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Meghan (Madden) Woody '10 and Austin Woody '08 welcomed their son, James Hamilton Woody, on December 18, 2015 in Austin, TX.
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.
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.
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.
Patrick "Pat" Glenn '10, son of John F. Glenn '91 MBA, graduated from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA with an MBA.
Michelle (Donecho) Duchesne '05, M.A. '10 and Chris Duchesne '06 welcomed their first child, Elizabeth "Betsy" Lee Duchesne on March 23, 2016.
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."
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.
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/1514491877. Daniel resides in Morgan Hill, CA.
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.
Abby Longcor M.A. '12 was named to the Silicon Valley Business Journal's 40 under 40 list for 2016.
Longcor is the senior director of The Tech Museum of Innovation’s signature program, The Tech Challenge, which introduces and reinforces the engineering design process with a hands-on project geared toward solving a real-world problem. Along with her duties as director, she assisted in developing The Tech Academies program, which provides professional development to educators. Her focus on education is further demonstrated through her volunteer work with the League of Women Voters, helping the league develop an advocacy position to work more actively on higher education in California. As the director of The Tech Challenge, she leads recruiting to reach low-income students and girls. Currently, about 40 percent of registered teams come from socioeconomically disadvantaged schools, and about 45 percent of participants are girls.
Mike DeMaria '12 recently launched a consumer mobile application on the iOS App Store, Grow Invest. The TechCrunch article can be found here: https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/29/grow-launches-its-app-for-socially-responsible-investing/
https://www.facebook.com/michael.demaria.1987 https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-demaria-40ab3b95 https://twitter.com/growinvesting http://growapp.us/
Matt Blanco ’12, M.S. ’15, MBA '19 was invited to speak at the XXIV Annual Pacific Voice Conference, US Edition, held at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, in October. He also represented Santa Clara at the EU Edition of the XXIV PVC in Warsaw and Lublin, Poland, the same month.
Gabriela Estephanie Solis ’13, after receiving her Masters In English Composition at San Francisco State University, successfully auditioned for and accepted a full two year scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame's Masters of Sacred Music Program. Recently Gabriela has performed throughout the Bay Area as a soloist and as an ensemble member with various groups.
Gabriela Estephanie Solis | Alto / Mezzo-Soprano https://gabrielaestephaniesolis.com
Morgan Stinson '13 and Jack Schneeman '13 were married on April 23, 2016, at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Jack and Morgan first met while at SCU but later found out they grew up down the street from each other in the Twin Cities. Morgan is currently in Physician Assistant graduate school at St. Catherine University and Jack works in private equity in Minneapolis but will be getting deployed to Egypt this summer with the Minnesota National Guard. Wishing all you Broncos the best and greetings from the North!
Joshua Ronen '13 is currently completing his studies at the Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) in pursuit of the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. He is in his third year clinical clerkships in Los Angeles, CA. During his time at RUSM he has served as the president of the Student Government Association, representing a student body of 1,500 at the school's island campus in the Commonwealth of Dominica.
Guy Marzorati '13 is the AM producer for The California Report and KQED News. He also works on KQED's California Politics and Government Desk. Guy joined KQED as an intern in 2013. He grew up in New York.
Amanda Dewey '13 and Kristian Borofka '14 were married on June 18, 2016, in Santa Clara, CA. They were married by Dr. Laura Ellingson, professor of communication and women's and gender studies. The bridal party included Allison Kamiya '13 and Sarah McClammy '14. Ushers included Devin Wakefield '13 and Kelsey Ford '14. Ceremony music was performed by Christopher Wemp '13 and Claire Kunkle '14.
Angela Choy MBA '13 is the co-founder and CEO of Edmission, a college planning site that empowers students and parents to get affordable, high-quality, and personalized college admission advice. Angela has spent her career helping organizations improve processes and drive efficiencies. She is a learner and reader. She loves entrepreneurship, startups, and women leadership. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a mother of two. Follow her on twitter @angelahchoy.
Alina Adams '13 is the CEO of Artveoli, Inc., a Silicon Valley startup that makes buildings healthier by converting CO2 into fresh Oxygen. Along with her co-founder, Anastasia Neddersen M.S '10, the duo participated in the latest Tech Crunch Startup Battlefield, a venture pitch and demo competition in New York City.