Santa Clara University

Class notes



Robert Lambert and his wife, Peggy, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in June. They were married one week after Bob graduated from SCU.


Paul F. Weston M.A. ’73, retired after 32 years of working with special needs students, both in East Side Union high schools and at Saratoga High School. He is a part time lecturer in the Education Department at SCU. He spends part of the year supporting orphaned children with AIDS at Sarnelli House in Nong Khai, Thailand, and has taught English to physically handicapped young adults at the Redempturist Vocational School in Pattaya, Thailand. He has two children, Patrick and Elizabeth ’00, and lives in Menlo Park.

64Tim Andersen, Ted Broedlow, John Casey, Pat Cronin, Dennis Devitt, Bill Knopf, Mike Negrete, Marty Petrich, Irv Scott, John Shean, Ken Spadoni, Nick Tone, Joe Tinney, and Denis Vanier gathered in Central Oregon for their 41st reunion. Besides great weather, golf, and camaraderie, they enjoyed superb dinners on the banks of the Deschutes River. They will gather next spring in Southern California. Those interested in the next sojourn should contact Nick Tone via e-mail at

Kevin J. Donahue was named the 2005 Central Coast Section athletic director of the year by the California State Athletic Directors Association. He is in his 27th year at Serra High School in San Mateo, where he has served as athletic director for 26 years.


Patrice Koda Coyle was installed in June as chairwoman of the board of trustees of the Mercy Foundation in Sacramento. Also at the event, Rod Read ’51, was presented with the Distinguished Service Award and his son, Mark Read ’79, was given the Volunteer of the Year Award. Greg Finn ’79, MBA ’88 is a development officer with the foundation, which was established in 1954 to raise funds for and awareness of the works of the Sisters of Mercy. Keith Mathews is principal of St. Francis Central Coast Catholic High School in Watsonville. Keith, his wife, Judy (Radovich) ’83, and sons Dylan and Aidan live in Aptos. John Stege and his wife, Laura, moved from Southern California to Aptos in September. John is the vice president of sales and marketing for Superior Administrators and Laura is the Pacific Northwest account executive for Scantron Corporation.


Mike McRoskey of Pacific Palisades has joined the Staubach Company, a tenant representation brokerage firm, as a principal and will help lead its Los Angeles operation. Previously, he was senior vice president of corporate services for Skyline Partners.

78Celia J. Esquivel is an associate state director with AARP California, a certified Feng Shui practitioner, and an aroma therapist. Recognized as an authority on aging issues, she is a member of the California Commission on Aging, chairs the Long Range Strategic Plan for An Aging California committee, and is a state delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging in Washington, D.C. Nanci Ontko and her husband, Jim Clem, just relocated to Gig Harbor, Wash. Nanci is vice president of human resources for Chipman Relocations.
79Michael Dee joined Grubb & Ellis as senior vice president and national director of retail. He is responsible for business development of new retail clients, recruiting new retail brokers for the company, assisting with training and development, and taking a leading role with the International Council of Shopping Centers on behalf of Grubb & Ellis. Michael is based in the company’s Dallas office.
82David Padilla was appointed to the Orange County Fair and Exposition Center’s board of directors by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. David, a Costa Mesa resident, is the president of the Internet consulting firm Net Media Strategies and works in partnership with the Los Angeles-based firm Netvolution, both of which specialize in consulting on a variety of Internet marketing strategies. As a community activist, he is co-founder of the Hispanic 100; holds seats on the boards of directors for the Latino Coalition and the California Empowerment Council; and was the chairman for two years for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Santa Ana, an event he continues to support.
83Lynn Berrettoni and her husband, Andrew Caglieris, teach history and math, respectively at the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J. They have two daughters: Gabi, 13, and Mia, 8. Susan Mulcahy was appointed executive director of Youth Science Institute. She spent the previous 18 years in nonprofit leadership and management. From 1994 to 2000 she was executive director of environmental volunteers in Palo Alto.
84Mary Rose Colonna married Andy Caras on Aug. 13 at Holy Family Catholic Church in South Pasadena. She is director of finance for the ABC Television Network.
87Avis Bishop-Thompson is the first African-American woman to be appointed partner at the law firm DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Wisler in Teaneck, N.J. She practices civil litigation, education, labor, and employment law in the public and private sectors. Nella Nencini lives in Kenya and has begun Africa With Nella, a travel planning and personalized guiding business. She is a professional safari guide and teaches yoga in the Great Rift Valley. Eryth Zecher is serving her second combat tour in Iraq. She is the company commander for the 146th Transportation Company out of Ogden, Utah.
88Jennifer (Ruiz) Malate and her husband, Tim, welcomed their second daughter, Mallory Jenna Keilani Malate, on Oct. 13. She joins big sister Janel, 5, in the family’s San Jose home.
89Aideen (FitzGerald) Gaffney and her husband, Bill, have dedicated a new playground at Our Lady of the Lake School, in Lake Oswego, Ore., to the memory of Bill’s father, James Gaffney ’50, whose grandchildren, Connor and Caitlin, attend the school.
90Bridget (Hopkins) and Adrian Ivanov ’89 welcomed a son, Thomas Hopkins, on May 18. Thomas joins brother Griffin, 6, and sister Collette, 4. Eric Steuben MBA ’95 and his wife, GinaMarie, welcomed their fourth child, Kadence Lillian, on March 24. Kadence’s brother, Keaton, 6, and sisters Kylie, 4, and Kendell, 2, are proud siblings. Eric serves as vice president of operations for Microdental Laboratories. He and his family live in Pleasanton, Calif. Julie (Knudsen) Warner and her husband, Blake, welcomed a daughter, Blair, on June 14. Blair joins big brother Mason, 4, and sister Kendall, 2, in the family’s Hillsborough home.

Tricia Boudreau Jackson, her husband Doug, and their son, Bradley, are pleased to announce the arrival of Riley Michael on June 19. Susan Ughe says she has decided to take a break from the high-tech world to open Sacred Paths Bookstore in San Mateo.


Mike Kerr and his wife, Amie, welcomed their first baby, Ava Margarite on July 28. The family lives in San Francisco. Brian Lampe was engineer-of-record for one of ABC's “Extreme Makeover” homes built in Kingston, Wash. for the Dore family, who had lost their home in a fire. Brian worked with Centex Homes to engineer the framing so that it could be built in panels off-site, trucked to the site for staging, and assembled on site. The show was filmed in November 2004, a week before the birth of Brian’s son, Thomas, and aired in January 2005. Brian lives in Kirkland, Wash. with his wife, Susan (Moraski) Lampe, and daughters Kathryn, 6, and Rebecca, 3. Andrea (Barclay) Maxwell and her husband, Mark, announce the arrival of twins, William Barclay and Luke Joseph, on March 22. The twins join brother Sam, 3, at the family home in Redwood City. Deborah McLennan recently accepted a position as Marketing Leader at GE Security in Newark, Calif. She spent the last three years at GE Healthcare Financial Services in Milwaukee, Wis. as Market Development Manager and is happy to be back in the Bay Area after nine years bouncing around the east coast, Europe, and the midwest. Tim Rogers and Jana Hee M.A. ’97 announce the birth of their daughter, Margaux Kennedy Kaimiola Mei Lan, born June 3. Margaux joins brother Quin and her parents at their San Jose home. Tim is a product line controller with Adobe Systems and Jana is director of Graduate Business Student Life and Academic Support at SCU. Mike Wallis married Venus White on June 25 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Reno, Nev. Mike is an executive producer for game software company Battleborne Entertainment, and Venus works in Carson City as an administrator for an assisted living facility. They live in Reno. Kevin Woestman and Peggy McClung were married on Aug. 13 in Norfolk, Va. They live in Chantilly, Va.

93Monica (Zimmerman) Eastridge and Scott Eastridge announce the birth of a baby girl, Madeline Elise. She was born on May 6, in Riverside, Calif. Three-year-old twin big sisters, India and Gracie, welcomed baby Madeline home. Monica teaches art history part time at two Riverside community colleges. Erin (Sandstrom) Fuelscher and her husband, Matt, welcomed their miracle, Evelyn Rose, into the world on June 28. Tracey (Smith) Kennedy and her husband, Dan, welcomed their first child, a daughter named Jordan Nadine, on Aug. 8. Tracey works for The Arizona Republic as a marketing manager and Dan works for Intuit as an IT project manager. The family lives in Phoenix, Ariz. Elizabeth (Goebel) and Paul Nuti announce the birth of daughter Emma Rose on Oct. 20, 2004, in Berkeley. She joins older sister, Julia Clare. Christine Filice-Tuma and her husband welcomed son Peyton Christopher on Aug. 5. He joins sisters Noelle and Isabelle at the family’s home in San Ramon.

Greg Alexander and Amy (Pratt) welcomed son Logan Neil on March 19. He joins his big brother, Aidan, 3. The family lives in Portland, Ore. where Greg is a dentist in private practice. April (Phillips) Cobb is a senior business analyst for the USHH Division of Merck Co., Inc. Her husband, Chris Cobb, enters his seventh year as a systems analyst for Lumbermen’s Merchandising Co-op. He is also a wrestling official for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. The couple lives in Spring City, Pa. with their four children: Madailein, 8, William, 6, Shaylan, 4, and Caellie, 2. Gordon and Erin Gibbs and son Dominic, 2, welcomed Patrick Gordon into the family on Dec. 7, 2004. They live in Rochester, Minn. where Gordy is a fellow at Mayo Clinic in interventional radiology and Erin is a Web video producer for Dominic “is an aspiring cowboy and so far Patrick just enjoys his food and a good belly laugh.” Kimberly Ritchey and Eric Le Towt were married in October 2002 in Pebble Beach, Calif. with a number of Santa Clara alumni in their wedding party, including: Karen (Phillips) Bocabella, Stacy Aquilino, Beth Ellis, Tracy Spencer, Jennifer (Navarro) Strawn, Amy (Pratt) Alexander, Jill (Naughton) Vogt, Lia (Young) Hunt, James Ritchey ’05, Joseph Ritchey ’07, and John Ritchey III J.D. ’68. The couple resides in Pebble Beach where Kim is in-house counsel for a local property development company and Eric is a financial advisor with UBS Securities. Sherrie (Buente) and Tommy Thompson announce the birth of their son, Kade Christian, on Aug. 26. He joins sister Megan and brother Luke. The family lives in Gilbert, Ariz.

95Bridget Branson married Mark Albert in Sunriver, Ore. on July 23. The couple lives in Bend, Ore. Joe Greenspan and Marla Halsne were married on June 4 at St. Mary Parish in Buffalo Grove, Ill. Groomsmen included Mike Reinardy, Brandon Wilson, Eric Hove, Chris Carlos, Sean Brennan ’96, and Gabe Zahony ’96. The couple lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., where Joe is director of product marketing for Sage Software. Tom Kelley married Virginia Bentley on May 16, 2004, at St. Stephen’s Church in Orinda. The couple welcomed a baby girl, Zoe Isabella, on Aug. 19. The family lives in Concord. Amanda (Wallen) Klinger and her husband, Steve, announce the birth of their daughter, Laurel Nicole, on June 1, 2004. The family lives in Saratoga. Amy (Gillum) and Ted Laymon ’87 announce the birth of their son, Tyler Robert, on March 26.
96Mike Betz and his wife, Alisa (Harmon) ’97, announce the birth of a baby girl, Alice MaryJean, born Aug. 6 in Seattle. Amber (Kuhnert) and Sean Brennan welcomed their second daughter, Addison, born in August. Sean, Amber, Avery, and Addison currently reside in Florida. Tyson Green received a lifesaving award from the City of Santa Clara Police Department. He was promoted to the position of DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Officer, where he instructs grade school children. Vanessa (Bettisworth) Rambis and her husband, Jeffrey, announce the birth of a daughter, Jillian Christine, on Sept. 1. She joins big brother Caleb in the family’s San Jose home. Susan (Rostand) and Phil von Buchwaldt MBA ’04, and their son, Aidan, have moved to Spokane, Wash. Phil is the vice president of Commercial Lending at Washington Trust Bank in Spokane. Jessica (Cihak) Wilson and her husband, John, announce the birth of a daughter, Claudia Jean, on Aug. 6.

Russell Dahl writes that his band, The Evergreens, was nominated for “Best Rock Album” at the 2005 San Diego Music Awards. After graduating from SCU, Russell earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego. Karen (Chan) and Robert Dang ’96 announce the birth of a baby girl, Madeline Elise. She was born on March 20. Madeline Elise joins big sister Mia Katherine. Andrew Mhyre earned his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Washington in August. On Sept. 3, he married Jennifer Wacker in Rochester, N.Y. The two met in graduate school in Seattle.

98Cristina Calderon married Ricardo Olea on Aug. 21, 2004 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco. The reception was held at the Fairmont San Francisco. The wedding party included Trina Warren and Vanessa Santos Wong. The couple lives in San Francisco. Jeff Dennison is a public and external affairs manager with Sprint Corporation. Mark Huson and his wife, Jenna, announce the birth of their son, John “Jack” Morrison Huson on Sept. 3 in Washington, D.C. Mark recently completed an MBA at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business and is an IT strategy consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton’s financial services practice. Ryan Martin-Spencer and his wife, Laura, welcomed daughter Kyra on Sept. 17. The family lives in Belmont, Calif. Kelly (Hannibal) O’Sullivan MBA ’02 and her husband, Brian, welcomed their son, Carter Thomas, on June 6. Kelly and Brian live in Santa Clara. Kelly is a technical marketing manager at Hitachi GST and Brian is a sales manager with IBM. Shannon (Donnelly) Walcott ’98 and her husband Erik are Carter’s godparents. 
99Jessi Bowden married Michael Friesen on Aug. 27 in Aspen, Colo. The wedding party included classmates Brendan (Mahoney) Ash and Gena Mason Frank. Also in attendance were Brian Setzer and Dawn (Miner) Wolfe.
00Gilbert Aviles and Nyrene Badal ’02 were married at Mission Santa Clara on May 7. Groomsmen included Brian Fong, Adrian Coria and Josh Ortiz. Bridesmaids included SCU junior Christine Badal and Diana Hernandez ’02. The couple lives in San Jose. Reilly Dampeer won two national titles at the 134th running of the U.S. Rowing National Championships. Dampeer won gold in both the women’s senior and elite single sculls. The five-day national championship regatta featured more than 1,200 of the country’s top rowers, including members of the U.S. National Team. While at SCU, Dampeer helped the Broncos to a 1999 Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association title in the women’s four with coxswain. Rob Stangelini earned an MBA from the University of Chicago in June; married Amelia Blanchard on July 9 in Florence, Italy; and is now the corporate development manager at Fender Musical Instruments in Scottsdale, Ariz. Elizabeth G. Weston recently earned a master’s degree from Stanford University.

Elizabeth Barrón and Ruben Silva were married on July 3. Members of the wedding party included Christopher Madruga ’02, Caren Maravilla, Diana Ramirez Zuñiga, Christina Tsiagkas and Mark Vieira. Other Broncos in attendance included Susana Garcia-Czarkowski ’98, M.A. ’03; Greg Czarkowski ’96, J.D. ’99; Susan Erwin M.A. ’01; Angela Lee M.A. ’02; Maggie Malagón ’93; Lourdes (Madruga) Martin ’96; Raquel Paez; Kimberly Rodrigues ’03; Cathy (Crotty) Terán ’69, J.D. ’97; and Mario Terán M.A.T. ’72. The couple lives in Santa Clara; both are currently pursuing master’s degrees at SCU. Elsie B.C. Rivas Gomez is the author of a poetry chapbook, Swimming in El Rio Sumpul, which was published by Finishing Line Press and nominated for the 2005 Pushcart Prize. (See Page 7.) She earned a master of fine arts degree in poetry from San Diego State University in 2004 and now teaches writing full-time at Pasadena City College. She lives in Pasadena with her husband, Gabriel Dante Rivas Gomez ’00, who is in his second year of the master of fine arts program in dramatic writing at the University of Southern California. Jessica Keller married Luke Leahy on Sept. 3 in Portland, Ore. Attendants included classmate Erin O’Boyle. The couple lives in Portland. Carrie Lawler and Marc McCullagh were married on May 28 at Mission Santa Clara. Kevin O’Brien was in the wedding party. The couple lives in San Francisco. Pilar Menendez and Tim Tragesser ’98 were married on Aug. 13 in Monterey. The wedding party included Megan Berry, Hadley VanVactor, Jeff Cleveland ’97, Jeff Fioresi ’98, and Troy Jones ’98. Pilar teaches second and third grade in West Linn, Ore. Tim is a business development manager for Polar Systems Inc. in Portland. The couple honeymooned in the Cook Islands and now lives in Lake Oswego, Ore. Sarah Naumes married Kevin Primerano on June 4 at Sarah’s parents’ home in Medford, Ore. The wedding party included Rebecca Naumes ’03 and Katie (Barlag) Ackerman. Alumni in attendance were Christy Buttorff, Chris McClure, Phil Scholz, Katie (Blok) Day, and Emily Mounce. Mike Paye married April Valenzuela ’00 on June 25 in Trinity Lake, Calif. The wedding party included SCU senior Matt Paye, Tom Little, Casey Fitzgerald, and Debbie Gates ’00. Wedding guests included Chris Helin, Katie Harding, Stephanie (Merlot) Aldworth ’00, Matt Weis, and Ellen Reis. The couple lives in Campbell. Mike is a project engineer for TBI Construction and April is a ninth-grade English and drama teacher at Menlo-Atherton High School.

02Mandy Redkey and Brian Demmert were married on Aug. 5 at Clos LaChance Winery in San Martin, Calif. The two met at SCU during the summer before their senior year. Mandy is an elementary teacher in Sunnyvale and Brian works at Silicon Valley Bank.
03Erin Ryan is living in Phoenix and working as an associate editor for the Arizona Republic. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
04Jennifer Kerwin married Joseph Snyder on Sept. 3 at the Chapel on Echo Bay, Fox Island, Wash.
05Meghan Bass is an editorial assistant with Thomson Wadsworth in Belmont, Calif. Wadsworth is part of the Thomson Corporation and is a worldwide provider of higher education textbooks, software, and Internet materials for the humanities, social sciences, and behavioral sciences. Lindsay Washburn and Caitlin Bristol spent four weeks in India in October with the Global Volunteer Network to help the coastal communities affected by the 2004 tsunami south of the city of Chennai.

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