Class Notes | Obituaries
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Sally-Christine Rodgers '78 recently published Convergence: A Voyage Through French Polynesia, which chronicles the first leg of her sailing circumnavigation, with her husband and son.
Sally-Christine grew up sailing and has always loved the water. She worked in the marine industry heading up sales and marketing for a British life raft manufacturer, then had her own firm selling commercial and recreational marine products in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. She later started Port Supply International, a divison of West Marine (the largest marine supply company in the world). Concerned about the plight of the oceans, she has worked actively in Marine Conservation for decades, and served three terms as the first woman on the board of Oceana. Her family foundation focuses on marine conservation including California salmon, acidification, over fishing, and plastics in the ocean.
All proceeds from the book go to marine conservation (available at westmarine.com). Learn more about Sally-Christine's life on the water at convergencevoyages.com. Sally-Christine was delighted to attend Sylvia Earle's recent presentation at SCU.
Larry Nally '78 is approaching 10 years as CFO of Full Turn Partners, an apparel company selling custom branded product into golf courses, specialty retailers, sports teams, and colleges throughout the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Nally has also served as CFO of Covermate, Inc., a maker of flexible dishware covers that was sold to Touch Industries, and served as the CFO of Insulair, Inc., a producer of the first insulated paper cup that was acquired by Georgia Pacific, maker of Dixie Cups. Mr. Nally has significant experience as a start-up CFO, including serving as CFO of Chevy's Mexican Restaurants where he oversaw the acquisition by PepsiCo, as well as the CFO of Gordon Biersch.
Patrick McVeigh '78 is president and chief investment officer of Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management. He has over thirty years of experience in the socially responsible investment industry. He has served on the boards of SEED: The Haitian Community Loan Fund, the Waltham YMCA, Waltham Community Farms, the Social Investment Forum, and the San Jose Food Co-op. At Santa Clara University, he was named the West Coast Athletic Conference’s Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1978.
Mike Cramer '78 is an attorney at the law firm Cramer & Cramer, located in San Leandro, California, focusing on probate, estate planning, and family law. Mr. Cramer has periodically served as judge pro tem in Alameda County Superior Court.
Eileen Clark writes, "Many many happy memories of our daughter (Lorraine Clark '79) at Santa Clara. She loved it there. Thank you."
Tim Beglin '79 has written Ring$ of Value, Run Your Business Every Day Like It’s For Sale. The book is geared toward business owners and entrepreneurs—helping them first understand how to calculate the value of their business and, second, how to drive exponential value into their business. The book is available for purchase through Beglin's consulting company website (targetadvisoryservices.com) and Amazon.com.
Shortly after relinquishing command of the 63rd Regional Support Command, Maj. Gen. Nickolas Tooliatos '80, J.D. '83 retired from the Army Reserve after 36 years of service.
Tooliatos received the Distinguished Service Medal from Maj. Gen. Peter Lennon, Deputy Commanding General (Support), U.S. Army Reserve Command, capping off a career which began in 1980. Tooliatos joined the Army Reserve after graduating from Santa Clara University that year, and was commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate. In the three decades that followed he served in leadership positions throughout the Army Reserve, culminating in his three-year tenure as commanding general of the 63rd RSC.
Tooliatos, of San Ramon, Calif., remembered the day he took his oath of office as a second lieutenant 36 years ago.
“The day I commissioned I had my mother, my father, my sister Paula and my then fiancée Joni (Chiesa) ‘80, M.B.A. ’82 in the Rose Garden at Santa Clara University just a few miles up the road,” Tooliatos said. “My mother and Joni pinned my bars on. As I looked across at my dad he had a grin from ear to ear. My dad was a World War II (battle of) Peleliu Marine and he was the greatest patriot I’ve ever met.”
"I owe my life to my wife Joni, who has stood by me through everything," he said.
“She’s been there through deployments … through rocket attacks when I would click the Skype off so she wouldn’t have to hear the incoming rounds. I’d call back and say it was a bad connection,” Tooliatos joked.
The demands of Army life often meant missing important family events, including his children’s baseball games.
“My poor kids had to endure me coaching baseball games in my old Battle Dress Uniform back in the day,” he said. “How many kids do you think had their dad coaching a game in BDU’s? I’ll always be thankful to my battalion commander who gave me the leeway to do that and let me maintain some balance.”
“I challenge all of you to maintain that balance. Your priorities are your family, your civilian job and then the United States Army,” he continued. “The Army is a jealous mistress. She will take as much time as you’re willing to give her and we need you. But you have to maintain that balance.”
Tooliatos thanked all his mentors and influences for helping him improve as an officer and reach the rank of major general.
“In some way they all gave me opportunities that I probably didn’t deserve and praise on evaluation reports that I probably didn’t earn,” Tooliatos said. “Thanks for being great teammates and bringing out the best in me.”
Being afforded the opportunity to command the 63rd RSC as his last assignment has been an honor and a privilege, he said.
“You are a great group of soldiers and it’s been an honor to serve alongside you,” he said with pride.
Even in retirement Tooliatos asserted that he would remain a Soldier.
“When I was on the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee we coined the concept called ‘Soldier for Life,’” Tooliatos said.
“Believe me I’m going to be a Soldier for life,” he said.
Although he has retired from the Army Reserve, he will continue to practice law in the Pleasanton, California, firm of Randick, O’Dea & Tooliatos, LLP, where he is a Certified Specialist in Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Law. He plans to take Joni on some well-deserved and long-deferred trips to see the world and play golf and hunt with his two sons, Nickolas and Michael.
Maryilyn Sponza MFT '73 writes, "I have retired from my position as perinatal substance abuse counselor from Kaiser Permanente after 20 years."
Prior to founding Legal Ally, Smith practiced law at large firms such as Sidley, McGuire Woods and Bryan Cave.
Angela “Angie” Robbiano ’80 MBA ’01 was selected to be on the list of 2016 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. These are women “who are changing Silicon Valley’s landscape in business, nonprofits, healthcare and professional services.” As a senior finance manager of one of the nation's biggest defense contractors, Robbiano enjoys tackling challenging projects.
With more than 36 years in the business, George Montanari '80 brings to Alain Pinel Realtors a wealth of skill and professionalism: Top Listing Agent, Top Selling Agent, Top Producer, Monthly Sales awards, Annual Sales awards, Platinum Circle, Wall Street Journal, and so on. Montanari has more than1,000 clients, including the Santa Clara County Public Guardians Office. George is a valley native and lives in Los Gatos with his wife, Jill, and their two children, Kristin and Massimo.
Scott Freeman '80 is the EVP of International for Bunim/Murray Productions. In addition, he is an executive producer on The Challenge for MTV and Valerie's Home Cooking (with Valeria Bertinelli) for Food Network.
Peter Dolan '80 serves in his seventh year as a trustee for Regis University in Denver Colorado. He is past chairman of the Endowment and currently serves as chairman of the Finance Committee and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Peter is a founding partner of Plaza Advisory Group, a wealth management firm in St. Louis, Missouri. He and his wife Anne have two sons. Ryan is a graduate of Regis University and Sean is a graduate of St. Louis University. In 2014, Peter wrote and published the book The Integrated Investor: The Art and Science of Financial Achievement, which aims to share essential ideas learned through years in the industry in a way that would interest and inform a broad audience.
Jeffrey H. Cooper MBA '80 has been appointed to the board of directors of ProNAi Therapeutics, a clinical-stage oncology company advancing novel therapeutics for patients with cancer. Cooper has served as an independent consultant for life science companies since January 2014. Previously, he served at KaloBios Pharmaceuticals and BioMarin Pharmaceutical. He has also served as VP of finance at Matrix Pharmaceutical.
Joseph V. Capurro, Esq. ’80 has been selected by the State Bar of California for their 2016 State Jimenez Memorial Special Recognition Award as Applicants’ Attorney in the field of Workers Compensation. The award will be presented on Friday, September 30, 2016, during a reception at the California State Bar Annual Convention in San Diego.
Joe has practiced in the field of Workers Compensation Law since he was admitted to the California Bar in 1980. He is a sole practitioner at The Law Office of Joseph V. Capurro in San Jose, CA, and has represented injured workers before the Workers Compensation Appeals Board, various California Courts of Appeal, and the California Supreme Court. He has been a certified specialist in the field of Workers Compensation for over 20 years.
He is an active member of the California Applicants Attorneys Association and is a member of the Board of Directors. He currently serves on several committees of the organization and is Co-Chair of the Amicus Curiae Committee. He is a frequent lecturer on matters involving Workers Compensation, particularly on the topic of recent case law developments. Additional memberships include the Santa Clara County Bar Association, the Bar Association of San Francisco, the Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group, and the American Association for Justice.
He and his wife Jackie have three adult sons, one granddaughter, and one grandson-to-be.
Tom Brysacz '80 loves his job as a family physician more than ever and is the luckiest man on the planet.
T.L. Brink '80 MBA has been selected as a Peer Online Course Reviewer for the California Open Education Initiative.
Thomas S. Templeman '81 has joined Graybug Vision as Chief Operating Officer. The company is a venture-stage pharmaceutical company committed to developing potentially transformative therapies for ocular diseases including wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma. A seasoned pharmaceutical executive with more than 25 years of cross-functional experience, Dr. Templeman joins Graybug Vision from Medivation (acquired by Pfizer in late 2016), where he was Senior Vice President Pharmaceutical Operations and Quality. In that role, he was responsible for early and late-stage pharmaceutical development, operations and quality including early developmental candidates, clinical developmental candidates and marketed products. As a member of the Medivation Executive Committee, Dr. Templeman was responsible for developing and implementing company vision and strategy.
Thomas S. Templeman, PhD, said, "There is a dramatic increase in eye diseases due to our aging population, and an increased need for new and more effective treatments. Graybug Vision's novel delivery technology, to create injectable, long-acting products to deliver single or multiple drugs for up to one year in the eye, significantly reduces the treatment burden on patients and physicians. I am excited to join the management team with our efforts to deliver innovative care to patients."
Dr. Templeman began his career as a research and development scientist and over the past two decades has held management positions at, among others: Ortho Diagnostic Products and Centocor Biologics; Liquidia Technologies, where he was Senior Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain; and at Hospira, where he was Vice President, Manufacturing, Science & Technology.
Laurel Rematore '81 writes, "On Jan. 4, 2016, I became the executive director of the Great Smokey Mountains Association, an educational nonprofit that has provided more than $35 million in support to Great Smokey Mountains National Park since GSMA's formation in 1953."
Kelly (Rickon) Mitchell '81 has been inducted in the Santa Clara University Athletics Hall of Fame. Mitchell, a two-sport standout at Santa Clara, was a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic women's rowing team. She was awarded a Congressional gold medal for the boycotted 1980 Olympic Summer games and went on to become the captain of the 1984 Olympic team, helping the Americans claim the silver medal as coxswain. During her junior season, she was also the coxswain for the U.S. women's team that placed sixth at the 1979 World Championships. A member of both the Santa Clara men's rowing and women's cross country teams, she has remained involved in sports. Mitchell, a coxswain for the 1979 and '80 Santa Clara men's rowing team, was chair of the ethics committee on the board for U.S. Rowing, a manager for the World University Games, area director for Southern California Olympians, and a member of ZLAC Rowing Club. She worked to help build the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA, before going on to earn her master's in Leadership and Nonprofit Management from University of San Diego. She currently works as a development director at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego where she lives with her husband and two sons.
Julio Ledesma IV '81 is winding up a second tri-term at the Philippine House of Representatives; having been elected to the 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, and 16th Congress. He has chaired the Labor (11th), Energy (11th), Ways and Means (12th), and Science and Technology (15th) committees and is currently senior vice chair of the Ways and Means Committee. Jules plans to return to the private sector.
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Don Kinney '81 retired from Chevron Corporation after 35 years, with the last 18 years in positions in South America and Africa. He and his family have retired to Pinehurst, NC.
Dan Hunter '81 is the vice president and corporate controller at Coherent, Inc. He writes, "Looking foward to the 35-year reunion in October!"