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UGRD Leavey Business '93
Yi, Helen (Yi)

Helen Yi '93 and James Choi were married on May 16, 2009 at Mission Santa Clara. Presided by Christopher Cartwright, S.J. and Reverend Sungho Lee. The bride was walked down the aisle by her mother and father, Mary and Peter Yi. The bridal party included Bridesmaids Mai Townsend, Jenny Hong, Karen Parker, Karen Moore and Kara Pendleton; Groomsmen CK Chang, Sung Cho, Rockson Liu, Sam Liu and Dennis Pham; Junior Bridesmaids Rosalia Costa and Victoria Costa; Flower Girls Victoria Baer, Haley Hong, Olivia Judd and Sydney Judd; Junior Groomsmen Steven Choi and Edward Choi; and Ring Bearer Thomas Choi. Over 200 guests witnessed the ceremony and the celebration continued at the Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon. The couple honeymooned in Paris and will welcome their first baby in September 2010.

submitted Jun. 2, 2010 10:40A
UGRD Leavey Business '93
Yi, Helen

Helen K. Yi '93 and husband James Choi welcomed their first child, Andrew James on August 26, 2010. Baby Andrew weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19.5 inches long and has been smiling nonstop almost since the day he arrived. Helen and James were married on May 16, 2009 at Mission Santa Clara. Andrew's Mommy continues to serve as Vice President and General Counsel at The Matteson Companies, a Redwood City-based real estate investment, management and development company.

submitted Jun. 6, 2011 11:38A
UGRD Leavey Business '93
Yi, Helen (Yi)

Helen K. Yi '93 and James S. Choi welcomed their second son on April 16, 2013. Aaron David Choi was born on April 16, 2013 at 12:40 pm at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City and joins proud big brother Andrew. Helen continues to serve as General Counsel for The Matteson Companies, a peninsula based property management, development and investment company.

submitted May. 25, 2013 4:02P
GRD Leavey/MBA '93
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 Arts & Sciences '93
Turner, Chris

Chris Turner '93 and Elizabeth Horner were married at Kennolyn Hilltop Hacienda in Soquel, CA on October 16, 2010. The bridal party included Kevin Lum Lung '93, Alexei Peters '93 and Darren Filpi '94. Alumni in attendance included R. Michael Johns '93, Michael Larriva '93, John MacGregor '94, Alex Hauser '92 and Michelle (Belforte) Hauser '92. Chris currently produces the PBS television series "Independent Lens" at ITVS in San Francisco. The couple lives in Oakland, CA.

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submitted Nov. 28, 2010 7:25P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '93
Turner, Chris

Chris Turner '93 and wife Lisa welcomed their first child, Casey Forrest, on January 25, 2012. He joins the family home in Oakland. Chris produces the independent film series Independent Lens for PBS, and Lisa is a middle school English teacher.

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submitted Feb. 3, 2012 4:56P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '93
Turner, Chris

Chris Turner ’93 currently oversees Discovery Communications' original internet networks and lives in San Francisco. He and wife Lisa welcomed a baby girl, Thea Lucia Turner, on June 15, 2014. She joins brother Casey (2).

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submitted Jul. 10, 2014 12:52P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '93
Tannert, Alyssa (Schaeffer)

Alyssa (Schaeffer) Tannert '93 and Thomas Tannert '94, '99 & '04 welcomed a baby boy, Rollan Hans, on Feb. 8, at 8 lbs. 8 oz and 21 3/4 inches long. He joins big sister Larena, age 4. The family lives in San Jose.

submitted Jun. 16, 2010 10:57A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '93
SULLIVAN, Maureen (Cosgrove)

Maureen (Cosgrove) Sullivan '93 and husband Drew welcomed a baby girl, Catherine Adele, on May 21, 2009. Catherine joins big brother Daniel, age 3. Maureen is a freelance writer and editor. The family lives in Overland Park, KS.

submitted Mar. 13, 2010 11:09A
Sullivan, Patricia

Patricia L. Sullivan '93 is an assistant professor of international relations in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her book, Who Wins? Predicting Strategic Success and Failure in Armed Conflict, was published by Oxford University Press in July 2012.

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submitted Feb. 19, 2013 11:43A
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '93
Stowe, John

Pope Francis has named John Stowe M.Div. ’93, STL ’95, to be the third bishop of Lexington, Kentucky.

Lexington is designated as a mission diocese within the United States: the geographic, demographic and economic characteristics indicate an acute need to evangelize Gospel values and to provide outreach services elevating human dignity and eliminating human suffering. It has 39 priests, and 6 Jesuits work in the diocese.  Bishop-elect John’s vision of his ministry dovetails with the mission of his Alma Mater, JSTB: “reverent and critical service of the faith that does justice” and of Pope Francis’ hope that we become a church of the poor.

John Stowe was born April 15, 1966, in Lorain, Ohio.  He entered the Lady of Consolation Province of the Conventual Franciscans, Mt. St. Francis, IN, and completed collegiate and philosophy studies at St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri. His thesis at the Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley was on the first bishop of Mexico: “Juan de Zumárraga, OFM: Bishop and Evangelizer.” During his studies in Berkeley, Fr. John was on the steering committee of the JSTB chapter of Pax Christi, the International Catholic Peace Movement. He led faculty and students to attend the annual Franciscan Desert Experience at the U.S. underground nuclear test site on Shoshone Native American lands in Nevada.  One year the Minister-General of the Friars Minor, Rev. Hermann Schalück, led the group at the site in the Eucharist.
Read more about Stowe on the JST blog.
submitted Apr. 6, 2015 9:35A
UGRD Engineering '93
Staub-French, Sheryl

Sheryl Staub-French '93 received the School of Engineering's 2015 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, which honors alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and/or service to the School of Engineering have set them apart. Staub-French reflects the qualities and characteristics that best define the ideals of a Jesuit education: a passion for and commitment to excellence.

Since obtaining her bachelor’s degree at Santa Clara, Sheryl Staub-French went on to earn her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. She is currently associate professor of civil engineering at University of British Columbia. An active proponent of the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM)—a digital process for modeling the spatial, functional, and contextual dimensions of a construction project—Sheryl researches and develops tools and techniques to better support multidisciplinary decision processes in the increasingly complex field of construction coordination. During the past 15 years she has contributed more than 50 papers in leading journals and conferences in BIM and topics related to the technological and organizational issues associated with its implementation.

She is also the inaugural holder of the Goldcorp Professorship for Women in Engineering and director of the eng•cite program (, which develops and delivers a targeted recruitment strategy for UBC Engineering that aims to increase the number of women enrolled in its programs to 50 percent by 2020. Eng•cite works with teachers, counselors, parents, and high school students to promote engineering education, and provide mentorship and role models for young women who might not otherwise consider or pursue engineering careers.  For her contribution to the field of civil engineering and her commitment to the education of the next generation of practitioners, Sheryl received this award.
submitted Apr. 28, 2015 1:07P
Spartz, Todd

Todd Spartz MBA '93 has been appointed vice president and chief financial officer at Nomis Solutions.

submitted Jul. 7, 2010 11:42A
UGRD Leavey Business '93
Smith, Kevin

Kevin Smith ’93 is the vice president of software development for Ellucian, a leading provider of software and services for Higher Education institutions. Kevin currently resides near Washington D.C. with his wife Kate, and their 3 boys - Jackson, Sean, and Daniel.

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submitted Sep. 27, 2013 11:43A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '93
Slifer, Anissa

Anissa Slifer '93 and her husband Brooks Bernardo welcomed the birth of their first child, Taylor, almost a year ago on October 25, 2010. They currently live in Knoxville, TN where Anissa is working as a physician.

submitted Oct. 11, 2011 5:09A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '93
Slifer, Anissa

Anissa Slifer '93 is working as a hospitalist in Knoxville, Tenn. She and her husband, Brooks Bernardo, welcomed their first child, Taylor James, on October 25, 2010. All are doing well!!!

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Anissa's email address is
submitted Jun. 7, 2011 7:34P
Sifferman, Stephen

Stephen Sifferman '93, M.S. '98 received the School of Engineering's 2015 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, which honors alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and/or service to the School of Engineering have set them apart. Sifferman reflects the qualities and characteristics that best define the ideals of a Jesuit education: a passion for and commitment to excellence.

For the past 20 years, Steve Sifferman has had a distinguished career in the wireless communications industry.  Beginning as a senior software engineer at Northrop Grumman, he moved on to ArrayComm, where he worked his way up the ranks to eventually taking on the role of President of the world leader in multi-antenna signal processing software products for wireless communications. During his time with ArrayComm, he helped develop cutting-edge technologies and holds numerous patents in recognition of his work.  Respected not only for his technical ability, Steve is also lauded for his managerial and leadership abilities. In his current capacity as president and CEO of Tarana Wireless, Inc., Steve is guiding the company’s evolution from its successful first phase of technology development into broad commercialization and growth. Beyond serving his company, he impacts his field as a board member of the Telecommunications Industry Association. For his contribution to the development of wireless communication technologies and outstanding leadership within his industry, Steve was selected to receive this honor.

He continues to live in Santa Clara with his wife, Leslie Anne (Rettig) Sifferman '93, and their three children: Greg, Stephanie, and Nick.
submitted Apr. 28, 2015 1:04P
Shih, Timothy
Timothy K. Shih 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.
Since obtaining his Ph.D. at Santa Clara, Dr. Shih has become a full professor of Computer Science and Information Engineering at National Central University, which is ranked among the top eight research institutions in Taiwan. Throughout his career, he has made major research contributions in the areas of intelligent distance learning and video technology on video repair and special effects production, garnering numerous international research and best paper awards. A prolific researcher, he has more than 480 publications and is the founder of theInternational Journal of Distance Education Technologies, where he served as coeditor-in-chief. He also served as associate editor and area editor for more than 40 journals, including IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, and ACM Transactions on Internet Technology. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).


submitted Apr. 7, 2014 4:05P
Sacco, Katie (Gough)

Katie Gough Sacco '93 and Mark Sacco '92 announce the birth of their third child, Wyatt Christopher Sacco. Wyatt joins big sister Lucy and big brother Owen at home in Alameda, Calif.

submitted Nov. 6, 2008 9:13A
Rooney, Kevin

Kevin F. Rooney ’93 was made partner at the law firm of Browne George Ross LLP. He was appointed co-lead class counsel by the United States District Court in Florida in a landmark class action involving a fraudulent trade school, achieving the largest known student loan forgiveness settlement in U.S. history, in excess of $140 million. Kevin lives in San Mateo with his wife, Diane, and his children, Braeden and Olivia.

submitted Apr. 14, 2015 10:43A
Ritchey, Aaron


Aaron Michael Ritchey '93 has published his third novel for young adults, Elizabeth’s Midnight. He lives in Colorado with his wife and two young daughters.
“It really is a story about courage, overcoming fear, and embracing grand adventures,” he said. “I think it’s easy for us to say no to the adventures we get in our lifetime. It’s easy to give all of the excuses in the world not to go on them. So, this is really about saying yes to the adventure ... One of the quotes in the book is, ‘we walk through our fear afraid,’ and that’s one of the themes. It has been a great book to work on and to actually put out in the world, because unlike my other stuff that’s kind of edgy, this one is really nice. There’s still an edge to it, but it’s kind of a sweeter, more adventure, kind of romance.”


He is already planning the release of his next book, which is due out later this year. Visit for more information or to sign up for the newsletter.

submitted Jul. 22, 2015 3:35P
Raczykowski, Kristin

Kristin (Busch) Raczykowski '93 and husband Dan became the proud parents of twins, Tyler Joseph and Lexi Marie, on June 18, 2011. The family lives in Spokane, Wash.

submitted Jul. 1, 2011 10:28A
GRD Leavey/MBA '93
Pitchford, Mark

Mark Pitchford MBA ’93 was named managing director of sales and service at Esurance, the direct-to-consumer personal car insurance company. Pitchford will be based at the San Francisco headquarters.

Pitchford joined Esurance from Allstate, where he was senior vice president of direct sales and service. Prior to Allstate, Pitchford held senior marketing, sales, and customer service positions at Hanaro Telecom and Hanaro Media (in South Korea), Qwest Communications, and AT&T.

submitted Jun. 10, 2012 11:19A
Pastorini, Heather

Returning to her alma mater and former employer, Heather Pastorini '93 has joined SCU staff as a Principal Gifts officer. Heather has spent the past nine years as chief advancement officer at De La Salle High School in Concord. Heather led their fundraising, alumni and communication operations including their most recent capital campaign. Prior to her time at De La Salle, Heather was director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Santa Clara University and is proud to be home with the Broncos. She and her husband Todd Pastorini '91 reside in Discovery Bay and have two children, Hayden, a sophomore at University of Arizona and Shelby, a high school senior. 

submitted Jul. 20, 2015 2:56P
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