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Tooliatos, Nickolas

Shortly after relinquishing command of the 63rd Regional Support Command, Maj. Gen. Nickolas Tooliatos '80, J.D. '83 retired from the Army Reserve after 36 years of service. 

Tooliatos received the Distinguished Service Medal from Maj. Gen. Peter Lennon, Deputy Commanding General (Support), U.S. Army Reserve Command, capping off a career which began in 1980. Tooliatos joined the Army Reserve after graduating from Santa Clara University that year, and was commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate. In the three decades that followed he served in leadership positions throughout the Army Reserve, culminating in his three-year tenure as commanding general of the 63rd RSC. 

Tooliatos, of San Ramon, Calif., remembered the day he took his oath of office as a second lieutenant 36 years ago.

“The day I commissioned I had my mother, my father, my sister Paula and my then fiancée Joni (Chiesa) ‘80, M.B.A. ’82 in the Rose Garden at Santa Clara University just a few miles up the road,” Tooliatos said. “My mother and Joni pinned my bars on. As I looked across at my dad he had a grin from ear to ear. My dad was a World War II (battle of) Peleliu Marine and he was the greatest patriot I’ve ever met.” 

"I owe my life to my wife Joni, who has stood by me through everything," he said. 

“She’s been there through deployments … through rocket attacks when I would click the Skype off so she wouldn’t have to hear the incoming rounds. I’d call back and say it was a bad connection,” Tooliatos joked. 

The demands of Army life often meant missing important family events, including his children’s baseball games.

“My poor kids had to endure me coaching baseball games in my old Battle Dress Uniform back in the day,” he said. “How many kids do you think had their dad coaching a game in BDU’s? I’ll always be thankful to my battalion commander who gave me the leeway to do that and let me maintain some balance.”

“I challenge all of you to maintain that balance. Your priorities are your family, your civilian job and then the United States Army,” he continued. “The Army is a jealous mistress. She will take as much time as you’re willing to give her and we need you. But you have to maintain that balance.”

Tooliatos thanked all his mentors and influences for helping him improve as an officer and reach the rank of major general.

“In some way they all gave me opportunities that I probably didn’t deserve and praise on evaluation reports that I probably didn’t earn,” Tooliatos said. “Thanks for being great teammates and bringing out the best in me.”

Being afforded the opportunity to command the 63rd RSC as his last assignment has been an honor and a privilege, he said.

“You are a great group of soldiers and it’s been an honor to serve alongside you,” he said with pride.

Even in retirement Tooliatos asserted that he would remain a Soldier.

“When I was on the Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee we coined the concept called ‘Soldier for Life,’” Tooliatos said.

“Believe me I’m going to be a Soldier for life,” he said.

Although he has retired from the Army Reserve, he will continue to practice law in the Pleasanton, California, firm of Randick, O’Dea & Tooliatos, LLP, where he is a Certified Specialist in Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Law.   He plans to take Joni on some well-deserved and long-deferred trips to see the world and play golf and hunt with his two sons, Nickolas and Michael.

submitted Oct. 3, 2016 8:44A
Montanari, George

With more than 36 years in the business, George Montanari '80 brings to Alain Pinel Realtors a wealth of skill and professionalism: Top Listing Agent, Top Selling Agent, Top Producer, Monthly Sales awards, Annual Sales awards, Platinum Circle, Wall Street Journal, and so on. Montanari has more than1,000 clients, including the Santa Clara County Public Guardians Office. George is a valley native and lives in Los Gatos with his wife, Jill, and their two children, Kristin and Massimo. 

submitted Sep. 27, 2016 12:52P
UGRD Leavey Business '80
Dolan, Peter

Peter Dolan '80 serves in his seventh year as a trustee for Regis University in Denver Colorado. He is past chairman of the Endowment and currently serves as chairman of the Finance Committee and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Peter is a founding partner of Plaza Advisory Group, a wealth management firm in St. Louis, Missouri. He and his wife Anne have two sons. Ryan is a graduate of Regis University and Sean is a graduate of St. Louis University. In 2014, Peter wrote and published the book The Integrated Investor: The Art and Science of Financial Achievement, which aims to share essential ideas learned through years in the industry in a way that would interest and inform a broad audience.

submitted Oct. 11, 2016 9:26A


Ma, Carolyn

The University of Hawai'i Board of Regents approved the appointment of Carolyn Ma '82 to be the second dean of the University of Hawai'i.

“Dr. Ma’s impeccable credentials give us a strong foothold as we take the College of Pharmacy to the next level,” said University of Hawai'i Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney. 

Born and raised on O'ahu, Ma has an extensive background in clinical pharmacy practice, pharmacy and hospital administration. She is a registered pharmacist with licenses in Hawai'i, Nevada and California and remains boarded in oncology pharmacy. She joined DKICP in 2007 as the clinical education coordinator and designed, constructed and implemented 4,200-square feet of space in what is formerly known as the Gold Bond building in Kaka'ako on O'ahu. Additionally, in preparation for the advanced rotations, or internships for student pharmacists, she helped place numerous faculty in residence at O'ahu, Maui and Kaua'i hospitals and clinics.

Former Governor Neil Abercrombie appointed her director for O'ahu on the Hawai'i State Board of Pharmacy and Governor Ige re-appointed her to a 2015-2019 term. She also is past president of the Hawai'i Pharmacists Association.
submitted Sep. 27, 2016 8:55A


Tooliatos, Nickolas
see year 1980


Bianco, John

 John P. Bianco '86 was appointed to the Tulare County Superior court June 28th 2010.

submitted Oct. 5, 2016 4:33P


Chiotellis, Nick
Nick Chiotellis '89 is a dentist with his own practice in Gilroy, California, since 2000. He says, "One of my favorite parts of the job is establishing a relationship and partnership with patients. I enjoy being able to learn about and take care of their dental needs and concerns through dialogue and communication. There is no greater reward than seeing someone's entire outlook change when their confidence is restored through a great smile!  I have lived in San Jose my entire life, apart from college and dental school.  I love the people here, and am fortunate to be able to raise my kids in such a great city.  At home, my wife and two kids keep me busy doing family activities.  In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music, as well as coaching my son's basketball team."
submitted Sep. 27, 2016 12:10P

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