Spring 2015 Class Notes


ART WICAL (BBA) and his wife traveled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and to northwestern India in January 2014. “So far, we have been fortunate to travel to over 62 countries and look forward to additional trips around the world,” Art says. “We have often been asked about our favorites, which is difficult to answer, as they all have their own unique cultures and histories.”

ALCY (BOSS) NEIDLINGER (BA) has been living in Texas for about five years. She has seen much of the state through her hobby: photography. Alcy has won ribbons for her work and sells prints and photo cards of flowers and other subjects.

ELLISSIA (DARLEY) FAGIN (BA) reported that she and Bruce Fagin were married in July 2014. Ellissia retired at the end of August 2014.

VERN SCHOOLEY (JD) was presented with a proclamation by the City of Long Beach, Calif., in appreciation of his leadership in the legal community for the past 40 years. Vern was lauded for his work with legal educators, law school deans, state and federal judges in promoting the cause of the American Inns of Court to enhance civility, professionalism and excellence in the practice of law. Vern founded numerous Inns of Court and served in leadership roles, both in California and in the national American Inns of Court Foundation. He is a partner in Fulwider Patton, one of California’s oldest intellectual property law firms.

MICHAEL WELCH (BA) returned to USD after 38 years to be an adjunct professor in the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering. “Spent an enjoyable six years in that role,” he says. “In May 2010, we moved to Alameda, Calif., and started a family architectural firm. My son continues as an architect on several development projects in the San Francisco area.”

DANIEL WILSON (BA) retired after a 47-year teaching career at the University of San Diego and Cathedral Catholic High School. Danny taught math, computer programming and journalism.

LAWRENCE LACOMBE (BA) qualified and worked as an expert witness on land title matters in state and federal court, and in arbitration. He appeared in seven cases in the past four years and completed programs at Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute for Conflict Resolution and with the National Conflict Resolution Center in San Diego. He prepared and presented programs for CEB California, Land Title Association, Lorman Education Services, UCLA Extension and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

GARY LANE (JD) recently merged his financial planning, estate planning, retirement planning and associated practices with Premier Financial Alliance. “This now gives me access to some of the most advanced, consumer-oriented and most all-encompassing protection available to anyone,” he says.


DALE ANDERSEN (MA) has been writing plays and screenplays for the past 16 years. He has studied dramaturgy and taken advanced playwriting courses at the South Coast Repertory Theatre. Dale has a certificate in screenwriting from the University of California, Irvine, and in April 2014 his one-act play, The Hundred Million Dollar Son, was a semifinalist at the 2014 O’Neill Playwrights Conference. In June 2014, his screenplay, Stanley Ishkhanyan’s Next Big Thing, was an award-winner at the 2014 International Independent Film Awards.

BRUCE CAHILL (BA) retired in 2013 and spent a month camping on the beach on Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands.

VINCENT ADESZKO (JD) retired as an assistant chief deputy district attorney from the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. Vincent started his career in the Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office in 1975. “After 10 years of criminal defense trials, I was invited by the Sacramento district attorney to join the prosecution side in 1985,” he says. “After 22 years of prosecution, I retired in 2007.”

PEGGY DEEGAN (BS, MBA ’82) welcomed her fourth grandchild, Francis Alan, born on Jan. 8, 2014.

TERENCE JESMORE (BA) is a field manager for an organic farm. He lives in the Judean Hills about 55 miles south of Jerusalem and he helps grow biblical herbs.

KEVIN MORRISON (JD) reports that he has retired.

EDWARD THORSON (BA) retired on Jan. 1, 2012, after 18 years as a bilingual (English/Spanish) elementary school teacher. He now works part time as a substitute teacher for the San Diego Unified School District.

GREGORY BIANCO (BS, JD ’79) reports that he recently retired.

GILBERT CARRASCO (BA) took a leave of absence from Willamette University to teach Constitutional Law and Human Rights at Kuwait International Law School for the 2014-15 academic year.

NEIL TORR (BA) says he has been busy with his special events entertainment company, Epod Talking Photo Booth. “This is career number six, following a sports car restoration business, (work as) an accident reconstructionist/expert witness, partner in a low-speed injury medical analysis firm, computer science middle school teacher and high school International Baccalaureate history teacher,” he says.

WILLIAM UBERTI (BA, MA ’78) retired as a captain from the Coast Guard in 2008. He currently teaches college U.S. history classes part time at Miramar MCAS. William is active in his parish’s Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program and the Knights of Columbus Council.

JANE L. AUSTIN (BA) is selling real estate.

RANDALL KLOTZ (BA) moved to his new law office in La Mesa, Calif., in June 2014.

NORMAN QUANDT (JD) retired in 2012 after 35 years of traveling around the country representing management (most recently for airlines) in labor matters. He says that he stays busy working in his yard at his home 50 miles outside of Atlanta.

ANNA ECKSTEIN (BSN) says her grandson, Andrew Eckstein, transferred from the University of California, Santa Barbara, to USD in August 2014.

BRUCE HARRISON (JD) added a new office for his legal services in Olmito, Texas.


PHILIP LINDSLEY (JD), an attorney with the San Diego Elder Law Center, was appointed to the executive committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the State Bar of California for a three-year term, which began on Sept. 14, 2014. He is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) and one of only two CELAs in San Diego County. He is also a State Bar of California Certified Legal Specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law, and an accredited Veterans Administration attorney. Philip is a member of the San Diego County Probate Bench Bar Committee and a founder and board member of the Probate Attorneys of San Diego.

JIM VALENZUELA (BBA) writes, “Looking forward to grandfatherhood, thanks to daughter Natalie, and tennis with son, Nick.”

LORI (HOCK) FOX (BA) reports that Michael Elliot Fox III is the second generation and sixth family member to graduate from USD. “Love those Toreros!” Lori says.

BRENDA BUZBY (BA) graduated from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 1987. She is the wife of Dr. Arie Rynders and the mother of five college graduates, as well as the immediate past president of the Kern County Dental Society and California Dental Association Board of Trustees. “I am very passionate about volunteering at CDA Cares events all over California, bringing free dental care to all patients with any kind of access-to-care barriers,” she says.

MARK CHAPMAN (BA) joined Golden 1 Credit Union as vice president and head of marketing. Golden 1 is the country’s sixth largest credit union, serving Sacramento, Calif., and California’s Central Valley. Mark’s 29-year career in financial services includes positions at Bank of America, Visa and Fair Isaac. He recently served as trustee for the Native Sons of the Golden West and is on the board of directors for the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership of Marin in San Rafael, Calif. Mark and his wife of 27 years live in Fairfax, Calif., with their four children, ages 19 to 25.

“Recently retired as a colonel from the Marine Corps after having served our nation for over 30 years.”

JACQUELINE AKERBLOM (BBA) was appointed to Grant Thornton LLP’s new senior leadership team and continues to serve as the West regional managing partner. Grant Thornton is one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. In the United States, the firm operates 56 offices with more than 500 partners and 6,000 employees.

KAREN MATIUK (BS) recently changed jobs, from teaching second grade to fourth grade at a new school. “18 years, time for a change!” she says. “Saw a USD sticker on a car in Lighthouse Point, Fla.! Made me think of all the good times!”

JOHNNA (MATRANGA) GRANT (BBA) was married in July 2013.

LORI NEWMAN (BBA) writes, “Excited to be back living in the San Diego area!”

THERESA DE LA TORRE (BA) retired from teaching CPA to instructors, fire and medical personnel. “I still run an entomology lab for the USDA Agricultural Research Service doing agriculture research,” she says, adding that she also plays and teaches tennis.

GEORGE MENDIVIL (MEd) reports that he got married in June 2013.

NORA MIDDLETON (BA) has launched a professional photography business. “Been photographing sporting events the last several years, now branching into fine art, event and portrait photography,” she says. Nora was recently named a featured artist for the Art of Pride 2014 in San Diego. She is working on photography for a coffee table book and is also providing art for charity.

JOHN SLAUGHT (BBA) says his youngest daughter, Kendall, carried on the Torero family tradition when she started at USD as a freshman in August 2014. “Looking forward to returning to USD for Homecoming Weekend as a parent now,” John says.

GWEN RUTAR MULLINS (JD) was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. Gwen specializes in construction law with Howard & Howard Attorneys.

DONNA STARR-DEELEN (JD) finished her PhD in July 2013 and published a book, Presidential Policies on Terrorism: From Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama, in May 2014 through Palgrave Macmillan. “It includes a chapter on the Obama administration and its approach to the use of force in counterterrorism,” she says.

SHARON MALONEY (BBA) reports that her son, Kyle Maloney, is a freshman at USD.

ROBERT REINCKE (MBA) is an artist who has completed a significant body of paintings and sculpture and extensive undergraduate and graduate work in the visual arts. His work can be found at www.robertreincke.com. He also wrote two books, one originally edited and promoted by www.spunkybooks.com.

JEFF SILVER (BBA) is the managing partner with Ridgeline Partners, a merchant banking firm.

JACQUELINE BROSELLE (BA) is living in the Northwest, raising four athletic children and working as a physical therapist. “Enjoying gardening, hiking, kayaking, fishing and crabbing in between the driving time running the kids everywhere,” she says. “Can’t wait until our 15-year-old can drive!”

CHRISTINA (VIERRA) McGILL (BA) and her husband, David, recently moved to Seattle, Wash., and celebrated their oldest daughter’s graduation from Gonzaga University and their youngest daughter’s graduation from Judge Memorial Catholic High School. Christina is the principal of Assumption-St. Bridget School. “I am happy to be back in Catholic schools again after four years in public education,” she says.

MARY ELIZABETH “BETTY” SCOTT (EdD) has a website (www.the-intuitive-self.org), originally created by Bill Taggart, a management professor with Florida International University. Betty says that the site is “insightful and personally and professionally beneficial.”


BRENDAN GALLAGHER (BBA) was promoted from senior manager to principal at Ernst & Young. Brendan is a member of the firm’s transaction advisory services practice in Los Angeles, where he focuses on retail consumer products, technology, hospitality and gaming, as well as private equity. He joined the firm’s transaction advisory service valuation practice in 2002. Brendan has an MBA from Loyola Marymount University and is an accredited senior appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers.

DREW HARDY (BBA) reported that he married Oksana on March 31, 2014. Drew, Oksana and Drew’s stepson, Yarik, moved to Irvine, Calif., in May 2014. Drew started 24/7 Hotels, a hotel management company, which has been headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., since 2006.

RANDY LASER (MBA) is the vice president of pricing and revenue management at Silver Airways in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

CHRISTIAN MAIS (BBA) was promoted to chief petty officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve on April 1, 2014. He has been a member of the reserve since 1992. When not serving, he teaches the fourth grade in Pico Rivera, Calif.

BRIAN McEVILLY (BBA) is the director of reagent marketing at Inova Diagnostics in San Diego and is raising two daughters who are now attending Cathedral Catholic High School.

MARY BETH BURSON-LUDWIG (BAcc) was in a successful career as a CPA when inadequate resources available to her developmentally disabled son prompted her to quit her corporate job and launch a nonprofit to help families in the same situation. She started Anova in her garage in 2000 with her co-founder, Andrew Bailey, three employees and four students. Today, Anova has grown to a $10 million nonprofit with more than 250 employees, three K-12 schools and a treatment center, serving more than 500 children with autism and learning differences in 15 counties in Northern California.

KRISTIN BUNKER TILLEY (BAcc) is a self-employed certified public accountant. She and her husband, Brinnon, have been married for 13 years and they have two children, Brinnon Jr., 5, and Raelynne, 1.

KC MARES (BA, BBA ’94) moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Reno-Tahoe, Nev., area 11 years ago to start a data center company and to be close to mountain biking and skiing. After selling that business, KC worked for Google and Yahoo leading data center strategy, operations and development. He now provides his services to many large users of data centers through a consulting company. Over the years, he has helped to lead energy efficiency and renewable energy use within large data centers around the globe. “I am now looking to relocate to the San Francisco Bay Area for further life and career enhancements,” he says. “Always thrilled to catch up with USD friends.”

VALESKA McDONALD GUADALUPE (MEd) has been the program supervisor for the adult day training program at Schott Communities since 2011.

KRISTEN JANIS (BAcc) was promoted from senior manager to executive director at Ernst & Young. She is a member of the firm’s assurance practice in San Diego, where she focuses on technology companies. Since joining the San Diego office in 1995, Kristen has served a wide range of clients, from venture-backed start-ups, to multinational Fortune 500 technology and biotechnology companies. She is a certified public accountant licensed to practice in California and a member of the American Institute of CPAs. She also has served on the boards of the San Diego Software Industry Council and Junior Achievement.

VINCE MOISO (BA) recently sold his shares in an international business back to partners after 15 years. He started his own consulting and financial planning business, contracted with Northwestern Mutual and is working out of the Newport Beach, Calif., office. “I get to change lives every day working with like-minded individuals and business owners, helping them protect what’s most important and plan for the future,” he says. “I am absolutely loving it! Can’t wait to give more back to USD!”

JEFFREY LAWRENCE (MIB) reports that he is retired.

JENNY (LINDGREN) SERBAN (BA) took a class lesson to heart when she sang the national anthem at the June 2, 2014, Padres game. An English teacher at Steele Canyon High School in Spring Valley, Calif., Jenny gave her students an assignment to write their bucket lists and revealed her wish to sing the national anthem at a baseball game. In turn, they orchestrated her wish when an opportunity to sing resulted from a Class of 2017 fundraiser to sell tickets to the June 2 game. “I was in shock,” Jenny said about the opportunity in a 10News story. “I was speechless, which is hard for me. I couldn’t stop smiling.”

ERIC GARFIELD (MBA) is busy with his children, Kylee, 7, and Morgan, 5. “Soccer, tennis and guitar lessons,” he says. “There is no stopping them.”

CURT HARRINGTON (LLM) was confirmed by the California State Bar Board of Trustees to assume the chair of the State Bar’s California Board of Legal Specialization. Curt is a high-tech patent attorney and a California Board of Legal Specialization Certified Tax Specialist. In addition to his LLM in taxation, Curt holds a JD, master’s degrees in chemical and electrical engineering, and an MBA. He has prepared and prosecuted hundreds of patents, and has published and spoken widely on legal topics such as patent, trademark, intellectual property taxation and business start-up.

WENDY KELLER (BA) was recently named Woman of the Year in Occupational Therapy by the National Association of Professional Women. Wendy owns her own business as an occupational therapist and works as an independent contractor with both pediatric and adult patients. “I have found that I am able to utilize both my music and my music management certificate that I obtained from USD on a regular basis,” she says. “It is funny where life leads you and I am glad to have had my professional start at USD.”

TOM MACK (BS/BA) has transferred to the Navy Communications Satellite Program Office at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.

LUIS MASSIEU (BBA) and his wife, Marta, have a new baby girl named Matilda. Luis continues working as founder and chief executive officer of www.apostille.net, a leading company offering apostille document authentication services.

ROBERTO REYES (BAcc) writes, “Investing in technology companies and helping the craft beer industry prosper in San Diego.”

TODD SCHMIDT (BA) completed his EdD studies through the University of Southern California and graduated with a doctorate in K-12 leadership. Todd is an elementary school principal in Corona del Mar, Calif.

CHRIS KUJAWA (BAcc) was promoted from senior manager to partner at Ernst & Young. Chris is a member of the firm’s transaction advisory services practice in San Francisco, which he joined in 2004. Chris focuses on financial diligence in the health care and life sciences industries. He has an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and is a certified public accountant licensed to practice in California and a member of the American Institute of CPAs.

DAVID SANCHEZ (BBA) and his wife welcomed their first son, Diego, on March 11, 2014.

ADRIANNA (CORREA) SCHUSTER (BBA) and her husband welcomed their first child, Max Joseph, into the family on April 22, 2014. Max weighed 10 pounds, 2.5 ounces at birth and was 21 inches long.

BRIAN YINGLING (BBA) and his wife, Alisa, celebrated the arrival of twins, Abigail and Bradley, on Aug. 30, 2013. The family lives in Altadena, Calif.


CHRIS BRUSCA (BA, MSGL ’06) reports that he is still in the U.S. Navy and was recently selected to command a ship.

JOHN CURRAN (BA) graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine with an MD degree on May 10, 2014. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in the U.S. Navy on the same day. John began his medical internship at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia on June 27, 2014.

REBECCA HAYES (BA) is the owner of e3 Consulting, which offers specialized academic tutoring, consultation and therapy for students from kindergarten through college. The practice is opening a second location in Encinitas, Calif. The e3 educators work to create a close-knit collaborative team with their clients’ parents, schoolteachers, school administrators, therapists and pediatricians.

HILDA ECHEVERRIA (BAcc) was promoted from senior manager to partner at Ernst & Young. Hilda is a member of the firm’s assurance practice in Los Angeles, where she serves clients across a range of industries, including technology, manufacturing, software and professional services. She is a certified public accountant licensed to practice in California and a member of the American Institute of CPAs.

GAIL NOLAN (BA) was promoted to senior legal analyst with the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse.

JUSTIN ALMEIDA (BA) is working at the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center, a peace and justice nonprofit organization. He also is studying for a master of divinity degree in chaplaincy at Seattle University’s School of Theology & Ministry.

ANNE ONGYOD (BA) reported that she was married in December 2013.

TRAVIS ANDREW VOWLES (BBA) reported that he married Alton Earl Major II on May 17, 2014, in Bonsall, Calif.

DAVID BRENNAN (LLM) is in his fifth year of teaching at USD. “Looking forward to another great year as the coach/advisor to USD Law’s VICAM organization and its international commercial arbitration competition teams going to Vienna and Hong Kong.”

BASIL CONSIDINE (BA) completed his PhD in music and drama at Boston University in 2013. His opera, The Frat Party, was performed at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Basil accepted a faculty position at Walden University in Minneapolis, where he says that magnificent lakes and winter wonderland half the year are no substitute for San Diego’s balmy climate.

DIANA KUTLOW (MA) was promoted to director of development and alumni relations for the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies.

KEVIN READE (BA) reports that he has three children.

CHRISTINE CARRILLO-VINCENT (BA) writes, “We welcomed our third miracle into our family. Aurora Leigh, born Feb. 22, 2013, joined big brothers Emerson Diego and Atticus Quinn. We feel so blessed!”

JILL (PASQUALETTO) HAMAKER (BA) is director of government affairs for Emergent BioSolutions, a specialty pharmaceutical company in Washington, D.C. She and her husband, Delk, live in McLean, Va.

LEIGH (DONOVAN) LINCOLN (BA) and her husband, Davin, welcomed a baby on March 17, 2014.

LAURIE ROWEN (JD) and her husband, Kyle Rowen ’00, live in Irvine, Calif., with two daughters, ages 4 and 6. Laurie is a co-owner of Montage Legal Group and Kyle is an attorney at Wesierski & Zurek.

SUZANNE (WARREN) SKOV (JD) launched Skov Law Corp. in 2013. She handles commercial real estate transactions and advises clients on land use and CEQA-related issues.

AARON UNIS (BS/BA) works at Lockheed Martin in San Diego. He earned a master’s degree in architectural engineering at UCSD and lives in San Diego with his wife, Jenna Yezarski-Unis ’05, and son, Hayden, 2.

HENRY YORGEY (JD) reported that he married Adalberto Mendivil, on March 31, 2014, at the Inn at the Park in San Diego.

ROBERT BARBER (MSGL) retired after more than 20 years of honorable service in the U.S. Marine Corps and he accepted a position with CNI Advantage in Jacksonville, Fla., conducting strategic logistics planning for the Marine Corps.

KRISTOPHER CARTER (BA) is a family medicine resident at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. He anticipated graduating in Dec. 2015.

PAUL MISLEH (BBA) co-founded Fortis Capital Management, an investment management firm focused on building people’s wealth.

GARY MYERS (MSSCM) retired on Dec. 1, 2013, after 39 years with Southern California Edison.

NADI WILLIAMS (BA) published Seal the Deal, a book about learning to accept the person in the mirror in order to facilitate healthy relationships with others. Using examples from Nadi’s life, the book guides readers through their own personal journey, exploring areas in which they feel confident and examining areas in relationships that can use work.

MANUELA AGUIRRE (BA) is in her fifth year as the U.S.-Mexico border director for Wildcoast, a San Diego-based international conservation nongovernmental organization. Manuela is working toward a master of advanced studies degree in marine biodiversity and conservation at UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

MARITZA DIAZ (BA) finished the paralegal program at USD and then decided to pursue a certificate in translation and interpretation at the University of California, San Diego. She expected to complete the program in October 2014.

ANGELICA GONZALEZ (BA) was married recently at Founders Chapel. “It had always been a dream of mine to be married there, since the first day my momma took me to orientation,” she says. “Not only did I get the man of my dreams, I got the wedding of my dreams! It meant so much to me to have my family and friends come see the gorgeous campus where I studied. I may always be an Orange County girl, but my heart will always belong to San Diego.”

CAMILLE PATERSON (BA) writes, “I met the man of my dreams from Australia and recently celebrated a year of marriage and a year for him in the States.” Camille and her husband, Christopher, live in Seattle, where they launched a life coaching company. The website for more information is: www.camillepaterson.com.

JULIA (NOVAK) COLWELL (BA) is a PhD student in fisheries and wildlife at Michigan State University in Lansing. In July 2014, she was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to carry out dissertation research in India, where she will study the social and environmental impacts of a closed fishing season on different segments of the fishery-dependent population. “I really valued my undergraduate learning experience in the environmental studies department at USD!” she says.

HEATHER CURRY (BA) oversees the external affairs of a free-market think tank in Washington, D.C. “On a personal note, we just welcomed our first daughter, Lindsay, to the world, so I’m on the hunt for a USD onesie!” she says. “Go Toreros!”

TANNER ENGSTRAND (MBA) reported that he married Lauren on May 30, 2014.

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

RAQUEL (ROWLAND) MARTINEZ (BBA) reported that she married Juan on May 10, 2014.

KATELYNN McBRIDE (BA) began a new career as assistant director of career development at Notre Dame Law School in July 2014.

JENNIFER MILOSCH (BA) completed a PhD in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in May 2014 and joined California State University, Sacramento, in the fall of 2014 as assistant professor of economics.

TONY O’NEILL (MSRE) and current USD MSRE student Jon Mesa partnered under Tony’s Wolverine Ventures Inc. to pursue opportunistic and value add note and property acquisitions throughout the western United States, such as multifamily, retail and hospitality-related notes and REO assets. Tony oversees the organization’s asset management, acquisition and business development activities. Thanks to the strong real estate law and finance components of his MSRE training, Tony says he is able to analyze and price risk in situations not often embraced by traditional investors.

RYDELL TODICHEENEY (MSN, PhD ’14) accepted a post-doc fellowship at Arizona State University’s College of Nursing & Health Innovation and Mayo Clinic’s Transdisciplinary Training in Health Disparities Science program, funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health. “My area of interest focuses on hepatitis C and liver cancer research among American Indian/Alaska Native peoples,” he says.

ANNIE TOTH (BA) reported that she married Drew McIlvaine on June 15, 2013, in Founders Chapel; a photo from their wedding was published in the Fall 2013 USD Magazine. The couple bought a home in the Rolando area of San Diego, where they live with their three dogs. Annie is working in a global operations role for the Center for Creative Leadership and volunteers as a member of the USD Alumni Board of Directors.

INDRANEEL BHATTACHARYYA (BBA) completed his MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, and started a general management training program at Amazon.com in Seattle. His wife, Megan (Nearhoff) Bhattacharyya ’08, was promoted to senior marketing manager at Intuit. Neel and Megan moved to Seattle, adopted a dog and are enjoying life in the Pacific Northwest.

MIKE BOROUGHS (BAcc) co-founded Fortis Capital Management, an investment management firm focused on building people’s wealth.

STEPHEN GALANIS (BBA, BA ’08) is a human resources generalist at Fandango/NBC Universal and lives in Los Angeles. In December 2011, he graduated with an MBA from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society and has been a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) since June 2013. During his time at CGU, Stephen studied abroad in Hong Kong. While at USD, he studied in Madrid.

LAUREN (GYLLENBORG) GOLDEN (BA) and her husband, Justin, welcomed their second child, Henry James, on March 29, 2014. “Big sister Daphne is so excited to teach ‘Baby Honey’ everything she knows!” Lauren says. Lauren is director of public relations and alumni affairs at Notre Dame de Sion School in Kansas City, Mo.

SHANNON GREEN (BBA) is an interior designer for AVID Associates, a firm specializing in high-end residential interior design, interior architecture and construction.

JUSTIN KURN (BA) joined the Yoga Six management team in March 2013 to help grow the firm’s yoga concept nationwide. Yoga Six has four studios in San Diego, one in St. Louis and three under construction in downtown Chicago. Each location has its own connection to the community around it and offers nine to 14 classes a day with a wide range of options. The firm’s website is www.yogasix.com.

ERIC OAKLEY (BAcc) reported that he married Jacklyn Brown on April 20, 2013. “We have been enjoying our time fixing up our house, walking our dog, Chase, and taking our boat to Catalina with friends,” he says. Eric expected to travel to Croatia in the fall of 2014 and Munich, Germany, for 2014 Oktoberfest. Eric is CEO and founder of Local Lighthouse, an Internet marketing firm with more than 10,000 clients across the country (www.locallighthouse.com).

TRAE REICHERT (BBA) graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2014 with a JD degree.

CHATCHAI SIRISUTH (BBA) and his brother, John, represented Thailand in the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Denver in July 2014. After making the cut for the national team in 2013, the brothers had been competing in contests against teams from China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. This was the first time Thailand qualified for the world championships. Chatch was a four-year starter for USD’s lacrosse team, team captain in 2008 and a member of USD’s MCLA Division II national championship teams in 2005 and 2006.

ANA BRAVO-ROMERO (MA) has a new counseling faculty position at Kapi’olani Community College in Oahu. She says that she and her husband, Nelson, have been enjoying Hawaii.

KATHERINE GAEDE (BBA) is in the marketing department of Rockefeller & Company, a wealth management firm in the New York City area. Katherine has been with Rockefeller & Company since moving to New York in 2012.

AMANDA (RAUSCH) KNAPP (BA, MA ’11) reported that she married Thomas in May.

TRACY LOGAN (JD) spent five years in Washington, D.C., where she was a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) and worked at the U.S. Department of Energy supporting alternatively financed renewable energy projects on federal land. As a PMF, Tracy completed a four-month assignment at the International Energy Agency in Paris and worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality in the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive. In 2013, Tracy was awarded a Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Climate Change and Clean Energy and she spent five months conducting energy research in Sydney, Australia. The Australian beach lifestyle inspired Tracy in 2014 to return to Southern California, where she works for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s Pacific Region Office as the lead for offshore renewable energy projects in Hawaii.

SARAH MANAHAN (BA) started an organization in 2014 to help youth and adolescents stay off the streets and get out of violent situations by surfing. “We are beginning our work in El Salvador, and hope to spread through Central America promoting emotional, mental and physical wellness to combat the growing problem of violence and emigration,” she says.

NATHAN MATHEW (BA) is on deployment in Ethiopia to manage operations in South Sudanese refugee camps.

SYDNEY McRAE (BA) moved to Washington, D.C., where she started a graduate program at George Washington University and interned for all three branches of the federal government. She finished her master of public administration degree in 2011 and became a contractor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. From there, she moved into a nonprofit organization and then started law school at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clark School of Law. Sydney now works for the Department of Defense’s Freedom of Information Act Litigation Office.

BLAKE MILLER (JD) is an associate attorney at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, and is secretary of the Southern California American Immigration Lawyers Association.

BRITTANY (PURVIANCE) NORDIO (BBA) recently launched BeJarred, an online gift subscription service where customers schedule gifts once and the gifts are updated automatically every year for the recipients (www.bejarred.com). “After working 10 years for small business and personally experiencing the challenges of a working woman, I wanted to start my own business, not to become rich but to create jobs and a fun and supportive working environment for women,” Brittany says.

LORENA SAUCEDO (BA) was named the communications coordinator in February 2014 for St. Cecilia Elementary School in Tustin, Calif.

SHAYNA (HERSKOVIC) TOBIN (BA) reported that she married Shane Tobin ’09 in April 2014 in Las Vegas. Shane is in the JD program at USD’s School of Law and Shayna has returned to USD’s campus as a staff member in the parking services and university scheduling department.


AMANDA (THEIS) ACCIOLY (BA) and her husband, Guilherme, welcomed a baby girl, Gabriella Clare, on April 29, 2014.

JOE HAGGERTY (BA) began medical school in August 2014 at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.

SPENCER HAYES (BBA) writes, “I have been working as the sales manager at Matuse Wetsuits in Del Mar and living in La Jolla; enjoying what San Diego has to offer (still)!”

MICHELLE KAUNANG (BA) left for Suriname as a Peace Corps volunteer after graduating from USD. “I spent two years working in a rural community with the women’s group to train women in small business management and entrepreneurship, water and sanitation projects and youth advocacy.” She returned from Suriname in July 2013 and has been working in the Washington, D.C., area since then.

DANICA OLIVER (MBA) is an email marketing manager at Doner Advertising, which is headquartered in Detroit with offices in Los Angeles and London. “I am stationed onsite with one of their main clients here in San Diego, The UPS Store corporate headquarters,” Danica says.

SIMI (BUMIA) RUSH (MA) joined United Through Reading as data manager in 2013. United Through Reading is a nonprofit organization with a mission to unite military families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud together. As a military spouse, Simi is thankful to work for an organization that recognizes the unique skill-sets military spouses can bring and regularly employs them.

ADAM TYDINGCO (BBA) is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “While working in residential real estate nearly full time, I have also been working on several business develop ment opportunities back home in Guam, as well as looking into potentially finding a fun part-time marketing/sales position elsewhere,” he says.

NATALIE ANDREWS (MBA) is the social media editor for the Washington, D.C., bureau of The Wall Street Journal.

ERIN ELZABETH DOWNEY (BAcc, MAcc ‘11) reported that she married Andrew Charles Alton at Founders Chapel on May 17, 2014. After their sunset reception on Mission Bay, the bridal couple vacationed in Maui. The bride and groom met while Erin was in her senior year at USD. She is a licensed CPA and senior audit associate, working at KPMG, LLP. Andrew completed his degree in Global Supply Chain Management at CSUSM in Dec. 2014. He works as a machinist in Escondido. Erin and Andrew plan to live happily ever after in San Diego.

WILLIAM HARTLEY (BA) is a graduate student in technical direction at the Yale School of Drama.

WILLIAM HOWENSTINE (BA) spent almost three years working his way up the Yelp sales ladder, then left his position to pursue web development full time. “It was fun watching a company grow from an office of 70 in New York to over 500, and thousands across the globe,” he says, and adds that he’s excited to put to work the full-stack development skills he’s learning in programming boot camp. “Can’t wait to finish and get out there and build things for people.”

MOLLY JONES (BBA) is a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is enrolled in Coldwell Banker’s Journey to Mastery program. At USD, Molly was a Presidential Scholar and received the California Homebuilding Foundation/Ernest Hahn Scholarship and the Woodruff Scholarship.

JUSTIN SHIFRIN (MSRE, MBA ’13) joined Strata Equity Group as an acquisition manager. Strata is a privately held real estate investment firm specializing in land development and multifamily acquisitions. Justin sources, underwrites and conducts due diligence on future investments. Justin’s prior experience includes positions with InterWest Capital Corporation, Fairfield Residential and JMI Realty.

ALEXA STROBRIDGE (BBA) is an event manager at Life Time Athletic Events.

LUIS GUSTAVO TOSI (BA) launched his own business.

KURT WHITMAN (JD) and his wife, Suzanne, have moved back to California with their children, Alexander, 3, and Thalia, 1. Kurt transferred from Dorsey and Whitney’s Minneapolis office to join the firm’s trial group in its Costa Mesa, Calif., office.

ERIN (SCHNEIDER) ZIMMERMAN (BA) reported that she married Tim Zimmerman recently. Erin and Tim met in high school. Erin also recently celebrated her three-year work anniversary with B&B Theatres.

DIANA RODRIGUEZ AGISS (BAcc, BBA ’12, BA ’12) is in law school and expects to graduate in December 2014.

ALEXANDRA BITSIMIS (BA) works for Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, a small research lab in San Diego’s Sorrento Valley.

EMILY CULLEN (BA) is working as a production chemist for Hologic in San Diego. Her projects typically involve formulating tests that screen donated blood for viruses such as HIV and West Nile Virus.

JESSICA HAGENS-JORDAN (BA) is enrolled in graduate school at Georgetown School of Foreign Service, where she is working toward a master’s degree in Latin American studies.

SAM HARTFIELD (BA) is an executive risk management and management liability insurance broker.

WARREN HEATON (LLM) published an article in the Mexican Law Review and joined the Arizona State Bar.

KATIE KUCICH (BA) finished her second year of Teach for America and is now in her third year of teaching high school math.

KUAN TSE TSENG (IMBA) began working for ESUN Bank in Taipei, Taiwan, after graduating from USD. The bank has been developing offshore branches, including in China and Los Angeles. He married Kai Wen Liu in 2013.

DOMINIQUE (ALJABI) WILLIAMS (BBA, BA ’12) reported that she married Scott at The Immaculata on March 29, 2014. Dominique is working full time and is a part-time law student at Thomas Jefferson School of law. She is at the halfway mark of her law studies, she says.

MICHAEL BLUMEYER (BBA) previously worked as a settlements analyst, risk management analyst and pricing analyst at Brandes Investment Partners in San Diego. He developed experience working in the trading department, matching equity trades and other DTC contracts, and working in risk management.

MICHAEL CAMPAGNA (BBA) earned his California real estate license in May 2014 and was hired by Partners Trust Real Estate Brokerage & Acquisitions.

CHRISTIAN FETTERS (BS/BA) was named a deputy program manager for Alliant Techsystems (ATK) in San Diego. He is training with the manufacturing engineering department and the finance department before becoming a regular program manager.

LUCAS HASSETT (BA) is working at the options desk at Raymond James Financial.

SARAH JORGENSEN (BA) graduated in May 2014 from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism with a master of science degree. She works in television news and lives in New York.

KELLY LA RUE (BA) has been working in sales at Oracle Inc. in Austin, Texas, since graduation.

CHRISTINE LIOU (MA) is an undergraduate advisor at the University of California, San Diego, Division of Biological Sciences.

GENG LIU (BA) is in graduate school at Pepperdine University.

ABBY MALCHOW (BBA) is in the MBA program at the University of Maryland.

LAURA McNAUGHTON (MA) works at Occidental College.

DANIEL MEADE (BA) returned to England after graduating from USD. “I must say that Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook have made me continuously envious of all California friends who seem to spend all day in and around the beach area. My former (soccer) teammate and roommate has recently launched a company we had been working on since graduating. Check it out: www.pleymkr.myshopify.com.”

KATLYN PARTYNSKI (BA) finished the first year of her master’s program in genetic counseling at the University of Michigan. She also completed an internship at USC’s cancer genetics clinic during the summer of 2014.

DAVID TRIEU (MBA) is working in sourcing and supply chain at CareFusion.

RAE VALENCIA (BA) is preparing for graduate school.

HARMONIE EDELSON (BS/BA) traveled in London, Paris, Venice, Rome and Barcelona after graduating from USD in May 2014. She joined Thermo Fisher Scientific in Carlsbad, Calif., as a senior associate business excellence specialist in the Operations Rotation Program in July 2014.

DEREK FLOYD (MA) recently launched Writing for Good, a consulting practice to help nonprofits advance their missions through grants and more. His website is www.writingforgood.org.

PHOEBE GURROLA (BA) is a post-production assistant on the TBS sitcom Your Family or Mine.

TYLER HANSON (BBA) learned about USD’s real estate program when he was a freshman at the University of Montana, and he quickly transferred. During the fall semester of his junior year, Tyler and three classmates took a leave of absence, pooled funds and purchased a distressed property in Tacoma, Wash. They then obtained financing, managed renovations and sold the home for a profit in 85 days. Tyler returned to school and was selected for USD’s team in the 2013 National Association of Industrial and Office Properties University Challenge. Currently, Tyler works at Cushman & Wakefield, where he has his sights set on tenant representation.

SHANNON MEYERS (BA) recently started a cleaning business while she looks for a full-time position. “I’ve been improving my skills in various areas while I search for a place for myself,” she says.

DANNY OCA (MSEL) was promoted to hardware engineering manager with Cubic Defense Systems in San Diego.

ABDON PADILLA (BA) is a financial leadership program staff accountant at Sempra Energy.

MARGARITA VARGAS PATRON (BA) plans to dedicate a year of service to Workers Defense Project in Austin, Texas, as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

DANIEL ROMERO (MA) was promoted from a program manager to a director at the San Diego Futures Foundation, overseeing the education and training department. “Here, I have opportunities to incorporate the learning that I was afforded at USD through the master’s in nonprofit leadership and management program,” he says.

JAMES WRIGHT (MA) graduated from St. Anthony High School in 2005 and from The George Washington University in 2009. He recently received his master’s degree in nonprofit leadership and management at USD. James reported that he married Samantha Peterson on May 31, 2014.

In Memoriam

ELBERT J. BOONE ’66 (JD) died in September 2013 at age 84. He was a retired San Diego lawyer and is survived by his wife, Betty (Evans) Boone ’64, and by sons Evan Boone of Portland, Ore., and Karsten Boone of Temecula, Calif.