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Frey, P. Gregory

Freshman Dorm: Sanfilippo

"There is always 'room' on a busy schedule to do just a bit more," writes Greg Frey ’83. Perhaps this is why he agreed to join a bunch of other energetic and edicated classmates on the recently formed Grand Reunion Class of 1983 30th -Year Reunion Committee, in addition to his continued duties on several Hawaii boards and associations. Thankfully, Greg "has the support of the other Broncos in the Frey household, including his lovely wife of almost 27 years, Maria "Mia" Fialho Frey ’84 and their eldest daughter, Samantha Io'ana Malia Frey '10, as well as their youngest, Allie Malaea Frey, a 2012 graduate of University of Hawaii at Hilo."

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submitted Apr. 3, 2013 6:06P
Frey, P. Gregory

Freshman Dorm: Sanfilippo

As I continue my work with the SCU Grand Reunion Class of 1983 30th year reunion committee, I am reminded just how deeply connections run among the SCU 'ohana (family). My wife (Mia ’84) and our eldest daughter (Sam ’10) both graduated from SCU as did my uncle and my quite legendary grandfather, A. Thomas Rowland 31, whose heart bleeds Bronco year in and year out. I take great pride that the SCU website speaks of, and gives a bit of credit to, "Grandpa Bud." Please allow me to share via "cut & paste": "In 1981, as part of the association's 100th anniversary celebration, Jerry Kerr ’61, Bud Rowland '31, and Louis Bannan, S.J. proposed a special group be created to officially recognize alumni celebrating their Golden Reunion. The recommendation was unanimously approved by the Santa Clara University Alumni Association and, in honor of William Gianera, S.J., ’1907 and University president from 1945-1951, the Gianera Society was formed. The Gianera Society is an honorary designation with membership limited to those undergraduate alumni whose class graduated from Santa Clara 50 or more years ago. The society's sole purpose is to pay tribute to the legacy provided by our "Golden Broncos" and acknowledge their long-standing loyalty to the University, their classmates, and the Alumni Association. Gianera Society members meet every year for a luncheon during the Grand Reunion Weekend in October to induct their newest members (those attending their 50th Reunion) and renew the camaraderie and lifelong friendships that developed and flourished at Santa Clara". Rest in Peace, Grandpa Bud.

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submitted Jun. 20, 2013 8:44P
GRD Leavey/MBA '83
Dittmann, Norm

Norm Dittmann BSEE '81, MBA '83 is now the chairman of the Illuminating Engineering Society's Roadway Lighting Committee. Norm has been living in Snohomish WA for the past 20 years and owns a small manufacturing company - PLC-Multipoint, which makes lighting controls for buildings and transportation systems. His wife Susan is a hospice nurse for a local hospital. His children Craig, 17, Katherine and Neil 14, are avid cross country runners.

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submitted Jan. 15, 2011 9:07P
GRD Law '83
Cruz, Robert

Freshman Dorm: Walsh

Robert G. P. Cruz '71, J.D. '83 completed a two-year term as member of the Guam Election Commission. Also served as an international observer in the Philippine National elections in May 2010 and in three elections in Kosovo while serving with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping from 1999 to 2006. Works as part-time Traffic and Small Claims Referee, Superior Court of Guam.

submitted May. 27, 2011 10:08P
GRD Law '83
Cruz, Robert

Robert G. Cruz '71, J.D. '83 was recently hired as legal counsel to the Chamorro Land Trust Commission and the Guam Department of Land Management. He also teaches business law for the University of Phoenix. Cruz is a retired child support referee for the Superior Court of Guam. He still serves as part-time referee for the Traffic and Small Claims Bureau, and as an associate justice pro tem for the Guam Supreme Court on occasion. His son, Dr. Jeffrey Cruz, recently completed his residency in internal medicine at U.C. Irvine Medical Center. His younger son, Keith, is a senior at Stanford University studying international relations.

Contact Robert Home: (671) 4724626
submitted May. 28, 2013 4:45P
GRD Law '83
Cruz, Robert

Robert G.P. Cruz ’71, J.D. ’83 recently participated in a four-concert tour of Tallinn, Estonia, and St. Petersberg and Moscow, Russia, with the combined Guam Cantate choir and Ramapo Cantanova choir, led by Dr. Lisa Lutter of Ramapo College, New Jersey. Cruz serves on the Cantate board and has been a member of the choir since 2010. The choir performed music in Russian, Estonian, Hebrew, Latin, and English. Cruz also sings with the 7:30 a.m. choir at the Hagatna Cathedral Basilica in Guam.

submitted Jul. 26, 2013 4:06P
UGRD Engineering '83
Crosetti, Rick

Rick Crosetti '83 and Peter Kushmeider were married on August 9, 2008, in San Francisco. Rick and Pete have been together for 22 years and  were joined by both their families to celebrate their wedding. Rick is currently working as a Project Manager for Regis Homes of Northern California.  He and Pete make their home in San Francisco.


submitted Dec. 4, 2008 4:30P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '83
Crema, Larry

Larry Crema '83 and his wife Jenner are new business owners. They are owner/operators of the Pump It Up in Morgan Hill (a childrens party venue). They have two children Kinsey (9) and Keaton (5). They live in Campbell, Calif.

submitted Oct. 25, 2009 4:11P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '83
creegan, clare

Clare Creegan de Chamorro '83 is an Instructor of Marketing and Academic Writing at Universidad Americana, Nicaragua. She and her husband, Jaime, are also partners in NICA PARADISE, which includes a digital travel magazine, architecture and real estate services, and hiking tours of nearby volcanoes. Please visit (magazine) and (photo gallery).

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submitted Aug. 12, 2011 6:32P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '83
Creegan, Clare (Creegan)

Clare Creegan de Chamorro '83 teaches Marketing and Academic Writing at Universidad Americana, Nicaragua. She and husband Jaime also own NICA PARADISE, offering real estate, architecture, photography, corporate videos, a travel magazine and guided hikes of volcanoes, Stepson Jaime is in his third year of law school at Universidad Americana, and son Andres is in 6th grade and daughter Lourdes in 3rd, both at Pierre & Marie Curie Academy.

submitted Oct. 13, 2011 3:58P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '83
Craven, D. Elizabeth

D. Elizabeth Craven ’83 is a portfolio administrator with Northwest Investment Counselors, LLC, an independent financial advisory firm. Craven has more than 15 years administrative experience in the financial industry. She was previously a portfolio administrator with CCI, with additional administrative experience at Piper Jaffray Inc. and First Interstate Bank.

submitted Jan. 19, 2011 12:53P
GRD Law '83
Britton, Margueritte

Margueritte Britton J.D. '83 joined Richmond-based CPA firm PIASCIK as tax manager. She was previously a U.S. tax consultant and manager for MG Partners in Paris and Thomas St. John in London. Britton has a J.D. from University of Santa Clara in Santa Clara, Calif., and a master’s degree from the Université de Paris.

submitted Feb. 25, 2014 12:58P
UGRD Engineering '83
Brewer, John

Carol Brewer (Leclair) BSME '83 and John Brewer BSEE '83 are becoming empty nesters in the fall as their third child, Elizabeth, heads off to undergraduate studies at Loyola Marymount in September after graduating from Jesuit High in Portland OR as a member of the National Honor Society and the French National Honor Society. Their oldest, Bridget, graduated Bates College in June with BAs in English (Creative Writing) and Studio Art. She spends the next year in Austin TX with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps assisting newly immigrated Hispanic families with acclimation to life in the US before the published and national award-winning author decides on a graduate program in which she can further her passion for writing. Their son John begins his third year studying chemistry at University of Redlands in September, when he also begins duties as co-captain of UoR's nationally-ranked tennis team. Carol and John have swapped career roles, with Carol teaching Weight Watchers' in-company classes in the Silicon Forest while John tries to figure out what to do with himself after the sale of SiGe Semiconductor in June. Carol continues to play tennis in USTA and Portland City leagues while maintaining her running career from Bronco days. She's using local half-marathons to train for her first Portland Marathon in October in celebration of her 50th birthday.

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submitted Jul. 15, 2011 12:53P
GRD Leavey/MBA '83
Borey, Ed

Ed Borey MBA '83 is running in the general election in November to represent the 21st district of California in the state legislature. Borey plans to focus on fiscal responsibility, creating a more business-friendly environment, and improving the quality of our education.

submitted Aug. 18, 2010 11:46A
UGRD Arts & Sciences '83
Bailey, Michael

J. Michael Bailey ’83, a top-ranked litigator, has been named vice chair of Parsons Behle & Latimer’s Government Relations, Lobbying and Political Law department. Bailey, in addition to his commercial litigation practice, represents clients before the U.S. Congress, Utah Legislature, and municipalities as well as state and federal regulatory agencies. Parsons Behle & Latimer’s 114 attorneys serve clients in the natural resources, manufacturing, technology, real estate, banking, retail, utility and health care industries, as well as practicing mass torts and personal injury law. Founded in 1882, it has offices in Salt Lake City, Reno and Las Vegas.

submitted Apr. 1, 2011 10:06A
GRD Law '83
Avila, Simao

Simao J. Avila J.D. '83 is Senior Counsel, Legal & Government Relations for Kaiser Permanente. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Avila was labor and employment counsel for the Office of General Counsel, University of California. He was previously a partner with Littler Mendelson where he represented private and public sector clients on nearly all aspects of employment and labor law. He lecturers at Leland Stanford University, Law School (Gould Center) and at University of California - Boalt Hall on negotiations and ADR. He was a comments editor for Santa Clara Law Review at Santa Clara University, which published an article he authored, entitled "The Erosion of the Exclusionary Rule." He has presented on various subjects at professional conferences and speaks regularly on pertinent labor and employment issues dealing with the complexities of today’s diverse work force. To assist employers with one of those difficult contemporary challenges, while at Littler Mendelson, he co-authored a handbook entitled Terror and Violence in the Workplace. Avila is also co-author in A Litigator’s Guide to Effective Use of ADR in California (CEB, 2005).

submitted Mar. 25, 2011 12:58P
GRD Law '83
Avila, Simao

Simao “Sim” Avila J.D. ’83 was named a Diversity Champion Finalist in the 2012 Bay Area Corporate Counsel Awards publication, a joint production of the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal.

Avila became a lawyer to create social justice in the world around him. It was a natural outgrowth of his years studying philosophy and existential phenomenology at St. Patrick’s College and law at Santa Clara University. In October 2011, he earned the Santa Clara Law Social Justice and Human Rights Award, which recognizes outstanding individuals in the cause of equality, social justice, and human rights.

Born on St. George Island in the Portuguese Azores, Avila worked for the National Labor Relations Board in Puerto Rico before coming to California. He practiced law as a partner at Littler Mendelson. Then as the labor and employment counsel for the University of California.

He joined Kaiser in 2007 and serves as senior counsel at the Oakland-based health giant and as an attorney in the labor and employment department. The medical foundation has more than 8.8 million members and 14,000 doctors and is one of the largest nonprofit managed health care systems in the United States.
Avila, 57, oversees all of Kaiser’s employment issues, including claims of discrimination. He ensures the company’s compliance with affirmative action laws and policies. He also serves on the Kaiser Permanente diversity committee. Avila frequently teaches at Stanford Law School and U.C. Berkeley. He is also an active volunteer in the California Minority Counsel Program. In September, Avila received the Social Justice and Human Rights Award from Santa Clara School of Law.


submitted Mar. 2, 2012 2:50P
UGRD Engineering '83
Artiles, Marth

Martha C. Artiles '83 is the Global Chief Diversity Officer at Manpower, one of the world's leading staffing and employment firms. At Manpower, Artiles oversees strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives, and her expertise is organizational change, recruitment, quality management, and mechanical engineering.

submitted Mar. 25, 2011 3:33P
UGRD Engineering '83
Allana, Karim
Karim Allana ’83, CEO of Allana Buick & Bers Inc., was recently featured in the San Francisco Business Times’ Small Business Entrepreneur Profile. His company comprises "engineers who specialize in the exterior elements of buildings as well as energy conservation" and is headquartered in Palo Alto. Read more about Allana and the business he founded in 1987 in the San Francisco Business Times' article Karim Allana of Allana Buick & Bers Inc.


submitted Mar. 30, 2012 4:46P


Zsoka, George
George Zsoka ’84, J.D. ’87 is running for district attorney in the Sixth Judicial District, New Mexico, according to a recent profile in the Silver City Sun-News
submitted Oct. 9, 2012 8:09P
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Thomas, Robert

Robert H. Thomas '84 is the Managing Attorney of the Pacific Legal Foundation’s Hawaii Center in Honolulu. Thomas joined PLF in 2003, and he directs land use, coastal zone, and environmental litigation across the State of Hawaii at the appellate and trial levels. His area of specialty is land use and eminent domain, but Thomas appreciates having a range of issues to tackle at PLF Hawaii. He is also Of Counsel to Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, a Honolulu firm that is one of Hawaii’s leaders in land use law.

submitted Mar. 25, 2011 1:12P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '84
Stimson, Laura (Rogers)

Laura Rogers Stimson '84 and husband Charles "Cully" Stimson welcome children 3 and 4, Will and Cate--they join Ian and Sophia, both 7 years old. Laura is Director of the Career Litigation Track for the US Navy and Cully is a Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC.

submitted May. 18, 2010 6:03P
GRD Leavey/MBA '84
Stevens, Kenneth

Kenneth G. Stevens ’69, MBA ’84 writes, "I am retired from NASA Ames Research Center and married to Catherine Schulbach who is still working at NASA. I also taught for several years in the early bird computer science program in the Dept. of Engineering."

submitted Mar. 21, 2014 2:06P
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Stapleton, James

James Stapleton '84, has joined 800-lawyer Littler Mendelson as the Chief Marketing Officer based in San Francisco.

submitted Mar. 26, 2011 8:30A
Spear, Timothy

Thomas M. “TJ” Spear, Jr., '84, a lawyer in Bend, Ore., with a private practice focusing on criminal defense and litigation, announced his candidacy in March for Oregon's Circuit Judge of the Deschutes County Circuit Court.

Prior to his entering private practice, Spear was a deputy district attorney in the State of Oregon for over 12 years. He is an accomplished trial attorney having both prosecuted and defended high-profile criminal cases, including murder and other serious crimes. Spear also previously served as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy and worked in the energy industry.

submitted Mar. 18, 2012 7:39A
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