Spring 2008 Class Notes

Aerial view of the University of San Diego



TERRY (TRUITT) WHITCOMB (B.A.) was re-elected for a second term to the executive committee of the San Diego Museum of Art. She also serves on the policy committee and chairs the acquisitions committee. In May, Terry was invited to the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown, Va., settlement. Terry is a direct descendent of a resident of the colony, the first permanent English settlement in America.


NADINE (TREVORS) THOMAS (B.A.) has worked at EdenGardens, an assisted living home in South Carolina, for six years. Her son, Michael Trevors, has a restaurant and catering service in Poulsbo, Wash. “In my free time, I enjoy traveling and have been on many cruises and tours with my aunt over the past eight years: Ireland, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Morocco, the Panama Canal and the Caribbean,” she writes. “My time at USD is still one of my favorite memories. I attended my 50th high school reunion in Coronado in 2004. It was a wonderful experience, and I enjoyed touring USD during my stay.”



JONI (KREJSA) TIERNAN (B.A.) and her husband, Thomas ’60, are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary this year. They have five children and eight grandchildren. “Our retirement has been filled with travel, enjoying our grandchildren and, in general, simply enjoying life with all of its blessings and challenges,” she says. Joni and Thomas live in Redlands, Calif., and report that many of the town’s high school graduates go to USD, where they praise their university experience. “For us, as very early graduates of the College for Men and College for Women, to know that the vision and good work started … by Bishop Buddy and Mother Rosalie Hill continues to this day is most gratifying!” Joni says.


PATRICIA FLYNN (B.A.) re-entered the job market in San Jose when her children were older. She worked as a probation officer and a social worker, and spent 24 years as an insurance fraud investigator. Most recently, she served on the Santa Clara County civil grand jury. Patricia has three grown children. “They frequently spend time in Spain visiting family on their dad’s side (Joaquin Duran ’61),” she says. “I am thrice blessed!”


MICHAEL MARQUES (B.A.) is in his 33rd year as sports coordinator at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in San Ysidro.

ERMILA “MILLIE” RODRIGUEZ (B.A.) is a substitute teacher at Palo Verde Valley High School in Blythe, Calif. In 1991, she retired from her position as a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State. Millie is active in local politics and is president of the Blythe Chamber of Commerce.

PEGGY (D’AGOSTINO) THOMPSON (B.A.) retired after 40 years of teaching elementary school music, but was called back due to a teacher shortage in Las Vegas. She taught for three more years and retired a second time. Peggy is now a consultant for Clark County Schools, mentoring 38 new music teachers. Peggy reports that the area Catholic churches are also full. She is the wedding coordinator at her parish, St. Joseph, which serves 10,000 families. Peggy and her husband, Don, have five grandchildren. “We love to travel,” she writes, “and all of this keeps us quite busy. My sister, Sandy (D’Agostino) Wilimek, and I are active with Las Vegas USD alumni.”


MARILYN (QUALIATO) JACANIN (B.A.) retired after 21 years at the White House. “What a wonderful career I had covering four presidents — Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton and the current Bush — as deputy director for operations in the Photo Office,” she reports. “I’ve traveled all over the world, even on Air Force One.” Marilyn’s youngest son, Joe, is a foreign service officer in Shanghai. Today, Marilyn enjoys her 2-year-old Chinese grandson, adopted by Joe and his wife, and her twin grandsons, 16 months old. See profile on page 34.

GARY ZELLMER (B.B.A.) retired in 1998 and lives half the year (summer months) in Sequim, Wash., and the other half (winter months) in Paradise, Calif. He spends his free time fishing, golfing and traveling, and he ministers as a deacon as time allows. “Feel free to call,” he says.


DELLE WILLETT STATTIN (B.A.) is very busy as director of marketing for the San Diego Natural History Museum. Delle is marketing the most comprehensive exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls and related antiquities and manuscripts ever assembled.

ANNE WHITLOCK (B.A.) retired in 1993 and teaches a French reading class in the Mission Valley Macy’s store through O.A.S.I.S., an organization that provides classes for mature adults.


KATHY (STEVES) McDONNELL (B.A.) travels, golfs and enjoys her 10 grandchildren. Kathy and her husband, Mike, have four children, three of whom are married. Mike still has his law practice of 40 years and enjoys off-road racing with their sons and son-in-law.

MARY (SCHOEN) NAZZARO (B.A.) works in special education and especially enjoys working with children with autism, their families and other team members. “It is exciting that USD has the Autism Institute and that Dr. Anne M. Donnellan, an outstanding leader in the field, heads it,” she says.

DENNIS WICK (B.A.) retired after 37 years of developing and directing programs for mentally challenged young adults at Antelope Valley College. He is still directing the local Special Olympics after 30 years. Dennis received the annual Access Award from L.A. County for outstanding contributions to disabled students.


MARGARET (BAKER) MARTINEAU (B.A.) has been a school psychologist, and marriage and family therapist for 27 years. Margaret, who has two sons, two daughters and eight grandchildren, enjoys hiking, swimming and traveling.


CAROL (ROSSI) FRITZ (B.A.) retired from teaching at St. Raphael’s School in Santa Barbara in June 2006. She was a teacher there for 17 years, and also held positions as vice principal and religion coordinator. Carol and her husband, Paul, live in Santa Barbara, where she joined the board of the Santa Barbara Council of the U.S. Navy League. She also is involved with Operation Interdependence, an organization that coordinates civilian support of deployed troops. Carol and Paul’s daughter, Kate, graduated from USD in 1999, and their son, Steven, graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in June.

ANTHONY GHIRONI (B.A.) teaches seventh grade science at San Diego’s Francis Parker School, where he has been a teacher for 38 years. Early in his career, he coached football and other sports in addition to his teaching duties.


MICHAEL HUMPHREY (B.A.) retired for the second time from a six-year position as principal at St. Michael Academy in San Diego.He was in education for 38 yearsas a teacher, special educator and principal. He says he hopes to teach and supervise in the administrative preparation program at USD, and play a lot more golf.



CORINNE (DOLLEY) HELENA (B.A.) is a clinical program consultant with Well Point Behavioral Health. She also writes, “I am a grandmother and enjoying every minute of it.”

MARK MURPHY (B.S.) is an orthopedic surgeon at the V.A. San Diego Medical Center and an associate clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at the UCSD School of Medicine. He spent 22 years in active duty in the U.S. Navy and retired as a captain in 2002.

LAURIE (VASQUEZ) WORTHINGTON (B.A.) has been teaching world history at Coronado High School for 15 years.


THOMAS SCHARF (M.A.) retired from his position as editor and publications director for the Zoological Society of San Diego in 2006, and he moved to a farm in northern Washington state. “The best thing I learned at USD is that education never stops, no matter how old you get,” he writes. “It’s what keeps life interesting.”


COLIN STILLWAGEN (B.S.) is a home loan consultant and has a real estate brokerage for residential/commercial properties and businesses.

CRAIG WALKER (J.D.) was recently appointed acting administrator of the Department of Economic Security Risk Management Administration for the state of Arizona. Previously, he was an administrative law judge handling unemployment appeals. Craig has two sons and one grandchild. His son Scott graduated from USD in 2003 with a degree in history and is now working toward a doctorate in history at Arizona State University. His son Mike works at Honeywell in Phoenix.


JOSEPH GIBBS (B.A.) owns a civil litigation law firm, specializing in real estate, business, commercial, corporate and employment law. He and his wife, Karen, who attended USD from 1973 to 1975, have three children: Joe Jr., a 2006 USD graduate; Katie, a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara; and Brad, a UCSB student. Joseph has enjoyed living in the Coachella Valley area for 30 years. He reports that he would like to spend all of his free time with his wife at their ranch in Santa Ynez, Calif.


ALICE (RODRIGUEZ) GONZALEZ (B.S., M.B.A. ’86) enjoyed power walking and biking at Mission Bay every day last summer. “I’m lucky enough to have grown up in Clairemont, and I still live in Clairemont, 10 minutes from the bay,” she writes. She is in her third year teaching third grade at St. Martin of Tours Academy in La Mesa, Calif.

JOYCE (WEIGEL) KLEIFIELD (B.S.) retired from the insurance industry in 1991 and became a stay-at-home mom. She raised three children and was very involved in Los Angeles public schools. In 2004 Joyce was named part-time administrative manager for the local neighborhood council, and she recently was hired as director of development for Fairfax High School. She and her husband, Steven, a Los Angeles superior court judge, have been married for 24 years.

JIM STANT (M.A., M.Ed. ’78) retired in 2005 after 29 years as a secondary teacher in the Oceanside Unified School District. He is currently commissioner for the North County Conference in San Diego County.


MICHAEL COSTANZO (B.A.) teaches 30 special needs students in middle school. He also coaches high school football and track, and he’s a student council adviser. Michael and his wife, Mary, celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2006. They have four grown children and two grandchildren.


JANICE MULLIGAN (B.A., J.D. ’81) is the chair of the Medical Professional Liability Standing Committee for the American Bar Association and president of the San Diego Inn of Court. Janice’s husband, Harvey Berger, is a 1982 graduate of USD’s School of Law and their daughter, Vanessa Berger, is a student at USD.

MAUREEN (DONNELLY) RYMER (B.A.) has taught physics and chemistry at Sweetwater High School for 24 years. She has been married for 31 years to her high school sweetheart, David, and they have three children. Maureen is also a cantor at St. Pius X Church in Chula Vista.


KRIS SORENSON (B.A., B.A. ’81) was ordained as a deacon in the Diocese of Fresno, Calif., in June 2007.



NICHOLAS KRALL (B.A.) is on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce in Sylmar, Calif., and the Universal City/North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. He is chair of the land use committee for the Sylmar Neighborhood Council and co-chair of the ACS Sylmar Relay for Life event.

CATHERINE (HOPKINS) SCHAFER (B.S.N.) visited Panama in March 2007 with her daughters and their husbands. Catherine lived in the former Panama Canal Zone from 1938 to 1964. She also expected to attend the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, Va., America’s first permanent English settlement.


SCOTT GETTY (B.B.A.) is the father of six children and vice president of Gateway Packaging Corp. in Murrysville, Pa. He has been in the packaging industry for 26 years and is a member of the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters.

PATRICIA RAE HUNTER (B.S.N.) has owned Government Relations Group for the last four years. The company provides lobbying and consulting services for individuals or companies trying to navigate through state government. Patricia also has served as a governor’s appointee for more than 18 years and in the state legislature for nearly four years.


SCOTT BROWN (B.B.A.) and his wife, Susan ’85, recently celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary. They live in Centennial, Colo., and have five children, ages 7 to 19. Scott is president and CEO of Medi-Dyn, a hospital support management firm with 1,100 employees. Susan is adept at managing a home of seven people and is heavily involved in charitable activities.

KEVIN COLEMAN (B.B.A.) has transitioned from practicing law to practicing mediation and says he enjoys helping people settle their lawsuits. Kevin’s wife, Lori, is the chief financial officer for Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Kevin reports that their son, Jake, is an excellent student and athlete, and spent a month last summer in Israel with 120 other Jewish Bay Area teens. He says their daughter, Jamie, is also a great student and a burgeoning golfer, and she became a bat mitzvah in August 2007.

TERRIE DIERLAM (B.A.) reports that she stays at home with her 3-year-old daughter and they enjoy mother-daughter activities, spending time with extended family, and going on family vacations with husband and dad, Randall. Terrie is also taking classes in real estate at the University of California, San Diego.

KENNETH FORT (B.B.A.) and Rhonda (Korcha) ’82 have four children: Brad, a senior at California State University, San Marcos; Derrick, a freshman at CSUSM; Whitney, who would like to attend USD in 2008; and Natalie, who wants to attend New York University in 2010. Kenneth is president of Fort Construction Consulting in Palm Desert, Calif.

KAREN KOCH (B.A.) lives in Chula Vista and teaches at Julian Charter School’s San Diego Academy. Karen teaches several subjects: middle school math, English and social studies; and high school world and American literature.

BETSY MYERS (B.B.A.) temporarily moved to Chicago in January 2007 to work for the Barack Obama presidential campaign. As chief operating officer of Obama for America, Betsy is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the campaign. See profile on page 30.

MARK OEMCKE (B.B.A.) and his wife, Sue, enjoy watching their two oldest daughters, Chelsea, 17, and Rachel, 15, play volleyball and their youngest daughter, Camille, 10, play soccer. Mark reports that Sue plays great tennis and excels at organizing the girls’ activities and the family in general. “Like many USD families, we seek balance in academics, spirituality, sports and personal growth,” he writes.


CARA (CHISLETTE) HARTNETT (B.A.) still lives in Atlanta with her husband, David, and their four sons. The family has taken on Cara’s love of traveling and just returned from two weeks in China. “When the children were younger, we did the easier trips to Europe,” Cara writes, and says they are ready to experience more challenging cultures. “We’re on our way to Egypt next!”


STEVE DOYLE (J.D.) is president of the San Diego/Riverside division of Brookfield Homes. He was inducted into the California Building Industry Foundation Hall of Fame at a May 2007 ceremony in San Francisco. During his 29 years in the building industry, Steve has served as president of the California Building Industry and the Building Industry Association of San Diego. He is chairman of the Pacific Coast Builders Conference. Steve also has contributed to many civic, social and philanthropic organizations.

CAROL (HOWARD) LELAND (B.A.) earned a master’s degree in geography and regional planning from the California University of Pennsylvania in 1999 and retired from the Air Force Reserve in 2006. She planned to attend pharmacy technician school starting in the fall of 2007.

TATIANA (JIMENEZ) MONTGOMERY (B.A.) opened FitnessCuisine in Hollywood, Fla., in September 2006. “We help our clients stay healthy and fit through exercise classes, nutrition seminars, sculpting and toning classes, and light gourmet meals delivered to their doorstep,” she writes. Tatiana is working hard and says she loves having her own business.

MICHAEL NELSON (B.A.) and Maria Cristina Martinez ’94 have three boys: Taylor, 8; Skylar, 6; and Walker, 2. Michael is a fire captain for the city of San Diego, and Maria is a kindergarten teacher in the Chula Vista Elementary School District. Michael also coaches the boys in baseball and soccer.

DEBORA ORTEGA (B.A.) is the director of the Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship at the University of Denver. She also is the author of numerous articles and book chapters addressing issues of child welfare.

MICHAEL WEHAN (B.B.A.) and Julianne (Douglass) ’85 have six children ranging in age from 8 to 15. Their oldest will soon be studying architecture and playing soccer at Cal Poly Pomona. Michael and Julianne report that they are busy running their landscape construction company and chauffeuring their kids to their many sports events.


JOANNE ANDREOLI-CISNEROS (B.A.) and Michael Cisneros ’86 live in Round Rock, Texas, with their two children: Brianne, 16, and Mikayla, 12. Michael writes and edits for softball magazines and Web sites. Joanne was promoted to division administrator of the Texas field office for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Joanne and Michael have been married for 21 years.

PATRICK FIXSEN (B.A.) was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Peoria, Ill., on May 26, 2007. His first assignment is as an assistant at St. Joseph’s Parish in Pekin, Ill.

ANGELA GIGLITTO (B.A.) celebrated her 20th year of teaching recently, with 19 of those years at Ocean Beach Elementary in San Diego. She is still performing flamenco and is the artistic director at Café Sevilla. Angela also is pursuing a master’s degree in performing and visual arts. “I’m busier now than ever!” she says.

GAIL (KUEHNLE) HARGAS (B.S.N.) is an intensive care registered nurse with Palomar Pomerado Health in San Diego.

BARBARA (ELLIOTT) SANDERS (B.A., M.Ed. ’88) is a literary coach in the South Bay Union School District, where she works with kindergarten through third-grade teachers and conducts monthly parent workshops. She is an active volunteer in her community through Optimist International, the American Cancer Society (Relay for Life) and New Hope Community Church, where she participates in Tijuana mission trips and works in the southern part of San Diego County with single mothers and their children.


JOHN FARLEY (B.B.A.) is a Boulder, Colo., real estate agent, an eco-broker and a natural food chef who also teaches cooking classes. John is a residential realty specialist and an investor of properties that are retrofitted to green building standards for resale. He and his wife, Karen, hike Boulder’s many trails. “Happy trails,” he says.

SUSAN INFANTINO (B.A.) is the communications manager for the San Diego Fire Department. She oversees 911 dispatch and I.T. services, and she celebrated her 20th year with the department in September. Her 22-year-old daughter graduated from the University of Southern California and is now pursuing a master’s degree at Georgetown University. In her free time, Susan likes to travel, read and walk. She expected to participate in the three-day breast cancer walk in San Diego in November 2007.

THERESA ANNE KONG KEE (B.B.A.) manages the investor education program statewide in Hawaii. In her position with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, she teaches the public about investing wisely and about how to protect themselves against investment fraud and scams. She also improves awareness for financial literacy.

ALLISON (BAILEY) LYNCH (B.A.) and her husband, Lance, enjoy raising their three beautiful daughters. Allison earned a master’s degree in public administration, and she continues as the assistant director of the Rehabilitation Services Commission for the state of Ohio.

PETER MURPHY (B.B.A.) and his family returned home to Tempe, Ariz., after living in Australia for four years. He and his wife, Wendy, are raising five children: Ryan, 15; Parker, 12; Maegan, 10; Emma, 8; and Keean, 5. The family enjoys frequent trips back to San Diego.

HILARY NOSKIN (B.A.) is an intellectual property attorney in Albuquerque, N.M. She recently passed the patent bar exam.

VICTORIA (BIAGIOTTI) WISE (B.B.A.) and her husband, Robert ’87, welcomed a son on Oct. 7, 2006. This happy event took place the same day as Victoria’s 20th class reunion, so she was unable to attend!


GREGORY TAVILL (J.D.) was recently appointed to the Superior Court in San Bernardino County by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. For the previous eight years, he was a deputy district attorney in San Bernardino, including five years in the hardcore gang prosecution unit. He lives with his wife, Joyce, and two children in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

PAULA WARD (B.A.) has been a sole practitioner for the last seven years, with an emphasis in tribal law. Her husband, Theron Fisher, planned to open Antlers Grille and Pub in Michigan in September 2007. Their four children are active in hockey, volleyball and music, and the oldest is expected to graduate from college in December.

DENISE (FERNANDEZ) WILKINS (B.B.A.) and her husband, Jesse, welcomed their first child, Morgan Hannah Leimomi, on Dec. 23, 2006, during the second of eight blizzards that winter in Denver. Denise and Jesse also celebrated 10 years of marriage in October 2007.


VIRGINIA (URBAN-McCULLAGH) KIM (B.A.) writes, “Busy, not bored, describes my life!” Her twins, Alex and Gabriel, turned 7 last July and are well-traveled, enjoying London, New York and ocean cruises. Her husband, Charles, planned to celebrate his 50th birthday by sailing down the mid-Atlantic coast with childhood friends on a 36-foot sailboat. Older son Will is still enjoying Los Angeles and the music scene, and daughter Holly is loving Chicago. “I am thrilled to be an assistant principal at San Elijo Middle School in North San Diego County, but love our downtown life and Victorian home circa 1904. Still working on the renovations!”

STERLING “DREW” PELOSO (B.B.A.) was named president and CEO of Quartermaster Inc. in Cerritos, Calif., on June 19, 2007. Quartermaster is a leading e-commerce, catalog and retail distributor of uniforms and equipment to the public safety market. Drew lives in San Clemente, Calif., with his wife, Wendy, and their four children: Cameron, 8; Isabelle, 5; Maximillian, 2; and Domenica, 4 months.


PATRICE (MOM) AMORE CARINGTON (B.B.A.) recently became a board-certified hypnotherapist and added that skill to her life-coaching services.

JENNIFER (JACOBS) DEMING (B.A.) lives in one of the residences within Presidio National Park in San Francisco with her husband, Sean, and their two sons, Liam, 5, and Owen, 3. Jennifer is at home and trying to keep up with her two busy boys and all of their activities. “All is well,” she writes.

JANE (HARKINS) DORN (B.A.) and her husband, Gregory, welcomed a son, Christian. “We now have four wonderful children and are enjoying the beach life in Manhattan Beach, Calif.,” she writes. They meet up with alumni Chris and Angele Jester, who share a passion for sailing.

BRENDA (GABBY) GRIFFITH (B.A.) writes, “Still unschooling our three kids, 16, 13 and 11, but making plenty of time to play the drums, bodyboard and go birding with Greg!”

GAYLE NEWMAN JARRETT (B.B.A.) is the director of merchandising for girls apparel and accessories at Volcom. She has a 6-year-old daughter and she is renovating a mid-20th century home in Orange, Calif., with her husband, Jonathan. Gayle says she misses the days of volleyball training, but still tries to get runs in during lunchtime at the beach.

COLLEEN (KANALEY) PISCIOTTA (B.A.) lives in Parker, Colo., with her husband, Dean ’89, and their four children: Gordie, 15; Jacey, 13; Jackson, 9; and Chloe, 8. Dean is busy running a family business, Brakes Plus, with stores in Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming and Texas. “Love to catch up with old buddies!” Colleen writes.

SUSAN TWOMEY WHITNEY (B.A.) and her husband, Christopher, have been married for 13 years and they have three sons: William, 6, and twins born in December 2006, Charles and Andrew. “Let the wild rumpus begin!” Susan writes. Susan and Christopher own and operate an award-winning remodeling company on the Monterey Peninsula in Northern California.

MARK WILLIAMS (B.B.A.) is happy to be back in San Diego. “Sixteen years is a long time to be away!” he writes.



PAUL ABBOTT (B.A.) is the owner and mastering engineer at ZenMastering in Poway. Since 2000, Paul has mastered music for artists in more than 15 countries and 30 states.

KRISTINE (REUBA) BROWN (B.A.) lives in Roseville, Calif., with her husband, Stephen, and their children: Madeline, 7; Ethan, 5; Abigail, 4; and Alexander, 18 months.

KATHLEEN (DINGER) BURKE (B.B.A.) lives in Park City, Utah, with her “Aussie” husband, Douglas, and their two children: Samantha, 3, and “Sharkie,” 5. She juggles work, family life and traveling. Kathleen says she wants to get back to San Diego for a family holiday.

RACHAEL GERBIC (B.A.) is a licensed psychotherapist, and she works in international schools around the globe. She lives in Ghana, West Africa, where she is a school counselor.

KRISTEN (BULKLEY) KORNIENKO (B.A.) earned a master’s degree in landscape architecture. She wrote her master’s thesis on alternative sanitation and wastewater treatment in informal settlements and refugee camps. Kristen received a Fulbright Fellowship for 2007-08 to continue this research in South Africa.

PATRICIA (LEE) MARINO (B.A.) and her husband, David, celebrated the birth of their second baby, Tate Huntley, on Feb. 4, 2005.

KELLY (ENGLAND) McELWAIN (B.A.) loves being a stay-at-home mom to Taylor Anne, 5, and Kate, 3. “The girls keep me busy with school, playgroups and activities,” she says. She volunteers with the local ballet company, where both girls dance, and at their schools. Kelly says that travels keep her husband, Doug, busy but give the family a lot of frequent flier miles to visit family and friends.

CHRISTOPHER OLSEN (B.B.A.) just sold one company to focus on his other, Botanica Gardens, a horticulture nursery and landscape design business in Little Rock, Ark. Christopher was recently hired by Leisure Arts to be the national host, and garden and home expert for their new line of DVDs. He also works for CBS, preparing weekly segments as the Garden Guru.

MELISSA ANN (BURKE) SARAGOSA (B.A., J.D. ’93) served five years of active duty with the U.S. Air Force as a judge advocate general after law school. In 2000, she began working as a deputy district attorney in Las Vegas. She and her husband, Mark, were married in November 2000, and they have three children: Cole, 5; Shayne, 3; and Riley, 2. In December 2006, she was appointed by the Clark County Commissioner as a justice of the peace and has been on the bench since January 2007.


SOREN CHRISTENSEN (M.S.N.) retired on Jan. 1, 2007, from Naval Hospital Bremerton in Washington state after a 26-year Navy career. She and her husband, Jim, live in Silverdale, Wash.

CMDR. REUBEN FLOYD (B.B.A., M.B.A. ’92) is the executive officer for a fixed-wing developmental test squadron based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland. He and his wife, Mona, are busy at home, chasing after their daughter, Leila, born on March 23, 2005, and son, Jacob, born on Oct. 31, 2006.

ARNIE GARCIA (B.A.) and his wife, Kristina, were blessed with their first child on April 14, 2007. “We are eagerly waiting for her to grow a bit so she can begin wearing her pink Toreros outfit,” he says.

VERONICA (LUGO) McKNIGHT (B.A.) and her husband, James, celebrated the arrival of their first baby, Joel Samuel, on May 4, 2007.

CATHERINE (SMITH) OAKLEY (B.B.A.) and her husband, Paul, live in Colorado with their three sons: Andrew, 12; Zachary, 3; and Tyler, 1. Catherine is an at-home mom and says the family enjoys many outdoor activities.

TED WACKER (J.D.) is a partner in the law firm of Robinson, Calcagnie & Robinson in Newport Beach, Calif. He was part of the plaintiff’s trial team that obtained a $51 million verdict against Merck in the national Vioxx litigation in federal court in New Orleans. He is also chair of the Top Gun Committee for the Orange County Trial Lawyer’s Association, which raised more than $25,000 in 2006 for the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County. He and his wife, Erin (Kelley) ’92, have three children: Kelly, 8; John, 6; and Danny, 4.

LISA WANG (B.Acc.) and her husband, David, welcomed their third son, Jared, on Feb. 9, 2007. He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Jared joins big brothers Jaxon and Jacob.

KIMBERLY (ALLARIO) ZIERMAN (B.A.) resigned from her position as a deputy attorney general with the state of California in January 2007 to stay home with her two daughters: Bailey Carole, 3, and Addison Marie, 17 months.


MATTHEW BRENNAN (B.A.) works in the information technology services department at USD.

GINGER (EDDY) HALLACK (B.B.A.) is busy as a mom with three girls, ages 6, 4 and 2. “Life is crazy and fun!” she says. The family lives in Carlsbad, where Ginger’s husband, Michael, designs golf clubs for Callaway.

STEVE KRAFT (B.B.A.) and Suzanne (Willis) ’94 are proud to announce the birth of their son, Brady Patrick, on April 11, 2007. He joins big sister, Reagan, 4. The family lives in Tucson, Ariz.

JACQUELINE (KAHN) PARIS (B.A.) and her husband, Joel, were blessed with a daughter, Katarina Helene, on Feb. 16, 2007. Jacqueline enjoys her new role as a stay-at-home mom.

AMY (GIORGIANNI) PSOMAS (B.B.A.) and her husband, Stephen ’92, live in Danville, Calif., with their three kids: Emma, 8; Luke, 6; and Kate, 4. Amy sells real estate in the East Bay and Steve is a senior interface designer at Responsys in Redwood City.

KRISTIN (INGRAO) RUDE (B.A.) is co-owner and director of FasTracKids, an education enrichment center for children from 6 months to 8 years old.

JOHN SIPES (B.A.) was named the executive officer of HSC-26 helicopter squadron in Norfolk, Va., flying the MH-60S helicopter. He expects to become commander of the same squadron in 2008.

MARY (HANDBERG) SORENSEN (B.A.) and her husband, Tim, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Annika Elise. She was born on Feb. 12, 2007, in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and weighed 3 pounds, 7 ounces.

KELLI (AYRES) SULLIVAN (B.A.) lives in Maple Valley, Wash., with her husband of seven years, Colin, and their three children: Karen, 6; Thomas, 2; and Joseph, 15 months. Kelli has been a juvenile probation officer with the Superior Court in Seattle for 10 years.

EMILY (SHOKOUH) VINDENI (B.B.A.) and her husband, Mario ’92, both work at their family business, Harley-Davidson/Buell of Glendale as co-general managers. Their daughter, Sophia, 15, is a sophomore at Immaculate Heart High School and their son, Anthony, 13, is a freshman at Loyola High School. “We are very proud of them!” she writes.

ELIZABETH (HILL) WEEBER (B.B.A.) is operations manager for The Event Team, a destination management company that plans meetings and events in San Diego and Southern California. “In October 2006 I married my soul mate, Craig Weeber, a 1995 USD Law School alum,” she writes. “We were married at Immaculate Conception Church in Old Town, surrounded by close family and friends.” Elizabeth and Craig live in the Carmel Valley area of San Diego with their two cats, and they enjoy weekend trips to Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.


MISHELLE CRUZ-PATTY SCRAGG (B.A.) moved back to Arizona from Guam in June 2003. She spent the summer of 2007 traveling to Guam and Hawaii and then taking a road trip through Canada into Alaska.

KIMBERLY HEITMILLER de BERZUNZA (B.A.) and her husband, Felipe, welcomed a daughter, Marisol Carolina, on April 19, 2006. This was just one month before Kimberly received her master’s degree in education from San Diego State University. Kimberly is in her ninth year teaching elementary school in the San Diego Unified School District. Felipe works exclusively at Motoberzunza, his own motorcycle service and repair business. Their son, Erik, finished kindergarten in the Language Academy French immersion program.

JOSHUA DeSILVA (B.A.) and his wife, Robyn, welcomed their second child, Zara, in 2006. They live on the island of Maui, where Josh owns a special events company focusing on corporate group events in Hawaii.

MIKE GERGEN (B.B.A.) and his wife, Melanie, welcomed a daughter, Arden, on March 27, 2007. Arden joins big sister, Payton, 2.

HAYES MAURO (B.A.) finished his Ph.D. in art history in February 2007 and is teaching at colleges in New York City.

LORI (SHACKELFORD) SCHIMENTI (B.A.) lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Chris, and 2-year-old daughter, Jenna.

ANNE (POPPE) STEGEN (B.A.) and her husband, Sloane ’93, welcomed a baby boy, Sawyer Aaron, on July 20, 2007. Sawyer joins a big sister, Samantha, 3.

JANN ROBERT STOECKL (B.A.) is a professional photographer in Aspen, Colo. Some recent assignments included shooting 30 rolls of film helicopter skiing in the Chugach Mountains in Alaska and shooting 80 rolls of film scuba diving in Irian Jaya and the Lembeh Straights in Indonesia.

KENNETH THIEL (B.A.) expanded Thiel Development and is the founder and president of Liquid Construction Services, which provides design-to-build general contracting services to the commercial real estate industry in Florida and the Caribbean.


STACEY (MONNASTES) ALWAN (B.A.) moved to Danville, Calif., three years ago with her husband, Chris, and their three boys: Hayden, 5; Ben, 3; and Ryan, 15 months.

JOSEPH COMINS (B.B.A.) and his wife, Theresa, have been married for seven years. Joseph was promoted to president of Dedicated Delivery Professionals in February 2006. The company has more than 70 drivers and annual revenues exceeding $10 million.

MICHAEL FREEHILL (B.A.) and his wife, Karein, have a 2-year-old daughter, Elizabeth Grace. Michael is in an orthopedic surgery residency at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

JENNIFER (RAKERS) NINO (B.A., J.D. ’97) and her husband, Randall, were married in August 2003. They welcomed their son in February 2005. Jennifer is a medical malpractice defense attorney and Randall is a psychology professor. They live in San Diego, and they feel blessed to alternate child care and work responsibilities so they can stay home with Andrew.

GLORIA (ROJAS) SANCHEZ (B.A.) started her teaching career in July 2006 as a third-grade teacher at Los Altos Elementary School in San Diego. She is in a master’s program in leadership at InterAmerican College. “I’m blessed to have God and my family with me,” she writes. “They are the reason of my life!”


BRENDA CHAVEZ-CASAS (B.A., M.A. ’99) and her husband, Julio, welcomed their second child, Paola.

VERONICA (BOWDEN) DERSCH (B.A.) joined the Kansas Attorney General’s Office as a lawyer in the criminal division on Jan. 8, 2007. She and her husband, Raymond, welcomed a daughter, Rosemary, on Feb. 15, 2007.

CHRIS DISHMAN (B.A.) was named a finalist for a prestigious Service to America medal by the Partnership for Public Service. Chris is a policy analyst in the Office of Supply Reduction. He was nominated for developing a new strategy and information system that enables federal government agencies to target and disrupt illegal drug trafficking networks more effectively.

NICOLE (SUDER) DiSILVESTRO (B.A.) moved to Chicago in 2002 and was married in May 2006. She is vice president of client development for Citigroup and welcomed a daughter in June 2007. “So, I am now staying at home for a while, enjoying every minute of being a new mom to this beautiful little angel!” Nicole writes.

HEATHER IANNONE (B.A.) is a writer and just finished her first book, What One Can Do.

NICOLE IGIELSKI (B.A.) lives in St. Paul, Minn., with her husband, Erik Benson, and their sons: Riley, 5, and Kiernan, 2.

TIMOTHY LANG (B.A.) and his wife, Ashley, welcomed twins, Aurora and Owen, on May 14, 2007. They live in Fort Collins, Colo., where Timothy is an atmospheric research scientist for Colorado State University.

JENNIFER LARSON (B.A.) and Matt Montag are happy to announce their marriage on Feb. 24, 2007. Jennifer graduated from Gonzaga Law School in 1999. Following a judicial clerkship, she joined Johnson Law Group in Spokane, Wash., where she specializes in employment law, civil litigation and insurance defense. Matt is an engineer and surveyor with

RFK. HEATHER (MILLER) MEDURE (B.A.), her husband, Paul, and their daughter, Ava, lived in Tokyo for a year and a half before moving to Tennessee in 2007. Heather and Paul welcomed a son, Joseph Carlos, on June 20, 2007. He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces.

DANIEL MONTGOMERY (B.Acc.) married Juliet Wolfe on June 1, 2007, in San Diego.

JOHN PARDUN (B.A.) and his wife, Erika, welcomed their second son in November 2006. John is an attorney and general manager of practice development with an arbitration and mediation firm in Orange, Calif. The Parduns live in Laguna Beach.

CHRISTOPHER PARTA (B.A.) expects to graduate from law school in December 2007. His wife, Tiffany Tran-Parta ’97, teaches science at Meadow Park Middle School. Their son, Liam, is 3 and loves trains and trucks.

HOLLY PROHASKA (B.A.) married Shawn Bauer on Nov. 4, 2006. Fellow alumna Shalla (Levra) Jones was a bridesmaid. Holly received a master’s degree in environmental management at the University of San Francisco in May 2000.

INGE (WRIGHT) TAYLOR (B.S.N.) reports that she is still busy working as a certified nurse and midwife, but is also able to travel. She went to Hawaii in November 2006, London in April 2007 and expected to take an Alaskan cruise in 2007. She also teaches in a registered nurse program at National University.


JENNIFER BROBST (J.D.) is in a clinical tenure track position at North Carolina Central University School of Law. She is a faculty member and the legal director of the Center for Child and Family Health in Durham, N.C. The center — a consortium of Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University and the nonprofit Child and Parent Support Services — specializes in mental health and medical services related to children and trauma.

ANALEE (NATIONS) BRODIE (J.D.) and her husband, Kyle, welcomed a daughter, Fiona, on Oct. 25, 2006. Fiona joins an older sister, Bridget, 3. Analee is a deputy attorney general (criminal appeals, writs and trials) in Los Angeles and Kyle is a superior court judge in San Bernardino County.

DAVID CONROY (B.A.) joined Jones Day in New York to help establish a structured finance group focusing on collateralized debt obligations and derivative products.

LAURA JULIANO (B.A.) is completing her associate’s degree in graphic design and working as a freelance graphic designer and fine artist.

EILEEN (McGREEVY) LOUGHNANE (B.S.N.) graduated from USD at age 61 and works part time as an advice/triage nurse. She is an Irish immigrant, and a citizen of Ireland and the United States. “This has been a tremendous journey for me,” she writes, “and I am grateful to USD for the opportunity for further education.”

CHRISTOPHER LUNDY (B.A.) lives in Long Beach, Calif., and works for Beckman Coulter. Chris and his wife, Kathrine, welcomed their first child, Rhys Haaland, on Feb. 22, 2007. “Rhys is the first of 12 children,” writes Chris.

VERONICA MEJIA-GUILLEN (B.B.A.) and her husband, Samuel Guillen, were married in 2000. Their son, Alexander, was born on April 1, 2005. Veronica writes, “Still working in real estate, but as an owner with my husband who’s a real estate broker.”

CAMERON PEACH (B.Acc.) and Erika (Cooper) ’98 welcomed a daughter, Campbell Claire, on Nov. 30, 2006. Campbell joins older brother, Cooper. The family lives in San Jose, Calif.

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ (B.Acc.) operates a business brokerage firm in Los Angeles.

MARIANA SALERNO (B.A.) is in her third year of an internal medicine residency program at Cabrini Medical Center in New York City.

DABNE RAINE WHITEMORE (B.A.) is the program director for a $20 million hurricane recovery program focused on the repair and restoration of properties and homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On July 12, 2007, Dabne and her husband, Dana, celebrated the arrival of a son, Jackson. “We are repopulating New Orleans one baby at a time!” she writes.


RICARDO ARAIZA (B.A.) finished his dissertation in the Ed.D. program at the University of La Verne and is an adjunct professor at Concordia University.

JENNIFER (VARSAK) FARSIAN (B.A.) and her husband, Shirzad, were married at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. Alumni guests included Kristen (Kikuchi) Kennedy, Dale Amorosia and Jennifer Babic. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii. After graduation, Jennifer spent two years in Romania with the Peace Corps, worked at C-Span in Washington, D.C., and spent the last five years in nonprofit management and fundraising in San Diego.

CAROLINE (VEATCH) FIERRO (B.A.) and her husband, Alfonso ’95, have two children: William, 2, and Caroline, born on May 11, 2007.

STEPHANIE (SAMPLE) JACQUES (B.A.) earned a master’s degree in education leadership from San Diego State University and was named Teacher of the Year for the Alpine Union School District in 2007.

JILL (JACKSON) JONES (B.A.) and her husband, Jeff, welcomed a son, Dylan, in February 2007.

STEVEN LoCASCIO (B.A.) and his wife, Michelle (Stoelker) ’97, live in Aliso Viejo, Calif., with their 3-year-old son, Brennan.

JENNIFER LOTTA (B.B.A.) is enjoying suburbia in upstate New York. She reports that she is a happy homeowner and is getting used to the endless projects inside and out. She still travels to Los Angeles frequently throughout the year to visit family and friends.

ANNE MARKERT-BREESCH (B.B.A.) and her husband, Niels, celebrated the arrival of a baby boy on May 24, 2007. Big brother, Willem, turned 3 in October.

LISETTE (SOUDANT) MORRIS (B.A.) and her husband, Christopher, welcomed a daughter, Ada, on March 11, 2006. Six months after returning to work, Lisette was promoted to director of client relations at The Grow Network with McGraw-Hill. In her new position, Lisette oversees professional development, customer support and program evaluation for all programs.

KATHY (NESS) PHELAN (B.A.) and her husband, Daven, welcomed their second child, Kate Mackenzie, on Aug. 21, 2006. She joins big brother, Will, 4. Kathy is now a stay-at-home mom; the family lives in Rocklin, Calif.

ALICIA POTES (B.A.) was accepted into a general surgery residency for physician assistants at Norwalk Hospital with Yale University. She graduated with an M.P.A.P. (master of physician assistant practice) from the University of Southern California.

FAY (TINSAY) ROBERTS (B.A.) and her husband, Mark ’95, have three children: Isaac, 4; Jordan, 2; and Natalia, 6 months. Fay says they have taken some mission trips with door-to-door evangelism in India, Costa Rica and Rwanda.

GERARD RODRIGUES (B.B.A.) and Sarah (Wolf) ’99 were married in April 2007 in Maui with 50 family members and friends in attendance. Fellow alumni guests included Wesley Wolf, Marc Reyes, Phil Fong, Corle Huffman, Rob Tirsbier, Jordan Armitage, Shaney Fink and Jill McAnear. Sarah works in the Office of Parent Relations at USD, and Gerry is in business development for PCL Construction. “We enjoy time with family and friends, and attending Toreros athletic events!” Sarah writes.

NICOLE SNYDER (B.A.) was elected chair of the Idaho State Bar’s business and corporate law section. Nicole is a corporate and employment attorney for Holland & Hart in Boise, Idaho. She is the Idaho representative for the Employment Law Alliance and a board member of Idaho Women Lawyers.

BETHANY SUTTON (B.A.) is a research and development project manager, leading new products from conception to market.

MENG-SHIUAN TSAI (B.B.A., M.B.A. ’99) started a community resource calendar business recently. She expected to send calendars to 47,000 homes in Mira Mesa, Scripps Ranch and Poway.

CARL WILBERT (B.A.) and his wife, Sarah, welcomed a son, Luke Sutton, on March 28, 2007. Luke’s big sister, Maddy, just turned 3.

LORRAINE (CAMP) WILSON (B.A.) lives in Carlsbad with her husband, Steve, and their two children, Gavyn, 6, and Rylee, 4. Lorraine taught high school Spanish for several years before becoming a full-time at-home mom. In 2006 she started Spanish for Kids in which she teaches Spanish to children ages 1 to 11. “We are happy and healthy,” she says.


MARY GRACE ALMANDREZ (B.A.) received the Promising Practice in Student Affairs and Academic Affairs Collaboration award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators for her integrated learning model. She entered the Ed.D. program in organization and leadership at the University of San Francisco in the fall of 2007.

JOANNA (LEE) BRUSO (B.A.) and her husband, Paul ’96, welcomed a son, Matthew, on May 3, 2007. Matthew joins big brother, Patrick, 2. The family lives in San Francisco.

ANGELINA (MARQUEZ) CAGLE (B.A.) and her husband, John, celecrated the birth of their first child, William, on June 22, 2007. Angelina received a master’s degree in library and information studies in August 2007 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The family lives in Hickory, N.C.

JOHN COKER (B.A.) completed the instructor tour at NAS Pensacola. In December 2006 he returned from a nine-month tour in Iraq. John received the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal and Combat Action Badge. In June 2007 he reported to the U.S. Navy Sixth Fleet staff in Naples, Italy, accompanied by his wife, Rhonda, and daughters Katelyn, Courtney, Autumn and Ashley. John is pursuing a master’s degree in international relations through the University of Oklahoma’s outreach campus in Naples.

ERIN (BROMLEY) ESPINOZA (B.A.) pursued a master’s degree in human resources management after graduating from USD and worked for Bank of America for six years. She married her husband, Octavio, in 2003, and they have a daughter, Maia, 2. “I am currently a stay-at-home mom and loving it!” she writes.

KATERI SANDEN GENTLES (B.A.) graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a master’s degree in environmental science and management. She moved back to San Diego in 2005 and is an environmental consultant. She married her husband in March 2007.

ABBY PARTA GOSSMAN (B.Acc.) and her husband, Jeramie, are happy to announce the birth of their son, Shannon Leighton, on May 27, 2007. Abby and Jeramie have been married for three years and live in South St. Paul, Minn. Abby is a lobbyist for a biotechnology company and Jeramie is the superintendent at Southview Country Club.

WENDY (ANDERSON) INTRIERI (B.A.) and her husband, Dominick, welcomed a daughter, Faith Noelle, on Jan. 5, 2006, and a son, Drake Joseph, on June 9, 2007. Drake weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 20 inches long. “He is doing very well,” Wendy says. “His big sister loves having him around.”

RACHEL IRELAND (B.A.) and her husband, Justin, have two boys and live in San Diego. Rachel is a pediatrician with a specialty in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. Justin is a firefighter/paramedic.

DARCY (FARRELL) LEWIS (B.A.) and her husband, Jon, welcomed a son, J.T., on June 15, 2007. J.T. joins older sister Claire. Darcy works part time for the Huntington Beach City School District.

JOSHUA PONGWATTANA (B.A.) moved to Bangkok, Thailand, in 2003. Prior to this, he traveled between the United States and Thailand as a CIA applicant and part-time foreign relations officer for Forever Living Products. He now works full time for FLP and travels throughout the provinces giving meetings and managing the foreign distributors. He says he’s a big supporter of the Roman Catholic Church in Thailand.

MARIA TAN (B.S.N.) left active-duty Navy service and transferred to the Navy Reserve as a nurse corps officer. Maria also has created Testan Enterprises, a company focusing on senior residents and real estate investment. “It is a new and exciting process for me,” Maria says. “I welcome all the challenges that come with this venture, and I look forward to rising to the top of the business world.”

NAVEEN ZAIDI (B.A.) lives and works in Manhattan in New York City. She is an attorney practicing securities regulation at NYSE Regulation Inc.


ANTHONY BERTOCCHINI (B.B.A.) and his wife, Allison ’00, welcomed a son, Charles Joseph, on Feb. 9, 2006.

KRISTINA SCHELBERT BROWN (M.A.) earned a doctorate in marriage and family therapy from Syracuse University. She is married to R. Tucker Brown and they have a daughter, Taylor, 10, and son, Kyle, 8. The family expected to move to Springfield, Mo., where Kristina accepted a position at the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology as a faculty member in the marriage and family therapy department and project manager for Forest’s Child Welfare Reform Training Grant.

DANIELA REALI FERRARI (B.A., J.D. ’02) and John Charles Ellis ’03 were married at Founders Chapel on June 9, 2007. Daniela is a deputy public defender in the juvenile delinquency division of the San Diego Office of the Public Defender. John is a trial attorney for Federal Defenders of San Diego.

THOMAS GARTNER (B.S.) and his wife, Allison, were married on April 22, 2006, in Palm Desert, Calif., with many alumni in attendance. In May 2006, they relocated to Fort Worth, Texas. They welcomed a son, Lawrence Thomas IV, on Feb. 8, 2007. “We are enjoying our new life in Texas,” Thomas writes.

LISA (RAVENSBERG) HALL (B.B.A.) and her husband, Jake, celebrated the arrival of a baby girl, Hailey Catherine, on July 27, 2006. “Our family resides in Long Beach, Calif., and includes my 6-year-old stepson, Carter,” says Lisa.

ALISON (VASTOLA) HARVEY (B.B.A.) moved to West Palm Beach, Fla., where she has been in the pharmaceutical sales industry for seven years. In April 2005, she married a local attorney, Reese Harvey, and on March 31, 2006, they welcomed their first child, Ryan Reese.

JAIME KAY KIM (B.A.) married Caleb Webster in December 2006. She earned a master’s degree in divinity from Claremont School of Theology in May 2007 and received an appointment from the United Methodist Church.

JAIME KRUPNICK (B.A.) married Jason Geffen, a graduate of the University of Arizona, on April 21, 2007. They honeymooned on the Caribbean island of Nevis, and live in Santa Monica. Jaime recently was promoted to executive director of talent relations and special events at Sony Pictures Television.

MICHELLE (DYE) MATTHIAS (B.B.A.) and her husband, Robert, welcomed Alanna Rian on June 9, 2007. Alanna joins older brother, Arland, 4, and sister, Adreanne, 2. Michelle is an at-home mom who sells Premier Designs jewelry, and Robert is stationed on the USS Boxer.

KIMBERLY (ALFORD) O’HARA (B.A.) and her husband, Chris, were blessed with a second daughter, Madeline Grace, on June 13, 2007. Madeline’s big sister, Camryn Elizabeth, was born on April 4, 2005. The family lives in Cary, N.C.

MELINDA PETERSON (B.A.) graduated from the School of Dentistry at Creighton University in May 2006. She practices at Westward Dental in the Kansas City area. In November 2006, Melinda married Nick Garcia, a professional soccer player for the Kansas City Wizards. Melinda and Nick live in Prairie Village, Kan.

ABIGAIL (HORROCKS) PRESTON (B.A.) lives in St. Louis with her husband, Jared, and their son, Carter. Abby works from home for IBM and enjoys running, hiking, spinning and swimming.

KAREN (ABELLA) SANTO-PIETRO (M.S.) and her husband, Gary, welcomed a baby girl, Stella Rose, on July 10, 2007. She weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 19-1/2 inches long.

JENNIFER TYSOR (B.A.) teaches first grade in Palm Desert, Calif.

LT. BRYAN WEATHERUP (B.B.A.) and his wife, Elizabeth ’01, celebrated the arrival of their second child, Carter Luke, on May 11, 2007, in Yokosuka, Japan. Bryan expected to start Naval postgraduate school in the fall in Monterey, Calif.



ALLISON (LUNDEN) BERTOCCHINI (B.A.) and her husband, Tony ’99, live in Orange County, Calif., with their son, Charlie, born in February 2006.

KRISTIN (GROFF) BRADFORD (B.B.A.) and her husband, Eric, were married on March 3, 2007, at The Immaculata. Alumni in the bridal party included Michelle (Leslie) Skinner and Dana Carlson. Kristin is in medical sales in San Diego, and Eric works for a large golf manufacturer in Carlsbad. They recently purchased their first home.

KRISTIN (McMAHON) COVARRUBIAS (B.A.) lives in Denver with her husband, Eddie, and their daughters, Tori and Gabi. She continues her career as a bilingual elementary teacher while launching a business as a party planner.

KATE (BERG) GALINDO (B.A.) completed an English language fellowship in Montevideo, Uruguay, and relocated to Denver, where she lives with her husband and two stepchildren. Kate works at Highline Academy, a new K-8 public charter school in Denver, where she teaches English language acquisition and Spanish in the middle school.

CHRISTOPHER HART (B.B.A.) and his wife, Angela (Danni) ’01, celebrated the first birthday of their twins, Emerson and Rowan, on June 30, 2007.

ALFONSO HERNANDEZ (B.B.A.) runs Five Star Tours with his brother and mother. Their bus charter company handles tours to Mexico and Las Vegas.

CHRISTOPHER LESTER (J.D., M.B.A. ’01) and Mandi Urban ’00 welcomed their second child, Ruby Beatrice, on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2007. She weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.

CHUCK MALDONADO (B.A.) and Wendy (Patronik) ’00 announce the birth of their son, William Tyger, on Dec. 25, 2006. “The perfect Christmas present!” Chuck says.

JOHN WILKES (B.A.) and his wife, Deanne (Jensen) ’01, welcomed a daughter, Aida, on Feb. 22, 2007. They live in Northern California, and John teaches math at Ponderosa High School.

CHRISTY YODER (B.A.) has been working in the nonprofit sector since graduating from USD. Currently, she raises money for the American Heart Association by leading elementary and middle schools to hold Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart fundraising and fitness events. “My training with USD’s American Humanics program led me here,” she says. Christy expected to return to USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences in the fall to continue her education.


ERIN (FLEMING) BLOCK (B.B.A.) and her husband, Steven, welcomed a son, Logan Michael, on June 11, 2007. Erin and Steven both work for NAMM, an association for companies in the music products industry. They have been married for six years.

DEVON BOZLINSKI (B.A.) is a government contractor for SAIC in the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program.

TIMOTHY CLARK (B.A.) earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, in 2006 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in 2007 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In September 2007 he joined Western Washington University as an assistant professor.

RACHEL LINDER DANJCZEK (B.A.) completed an M.Ed. in education leadership at Lehigh University. She began her new position on the faculty of the Brentwood School in the fall. “Now that I am back on the West Coast, I’ll be able to make it back for the reunion this year,” she says. “Yeah! Go Toreros!”

CAROL DONOHUE (M.Ed.) writes, “While attending my USD master’s class in testing and assessment, I was invited to give a workshop for staff and families of a new charter school, Greater San Diego Academy, on the topic of testing and assessment. The session went so well, I was invited to join the school in a teacher/administrator position.” The school had 40 students then, and by the end of the year, Carol’s section of the school had 240. The school now has WASC certification with four sites and 400 students, and Carol is the lead of the South County Resource Center. “USD prepared me well for an exciting, rewarding career in a growing educational field,” she says.

KAEO GOUVEIA (B.B.A.) was promoted to general manager of Tiki’s Grill and Bar in Honolulu. He joined Tiki’s in September 2002 as floor manager and is now responsible for overseeing operations and creating a strategic growth plan for the restaurant. He is a member of the Hawaii Restaurant Association and the American Marketing Association.

MAIJA NOCIL (B.B.A.) recently earned an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.

CHAD POWER (B.A.) and his wife, Katy (Carnes) ’00, welcomed a son, Rylan Russell, on July 21, 2007, in Walnut Creek, Calif. Rylan was 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and 21 inches long. Chad and Katy were married on March 31, 2006, at Lake Las Vegas. Wedding attendants included alumni Tony Alfano and Aimee Tangog.

GINA ROMANO (B.B.A.) married Travis Horton on June 9, 2007, in Palm Desert, Calif. USD alumni in the bridal party were Stephanie (Casagrande) Purcell, Gina (Safro) Resch, Kimberly (Harvey) Kalmbach, Kris Kalmbach, Meredith Gavilick, Rene (Romano) Watts and Aaron Watts. Gina and Travis live in Dallas, where Travis is a real estate broker and Gina is in skin care equipment sales.

SEVAN SETIAN (B.A.) earned a J.D. degree from Loyola Law School in 2004 and an LL.M. degree in commercial arbitration law from Stockholm University in Sweden in June 2007.

KENDRA (SHORTEN) WOCHOS (B.A.) married her husband, Mark, on June 3, 2006. She earned a master’s degree from New York University in 2003.


NOELLE (LAPES) DERA (B.A.) and her husband, Marcel, were married on April 9, 2006. Noelle is a fourth-grade teacher in Los Angeles.

PENELOPE GREGORIUS (B.A.) is a protective services worker for Child Welfare Services in San Diego County. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in school counseling with a focus on high school studies.

JEANMARIE HARRINGTON (B.A.) writes, “In a whirlwind 2006-07, I returned to USD as a law student and married Paul Bisceglia, also a USD alum. I have one more year of law school and then who knows what will be next!”

SARAH (MULKEY) HUSSION (B.A.) recently opened Unity, a clothing boutique in Denver.

JAIME (LOBDELL) PAYNE (B.A.) earned an M.D. and a master’s degree in public health from St. George’s University in June 2007. She and her husband, Joel, were married on Dec. 27, 2005, in Tacoma, Wash. Jaime is in the first year of a family medicine residency at Valley Medical Center in Renton, Wash.

MARISSA POST (B.A.) graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with an M.B.A. and an emphasis in marketing.

ERICA RUCCI (B.A.) is the new managing director for Lacoste of San Diego and helped open the Lacoste outlet in Carlsbad and the Lacoste boutique in Fashion Valley. Erica bought a house in North San Diego County.

CHRISTOPHER SMITH (B.A.) married his wife, Melanie, on April 3, 2007, in Oahu, Hawaii. They live in Lemon Grove with their pet goat, Buddy.

REBECCA VARDA (B.A.) completed her master’s degree in teaching at National-Louis University in Chicago and is moving to Monterrey, Mexico, for two years to teach English at the Instituto San Roberto, a private international school.


KIMBERLY (AURELIO) CARLOS (B.A.) and her husband, Ryan, have been married for almost two years. Ryan is a firefighter for the Los Angeles City Fire Department, and Kimberly teaches language arts and technology at Tuffree Middle School.

MEGAN CORCORAN (B.A.) backpacked through Europe for two months after graduation. In the Netherlands, she lived with a Dutch family as an au pair, caring for their 18-month-old adopted Chinese daughter, Jusie. “Through caring for Jusie, I fell in love with international adoptions and sought a job with an adoption agency upon returning home to California,” she says. She now works for the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program at Nightlight Christian Adoptions in Fullerton, Calif. In her spare time, she enjoys country line dancing and building houses with Habitat for Humanity. In January 2007, she worked with Habitat to help with the rebuilding after Katrina, and she expected to travel to Malaysia in November 2007 to build houses in the city of Kuching.

BRANDON FLORES (B.A.) and Lt. Melissa (Feldmeier) Flores ’03 are happy to finally call San Diego home again after three years away with the Navy. Brandon is a supply officer serving on the USS Peleliu and Melissa is a surface warfare officer trained in nuclear engineering and serving aboard the USS Ronald Reagan. Both Brandon and Melissa completed deployments to the Persian Gulf in 2006, and Brandon was deployed to Asia in 2007 for the Peleliu Pacific Partnership.

AMIE GARCIA (B.B.A.) married Ryan Cort on Aug. 4, 2007. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder. They live in Dublin, Calif.

DENIS GRASSKA (B.A.) is a journalist at The Southern Cross, the newspaper for the Catholic Diocese of San Diego. He has written a children’s book, illustrated by his colleague, Lucas Turnbloom, and hopes to publish it.

JEREMY HORN (B.A.) earned a J.D. degree from American University in Washington, D.C., in May 2006. He was admitted to the Arizona Bar in October 2006 and was named an assistant county attorney for Maricopa County, Ariz., in January 2007.

LORA McBAY (B.A.) and Tim Marconi ’03 were married on Oct. 27, 2006, at St. Mary Magdalene parish in San Diego. Alumni in the wedding party were: Andrea Bonnano, Alison Mosley, Beth Rabel, Laura Hayes, Elizabeth Eichelberger, Bryan O’Neill, Carlos Dominguez and Dillon Mills.

MY-LINH NGUYEN (M.A.) completed a Ph.D. in human services, specializing in professional counseling, in May 2006. On June 9, 2007, she married Cang Nguyen in San Diego.

KATIE (LEBENS) SAGRERO (B.A.) graduated from medical school at Western University on May 11, 2007, and welcomed a daughter, Magdalena Michelle, on May 20. Baby Lena’s arrival was also celebrated by her dad, Miguel Sagrero ’00, and big brother, Joey.

CATHERINE SANCIMINO (B.A.) is in a doctoral clinical psychology program. Her current internship is at a community mental health agency in Berkeley, Calif., and her next internship will be at Oakland Children’s Hospital, working with children diagnosed with autism, ages infant to 3 years.

ANN SCHOTT (B.A.) lives in Portland, Ore., and teaches kindergarten in the suburb of Hillsboro.

JENNI SPAULDING (B.A.) married Michael Topmiller in Kentucky on July 7, 2007. Jenni teaches first grade at the Gillispie School in La Jolla, and Michael is working toward a Ph.D. in urban planning.

MATTHEW STEINGREBE (B.A.) is on active duty with the Navy as a pilot assigned to the “Pukin’ Dogs” of VFA-142, located at NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va.

TIFFANY TRUNNELL (B.A.) earned a master’s degree in professional counseling in October 2006.

SHELLEY LYFORD VALENTINE (M.A.) and Sean Valentine ’03 were married on June 29, 2007, exactly nine months after Sean proposed. Shelley and Sean met in January 2002 in a graduate class at USD. After they earned their master’s degrees, Sean worked in the entitlement field for Pulte Homes in the Bay Area, and Shelley stayed at USD to work at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice. USD colleagues and alumni at the wedding included Laura Taylor, Monica Phelps Zambrano, Jon Hellmann, Joe Arnaldo, Emi Noma and Bree Del Sordo. Shelley and Sean enjoyed a honeymoon in French Polynesia. They now live in San Clemente, Calif. Shelley is the executive director of the Gary and Mary West Foundation in Carlsbad. Sean is the development manager at Pinnacle AMS Development Co.

EMILY (STEVENSON) ZIEROLF (B.A.) and her husband, Ryan ’03, were married on Oct. 28, 2006, in Solana Beach. Alumni in attendance included Molly (King) Oates, Valerie Villi, Alison Heilman, Seth Litchney, Bob Ballard, Jason May and Joel Michel. Emily is an admissions counselor at USD and is working on a master’s degree in counseling. Ryan is a systems test engineer in Rancho Bernardo.


BRENDAN BRACKEN (B.A.) recently made the transition from owner of a mortgage company to a position as San Diego area manager for Flagstar Bank, a federal savings bank and wholesale mortgage lender.

DULCE CASTANEDA (B.A.) earned a master’s degree in education from Loyola Marymount University in 2006. In May 2007, she completed all the course requirements to apply for the California Clear teaching credential. She teaches kindergarten at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Los Angeles.

CLARK GULER (B.B.A.) is a sales rep for Buckman Laboratories and he lives in Port Hueneme, Calif.

AMY KALNA (B.B.A.) earned an M.B.A. from the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University. She was featured in an article in the business school newsletter. Amy is a cash/collateral management specialist at UBS Stamford.

SEAN McCLINTON (B.B.A.) married Yuri Misawa at Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie, Wash. He recently launched a new business, Business Card Creations.

MELISSA MOFFAT (B.A.) is a second-grade teacher.

ANDREA NEWHOUSE (B.A.) has served in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years and is a first lieutenant. She was on deployment from February through September in 2006, and again from December 2006 through June 2007. Andrea has one more year of active duty and then plans to return to USD for graduate school.

NAVY LT. J.G. TRAVIS REED (B.A.) served on a four-month humanitarian assistance deployment while assigned to the USNS Comfort, a Military Sealift Command hospital ship homeported in Norfolk, Va. After caring for nearly 25,000 patients in Belize and Guatemala, Travis’s unit arrived in Panama to continue the mission for the Partnership of the Americas, which is to provide primary care, dental care, optometry and other no-cost health care services. The unit was scheduled to visit a number of other countries, including Columbia, Guyana, Nicaragua and Suriname.

MARISOL RODRIGUEZ-McBRIDE (B.A.) married her husband, Matthew, at Founders Chapel on July 16, 2005. She is a first-grade teacher at Veterans Elementary and earned a master’s degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2007.

KYLE SAGER (B.A.) is an eighth-grade math teacher at Desert Arroyo Middle School and head coach for freshman football at Cactus Shadows High School.

LAUREN (DiCIANNI) SERVINO (B.A.) and her husband, Kevin ’04, were blessed with the birth of their first child, Ashton, on Sept. 6, 2006. They moved from Orange County to Portland, Ore., where Kevin is an executive recruiter at a retained search firm. Lauren and Kevin recently purchased their first home in the Hillsboro area.

SHANNON (WISELEY) WILSON (B.A.) earned a master’s degree in November 2006 and is looking for a college-level teaching job.


RYAN BRIZENDINE (B.A.) is shifting into asset management and preparing for an M.B.A. He also is starting an energy drink company geared toward baseball players and other athletes.

COLLEEN (DONOFRIO) ESKRIDGE (B.A.) and her husband, Christopher, were married on March 11, 2006. Colleen is a program assistant at the child development center on the Marine base in Twentynine Palms, Calif. On June 12, 2007, Colleen and Christopher welcomed a beautiful daughter, Aurora Rosalie. “I am really enjoying life with my husband, my daughter and our four dogs,” she says.

HEATHER DONOVAN (B.A.) is a researcher at the University of California, San Diego. All of her studies involve functional MRI technology.

MICHELLE ESTEBAN (B.S./B.A.) is a patent agent for a law firm and is a law student at the University of San Francisco. She hopes to become an attorney at the law firm after she graduates. Michelle recently ran two marathons — one in Florence, Italy, and the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon — and completed a 12-hour adventure race.

CARLEY OTTO (B.A.) moved back to California after spending two years as a marine mammal trainer in Miami. She is now an educator at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif.

VANESSA RUIZ (B.A.) is in graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is majoring in biomedical visualization and was awarded the prestigious Abraham Lincoln graduate fellowship for her second year of study. Vanessa has an award-winning blog looking at the science, art and culture of medical illustration: http://streetanatomy.com. She is vice president of the Student Association of Medical Artists at UIC. See profile on page 42.

JOHN ZIDER (B.B.A.) sells medical devices and equipment for an orthopedic company. He is the territory manager for all of Orange County, Calif.

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