LORI BONELLO ERTZ (B.A.) and husband Ron celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary on Sept. 16, 2005. They have a daughter, Suzanna, 16, and a son, Cisco, 10. They have lived in the same house their entire marriage. Suzanna wishes USD had a women’s golf team so she could go to USD!
DOUGLAS HELZER (B.B.A.) had her third child on June 12, 2005. Grace Suzanne joins big brother Jack, 3, and Madison, 8.
HELEN (KASPERICK) FINNERMAN (B.B.A.) and husband John Finnerman (B.B.A. ‘80) are proud to report that their son, John IV, is in his sophomore year at USD. He is an R.A., as was his mom.
DAVID LEAHY (B.B.A.) has been in real estate for 23 years, 11 as a property manager working for large developers and 12 years as a business broker helping Main Street “mom and pop” business owners sell their firms. He owns his own coin laundry business and sold his wife a card and gift store. David says they are living the American dream. They have two kids, both in community college. “Sad to say, we looked at USD but found tuition, room and board now — compared to 1981, when I graduated — to be a budget-breaker for our family.”
DAVID DASSOFF (B.A.) has been living in Klamath Falls, Ore., for the last 11 years. He works as a family physician. He has been married 22 years to his college sweetheart, Laurel. They have two children, ages 9 and 12. “I have a lot of gray hair!” he reports.
MARK GARIBALDI (B.A.) has a self-help business, called The Garo Method, at www.thegaromethod.com. It is designed to improve and maximize self-esteem, academic performance, athletic ability “or virtually any aspect of life” for various students and adults. The program is available on CD, cassette or via private or group sessions.
JULEE (CARPER) CLARK (B.A.) and her husband have a beautiful, 4-year-old adopted daughter from Nanchang, China, named Jemma Grace. “We traveled to China to get her when she was 11 months old in 2002!” Julee says. “I am mostly a full-time mother, and I work my private psychotherapy practice eight to 10 hours a week.”
LISA (FEASEL) CAUDILLO (B.A.) and her husband have a new baby boy, Christopher John, born Aug. 5, 2005.
VEKENO KENNEDY (B.B.A.) became general counsel of United Development Group, a San Diego construction services company, in January 2005.
BRUCE PILEGGI (B.B.A.) is living in Highlands Ranch, Colo., with his wife and three sons. His 20-year-old daughter recently moved out and is attending Metro College in Denver. Bruce has been busy opening two new ALTA College campuses in Atlanta, managing the aviation camps in LA and growing the national and international admissions in Denver. The family is enjoying the Rocky Mountains and doing a lot of snowboarding in the winter and golfing in the summer. They all miss San Diego and hope to return in the near future. “Let me know when you have an opening for a new dean of admissions at the college and I will apply,” he says.
MARK WEEDMAN (B.A.) continues his “dual studies” as a stay-at-home dad and deejaying at wedding receptions on weekends. His wife, Mariclaret Patton, who completed USD’s Educational Development Leadership Academy in 2005, is in her second year as a vice principal at Wilson Middle School in San Diego.
BARBARA (ZUGATES) LEAR (B.A.) planned to receive her master’s of education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., in the spring of 2006. She is married to an Army colonel and veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. They have two children, Rachael, 15, and Sean, 13.
MICHAEL CAPLINGER (B.B.A.) and his wife, Brenda, are preparing to celebrate the third anniversary of his firm, Caplinger Tax, which specializes in helping businesses solve sales tax issues. His daughter, Carrie, expected to enter her third year of college in the fall of 2006. “Our rescued wire-fox terrier, Scruffy, is just starting to slow down a little with his 13th birthday.” Michael says.
FRANCES (POLITO) ALGYA (B.B.A.) and her husband own four stores throughout Arizona. Most recently, they opened a dealership and equipment rental in north Phoenix.
TAMMY (ANDERSON) MORRIS (B.B.A.) and her husband are busy with two boys, Jordan, 13, and Skyler, 4. The boys are active in sports. “We are currently building a new home, which has been a fun, yet slow, process.”
MANUEL COITO (B.B.A.) and his wife have four children.
KEVIN KLEIS (B.A.) and his wife have two boys, Kevin Jr., 14, and Connor, 9.
FRANK KURUCZ (B.A.) earned an MBA at Colorado State University and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, a national business school honor society.
LORI (NEWMAN) HODGSON (B.B.A.) and husband Bill have been married 18 years. They have two daughters, Emily, 12, and Madeleine, 10. They are very active in their parish school and church. Lori owns a business that lets her work from home, and Bill is a mortgage broker.
TIMOTHY MCDOWELL (B.A.) and his wife were blessed in January 2003 with the arrival of their second son, Alexander. Timothy completed a master’s of science in information technology in August 2003. Most recently, he completed a graduate certificate in homeland security from the University of Colorado. In June 2005, he was promoted to regional manager with Perot Systems for systems administrators within the U.S. Air Force Space Command. “God bless all of you,” he says.
CRISTINA (LURIA) SORIA (B.A.) has been busy doing television spots for SDG&E this past year. She and her husband, Wilfredo, will be relocating to Uruguay, South America, sometime in 2006.
MAUREEN (MCCARTHY) TOSCANO (B.A.) has been living in the Boston area since graduation. She and husband Joe have five children, ages 1 to 8. Maureen used to work in sales, but is now a stay-at-home mom.
RANDEL MOORE (B.B.A.) lives in Alpharetta, Georgia, with his wife Mary (Coenenberg) (B.A. ‘87) and their children, Dylan, 13, and Madison, 11. Randy works as the CFO for Network 21, and Mary is a consultant for Cabi, a women’s designer clothing line. “We just recently celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary!”
MICHELE (PIEKSMA) BAKER (B.B.A.) and her husband are the proud parents of a new child, son Garrett Michael, born Feb. 21, 2005.
JAMES PIERIK (B.A.) and his wife have a new daughter, Ailey Marie, who joins Audrey, 12.
ADAM REEK (B.B.A.) calls October 2005 a good month. “I finally got married and also earned my executive MBA from Saint Mary’s College,” he says. He is associate publisher of Cycle Sport Magazine.
CYNTHIA DURYEA (B.A.) is the director for the Liverpool Community Nursery School. She has two daughters, Jessica and Amanda.
MICHAEL HERRINGTON (M.B.A.) married Kim Coplan on June 17. The couple traveled to the Virgin Islands for their honeymoon and live in Madison, Ala., with Michael’s sons, Christopher and Alec, and Kim’s son, Riley. Michael works for Boeing, and Kim works for Wachovia Securities.
ANTHONY LONGERETTA (B.B.A.) is living in Burbank, Calif., and is administrator and owner of the Teamsters Legal Benefit Plan in Southern California.
MARY MARTINEZ (B.A.) earned her doctor of pharmacy degree in 1993 from the University of Southern California. She married and moved to Vancouver, Wash., in 2000. She has been working as a pharmacist in long-term care and hospital settings since 1993. “No children, just three spoiled cats!”
MICHELE (WILSON) RANCK (B.A.) received her S.T.B./M.A. in religious studies and theology from the University of Louvain, Belgium. She taught high school religion for seven years and is now a full-time stay-at-home mom to five children.
THOMAS FOLEY (B.B.A.) lives in Ann Arbor with his wife, Michelle. They have three children: Sara, 7; Ryan, 6; and Megan, 5. “All are doing well,” he reports.
ERIC NASLAND (B.A.) bought a beautiful home overlooking Mission Bay in August 2003, the same month he married Heidie Hamer. “Heidie is the oldest of seven, six girls, and I am the youngest of seven, six boys. It has been a perfect match.” Eric also reports that, “With the help of modern medicine, Heidie delivered our little miracle, Jack Kelly, on Sept. 27, 2005.” Eric’s son, Jesse, 14, is overjoyed to be a big brother once again. Eric also says his family will always remember Caitlin Marie Nasland, who died in 1998 at age 5.
ELLEN ORR (B.S.N.) has started working in home health. After previously working in inpatient facilities, she finds the new venture quite exciting.
KEVIN CARLIN (B.A.) and wife Denise welcomed Sean Patrick Carlin on Feb. 18, 2005. He weighed 10 pounds, 13 ounces and was 211/2 inches. Sean’s older sister, Taylor Nicole, is 5.
SEAN COUGHLIN (B.A.) recently left his previous partnership to open his own law office. He will remain in San Diego and continue representing clients in real estate and general business matters.
BARBARA (GUTSMIEDL) RENTLE (B.A.) left behind more than 10 years in the corporate world for a more personally satisfying career as a deputy sheriff for Riverside County. She also has decided to get her master’s degree, and is about a quarter of the way through the program. She lives in Palm Desert with her husband of 16 years, Craig, and their three dogs.
KRISTIN SOLOMON (B.B.A.) and her husband moved from Arizona to Newport Beach, Calif. Steve is an automation sales consultant for McKesson Automation. They have three children: Isabella, 8; Sam, 6; and William, 4. Kristin has stayed home with the kids for eight years.