DESS (ALDREDGE) BENEDETTO (J.D.) opened the Family Trust Law Center, a new estate planning law office serving families in Contra Costa County, Calif. She says she plans to add an associate attorney and is excited about expanding her practice. “My son is 2-1/2 and is the joy in my life,” she says. “My family is well and I’m thankful for my blessings.”

NANIQUE (JIMENEZ) CASTRO (B.A.) and her husband, Robert, were blessed with the birth of their first child, Nathan Robert, on Sept. 13, 2006. “Sharing parenthood with my husband has been a wonderful and rewarding experience!” she says.

LYNN ELDRED (ED.D.) is the program and operations manager at First 5 San Diego. She oversees more than $42 million in projects affecting children from prenatal to age 5 and their families. She recently went river rafting down Class IV rapids with her two sons.

CHRISTOPHER FALLON (J.D.) recently married Renata Amineva. He is an associate at Miller, Brown & Dannis in downtown Long Beach in the fields of business, property, construction and education law.

CARLA (CARBALLO) FORGHAM (B.A.) and her husband, R.J., were married at the Presidio Chapel in Santa Barbara on July 15, 2006. Carla is a human resource manager for Universal Studios and R.J. is the director of channel sales for Princess Cruises. They live in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

OLUN GRAVES (M.A.) has been with the San Diego Police Department for 12 years and he was recently promoted to the rank of detective.

CORDELL HANSEN (B.B.A.) married Karen Sager on Aug. 12, 2006, at his family’s ranch in Idaho. Cordell, a contracts negotiator in the defense and intelligence industry in Washington, D.C., is working on his M.B.A. at the University of Maryland, College Park. Karen graduated from Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism and is the manager of communications for the Travel Channel. USD alumni in attendance at the wedding included Paulo Elias, Tyler and Erica Huebner, Dever Lamkin, Matt Moye and Zack Olmstaed.

THERESA LALLY (ED.D.) is president and chief executive officer of Total Learning Concepts, a company dedicated to designing and delivering customized high-quality online corporate and educational web-based programs. She also is an online instructional designer/instructor for bachelor’s and master’s programs through San Diego State University’s Interwork Institute, Center for Pacific Studies and Center for Distance Learning.

NICOLE MATTHEWS (M.A.) founded The Henley Company, a San Diego-based event management and concierge firm, in August 2005. “I help clients manage their life by providing personal assistance, which includes travel coordination, event management, errand running, personal shopping, tickets and entertainment , private functions and celebrations, and hotel and restaurant reservations,” Nicole says. “Live the life you want! Delegate the rest!”

RACHEL OLSON (M.B.A.) resigned from her position as senior marketing manager at Kyocera Wireless Corp. in December 2005 to join Youth With a Mission. She has served in Perth, Australia, and Cairo, Egypt, for the Christian ministry, and planned to return to San Diego in the spring of 2007.

MEGAN WADA, who attended USD Law School in 2000 and 2001, is an associate attorney in a boutique law firm practicing U.S. immigration and naturalization law in San Francisco for about three years. She writes, “Would love to hear from USD classmates.”

JOYCE WONG-ZECHA (J.D.) and her husband, Hubert, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Alexis, on Aug. 22, 2006. Joyce reports that Alexis is their first child, and she was born two weeks after their fourth wedding anniversary.


KARLEEN (WISE) ANDERSEN (M.B.A.) is married with two children. She is a full-time mom, and the family lives in Mission Hills.

ERIC BROUTMAN (J.D.) is a staff attorney at the Touro Law Center’s Mental Disability Law Clinic in Huntington, N.Y. He was married on Oct. 7, 2006.

KAREN CHILD (M.A.) is married and the mother of two young boys. She has a private practice treating individuals and couples with a special emphasis on premarital counseling and sexual addiction. Karen lives and works in Orange County, Calif.

WILLIAM CONROY (ED.D.) retired from the U.S. Navy in September 2005 and joined Defense Acquisition University in Maryland as a professor of logistics and production, quality and management.

CLARK DAVIDSON (J.D.) has been building his own law practice for three years, working for two years with fellow alumnus and law partner Todd Atkins and joined last year by alumna Olga Alvarez. They handle business litigation, consumer class actions, corporate transactional and trust and estate work. “Our atmosphere is exceptional and we all love being lawyers!” Clark says.

KRISTEN DENNIS (M.B.A., J.D. ’04) writes, “I work at the White House as an employee of the Executive Office of the President, specifically as a policy analyst in the Office of the National Drug Control Policy. I live on Capital Hill, but really miss San Diego!”

LOURDES EPLEY (B.A., J.D. ’05, LL.M. ’05) works for the San Diego City Attorney’s Office, in the Civil Division, Finance and Disclosure Unit.

MARIA ESCOBEDO (M.A.) opened a family therapy practice in Tijuana, Mexico.

PAULA (CHAPMAN) ISHAM (B.A.) married her husband, Jeff, on July 1, 2006, at Founders Chapel, also the site of their engagement in October 2005. USD alumni in attendance included bridesmaids Devanie (Park) Milauskas, Trisha (Areias) Wagner and other USD friends and University Ministry colleagues. The couple celebrated with friends and family at The Lodge at Torrey Pines and enjoyed their weeklong honeymoon in British Columbia golfing and white-water rafting.

CHRISTA LEWIS (B.A.) married Benjamin Backberg on Sept. 30, 2006, at the Pebble Beach Resorts in California. Christa is a first-grade teacher and Ben is an attorney. They live in San Jose.

ALISON READE (M.S.N.) travels to Mexico with the Flying Samaritans to provide care and education through free one-day medical clinics. She also is the manager of outpatient urgent care at Western Medical Cen-ter in Santa Ana.

JOAN SEIFRIED (M.A.) has been appraising large collections on a long-term basis, such as collections of art and historical documents for the reopening of the U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego. “I was honored by being asked to give a lecture on the relationship of art to the sciences, specifically economics, for the Salk Institute in December 2006,” she says. Joan continues to serve on the board of the International Society of Appraisers, U.S. and Canada, with a specialty in works by living artists.


KIMBERLY (ROMO) BURGLE (B.A.) anchors the 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts at KSBY-TV, which covers San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria. She started her career as an intern with KGTV, Channel 10, the ABC affiliate in San Diego. Kimberly and her husband, Keith, were married during the summer of 2006 in Las Vegas.

ROBERT DOHERTY (B.A.) graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in August 2006 and is beginning his career with Cooley, Godward in San Diego.

SUSAN (BAILEY) FERGUSON (B.B.A.) and her husband, Brian ’03, live in New Jersey, and they both work for GlaxoSmithKline Pharma-ceuticals in Philadelphia. Brian is a product manager in the Vaccines Division, and Susan is in the HIV Divi-sion. They are busy with their girls, Emily Elizabeth, 3, and Kaitlin Quinn, who was born on April 12, 2006. “We enjoy living on the East Coast, but we miss all of our family and friends in sunny San Diego,” Susan says. “We would love to connect with other USD alumni in the Philly area!”

ANNE KINNE (M.A.) is writing a book on spirituality and healing. She is a gourd artist and jewelry maker, and is the secretary of the New Mexico Gourd Society. “I love living in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico!”

CALEB MCKINLEY (B.B.A.) married Sheila Foley on Nov. 18, 2006, at Founders Chapel with Monsignor Purcell presiding. They honeymooned in Maui and now live in Carlsbad. Caleb is in business consulting with GLT, and Sheila is a private teacher.

DEVIN PRICE (M.S.E.L.) is working on his Ph.D. in applied management and decision sciences with an emphasis in leadership and organizational change.

BECCA (SUMMERS) TORRES (B.B.A., M.A. ’06) married her husband, Joe, at The Immaculata on March 18, 2006, and they live in Point Loma. “I am currently the support services manager for public safety here at USD and couldn’t be happier in my job … so, yes, the university is stuck with me for a while!” says Becca.


NICOLE (FRANTZ) BROCATO (M.B.A., M.S.N. ’03) relocated to the Bay area in July 2006. She is the quality of care manager with the University of California Office of the President.

KRISTIN (ROTHWEILER) BROWN (B.A.C.) married Sean Brown on May 20, 2006, in Burbank. Alumni in attendance included Megan McDonald as the maid of honor, Danielle Ashley, Julie Wohlgemuth, Christopher Allard and Michelle Barney. Kristin is a CPA, and the couple lives in Santa Clarita, Calif.

BRETT COFFEE (LL.M.B.) was named a finalist in the Washington Business Journal’s 2006 contest for top lawyer in metro Washington. He was nominated for his work in helping start up SemperComm Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to enabling men and women in military service to communicate with their loved ones. The foundation supplies communications and entertainment equipment, software and services to small, overseas, remote U.S. military bases. Brett is an attorney with Computer Systems Center Inc. He and his wife, Lara, live in Virginia with a large black Labrador retriever named Parker.

JOSEPH CUNNINGHAM (M.S.E.L.) and his wife, Amy ’03, recently purchased My Gym, a franchise children’s fitness center. “Our program is a gymnastics-based fitness program for children from 3 months to 13 years old,” Joseph says. Since graduating from USD, they’ve had two children: Quinn, 3, and Chloe, 18 months. Joseph and Amy have both started their own corporations. Amy is a part-time consultant, but primarily a stay-at-home mom, Joseph says.

ANNA DEYOUNG (B.A.) is earning a master’s degree in anthropology at San Diego State University, with a concentration in business anthropology. She works on projects throughout San Diego County, studying the culture of various workplaces and making recommendations to help businesses resolve issues relating to human behavior.

DAVID GIRARDIN (M.A.) is the senior chaplain at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Va. He was promoted to captain in the U.S. Navy and credentialed through the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He and his wife, Barbara, and children, D.J. and Emily, are enjoying the Tidewater area of Virginia.

MICHAELA HANEY (B.A.) is completing her second year of medical school at the University of New Mexico.

CHERYL KURTZ (M.S.) is a marine ecologist with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in San Diego. As part of the new professional program, Cheryl has worked with the Marine Mammal Program and the Marine Environmental Support Office, where she accepted a permanent assignment. Cheryl works mostly in environmental compliance and toxicity testing in labs, and she provides technical and regulatory support to scientists working on permits for future sinkings of Navy ships as artificial reefs. She also has co-authored several scientific documents. Cheryl has two cats and spends a lot of time with her nephews, three boys her brother adopted from Ethiopia. She also trains for breast cancer walks/runs, raises funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and is working on certification in geographic information systems at Mesa Community College.

EMILIO MAGANA (B.A.) is in his last year of seminary formation at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, Calif. He is scheduled to be ordained as a priest on June 1, 2007, in San Diego.

JILL (CARLAND) MCCANSE (B.A.) earned a J.D. in 2006 from Marquette University Law School. She and her husband, Michael, met in law school and were married on Oct. 7, 2006, in Paradise Valley, Ariz. Both work at a corporate defense litigation firm in downtown Phoenix.

ASHLEY RAY (J.D.) practiced law in the area of pharmaceutical defense for about a year and then started her own company, Ray Residential Properties. Through her firm, Ashley partners with a local developer working on downtown revitalization through residential condominiums in Raleigh, N.C.

WENDY SHIMOHARA (M.A.) and her husband, Cruzado, welcomed their first baby, Kyle Joshua, on Jan. 13, 2006.

MICHELLE (GARDNER) TOMALONIS (B.A.) and her husband, Brian, were married on Aug. 27, 2006, in Burlingame, Calif. Kimberly Welters and Ashley Guggia were part of the bridal party, and alumni in attendance included Erin Hanekamp, Meagan Santos, and Dominic and Jenn Marquis. Michelle is an investigator for Lerach, Coughlin, Stoia, Geller, Rudman and Robbins.

CHRISTOPHER YANOV (M.A., M.A. ’04) is the executive director of Reality Changers, an organization that serves San Diego inner-city teens by helping to improve each member’s relationship with God and assisting each member in going away to a four-year university upon completion of high school. Since 2001 the teens have earned more than $2.5 million in college scholarships. “If you would like to tutor these motivated high school students, please visit,” says Christopher. [2004]

MARLENE BALAOING (M.A.) married Ryan Fisher in August 2006. She is a licensed insurance agent in San Diego.

WILLIAM FORBES (M.S.) recently accepted a position on the advisory board to USD’s Supply Chain Management Institute.

LAURA FREEDMAN (B.B.A.) opened her own retail jewelry store in Brentwood, Calif.

ERIN MCCARTNEY (J.D.) recently returned from spending five months in Baghdad, where she was advising the Iraqis on a new permanent securities law. Erin has rejoined the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, in Washing-ton, D.C.

SARAH (GILLIS) MCPHERSON (B.A.) and her husband, Kevin, were married on Sept. 30, 2006. USD alumni in attendance were roommates Lisa (Roehl) Walle, Natalia Clark, Melissa Herrera and Tiffani Fitzsimmons. Sarah has worked for a large homebuilding company for two and a half years and is considering going back to school.

GEORGE MURGA (M.A.) was recently promoted to lieutenant commander. He is currently serving as chief engineer onboard a mine sweeper deployed in the Persian Gulf.


ERIC LAZARUS (J.D.) lives in Pasadena and is a “California government drone,” he says.

TIMOTHY LUIKART (B.A.) and Melissa Merdes ’05 were married on July 21, 2006.

RALPH MICHAEL (M.B.A.) was recently promoted to software architect of Intuit Inc.’s TurboTax division.

LAURA TAYLOR (M.A.) is a program officer working on the Nepal project at USD’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice.


ILEANA OVALLE (M.A.) is the government and community relations manager for Cox Communications in San Diego. Ileana was director of government and public affairs at Public Solutions, assisting clients through the governmental process and advocating their causes at the decision-making level. She also worked at San Diego Grantmakers to strengthen philanthropy in the San Diego region. She is a graduate of the 2006 LEAD San Diego class and the recipient of the San Diego Union Tribune Emerging Leader Award, an advisory board member for USD’s Nonprofit Leadership and Management Program, and vice chair of the board of directors of the Aquatic Adventures marine science education program.

MATT SHOWLEY (M.B.A.) married Alex Kent ’03 on Oct. 7, 2006, in La Jolla. “It was an amazing day, after which we honeymooned in Kauai,” he says.