UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO / Fall 2007
1980s

[1980]

DIANE (BARRY) BRANKS (B.A.) earned certification in vascular technology and is a vascular surgical podiatrist at Kaiser Baldwin Park. She reports that this extra training has helped lower the amputation rate at Kaiser Baldwin Park and is going to become a model program for all the Kaiser organizations in California.

ARTHUR BUCK (J.D.) withdrew from Andersen, Buck & Mann, a San Diego law firm, in 2003. He then worked for two years as attorney general for Kosrae State in the Federated States of Micronesia, and since 2005 has been an appeals counsel for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands.

JOHN FINNERAN (B.B.A.) is senior manager of finance and business operations at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Sunnyvale, Calif. His wife, Helen (Kasperick) ’81, is a human resources manager at Lockheed Martin. Their oldest son, John, is majoring in biology at USD.

WILLIAM NEWSOME (J.D.) is a deputy city prosecutor with the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. He also writes a weekly column for “the best Grateful Dead cover/tribute band in town,” the Electric Waste Band.

MARY PIERSON (B.S.) is in her 28th year in the field of forensics. She is a grandma to two girls: Resse, 4, and Tatum, 2. Her dog, Moses, is doing well at 11 years old, and Mary reports that she got to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) this year. “All is well under God’s eye,” she says.

[1981]JOHN ANDREWS (B.A.) earned a master’s degree in science physiology and an M.D. from Georgetown University. He had an internal medicine practice until 2001. John is now the medical director for infectious diseases at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. He is married and has two children, and the family lives in La Jolla. John reports that he is still surfing, and that he traded skiing for snowboarding six years ago.

CATENA (BERGEVIN) BAHNEMAN (B.A.) was promoted to assistant director of The Mattress Factory, a contemporary installation art museum in Pittsburgh.

DONNA GERACI (B.A.) expected to receive a master’s degree in human resources development from Xavier University in May 2007. Donna and her husband, Michael ’81, live in Cincinnati. Their son, Joseph, graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2006 and works for Epic Systems in Madison, Wis. Their daughter, Cathryn, plans to graduate from the College of Mount St. Joseph in December 2007. Their youngest daughter is in high school and beginning her college search.

MARK PROTHERO (J.D.) co-authored “Defending Gary” with writer Carlton Smith. The book is about his experiences as co-lead counsel for the Green River Killer. It chronicles Mark’s role in getting his client a life sentence in exchange for guilty pleas to 48 murders in the Seattle area from 1982 to 1998. The case was the most voluminous and expensive death penalty case in the history of the state of Washington, Mark says.

[1982]JEANNE CANTON-LUNA (B.A.) is in her fifth year of teaching at Sacred Heart Parish School in Coronado, and in her second year of teaching first grade, which she loves. Her oldest daughter, Jacqueline, graduated from USD and is in Dublin, Ireland, working on a master’s degree. Of her other daughters, Rhiannon is a student at St. Mary’s, Arrielle plays basketball at Coronado High, and Delancy is an eighth-grade honor student at Sacred Heart.

SHIRL CREIGHTON GERLACH (B.A.) lives in Rhode Island and says she loves New England. Her children are now 16, 18, 20 and 22: one is in high school and three are in college.

MARLA ROBINSON (B.A.) is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of her law firm, Merhab, Robinson & Jackson. Marla’s daughter currently attends USD.

[1983]BRENDA BUZBY (B.A.) reports that her daughter, Brittani Buzby-Rynders, is a freshman at USD in the Class of 2011. “We are so excited about having another future USD alumna in the family!” she says. Last Christmas, her family worked with neighbors to raise $23,000 over eight days for a local homeless shelter. Each year, they sell homemade cookies and hot chocolate to people who come see the Christmas holiday lights. “This is our family philanthropy and it gets our children involved with helping others,” she says. “Over the past 14 years, we have raised more than $125,000 for the Bakersfield Homeless Shelter.”

SCOTT DOUGLAS (J.D.) mediated his 1,000th case in 2006, and in 2007 is celebrating his 10th year as a full-time mediator. He also was appointed chair of the Mediation Subcommittee of the National Arbitration and Mediation Committee, an advisory committee to the National Association of Securities Dealers. Scott and his wife, Adair, live in Manhattan Beach, Calif., with their two children. Scott also helps coach his kids’ soccer teams.

KATHERINE (SHYU) KEELING (M.B.A.) is an artist in La Jolla. She had three solo exhibits in 2006 and looks forward to another creative year.

JAMES MORLINO (B.A.) and his wife, Fran, homeschool their six children, ages 1 to 11. They recently took the whole family on a cross-country road trip from Connecticut to San Diego and back. “It was an unforgettable experience!” he says.

[1984]JACQUELINE AKERBLOM (B.B.A.) was recognized as an honoree for the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s Women of Distinction Award in the business services category. The program honors professional women in the region for their accomplishments and leadership in the business and nonprofit sectors. At Grant Thornton, a global accounting firm, Jacqueline is an assurance partner and international business center director for Northern California. She is a founding member of a committee at Grant Thornton focused on the retention and advancement of women professionals. Jacqueline is also a member of the national board of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives.

JOSEPH BURGER (M.A.) retired from his position as president of Space Analysis & Research in Colorado Springs, Colo.

WILLIAM HALEY (B.B.A.) moved to the state of Washington in 1993 and has been teaching business, and coaching football and wrestling. William also has six horses and has set a goal of learning how to pack horses into the backcountry.

ROBIN (GIAMELA) HELLEN (B.A.)has been married to her husband, John, for 13 years, and they have three children: Jake, 11; Dominick, 9; and Summer, 7. Robin is a consultant to the medical industry, working directly with the FDA on product approvals. She also is involved with her family’s realty management business, which specializes in art deco apartment restoration.

[1985]TODD CLANCY (B.A.) is an assistant professor in the applied English department at Kun Shan University in Tainan, Taiwan. Todd completed a one-year intensive Chinese Mandarin course at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., and has taught in Istanbul, Turkey, and Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in addition to Taiwan.

KATIE (O’ROURKE) DELANO (B.A., M.A.T. ’90) directed “The King and I” for West Hills Community College in April 2007. For the past two years, she has been teaching two online history courses and one in-class course for West Hills in Coalinga, Calif. She also home schools her four sons, volunteers for the local high school and community college theater classes, works on the Coalinga High School theater restoration project, and manages her husband’s book and motivational speaking tours. Gregory Delano ’86 teaches humanities and economics at Coalinga High School and philosophy at West Hills Community College.

DOUGLAS KROLL (M.A.) and his wife, Lana, live in Palm Desert, Calif., where he is an assistant professor of history at the College of the Desert. His second book, “Friends in Peace and War: The Russian Navy’s Landmark Visit to Civil War San Francisco,” was recently published by Potomac Books of Washington, D.C. His first book, Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf, First Commandant of the Coast Guard, was published in 2002.

ROSALIE LOPEZ (M.Ed.) has been the director of the Upward Bound program at Imperial Valley College in Imperial, Calif., since 1983. She works with at-risk students to prepare them for success beyond high school. Rosalie has established fundraising events and organized educational and study tours that have enabled more than 600 Valley students to travel to such places as the state capitol in Sacramento, the White House, New York City, Los Angeles and Hawaii. Among her many efforts to help youth, she co-founded the Imperial Valley Consortium of Higher Education, which has provided educational and career opportunities for more than 1,000 Valley youth.

JOEL SELIK (LL.M.) was elected vice president of the North County Bar Association, based in Vista, Calif., and is chairman of the association’s education committee. He also continues to be a director of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.

[1986]MARCIA (RUBISH) CARRUTHERS (M.B.A.) was named president and chief executive officer of the Disability Management Employer Coalition in San Diego. She has been chief operating officer since she co-founded DMEC in 1992. Among her accomplishments with DMEC, Marcia has developed industry best practice programs now in use by thousands of professionals in the insurance, healthcare and other industries, and created the strategic plan for the development and growth of 20 DMEC chapters in 14 states. Marcia’s articles have appeared in such publications as “The Journal of Workers’ Compensation” and “Risk & Benefits Journal”.

PAUL DAVIS (B.A.) is a student in USD’s master’s program in executive leadership with the Ken Blanchard Companies. Paul is a marketing and sales director for a local e-learning company, a member of the board of directors for both Home Start and YMCA Youth Family Services, and active with Lead San Diego.

STEPHANIE BROWN GARCIA (M.B.A.) has been with Hamilton Sunstrand in San Diego for 21 years. She is currently senior contract manager of aftermarket programs with a staff of eight people. Stephanie and her husband, Markcos ’82, have three boys, and the oldest is at St. John’s University in New York.

RONALD KREMPASKY (B.B.A.) is the vice president of sales and marketing for At Home Science Inc., a manufacturer of academically demanding science lab kits designed for high school and college distance learning courses. Ron lives in Denver with his wife, Sandra, and three children. He especially enjoys his friendship with fellow USD alumnus Michael O’Connell, as their children attend the same Catholic school.

ROBERT PASCUAL (B.A.) is a financial planner for Blankinship & Foster, a family wealth management firm. He was recently promoted to director of marketing.

MARY GALE ROGERS (B.S.N.) expected to complete her master’s degree in nursing in June 2007.

GENEVIEVE (KNYCH) ROHAN (B.A.) and her husband, Tim, were married at Founders Chapel in 2007. Their wedding was attended by USD alumni Nora (Hermsen) Middleton, Noelle Cartier, Rita (Daly) Barkett, Martha (Manriquez) Bahadorazian, Vesna (Mitrovski) Petrovic, Gregg Grubba and Elizabeth Nallin. Genevieve is a senior recruiter with Invitrogen in Carlsbad, and Tim represents AxyGen in California, Hawaii and Arizona. They have homes in Coronado and Cardiff by the Sea. Genevieve is a court-appointed special advocate for four siblings in foster care, and she is now a stepmom to Tim’s two sons.

LEONARD SHULMAN (J.D.) was elected to a second term as president of the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. Leonard is the managing partner of the law firm Shulman Hodges & Bastian in Foothill Ranch, Calif.

WILLIAM VIPOND (J.D.) launched a full-service real estate firm in Issaquah, Wash., called Cross-Dock Development Corp. Through this new company, William is leading several new development projects as well as providing clients with marketing, sales and auction services for real estate properties. His experience includes a 28-month project in which William oversaw the bankruptcy liquidation of a trucking company, selling 228 parcels of commercial property through live auction and generating $61 million more than the total appraised value.

[1987]TRIPP HOWILER (B.B.A.) and his wife, Paige, are raising their 2 1/2-year-old son, working, and traveling when possible.

[1988]LESLEY ANN CLEMENT (J.D.) married Doron Dreksler, an architect, in May 2005. She has been practicing elder abuse law in Sacramento for 13 years.

GLENN OCLASSEN (B.A.) joined Salesforce.com as the director of the education partner programs. Glenn reports that he and his wife, Amy, have two amazing children: Maya, 5, and Nicholas, 2.

SEAN PICKETT (B.A.) was promoted to director of development services at Indus International in San Francisco. He divides his time between Tokyo; Paris; Bangalore, India; and the Bay Area. When he’s not traveling, Sean relaxes with his wife, Julie, and their 3-year-old son, Sam.

WILLIAM SPARKS (M.B.A., J.D. ’98) is taking care his two daughters, ages 6 and 8, working hard, traveling internationally and playing racquetball.

[1989]GINA (LABOVITZ) CAPARELL (B.A., M.Ed. ’91) writes, “I’m enjoying my two children: Andrew, 11, and Michaela, 7; teaching first-graders; playing soccer; and watching an occasional USD football, soccer or basketball game.”

MARK GIANGIORGI (B.B.A.) and his wife, Jeannie, live in Pebble Beach, Calif., and are raising three boys: Marco, 9; Antonio, 7; and Angelo, 4. Mark worked for Cantor Fitzgerald from 1990 to 2000 as an institutional equity sales trader. He retired from the securities industry in early 2000 and is now self-employed.

RICHARD HIRASUNA (B.B.A.) left naval aviation in 1998 to attend Creighton University Medical School, and he completed his M.D. degree in 2002. Richard finished his residency in anesthesiology in 2006 and is now assigned to the 3rd Marine Logistics Group, Detachment San Diego. During his residency, Richard and his wife were blessed with twins, Aidan and Sophie, who turned 4 in April 2007.

JAMIE (SELWAY) KEPP (B.A.) lives in Livermore, Calif., with her husband and children. She volunteers at the Catholic school her children attend, teaching art to first-, second- and third-graders.

OZZIE MONGE (B.A.) is the new vice president of business development for a boutique research firm based in San Diego that focuses solely on the interactive entertainment and video games market.

JAMES O’BRIEN (B.A.) and his wife, Maureen (Miller) ’89, recently moved to Reno, Nev., with their two sons: Brendan, 4, and Colin, 3.

GREGORY TIBBITTS (B.B.A.) and his wife, Jonell (Galik) ’95, live in Carlsbad with their three children: Cassidy, 6; Caroline, 4; and Jack, 2. Both worked as certified public accountants for Ernst & Young for many years. Jonell now has her own accounting business and spends much of her time with the children. Greg is chief financial officer of CryoCor Inc. in San Diego.