UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO / Spring 2007
1980s

[1980]

GUSTAVO BLANKENBURG (M.B.A.) closed Edumate Educational Materials in San Diego after 20 years in business. He recently established NetLearn Inc., a marketing company for sales and training of a Web-based English language development curriculum for English learners and struggling readers. Gustavo has the exclusive rights in California, Nevada and Oregon for ESLreadingsmart.com, a No Child Left Behind compliant program, and is looking for sales/training representatives throughout the region. More information is available at www.netlearn.us.

STEPHEN FLYNN (J.D.) was named assistant director of the Aviation and Admiralty section of the Torts Branch, Civil Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

GARY MARTIN (J.D.) started a law firm with Anthony Passante ’80 in San Diego’s Del Mar area. The firm specializes in real property and business matters.

MONTY MCINTYRE (J.D.) is a San Diego County Bar Association delegate to the ABA House of Delegates.

CHARLES MOUNT (M.ED.) retired from the U.S. Navy after 38 years. He is chief nursing officer at Continental Rehabilitation Hospital in San Diego.

[1981]

JAMES POOLE (J.D.) continues to practice patent and trademark law in Colorado, and has clients from several other states. “Recently, I took my son on our first hot air balloon ride in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colo.”

[1982]

MERRY ARMSTRONG (M.S.N., D.N.SC. ’92) received a graduate teaching award at Washington State University’s College of Nursing in the spring of 2006. “I have a private practice as an advanced registered nurse practitioner, am involved in professional organizations and chair a foundation for the International Nurses Society on Addictions.” Merry lives in Spokane, Wash.

KAREN BLACK (J.D.) published her first novel, Code of Conduct, based on her husband’s experiences as a prisoner of war. Learn more at www.code-of-conduct.com.

TERRANCE BLANCHARD (B.A.) joined Morgan Stanley’s Wealth Advisor Group as a financial adviser in the firm’s Irvine Spectrum office. Terry has been with Morgan Stanley since 2003 and lives in Orange County, Calif., with his wife, Christy, and their children, Brandon and Nicole.

MICHELLE (FABIAN) LILLIE (B.B.A.) and her husband, Brett, welcomed twins Brayden and Mikayla on Jan. 31, 2006. The twins were baptized at The Immaculata on July 16, 2006.

NANCY LIO (B.A.) married Paul Colderchant on Dec. 31, 2005, in Long Grove, Ill. Present at her wedding was her friend and college roommate, Cathy (Galvin) Schneiders ‘83. Nancy is a certified meeting planner and program director for Total Event Resources in Inverness, Ill., where she produces special events, meetings and conferences for Fortune 500 clients. Nancy and Paul live in Darien, Ill.

BETSY MYERS (B.B.A.) is executive director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Rob Keller, and their 4-year-old daughter, Madison.

[1984]

JOHN DUFF (M.ED.) is in his second year as chair of the advisory board for Aging and Independent Services of San Diego County. John is also a member of the Commission on Aging for the city of La Mesa and a member of the National Silver Haired Congress. He retired from his position as an academic counselor at Imperial Valley Community College.

BOB GAGLIONE (J.D.) is president of the Todd Inn of Court and served as program chair of the 2006 annual dinner of the San Diego chapters of the American Inns of Court.

MARY CELESTE KEARNEY (B.A.) is assistant professor of radio, television and film at the University of Texas at Austin. She published her first book, Girls Make Media, which focuses on the rise of girls’ media production in the United States since the early 1990s.

[1985]

ANN (WAGGONER) AKEN (B.A.) and her husband, Mike, welcomed their first child, Abigail Rose, on July 27, 2006. She weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

LAURA (FLORES) BADILLO (B.A., M.ED. ’89) and her husband, Ted, have been married for 21 years and they have six kids: Nick, Danielle, Joe, Anna, Teddy and Mario. Laura is principal of the newly chartered Santa Rosa Academy in Wildomar, Calif.

HEATHER WILLIAMS (J.D.) has been with the Federal Public Defenders Office in Tucson, Ariz., for 13 years. She teaches Legal Ethics for the Criminal Practitioner at the University of Arizona Law School in Tucson and teaches each summer at the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Ga. She is researching a book on the parts of the criminal process with a defender’s name attached, such as Miranda warnings.

[1986]

ANNA (TOMALINO) AMUNDSON (J.D.) lives in San Diego with her husband, Steven, and 11-year-old son, Grant. She is a partner in the San Diego office of Koeller, Nebeker, Carlson & Haluck, where she has worked for 11 years. “We just received the Lawyers Club award for having the highest women partners ratio!”

STEPHAN BRENNAN (B.A.) and his wife, Lisa, have been married for 18 years and they have two teenage daughters. Stephan is a partner at Iliff & Meredith, a law firm in Maryland that focuses primarily on professional liability litigation.

DONNA (HEATH) BROWN (B.A.) released her first publication, The Scorecard: How to Fix Your Man in One Year or Less. She has been featured on news programs including the “Today” show, Chicago ABC-7 and Fox-12 news, and in publications including Business Week, Parenting, Times UK and New York Newsday.

MONICA (DUACSEK) BUEHNERKEMPER (B.A.) is a vocal coach for Clear Lake High School in Lakeport, Calif., with her husband, Mark. In September 2005, they opened M-Square Farms, a horse boarding facility on their 10-acre ranch in Kelseyville, Calif. “We enjoy spending time with our children: Chris, 14, Veronica, 12, and Julianna, 10,” Monica says.

MITCHELL DEAN (J.D.) has been at Daley & Heft in Solana Beach for 19 years. “I have been married for 20 years to Rose, and my oldest child just graduated from Vista High School. My other three children (16, 12, 11) are well on their way.”

MICHAEL DI ROMA (J.D.) writes, “After practicing law for several years, I joined the FBI in 1995. I was assigned to the Sacramento division and handle counterterrorism and counterintelligence investigations.” Michael was deployed to Afghanistan in 2003, and Qatar and Iraq in 2005. He is currently at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., assigned to the Office of Congressional Affairs.

THERESA (PLUM) GARNIER (B.A., M.ED. ’88) has been married to Warren for 15 years, and they have three children: Karina, 12, Hunter, 10, and Jake, 6. Theresa shares a job as a Spanish immersion teacher two days a week and is taking Spanish classes at San Diego State University to earn a single-subject credential in Spanish.

JANE LIEBERMAN (J.D.) has been in Iceland for the last two years and is off to Cambridge, England, for more adventures.

BARBARA SCHUPELTZ (B.S.N., M.S.N. ’87) retired as a captain from the U.S. Navy in 1994. She does volunteer work with Rotary Youth Exchange and American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

MARK SHOUP (J.D.) is a supervising deputy public defender for San Bernardino County. For 10 years, he has served Apple Valley, Calif., as city councilman and currently is its mayor. Mark and his wife, Maryann Connolly Shoup ’87, live in Apple Valley.

LYNNE (CUMMINGS) VELASCO (B.A.) lived on Catalina Island for 13 years while she and her husband, Pete, managed a hotel. Pete passed away in January 2004 following a long illness due to complications from diabetes. Lynne moved off the island with their daughters, Madison, 11, and Brianna, 8, to live in Orange County, Calif.

PORTIA WEBSTER (M.A.) published a book, We Adore Thee, through Liguori Publications early in 2006, and she is hard at work on another.

[1987]

ALAN ALVORD (J.D.) was appointed presiding administrative law judge in the San Diego Office of Administrative Hearings, which provides administrative hearings for more than 1,000 state and local agencies. Alan’s wife, Janene, is a graduate of the USD paralegal program and is corporate compliance administrator for Life Settlement Solutions Inc. Alan and Janene live in Chula Vista with their three boys.

BARBARA BEELER (B.B.A., M.A.F.M. ’06) earned the Outstanding M.A.F.M. Scholar distinction in May 2006 by graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. “I am working toward completing the requirements for my CPA license,” Barbara says.

KURT HALLOCK (J.D.) received an outstanding trial lawyer award from Consumer Attorneys. In March 2006, he took first male grand master and won the Road Runners Club of America Marathon Championship in Napa, Calif., and in July, he won the grand master division of the San Francisco marathon.

DENA JENSEN-DUGAN (M.ED.) is a world and U.S. history teacher at Douglas High School in Gardnerville, Nev. Because she has a special education background, several special ed students are included in her regular education classes. Dena taught geography for 12 years at the local middle school. She co-chairs an Amnesty International student group that responds to urgent-action letters to help incarcerated prisoners of conscience around the world.

SISTER MIRIAM KAESER (ED.D.) was elected to the leadership team of her religious community. She began her six-year term as councilor in July, while continuing to serve as assistant superintendent for curriculum for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. “Wish me luck!”

SAM LAVORATO (B.A.) was appointed superior court judge of Monterey County, Calif., by the governor. Sam lives in Salinas with his wife of 10 years, Tina, and their two boys: Samuel, 6, and Louis, 3.

[1988]

NAVY CMDR. MICHAEL CARAMBAS (B.A.) was named commander of Training Squadron IV at Pensacola Naval Air Station. As commanding officer, Michael leads more than 100 aviators and is responsible for training future Navy, Marine and Air Force navigators. Michael received his Naval commission in 1988 through the ROTC program and earned his Naval flight officer wings in 1989. As a combat aviator, he has logged more than, 2,800 flight hours and 500 carrier-arrested landings.

JOHN HANES (ED.D.) advises Fortune 500 companies, large government agencies and the military on increasing teamwork and leadership effectiveness. He lives in Lake Arrowhead, Calif. “I have been trying to visit every beautiful island resort in the world on vacations,” John says. “I aspire to the Jimmy Buffet lifestyle when I retire.”

CHARLES HENDERSON (J.D.) moved into semiretirement in July 2005. “I had the opportunity to ease back on the old rat race and I took it!” he says. “I am presently setting my sights on an extended European tour. I want to make some practical use of the language skills I’ve developed. Since my language studies have been European (French, German, Russian and Spanish), I think a trip to Europe of oh, say, 18 to 24 months is in order.”

DAVID KINGSLEY (B.B.A.) has been in the financial services industry for 19 years. “I enjoy teaching my son, Harrison, 6, and daughter, Maitland, 4, golf and cooking,” he says. David and his wife, Crystal, live in Wildomar, Calif., with Harrison, Maitland and Weston, 2.

SANDRA MCBETH (J.D.) is in her 18th year of practice, and her seventh as a sole practitioner. She is a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee and most of her practice relates to bankruptcy: debtor, creditor and trustee representation. “I am also very involved in the Central Coast Volleyball Club as a coach and a director,” she says. “My husband, James, and I live in Orcutt, Calif., with our three teenage children (the most challenging part of my life!”

ETHEL PASCAL (M.S.N.) planned to relocate to San Diego from Alexandria, Va., in early 2007.

[1989]

MARIE GIBLIN ANDERSON (B.A.) married Robert Anderson in Founders Chapel in July 2004. Their first baby, Joseph Michael, was born Feb. 15, 2006, and was to be baptized in November. “He is the light of our life.” Joseph was named after Robert’s uncle, Joseph Coppo, who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Robert and Marie are both in pharmaceutical sales.

THOMAS DIACHENKO (J.D.) has his own practice in San Diego with his wife, Beth, specializing in medical malpractice, personal injury, employment and business litigation. His oldest son, Alex, is attending the University of California, Davis, on a baseball scholarship. His younger son, Drew, is attending Cathedral Catholic High School.

DAVE DUNN (B.B.A.) is the head football coach at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

JOHN GROH (B.A.) was named publisher of The Produce News, a New Jersey-based weekly trade publication that covers the fresh fruit and vegetable industry. He joined the company in 1995 as assistant editor. John and his wife, Mary Anne, live in the New York City suburb of Haworth, N.J., with their 5-year-old son, Zane, and 3-year-old daughter, Skyler.

NEAL PUCKETT (LL.M.G.) lives in Alexandria, Va., and has a solo practice specializing in military criminal defense. “I represented Army Lt. Col. Allen West in 2003, and Army Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski in the Abu Ghraib case. I currently represent Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich in the Haditha investigation. I filed a defamation lawsuit against Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa., in the Haditha case.”