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UGRD Engineering '11
Ryan, Michael (Ryan)

Michael Ryan ’11 writes, "I started working for Tesla Motors in 2011 while finishing up my senior design project. Working up from a Product Specialist on the sales floor to a Store Manager in White Plains, it has been great having a mechanical engineering background from SCU. I encourage any and all Broncos globally to step foot into a Model S and feel the rush of electric propulsion. If you are in the New York area, please reach out to me. I would be happy to show you what electric vehicles are all about.

In Engineering 101 back in 2007, we were told to use the knowledge we obtained on campus for the good of mankind. I have now spoken and emailed over 50,000 people globally and seen owners grin at the sight of their new vehicles which have no tail-pipe. I'm excited to say that Tesla is now working on our second full production vehicle, a crossover called the Model X. Tesla vehicles, including the award winning Model S, have driven over 750 millions miles on electricity. The age of combustion for individual transportation will be coming to a close soon. With many more Broncos now at Tesla Motors, our alumni are on the front lines making a huge difference in the world of transportation.

I hope all is well in Sunny California. I opted to jump back to the temperate climate of the Northeast, but my attitude towards work, life and my fellow human being is always as positive and warm as the culture where I got my degree from in Santa Clara, California. Bronco for life!"

Contact Michael
Michael Ryan 917-453-2540
submitted Feb. 13, 2015 12:35P
Nanda, Natasha

Natasha Cabiria Nanda M.A. '11, a daughter of Margaret E. Nanda and Kapil K. Nanda of Los Gatos, was married June 20 in Santa Clara to Nickhil Avinash Bhave, a son of Dr. Sujata A. Bhave and Avinash S. Bhave of Lexington, Mass. Michael Engh, S.J., performed the ceremony at Mission Santa Clara de Asís. On June 19, Pandit Prabhakar Sathe, a Hindu priest, led a Hindu ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

The bride, 28, is a special-education teacher at Green Hills Elementary School in Millbrae. She graduated from the University of Southern California.
Her father is the founder and chief executive of Infogain Corporation, an information technology services company based in Los Gatos. Her mother is a lawyer, also in Los Gatos.
Next month, the groom, 29, is to begin working in Santa Cruz as a senior product manager for a division of Amazon that helps businesses list and sell products and services on its website. He graduated from Middlebury College and received an M.B.A. with high distinction from the University of Michigan.
His mother is an anesthesiologist at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Mass. His father owns an information technology consultancy in Lexington that bears his name.
submitted Jun. 28, 2015 6:08P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '11
McGowan, Caitlyn (Happ)

On Nov. 15, Robbie McGowan ’11 married college sweetheart Caity Happ ’11. They had a wonderful reception at Willow Heights Mansion in Morgan Hill. Several of their college friends attended the blessed ceremony. They currently live in Campbell and are adjusting to married life quite well.

submitted Dec. 15, 2014 8:48P
GRD Leavey/MBA '11
Lam, Stephanie

Stephanie Lam ’05, MBA ’11 received top honors for her oil painting African Child III at Salon at the Triton: A 2D Art Competition and Exhibition. This distinction also won her a solo show at the museum in 2016.

“I’m so impressed by the artwork in this show and so humbled to have had two of my pieces accepted,” said Lam. “I can’t wait to share what evolves from this series of African children; I’m already planning a trip to several African countries to further develop the work for the 2016 solo exhibition.”
submitted Jan. 18, 2015 5:05P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '11
Kopf, Allison

Allison Kopf '11 recently won the $50,000 grand prize at TechCrunch Disrupt's Startup Battlefield. As a sophomore computer science and engineering major, Allison co-led the 2009 SCU Solar Decathlon Team to its third-place victory. Allison is CEO of Agrilyst, a company that helps “greenhouse operators run their operations more efficiently by pulling in data from sensors in the greenhouse and information about crop yields and other metrics.” 

submitted Oct. 5, 2015 11:05A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '11
Jocewicz, Lisa

Lisa Jocewicz M.A. ’11 was hired in November as director of Records and Operations, Graduate Programs, School of Engineering at SCU. Lisa has a degree in education administration with an emphasis on higher ed. Her role includes assisting students with registration, transfer credit, orientation, and graduation, creating quarterly class schedules, and processing adjunct faculty contracts, among much more.

submitted Mar. 20, 2015 9:19P
Ichikawa, Tyler

Tyler Ichikawa ’11 writes, "I am now a technical recruiter at Apex. Let me know if you or your company have any staffing needs!"

Contact Tyler
submitted Mar. 26, 2015 4:20P
Hinds, Jennifer

Jennifer Hinds ’11 is a 2014 graduate of Loyola Law School Los Angeles. She graduated in the top 5 percent of her class and was awarded Order of the Coif Award, given to those who are at least in the top 10 percent of their graduating class. She passed the July 2014 California Bar Examination on her first attempt and is now a litigation associate with a Los Angeles law firm.

submitted Dec. 8, 2014 9:37P
GRD Leavey/MBA '11
Hendershott, Hilary

Hilary Hendershott ’99, MBA ’11 appeared in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2014 40 Under 40 list. She is the founder and CEO of Hilary Hendershott Financial, one of Silicon Valley's only woman-owned and operated investment advisory firms. She has made it her mission to empower women to maximize their own resources, grow their wealth and live sustainable and healthy lives. She has created a financial training program, Your Rich Retirement Academy, which is delivered virtually and designed for Millennial and younger investors, and teaches both healthy money mindsets and technical skills such as calculation of net worth and retirement savings goals, to enable long-range financial success.

Hendershott volunteers at the Financial Planning Association's Pro Bono Day, where professionals offer financial advice to individuals who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford those services. She also co-created and spearheaded an annual fundraising event for the Emergency Housing Consortium's youth shelter
The San Jose native has also volunteered as a leadership skills coach for Landmark Worldwide for more than six years. In this volunteer role, Hendershott provides coaching and guidance for individuals looking to improve their communication, effectiveness and leadership skills. She has been responsible for programs of up to 80 individual participants and 15 trained coaches and estimates that she has likely spent over 1000 hours in these volunteer efforts.
She has also been a foster mother.


submitted Jan. 9, 2015 8:31A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '11
Goll, Becky

Becky Goll ’11 is the new co-president of the New York chapter of the SCU Alumni Association. Becky studied marketing and played women’s basketball while at SCU. Transported from the East Bay, she now lives in Manhattan and works as a production manager for Gap's marketing department. Becky enjoys long bike rides, painting, and exploring the city.

submitted Feb. 15, 2015 3:43P
Blanco, Eva

 Eva Blanco M.A. '11 is the new dean of Undergraduate Admission at SCU. "The desire to positively affect young lives and promote higher educational attainment drew me to college admissions. A strong sense of community and passionate students attracted me to Santa Clara. SCU changes lives and is located in a place that is equally transformative. Nothing compares to entrepreneurial spirit of the Silicon Valley and beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area!"

Eva volunteers much of her extra time to organizations and activities that she cares abouts. She's served as national chair of the Yale Latino Alumni Association, scholarship chair of the California Hispanic Professional Association, and grants committee member of the Arts Council of Silicon Valley. "I also enjoy spending time with my loving husband, DJ-ing, finding my Zen with yoga, and visiting my family in Venice, CA (my hometown). Last but not least, I love exploring the Bay Area."

submitted Aug. 4, 2015 3:06P
GRD Engineering '11
Amato, Michael

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.

submitted Jul. 31, 2015 7:57P


Sunzeri, Jaclyn (Sunzeri)

Brandon Gojenola ’13, MBA ’15 proposed to fellow Bronco Jaclyn Sunzeri ’12 in front of the Santa Clara Mission. Father Art will marry the two in the Mission on July 2, 2016. Brandon earned his MBA in 2015 and now works as a Marketing Operations Specialist at Juniper Networks. Jaclyn will earn her M.A. in Counseling Psychology in 2017. The two met in Walsh Hall in 2009.

submitted Mar. 4, 2015 9:12P
Schmidt, Tanya

Tanya Schmidt ’12 is the new New York chapter co-president of the SCU Alumni Association. An English major with minors in religious studies and classics, Tanya moved to New York after two seasons of professional volleyball in Europe for a Master of Arts program at NYU in English and American literature. She enjoys pick-up volleyball and volunteering with an after-school cooking program at a school in Brooklyn.

submitted Feb. 15, 2015 3:39P
UGRD Engineering '12
Parker, Kathleen (Huber)

Kathleen (Huber) Parker '12, M.S. '15 and Andrew Parker '12 were married at Mission Santa Clara on June 27, 2015. They celebrated with several Bronco friends and family including bridesmaids and groomsmen Kim Aagaard '12, Mari Katsura '12, Lizzie Mercado '12, Chris Barna '12, and Michael Busch '12.

submitted Jul. 28, 2015 4:34P
Magaña, Gustavo

Alumni Gustavo Magaña ’12, J.D. ’15 and Melanie Reyes ’12 were wed on Nov. 1, 2014. Alumni in attendance: Melissa Minato ’12, Albenis Curiel ’12, Iman Latif ’12, and Farhan Choudhury ’13. Current Law students in attendance: Diego Aviles J.D. ’15, Joseph Nave J.D. ’15, and Andrew Goetz J.D. ’15. The mass was presided by Father Michael Engh.

submitted Mar. 3, 2015 5:04P
Lambert, Kamila

Kamila Lambert '12 founded Edible Urban Farm, a business that empowers people to grow their own fresh, organic food. She sparked her interest in urban farming while working at Santa Clara University's community vegetable garden, The Forge.  She wondered what was stopping people from turning their thirsty, unproductive lawns into beautiful, productive vegetable gardens. Brendan Ruiz '12 joined Edible Urban Farm after working as a youth garden educator at Middlebrook Center for Urban Sustainability.  A lifelong interest in human ecology led Brendan to study anthropology at Santa Clara University and to grow his own food at his home in Santa Clara.  When he's not farming, he enjoys climbing rocks, making music, and being an organism.

submitted Jul. 22, 2015 4:22P
UGRD Engineering '12
Hockenson, Kristi

Kristi Hockenson ’12, a Stryker endoscopy supplier quality engineer, was nominated for Employee of the Month within weeks of being hired, for her leadership in discovering and handling a potential health and safety concern for customers. She placed parts on shiphold, quarantined product, and implemented a course of action allowing Stryker to meet sales goals and clear back orders. Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies.

submitted Feb. 9, 2015 1:58A
Ghafourifar, Brienne

Brienne Ghafourifar '12 made MOGUL's 35 Under 35 list of women for her work in tech and for being the youngest college grad to have raised $1 million in venture funding. The award recognizes women who have shown outstanding leadership and innovation. She is the co-founder of Entefy Inc., a Palo Alto tech startup focused on reinventing digital interactions and rewriting the code of communication. 

submitted Feb. 9, 2015 2:17A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '12
Flores, Claudia

Claudia Flores '12 joined Congressman Mike Honda (D-Santa Clara) at the State of the Union Address in January. Flores is an immigration rights activist and Congressional fellow who was allowed to stay in the United States thanks to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

“Claudia is a great example of what DACA means for our country,” Congressman Honda said. “This hard-working, bright woman, who has done so much in her young career, would have been deported if not for President Obama’s action in 2012. She is exactly the type of person this policy was meant to encourage to stay in the United States.”
Claudia and her family moved to San Jose from Honduras when she was a teenager. She became a leader at San Jose High School and in her community, eventually earning a full-ride scholarship to Santa Clara University. Two summers ago, she arrived in Washington, D.C., and worked as an intern in Congressman Honda’s office. Fueled by her passion for social justice, she later joined the national immigrants’ rights movement, advocating for millions of families, including her own.
“I am in Washington, DC because I feel that I have a responsibility to serve as a voice for the millions of immigrants in my community who are simply asking for an opportunity to live their dreams,” she said.
submitted Feb. 1, 2015 2:32P
GRD Leavey/MBA '12
Cho, Sage

Sage Cho MBA '12 writes, "I just got a new job as an assistant director, Business Development, at Ernst & Young."

submitted Jun. 19, 2015 6:45A
Bhatnagar, Vaishali

Abe Gupta and Vaishali Bhatnagar J.D. '12 wed on Valentine’s Day 2015 at Hayes Mansion in San Jose.

Halfway through his first date with Vaishali Bhatnagar, Abe Gupta knew she was the one. “I was completely absorbed in this conversation,” he says. “I remember thinking ‘I haven’t felt this alive and engaged in so long.’ ”
For Vaishali, it took a little longer to be sure — their second date. “This feeling washed over me, that this could be the beginning of everything,” she says. “I already felt so comfortable with him. I had this feeling of ‘wow, this is the real deal.’”
Their connection came as a surprise, since the two attorneys were both certain they would not end up with another lawyer. In fact, during their first, brief exchange at a networking event in August 2013, they jokingly discussed how much they disliked lawyers.
Abe, 32, grew up in Danville. He graduated from Stanford University at 19 years old and earned his law degree from USF by age 22. As the vice mayor of Dublin, where the couple lives now, he’s the youngest elected official in Alameda County and the first politician of South Asian descent elected in the San Ramon Valley. The couple also have a law office together, the AV Law Firm, in San Ramon.
Vaishali, 27, is a Saratoga native who attended UC Davis and Santa Clara University, “becoming a lawyer when I was really old: 24,” she says.
Abe proposed in 2014 at a winery in Livermore that he and Vaishali had visited early in their relationship. Their wedding was a six-day affair, with the traditional Hindu ceremony taking place at San Jose’s Hayes Mansion on Feb. 14.
On the Wednesday night before their wedding, the bride had a henna party at her parents’ home. On Thursday night, the couple held a Sangeet (meaning “song”) at the Dublin Community Center so guests could meet informally. Friday night was a family dinner, with the wedding and reception following on Saturday. Abe rode into the wedding ceremony on a horse, as per tradition, but the couple says they were deliberate in choosing which rituals had meaning for them, such as the priest asking for blessings from their deceased ancestors.
On Sunday, the couple dined at the groom’s parents’ house, where Vaishali was welcomed as the new bride, and on Monday the couple joined the bride’s parents for lunch, where the groom was welcomed into the family.
Life for the pair is a bit slower now, since they ran Abe’s re-election campaign at the same time they were planning the wedding. “That was intense,” Abe says, noting that, one moment “you’re putting up lawn signs and knocking on doors, and then the next, you’re looking at tablecloths.” But they managed to do both, as well as establish their law office, admitting that neither knows what to do with too much free time.
submitted Jun. 28, 2015 10:17P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '12
Aozasa, Margueritte

Margueritte Aozasa '12 has been named assistant coach for the Stanford women’s soccer program. 

Aozasa, who grew up in nearby Mountain View, was a four-year starter at Santa Clara University, where she split positions between midfield and center back, a spot that allowed her to take advantage of her ability to read the field. She earned West Coast Conference All-Academic honors. Aozasa has been coaching with the Mountain View-Los Altos Soccer Club – a club she represented as a player – for the past six years.

submitted May. 15, 2015 3:15P


UGRD Arts & Sciences '13
Young, Madison

Madison Young ’13 writes, "I've been excitedly pursuing my Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology through the University of San Francisco to become closer to my dream of helping children."

submitted Mar. 25, 2015 9:33P
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