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We believe a strong Santa Clara Family makes the world a better place.

As members of the Santa Clara University Alumni Office, we foster passion for the University, inspire lifelong connections, and encourage Santa Clara values to live on within the SCU family. We behave with passion, commitment, and in service to others.

 

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    Megan Alderete

    Director, Digital Engagement

    Megan Alderete M.A. ’11 has been with the Alumni Association since 2014 and manages digital engagement for alumni, including the social media program (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo, and Flickr). She is interested in providing meaningful ways that alumni can engage with each other online, no matter where they live in the world or what life stage they’re in–because sometimes life is too busy to make it to an event in person! Megan is the program manager for SCU Switchboard, and the Alumni Online Directory and hopes to add more online engagement tools in the near future. She is so grateful for the lifelong Bronco friendships she created as a student and continues to create while working in the alumni office. Megan loves spending time with her family and friends and particularly enjoys outdoor activities like beach cruiser bike rides, street festivals, visiting the ocean, and music in the park.

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    Sarah Bonini

    Assistant Director, Community Engagement – Service & Spirituality

    Sarah Jones Bonini J.D. ’93 works as part of the Community Engagement team, managing several regional communities, as well as being the in-house contact on community service and spirituality-focused engagement opportunities. A proud SCU School of Law alumna and Bronco parent of two children, Sarah is also currently working on her master’s degree in pastoral ministries so she can achieve Double Super Bronco status! When not attending SCU sporting events with her Bronco husband, Griffin J.D. ’91, Sarah loves spending time with her family, going to the beach, hiking, yoga, and reading great books.

    Communities:
    Boston, East Bay, Fresno, Hawaii, Monterey/Salinas, Phoenix, Santa Cruz, and Manila

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    Melissa Brotherton

    Associate Director, Operations and Finance

    Melissa Brotherton oversees all internal operations and financial functions for Alumni Relations, including improving internal processes and infrastructure, managing team-wide performance measurements and reporting, leading programs to advance campus partnerships, and overseeing customer service/relations. Melissa enjoys cooking/baking, scrapbooking, arts/crafts, home design, and spending time with her family and friends.

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    Rachaella Giannotta

    Senior Assistant Director, Events

    Rachaella Giannotta supports and assists in the planning and implementation of alumni Signature Events including the Grand Reunion Weekend and the President’s Dinner. Rachaella also oversees Vintage Santa Clara and the Mission Wine Collection. She values the Bronco network and endless opportunities to connect and establish relationships. Rachaella enjoys meeting new people, hiking, fashion, and spending time with her family and friends.

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    Kathy Kale

    Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations

    Kathy Kale ’86 is responsible for managing the Alumni Relations strategic direction, providing leadership and direction to the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and inspiring the talented and hard-working Alumni Office staff. Every day she feels blessed to work on our beautiful Mission Campus and keep our amazing Bronco Family connected to the University and each other.  She also loves spending time with her family and friends, meeting new people, learning new things, and spontaneous trips to The Hut!

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    Fr. Art Liebscher

    Alumni Jesuit Liaison

    Fr. Art ’69 assists the Alumni Office with spiritual services deemed important to the University. His many good works include attending to those in special need, representing the University in liturgies, participating on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and helping build Santa Clara’s Jesuit outreach to younger alumni, special boards, and other constituencies. Fr. Art also currently serves as the Rector for the SCU Jesuit Community.

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    Alma McChesney

    Customer Service Manager

    Alma McChesney is responsible for key activities and programs that enable SCU alumni, parents, students volunteers, friends, benefactors, colleagues at other institutions, and vendors to be informed, involved, and committed to alumni programs and events, while receiving the highest level of operational support and customer service. ​Alma loves engaging with alumni and students visiting the Bannan building. She also enjoys being around her family and friends including attending various music series during the summer and dancing.

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    Maureen Muscat

    Associate Director, Events

    Maureen Muscat ’91, MBA ’99 leads the Signature Events team which is primarily responsible for large alumni events held on campus. The most significant of these is the Grand Reunion Weekend. She has wonderful memories of her time as a student at SCU and is happy to share that her closest friends today are those she met on campus over 20 years ago! Maureen enjoys good food, good wine, and entertaining family and friends whenever possible - the more, the merrier!

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    Paul Neilan

    Senior Associate Director

    Paul Neilan ’70 joined the Alumni Office in 1978. He is responsible for the annual Alumni Association Graduation Picnic, Gianera Society class reunions, and assists with other association events and programs as needed. In his spare time Paul enjoys golf, organic gardening, rock climbing and spending time at his Maui vacation home.

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    Zach Plaza

    Senior Assistant Director, Community Engagement

    Zach Plaza ’07 works as part of the Community Engagement team, managing regional communities of alumni around the globe. Zach also leads the Alumni Association’s efforts with regards to professional engagement, adding value through engaging alumni around industry knowledge sharing, network building, and virtual and in-person programming. As the Senior Assistant Director, Community Engagement, Zach is responsible for managing the Alumni Association’s industry-based groups, corporate connections, and overall career efforts. Zach believes in the Association’s mantra that "A Strong Santa Clara Family Makes the World a Better Place" and enjoys connecting Broncos all over the world to each other and to the University. Zach enjoys following his favorite Bay Area sports teams and spending time with his friends and family, especially his wife, and their two young sons.

    Communities:
    Central Coast, San Diego, Orange County, New York, Washington D.C., and Hong Kong

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    Audrey Redmond

    Associate Director, Marketing & Communications

    Audrey Redmond M.A. ’19 leads the marketing and communications team for the SCU Alumni Association. She is primarily responsible for marketing and communications strategies, brand integrity, the monthly Bronco Connect alumni eNewsletter, and oversees alumni email communications, website, digital engagement, and content creation. A Bronco alumna and parent, Audrey has great affection for the mission of SCU, is inspired by Santa Clara alumni and students, and loves hearing their stories. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, hot yoga, golf, and almost anything outdoors.

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    Juan Reyes

    Finance and Data Specialist, Operations and Finance

    Juan Reyes supports internal operations and financial functions for Alumni Relations, including financial reporting, metrics, and other key programs and events. In his spare time, Juan enjoys sharing great food with family and friends, visiting new restaurants, and exploring new places.

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    Kristina Schroeder

    Assistant Director, Systems & Technology

    Kristina Schroeder ’09 is responsible for providing the Alumni office team event systems and technology support to improve efficiency and deliver consistent and engaging messaging. Kristina enjoys spending her free time hiking, traveling, and chasing around her two little boys in the East Bay.

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    Jenny Sullivan

    Associate Director, Community Engagement

    Jenny (Moody) Sullivan ’07 leads the Community Engagement team, comprised of four directors that oversee our geographic, identity, affinity, and industry-based communities. She is primarily responsible for advancing the strategic priorities of the Alumni Association through the development and coordination of over 100 alumni events and countless alumni relationships. Along with her team, she is responsible for engaging a broad and diverse group of alumni, current parents, and friends while delivering a wide variety of experiences for Broncos all over the world. She enjoys connecting Broncos to one another and back to the University through our shared passion for such a special place that means so much to all of us. Jenny loves spending time with her friends and family, especially  her two sons, JT (SCU Class of 2035!) and Liam (SCU Class of 2041!).

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    Maria von Massenhausen

    Associate Director, Program Management

    Maria von Massenhausen ’87 is dedicated to providing engagement opportunities that foster the spirit, pride, history & tradition of SCU through unique programming and special projects. She is a point person for the Alumni Family Scholarship, Virtual Alumni Book Club, and Canine Companions to name a few.  From a long line of Broncos, Maria loves to hear stories from your Santa Clara days.  In her free time she is most happy following the Giants, walking the dogs, or spending time with her family and friends.

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    To Be Hired

    Assistant Director, Community Engagement – Student & Identity

    This director will manage our student engagement efforts, including student-focused events and our volunteer student group, the Student Alumni Council. This individual will also lead our five identity-based communities: Asian Pacific Islander Alumni Group, Black Alumni Group, Chicanx Latinx Alumni Group, LGBTQ+ Alumni Group, and Veterans Alumni Group, along with overseeing our our Alumni Relations diversity and inclusion efforts. He or she will also manage several regional communities, including Marin, Napa/Santa Rosa, Portland, Reno/Tahoe, Sacramento, and India.

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    To Be Hired

    Assistant Director, Community Engagement – Young Alumni & Graduate Alumni

    This director will be leading our graduate and young alumni engagement efforts. (We define young alumni as having graduated within the last 10 years… if that’s you, keep an eye out for opportunities in your area!) He or she will also manage several regional communities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Peninsula, San Francisco, Santa Clara Valley, Seattle, and Guam.

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