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Stephen Sifferman '93, M.S. '98 received the School of Engineering's 2015 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, which honors alumni whose accomplishments in their professions, communities, and/or service to the School of Engineering have set them apart. Sifferman reflects the qualities and characteristics that best define the ideals of a Jesuit education: a passion for and commitment to excellence.
For the past 20 years, Steve Sifferman has had a distinguished career in the wireless communications industry. Beginning as a senior software engineer at Northrop Grumman, he moved on to ArrayComm, where he worked his way up the ranks to eventually taking on the role of President of the world leader in multi-antenna signal processing software products for wireless communications. During his time with ArrayComm, he helped develop cutting-edge technologies and holds numerous patents in recognition of his work. Respected not only for his technical ability, Steve is also lauded for his managerial and leadership abilities. In his current capacity as president and CEO of Tarana Wireless, Inc., Steve is guiding the company’s evolution from its successful first phase of technology development into broad commercialization and growth. Beyond serving his company, he impacts his field as a board member of the Telecommunications Industry Association. For his contribution to the development of wireless communication technologies and outstanding leadership within his industry, Steve was selected to receive this honor.
He continues to live in Santa Clara with his wife, Leslie Anne (Rettig) Sifferman '93, and their three children: Greg, Stephanie, and Nick.
submitted Apr. 28, 2015 1:04P
Kevin F. Rooney ’93 was made partner at the law firm of Browne George Ross LLP. He was appointed co-lead class counsel by the United States District Court in Florida in a landmark class action involving a fraudulent trade school, achieving the largest known student loan forgiveness settlement in U.S. history, in excess of $140 million. Kevin lives in San Mateo with his wife, Diane, and his children, Braeden and Olivia.
submitted Apr. 14, 2015 10:43A
Aaron Michael Ritchey '93 has published his third novel for young adults, Elizabeth’s Midnight. He lives in Colorado with his wife and two young daughters.
“It really is a story about courage, overcoming fear, and embracing grand adventures,” he said. “I think it’s easy for us to say no to the adventures we get in our lifetime. It’s easy to give all of the excuses in the world not to go on them. So, this is really about saying yes to the adventure ... One of the quotes in the book is, ‘we walk through our fear afraid,’ and that’s one of the themes. It has been a great book to work on and to actually put out in the world, because unlike my other stuff that’s kind of edgy, this one is really nice. There’s still an edge to it, but it’s kind of a sweeter, more adventure, kind of romance.”
He is already planning the release of his next book, which is due out later this year. Visit http://aaronmritchey.com/ for more information or to sign up for the newsletter.
submitted Jul. 22, 2015 3:35P
Returning to her alma mater and former employer, Heather Pastorini '93 has joined SCU staff as a Principal Gifts officer. Heather has spent the past nine years as chief advancement officer at De La Salle High School in Concord. Heather led their fundraising, alumni and communication operations including their most recent capital campaign. Prior to her time at De La Salle, Heather was director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Santa Clara University and is proud to be home with the Broncos. She and her husband Todd Pastorini '91 reside in Discovery Bay and have two children, Hayden, a sophomore at University of Arizona and Shelby, a high school senior.
submitted Jul. 20, 2015 2:56P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '93
Christina Mifsud ’93 is a certified tour guide in Florence, Italy. Travelers seeking a tour from a friendly Bronco can reach her at email@example.com.
submitted Dec. 8, 2014 5:41P
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
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
GRD Leavey/MBA '94
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
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
Steven McLaughlin '94 writes, “Working as a DA civilian at the 63rd Regional Support Command at Moffett Field, Calif.” He is a colonel in the Army Reserve.
submitted Jul. 1, 2015 2:57P
UGRD Leavey Business '94
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
Linda Lorenat ’94, J.D. ’98 is a partner with King & Spalding in the Silicon Valley office. She came from Latham & Watkins, where she worked in the firm’s emerging companies practice. Ms. Lorenat represents start-up and emerging companies on a variety of corporate matters as well as venture capital firms in their investments in start-up and early-stage companies. She also represents major corporations in connection with mergers and acquisitions.
submitted Mar. 20, 2015 11:41P
UGRD Leavey Business '94
Kenneth Kan ’94 is managing director/portfolio manager in one of Asia's largest macro hedge funds.
submitted Apr. 11, 2015 3:46P
UGRD Leavey Business '94
Thomas Gemetti '94 was elected for another term on the Campbell Union School District board. Gemetti's a Brocade Communications VP and Controller. He's worked for Ernst & Young, Ariba, and SAP and is active in Junior Achievement.
submitted Oct. 30, 2014 2:51P
Philip J. Dion J.D. '94, MBA '94 joins American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, as vice president, Technology Business Development. Dion, 47, was previously with UNS Energy Corp. as senior vice president, Public Policy and Customer Solutions, since 2013. Prior, he was responsible for the direction and execution of regulatory and legislative strategy at the federal and state levels for UNS Energy Corp. He also had oversight of customer service and engagement, marketing, corporate communications, customer programs and community relations. Prior to his tenure with UNS Energy Corp, Dion was an advisor to a Commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as well as a Commissioner at the Arizona Corporation Commission. Dion also was a deputy Maricopa County attorney and an administrative law judge at the Arizona Corporation Commission.
submitted Jun. 14, 2015 7:55P
UGRD Leavey Business '94
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Timothy Bidwill ’94 and Kristy Bidwill welcomed their first child, Morgan Andrew Bidwill, on Aug. 26, 2014.
submitted Sep. 4, 2014 3:34P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '95
Tatsui-D'Arcy, Susan (Tatsui)
Susan Tatsui-D'Arcy M.A. ’95 is the founder and director at Merit Educational Consultants, LLC where she runs Merit Academy: Education for Excellence (one-on-one classes), works with students as a college advisor (ProjectMERIT), and oversees tutoring. Merit's headquarters are in Santa Cruz, California, and she has offices in Cupertino and Palo Alto. All of her programs are available online at meritworld.com. Check out her blog: GakkoMom.com. Susan has also written 12 books on education, parenting, and time management. In her spare time, she builds greenhouses with aquaponics systems, functional furniture, and chicken coops for her school and programs.
submitted Mar. 5, 2015 7:04P
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '95
Pope Francis has named John Stowe M.Div. ’93, STL ’95, to be the third bishop of Lexington, Kentucky.
Lexington is designated as a mission diocese within the United States: the geographic, demographic and economic characteristics indicate an acute need to evangelize Gospel values and to provide outreach services elevating human dignity and eliminating human suffering. It has 39 priests, and 6 Jesuits work in the diocese. Bishop-elect John’s vision of his ministry dovetails with the mission of his Alma Mater, JSTB: “reverent and critical service of the faith that does justice” and of Pope Francis’ hope that we become a church of the poor.
John Stowe was born April 15, 1966, in Lorain, Ohio. He entered the Lady of Consolation Province of the Conventual Franciscans, Mt. St. Francis, IN, and completed collegiate and philosophy studies at St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri. His thesis at the Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley was on the first bishop of Mexico: “Juan de Zumárraga, OFM: Bishop and Evangelizer.” During his studies in Berkeley, Fr. John was on the steering committee of the JSTB chapter of Pax Christi, the International Catholic Peace Movement. He led faculty and students to attend the annual Franciscan Desert Experience at the U.S. underground nuclear test site on Shoshone Native American lands in Nevada. One year the Minister-General of the Friars Minor, Rev. Hermann Schalück, led the group at the site in the Eucharist.
submitted Apr. 6, 2015 9:35A
UGRD Leavey Business '95
Bryan Srabian ’95 is the Giants' director of digital media. The job itself is part creativity, part strategy—and constant vigilance. Come game day, Srabian is a five-tool player, relying on the Giants' Twitter, Facebook, Vine, Instagram, and Snapchat accounts to hype, entertain, and inform fans in real-time. Across the five social networks, Srabian and his colleagues—in the voice of the Giants—speak to more than 3 million followers.
As smartphones and apps increasingly permeate the fan experience and daily life in general, the Giants are considered by many in the sports industry to be among the most social media-savvy clubs in sports. And just like the players on the field, a World Series requires Srabian and colleagues to elevate their own games.
"During the season, you don't focus quite as much on every little thing," Srabian told Mashable
. "But between the games, the fans, the ballpark, it seems like every minute there's something interesting happening, and we try to capture all of that."
"All of that" sometimes includes leveraging on-field access to bring exclusive behind-the-scenes content to fans. It sometimes includes showcasing AT&T Park, the Giants' gem of a home field.
And it always includes bringing Giants fans into the fold through retweets, online rallying cries and the content they generate themselves.
submitted Dec. 15, 2014 8:48A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '95
Souza, Cristina (Morais)
Cristina (Morais) Souza ’95 and husband welcomed their second daughter, Sophia Amelia, on Jan. 23, 2014. She joins older sister Isabella Natalia, 3. The family lives in Tracy, California.
submitted Feb. 6, 2015 1:57P
Jeremy Shelley ’95 has been named vice president and assistant general manager, pro scouting and player evaluation, for the San Francisco Giants. He is one of three assistant general managers. Shelley, who enters his 22nd season with the Giants, oversees the pro scouting at the major and minor league levels. He also works on the day to day operations of the department and provides support in statistical analysis, amateur scouting, and international operations. The Concord, California, native began his career for the Giants as a baseball operations intern in 1994. He was hired full-time as administrative assistant, baseball operations in 1996. He lives with his wife, Suzanne Shelley '95, in San Mateo with their two daughters.
submitted Feb. 15, 2015 3:10P
UGRD Engineering '95
Rapp, Amy (Brydon)
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Amy Rapp '95 writes "I am working for Nike and have a 2.5 yr old boy named Andrew and twin 9 month olds, Pearson and Anna."
submitted Aug. 5, 2015 10:36P
UGRD Engineering '95
Keith Palmer ’95 happily married Rina Knoblock on June 14, 2014 at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park, Calif. Having sadly both lost their first spouses to cancer, they met at a grief support group and share an amazing number of similarities and parallels in their lives. They both feel very fortunate for their second chance at love and that they did not have to look hard for each other. The couple is also expecting a baby boy this December. The first for both of them.
submitted Sep. 6, 2014 8:58P
Freshman Dorm: McLaughlin
Eric Olson '95 was recently appointed vice president, US Regulatory, at Genentech, Inc. Eric, his wife Kristin and daughters Greta & Sofie recently returned to Redwood City after living for two years in Basel, Switzerland, where Genentech's parent company, Roche, is headquartered.
submitted Aug. 4, 2015 2:26P