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Christopher Donaldson '97 and his wife Tressa are delighted to announce the birth of their son, James Alexander Donaldson, on September 10, 2009. The family resides in Laguna Niguel, Calif. Christopher serves as the Corporate Revenue Manager at Quest Software in Aliso Viejo.
Christopher Donaldson ’97 and wife Tressa are overjoyed to announce the birth of their second son, Andrew Friedrich, on July 12, 2013. Chris, Tressa, baby Andrew, and older son James all reside in Laguna Niguel, CA.
Dr. Perlita R. Dicochea '97's manuscript, "Between Borderlands and Bioregionalism: Life-Place Lessons Along a Polluted River," will be published in the upcoming Spring 2010 issue of the Journal of Borderlands Studies, 25/1. In this piece, Dr. Dicochea explores the relationships between bioregionalism and borderland life-ways in the narratives of Mexican and Mexican American residents living along the toxic binational New River, which crosses the Mexicali and Imperial Valley dessert regions of Southern and Baja California. JBS is the journal of the international Association for Borderland Studies (ABS). More than 120 libraries subscribe to JBS across the world in 18 different countries. Dr. Dicochea is an Assistant Professor in Ethnic Studies at SCU. Her research areas include environmental racism and environmental justice policy. She graduated from SCU with a major in Communication and minors in Ethnic Studies and Women & Gender Studies in 1997. She earned her MA in Communication/Rhetoric at Arizona State University in 1999 and her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at U.C. Berkeley in 2006.
Perlita R. Dicochea ’97 writes that she “has a new article published in the Journal of Environmental Justice about the Cal/EPA’s Pilot Project for the New River. It is significant to her personally because some folks tried to discourage her from doing this work. Dr. Dicochea continued on the path inspired by God knowing that she has a unique perspective to share. You can read it at www.liebertpub.com/overview/environmental-justice/259/.”
Russell Dahl ’97 is an associate professor of medicinal chemistry in the Departments of Neuroscience and Pharmaceutical Science at The Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University, in North Chicago. Dr. Dahl is the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and an inventor on over 20 patents in small molecule therapeutics. He also directs the Laboratory for Molecular Design and Drug Discovery.
Vijay (Jay) Daftary ’97 and his wife Tara welcomed a baby boy, Neal, on Feb. 8, 2013. The family lives in Reno, Nev.
Michael Crow '97 and wife Katherine Smith welcomed a baby boy, Peter Lewis Crow, on September27, 2011. The family lives in Tacoma, WA.
Michele Corvi J.D. '97 was named to the Northern California Super Lawyers 2010 Edition -- Rising Stars, which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the region. Corvi focuses on domestic violence, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, valuation of property and division of assets as Co-leader of the family law team at McManis Faulkner.
Joanne Conca ’97 just moved back to Santa Clara County with her husband and two children after living in Colorado for 8 years. Both she and her husband are involved in their real estate investment business.
Steve Clinton '87, J.D. '97 is with the law firm Womble Carlyle. He mentors law student participants in the Entrepreneurs Law Clinic, as well as participates in the "Bronco Network" which connects mentors to Santa Clara student athletes to provide guidance, information, and career counseling. He writes, "It's very rewarding to be able to connect with students and provide perspective and hopefully some helpful suggestions about the path ahead." As the dad of a child with special needs, he's proud to be a board member of Hope Services – the leading provider of services to people with developmental disabilities in the region.
Jeff Cleveland '97 has joined the growing investment banking team of D.A. Davidson & Co as managing director in its Consumer and Retail sector. Cleveland works out of the Seattle office, where he leads the firm’s food, beverage and agriculture practice, in addition to his responsibilities in the broader consumer industry.
Cleveland has more than a decade of leadership experience in the food and beverage and consumer investment banking market, previously as a founding member of Harris Williams & Co.’s Minneapolis office along with its global food and beverage and consumer investment banking practices. Recently, Cleveland established the food, beverage, and agriculture practice for a Seattle, WA boutique investment bank. Cleveland earlier worked in Piper Jaffray & Co.’s investment banking group.
Leigh Burnside J.D. ’97, an attorney with Dowling Aaron Inc. of Fresno, received an “AV Preeminent” rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, which evaluates lawyers in the United States and Canada based on the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and judiciary. The rating is the highest possible professional rating designated by peers.
Burnside is chairman of the firm’s trust and estate litigation practice group.
Ron Burns MBA '97 was appointed to the position of vice president of sales at EVE, a hardware/software co-verification solution company. Previously, Burns was vice president of marketing at Axis, sales and vice president of marketing at InTime Software and worldwide sales vice president at Forte Design systems.
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.
Kristi M. Bowers ’90, MBA ’97 has joined SCU’s Board of Trustees. Bowers is marketing director for King Mountain Vineyards, a family business that is a French-style, sustainably farmed vineyard in Woodside, Calif. She is a director for The BASIC Fund, which has awarded $55 million in scholarships to more than 17,000 children over the past 14 years. A devoted SCU alumna who is highly involved in University events, since 1999 Bowers has served as an advisory board member for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, which was created by her parents, Linda and A.C. "Mike" Markkula, a founder and former CEO of Apple. She is also director of the family's philanthropic arm, the Markkula Foundation.
David Blanar '97 writes, "Hallo from England! I recently wrapped up an MA in Systematic Theology & Philosophy from the University of Nottingham—yep, you read that right. Really enjoyable work, it brought back lots of memories and made me all the more grateful for Fr. Tollini's lectures. Much love from overseas!"
Colleen Blake ’97 was named one of Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “100 Women of Influence.” As sr. director, Global People Operations, Brocade Communications Systems Inc., Blake is a key partner in driving the company’s involvement in community initiatives for young girls and women, and is responsible for the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy, including the expansion of Brocade’s Women In Networking (WIN) initiative across the globe. Blake was named to the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2012 "40 Under 40" list, and she is active in youth and women's organizations.
Lani L. Biafore ’92 is serving as In-House Staff Attorney for Delta Gamma Executive Offices in Upper Arlington, Ohio. While at Santa Clara, she was a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity. She, daughter Lia, and husband, Dr. Michael S. O'Mara, moved to the Columbus, Ohio area in 2012.
Nathan Barreras '97 and Angie Wilcox M.A. '06 were married at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, on July 2, 2011. Members of the wedding party included Matt Barreras '90 and Jason Annicchero '97. Joe Cullan '97 was a reader at the wedding ceremony. Broncos on hand to celebrate included Laura Barreras '84, Dawn (Leth) Barreras '92, MBA '97, Phil Koblis '97, Randy Allen '98, and Jeff Prentice '98. Nathan works at IBM as a storage sales specialist, and Angie is an associate director of student life at Stanford University. The couple resides in Mountain View, Calif.
Jeffrey Baier M.A. '97 is serving as superintendent of schools in Los Altos School District, Los Altos.