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UGRD Arts & Sciences '81
Thomas, Rob

Rob Thomas ’81 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. Thomas is the vice principal for Student Life at Notre Dame High School, in Sherman Oaks, California. He has been at the school for more than 30 years.

submitted Feb. 15, 2015 2:34P
GRD Leavey/MBA '81
Okonek, Stephen

Stephen Okonek MBA '81 was elected vice president of Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO). TRIO, whose main office is in the Washington, DC area, was founded in 1987 by renowned transplant pioneer and surgeon Thomas Starzl. Formerly, Steve was president of the San Francisco Bay chapter of the organization for eight years. Steve received his first liver transplant on Jan 1, 1993, at UCSF; he underwent a second liver transplant on April 4, 2001, at the same center. He lives in Half Moon Bay and works as a consultant/technical writer in energy technologies. 

submitted Jun. 23, 2015 3:10P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '81
McNab, Joe

Joe McNab ’81 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. McNab is the head track and field coach, and assistant football coach, at Notre Dame High School, in Sherman Oaks, California. He has also taught physical education, history, and religion there. The South San Francisco native has been at the school for more than 30 years.

submitted Feb. 15, 2015 2:29P
Lowart, Brett

Brett Lowart ’81 has earned the title 2015 Santa Claran of the Year by the Alumni Association's Los Angeles chapter for his dedication to Catholic education and for putting Santa Clara values into action every day. He has served in Catholic education since 1983, most recent as president at Notre Dame High School for the past six years. He also served as president at San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno (2002–2009), as VP at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park (1996–2002), and as director of development/instructor at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco (1983–1996).

submitted Feb. 15, 2015 2:11P
Haley, Tim

Santa Clara University’s Board of Trustees elected a new trustee, Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Haley '81. Haley is a co-founder and managing director of the Menlo Park–based venture-capital firm Redpoint Ventures, where he focuses on investments in software, consumer Internet and digital-media companies. Among his successful investments were Zimbra (acquired by Yahoo!); Responsys (an Oracle acquisition); and Homestead Technologies (acquired by Intuit). He was previously general partner with Institutional Venture Partners, and currently serves on the board of directors of  Netflix (NFLX);  2U (TWOU);;  TheFind; ThredUP;  Jaunt VR; and Zuora.

Haley also serves on the board of trustees at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, and is on the advisory board of SCU's Center for Science, Technology, and Society. He received his B.A. in philosophy from Santa Clara University.
He lives in Palo Alto with his wife Dr. Ethna McGourty, a general practitioner, and their two children. 
"We are very pleased to welcome Tim Haley to the board of trustees, where we will benefit from his years of experience in the financial sector and in Silicon Valley,” said President Michael Engh, S.J.
submitted Oct. 30, 2014 2:37P
GRD Law '81
Giordano, Paul

P. Gregory Giordano J.D. '81 is now a partner and the vice chairman of the Gaming Practice Group in the Las Vegas, Nevada, office of the law firm of McDonald Carano Wilson LLP. His practice is concentrated in the areas of gaming compliance, licensing, and regulation, especially regarding publicly traded gaming companies, financing, and other transactions.

Contact Paul
submitted May. 21, 2015 1:21P
Davis, Mark

Mark Davis ’81 is director of humanities at Monterey Coast Preparatory in Scotts Valley. The school offers a college preparatory education for students who learn differently. Students in the program learn to advocate for themselves, to understand their strengths, to know how they learn best, and to use tools, technologies and systems that best support their learning. Mark lives in Santa Cruz at the edge of Seabright Beach.

Contact Mark
submitted Dec. 14, 2014 10:26A


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
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
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
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
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
Hogan, Kathryn (Kane)

Kathryn Kane '82, J.D. '86 writes, "This fall, I will retire as a deputy county counsel, Office of County Counsel, County of Santa Clara. I have been a hearing, trial, and appellate counsel in the Child Dependency Unit for more than 25 years. I will forever be grateful for this amazing career opportunity."

submitted Sep. 18, 2015 11:39A
Ashby, Steven

Dr. Steven Ashby ’82 has been appointed as the laboratory director for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. PNNL is managed by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. It has an annual budget of $1B and employs 4,300 staff who perform research in fundamental science, energy, environment, and national security. 

Contact Steven
submitted Mar. 14, 2015 6:26A


UGRD Leavey Business '83
Daly, Hugh

Hugh Daly '83 writes, "VP Sales & Marketing, METZ CONNECT USA, Tinton Falls, New Jersey."

submitted Aug. 15, 2015 5:47A
GRD Law '83
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 Engineering '83
Cramer, James

James P. Cramer ’83, J.D. ’87 has been appointed a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court. The appointment was made by Gov. Jerry Brown '59. Cramer, 55, of Piedmont, has served as an assistant public defender at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office since 2004. He served as supervising legal research attorney at the Alameda County Superior Court from 2000 to 2004 and was general counsel and project manager at McGuire and Hester from 1996 to 2000. Cramer was an attorney at Cramer  and Cramer (Robert '48 and Michael '78) from 1992 to 1996, after working as an associate in law firms between 1989 and 1992 and as a deputy district attorney at the Alameda County District Attorney's office from 1987 to 1989.

submitted Apr. 6, 2015 11:24A


UGRD Engineering '84
Sautter, Bill

Freshman Dorm: Day Student/Off Campus

Bill Sautter ’84 is a Peninsula-based financier and entrepreneur with Galazy Ventures. He married Julie (Lopes) Sautter ’83 in 1985, and they have 3 children (25, 23, 13). He is an avid beach-goer, musician, and photographer (concerts, nature & travel).

Contact Bill
submitted Oct. 11, 2014 3:40P
GRD Leavey/MBA '84
Reid, Robert

Robert J. Reid MBA '84 writes, "I successfully completed a Ph.D. in business at Oklahoma State University in August. I earned the Owners, Presidents, and Managers certificate at the Harvard Business School (2006). For the past 21 years, I have served as the executive director of the J.F. Maddox Foundation, in New Mexico. Previously, I had a successful career in turning around and managing hospital companies."

submitted Aug. 31, 2015 9:24A
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Lee, Jon

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jon D. Lee '84 has retired after 31 years of selfless service to our country. He was the commanding officer of the 91st Training Division at Fort Hunter-Liggett, California, where the ceremony was held in April 2015.

In 1984, he commissioned as a 2nd Lt., and completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Ga. From there, he was assigned to the Army Reserve. Lee is also a graduate of the Infantry Officer Advance Course, Airborne school, Air Assault school, Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. 

He served with the 100th Bn., 442nd Infantry Regiment, at Fort De Russy, Hawaii, as rifle and mortar platoons leader, company executive officer, and company commander. From August 1999, through September 2002, Lee was the commanding officer of the 100th Bn., before moving on to future endeavors. 

He was born in Wailuku on the island of Maui, and at Santa Clara he earned his bachelor’s degree in commerce. Gen. Lee served with various units prior to taking command of the 91st TD, including chief of Operations for Combined Joint Task Force 7, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Oct. 2003 to April 2004, and deputy commanding general for the 63rd Regional Support Command, from September 2009 to June 2012. 

His awards and decorations include, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. 

On June 29, 2012, Lee assumed command of the 91st TD. His task as commanding general has been to train and prepare for deployment, Reserve and active duty units from all branches of the military, utilizing large-scale exercises to accomplish an overall mission of readiness.

submitted Apr. 30, 2015 12:28P
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Clerkin, Patty (Huld)

Patty Clerkin '84 writes, "We have relocated to the suburbs of Philadelphia for a spouse job transfer. My children, Chris and Rochelle, will attend Catholic schools in Wayne. My son will be a freshman at Archbishop Carroll High and my daughter will enter 7th grade at St. Katharine's. It appears almost 150 alumni live nearby!"

submitted Jul. 7, 2015 6:46P


UGRD Engineering '85
Wehr, Michael

Michael C. Wehr '85 was promoted to the rank of major general by the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at a ceremony in January. Last September, Wehr received his second star at his alma mater, where his career began in the ROTC program.

"It feels great to come back to the place and people who shaped me at an early age for the career that led to this day," he said. His parents, Art and Margaret Wehr, had the honor of participating in the ceremony, while his Santa Clara sweetheart, Deborah Kalisz Wehr ’84, stood by his side.

Among other highlights, his career has included four combat tours, most recent serving as the Theater Engineer for Afghanistan. As a two-star general, Wehr is now in command of the Mississippi Valley Division in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he is responsible for a $2 billion civil works program and plays a vital role in managing the Corps' water resources program in the Mississippi River Valley. To give you some perspective on the scope of his assignment, this division encompasses the third largest watershed in the world—trailing only the Amazon and Congo Rivers in size—and is the most navigable and most connected to arable land on Earth.
Less than 50 percent of one-star generals earn their second star. Leading the ceremony, Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick cited Wehr's compassion, decisiveness, work ethic, and engineering prowess that, coupled with a calm, strong leadership style makes him one of the Army's best.

Responding humbly, Wehr said, "It takes a lot of little things to make something big happen. It's a real honor to celebrate this moment here at Santa Clara. It is a gift to get to lead. It's about living, learning, loving, and leaving a legacy—carrying a torch, but thanking those who handed it to me and those who will receive it. "Wehr also recognized the incredible importance of mentoring, specifically thanking his Santa Clara ROTC professor of military science, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Robert E. Camors.

submitted Feb. 1, 2015 2:53P
GRD Law '85
Rafaty, Laura

Laura Rafaty '79, J.D. '85 is the founder and artistic director of NapaShakes (, a nonprofit bringing world-class professional Shakespeare to the Napa Valley.  She continues her law practice ( in St. Helena, California, specializing in immigration law, including work visas for extraordinary culinary, winemaking, and performing artists. A national award winning writer, her work can be found at

Contact Laura
submitted May. 18, 2015 3:53P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Miller, Chuck

Chuck Miller ’85, J.D. ’88 is business development nanager for American Pacific Mortgage in Walnut Creek. He is also the JV basketball coach at De La Salle High School in Concord. Chuck is currently serving on the SCU National Alumni Board as well as on the committee for the Class of '85 Grand Reunion coming up this fall. He is encouraging all his classmates to come to the reunion and looks forward to seeing them all there. Chuck is proud of his daughter, Samantha, who is attending George Washington University and his son, Charlie, who is a freshman at De La Salle High School. Chuck lives in Pleasant Hill.

submitted Feb. 1, 2015 2:23P
Lally, Bart

Bart Lally ’85 and wife Amanda welcomed their first child, Francis Joseph Lally, on July 27, 2014. The family lives in San Francisco.

submitted Nov. 3, 2014 9:01A
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