Alumni Stories

Menlo Alumni Lead and Succeed

We like to say that your classmates at Menlo might include a future CEO or a future world leader. Or it might be you. Our alumni achieve success all over the world; some appear on Fortune and Forbes lists. What’s more important, they are doing things they love.

Keep up with your fellow Menlo grads around the world. They form an international network of support and advice. Submit your story. From kids to career, we all want to hear the latest news!

What Our Alumni are Saying

Nate Jackson ‘02

Nate Jackson ‘02
The most prolific wide receiver to ever play for Menlo College, Jackson shattered every career receiving record in school history, including: touchdowns (43), receiving yards (3,976) and total receptions (261). An impressive three-year career with the Oaks spanning 1999 to 2001 caught the eye of Bay Area football legend, Bill Walsh, and the rest was history. His first, and highly-regarded NFL-memoir, “Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile,” provides an insightful look into his six-year career in the NFL, and has received rave reviews from multiple national publications, including the New York Times, Rolling Stone Magazine and NPR.

Piper (Stangl) St. Hill ’04

Piper (Stangl) St. Hill ’04
A Bay Area native, Piper graduated with a BS in Management. Piper is currently a monitoring analyst at TriplePoint Capital in Menlo Park. She credits her Menlo education, internship, decision to complete graduate school and close access to Silicon Valley opportunities for her success. Piper remains very close to her college friends, and fondly remembers faculty, like Donna Little and Craig Medlen, who were great facilitators in preparing her for a career in accounting and finance.

Sidra Iqbal ‘12

Sidra Iqbal ‘12
Meet Sidra Iqbal. Sidra is an accounting major who graduated magna cum laude, with 150 units of college credit – and did it all in four years. Dedicated would be one way to describe Sidra. Sidra’s outstanding academic and service work has already jumpstarted her career. In a highly competitive market, she won a summer internship with KPMG.

Mike Liguori ‘11

Mike Liguori ‘11
Mike Liguori, a Menlo College alumnus with a degree in Business Management, recently started Operation Work Warriors, a non-profit organization designed to help military veterans transition back into society through professional development.

Amy Castillo ‘07

Amy Castillo ‘07
Amy Castillo is a special education teacher at Central Valley High in Ceres, California, and an assistant volleyball coach at Delta College. “I have realized that I can only do my part, but if my part helps change the people in my life, then they will keep passing it forward to the people in their lives.”

Anton van Happen, ’08

Anton van Happen, ’08
During a trip to Dubai, Anton van Happen noticed people getting their cars washed while they were at shopping malls. This gave him an idea for a start-up: producing and selling eco-friendly car wash products that could be used without water, thus, Eco Green Auto Clean was born.

Taylor Powers Kopf, ’11

Taylor Powers Kopf, ’11
Taylor Kopf is a third generation Menlo College alumnus. Taylor started his business during his junior year at Menlo College. He sells all kinds of bikes, but primarily the type of bike for commuters. Of course it was no surprise that he had thoughts of opening his own bike shop, because he had been working with bikes since he was 15 years old. The name, Cognition, came to him as a cog is a bike part, and “nition” from the word “recognition” –  so he put the two together.

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