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Brandon Gojenola ’13, MBA ’15 proposed to fellow Bronco Jaclyn Sunzeri ’12 in front of the Santa Clara Mission. Father Art will marry the two in the Mission on July 2, 2016. Brandon earned his MBA in 2015 and now works as a Marketing Operations Specialist at Juniper Networks. Jaclyn will earn her M.A. in Counseling Psychology in 2017. The two met in Walsh Hall in 2009.
Tanya Schmidt ’12 is the new New York chapter co-president of the SCU Alumni Association. An English major with minors in religious studies and classics, Tanya moved to New York after two seasons of professional volleyball in Europe for a Master of Arts program at NYU in English and American literature. She enjoys pick-up volleyball and volunteering with an after-school cooking program at a school in Brooklyn.
Kristi Hockenson ’12, a Stryker endoscopy supplier quality engineer, was nominated for Employee of the Month within weeks of being hired, for her leadership in discovering and handling a potential health and safety concern for customers. She placed parts on shiphold, quarantined product, and implemented a course of action allowing Stryker to meet sales goals and clear back orders. Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies.
Brienne Ghafourifar '12 made MOGUL's 35 Under 35 list of women for her work in tech and for being the youngest college grad to have raised $1 million in venture funding. The award recognizes women who have shown outstanding leadership and innovation. She is the co-founder of Entefy Inc., a Palo Alto tech startup focused on reinventing digital interactions and rewriting the code of communication.
Claudia Flores '12 joined Congressman Mike Honda (D-Santa Clara) at the State of the Union Address in January. Flores is an immigration rights activist and Congressional fellow who was allowed to stay in the United States thanks to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
Madison Young ’13 writes, "I've been excitedly pursuing my Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology through the University of San Francisco to become closer to my dream of helping children."
Webster Groves native Maura Kinsella ’13 is home with her parents to recuperate after a dramatic cycling crash on Feb. 3, 2015, during the Tour of Qatar. Maura, 23, is a 2009 graduate of Visitation Academy and races professionally for Optum Pro Cycling. She also is a member of the USA Cycling team. Following several days in a Doha hospital to nurse broken ribs, she hopes to compete in the 2015 Tour de France and the World Championships, to be held Richmond, Virginia.
Mohamed Jawad M.S. ’13, a project engineer, was recently profiled in The National for his extensive collection of Apple products. Jawad, an Emerati, has original and rare Apple firsts, and every version of recent creations. Jawad takes part in IT exhibitions throughout the UAE and hopes to one day have a museum where his collection is on permanent display.
Cailin Doherty ’13 is the new president of the Los Angeles chapter of the SCU Alumni Association. Cailin studied marketing while at Santa Clara and played on the women's soccer team. She loved her time at SCU, especially working as an intern for the Alumni Association. Cailin enjoys sports, spending time with her friends and family, and meeting new Broncos. She is currently a sales assistant at OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.
Evangeline "Vangie" Maynard Cumming ’96, MBA ’13 married Stephen Ballard Cumming in a beautiful ceremony in Palos Verdes, Calif. Alumni in attendance included her brothers, Paul Maynard ’89 and Ryan Maynard ’91, and friends Valeri Yee ’96, Christy Duncan-Anderson ’96, Dawn McIntosh M.S. ’10, and Sonya Duffin ’98.
Clara K. Chiu J.D. ’13 has joined the intellectual property practice group of Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP. Chiu is an associate based out of the Silicon Valley office. Chiu emphasis is on patent prosecution and counseling. She works with clients across a wide range of industries, including machinery, material composition, consumer electronics, mobile applications, data processing and biotechnology devices.
Judith Martinez ’14 launched her organization's first #CatalyzeCourage Summit, in March, for her brainchild InHerShoes. A registered 501(c)3 startup-nonprofit, InHerShoes is committed to catalyzing courage for young girls and women around the world to live lives of empowerment, exploration, and possibility. Posing the question: What would you do if you were 1% more courageous?, the organization brings together professional women with breakthrough performance who are changing the game in typically considered unconventional fields, and high school girls from modest means, and creates for them a day filled with wonder and endless possibilities at each Summit. The summit, which took place in Santa Monica, had more than 100 girls in attendance, represented five high schools in the Greater LA area, and 14 speakers.
Post-summit, InHerShoes has awarded five high school girls scholarships to become the first class of Catalyst Scholars. To become a scholar, applicants submitted a one-sentence idea to #CatalyzeCourage at their high school. Catalyst Scholar recipients receive mentorship from the InHerShoes team, as well as mentors in the field of their interest to create community projects that catalyze courage for their local community.
Michael Howles-Banerji ’14 writes, "I got married in October 2014. We moved to Redmond, Washington, in January 2015 for my new job as a software development engineer for Microsoft."
Thomas Hessler ’14 has moved to Buffalo, New York, where he’s a member of the d!g co-working space. Hessler is technical operations manager at Trainersvault, based out of Los Angeles, and executive project manager for Cuore Technology, out of Santa Clara. He’s been charged with building out the business and tech teams at each of those companies, with the hires taking place in Buffalo.
Kelsey Dedoshka ’14, a software engineer at Hewlett-Packard, participated on the Career Aspirations Panel of the Aspirations in Computing program, a talent development pipeline initiative of the National Center for Women & IT designed to increase women's meaningful participation in computing careers by providing encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internships to high potential technically inclined young women. Aspirations in Computing is the only national-level talent development program for young women in computing and information technology.
Marianna Allen ’14 writes, "Just graduated December 2014! Looking at work options! Excited yet a bit apprehensive, too. So happy to be an SCU graduate!"