UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO / Spring 2006
2000s

[2000]

PAUL ADLER (B.A.) is a graduate student at USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences. He attended the Semester at Sea’s Teachers At Sea Voyage during Summer 2005. Paul lives in San Diego’s Mission Valley and is the athletic director at The Nativity School, a private Catholic elementary school in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

MICHELLE ANDERSON (B.A.) reported that she and Colleen Warren (B.B.A.) expected to graduate in May from the University of Pacific’s School of Law. Both women are taking the California Bar exam, at the end of July. Colleen will be moving to Orange County, Calif., after the bar exam and Michelle planned to stay in Sacramento, Calif., and recruit for McGeorge during the fall.

ERICA BIXBY (B.B.A.) married Matthew Upshur on July 30 in Founders Chapel. She met Matthew when she moved to Michigan for a job. She works on the Circuit City account at Doner Advertising in Michigan.

KRISTIN (MCMAHON) COVARRUBIAS (B.A.) teaches a bilingual first-grade class. She says her daughter, Tori, recently celebrated her first birthday.

KATHLEEN (BERG) GALINDO (B.A.) recently completed the first year of a two-year master’s program in TESOL, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, with a certificate in language program administration. She also is employed by her school, Northern California’s Monterey Institute for International Studies, as an ESL teacher for its special programs. So far, Kathleen has worked with two different groups of university students from Japan, and says it’s been a wonderful experience. On the side, she also offers private Spanish tutoring for children, and teaches 10 hours a week of water aerobics at the Monterey Sports Center. “I guess you could say I’ve been keeping busy,” Kathleen says. “I only wish it were as warm in Monterey as it is in San Diego. I miss that weather.”

STEPHANIE PETTIGREW (B.A.) married Cameron Wilson (B.A. ‘00) on July 23 in the Point Loma area of San Diego. Many USD alumni were in attendance. Stephanie and Cameron live in Richmond, Va., where Cameron is in his third year of medical school and where Stephanie works as a proofreader for a company that does marketing for college admissions.

DR. JEFFREY RAMOS (B.A.) reports that after graduating in 2004 from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va., he entered a psychiatry internship at the University of California, San Diego. He found, however, that his true calling is internal medicine, so he was expecting to leave psychiatry for an internal medicine residency.

BRIAN ROSARIO (B.B.A.) is an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at Cornell University. Rosario previously was an assistant at Cumberland College in Kentucky, where he helped the team reach the NAIA national tournament in three of his four seasons, including in 2004 when the Patriots captured the Mid-South Conference regular season title. Brian also expected to graduate with a master’s degree in middle school in May.

MARLA SEBILIAN (M.B.A.) and Garient Evans (B.A. ‘98) married on May 14, on Coronado Island. The following alumni were in attendance: Leeza (Agranonik) Pierce (M.B.A. ‘00); Emilie Hersh (M.B.A. ‘00); Joe Rainey (M.B.A. ‘00); Kris Alandy (B.A. ‘98); Eric Karakis (B.B.A. ‘98); and Dean Rossman (B.A. ‘98). Garient is halfway through his M.B.A. program at Duke University, and Marla manages loan operations for a regional bank in Chapel Hill, N.C.

LINCOLN SMITH (M.B.A.) and his wife, Shannon, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Sara-Kate Mabel, in March 2005. Sara-Kate is joined by her brother, Aidan, 2. The family lives in Boston, where Lincoln is the director of business development for Heritage Marketing and Incentives Inc.

MANDI URBAN (J.D.), M.ED. ‘03) and her husband, Christopher Lester, celebrated the birth of a baby boy, Henry Thomas, on Dec. 23, 2004.

JOHN WILKES (B.A.) teaches math at Ponderosa High School, and builds houses on the side. He also volunteers, along with his wife, Deanne, as a Young Life leader in California’s El Dorado County.

[2001]

AMY APPRILL (B.A.) received a master of science in biological oceanography from the University of Hawaii. Now she is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in the same field from the same university.

DEVON BOZLINSKI (B.A.) says she’s been working for more than two years for SAIC. She says the company is government contracted for the Navy Marine Mammal Program, where she is a dolphin trainer.

STEVEN K. BRUMER (LL.M.) serves as chief financial officer and general counsel to Real Estate Consulting Group Inc., a San Diego real estate transaction management firm, of which he is a co-founder.

AMY BURKHARTSMEYER (B.A.) graduated from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2005, and is starting her residency in emergency medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, Penn.

ELISA (WIECH) CADWELL (B.A., M.ED. ‘03) works as a high school teacher with disadvantaged, inner-city students. The work is challenging, yet rewarding, she writes. Elisa says she’s nearly recovered from a motorcycle accident in 2003 and thanks her friends for their thoughts and prayers.

COOPER C’DE BACA (B.B.A.) married wife Kelly on June 24. He’s teaching algebra at Saddleback High School in Santa Ana, Calif. He also coaches freshman football at Mission Viejo High School. “I love teaching and would recommend it to anyone who is unsure about a career,” he says.

KAREN (BANKS) CHILD (M.A.) and her husband, Brandon Ogden, had a baby boy named Luke Ogden on Nov. 29, 2004.

RACHEL DANJCZEK (B.A.) expected in the fall to start a two-year master of education program at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Penn. “I still keep in touch with many of my Kappa sisters,” she says, “and miss the good times in San Diego.”

NAVY LT. CMDR. PATRICK FOEGE (M.S.G.L.) recently received his third Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal while serving as the maintenance officer and detachment officer in charge while assigned to Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Four, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Patrick achieved a 100-percent mission completion rate while leading four aircraft detachments of more than 50 personnel to Rota, Spain, and Istanbul, Turkey. He also was dedicated to improving training, resulting in a 40 percent increase in maintenance qualifications.

RON GERMAINE (ED.D.) completed the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on June 5. This was his first marathon, for which he began training earlier in the year.

ADITI GUPTA (B.B.A., M.B.A./ M.S.I.T. ‘05) says after working for a year and a half in San Diego, she received her master’s degree. “I am now a proudly certified M.B.A. and Master of Science IT graduate,” she says.

KIMBERLY HARVEY (B.B.A.) married Kristoffer Kalmbach (B.A. ‘01) on April 9 in Sacramento, Calif. The following USD alumni were in the wedding party: Brian Harvey (B.B.A. ‘98); Makenzie (Nichols) Harvey (B.A. ‘98); Stephanie Casagrande (B.A. ‘01); Gina Romano (B.B.A. ‘01); Ross Bourne (B.B.A. ‘01); and Kris Swanson (B.A. ‘01). The couple honeymooned in Barbados and live in Sacramento.

CHRISTOPHE HEDGES (B.B.A.) recently was hired as a marketing director for Hedges Family Estate. He handles all marketing needs and emphasizes wine sales for Hedges in all key East Coast markets. He also owns a five-acre vineyard on Red Mountain, Washington state’s premier growing region. His wife, Maggie, who also is a business partner in the vineyard, works for Hedges Family Estate as the logistics director and private club account manager. They married on Aug. 21, 2004.

ERICA KLEIN (B.B.A.) and Tyler Huebner (B.B.A. ‘01) were married on July 2, in La Cañada, Calif. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii, and now live in Long Beach, Calif.

KRISTEN (KREUZER) NIELSEN (B.A.) says she moved to Stavanger, Norway, after Jeppe Nielsen (B.B.A. ‘99, M.B.A. ‘01) completed his M.B.A. and they were married in Oslo in June 2002. They welcomed their beautiful daughter, Hanne, on Dec. 4, 2003, and moved to Oslo in June 2004. Jeppe enjoys working as a sales representative for the family business and keeping up on his golf game. Kristen is busy working as a Montessori preschool teacher and staying active as a member of the American Women’s Club of Oslo. Both enjoy visiting California frequently and taking advantage of the changing climate at home.

SEVAN SETIAN (B.A.) graduated in 2004 with a (J.D.) degree from Loyola Law School. He passed the bar examination in July 2004 and works at a law firm in Los Angeles.

CHRISTINE (MOTSCHMAN) WANNER (B.A., B.B.A ‘01) lives in San Francisco and expected to receive her nursing degree in June from the University of California, San Francisco’s School of Nursing. She accepted a position at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., in the pediatric cardiovascular intensive care unit. Christine expected to continue at UCSF in the fall to pursue a master’s of science in nursing to become a critical care/trauma clinical nurse specialist, a program she hopes to complete in June 2008.

[2002]

PATRICK CUNNINGHAM (B.A.) spent more than two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. Then he worked at a salmon run in Alaska. During the summer, he expected to move to Costa Rica.

ANTHONY GENARO (B.B.A.) runs his own music management and concert promotion firm and also is starting two new business ventures.

KIMBERLY KRAUSS (J.D.) says after graduating from law school she went on to get her M.B.A. at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Then she moved back to San Diego and was hired as a corporate in-house counsel for Credit Solutions. She’s been with the company for more than a year and says she really enjoys it.

JAIME LOBDELL (B.A.) received a master’s in public health from the St. George’s University School of Medicine and was the valedictorian speaker at her graduation. She is continuing at the university in her third year and expected her clinical rotation at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn to start in the fall.

SERENA LONG (B.A.) graduated in May from University of California Hastings College of the Law.

KEVIN MCCARTHY (B.A.), along with his wife and three daughters, resides in Pahrump, Nev., and works for the Las Vegas Metro Police Department’s homeland security division. After 11 years of active duty in the United States Navy, Lt. j.g. McCarthy continues to serve his country as a naval reserve officer, stationed in Las Vegas.

TIMOTHY SEAMAN (M.A.) qualified for the 2004 Olympic team in the 20-kilometer racewalk at the U.S.A. Track and Field Olympic Trials. This was his second Olympic team, and he says it was a great honor to represent his country, family and the University of San Diego.

MONICA SULLIVAN (J.D.) and her husband, David, joyously announce the birth of their son, Carter Avery, on March 1. Monica will continue her position as law clerk to the Honorable Thomas J. Whelan in the U.S. District Court following an extended maternity leave.

GINGER WHITE (B.A.) expected to start her third year of veterinary school at the University of California, Davis, in the fall. She planned to be in San Diego over the summer, participating in an externship program at the San Diego Pet Emergency and Specialty Center.

ERIC WOHL (B.B.A.) started a new commercial real estate brokerage company and is working on retail shopping centers. He also just bought a house in Newport Beach, Calif.

[2003]

DAVID BERG (B.A.) has been traveling and working in Central America. He now is back in the United States, working in Washington state. SACHA BOUTROS (B.B.A.) is a jazz singer and composer who performs in the San Diego area and nationally. Her music frequently plays on the radio. She also started a small entertainment company that books music for weddings and events.

BASIL CONSIDINE (B.A.) just completed his first year of seminary at Boston University, studying sacred music. He is active as a composer in the Boston area.

DENIS GRASSKA (B.A.) is a staff writer for The Southern Cross, the official Catholic newspaper of the Diocese of San Diego. In June 2005, one of his articles won first-place honors in the Society of Professional Journalists, San Diego chapter, journalism competition.

ASHLEY KILLIN (B.A.) is in her first year of dental school at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, pursuing a career in either orthodontics or pediatric dentistry.

ALISA LEDBETTER (J.D.) married William Reising Jr. (J.D. ‘03) on July 30 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, Calif. The following alumni were members of the wedding party: Melissa A. Cheney (J.D. ‘03); Amanda Holguin (J.D. ‘03); and Brian LeMoine (J.D.‘04). Bill and Alisa returned to their respective practices in Orange County, Calif., after honeymooning in Hawaii.

MEGAN ROBERTSON (B.A.) and Blake VanderGeest (B.A. ‘03) were married in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., on Oct. 2, 2004. The following alumni were members of the wedding party: Emily Slama (B.A. ‘03); Kasey Henrickson (B.A. ‘03); Jenny Morgan (B.A. ‘03); and Charlie Ruce (B.A. ‘03).

ALYSON ROICE (B.A./B.S.) moved to Northern California to a small town outside of San Francisco, where she works as behavioral consultant with a nonprofit organization called P.L.A.Y., Psychology, Learning and You. P.L.A.Y. serves children with behavioral and social or emotional difficulties. It specializes in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

MEAGAN (TINKER) SANTOS (B.A.) says her husband, Ricardo, is a sergeant in the Marine Corps. Meagan teaches in Oceanside, Calif.

ERIKA SHARP-CASTILLO (B.A.) has been a project manager for an environmental company called Gaston & Associates in Irvine, Calif., for the past two years. She lives in Laguna Hills, Calif., but expected to transfer back to San Diego in the fall to work for the company.

CLAUDIA VALENCIA (B.A.) works in a law firm in downtown San Diego.

[2005]

2ND LT. NIKKI SIDDALL (B.S.) and 1st Lt. Darren Kasai (M.A. ‘01) graduated from the Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course, located at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, on May 20. Nikki is assigned to the 115th Forward Support Battalion in the 1st Cavalry Division in Fort Hood, Texas. She plans to attend medical school at the Uniformed School of Health Sciences and continue a career serving her country. Darren joined the U.S. Army Reserve shortly after the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and served as a platoon leader at the Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course. After graduating from USD, he earned his master’s degree in health administration from the University of Southern California. He currently serves as a staff officer with the 4211 U.S. Army Hospital in San Diego. He also works as a government contractor to the Naval Medical Center San Diego, and serves as a board member for the San Diego Organization of Healthcare Executives.