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Maya Skubatch J.D. '01 was elected as partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a provider of legal services to technology, life sciences, and growth enterprises worldwide. Based in Palo Alto, Skubatch concentrates on patent prosecution, strategic patent counseling, investor- and company-side due diligence, and license agreements for clients in the life sciences, medical device, and clean-fuel industries.
Tara (Cano) Skipper '01 married Clint Skipper Aug. 4 at Mission Santa Clara. The couple reside in Benicia, Calif., and enjoyed celebrating with their family and friends. Fellow SCU alumni in attendance were Brian Cano '97, Andrea (Cano) Jones ’98, Mariana (Baricevic) Schuller '01, Bianca Placencia '01, Laurie (Robblee) Morellii '01, Tara Dempsey '01, Jamie (Ceccato) Perkins '01, Shelley Thomas '01, Vy Nguyen '01, and Julia (Debriyn) Tabery '01.
Kristin Simms '01 married William "Billy" Byrnes on November 7, 2009 at the Mission Santa Clara. Alumni in the wedding included Claire Foley '01. SCU Staff in the wedding included Julia Claire Landry (Campus Ministry). Wedding guests included Joe Albers '02, Karen Dazols '03, Jacinda Forster '01, Joanna Zywno '01, David Pasquini '99, Anita Diaz '00, and Becki (Fowler) Gervin '04. Kristin is a campus minister and Religious Studies teacher at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, and Billy is a campus minister at Bellarmine College Preparatory. They live in San Jose, Calif.
Saina Shamilov J.D. '01 was named to 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. By day, Saina Shamilov is a star in intellectual property litigation. As a partner at Mountain View’s Fenwick & West LLP, she has helped successfully defend Amazon.com and Zillow in patent cases. Last year, she led a pro bono team that won a preliminary injunction on behalf of an ill inmate, in which the U.S. District Court directed the prison to provide the inmate with a medically appropriate diet. By night, Shamilov is a competitive ballroom dancer. She competes all over the country and won a national title in Latin dance in 2010.
Anthony Schipper '01 is serving as a History Department Chair at Palma High School in Salinas, Calif. He and his wife Katie Schipper welcomed a baby girl, Charlotte, on March 17, 2009. The family lives in Carmel Valley, Calif.
Lauren Frandsen '01 and Michael Scalora '98, MBA '05 were married in Napa Valley on May 31, 2008. The ceremony was held at the St. Helena Catholic Church followed by a dinner reception at Solage Calistoga Resort. Numerous Santa Clara alumni were in attendance including mother of the bride, Katherine (Desmond) Frandsen '74, father of the groom, Anthony Scalora '65, bridesmaids from Delta Gamma class of '01, Jennifer Jones, Mariela (Hurley) Lagos, Melanie (Hekkelman) Piazza, Marisa Scordelis, and Annie (Shea) Weckesser, brother of the groom and best man, David Scalora '97, groomsmen, Steven Braccini '99, James Campos '97, and Jason Marandas, '97. The couple honeymooned in Fiji. Lauren and Michael are both employed by Google in Mountain View, CA. Lauren is a Learning and Development Specialist and Michael, a Portfolio Manager in the company's Treasury Department.
Freshman Dorm: Walsh
Caren (Maravilla) Rocha '01 and Mario Rocha welcomed their second daughter; Emma Noemi, on July 11, 2011. Big sister; Camila (3yrs), is ecstatic to finally have her here!
Freshman Dorm: Walsh
Crystal Retterath '01 was nominated by RBC Wealth Management as an honoree at the upcoming Nevada Women's Fund 2011 "Salute to Women of Achievement" event. This event recognizes and celebrates the achievements of women in Nevada who inspire and support others. Crystal is an Investment Associate for RBC Wealth Management and lives in northern Nevada with her husband, Kevin, and 2 year old son, Colton.
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Stephanie (Page) Randazzo '01 and husband, Tom Randazzo '01 were ecstatic to welcomed a baby girl, Jasmine, on August 30, 2010. The family still lives local in Santa Clara.
Jacey Prupas ’01, J.D. ’04, an associate in the Reno office of Snell & Wilmer, has been appointed to the Nevada Board of Bar Examiners. Her three-year term began in April. She previously served as a Nevada Bar Exam Grader from 2006 to 2008.
Prupas focuses her practice in general commercial litigation. She has experience with all stages of litigation, including pretrial discovery, trial, appellate work and alternative dispute resolution. Prupas’ practice includes representing businesses in all types of contract disputes, complex tort actions and product liability matters. She also has extensive experience with personal injury actions, both for plaintiffs and defendants.
Prupas received both her undergraduate and law degrees from Santa Clara University. Also licensed in California, she is a member of the American Bar Association and the Northern Nevada Women’s Lawyer’s Association, for which she served as a board member from 2005 to 2011. She has been recognized for several years as a Nevada Super Lawyers Rising Star.
Sarah (Naumes) Primerano '01 and her husband, Kevin, welcomed the birth of thier second son, Giovanni Rei on May 6th 2010. The family including big brother Rocco (2) resides in Medford, Oregon. Sarah is the general manager for Naumes' Oregon Motorsports.
Mike Paye '01 and April (Valenzuela) Paye '00 welcomed their second child on Feb. 27. Killian Cooper Paye was born at home in Santa Clara and was quickly greeted by his older sister Maricela and his uncle Matthew Paye '06. Killian weighed in at 9 lbs 4 oz--a big future bronco! Mike works for a start-up construction company in Palo Alto, and April is a stay-at-home mom.
Joanne Pasternack-Bardin JD '99 and Robert Bardin MBA' 01, and their daughter, Kira (age 2) are thrilled to announce the arrival of Reid Oliver Bardin. Reid was born on November 17, 2009 at 8:36 PM at a substantial 9 pounds, 5 ounces and 21.5" with red hair and blue eyes. Joanne and Rob both work in sports - Joanne is the community relations director for the San Francisco 49ers and Rob is the corporate partnership director for FC Gold Pride of the Women's Professional Soccer league. They live in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Matt Oscamou '01, founder and president of Frontier Snacks, Inc., will be the featured speaker at the Leavey School of Business Winter CIE Entrepreneur Forum, Monday, Feb. 8. His company makes bite-size, nutritious energy snacks that are gluten-, soy-, and dairy-free, and are non-GMO verified. They are available at Whole Foods and Sprouts stores.
Freshman Dorm: Campisi
Meghan Oliveri '01 writes: "My husband Matt and I are both attoneys in Contra Costa County (Walnut Creek and San Ramon, respectively), where we live in Danville with our family. We welcomed our first niece this year with her parents -- Katy and Matt Tuttle (both SCU Class of 2005)."
Karin Olefsky Hargrove '01 and Thomas Hargrove '01 welcomed their second son, Sam Jacob Hargrove, on March 1, 2010.
Karin Olefsky Hargrove '01 and Thomas Hargrove '01 welcomed their third boy, Benjamin, in April 2012.
Brendan O’Brien ’01 and Lauren (Russell) O’Brien ’02 welcomed their second boy Declan Charles on April 5, 2013. The family, with their oldest son Liam and dog Burger, currently live in Burlingame, Calif.
Brendan O'Brien '01 and Lauren (Russell) O'Brien '02 welcomed their third child, Dylan Francis O'Brien, on Nov 4, 2015. Older brothers Liam (5) and Declan (2) are happy to share their toys with their new baby brother. The family currently resides in Burlingame, CA.
Emily Nelson '00 and Paul Nelson '01 announce the birth of their first child, Jared Damian Kijoon Nelson, on June 1, 2010.
Natalie (Eblacas) Murphy '80, MBA '01 writes, "I have recently relocated to Bremerton, Washington, and am looking to connect with SCU Alumni in the area."