Class Notes

SOLES Alumni Class Notes

Congratulations to all of our alumni for these exciting news items! If you would like to share a class note, please email Kathleen Coughlan at

Melissa Beverly ’01, ’03 was nominated as a finalist for the Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association. She is a school counselor at Cactus Shadows High School, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Andres Bernal ’13 is a partner of curriculum design and coaching at LeadershipX in Austin, Texas.

Brandon Bilotta ‘15 is a senior technical recruiter at Microsoft.

Benny Cartwright ‘11 is the director of community outreach at the San Diego LGBT Community Center.

Guadalupe Rodriguez Corona ‘10 is the founding campus director at Alliant International University at Sweetwater in San Diego.

Emily Cuningham ‘13 is the coordinator of greek leadership development and a Housefellow at Carnegie Mellon.

Marcela Cuellar ‘07 is as an assistant professor of higher education leadership in UC Davis’ School of Education.

Cindy Cordova ‘13 is the program manager at The Visionaria Network.

Sarahlynne (Goldman) Davis ‘08 published the book Making Kid Time Count For Ages 0-3: The Attentive Parent Advantage through Lesson Ladder.

Ruben Fontes '14, leadership studies doctoral candidate, has been appointed president of Blue Earth's Solar Division.

Rhodes Garrison ‘13 is a customer service representative at Castle Hill Fitness.

Marina (Barriga) Gil, '08 is the program coordinator for the Executive MBA Program at San Diego State University.

Kathleen Gallagher ’13 was awarded the Outstanding Dissertation Award for her dissertation, “Performance Assessment for Quality Teaching: Three Critical Variables for Measuring and Improving Teaching and Learning “ at the American Educational Research Association conference in Philadelphia, Pa.

Jessica Hoffman ’09, ’14 was named teacher of the month at Farb Middle School in San Diego. This is the first time a student teacher has won this award.

Valerie Livesay ‘06, ‘13 and Cara Miller ’12  have been hired as teaching fellows at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

Laura McNaughton ‘13 is the assistant director of residential education at Occidental College.

Tammy Wu Moriarty ’13 is a clinical associate for science education at Stanford’s Gradate School of Education’s Center to Support Excellence in Teaching.

Colleen Kollar-Smith ‘13 is now director of development at Lamb's Players Theatre and has been named one of the American Fundraising Professionals San Diego's Murray Galinson Fellows. She recently led the Lamb’s Players Theatre to host a fundraiser to break the Guinness World Record for longest consecutive theatrical performance.

Meghan McKenzie ’13 is talent acquisition service advisor at UnitedHealth Group.

Noel Luna ’12 has been accepted to the University of San Francisco to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in underserved populations.

Anne Mumford ‘13 presented her paper Identity Development and Meaning Making in College Students with Chronic Illnesses at the American College Personnel Association in Indianapolis.

Leah Newman ‘13 is regional director for the Pacific Western Region of BBYO, an international Jewish teen youth movement in Los Angeles, Calif.

Diana Neebe '08 has been awarded the Outstanding Young Educator award presented by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The annual awards recognize individuals who are transforming learning, teaching and leading in the digital age.

Allison Remple '13 is the director of volunteer services at the at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Elizabeth Stephens ’14 is student engagement and success at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Kate Sheridan ‘11 has been promoted to associate director of the President's Leadership Program at Christopher Newport University in Virginia.

Sallee Spearman ’92 ’13 is the new director of student financial advising at Columbia University in New York.

Sarah Thompson ’13 is a program director at Athena San Diego, an organization to promote professional growth for women executives and rising managers in science and technology.

Beatriz Villarreal ‘86 ‘89 was selected as a finalist for the U-T San Diego 3rd annual Latino Champions Awards.

Sally Ann Zoll ‘78 ‘90, CEO of United Through Reading, was invited to President Obama’s State of the Union address as a special guest of House Speaker John Boehner.