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GRD Leavey/MBA '94
Zowal, Ken

Ken Zowal MBA '94 retired from AT&T on Feb. 14, 2007, after 23 years of service.

submitted Jun. 11, 2009 2:26P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '94
Yasin, Nader

Nader Robert Yasin '94 and his wife, Lynn, welcomed their third child, Max Julien, into their family this last year. Nader continues to assist companies in Silicon Valley with assessing, protecting and enforcing their intellectual property and with general business litigation through his law firm, La Fleur & Yasin LLP. He can be reached at

Contact Nader
submitted Sep. 16, 2010 10:54A
Vogt, Joanne (Bannan)

Joanne Bannan Vogt '94 and Erik Vogt welcomed daughter Regina Virginia Vogt on September 30, 2012.


submitted Jan. 16, 2013 7:59A
Vogt, Joanne

Joanne Bannan Vogt '94 and Erik Vogt—a boy, Reaves Augustine, on March 8, 2014. He was 9 lbs. 8 oz. and 22.25 inches long. He lives with his parents and big sister, Regina Virginia, in Chandler, Ariz.

submitted Mar. 12, 2014 8:32P
Villamor, Michael

Michael Villamor ’94 was married to Kathy Pieper on Dec. 28, 2013 in Sacramento, Calif. The couple live in Lake Forest, Calif.

submitted Oct. 2, 2014 4:02P
Valant-Spaight, Bonnie (Valant)

Bonnie Valant-Spaight '94 and Tracy Spaight '93 welcomed their first child, Josephine Theresa Spaight, on Sept. 23. The family lives in the Atlanta area. Bonnie currently does radar physics for Propagation Research Associates, and Tracy telecommutes as the director of online publishing for K2 Network, a video game publisher in Irvine, Calif.

submitted Jan. 7, 2009 9:46A
UGRD Leavey Business '94
Torres, Rafael

Rafael Torres '94 was appointed chief financial officer of Capella, Inc. Torres comes to Cappella, Inc. from Power Integrations Inc. He was also the CFO for PLX Technology. 

submitted Mar. 18, 2010 10:59A
GRD Law '94
Tatum, Lisa

Lisa Tatum J.D. ’94 writes, “Dear Broncos, thank you for your support and positive vibes and prayers. I have just been elected 2012–2013 State Bar of Texas President-Elect. In 2013–2014, when I step into office as President, I will be the first African American to hold the position. What a blessing!”

submitted May. 7, 2012 12:30P
GRD Leavey/MBA '94
Soriano, Marcelino

Maj. Marcelino "Butch" Soriano ’89, MBA ’94, broke the record for number of hours of straight bell-ringing for the Salvation Army in Southern California, ringing the bell for 150 hours. In the end, he raised almost $10K. He set his record at 150 hours in celebration of the Salvation Army’s 150 years in existence and its 124th annual Red Kettle Campaign, during which bell-ringers seek donations outside stores throughout the holiday season.

“The reality is that I was sure that I would not be able to accomplish this quest on my own strength,” said Soriano, moments after setting his record. “I needed God’s strength.”
According to the organization’s rules, Soriano earned five minutes of rest for every continuous hour he rang his bell. He had to stand the entire time and could only eat, sit, go to the bathroom, or nap during his five-minute breaks. He was allowed to drink something, as long as it didn’t get in the way of his ringing the bell.
His first real test came at about the 51st hour, when his feet began to ache and throb. By the 84th hour, his feet were severely swollen.
“I was like, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to keep going,” Soriano said.
An hour later, the Salvation Army said “a stranger who had no idea of the pain he was in offered a bit of powerful support.”
“In the 85th hour, there was a gentleman who came behind me, he put a hand on me and prayed for me,” Soriano recalled. “A lot of the discomfort came out of me.”
The bell-ringer was struck with another surge of endurance when a woman came up to donate and he noticed on her shirt was written Bible verse “Philippians 4:13″ — “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” — a phrase Soriano said has motivated him in the past.
“I was at a very low point, where it was very uncomfortable,” Soriano said. “God reminded me because that verse was on that person’s shirt.”
After Soriano broke the record, he said sleep would have to wait: “Actually, right now I’m going to change so I can go to church.”
submitted Jan. 9, 2015 2:22P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '94
Sobrato Brisson, Sheri

Sheri Sobrato Brisson M.A. ’94 is one of 20 women in the 2012 NYC Pipeline Fellowship class. The Pipeline Fellowship trains women philanthropists to become angel investors, and the women come from sectors including real estate, finance, consulting, media, and nonprofits who commit to invest in a woman-led for-profit social venture in exchange for equity and a board seat at the end of the training. “The Pipeline Fellowship aims to diversify the investor pool and connect women social entrepreneurs with investors who get them,” the website says.

Brisson is a trustee at Sobrato Family Foundation in Silicon Valley. Sheri’s long-term passion is working directly with children facing serious illnesses and their families. Other philanthropic interests include small arts organizations, youth development, and global programs targeting women and children. She also serves as an advisory board member of the Okizu Foundation, Dance Repertory, and Parents Helping Parents. Sheri holds an A.B. from Stanford University and an M.A. in counseling psychology from Santa Clara University. She and her husband and two young children recently moved to New York from Paris.

submitted Jan. 24, 2012 9:51P
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '94
Smyth, Damian

Damian Barry Smyth ’94 published "Dr. Newman: Non Angelus sed Anglus" in Doctrine and Life (O.P., Dublin, Ireland), 61/5 (May–June, 2011), 18–33.


submitted Apr. 20, 2012 4:28P
Smith, Colleen

Colleen Teresa Smith '94 married George Bernard Holzbach III on June 21, 2008 at Veramar Winery in Berryville, Va. The couple lives in Arlington, Va. Colleen works as a program analyst at the U.S. Census Bureau and George is a project manager for Setty and Associates

submitted May. 19, 2009 3:07P
GRD Leavey/MBA '94
Shwarz, Brent

Brent Shwarz MBA '94 has been appointed by Velodyne Lidar to the position of vice president of sales and marketing.  Shwarz will be responsible for impelementing strategic marketing programs to educate customers on the benefits of using Velodyne's lidar sensors in 3D mobile mapping and autonomous navigation systems.

submitted Jan. 20, 2010 11:28A
Sheridan, Shelley

Shelley (Carriere) Sheridan '94 and husband Andrew welcomed their second son, Parker Edward, on Aug. 13, 2008, in Darien, Conn.


submitted May. 19, 2009 3:22P
UGRD Leavey Business '94
Seidlinger, Amy

Amy Seidlinger '94 is a first-time mom via adoption. Tate Jackson Seidlinger was born July 14, 2015, in Galveston, Texas, and the new family flew home to San Diego a week later.

submitted Sep. 29, 2015 5:13P
Schwarz, Brent

Brent Schwarz MBA '94 has been appointed vice president of sales and marketing at Velodyne Lidar.  As a 20-year veteran in the industry, Schwarz will work with Velodyne on the company's 3D mobile mapping and autonomous navigation systems. 

submitted Feb. 10, 2010 11:37A
Schlough, Erin (Kinoshita)

Bill and Erin Schlough '94 welcomed Xavier Tilghman to the world on July 6, 2010 in Truckee, Calif.

submitted Sep. 13, 2010 1:05A
Rooks, Peter
Peter Rooks  MBA ’93 credits Professor Al Bruno’s advice (along with a good idea, great employees, and strong family support) with helping the sucess of the business he founded in 2003, Phoenics Electronics. Bruno’s Small Business Entrepreneurship was one of the courses that made a big difference. “Professor Bruno said, ‘You will not be successful unless you focus.’ I think I got a C or a C-plus in that class, but I learned so much from it.”
Another highly influential class was Drew Starbird’s Operations course, which focused on business logistics, an area of critical importance in the company he would later found.
Phoenics maintains $18 million in inventory, enabling it to fill most orders the same day, employs extensive Vendor Managed Inventory programs, and has distribution centers in Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico, Eastern Europe, and the US to serve its 1,200 customers worldwide. Phoenics currently has 23 employees, all highly knowledgeable and committed.
Looking back on the growth and success of the company, Rooks says there was a “tremendous benefit” to business school, and to Leavey in particular. “We learned about everything — operations, finance, accounting — and made excellent contacts,” he says. “Most of us were here for the education, and it was a good university for people who wanted to learn. It was clear the people at the business school knew what they were doing. A lot of the professors had solid business experience, real-life experience. They imparted a broad understanding of all aspects of business that enabled us to project confidence to our customers. All that has been critically important.”
submitted Jun. 28, 2015 4:39P
GRD Law '94
O'Brien, Kelly

Kelly O'Brien J.D. ’94 married RJ Sebrasky on Feb. 4, 2012.  She is expecting her third baby boy on May 24, 2013.

submitted Mar. 25, 2013 11:25A
O'Brien, Patrick

Austiaj Parineh ’00 and Patrick K. O'Brien ’94 (son of Catherine Kilkenny ’67 and Patrick J. O'Brien ’67, as well as grandson of Jeremiah O'Brien ’30), on October 13, 2013 on San Juan Island, Wash. Austiaj and Patrick met an SCU Alumni event in San Francisco. Broncos at the wedding included Terra Chaffee ’00, J.D. ’03, Michael Chidambaram ’94, Doug Coffey J.D. ’85, Juliette Davis MBA ’97, Justin Hedberg ’96, Melissa Mangini ’94, Elizabeth Powers ’80, J.D. ’89, MBA ’89, Kris Roberts ’95, and Kristie Weyhe ’98, J.D. ’01. The couple lives in San Francisco. Patrick works in business development for Fremont Bank.

submitted May. 5, 2014 3:34P
GRD Law '94
Nguyen, Frank

Frank Nguyen J.D. '94 was a finalist in the Best IP Lawyer category at the 2012 Best Bay Area Corporate Counsel Awards. He was one of 27 lawyers, from some of the world's most recognized companies, who were honored by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal and the San Francisco Business Times.

Nguyen is vice president of IP and licensing at Intuitive Surgical Inc. During his tenure, the medical device company has grown from $91 million in annual revenues to over $1.7 billion. This is in large part because of Nguyen’s expertise across the entire spectrum. His efforts have helped the Sunnyvale-based company increase it’s patents and applications portfolio from 200 to 2,000. He is also responsible for devising and implementing IP strategies for the company, which has more than 1,769 employees worldwide. Nguyen has saved and closed multiple deals, including Intuitive’s acquisition of Novare.

But law wasn’t even Nguyen’s first career. The engineer-turned-lawyer took classes at Santa Clara University School of Law part time while working at General Electric. Before joining Intuitive Surgical in April of 2004, Nguyen was director of intellectual property and chief patent counsel at Macrovision Corp. and was previously a mechanical and lead electro-mechanical engineer at Hughes, as well as General Electric.

As part of the Best Bay Area Corporate Counsel Awards, Nguyen was profiled in the article, "Former engineer bolsters Intuitive Surgical patents - big time."

submitted Mar. 4, 2012 12:27P
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '94
Mormando, Franco

Franco Mormando STL ’94, associate professor of Italian Studies at Boston College, gave a lecture at San Francisco's Istituto Italiano di Cultura on the Roman Baroque artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini and his new biography of Bernini in February. His lecture is in conjunction with the Legion of Honor Museum of Fine Art's display of Bernini's wonderful statue of "Medusa," on loan from the Capitoline Museum of Rome (This is the first time the statue has ever left Italy, so it is a real coup for San Francisco). 

submitted Apr. 20, 2012 4:19P
McLaughlin, Steven

Steven McLaughlin '94 was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve in March 2009. He is currently working in the family coffee import/export business.

submitted Jun. 11, 2009 3:27P
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