Fall 2015 Class Notes

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PATRICK BARRY (BS) is helping to organize the 50th reunion for USD’s Class of 1965, to be held Oct. 16-18, 2015.

JO KOZICKI FRITSCHEL (BA) received the Volunteer of the Year award from the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Interpretive Assistance Unit. Jo is the assistant manager of the park gift shop and also contributes time in the museum.

VERN SCHOOLEY (JD) was selected the 2014 recipient of the A. Sherman Christiansen Award given in the name of the founder of the American Inns of Court and bestowed upon a member who at the local, regional and national level has provided significant leadership to the American Inns of Court. Vern was presented the award in October 2014 at a dinner hosted by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Vern is celebrating his 50th year of practicing intellectual property law with Fulwider Patton LLP, a firm he joined in 1965 as a clerk.

TOM LaPUZZA (BA) writes that he is “an emeritus at the Navy research and engineering lab on Point Loma, where I’ve worked since the year after graduating from USD in 1968. My current project is putting together a commemorative photo book for the lab’s 75th anniversary this summer.”

JOHN McDADE (JD) is chair of the Citizen’s Advisory Board, San Diego Regional Climate Education Partnership.

STEVE CLOUD (JD) writes that he “wishes his classmates the very best.”

GARY LANE (JD) is president of The Lane Agency, an estate and financial planning agency, which operates nationally.


CORINNE (DOLLEY) HELENA (BA) reports that she works in the field of perinatal mood disorders and that she loves working with pregnant women and new mothers. “However, the best deal ever is being a grandmother,” she says.

DAVID MICHAEL BIGELEISEN (JD) says he is still defending criminal cases. “I continue to provide a lot of free help to the poor and the oppressed,” he reports. David is on the board of Conference of California Bar Associations and was recently elected to the Board of California Attorney for Criminal Justice. “Sharon and I visited Cuba this past November,” he adds.

GILBERT CARRASCO (BA) is on leave of absence from Willamette University College of Law to teach for the year at Kuwait International Law School. “I am teaching Social Theories of Law, Current Legal Issues and Constitutional Law II to LLM (Master of Laws) students,” he says.

BILL HOWARD (BA) manages admissions for Universal Technical Institute in San Diego County.

JOHN FISCHER (JD) is chief executive officer of the National Employment Law Institute, a continuing legal education provider that he founded in 1976. He also serves as president of his homeowners association in Denver. Spare-time activities include skiing, hiking, biking and most things outdoors, he says.

CHRISTINE BOLOGNA (JD) is an administrative law judge. She and John LaRocco ’77 have a son, Jeff LaRocco, at USD. “Jeff received high honors fall semester. We are very proud of him,” Christine says.

KEN ZEBAL (BS) reports that he is retired.

PAUL SIU (BBA) announces that he retired in May 2015.

STEVE COHN (JD) stepped down from the Sacramento City Council in December 2014, after serving for 20 years. Steve was the longest-serving council member in the council’s history. A few years ago, he had retired as in-house counsel from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. “Catherine and I have been doing some traveling and helping to plan our daughter Nicole’s wedding in September,” he says. “I’m still pondering my next career.”

JEANNE GOODYEAR (BA) and her husband moved to Coronado, Calif., two years ago and shortly after, she took over the 25-year-old Doncaster Women’s Luxury Clothing business on the island. “Now I am in the fashion business and love it!” she says.

ADRIENNE LEONARD (JD) is senior counsel at Level 3 Communications in Broomfield, Colo. “I have one daughter, Kristen, who completed her first year of law school at the University of Colorado,” she says. “Her twin sister, Shannon, is now a CPA with KPMG in Charlotte, N.C. Their younger brother is a great photographer and is developing his skills to become a commercial photographer.


LINDA DUBROOF (JD) and her husband recently moved to Naples, Fla. Their son, Tommy McGinnis, committed to a baseball scholarship at Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Fla.

MARY PAT SHEPPARD (BA) teaches for City Colleges of Chicago. “It’s a great job and I owe my beginnings to USD,” she says. “I’ll never forget one of my favorite (and most amusing) math professors, Dr. Jack Pope! Life is good. We gained a wonderful son-in-law last summer.”

MARITA SULLIVAN (BA) is a senior litigation counsel with the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission in Chicago.

JAMES POOLE (JD) was appointed an expert witness in chemistry and other petroleum industry subjects by Thomson Reuters, a multinational intellectual property services company. He has rendered written expert opinions in patent litigation and reexamination proceedings.

ANNE DENNIS (BA) is a marriage and family therapist practicing in Pasadena, Calif. She has three children.

GARRETT SANDERSON (BA) works in San Francisco, enjoys bicycling and has three kids, two of whom are in college.

EVA SATORI (BA) moved and accepted a new job as of July 2014.

KAREN MEYER CAMPBELL (JD) is semiretired, keeping her hand in the field by editing legal documents and transcripts, in addition to novels and other books. Because her work can be done anywhere an Internet connection is available, Karen says she is doing quite a bit of traveling. Her website is www.IntlProofingConsortium.com.

MYRA EVANS (BA) is a Ruth S. Shur Fellow with the League of Women Voters; she recently attended a select leadership institute sponsored by the national organization. Shur Fellows work across the organization’s grassroots network, enabling volunteers to better serve their communities nationwide. Myra’s work with the League of Women Voters (LWVM) of Mobile, Ala., includes serving as local nominating chair, member of the local LWVM Ambassador Team and youth voter outreach coordinator/facilitator.

KATHY (KNOTT) GALIPEAU (BBA) and her husband, Jerry ’82, live in Encinitas, Calif. Their son, Jon ’12, and daughter, Megan, a 2014 alumna of Loyola Marymount University, live in Long Beach, Calif. Kathy owns MYKA Interior Design Group, an interior design and architectural remodeling business in North San Diego County. Her website is www.mykaidg.com.

JOSEPH ANFUSO (BBA, MBA ’89) joined MG Properties Group as the company’s chief financial officer, responsible for such financial operations as budgeting, treasury, tax, accounting, information technology, risk management and insurance. Prior to joining MG Properties, Joseph was chief financial officer and director of development for ColRich; chief operating officer and chief financial officer for Florsheim Homes; and chief financial officer for Shea Homes. He is also chairman of the Residential Real Estate Committee of the Policy Advisory Board for the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at USD.

LAURA (PALAZZI) REYES (BA, MA ’88) celebrated her son’s graduation from USD in May 2015. At the ceremony, she commemorated the moment with a picture of her son, Christopher ’15, and her daughter, Analisse, who enters USD in the fall as a freshman.

ROB WILDER (JD) expects to teach international environmental law as a Fulbright senior specialist in Croatia in spring 2016. He is a chief executive officer in clean energy, enjoys travel and will speak on environmental entrepreneurship during the fall of 2015 aboard Semester at Sea in Europe. His son completed his sophomore year at the University of California, San Diego, and his daughter will soon be applying for college.

JANINE MASON (BS, MA ’11) was named the Author Hughes Career Achievement Award recipient for the School of Leadership and Education Sciences and was honored at USD’s Alumni Honors event on April 25, 2015.

JOHN SLAUGHT (BBA) writes, “Enjoying the alumni trips back to USD even more as we get to visit our daughter, Kendall, who is a freshman.”

FRANCIS BENNETT (BBA) was named Defense Attorney of the Year by the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

KAREN KARAVATOS (JD) writes, “After litigating complex cases on behalf of plaintiffs for over 25 years, I finally made the Southern California Super Lawyers list in 2015.”

BARBARA BRODERICK (EdD) is a fundraising consultant for nonprofit corporations.

DANIEL UGLIETTA (MBA) works in the contracts department at ViaSat Inc. in Carlsbad, Calif.

KAREN CADIERO-KAPLAN (BA) recently returned to San Diego State University from a three-year appointment as the director of the English Learner Support Division with the California Department of Education. “In this role, I led the state in policy and initiatives for English learner standards, program and policy, along with policy for migrant education,” she says. “I represented California on a national level as the state director for Title III (EL) and Title I Park A (Migrant) Programs.” Karen is interim chair in the Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education at SDSU and is a member of the doctoral faculty in the Joint PhD program with Claremont Graduate University and SDSU.

ROSEMARY COATES (MBA) has her own management consulting firm, Blue Silk Consulting, which focuses on global supply chain consulting and specializes in Chinese manufacturing. “About a year ago, we established the Reshoring Institute with USD’s Supply Chain Management Institute, where we hire student interns to conduct reshoring research,” she says.

KEITH FINK (BA) writes, “After being awarded certification as a therapy dog team and being sanctioned by Independent Therapy Dogs Inc., my dog, Gracie, and I have been accepted as one of only six volunteer therapy dog teams into the Sharp Memorial Hospital Integrative Therapy Program.”


JEFF SNYDER (JD) cofounded Shuman Snyder LLP, a four-lawyer firm in Menlo Park, Calif., in 2012. “We represent companies in employment litigation and counseling issues,” he says.

DAVE HOILES (BA) recently returned to San Diego with his wife, Theresa, and their three children (ages 13, 10 and 5) after he accepted a new position as management shareholder of the San Diego office of Jackson Lewis, a national law firm that represents management in workplace law. Dave has been with the firm for 14 years. He and his family live in Carmel Valley, Calif., and they are busy exploring their new surroundings.

ART LA FLAMME (BA) recalls that he was willing to enlist in the Army in 1995, only if his girlfriend, Kristin, would marry him and join him for the adventure. Art and his wife are now finishing up nearly 20 years in the Army, with all but one of their assignments spent outside the ontinental United States. Assignments included more than 12 years at units in Germany and four in Hawaii. They just completed their last assignment with the National Ground Intelligence Center in Charlottesville, Va. Art’s deployments include stints in Bosnia-Herzegovina as a lieutenant, Iraq twice as a captain and company commander, eastern Europe as a major and two more deployments to Iraq. A long-term hip injury — which was misdiagnosed and finally treated — led to a medical retirement in March 2015. The La Flammes plan to move to Portland, Ore., to be closer to family. Art plans to teach at a Portland college and Kristin, a nationally recognized fiber artist, plans to join Portland’s robust artisan community.

PAUL ROHRBACHER (MEd) is in his fifth year of a professional sales career.

DARON WATTS (BA) is a partner with Sidley Austin, the law firm he joined upon graduation from the University of Southern California Law School in 1994. Daron relocated from the firm’s Los Angeles office to the Washington, D.C., office in 2010 to start the Government Strategies practice group.

KIM DO (BA) went to law school and then worked as a business lawyer around the world after graduating from USD. She returned to San Diego recently and is now handling real estate investments for herself and other investors. Kim’s short-term strategy includes luxury flips in single-family residences, and her long-term strategy includes buy-and-hold transactions of multifamily apartments in emerging markets.

LAURA WILCOX (BA) is the director of management programs at Harvard Extension School in Cambridge, Mass. She lives in Arlington, Va., with her fiancé, Dan, and his two daughters, Emma and Zoe. “We try to get outdoors as much as we can, and Dan and I share a love of international food and travel,” Laura says.

LILIA ALVAREZ (BBA) recently opened an office on Third Avenue in Chula Vista, Calif. “I continually keep up-to-date on tax changes,” she says. “Happy to be serving my clientele since 1994.”

JEFF ERTWINE (BBA) retired from the U.S. Marine Corps as a lieutenant colonel after 21 years as an F/A-18 pilot. He is currently a director in portfolio/program management at Cox Communications in Atlanta.

TOM KEEGAN (BAcc) and his wife, Jennifer (Hendricker) ’97, celebrated their 17th anniversary in February 2015. They enjoy spending time with their son, 10, and their daughter, 8, and they are looking forward to adopting two more children. Tom is in the internal audit department at ViaSat and Jennifer is a full-time mother and works part time in finance at the San Diego Unified School District.

DAVID NEMETH (BA, JD ’96) celebrated the first anniversary for his law firm, Rogers Nemeth Germain, on March 1, 2015. The Orange County, Calif., law firm represents owners, developers and contractors in the construction industry.

VICKI BARON (MA) was an honoree at the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary 50th Anniversary Women of Dedication event.

BETH FRATT (BA) is a stay-at-home mom with her three daughters, ages 15, 13 and 10. “I actively participate in our high school ministry at our church while supporting my husband’s new company,” she says.

BILL HOMAN (BBA) is in informational technology project management at the University of California, San Diego. “It’s exciting to be back in an educational environment and enabling students to complete their studies/degrees,” he says.

BETHANNE YOXSIMER PAULSRUD (MEd) was awarded a doctoral degree in educational sciences in languages and language development at Stockholm University, Sweden, in June, 2014. The title of her dissertation is English-Medium Instruction in Sweden: Perspectives and Practices in Two Upper Secondary Schools. BethAnne teaches courses in the English department as well as pre-service and in service teacher training courses at Dalarna University in Falun, Sweden.

MICHELLE WEHRLI (BA) operates her own business as a paralegal-legal document preparer.

WILL CHRISTIAN (BA) founded The Vanguard Eye Institute, his own private practice specializing in cutting-edge cataract and refractive surgery and innovative ophthalmic research.

ADOLFO GONZALES (EdD) is the chief investigator for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. He also is writing a course on police/community engagement for USD’s new master’s degree in law enforcement and public safety leadership, an online program.

ROGER HIGGINS (JD) is managing partner of The Law Offices of Roger Higgins LLC in Chicago. Previously, he was a partner with Kirkland and Ellis.

MICHAEL KORMAN (MBA) is the branch chief for applied research and information sharing at the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance in Honolulu, Hawaii. For the past six years, he has worked with developing countries in the Asia Pacific region to improve civil-military coordination and build capacity for disaster preparedness and response. Michael is retired as a colonel from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

WENDY (WERNER) LaFRANO (BA) has two daughters, ages 9 and 12, and a son, 20 months.

JAMES McCREA (BA) earned master’s degrees in psychology, pastoral counseling and elementary education, and is now helping others to become financially independent. “One day, I will work on a doctorate in psychology so I can help others to find the ability to excel beyond their wildest dreams,” he says.

THOMAS OLSEN (JD) is an equity partner with Lorber, Greenfield & Polito, a midsize firm in San Diego specializing in construction litigation. He spends his free time coaching his daughters’ softball teams, with the occasional golf game thrown in.

TODD STICHLER (MBA) is director of middle market lending for National Funding, one of the country’s largest private lenders of small business loans. Todd leads the company’s expansion to serve medium-size businesses that are in need of financing from $250,000 to $1 million. He was formerly managing director of LendSpark, a San Diego-based middle market lender, and chief financial officer for an $80 million, 350-person design and construction company specializing in education, healthcare and civic facilities. Todd is on the board of Sharp HealthCare Foundation and on the parent advisory board of the Neonatal Research Institute at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns.

DANIELLE ALEXANDER (BA, MBA ’00) is the owner of Alexander Valley Lodge and Tours near Healdsburg, Calif.

WENDY KELLER (BA) was recognized in the field of occupational therapy in 2015 by Continental Who’s Who Among Pinnacle Professions. As the founder and owner of LKPress-OTR (www.lkpressotr.com), Wendy specializes in occupational therapy, rehabilitation, sensory integration, healthcare, home care and life coaching. In this capacity, she has worked with students, adults and seniors in a variety of settings. Wendy was recognized by the National Association of Professional Women as an NAPW VIP Woman of the Year. She has master’s degrees in occupational therapy and in communications with a focus on online communities.

JULIE LA BELLE (BA) is the director of student activities and diversity at Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills, Calif. She recently started My Name My Story, a social entrepreneurship with one of her students. An alternative to antibullying programs for schools, the program uses storytelling, teamwork, service and leadership to inspire empathy in young changemakers. “As a result of this program and my work with the diversity program at my school, Chaminade has been nominated as a Changemaker high school through Ashoka, which is a nice tie back to USD since it, too, is a Changemaker university,” she says.

ALICIA MEJIA (BA, MA ’03) is a consultant/project manager for a life sciences consultancy based in Irvine, Calif. “All of my projects are in the Bay Area,” she says.

TAMARA MUHAMMAD (BA) has been teaching in San Diego for 16 years and is currently working toward an administrative credential. She also serves several nonprofit organizations in the community.

JAMES PERKINS (BBA) has a new job at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area after 12 years in New York. “I look forward to meeting with new USD alumni in the Bay Area and reconnecting with old friends!”

HEATHER HIRSCHKOFF (BA) writes, “I have been teaching elementary school since I graduated from our fine institution! I miss USD college days so much!”

EMALYN LEPPARD (BA) says, “I really enjoy when USD students, staff and alumni visit us at the Montgomery Middle School Community Garden.”

MARYLOU SCOTT (MSN) teaches in USD’s Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN), is in the Navy Reserves and is raising two young daughters.

JORDAN HOPCHIK (MSN) completed a DNP at La Salle University in December 2014. Jordan reports that he and Lee Friedman were married in August 2013.

VICTORIA RAMIREZ (BA, JD ’02) writes, “So many blessings!” Victoria reports that she married Raul Bracamontes in 2013 and they became homeowners in 2014. “2015 saw us adopt two furry babies, Piggy and Mammas, and I will celebrate 10 years as a deputy public defender,” she says.

DAVID SCOTT (BAcc) says expert mentoring from USD faculty helped him to begin his career in accounting, beginning at Arthur Andersen in San Diego and leading to a position as managing partner at a CPA firm in Sacramento, Calif. “My experience at USD inspired me to become a part-time teacher of accounting at UC Davis Extension in Sacramento. Thank you!”

DENISE TESSIER-GLUZERMAN (LLM) is a member of the California Association of Realtors Mediation Panel and was appointed to the Riverside Superior Court Private Family Law Mediation Panel. Her practice focuses on real estate, business, and family law litigation and mediation in the Southern California region.

JESSICA TORRES (BA) writes that she has been “happily playing ‘evil scientist’ in La Jolla since graduation.”


LAURIE COSKEY (EdD) says, “I had great fun mentioning my USD doctoral degree in my TEDxSanDiego talk in November of 2014. I continue to work for the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice as the executive director, sit on the San Diego Convention Center Corporation board as vice chairperson, and support higher education as the chair of the SDCCD Trustee Advisory Committee.”

DANIELLE HUMPHRIES (JD, LLM ’00) is a partner with Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP and was named a San Diego Rising Star in the 2015 edition of Super Lawyers. With a focus on trusts and estates, Danielle’s practice includes estate planning, wealth transfer and preservation, business succession planning, trust and estate litigation, and more. Danielle was recognized as a top attorney in the estate planning, probate and trust, and tax categories as published in the San Diego Daily Transcript. She is licensed to practice in California and Texas, and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

DEVER LAMKIN (BAcc) and his wife, Kelly, welcomed their second child, Harrison, on April 24, 2015. “The family, including big sis, Avery, couldn’t be happier,” Dever says.

MARTHA MEDINA (BA) reports that she married Nathan Garrett on Oct. 13, 2012, in Guadalajara, Mexico. She is vice president of international sales at 21st Century HealthCare Inc., in Tempe, Ariz. In her work, she travels around the world to promote the vitamin and dietary supplement markets for her company. Martha and Nathan welcomed son Lucca on Jan. 1, 2015.

KRISTY ROZSNYOI (BA) lives in San Diego with her husband and their two boys, ages 5 and 1. “I have been working for the San Diego Unified School District as a school counselor for the past 12 years and love it,” she says.

DENISE STICH (LLM) retired from the U.S. Navy on Jan. 1, 2015.

TIMOTHY CONNORS (JD) is a captain in the U.S. Coast Guard and currently serves as the staff judge advocate for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the United States Northern Command.

LYNNAE LEE (JD) recently celebrated the 11th year of her law firm and completed her 10th marathon, having acquired an appreciation for running at USD. Lynnae also enjoys volunteering in the legal field at the courthouse and in the Access to Justice program.

YVONETTE POWELL (EdD) coordinated student services for the San Diego, Orange County and virtual academic centers of the University of Southern California School of Social Work. Yvonette is now an adjunct instructor and is involved in many activities in the San Diego community.

CRESCENTIA THOMAS (BA) recently completed her coursework and dissertation to receive an EdD in educational administration from the University of the Pacific. She also celebrated the birth of a son, Carter, on Nov. 13, 2014. Carter weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 17 inches long at birth.

SHAWN WEBER (JD) is a San Diego family law attorney and was installed in April 2015 as the 2015-16 president of Collaborative Practice California, the statewide organization for collaborative practice groups. Members practice and promote collaborative processes for the peaceful resolution of family law issues with the goal of protecting the health of family relationships and eliminating the need for litigation. Shawn started with the Solana Beach, Calif., law firm of Brave, Weber & Mack in 1999 and a few years later became the firm’s managing attorney. In 2006, he became a partner and chief financial officer of the firm. He is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, Family Law Section; the San Diego Family Law Bar Association; and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.

KENDRA WOCHOS (BA) completed a master’s degree at New York University in 2003 and moved to Wisconsin in 2006. She reports: “I have two beautiful children and am home with them now after seven years at a nonprofit environmental law center.”

EDWIN BASILIO (EdD) was a member of USD’s music faculty from 2004 to 2014. He is currently director of the Westminster Choir for the First Presbyterian Church of San Diego and director of the Red Robe Choir at Grossmont High School. “Since graduating in 2002, I have conducted over 34 student performing tours of Europe, four with the USD Choral Scholars,” Edwin says.

MARISA BROWN (BA) writes: “Just returned from cruising to Mexico on our boat.”

GINO GENARO (BBA) recently made history on the Billboard country albums chart when his management client, Aaron Watson, placed his new record, The Underdog, at No. 1, a first for an independent act.

BETTINA HALVORSEN (MA) is manager of the new business development unit for Project Concern International, based in San Diego. “I have had the opportunity to work on numerous program development proposals that have resulted in projects serving thousands of people around the globe,” she says.

PRENTICE LE CLAIR (BA), his wife, Ingrid, and son, Sebastian, 4, relocated to Sausalito, Calif. Prentice joined Roemer Industries in development and operations, government. The company manufactures portable, self-contained medical refrigeration and freezers for temperature-sensitive medical products such as vaccines, blood and biological samples. Ingrid is an educator with the Reed School District in Marin County, Calif.

AURORA MADUENO (BA) is in a new position as chief of operations at Canyon Villas Retirement, where she has worked for 12 years. Aurora also celebrated her daughter’s graduation from Madison High School and her six-year anniversary with her husband, Tomas.

CHARLES TAYLOR (LLM) is staff counsel in the California State Controller’s Office and a major in the U.S. Army Reserve JAG Corps as an international law officer for the 425th Civil Affairs Battalion.

ALEXIS BRIEL (Paralegal) recently completed a contractor position with the Department of Justice and volunteers with Surfrider on the Rise Above Plastics campaign.

BASIL CONSIDINE (BA) was appointed the National Opera Association’s Regional Governor for the North Central Region in 2015. He is also the artistic director of the jewelbox opera company, Really Spicy Opera.

BONNIE ANN DOWD (EdD) was a tenured faculty member at Palomar College when she entered the SOLES Leadership program. Three years after completing her EdD, she moved into an executive administration position at the college as one of four vice presidents. After 22 years with Palomar College, Bonnie accepted a position as the executive vice chancellor of the San Diego Community College District. She was awarded emeritus professor status by the Palomar College Faculty Academic Senate and currently serves as a part-time faculty member in the doctorate leadership program at San Diego State University. Bonnie also received the Walter Star Robie Award in 2014 for outstanding career achievements and exemplary service as a chief business official, and was named the 2015 Chief Financial Officer of the Year by the San Diego Business Journal.

JOHN DZIDA (BA) is a vice president with the Bank of San Francisco, which provides banking services to small- and medium-size businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area.

GEORGINA MIRANDA (BBA) launched a new company, Altitude Seven (www.Altitude-Seven.com), after climbing Mount Everest in 2013. The company is an e-commerce marketplace that offers stylish and functional women’s outdoor and adventure travel apparel and gear that does not compromise performance. “At the end of the day, we want to share the gift of adventure with other women, as I know firsthand how transformative it can be. We also have a commitment as a company to improve the lives of women through the support of our nonprofit partners,” Georgina says.

TYSON SMITH (BA) writes, “It’s been a busy couple of years! I graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2013 and I passed the California bar exam in 2014.” Tyson reports that he and his wife, Kara, were married in 2013 and they welcomed their daughter, Lucy Jean, in 2014. The family lives in Marin County, Calif., and Tyson works for the Veterans Affairs hospital in San Francisco.

JULIE (TOMKA) BITTNER (BA) was promoted to partner at the Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan law firm in 2015. She has been with the firm since 2009 and has experience in the defense of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination claims brought at the administrative level, as well as in state and federal court. She also counsels clients on employment policies and procedures, and provides training for management and employees on workplace diversity and other employment law issues.

DOUGLAS BURTON (BA) is working to help homeless veterans in San Diego County and is also working toward a marriage and family therapy license.

ROBERTO FIERRO (BA) was promoted to principal at D & P Creative Strategies, a government relations firm in Washington, D.C.

MELISSA KUDO (BA) and her husband welcomed their first child, Shane Masaaki Herrera, on Nov. 22, 2014.

RYAN MANDELL (BA) and his wife, Meghan (Burke) ’04, live in University Place, Wash., with their three sons, Noah, 4; Ezekiel, 2; and Micah, 6 months. Ryan is a regional manager for B&R Auto Wrecking and Meghan is a stay-at-home mom.

CASEY O’NEILL (BA) is a federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section, in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California and also served with the global law firm Shearman & Sterling in New York, in a clerkship for District Court Judge Nelson S. Roman in the Southern District of New York, and as a war crimes prosecutor in East Africa with the United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

ALISON RODBERG (BA) is an architectural production coordinator at Ware Malcomb in Irvine, Calif.

CASEY SANFILIPPO (BA) reports the following: “Still living the dream in sunny San Diego with my husband, Vito, and two sons: Luca, 9, and Giovanni, 5.”

DAMIEN SCHIFF (JD) has a new position as counsel at Alston & Bird’s Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Group.

ROBERT COFFMAN (BA, BBA) and his wife, Jenna, welcomed a baby girl, Madelyn Renee, on Feb. 22, 2015.

REBECCA DURAN (JD) is working as a nurse practitioner.

TAHA GAYA (JD) is working for the U.S. Agency for International Development on U.S. economic assistance to Pakistan.

MOLLY GILBERT (BA) is working toward a master’s of theatre education degree at Emerson College. “I have been acting on the stage since earning a BA in theatre arts from USD, and am excited to enhance my teaching skills through Emerson’s program,” she says.

CRAIG HENRICKSEN (MBA) joined Bose Corporation’s product management group after graduating from USD. After nearly five years, he moved to iRobot, where he helped form a new product management function in its Home Robots division. Craig is now a senior manager in the company’s product management group.

SUZANNE TEMME (BA) reports that she married Lars Temme on Sept. 27, 2014, in her home parish of American Martyrs in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Suzanne’s new stepdaughter, Tessa, was a flower girl and fellow USD alumni in attendance included Trisha Zawidski Neuman, Tom Mantione, Cindy Vivoli Weinstein and Steve Britt.

VANESSA PERRY (BA) writes, “I’m so proud to share that East Carolina University, where I’m wrapping up a PhD in rehabilitation counseling and administration, has done a feature story on me that can be found at www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/news/PirateProfile_VanessaPerry.cfm.”

JOE QUIROZ (BS/BA) spent eight years at Northrop Grumman as a systems engineer working ground segment production for the Global Hawk, Euro Hawk and Triton UAV programs. In 2014, he moved to General Atomics ASI in Poway, Calif., where he is a project engineer working reliability and maintainability engineering sustainment for USAF UAV programs.

VALERIE RAMIREZ (BA) moved to Phoenix and is the legal administrator at Torgenson Law, a personal injury law firm.

ELIZABETH SHOEMAKER is an education consultant/advocate for special education students and their families.

BRITTANY CALDWELL (BA) reports that she married Joshua Cerasuolo on Feb. 28, 2015, at St. Killian Catholic Church in Mission Viejo, Calif. Joshua and Brittany live in Brea, Calif. Brittany continues to work as an outpatient/post-surgical physical therapist.

SHANNON (AYER) DOMANGUE (BA) reports that she married Eric Domangue on May 17, 2014, and they closed on their first home in June 2014. “I have been practicing internal medicine as a physician assistant for five years and loving every minute of it!” she says.

LUCY EAGLESON (BA) is the program coordinator at Outside the Lens, a San Diego nonprofit that empowers youth to use digital media to create change within themselves, their community and their world.

JOSEPH GAGGERO (BBA) works for the McChrystal Group, a leadership consulting company. “It’s exactly what I wanted to do after USD and the Student International Business Council,” he says.

CYNTHIA SISTEK-CHANDLER (EdD) is a faculty fellow for the Center for Innovation and Learning at National University. In 2014, she earned the President’s Professoriate Award from National University and the Platinum Disk from Computer Using Educators for lifetime achievement and service to the educational technology community.

TAMMY DePETRO (MS) is the first female operations manager with Aerospace Electronics; she has a staff of 80 direct and indirect employees. “I truly love it here and the experience is still amazing every day,” Tammy says. “My master’s degree in supply chain management has paid off immensely. I am truly enjoying my leadership role, working with the entire team to move us forward, and coaching others in their career aspirations.”

JESSICA SAYLER (MS) reports that she and Brandon Soderberg were married on April 25, 2015.

ALANNA STREI (BA) writes, “After seven years of active-duty Navy service, thanks to USD NROTC, I am prepared to transition out of the military to a civilian career.”

JAIME CARRILLO (MA) founded TemachtianiSol, a lifestyle and organizational management practice focused on strengthening San Diego-based, Latino-owned and Mexican businesses in the region. With a group of four women, he co-founded North County Abuse Prevention Services. Jaime was nominated Person of the Year by the Consolidated Association of Pride Inc. for work done as secretary of San Diego LGBT Pride. He also was elected alternate Region 1 director of InterPride, which includes Mexico, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.

KATE GILLINGHAM (BBA) is a real estate broker at Coronado Island Realty and chair of USD’s Real Estate Alumni Association. She was selected one of “30 Under 30” by the National Association of Realtor’s Realtor magazine.

AMANDA (RAUSCH) KNAPP (BA, MA ’11) reports that she recently married and moved to Seattle, Wash. She is a senior advisor and licensed therapist at InYourCornerOnline.com, an online telehealth startup (as seen on the TV show Shark Tank). “I specialize in anxiety and trauma for patients who are unable to leave their home or get to a therapist’s office … so I see them via video chat,” she says. “I see clients all around the world, from war zones in South Sudan to boarding schools in Japan and coast to coast in the United States. Other than that, my husband and I just adopted a golden doodle puppy and are enjoying life in the city of Seattle.”

JESSIE LAMUG (BBA, BA ’09) is working in the film and television industry.

ERIK NELSON (BA) is an attorney at a plaintiff’s civil litigation firm focusing on insurance coverage, construction defect, business law and product liability. He is an avid surfer, swimmer, climber and runner.

CARSON REELING (BA) was offered a position as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Economics and the Department of Environmental Sustainability Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. Carson expected to begin this new position in August 2015.

ANDREW ROBERSON (BA) graduated from law school in 2013 and works in-house at Hyatt Hotels Corporation in Chicago. He focuses on the international corporate tax issues of Hyatt Corporation and its international subsidiaries. Andrew also is enrolled in the tax LLM program at Northwestern University School of Law and expects to graduate in 2016.

NICOLE WIEDEMANN (BA) is a flight attendant with Hawaiian Airlines and a part-time teacher for the Hawaii Department.


DAVE HURT (BA) started a software development company.

CASSIE (HOPPOCK) LAYTON (BA) reports that she married Joe Layton in May 2014 and they welcomed a son, Anthony Joseph, on April 15, 2015.

SARINA MOLINA (EdD) is an assistant professor in the Department of Learning and Teaching at USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences.

CHRISTINE PETROU (MA) is transitioning out of executive leadership coaching and looking into teaching while she completes her PhD.

JUSTIN WALKER (JD) moved to Sacramento, Calif., for a new position with the Attorney General’s Office.

NATALIE ANDREWS (MBA) is the social media editor for The Wall Street Journal.

ROB BROWN (MSRE) is owner and a broker for Fantastik Realty. He represented the buyer in an all-cash sale of the Rush Press building near downtown San Diego for more than $8 million. After an extensive remodel, the building will be a headquarters for a local San Diego tech company.

HEATHER CARPENTER (PhD) coauthored The Talent Development Platform: Putting People First in Social Change Organizations (Jossey-Bass, 2015).

COURTNEY DeANDA (BA) reports that she married her husband, Gabriel ’08, in San Diego and they moved to Denver, where they both started their careers as teachers. Gabriel has been a math teacher at CEC Middle College for four years. Courtney was a K-8 Spanish teacher for a year and has been a middle school Spanish teacher for three years. “This year, I am making the move up to high school and I am beyond excited to be joining the incredible community at DSST Cole High School,” Courtney says. “I am passionate about social justice, Spanish language and culture, and making a difference in the lives of my students.” In her spare time, Courtney enjoys salsa dancing as well as sewing and crocheting, which she features in an online Etsy shop called Courtney Creations.

MOLLIE DUFF (BA) is working with the FACT Center to help children with autism and is fundraising for the Nepal earthquake disaster through the Red Cross.

PAIGE HABER-CURRAN (PhD) co-authored Emotionally Intelligent Leadership: A Guide for Students (2nd ed.), Emotionally Intelligent Leadership for Students: Facilitation & Activity Guide (2nd ed.) and Emotionally Intelligent Leadership for Students: Student Workbook (2nd ed.) texts (Jossey-Bass, 2015).

MICHELLE HARRISON (BSN, MSN ’13) teaches at local nursing schools, including USD.

CHRIS LISLE (BBA) founded Avanti Development Partners, a real estate advisory and development company based in San Diego. The company provides project management services to investors and developers in the San Diego region. Chris’ experience ranges from financial analysis and market research to development management.

CIERA (RUDIN) PRATT (MA) reports that she married Mike Pratt in June 2014 and they have purchased their first home.

CAMILLE SCHMIDT (BA) continues to run her own fashion/lifestyle public relations company in San Francisco. Camille is also the president of the Bay Area Torero Club.

ALLISON SCHMITT (BA) is in her fourth year teaching in Chula Vista, Calif., and she reports that she was married in September 2014.

KELSEY TRIEBES (BBA) is a hairstylist at George the Salon, one of the top salons in Chicago.

CHRISTINA WELLHOUSER (MA) started a new position as a learning consultant with Electronic Arts in March 2015.

ASHLEY BUMATAY (BA) earned a JD with a concentration in intellectual property from University of California, Hastings, College of the Law in May 2015. She also expects to have a note published in the Summer 2015 issue of the Hastings Business Law Journal, Volume 11:2.

MICHAEL CONE (JD) practices securities litigation in Washington, D.C.

MICHAEL CRUMPACKER (BBA) joined Marathon Asset Management as an associate in New York City. He began his career at the Wells Fargo Commercial Real Estate Group in New York, where he was involved in the underwriting, origination and management of more than $1 billion of structured real estate debt for the bank’s institutional clientele.

McKENNA DULEY (BBA) is a project manager for RDM General Contractors, a custom home builder in Orange County, Calif. “We build some of the most elite homes in the area,” McKenna says.

EMMA GORDON (BA) started a new job at Scripps HealthCare. She found an internship there four years ago through USD. “I worked under another alum, and now that alum is my boss!” she says. “And her boss was also a USD alum. Now I have a USD intern working under me. Maybe I will get to hire a USD grad in a couple of years to keep the alumni network strong and the tradition going.”

AUSTIN HENDERSON (JD) is in civil litigation for insurance defense at Jacobson Markham.

NATALIE JOHNSON (BBA) writes, “I recently moved to New York from California and am looking for a job.”

STUART McKISSOCK (MS) was promoted to director of contracts at General Atomics ASI.

KELLY NESS (BBA) was named director of development and brokerage services at Nemax Inc., a privately held development and property management company. Kelly’s responsibilities include listing industrial and retail centers, overseeing new multitenant industrial development from planning to completion, and assisting in acquisitions in Southern California. She recently became a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) for commercial real estate professionals.

HENRY PERAZZELLI (BBA) started working at JP Morgan Securities in Los Angeles in 2012. In December 2014, he moved with his fiancé to Boston, where he continues to work at JP Morgan Securities.

MEYLIA PFLAUM (BA) is a business officer for the Department of Emergency Medicine at UCSD Medical Center.

DANIEL REEVES (MSRE, MBA ’12) joined the Downtown San Diego Partnership in April 2014 as the vice president of economic development and public policy. He serves on the Downtown Community Planning Council and the Regional Chamber of Commerce Public Policy, and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, sitting on several committees.

KATIE SCHOLL (JD) is an attorney with a solo practice focusing on estate planning, probate and business law.

JOHN UKE (BS/BA) has founded NewVo, a peer-to-peer fashion advice app for teenagers on iOS and Android.

TYLER WILSON (BA) is in his second year of law school at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. He is a staff writer for The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review.

TINESIA CONWRIGHT (MA) is the founder of Depositing Empowerment Through Outreach and Urban Redevelopment (DETOUR). The City of San Diego’s Human Relations Commission honored the organization’s F.A.N.C.Y. Teen Girls Expo & Academy. The Blue Heart Foundation also recognized Tinesia as a community member who helps local youth reach for the stars.

CINDY CORDOVA (MA) is an administrator at Chopra Center University, supporting the personal growth and development of students who go through the school’s certification programs. She is also the program manager and leadership instructor at a leadership institute sponsored by Rotary International in Cusco, Peru.

JUSTIN GEORGE (BBA) says that his job at Amazon is to work with emerging mobile game developers to launch and grow their business on the Amazon Appstore. Other responsibilities include supporting confidential projects, creating and executing new standard operating procedures that improve the efficiency of the app store and creating new programs for developers that increase the visibility of their games on the platform.

KELLY LOWRY (Credential) completed a preliminary administrative credential in 2013; he is a special education project resource teacher with the San Diego Unified School District.

JUSTIN MARINI (BA) is part of a two-person recruiting team at Fandango, a division of NBC Universal, where he focuses his efforts on creative, tech, finance and legal. “I work alongside Stephen Galanis as well!” he says.

JAY MARQUAND (PhD), principal at Coronado Middle School, was named the 2015 Middle School Principal Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators for San Diego and Imperial counties.

ELIZABETH MILLS (BA) is pursuing a master’s degree in conflict, security and development at the University of Bradford in Bradford, England.

KATE PARTYNSKI (BA) graduated from the University of Michigan in May 2015 with a master’s degree in genetic counseling. She has accepted a position as a pediatric genetic counselor in the Metabolic Disorders Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Calif. “I couldn’t be more excited to return to California!” she says.

ANNIE PEARSON (MEd) is a second-grade teacher at Crest Elementary in El Cajon, Calif.

LOREN ROBB (BBA) writes, “After working for a year in digital marketing, I am returning to school to eventually pursue a master’s in statistics. It is my hope to enter the field of data science.”

KATIE SCHOBLASKE (BA) continues to work as a medical assistant and plans to apply to physician assistant graduate programs this year.

JOSH SCHROEDER (BS/BA) writes, “Coaching the USD club baseball team to its second straight conference championship. Went 3-2 out in Utah for the playoffs, falling just one win shy of advancing to the World Series in Kansas.”

GINA SOTELO (MSGL) is in the process of relocating to another state.

CRYSTAL DUJOWICH (PhD) and fellow PhD alumna, Taylor Peyton Roberts, are managing partners and co-founders of Valencore Consulting and were featured in a Forbes.com article titled “Six Authentic Leadership Tips for Overcoming Your Fears.”

VICTORIA HAMBLEY (BA) moved to Denver to attend the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

HANNAH HOLMQUIST (BA) started working with a franchise group in San Marcos, Calif., after graduation, helping them with marketing, public relations and social media. In February 2015, she accepted a position as an account coordinator with Ketchum PR in Los Angeles.

RYAN KLINT (MSGL) started the master’s program in supply chain management at USD in August 2014.

HANA LINK (BS) is working toward a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis.

ESTEBAN LOPEZ (BBA) moved to Sacramento, Calif., in March 2015, where he works in finance for the state.

KEIL MILLER (MA) is the student services coordinator at National University.

GRACE POUSSON (MEd) teaches ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) at San Diego Miramar College while she continues to teach at the Manchester Family Child Development Center at USD.

CODY TESCHER (BA) is working for USD’s football team “and loving every second of it,” he says.

ANDREW WHISNAND (JD) was recently hired as a deputy attorney general with the California Attorney General’s Office, Correctional Law Section.

DANA YEE (BA) finished her first year at USD’s School of Law.

KIMBER DE SALVO (BA) writes, “Graduating from USD as an environmental studies major is bittersweet because this has been my life’s accomplishment, but I do not want to leave. USD has been an amazing experience filled with cherished memories.”

SEAN DOWNEY (BBA) is a revenue analyst at Pacifica Companies.

DANA DOWSE (BA) has been participating in the Capital Fellows Program as a Judicial Administrative Fellow in the Alameda Superior Court in California.

CHRISTINE (SIKORSKI) EMERY (MS) earned a master’s degree in supply chain management from USD in May 2015.

PRESTON FAGGELLA (BBA) works for Northrop Grumman and is working toward a master’s degree in USD’s supply chain management program.

ELIZABETH GRACE (MA) is enrolled in a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program in clinical psychology at George Fox University in Newberg, Ore.

HENRY HUANG (BS/BA) writes, “Applying to law schools so that I will ultimately fulfill my dream of becoming a patent law attorney.”

JENNIFER JONES (PhD) is an assistant professor of nonprofit leadership and management in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida.

MADISON POPE (BA) is a marketing associate at HighTower Advisors and is in the sociology graduate program at San Diego State University.

EMERY SIKORSKI (MS) earned a master’s degree in supply chain management from USD on May 23, 2015.

ANGEL TORRES (MSGL) reports that he moved to Chicago recently for a new job assignment in the military.

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