Notable Alumni

Are you a Saint Mary's alum? If so, you're in pretty good company.

Some of Saint Mary's notable alumni are as follows:


  • Jennifer Chambliss Bertman MFA 2001, author of New York Times bestseller Book Scavenger, The Unbreakable Code
  • Lisa Congdon 1990, fine artist, author and illustrator
  • Gaby Dalkin 2008, author, CEO and founder, What's Gaby Cookin'
  • Robert Hass 1963, poet Laureate of the United States, 1995-97
  • Mary Volmer 2001, author and Saint Mary’s professor


  • Kyle Barraclough 2012, MLB pitcher (2015- ), led all NL relievers in strikeouts per nine innings (2016)
  • Tom Candiotti 1979, MLB pitcher (1983-99), famous for the knuckleball, Arizona Diamondbacks radio/TV analyst
  • Matthew Dellavedova 2013, NBA player (2013- ), NBA champion with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2016), SMC all-time leading scorer, Australian Olympic men's basketball team (2012, 2016)
  • Valerie Fleming MA 2003, Olympic silver medalist in women's bobsled (2006)
  • Harry Hooper 1907, (dec.) National Baseball Hall of Fame
  • John Henry Johnson 1953, Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Bob Ladouceur 1989, head football coach, De La Salle High (Concord, Calif., 1979-2012), holder of longest high school winning streak in history
  • Tom Meschery 1961, pro and college basketball great; teacher and poet
  • Patty Mills 2011, NBA player (2009- ), NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs (2014), Australian Olympic men's basketball team (2008, 2012, 2016)
  • JR Payne 1999, head women's basketball coach, University of Colorado (2016-present)
  • Christina Roybal 2003, senior associate athletics director for sports administration / senior woman administrator, University of Northern Iowa
  • Tracy Sanders 2000, head women's basketball coach, Southern Utah University
  • Stephanie Shrieve-Hawkins MA 2000, director of athletics, San Francisco State University
  • Mark Teahen 2003, MLB player (2005-11), SMC career batting average record holder (.386), featured in the bestselling Michael Lewis book Moneyball
  • Louella Tomlinson 2011, WNBL champion (2012), Hungarian league champion (2014)
  • Patrick Vincent HON 1983, SMC men's rugby coach (1968-83), founder of USA Rugby, US Rugby Hall of Fame inductee


  • Mario Alioto 1982, senior vice president of business operations, San Francisco Giants
  • Paul Boschetto 1976, CEO, Able Services
  • B.J. Cassin HON 1997, philanthropist, founder of Xidex Corporation
  • BeBe Cassin HON 1997, philanthropist
  • Peter Corsa 2004, chief operating officer, At Home
  • Brother Timothy Diener, FSC 1933 (dec.), rebuilt Napa Valley as a global player in wine following Prohibition
  • Shirley Griffin 1993, executive vice president, Wells Fargo Bank (ret.)
  • Tiffin Groff 2003, vice president and general manager, Cold Craft Division, Peet's Coffee and Tea
  • James Guyette 1967, president & CEO, Rolls-Royce of North America, Inc. (1997-2015, ret.)
  • Catriona Harris 2000, cheif executive officer, Uproar PR
  • Ken Hofmann 1945 (dec.), owner, Oakland Athletics; developer
  • John Koller 1995, global marketing executive, Twitch; former vice president for marketing, Sony PlayStation
  • Cristen Lunt 1997, VP of Accounting and Corporate Controller, ClifBar
  • Nicholas Moore 1963, chairman (ret.), PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • Rand Morimoto MBA 1993, founder and president, Convergent Computing; cybersecurity consultant for three U.S. presidents
  • Tami Munns 1985, senior vice president of corporate services, Robert Half International
  • Liz Nunan 2003, director of content marketing and creative services, Gap, Inc.
  • Tami Reller 1994, Chief Marketing & Experience Officer, UnitedHealthcare 
  • Quentin Reynolds 1929 (dec.), former chairman, CEO, Safeway Stores, Inc.
  • George Schmitt 1965, president (ret.), Omnipoint Communication & AirTouch International
  • Jason Shellen 1996, founding project manager of Google Reader, tech entrepreneur
  • Kris Snow MBA 1990, president, Cisco Systems Capital
  • Lynn Tolin 1980, MBA 1996, chief operatin office, TMG Partners
  • Amy Vernetti 1990, director of leadership recruiting at Moonshots at Google, founding board member at Envision Education
  • Kim Vogel 1989, CEO, Founderm, Base Venture Investors


  • Brother Mel Anderson 1951, president, Saint Mary's College for 27 years
  • Brother Alfred Brousseau 1928 (dec.), mathematician, widely-renowned authority on the Fibonacci numbers
  • Mark DeMarco 1982, president, De La Salle High School
  • Angélica Garcia 1998, EdD, vice president of student services, Skyline College
  • David Holquin 2003, president, Justin-Siena High School
  • Odell Johnson, Jr. 1958, president of Laney College (1981-1998), former SMC Regent, current SMC Trustee
  • Herman Lujan 1958 (dec.), vice president for academic affairs, Cal State Stanislaus
  • Ronald McArthur 1949, founder, St. Thomas Aquinas College
  • Brother Leo Meehan 1908 (dec.), famed academian; author; orator
  • John Scudder 1977, president of Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory (San Francisco, 2002-14), 33 years at school 
  • Jenny Olin Shanahan 1991, assistant provost for high-impact practices, Bridgewater State University
  • Mary Spellman, EdD 2007, executive director, The Fletcher Jones Foundtation
  • Brother Jerome West 1940 (dec.), Christian Brothers Provincial; founder of 3 high schools


  • Mahershala Ali 1996, actor, two-time Academy Awards winner, Golden Globes winner
  • Sterling Norman Anderson 1980, Emmy-nominated screenwriter, three-time NAACP Image Award nominee for best screenwriter
  • Jon Bertain 2007, writer and editor, Academy Awards winner (2018) for Best Documentary Feature Icarus
  • Margaret French Isaac 1985, president, Denise Di Novi Pictures
  • Peter Kelly 1998, senior animator, Amazon Lab 126, former Industrial Light & Magic lead animator
  • Tony Martin 1935, entertainer; member, Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Brian Doyle-Murray 1968, actor, most known for Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, Wayne's World
  • Raymond Syufy, Sr. 1940 (dec.), founder, Century Theaters
  • Herman Wedemeyer 1949 (dec.), football star, Hawaii legislator, original cast of "Hawaii 5-0"


  • Laura Garcia 1991, anchorwoman, NBC-11
  • Michael Collopy 1982, photographer and author, published Works of Love are Works of Peace, a photographic documentation of Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity
  • Matt Ginella 1995, Golf Channel analyst
  • Katie Lippincott 1998, Sr. Motion Graphics/Video Producer, Apple
  • Carolina Marquez 2007, host, Cali Mornings, Cali 93.9 Los Angeles
  • Tim O’Rourke 2003, executive producer,

Public Service

  • Joseph Alioto 1937, (dec.) former mayor of San Francisco
  • Camera Chatham Bartolotta, 1986, Pennsylvania State Senator
  • Jessica Binzoni 2010, founder and executive director, Hope and Future International
  • Maria Elena Durazo 1975, general vice president of immigration, civil rights and diversity, UNITE HERE; California state senator (Los Angeles)
  • Sparky Harlan EE 1979, CEO, Bill Wilson Center and White House Champion of Change
  • Jack Henning 1938, former U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand; California labor leader
  • Rosalind Hudnell 1998, vice president of corporate affairs, president, Intel Foundation
  • Jennifer Kent 1995, director of the California Department of Health Care Services (2015- )
  • Manuel Lujan 1950, former Secretary of the Interior, 1989-1993; Congressman (NM), 1969-1989
  • Tom Lyons 1950, activist, Catholic Relief Services; detention minister
  • George P. Miller 1912 (dec.), Congressman from California, 1945-1973
  • Yusuf Nessary 2013, founder of Zam Zam Water, invited to speak at Vatican for World Water Day
  • Mony Nop EE 2004, founder, Mony Nop Foundation; co-founder, Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance
  • Troy Nunley 1986, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of California
  • Don Perata 1967, California State senator (1998-2004), president pro tempore (2004-08)
  • Jennifer Rainin MA 1991, executive director, Kenneth Rainin Foundation
  • Melanie Stansbury 2002, New Mexico State House representative; served two years on U/S/ Senate Committee on Energy and Resources


  • Brad Andrews 1971, chief zoological officer, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
  • Dr. Karl Beutner 1971, former chief medical officer, Dow Pharmaceutical Sciences; co-founder, DermBiont 
  • John Macken 1962, scientist, inventor with numerous patents; developed LaserCraft technology
  • Dennis Meiss 1969, founder of ProThera
  • Dr. Andrea Pernell-Sawicki 1983, surgeon; member, SMC Athletics Hall of Fame
  • Melissa Stafford Jones 1993, executive director, Lesher Foundation; former Region IX Director, U.S. Department of Human and Health Services
  • Dr. Carl Wu 1974, distinguished cancer researcher, scientist emeritus, National Cancer Institute