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1995

UGRD Engineering '95
Palmer, Keith

Keith Palmer 95 happily married Rina Knoblock on June 14, 2014 at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, Calif. Having sadly both lost their first spouses to cancer, they met at a grief support group and share an amazing number of similarities and parallels in their lives. They both feel very fortunate for their second chance at love and that they did not have to look hard for each other. The couple is also expecting a baby boy this December. The first for both of them.

submitted Sep. 6, 2014 8:58P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '95
Hicks, Josh

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.

submitted Jan. 7, 2014 10:35P
UGRD Engineering '95
davis, mark

Mark Davis ’95 and Ellice welcomed their second daughter Reese. Tess finally got her sister. The family lives in Creston, Ca.

submitted Jul. 22, 2014 4:33P

1996

UGRD Leavey Business '96
Zacharias, Brian

Brian Zacharias ’96 is a new principal to the Financial and Forensic Consulting Service Group of Hemming Morse, LLP, a national accounting firm. He joins from Burr Pilger Mayer, Inc., where Zacharias was a senior manager.

Bringing nearly 20 years of experience to the firm, Zacharias advises clients on a wide range of complex matters involving financial and valuation issues for financial reporting, tax, merger and acquisition, financial turnaround and litigation matters. His valuation experience spans business valuation, intellectual property and other intangible assets, as well as valuation of options and other derivatives. Zacharias has served as an expert on civil litigation issues including economic damages, breach of contract, fraud, and business and intellectual property disputes.
 
Zacharias is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) and founding member and executive committee chair of the Fair Value Exchange.
submitted Nov. 17, 2013 10:53A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '96
Rivera, Jill

Jill Rivera ’96, who played softball for four seasons at Santa Clara University, often played catch with her son, Chris Rivera, in the yard even before he entered T-ball. Now he's accepted a scholarship to play baseball at Long Beach State. A single mom, Rivera works for a family-owned general contracting business in Watsonville.

 
submitted Jul. 21, 2014 8:08A
GRD Law '96
Nevarez, Kristi

Kristi Nevarez '91, J.D. '96 is a new partner at Fragomen Worldwide, the leading provider of global immigration services and a member of both the Am Law 100 and the Am Law Global 100. Nevarez is based at the firm’s Santa Clara office. For over 17 years, she has advised clients in matters of corporate business immigration, including nonimmigrant visas, labor certifications and adjustments of status. Kristi has served as corporate immigration counsel to emerging and mid-sized clients in a wide range of industries, including technology, consumer products, civil engineering and the legal services sector.

In 2010, Kristi briefly stepped aside from her practice to serve as the Congressional Assistant and Immigration Policy Advisor to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Immigration Subcommittee. The experience provided Kristi with first-hand insight into the policy development of complex immigration laws at the highest levels. Upon her return to Fragomen in 2012, Kristi began to manage a team serving a large, multinational high-tech corporation with worldwide immigration needs.

submitted Oct. 22, 2014 12:49P
UGRD Leavey Business '96
Green, Tyson

Tyson Green ’96, wife Dana, and 2-year-old Cooper Robert welcomed a girl, Remy Marie, on March 4, 2014. The family lives in Los Gatos, Calif.

submitted Jul. 18, 2014 10:24A
UGRD Leavey Business '96
Giovannini, Alicia

Alicia Giovannini ’96 and her husband, Andre Benguerel, welcomed their second son, Enzo Augustus Benguerel, on Dec. 10, 2013. The family lives in San Francisco, where Alicia works as a Realtor.

submitted Jul. 14, 2014 10:55P

1997

'97
Waterbury, Chantel

Chantel Waterbury '97, founder and CEO of Chloe + Isabel, was interviewed by the Huffington Post. Waterbury  launched Chloe + Isabel after a 15-year tenure in the corporate jewelry industry. She developed, designed and sourced jewelry for brands such as Kenneth Cole, Gap Inc., Macy's, Nordstrom, Target, Kohl's and specialty retailers, and served as Director of Luxury Jewelry for DFS, division of LVMH. Chantel's interest in the direct selling space stemmed from her years at Santa Clara University, where she paid her way through college selling Cutco Cutlery, and was recognized as the top producer in the Western U.S. She regularly guest lectures at Santa Clara University, San Francisco State University, and several specialty fashion and design schools, on topics ranging from product development to retail math and merchandising.

"I have been blessed with amazing mentors throughout my life that have taken me under their wings and shown me that you can get ahead with kindness, integrity, and hard work," she said. Read the full article, "Women in Business: Q&A." 
 
submitted Mar. 12, 2014 8:58P
UGRD Leavey Business '97
Susemihl, Kathryn

Katie Susemihl ’97, J.D. ’05 and Ryan Bennie welcomed their first child, Thomas Ryan Bennie, on June 28, 2014. He weighed 8 pounds 13 ounces and was 19 3/4 inches long. The family lives in Santa Rosa.

submitted Jul. 28, 2014 1:05P
'97
Stephens, Kathy (Carr)

Kathy Carr Stephens ’97, husband Jeff, and 3-year-old-daughter, Chloe, welcomed baby brother Clayton Michael on June 1, 2014. He was 6 pounds, 14 ounces and 19.5 inches long. The family resides in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

submitted Jul. 16, 2014 5:24P
UGRD Leavey Business '97
Schweikert, Karl

Karl Schweikert MBA ’97 received his JD from UOP McGeorge and is now practicing aviation and state administrative law in Sacramento for Churchwell White LLP.

Contact Karl
http://www.pilotlawyers.com
submitted May. 5, 2014 10:45A
'97
Nunez, Guisselle

Guisselle Nuñez ’97 is now director, External Affairs, KQED Silicon Valley. She's responsible for developing and executing KQED’s strategic engagement and communication initiatives in Silicon Valley. She will still continue to teach marketing courses at the University of Phoenix and volunteer as a mentor, startup/small-business marketing consultant, and more.

submitted Jul. 25, 2014 9:36A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '97
Mortenson, Autumn (Cossi)

Autumn Mortenson ’97 writes, "I'm going back to school! MFA program in Dance at UC Irvine starting Fall 2014!"

submitted Sep. 8, 2014 5:48P
GRD Leavey/MBA '97
Gibbons, Kim (Bouchard)

Kim Gibbons MBA ’97 joined technology start-up NetNumber as its Chief Marketing Officer in November 2013. Kim lives with her family in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Contact Kim
www.linkedin.com/pub/kim-gibbons/4/b09/257 https://twitter.com/kim_gibbons
submitted Jan. 16, 2014 1:22P
UGRD Leavey Business '97
Daftary, Vijay

Vijay (Jay) Daftary ’97 and his wife Tara welcomed a baby boy, Neal, on Feb. 8, 2013. The family lives in Reno, Nev.

submitted Feb. 26, 2014 1:19P
'97
Blanar, David

David Blanar '97 writes, "Hallo from England! I recently wrapped up an MA in Systematic Theology & Philosophy from the University of Nottingham—yep, you read that right. Really enjoyable work, it brought back lots of memories and made me all the more grateful for Fr. Tollini's lectures. Much love from overseas!"

submitted Feb. 18, 2014 2:15P

1998

GRD Leavey/MBA '98
Vaughn, Patricia

P. J. Vaughn '92, '98 is now living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She works for Chevron as the general manager of the Buenos Aires Shared Services Center.

submitted May. 14, 2014 2:13P
UGRD Leavey Business '98
Siregar, Nazly

Nazly Siregar ’98 was made a partner with Deloitte Southeast Asia in January 2013.

Contact Nazly
nsiregar@deloitte.com
submitted Sep. 8, 2014 2:01A
GRD Law '98
Hicks, Josh
see year 1995
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '98
Henderson, Sheila

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."

Contact Sheila
drsheilaj@gmail.com http://SheilaJHenderson.org http://inventionfriday.org
submitted May. 10, 2014 2:04P
'98
Fisher, David

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.

Mr. Fisher will lead a business transformation program to drive continuous process improvement and operational optimization efforts in support of SRA’s strategic plan. As BTO, he will help SRA continue to optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of internal business processes, enhancing the focus on providing customers with the best people, ideas and performance.
“We are pleased to welcome David to the SRA team,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Tim Atkin. “David’s thought leadership and extensive operational experience in the public and private sectors will strengthen how we support our employees and our customers.  He will provide SRA, and our customers, with strategies and practices that will enable us to consistently meet the dynamic needs of the federal government market in order to achieve exceptional operational performance.”  
 
Mr. Fisher has held a number of senior roles within the public and private sectors, most recently as Chief Risk Officer and Senior Advisor to the Commissioner at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Prior to joining the IRS, he served as Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Financial Officer at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Before holding his role at the GAO, David held a number of positions with the Department of Defense (DoD), including serving as the first permanent director of the Business Transformation Agency, Defense Enterprise Integration Executive, and Special Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Financial Management). Prior to joining DoD, David served as Managing Director with BearingPoint.
 
Mr. Fisher graduated with distinction from Stanford University with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication. He completed his Masters of Business Administration at Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business. He is also the author of Optimize Now (or else!): How to Leverage Processes and Information to Achieve Enterprise Optimization and Avoid Enterprise Extinction.
submitted Jun. 21, 2014 9:55A
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