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John P. Matheu '40 writes: "The new magazine is much better—with a wider scope of activity." He'd also like to hear more about fellow Santa Clara grads from his era if they're still with us.
submitted Jun. 30, 2016 2:27P
Gilroy Mayor Perry Woodward J.D. '96 was interviewed by the Gilroy Dispatch, wherein he touches on his family history in Gilroy, answers some sticking questions on Caltrain scheduling, and addresses the recent controversy regarding some 721 acres north of town. He says, "I see being mayor as a rare opportunity to lead the city as our community resolves issues that will affect all of our futures. There are many thorny issues facing us. Some nights I lose sleep thinking about the downtown; the next, it’s crime or maybe the pitiful condition of so many of our roads. It helps that I respect all six of my colleagues on the council. We frequently disagree, but they work tirelessly and often thanklessly to make Gilroy a better place. Each is motivated to do what they believe is best for Gilroy. So to have been appointed mayor by them—5-to-1 on the first vote—means a lot. I am grateful to the people of Gilroy, who elected me to the council by large margins in 2007 and again in 2011. Each day I am mayor, I strive to live up to the profound trust they have placed in me.
"My great-great grandparents settled here in the early 1890s, where they worked in the fields. This isn’t just my hometown, it is my great-grandmother’s hometown. Born here in 1895, she died here in 1982. I can also still recall what Gilroy was like when it was about 10,000 residents. How I wish my great-grandmother were alive to see Gilroy today. She would urge me to work hard to make sure Gilroy stays a wonderful place for my great-grandchildren to grow up. I cannot let down the four generations of Gilroyans that came before me, or far more importantly, the countless generations who will come after me. Now that’s pressure."
Prior to holding elected office, Woodward's public service included six years as a judge pro tem for the Santa Clara County Superior Court. He is in the litigation group at the law firm of Hopkins & Carle. He previously was a partner of Terra Law LLP in San Jose. Before practicing law, he was a real estate broker in Santa Clara County. He is licensed as a commercial pilot, and enjoys flying his small private plane. Woodward is also an avid backpacker and fly fisherman, enjoying both activities regularly in the Sierras.
submitted Aug. 14, 2016 7:19A
Vander Zwaag, Debbie
Debbie Vander Zwaag '99, MBA '06 is a project manager at Driscoll’s Strawberry Associates, in Watsonville. Prior, Debbie was with Novellus Systems (now Lam Research). She joined the Humane Society of Silicon Valley's board of directors in 2014. Debbie and her husband, Bill Johanson, a mechanical engineer with Applied Materials in Sunnyvale, have lived in Gilroy for more than 10 years. They have for two dogs (Lucky and Bear), two cats (Sophia and K-2) and two turtles, (Chard and Zin, whose names were influenced by the fact that Bill is an avid hobby winemaker). Debbie's volunteer activities include Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy and the Red Cross Disaster Relief.
submitted Aug. 14, 2016 7:45A
Seher Siddiqee '14 is a chaplain-in-residence at Georgetown University and is a student at Hartford Seminary, where she is finishing her M.A. in Islamic Studies with an emphasis in Muslim-Christian Relations and Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy. She was born and raised in the Sunnyvale, California. She spent much of her free time at SCU in Campus Ministry working with the Interfaith Council. Seher has been deeply involved in her local Muslim and Interfaith communities; being a part of both and building bridges is one of her biggest passions.
submitted Aug. 14, 2016 7:52A
Sara Seligmann M.A. '15 is a chaplain-in-residence at Georgetown University and the director of Youth Ministry at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She was raised in Tennessee and graduated with a BA in theology from Xavier University and an MA in pastoral ministries from Santa Clara University. Between undergrad and grad school, Sara participated in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in East L.A., worked on death penalty abolition in Ohio, and taught high school Theology for three years. For two years while studying at Santa Clara, Sara was a Resident Minister, Ignation Solidarity Intern, and lead Catholic Relief Services Student Ambassador in Campus Ministry.
submitted Aug. 14, 2016 8:00A
Heather Schlenger '04 is a recipient of CalCPA's Women to Watch Award. She is a tax senior manager at Moss Adams, where she handles tax planning, compliance and tax provision preparation for closely held food and agriculture operations as well as manufacturing and distribution organizations. She is a front-runner in women's leadership initiatives at Moss Adams, is on the local YMCA board as treasurer, and is a co-founder of the nonprofit Global Leadership Education Assistance Ministry, which seeks to eliminate poverty through education.
submitted May. 12, 2016 7:35P
Alex Potts '89 is president and CEO of Loring Ward Group Inc. and of the SA Funds – Investment Trust. Previously, he was the COO of LWI Financial Inc. The Loring Ward serves and supports select financial advisors across the United States.
submitted Aug. 14, 2016 8:07A
Louise Pon-Barry '01 is in her 14th year teaching and in her eleventh year at Kittredge School, in San Francisco. She earned her multiple subject teaching credential and MA in Education from the University of San Francisco. Ms. Pon-Barry enjoys working with kindergarten and first-grade children for their fresh and unique outlook on life. She strives to make the learning process enjoyable and exciting for each child. Ms. Pon-Barry’s website is available at: http://msponbarry.weebly.com.
submitted Jul. 24, 2016 3:21P
Osborne II, Charles
Charles D. Osborne II MBA '74 is chairman of the board of Osborne Partners Capital Management LLC, located in San Francisco and Menlo Park, and has been with the investment management firm since 1980. OPCM manages customized multiasset class portfolios for individuals and institutions. The portfolio management style is similar to large foundations and endowments and concentrates on reducing downside risk. Charley is a member of the OPCM Investment Team and is responsible for managing portfolios in-house versus hiring outside managers.
submitted Aug. 14, 2016 7:25A
Santa Clara Librarian Angela Ocana '03 is a recent winner of the California Library Association’s Young Adult Services Award.
“I was nominated by teens who attend the Northside Library and the branch manager,” says Ocana, blown away by the honor. “BAYA, which stands for Bay Area Young Adult Librarians, gives this award of achievement to recognize the accomplishments of an exceptional librarian working in young adult services in a school or public library. The award comes with $500 and a one-year membership into BAYA.”
“Giving teens their own space, providing dynamic programming, and just being a mentor is very important,” Ocana says. “My biggest philosophy about working with teens is just to listen to what they are saying and to provide a safe environment for them to be themselves.”
Ocana has been overseeing Northside Library’s new teen library council, consisting of about 20 members. At meetings, teens give input on upcoming programs. “For example, teens from the library council came up with the idea for the epic Nerf wars at the teen blacklight party in May and they helped set this up,” Ocana says. “The blacklight party came with blacking out the room, and there were glow sticks, and glow-in-the-dark face and nail painting. We sprayed the Nerf bullets with glow paint and put them into Nerf guns, also sprayed with glow paint, and we played Capture the Flag.”
Ocana has also headed programs for adults at Northside Library, such as a lecture on craft liquor, a feng shui workshop, and a Jane Austen-themed tea party. At Central Park Library, Ocana worked on this year’s STEM Innovation Bowl and in a previous year, she organized Sustainable U, a program that encouraged simpler living with offerings such as a seed library and workshops on bread making, cooking seafood and gardening.
submitted Jul. 18, 2016 2:04P
Mihir Nanavati '03 has joined the executive team of Redwood City, Calif.-based Kahuna, a communication automation company, as senior VP of product. Nanavati previously spearheaded numerous initiatives for Tradeshift, Hightail, and Adobe Systems. He is a graduate of the University of Mumbai and Santa Clara University.
submitted May. 12, 2016 6:42P
Tom Murphy '83 is VP of Customer Sucess at LiquidPlanner. He leads all activities supporting the success of our customers, including on-boarding, enablement and adoption, professional services and customer support. Tom has spent his entire career serving customers at both management consultant and enterprise software firms. He began his career at Accenture where he focused on CRM solutions, and has spent the past 10 years in various customer-facing leadership roles at prominent enterprise software companies, including Apptio, Mercury Interactive, and Chef Software.
submitted Sep. 8, 2016 5:46P
Scott Middlemist '91 is among the English department faculty at Brophy College Preparatory, in Phoenix, Arizona. Middlemist earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Santa Clara University and a Master of Arts in Education from Northern Arizona University. He has been a member of the Brophy faculty since 1994, and is a freshman football coach.
submitted Aug. 13, 2016 9:01A
"The summer after I completed my M.A. in pastoral ministry, I went to Vietnam to teach English for the Diocese of Phat Diem," writes Gary Meegan M.A. '07. "This is my 10th summer there. I blog about my experience at garyinvietnam.blogspot.com. I do it to help people understand what the Catholics in the north of the country go through. They are very poor but proud."
submitted Jul. 7, 2016 8:47P
Sheldon P. McFarland MBA '13 is vice president of Portfolio Strategy & Research at Loring Ward, a company that serves and supports financial advisors in the United States. His responsibilities include management of the Portfolio Strategy Group, oversight of the Investment Planning Center, and development of tools to support advisors.
submitted Aug. 14, 2016 8:10A
Carol McCandless M.A. '96 has been an enthusiastic adjunct associate professor teaching religion at San Joaquin Delta College, in Stockton, California, since 2000.
submitted Jul. 24, 2016 3:17P
Andrew C. Kim J.D. '98 has been appointed a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court by Gov. Gerry Brown '59. Kim has served as a deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office since 1999. He was a contract attorney at Jackson and Abdalah from 1998 to 1999.
submitted Jul. 8, 2016 8:33A
Jackson is a community organizer in San Jose. Her involvement in grassroots organizing and work experience as a public health research assistant has provided her with a unique lens for analyzing community health issues. As a local organizer, she primarily works with families who have lost loved ones to police violence, serving as a consultant, conducting legal research, and performing PR and communications duties. As a fellow, she hopes to further develop her reporting skills while shedding light on some important community health issues in the South Bay such as gentrification and the impact of police violence on children and families.
The fellowship is made possible through a partnership with The California Endowment.
submitted Apr. 29, 2016 1:45P
Judith Maxwell Greig M.A. '81, 60, of Belmont, has been appointed to the California Student Aid Commission by Gov. Gerry Brown '59. Greig has been president at Notre Dame de Namur University since 2009, where she has held several positions since 1988, including provost, dean of the School of Education and Leadership and senior advisor to the president. She was adjunct faculty at San Jose State University from 1987 to 1988 and a teacher at the Old Orchard School from 1977 to 1984. Greig is a member of the Council of Independent Colleges Board of Directors and the California Campus Compact Executive Board.
submitted Jul. 24, 2016 1:43P
Meghan Cress '04 has joined Santa Clara University's Career Center as our assistant director for Business and Engineering. Meghan returns to SCU after seeing the dynamic employment landscape and industry trends firsthand through recruiting and human resources at a top consulting firm and Bay Area startups. Meghan is passionate about helping students articulate how their skills, interests, and education come together to tell a unique story along their career exploration journey.
submitted Sep. 20, 2016 7:59A
Professor Elizabeth Cara '70 is a faculty member of the Department of Occupational Therapy at San Jose State University. Dr. Cara's clinical experience is primarily in mental health, infant mental health, and geriatric physical and mental health. She is the co-editor and co-author of a popular text, Psychosocial Occupational Therapy: A Clinical Practice, currently in its 3rd edition. She has published papers on clinical fieldwork, infant mental health, and Dian Fossey, the occupational therapist and primatologist, and also one of SJSU and occupational therapy’s most famous graduates. Dr. Cara was selected for San Jose State University's Teacher-Scholar program for 2006-2007, served for six years as President of the SJSU California Faculty Association for over 700 faculty members and represented CASA in the academic senate, 2012-2014. Her scholarly interests include psychobiography, clinical supervision, infant and family mental health, group dynamics, interpersonal communication, and psychosocial disorders, and causes and prevention of genocide. She has presented numerous papers and workshops nationally and internationally. Dr. Cara is a native of San Francisco and fervent follower of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers.
submitted Aug. 13, 2016 9:15A
Camille Bates M.A. '16, is the newest resource specialist/special education professional at James Monroe Middle School, in Ridgecrest, California. She takes a bright, passionate approach to her role with her students.
“I believe in the capacity for change and people’s ability to be better than they have been,” she says. “I’m focusing on their psycho-emotional well-being, what gets in the way of them learning, and how they talk about what’s happening so they can participate in their learning.
Her background in social justice work also informs everything she does. Part of her own lesson plans include having her students keep record of the good things said about them, have them practice hearing positive things about themselves and then writing them down.
“Schools are our closest connection to community — they draw us together like no other social institution,” Bates says. “There is no other capacity that comes together for the sake of educating a child. That’s a beautiful and special thing about our culture.”
submitted Sep. 8, 2016 1:00P
Damian Gerard Barnes '97 teaches English at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland. A native of Sacramento, Calif., Damian most recently taught at Our Lady of Mercy School in Daly City, while completing his Master in English (The Writer's Craft Program) from Holy Names University. Previously, Damian was a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and worked as a community organizer in Brooklyn, N.Y., establishing youth programs from Coney Island to Crown Heights. He has also worked as a youth minister and taught at Catholic elementary and middle high schools in the Bay Area. Damian says the rhythms of teaching and learning are deeply entrenched in his soul. “I love working with young people on the discovery of new material, the practicing and expansion of skills and the reflection on life to find personal meaning and direction,” he said. Recently married with quite a few Bronco Alums in attendance, Damian enjoys writing, travel, friends and family.
submitted Jul. 24, 2016 3:12P
Kiran Sreenivasamurthy MBA '06 is now leading Maxta Inc.'s product management team as a vice president. Sreenivasamurthy, who joined Maxta in 2013, has successfully led the company's product management and product marketing efforts through its critical early stages of development, culminating in bringing to market award-winning Maxta MxSP hyperconvergence software and MaxDeploy appliances. His previous roles include serving as lead software product manager for Hewlett-Packard 3PAR storage and product manager for Mendocino Software, a maker of continuous data protection software. Additionally, he held various technical marketing, planning and engineering positions with NetApp, NetIQ and Taos Mountain.
submitted Sep. 8, 2016 12:33P