Summer 2013 Class Notes

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MARY JO (RINK) GRAHAM, who attended USD from 1956 to 1957, recently relocated to Larkspur, Calif., to be near her daughter’s family in San Anselmo. “It’s like being back home again,” she says. “I first discovered California in 1956, when four Chicago friends flew out from Midway Airport, before O’Hare Field was even built and jet planes were in operation to San Diego. It took a good eight hours.” Mary Jo graduated in 1960 from Barat College in Lake Forest, Ill., and raised three children in Chicago, where she also managed multiple levels in editorial at Pioneer Press, a subsidiary of Sun-Times Media, during her 21-year career. Today, Mary Jo is a freelance writer in the Bay Area. She has a website at and tutors women in English at the local senior center.


SUSAN (MONAHAN) WACHOWIAK (BA) and her husband, Dan ’62, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2012.


DENNIS WICK (BA), recipient of the USD’s Bishop Charles Francis Buddy Award in 1998, recently retired after serving for 37 years as director of programs for young adults with special needs at Antelope Valley College. He also retired as volunteer area director of Antelope Valley Special Olympics, a position he held for 33 years.


RICHARD FINER (BS) reports that he was recently married. He has two children and two grandchildren.



EDWARD SMITH (BS) worked as a clinical lab scientist for hospitals and research companies from 1972 to 1995, and as a field research engineer for Coulter Biomedical Electronics from 1982 to 1987. He is also a U.S. Air Force veteran, who served from 1960 to 1965 at Hamilton Air Force Base in Novato, Calif., and Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan, with specialties in air-to-air missiles and weapons systems administration, both conventional and nuclear.


LEONOR (CARRASCO) GILLETTE (BA) reports that her husband of 38 years, Paul, died on Nov. 28, 2010. She is retired from teaching Advanced Placement Spanish and French at the local public school. Leonor has two daughters and four grandchildren and is contemplating a move back to San Diego.


ANNE (HAAR) SHILLAM (BA, BA ’83) recently relocated to Fort Washington, Calif., to live with her daughter, Danielle.


ANGELA (KEFFALA) NEWMAN (BA) is a marriage and family therapist intern at Lomi Psychotherapy Clinic in Santa Rosa, Calif. The clinic provides sliding scale and free psychotherapy to people in need of mental health care.


ARMIDA GONZALEZ (MEd) retired and has a home in Arizona, where she is active as a town council member, on the board of directors for Clinical Adelante and involved in her church as a catechism teacher. “I still maintain my condo in Del Mar where I go to get ‘away’ from it all,” she says.

retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1976, after 20 years of active duty; and he retired from teaching in 2005, after 29 years as a secondary school teacher. He is currently the ommissioner of the North County Conference, San Diego California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) section.


JANICE MULLIGAN (BA, JD ’81) practices law full time with Mulligan and Banham and, in September 2012, was appointed a clinical instructor on the faculty of the Department of Family Practice and Preventive Medicine, Health Sciences, at the University of California, San Diego. Her area of specialty is health law.


H. WES PRATT (JD) and his wife, Francine, have a new grandson, Braeden Josiah Taylor, born on Dec. 5, 2012, in San Diego.



CONSTANCE THOMAS (LLM) spent six and a half years in China and is happy to be back in Geneva, Switzerland, heading up the International Programme to Eliminate Child Labour (IPEC). “It is a rewarding and challenging position,” she says.


CLAIRE (CARPENTER) BENTON (BA) is the program assistant for Peninsula Shepherd Center in Point Loma, Calif. The nonprofit center helps provide transportation for seniors and Claire also plans events for the seniors in the community.


GEORGE McFETRIDGE (JD) published his second novel, The White Rose, under his pen name, Mary Ann Cook. The novel is a wartime love story based on the life of the world’s first female ace fighter pilot, Lilya Litvyak. George is a deputy district attorney in Orange County, Calif., and he lives in Lake Forest with his wife, Bette.

ROB NORIEGA (BA) is an attorney and principal of Noriega & Associates in Bakersfield, Calif., which has attained an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell. “The AV Preeminent rating is a significant accomplishment,” he says, “a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.” Rob has practiced law since 1986 and focuses his practice in the areas of civil litigation and business law.

JEFFREY SCHARF (JD) started as an intern prosecutor at the United States Attorney’s Office in San Diego and then moved to Los Angeles, where he became an associate and then senior managing partner at the national litigation firm, Cooper, Brown, Kardaras and Scharf. He litigated multiple significant cases to successful verdict before Los Angeles Superior Court juries and the California Court of Appeal. Today, Jeffrey is an attorney and educator in Pacific Palisades, Calif.


LESLIE (LAMBERT) DEVANEY (JD) is head of the Public Entity/Government/General Counsel Division for her law firm, Stutz Artiano Shinoff & Holtz. She is currently the city attorney of Murrieta, Calif., the city attorney of Del Mar, Calif., general counsel for the San Diego Convention Center, and associate general counsel of the San Diego Ethics Commission. Leslie and her husband, Francis, a San Diego Superior Court judge, have two daughters who have graduated from college, one from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and one from the University of Chicago.

SCOTT DOUGLAS (JD) celebrated 15 years as a full-time mediator in 2012. He has handled nearly 2,000 successful mediations and is recognized as one of the top FINRA mediators in the country. Scott focuses primarily on securities and investment-related claims, as well as insurance and business disputes.

DIANA (LEE) GRISWOLD (BBA) writes, “After 26 years with the same firm, I have retired and am now able to spend time being a stay-at-home mom.”


MARY (DUREN) SWENSON (BA) has a firm that provides creative therapy, leadership education and consulting research. The website is


GARY DOKES (MBA) was named to the Power 100 by ai-CIO, an Asset International’s Chief Investment Officer magazine. The Power 100 lists the most influential and powerful asset owners in the world, from fields such as pension, endowment, foundation, insurance and sovereign fund investing. Gary is the chief investment officer for the Arizona State Retirement System.

BARBARA ELLIOTT-SANDERS (BA, MEd ’88) was elected to the South Bay Union School Board of Trustees. She also is a court-appointed special advocate for Voices for Children and a member of the organization’s speakers’ bureau.


KAREN (CLARK) HANSON (EdD) reports that her textbook, A Casebook for Catholic School Leaders and Aspiring Leaders: Linking the Archdiocese of New York Catholic School Leader Portrait to Reflective Practice, was just customized for the Archdiocese of New York. “This is a big deal!” she says. “I am very proud that the archdiocese selected my book for its publications and offered modifications to fit the Catholic school model.”

GENEVIEVE KNYCH-ROHAN (BA) is a senior executive recruiter for Vistage International, where she helps chief executive officers set up peer networking groups around the country. She also has been a court-appointed special advocate for Voices for Children for nearly eight years and so far, four of the five children she has volunteered with have gone on to college. She writes, “My foster girl made a documentary and CBS flew her to New York City to meet with key executives as her prize.” The family was featured in another video used to help raise$1 million for foster kids in San Diego.

THOMAS IGNJATOVIC STEELE (MBA) moved to Tampa, Fla., and started a telecommunications business in 1996, which he retired from and sold in 2009 to start a family with his wife, Marina. They recently moved across the state to Palm City, Fla., for the great school system, and celebrated their four-year anniversary with their children, Adam, 2, and Andrea, 9 months.


ANNE GREY (BA) was named executive director of the newly launched OneLegacy Foundation, which supports the life-saving mission of OneLegacy, a nonprofit, federally designated organ and tissue recovery organization serving the seven-county greater Los Angeles area. With more than 25 years of nonprofit experience, Anne most recently served as national director of leadership gifts at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and previously served as COO of the American Heart Association’s western states affiliate. Through its charitable work, OneLegacy Foundation will contribute to clinical training and research, honor those who have saved lives as donors and inspire diverse communities to donate.

ELLEN IRVINE (MA) is a retired foreign service officer, having served in the U.S. Diplomatic Corps from 1989 to 2011.


JOSE AGUINAGA (BA) graduated from Northern Arizona University in December 2012 with a doctorate in educational leadership.

HARRY HADJIAN KENNEDY (BA) worked as an attorney in the private and public sectors and, in 2007, was named a senior policy advisor on public safety issues for Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota governor and recent presidential candidate. For the past two years, he has served as a policy advisor to the Ways and Means committees in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

ROBIN PHELAN-TUGGLE (BBA) is senior manager of accounting, controls and logistics, with Walmart in northwest Arkansas.


KAREN CADIERO-KAPLAN (BA) was appointed director of the English Learner Support division, Instruction and Learning Support branch, at the California Department of Education.
She is responsible for overseeing language policy and leadership and migrant education programs for California.

MIKE HAUPT ’89 (BBA) was named boys basketball California State Coach of the Year for 2013 by Cal-Hi Sports. That honor came on the heels of Mike’s St. Augustine Saints winning the California Interscholastic Federation’s Division III state title, the first in the program’s 91-year history. Haupt played basketball at USD and later worked with the Toreros as a coaching assistant for four years. “The championships and the honors are really kind of icing on the cake. Pretty sweet icing,” Mike says.

CAPT. LANCE MASSEY (BA) took command of the 33rd Maintenance Group at a change-of-command ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida on Jan. 18, 2013. The command is responsible for the introduction and readiness of the three variants of the Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35 Lightening II. Lance was a member of the NROTC unit at USD.

LANCE PELKY (BBA) reports that he and his wife, Eileen, are “village people” now. “Emptied the nest and moved to the village area of downtown La Jolla,” he says.



TERESA BECK (JD) was recently named a 2013 Woman Leader in the Law by AmLaw, and was asked to join the Board of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations, which advocates for the equality of women in the legal profession and in society by mobilizing and uniting women’s bar associations. Beck also co-chairs the ABA’s Work/Life Management Sub-Committee, a part of the Woman Advocate Committee of the Litigation Section, and is a member of the ABA’s Women Rainmakers Committee. She is also involved with the Gender Equity Committee of California Women Lawyers, and spoke at the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance’s Annual Conference in April 2013. Her children are now 15, 16, and 18, and her husband, Stephen, continues to teach at Bonita Vista Middle School.

JEFF SNYDER (JD) has formed a new law firm, Shuman Snyder, focusing on employment law. The Menlo Park, Calif., firm represents employers in litigation and strategic counseling matters and has four lawyers.


RICK EYMAN (BA) is a first officer for JetBlue Airways, flying the A320 based in New York.

JOHN HUBER (BA) just finished a year of hosting local television for the Plum TV network and in May 2013, he expects to be operating as a fly fishing and wing shooting outfitter in Picabo, Idaho, a few minutes south of Sun Valley. In 2009, John was ranked among the top 40 fly anglers over the past 40 years by Fly Fisherman magazine. He is the author of Fly Fishers Guide to Oregon and Lessons of Fairsized Creek. He hosts international fly fishing trips from the Caribbean to the Himalayas.

MICHAEL MAGERMAN (MBA) is president and chief executive officer of Quickie Manufacturing Corp. in Cinnaminson, N.J., and was elected vice chairman/chairman-elect of the board of directors of the International Housewares Association (IHA). He began his term on Oct. 1, 2012. Michael joined Quickie Manufacturing in 2005 and previously served as senior director at Centre Partners, a private equity firm, and as president and chief executive officer of Odyssey Golf. In 1997, Michael received the Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award from USD.

MARISA (NUNN) MARSHALL ’91 (BA) is a sales representative for Los Angeles-based My Saint My Hero, a company that brings the stories of the saints to life with handmade jewelry. Inspired by religious themes, the company’s products are sold in more than 200 boutiques and stores around the country, including the USD Torero Store. “It’s wonderful to be able to work in a field that brings faith and fashion together!”


WENDY WISE HIMES (BA) launched a professional organizing business in June 2011 in Parker, Colo., where she lives with her husband of 16 years, Brad, and their three sons, ages 4, 8 and 12. Wendy uses her fine art major and psychology minor from USD to help people beautify their homes and to understand which system of organization will best help each client. She also writes for The Denver Post and Colorado Living monthly.

MEIGHEN (MILLER) SPEISER (BA) raised $10 million for the launch of a national public engagement campaign to build support for climate change solutions. Meighen is chief 
engagement officer at ecoAmerica.


MARTY LORENZO (BA, JD ’96) was named a 2012-13 Rainmaker by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). One of just 17 honorees, Marty was profiled in the November/December issue of MCCA’s Diversity & the Bar magazine. He is a member of the Corporate & Securities section of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo and has more than 15 years of experience in business and corporate and securities law, and 24 years in the Marine Corps. Marty was named a San Diego County Top Attorney by The Daily Transcript; he has received the Service to Diversity Award from the San Diego County Bar Association and the Distinguished Service Award from the Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego and the Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego.

REBECCA HADDOCK SMITH (MEd) was recently appointed a member of the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

JOANNE ZIPAY (MFA) was named a Writer and Director of Living History by the Greater Hudson Heritage Network’s Awards for Excellence program. She was honored for her work writing and directing “On the Side of Angels,” which explores the intertwined lives of young Robert Newlin Verplanck and James F. Brown, an escaped slave and longtime Verplanck employee, during the Civil War era.


SHANNON MONTISANO (JD) was recently named a 2012 Top Attorney in probate and trust administration by The Daily Transcript.


MARK MAYNARD (BA) has a collection of short stories, Grind, released on Dec. 11, 2012, by Torrey House Press. Grind is available at local, independent bookstores and online at and More information is available at

NOLI ZOSA (BA, JD ’99) has run his event planning company, San Diego Young Professionals, for nine years. SDYoungPros organizes social events for San Diego law and graduate schools and for San Diego young professionals. He is also a partner in two restaurants/bars, including Dirty Birds in Pacific Beach, Calif., which Yahoo Sports recently ranked No. 10 best chicken wings in the nation. Most recently, Noli is working with his family’s medical foundation to partner with CURE International and the Tim Tebow Foundation to support the Tim Tebow Hospital in the Philippines. The family and a team of doctors travel to the Philippines for bi-annual medical missions providing pediatric and orthopedic procedures for the indigent population in the Philippines.


SACHA (DEVEREUX) BENZ (BA) has a 4-year-old son, Brendan, and plans to return to school to become a nurse.

TARA KAMIN (JD) accepted a position with the University of California, Los Angeles, in the Office of Intellectual Property & Industry Sponsored Research.

SASCHA LEHMAN (LLM) is the proud father of three children: Konstantin, born in 2008; Christoph, born in 2010; and Anna, born in 2012.

KATY (McCANN) PATERSON (BA) and her husband, Brad, were married in Bali, Indonesia, in August 2012. Katy and Brad live in Singapore, where she is a freelance travel and lifestyle writer with a luxury, international focus.

ROBERTO SICANGCO (LLM) is a senior partner with Sicango & Sicango Law Offices, which was the advisor for BG Group on Philippine law matters involving BG Group’s stake 
in two gas-fired power generation plants in the Philippines.

NICOLE SNYDER (BA) is the new administrative partner of Holland & Hart’s Boise, Idaho, office. In addition to overseeing strategic development for the office, Nicole manages recruiting and marketing efforts. She represents clients in matters involving mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, debt and equity financing, and other complex business transactions. She is also president of the board of trustees for the Boise Art Museum.


ABBY PARTA GOSSMAN (BA) and her husband, Jeramie, welcomed a daughter, Liliana Abigail, on March 3, 2012. Liliana joins big brother Leighton, 5. Abby is a lobbyist for MedImmune, where she manages government affairs for six states in the Midwest.

ALBERTO GUARDADO (BBA) and his wife, Vicky, moved back to San Diego after four years in Albuquerque, N.M. Alberto accepted a position as general manager with Allied Waste/Republic Services of San Diego County. Their kids, Joey, 10, and Alyssa, 5, are excited to be in San Diego, Alberto reports.

WENDY (ANDERSON) INTRIERI (BA) and her husband, Dominick, welcomed their third child, Trevor Michael, on Nov. 18, 2012.

ROBERTO REYES (BAcc) has been working to expand the San Diego entrepreneur community by creating programs, locations and investments.

ADRIANNA (CORREA) SCHUSTER (BA) and her husband, Drew, were married after a four-year, long-distance relationship. They now live in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Adrianna was recently promoted to associate director, alumni/donor relations, at Loyola Law School.


DANIELA REALI FERRARI (BA, JD ’02) and her husband, John Ellis ’03, welcomed twin sons, Vincent and Joseph, on March 4, 2012.

ERIN (CHRISTIE) HARRILL (BA) and her husband, Jonathan, recently purchased a home in Solana Beach, Calif. Erin and Jonathan have a 2-year-old son.

KATHRYN KOHN (BA) started her own law practice in 2010 and was splitting her time between Minnesota and Montana. She was married in January 2013 and moved to Edina, Minn.

KRISTEN (AMES) MAHRER (BA) writes, “Married my best friend and hero, Navy SEAL BUDs instructor, Mike Mahrer, in July 2012.” Kristen earned a master’s degree in English education in 2002 and a national board teaching certification in 2005. She welcomed her son, Yiannis, in September 2008. Kristen works at Cambridge Learning Center in Linda Vista, Calif.

WAYNE SLAPPY (BA) and his wife, Solangel, moved back to Los Angeles from Carlsbad just before having their second son, Bruce Anthony. Big brother Wayne Jr. turned 3 in April 2013. Wayne was married more than 10 years after graduating from USD and he’s happy to report that four of his six groomsmen were friends from USD. “The friendships I made at USD have been extremely powerful in my life,” he says. “Both the education and the relationships I attained at USD have been blessings that continue to impact my life every day. Thanks, USD!”

ROY VASQUEZ (BAcc) and his wife, Ashley, were married in her hometown of Kona, Hawaii, in the summer of 2011.



PAOLO BUTERA (BA) recently returned to San Diego after working for eight years in Italy. He has a position in the marketing and research department of the U-T San Diego newspaper.

WILLIAM DOPP (MBA) was based in Hong Kong for the past five years as a finance vice president for Avery Dennison. He now lives in Dublin, Ohio, with his family and has joined Stanley Black & Decker as a group chief financial officer for the company’s industrial and automotive repair businesses.

ROBIN (ROLLINS) McKENZIE (PhD) is an adjunct faculty member and clinical instructor for Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida. Robin’s primary fields of interest are adult medical-surgical, ICU, emergency department and rehabilitation nursing.


DIANE (DUMAS) ABELLA (BA) and her husband, Brian, were married in January 2013. Diane has been an educational consultant for Greater San Diego Academy for the past five years.

STEVEN BRUMER (LLM) was promoted to senior bankruptcy counsel with Fleischer and Associates in Del Mar, Calif.

COLLEEN DeCOOK-SNYDER (BA) and her husband, Ben, welcomed a son in May 2011 and Colleen has since opened her own licensed home daycare.

GINA (ROMANO) HORTON (BBA) and her husband, Travis, welcomed a son, Leo Collins, on Aug. 1, 2011, who joins big brother, Hutch William.

LEIGH NAVARRO (BA) is the owner and creative director of Leighelena, a wholesale designer and manufacturer of leather, enamel and exotic skin jewelry and accessories. She has a flagship retail location in Austin, Texas, and opened another location in the redeveloped Pearl Brewery in San Antonio, Texas.


KODY DIAZ (JD) was promoted to general counsel of Toyota Material Handling, USA. Based in Irvine, Calif., TMHU is Toyota’s North American distributor of Toyota forklifts and 
industrial equipment.

DAVID DUNSTON (MSGL) accepted a position as a benefits consultant in the Orlando, Fla., market with U.S. Able Life Insurance Company, based in Little Rock, Ark.

ANDIE (HADAD) JONES (BBA) recently moved to Denver with her husband, Mathew. Andie completed a master’s degree in holistic nutrition and has a thriving holistic nutrition practice.

JAIME (LOBDELL) PAYNE (BA) reports that she and her husband, Joel, welcomed a second child, Rory Benjamin.


JESSICA BECK (BA) earned her doctorate in performance practice on July 17, 2012, at the University of Exeter in England. She is also a graduate of East15 Acting School, part of the University of Essex. Her PhD dissertation is titled “Directing Emotion: A Practice-Led Investigation into the Challenge of Emotion in Western Performance.” She is a playwright and director who lives and works in London. Most recently, she co-wrote and directed a play commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Exeter Blitz.

SARA BENNETT (BA) was one of 25 women honored at Business Insurance magazine’s annual Women to Watch luncheon in New York City. The honorees were selected for their professional achievements, influence on the marketplace and contributions to the advancement of women in business. Sara joined Barney & Barney after graduating from USD and is a leading commercial producer in the San Diego office, specializing in health care and hospitality clients. She was recently elected to the board of the San Diego Women’s Foundation and is in her second year as chair of the B&B Grow initiative.

KATE (HARRISON) DOKMO (BBA) and her husband, Todd, welcomed their first baby, Harrison, on June 19, 2012.

STEPHANIE LaRUSSA (BA) is the West Coast sales executive for Catimini, a designer children’s clothing brand. “I get to travel to New York, San Francisco and Dallas, among 
other cities. I love my job!” she says.

DEMETRIOS SPARACINO (BA, LLM ’11) practices tax and estate planning law in San Diego. He was nominated as a Top Young Attorney for 2011 and 2012.

KERRY (SJOSTEDT) ZAVAGLIA (BA) and her husband, John ’02, are excited to announce the arrival of their daughter, Lucy Isabella. She was born on Oct. 10, 2012, weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 18-1/2 inches long. “Everyone is doing great!” John says.


JENNIFER ARNT (Paralegal Certificate) worked for seven years as a paralegal in different types of law, including workers’ compensation, construction defect and personal injury. Jennifer is now an in-house claims adjuster for Chipotle Mexican Grill.

JULIE DUARTE (BA) was blessed with her first daughter on Jan. 27, 2012, in San Antonio, Texas. In September, Julie, her boyfriend and daughter moved to Temecula, Calif.

CAROLYN GORRICK (BA) moved back to Australia and started her own successful swim school.

ISABEL HUERTA (BA) moved to Washington, D.C., after graduating from USD for an internship at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. She was hired at the institute and then moved to a position at Georgetown University. Isabel now works for Northern Virginia Community College.

EMILY (LEETON) MISLEH (BA, MAFM ’06) reports that she moved to London.

MICHELLE ROSALES-RUIZ (BA) and her husband, Oscar, were married on June 13, 2012, in the company of their close family and friends. “We enjoy married life and look forward to having our own family soon!” Michelle says.

MEAGAN WALDRON (BBA) is a community manager for Lululemon Athletica in Carlsbad, Calif., and is president of the USD North County San Diego Alumni Chapter. She lives in Encinitas, Calif.

DANIKA (RAMBERG) WEBB (BA) and her husband, Andrew, were married in 2008 and welcomed a baby on Jan. 20, 2013. Danika has worked in the pharmaceutical industry since graduating from USD and is currently a strategic account manager at Actelion Pharmaceuticals.


BRANDON FISHMAN (MSRE) was honored at the San Diego Business Journal’s sixth annual Most Admired CEO awards. Fishman is co-founder and chief executive officer of Internet Marketing Inc. (, ranked No. 185 of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the country for 2012.

GEORGE HONG (BBA) is now a consultant at Validant. His previous experience was in private banking, investments, real estate and insurance.

JOSEPH RAUCH (BA) writes, “Being married and having children is a wonderful vocation. I am honored to be married to such an amazing alumna (Teresa Peterson Rauch ’04, BA) and to be blessed with children.” Joseph works at General Atomics’ DIII-D National Fusion facility. “Teachers, feel free to contact us for a tour for your class or school. Amazing physics and awesome feats of engineering abound here at DIII-D, where we are working on the future of energy today.”

GINO JAMES VINCENT (BBA) and his wife, Christel, were married in May 2012 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. They live in Las Vegas, where Gino was the co-president of the USD Nevada alumni chapter and is now a committee member. In 2011, Gino joined his cousin and fellow Torero, Bill Skupa ’99 (BBA), to launch the commercial real estate division of Mint Property Group, specializing in distressed opportunities.


NOAH SACKS (JD) joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of the Virgin Islands as an assistant United States attorney in October 2012.

VICTOR SALCIDO (BA, BA ’06) moved back to Nevada after being hired as deputy legislative counsel for the Nevada legislature. In this position, he will draft legislation and provide 
legal advice to state legislators during their upcoming legislative session. “Enjoying the beautiful seasons and scenery we get to experience in northern Nevada,” he says.


participated in a Burning Man exhibit/philanthropic project, Flutter Tunnel (, a 1,000-foot-long sculpture consisting of 100 steel arches illuminated by 200 solar-powered flashlights. After the festival, the materials for the arches are returned to the vendor for a restocking fee and the flashlights are sent to schools in the African country of Sierra Leone. His work on the project has been featured in California CPA magazine.

EVELYN (KELLUM) FRASER (MSN) is a senior system analyst for Sharp HealthCare, supporting a perioperative documentation system.

TAYLOR HEINSOHN (BA) is working toward becoming a board-certified behavioral analyst for children with special needs.

ROBERT JONES (BS/BA) was married on March 20, 2012, and welcomed his first child on May 27, 2012.

REBECCA (DOHREN) LIPUS (BA) and her husband, Garrett ’07, were married on Sept. 15, 2012, in Coronado, Calif. Their wedding party included fellow Toreros Marisa (Famalette) Boylan, Kelliann Klein, Joy Richardson, Kas Gallucci, Andrew Boylan, Nick Kusanovich, Vince Hovannisian, Brett Withycombe, Nick Clement, Chris Ferraro and Mike Hellbusch.

FATIMA PIMENTEL (BA) moved back to Las Vegas after graduating from USD to attend dental school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “After four long years of hard work, 
I became a dentist,” Fatima says. “I decided to specialize in pediatric dentistry, so I moved to Cincinnati in 2011 to begin my training at one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation. I will be done in July 2013 and I can’t wait!”


CLAUDIA LLAMAS (BA) earned a master’s degree in social work with an emphasis in administration.

MIKA (BUFFINGTON) MALONE (MBA) was married in her hometown of Ashland, Ore., in July 2012. Mika has worked at Meketa Investment Group’s Carlsbad, Calif., office since 2003 and was recently made an owner of the firm.

DEVIN O’NEILL (BAcc) and his wife, Melinda, were married at Founders Chapel in May 2011. Devin has been with The Walt Disney Company for three years and currently is a senior financial analyst supporting the Club Penguin virtual world game. He and his wife live in Burbank, Calif.


MARY CROCKER ’09 (BBA) and Matthew Kriegsfeld ’09 were married on Sept. 15, 2012, in Coronado, Calif., surrounded by family, friends, fellow USD classmates and stunning views of the San Diego Bay. Mary and Matt met their junior year at USD while working toward their BBA degrees. They traveled to New Orleans and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for their honeymoon, and then cruised around the Caribbean on the largest ship in the world, The Allure of the Seas. Mary and Matt currently live and work in San Diego.

SARAH (RIGGS) FORSTER (BA) graduated with a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy in December 2011 and she married her college sweetheart, T.J. ’08, in April 2012 in Maui, Hawaii.

CONNELLY MESCHEN (BA) graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a master’s degree in architecture.

ANN TAYLOR (PhD) has a new job as a nursing instructor at Hawaii Pacific University’s College of Nursing and Health Science in Kaneohe, Hawaii. She volunteered with Project Medishare: University of Miami in Port-au-Prince for the fifth time during Christmas 2012, and is writing curricula and protocols for Physicians4Haiti to be taught via Skype in Haiti. Ann is recertified as a 4MAT Trainer for Teachers and as a healing touch practitioner.



SHELLEY BARAJAS-LEYVA (MA) was recently promoted to director of the USD McNair Scholars program and she also is a consultant/trainer for the National Conflict Resolution Center.

JACQUELINE (BRACKEN) FISHER (BA) and her husband, Kiel ’09, were married in May 2012 before an intimate gathering of friends and family (including some fellow USD alumni) over a weekend at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn. They now live in Nashville, Tenn., where Kiel has started work with a law firm and Jacqueline is preparing applications for doctoral programs.

VALERIE (SMITH) JUMPER (BA) is in her first year of veterinary school at Texas A&M University.

KYLE KOBOLD (MSGL) was selected one of the Top 40 Under 40 Military by Civilian Job News. He is a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and a strategic weapons officer stationed on a nuclear submarine in Bangor, Wash. The Navy selected Kyle to become a NASA astronaut candidate and the interview process with NASA is ongoing. His military career achievements to date include completing nuclear power school, being placed in charge of a nuclear submarine as the officer of the deck, completing Navy SCUBA school and working with Navy SEALs for 21/2 years.

STEVEN LEE (MSN) was featured in the November 2012 issue of SD Metro magazine for his work as both a commercial airline pilot and an emergency room nurse. Steven flies 70 hours a month as a senior pilot for Delta Airlines and he works 144 hours a month in the emergency room at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. A former fighter pilot with the U.S. Navy, Steven has logged more than 25 years as a commercial airline pilot.

JENNIFER (CHAVEZ) MARTIN (MA) was promoted to director of corporate and foundation relations at the University of California, San Diego.

COURTNEY MONO (BA) is a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker in Los Angeles and she expects to have a yoga instructor’s certification soon as well.

NICOLE REMISH (BA) is in her second year of medical school at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Ariz.


GIAAN RAERA PROFETA (BA) is in her second year of teaching kindergarten at the same school where she was a student teacher during her credential program with USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences. “I love seeing USD students do practicum hours at my school site,” she says.

JOSEPHINE ZOMAYAH (BA) and fellow Torero Cynthia Lopez ‘11 coordinate the major contracts estimating department at Helix Electric, a San Diego-area electrical contractor that is ranked among the top 15 electrical contractors in the nation. The alumnae work with all the partners in a project — with sizes ranging from $3 million in electrical work to $100 million and up — and “focus on closing the deadline by handling the pressure with poise, patience and precision,” Josephine says. “We believe that our USD education deserves the recognition for creating the foundation to our work ethic.”


CAITLYN BANNISTER (BA) was moved into a full-time role with Mitchell International after graduation.

ERIN (EMERSON) BARNS (JD) was recently married.

PATRICK CORNELL (BA) recently started a year of full-time volunteer service with Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Northwest. He is serving at Pretty Eagle School in St. Xavier, Mont., a K-8 school.

RYAN GOBLE (BA) is an executive team leader with Target. “Thanks, USD, for helping me find a job when I graduated!” he says.

MATTHEW LUJAN (BBA) started an internship with Deal Current as a senior at USD, and it turned into a full-time marketing position after graduation. Since then, he was promoted to account executive for the northwest territory of the United States.

TARA MAGER (JD) joined the Malman Law Firm in Denver as a civil litigation associate. Tara’s practice emphasizes tort and family law.

JEFFREY MANKEY (MA) was named a 2012-13 Capital Fellow, a public policy fellowship with the California state government. Jeffrey is in the Executive Fellowship Program, where he is working in Sacramento for about a year.

GABRIEL SERRANO (BA) is working toward a graduate degree in social work at the University of Southern California.

JENNIFER TRUONG (JD) passed the bar on Nov. 16, 2012, and was offered a job the following Monday with the California Attorney General’s Office in San Diego, where she had held a temporary graduate law clerk position.

In Memoriam

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE SATTAM BIN ABDULAZIZ, emir of the Riyadh region of Saudi Arabia, died on Feb. 12, 2013. He was 72. Prince Sattam earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of San Diego in 1965. He was given an honorary doctorate from USD in 1975. In November 2011, Prince Sattam succeeded Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz as the ninth emir of the Riyadh region, named for the capital and largest city in Saudi Arabia. He was renowned for his humanitarian work, including water and sanitation projects, charity housing, and the care of orphans. He also launched many national projects in the fields of medicine, education and smoking cessation.

DANIEL BRODERICK ’65 (BS) passed away on Nov. 29, 2012, after a valiant fight against esophageal cancer. He served in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps in Italy, was an international economist for the Department of Commerce, and a partner and estate planning attorney with Howser (Gertner) & Brown. He enjoyed reading, cooking, traveling and being with his family and friends. “Dan was a good man, a loving husband, a caring father and grandfather,” says his wife, Ann Marie, who survives him, along with sons Sean and Brian and a grandson, Jayson.

STEVEN FORSYTH, who attended USD from 1985 to 1989, died in a shooting at Clackamas Town Center in Portland, Ore., on Dec. 11, 2012. He was 45. He had recently opened a small shop at the mall, Coastoms, selling handmade wooden coasters. At USD, Steve studied political science and business, and he played basketball and football. “He had a vision and a belief in others that brought great joy and value to many lives,” said his family in a released statement. “He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.” He is survived by his wife, Carla, and his children, Katie and Alex.

C. HUGH FRIEDMAN, USD professor of law, passed away on Jan. 29, 2013. He was 81. With a 55-year tenure, he was the longest-serving faculty member at USD’s School of Law. He started teaching night classes as an adjunct professor at the law school in 1958 and became a full-time faculty member in 1977. He taught his last class just two weeks before he passed away. In his legal career, he served as a deputy attorney general for the state of California, corporate counsel for the Westgate-California Corp., and as senior partner with Friedman, Kahan, Dysart & Frasier. Hugh served on numerous boards and commissions at the local, state and national level, including appointments by former President Bill Clinton and former California Gov. Gray Davis. His two-volume California Practice Guide: Corporations is now in its 28th edition and considered a standard reference. “Hugh’s passing is a terrible loss both to the USD School of Law and the San Diego community,” says Stephen C. Ferruolo, professor and dean of the law school. “During his 55-year association with the USD School of Law, Hugh was beloved by his faculty colleagues and he inspired generations of students.” He is survived by his wife, former U.S. Rep Lynn Schenk ’70 (JD), and his children, Marcia, Paul and Greg.

SISTER MARINA MAPA, RSCJ, former USD associate professor of Spanish, passed away on Nov. 18, 2012, in Atherton, Calif. She was 87 and a religious for 65 years. Sister Mapa taught Spanish at the San Francisco College for Women from 1956 to 1969. She then moved to USD’s Department of Languages and Literature, where she taught until her retirement in 2004. She also taught in USD’s Guadalajara Summer Program for 14 years. Her survivors include three sisters and two brothers.

JANET RODGERS, dean emerita of the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, died on Feb. 17, 2013, in San Diego. She was 78. Dr. Rodgers assumed the deanship at the Hahn School in 1987, and after 14 years in her leadership role, retired in 2001. During her tenure as dean, she launched USD’s first PhD program and fostered an approach to teaching that combined clinical training with researching and serving the health needs of the community. Dean Emerita Rodgers also served as president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, advocated for national health care reform measures, published extensively and was a sought-after speaker — all of which propelled the Hahn School of Nursing onto the national stage. Today, the school is ranked among the top 10 percent of the country’s graduate nursing programs.

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