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Jill Layfield ’98 contributed “The Trail to the Top” to The New York Times column "The Boss," about her career path. Layfield is the chief executive of Backcountry.com, an online retailer of outdoor gear based in Park City, Utah.
Meghan Lang '98 and Tim Smith were married June 11 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. Don McCarthy, a friend of the bride and groom, officiated. McCarthy was the one who first introduced the couple. The wedding attendants included maid of honor Katie Lang, the bride's sister; groomsmen Joe Lang, the bride's brother; and Kelly and Evan Smith, the groom's sons. They will make their home in San Francisco.
Adolfo Laguna '98, wife Elvia, and daughters Isabel, 12, Rebeca, 9, and Daisy, 4, welcomed a baby boy, Adolfo III, on May 4, 2009. The family lives in Hollister, Calif. Adolfo is an associate principal at Silver Creek High School in San Jose, and Elvia is a stay-at-home mom.
Victor R. Kruckenberge ’98 and wife Melissa had a baby boy, Earle Griffin on June 16, 2010. The family resides in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Imelda (Wong) Kortens '98 and Jediah Kortens welcomed their first baby boy, Jackson Robert Kortens, into the world on April 30, 2013.
Imelda (Wong) Kortens '98 and Jediah welcomed their second child, Jessica Celine, to the world on September 9, 2015. Imelda, Jed, and Jessica live in San Jose with Jessica's big brother, Jackson.
Monica Karambelas (Eastman) '98 and Shawn Karambelas welcomed a baby boy, Nicholas, on May 3, 2011. He joins big brothers Stephen and Demetri. The family lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
Cathy (Miller) Justl '98 and David Justl '99 are pleased to announce the arrival of their daughter Annakiya Yewibdar Eileen born November 29, 2008 in Ethiopia and in our arms forever May 8, 2009.
Cathy (Miller) Justl '98, M.A. '01 and David Justl '99 live in Wisconsin and are pleased to announce the arrival of Katherine Yeon Emma Justl, born March 17, 2011, in Osan, South Korea, home forever on August 30, 2012. She joins big sister, Kiya, age 4.
Tomas Jimenez's '98’s book, Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican Americans, Immigration, and identity (University of California Press, 2010) was recently awarded the American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Latinos/as Section 2011 Distinguished Book Award. Professor Jiménez has also published this research in the American Journal of Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Social Science Quarterly, DuBois Review, and the Annual Review of Sociology. He is currently working on three projects. (1) The first—which is funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Stanford United Parcel Service Endowment Fund, and the Stanford Institute for Research in the Social Sciences—examines how host-society individuals (U.S.-born of U.S.-born parents) participate in the assimilation process by drawing on in-depth interviews with host-society individuals and observations in three distinct sub-regions in the Silicon Valley: East Palo Alto, Cupertino, and Berryessa. (2) A second project (with Stanford PhD Candidate, Lorena Castro) looks at how immigration becomes part of American national identity by studying a sample of high school US history textbooks from 1930-2005. (3) A third project—with social psychologist John Dovidio (Yale), political scientist Deborah Schildkraut (Tufts), and social psychologist Yuen Ho (UCLA)—uses lab experiments, survey data, and in-depth interviews to understand how contextual factors shape the sense of belonging and related intergroup attitudes, behaviors, and support for immigration policies among immigrants and host-society members in the United States. This project is funded by the Russell Sage Foundation.
Josh Hicks ’95, J.D. ’98 is a new shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, a firm practicing in the areas of real estate, natural resources, public policy, corporate, and litigation. Hicks is a member of the firm’s government relations department and taxation group. His tax practice focuses on Nevada state and local tax matters, ranging from tax planning to litigated tax controversies. Hicks’ government affairs practice focuses on representation before the Nevada Legislature, local governments and state government agencies. In addition, Hicks practices in all aspects of Nevada campaign finance and election law, including all aspects of ballot initiatives.
Ragan Henninger ’98 has been appointed senior policy advisor in the office of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. Ragan joined Sam’s council office in 2007, first as a council assistant, then spent five years as chief of staff. Her policy expertise includes environment, housing, budget and economic development, including work on the citywide inclusionary housing policy, plastic bag ban, and downtown high-rise incentive. She later left service with the city to manage Sam’s successful mayoral campaign in 2014. She previously worked for HomeFirst (formerly EHC LifeBuilders) as the director of Development and Communications where she was responsible for raising over $12 million annually.
Ragan currently serves on the board of Legacy Alviso San José Youth Foundation and is responsible for the foundation’s charitable distributions. Ragan and her husband live in the Cambrian neighborhood of San José, where they are raising their daughter.
Sheila J. Henderson M.A. '98 writes, "Two exciting events: My husband and I moved to New York City, and I recently published two books: Fostering Inventiveness in Children and Invention Friday Curriculum: Grades 2-5. These books are available on Amazon.com. For more information, please see the website: http://inventionfriday.org These books would likely be interesting to parents and teachers who are interested in encouraging their children toward interesting careers and to enjoy learning, inside and outside the classroom. The curriculum is great for the classroom, after school programs, and education at home."
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Maritez (Garcia) Gonzales '98 and husband Wil welcome their third child, Judah Cruz Gonzales. Baby Judah was born on March 17th and joins big brothers Josiah (5) and Jonah (3).
Anima-Christi (Clark) Giraldez '98, husband Chad, and son Hunter, 3, welcomed a baby girl, Sierra Rose, on Feb. 8. The family lives in Salinas, Calif.
Reverend Adel G. Ghali ’98 is still in the Chaplaincy Ministry in San Jose. He serves in a skilled nursing and assisted living facility, and also offers a helping hand to hear confessions and celebrate Holy Eucharist in parishes.
David Fisher MBA '98 is now vice president and business transformation officer at SRA International, Inc., a leading provider of IT solutions and professional services to government organizations.
Sandy Finch DeMasi M.A. '98 has recently become certified to work in the state of California as a School Psychologist.
Simone Eppich '98, a Ph.D. student in nutrition at the University of Washington, married Marshall Talbot, an orchardist, on March 29, 2008. The wedding party was full of family members including four nephew ring bearers and one niece flower girl. The honeymoon was postponed until June as Simone went right back to school, and Marshall headed off to the family orchard to help protect the apple and cherry trees against the damaging frost. The couple make their home part-time in Seattle and part-time in Wenatchee, Wash.
Ryan T. Dunn '98 and his wife, Julie Briggs Dunn were thrilled to welcome Dylan Patrick Dunn on January 13, 2009. The Dunns live in San Francisco.
Ryan T. Dunn '98 opened Dunn & Panagotacos LLP, a law firm in downtown San Francisco. The boutique firm specializes in personal injury and business litigation (www.dpllp.com).
Olga Diaz ’98 was named Civic Leader of the Year at U-T San Diego’s second annual San Diego Latino Champions Awards ceremony.
Jeffrey Dennison '98 was named one of the "40 Most Outstanding Individuals" on the Kitsap Peninsula by the Kitsap Business Journal.