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UGRD Arts & Sciences '02
Sullivan, Melissa (Walker)

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.

submitted Mar. 5, 2015 1:29P
GRD Leavey/MBA '02
Romanow, Kerrie

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.


submitted Apr. 10, 2015 5:03P
Mudgett, Lisa (Mrkvicka)

Lisa (Mrkvicka) Mudgett ’02 and husband Dan welcomed their fourth son, Isaac Maxwell, on Feb. 21, 2015. The busy family lives in Seattle.

submitted Mar. 4, 2015 1:16P
Holtz, Andrew

Andrew Holtz ’02 and Katherine (Wichmann) Holtz ’03 welcomed a boy, Luke Daniel, on May 18. Luke joins big sister Emma, 4.

submitted Jun. 14, 2015 6:41P
Gutierrez, Yadhira

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.

submitted Apr. 23, 2015 8:49A
GRD Leavey/MBA '02
Gere, Andrew

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.

submitted Jun. 10, 2015 3:56P
Fitzgerald, Greta

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.

submitted Aug. 3, 2015 12:22P
GRD Leavey/MBA '02
Catalano, Aimee

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. 

submitted Apr. 10, 2015 4:57P
UGRD Engineering '02
Alvarez, Jose

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.

submitted Oct. 28, 2014 10:15P
UGRD Engineering '02
Alderete, Jennifer (Magpayo)

Jennifer Magpayo Alderete '02, husband - Chris, big brother CJ, and big sister Kaya, are proud to announce the birth of Liana "Lia", on August 29, 2014. New baby sister was 7lb 11oz and a week early. The family recently moved to Castro Valley as well.

submitted Oct. 9, 2014 10:21A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '02
Albers, Joe

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.

Contact Joe
submitted Oct. 30, 2014 4:13A


Yob, Dori

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.  

submitted Apr. 10, 2015 5:16P
UGRD Engineering '03
Ward, Kalie (Bass)

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.

submitted Mar. 4, 2015 5:44A
Thompson, Beth (Livingston)

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.

submitted Jul. 13, 2015 8:48A
UGRD Leavey Business '03
Siino, Roselyn

Roselyn (Rosie) Siino ’03 and her husband, Steve, welcomed a baby boy, Lucca John on September 25, 2014. He is their first child.

Contact Roselyn
submitted Jan. 25, 2015 11:50P
Pinard, Margaret

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 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.

Contact Margaret @tastelifetwice
submitted Mar. 1, 2015 7:18P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '03
Haughs, Amanda

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.

Contact Amanda
submitted Aug. 10, 2015 6:15P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '03
Bronson, Sarina (Passarelli)

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.

submitted Oct. 25, 2014 5:48P
UGRD Leavey Business '03
Bongiovanni, Tasce (Simon)

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.

submitted Jul. 22, 2015 10:12A


UGRD Arts & Sciences '04
Templeton, Christopher

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.

submitted Jul. 20, 2015 8:49A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '04
Sallings, Noelani

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.

Her most prized project is Music Rivals: a district-wide music competition that inspires student creativity and collaboration. Throughout all of this work, she has remained on the PTA board at her children’s schools.
She is also a passionate advocate for women’s rights, social justice, and the environment, having served on the boards of DAWN (Democratic Activists for Women Now), the Asian Pacific American Democratic Club, and BAYMEC (a local LGBT rights organization).
Sallings is currently completing a master's degree in Public Administration at Notre Dame de Namur University. She was the first in her family to attend college and ultimately plans to obtain a Ph.D.
submitted Nov. 7, 2014 2:08P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '04
Reiley, Carol

Carol Reiley ’04 has written a children's book, Making a Splash. Combining her engineering problem-solving skills with a desire to help kids unlock their potential, Reiley tested drafts of her book in classrooms and homes across the country before crowdsourcing its publication. For now, Reiley hopes Making a Splash will help young readers understand that “it’s not about how smart you are; it’s about how smart you can become,” and to view failure as a stepping stone to greater things, not a stumbling block. Read more in fyi.

submitted Feb. 9, 2015 2:03A
Pope, Nikki

Nikki Pope J.D. '04 co-authored Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope: Stories of Surviving Wrongful Conviction, published by Post Hill Publishing (2015). It features a foreword by Professor Cookie Ridolfi (School of Law) and a chapter written by Paige Kaneb (Northern California Innocence Project). Nikki writes, "Pruno is a collection of stories by and about men and women who were wrongfully convicted and spent years, and in some cases decades, imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. Although what happened to these men and women is heartbreaking, their stories are uplifting and inspiring. They and their family members and friends were able to find moments of hope in some of the most hopeless places. All relied on faith of some sort to get them through their ordeal and out the other side. Most people are surprised to learn that exonerees are not entitled to the support services that are provided to parolees or ex-convicts and most do not receive any compensation for their wrongful incarceration. For these and other reasons, half of the proceeds from the sale of Pruno will be shared with the exoneree storytellers and the authors are donating a portion of their proceeds to organizations that assist the wrongfully convicted before and after their exonerations. Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope is available at online booksellers or in bulk through their publisher."

submitted Aug. 4, 2015 5:07P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '04
Moran, Jeff
Jeff Moran '04 received a Fulbright Scholarship to serve as an English teaching assistant in Colombia. While an SCU student, Moran, from Stockton, Calif., performed in nine mainstage productions and was an actor, director, or playwright in dozens of student-created pieces. While getting his master’s in teaching English as a second language, the 32-year-old became interested in “the connection between language and culture,” which he hopes to explore during his year as a Fulbright scholar in Colombia. He also plans to work in a service project to help build sustainable social change.
President Michael Engh, S.J. said of the recipients: “Their accomplishments and intellectual endeavors represent the best of Santa Clara University. They, like Santa Clara, have a special appreciation for the international exchange of ideas and culture as a source for positive global change.”
submitted Apr. 30, 2015 12:45P
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