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Tsiagkas, Stephanie (Melia)

Stephanie (Melia) Tsiagkas '96 and husband Nick welcomed their second daughter, Katherine Anne, on Oct. 12, 2008. The family currently resides in Sunnyvale with 3-year-old daughter Amelia.

submitted Nov. 26, 2008 2:16P
Trujillo, Mary

Mary Trujillo '96 earned her master's degree in Spanish from the University of Colorado.

submitted Apr. 30, 2010 12:19P
Tanigawa, Alison

Alison Tanigawa ’96 was named advertising and media director for Island Insurance Company in Hawaii. Tanigawa, who has nearly 15 years of experience, will be responsible for managing the company’s advertising and media activities.  Prior she was the marketing manager for DTRIC insurance.

submitted Aug. 4, 2012 7:30P
GRD Leavey/MBA '96
Swenson, Eric

Eric Swenson MBA '96 welcomed Katelyn Olive Oct 15, 2009 who joins 5-year-old brother Ethan. The family recently relocated to the Pheonix, Ariz. area.

Contact Eric
submitted Aug. 11, 2010 4:51P
Stanely, Alison

Alison (Beimfohr) Stanely '96 and husband Shawn welcomed their second child, Trevor Alan Stanley, on June 23, 2009.  He joins big sister Lauren, 2, in the family's Dallas, Texas home. 

submitted Sep. 28, 2009 3:22P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '96
Shirota, Carrie

Carrie Ann Shirota '96 has been named a 2009 Open Society Institute Justice Fellow. A lawyer and advocate in Wailuku, Hawaii, Shirota  will work to mitigate and reduce the transfer of incarcerated Hawaiians to mainland prisons thousands of miles away. Hawaii's growing reliance on transfers severs family ties, disconnects Hawaiians from cultural traditions, gives rise to prison gangs, and complicates community reintegration. 

submitted Jul. 23, 2009 12:07P
Shepherd, Christopher
Shepherd, Christopher

Christopher Shepherd '95, principal with Shepherd & Associates Insurance Services of San Jose, and Sarah Almazol Shepherd '96 proudly announce the birth of their first child, Olivia Almazol Shepherd on June 29, 2011. The family resides in Santa Clara and are loving every minute with little Olivia.

submitted Oct. 18, 2011 1:19P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '96
Schiechl, Jim

Jim Schiechl '96 and Mary Higgins Schiechl CPE '00 welcomed a son into the family on December 9, 2010. Alexander James (AJ) joins his 4-year-old sister Julia. Jim now works as a middle school principal for the Kent, Wash., school district. Jim and Mary live in Auburn, Wash.

submitted Mar. 14, 2011 2:22P
Santoro, Jen

Freshman Dorm: Campisi

Jen Santoro '96 writes: "I am currently a pharmacist for the Orange County Medicaid Program. I competed in my first Olympic distance triathlon last year and have since done five more!"

submitted Apr. 11, 2011 6:43P
Rojas, Lucy (Azevedo)

Lucy (Azevedo) Rojas M.A. '99 and husband Ariel welcomed baby girl Chiara Francesca on Dec. 23, 2008. Chiara is named in honor of SCU's patron St. Claire. The family lives in Watsonville, Calif., where Lucy works as a project manager in the student affairs division at UC Santa Cruz.

submitted Mar. 12, 2009 8:13A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '96
Rivera, Jill
Jill Rivera played softball for Santa Clara University in the 1990s and now her son, Chris, who pitches for Watsonville High, has made a verbal commitment to Long Beach State.

Jill Rivera ’96, who played softball for four seasons at Santa Clara University, often played catch with her son, Chris Rivera, in the yard even before he entered T-ball. Now he's accepted a scholarship to play baseball at Long Beach State. A single mom, Rivera works for a family-owned general contracting business in Watsonville.

submitted Jul. 21, 2014 8:08A
GRD Law '96
Rich, Jeffrey

Jeff '92, J.D. '96 and Molly (Foy) Rich '92 welcomed their third baby, Findlay George Rich, on June 12, 2010. Finn joins his older brother, Jeffrey Jr. (8) and sister, Caeleigh (6) in Palo Alto where Molly works in real estate. Jeff is currently Assistant General Counsel at Juniper Networks.

submitted Feb. 17, 2011 11:10A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '96
Reasoner, Erin (Erin McCarthy)

Erin McCarthy Reasoner '96 and husband Scott welcomed their third child, Audrey Grace, on May 11, 2010. She joins big sisters Olivia and Bridget. The family lives in Mission Viejo, Calif.

submitted Sep. 25, 2010 8:19P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '96
Reasoner, Erin (McCarthy)

Erin (McCarthy) Reasoner 96 completed Ironman Arizona on November 18, 2012. It took her 13 hours, 58 minutes to finish the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run. Fellow Bronco Karen (McCormick) Ekizian ’96 was part of the amazing cheering crew. Erin has completed two half Ironman distance triathlons; this was her first full distance. Erin and husband Scott have three girls: Olivia, 8, Bridget, 5 and Audrey, 2. The family lives in Mission Viejo, Calif.

submitted Nov. 20, 2012 8:22A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '96
Peters, Kathryn

Kate Peters '96 was named President of The Grossman Group, an employee communications agency in Chicago. She also serves on the faculty for the Marketing Communication department at Columbia College Chicago.

Contact Kathryn
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submitted Dec. 6, 2010 6:22P
UGRD Leavey Business '96
Partovi, Janine (Herpers)

Sam Partovi '95 and Janine (Herpers) Partovi '96 welcomed their fourth child, Mary Imogene, on Oct. 12, 2008, in Portland. Mary joins big brothers Jack, 6; Max, 4; and big sister Sydney, 4.

submitted Jun. 5, 2009 4:49P
Panetta, Jimmy
Panetta, Jimmy

Jimmy Panetta J.D. '96 is a candidate for the 20th Congressional District, located on the California Central Coast. The district includes Monterey and San Benito Counties, and portions of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties. 

Panetta lives in his hometown of Carmel Valley. After attending local public schools, Panetta graduated from Monterey Peninsula College, U.C. Davis, and Santa Clara University School of Law.

Panetta works as a prosecutor at the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office. Prior to that, he worked as a prosecutor in Oakland, California. He also is involved in a number of community activities concerning Veterans, at-risk youth, local colleges, and the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary.

Panetta served in the United States Navy Reserve as an Intelligence Officer for eight years. During that time, Lieutenant Panetta was mobilized and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Based on his work for a Special Forces task force, he was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service.

Panetta serves on the Board of Directors for the Monterey County Veterans Transition Center, the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation, Rancho Cielo Youth Campus, the Community Foundation of Monterey County, the National Steinbeck Center, and on the Advisory Council for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. He also serves as a trustee on the University of California at Santa Cruz Foundation and chairs the Monterey Peninsula College Citizens Bond Oversight Committee.

Jimmy is a graduate of Santa Cruz County’s 26th Focus-Agriculture class and is an associate member of the Monterey and Santa Cruz County Farm Bureaus. In addition to being a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Jimmy was honored as a 2015 Veteran of the Year for Monterey County. His father is Leon Panetta ’60, J.D. ’63. 
submitted Nov. 21, 2015 12:32P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '96
O'Sullivan, Steve

Steve '96 and Kristen (Taylor) O'Sullivan '96 -- their second son Colin Patrick on December 12, 2008. He joins big brother Miles, 4, in the family's home in West Linn, Oregon.

submitted Sep. 22, 2009 3:20P
GRD Law '96
Nevarez, Kristi

Kristi Nevarez  ’91, J.D. ’96 has been named a Partner at Fragomen Worldwide, which is recognized as the world's leading global corporate immigration services provider. For over 17 years, she has advised clients in matters of corporate business immigration. She has also served as the Congressional Assistant and Immigration Policy Advisor to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Immigration Subcommittee.

Contact Kristi
submitted Dec. 3, 2014 4:14P
Nelson, Michael

Mike Nelson '96 is doing a cross-country motorcycle ride for Breast Cancer Awareness and to raise funds for Breast Cancer research. Get more info and support at

Contact Michael
submitted Jul. 21, 2015 2:12P
Nash, Steve

Steve Nash '96 has retired from professional basketball after 18 years. The former Los Angeles Lakers point guard had led the Santa Clara Broncos to 3 NCAA tournament appearances in his four seasons there. The elusive, crafty guard was able to win the West Coast Conference player of the year award twice and rewrote the history books as the school’s all time leader in assists. Nash also played for the Phoenix Suns and was voted as the 9th greatest NBA point guard of all time and was able to shoot 50% from the field, 40% from 3 point land and 90% from the free throw line in 4 different seasons.

submitted Mar. 27, 2015 10:42A
Nash, Steve

Steve Nash ’96 and wife Lilla Frederick announce the birth of their 8-pound son, Luca, on July 19. 

submitted Aug. 2, 2017 2:35P
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