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UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO / Spring 2011

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1960s

[1964]

LARRY CAMPBELL (JD) was appointed to a three-year term as trustee for the Former Agents of
the FBI Foundation, which provides financial grants, assistance and scholarships to members of the extended FBI family and the law enforcement community.

[1965]

ALCY NEIDLINGER (BA) moved in with her daughter in Spring,
Texas. Alcy works 32 hours a week and her passion is photography. She makes photo cards, which are being sold at a store in Old Town Spring, Texas.

[1969]

BOB BEAUDINE (BA/BS) retired from Litton/Northrop Grumman after 25 years. He still lives in Westlake Village, Calif., with Dena, his wife of 41 years. They recently took a fabulous trip to Athens, Greece. Bob plans to do more camping and traveling in the future.

ROBERT BROWER (BA, MEd ’74) retired after 37 years in California higher education, mostly in community colleges. “Living in Encinitas near the beach,” he says. “Life is good.”

1970s

[1970]

ROSEMARY (MASTERSON) JOHNSTON (BA, MA ’90) was recently named the outstanding advocate on housing and homelessness by the San Diego Housing
Federation at its annual awards event. Rosemary has served as
program director of the Interfaith Shelter Network in San Diego for
13 years and is active in local and statewide advocacy efforts.

PATRICIA (MARTIN) VREELAND (BA) retired from teaching after
40 years. Her vocation has included teaching English as a second language to adult refugees, middle school, a writing lab at Mesa College, teacher education at the University of California, San Diego, and, most recently, English at La Jolla High School.

[1973]

STEVE COLE (BA) officially retired after 35 years in high school education. “Enjoying travel and relaxation,” he says.

[1975]

ANGELA (KEFFALA) NEWMAN (BA) is an intern at Catholic Charities in San Rafael, Calif. She and her husband, Paul, have two children. Their daughter is working on her PhD in medical anthropology at Yale University and their son is an actor, musician and sound designer.

[1977]

GLENDA GERDE (BA) is principal of Loma Portal Elementary School in San Diego. The school was named a California Distinguished School, “thanks to an amazing team of students, teachers, parents and community partners,” Glenda says.

KATHLEEN (EASLER) LIUZZI (BBA) is the mother of five young adults, an avid volunteer and was business manager of a Catholic church in Southern California for
16 years. “Moved to Denver in September 2009 and am actively pursuing constructive employment and enjoying the wonders of Colorado,” she says.

1980s

[1980]

ROBERT GALLARDO (MEd) retired from the San Diego Unified School District in 2009 after 34 years as a classroom teacher, resource teacher, vice principal and principal. Currently, Robert is a part-time instructor of English as a Second
language at San Diego University
for Integrative Studies.

[1981]

JAMES POOLE (JD) moved home and office to a townhouse on the southwest side of Fort Collins, Colo., in the spring of 2010. “Only a courtyard for our two dogs,” he says, “but we’re near a large park which substitutes for a backyard.” Jim continues his solo practice in patent and trademark law.

[1982]

SUSAN (CAMPANELLA) RONEY (JD) was elected to the board of directors of the International Association of Defense Counsel. She is a managing partner of Nixon Peabody’s Buffalo, N.Y., office and is an attorney in the commercial litigation practice group. Susan prosecutes and defends commercial and employment litigation cases, health care contractual and managed care disputes, and insurance litigation. She
is a member of the Erie County, New York state and American bar associations; she also serves on the executive committee of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel.

[1988]

PATTY LaBAR (BA) was named director of property management
for Professional Community Management of California (PCM) in June 2010. She is responsible for the growth of PCM’s commercial association portfolio as well as the supervision of residential community associations. Patty earned the designation of Certified Community Association Manager from the California Association of Community Managers (CACM) and she was honored with the CACM Spirit Award. She is pursuing the Certified Property Management designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management.

LAWRENCE SYKOFF (EdD) published an article, “Portrait of an Artist and a Teacher,” in the Fall 2009 issue of Independent School, a publication of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). In 2008, Lawrence was a contributing author to A Trustee’s Primer on the Strategic Process: A 10-Step Framework, an NAIS booklet designed to assist leaders in mapping out strategic direction for their schools and their boards. In 2007, he was a contributing author in the NAIS flagship book, The Strategic Process: 10 Steps for Planning Your Independent School’s Future, a guiding document for leadership. Since 1993, Lawrence has served as head of Ranney School, an independent college preparatory day school in Tinton Falls, N.J.

1990s

[1990]

BARBARA (BIERY) LEEPER (BA) and her husband, James, live in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Barbara is an at-home mom to daughter, Saoirse, adopted in March 2010, and a part-time medical director.

[1992]

NICOLE (DAUPHINEE) THESSEN (BA) began her career in advertising for the San Diego Reader. “I accumulated a good stable of music/event/theater accounts and became the entertainment guru,” she says. “This paved my way into broadcasting, where I was hired at KUSI as their entertainment reporter.” After three years at KUSI, she moved to Ireland to work on a documentary on Irish sacred sites. When she returned to the United States, she was hired as the evening anchor and a reporter for a television station in Temecula and then moved to a morning show called “Southern California Life.” “I am now at home with three children waiting for the perfect time slot to open in San Diego,” she says.

[1993]

TINA (NADZIKEYWCZ)
WEBSTER (BA)
and her husband, Michael, welcomed their first child, Paul Alexander, on Nov. 15, 2009, in Chicago.

[1994]

SCOTT STANFIELD (BA) received his PhD in English from Claremont Graduate University in May 2010. Scott and his wife, Winnie, were married at Founders Chapel in November 2007 and they now live
in Orange County.

[1995]

ANN TAYLOR (MSN, PhD ’09) teaches nursing at the University of Hawaii Community College in Kailua-Kona. She volunteered in Haiti several times in 2010.

[1997]

DANIEL COBIAN (BA) is stationed in Washington D.C. and is starting a one-year fellowship at Rand Corp.

GERRY RODRIGUES (BBA) and his wife, Sarah (Wolf) ’99 and ’05, welcomed Brooke Maria into the world on May 19, 2010. “All are healthy and happy in Point Loma,” Gerry reports.

[1999]

PATRICK GILL (BA, MA ’01)
and his wife, Rebecca, celebrated the release of Rebecca’s first novel, The Eyes and The Smiles, inspired by the true story of a family facing the adversity of a sick child in the
hospital. More information can be found online at the book’s website, www.theeyesandthesmiles.com.

BRIAN ROSARIO (BBA) has been coaching college basketball for 10 years and for the last three, he has been coaching in the West Coast Conference at Loyola Marymount University.

MICHAEL ROZAK (BA) and Jami (Pollard) ’99 were married on April 17, 2010, in Palm Desert, Calif. Many USD classmates were part of the wedding party or were in attendance as guests. Michael is vice president and general counsel for a solar energy and roofing company. Jami works in marketing for a commercial construction company. They live in Newport Beach, Calif.

LOUIS WRIGHT (BA, BA ’99) served in the Army for a number
of years and now works for Georgia Pacific in Tulsa, Okla.

2000s

[2000]

JOEY (EASTMAN) KLOCKARE (BA) was married twice to her husband, Christian; once on a beach in California and again on the Island of Gotland in Sweden. They met in Australia while pursuing their master’s degrees. Joey and Christian have a beautiful 2-1/2-year-old daughter named Freya. The family recently relocated back to San Diego.

KECIA (BROWN) McMANUS (MA) is proud to announce the arrival of a daughter, Makaila Imani, on May 29, 2010. She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, at birth and Kecia reports that she is growing quickly, 21 inches long by her second doctor’s visit. “Maybe Joe-Joe’s hopes for a WNBA star may come to fruition just yet!” she says. “Joe-Joe and I have been thoroughly enjoying our time learning about our daughter (she’s a pretty good teacher).”

[2001]

PETE GREYSHOCK (BA, MA ’08) and Izyalit Sanchez ’10 were married in the bride’s hometown of Ensenada, Mexico, at La Catedral de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe on July 10, 2010. USD alumni in attendance included Steve Bramucci, Justine Caruso, Holly Haynes, Brian Jacoby, Joe Lewis, Noelle Murphy, Pete Ostrom, Sofia and Fernando Rejon, and Patrick Tworoger. They live in Los Angeles, where Pete directs a worker rights advocacy coalition and Izyalit is a project manager for a tech company serving the food industry. Pete is also a student at Southwestern Law School.

SISTER SHARON McGUIRE (PhD) was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a co-author of the article “Of Migrants and Metaphors: Disrupting Discourses to
Welcome the Stranger” in Advances in Nursing Science. Sharon is an associate professor of nursing at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Mich.

TRICIA (GORDON) RING (BA, MEd ’04) and her husband, Royce, welcomed their first daughter,
Kaylyn Elaine, on March 4. She was
7 pounds, 3 ounces, at birth. Tricia taught second grade at Warren-Walker in Point Loma for eight years and is now home full-time with her daughter. They plan to travel with Royce,
a professional baseball player.

[2002]

KATE (SHANNON) LYNDE (BA) and her husband, Brian, were married on May 23, 2009, in Newburyport, Mass. In the wedding party were fellow USD alumni Gina Distaso, Beth (Rogers-Witte) Garriott and Amy (Gilmour) Shannon. Kate and Brian live in the Boston area.

[2003]

ALISA (LEDBETTER) REISING (JD) and her husband, Bill ’03, celebrated the birth of Lily Katarya on Oct. 19, 2009. Lily joins big brother Henry, age 3.

ELISA ROMO (BA) reports, “I have married a wonderful man: Robert. We currently live in Chula Vista and are enjoying life with our two little girls, Natalie and Ashley.”

BRYCE RUIZ (MBA) and his wife, Michaela, welcomed their fourth child, and first girl, Addington Rose, on May 11, 2010. She joins brothers Quinn, Parker and Beckett. Bryce is the president and chief executive officer of Ruiz Foods Inc., a privately owned food manufacturing company with more than 2,500 team members in three U.S. facilities.
The company’s El Monterey brand
is the No. 1 brand of frozen Mexican food in the nation and its newest snack food brand, Tornados, are available in both convenience and retail stores.

KRISTIN (QUARTUCCIO) SCHOPAC (BA) and her husband, Jonathan, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Dalton Alexander, on July 7, 2010, in Providence, R.I. Dalton weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, at birth.

SEAN WILLIAMS (BA), a captain in the Marine Corps, received the Navy/Marine Corps commendation medal for his meritorious service
as the fire support coordination course manager and operations instructor at Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Pacific, San Diego. He instructed and led four battalion landing fire support teams through a comprehensive course of instruction and he played a crucial role in updating and rewriting the fire course of instruction, ensuring that the latest tactics were incorporated.

[2004]

JULIE (TOMKA) BITTNER (BA) and her husband, John, were married on Aug. 21, 2010, in Arcadia, Iowa. Julie is an attorney with Gonzalez, Saggio and Harlan in West Des Moines, Iowa, and John is a firefighter with the Fort Dodge, Iowa, fire department.

SEAN McCLINTON (BBA) and his wife, Yuri, welcomed their second child, Aiden David. “I recently started working at Microsoft here in the Seattle area and am enjoying it,” Sean says. “Still stay in contact with USD alums and follow the football team and the business school. Got to meet Dean Pyke when he last came to Seattle.”

TAMMY (VALENCIA) MUJICA (BA, BA ’04) and her husband, Juan, were married on June 27, 2009, in Alexandria, Va., and they are planning a second wedding in Caracas, Venezuela, Juan’s hometown. Tammy is the director of a Boys & Girls Club in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. “I have been working for the Boys and Girls Clubs in our nation’s capital for over three years and I love it!” she says.

KIMBERLY (HUTCHINGS) NAMEK (BA) and her husband,
Eric ’02, were married in 2005 and they welcomed a daughter, Sophia, in 2009. “I committed two years to Teach for America in San Jose after graduation and am still teaching
special education in the same district,” Kimberly says. Eric just completed his real estate license.

[2005]

MICHAEL CUEVAS (BBA) earned an MBA from Arizona State University in the spring of 2010. He has worked at Intel Corporation since graduating from USD and is opening a side business: Folsom City CrossFit, which can be found online at www.folsomcitycrossfit.com.

[2006]

ELYSE (ROHRER) BUDIASH (BA) and her husband, David, were married on June 26, 2010. They met while serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps after college. Elyse is a full-time graduate student of Chinese medicine and is working on a master’s degree in oriental medicine.
Elyse and David live in Santa Fe, N.M.

STEPHANIE (SHERMAN) CAMPBELL (BA) completed her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Antioch University in Seattle in the spring of 2010. Stephanie’s husband, Joseph, was restationed to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif, where they will be for two years. On Aug. 2, 2010, they welcomed their first child, Audrey Elizabeth, to the family.

JESSICA CHAVEZ (BBA) married James Dunne ’07 on June 12, 2010, in San Ramon, Calif. They met in an art class in the spring of 2005 and dated for five years. Jessica and James live in San Jose, Calif.

RACHEL ERLANDSON (BA) and Steve Trudelle ’04 met on the USD cross country team and were married on July 10, 2010, in Seattle. Rachel is a special education teacher and Steve works in the mortgage department at Wells Fargo. Rachel and Steve live in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood.

LUCAS GJOVIG (JD) is an associate with Duane Morris in Las Vegas and was recently admitted to the Arizona Bar, making him the firm’s first attorney to be admitted in Arizona. Lucas practices civil and commercial litigation with an emphasis on business litigation. At USD, Lucas was a student comment editor for the
San Diego International Law Journal.

ERICA (HATCH) STEVENS (BA) has taught kindergarten in the Diocese of San Diego for five years and now has specializations in reading and special education. She also works part time as the religious education coordinator for her school and parish, Holy Family in Linda Vista.

[2007]

SHANNON AYER (BA) graduated from South University in Savannah, Ga., with a master’s degree in physician assistant studies. She began
her career in Savannah as an internal medicine/hospitalist P.A. in May 2010. “I still have a USD sticker on my car and have had two fellow alumni stop me at traffic lights to share some Torero ‘olé’s!” she says.

NICOLE MAZZO (BA) reports,
“I’ve always had a true passion to teach, so after graduating from USD,
I went back to school, Cal State Fullerton, to get my master’s degree in reading education.” She graduated from Fullerton in 2009 and became an instructional assistant at community colleges in Orange County and San Diego. Recently, she got a job as an adjunct faculty member at Palomar College and she has entered Chapman University’s PhD program.

[2008]

MITCHELL RYAN (BBA) played football for USD from 2004 to 2008 and he was voted first team all-conference in 2008. “I tried to continue my football career for a couple of years, but I am now looking for a
new career,” he says.

[2008]

CHARLES BILLINGER (JD) is general counsel with American Ground Transportation, where he is helping management to develop the largest transportation company in Southern California. “By expanding our taxi fleet (24/7 Taxi Service) and our shuttle services, I believe we are at the cusp of achieving this goal,” he says. “Given the difficult times that currently engulf the legal market, I feel truly blessed to work in such a fantastic and exciting setting.”

ANDREW BOTROS (JD) is an associate attorney practicing family law with the Law Office of James Scott in San Diego.

BRITTNEY MURRIETA (BA) and Mark Kondrat ’07 were married by Father Owen Mullen at Founders Chapel on Jan. 23, 2010. Brittney was a support services manager in USD’s Department of Public Safety and Parking Services. Mark is on deployment, flying the Seahawk 60B helicopter on counter-drug missions in the South Pacific. Brittney and Mark bought their first home in June 2010 in Carmel Mountain Ranch.

[2010]

JADE GOMEZ (BBA) lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where she
is working and going to school full time to earn an MBA in international business.

Scott Gavin ’63 (BA) passed away in late October at the age
of 69. The first USD graduate to
be accepted into medical school, Dr. Gavin delivered approximately 8,000 babies over the course of his extraordinary career, including two of his own daughters.

LINDA SEXAUER (MSN ’97)
died on July 19, 2010, after a long battle with breast cancer. Linda was a nurse corps officer with the U.S. Navy for 21 years and served across the United States and in Japan and Spain. She enjoyed traveling, going to the beach and spending time with family and friends.

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