Beneath the Surface

Can we really know another person? Everything about them? That’s a question we’ve likely pondered since the beginning of human relationships. Each of us is a complex brew of ideas, passions, duties, wounds, and exquisite blessings, the details of which we release as appropriate for the occasion. Even in this era of curated identities and online sharing, it’s still difficult to truly know the life of another person. So, we asked the question: Can you tell us something about yourself that people might not already know?

HaiHoFather Hai Ho ’03, O.F.M. Cap.


I’m a runner. (And, no, I don’t run in my sandals and brown robe!) Besides being physically energizing and mentally freeing, running has also been a spiritual practice for me. Running is one of the ways that I pray; usually with the rosary or reflecting on my upcoming homily. Some of the better homilies that I’ve preached have been inspired during a run. I ran the LA Marathon a few years ago, and am planning to run the OC Marathon in May 2016 to support migrants and refugees. #priestontherun

Charles Moore Charles Moore ’70

Chief executive officer at McGuire Real Estate

What would surprise people depends on who you ask! For instance, my three sons can't believe Dad ever had hair. I also used to be a glider pilot. My home port was Calistoga, famous for the winds off the ridge that created an up-wave. You could fly straight lines with the wing just a few feet from the ridge. My take offs were impeccable but my bouncy landings were not, prompting my fellow pilots to call me “Mr. Lander.” I'm willing to take fellow Gaels soaring as long as they know I haven't been in a glider for 25 years.

Brother MichaelBrother Michael F. Murphy '79, M.A. '95

People might be surprised to know that I took a yoga class with Elena Rose Lovejoy, now professor emeritus in KSOE, when I was an undergraduate at Saint Mary’s many years ago. Perhaps more surprising is that I continue to use of some of those yoga practices of stretching and breathing that she taught me with such passion when I go do my daily workout. Physical well-being is intimately connected to my embodied Lasallian spirituality. I am deeply grateful to Elena for her inspired teaching of a practice that continues to give meaning to my life even today.

Meg SheaMeg Shea ’87

Integrative nutrition health coach 

For more than four decades, I’ve been swimming in pools, lakes, rivers, and oceans around the world. Often those waters have been murky and tumultuous. Now in my 50s, I am a woman of purpose who acknowledges that my life in and under the water has taught me dolphin-like flow. As I downshift from the frenetic, doing life and committed to my health, what really matters has surfaced. Health and integrity, the foundation of a fulfilling and workable life. Extraordinary well-being is our access to healthy choices, communication, freedom, and relatedness with others. Ripple effect of good!

Raina LeonRaina J. León

Associate professor, Single Subject Credential Program, English

It involves television. I am a Trekkie/Trekker (Nimoy preferred the latter as the identifier). My favorite captains: Picard, Sisko, Janeway. Depends on the day. In Star Trek, I think of relationships and the laws and politics that govern them. I can also imagine a future where there are people of color who lead, guide, and create. Science fiction is a product of our current imagining for the future, yet it often omits people of color, especially Black people. What does this say for our current reality? Still, in Star Trek, I dream of future and legacy.

Jordann ColemanJordann Coleman ’04

Vice president, Heffernan Insurance Brokers

I have become an advocate for newborn screening. My son was born with a serious but treatable disease and thanks to the newborn screening test performed shortly after his birth, we were able to diagnose the disease and immediately begin treatment without him sustaining any adverse effects. There is no uniform standard of testing across the country so the difference between life and death for these babies can depend on their birthplace. I will continue to advocate until all babies born in the U.S. are able to receive timely screenings and results so they can lead happy and healthy lives.

Alfonso AvilaAlfonso Avila ’14

Tesla Motors university programs recruiter

I'm a “guy’s guy” who lives and breathes sports, is obsessed with cars, and drives a truck. I also happen to love Taylor Swift. I stumbled on her music when I was going through my first heartbreak in high school. Initially, I resisted, until I listened to you belong with me and thought “How can she possibly know what is going on in my life!?’ Ever since, Taylor’s tunes have accompanied me on the emotional highs and lows of life. I may not look like a typical Taylor Swift fan, but I’m right up there with her biggest fans.

Kendra Capece '12Kendra Capece '12

Operations manager at the Workshop Cafe, San Francisco

I was partially raised by a Catholic priest. He baptized me and when my mom was juggling full-time work and school, he picked me up from school and I volunteered at the rectory every week for five years. We told stories, played games, did homework and ate a lot of ice cream. He's also a total rebel and tells it how it is, not your stereotypical priest. Although he's in his early 90s now, he's still one of my best pals. I am very grateful for the influence he's had on my life and love him dearly.

Art Gilmore '86Art Gilmore ’86

Retired; volunteer

I retired from Lucent Technologies 14-and-a-half years ago—very early. Since then, I volunteer for three organizations including Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers, where I serve on the board of directors as treasurer and CFO. We work with law enforcement agencies and the media to offer cash rewards for anonymous tips. We’ve solved many crimes that have led to a number of arrests and convictions. It’s a way we can make the community safer.

Megan Bryan '02Megan Bryan ’02

Firefighter, Oakland Fire Department

I’m an Oakland firefighter and mother. I play two roles, wearing two different uniforms. At work I wear my turnout gear at fires, and medical gloves on medical emergencies. At home, I can be found playing with my 1-year-old in my comfy sweats. I work a 24-hour shift and sleep at the firehouse, away from my family. Work can be extremely stressful when responding to emergencies. I love getting off shift in the morning, walking home and seeing my daughter Scout's bright smile when I walk in the door! My job and life are very rewarding.