Summer 2014 Class Notes



MARY DUGAN (BA) is a grant writer for College and Community Fellowship, which sends formerly incarcerated women to college for bachelor’s and graduate degrees, and advocates for equal access to education for all people with criminal records. Since 2000, CCF Fellows have earned 256 degrees. “Their families and extended families and communities benefit from their strong achievements,” says Mary.



VINCENT AMMIRATO (JD) plans to retire in 2014 and will serve as of counsel for his son, Vincent S. Ammirato, at Ammirato Legal in Costa Mesa, Calif. “I feel that, after 140 jury trials, it is time to pass the baton to the younger generation,” Vincent says. “Life with the law has been a most interesting experience, and I will always thank USD for allowing me to be part of its law school.”


JOHN BELLEAU (BA) earned a master’s degree in business at the University of Redlands.



MARY PAT SHEPPARD (BA) has been an instructor at City Colleges of Chicago for eight years. “Teaching in post-secondary education is very rewarding and also consuming as I struggle to keep up with so many technology advances,” she says. “My husband, Charles, and I have four children and the oldest will be getting married to a wonderful young man this summer. Time flies!”


RICHARD HUVER (BBA) is the 2014 president-elect of the San Diego County Bar Association (SDBCA), the second-largest regional bar association in California. He will serve as president of the SDCBA in 2015. Richard opened his own law firm five years ago and recently celebrated his 25th year as a licensed attorney.

RAFAEL PARTIDA (BA) was elevated from pastor of a parish to Episcopal Vicar for the Diocese of San Bernardino, Calif. “I am now Episcopal Vicar of the Riverside Pastoral Region,” Rafael says.

GARRETT “SANDY” SANDERSON (BA) lives in the Bay Area with his wife of 23 years and two of their three children (one is in college). He took up road bicycling at age 50 and he rides in about six centuries each year, as well as the Mount Diablo Challenge. In July 2013, he raised more than $10,000 for the ALS Century bike ride in Avila Beach, Calif.


JUAN “GUAPO” MORA (MA) was recently awarded the NBC/Bridgepoint/SDCOE Inspirational Teacher Award and the U-T San Diego Latino Champions Award in the field of education. Juan has served on USD’s Alumni Board, and he retired from the San Diego Unified School District in August 2013. Juan founded the Serra Project with mentor Sister Alicia Sarre, RSCJ, to help abandoned and abused children and mothers in Tijuana, Mexico.


MAUREEN MUIR (BA) is serving a second term on the board of trustees for the Encinitas Union School District. She also was appointed by the board of supervisors to the Technical and Professional Advisory Committee of First 5 San Diego. Additionally, she sits on the University of California, San Diego, Lifesharing Transplant Advisory Board and the North County Consortium of Special Needs.

SHOULA SHAMOUN (BA) reports that she is a math tutor at USD. “I love being on campus every day, including Sunday, since I attend The Imm-aculata!” Shoula says. She also is involved with community service through Feeding America.


MARK BURGESS (MBA) says that after selling Inc., he is building a new business developing online applications, from simple websites to multitiered database-driven software. He is a treasurer for two nonprofit organizations: Mainly Mozart and Media Arts Center San Diego. Mark is a part-owner of Critics LLC, publisher of, and a member of Rotary Club 33. He reports that after he put 150,000 miles on his first Harley, he is riding his second Harley, an Ultra Classic, every day.

GARY DOKES (MBA) was named to Asset International’s Chief Investment Officer Power 100 in 2013. Gary is the chief investment officer of the Arizona State Retirement System in Phoenix, Ariz., This is his second consecutive year being named to the Power 100.

BOBBY SANTILLAN (MA) moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where he is teaching in community college and doing agency work in the field of school psychology. “I’m continuing my lifelong career to help exceptional learners to maximize their academic potential,” he says.


THERESA KONG KEE LUKE (BBA) and her husband, Marshall, were married on Sept. 28, 2012.

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

ARMANDO VILLEGAS (BBA) reports that he is managing his own law firm with his partner and his wife. “Very busy with four boys — perhaps future Toreros,” he writes.


COL. MICHAEL FAHEY (BA) took command of the Marine Corps Reserve Intelligence Support Battalion in San Diego in September 2013. Attending the event were fellow USD alumni Navy Capt. Jon Blacker ‘88, Jennifer Glavin Warren ‘92 (JD) and retired USMC Lt. Col. Henry McClurg ‘07 (MBA).

RICHARD FIELDS (LLM) received the 2013 Alba Witkin Humanitarian Award from the California Judges Association in October 2013.


REBECCA BRADLEY (BA) volunteers for and supports her favorite nonprofits: the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation San Diego and Artwalk San Diego. She also travels and spends time with friends from USD.

STERLING “DREW” PELOSO (BBA) recently worked with Salt Creek Capital to acquire Ultra Solutions, a leading ultrasound refurbishment and repair company. Sterling serves as president and chief executive officer of the company, based in Ontario, Calif.

DAVID QUINN (BA) writes, “I finally was able to attend a class reunion this year, and though it was a small turnout for my class, it was well worth it. To see the campus, graduates from other years, and to experience what USD is like for students today was incredible.” David has two sons in college — one of whom joined the Army National Guard — as well as another son who graduates high school in May 2014 and a daughter in the seventh grade. “Though my roots are in Boston, I still, 25 years later, feel very connected to my roots at USD,” he says.


NANCY CASILLAS (BBA) is a certified public accountant and accounting manager for JDI Display America.

ROSEMARY COATES (MBA) has published her third book, “42 Rules for Superior Field Service.” It is available on, along with her two other top-selling books: “42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China” and “Negotiation Blueprinting for Buyers.” Rosemary is also on the board of USD’s Supply Chain Management Institute.

KEITH FINK (BA) recently completed his 15th year as a technician and lab manager at USD for Marine Science and Environmental Studies and he helped organize USD’s participation in the 2014 Martin Luther King Day parade in San Diego. “They just can’t seem to get rid of me!” Keith says.



ANTOINETTE AQUININGOC (BA) joined the U.S. Department of Defense, Army Contracting Command, in 2010 as a contract administrator, after 13 years with the U.S. Postal Service. In 2012, she was selected for the Army Career Training & Education Development System contract specialist intern program and she expects to graduate in 2014. Prior to the post office, she worked for E-Systems, a major government defense contractor. “After all these years, dreams really do come true,” Antoinette says. “And if I can do it, so can you. They say if you do what you love and love what you do, you’ll never work another day in your life. It is so true. And I am so blessed. God is good. Smile.”


THERESA (SPENCER) MAGGIO (BBA) was awarded the Athena Honor from the city of Palm Desert, Calif., for corporate leadership and philanthropy. In addition to her marketing duties, she recently finished editing and publishing her second magazine.

ROY RAPHAEL (BS/BA) served on the launch team for the U.S. Navy’s MUOS-2 Satellite. Liftoff took place July 19, 2013, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. MUOS-2 is the second in a series of five planned Mobile User Objective System Satellites, part of a $6 billion program to replace the UHF Follow-On Satellites currently used by the U.S. Navy. Roy is the director of operations for the Navy Communications Satellite Program Office based in San Diego, which is respon-sible for managing the acquisition, integration, production, launch, test and operational support to the Department of Defense, U.S. agencies, and joint and coalition forces for narrowband communications satellites.


SCOTT WEAVER (BBA) and his wife, Cindy, have a 1-year-old daughter named Sloan.


LORI (SHACKELFORD) SCHIMENTI (BA) and her husband, Christopher, recently moved back to the Washington, D.C., area from San Diego. “We’re missing the beautiful San Diego weather, but the kids are having fun discovering all the great things the nation’s capital offers,” Lori says. She is a director for an airline industry firm on the commer-cial finance side. Christopher is a captain in the U.S. Navy. “The hope is to someday move back to San Diego (or at least Southern California) and finally settle down,” she says.


TRACY REINES (BA) is the director of International Disaster Response for the American Red Cross.


TIMOTHY LANG (BA) is a research scientist and a civil servant at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. He is involved in preparatory research and ground validation for three upcoming satellite missions that will provide observations of Earth’s precipitation, lightning and winds. Timothy lives in Madison, Ala., with his wife, Ashley, and three children: Aurora, Owen and Holland.


JENNIFER BROBST (JD) is the new author of the treatise “Admissibility of Evidence in North Carolina,” which is revised and published annually.

STEVE CORREIA (BA) recently assumed command of the Naval Communications Security Material System in Washington, D.C.

MIKE MAHAN (BS/BA) writes, “I am a ham radio operator (amateur extra class) and have enjoyed getting back into engineering through that, since my career path didn’t lead me in that direction.”


LARRY CAMPBELL (BAcc) was named a managing partner at Lavine, Lofgren, Morris & Engelberg. He has been with the firm since 2008 and specializes in the area of tax and consulting with clients in the hospitality, real estate and professional service industries.

ROBERTO SICANGCO (LLMC) is involved in the promotion and development of renewable energy sources in the Philippines, particularly Biomass for Power production and bioethanol fuel from sugarcane.


ROHANEE (ZAPANTA) CASILLAN (BS, JD ’01) is a deputy public defender in the downtown San Diego Superior Court. Her husband, Bernard Casillan ’97, is a family practice physician assistant. Rohanee and Bernard are the parents to Bella-Emerie, 6, and Bianca-Faith, 2.

MAGGIE CATBAGAN (JD) moved to Boulder, Colo., with her son and her husband, Michael Cox.

LYNN HIJAR (BBA) founded iBiz247, an international business hub and online community. She still lives very happily with her family in San Diego.

BRIAN MURPHY (BA) and Kellie Hallinan ’00 were married on July 27, 2013, in Cle Elum, Wash. Brian is a partner in a medical device distributor in the New York City metropol-itan area. Kellie is an elementary school teacher in Brooklyn, N.Y. Brian and Kellie live in Northport, Long Island, N.Y.


SHERYLL (SIAZON) GIVENS (BA) and her husband, Jeffrey Givens ’10, co-wrote and published “The Human Manual” to offer alternative pain management tips to chronic pain sufferers. Concurrently, the authors founded the organization Head Over Heals, to provide alternative pain management consultation and to give talks to large groups around the country. Prior to studying at USD, Jeffrey was diagnosed with brachial plexus nerve damage and doctors told him his 25-year-old body was similar to that of a 65-year-old due to spine, joint and muscular imbalances. Jeffrey dedicated years of research to develop and discover shortcuts to pain relief. The book is available on, Kindle and through Sheryll and Jeffery’s website:

NATALIE (BRADFORD) KRONFELDT (BA) and her husband, Lee, welcomed a baby boy, Lachlan, in September 2012. Lachlan joins big brother Quinn, who was born in August 2008, and sister Eden, who was born in March 2010.

JILL PETERSEN (BAcc) and her husband, Tom Cronin, recently moved to Switzerland with their two children, TJ, 6, and Kyle, 3. TJ is in the first grade at the International School of Berne and Kyle will start preschool at the British School in Berne.

CYNTHIA (STONEBERG) RIDGEWAY (JD) and her husband, Kevin, live in a suburb of Indianapolis, Ind., with their two sons.



DEVER LAMKIN (BAcc) and his wife, Kelly, welcomed their first child, a healthy baby girl named Avery, on Feb. 8, 2013. The three, along with their dog, Barley, continue to live happily in San Diego, Dever says.

DONNA LANNON (MSN) worked as a nurse practitioner at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in La Jolla, Calif., after graduating from USD. “I am retired now, but needed a purpose that was important to me,” she says. Once struggling with obesity, Donna lost 105 pounds and is now a health coach, certified through Villanova University, School of Nursing, Center for Obesity Prevention and Education. She offers health coaching through Take Shape for Life.“Before my transformation, I could barely walk,” she says. “Now I climb mountains!”


MARIA ELENA ESCOBEDO DE CARDENAS (MA) works in a “hospital modera” in Tijuana, Mexico, with her husband, Septimio Cardenas, a medical doctor.

KRISTEN IACOBELLI (BA) expects to graduate from Arizona State University in May 2014 with her MBA. Last summer, she participated in a summer study abroad program through ASU in Linz, Austria, and Prague, Czech Republic. After the program ended, she met up with Kappa sorority sisters Rachel Danjcezk and Jocelin Dills Schultz in London for an evening of reminiscing. Kristen says she is looking forward to finding a new job after graduation.


JESSICA DeVREEZE (BA) married Ben Waddington on Oct. 5, 2013, at the Waddington family beach home in Lummi Island, Wash. Fellow USD alumna Kara Branniff Weller ‘02, ‘06 was a bridesmaid at the wedding.

JEANMARIE (HARRINGTON) BISCEGLIA (BA) ’08 (JD) reports that, “In August 2013, Paul Bisceglia ‘04 and I welcomed our son, James Patrick Bisceglia. He has been an adorable new addition to our family!” The couple are co-presidents of the Phoenix Torero Club.

JEFF IWASHITA (BBA) moved back to Honolulu, Hawaii, in February 2013 and is a realtor associate for Prudential Locations.

ALLISON QUINN (BA) works for Microsoft and volunteers as an emergency medical technician for concerts and sporting events. She also enjoys boxing and traveling to Europe.

SUZANNE WEINSTEIN (MA) is the founder and CEO of In Sync Consulting Corp., where she serves as a coach, strategist, speaker and change management/transformation consultant. She also published a book, “Women in Sync: Secrets Every Woman Should Know.” Suzanne has committed her life to the development and growth of visionary, authentic and meaningful leadership. Recognizing a chasm in leadership attitudes and beliefs between men and women, Suzanne set out to inspire and empower female leaders with her book, a compilation of short narratives by successful authors from around the world, including USD alumnae. Suzanne lives in San Diego and regularly conducts seminars, workshops and keynote speeches. Her website is


JOHN DZIDA (BA) is a senior commercial banking officer at Stanford Federal Credit Union.

RACHEL TenWOLDE (BS/BA) was promoted to branch head for the Unmanned Systems Group at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.

BRAD VAN SCOIK (BA) retired from Navy service in 2013. He also earned a second bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in accounting in 2013. Brad now works for the Navy as a government employee at the Pentagon.


RICARDO COVARRUBIAS (IMBA) and his wife, Elena, have two beautiful boys. “I am very happywith my work in a packaged ice and purified water company in the state of Baja California (Mexico),” he says.

BRENDAN INGLIS (BBA) was promoted from project engineer to project manager at Allied Builders System in Honolulu, Hawaii. In his new position, he oversees the planning and coordination of the company’s projects and ensures they are delivered on time and with high-quality results.

BROOKE LEDGER (BA) reports that she “just had another baby boy, Dylan, who joins his big brother Liam (2).”


RYAN BRIZENDINE (BA) moved from the Los Angeles Barclays office to RGT Capital Management, an independent financial advisory firm in Orange County, Calif., where he is a director in the investment management division.

DAVID BRONS (BA) is a third-year law student at San Francisco Law School, as well as dean of the Jake Ehrlich Senate of Delta Theta Phi, Witkins Scholar on Constitutional Law. He is former vice president of the Student Bar Association at the school.

JENNIE (BURTON) KLASSEN (BBA) and her husband, Chris, welcomed a son, Conner, on May 10, 2013. Conner joins big sister, Camryn, 2.

JENNA (BIAGINI) LaCOUR (BA) and her husband, Bobby LaCour ’05, were married on Nov. 9, 2013, at the Cuvier Club in La Jolla, Calif.

TIFFANY (BARROGA) VILORIA (BA) and her husband, Marcus, were married on July 20, 2013. They welcomed a son, Kai Jensen, on Aug. 13, 2013, and he weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 18 inches long. “We absolutely love having him in our lives and are so excited about his mile-stones,” she says. “He had his first laugh this week!”


ELYSE ROHRER BUDIASH (BA) recently opened Cherry Blossom Healing Arts, an acupuncture and Chinese herbs practice in Cleveland Park, Washington, D.C.

CHRISTOPHER BURKE (BA) graduated summa cum laude from Thomas Jefferson Schoolof Law and then passed the August 2013 California bar exam. He is a financial consultant with AXA Advisors in San Diego and is helping people build bright financial futures. He also is a full-time advisor for the USD chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and plans to join the alumni advisory board of the USD Mortar Board Senior Honor Society.

DIANNA KHAIR (BA) recently graduated from law school and passed the California bar exam.


CRYSTAL CATALAN (BA) served for four years with the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and then moved to San Jose, Calif., where she works in the community involvement office at an all-girls Catholic high school.

CAMERON CHILDS (BA) writes, “I’ve been living in San Francisco for the past two years, where I’ve been in love with my work at the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.”

LEIA (DALLY) DINGOTT (BA) was married in April 2012 and she and her husband welcomed their first baby in June 2013.

CHRISTO DRU (BA) is a physician currently in a urologic surgery residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

JONATHAN GARRO (BA) worked with AmeriCorps after graduation and then he joined the Peace Corps. After returning, he earned a master’s degree in public policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Jonathan now lives in Washington, D.C., where he is an analyst in the International Services Division of the American Red Cross.

DIEGO MANZETTI (LLM) and his wife, Marika, were married in December 2012 and they welcomed a child in June 2013.

AMBER SETTER (MA) writes, “I have ventured into writing for publication within the accounting profession on topics related to professional development.” She is freelancing for The Going Concern and AccountingWeb and also had an article, “Love and the CPA Exam,” published by California CPA, the magazine for the California Society of CPAs:


MONICA (PEARCE) CAGAYAT (MA) and her husband, Brian, were married in October 2013.

MONICA (LUTES) EMERY (BA) and her husband, Brett, were married in Lake Tahoe, Nev., on June 16, 2013.

EVAN EWALD (BS/BA) has been a mechanical design engineer at General Atomics Aeronautical for almost six years. Evan lives in Pacific Beach, Calif.

JAMIE (BUFKIN) HOVERSEN (BA) is spending a second year in Budapest, Hungary, after renewing her Fulbright grant, to teach and advise Hungarian university students.

ASHLEY LEAR (BA) joined the Department of Homeland Security as a government contractor. She moved to Alexandria, Va., in 2013.

ADRIANA LOSON-CEBALLOS (BA) is involved with human rights work in Washington, D.C., New York City and Mexico City. She also is a graduate student of human rights at Columbia University in New York City.

MONICA WIESENER (BA) is an enterprise account executive in corporate sales with Apple in Cupertino, Calif.

ARIEL (FREUDENTHAL) ZVAIFLER (BBA) and her husband, Ben, were married recently. They met in Guadalajara, Mexico, in the summer of 2007 and are planning to launch a new company in a few months. Ariel and Ben also own Blue Life USA, an aquarium product manufacturing company.


NATE ALLERA (BS/BA) is working with a government contractor as a consultant in health care policy.

SARAH McDANIELS (BA) is a second year medical student at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

ANDREW ROBERSON (BA) recently graduated from law school and passed the Illinois bar exam.

LIZ (BUCKLEY) ZITO (BA) and her husband, Josh, were married on Oct. 5, 2013, at First Congregational Church in Portland, Ore. Liz and Josh live in Manhattan, N.Y., where Liz works for Google and Josh works for Nike. They met at the Nike Running Club in 2009.



CHRIS BUSHONG (JD) writes, “After a stint in Toronto, where I advised on international tax and transfer pricing issues, I have recently moved back to San Diego to co-found Paretis Law, a data- and analysis-driven law firm that uses quantitative methods to deliver optimized solutions to businesses and investors.”

LAUREN CRONIN (BS/BA) completed a master’s degree in industrial engineering and is a graduate of the BAE Systems Engineering Leadership and Development Program. Lauren is a systems engineer at BAE Systems in Rancho Bernardo, Calif.

JOSEPH GREGORY (MBA) was promoted to finance operations manager, product process innovation, at Nike.

ASHLEY HARRINGTON (BA) has been very active in local Democratic politics. She serves as Secretary of the Board for the San Diego County Democratic Party. She also works with a group of volunteers and young donors at Jewish Family Service, and plans various service projects and fundraisers throughout the year. Additionally, she is leading an advocacy seminar this year, and will be taking a group of young professionals on a lobby day to Sacramento in the summer of 2014.

KATIE JOHNSTON (BA) completed her master’s degree in food culture and communications in Italy and she is now back in New York City working in food marketing and public relations.


DAVID ALIKER (MA) writes, “America taught me about volunteerism. I have started a not-for-profit that provides a platform for local and international volunteers to change lives through service and learn from their experiences. We welcome international volunteers with interest in Africa and help them realize their dreams.”

BRANDON BLOM (BS/BA) works for Qualcomm Technologies and is studying for a master’s degree at the University of California, Los Angeles.

ROBERT BROWN (MSRE) is the broker/owner of Fantastik Realty. “Would love to help the USD family with residential and commercial real estate sales in San Diego and Las Vegas,” he says.

JOY (CABLE) CARROLL (MBA) founded JoyC Accounting in April 2013 and married her husband, Andrew, in May 2013.

BROOKE DAWSON (BBA) recently received her California real estate sales license. She is currently working under a successful local real estate agent, Noah Grassi, at RE/MAX Coastal Properties in Pacific Beach. “We closed 30 transactions alone last year and sold over $17 million in San Diego real estate,” she says.

ALLYN (DeLOZIER) EVANS (BA) married Glen Evans ’12 on Oct. 5, 2013, at the Dana Hotel on Mission Bay in San Diego. Glen rowed on USD’s men’s rowing team and Allyn was a coxswain on the women’s rowing team.

DANIELA GARCIA (BA) writes, “I have written and am in the process of illustrating a kid’s book as well as a collection of personal essays to be made into a memoir. I am immersed in art projects and am traveling for inspiration.”

MONICA GILBERT (BBA) works in finance for Illumina Inc.

KEVIN O’MALLEY (BA) is a social media specialist for the running department at Nike.

MARIA PIERRE (BA) is a paralegal for Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy.

ELIANE (STARKEY) RICHARDS (BA) and her husband, Skot, were married on Oct. 7, 2013. “Supposed to be married in Yosemite National Park, though the government shutdown forced us to celebrate elsewhere,” she writes. “We decided to have the wedding in my parents’ backyard in San Diego.” Eliane’s father is former USD university librarian Edward Starkey.

ALEXA STROBRIDGE (BBA) is currently working toward a masters degree in sports business at New York University.

CHELSIE THURMOND (BA) completed her first semester at University of San Francisco Law School. “I intend (with every bone in my body) to pursue a legal career in the realm of juvenile justice,” she says. “After being introduced to (USD’s Center for Community Service-Learning’s) juvenile hall volunteer program, my passion and admiration for at-risk youth grew into an overwhelming desire to make a viable difference in their lives. I am so grateful for the opportunities USD provided me!”

ZACK WRZESZCZ (BA) is the marketing and sales coordinator for Eco Chemical, a waterborne coatings company that primarily manufactures stains for the pressure-treated lumber industry and field paint for sports organizations, including the National Football League, the Canadian Football League and Major League Soccer.


CHRISTOPHER ARCITIO (BA) has been working at a medical malpractice law firm while he studies for the law school admission test and applies to law schools.

ADAM BONDY (JD) completed a clerkship with Judge J. Frederic Voros Jr. on the Utah Court of Appeals and he has accepted a second clerkship with Judge John A. Pearce on the same court.

LUKE BUENO (BA) is in his second year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC). After graduation, he worked for a year in New Orleans with The Innocence Project, an organization that works to exonerate wrongly accused prisoners. For his second year with the JVC, Luke move to San Jose, Calif., where he is a patients’ rights advocate in the San Jose jail as a part of the Mental Health Advocacy Project.

MARCUS CAPONE (MSGL) joined Fortress Investment Group as vice president of business development, health care innovations.

PATRICK CORNELL (BA) recently started a year of full-time service with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest. Patrick is serving at St. Labre Indian High School in Ashland, Mont.

NICOLE CRAVEN (BBA) was hired by Oracle in January 2013 to work in its Cloud Deal Management division. She lives in San Francisco.

JOSE FELIX (BA) lives in Sacramento, Calif., where he is an account executive with Guidance in Giving, a Catholic fundraising organization that helps dioceses reach financial campaign goals. Jose’s previous campaign was in Boise, Idaho, where he lived for eight months following graduation.

CHRIS LONERGAN (BAcc) works for Ernst & Young’s advisory practice, handling risk and performance improvement-based work. “The job is typically 80 to 90 percent travel, so I have been getting used to living out of two carry on size bags, in terminals or on airplanes, and in various hotels!” he says. “In the last year, I traveled to 10 states, doing 95,000 miles on an airplane and 130 nights in a hotel!”

DALTON MATHIS (BBA) is an accountant for Frank Rimmerman + Co. and he lives in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. Dalton was hired by Frank Rimmerman as part of an on-campus recruiting effort at USD.

ALYSSA POWERS (BA) represented Karl Strauss Brewing Co. at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver in October 2013. “The GABF is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition, and represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served,” she says. “Thanks especially to Professor Greg Ghio for helping me get an internship at Karl Strauss while I was at USD. It led to all this!”

TOM ROTH (BA), along with Dalton Mathis and Luke Bueno — two of his roommates from freshman year — joined up to take a road trip from Northern California down to USD for Homecoming 2013, where they met up with their fourth freshman roommate, Jose Felix.

BROOK STEVENS (BBA) writes, “Currently recruiting as managing director for Aligne Wealth Preservation to open a new office in San Diego.”

EMILY (PRIETO) TREFETHEN (BA) earned an MSN-CNL (master of science in nursing, clinical nurse leader) degree from the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions in May 2014. She is completing her CNL internship clinical rotations at UCSF Medical Center.


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!”
Lauren says.

VANESSA DONNELLY (BS/BA) works for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems in Poway, Calif., where she is a systems test and qualification engineer for U.S. Army aircraft programs.

JONATHAN GILLIE (BBA) is the leadership development advisor for the Eta Alpha chapter of Beta Theta Pi at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. “I was a member of the Zeta Omega chapter of Beta Theta Pi at USD and this has been a great opportunity to share my experience and help provide guidance to a group of promising young men,” he says.

KATHERINE MALEWSKI (BA) has been a technical recruiter for Computer Technologies Consultants since June of 2013.

FAHMIDA SHEULY (MEd) and her husband, Shilo Wilson, were married recently and Fahmida landed her dream job as a high school special education teacher. “The first job I got was through connections that I made at USD!” she says.

JAMES WYKOWSKI (BA) recently started a year of full-time service with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest.

[In Memoriam]

ROBERT M. BROWER ’69 (BA, MEd ’74) passed away on Oct. 29, 2013. While a student at USD, he served as president of the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity his senior year. After graduation, he worked at USD as a school counselor in admissions. He went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California. He and his first wife, Brigid McCormick (who passed away in 2009), had two children: Matthew and Emily. Over the years, Bob served as the registrar for MiraCosta College in Oceanside, Calif., and as a professor, counselor and dean of student services at Lassen Community College in Susanville, Calif. Bob retired in 2009 and moved to Encinitas to be closer to his family. In 2012, he married Kathy Harvey. Bob is survived by his wife, Kathy; children, Matthew and Emily; and four grandchildren.

KAREN CHANDLER ’75 (JD) passed away on July 15, 2013. She had a long and distinguished career as an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Tax Court and the Internal Revenue Service. She was an outstanding litigator with a stellar track record, and she became a well known expert in international tax. She retired in 2007 as the associate area counsel in international tax for the IRS. Karen pursued a life of cultural enrichment and was an avid student of the arts, including Hawaiian dance and culture, which she first discovered as a young girl growing up in Honolulu and San Diego.

JACQUELINE RUSH ’13 (BA) passed away in March 2014. While a student, she was extremely involved in student organizations and her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. She cowrote a paper with USD professors Richard Custin and Deborah Kelly about her battle with cancer, titled “A Journey of Two Survivors.”

YOLANDA “YOLIE” RODRIGUEZ INGLE, PhD passed away in El Paso, Texas on Jan. 17, 2014, after a brief illness. She had worked in USD’s University Relations division since 2006, recently as senior director of International Constituent Relations. At USD and throughout her professional life, she was known for her vibrant spirit, passion for educate and commitment to students.

CELESTE TREPTE passed away on Jan. 15, 2014 at the age of 89. A third generation Californian, Celeste was married to Albert Eugene (Gene) Trepte, past member of the USD Board of Trustees. Celeste was active in communityservice throughout her life, particularly to what is now known as the Point Loma Association, an organization of residents and businesses committed to improving the quality of life of Point Loma through beautification, education, charitable activities and civic collaboration. She is survived by her beloved husband, Gene, and their children, Ann Porter (John), Dana Porter (Brian), Christine McGregor (Robert) and nine grandchildren.

FRANK R. WARREN, husband of former USD Board of Trustees Chair Joanne Warren, passed away on Jan. 26, 2014. Over the course of his 60-year career, Frank grew the family business, Warren Properties, into a successful apartment construction and management operation. Additionally, he was a founding member of Rancho Santa Fe Savings Bank and La Jolla Savings Bank. He and his wife were patrons of the arts and major philanthropists in the San Diego area, including several very generous contributions to USD. Frank was predeceased by his son, John Warren, in 2007 and is survived by his wife, Joanne, his son, Bruce Warren (Eileen), his daughters, Lisa Campbell (Eric), Carol Warren and Trace St. Amour (Stephan), and 11 grandchildren.