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Kevin Hazard '06 will be a speaker at this year's Cloud Expo. He is director of Digital Content for SoftLayer, an IBM Company, responsible for developing, influencing, and managing public-facing and internal content that SoftLayer delivers through digital channels, such as corporate websites, third-party sites, and social media.
Kevin has more than 10 years of hosting industry experience, having previously managed social media and customer community engagement for The Planet and directed customer service for Site5 Internet Solutions. On a good day, he can still dunk a basketball.
Daniel Figoni ’03, MBA ’07 a Santa Clara water polo player, and Elizabeth Garvin ’06, a coxswain for Santa Clara's men's crew team, were married in NYC on Sept. 26, 2014. The wedding party included Emily Bjorklund ’06, Rachel Rasmusson ’06, and Jack Ferdon ’03. Broncos came to the Big Apple from near and far to celebrate. Caroline Vaughan ’06 from London, Bridget Murphy ’06 from Australia, and Kenny Flanagan-De La Hoz ’04 from Amsterdam made it an international affair!
Matthew Barnette '06 has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, putting him among the top attorneys in California for 2015. A senior associate in the Archer Norris’ Walnut Creek office, Matthew Barnette focuses his practice on litigation matters with a specialty in insurance defense. A member of the firm’s On Call Trial Counsel, Matthew has successfully defended numerous clients from the initial complaint through trial.
After nearly three years as an editor and program director at Media Matters for America, Hilary A. Tone '07 is now director of communications for D.C. Public Schools in Washington, D.C. She also teaches dance at a competitive studio in Virginia and is part of the Capitol Movement Dance Company, which sent her on a military appreciation tour last fall. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
Matt Skiba '07 married Haley Jorgensborg in Malibu, California, in April 2015. The two were married by close friend Sara Iino '06. Featured in the grooms party were 6 fellow Broncos: Daniel Rivera '07, Patrick Byrnes '07, Nick Lasater '07, Cannon Christian '07, Nate Bourque '07, and Drew Bolger '07. Matt and Haley also welcomed future baby Bronco Griffin Charles Skiba on July 30, 2015.
Angela Schiavone ’07 married her longtime love, James Hannibal, at the Rengstorff House in Mountain View on Oct. 18, 2014. They were surrounded by friends and family under clear blue skies. Her and her husband run a wedding photography business, ShootAnyAngle (http://shootanyangle.com/weddings/), so they trained their own side shooters to handle the wedding pictures. There were a lot of special touches for the day: there were "Hidden Mickey Mouses" around the ceremony and reception, the bride's bouquet included trinkets from family members who had passed, the groom wore a wooden bowtie in memory of his grandfather who had passed, there were antique books and cameras to showcase their passions, the cake stand was made by the Father of the Bride, the Father Daughter dance was a recording of the bride singing, and the bride's shoes contained around 1,000 Swarovski crystals that she had attached by hand. It was a perfect day! Maren Lovgren ’06 and Hayley Lovgren ’08 served as bridesmaids (and they are the groom's cousins)!
Anthony (A.J.) Perry ’07 married Lyssa Hughes on May 25, 2014 in San Diego, Calif. at the San Diego Rowing Club. The wedding was officiated by SCU grad See Yew Mo M.S. ’12 and other Broncos in attendance included: Michael Zozos ’06, Alvin Chen ’07, Michael Wiesner ’05, J.D. ’11, Taylor Thorn ’08, Katie (Fitzsimmons) Sullivan ’06, Tania Samsonoff ’10, and Bucky the Bronco!
Matt Hatzke '07, former San Jose Earthquakes soccer player, recently wrote an editorial for Outsports. "My life hasn't been the same," he writes, since coming out to family and friends in 2013, "as I have found happiness like I couldn't understand before. I finally felt my life finding completion...I finally felt comfortable in my own skin."
Brady Harter ’07 and his wife Francesca welcome their newest addition, Gianna Nadine, on Jan. 28. They live in Redwood City. Mom and baby are doing great! She already has Daddy wrapped around her finger.
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.
Aaron Capron J.D. ’07 has been promoted to partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the world. He has a wide range of experience involving post-grant proceedings, patent litigation, and patent portfolio management. Mr. Capron has been co-lead counsel for several post-grant proceedings, including one of the first cases instituted under the America Invents Act. With more than a dozen years of patent law experience, Mr. Capron counsels clients of all sizes on prosecution, post-grant, portfolio management, and pre-litigation strategies. He has experience in a wide spectrum of electrical, computer hardware and software, and Internet technologies.
Michael Amato '07, M.S. '11 and Bianca Vallorz '07, tied the knot at the beautiful Mission Santa Clara on January 24, 2015! Even though the wedding was in the middle of winter, they were blessed with wonderful 70-degree weather and not a cloud in the sky! They currently live in San Jose, with Bianca supporting the local community working at Family Supportive Housing and Michael working at Apple.
Taylor Alexander ’07 funded his company, Flutter Wireless, with a successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign. Still in production but nearing launch, Flutter is a programmable processor core for electronics projects. Featuring a fast ARM processor, powerful long-range wireless communication, built-in battery charging, and an onboard security chip, Flutter is an ideal choice for robotics, wireless sensor networks, consumer electronics, and educational platforms. He writes, "All of our designs are open source, with licenses that encourage modification, reuse, and sharing. My hope is to bring robotics to impoverished nations by creating designs anyone can build themselves with low-cost materials."
Casey (Kute) Schulz '08 was among six finalists at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF competition in September. Casey is head of R&D for Preemadonna, a family of automated devices for designing and applying nail art. Preemadonna plans to crowdfund the first Nailbot on Indiegogo at the end of October.
Liam Satre-Meloy ’08 is an executive producer of the documentary Red Army, which was released in 2014. The film is about the Soviet Union’s famous Red Army hockey team. Read more about the film in Sports Illustrated. While at Santa Clara, Satre-Meloy worked on the award-winning documentary A Christmas in Tent City—written, produced, and directed by Assistant Professor of Communication Mike Whalen ’89—about Francisco Jimenez.
Mandy (Liebscher) Pearson '08 writes, "After almost seven years at Facebook working as intellectual property associate in Community/Risk Operations, our family has decided to move to my home country, Germany, for a few years. I'm excited to be close to family and childhood friends again, and to share more of the German culture and traditions with our children and my husband. We'll start our adventure with a six-week road trip across the United States on July 1, arriving in Dresden, Germany, mid-August. SCU friends, if you're in Germany at some point, send me a note! :)"
Kyle Ozawa '08 currently heads up business operations for Invoice2go, one of the leading mobile apps for small businesses. In this role, he is responsible for building out the company's customer support, HR, facilities/IT, and legal teams. Prior to this he worked at Google for four years where he was senior product specialist for mobile payments and a senior account manager specializing in digital marketing, mobile advertising, and web analytics.
Kyle earned his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of business and his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Santa Clara University. Kyle currently serves on Santa Clara University’s Board of Regents. Additionally, he serves as a judge for The Tech Awards, a signature program of the The Tech Museum of Innovation that awards $500,000 annually in grants to emerging technology companies developing products and services to benefit humanity.
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.
Mark Almassy ’08 and Tera (Linsley) Almassy ’08 welcomed their second son, Henry Theodore, on Feb. 12. He joins big brother Kent (18 months). The Almassy family resides in Pleasantville, New York.
Michelle Gamlen ’09 of Los Altos, California, and Matthew Sullivan of Arlington, Virginia, were married on Nov. 15, 2014, at the Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park, California. Matthew went to Johns Hopkins University and graduated in 2002. The couple resides in Arlington, Virginia.