UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO / Fall 2005
1970s

[1970]

MARY (SEARCY) BIXBY (B.A., M.A. ’86) is president and chief executive officer of The Charter School of San Diego, an educational option for seventh- to 12th-grade students. Mary, founder of the charter school, oversees the corporation and its 18 school sites located throughout the city. A well-known educational reformer in California, Mary received the first Gary Hart Vision Award for her state-level work on behalf of charter schools. She is board chair for Audeo Charter School, another charter that she founded. Mary and her husband, John, have been married for 36 years and greatly enjoy their three adult children.

ROSEMARY JOHNSTON (B.A., M.A. ’90) serves on the policy committee of the San Diego Housing Federation and Housing California. She currently serves as vice president of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless as well as secretary of the Interfaith Coalition for Immi-grant Rights. She maintains an active speaking schedule on topics related to spirituality and faith-based advocacy.

DONALD WORLEY (J.D.) retired in November 2004 from practicing law. He’s now a full-time actor in film and television and often plays lawyers. Recently he filmed, “The Battle of the Bulge” for the History Channel, in which he played Gen. George Patton (see page 38).

[1972]

ROBERT LEAMAN (J.D.) has been the chief trial counsel for the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, Office of the Attorney General, since July 2002. In this position, he tries difficult, complex criminal cases as designated by the director of the division or the attorney general. Robert also is the attorney in charge of the north regional office, in Whippany, N.J.

[1973]

JEROME SCHIEFELBIEN (J.D.) has been in civil trial practice in Austin, Texas, since 1991. The practice is limited to plaintiff’s legal malpractice, legal ethics and bad-faith insurance litigation in Texas state courts and the federal, fifth, ninth and 10th Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeals.

[1974]

RICHARD GARIEPY (J.D.) is practicing law in Sun Valley, Idaho, and says, “If any alumni are in Idaho, please feel free to contact me for lunch or tourist info.”

J. RICHARD HADEN (J.D.) recently retired from the San Diego Superior Court after 21 years. Most recently, he coordinated the statewide natural gas antitrust cases and managed a regular inventory of 500 to 600 civil cases. He had resolved between 10,000 and 12,000 civil cases since his designation as a civil independent calendar judge in 1992. He first served as a family law and motion judge and criminal supervising judge downtown before his assignment to criminal and civil trials.

[1976]

JOHN BURNS (J.D.) has been active as an investor and board member with several San Diego-based companies: SYS Technologies, a defense contractor; Alturdyne Inc. a private manufacturer of generators; and Airsis Inc., a private wireless device and services company. GLORIA DE MENT (M.ED.) is still busy with volunteer work in the area of dyslexia, attention deficit disorder and literacy.

MAX HANSEN (J.D.) continues to be actively involved in the American Bar Association. He is the ABA delegate to the House of Delegates and is a member of the nominating committee of the House of Delegates. Max is also an active member of the ABA Section of Taxation. He lectures extensively throughout the United States on the Internal Revenue Code Section 1031, property exchanges.

HARRI KETO (J.D.) is acting as general counselor and chief operating officer for Centerstone Communities. He lives in north Tustin, Calif., and has four children, two of whom have graduated from college. “One is actually thinking about becoming a lawyer,” he says.

SUSAN LEE (M.ED.) is pursuing her Ed.D. in educational leadership from the University of Virginia.

[1977]

MARTA BECERRIL (M.ED.) worked in counseling and administration after receiving her master’s degree from USD. She continued her education, attending Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles, and now owns her own business as a doctor of chiropractic and a life and health skills counselor. She also is a developer and master trainer of Ridge Work, a deep-tissue massage technique.

RONALD FRANT (J.D.) reports that he has been married for 21 wonderful years to wife Bobbi. They love their dog, a Maltese. They also enjoy traveling and helping others without worrying about the work grind.

WILLIAM O’CONNOR (M.ED.) retired after 31 years with the Poway Unified School District. He is active with local and national philatelic organizations, researching, writing, exhibiting and traveling.

VICTOR SALERNO (J.D.) and his wife, Laurie, celebrated their 30th anniversary in July. They were married in The Immaculata when he was a law student. Monsignor John Portman performed the service.

[1978]

ANDREW HOLCOMBE (J.D.) has been a legal services staff attorney and has been running his own eviction defense practice in Chico, Calif. In November 2004, he was elected to a four-year term on the Chico City Council. “Spring is in the air,” Andrew said. “Time for Padres baseball from afar and my 21st season on the Nolo Contendere slow-pitch coed softball team.”

JOSE SANDOVAL (M.ED.) retired from San Diego City Schools and currently is involved in the music ministry and prison ministry at his church.

FREDERICK SCHENK (J.D.) in July was expected to become president of the Civil Justice Foundation, a Washington, D.C., public interest nonprofit foundation, which funds grants to consumer grassroots organizations. In addition, Lexis-Nexis will publish the sixth edition of a book he co-authored, The California Automobile Collision Handbook. Frederick also continues to be a consulting editor for Matthew Bender’s book, California Forms of Pleading and Practice, on automobiles. Frederick has been with Casey, Gerry, Reed & Schenk for 22 years.

[1979]

EUGENE KUSION (J.D.) is entering his 20th year of private practice in plaintiff personal injury, after six years of employment with the U.S. government. His children are between the ages of 15 and 17, and his son will attend college in the fall. Eugene still surfs around the world and also enjoys windsurfing, parasailing and diving. He attended his class reunion in 2004 and was happy to see his classmates.

SUSAN SANDER (J.D.) has lived for 15 years in Waldport, Ore., on the central Oregon coast, where she owns an insurance agency and is involved in local and state politics.