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UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Garner, Michael

Michael Garner '78 writes: "I've changed from pastor of a local church (served as such for 25 years) to missionary work. Days find me mostly on the internet in countries around the world -- teaching, training, praying, counseling. I just returned from a 12-day trip to Austria to train counselors (and many other duties, including working with a refugee church). I preach weekly at a Korean-American church here in Silicon Valley as well. You can find more info about this ministry at (I'm an Associate)."

Contact Michael
submitted May. 11, 2011 10:08A
Garcia, Modesta

Modesta Garcia ’78 credits her SCU experience and particularly her mentors, Professor Francisco ’66 and Laura Jimenez ’67, for providing inspiration and a foundation for her career in higher education and service leadership. On receiving her BA in Spanish at SCU, Modesta enrolled and completed a master’s in education at Harvard University. Two years later, she was hired as SCU assistant director of admissions and first minority student recruitment coordinator. This job prepared her for the next step as a Princeton University admissions officer. Subsequently, Modesta was hired in her dream job as faculty/academic counselor at her other alma mater, College of San Mateo, from which she retired after 24 years of service in May 2011. Modesta has been sought as a college admissions consultant and speaker nationally and in China, and consultant or committee member for the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholars Program, Brown University, the College Board Western Region, Educational Testing Services, NACAC, and WACAC, among others. She now provides college admissions consulting and coaching for Ivy League, international, transfer and general college admissions planning. Modesta also served on the board of directors for the SCU National Alumni Association, which prepared her for such service on the local Harvard alumni chapters. She is Harvard’s (and SCU’s!) only graduate to be elected president of both Bay Area alumni chapters: the Harvard Club of San Francisco, and the Harvard Club of Silicon Valley. Modesta’s works have been recognized with awards from the College Board Western Region, Harvard Alumni Association, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Princeton University, and Santa Clara University Chicano Alumni, among others, for her support of students and alumni. Modesta’s 15 minutes of fame unfurled when she introduced Francisco Jimenez as the recipient of the award, 2002 U.S. Professor of the Year by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; the award ceremony was held at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

submitted Oct. 7, 2013 3:01P
GRD Law '78
Ferriell, Jeff

Jeff Ferriell J.D '78 has taken over as director of Capital University Law School's Academic Support Program, and also teaches contracts, bankruptcy, and commercial law. The third edition of his law school hornbook, Understanding Bankruptcy (with co-author Ted Janger of Brooklyn Law School), was published this spring by LexisNexis. He is currently working on the third edition of Understanding Contracts and continues to serve as a member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, from Ohio.

submitted May. 12, 2013 5:47P
UGRD Leavey Business '78
Faye, Hans

Hans Peter Faye IV '78, MBA '86 was promoted to senior vice president/agribusiness lending manager at First Northern Bank.

A fourth-generation Californian whose family is still involved in agriculture, Faye has more than 22 years of business lending and management experience, nine years of it at First Northern.

He holds both a bachelor's degree in commerce and a master's from Santa Clara University. He is also a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School, which is affiliated with the Graduate School of Management at the University of Washington.

Active in the community, Faye is a board member and past president of the Woodland Memorial Hospital Foundation; member and founding director of the Woodland Sunrise Rotary Club; and former Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 131. Faye and his wife live in Davis.

submitted Jan. 9, 2012 4:05P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Duque, Kathy (Navarrete)

Kathy Navarrete-Duque '78 retired from Santa Clara County-Probation Department with 30 years of service on June 1, 2010. Kathy started as a SCU college intern in 1978 and now leaves as Deputy Chief of Probation. A stellar career with many achievements, not the least of which was first female superintendent at the boys ranch.

submitted Jun. 13, 2010 3:19P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Coyle, Stevie

Stevie Coyle '78, who toured for many years with newgrass / jamband The Waybacks, recently released his first solo CD, a concept album called Ten-In-One, based in no small part upon his post-graduation adventures with The Royal Lichtenstein Circus. Stevie tours nationwide, enjoying thoroughly the current wave of interest in the grassroots House Concert movement. He lives in Marin County.

Contact Stevie
submitted Sep. 19, 2009 4:20P
GRD Law '78
Cordero, Mario

Mario Cordero J.D. ’78 has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission. Cordero is an attorney in private practice and is currently serving his second term on the Long Beach of Harbor Commissioners. During his first term, Mr. Cordero served as vice president and president of the Board. He is also a part-time professor of political science at Long Beach City College. He has previously sat on the Long Beach Community Development Commission and served as vice-chair of the Long Beach Ethics Review Task Force.

submitted Sep. 20, 2010 12:55P
GRD Law '78
Cordero, Mario

Mario Cordero J.D. ’78 has been designated the new chairman of the nation's most powerful maritime governing body, the Federal Maritime Commission, by President Barack Obama. A former Long Beach harbor commissioner, Cordero has practiced law for 30 years, including as a workers' compensation defense attorney. He was on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners for about seven years before heading to the federal commission in 2011.


submitted Apr. 8, 2013 3:38P
GRD Law '78
Bennett, Steven

Steve Bennett J.D. ’78 writes that he has joined the Portland, Ore., law firm Farleigh Wada Witt (FWW). Bennett was a partner of the Portland law firm Powers, McCulloch & Bennett, LLP, which merged with FWW effective January 1, 2013. He continues to focus his practice in the areas of business and estate planning.

Contact Steven Farleigh Wada Witt 121 SW Morrison St., Ste 600 Portland, OR 97204 (503)228-6044
submitted Mar. 6, 2013 11:11A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Ackerman, Andy

Andy Ackerman '78, executive producer for Universal Media Studios, is producing a new sitcom, Perfect Couples, which centers around three unique couples who are at various stages in their relationships. You can find a profile of Ackerman in the SCM archives at

submitted Jan. 19, 2011 12:34P
Ackerman, Andy

Andy Ackerman ’78 is an executive producer for NBC’s Whitney, which the network gave a full-season order after the show’s success this fall.

Whitney, starring standup comedian Whitney Cummings as an unmarried woman living with her boyfriend, has performed well at 9:30 p.m. Thursday following The Office. In its two airings, the show has held steady by averaging a 2.9/7, with 6.1 million total viewers.

submitted Jan. 22, 2012 11:33A


Walker, Mark

Mark Walker '79 earned an MBA from Arizona State University. He and Michele (Sipiora) '80 live in Aurora, Colo., and their daughter Jillian '11 is currently at SCU.

submitted May. 19, 2009 2:16P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '79
Wade, Wendy (Silva)

Wendy (Wade) Silva M.S. '79 recently completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is an adjunct professor in the MFT Program at Simpson College and doing her post-doctoral hours at the Christian Counseling Center in San Jose.

submitted Oct. 10, 2011 7:46A
Tabler, Michelle (Massaro)

Michelle (Massaro) Tabler ’79 is the Alaska Regional Manager for the Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon & Western Washington. Michelle retired in 2010 from a career in insurance.

Contact Michelle
submitted May. 4, 2014 8:48A
Sweeney, Richard

Richard Sweeney ’79 has been named defensive line and special teams coach of the Humboldt State University football team. He has over 23 years of collegiate coaching experience and played defensive back during his years at Santa Clara.

submitted Jun. 16, 2010 11:46A
Smolarski, Dennis

Dennis C. Smolarski, S.J., M.Div., STM ’79 published two books: Eucharist and American Culture: Liturgy, Unity, and Individualism (New York: Paulist Press, 2010)—the Catholic Press Association awarded it first place in the "Liturgy" category for books published in 2010; and his Chinese translation of How Not to Say Mass appeared in late 2011 (Taipei City: the Chinese Regional Bishops' Conference). 

submitted Apr. 20, 2012 5:42P
GRD Leavey/MBA '79
Simpson, Carl

Carl Simpson M.S. ’72, MBA ’79 is a board member of Uptake Medical, a company founded to help address the problem of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease worldwide. Simpson has worked in the medical/medical device arena for over 40 years. He supported his way through undergraduate school working as an x-ray technician at El Camino Hospital. In addition, he supported his way through graduate school working at Stanford in cardiovascular medicine. After graduate school and a short period working for Hewlett-Packard’s medical business group, Simpson began an unanticipated excursion into becoming a medical device entrepreneur. With John Simpson, MD, PhD, and Ray Williams, Advanced Cardiovascular Systems (ACS) was formulated and was Carl Simpson’s first entrepreneurial effort. The company was sold to Lilly in 1984 and spun-off into Guidant in 1994. ACS became the University of Medical Devices for Silicon Valley, giving birth to over 100 medical devices companies. Recently Guidant has been sold to Boston Scientific and Abbott Vascular. For Simpson, ACS created the experience, motivation, and entrepreneurial drive to launch into a career of working with other entrepreneurs in establishing over 16 medical device companies. Simpson has been on the board of multiple medical device companies and worked with Versant Ventures for four years learning the VC business and assisting them in defining new companies for future investments.

submitted Jan. 21, 2011 1:35P
Schnuckel, Joanne (Formato)

Joanne Formato Schnuckel ’79 is living in Manhattan Beach, Calif., with husband Brian and their three children: Greg, Lauren, and Michael. She is currently working at NBC/Universal.

submitted May. 3, 2012 1:45P
Piro , Frank

Dr. Frank Piro '79, a bay area plastic surgery provider has announced the launch of his new website,

submitted Aug. 9, 2011 2:32P
UGRD Leavey Business '79
Patti, Gregory

Gregory Patti B.S. '79, M.B.A. '83 is currently managing director for Agave Partners, a start-up and transition management advisory firm.

submitted Mar. 30, 2010 1:12P
UGRD Engineering '79
Ocampo, John

John L. Ocampo ’79 was selected as a School of Engineering Centennial Award recipient for his support of the School of Engineering’s Center for Nanostructures and for his contributions to the semiconductor and communications industries, furthering not only the engineering profession, but the School as well. In 1985, Ocampo co-founded Sirenza Microdevices, a supplier of radio frequency semiconductors and related components for the commercial communications, consumer, and aerospace, defense, and homeland security equipment markets. While leading Sirenza through a successful IPO and eventual sale to RF Micro Devices, Ocampo served at various times in a number of key roles, including president and CEO, CTO, and Chairman. He is now co-founder and president of Gaas Labs, a private equity fund providing financial support and operational expertise to companies in the communications, semiconductor, and related industries. He is renowned for his entrepreneurial, operational, and technological expertise, as well as his generosity. Ocampo is a champion of the Center for Nanostructures, by funding it to promote interdisciplinary research and education through partnerships with other universities, industry, and government, while positioning Santa Clara University as a national center of innovation in nanostructures research.

submitted Jul. 16, 2012 6:06A
Napolitano, Janet

Janet Napolitano ’79 will step down as head of Homeland Security to become the first woman to head the University of California system.

submitted Jul. 19, 2013 3:38P
UGRD Leavey Business '79
McGovern, Tina (Tina McGovern)

Ed McGovern '79 and Tina McGovern '80 are pleased that their daughter Meagan will be attending our alma mater in the fall! Four years ago we launched a foundation named for our son Jack McGovern, the Jack McGovern Coats Disease Foundation. This rare eye disease affects our Jack age 15 and many others around the world. It affects mostly boys between the ages of infancy to teenage and is a life long battle they wage to keep their eyesight. To learn more we raise funds to support research by hosting a fashion event every spring and a golf tournament every summer. Thanks to our friends and family, the foundation has sponsored research and a national conference of pediatric retinal specialists in San Francisco this past February. For more information, please visit our website

Contact Tina
submitted May. 2, 2010 9:07P
Mandell, Brad

Brad Mandell ’79 is now VP of Global OEM Big Data Sales at WANdisco, a provider of high-availability software for global enterprises to meet the challenges of Big Data and distributed software development

Brad Mandell joins WANdisco from MapR, where he was Worldwide VP of Field Operations. Mr. Mandell has been building and expanding field operations teams in field marketing, business development and services and support for over 25 years. Prior to MapR, he was Worldwide VP of Enterprise Business for Juniper, responsible for developing the strategic enterprise business for entering the switching market, new acquisition due diligence and lead field integration of enterprise solutions. Before Juniper, he held senior management positions with Peribit Networks, 3Com, Consentry and Cisco. Mr. Mandell has his BSc in Finance and Management from the University of Santa Clara.
submitted Aug. 30, 2013 10:11A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '79
Madigan, John
John J. Madigan ’79 was named vice president, corporate controller and principal accounting officer of Aviat Networks, Inc., a leading wireless expert in advanced IP migration solutions. Madigan has held senior accounting positions with a number of technology companies. Before joining Aviat Networks, he served as vice president, corporate controller of Redback Networks, Inc., an internet network equipment provider, and then as vice president, finance after Ericsson's acquisition of Redback in January 2007. From 2001 to 2006, Madigan served as controller of Siebel Systems, Inc., a customer relationship management application company that was acquired by Oracle Corporation in 2006. Madigan is a Certified Public Accountant.
submitted Jan. 12, 2011 12:19P
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