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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
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
GRD Law '79
Leet, James

James Leet J.D. '79 was named a 2009 Northern California Super Lawyer by McDonough Holland & Allen PC.  Leets, who serves as chair of the board, has more than 25 years of tax law experience.  He advises clients on all aspects of corporate, partnership, and personal income tax planning.

submitted Feb. 10, 2010 11:08A
UGRD Leavey Business '79
LaBianca, Michael

Michael LaBianca '79, J.D. '88 has been named vice president of human resources at NVIDIA.

submitted Oct. 21, 2011 1:39P
GRD Leavey/MBA '79
Kung, Hsing


Hsing Kung M.B.A. ’79 was appointed to the California State University Board of Trustees by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “I am pleased to appoint Hsing Kung to the California State University Board of Trustees,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “Throughout his career, he has proven himself a successful administrator who will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position.” Hsing Kung, 65, of Los Altos, has served as a managing partner of Acorn Campus Ventures since 2006. In 2000, he co-founded Pine Photonics Communication, later Opnext, and served until 2005. Kung was chief executive officer and founder of Luxnet Corp from 1998 to 2000 and senior vice president of business development for American Xtal Technology from 1996 to 1998. He served as co-founder and vice president of manufacturing for SDL from 1983 to 1995 and was project manager in the Optoelectronics Division of Hewlett Packard from 1974 to 1983.


submitted Jan. 21, 2011 12:41P
UGRD Leavey Business '79
Kisling, Priscilla

Priscilla Kisling '79, MBA '85 writes, "Moved to Portland, Ore. area, in Jan. 2014, and started working for Business Valuation Resources, LLC, in Feb. 2014 as CFO. Business Valuation Resources is a niche publisher of business valuation guides, books and on-line resources for the professional business appraiser. This big change allows me to be in the same area as my daughter, Kristina, who graduated from University of Portland in May 2013 and is working in the Portland area."

Contact Priscilla
submitted Mar. 13, 2014 1:18P
UGRD Leavey Business '79
King, Kathleen (King)

Kathleen King '79 is serving as mayor of the city of Saratoga this year. She and her husband have lived in Saratoga for 18 years and have five children. Kathleen is also the Executive Director of the Santa Clara Family Health Foundation.

Contact Kathleen
submitted Jan. 18, 2010 10:48A
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '79
Kashemeire-Beebwa, Josephine

Josephine Kashemeire-Beebwa, DMJ, who completed the ISW program at the Jesuit School of Theology in 1979, writes: "I now live in Rome as a member of the General Council for our Congregation. Please God I will be here till end of 2015. May God bless you all. I have been on the council since 2005. For the last 5 years I was one of the 3 nonresident councillors. We came to Rome or any other part of Europe (once to California!) for meetings; and we went back to our respective countries of residence. Last year in August we had our General Chapter and I was one of those re-elected. However, this time the chapter voted that the number of councillors be reduced and all must live together with the S.G. That is how I landed here. I have been thrilled to meet up with Barry Burns, FMS [who also completed the ISW in ’79]. We have had a couple of hours together over a meal, catching up with our time and friends at Berkeley. Wishing you all God's blessings."

submitted Apr. 20, 2012 4:12P
Hurtubise, Mark

 Mark Hurtubise M.A. ’79, President and CEO of Inland Northwest Community Foundation, was recognized in the May 2013 issues of Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living magazine as one of "Power 50," who is making things happen in the North Idaho/Eastern Washington region.

submitted Jan. 17, 2014 9:35A
GRD Engineering '79
Hale, Bob

Bob Hale M.S. '71, M.S. '79 writes, "Retired. Living in Carlsbad, Calif. Volunteering at Museum of Making Music. Enjoying life!"

submitted Feb. 7, 2014 1:10P
GRD Leavey/MBA '79
Greene, James

James S. Greene MBA ‘79 was appointed to Umpqua Holdings Corporation’s the board of directors.

Greene is vice president with Cisco Systems. He is an executive in their global services organization. He joined Cisco eight years ago as the leader of their global Financial Services consulting business.
Greene began his career at Accenture, where for 20 years he grew their global financial services business and rose to senior partner. Before his tenure at Cisco and Accenture, Greene served as president and CEO of Abilizer, a portal technology start-up company; as managing director at Capgemini; and as global head of financial services at TeleTech.
submitted Jul. 29, 2012 11:02A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '79
Fiore, David

Dave Fiore '79 was recently appointed by Governor Ted Kulongoski to the Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB), which is charged with providing health benefits to the state’s education employees.  Dave and his wife Tracey Fiore '82 continue to live in Pendleton.  They recently returned from a trip to San Jose where they celebrated the 80th birthday of Marcel Fiore’s '52, MA '66 at a party that was attended by many SCU alumni.  A good time was had by all.

submitted Nov. 30, 2010 11:39A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '79
Feldman, Allene

Allene Feldman M.A. ’79 is launching her own educational publishing services company in New York City. A 25-year veteran of educational publishing, Feldman has left Cambridge University Press to begin her new venture, InSource, which will provide high-quality, innovative print and digital services to the major PreK-Grade 12 textbook publishers. A specialist in curriculum development, content instruction, and English-language teaching, Feldman will also bring her years of experience with tailoring materials to specific educational markets to developing curricula for individual school districts across the country.

submitted Dec. 14, 2009 10:32A
Feldman, Allene

Allene Feldman M.A. '79 has been inducted into the Cambridge Who's Who Registry among executive and professional women for her years of service to the educational publishing industry. 

submitted Apr. 30, 2010 12:22P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '79
Feldman, Allene

Allene Feldman M.A. ’79 has just received her SIT-TESOL teaching certification from the World Learning SIT Graduate Institute. Allene, who is the owner of Argus Publishing Group in New York City, is confident that her new certification will help her and her staff write, edit, and create engaging Common Core materials for English language learners.

Contact Allene
submitted Apr. 10, 2014 1:01P
UGRD Leavey Business '79
Ebert, James

James R. Ebert ’79 was recently admitted to practice law in the state of Nevada. He has previously been admitted to pratice law in California and Georgia, as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Ebert continues to practice law in Irvine, Calif., where he handles business litigation cases. He was featured in an article published by The Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune about a $2,225,000 arbitration award he won against a major bank for his clients.

Contact James
James R. Ebert KITAGAWA & EBERT, P.C. 8001 Irvine Center Drive, Suite 960 Irvine, CA 92618 Tel (949) 788-9980 Fax (949) 788-0918
submitted Aug. 6, 2013 10:26A
UGRD Leavey Business '79
Duncan, Paul

Paul Duncan ’79 writes that he is "Semiretired and writing a book called High Technology and Complex Decision-Making. Spends time fishing. When Sony was first coming out with a compact disk, I worked on that as a consultant and had the name changed. They wanted to call it WORM (Write Once Read Many Times) and I convinced them that wouldn't go well in the States. I worked on over a thousand projects. I did the strategic two year and five year strategic planning for Kodak and its affiliates. I helped manage and  market the introduction of the first color copier. I okayed the underseas cable in the Atlantic for private networks. From '75 to '79 my girlfriend at the time made me a handmade quilt bedspread and I still use it every night. It's still in great shape. After SCU went to grad school at Berkeley, but you just don't get that SCU community. Personal edict: 'Never abandon your own ship.'" I am the West Coast Director of the Pathological Liars Society.  But then, how can you believe that??

Contact Paul
May do Complicated/Important Business Consulting
submitted Dec. 31, 2013 2:49P
UGRD Leavey Business '79
Dee, Michael

Michael Dee '79 is in real estate/store development with 7-Eleven, Inc., based in Dallas, Texas. He is responsible for new store site selection and construction of new 7-Eleven stores throughout Dallas and Fort Worth. He and his wife, Julie, live in Dallas with their 3 daughters, Lauren, Nicole, and Mary.

submitted Apr. 8, 2011 3:06P
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