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1990

GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '90
O'Brien, Kathleen

Kathleen O'Brien, RSM, M.A. ’90 recently published two books on the history of the Sisters of Mercy in the western U.S. Our Journey Together: Sisters of Mercy of Omaha 1929-1959 and Home Is Our Journey, Sisters of Mercy of Omaha 1960-2008, published privately by the Sisters of Mercy, West Midwest Community.

submitted Mar. 23, 2015 9:47A
UGRD Leavey Business '90
Murray, Tina (Johnson)

Tina (Johnson) Murray ’90, MBA ’97 lives in Los Gatos with her husband, Kirk, and her 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son. Tina continues fundraising for her daughter's local public school, and recently joined the board of directors of the Skylar Hadden Foundation to ensure program funding for her son's school program for children with Asperger's and ADHD. Tina is also serving on the Grand Reunion Committee for her class of 1990.

submitted Feb. 28, 2015 9:25A
UGRD Engineering '90
Monsef, Eric

Eric Monsef ’90, M.S. ’96 led the group responsible for bringing to market HP Sprout, which was awarded Best Desktop PC at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, by PC Mag. The HP Sprout is an immersive workstation that combines a fully loaded TouchSmart all-in-one PC with a combination projector and scanner, plus cameras. Monsef is an engineering management adjunct professor and VP of Immersive Systems at HP.

submitted Mar. 2, 2015 12:10P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '90
Frick, Jin Li (Teo)

In March 2015, Jin Li (Teo) Frick ’90 will say 'goodbye' to San Diego and will be relocating to Shanghai with her husband, Jeff, and son, Jaeden. Jin Li lived in Shanghai in 1994, moving there shortly after graduating from SCU in 1990. She returned from China in 2000, but is moving back again 15-years later in support of her husband's new role as General Manager for HAVAS Life China, a global advertising agency. Jin Li will continue to develop her business, Thrive Energy Coaching & Consulting, from China while their 4-year old son begins kindergarten at Tiny Tots International Preschool and Kindergarten in the Fall.

Contact Jin Li
www.thriveenergycoaching.com www.linkedin/in/jinlifrick/ www.facebook.com/thriveenergycoaching
submitted Feb. 6, 2015 3:19P

1991

UGRD Arts & Sciences '91
Nevarez, Kristi

Kristi Nevarez  ’91, J.D. ’96 has been named a Partner at Fragomen Worldwide, which is recognized as the world's leading global corporate immigration services provider. For over 17 years, she has advised clients in matters of corporate business immigration. She has also served as the Congressional Assistant and Immigration Policy Advisor to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Immigration Subcommittee.

Contact Kristi
http://tinyurl.com/nfog7ls
submitted Dec. 3, 2014 4:14P
GRD Leavey/MBA '91
Birge, Dean

Dean Birge MBA '91 was hired as controller of Mission City Federal Credit Union in Santa Clara.

submitted Aug. 2, 2014 10:43A

1992

UGRD Engineering '92
Weber, Richard

Richard Weber '92 was recently interviewed in The Californian for his role at Whitson Engineers, where he is an owner and principal partner. A general civil engineering and land survey firm that dates back to the late 1970s, the company has projects in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties. It is also beginning projects in Southern California. Weber joined Whitson Engineers in 1993. 

A sampling of large and small projects the engineering firm is presently working on range from a housing development in the East Garrison section of Fort Ord and the proposed softball fields at Toro Park County Park to a flood control study at the mouth of the Carmel River.
 
Weber says he has seen the private sector begin to rebound about two years ago in 2012. Housing and commercial projects are again on track in Marina on what was formerly the Fort Ord military base and also in other parts of the tri-county area.
 
Besides the engineering expertise that his staff brings to every project, Weber said it is necessary today to have an understanding of the community. It is important to have a feeling for the sensitive issues that each project involves. These can vary from environmental concerns to a difference of opinion over the use of a particular parcel of land. It takes longer now to move from the concept and drawing board levels to actual breaking ground on a project.
submitted Aug. 2, 2014 11:17A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '92
Stafford, Tina

Tina Stafford ’92 has been performing with the First National tour of the Broadway Musical Once for over a year. She hopes all Broncos will have the chance to come see it.

Contact Tina
www.tinastafford.com
submitted Dec. 5, 2014 3:44A
GRD Law '92
Horne, Alexandra

Respected intellectual property attorney Alexandra J. Horne J.D. ’92 has joined Hoge Fenton, a leading Northern California law firm. Practicing together most recently at the firm of Lewis Roca Rothgerber, Brody-Brown and Horne have expertise in the areas of trademark counseling and prosecution, including portfolio analysis and strategic counseling, domestic and global registration and enforcement, domain name issues, and licensing. They will be based primarily in the firm’s Silicon Valley office.

Horne, an IP practitioner of more than 20 years, counsels clients on domestic and foreign trademark registration and licensing and enforcement, including opposition and cancellation proceedings in the USPTO. Horne’s clients, which range from startup to well-established, come from a diversity of industries, including semiconductor, software and other technology, mobility, Internet, banking, entertainment, education and wine.

 
submitted Feb. 1, 2015 3:41P
'92
Dion, Daniel

Photographer Dan Dion ’92 just published his second book, Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond Between a Soldier and His Service Dog (Roaring Brooke Press, 2014). A children's book told from the point of view of a service dog, it features a day in the life of co-author and disabled veteran Luis Carlos Montalvan in New York City.

Contact Daniel
https://www.linkedin.com/in/dandion http://www.dandion.com https://www.facebook.com/dan.dion http://us.macmillan.com/tuesdaytucksmein/LuisMontalván
submitted Jul. 18, 2014 5:53P
'92
Crowley, Paul

SCU religious studies and pastoral ministries professor Paul Crowley, S.J., STL '92 has been appointed editor of the journal Theological Studies by its board of directors.

Fr. Crowley will continue teaching at Santa Clara while he serves in this capacity.
 
“Fr. Crowley’s appointment as editor of this prestigious journal of theology is a great tribute to his abilities as a theologian, writer and teacher,” said Santa Clara University President Michael Engh, S.J. “At a time when theology is being shaped more and more by the lived experiences of all people, Fr. Crowley will bring to this appointment a deep awareness and professional rigor.”
 
Founded and sponsored by the U.S. Society of Jesus, Theological Studies is a Catholic scholarly journal that serves the Church and its mission by promoting a deeper understanding of the Christian faith through the publication of research in theological disciples. It is located at Marquette University, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
 
Through refereed articles and reviews of noteworthy books, the journal aims to recover and to help make accessible the riches of the theological tradition, and to present significant developments in current theology. It is published quarterly in English for an international readership.
 
Fr. Crowley is a native of Sacramento, and received a  B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. from Columbia University, a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union, and an S.T.L. (Licentiate of Sacred Theology) from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. His research focuses on the intersection of systematic theology with modern thought.
submitted Nov. 24, 2014 8:28P
'92
Chiu, Simon

Simon Chiu ’92 was named president of Saint Francis High School, in Mountain View.

Contact Simon
Twitter @simonchiu
submitted Feb. 14, 2015 5:21P

1993

GRD Leavey/MBA '93
Wiesner, David

David Wiesner ’89, MBA ’93 has joined Edgewood Partners Insurance Center as managing principle and regional director in its Employee Benefits Consulting Division. EPIC is a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant. Wiesner brings 25 years of experience in strategic market planning, sales organizational leadership, new product/service development and health and welfare plan consulting to the firm.

As regional director, Wiesner will focus on growing EPIC's employee benefits consulting business in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, recruiting and adding producer/consultants and specialty service teams, and fully integrating EPIC's national Employee Services Platform into local client offerings. Wiesner will be based in San Francisco and will report locally to  John Connell , EPIC's President, Employee Benefits of California.

 
Prior to joining EPIC, Wiesner served for four years with Mercer Health & Benefits, most recently as a principal in the firm's San Francisco Health & Benefits unit. His responsibilities included managing the strategic and financial requirements of health and welfare programs for clients to help them to achieve their business objectives.
 
Prior to this Wiesner held senior positions at broker/consultants Gallagher Benefit Services and Keenan and Associates.
 
 
submitted Oct. 22, 2014 12:44P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '93
Turner, Chris

Chris Turner ’93 currently oversees Discovery Communications' original internet networks and lives in San Francisco. He and wife Lisa welcomed a baby girl, Thea Lucia Turner, on June 15, 2014. She joins brother Casey (2).

Contact Chris
@crztrnr www.facebook.com/iamchristurner www.linkedin.com/pub/chris-turner/2/683/943/
submitted Jul. 10, 2014 12:52P
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '93
Stowe, John

Pope Francis has named John Stowe M.Div. ’93, STL ’95, to be the third bishop of Lexington, Kentucky.

Lexington is designated as a mission diocese within the United States: the geographic, demographic and economic characteristics indicate an acute need to evangelize Gospel values and to provide outreach services elevating human dignity and eliminating human suffering. It has 39 priests, and 6 Jesuits work in the diocese.  Bishop-elect John’s vision of his ministry dovetails with the mission of his Alma Mater, JSTB: “reverent and critical service of the faith that does justice” and of Pope Francis’ hope that we become a church of the poor.

John Stowe was born April 15, 1966, in Lorain, Ohio.  He entered the Lady of Consolation Province of the Conventual Franciscans, Mt. St. Francis, IN, and completed collegiate and philosophy studies at St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri. His thesis at the Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley was on the first bishop of Mexico: “Juan de Zumárraga, OFM: Bishop and Evangelizer.” During his studies in Berkeley, Fr. John was on the steering committee of the JSTB chapter of Pax Christi, the International Catholic Peace Movement. He led faculty and students to attend the annual Franciscan Desert Experience at the U.S. underground nuclear test site on Shoshone Native American lands in Nevada.  One year the Minister-General of the Friars Minor, Rev. Hermann Schalück, led the group at the site in the Eucharist.
 
Read more about Stowe on the JST blog.
 
submitted Apr. 6, 2015 9:35A
UGRD Engineering '93
Staub-French, Sheryl

Sheryl Staub-French '93 received the School of Engineering's 2015 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, which honors alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and/or service to the School of Engineering have set them apart. Staub-French reflects the qualities and characteristics that best define the ideals of a Jesuit education: a passion for and commitment to excellence.

Since obtaining her bachelor’s degree at Santa Clara, Sheryl Staub-French went on to earn her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. She is currently associate professor of civil engineering at University of British Columbia. An active proponent of the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM)—a digital process for modeling the spatial, functional, and contextual dimensions of a construction project—Sheryl researches and develops tools and techniques to better support multidisciplinary decision processes in the increasingly complex field of construction coordination. During the past 15 years she has contributed more than 50 papers in leading journals and conferences in BIM and topics related to the technological and organizational issues associated with its implementation.

She is also the inaugural holder of the Goldcorp Professorship for Women in Engineering and director of the eng•cite program (www.engcite.ca), which develops and delivers a targeted recruitment strategy for UBC Engineering that aims to increase the number of women enrolled in its programs to 50 percent by 2020. Eng•cite works with teachers, counselors, parents, and high school students to promote engineering education, and provide mentorship and role models for young women who might not otherwise consider or pursue engineering careers.  For her contribution to the field of civil engineering and her commitment to the education of the next generation of practitioners, Sheryl received this award.
submitted Apr. 28, 2015 1:07P
'93
Sifferman, Stephen

Stephen Sifferman '93, M.S. '98 received the School of Engineering's 2015 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, which honors alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and/or service to the School of Engineering have set them apart. Sifferman reflects the qualities and characteristics that best define the ideals of a Jesuit education: a passion for and commitment to excellence.

For the past 20 years, Steve Sifferman has had a distinguished career in the wireless communications industry.  Beginning as a senior software engineer at Northrop Grumman, he moved on to ArrayComm, where he worked his way up the ranks to eventually taking on the role of President of the world leader in multi-antenna signal processing software products for wireless communications. During his time with ArrayComm, he helped develop cutting-edge technologies and holds numerous patents in recognition of his work.  Respected not only for his technical ability, Steve is also lauded for his managerial and leadership abilities. In his current capacity as president and CEO of Tarana Wireless, Inc., Steve is guiding the company’s evolution from its successful first phase of technology development into broad commercialization and growth. Beyond serving his company, he impacts his field as a board member of the Telecommunications Industry Association. For his contribution to the development of wireless communication technologies and outstanding leadership within his industry, Steve was selected to receive this honor.

He continues to live in Santa Clara with his wife, Leslie Anne (Rettig) Sifferman '93, and their three children: Greg, Stephanie, and Nick.
submitted Apr. 28, 2015 1:04P
'93
Rooney, Kevin

Kevin F. Rooney ’93 was made partner at the law firm of Browne George Ross LLP. He was appointed co-lead class counsel by the United States District Court in Florida in a landmark class action involving a fraudulent trade school, achieving the largest known student loan forgiveness settlement in U.S. history, in excess of $140 million. Kevin lives in San Mateo with his wife, Diane, and his children, Braeden and Olivia.

submitted Apr. 14, 2015 10:43A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '93
Mifsud, Christina

Christina Mifsud ’93 is a certified tour guide in Florence, Italy. Travelers seeking a tour from a friendly Bronco can reach her at touritaly@gmail.com.

submitted Dec. 8, 2014 5:41P
UGRD Leavey Business '93
Hornecker, Jim

Jim Hornecker ’93 and his wife Andrea welcomed their seventh child, Luke Sebastian Hornecker, on March 28, 2014. They live in Chaska, Minn.

Contact Jim
www.linkedin.com/in/jimhornecker/
submitted May. 26, 2014 2:01P

1994

'94
Villamor, Michael

Michael Villamor ’94 was married to Kathy Pieper on Dec. 28, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. The couple live in Lake Forest, Calif.

submitted Oct. 2, 2014 4:02P
GRD Leavey/MBA '94
Soriano, Marcelino

Maj. Marcelino "Butch" Soriano ’89, MBA ’94, broke the record for number of hours of straight bell-ringing for the Salvation Army in Southern California, ringing the bell for 150 hours. In the end, he raised almost $10K. He set his record at 150 hours in celebration of the Salvation Army’s 150 years in existence and its 124th annual Red Kettle Campaign, during which bell-ringers seek donations outside stores throughout the holiday season.

“The reality is that I was sure that I would not be able to accomplish this quest on my own strength,” said Soriano, moments after setting his record. “I needed God’s strength.”
 
According to the organization’s rules, Soriano earned five minutes of rest for every continuous hour he rang his bell. He had to stand the entire time and could only eat, sit, go to the bathroom, or nap during his five-minute breaks. He was allowed to drink something, as long as it didn’t get in the way of his ringing the bell.
 
His first real test came at about the 51st hour, when his feet began to ache and throb. By the 84th hour, his feet were severely swollen.
 
“I was like, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to keep going,” Soriano said.
An hour later, the Salvation Army said “a stranger who had no idea of the pain he was in offered a bit of powerful support.”
 
“In the 85th hour, there was a gentleman who came behind me, he put a hand on me and prayed for me,” Soriano recalled. “A lot of the discomfort came out of me.”
 
The bell-ringer was struck with another surge of endurance when a woman came up to donate and he noticed on her shirt was written Bible verse “Philippians 4:13″ — “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” — a phrase Soriano said has motivated him in the past.
 
“I was at a very low point, where it was very uncomfortable,” Soriano said. “God reminded me because that verse was on that person’s shirt.”
 
After Soriano broke the record, he said sleep would have to wait: “Actually, right now I’m going to change so I can go to church.”
submitted Jan. 9, 2015 2:22P
UGRD Leavey Business '94
Martin, Cecilia (Allen)

Cecilia (Allen) Martin ’94, MBA ’99 and husband, Dave, live in Santa Clara with their 2 children, ages 7 and 10.

submitted Oct. 6, 2014 5:33P
GRD Law '94
Kennedy, John

After serving as a intern during law school, John Kennedy J.D. ’94 has continued to work in the San Francisco City Attorney's Office for the past 20 years. The office provides legal services to all City departments and agencies as well as elected and appointed officials, and his practice reflects the public policy and political issues facing the City including public transportation, the growth of technology apps, and same-sex marriage/Proposition 8 litigation. John has served on several LGBT non-profit Boards of Directors including the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, LYRIC, and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom. Since he will be marrying his long time partner - Scott Shafer - Labor Day weekend, John regrets that he'll be missing the reunion due to their planned honeymoon in Portugal and Spain but sends his regards to his fellow classmates. His interests include travel, water polo, and food.

Contact John
John.Kennedy@sfgov.org
submitted Jun. 23, 2014 8:48A
UGRD Leavey Business '94
Gemetti, Thomas

Thomas Gemetti '94 was elected for another term on the Campbell Union School District board. Gemetti's a Brocade Communications VP and Controller. He's worked for Ernst & Young, Ariba, and SAP and is active in Junior Achievement.

 
submitted Oct. 30, 2014 2:51P
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