Fall 2014 Class Notes

Cross and flowers at USD.


MARY DUGAN (BA) celebrated one year as a grant writer at College & Community Fellowship, which supports formerly incarcerated women in attending college, achieving degrees and developing leadership skills. Since 2000, women benefiting from the program have earned 256 degrees, including one PhD, one JD and 69 master’s degrees.

MARY JANE TIERNAN (BA, MA ’72) represents the San Diego Alumnnae/i of the Sacred Heart on the USD Alumni Board and teaches part time at the College of English Language in San Diego.

ALMA (LUJAN) LYON (BA) is president of the Temecula Valley Wine Society.

DELLE WILLETT (BA) is co-chair, with Maureen Pecht, of the 50th anniversary celebration for the College for Women’s Class of 1964. Other committee members include Patty Murphy, Vivienne Magnus, Cecilia Moreno, Vicki Strassler, Cathy Lindseth and Mary Fipp.

ALCY (BOSS) NEIDLINGER (BA) writes: “I have been doing a lot of photography since I moved to Texas. You can see some of it on my Facebook page. Looking forward to the 50th in 2015.”

MARIA TERESA (CARRASCO) PIETROK (BA) retired on March 30, 2013, from her career in international marketing, which included 11 years with ESCO Corp. and nearly 30 years with A-dec Inc., one of the largest dental equipment manufacturers in the world. While at A-dec, Teresa opened and developed markets in 16 former Soviet countries after the fall of the USSR. She also introduced new concepts to professionals in the region, including infection control, ergonomics, practice management and clinic organization. In 2008, the Russian Dental Association’s Congress in Moscow awarded Teresa a life achievement medal for her contribution to Russian dentistry. At USD, Teresa studied German, English and Spanish literature, and she is fluent in English, Spanish and French, and has social fluency in German, Russian and Italian. “I believe the strong education that I received at USD was a key foundation in my success in opening 16 markets for A-dec in 16 Central and Eastern European countries. Today, all of those markets are among the top producers for A-dec.”

GARY LANE (JD) is a registered representative with New York Life, specializing in life insurance for business and personal needs, as well as long-term-care insurance and other financial planning needs.


PEGGY BENGS (BA) writes for newspapers and magazines and is researching book concepts related to inspiring episodes in American history.

MICHAEL MILLER (BA) retired as a sergeant after 33 years with the San Diego Police Department. At his retirement, Mike was the staff sergeant at the Regional Law Enforcement Academy, where he helped forge the futures of more than 1,500 recruits from area agencies. Mike was the second officer to attend the Department of the Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor Program. He still volunteers with the SDPD, and he and his wife, former USD staff member Liz Aleman, donate their time to the Retired Fire and Police Association. Mike and Liz have three grown children and two granddaughters.

JOHN HEISNER (JD) partnered with Olga Álvarez to open Heisner Álvarez, a San Diego law firm focused exclusively on trusts, estates and business law.

DALE ANDERSEN (MA) writes, “My one-act play, The Hundred Million Dollar Son, was a semifinalist at the 2014 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.”

PAUL ROBINSON (JD) of Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg and Bagley LLP was named San Diego Lawyer of the Year in land use and zoning law by The Best Lawyers in America 2014.

TERENCE JESMORE (BA) is semiretired and has been living in Israel since 2001. He lives one hour south of Jerusalem, where he is involved in organic farming and growing plants from the Bible as row crops.

KATHLEEN STRICKLAND (JD), a partner with Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley PC, was named to BTI Consulting Group Inc.’s ClientService All-Stars list.

SUSAN REDELINGS (BA) reports that she is retired and living as a tourist in her own beautiful city of San Diego.

DAWN CONWAY (Paralegal Certificate) was promoted in July 2013 to chief operating officer for Cision U.S., based in Chicago.

GORDON L. GERSON (JD), managing principal of Gerson Law Firm APC, was honored among The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the area of real estate law.

STEPHEN LEGOMSKY (JD) recently completed a two-year term as chief counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) within the Department of Homeland Security. At USCIS, Stephen worked closely with the White House on comprehensive immigration reform, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the agency implementation of the Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, and the parole in place program for undocumented family members of military personnel. He has returned to his position as the John S. Lehmann University Professor at Washington University’s School of Law in St. Louis, Mo., and he is working on the sixth edition of his immigration and refugee law casebook, which has been adopted at 176 law schools.

MARK LITWAK (JD) joined the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law as an adjunct professor.

JOEL S. MILIBAND (JD) was appointed general counsel and chief legal officer of Brown Rudnick LLP in Irvine, Calif.

ELIZABETH THOMPSON (JD) relocated to Kauai’s north shore in the Hawaiian islands and remains available for umpire, arbitrator and mediator appointments in complex commercial and tort matters.

JANICE F. MULLIGAN (BA, JD ’81) was appointed to the State Bar of California’s Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission.

ADRIENNE LEONARD (JD) is senior counsel at TW Telecom in Denver. She has been in-house with the company since 2001.


NICK KRALL (BA) has been “doing financial plans, riding my horses, and acting in TV and movies.” Recently, he has appeared in Revenge, True Blood and Masters of Sex. Nick also sings doo-wop with the Safaris and plays country-blues with L.A. River.

MARK PARKER (JD) is president-elect of the State Bar of Montana and is scheduled to assume the duties of president of the State Bar in September 2014. He will be the second USD School of Law graduate to serve as president of the Montana State Bar; the first was Max Hansen, a 1976 USD law school graduate who was president in 1988.

TOMMY LOFARELLI (MBA, JD ’81) is looking for work in the real estate industry, a law office, or as an assistant professor of marketing, finance or real estate.

JAMES POOLE (JD) was appointed an expert witness by Thomson Reuters in subjects including chemistry and the petroleum industry.

JEFFREY THOMA (JD) was appointed visiting professor at the University of Hawaii School of Law.

DAVID BAJO (BA) expects to publish his third novel, Mercy 6, in September 2014. He has authored Panopticon and The 351 Books of Irma Arcuri and is a professor of creative writing at the University of South Carolina.

ROBERT EATINGER (JD) was named the senior deputy general counsel for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in June 2013. He has served as acting general counsel for the CIA between general counsel appointments.

KAREN CAMPBELL is semiretired from a career in law to a career in legal editing. Her website is www.intlproofingconsortium.com.

JENNIFER TREESE WILSON (BA, JD ’86) was appointed corporate counsel for the Gemological Institute of America in San Diego.

NANCY CAMPMAN (BA) joined Irma Shaw Designs as the director of business development. She represents the interior design firm through active involvement in local and building associations, and cultivates new business from architects, home builders and developers.

BARBARA E. KRISTAL (JD), a family law attorney, was named a top lawyer by Palm Springs Life magazine in the Coachella Valley.

MARIA ELENA RICO (BA, MEd ’87) is principal of Bancroft Middle School & Performing Arts Magnet.

REBEKAH CAREY (MSN) graduated from the University of Alabama with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in December 2013. She presented the results of her doctoral study, “Shoes, Shots and Society: Prepare for Short-Term Service Overseas,” at the International Conference of Person-Centered Medicine in Zagreb, Croatia, in November 2013. Rebekah is an assistant professor of nursing and chair of the School of Nursing at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, Wis.

SUSAN DALY (JD) of Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg and Bagley LLP was honored among The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in real estate law.

EARL M. FORTE (JD) published The Fraudulent Transfer Handbook in 2013.

KELLEY HILL (BBA) is property manager for S.A. Hill Enterprises.

JOHN KOWNACKI (BA) reports that he is a Lasik eye surgeon.

FRANCES FRAGOS TOWNSEND (JD) was named to the board of directors of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

ALLAN E. ANDERSON (JD) joined Argent Fox LLP as a litigation and intellectual property partner in
Los Angeles.

RUSSELL McCORMACK (BA) recently started a private practice called Nazarene Ministries. His website is www.nazareneministries.com.

GWEN RUTAR MULLINS (JD) of Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC was honored among The Best Lawyers in America 2014.

GEORGE GALDORISI (MA) is working with co-author Dick Couch to reboot the Tom Clancy Op-Center series. The first Op-Center series was published from 1995 to 2005. In May 2014, Saint Martin’s Press published the first book of Galdorisi’s and Couch’s new series: Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: Out of the Ashes. The second book, Into the Fire, is in production. More information is available at www.georgegaldorisi.com.

PAUL KLOCKENBRINK (JD), a partner at Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore LLP, was named to the 2014 Best Lawyers in America list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers.

JEFF TIPTON (BA) recently celebrated his 14th year in real estate. He is the broker-owner of Tipton Group Real Estate.

LANCE L. SHEA (JD) joined Baker Hostetler in Washington, D.C., as a partner.


TOM DAVIS (BA) and his wife recently celebrated their 20th anniversary with a Mediterranean cruise, followed by a trip to Florence and Rome, where they saw the pope.

ANNE DEMETRIO (BA) has a recruitment company based in Phoenix, Ariz. “I enjoy spending time with my three children (Jack, Kate and George), who are already talking about attending USD!” she says.

DAVID KLISTOFF (MBA) is a longtime consulting manager with Accenture.

MARY LEHMAN (JD) was appointed to the California State Athletic Commission by California Gov. Jerry Brown.

ADAM LEVIN (JD), a partner in the Los Angeles office of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, was named toThe Hollywood Reporter’s 2014 Power Lawyers list.

KARIN BACKSTROM (JD) writes, “I am busy running the employment law firm of Backstrom & Heinrichs. I also have three daughters, ages 14, 11 and 8.” Karin lives in the Bay Park area of San Diego and she has served on the USD Law Alumni Board since 2008.

EVANGELINE (FERNANDEZ) BITSKO (MFA) reports that she established and coordinates the JCS San Diego Academy of Performing Arts after working for 20 years as a teacher and administrator, as well as theater actress, director and educator in public and nonprofit theater education. The academy serves students in grades six through 12 and is housed in the San Diego Performing Arts Center. Evangeline and her husband, Bruce, celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on Sept. 11, 2013. Their daughter, Alexa, is majoring in English literature and minoring in art at Pace University in New York City, and their son, Jared, is a musical theater aficionado. Evangeline plans to complete doctoral studies in drama and theater so she can teach and direct at the university level.

PETER COLEMAN (BBA) was appointed chief financial officer of Fuhu Inc., the firm that created the Nabi kid-friendly tablet. At Fuhu, Peter is responsible for the company’s corporate finance and accounting functions, manages the company’s relationships with investors and partners, and conducts internal and industry analysis to support the company’s goals for growth.

PATRICK FOY (BA) is a lieutenant with the Law Enforcement Division of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

LAURA (GACEK) GRAHAM(BA) married David Graham on April 27, 2014.

KELLIE LOGSDON (BA) recently moved back to Los Angeles with her two daughters, ages 11 and 14, after eight years in Connecticut. “We are so happy to be back to the Southern California sunshine and our family,” she says. Kellie is a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker, where she specializes in residential and multifamily sales as well as property development and management. Her niece, Ryann Linthicum, is a student at USD.

ANDREW B. SERWIN (JD) joined the law firm Morrison & Foerster as partner.

ANNE YOAKAM (BA) is raising her daughter, writing The Daily Tuna and anneyoakam.blogspot.com, painting landscapes on Nantucket, Mass., and “thinking about starting a new breadwinning career pronto; ideas welcome!”

KURT CAMPBELL (JD) was honored in the 2013 San Diego Super Lawyers publication for his work in construction litigation.

DAWN R. EISENBERG (LLM) was named director of San Diego State University’s Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate.

BRENT HODGES (BAcc) returned to San Diego after raising his son and living in Arizona for 18 years. He was head of schools for Rancho Solano Private Schools in Arizona and is now a principal at Horizon Prep, a private school in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

DAVID HOLLANDER (JD) joined DeWitt & Dunn LLC as a retirement income planning advisor, part of www.AnnuityWatchUSA.com.

JULIE HOUSTON (JD) joined the public finance practice of Andrews Kurth LLP in Austin, Texas, as counsel.

CHRISTINE (HARBS) MAILLOUX (JD) is a student in USD’s master’s program in nonprofit leadership and management and she continues to practice telecommunications regulatory and consumer law with The Utility Reform Network (TURN). She also serves on the boards of two other nonprofit organizations. Christine, her husband, Jim Mailloux ’94, and two daughters live in San Diego.

KURT TOBIN (JD) joined Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC as a shareholder in San Diego.

JAMES GRIFFIN (JD) was appointed to the Pima County Superior Court by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

MELISSA HENSLEY (JD) was named 2014 chairwoman of the Board of Trustees for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. Melissa is senior counsel in Morgan Lewis’s Labor and Employment Practice. The mission of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center is to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and to provide national leadership on child abuse issues.

VINCENT MOISO (BA) reports that after 16 years as an international business executive in the tile and stone industry, he spent most of 2013 working in athletics for the University of Notre Dame. He has returned to his original firm to manage business development.

KEVIN PAPP (BA) joined Aegon USA Realty Advisors in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as a senior attorney. Previously, he was a shareholder with Bradley & Riley PC.

INGE TAYLOR (BSN) reports that she is working two careers: nurse midwife and clinical instructor.

MICHAEL BATTIN (JD) was elected president of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego and voted a 2014 Super Lawyer.

ELISABETH DeCOURSEY (BAcc) and her husband, Scott Martens, welcomed their third child, Lucy, in December 2013. Lucy joins Maxwell, 4, and Bridget, 3. Elisabeth and Scott are busy running their engineering company, which was named one of the Top 25 Businesses in Kansas City with fewer than 25 employees.

SEAN FLANNERY (BBA) is global pricing manager for Texas Instruments. Wife Jodie (Dawson) Flannery ’96 is a marketing manager for a security technologies company and she teaches fitness classes at Dallas corporate facilities and fitness clubs. Sean and Jodie have a son, Jack, who was born in 2007. “Jack is following in his dad’s love of basketball; maybe a future USD Torero hoopster!” Jodie says.

CAPT. GARY SHARP (JD), U.S. Navy JAG Corps, is commanding officer for the Region Legal Service Office Southeast in Jacksonville, Fla.

MONICA ZENT (JD) founded Foxwordy.com, a private social network for lawyers.

LARRY BALDWIN (MBA) and his wife, Melissa, adopted Benjamin Lilu from the Shejiang province of China in January 2014. Benjamin joins siblings Landen, Isaac, Emma and Madeleine. Larry is the director of Medicare membership administration at Kaiser Permanente.

WARD BOND (MBA) joined Defense Mobile Corp. in December 2013 as a vice president and the head of value-added services. Defense Mobile Corp. is a new mobile carrier for military service members, veterans and their families.

LISA BERESFORD BRIDGMAN (BBA, JD ’01) was named partner at her law firm, Grimm Vranjes & Greer.

CHAD FULLER (JD) joined Troutman Sanders LLP as a partner in San Diego.

WADE GOCHNOUR (JD), with Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, was honored as a 2013 Mountain States Super Lawyer for his work in construction litigation.

JENNIFER LOTTA (BBA) and her husband, David Prull, were married on Nov. 1, 2013, at an upstate winery in Rochester, N.Y. Fellow USD alumni in attendance included Steve and Michelle Stoelker, Lo Cascio and Nicole (Borcherding) Domer. Dave is a deputy for the local sheriff’s office and Jennifer is a financial advisor. “We live in Pittsford, N.Y., and enjoy spending time with family and friends, and our German Shepherd, Trigger.”

MATT REBACK (JD) was promoted to vice president of marketing for Konami Gaming Inc.

JENNIFER VARSAK (BA) started a wine concierge service in 2013, called Accasbel Wines. In Celtic legend, Accasbel is the god of wine.

MICHAEL VIOLA (BAcc) recently founded Pure Restaurant Solutions, an accounting practice based in Irvine, Calif., that is focused on restaurants. He has clients in the Los Angeles and Orange County markets, but is always looking to help new customers.

CHRISTIAN WAAGE (JD) was appointed senior vice president and general counsel of Receptos Inc. in San Diego.

DARLENE BLOUNT (BA) teaches English and is a private tutor.

MARY CRUZ (MBA) writes, “I apply the skills I developed in the USD MBA program every day in my role as program manager at Hewlett-Packard.”

BRIAN MURPHY (BA) and Kellie Hallinan ’00 were married on July 27, 2013, in Cle Elum, Wash. Alumni in the wedding party included Brendan Murphy, Craig Waldrop, Cheli (Mueller) Hanley and Angela (Hauck) Carr. Brian works in sales for a dental implant company in the New York City metro area and Kellie is a school teacher in Brooklyn. Brian and Kellie live in Northport, Long Island, N.Y.

IRENE MARIE PATTON (BA) is developing an online app for Chrometics, a unique method of learning and speaking English that she created for teaching pronunciation and fluency at the San Diego Community College District.

DEBORAH ROMERO (MSN) is a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves. In the fall of 2014, she plans to begin the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program at USD’s Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science.

TIMOTHY L. SKELTON (JD) joined Argent Fox LLP as a litigation and intellectual property partner in Los Angeles.

ANDREA MUNOZ (BA) is head counselor at Hoover High School in San Diego.

JUSTINE PHILLIPS (BA, JD ’05) joined Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP in San Diego as special counsel.

WAYNE SLAPPY (BBA) reports that he is “helping people get more out of life through comprehensive planning.”

JEFF THURRELL (JD), partner with Fisher & Phillips LLP in Irvine, Calif., was named to BTI Consulting Group Inc.’s Client Service All-Stars list.


RYAN GERENA (BA) reports that he is “living the dream with my wife, Gabby, and sons, Anthony, 4, and Robbie, 2. Gabby and I run our U.S. passport expediting company together and are trying to grow the business for our kids to take over one day.”

SARAH GLENN (BA) and her husband, Tony Glenn ’00, are raising three daughters in Sacramento, Calif. “I enjoy being a stay-at-home mom and being very involved in the girls’ school, our church and our neighborhood,” Sarah says. Tony is a firefighter/engineer for Sacramento Metro Fire and he and Sarah are building a new house. “It is fun and exhausting at the same time!” she says.

ALLISON GODDARD (JD) was named a top attorney for intellectual property litigation by The Daily Transcript in San Diego and was appointed to the State Bar Committee on Federal Courts.

REBECCA HAYES (BA) created, developed and co-owned Mindful Mentoring for seven years. In August 2011, she developed and launched e3 Consulting, a community hub that wholly supports a family’s mind, body and soul.

JASON M. OHTA (JD), a former assistant U.S. attorney, joined Duane Morris LLP as special counsel in San Diego.

TRASIE PHAN (BA) owns a business management consulting firm that services the health care industry.

KYLE ROWEN (BA, JD ’04) joined Wesierski & Zurek LLP, a law firm in Irvine, Calif.

FABIANA SALIM (BBA) is a multimedia executive at the U-T San Diego.

AMBER SPATARO (JD) was elevated to shareholder at Littler’s Newark, N.J., office.

NEAL BARHAM (BA) was commissioned in the U.S. Navy upon his graduation from USD. He served nearly 13 years on active duty, including flying tours from fixed-wing cargo/transport missions in the Middle East to helicopter anti-submarine/surface counter-drug and mountainous search and rescue missions spanning the globe. Neal has worked with myriad cultures while gaining flying experience as a Navy aviator. He is now a reservist and is an air interdiction agent with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, flying daily anti-illegal immigration/counter-narcotics/terrorism missions along the Texas border.

JENNIFER BROWN (BA) and her husband, Doug, recently welcomed their second child, Brody Randall, who joins sister, Savannah, 3. Jennifer is a public information officer for the Department of Human Services in El Paso County, Colo.

ANTOINE DIDIENNE (MBA) started www.Vavavida.com, an online fair trade fashion retailer. The company was featured in the Summer 2014 issue of USD Magazine.

CRESCENTIA THOMAS (BA) joined the Stockton Unified School District after graduation as a teacher of students with special needs. She continued her education, earning an education specialist credential and master’s degree in education from California State University, Sacramento. She went on to work on a doctorate in education administration/leadership at the University of the Pacific and expected to defend her dissertation in May 2014.

ELLIS WASSON (LLM) joined the corporate, securities and tax section of Rutan & Tucker LLP in Orange County, Calif.

OLGA ÁLVAREZ (JD) partnered with John Heisner to open Heisner Álvarez, a San Diego law firm focused exclusively on trusts and estates and business law.

ANTHONY BENJARANO (JD) was named assistant general counsel for the Los Angeles Unified School District in the labor and employment services division.

PAUL BETZER (JD) joined the Denver office of Snell & Wilmer, where he focuses on energy and real estate law, with an emphasis on oil and gas, electrical power, alternative energy and utility infrastructure. Previously, he was director of property tax, real estate, right of way and claims for Phillips 66 in the central and eastern United States and Europe.

JEANMARIE HARRINGTON BISCEGLIA (JD) and her husband, Paul, welcomed a son, James Patrick. “He has been an adorable new addition to our family,” Jeanmarie says.

MARISA BROWN (BA) was named the junior director at the Oceanside, Calif., Yacht Club.

TONI HOMBERG (BA) is starting a private medical practice in Mexico City, Mexico. Toni is dedicated to medical research in the field of immunology and is a professor at Westhill University Medical School.

JOSHUA A. JESSEN (JD) was named partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, working out of California offices in Irvine and Palo Alto.

AURORA MADUENO (BA) is the activities director for Canyon Villas Retirement and just celebrated her 10th year with the organization.

ERIK NAGEL (MA) finished his residency training at Naval Medical Center, San Diego, and is now a staff anesthesiologist at Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton. Erik and his wife, Lisa, welcomed their first child, Kellan Erik, in 2013.

ANNIE PETERSEN (BA) moved to Dallas in August 2013 for a new position as co-producer of two hours of morning news at WFAA-TV. Previously, she produced news at KLAS-TV in Las Vegas.

BLAIN WATSON (BA) is a principal at Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, Calif. Previously, he was a principal at Locke High School, a charter high school in Watts, Calif. “I am planning to continue graduate studies to pursue a doctoral degree in educational leadership,” Blain says.

ARIKA WELLS (BBA) was a 2014 honoree at the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Breakfast for Mi’Lady “Tribute to Mothers.” The event honors mothers with substantial community service.

PATTY LEDEZMA (BBA) is working in full-time ministry for the Catholic Church of the Diocese of Orange, Calif. She is also working toward a master’s degree in pastoral theology at Loyola Marymount University.

PATRICK MORRIS (JD) was promoted to partner with the San Francisco office of Perkins Coie.

TJ ROSSI (MBA) works for Green Inc.

KRISTIN (QUARTUCCIO) SCHOPAC (BA) and her husband, Jonathan, welcomed their third child, Ashley Nicole, on Oct. 7, 2014. Ashley joins older brothers Dalton, 3, and Brody, 2.

SAM SHERMAN (JD) opened Tencer Sherman, a law firm in San Diego.

TYSON SMITH (BA) graduated from Golden State University School of Law in May 2013 and married his wife, Kara, in December 2013. USD alumna Regina Bartonicek was a bridesmaid. Tyson and Kara both work at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

COURTNEY L. BAIRD (JD) was promoted to partner with Duane Morris LLP and is working out of the law firm’s Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego offices.

MATT DAUGHERTY (BA) and Allison Ruiz Daugherty ’04 celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary and their daughter, Cora’s, first birthday in July 2014.

BIBIANNE FELL (JD) joined Gomez Trial Attorneys as a senior trial attorney in San Diego.

JILL PASQUALETTO HAMAKER (BA) reports that she is enjoying life with her daughter, Grace Karen. “She keeps me and husband, Delk, on our toes,” Jill says. “Staying busy as a working mom on Capitol Hill as the senior manager of government affairs for Emergent BioSolutions.”

MICHELLE IALEGGIO (JD) is a San Diego County deputy district attorney.

SUE LESSANI (MSN) reports that she is launching a new business.

DIANE LETARTE (LLM) writes, “Releasing lifers from prison. One at a time. Much better with Gov. Brown in office.”

MICHAEL STUART (JD) worked as a public defender in 2005, then joined a San Diego criminal defense law firm. In 2009, he opened his own law firm in San Diego, where he handles criminal defense and family law matters. Michael writes, “I remember my days on the USD campus as a time and place where I evolved from a student to a lawyer.”

VICTORIA VAN DER BRIEL (Paralegal Certificate) is building a strategic management consulting business.

TYLER ANDREWS (JD), litigator with Greenberg Traurig LLP, was elevated to partner in the Las Vegas office.

DOUGLAS FENNER (EdD) was named a chief information officer for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in September 2012.

JAMES C. FESSENDEN (JD) was promoted to partner with Fisher & Phillips LLP in San Diego.

MICHAEL HELLBUSCH (BA, JD ’08) joined Tredway Lumsdaine & Doyle LLP as an associate in the firm’s Irvine, Calif., office.

AMANDA SCHILT (BA) is the director of corporate communications at Ralph Lauren in New York City.

MALLORY PREST TODD (BA) and her husband, Matt, were married on Jan. 11, 2014, in Palm Desert, Calif. They both work at Xavier College Prep, a Jesuit high school, where Matt is the operations manager and Mallory is a history teacher and the girls golf coach.

EDWARD P. YOUNG (JD) joined Mike Lewis Attorneys as an associate attorney in Winston, N.C.

JAMES BLACK (BAcc) is the owner/operator of the No. 1 ranked international hostel in San Diego.

BAYARDO DE MURGUIA (BA) reports that he has put his theatre arts degree to use in Hollywood. Since moving to Los Angeles, he has worked commercially and in voice-over in national ads for Comcast, Jack in the Box, JC Penney and Honda. Theatrically, he has co-starred on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and has guest starred as Agent Javier Silva on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

DUSTIN S. DODGIN (JD) was elected partner of Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimbal LLP, in Bakersfield, Calif.

SCOTT MARTINEZ (JD) was sworn in as Denver’s city attorney Jan. 8, 2014.

MARY McKENZIE (JD) teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in international relations at USD’s College of Arts and Sciences.

COURTNEY (BLOKLAND) ROBERTS (BA, MBA ’10) and her husband, Blake Roberts ’10, welcomed their first child, Charlotte Rose, in June 2013.

JOSEPH SAMMARTINO (JD) founded Sammartino Law Group, a San Diego law firm specializing in the representation of individuals and businesses in civil litigation.

LEIZEL VERGARA (BA) has traveled to Cuba, China, Egypt and around Europe, interned at the United Nations, worked for the American Australian Association and New York University, and volunteered in Haiti and around New York City, through New York Cares.

JON CASTRO (BA) moved to New York for a global banking and markets position at HSBC.

GRACE GIL (BBA) was promoted to learning program manager at Petco Animal Supplies Inc. in San Diego. She is in charge of all product training across 1,300 retail stores.

RACHAEL GOLDFARB (BBA) is assistant director of brands at E.J. Gallo Winery.

BRITTANY HALL (BA, BBA ’07) is with Marriott Hotels and was promoted to destination sales executive for the Courtyard Chicago Downtown River North.

SPENCER HOLLISON (BA) works for TKF, a nonprofit organization in San Diego, and is finishing a master’s degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary.

JENNIFER MILLER (BBA) graduated from Loyola Law School and currently works as a personal injury attorney for Progressive Insurance.

KATE E. PAYERLE (JD) of Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson PA was named vice chair of Charlotte Chamber Young Professionals and a North Carolina Rising Star in business litigation by North Carolina Super Lawyers.

ALEXANDRA WILLIAMS (BA) married Justin Williams on Sept. 21, 2013, in an Episcopal ceremony in Santa Barbara, Calif. Following a second reception in Connecticut, the couple spent a two-week honeymoon in South America. They are now back in Santa Barbara and glad to have the wedding planning behind them, Alexandra says.

SAMUEL ATRI (BBA) is working toward a master’s degree in sports business at New York University.

JOSEPH A. BROPHY (JD) was elected partner in the Phoenix office of the law firm Jennings, Haug & Cunningham LLP.

ADA CARPENTER (BA) ran the Angeles marathon on March 9, 2014, and plans to start graduate school at the University of Southern California in the fall.

ANGELA GONZALES (JD) joined the Rimon law firm as an associate working out of the new San Diego office.

WHITNEY GRAVES (BA) writes, I work at a top advertising agency in New York City in media planning.”

JEN LAGEDROST (BA) earned an MFA degree in poetry in May 2013 and moved to Los Angeles.

EVAN PAPADAKIS (BA) works at Stillwater Family Therapy in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

ASHLEY PISANI (BA) joined Pisani Dentistry in Reno, Nev., as a dental hygienist. After graduating from USD, Ashley earned an AAS degree in dental hygiene from New York University’s College of Dentistry.

FRANK SERIO (MSN) reports, “Retirement is great.”

PATRICIA HARTMAN SHERRILLO (MEd) is a fifth-grade teacher and coordinator of the GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program.

JOYCE CHUA (BBA) is assistant director of Torero Clubs at USD and appeared on Wheel of Fortune with her sister in March 2014.

CHRISTIAAN COETZEE (BAcc) lives in Newport Beach, Calif., and works on the acquisition team at CT Realty Investors.

NICOLE CUSACK (JD) was promoted to associate attorney with Casey Gerry in San Diego.

KENT DAVIS (BBA) earned a paralegal certificate and real estate license.

BROOKE DIXON (BBA) launched her first business, Emblazon Events Inc. “We are forecasted to generate $1 million in gross sales this year on behalf of our 20-plus clients!” Brooke says.

AMY FORSYTHE (MSGL) is assigned as a U.S. Navy public affairs officer serving at the U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany.

ERIC GONZALEZ (BBA) writes, “Living in beautiful San Diego and loving work at Qualcomm with their RE group.”

CARLOS JAUREGUI (LLM) worked in San Francisco for six months, then moved back to Mexico and practiced energy law. Currently, he works in trust and agency services at Deutsche Bank Mexico.

KAILA MANGRUM (BA, MA ’12) has been working with the USD women’s basketball program for the past four years. “I served two years as the graduate assistant and earned my master’s in leadership studies,” she says. “After graduation, I became the director of operations and am currently in my second year of the position.”

CHAD PAGE (BBA) started his own financial service business in October 2009.

EMILY QUILTER (BA) joined a USD sunset harbor cruise mixer during Orientation Week in 1998, where she was handed an ace of playing card and told to find her match. She found her fellow ace of diamonds, Kevin McCarthy, and they began a relationship that lasted for two years. Though they parted, 12 years later Kevin called Emily on Valentine’s Day and seven months after that, she moved 2,600 miles to begin planning a life together. “All thanks to USD and a playing card,” she says.

KATELIN BUTCHER (BA) lived in Lyon, France, for a year and returned to Northern California, where she teaches French to high school students.

ASHLEY COBB (BA), a third-year medical student at Mayo Medical School, received the American Medical Association Foundation’s 2014 Leadership Award, a national award that recognizes achievements in community service, medical education and public health. After graduating from USD, Ashley worked with AmeriCorps in an after-school program for at-risk youth and coordinated a community health fair for migrant farm workers. As a medical student, she volunteers extensively in her community and serves as a mentor for local youth. She also conducted a qualitative study in Uganda. Ashley plans to attend University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, next year to work on a master’s of public health degree in maternal and child health.

ASHLEY REAGAN HALBERDA (JD) joined Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP as an associate in the Orange County, Calif., office.

CHRISTOPHER HAYES (JD) joined the Small Business Investor Alliance as legislative and regulatory counsel in Washington, D.C.

CAITLIN HEYDE (BAcc, BBA ’10) has been working for High Street Partners, an international payroll and accounting company, for nearly four years. Caitlin and her husband have been married for two years and welcomed a son, Jake, in November 2013.

RITA MAGLIOCCO (BAcc) is a producer for the Back9Network, a startup television channel in Hartford, Conn., that promotes growing the game of golf through the inclusion of all people. The network just released a short film, Inspire 2 Aspire, produced in partnership with Catapult Entertainment. Through shadow dance, the film tells the life story of Sandy Cloud Jr., who worked as a caddy at a local country club and became a lawyer, civic leader and two-term state senator. The film can be seen at www.back9network.com/article/video-back9network-presents-catapult-entertainment-performance.

NICHOLAS PROLA (JD) was named director of compliance and in-house counsel with Professional Finance Company in Denver.

RUTH SOBERANES (BA) completed a master’s degree in diplomacy and international relations from the Diplomatic School in Madrid, Spain, in 2012 and recently joined the North American Research Partnership as a research analyst and communications manager.

ADAM TYDINGCO (BBA) has worked in residential real estate for the past two years and enjoys working at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

LAILA VAN DER MEULEN (BA) is a tour operations manager for La Jolla-based Classic Journeys, which operates small-group, luxury, boutique cultural walking adventures in 75 regions within 35 countries on five continents.

DANIELA ATRI (BA) launched Montubox.com in the fall of 2013, a program for kids ages 4 to 9 that delivers creative and education activities to their doorstop each month. The subscription program was created for professional moms who might not have the liberty to go out and find engaging activities for their little ones, Daniela says.

JOSEPH BOWIE (BBA) completed a master’s degree in sports management at the University of San Francisco in December 2013. After graduating, he accepted a position as a marketing manager with TopGolf in Scottsdale, Ariz.

MICHELLE HARRISON (BSN, MSN ’13) writes, “Since I graduated last May from the School of Nursing, I have been paying it forward by teaching at the university and other local schools.”

XIXI LI (MAcc) has been working for Ernst & Young in San Diego since graduating from USD. “I couldn’t have done it without my education,” Xixi says. “I am in Chicago for business and found out about the Cubs game (an alumni relations event). What a great way to connect with alumni in the area!”

MONICA LIM (BA) is in graduate school at DePaul University.

ANNA MORENO (BBA) recently moved to New York City.

VIENNA MUNRO (JD) finished her detail to the Pentagon and was recommended to serve on the president’s National Security Council staff. Upon completing her assignment at the White House, Vienna returned to her diplomatic career at the U.S. Department of State and accepted a new position as the department’s hostage advisor.

MEGHAN RYAN (BA) expected to graduate in May 2014 with a master’s degree in special education at San Diego State University.

NICK SALMEN (BBA) recently returned home from serving abroad as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

DOMINICK SCIOLA (BBA) joined Avanade as a growth and strategy senior analyst. “Looking forward to the new opportunity,” Dominick says.

ELIZABETH SKURDAHL (BA) is a volunteer teacher through WorldTeach in the rural village of Omatjete, Namibia. She teaches English, art and library science to grades five, six and seven.

KAMEKA SMITH (MA) is working on postgraduate hours to become a licensed professional clinical counselor at a large nonprofit mental health clinic.

GUNJAN AGARWAL (JD) joined the Pittsburgh, Pa., office of Fox Rothschild LLP.

DIANA RODRIGUEZ AGISS (BAcc, BBA ’12, BA ’12) reports that she is in law school.

JULIETA BARRIOS (BA) is an eighth-grade science teacher in Temple Hills, Md., as part of Teach for America Corps.

ALEX BELLINI (BBA) is a financial planning consultant with Aurora Capital Alliance in San Diego and has been integral in the expansion of the firm’s premium finance consulting platform with offices in downtown San Diego, Los Angeles and Scottsdale, Ariz. His experience includes international project management, new venture finance and consulting advisors on the structuring of complex premium finance life insurance strategies. In addition, he founded and continues to be active in two software companies.

JOSE ROSALES CHAVEZ (BA) is currently working toward a PhD in global health and in the fall expects to begin a master’s program in public health.

AUSTIN ENGLISH (BA) is working toward a master’s degree in history at USD.

ERIC A. GERRARD (JD) joined the Bartle & Geier law firm as an associate in Lincoln, Neb.

KATIE GORDON (BA) is working toward a master’s degree in fashion studies at Parsons the New School for Design.

CARA MILLER (PhD) is a teaching fellow at Harvard University Extension School.

BRENTON MONTGOMERY (BBA) has been working at a small CPA firm in Kearney Mesa, Calif., and reports that he hopes to become a certified public accountant within a year.

PHUONG “EMILY” PHAN (BA) is a scheduling coordinator at WIS International and works part time at The Rush Indoor Cycling Studio, founded by fellow USD alumnus Tim Suski.

ANTHONY REYES (MA) is a marriage and family therapist in Sacramento, Calif. “USD has allowed me to flourish professionally due to its strong alumni base and support,” Anthony says.

JAMIE RITTERBECK (JD) joined Klinedinst PC as an associate in San Diego.

TONY TERAVAINEN (MSEL) received a county proclamation on the deck of the U.S.S. Midway in January 2014 in support of the nonprofit he chairs, Support the Enlisted Project (STEP). STEP is a local resource that supports lower-ranking military enlisted and recently honorably discharged veteran families who are experiencing financial hardship. “It feels good to know that an organization that I have committed so many hours to through the years is prospering from practical application of the methodology I learned in the MSEL program and, ultimately, making a personal difference in military and veteran families’ lives,” Tony says. His work was featured in the Summer 2014 issue of USD Magazine.

AJ TOOPS (BS/BA) is a mechanical engineer for the M+W Group. He recently married Katie Dethlefsen at the Brophy Chapel in Phoenix. AJ and Katie also bought a home in Phoenix.

CASSANDRA WELLS (BA) assists in-house counsel at a property management company.

ADEBAYO ADELEKE (MS) writes, “I am wrapping up my military duties and getting ready to hit the job market.”

HANNAH BERTRANDO (BA) is taking a year off before attending law school in the fall of 2014.

AARON BROWN (BBA) is a business partner with Lawrence Kourie ’10. They own and operate SoCal Gas and Car Wash in Escondido, Calif.

JESSICA BUCKLEY (BS/BA) is a master’s student at Colorado School of Mines.

SOPHIA CARRILLO (BA) was selected as one of 10 Americans to study in The Hague, Netherlands, with international criminal court prosecutors, scholars and peacemakers as part of the International Peace and Security Institute’s Hague Symposium in Post-Conflict Transitions and International Justice.

LAUREN COMBS (BA) is a recruiting manager in the finance and accounting division at Robert Half in San Francisco. “I am loving my job, but missing all the wonderful things about USD and San Diego!” she says.

DENNIS DIENST (MS) completed USD’s master’s program in supply chain management in October 2013 and walked during the May 2014 commencement. He also reports that he was promoted in March 2014.

RACHEL EHSAN (JD) joined business litigation law firm Webb & Bordson APC in San Diego.

KARIN M. GERSTIN (JD) was promoted to associate at Sughrue Mion in San Diego.

JEANETTE GONZALEZ (MAPJ) is the director of recruitment in the Office of Admissions at the Franciscan School of Theology.

WILLIAM HOLDEN (BA) returned recently from eight months of travel through France, Spain, Morocco, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. “I lived with local families I met along the way in each country,” he says. “Their economic status ranged from the top 1 percent to the bottom 1 percent. In Ecuador and Peru, I climbed volcanos, worked as an Amazon guide’s assistant and as a bartender in the largest hostel in South America, and completed solo multi-day treks through the Andes.”

ALVIN JAVIER (BS/BA) is an electrical designer for Randall Lamb, an engineering consulting firm.

KATHERINE MALEWSKI (BA) is a technical recruiter for CTC Inc.

BRYN NELSON (BA) is a business analyst in the greater Seattle area.

ROCIO GARZA TISDELL (MSGL) joined the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, Va., as the diversity and inclusion program manager. Rocio and her husband continue to work on their start-up company, Domesticat, a line of modern products for pets and their owners.

JORDAN WALKER (BBA) moved to Chicago after graduating from USD.

JENNIFER GEE (BBA) writes, “Actively seeking career opportunities!”

GINA SOTELO (MSGL) is currently seeking funding to start a business endeavor.

In Memoriam

RAYMOND S. BRANDES, PhD, longtime USD professor and former dean of the graduate school, died on April 16, 2014, at his home in San Diego. He was 90. Born in Coronado, Calif., as a direct descendant of the founders of Old Town, he became a pre-eminent historian in the region. Ray entered the Army during WWII and served for six years, then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree and a PhD in historic site archaeology and Western American history. He joined USD in the 1960s as a professor of history and archaeology and retired 31 years later as dean of the graduate school. Ray led archaeological and historical research for Old Town State Historic Park, the Royal Presidio of San Diego and Mission San Diego de Alcalá. He published more than 300 reports on historic San Diego buildings and 21 books, founded the San Diego Congress of History, and helped establish the San Diego Baseball Historical Society. In 1996, he was awarded USD’s Medal of San Diego de Alcalá for distinguished service. Ray is survived by his wife of 51 years, Irma Dolores Montijo, six daughters, a son, two sisters, a brother, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

CLAUDINE RUIZ ’00 (JD), passed away on Feb. 7, 2014, after a battle with cancer. A prosecutor for the County of San Diego’s Family Protection Division for 14 years, Claudine was featured in the summer 2012 issue of USD Magazine for her work handling cases of child abuse, felony domestic violence and elder abuse. “Those are our special victims,” Claudine explained in the story. “Our office feels that those particular victims — children, the elderly and people in domestic violence situations — need additional attention and resources.” Claudine earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations, as well as JD and LLM degrees. She loved spending time with family and friends, and is survived by her husband, William J. Beckwith, two young sons, mother and stepfather, sisters, and father-in-law and mother-in-law.

HERBERT E. WHYTE, who served as USD’s director of financial aid from 1976 until his retirement in 1989, passed away on Jan. 23, 2014. Herb was a decorated veteran who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1946 and he served as an aviator in both Korea and Vietnam. At USD, Herb was dedicated to serving students who needed financial aid and he was respected by his financial aid colleagues. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine “Gerry” Whyte, four children, 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. A USD scholarship fund has been established in his honor.