Class Notes | Obituaries
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Emily (Moody) Wilcox '03, MBA'09 and husband Lee had their first child, Abigail Wilcox, on August 18, 2011. Abby was born 9 pounds, 8 ounces and is a Bronco through and through. The family lives in San Jose.
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Emily (Moody) Wilcox ’03, MBA ’09 and husband Lee celebrated the birth of their first child, Abigail, on Aug. 18, 2011. The family lives in San Jose, Calif., where Emily works as the alumni and external relations director for the Leavey School of Business at SCU.
Matt Wendt J.D. ’09, real estate attorney, is running for a seat on the Morgan Hill City Council in this year's election. He wants "to serve the community and build a better and safer city."
Andrew Vu '09 was named the Community Champion Winner at the 2012 Best Bay Area Corporate Counsel Awards. He was one of 27 lawyers, from some of the world's most recognized companies, honored by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal and the San Francisco Business Times.
Vu is assistant general counsel for SAP AG in Palo Alto, where he guides engineers through legal thickets as they develop and launch innovative new products.
Although his corporate work is speeding the product cycle and bolstering SAP’s position in on-demand, cloud and mobile software, he is known throughout the Bay Area as an important advocate in Asian American and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. He cofounded the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California, one of the largest minority bar associations in the country.
As an award recipient, he was profiled in the San Francisco Business Times article “Refugee past helped shape minority community advocate."
John Van Metre MBA ’09 is running in the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon, a 26.2-mile race that is held on a point-to-point course from Calistoga to Napa, in March. He has not run a marathon since 2009 and has only done three in his lifetime. He has a personal record time of 2 hours, 59 minutes at the Boston Marathon. His best finish was 380th in a field of 6,000 runners at the California International Marathon in Sacramento in 2008.
Aneal Vallurupalli '09 married Daniella (Klopocki) Vallurupalli '09 on June 1, 2013 in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. Celebrating with a traditional South Indian wedding--and other fellow Broncos in attendance--the couple is thrilled to be another successful SCU love story. The couple met at SCU during summer orientation just before their Freshman year.
Michelle Gamlen ’09 of Los Altos, California, and Matthew Sullivan of Arlington, Virginia, were married on Nov. 15, 2014, at the Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park, California. Matthew went to Johns Hopkins University and graduated in 2002. The couple resides in Arlington, Virginia.
Annie Selak '05, M.Div. '09 is serving as a Rector at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. Annie graduated with her Master of Divinity degree in 2009 from the Jesuit School and Theology and worked for a year in Los Angeles as Director of Campus Ministry at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.
Jason Tola '04 and Lindsey Scott-Florez '04, JD '09 were married October 2, 2010 in a small ceremony in Palo Alto. Several fellow Broncos were on hand to celebrate with the happy couple including maid of honor Missy Scott-Lorentz '06, Danielle Fontaine '04, Nariman Shariat '04, Michael LaPeter '04, Hendrick Pohl '04, Lindsay Westby '04, and Laurie (Millar) Altchul '04, Naomi Pease JD '08, and Jason Stimac JD '09. The couple lives in San Francisco.
Kristina Alvarez ’09 and Addison Schroeder ’09 were married on Aug. 9, 2014 in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. The couple celebrated with many Bronco friends including bridal party members Brian Belcher ’09, Elizabeth Carter ’09, Carey (DeAngelis) Fredlake ’05, MBA ’12, Stephen Hamakawa ’09, Margo Schroeder ’12, and Catherine Waite ’08, M.A. ’14. The couple resides in Lafayette, California.
Stephanie Rocha '00, J.D. '09 appeared in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2014 40 Under 40 list. She is an associate attorney at Miller Morton Cailat & Nevis LLP, where Rocha represents developers, builders and prime contractors in construction litigation, including defect and payment disputes. She also represents real estate agents and brokers, homeowners, landlords, tenants and other individuals and entities in a variety of real estate- and business-related matters.
Brett Riese ’09 and Lisa Hill ’09 on August 24th, 2013 in Carlsbad, Calif. The wedding party included Lisa's sister, Jennifer Hill ’11, along with Colleen Kleier ’09, Tara O'Flaherty ’10, and Jonathan Boales ’10. The couple currently lives in Renton, Wash.
John Reyes '09, a second-year Master of Divinity student at Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara, has been recognized by The Fund for Theological Education (FTE) as a young leader who demonstrates exceptional gifts for ministry. As a recipient of the 2011 FTE Ministry Fellowship, Reyes will receive $10,000 for educational expenses and a self-designated project to enrich his formation as a ministerial leader.
John Michael Reyes ’09, M.Div ’13 is currently the Campus Minister for Liturgy at Seattle University and cantors for Christ our Hope Parish, the newst Catholic Church in Seattle, Wash.
Brian Reeves ’09 and Annie Drinkward ’11 were married on July 13, 2013 in Newberg, Ore. Fellow SCU alumni in attendance included Dan Drinkward ’00, Dan Ruffoni ’09, Andrew Smith ’09, Mikell Warms ’11, Ross Ruecker ’09, Ami Cobb ’11, Chelsea Verhasselt ’11, Steven Connolly ’10, Kim Aagaard ’12, Nick Devich ’11, Anthony Galvan ’09, Chris Haley ’09, Maria Jarrell ’09, Ryan Ono ’09, Geoff Demander ’09, Kate Rawlings ’10, Jimmy Shoven ’08, Meghan Doocy ’10, Ryan Carlton ’08, Brendon Bula ’09, Josh Shumsky ’08, and Andrew Schneider ’09.
In May, Debra Reed J.D. ’09 finished her successful Kickstarter campaign, funding the creation of herbsack.com, a line of hemp totes that are biodegradable, sustainable, and bacteria resistant. Reed founded herbsack in September 2013, when she, like everyone else in San Jose, adjusted to a regulatory ban on single-use plastic bags.
Michael Pittman ’04, J.D. ’08 and Alexandra Perazzelli ’05, M.A. ’09 were married on July 9, 2011, at St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Santa Monica, Calif. Members of the wedding party included fellow Broncos Josh Griffin ’03, Ryan Auffenberg ’03, Justin Little ’06, Christopher Garber ’04, Bruce Martinez ’04, Greg Flanagan ’03, John Hinman ’06, Jessica Frank ’05, Katy Shumm Tuttle ’05, Kristin Belanger ’05, Tara Bussiere Salcido ’04, and Katie Carlson ’03. The happy couple lives in Long Beach, Calif.
Grace Nixon '09 joyously married Bobby Peterson, whom she met while studying abroad, in Rapid City, South Dakota on June 23, 2012. The wedding party included Rochelle Rock '07 and Annie Rovzar '09. Other Broncos in attendance were Christopher Foster '08 and Renee Lucas-Foster '08, Sam Baker '08, Krystal Wu '09, and Karen (Mulcahy) Ingalls '89. The couple lives in New Orleans.
Garren Michael Pedemonte J.D. '09 and Jessica Rose Baracker on Sept. 17, 2011, at Bybee's Historic Inn in Jacksonville.
The groom is the son of Michael and Gayle Pedemonte of Gaston, Ore. He is a 2001 graduate of Gaston High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in 2006 from the University of Oregon, and his law degree from Santa Clara University Law School in Santa Clara, Calif. He works as an attorney for Southern Oregon Public Defenders Inc. in Medford.
The bride is the daughter of Ron and Ann Baracker of Eagle Point. She is a 2002 graduate of Eagle Point High School. She earned her bachelor's degree in 2006 from the University of Oregon and her law degree in 2011 from the University of Oregon School of Law. She works as an attorney for Jamie L. Hazlett, LLC, in Medford.
Landon Berger of the Universal Life Church, a friend of the couple, officiated the ceremony.
Maid of honor was the bride's friend, Jessica Brandes, of Portland. Bridesmaids were the bride's friends, Kristina Edmunson of Washington, D.C., and Kristen Lynam of Portland, and friend to both the bride and groom, Erin Hisano of Honolulu, Hawaii. Junior bridesmaid was the bride's niece, Krystal Baracker of Shady Cove.
Best man was the groom's brother, Scott Pedemonte of San Francisco. Groomsmen were the groom's friends, Glenn Kaute and Scott Broussard, both of Portland, and the groom's cousin, Steven Olson of Beaverton.
Ring bearers were the bride's nephews, Isaac and Otto Baracker of Berkeley, Calif.
A reception hosted by the bride and groom's parents followed the ceremony.
After a honeymoon in the Northern California wine country, the newlyweds are living in Medford.
Alexandra Pavlidakis J.D. ’09 and Brandon Douglass ’05, J.D. ’10 were married on Oct. 6 at Annunciation Cathedral in San Francisco. The reception was held at the Mark Hopkins InterContinental Hotel in San Francisco and the couple honeymooned in Tahiti.
Babajide Ogunbiyi ’09 joined the soccer club Viborg FF of Denmark this past spring. During his college career, the 6’4” defender appeared in 77 games scoring 11 goals and recording eight assists. He helped Santa Clara to consecutive West Coast Conference titles and three NCAA tournament appearances. Once graduated, Ogunbiyi passed on an invitation to play in the MLS for the New York Red Bulls to play in Europe. Since joining Viborg in March 2010, his performance has been the talk of the division, with a commanding presence in the back and his attacking foray resulting in two goals in nine appearances.