Class Notes | Obituaries
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Grace Wu '10 writes, "I have moved to Yangon Myanmar with my husband, Maung Aung Lwin Oo '11, and we are seeking investment opportunities in Myanmar. If anyone is interested in visiting or investing in Myanmar, feel free to contact us! It is an exciting and fast-growing country!"
Ryan Watkins J.D. '10 writes, "My wife, Sherry Watkins, and I welcomed our first child, Weston Watkins on October 23, 2015. After I graduated from law school my wife and I moved back home to Toronto, Canada."
Benjamin Petersen '10 and Leah (Torres) Petersen '10, both of Bend, Oregon, were married Aug. 15, 2015, at the Mission Church of Santa Clara. A reception took place at Valencia Hotel, Santana Row, in San Jose.
The groom is the son of David and Colleen Petersen, of Bend. He works at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. The bride is the daughter of Victor and Iris Torres, of Tracy, California. She works as the director of operations at Red Jacket West. The couple honeymooned in Ixtapa, Mexico, in December. They will settle in Bend.
Paul La Londe '10 joined SV Angel as an associate in 2014 and will be attending The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, starting in Summer 2016.
Lisa Brogan '10 married another SCU Bronco, Brian Brogan '10, on Oct. 24, 2014, at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa in Monterey, California.
BlueLight, a mobile 911 app created by Preet Anand '10, is contributing to the White House "Smart Cities" initiative. BlueLight addresses the deficiency in 911 response times from mobile devices. Emergency response systems are still based on landlines; with a standard call from a mobile phone, it can take up to six minutes for responders to receive location information, often only as specific as within three blocks.
In areas where the BlueLight app is supported, it will route your call based on your position and provide your location. Otherwise, if someone is outside of the BlueLight network, it will make a regular 911 call. BlueLight pinpoints the location and reaches the closest responder – local or campus police or other appropriate emergency services. The service is available on over 250 college campuses as well as at sites such as corporate campuses and ski resorts.
“Emergency response is the most vital function of any community, and it is far behind the rest of the world technologically,” Anand said. “This service can make people safer.”
To earn a place in the $160 million Smart Cities Initiative, BlueLight was one of two winners of the Multi-City Innovation Campaign. As part of the Smart Cities program, BlueLight will test a pilot program in four cities beginning in 2016. Mountain View has agreed to be part of the program, and discussions are under way with Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Green Bay.
Anand was part of SCU’s 2009 Solar Decathlon team, which won third place in the U.S. Department of Energy contest to build a solar-powered home. Anand left SCU when he received a lucrative offer to become Zynga’s youngest lead product manager. However, the University’s Jesuit teachings and emphasis on the public good have always resonated with him, and BlueLight was a way to pair his skills with those ideals.
Giselle Marie Estabrook '10 and Carlo Giuliano Ammatuna '10 were married on April 25, 2015. Bishop Richard B. Higgins performed the ceremony at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento. Included in the wedding party were maid of honor Jenna Abeyta Duston '09 and bridesmaid Julianne Tortolano '11 as well as groomsman Nick Calvitti '10. Giselle and Carlo live happily in Roseville, California.
A self-described “renegade” whose heroes include Margaret Thatcher and the underdogs described in Malcom Gladwell’s David and Goliath, Amy Yao MBA '11 is a data science supply chain strategist for Seagate Technology. This role is partly due to the challenging courses and inspiring faculty at the Leavey School of Business. She says her coursework, including one exploring neuroscience and sales and one called “Spirits of the New Workplace,” continues to open doors to new fields. “Learning regression analysis in John Heineke’s class has paved the way to my involvement in data science today,” she notes.
As supply chain strategist at Seagate, she is deploying big data methods to ensure the hard drive leader is the first to utilize advance planning systems, and was recently a speaker for the Gartner Supply Chain Forum.
She also sees the supply chain management function becoming central to profitability, especially in the global technology capital of the world. “Supply chain management is so much more than the traditional notion of warehousing and physical distribution. It’s an exciting discipline that has matured over the last few decades, and is about to be even more complex and interesting with the emergence of IoT (“Internet of Things”) and data science application for operations.”
Yao thinks SCU is perfectly positioned to create an emerging generation of supply chain managers, offering the only graduate degree in the discipline in northern California. “Silicon Valley is teeming with companies that are competing in the high tech industry, which has characteristically fast product life cycle and thrives on innovation. Supply chain management is a great skillset to have to be an operational caretaker as well as a growth partner,” she says.
In February, Clare Wylie '11 participated in a STEM panel at the School of Engineering's "Imagining the Future State of STEM" conference. Clare currently works at Lyra Health, a digital health company in the Bay Area, as Service Operations Manager. Lyra Health’s mission is to transform mental health care through technology with a human touch — to get more patients the care they need when they need it. She works for a fellow Santa Clara graduate, Steve Blake '86.
Megan Wirth '11 writes, "I cannot believe it's been five years. Just yesterday, we were 'running' the streets of Bellomy and roaming the beautiful Santa Clara campus. Today, I am inspired by all of the people I was lucky to graduate with. Through social media, I feel a continued closeness with my classmates and a sense of pride as I follow their accomplishments day by day and year after year. Cannot wait to see all of my fellow Broncos again in the near future!"
Liz (Courter) Oseguera '06, MBA '11 recently married the love of her life (whom she met at SCU while working there), Michael Oseguera, on Sept. 10, 2015, in San Diego, California, with three of her best SCU friends by her side: Kate (Goethals) Barbero '06, Micaela Esquivel '06, and Dan Erwin '06! After working in the SCU Athletic Department for 5.5 years while getting her MBA at SCU, she left to pursue a marketing position at Marketo. She recently moved to San Diego with her husband from the North Bay and now works remotely for Marketo.
Natasha Cabiria Nanda M.A. '11, a daughter of Margaret E. Nanda and Kapil K. Nanda of Los Gatos, was married June 20 in Santa Clara to Nickhil Avinash Bhave, a son of Dr. Sujata A. Bhave and Avinash S. Bhave of Lexington, Mass. Michael Engh, S.J., performed the ceremony at Mission Santa Clara de Asís. On June 19, Pandit Prabhakar Sathe, a Hindu priest, led a Hindu ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, Calif.
Christopher Mosier '11, J.D. '14 is an associate attorney specializing in complex business litigation and insurance coverage at Willoughby, Stuart, Bening & Cook in downtown San Jose. Chris is a board member for the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at Santa Clara University and co-chairs the 2011 Grand Reunion Committee.
Allison Kopf '11 recently won the $50,000 grand prize at TechCrunch Disrupt's Startup Battlefield. As a sophomore computer science and engineering major, Allison co-led the 2009 SCU Solar Decathlon Team to its third-place victory. Allison is CEO of Agrilyst, a company that helps “greenhouse operators run their operations more efficiently by pulling in data from sensors in the greenhouse and information about crop yields and other metrics.”
Robert "Bert" Girdner '11 and his wife, Cicily, proudly welcomed a baby girl, Abigail Grace Girdner, on Feb. 8, 2016. The Girdner Family hopes Abby will be a fourth-generation Bronco, following in the footsteps of her father, her grandfather (Gregory Girdner '83), and her great-grandmother (June Girdner, who attended from '57-'59 as a nursing student). Godparents are Gregory Semenza '11 and Sara Jones M.A. '16.
Jessica Gagnon M.A. '11 just completed her PhD in education at the University of Sussex. Her doctoral thesis was titled: "Born to fight: The university experiences of the daughters of single mothers who are first-generation students in the United Kingdom." She earned an uncommon unconditional pass/no corrections following her viva voca/defense. Her research was recently featured in The Times Higher.
Diana Fitts '11 has published two books, Your Focus Formula and What Next? She has launched a business helping others achieve their goals and live with no limits at dianafitts.com.
Website: dianafitts.com Facebook: facebook.com/DianaAFitts Twitter: twitter.com/nolimits_diana