Marta Olds "82"


After graduting from Covell, I spent a couple of years working before going to South Carolina to study International Business in what was then known as MIBS - Masters of International Business Studies.  This program continues to be top in the nation in International Business, competing with the likes of Thunderbird in Arizona.  The MIBS program has several language tracks and includes a six-month overseas intership.  My internship was at General Motors in Caracas, Venezuela.  While in Venezuela, I had the chance to connect with many covelianos.  In fact my social time there was spent primarily with covelianos I received my Masters degree in 1986.

After completing my Masters, I returned to California and have worked in Silcon Valley ever since.  For the last 14 years, I have worked in the semi-conductor industry at Applied Materials.  This company makes semiconductor manufacuting equipment for chip makers such as Intel, Samsung and Texas Instruments.  It's a global country and I have traveled to several international locations.  Latin America, unfortunately, is not a place where we have any operations.  I have had several jobs at Applied.  My current job is in Information Technology where I support the Global Trade Services module of the SAP system which does regulatory compliance for trade (imports and exports).

I was married in 1990 to Marty Ganschow.  We live in a rural, unincorporated part of Santa Clara county in the east foothills overlooking the Santa Clara Valley. Unfortunately, Marty had a severe stroke in 1997 after which he has been unable to work due to the impact on his language.  But he does drive and continues with his very independent streak.  In our spare time, we enjoy watching and attending sporting events,  travel, camping in our trailer, attending antinques and collectible shows and getting together with friends.

Last month I went to a weekend "reunion" with five other covelianos in San Francisco where we celebrated turning 50 years old.  My how time flies!  I look forward to attending the reunion in June.

Marta Olds
Covell 1982