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Yost, Stephen

Stephen P. Yost MBA '78 has been elected as a member of Pacific Mercantile Bancorp's Board of Directors. Yost also has been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the company's wholly owned banking subsidiary, Pacific Mercantile Bank. 

During the span of his 35-year career in banking, spent mostly in credit administration, Yost held the position of Regional Chief Credit Officer for Comerica Bank, where he was the Executive in charge of its Special Assets Group for the western region. Mr. Yost was the Chief Credit Officer of Imperial Bank prior to its merger with Comerica. He was also a Senior Credit Officer with First Interstate Bank and Mellon Bank, N.A. Upon his retirement in 2006, he established Kestrel Advisors, a credit risk consulting firm that focuses on the banking, financial, and legal communities. 

Mr. Yost currently is a member of the boards of directors of two other bank holding companies and their subsidiaries, chairing the directors' loan committees of both banks, as well as being a member of several other standing committees.
submitted Mar. 28, 2013 9:10A
GRD Law '78
White, Patti

Patti White ’78 has just been appointed Vice Chair of the California Committee of Bar Examiners. She is a semi-retired shareholdedr with Littler Mendelson in the San Jose office.

submitted Sep. 6, 2013 3:19P
Watson, Robert

Robert J. Watson '78, MBA '81 writes, "My oldest daughter, Eileen Watson '18, is a freshman at SCU in the Leavey School of Business. She's living in Sobrato and working in the Career Center!"

submitted Jun. 23, 2015 3:07P
GRD Leavey/MBA '78
Walker, Jim

Jim Walker MBA 78 joined Spigit, a social innovation software and services company, as chief financial officer and chief operating officer. He is responsible for finance, sales operations, human resources and product delivery.

Walker has more than 30 years of experience. He was a senior executive at Alara, Inc., serving as chairman of the board from 1995 to 2004, and as president and CEO from 2004 to 2011. He served as COO and CFO of AlphaSmart, Inc. and senior vice president and CFO of Diamond Multimedia Systems. Walker has also held senior executive positions at Fujitsu Computer Products and its parent company, Fujitsu America.

submitted Sep. 2, 2012 6:25P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Valdez, Salvador

Sal Valdez '78 is recuperating from a life-changing stroke, learning to walk again. With his wife of 32 years, Martha '80, the couple just celebrated the birth of their first grandchild, Leah.

Contact Salvador
submitted Apr. 14, 2011 6:37P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Tucker, Jeanine

Jeanine Tucker '78, J.D. '81 is a court operations manger for the Stanislaus County Superior Court. She oversees the daily operations of several court divisions and has participated in salary negotiations for both labor and management. Tucker is also active in community service, which she has primarily been doing through the Lions Club for the past 15 years.

submitted Mar. 24, 2011 10:12A
Tucker, Jeanine

Jeanine D. Tucker ’78, J.D. ’81 is the new court executive officer with the Tuolumne County Superior Court. Tucker had worked for the Stanislaus County Superior Court since 1991. She most recently served as the operations manager for eight years, managing a staff of about 140 employees.

submitted May. 7, 2013 9:21A
Treder, Mary

Mary Treder '78 writes, "As of May 4, 2015, I'm working for Cigna Insurance as  a continuous quality improvement director."

submitted Jul. 1, 2015 3:07P
GRD Engineering '78
Tai, Paul

Paul Tai M.S. ’78 is having a book signing on May 19, 2012, at San Jose State University. He writes; “Happy Thoughts shares a message with everybody about the importance of Happiness in our lives here now on earth, and our lives in the future Living Dimensions in another world. It also introduces the concept of combining or accepting todays Energy Frequency world in our religious beliefs to achieve a 21st Century Belief. It is the concept of science combining with religion as one to form the Living Belief or Living Religion.”

Contact Paul
cell No.: 408-202-4368;, PO Box 2450, Cupertino, CA 95015; UGRD in SJSU & HK Polytechnic University and Certificates in MBA classes Hardvard University.
submitted Mar. 23, 2012 11:31A
GRD Leavey/MBA '78
Stinger, Valerie

Valerie Stinger MBA '78 recently returned from a volunteer assignment in Malawi through CNFA, an international development nonprofit in Washington D.C. Stinger's field assignment included providing an overall scope and financial model for a small produce business.

submitted Nov. 17, 2009 4:14P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '78
Stephan, Barbara (Beard)

Barbara Beard Stephan ’74, M.A. ’78 writes that she has recently assumed the position of Clinical Director at Windhorse Integrative Mental Health in San Luis Obispo, Calif. She is delighted to be working in an environment that is in line with her view of psychologyhonoring humanistic and relational ideals, as well as an integrative/holistic approach to healthcare.

submitted Feb. 24, 2013 2:21P
GRD Law '78
Spector, Barbara

Barbara Spector J.D. ’78 was recently featured on the Los Gatos Patch website in its new Most Influential column. A government leader, vice mayor Spector has dedicated nearly 20 years of service to the town she loves and calls home since 1973. She serves as special counsel to the law firm of Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, where, in addition to her civil litigation and mediation practice, she's regularly appointed by state and federal courts to resolve disputes without trial as a judge pro tem, a special master, a judicial arbitrator and a mediator. For three years, she's been selected by her Northern California colleagues as a "Super Lawyer," and, in 2003, her volunteer services to the legal profession and the community earned her the Bar Association's highest honor, the Bryl Salsman Award. Read more at



submitted May. 3, 2012 9:28A
GRD Law '78
Spector, Barbara

Recently elected vice mayor of Los Gatos Barbara Spector J.D. ’78 maintains her active mediation and litigation practices at Hoge Fenton Jonues & Appel in San Jose.

submitted Dec. 29, 2014 11:37A
UGRD Leavey Business '78
Shaw, James

Jim Shaw ’78 is in his 16th season as the varsity surf coach for St. Augustine High School in San Diego. Jim is also a CPA in San Diego, maintaining a tax firm in the downtown area. Jim is married to Joy Shaw, CPA and has three children, including Jessica Shaw ’13, who is in her junior year at Santa Clara.

Contact James
submitted Jan. 10, 2012 9:02P
UGRD Leavey Business '78
Schmidt, Tim

Tim Schmidt ’78 has been named a major league special assignment scout with the Angels, after serving with the Arizona Diamondbacks as a professional scout since 2007. Prior to his time with the D-Backs, he worked as a pro scout with the Seattle Mariners (2002–06) and as an international cross-checker, west coast cross-checker and area scout with the Florida Marlins (1992–2001). His first three years as a professional area scout came with the New York Yankees 1989–91. Schmidt graduated from Santa Clara University, where he was a first baseman on the Broncos baseball team from 1975-78. In 1978, the Broncos won the West Coast Conference. Following his time at Santa Clara, he played overseas in the Dutch Hoofdklasse League (1981-83) and was an assistant coach at UC Riverside from 1984-88.

submitted Nov. 17, 2011 9:32A
Ryan, Kathy

 Accounting Today, a national magazine for public accounting professionals, has recently named Kathy Ryan '78 to its 2014 Managing Partner Elite list for her innovation in staffing, technology, and strategy. Ryan co-founded RoseRyan, a Silicon Valley-based accounting and finance consulting firm, in 1993. She serves as the firm’s CEO and CFO. In 2012, the San Jose/Silicon Valley Business Journal named Ryan one of the most influential women in Silicon Valley that year for her success in effecting change in her industry and her community.

submitted Oct. 30, 2014 10:08A
UGRD Engineering '78
Ronsvalle, Debra (Schram)

Debra (Schram) Ronsvalle '78 is currently a Senior Vice President in Enterprise Architecture at Bank of America in New York City.

submitted Nov. 17, 2010 2:08P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '78
Petroni-Newhouse, Diane (Petroni)

Freshman Dorm: Nobili

Diane Petroni-Newhouse ’72, M.A. ’78 has been in private practice at the Almaden Institute for more than 30 years.

Contact Diane
submitted Jun. 6, 2012 4:05P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
peoples, randal

Randal (Randy) Peoples '78 has been appointed Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery at Stanford University. He is the Medical Director of Stanford's first out-of-state facility in Las Vegas, with St. Rose Dominican Hospitals. In addition to his general neurosurgery practice, he has a unique position working with the athletic performers of Cirque du Soleil's seven Las Vegas based shows. Randy was recently named the Las Vegas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals "Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year," an award shared in the past by former Nevada Governor Guinn and current Las Vegas Mayor Goodman. Randy has been a Las Vegas based Neurosurgeon since 1992.

submitted Aug. 19, 2012 11:27A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Morishima, Sam

Sam Morishima ’78 runs a personal training business, SnoZone, which trains skiers and snowboarders on his one-of-a-kind invention, the Endless Slope. The Endless Slope is a sort of treadmill for skiers, used to simulate the experience on the slopes. 

Contact Sam
submitted Nov. 29, 2010 1:47P
UGRD Leavey Business '78
Meacham, Greg

Greg Meacham ’78 wrote that he's been promoted to account manager in the division AF Solutions, Cardiac Rhythm Device Management, for Medtronic.

submitted Apr. 4, 2013 8:51A
UGRD Leavey Business '78
McDonald, Brian

Brian McDonald '78 has been appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Vice President of Finance of eASIC Corp., a provider of new ASIC devices. As a key member of eASIC’s executive team, McDonald will assume a strategic role in the company that involves spearheading future growth initiatives in addition to managing the company’s financial functions. McDonald will report to eASIC’s President and CEO, Ronnie Vasishta. "I am delighted Brian has decided to join the eASIC team. His experience and understanding of the important relationships between finance and the rest of the business is extremely important as we approach the next very exciting phases of our growth,” said Vasishta. “He brings a solid proven track record of success in taking companies through the stages that eASIC is now facing. He is a well-respected financial executive in the semiconductor industry and we will benefit greatly from this experience.” Brian McDonald has over 30 years of finance experience with high technology companies. Prior to joining eASIC, Brian was the Chief Financial Officer, Sr. VP of Finance and Secretary at Advanced Analogic Technologies (AATI) a public silicon valley company. Brian was instrumental in taking AATI successfully through the IPO process in 2005. Prior to AATI Brian has held senior financial positions at Monolithic Power Systems, Elantec Semiconductor, National Semiconductor, Mattson Technology, Micro Linear, and Read-Rite Corporation. “I am in awe at how the eASIC team has successfully executed and met stringent growth targets even within a very turbulent economy and has successfully acquired an impressive portfolio of tier one corporations as customers,” said McDonald. “This solid base is a strong platform for the next phase of the company’s growth.”

submitted Oct. 21, 2011 1:44P
McDonald, Brian

Brian R. McDonald ’78 has been appointed CFO of Meru Networks Inc., a leader in wi-fi networks, by its board of directors. McDonald has served as CFO in a number of rapidly growing Silicon Valley technology companies, including both publicly traded and private companies, such as eASIC Inc., Advanced Analogic Technologies, Monolithic Power Systems, and Elantec Semiconductor Inc.

submitted Jun. 14, 2013 10:03A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Mahon, Katie (Schoenberger)

Katie Mahon '78 co-authored The Miracle Chase: Three Women, Three Miracles and a Ten Year Journey of Discovery and Friendship, which was published November, 2nd 2010, by Sterling Publishing, with fellow SCU alumna Mary Beth Phillips '76. She lives in NYC with her husband and near her two daughters, both recent college grads.Visit their website at

Contact Katie
submitted Nov. 22, 2010 5:01A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '78
Maher, Patrick

Patrick J. Maher ’78 has been elected as Section Representative to the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas. Mr. Maher previously served as the Chair of the State Bar’s Council of Section Chairs for the last two years, and Chair of the State Bar’s Labor and Employment Law Section in 2010. He is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law and a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Law.

submitted Apr. 1, 2014 11:39A
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