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Robert G. P. Cruz '71, J.D. '83 completed a two-year term as member of the Guam Election Commission. Also served as an international observer in the Philippine National elections in May 2010 and in three elections in Kosovo while serving with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping from 1999 to 2006. Works as part-time Traffic and Small Claims Referee, Superior Court of Guam.
Robert G. Cruz '71, J.D. '83 was recently hired as legal counsel to the Chamorro Land Trust Commission and the Guam Department of Land Management. He also teaches business law for the University of Phoenix. Cruz is a retired child support referee for the Superior Court of Guam. He still serves as part-time referee for the Traffic and Small Claims Bureau, and as an associate justice pro tem for the Guam Supreme Court on occasion. His son, Dr. Jeffrey Cruz, recently completed his residency in internal medicine at U.C. Irvine Medical Center. His younger son, Keith, is a senior at Stanford University studying international relations.
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Robert G.P. Cruz ’71, J.D. ’83 recently participated in a four-concert tour of Tallinn, Estonia, and St. Petersberg and Moscow, Russia, with the combined Guam Cantate choir and Ramapo Cantanova choir, led by Dr. Lisa Lutter of Ramapo College, New Jersey. Cruz serves on the Cantate board and has been a member of the choir since 2010. The choir performed music in Russian, Estonian, Hebrew, Latin, and English. Cruz also sings with the 7:30 a.m. choir at the Hagatna Cathedral Basilica in Guam.
Rick Crosetti '83 and Peter Kushmeider were married on August 9, 2008, in San Francisco. Rick and Pete have been together for 22 years and were joined by both their families to celebrate their wedding. Rick is currently working as a Project Manager for Regis Homes of Northern California. He and Pete make their home in San Francisco.
Larry Crema '83 and his wife Jenner are new business owners. They are owner/operators of the Pump It Up in Morgan Hill (a childrens party venue). They have two children Kinsey (9) and Keaton (5). They live in Campbell, Calif.
Clare Creegan de Chamorro '83 is an Instructor of Marketing and Academic Writing at Universidad Americana, Nicaragua. She and her husband, Jaime, are also partners in NICA PARADISE, which includes a digital travel magazine, architecture and real estate services, and hiking tours of nearby volcanoes. Please visit www.nicaparadise.com (magazine) and jaimechamorro.com (photo gallery).
Clare Creegan de Chamorro '83 teaches Marketing and Academic Writing at Universidad Americana, Nicaragua. She and husband Jaime also own NICA PARADISE, offering real estate, architecture, photography, corporate videos, a travel magazine and guided hikes of volcanoes, www.nicapardise.com Stepson Jaime is in his third year of law school at Universidad Americana, and son Andres is in 6th grade and daughter Lourdes in 3rd, both at Pierre & Marie Curie Academy.
Margueritte Britton J.D. '83 joined Richmond-based CPA firm PIASCIK as tax manager. She was previously a U.S. tax consultant and manager for MG Partners in Paris and Thomas St. John in London. Britton has a J.D. from University of Santa Clara in Santa Clara, Calif., and a master’s degree from the Université de Paris.
Carol Brewer (Leclair) BSME '83 and John Brewer BSEE '83 are becoming empty nesters in the fall as their third child, Elizabeth, heads off to undergraduate studies at Loyola Marymount in September after graduating from Jesuit High in Portland OR as a member of the National Honor Society and the French National Honor Society. Their oldest, Bridget, graduated Bates College in June with BAs in English (Creative Writing) and Studio Art. She spends the next year in Austin TX with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps assisting newly immigrated Hispanic families with acclimation to life in the US before the published and national award-winning author decides on a graduate program in which she can further her passion for writing. Their son John begins his third year studying chemistry at University of Redlands in September, when he also begins duties as co-captain of UoR's nationally-ranked tennis team. Carol and John have swapped career roles, with Carol teaching Weight Watchers' in-company classes in the Silicon Forest while John tries to figure out what to do with himself after the sale of SiGe Semiconductor in June. Carol continues to play tennis in USTA and Portland City leagues while maintaining her running career from Bronco days. She's using local half-marathons to train for her first Portland Marathon in October in celebration of her 50th birthday.
Ed Borey MBA '83 is running in the general election in November to represent the 21st district of California in the state legislature. Borey plans to focus on fiscal responsibility, creating a more business-friendly environment, and improving the quality of our education.
J. Michael Bailey ’83, a top-ranked litigator, has been named vice chair of Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Government Relations, Lobbying and Political Law department. Bailey, in addition to his commercial litigation practice, represents clients before the U.S. Congress, Utah Legislature, and municipalities as well as state and federal regulatory agencies. Parsons Behle & Latimer’s 114 attorneys serve clients in the natural resources, manufacturing, technology, real estate, banking, retail, utility and health care industries, as well as practicing mass torts and personal injury law. Founded in 1882, it has offices in Salt Lake City, Reno and Las Vegas.
Simao J. Avila J.D. '83 is Senior Counsel, Legal & Government Relations for Kaiser Permanente. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Avila was labor and employment counsel for the Office of General Counsel, University of California. He was previously a partner with Littler Mendelson where he represented private and public sector clients on nearly all aspects of employment and labor law. He lecturers at Leland Stanford University, Law School (Gould Center) and at University of California - Boalt Hall on negotiations and ADR. He was a comments editor for Santa Clara Law Review at Santa Clara University, which published an article he authored, entitled "The Erosion of the Exclusionary Rule." He has presented on various subjects at professional conferences and speaks regularly on pertinent labor and employment issues dealing with the complexities of today’s diverse work force. To assist employers with one of those difficult contemporary challenges, while at Littler Mendelson, he co-authored a handbook entitled Terror and Violence in the Workplace. Avila is also co-author in A Litigator’s Guide to Effective Use of ADR in California (CEB, 2005).
Simao “Sim” Avila J.D. ’83 was named a Diversity Champion Finalist in the 2012 Bay Area Corporate Counsel Awards publication, a joint production of the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal.
Avila became a lawyer to create social justice in the world around him. It was a natural outgrowth of his years studying philosophy and existential phenomenology at St. Patrick’s College and law at Santa Clara University. In October 2011, he earned the Santa Clara Law Social Justice and Human Rights Award, which recognizes outstanding individuals in the cause of equality, social justice, and human rights.
Born on St. George Island in the Portuguese Azores, Avila worked for the National Labor Relations Board in Puerto Rico before coming to California. He practiced law as a partner at Littler Mendelson. Then as the labor and employment counsel for the University of California.
Martha C. Artiles '83 is the Global Chief Diversity Officer at Manpower, one of the world's leading staffing and employment firms. At Manpower, Artiles oversees strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives, and her expertise is organizational change, recruitment, quality management, and mechanical engineering.
Robert H. Thomas '84 is the Managing Attorney of the Pacific Legal Foundation’s Hawaii Center in Honolulu. Thomas joined PLF in 2003, and he directs land use, coastal zone, and environmental litigation across the State of Hawaii at the appellate and trial levels. His area of specialty is land use and eminent domain, but Thomas appreciates having a range of issues to tackle at PLF Hawaii. He is also Of Counsel to Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, a Honolulu firm that is one of Hawaii’s leaders in land use law.
Laura Rogers Stimson '84 and husband Charles "Cully" Stimson welcome children 3 and 4, Will and Cate--they join Ian and Sophia, both 7 years old. Laura is Director of the Career Litigation Track for the US Navy and Cully is a Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC.
James Stapleton '84, has joined 800-lawyer Littler Mendelson as the Chief Marketing Officer based in San Francisco.
Thomas M. “TJ” Spear, Jr., '84, a lawyer in Bend, Ore., with a private practice focusing on criminal defense and litigation, announced his candidacy in March for Oregon's Circuit Judge of the Deschutes County Circuit Court.
Prior to his entering private practice, Spear was a deputy district attorney in the State of Oregon for over 12 years. He is an accomplished trial attorney having both prosecuted and defended high-profile criminal cases, including murder and other serious crimes. Spear also previously served as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy and worked in the energy industry.
Monica Smyth J.D. '84 of Stamford, Conn., was appointed a member of the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities on October 27. The council is a governor-appointed body of people with disabilities, family members and professionals who work together to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities in community life. Smyth works as a family resource support coordinator for Abilis, Inc., a Greenwich-based not-for-profit agency.
Steven Ryan ’84 has been working in Jakarta, Indonesia, since 1996 as senior management in the field of freight transportation and logistics. Steven earned his master's degree in engineering from RMIT University (Australia) in 1994 and is currently pursuing his MBA. His wife, Evi, is from Indonesia and two boys, Vincent and Lawrence, attend an international school.