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Renu Bhatia MBA ’99 was named one of Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “100 Women of Influence.” As VP of Sales and Business Development, Marvell Semiconductor Inc., Bhatia is responsible for developing the company’s data communications sales strategy. Bhatia is board director of the San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum; active member of the San Jose Chamber of Commerce, the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology and The Indus Entrepreneurs. She teaches at local temple and was selected to guide and develop Stanford University’s international student graduate program. Bhatia appeared as a panelist at the 2011 WIE Symposium, speaking on philanthropy, social enterprise and corporate social responsibility. She was awarded the YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry in 2011.
Josh Bennett '99, J.D. '05 and Cate (Cassin) Bennett '99 welcomed their second child, Brooke Isabel, on Aug. 21, 2008.
Jennifer (Culter) Baumgartner '99 and her husband , Marc Baumgartner, gave birth to a baby boy, Luke Charles, 8 lbs, 14 oz, 20 inches, on Oct. 21, 2008.
Wendy (Nice) and Beau Barnes '99 welcomed a baby boy, Brayden Gordon, on September 23, 2009. The family lives in Campbell.
Irene Ho '99 and Derek Baltazar '99 were married in Seattle, Washington on August 21, 2010. The bridal party included Melanie (Vila) McCaffrey '99, Renegell Delos Santos '99, Phan Chao '99. Other Broncos in attendance were Patrick Wong '99, Susan (Lin) Eng '99, Yvette Yambao-Wacher '99, Camille (Cuento) Flemate '99, Aaron Flemate J.D. '11, John Mendoza '99, Linh Nguyen '99, Tony Lin '00, Stephen Gee '00, David Salim '98, Mary Miller '99, Shirley Manan '99, Loan Dinh '00, Lindsay (Lee) Mune '99, and Olivia Leung MBA '10. Derek is a Systems Engineer and also a current MBA student at SCU. Irene is a PA working in the East Bay. The couple resides in the SF Bay Area.
Jennifer Adams J.D. '99 was chosen by Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb and Kimball LLP to be an owner in the firm. Adams has been with the firm since 1999, working in the business counseling, transaction and tax department.
Suzanne Yost J.D. ’00, a Los Gatos resident and broker associate with Alain Pinel Realtors, was installed as president of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, along with the 2012 board of directors, on Jan. 12 in Saratoga.
Yost was active in organized real estate long before becoming a member of the local trade association in 2009. She was named Realtor of the year in 2006 by the Santa Cruz Association of Realtors and salesperson of the year in 1982 by the San Luis Obispo Board of Realtors.
Joe Wlad MBA ’00, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Designated Engineering Representative(DER), recently gave a free webinar, answering questions and offering insight and advice to avionics developers about RTCA’s DO-178C objectives. Also a senior director of Aerospace and Defense at Wind River, Wlad is responsible for all safety-critical and secure products in the aerospace and defense markets. Wlad has more than 25 years of safety-critical systems design, development, test, and evaluation experience including work at LynuxWorks, Intermetrics Inc., McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft Company (in the MD-11 Test and Certification organization), and United Airlines' B747 Fleet engineering and modification organization.
Wlad has also worked for Trimble Navigation as an Engineering Manager in development and FAA approval of military GPS sensors. He is a FAA DER for Systems and Equipment and Software, is an active private pilot and has co-authored three patents on Global Positioning System integrity functions. Mr. Wlad holds a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Buffalo and a MBA from Santa Clara University.
Kelly (Brown) Wissolik ’00 was married to Michael Wissolik (University of Colorado, Boulder) on Jan. 15, 2012, in Santa Cruz, Calif. Her sisters shared the role of Matron of Honor, and her high school friends and college friend Rebecca Eisenman Subity ’00 were her bridesmaids. Kelly and her new husband are happily settling into married life in Los Gatos, Calif.
Judiana (Somilleda) Viruet ’00 and husband Jose Luis Viruet welcome their first child, a girl, Annabella Viruet, born on February 19, 2012, weighing 6 pounds 3 ounces. The family resides in Houston, Texas, and are loving every minute with little Annabella.
Claudia (Vasquez) Torres ’00 and husband Ramiro Torres, an architect who graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, have been blessed with the birth of their first child, Damian Torres, on August 22, 2012. The family resides happily in San Jose and looks forward to traveling.
Brian Thorsett ’00 is now an assistant professor at Virginia Tech University in the School for Performing Arts. Thorsett also recently performed at the prestigious Festival del Sole in Napa, Calif., in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti.
Jason A. Thompson '00 and Merrin L Thompson welcomed the addition of their first child, Daughter Zoe Ella Thompson, on March 30th, 2011.
Elizabeth Thompson '00 married Shyam Krishnan June 10 at Moonridge Vineyard in Glen Ellen, Calif. The ceremony was presided by Ashley Cronin '00 and Kabir Sheikh. Additional SCU grads in attendance: John Thompson JD '01, Erica (Cervantes) Rodriguez '99, Kara (Hartz) Yoshikawa '00, Adam Rausch '01, Deepa Duvvuru '00, M.S. '03, Christy Souhrada '00, Elspeth Rossetti '75, M.A. '96, John Ryan '62, MBA '66, and Joanie (Colby) Bronzini '96.
Jill E. Thomas ’00 and husband Curt Douglas welcomed their first child Alden Zinn Douglas on February 12, 2012. Since both of his parents are teachers, Alden was named after Howard Zinn, who they consider a revolutionary educator. The family resides in Oakland.
Ryan Thelen '00 and Brandy Thelen '00, M.A '02—their second daughter, Ella, on Jan. 17, 2012. She joins big sister, Reese, 4. The family resides in Ventura, Calif.
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.
Richard S. Smudin MBA ’00 recently took command of the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade. He has had 27 years of military service. Colonel Smudin's most recent assignments include Battalion Commander of the 3rd Battalion of the 304th Infantry Regiment (United States Military Academy), Chief of the Civil Information Management Cell at the 353d Civil Affairs Command, and Chief of the Functional Specialty Team at the 353d Civil Affairs Command. His operational deployments include service as the Mobilization Plans Officer at Fort Drum in 2003, Civil Affairs Team Leader in Baghdad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom II - III, and Division Engagements Officer for the Commander of Multi-National Division North at Contingency Operating Base Speicher Iraq during OIF 2007-2009.
Tony P Santos '00 recently opened Lunch with Tony, a lunch cafe and caterer, in the Alviso neighborhood of San Jose, Calif. Tony and his wife, Laura Anderson-Santos '00, reside in San Jose.
www.lunchwithtony.com, 408-493-6090, www.twitter.com/lunchwithtony, www.facebook.com/tonypsantos, www.lunchwithtony.blogspot.com
Kristin (Waldram) Russo '00 and Thomas Richard Russo on Oct. 17 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Portland, OR. Erin (Fuller) Betker '00 served as a bridesmaid. Other alumni in attendance: Nick and Jen (Kogen) Albertini '00, Bryan Bayless '99 and Erika (Johnson) Bayless '00, Eric and Katie (Hansen) Canaday '00, Dave and Tracie (Waldram) Gonyea '93, Adam Harrington '00, Annemarie (Alvistur) Kelley '00, Joe Menning '01, Brian Murphy '00, Jill Scherffius '00, and Kim Stetson '00.