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Cebedo Lefebvre, Mary Beth
Mary Beth Cebedo Lefebvre ’86 writes, "I am a project/program manager at Symantic's Sales and Marketing Operations org. Outside work, I volunteer as a board member with the Palo Alto Historical Association and as a yoga teacher at St. Elizabeth Seton School."
submitted Jun. 3, 2014 1:07P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '86
Carr, Jeanne-Marie (Bourcier)
Jeanne-Marie (Bourcier) Carr ’86 is currently working as an Independent Study Educator for students K-12 in the Gateway Unified School District in Redding, Calif.
submitted Aug. 22, 2014 4:41P
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Arnold, Valerie (Bettencourt)
Mike Arnold ’86 will soon celebrate his 28th year with State Farm Insurance, where he is VP of Operations–Property and Casualty Claims. He and his wife, Valerie Bettencourt Arnold ’87, have been married for 27 years and live in Bloomington, Ill. They have two daughters. Their youngest is a junior in high school while their oldest has returned to the Bay Area and is working full-time in Pleasanton upon graduating from college from North Carolina State University.
submitted Nov. 6, 2014 5:00P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '86
Alba Jr., John
John Alba Jr. M.A. ’86 retired from education after a 35-year career. He taught for seven years in a K–8 setting and was a school administrator for 28 years. He was an elementary school prinicipal, junior high school principal, and director of personne. He finished his career as the East Union High School principal, in Manteca, Calif., for the past ten years. He is also celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary with Cindy Alba, assistant superintendent of the Livermore Unified School District. He thanks SCU for a great education!
submitted Jul. 15, 2014 10:43A
GRD Leavey/MBA '87
Clos Du Val Winery appointed industry veteran Steve Tamburelli MBA ’87 as president, overseeing all operations for the winery located in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District.
A Napa Valley native, Tamburelli joined Stags Leap Wine Cellars as chief operating officer in 1998, spent 11 years as general manager at Chappellet, and recently held the role of chief operating officer at Flora Springs Winery.
submitted Aug. 9, 2014 8:14A
John Savage '87 is in his 11th season as UCLA's head coach. Savage helped UCLA reach college baseball’s pinnacle in 2013, as the Bruins won their first-ever NCAA baseball title. Under his guidance, UCLA has advanced to the postseason in seven of the last nine seasons, hosting four consecutive NCAA Regionals from 2010 through 2013. He is currently the third longest-tenured head coach in UCLA baseball program history. UCLA has gone 349-254-1 under Savage the past 10 seasons. In seven trips to the postseason at UCLA, Savage has compiled a 32-14 record (.696 winning percentage), recording the most postseason victories of any head coach in program history. Read more of this stats on www.uclabruins.com.
submitted Apr. 17, 2015 1:37P
GRD Leavey/MBA '87
Ron Mueller MBA ’87 has started a freelance content marketing business (muellercopywriting.com) after retiring from Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.
submitted Dec. 10, 2014 8:51A
GRD Law '87
Julie Mar-Spinola J.D. '87 has been appointed Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Finjan Holdings Inc., a cybersecurity technology licensing company, Ms. Mar-Spinola has served as the company's VP, Legal Operations since February 3, 2014. In this expanded role, Ms. Mar-Spinola will have additional wide-ranging responsibilities, including building Finjan's intellectual property assets, overseeing the Company's Enforcement Program, including the licensing and litigation practice groups, as well as managing public policy, including Patent Reform.
Ms. Mar-Spinola is currently the chairman and co-founder of ChIPs, a nonprofit organization, founded in 2005, whose mission is to support, educate, and promote the advancement, development, and retention of women in IP and technology.
Ms. Mar-Spinola has been a court-appointed mediator for the US District Court for the Northern District of California, specializing in patent disputes, since 2011. Since November 2014, Ms. Mar-Spinola has served on the Santa Clara Law, High Tech Law Institute's High Tech Advisory Board. More recently, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce appointed Ms. Mar-Spinola to serve on the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
submitted Apr. 6, 2015 2:24P
GRD Leavey/MBA '87
Ralph Hayden MBA ’87 just took on a new role as director, OEM Support Programs, at Fusionio, a division of the SanDisk company.
submitted Aug. 20, 2014 8:16A
UGRD Leavey Business '87
Arnold, Valerie (Bettencourt)
GRD Leavey/MBA '88
Samuel Viroslav MBA ’88 writes, "New 50 MW Wind project, enters operation in Tilaran, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Developers: Acciona Energy Grupo Ecoenergia VL S.A."
submitted May. 30, 2014 12:02P
GRD Law '88
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
UGRD Engineering '88
Rob Jensen ’86 and Diana Jensen ’88 own Testarossa Winery, in Los Gatos, which is housed in the beautiful old Novitiate Winery founded by the Jesuits of then-Santa Clara College in the late 19th century.
Testarossa (Italian for “red head”) was the nickname given Rob as a young university student in Italy. Rob, a fourth generation Northern Californian, developed a passion for winemaking: its past, present, and future through extensive travel to Europe's great wine growing areas, combined with living in Italy during his university days. Although Rob's degree is in electrical engineering, with a minor in Italian language and culture, he has studied grape growing, winemaking and chemistry at the renowned School of Viticulture and Oenology at UC Davis. During Rob's nearly twenty-year high-tech career he held several sales and marketing positions in pre- and post-IPO companies in Silicon Valley. Rob's technical background, love of the arts, and business experience made it a natural for him to dive headlong into the wine business, an industry that is equal parts science and art.
Diana Jensen, also born in Northern California but raised in San Diego, met Rob while earning her BS in electrical engineering at Santa Clara University. She worked in high-tech marketing at Silicon Valley's National Semiconductor and Cypress Semiconductor. She, along with Rob, founded Testarossa Winery in 1993 as a small, weekend project. But as new grape sources were secured and the wines gained reputation, a daily presence was needed to develop the winery into a business. In 1994, Diana left the high tech world and started running Testarossa full time.
submitted Dec. 15, 2014 9:02A
GRD Law '88
Peter V. Dessau ’84, J.D. ’88, a partner at Miller, Morton, Caillat & Nevis LLP, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Housing Industry Foundation (HIF).
HIF’s mission is to assist individuals and families in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties in remaining in or returning to stable housing, while supporting efforts to identify long-term solutions to the lack of affordable housing in these communities. Through collaboration with emergency service organizations, the organization funds emergency housing grants that provide an immediate bridge to keep individuals and families in their homes. HIF also completes renovations to non-profit housing facilities and transitional living facilities.
“Adequate shelter is such a basic need, and one that can often be taken for granted. It’s incredibly fulfilling for me to be able to provide my expertise in support of the great work that HIF is doing in the communities that so many of our attorneys and clients work and live,” said Dessau.
HIF’s board of directors is responsible for providing all operational funding so that 100 percent of fundraising contributions go directly to the organization’s programs. The Board further extends the organization’s community reach by gaining the support of industry leaders who can leverage their resources, funding and skills to complete renovation projects.
With 26 years of experience in construction law, Dessau’s practice focuses on litigation involving construction defects and other issues. Regularly advising clients out of both the firm’s San Jose and Newport Beach offices, he represents developers, builders and contractors in payment disputes and defends and prosecutes delay and impact claims against private owners, contractors and public entities. Dessau’s experience also includes providing counsel to members of the industry on risk management techniques to avoid litigation.
In addition to his involvement with HIF, Dessau is a member of the State Bar of California, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the Tri-County Apartment Association. A frequent author and speaker on various construction law topics, he has served as a guest lecturer at his alma mater (1988), Santa Clara University School of Law. In addition to his J.D., Dessau earned his B.A. from Santa Clara University (1984).
submitted May. 4, 2014 12:55P
UGRD Engineering '88
Roy Agustin '88 was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General on Nov. 2, 2014. He is currently serving as Headquarters Air Combat Command's Director of Installations and Mission Support at Langley Air Force Base, Va.
submitted Nov. 10, 2014 6:25P
UGRD Leavey Business '89
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 Leavey Business '89
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
GRD Law '89
Christopher G. Rudy J.D. ’89 has been appointed to serve on the Santa Clara County Superior Court by Gov. Jerry Brown ’59. Rudy, a 53-year-old Boulder Creek resident and a Democrat, has been a partner at Stenberg Sunseri Roe Pickard and Rudy since 1994.
submitted Jul. 21, 2014 7:55A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Seasoned IP executive Michele Moreland ’89, J.D. ’98 has been appointed to oversee SITO Mobile's IP strategy. The company is a leading mobile engagement platform provider. Prior to joining SITO Mobile, Michele was the director of acquisitions for RPX Corporation where she oversaw the assessment, valuation, acquisition and licensing of patents against clients. Prior to RPX Corporation Ms. Moreland worked as a Partner at McDermott Will & Emery and as an Associate at Cooley Godward LLP focused solely on patent litigation.
submitted Feb. 1, 2015 3:35P
GRD Leavey/MBA '89
Brad Mattson MBA ’89 has just published The Solar Phoenix: How America Can Rise from the Ashes of Solyndra to World Leadership in Solar 2.0. The book explains why solar is fundamental to the world’s energy future, and how the industry has passed a cost tipping point. It provides a set of detailed road maps of how, when, and where the solar energy revolution will take place. And it challenges the United States to take its rightful place as the world’s solar superpower.
After taking both Novellus and Mattson Technology from his garage to NASDAQ, Mattson retired from the semiconductor industry and became involved with social entrepreneurship, pursuing the goal of “technology benefiting humanity.” During that pursuit, he fell in love with solar.
As a venture capitalist and now as the CEO of Siva Power, Mattson is working to bring solar to the cost point that would unlock the market – making clean, affordable energy available to everyone, everywhere. He lives with his wife Vicky Mattson ’84 in Silicon Valley.
submitted Aug. 26, 2014 1:21P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Scott Evan Guggenheim '89 is the executive director of the California Academy for the Creative Performing Arts. For the fifth summer in a row, he has hosted The Scene, a musical theater summer camp for kids held at Santa Clara University. “Our intention is to provide students with the opportunity to grow as artists and human beings," Guggenheim says.
Guggenheim works alongside his wife, Shannon, who is a co-director, movement specialist, and choreographer at The Scene.
He has staged and produced numerous productions, anong them the original Schoolhouse Rock Live. He will be taking The MeshugaNutcracker! to New York this winter.
submitted Jul. 25, 2014 9:36A
Karin Bootsma MBA ’89 has been named VP of marketing for RiseSmart, a leader in enterprise career management solutions. In this position, Bootsma will build upon RiseSmart’s market leadership and focus on creating marketing programs that grow the foundation for ongoing customer, sales, and channel success in each of the company’s markets.
Bootsma brings more than 20 years of high-tech, HCM and SaaS marketing experience, including seven years as vice president of marketing at public and private companies. She joins RiseSmart from Monster Worldwide, where she led Product Marketing, HR Alliances and Monster’s Talent Management Suite. Bootsma also drove product marketing for several new products, such as Monster’s semantic resume search products.
“We are delighted to have Karin lead RiseSmart’s already stellar marketing program,” said RiseSmart President and CEO Sanjay Sathe. “Karin brings a deep understanding of the HR industry and her past experience is perfectly in line with the expertise we need here at RiseSmart. We’re excited by what she brings to the table as we continue innovating the career management industry.”
Prior to Monster Worldwide, Bootsma was responsible for marketing strategy and execution at Trovix, a leading provider of employment products and services using intelligent search technology, now owned by Monster. She executed branding, awareness, demand generation, sales enablement, and competitive intelligence. Before Trovix, Bootsma established a competitive presence for Entopia, a venture-backed knowledge management company. She also led marketing strategy and execution at Information Storage Devices Inc., now owned by Winbond. Bootsma was responsible for marketing Winbond’s products in North America and Europe, along with worldwide marketing for ISD's products. Her efforts led to successful initial and secondary public offerings.
Bootsma holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, Leavey School of Business, and a mechanical engineering degree from University of the Pacific. Bootsma will be based in RiseSmart’s San Jose office.
submitted Jun. 21, 2014 9:45A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '90
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
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