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Rafael Zavala '02 writes, "After eight years away from our native land, Pearl Barros '05, Violet Barros-Zavala (18 months), and I have finally returned from Boston, Massachusetts."
Beth (Livingston) Thompson '02 and Andrew Thompson '03 welcomed their son Benjamin David Justice on February 17, 2015. Benjamin joined big brothers Henry and Timothy, and big sister Alice. The family lives in San Jose.
Andrew Holtz ’02 and Katherine (Wichmann) Holtz ’03 welcomed a boy, Luke Daniel, on May 18. Luke joins big sister Emma, 4.
Andrew Gere MBA '02 has been promoted to chief operating officer of the San Jose Water Company, an investor-owned utility in the business of providing water service to a population of approximately 1 million people in an area comprising about 138 square miles in the metropolitan San Jose area. Andrew has ably served the company and its customers for nearly 20 years in numerous positions and capacities, most recently as VP of Operations. In his new capacity, he has primary and direct responsibility for all San Jose Water Company field activities and departments including Operations, Distribution Systems, Water Quality, Logistics, Engineering, Construction, and Water Resource Management. In addition, he supports and advises the CEO in decision making and assumes primary responsibility for design, development, implementation, reporting, and monitoring of key performance metrics, policies, and procedures for the company.
Greta (Newgren) Fitzgerald '02 and husband Jeff Fitzgerald welcomed a baby boy, Liam Lloyd, on May 27, 2015. The family lives in San Jose. Greta is the culture ambassador at Hoopla Software, Inc. in San Jose.
Amanda Haughs '03 was named one of PBS LearningMedia's 2015 Lead Digital Innovators. 100 K-12 teachers were recognized for their innovative use of digital media and technology in the classroom and the top 30 applicants were recognized as "leads" in the program. Amanda has taught for seven years as a classroom teacher in grades K-5. This year she begins a new position as a Math and Technology Integration Coach in Campbell Union School District.
Tasce (Simon) '03 and Zack Bongiovanni '03 are thrilled to welcome their baby girl, Caroline Nanibah Bongiovanni, on July 12, 2015. Lucas is a proud big brother. The family has moved back to San Francisco after two years in Connecticut. Zack leads Energy Partnerships at Google and Tasce is completing surgical residency at UCSF.
Christopher Templeton '04 married Brenna Brandsma (University of Portland '02) in a ceremony at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, Washington, on May 16, 2015. In attendance were Chris Cannon '04, Nathaniel Brown '04, Jake Peterson '04, and Joe Nick '04.
Nikki Pope J.D. '04 co-authored Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope: Stories of Surviving Wrongful Conviction, published by Post Hill Publishing (2015). It features a foreword by Professor Cookie Ridolfi (School of Law) and a chapter written by Paige Kaneb (Northern California Innocence Project). Nikki writes, "Pruno is a collection of stories by and about men and women who were wrongfully convicted and spent years, and in some cases decades, imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. Although what happened to these men and women is heartbreaking, their stories are uplifting and inspiring. They and their family members and friends were able to find moments of hope in some of the most hopeless places. All relied on faith of some sort to get them through their ordeal and out the other side. Most people are surprised to learn that exonerees are not entitled to the support services that are provided to parolees or ex-convicts and most do not receive any compensation for their wrongful incarceration. For these and other reasons, half of the proceeds from the sale of Pruno will be shared with the exoneree storytellers and the authors are donating a portion of their proceeds to organizations that assist the wrongfully convicted before and after their exonerations. Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope is available at online booksellers or in bulk through their publisher."
Paul Krueger '04 and Kathryn (Finneran) Krueger '05 welcomed a daughter, Samantha Mae Krueger, on March 2, 2015. The family lives in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Sonia (Mungal) '04 and Jeffrey Cook '04 welcomed their first child, a son, Felix Loving Cook, on December 27, 2014. Baby Felix is the first nephew of Sarah (Cook) '08, Scott Stevens '06, and Myrna Mungal '10. He is also the first grandbaby of Dean Godfrey Mungal, School of Engineering. The family is looking forward to taking him on his first SCU campus stroller tour this summer!
Kym Campbell '04 is the founder of Smart Fertility Choices, a website aimed at empowering women with the knowledge they need to battle infertility by covering a range of topics from natural fertility solutions and emotional support to assisted reproductive medicine and fertility preservation. She writes, "After four years of quietly struggling with infertility myself, I became motivated to be a voice for those dealing with the very common issue. Through the Smart Fertility Choices website and podcast I hope to be an advocate for women struggling with this difficult issue."
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Chris Wall '05 is an attorney at Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP in the Pacific Northwest. He lives with his wife, Claire, on Vashon Island.
Beth (Simas) Marcinek '05 and her husband, Matthew, welcomed Evan Lee on May 12, 2015. It is the first child for the couple and third grandson for Ted Simas '70 and Rita Simas.
Ryan Kunkel '05 and wife Eleanor welcomed their daughter, Audrey June, on December 23, 2014. They currently live in Walnut Creek, CA.
Andrea Friaz Gallardo '05 completed her medical residency at U.C. San Diego, combined family medicine and psychiatry training, and has joined Kaiser Permanente in Gilroy full-time. She is happy to be back in the Bay Area after nine years away in Southern California.
Katie (Roberts) Payer '06 and husband Brian welcomed a healthy, happy baby girl, Caroline Valerie, on March 19, 2015. The family of three lives in Denver, Colorado.
Matthew Barnette '06 has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, putting him among the top attorneys in California for 2015. A senior associate in the Archer Norris’ Walnut Creek office, Matthew Barnette focuses his practice on litigation matters with a specialty in insurance defense. A member of the firm’s On Call Trial Counsel, Matthew has successfully defended numerous clients from the initial complaint through trial.
Matt Skiba '07 married Haley Jorgensborg in Malibu, California, in April 2015. The two were married by close friend Sara Iino '06. Featured in the grooms party were 6 fellow Broncos: Daniel Rivera '07, Patrick Byrnes '07, Nick Lasater '07, Cannon Christian '07, Nate Bourque '07, and Drew Bolger '07. Matt and Haley also welcomed future baby Bronco Griffin Charles Skiba on July 30, 2015.
Matt Hatzke '07, former San Jose Earthquakes soccer player, recently wrote an editorial for Outsports. "My life hasn't been the same," he writes, since coming out to family and friends in 2013, "as I have found happiness like I couldn't understand before. I finally felt my life finding completion...I finally felt comfortable in my own skin."