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GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '93
Colvert, Lara (Zientek)

Lara E. Zientek Colvert '93 writes that she is pursuing psychology in the form of massage therapy. Over the years, her bodywork studies have taken her to Oakland and Hawaii, where she spent a very relaxing four weeks learning Lomi Lomi massage. She currently works as an on-call therapist in Campbell, stays involved with her two beautiful children, Tia and Stephen, sings with Ladyesong Vocal Ensemble, as well as another small group, and occasionally gets to perform with her husband, Bill Colvert, who is the trained "real" singer in the family. She also loves to spend time with her amazingly supportive friends, hiking, biking, singing, and taking her children to Santa Clara University every now and then to see all of the changes.

Contact Lara
submitted Dec. 24, 2012 3:42A
Busch, Kristin

Kristin Busch '93 wed Dan Raczykowski on Nov. 8, 2008. Alumni in the wedding: Amanda (Bush) Carlson, Tori (Clainos) Sterle '94,Tonya (Laughridge) Chin '94, Jennifer (Burns) Kindle '94, Danielle (Cossette) Paskins '94, Stacy (Coyne) Houser '94. Also in attendance were Jeff Fossatti '94 and Jeff Spanks '94. The couple lives in Spokane, Wash., where Kristin is a physical therapist and Dan runs Unifire, a manufacturer of firefighting and rescue equipment.

submitted May. 19, 2009 3:05P
Breuner, Andy
Andy Breuner J.D. '93, married to Susan Beth Bowden J.D. '93, is the new city court judge for Belgrade, Montana. After law school, Breuner got a job representing a large insurance firm. But realizing it was "a total mismatch,” he taught at SCU then started a commercial coffee roasting business in Lake Tahoe. Another move took him Montana, where he opened his own office. According to state law, the dignity of the human being is not to be violated by the court. That is Breuner’s credo every time he hands down a judgment in his current role as judge. “My motto would be to make sure that all those who have business with the court are respected,” he said. “To me, it means you respect the dignity of the person.”  
submitted Jun. 14, 2015 8:06P
Bravo, Paul

Paul Bravo '93 is technical director for the Colorado Rapids Major League Soccer team after having served as the director of soccer with the LA Galaxy the past two years. As a forward for the Rapids from 1997-2001, he helped lead Colorado to the 1997 MLS Cup and is the team's all-time leading scorer. He led SCU to the 1989 NCAA co-championship.

submitted May. 19, 2009 2:39P
Bonini, Sarah

Sarah Bonini J.D. '93 has joined the Campus Ministry staff as senior administrative assistant. Sarah has a long history with SCU, beginning with her work in Orradre Library in 1989. She served as a resident director for several years as well, and most recently worked with the Northern California Innocence Project as project manager since 2010. We are thrilled to have her share her administrative and pastoral gifts with our team.

Sarah will carry on the custom of sharing bereavement notices with the campus community on behalf of our members who have lost loved ones and wish to share that information. So many have found this tradition a means of both offering and receiving support in a time of grief.  It is our policy to send out information only if the SCU member wishes it to be shared. Please send any such information directly to Sarah at You may include information about funeral or memorial services as well.
submitted Jan. 8, 2014 11:28A
Bertelsen, Thomas

Thomas E. Bertelsen Jr. MA ’93, a longtime benefactor and board member of the Jesuit School of Theology, has helped launch a $230,000 endowed scholarship fund for the Berkeley-based school, in honor of Oakland Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins.

The donations have created the John S. Cummins Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will be invested to provide scholarships for students from Asian countries – especially Mongolia, East Timor and Nepal — to attend JST. The first scholarship is expected to be awarded in the fall of 2014.
“We are grateful to Tom Bertelsen and the other donors for helping open wider the doors of JST to theology scholars around the world,” said Michael Engh, S.J. “This is true to the Jesuit Catholic spirit of advancing the mission of the Church, wherever the need is greatest.”
Bishop Cummins began his relationship with the Jesuit School of Theology in 1962, when he became chancellor of the Diocese of Oakland and was made liaison to the three Catholic theological schools that were part of the Graduate Theological Union. He served on the board of directors of JST for ten years, and will step down in June.
submitted May. 22, 2013 5:42A
Andre, Ron

Ron Andre Jr. '93 and Nancy (Nissen) Andre '93 are pleased to announce the arrival of their daughter, Julia Janet, on January 20th, 2009. She joins big brother Joseph, 6, and big sister Claire, 3. The family resides in Pleasanton, where Ron is a State Farm agent and Nancy is a stay-at-home mom.

submitted May. 6, 2009 11:40A
Abel, Michael

Michael C. Abel 93 has joined Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, in the Los Angeles office, as an associate in the firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring group.

Abel represents debtors, secured lenders, and creditors’ committees, all of which he has advised in complex Chapter 11 cases. He has enforced clients’ rights and remedies in bankruptcy, federal, and state courts. Abel also has experience in work-outs and out-of-court restructuring on both the lender and borrower sides.

Prior to joining Brownstein, Abel was a senior staff attorney at Danning, Gill, Diamond & Kollitz, LLP where he represented corporate debtors on a variety of issues.

Abel received his law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University.

submitted Nov. 8, 2011 7:37P


GRD Leavey/MBA '94
Zowal, Ken

Ken Zowal MBA '94 retired from AT&T on Feb. 14, 2007, after 23 years of service.

submitted Jun. 11, 2009 2:26P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '94
Yasin, Nader

Nader Robert Yasin '94 and his wife, Lynn, welcomed their third child, Max Julien, into their family this last year. Nader continues to assist companies in Silicon Valley with assessing, protecting and enforcing their intellectual property and with general business litigation through his law firm, La Fleur & Yasin LLP. He can be reached at

Contact Nader
submitted Sep. 16, 2010 10:54A
Vogt, Joanne (Bannan)

Joanne Bannan Vogt '94 and Erik Vogt welcomed daughter Regina Virginia Vogt on September 30, 2012.


submitted Jan. 16, 2013 7:59A
Vogt, Joanne

Joanne Bannan Vogt '94 and Erik Vogt—a boy, Reaves Augustine, on March 8, 2014. He was 9 lbs. 8 oz. and 22.25 inches long. He lives with his parents and big sister, Regina Virginia, in Chandler, Ariz.

submitted Mar. 12, 2014 8:32P
Villamor, Michael

Michael Villamor ’94 was married to Kathy Pieper on Dec. 28, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. The couple live in Lake Forest, Calif.

submitted Oct. 2, 2014 4:02P
Valant-Spaight, Bonnie (Valant)

Bonnie Valant-Spaight '94 and Tracy Spaight '93 welcomed their first child, Josephine Theresa Spaight, on Sept. 23. The family lives in the Atlanta area. Bonnie currently does radar physics for Propagation Research Associates, and Tracy telecommutes as the director of online publishing for K2 Network, a video game publisher in Irvine, Calif.

submitted Jan. 7, 2009 9:46A
UGRD Leavey Business '94
Torres, Rafael

Rafael Torres '94 was appointed chief financial officer of Capella, Inc. Torres comes to Cappella, Inc. from Power Integrations Inc. He was also the CFO for PLX Technology. 

submitted Mar. 18, 2010 10:59A
GRD Law '94
Tatum, Lisa

Lisa Tatum J.D. ’94 writes, “Dear Broncos, thank you for your support and positive vibes and prayers. I have just been elected 2012–2013 State Bar of Texas President-Elect. In 2013–2014, when I step into office as President, I will be the first African American to hold the position. What a blessing!”

submitted May. 7, 2012 12:30P
GRD Leavey/MBA '94
Soriano, Marcelino

Maj. Marcelino "Butch" Soriano ’89, MBA ’94, broke the record for number of hours of straight bell-ringing for the Salvation Army in Southern California, ringing the bell for 150 hours. In the end, he raised almost $10K. He set his record at 150 hours in celebration of the Salvation Army’s 150 years in existence and its 124th annual Red Kettle Campaign, during which bell-ringers seek donations outside stores throughout the holiday season.

“The reality is that I was sure that I would not be able to accomplish this quest on my own strength,” said Soriano, moments after setting his record. “I needed God’s strength.”
According to the organization’s rules, Soriano earned five minutes of rest for every continuous hour he rang his bell. He had to stand the entire time and could only eat, sit, go to the bathroom, or nap during his five-minute breaks. He was allowed to drink something, as long as it didn’t get in the way of his ringing the bell.
His first real test came at about the 51st hour, when his feet began to ache and throb. By the 84th hour, his feet were severely swollen.
“I was like, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to keep going,” Soriano said.
An hour later, the Salvation Army said “a stranger who had no idea of the pain he was in offered a bit of powerful support.”
“In the 85th hour, there was a gentleman who came behind me, he put a hand on me and prayed for me,” Soriano recalled. “A lot of the discomfort came out of me.”
The bell-ringer was struck with another surge of endurance when a woman came up to donate and he noticed on her shirt was written Bible verse “Philippians 4:13″ — “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” — a phrase Soriano said has motivated him in the past.
“I was at a very low point, where it was very uncomfortable,” Soriano said. “God reminded me because that verse was on that person’s shirt.”
After Soriano broke the record, he said sleep would have to wait: “Actually, right now I’m going to change so I can go to church.”
submitted Jan. 9, 2015 2:22P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '94
Sobrato Brisson, Sheri

Sheri Sobrato Brisson M.A. ’94 is one of 20 women in the 2012 NYC Pipeline Fellowship class. The Pipeline Fellowship trains women philanthropists to become angel investors, and the women come from sectors including real estate, finance, consulting, media, and nonprofits who commit to invest in a woman-led for-profit social venture in exchange for equity and a board seat at the end of the training. “The Pipeline Fellowship aims to diversify the investor pool and connect women social entrepreneurs with investors who get them,” the website says.

Brisson is a trustee at Sobrato Family Foundation in Silicon Valley. Sheri’s long-term passion is working directly with children facing serious illnesses and their families. Other philanthropic interests include small arts organizations, youth development, and global programs targeting women and children. She also serves as an advisory board member of the Okizu Foundation, Dance Repertory, and Parents Helping Parents. Sheri holds an A.B. from Stanford University and an M.A. in counseling psychology from Santa Clara University. She and her husband and two young children recently moved to New York from Paris.

submitted Jan. 24, 2012 9:51P
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '94
Smyth, Damian

Damian Barry Smyth ’94 published "Dr. Newman: Non Angelus sed Anglus" in Doctrine and Life (O.P., Dublin, Ireland), 61/5 (May–June, 2011), 18–33.


submitted Apr. 20, 2012 4:28P
Smith, Colleen

Colleen Teresa Smith '94 married George Bernard Holzbach III on June 21, 2008 at Veramar Winery in Berryville, Va. The couple lives in Arlington, Va. Colleen works as a program analyst at the U.S. Census Bureau and George is a project manager for Setty and Associates

submitted May. 19, 2009 3:07P
GRD Leavey/MBA '94
Shwarz, Brent

Brent Shwarz MBA '94 has been appointed by Velodyne Lidar to the position of vice president of sales and marketing.  Shwarz will be responsible for impelementing strategic marketing programs to educate customers on the benefits of using Velodyne's lidar sensors in 3D mobile mapping and autonomous navigation systems.

submitted Jan. 20, 2010 11:28A
Sheridan, Shelley

Shelley (Carriere) Sheridan '94 and husband Andrew welcomed their second son, Parker Edward, on Aug. 13, 2008, in Darien, Conn.


submitted May. 19, 2009 3:22P
Schwarz, Brent

Brent Schwarz MBA '94 has been appointed vice president of sales and marketing at Velodyne Lidar.  As a 20-year veteran in the industry, Schwarz will work with Velodyne on the company's 3D mobile mapping and autonomous navigation systems. 

submitted Feb. 10, 2010 11:37A
Schlough, Erin (Kinoshita)

Bill and Erin Schlough '94 welcomed Xavier Tilghman to the world on July 6, 2010 in Truckee, Calif.

submitted Sep. 13, 2010 1:05A
Rooks, Peter
Peter Rooks  MBA ’93 credits Professor Al Bruno’s advice (along with a good idea, great employees, and strong family support) with helping the sucess of the business he founded in 2003, Phoenics Electronics. Bruno’s Small Business Entrepreneurship was one of the courses that made a big difference. “Professor Bruno said, ‘You will not be successful unless you focus.’ I think I got a C or a C-plus in that class, but I learned so much from it.”
Another highly influential class was Drew Starbird’s Operations course, which focused on business logistics, an area of critical importance in the company he would later found.
Phoenics maintains $18 million in inventory, enabling it to fill most orders the same day, employs extensive Vendor Managed Inventory programs, and has distribution centers in Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico, Eastern Europe, and the US to serve its 1,200 customers worldwide. Phoenics currently has 23 employees, all highly knowledgeable and committed.
Looking back on the growth and success of the company, Rooks says there was a “tremendous benefit” to business school, and to Leavey in particular. “We learned about everything — operations, finance, accounting — and made excellent contacts,” he says. “Most of us were here for the education, and it was a good university for people who wanted to learn. It was clear the people at the business school knew what they were doing. A lot of the professors had solid business experience, real-life experience. They imparted a broad understanding of all aspects of business that enabled us to project confidence to our customers. All that has been critically important.”
submitted Jun. 28, 2015 4:39P
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