Class Notes | Obituaries
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Paul Krueger '04 and Kathryn (Finneran) Krueger '05 welcomed a daughter, Samantha Mae Krueger, on March 2, 2015. The family lives in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Sonia (Mungal) '04 and Jeffrey Cook '04 welcomed their first child, a son, Felix Loving Cook, on December 27, 2014. Baby Felix is the first nephew of Sarah (Cook) '08, Scott Stevens '06, and Myrna Mungal '10. He is also the first grandbaby of Dean Godfrey Mungal, School of Engineering. The family is looking forward to taking him on his first SCU campus stroller tour this summer!
Chris Wall '05 is an attorney at Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP in the Pacific Northwest. He lives with his wife, Claire, on Vashon Island.
Beth (Simas) Marcinek '05 and her husband, Matthew, welcomed Evan Lee on May 12, 2015. It is the first child for the couple and third grandson for Ted Simas '70 and Rita Simas.
Ryan Kunkel '05 and wife Eleanor welcomed their daughter, Audrey June, on December 23, 2014. They currently live in Walnut Creek, CA.
Andrea Friaz Gallardo '05 completed her medical residency at U.C. San Diego, combined family medicine and psychiatry training, and has joined Kaiser Permanente in Gilroy full-time. She is happy to be back in the Bay Area after nine years away in Southern California.
Keely Elizabeth (Nelson) Berg '04, M.A. '06 husband Chris, and big sister Annabelle welcomed a second child, Andrew William Berg, on March 6, 2015. The happy family of four resides in San Jose.
Katie (Roberts) Payer '06 and husband Brian welcomed a healthy, happy baby girl, Caroline Valerie, on March 19, 2015. The family of three lives in Denver, Colorado.
Matthew Barnette '06 has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, putting him among the top attorneys in California for 2015. A senior associate in the Archer Norris’ Walnut Creek office, Matthew Barnette focuses his practice on litigation matters with a specialty in insurance defense. A member of the firm’s On Call Trial Counsel, Matthew has successfully defended numerous clients from the initial complaint through trial.
After nearly three years as an editor and program director at Media Matters for America, Hilary A. Tone '07 is now director of communications for D.C. Public Schools in Washington, D.C. She also teaches dance at a competitive studio in Virginia and is part of the Capitol Movement Dance Company, which sent her on a military appreciation tour last fall. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
Matt Hatzke '07, former San Jose Earthquakes soccer player, recently wrote an editorial for Outsports. "My life hasn't been the same," he writes, since coming out to family and friends in 2013, "as I have found happiness like I couldn't understand before. I finally felt my life finding completion...I finally felt comfortable in my own skin."
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.
Michael Amato '07, M.S. '11 and Bianca Vallorz '07, tied the knot at the beautiful Mission Santa Clara on January 24, 2015! Even though the wedding was in the middle of winter, they were blessed with wonderful 70-degree weather and not a cloud in the sky! They currently live in San Jose, with Bianca supporting the local community working at Family Supportive Housing and Michael working at Apple.
Casey (Kute) Schulz '08 was among six finalists at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF competition in September. Casey is head of R&D for Preemadonna, a family of automated devices for designing and applying nail art. Preemadonna plans to crowdfund the first Nailbot on Indiegogo at the end of October.
Mandy (Liebscher) Pearson '08 writes, "After almost seven years at Facebook working as intellectual property associate in Community/Risk Operations, our family has decided to move to my home country, Germany, for a few years. I'm excited to be close to family and childhood friends again, and to share more of the German culture and traditions with our children and my husband. We'll start our adventure with a six-week road trip across the United States on July 1, arriving in Dresden, Germany, mid-August. SCU friends, if you're in Germany at some point, send me a note! :)"
Kyle Ozawa '08 currently heads up business operations for Invoice2go, one of the leading mobile apps for small businesses. In this role, he is responsible for building out the company's customer support, HR, facilities/IT, and legal teams. Prior to this he worked at Google for four years where he was senior product specialist for mobile payments and a senior account manager specializing in digital marketing, mobile advertising, and web analytics.
Kyle earned his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of business and his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Santa Clara University. Kyle currently serves on Santa Clara University’s Board of Regents. Additionally, he serves as a judge for The Tech Awards, a signature program of the The Tech Museum of Innovation that awards $500,000 annually in grants to emerging technology companies developing products and services to benefit humanity.
Blanca Garcia '08 and Christopher Salazar '06 were married on Sept. 13, 2014, at the Mission Church. The ceremony was officiated by Michael Zampelli, S.J. and the wedding party included Lucia Ulloa-Hernandez '07, Lucy (Shin) Lin '08, Jessica Ponce '07, Yuridia (Estrada) Esquivel '07 and Juan Carlos Esquivel '07. The newlyweds honeymooned in Greece and recently purchased their first home in Santa Clara.
In May, Debra Reed J.D. ’09 finished her successful Kickstarter campaign, funding the creation of herbsack.com, a line of hemp totes that are biodegradable, sustainable, and bacteria resistant. Reed founded herbsack in September 2013, when she, like everyone else in San Jose, adjusted to a regulatory ban on single-use plastic bags.