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Rafael Zavala '02 writes, "After eight years away from our native land, Pearl Barros '05, Violet Barros-Zavala (18 months), and I have finally returned from Boston, Massachusetts."
Jimmy Williams ’02 is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland. He writes on the Santa Clara University blog, "I have been working on an approach to identify concrete signatures of the Majorana particle. In some sense, the work I participated in with Professor Betty Young doing research for the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) looking for exotic particles has come full circle. It’s a great job! I have a big lab and a bunch of money to do whatever physics I want. It doesn’t get any better than that."
Jeannine Torres '02 has completed her MBA at NYU's Stern School of Business where she was a Consortium Fellow. She has also begun her studies at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government where she is pursuing her MPA in public policy.
Stephen Tonna '01 and Margery (Blain) Tonna '02 welcomed a baby boy, Joshua, to the world on February 23, 2010. The family resides in Willow Glen, and Joshua's proud parents both work in marketing at Apple Inc. in Cupertino.
Steffan Tomlinson MBA ’02 was named chief financial officer of Palo Alto Networks, a Santa Clara based network security company known for its Next Generation Firewalls.
From 2005 to 2011, Tomlinson served as CFO of Aruba Networks, playing a key role in the company’s Initial Public Offering, something attractive to Palo Alto Networks as the company moves closer to an IPO.
From 2000 to 2005, Tomlinson served multiple roles including CFO of Peribit Networks, a WAN optimization technology company acquired by Juniper Networks in 2005 in a deal valued at approximately $337 million. He earned an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BA from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
Andrew Thompson '03 and Beth (Livingston) Thompson '02 welcomed their daughter Alice Eliza Joy on August 21, 2012. Alice joins big brothers Henry and Timothy. The family lives in San Jose.
Beth (Livingston) Thompson '02 and Andrew Thompson '03 welcomed their son Benjamin David Justice on February 17, 2015. Benjamin joined big brothers Henry and Timothy, and big sister Alice. The family lives in San Jose.
Joseph Thannickal M.A. ’02 writes that his book, Gifted Journey, has been published in India by Pauline Media. "It deals with finding Meaning in life and enriching our spirituality. Some people have found it a good bridge between Viktor Frankl's contribution of meaning in life and Catholic Spirituality. I enjoyed writing it, and I want to thank many people who have given me positive feedback. By the way, St.Paul's has just told me they are going for a second print. It is not available in the US. Anyone wanting to order a copy, write to me at email@example.com and I shall try to get a copy to you. Thanks and God Bless you all in all you do. Fr. Joe Thannickal Bangalore."
On completing three terms as Program Director at Don Bosco Renewal Centre in Bangalore, Joseph Thannickal M.A. ’02 has been granted a sabbatical year at Fordham University and JST Berkeley to complete some writing work. Following his sabbitcal, Joseph will return to India to take up another interesting assignment. Currently he is enjoying the warm humidity of NY.
Erin Taylor '02 works at EnviroIssues, an agency dedicated to developing and executing comprehensive public involvement, strategic communications, and outreach programs by tackling some of the thorniest public policy and environmental issues of our day. Erin has been at EnviroIssues 12 years. Whether managing engagement associated with installing a safe seawall foundation on the Seattle waterfront, converting an entire community from septic to sewer near Hood Canal, or light rail planning across Puget Sound, Erin’s asset is an eye for combining the complexity of big picture policy and delivery with relatable, simultaneous details. Erin lives in the Seattle area with her husband and 18-month old daughter.
Melissa (Walker) Sullivan ’02 is a criminal prosecuting attorney in Mount Vernon, Washington. Her husband, Brian Sullivan ’02, is also an attorney and runs his own law practice in Everett, Washington. They welcomed a baby boy, Max, on April 28, 2014. Max joins big sister, Fiona, who will be 3 years old on March 16, 2015. The family lives in Everett, Washington.
Brendan Stamper '02 has been working for the past year as an assistant professor at the Pacific University School of Pharmacy.
Blaze Smallwood ’02 and wife Annie welcomed their second child, Brady Drue, on May 17, 2014. Big sister Avery Mae (4 years old in Oct 2014) loves giving her new brother smooches any chance she gets.
Hugo Silverberg-Rajna MBA ’02 writes, "After 21 years at Cisco, I'm moving on to a new adventure!"
Allison and Aug Sebastiani '02 welcomed their third child and first son, August David Sebastiani III, on Tuesday, May 10. Allison and Aug also have 2 girls Gabriella (5) and Sofia (3), who are very excited to be big sisters.
Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska, welcomes Nicholas J.C. Santos, S.J., Th.M. '02, Ph.D. to its Board of Trustees. Fr. Santos brings a wealth of experience in Jesuit higher education. He is an assistant professor of marketing at the College of Business at Marquette University, in Milwaukee, and the co-director of Marquette’s social innovation initiative. He advises Marquette’s Alpha Sigma Nu chapter as well as the student chapter of Changemakers, which expands social innovation and entrepreneurship among students to help tackle the world’s most pressing problems.
A native of Pune, India, Santos holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in businessfrom the University of Pune; bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and theology from Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth, also in Pune; a master’s in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University; and MBA and Ph.D. degrees from Marquette University.
Prior to entering the Jesuits, Santos was an accountant for a chemical distributor and transportation company. As a Jesuit, he taught for eight years at St. Vincent’s College of Commerce in Pune, which has a special emphasis on providing business education to low-income students. He spent three years as a visiting scholar and post-doctoral fellow at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and was also involved with the Global Social Benefit Incubator program of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara.
Xiomara Vielman '02 and Jason Saldana '01 married May 18, 2012, in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Friends who joined them were Mary Rodriguez Stavn '02, Sylvia Anguiano '02, Gloria Yu '02, and Sam Ritchey '01. The couple lives in Sunnyvale, Calif.
After working as a community organizer for five years, Alicia Ross '02 is now the executive director of Sacramento Area Congregations Together, a faith-based nonprofit community organization that is part of the PICO National Network. Alicia also completed her masters of liberal arts in creation spirituality from Naropa University in 2006.
Kerrie Romanow MBA ’02 was named as San Jose's director of the environmental services department, which she has led for the past year as it oversees services for wastewater, drinking water, trash and recycling collection.
Romanow began her career in San Jose in 2006 as assistant director of environmental services, the second-highest position in the department. Before that she worked for Sunnyvale-based consulting firm Environmental and Occupational Risk Management Inc., Filtronic Solid State in Santa Clara and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
Kerrie Romanow MBA '02 earned a place on the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2015 Women of Influence annual list. This list comprises “100 women rocking Silicon Valley business” who have made a big impact across all professions. As the director of the San Jose's Environmental Services Department, Romanow is responsible for San Jose’s 2012 plastic bag ban. The Bring Your Own Bag ordinance won a Helen Putnam Award for Excellence from the League of California Cities in 2014. Since she took over the department in 2011, Romanow streamlined garbage and recycling services, partnered with the Santa Clara Valley Water District to provide clean water, partnered with Zero Waste Energy Development Company to build a composting facility, and enacted a polystyrene (foam) ban. Romanow’s programs have won statewide and national honors.
Kimberly Rodriguez J.D. ’02 writes: “My husband and I recently started a small business renting margarita machines. If you are an SCU alumni living or working in the greater Sacramento area and interested in renting our margarita machines for your personal or corporate events, please contact me.”
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