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UGRD Arts & Sciences '08
Mariscal, Zack

Becky Ahrens '07 and Zack Mariscal '08 were married December 21, 2008. They have been happily married for over a year and a half and are looking forward to many more years to come.

submitted Sep. 11, 2010 5:08P
Klein, Brittany

Brittany Klein ’08 and Kiki Bosio ’09 are champions on the turf. They're teammates on the Orange County Waves Women's Soccer Team, which won the 2011 Women's Premier Soccer League National Championship on July 31 after defeating the Chicago Red Stars in a dramatic overtime finish. Bosio put the team ahead 1-0 just before halftime, and Klein assisted the game-winning goal 11 minutes into overtime. 

submitted Aug. 9, 2011 11:27A
Kinslow, Lisa

Lisa M. Kinslow ’08 is serving as business manager for TDC Medical, a Vention Medical Company, a product design and development house of implantable and disposable medical devices in Sunnyvale.

Contact Lisa
submitted Jan. 15, 2012 4:27P
GRD Leavey/MBA '08
Kaji, Samir

Samir Kaji MBA 08 joined First Republic Bank in Menlo Park, Calif. Kaji, who has 13 years of banking experience, works with venture capital and private equity clients in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining First Republic, Kaji worked for Silicon Valley Bank.

submitted Jul. 15, 2012 9:34A
UGRD Leavey Business '08
Jafari, Ashkon

Ashkon Jafari ’08 was recently invited to the White House to meet President Barack Obama and talk to White House officials about the critical issue of college completion and career readiness. “We are thrilled by our recent White House invitation! This step by the Obama Administration clearly reflects the urgency our country faces in improving college completion and making sure our workforce and economy stay competitive,” said Ashkon Jafari, co-founder and executive director of

With nearly 50 percent of students not graduating from college, the national focus has moved from college access to college completion. This has been emphasized by the President over the course of several State of the Union addresses. The president underscored his pledge to make the United States the world leader in college attainment by 2020, promising to increase the percentage of people ages 25 to 34 that hold an associate’s degree or a bachelor degree from 40 percent to 60 percent. President Obama has even stated, “I want us to produce eight million more college graduates by 2020.” seeks to achieve this goal by leveraging innovative technology at the core of its national mentoring program. Through this online platform, college students can conveniently search for, select and work with mentors to achieve their academic and career goals.’s mission is to increase college completion and enhance student career readiness thereby enabling a robust 21st century workforce and community.

Mentoring plays a huge role in reversing the trend of poor college completion rates, “According to a U.S. Department of Education study, students who met with advisors regularly during their freshmen year had 170% greater chance of completing their bachelor’s degree than those that did not.” currently has over 2,000 mentors and provides its program to students from more than 600 universities nationwide. "We think this is just the beginning and can’t wait to scale our program to help tens of thousands of students every year complete college and prepare for the workforce,” said Stephanie Bravo, co-founder and president of

About is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase college completion and enhance student career readiness thereby enabling a robust 21st century workforce and community. seeks to achieve this goal by leveraging innovative technology at the core of its national mentoring program. Through this online platform, college students can conveniently find and work with mentors to achieve their academic and career goals.

submitted Jan. 12, 2012 2:04A
UGRD Leavey Business '08
Jafar, Ashkon

Ashkon Jafari ’08 is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of, the first-ever nationwide college mentoring organization. Since launching last September, the organization already has more than 1,100 mentors and students across the country utilizing our service and achieving their dreams. They have been featured on CNN/Fortune and in USA Today. Students know they want to accomplish great things in their careers, but don't know how to get there. It's this gap between education and career success that has fueled the quick growth of

submitted Feb. 15, 2011 11:17A
GRD Leavey/MBA '08
Hogan, John

John Hogan M.B.A. ’08 is the founder of TeenForce, a self-sustaining non-profit organization that helps teens, ages 13-20, gain work experience. Hogan had a successful 24 year career in the mortgage banking industry, including co-founding Princeton Capital, a Los Gatos based lender. The TeenForce concept was conceived during his work at SCU, and the business plan for TeenForce was developed by Hogan along with four classmates as part of the final coursework. He resides in Los Gatos, Calif. with his wife and daughter, a senior at Los Gatos High. Their son is a college freshman.

submitted Jan. 21, 2011 1:00P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '08
Higgins, Josh

Josh Higgins '08 is a police officer with the City of Santa Clara.

submitted Sep. 1, 2010 2:42P
UGRD Leavey Business '08
Haase, Hillary (Boller)

Brent Haase 08 and Hillary (Boller) Haase 06 are the proud parents of future Bronco Louis William Haase, born Aug. 23, 2014 at 4:53 PM. 6 lb., 0.9 oz., 18 1/4 in. Louis joins big brother Ollie, a German Shepherd, at home in Greenwood Village, Colo.

submitted Aug. 31, 2014 10:28A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '08
Groh, Moira

Moira Groh ’08 graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry in May with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree. She has accepted a dental residency position at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

submitted Jun. 25, 2012 10:39A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '08
Grey, Steve

Steve Grey M.A. '08 is heading to Nairobi, Kenya as a Kiva Fellow to work with Small and Micro Enterprise Programme (SMEP). He spent 20 years as a Silicon Valley high tech before getting his master's in counseling psychology at Santa Clara, and then traveling and volunteering in 26 countries between July 2008 and August 2009. 

submitted May. 10, 2010 4:17P
Gillette, Keith

Keith Gillette LL.M. 08 is a partner with Archer Norris in Walnut Creek. His practice encompasses trial work in the areas of admiralty, intellectual property, and large-exposure tort litigation.

submitted May. 19, 2009 3:01P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '08
Gardner, Mandela
Mandela Gardner ’08 is serving in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Portland, Maine at the Frannie Peabody Center, whose mission is to prevent the spread of HIV and provide support for people living with HIV/AIDS in Maine.
submitted Jan. 12, 2011 1:11P
Garcia, Blanca

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.

submitted Jul. 20, 2015 11:32A
GRD Law '08
Gambhir, Nitin
Nitin Gambhir J.D. ’08 has joined international law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP as an associate.  Gambhir’s practice focuses on patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation.  A 2008 graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law, Gambhir is admitted to practice in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California and the Central District of California, as well as the Federal Circuit.
With other recent appointments, McDermott has brought on board six intellectual property lawyers in its Silicon Valley office in March, which give McDermott increased technical proficiency, come amid a wave of competitor vs. competitor IP patent litigation involving many of the nation’s largest high-tech companies.


submitted Mar. 30, 2012 1:45P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '08
Gallardo-Sanidad, Christina

Cristina Sanidad '08 and Emmanuel Gallardo were married in Phoenix, Ariz. on May 24, 2014.

submitted Aug. 6, 2014 2:58P
Foster, Christopher and Renee

Christopher Foster '08 and Renee Lucas '08 were married on January 1, 2011 in the Gonzaga University Chapel in Spokane, Washington, by Father Steve Kieta, S.J. '90. Also in attendance were the best man Christoffer Lee '08, grooms man Omid Faghiri '08, Grace Nixon '09, Jessica Inwood '07, Steven Mielsch '08, Lindsey Dunn '09Roey Rahmil '07 and Ashton Easterday '08. Christopher and Renee currently live in Berkeley, California.

submitted Mar. 31, 2011 9:28A
Fonts, Augustin

Coming from Santa Clara’s School of Engineering, where “Engineering with a Mission” is the credo, Agustin Fonts ’08 and Ryan Leary ’08 feel right at home putting their ethics, values, and talents to work in their careers. Both are employed by a company whose software is transforming the way the world approaches household energy conservation. At Opower, Fonts is the international product manager and Leary is engineering manager, accountable for promoting good engineering practices and managing software release and testing by working with engineering services and QA release management for the company’s suite of products focused on energy efficiency, customer engagement, demand response, and thermostat management.

The company’s recent successful IPO was exciting, but both Leary and Fonts claim it is the founders’ mission to lower energy use that is most gratifying. Their careers in the energy industry really started when they joined the 2007 Santa Clara University Solar Decathlon team as undergraduates. After graduating, they founded their own start-up, Valence Energy, with other teammates.
submitted Apr. 22, 2014 10:14P
Eschman, Chad

Chad Eschman ’08, Lauren Baines ’08, Matthew Johns ’09, Devin Bertsch ’09, and Scotty Arnold ’08 have been selected to participate in The Araca Project's fall productions in New York City. They are self-producing Eschman's new play, The Memory Tax, which runs off-Broadway September 2013 at The American Theatre of Actors. Find out more at

Contact Chad
submitted Aug. 15, 2013 12:45P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '08
Engel, Andrew

Andrew Engel '08 writes: "After two incredible years in the Peace Corps in Tanzania (2008-2010) where I taught secondary level biology, I settled in Portland, Ore., and found a job as a pre-school teacher for a year. Though I loved the energy of that age, I have come back to secondary education, currently studying for an MA in Science Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University and will be teaching in a New York City public high school come September as a Peace Corps Fellow."

submitted May. 31, 2012 7:04P
Dominguez, Dean Paul

Freshman Dorm: Graham 200

Dean Paul Dominguez '08 was awarded an MA in Philosophy from San Jose State University in 2012. He currently works as a Real Estate Broker for Re/Max Active Realty in Fremont, selling residential and commercial real estate. He is also a volunteer coach for the Collegiate Ethics Bowl Team and a volunteer teacher for the Philosophy for Children Program, both affiliated with San Jose State University.

Contact Dean Paul
submitted Apr. 24, 2013 1:03P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '08
Dixit , Sharvari

Dr. Sharvari Dixit M.A. ’08 has been appointed as the director of the Global Research of Indian Diaspora at San Jose State University. She is also a teaching faculty at SJSU.

submitted Nov. 1, 2012 12:07A
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