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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
Dale Kim MBA ’97 is the latest author to join SYS-CON Media industry bloggers.
Dale Kim is the director of industry solutions at MapR. His background includes a variety of technical and management roles at information technology companies. While his experience includes work with relational databases, much of his career pertains to non-relational data in the areas of search, content management, and NoSQL, and includes senior roles in technical marketing, sales engineering, and support engineering. Dale holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, and a BA in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
submitted Feb. 1, 2015 3:57P
GRD Leavey/MBA '98
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
Nazly Siregar ’98 was made a partner with Deloitte Southeast Asia in January 2013.
submitted Sep. 8, 2014 2:01A
GRD Law '98
Seasoned IP executive Michele Moreland ’89, J.D. ’98 has been appointed to oversee SITO Mobile's IP strategy. The company is a leading mobile engagement platform provider. Prior to joining SITO Mobile, Michele was the director of acquisitions for RPX Corporation where she oversaw the assessment, valuation, acquisition and licensing of patents against clients. Prior to RPX Corporation Ms. Moreland worked as a Partner at McDermott Will & Emery and as an Associate at Cooley Godward LLP focused solely on patent litigation.
submitted Feb. 1, 2015 3:35P
Ragan Henninger ’98 has been appointed senior policy advisor in the office of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. Ragan joined Sam’s council office in 2007, first as a council assistant, then spent five years as chief of staff. Her policy expertise includes environment, housing, budget and economic development, including work on the citywide inclusionary housing policy, plastic bag ban, and downtown high-rise incentive. She later left service with the city to manage Sam’s successful mayoral campaign in 2014. She previously worked for HomeFirst (formerly EHC LifeBuilders) as the director of Development and Communications where she was responsible for raising over $12 million annually.
Ragan currently serves on the board of Legacy Alviso San José Youth Foundation and is responsible for the foundation’s charitable distributions. Ragan and her husband live in the Cambrian neighborhood of San José, where they are raising their daughter.
submitted Jan. 9, 2015 2:16P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '98
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."
submitted May. 10, 2014 2:04P
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
UGRD Arts & Sciences '98
Jeffrey Dennison ’98 is the director of Marketing and Communications for Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland, Washington. Jeff provides leadership in producing and managing WSU Tri-Cities internal communications, social media, marketing and branding.
submitted Jan. 21, 2015 3:14P
UGRD Leavey Business '98
De Buizer, Amber (Nixon)
Amber (Nixon) De Buizer ’98 has been elected to the 2015-2016 Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) - Silicon Valley Chapter. She is currently Director of Development at Acterra in Palo Alto. She and husband James welcomed their son, Ryker, on November 18, 2013. The family lives in Santa Clara.
submitted Oct. 15, 2014 2:46P
GRD Leavey/MBA '98
Sujal Das MBA ’98 has joined the executive management team of Netronome as the senior vice president and general manager of strategy and Data Center Business Unit. Netronome is the leading provider of data plane processing solutions for software-defined networks. Das brings more than 20 years of experience with success in leading growth for a number of networking semiconductor companies including Broadcom, Mellanox and Marvell.
A strategic leader with a deep understanding of the market, Das recently led data center and SDN related initiatives at Broadcom helping establish the growth of merchant switch silicon and bare metal switches as a forceful trend in data center networking. Prior to that, at Mellanox, Das led the expansion of the company’s growth into the data center market by establishing the value of the company’s technologies in mainstream applications. Sujal also held key marketing and product development positions at Marvell and AMD.
submitted Oct. 22, 2014 12:56P
Kristen Crowley ’98 is teaching kindergarten special education and developmental preschool for the Pasco School District in Pasco, Washington. She is also attending WSU-Pullman's graduate school.
submitted Mar. 2, 2015 12:32A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '98
Blake Boznanski ’98 and Erica (Milanese) Boznanski ’03 welcomed their second son, Beckett Rick, into this world on Nov. 23, 2014. The family resides in San Francisco.
submitted Dec. 28, 2014 11:25P
The law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Patricia E. Ball ’98 as counsel in the Employment and Labor Practice Group of the firm's Los Angeles office. "Patricia is a seasoned litigator with significant trial experience and will be a valuable addition to our employment litigation team," said Tony Campiti, practice leader for the firm's Employment and Labor Practice Group.
submitted Aug. 19, 2014 12:35P
UGRD Engineering '99
Jeffrey ’99 and Sarah Tarantino welcomed Edward "Teddy" Tarantino to their family on January 23, 2014. Teddy joined big sister, Katherine. Jeff also celebrated his 10th Anniversary with Erler & Kalinowski, Inc.
submitted Apr. 1, 2014 2:11P
UGRD Leavey Business '99
Sachi Sambandan MBA '99 has been appointed senior vice president of engineering at Gigamon, a leader in traffic visibility solutions. Sambandan joins Gigamon from VMware, where he recently served as vice president for the company's R&D Hybrid Cloud Services, responsible for all aspects of product development as well as building and managing a team of approximately 180 engineers. Prior to VMware, Sambandan spent ten years at Force10 Networks as vice president of engineering, developing and expanding Force10's product roadmap. Sambandan received a bachelor's degree in electronics and communication engineering from India's College of Engineering in Guindy, Madras. He went on to earn a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland and a master's in business administration from Santa Clara University.
submitted May. 16, 2014 1:12P
GRD Leavey/MBA '99
Martin, Cecilia (Allen)
Cecilia (Allen) Martin ’94, MBA ’99 and husband, Dave, live in Santa Clara with their 2 children, ages 7 and 10.
submitted Oct. 6, 2014 5:33P
UGRD Leavey Business '99
Eric Iwamoto ’99 and Wendy (Vu) Iwamoto ’99 welcomed a boy, James Toshiro Vu, on April 7, 2014. He joins big sister Ellie, 5. The family lives in Ladera Ranch, Calif.
submitted Aug. 1, 2014 11:37A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '99
Hilary Hendershott ’99, MBA ’11 appeared in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2014 40 Under 40 list. She is the founder and CEO of Hilary Hendershott Financial, one of Silicon Valley's only woman-owned and operated investment advisory firms. She has made it her mission to empower women to maximize their own resources, grow their wealth and live sustainable and healthy lives. She has created a financial training program, Your Rich Retirement Academy, which is delivered virtually and designed for Millennial and younger investors, and teaches both healthy money mindsets and technical skills such as calculation of net worth and retirement savings goals, to enable long-range financial success.
Hendershott volunteers at the Financial Planning Association's Pro Bono Day, where professionals offer financial advice to individuals who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford those services. She also co-created and spearheaded an annual fundraising event for the Emergency Housing Consortium's youth shelter
The San Jose native has also volunteered as a leadership skills coach for Landmark Worldwide for more than six years. In this volunteer role, Hendershott provides coaching and guidance for individuals looking to improve their communication, effectiveness and leadership skills. She has been responsible for programs of up to 80 individual participants and 15 trained coaches and estimates that she has likely spent over 1000 hours in these volunteer efforts.
She has also been a foster mother.
submitted Jan. 9, 2015 8:31A
UGRD Leavey Business '99
Diaz, Alma (Parra)
Angel Diaz ’99 and Alma Diaz Parra ’01 welcomed their second child, Antonio Ernesto, on Oct. 27, 2014. He joins big brother Eduardo Angel who is three years old and the family resides in Los Angeles.
submitted Jan. 9, 2015 1:05P
UGRD Leavey Business '99
Jennifer Betz '99
appeared in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s
2014 40 Under 40 list
. She is the executive director, manufacturing finance, at Maxim Integrated, where, last year, Betz led the strategic planning process, which brings analyses of macroeconomic trends and internal data into a cohesive form for all decision makers and business groups in the company. Senior leadership relies on the revamped strategic planning process that Betz leads to make critical planning decisions that drive the success of the company.
Along with a team of 22, she manages all financial aspects of Maxim Integrated's manufacturing organization, a $2.4 billion business. Her responsibilities specifically impact three subgroups and 4,600 employees. The organization spans oceans, with sites in the Philippines, Thailand and several in the U.S.
Betz began her career as an associate analyst and was promoted to a director position in 2008. She was promoted to executive director in 2011. She has held the position of group controller for almost every organization at Maxim.
As group controller for Maxim's Consumer business group, Betz represented more than 39 percent of Maxim's total revenue in fiscal year 2014. When working with Maxim's product engineers, she focuses on bringing her knowledge of business, financial management and policies, rather than trying to learn the technical nuances her electrical engineering colleagues are familiar with. Her approach builds valued partnering within the group.
Since 2008, Betz has volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, helping to create a home-away-from-home and a supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses who are receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals. Each week, Betz coordinates and plans a special activity for children in the Garden Immune Wing, an area of the house especially designed for the needs of children who are receiving bone-marrow transplants.
submitted Jan. 9, 2015 8:39A
Brian Thorsett ’00 is now an assistant professor at Virginia Tech University in the School for Performing Arts. Thorsett also recently performed at the prestigious Festival del Sole in Napa, Calif., in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti.
submitted Aug. 5, 2014 5:31P
Stephanie Rocha '00, J.D. '09 appeared in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2014 40 Under 40 list. She is an associate attorney at Miller Morton Cailat & Nevis LLP, where Rocha represents developers, builders and prime contractors in construction litigation, including defect and payment disputes. She also represents real estate agents and brokers, homeowners, landlords, tenants and other individuals and entities in a variety of real estate- and business-related matters.
A Santa Clara native, Rocha started her career at a semiconductor company in Santa Clara County. She quickly moved up the ranks in the human resources department and — unfortunately, as the recession began to hit — was involved in handling company layoffs, exposing her to legal employment claims and piquing her interest in law.
Her experience at this time also included working as employee relations manager for a biotech company, where she was able to cultivate her newfound interest by working closely with the company's outside labor and employment counsel.
Indulging her varied outside curiosities, Rocha earned her real estate license and began selling real estate at nights and on the weekends, while still maintaining her full-time job. Exposure to real estate law was the final push she needed to pursue law school.
submitted Jan. 9, 2015 8:53A
GRD Leavey/MBA '00
Jeff Nishita MBA ’00 has joined Novogradac & Company LLP, a San Francisco-based accounting and consulting firm that specializes in affordable housing, community development, historic preservation and renewable energy tax credits. Nishita performs numerous services in the real estate industry, including audit and tax services, consulting, forecasting and training. He works with for-profit and nonprofit developers, syndicators and direct investors.
Mr. Nishita speaks at various affordable housing conferences throughout the year and is in charge of maintaining the firm’s Financial Forecast Model. He is also the founder of the firm’s community service program and one of the founders of the firm’s LIHTC Working Group, a membership organization that addresses technical issues in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program.
Before joining Novogradac & Company LLP, Mr. Nishita worked with several start-up companies and small businesses in executive positions.
submitted Jan. 9, 2015 2:48P