Spring 2019 Class Notes

View of Linda Vista Road from USD.

LeROY PENDRAY (BBA) reports that he and his wife, Fran, celebrated their 10-year anniversary in November 2018. “We live in an equestrian area, Orange Park Acres, and I am currently on the OPA board,” LeRoy says. “Can’t seem to let go! Healthy, happy and maturing.”

ARTHUR R. WICAL (BBA) writes, “My wife Carol and I have been fortunate and blessed to have traveled to more than 75 countries, seven continents and 50 states.” The couple expected to enjoy a 33-day cruise to Far East Asia in November and December 2018. “We enjoy the cultural and relational aspects of travel,” he noted.


MARILYN (THAYER) RIVAS (BA) lives in South Mission Beach in San Diego. “On my court, most of the other houses are rented by USD students, so I get to catch up on what is happening on campus,” she says. “I often enjoy attending the University of the Third Age. It is held at USD and is such a fun way to keep abreast of what is happening at the college and the world at large.”

PEGGY THOMPSON (BA) is still the wedding coordinator at her parish of 4,000 families, which she says keeps her busy. She is also on the Clark County School District Archive Committee and has written two books on the history of music and transportation for Clark County Schools.


WILLIAM BUCKLEY (BA) has retired as a professor emeritus of English at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. The founder of Plath Profiles, an online journal of Sylvia Plath studies, he has published books on D.H. Lawrence, L.F. Céline and Plath, as well as poetry and stories. William lives 35 miles south of Chicago near the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. He reports that he and his wife visit their son, a space engineer, in Los Angeles, and William surfs in his hometown of San Diego.

BASEL KHALIFEH (BS) writes that he is “retired since 2015 due to rectal colon cancer.”

KIM RANBARGER (BS) retired as a captain from the U.S. Navy on April 01, 2001, and reports marrying Connie Chua in August 2016.


GARY KURUTZ (BA), ’72 (MA) received the Hubert Howe Bancroft award from the Friends of the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, for outstanding contributions to California and Western history. “I owe much to Dr. Iris Engstrand (recently retired) and Sister Catherine McShane (deceased),” Gary says. “They were both inspiring professors and made possible my 38-year career in rare book and special collections libraries.” Gary has worked at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, the California Historical Society in San Francisco and the California State Library in Sacramento. He is now semiretired and works as the executive director of the California State Library Foundation.


TERI (BEUDOIN) PARKER (BA), ’72 (MEd) retired from work as an elementary school resource specialist in 2014 and is the proud mother of two grown daughters and grandmother to four grandsons, ages 2 to 6. Her husband, Terry, has a commercial brokerage company in Lake Forest, California. “Together, we have traveled near and far and are especially fond of our cruise vacations to new and interesting places around the world.”

VINA (JACINTA) PEREIRA ’71 (MEd) writes, “We are retired now and our four children are running our companies: www.paretologic.com and www.revenuewire.com.” Vina says that she and her husband, Julian, have nine grandchildren and the entire family lives in Victoria, British Columbia. “Julian and I travel the world a lot and also enjoy the company of our large 19-member family,” she says. “We have been living in Victoria, B.C., Canada, for the past 45 years. Cheers to good ole USD!”


DEBBIE (SHATTUCK) BURKE (BA) published Instrument of the Devil, a thriller novel about a terrorist cyberattack on the electrical grid. She reports that she and her husband, Tom, have been married for 46 years and they live in Montana.


TERRANCE JESMORE (BA) has retired from his role in USMC Counterintelligence and is a MCCIA/MEGA member.


GILBERT CARRASCO (BA) reports that he and his wife, Iryna Zaverukha, taught human rights at Ukrainian Catholic University in the LLM program during the spring of 2018. “I was on a Fulbright,” Gilbert says.


ALBERT DE LEON (JD) has volunteered with the Financial Services Volunteer Corps for six years. He has traveled to Tunisia, Albania, Kenya and Russia to conduct training and workshops for country regulators as well as bank and insurance staff on how to organize anti-money-laundering/counterterrorism financing programs. Albert is the chair of the audit committee for the New York City Industrial Development Agency/NYC Build and a board member of Newark Public Radio.

THEODORE VAN OOSBREE (BA) writes, “After obtaining a BA in history at USD, I earned a PharmD at UCSF and worked as an inpatient pharmacist at Kaiser for 33 years. My wife and I have five children and live in La Mesa, California. Our fourth child is currently a sophomore at USD who intends to major in behavioral neuroscience and hopes to move on to med school.”


MARILOU ALCANTAR (BA) writes, “I am blessed to have come full circle in my life and career to be working in the very department I earned my degree in … music! It’s so great to hear the beautiful sounds of music echoing down the halls while I work in the music office!”

ADAM SARANCIK (JD) published Takeaway Quotes for Coaching Champions for Life (Amazon.com or CreateSpace.com), a companion book to Coaching Champions for Life — Coaching the Whole Person, Not Just the Athlete. He says that the most recent book “will help coaches be proactive in designing practice plans that coach life lessons with the game, for beyond the game.”


ANDREW BANKS (JD) retired in 2017 after more than 20 years on the Superior Court of California, Orange County.


THOMAS LOFFARELLI (MBA) reports that he married Brenda Andrade on July 1, 2017. “I am very lucky to have an incredible wife,” he says.


MICHAEL GABRIEL (LLM) has launched attorneyetal.com, the first legal social media site dedicated to providing continuing legal education. The site provides resources such as discussion boards, provides opportunities for attorneys to post articles and more.

RICHARD HUVER (BBA) reports that he closed his law practice after a 30-year career as a trial lawyer and has transitioned into full-time mediation throughout Southern California.

JOHN PURCELL (BA) notes that he was a founder of the USD Rugby Club in the fall of 1980.


GEORGINE (ARON) BRAVE (JD) is special counsel with the law firm of Antonyan Miranda.

MARK TUNNEY (BBA) and Susanne Tunney serve as the presidents of the parent relations board.


KARI BOVÉE (BA) has published Girl with a Gun: an Annie Oakley Mystery, a historical fiction mystery novel.

JAMES FLOROS (BA) is the board chair of the California Association of Food Banks.


STEPHANIE GARCIA (MBA, ’18, MS) writes, “I just accepted a job offer at Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions. Looking forward to the new challenge!”

PETE MURPHY (BBA) moved to Chicago in January 2018.


KAREN (MEYER) CAMPBELL (JD) has temporarily moved back to her hometown in New York. Since legal editing is done entirely by email, she reports that she has kept her job.

EUGENE GUTIERREZ (BBA) and his wife, Tamara, live in Monrovia, California, with three daughters. Eugene reports that he planned to celebrate both his 30-year reunion and his oldest daughter’s first year in the Torero family as a freshman at USD.

VICTORIA (CORICH) NENNER (MSN) retired from nursing and moved to Hillsboro, Oregon, to be near family.

WILLIAM PARROTT (BBA) has published his second investment book: A View from the Perch — A Collection of Financial Blogs, Short Stories and Other Musings.

AVID ROLLS (BBA) is president of MasterPieces, Inc. He writes, “Finally signed a major-league contract, not to play, but to develop and market MLB toys, games, puzzles and novelties.”

PAUL WINTERS (BA) was named associate vice president for strategy and knowledge at the International Fund for Agricultural Development, a specialized agency of the United Nations based in Rome.


WILLIAM GILLIS (BBA) writes, “We are focused on our soon-to-be 10-year-old daughter’s health and raising pediatric stroke awareness. Three years ago, she suffered a catastrophic stroke and is now an amazing stroke survivor. Kendall is a remarkable little girl and we are so grateful for all of the prayers and support of our friends and family in San Diego, including fellow USD alumni.”

REBECCA JENNEY SEYMOUR (BA), ‘90 (MEd) writes, “As a teacher working in the Los Angeles area, it’s always pleasant, but not too shocking a surprise, to meet a fellow Torero. After all, San Diego isn’t that far away. But imagine working at an elementary school in Pasadena (California) with four of us!” Rebecca adds that her daughter, Megan Seymour ’18 (BA), is a USD alumna and is also working on a master’s degree in education at USD.


DONNA BIRD-FLYNT (BSN), ’10 (MSN) retired from Sharp HealthCare in January 2017 and is living in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

CHRISSY (LOCKE-PADDON) HAGERTY (BA) lives in Tokyo with her four children and husband, who is the U.S. ambassador to Japan.

WILLIAM TRACY HAMBY (BA) retired from the Marine Corps Reserves on June 1, 2018, after 31 years of service. He enlisted while a student at USD and served as a machine gunner. He was commissioned and became an armor officer when he graduated in 1990. After four years of active service, he remained in the reserves while attending law school. After law school, he served as a judge advocate and, during his career, he deployed to Somalia and Iraq. He is currently an attorney for the Department of Homeland Security.

PETER NEILL (BBA) is working for Comcast as division vice president of Business Sales and Operations for the West Division out of Denver, Colorado. “We just dropped off our middle son, Philip, who is a freshman at USD,” he writes.


RANDY LASER (MBA) writes, “Hello to the MBA Class of 1991, from South Florida!” Randy is a principal management consultant at Windward Airline Consulting based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

KRISTIN SAN MARTIN (BAcc), ’98 (MBA) is the chief financial officer of a growing real estate services firm. “We just completed an office buildout and relocation and are loving our new modern space,” she says.


BRIDGET SMITH-COPPES (BAcc) reports that she completed another round of schooling and was promoted to nursing supervisor of women’s services at Park Nicollet Health Care.


LILIA (VASQUEZ) ALVAREZ (BBA) is a financial representative for the Sentry Pacific Financial Group. “Also gearing up to obtain a Series 65 license,” Lilia says.

ANGIE GOSSETT (BBA) is the chief of human resources for Marine Corps Community Services aboard MCAS Iwakuni, Japan. Angie has been living in Japan for two years and says that when she is not working, she is “on an adventure traveling in Japan, Asia or somewhere else fantastic around the world.”

MICHAUN HAYES (BAcc) is the assistant controller for the University of Nevada, Reno, after spending almost six years as the assistant director, scholarship administration. “USD prepared me well for diverse career opportunities,” Michaun says.


DANIEL SULLIVAN (BBA) writes, “2017 and 2018 brought challenges in the vineyards and on the mountain, but both the 2017 vintage and the 2017-18 ski season shaped up to be great. The ski season in Chile is shaping up nicely too. Join me!”


JENNIFER BROBST (JD) received the 2018 SIU Outstanding Scholar Award for law faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Law.

LARRY PEREZ (MEd) is the director of student life and an instructor at Barry University in Miami. “Enjoying South Florida and the great culture, weather and beaches,” he says.


TASHA JACKSON FITZGERALD (BA) earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology and psychotherapy from John F. Kennedy University. Prior to private practice as a psychotherapist, she worked in a range of community mental health agencies. She also has co-authored Unveiling Weddings with Rebecca Sacerdoti, has been published in trade journals and has presented advanced training for mental health professionals. “Whenever possible, I volunteer my mental health services to nonprofits via direct services or consultation,” she says.

LEXIE MOBLEY (BA) is a senior merchandising manager at Adidas for the Dick’s Sporting Goods account. She lives in West Linn, Oregon, with her husband, Dan; her daughter, Emerson, 7; and her son, Parker, 4.

ABBY PARTA (BA) is a director of government affairs and public policy for Vertex, a Boston-based biotech firm that focuses on cystic fibrosis. Abby lives in South St. Paul, Minnesota, with her two children: Leighton, 11, and Liliana, 6.

DAVID SANCHEZ (BBA) started Kinitros, his own digital marketing agency, which focuses on the U.S. Hispanic market.


LOUISE STANGER (EdD) was awarded the Excellence in Service Award by the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House, which was presented at the nonprofit’s 29th annual awards luncheon. The Friendly House was the first residential program for women recovering from substance abuse and alcohol abuse. Louise is an independent interventionist, lecturer, professor, clinician, trainer and author. She expected to publish the first textbook on addiction interventions in the fall of 2018.


DAVID BYE (MBA) joined Fairway Technologies, a team of technology experts who can help with any software project.

KATE (BERG) GALINDO (BA) was promoted to senior professional development specialist for Curriculum Associates in Central Florida, where she has worked for the past five years. She consults with administrators and educators to provide ongoing training and support for K-8 schools for Ready and i-Ready teacher resources.

KELLY (EGGEN) HILL (BA) was promoted to manager, program contracts, with Raytheon. She also celebrated her 15-year work anniversary at Raytheon in San Diego.


DANIEL KLEIN (BA) writes, “Our daughter, Luna, is turning 3 and our son, Tomas, is going into his senior year of high school. We are finally moving out of San Diego after 22 years (but not too far away) to San Clemente to be closer to Dan’s new job as general counsel and director of human resources at Madison Creek Partners.”


JEANMARIE HARRINGTON BISCEGLIA (BA), ’08 (JD) is now a partner at Christian, Dichter & Sluga.

MARISA BOWSER (BA) writes, “We are cruising around Mexico in our 40-foot Beneteau. We are both retired now.”

JANINE (JOHNSON) JORDAN (BBA) is executive director of Green Wave, which fiscally sponsors several projects, such as a Trash to Treasure community and industry challenge under the Electronic Music Alliance project. The nonprofit is also introducing permaculture into their school project, Futuro Verdo, and reintroducing the scarlet macaw bird that became extinct on their peninsula in Costa Rica. “We are excited that both the school and the wildlife center are working together on curriculum.” Her new home/office in Costa Rica is an eco-show home and mini-permaculture farm, which has been featured on Habitat TV and is now open to the public for viewing.

PILAR MENDOZA (BA) is at home with her 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son. Last summer, she and her husband, Harry Moore ’01, traveled in California with their kids and spent time at the zoo and the beach.


CAROLE HAIR (PhD) writes, “I am enjoying retirement after a 43-year career in nursing that included 39 years of service within the Department of Veterans Affairs.”


PAULINE AMERSON (MBA) is focused on contract marketing jobs and is looking for a full-time role.


PAMELA BELLOSO (BBA) is a procurement manager for 23andMe.

MARC CAVATORTA (BBA) has developed a strong passion for organic agriculture and sustainable food systems; he is in the planning stages of starting an organic farm on the North Shore of Boston. “In addition to growing healthy food, I am exploring the cultivation of cannabis (hemp) for CBD oil,” he says.

TAMMY DePETRO (MS) is senior manager of commodity in aerospace and is actively seeking job opportunities as director of supply chain in Southern California.

TAYLOR NEWENDORP (MA) published his first book: The Perfectionism Workbook: Proven Strategies to End Procrastination, Accept Yourself, and Achieve Your Goals. It is available on Amazon.com.

ANGELICA ROBLES (BA) finished a fellowship at Brown University and reports that she is excited to be starting her first job out of medical school and training.


MICHELLE DARNELL (BA) earned a master’s degree in art business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York. She is currently working at an art advisory and consulting firm in Los Angeles.

AMY ENGLISH (BA) started a new job as communications and development director at Pathfinder International.

BRIAN EVAVOLD (BA) retired from the U.S. Navy on June 1, 2018, after 25 years of service. He was a student in the Navy commissioning program from 2005 to 2008 and he completed the last 10 years in the Washington, D.C. area.

GISSELL MALFITANO (BA) writes, “Exciting things in the FinTech landscape.”

ZACH MOODY (BA) reports that his wife, Megan Roberson ’08, started the Pharm-D program at the University of California, San Francisco, in July 2018.


ROWENA DALY (BA) spent two years working in organ procurement and donor/family relations before completing her doctorate in naturopathic medicine as part of the inaugural class of Bastyr University in San Diego. She now practices with UC Irvine at the Samueli Integrative Health Institute in Costa Mesa, California.

RACHEL SALCER DICKSON (BA) reports that she was married on June 9, 2018.

LOGAN JOHNSTON (BS/BA) reports marrying Crystal (Peterson) Johnston ’10 in Temecula (California) wine country in April 2018. Logan and Crystal were happy to celebrate their union with their family and friends, including their wedding party, of which more than one-half were USD alumni. They live in La Mesa, California, with their 7-year-old husky. Logan is an engineer at General Atomics and Crystal is a digital marketer for the USD Alumni Association as well as a spin instructor for Rush Cycle.

ELIZABETH KNUDSON (BA) reports that she and her husband, Bryce Knudson ’08, welcomed a baby boy, Connor, in April 2018.

AUSTIN PARKER (BA) studied avian and tropical ecology in the Amazon during the summer of 2018. A biological technician at Cabrillo National Monument, Austin lives in San Diego and is a graduate student in Miami University’s Advanced Inquiry Program. His work in the Amazon was through Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course.


STEPHAN DUPOURQUE (JD) oversees FAA certifications for unmanned aircraft at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. “We accomplished a significant milestone by becoming the first civil unmanned aircraft to cross the Atlantic in July,” he says.

JESSICA ELKIN (BA) reports that she and Clay Elkin ’11 were married in May 2015 prior to becoming river guides in Salida, Colorado, for the summer. They now live in Boise, Idaho, where Jessica is a physician assistant and Clay is a firefighter. In July 2018, they welcomed a baby boy, Cooper Michael.

TEDDY FULHAM (BBA) is the vice president of finance and business development at Clarify Medical, a San Diego-based startup for a connected medical device for the home treatment of chronic dermatological conditions.

MATTHEW HERRMANN (BA) has a fellowship in infectious diseases/HIV at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

JERRY LANG (MSGL) published his first book: Secrets to Selling Software, which is available on Amazon.com.

NATALIE LEWIS (BBA) lives in Del Mar, California, with her husband and Shih Tzu. “Loving being a business owner!” she says.

ERNEST BONIFACE MAKULILO (MAPJ) is a regional director for African projects at Un-bound, a nonprofit in Kansas. After graduation, Ernest joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in San Diego. He is a founder and chief executive officer of EBM Scholars, which helps international students from developing countries find scholarships and compete to win. He also is the author of several books, including It Was Not Russia and A Loving Father.

ROBERT NARANJO (BBA) is finishing a deployment to Iraq. “This will be my third overall (two others to Afghanistan),” he says. In 2019, he expects to start a new job at the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain, where he will be working with the Bahrain National Defense Force.

KIMBERLY PERKINS (BS/BA) is an engineering officer for the U.S. Air Force and is currently deployed with the Air Force Special Operations Command in Afghanistan. Kimberly was assigned avionics chief for the Delta Rocket program (2014-17). She earned a master’s degree in 2014.

CHRISSIE SORENSON (EdD) is in her 10th year in Germany and starting her fifth in Bavaria/Munich. “Still enthusiastic about my work, seeing the relevance in what I do every day. How lucky am I?” Chrissie says.

MICHELLE (DOMBROWSKI) SULLIVAN (MSGL) was president and chief operating officer of a technology company, which she left to co-found Dragonfly Consultants, a leadership development, cultural transformation and executive coaching company. After five successful years of growth, she started her own company, Sullivan Global Consulting, which she has owned for 10 years. “My niche is working with global, multicultural clients since I’ve lived and worked abroad for several years in multiple countries,” she says. “Although I spend most of my time in California for business, my husband and I call Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, home.”


CONOR CAWLEY (BA) and Bri Wanlass ’11 met freshman year at USD, lived across from each other in the Vistas, dated each other’s roommates, and, after graduation, went their separate ways. Bri traveled throughout southern Africa, taught English in Istanbul and hiked in Boulder, Colorado. Conor returned to Chicago to pursue comedy and start his writing career. When Bri decided to pursue a master’s degree, Conor persuaded her that a school like Notre Dame would be the perfect fit. During her yearlong global health program, we fell in love after many weekend trips between Chicago and South Bend,” Conor says. “Now we live in downtown Chicago.”

SHANNON CULHANE (BA) reports that she is living in Sydney.

JOHN-RAYAN INGALLA (BA) moved from Southern California to Seattle and joined Microsoft as the global supply chain planner for Xbox.

JENNIFER IX (BBA) moved back to Los Angeles after spending two years as a high school counselor in Sacramento, California, and then one year teaching English abroad in Costa Rica. She now is a school guidance counselor in Los Angeles.

CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON (MA) was selected to command Combat Logistics Battalion-31, a Marine Corps forward-deployed unit with emphasis on crisis response in the western Pacific.

ROLAND MONTES (BA) left his position as a network solution executive at AT&T and accepted a job as enterprise account executive for the U.S. Southwest region for Apple.

MEAGAN (NADAL) PEPIN (BA) reports that she recently got married.

DUNCAN PRESTON (MSGL) writes, “In July (2018), Ellen and I relocated to Yokosuka, Japan. I accepted a promotion as director of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Detachment Yokosuka, where we provide industrial maintenance and logistics support for USS Ronald Reagan.”

KURT WHITMAN (JD) joined Dillon, Miller & Ahuja in August 2018 as a real estate/business litigation attorney in the firm’s Carlsbad, California, office. “My family, including my wife, Suzanne, and my two kids (Alex, 7, and Thalia, 5) are enjoying our new home in San Marcos,” he says.


DANIELA (GARCIA) ALLIE (BA) reports that she has beat cancer. After months of mystery symptoms, diagnosis with Hodgkin lymphoma and six months of chemotherapy, Daniela is now cancer free and healing.

MEGAN EILERS (BA) graduated from Chapman University Fowler School of Law in May 2018.

KATHLEEN HAGAN (BA) spent four years with the international committee of the Red Cross and she recently started an endeavor co-founding FHG Marine Engineering Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “My experiences gained while at USD on Semester at Sea were a fundamental part of my decision,” she says.

BEATRIZ JIRON (BBA) is a producer for Televisa. In the last four years, she has been in charge of local news and local entertainment shows that are shown nationally through-out Mexico.

CHEYENNE McCARTHY (BA) completed her first year in the Doctor of Chiropractic program at Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, California, where she is specializing in military veteran treatment and rehabilitation.

JOHN MORENO (BA) was promoted to captain in September 2016 and is now a company commander.

MELISSA (EPES) O’DONOGHUE (BA), ’14 (MEd) writes, “Around seven years ago, I was set up with John (O’Donoghue) for a sorority dance, and this July we got married!”

NATALIE POLETTI (BA) opened a Club Pilates in Novato, California, and is celebrating four years of owning and operating a thriving pet resort, The Pawington, in South San Francisco.

CATHERINE QUIRK (BA) reports that she married Chris Hanneke ’12 on May 5, 2018. They met in Gina Lew’s Introduction to Media Studies class, where the first assignment was to interview each other and write profile pieces. They still have copies of those interviews today and even quoted from them in their wedding ceremony. Both communication majors, they remained friends while they worked on The Vista, where Chris was editor-in-chief. Today, Catherine and Chris live in Seattle.

TIM ROSE (BBA) is owner of Mariposa Ice Cream in Temecula, California; he is in the process of opening a second store in Murrieta, California.

SHANE SMITH (BA) is a general surgery resident in Seattle.

ELLE STRICKLEN (BA) married Vince Zieser in Santa Cruz, California. She is the dean of students at Damien Memorial School in Honolulu, Hawaii.

TRACY (ZETTS) TELLIARD (BA) moved to Riverside, California, in the summer of 2016 after earning her MA in higher education leadership at USD and founding the USD Founders Chapel Choir Affinity Group. She is the assistant director of alumni and parent relations at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California.

JEREMY WHELEN (BA) reports that he married Katie Kucich ’12.


HANNAH BERTRANDO (BA) started a new job as a deputy district attorney in Fresno, California.

SOPHIA CARRILLO (BA) graduated from Stanford Law School in June 2018. As a law student, she successfully represented a client seeking asylum and additional clients seeking executive clemency, appealing government decisions and more. She says her favorite work was volunteering to prepare women and children in immigration detention in South Texas for their credible fear interviews. She worked abroad with the Office of the Legal Counselor at U.S. Embassy The Hague on international law matters and with the Department of Justice in the Counterterrorism Litigation Section. She is now clerking for a federal judge and says she looks forward to a career of trial work and pro bono representation of asylum seekers and the underrepresented.

TONI DeGUIRE (BA) reports that she was married recently in Austin, Texas, and purchased a condo with her husband in Dallas. She is working for Teach for America while also pursuing opportunities as an entrepreneur in career coaching and talent management. She is actively engaged in the Dallas community through Junior League of Dallas.

JAMES DONNELL (BBA) completed the Master of Business for Veterans program at the University of Southern California.

REBECCA GARCIA-RANGEL (BA) earned an MSW from Boston College and is finishing her field placement in Santiago de Chile at Servicio Jesuita Migrante.

ALLISON (CAPOZZOLI) GARRETT (JD) was selected by the San Diego Daily Transcript for its 2018 40 Under 40 list.

MAHAD GHANI (BA) is in the Class of 2019 at Georgetown Law. Past experience includes work as a legal and policy intern at Fair Trials International and as a law clerk for the Office of Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, a member of the Judiciary Committee.

SARAH JORGENSEN (BA) was promoted to producer in CNN’s New York Newsgathering Bureau. In recent months, she has covered the West Virginia teachers’ strike, immigration and many other stories in the New York region and beyond.

YAVARI LAUDAN (BBA) is a Class of 2019 MBA candidate in the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. Yavari plans to continue working in the agriculture industry, striving to create a more sustainable food system.

JULIAN LEIRO (BA) earned a master’s degree in statistics at the University of Utah and works for SoCalGas as a business analyst.

LILY MARUCCI (BA) graduated from the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Glendale, Arizona, with a Doctor of Dental Medicine. She practices at Sun Life Family Health Center, a public health facility in her hometown, Casa Grande, Arizona.

CHRISTINA MEEKER (BA) graduated from the Fieldstone Leadership Network’s Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group and is celebrating five years with Words Alive, Southern California’s leading nonprofit for literacy advocacy.

TREVOR OLSON (BAcc) moved back to San Diego in 2016 after working as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Trevor is now the assistant women’s basketball coach at USD.

KATHERINE SCHOBLASKE (BA) graduated from the Physician Assistant Studies program at Oregon Health and Science University in August 2018. She is pursuing a career as a family medicine physician assistant in the Portland area and is looking forward to working in the community she calls home.

JACKSON SHANNON (BA) recently finished his professional international baseball career (Australia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany, Canada). He was also featured on the International Stars website: https://bit.ly/2xbZjef.

MARIA FERNANDA TORRES (MA) moved back to San Diego after living and working abroad as a preschool and elementary school counselor at an American School in Valencia, Spain. She is looking for a job opportunity in San Diego.

JAKE ZAWLACKI (BA) is a graduate student at Stanford University under a fellowship to study Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian studies in their master’s program.


MOLLY BARIL (BA) earned a master’s degree in counseling and school counseling from Loyola Marymount University; she is now a mental health counselor at San Fernando Valley Mental Health Center in Van Nuys, California.

NICOLAUS COLLINS (BA) is working for Politico, a global politics and policy news media company, in Washington, D.C.

TRISHA GARCIA (MSGL) moved to Los Angeles to assume the position of deputy chief of logistics at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.

TAYLOR (MORRISON) McCLAY (BA) writes, “We are living right down the road from USD. Sam is currently serving as an officer in the Navy. We just got married on June 2 (2018)!”

MARINA PARDINI (BBA) expected to complete a master’s degree in computer interaction at University College London in September 2018.

ANDREA RICE (MSGL) was stationed as the executive officer on a Coast Guard cutter in Alaska after graduation. She transferred to Base Miami Beach in the summer of 2017 as the personnel support department head, helping more than 10,000 Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security employees throughout the district area, including Florida, North and South Carolina and embassy workers in South America.

IAN RODGERS (BA) earned a Master of Public Health in May 2018 from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and began working for the New York State Office of Mental Health, researching quality and performance measures for behavioral health care as part of New York’s Medicaid reforms.

JOHN SCATTERDAY (BA) completed his first year of graduate school at Cornell University. He is working toward an MBA in the Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management and an MS in healthcare leadership from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences.

NADEAJA SHAHEED (BA) writes, “Blessed to be working on campus in the Office of the Provost and attending grad school in SOLES!”

SANDRINE URIAS (BA) is a student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of South Florida.


AMY (ROTHERMEL) ERICK (JD) moved to Boise, Idaho, and was hired as a deputy prosecutor in Ada County.

JASON GUO (BAcc), ’15 (BBA) is with the California Foundation Fund and its FutureBoss program. He also writes that he has been “investing heavily in Los Angeles and Orange County residential real estate among other investments.”

PRITI PHUKAN (JD) joined Umberg Zipser in the intellectual property practice group. Priti concentrates her practice on patent and trademark prosecution across various technology industries, including chemistry, life sciences, diagnostics, medical devices and mechanical engineering. She began her career as a chemist and molecular biologist, and then made the choice to start her career in patent law.

NICKI (SCHUESSLER) VELOZ (PhD) reports that she and Adrian Veloz were married in 2017 and their daughter, Ella, was born in 2018.

ALLYSON (MARIE) WARD (BS/BA) is a senior project engineer at General Atomics working on next-generation software to control multiple aircraft from a single controller.


ALEC HARTMAN (BA) writes, “Receiving my master’s degree from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, the No. 6 school of theology in the world, No. 2 in the U.S. and No. 1 Catholic!”

JEREMY HUANG (BS/BA) has launched WorkWell, a collaborative coworking space in Orange County, California.

ARIANA MIDDLEMAN (BA) is a third-year student in San Diego State University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. In the fall of 2018, she was going out on clinical rotations and treating patients.

VANESSA MONTGOMERY (MEd) is an education specialist for students with mild to moderate disabilities at San Diego High. She created a special education transition program that helps students learn social skills and customer service by running a coffee shop on campus. She also created the first transition conference with a focus on giving the students the tools to find success after high school. Vanessa was awarded teacher of the year at her school last year.

MARIA YAKOVLEVA (BA) finished her Teach for America commitment as a special education teacher. She also has been working on a doctorate in clinical psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.


HAYLEY BRUDISH (BA) earned a master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s Committee on International Relations and started a new position as a management analyst for Commonwealth Trading Partners. In this role, she supports program management for law enforcement and criminal justice capacity building programs in West Africa and the United States.

MICHAEL BURRAFATO (BBA) writes, “Armed with my flag and a cape, I’m moving to NYC to take Wall Street by the horns, starting at Lazard, the French investment banking house.”

KENNETH EHRMAN (MS) recently started the Doctor of Public Administration program at California Baptist University.

FRANCISCO FAGOAGA (MS) is in supply chain finance at the Boeing Company. He recently joined the USD Alumni Board in Seattle and helps plan events.

JUHI ISRANI (MSHCI) is an informatics analyst at Gary and Mary West Health Institute with a wide portfolio of research-based projects in acute care and telemedicine. In addition, Juhi teaches a course, Database Management and Introduction to SQL, at the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science.

CHRISTINE KIM (BBA) is moving from San Francisco to Singapore through her employer, Salesforce.

JIENNIE KIM (BA) is in her second year of graduate school at Tufts University, Boston School of Occupational Therapy, for a master’s degree. She plans to become a pediatric occupational therapist.

CARLA KINNUNEN (BNS) is working in a research role at the University of California, San Francisco. She plans to return to school for physical therapy and has started the mandatory volunteer hours in PT prior to applying for schooling.

OWEN LEWIS (BA), ’17 (BBA) is running political campaigns in the Bay Area, with “dreams of law school or moving up to Sacramento and working in the Capitol building.”

MELISSA PADILLA (BA) writes, “After working as a deputy finance director for a local campaign, I have transitioned to the philanthropic sector as a member of the San Diego Grantmakers team. In my free time, I serve as the legislative research and advocacy coordinator for the Women’s Equity Council of the United Nations Association of San Diego. I am also currently gearing up for the LSAT to take on law school.”

LAUREN RILEY (BA) started a master’s program in integrative anatomical sciences at the University of Southern California.

EMMA VON TSCHARNER (BA) lived in Italy for the past year, where she did post-baccalaureate studies in Italian and art history, worked in a local theater in Florence and toured around Italy teaching English to children through theater. Emma is now at the University of Denver, where she is working on a master’s degree in elementary education, a teaching credential and an aesthetics cognate. “I am very grateful for my years at USD!” she says.


CAITLAN BERTRAM (BA) is working at CBS Corp. in Los Angeles as part of the page program.

HAZEL CLAROS (MA) is the assistant director of admissions and outreach for USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences. In this role, she supervises the admissions and outreach team and supports recruitment efforts across all SOLES programs. An alumna herself, Hazel earned a master’s degree in higher education leadership studies from SOLES. With more than five years of experience in admissions, outreach and recruitment, she says she is “passionate about helping others achieve their educational goals and strives to maintain equitable and inclusive practices in higher education.”

VERONICA GROSSE (BA) reports that she is working on her doctorate.

JIMMY JOSEPH (MS) got a new job at Booz Allen Hamilton as a cybersecurity engineer.

ANDREA (MEDINA) MADELEINE (MA) is a program manager with the Stanford Ignite program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. The program combines current graduate students and entrepreneurs with innovators, scientists and engineers from leading companies to formulate, develop and commercialize their ideas.

DIANA ROLDAN (MAPJ) has been interested in jobs in food security, agriculture or as a victim advocate. “I started as a supervisor of a farm in Escondido, California, whose owners are interested in growing their own natural products to promote food security and well-being,” she says. “It is still in the planning stage. Meanwhile, I am expanding my work skills.”

[in memoriam]

BETTINA MARIAN BRACKA HALVORSEN ’02 (MA) passed away in February 2018 after a brief struggle with glioblastoma. She was 55 years old. Bettina worked tirelessly to make a difference in women’s health issues overseas. In her many roles, she secured funding and managed global project teams to implement crucial global health programs in Nicaragua, Guatemala, India, Ethiopia, Ghana and more. She also worked with UCSD’s Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation, and as a logistics analyst for General Dynamics. Bettina’s most recent work was as director of foundation and institutional relations at Project Con-cern International. Her memory lives on in the heart of her husband, the lives she impacted through her personal and professional work, and all who loved her.

CARLOS ALBERTO RIVERA PEÑALOSA ‘86 (BA) passed away on March 10, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Myrna, two children, Yvanna ’11 (BA) and David ‘19, father Ignacio, mother Nancy, three brothers, two sisters, two nephews and four nieces (one a USD alumna). For 33 years, he worked in the financial industry. Carlos traveled extensively with his family and enjoyed life to the fullest. The strong attendance at his funeral Mass was testament to the man he was: a generous and loving man dedicated to God, his family and friends. The music for his funeral Mass was performed by beloved family members and members of USD’s Choral Scholars at The Immaculata, the magnificent church on the campus he cherished.

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