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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
UGRD Leavey Business '79
Storum, William
William A. Storum ’79, J.D. ’86 has published Going for the Gold: Preserving Wealth, Lowering Taxes (Book Publishers Network, 2014), which advises how to use gold to preserve net worth and achieve financial goals, slash exposure to increased inflation and higher taxes, and buy gold bullion and coins smartly without getting scammed...and much more.
submitted Feb. 27, 2015 1:35P
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
UGRD Arts & Sciences '79
Navarro, Rudy

Rudy Navarro ’79 retired from City of San Jose in 2012.

Contact Rudy;
submitted Feb. 8, 2015 6:22P
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
Maguire, Dennis

Dennis Maguire ’79 is divorced with four children: Caitlin, Molly, Wilder, and Jack. He is presently living in Malibu, California. He has been working in the motion picture industry now for 40 years—most of it as an assistant director.

Contact Dennis
submitted Feb. 13, 2015 12:04P
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
Leonard, Kate

Kate Leonard MBA '79 joined PKF affiliate Hutchinson & Bloodgood as a partner focusing on international tax. 

submitted Apr. 29, 2010 3:23P
GRD Law '79
Leonard, Margaret

Margaret A. Leonard '76, J.D. '79 retired from her private law practice in 2008 and recently rejoined the workforce as an adventure guide. Her new company, Slow Adventure (, takes hikers/walkers on a four day, 40 mile journey along the Monterey Bay, from Santa Cruz to Monterey, on North America's only coastal serf guided inn to inn walking vacation. Margaret continues to live in Santa Cruz with her spouse, Clare, who celebrate 25 years together next month (June 2010).

Contact Margaret Facebook page: Slow Adventure
submitted May. 17, 2010 2:55P
GRD Leavey/MBA '79
Leonard, Kate

Kate Leonard MBA '79, a partner at Hutchinson and Bloodgood LLP, a certified public accounting and consulting firm, was appointed as honorary consul general of Japan in San Diego. This appointment was recognized by the U.S. Department of State, and her duties began July 2012. 

Leonard received her M.B.A. from SCU in 1979, and upon obtaining her California CPA license, she moved to Osaka, Japan, where she was the only American CPA with Asahi Kaikeisha, Japan's largest audit corporation. Moving back to the United States in 1985, she continued to interact with the Japanese business community by becoming chair of the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana and maintaining her membership in the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

Leonard has worked with other international organizations, including facilitating and participating in Trade Missions to Japan with the World Trade Center San Diego.

submitted Jul. 15, 2012 9:41A
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