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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.
Prior to founding Legal Ally, Smith practiced law at large firms such as Sidley, McGuire Woods and Bryan Cave.
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.
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.
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.
Andy Miller '82 joined the board of directors of iRobot Corp (NASDAQ: irbt). He is EVP and CFO of software company PTC, and he and his wife Joyce (Valadez) Miller '82 now reside in the Back Bay of Boston, enjoying life as empty nesters, while their two children pursue BFA degrees in the performing arts.
The University of Hawai'i Board of Regents approved the appointment of Carolyn Ma '82 to be the second dean of the University of Hawai'i.
“Dr. Ma’s impeccable credentials give us a strong foothold as we take the College of Pharmacy to the next level,” said University of Hawai'i Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney.
Born and raised on O'ahu, Ma has an extensive background in clinical pharmacy practice, pharmacy and hospital administration. She is a registered pharmacist with licenses in Hawai'i, Nevada and California and remains boarded in oncology pharmacy. She joined DKICP in 2007 as the clinical education coordinator and designed, constructed and implemented 4,200-square feet of space in what is formerly known as the Gold Bond building in Kaka'ako on O'ahu. Additionally, in preparation for the advanced rotations, or internships for student pharmacists, she helped place numerous faculty in residence at O'ahu, Maui and Kaua'i hospitals and clinics.
Rocket EMS, a high-value manufacturer of complex boards in the Silicon Valley area, appointed Marla Sanchez MBA ’83 as its new CEO and executive director. Sanchez’s professional experience has been primarily focused on business processes and operational finance at several high tech companies, including Motorola, AMD, VLSI, and SDL. She has served as the CFO at Avanex, as well as on several different Boards.
Committed to the Jesuit mission as it relates to education, as a higher education professional, Helen Valine '84, '89 M.A. is excited to serve on the board of the Jesuit Graduate Admission Professionals. The purpose of the association is to support admission members of Jesuit colleges and universities, share best practices in enrollment management, and promote professional development. She looks forward to achieving much good and effective work on this board.
Timothy J. O’Hanlon '84 has been elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of lawyers, judges and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Membership in The Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction (Oregon). Members are nominated by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.
Kevin Dowling '84 started a new job in January 2017 as a Major Gift Officer for Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley
Simona Hodek Martin '86 is the COO for Atlos Investments Inc, a registered investment advisory firm opened together with her husband, Bill Martin, in Los Altos, CA. Simona is also the co-founder of Martin+Mo, an online lifestyle brand. Simona lives in Los Altos with her husband and two boys.
John P. Bianco '86 was appointed to the Tulare County Superior court June 28th 2010.
Julie Mar-Spinola J.D. '87 received the Alumni Special Achievement Award from tthe Santa Clara University School of Law. She holds a dual business and legal role as Finjan Holdings, Inc.'s Chief Intellectual Property Officer and Vice President of Legal. She is responsible for the Company's revenue-based operations, including IP assets, cyber technology innovations, enforcement programs, licensing best practices, public policy initiatives, and mentorships. In 2016, Ms. Mar-Spinola was appointed to the Board of Directors for subsidiary, Finjan Mobile, Inc. Ms. Mar-Spinola has dedicated her entire professional career in representing high technology companies of all sizes and business models on all things IP, including IP portfolio development, M&A's, acquisitions, divestitures, enforcement (licensing and litigation), as well as preservation and monetization of proprietary technologies and patents.
Julie is Chairman Emeritus and co-founder of ChIPs (www.chipsnetwork.org), a non-profit dedicated to advancing women at the confluence of law, technology, and regulatory policy. She serves as a court appointed mediator specializing in patent and other complex disputes, since 2011, and is a member of the High Tech Advisory Board at Santa Clara University, School of Law, since 2014. Ms. Mar-Spinola has been a member of the Patent Public Advisory Board (PPAC) since 2015. Julie has also been recognized for her contributions in the fields of technology and law, including most recently by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and the Recorder.
Betsy Ferguson '87 was was named one of the 2016 Top 10 Redesigners for United States and Canada by the Real Estate Staging Association. As the owner of The Home Artisan, Betsy provides home staging and redesign services in the Los Angeles area. She received the 2016 Houzz Service award and was recently featured in a Forbes article about home staging. She lives in Montrose with her two boys, ages 14 and 10.
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Steve Clinton '87, J.D. '97 is with the law firm Womble Carlyle. He mentors law student participants in the Entrepreneurs Law Clinic, as well as participates in the "Bronco Network" which connects mentors to Santa Clara student athletes to provide guidance, information, and career counseling. He writes, "It's very rewarding to be able to connect with students and provide perspective and hopefully some helpful suggestions about the path ahead." As the dad of a child with special needs, he's proud to be a board member of Hope Services – the leading provider of services to people with developmental disabilities in the region.
Brendan Riley '88 is an ATA Certified Translator of Spanish to English specializing in literary translation whose recent publications include The Bible: Living Dialogue (2015), a book of interfaith dialogues by Pope Francis, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, and Dr. Marcelo Figueroa; Caterva (2015) by legendary Argentine novelist Juan Filloy; and The Great Latin American Novel (2016) a book-length survey of the genre by Mexican novelist and scholar Carlos Fuentes. Riley's work has appeared in numerous publications, both in print and online, including The New York Times, The Believer, Numéro Cinq, Drunken Boat, Bookslut, Little Star, The White Review, Your Impossible Voice, SPN Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. Additionally, Brendan has been a full-time high school teacher since 1994. He currently teaches 10th grade humanities, AP English language and composition, and journalism at San Diego Jewish Academy in San Diego, California.
After graduating summa cum laude, Chantal Eldridge J.D. '89 clerked for one year with Judge William Ingram, the chief Judge for the Northern District of California. Since then, she has been a successful trial attorney and managed her own practice for more than 20 years. Since moving to Texas more than a decade ago, she has defended felony and misdemeanor criminal defendants. For the past several years, she has worked extensively with felony and misdemeanor criminal defendants with MH/IDD issues and their families.