Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted in the last year by graduates in 1997
Joseph Westfall '97 is an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Houston-Downtown. He and his wife have two-year old twins, Oliver and Eloise, and welcomed a third child, Dorothy, on May 19, 2013.
Chantel Waterbury '97, founder and CEO of Chloe + Isabel, was interviewed by the Huffington Post. Waterbury launched Chloe + Isabel after a 15-year tenure in the corporate jewelry industry. She developed, designed and sourced jewelry for brands such as Kenneth Cole, Gap Inc., Macy's, Nordstrom, Target, Kohl's and specialty retailers, and served as Director of Luxury Jewelry for DFS, division of LVMH. Chantel's interest in the direct selling space stemmed from her years at Santa Clara University, where she paid her way through college selling Cutco Cutlery, and was recognized as the top producer in the Western U.S. She regularly guest lectures at Santa Clara University, San Francisco State University, and several specialty fashion and design schools, on topics ranging from product development to retail math and merchandising.
Giovanna Gaitan O’Grady ’97 and Kevin O’Grady ’96, welcomed their second child, a boy, Callum O'Grady on June 20, 2013. He joins big sister Carine, who's 2 years old. The family lives in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Kristi Martinez ’97, Chad O'Hara and daughter Sabine welcomed baby girl Deryn Josie O'Hara on August 18. The family lives in San Carlos.
Birgitta Delurgio Hughes ’97 and husband Allen Hughes—their second child, a daughter, Faith Marie Hughes, on Oct. 22, 2012. She joins brother Rhys Delurgio Hughes, 2. The family lives in Kirkland, Wash. outside of Seattle.
Kim Gibbons MBA ’97 joined technology start-up NetNumber as its Chief Marketing Officer in November 2013. Kim lives with her family in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Jimmy Dutra '97 will join a crowded race for the 4th District County Supervisor seat in Santa Clara County.
While at Santa Clara University, Dutra was chosen among thousands of applicants to be a White House intern for President Bill Clinton. While at the White House Dutra worked in the Office of Presidential Personnel, as well as in First Lady Hillary Clinton's office.
Dutra has worked on some high-profile campaigns, including a California Gubernatorial campaign and former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro's NY Senate race.
More recently, Dutra has been working for the family business, Dutra Farms, and operating Jimmy's Pumpkins on East Lake Avenue each fall. He is 38.
The election is in June.
Christopher Donaldson ’97 and wife Tressa are overjoyed to announce the birth of their second son, Andrew Friedrich, on July 12, 2013. Chris, Tressa, baby Andrew, and older son James all reside in Laguna Niguel, CA.
Vijay (Jay) Daftary ’97 and his wife Tara welcomed a baby boy, Neal, on Feb. 8, 2013. The family lives in Reno, Nev.
Joanne Conca ’97 just moved back to Santa Clara County with her husband and two children after living in Colorado for 8 years. Both she and her husband are involved in their real estate investment business.
David Blanar '97 writes, "Hallo from England! I recently wrapped up an MA in Systematic Theology & Philosophy from the University of Nottingham—yep, you read that right. Really enjoyable work, it brought back lots of memories and made me all the more grateful for Fr. Tollini's lectures. Much love from overseas!"
Colleen Blake ’97 was named one of Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “100 Women of Influence.” As sr. director, Global People Operations, Brocade Communications Systems Inc., Blake is a key partner in driving the company’s involvement in community initiatives for young girls and women, and is responsible for the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy, including the expansion of Brocade’s Women In Networking (WIN) initiative across the globe. Blake was named to the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2012 "40 Under 40" list, and she is active in youth and women's organizations.
Lani L. Biafore ’92 is serving as In-House Staff Attorney for Delta Gamma Executive Offices in Upper Arlington, Ohio. While at Santa Clara, she was a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity. She, daughter Lia, and husband, Dr. Michael S. O'Mara, moved to the Columbus, Ohio area in 2012.