BRIDGET (CONWAY) DAWSON (B.A.) and husband Hanley have been married 11 years and have two children, 7-year-old Emilie and 5-year-old Duke. Duke has been fighting cancer — neuroblastoma — for two years. “He continues to battle this terrible disease.” The family lives in Glenview, Ill.

THOMAS EDELBLUTE (B.A.) is systems coordinator for the Anaheim Public Library. He has presented information to the California Library Association on the use of wireless technologies in libraries and to the International Federation of Libraries and Associations on the library’s photo digitization project.

WILLIAM HAMBY (B.A.) planned to leave the Kern County District Attorney’s Office for an attorney position with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Houston.

MARY (MCKEON) MACINNES (B.A.) and husband Don MacInnes ’90 are living in San Jose, Calif., with their three kids: R.J., 12; Sarah, 9; and Brian, 7. Mary keeps busy running a reading program at the kids’ school, and Don is in management with Ryder Transportation.

STUVA MANIATIS (B.B.A.) lives in Lone Tree, Colo., with wife Claudia and sons Stathi, Jack and Will. Stuva is in-house counsel for Merlin Solutions.

KRISTIN (ROLL) METHENY (B.B.A.) has had a busy few years. She married husband Leonard on Sept. 25, 2004. USD grads in attendance were Natasha Krogstad, Michele Crum and Vikki (Uribe) Ehrlich. The couple welcomed son Leonard William “Will” on Nov. 3, 2005. They live in Fairfax, Va., and would welcome hearing from old USD friends.

DARON WATTS (B.A.) is an FDA lawyer in Los Angeles. He is married with two beautiful daughters, 2 and 7.

JAMES WESTLUND (B.A., M.A. ’05) is a teacher and athletic director at Chula Vista High School.


JEAN (KOMICK) SHIELE (B.A.) and her husband had their first child, a boy named Cyan Francis, on March 10, 2005.

RENAE (SHAMOUN) ARABO (B.B.A.) says that besides raising three beautiful children, she has been growing her Fashion Flooring business in La Mesa, selling hardwood, laminate, carpet, tile, stone, window treatments and furniture. “USD alumni get special pricing.”

RENEE BUKOVCHIK VAN VECHTEN (B.A.) received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Irvine, in 2002 and was awarded a research fellowship in California studies. She later took a position with USD’s Political Science Department as a teaching fellow and taught courses in American politics. In September 2005 she accepted a tenure-track position at the University of Redlands, where she loves being part of a student-centered learning environment much like USD’s. “I could do without the two-hour commute from our home in La Mesa, but fitting in at UR more than compensates for time on the road!” Husband Charlie Van Vechten ’90 owns Van Vechten Creative Communications, a San Diego graphic design company. He recently was honored among the “Top 40 Under 40” businesspeople by San Diego Metropolitan magazine. The couple’s home in La Mesa gives 18-month-old Zachary and 5-year-old Ava room to run.

LT. CMDR. PATRICK DRAUDE (B.A.) and wife Kristin are living in Alexandria, Va. He is working at the Office of Military Affairs at the CIA as the CENTCOM desk officer. Kristin works at the Department of Energy. They previously were at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., where Patrick earned his second master’s in national security studies.

VANESSA HARRIS (B.A.) works for an in-house legal department at Encore Capital Group. She has two boys, Patrick, 13, and Dylan, 12.

TINA MICKELSON (B.A.) continues to work for the Golf Channel, but has moved into more instructor-type shows. She is one of the on-air instructors and also hosts a variety of other shows on the network.

SONIA NAVARRETE (B.A.) moved six years ago to New York and lives in Buffalo. She has been married seven years and has two children, Elian, 5, and Nora, 6 months. Her husband works at Children’s Hospital in Buffalo as a radiologist, and Sonia is a stay-at-home mom.

LT. CMDR. ROBERT POLING (B.A.) experienced the culture of the United Arab Emirates during a port visit while on deployment aboard the USS Decatur.

MICHAELLA WRIGHT WITTMANN (B.S., B.A.) married Daniel Wittmann in October 2003. They live in Portland, Ore., where she is director of sustainable design services for HDR Architecture.


MICHELLE “MIKI” ANDREW (B.A.) is a kindergarten teacher in Newport, Calif. Husband Todd Andrew ’92 is finance director for Prudential Reality in Irvine. They are living in Dana Point with their three boys: Cole, 4; Noah, 2; and Jack, 10 months.

SUSANA (NAVARRO) BAUM (B.A.) has twin boys, Shane and Andrew, born Dec. 10, 2004.

CHRISTINE BRUCE (B.A.) married Joseph Pasak III, a gunnery sergeant in the Marine Corps, on Jan. 8, 2006. The wedding was in Jamaica with 20 of their closest friends and family. They are moving to Okinawa, Japan, for three years, and Christine will be pursuing a master’s degree in psychology.

KIMBERLEE (MORAVICK) CHENG (B.A., M.A. ’94) is teaching for the University of Phoenix at night, and she and her husband are raising two children, Jade Grace, 4, and Lance Mitchell, 1.

SUSAN (MARTINEZ) CORLISS (B.A.) left sunny California to live in a log home on 11 acres in Arkansas. Her daughter, Jennifer, followed with her family, including Susan’s 2-year-old grandson, Ethan. “Nice Harley country.”

KATHLEEN (RAUSCH) DOUGLAS (B.A.) and husband Danny were planning to celebrate their ninth wedding anniversary. “After many years as a pharmaceutical sales rep, I am enjoying being a stay-at-home mom to our two kids, Jake, 5, and Hanna, 4.”

KRISTIN (CHISMARK) ELFTMANN (B.A.) had her third child, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Ann, on Feb. 9, 2006. The baby was welcomed home by big sister Hanley, 4, and big brother Freddie, 18 months. The Elftmann family lives in Wheaton, Ill.

HEIDI (GORSLINE) HENSON (B.A.) and her husband recently purchased The Little Gym of Poway, which provides non-competitive motor skills development programs to children ages 4 months to 12 years. Heidi wanted to pursue a career change with a focus centered on child development.

MARNI (BRAY) LOMBARDO (B.B.A.) and husband Angelo Lombardo ’89 are the proud parents of daughter Cambrea Paige, born June 17, 2005. Marni recently accepted a loan team manager position in California National Bank’s community banking division. Angelo is a national account executive at Coca-Cola, handling business with the western regional airlines. They live in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

JERRY MORRIS (B.A.) and wife Lisa welcomed daughter Adrie Laine on July 14, 2005. She has two older brothers, Griffin, 5, and Camden, 4, and shares the same birthday as Griffin.

STEVE NALICK (B.B.A.) and his wife had a baby girl, Shay Alexandria, on Feb. 24, 2006. They live in Carlsbad.

JOSEPH O’ROURKE (B.B.A.) and his family welcomed the birth of second child Mackenzie Ann on March 11, 2005. She joins sister Madison Jean. Wife Ashley is a stay-at-home mom, and Joe travels a lot and recently added the Philips and RCA brands to his company’s national distribution lineup.

DAVID PAQUIN (B.A.) opened the Oceanview Law Group, a firm that specializes in criminal defense. “I still surf every day, and the company tag line is, ’Call the Oceanview Law Group because sometimes the surf is too good to sit in jail.’”

JACQUELINE (KAHN) PARIS (B.A.) married Joel Paris on June 18, 2005 at St. Andrew’s Church in Pasadena, Calif., followed by a honeymoon in Tahiti and the Cook Islands. The newlyweds live in Bel Air, Calif.

BARBARA RODER BYRON (B.A./B.S.) lives in Reston, Va., with her husband, Chris, and their four children. She is a stay-at-home mom and works part time on the computer there.

PEDRO ROMERO (B.A.) and Melania Magoni ’95 had their second child in April 2005. “Isabella (Maria) Romero Magoni is a beautiful little girl and is growing quite fast. Parents, first daughter Natalia and Isabella are all very happy.”

SANDI (CIAMPA) RUSCONI (B.B.A.) and her husband welcomed the arrival of their son, Matthew, in November 2005. The family was looking forward to celebrating his baptism at Founders Chapel during their 2006 summer vacation in San Diego.

MARY (HANDBERG) SORENSEN (B.A.), husband Tim and daughter Emily moved back to Southern California after five wonderful years in Reno, Nev., due to Tim’s job. “It is great to return to family and friends.” Mary plans to stay home one more year with Emily.

DOUGLAS WEDGE (B.A.) is a police sergeant and bomb technician who also works in the bomb squad. He actively participates in anti-terrorist operations and techniques.

CHAD BOYD (B.B.A.) has been named a principal at KPMG. He is based at the firm’s Los Angeles office, where he provides tax advisory services to local clients.


MONICA ROSE BRUNNER (B.A.) and her husband recently bought and remodeled a building for his architecture business and office lease space. They have two girls, Cezanne Rose, 8, and Carly Rose, 3. “We are very active in their lives and their school.” Monica has been involved with children and youth ministry since graduating from USD. “I have always felt very called to the ministry.”

ANGELA DESANTO (B.A.) is married and raising four beautiful children. The oldest, Dominic, is 14 and attending La Jolla High School, Angela’s alma mater. Darius, 13, and Francesca, 7, both attend Stella Maris Academy, another school Angela attended. The youngest at age 4 is a preschooler at La Jolla Presbyterian Church.

JENNIFER DUCATO (B.A.) finished the Ironman Coeur d’Alene on June 26, 2005, along with fellow alum and friend Nancy Urner.

NELLIE (CORRENTI) HARRIS (B.A.) married Dwight Ritter, a local San Diego attorney, on Nov. 6, 2006, at Our Lady of Peace Academy. “We bought a home in Coronado and are settling into life with a kindergartner and a preschooler.” Her first husband, Bret Harris, died suddenly four years ago.

MATTHEW HORECZKO (B.A.) has two children, Grace, who will be 3 in October, and new baby Clara. Matthew opened a second office in Long Beach in July 2005. His practice is limited to criminal defense.

JAY JANAVICE (B.B.A.) is an Army engineer serving a one-year tour in Iraq. He says 1994 graduate Ryan Millay also is serving at his location with the U.S. Air Force security forces. Jay was hoping to be back in the United States by October.

JERRY MORRIS (B.A., B.B.A.) and wife Lisa have introduced their third child into this world. Her name is Adrie Laine.

SUSAN (COLLINS) MOSBY (B.A.) got married in 2004 to Peter Mosby at St. Anne’s Church in Seal Beach, Calif. They had son Charles Michael in 2005 and moved into a home that they designed and built on 2 acres in Aurora, Colo. She continues to work as a Spanish teacher at Cherry Creek High School in Denver. They were planning to live in Oaxaca, Mexico, for the summer of 2006.

STEVEN PATTON (B.A.) recently relocated to Miami Beach, where he is president of an online company. “Come visit!”

SARAH (KELLOGG) PLOCHER (B.A.) and husband Barry had their second child, Caroline, on Aug. 25, 2005. Older brother Tyler is 3. They are living in Portland, Ore., where Sarah is a stay-at-home mom and Barry works for Nike. “I would love to hear from other alumni in the area!”

GEORGE SANCHEZ (B.A.) just finished a trip to Florida to expand business to the state. “We also celebrated the births of nieces Madysyn and Ashtyn.”

REBECCA (EDWARDS) STEHLY (B.A.) taught math and Spanish at Monte Vista High School for seven years. She has since had four children and stays home to care for them.

GARRETT TRIPP (B.B.A.) and wife Robyn (Waverly) Tripp ’93 welcomed second daughter Eden Elise in 2005. She joins big sister Ellery. Garrett is a portfolio manager at Braddock Financial Corp. in Denver. One of the funds he co-manages was recently rated the top fixed-income hedge fund by Bloomberg Magazine.

NANCY URNER (B.A.) completed her first Ironman competition in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, on June 26, 2005.

WILLIAM WASHAM (B.A.) took a position in December 2005 with Peterbuilt Corp. as director of business development. He has a son, James Tylor, 4, and a daughter, Alyssa Theresa, 2.

SARA (SAFKA) WHITNEY (B.A.) and her husband are living in Washington state. They had their first child, son Kyler, on April 26, 2006.


AMBER (CAMPBELL) ALLMAN (M.A.) and husband John welcomed Kate Alexandra on Nov. 2, 2005. She joins big brother Kellen Campbell, 2. Amber left the American Red Cross national headquarters for a position as director of technology policy with a public relations firm in Washington, D.C.

MARIA MIDDAUGH ASSARAF (B.A.) married John Assaraf on Sept. 3, 2005, in their back yard surrounded by family and friends. She has two incredible stepsons, Keenan and Noah. She recently joined the Guiltinan Group, a real estate firm in San Diego. She is involved in several charities.

NATASHA (BAKER) BRUNSTETTER (B.B.A.) had her fourth baby in April. She enjoys homeschooling her 7-year-old daughter and caring for her three boys. “Life is full and busy.”

ERICA (GARRETT) DE LORME (B.A.) and her husband are fortunate to be blessed with their third child, Garrett Ross, born Sept. 18, 2005. He joins brother Hudson Stuart and sister Kyle Elizabeth.

MICHAEL FREEHILL, M.D. (B.A.) spent eight years in professional baseball with the Angels and Rangers organizations. He then went to medical school at Tulane. He married Karein Donahue in 2003. They had beautiful Elizabeth Grace on July 21, 2005. Michael is in residency at Johns Hopkins in orthopedic surgery.

BRADLEY GERTTULA (B.B.A.) recently upgraded to captain for Skywest. He and wife Michelle, married Sept. 17, 2005, are now both captains. They bought a new home in Fresno, Calif., in November 2005.

PETER HALMOS (B.A.) moved back to Portland, Ore., in April 2005. He had his first child, Aidan Thomas, on Jan. 28, 2006.

KAT (WOOD) KIRCHHOFF (B.A.) and husband Tommy live outside Park City, Utah, on a 130-acre ranch. They have two boys, Fischer, 4, and Tyler, 1. They became distributors for a high-end custom door company. “We’re helping create beautiful homes, condos and hotels in the Park City Area. Kat says she has been missing so many of her old friends from USD. “If you ever come out for a ski vacation, look me up!”

JOHN LAMBERT (B.B.A.) relocated to northern Virginia in mid-2004 when wife Maynil (Ramos) Lambert ’94 accepted a position with MCI (now Verizon) as senior director. Maynil travels frequently throughout the United States and the United Kingdom for work, and they travel for fun as often as they can. John operates a home-based investment company and is thankful for his lack of a commute. “Our ’kids’ for now continue to be our two full-of- personality Labradors. We’re loving the East Coast lifestyle so far, except we wish it snowed more during the winter here!”

MARIA MARTINEZ (B.A., M.ED. ’97) is teaching kindergarten at Hedenkamp Elementary in Chula Vista. She is in her 12th year of teaching. Husband Michael Nelson ’84 is a captain in the San Diego Fire Department. They have three boys, ages 7, 5 and 1.

MICHELLE (FERRIS) MCGILL (B.A.) and her husband live in Mission Viejo, Calif. She has been home with her kids for the past four years. Son Max is 4, and Marc is 3.

CHARLIE SETZLER (B.B.A.) was promoted to vice president of sales for O’Neill Clothing. He has been married for five years and has a 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Skyla. “Go Torero baseball!”

STEPHANIE (CURRAN) SUMMERVILLE (B.A.) moved to England two years ago and absolutely loves living in the United Kingdom. She has three children: Ryan, 4; Lauren, who will be 3 in November 2006; and Lila Jolie, born Feb. 24, 2006.

MARK SHIPLEY (B.B.A.) made the switch to real estate after 13 years in telecommunications and moved to Phoenix with his wife in 2003 after living in the San Francisco Bay area for six years. He has a thriving business servicing investors in residential, multi-family and light commercial investments.

LAURA SWEETMAN (B.A.) had a baby boy, Jackson Roy, on March 14, 2006.


SARA ADAMS (B.A.) and husband Mike announced the birth of their daughter, Kendall Anne, on July 15, 2005. She joins big brother Jack, 3. The family lives in Irvine, Calif. Sara teaches second grade in Huntington Beach. Mike is a senior network systems administrator for an insurance company in Tustin.

GINA (PETELIN) AXELSON (B.A.) married Vince Axelson at The Prado in Balboa Park in August 2004. She still teaches Pilates regularly and was planning to open her second studio at The Forum Shops in Carlsbad. The couple honeymooned in Bali and hope to start a family soon.

KATHY DAFTARI (B.A.) received an MBA in global management. She has a jewelry business at www. and is a notary public.

ANGELE (FARRELL) JESTER (B.A.) and husband Chris Jester ’94 are living in Costa Mesa, Calif., to be closer to their business, Sail Time. Since they started the business, they have grown their fleet to four fractional use boats. Their son, Rio, is 2.

JACQUELINE GARNER (B.B.A.) started another business, Notary Near You, a nationwide loan document signing service located in Carlsbad.

BRENDA GODFREY GEIGER (B.A., J.D. ’04) started her own law firm in 2005, specializing in trademark law, trusts and estates, and business transactional. Her main office is in Vista, but she also meets clients at an office in the University Towne Centre area. Last year she and her husband had their first child, a boy named Len, and moved to a new home in Shadowridge. “It was a busy but fun year for us. Now we look forward to raising a family and growing our businesses.”

ERIC IANNACONE (B.A.) received his Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Massachusetts and is teaching at Springfield Technical Community College.

CHRISTINA (THEISS) KNIGHT (B.A.) and husband Michael welcomed son Mason Michael to the family on Sept. 20, 2005. He joins older sister Hanna Kelly, 2. They are enjoying their busy lives in Escondido.

ROBERT MCGARRY (B.A.) and wife Erin are happy living in Hermosa Beach, Calif. Real estate is keeping Robert busy, while Erin builds her pediatric practice. They had their first child, daughter Kylie Rose, on Dec. 4, 2005.

KELLY MCPHEE (B.A.) is the coordinator of student services at GateWay Community College in Phoenix. She enjoys advising a diverse population of students in their academic and career choices. In her free time, she loves spending time with her 5-year-old niece, Angela.

GINA (VERGILIO) MOCK (B.A.) taught first grade for four years and now is a stay-at-home mom of three children: Joshua, 6; Rebecca, 4; and Nicole, 2.

STELLA (MELLOS) STEHLY (B.A.) is an associate attorney at the law office of Jim Mellos, a USD alumnus. Husband Noel is working with his brother Jerome Stehly, also an alumnus. Stella and Noel welcomed daughter Eleni Katerina on Nov. 14, 2005.

PATRICIA (MORAN) WARD (B.A.) and husband Aaron Ward ’95 live in Rocklin, Calif., north of Sacramento. He enjoys his career as acting superintendent of the historic sites sector downtown, and she stays home with their two children, Rozlynn, 4, and Kaden, 2. She hopes to return to teaching once her children are in school full-time.

CARRIE (BODINE) YBARRA (B.A.) is enjoying a successful and fulfilling career as a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker. She also is raising two daughters, Jessica, 12, and Taylor, 5. “I work diligently for the best interests of my clients while also striving to be No. 1 mom for my kids!”


AMY (GEDDES) HOFMANN (B.A.) lives in Costa Mesa, Calif. Brody Hoffman ’96 is attending the University of Southern California business school while continuing his work at Acquire X. Their son, Ben, is 4, and they had another baby, Allison “Allie” Grace, on June 13, 2005. Amy is assistant director at KinderCare in Aliso Viejo; she takes her kids with her to work.

BRIAN HOLMES (B.B.A.) and Tiffany (Giardelli) Holmes ’96 welcomed a third daughter, Karly Marie, on June 5, 2005. She joins big sisters Mia, 5, and Lauren, 3. They are living in Temecula, Calif. Brian works for Aerotek, and Tiffany teaches kindergarten part time.

RODRIGO MADRIGAL (B.A.) became a real estate agent and loan officer in 2005.

KRISTIAN PANGILINAN (B.A.) is a senior sales representative for Abbott Laboratories. He had his fourth child on Jan. 9, 2006, and is attending Hawaii Pacific University to get his M.B.A.

HARISH PRABA (B.A.) and wife Rashmi are the parents of 2-year-old Naveen. Harish recently changed careers and is now a teacher at the St. John’s School in Chula Vista. He teaches fifth grade and enjoys it very much. Fellow USD alumni Rene Munoz and Phong Vu also teach there.

ROB ZAKIR (B.A.) started his own business, Omni Mortgage and Real Estate Network, in 2005.


LARRY BALDWIN (M.B.A.) and wife Melissa adopted daughter Madeleine Yan from the province of Guangxi, China. “Maddie,” 2, joins brothers Landen, 11, and Isaac, 8, and sister Emma, 7.

JENNIFER BOWHEY (B.A.) married husband Steve on June 22, 2005. They are selling their home and moving within the same area. She has been working on USD alumni events for the Seattle region.

KATHRYN BRITT (B.A.) moved to Minneapolis after four years teaching bilingual education in San Diego and receiving a master’s in educational administration at Chapman University. Now she teaches second grade in St. Paul.

JIM BUNKER (B.A.) finished his master’s in speech communication at San Jose State University with honors in May 2005. He is pursuing a doctoral degree in communication and teaching at the University of Utah.

JULIE CALCAGNO ELLETT (B.A.) is hard at work with 6-month-old twin girls.

LILIAN (MAMOU) COBIAN (B.B.A.) and Dan Cobian ’97 announced the birth of their first child, Danica Paige, born on July 17, 2005. The family has been living in Yokosuka, Japan. Dan just completed his 13th year of service in the Navy. Lilian has taken time off from being a CPA while she stays home with their daughter. They were planning to move to Washington, D.C., in the summer of 2006.

LAURIE EASTWOOD RAHER (B.S.N., M.S.N. ’98) had her second son, Jacob Michael, on July 5, 2005.

REGAN (MOSEN) HJALMARSON (B.A.) has been married since April 2000 to husband Eric. She has been teaching fourth grade in the Solana Beach School District since 1999. They have two children, Kiernan Grace, born in February 2004, and son Aidan James, born Sept. 24, 2005.

ASHRAF KASTO (B.A.) is in his final year of residency in emergency medicine.

EDWARD LARIOS (B.B.A.) expected to receive his M.B.A. from California State University Fullerton in May 2006.

TOM MACK (B.A., B.S.) and his wife are stationed in Monterey, Calif., with their two sons, Joey, 5, and Billy, 2. Tom was recently promoted to lieutenant commander.

VIRGINIA MOORE-ARBING (B.A.) has two kids, Charles Francis, 4, and Lindsay Eileen, 1.

MELISSA (LEVEY) WATTERS (B.B.A.) and husband Matthew had their first child, Samantha Rose, on Aug. 29, 2005. Melissa has also been busy with her new business, a doggy boutique and grooming spa.


MAJES BLACK (B.A.) and wife Shelly had their first child, Rece Michael, on Oct. 8, 2005.

HAVEN BLEVINS BUCHMILLER (B.A.) married James Buchmiller on Oct. 9, 2005. Haven runs an architectural practice in San Diego with her father and sister.

BRYNN EDMONDS BURNS (M.ED.) and husband Donald had their second child, Samuel Allen, on Dec. 14, 2005. They also have a 3-year-old daughter, Shannon. They enjoy living in the Kansas City suburb of Leawood, Kansas.

ALISHA (RELIHAN) FAHRENDORF (B.A.) had their third child, Isabella Anne, on Feb. 26, 2004. “Ella” joins brothers Christopher, 6, and Andrew, 4. The happy family lives in Phoenix, where Chris is a real estate attorney and Alisha is a full-time mom.

KATIE (SELFRIDGE) GONZALEZ (B.A.) married Aaron Gonzalez ’97 on July 12, 2003. They had their first child, James Manuel, on Nov. 12, 2005. They live in San Diego.

EVAN HLAVACEK (B.A.) and Jennifer Jacobson ’99 welcomed their first child, Ava Linn, during the middle of a very hot Phoenix summer in June 2005. Ava is doing very well.

LORI JIANNUZZI (B.B.A.) has been busy with her career in real estate and her career as a mom of a 2-year-old. She also has been exercising her entrepreneurial spirit by trying to start her own business.

CHARITY (HEFFERNAN) KARAKAS (B.A.) had a daughter, Jasmine Sienna, on May 19, 2005.

TITO MARQUEZ (B.A.) recently became manager of 10th & M Seafoods, one of the biggest seafood stores in Anchorage, Alaska.

JENNIFER (ROUDEBUSH) MAUTINO (B.A.) and husband Kevin had their second baby, Mason Richard, on Jan 10, 2006.

VALERIE MILLARD (B.A.) is a pilot for United Express, flying the Dash-8 out of Denver.

COLLEEN (NORMAN) MARCHI (B.A.) received her master’s in forensic psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City in 2001. She married Robert in 2002 and had baby William in January 2005. They live in Grass Valley, Calif.

LEIGHTON O’BRIEN (B.A.) and wife LaManda Mounts ’98 have a daughter, Bella, 3. Leighton is a professional soccer player and real estate developer. They live in Seattle.

ELIZABETH (PADILLA) OJEDA (B.B.A.) is proud to be able to stay home and raise 2-year-old daughter Isabella Celeste. “Although I’m looking forward to integrating back into the workforce, for now I’m soaking up all the little details about Isabella’s learning process. Oscar and I are extremely blessed with a happy life and health.”

PRESTON PANZA (B.B.A.) married Pamela Montag on May 14, 2005, in Lake Forest, Calif.

HEATHER (PARKER) PIOMBO (B.A.) and her husband welcomed their first child, Parker Daniel, on Feb. 14, 2006.

BRUCE PLEAT (M.B.A.) and Arianna (Dagostino) Pleat ’99 are proud to announce the birth of son Elkan Simone on March 31, 2006. “He joins our happy home in West Orange, N.J.” Bruce works in sales engineering for a technical group in Dow Jones, and Arianna works in finance for Medco.

GIANNA RAVENSCROFT (B.A.) lives in Washington, D.C., with her two dogs. She is a banking attorney at Wilmer Hale and has been practicing law for about three years. In her spare time, she travels — “usually back to California!” — and also is learning to play golf. She encourages any classmates or friends to contact her.

TOMOKO YAMASHITA (B.A.) had a baby girl named Lisa in 2003 who is now taking swimming lessons and attending preschool. The family, including their small dog Yocchan, lives in Tokyo. “The weather in Tokyo is very cold; we need a down jacket.”


MARY BASILE (B.A.) has been living in Los Angeles and working in the film business for the last six years. She is working for a director and is involved in film and television development and production.

JUDIE (FRANKLIN) CLARKE (B.A.) and husband Chris were married in Sayulita, Mexico, in November 2005. They lived there for over a month and are settling back into life in Seattle.

SANDRA (VASQUEZ) GUTIERREZ (B.A.) and Frankie Gutierrez ’99 were married in 2004 at Founders Chapel by John Keller, USD’s former director of University Ministry. The couple welcomed their first child, Maya Xochitl, in April 2005. Frankie works for San Diego State University’s human resources and Sandee works for USD as executive assistant for University Ministry.

COURTNEY (COLEMAN) HERNANDEZ (B.A.) is still teaching third grade in her hometown of Morgan Hill, Calif. She had her second son in September. Caleb is 2 and Paulo is 1. She enjoys working part time and being a mom.

HOLLY (BAKER) JENSEN (B.A.) and husband Chris are living in Torrance, Calif., and both enjoy the convenience of working from home. Holly is busy working on new drugstore locations for Rite Aid as director of real estate, and Chris just launched a real estate appraisal and loan company. They recently took a break to explore Machu Picchu, Peru, and were looking forward to a European vacation in 2006.

ALI (ISRAEL) LEGGE (B.A.) launched her business, Jadora, in 2002 to design, manufacture, market and import furniture and silk housewares from Vietnam. She married husband Andrew in March 2005, and they moved to Vietnam to promote her business.

CERISSA MCPARTLIN (B.A.) is keeping busy with her catering company, Pomegranate Event Planning and Catering. She specializes in weddings and corporate events.

STEFAN PETERSON (B.A.) was planning to move to Kenya in May 2006 to serve two years in the Peace Corps with his wife Karen. In recent years, he was art director for Habitat for Humanity’s international headquarters in Georgia. His work there included helping in the Gulf Coast rebuilding efforts. He also has a small graphic design firm, Words by Design, which serves nonprofits, and Stefan has served in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. “I’m particularly thankful to USD for the opportunities it’s given me. I learned a lot about design, management and service while attending, and those have kept me in good stead ever since.”

MELISSA (TACATA) ROMO (B.A.) had her first child, a girl named Araceli, on Sept. 17, 2005.

ALISON TAYLOR (B.A.) gave birth to Dallas Payton on June 3, 2005.