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GRD Engineering '88
Draxler, Laura

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!”

Contact Laura
submitted Apr. 26, 2012 5:12P
GRD Law '88
Dessau, Peter

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). 

HIF’s mission is to assist individuals and families in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties in remaining in or returning to stable housing, while supporting efforts to identify long-term solutions to the lack of affordable housing in these communities. Through collaboration with emergency service organizations, the organization funds emergency housing grants that provide an immediate bridge to keep individuals and families in their homes. HIF also completes renovations to non-profit housing facilities and transitional living facilities.
“Adequate shelter is such a basic need, and one that can often be taken for granted. It’s incredibly fulfilling for me to be able to provide my expertise in support of the great work that HIF is doing in the communities that so many of our attorneys and clients work and live,” said Dessau.
HIF’s board of directors is responsible for providing all operational funding so that 100 percent of fundraising contributions go directly to the organization’s programs. The Board further extends the organization’s community reach by gaining the support of industry leaders who can leverage their resources, funding and skills to complete renovation projects.
With 26 years of experience in construction law, Dessau’s practice focuses on litigation involving construction defects and other issues. Regularly advising clients out of both the firm’s San Jose and Newport Beach offices, he represents developers, builders and contractors in payment disputes and defends and prosecutes delay and impact claims against private owners, contractors and public entities. Dessau’s experience also includes providing counsel to members of the industry on risk management techniques to avoid litigation.
In addition to his involvement with HIF, Dessau is a member of the State Bar of California, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the Tri-County Apartment Association. A frequent author and speaker on various construction law topics, he has served as a guest lecturer at his alma mater (1988), Santa Clara University School of Law. In addition to his J.D., Dessau earned his B.A. from Santa Clara University (1984).
submitted May. 4, 2014 12:55P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '88
Dehlinger, Henry

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.

submitted Nov. 8, 2011 8:26P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '88
Dalcher, Greg

Greg Dalcher ’88 is a senior software engineer with McAfee Corp. in Beaverton, Ore.

submitted May. 16, 2011 11:36A
Bell, Kelley (Kornder)

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.

submitted Sep. 13, 2013 4:28P
Basich, Frank

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!"

submitted Jan. 10, 2014 9:54A
Backhus, Maryvette

Maryvette Backhus '88 lives in Sacramento and shares a dental practice with husband Mark. The couple has two daughters: Alexa, 12, and Kailey, 9.

submitted May. 21, 2009 3:49P
UGRD Engineering '88
Agustin, Roy

Colonel Roy Agustin ’88 lives in Georgia and is the deputy director for Installations and Mission Support for Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command.

submitted Jan. 24, 2013 4:09P
UGRD Engineering '88
Agustin, Roy-Alan

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.

submitted Nov. 10, 2014 6:25P


Wilsted, Deanne (sprinkle)

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.


Contact Deanne @dwilsted
submitted Feb. 28, 2013 8:08A
UGRD Leavey Business '89
Wiesner, David

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.

Prior to joining EPIC, Wiesner served for four years with Mercer Health & Benefits, most recently as a principal in the firm's San Francisco Health & Benefits unit. His responsibilities included managing the strategic and financial requirements of health and welfare programs for clients to help them to achieve their business objectives.
Prior to this Wiesner held senior positions at broker/consultants Gallagher Benefit Services and Keenan and Associates.
submitted Oct. 22, 2014 12:44P
GRD Law '89
Watson, Thomas
Thomas Watson J.D. ’89 has been appointed by the city of South Lake Tahoe to serve as city attorney. Watson has served in numerous governmental capacities since 1989. A specialist in construction litigation, Mr. Watson joined the Fresno law firm of Kimble, MacMichael & Upton upon completion of an internship with the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. After three years with KMU, Mr. Watson joined the Tulare County Counsel’s office, obtaining expertise in governmental construction and entitlements, which resulted in his serving as LAFCO counsel for the County. 
In 2002, Mr. Watson left Tulare County to establish his current firm, Fike, Boranian & Watson. In 2005, Mr. Watson was appointed as a Judge Pro Tem for the Office of Administrative Services, a judicial arm of the State of California. Since 2008, Mr. Watson has served as the city attorney for Mendota and has been Woodlake’s city attorney for over 16 years. 
Passionate about the legal profession, Mr. Watson conducted seminars and classes about legal issues and processes in six countries on four continents. Continually engaged in legal education, Mr. Watson has served as a judge for international legal competitions in the United States, Europe and China. Mr. Watson is married to Dr. Jennifer Watson and they have two children.
submitted Jun. 14, 2013 9:40A
GRD Leavey/MBA '89
Waldeck, Gary

Gary Waldeck MBA '89 is running for Los Altos Hills City Council. Waldeck worked for 35 years in various technical and management jobs with aerospace companies including Ford Aerospace, TRW (now Northrup Grumman), and Lockheed.

submitted Aug. 19, 2010 12:26P
UGRD Leavey Business '89
Valente, Kristin

Kristin Valente '89, a veteran account leader at Ernst & Young's Seattle office, was promoted on May 2, 2011 to the firm’s Advisory Services practice in Portland where she is now an Advisory Services partner. Valente will help mature and emerging Oregon businesses realize their growth plans and accelerate their success with fresh thinking and insights. “Kristin brings more than 20 years of client service experience to our Portland practice, with a strong focus on helping clients manage risk, transform business performance and sustain improvement,” said Peter Doubleday, managing partner of the firm’s Portland office. “She’s a strategic problem solver and is well-respected by her clients for helping them realize their business goals.” Prior to joining the advisory practice in Seattle, she worked as an auditor for the firm in Silicon Valley, where her clients included some of the Valley’s top technology firms. She later served as leader of the firm’s Global Innovation team, addressing issues of privacy, systems reliability, outsourced relationships and intellectual property protection across a wide range of industries and business models. In 2000, Valente was recognized by the AICPA for issuing the first SysTrust report on systems reliability for a client. She also pioneered Ernst & Young’s CyberProcess Certification methodology, which offered the first examination-based, online certification for Internet businesses. Valente is a certified public accountant and a Certified Information Systems Auditor. She is licensed to practice in California, Ohio, Oregon and Washington, and is a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants and the Washington State Society of CPAs and the Information Systems Audit and Controls Association.

submitted May. 9, 2011 3:21P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
tsu, benjamin

The newest future Bronco, Ashley Elodie Tsu was born to Ben Tsu '89 and Jill Tsu on 1 June 2011. Born at 8:42 AM, Ashley weighed in at 8 pounds and 7 ounces. She joins her brother Aidan, born in 2009. The Tsus live in the Seattle, WA area.

submitted Jul. 14, 2011 5:27P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Symons, Jenni

Jenni Symons '89 has been inducted into the Los Gatos High School Athletic Hall of Fame for her outstanding accomplishments in soccer, field-hockey, and softball during her high school career.

submitted Jun. 16, 2010 1:31P
GRD Leavey/MBA '89
Stafford, Edwin

Edwin R. Stafford MBA '89 has won the Seven Summits Award Best Mountain/Environmental Film at the Mountain Film Festival in Mammoth Lakes, California, for his co-produced documentary entitled, Wind Uprising. The film chronicles Utah's four-year struggle to establish the state's first commercial wind project at the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon, about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City. Describing the story from the entrepreneurs' perspective, the documentary highlights the social, political, and market barriers hurdled by the developers and the lessons learned from jumpstarting a new cleantech industry in the state. Edwin is a marketing professor and co-director of the Center for the Market Diffusion of Renewable Energy and Clean Technology at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University, Logan, Utah (

Contact Edwin
submitted Mar. 6, 2010 2:46P
Sparacino, Bricken

Bricken Sparacino '89 received the 2008 People of the Year award from the website for her work in independent theater. She lives, acts, directs, and writes in New York City with her husband, Michael Birch.

submitted May. 19, 2009 2:28P
UGRD Leavey Business '89
Soriano, Marcelino

Maj. Marcelino "Butch" Soriano ’89, MBA ’94, broke the record for number of hours of straight bell-ringing for the Salvation Army in Southern California, ringing the bell for 150 hours. In the end, he raised almost $10K. He set his record at 150 hours in celebration of the Salvation Army’s 150 years in existence and its 124th annual Red Kettle Campaign, during which bell-ringers seek donations outside stores throughout the holiday season.

“The reality is that I was sure that I would not be able to accomplish this quest on my own strength,” said Soriano, moments after setting his record. “I needed God’s strength.”
According to the organization’s rules, Soriano earned five minutes of rest for every continuous hour he rang his bell. He had to stand the entire time and could only eat, sit, go to the bathroom, or nap during his five-minute breaks. He was allowed to drink something, as long as it didn’t get in the way of his ringing the bell.
His first real test came at about the 51st hour, when his feet began to ache and throb. By the 84th hour, his feet were severely swollen.
“I was like, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to keep going,” Soriano said.
An hour later, the Salvation Army said “a stranger who had no idea of the pain he was in offered a bit of powerful support.”
“In the 85th hour, there was a gentleman who came behind me, he put a hand on me and prayed for me,” Soriano recalled. “A lot of the discomfort came out of me.”
The bell-ringer was struck with another surge of endurance when a woman came up to donate and he noticed on her shirt was written Bible verse “Philippians 4:13″ — “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” — a phrase Soriano said has motivated him in the past.
“I was at a very low point, where it was very uncomfortable,” Soriano said. “God reminded me because that verse was on that person’s shirt.”
After Soriano broke the record, he said sleep would have to wait: “Actually, right now I’m going to change so I can go to church.”
submitted Jan. 9, 2015 2:22P
Silva, Eileen (Eileen Silva)

Eileen Silva ’89 joined the Department of Surgery at the U.C. San Diego Medical Center as a senior editor in March, after a layoff and contracting for 18 months.

Contact Eileen
submitted Apr. 20, 2012 8:36P
GRD Law '89
Rudy, Christopher

Christopher G. Rudy J.D. ’89 has been appointed to serve on the Santa Clara County Superior Court by Gov. Jerry Brown ’59. Rudy, a 53-year-old Boulder Creek resident and a Democrat, has been a partner at Stenberg Sunseri Roe Pickard and Rudy since 1994.

submitted Jul. 21, 2014 7:55A
Rodriguez, Luis
Luis Rodriguez ’89, J.D. ’92 is the first Latino and the first active public defender elected to be president of the State Bar of California, which regulates more than 237,000 attorneys in the state.
"I'm the first Latino and that's something to celebrate, especially in the state of California but at the same time, it's a stark reminder of how long it takes for certain groups to move up and become part of the leadership of the community," said Rodriguez.
The Los Angeles native, who was the first in his family to attend college, came to believe the best way to help his family and give the disadvantaged a voice was by getting a formal education and becoming an advocate of the legal system. 
Rodriguez was admitted to the State Bar in 1994. He is a former president of the California La Raza Lawyers Association, the Mexican American Bar Association, and the Latino Public Defenders Association.
submitted May. 22, 2013 4:50A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '89
Pierce, Nancy (Schnetz)

Mickey Pierce '89 and Nancy (Schnetz) Pierce '89 joyfully welcomed a baby boy, Dominic James, on October 6, 2010. Dominic weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz. and was 19.75 inches long. The family lives in San Jose.

submitted Mar. 28, 2011 2:15P
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