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Debbie A. Klis '90 has been named to Maryland's Top 100 Women list by The Daily Record. The list recognizes the accomplishments of women who have achieved professional success and making a difference through their leadership, community service, and mentoring.
Ms. Klis, of counsel in Ballard Spahr's Bethesda office, concentrates on transactional matters in an array of business, securities, and tax issues. She is known for her work with investment management companies, including the formation and operation of EB-5 immigration investment funds, hedge funds, private equity funds, SPACs, real estate funds, oil and gas funds, and international master-feeder structures.
Ms. Klis is president and director of Women Ambassadors for Business, Inc., and a member of the Women’s Business Organization and eWomen’s Networking Inc. In her community, Ms. Klis is a judge for the Start-Right Business Plan Competition of Montgomery County, an instructor and mentor for the Maryland Women’s Business Center, and chair of the Social Action Committee of the Beth Sholom Congregation.
submitted Apr. 8, 2013 11:31A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '91
Nicholas Murphy, eldest son of Brendan ’91 and Nina ’91, graduated from Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif. in May 2013. His brother Matthew completed his freshman year at the same school.
submitted Apr. 26, 2013 11:51A
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '92
Xavier Romano M.A. ’92 writes, "After taking on a consultancy in Saudi Arabia during the 'Arab Spring' near the Yemen boarder, and witnessing one Tahrir Square protest in Cairo, I found myself back in California in April 2012 taking on the role as Fresno campus director of Alliant International University. After more than a year in Fresno I have a newfound respect for Silicon Valley, the Bay Area, and a dozen years in the 'wilderness' of Illinois while at Knox College! Good to be back in California—and my time in the Middle East prepped me well for the heat of Central California. ;-)"
Xavier E. Romano Director, Fresno Campus Alliant International University Fresno CA 93727
submitted May. 28, 2013 5:19P
L.A. County Deputy Public Defender Luis Rodriguez ’89, J.D. ’92 is running unopposed for president of the State Bar of California for 2013-2014. Rodriguez, the current vice president, was admitted to the State Bar in 1994 after attending college and law school at the University of Santa Clara. He is a former president of the California La Raza Lawyers Association, the Mexican American Bar Association and the Latino Public Defenders Association. MABA, which Rodriguez headed in 2001, issued a congratulatory statement calling him “an exemplary role model for the next generation of Latino/Latina lawyers in the State of California.”
submitted May. 22, 2013 4:50A
Patricia L. Sullivan '93 is an assistant professor of international relations in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her book, Who Wins? Predicting Strategic Success and Failure in Armed Conflict, was published by Oxford University Press in July 2012.
submitted Feb. 19, 2013 11:43A
Magolske, Patricia (Aquino)
Patricia (Aquino) Magolske '93 and husband John Magolske—a daughter, Stella Rose, on Jan. 5, 2013. The family resides in San Francisco.
submitted Mar. 8, 2013 7:00P
GRD Law '93
Keith Jordan ’89, J.D. ’93 writes, "I work for an amazing company that is a disruptive game-changer for the betterment of business and employees. I partner with other companies and look for ways to bring value to their business with a measurable ROI. I determine how I can improve a company's 'PIERS': Productivity, Image, Expenses, Revenue, Safety, Security, Stability."
submitted May. 17, 2013 3:09P
GRD Ed./Couns Psych./Pastoral Min. '93
Colvert, Lara (Zientek)
Lara E. Zientek Colvert '93 writes that she is pursuing psychology in the form of massage therapy. Over the years, her bodywork studies have taken her to Oakland and Hawaii, where she spent a very relaxing four weeks learning Lomi Lomi massage. She currently works as an on-call therapist in Campbell, stays involved with her two beautiful children, Tia and Stephen, sings with Ladyesong Vocal Ensemble, as well as another small group, and occasionally gets to perform with her husband, Bill Colvert, who is the trained "real" singer in the family. She also loves to spend time with her amazingly supportive friends, hiking, biking, singing, and taking her children to Santa Clara University every now and then to see all of the changes.
submitted Dec. 24, 2012 3:42A
Thomas E. Bertelsen Jr. MA ’93, a longtime benefactor and board member of the Jesuit School of Theology, has helped launch a $230,000 endowed scholarship fund for the Berkeley-based school, in honor of Oakland Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins.
The donations have created the John S. Cummins Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will be invested to provide scholarships for students from Asian countries – especially Mongolia, East Timor and Nepal — to attend JST. The first scholarship is expected to be awarded in the fall of 2014.
“We are grateful to Tom Bertelsen and the other donors for helping open wider the doors of JST to theology scholars around the world,” said Michael Engh, S.J. “This is true to the Jesuit Catholic spirit of advancing the mission of the Church, wherever the need is greatest.”
Bishop Cummins began his relationship with the Jesuit School of Theology in 1962, when he became chancellor of the Diocese of Oakland and was made liaison to the three Catholic theological schools that were part of the Graduate Theological Union. He served on the board of directors of JST for ten years, and will step down in June.
submitted May. 22, 2013 5:42A
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
GRD Law '94
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
GRD Jesuit School of Theology '94
Jim Fleming, S.J., M.Div. ’94, executive VP of Wheeling Jesuit University, has been appointed the institution’s tenth president by the board of trustees, effective July 1, 2013. He will succeed Mr. Richard Beyer, who has decided not to seek a second term.
“Fr. Fleming is ideally suited to serve as president of the university. He is a dynamic and visionary leader who possesses a keen knowledge of the university and, obviously, the Jesuit values on which it was founded and continues to operate.” said Mimie Helm, chairman of the university’s board of trustees.
She added, “In his three years as a senior member of the university’s administration, Fr. Fleming has forged close relationships with faculty, staff and students, as well as political and community leaders throughout the state. He has been instrumental in guiding the development and implementation of the university’s long-term strategic plan, while taking on key operational responsibilities. Fr. Fleming is distinctly qualified to build on the momentum generated in recent years and to lead the university’s continued growth as one of the nation’s best liberal arts institutions.”
Fleming, 53, joined Wheeling Jesuit University in 2010 as the institution's first vice president for mission and identity and then chief of staff. He became executive vice president in 2012. He previously served as director of mission planning and assessment for Boston College and was a member of that faculty from 2000–2010.
At Wheeling Jesuit, he has overseen the university’s operations; focused on strategic leadership for program development, implementation and assessment; and led university-wide collaboration on new initiatives. He is the author of numerous articles and publications, and holds a doctorate in education policy, organization, measurement and evaluation from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a native of Lowell, Mass., and a priest with the New England Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
submitted Mar. 11, 2013 11:54A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '94
Baughn, Mariah (Youngkin)
Mariah (Youngkin) Baughn '94 has completed a pathology residency at U.C. San Diego and a hematopathology fewlloship at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, Calif. She has accepted a position as a staff pathologist at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. She resides in San Diego with husband Jeff Baughn MBA '03 and son Evan (10).
submitted Mar. 15, 2013 6:04P
Kelley Wall ’95 has been named a director at Rose Ryan, a finance and accounting consulting firm based in Silicon Valley. Wall, who has worked at RoseRyan since 2005, will add the responsibility of creating new-product strategy to her current role of leading the firm’s Technical Accounting Group.
“Kelley is a dynamo who has a keen sense of the operational challenges posed to companies by changes in the technical accounting and reporting landscape,” says Kathy Ryan, RoseRyan CEO and CFO. “She will hone and lead our efforts to be a leader in providing strategic finance services to public and private companies. Kelley’s experience leading our TAG group has ideally positioned her for this new role at RoseRyan. She’s smart and incredibly savvy.”
Prior to joining RoseRyan, Wall held a number of senior management roles at Symantec, Adaptec, and Price Waterhouse (now PwC).
submitted Mar. 28, 2013 8:47A
UGRD Engineering '95
Rapp, Amy (Brydon)
Amy Brydon Rapp '95 and Toby Rapp welcomed their son, Andrew, on Feb. 21, 2013. Amy works for Nike and the family lives in Portland, Ore.
submitted Mar. 6, 2013 5:44P
Ron Hansen M.A. ’95, M.Div. ’04 is this year’s recipient of the Evil Companions Award, which honors a writer who hails from the West or writes about it. Hansen is an Omaha native who teaches literature at Santa Clara University. He has earned numerous honors in his four decades as a novelist, essayist and short-story writer, including the status of creating one of the longer and more intriguing titles in contemporary fiction: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
submitted May. 6, 2013 9:09P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '95
Deaton, Leanna (Porter)
Ken and Leanna (Porter) Deaton '95 joyfully celebrate the adoption of their son, Samuel Addisu Deaton on January 1, 2013. The family resides in Hayden, Idaho.
submitted Apr. 6, 2013 12:51P
Bernard Zanck ’67 writes, "My son, Bernie Zanck ’96, just graduated from University of Chicago with an MBA on March 22, 2013. He was also the Director of Recruitment for the university's MBA program, and during his time as director he spent 3 years in London recruiting for the program."
submitted Apr. 22, 2013 3:38P
Mike Betz '96 and Alisa (Harmon) Betz '97 are pleased to announce the birth of their third (and final) future Bronco, Charles Donald Betz on Oct. 14, 2012. Charlie joins his siblings Alice and Henry and has the distinct privilege of being the proud owner of numerous articles of hand-me-down SCU gear! Here's to hoping they all get in to SCU! Third one's free, right?
submitted Jan. 17, 2013 10:18A