Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in the last year by graduates in the 2000s
Michael MacKinnon ’02 and Melissa Ebner on April 28, 2012, in Estes Park, Colo. The bride is the daughter of Cecilia Jensen and Norm Sheppard of Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada and Heinz Ebner and Holly Arnold of Boulder, Colo. She graduated from Boulder High School and attended the University of Colorado Boulder. She is employed as a nurse practitioner.
Paul Laurie '02 co-founded Walking Tree Travel, a summer Peace Corps–like program for teens that works in countries from China to Costa Rica, Senegal to Spain. Annually the company senda hundreds of teens to small villages to build schools, learn about local culture, and, most important, return to teach their friends about a world outside of the United States.
Lindsey (Wylie) Kouvaris '02 and Nick Kouvaris MBA '07 welcomed their first child, Emilia Sharon, on June 12, 2012.
Ian Kelly '02 and Bethany (Stevenson) Kelly '02 welcomed their second daughter, Caitlin Clara, on July 30, 2012. She joins big sister Erinne. Her middle name comes from the place her parents met: Santa Clara! The family lives in Portland.
Lauren (Sexton) Formo '02 and Jason Formo '02 welcomed daughter Dylan Makenzie Formo on April 17, 2012. The family resides in Seattle, Wash. Mike Sexton, SCU's VP for Enrollment Management, is a proud grandfather and already recruiting Dylan for the Class of '33.
Mariah (Dyen) Flanagan '02 writes that she and her husband, Patrick Flanagan, are proud to announce that on December 4, 2012, they opened the doors of their wood-fired pizzeria, Wood Fire Woodie (www.woodfirewoodie.com), in Scotts Valley, CA. Wood Fire Woodie was established in 2007 as a mobile wood-fired pizza catering company. Wood Fire Woodie specializes in thin-crust Italian style pizza cooked in a tuscan oven. The Flanagans own and operate their pizzeria and mobile unit with the direction of their two daughters, Sofia, 6, and Kirra, 4.
Cameron J. Collins '02 is co-founder of Saku Collins Entertainment & Media Law Group. He has recently become an Adjunct Professor at Seattle University School of Law & co-founded The ProEquality Project (a nonprofit dedicated to acting as a bridge for those seeking to participate in the Arts in order to aid in diversifying the Arts Communities).
www.sakucollins.com www.proequalityproject.org http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=13434220
Jennifer (Magpayo) Alderete ’02, husband Chris, and big brother CJ (2) welcomed a baby girl, Kailee Aralina “Kaya,” on April 21, 2012. Kaya was born 7 pounds, 14 ounces.
Vivek Agrawal M.S. ’02 has been performing stand-up comedy, in addition to his day job in the Advanced Technology Group at Applied Materials. In January, he will be performing a solo show that he wrote called "Sounds of My Dreams" at the Historic Montgomery Theater in Downtown San Jose (www.SoundsofMyDreams.com).
Matthew Wood '03, a practicing engineering in accident reconstruction, and wife Jennifer Wood, an HR business partner with the Bank of New York Mellon, welcomed twins on June 5, 2012 - a baby girl, Emma, and a baby boy, Bingham. The family lives in Atlanta.
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Emily (Moody) Wilcox ’03, MBA ’09 and husband Lee celebrated the birth of their first child, Abigail, on Aug. 18, 2011. The family lives in San Jose, Calif., where Emily works as the alumni and external relations director for the Leavey School of Business at SCU.
Christine Travis ’03 recently opened a pilates studio in Bakersfield. Travis and her co-owner are also instructors at Poise Pilates and Barre.
Freshman Dorm: Campisi
Lauren Renfort ’03 married Chris Alberts on June 18, 2011, at Cordevalle Resort in San Martin, Calif. Also in attendance were fellow SCU alums Hadyn Renfort ’07 (Groomsman), Lane Renfort ’12 (Groomsman), Barbara (Dieckman) Orellana '03 (Bridesmaid), Janice (Yee) Swearingen ’03, M.A. ’06 (Bridesmaid), Julie Angelo ’09 (Bridesmaid), Christian Pfrommer ’03, Michael Maclaren ’03, Heather (Stark) Rainusso ’03, Lindsay Gray ’12, Jason Mueller ’07, Adam Suleman ’07, Andrew Swearingen ’03, M.S. '07, and Carlos Orellana ’01.
Richard Porter '03 and Grace (Lee) Porter '03 welcomed a baby girl, Kamryn Hope Porter, on August 2nd. Kamryn joins her big sister Madeline and big brother JJ. The family lives in Santa Clara.
Chris Paetsch '03 married Erin Tackney '02 July 9, 2011 in Essex, Mass. Monika Kunz '02 served as one of the two maids of honor, Katy Dormer '02 as a bridesmaid, Michael Neumann '03 as a groomsman, and Christian Kurpiewski '02 as an usher. Also in attendance Greg Raih '02, Ian Johnstone '02, Jen Hernandez '03, Megan (Young) Chatterji '02, Alex Keil '03, Marcy Swiatek '03 and Cori Wang '09. The happy couple resides in Cambridge, Mass., with their cat, Frau Meow.
Freshman Dorm: Graham 100
Nicki (Pichel) Nabasny ’03 writes that she and Mike Nabasny '03 moved to Chicago in July 2011. Nicki is currently the director of external relations at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and Mike is director of sales, Midwest at Wildfire, a division of Google. They have a daughter, Mia, born Dec. 30, 2011, and are expecting their second child in August 2013.
Judith "Judy" Mohr J.D. ’03 has been recruited by McDermott Will & Emery to lead a patent team in its Silicon Valley office. Mohr had been an intellectual property partner in King & Spalding's Redwood Shores, Calif., office for the past four years. Mohr is a life sciences specialist. Prior to joining King & Spalding in 2008, Mohr spent eight years at Perkins Coie.
Michelle Cwirko-Godycki '03 is the new associate director, Marketing & Communications for Alumni Relations. In this role, Michelle will oversee all marketing, communications, social media, and career networking strategies for Alumni Association programs, events and services.
Former NCAA All-American and two-time Major League Soccer (MLS) Champion Ryan Cochrane ’03 has been named assistant men's soccer coach at Santa Clara. Cochrane capped off an outstanding collegiate career at SCU by helping the Broncos reach the 2003 NCAA College Cup Final Four. He went on to enjoy nine-years playing professional soccer, which included winning a pair of MLS titles with the Houston Dynamo.
"There is no doubt Ryan is going to help this program grow and become better," said Santa Clara men's soccer head coach and Bronco Hall of Famer Cameron Rast. "First and foremost, his background as a player is exceptional. He just finished up his professional career and was already transitioning into coaching, so it's a natural fit."
A native of Portland, Ore., Cochrane became one of the most accomplished players in school history during his three years on SCU's Mission Campus (2001-03). Cochrane started every game he was available for, serving as the team's central defender. He earned Soccer America Freshman All-America honors in 2001 and All-America Honorable Mention recognition in 2002.
In 2003, Cochrane anchored a Bronco defense that posted 12 shutouts, went 16-4-4, won the West Coast Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA College Cup Final Four in Columbus, Ohio. He was named an NSCAA/adidas Second Team All-American in 2003 and a M.A.C. Hermann Trophy semifinalist.
More recent, during his last two years playing professionally, Cochrane served as an assistant coach at the collegiate level with San Antonio's Trinity University in 2012 and at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. in 2011.
Sarina (Passarelli) Bronson '03 and husband Greg were blessed with baby boy No. 3, Paul Joseph, on August 9, 2012. He joins big brothers Luke and John. The family lives in Squaw Valley, Calif., where Sarina is a stay-at-home mom.
Steve Braccini '99, J.D. '03 and his wife, Teresa, welcomed their first child into the world on March 20, 2012, a son—Angelo Antonio Braccini. The family resides in the Willow Glen area of San Jose. Steve is a trust and estate litigator with Hopkins & Carley, APLC in the firm's San Jose and Palo Alto offices.