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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.
Rebecca (Regan) Freeman '05 and Peter Freeman were married in Golden, Colo., on Sept. 22, 2012.
Cristina (Guzman) Fierro '05 and Mark Fierro '05 welcomed their first child, Emma Rosalinda Fierro, on August 15, 2010. She weighed 5lb 14oz and 21in long. The family resides in St. Louis, MO where Mark is a 2nd year resident physician in OB/GYN and Cristina is a Registered Nurse.
Cristina (Guzman) Fierro '05 and Mark Fierro '05 welcomed their second child, Mark Enrique Fierro, on February 5, 2012. He weighed 6lb 2oz and was 18.5 inches long. The family resides in St. Louis, where Mark is a fourth year resident in OB/GYN. Cristina is a registered nurse and a recent DAISY Award recipient.
Cristina (Guzman) Fierro ’05 and Mark Fierro ’05 welcomed their third child, Rafael Antonio Fierro, on October 24, 2013. He weighed 6lb 13.5oz and was 19 inches long. The family resides in San Jose. Mark is an OB/GYN working in private practice in Los Gatos.
Guadalupe Escobar ’05 was awarded a Mary S. Taylor–Ruth N. Frey Scholarship by the Santa Clara Woman's Club. Escobar, who is currently enrolled in DeAnza College’s nursing program. “Both these young women were truly outstanding, with positive attitudes, a clear idea of their career path, good grades and both work part-time,” said Woman’s Club Past President Nancy Jo Banko.
Jennifer Ernst MBA ’05 joined the governing board of FlexTech Alliance, a company focused on developing the electronic display and flexible, printed electronics industry supply chains.
Jennifer Ernst is currently vice president of North America for ThinFilm Electronics, a supplier of printed non-volatile and flexible memory products. She works closely with clients and partners to fulfill the vision of fully integrated systems created by printed electronics.
Prior to joining ThinFilm, Ernst was director of business development for PARC, a Xerox company, where she had more than 20 years’ experience in technology innovation. As a key player in helping establish PARC's open business model, she expanded PARC's impact into multiple new industries and secured licensing and co-development relationships with companies throughout the U.S., Asia, and Europe. She holds an MBA from Santa Clara University and BA from San Francisco State University.
Emily Elrod ’05, MA ’14 and Rene Cardenas ’04 on July 9, 2011 at Santa Catalina School in Monterey. They were married by English professor Theodore Rynes, S.J. Alumni in attendance included maid of honor Lisa Catalano ’08, matron of honor Diana (DeRego) Wells ’03, bridesmaid Elizabeth Foley ’06, groomsman Marshall Mort ’05, and parents of the bride Lawrence Elrod ’71, MBA ’77 and Annette Elrod ’73. Additional Broncos in attendance were the bride's godparents James Foley ’68, MSCE ’70 and Susie Foley ’70; Gina Catalano ’10; Phil Catalano ’73, MBA ’75; Dennis Garvey ’75; Alexandria Kavalaris ’07, JD ’10; Anahita Razmazma ’05; Claire (Romero) Shaw ’05, MA ’11; Arun Delacroix ’09; and Ken Wells ’05, MSEE ’07. SCU faculty and staff who attended include Terry Beers, Russ Morris, and former staff Lisa Taggart. Emily recently completed a graduate degree in history and is in SCU’s MATTC program. Rene received his MBA and works in finance. The newlyweds make their home in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose.
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.
Aloe Driscoll '05 was hired as a marketing coordinator at Awe Sum in Santa Cruz. Prior she worked in the sales and marketing department for Nanosolar in San Jose. This is her first job in the produce industry.
Courtney (Dimpel) Shipman ’05 is one of the newest members of the women’s racing team Vanderkitten-Focus. This famous international bicycle racing team showed up at Aptos High School in March with women from New Zealand, Australia, the East Coast, and the Bay Area. They have 25 members of the team representing them worldwide. The Vanderkitten-Focus claim to fame is not only their stamina and racing skills, but their popular line of sportswear. Cycling is one of several successful sports programs at Aptos High available to the students. This women’s pro racing team demonstrated to students that bike racing is not just for boys.
Briana Di Bari '05 married Neil Schachter on Oct. 13, 2013 at Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, Calif. In attendance were (L to R) Andy Bloom '05, Alison (Wright) Behrens '05, Sabrina (Sanchez) Puelles '05, Sally Showman '05, Rachael Fairbairn '05, Christopher Nguyen '07, Paul Di Bari '03, MBA '11, Nicholas Di Bari '00, and John Kollus '01 (not pictured). The couple met in law school in Washington, DC and currently resides in New York City.
Konstantine Demiris J.D. '05 and Christopher Moore J.D. '06 recently formed Demiris & Moore. They specialize in conservatorship and guardianship matters, estate planning, trust and probate litigation, elder abuse, and appeals. Both partners are also court appointed as counsel in conservatorships by the State of California, Superior Court of Contra Costa County. The firm is located in the heart of downtown Walnut Creek, Calif., and handles cases throughout the Bay Area and California.
Chris ’05 and Megan (Koppes) DeMartini ’05 welcomed future Bronco, Abigail Maryann, on Oct. 11, 2011.
Chris DeMartini ’05 and Megan (Koppes) DeMartini ’05 and big sister Abby (3) welcomed another future bronco Madelyn Grace on Aug. 1, 2014.
Carey DeAngelis ’05, MBA ’12 and Ben Fredlake were married on November 16, 2013 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The couple resides in Phoenix, Ariz.
Leslie Davidson ’05 writes, "We're leaving the beautiful Bay Area and moving to Boise, Ida.—also beautiful in different ways. I plan to start a private practice there and may run some groups at the VA Hospital. I was fortunate to gain such a solid foundation for my new career as an MFT from SCU's Counseling Psych program. Thanks to all who made that possible."
Kelly Cowan J.D. ’05 joined Denver-based defense firm Grund-Dagner P.C. as an associate attorney.
Cowan’s principal areas of practice at Grund-Dagner are professional liability, recreational law, transportation law, and construction litigation. Prior, Cowan worked with Sinunu Bruni, LLP, in San Francisco, where she focused on product liability/toxic tort and personal-injury defense, and at Ray Bourhis & Associates, also in San Francisco, where she concentrated on insurance-coverage work.
Daniel Corrigan '05 and Brittany Palumbo '09 were married on Sept. 13, 2014, at San Carlos Cathedral in Monterey, Calif. Alums in their wedding party included: Eric Kochanski '05, Stephan Vernaelde '05, Francisco Zepponi '05, Jack (John) Corrigan '10, Irine Tyutereva '10, and Eileen Corrigan '02. The parents of the groom are Marian Donovan Corrigan '76 and Dan Corrigan ’74.
Kevin Collins J.D. ’05, after five years of prosecuting drunk-in-public and DUI jury trials in San Mateo County, has been assigned to the General Felony trial team, where he specializes in small amounts of narcotics and is assigned to the Minor Vendor Unit.
Kristin (Simms) Byrnes '01, M.Div. '05 and her husband Billy have accepted volunteer positions for two years with Volunteer Missionary Movement. They leave the beginning of September for Waslala, Nicaragua. They will serve as English teachers at Instituto Agropecuario de Waslala, which is a teaching farm and certified secondary school that offers educational opportunities focused on diversified and sustainable farming practices specifically designed for the Waslala region of Nicaragua. Billy and Kristin will also participate in some of the various ministries the local parish provides.