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GRD Law '00
Yost, Suzanne

Suzanne Yost J.D. ’00, a Los Gatos resident and broker associate with Alain Pinel Realtors, was installed as president of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, along with the 2012 board of directors, on Jan. 12 in Saratoga.

Yost was active in organized real estate long before becoming a member of the local trade association in 2009. She was named Realtor of the year in 2006 by the Santa Cruz Association of Realtors and salesperson of the year in 1982 by the San Luis Obispo Board of Realtors.

submitted Jan. 22, 2012 10:10A
GRD Leavey/MBA '00
Wlad, Joe

Joe Wlad MBA ’00, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Designated Engineering Representative(DER), recently gave a free webinar, answering questions and offering insight and advice to avionics developers about RTCA’s DO-178C objectives. Also a senior director of Aerospace and Defense at Wind River, Wlad is responsible for all safety-critical and secure products in the aerospace and defense markets. Wlad has more than 25 years of safety-critical systems design, development, test, and evaluation experience including work at LynuxWorks, Intermetrics Inc., McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft Company (in the MD-11 Test and Certification organization), and United Airlines' B747 Fleet engineering and modification organization. 

Wlad has also worked for Trimble Navigation as an Engineering Manager in development and FAA approval of military GPS sensors. He is a FAA DER for Systems and Equipment and Software, is an active private pilot and has co-authored three patents on Global Positioning System integrity functions. Mr. Wlad holds a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Buffalo and a MBA from Santa Clara University.

submitted Apr. 26, 2012 5:10P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '00
Wissolik, Kelly (Brown)

Kelly (Brown) Wissolik ’00 was married to Michael Wissolik (University of Colorado, Boulder) on Jan. 15, 2012, in Santa Cruz, Calif. Her sisters shared the role of Matron of Honor, and her high school friends and college friend Rebecca Eisenman Subity ’00 were her bridesmaids. Kelly and her new husband are happily settling into married life in Los Gatos, Calif.

submitted Jun. 25, 2012 3:52P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '00
Winge Kerner, Christine (Winge)

Christine Winge ’00 has been appointed executive director of AMP Media in Monterey. Winge, a longtime Monterey Peninsula resident, comes to AMP Media from the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum in Alameda, where she served as the senior director of operations. Her background includes broadcast news, fund development, consulting and operations. She holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from SCU and a bachelor’s degree in social science from UC Berkeley. When she’s not working, Winge enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and traveling.

Contact Christine
submitted Aug. 27, 2017 3:05P
GRD Engineering '00
Warner, Amy
Amy Warner '99, M.S. '00 was recently elected as vice president of Precision Analog. As such, Warner is responsible for setting and driving strategy for the Precision Analog team with the goal of sustainable growth and profitability with differentiated analog signal chain products designed for the industrial, energy and communications markets.
In previous roles at TI, Warner managed Precision Digital-to-Analog Converter products and served as an analog field applications engineer.  Prior to joining TI in 2004, she spent four years as a hardware engineer at Agilent Technologies.
submitted Mar. 12, 2014 8:39P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '00
Walker, Travis

Travis Walk '00 writes, "I am blessed with an amazing team at work, a great support system at home, and the skill set I was able to develop while attending SCU. And because of this, I was promoted to regional sales vice president of Southern California at SolarCity, a Tesla Company. SCU is a great place to help you get the skills to be extremely successful in life. We are actually looking for qualified individuals who want to make a difference. Please reach out to if you are looking to make a change."

Contact Travis
Look me up on LinkedIn
submitted Dec. 9, 2016 2:13P
Viruet, Judiana (Somilleda)

Judiana (Somilleda) Viruet ’00 and husband Jose Luis Viruet welcome their first child, a girl, Annabella Viruet, born on February 19, 2012, weighing 6 pounds 3 ounces. The family resides in Houston, Texas, and are loving every minute with little Annabella.

submitted May. 4, 2012 7:32P
UGRD Leavey Business '00
Torres, Claudia (Vasquez)

Claudia (Vasquez) Torres ’00 and husband Ramiro Torres, an architect who graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, have been blessed with the birth of their first child, Damian Torres, on August 22, 2012. The family resides happily in San Jose and looks forward to traveling.

submitted Jun. 7, 2013 4:13P
Thorsett, Brian

Brian Thorsett ’00 is now an assistant professor at Virginia Tech University in the School for Performing Arts. Thorsett also recently performed at the prestigious Festival del Sole in Napa, Calif., in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti.

submitted Aug. 5, 2014 5:31P
UGRD Leavey Business '00
Thompson, Jason
Thompson Family (with Zoe)

Jason A. Thompson '00 and Merrin L Thompson welcomed the addition of their first child, Daughter Zoe Ella Thompson, on March 30th, 2011.

submitted Jul. 7, 2011 4:37P
Thompson, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Thompson '00 married Shyam Krishnan June 10 at Moonridge Vineyard in Glen Ellen, Calif. The ceremony was presided by Ashley Cronin '00 and Kabir Sheikh. Additional SCU grads in attendance: John Thompson JD '01, Erica (Cervantes) Rodriguez '99, Kara (Hartz) Yoshikawa '00, Adam Rausch '01, Deepa Duvvuru '00, M.S. '03, Christy Souhrada '00, Elspeth Rossetti '75, M.A. '96, John Ryan '62, MBA '66, and Joanie (Colby) Bronzini '96.

submitted Jul. 13, 2012 4:17P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '00
Thomas, Jill

Jill E. Thomas ’00 and husband Curt Douglas welcomed their first child Alden Zinn Douglas on February 12, 2012. Since both of his parents are teachers, Alden was named after Howard Zinn, who they consider a revolutionary educator. The family resides in Oakland.

submitted Aug. 28, 2012 9:14P
UGRD Leavey Business '00
Thelen, Ryan

Ryan Thelen '00 and Brandy Thelen '00, M.A '02—their second daughter, Ella, on Jan. 17, 2012. She joins big sister, Reese, 4. The family resides in Ventura, Calif.

submitted May. 31, 2013 11:43A
Theberge, Amy

Amy Theberge M.A. '00, '04 is the new co-principal at Harvest Park Middle School, in Pleasanton. Theberge has experience as principal of Alisal Elementary and Donlon Elementary, as a TVTIP coach, and as a classroom teacher. She earned her bachelor's from Cal State Chico, her master's in interdisciplinary education with a literary emphasis from Santa Clara University and, in 1999, her multiple-subject credential from Santa Clara University. In 2004, she also received her Administrative Credential as well as a 2nd masters in Education Administration from Santa Clara as well.

submitted Nov. 21, 2015 12:37P
GRD Leavey/MBA '00
Smudin, Richard

Richard S. Smudin MBA ’00 recently took command of the 354th Civil Affairs Brigade. He has had 27 years of military service. Colonel Smudin's most recent assignments include Battalion Commander of the 3rd Battalion of the 304th Infantry Regiment (United States Military Academy), Chief of the Civil Information Management Cell at the 353d Civil Affairs Command, and Chief of the Functional Specialty Team at the 353d Civil Affairs Command. His operational deployments include service as the Mobilization Plans Officer at Fort Drum in 2003, Civil Affairs Team Leader in Baghdad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom II - III, and Division Engagements Officer for the Commander of Multi-National Division North at Contingency Operating Base Speicher Iraq during OIF 2007-2009.

submitted Apr. 10, 2015 5:54P
UGRD Leavey Business '00
Santos, Tony
Lunch with Tony

Tony P Santos '00 recently opened Lunch with Tony, a lunch cafe and caterer, in the Alviso neighborhood of San Jose, Calif. Tony and his wife, Laura Anderson-Santos '00, reside in San Jose.

Contact Tony, 408-493-6090,,,
submitted Sep. 23, 2009 9:39P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '00
Russo, Kristin (Waldram)

Kristin (Waldram) Russo '00 and Thomas Richard Russo on Oct. 17 at St. Mary's Cathedral in Portland, OR. Erin (Fuller) Betker '00 served as a bridesmaid. Other alumni in attendance: Nick and Jen (Kogen) Albertini '00, Bryan Bayless '99 and Erika (Johnson) Bayless '00, Eric and Katie (Hansen) Canaday '00, Dave and Tracie (Waldram) Gonyea '93, Adam Harrington '00, Annemarie (Alvistur) Kelley '00, Joe Menning '01, Brian Murphy '00, Jill Scherffius '00, and Kim Stetson '00.

submitted Dec. 3, 2009 5:23P
Roxborough, Katherine (Rendler)

Katherine Rendler '00 and Ben Roxborough were married September 25, 2010 at Mission Santa Clara. The couple resides in Los Gatos.

submitted Mar. 28, 2011 9:40P
Rose Inda, Dori

Dori Rose Inda J.D. '00 is CEO of Salud Para la Gente, a network of four clinics providing low-cost, high-quality healthcare in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties for almost 40 years. Rose Inda has long been committed to making sure people of all walks of life can get excellent healthcare. She has worked as a social worker with homeless men and women and with foster families. After becoming an attorney, she founded the Watsonville Law Center and developed the Agricultural Workers Access to Health Care Project. Rose Inda was also a 2012 recipient of SCU's Ignation Award.

submitted Aug. 14, 2016 8:29A
Rocha, Stephanie
Miller Morton Caillat & Nevis LLP's Stephanie Rocha is a Silicon Valley Business Journal 40 Under 40 winner.

Stephanie Rocha '00, J.D. '09 appeared in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2014 40 Under 40 list. She is an associate attorney at Miller Morton Cailat & Nevis LLP, where Rocha represents developers, builders and prime contractors in construction litigation, including defect and payment disputes. She also represents real estate agents and brokers, homeowners, landlords, tenants and other individuals and entities in a variety of real estate- and business-related matters.

A Santa Clara native, Rocha started her career at a semiconductor company in Santa Clara County. She quickly moved up the ranks in the human resources department and — unfortunately, as the recession began to hit — was involved in handling company layoffs, exposing her to legal employment claims and piquing her interest in law.
Her experience at this time also included working as employee relations manager for a biotech company, where she was able to cultivate her newfound interest by working closely with the company's outside labor and employment counsel.
Indulging her varied outside curiosities, Rocha earned her real estate license and began selling real estate at nights and on the weekends, while still maintaining her full-time job. Exposure to real estate law was the final push she needed to pursue law school.
submitted Jan. 9, 2015 8:53A
Ramirez-Geronimo, Myra (Ramirez)

Myra Ramirez-Geronimo '00 and her husband Marc welcomed a baby girl, Emma Grace, on September 1, 2010. Emma joins big brother Nicholas. The family lives in San Diego.

submitted Sep. 16, 2011 4:14P
GRD Law '00
Powelson, Matthew

Matthew Powelson J.D. '00 of LaRiviere, Grubman & Payne, LLP has been elected to the Officer Track of the IP Section of the California State Bar. In this position, he will become Secretary in September 2009 and the Chair of the IP Section in two years.

submitted Jul. 30, 2009 5:22P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '00
Policastri, Gina
Policastri, Gina

Gina N. Policastri '00, J.D. '03 was recently certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California as a Family Law Specialist. Ms. Policastri is a senior associate at Lonich & Patton, LLP, where she has worked since 2003.

Contact Gina
Gina N. Policastri Lonich & Patton, LLP 1871 The Alameda, Ste. 475 San Jose, CA 95126 Phone: (408) 553-0801 Fax: (408) 553-0807
submitted Feb. 10, 2011 1:15P
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