UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO / Spring 2006
1990s

[1990]

CARLA (CAGGIANO) ELKINS (B.A.) had her first son, Andrew Lawrence, in 2000, and her second son, Alexander Patrick, in 2002. She was married in 1996 to Timothy Elkins. Carla received a master’s in education from National University.

KELLY (ENGLAND) MCELWAIN (B.A.) says she and her family are enjoying their new country life, and she loves being a stay-at-home mom to girls Taylor, 3, and Kate, 1. “The girls keep me busy with their activities,” she reports. Husband Doug continues his work for the Department of Justice and travels quite a bit. The family was planning a trip last fall to California for the baptism of the first baby of Kelly’s sister, Erin (England) Acosta (B.A. ‘00).

STACEY HALEBSKY (B.A., M.ED. ‘92) says she is enjoying staying at home with children Brandon, a kindergartner, and 21/2-year-old Danielle. She and husband Bret were preparing to celebrate their 10th anniversary.

PATRICIA MARINO (B.A.) and her husband had their second baby, Tate Huntley, on Feb. 4, 2005. Tate’s older sister is Gia.

AMY (MARSHALL) HAMER (B.A., M.ED. ‘91) is enjoying staying at home with her 3-year-old, Olivia. “There is no greater job,” she says.

DANI NEWMAN (M.B.A.) recently accepted a position as clinical director at Work Care in Orange County, Calif., where she helps large, self-insured employers manage employee absences. She has a teen-aged daughter, Jami.

PAMELA (POTTER) DRUMMOND (B.A.) and husband James had their first baby, Katherine Grace, on Oct. 20, 2004, after 11 years of marriage. “She is our gift from the Lord,” Pamela says. Pamela left her management position for a new career as Katie’s stay-at-home mom, and she reports it is the best job she has ever had. James is a police officer, and the family lives in Chino Hills, Calif.

ERIC SCHUMACHER (B.A.) and wife Marie announced the arrival of their first child, Aidan Frederick. Eric also fulfilled two lifelong dreams: He started his own marketing communications company, called Neology, and he published his first historical fiction novel, God’s Hammer. The novel was released in the United Kingdom and is available on Amazon.com/uk. The book was expected to be released in the United States in Fall 2005.

ERIN (TURNEY) BRENNAN (B.A.) and husband Pat Brennan (B.A. ‘89) are enjoying their two children, Danny, 8, and Molly, 6. They live in Carlsbad, Calif., and attend St. Patrick’s School. Pat is a financial adviser with Capital Growth, a small independent firm, and Erin loves staying home and volunteering in the kids’ classrooms.

[1991]

SUEDINE BOHN (B.A.) has been in Brazil working for the U.S. Consulate in Sao Paulo, and then in the British Council since graduating from USD. Now she is at the University of California, Irvine, in the English and certificate programs, as professional programs adviser. She married and has a beautiful daughter named Amanda, who is 4.

VICKY BOWDEN (D.N.Sc.) is a professor in the School of Nursing at Azusa Pacific University, where she also is director of the honors program.

KATHERINE BUDD (B.A.) and her husband of 13 years have a 2-year-old son, Jack. She is a marketing director for a medical education company, and her husband is a CPA. The family lives in Poway, Calif. and enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities.

MELISSA CONWAY HARTMAN (B.A.) lives in Jacksonville, Fla., where she works part time in a chiropractic office and her husband, Tony, runs a masonry company. They have three girls: Clare, 6; Madeline, 4; and Mary Alice, 6 months.

ARNIE GARCIA (B.A.) and Kristina Peterson were wed on July 16, 2005, with a nuptial Mass at Founders Chapel. The following USD alumni were in attendance: celebrant the Rev. Daniel Dillabough (B.A. ‘70); Bradley Weinstein (B.A. ‘91); Rosanna Paez (B.A. ‘92); Georgina Diaz (B.A. ‘92); Renee (Bukovchik) van Vechten (B.A. ‘91); Charlie van Vechten (B.A. ‘90); Christine Palecek (B.B.A. ‘92); Julie (Dodge) Pavek (B.A. ‘93); MaryLou Scott (M.S.N. ‘98); and Alex Rocha (J.D.) ‘99). The couple honeymooned in Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, Canada, and are making their home in San Diego.

DAVID HOILES (B.A.) and wife Theresa announced the birth of their second son, Jonathan, born March 14, 2005. He joined big brother David, 3.

KATHRYN KENNEDY (B.A.) has three children: Hanna, 9; Matt, 7; and Trey, 3. Kathryn coaches developmental swimming, and hopes to get back into teaching soon.

MICHAEL KIM (J.D.) is a partner at Peters & Freedman, where he represents homeowners associations as general counsel and specializes in litigation.

JASON MORRIS (B.A.), a partner in the Phoenix law firm of Withey, Anderson & Morris, was named chairman of the city’s License Appeals Board and appointed to the Maricopa County Transportation Advisory Board. He was one of three zoning and land use attorneys named in the Phoenix Business Journal’s Best of the Bar survey.

TAMARA TUITE (B.B.A) married Paul Vabakos on Aug. 28, 2004, at Stanford Memorial Church. They spent two weeks in London and Paris for their honeymoon, and now live in Menlo Park, Calif. Paul is starting a hedge fund and the couple also is starting a consulting business. Tamara still rides horses in the hunter-jumper discipline and has several championship titles as an amateur on her horse, Ruler of the Fleet.

[1992]

SAM BARTHOLOMEW (B.A.) was married to Kelly Charles at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Portland, Ore., on April 2, 2005. The following alumni were members of the wedding party: Sean Southard (B.A. ‘90); Danny Lavis (B.A. ‘90); Craig Ross (B.B.A. ‘94); and Jason Corsello (B.B.A. ‘95). The couple honeymooned in Hawaii and will live in Lake Oswego, Ore.

PATRICK CREMA (B.B.A.) and wife Rhonda Nourse (B.A. ‘93) had their second child, Ellie Capri, on June 29, 2005. They live in San Jose, Calif., where Pat is a real estate broker for his own company, Crema Properties.

JEREMY DAVIDSON (B.A.) and wife Mary-Jeanne (Lodge) Davidson (M.A. ‘92), along with their two children, Cade, 6, and Amara, 2, have returned after four years in Italy and live in Washington, D.C. Next summer they expect to move to San Antonio, Texas, where Jeremy will begin his orthodontic residency.

LAURA HALE-HOMEWOOD (B.A.) and husband Chris (B.A. ‘93) welcomed their first daughter, Zoe Grace, on June 7, 2004.

CARRIE KRUEGER MAROVICH (B.A.) and her husband welcomed baby Michael William into the world on Oct. 20, 2004. “He’s our first and an absolute joy!” Carrie says.

GREGORY LIBBY (B.B.A.) graduated in June 2005 with an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.

CHRISTINE LUSK (B.A.) has a baby boy, Granger Talbot, born Nov. 5, 2003.

ROSEMARY MALCOLM (B.A., M.ED. ‘95) and her husband, Ken Gilbert, live on “beautiful Kauai.” Ken is a Navy pilot, and Rosemary cares for their children, Natalie, 3, and Jonah David, born in December 2004. They spend their time camping, hiking and “frolicking in the surf.”

ARCHI MEDRANO (B.A.) has been a senior business information analyst at HSBC Auto Finance since September 2004.

STEPHANIE THOMPSON TAITANO (B.A.) and husband Jason Taitano (B.A. ‘92) have two children, Adam, 5, and Alexandra, 3. Jason works in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Stephanie is pursuing a graduate degree in literature and teaching freshman writing at the University of Texas at Arlington.

DAVID WEISS (B.B.A.) has been with the Westminster Fire Department in Colorado for the past six years. He drives and operates a 1975 ladder truck at Fire Station 2 (see article). He and wife Carrie, son Dylan, 31/2, and 1-year-old daughter Taylor live in Longmont.

KATIE (CONNELLY) WILSON (B.B.A.) and Steve Wilson (B.B.A. ‘92) announced the arrival of daughter Zoe Madelyn, born on Dec. 1, 2004. She joins big sister Alexa, 3. The family lives in San Jose, Calif., where Steve is vice president of product engineering for Cassatt Corp. and Katie is director of sales operations for CoWare.

[1993]

MEGAN (BAKER) POLHEMUS (B.A.) and husband Scott welcomed Harper Caroline on Jan. 26, 2005. She joins big sister Sloane, 2.

KIMBERLY (MONTAGNA) CAVALLO (B.A.) and her husband adopted a baby girl, Italia Rose, on Oct. 22, 2004. They are planning to adopt more children.

CLAIRE CLARK (B.A.) is seeking a master’s degree in theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. She will become a third-order Carmelite, which takes about six years. “I will profess vows of poverty, chastity and obedience,” she writes.

JEFF ERTWINE (B.A.) was in San Diego for more than three years flying FA-18s from Afghanistan to Iraq to Japan and passing 2,000 hours in the Hornet. He recently moved with his family to Tampa, Fla., to work at MacDill Air Force Base, “where I will be flying a desk for two to three years,” he says. “We are looking forward to me being at home for awhile.”

DAVID HUCH (B.A., (J.D. ‘02) formed a law firm in the La Jolla area of San Diego called Hawkes & Huch. He specializes in employment and consumer class-action cases.

JOHN IANNARELLI (J.D.) recently was promoted from a position in FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., to the position of supervisory special agent in the FBI’s Phoenix division.

CARRIE OGNIBENE (B.B.A.) has been living in the eastern Sierras since 1995. For the past 10 years, Carrie has been a massage therapist and holistic health practitioner. Since 2001, she has owned the Healing Art Centre in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. “I have a balanced life of working hard and playing hard up here in the mountains,” she says. “Life is great! Smiles from Carrie.”

NOELLE STAREK (B.A.) and her husband had another baby, Samuel Michael, in June 2004. “We’ve been busy building a new house to fit the children,” she says. Noelle was promoted to counsel for the West Virginia Senate Government Organization Committee.

NANCY STARK-OPSAHL (M.S.N.) has returned to San Diego and is a nurse manager for Scripps Clinical Research Center. She lives in the Point Loma area of San Diego with husband Carl and 6-year-old twins Annalee and Alexander.

TRACY (WILLIAMS) PATTON (B.A.) was married on April 30, 2005, to Air Force Maj. Jeffery Scott Patton in Boise, Idaho. They live in Destin, Fla.

[1994]

DANA (BECKER) ROLOFF (B.A.) and husband Peter Roloff (B.A. ‘92) had a baby girl, Jane Olivia, in January 2005. Dana and Peter live in Pacific Beach. Dana is a therapist at Children’s Hospital, and Peter is an internal medicine doctor, practicing in San Diego.

ERIN BOYD (B.A., M.A.T. ‘99) married her longtime love, Joshua Hyatt, on April 2, 2005, in Dana Point, Calif. They honeymooned in the Napa Valley and live in Santa Ana, Calif., where Erin teaches sixth grade social studies at Mendez Funda- mental Intermediate School. Josh is the marketing director of a global relocation firm.

VERONICA DIAZ (M.ED.) finished her Ph.D. in science and technology policy at the University of Arizona in May 2004. She lives in Tucson, Ariz., and is working in the field of publishing in learning technology.

TRICIA (ALLEN) FISCHER (B.A.C.) still works as an energy trader for Tacoma Power. She spends most of her time with her 7-month- old son, Lucas, and husband Craig. “I continue to train for and participate in triathlons, my other passion,” Tricia says.

MICHAEL FREEHILL (B.A.) is an orthopedic surgery resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

JÉNELLE SMITH PASQUAN (B.A.) moved to Seattle in 2001, where she met her husband, a Seattle police officer. In April 2005, they had a daughter, Savannah. “I am happy and I love my family,” she says.

DENISE (MARRIOTT) TAYCO (B.A.) married Freddie Tayco (B.A. ‘94) on March 12, 2005, in Founders Chapel. Freddie works for Porter Novelli in San Diego, and Denise is a science teacher at Creative, Performing & Media Arts Magnet Middle School in Clairemont, Calif.

DAVID WOLFF (B.B.A.) works with pensions. He’s been a teen mentor through his church for nearly four years, and says his passion is “our youth.”

JULIE (MCKEON) VAZQUEZ (B.A.) and husband Tito welcomed the birth of their second son, Tomas, on March 30, 2005. They also have a 2-year-old son, Carlos. The family lives in Tampa, Fla.

[1995]

VERONICA (BOWDEN) DERSCH (B.A.) married Raymond Dersch of Anchorage, Alaska, on March 30, 2005. Veronica is a criminal prosecutor in her hometown of Overland Park, Kansas.

KRYSLYNN (BRUMBAUGH) LAW (B.A.) and her husband, Matt, welcomed their first child, daughter Maya Vianne, on March 28, 2004.

MARCELA GUERRA (B.A.) graduated from law school in December 1999 and was admitted to the California Bar in June of 2000. She married on Sept. 15, 2001, and had her first child, Daniella, on June 19, 2005.

NIKKI (IGIELSKI) BENSON (B.A.), husband Erik and son Riley welcomed baby Kiernan into their family in March 2005. Nikki still works at Land O’ Lakes, in research and development.

SHALINI (KHULLAR) SOLANKI (M.ED.) is married with one son. She works as a program director for a substance abuse recovery program.

CASEY KUNDE (B.A., M.A. ‘98) had her second child, Jackson Thomas, on April 17, 2005. Her first child, Leah Nicole, was born in 2003.

MATTHEW LA BELLE (B.A.) was married on August 6, 2005, to Melissa Marsh. Both are teachers in Calif-ornia’s Simi Valley area.

ROBERT MCGARRY (B.A.C.) and wife Erin are happy living in Hermosa Beach, Calif. “Real estate is keeping me busy, while Erin builds her pediatric practice,” Robert reports.

DAWN (SHEBESTA) SIMONS (B.A.) and Matt Simons (B.A.C. ‘94) welcomed a son, Beau Matthew, on April 18, 2005. He joins older sister Shea Olivia, 2. The family lives in San Diego, where Matt has been promoted to vice president of finance and accounting for an orthopedic devices company.

[1996]

TANYA (BOLLMANN) JOHNSON (B.B.A.) and her husband welcomed the newest addition to their family, daughter Ayana, on March 15, 2005.

MARK BREWER (B.B.A) married Sally Brewer on Nov. 6, 2004. Mark is finishing his master’s in clinical psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy at Pepperdine University. He has been working with teens who have attempted suicide at least once. “I found my dream career, and would be happy to offer information about it to other students,” he says. His wife is completing her nursing degree and expects to be a registered nurse in May.

DIANA CARSON (B.A., M.ED. ‘00) was scheduled to publish her first children’s book, All the Muchos in the World, in January by Pauline Books & Media. She also recently was selected to serve on the board of directors for Protection & Advocacy Inc.

DANIELLE FERRARA (B.A.) bought a condo in San Diego’s Mission Valley recently. She works as an investigator for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, a job she enjoys very much.

KELLI (MENDRELLA) MAYNE (B.A.) has been happily married since Jan. 27, 2002, to Kevin Mayne, a pilot for Southwest Airlines. Kelli says she loves being a “stay-at-home mommy” to daughters Zoe, 2, and Sage, who was born in February 2005. They own a home in San Clemente, Calif., and are enjoying the beach and beautiful weather with their friends and family.

NICOLE (MESSINEO) ANTHONY (B.A.) and husband Sean welcomed a son, Jack Dylan, on March 24, 2005. The family lives in Laguna Niguel, Calif.

DAVID MULLINS (B.A.) is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has published stories in The New England Review and The Cimarron Review. In 2004 he won third prize in Playboy’s 20th annual college fiction contest. A story of his recently was nominated by Joyce Carol Oates for a Pushcart Prize, and in the fall of 2005 he was to hold the Dorothy & Granville Hicks Residency in Literature at Yaddo, an artists’ community in upstate New York. He is at work on a collection of linked stories, titled Sin City.

BERTHA (PARRA) QUIROZ (B.B.A.) just finished the bilingual multiple subject credential program at California State University, Long Beach.

HOLLY (SENNES) SHORE (B.A.) and husband Kenny welcomed son Baxter on Feb. 8, 2005. They also have a daughter, Sadie Belle.

ROB ZAKIR (B.A.C.) is married and has a 21/2-year-old daughter named Laliee. Rob is the vice president of retail at a mortgage banking company in San Diego’s Sorrento Valley.

[1997]

LISA (BERESFORD) BRIDGMAN (B.B.A, J.D. ‘01) and husband Dan proudly announced the birth of their son, Dylan Ryder, on Feb. 11, 2005.

JENNIFER BAILEY (B.A.) married Steve Bowhey on June 22, 2005. Jennifer is a fourth-generation manager of Olds-Olympic, her family’s petroleum company, and Steve is a parole officer. They continue to care for Jennifer’s foster son, Daniel, 14, and live in Edmonds, Wash.

KATIE (GERHARDT) DUFORD (B.S.) and husband Derek welcomed their second child, Grace Margaret, on March 27, 2005. She joins big brother Grant, 21/2. The family recently moved to Virginia Beach.

ROBYN (KENYON) KAMMERER (B.A.) is an account supervisor at Amies Communications in Irvine, Calif.

JENNIFER (HENDRICKER) KEEGAN (B.A.C.) and Thomas Keegan (B.A.C. ‘93) announced the birth of their first child, Trevor John, on April 11, 2005.

COLLEEN ENGEL JOHNSON (B.A.) just completed law school and obtained her (J.D.) from the University of Nebraska. She was preparing to take the state bar exam last summer. Husband Greg Johnson (B.A. ‘97) continues to enjoy his job as regional manager at Travelex. Daughter Isabella will be 2 in April.

JILL JONES (B.A.) had her first child, Hanna Kaitlin, on March 12, 2005. Jill is working in pediatrics and women’s health.

PAULYN “LYNN” LEHNER (B.B.A.) and her high school sweetheart, Aaron Sloan, married May 22, 2004, at Little Dix resort on the island of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.

STEPHANIE MASCOTT (B.B.A.) is a senior product manager at Upper Deck, where she’s been managing the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game and the AstroStyle board game. She also has been traveling to Japan and other places, and finding time to enjoy friends and “the most beautiful city of San Diego.”

LUIS MASSIEU (B.B.A.) recently founded a new corporation, Apostilla.com, which offers document legalization services. The company headquarters are in New York, with offices in London, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Miami and Houston.

RICH PAPAPIETRO (B.B.A. ‘97) and wife Fran gave birth to their first child, Richard III, on Dec. 14, 2004. They recently moved to Saratoga, Calif.

TAMMI (SCHNAKENBERG) JACKSON (B.B.A) and her husband had their first child, Jack Henry, on Nov. 8, 2004.

BRAD TALLMAN (J.D.) and wife Christa (Bardin) Tallman (J.D. ‘97) welcomed daughter Catherine on Jan. 5, 2005. She joined big sister Megan, 5, and brother Ryan, 3. The family lives in San Jose, Calif.

[1998]

CHRISTOPHER CLEMO (B.A.) just graduated from the Pratt Institute, where he received a master’s in industrial design.

VERONICA CONTRERAS (B.A.) and husband Ricardo Jaimes (B.B.A. ‘96) report a new addition to the family. Diego Miguel Contreras Jaimes was born June 20, 2005. “We are very happy to introduce him to the USD family because in a few years, both he and Angelito, who is 11/2, will be attending USD just like their proud parents,” Veronica says. Adds Ricardo: “I want to thank my wife for giving birth to our second son. She was very brave, and I love her.”

JASON FRIEND (B.A.) and his wife, Holly, recently celebrated their second wedding anniversary. They were married in Chicago and now live in Huntington Beach, Calif. She is a junior high teacher, and Jason is a mortgage broker.

ANGELA (TREVINO) GEORGE (B.A.) started her own gift basket company, named after her daughter, Brooklyn. For information, go to www.Brooklynsbaskets.com.

MYRIAM (KNOP) THAMER (B.A.) married Jeff Thamer in 2001, and they had a baby in 2002. They now have three children, and Myriam stays home with them. With three babies, “they love to attend Mass together, but prefer to sit in the cry room,” Myriam says.

JANINE LE FEUVRE STASSEN (B.A.) just finished her master’s in comparative literature and cultural studies at the University of New Mexico. She plans to continue teaching English composition or French at the University of New Mexico.

LISA (MCDANIELS) BIGGS (B.A.) married Preston Biggs on April 17, 2005, in La Jolla. The couple honeymooned in Fiji. USD alumni in the wedding party were: Stacy Milazzo (B.A.C. ‘98); Amy (Calhoun) Wu (B.A.C. ‘98); Christina Westler (B.B.A. ‘98); and Kris Shadoan (B.A.C. ‘98). Lisa is a CPA and a manager with Deloitte & Touche in San Diego. Lisa and Preston live in La Mesa.

DR. CHRISTOPHER MORGAN (B.A.) recently began an internship year of medical residency in pathology at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Memphis.

THOMAS NEY (B.A.) married Bronwyn Dickson on March 20, 2004, in Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii. Friends and family, including best man Shawn Hermes (B.A. ‘98), attended. The couple met in San Francisco, where Tom attended medical school. Tom is a resident physician and surgeon for Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Vallejo, Calif. Bronwyn is a marketing director for Sephora in San Francisco.

JESSICA PEHLERT (B.A.) and her husband welcomed their first baby, Isabella, on March 1, 2005. Jessica reports that she loves staying home with their beautiful baby girl.

JILL SMITH (B.A.) graduated from the California Western School of Law in May 2005. From 1998 to 2003, she worked in politics as a legislative policy aide for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

PATRICIA (SPARKS) WALSH (B.B.A.) married Dean Walsh in Del Mar on July 9, 2005. They live in Orange County. Tricia is in her fifth year of teaching.

MATTHEW STRAUHAL (B.B.A.) was married to Natalie Ballard on the Oregon coast on Oct. 2, 2004. The couple had a small private ceremony on the Pacific Ocean. They met in 2003, when Matthew worked as a counselor for migrant students and Natalie taught English. The couple was living in Portland, Ore., until their planned departure last summer to teach 10th-grade English in Quito, Ecuador, for two years.

KATHERINE VITEK (B.A.) received an M.Ed. specializing in curriculum.

CHRISTINA ZAMAN (B.B.A) and her husband welcomed their second child, Samantha Isabelle, on March 7, 2005. They also celebrated the second anniversary of their own restaurant, Pizza My Dear, in May 2005.

[1999]

STEPHEN ARIETTA (B.B.A.) and wife Marisol (Macias) Arietta (B.A. ‘99) welcomed their first child, Taylor Christina, on March 1, 2005. Stephen continues to work as a manager at a Los Angeles consulting firm. Marisol is in her fifth year of teaching first grade in Pasadena. The family lives in Monrovia, Calif.

KAREN BRAIN (B.A., B.B.A.) has worked as a Rainbow Educator at USD since 1999 and also works in children’s mental health.

CRISTOFER CABANILLAS (B.B.A.) married Shelley Francel, a University of California, San Diego, alumna, in 2001. Cristofer is managing portfolios in Monterey, Calif. He finished the Executive Financial Planning Program at San Diego State University in 2004 and passed the certified financial planner exam in November 2004. Daughter Ela Simone was born May 15, 2005.

MICHELLE (DYE) MATTHIAS (B.B.A.) and her husband, Robert, welcomed daughter Adreanne Rae, on Nov. 23, 2004. Michelle’s husband is stationed at the U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha, Neb. They also have a son, Arland, who was born in May 2003. Michelle is enjoying being a stay-at-home mother and will be returning to San Diego in September 2006.

CRISTINA GIAMPAOLI (B.A.) married Matthew Rinaldi on May 14, 2005, in San Francisco. A black-tie reception was held at the Fairmont Hotel. Nicole Alioto (B.B.A. ‘99) was maid of honor, and Jennifer Dunn (B.A. ‘99) was in the wedding, as was the bride’s brother, Joseph Giampaoli (B.B.A. ‘03). The couple bought a house and live in Novato, Calif.

PATRICK GILL (B.A., M.A. ‘01) married Rebecca Yeasted, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, on July 31, 2005, in Orlando, Fla. Patrick and Rebecca live in Irvine, Calif. Patrick is a real estate broker associate for First Team Estates in Newport Beach, Calif., and Rebecca is in her second year of medical school at University of California, Irvine, working toward becoming a family practice pediatrician.

AMANDA (LEICHTFUSS) BALLESTEROS (B.A.) and Rene Ballesteros (B.B.A. ‘00) celebrated their one-year anniversary in June 2005. They live in Anaheim Hills, Calif.

MICHAEL CHIOCK (B.A.) married the former Alison Snodgrass on April 23, 2005, in Atlanta. Among USD alumni in attendance were: Stephen Arietta (B.B.A. ‘99); Marisol (Macias) Arietta (B.A. ‘99); Matt Dunn (B.B.A.’99); Joy (Berns) Dunn (B.B.A.’99); Ryan Barnhart (B.B.A. ‘00); Michael Hartshorne (B.A./B.S. ‘99); Geoff Babbitt (B.A.C. ‘99); Stephanie Koeper (B.B.A. ‘99); David Karakas (B.B.A. ‘99); R.J. Pisciotta (B.A.C. ‘99); and Scott Kirk (B.A. ‘99). Michael works for Accenture in Atlanta, and Alison works for the Southern Co.

COLLEEN MULLALLY (B.A.) began veterinary school at Ross University after finishing USD. During veterinary school, she lived on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean. She spent her last year of school at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, where she graduated in January 2004. She returned to the Los Angeles area and is now finishing an internship in the small animal and surgery disciplines with plans to pursue a residency in small animal emergency and critical care.

CLAIRE PATIN (B.A., M.ED. ‘03) has been teaching high school math in San Diego at Francis Parker school since the fall of 1999. She also coaches the girls softball team and is the sophomore class adviser. She also is on the advisory board for the International Center for Character Education, the headquarters of which is at USD. In her free time, Claire enjoys participating in book clubs, cooking clubs and adult softball leagues. “I live in Mission Valley and enjoy all that San Diego has to offer,” she says.

HEIDI PETERSON (B.A.) married Christopher Mayon (B.B.A. ‘00) in June 2004. USD alumni in the wedding party included: Mark Hoffmeister (B.B.A. ‘99); Tony Bertocchini (B.B.A. ‘99); Andrew Firestone (B.B.A. ‘98); and Matt Blangiardi (B.B.A. ‘00).

KIM (PROVENCAL) OTERO (B.A.) is a resource specialist in the Poway Unified School District. She married Mark Otero (B.A. ‘97) in July 2002 in Del Mar. The couple bought a home in May 2003, and their first baby, Andrew Ryan, was born Feb. 7, 2005. Kim completed a master’s in educational administration in June 2004. Mark works for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography after completing his master’s degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

DANIELA REALI FERRARI (B.A., (J.D. ‘02) began working as a deputy public defender in San Diego in July 2005.

JACK REXROAD (B.A.), a Navy Reserve petty officer second class, reported being in a routine deployment in Camp Patriot, Kuwait. As of mid-2005, Rexroad’s unit was working with the Army to provide critical combat logistics support to soldiers and Marines in Iraq and Kuwait.

JASON SCHULTZ (B.B.A.) married Erin O’Neill on Jan. 15 in their hometown of Anaheim Hills, Calif. USD alumni in the wedding party included: Tony Bertocchini (B.B.A. ‘99); Matt Swan (B.A. ‘99); Jen Schultz (B.A. ‘01); and Jenay Llewellyn (B.B.A. ‘01).

CRAIG UHLENKOTT (B.B.A.) was married to Nicole Lagomarsino on July 2, 2005, in San Francisco. Nicole is a graduate of California State University, San Marcos. The wedding party included: David Fizdale (B.A. ‘97); Justin Jackson (B.A. ‘00) and Luis Victorio (B.A.C. ‘00). The couple is living and working in San Diego.