CLAUDINE (SHERMAN) ABRAHAM (B.A., J.D. ’96) and husband Bryan were blessed with the birth of daughter Claire Louise on Nov. 17, 2004. The family lives in Newport Beach, Calif., and Claudine still practices employment law at Friedman Peterson Stroffe & Gerard in Irvine.

RICHARD BARKER (ED.D.) expected his book, Misplaced Faith, to be published in June 2005.

ROBB HAMMOND (B.B.A) and wife Linda welcomed their third daughter, Sara Amanda Kate Hammond, on Jan. 6, 2005. Big sisters are Emma, 41/2, and Anna, 2.

GAIL JETT (M.S.N.) runs her own business as a certified legal nurse consultant. Find information at her Web site,

MICHAEL SLATER (J.D.) was appointed assistant city attorney for the city of Fresno, Calif., in November 2003. Michael mainly practices in the area of land use. He and wife Laurel celebrated their 15th anniversary in December 2004. They have three daughters: Sarah, 11; Mollie, 9; and Katie, 6.

MARCIA VENEGAS-GARCIA (M.ED.) is in her second year in the USD School of Education’s doctoral program in Leadership Studies.

DOREEN HOGLE (J.D.) was elected president of the Boston Patent Law Association. She also was selected as one of Massachusetts’ “Super Lawyers” in a recent issue of Boston Magazine. She is a partner in the intellectual property law firm of Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds in Concord, Mass.

GINA (MONFORTE) WEIHERT (J.D) has practiced insurance defense for 15 years, the past 10 with Barry Bartholomew & Associates. Her record of four defense verdicts in five trials helped earn her a “Trial Attorney of the Year” award last year.


JOHN ALESSIO (B.B.A., J.D. ’94) started his own law firm, Thompson & Alessio, about three years ago. “We are going strong, focusing primarily on business, employment and real estate law, both litigation and transactional,” he reports. Among the firm’s six attorneys is Mark Bale (B.A. ’90), whom Alessio calls a “good friend and excellent attorney.”

NADINE (CORO) FELIX (M.ED.) is in her fifth year as a counselor in the English as a Second Language department at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.

MICHAEL PHELAN (M.A.) left active duty in the Navy in 2000. He graduated from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 2002. Michael joined the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee staff in 2003 and works on post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction in Africa and Afghanistan.


JEANETTE BAUST (M.A.) earned her Ph.D. in sociology of religion at the University of Denver’s Iliff School of Theology in May 2004.

MICHAEL CORDIER (J.D.) changed firms at the beginning of 2005 and now is a shareholder with DeConcini, McDonald, Yetwin & Lacy, where he practices in the areas of intellectual property, employment defense and construction.

STUART GUSTAFSON (M.B.A.) recently published his first book, Parables for Life in the 21st Century, a treasure trove of 24 modern-day fables. To order or read excerpts, go to Stuart lives in Boise, Idaho, where he is a global accounts business manager for Hewlett-Packard. He also teaches math and finance courses at University of Phoenix.

LOIS KNOWLTON (ED.D.) retired from Grossmont College as the senior dean of business and professional studies. Since then, she has begun a “full schedule” of other activities, including helping her daughter with a new business, volunteering and taking an active role as chair of the La Mesa First United Methodist Church Foundation.


RICHARD BRITSCHGI (J.D.) was elected to the partnership of Kutak Rock LLP. He works in the firm’s Irvine, Calif., office, one of 16 offices nationwide. Richard’s practice is focused in the areas of public finance, financial guaranty insurance, and interest rate swaps and derivatives.

JULIE (UNDERHILL) BUTSCHER (B.A.) has two children, 4-year-old Andy and 2-year-old Katie, who have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and were selected as the 2005 Colorado Arthritis Walk honorees. MIKE GERGEN (B.B.A.) and wife Melanie welcomed their first child, daughter Payton Neeley, on Jan. 18, 2004. Mike, Melanie and Payton live in Las Vegas, where Mike is director of marketing for LVI Global.

RICHARD HEALY (L.L.M.T.) works for the McGeorge School of Law’s Institute for Administrative Justice as a staff attorney managing contract attorneys for the California Parole Advocacy Program. He reports that his wife, Toni, was selected as one of the top attorneys of the year by California Lawyer magazine.

TIFFNI JELLINEK (B.A.) married “the most amazing man on earth,” Steve Altes, on Aug. 20, 2004, on Shelter Island in San Diego (see page 40). The following USD alumni attended their wedding: Michelle (Majchrzak) Jacko (B.A. ’93); Tina (Strelchun) Demarchi (B.A. ’92); and Laura Lee Juliano (B.A. ’96). Also attending was Eric Grischkat, a former assistant professor in the theatre department. Tiffni, now going by the stage name Diana Jellinek, lives with her husband in Los Angeles and teaches voice and “the business of show business” at The Acting Corps in North Hollywood. One of her recent students was Brennan Taylor (B.A. ’02).

CATHERINE (DUFORT) KUIPER (B.A., M.ED. ’94) still teaches at Julian High School. She plans to begin teaching part-time to make extra time for her second child, due Oct. 1. Cathy and husband Jason also have a “beautiful 21/2-year-old daughter, Tierra Jasmine.”

DANIEL KUNKEL (J.D) is a staff attorney for the Supreme Court of Hawaii.

ERIC MAGNUSON (B.B.A) and wife Jennifer welcomed their first child, Cole Thomas, on March 1, 2004. They recently relocated to Virginia, where Eric manages CRM marketing for Circuit City.

KAY (MANN) OWENS (M.ED.) has been working in the field of information technology for the past 10 years. She and her husband had their first daughter, Isabella Rose, on March 31.

KEVIN MCSWEENEY (B.B.A.) married Anne Bunte on Feb. 25, 2005, in Kauai, Hawaii. Jim Hafner (B.B.A. ’93), Dave West (B.B.A. ’93) and Hillary Wiessinger (B.A.C. ’93) all were in the wedding. Kevin and Anne moved to Chicago in August 2003. Before that, Kevin had been in San Francisco for nine years. He has been working for Future Brands, a joint venture of Jim Beam Brands and Absolut Spirits Co., as a category manager since moving to Chicago.

SHEILA (KUNTZ) MOHAN (J.D.) spent five years in the administration of then-Gov. Gray Davis, before returning to the state office of the legislative counsel in late 2003. She and husband Jay opened an “original concept pizzeria” in late 2004. They are enjoying 5-year-old daughter Mira and 2-year-old son Kieran.

RICHARD OSTROW (J.D.) left the San Diego City Attorney’s Office after a year and a half to enter private practice. He joined the firm of Kimball, Tirey & St. John as a senior business litigator.

LORI (SHACKELFORD) SCHIMENTI (B.A.) and husband Chris were blessed with their first child, Jenna Anne, on Dec. 20, 2004. They had been living in Southern California, but planned to relocate to Washington, D.C., in Spring 2005.

JOEL SELIK (LL.M.T.) was elected to the board of directors for the North San Diego County Bar Association. He received the President’s Star award from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. Selik also produced and spoke at the 2005 Specialized Credit Seminar on ethics and eliminating bias.

CLAUDIA (GACITUA) SILVA (J.D.) is a deputy city attorney in San Diego, handling land use cases in the litigation division. Her husband, Simón Silva (J.D. ’92), also works in the city attorney’s office, as a legal adviser to the police department. “We enjoy spending time with our daughters, Gabriela and Isabel, who are growing up far too fast for our liking,” Claudia writes.

ANNE (POPPE) STEGEN (B.A.) and Sloane Stegen (B.B.A. ’93) had a daughter, Samantha, on Sept. 11, 2004.

COLLEEN (QUICK) THOMAS (B.B.A.) and husband Mark celebrated the birth of their first child, Caitlin, on Nov. 19, 2004, “and couldn’t be happier.”


DONNA AGAN (M.ED., ED.D. ’01) reports that she is “still a work in progress!”

FRANK BOTTINI (J.D.) is a partner at Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz in San Diego. He was a keynote speaker on class action securities litigation at the second annual CFO Forum in Seoul, South Korea, in April 2005.

NAOMI COHEN (J.D.) missed her 10-year reunion because daughter Shoshana was born that day. Naomi is back to work at Children’s Court in Los Angeles.

SANDRA COMSTOCK (M.S.N.) is director of nursing at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif.

COURTNEY ANN COYLE (J.D.) and husband Steve McDonald are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Alexandra Katherine, on Nov. 18, 2004. Courtney continues to represent Indian tribes and environmental groups, and Steve is a partner at Luce Forward in San Diego.

KRISTEN (PARKER) FOSSLER (J.D.) is a deputy city attorney with the city of San Diego and is married with two children, 6-year-old Jared and 4-year-old Madeleine.

ROGER HASSETT (M.A.) and wife Mary, who worked in USD’s University Ministry from 1988 to 1995, now live in the Bay area. They are campus ministers at De La Salle High School, and recently were recognized as Distinguished LaSallian Educators for the San Francisco district with the Christian Brothers. They have three children: Dominic, 12; Erin, 9; and Danny, 6.

HEIDI HOKAJ (B.A., M.A. ’96) reports that she found the love of her life in recent years. She married Rico Terry on Valentine’s Day 2004.

CHRIS JESTER (B.A.) and wife Angele (Farrel) Jester (B.A. ’95) had their first son, Rio Joseph, on the island of Malta in July 2004. After traveling the world for a year, they returned to Southern California and are starting their own fractional sailing business, SailTime, in Newport Beach, Calif.

ROBERT LITTLE (J.D.) is a certified criminal trial attorney in Manhattan and New Jersey. He has been admitted to the bar in six states and recently argued before an en banc U.S. Court of Appeals. He frequently appears as a legal affairs commentator on “Court TV.”

SUSAN MITCHELL (J.D.) recently celebrated her 30th anniversary working for the California State University system, having worked at both San Diego State University and the Cal State, San Marcos, campus. She is the associate vice president of student academic support services at Cal State, San Marcos.

ALAN NELSON (ED.D.) released his 12th book in the fall of 2004. After more than 20 years as a local pastor, he has begun working as a leadership development specialist and organization change coach for nonprofits. He and his wife and three sons were planning a move to San Diego. His Web site is

LYNN O’HARRA (M.ED.) has been teaching in Oceanside, Calif., since graduating and reports she married a “wonderful man” last year. She passed her national boards two years ago and now mentors other teachers who are taking those tests. Her 19-year-old son started college after graduating from Torrey Pines High School.

MARY PARNOW (J.D.) and her husband live with their 9-month-old son and two Belgian shepherds in the Oakland hills, with a view of San Francisco and the bay. Mary is a senior assistant regional counsel with the Social Security Administration who enjoys arguing before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

MATT ZELLER (B.A.) completed his medical residency at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in June 2004 and recently began a family practice clinic in Laguna Niguel, Calif. He married wife Diane in July 2004.

RITHA BOOKERT (M.S.N.) has been busy in the last two to three years developing her own 501(c)3 nonprofit health care organization, Sharing the Vision. Her vision is to make a difference by improving the health care status of Mississippi residents. She also was accepted into Walden University’s Ph.D. program in public health.

ALISON (MAAS) BRAY (B.A.) and husband Tim Bray (B.A. ’95) announced the arrival of son Connor on Aug. 12, 2004. Tim is an attorney in northern Massachusetts, and Alison splits her time between environmental consulting and staying home with Connor.

JOANNE (TAN) FUSON (M.ED.) and husband Josh moved to the Albany, N.Y., area, from Spokane, Wash., in December 2003. They are now the “proud parents” of Jami Michelle-Alicyn Fuson, born July 29, 2004. Joanne is a special education teacher for the Rotterdam-Mohonasen Central School District in Schenectady, N.Y. They recently purchased their first home. “Although we miss San Diego, we are excited to be putting down roots here,” Joanne reports.

VANESSA GOMEZ (M.ED.) is the lead student assistance program counselor for Moreno Valley Unified School District, working at Valley View High School. She has conducted training sessions and workshops on developing a student assistance program and other topics.

PAUL KANKOWSKI (B.A., M.ED. ’00) and wife Christine had their second child, David Paul, on Dec. 29, 2004. David joins sibling Kelly Elise, born July 22, 2003. The family lives in the Rancho Bernardo neighborhood of San Diego, where Paul works as a math teacher at Bernardo Heights Middle School.

KARLA (HALLIDAY) KOURAJIAN (B.A., M.ED. ’97) and husband Peter welcomed their first child, Ben Stephen, on Oct. 18, 2004.

LAUREN (ASTE) POLEK (B.A.) got married in October 2002 to Greg Polek and gave birth to John David on Sept. 3, 2004. She is in commercial finance as vice president for Capital TempFunds. The family still lives on Lake Norman outside of Charlotte, N.C. Lauren says they’re looking forward to returning to USD for her 10-year reunion.

TINA (CROWLE) TEDESCO (B.A.) and husband Chris welcomed their first child into the world on Jan. 30. Michael Henry was named after his uncle and grandfather. Tina is the executive producer at WFMY News 2 in Greensboro, N.C. The family is looking forward to moving “back home to California very soon,” Tina says.


WAYNE BEAUDOIN (J.D.) has been named partner at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, and practices in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

PAUL BRUSO (B.B.A.) and wife Joanna Lee Bruso (B.A. ’98) had their first child, Patrick James, on March 11, 2005, in San Francisco. Joanna will stay home with the baby, and Paul is a financial director for Niku Corp. in Redwood City, Calif.

LISA KENNY CAREY (J.D.) says there’s been “nothing new” of late. She’s been married five years and has a 2-year-old son named Spencer. She is a sole practitioner doing family law in downtown San Diego. Her husband is a construction defect defense attorney. “All is well,” Lisa says.

MARTA CETALE (M.I.B.) is the founder and owner of Little Treasures, which she describes as a unique Latin art company. The products are “one-of-a-kind and carefully selected from numerous Colombian artisans,” she says. She also is the mother of 4-year-old Melanie and 2-year-old Michael.

BRIDGET (JOHNSON) GERNANDER (B.A.) and husband Bart announced the birth of their daughter, Ella Cathleen, on Nov. 12, 2004. The family lives in Minneapolis, and Bridget continues her work for the Minnesota Supreme Court.

KRISTEN SALVATO HELSEL (B.B.A.) reported that she and husband James Helsel had a baby girl, Emelia Grace, in August 2004. She joined 2-year-old brother Josten Paul, who loves making her smile. They live in San Clemente, Calif.

RICHARD MACDONOUGH (LL.M.G.) is with the Fraser Forbes Co. and no longer practices law. The group specializes in locating and brokering residential and mixed-use redevelopment in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. He lives in Rockville, Md., with wife Julia and their two children, Joseph, 3, and Catherine, 1.

DARREN MCELFRESH (J.D.) had his second child, Kian McElfresh, born July 17, 2004. “Zowie!” he writes.

MICHELE (NOWICKI) NEWTON (B.A., M.ED. ’98) says she and husband Adam Newton (B.A. ’95) have “two beautiful daughters,” 2-year-old Zoe and 1-year-old Taylor. They are enjoying life in Hawaii, where Adam is a lieutenant commander in the Navy. Michele plans to “go back to work teaching … someday!”

JULIE (ANDERSON) O’BRIEN (B.A.) reports that she and husband Mike welcomed their first child, Grayson Clark, on Nov. 12, 2004. “We’re currently enjoying living in downtown San Diego,” Julie writes.

TIZA SERRANO-THOMPSON (J.D.) was promoted to partner in December 2004 at the civil litigation firm of Matheny Sears Linkert & Long in Sacramento. She specializes in personal injury defense, insurance coverage and business counseling, and has been happily married to husband Tom for the past six years.

SUZANNE TIBOR (B.A.) and husband Edwin Medina had their first child, Lillian Anstice, on Sept. 26, 2004. They live in Diamond Bar, Calif., where Suzanne is an editor of educational children’s books.

TAMARA TUCKER-HAM (B.S.N., M.S.N. ’97) is the main health care provider for the medical office where she works in the East County of San Diego. She and her husband have an 8-month-old baby, recently bought a home and a new car, and enjoy riding Tamara’s horse. With all that going on, she says her USD education has served her well.


ALEXANDRA (ZIRKEL) GASS (J.D.) and husband Sean had their first child, Tucker, on Feb. 3, 2005.

ANNIKA GREEN FROSTICK (J.D.) is a criminal prosecutor in the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and recently was cross-designated as a special assistant U.S. attorney. She had a baby boy, named Colby Thomas, on Oct. 6, 2004.

JOHN NICHOLSON (J.D.) was promoted to partner at Adamski Moroski Madden & Green at the beginning of 2005. His practice focuses on general business litigation.

MATTHEW ORZECH (J.D.) recently returned to Southern California along with wife Jamye and their three children: Matthew, 9; Mikessa, 6; and Michael, 4. Matt works as a vice president in the real estate division of City National Bank in the La Jolla neighborhood of San Diego.

ANDREA (CALLEN) PORTER (B.A.) and husband Rob welcomed their first daughter, Callen Elizabeth, on Dec. 31, 2004.

LISA (WEISS) ROSAYA (J.D.) is proud to announce that her son, Jackson Pierre, was born on Feb. 9. His older sister, Sabine, turned 3 on June 19.

CHERYL VERBER (M.A.) and her life partner, Pam, share a private practice psychotherapy office in the Mission Valley area of San Diego. “Our favorite place on earth is Cancun and vicinity,” Verber reports, saying the couple travels extensively.

DEREK VOSSKUHLER (J.D.) recently passed the California State Bar specialization exam for the field of family law.


LEIGH BARRETT (B.B.A.) graduated in 2004 with an M.B.A. and relocated to Washington, D.C., where she works for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

PIEDAD GARCIA (ED.D) is director of systems of care for the County of San Diego and also recently was assigned the lead role as project manager for the development and implementation of the Mental Health Services Act for the county.

JUDITH LITZENBERGER (J.D. ’98) is chairwoman of the Military Law Committee for the San Diego County Bar Association, serves on the Walden Family Services board of directors, is a member of the Enright Inn of Court and has, in recent years, acted as a trainer for some National Institute for Trial Advocacy courses.

KATHLEEN TUTHILL MARINO (J.D.) and husband of six years Jeff had their first child, Vincent, on Aug. 27, 2004.

BETH MEISNITZER (B.A.) married Nate Sund (B.A. ’98) on June 18, 2004, in Las Vegas. They now live in Maple Grove, Minn., where Beth is a computer consultant and Nate is an attorney. Serving as a “virtual bridesmaid” at their wedding was Ciaran Clayton (B.A. ’98).

DERRICK PARKER (M.F.A.) is the author of “the first” Big Nose Kids children’s book, which can be purchased at

LAURI THOMPSON-BRACKEN (J.D.) is a partner with the Las Vegas law firm of Quirk & Tratos, specializing in intellectual property, entertainment and Internet law. She is active in community issues and nonprofit charities, and has two children, 6-year-old Nikolas and 3-year-old Alexander.

ROHANEE ZAPANTA (B.A., J.D. ’02) is an attorney practicing in Chula Vista, Calif., where she serves low-income clients. Her fiance, Bernard Casillan (B.A. ’97), is a physician’s assistant who makes house calls to the terminally ill and homebound.


JOE CHANDLER (J.D.) is an attorney with Ryley Carlock & Applewhite in Phoenix, where he practices real estate and mining law. He also is chairman of VinArte: The Art of Wine 2005, a benefit wine festival for the Phoenix Art Museum. For information, go to MEGAN MCCREA (B.B.A.) is a licensed real estate broker in New York state. She was expecting to receive her master’s of science in hospitality, industry studies/hotel investments from New York University in May 2005.

LISA (RAVENSBERG) HALL (B.B.A.) celebrated her first anniversary of marriage to Jacob Hall on May 23, 2005. They were married in Laguna Beach, Calif., and now live in Long Beach, Calif.

SISTER NANCY SVETLECIC (M.A.) is a residential coordinator and counselor at the Community Research Foundation, a mental health treatment center in San Diego’s South Bay.

DENISE TESSIER-GLUZERMAN (LL.M.G.) recently opened another law office in the city of Rancho Mirage, near Palm Springs, Calif., in addition to her law office in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. For the last few years, her law practice has handled real estate and unique family law issues, such as palimony, domestic partnership and “Russian bride” matters.