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2012

'12
Ghafourifar, Brienne

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. 

submitted Feb. 9, 2015 2:17A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '12
Flores, Claudia

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).

“Claudia is a great example of what DACA means for our country,” Congressman Honda said. “This hard-working, bright woman, who has done so much in her young career, would have been deported if not for President Obama’s action in 2012. She is exactly the type of person this policy was meant to encourage to stay in the United States.”
 
Claudia and her family moved to San Jose from Honduras when she was a teenager. She became a leader at San Jose High School and in her community, eventually earning a full-ride scholarship to Santa Clara University. Two summers ago, she arrived in Washington, D.C., and worked as an intern in Congressman Honda’s office. Fueled by her passion for social justice, she later joined the national immigrants’ rights movement, advocating for millions of families, including her own.
 
“I am in Washington, DC because I feel that I have a responsibility to serve as a voice for the millions of immigrants in my community who are simply asking for an opportunity to live their dreams,” she said.
submitted Feb. 1, 2015 2:32P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '12
Aozasa, Margueritte

Margueritte Aozasa '12 has been named assistant coach for the Stanford women’s soccer program. 

Aozasa, who grew up in nearby Mountain View, was a four-year starter at Santa Clara University, where she split positions between midfield and center back, a spot that allowed her to take advantage of her ability to read the field. She earned West Coast Conference All-Academic honors. Aozasa has been coaching with the Mountain View-Los Altos Soccer Club – a club she represented as a player – for the past six years.

submitted May. 15, 2015 3:15P

2013

UGRD Arts & Sciences '13
Young, Madison

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."

submitted Mar. 25, 2015 9:33P
'13
Kromm, Genevieve
Genevieve "Jenny" Kromm '13 has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study censorship campaigns in Vienna, Austria, during WWI, and their impact on the arts. Kromm, a 24-year-old whose hometown is Santa Clara, studied in Vienna through an SCU Research Travel Award in 2011 and received many scholarships and opportunities to study German music and language while at SCU. Her Fulbright topic was influenced by a history class taught by Professor Matthew Newsom Kerr called War and Democracy: WWI in the UK, which she said “changed my life”; and by her senior thesis, which focused on the collapse of the Austrian monarchy before and during WWI and rising nationalism of former Austro-Hungarian territories. Jenny also credits her thesis advisor, Professor Amy Randall, and her German teacher, Professor Josef Hellebrandt, for her success at SCU.
 
President Michael Engh, S.J. said of the recipients: “Their accomplishments and intellectual endeavors represent the best of Santa Clara University. They, like Santa Clara, have a special appreciation for the international exchange of ideas and culture as a source for positive global change.”
 
 

 

submitted Apr. 30, 2015 12:41P
'13
Kinsella, Maura

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.

submitted Feb. 18, 2015 4:22P
GRD Engineering '13
Jawad, Mohamed

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.

submitted Feb. 27, 2015 3:06P
'13
Doherty, Cailin

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.

submitted Feb. 15, 2015 3:55P
GRD Law '13
Chiu, Clara

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.

Prior to joining the firm, Chiu worked in the intellectual property departments of Panasonic and the former startup Nest Labs, and served as the judicial extern for the Honorable Socrates P. Manoukian, Santa Clara County Court.
 
Before her legal career, Chiu worked as a research associate in molecular biology at the University of California, San Francisco.
submitted Apr. 10, 2015 4:24P

2014

'14
Otto, Brent

Brent H. Otto, S.J. M.Div. '14 is one of 28 Jesuits ordained into priesthood this summer by the Society of Jesus, the largest order of priests and brothers in the Roman Catholic Church. Otto, 35, grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts. In 2006, he was sent to Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, where he earned a master’s degree in philosophy and completed a joint master’s program in International and Global History from Columbia University in New York and the London School of Economics. He is a board member of the Ignatian Solidarity Network. He is working on his LST at the Jesuit School of Theology.

submitted Jun. 14, 2015 6:27P
'14
Martinez, Judith

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.

With guest speakers, keynote presentations, breakout dance parties, and group activities, InHerShoes strives to provide a safe-space and a launchpad; ask questions and stimulate answers; create a community of mentorship and action as a stand for girls and women everywhere to live a life and create a future they love as a Catalyst for Courage. Judith and the InHerShoes team is currently finalizing the venue for #CatalyzeCourage Summit 2016 to take place in San Francisco, CA.
submitted Mar. 20, 2015 11:25P
UGRD Engineering '14
Keng, Diane

Diane Keng ’14 presented two papers last fall at the IEEE International Conference on Internet of Things 2014 in Taiwan, and the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics in San Diego; and she's recently teamed up with Ph.D. candidates in Germany to research big data. They recently presented two papers at the International Conference on Information Technology: New Generations (ICEIS) in Las Vegas, and the International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (ICEIS) in Spain. 

submitted Mar. 2, 2015 10:26A
UGRD Engineering '14
Howles-Banerji, Michael

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."

submitted Jan. 19, 2015 5:59P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Hessler, Thomas

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.

 
submitted Apr. 6, 2015 12:01P
'14
Guibord, David

David Guibord ’14 was recently interviewed by MTV News about raising awareness and finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Last year Guibord joined Hilarity for Charity, Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller’s groundbreaking organization that encourages college students to spread awareness. Their biggest event, HFC U is a fundraising competition between universities. The schools that bring in the most money get amazing prizes, including a meet and greet with Seth. Last year Guibord helped Santa Clara come in second place.

submitted Mar. 20, 2015 11:57P
'14
Gonzalez, Leah

Leah Gonzalez '14 is currently working as a post-production assistant and is thrilled to be able to continue writing for Santa Clara Magazine as well.

submitted Jun. 8, 2015 3:49P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '14
Dedoshka, Kelsey

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.

The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing program engages young women interested in technology and computing. By generating visibility for these young women in their local communities, the program encourages their continued interest in computing, attracts the attention and support of educational and corporate institutions, and emphasizes at a personal level the importance of women's participation in computing and IT.
submitted Mar. 20, 2015 10:32P

2015

GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '15
Ponce, Alexzander

Alexzander Ponce M.A. '15 writes that he will be getting married within the next two years!

Contact Alexzander
Alexzander Ponce
submitted May. 14, 2015 10:58A
GRD Law '15
Magaña, Gustavo

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.

submitted Mar. 3, 2015 5:04P

Unknown

'wn
Ullal, Jayshree

Jayshree Ullal M.S. '86 was ranked 30th in Forbes’ first list of "America’s Top 50 Most Successful, Self-made Women,” as measured by her net worth: $470 million. According to the magazine, “to be eligible for this list, women had to have substantially made their own fortunes. In cases where they started businesses with, and still share with, their husbands, we’ve assigned them half of that combined wealth.”

London-born Jayshree Ullal, 54, who was raised in New Delhi, took over computer networking company Arista Networks in Santa Clara, Calif., as president and chief executive officer in 2008, when it had less than 50 employees, transforming it into one of Silicon Valley’s most valuable networking firms by 2014. Ulla is a mother of two.
 
submitted May. 30, 2015 1:51P
'wn
Russell, Christine

Christine A. Russell '71, MBA '83 has been appointed chief financial officer of UniPixel. Russell brings to the position more than 30 years of CFO and senior management experience for private and publicly traded technology companies. Over the course of her career, she has completed a number of IPOs, as well as both the buy and sell side of M&A transactions.

Russell previously served as CFO of Vendavo, a provider of B2B price optimization software solutions, where she helped grow revenue 20% year-over-year and generate a record bookings quarter before helping lead the company's sale to a private equity firm earlier this year. 
 
Russell currently serves as director and audit committee chair of QuickLogic Corporation, and previously served as director and audit committee chair of Peak International. She is currently the chairman of Silicon Valley Directors Exchange (SVDX) which affiliates with the Stanford Rock Center. Other roles included president of Financial Executives International (Silicon Valley Chapter), and emeritus member of the business school advisory board at the University of Santa Clara, Leavey School of Business. 
 
submitted May. 30, 2015 1:14P
'wn
Dill, Henry

Henry Dill '79 is the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California’s new chairman of the board. His focus will be to continue to make the membership and the industry aware that GSA is an incredible resource to assist them in navigating through the changing business climate facing the agriculture industry. With the challenges facing the industry, right now most notably water and labor, the GSA can offer insight on how to tackle many of these issues. In addition, Dill said “I think more focus can be given to encouraging the next generation that the farming industry is a great profession and can be hard work, but is very rewarding. The challenge is getting mentors to teach and get the students some hands-on experience in the form of internships, whether it be in production, food safety or sales.”

Dill is a native of the Salinas Valley. He started working full time in production for the The Garin Company in 1979 and moved later to sales. He has also worked for Bruce Church and D’Arrigo Bros., and is currently sales manager at Pacific International Marketing/Dynasty Farms. Dill lives in Salinas with his wife, Lisa, and they have three grown children, Henry, Natalie, and Sam. For many years, he has been active in the California Rodeo Salinas, Palma School and Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation
submitted May. 30, 2015 1:44P
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