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1984

UGRD Leavey Business '84
Brown, Timothy

Tim Brown ’84 received a promotion to partner at AonHewitt, where he leads Radford's Global Technology Survey operation. Brown is also an adjunct at San Jose State University teaching a course about Compensation and Rewards to Human Resources Management majors.

submitted Aug. 3, 2014 2:33P

1985

UGRD Engineering '85
Wehr, Michael

Michael C. Wehr '85 was promoted to the rank of major general by the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at a ceremony in January. Last September, Wehr received his second star at his alma mater, where his career began in the ROTC program.

"It feels great to come back to the place and people who shaped me at an early age for the career that led to this day," he said. His parents, Art and Margaret Wehr, had the honor of participating in the ceremony, while his Santa Clara sweetheart, Deborah Kalisz Wehr ’84, stood by his side.

Among other highlights, his career has included four combat tours, most recent serving as the Theater Engineer for Afghanistan. As a two-star general, Wehr is now in command of the Mississippi Valley Division in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he is responsible for a $2 billion civil works program and plays a vital role in managing the Corps' water resources program in the Mississippi River Valley. To give you some perspective on the scope of his assignment, this division encompasses the third largest watershed in the world—trailing only the Amazon and Congo Rivers in size—and is the most navigable and most connected to arable land on Earth.
 
Less than 50 percent of one-star generals earn their second star. Leading the ceremony, Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick cited Wehr's compassion, decisiveness, work ethic, and engineering prowess that, coupled with a calm, strong leadership style makes him one of the Army's best.

Responding humbly, Wehr said, "It takes a lot of little things to make something big happen. It's a real honor to celebrate this moment here at Santa Clara. It is a gift to get to lead. It's about living, learning, loving, and leaving a legacy—carrying a torch, but thanking those who handed it to me and those who will receive it. "Wehr also recognized the incredible importance of mentoring, specifically thanking his Santa Clara ROTC professor of military science, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Robert E. Camors.

submitted Feb. 1, 2015 2:53P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Miller, Chuck

Chuck Miller ’85, J.D. ’88 is business development nanager for American Pacific Mortgage in Walnut Creek. He is also the JV basketball coach at De La Salle High School in Concord. Chuck is currently serving on the SCU National Alumni Board as well as on the committee for the Class of '85 Grand Reunion coming up this fall. He is encouraging all his classmates to come to the reunion and looks forward to seeing them all there. Chuck is proud of his daughter, Samantha, who is attending George Washington University and his son, Charlie, who is a freshman at De La Salle High School. Chuck lives in Pleasant Hill.

submitted Feb. 1, 2015 2:23P
'85
Lally, Bart

Bart Lally ’85 and wife Amanda welcomed their first child, Francis Joseph Lally, on July 27, 2014. The family lives in San Francisco.

submitted Nov. 3, 2014 9:01A
GRD Leavey/MBA '85
Kisling, Priscilla

Priscilla Kisling '79, MBA '85 writes, "Moved to Portland, Ore. area, in Jan. 2014, and started working for Business Valuation Resources, LLC, in Feb. 2014 as CFO. Business Valuation Resources is a niche publisher of business valuation guides, books and on-line resources for the professional business appraiser. This big change allows me to be in the same area as my daughter, Kristina, who graduated from University of Portland in May 2013 and is working in the Portland area."

Contact Priscilla
www.bvresources.com
submitted Mar. 13, 2014 1:18P
'85
Jeffries, KM, Timothy

Tim Jeffries ’85 served as the senior deputy of the Colorado Flood Recovery Task Force for Governor John Hickenlooper (D) of Colorado in fall 2013. Tim was reappointed to the Arizona Commerce Authority by House Speaker Andy Tobin (R) in summer 2014. And Tim also serves on the Crime and Child Safety Subcommittee of the Transition Committee for Governor-Elect Doug Ducey (R) of Arizona.

submitted Dec. 17, 2014 4:24P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '85
Fink, Elissa

Elissa Fink '85 was recognized with an honorable mention from PR World as CMO of the year for 2013. Fink is chief marketing officer at Tableau Software, a company making databases and spreadsheets understandable to ordinary people. With 20+ years helping companies improve their marketing operations through applied data analysis, Fink has held executive positions in marketing, business strategy, product management, and product development. Prior to Tableau, she was EVP Marketing at IXI Corporation, now owned by Equifax. She has also served in executive positions at Tele Atlas (acquired by TomTom), TopTier Software (acquired by SAP), and Nielsen/Claritas. Fink also sold national advertising for the Wall Street Journal. She’s a frequent speaker and has spoken at conferences including the DMA, NCDM, PSAMA and others. In 2013, Elissa joined the Board of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA).

 
 

 

submitted May. 13, 2014 10:01A

1986

GRD Leavey/MBA '86
Viale, Enrico

Enrico Viale MBA ’86 has been appointed president of Endesa Chile, the largest electric utility company in that country, by the company's board of directors. Enrico Viale was the global director of the Enel Group's Generation line of business. He is a civil engineer with specialization in hydraulic engineering from Polytechnic University of Turin and has an MBA from the University of Santa Clara Business School. He has also taken training courses at Politecnico di Milano University and at MIT. He began his career in 1986 in the Italian energy company GIE, in various capacities in the area of finance, to join Enel in 2003 as Country Manager for Southeastern Europe. Subsequently, he served as of 2008 to date as Enel's COO in Russia and as CEO of the OJSC subsidiary in that country.

submitted Nov. 21, 2014 6:15P
GRD Law '86
Small, Barbara (Beall)

Barbara Small ’86 joined GCA Law Partners LLP as a partner in May 2014 and established the firm’s Trusts and Estates practice. Barbara’s practice covers estate planning, decedent’s estate administration (probate), trust administration, conservatorship/guardianship matters, and elder law counseling. Her clients are drawn from all levels of the business and social structure in Silicon Valley, from innovative CEO's and pioneering legal leaders to individual family members and elders intent on preserving their independence.

Contact Barbara
Barbara Small GCA Law Partners LLP 2570 W. El Camino Real, Ste. 510 Mt. View, CA 94040 (650) 428-3900 phone bsmall@gcalaw.com
submitted Jun. 25, 2014 7:52A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '86
Nyhan, John

John P. Nyhan ’86 has joined the law firm of O'Keefe Lyons & Hynes, LLC as a partner in its Property Tax Appeal and Real Estate Practice group. Prior to joining the firm, he served in local government as Chief Legal Counsel to the Cook County Assessor and as Chief Deputy Commissioner for the Cook County Board of Review. John resides in the Chicago area with his wife Kris and their eight year old daughter Laura.

Contact John
John P. Nyhan O'Keefe Lyons & Hynes, LLC 30 N. LaSalle Street Suite 4100 Chicago, IL 60602 312-422-9137 JohnNyhan@Okeefe-law.com
submitted Aug. 18, 2014 8:00A
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '86
Lassalle-Klein, Bob (Lassalle)

Freshman Dorm: Dunne

Bob Lassalle-Klein ’74, M.Div ’86 is on sabbatical at Santa Clara University this year (2014-15) and is chair of Religious Studies and Prof of Religion and Philosophy at Holy Names University. He is a co-founder of and began his family with Lynn at the Oakland Catholic Worker, which serves immigrant families. They have three wonderfulchildren, Kate Lassalle-Klein ’16 (21), Rose (19, Seattle U sophomore), and Peter (16, sophomore SJND high school). Bob did his dissertation with Jon Sobrino and just published Blood and Ink: Ignacio Ellacuría, Jon Sobrino, and the Jesuit Martyrs of the University of Central America (2014), which Orbis Books calls "the definitive account," and Kevin Burke describes as, "sweeping in its scope, unsettling in its political and historical implications, and profound in its theological depth." Bob is currently finishing The Spiritual Writings of Jon Sobrino (Orbis) and beginning work on Jesus the Immigrant: Contextual Christology and the Signs of the Times. He has done three edited volumes on Contextual Christology (Orbis 2011); The Galilean Jesus (Special Issue of Theological Studies 2009); and The Thought of Ignacio Ellacuría (with Kevin Burke, S.J., 2006). He serves on the board for the Instituto Hispano of the Jesuit School of Theology; as a consultant for the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries at Santa Clara University, and has daughters who participated this summer in university-sponsored service projects in El Salvador and Ghana. Kate has just finished six weeks working with Sr. Peggy O'Neill at the Centro Arte y Paz in Suchitoto supported by a Jean Donovan Fellowship from the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara.

submitted Oct. 9, 2014 4:59P
UGRD Engineering '86
Jensen, Rob

Rob Jensen ’86 and Diana Jensen ’88 own Testarossa Winery, in Los Gatos, which is housed in the beautiful old Novitiate Winery founded by the Jesuits of then-Santa Clara College in the late 19th century.

Testarossa (Italian for “red head”) was the nickname given Rob as a young university student in Italy. Rob, a fourth generation Northern Californian, developed a passion for winemaking: its past, present, and future through extensive travel to Europe's great wine growing areas, combined with living in Italy during his university days. Although Rob's degree is in electrical engineering, with a minor in Italian language and culture, he has studied grape growing, winemaking and chemistry at the renowned School of Viticulture and Oenology at UC Davis. During Rob's nearly twenty-year high-tech career he held several sales and marketing positions in pre- and post-IPO companies in Silicon Valley. Rob's technical background, love of the arts, and business experience made it a natural for him to dive headlong into the wine business, an industry that is equal parts science and art.

Diana Jensen, also born in Northern California but raised in San Diego, met Rob while earning her BS in electrical engineering at Santa Clara University. She worked in high-tech marketing at Silicon Valley's National Semiconductor and Cypress Semiconductor. She, along with Rob, founded Testarossa Winery in 1993 as a small, weekend project. But as new grape sources were secured and the wines gained reputation, a daily presence was needed to develop the winery into a business. In 1994, Diana left the high tech world and started running Testarossa full time.
 
submitted Dec. 15, 2014 9:02A
GRD Law '86
Cole Dillon, Ce

 

Ce Cole Dillon J.D. ’86 co-founded Student Loan 411 LLC. Student Loan 411 LLC is an advisory firm that helps student loan borrowers reengineer their student loan debt to pay for their life, not just their student loans. We also help financial services firms clients, mortgage and real estate companies and universities to manage their default rates. Ce resides in Chicago, Ill. with her family.

Contact Ce
http://www.schoolloan411.com http://www.facebook.com/schoolloan411 @schoolloan411
submitted May. 30, 2014 6:57A
'86
Cebedo Lefebvre, Mary Beth

 Mary Beth Cebedo Lefebvre ’86 writes, "I am a project/program manager at Symantic's Sales and Marketing Operations org. Outside work, I volunteer as a board member with the Palo Alto Historical Association and as a yoga teacher at St. Elizabeth Seton School."

submitted Jun. 3, 2014 1:07P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '86
Carr, Jeanne-Marie (Bourcier)

Jeanne-Marie (Bourcier) Carr ’86 is currently working as an Independent Study Educator for students K-12 in the Gateway Unified School District in Redding, Calif.

submitted Aug. 22, 2014 4:41P
UGRD Leavey Business '86
Arnold, Valerie (Bettencourt)

Mike Arnold ’86 will soon celebrate his 28th year with State Farm Insurance, where he is VP of Operations–Property and Casualty Claims. He and his wife, Valerie Bettencourt Arnold ’87, have been married for 27 years and live in Bloomington, Ill. They have two daughters. Their youngest is a junior in high school while their oldest has returned to the Bay Area and is working full-time in Pleasanton upon graduating from college from North Carolina State University.

submitted Nov. 6, 2014 5:00P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '86
Alba Jr., John

John Alba Jr. M.A. ’86 retired from education after a 35-year career. He taught for seven years in a K–8 setting and was a school administrator for 28 years. He was an elementary school prinicipal, junior high school principal, and director of personne. He finished his career as the East Union High School principal, in Manteca, Calif., for the past ten years. He is also celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary with Cindy Alba, assistant superintendent of the Livermore Unified School District. He thanks SCU for a great education!

submitted Jul. 15, 2014 10:43A

1987

GRD Leavey/MBA '87
Tamburelli, Steve

Clos Du Val Winery appointed industry veteran Steve Tamburelli MBA ’87 as president, overseeing all operations for the winery located in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District.

A Napa Valley native, Tamburelli joined Stags Leap Wine Cellars as chief operating officer in 1998, spent 11 years as general manager at Chappellet, and recently held the role of chief operating officer at Flora Springs Winery.

submitted Aug. 9, 2014 8:14A
GRD Leavey/MBA '87
Mueller, Ron

Ron Mueller MBA ’87 has started a freelance content marketing business (muellercopywriting.com) after retiring from Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.

Contact Ron
muellercopywriting.com
submitted Dec. 10, 2014 8:51A
GRD Leavey/MBA '87
Hayden, Ralph

Ralph Hayden MBA ’87 just took on a new role as director, OEM Support Programs, at Fusionio, a division of the SanDisk company.

submitted Aug. 20, 2014 8:16A
UGRD Leavey Business '87
Arnold, Valerie (Bettencourt)
see year 1986

1988

GRD Leavey/MBA '88
Viroslav, Samuel

Samuel Viroslav MBA ’88 writes, "New 50 MW Wind project, enters operation in Tilaran, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Developers: Acciona Energy Grupo Ecoenergia VL S.A."

submitted May. 30, 2014 12:02P
GRD Law '88
Miller, Chuck
see year 1985
UGRD Engineering '88
Jensen, Rob
see year 1986
GRD Law '88
Dessau, Peter

Peter V. Dessau ’84, J.D. ’88, a partner at Miller, Morton, Caillat & Nevis LLP,  has been appointed to the board of directors of the Housing Industry Foundation (HIF). 

HIF’s mission is to assist individuals and families in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties in remaining in or returning to stable housing, while supporting efforts to identify long-term solutions to the lack of affordable housing in these communities. Through collaboration with emergency service organizations, the organization funds emergency housing grants that provide an immediate bridge to keep individuals and families in their homes. HIF also completes renovations to non-profit housing facilities and transitional living facilities.
 
“Adequate shelter is such a basic need, and one that can often be taken for granted. It’s incredibly fulfilling for me to be able to provide my expertise in support of the great work that HIF is doing in the communities that so many of our attorneys and clients work and live,” said Dessau.
 
HIF’s board of directors is responsible for providing all operational funding so that 100 percent of fundraising contributions go directly to the organization’s programs. The Board further extends the organization’s community reach by gaining the support of industry leaders who can leverage their resources, funding and skills to complete renovation projects.
 
With 26 years of experience in construction law, Dessau’s practice focuses on litigation involving construction defects and other issues. Regularly advising clients out of both the firm’s San Jose and Newport Beach offices, he represents developers, builders and contractors in payment disputes and defends and prosecutes delay and impact claims against private owners, contractors and public entities. Dessau’s experience also includes providing counsel to members of the industry on risk management techniques to avoid litigation.
 
In addition to his involvement with HIF, Dessau is a member of the State Bar of California, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the Tri-County Apartment Association. A frequent author and speaker on various construction law topics, he has served as a guest lecturer at his alma mater (1988), Santa Clara University School of Law. In addition to his J.D., Dessau earned his B.A. from Santa Clara University (1984).
 
submitted May. 4, 2014 12:55P
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