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Christina Fialho ’06, J.D. ’12 and her colleague Christina Mansfield were named 2012 Echoing Green Fellows for Social Change. Echoing Green provides more than $2 million in seed support social entrepreneurs from around the world every year.
The pair will launch a new project -- Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) -- with support from Echoing Green for the first two years. CIVIC is a national network of immigration detention visitation groups, with a mission to end the isolation and abuse of persons in immigration detention by building and strengthening community visitation programs across the U.S. They will provide support to current visitation groups, resources and training to new groups, and a communication platform for all visitation groups.
Fialho, a social activist for immigrant rights and the daughter of an immigrant, has assisted in defending immigrants from detention and deportation before the U.S. Immigration Courts and has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She currently serves on the steering committee of the Detention Watch Network, and her scholarly publications focus on the intersection of immigration law, constitutional law, and international human rights. Prior to starting CIVIC, she co-founded the first immigration detention visitation program in California.
Dan Erwin '06 Is graduating in June 2011 with a Masters degree in Marketing from Loyola University Chicago. After graduating from SCU in '06, he moved to Rome, Italy to work for Loyola's Rome Center. Prior to beginning graduate school, Dan worked as a legislative aide at the City of San Jose in Councilmember Forrest Williams' office.
Jonathan M. Edwards ’06, former member of the SCU golf team, and wife Jordan welcomed a baby boy, Jonathan Newton Edwards, on Dec. 29, 2011. He was 6 pounds, 15 ounces. They reside in Weiser, Idaho.
Megan Katherine Conlin ’06 of San Jose, Calif. wed Alexander "Zandy" James Eckrich of Kalamazoo, Mich. on Sep. 13th, 2014 at Mission Santa Clara in front of God, family and fellow SCU alumni including bridesmaid Christina Alexander ’06. Broncos in attendance included Rachel (Greenberg) Rasmusson ’06, Brandon Rasmusson ’06, Chrissy (Brooks) Rice ’06, Michael Tirabassi ’06, Tara (Heitman) Tirabassi ’06, Jenica (Mariani) Maldenado ’06, Kellan McNamara ’06, Alex Barrera ’06, Walt Stephenson ’06, Ryan Johnson ’06, Varant Ovanessoff ’06, Claire Bickenbach ’06, Kendall Craver ’06, Vince Castro ’06, and Erin Kunse ’07. "Shout" played on repeat the entire night. The newly married couple currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif.
Chris Duchesne ’06 married Michelle Donecho ’05, M.A. ’10 on July 12, 2014 at the Mission Santa Clara de Asis with a reception following at the Adobe Lodge. The wedding party included Matt Duchesne ’05 and Trey Miller ’13. The couple honeymooned in Maui and resides in Menlo Park.
Scott Dougherty '06 and Marian Dalmy '08 on Feb. 18, 2012, at the Cabo Azul Resort in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.
Elia DeLuca '02, J.D. '06 has been appointed to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton's LLP Labor and Employment practice group. The practice focuses on traditional labor and employment issues in a variety of industries, including trucking, airlines transportation, technology, entertainment, environmental, recycling and solid waste services. The firm also specializes in representing clients in union negotiations, organizing campaigns and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.
Elia DeLuca ’02, J.D. ’06 was named a Rising Star in the Northern California Super Lawyers 2013 edition, which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state. DeLuca practices labor and employment law in the San Francisco office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton.
Freshman Dorm: Walsh
After graduating with her bachelor's degree, Jen Darling '06, M.A. '08 taught 4th grade in East Side San Jose for a year and realized that teaching was not her true calling. She went on to receive her Teaching Credential and Masters in Education with an emphasis in Correctional Psychology & Alternative Education from Santa Clara University and now works happily back at SCU as a fundraiser.
Amparo Cid '06 worked for a local non-profit after graduating from SCU. Recently, she graduated from UC Davis School of Law and was awarded the Lorenzo Patiiño Memorial Award.
Peter Castle J.D. ’06 joined Peak Vista Community Health Centers as manager of business development and partnerships. Castle is the former programs director for the Colorado Business Group on Health. He has been in the nonprofit field for more than six years and is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Santa Clara University School of Law, and the Coro Center for Civic Leadership.
Tori (Markey) ’06 and Aaron Cardenas were married on June 23, 2012, at Bava Ranch in Hughson, Calif. The wedding party included SCU alumni Eric Cardenas '92, Jamie Weaver '06, Laurie Sherry '06, Erin Hurley '05, Jessica King Klem '05 and Cadi Imbs Olsen '06. Other Broncos in attendance were: Tori's father Michael Markey MBA '67, Michelle Rhoney '06, Teru Olsen '05, Cory Barnard '05, Vince Castro '06, Alex Kargbo '04, Kayla Huss '05, Whitney Sutak '04, Christina Alexander '06, Diane Snodgrass '06, Bridget Murphy '06, Martha Saracino '06, Katrina Welch Reardon '06, and Matt Reardon '06.
Sara Brown '06 and Ryan Kennedy '05 married June 2, 2012 in Michigan.
Freshman Dorm: McLaughlin
Carly Bird-Vogel '06 wites: "On July 16, 2011, I married Paul McDonald of Dartmouth '06 in Seattle. Broncos Marisa Fillmon '06, Ellie Menefee '06, and Angela Saldivar '06 were among my bridesmaids. Other Broncos in attendance included Colleen Skinner '06 and Andrew Vlasaty '06."
Keely Elizabeth Berg (Nelson) '05, M.A. '06 and husband Chris welcomed their daughter Annabelle Rylie Berg into the world on July 3, 2012. The family lives in San Jose, Calif., where they have purchased their first home.
Ryan Benevedes ’06 and Deanna Perdiguerra ’06 were married on May 8, 2010 at Mission Santa Clara. Alumni in attendance: Nate Martel ’05, Robyn Kobashigawa ’05, Katie Cote ’06, Rhea Hautea ’06, Cole Millare ’06, Jonathan Change ’06, Jesse Pyeatt ’06, Reynaldo Flores ’06, Jacob Chu ’06, Kelly Watanabe ’06, Garrett Yoshimoto ’06, Carolyn McClure ’06, Alvin Chen ’06, David Oride ’07, Jenai Beddow ’07, Michael Gamboa ’07, Dorothy Perdiguerra ’09, and Kristen (Brandt) Ruthruff ’02.
Beau Bedell '04 and Colleen Bedell (Hamlin) '05 welcomed their first child — Annabelle Casey Bedell on July 28, 2010.
Melinda Becker '04, M.A. '06, a classical singer, recently earned her M.F.A. in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She performs frequently as a soloist and as a member of Duo Fado in the U.S. and internationally, with guitarist Thomas Walsh. This July, they were featured in a Spanish song festival in Madrid, Spain and will begin a London concert tour in September. Melinda is a member of the music faculty at Marymount College in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., and lives in San Francisco.
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Sharon A. Barrientos '06 and Ali R. Alawi were married on Dec 26, 2006 in San Jose, CA. On May 18, 2007, Ali R. Alawi and Sharon A. Barrientos '06 had a baby girl named Alysha Samarah. She is a blessing!!