UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO / Spring 2007
2000s

[2000]

ERIN (ENGLAND) ACOSTA (B.A.) and her husband, Jeff, celebrated the birth of Samantha Elizabeth in September 2005. The family lives in Orange, Calif.

TARYN BAACKE (B.A.) married Rob Estelle on July 22 on Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fla. He proposed to her on May 9 at a Florida Marlins baseball game.

LISA COMER (B.A.) is a graduate student at the University of Kansas. She received a master’s degree in Spanish literature in 2004 and is now in the graduate certification program for K-12 Spanish and working toward an English as a Second Language endorsement. She expects to finish the program by 2007 and earn another master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages. Lisa lives in Lawrence, Kan.

KATE (BERG) GALINDO (B.A.) completed her master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages in May. She also earned a certificate in language program administration. Kate accepted a 10-month fellowship in Montevideo, Uruguay, with the English language fellows program. She will work closely with the Council of Primary Education and the Office of Bilingual Education to develop curriculum and materials for 34 primary English immersion schools. Her duties will include advising school directors on best practices developed in United States immersion schools, conducting in-service and pre-service teacher training, and monitoring and assessing educational programs.

JAYMIE GONZAGA (M.A.) is still working as an adjunct counselor professor at MiraCosta, Miramar, City and Cuyamaca community colleges in the San Diego region. Jaymie also is a single parent to Bart, 17, and a military police officer with the California Army National Guard.

[2001]

CHRISTINE BROWN (M.F.A.) continues to have success in her acting career. During the spring of 2006, she completed the role of Sarah in the play “Trying” at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. In August, Christine played the female lead (a girl with bipolar disorder) in an industrial film shot in New York City for a drug company that produces Risperdahl. In the fall, she was cast as Masha in Anton Chekov’s classic play “Three Sisters,” at the Center Stage Theatre in Baltimore, Md.

ALLISON DUSHANE (B.A.) earned a master’s degree from Duke University in the spring of 2006. She is working toward a Ph.D. in English.

CHRIS FALCIONI (B.A.) and his wife, Stacey, welcomed their first child, Kai Roa, on April 11, 2006. She weighed 5 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 17 inches long.

SCOTT FELBER (B.A.) married his wife, Anabella, in 2002, and they welcomed a son, Drew Matthew, on Aug. 23, 2006. Drew weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces. Scott is a teacher at Orestimba High School, and Anabella is a fourth-grade teacher at Von Renner Elementary, both in Newman, Calif.

KENNETH GARRISON (LL.M.T.) is a qualified intermediary with Investment Exchange Group, and he facilitates Internal Revenue Service code 1031 tax-deferred exchanges. “I had an article published in Realtor Magazine in May 2006 with over 1.3 million readers,” he says. “The article was entitled ‘See Past Myths’ and explains some of the misconceptions regarding 1031 exchanges.” Kenneth and his wife, Ann, live in Pueblo, Colo.

JOHN HEMMERLING (J.D.) has been with the San Diego City Attorney’s Office since graduation. He is the police legal adviser. John spent June 2005 to June 2006 on military leave to Iraq.

JAMES HEWETTE (M.S.G.L.) married Ingrid Schroeder in June 2004 and then left the active Navy in December 2004 to fly for UPS Airlines as an MD-11 international first officer. Recently, James and Ingrid had a baby boy, J.B. “Life is good!” James says. “I am writing this from a hotel in Hong Kong as I prepare for tonight’s flight to Anchorage, Alaska.”

JAMES HEWLETT (B.B.A.) lives in Portland, Ore. “I’m trying to weather the wettest winter on record for the Northwest,” he says of early 2006. “Most of my contracting business is outdoors. Business is booming.”

JUAN OROZCO (B.A.) completed his M.B.A. degree at Washington University’s Olin School of Business and was accepted into Raytheon’s Supply Chain Leadership Development Program.

ELIZABETH PARKER (J.D.) married Tim Gamber on Oct. 16, 2004, and they welcomed a daughter on Aug. 2, 2005. “I stopped practicing law shortly before Molly was born,” she says. “In January 2006, I began working as an elementary school teacher through the Clark County School District’s alternative route to licensure program.” The family lives in Las Vegas.

DOMENICA (CIMARUSTI) PEARL (B.A.) and her husband, Joey, are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Savina August, on June 21, 2006.

[2002]

LORI ABELLA (B.A.) is in graduate school at Dominican University in River Forest, Ill. “I will graduate in May 2007 with a master’s degree in library and information science,” she says. “My present plan is to become a school librarian, although I have not yet chosen a specific grade range.”

NICOLE (ANGLE) BERGEN (B.B.A.) and her husband, Scott, celebrated their first anniversary on Aug. 13, 2006. Nicole is a research manager for Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles and was recently named manager of the year. Scott is in his seventh year of teaching at his other alma mater, St. Francis High School in La Cañada, Calif.

CHANTELLE DAVIS (B.B.A., J.D. ’05) and Casey Fisher ’03 were married on Aug. 12, 2006, at The Immaculata at USD. Chantelle practices law in San Diego, and Casey is in medical school.

EMILY ROTH (B.A.) spent the past two years teaching in Guatemala, where she met her husband, Luis Bolaños. They were married in Antigua, Guatemala, on June 10, 2006. Both have jobs at another international school in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for the next two years. Emily will teach first grade, and Luis will work in the information technology department and coach varsity soccer.

LESTER SEBASTIAN (M.B.A.) has been with Wells Fargo Bank since 2003. He is a commercial loan officer and assistant vice president in San Diego, helping entrepreneurs purchase their buildings, equipment, businesses and business lines.

[2003]

ELISABETH BIEBL (B.A.) has been living in Vail, Colo., for two years. “I suppose I’m taking a break from the real world,” she says. “While in Vail, I’ve worked on Vail Mountain as a ‘yellow jacket’ (basically skiing around five days a week, helping the ski patrol and lost or injured guests), and have delved into the nearly nonexistent public relations scene in the area, among other odd jobs. It’s been a blast, but unless a miracle trust fund appears, I’ll be back in the San Francisco Bay area to continue pursuing a ‘real’ job in PR.”

GARLAND BLACKWELL (LL.M.T.) established the Garland Blackwell Scholarship Fund at North Carolina A&T State University.

DAVID BRENNAN (LL.M.I.) enjoys teaching international law and international business transaction courses as an adjunct professor at Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, Calif. He also is faculty adviser to the International Law Students Association.

BASIL CONSIDINE (B.A.) graduated from Boston University in 2006 with an M.T.S. in theology and musicology. He finished with seminary and is a Ph.D. student in musicology at Boston University.

SCOTT HAWMAN (M.S.G.L.) works as a civilian at the Department of Defense in Hawaii. “The project management courses I took as part of the M.S.G.L. program apply directly to my job as the program manager for infrastructure support within a joint interagency task force,” he says. “I would highly recommend USD to any transitioning military officers preparing themselves for a civilian career.”

ERIKA SHARP (B.A.) married Ben Powers ’01 on April 22, 2006, at San Pedro Catholic Church in Ambergris Caye, Belize in Central America. Erika and Ben were married by the bishop of Belize, and many USD alumni attended. They honeymooned in Belize and Guatemala, and currently live in San Diego.

ELLA (ROBINSON) SLOAN (ED.D.) retired from City College in San Diego on June 30, 2006, and plans to pursue a second career in the nonprofit sector. She founded the W.E.B. DuBois Leadership Institute for Young Scholars in 1997, targeting fourth- through eighth-grade students. Ella also facilitates student travel to West Africa, taking school supplies to children in the Ashanti village in Kumasi, Ghana.

AARON TUBBS (B.B.A.) recently returned from a year-long trip around the world. Aaron now works for a New Zealand touring company leading outdoor tours all around the United States.

[2004]

JAMIE BANKER (M.A.) is working toward a Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

ERIN BURKE (B.A.) is a full-time graduate student at Colorado State University, expecting to graduate in May with a master’s degree in social work. Erin also works as a school social worker in grades K-12. In July 2006, she was a bridesmaid in the wedding of her USD roommate, Sandy Phanthasone, who got married in Anchorage, Alaska.

KRISTEN DENNIS (M.B.A., J.D. ’04) is a policy analyst at the White House in the Executive Office of the President. She says she longs to return to the climate (both weather and political) of Southern California.

ANDRES GARCIA (B.A.C.) moved to Los Angeles after graduating and worked for a CPA firm that allowed him to travel throughout California. “This job made me realize how much I love San Diego, so I moved back in 2006,” he says. Andres works for a local CPA firm in University City and bought a house in Normal Heights. “You can probably find me at a Home Depot, if not training for my first triathlon!”

ETIENNE JAMBOU (B.B.A.) has worked for Google in Dublin, Ireland, since January 2006.

LADONNA KIENITZ (LL.M.T.) has her own private practice in Tustin, Calif., and works at the tax law clinic at the Chapman University School of Law.

DIMITRIS MAGEMENEAS (M.B.A.) and his family — wife, Jeanette; son, Dominic, 7; and daughter, Calista, 5 — “enjoyed a wonderful summer in 2006, spending many weekends at our beautiful San Diego beaches and two weeks ‘back home’ in Chicago,” says Dimitris.

1ST LT. ANDREA NEWHOUSE (B.A.) is stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and was recently deployed with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (special operations capable).

LT. J.G. JOSHUA REHFELD (B.S.B.A.) earned his wings of gold on July 28, 2006. He and his wife, Mariella (Bravo) ’03, expect to be stationed at NAS Lemoore, where Josh will fly the F-18 Super Hornet.

[2005]

MERRILL DIBBLE (I.M.B.A.) is the processing manager for a large almond farm in Bakersfield, Calif. Merrill and his wife welcomed their second child, Daniela, in May 2006 and he says they are enjoying life in Bakersfield.

RENEE PROVENCHER (B.A.) is West Coast field organizer and policy organizer for the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness. Her most recent work has focused on building grass-roots support for the Affordable Housing Fund. “In this position, I’ve had the opportunity to reach out and involve college students in organizing events around the issues of hunger and homelessness, including a new group at USD called S.O.M.E. (So Others May Eat)!”

JENNIFER SAMSON (M.ED.) says, “I married my best friend in 2006. We had a beach wedding in June and a church wedding in July. I plan to take a year off from teaching and work part time.” Jennifer and her husband, Shaun, plan to live in Lake Bluff, Ill., and then move closer to Shaun’s work.

[2006]

TOBIAS HERRERA (B.A.) and his wife, Tracey (Albright) ’04, celebrated the birth of their second child, Madison Grace, on Aug. 1, 2006. “We are doing well and can’t wait to get back to San Diego,” Tobias says.