Notre Dame de Namur University Welcomes Three New Trustees To Its Board

Belmont, Calif., August 26, 2013 — Notre Dame de Namur University today announced the election of three members to its Board of Trustees: Antje Newhagen of Los Altos Hills, Calif., Dennis Hobby, DDS, of Modesto, Calif. and Wanda Guttas of Burlingame, Calif.

Antje Newhagen first came to the United States as a high school foreign exchange student. She received a BA from Alma College and an MA in English from the University of Michigan. She began her career teaching English at Corning Community College in New York and after moving to California, she taught English at Santa Clara University for several years. Newhagen then went on to work at Magnum Microwave and Altera Corporation and retired from Altera as director of publications and communications. Today, she and her husband, Paul, are focused primarily on education and conservation issues.

Dennis Hobby, DDS, received a BS in Nutritional Science/Biology from NDNU (then CND) and a Doctor of Dental Surgery from University of the Pacific’s School of Dentistry. He is an active member of the California Dental Association (CDA), in which he served as president and vice president. Dr. Hobby also served as a delegate to the American Dental Association (ADA) until 2008 and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Stanislaus Dental Society. He received an Access Award from the ADA and a CalDPAC Most Improved Component honor from the CDA. Dr. Hobby currently runs his dental practice in Modesto, CA. He enjoys coaching basketball at Modesto Junior College, almond farming and golfing.

Wanda Guttas has over 30 years banking experience, primarily with Union Bank. She most recently served as their executive vice president and program manager for the data management office. Guttas led a project to replace multiple core banking programs with one integrated system, and established the first organization change management program at Union Bank. She built the first e-business group within the organization and was selected to the first executive development program. Guttas holds a BS in Biological Sciences from UC Irvine.

Notre Dame de Namur University is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving 2,000 traditional aged and adult students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851, by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to academic excellence, social justice and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers 37 undergraduate, graduate and credential programs. The historic, 50-acre campus is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit

Claire Karoly Ard