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