Class Notes | Obituaries
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Tony Mirenda '82, currently president and CEO of TBI Construction and Construction Management, is joining Blach Construction Company’s senior management team as a project executive.
Mirenda worked for the Carl N. Swenson Co. until 1987 when he joined TBI. Mirenda helped build TBI into one of the most successful and respected firms in the Bay Area, and in 2004, he purchased the company from owners Chuck Toeniskoetter and Dan Breeding.
Mirendan has worked on and led many of Silicon Valley’s landmark construction projects, starting with his first assignment on the major renovation of the Basilica Cathedral of St. Joseph in downtown San Jose in 1987. He also has led the multiple award-winning renovation of the historic Old Santa Clara County Courthouse. One of his most notable recent projects is the highly acclaimed Portola Valley Town Center, which has been certified LEED Platinum and was voted one of the Nation’s Top 10 most sustainable projects.
Laura Lung Cha J.D. '82 is a member of the Executive Council of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and Non-Exectutive Deputy Chairman of the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited. Between 2001 and 2004, she served as the Vice Chairman of China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), the first person to be invited from outside Mainland China to serve in the central government of the People's Republic of China. She is currently the Vice Chairman of the International Advisory Council of the CSRC. Before joining CSRC, Cha was with the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong from 1991 to early 2001. She is an independent Non-Executive Director of the Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing Limited and China Telecom Corporation Limited as well as a Senior Advisor to Investor AB, a Swedish listed company. Cha practiced law in the 1980s in San Francisco with Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro, and in Hong Kong with Coudert Brothers. Cha was awarded a Gold Bauhinia Star in July 2009 and a Silver Bauhinia Star in 2001 by the Hong Kong Government for her public service. She has also been awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Law in 2002 by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Jeffrey Janoff ’82 was named a Super Lawyer for the second straight year.
web site: www.bostwickandjanoff.com
Michael A. Jacques '82, J.D. '88 was recently elected as a Commisioner for the Placer County Superior Court. He lives on his small-scale farm in rural Placer County with his wife of twenty years, Kyle, and sons Nathan, 15, and Philip, 9.
Albie B. Jachimowicz J.D. ’82 writes: “Would love to see how young everyone looks [at the reunion], but my son Josh J.D. ’11 is getting married the same weekend to Caitlin Robinett J.D. ’10. See you at the 60th reunion!”
Brad Holsworth ’82 is currently the partner in charge of the Walnut Creek office for Burr Pilger Mayer (BPM), the Bay Area's 5th largest CPA firm, and was recently re-elected to serve a second term on BPM's board of directors.
Mary Shipsey Gunn '82 is manager for Pueblo Grantmaking at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Mary was awarded the Shrine of the Sun Award by the El Pomar Foundation in December 2010. The award is presented to a nonprofit professional that has had a profound and lasting impact on the nonprofit community. She and her husband, Stephan, live in Pueblo, Colorado.
Freshman Dorm: McLaughlin
Dan Greco ’82 writes, "I've been a prosecutor my entire career, helping victims and the police. I work in the Washoe County District Attorney's Office. The county includes Reno, Sparks, Lake Tahoe, Washoe Valley, and stretches all the way up to the Oregon border. After graduating from law school, I worked on general felony cases. I was lucky enough to be promoted to the Major Crimes Unit in 1995, and I have been the Chief Deputy District Attorney in charge of that unit since 1999. Never a dull moment. I spend 75 percent of my time prosecuting murders. The rest of my time is split between handling "special assignments" and supervising the other attorneys in the Major Crimes Unit. In 1996 I married Melissa. She was a court reporter for many years, and then in 1994 she went to work for the United States Probation Office. After years of trying--it's complicated--God finally blessed us with a daughter, Adelyn ("Addi"), on July 22, 2011. (See attached photo.) Melissa had to spend 58 days in the hospital, but she eventually had a full recovery. We are very happy and Addi has remedied the one thing that was missing in our lives."
Dan Greco ’82 retired on December 30 after nearly 30 years of public service. He spent the vast majority of his career working as a prosecutor in the Major Crimes Unit of the Washoe County District Attorney's Office. Dan plans on spending more time with his wife Melissa and daughter Adelyn, starting with a lengthy trip to the Caribbean in January. For more, visit http://www.ktvn.com/story/24209412/greco-to-retire and http://www.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013312270018.
Timothy J. Flaherty '82 and David F. Mira '82 legally wed on Aug. 24, 2013 in a backyard garden wedding at their home in West San Jose. The husbands met at SCU and have fought for marriage equality during their 33 years together. They continue that fight when they're not arguing about whose turn it is to do the dishes.
Freshman Dorm: Dunne
Pete Dunbar '82 writes: "I have tremedous memories of my years at Santa Clara. Lived in Dunne for 2 years, was an RA at the Alameda junior year then off campus with my buds in senior year. Been doing public service in law enforcement for almost thirty years and the light is at the end of the tunnel! I met my wife on a cruise 26 years ago and have two great kids—daughter wants to be a nurse and son is a sophomore at St. Mary's (SCU said " we regret to inform you..."). Huge Sharks fan. Looking forward to making our reunion a special time for all of us and those who stand to benefit from our participation."
Pete Dunbar ’82 is retiring at the end of September as Pleasant Hill police chief after 30 years in law enforcement. Dunbar joined the Pleasant Hill Police Department in February 2006, replacing current Contra Costa Sheriff David Livingston, who had left to take over Concord's police force.
Nancy J. Creveling MBA '82 writes, "Finally retired from Lockheed Martin. Enjoying volunteering with Master Gardeners."
Thomas Connelly '82 retired from the Los Altos Police Department at the rank of captain in June. He lives in Santa Clara with wife Michelle and children Katie, 13, and Sean, 10. He plans on starting a leadership and organizational consulting business.
Linda Castillo '82 was named division manager of Catholic Charities’ El Programa Hispano, the largest social service program operated by Catholic Charities in Oregon, which supports more than 20,000 low-income Latinos annually.
Castillo will oversee numerous social service programs, including Latino family services; rent assistance and energy assistance services; Latino youth school retention; mentoring and community school programs; resources for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; low-income tax clinic services; Spanish language parenting education; community education services; job placement services; and mental health services.
Previously Castillo worked as a program manager at Bienestar de La Familia Social Services in Portland, where she spent more than 16 years. Castillo is vice chairwoman and a board member with Latino Network. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Santa Clara University in 1982 and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of San Francisco in 1987.
Laura Casas Frier J.D. '82 was elected vice president of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District board of trustees.
Casas Frier has served on the Foothill-De Anza board of trustees since 2005. She was elected earlier this year to serve on the Community College League of California’s board of trustees. Casas Frier earned a law degree from Santa Clara University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University, Northridge.
Kathleen Burroughs '82 works in Office of Advancement for St. Martin of Tours School. Married to Tim Lenihan '83, she has three children: Maggie, Brigid and Aidan. She also volunteers at SCU Law Alumni Relations and Development.
Fr. Bill Brown, OMV '82 was appointed as the Advancement Director for Mission and Apostolate for the Oblates of the Virgin Mary in Boston, Mass. He just completed his three-year term as Director of St. Joseph Retreat House in Milton, Mass.
Lynne (Thaxter) Brown JD '82 has been certified as a legal specialist in appellate law by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California. She and her husband and teenage son live in Fresno.
Bill Brown '82 is the Director of St. Joseph Retreat House in Milton, Massachusetts located just outside of Boston. He is a priest and member of the religious community, the Oblates of the Virgin Mary. He was appointed as director of the retreat house in 2011 after previously serving as Provincial for eight years. The retreat house focuses on directed retreats based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
St. Joseph Retreat House 65 Father Carney Drive Milton, MA 02186
Freshman Dorm: Walsh
Joan Banich ’82 writes: “This past year has been a challenge that has helped me appreciate life so much more. After being diagnosed with a rare bone marrow disease in 2003, I finally had to undergo a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor in June 2011. Celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary last August; and our 18-year-old daughter is a freshman at U.C. Davis. Living in Campbell, Calif., and looking forward to returning to work as a brand strategist at Cisco once I am fully recovered.”
Steven Ashby '82 is now the deputy director for Science and Technology at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA.