2014 Honorees

Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill Award
for exemplary service to the university

Kevin W. Dooley ’93 (BA)

Bishop Charles Francis Buddy Award
for contributions to humanitarian causes

James W. Brennan ’96 (BBA)

Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family
Athletic Hall of Fame
for extraordinary athletic success

Andrew Rae ’76 (BBA),
Men’s Tennis

Author E. Hughes Career
Achievement Award
for professional career achievement

College of Arts and Sciences

Peter Kiley ’85 (BA)

School of Business Administration

Robert Bruning ’86 (BBA)

Hahn School of Nursing and
Health Science

Susan Stone PhD, RN, NEA-BC ’94 (MSN), ’07 (PhD)

Joan B. Kroc School of
Peace Studies

Shobha Pradhan Shrestha ’08 (MA)

School of Law

Jeffrey T. Thomas ’82 (JD)

School of Leadership and
Education Sciences

Stuart Grauer ’89 (EdD)

Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering

Mauricio López-Hodoyán ’93 (BS/BA), ’95 (IMBA)

 


 

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Kevin W. Dooley

Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill Award

Kevin W. Dooley ’93 (BA)
Executive Director, CCS Fundraising

When Kevin Dooley transferred to USD in 1990, he could not have imagined the impact he would eventually have on the lives of students today. Dooley has been deeply engaged with the university for more than two decades, serving on numerous committees and boards.

The call to help others was instilled in Dooley from his father, a physician, and his mother, a nurse. His parents and two sisters consistently supported his parish and scouting activities while helping Dooley earn the Eagle Scout award.

Dooley received a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from USD in 1993. While a student, he was active in the Student Alumni Association and Associated Students. He also served on the Senior Legacy Committee and O-Board, which assisted with the planning of student orientation.

Dooley served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2001 to 2011 and the Homecoming Committee from 2002 to 2008. Inspired by a fellow Torero’s focus on scholarship funding, he founded the USD Wine Classic in 2009 to support the Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund. As a Level I member of the Court of Master Sommeliers, he continues to be involved in the event, which to date has raised more than $200,000 for the USD Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Dooley is an executive director for CCS, an international fundraising consulting and management firm. Dooley’s projects span philanthropic sectors with clients in Massachusetts, New York, Montana, Missouri and California. In all his endeavors he strives to reflect the personal values that Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill espoused — loyalty, fidelity, honesty and integrity.



James W. Brennan

Bishop Charles Francis Buddy Award

James W. Brennan ’96 (BBA)
CEO, Enlightened Hospitality Group

James Brennan has received national recognition for his success as a restaurateur and nightclub owner. He is the founder of Enlightened Hospitality Group, which holds Stingaree, Campine Catering and the Fabric Family restaurants, including Searsucker, which opened to local and national acclaim and, within a few months of its debut, snagged the No. 2 spot on Time Magazine’s “Ten Hottest Restaurants.”

Combining his expertise in launching business and his entrepreneurial approach to building buzz and excitement, Brennan also helped lead the charge of Suja Juice’s launch and groundbreaking success. Today, Suja is one of the fastest growing juice companies in the country, and was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal.

His success, however, is also defined by his dedication to philanthropy and the innovative concept he coined, known as “The Fabric of Social Dining.” He believes in the power of giving back and uses this success to make a difference in his community — locally and globally.

Brennan sits on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities of San Diego, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Cathedral Catholic High School. He was the driving force behind Rockaway Reach, a disaster relief fund created in the aftermath of the devastation inflicted by Hurricane Sandy on the communities of Breezy Point, Belle Harbor, and the Rockaways, in Brennan’s hometown of Rockaway, NY. His relief work led to a profile on “60 Minutes” with reporter Scott Pelley in November 2012. In 2013, Brennan was named Big Brothers Big Sisters Person of the Year.



Andrew Rae

Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family
Athletic Hall of Fame

Andrew Rae ’76 (BBA)
Men’s Tennis

Andrew Rae, a native of Melbourne, Australia, played for the Toreros men’s tennis team from 1972 to 1975. He was a two-time NCAA Division II All-American and national singles champion (1974 and 1975), the NCAA Division II national doubles champion (1974), and the NCAA Division II national doubles runner-up in 1975. His doubles partner was fellow Australian, Russell Watts, with whom he’s still good friends. Rae led USD to back-to-back NCAA Division II national team championships in 1974 and 1975. Following graduation, he got married and taught tennis under Ed Collins at nearby Rancho Bernardo Inn before accepting a head pro position at a private club in Pittsburg, Penn. Rae returned to Australia in 1979, and in 1981 founded and still operates a successful business in retail lumber and hardware.

At the age of 35 he started competing in seniors tennis events in Australia, USA and Europe. Since the age of 45 he has achieved the No. 1 world ranking in the 45, 50, 55 and 60 age groups; won seven world singles titles; won nine world doubles titles in team competition; and been a member of eight winning teams in world team competitions playing at No. 1. Additionally, he held the No. 1 ranking in Australia in his age group from 2000 into late 2013. In 2010, he became the first person from his country to receive the prestigious Newcombe Medal for seniors tennis and, in December 2012, was honored with his second Newcombe Medal, named for John Newcombe, a member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.



Peter Kiley

Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award

College of Arts and Sciences


Peter Kiley ’85 (BA)
Vice President of Affiliate Relations, C-SPAN

Peter Kiley is C-SPAN’s vice president of Affiliate Relations. Since 2004, he has managed the national public affairs network’s relationships with cable television operators, satellite companies and other multi-channel video providers.

His job is to assure the broadest distribution of C-SPAN, C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3 to 100 million U.S. households through targeted legal, financial, marketing, business development, digital and community/public relations strategies. A strong believer in the power of social media, Kiley advocated C-SPAN’s use of social platforms and remains deeply involved in expanding its reach.

During the past 28 years, Kiley has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility at the nonprofit C-SPAN. From 1996 to 2000, he managed the network’s two 45-foot high-tech ‘school buses’ as they toured the country to produce programs and advance the community and education efforts of cable operators. He continues to give strategic guidance to the network’s community outreach activities.

Kiley has become C-SPAN’s respected ambassador to the cable industry. He served or serves on numerous boards and industry-related committees. He mentors young professionals, including participants in the Women in Cable & Telecommunications mentoring program. CableFAX Magazine has honored him as one of “Cable’s Top 100 Power Players,” and, in 2004, was named their “Nicest Guy in Cable.”

Outside his professional life, Kiley serves as a youth basketball and soccer coach, on development committees at his children’s schools, and as a Eucharistic minister. He resides in Virginia with his wife, Susan, and three children, Jane, Phillip and Henry.



Robert Bruning

Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award

School of Business Administration


Robert Bruning ’86 (BBA)
Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

Robert Bruning is the managing partner of the Ernst & Young San Diego office. He manages a team of over 300 professionals who deliver accounting, tax and advisory services to San Diego based companies. He has been in various roles with Ernst & Young from 1986 to 1993 and again from 1998 through the present. Robert has 23 years experience serving publicly traded global clients throughout Southern California in the Life Science, Technology and Consumer Product sectors. He has participated in multiple public transactions related to equity or debt financings and mergers/acquisitions.

From 1993 to 1998, Robert served as an executive vice president and chief financial officer, which included Cobra Golf and Oakley, both of which were publicly traded multi-national companies. He oversaw all aspects of the accounting, finance and investor relation functions.

Robert received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of San Diego in 1986. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the San Diego Museum of Art, the Board of the YMCA of San Diego County and the advisory board for the University of San Diego Business School. Robert and his wife Marla (’87) live in Carlsbad and have three children, Kelli, Emily and John.



Susan Stone

Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science


Susan Stone PhD, RN, NEA-BC ’94 (MSN), ’07 (PhD)
Senior Vice President and CEO, Sharp Coronado Hospital

Susan Stone, PhD, is the senior vice president and chief executive officer of Sharp Coronado Hospital, a 181-bed, full-service community hospital specializing in total joint replacements and advanced liver care. Dr. Stone joined Sharp HealthCare in 1986, holding numerous leadership positions including chief nursing officer for two of Sharp’s seven hospitals, where she successfully led the 2007 and 2012 Planetree Designation efforts at Sharp Coronado Hospital and Sharp Memorial Hospital respectively, in addition to the 2013 Magnet Re-designation efforts at Sharp Memorial Hospital. Active in the Association for California Nurse Leaders, she is currently a Southern California regional representative to the state Board of Directors and serves as a regional Nursing California Action Coalition Champion. Known for innovative, patient-centered care program development and research and as a national Patient Centered Care Fellow, Dr. Stone contributed to the development of the Designated Patient Centered Care Hospital Program.

She has been a contributing author in the Patient Centered Care Improvement Guide (2008) and the Putting Patient’s First Field Guide (2013). Her work has been featured in several publications including Boom: Blowing the Doors Off Business as Usual (2007); the second edition of Putting Patients First (2009); and the Health Environments Research and Design Journal (2008). She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at San Diego State University, followed by her Master of Science in Nursing and Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing Science at the University of San Diego.



Shobha Pradhan Shrestha

Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies


Shobha Pradhan Shrestha ’08 (MA)
Founder and Executive Chair, Women for Peace and Democracy (WPD), Nepal

Shobha Pradhan Shrestha is the founder and executive chair of Women for Peace and Democracy (WPD), Nepal. Shrestha has more than a decade of experience in peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Currently, she is working with 416 marginalized women in the rural parts of Nepal and is focusing on building their capacity and facilitating their roles in the process of socioeconomic and political change.

Shrestha is also a conflict resolution trainer and network manager of peacebuilding efforts at grassroots and national levels. She has been assisting the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at USD’s School of Peace Studies with women, politics, and peace programs since 2004. Shrestha is an active member of the Control Arms Coalition, International Action Network on Small Arms and Working Group on Small Arms and Other Portable Lethal Weapons. Her efforts have been focused on small arms control since 2003. Shrestha represented Nepal in control arms strategy meetings and participated in the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) signing ceremony at the United Nations on June 3, 2013. She presented a paper on “Armed Violence into Development (Geneva Declaration),” a civil society statement from Nepal, at the third biennial meeting of states on illicit trade in small arms, at the United Nations in July 2008. Shrestha previously served as the member secretary in South Asia Small Arms Network Nepal (SASA Net Nepal). She carried out research for the Nepal Chapter of Small Arms and is one of the authors of the book, Barrel of Gun, published in April 2006 by SASA Net Nepal.



Jeffrey T. Thomas

Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award

School of Law


Jeffrey T. Thomas ’82 (JD)
Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Jeffrey T. Thomas, a partner in the Orange County office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, joined the firm in 1983, after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Gerald Brown, presiding justice of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District. Thomas is a co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and a member of its IP and Antitrust Practice Groups.

Thomas has successfully litigated significant intellectual property and complex business cases. He recently served as lead trial counsel for Hewlett-Packard Co. in a significant matter against Oracle in which HP achieved a complete victory after trial.

Thomas received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego, in 1979. He graduated magna cum laude in 1982 from USD School of Law, where he served as comments editor of the San Diego Law Review.

Thomas was the 2007-08 president of USD’s Law Alumni Board and currently serves on the law school’s Board of Visitors.

He was named to the Daily Journal’s 2010 75 Leading IP Litigators. He was selected by the Southern California legal community for the 2009-2013 editions of The Best Lawyers in America; was recently named one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Orange County by Los Angeles Magazine; and, in September 2013, was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal.

Thomas and his wife, Lysa, have three children, Connor, Karly and Delaney.



Stuart Grauer

Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award

School of Leadership and Education Sciences


Stuart Grauer ’89 (EdD)
President and Head of School
The Grauer Foundation for Education/The Grauer School

Stuart Grauer, EdD, goes by the title of teacher, in the hope that his life’s work can help restore some of what is historical and true about this title. He is the founder of The Grauer School, president of The Grauer Foundation for Education and founder of The Small Schools Coalition.

Grauer has been interested in education since he was a young man, becoming the principal of a Swiss international school at the age of 29, but his path in leadership ties directly back to his mentors at USD. In 1991, he founded The Grauer School and is considered one of the nation’s top authorities on small schools and expeditionary education and consults and speaks widely about these topics. He has evaluated schools worldwide and taught graduate education courses. He was awarded a Fulbright Administrator Exchange to Argentina and, in 2012, an Ameson Foundation exchange to China.

Dr. Grauer’s writings and work have taken him many times around the globe and have been covered widely — including by The Discovery Channel, The New York Times, International Education Review, ASCD — and frequently in the local press, where he has been named “Peacemaker of the Year” and a “Legendary Local.”

His new book, Real Teachers, has been called a “wise, lyrical, and liberating book” by professional reviewers, but Grauer favors the reading of a teacher from inner-city LA: “Not only did I lose myself in the eloquent narratives that Real Teachers provided, I felt a sense of affirmation that there is more to education than what we’ve all been focusing on.”



Maurico López-Hodoyán

Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award

Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering


Mauricio López-Hodoyán ’93 (BS/BA), ’95 (IMBA)
Vice President Strategy & Analysis,
Qualcomm Technologies Inc.

Mauricio López-Hodoyán joined Qualcomm in 1996 as an associate financial analyst. In 2001, he transitioned to QCT marketing, where he worked on various competitive analysis and product mix forecasting projects. Over time the scope of López-Hodoyán’s role increased and he is now the vice president of strategy and analysis at Qualcomm. He’s responsible for researching, analyzing and forecasting global cellular device and chipset demand by geography, technology, price tier and operating system, original equipment management and distribution channels for Qualcomm’s Chipset Division, known as QCT.

The analysis and recommendations from his team are used to drive the division’s financial forecast and long-term planning, which includes product procurement. The findings are also used by Qualcomm’s Licensing Division and corporate finance and play a key role in Qualcomm’s financial planning and guidance to investors.

Prior to joining Qualcomm, López-Hodoyán worked as an electrical engineer at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest Division in San Diego modeling electrical power systems. He earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1993 and a master’s in international business in 1995, both from the University of San Diego. López-Hodoyán is the inaugural Hughes Career Achievement recipient from the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, which was established in September 2013.