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Braccini, Steve

Steve Braccini '99, J.D. '03 and his wife, Teresa, welcomed their first child into the world on March 20, 2012, a son—Angelo Antonio Braccini. The family resides in the Willow Glen area of San Jose. Steve is a trust and estate litigator with Hopkins & Carley, APLC in the firm's San Jose and Palo Alto offices.

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submitted Mar. 11, 2013 5:21P
Blancarte, Gina
Church Portrait


Gina Blancarte ’99 and Brian Millard were wed on Jan. 21, 2012, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in San Francisco. Members of the wedding party included fellow Broncos Katya (Morales) White ’99, Keryun (Su) Dukellis ’99, and Jackie (Santos) Lopez ’99. The newlyweds live in Southern California. 
submitted Feb. 13, 2012 10:24A
GRD Leavey/MBA '99
Bhatia, Renu
Bhatia, Renu

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.

submitted May. 6, 2013 8:48P
UGRD Leavey Business '99
Betz, Jennifer
Maxim Integrated's Jennifer Betz is one of SVBJ's 40 Under 40.
Jennifer Betz '99 appeared in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2014 40 Under 40 list. She is the executive director, manufacturing finance, at Maxim Integrated, where, last year, Betz led the strategic planning process, which brings analyses of macroeconomic trends and internal data into a cohesive form for all decision makers and business groups in the company. Senior leadership relies on the revamped strategic planning process that Betz leads to make critical planning decisions that drive the success of the company.
Along with a team of 22, she manages all financial aspects of Maxim Integrated's manufacturing organization, a $2.4 billion business. Her responsibilities specifically impact three subgroups and 4,600 employees. The organization spans oceans, with sites in the Philippines, Thailand and several in the U.S.
Betz began her career as an associate analyst and was promoted to a director position in 2008. She was promoted to executive director in 2011. She has held the position of group controller for almost every organization at Maxim.
As group controller for Maxim's Consumer business group, Betz represented more than 39 percent of Maxim's total revenue in fiscal year 2014. When working with Maxim's product engineers, she focuses on bringing her knowledge of business, financial management and policies, rather than trying to learn the technical nuances her electrical engineering colleagues are familiar with. Her approach builds valued partnering within the group.
Since 2008, Betz has volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, helping to create a home-away-from-home and a supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses who are receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals. Each week, Betz coordinates and plans a special activity for children in the Garden Immune Wing, an area of the house especially designed for the needs of children who are receiving bone-marrow transplants.


submitted Jan. 9, 2015 8:39A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '99
Bennett, Catherine (Cassin)

Josh Bennett '99, J.D. '05 and Cate (Cassin) Bennett '99 welcomed their second child, Brooke Isabel, on Aug. 21, 2008.

submitted Nov. 4, 2008 8:31P
Baumgartner, Jennifer (Culter)

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.

submitted Dec. 15, 2008 11:39A
UGRD Leavey Business '99
Barnes, Wendy (Nice)

Wendy (Nice) and Beau Barnes '99 welcomed a baby boy, Brayden Gordon, on September 23, 2009. The family lives in Campbell.

submitted Nov. 4, 2009 9:35P
UGRD Leavey Business '99
baltazar, derek

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.

submitted Nov. 1, 2010 10:21A
GRD Law '99
Adams, Jennifer

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. 

submitted Mar. 18, 2010 11:02A


GRD Law '00
Yost, Suzanne

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.

submitted Jan. 22, 2012 10:10A
GRD Leavey/MBA '00
Wlad, Joe

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.

submitted Apr. 26, 2012 5:10P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '00
Wissolik, Kelly (Brown)

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.

submitted Jun. 25, 2012 3:52P
GRD Engineering '00
Warner, Amy
Amy Warner '99, M.S. '00 was recently elected as vice president of Precision Analog. As such, Warner is responsible for setting and driving strategy for the Precision Analog team with the goal of sustainable growth and profitability with differentiated analog signal chain products designed for the industrial, energy and communications markets.
In previous roles at TI, Warner managed Precision Digital-to-Analog Converter products and served as an analog field applications engineer.  Prior to joining TI in 2004, she spent four years as a hardware engineer at Agilent Technologies.
submitted Mar. 12, 2014 8:39P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '00
Walker, Travis

Travis Walk '00 writes, "I am blessed with an amazing team at work, a great support system at home, and the skill set I was able to develop while attending SCU. And because of this, I was promoted to regional sales vice president of Southern California at SolarCity, a Tesla Company. SCU is a great place to help you get the skills to be extremely successful in life. We are actually looking for qualified individuals who want to make a difference. Please reach out to if you are looking to make a change."

Contact Travis
Look me up on LinkedIn
submitted Dec. 9, 2016 2:13P
Viruet, Judiana (Somilleda)

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.

submitted May. 4, 2012 7:32P
UGRD Leavey Business '00
Torres, Claudia (Vasquez)

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.

submitted Jun. 7, 2013 4:13P
Thorsett, Brian

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.

submitted Aug. 5, 2014 5:31P
UGRD Leavey Business '00
Thompson, Jason
Thompson Family (with Zoe)

Jason A. Thompson '00 and Merrin L Thompson welcomed the addition of their first child, Daughter Zoe Ella Thompson, on March 30th, 2011.

submitted Jul. 7, 2011 4:37P
Thompson, Elizabeth

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.

submitted Jul. 13, 2012 4:17P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '00
Thomas, Jill

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.

submitted Aug. 28, 2012 9:14P
UGRD Leavey Business '00
Thelen, Ryan

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.

submitted May. 31, 2013 11:43A
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
GRD Leavey/MBA '00
Smudin, Richard

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.

submitted Apr. 10, 2015 5:54P
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