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Keeping in Touch Spring 2016

1933 Walt McCarthy, basketball star of the 1930s, celebrated his 100th birthday with his family, several of whom are SI graduates.

1944 Judge Claude Perasso, Joe McFadden ’81 and Fr. Brendan McBride were honored by the Irish Israeli Italian Society at its annual lunch in March.

1948 Al Romero and his wife, Linda, celebrated the graduation of their granddaughter Chelsea Schifferle from the US Naval Academy in June 2015.

1949 The late Ed McGovern* and his wife, Maggie, were made honorary grand marshals at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in San Francisco. The McGovern family honored their late parents and grandparents remembering their love for life, each other and their Irish Heritage. Riding in the parade were Ed ’75, Brian ’82, Kevin ’83, Katie ’04, Claire ’07, Meagan ’10 and Brian ’10, Chris ’12, Jack ’13, Thomas ’15, Stephen ’17 and Lizzie ’19. (See photo, top of next column.)

1951 The Chronicle’s Carl Nolte wrote about the Luckiest Generation after interviewing Denis Ragan, Stan Buchanan, Tim Cadigan ’53, Jim Stephens ’53, Mike King ’57 and Mike King ’58.

1953 In an opinion piece in the San Francisco Chronicle, famed environmentalist Peter Raven* argued for keeping Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant open.

1958 Jim Purcell has retired after 18 years of service at SCU. He helped the university raise $404 million in its last campaign. Even in retirement, though, he’ll still be quite active, serving as a volunteer advancement consultant to Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School, helping the new US West Province find an advancement director, providing consultation to the diocese of San Jose and serving on the board of National Catholic Reporter.

1960 Mike Roberts has retired and is now a busy volunteer for the Henderson Police Department, where he works the front desk, with AARP Driver Safety as an instructor and as an AARP ads marketing specialist for the state of Nevada.

1963 John Kirby, DDS, returned from a week-long trip to Kalibo Philippines with Mending Faces Mission providing pro bono cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries. He took time to visit Memorare Manila, which honors the 100,000 non-combatants who died in the Battle Of Manila in 1945.

1964 Al Saunders* joined the Cleveland Browns’ offensive coaching staff.

1966 The Chronicle praised Peter Devine ’66* for inspiring generations of actors, including Darren Criss ’05. / Rick Giorgetti, VP of Global Upside,  received SCU’s Ignatian Award for his years of servcice. / Joseph Gulino retired from day-to-day education and is the principal of Gulinogroup & Fearless Leadership Consulting. He recently published Principles of Fearless Leadership and is speaking about this topic around the country. He is also a member and secretary of the Missouri State Board of Geologists Registration.

1967 A Jesuit alumni/ae retreat was led at El Retiro by former SI President Rev. Robert Walsh S.J. ’68*, SI religious studies teacher Mike Shaughnessy and former SI Adult Spirituality staff member Mary Abinante.

1971 Mike Lagomarsino is a business representative and president of Teamsters Local 856 in San Bruno, where he proudly represents and advocates for more than 1,000 hotel workers in San Francisco.

1975 Terry McAteer is retiring after 22 years, one of the longest serving county superintendents of schools in the state. For 14 years, he headed Nevada County’s schools, which were the second highest academic performing schools in the California (behind those in Marin). For the past eight years, he led Inyo County’s schools to being the most technologically advanced public schools in the state. Terry and his wife, Liz, will retire to Nevada City to be closer to their two children, Jeanne and Gregory.

1976 The Five Spot featured music director Loren Toolajian*, founder of SandBlast Productions.

1977 Classmates took part in a volunteer event at the Pomeroy Center. “I hope we brought a little joy to the participants and a little relief to the employees who do heroic work day after day,” said Louis Kolenda*. Joining the 20 members of his class was Siofra Curran ’18. SI grads included, from the class of 1977, Jay Bechtel, Joe Bertain, Matt Castagnola, FX Crowley, John Farrell, Charlie Jadallah, Louis Kolenda, Dan Leitner, Brad Leveque, Paul McManus, Mike McNulty, John Ottoboni, Al Pontius, Greg Rocca, Steve Rosasco, Marty Ruane and Dan Tracy. Ed Reidy ’76 and Tom Rocca ’78 also took part in the event. / Bartlett Sher* will direct the first ever Broadway version of To Kill a Mockingbird and a play about the Oslo Peace Accords. He will also bring Romeo and Juliet to the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Vanity Fair also featured him for his production of Fiddler on the Roof.

1978 Christopher Staring was appointed as a judge on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two, in Tucson in 2015. He had served on the Pima County Superior Court since 2010.

1982 Axel Alonso*, editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, was interviewed about the Captain America series. The interview appeared on / After more than a decade leading global public policy communications for Verizon, Ed McFadden (top left) was recently appointed the secretary of communications for the Archdiocese of Washington by Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Ed now directs all communications for the archdiocese, including its two newspapers and a publishing company. He watched the Warriors take on the Wizards at the Verizon Center in DC Feb. 3 along with Sam Samia, Frank Howard ’75 and Larry Mahan ’70.

1984 Famed designer Derek Lam* was praised by the San Francisco Chronicle. / Chris Scarabosio* was nominated for an Oscar for Star Wars: Episdode VII — The Force Awakens for his sound mixing.

1985 Jeff Hanak* and his famed Nopa restaurant were celebrated by the San Francisco Chronicle. / Java Beach, founded by Pat Maguire*, was featured in Hoodline.

1986 Bi-Rite Market, owned by Sam Mogannam*, is among the best small businesses in the U.S. according to Forbes Magazine. Working alongside Sam is Tom McGuigan, who serves as general manager of catering and commissary.

1987 Lt. Dean Crispen* received a medal from the SFFD for his “exceptional character” and “unusual ability, personal initiative and courage.” / Steve McFeely* co-wrote the screenplay for Captain America: Civil War.

1988 Larry Krueger* of KNBR was featured by the San Francisco Chronicle. / Hansel Tomaneng recently helped the Super Bowl Host Committee (pictured here) with longtime Bay Area sports marketing guru Pat Gallagher, whom he met as an intern for the Giants in 1995. Hansel screened candidates for the eventual army of 5,000 volunteers. He was also selected to the elite Super Bowl Field Team that transformed 30 SUV-sized carts into a stage for Cold Play, Bruno Mars and Beyonce. He will be on the field and audio team next year at the Super Bowl in Houston. You can find Hansel at AT&T Park at the Giants Dugout, where he is currently one of the keyholders.

1992 Alfred’s Steakhouse reopened true to its origins thanks to Ron Boyd*. / Supervisor Mark Farrell* advocated for fast Internet for all in San Francisco.

1993 The Rumpus reviewed a new book by Gretchen E. Henderson*: Ugliness: A Cultural History. / wrote about Alicia Thomas*, CEO of Dibs Technology, who proposed flex pricing for fitness clubs.

1997 Playbill praised Aladdin’s Adam Jacobs* for doing double duty as an actor and father of twin boys. He also appeared on Good Morning America where the cast of The Lion King did a sing-off with the cast of Aladdin. Jacobs had appeared as Simba in The Lion King before his new role.

1999 Valerie Ibarra* was a featured poet at the Beat Museum on the March 4 International Women’s Day celebration.

2000 Paolo Lucchesi* wrote about the opening of Original Joe’s Westlake, featured in this issue. / Leah Pimentel* was featured in the SF Weekly for work on the Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure. She was also praised on the Family Values At Work website for her health care advocacy work.

2001 Ben Matranga is running for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to represent western neighborhoods in the seat formerly held by Sean Elsbernd ’93. He previously managed a social investment portfolio in Africa and Latin America and most recently served as senior advisor to Mayor Lee on street safety. Ben and his wife, Daniela Maldonado ’00, were recently married and live in the West Portal neighborhood. Pictured here at their wedding are Daniela and Ben, Geoff Matranga ’96, Frank Matranga ’03, Carolyn (Matranga) Brady ’99, Kelly (McCorkle) Lukrich ’00, Lauren (Ramsey) Selby ’00, Katie Hubner ’00, Eileen (McInerney) Godsey ’00, Taryn Ching ’00, Farshad Keyghobadi, Andrew Figoni, Tim Faye, Peter Byrne, Brendon Milla, Mauricio Rivera and Alex Brasfield.

2002 Justin Boland graduated from New Mexico State University with his doctoral degeee in counseling pyschology. He also married Daubney Harper, and the two are expecting their first child in May. / Matt Werner* launched his satirical Oakland Unseen site.

2004 Dr. Erin Cavanaugh married Terence Carmichael at St. Dominic’s Church in San Francisco on Aug. 15. Erin is a third-year OB-GYN resident at Temple University in Philadelphia. She met her husband, Terry, in Chicago while attending the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago. Terry is the North American manager for Camlin Power, an Irish engineering company. The maid of honor was the bride’s sister Denise Lau ’14. Bridesmaids included Kari Mah and Tiffinie Ma. SI grads in attendance included Jill Kitaura, Katrina Woo, Simon Lim, Julia Murphy ’14 and Jaren Yang ’14 along with SI faculty Julius ’74 and Lori Yap and Donna Murphy. / Karen Praxedes married Justin Rimando (Archbishop Riordan ’04) on Oct. 18, 2014, in Santa Cruz. Kaen’s siblings Kristine Evangelista ’00, Kathleen ’03 and Kristoffer ’08, as well as Adrienne Aguirre, Kelly Lee and Marriane Ugarte, were all part of the bridal party. Also in attendance were Dennis Reyes ’90, Jeffrey ’13 and Joseph Reyes ’13. Karen currently works as the Pastry Chef of Foreign Cinema restaurant and was a recipient of the 2015 Zagat 30 Under 30 Award for San Francisco.

2005 Darren Criss* performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops. He will perform in June at the Hollywood Bowl singing Prince Eric’s parts from The Little Mermaid. / Alex Dillon (left) is a former Princeton rower (class of ’09) who will receive MD and MBA degrees from NYU in May. He will intern in Austin and then return to Manhattan for residency at Cornell’s New York Presbyterian Hospital.

2006 Forbes lists HBO VICE’s Gianna Toboni* as one of its 30 under 30 in the media to watch.

2008 Ryan Geraghty* came up with a design in college for bowls that are able to nest and stack vertically. He won several Midwest collegiate design competitions with the product during his senior year at Notre Dame and received honorable mention at the 2011 International Housewares Show. That same year, he began a Kickstarter campaign that was featured in Cosmo Magazine. / Ed Hesselgren married Jacqueline DesJardin in San Francisco on Oct. 24. Ed’s brother Clinton Hesselgren ’09 was best man and classmate Andy Dill ’08 was a groomsmen. Ed and his wife live in San Francisco.

2010 Angela Owczarek*, a JVC member, spoke at the Ignatian Family Teach-In about working with the homeless in New Orleans.

2011 Bobby Gray and Nick Stinn ’15 played in the Pacific Coast Shootout for Notre Dame Lacrosse. / Doug Safreno* made Forbes’ list of 30 under 30 to watch for Enterprise Tech.

2012 Dominic Truoccolo* was featured in the Star Tribune for his football success at St. Thomas. He helped his team compete for the DIII title in his league.

2013 Aine McGovern and Ciaran Murphy were inducted into the Jesuit College Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu, at Boston College on March 20. /Washington University in St. Louis junior outfielder Christian Santos* was selected as the MVP of the 2016 University Athletic Association (UAA) Baseball Championship Tournament. / Carla Tocchini* started her third season of D1 water polo as captain for the Aggies.

2014 Celine Arada*, volleyball star at Concordia College, was named to the All-American Team. / Sydney Bradley* had a work published in the Harvard Advocate. / Joe Lang* was named preseason All-American for Harvard lacrosse. / Quinci Mann* earned second team All-Patriot League honors playing basketball at Lehigh University. / Water polo players named 2015 Academic All Americans ACWPC All Academic include Max Schaum* of the 7th ranked University Of California Santa Barbara Gauchos and Reilley May* of 19th ranked SCU Broncos. / Scott Serrato* (center) and the U.S. Navy Glee Club, performed at SI in the Orradre Courtyard.

2015 Stephanie Woodford (right) released her cover of Pharrell Williams’s “Happy” into worldwide distribution in January.

2016 Zoe Boosalis*, featured along with her siblings in the last issue of Genesis, received the Professional BusinessWomen Scholarship. She was honored at a March 22 event. She also received a scholarship from the Elks Lodge #3 of San Francisco. / In November, Elizabeth Cresson* earned a silver medal in the National Etymology Exam. / Sacramento’s ABC10 featured Gavin Doyle* and his Disney websites and book. / Sophie Kamanski* was featured in the Marin IJ for her leadership skills on SI’s lacrosse team. / Valerie Sherlyn Kau* has been selected as a Seymour Award finalist for CSF. / Charlie May* was selected to the 2015 All-American water polo team by a committee of NISCA coaches. / Four videos produced by SI seniors* won awards in C-SPAN’s StudentCam documentary contest. The students take AP Government A from both John Stiegeler ’74 and Justin Christensen. Nick Solari, Cole Savageaux, and Mark Capaccio finished in the 3rd prize group for the High School West Division, the highest finish ever for SI students. Their video was called “Gun Violence: Finding Real Solutions.” Elizabeth Cresson, Henry Frazer, Jennifer Gao, Jamie Shen, Natalie Granville and Jacqueline Geyfen received Honorable Mentions. They produced videos called “Death Penalty: The Fight Over Justice,” “To Bee or Not to Bee,” and “The Syrian Refugee Crisis.”

2017 Matthew Abranches Da Silva* won prizes for his art from the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Regional Awards presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. / Allison Schaum* will play in the national championships of water polo with her club team. She also wrote for the UofTaste website about the ability of rap music to tell stories. / Giovanna Chiyoko Weinman* (right) attended a six-session Speak and Lead program sponsored by Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA).

2018 The Marin IJ named Darrion Trammell* its boys’ prep athlete of the week for his leadership on SI’s boys’ basketball team.

2019 Ryder Jackson* won a national tennis tournament for his age group in Arizona. 

Posted by Mr. Paul J. Totah on Friday April, 15, 2016


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