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GRD Law '77
Hardy, John

 John Hardy J.D. '77 was appointed as General Counsel for Lee Enterprises of Little Rock, AR.

submitted Sep. 2, 2010 11:09A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '77
Hansen, Valerie

Valerie D. Hanson '77 has been employed as a RN at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital/Stanford for the last 11 years at the Level II nursery/special care.

submitted Jul. 9, 2009 2:48P
UGRD Engineering '77
Hagerman, John

John Hagerman MBA ’77 has joined CEO Advisor Franchising Inc., a franchisor of business advisory firms serving the needs of CEOs, presidents and business owners of small and mid-size companies, as CEO Advisor of Silicon Valley.

Hagerman is a seasoned technology executive and business advisor with broad-based business experience and expertise in strategy, growth, business development, manufacturing, operations, and finance. John was previously the President of OSR Marketing, Inc., a business and marketing advisory firm that advised small and mid-size business owners. John was formerly the Vice President of Business Development of Myricom Corp., Vice President of Sales at Exar-Neterion, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development at NetEffect, Inc., and Vice President of Product Management at 3COM Corporation. John Hagerman achieved his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in Business (MBA) from the University of Santa Clara.
submitted Sep. 6, 2013 2:15P
GRD Leavey/MBA '77
Gomo, Steve

Steve Gomo MBA '77 was appointed to the board of NetSuite Inc., a provider of cloud-based financials and ERP software suites. Gomo was most recently the CFO and executive vice president of NetApp, serving at the company from August 2002 until his recent retirement in December 2011. Gomo also serves on the board of directors of SanDisk, Enphase Energy, Inc. and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Foundation at Oregon State University.

submitted Mar. 25, 2012 8:22A
Cucalon, Debbie

Debbie Cucalon '77 writes: "I'm still doing property management & rentals for my family. In addition, I have just completed my debut CD titled, "Love Journey", an eclectic mix of jazz, sass, Latin, blues & inspiring ballads. There are 5 cover tunes & 6 originals. You can check it out @, Itunes. com or Enjoy!!"

Contact Debbie
LinkedIn, Facebook,,,,
submitted Oct. 10, 2012 5:38P
GRD Leavey/MBA '77
Crary, Fred

Fred Crary '74, MBA '77 is retired and enjoying volunteering and traveling with his wife of 36 years Kimberly Shanley Crary '77. Fred is also the creator/writer of The Bucking Bronco sports blog covering SCU men's basketball and athletics from the perspective of season ticket holders who want us to return to national prominence.

Contact Fred
The Bucking Bronco
submitted May. 12, 2015 5:02P
GRD Law '77
Charney, Howard
Howard S. Charney MBA ’73, J.D. ’77 has been elected to SCU’s Board of Trustees. Charney is an engineer, serial entrepreneur, patent law attorney, and a 35-year veteran of Silicon Valley's high-tech industry. As senior vice president at Cisco, he contributes to the networking company's strategy and direction, advises customers on implementing critical Internet technologies, and communicates Cisco's vision to key audiences worldwide. He was one of the four founders of 3Com Corporation, and the founder of Grand Junction Networks, which invented Fast Ethernet and low-cost switching, and which was purchased by Cisco in 1995. In addition to his SCU degrees, he received a bachelor's and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He sits on the boards of several technology companies, and is on the advisory board for SCU's Center for Science, Technology, and Society.
submitted Jun. 18, 2012 8:58P
GRD Law '77
Charney, Howard

Cisco senior VP Howard Charney MBA ’73, J.D. ’77 and his wife of 34 years, Alida Schoolmaster Charney, have donated $10 million in matching and direct funds to Santa Clara University School of Law to fund a new technologically advanced, collaboration-oriented law school building, which will replace three current facilities and be housed near the business school to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration.

Charney said he was motivated to donate to the law school to preserve and advance its vital role at the University, and because he has witnessed firsthand how imperative it is for business, engineering, and other leaders to grasp the overarching role of the law in their endeavors. He said it is important to him to give back to people and organizations like Santa Clara University that helped shape him and contributed to his success.
“Santa Clara University is in the process of redefining itself,” said Charney. “I hope this gift will create momentum and help to shape what the University will look like for the next several decades.”
Charney co-founded the $3 billion company 3Com as well as Grand Junction Networks, which was acquired by Cisco in 1995. He currently is senior vice president in the Office of the President and CEO at Cisco, contributing to Cisco's strategy and direction and also advising businesses, governments, and educators around the world in implementing critical Internet technologies to improve organizational effectiveness.
Over his career Charney has overseen the development and expansion of key technologies that have helped build the global Internet as it exists today. He helped grow Cisco’s two-tier distribution business to more than $2.4 billion and helped turn fast ethernet and low-cost switching into fundamental, global Internet technologies. At 3Com, he helped create products that would later become ethernet and local area networking, enabling Internet access to the desktop.
He said law school taught him that a system of laws underpins all great business creations.
“Attending Santa Clara Law was really pivotal to making me who I am—the law gelled it all together for me,” said Charney. “I learned that the law is a set of valuable, lofty practices and behaviors that guide how people interact.”
Charney has been a longtime adviser to the University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society, funding a professorship there, serving on the advisory board, and recently joining the executive committee.
A licensed patent attorney, Charney has served as a board member for several technology companies. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and master’s of business administration and juris doctor degrees from Santa Clara University.
Their son is Tristan Charney MBA '06.
submitted Dec. 15, 2014 9:19A
GRD Leavey/MBA '77
Carter, Jean

Jean H. Carter MBA '77 writes that she is enjoying the challenge of learning a new skill, after a career as a business analyst. Creative writing is her new passion, requiring a whole new approach to communication. 

submitted Feb. 21, 2012 10:01A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '77
Cacciari, Lisa

Lisa “Lia” Cacciari ’77 is publishing the literary historic novel Hieros Gamos later this year. Cacciari, a medievalist and anglophile of longstanding, plans to follow with publication of the saga Fyr Boren. Both works are set in the north of England during the Middle Ages.

Contact Lisa
submitted Feb. 8, 2012 12:46P
Bogner, Larry

Larry Bogner '73, MBA '77 reports that he recently retired after more than 30 years as a civil engineer, the last 16 at Napa County's Public Works Department.

submitted Jan. 6, 2010 1:04P
GRD Law '77
Bissonette, Lee

Lee R. Bissonette J.D. '77 is chair of Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC's Medical Malpractice/Catastrophic Injury Group in Minneapolis, where he assists families and individuals with a broad range of injury cases. He has more than 25 years of experience representing victims with catastrophic injuries, including those caused by medical malpractice. In 2006, Bissonette was named a "Super Lawyer", recognized among the top 5 percent of Minnesota attorneys by Minnesota Law & Politics magazine.

submitted Mar. 25, 2011 2:32P
GRD Leavey/MBA '77
Barrett, James

Dr. James Barrett MBA ’77 was honored by the Tech Council of Maryland with its Lifetime Achievement Award, in March. The award is given each year to a local individual who has gone above and beyond to serve the community at large over the course of his or her career. Recipients display commitment and leadership both in the field and within their company, fostering new ideas and encouraging creativity. The recipient also demonstrates generosity and compassion, making sure their work benefits others.

Barrett is a general partner at New Enterprise Associates, one of the world's largest venture capital firms. He focuses on investing in healthcare technologies and therapeutics as a pioneering figure in the field of biotechnology, during which he worked with companies that focused on gene therapy, targeted cancer therapies, rare diseases and the first implantable glucose sensor. In 2012, Barrett was on the Forbes Midas List.

submitted Feb. 28, 2013 12:11P
GRD Law '77
Ball, Ron

Ron Ball J.D. ’77 announced he will retire at the end of the year after 26 years of service to the City of Carlsbad. Carlsbad City Attorney Ron Ball was hired the day before the people of Carlsbad adopted the Growth Management ordinance, which became the road map for guiding development for the next 26 years and beyond. At that time, the City was less than half of its current size. Ball worked as assistant city attorney until 1991, when the City Council appointed him as its second full-time City Attorney in the City’s history.



submitted Sep. 14, 2012 11:59A
GRD Law '77
Back, Brian

Judge Brian J. Back ’77 was elected by Ventura Superior Court judges as assistant presiding judge for 2011 and 2012. Back was appointed to the Ventura Municipal Court by Gov. Pete Wilson in 1997 and elevated to the Superior Court in 1998 by court unification. He has been a judge for 12 years. Back is assigned to the criminal division. Previous assignments have included juvenile delinquency, family law, guardianship, domestic violence and adult mental health courts. Back has presided over specialized juvenile drug and mental health calendars and served on numerous professional and community boards and commissions. In 2003 he was named Judge of the Year by the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association. Before his appointment to the bench, Back was an attorney with Arnold, Back, Mathews, Wojkowski & Zirbel from 1990 to 1997; Arnold & Back from 1989 to 1990; and Nordman, Cormany, Hair & Compton from 1977 to 1989. Back earned a bachelor’s degree at Claremont Men’s College and a law degree from Santa Clara University Law. He also has a master’s degree in government from the Claremont Graduate School.

submitted Oct. 4, 2010 1:33P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '77
Alcala, Javier

Javier Alcala B.A. ’77, J.D. ’82 was appointed to judgeship in the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Alcala, 57, of Mountain View, has been a deputy district attorney for the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office since 1983.

submitted Nov. 30, 2010 12:32P


Yost, Stephen

Stephen P. Yost MBA '78 has been elected as a member of Pacific Mercantile Bancorp's Board of Directors. Yost also has been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the company's wholly owned banking subsidiary, Pacific Mercantile Bank. 

During the span of his 35-year career in banking, spent mostly in credit administration, Yost held the position of Regional Chief Credit Officer for Comerica Bank, where he was the Executive in charge of its Special Assets Group for the western region. Mr. Yost was the Chief Credit Officer of Imperial Bank prior to its merger with Comerica. He was also a Senior Credit Officer with First Interstate Bank and Mellon Bank, N.A. Upon his retirement in 2006, he established Kestrel Advisors, a credit risk consulting firm that focuses on the banking, financial, and legal communities. 

Mr. Yost currently is a member of the boards of directors of two other bank holding companies and their subsidiaries, chairing the directors' loan committees of both banks, as well as being a member of several other standing committees.
submitted Mar. 28, 2013 9:10A
GRD Law '78
White, Patti

Patti White ’78 has just been appointed Vice Chair of the California Committee of Bar Examiners. She is a semi-retired shareholdedr with Littler Mendelson in the San Jose office.

submitted Sep. 6, 2013 3:19P
GRD Leavey/MBA '78
Walker, Jim

Jim Walker MBA 78 joined Spigit, a social innovation software and services company, as chief financial officer and chief operating officer. He is responsible for finance, sales operations, human resources and product delivery.

Walker has more than 30 years of experience. He was a senior executive at Alara, Inc., serving as chairman of the board from 1995 to 2004, and as president and CEO from 2004 to 2011. He served as COO and CFO of AlphaSmart, Inc. and senior vice president and CFO of Diamond Multimedia Systems. Walker has also held senior executive positions at Fujitsu Computer Products and its parent company, Fujitsu America.

submitted Sep. 2, 2012 6:25P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Valdez, Salvador

Sal Valdez '78 is recuperating from a life-changing stroke, learning to walk again. With his wife of 32 years, Martha '80, the couple just celebrated the birth of their first grandchild, Leah.

Contact Salvador
submitted Apr. 14, 2011 6:37P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Tucker, Jeanine

Jeanine Tucker '78, J.D. '81 is a court operations manger for the Stanislaus County Superior Court. She oversees the daily operations of several court divisions and has participated in salary negotiations for both labor and management. Tucker is also active in community service, which she has primarily been doing through the Lions Club for the past 15 years.

submitted Mar. 24, 2011 10:12A
Tucker, Jeanine

Jeanine D. Tucker ’78, J.D. ’81 is the new court executive officer with the Tuolumne County Superior Court. Tucker had worked for the Stanislaus County Superior Court since 1991. She most recently served as the operations manager for eight years, managing a staff of about 140 employees.

submitted May. 7, 2013 9:21A
Treder, Mary

Mary Treder '78 writes, "As of May 4, 2015, I'm working for Cigna Insurance as  a continuous quality improvement director."

submitted Jul. 1, 2015 3:07P
GRD Engineering '78
Tai, Paul

Paul Tai M.S. ’78 is having a book signing on May 19, 2012, at San Jose State University. He writes; “Happy Thoughts shares a message with everybody about the importance of Happiness in our lives here now on earth, and our lives in the future Living Dimensions in another world. It also introduces the concept of combining or accepting todays Energy Frequency world in our religious beliefs to achieve a 21st Century Belief. It is the concept of science combining with religion as one to form the Living Belief or Living Religion.”

Contact Paul
cell No.: 408-202-4368;, PO Box 2450, Cupertino, CA 95015; UGRD in SJSU & HK Polytechnic University and Certificates in MBA classes Hardvard University.
submitted Mar. 23, 2012 11:31A
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