USD Magazine

ROBERT GALLARDO (MEd) retired from the San Diego Unified School District. His assignments included teacher, vice principal and principal. He also has served as an adjunct professor at the University of California, San Diego. Robert is an ESL instructor for integrative studies at San Diego State University. He also recently met the qualifications to be an ESL adjunct faculty member in the San Diego Community College District.

SUSAN MITCHELL (BSN) became a school nurse in October 2008 at a Title I elementary school with a multiracial population of 350 students in grades one through five. “I thoroughly enjoy giving first aid and teaching the children good health habits,” she says.

LAWRENCE CAMPBELL (LLM) retired on Jan. 1, 2010, after more than 25 years at Solar Turbines.

TAS PANOS (JD) is general counsel of Affiliated Computer Services in Dallas. ACS provides business process outsourcing and information technology services to businesses and governments worldwide. As executive vice president and general counsel, Tas leads the 100-member legal department and is responsible for the company’s global legal affairs.

THERESA PHILLIPS-THOMPSON (BA) has been teaching in Temecula for 12 of her 25 years in education. Her daughter, Natalie, is a graduate of Biola and was recently married. Theresa is enjoying golfing, going to the lake, reading and being with family and friends. She and her husband continue to visit San Diego as much as possible and recently drove through the USD campus. “It has really changed from 1984!” she says. “I always enjoy my memories of attending USD.”

ELIZABETH SKELDING (BSN) reports that the eldest of her seven grandsons, Kyle Mueller, graduated from high school in 2008 and is now on full scholarship at Miramar College. Her nephew, John Marfield, has been called to Iraq for a second tour of duty with the U.S. Army.

RICK PADRNOS (MBA) is a mergers and acquisitions specialist with Business Acquisitions. He packages, markets and sells businesses with valuations between $200,000 and $5 million. He is also a director for First Colorado National Bank.

SUE (BURKHALTER) BALDWIN (MA) sums up her 22 years after USD: She worked with handicapped residents of San Diego and Annapolis, Md.; stayed home with her children, homeschooling them through the eighth grade; worked and volunteered at their high school until both graduated; and is now a substitute teacher. “By the time this is printed, my husband, J.D., and I will have traveled to South Africa,” she says. “Our first big adventure as empty-nesters!”

ROBERT ROCHELLE (JD) recently joined the American Board of Trial Advocates. He reports that his four children have all graduated from college, each in less than four years.

JOSIE GABLE RODRIGUEZ (MA) and her husband, Al, plan to teach a workshop, “The Open Book and the Moving Pen,” in Cortona, Italy. The session will help participants “make a variety of journals in the morning, then fill them with your own poetry in the afternoon.” Details on the June 19-26, 2010, workshop can be found online at

MONICA (FOLTZ) PARSONS (BBA, MBA ‘03) has been busy with her newest bundle of joy, Dillon Slater, born on Jan. 11, 2008. Dillon joins big brother Devon, and big sister Savannah. Monica is an information technology project manager at Solar Turbines and recently celebrated 20 years with the company. She volunteers at her children’s school and serves on the PTA executive board. The family is looking forward to traveling to China soon and to opening their new business, Parsons’ Palace of Memories.

CLAUDIA SLUIS STEVENS (MA) is retired and living in a very active senior citizen mobile park. She plays cards two days a week, bingo four times a month and serves on the board of the recreation committee for the park. She and her husband, Ken Powers, have a dog named Maggie who has been in several ads for Petco.