Class Notes | Obituaries
Showing class notes submitted anytime by graduates in the 1980s
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (www.aimair.org). 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 (www.aimint.org/usa) and enjoys home schooling two of her children.
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).
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.
Leanne Patterson Porter '85, M.A. '95 is the Director of Sales - West for TableCraft Products. An equipment and supplies manufacturer in the Foodservice Industry.
Brad Pizer J.D. '85 is a lawyer at Pizer & Associates, APC in Beverly Hills. He is a member of the American Bar Association Committee on Credit Unions. He maintains the highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell (AV). From 1995 through 2009, he has been the featured speaker presenting Silverman's Legal Update for California Credit Unions. He is a past recipient of the California Credit Union Collectors New Millennium Award. He is always current on the latest credit union legal developments.
Susan Mauriello J.D. ’85 of Aptos, has been appointed to the California Board of State and Community Corrections by Gov. Jerry Brown ’59. Mauriello has been the county administrative officer for Santa Cruz County since 1989.
Maria Lobo ’85 and her artwork were mentioned in InMenlo. Her mixed-media works on paper, wood, and canvas can be seen at the store HOME, in Menlo Park, and at marialobo.com. Working across cultures and genres, Lobo creates collectable artworks for galleries, residences, and corporate, public, and private spaces.
Kate Lepow '85 has joined Yahoo! in Sunnyvale, CA. She will continue to focus on product management for e-commerce payment solutions. Kate lives in the Willow Glen area of San Jose, CA with her partner, Jim Lungaro.
Steve Kahl '84 has achieved National Board Certification as an English teacher. Steve teaches at Mountain View High School, where he also coordinates the GATE and AVID programs. He recently was named to the board of directors for the California Association for the Gifted.
Brent Jones '85 was inducted to the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame on May 23.
Jones, who grew up in the Bay Area, was picked by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1987 draft, but he was traded to the 49ers before playing a game for the Steelers and spent his entire 11-year career in red and gold. He made the Pro Bowl four times and won three Super Bowls with San Francisco.
Read the full article in the San Francisco Examiner.
Laura (Boltz) Holck ’85 and her husband, Phil, have been called to serve as co-pastors at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Cross in Calgary, Canada. Laura received her doctor of ministry degree in preaching in May 2011.
Bret Hillman J.D. '85 was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to a judgeship on the Tulare County Superior Court. Hillman has been partner in the firm Hillman and Lew in Tulare.
Brian Harrison MBA '85 is president and CEO of Solyndra Inc., a manufacturer of cylindrical solar panels for commercial rooftops.