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2000

GRD Engineering '00
Warner, Amy
Amy Warner '99, M.S. '00 was recently elected as vice president of Precision Analog. As such, Warner is responsible for setting and driving strategy for the Precision Analog team with the goal of sustainable growth and profitability with differentiated analog signal chain products designed for the industrial, energy and communications markets.
 
In previous roles at TI, Warner managed Precision Digital-to-Analog Converter products and served as an analog field applications engineer.  Prior to joining TI in 2004, she spent four years as a hardware engineer at Agilent Technologies.
submitted Mar. 12, 2014 8:39P
'00
Thorsett, Brian

Brian Thorsett ’00 is now an assistant professor at Virginia Tech University in the School for Performing Arts. Thorsett also recently performed at the prestigious Festival del Sole in Napa, Calif., in Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti.

submitted Aug. 5, 2014 5:31P
GRD Leavey/MBA '00
Clapperton, Michael

Michael Clapperton MBA ’00 has been named to the board of Etairos Consulting in San Jose, Calif. He currently is the Chief Technology Officer of IT Sigma in New York City, a SaaS Workflow Management tool.

Contact Michael
212-390-0696
submitted May. 29, 2014 10:11A
UGRD Leavey Business '00
Davaransky, Jane (Duong)

Jane Duong Davaransky ’00 and husband Anthony announce the birth of Carson Thai Davaransky, born on April 27, 2014. Carson spent 5 weeks at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford for apnea, aspiration, and reflux. He is now home with mom, dad, and big sister Emerson. He is growing and improving every day.

submitted Sep. 1, 2014 1:57A

2001

'01
Thorpe, Gillian

 "Seek help for your child at the onset of any suspicion of alcohol or drugs," advises Gillian Thorp M.A. ’01, Three Stones Wellness CEO and co-founder with Kathryn Spelman, COO. "You don't want to wait until your child hits rock bottom and is expelled from school or in the hospital. Early intervention is important."

Three Stones Wellness, which opened in a cozy home in Santa Clara last November, is a residential program providing alcohol and drug abuse treatment for adolescents, ages 12 to 17. The home can accommodate up to six teens for stays of 30 to 90 days. It is one of just nine residential facilities for adolescents in all of California (compared with some 2,400 facilities for adults).
 
"There is a huge, unmet need for help for adolescents suffering from substance abuse," says Thorp, a mother of two daughters. Thorp holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University, where she was Director of the International Student Services before leaving the university last April to focus her efforts on establishing Three Stones Wellness.
 
"It's been quite a leap of faith, but it's something that speaks to my heart for personal reasons," says Thorp, a Santa Clara resident who was born and raised in South Africa.
 
"I wanted to do something in our community because I have long-standing roots here," continues Thorp, whose late husband, Deron, was a native of Santa Clara.
 
Thorp and Spelman are neighbors living on the same street, and Thorp's daughters are friends with Spelman's daughter. As the moms got to know each other, they discovered that they shared concern for teens struggling with substance abuse, which sometimes co-occurs with underlying disorders such as depression, anxiety, trauma, bipolar, and attention deficit.
 
"The establishment of a holistic, compassion-based program for adolescents to address very real problems was needed. The opportunity to develop and create a new program with a fresh perspective, incorporating evidence-based treatments and drawing upon the expertise of professionals in the field, while working with a dear friend, was a privilege not to be passed by," writes Spelman in an e-mail.
 
A native of Southern California, Spelman brings her problem-solving and organizational skills as an attorney—with a law degree from the University of San Diego—to the partnership.
 
"What began as simply an idea and good intentions has blossomed into a program that we are extremely proud of. With the incredible support of our families and friends, and the commitment and work of the team that we have brought together, we expect that this program will create positive change in the lives of our adolescent clients and their families," states Spelman.
 
On the Three Stones Wellness website, it states that its core belief "is that alcohol and substance abuse is a treatable condition and that recovery is best achieved through a process that heals and nurtures mind, body, and spirit." This holistic approach to wellness is symbolized by three stacked stones, sometimes used by travelers along trails to mark the way home or to a new destination.
 
submitted Feb. 3, 2014 4:15P
'01
Doré, David
 
submitted May. 16, 2014 11:54A
UGRD Leavey Business '01
Davis, Mark

Mark Davis '01 and Rachel Davis are delighted to announce the arrival of their third child, Clara Mariam Davis, who was born at home on Nov. 22, 2013. Best wishes to all of the SCU alumni and their families!

submitted Feb. 10, 2014 12:44P
'01
Byrnes, Kristin (Simms)

Kristin (Simms) Byrnes ’01, M.Div. ’05 is happy to be back in the Bay Area and teaching at Archbishop Mitty High School, after serving for two years with Volunteer Missionary Movement in San Nicolás, Nicaragua. She and her husband, Billy, welcomed their first child, William James Byrnes on October 17, 2013. He has since blessed their lives with so much joy and love that they overlook the sleepless nights. They hope to return to Nicaragua soon for a visit, to introduce their son to the many friends they left behind.

submitted Dec. 17, 2013 9:03P
'01
Blaylock, Adam

Adam Blaylock ’01 was promoted to partner from senior manager. Blaylock is a member of Ernst & Young LLP?s Assurance practice in San Jose, where he serves technology clients, including large multinationals, as well as clients in the solar industry. He previously served as a Professional Practice Group resident in the West Region, where he assisted client service teams with complex technical accounting matters and facilitated executive training sessions. Blaylock graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor?s degree in Accounting and a minor in Mathematics from Santa Clara University. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California and a member of the American Institute of CPAs.

submitted Jul. 30, 2014 11:12A
UGRD Leavey Business '01
Bauer, Jennifer (Cooke)

Jennifer (Cooke) Bauer ’01, MBA ’11 married Jeffrey Bauer MBA ’11 on Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Burlingame, Calif. Cindy (Barrango) Rodondi 01 served as a bridesmaid. Many SCU undergraduates and MBA graduates were in attendance from the classes of ’01 and ’11 respectively. The happy couple lives in San Jose, Calif.

submitted Jan. 17, 2014 3:11P

2002

UGRD Leavey Business '02
Smallwood, Blaze

Blaze Smallwood ’02 and wife Annie welcomed their second child, Brady Drue, on May 17, 2014. Big sister Avery Mae (4 years old in Oct 2014) loves giving her new brother smooches any chance she gets.

submitted Jul. 23, 2014 12:27P
'02
McAllister, Eric

Miller, Morton, Caillat & Nevis, LLP announces the elevation of construction attorney Eric McAllister ’02 to the partnership.

“Eric is a highly skilled and valued member of our team, and particularly to our construction industry clients; we are proud to welcome him to the partnership,” said Managing Partner David Kornbluh. “Carrie and Jordan both stood out to the firm as summer associates and we are thrilled they are permanently joining.”

An experienced construction attorney, McAllister represents real property owners, developers and general contractors in evaluating and litigating construction defect claims, delay claims and payment disputes. Since joining the firm in 2007, he has assisted property owners in recovering more than $60 million for the repair of defective construction.

Active within his industry, McAllister is the current chair of the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Real Estate Executive Committee and sits on the Civil Practice Committee. He is also an active member of the California Apartment Association’s Tri-County Division and the Apartment Owners Association of California. McAllister earned his J.D. from the University of Arizona, James Rogers College of Law (2007) and his B.A. from Santa Clara University (2002).

 

submitted Feb. 3, 2014 3:59P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '02
Gerlich, Courtney (Chatalas)

Courtney (Chatalas) Gerlich ’02 and husband Ira Gerlich - happily welcomed their first child, Maxwell Chatalas Gerlich, on Oct. 25, 2013. The family lives in Seattle, Wash.

submitted Jan. 25, 2014 5:55P
UGRD Leavey Business '02
Carrera, Mary (Chong)

Mary Chong Carrera ’02 and husband Jesus, welcomed their second son, Angel, on December 6, 2013. Big brother Jesse loves showering Angel with kisses and can't wait to play ninja turtles with him.

submitted Jan. 9, 2014 5:01P

2003

UGRD Leavey Business '03
Travis, Christine (Beechinor)

Christine (Beechinor) Travis '03 and husband Chris welcomed their first child, Evelyn Andrea Travis Sept. 1, 2013. The family resides in Bakersfield, Calif. where Christine owns her own Pilates studio, Poise Pilates+Barre.

submitted Apr. 27, 2014 8:17P
GRD Law '03
Shahbazian, Pouya

Pouya Shahbazian J.D. ’03 was profiled in The Hollywood Reporter. He is a manager-producer at New Leaf Literary & Media, a management/production business that includes the hotly anticipated film Divergent, based on a YA novel Shahbazian discovered and placed at Summit. (He has a producer credit). Among his other high-profile sales: Patrick Lee's Runner to Warner Bros. with Justin Lin directing, and Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Boneto DreamWorks.

The London-born book-to-film manager, whose wife is pregnant with their second child, also is doing some writing of his own. He's co-authoring a YA novel titled Scan, which is set for May release, and then will follow up in 2015 with a sequel, Burn.
 
submitted Nov. 7, 2013 1:37P
GRD Leavey/MBA '03
Rajagopal, Ananda
Ananda Rajagopal MBA '03 has joined Gigamon as vice president of Product Management, bringing more than 20 years of global software, hardware and engineering leadership. Ananda joins Gigamon from Brocade, where he was most recently VP Routing, Product Management & Strategy for their Data Center Switching and Routing business.
 
Gigamon is a leader in traffic visibility solutions with the innovative Unified Visibility Fabric.
 
Rajagopal holds an MBA in Technology Management from Santa Clara University, as well as a Masters of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT in Kanpur, India. He received his Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Mysore in India. Previously, he held positions on the Internet2 Research Advisory Board, Metro Ethernet Forum, and DSL Forum, as well as serving as a voting member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
submitted Apr. 24, 2014 10:57A
GRD Law '03
Phan, Emily (Wang)

Emily Wang Phan J.D. '03 was the reader's pick for the "Best Criminal Lawyer" of Silicon Valley, according to the Metro. The law office of Emily Phan specializes in defending cases such as driving under the influence, theft, and domestic violence. 

Contact Emily
www.emilyphanlaw.com
submitted Apr. 25, 2014 7:47P
UGRD Leavey Business '03
Legarreta, Miguel

Miguel Legarreta ’03 joins Truex Insurance in Stockton after a successful career at Liberty Mutual Insurance, where he was recognized for his outstanding performance by the Liberty Mutual Leader’s Club. Legarreta speaks Spanish fluently, has seven years of experience, and brings a vast knowledge of personal insurance to Truex.

In 2011, Legarreta earned his Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow designation. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 2003 with a degree in economics and a minor in Spanish studies.
 
submitted Jul. 15, 2014 2:48P
'03
Henderson, Therese (DiCola)

Therese (DiCola) Henderson '03 and Reed Henderson welcomed Lillian Reed on Sept. 26, 2013. Lily joins big sister Ella, 3.

submitted Mar. 28, 2014 10:16A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '03
Goodnow, Erin (Ryan)

James Goodnow ’03 and Erin Ryan Goodnow ’03 welcomed their second child, Brody Ryan Goodnow, on Dec. 30, 2013. Big sister, Kelly Claire, welcomed him home as well. The family lives in Phoenix.

submitted Jan. 9, 2014 12:29P
GRD Leavey/MBA '03
Davies, Matthew

Matthew Davies MBA ’03 was recently profiled on the politics page of the Sacramento Bee for his controversial involvement in becoming a medical marijuana entrepeneur in California. After other ventures—launching an online jewelry importing company, starting a property management firm, and then opening an upscale French restaurant—Davies, 35, of Stockton, began building a $10 million Central Valley medical marijuana enterprise in barely two years, starting in 2009. A battle with the federal government ensued. Get the full details in the news article.

 

submitted Jan. 29, 2014 8:55P
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '03
Carnes, Matthew

Matthew E. Carnes M.Div. '03 has been elected to Santa Clara University’s Board of Trustees, bringing to 44 the number of members of the governing body that helps steer its strategies and priorities.

A native of San Carlos, Calif., Carnes has been assistant professor of government at Georgetown since 2009 and is the recipient of several awards for outstanding teaching and faculty excellence. He spent a year as a fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and a semester as a fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Stanford, where he also received his B.A. in international relations. He holds a M.Div. degree from the Jesuit School of Theology and an M.A. in philosophical resources from Fordham University.

A Jesuit priest since 2003, he was a Jesuit scholar-in-residence at Unity residential learning community at SCU from 2004 to 2008 and from 2011 to 2012. During that time, he periodically served as coordinator for student immersions in Tijuana, Mexico.
 
“I have a great fondness for Santa Clara University and the time I’ve spent here,” said Carnes. “The University is a remarkable community of open, intellectual debate that keeps justice for the world’s poorest and most needy at the forefront in all its endeavors. It will be a privilege to contribute to Santa Clara’s work and foster its growth.”
submitted Jul. 25, 2014 9:20A
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