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U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jon D. Lee '84 has retired after 31 years of selfless service to our country. He was the commanding officer of the 91st Training Division at Fort Hunter-Liggett, California, where the ceremony was held in April 2015.
In 1984, he commissioned as a 2nd Lt., and completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort Benning, Ga. From there, he was assigned to the Army Reserve. Lee is also a graduate of the Infantry Officer Advance Course, Airborne school, Air Assault school, Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.
He served with the 100th Bn., 442nd Infantry Regiment, at Fort De Russy, Hawaii, as rifle and mortar platoons leader, company executive officer, and company commander. From August 1999, through September 2002, Lee was the commanding officer of the 100th Bn., before moving on to future endeavors.
He was born in Wailuku on the island of Maui, and at Santa Clara he earned his bachelor’s degree in commerce. Gen. Lee served with various units prior to taking command of the 91st TD, including chief of Operations for Combined Joint Task Force 7, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Oct. 2003 to April 2004, and deputy commanding general for the 63rd Regional Support Command, from September 2009 to June 2012.
His awards and decorations include, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
On June 29, 2012, Lee assumed command of the 91st TD. His task as commanding general has been to train and prepare for deployment, Reserve and active duty units from all branches of the military, utilizing large-scale exercises to accomplish an overall mission of readiness.
Patty Clerkin '84 writes, "We have relocated to the suburbs of Philadelphia for a spouse job transfer. My children, Chris and Rochelle, will attend Catholic schools in Wayne. My son will be a freshman at Archbishop Carroll High and my daughter will enter 7th grade at St. Katharine's. It appears almost 150 alumni live nearby!"
Laura Rafaty '79, J.D. '85 is the founder and artistic director of NapaShakes (www.napashakes.org), a nonprofit bringing world-class professional Shakespeare to the Napa Valley. She continues her law practice (www.nvilaw.com) in St. Helena, California, specializing in immigration law, including work visas for extraordinary culinary, winemaking, and performing artists. A national award winning writer, her work can be found at www.laurarafaty.com.
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Rev. Dr. Laura (Boltz) Holck '85 has been called to served as senior pastor at Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Cross in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She shares the position with her spouse, Rev. Dr. Philip Holck.
Jayshree Ullal M.S. '86 was ranked 30th in Forbes’ first list of "America’s Top 50 Most Successful, Self-made Women,” as measured by her net worth: $470 million. According to the magazine, “to be eligible for this list, women had to have substantially made their own fortunes. In cases where they started businesses with, and still share with, their husbands, we’ve assigned them half of that combined wealth.”
Mike Kourey MBA '86 is now CFO of Medallia, a customer experience management company. With more than 20 years of financial operating and audit committee experience with both startups and large technology enterprises, Kourey brings extensive hands-on expertise in leading financial strategy and execution for high-growth companies.
Prior, Kourey was a partner at Khosla Ventures, where he worked closely with RingCentral to guide the company through its successful initial public offering. Kourey has also held a number of operational finance leadership roles – including serving as CFO of Polycom, where he started as the seventh employee and helped grow the business to over $1.5 billion in annual revenues.
Kourey also serves on the board of directors at RingCentral and various private companies and previously served on the boards and audit committees of Aruba Networks and Riverbed Technology.
Kathryn Kane '82, J.D. '86 writes, "This fall, I will retire as a deputy county counsel, Office of County Counsel, County of Santa Clara. I have been a hearing, trial, and appellate counsel in the Child Dependency Unit for more than 25 years. I will forever be grateful for this amazing career opportunity."
Jack DeStories '86 and Rosie DeStories '87 are principals at Fairfield Auction, Connecticut’s leading auctioneer of antiques and fine art. Jack has been a collector since childhood. Before graduating from high school, he was a nationally known collector of baseball cards. He has been estimating, cataloging, and marketing antique auctions full-time since 1990. Jack has been certified as an expert witness in his field by the Bridgeport Superior Court and has donated his expertise to dozens of antique appraisal events across New England benefiting various schools, churches, museums, and historical societies.
John Savage '87 is in his 11th season as UCLA's head coach. Savage helped UCLA reach college baseball’s pinnacle in 2013, as the Bruins won their first-ever NCAA baseball title. Under his guidance, UCLA has advanced to the postseason in seven of the last nine seasons, hosting four consecutive NCAA Regionals from 2010 through 2013. He is currently the third longest-tenured head coach in UCLA baseball program history. UCLA has gone 349-254-1 under Savage the past 10 seasons. In seven trips to the postseason at UCLA, Savage has compiled a 32-14 record (.696 winning percentage), recording the most postseason victories of any head coach in program history. Read more of this stats on www.uclabruins.com.
Cathy de Lorimier '87, pastel artist, has joyfully returned to her home state of California after living out of state for the past 27 years. She and her husband Arthur de Lorimier '86, have moved to Sacramento to live close to family. Their daughter Julia de Lorimier '15 graduated this past Spring with a degree in Psycho-Biology and we are very proud of her accomplishments!
Cathy de Lorimier, pastel painter de Lorimier Fine Art www.deLorimierStudio.com
Ellen Arabian-Lee '87, J.D. '90 opened Arabian-Lee Law Corporation in Roseville, California, in April 2014.
Bruce Johnsen M.A. ’88 writes: “Continuing to enjoy my work 'saving' family-owned businesses and partnerships."
Colette Rausch J.D. '90 is the author of a recently published book, Speaking Their Peace: Personal Stories from the Frontlines of War and Peace. With a foreword from the Dalai Lama, Speaking Their Peace contains 80 interviews from 11 countries and gives a voice to people who have not been heard before, people silenced by the trauma of conflict, gagged by fear and conformity, or muted by the world's indifference. See: Speakingtheirpeace.org. Rausch has worked for 20 years to build the justice, security, and the rule of law in countries emerging from conflicts. She is currently the vice president for Governance, Law & Society at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.
Chris Bunje Lowenstein '90 is an English teacher at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo. She also writes about and sells antiquarian books and ephemera online and at rare book shows through her business, Book Hunter's Holiday, ABAA, established in 2007. She and husband Jeff Lowenstein '90 live in San Mateo with their two sons, Ryan (17) and Matthew (14).
Patricia De Fonte '90 BA Communication, graduated from Golden Gate University with a JD in 2002. She has now been accepted to Golden Gate University's Small Business Program for Fall 2015. She has also been accepted, with a substantial merit scholarship, to GGU's Master of Laws (LLM) in Estate Planning Program and will begin classes in Fall 2015. Patricia lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.
Tara Bunch MBA '90 is the vice president of AppleCare. In April 2015 she gave the closing keynote address at FutureVisions 2020 at Colordao State University, an event providing differing perspectives on the future of information science and technology. She spoke about how the social web might evolve in the future. Bunch also led a discussion on what it means to be a woman in the technology industry. Bunch and her team are responsible for delivering customer support and repair experiences for Apple customers worldwide. The technical support delivered through AppleCare advisors and online content reaches billions of customers in more than 30 languages. Before joining Apple in 2012, Bunch was a senior vice president at Hewlett Packard, leading the Global Customer Service and Support Operations. In her more than 20 years at HP, she worked in various roles that honed both her technical skills and her passion for delighting customers.
Nancy Ureña Reid '91 is the only Latina AP computer science teacher in the 42-school, 3,000-employee San Jose Unified School District. She worked in the technology industry years ago on both coasts at a time when it was rare for a female to work in technology, especially a Latina engineer. Nancy’s goal is to close the digital divide for women, Latinos, and African Americans, groups that are under-represented in the technology force. She got involved with Microsoft’s Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) program to develop technology skills that can lead to life-changing advances for many young people. She learned how to teach coding at the high school level and helped introduce a self-sustaining computer science program at Lincoln High School, where she teaches.
Kathleen Tonry '92 has been out of touch for a while but would like to note that she was busy producing 30 pounds of baby and a book. Kathleen and her husband, Brian Lynch, welcomed a baby girl, Irene, on December 27, 2014. Irene joins older siblings Mary (2007) and Tommy (2012). Kathleen was recently awarded tenure and is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.
Kerry San Chirico '92 is the new assistant professor of Interfaith and Inter-religious Studies at Villanova University. Having taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa since 2012, Kerry, along with his whole family, is excited to make the 6,000-mile trek east by plane, minivan, and Winnebago.
Patrick T. Miyaki J.D. '92 writes, "I have been appointed the section leader of the Hanson Bridgett Government Section. I also was chosen to be the Alumnus of the Year by the political science department of San Francisco State University."