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After nearly three years as an editor and program director at Media Matters for America, Hilary A. Tone '07 is now director of communications for D.C. Public Schools in Washington, D.C. She also teaches dance at a competitive studio in Virginia and is part of the Capitol Movement Dance Company, which sent her on a military appreciation tour last fall. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
Angela Schiavone ’07 married her longtime love, James Hannibal, at the Rengstorff House in Mountain View on Oct. 18, 2014. They were surrounded by friends and family under clear blue skies. Her and her husband run a wedding photography business, ShootAnyAngle (http://shootanyangle.com/weddings/), so they trained their own side shooters to handle the wedding pictures. There were a lot of special touches for the day: there were "Hidden Mickey Mouses" around the ceremony and reception, the bride's bouquet included trinkets from family members who had passed, the groom wore a wooden bowtie in memory of his grandfather who had passed, there were antique books and cameras to showcase their passions, the cake stand was made by the Father of the Bride, the Father Daughter dance was a recording of the bride singing, and the bride's shoes contained around 1,000 Swarovski crystals that she had attached by hand. It was a perfect day! Maren Lovgren ’06 and Hayley Lovgren ’08 served as bridesmaids (and they are the groom's cousins)!
Brady Harter ’07 and his wife Francesca welcome their newest addition, Gianna Nadine, on Jan. 28. They live in Redwood City. Mom and baby are doing great! She already has Daddy wrapped around her finger.
Seasoned family law attorney Yadhira N. Gutierrez J.D. '07 joined Hoge Fenton, a leading Northern California law firm, as an associate. Gutierrez has exclusively focused on family law since January 2008 and offers her clients a full range of services, from premarital and marital agreements to strong advocacy representation when issues cannot be resolved by mutual agreement. Gutierrez is often appointed by the court to act as minor’s counsel, representing children who don’t otherwise have a voice in the family law process. She is also active in the community, working with the Santa Clara County Pro Bono Project and as a Spanish Family Court Services Orientation Instructor for the Santa Clara County Superior Court. In 2014, the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Family Law Section honored her with the Henry B. Collada Memorial Award. This distinction recognizes extraordinary service, contribution and professionalism with a focus on the betterment of families and children involved with Family Court.
Aaron Capron J.D. ’07 has been promoted to partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the world. He has a wide range of experience involving post-grant proceedings, patent litigation, and patent portfolio management. Mr. Capron has been co-lead counsel for several post-grant proceedings, including one of the first cases instituted under the America Invents Act. With more than a dozen years of patent law experience, Mr. Capron counsels clients of all sizes on prosecution, post-grant, portfolio management, and pre-litigation strategies. He has experience in a wide spectrum of electrical, computer hardware and software, and Internet technologies.
Taylor Alexander ’07 funded his company, Flutter Wireless, with a successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign. Still in production but nearing launch, Flutter is a programmable processor core for electronics projects. Featuring a fast ARM processor, powerful long-range wireless communication, built-in battery charging, and an onboard security chip, Flutter is an ideal choice for robotics, wireless sensor networks, consumer electronics, and educational platforms. He writes, "All of our designs are open source, with licenses that encourage modification, reuse, and sharing. My hope is to bring robotics to impoverished nations by creating designs anyone can build themselves with low-cost materials."
Liam Satre-Meloy ’08 is an executive producer of the documentary Red Army, which was released in 2014. The film is about the Soviet Union’s famous Red Army hockey team. Read more about the film in Sports Illustrated. While at Santa Clara, Satre-Meloy worked on the award-winning documentary A Christmas in Tent City—written, produced, and directed by Assistant Professor of Communication Mike Whalen ’89—about Francisco Jimenez.
Mandy (Liebscher) Pearson '08 writes, "After almost seven years at Facebook working as intellectual property associate in Community/Risk Operations, our family has decided to move to my home country, Germany, for a few years. I'm excited to be close to family and childhood friends again, and to share more of the German culture and traditions with our children and my husband. We'll start our adventure with a six-week road trip across the United States on July 1, arriving in Dresden, Germany, mid-August. SCU friends, if you're in Germany at some point, send me a note! :)"
Kyle Ozawa '08 currently heads up business operations for Invoice2go, one of the leading mobile apps for small businesses. In this role, he is responsible for building out the company's customer support, HR, facilities/IT, and legal teams. Prior to this he worked at Google for four years where he was senior product specialist for mobile payments and a senior account manager specializing in digital marketing, mobile advertising, and web analytics.
Kyle earned his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of business and his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Santa Clara University. Kyle currently serves on Santa Clara University’s Board of Regents. Additionally, he serves as a judge for The Tech Awards, a signature program of the The Tech Museum of Innovation that awards $500,000 annually in grants to emerging technology companies developing products and services to benefit humanity.
Mark Almassy ’08 and Tera (Linsley) Almassy ’08 welcomed their second son, Henry Theodore, on Feb. 12. He joins big brother Kent (18 months). The Almassy family resides in Pleasantville, New York.
Kristina Alvarez ’09 and Addison Schroeder ’09 were married on Aug. 9, 2014 in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. The couple celebrated with many Bronco friends including bridal party members Brian Belcher ’09, Elizabeth Carter ’09, Carey (DeAngelis) Fredlake ’05, MBA ’12, Stephen Hamakawa ’09, Margo Schroeder ’12, and Catherine Waite ’08, M.A. ’14. The couple resides in Lafayette, California.
In May, Debra Reed J.D. ’09 finished her successful Kickstarter campaign, funding the creation of herbsack.com, a line of hemp totes that are biodegradable, sustainable, and bacteria resistant. Reed founded herbsack in September 2013, when she, like everyone else in San Jose, adjusted to a regulatory ban on single-use plastic bags.
Versatile outfielder Matt Long ’09, 28, is playing for the minor leagues as a Milwaukee Brewer. He had split time mostly between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Salt Lake in the Angels system in 2014, combining to post a .249/.340/.384 line with 10 homers and 25 steals in 116 games. Long played at both levels each of the past three seasons, swiping more than 20 bases each year.
John Hogan MBA ’09 received a 2015 Distinguished Business Award from the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce for his nonprofit organization TeenForce. Awards are made based upon professional accomplishments and public service, making the community a better place to live, work, and play. Winning the Nonprofit of the Year category, TeenForce was founded in 2010 by Hogan. It uses a nonprofit business model to help solve the challenging youth employment crisis. By acting in the role of a full-service staffing agency, TeenForce helps businesses fill hiring needs while also supporting teens and young adults with work readiness training. The SJSV Chamber has worked closely with TeenForce to support foster youth, and this collaboration saw the hiring of more than 140 foster youth over the past two years. In 2013, the Obama Administration recognized TeenForce as a “Champion of Change.”
Stephanie (Larson) Copp ’09 and husband Adam Copp, along with their daughter, Reagan, are proud to announce the birth of Jackson James. He was born on Jan. 29, 2015 at 8:37am. 7lbs. 12oz, 19.5".
Maung Aung Lwin Oo ’11 and Wai-Sze (Grace) Wu ’10 were married on Dec. 27, 2014, in Hong Kong, where Grace is from, and had another reception on Jan. 29, 2015, in Mandalay, Myanmar, Aung's hometown. The couple will move to Yangon, Myanmar, in later 2015. The couple loves to hear from SCU alumni in Myanmar.
Eric Pressberg ’10 was nominated a Peace Corps Malaria Hero. This competition honored individuals from across Africa that consistently went above and beyond the call of duty to fight malaria. Pressberg had been living and working in Zambia since 2012 as a Peace Corps volunteer, serving as an aquaculture specialist being active in his community.
In addition to his primary project of working to build fish ponds and encourage aquaculture to ensure food security, Pressberg worked with a local community health worker to interview individuals and gather data on mosquito net usage. Upon discovering that mosquito nets were often misused, they created a poster to promote proper usage. Over several weeks they toured the community, photo-documenting cases of proper usage. The best photos were turned into a poster that now hangs prominently at the local clinic.
Pressberg is now a graduate student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Brittany Luckham ’10 received a PsyD, Doctor of Clinical Psychology with Concentration in Family Forensic Psychology on May 2, 2015 from Azusa Pacific University. She will begin a Fellowship with Children's Hospital Los Angeles in September.
Marisol Jimenez Gradilla ’10 will celebrate her 5th year wedding anniversary on April 8, 2015.
Justin Thomsen ’10 and Adriana Asdourian ’10 were married at St. Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014. The wedding party included Lindsey DeMicheli ’10, Samantha Duarte ’10, Giuseppina Chiaramonte ’10, Nicholas Gable ’10, and John Howard ’10. In attendance were Michael O'Sullivan ’10, George Durando ’09, and Benjamin Petrick ’10.
Greg Angelos ’10 married Dana Honzel ’10 on Aug. 30, 2014 in beautiful Sunriver, Oregon. The wedding party included Nicole Barrack ’10, Sarah (Angelos) Henscheid ’04, Kelly Angelos ’07, Colin Niedermeyer ’10, Chris Hipple ’10, Stephen Sih-Choi ’10, Julio Gomez ’10, Matt Roeckel ’10. Other notable guests included Drew Honzel ’78. The newlyweds live in Corvallis, Oregon, where they are finishing their graduate degrees.
Jeffrey Adams '10 played the role of Happy in Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, Death of a Salesman. Adams spent much of his undergraduate studies dissecting the intricacies of the script and delving into its themes with each paper he wrote.
“I think it’s a beautiful play,” Adams told the Santa Clara Weekly. “I think it captures elements of every human emotion, and that’s something that’s hard to accomplish in a single piece of work. It has humor and tragedy, and I think it captures family dynamics in a really unique way... It makes you ask about what’s important to you. I think every performance should make the audience feel and make the audience walk away asking questions.” Death of a Salesman runs through April 26
Vivek Thakkar M.S. ’11 writes, "Got my dream job at Apple Inc. this year."
Michael Ryan ’11 writes, "I started working for Tesla Motors in 2011 while finishing up my senior design project. Working up from a Product Specialist on the sales floor to a Store Manager in White Plains, it has been great having a mechanical engineering background from SCU. I encourage any and all Broncos globally to step foot into a Model S and feel the rush of electric propulsion. If you are in the New York area, please reach out to me. I would be happy to show you what electric vehicles are all about.
In Engineering 101 back in 2007, we were told to use the knowledge we obtained on campus for the good of mankind. I have now spoken and emailed over 50,000 people globally and seen owners grin at the sight of their new vehicles which have no tail-pipe. I'm excited to say that Tesla is now working on our second full production vehicle, a crossover called the Model X. Tesla vehicles, including the award winning Model S, have driven over 750 millions miles on electricity. The age of combustion for individual transportation will be coming to a close soon. With many more Broncos now at Tesla Motors, our alumni are on the front lines making a huge difference in the world of transportation.
I hope all is well in Sunny California. I opted to jump back to the temperate climate of the Northeast, but my attitude towards work, life and my fellow human being is always as positive and warm as the culture where I got my degree from in Santa Clara, California. Bronco for life!"
Michael Ryan MRyan@teslamotors.com 917-453-2540