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2010

'10
Wagner, Aly

Soccer star Aly Wagner '10 was inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame for the Class of 2016. Wagner played for the U.S. Women’s National Team for ten years and scored the winning goal in the NCAA championship final, winning SCU the first ever outright National Title. She has also won two Olympic gold medals and played in two Women’s World Cups. To be eligible for the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame, an inductee must have developed his or her skills in Santa Clara County, played or coached for a county team or school, and represented the county as an individual athlete or contributed in some extraordinary way to the greater San Jose community in a sports-related program or project. The induction ceremony will be held Nov. 2, at SAP Center at San Jose. Aly still resides in the Bay Area with her husband Adam Eyre ’04 and their four children.

submitted Sep. 14, 2016 10:11A
'10
Stowe, Rochelle

Rochelle Stowe '10 works at EnviroIssues, an agency dedicated to developing and executing comprehensive public involvement, strategic communications, and outreach plans and programs by tackling some of the thorniest public policy and environmental issues of our day. Rochelle works to improve relationships with stakeholders, from elected officials to neighboring restaurant owners. Her projects are diverse and range from designing public meetings for wastewater infrastructure to building websites about regional mass transit expansion. She thrives on finding creative solutions to any public involvement challenge. Every weekend, she joins fellow Seattleites in pools around the city for some good old-fashioned water polo, reminiscent of the days she spent competing for the Broncos.

 

 

submitted May. 30, 2016 1:01P
'10
Reed, Cassandra (Ilich)

On Sept. 24, 2016, Cassandra Anne Ilich Reed ’10 married Shaun Michael Reed in front of 200 guests in a traditional Serbian Orthodox ceremony, presided by Father Tumbas and Father Bunjevic at the home of the bride’s parents, Chateau Summerset, in the wine and gold country of Northern California. Cassandra, 28, is a marketing professional in Evergreen, Colorado. She graduated cum laude with multiple degrees (B.S. in political science, B.A. in French and German, minors in Spanish and international studies). Shaun, 34, is a P.E.-licensed mechanical engineer in Denver, Colorado. He graduated with a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. The couple enjoyed a monthlong African honeymoon on safari in Ethiopia, sailing around Seychelles Islands, and touring Morocco. They now reside at their home, Sierra Dorado Ranch, in the Rocky Mountains of Golden, Colorado.

Contact Cassandra
You can read the New York Times article about our wedding here: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/fashion/weddings/vows-the-gift-of-the-goat-sealed-the-deal.html?_r=0
submitted Mar. 5, 2017 2:08P
'10
Navarro, Richard

Richard Navarro ’10, M.S. ’12 is working on Google’s [e]Team, where he focuses on the sustainable operation of the company's European and Asia-Pacific–U.S. facilities. At SCU, he was the electrical lead on the Refract House, the entry to win 3rd place in the 2009 Solar Decathlon, for which he designed the electrical system and its solar arrays. This past March, he returned to the Mission campus to give a presentation on sustainable opportunities in office spaces at an Engineering Club event.

submitted Mar. 8, 2017 3:35P
'10
Kim, Yudong

Yudong Kim J.D. '10 has joined Holland & Hart’s Boise office. Kim is a patent attorney and engineer who focuses on IP protection for clients with complex technology and processes. He has particular experience in the semiconductor technology industry, having worked for over two decades at Intel Corporation as a process R&D engineer and manager. Kim received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Korea University, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University. He received his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. 

submitted Oct. 3, 2016 8:35A
'10
Kahl, Linda (Wuestenhube)

Linda (Wuestehube) Kahl J.D. '10 is senior counsel and director of OSI (Ownership, Sharing, and Innovation) at the BioBricks Foundation, a public benefit organization whose mission is "to ensure that the engineering of biology is conducted in an open and ethical manner to benefit all people and the planet." Linda’s work focuses on legal frameworks, policies, and infrastructure for the development of foundational biotechnologies that will enable local biological solutions to global challenges in healthcare, agriculture, energy, and the environment. 

submitted Jan. 15, 2017 11:56A
'10
Jachimowicz, Caitlin

Caitlin Robinett Jachimowicz J.D. ’10 has been appointed a council member for the City of Morgan Hill. A lifelong resident, Jachimowicz brings legal experience and prior public service to her new role. She writes: “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the community I love. I look forward to working with city staff, volunteers, and businesses to ensure Morgan Hill continues to be a safe, vibrant, and successful city.

While attending Santa Clara Law, Jachimowicz held many leadership roles, including president of the Student Bar Association. She conducted a research project in Haiti in 2009 and was named “Student Leader of the Year” in 2010. Jachimowicz is an attorney at Jachimowicz | Pointer, Attorneys at Law, Inc. She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2010 and concentrates her legal practice in criminal law and civil litigation. Prior to joining the family firm, Jachimowicz clerked for the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, and served as a congressional assistant to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren J.D. ’75 of the U.S. House of Representatives. Additionally, she served as commissioner of the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Commission for more than five years. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, fellow lawyer Josh Jachimowicz J.D. ’11, and their daughter, Penelope. 

submitted Mar. 22, 2017 7:54A
UGRD Leavey Business '10
Glenn, Patrick

Patrick "Pat" Glenn '10, son of John F. Glenn '91 MBA, graduated from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA with an MBA.

submitted Jun. 27, 2016 2:18A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '10
Duchesne, Michelle (Donecho)

Michelle (Donecho) Duchesne '05, M.A. '10 and Chris Duchesne '06 welcomed their first child, Elizabeth "Betsy" Lee Duchesne on March 23, 2016.

submitted Jul. 5, 2016 12:35P
'10
Borgen, Andrea

Andrea Borgen '10 was named a 2016 Young Gun by Eater magazine for being a young talent and trailblazer in the food and restaurant industry. Barcito is a 100-seat Argentinian-style, small-plates restaurant in downtown Los Angeles with a no-tipping policy.

Borgen opened Barcito last year as a homage to her Argentinian heritage — her mother was born in the South American country and she visits both of her grandparents there regularly. "We're not trying to recreate traditional Argentine cuisine," she says, adding that a more authentically minded establishment would grill a short rib rather than braise it like her kitchen does. But, as Borgen says, "what always appealed to me about bars and cafes in Buenos Aires is the cultural meaning that they have. Those classic corner bars are pillars of their communities." That's what Barcito is all about.

Part of being a community pillar, of course, is being a responsible employer. Dishwashers at Barcito make at least $11 an hour while cooks make at least $14. All her employees also receive health care, even though the size of her staff (currently 12) means she isn't required to by law. Borgen says she's able to do this due to her no-tipping policy, and if you want to understand why this is such a big deal, you need to know a little bit about labor law in California.

The state minimum wage is rising to $15 per hour by 2022 —€” and at an even faster pace in LA. Making that burden more challenging is the fact that, unlike in most states, California doesn't have a separate, lower wage for service employees, which means owners must pay waiters the full minimum, even if they earn tips. Obviously that's super expensive for owners, who have to pay more money to more people (duh), but what's less obvious is that it exacerbates the income disparity between waiters, who often do well for themselves because they can collect tips, and cooks, who often earn less because they cannot.

So to combat that disparity, more restaurateurs in Los Angeles are levying "mandatory tips" in the form of service or admin charges, which can be distributed throughout the house as the restaurant sees fit. On top of those charges, Los Angeles and San Francisco restaurants sometimes issue separate surcharges to offset the cost of providing health care, as well as additional lines on the check for optional, additional gratuity. This all means that the price on the menu is often much lower than what the diner ends up paying, and Borgen doesn't think it's a fair deal for consumers.

"It feels ludicrous," Borgen says of the health care charge. So she's taken a more challenging course of action: She's raised wages throughout her restaurant by baking the full cost of doing business — including health care and service — into the price of her a la carte items, so that whatever the diner sees on the menu is what the diner pays. Tipping is not accepted. This Danny Meyer-style "hospitality included" policy is increasingly normal in New York, where supplementary fees are illegal, but in California, it's quite rare, because it lets restaurants keep their prices artificially low.

"At the core, what's most important to me is the idea that a restaurant is a pillar of the community."

 
submitted Jul. 11, 2016 2:14P
UGRD Leavey Business '10
Archer, Stephen

On May 21, 2016, Brittani Conley '10 and Stephen Archer '09 were married at a vintage bed and breakfast in Northern California amongst loved ones, including many fellow SCU alums from classes '07-'13.

submitted Feb. 1, 2017 2:53P

2011

UGRD Arts & Sciences '11
WalkerLieb, Zach

Zach WalkerLieb '11 named top 30 Under 30 Realtors in the world by Coldwell Banker International for the year of 2016. Zach lives in his home town, fabulous Las Vegas.

Contact Zach
Cell: 702-743-9998
submitted Dec. 15, 2016 10:52P
GRD Engineering '11
Summary, Nicholas

Nicholas Summary M.S. ’13 is chief of biomedical engineering at the VA Central Iowa Health Care System in Des Moines, Iowa.

submitted Mar. 21, 2017 2:08P
'11
Sessions, Britten

For achieving a high level of responsibility in his career and contributing to the betterment of our region through community involvement, Britten Sessions J.D. '11 was listed in the Top 40 Under 40 in the Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Sessions is the director of the only IP pro-bono clinic in the Valley, manages the IP department at Lincoln Law School, and is a patent attorney with the Zilka-Kotab law firm in San Jose. This past year, Sessions was recognized as a leading Intellectual Property attorney by Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars and received the IAM 300 as one of the top 300 IP strategists in the world. He has published 8 books on intellectual property, 6 in the last year alone. Additionally, he has assisted companies in monetizing patent assets yielding over $80 million in returns. Sessions currently serves as the chair of the High Technology Section of the Santa Clara Bar Association. 

submitted Aug. 13, 2016 7:54A
'11
Santos, Michael

Friends since childhood, Michael Santos '11 and Darren Harter '11 run The Futures Project, a private Bay Area foundation that provides financial grants to organizations and individuals. Its focus is on community growth and fostering opportunity by promoting education, youth development, and juvenile justice. The goal of The Futures Project is to support grassroots activism by bringing awareness to people making a difference in the community and highlighting the work that they do. Michael is president of The Futures Project and also works at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in San Francisco. Darren is CFO and Secretary of The Futures Project and also is an assurance manager at Moss Adams LLP.

 

submitted Jan. 15, 2017 7:32A
'11
Reyes, Daniel

Daniel A. Reyes '11 has published his first novel, The Essences, the first of a trilogy series. The Essences is a riveting story that follows the lowly angel Uriel as he gradually finds himself wedged in the early stages of a rebellion in Heaven. Tasked with a special duty from God, himself, he embarks on a journey of special importance all while trying to avoid the dark prophecy from being fulfilled. All while, Satan, God's most beautiful Archangel, embarks on a journey of his own, wishing to kickstart the dark angelic prophecy by stealing the archangels' weapons, the essences, including his own, the trident of persuasion. Now available on Amazon.com/1514491877Daniel resides in Morgan Hill, CA.

submitted Jun. 1, 2016 9:07A
'11
Plescia, Marisa (Plescia)

Marisa Plescia '11 is currently living in France and Italy completing her graduate studies in cosmetic and fragrance chemistry. She has learned formulation of skin care products, color cosmetics, and perfumery and hopes to work in R&D.

Contact Marisa
https://www.linkedin.com/in/marisa-plescia-207b93a2
submitted Nov. 7, 2016 1:42P
'11
Patel, Amit

Amit Patel '09, M.S. '11 is a certified LEED Green Associate and Engineer in Training. He is a project engineer at SunPower Corporation, in San Jose, and an engineer and manager of the Drafting Department at A1 Solar Power. On campus in November, he and Angelica Escruceria M.S. '13 gave a talk to the Energy Club about their work designing residential and agricultural solar projects.

submitted Nov. 7, 2016 12:10P
'11
Maples, Jason

Jason Maples J.D. '11, LLM '12 is a legal data expert for legal analytics and patent data science company Lex Machina. He previously served as a paralegal in the U.S. Army during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, where he handled military, criminal, administrative and humanitarian law issues and managed journalists embedded with combat units. 

submitted Jan. 15, 2017 8:35A
UGRD Leavey Business '11
Fallon, Wills

Kendall Paige Fishman '11 and Wills Herbert Haller Fallon '11 were married in October 2016 in Pebble Beach, California. Kendall and Wills met at Orientation in 2007 and are alumni of the class of 2011. Kendall works as an Analyst Relations Manager at Zendesk and Wills is a Sr. Technical Revenue Accountant at Uber Technologies, Inc. They live and play in San Francisco. 

submitted Aug. 21, 2016 8:53A
'11
Fadli, Mahmoud
Throughout his career, attorney Mahmoud Fadli J.D. '11 has gained significant professional experience in the legal sector, serving various law offices throughout the state of California. Prior to earning his juris doctor from the Santa Clara University School of Law, Mahmoud Fadli served as an intern at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and California Rural Legal Assistance. After earning his law degree, he served several practices including a private litigation firm in Los Altos, California.
Mr. Fadli is extensively involved in cases involving breach of contract, trade secret, zoning, employment, trademarks, and small claims disputes. As the head of Fadli & Fadli’s litigation practice, his responsibilities include drafting pleadings in both Federal and State courts, making court appearances for civil and criminal cases, interviewing witnesses, and negotiating settlements. A knowledgable professional in his field, he recently appeared on a local television show, “Law Talk,” where he was asked to discuss a variety of issues, including the Lacey Act.
Mahmoud Fadli is a member of the California State Bar. He is also licensed to practice in the Northern District of California. He is also a member of the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association.
submitted Aug. 14, 2016 7:32A
'11
Coelho, Blake

Blake Coelho ’11 has released his debut single “Crazy” as Los Angeles indie artist CASPR. Premiering on Atwood Magazine, the song can be streamed via Spotify and SoundCloud and features classically polished vocals and chilling reverberations over an electro-pop-driven beat. The name CASPR relates to Coelho’s pale complexion, which his friends repeatedly referred to growing up—in additon to his own affinity for all things spooky.

Contact Blake
instagram.com/casprmusic twitter.com/casprmusic facebook.com/casprmusic
submitted Apr. 18, 2017 12:32P
'11
Berghoff, Kayla

Kayla Berghoff '11, daughter of Eric E. '86 and Madeline M. Berghoff '87, married Michael Dessel '11, son of Annette M. Naughten-Dessel '80 in the Santa Clara Mission on July 23, 2016, with Fr. Michael Zampelli presiding. Their wedding party included fellow Broncos Phillip Craig '11, sister Tessie Berghoff '18, Gregory Semenza '11, Karl Dupont '11, and brother Garrett Berghoff '16. The newlyweds are now living in New York City, where Kayla is working towards her M.F.A. in acting and Michael is a full time physical therapist.

 

submitted Sep. 21, 2016 4:51A

2012

'12
Rogers, Nathan

Nathan Rogers '12 may be construction manager on the Google Fiber project in Raleigh, North Carolina, but his real mission is to help others. In late 2015 Rogers co-founded Well Constructed, a 501(c)3 NGO dedicated to providing clean drinking water to Ghana's poorest rural regions. He took a week off from Google to launch the project in Bolgatanga, in the country's remote northeast. "The water situation is pretty bleak up there," he reported then; "I witnessed a physical altercation between three women, fighting for the last dirty water at the bottom of a dry stream... Our contractor completed construction and commissioned our first well, which will provide clean drinking water to about a thousand people."

By spring's end, Well Constructed had built seven wells serving about 7,000 people in Ghana's Upper East Region, all within 20 miles of the library built by SCU students. Rogers is currently taking a six-month leave of absence from Google to advance this and other projects, such as raising interest and awareness in STEM education and careers, working with Junior Achievement Africa to create a 12-week STEM Campaign for junior high and high school students in Sub-Saharan Africa, and teaching weekly coding classes to students in a small school outside the capital of Accra. To contribute—a mere $100 provides clean water to 30 children who can remain in class longer instead of walking miles to fetch water—visit wellconstructed.org.

submitted Oct. 21, 2016 4:40P
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