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Steve Kelley '88 and wife Jackie welcomed a daughter, Quinn Leighanne, on July 21, 2011. Steve is a corporate finance consultant, and Jackie is a partner with Ernst & Young. The family lives in Corona Del Mar, CA, with their rescue dog, Gabby.
Bruce Johnsen M.A. ’88 writes: “We wrapped up some interesting facilitation/mediation work with Codex Alimentarius. Meetings in Mexico City, Brussels, and Beijing made for interesting context.”
Rob Jensen ’86 and Diana Jensen ’88 own Testarossa Winery, in Los Gatos, which is housed in the beautiful old Novitiate Winery founded by the Jesuits of then-Santa Clara College in the late 19th century.
Testarossa (Italian for “red head”) was the nickname given Rob as a young university student in Italy. Rob, a fourth generation Northern Californian, developed a passion for winemaking: its past, present, and future through extensive travel to Europe's great wine growing areas, combined with living in Italy during his university days. Although Rob's degree is in electrical engineering, with a minor in Italian language and culture, he has studied grape growing, winemaking and chemistry at the renowned School of Viticulture and Oenology at UC Davis. During Rob's nearly twenty-year high-tech career he held several sales and marketing positions in pre- and post-IPO companies in Silicon Valley. Rob's technical background, love of the arts, and business experience made it a natural for him to dive headlong into the wine business, an industry that is equal parts science and art.
Michael A. Jacques '82, J.D. '88 was recently elected as a Commisioner for the Placer County Superior Court. He lives on his small-scale farm in rural Placer County with his wife of twenty years, Kyle, and sons Nathan, 15, and Philip, 9.
Mark I. Jacobson MBA ’88 is celebrating 25 years as a volunteer DJ at KSCU. He can be heard Sunday mornings 9am-11am playing the Blues at 103.3FM and KSCU.org!
Taryn Hook J.D. 88's short story,"Pluto Rising," is included in the Literary Journal TheWritingDisorder.com's Anthology, Volume II. The Anthology presents the best short fiction published by the WritingDisorder.com in 2011. Hook is an author and private investigator living and working in the South Bay Area.
Taryn Hook, Esq., J.D. '88 writes that she "is credited with bringing a mysterious disease killing snakes all over the world to the attention of renowned scientist Dr. Joe DeRisi, Vice Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF. Hook, an amateur herpetologist, wrote DeRisi a letter imploring him to find a cure for Inclusion Body Disease, which killed two of her pet snakes and potentially affected another, Larry. In response, Dr. DeRisi researched the disease, and discovered that the cause of the illness appears to originate from a new set of viruses similar to the Ebola virus. A news article published by UCSF in August of this year relates that this new discovery potentially leads to diagnostics and treatment, making it possible to someday eliminate the disease from snake collections worldwide. Hook is featured in an UCSF and NPR story about Dr. DeRisi's groundbreaking discovery as well as on other major media outlets."
Tarynhook@yahoo.com; www.Hookprivateinvestigator.com; Twitter - @Taryn72
Amy (Kremer) Gomersall ’88 writes, "Still living in and loving Chico, Calif,. with husband, Edson, and three kids, Peter, (16), Nicholas (14), and Grace (9). Celebrating 22 years of marriage, 20+ years of freelance graphic design with SCU and 25 years with the Class of 1988! Looking forward to our 25-year reunion with Stucco House gal Molly Emrick Scragg ’88, Liz Vierra Malone ’88, Linda May Fitzgerald ’88, and Diane Dunn ’88!"
Holly (Mallory) Fidrych '88 and Bob Fidrych were married in October 2007 in the Mission Church. They had their daughter, Mallory, in September 2008. The family lives in Campbell, Calif.
Holly (Mallory) '88, Bob, & big sister Mallory welcome Robert John (RJ) on December 5th, 2011. The family lives in Campbell, Calif.
Steve Erbst ’88 has joined Egnyte, a provider of hybrid cloud file server solutions, as VP of sales. Erbst was most recently director of worldwide sales for Cisco’s collaboration products after itsr $215 million acquisition of PostPath. Prior to Egnyte, Erbst held management positions at RSA Security (acquired by EMC), Network Chemistry (acquired by Aruba), and Sana Security (acquired by AVG Technologies). Egnyte’s unique technology provides the speed and security of local storage with the accessibility of the cloud. Users can easily store, share, access and backup files, while IT has the centralized administration and control to enforce business policies.
Laura Draxler M.S. ’88 writes: “This is my fifth year working in the clean technology/energy industry with early stage companies and at the Cleantech Open. I am proud that my son is graduating from Woodside Priory School this year and is hoping to attend Santa Clara University!”
Peter V. Dessau ’84, J.D. ’88, a partner at Miller, Morton, Caillat & Nevis LLP, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Housing Industry Foundation (HIF).
Henry Dehlinger '88 released his new solo piano album, Evocations of Spain, in November. Showcasing a fresh, New World interpretation of the piano music of Isaac Albeniz and Enrique Granados, the album will speak to “folks with broad musical tastes who listen to classical music with some regularity.”
“If you’re a fan of solo piano and love the sensuous Spanish sound,” Dehlinger says, “you’ll love this album.” The music draws on the beautiful melodies of Andalusia with its Flamenco rhythms and exotic overtones. Also prominent is the use of cante jondo, or “deep song” of the Spanish gypsies.
For nearly a decade, the former tech executive had led sales and marketing teams on three continents, most recently as global VP of an IT company in Northern Virginia. Well before venturing to the corporate world, Dehlinger distinguished himself musically on celebrated stages, from the White House in Washington, D.C., to the War Memorial Performing Arts Center in San Francisco. His first mentor was conductor Dr. William “Doc” Ballard, legendary director of the San Francisco Boys Chorus. Dehlinger credits Doc for his early success. By the time he was ten, Dehlinger was part of the Bay Area music scene, performing with Luciano Pavarotti and Montserrat Caballé and entertaining VIPs from the President of the United States to the Prince of Wales. At twelve, Dehlinger was invited to study with piano virtuoso Thomas LaRatta, founder of the Crestmont Conservatory of Music and student of the great Rudolf Ganz. Enchanted with Spanish music, Dehlinger traveled to Spain, where he enrolled at the University of Valencia. He later graduated from Santa Clara University.
Greg Dalcher ’88 is a senior software engineer with McAfee Corp. in Beaverton, Ore.
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Kelley (Kornder) Bell ’88 lives in Ben Lomond, Calif., with her husband, custom furniture designer and creator Timothy Bell. They have 2 funny and amazing girls, Charlotte (11) and Sadie (5). Kelley is the global director of Community & Environmental Initiatives for Driscoll's Berries and sits on the Global Executive Team.
Frank Basich ’88 is the Inland Marine Team Lead for Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty in San Francisco. He has been in the insurance industry for 24 years and with AGCS for the last 11. He lives in Petaluma, CA with his wife of 23 years, Jennifer, and their 9-year-old son, Sam. Frank is the head coach of Sam's CYO Basketball Team in Petaluma. Frank wanted to let the class of 1988 know that the 25th Reunion was fantastic. He wrote, "It was great to catch up with so many wonderful friends. Thank you so much for all the great memories. See you all at the 30th, if not before. The class of '88 rocks!"
Maryvette Backhus '88 lives in Sacramento and shares a dental practice with husband Mark. The couple has two daughters: Alexa, 12, and Kailey, 9.
Colonel Roy Agustin ’88 lives in Georgia and is the deputy director for Installations and Mission Support for Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command.
Roy Agustin '88 was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General on Nov. 2, 2014. He is currently serving as Headquarters Air Combat Command's Director of Installations and Mission Support at Langley Air Force Base, Va.
Deanne Sprinkle Wilsted '89 has had her second book published. Untangling the Knot is a contemporary romantic comedy set amid a Catholic wedding. She, husband Jeff, and their daughter live in Portland, Ore.
www.deannewilsted.com @dwilsted www.facebook.com/DeanneWilstedAuthor
David Wiesner ’89, MBA ’93 has joined Edgewood Partners Insurance Center as managing principle and regional director in its Employee Benefits Consulting Division. EPIC is a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant. Wiesner brings 25 years of experience in strategic market planning, sales organizational leadership, new product/service development and health and welfare plan consulting to the firm.
As regional director, Wiesner will focus on growing EPIC's employee benefits consulting business in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, recruiting and adding producer/consultants and specialty service teams, and fully integrating EPIC's national Employee Services Platform into local client offerings. Wiesner will be based in San Francisco and will report locally to John Connell , EPIC's President, Employee Benefits of California.