Class Notes | Obituaries
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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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 G.fast 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.
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.
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.
Both Jay ’82 and Victoria “Vicky” Shore ’84 are now retired.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Larry Murnane Regal Properties 690 West B Street San Diego, CA 92101 www.RegalProperties.Net www.LimitlessAchievement.com
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.
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.
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.
Jeffrey Janoff ’82 was named a Super Lawyer for the second straight year.
web site: www.bostwickandjanoff.com
Michael A. Jacques '82, J.D. '88 was recently elected as a Commisioner for the Placer County Superior Court. He lives on his small-scale farm in rural Placer County with his wife of twenty years, Kyle, and sons Nathan, 15, and Philip, 9.