Who got their start at SU?
Nearly 5,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area can say they got their start at Syracuse University. Armed with their degrees and shaped by their experiences on and off the SU campus, these individuals are making a difference and finding success in northern California and beyond. Meet Roger Gershman ’86, Elizabeth O’Neal ’11, Krista Canfield ’03, Katelin DeStefano ’10, Peter Hébert ’99, Chad Rittgers ’01, and Shay Zak ’84 by clicking on their names below!
Peter Su L’94 switched career gears when he went from being an engineer to earning a degree from the Syracuse University College of Law. Now a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Dentons law firm, Su has many fond memories of his time on campus,
Bill Halpin ’88, G’95, G’05 was considering a career in the law, but a trusted mentor in the College of Engineering and Computer Science changed his mind.
Patty Enrado G'90 has told the story of Filipino American farm workers in her book "A Village in the Fields."
Adam Lippard ’93, head of Global Sports and Entertainment Consulting for GMR Marketing in San Francisco and a member of the Syracuse University's San Francisco Regional Council, credits SU with preparing him for his successful career.
Barbara Knickerbocker Beskind ’45, age 92, is a conceptual designer at top Silicon Valley firm IDEO, where she works to discover how various technologies and materials can be used to solve the problems of aging and low vision.
Lydia Nichols ’07 has one of the coolest jobs in the world ... she doodles for Google.
Elizabeth "Liz" Hogan ’11 is preparing for the World Cup in Women's Lacrosse. Read more.
Beth Mowins G’90, who started her broadcasting career at a local radio station in Homer, New York, is the first female to call Oakland Raiders preseason games.
Connecticut native Ezra Broder ’05, relocated to the Bay Area, is now the president-elect of the NorCal Orange Alumni Club. “My four years at Syracuse help define who I am today,” he says. “I wasn’t just an Orangeman for four years; I am one for life!”
Tyson Hubbard L’08, who grew up in the small Upstate New York town of Throop, now works at Downey Brand LLP, the largest law firm in Sacramento. “The legal reasoning, writing, and communication skills taught by my Syracuse professors have positioned me to do excellent work on behalf of my clients,” he says.
Jack Fiorito ’59 has been recognized for his work with Bay Area landmarks. Last year, the Town of Tiburon (Calif.) Heritage & Arts Commission presented him with its annual Heritage Preservation Award.
Entrepreneur Barnett Klane ’13 says San Francisco is where he needs to be to advance his career. “I knew it would be the place for me to expand my capabilities as a web developer," he says.
California native Christopher Sotiropulos ’10 considers his decision to leave family and friends to attend Syracuse University one of the best choices he’s ever made.
Sacchi Patel’s favorite Syracuse University memories are atmospheric and athletic—the first time he saw lightning during a snowstorm, and watching SU basketball with his close friends.
Roger Gershman ’86, founder and CEO of WealthGuard Inc., credits his SU experience with being instrumental in his success. “SU ignited my desire to never stop learning, and taught me you need a strong work ethic in order to attain your goals,” he says.
Elizabeth O’Neal ′11, a Connecticut native, has found success in the City by the Bay as the creative director of a digital marketing agency. One of her favorite Syracuse University memories is of jumping on the roof of the Carrier Dome right before graduation. “It was the greatest feeling—like being on top of the world!” she says.
Krista Canfield ’03 knows the importance of connections. As senior manager of corporate communications for LinkedIn, Canfield harnesses the power of her connections in the media industry to share all the good things happening at the company. And her professional journey started with her intelligent use of SU’s alumni network.
As a lead designer for the marketing team of Western Athletic Clubs, a California-based network of fitness and wellness resorts, Katelin DeStefano ’10 credits her educators at SU’s School of Visual and Performing Arts for giving her the skills to advance quickly in her career.
Peter Hébert ’99 dreamed of becoming a journalist, but it wasn't until he took an an introduction to entrepreneurship course at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management that he found his true calling.
For self-professed “business development junkie” Chad Rittgers ’01, SU's Bay Area alumni network is a way to connect with alums at Silicon Valley giants like Google and Apple, as well as those involved in small technology startups.
As the founder of Zak Architecture, Shay Zak ’84 enjoys creating buildings that can change how people view the world. “For us, a building is not just a place to dwell,” he says. “It’s a work of art and an expression of the dreams and passion within us all.”