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GRD Leavey/MBA '84
Douglas, Tom

Tom Douglas MBA ’84 has joined the executive team at AM General as senior VP, Business Development and Strategy. AM General designs, engineers, manufactures, supplies and supports specialized vehicles for commercial and military customers. In his role, Douglas will be responsible for the oversight and strategic direction of the company's international and domestic military business development and program management. He will be located in AM General's Washington, D.C., office.

Douglas has more than 32 years of extensive experience in business development with heavy emphasis on international markets within the defense industry. He comes to AM General from DRS Technologies, where he held the position of Corporate Vice President, Integration and International Business Development. Prior to DRS he held key leadership positions at Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin.
A 1975 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Douglas holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Santa Clara University. Douglas and his wife Judy reside in Annapolis, Maryland.
submitted May. 3, 2012 9:17A
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Dillon, Denis

Denis Dillon ’84 and Hilary ’86 live in San Anselmo, Calif. with their children Patrick & Megan. Hilary works for Trainos Commercial Construction and Denis is Vice President Finanace & Controller at Norcal Mutual Insurance Co.

submitted May. 16, 2011 11:19A
GRD Law '84
Dillon, Michael

Michael Dillon J.D. 84 was appointed general counsel of Adobe Systems Incorporated. Dillon comes to the company with 25 years of corporate legal experience, much of it in the technology industry. Before signing on with Adobe, he was general counsel at Silver Spring Networks, a networking solutions provider. He also spent 14 years in the legal department of Sun Microsystems, including a stint as general counsel, prior to its acquisition by Oracle Corporation. He took a few years’ break from Sun to serve ONI Systems Corp., an optical networking company, as it was being launched.

submitted Sep. 2, 2012 6:33P
Chew, Lewis

Lewis Chew '84 was elected to the Board of Directors at PG&E Corporation, as well as the Board of its subsidiary, Pacific Gas and Electric Company on September 16.  Chew, 46, is Senior Vice President, Finance, and Chief Financial Officer of National Semiconductor Corporation in Santa Clara.  Chew joined National Semiconductor in 1997 as Director of Internal Audit and was named Vice President and Controller in 1998.  Prior to joining the company, he was partner and CPA with KPMG, LLP in San Jose.

submitted Nov. 16, 2009 2:47P
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Chew, Lewis

Lewis Chew '84 was appointed executive vice president and CFO of Dolby Laboratories (effective June 4, 2012). Chew comes to Dolby with decades of financial management experience. From 2001 to 2011, he served as senior vice president of finance and CFO of National Semiconductor.

Chew has been recognized five times as one of America’s best CFOs by Institutional Investor magazine in its annual ranking. In 2009, Chew was a finalist for Bay Area CFO of the Year; and in 2002, Treasury and Risk Management magazine named him as one of the nation’s top 40 finance executives under the age of 40.

submitted Apr. 1, 2012 11:33A
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Caras, Mary Rose (Colonna)

Mary Rose (Colonna) Caras '84 has been appointed to the California State Board of Accountancy, Enforcement Advisory Committee.

submitted Mar. 29, 2010 1:26P
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Brown, Tim

Tim Brown '84 is a Vice President at Aon Consulting. He manages Radford's Global Technology Survey for compensation professionals in the high technology industry. He's also an adjunct Professor at SJSU teaching Compensation and Rewards within the Management department. He lives in Los Altos with his wife Darla and son Adam.

submitted Jan. 24, 2010 7:30P
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Brennan, Anne

Anne Brennan ’84, a new addition to Chinook Medical Gear, a leading supplier of (custom medical solutions, will oversee sales and marketing strategy for Chinook Medical Gea.

Brennan is a seasoned sales and marketing executive with more than 28 years of experience, ranging from diverse industries such as cable television, education, hotel, and affiliate promotional campaigns. She will oversee all sales and marketing activities for Chinook, including developing strategies for effective business retention, assisting with new product development, and launches.

“As we head into a pivotal year for growth and development, we are thrilled to have Anne join our team” said Jessica Denison, COO for Chinook. “She is a top-notch sales executive with a proven track record for managing complex sales cycles and building the strong relationships necessary for successful sales results.”

A graduate of Santa Clara University in California with a B.S. in marketing, Brennan will be based at Chinook’s headquarters in Durango, Colo., where she has lived for the past ten years.

A former Chicago resident, Brennan served for five years as regional VP at AMC Networks in Chicago, where she increased network penetration by 40 percent and exceeded sales goals by 50 percent for three consecutive years.

Chinook specializes in supplying government agencies, military units, and corporations with the latest technology in medical containers, modules, supplies and kits.

submitted Jan. 12, 2012 1:55A
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Brennan, Anne

Anne Brennan ’84 joined Chinook Medical Gear, a provider of custom medical solutions and field medical supplies for military, government, law enforcement and emergency medical services, as the company’s sales and marketing director.

Brennan brings more than 28 years of experience to her new role, ranging from industries such as cable television, education, hotel, and affiliate promotional campaigns. She will oversee all sales and marketing activities for Chinook, including developing strategies for effective business retention, assisting with new-product development, and launches.

She graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in marketing. Brennan will be based at Chinook’s headquarters in Durango, where she has lived for the last 10 years.

submitted Jan. 22, 2012 9:56A
GRD Leavey/MBA '84
Bauer, Kevin

Kevin S. Bauer MBA '84 has been appointed CFO of Exar Corporation.  Bauer, serving Exar as vice president as well, is responsible for finance, accounting, treasury, tax and investor relations functions.  Prior to his appointment as vice president, finance and corporate controller, Bauer was Exar’s director, corporate controller and before that was the company’s operations controller. Previously, he was with WaferTech LLC for four years as operations controller. Bauer has been at Exar for more than eight years.  

submitted Oct. 21, 2009 4:29P
UGRD Leavey Business '84
Barres, Spyros

Spyros Barres '84 beat out nearly 2,000 runners in the inaugural Citizens Bank Newport Pell Bridge Run on Nov. 13 in Rhode Island. Barres, 48, finished the 4.2-mile race in 22 minutes, 32 seconds. He was 35 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Barres, who has lived in Mystic, Rhode Island since 1984, is a real estate investor and manages apartment buildings. He played soccer and ran track at SCU. “Soccer and running have always been my passion,” Barres said in an interview with the Mystic River Press. “Just before I turned 40 I came down with Crohn’s Disease (an immune disorder affecting the digestive system). I wasn’t able to run much for almost 10 years, but did play soccer. I had surgery last year and have been asymptomatic ever since. I’ve done some road and trail races and half-marathons. For me, it’s a new life.”

submitted Nov. 21, 2011 6:24P
GRD Law '84
Alvarez, Sylvia
Sylvia Alvarez J.D. '84, a 43-year resident of the Evergreen District of San Jose and an Evergreen School Board trustee, has been named Woman of the Year for the 13th Senate District. State Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-San Jose, presented the award to Alvarez, who is president of the school board. Alvarez taught school for 26 years and earned a law degree from Santa Clara University while working full-time as a teacher. She is also a member of the Evergreen Roundtable for San Jose City Council District 8.
submitted Feb. 28, 2012 6:48P
Martig, Rick

Rick Martig '84 was appointed CFO of Nexenta Systems. Most recently, Martig served as the vice president of File & Content at Hitachi Data Systems, following the company's acquisition of BlueArc in September 2011.

Martig has 26 years of senior leadership, finance, and accounting experience in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Nexenta Systems, Martig served as BlueArc's chief financial officer where he managed the finance, human resources, and IT departments. Prior to BlueArc, Martig was CFO at Genesis Microchip, and he spent 12 years at Xilinx, where he was responsible for managing a global organization of 80+ in Asia, Europe, and California. 

submitted Oct. 28, 2012 6:56P


GRD Engineering '85
Wong, Frankie

Frankie Wong M.S. ’85 joined Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione in Chicago as a patent agent with particular focus on patent prosecution in wireless and network communications and the computer arts. Before joining Brinks, Wong prosecuted more than 230 patent applications in the areas of 3G and 4G wired and wireless communication systems. He began his career as a design engineer, working for CTT Inc., Microsource Inc./Gigatronics and Nexyn Corp., in the Silicon Valley. He also worked as a patent engineer for Patent Planet, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc. and as a patent agent at McAndrews, Held & Malloy.

submitted May. 29, 2012 6:06P
GRD Law '85
Tolbert, Evelyn (Tolbert)

Evelyn Tolbert J.D. '85 has ended twelve (12) years of service as a City Council member for the City of Tracy, Calif. She previously served as a Tracy Planning Commissioner, on the Board of Directors for the Tracy Chamber of Commerce, and as a Trustee for Sutter Community Hospital. Throughout her civic service, Evelyn remained active in the community and founded the Tracy Performing Arts Foundation and the Tracy Women's Forum Association. She also is a playwright with a number of works that have been produced in community theatre.

submitted Dec. 3, 2010 7:57A
UGRD Leavey Business '85
Stuhr Smith, Jennifer (Stuhr)

Jennifer (Stuhr) Smith '85 has been promoted to the Chief of Audit Section with the Employment Development Department in Sacramento, Calif. Jennifer and husband Angelo reside in Redding with their children, Nyjel and Emily.

submitted May. 1, 2010 11:50A
UGRD Leavey Business '85
Stuhr Smith, Jennifer (Stuhr)

Jennifer Stuhr Smith '85 was promoted to Bureau Chief of the Taxpayer Advocate Office with the Employment Development Department in April 2011. She and her husband Angelo live in Redding, Calif., with their children, Nyjel and Emily.

submitted Apr. 4, 2011 10:26P
GRD Law '85
Squeri, Tom

Tom Squeri '82, J.D. '85, longtime vice president and general counsel of Granite Rock Co., was named as the company's president and CEO. Squeri worked for two private law firms in the San Franciso Bay Area that specialized in construction litigation prior to joining Graniterock: San Francisco's Pettit and Martin, where he became a partner in 1993, and the San Jose office of Coudert Brothers.

submitted Jul. 29, 2012 11:13A
Scott, McGregor

McGregor Scott '85 joined the law firm of Orrick Herrington, & Sutcliffe as a partner in the firm's Sacramento office after nearly six years as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California in Sacramento. He will practice in the area of white collar defense and corporate investigations. Scott and his wife Jennifer continue to live with their three sons (ages 10, 7, and 4) in El Dorado Hills and are fully engaged in their school, sports, and scouting activities.

submitted Jan. 12, 2009 7:06P
Scharre, Daniel

Daniel Scharre '85 has been named Executive Vice President, general manager of Symmetricom's Government Business Unit. In his new position, Scharre is in charge of building and managing the company's time and frequency technology products that cater to the government, enterprise, science, aerospace and defense industries.

submitted Aug. 6, 2010 2:22P
Salters, Pearle (Verbica)

Pearle (Verbica) Salters '85, her husband John, and her four children Hannah (18), Daniel (17), Esther (14), and David (9) moved back to the United States in 2005 to assist her mom, upon the death of her father. She and her husband John (a pilot) served for 7.5 years in East Africa with Africa Inland Mission's (AIM) aviation branch, AIM AIR ( The Salters returned to Kenya to help AIM AIR in 2007 for four months. They currently reside in Oklahoma. Pearle helps part time with the Member Care Department of Africa Inland Mission ( and enjoys home schooling two of her children.

submitted Sep. 13, 2010 2:29P
GRD Law '85
Roberts, Royce

Royce Roberts J.D. ’85 explores the public's misconception of public defenders, as well as the importance of our public defense system, in his new book Public Pretender. A public defender for more than 20 years, his book began as a way of understanding what he was experiencing at juvenile court with his clients and the child-welfare system. He works as a public defender in Washington state for the King County–funded nonprofit agency, the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (SCRAP).

submitted May. 31, 2012 3:07P
Rickard, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Rickard J.D '85 joined Needham Kepner & Fish, LLP, in San Jose in May 2012 after many years at Alexander Hawes, LLP. Along with a colleague each time, he was awarded the Santa Clara County Trial Attorney of the Year Award in 2008 and again in 2011. He continues to handle personal injury, product liability, toxic tort and other plaintiffs' cases both in CA and elsewhere. He married Lynne Coates in October 2011 and his son, Ryan Rickard, 22, will be a senior at the University of San Diego in the fall.

Contact Jeffrey
submitted Jun. 5, 2013 11:36A
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