Class Notes | Obituaries
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Darby Winterhalter Lofstrand '81 is a senior lecturer in Acting and Voice, at Northern Arizona University. As an actress she has worked in over one hundred productions in film and stage in Los Angeles, the San Francisco/Bay Area, and Portland, Oregon. She has also developed and staged several performance art pieces, and she is the voice of Miss Kitty in the Uncle Percy's Adventures in Space educational shorts at Lowell Observatory. She has directed one-person shows, festival plays, musicals, performance pieces, and film shorts. Her 16mm short, HeartSister, was featured at the New York International Independent Film Festival.
Darby is also a writer. Her collection of short stories, Elephant Kisses: A Novel of Sweden Told in Five Stories, was released in Sweden to acclaim, and her novel Gang of Eight: The First Tee was relaesed a year ago. Her stage adaptation of Susan Lowell's children's books, Josefina Javelina, a Hairy Tale, and The Three Little Javelinas, was produced for three years by Peaks Theatre Fest, and she has several full-length and short plays which have been seen or heard in various venues.
She is married to Tobias Lofstrand, the President of the Arizona chapter of the Swedish/American Chamber of Commerce, and enjoys travel and golf.
As Bechtel’s treasurer, Kevin Leader MBA '92 has global responsibility for all cash operations, short-term investments, foreign currency, and relationships with banks and other financial institutions. Kevin also oversees the coordination of project- specific banking matters for Bechtel entities, operations, projects, and joint ventures around the world. Kevin joined Bechtel in 2001 as director of corporate finance and was appointed treasurer in 2003. He was also elected a principal vice president in 2008. Prior to Bechtel, Kevin spent more than 15 years in corporate banking, most recently as managing director with Bank of America’s global corporate and investment-banking group. He is a member of Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Economic Advisory Council.
Andrew C. Kim J.D. '98 has been appointed a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court by Gov. Gerry Brown '59. Kim has served as a deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office since 1999. He was a contract attorney at Jackson and Abdalah from 1998 to 1999.
Elsa Mendoza Jimenez '98 is the interim director of health at the Monterey County Health Department. She has been in the public health sector for 15 years. Jimenez says, "I always wanted to work in a profession at which I would be able to help others, particularly those unserved or underserved. Public health has afforded me the opportunity to be able to work on initiatives that positively impact individuals, communities, organizations, and systems."
Jeremy Herb '08 is in his third year as a defense reporter for POLITICO Pro. Prior to joining POLITICO, he covered defense and national security for The Hill, and covered the Minnesota congressional delegation and 2012 Republican presidential primary as a Washington correspondent for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Herb is a native of San Jose, Calif.
David R. Hayes '96 has been appointed to the board of directors of Symbility Solutions Inc., a global software company dedicated to developing applications for the insurance industry, based in Toronto, Canada.
Rose Hacking '07 works in the Obama Administration as a deputy assistant secretary. "And yes," she writes, "I'm only 30. I started in Congress answering phones for Speaker Pelosi and it's been a wild ride ever since. SCU helped me to cultivate a deeper understanding of social justice and now I work on refugee, unaccompanied children, welfare, and other programs that assist vulnerable populations. I am especially grateful to professor Elsa Chen, as her classes opened my eyes to the power of policy to tackle tough issues like homelessness. While there are many politically divisive and complex problems out there, Santa Clara didn't shy away from them and even supported a group of us to go to a protest in Texas to promote worker rights. I'm grateful for the foundation that set for me and many others who to continue to fight for social justice in our own ways."
Judith Maxwell Greig M.A. '81, 60, of Belmont, has been appointed to the California Student Aid Commission by Gov. Gerry Brown '59. Greig has been president at Notre Dame de Namur University since 2009, where she has held several positions since 1988, including provost, dean of the School of Education and Leadership and senior advisor to the president. She was adjunct faculty at San Jose State University from 1987 to 1988 and a teacher at the Old Orchard School from 1977 to 1984. Greig is a member of the Council of Independent Colleges Board of Directors and the California Campus Compact Executive Board.
Andrea Fujii J.D. '02 is a CBS2/KCAL9 reporter in Los Angeles. She was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She took an unusual road to journalism, which, in her words, took her “a little longer than most.” After taking and passing the California bar exam, she realized she didn’t want to practice law and instead pursued her dream of reporting.
Fujii’s first reporting job was at KHON, the Fox affiliate in Honolulu. She then anchored at the NBC affiliate in Yakima, Wash., before anchoring and reporting at the Fox affiliate in Salt Lake City and CBS’ WJZ in Baltimore. She began working with CBS2/KCAL9 in October 2012.
Tony Estremera '72 began his tenure on the District 6 board of the Santa Clara County Water District in 1996, when he was appointed to fill out Pat Ferraro's term after the District 2 representative resigned. The following year, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors appointed him to represent the North County. In 2001 and 2007 he served as the Board's chairperson. Now he is director.
Tony has extensive government experience in both appointed and elected positions serving on the Santa Clara County Grand Jury, Santa Clara County Housing Task Force, Valley Medical Center Advisory Board, Santa Clara County Personnel Board, San Jose Municipal Stadium Task Force, (San Jose) Mayor's Committee on Minority Affairs and the San Jose/Evergreen Community College District Board of Trustees. Tony is Directing Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County. He is an active member of the State Bar of California and the Santa Clara County Bar Association.
As an attorney, David J. Chun J.D. '98 has practiced workers’ compensation defense exclusively. Mr. Chun has vast experience in all aspects of defending self-insured employers and insurance carriers on workers’ compensation, 132a, and serious and willful matters. In addition, Mr. Chun has lectured on various topics related to this practice and is available to lecture in accordance with his clients’ needs and requests. Mr. Chun speaks conversational Spanish, is fluent in Korean and has both studied and worked in South Korea. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf. Mr. Chun has been certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation law. He is a shareholder and manager of the Fresno office of Stander Reubens Thomas Kinsey as well as the Chief Operations Officer and Vice President of the firm.
Laura Callagy '91 is a Care Manager at Sage Eldercare Solutions where she has worked for 8 years. She has been involved in the elder care industry for over 20 years. She has worked for the Federal Government in the policy department for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services as well as serving as a bilingual claims representative with the Social Security Administration. Laura worked for a Peninsula Adult Day Health Program while attending graduate school. Laura has a Masters Degree in Gerontology from SFSU, is a certified care manager(CMC) and will complete her certification in Aging and Mental Health From UC Berkeley in March. Laura serves on the Board of Directors for the Ombudsman of San Mateo County. Laura and her husband Mark live in Foster City with their 5 children.
Judy Bruner MBA '86, retired executive VP, administration, and CFO of SanDisk Corporation, has been appointed to the Varian board of directors.
Bruner, 58, served as the chief financial officer for SanDisk from 2004 to this year when it was acquired by Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC). She also served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for Palm, Inc. from 1999 to 2004. She has held prior management positions in finance and administration with 3Com Corporation, Ridge Computers, Inc. and Hewlett Packard Company.
Michael Becerra MBA '08 was a finalist in the 5th annual Mr. Marina Competition, a fun-spirited fundraising pageant for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which conducts blood cancer research and patient services. Becerra is a co-founder of Crewmix, an app using tech to bring fun groups together to create lifelong memories. He writes, "I am honored and humbled to be involved in the 2016 Mr. Marina competition! Not only is this event totally quirky and uniquely SF, but so many of us have had cancer touch our friends and loved ones. Together with the power of our network, we can support cancer patients and affected families...and accelerate the cure!" Becerra raised over $12,000 and all finalists combined raised $175,000.
Camille Bates M.A. '16, is the newest resource specialist/special education professional at James Monroe Middle School, in Ridgecrest, California. She takes a bright, passionate approach to her role with her students.
“I believe in the capacity for change and people’s ability to be better than they have been,” she says. “I’m focusing on their psycho-emotional well-being, what gets in the way of them learning, and how they talk about what’s happening so they can participate in their learning.
Her background in social justice work also informs everything she does. Part of her own lesson plans include having her students keep record of the good things said about them, have them practice hearing positive things about themselves and then writing them down.
“Schools are our closest connection to community — they draw us together like no other social institution,” Bates says. “There is no other capacity that comes together for the sake of educating a child. That’s a beautiful and special thing about our culture.”
Damian Gerard Barnes '97 teaches English at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland. A native of Sacramento, Calif., Damian most recently taught at Our Lady of Mercy School in Daly City, while completing his Master in English (The Writer's Craft Program) from Holy Names University. Previously, Damian was a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and worked as a community organizer in Brooklyn, N.Y., establishing youth programs from Coney Island to Crown Heights. He has also worked as a youth minister and taught at Catholic elementary and middle high schools in the Bay Area. Damian says the rhythms of teaching and learning are deeply entrenched in his soul. “I love working with young people on the discovery of new material, the practicing and expansion of skills and the reflection on life to find personal meaning and direction,” he said. Recently married with quite a few Bronco Alums in attendance, Damian enjoys writing, travel, friends and family.