Valley marketplace. She has extensive programming experience in developing innovative tools and resources to prepare her clients for the workforce and is highly skilled in helping her clients determine their unique talents and strengths.

submitted Sep. 11, 2015 10:01A
GRD Law '95
Kim, Yale

Yale Kim J.D. ’95 has been elected to the firm partnership Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP, a leading California real estate, business, and litigation law firm. Kim is a member of the Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Department in the firm's Los Angeles office. His practice focuses on bankruptcy case representation of creditors and litigation, with a particular emphasis on real estate related matters, including both commercial and residential. For commercial real estate matters, he assists clients with receiverships and foreclosures, guaranty litigation, and representation of secured creditor rights in chapter 11 and 7 cases. For residential real estate matters, he assists clients with foreclosure defense litigation, loan dispute litigation, including loan origination, servicing, and modification issues, and representation of secured creditor rights in chapter 13 cases. Yale serves as lead counsel to a number of financial institution clients in bankruptcy and litigation proceedings. Yale practices in all Federal District and Bankruptcy Courts of California, the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Yale's practice also extends to Federal Bankruptcy Courts outside California. Yale served from 1996 to 1997 as a judicial law clerk to The Honorable Barry Russell, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California, Los Angeles Division, and Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. Yale received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. from the Santa Clara University School of Law, where he served as Technical Editor of the Santa Clara University Law Review. Yale is a member of the Financial Lawyers Conference, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

submitted Apr. 20, 2012 2:15P
GRD Law '95
Keefe, Heidi

Heidi Keefe J.D. ’95 was named to the Top Women Lawyers list by The Daily Journal.  Keefe is a Palo Alto-based Intellectual Property partner at Cooley LLP. Some of Keefe's notable clients include Facebook, Inc., HTC Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, eBay Inc., Nike, and LinkedIn Corporation. She represents clients in high-stakes patent trials before juries and judges. Keefe has played a leading role in the defense of Facebook's patent litigation cases since 2007, and is currently co-leading Cooley's legal team representing Facebook in its patent litigation suits with Yahoo!.

"Heidi's success handling high profile disputes for clients at the cutting edge of technology makes her a tremendous asset to our Litigation department," said Michael Rhodes, San Francisco-based chair of Cooley's Litigation department. "Heidi is a renowned litigator and her selection to this list is utterly well-deserved."
 
Keefe studied law at Santa Clara University, graduating cum laude and received her B.A. from Wellesley College. A former astrophysicist and registered patent attorney, she understands a variety of technical disciplines.
submitted May. 9, 2012 3:22P
'95
Keefe, Heidi

Heidi Keefe J.D. '95 was named among the Top 20 Influential Women in IP Law by Law360, and The Recorder listed her among the Women Leaders in Technology Law. She is a partner at Cooley an a first chair trial lawyer. She has two decades of experience representing some of the hottest tech companies in the world in complex patent litigation. A former astrophysicist and registered patent attorney, Heidi easily understands a variety of technical disciplines, from software to medical devices.

submitted Jan. 12, 2017 9:56A
'95
Keef, Heidi
Heidi Keef J.D. '95, IP partner at White & Case in Palo Alto, and Rodger Cole J.D., partner at Fenwick & West, were recognized in January by the San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journal as among the "Top 20 Lawyers Under the Age of 40, in California."
submitted May. 19, 2009 2:56P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '95
Jones, Gretchen

Gretchen Jones '95 has joined Skava, an start-up focusing on omnicommerce, mobile commerce, tablet commerce and e-marketing for traditional retailers. She continues to live in the North Beach neighborhood in San Francisco.

Contact Gretchen
https://www.facebook.com/IamGretchenJ
submitted Feb. 3, 2012 10:05A
GRD Leavey/MBA '95
Jacoby, Rebecca

Rebecca Jacoby MBA ’95, CIO and senior VP of Cisco, has been elected to McGraw Hill Financial's board of directors. Jacoby, 53, advances the business through the use of Cisco technology. Under her leadership as CIO since 2006, Ms. Jacoby has made the IT organization a strategic business partner, producing significant business value for Cisco in the form of financial performance, customer satisfaction and loyalty, market share, and productivity. 

Prior to joining Cisco in 1995, Ms. Jacoby held a variety of planning and operations positions with other companies in Silicon Valley. She serves on the board of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara County and is a founding member of the Technology Business Management Council. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of the Pacific and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

 

submitted Oct. 30, 2014 11:00A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '95
Horita, Misa (Horita)

Misa Horita '95 and husband Derek Uyemura MBA '03, of Stockton, Calif., welcomed Ella Mayumi on April 1, 2009. Misa is a teacher and Derek is a manager for Sony in San Jose.

submitted Jun. 11, 2009 3:37P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '95
Hicks, Josh

Josh Hicks ’95, J.D. ’98 is a new shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, a firm practicing in the areas of real estate, natural resources, public policy, corporate, and litigation. Hicks is a member of the firm’s government relations department and taxation group. His tax practice focuses on Nevada state and local tax matters, ranging from tax planning to litigated tax controversies. Hicks’ government affairs practice focuses on representation before the Nevada Legislature, local governments and state government agencies. In addition, Hicks practices in all aspects of Nevada campaign finance and election law, including all aspects of ballot initiatives.

submitted Jan. 7, 2014 10:35P
GRD Law '95
Hayes, Anne (Hawkins)
Sexless:  How Feminism is Failing Women

Anne M. Hayes J.D. '95 just published her first book, Sexless: How Feminism is Failing Women, a critique of modern feminism. She lives in Sacramento, Calif., with her husband and four children.

Contact Anne
RedBloodedAmericanGirl.com
submitted Oct. 27, 2009 4:08P
'95
Hansen, Ron
Hansen, Ron

Ron Hansen M.A. ’95, M.Div. ’04 is this year’s recipient of the Evil Companions Award, which honors a writer who hails from the West or writes about it. Hansen is an Omaha native who teaches literature at Santa Clara University. He has earned numerous honors in his four decades as a novelist, essayist and short-story writer, including the status of creating one of the longer and more intriguing titles in contemporary fiction: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

submitted May. 6, 2013 9:09P
UGRD Leavey Business '95
Gullotta, Tina (Misthos)

Tina (Misthos) '95 and Mark Gullotta '95 JD/MBA '02 announce the birth of their second child, Aristotle Haralambos, on January 23, 2009. He joins big brother Andonis, 4, in the family's San Bruno home.

submitted Sep. 26, 2009 11:36A
UGRD Leavey Business '95
Guerrero, Ignacio

Ignacio J. Guerrero '95 has been named Deputy Director of the Alameda County Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) in Pleasanton, California. He previously spent over 16 years working for San Mateo County in Redwood City, Ca.

Contact Ignacio
www.acgov.org/css/
submitted Oct. 15, 2011 6:55P
UGRD Leavey Business '95
Guerrero , Ignacio
Ignacio J. Guerrero

Ignacio J. Guerrero ’95 was appointed director of the Santa Clara County Department of Child Support Services by the County Board of Supervisors in San Jose, Calif.

submitted Dec. 18, 2014 5:56A
UGRD Leavey Business '95
Guerrero, Ignacio

Ignacio J. Guerrero ’95 graduated from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard Kennedy School. Guerrero spent three weeks in Cambridge, Massachusetts, participating in this flagship executive education program with 75 other local and state government leaders from around the United States and the world.

Contact Ignacio
Director, County of Santa Clara Department of Child Support Services 880 Ridder Park Drive San Jose, CA 95131 Office (408) 503-5390 Email: ignacio.guerrero@css.sccgov.org
submitted Aug. 16, 2017 12:09P
'95
Grogan, Rita

Rita Grogan M.A. '95 joined West Hills Community College District as the district’s associate vice chancellor of enrollment management and institutional effectiveness. She is currently earning an education doctorate through Brandman University.

submitted Aug. 4, 2015 9:57A
'95
Greenspan, Joe

Joe Greenspan ’95 and his wife, Marla, welcomed their second child, Ryan Matthew, on June 1, 2012. Ryan joins brother Evan, 5, in the family's Phoenix home.

submitted Jun. 7, 2012 9:49P
GRD Leavey/MBA '95
Granadino, Francisco

Francisco Granadino MBA '95 was appointed the NCSA Sales Director for Ashtech in April. 

submitted May. 6, 2010 2:04P
'95
Gordon, Kylee
Gordon, Kylee

Kylee Swenson Gordon ’95 and her band Loquat released a new album, We Could Be Arsonists, in April. She was also profiled in SFist Memoir, for which she describes how she came to form the band in San Francisco.


 

submitted Apr. 20, 2012 3:08P
'95
Gibson, Kelly
Kelly Gibson '95 runs North America Strategic Alliances at PFS. During her 20+ year career, Kelly has spent most of her time in Silicon Valley responsible for business development & market penetration for early-stage software firms in big data, commerce & analytics markets.  In her roles, she has been responsible for marketing for both the software firm she represents, while delivering marketing services for such firms as Victoria’s Secret, Orchard Supply Hardware, Puma, Stock Building Supply & TUMI.  Her business development expertise, combined with her unique ability to build high-quality relationships with executives and industry leaders is the key to her continued success.
submitted Sep. 27, 2016 1:03P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '95
Gerhardt, Jarrod

Jarrod Gerhardt ’95 has been hired as senior vice president and director of marketing for Bank of Marin, which is headquartered in Novato. Gerhardt, of Walnut Creek, has 17 years of experience in the financial services industry. He previously acted as West Coast marketing director for Boston Private Bank. He has also held marketing positions at Charter Private Bank and Washington Mutual in Seattle, Washington. Gerhardt holds a bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University and a master's in business administration from Boston University.

submitted Feb. 1, 2015 4:04P
GRD Leavey/MBA '95
Geffon, Eric

Eric Geffon ’95 was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown ’59 to Santa Clara County's bench. Geffon, 44, has headed his own law firm—Geffon and Isger—for the past 13 years, previously working as a Santa Clara County deputy public defender. A Los Altos resident, Geffon has a law degree from Santa Clara University.

submitted Dec. 15, 2014 9:25A
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