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Nicholas Murphy, eldest son of Brendan ’91 and Nina ’91, graduated from Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif. in May 2013. His brother Matthew completed his freshman year at the same school.
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Shannon McDonald '91 is living in San Carlos, Calif., and is an orthopaedic surgeon at Kaiser Permanente in Redwood City. She is happily married for the last 10 years to Kevin Dolan, CRNA. They have a dog and no children, but are happy to see that the rest of the Broncos are having plenty of children to make up for them!
Sigal Marash MBA '91 was named director of quality assurance and food safety for Colorful Harvest in Salinas, Calif. She has more than a decade of experience in the domestic and international fresh produce industries.
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Alex Laymon '86, MBA '91 writes: "President of DPSS Lasers Inc. in Santa Clara. Living in Rose Graden area of San Jose for past 17 years. Have never worked or lived more than 3 miles from SCU, since 1986. Married for 20 years this September to Lisa. 2 kids -- Kayleigh, a junior at Notre Dame High School, who is currently starting to look at colleges. Blake, in 7th grade at St. Clare's (right behing SCU on Lafayette), who will hoepfully go to Bellarmine."
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Sharon Kirsch J.D. ’91 was named to the Northern California Super Lawyers 2010 Edition. Super Lawyers is a list of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Kirsch represents a range of clients from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries.
Kelly Keller ’91 has been named the market assurance leader for PwC's Pacific Northwest market. Kelly joined PwC—committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax, and advisory services—in 1992 and was admitted to the partnership in 2004. She most recently held the position of Seattle Assurance Team Leader. She is succeeding Matt Kosmicki, who held the Market Assurance Leader role in addition to serving as the Pacific Northwest MMP.
During her nearly 20 year career at PwC, Keller has primarily focused on providing services to companies in the Technology industry including those in the information and communications, software and computers and networking sectors. Keller also spent time in PwC's Transaction Services Practice and most recently is serving clients in the wireless and software sectors. In addition to Seattle, she has also worked in PwC's San Jose and Washington, D.C., offices.
Keller earned her B.S. from Santa Clara University with a major in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in California and Washington. She is a member of the American Institute of certified public accountants and the Washington State Society of certified public accountants and is active with University of Washington. Additionally, she also teaches a course on Sarbanes-Oxley and IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) at the University of Washington.
Lisa Herrick J.D. '91 was appointed general counsel of Santa Clara County County Superior Court. Herrick, 46, joins the court with extensive experience in public sector law, including six years as senior deputy city attorney for the city of San Jose and more than four years as Santa Clara County Deputy County Counsel. Herrick also was a partner with the McManis Faulkner law firm, where she worked on civil litigation, criminal defense and family law.
In her current capacity with San Jose, Herrick provides advice and training to Mayor Chuck Reed, City Council members, the city clerk, city manager and department heads on state and local ethics, open government and campaign finance laws, including the Political Reform Act, Ralph M. Brown Act, California Public Records Act and Elections Code. Herrick has also worked on litigation involving the city's ethics ordinances. She has been involved in the Santa Clara County Bar Association, where she served as president as well as on its board of trustees.
At the Superior Court, Herrick will oversee a wide range of legal services and advise the court executive officer, judicial leadership, members of the court's bench and staff on a wide range of legal matters before the court.
Mark Haladwala ’91 writes that he is living in Birmingham, Ala. He works at BBVA Compass as head of the Consumer Segment for Alabama and Florida. Mark is married to Georgina Haladwala and has three daughters.
Anil Gupta MBA ’91 completed 10 years as a Managing Principal of Applications Marketing Group, a marketing consulting firm focused on enterprise software market.
DeeAnne (Watkins) Gillick '91 recently moved to El Dorado Hills, Calif., with her husband Bill and sons, William (4 yrs) and Owen (2 yrs). DeeAnne is an attorney with the lawfirm of Neumiller & Beardslee in Stockton, Calif.
Freshman Dorm: Sanfilippo
Pam Gildersleeve-Hernandez '91 writes that she is married to the most wonderful husband. She and her husband Mark have a son who does well both in school and on the ball field; making life a lot of fun. She is an assistant principal in the special services department with the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education.
Peter Friedrich ’91, along with his group of drama students from Sulaimaniyah, Iraq, will be performing at the famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival this summer. The group, Shakespeare Iraq, will perform some Bard-inspired drama with a uniquely Iraqi touch.
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Julie Flanagan '91 has four kids- two boys (ages 11 and 6) and two girls (ages 8 and 2). She lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at our Grand Reunion!
Linette Escobar '91 recently returned from a summer in Thailand. This was her 6th trip since the 2004 tsunami volunteering with an NGO serving Burmese migrant workers. She's proud to report that the same kids who didn't attend school before the tsunami are thriving academically and even writing amazing poetry in English. In San Francisco, she is an Associate Professor of English as a Second Language at two colleges and does grant writing and evaluation work as a consultant for non-profits.
Augustin de la Guardia '91 writes: "Living in PANAMA with wife Macy and our 2 boys: Alberto (10) and Nicholas (8). Working as CEO of the leading television broadcast network company. If you visit Panama please let me know!!"
Genevieve (Hurley) Curtis '91 and husband Jonathan Curtis welcomed their second child, a boy, Charles David, on May 27, 2009. Charlie's older sister, Caroline, is turning 3 on September 29th. The family lives in St. Louis.
Shauna L. Chastain ’91, J.D. ’96 is President of the Solano County Bar Association, and Bay Area Chapter Director of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists.
Soccer star Brandi Chastain ’91 is among the Class of 2012 for the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame. Chastain, who grew up in San Jose, has been one of the top ambassadors for women's soccer after scoring the winning penalty kick in the 1999 Women's World Cup. She has played on two World Cup championship teams and is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. She was also a soccer commentator at the 2012 Olympics in London.
World-famous soccer athlete and champion of girls’ health, Brandi Chastain '91 will give the 163rd undergraduate commencement address on June 14. Chastain’s selection to give the commencement address memorializes the 50th anniversary of women’s athletics at Santa Clara, which the University celebrates this year.
Ellen Ruebsamen Brown '91 retired from nursing and counseling. She is pursuing a hobby and career as a watercolor artist, and is currently a signature member of the local Pikes Peak W.C. Society. She presently has a painting accepted into Rockies West National 18th annual National Exhibition, and another accepted into the Texas Watercolor Society 61st annual exhibit.
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Ann Brannan '91 writes: "After moving around a bit -- Vienna, Austria, Charlottesville, VA and Atlanta, GA -- I'm back in the Midwest (St. Louis) with my husband and our two children -- Joe (11) and CeCe (10). We just booked our flights for the reunion and can't wait to see everyone and introduce my kids to Santa Clara...can't start to early on those college visits!"
Dean Birge MBA '91 was hired as controller of Mission City Federal Credit Union in Santa Clara.