Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted anytime by graduates in the 2010s
Christopher Freeburg '11 is currently serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest in Ashland, Mont., at the St. Labre Catholic Indian School. Ashland is a small town of 500 people in the SE corner of the state. 95 percent of the students who attend St. Labre are from the nearby Northern Cheyenne and Crow reservations and 78 of those students live in the dorms. Freeburg's workday starts after school with study hall. He writes: "I spend most of my time acting as a mentor and positive influence on these kids' lives, many of whom come from broken homes where they may experience verbal or physical abuse and witness substance and alcohol use on a regular basis. The rest of my time is spent immersed in the community, attending school functions, and learning about the history and culture (including attending sweats and pow-wows) of the local Native peoples."
Michael K. Foy ’11 has joined the law firm of Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball LLP as associate attorney. Foy earned a political science degree at Loyola Marymount University in 2008 then went on to earn his law degree at Santa Clara University School of Law in 2011. He works in the firm’s business and commercial litigation department.
Kyle Fitzsimmons '11 is serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Philadelphia, Penn., at Ready, Willing & Able.
Jackie (Goodall) Ellwood ’11, former marketing and musical theatre student, leader of Supertonic!, Pit Band member and jazz enthusiast, married her high school sweetheart, Ryan Ellwood, in February 2012.
Julie Connelly ’11 serves with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She works at The Harry Tompson Center, which provide day to day needs for the homelessness population such as: showers, phones, lunches, toiletries, laundry machines, and—most importantly—human interaction in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Rev. Seong-uk Choi STD ’11 writes: “I am teaching a Special Ethics course including sexual ethics and professional ethics at the Catholic University of Pusan Theological College. I am so happy to share my experiences at JST with Korean seminarians.”
Antonio Castro '11 serves with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps at Tucson Community Food Bank in Tucson, Arizona.
Emily Burke ’11 is in her first year as the volunteer coach with the Bronco volleyball team, working primarily on camp and office work. She also works with practice planning. In the past year Emily coached at Archbishop Mitty High School as the JV head coach as well as coached club for Vision Volleyball club. She has worked at the Santa Clara summer camps for the past four years.
Brooke Boniface ’11 is Santa Clara's new class giving officer in University Relations. Brooke graduated magna cum laude from Santa Clara in just three years with a double major in Political Science and History. She was obviously an incredible student and has already supported our office’s efforts greatly through her student job in the call center, where she ranked No. 1 in credit card rates her first year and had an unbelievable 99 percent fulfillment rate during her second year. We also had the opportunity to feature her student story in an annual fund piece during her senior year, so several of you will recognize her face. In her “spare time”, she also served as Opinions Editor for The Santa Clara student newspaper. Following her undergraduate degree from Santa Clara, Brooke served in Teach for America for two years in Phoenix. Most recent, she was tremendously successful as an ad sales rep for Yelp. We are incredibly happy that she is coming back home to Santa Clara to join our Reunion Fundraising team.
Pravin Boddu MBA ’11 published a satire on India, Drifting Democracy—India: from a Common Man's Perspective, which is available via Amazon CreateSpace.
Eva Blanco M.A. '11 is the new dean of Undergraduate Admission at SCU. "The desire to positively affect young lives and promote higher educational attainment drew me to college admissions. A strong sense of community and passionate students attracted me to Santa Clara. SCU changes lives and is located in a place that is equally transformative. Nothing compares to entrepreneurial spirit of the Silicon Valley and beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area!"
Eva volunteers much of her extra time to organizations and activities that she cares abouts. She's served as national chair of the Yale Latino Alumni Association, scholarship chair of the California Hispanic Professional Association, and grants committee member of the Arts Council of Silicon Valley. "I also enjoy spending time with my loving husband, DJ-ing, finding my Zen with yoga, and visiting my family in Venice, CA (my hometown). Last but not least, I love exploring the Bay Area."
Jennifer (Cooke) Bauer ’01, MBA ’11 married Jeffrey Bauer MBA ’11 on Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Burlingame, Calif. Cindy (Barrango) Rodondi ’01 served as a bridesmaid. Many SCU undergraduates and MBA graduates were in attendance from the classes of ’01 and ’11 respectively. The happy couple lives in San Jose, Calif.
Dru Atkison '11 writes, "Working hard in the big apple!"
Kandace Arens '11 serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest at Wintonia, in Seattle, Wash.
Michael Amato '07, M.S. '11 and Bianca Vallorz '07, tied the knot at the beautiful Mission Santa Clara on January 24, 2015! Even though the wedding was in the middle of winter, they were blessed with wonderful 70-degree weather and not a cloud in the sky! They currently live in San Jose, with Bianca supporting the local community working at Family Supportive Housing and Michael working at Apple.
Sarah Allbritten ’11 writes, "Recently relocated back to SF Bay Area from Los Angeles and I am currently looking for a job."
Christine Ahlstrom '11 graduated with her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy in May 2013 from the University of Southern California. She is now a Student Services Advisor in the Department of Preventive Medicine in the USC Keck School of Medicine. She lives in the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Reena Aboumrad '11 married Tony Driver '11 at Chaminade Resort and Spa in Santa Cruz, CA on June 29, 2013. The two met during Winter Quarter '10 in Professor O'Brien's Accounting 130 course.
Kristina Marie Woodcock ’12 has accepted a position teaching English in Nice, France.
Maria Valle ’12 facilitated San Jose's second annual leadership conference for young women in the spring. The theme was "Strong Girls, Strong Women."