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Michael Joyce J.D. ’02 joined Sidley Austin LLP as a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Joyce focuses his practices on the use of complex and innovative structures to finance projects in the renewable energy field, as well as in fossil fuel and other infrastructure assets.
Joyce has assisted clients on numerous transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Recent transactions have focused on renewable energy projects for a wide range of assets, including solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass projects.
Samuel J. Dalesandro, Jr. J.D. '01 and Heather Mardel Jones J.D. '02 welcomed their first child, Lila Mardel Dalesandro, on August 11, 2010. Sam is a Deputy District Attorney at the Fresno County District Attorney's Office, assigned to the Career Criminal Unit. Heather is an associate at Dowling, Aaron and Keeler, in Fresno, California, focusing her practice on civil, probate, and trust litigation.
Kevin Ireland '02 and Laura Roberts were married on July 17, 2010 at the Mission San Francisco Solano in Sonoma, Calif. A 100-person guest list included Best Man Brad Moodie '02, Groomsman Jonathan Hoffer '03, and invited guests Rachel (Boll) Moodie '03, Matt Murphy '02 and Kelly (Hunsinger) Murphy '02, Ted Anderson '03 and Ann (Sheehan) Anderson '03, Chuck Schwalbach '03 and Diane (Varni) Schwalbach '03, Sean Santa Cruz '03, Joseph Florez '03, and William Kardas '04.
Andrew Holtz ’02 and Katherine (Wichmann) Holtz ’03 welcomed a boy, Luke Daniel, on May 18. Luke joins big sister Emma, 4.
Tyler Hansbrough '02 is a Spanish instructor and Varsity Tennis Coach at nearby Bellarmine College Prep, serving in his 9th year at the school. He created 2 new immersion trips--one to Skid Row in Los Angeles and another to an orphanage in Central Mexico--and just completed his Master's Degree in Spanish after spending the summer in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Sarah Hannaleck '02 and Josh Hannaleck '03 welcomed their twins, Linnea Grace and Mason Joshua, on August 12, 2010. The family lives in Santa Cruz, Calif.
Seasoned family law attorney Yadhira N. Gutierrez J.D. '07 joined Hoge Fenton, a leading Northern California law firm, as an associate. Gutierrez has exclusively focused on family law since January 2008 and offers her clients a full range of services, from premarital and marital agreements to strong advocacy representation when issues cannot be resolved by mutual agreement. Gutierrez is often appointed by the court to act as minor’s counsel, representing children who don’t otherwise have a voice in the family law process. She is also active in the community, working with the Santa Clara County Pro Bono Project and as a Spanish Family Court Services Orientation Instructor for the Santa Clara County Superior Court. In 2014, the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Family Law Section honored her with the Henry B. Collada Memorial Award. This distinction recognizes extraordinary service, contribution and professionalism with a focus on the betterment of families and children involved with Family Court.
Courtney (Chatalas) Gerlich ’02 and husband Ira Gerlich - happily welcomed their first child, Maxwell Chatalas Gerlich, on Oct. 25, 2013. The family lives in Seattle, Wash.
Andrew Gere MBA '02 has been promoted to Vice President of Operations at San Jose Water Company. Andrew has been with the company since 1995 and has been instrumental in the development and implementation of many regulatory compliance plans and capital improvements necessary to the company's success. He leads the company's largest employee base, including Water Quality, Operations, Distribution Systems and DS Support. In that role, he is in charge of planning and directing comprehensive programs, budgets and management staff related to water resources, water quality control, water production, storage, distribution, infrastructure maintenance and repair, metering, procurement, logistics and environmental management.
Andrew Gere MBA '02 has been promoted to chief operating officer of the San Jose Water Company, an investor-owned utility in the business of providing water service to a population of approximately 1 million people in an area comprising about 138 square miles in the metropolitan San Jose area. Andrew has ably served the company and its customers for nearly 20 years in numerous positions and capacities, most recently as VP of Operations. In his new capacity, he has primary and direct responsibility for all San Jose Water Company field activities and departments including Operations, Distribution Systems, Water Quality, Logistics, Engineering, Construction, and Water Resource Management. In addition, he supports and advises the CEO in decision making and assumes primary responsibility for design, development, implementation, reporting, and monitoring of key performance metrics, policies, and procedures for the company.
Lauren (Sexton) Formo '02 and Jason Formo '02 welcomed daughter Dylan Makenzie Formo on April 17, 2012. The family resides in Seattle, Wash. Mike Sexton, SCU's VP for Enrollment Management, is a proud grandfather and already recruiting Dylan for the Class of '33.
Mariah (Dyen) Flanagan '02 writes that she and her husband, Patrick Flanagan, are proud to announce that on December 4, 2012, they opened the doors of their wood-fired pizzeria, Wood Fire Woodie (www.woodfirewoodie.com), in Scotts Valley, CA. Wood Fire Woodie was established in 2007 as a mobile wood-fired pizza catering company. Wood Fire Woodie specializes in thin-crust Italian style pizza cooked in a tuscan oven. The Flanagans own and operate their pizzeria and mobile unit with the direction of their two daughters, Sofia, 6, and Kirra, 4.
Greta (Newgren) Fitzgerald '02 and husband Jeff Fitzgerald welcomed a baby boy, Liam Lloyd, on May 27, 2015. The family lives in San Jose. Greta is the culture ambassador at Hoopla Software, Inc. in San Jose.
Marisol Escalera '02 was a 2008 semi-finalist for the Harvard University Administrative Fellowship Program.
Christine Donovan J.D. ’02, a senior staff attorney for the Solano County Superior Court, has been appointed the Judicial Council's Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee. Donovan, who has worked for Solano County Superior Court since 2007, is a Certified Family Law Specialist through the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization and has served as a faculty member for the Center for Judiciary Education and Research at the Administrative Office of the Courts.
Brian '02 and Mandy (Redkey) Demmert '02 welcome a daughter, Abigail Susan, born on May 17, 2009. The family lives in San Jose. Brian works for Oxford Finance and Mandy teaches 5th grade.
Brian Demmert '02 and Mandy (Redkey) Demmert '02 -- their second daughter, Cailin Lucille, on May 3, 2011. She joins big sister Abigail, 2.
Elia DeLuca '02, J.D. '06 has been appointed to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton's LLP Labor and Employment practice group. The practice focuses on traditional labor and employment issues in a variety of industries, including trucking, airlines transportation, technology, entertainment, environmental, recycling and solid waste services. The firm also specializes in representing clients in union negotiations, organizing campaigns and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.
Elia DeLuca ’02, J.D. ’06 was named a Rising Star in the Northern California Super Lawyers 2013 edition, which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state. DeLuca practices labor and employment law in the San Francisco office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton.
Jeff Cymerys '02 and wife Lauren welcomed their first child, son Owen Joseph on July 1, 2011. The family lives in San Jose, CA.
Cameron J. Collins '02 is co-founder of Saku Collins Entertainment & Media Law Group. He has recently become an Adjunct Professor at Seattle University School of Law & co-founded The ProEquality Project (a nonprofit dedicated to acting as a bridge for those seeking to participate in the Arts in order to aid in diversifying the Arts Communities).
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