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1994

'94
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
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
'94
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
'94
McLaughlin, Steven

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
'94
Lorenat, Linda

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
Kan, Kenneth

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
Gemetti, Thomas

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
'94
Dion, Philip
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
Bidwill, Timothy

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

1995

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.

Contact Susan
831.462.5655 831.462.0506 fax info@meritworld.com www.meritworld.com www.gakkomom.com
submitted Mar. 5, 2015 7:04P
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '95
Stowe, John

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.
 
Read more about Stowe on the JST blog.
 
submitted Apr. 6, 2015 9:35A
UGRD Leavey Business '95
Srabian, Bryan
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
'95
Shelley, Jeremy

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
Palmer, Keith

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
UGRD Engineering '95
Lu, Avery

Avery Lu ’95 was one of 23 distinguished speakers at the IoT (Internet of Things) Summit, Santa Clara Convention Center, in March. He presented "The State of Wearable Tech in Health and Fitness—Where Do We Go From Here?" Lu is the co-founder and CMO of Palo Alto Scientific. His team is currently working on a product called profileMyRun, an ultrathin, pressure-sensing insole that syncs with a smartphone through a low-power bluetooth clip. The profileMyRun system provides runners with real-time feedback on their running technique, resulting in less pain and injury, and improving running economy to help them win races. For more info about the product, visit www.profilemyrun.com or its Facebook page.

submitted Mar. 2, 2015 11:54A
GRD Leavey/MBA '95
Jacoby, Rebecca

Rebecca Jacoby MBA ’95, CIO and senior VP of Cisco, has been elected to McGraw Hill Financial's board of directors. Jacoby, 53, advances the business through the use of Cisco technology. Under her leadership as CIO since 2006, Ms. Jacoby has made the IT organization a strategic business partner, producing significant business value for Cisco in the form of financial performance, customer satisfaction and loyalty, market share, and productivity. 

Prior to joining Cisco in 1995, Ms. Jacoby held a variety of planning and operations positions with other companies in Silicon Valley. She serves on the board of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara County and is a founding member of the Technology Business Management Council. She holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of the Pacific and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

 

submitted Oct. 30, 2014 11:00A
UGRD Leavey Business '95
Guerrero , Ignacio

Ignacio J. Guerrero ’95 was appointed director of the Santa Clara County Department of Child Support Services by the County Board of Supervisors in San Jose, Calif.

submitted Dec. 18, 2014 5:56A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '95
Gerhardt, Jarrod

Jarrod Gerhardt ’95 has been hired as senior vice president and director of marketing for Bank of Marin, which is headquartered in Novato. Gerhardt, of Walnut Creek, has 17 years of experience in the financial services industry. He previously acted as West Coast marketing director for Boston Private Bank. He has also held marketing positions at Charter Private Bank and Washington Mutual in Seattle, Washington. Gerhardt holds a bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University and a master's in business administration from Boston University.

submitted Feb. 1, 2015 4:04P
GRD Leavey/MBA '95
Geffon, Eric

Eric Geffon ’95 was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown ’59 to Santa Clara County's bench. Geffon, 44, has headed his own law firm—Geffon and Isger—for the past 13 years, previously working as a Santa Clara County deputy public defender. A Los Altos resident, Geffon has a law degree from Santa Clara University.

submitted Dec. 15, 2014 9:25A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '95
Babka, Brian

Brian Babka, M.D. ’95 is a sports medicine physician with Northwestern Medicine in the western suburbs of Chicago. He completed a rotation 12/1/14 to 12/16/14 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs acting as a member of the medical staff serving the resident athletes.

submitted Dec. 9, 2014 8:04P

1996

GRD Law '96
Nevarez, Kristi

Kristi Nevarez  ’91, J.D. ’96 has been named a Partner at Fragomen Worldwide, which is recognized as the world's leading global corporate immigration services provider. For over 17 years, she has advised clients in matters of corporate business immigration. She has also served as the Congressional Assistant and Immigration Policy Advisor to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Immigration Subcommittee.

Contact Kristi
http://tinyurl.com/nfog7ls
submitted Dec. 3, 2014 4:14P
'96
Nelson, Michael

Mike Nelson '96 is doing a cross-country motorcycle ride for Breast Cancer Awareness and to raise funds for Breast Cancer research. Get more info and support at www.1in8ride.co.

Contact Michael
100nails@comcast.net www.1in8ride.com
submitted Jul. 21, 2015 2:12P
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