Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted anytime by graduates in the 2010s
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.
Ana Maria Valdes ’12 and Mark Spain ’13 were married on June 7, 2014, at the Mission Santa Clara de Asís. The couple met at SCU freshmen orientation and began dating their senior year. Other Broncos in attendance included bridesmaids Jessica Campbell ’11 and Marlynn Spain ’10, and groomsmen Anthony Sagariballa ’12, Dong Seon Min ’14, and David Sippel ’13. The couple resides in Seattle, Wash.
Alessandra Czamanski Silva M.A., MFT ’12 writes, "Dear Psy fellows, I recently moved to Texas! I cannot believe that I left California, but life changes directions and we don't always know why. I am trusting the way and so far I am happy with what I have encountered in Austin. I really hope to find as good professionals as the ones I had the privilege to meet during grad school at SCU!"
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.
Nathan Rogers ’12 presented the valedictory remarks at the 2012 SCU commencement ceremony. You can watch the video here.
In May, Daniel Peng ’12 received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant. He’s one of about 1,800 recipients nationwide who will have the chance to travel abroad for a unique hands-on learning opportunity in their chosen field.
Starting in September, he will be stationed at a clinic in Hangzhou a city of about 6 million in the eastern portion of China.
His research grant proposal targets Type 2 diabetes, which is far more prevalent, but less understood than Type 1 diabetes. Together, the two forms of the disease affect about 29 million Americans. During his time in Hangzhou, he’ll be interacting with patients and clinicians to affect change.
“In terms of the research I’m conducting, this is not hard science,” he said. “It’s more of a public health project.”
Simple changes, Peng noted, can reduce the rates of diabetes. People can often create and maintain better health by eating more fruits and vegetables, and fewer high-fat foods and simple carbohydrates like white rice and potatoes. Another important factor, Peng said, is getting patients to understand and care about dietary restrictions.
Educating others comprises about half of his duties in China. He’s also going to be working to create a patient database that will help doctors understand the long-term affects of treatment.
Prior to his current job, Peng spent time working with diabetics of all ages at the Stanford University School of Medicine and at the Pacific Free Clinic in San Jose.
Kathleen (Huber) Parker '12, M.S. '15 and Andrew Parker '12 were married at Mission Santa Clara on June 27, 2015. They celebrated with several Bronco friends and family including bridesmaids and groomsmen Kim Aagaard '12, Mari Katsura '12, Lizzie Mercado '12, Chris Barna '12, and Michael Busch '12.
Morgen Oswood ’12 is now a Jesuit Volunteer with Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Kansas City, Mo. Based in four core values—social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality—Jesuit Volunteer Corps offers women and men an opportunity to work full-time for justice and peace. JVs serve the poor directly, working for structural change in the United States and in developing countries.
Rachel O'Hanlon ’12 is now a Jesuit Volunteer with St. Ignatius School, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Based in four core values—social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality—Jesuit Volunteer Corps offers women and men an opportunity to work full-time for justice and peace. JVs serve the poor directly, working for structural change in the United States and in developing countries.
Elizabeth Nuss J.D. ’12, who was sworn in as a member of the California State Bar in November, joined Gaw Van Male, a law firm specializing in wealth preservation, business law, and related litigation in Napa.
Meghan Neville ’12 writes: "Living in Milwaukee."
Cynthia Martinez ’12 is now a Jesuit Volunteer with Colegio Pan y Amor, in Managua, Nicaragua. Based in four core values—social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality—Jesuit Volunteer Corps offers women and men an opportunity to work full-time for justice and peace. JVs serve the poor directly, working for structural change in the United States and in developing countries.
Alumni Gustavo Magaña ’12, J.D. ’15 and Melanie Reyes ’12 were wed on Nov. 1, 2014. Alumni in attendance: Melissa Minato ’12, Albenis Curiel ’12, Iman Latif ’12, and Farhan Choudhury ’13. Current Law students in attendance: Diego Aviles J.D. ’15, Joseph Nave J.D. ’15, and Andrew Goetz J.D. ’15. The mass was presided by Father Michael Engh.
Claudette Linzey ’12 recently began working at Barney & Barney, LLC as the Digital Media Communications Associate, joining Scott Terrill ’13, her former classmate. She is living in the La Jolla area.
Kamila Lambert '12 founded Edible Urban Farm, a business that empowers people to grow their own fresh, organic food. She sparked her interest in urban farming while working at Santa Clara University's community vegetable garden, The Forge. She wondered what was stopping people from turning their thirsty, unproductive lawns into beautiful, productive vegetable gardens. Brendan Ruiz '12 joined Edible Urban Farm after working as a youth garden educator at Middlebrook Center for Urban Sustainability. A lifelong interest in human ecology led Brendan to study anthropology at Santa Clara University and to grow his own food at his home in Santa Clara. When he's not farming, he enjoys climbing rocks, making music, and being an organism.
Both Dana Knudsen ’12 and Tanya Schmidt ’12 who played volleyball for the Broncos are now playing professionally in Europe. Dana in Murcia, Spain and Tanya in Germany. Thanks to SCU for giving both girls the opportunities and growth to reach to a higher level. Go Broncos!
Jenny Jin ’12 is now a Jesuit Volunteer with Messmer Catholic Schools, in Milwaukee, Wis. Based in four core values—social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality—Jesuit Volunteer Corps offers women and men an opportunity to work full-time for justice and peace. JVs serve the poor directly, working for structural change in the United States and in developing countries.
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.
Holly Hanbury-Brown ’12 is now an associate editor at Discovery Girls Magazine! Thank you to Steven Saum for teaching me so much about publishing a quality magazine with high standards and a mission to better our world. Shoutouts to Chuck Barry, Clay Hamilton, and Russ Morris too! Long live Bucky!
Victoria (Watson) '12 and Steffen Hack '11 married on July 21, 2012, at the Mission Church. The ceremony was presided by Fr. Michael Engh, S.J. The wedding party included maid of honor Danielle Espinal '12, and bridesmaids Julia Hill-Wright '12 and Sarah Safir '12. Additional broncos in attendance were Whitney Nelson '12, Kortney Wynn '12, Jackie Winslow '10, Arthur Gallanter '12, Lena Gipson '11, Josh Fredkin '11, Amy Castello '15, Edward Sousa J.D. '84, and Mike Murphy '80. The newlywed couple is currently living in Santa Clara.
Brienne Ghafourifar ’12, the youngest college graduate at age 17 to raise $1 million in venture funding for her business, Entefy, is among four women chronicled in the upcoming documentary film She Started It, about women entrepreneurs.