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1986

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

1987

GRD Leavey/MBA '87
Tamburelli, Steve

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
GRD Leavey/MBA '87
Mueller, Ron

Ron Mueller MBA ’87 has started a freelance content marketing business (muellercopywriting.com) after retiring from Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.

Contact Ron
muellercopywriting.com
submitted Dec. 10, 2014 8:51A
GRD Leavey/MBA '87
Hayden, Ralph

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)

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

1988

GRD Leavey/MBA '88
Viroslav, Samuel

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
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
UGRD Engineering '88
Jensen, Rob

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
Dessau, Peter

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
Agustin, Roy-Alan

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

1989

UGRD Leavey Business '89
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 Leavey Business '89
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
GRD Law '89
Rudy, Christopher

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
Moreland, Michele
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
'89
May, Maggie (Rodee)

Maggie Rodee May ’89 writes: "My husband and I relocated to Silver Spring, M.D. in 2012, after living abroad in Vicenza, Italy for three years. My husband Tony, is serving in the U.S. Army. I am currently enrolled at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in an adult nurse practitioner program."

Contact Maggie
On Facebook: Maggie Rodee May
submitted Apr. 5, 2014 12:02P
GRD Leavey/MBA '89
Mattson, Brad

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
'89
Lotti, Elisa (Eidson)

Freshman Dorm: Swig

Elisa (Eidson) Lotti ’89, M.A. ’92 married George Lotti ’90 in 1997. She is a currently the project specialist at Sylvandale Middle School in San Jose, Calif., and was a teacher for 20 years prior to changing educational roles. Lisa and George live in the Willow Glen area of San Jose, where they also run Unconditional Love Animal Rescue and Placement, a nonprofit organization that has rescued approximately 2500 animals from local shelter euthanasia lists since its inception in 1999. In their spare time, they love wine tasting, golf, Tahoe, and snuggling their four kitties and two pups.

Contact Elisa
http://www.ul-rescue.org
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 8:16P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Guggenheim, Scott

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
'89
Bootsma, Karin

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
UGRD Leavey Business '89
Bertone, Laura
Laura Bertone '89 was recently interviewed by the newspaper Catholic San Francisco. With about 100 parish communities, the Archdiocese of San Francisco could well be the site of some 1,400 Masses and prayer and devotional services per week, and that’s a conservative estimate. Laura Bertone, director, Office of Worship for the archdiocese, helps all of it take place.
 
Laura spent 20 years around the world auditing for Bank of America but always felt called to liturgy. Her responsiblities include advising the archbishop on matters of liturgical policy; preparing and organizing all large archdiocesan liturgies such as chrism Mass, ordinations, and Rite of Election; and certifying and training lay liturgical ministers so that they are properly prepared. Laura said she is “amazed that I get to do this job. I work with and for great people and it’s an honor and joy to come into work each day.”

 

submitted Apr. 3, 2014 6:33A

1990

'90
Zecevic, Aleksander
Aleksander Zecevic M.S. '90, Ph.D. '93 is one of four recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, presented by Santa Clara's School of Engineering, for distinguished accomplishments in service to his profession, community, and the University.
 
As professor of Electrical Engineering at Santa Clara University for the past 20 years, Dr. Zecevic also serves as associate dean for Graduate Engineering Programs. His research in the control of complex dynamic systems has resulted in a book and more than 40 publications in leading journals. His interest in the intersection between science and religion has opened the door to a constructive dialogue that transcends simplistic arguments of religious fundamentalism and radical secularism, and has resulted in the publication of two books on the subject, as well as the development of a unique course, "Chaos Theory, Metamathematics and the Limits of Knowledge: A Scientific Perspective on Religion." An excellent educator and a deeply thoughtful collaborator, Dr. Zecevic's search for truth, beauty, and knowledge honor Santa Clara's Jesuit tradition. 
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 4:08P

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
'91
Chastain, Brandi

World-famous soccer athlete and champion of girls’ health, Brandi Chastain '91 will give the 163rd undergraduate commencement address on June 14. Chastain’s selection to give the commencement address memorializes the 50th anniversary of women’s athletics at Santa Clara, which the University celebrates this year.

Chastain is best known for scoring the penalty kick goal that won the United States the 1999 Women’s World Cup and for her passionate celebration in the moments following. Her success earned her a spot as one of People Magazine’s 25 Most Intriguing People that year, while the photo of her celebration was named one of the 100 greatest sports photos of all time by Sports Illustrated. She took home a silver medal in the 2000 Olympics and a gold medal in 2004 games.
 
More recent, Chastain co-founded the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative in 2005 with a mission to create programs and partnerships through which women athletes bring health, hope, and wholeness to the community. The initiative offers a free weekly after-school program for elementary school girls to develop self-esteem and good health practices with mentoring from women athletes from collegiate and high school teams.
 
“Brandi epitomizes the world-class leadership and fortitude that every Bronco is capable of achieving,” says SCU President Michael Engh, S.J. “She is a dedicated and disciplined athlete who is also committed to strengthening communities by advocating for and empowering young girls.”
 
Chastain was named an All-American twice in soccer during her time as a student. She was also the assistant coach for the Santa Clara Broncos from 1994 to 2000 and is currently in her fourth season as a volunteer assistant coach.
 
She will receive an honorary Doctorate of Public Service.
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 4:27P
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
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