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Smith-Chavez, Elizabeth (Ebinger)

Freshman Dorm: Sanfilippo

After 35 years in a "big law firm," Liz Smith-Chavez ’70 opened her own boutique law firm (Smith Chavez Law) in 2013 in San Diego, specializing in business, real estate and probate litigation and dispute resolution, as well as oil and gas throughout the Western United States and Alaska. Liz has two daughters and three stepsons, as well as a 7 year old grandson who shares her passion for dinosaurs. She is probably the only attorney around with dinosaur poop in her office, right next to the books she has published on California Real Property litigation.

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submitted Feb. 6, 2015 5:09P
Schwalen, Nancy (Whittaker)

Nancy F. Schwalen ’70 taught in the Eastside Union High School District for 40 years, starting at James Lick High School in the Fall of 1970 as a teacher-intern. She completed her credential studies in the summer of 1971. In 1976 she moved to Santa Teresa High School where she taught for the rest of her career. She taught almost every level of high school English, from English Language Development (ESL) to AP English Literature. In addition to classroom teaching, she served as a new teacher mentor, an ELD chairperson, and a staff development coordinator. Additionally she worked on accreditation teams for the Accrediting Commission for Schools - Western Association of Schools and Colleges, a task she has continued after her retirement in 2010. She married Stephen in 1971 and they reared three children, Chris, Andy, and Beth. She and Steve now enjoy the energy and antics of 4 grandchildren. She and Steve are also active in their parish, particularly in RCIA and liturgy.

submitted Mar. 9, 2015 10:51A
Myles, Alana

Alana Myles '70 writes, "Now serving my second year on the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Board of Education." 

submitted Jun. 23, 2015 3:00P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '70
Mazza, Nancy

Nancy Mazza ’70 enjoyed an "Umbrian Cooking Class" reunion dinner with classmates Yvonne Hall ’70, Pattie (Brown) Dullea ’70, Jan Morey ’70, Cecilia (Cantlay) Sartor ’70, Susan (Cook) Craig ’70, and Arlene (Morey) Mariani ’72, led by our esteemed colleague from Assisi, Anne Robichaud ’70, on her annual US Cooking Tour.

submitted Feb. 26, 2015 5:00P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '70
Lewallen, Deborah (Singer)

Freshman Dorm: Sanfilippo

Deborah Lewallen ’70 retired last year from the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser, where she worked for 17 years as a Marriage and Family therapist. She and her husband, Rob, celebrated 40 years of marriage on Jan. 4 this year. They have three adult kids and two grandkids, all living in San Diego, who bring constant joy and amazement into their lives. They enjoy spending as much time as possible at their cabin in the Sierras near Bridgeport, California.

submitted Jan. 15, 2015 7:48P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '70

Timothy "Pat" Hannon '70, J. D. '74 graduated with a master's in military history from Norwich University on June 19, 2015. He is working as an administrative law judge for Social Security in San Jose.

submitted Jul. 17, 2015 3:53P
Grasser, Karrie

Karrie Grasser '70 received the 2015 Paul L. Locatelli Award for her outstanding service to the Alumni Association and Santa Clara University. She has been responsible for planning many of the University’s major events. Karrie’s eye for detail and her etiquette, sound judgment, and personal touch has shaped the University’s image for almost three decades.

submitted May. 7, 2015 2:02P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '70
Eskridge, Rob

After 30 years (31 winters) in Truckee, Rob Eskridge '70 moved back to the Santa Clara Valley. He has a small ranch on Hecker Pass, in the southern Santa Cruz mountains. He's still leading strategic planning for mid-market companies as an outside consultant, and grandfathering in San Diego and Reno.

Contact Rob
submitted Jun. 10, 2015 10:12P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '70
Bolton, Lawrence

Lawrence Bolton '70 is president of the Foster Youth Education Fund, a nonprofit charity dedicated to assisting former foster youth attending college in Northern California.

Contact Lawrence
(916) 804-6380.
submitted May. 26, 2015 6:15P


Schrey, Mary

Mary (McQuade) Schrey-Springer '71 writes that she has retired from her private practice as a licensed marriage and family therapist. "My husband Dean and I will be dividing our time between our home in Kailua Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii, and our home on wheels on the mainland, which will help us to travel among our combined nine grandchildren. While practicing, I was fortunate, in addition to seeing individuals and families, to have facilitated a group for Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren for four years. I am hoping to continue to support and encourage these selfless parents with my writings. Aloha."

submitted Oct. 13, 2015 12:20P
Russell, Christine

Christine A. Russell '71, MBA '83 has been appointed chief financial officer of UniPixel. Russell brings to the position more than 30 years of CFO and senior management experience for private and publicly traded technology companies. Over the course of her career, she has completed a number of IPOs, as well as both the buy and sell side of M&A transactions.

Russell previously served as CFO of Vendavo, a provider of B2B price optimization software solutions, where she helped grow revenue 20% year-over-year and generate a record bookings quarter before helping lead the company's sale to a private equity firm earlier this year. 
Russell currently serves as director and audit committee chair of QuickLogic Corporation, and previously served as director and audit committee chair of Peak International. She is currently the chairman of Silicon Valley Directors Exchange (SVDX) which affiliates with the Stanford Rock Center. Other roles included president of Financial Executives International (Silicon Valley Chapter), and emeritus member of the business school advisory board at the University of Santa Clara, Leavey School of Business. 
submitted May. 30, 2015 1:14P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '71
Huhtala, Marie (Mackey)

Eino Huhtala '70 and Marie (Mackey) Huhtala '71 have just moved back to California after many years in northern Virginia. They made the move to be close to their daughter and two grandchildren in the Bay Area. Eino and Marie will make their home in Petaluma, where they'll be pursuing new professional and personal adventures.

submitted Jul. 21, 2015 10:23A
d'Ercole, Marcel

Marcel d'Ercole '71 writes, "I competed in December 2014 at the Masters World Jiu-Jitsu championship and placed second. It was a totally unexpected outcome for me to place second in any kind of world championship at anything. The real story is that my ankles and knee are gone from playing basketball at Santa Clara and long-distance running before I even took up jiu jitsu. I've learned that not only do you not have to retire from sports activities, it's possible to start from scratch even at an advanced age."



submitted Mar. 27, 2015 11:40A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '71
Cruz, Robert

Robert G.P. Cruz '71, J.D. '83 was recently sworn in by Guam Governor Eddie Calvo as a member of the Guam Senior Citizens Council. He is president of the Guam Chapter, AARP, and an adjunct professor at the University of Guam. Cruz has also taught business law for the U. of Phoenix MBA program for the past two years. He recently received an award from the Guam Division of Senior Citizens for serving as a Medicare volunteer assisting senior citizens with appeals. For the past two years, Bob has volunteered as a dance instructor in senior citizen centers throughout Guam. He is also a certified volunteer AARP, Driver Safety Instructor.

Contact Robert
Robert G Cruz on Facebook
submitted Jul. 20, 2015 4:44P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '71
Carey, Mike

Mike Carey ’71, an analyst for CBS Sports and the NFL Network, was recently profiled on BlackAmericaWeb for being the first black referee to officiate the Super Bowl, in 2008. Carey was a running back for Santa Clara before he joined the NFL ranks as a referee in 1990. In a 2008 ESPN poll, Carey was tied in voting for “best referee” among NFL head coaches along with fellow veteran, Ed Hochuli. 

submitted Feb. 27, 2015 2:49P


GRD Law '72
Rudloff, G.

G. Edward Rudloff Jr. J.D. ’72, of San Rafael, has been reelected president of the Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff law firm. Rudloff is a Santa Clara University law graduate and partner at the firm, which is located in San Francisco.

submitted Feb. 1, 2015 4:07P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '72
Rooney, Kevin

Kevin Rooney ’72 has earned the title 2015 Santa Claran of the Year by the Alumni Association's Los Angeles chapter for his dedication to Catholic school education and for putting Santa Clara values into action every day. Since 1980, Rooney has been the athletic director and head varsity football coach at Notre Dame High School, in Sherman Oaks, California. He was named the Schutt Sports and American Football Monthly Magazine West Region Coach of the Year, inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, presented the Gerald R. Ford All American High School Coach Award by the All American Football Foundation, inducted into the California Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and named The California State Coach of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports. Rooney has been recognized as CIF Coach of the Year four times, and has also been named Coach of the Year twice by the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily News.



submitted Feb. 15, 2015 2:41P
GRD Leavey/MBA '72
Rietmann, David (David Rietmann)

On March 31, 2015, David Rietmann MBA ’72 retired from U.S. Oil & Refining Co following 23 years as the company's chief financial officer.

Contact David
submitted Apr. 6, 2015 1:25P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '72
Bojorquez, Judith (Springer)

Judy Springer Bojórquez '72 recently retired after 24 years of teaching in Oakland Unified School District. She continues to work part-time as an interpreter in the Alameda County courts.

submitted Oct. 25, 2015 6:58P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '72
Bjorklund, Chris

Chris Bjorklund ’72, widely known as the Savvy Consumer, has worked as a consumer advocate for more than 35 years. Her unique perspective on consumer issues and trends comes from her work in both the private and public sectors, as well as in the media and non-profit world. In her semi-retirment, Bjorklund contributes regularly to the Diamond Certified blog. Prior to joining American Ratings Corporation, Chris was the consumer reporter for KGO-Radio, where she produced consumer segments for the morning and afternoon newscasts. She also managed the consumer complaint unit for KGO-Radio and TV. Before KGO, Chris was an investigator for the Consumer Fraud Unit of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, a consumer news producer for KPIX-TV, and the director of Consumer Education for the Rocky Mountain Better Business Bureau in Denver. She was on the national Board of Directors of Consumer’s Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports, for 24 years.

submitted Feb. 27, 2015 11:58A


UGRD Arts & Sciences '73
Weber, Walter

Walter G. Weber ’73 has been chosed by the California Dental Association (CDA) to be its new president for 2014–2015. Dr. Weber, who has been practicing general dentistry in Campbell, Calif., for more than 30 years and lives in Los Gatos, graduated from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and Santa Clara University, with a master's degree in business administration from Golden Gate University. He has been a CDA member for 33 years and succeeds past president, James D. Stephens, DDS.

During his recent installation speech at CDA's House of Delegates meeting, Dr. Weber emphasized the importance of CDA continually looking for ways to support members and the patients they serve in the profession's changing landscape, according to the association.
"Current trends in dentistry, including shrinking dental insurance benefits, pressures to reduce costs, and increasing costs of dental education, make it important for CDA to understand members' needs and develop strategies to help them succeed and best care for patients," Dr. Weber said. "Our members' success is critical for our organization to continue as the leaders in advocating for Californians' oral health."
Dr. Weber, past president of the Santa Clara County Dental Society, has served on the board of Tthe Dentists Insurance Company, CDA's Policy Development Council, and the Dental Benefits Task Force.
submitted Dec. 3, 2014 11:57A
Runciman, Lex

Dr. Lex Runciman '73, professor of English at Linfield College, received the Julie Olds and Thomas Hellie Creative Achievement Award, which honors outstanding creative work that has been recognized by peers and has been slated for dissemination. At Linfield since 1992, Runciman has published four textbooks, two anthologies and five books of poetry. His most recent work, One Hour That Morning and Other Poems, was published in 2014, and his work has appeared widely in magazines. He also reviews books in his blog, The Far Corner Reader. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of Utah. Runciman has actively served Linfield and the wider community in many roles, including leading Linfield’s strategic planning effort.

submitted Jun. 28, 2015 5:06P
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