UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO / Summer2006
1990s

[1990]

RANDALL BURGESS (B.A.) and his partner Steve adopted two boys, Ryan, 21 months, and Nathan, 5 months.

RICHARD DORN (B.A.) and his wife had their second child, Mary Kavli, on July 16, 2005. She joins brother Henry, 3. Rich heads up strategic planning for Wells Fargo Financial. The family lives in Edina, Minn.

THANE HALL (B.A.) recently was commissioned as a spiritual director in the spirituality at St. Ignatius of Loyola.

PAMELA (POTTER) DRUMMOND (B.A.) and husband James, after 11 years of marriage, were blessed with their first baby, Katherine Grace, on Oct. 20, 2004. Katie was adopted as a newborn from Idaho. “I love my new career as a full-time mommy!” Pamela says.

ELIZABETH SMITH-LIEVERS (B.B.A., M.I.B. ‘98) has two children, Riley Andrew, 2, and Tate Richard, who was born Aug. 19, 2005.

LAURA THOMPSON (B.A.) began working as the assistant dean of students at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, in June. Before that, she had spent two years working for the University of Redlands in Salzburg.

[1991]

JAMES ALEXANDER (B.A.) and wife Christy have two kids, Emily, 10 and Jackson, 6.

SAMANTHA “SAM” GARTON-GALE (B.B.A.) is living in beautiful Colorado with husband Michael and their two girls, Brennecke, 5, and Mackenzie, 3.

ROBERT JACKSON (B.A.) started his own company, Renaissance Financial Services. He subcontracts through Performance Capital Corp., providing equipment leasing, SBA loans and commercial mortgages to businesses. He says the 100 percent commission occupation is a great one for someone who enjoys sales and finance.

KATHLEEN SNYDER-PARAMPIL (B.A.) has three great children: Anya, 10; Aidan, 7; and Ava, 5. She is attending Eastern Michigan University to get her master’s as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages. She and husband Suresh just celebrated 13 years of marriage; and Kathleen reports that they love Ann Arbor.

[1992]

SAMUEL BARTHOLOMEW (B.A.) is a chief resident with the Department of Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University. He will be continuing his training in plastic surgery at the University of California, Davis, next year.

PETER CELESTE (B.B.A.) was recently promoted to regional general manager of the Americas for Yahoo. He lives in Pasadena, Calif., with wife Victoria, son Jake, 6, and daughter Mikaela, 4.

JEFFREY CRANE (B.B.A.) and his wife have had an exciting year. Their son, Joshua David, was born on March 7, weighing in at 9 pounds. He joins sister Sarah, 4, who was to start preschool in Fall 2005. Jeffrey works for Thrivent Financial in San Marcos, and earned the Certified Financial Planner designation in 2005. He also was installed as president of the local National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and qualified for the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table. In June, the family attended the MDRT convention in New Orleans and extended the trip to Houston to see the Padres play the Astros on the Fourth of July. “I’m not trying to toot my own horn,” he says. “It’s just that after 12 years in business, things are coming together well, and I love what I do for a living. And I love being a daddy.”

RUTH (EARLY) NELSON (B.A.) has been teaching art, photography and yearbook in a public high school for the last 10 years. She is also a painter who has been shown locally over the past four years. She is involved in ministry in her local church, and took a mission trip to Grenada in 1998. Ruth has been married since 1998 and has one son.

DENISE (ETTARI) CAIN (B.A.) and husband Doug welcomed their third child in February 2005. John Charles joins big sister Anna, 5, and brother James, 3. “Life is perfect!” Denise says.

SALLY (FIELDS) HOLBROOK (B.A.) is still living in beautiful San Diego and teaching Spanish at Point Loma High School. She married Tim Holbrook in March 2005.

JORGE LUHAN (B.B.A) is living in Dana Point, Calif., where he owns and operates his own restaurant and consulting company, Paradigm Restaurant Group. He recently finished the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, in 11 hours, 19 minutes and 50 seconds. He’s looking to better that time this year.

KEVIN MAJOR (B.A.) finished six years of general surgery and surgical critical care training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is now in the second year of a two-year vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Southern California.

CASSIE (PAULSON) JACOBSON (B.A.) and her husband had a beautiful baby girl in November 2003 and a wonderful son in August 2005. She is enjoying being a mom while continuing her career in clinical research at 3M.

MITCHELL WILLET (B.B.A.) has two kids, Chase, 3, and Delaney, 5, and is working hard.

[1993]

RAQUEL HICKS CRAVEN (B.A.) is very happily married and recently joined Hawaii Pacific Health as director of organizational effectiveness.

GABRIELLE (BRANT) FREEMAN (B.A.) and husband David welcomed Aurora Gabrielle on July 31, 2005. “She is our first child and is doing well,” Gabrielle says. Gabrielle is still teaching English and humanities at Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro, N.C.

2nd LT. JAY JANAVICE (B.B.A.) is serving at Fort Dix, N.J., in the U.S. Army National Guard as a platoon leader with the 505th Engineer Battalion. The 505th was to deploy
to Iraq in October 2005 for a one-year tour of duty.

SARAH KELLOGG PLOCHER (B.A.) and husband Barry had a daughter, Caroline, on Aug. 25, 2005. She joins older brother Tyler, 3. They are living in Portland Ore., where Sarah is a stay-at-home mom and Barry is a product developer for Nike. She would love to hear from any alumni in the area.

CARRIE (LAURITSEN) KRAMBECK (B.A.) and husband Scott had their first baby, Lucas Ryan, on March 30, 2005. They live in Denver and have their own company, KRAMCO, which is contracted with furniture manufacturers for wholesale sales.

RANDELL LEACH (B.B.A.) and wife Cary (Casey) Leach (B.A. ‘93) had an exciting 2005. They welcomed their son, Milo James, on May 30, 2005. He surprised them by arriving seven weeks early and spent four weeks in the intensive care unit. “He’s healthy, happy and growing fast,” Randell says. Cary is enjoying staying home with him and doing some freelance work on the side editing high school biology test preparation materials.

KEVIN MCSWEENEY (B.B.A.) got married to Anne Bunte on Feb. 25, 2005, in Kauai, Hawaii. Jim Hafner (B.B.A. ‘93) and Dave West (B.B.A. ‘93) were in the wedding.

MARCUS ROHLFS (B.B.A., M.B.A. ‘94) has been busy. He married Melissa Harris two years ago, was promoted to marketing manager for State Farm Insurance in the Pacific Northwest and just bought a new home.

[1994]

JEANINE (DEGAGNE) BOYERS (B.A.) says life is good. “I have finally traded in my Ann Taylor suits and office with a view of the state capitol for a pair of jeans and comfy sneakers, and a view of my living room covered in a sea of toys,” she says. “Who knew I’d be so fulfilled staying at home, baking bread and creating memories with my two wonderful children?”

ANDREW CLEVENGER (B.B.A.) and wife Darcy (Long) Clevenger (B.B.A. ‘94) got married on Sept. 24, 2004. Andrew was promoted to major in October 2004. They had their first child in November 2005. Darcy has been working for Grand Pacific Resorts for just over a year as their direct marketing manager.

MATT GILDERSLEEVE (B.A., M.A. ‘96) moved back to San Luis Obispo, Calif., with wife Justine, son Bryce and daughter Kea.

AMBER (GUNN) WESTLAND and husband Max were blessed by the birth of their “happy, healthy daughter,” Zara Phillipa, on June 4, 2005. They are living in Washington, D.C., where Amber splits her time between staying home with Zara and working in neuropsychology with soldiers returning from the war at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

AMY (GUNNESS) DE STEFANI (B.A.) and husband Robert De Stefani (B.A. ‘97) welcomed baby Lindsey Nicole in March 2005. She joins big sisters Marissa, 6, and Natalie, 4. Amy is taking a few years off teaching to be home with her three girls.

KJIRSTEN LANGLAND (B.A.) and her husband welcomed daughter Annika Grace to their family on April 4, 2005. She joins brother Erik, who adores her.

BETH MITCHELL (B.A.) married Craig Bengtson on Nov. 6, 2004, at Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens in Phoenix. They live and work in central Phoenix.

COLLEEN (MURPHY) HOBBS (B.B.A.) recently returned to work as a product manager for a global medical device manufacturer, after staying at home with her two children, Karynn and Connor, since 2003. Colleen and husband Chris recently celebrated their seventh anniversary and have moved to La Jolla.

ERIN (PACE) DERMODY (B.A.) married Jeff Dermody at The Immaculata on Oct. 29, 2005. The reception was on the North Island naval base, and they went to St. Lucia for their honeymoon. Jeff is an F/A-18 pilot in the Navy, based at Miramar. Erin is a recruiter in Pacific Beach.

LORI (HONE) MARTINEZ (B.B.A.) and her husband had their second child, Marissa, in July 2004.

JONAH WEINBERG (B.A.) was recently hired as chief of media relations and public information officer for the San Mateo County Transit District. He moved from San Diego to San Francisco for the position.

JENNIFER (BROOKINS) WILLIAMS (B.A.) and a partner started a business, Hopscotch Designs. They specialize in designing young children’s clothes and bedding, and are expanding their manufacturing.

[1995]

CHAD BUCHANAN (B.B.A.) and his wife had their first child, Jack Charles, on Dec. 20. He weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces. Chad has celebrated his 10-year anniversary with Charles Schwab.

JENNIFER (CRANE) WILLIAMSON (B.A.) became the executive director of Golden Care Workforce Institute in November 2004. “It’s been four years since I left the private sector and a promising career in public relations,” she says. “I haven’t looked back once. This is the best job I’ve ever had.”

BREE (KIRBY) LEWIS (B.A.) had a baby girl, McKenna Bree, on July 13, 2005.

DYNA LUNGLHOFER (B.A.) and husband Jeff welcomed their first son, John Frederick, on Nov. 28, 2004.

HYTHAM MANSOUR (B.A.) started a construction trucking company in Escondido specializing in aggregate materials and heavy equipment hauling.

TINA-MARIE MASSIMINI (B.A.) married Christopher Lesko in November 2004 in Kauai, Hawaii. She is working as a sales manager for the Western United States for Presperse, a personal care raw materials chemical supplier. She lives in Tustin, Calif.

SARA (TANGEMAN) ADAMS (B.A.) is teaching second grade in Huntington Beach, Calif. She and her husband have a 31/2 -year-old boy, Jack. Daughter Kendall Anne was born on July 15, 2005. The family has lived in Irvine, Calif., for 10 years.

WILLIAM THOMPSON (B.A.) and his family — wife Patricia, daughter Stefanie and son Edward — have lived in Norfolk for a year, as William begins his second year of doctoral studies in oceanography at Old Dominion University. They moved to Norfolk after William finished his master of science at University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada.

JENNIFER (WRIGHTSON) BAKLENKO (B.A.) and her husband welcomed their second child, Luke, on Jan. 12, 2005. At 11 pounds, 12 ounces, he was the biggest baby born in Hood River Hospital. Sister Cami is 4.

KAREN (YONTZ) FREIBURGER (B.A.) and husband Ron had their third child, David Charles, on May 16, 2005. Siblings Katy and Michael are having lots of fun with their baby brother. Karen is a stay-at-home mom and Ron works for Farmers Insurance.

[1996]

GEOFFREY CHEW (B.A.) recently was promoted to the senior software engineer level. Wife Heather Bartlett (B.A. ‘99, M.A. ‘02) continues her third year as a teacher in Temecula. They spent the summer in Greece and look forward to other upcoming travel adventures abroad.

VALERIE (DALTON) THOMPSON (B.A.) and Seth Thompson (B.A. ‘97) welcomed their second son, Asher, on Oct. 1, 2005. He joins big brother Tobias, who is 2.

KRISTEN (DE FAZIO) SCHMIDT (B.A.) and her husband welcomed their first child, Ayden Donovan, on Aug. 5, 2005.

ALISON (DWELLE) WILLIAMS (B.A.) moved to San Francisco after completing her master’s degree in occupational therapy. She met her husband, a citizen of the United Kingdom, in San Francisco. The couple lived in London for a few years, then traveled for six months before returning to California to live in the Bay area. Alison works as an occupational therapist.

ANNE (EVANISH) YUNGLING (B.B.A.) says nothing exciting is happening now. “I’ll fill you all in next time,” she says.

DREW ISHII (B.A.) earned his Ph.D. in mathematics education in the summer of 2005 from Ohio State University. He was planning to start at Whittier College as an assistant professor of education in the fall of 2005.

STEPHANIE LA BACZ (B.A.C.) lives in Los Angeles, and is working at Deloitte & Touche as a senior manager in the research and development tax services group.

DIANNE (RICHARDSON) SERIVA (B.A.) has been a stay-at-home mom since her second child was born in June 2002. She is enjoying her time with children Ethan, 6, and Sydney, 3, but probably will go back to work in some capacity in 2006.

STEFFANIE RIES HOIE (B.A.) had a daughter, Mackenzie, in 2003. “Over the past six years, I’ve been working in USD’s admissions office, recruiting future alumni,” she says.

[1997]

COLLEEN (CRAWFORD) BOEHM (B.B.A.) and husband Mike had their first child, Elizabeth Grace, on Aug. 8, 2005. Colleen will be a stay-at-home mom while growing her own business, Event Artistry, a full-service wedding and event design company. They live in Sussex, Wis.

DANIEL COBIAN (B.A.) and wife Lilian (Mamou) Cobian (B.B.A. ‘97) proudly announce the birth of their first child, Danica Paige, on July 17, 2005. Lilian temporarily has stopped working as a CPA to stay home with Danica. Daniel continues to serve in the U.S. Navy. The family currently lives in Yokosuka, Japan.

KATIE (GERHARDT) DUFORD (B.S.) and husband Derek welcomed their second child, Grace Margaret, on March 27, 2005. She joins big brother Grant, who is 3. The family moved to Virginia Beach, Va., in July 2005 “and loves it!”

ELIZABETH (PORTO) TISOR (B.A.) married Travis Tisor on July 30, 2005, at Founders Chapel. They live in Costa Mesa, Calif.

KRISTIN ROWE (B.A.C.) and husband Paul had a beautiful baby girl, Kaela Conley, on Oct. 27, 2005.

MARY JOY SOTIC (B.A., B.S.) recently earned her executive master’s in business administration from National University and had her second child.

STACY (BUNTEN) SUMMA (B.A.) has been working as a physician’s assistant with an orthopedic surgeon in Orange, Calif. She and husband Peter are in the middle of a remodel and addition to their home.

KRISTINA ZELLER (B.A.) was married at Founders Chapel to Scott Yanover on Sept. 10, 2005.

[1998]

CHRISTINA COVINGTON (B.S.N., M.S.N. ‘00) and husband James renewed their vows in Founders Chapel in April 2005 for their 14th anniversary. The reception was at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

AMBER (CROSS) WILSON (B.A.) married Jeff Wilson, a teacher and soccer coach, in San Francisco on Sept. 7, 2005. Sarah Coleman (B.A. ‘97) was a bridesmaid.

RONA DURAN-SIERRA (B.A.) lives in the San Francisco Bay area. She married Francisco Sierra, a civil engineer, in December 2003 on her island home of Kaua’i, Hawaii. Rona is the owner/administrator of several residential group homes serving the developmentally disabled population.

NICOLE (LAMPERIS) HANLEY (B.A.) has been married to Brett Hanley (B.B.A. ‘98) for five years. In July 2004, they had a baby boy, Jack. “He is great!” Nicole says. She has taken a leave from teaching to be a full-time mommy.

LINDA (RABIN) BENSADOUN (B.B.A.) married David Bensadoun in San Diego on Aug. 21. They also had a second wedding in France on Sept. 4, as David is French. Linda met David in his native country when she was working on her master’s degree. They live in San Clemente, Calif.

STEPHANIE (RAYMER) MOORMAN (B.A.) was married to Ryan Moorman in Pasadena, Calif., on Nov. 12, 2005. USD alumni in attendance included: bridesmaids Valerie Millard (B.A. ‘98); Veronica (Cramer) Irvin (B.A. ‘98); Cindy Wiesendanger (B.A. ‘96); and guest Aaron Shannahan (B.B.A. ‘98). Stephanie is a third-grade teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

CANDICE TAFFOLLA-SCHREIBER (B.A.) received tenure at Southwestern College in the San Diego region in the fall of 2005.

KAREY (WEBBER) JACQUES (B.A.) got married at Founders Chapel on Sept. 30, 2000. She had her first child, son Drake Lee, on
Nov. 10, 2004. She is taking time off from teaching high school English to raise Drake. She lives in La Mesa.

JENNIFER (WOLFF) FINNERTY (B.A.) married Jeff Finnerty on Nov. 12, 2005, in Greenwich, Conn. Members of the bridal party included: Alexandra Morall (B.A. ‘98); Annie Salmen (B.A. ‘98); Erica (Crook) Castellanos (B.A. ‘98); and Sandy (Rivera) Aziz (B.A. ‘98). Jen and Jeff honeymooned in Los Cabos, Mexico. They recently moved from New York City to Orlando, Fla.

[1999]

GIBSEY BECKETT (B.A.) is events coordinator of Peachy Canyon Winery where her husband Josh Beckett (B.A. ‘98) is a winemaker. Their daughter, Sydney, just turned 1.

KELLY DAVIS (B.B.A.) is having the time of her life teaching language arts and drama. She also teaches yoga. She keeps in touch with all her USD friends and will always cherish her years at USD. “P.S., I just finished my fourth original album!” (see page 41).

SHAWN GOULD (J.D.) is now specializing in employment law in private practice.

CHRISTINA (GRAVES) REMICK (B.A.) is working as a kindergarten teacher in San Diego’s Mira Mesa area. She was married on Aug. 21, 2004. Daughter Isabel was born Jan. 9, 2004.

JULIETTE MCDONOUGH (B.A.) and husband Jim welcomed their first son, Brady James, on Nov. 4, 2005. “We are so thankful for our son,” Juliette says. “We are getting the itch to move out of the chilly Northeast and intend to explore the Phoenix area.”

MIRKA “MIMI” (RADMAN) FORGERON (B.A.) is working as an emergency room registered nurse and earning her master’s in nursing at USD. She married in October 2004. “Still enjoying life to the fullest!” she says.

SARA STRAUHAL (B.A.) works at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and expected to complete her master’s in community and social psychology in the spring of 2006.

ALISON TAYLOR (B.A.) married in 2003 and became an instant mother to three boys, ages 9, 7 and 5. On June 3, 2005, she gave birth to her first baby — a boy, Dallas Payton.

GENO VILLANUEVA (B.A.) says the most exciting news is his marriage to Michelle Coziahr on Oct. 8, 2005, in Founders Chapel. The following USD alumni were in the wedding party: Priscilla Villanueva (B.A. ‘97); Edward Coderes (B.A. ‘02); new brother-in-law and DTD fraternity brother Mark Coziahr (B.A. ‘98); and Josh Paul (B.A ‘98). Other alumni attending the wedding included: Greg Jackson (B.A. ‘01); Chris Tata (B.B.A. ‘02); Jay Moore (B.B.A. ‘01), Lt. Bryan Weatherup (B.B.A. ‘99); Peter Mendiola (B.B.A. ‘02); and Rob Renovales (B.A. ‘00). The couple is living in San Diego and Geno is approaching four years working as a special agent with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (formerly the U.S. Customs Service).

LOUIS WRIGHT (B.A.) is a field artillery officer in the U.S. Army. He recently returned to the United States after living in Germany for three years, a time that included 14 months in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has been married to Daphne for four years, and they have a 2-year-old daughter, Gabriella.