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1991

UGRD Arts & Sciences '91
Nevarez, Kristi

Kristi Nevarez '91, J.D. '96 is a new partner at Fragomen Worldwide, the leading provider of global immigration services and a member of both the Am Law 100 and the Am Law Global 100. Nevarez is based at the firm’s Santa Clara office. For over 17 years, she has advised clients in matters of corporate business immigration, including nonimmigrant visas, labor certifications and adjustments of status. Kristi has served as corporate immigration counsel to emerging and mid-sized clients in a wide range of industries, including technology, consumer products, civil engineering and the legal services sector.

In 2010, Kristi briefly stepped aside from her practice to serve as the Congressional Assistant and Immigration Policy Advisor to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Immigration Subcommittee. The experience provided Kristi with first-hand insight into the policy development of complex immigration laws at the highest levels. Upon her return to Fragomen in 2012, Kristi began to manage a team serving a large, multinational high-tech corporation with worldwide immigration needs.

submitted Oct. 22, 2014 12:49P
'91
Chastain, Brandi

World-famous soccer athlete and champion of girls’ health, Brandi Chastain '91 will give the 163rd undergraduate commencement address on June 14. Chastain’s selection to give the commencement address memorializes the 50th anniversary of women’s athletics at Santa Clara, which the University celebrates this year.

Chastain is best known for scoring the penalty kick goal that won the United States the 1999 Women’s World Cup and for her passionate celebration in the moments following. Her success earned her a spot as one of People Magazine’s 25 Most Intriguing People that year, while the photo of her celebration was named one of the 100 greatest sports photos of all time by Sports Illustrated. She took home a silver medal in the 2000 Olympics and a gold medal in 2004 games.
 
More recent, Chastain co-founded the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative in 2005 with a mission to create programs and partnerships through which women athletes bring health, hope, and wholeness to the community. The initiative offers a free weekly after-school program for elementary school girls to develop self-esteem and good health practices with mentoring from women athletes from collegiate and high school teams.
 
“Brandi epitomizes the world-class leadership and fortitude that every Bronco is capable of achieving,” says SCU President Michael Engh, S.J. “She is a dedicated and disciplined athlete who is also committed to strengthening communities by advocating for and empowering young girls.”
 
Chastain was named an All-American twice in soccer during her time as a student. She was also the assistant coach for the Santa Clara Broncos from 1994 to 2000 and is currently in her fourth season as a volunteer assistant coach.
 
She will receive an honorary Doctorate of Public Service.
submitted Apr. 7, 2014 4:27P
GRD Leavey/MBA '91
Birge, Dean

Dean Birge MBA '91 was hired as controller of Mission City Federal Credit Union in Santa Clara.

submitted Aug. 2, 2014 10:43A
GRD Engineering '91
Bhatia, Subhash

Subhash Bhatia M.S. ’91 joins Acesse Corporation as chief technology officer in the Santa Clara, CA office. Within this role, Bhatia will manage the company’s technological developments and build research and development centers in Silicon Valley, India, and China.

Bhatia comes to Acesse with over 20 years of product and technology strategy and management experience. His extensive resume includes: CTO at ProconGPS, EVP at Mobile Content Network, Division Chief of Staff and Senior Director at Yahoo!, VP Business Systems and eCommerce at Infoseek/Disney, Senior Manager at Oracle, and most recently as a technology consultant for Pleygo, AngiesList, CoreMobile Networks, and AlwaysOnVacation. This background has helped Bhatia make an easy transition into his current position as CTO with Acesse.
 
Educated in India, Canada, and California, Bhatia possesses a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronic Instrumentation from University of Baroda, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University, and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University.
submitted Dec. 12, 2013 11:49A

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