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Kenneth Giebel '69, MBA '76 has been appointed director of homeownership at California Housing Finance Agency by Gov. Jerry Brown '59. California Housing Finance Agency provides home mortgage financing to first-time homebuyers and renters in California. It also provides mortgage insurance; permanent financing for the acquisition, rehabilitation, and preservation of existing or new construction of rental housing; and multifamily rental development properties management services. Giebel, 68, of Lincoln, has served as acting director of single family lending for the agency since 2012 and was director of marketing from 2002 to 2012. He was director of promotions and ethnic advertising at the California State Lottery from 1994 to 2002. Prior to the Lottery position, Ken worked in marketing, advertising, and promotion positions for a number of Fortune 500 Companies.
L. Laura Fritz '69 earned a master's of science degree in counseling psychology from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She lives with her husband, Mike Weber, in Las Vegas. After years in private practice as a therapist and serving on several nonprofit boards, Laura became a professional fundraiser for the University and Community College System of Nevada for over 10 years. Currently, Laura is a professional fundraiser with Catholic Healthcare West's St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation and recenlty voted Outstanding Professional Fundraiser of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Las Vegas Chapter.
Edward A. Fraga '69 writes, "I retired two years ago after a 42-year career in IT, including department directorships, and 10 years as VP for state and local government for Gartner (gartner.com). My wife of 36 years, Carol, and I have lived in our home in Topanga, California, since 1988. We have traveled the world, including to all seven continents and remote locations such as the Falkland and Galapagos Islands, Mongolia, and Antartica. I recently completed the P90X 90-day exercise program and am currently training to participate in a triathlon. We have been blessed with a good life and good health, and so we are now giving back to our community in emergency-preparedness assistance."
Dr. Patrick Foley M.A. '69 has recently published his book Missionery Bishop: Jean-Marie Odin in Galveston and New Orleans (Texas A&M University Press). He has spent more than 20 years researching and writing the book.
Charles Foley ’69 writes: In March 2013 Texas A&M University published my biography of the first Catholic bishop in Texas, French Vincentian Jean-Marie Odin. The book was more than twenty years in research and writing and is being well received. A few weeks ago the Texas State Senate awarded me a proclamation for the book being published. Odin was named Bishop of Galveston in 1847 and second Archbishop of New Orleans in February 1861.
Kevin J. Donahue '68 was named the California State Athletic Director of the Year for 2010-2011. He was also honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the Central Coast Section Athletic Directors Association, and the In Via Award from Serra High School, the highest honor the school confers on non-alumni. Donahue recently retired from Serra High School in San Mateo after 31 years at the school, where he served as Athletic Director the past 30 years. He lives in Danville with his wife Robin.
Ken Caillat ’69, Grammy-winning producer best known for producing the Fleetwood Mac record Rumours—the third largest-selling album of all time—just released the book Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album, which tells the wild, poignant, and exhilarating story behind the album’s creation. Following the huge commercial success of Rumours, Caillat also produced Tusk (1979), Live (1980), Mirage (1982), and The Chain (box set, originally released in 1992) for the British-American rock band.
Steve Bric ’69 writes that he is president of Hibernia Woolen Mills, which he founded in 1997. The extremely successful company manufactures residential and contract wool carpeting, with plans for growth. He operates the business with his wife, Sharon Bric, whom he married in January 1979. "We enjoy the special friendships we have with our staff," writes Bric, who has two kids: Erin (who graduated from Boston College ) and Kevin ’05.
While at SCU, Bric was station manager at KSCU Radio Station from 1967–1968. He was also a member of Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. After four years in ROTC, he was commissioned 2nd lieutenant. He completed officer’s basic at Fort Bliss, Texas, in air defense artillery, and served two years at Fort Ord, Calif., as a range officer with combat skills. Bric served four years in reserve duty with the rank of captain. His brother was killed in action in Vietnam while serving with Special Forces Secret Unit (SOG), facts only discovered 10 years ago, when Secrecy Agreements ran out.
Joseph A. Braun, Jr. '69 is the coordinator of professional development for the National Council for the Social Studies and led the third annual Teacher Education Institute on Powerful and Authentic Social Studies on the SCU campus in July. He is the co-author of "An Introduction to Standards-Based Reflective Teaching in Middle and High Schools" published by Teachers College Press. He lives in Carmel, Calif., with his wife, Anne Gosch, who is the librarian at Palma High and he is a co-founder of the band Doc Ricketts Crickets.
Charles Botsford J.D. '69 is fully retired!
Frank Boitano ’69, MBA ’74 is the 2015 Ignatian Award recipient. The award was established in 1981 to publicly recognize alumni who live the SCU ideals of competence, conscience, and compassion, and have been a credit to the Alumni Association and the University through outstanding achievement in their service to humanity. He and his daughter Lauren summited Mt. Kilimanjaro on Jan. 17, 2013.
Mike Beresky ’69 writes, "Retired US naval aviator. Worked in the cruise industry after retiring from the Navy. One daughter, married, with our first grandchild on the way. Now I travel the world with wife, Christine, of 32 years, mostly aboard cruise ships. The number of cruises we've taken over the years approximates our ages! Gulp!"
Robert Barengo '69 has been elevated from Nevada Tax Commissioner to the position of Chairman of the Nevada Tax Commission. Mr. Barengo is an attorney in Reno, Nev., and is a former Speaker of the Nevada State Assembly. His record of public service in Nevada includes serving on the Nevada Tax Commission since 2003, serving as a member of the Nevada Insurance Commission (1996-2003), serving in the Nevada Assembly (1972-1982) and serving as a member of the City of Reno Financial Advisory Board (1998-1991).
Freshman Dorm: Kenna
Jim Andre ’69 writes, "Now retired, I am completing my third voyage teaching on Semester at Sea, Spring 2014. After working in accounting and owning a retail business for a few years, I began my teaching career at the University of Southern California in 1984. I live with my partner of 26 years, Paul Kellogg, in the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles."
Edward Walsh '70, who retired from City of San Francisco service in Jan. 2009, went back to school to study math and science (his worst subjects in high school and college) toward a BS in Biology. He is also a commissioner/trustee of the Retiree Health Care Trust Fund, which funds medical care for retired City of San Francisco employees.
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Ed Walsh '70 retired Jan. '09 from the City of San Francisco after 34 years and has gone back to school to study math, botany, and music. He also serves as Trustee of the Retiree Health Care Trust Fund for retired employees of the City of San Francisco.
Patrick Tondreau ’70 is serving as a Superior Court Judge in Santa Clara County and was named the 2013 Wilmont Sweeney Juvenile Court Judge of the Year by the Juvenile Court Judges of California. He also received the 2014 Wester Sweet Award for Legal Activism by the San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP.
Joseph A. Thomas-Sawaya '69, MBA '70 is recovering from cancer, mesothelioma, working part time as a psychologist in San Jose. Joseph has four children and eight grandchildren.
Freshman Dorm: Sanfilippo
After 35 years in a "big law firm," Liz Smith-Chavez ’70 opened her own boutique law firm (Smith Chavez Law) in 2013 in San Diego, specializing in business, real estate and probate litigation and dispute resolution, as well as oil and gas throughout the Western United States and Alaska. Liz has two daughters and three stepsons, as well as a 7 year old grandson who shares her passion for dinosaurs. She is probably the only attorney around with dinosaur poop in her office, right next to the books she has published on California Real Property litigation.
Nancy F. Schwalen ’70 taught in the Eastside Union High School District for 40 years, starting at James Lick High School in the Fall of 1970 as a teacher-intern. She completed her credential studies in the summer of 1971. In 1976 she moved to Santa Teresa High School where she taught for the rest of her career. She taught almost every level of high school English, from English Language Development (ESL) to AP English Literature. In addition to classroom teaching, she served as a new teacher mentor, an ELD chairperson, and a staff development coordinator. Additionally she worked on accreditation teams for the Accrediting Commission for Schools - Western Association of Schools and Colleges, a task she has continued after her retirement in 2010. She married Stephen in 1971 and they reared three children, Chris, Andy, and Beth. She and Steve now enjoy the energy and antics of 4 grandchildren. She and Steve are also active in their parish, particularly in RCIA and liturgy.
Steve Schrey '70 has transitioned from his trial lawyer practice in San Francisco to a mediation and arbitration practice. He also now resides in Tiburon.
Greg Rixon '70 is celebrating the launch of his new enterprise, EGI, Golf, a company providing expert golf instruction at courses and facilities throughout Northern Virginia. After careers in both the U.S. Army and corporate public affairs, he began a professional career as a sales and operations manager with Golf Galaxy before branching off as a custom equipment fitter, swing analyst, private instructor and occasional competitor. "My mom always wanted me to play golf saying it would be good for business (It was). She'd be surprised to know it now is my business." Greg and his wife Wanda reside in Chantilly, VA; son Geoffrey (Fordham, '07) lives in nearby Herndon, VA.
Mary Terry Rector ’70 retired from GIC (Government of Singapore Investment Corporation), where she had been a senior vice president for nearly 14 years. She and her husband, David, relocated to Genoa, the oldest town in Nevada. Lake Tahoe is about 20 minutes away, and deer, horses, cattle, sheep, and llamas abound in the beautiful Carson Valley.