Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill Award
for exemplary service to the university

Sandra Chew Phillips ’68 (BA)

Bishop Charles Francis Buddy Award
for contributions to humanitarian causes

The Honorable Dr. Joseph Ghougassian ’77 (MA), ’80 (JD)

Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family
Athletic Hall of Fame
for extraordinary athletic success

Kevin Herde ’93 (BBA) (Men's Baseball 1990–1993)

Author E. Hughes Career
Achievement Award
for professional career achievement

College of Arts and Sciences

Timothy Lynch ’95 (BA)

School of Business Administration

J. Scott Di Valerio ’85 (BBA)

Hahn School of Nursing and
Health Science

Capt. Jacqueline D. Rychnovsky, PhD, CPNP’04 (PhD)

Joan B. Kroc School of
Peace Studies

Susi Menazza ’03 (MA)

School of Law

Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. ’87 (JD)

School of Leadership and
Education Sciences

Arnulfo Manriquez ’05 (MA)


sandra chew phillips

Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill Award

Sandra Chew Phillips ’68 (BA)
Staff Technical Writer, Qualcomm, Inc.

The three most important influences in Sandy Kiszla Chew Phillips’ life were her parents, Edna and Joe Kiszla; being born into a close and loving Polish American family in Philadelphia, Penn., in 1946, and her years as a student at the University of San Diego.

Her adult life experience was shaped by the beauty, truth, and goodness she encountered at the university and in her teachers, and the blue ribbon education she received as an English major and French minor. When Chew Phillips graduated in 1968, one of her life goals was to give back what the university gave her, and she has been actively involved in volunteering at USD ever since.

Over the past 40 years, she has served on the University of San Diego Alumni Association Board of Directors, as well as other alumni boards for the School of Leadership and Education Sciences and the Alumnae/i of the Sacred. During that time, she has held numerous positions, including the recording secretary, the vice president, the cor unum chair, and the 2009 publicity chair for the Associated Alumnae of the Sacred Heart’s national conference in Los Angeles.

On USD’s Alumni Board, she served as class agent from 1975 to 2003 and helped establish the format for class reunions. She also served as board’s recognition committee chair and the homecoming chair.

On behalf of the Sacred Heart, she was an AASH representative; served as president in 1977–78; and co-chaired a committee to determine the association’s 10-year goals. She also served on the Sacred Heart Advisory Committee to the USD Discovery Campaign; and worked on other special projects when called upon.

The main focus of Chew Phillips’ professional life has been providing excellence in editing and writing technical documents for high-tech companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Qualcomm. Her love and ministry has been interacting with the people she encounters at work, with volunteer organizations and during her day-to-day experiences. This comes from her belief in the beauty, truth and goodness she sees in every person — something she inherited from Mother Rosalie Clifton Hill whose values permeated her experience at USD.


joseph ghougassian

Bishop Charles Francis Buddy Award

The Honorable Dr. Joseph Ghougassian
’77 (MA) ’80 (JD)

United States Ambassador to Qatar (Ret.)

Joseph Ghougassian was the first naturalized United States citizen from the Middle East to become a U.S. Ambassador.
In 2003, he was the special envoy to Kirkuk where he helped resolve disputes between Kurds, Christians, Arabs and Turkmen. As deputy senior advisor to the ministry of higher education for the Coalition Provisional Authority, Ghougassian oversaw the reconstruction of Iraq’s universities and colleges, restarted the Fulbright Program in Iraq and accompanied the first 25 Iraqi Fulbright scholars to the White House to meet with President George W. Bush.

In 2006, he was chief of party for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In 2008, as USAID’s chief of party in Afghanistan, he introduced the “improved wheat program” to combat the poppy agriculture. In 2009, he was acting director of the Office of Constitutional and Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. Since late 2009, he’s been assisting with regulatory reform of Iraqi laws and management of the policy-making process.

Ghougassian received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Gregorian University in Rome, and his PhD in philosophy from the University of Louvain, Belgium. At 22, he joined the faculty at the University of San Diego where he earned a JD and an MA in international relations.

In 1981, Ghougassian was a member of President Ronald Reagan’s White House staff in charge of the administration’s immigration and refugee policy. Many of his recommendations became part of the new Immigration Act in 1986. He was a Peace Corps director in Yemen and, in 1985, Reagan appointed him U.S. Ambassador to Qatar.

In 1988, he founded Qatar’s American School of Doha. In 1989, Pope John Paul II bestowed upon him the rank of Knighthood Commander in the Order of St. Gregory the Great for influencing the Qatar government to lift 14 centuries of religious prohibition on the public practice of the Christian faith and other faiths. In 1989, the Emir of Qatar, His Highness Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, awarded him the medal of the Order of Merit for strengthening ties between the two nations.


kevin herde

Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame

Kevin Herde ’93 (B.B.A)
Men’s Baseball 1990–1993

Kevin Herde ’93 excelled both on the baseball diamond as well as in the classroom during his outstanding four-year career at the University of San Diego. Primarily a catcher for the Toreros, Herde earned the moniker, “Mr. Versatility” because he also saw action at first base, on the mound as a pitcher, and as a designated hitter. Herde is the only Torero baseball player to have earned the team’s Most Valuable Player award three times (1991–93). 

Selected as member of the prestigious West Coast Conference 40th Anniversary team, Herde was selected as the 1993 WCC Player of the Year during his senior campaign and was also named an Academic All-American. Twice, he was named First Team All-WCC and WCC All-Academic (1992, 1993).

During his senior year, he batted .372, including a remarkable .430 in league action, as he guided the Toreros to 36 wins — the second most in program history at the time. That magical season he recorded 46 RBI, 18 doubles and 10 home runs.

A player who truly loved to compete, Herde was the team’s Rookie of the Year in 1990 with team-best marks of 18 doubles and 45 RBI while batting .330. During his sophomore campaign he earned WCC Second Team honors as a utility player with eight homers and 48 RBI.

During his career, he led the Toreros in RBI all four years, finishing with a total of 183; good for the program’s all-time mark at the time. Additionally, he finished with 216 games played, 774 at-bats, 263 hits, 59 doubles, 32 home runs and 426 total bases. He had a .550 slugging percentage and an overall batting average of .340.  

Herde, from nearby Escondido, was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 38th round of the Major League Baseball draft following the 1993 season.


tim lynch

Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award

College of Arts and Sciences


Timothy Lynch ’95 (BA)
Executive Producer, Woodshed Films and Farm League

As co-founder and executive producer of Farm League and Woodshed Films, Tim Lynch has traveled across the globe to create award-winning film projects that both capture high-spirited adventure and inspire environmental stewardship. Also an esteemed video producer, Lynch has helmed a number of groundbreaking music videos — including the winner of the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards’ Video of the Year, Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”

After earning his communications degree with a minor in environmental studies from the University of San Diego, Lynch moved to Los Angeles to pursue his filmmaking career. Veering away from conventional production companies, Lynch took part in a series of independent projects that allowed him to develop and diversify his craft. With nearly 10 years of production work under his belt, Lynch joined forces with visionary filmmakers the Malloys and Thomas Campbell to form Woodshed Films in 2003.

Born from its founders’ collective love of surfing and the ocean, Woodshed Films specializes in documentaries that recount unique and exhilarating experiences of surf adventures — all while subtly illuminating the need to protect oceans and wild spaces around the world.

Lynch also waded into the world of music. In addition to his work with Green Day, which nabbed a Grammy nomination for with Lynch-produced “American Idiot” video, he’s served as producer on videos for heavy-hitting acts such as Black Eyed Peas, Weezer, My Chemical Romance, Ben Harper, and Jack Johnson.

An accomplished commercial producer as well, Lynch partnered with ad-agency producer Tieneke Pavesic in 2011 to launch Farm League, a company that creates trailblazing commercials and branded content for the likes of Ford, Nike, and Barefoot Wine.

A father of two, Lynch married his college sweetheart Jennifer Lofftus and now resides in Santa Monica. This year will see the release of his latest film, “Big Easy Express,” a music documentary about 2011’s “Railroad Revival Tour” which chronicles three bands as they travel by train from San Francisco to New Orleans playing shows. The film reminds us that the landscape, the experience and the journey are often found between destinations.


j scott di valerio

Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award

School of Business Administration


J. Scott Di Valerio ’85 (BBA)
Chief Financial Officer, Coinstar, Inc.

Scott Di Valerio has more than 25 years of experience in finance, operations, and management with high-growth, world-class organizations. Currently he is the chief financial officer of Coinstar Inc., and an integral part of Coinstar’s executive team, which drives the overall strategic direction of the company.

Prior to joining Coinstar, Di Valerio was the president of the Americas for Lenovo Group, overseeing all sales and channel operations, marketing, service and support, with complete financial result accountability. Prior to that, he was Microsoft’s corporate vice president of the Original Equipment Manufacturer Division, in charge of the management of Microsoft’s relationships with makers of personal computers and other devices, multinational and regional OEMs, and embedded systems manufacturers. He joined Microsoft as the corporate vice president of finance and administration and the chief accounting officer.

Di Valerio has also served as vice president of corporate controllership for The Walt Disney Company and was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Diego and Prague, Czech Republic.

Di Valerio is a strong supporter and advocate for the proper development and education of children and young adults. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Childhaven, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization dedicated to stopping the cycle of abuse, protecting and treating children ages 5 and younger.

He is presently a member of the University of San Diego School of Business Board of Advisors and has served on other advisory boards for universities in California and Nevada. Scott and his wife Shara have three children and currently live in the Seattle area.


jacqueline rychovsky

Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award

Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science


Capt. Jacqueline D. Rychnovsky, PhD, CPNP’04 (PhD)
Executive Officer, United States Naval Hospital,
Yokosuka, Japan

A native of Liberty, Mo., Capt. Jacqueline Rychnovsky received her diploma in nursing from Research Medical Center School of Nursing in Kansas City, Mo., in 1981 and held a variety of staff and management nursing positions while completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. After graduating in 1986, she continued to gain civilian nursing experience in pediatrics as a nurse manager, opening the first suburban satellite clinic for Children’s Mercy Hospital in Overland Park, Kan.

Capt. Rychnovsky joined the U.S. Navy in 1990 as a lieutenant junior grade. After attending Officer Indoctrination School, she accepted her first assignment at Naval Hospital Charleston. In 1993, she was sent to the Naval Medical Clinic, Key West, Fla., as the pediatric charge nurse. In 1997, she graduated from the University of Florida with a Master of Science in Nursing degree. As a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner, she served her next tour in the pediatric clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.

In 2001, Capt. Rychnovsky returned to school at the University of Diego where she received the Honorary Irene Sabelberg Palmer Scholarship Award for Academic Achievement. In 2004, she earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree. She served as head of nursing research at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and served a six-month tour as the head of inpatient nursing at Camp Arifjan, in Kuwait. Following her deployment, she completed a Health Policy Fellowship in the office of Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) with a follow-on tour as the assistant director for nurse corps policy and practice, where she worked for the Navy nurse corps director and Navy surgeon general at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, forming nursing policy and practice. She is currently the executive officer of US. Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan.

Capt. Rychnovsky is board certified as a pediatric nurse practitioner by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing and is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.


susi menazza

Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies


Susi Menazza ’03 (MA)
Senior Policy Advisor, The Nature Conservancy

Susi Menazza ’03 is a senior policy advisor for The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Her work focuses on strengthening environmental conservation policy, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Her primary task is to establish relationships with European countries and organizations on issues affecting Asia-Pacific’s environment and development, such as climate change, biodiversity conservation and the establishment of “green” economies, which she sees as an effective conflict prevention tool. As part of TNC’s international government relations team, she is also regularly involved in international policy negotiations.

Prior to her current position, Menazza helped establish the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), engaging more than 60 governments, multilateral agencies and organizations to work together and advance high-level commitments for island conservation and sustainable livelihoods, including more than $70 million in U.S. financial commitments. She currently represents TNC on the GLISPA board.

Before beginning the Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies program at the University of San Diego in 2002, Menazza was part of the UN peacekeeping mission in Kosovo with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. She was assigned to one of the most violent municipalities, and became head of the Democratization Office on the eve of the country’s first election. While attempting to establish a fair political process, she was repeatedly threatened, which only solidified her interest in conflict resolution.

Menazza lives with her two children and husband, who is a UN prosecutor against genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, in The Hague, the capital city of the province of South Holland in the Netherlands.


theodore j boutrous

Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award

School of Law


Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. ’87 (JD)
Partner, Gibson Dunn

Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, is co-chair of the firm’s Appellate and Constitutional Law Group, its Crisis Management Group, and its Media and Entertainment Group. He also is a member of the firm’s five-person global Management Committee.

During his career, Boutrous has successfully persuaded appellate courts to overturn some of the largest jury verdicts in history. In 2011, he convinced the Supreme Court of the United States to reverse one of the largest class actions of all time in the landmark case of Wal-Mart v. Dukes.

Boutrous also represents media organizations and reporters in a wide array of First Amendment matters. He frequently advises clients in responding, or planning to respond, to crises and other especially significant legal problems that attract the media spotlight.

The Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals have named Boutrous one of the 100 best lawyers in California for seven years in a row. Lawdragon named him to the 2011 guide to the 500 Leading Lawyers in America, calling him “One of the best media and appellate attorneys in the nation.” The American Lawyer magazine, which recently named Gibson Dunn “Litigation Department of the Year” for the second year in a row, has called Boutrous “a media law star.” The Los Angeles Business Journal described him as “one of the nation’s most prominent appellate attorneys” and the San Francisco Recorder named him one of the 2011 and 2009 Attorneys of the Year.

Boutrous received his law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1987, where he was valedictorian and editor-in-chief of the San Diego Law Review.


arnulfo manriquez

Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award

School of Leadership and Education Sciences


Arnulfo Manriquez ’05 (MA)
President and CEO, MAAC

Arnulfo Manriquez is a 19-year veteran of the nonprofit sector. He serves as president and chief executive officer of MAAC. Founded in 1965, the nonprofit organization is dedicated to Maximizing Access to Advance our Communities.

Prior to being appointed as president and CEO of MAAC, he served as president and CEO of the Chicano Federation of San Diego County. Manriquez has dedicated his career to working directly with underserved individuals, households and communities of San Diego County by promoting self-sufficiency through housing, economic, educational and employment programs. Manriquez is a community-focused individual who has more than 19 years of experience working in diverse and multicultural settings as a leader, participant, panelist, speaker and trainer.

The youngest of five children, Manriquez was born in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1981, when he was 10 years old. Now a U.S. citizen, he grew up in San Ysidro and Chula Vista and graduated from Hilltop High School.

Manriquez is an active father of three young children under the age of 11. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in urban studies and planning from the University of California, San Diego, in 1993 and a Master of Arts degree in leadership and nonprofit management from the University of San Diego in 2005. As a first-generation immigrant who grew up in San Diego, Manriquez understands firsthand the challenges faced by under-represented communities and is committed to ensuring opportunities for self-sufficiency and safety for families who need it most.

The MAAC Project serves more than 35,000 individuals each year and, since its founding, has touched the lives of more than 1 million clients. Employing over 560 personnel, MAAC staffs 40 sites that provide empowering social services including economic development, Head Start/First Start programs, nutritional programs, low-income home weatherization and improvement programs, two notable and culturally specific recovery programs, technology centers, a state-of-the-art charter school and award-winning affordable housing complexes.

The availability of secure and attractive homes and the development of a community — which provides access to childcare, preschool, recreational activities, computer training, job referrals, and services designed to enhance the livability and viability of the neighborhood — builds pride and self-respect. In turn, this leads to self-development, respect for others and community involvement.