CRISTINA BAHENA (B.A.) married Narisco Valenzuela Jr. on May 15, 2004, in The Immaculata. The couple honeymooned in Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora, and bought a home in San Diego. They both hope to travel while enjoying married life.

DAVID LASPALUTO (J.D.) married Nicole Wilkerson on Dec. 28, 2004.

AMALIA (RIVERA) LAWLESS (B.A.) and husband Stephen are proud to announce the birth of their first child, a beautiful girl named Emily Grace, who was born on Jan. 9, 2005.

MICHAEL MARKOV (M.A.) married a wonderful woman and, in the last couple years, finished earning his commercial certificate in helicopters.

DARRELL MOORE (LL.M.T.) works for Inland Counties Legal Services, a nonprofit organization servicing Riverside and San Bernardino counties. He has been with the organization since 2003, and primarily assists people with housing problems, such as evictions and foreclosures. He says he loves his job. He and Barbara, his wife of 16 years, have five children, and they enjoy baseball, soccer games and swim meets.

MARISOL (DAVENPORT) PRESTON (B.A.) welcomed her daughter, Isabella Maria, into the world on Feb. 17, 2005.


AMY BURKHARTSMEYER (B.A.) expected to graduate from medical school at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2005 and planned to move to Pennsylvania to start an emergency medicine residency program at St. Luke’s Hospital.

PATRICIA DEAN-COAKLEY (M.S.N.) works in the outpatient surgery department at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. She works on the anesthesia team, which is composed of several anesthesiologists and eight pediatric nurse practitioners. Patricia functions in a management position, as the coordinator of the pediatric nurse practitioners. She enjoys her job and says the department is growing, creating the opportunity for her to grow professionally as an advanced nurse practitioner.

JAMES CHINH-LONG NGUYEN (J.D., M.B.A. ’02) is in private practice and works in the areas of personal injury, toxic mold and real estate.

ROBERT SCOFIELD (LL.M.T.) recently got a job at a CPA firm in New York City.

HEATHER STANGLE (B.A.) says in 2004 she visited Sydney, Australia, for the second time. Thanks to the hospitality of a good friend with a great flat overlooking Harbor Bridge, she spent a long Thanksgiving weekend in a cool cabin on a beach that had the whitest sand in Australia. In 2004 Heather also flew to Washington, D.C., for the first time and explored the city by public transit. In 2005 she took an internship and is training to become a community college instructor. In early 2006 she hopes to travel to Thailand. “Still living in my own condo in San Diego and refusing to grow up or settle down,” Heather writes.

MARIA TURJA (B.B.A.) married Luis Bautista (B.A. ’01) on Aug. 7, 2004, in San Diego. The following alumni were in the wedding party: Stephanie Dunbar (B.A. ’01); Jennifer (Tuiolosega) Robinson (B.A. ’01); Kanoelani (Sing) Ching (B.A. ’01); Marina Cervantes (B.A. ’02); Ignacio Guzman (B.A. ’01); Noe Jaramillo (B.A. ’01); and Eddie Merino (B.A. ’01). Maria received her master’s degree and elementary teaching credential from Fordham University in New York and Luis expected to graduate from New York Medical College in May. Maria and Luis are the proud parents of their beautiful daughter, Anela Sewa Turja Bautista, who will turn 2 this year. The family planned to move in the summer back to San Diego, where Luis will be a Navy doctor at Camp Pendleton.


LISA ANNE BOCZANY (J.D.) married Noel James Doran (J.D. ’02) on June 5, 2004, at Founders Chapel. Many USD alumni were in attendance: Smitha (Reddy) Arons (J.D. ’02), Jeremy Schroeder (J.D. ’02), Kevin Messer (J.D. ’02), Tammy Lee (J.D. ’02), Katie DuPont (B.A. ’00) and Victoria Alexander (J.D. ’02).

SARA CHIOCCA (B.A.) says after working for two years as a physical therapy aide in San Diego, in Fall 2005 she planned to enter Arcadia University in Philadelphia to obtain a doctor of physical therapy degree.

SIMONA CONSTANTINESCU (B.A.) has been working toward earning her juris doctorate at California Western School of Law. She expected to graduate in Spring 2005 and looked forward to starting an exciting legal career.

ANDREA FERRADA (B.A.) received a degree in nursing in 2004 and works as a registered nurse in the emergency/trauma room at California Hospital Medical Center. She is paying off her educational loans and enjoying her dream job. In two years, Andrea says she plans to become a family nurse practitioner and open her own clinics in under-developed countries.

AARON GRUCHOW (B.A.) is teaching high school on the island of Tinian, one of the Northern Mariana Islands. He is completing his M.B.A. through the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire via the Internet and anticipates finishing in June 2006.

BETTINA HALVORSEN (M.A.) is a grant writer with an international public health organization, Project Concern International. In 2004 she traveled to Ghana and Nicaragua for proposal projects, and says the organization is currently involved in relief efforts for regions of India and Indonesia that were affected by the tsunami.

BENJAMIN RENDA (M.S.G.L.), a lieutenant commander with the U.S. Navy, moved to Naples, Italy, to work for NATO. As NATO transforms itself to meet 21st century challenges, Ben’s command, Naval Striking and Support Forces, NATO, is changing as well. He created the first multinational Junior Officer’s Protective Association at his command, before being promoted to his current rank.

AMY FOSSETT (B.A.) married Tim Riley (B.B.A. ’02) on Aug. 14, 2004, in Denver, Colo. The following alumni were in the wedding party: Tiffany Hackett, who attended USD from 1998 to 2002; Renae Hatch (B.A. ’02); Rich Williamson (B.A. ’02); and Trace Haggard (B.A. ’02).

SHERRI SANTOS (M.S.N.), a lieutenant commander with the U.S. Navy, was transferred to Yokosuka, Japan, in April 2005. She has been on active duty for 16 years.

YUNLI XU (LL.M.C.) helps her husband, doing immigration law in his law firm.


SCOTT COOLEDGE (M.S.G.L.) is the commanding officer of Patrol Squadron 46. He recently returned from a six-month deployment to Japan, where his squadron “flew more than 3,000 hours in support of CTF-72 and the global war on terror.”

MICHAEL R. KIESLING (J.D.) is serving as a law clerk in the litigation department of Sempra Energy in San Diego.

MY-LINH NGUYEN (M.A.) has been working part-time as a community college counselor while working on her doctorate in human services from Walden University. She anticipates completing the program in May 2006.

THOMAS ROSSI (M.B.A.) left his job as a market analyst for Ford Motor Company more than a year ago, and now is back in the real estate development business.

JENNIFER TORIO (B.B.A.) was married to Dominic Marquis (B.A. ’03) on July 24, 2004, in Founders Chapel by Monsignor Daniel Dillabough (B.A. ’70). The following alumni were in the wedding party: Kristin Edelhauser (B.A. ’03); Ashley Guggia (B.A. ’03); Zac Bunn (B.A. ’03) and Brian Torio (B.A. ’01). The couple recently bought a house in the Bay area, where Jennifer works in event planning and Dom is an accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.


JONATHAN GLASOE (M.A.) is a graduate of USD’s Nonprofit Leadership and Management Program. He changed from working at a for-profit company, Kintera Inc., a leader in nonprofit sector online software, to working for a nonprofit company, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA), the nation’s largest one-to-one mentoring program. Jonathan is the associate director of agency fund development, overseeing the fund-raising efforts of more than 400 BBBSA agencies.

CATHLEEN LEAVER (B.A.) married Chris Cantwell on April 9, 2005, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Moorpark, Calif. Erin Bergstrom (B.A. ’04) was a bridesmaid. The following alumni also were in attendance: Kadie Hellbusch (B.A. ’04) and Kat Basolo (B.A. ’04). Cathleen is teaching elementary school in Simi Valley, Calif.

PAMELA NEWMAN (B.A.) opened ComForCare Senior Services in San Diego after working for about a year at ARC of San Diego. ComForCare provides non-medical home care. Pamela lives in the Pacific Beach neighborhood of San Diego.

MARY DAUGHERTY (M.ED. ’77) passed away on Dec. 23, 2004.

SCOT MATTOX (B.A. ’78, M.ED. ’80) passed away from pancreatic cancer on Dec. 2, 2004, after a three-month struggle. He lived in Rossmoor, Calif., and taught learning- handicapped students at Millikan High School in Long Beach, Calif. “His memories of his days at USD were among the best in his life,” writes his wife, Allyn. “He cherished the education he received at USD and he loved being a special education teacher. Unfortunately, his life was cut short by a terrible disease.”