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Hanbury-Brown, Holly

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!

submitted Oct. 5, 2013 12:25P
UGRD Leavey Business '12
Hack, Victoria (Watson)

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.

submitted Aug. 14, 2012 5:26P
GRD Leavey/MBA '12
Gomez, Belen
Belen E. Gomez ’06, MBA ’12 has been appointed program director for Board Recruiting & Professional Mentoring Services for XCEO Inc., a governance consulting and board recruiting firm. Gomez will manage XCEO's board recruitment process, and professional mentoring programs and leadership development services. She has been supporting the professional mentoring programs for the past three years, and she is actively engaged in implementing XCEO’s professional mentoring curriculum. In this role, Gomez works with CEOs and other senior executives from Silicon Valley start ups to Fortune 500 companies, on personal leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives as well as professional advancement strategy and positioning. Most recent, she led the effort to place two board members on a $4 billion global manufacturing company’s board of directors.
Gomez joined XCEO in 2006. Prior to being named a program director, she worked in a variety of other management roles including program management, marketing, research and publishing. Gomez earned a B.S. in Psychology from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif. She received her M.B.A. from Santa Clara University with a concentration in Marketing. Before joining the XCEO team, she worked for SRI International researching behavioral development and education.
submitted Apr. 26, 2012 4:55P
UGRD Leavey Business '12
Ghafourifar, Brienne

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.

submitted Jul. 15, 2014 2:20P
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 Leavey Business '12
Frediani, Bianca

Bianca Frediani ’12 is co-owner of Bed Bandits, a company that makes and sells fire-retardant, hypoallergenic mattress toppers. For every three sold, a fourth is donated to a local shelter. It's a business model driven by compassion. "My dad was an Oakland firefighter for over 30 years," she told the Contra Costa Times, "running into fires to literally save people." She wants to make a difference. "I hope someday -- if this (company) becomes a big thing, that we can go to Third World countries and donate these mattress toppers to people who don't have beds."

submitted Jul. 15, 2014 2:28P
Franz, Charles

Charles Franz ’12, Greg Method ’12, and Keegan Wada ’12 won 2nd place in the ASME Innovation Showcase on June 2 with their design for improving the braking system of long trains. The team will be using their winnings to assemble a commercial-grade prototype for a 100+-car train.

submitted Jul. 6, 2012 8:36A
Folk, Justine

Justine Folk '12 and Benjamin Williams '11 married on Sept. 15, 2012, in Rocklin, Calif. The wedding party included fellow Broncos Michael Kawamoto '11, Elizabeth Hatch '11, Sarah Esparza '10, and Bianca Frediani '12. The newlyweds are now living in Vacaville.

submitted Mar. 4, 2013 8:49A
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
GRD Law '12
Fialho, Christina

Christina Fialho ’06, J.D. ’12 and her colleague Christina Mansfield were named 2012 Echoing Green Fellows for Social Change. Echoing Green provides more than $2 million in seed support social entrepreneurs from around the world every year.

The pair will launch a new project -- Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) -- with support from Echoing Green for the first two years. CIVIC is a national network of immigration detention visitation groups, with a mission to end the isolation and abuse of persons in immigration detention by building and strengthening community visitation programs across the U.S. They will provide support to current visitation groups, resources and training to new groups, and a communication platform for all visitation groups.

Fialho, a social activist for immigrant rights and the daughter of an immigrant, has assisted in defending immigrants from detention and deportation before the U.S. Immigration Courts and has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She currently serves on the steering committee of the Detention Watch Network, and her scholarly publications focus on the intersection of immigration law, constitutional law, and international human rights. Prior to starting CIVIC, she co-founded the first immigration detention visitation program in California.

submitted Jun. 17, 2012 10:34A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '12
Delmuro, Elisa

Elisa Delmuro ’12 is an account executive at

submitted Oct. 12, 2012 12:14P
GRD Leavey/MBA '12
DeAngelis, Carey

Carey DeAngelis ’05, MBA ’12 and Ben Fredlake were married on November 16, 2013 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The couple resides in Phoenix, Ariz.

submitted Jan. 8, 2014 7:46P
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '12
Chong, Peter

Peter Loy Chong Ph.D. ’12 is the new archbishop of Suva in Fiji. Appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, Fr. Chong, who hails from the Archdiocese of Suva, is currently in the School of Theology at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit university.

Fr. Chong was born in 1961 in Fiji and completed his priestly formation studies at Pacific Regional Seminary. He was ordained in 1992, when he was incardinated into the Archdiocese of Suva. The Archbishop-elect completed his studies at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University with a Doctorate in Theology.
submitted Dec. 20, 2012 1:20P
GRD Leavey/MBA '12
Cho, Sage

Sage Cho MBA '12 writes, "I just got a new job as an assistant director, Business Development, at Ernst & Young."

submitted Jun. 19, 2015 6:45A
GRD Leavey/MBA '12
Chang, Quyen (Le)

Chris Chang ’07 and Quyen (Le) Chang ’07, MBA ’12 married on Aug 30., 2014, in Maui, HI. The wedding party included Neha Sharma ’07, Gillian Rimicci ’07, Jenna O'Connor ’07, Jessica Kremer MBA ’12, Joanne Wang ’09, Martin Lewis ’09, Greg Moore ’08, Raymond Chiu ’08, and Mimi Pham ’16. The couple currently live in San Francisco.

submitted Oct. 30, 2014 10:30P
Catalano, Jason

Jason D. Catalano ’12, has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after successfully completing the Army ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) program and graduating with a bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University. The new officer will be branched to a specific corps in the Army to serve on active duty or in the National Guard or Reserve.

submitted Aug. 13, 2012 1:57P
UGRD Leavey Business '12
Catalano, Jason

Jason D. Catalano ’12 is serving as a Military Police Officer in the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Vilseck, Germany. His main duty is assisting the Provost Marshall of the Regiment in: Anti-terrorism operations, Force Protection, Physical Security, Detention Facility operations, and discipline of the unit. Other duties include Conducting joint Police patrols with the German Polizei, Officer Professional Development, and training in Police and Soldier tasks and drills. He is currently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as an Officer in Charge of a bomb dog detection unit.

Contact Jason
submitted Jul. 18, 2013 11:50P
Brunkhorst, Megan

Megan Brunkhorst ’12 is now a Jesuit Volunteer with St. Matthew Catholic School, in Phoenix, Ariz. 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.

submitted Oct. 10, 2012 11:19A
GRD Law '12
Brown, Rachael

Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley, P.C. has added Rachael E. Brown '09, J.D. '12 as an associate in its San Jose office. She graduated cum laude from Santa Clara University and also received a High Tech Law Certificate in Intellectual Property Law. During her time in law school, Brown served as assistant director of the Internal Moot Court program; helped revitalize Equality SCU, a group dedicated to advocating and advancing LGBT issues; served on the board of the Women and Law group, helping to promote the advancement of women in the legal field; and she also worked as a law clerk at RMKB. 

Her practice area includes a broad range of civil litigation, including business and intellectual property matters. She focuses her practice on claims of copyright and trademark infringement, trade secret litigation, disputes arising from contract, and unfair competition. She is currently working on extending her experience in the areas of estate planning and employment litigation. 
submitted May. 29, 2013 11:25A
Bhatnagar, Vaishali

Abe Gupta and Vaishali Bhatnagar J.D. '12 wed on Valentine’s Day 2015 at Hayes Mansion in San Jose.

Halfway through his first date with Vaishali Bhatnagar, Abe Gupta knew she was the one. “I was completely absorbed in this conversation,” he says. “I remember thinking ‘I haven’t felt this alive and engaged in so long.’ ”
For Vaishali, it took a little longer to be sure — their second date. “This feeling washed over me, that this could be the beginning of everything,” she says. “I already felt so comfortable with him. I had this feeling of ‘wow, this is the real deal.’”
Their connection came as a surprise, since the two attorneys were both certain they would not end up with another lawyer. In fact, during their first, brief exchange at a networking event in August 2013, they jokingly discussed how much they disliked lawyers.
Abe, 32, grew up in Danville. He graduated from Stanford University at 19 years old and earned his law degree from USF by age 22. As the vice mayor of Dublin, where the couple lives now, he’s the youngest elected official in Alameda County and the first politician of South Asian descent elected in the San Ramon Valley. The couple also have a law office together, the AV Law Firm, in San Ramon.
Vaishali, 27, is a Saratoga native who attended UC Davis and Santa Clara University, “becoming a lawyer when I was really old: 24,” she says.
Abe proposed in 2014 at a winery in Livermore that he and Vaishali had visited early in their relationship. Their wedding was a six-day affair, with the traditional Hindu ceremony taking place at San Jose’s Hayes Mansion on Feb. 14.
On the Wednesday night before their wedding, the bride had a henna party at her parents’ home. On Thursday night, the couple held a Sangeet (meaning “song”) at the Dublin Community Center so guests could meet informally. Friday night was a family dinner, with the wedding and reception following on Saturday. Abe rode into the wedding ceremony on a horse, as per tradition, but the couple says they were deliberate in choosing which rituals had meaning for them, such as the priest asking for blessings from their deceased ancestors.
On Sunday, the couple dined at the groom’s parents’ house, where Vaishali was welcomed as the new bride, and on Monday the couple joined the bride’s parents for lunch, where the groom was welcomed into the family.
Life for the pair is a bit slower now, since they ran Abe’s re-election campaign at the same time they were planning the wedding. “That was intense,” Abe says, noting that, one moment “you’re putting up lawn signs and knocking on doors, and then the next, you’re looking at tablecloths.” But they managed to do both, as well as establish their law office, admitting that neither knows what to do with too much free time.
submitted Jun. 28, 2015 10:17P
GRD Law '12
Behn, W.

W. Martin Behn J.D. ’12 has joined Sinsheimer Juhnke McIvor & Stroh, LLP. Behn worked as an associate at a small boutique law firm in Palo Alto specializing in estate planning, estate and trust administration and probate, and charitable planning, according to a news release. He will work in the trusts and estates practice of the San Luis Obispo firm.

Behn grew up in San Luis Obispo. Between undergrad and law school, Behn was a law clerk at Société Générale Finance Equipment in Wuppertal, Germany, as well as a summer law clerk at Boehmert & Boehmert in Munich, Germany.

submitted Aug. 4, 2014 5:57A
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
GRD Law '12
Freyer, Andrew

Andrew Freyer J.D. ’12 was hired as a first-year associate at Dorsey & Whitney’s patent practice group in Denver. He received his engineering degree from Case Western Reserve University and his law degree from SCU. Freyer worked with International Gaming Technology during undergraduate school in their engineering program management and firmware engineering department.

submitted Sep. 11, 2012 8:26P


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
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