UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO / Fall 2006
2000s

[2000]

ALISHA ARMSTRONG (BA, J.D. ’01) married John English ’01 on Dec. 10, 2005 in Founders Chapel. The couple lives in Las Vegas. John is a managing member of Citrus Holdings LLC, a real estate acquisition and development firm. Alisha plans to study for the Nevada State Bar exam and plans to practice real estate in Las Vegas.

CHRIS BRUSCA (B.A., M.S.G.L. ’05), an assistant professor of naval science at USD and San Diego State University, recently received the Colonel Leo A. Codd Memorial Award, which recognized him as the Most Outstanding U.S. Naval ROTC Instructor in the country. The award is presented by the National Defense Industrial Association.

KRISTIN (MCMAHON) COVARRUBIAS (B.A.) and her husband, Eddie, are proud to announce the birth of their second child, Gabrielle René, on Feb. 18, 2006. Big sister Victoria is very excited about the arrival of her little sister.

ERIN (ROSS) COULTER (B.B.A.) received her M.B.A. from Hawaii Pacific University in 2002. She lives in Long Beach, Calif., with her husband, Bill, whom she married in August 2005. She works with her father and sister in her family’s business, Ross Organic Specialty Sales Inc.

CHRISTOPHER DEMOS (B.A.) earned his master’s degree in international economics from George Washington University in Fall 2005.

GUILLE ESQUIVEL (B.A.) graduated in 2005 with a master’s degree in cultural studies from Claremont Graduate University. Her thesis focused on the experiences of Dominican players in Major League Baseball. Earlier this year she was named the Cuba team coordinator in the first ever World Baseball Classic (see story on page 45). Based in New York, Guille handled the team’s daily duties both on and off the field. Now that she has returned to California, she hopes to continue working in the sports industry.

DAVID FELL (B.B.A.) was promoted to chief financial officer of White Tiger Corp. and Blue Dragon Herbal Supply in late 2005. He also is the president/CEO of Legacy Investments International Corp., a real estate brokerage company in San Diego. Previously he was president of Sterling Investment for three years and says he looks forward to achieving the same great success Sterling had. David says he’s always interested in reconnecting with USD alumni or current USD students.

ZACHARY KOUCOS (B.B.A.) recently joined the San Diego office of Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, billed as the country’s largest commercial real estate capital intermediary. His primary responsibility is to originate financing for commercial real estate transactions throughout the western United States.

HEATHER (NIELSEN) KWEDER (B.A.) lives in San Francisco and works as a teacher in Marin, Calif.

KELLY (THOMPSON) LOVENSON (B.A.) married Zak Lovenson ’00 on Oct. 18, 2003. They have been living in Simi Valley, Calif., for two years. Kelly teaches kindergarten at a local elementary school and expected to receive her master’s degree in language and literacy in May from California State University, Northridge. Zak recently started his own finance company, called Clear Mortgage, in Encino, Calif.

JEN (WRIGHT) MARAVILLAS (B.A.) and her husband, Aram, welcomed a baby girl, Sydney Lynn, into the world on Aug. 27, 2005 — Jen’s birthday.

CHRISTINE OWENS (B.A.) moved to the big island of Hawaii on April 1, 2006, where she works as a dolphin trainer for Dolphin Quest. The facility provides interaction programs so people of all ages can both learn about bottlenose dolphins and their environment and also interact with the animals. “Life is good living on an island, being in the sun and playing with dolphins,” she writes.

KAREN (ABELLA) SANTO-PIETRO (M.S.) married Gary Santo-Pietro on Sept. 17, 2005. Alumna Jami Eller was the maid of honor. Karen is an analyst with Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Inc. Karen and Gary serve as musicians for The Rock Church, in San Diego, as well for other Christian groups including the San Diego Walk to Emmaus community and the Chrysalis community.

MELISSA (HOGAN-MCBRIDE) SCHILLING (B.B.A.) says that since graduating in 2000, she has worked in human resources and office administration. She married Richard Schilling in August 2003 and “retired” from her work in January 2005 to raise their son, Soren Harold, who was born that month.

[2001]

CHRISTINE BROWN (M.F.A.) is an actress who returned from New York to The Old Globe Theatre for her fifth performance there, this time in the West Coast premier of “Trying,” which opened in April. Christine was the female lead and played Sarah Schorr. Christine also recently was selected as a member of The Utopian Theatre Asylum company in Chicago.

STACY (SWEENEY) CLIFTON (B.B.A.) married Greg Clifton in August at St. Dominic’s Church in San Francisco. Many Toreros attended the wedding. The following alumni were in the bridal party: maid of honor Katie (Lazarus) Bettini; and bridesmaids Hilary Andaya Eccles, Lynna Jamison, Carrie Leander and Jodi Wang. The couple honeymooned in Kauai, Hawaii, and lives in Mountain View, Calif.

KEVIN DAVIS (B.B.A.) teaches computer classes and is the varsity football offensive coordinator at Ontario High School in Ontario, Calif. He also is working on his master’s degree in education at Chapman University.

COLLEEN DECOOK (B.A.) has been an elementary school teacher for the last three years, currently as a third-grade teacher in Greenfield, Mass. In the 2006-07 school year she expects to teach at Bement School in Deerfield, Mass. Colleen continues to travel as much as possible and involves herself in volunteer work abroad.

FRANCIS DIZON (B.A.) received a master’s and credential in educational psychology from Loyola Marymount University in May 2005 and has been hired as a school psychologist for the Saddleback Valley Unified School District.

KELLY EGGEN (B.A.) is working at Raytheon in San Diego. She’s also attending school again, pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Redlands. She expected to complete her degree in September. She also is working as a program cost schedule control analyst and says she enjoys her career.

JOSEPH GRECO (B.A.) married Stephanie King ’01 on Sept. 24, 2005.

RAPHAEL HARKHAM (B.A.) expected to graduate in May from the law school at Pepperdine University. Upon graduation, he planned to take the California Bar exam and go to Israel to pursue a career in diplomacy.

DANIEL KLEIN (B.A.) graduated from law school at California Western in May 2005. He took the California Bar exam in July 2005 and passed the first time. He since was hired by a firm, Horton, Oberrecht & Kirkpatrick in downtown San Diego, and specializes in civil defense litigation.

KATHRYN (DYER) MCCAHILL (B.A.) graduated from California Western School of Law and was planning to take the California State Bar exam.

MEGAN MCKERNAN (B.A.) works as a research and information specialist at the Specialty Equipment Market Association. She follows trends in the automotive aftermarket and is responsible for gathering information related to hot-rodding and racing, which she uses to write magazine articles and research reports. In her free time, she herself drag races and says she loves it.

MATT MOYE (B.A.) married Adrian Arroyo on Oct. 29, 2005, in Bodega Bay, Calif. Alumnus Paulo Elias was a groomsman. Matt and Adrian graduated from the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific in 2004 and are working as attorneys in Northern California. They currently are living in Calistoga, Calif. and building a home.

ANNE PETERSEN (B.A.) has been working as a producer at KESQ-TV in Palm Desert, Calif., since 2003. She currently produces the 5 p.m. evening news. Her boyfriend of nearly a year is a reporter at the station, “making the cross between my professional and personal life a unique experience,” she says. Anne says although working in television is full of challenges, it’s been a good experience nonetheless. In addition to work, she enjoys cooking, reading and hiking the local trails.

JADE QUENTIN (B.A.) graduated from San Diego State University in May 2005 with a master’s degree in social work. She participated in a Title IX program so that, in exchange for a stipend, she will work for Child Welfare Services for two years, a job she started in June 2005.

LAURIE RYAN (B.A.) is a full-time professional horse trainer. On the side she also teaches children with autism how to ride.

GLORIA (LUFF) SCHOFIELD (B.B.A.) recently bought her first house in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. Before moving to Los Angeles, she went on a trip around the world for nine months with her husband. She currently works in media research for television program development.

TONI (BASCO) WAY (B.A.) married Robert Way ’97 in June 2002 in Modesto, Calif. The couple welcomed their first baby, Isabella Marie, on May 13, 2003. Toni completed her paralegal degree, specializing in business and environmental law, in August 2001. Robert, a graduate of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, is a district attorney in Yuma, Ariz. The couple happily celebrated their third wedding anniversary with the birth of their second child, Felicity Rose, on June 29, 2005. Toni and Robert enjoy making the short trip to San Diego frequently and strolling the USD campus with their children.

BRETT WEICHBROD (B.B.A.) finished his M.B.A. at Pepperdine University and now works at PIMCO.

JOSEPH WOLF (B.A.) is gathering material for the book he’s been mulling over in his head. He spent a year traveling in South America and nine months teaching English in Spain and says he’s got the Spanish language down pretty well. He recently signed up to teach in Istanbul for a second year. He says the city is fascinating and the people have been wonderful. He’s also done some traveling around Turkey.

[2002]

NICOLE ANGLE (B.B.A.) and Scott Bergen ’00 were married on Aug. 13, 2005, in Founders Chapel. The wedding was like a reunion. In the wedding party were the following alumni: Bill Bostad, Allen “Murph” Jones, Andy Marchi, Mike Milligan, Kali Kirk, Kelly Beal and Julie Herrin. The readers were alumni Josh Brown and Mary (Bergen) Donlevy, and the music was performed by alumni Jason Apolinario and Andy Marchi. The couple lives in Pasadena, Calif. Nicole is a research manager for Comcast Cable and Scott is an English teacher, track coach, swim coach and activities director for his alma mater, St. Francis High School.

SAMANTHA “SAM” CANNON (B.A.) married Scott Burton ’99 on Sept. 24, 2005, in Dana Point, Calif. In the bridal party were the following alumni: Katie (Olimpia) Stewart, Erica (Klein) Huebner, Susan Curtis, Kristen Buck and Dave “Cha-Cha” Denes. Scott and Sam now live near Portland, Ore., where Scott is a reporter for the local NBC affiliate and Sam is a public relations executive.

JASON COITO (B.A.) has been teaching freshman religion and is the campus minister at Villanova Preparatory School in Ojai, Calif. Before that, he spent a year with the Augustinian Volunteers in Lawrence, Mass.

ALEXANDRA CUMMINGS (B.A.) is fulfilling her dream of working in the music business in San Diego as the office manager and production coordinator at Singing Serpent Inc. She hopes to get involved in more marketing and public relations for the company, all while planning her wedding to her own personal rock star.

HEATHER (VOIGT) EDWARDS (B.A.) is pursuing her M.B.A. at Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu. She and her husband, Brian Edwards ’02, celebrated the birth of their son, Collin, in February 2005. Heather says they are enjoying being stationed in Hawaii, which will last three years.

ASHLEY (DAY) MINNICH married Marty Minnich on July 31, 2004, at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego. They welcomed their daughter, Makenna, into the world on Aug. 12, 2005. “Needless to say it was a busy year,” she writes.

BRIAN EDWARDS (B.B.A.) is a pilot with the U.S. Navy, currently stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay. He expected to leave in June 2006 for a six-month deployment to several overseas locations. He reports that he recently bought a house in Hawaii with his wife and is celebrating the birth of their first son, Collin.

TARA HAMILTON (B.A.) graduated from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in May 2005. She passed the Nevada State Bar exam on the first try and works as an associate at the Las Vegas firm of Alverson, Taylor, Mortensen & Sanders, specializing in medical malpractice defense cases and representing doctors and hospitals.

NICOLE LAMPSA (B.B.A.) expected to receive her M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, in June 2006. She planned to work for Citigroup investment banking in New York.

CHRISTOPHER R. LONG (B.B.A.), a U.S. Navy lieutenant junior grade aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay, was deployed to the Western Pacific for maritime security operations. The crew also conducted undersea warfare training in Hawaii and participated in an exercise with the Japan Maritime Defense Force. During the exercise, Christopher’s group and the Japanese navy participated in an officer exchange program to give Japanese sailors a chance to experience life aboard an American ship and vice versa.

EDUARDO MARTORELL (B.A.) graduated from law school at the University of Southern California in May 2005, passed the California State Bar exam and now works in Los Angeles as an attorney at Mendes & Mount.

MARIA STORNIOLO (B.A.) received her master’s degree in education in 2005.

DAMON VRACIN (B.A.) is an actor and owner of a leather accessory business. He says he taught himself leatherworking after college and now has 10 stores selling handmade art.

J.P. SIMON WRIGHT (B.B.A.) says although it’s been four years since he graduated and he misses school, doing what he loves is a great trade-off. “Real estate has given me a lot of things that I’m thankful for, but USD has given me friendships and connections I wouldn’t have had if I hadn’t attended the ’little uni on the hill.’ Go USD rugby, baby!”

[2003]

BROOKE BRAATEN (B.A.) and Matthew Murphy ’03 married on Oct. 15, 2005, in Brooke’s hometown of Gig Harbor, Wash. The couple lives in San Diego.

CAPERA CLEMENT (B.A.) recently started working at the United States Mission to the United Nations as a special assistant to Ambassador Sichan Siv, the U.S. representative to the U.N. Economic and Social Council. She says the job is very exciting, especially as a Spanish major and international relations minor. Capera explains that the United States Mission works as the U.S. Embassy to the U.N.

JULIE CLOUTIER (B.A.) transferred in October 2005 from Miramax to The Weinstein Co. in New York, where she is the manager of publicity and corporate communications.

JOANNA HJORTH (B.B.A.) married Christopher Denny ’99 on Sept. 10, 2005, in Founders Chapel. Their wedding party included many alumni: Pete Bennett, Anna (Grobe) Hjorth, Chris Calacci and Anna Smithson. The couple honeymooned for 10 days on Oahu and the big island of Hawaii. .

PHILIP FITZPATRICK (B.B.A.) sings in a band called C24C with fellow Torero Andrew Bryden. The band played at USD many times between 1999 and 2005. Last summer, the band embarked on a self-booked tour of the United States, and followed it up with a month-long tour of Japan. Band members are now back in the United States and have spent the last five months working on their second full-length album. Philip and Andrew, who also majored in business, enjoy using their degrees in the music industry. They live in the Los Angeles area and are planning a return trip to Japan next summer.

MOLLY GATES (B.A.) is a sixth- and seventh-grade teacher at Thurston Middle School in Laguna Beach, Calif.

DAVID GIRARDIN (M.A.), who graduated with a degree in pastoral care and counseling, recently was selected as captain in the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps. Shortly after the selection, he was reassigned as director of pastoral care services at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va.

DANIELLE HECKRODT (B.B.A.) began working with Accredited Home Lenders after graduation and is an account executive working in the Mission Valley area of San Diego. She still has her Chargers season tickets and even bought her first condo near the stadium. In her free time, she travels and still hangs out with many of her sorority sisters.

MOLLY KING (B.A.) married Jordan Oates on May 21, 2005, in Denver, Colo. The following alumni were members of the wedding party: Emily Stevenson, Elise Ochenduszko, Liz (Rozar) Hunter, Andrew Fox and Tyler Parks. Jordan expected to graduate from the University Of Colorado School of Law in May and planned to start working for a law firm in Denver this fall. Molly is a first-grade teacher in Denver.

NATALIA LUGLIANI (B.B.A.) is working on her master’s degree in Italian at Middlebury College, part of a study-abroad program in Florence, Italy. She expected to graduate in August.

ADAM LYNCH (B.A.) worked with New Zealand Funds in Auckland, New Zealand, for a year. Now he works in Maui as a project engineer for condo development for Goodfellow Bros.

BRAD MILLER (B.A.) recently assumed a regional management position with a well-known commercial finance company. He also recently traveled to New Zealand to attend a friend’s wedding and do some surfing. Brad is a member of the Commercial Finance Association and the Turnaround Management Association. He also supports the Quality West Wing Foundation, a local charity, and plays drums for a San Diego band called Jesse and the Fools.

NAFELIE MONSOUR (B.A.) is working on her master’s degree in sociology at San Diego State University and is planning to enter the Ph.D. program. “Thanks, Dr. Liv, you were the best sociology teacher I have ever had. You are an inspiration to me daily.”

TUI MUNDAY (B.A.) sells commercial real estate in Miami, Fla.

ABBY ROHR (B.A.) is a full-time student at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of International Studies. She expected to graduate in 2006, with a master’s degree in international affairs. She also works part time at a small financial firm, J.C. Davis Financial, but eventually plans to work in the arena of international affairs and political sciences.

KATIE (LEBENS) SAGRERO (B.A.) and husband Miguel Sagrero had a baby boy, Joseph Jeffrey, on Sept. 13, 2005. He was 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and 20 inches long.

ARDELLE (LIBBY) SEELY (B.A.) married Jon Seely in August 2005 in Fiji. Jon works for Intel, and Ardelle is in her third year of pharmacy school at the University of California, San Francisco.

ELLIE (REENDERS) SERVAIS (B.A.) married her favorite Torero in July 2005.

AARON TUBBS (B.B.A.) says for the past year he’s been traveling around the world — from South America to Europe to South Africa to Southeast Asia to Indonesia to Australia to New Zealand. “I have no intentions of slowing down,” he writes, “Donations accepted!”

[2004]

MIKE DISTANO (B.B.A.), who graduated from the Game Face Sports Executive Academy, accepted a full-time account executive position in March with the Wichita Falls Wildcats of Texas, part of the North American Hockey League. After graduating from USD, Mike was an assistant athletic director at a high school in Reno, Nev.

LINDSEY JOHNSON (B.A.) recently finished her first year in the tax industry with firm J.H. Cohn. She and alumnus Rob Renovales purchased their first home in August 2005.

MARISSA LYFTOGT (B.B.A.) works part time as a legal assistant, while attending the School of Law at USD.

AMBER MADSEN (B.A.) has been teaching kindergarten and first grade. She’s also working on a master’s degree in teaching, learning and leadership.

BROOKE MARADA (B.A.) has been accepted into the physician’s assistant program at Stanford’s School of Medicine. She plans to begin classes this fall.

JOSEPH MCARTHUR (B.A.) lives in Japan where he works as a teacher for NOVA. He teaches English to people from four to 75 years old.

LEANDRA SALLES-CUNHA (B.A.) says that since graduating, her life “has been filled with adventure after adventure.” She initially was a substitute teacher in Jacksonville, Fla., and then began traveling around the world as a stress reliever. She spent three months in Europe, one month of that walking across Spain on a religious pilgrimage, “El Camino de Santiago,” or the Path of St. James. “I thank God for the opportunity to be able to experience such an amazing spiritual journey,” she says. “My soul still thirsting for more, I traveled to Argentina to experience its charismatic culture and people. There I taught English to many appreciative citizens. The adventure continues …” (Leandra’s documentation of part of her pilgrimage to Spain earned her the grand prize in USD Magazine’s photo contest. See her prize-winning photo on the inside front cover).

CASEY (GONCALVES) SAN- FILIPPO (B.A.) married in April 2005. She and her husband welcomed their first son, Luca Salvatore, on March 22, 2006. Casey had been working as an office assistant to a well-known neurologist in San Diego, but now plans to concentrate on raising her son. She also has been thinking about returning to school to get a teaching credential, if time permits.

KEITH SCOTT (B.S.), an ensign with the Navy, is assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur, which made a port visit to Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, while on a deployment. The primary mission of Scott’s ship is to provide offensive and defensive capabilities.

KRISTEN (LUEBBERT) WICK (B.A.) married Josh Wick on July 3, 2004. She taught for a year at ActionQuest, a nonprofit company that offers teen-agers adventure- training programs in various water sports and other activities. She moved to the Corpus Christi, Texas, area where she teaches biology and physics.

[2005]

NICHOLAS BELLANCA (B.A.) has been working since August 2005 as a group benefits coordinator in the La Jolla office of Unum Provident.

JOHN BOWE (B.A.) recently graduated from The Basic School in Quantico, Va., where he received the Gung Ho Award for esprit de corps and motivation. His new assignment is at a military police school in Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.

ERIN BURKE (B.A.) is earning a master’s in social work at Colorado State University. She also is working toward a certification in school social work and working as a substance abuse counselor. She was planning to be a bridesmaid in her USD roommate Sandy Phanthasone’s wedding over the summer in Anchorage, Alaska.

MELANIE DURIAN (B.A.) moved to Washington, D.C., to pursue a career in politics and lobbying. She is working as a legal assistant at a law firm next to the White House. The firm specializes in nonprofit clients and lobbying for interest groups and trade associations. “I attribute a lot of my happiness and success so far in this amazing city to the wonderful professors in the USD Political Science Department.”

MONICA GRANDE (B.A.) is a special education teacher at Cherokee Point Elementary School.

STEPHANIE HOWE (B.A.) teaches high school English in Las Vegas through the Teach for America program, while also completing a master’s degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

JENISE KARCHER (B.A.) teaches at an elementary charter school in Chula Vista.

CANDICE KIM (J.D.) is an associate in Miller Nash’s business department and will focus her practice on business and commercial finance. Before joining Miller Nash as a summer associate in 2004, Candice was an intern at both the San Diego County’s Alternative Public Defender and the USD’s Entrepreneurship Clinic.

DIANA VLASOVA (B.A.) works for a law firm and is awaiting responses from law schools. She hoped to start attending law school in Los Angeles this fall.