Spring 2014 Class Notes

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ROSALIE PARKMAN (BA) recently purchased a home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She enjoys dividing her time between California and her summer home in the pines in Lakeside, Ariz. During her business career in New York City, “Roz,” a former travel writer and subsequent airline marketing executive, enjoyed eye-opening travel experiences to such places as South Africa, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, to name a few.“My days at USD are forever in my heart,” she writes.



ALEXANDER HARPER (BA, JD ’63) was with the San Diego City Attorney’s Office and then a partner with Huntington, Bryans, Harper, Henderson, Burney & Newman-Crawford. He was chief trial counsel in SEC v. Wencke, Superior Motels v. Gould 622 F2d 1363 (9th Circuit 1980). Alexander handled 28 federal and state appeals, and he also tried cases in Switzerland for an international foundation. He is now a retired litigator who still represents a few corporations.


VICTOR BIANCHINI (JD) was elected to the statewide board of the California Judges Association. He also was named to the San Diego High School Hall of Honor.

ROSA (YAMADA) NAGAISHI (BA) writes: “My son, Kevin, and Marisa have Laila, 2. Monica and Tony Au have Daniel, 6, Joshua, 5, and Benjamin, 3, and they are teachers. Debbie and Steve just had Katelyn Emi Chung on Aug. 9, 2013. I am looking forward to helping in Daniel’s second-grade class this year, while Hiro and I take care of the boys.”


VERN SCHOOLEY (JD) was re-elected counselor to the Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court and Ball/Hunt Inn of Court, Long Beach, Calif. He recently toured the House of Lords in London with Lord McColl of Dulwich. He also attended a trade secret hearing at the United Kingdom Supreme Court and, on a visit to Old Bailey to see a seven-defendant murder trial, he was invited to sit with the robed and wigged barristers prosecuting and defending the case. Vern practices intellectual property law as a senior partner at Fulwider Patton LLP. He is leading the organizing committee to form an intellectual property Inn of Court in Orange County, and he was recently invited to give a lecture on ethics, civility and professionalism at Concord Law School.


JAN (CONWAY) WILLBANKS (BA) and her husband, Doug, have been married for 42 years and they have five grandchildren. “To own one’s own business, which I do, is the best,” she says. “As a result, I get to grow and create every day. Nothing better!”



PIERRE PORTAS (BS) retired from the United Nations and established a non-governmental organization titled WE 2C (Waste Environment Cooperation Centre) in 2008.


WILLIAM MATZ (MA) retired from the Army in 1995. Subsequently, he was a vice president with Raytheon and a general manager with Northrop Grumman in Saudi Arabia. He also was president and chief executive officer of the National Association for Uniformed Services.


ANNA RYAN (BA), owner of San Diego Therapy Center, has incorporated equine-assisted psychotherapy into her psychological clinical practice. Anna uses the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model in her center’s equine-assisted psychotherapy. Her center has locations in San Diego and Del Mar, Calif. Anna also holds a PhD, is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and is EAGALA certified. The center’s website is www.sandiegotherapycenter.com.


DARRYL NYZNYK (JD) is the author of The Condor Song: A Novel of Suspense, inspired by the battle in the 1960s between the Sierra Club and Walt Disney Productions over a proposed ski resort in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The book is available on Amazon.com.


JAN MULLIGAN (BA, JD ’81) was appointed to the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation, the State Bar of California agency that evaluates all candidates who are under consideration for a judicial appointment by the governor. With the San Diego law firm Mulligan & Banham, Jan represents patients and other consumers in catastrophic medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and personal injury cases. She is active in several community and professional organizations, and is currently a clinical instructor at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine.

JEFF STOREY (BBA) reports that his son, Nick, expects to graduate from Westview High School in San Diego in 2014.



LAWRENCE IVEY (JD) started the Ivey Law Firm in May 2013 in San Francisco and Glendale, Calif. It is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbel and specializes in defending private and public employers involved in workers’ compensation litigation. Previously, Larry was a partner at Ingber, Silverii and Ivey. His website is www.IveyLaw.net.

RUSSELL PARKMAN (JD) was promoted to lead professor for graduate accounting at National University. He has practiced in taxation since 1982. Russell expected to present a poster in October 2013 at a conference held at the American University of Rome.


VICTOR MANUEL TORRES (BA, JD ’88) was slated to receive the Roberto Martinez Spirit of the Barrio Award at the Border Angels’ annual fundraising dinner in November 2013.


GEORGE AUCOIN (MA) expected to retire from the Marine Corps on Nov. 30, 2013, after 33 years of service. On Dec. 15, 2013, he planned to sail out of San Diego Harbor on the 50-foot sailing vessel Isosceles for a cruise around the world.

PABLO BUENA MENDOZA (BA) completed a PhD in higher education policy in July 2012 from the University of Missouri, Columbia. His dissertation topic was STEM grant programs between a Bureau of Indian Affairs university and a predominantly white institution. Pablo is chief diversity officer for Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


CLARICE LETIZIA (JD) has a free e-book and hosts a telesummit to teach women lawyers how to open their own law firms. The e-book is available at www.WealthyWomenLawyers.com.

MARK SHOUP (JD) is the supervising attorney for the capital defense unit of the San Bernardino County Office of the Public Defender.


MARY KELLY (SCHROEDER) DAKIN (BA) writes, “Playing four years on the USD women’s basketball team prepared me for a lifetime of fitness.” Kelly planned to compete in the Ironman World Championships in Kona in October 2013 — her fourth Ironman — after qualifying at Ironman New Zealand in March 2013. “Go Toreros!” she adds.

MAUREEN (MCDONALD) LEGG (BA) was named executive director of the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation, a San Diego nonprofit dedicated to saving lives through awareness and action to prevent sudden cardiac arrest, the number two killer of youth under 25.

GWEN RUTAR MULLINS (JD) was included in The Best Lawyers in America (2014). Gwen specializes in construction law with Howard & Howard, a full-service law firm with offices in Michigan, Illinois and Nevada.


EDWARD BACH (BBA) is traveling around the world on a motorcycle. He left home in 2012 and has ridden more than 50,000 miles in 35 countries to date. Last year, he traveled from Alaska to Argentina. He is currently in Eastern Europe and plans to travel through Africa next year. His blog is: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=801516.

CHRISTIAN HULBURT (JD) was ordained a permanent deacon in the Diocese of San Diego on June 7, 2013.

CYNTHIA PARKMAN (MSN) completed a PhD with honors in nursing education at the University of Nevada in July 2013. She has accepted a position as assistant professor of nursing at National University and expected to deliver a paper on her dissertation topic in October 2013 at a conference held at the American University of Rome.

THOMAS (IGNJATOVIC) STEELE ’89 (MBA) moved to Tampa, Fla. and started a telecommunications business in 1996, which he subsequently sold upon retiring in 2009 to start a family with his wife, Marina. They recently moved across state to Palm City, Fla. for the great school system, and celebrated their 4-year anniversary with son Adam (2) and Andrea (9 months).



DAVID BERNAUER (BA) moved from Florida back to Chicago and now works as a financial advisor with Wayne Messmer & Associates in Northbrook.

JAMES MATHISON (JD) accepted a new position as Deputy Attorney General III at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, Criminal Law Section, in Sacramento. James has many years of experience in private practice, specializing in public entity representation.


ARNIE GARCIA (BA) completed a master’s degree in leadership and organization studies at Azusa Pacific University in June 2013. He is a customer outreach and energy solutions advisor for San Diego Gas & Electric. In the community, he is serving his second year on the board of directors for the Clairemont Town Council and he volunteers at St. Charles Borromeo Academy in Point Loma, Calif. Arnie and his wife, Kristina, a librarian at the San Diego Central Library, have two children: Olivia, 6, and Owen, 3.

ROY RAPHAEL (BA/BS) took part in the launch of the Navy’s second Mobile User Objective System satellite, which took place at the Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida last July. Roy was on console during the event as part of the launch team.

JENNIFER SNYDER (BA) and her husband, JJ, expected to open Legacy Brewing Company in Oceanside, Calif., in the fall of 2013. “It’s been a long road, but we are super excited that we’ll be open soon,” writes Jennifer.


CARRIE CWIAK (BA) was awarded the Medical Innovation and Leadership Award by the Feminist Women’s Health Center at their annual fundraiser, Stand Up for Reproductive Justice. Carrie is an associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine, where she is director of the Family Planning Division and the Family Planning Fellowship, and medical director of the Grady Health System Family Planning Clinic. Carrie and her partner, Chad Huot, live in Atlanta.

KELLIE LOGSDON (BA) is a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker and she splits her time between Los Angeles and Ridgefield, Conn. She has two daughters, ages 14 and 11. They visited San Diego in May 2013 — the first time since Kellie’s graduation in 1992 — to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. “I asked myself, ‘Why did I ever leave beautiful San Diego?’” she says. “My niece, Ryann Linthicum, now attends USD as a sophomore. It looks like I’ll be spending more time in San Diego soon.”

ARCHIE MEDRANO (BA) writes, “It is great to be back on campus teaching Math 150 (Calculus I) and Math 151 (Calculus II)!”

KARIN REUTER-RICE (BSN, MSN ’94, PhD ’06) was named a 2013 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar. An assistant professor at the Duke University School of Nursing and School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Karin is one of just 12 nursing educators across the country to be awarded this honor. She will receive a three-year, $350,000 award to promote her academic career and support her research. “This award … provides a wonderful opportunity to focus my research on trauma and brain injury with children,” Karin says.


KURT CAMPBELL (JD) was named to the 2013 San Diego Super Lawyers, an annual publication that ranks outstanding lawyers in the region who have attained the highest levels of peer recognition and professional achievement. Kurt is the chief real estate officer for Klinedinst PC and has been recognized in San Diego Super Lawyers every year since its inception in 2007.

MISHELLE PATTY SCRAGG (BA) lives in Cave Creek, Ariz., and is an academic facilitator coordinator for the Deer Valley Unified School District.


STUART KERST (BBA) and his wife, Stephanie, just returned to the Bay Area after living in Asia for five years. “We spent three years in Tokyo and the last two in Singapore … what a wonderful experience,” he writes. “We now have two kids, both born abroad — Avery in Tokyo and Ford in Singapore — and are living in Menlo Park, Calif., looking forward to connecting with the Bay Area USD crew!”

ADAM VITALIS (BAcc) completed his PhD in accounting at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an assistant professor at Georgia Tech and lives in Decatur, Ga., with his wife and two daughters.


ALISON MAAS BRAY (BA) and her husband, Tim ’95, are celebrating six years in Texas. In the last year, Tim was named the assistant general counsel for the Texas Department of State Health Services. After taking a few years off as a full-time mom, Alison returned to work in 2011 as a full-time visiting professor at Texas Lutheran University. “I am enjoying teaching general chemistry, instrumental techniques and environmental science, and coaching undergraduates in research projects,” Alison says. “Our three kids (ages 9, 6 and 4) are doing great and life is very busy and happy. We treasure our USD days and can’t believe it’s been so many years since we were the freshmen on campus!”

STELLA MELLOS-STEHLY (BA) and her husband, Noel ’92, have three girls: Eleni, 7; Amalia, 6; and Sophia, 3. Noel and his brother, Jerome, opened a specialty grocery store called Stehly Farms Market on Morena Blvd. near USD.

DMITRI MOUTZOURIS (BBA) welcomed a third daughter, Penelope, on June 22, 2013, to join big sisters Helena and Norah.

WALTER SPATH (JD, LLM ’95) was named one of the Top 10 lawyers in the public law arena in San Diego County by the The Daily Transcript. This is the fourth time he has received this honor. Walter is an attorney with Christensen & Spath, and represents clients on matters involving real estate and taxation. He lives in Point Loma, Calif. with his wife, Tammy, and two young children.

TINA CROWLE TEDESCO (BA) writes, “As an executive producer in TV, I had the privilege of reconnecting with and helping a classmate and friend in a special way. News10/KXTV hosted (fellow USD alumnus) Mark Maynard to talk about his book, Grind.” Tina reports that she is still in Sacramento and has four awesome kids, ages 2, 4, 6 and 8. “Hoping to get back to USD for a visit soon!”


NICOLE (MESSINEO) ANTHONY (BA) is an attorney for the Law Offices of Kevin Pegan in Santa Ana, Calif., and was hired by AIG in October 2012 as a senior trial attorney.

JASON EBERL (BA) was appointed the Semler Endowed Chair for Medical Ethics in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Marian University in Indianapolis. He recently completed a research fellowship at the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

MARY (STETTER) HOLDEN (BA) and her husband, David, recently moved to Nashville for career opportunities. She reports that their daughter is starting kindergarten. “Life is good!” she adds.

MEG MURPHY (BA) is in her 18th year in residential mortgage lending in Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley. “Putting people in homes is what I do best!” she says. “As a longtime resident of San Marino and Pasadena, my knowledge of the local market benefits both Realtors and customers.”

ALEXIS (PERSHALL) ROBIN (BA) launched the P.link Coaching Center for Excellence, “a coaching firm that is underpinned by positive psychology aimed at making the world a better place.” Her website is: www.plinkcoachingcenter.com.

PAUL SUMAGAYSAY (BBA) is a Commander in the U.S. Navy, and has two girls; seven-year-old Mia and two-year-old Kara.


GUADALUPE RODRIGUEZ CORONA (MA, EdD ’10) is the founding campus director of Alliant International University at Sweetwater in San Diego.

WADE GOCHNOUR (JD) of Howard & Howard was named to the 2013 Mountain States Super Lawyers. Just 5 percent of the lawyers in Nevada, Utah, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming are named to this list annually. Wade specializes in construction litigation.

ELLI JOHNS (BA) has a new job with Medartis, a Swiss-based orthopedic implant company, serving upper-extremity orthopedic surgeons with fracture management solutions and expertise. “Just moved back to San Diego from Orange County,” Elli says. “I have one child, a beautiful and expressive daughter, Kennison Christian, born in 2010.”

MICHELLE (PETERSON) PROKSCHL (BA) and her husband, Brian, were married on Aug. 16, 2013. “Then, as of Aug. 25, he was diagnosed with inoperable and incurable pancreatic cancer. God chose for us to be united as one prior to diagnosis. Love is the greatest gift there is and that will carry all of us from this life to the next.”


FRANCISCO IBARRA (BA) writes, “My career adventure began in San Francisco in investment banking (equity research), followed by equity arbitrage at a couple of hedge funds. I have since been involved in insurance exchange development software. My application is used by accountants to help their clients with the best health insurance plans.”

JEREMIAH MAESTAS (BA) earned an MFA in acting from Brooklyn College in 2012. “I am pleased to report that I just completed work on the Broadway show, ‘Ann,’ at Lincoln Center Theater, starring Holland Taylor,” he says. Jeremiah also was scheduled to perform in “Macbeth” at Lincoln Center Theater, starring Ethan Hawke and directed by Jack O’Brien, former artistic director of the Old Globe Theatre. The first preview of “Macbeth” was on Oct. 24, 2013. The website is www.lct.org.

KRISTI MILLER NICHOLS (BA) and her husband, Thomas, were married on March 15, 2013, in their backyard in Windcrest, Texas. “My family went from two to six in just seconds,” she says. “My husband and I have four girls between us: my 9-year-old, and his 11, 12- and 17-year-olds.” Kristi is a project archaeologist for the Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In the fall of 2013, she planned to be one of the four main speakers at the Save Texas History! symposium in San Antonio. In her spare time, Kristi is a Girl Scout troop leader for a group of Brownies and Juniors (one is her daughter).


THERESA DUPUIS (MBA) was named the board chair for the Jewish Federation of San Diego County. She became involved with the federation in the late 1990s through the Young Adult Division and has held many leadership roles over the years, including chairing the annual campaign in 2012, which raised more than $7 million for Jewish causes in San Diego, Israel and around the world. Her son, Jake, chose to work with Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) for his Bar Mitzvah project. SACH is an Israeli-based international humanitarian project that helps children from impoverished countries get life-saving cardiac treatment.

TRAMY “EVELYN” HUYNH (BA) lives in Bronx, N.Y., with her husband, Joe Levert. They recently celebrated their two-year wedding anniversary by visiting areas where the 17-year cicadas had emerged, including South Orange, N.J., Staten Island, N.Y., and Hickory Run State Park in Pennsylvania. Evelyn finished contract work with FEMA, where she provided assistance to Superstorm Sandy survivors. She also worked as an interim campaign manager in New York, and is currently looking for opportunities to contribute to the community development of New York City.

KENNETH KASSNER (MA) was promoted to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps in September 2013. An infantryman and combat-wounded veteran, Ken has deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan, where he served as the executive officer and commanding officer of 3d Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. After his most recent tour of duty, he attended the U.S. Army War College, earning a master’s degree in strategic studies. He currently serves with the Marine Corps Special Operations Command in Camp Lejeune, N.C.

JENNIFER (TYSOR) McINTOSH (BA), her husband and their two sons, ages 4 and 2, are moving into their dream home in Bermuda Dunes, Calif. “Can’t wait to settle in and start making memories,” she says.

SCOTT SHAFT (BA) and his wife, Evelyn, have a son, Colin, who turned 3 in September 2013.



CHRISTINA (FRUEH) HOLMES (MBA) and her husband, Adam ’01, just moved back to San Diego.

BETHANY (FISCHER) WILLIAMS (BA) and her husband, Matt, welcomed their son, Coleman Lawrence, on Nov. 9, 2012. Cole was born in Evanston, Ill., and weighed 9 pounds, 6 ounces.

LARRY WILLIAMS (BA) reports that his oldest daughter was a freshman track runner at Indiana University during the 2012-13 academic year. “She led her team in the 100m and 200m times and made the NCAA regional championships in the 200m.” He says his youngest three girls finished their first year of track and were looking forward to soccer, swimming and karate.


ANDREW BOHLEN (BA) is married with two children, Orlando and Isabella. “I continue to teach long snapping to college athletes,” he says.

KIM (POHLEN) CROTHERS (BA) is a “a happy stay-at-home mom of four.” She says she “keeps busy as a volunteer confirmation teacher and Respect Life coordinator at our parish in La Mirada, Calif.” She and husband Tim have four children: Teresa, Katie, Tommy and Julie Anne, who was born in May 2013.

RACHEL DANJCZEK (BA) is an administrator and teacher at a college preparatory high school in Los Angeles. She also serves on the board of directors for the Junior League of Los Angeles. “This summer, I was able to catch up with (fellow alumnae) Kristen Iacobelli and Jocelin (Dills) Schultz in London,” she says. “What a great USD Kappa reunion!”

REBECCA HAYES (BA) is the owner of and an educational consultant with e3 consulting (www.ethreeconsulting.com) in Del Mar, Calif.

ADAM HOLMES (MSGL) gave up command of Marine Aircraft Group 41 in Fort Worth, Texas, in June 2013 and returned to San Diego to take over as chief of staff, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

SISTER SHARON McGUIRE (PhD) has published a chapter for a new nursing book that will be used primarily in nursing doctoral programs. The chapter is called “Borders, centers and margins. Critical landscapes in migrant health.” The new book is Philosophies and Practices of Emancipatory Nursing: Social Justice as Praxis.

CHRISTOPHER NEUMANN (BA) and his wife, Brittany, are the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl named London Rubbie. They both pray that their daughter will grow up and attend USD, recognizing that the “education, experiences and life lessons learned from this amazing academic institution are simply priceless.” They wish for their own daughter the lifelong friends and professional relationships through USD that they have enjoyed.


SARA (CHIOCCA) HORBOVETZ (BA) welcomed her first child, a beautiful baby girl named Zoe Louis, on Dec. 28, 2012.

RITA McCREREY (MA) opened a private psychotherapy practice in La Mesa, Calif.

PRESTON SCHUMACHER (BBA) and his wife, Jennifer ’13, welcomed McKenzie Belle into the world on Aug. 22, 2013. “Mom, dad and big brother, Aaron, are loving every minute spent with her!” Preston says.


JESSICA M. BECK (BA) has earned a PhD and is teaching at Canterbury Christ Church University, at Canterbury in Kent, England in the Music and Performance Arts Department. A chapter Beck wrote entitled “Theatre, performance and ‘the century of the brain’: Influences of cognitive neuroscience on professional theatre practice” was included in the textbook, Medicine, Health and the Arts: Approaches to the Medical Humanities, edited by Victoria Bates, Alan Bleakley and Sam Goodman, which was recently published by Routledge.

KARA BERGLUND (BA) and Ed Barbier were married on Sept. 21, 2013, at a vineyard in McMinnville, Ore., surrounded by family, friends and fellow USD alumni. They met while working together at HomeStreet Bank 14 years ago. The newlyweds traveled to Greece and Italy for their honeymoon.

MEGAN (CORCORAN) FABIAN (BA) and her husband, Michael, are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, Emily May. She was born on May 8, 2013, weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and measuring 19 inches. Megan, Michael and Emily live in Brea, Calif., where Megan is a full-time mom and part-time student at Azusa Pacific University, working toward a master’s degree in social work.

BARBRA CALANTAS (BA) is currently working as a senior wildlife biologist at AECOM.

JENNIFER (GILROY) SARNA (BA) and her husband, Keith, welcomed their first child, Zachary, on Aug. 9, 2013. Zachary weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and measured 21-1/2 inches. “We are overwhelmed with joy and love!” Jennifer says.

MABEL TEJEDA (BA, BA ’03) reports that she loves her career as a contracts administrator and was thrilled to celebrate her son’s first birthday last October.


MELODY ABLOLA (BA/BS) was the recipient of the 2012 Cassidian Prize for Best Dissertation by the Glamorgan Business School; her dissertation was submitted as part of the fulfillment of requirements for the Master of Science degree in International Transport and Logistics that she earned from the University of Glamorgan. Entitled, “The Future of Sustainable Urban Freight Distribution: A Delphi Study of the Drivers and Barriers of Electric Vehicles in London,” the work is currently undergoing revision for journal publication. The study investigated the viewpoints of a wide range of expert stakeholders to elicit the most critical drivers and barriers to electric freight vehicle use. The award ceremony took place in Treforest, Wales in December 2012.

PAIGE (ELLIOTT) COHEN (BA) and her husband, Dan, welcomed their firstborn son, Caleb Daniel, into the world on Aug. 28, 2012. He weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and measured 20-1/2 inches. The family lives in San Diego; Paige remains active in the USD community through the MBA Mentor Program.

NICOLE (BROWN) COOPER (BA) and her husband, Charles, celebrated their second wedding anniversary on Sept. 10, 2013, and their son’s first birthday on Aug. 31.

KRISTEN KRAUSFELDT (BA) recently graduated from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. She started a new job as a consultant with Gallup in Irvine, Calif.

HEATHER PERRY (BAcc, MS ’05) welcomed a baby girl, Valerie Gwen Goddard, on March 1, 2013. She is thrilled to be a mom.

EMILY (COONFIELD) SAATCIOGLU (MEd) married Argun Saatcioglu, and she completed a PhD at the University of Kansas in 2012.


KONNIE (FUENTES) BRUSH (BBA) and her husband, Ryan, were married on March 24, 2012. She works for Capital GroupCompanies as a control analyst in Irvine, Calif.

JOEL CARDOZA (BA) is working with U.S. Foods San Diego and USD Dining to provide sustainable, local, American-sourced albacore tuna.

NATASHA CRNJAC, who attended USD in 2004-05, was one of the final two contestants on season four of the TV show “MasterChef,” which features culinary competitions between talented home cooks culled from a nationwide search. Natasha’s husband, Robert Boyce, is an architecture student at USD and expects to graduate in the spring of 2014.

COLLEEN (D’ONOFRIO) ESKRIDGE (BA) reports that her husband, Christopher, left the Marines after 15 years. “We just moved to our forever home in Ewa Beach, Hawaii,” Colleen says. Christopher starts his new job at the end of the month and Colleen just started a new career with Beacon Health Strategies. Colleen says her 6-year-old daughter is in the first gradeand her 3-1/2-year-old daughter is in preschool.

JAMIE ROSE (ERICKSON) PLUM (BA) and her husband, Jason ’05, welcomed their second child, Jackson Daniel, into the world on May 30, 2013. Jackson joined big sister, June Olivia.


KRISTEN (THORNTON) CAMUGLIA (BA) was married on June 1, 2013, to Jeff Camuglia and they bought their first home in August 2013 in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Kristen works for the County of Orange and Jeff works for Cox Communications. Kristen says they are excited about their future together and are eager to start a family.

NERISSA (CYSEWSKI) CROASDELL (BBA) and her husband, Ross, were married on Dec. 31, 2012.

TOMMY FEITER (JD) owns The Fighter Law Firm in Orlando, Fla., and he recently became board certified in criminal trial law by the Florida Bar. Tommy also was promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Army JAG Corps Reserve. His unit is currently deployed in Kuwait and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

RYAN KRUPA (MSGL) founded Mosaic (www.exploremosaic.com) in 2010 with two of his best friends, Melissa Love Glidden and Ryan Glidden. “We started with an idea: What do people need most?” Ryan says. “And our answer is an education in the healing and spiritual arts.” They also are engaged in leadership education and have created a theory called sagacious leadership. Another service of theirs, Mosaic Yoga, has a new state-of-the-art center in San Diego and placed second out of 60 studios on the San Diego A-list. “Through all of this, I’m learning what it takes to live a life of meaning, joy and truth,” Ryan says.

LINDSAY (RHINE) PETERSEN (BA) and husband Adam ’04 (BA) welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Sadie, in July 2013. “We are thrilled with the new addition to our family,” Lindsay writes.


CRYSTAL CATALAN (BA) serves on the boards for From Mission to Mission and Cabrini Mission Corps. She works at a private school in Northern California leading immersion trips and coordinating community service.

LISSETTE GOMEZ (BA) returned to San Diego after two years working as a school psychologist for the San Jose Unified School District. She is now a school psychologist for an elementary and middle school in the San Diego Unified School District. “I am looking forward to reconnecting with all of my San Diego friends, visiting all of my favorite places and restaurants in San Diego, as well as planning my wedding,” she says.

KELLI JENSEN (BBA) writes, “After four amazing years living and traveling abroad, I am officially back in San Diego. I am trying to get used to being back in the States, but can’t help but feel a little displaced in San Diego, which I have always called home.” Kelli is building a foundation in San Diego for herself and her 2-1/2-year-old daughter, and she is excited to be able to join in some alumni activities.

KEVIN LUKE (MBA) and his wife, Anna-Mary Patterson ’06, welcomed a baby boy, David Ethan, on Dec. 15, 2012.

JOE RENEY (BBA) has 13 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he currently holds the rank of captain and his specialty is public affairs. He and his family have been stationed in Pennsylvania for the last two years. “Here’s hoping we get back to San Diego soon!” he says. “Go Toreros!”

RUTH (FISHER) RIVET (BA) and her husband, Michael, welcomed their first child, Michael Peter, on Feb. 2, 2013.


BRIAN BARBOSA (BBA) was recently hired by USD’s Torero Store as computer department manager.

SARAHLYNNE (GOLDMAN) DAVIS (MEd) published a book, Making Kid Time Count: The Attentive Parent Advantage, through Lesson Ladder. It is a nonfiction book on child development from birth to age 3, and includes the latest research as well as activities parents can do with their children to support various phases of development. The book is available through Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.

MICHAEL FOX (BA) was one of just three recipients of the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship, a highly competitive scholarship program administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The program provides an annual stipend for research and education for master’s or doctoral students. Michael is pursuing a PhD in marine biology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His dissertation will examine how nutrient pollution affects competitive interactions between reef-building corals and macroalgae. He plans to work within the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument and the Line Islands. The scholarship was established by Congress in 2000 to honor the work of Nancy Foster, a former director of NOAA’s National Ocean Service.

JASON GASMIN (BA/BS) is working as a Technical Sales Engineer with Eaton Filtration in Tinton Falls, New Jersey.

ISABELLA RIOS (MSGL) and her husband, Marco, welcomed their first baby, a daughter, in June 2013.

MAIYIA YANG (MA) is working on a PhD in organizational leadership, policy and development at the University of Minnesota.


KATIE COLLINGS NICHOL (BA) worked at San Diego Superior Court as a judicial administration fellow after graduation, then for Voices for Children as an advocacy supervisor. “In early 2010, I met the love of my life, Christian Nichol, a surfer/mountain biker, born and raised in La Jolla,” she says. They were married in Palm Springs, Calif., on Nov. 19, 2011, and moved to Spokane, Wash., when Christian was promoted to real-time power trading manager of the Western Region for Shell Energy NorthAmerica. Katie helped launch Mobius Science Center and Children’s Museum, Spokane’s first state-of-the-art science center in August 2012, and she continues to work in the fundraising and development department. “We are loving life exploring the Inland Northwest,” she says. “We also enjoy volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and Union Gospel Mission here in Spokane.” Katie says that her mom, Desiree Collings, is looking forward to her 30th reunion at USD in 2013.



MICHELLE DOMINGUEZ (BA) graduated from the Boston University School of Medicine with a master’s degree in medical sciences. She teaches three general chemistry laboratory courses at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University and four general chemistry laboratory classes at Boston College.

JACLYN (MILLER) DRESCHLER (BA, MA ’12) and her husband, Mark ’09, were married in Founders Chapel on March 2, 2013. They now live in Philadelphia, where Mark is in his final year at University of Pennsylvania Law School and Jaclyn works in student affairs at Villanova University.

RIA FRANCISCO (BA) finished her master’s degree in accountancy at San Francisco State University in May 2013. She moved back to San Diego, where she works for Grant Thornton LLP.

KELSEY GAPSTUR (BA) moved to Pasadena, Calif., where she is in her third year of studies toward a doctorate of veterinary medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine.

STEPHANIE LEUNG (BBA) recently started her own online jewelry business, Set & Style, which features handmade jewelry made in America that supports great causes around the world.

SARAH MIRALLES (BA) completed a master’s degree in ethnic studies at San Francisco State University. She is a teacher at Longfellow Elementary in San Francisco and at Skyline College in the Bay Area.


DEREK ABBEY (MA) was named director of the Marine Corps’ Train the Trainer School.

JAMES ARNDT (BA) was voted chairman of a political action committee in Arizona called “Yes for Creighton Kids” which is leading an override campaign in a school district in Phoenix. “Also recently purchased a house in Phoenix,” he writes.

JEREMY DAY (BA) is working toward an international MBA and a master’s degree in international and intercultural communication at the University of Denver.

JENNA ROHRBACKER (BS/BA) joined UTC Aerospace Systems in Chula Vista, Calif., in July 2012 as a design engineer for the A320neo Translating Sleeve.

ALEXA STROBRIDGE (BBA) is in graduate school at New York University.


ANDREW DISOTELL (BS/BA) is an industrial engineer for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in Poway, Calif., where he primarily focuses on process improvements and lean initiatives at the company.

REBECCA LOVANO (BA) completed a year of service in August 2013 with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in New Orleans, where she was working at Harry Tompson Center, a daytime homeless shelter. She is currently a resident minister at the University of San Francisco.

CHEYENNE McCARTHY (BA) just completed her Masters of Science degree in Osteoarchaeology at the University of Sheffield in the UK. “I’m currently residing in glorious San Diego enjoying postgraduate life,” she writies. “I’m excited to begin my career in teaching, fieldwork and museum studies.”

TONY TERAVAINEN (MSEL) was recently elected chairman of the board for Support the Enlisted Project (STEP), a San Diego-based nonprofit organization that provides emergency financial and transition assistance grants to active duty and recently discharged enlisted military and their families in Southern California. Tony grew up in a military family, and served in the U.S. Navy for eight years himself, witnessing the financial pressures that service members face. A longtime volunteer with STEP, Tony plans to increase the awareness of these financial difficulties throughout Southern California and help mitigate individual financial emergencies through STEP grants.

ANDREA WARREN (BS/BA) is in the Manufacturing Leadership Program at Cobham Defense Electronics, which consists of four six-month job rotations. She is currently in her first rotation, gaining management experience by supervising one of the test lines. “I was connected with this opportunity through another alumna, Jaclyn Sonico,” Andrea says. “Go Toreros!”


AARON BROWN joined forces with his USD roommate, Lawrence Kourie ’10. The pair own and operate SoCal Gas and Car Wash, an ARCO station in Escondido, Calif. He invites fellow alums to “come by for a visit.”

CHRISTIAN FETTERS (BS/BA) is a test engineer for Alliant Techsystems in San Diego.

SAMANTHA JOY JASA (BA) is attending graduate school at UNLV and studying special education.

CAROLINE KERSHNER (BA) was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany for an English teaching assistantship. Caroline is one of 1,700 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2013-14 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

DIANE KIILEHUA (MSN) is a family nurse practitioner at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in north San Diego County.

HECTOR RAMOS (BA) completed his final class at USD during the summer after graduation 2013 and turned his experience into a full-time job. He used the lessons from that class, Interviewing and Negotiations, in his ongoing career search. “After weeks of hard work and persistent follow-up with one of the class guest speakers, the CEO of Proven Inc., I ended up being offered a full-time position with the company as an associate recruiter,” Hector says. “Not only am I learning a lot through my job, but I am also continuously utilizing the skills and techniques that I learned from Dr. Chung while making a positive impact on the lives of the people I help through their career search.”

KARISSA VALENCIA (BA, BA ’13) is working toward a master’s degree in television-radio-film at Syracuse University.