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UGRD Arts & Sciences '81
Benham, Brigid (Modena)

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Brigid (Modena) and Mike Benham '81 will celebrate their 29th Wedding Anniversary this July. They currently reside in San Mateo with their 4 children close-by and eagerly await the arrival of their first grandchild in August. They look forward to their reunion in October.

submitted Mar. 24, 2011 7:54P


Worthington, Renee (Vizzard)

Renee Worthington '82 is currently a Program Officer at Meridian International Center, designing and implementing professional programs for the United States Department of State's International Visitor. Visitors come from all over the world to meet with their professional counterparts in their specific areas of expertise. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband, Sam, who is CEO of InterAction, a membership organization for U.S.-based international non-profits. They have three children: Rachel, 24; Jamie, 21; and Lindsay, 17. Rachel currently lives in Argentina, working on a small-holder farm. Jamie is a senior at Emerson College in Boston, and Lindsay is in her senior year of high school.

submitted Oct. 11, 2012 11:01A
GRD Leavey/MBA '82
Watenpaugh, Norma
Norma Watenpaugh MBA '82 made the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2015 Women of Influence annual list. This list comprises “100 women rocking Silicon Valley business” who have made a big impact across all professions. An expert in strategic alliances, Watenpaugh has helped companies including SAP, Adobe Systems Inc., and Xerox Corporation build better and stronger business relationships. She believes firmly that managing successful collaborations is both an art and a discipline; as such, she founded Phoenix Consulting Group in 2002 to teach those skills. She is the company's CEO.
submitted Apr. 10, 2015 5:05P
Verbica, Peter

Peter Verbica ’82, J.D. ’99 is now at Merrill Lynch’s Global Wealth Management Group in Silicon Valley. His oldest daughter, Vanessa, serves as an IT petty pfficer with the U.S. Navy. His second oldest daughter, Madeline, is a ballerina, graduating from Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Nadick, Mass.

submitted Mar. 13, 2012 5:26P
Verbica, Peter

Peter Verbica ’82 joined the Global Wealth Management Group at Merrill Lynch's Silicon Valley Complex. He is the proud dad of four talented daughters. His oldest daughter serves as an IT petty officer for the U.S. Navy aboard an aircraft carrier. His second daughter, a ballerina, just graduated from Walnut Hill School for the Arts near Boston, Mass., and is doing a Summer Intensive at Princeton Ballet. His third daughter is on the varsity tennis team at Fountain Valley School in Colorado, and his youngest daughter is an avid long-distance runner.

submitted Jun. 27, 2012 3:48P
GRD Law '82
Veltman, Rebecca

Rebecca Veltman J.D. '82 is enjoying her retirement and her first grandchild, Roman, who just turned four.  She plans to volunteer for the local courts which are suffering cutbacks for the coming year.  All that and travel are keeping Rebecca very busy. 

submitted Apr. 12, 2010 3:38P
GRD Law '82
Veltman, Rebecca

Rebecca Veltman J.D. ’82 writes: “Enjoying my retirement—traveling, reconnecting with old friends and family, and my new granddaughter, Mikayla, who joined her 5-year-old brother, Roman, in December. I am happy to have both daughters close by.”

submitted Apr. 26, 2012 3:53P
Squeri, Tom

Tom Squeri '82, J.D. '85, longtime vice president and general counsel of Granite Rock Co., was named as the company's president and CEO. Squeri worked for two private law firms in the San Franciso Bay Area that specialized in construction litigation prior to joining Graniterock: San Francisco's Pettit and Martin, where he became a partner in 1993, and the San Jose office of Coudert Brothers.

submitted Jul. 29, 2012 11:13A
Sorbara, Massimo

Massimo Sorbara M.S. '82 is senior director of Technical Standards at Ikanos Communications in Red Bank, NJ. He is currently involved in the development of and DSL standards in the ITU-T and serves as vice chair in the Metallic Transmission Group in the Broadband Forum responsible for development of the DSL test specifications. Massimo has been involved in DSL Standards Development since 1990, seeing the evolutions of the HDSL, ADSL, and VDSL standards. He has served as the chair of ATIS Committee NIPP-NAI (formerly T1E1.4) 2000-2008 and as vice chair 1994-1999, and 2008-present; chair of the Spectral Compatibility Sub-Committee in NRIC-V (an advisory group to the FCC); and the CPE Working Group in FS-VDSL Committee defining CPE technical specifications in support of VDSL-based services. From 1986 through 1996, Mr. Sorbara held positions at AT&T Bell Labs / AT&T Paradyne, where he was primarily responsible for DSL systems engineering and product definition.

submitted Jun. 14, 2015 7:45P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '82
Sly, Julie

Julie A. Sly ’82 is editor of Catholic Herald Magazine, a bimonthly publication of the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento. She is also a freelance writer for various publications and websites.


submitted May. 16, 2011 11:28A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '82
Sloan, Andrea (Hawkins)

Andrea Hawkins Sloan '82, J.D. '86 was appointed Immigration Judge in October 2010 by Portland Immigration Court Attorney General Eric Holder. From 1998 to October 2010, Judge Sloan worked for the Office of Administrative Hearings, Salem, Ore., in various capacities, including administrative law judge, interim chief administrative law judge and executive/deputy chief administrative law judge. From 1987 to 1991, Judge Sloan served as deputy district attorney, Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office, Eureka, Calif. Judge Sloan is a member of the Oregon State Bar and the State Bar of California. She lives in Beaverton, Ore., with her husband, Chris Sloan J.D. '84, and their two children.

submitted May. 25, 2011 10:56A
Shore, Jay

 Both Jay ’82 and Victoria “Vicky” Shore ’84 are now retired.


submitted Apr. 26, 2012 4:11P
GRD Law '82
Shope, Claudia


Claudia Shope J.D. ’82 is a candidate for the Democratic Party County Central Committee, County of Santa Clara, State Assembly District 27. If elected, the community activist promises to protect a woman's right to choose, promote better living conditions for all working people, and work to protect a safe and clean environment.


submitted May. 18, 2012 4:24P
GRD Leavey/MBA '82
Russell, Paul

Paul Russell '73, MBA '82 was appointed senior vice president of engineering at ArrayPower, a Silicon Valley-based power electronics company.

Russell has more than 25 years of experience in technology development for companies in the solar, aerospace and defense industries. Prior, he served as senior vice president of engineering for concentrated photovoltaic solar systems provider Amonix. Additional experience includes multiple executive positions with Northrop Grumman and Space Systems/Loral, as well as systems engineering roles with Ford Aerospace.

submitted Jun. 24, 2012 1:15P
UGRD Leavey Business '82
Polito, Vince

Vince Polito, '82 married Gena Young on April 12, 2008, in Orange, CA. Len Savage '82 served as best man. The couple welcomed a daughter, Delaney Mariella, on August 15, 2008. The family lives in Chino, California. Vince is a surplus lines insurance broker for Crump Insurance Services, Inc. and Gena is an office manager for Pirzadeh and Associates, a traffic engineering firm in Irvine, CA

submitted Jun. 10, 2009 8:29A
GRD Leavey/MBA '82
Norbury, David

David Norbury MBA '82 has been retained as a strategic advisor at Quantance Inc., a manufacturer of ultra-fast, 4G envelope tracking power supplies. He will work with the company as it expands its power management products, including ultrafast power supplies for 4G devices, and extends its intellectual property into next-generation products serving broader markets. Mr. Norbury retired in 2003 as CEO of RF Micro Devices, which he led for 10 years from start-up through IPO to market leadership in cellular handset PAs. He also previously served as president and CEO of Polylithics. Mr. Norbury began his career as an RF/microwave designer at Avantek, eventually becoming division vice president.

submitted Dec. 5, 2011 6:45P
Murnane, Larry

Larry Murnane ’82 joined Breakwater Equity Partners, a commercial real estate workout consultancy and investment firm, as a senior strategist.

Murnane has more than 20 years of extensive practical experience in commercial real estate transactions and litigation involving purchasing, selling, leasing, financing and loan restructuring. Prior, Murnane was a principal at one of San Diego’s oldest and most respected real estate law firms. More recently, he founded and managed a commercial real estate investments firm.

He also served as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego, teaching real estate courses to both undergraduate and post-graduate students. His experience includes having served on the San Diego County Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board, and as a Judge Pro Tem and Arbitrator for the San Diego Superior Court.

submitted Jun. 24, 2012 1:13P
Murnane, Larry

Larry Murnane ’82 just published the book Limitless: How to Be, Have, Do, and Accomplish Anything, a short book on living a purposeful life of accomplishment and fulfillment. It's available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks. Fifty percent of proceeds go to charities benefiting underprivileged children. Larry lives in Coronado, California.


Contact Larry
Larry Murnane Regal Properties 690 West B Street San Diego, CA 92101 www.RegalProperties.Net
submitted Mar. 2, 2015 5:54P
UGRD Engineering '82
Mirenda, Tony

Tony Mirenda '82, currently president and CEO of TBI Construction and Construction Management, is joining Blach Construction Company’s senior management team as a project executive.

Mirenda worked for the Carl N. Swenson Co. until 1987 when he joined TBI. Mirenda helped build TBI into one of the most successful and respected firms in the Bay Area, and in 2004, he purchased the company from owners Chuck Toeniskoetter and Dan Breeding.

Mirendan has worked on and led many of Silicon Valley’s landmark construction projects, starting with his first assignment on the major renovation of the Basilica Cathedral of St. Joseph in downtown San Jose in 1987. He also has led the multiple award-winning renovation of the historic Old Santa Clara County Courthouse. One of his most notable recent projects is the highly acclaimed Portola Valley Town Center, which has been certified LEED Platinum and was voted one of the Nation’s Top 10 most sustainable projects.

submitted Mar. 25, 2012 7:48A
Meissner, Chris
Chris Meissner '82 was presented with the 2015 Business & Community Leader of Year Award by CSU Channel Islands for his contributions toward advancements in business, technology, educational collaboration, and the local economy. Meissner is founder and president of Meissner Filtration Products Inc. Established in 1989 and located in Camarillo, his company develops, manufactures, supplies, and services advanced microfiltration and single-use systems worldwide. Meissner also serves on several boards: Economic Development Collaborative/Ventura County, St. John’s Seminary, and the CSU Channel Islands Foundation.


submitted Apr. 17, 2015 1:18P
GRD Law '82
Lung Cha, Laura

Laura Lung Cha J.D. '82 is a member of the Executive Council of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and Non-Exectutive Deputy Chairman of the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited. Between 2001 and 2004, she served as the Vice Chairman of China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), the first person to be invited from outside Mainland China to serve in the central government of the People's Republic of China. She is currently the Vice Chairman of the International Advisory Council of the CSRC. Before joining CSRC, Cha was with the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong from 1991 to early 2001. She is an independent Non-Executive Director of the Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing Limited and China Telecom Corporation Limited as well as a Senior Advisor to Investor AB, a Swedish listed company. Cha practiced law in the 1980s in San Francisco with Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro, and in Hong Kong with Coudert Brothers. Cha was awarded a Gold Bauhinia Star in July 2009 and a Silver Bauhinia Star in 2001 by the Hong Kong Government for her public service. She has also been awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Law in 2002 by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

submitted Jul. 11, 2011 12:21P
Lion, Paul "Chip"

Paul "Chip" Lion J.D. '82 is a partner at the firm Morrison and Foerster, and in September he became chair of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section. The Business Law Section, a renowned institution with over 50,000 members and 50 substantive law committees, provides thought leadership on corporate law issues and is considered to be the premier community for business law professionals.

In this role, Chip will continue to advance the Section’s key strategic objectives, focus on enhancing member benefits, including the development and distribution of substantive content, and coordinate its primary meetings.
Chip commented:  “I’m delighted and honored to take on this role.  I look forward to working with the leaders of our Section, and superb staff, to furthering the development and improvement of business law, and continuing to provide valuable member services.”   
Chip has been actively involved with the Business Law Section for most of his professional career, having served most recently as chair-elect, responsible for managing the implementation of the Section’s business plan, and before that as vice-chair and secretary of the Section. He has served as editor-in-chief of The Business Lawyer, the highly regarded journal of the Section, and as co-editor-in-chief of Business Law Today, the Section's online monthly magazine. He is the past chair of the Venture Capital & Private Equity Committee of the Section.
Chip’s practice focuses on advising pooled investment fund sponsors and institutional investors in connection with the formation of venture capital funds, leveraged buyout funds, real estate opportunity, and other private equity funds. He also has extensive experience in advising emerging growth companies at every stage of development and, venture capitalists who invest in them, including, matters relating to the initial public offering of securities mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, auction transactions, tender offers, leveraged buy-outs, and cross-border transactions.


submitted Oct. 22, 2014 8:38A
GRD Law '82
Lawless, Tom
In March, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer appointed Tom Lawless ’77, J.D. ’82, a Phoenix attorney, to serve a five-year term on the Arizona Racing Commission.
A shareholder in the Phoenix law firm of Milligan Lawless, PC, specializing in estate planning and corporate law, Lawless has a broad-based practice representing individuals and companies across many industries. He takes over for Burt Kruglick, whose term expired in January 2014.
“It’s an honor to be selected to serve as a member of the Arizona Racing Commission,” Lawless said. “I look forward to working with the other commission members and all stakeholders involved in Arizona’s thoroughbred, quarter horse and greyhound racing communities.”
Lawless graduated magna cum laude from the University of Santa Clara Law School in 1982 and also holds a master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Denver, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University.
Lawless is a life member of the Phoenix Thunderbirds, and has been an avid fan of thoroughbred racing. The Arizona Racing Commission is a five-member body that prepares and adopts rules to govern racing meetings as may be required to protect and promote the safety and welfare of the animals participating in racing meetings; protect and to promote public health, safety and the proper conduct of racing and pari-mutuel wagering. 
submitted Mar. 24, 2014 11:36A
GRD Law '82

Jeffrey Janoff ’82 was named a Super Lawyer for the second straight year.

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submitted Jan. 11, 2012 9:40A
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