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Robert "Bob" Dompe '65, M.S. '67 writes, "I retired two years ago from BAE Systems as a senior systems engineer. I've got two children (one gender each), five (plus) grandchildren (all boys). I'm concentrating now on: home/family life, photography, attending sports car races, and running."
Rosette G. Dawson '65 was among the first class of women admitted to the University in 1961. She writes, "All is well and happy in retirement! Husband loves fishing; I volunteer with American Association of University Women and am Anacortes Branch president. Special project: encourging girls to pursue STEM careers. Our daughter Carolyn is married and working on her Ph.D. at the University of Washington, Seattle."
Freshman Dorm: Dunne
Barb (Burns) Frank '75, MBA '81 writes, "I retired at the end of 2005 after almost 30 years with Intel Corporation in a variety of positions, mostly in finance and information technology. I am currently the president of the Intel Retiree Organization and treasurer for Community Bridges, the largest deliverer of family services in Santa Cruz County. In 2015, my first grandchild was born to our daughter Jessica Frank Brown '05, so we are planning on moving to San Francisco sometime next year to be closer to our children and my stepson and family. Every year since we turned 50, I have been organizing us 4th-floor Dunne girls for an annual girl's weekend. Very fun!"
Longtime Bay Area baseball coach Lawrence "Mike" Cummins '79 has joined the San José State University baseball program as the team’s volunteer assistant coach. Cummins, a familiar name to fans of local baseball, brings more than 35 years of coaching experience to the Spartans, including 10 combined seasons as the head coach at Santa Clara and San Francisco State.
In his six seasons (2009-15) at the helm of San Francisco State, 14 Gators received All-California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) recognition, including the program’s first conference Freshman of the Year selection in 2013. SFSU’s 22 total wins in 2010 were the most since 2006, and the team’s 17 CCAA wins in 2014 and 2015 were the most since the Gators tallied 21 conference wins in 2004.
From 2003 to 2009, Cummins served as the head coach at Walla Walla (Wash.) Community College, where he guided the Warriors to a 151-121 (.555) record. In 2007, Walla Walla was crowned East Region Tournament Champion and received a bid to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) Championship Tournament.
Cummins had a 24-year coaching and playing stint at Santa Clara, including a four-year run as the head coach from 1997 to 2001. With Cummins on staff from 1988 to 2001, seven Broncos earned All-America honors, three were named West Coast Conference Player of the Year, three others won WCC Pitcher of the Year and two SCU rookies garnered conference Newcomer of the Year awards. He also played a role in the development of five Bronco catchers who went on to sign professional contracts, beginning with former Kansas City Royal Mike Macfarlane.
Prior to his time at Walla Walla, Cummins spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons as an assistant coach at Washington State.
A native of Monterey, Calif., Cummins played two seasons at Monterey Peninsula College before transferring to Santa Clara in the fall of 1977. He was a standout catcher on the 1978 and 1979 Santa Clara teams, helping the Broncos to an NCAA Regional appearance in 1978 and earning Second-Team All-Northern California Baseball Association honors as a senior in 1979.
After graduating from Santa Clara in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in history, Cummins signed a professional contract with the Salem Senators of the Northwest League, an independent Class A team, and batted .302 while leading the team in RBIs in his only year with the club.
Cummins began his coaching career in 1980 at Buchser High School in Santa Clara, where he guided the baseball team to a second place finish in conference. He also served as the head football coach of the junior varsity program at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif.
Cummins is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and Association of Professional Ball Players of America, and sits on the ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award Committee.
Kathryn Kane '82, J.D. '86 writes, "This fall, I will retire as a deputy county counsel, Office of County Counsel, County of Santa Clara. I have been a hearing, trial, and appellate counsel in the Child Dependency Unit for more than 25 years. I will forever be grateful for this amazing career opportunity."
Freshman Dorm: Swig
After 11 years teaching virtually every religious studies course that Catholic high schools have to offer, Mary Marsella '85 is taking a break for several months to chill out and determine her next steps for how to best apply her nine years of graduate theological study to living this gift of life. This includes sorting out her passions, which include promoting social justice, deepening her spirituality, meditating, practicing yoga, spending more time with her family, cooking, writing about what's on her mind—she had a field day writing posts about Pope Francis in order to give balance to the various mis/understandings of him and the Church during his visit to the United States—and whatever the heck else she wants to do. She lives in Point Richmond and loves her view of the Bay, which she is well aware that she is lucky to have. She looks forward to reuniting with her third-floor- freshman-year "Swig-mates" and other Santa Clara alums. And of course, while working at LaSallian high schools, she ever maintained the TRUTH that God is NOT a Gael! Can I get an amen?
Freshman Dorm: Swig
Andrew Byrne '85, M.S. '89 is married and currently living in Oregon, where he works for an engineering firm focusing on thermally efficient hexagonal structures. He avidly pursues outdoor activities and has climbed a number of the tallest 200 peaks in North and Central America. He also collects beach bottle glass from some of the lowest-elevation coastline in the Northern Pacific basin and hopes to follow in his uncle's footsteps and retire to Humbolt County and open a marine bottle glass museum.
Bruce Johnsen M.A. ’88 writes: “Continuing to enjoy my work 'saving' family-owned businesses and partnerships."
Catie Costa '93 successfully published her first novel, Love on the Rocks: A Positano Tale.
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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.
Jill Klees M.A. '95 gives tips on overhauling a résumé in her recent Illuminate article "Take Your Résumé from Retro to Wow." Jill is the director of Law Student Life and the former assistant director of Alumni Career Counseling at Santa Clara University.
She has worked in the career coaching field for more thanr 15 years in both academic and corporate environments. She gained extensive experience working in start-up, non-profit and technology-based industries providing career related resources within the Silicon Valley marketplace. She has extensive programming experience in developing innovative tools and resources to prepare her clients for the workforce and is highly skilled in helping her clients determine their unique talents and strengths.
Angie Little '98 welcomed her first baby, Bennett James on January 1, 2015. Bennett weighed 6 lbs 11 oz and was 21" long.
Imelda (Wong) Kortens '98 and Jediah welcomed their second child, Jessica Celine, to the world on September 9, 2015. Imelda, Jed, and Jessica live in San Jose with Jessica's big brother, Jackson.
Religious studies professor Socorro Castañeda-Liles '98 recently shared her inspiring life story in Visión magazine, from a grim childhood in Mexico to a career in academia. She's currently working on a book about the Catholic devotion of Latinas to be published by Oxford University Press, and co-editing a volume of stories by artists, academics, professionals, and entrepreneurs who share similar stories about coming to the United States. Her husband is Josef Castañeda-Liles, development research director at SCU, and they have a daughter. Socorro is also a co-founder of the Sacred Heart Parish Computer Center and a founding member of the San Jose's Parque de Padre Mateo Sheedy commitee.
Chris Wall '05 is an attorney at Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP in the Pacific Northwest. He lives with his wife, Claire, on Vashon Island.
Andrea Friaz Gallardo '05 completed her medical residency at U.C. San Diego, combined family medicine and psychiatry training, and has joined Kaiser Permanente in Gilroy full-time. She is happy to be back in the Bay Area after nine years away in Southern California.
Casey (Kute) Schulz '08 was among six finalists at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF competition in September. Casey is head of R&D for Preemadonna, a family of automated devices for designing and applying nail art. Preemadonna plans to crowdfund the first Nailbot on Indiegogo at the end of October.
BlueLight, a mobile 911 app created by Preet Anand '10, is contributing to the White House "Smart Cities" initiative. BlueLight addresses the deficiency in 911 response times from mobile devices. Emergency response systems are still based on landlines; with a standard call from a mobile phone, it can take up to six minutes for responders to receive location information, often only as specific as within three blocks.
In areas where the BlueLight app is supported, it will route your call based on your position and provide your location. Otherwise, if someone is outside of the BlueLight network, it will make a regular 911 call. BlueLight pinpoints the location and reaches the closest responder – local or campus police or other appropriate emergency services. The service is available on over 250 college campuses as well as at sites such as corporate campuses and ski resorts.
“Emergency response is the most vital function of any community, and it is far behind the rest of the world technologically,” Anand said. “This service can make people safer.”
To earn a place in the $160 million Smart Cities Initiative, BlueLight was one of two winners of the Multi-City Innovation Campaign. As part of the Smart Cities program, BlueLight will test a pilot program in four cities beginning in 2016. Mountain View has agreed to be part of the program, and discussions are under way with Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Green Bay.
Anand was part of SCU’s 2009 Solar Decathlon team, which won third place in the U.S. Department of Energy contest to build a solar-powered home. Anand left SCU when he received a lucrative offer to become Zynga’s youngest lead product manager. However, the University’s Jesuit teachings and emphasis on the public good have always resonated with him, and BlueLight was a way to pair his skills with those ideals.
Giselle Marie Estabrook '10 and Carlo Giuliano Ammatuna '10 were married on April 25, 2015. Bishop Richard B. Higgins performed the ceremony at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento. Included in the wedding party were maid of honor Jenna Abeyta Duston '09 and bridesmaid Julianne Tortolano '11 as well as groomsman Nick Calvitti '10. Giselle and Carlo live happily in Roseville, California.