Class Notes | Obituaries
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David Rodriguez ’05 and Christine Badal ’07 welcomed a beautiful baby boy, Eddie Alexander, on Jan. 11, 2014.
Shubhasheesh Anand MBA ’07 recently joined InsightsOne (http://InsightsOne.com), leading the solutions team. InsightsOne is a well-funded B2C predictive analytics startup in the big-data space. The company is actively hiring data scientists and engineers.
William Amerman MBA '08 has published a new book, Aries at Dawn. The link is: http://www.amazon.com/Aries-at-Dawn-ebook/dp/B004WT7KJE
Michael Amato '07, M.S. '11 and Bianca Vallorz '07, tied the knot at the beautiful Mission Santa Clara on January 24, 2015! Even though the wedding was in the middle of winter, they were blessed with wonderful 70-degree weather and not a cloud in the sky! They currently live in San Jose, with Bianca supporting the local community working at Family Supportive Housing and Michael working at Apple.
Taylor Alexander ’07 funded his company, Flutter Wireless, with a successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign. Still in production but nearing launch, Flutter is a programmable processor core for electronics projects. Featuring a fast ARM processor, powerful long-range wireless communication, built-in battery charging, and an onboard security chip, Flutter is an ideal choice for robotics, wireless sensor networks, consumer electronics, and educational platforms. He writes, "All of our designs are open source, with licenses that encourage modification, reuse, and sharing. My hope is to bring robotics to impoverished nations by creating designs anyone can build themselves with low-cost materials."
Stephanie Paulus '08 and Joshua Yee '06, '09 were married on June 26, 2010 at the Mission Santa Clara by Paul Taylor, Young Adult/College Pastor at Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto. The bridal party inlcuded Best Man Jonathan Lewis '08; Groomsmen Dane Yoshimura, Chris Salzmann '06, '10, and James Reavis '08; Maid of Honor Kaitlin Paulus; Bridesmaids Suzy Evans, Katie Clarke, and Shayna Yee; Ring Bearers Alex Paulus and Jacob Dally; and Flower Girl Maia Kawaguchi. Ceremony scripture was read by Kevin Hazard '06, Molly Shatzel '10, Andrew Caldwell, and Cameron Nitta. Music was played by Jake Dodson. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii and then celebrated a second reception in Josh's hometown of Honolulu. They currently live in San Jose where Josh works as an electrical engineer at Linear Technology and Stephanie is looking for a position as a registered nurse after recieving her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May.
Tom Wong ’08, who won the Orella Prize the year he graduated, just earned a Ph.D. in physics from UCSD. He has accepted a post-doc in Latvia to work with a computational scientist. He commented that even though his Ph.D. was from a physics dept, his advisor was basically a mathematician and he uses (of all things) Fortran95 to write a lot of his software! So all three majors at SCU (Math, Computer Science, and Physics) have served him well. , and the year he graduated (2008).
Lindsay Wenger ’08 received her doctor of medicine degree from Oregon Health & Science University in June, 2013. She is beginning her General Surgery Residency at University of Nevada Affiliated Hospitals, Las Vegas, Nev.
Susan Wacker ’08 and Aaron Forde were married on May 11, 2013, in Redding, Calif. Jim Voll officiated.
Olvin Veigas, S.J., STL ’08 is now director of the St. Thomas Institute of Philosophy, Theology and History in Moscow, Russia. He started the school year with 60 new students.
EB (Elizabeth) Stanislawski ’08 and Colin Triplett ’08 were married June 23, 2012 at Clos La Chance Winery in San Martin, California. EB currently works for The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco and is presently pursuing her Masters at Santa Clara. Colin started, operated and expanded Mint Condition Fitness in Los Gatos, a boutique holistic fitness club. EB and Colin now reside in their lovely home in Santa Clara.
Mike Sweitzer-Beckman M.Div. ’08 writes: “Back in 2002, I began collecting letters from people who were serving prison sentences for committing acts of civil disobedience at the School of the Americas (now the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation). I wrote to prisoners and asked them to share their stories of what it was like to be in prison, and why they took actions that put them in federal prison. My goal was to show the commitment by these peace activists toward a nonviolent alternative. I also received some letters from people who had committed acts of civil disobedience at other anti-nuclear demonstrations, including nuclear test sites. I am donating these letters to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.”
Melissa (Lomeli) Sesma ’08 is the new bilingual services program manager at the Monterey County Elections Department. Semsa, a Salinas native, will focus on voter education and will be a resource for the bilingual community and voters at large. She will help register voters, especially in underserved communities, and will assist with the recruitment of bilingual poll workers.
Semsa is an Alisal High School graduate and an alumna of Santa Clara University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and French.
Her goal is “to improve access to the ballot and election information in an effort to make Monterey County a region where people can be educated about the voting process and how they can participate,” according to an Elections Department newsletter.
To contact Sesma about what the Elections Department can do in your neighborhood or for a request of an educational presentation at your organization’s event call her at (831) 796-1478.
J.T. Service J.D. '08, founder of Soul Focus Sports, organized the San Jose 408K Race to the Row, an 8K run on March 11, 2012.
Service got the idea for the race after his company was hired to produce the Giant Race for the San Francisco Giants, which offers half-marathon, 10K and 5K courses, all ending on the Giants home field in AT&T Park.
"There was something about their connection with the people who felt it was their team and their city," Service said in an article published by the San Jose Mercury News. "About 85 percent of the people running were from San Francisco, and everyone would wear their Giants gear. I felt there needed to be something for San Jose replicating that feel."
The HP Pavilion was chosen for the start and Santana Row for the finish, he said, because they are two of the most prominent landmarks in San Jose.
The Pat Tillman Foundation is the charity partner; Service ran in the San Jose version of Pat's Run before it was discontinued locally and relocated to Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, where it is now held each April.
The funds raised by The San Jose 408K will be used by the Pat Tillman Foundation for its programs, including the Tillman Military Scholars program, which provides financial support for active and veteran service members and their spouses to complete degree programs.
Amber Valdivia '08 and Sean Seggie were married on May 15, 2010 on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Casey (Kute) Schulz '08 was among six finalists at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF competition in September. Casey is head of R&D for Preemadonna, a family of automated devices for designing and applying nail art. Preemadonna plans to crowdfund the first Nailbot on Indiegogo at the end of October.
Peter Schmidt ’08 married Emily Brown, Loyola Marymount graduate, on Sept. 7, 2013, at the Plantation Farm Camp in Sonoma County. They live in Sausalito.
Liam Satre-Meloy ’08 is an executive producer of the documentary Red Army, which was released in 2014. The film is about the Soviet Union’s famous Red Army hockey team. Read more about the film in Sports Illustrated. While at Santa Clara, Satre-Meloy worked on the award-winning documentary A Christmas in Tent City—written, produced, and directed by Assistant Professor of Communication Mike Whalen ’89—about Francisco Jimenez.
Cristina Sanidad '08 and Emmanuel Gallardo are engaged to be married in Phoenix, Ariz. in May 2014.
This year, May 2014, Rochelle Rock ’08 graduated from medical school and will be entering a residency at the University of Connecticut in Emergency Medicine.