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2000

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 Twalker3@solarcity.com if you are looking to make a change."

Contact Travis
Look me up on LinkedIn
submitted Dec. 9, 2016 2:13P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '00
Liebertz, Daniel

Danny Liebertz ’00 joined Yarrow Bay Plastic Surgery as a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Located in Kirkland, Washington, Liebertz and his wife look forward to becoming involved in the local community and enjoying everything the great Pacific Northwest has to offer!

Contact Daniel
425-822-0300 www.yarrowbayplasticsurgery.com https://www.facebook.com/yarrowbayplasticsurgery/ https://www.instagram.com/yarrowbayplasticsurgery/
submitted May. 10, 2017 11:17A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '00
Gaylord, April (Valenzuela)

Emree Syrah Gaylord was born to April Valenzuela Gaylord ’00 and University of San Diego alumnus Timothy Gaylord on April 27, 2017. The couple married on April 7, 2017, at Pajaro Dunes Beach in California.  

submitted Jul. 12, 2017 2:05P
UGRD Engineering '00
Costello, Jennifer (Sticinski)

Casey Costello ’00 and Jennifer (Sticinski) Costello ’00 welcomed their third child, Morgan Irene Costello, on April 14, 2016. She joins big brothers Mason and Cooper.

submitted Jul. 15, 2017 2:29P
'00
Byrne, Rory

Rory Byrne MBA ’00 has joined the executive team of Billtrust, a leader in payment cycle management, to help meet growing business demands and expansion into new markets. Rory, who will assume the role of executive vice president of Business Development, will oversee corporate partnerships and channel sales, as well as mergers and acquisition strategies. He brings expertise from a variety of leadership roles, including his positions as Senior VP of OEM & Partner Strategy at Kofax, and VP of Business Development at Kapow, a robotic process automation provider, where he was responsible for partner growth through channels and alliances, leading to a successful acquisition by Kofax in 2013. Prior to Kapow, Rory held roles as Director of Corporate Development at Yahoo! Inc., and Director of Interchange Pricing Strategy at Visa.

submitted Nov. 1, 2016 9:41P

2001

UGRD Arts & Sciences '01
Wilczoch, Bianca (Placencia)
Wilczoch, Bianca (Placencia)

Bianca Placencia '01 married Christian Wilczoch on Septemner 17, 2016 in Carmel, California. In attendance were the immediate families of the bride and groom, including Jose Placencia MBA '79 and friends Julia (Debriyn) Tabery '01, Tara (Cano) Skipper '01, and Jamie (Ceccato) Perkins '01. The couple lives in Santa Clara, where Christian works as an engineer and Bianca as the director of operations.

submitted Nov. 22, 2016 7:44P
'01
Stellenberg, Daniel

Daniel Stellenberg M.S. ’97, J.D. ’01 has joined Paul Hastings LLP to bolster the firm’s growing Bay Area presence. He brings a track record of expertise handling executive compensation issues in capital markets, private equity, and M&A transactions to his new firm, where he will be a partner in the employment law practice, based in the Palo Alto office.

submitted Jan. 12, 2017 9:44A
'01
Murai, Garret

Garret Murai J.D. '01 has been recognized as a JD Supra Top Author in its inaugural Readers’ Choice Awards. Murai is honored in the Construction and Insurance categories for the high level of visibility and engagement of his articles among JD Supra’s readers. Garret is a construction partner with Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP. Garret has also been recognized as a Rising Star and Super Lawyer in the area of Construction Litigation, and in addition to being a prolific writer on issues affecting the construction industry, is the editor of the firm’s California Construction Law Blog, which provides an informative yet wry look at construction law in California.

submitted Jan. 12, 2017 11:57A
'01
Lathrop, Rob

Rob Lathrop '94, M.S. '01 is the new president of Lathrop Engineering, a Paramit company, that designs and develops medical device and life science instrumentation. As the former VP of engineering at Lathrop, Rob brings more than 20 years of experience in leading multidisciplinary teams, project management, and designing and developing complex scientific instrumentation. He has been instrumental in expanding the company's client base, and his optimization of the product development process now enables Lathrop to complete even the most complex projects on timelines no one else can match. Rob's leadership of design and engineering teams through many successful projects over the years has built strong working relationships with clients, as well as their continued repeat business.

Rob has served on the University's Mechanical Engineering Industry Advisory Board for the last 10 years. Finding it important to give back to young engineers coming up in the ranks, he also contributes his time, mentoring, and training as part of his activities on the board.

submitted Nov. 9, 2016 1:11P
'01
Jonsson, Francisca (Jonsson)

Francisca "Kika" Jonsson '01 married Brian Yeung on September 15, 2016, at the New York City Marriage Bureau in Manhattan. The immediate families of the bride and groom were in attendance, including Erik Jonsson '01, his wife Yulia Protasova Jonsson, and their 8-month-old son Jakob; and Alicia Foster '03 and Chris Foster '03 and their two children Eve (5) and Jason (3). Kika is a fine artist in Berlin and Brian works as a director of Service Experience at Blacklane, a transportation startup. The couple lives in Berlin, Germany.

Contact Francisca
www.kikajonsson.com
submitted Nov. 1, 2016 5:07A
'01
Faust, Kim (Sorenson)

MainStreet Property Group LLC, a real estate development firm, is proud to congratulate Kim Faust '01, Senior Vice President of Development, on receiving the 40 under 40 recognition from the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2016 lineup of young business leaders.

Faust has served as an integral member of MainStreet since its inception, tracing her contributions back to the firm’s humble beginnings of two employees working out of a conference room with a rented table and chairs. Faust remembers fulfilling many roles from the very basics to creating templates and standards while formulating future company strategy.

As Senior Vice President of Development, Faust helps manage the firm's development and construction activities across the Puget Sound region. As a leader of a pipeline of more than $300 million in development and construction, Faust coordinates mixed-use, multifamily, commercial and retail projects for the company.

“I work with energy and passion every day, putting all of my hard work and determination into seeking ways to improve the company and delight our customers while having fun,” said Faust. “I care about the success of the company and feel responsible for every aspect of our projects, upholding the brand and quality that will continue to earn us a solid long term reputation.”

A native of Seattle’s Eastside, Faust attended Eastlake High School in Sammamish and earned a scholarship to Santa Clara University in 1997. There she played Division I College Basketball for four years while earning her Bachelor’s in Marketing from the Leavey School of Business in 2001. Throughout her career, Faust has participated in more than $500 million in construction across all types of real estate development.

“Congratulations to Kim on this well deserved honor from the PSBJ.” said Kelly Price, President. “She has a remarkable passion for our business and works hard to make each project better. Her positive energy and determination have helped shape MainStreet into who we are today.”

When she’s not coordinating multi-million dollar construction projects across greater Seattle, Faust coaches youth softball, basketball and soccer in Kirkland, Wash. She lives in Seattle’s Kirkland neighborhood with her husband Mark and their two daughters Emily and Mia.

submitted Oct. 3, 2016 1:41P

2002

'02
Warren, Michael

Michael Warren J.D. '02 is a partner at the law firm McManis Faulkner. He leads the firm’s labor and employment litigation and compliance practice. Employers come to him for help with a variety of issues, including discrimination, wage and hour, harassment, leaves of absence, disability accommodation, workplace investigations, employment policies, and class actions. Michael is a member of the Labor and Employment Sections of the American Bar Association and State Bar of California, and serves on the board of directors of the Santa Clara County Bench and Bar Historical Society. He is also a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and a member of the American Inns of Court, the Honorable William A. Ingram Inn. Michael serves on the board of directors for Family Supportive Housing, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing shelter and supportive services to homeless families in Santa Clara County.

submitted Jan. 15, 2017 10:16A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '02
Muldoon, Chris

Chris Muldoon '02 is currently working as a Physician Assistant at Amundsen-Scott Station, South Pole, Antarctica, providing medical care (and evacuations as necessary) and facilitating a NASA project that is a very small part of the program aimed at putting man on Mars. He recently finished a winter at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. He is also a member of a global disaster response team and has been a member of all-volunteer mountain rescue teams in the Pacific Northwest for about the last ten years.

Contact Chris
www.penguinsareiceholes.wordpress.com
submitted Jan. 11, 2017 9:54P
'02
Manatt, Joe

Joe Manatt ’02 and Alexandra Manatt welcomed their first child, Theodore “Teddy” Richard Manatt, on Feb. 11, 2017. The family resides in Des Moines, Iowa.

submitted Apr. 20, 2017 10:01A
GRD Law '02
Lawson, Kristina

Kristina Lawson J.D. ’02 joined Hanson Bridgett as a partner in its Walnut Creek and San Francisco offices, where she specializes in land use and environmental law. Previously, she was a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.

submitted Jul. 11, 2017 12:25P
'02
Kouvaris, Lindsey (Wylie)
Hannah Christine Kouvaris

Lindsey (Wylie) Kouvaris ’02 and Nick Kouvaris MBA ’07 welcomed their second child, Hannah Christine, on April 26, 2017. Big sister Emilia is her biggest fan.  

submitted Aug. 17, 2017 4:18A

2003

'03
Waxman, Aaron

San Francisco Business Times has named Aaron Waxman ’03 one of its 2017 40 under 40 award winners. Part of the leadership team for wealth management firm B|O|S, Waxman has helped shape the vision for a company considered a top RIA and financial advisor by Forbes and Financial Times. He also serves on the board for nonprofits Headlands Center for the Arts and Stern Grove Festival Association. Outside of work, he enjoys reading, drawing, and pillow fighting with his two children—and walking his dog, Mr. Wilson. Stroll down memory lane long enough, and you’ll learn he was once an accomplished classical pianist.

submitted Jul. 11, 2017 12:55P
'03
Pereyda, Rob

Rob Pereyda ’03 is vice president of VIZ Media. He is an entrepreneur, innovator, and expert in the field of Japanese entertainment, including anime, manga, and video games. His career spans a variety of corporate positions centered around unlocking the potential of Japanese intellectual property across the world, including business development, licensing, strategy, marketing, creative, production, and more.

Pereyda is member of the Producers Guild of America New Media Council (PGA NMC) and on its Weekend Shorts Committee, International Committee, and Education Committee Northwest. He is also a professional member of ASIFA-Hollywood (the Hollywood chapter of the International Animated Film Association, also known as “Association Internationale du Film d'Animation”).

submitted Feb. 5, 2017 6:47P
UGRD Engineering '03
Liebertz, Chris

Chris Liebertz ’03 has been working in aviation engineering since moving to Hawaii two years after graduating from SCU. 

submitted Mar. 23, 2017 2:16P
GRD Law '03
Khedekar, Sameer

Sameer Khedekar J.D. ’03 was promoted to managing partner of Pearl Law Group in San Francisco, which handles the immigration needs of some of the world’s leading companies.

submitted Jul. 11, 2017 12:26P
'03
Kaushik, Tara

For two years in a row, Tara S. Kaushik '98, J.D. '03 has been included in the Best Lawyers in America guide, Utilities Law. She is a partner in Holland & Knight's San Francisco office and a member of the firm's West Coast Land Use and Environment Group. Ms. Kaushik focuses her practice on regulatory matters, with a specific emphasis on energy, natural resources and the environment. She has represented energy companies, local governments, Alaska Native Corporations and tribal entities in project developments, including the negotiations of power purchase agreements and project financing.

Ms. Kaushik has advised and represented her clients on numerous issues before state public utilities commissions throughout the western United States and before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She also handles carbon credits transactions and cap-and-trade issues before the California Air Resources Board, and regularly advises energy companies and tribal organizations on litigation and arbitration involving energy and commercial disputes.

submitted Jan. 15, 2017 11:08A
GRD Leavey/MBA '03
Hu-Morley, Grace (Hu)

Grace Hu-Morley MBA ’03 is a product management leader who transforms emerging technologies and market requirements into successful, user-friendly products and solutions. She writes, “My expertise is in bringing first-generation products to market—I lead teams to create winning strategies for the early stages of the technology adoption lifecycle.” Hu-Morley is director of product management at Prysm, Inc., delivering next-generation digital workplace solutions for enhanced enterprise collaboration.

Contact Grace
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gracehm/ https://twitter.com/gracehm
submitted Mar. 14, 2017 10:39P
'03
Goodnow, James

James Goodnow ’03 co-authored Motivating Millennials, which hit No.1 in three categories on Amazon, including business management. Goodnow is an attorney, Above the Law columnist, and Forbes contributor. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School as well as SCU, where he majored in political science. Goodnow regularly provides legal and political analysis for national broadcast and print media, including CNN, CNBC and the Washington Post. He is a member of the five-person management committee at Fennemore Craig, one of the oldest and largest law firms in the western United States. You can connect with Goodnow on Twitter (@JamesGoodnow) or by emailing him at James@JamesGoodnow.com. 

submitted Jul. 30, 2017 8:02P
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