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Spring 2017

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1948 Fr. Jim Torrens, S.J., has a new book out: Yearning for You, My God: A Companion for Praying the Psalms (Twenty-Third Publications).

1955 Gov. Jerry Brown* was named Californian of the Year by the New York Times.

1958 Michael Carroll’s grandson, Michael J. Carroll, is a Navy Seal with Seal Team 5. He recently returned from his second deployment in Iraq. Michael is pictured below at the class's St. Patrick's Day luncheon.

1959 John U. Fry was appointed in 2016 for a yearlong term on the Santa Cruz County Civil Grand Jury. He is chair of the Cities and Counties Committee, a member of the Special Districts Committee and a member of the Grand Jury Panel. John’s volunteer work will allow him to be a voice of the citizens of Santa Cruz County to ensure honest and efficient government, to see that public officials are performing their duties legally and responsibly and to oversee the judicious expenditure of tax revenues.

1962 Ray Allender, S.J.,* former SI superior, was featured in National Catholic Reporter and America magazine on the sanctuary movement.

1964 Alan Saunders will be serving his 37th year as a coach in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns as their senior offensive assistant for the 2017 season.

1968 The class of ’68 held its regular Friday the 13th get-together at the Gold Mirror in San Francisco in January. For more information contact Dave Bisho, who takes on the job of organizing the event, at / In August 2016, Jerry Hobrecht retired from the City of Vacaville after 26 years of service, including 12 years as the assistant city attorney and 14 years as the city attorney. Jerry previously worked as a deputy city attorney for San Jose and as a city planner for Campbell. Jerry earned a law degree from U.C. Davis in 1983, a master’s in urban planning from SJSU in 1978, a master’s in history from U.C. Davis in 1976 and a bachelor’s in history from U.C. Davis in 1972. / For a lifetime of leadership in clinical and digital mental health, Dr. Ricardo Muñoz* was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as part of the Section on Psychology. He was honored for his distinguished contributions towards the prevention of major depression and the development of Internet interventions to improve mental health worldwide. He is a depression prevention and treatment researcher and currently serves as a distinguished professor of clinical psychology at Palo Alto University.

1969 Chronicle reviewer Walter Addiego* interviewed Martin Scorsese on his Jesuit film, Silence.

1970 Sean O’Reilly has a new book out: God Has Skin in the Game, published by The House of a Thousand Suns.

1971 Gary Brickley and Erika Brickley ’08 recently ran the 2016 NYC Marathon. This was Erika’s first road marathon and Gary’s seventh. Additionally Gary has completed three 50-mile trail runs, four Quad Dipseas, seven Double Dipseas, seven 6-hour distance classics and the Pikes Peak Marathon. Father and daughter are members of San Francisco’s oldest running club, the Dolphin South End Runners. Gary was recently featured in the Nob Hill Gazette.

1973 Robert Lawson is a professional fishing and hunting guide, offering fly fishing and golf trips in Fall River, Calif.

1975 Genesis Editor Paul Totah* saw the publication of his book, The Gospel of Everyone: A Poetic Retelling of the Gospel of Luke, by Wipf and Stock Publishers.

1976 Jon Leonoudakis* has a new baseball program featured on Amazon Prime called The Sweet Spot: A Treasury of Baseball Stories. / Bill Quinlan* discussed his long career as actor and director with the Toledo Blade.

1977 Tony-Award-Winning director Bartlett Sher* will bring My Fair Lady back to Broadway.

1978 Guerra’s Quality Meats opened a new business, Guerra’s To Go, in February, to serve prepared meals. Their family includes John Guerra* and his children Joseph ’12 and Paula ’09, and Paul (Riordan ’71) and his children Maggie ’01, Katherine ’03 and Gabriella ’15. The deli and butcher shop has employed many SI grads over the past 30 years.

1985 Mike Farrah* was featured in the New York Post in a story titled “Husband needs a miracle to save him before Valentine’s Day" after accidentally throwing out $1,000 of his wife's clothing in a recycling bag. / Jeff Hanak* and his restaurant Nopa made the semifinalist list for the 2017 James Beard Award.

1986 Greg Suhr ’76* and Greg Rocca ’77* praised new Pomeroy Center Banner of Love honorees Nicole and John Ring* in a promotional video for the center.

1990 Jazz musician Matt Renzi* performed March 5 with his band Three Yard Mile at Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts.

1993 Gretchen Henderson* helped launch the Unstitched States project. She invited people to contribute a quilt square to create a work of inclusivity and solidarity.

1994 Above: Several classmates had a mini reunion in Oakland as several live or work in the East Bay. Pictured are Anthony Yuson, Brendan Chan, Gus Ejercito, Marky Enriquez, Jake Manalo, Jenny Chan, Fred Balcomb, Justin Young, Mike Kudemus and Mark Tandoc.

1996 Jennifer Chang joined the faculty at UCSD in the fall of 2016 as Head of Undergraduate Acting. She continues to pursue her professional work as an actor and director.

1997 Adam Jacobs* left Broadway’s Aladdin to join the show’s touring company, which will play throughout the U.S., including a stop in San Francisco. / Regan Tacorda married Michelle Yuson in a beautiful and heartwarming ceremony at the Ruby Hill Estate in Pleasanton on Dec. 31. Those who attended, including bridesmaids Tiffany Basilio and Chrissy (Flores) Emmons, co-best man Jeff Luna, family, friends and a total of 26 proud St. Ignatius alumni, made it a night to remember. Other attendees included Alan Ajoste, Anup Radhakrishnan, Cheryl Palarca, Christine Yick, Daniel Pak, Ed Pan, Jasmine Vergara, Nicholas Newlin, Phillip Dimapilis, Ruth (Vera) Cedro, Stephanie Terada, Sylvia (Bucoy) Esmundo, Tiffany Lam, Anthony Yuson ’94, Kristin Tacorda ’99, Ryan Tacorda ’93, Arvin Tacorda ’92, Jon Tacorda ’90, Rob Esmundo ’89, Ray Manalo ’92 and Dennis Kwan ’96.

2002 Top of next column: Julie Casey married Stan Hong in November in the Presidio of San Francisco. / Noëlle Formosa married Zachary Bocian on Dec. 31 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco. Monsignor John Talesfore ’78 officiated. Proud dad John Formosa ’66 walked his daughter down the aisle. The wedding party included Noëlle’s sister and matron of honor, Camille Mitchell ’98, and classmates Alessandra Billante and Julene Bruschera, as well as Zac’s friends Andrew Pelosi ’00 and Tim Faye ’01. Other SI grads in attendance included Phil Bazzano ’66, Dan Cahill ’66, Jay Leite ’66, Tim Lavelle ’66, Kelly Veach ’67, Mike Taheny ’69, Frank Murphy ’92, Noëlle’s brother Fred Formosa ’94, Matt McCarthy ’94, Kelly (Phair) McCarthy ’94, Ann Marie Taheny ’94, Greg Marques ’94, Brian Murphy ’94, Marc Bruschera ’96, Renee (Taheny) Gawrych ’97, Danielle McDonnell ’98, Jim Murphy ’98, Chris Murphy ’98, Andrea (Mei) Smith ’98, Katie (Taheny) Kearns ’99, Alex Miller ’99, Diane (Chiolo) McKie ’00, Sean Phair ’01, Jenny Lo-McCaw ’01, Jackie (Taheny) Grosu ’04 and Samantha Miller ’05.

2003 This past May 20, 2016, Fiona Shannon married Niall Sheeran in Palm Springs. Groomsmen included Fiona’s brothers Sean Shannon ’97 and Kevin Shannon ’02. Bridesmaids included Niall’s sisters Claire Sheeran ’16, Ciara Sheeran ’18 and Caitlin Sheeran ’21. Lisa Bonino ’03 also served as a bridesmaid. Many more alumni from the class of 1992 through 2013 were also in attendance. / Anna Szarnicki recently completed her graduate degree in nursing at Columbia University and is working as a psychiatric nurse practitioner with Janian Medical Care providing psychiatric outreach services to homeless New Yorkers.

2004 Caroline A. Robinson was recently named associate producer of the critically acclaimed Disney XD series, Star Wars Rebels. She joined Lucasfilm one year ago after seven years in production management at DreamWorks Animation.

2005 Lt. j.g. Nicholas Brady married Jeannine Yap ’07 on Nov. 5 at the Immaculate Church of the University of San Diego. The wedding party included bridesmaids Julia Klein ’07 (Maid of Honor), Jessica Alejandrino ’07, Mike Mace (Best Man), Marcel Thompson, Zac Lee, Eric Kathrein, Joel Schow ’11, Tony Brady ’96, Matt Brady ’99 and Brandon Yap  ’17. They danced the night away at Admiral Baker Golf Course with family members Angela (Puey) Brady ’99 and Steve ’68, Emmet ’01 and Owen McDonagh ’02, along with classmates DiMarco Hoskins, Trevor Lambright, Geremy Lobo, Julianne Louie, Gustavo Manzanares, Chaz Morales, Matt Smith and Katie (Jeung) Thompson. / Darren Criss* was cast in the new FX series called Versace: American Crime Story. He and his brother Chuck Criss ’03* also launched a new music project called Computer Games. He also appeared in a crossover episode for Supergirl and The Flash and will appear in the film version of Speech and Debate. / Kate Fehlhaber* was interviewed by Cate Scott Campbell ’00* for her podcast on science and art. / Bridget Tarantino married Matt Bergstrom on Oct. 22. Their wedding party included Kate Bergstrom ’07, Ashley Tarantino ’02, Courtney Tarantino ’98 and Zach Salin. Celebrating with the couple were classmates Kristina Kern, Anna King, Jane Zatkin, Jess Morse, Erica Cerles, Gina (Balestrieri) Igwe and Dan Hemphill.

2007 San Francisco’s Rec and Park praised Ryan Kelly* for his volunteer work to the Dominican Republic, where he donated baseball equipment.

2008 Keelin Woodell* is appearing on the big screen in The Bye Bye Man and her brother, Colin Woodell ’10, starred in Long Day’s Journey Into Night (as Edmund Tyrone) at the Geffen Playhouse with Alfred Molina and Jane Kaczmarek. The LA Times praised Colin for his stellar performance.


2009 ABC 7 profiled the recovery of SFPD’s Kevin Downs* who had been shot in the line of duty. Kevin was also honored at the Triple I (Irish, Italian, Israeli) luncheon in March.

2012 Greg Davis,* representing Princeton’s U.S. Training Center, was the first American rower to finish fourth at the Crash B World Ergometer Championships in Boston in February. Greg finished with a time of 5:50.2 behind a Czech rower, a Belarus Olympian and a Cuban Olympic rower. Greg’s time was 2 seconds off his personal record of 5:48, both extraordinary times on the world level. Greg then left for the Olympic Training Center at Colorado Springs for high altitude training. He wore his SI Crew St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock unisuit during the event.

2013 The Baseball America website reported on Giants’ farm team standout Matt Krook* who is now playing for the San Jose Giants. / Kevin Sullivan* at Cal and Kevin O'Connor ’12 at St. Mary's played against each other in rugby. / Elyse Vincenzi was crowned Miss San Francisco 2017. She will represent San Francisco at various community events and fundraisers and at the Miss California competition in June. She is also an ambassador for the American Heart Association and for the Children’s Miracle Network.

2014 Quincy Mann* was praised for launching Students Seeking Change in Educating and Nurturing Diversity, a student-athlete group aimed at taking Lehigh’s athletic leadership to the next level.

2015 Sydney Raggio* was named to the All West Coast Conference team for her work with St. Mary’s basketball team.

2016 Griffin Burke* set a record in the 200 backstroke at Fairfield University.

2017 A team of five students took part in the annual SLAC regional DOE High School Science Bowl competition, coached by SI physics teacher Kristina Boyce. The students have a strong interest and proficiency in math and science and were among 30 high school teams competing from the Bay Area. Emily Isip* served as the student leader. She introduced this opportunity and recruited the rest of the team including Ayushi Tandel, Emma Schmiege, Alex Lo and Airol Ubas ’19. / Ariana Abdulmassih* was nominated for McDonald’s All-American Basketball Team. / Lacrosse player Catriona Barry* was named player of week by U.S. Lacrosse Magazine in March. / Dartmouth highlighted Mallen Bischoff* as a new volleyball recruit. / Cal-Hi Sports named Anne Crouch* to its Second-Team, All-State volleyball team. / Nick Menchero* was named to the Mercury News’ All-Bay Area football team. / Will Sweeney* signed to play football for Stanford./ Mei Tam* spoke in March at a TedX Youth Conference held at SHC on the topic of “The Invisible Minority.” / Kyle Wilkinson* advanced to the quarterfinals of the San Francisco City Golf Championship in March.

2018 Madie Augusto* threw a no-hitter for SI softball in February. / Sophia Boosalis* received five national art awards for her printmaking, drawing and illustrations from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Her twin brother Andrew Boosalis* was selected as a Young Arts Foundation Merit Winner in classical music (percussion) and also received a merit award from the National Young Arts Competition. / Brandon Hing* received honors after a weekend at the University of Pacific’s annual performance of Mahler at Pacific. After auditioning last fall, he was selected as one of 40 high school students from 150 applicants from all over California.

2019 Cal-Hi Sports named Jaedon Roberts* to the state football all-sophomore team.


Posted by Mr. Paul J. Totah on Thursday April, 13, 2017


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