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Borba, Craig

Craig Borba '72 was selected as administrator of the year for the state of California by the Association of California School Administrators.

submitted May. 21, 2009 4:22P
Bolling, George

The work of the late George Bolling '72, a Santa Clara University alum and video curator at the de Saisset Art Gallery and Museum in the 1970s (he was the first video curator at any museum on the West Coast), was featured in a show at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art this spring. Bolling's 1979 documentary "Newport Beach Revisited" was screened March 5 - June 1. His pioneering curatorial work and videography at the de Saisset Art Gallery and Museum in the 1970s is the subject of a post on the SFMOMA blog Open Space by Tanya Zimbardo.

submitted Apr. 3, 2013 11:46A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '72
Bjorklund, Chris

Chris Bjorklund ’72, widely known as the Savvy Consumer, has worked as a consumer advocate for more than 35 years. Her unique perspective on consumer issues and trends comes from her work in both the private and public sectors, as well as in the media and non-profit world. In her semi-retirment, Bjorklund contributes regularly to the Diamond Certified blog. Prior to joining American Ratings Corporation, Chris was the consumer reporter for KGO-Radio, where she produced consumer segments for the morning and afternoon newscasts. She also managed the consumer complaint unit for KGO-Radio and TV. Before KGO, Chris was an investigator for the Consumer Fraud Unit of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, a consumer news producer for KPIX-TV, and the director of Consumer Education for the Rocky Mountain Better Business Bureau in Denver. She was on the national Board of Directors of Consumer’s Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports, for 24 years.

submitted Feb. 27, 2015 11:58A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '72
Barsanti, Shelly (Bruneau)

Shelly (Bruneau) Barsanti ’72, a Los Gatos resident and long-time American Cancer Society volunteer, was awarded the St. George National Award at the American Cancer Society California Division Annual Board of Director's meeting on Oct. 29. This honor is presented to an outstanding volunteer in recognition of distinguished service in achieving the Society's strategic goals. “The American Cancer Society has an invaluable resource and leader in Shelly Barsanti,” said Michael Chae, Vice President, Silicon Coastal Region of the American Cancer Society. “The theme for the Board this year is ‘fighting for more birthdays starts with you,’ and Shelly is a shining example with her passion and dedication to our mission.” A breast cancer survivor, Barsanti has been a tireless leader and advocate for the American Cancer Society for 16 years. When she discovered that one of the great gaps in cancer support is for young adults, she helped found, fund, and organize a support group for young cancer patients between the ages of 19-30. She is passionate about making the volunteer experience both rewarding and educational while recognizing volunteers for their time and talents.

submitted Nov. 5, 2010 3:00P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '72
Atlas, J Mark

Mark Atlas '72, J.D. '75 has joined the Sacramento-based law firm Downey Brand as Of Counsel in their water practice group. Mark also still has an office in Willows, and specializes in water rights, public agency and resources law, as well as business and estate planning. Downey Brand is Sacramento's largest law firm, with offices in several other Northern California cities and Reno, Nevada. The firm is not only noted for its water law practice, which dates back to its founding in 1926, but it is also recognized for its work in business, environmental, renewable energy, employment and family law.

submitted Jan. 28, 2011 4:04P
Anastasio, Kathleen (Viery)

Kathleen Viery ’72 married Louis Anastasio Jr. on October 13, 2013 on Block Island, R.I. The honor attendants were the Louis’ four granddaughters. Kathleen is a retired Chief Financial Officer. Louis is a retired teacher and swim coach.

submitted Jan. 14, 2014 12:41P


GRD Leavey/MBA '73
Wise, Peter

Peter Wise BSME '69, MBA '73 came out of retirement and accepted a faculty research associate position at the University of Colorado's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics in 2009. He lives with his wife, Julie, and their three dogs in Louisville, Colo., where they enjoy rides on the Harley, writing their blogs, and conducting research on Julie's book about Christian Sacred Sexuality.

submitted Mar. 17, 2010 3:12P
GRD Leavey/MBA '73
Wise, Peter (NA)

Peter Wise ’69, MBA ’73 will finally retire next year - what a long strange trip it's been. He plans devote time to Puppy Mill rescues and awarness. He and his wife Julie live in Louisville, Colo.

submitted Apr. 30, 2014 8:00A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '73
Weber, Walter

Walter G. Weber ’73 has been chosed by the California Dental Association (CDA) to be its new president for 2014–2015. Dr. Weber, who has been practicing general dentistry in Campbell, Calif., for more than 30 years and lives in Los Gatos, graduated from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and Santa Clara University, with a master's degree in business administration from Golden Gate University. He has been a CDA member for 33 years and succeeds past president, James D. Stephens, DDS.

During his recent installation speech at CDA's House of Delegates meeting, Dr. Weber emphasized the importance of CDA continually looking for ways to support members and the patients they serve in the profession's changing landscape, according to the association.
"Current trends in dentistry, including shrinking dental insurance benefits, pressures to reduce costs, and increasing costs of dental education, make it important for CDA to understand members' needs and develop strategies to help them succeed and best care for patients," Dr. Weber said. "Our members' success is critical for our organization to continue as the leaders in advocating for Californians' oral health."
Dr. Weber, past president of the Santa Clara County Dental Society, has served on the board of Tthe Dentists Insurance Company, CDA's Policy Development Council, and the Dental Benefits Task Force.
submitted Dec. 3, 2014 11:57A
GRD Law '73
Swartz, Andrew

Andrew Swartz ’73 has been a partner for Spiering, Swartz & Kennedy law firm located in Monterey, Calif. since 1974. He is married to Kiane Swartz, and they reside in Monterey. They have two grown sons: Adam, a longtime Chicago firefighter married with one daughter, and Alex, a business analyst for Visa.

submitted Aug. 11, 2013 5:22P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '73
Stege, John

John Stege '73 of Aptos, Calif., is the new Vice President and Broker for the Employee Benefits Division of Lawson-Hawks Insurance Associates.

submitted Sep. 1, 2010 2:56P
GRD Law '73
Simpson, Thomas

Thomas L. Simpson '69, J.D. '73 is a lawyer and Certified Family Law Specialist with his own three-attorney firm in Glendale, Calif. He was recently elected President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Southern California Chapter. He resides in La Canada with his wife, Lili.

submitted Jul. 26, 2011 2:42P
UGRD Leavey Business '73
Ryder, Joanna

Joanna White Rydder '73 is a Regional Director of Funding for The Hunger Project, an international NGO, working in Africa, South Asia, and Latin America.

submitted Aug. 28, 2009 2:31P
UGRD Engineering '73
Russell, Paul

Paul Russell '73, MBA '82 was appointed senior vice president of engineering at ArrayPower, a Silicon Valley-based power electronics company.

Russell has more than 25 years of experience in technology development for companies in the solar, aerospace and defense industries. Prior, he served as senior vice president of engineering for concentrated photovoltaic solar systems provider Amonix. Additional experience includes multiple executive positions with Northrop Grumman and Space Systems/Loral, as well as systems engineering roles with Ford Aerospace.

submitted Jun. 24, 2012 1:15P
Runciman, Lex

Dr. Lex Runciman '73, professor of English at Linfield College, received the Julie Olds and Thomas Hellie Creative Achievement Award, which honors outstanding creative work that has been recognized by peers and has been slated for dissemination. At Linfield since 1992, Runciman has published four textbooks, two anthologies and five books of poetry. His most recent work, One Hour That Morning and Other Poems, was published in 2014, and his work has appeared widely in magazines. He also reviews books in his blog, The Far Corner Reader. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of Utah. Runciman has actively served Linfield and the wider community in many roles, including leading Linfield’s strategic planning effort.

submitted Jun. 28, 2015 5:06P
UGRD Leavey Business '73
Rooney, Kevin

Kevin M. Rooney ’73 was married to the former Joanne Rosenberg on Aug. 3, 2014, in Morgan Hill with several former SCU classmates in attendance. Kevin is director of operations for RNP Advisory Serices in Morgan Hill and is eagerly awaiting joining his classmates who have already crossed over into retirement.

submitted Mar. 3, 2015 8:58P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '73
Rogers, Thomas
Thomas Rogers ’73 of Moraga was appointed to the Alameda County Superior Court by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Rogers has been a chief deputy district attorney, and previously a deputy district attorney, for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office since 1976. Most recently he has headed the office's Oakland-based Northern Division, overseeing the inception of all major prosecutions in that part of the county.
submitted Jan. 12, 2011 11:52A
UGRD Leavey Business '73
Rigney, Dave

Dave Rigney ’63, MBA ’73 and his wife Barbara celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Napili Bay in Maui with their daughters Pam O'Sullivan ’90, Sue Hamilton ’92, and Patti; their husbands Joe, Gerry Hamilton ’92, MBA ’03, and Tim; and eight grandchildren. Dave retired 10 years ago after 25 years with the Electric Power Research Institute, 13 years with Silicon Valley Power and PG&E and service with the U. S. Army in Vietnam.

submitted Oct. 31, 2014 9:58A
GRD Leavey/MBA '73
Reis, Alvaro

Alvaro A. Reis M.B.A. '73 is retired, traveling, and participating in the OSHER Program at SCU as well as spending time at SCU events. 

submitted Mar. 30, 2010 2:20P
Reis, Alvaro

Alvaro A. Reis MBA '73 writes that he is retired and has been enjoying lectures and OLLI activities at SCU, doing in-state travel, and catching up with family and friends. He adds that he reads Santa Clara Magazine from cover to cover.

submitted May. 4, 2014 1:12P
Pichon, Risë

Risë Pichon ’73, J.D. ’76 was honored with the Santa Clara Law Social Justice and Human Rights Award in October 2011 in honor of her work for equality and human rights during her career. 

In April, Pichon was named among this year's 100 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. Read the full interview at
Pichon has been a California Superior Court judge of the County of Santa Clara since 1998. She is currently the assistant supervising judge of the Superior Court’s Criminal Division, the chairperson of the Superior Court Jury Standards Committee, and is a member of a number of other court committees. She previously served as a judge of the Municipal Court from 1984 to 1998 when the trial courts unified, and as a court commissioner from 1983 to 1984. She earned her J.D. from Santa Clara Law in 1976 and a B.S. in mathematics from SCU in 1973. She served as supervising judge of the Palo Alto Court Facility from 2006 to 2009; supervising judge of the Sunnyvale Court Facility from 1999 to 2001; presiding judge of the Municipal Court from 1999 to 2001; and is currently serving her second term by election on the Santa Clara County Superior Court Executive Committee. She was appointed by the California Supreme Court to the California Commission on Judicial Performance and served from 1999 to 2007, including service as chairperson from 2002 to 2004. She was appointed to the Judicial Council of California by the chief justice of the California Supreme Court and served from 1994 to 1997. She is a member of The California Judges Association, the American Bar Association, the American Leadership Forum and the American Inns of Court, William A. Ingram Inn, and she currently serves on the board of directors of the St. Thomas More Society as its president, and is a member of the advisory board for the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at SCU.


submitted Mar. 2, 2012 2:57P
Pichon, Risë
On Jan. 1, Risë Jones Pichon '73, J.D. '76 became Santa Clara County’s first minority presiding Superior Court judge.
Pichon, 62, said she got to the top of her legal career by taking chances outside her comfort zone and learning how to deal with obstacles tied to her race. Today she brings to her new position a lifelong understanding of race relations.
“Having lived when I lived gives a person a great understanding of how people feel, how they feel when there’s only one of them in a group,” said Pichon.
“The fact that they can feel powerless and some can abuse their power. … It’s given me the courage at this point of my life to make sure people are treated fairly. I can’t say it’s best to treat everyone the same because that’s no longer true. Justice is not blind.”
Read the full story at
submitted Jan. 9, 2015 3:00P
UGRD Leavey Business '73
Pereira, Michael

Michael Pereira '73, retired NFL vice president of officiating, joins Fox Sports as a multi-platform NFL rules analyst. Before his retirement, Pereira did weekly reviews of controversial officiating calls for the NFL Network. It was one area where the NFL Network outshined the league's other broadcast partners. Pereira will be situated in a control room each Sunday at the Fox Network Center in Los Angeles, giving him visual access to all games played. If circumstances warrant a rules interpretation or explanation, he'll be available to interact with studio analysts and game crews from stadiums around the country, either on- or off-camera. A team of Los Angeles-area football referees, each assigned to a different game, will be assisting Pereira.

submitted Jul. 7, 2010 1:45P
UGRD Engineering '73
Mule, Nicholas

Nicholas Mule ’73 retired in March 2014 after 32+ years with Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies. He and his wife Shirley (also recently retired) recently moved to Southern California (Newbury Park) to be closer to their son, daughter and granddaughters.

submitted Oct. 19, 2014 8:00P
Morrow, James

James Morrow MBA '66, Ph.D. '73 is chairman, president and CEO of Green Energy 1, Inc., a designer, developer, owner, and operator of waste to energy technology and solar plants for the generation of electricity and production of potable water worldwide.

submitted May. 10, 2010 4:29P
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