Fall 2017 Class Notes

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FATHER DAVID PAUL BALTZ, MCCJ (BA) was ordained a Comboni Missionary priest in 1967 after theology studies in Italy. In 1975, he was assigned to work with the Logbara people in Uganda. On July 16, 2017, he celebrated 50 years in the priesthood, which has included traveling 51,026 miles by bicycle to minister to his parishes in Africa and living for three years in an African hut in a refugee camp in Congo. In February 2017, he was assigned to La Grange, Illinois. Father Baltz says he is grateful for the excellence of his philosophy studies at USD.


PATRICK BARRY (BBA) is enjoying retirement. He makes African-trade bead jewelry as a creative outlet and is an active member of the Art Alliance of Idyllwild in California.


VERN SCHOOLEY (JD) was named to a national committee with the American Inns of Court (AIC). As a member of the Governance and Board Development Committee, he is tasked with review and recommendations to the AIC leadership. Vern practices law with Fulwider Patton LLP and has been selected honorary chairman of the 100th Anniversary committee for the Long Beach Bar Association.

JANET (CONWAY) WILLBANKS (BA) moved to Las Vegas in April 2016. She commutes to the San Francisco Bay Area to conduct meetings and events for clients.


JUDY GIACINTO (BA) retired in 2016 from her position as a therapist at Kaiser Permanente.


MICHAEL WELCH (BA), a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, was an adjunct professor in the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering from 2004 to 2010. He moved to El Dorado Hills, east of Sacramento. There, he is a volunteer senior peer counselor to individuals 55 years and older in El Dorado County, helping his clients increase independence, personal growth and enjoyment in life. Mike reports that he has taken several trips, including a Mediterranean cruise in March 2017.



MARIAN (KELLY) DONOVAN (BA) retired from a career that included 10 years at Verizon Wireless and 20 years at Eversource Energy.


GLENDA CAROL GERDE (BA) recently returned to the United States after working as a dean of students in Istanbul, Turkey. “Amazing students and travel adventures!” she says.



JIM VALENZUELA (BBA) is in his 17th year of teaching in the Poway Unified School District. He spent 50 days and 50 nights visiting friends in nine states during the summer of 2016 and he recently enjoyed his granddaughter’s first birthday.


CAROL ENGSTROM (BSN) retired from her position as nursing clinical instructor at Kaplan College.


JOHN KERINS (BBA) relocated from Orange County, California, to Northern Virginia to run the Virginia Railway Express in Washington, D.C.


BOB GAGLIONE (JD) reports that his law firm, Gaglione Law Group, celebrated its 20th anniversary on May 1, 2017, with colleagues and friends at the University Club atop Symphony Towers in San Diego.

MANUEL GARRIDO (MBA) is a judge at the bullfighting ring in Querétaro, Mexico.


JAMES BRODFUEHRER (BA) has been practicing family and cosmetic dentistry for over 25 years in Mira Mesa, California, and he reports that he treats many alumni and staff from USD. He writes, “I also volunteer to mentor USD pre-dental students and help with guidance and clinical experience. My daughter, Julie Brodfuehrer, graduated from USD in 2011 and is in a family practice physician residency in Santa Maria, California. My son, Joel Brodfuehrer, graduated from USD in 2016 and is in law school at the University of Arizona in Tucson.”

JOHN KELLY (BA) has worked as a Silicon Valley executive with companies such as Oracle and SAP — along with some half-dozen startup companies — since graduating with the second class of computer science majors at USD. Over the years, he has held positions as chief operating officer, chief risk officer and chief executive officer, managing teams of over 5,000 people, raising more than $150 million in venture capital, managing initial public offerings and selling companies. His son, Karston, started his freshman year at USD in the fall of 2016.


SHARIE (JOHNSON) ALTOMARE (BA), ’92 (MA) has been the executive assistant to the San Diego County library director since September 2016. She also contributes DIY landscape projects to the annual water-wise landscape contest hosted by the San Diego County Water Authority.

WILLIAM BOTHAMLEY (JD) expected to retire from the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, in September 2017 after 20 years as a senior appellate court attorney.

GENEVIEVE MARIE KNYCH-ROHAN (BA) has been a volunteer court-appointed special advocate for foster children through Voices for Children for 12 years. In her free time, she is the district director for 13 of the San Diego and Inland Empire Soroptimist Clubs. “We are a group of businesswomen who gather together to support education for women and girls here in the community and abroad. My day job is still as an executive recruiter for Vistage Worldwide, a company which forms peer groups for CEOs,” she says.


ROBERT WISE (BA) and several fellow crew alumni hosted a pancake breakfast for the men’s and women’s crew programs on March 18, 2017.


SHARIE ALTOMARE (BA) ’92 (MA) is executive assistant to the county library director and a San Diego County employee for four years.


SALAH ALKHAMEES (BA) reports that she has worked in an oil and gas company for 27 years and she has four children who will graduate from college soon. “USD is the best experience of my life still to this day,” she says. “I hope to visit campus again soon.”

RICH HIRASUNA (BBA) retired from the United States Navy. His final transition was from E-2C mission commander to anesthesiologist. He says his wife, Cherie, expected to retire from the Navy in August 2017 and that they look forward to a civilian life free from deployments!



CHRISTOPHE ROSENSTIEL (MBA) has invented a new innovative tricycle. Learn about it at www.kiffy.fr.

ERIC SCHUMACHER (BA) lives in Santa Barbara, California, with his wife, Marie, and two children, Aiden and Lily. He completed his second historical fiction novel, Raven’s Feast, and is the founder of Neology, a public relations and marketing communications agency.

JIM WESTLUND (BA) ’05 (MA) is in his 25th year as a teacher and head basketball coach at Chula Vista High School in San Diego.


GREGORY DePASQUALE (BA) was promoted to senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Copart Inc., a global leader in online vehicle auctions. Based in Dallas, the company has operations in the United States, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Spain, India, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Bahrain, and buyers in more than 170 countries.

KACEY SMITH (BA) retired in 2015 after 25 years as a Catholic educator and assistant principal to pursue a career in real estate. “I currently work for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties in Del Mar and love my new adventure. My husband, Ray Smith ’90, and I live in Carlsbad and have four children: Ray and Courtney attend Boston College, Isabella is a sophomore at Cathedral Catholic High School and Colman is at St. John in Encinitas.”


MICHAEL BROWER (MBA) is building the skin care brand MDRejuvena, sold primarily through the physician channel. “And I also attended the first five games of the World Series, so I got my fair share of Kris B. Go Cubs go!!” Michael says.

JUDITH FORD (IMBA) defended her PhD in environmental communication in Amsterdam in 2016 and she has been teaching intermittently at Sonoma State University.

STACEY McCARTY (BA) moved from Seattle 10 years ago to Nashville, Tennessee, where she works for Vanderbilt Leadership Academy at Vanderbilt University. “Our kids are 17, 14, 13 and 12; college is nearing! Started back rowing in February after our oldest son took to the sport and now rows competitively. Loving the South and missing the beaches!”

ELIZABETH WARD (BA) adopted a daughter on Jan. 25, 2016, and completed the administrative services credential in May 2017 at USD’s Educational Leadership Development Academy in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences. Elizabeth was named San Diego Unified High School Teacher of the Year in 2008.


KIM (HOLT) BRAUN (BA) continues to teach computer science at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, and says she longs to return to San Diego someday. She and her husband, Steve, have a 16-year-old son, Parker. They enjoy skiing and Kim has a passion for the outdoors and community involvement. She has advanced degrees in computer science and management and is a master nutrition therapist.

BRENT HODGES (BA) is the superintendent of schools at Scottsdale Christian Academy in Phoenix. He was named Most Influential in Valley Education and the academy was honored as the Best Private and Charter School by Arizona Foothills Magazine. His son, TJ Hodges, finished his term as president of USD’s Associated Students and graduated in May 2017. Brent and his wife, Pattie, both graduated from USD with accounting degrees and they are also former Beta Alpha Psi accounting fraternity presidents at USD. “There’s a lot of Torero in TJ’s bloodline!” Brent says.

SUSAN (HOSKING) PAYMENT (MEd) ’03 (EdD) reports that after 27 years in higher education administration, she retired in April 2017. “My spouse and I look forward to enjoying life in Charleston, South Carolina, as well as engaging with agencies and organizations we support,” Susan says. In March 2017, she was awarded honorary lifetime membership in the Association of College Unions International and she completed a two-year volunteer appointment as chair of the 2017 annual conference program team.


ANDREW ISAKSEN (BS/BA), ’05 (IMBA) completed a two-year rotation on the Supplier Management Finance Compliance, Tools and Processes team of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, where he implemented process improvements related to the procurement process and financial SOX controls in support of airplane production programs. He also serves on the USD Employer Advisory Board Committee and sponsors students on Torero Treks to visit Boeing. Andrew’s kids are 8 and 3 and they are having a great time in the Pacific Northwest snow skiing, biking, playing sports and sightseeing with his wife, Arlene.

DEREK KRANIG (BS/BA) was promoted to electrical engineering manager at Innovative Laser Technologies in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He and his wife, Brie, welcomed their first child, Kendall, in January 2016.


GREG HARKLESS (BA), ’03 (MEd) returned to San Diego after seven years in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he helped open and manage a state-of-the-art “green” martial arts school. He is the executive director of a nonprofit organization focused on embodied peacemaking and trauma recovery. A certified assistant instructor in aikido (a nonviolent, traditional Japanese martial art), Greg is working toward his fourth-degree black belt.

PORT MARTIN (EdD) published four books in 2016: Roar Like a Lion Again (male health), Get Back in the Hunt (female health), The Key (murder mystery novel) and Sunrise, Sunset (poetry).

PAULINE (HAMELEHLE) PFOHL (BA) moved to Seattle in 2013 with her family for a position as a teacher for English-language learners in elementary school with Seattle Public Schools. In 2014, she received an MEd in curriculum and instruction with a minor in teaching English for speakers of other languages from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon.


MIKE BATTIN (JD) is a partner in the business law firm Navigato & Battin LLP, and treasurer for the Legal Aid Society of San Diego. Mike lives in Carlsbad, California, with his wife, Brenna, and children: Riley, Cassidy and Cole.

RANDY BEARD (BA), ’99 (MBA) returned from nearly a year of travel in Mexico and throughout the United States, and reports that he is looking forward to relocating in Los Angeles.

ROGER HIGGINS (JD) published his first novel, Billy Gogan, American, about a young man who is forced to leave Ireland on the eve of the Great Hunger in 1844 and seeks fortune in the infamous Five Points neighborhood, which was New York’s — and America’s — first notorious slum.

ANN SOMMERS (JD) is an attorney with the San Diego Public Defender’s Office.


JENNIFER CAREY (BA) writes that she and fellow alumna Anna Chimowicz went from roommates to the board of directors for their nonprofit, Fun 4 Good. Their flagship event is a bicycle ride from Irvine to Solana Beach, California, which raises money for breast cancer research. Both of Anna and Jennifer’s moms are breast cancer survivors.

LAURA (CLARK) FEE (BA) reports that she and Joseph Fee were married on June 11, 2016.

ERIC GARFIELD (MBA) was promoted to valuation and advisory regional manager for the Los Angeles, El Segundo and Inland Empire offices of Cushman & Wakefield in California. Eric is the point person for bidding and assigning work, handling quality control, human resources and operations-related questions.

LUIS MASSIEU (BBA) reports that he and his wife, Marta, welcomed their third daughter, Valentina, in February 2017. He says that big sisters Matilda and Flavia are excited to have their new sister home.

ALICIA MEJIA (BA) ’03 (MA) is a management consultant with a firm specializing in the life sciences. She works in project management and process improvement for biopharmaceutical and medical device companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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


BRIAN MURPHY (BA) reports that he and his wife, Kellie ’00, welcomed a son, Eóin (Owen) Cuinn, in November 2016. Brian and Kellie live in Northport, Long Island, New York. Brian is in sales for a medical device company in the New York City metro area.


BRIAN CONVERSE (BA) self-published his first science fiction novel, Rajani Chronicles I: Stone Soldiers, on March 24, 2017. As an independent author, Brian wrote the novel, formatted it for various editions (softcover, hardcover, e-book, NOOK) and worked with an artist on the cover. As a student at USD, Brian was the student director of the USD publication Asylum. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Lisa (Rundquist) ’00, and their four children: Andrew, 11; Zachary, 9; Daniella, 7; and Ethan, 21 months. The novel is available as an e-book on Amazon, Kindle and NOOK, and will be available in independent bookstores soon.

JOHN CROSSEN (BA) writes that he “started a Big Data consulting company.”



EDWARD KAEN (BS/BA) reports that he and his wife, Deborah, welcomed their first child, Grace, in April 2016.

TIARE MARTIN (BS/BA) was invited to speak at the Hawaii Executive Conference, an invitation-only forum for senior executives to engage in meaningful dialogue and initiate positive change. Conference panels included frank discussions on worldwide economic, political, cultural and environmental changes and how Hawaii-based businesses can navigate through this evolution. Tiare spoke on disruptive innovation and the role it should play in Hawaii’s future. In addition, Tiare was also recognized by the Pacific Business News as one of Hawaii’s 40 Under 40.

NATHAN SCHNEIDER (BS/BA) was promoted to commander in the U.S. Navy. He reports that he and his wife, Miriah, have two children: Tess, 2, and Grant, born in August 2016. The family lives in Hawaii.

RICARDO VALERDI (BS/BA) was recently inducted into the Mexican Academy of Engineering and plans to take a year-long sabbatical at the Technical University of Madrid and United States Military Academy at West Point. He developed a virtual reality concussion simulator for football that was funded by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Department of Defense.


LISA DUVALL (BS/BA) accepted a position with Honeywell Sensing and Internet of Things as a strategic account manager for medical accounts in Southern California. She lives in Escondido, California, with her daughters, ages 7 and 5.

MARK HEFFERNAN (BS/BA) accepted a senior program manager role at Tactical Lighting Systems, a small defense startup in Chicago. TLS develops contingency airfield lighting solutions for military applications. Prior to that, Mark worked for 14 years on the Global Hawk and LITENING programs at Northrop Grumman.

SALLY (MAHDAVIL) HERR (BS/ BA) reports that she married Matthew Herr in 2016. She began a new job as senior program manager at Trellisware in 2017. She also taught a systems engineering course as an adjunct professor at USD.

AMANDA (SCARBERRY) HUPPERT (BA) reports that she earned a Master of Public Administration in June 2016 and was married on Feb. 5, 2017.

LYNNAE LEE (JD) writes, “2017 has me taking on more volunteer responsibilities: 1) as president of the Friends of the Library of Hawaii; and 2) as chair of the Family Law Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association. I continue to serve in the Children’s Ark at my church and as a volunteer staff member with the Honolulu Marathon Clinic.”

RODD MILLER (BBA) is the owner of Miller Wealth Management, an independent financial planning firm in Carlsbad, California. He is married to Mary (Wheeler) Miller ’01 and they have three children, ages 10, 8 and 1.

ANDREW PUTNAM (BS/BA) co-founded the Microsoft Catapult FPGA project, which won the GeekWire Innovation of the Year award. The nomination noted that the company demonstrated “the first AI supercomputer” during Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s closing keynote address at the company’s Ignite technology conference in Atlanta. Catapult is deployed across 15 countries and five continents, and is being used for applications in machine learning, artificial intelligence, accelerated networking and more.

TYLER QUAN (BS/BA) has taken on a new position at KAB Labs in San Diego helping to lead a team performing systems engineering for the Navy’s Ship Self Defense System (SSDS). Tyler and his wife, Lindsay, welcomed their first child, Koa Elliot, to the family in March 2016.

MICHAEL SPENCER (BS/BA) reports that he and his wife, Jennifer, have been busy raising their year-old daughter, Caroline Maria. Michael is a network designer for the U.S. Navy Network Design Facility at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific. He is a subject-matter expert on a DARPA project and the test director for the project’s system connectivity demonstration. Michael traveled to Denmark to provide training to the Joint Data Link Operations Center and to Fort Bragg to provide a brief to the Worldwide Interoperability Working Group and Joint Interface Control Officer Symposium. In his free time, he volunteers with Scripps Mesa Fireworks Inc., the nonprofit organization that provides funding and coordination for the 4th of July fireworks show in Mira Mesa, California.

JESSICA (TORRES) THORNBURGH (BA) reports that she and her husband, Greg, celebrated the arrival of a son, Prince Thornburgh, on May 18, 2017.


JUSTIN ALMEIDA (BA) attends the seminary at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry.

OLGA ÁLVAREZ (JD) was named to the Top 50 San Diego Super Lawyers list for 2017. Olga is a certified legal specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law by the State Bar of California. Her practice focuses on preserving and protecting assets for individuals and families. She also represents financial institutions, private fiduciaries, business owners and beneficiaries.

JOSH BACCA (BA) was promoted to the level of commander in the Navy. He reports that he and his wife, Courtney, welcomed their second son, Oliver, into their family at the end of April 2017. Asher, age 2, is excited to be a big brother. The family expected to move from Memphis, Tennessee, back to Norfolk, Virginia, in August 2017.

BARBARA BRENKUS (BA) is general counsel for Baker Electric Inc. and Baker Electric Solar, based in Escondido, California.

RAUL de LEON (MA) reports that he retired early. “I teach one class a year and try to travel once a year,” he says. “Last trip, I visited Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro.”

TONI HOMBERG (BA) continues clinical research in immunology. “Having fun with my 6-month-old,” Toni reports.

JEREMY SNYDER (BA) started a new business called Code Ninja, a coding education boot camp that prepares students to pursue a career in software development. “We also recently welcomed a new baby boy, Jacques, on Oct. 6, 2016,” Jeremy says. “We are thrilled to have him, as is his 2-year-old sister, Lila.”


BASIL CONSIDINE (BA) wrote the music, book and lyrics for Game of Thrones: The Musical, which was the best-selling show of the 2017 Tampa International Fringe Festival. This parody of the HBO series examines the world of Westeros from the perspective of its women, commenting on issues in contemporary society such as women’s rights, discrimination and immigration. The musical received Best of Fringe and Critic’s Pick awards at the 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival and was one of the bestselling shows at the 2017 O’ahu and Maui Fringe Festivals.

REMY DE LA PLAZA (BA) moved from her hometown of Pasadena, California, to Auckland, New Zealand, in January 2017 to pursue a new personal and professional adventure. After practicing law in the nonprofit and community development sector for nearly 10 years in Los Angeles, Remy now serves as the manager of the Land Advisory Services Team in the Community Facilities Department of Auckland Council.

KRISTEN (SANDSTROM) FERREIRA (BA) lives on a mini-homestead on the central coast of California with her husband, Dan, and their five kids: Kaia, 10; Elijah, 8; Obadiah, 7; Zoey, 3; and baby Ezra. They own a design-build construction company and a window company.

STEPHEN HOULAHAN (MBA) was elected to the Santee City Council in California.

CAITLIN (CURRAN) KAVANAGH (BA), ’04 (MA) reports she and her husband, Niall, welcomed their third child, August Patrick. “He is adored by his older sisters Camilla Mae and Clementine June!” Caitlin writes.

JENNI (EAGAN) MASSMAN (BBA) reports that she married Brody Massman in August 2016.

ANNIE SCHOTT (BA) finished her 13th year of teaching elementary school in the Hillsboro School District in Oregon. She earned a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) from Concordia University.


MELODY ABLOLA (BS/BA) relocated to Arup’s San Francisco office and was promoted to associate in the firm. She leads the logistics consulting practice for the Americas region and advocates industrial and systems engineering design that is focused on sustainable materials and energy consumption. She reports that she and her wife, Anna, miss London, but are enjoying the California sunshine.

BRENDAN INGLIS (BBA) was promoted to senior project manager for Allied Builders System. Brendan joined the firm in 2009 and he has 11 years of construction experience. Notable projects include PBS Hawaii, Clinical Labs of Hawaii and numerous retail renovation projects. Brendan is an avid surfer and does rough water swims in Waikiki and the North Shore on Oahu.

LISA JOHANSEN (BA) began a new role as senior development manager at Zillow Group in Seattle, Washington, recently.

DIMITRIS MAGEMENEAS (MBA) founded San Marcos Mega GamePlex in 2016, a nonprofit organization focused on youth sports. “My team’s vision is to create a world-class sports complex and community center to benefit youth sports,” he says. “Our motto is ‘Youth Development, Healthy Living, Building Community.’ Like-minded Toreros are welcome to join our effort!”

VERONICA MORA (BS/BA) is a product development engineer at Breg. She’s focusing on textile and 3D-knitting design applications to orthopedic devices. She recently returned from Cuba and expects to travel to Japan and England later in 2017.

MICHELLE MULHAIR (BA) celebrated 10 years of working in student affairs at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. She is an academic adviser for undergraduate students and develops curricula for — and teaches in — the university’s First- Year Experience program.

CHIKE OUTLAW (BA) is an account manager for Waste Management, handling environmental, sustainability and recycling services for commercial and government accounts, including USD.


MARITZA JOHNSON (BA) was recently promoted to senior user experience researcher at Google, where she’s been a member of the identity team since 2014. She reports that she and her husband, David, welcomed Graham Harmon to the family in October 2016.

MICHELLE (ESTEBAN) KREMEN (BS/BA) recently joined Splunk Inc. as patent counsel. In February 2017, she reports that she married her husband, Alex.

WHITNEY (FISHER) ROGERS (BA) was promoted to senior engineering manager at Twitter in Boulder, Colorado. She says that she and her husband, Neal, welcomed their first child into their family in July 2016 and are loving every minute of parenthood. They are delighted with their daughter, Grace.

MILES ROMNEY (MAcc) completed a PhD in accountancy at Michigan State University in May 2016 and then moved his family to Tallahassee, Florida, for a tenure-track faculty position at Florida State University.


BENJAMIN FIEMAN (BS/BA) recently switched to a career in real estate in Honolulu. He specializes in residential real estate and sold more than $7 million in his first year with 16 transactions. He still helps out with his family’s swimwear business, Loco Boutique.

LORI (LILLY) HEDANI (BBA) returned home to Honolulu in 2007 and has been working in health care. In 2014, the year she was married, she was diagnosed with and successfully treated for acute myeloid leukemia. Today, she is in remission and reports that she and her husband welcomed their first child in 2016: a girl named Ava James.

MARK KONDRAT (BS/BA) completed his active-duty Naval service after finishing a tour on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz as a “shooter” or arresting gear and catapult officer. He recently joined General Atomics Aeronautical, where he is managing programs and projects for the company-owned fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles. He and his wife, Brittney, are busy with a new home they purchased in Rancho Bernardo, California, and taking their son Finn (15 months) to the beach.

MARIA (YODER) SWITZER (BA) reports that she was married on March 13, 2017. She has three children, born on Feb. 6, 2013, June 26, 2015, and May 3, 2017.


ALI ALMATROUK (BS/BA) was appointed managing director at Jadeite Group, a family-owned business focusing on real estate ownership and development in addition to investments. He still runs Makers Inc., which represents Portuguese brands such as Wicanders and JNF in Kuwait in addition to its existing education technology business. Makers Inc. holds a minority stake in Studio Toggle, a Kuwait-based design studio, which recently won the Middle East Architect Award 2016 for the Residential Project of the Year. Ali is moving into a new house with his wife, Maiss, and daughter, Sheikha, age 5.

RICARDO ARREDONDO (BA) has entered a career in business finance as vice president in the business banking department for JP Morgan Chase.

ELIAZER AYALA-AUSTIN (EdD) was granted tenure as counseling faculty at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) in December 2015. She was recruited as interim dean of counseling and matriculation at San Jose City College in January 2016 and offered the permanent position in September 2016. She still serves on the counseling faculty at CCSF.

TAMMY DePETRO (MS) relocated from Phoenix to Colorado Springs, Colorado, for one year as supply chain manager in specialty seating with UTC Aerospace Systems.

BRITTANY HALL (BBA, BA) began a new role in January 2017 with Marriott Hotels International as a recruiting manager for the Midwestern region on the university relations team. She recruits for internships with Marriott (freshmen-juniors) and for management development programs (graduating seniors).

DANA HERNANDEZ (BS/BA) was recently hired as Salt Lake City Corp.’s public art program manager where she manages a multimillion-dollar public art collection and acts as the liaison between the mayor, city departments, independent artists, fabricators and the general public. In 2016, Dana married Will Tuddenham in Park City, Utah. She was featured in the Summer 2017 issue of USD Magazine.

MATTHEW PARR (BA, MA ’11) reports he married his dream girl, Amy, in a ceremony overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Feb. 17, 2017.

MATT PETRUCCI (BS/BA) earned a Master of Science in mechanical engineering and a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Last fall, he was awarded an MnDRIVE postdoctoral fellowship in neuromoduation from the University of Minnesota to study deep brain stimulation treatments for Parkinson’s disease. He reports that he and his wife, Samantha ’07, are happily settled in Minnesota’s Twin Cities.

COLIN PORTERFIELD (BS/BA) welcomed his son, Carson, into the world in December 2016. He continues to work as a product engineer for decoking systems at Flowserve.


AMY ENGLISH (BA) is a congressional liaison for the Foreign and Security Policy Group at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. Previously, Amy managed communications and public affairs for a nonprofit organization fighting sex trafficking, traveling throughout the United States and the Caribbean to raise the level of response among citizens, governments and legislators.

KRISTEN FORD (BA) is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She works with children, teens and adults in a group practice in Carlsbad, California. Her husband, Greg, is a real estate agent with Redfin. The couple enjoys hiking and walking their dog, Scotland, and they love being foster parents to dogs and cats.

JOHN HAMMERSTRAND (JD) is a first officer and professional standards mediator at SkyWest Airlines. He is also an attorney with Chihak and Martel.

JULIA HOWLAND (BA) is a relief veterinarian in the San Diego area.

JESSICA (WOLFE) NOLAN (BA) reports she was married in November 2016. She recently accepted a position as grants coordinator for Voices for Children, a local nonprofit that recruits, trains and supervises court appointed special advocates, volunteers who advocate for the best interests of foster children in San Diego County.

WILL PHELPS (BBA) reports that he and his wife, Amanda, have two daughters, Emma and Lily.

SHANNON REID (BA) began a boutique architecture and interior design firm in New York City.

JOE STEWART (BA) is finishing requirements for the Executive Master of International Public Policy and Management degree at the University of Southern California.

DAVID VESEY (BA) is a software developer and entrepreneur. His positions include senior programmer analyst at the University of San Diego as well as cofounder and chief technical officer of MyHerbPharm, a compounding pharmacy and online tool for herbal medicine. David also is starting a new company called The Safe Water Project, which creates a device to monitor the quality of drinking water, and finishing a master’s degree in healthcare informatics.

TOM YACKO (BBA) joined the Peace Corps and served more than two years as a volunteer in Kazakhstan. Upon returning, he graduated from law school and is working as an attorney, focusing primarily on civil litigation.


KEEGAN FONG (BBA) handles marketing for the Vissla surf brand and D’Blanc eyewear. He is about to open a fast-casual Chinese restaurant in Los Angeles.

GRECIA GARCIA (BBA) moved back to San Diego after she was hired at Sullivan Solar Power in Mira Mesa, California. As a community developer, she establishes and maintains effective working relationships with clients, government officials, media representatives, businesses and organizations and develops new business opportunities. Sullivan Solar Power has been ranked an Inc. Magazine 5,000est Growing Company for seven years in a row.

SHERMAN GILLUMS (MSGL) was recognized as one of 2016’s HillVets 100, an honor that highlights the most influential and impactful veterans, service members and supporters from 2016. He was also featured in Savoy Magazine’s Power 300 in the spring 2016 issue.

DAVID TURNER HOFF (BBA) moved to Washington, D.C., after graduate school to take a job in finance. “After two years in the corporate world, I decided to venture into the entrepreneurial space,” he says. “I am one of the co-founders of Vegetables and Butcher, an effortless meal subscription service that delivers chef-designed, dietician-approved, thoughtfully prepared meals directly to your doorstep. We launched our business in October 2016 and have been growing ever since. Lots of work, but lots of fun too!”

BEN HUNTER (BS/BA) finished a Master of Science in ocean engineering at Oregon State University in December 2016 and is nearing eight years of active duty in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps.

CARLOS JAUREGUI (LLM) moved from practicing banking and real estate law to owning and developing a Mexican craft beer, Acapulco Golden. He also is developing a digital literature app for Spain and Latin America.

BRYCE KNUDSON (BS/BA) completed a Master of Science in engineering management.

JESSIE LAMUG (BA, BBA ’09) works at the ABC-affiliate TV station in Honolulu. Jessie also works independently as a studio representative, facilitating advanced screenings and events for a variety of movie studios.

SANGITA NIROLA (MAPJ) began working for Adam Smith International after graduation as a team leader for a project funded by Asian Development Bank and the Japanese Fund for Poverty Reduction. She subsequently worked in the areas of international relief and development, women’s economic empowerment in post-conflict situations, and advocating for the rights of senior citizens and social protection. “Currently, I am back to my NGO, Swati, for women’s empowerment that I established in 2002,” Sangita says. “As a chairperson, I am in the process of restructuring, planning and writing a project proposal to make Swati self-sustaining.”

TYLER PINKOS (BA) launched his own footwear design and development company for other brands to hire. He is handling a lot of business development and says he hopes to attend some USD events in San Diego, since he moved from Orange County, California.

LAURA SHEPPARD (JD) hired the first full-time associate for her law office. She has been in a solo criminal defense practice since graduating from USD’s School of Law in 2009. Her firm now focuses on post-conviction work, including parole law, writs and appeals. Since 2011, Laura has helped more than 60 individuals with life sentences gain release from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

JENSEN SHIRLEY (EdD) completed a master’s degree in mental health counseling with emphasis in military and family services. He is an intern at Palomar Family Counseling Services in Escondido, California.

MELISSA (CARRADE) SMITH (BAcc) reports that she was married to Patrick Smith on July 23, 2016, at Saints Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco.

SARAH TIRA (BA) says that she and her husband, Patrick ’04, are enjoying their new baby boy, Patrick Robert, born on Sept. 29, 2016. His nickname is Patch.

SERGIO VALDEZ (BS/BA) was promoted to engineering manager at Troy-CSL Lighting Inc.



EDNALEN ACENAS (BA) joined General Atomics as a software project engineer. She works with software programmers through the design, implementation and test phases, while managing the earned value of the project. She also ventures outdoors as much as she can; recent travels included hiking Half Dome in Yosemite and Angel’s Rest in Portland, Oregon, where she was proposed to at the top of the mountain.

ELVIS BABILA (BS/BA) was promoted to area contracts manager, northern region, for Solar Turbines. He also graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Science in material science and engineering. In January 2017, he enrolled at Columbia Business School to pursue an MBA. He lives with his fiancée, Jackie, on the upper east side of Manhattan.

LAUREN CRONIN (BS/BA) was recently promoted from systems engineering to project manager integrator for a software development team of 80 people at BAE Systems in San Diego. She is currently working toward obtaining a project management professional certificate.

RYLAND GILL (BS/BA) was recently promoted to value stream manager at Parker Hannifin. He and his wife, Angie, have two boys, Connor and Landon.

JUSTIN HALL (BS/BA) is a field instructor for Northwest Outward Bound, guiding backpacking trips in Chilean Patagonia since 2012. This fall, he expected to begin studying for a Master of Science in sports and recreation administration at Eastern Washington University.

JACLYN KURTELA (BA) finished her fifth year at Oracle and her first year as varsity assistant soccer coach at Saint Ignatius in San Francisco.

MATT LEIGH (BS/BA) was nominated for two Grammys for audio engineering work performed on Natalie Grant’s 2015 release, Be One. Matt is producing projects for Nashville-based country artist Sheridan Gates and Los Angeles-based pop artist Dani King, among others.

JOHN-PAUL MARTIN (BA) closed a funding round for his agricultural technology startup, GrowX (www.growx.io). GrowX builds aeroponics systems powered by artificial intelligence for commercial indoor farms. John-Paul lives in Oakland, California, with his best friend from high school.

ABIGAIL STEPHENSON (JD) leads the new northern Nevada office of Blanchard, Krasner & French. Abigail, a partner in the firm, practices primarily in the areas of business law, estate planning and trademark prosecution.


DENISE ALFARO (BBA) writes “I’ve been working as a data analyst in the San Diego and Los Angeles areas. Living the dream. I’m so proud to be a Torero!”

DEEP BEDI (BS/BA) moved to Hong Kong to join HSBC banking and financial services as product lead for HSBC’s Digital Wallet.

TIARA CHAPEL (BS/BA) relocated to Wiesbaden, Germany (near Frankfurt). She continues to work as a systems engineer for the MITRE Corporation.

MATT GIGLI (BS/BA) is in his second year as an embedded Linux software engineer at TrellisWare Technologies. He reports that he was married in July 2016 and that his wife, Danielle, finished her third year of law school at USD. In the Fall 2016 semester, Matt returned to USD to teach a course called Digital Design Lab.

BRITTANY (BERG) HARRISON (BA), ’15 (MS) reports she and Jim Harrison ’11 were married in Founders Chapel in November 2016 and then celebrated their nuptials with family and friends at Loews Resort in Coronado, California.

ALLYSON KENNETT (BA) earned a master’s degree in English in the United Kingdom and is now an adjunct English professor. She reports that she got married in 2014 and has two children.

VERONICA KUHN (MA) has earned a PhD in marriage and family therapy, published three articles, two book chapters and presented her research nationally and internationally. She reports that she got married, has two daughters (ages 3 and 1) and moved from Southern California to Texas for a faculty position in family therapy at Texas Woman’s University.

DAVID LEYVA (BS/BA) concluded his volunteer service with the Peace Corps in July 2016 in Cameroon, where he was working as a physics and mathematics teacher. After spending some time traveling and visiting family, he moved to Nicaragua and is now teaching at the American Nicaraguan School in Managua.

ANNE MALINOSKI (BA) has been writing for San Diego Family Magazine, covering baby and toddler topics. She says her sons, Jack and Jimmy, provide endless inspiration.

JENNA ROHRBACKER (BS/BA) celebrated two years with Northrop Grumman and moved to the firm’s Azusa facility in March 2017. She is a mechanical engineer in charge of designing space-based hardware, such as payloads and spacecraft, for military and civil space programs.


GLEN EVANS (BAcc, MAcc) lives in Phoenix with his wife, Allyn DeLozier Evans ’11, and son, Davis.

KYLE NAGEOTTE (JD) was appointed chair of the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA). Kyle is an associate in the San Diego office of Littler, an employment and labor law practice representing management. In his new role at CYLA, Kyle works with the board of directors to establish priorities for the year, maintain member programs and services, and act as liaison with various state bar sections.

MICHAEL NICHOLS (BA) spent four years at Source Intelligence after graduation, developing a platform to help customers simplify their regulatory compliance processes by allowing customers and suppliers to share data through their supplier network. He is now lead developer on a new project at Snaptactix, where he is building web applications using Java, PHP and JavaScript frameworks.

MARIA SILVA (BA) served as an AmeriCorps member after graduation at Bayside Community Center in San Diego’s Linda Vista neighborhood. She also worked for LISC, a national nonprofit serving San Diego neighborhoods, and then returned to USD as assistant director for community engagement in 2013. She is currently working toward a master’s degree in migration studies.

PHU DUC TRAN (MSN) moved back to California after living in Atlanta. Phu is a public health nurse working in an infectious disease clinic.


JESSICA BUCKLEY (BS/BA) joined Jay Dee Contractors as a mechanical engineer after collaborating with them for her master’s research at the Colorado School of Mines. She earned her Master of Engineering degree in 2015. Following some time off enjoying projects and adventures, she is working at the firm’s Livonia, Michigan, headquarters to prepare and modify equipment for use in tunnel construction at Jay Dee’s job sites nationwide.

DANIELLE (RUSSELL) CALAHAN (BA) reports that she was married in July 2016. She also graduated from chiropractic school in April 2016.

LAUREN COMBS (BA) is working in finance recruiting at Amazon.

McKINLEIGH CORDOVA (BA) ’15 (MSN) works on the surgical unit at Rady Children’s Hospital.

LISA HAWTHORNE (PhD) was promoted to dean of the School of Nursing and Graduate Nursing Studies at National American University.

JAMESON JOHNSON (BA) writes, “Living the dream working for an Encinitas-based (California) commercial real estate acquisition company as a property manager. Providing great service with a smile and learning as much as possible.”

SARAH JORGENSEN (BA) is an associate producer at CNN’s New York bureau, where she covers domestic news for television and the web. She was also involved in CNN’s 2016 presidential election coverage. In the past year, Sarah has covered the Flint, Michigan, water crisis; the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, California; and the bombing in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, among many other stories.

DAYNIA MacARTNEY (BBA) reports that she got married last month and is now a proud military wife. She is the senior operations supervisor at SpotLink, an information technology firm.

EMILY MICKLE (BA) graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College. She moved back to Carlsbad, California, and opened her own chiropractic and wellness clinic.

LEA PARK-KIM (BA) is the district communications director for state Sen. Joel Anderson, who represents the 38th senatorial district in California.

WILL PARTRIDGE (BS/BA) completed five years with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, where he worked as a mechanical engineer in the composite manufacturing and urgent field support groups directly supporting USAF and U.S. Army-deployed UAV (Unmanned Air Vehicle) units. He expects to relocate with his fiancée to Los Angeles, where he will join Smith-Emery Company, a firm providing geotechnical engineering, engineering geology, environmental sciences and more for the large-scale construction industry.

KYLE RYAN (JD) is in a new position as a special assistant United States attorney.

ROMYN SABATCHI (BBA) graduated in 2017 with master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from the University of San Francisco.

JOSH SCHROEDER (BS/BA) was promoted to associate project engineer at SB&O Inc., a civil engineering firm in San Diego. He currently manages the design of a subdivision for 200+ residential units at Quarry Creek in Carlsbad, California, as well as two separate 150 and 200+ residential unit developments at Otay Ranch in Chula Vista, California. Additionally, he and his wife, Holly, welcomed their first child, Derek, in September 2016.


DRAMANE COULIBALY (MAPJ) has served as a coordination officer/ international United Nations volunteer in Haiti since November 2016.

DEREK FLOYD (MA) launched a grant-writing consulting practice, Writing for Good (www.writingforgood.org), and raises money for organizations in areas such as performing arts, human trafficking, museums, child abuse prevention, food banks and juvenile justice arts education.

JIMMY FRANCO (JD, LLM) is in his second year in Ernst & Young’s Indirect Tax/Controversy Group.

PHILIP HOSKINSON (BS/BA) grew a six-inch beard and surfs regularly in addition to publishing his work on concentrated solar power for the National Science Foundation.

HARMONIE (EDELSON) JACOBSON (BS/BA) joined Illumina Inc. as an industrial engineer in August 2016. She reports that she married her high school sweetheart, Andrew Jacobson, on April 8, 2017, at Avensole Winery in Temecula, California.

ERIN KRAFT (BA) has worked for several well-known companies within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. After working in the biotherapeutics department at Celgene, she transitioned to a smaller medical device company, where she is a project manager responsible for production of one of its clinical diagnostic assays.

JULIAN RINGHOF (BS/BA) was a professional soccer player for two years with the United Soccer League. He recently moved to Berlin and is opening a Maker Space combined with a coworking office in the heart of the city.

CHRISTINA TELESCO (BA) writes, “I’m licensed in the state of California as an insurance agent and am passionately committed to helping young people plan for the future by providing complimentary wealth seminars — both one-on-one and in groups — with a focus on high-yield savings accounts, building legacies and creating tax-free retirements. The key is starting now! I love what I do and I have faith that the millennial generation will change the world in a momentous way!”

VINCENT TON (BBA) writes, “Going outdoors a lot to get some rock climbing in. Happily employed at Thermo Fisher Scientific as a business analyst!”

SANDRINE URIAS (BA) attended Mt. Sac after graduation to fulfill the prerequisites for a Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. During this time, she ran cross country and track and field, where she was a conference finalist. She plans to attend the University of South Florida in the fall of 2017 as part of the Doctorate of Physical Therapy graduating class of 2020.

LESLIE WILSON (BBA) graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies with a Master of Arts in international relations. She is now at the Department of Commerce International Trade Administration handling trade and investment policy work concerning Mexico and Canada.


EBTESAM ALTENEIJI (MA) is pursuing graduate studies through a PhD program in leadership studies.

ALYSSA BLACK (BS/BA) was promoted to owner advisor at Tesla, where she has worked for almost one year. She is also a full-time graduate student at UCSD, pursuing a Master of Science in mechanical engineering, specializing in controls and robotics with a planned graduation date of December 2017.

TYLER BOYCE (BA) moved from Sacramento, California, to Los Angeles County. His first job was part of a nonpartisan voter registration drive organized by Method Campaign Services. Since then, he has worked at Warner Bros., Cartoon Network and other studios in the entertainment industry. In his spare time, he takes voice-acting classes and has appeared on Project Alpha as the host of Political Science Fiction, his own public access show.

FILIPE CALIXTO (BS/BA) was hired by General Atomics-ASI, where he works with the Safety/RAM team.

COURTNEY CORNIUK (BA) is a full-time case manager for homeless women and children and a part-time graduate student in clinical psychology.

EMILY DeROSS (MSN) writes, “I’m so thankful to be an RN and to have graduated with these wonderful people. It’s exciting to know we are touching lives in so many different hospitals and units.”

CARA FRATIANNE-LAUBHAN (MSN) completed the New Grad RN DEU program at Scripps and has been working on the Neuro/Ortho/ Surgical/Trauma Progressive Care Unit at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California. She continues to plan medical mission trips to Haiti with The Rosemila Project, a nutrition, education and empowerment program serving more than 200 students and 30 orphans, ages 6 months to 19 years old, in Gonaives, Haiti. Their newest contributions include a sustainable garden, chicken coop and a sewing workshop, which gives single mothers the tools to pay their children’s school tuition.

JOSHUA GREENE (BA) works for Hilton Grand Vacations in Washington, D.C., where he has the opportunity to explore the city, tasting dishes at various restaurants. He says he is also growing into fellowship with other young adults at St. Matthew’s Cathedral and the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

BRANDON HUANG (BS/BA) is the director of manufacturing at Durabag Co. Inc. in Tustin, California. He has started investing in real estate on the side and is launching a startup selling almond butter.

HENRY HUANG (BS/BA) expected to be a summer associate at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP in 2017, working in the patent litigation department. He seeks to continue working in the direction of intellectual property law.

ROBERTA MARCOS (BAcc) became a certified public accountant and left Ernst & Young to join Verb Surgical, a startup in Mountain View, California.

RAJ MOONESINGHE (BBA) continues to grow EquityEats, a crowdfunding platform for restaurants that won the venture capitalist competition at USD.

TAWNI PARADISE (BS/BA) was accepted into the PhD program at Virginia Tech for engineering education. She expected to leave her job as a high school math and engineering teacher at the O’Farrell Charter School to start the PhD program in Fall 2017.

ANNIE POWERS (BA) lives and works in San Francisco as a sales representative at Salesforce. “Definitely miss USD and the beach, but very happy to be in such a thriving city at this point of my life,” Annie says.

EMILY REID (MSN) is a nurse practitioner at a community clinic in one of San Diego’s underserved neighborhoods.

ANYA SOLOVIOV (BS/BA) continues working at Amazon as a startup project manager. She launched a 303,000-square-foot sort center building in Portland, Oregon, where she now lives, while traveling to Las Vegas for the launch of an 816,000- square-foot fulfillment center in July.

ALLYSON WARD (BS/BA) has been a project engineer for General Atomics, Aeronautical Systems Inc., in Poway, California, since October 2016. She also is pursuing an online master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University: Engineering for Professionals in Technical Management with a focus in project management.

MICHELLE WINTERSTEEN (BA) started her own graphic design, business branding and custom artwork business: @mkwgraphics.

KIMBERLY WOODBURY (BS/BA) has worked in the operations rotation program at Thermo Fisher Scientific, based in Carlsbad, California, since July 2015. Her favorite experience so far has been moving to the Midwest for her second rotation, working in Rockford, Illinois, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from February to July in 2016 and exploring Chicago frequently. There, she used a multitude of industrial/systems engineering skills and her Rockford Space and Optimization Warehouse project became fully implemented in early 2017. She is still active in the Society of Women Engineers, working as member services coordinator for the San Diego Professional Section.

TROY ZAWLACKI (BS/BA) is a test engineer for Apple Inc.


KHALIFA AL DHAEN (BS/BA) completed his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a leadership studies minor and he is now an engineer at Strata Manufacturing in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, building composite aerostructures for customers such as Boeing and Airbus.

HECTOR BARBOZA (BS/BA) is a manufacturing engineer at Palomar Technologies in Carlsbad, California.

SARAH BOOHER (MA) writes, “I am so grateful for the education I received from USD’s nonprofit program. I graduated in August and already got a new job in the development department at the Museum of Man! I am so happy here. I am so grateful for my education. I am already in a place where I can apply my learning and help the sector.”

JORDAN COLSON (BS/BA) joined SpaceX right after graduation as a materials planner and production scheduler, where he is directly contributing to the upcoming Mars colonization missions. He currently manages all Avionics assemblies.

KAYLA DENNIS (MSN) is an RN in the emergency room at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center. “It can be very challenging at times, but I love it!” she says. “This department was where I completed my preceptorship during my last two semesters of nursing school. It has been such a blessing to begin my nursing career in an underserved area of San Diego. Thank you to all of my professors and classmates for being a part of my journey. I appreciate each and every one of you!”

AMANDA GATES (BS/BA) works for Idaho National Laboratory and enjoys the great outdoors whenever possible.

DIAMOND INNABI (BA) was offered a full-time position as an analyst at Software Equity Group (SEG) upon graduating from USD, becoming one of only three interns in SEG’s 25-year history to do so. She writes, “Early in my career at SEG, I worked on one of the firm’s most successful transactions from prospecting the company to closing the transaction. I also have taken ownership of publishing SEG’s Software Industry Valuation and M&A Reports that are read by over 15,000 software industry professionals worldwide.” Diamond has worked in seven software industry sectors and was recently offered a promotion.

SASHA LUECKE (MEPN) finished new graduate orientation in the surgical ICU at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. She writes, “I love being a registered nurse!”

DAN NELSON (BS/BA) moved to Seattle in April 2017 and is handling golf course maintenance at the Inglewood Golf Club.

BRIANNE SPARKMAN (JD) is an attorney at Brierton, Jones & Jones, LLP.

CE’SJONNAE “CEEJAY” TAYLOR (BA) reports that she is the mother of 3-month-old Rezhonne Lemmons-Taylor.

VALERIE TEANO (BA) was working and enjoying time off during her gap year until her planned start of medical school in the fall of 2017.

MERLYNN YURIKA TULEN (MAPJ) has a new job with Think Dignity.

BRENDAN WALLACE (MEd) is the newly appointed science department chair at The Grauer School in Encinitas, California.


KIEFER GRINDLE (BS/BA) is an associate manufacturing engineer at the UTC Aerospace Systems facility in Chula Vista, California.

PAULA HOANG (MA) is the orientation family program coordinator at the University of California, Davis.

RYAN KELLY (JD) expected to begin studies in an LLM in taxation at NYU School of Law in August 2017.

KATE LEE (MAPJ) is in Kazakhstan and partnering with Soros Foundation as a research fellow to work on public policy research for the improvement of national human rights. She is also consulting with a local crisis center for children and women who had been trafficked or are transitioning from extreme poverty, the sex trade or domestic abuse.

MADELINE VORENKAMP (BS/ BA) is an associate engineer in the propulsion group at SpaceX. In September 2017, she expects to be in graduate school at Princeton University, where she was admitted with a fellowship to the mechanical aerospace engineering PhD program.

HAYLEY WALCZER (MAPJ) is the outreach specialist and volunteer coordinator with The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors in Newport News, Virginia, the prime location responsible for responding to sexual assault and human trafficking cases in the area. She is responsible for the human trafficking cases and well as outreach, management of volunteers and programs, fundraising and grant writing.

In Memoriam

GRANT CARL BAUER ’85 (BA) passed away on April 28, 2017, in his home. Born in Arizona, Grant grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he played soccer and basketball and ran track for Albuquerque Academy. At USD, he was a proud member of the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. As a drummer, he played professionally with artists like Lydia Van Huston. He started a successful private investigation firm that eventually merged with Claims Verification. Grant loved life and music, but above all else, he adored his wife, Karroll, and treasured his children, Gabriella and Mitchell.

ARCHBISHOP JOHN RAPHAEL QUINN passed away in June 2017. He touched many lives at USD, especially through his role of provost for the San Diego College of Men in the 1960s. In that role, he was tasked with fostering the merger with the San Diego College for Women. In his various capacities, Archbishop Quinn offered great counsel, support and love. In addition to his work on our campus, Archbishop Quinn served as president of the National Conference of Catholic bishops from 1977 to 1980. He was the sixth archbishop of San Francisco, serving there from 1977 until his retirement in 1995.

SISTER SARAH ELIZABETH “BETSY” WALSH, RSCJ, passed away in June 2017. She joined the USD faculty in 1975 and taught a number of courses in the English department for 42 years. In addition to teaching, Sister Walsh was involved with many campus activities including serving as department chair, and very active in student affairs through her position as faculty-in-residence on campus. Given her commitment to social justice, she initiated and supervised for five years the Southeast San Diego Tutoring Project, an ongoing endeavor to assist at-risk children in local elementary and middle schools. Sister Walsh sang in the choir and was an active member of The Immaculata parish.

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