Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in the last year by graduates in the 2000s
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.
Nicholas Buccola '01, associate professor of political science at Linfield College, received the Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award, which recognizes a faculty member who has made an outstanding contribution to the life of the college that extends beyond his or her regular duties. Buccola earned an Enduring Questions grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, recognizing the innovative design for his course, What is Freedom? This past year, Buccola has published or had accepted for publication nine separate works, and he currently has two book contracts. He coordinates the successful Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice, which has brought a wide range of world-class scholars to Linfield and provided a forum for discussion for faculty, students and the McMinnville community.
Jimmy Williams ’02 is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland. He writes on the Santa Clara University blog, "I have been working on an approach to identify concrete signatures of the Majorana particle. In some sense, the work I participated in with Professor Betty Young doing research for the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) looking for exotic particles has come full circle. It’s a great job! I have a big lab and a bunch of money to do whatever physics I want. It doesn’t get any better than that."
Beth (Livingston) Thompson '02 and Andrew Thompson '03 welcomed their son Benjamin David Justice on February 17, 2015. Benjamin joined big brothers Henry and Timothy, and big sister Alice. The family lives in San Jose.
Melissa (Walker) Sullivan ’02 is a criminal prosecuting attorney in Mount Vernon, Washington. Her husband, Brian Sullivan ’02, is also an attorney and runs his own law practice in Everett, Washington. They welcomed a baby boy, Max, on April 28, 2014. Max joins big sister, Fiona, who will be 3 years old on March 16, 2015. The family lives in Everett, Washington.
Kerrie Romanow MBA '02 earned a place on the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2015 Women of Influence annual list. This list comprises “100 women rocking Silicon Valley business” who have made a big impact across all professions. As the director of the San Jose's Environmental Services Department, Romanow is responsible for San Jose’s 2012 plastic bag ban. The Bring Your Own Bag ordinance won a Helen Putnam Award for Excellence from the League of California Cities in 2014. Since she took over the department in 2011, Romanow streamlined garbage and recycling services, partnered with the Santa Clara Valley Water District to provide clean water, partnered with Zero Waste Energy Development Company to build a composting facility, and enacted a polystyrene (foam) ban. Romanow’s programs have won statewide and national honors.
Lisa (Mrkvicka) Mudgett ’02 and husband Dan welcomed their fourth son, Isaac Maxwell, on Feb. 21, 2015. The busy family lives in Seattle.
Andrew Holtz ’02 and Katherine (Wichmann) Holtz ’03 welcomed a boy, Luke Daniel, on May 18. Luke joins big sister Emma, 4.
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.
Andrew Gere MBA '02 has been promoted to chief operating officer of the San Jose Water Company, an investor-owned utility in the business of providing water service to a population of approximately 1 million people in an area comprising about 138 square miles in the metropolitan San Jose area. Andrew has ably served the company and its customers for nearly 20 years in numerous positions and capacities, most recently as VP of Operations. In his new capacity, he has primary and direct responsibility for all San Jose Water Company field activities and departments including Operations, Distribution Systems, Water Quality, Logistics, Engineering, Construction, and Water Resource Management. In addition, he supports and advises the CEO in decision making and assumes primary responsibility for design, development, implementation, reporting, and monitoring of key performance metrics, policies, and procedures for the company.
Greta (Newgren) Fitzgerald '02 and husband Jeff Fitzgerald welcomed a baby boy, Liam Lloyd, on May 27, 2015. The family lives in San Jose. Greta is the culture ambassador at Hoopla Software, Inc. in San Jose.
Aimee Catalano MBA '02 made the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2015 Women of Influence annual list. This list comprises “100 women rocking Silicon Valley business” who have made a big impact across all professions. Catalano is VP, Alliance Marketing, at Citrix. With more than 17 years of experience in the high-technology marketing field, she has held various roles in companies of all sizes including IBM; Interwoven, Informix, Qumu, and XenSource, which was acquired by her current company, Citrix. And while her executive position at Citrix keeps her very busy, it’s her two young children that really keep her on her toes.
Jose Alvarez ’02 has been promoted to clinical engineer for Sutter Health Medical Center Sacramento, and he is currently working on another master's degree in health care administration.
Karen Dazols Albers ’04 and Joe Albers ’02 welcomed their son Lucas into the world this past April. Karen is a kindergarten teacher in Sunnyvale. Joe serves as founding Principal of Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School, which opened this fall. Cristo Rey prepares low income students for college through a unique model of education where students work one day a week for companies and non-profits. They live in San Jose.
Dori L. Yob J.D. '03 made the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2015 Women of Influence annual list. This list comprises “100 women rocking Silicon Valley business” who have made a big impact across all professions. Yob, 36, has been with Hopkins & Carley since she graduated from law school. She handles complex real estate cases in state and federal courts. SHe also routinely appears on behalf of her land use clients at planning commission and city council hearings. As the co-chair of her firm's litigation department, she oversees the firm's largest department. This January, she was elected chair of the San Jose Planning Commission.
Kalie (Bass) Ward ’03 and Matthew Ward ’03, M.S ’14 welcomed their first child, Brendan Charles Ward, on Jan. 6, 2015 at 11:01 pm. He was 7 lbs 2 oz, 19 3/4" long.
Roselyn (Rosie) Siino ’03 and her husband, Steve, welcomed a baby boy, Lucca John on September 25, 2014. He is their first child.
Margaret Pinard ’03 has recently released Dulci's Legacy, a young adult fantasy-thriller set in Nova Scotia. This is Margaret's second novel, following her debut historical fiction Memory's Hostage in 2013. Both books can be found on Amazon.com. She is thrilled to be writing real stories instead of memoranda, and is currently at work on her third novel. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Amanda Haughs '03 was named one of PBS LearningMedia's 2015 Lead Digital Innovators. 100 K-12 teachers were recognized for their innovative use of digital media and technology in the classroom and the top 30 applicants were recognized as "leads" in the program. Amanda has taught for seven years as a classroom teacher in grades K-5. This year she begins a new position as a Math and Technology Integration Coach in Campbell Union School District.
Sarina (Passarelli) Bronson ’03 and husband Greg welcomed a baby girl, Lucy, on Sep. 19, 2014. Big brothers Luke (6), John (4), and Paul (2) love having a sister. The family lives in Cameron Park, Calif.
Tasce (Simon) '03 and Zack Bongiovanni '03 are thrilled to welcome their baby girl, Caroline Nanibah Bongiovanni, on July 12, 2015. Lucas is a proud big brother. The family has moved back to San Francisco after two years in Connecticut. Zack leads Energy Partnerships at Google and Tasce is completing surgical residency at UCSF.
Christopher Templeton '04 married Brenna Brandsma (University of Portland '02) in a ceremony at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, Washington, on May 16, 2015. In attendance were Chris Cannon '04, Nathaniel Brown '04, Jake Peterson '04, and Joe Nick '04.
Noelani Sallings '04 has been elected to the board of the Santa Clara Unified School District. Sallings helped organize “Walk for Education” to raise awareness of budget cuts and was a key contributor to the reorganization and redirection of the Santa Clara Schools Foundation, for it to focus on working more directly with the children they fund and improve their fundraising results.