Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in the last year by graduates in the 1980s
Maryilyn Sponza MFT '73 writes, "I have retired from my position as perinatal substance abuse counselor from Kaiser Permanente after 20 years."
Rebecca Shoemaker '80 writes, "Newly joined the team at Coldwell Banker on Shelter Island."
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.
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."
In her spare time, Terri Marcroft '80 is executive director of a nonprofit called Unplanned Good, which encourages teens facing unplanned pregnancy to consider making an adoption plan. The cause is very close to her heart, since Terri became a mom when a 16-year-old chose to make an adoption plan; now Terri wants to encourage others in the same way. She writes, "We just launched our redesigned website, www.UnplannedGood.org. Since we have a teen audience, we had to make our site easy for viewing on mobile devices. Visit our new site and--if you feel moved--support our mission!”
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Thomas Deline '80 says, "I am a proud 1980 graduate of USC (now SCU) and St. Louis University School of Law in 1983. I was blessed in 1989 to marry Margaret 'Meg' Hencmann, and we are blessed to have our two oldest children attend and graduate from SCU, Elizabeth Deline '13 and Thomas 'Chris' Deline II '15. Our two younger children, Brian and Carrie, both chose another Jesuit university so that all four kids wouldn't be at SCU at the same time...we tried. Throughout the last 30 years it has never ceased to amaze me how all roads lead to Santa Clara. All the best to my classmates. Remember every day AMDG. TCD."
Tom Templeman '81 has joined Medivation as senior vice president of pharmaceutical operations. With more than 25 years of pharmaceutical experience, Dr. Templeman previously served as vice president of manufacturing, science, and technology at Hospira; as senior vice president, integrated supply chain at Liquidia Technologies; and in various leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson, where he worked for 13 years in a number of capacities, most recent as general manager of Centocor Biologics, LLC and head of the global biologics supply chain.
Medivation, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of medically innovative therapies to treat serious diseases for which there are limited treatment options. Medivation aims to transform the treatment of these diseases and offer hope to critically ill patients and their families.
Stephen Okonek MBA '81 was elected vice president of Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO). TRIO, whose main office is in the Washington, DC area, was founded in 1987 by renowned transplant pioneer and surgeon Thomas Starzl. Formerly, Steve was president of the San Francisco Bay chapter of the organization for eight years. Steve received his first liver transplant on Jan 1, 1993, at UCSF; he underwent a second liver transplant on April 4, 2001, at the same center. He lives in Half Moon Bay and works as a consultant/technical writer in energy technologies.
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.
P. Gregory Giordano J.D. ’81 is a partner and vice chair of the Gaming Practice Group at the law firm of McDonald Carano Wilson in Las Vegas. His practice focuses on gaming compliance, licensing and regulation.
Freshman Dorm: Dunne
Barb (Burns) Frank '75, MBA '81 writes, "I retired at the end of 2005 after almost 30 years with Intel Corporation in a variety of positions, mostly in finance and information technology. I am currently the president of the Intel Retiree Organization and treasurer for Community Bridges, the largest deliverer of family services in Santa Cruz County. In 2015, my first grandchild was born to our daughter Jessica Frank Brown '05, so we are planning on moving to San Francisco sometime next year to be closer to our children and my stepson and family. Every year since we turned 50, I have been organizing us 4th-floor Dunne girls for an annual girl's weekend. Very fun!"
In November, Maria Evans '81 was named Principal of the Year and bestowed an Excellence in Education award at the Legends and Leaders dinner, a signature event put on by the Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce. Maria is principal of Washington Elementary, which is part of the Thriving Neighbors Initiative through the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education.
Peter Coe Verbica '82, JD '99 has published Hard-Won Cowboy Wisdom (Not Necessarily in Order of Importance). The book incorporates five generations of ranching tradition distilled into one, easy-to-read book of maxims with photographs from the 1800s and early 1900s. Peter works in Silicon Valley for the wealth management group for a large investment bank. To learn more about his book go to www.hardwoncowboywisdom.com. His next book, entitled Left at the Gate and Other Poems, is scheduled for release and will be available on Amazon.
Massimo Sorbara M.S. '82 is senior director of Technical Standards at Ikanos Communications in Red Bank, NJ. He is currently involved in the development of G.fast and DSL standards in the ITU-T and serves as vice chair in the Metallic Transmission Group in the Broadband Forum responsible for development of the DSL test specifications. Massimo has been involved in DSL Standards Development since 1990, seeing the evolutions of the HDSL, ADSL, and VDSL standards. He has served as the chair of ATIS Committee NIPP-NAI (formerly T1E1.4) 2000-2008 and as vice chair 1994-1999, and 2008-present; chair of the Spectral Compatibility Sub-Committee in NRIC-V (an advisory group to the FCC); and the CPE Working Group in FS-VDSL Committee defining CPE technical specifications in support of VDSL-based services. From 1986 through 1996, Mr. Sorbara held positions at AT&T Bell Labs / AT&T Paradyne, where he was primarily responsible for DSL systems engineering and product definition.
Kam Shadan M.S. '82, PE, a vice president of Gannett Fleming based in the San Francisco, California, office, is updating two key national guidance handbooks by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The handbooks are aimed at helping transit project sponsors plan, manage, and construct capital projects in compliance with FTA guidelines and best practices. The revised publications are expected to be released in early 2016.
The first, titled “The FTA Project Construction Handbook,” will assist project sponsors who plan to develop a large project for the first time. Projects include bus maintenance and operations facilities, bus rapid transit, and transit multi-modal terminal projects up to $100 million. Shadan was the original lead author for this handbook in 2006, and this latest version will be the third update in the past 10 years. The other book, “Project and Construction Management Guidelines,” is targeted for new projects typically ranging from $100 million to several billion dollars.
With more than 38 years of industry experience, Shadan has spent 15 years working directly for public utility and transit and rail agencies. He has provided national project management oversight for FTA capital transit and rail projects in Los Angeles, California; the San Francisco Bay area; Sacramento, California; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Chicago, Illinois. In addition, he serves as a program management advisor and forensic expert witness on public and private development projects.
Active in professional organizations, Shadan has been a member of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Capital Projects Committee since 1998 and the Public-Private Partnership Committee since 2008. He also has served on the California Transit Association Executive Committee since 2007.
Shadan earned a master of science in engineering management from the University of Santa Clara and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California Berkeley. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Harvard Business School executive seminars in project development and private equity. Shadan is a registered Professional Engineer and an engineering and general building contractor in California.
Kathryn Kane '82, J.D. '86 writes, "This fall, I will retire as a deputy county counsel, Office of County Counsel, County of Santa Clara. I have been a hearing, trial, and appellate counsel in the Child Dependency Unit for more than 25 years. I will forever be grateful for this amazing career opportunity."
Cynthia Gonsalves '82 lives in downtown San Jose with her wife of two years, Emma Humphries. She is a senior technician at Evans Analytical Group making samples for transmission electron microscopy and measuring surface contamination on all sorts of wafers.
Phil Sullivan '83 writes, "I recently moved to the heart of the wine country, not far from the historical Jack London estate in the most scenic valley of the moon, where I spent my formative years on a 12-acre 'mini farm.' Now, I'm thoroughly enjoying the experience of introducing newcomers and reacquainting with native/pioneering wine country families. It's great to be involved in real estate in the Sonoma/Napa areas!"
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Keith Lovetro MBA '83 has been elected to the board of directors of OmniTRAX Inc., one of the largest privately held rail and transportation service companies in North America. Lovetro currently serves as president and CEO of TRAC Intermodal, the largest intermodal chassis pool manager and equipment provider for international and domestic shippers in North America.
"We are fortunate to have such a skilled and connected leader as Keith join our board. His more than 34 years of management experience, including time with regional trucking, ground parcel, air express and air freight firms, will help guide all of our businesses,” said Brad Skinner, Chairman of OmniTRAX.
Lovetro has served as president and CEO of TRAC Intermodal since June 2011, growing revenue by 23+ % (CAGR) since joining the company. Prior to TRAC Intermodal, he was president and CEO of YRC Regional Transportation, responsible for the P&L performance of USF Reddaway, USF Holland, and New Penn Motor Express. He previously held executive positions at DHL Express and FedEx Freight West, and started his career at Emery Worldwide/CF Airfreight.
Lovetro holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Davis, and a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Santa Clara. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of OmniTRAX, Mr. Lovetro is also on the Board of Directors of Interpool (parent company of TRAC Intermodal), the Institute of International Container Lessors and the Intermodal Association of North America and is member of the American Trucking Association and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.
Flex Pharma announced the appointment of Kathie Lindemann '83 as its chief operating officer.
Prior to joining Flex Pharma, Ms. Lindemann served as COO at DAVIDs TEA Inc. Ms. Lindemann also spent 19 years at Starbucks, where she held several leadership roles including senior VP, Starbucks Foodservice, SVP US Business Operations, and SVP International Operations, Store Development and Global Business Systems. She has been a director of Cambia Health Solutions, Inc. since June 2009.
“Since we see substantial opportunity to develop our consumer product as a global brand, I am looking forward to working with Kathie to leverage her extensive experience building and running operations ex-US as we plan to access key international markets,” commented Marina Hahn, president of Consumer.
Hugh Daly '83 writes, "VP Sales & Marketing, METZ CONNECT USA, Tinton Falls, New Jersey."
Robert G.P. Cruz '71, J.D. '83 was recently sworn in by Guam Governor Eddie Calvo as a member of the Guam Senior Citizens Council. He is president of the Guam Chapter, AARP, and an adjunct professor at the University of Guam. Cruz has also taught business law for the U. of Phoenix MBA program for the past two years. He recently received an award from the Guam Division of Senior Citizens for serving as a Medicare volunteer assisting senior citizens with appeals. For the past two years, Bob has volunteered as a dance instructor in senior citizen centers throughout Guam. He is also a certified volunteer AARP, Driver Safety Instructor.
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