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GRD Engineering '98
Ravichandran , Aruna

Aruna Ravichandran M.S. '98, MBA '09 was recently named among the top 10 Most Powerful and Influential Women in the Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York) for 2016 by Diversity First. Also, earlier this year, Aruna was named an honoree of the Silicon Valley Business Journal's 2016 Top 100 Women of Influence.

Contact Aruna
Twitter: @aruna13
submitted Aug. 24, 2016 2:17P
Peshkov, Nellie

Nellie Peshkov ’98 was selected to be on the list of 2016 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. These are women “who are changing Silicon Valley’s landscape in business, nonprofits, healthcare and professional services.” Nellie Peshkov leads Talent Acquisition at Netflix and works to increase the number of female and minority executives and employees, helping companies find great talent globally and build an inclusive work environment where people want to work on complex problems and do their best work.

submitted May. 2, 2016 10:47A
Henninger, Ragan

Ragan Henninger '98 was named a Government Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Ragan is the Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccado. She joined Sam’s Council Office in 2007, first as a Council Assistant, then spent six years as Chief of Staff. Her policy expertise includes environment, housing, budget and economic development, including work on the citywide inclusionary housing policy, plastic bag ban, and downtown high-rise incentive. She later left service with the City to manage Sam’s successful Mayoral campaign in 2014. She previously worked for HomeFirst (formerly EHC LifeBuilders) as the Director of Development and Communications where she was responsible for raising over $12 million annually. Ragan currently serves on the Board of Legacy Alviso San José Youth Foundation and is responsible for the foundation’s charitable distributions. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University where she studied political science and communications. Ragan and her husband live in the Cambrian neighborhood of San José, where they are raising their daughter.

submitted May. 2, 2016 10:42A
Garni, Alisa

Dr. Alisa Garni '98 has been part of the faculty at Kansas State University since 2008. Her substantive interests include international development, migration, and social change. In her published work, Dr. Garni has examined how changing local conditions in war-torn Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua affect people’s decisions to migrate to the United States. She has also examined how land tenure patterns affect local development strategies across high migration communities. Pursuing questions on gender, migration, and development, Dr. Garni has also conducted ethnographic research on independent women entrepreneurs who carry goods between El Salvador and the United States. Studying how they do so sheds light on local mechanisms for combating gender inequality and promoting development. In collaborative work, Drs. Garni and Weyher connect questions of migration and development to changing conditions in war-torn El Salvador. They argue that on-going mass migration—driven by new conditions of desperation and alienation—represents a critical dissipation of class relations and struggle. Building on research examining the relationship between neoliberalism and high crime rates in war-torn Central America, they also examine how neoliberalism’s structural and ideological components both reflect and further contribute to the conditions and growing sense of estrangement that many Salvadorans face.

Dr. Garni’s work has been published/is forthcoming in Latin American Research ReviewSociological PerspectivesSociological ForumLatin American Perspectives, and Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies. She has presented her research at conferences in Athens, Santiago, and across the United States. Currently, Dr. Garni is conducting research on the relationship between Mexican/Central American immigration, changing land use patterns, and local, state, and national immigration policy. Dr. Garni has taught courses on international development (graduate and undergraduate), qualitative methods (graduate), racial and ethnic relations, and introductory sociology.
submitted Jul. 24, 2016 2:27P
GRD Leavey/MBA '98
Fukumoto, Brian

Brian Fukumoto MBA '98 has been hired as VP of WW Manufacturing Operations & Supply Chain at FINsix.  Fukumoto will oversee day-to-day global operations to ensure timely supply of high quality product for FINsix's retail and OEM (original equipment manufacturer) customers. He brings to the company over 25 years experience in manufacturing and supply chain operations. Most recently, Fukumoto was vice president of global supply chain and operations at DataDirect Networks, overseeing end-to-end supply chain execution for DDN's storage systems and solutions. Prior to DDN, Fukumoto held a variety of executive leadership roles for HP, Palm, Tasman Networks, and Solectron Corporation.

Contact Brian
submitted Apr. 11, 2016 10:21P
UGRD Leavey Business '98
Daniels, Kyle

Kyle Daniels '98 recently joined Teles Properties in Residential Real Estate Sales in the Manhattan Beach office after a 22 year career with the LA County Fire Department Lifeguard Division and retiring as on Ocean Lifeguard Captain. He currently resides in Palos Verdes Estates with his wife, Colleen, and two children, Riley (5) and Isla (2).

Contact Kyle
submitted Oct. 19, 2016 9:38P
Alberts, Patricia (Ball)

Patricia Ball Alberts '98, J.D. '03 married Erik Alberts on February 20, 2016, in Santa Monica, California. SCU Broncos who helped them celebrate included "bridesman" Jarvis Murray J.D. '03, Erica Gomes '98, Jennifer Pitts '98, Joe Delucchi '98, Erik Johnson '98, Steven Armstead '98, Daniel Womac '98, Nikki Womac '00, Carolyn (Lees) Metnick J.D. '03, and Amanda Fornwalt J.D. '03. Patricia and Erik both practice law in Los Angeles and reside in Santa Monica.

Contact Patricia
submitted Apr. 22, 2016 4:13P


Zambrano, Pallie

Pallie Zambrano ’99 was selected to be on the list of 2016 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. These are women “who are changing Silicon Valley’s landscape in business, nonprofits, healthcare and professional services.” Before joining McManis Faulkner, Zambrano actually litigated against Jim McManis' team.

submitted May. 2, 2016 10:50A
GRD Law '99
Verbica, Peter

Peter Coe Verbica '82, JD '99 has published Hard-Won Cowboy Wisdom (Not Necessarily in Order of Importance).  The book incorporates five generations of ranching tradition distilled into one, easy-to-read book of maxims with photographs from the 1800s and early 1900s.  Peter works in Silicon Valley for the wealth management group for a large investment bank.  To learn more about his book go to His next book, entitled Left at the Gate and Other Poems, is scheduled for release and will be available on Amazon. 

submitted May. 17, 2016 11:32A
Jones, Ryan

Ryan Jones J.D. '99 is an associate at the Long Beach office of Singer & Benjumea. Since graduating, he has solely practiced in the field of workers’ compensation law. Mr. Jones has also represented employers in 132a matters and serious and willful claims. 

submitted Sep. 28, 2016 3:21P
Griffin, Tina

Tina R. Griffin J.D. '99 was appointed as the Supervising Deputy City Attorney for the Litigation Unit in October 2013. She has served the Fresno City Attorney’s Office since 2006, specializing in employment litigation, personnel, and labor relations. Prior to joining the City Attorney’s Office, Ms. Griffin practiced law in the private sector handling employment discrimination/civil rights litigation, employment defense litigation, and insurance defense litigation for local (William J. Smith & Associates and Cooper & Hoppe), statewide (Lozano Smith), and national (Littler Mendelson) law firms. Ms. Griffin enjoys reading and traveling. She and her husband keep quite busy with their very active young children: twins (boy and girl) and daughter. 

submitted Sep. 27, 2016 1:13P
Gonzalez, Brent

Brent Gonzalez '99 married Jaime Melissa on May 1, 2016 at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles.  The wedding party included fellow alumni David Dwyer '99 and Jack Murakami '99 along with guests Brian Donahue '00, Anny (Madden) Tedeschi '97, Linda (Hoffman) Leipper '91 and Gerry Houlihan '87.

submitted May. 26, 2016 9:50A
Felt, Kim

Kim Felt MBA '99 has been inducted into the National Association of Professional Women's VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in business. NAPW is the nation's leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 850,000 members and over 200 operating Local Chapters. As strategic marketing/business intelligence manager for ManageUP PRM, Kim Felt brings more than 10 years of experience in product marketing and new business creation. She is a strong advocate of customer intimacy and has often been consulted to work across product lines to identify opportunities that increase the wallet share of high-value customers. Ms. Felt thrives on evaluating information from key opinion leaders, performing competitive intelligence and identifying and building relationships with third party partners and acquisition candidates. She excels in market research, product marketing and project management. Her skills include product lifecycle management in regulatory markets, portfolio management, market analysis and needs assessments. She is also adept in negotiation of licenses, partnerships and collaboration.

submitted Mar. 21, 2016 9:02A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '99
Casesa, Rhianna (Henry)

Rhianna Henry Casesa '03 received her Ph.D. in Education from the joint doctoral program between San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University in August 2015. She is currently a tenure-track assistant professor at Sonoma State University. Her research interests include dual-language education, literacy, and biliteracy. She is currently living in Sonoma County with her husband, Marco, and their 4-year-old daughter, Giovanna.

submitted Sep. 13, 2016 10:22A


Theberge, Amy

Amy Theberge M.A. '00, '04 is the new co-principal at Harvest Park Middle School, in Pleasanton. Theberge has experience as principal of Alisal Elementary and Donlon Elementary, as a TVTIP coach, and as a classroom teacher. She earned her bachelor's from Cal State Chico, her master's in interdisciplinary education with a literary emphasis from Santa Clara University and, in 1999, her multiple-subject credential from Santa Clara University. In 2004, she also received her Administrative Credential as well as a 2nd masters in Education Administration from Santa Clara as well.

submitted Nov. 21, 2015 12:37P
Rose Inda, Dori

Dori Rose Inda J.D. '00 is CEO of Salud Para la Gente, a network of four clinics providing low-cost, high-quality healthcare in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties for almost 40 years. Rose Inda has long been committed to making sure people of all walks of life can get excellent healthcare. She has worked as a social worker with homeless men and women and with foster families. After becoming an attorney, she founded the Watsonville Law Center and developed the Agricultural Workers Access to Health Care Project. Rose Inda was also a 2012 recipient of SCU's Ignation Award.

submitted Aug. 14, 2016 8:29A
GRD Law '00
Perry, Jessica

Jessica Perry ’97, J.D. ’00 was selected to be on the list of 2016 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. These are women “who are changing Silicon Valley’s landscape in business, nonprofits, healthcare and professional services. Perry, a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in Menlo Park, CA, represented venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in a high-profile trial last year defeating gender discrimination claims brought by former partner Ellen Pao.

submitted May. 2, 2016 10:45A
Hatch, Sheila

Sheila Hatch MBA '00 was selected to be on the list of 2016 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. These are women “who are changing Silicon Valley’s landscape in business, nonprofits, healthcare and professional services.” Her best advice for others: Be open to input.



submitted May. 2, 2016 10:29A
UGRD Leavey Business '00
Guerrero, Gustavo (Guerrero)

Gustavo Guerrero '00 started Ben's Roofing, Inc., based in his hometown of Oakland, Calif., in November 2012. He is married to his soul mate and best friend, Rosario. He writes, "We created two amazingly funny children, Natalia who is 9, and Benjamin II who is 6. My children are the inspiration in my life and along with my wife, they are my biggest supporters. My life is complete!"

submitted Mar. 24, 2016 9:59A
DeLeuw, Katie

Katie DeLeuw '00 works at EnviroIssues, an agency dedicated to developing and executing comprehensive public involvement, strategic communications, and outreach plans and programs by tackling some of the thorniest public policy and environmental issues of our day. Katie has 11 years of public involvement experience in Washington and California. Katie’s multidisciplinary education in environmental science, policy and management gives her the ability to understand complex environmental issues and communicate them to a variety of audiences. Katie is originally from Mountain View, California.

submitted May. 30, 2016 12:53P
Benavidez, Ricardo

Ricardo Benavidez '00 was named to the Silicon Valey Business Journal's 40 under 40 list for 2016.

As Cisco’s government and community relations manager, Benavidez granted $16 million-plus in cash and millions more in product donations to Bay Area nonprofits. Now as a program manager with Google, he helps design and build workplaces that inspire and energize employees. He serves on the board of the San Jose-based Shortino Foundation, and at Year Up, he mentors at-risk/under-served students.

submitted Sep. 8, 2016 1:07P
Baker, Jason
Jason Baker JD '00 was selected by the Campbell City Council to serve as mayor for the second time.
Baker was born in Utah and later moved with his family to New York. He graduated from UC Davis in 1995 and two years later attended law school at Santa Clara University. In 2004 he and his wife moved to Campbell.
"My wife and I, before we had kids, were looking for somewhere with a nice downtown within walking distance," he said. "The good farmers market was a pull. It just seemed like a nice community to raise our family." He established his own law practice in the city. "I wanted to do law and politics," he said. "I think that comes from wanting to help people." 
Building a new library for the city is on his to-do list for 2016. Baker said he wants to see a regional effort to address homelessness and the dearth of affordable housing. And he'd like to see slower growth.
In his spare time, Baker said he intends to read city and regional plans and proposals. "I also like gadgets and running." 
submitted Dec. 11, 2015 8:16A


UGRD Arts & Sciences '01
Wolfe, Dana
Dana K.C. Wolfe '01 graduated with his MBA from the University of San Francisco in May, but he remains a loyal Bronco. He and wife Erin Brigham, PhD, welcomed a son, Xavier, in December 2014.
Contact Dana
submitted Jun. 29, 2016 11:32A
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