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Undergraduate Class Notes


John J. Smurda’s grandson, Matthew J. Smurda ’07, has completed his first year at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.


Jim Buckley and his wife, Winnie, celebrated the birth of their 27th grandchild, Michael James Anderluh, on April 28. As of now, 10 of their 12 daughters and sons are married. One granddaughter, Lindsay, has graduated from college.

John Klein has retired after 59 years of active law practice. He was honored by the Sonoma County Bar Association in 2006.

Ed Maffeo Sr. MBA '63 retired in 1989 from Burke Industries as vice president of finances. He and his wife, Joyce, live in Colorado and celebrated their 58th anniversary in August.


Franco W. Guidici has retired as chairperson of the biblical studies department at Unity School. He is enjoying the retirement life in Southern Calif. and hopes all of his fellow classmates are doing the same or in some way its equivalent.


Jack Hayes Bartlett still volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and has built houses on six continents and 26 countries. Life is good.


undefinedRev. Edwin M. McMahon has written and Prabhjot Uppal ’01 illustrated the children’s book The Little Bird Who Found Herself (LifeVest Publishing, 2008, $12.99), published in both English and Spanish. This book chronicles the journey of a baby bird trying to find her own, unique chirp. McMahon is the cofounder of the Institute for BioSpiritual Research and author of BioSpirituality: Focusing as a Way to Grow.


Thomas T. Farley was appointed by Colo. Gov. Bill Ritter to the board of governors for Colo. State University at the Ft. Collins, Pueblo, and Global campuses.


Darlene Kotey still enjoys traveling, and last year visited Copper Canyon, Mexico. She has 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer retired after 36 years on the bench. He was involved in numerous high-profile cases and received worldwide publicity last year when he sentenced socialite Paris Hilton to 45 days in jail for violating probation—and he returned her to jail after Sheriff Lee Baca granted her an early release. Before becoming a judge, Sauer served assistant city attorney for Los Angeles. He was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court by Gov. Reagan in 1972 and elevated to the Superior Court in 2000.


George Chiala Sr. was honored by the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill for his community involvement and philanthropy. He is president of George Chiala Farms Inc.

Francis “Jack” Hourigan retired as a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court after a 39-year legal career that began in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. He and wife Margaret (Baier) ’67 live in Rolling Hills Estates. They are traveling the world, rooting for the Dodgers, and enjoying the curiosity and enthusiasm of their five grandchildren.


Joan E. Lizza and her family have established a scholarship fund in the name of her husband, Tony Lizza ’66, at the new Jesuit-sanctioned high school, Xavier Prep, in the Coachella Valley.

The second grandchild of Richard Nichols arrived on May 9 to daughter Carrie. Richard retired from Raytheon in March to become president and CEO of Skywatch, which provides GPS-based vehicle-tracking systems.


It has been 15 years since Diana R. Danna wrote about being diagnosed with HIV in an article for Santa Clara Magazine. She is well, taking antiretroviral medication, and waiting for “the cure.”


Elizabeth Millier and her husband, Stephen, own Milliaire Winery and recently purchased Black Sheep Winery, both located in Murphys.


Catherine Pickerel is now the director of Presentation Partners in Ministry, a new volunteer program of the Sisters of Presentation.


Linda Cunha-Ricchio M.A. ’73 is currently enrolled in the pastoral ministries program at SCU, working toward a master’s degree with emphasis in catechetics.

John Hannegan, owner of CB Hannegan’s in Los Gatos, received the 2008 Spirit of Ireland Award, which is presented to individuals from both Ireland and the United States who have helped bring the Silicon Valley Area and Ireland closer together.

Kathleen Viery is chief financial officer for Innovations for Poverty Action. She previously worked for the AmeriCares Foundation as chief operations officer for the $68 million Tsunami Relief Program, assisting tsunami victims in India, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. She serves as an ambassador to prospective SCU students and their families in the eastern United States.


Andrea Conway is still living in and loving Iowa with her husband, Pat, who is retired. Kaitlin, their youngest child of seven, is a sophomore at the University of Iowa. She, Pat, and the dog are enjoying the big house, pool, and Wii.

Mary Hittle is the new alumni director for Western New Mexico University. She previously had a 20-year career in the computer industry and was a systems analyst for the university.

Jeff Miller MBA ’76 was appointed to the board of directors of McAfee Inc. He is president of the business and consulting firm JAMM Ventures and former chief executive officer of Documentum. He was previously a venture partner with Redpoint Ventures.


Dan Basque is an engineer, selling process control instruments at Clipper Controls in San Francisco.

Virginia Marcoida was appointed by Gov. Schwarzenegger to the Sonoma County Superior Court from the county’s public defender’s office, where she has worked since 1985.


Cynthia Ryan Francis M.A. ’78 married Michael Baxter on May 17. They live in San Jose.

Vernon Granneman J.D. ’78 married Mary Nadeau on March 1. The couple lives in San Jose.

Anthony E. Maida III MBA ’78 was re-elected to the board of directors at Spectrum Pharmaceuticals. Maida has been serving as chairman, founder, and director of BioConsul Drug Development Corp. since 1999. He is completing doctoral work in immunology at the University of California.


Melissa J. Nixon was honored with the 2008 Beacon of Light Award by the Tower of Hope, a nonprofit organization committed to providing assistance animals to people living with a disability or chronic illness, or who have been in an abusive relationship. A doctor of veterinary medicine, Nixon has been an active volunteer in veterinary disaster relief since 1988. She is also the primary caregiver for her husband, Ken, a disabled Vietnam Veteran.


Patrice Wiggins teaches English at Port of Los Angeles High School, a charter school that focuses on maritime studies and international trade.


Patrick J. McVeigh is the president of Reynders McVeigh Capitol Management, one of the country’s largest socially responsible investment firms. The company just helped to finance and produce the 3D IMAX film Grand Canyon Adventure—River at Risk, which has opened nationwide. It stars Robert Kennedy Jr., Wade Davis, and Robert Redford and features the music of The Dave Matthews Band.

Christine Y. Miwa-Mendoza has worked as a clinical social work supervisor for the Queens Medical Center Day Treatment Services Program since 1997. She also runs a private practice that works with patients who have HIV.


Annette Fajardo is busy managing weekly rental units in San Francisco and the Russian River. She is planning her next scuba diving trip to Puerto Rico and St. Maarten.

Bill Weller is the managing partner of Weller/O’Brien Insurance Service in San Jose. His daughter, Kathleen, has just joined SCU’s Class of 2012.


Matt Fairbank is the executive director of the Dispute Resolution Center in Yakima, Wash., and recently celebrated his 10th year as a mediator for the court system.

Richard Newton is a senior transit programs analyst for scheduling Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus. He lives in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles with wife Pamela and sons Michael, 7, and Jeffrey, 4.

Matt Nyman is executive vice president of XP Retail, which oversee the U.S. Olympic Shops and online retail stores.


David Drahmann and his wife Katherine welcomed their second child, Spencer Christian, on Jan. 22. He joins big brother Matthew, 3, at their El Dorado Hills home.


Laura-Jean Anderson M.A. ’88 was elected to the board of trustees of Goucher College. She is licensed as a marriage, family, and child counselor and works as a psychotherapist and actor/singer. She previously served as the director of the San Jose State University Concert Choir Board and was co-president of the Santa Clara University Graduate Student Advisory Board. She lives in Portola Valley with her husband, James Henry Pooley III.

Rick Martig is CFO of BlueArc Corp., a network storage company. He is responsible for finance and human resources functions, and brings more than 22 years of experience in accounting, finance, and management. He previously worked for Genesis Microchip.


Barbara Esquivel has been back in Silicon Valley for five years with her two children, Courtney and Nathan. She is a claims supervisor for a brokerage firm in San Jose.

Larry Perez married his partner of 10 years, Ed Zawot, on Aug. 9 in Cupertino. Their son, Joshua, was the best man. They live in Rhode Island.


Jennifer Norton is an artist who is a board member of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society and has served on the steering committee for Silicon Valley Open Studios. She exhibits often in the Bay Area with groups such as Phantom Galleries, Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society, Los Gatos Art Association and Pacific Art League, as well as at local art and wine fairs.


Thor Gjerdrum is chief financial officer and executive vice president of Escala Group, a global collectibles company that deals in stamps, coins, precious metals trading, and arts and antiques.


Theodore S. Gonzalves is an associate professor with tenure at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, in the Department of American Studies.


Deena (Strickland) Dyson and husband Darryl welcomed their first child, Teresa Joy, on Jan. 15, 2007. “TJ” was born with a rare genetic syndrome, but her parents report that her “feisty spirit and general coolness” inspire them every day. The family lives in San Jose, where Deena works in inpatient psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente. Darryl is a project manager at Synopsys in Mountain View.

Brendan Murphy and his wife, Nina, welcomed a son, Peter Benedict, on St. Patrick’s Day. Peter joins siblings Catherine, Nicholas, Matthew, Mary, Magdalene, Clare, Joseph, and Andrew “in a very crowded house.”

Lorie (Hannigan) Murphy is executive producer of the Professional Businesswomen of California Conferences. She is the senior vice president of the Silicon Valley-based events and entertainment company, e2k, and also serves as the director of Gameday Entertainment for the San Francisco 49ers. Lorie lives with her husband Tom, and three children Hannah, 8, Mandy, 4, and Ryan, 1, on the family’s vineyard in Farmington.


Megan Boynton earned a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management from Seton Hall University. She lives with her husband and daughter in the Central Valley.

Michael Moran has recently taken a new position at Aon as executive vice president of global brokerage excellence. He and his wife have also welcomed their fourth child, William Cushing.

Shannon Parker married Josh Wells on May 24. The couple lives in Houston with Shannon’s daughter Megan, 9, and Josh’s children, Blake, 8 and Landry, 2.

P.J. (Hull) Vaughn ’98 is living with her family in Luanda, Angola. She works for Chevron as a planning advisor.


Tracey (Smith) Kennedy and her husband, Dan, announce the birth of a son, Parker Daniel, on Jan. 16. Parker joins his 3-year-old sister Jordan in the family’s home in Scottsdale, Ariz. Tracey is a client development manager at The Arizona Republic and Dan works as senior program manager for Intuit.

Melissa King-Fisher was named to the Marin Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame. A member of the SCU Athletic Hall of Fame since 2004, she helped the Broncos women’s soccer team to the NCAA Final Four, earning all-tournament honors; and in basketball led the Broncos to three successive West Coast Conference titles beginning in 1991, when Santa Clara won the women’s National Invitational Tournament. In 2001, she was named one of the 50 greatest athletes in WCC history.


April (Phillips) Cobb is a project manager on the finance and marketing delivery team for Merck & Co. Inc. She and husband Chris live in Pennsylvania.

Carlos Rivera joined Santa Cruz County’s largest private law firm, Grunsky, Ebey, Farrar & Howell, in Watsonville. A licensed real estate broker, he previously served as house counsel for K&S Market in Hollister.


Peter Andrade and his wife, Tiffany (Ennis), welcomed a baby girl, Amelia Mae, on May 20. She joins big brother Gavin.

Laura (Zyromski) Covitz and husband Jason announce the birth of their third child, Sean Christopher, on May 3, 2007. He joins sister Ashley, 5, and brother Ryan, 3. The family lives in the Dallas area, where Laura is the Americas recruitment manager for EDS.

Karen Vigna married Talmage Watson on July 4 at the Silverado Resort in Napa. The wedding party included Annalora Calin and Harout Dimijian. Other SCU alumni in attendance were Karen McCormick Ekizian, Erin McCarthy Reasoner, Monica McCue Smith, Roslyn (Crisafi) Dumesnil, Lauren Rettagliata, and Hallie Bennett J.D. ’07. Karen is a teacher and director of student life at Holy Names High School and Talmage is a digital artist at Industrial Light and Magic.


Kathy Carr and Jeff Stephens were married on July 6, 2007 in St. Louis, where they both grew up. Attendants in the wedding included Susan Rickard Hansen, Becky Porter, and Jennyfer Aguilera. Kathy and Jeff live in Playa del Rey.

Margaret (Madden) Rivero and her husband, Gerardo, welcomed their second child, Samuel John, on July 19. Sam joins big brother Lucas, 2, in the family’s Los Cabos, Mexico home.


Jenefer (Olds) Stillion and her husband, Dan, welcomed their second child, Bram Clement Stillion, on March 10. He joins big sister Sophia at their home in Ithaca, N.Y.


David Doroquez and Lesley Yamaki welcomed a baby girl, Alana Mei-Lin Yamaki Doroquez, on May 15 in Boston.

Travis Hagedorn earned his doctorate from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. He and his wife, Aimee, moved to Philadelphia, where Travis is now a resident in lab animal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Aimee, a former employee of SCU’s Office of Marketing and Communication, telecommutes as the IT communications specialist for Kansas State University.

Bruce McGregor and his wife, Lindsay (Dietrich), announce the birth of their daughter, Lucy Addison, on June 7 in Pasadena.

Susana “Susie” Ramirez and Kristopher Unger were united in holy matrimony on May 10 in Guadalajara. The two were legally married in May 2006. Susana is writing her doctoral dissertation at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. The couple lives in Philadelphia.


Laura Anderson married Tony Santos on March 29 in San Francisco. Though they graduated from SCU in the same class, the two didn’t meet until they worked together at The Tech Museum in 2004. The couple recently moved from San Francisco back to San Jose.

Marissa (Lopez) Gutierrez and husband, Raul, announce the birth of a baby boy, A.J., on March 20.

Brian Spratt and his wife, Hannah, welcomed their first child, Lilli Sadie, on June 22, 2007.


Mark Davis married Rachel Yetter on Dec. 15, 2007 at the All Saints Catholic Newman Center in Tempe. For their honeymoon, the couple traveled to Rome to receive a nuptial blessing from Pope Benedict XVI, then backpacked through Greece and Lebanon. Mark is a senior investment analyst at Alliance Residential Co. and Rachel is a graduate student at Arizona State University.

Karin Olefsky Hargrove and her husband, Thomas, welcomed their first child, John Hadley, on May 14.

Sarah (Naumes) Primerano and her husband, Kevin, welcomed their first baby, Rocco Charles, on May 6.

Claudia (Zepeda) Ruiz and her husband, Dario, announce the birth of their first child, Marcos Miguel, on May 19.

Lauren Stevens is the director of graduate support at De Marillac Academy in San Francisco, a tuition-free Catholic school serving low-income, at-risk children in the Tenderloin District. She has served as an assistant teacher at Washington Park Elementary on the south side of Chicago, and in 2008 she completed a master’s degree at New York University in clinical social work with certifications in violence prevention and child abuse reporting.

David Thompson J.D. ’05 married Erin Russo ’05 on March 29 in Tucson. The wedding party included Ryan Monger, Bryan Francesconi ’02, Peter Andrews ’03, Katie (Thompson) Rice ’04, Leila Motamedi ’05, and Jennifer Rushin ’05. The newlyweds honeymooned in Turkey, Greece, and Egypt and will continue to live in Portland, Ore.


Ken Shadman Ota graduated from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona. He will receive his post-doctoral training at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix. He will specialize in family medicine.


Kelly Hubbard married Tavinder Hare in Cabo San Lucas on June 29.

Erin Ryan married James Goodnow at Brophy Chapel in Phoenix on May 3. Erin works in corporate communications in Scottsdale, Ariz., and James is an attorney in Phoenix.


Melanie Albaracin J.D. ’07 married Geoffrey Akers on June 8 at Mission Santa Clara. The couple met and began dating during their freshman year at SCU. Members of the wedding party included Betsy Conway, Kelli Cronin, Charlie Cafazza ’03, and Greg Berber ’05. Melanie is an assistant district attorney with the County of Santa Cruz and Geoffrey is a financial advisor with AIG Retirement. The couple lives in San Jose.

Claire Elam married John Urdal on July 12. The wedding party included Chrissy Kennedy, Holly (Bettencourt) Moraes, and Danielle Perkins. Also in attendance were Cameron (Elkin) Barsness, Jenny Jacobs, Meredith (Groff) Rietdorf, Dave Rietdorf, and Erin Bucholz ’03.

Robert Kehrli and Lynsey Yeakel were married at the Mission Santa Clara on Aug. 25, 2007. The wedding party included John Kehrli ’00, Christopher Johnson, Daniel Kachmarik, Michael Byer, Becky Biniek, and Alison (Gorczyca) Johnson. Many other Broncos were in attendance— ranging from the class of ’71 through ’08. The couple honeymooned in Europe and lives in Burlingame.


Marcy Redmond married Kyle Ostrom at Mission Santa Clara in 2005. The couple is expecting a second child in December. They are living in Los Angeles and are enjoying life with their daughter, Keira.

Annalisa Marie Yenne and Todd Temple were married on June 6 at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. The newlyweds spent their honeymoon in Kauai. They now live in Menlo Park, where Todd and Annalisa work as estate and business planning specialists with the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.


Lisa Porter earned a master’s degree in elementary education from Seattle University in June. She married Matthew McGaffey on Aug. 8. The couple honeymooned in the Dominican Republic.

James Servino works for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equal rights at the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C., with fellow alumni Lauren Clyne and Josh Crosson ’06.


Brody Angley signed a professional contract to play basketball in Massagno, Switzerland, for the Sam- Basket Massagno Club. Brody was a senior captain who was named to the 2008 West Coast Conference first team after collecting honorable mention honors in 2007.