UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO / Spring 2008
1980s

[1980]

NICHOLAS KRALL (B.A.) is on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce in Sylmar, Calif., and the Universal City/North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. He is chair of the land use committee for the Sylmar Neighborhood Council and co-chair of the ACS Sylmar Relay for Life event.

CATHERINE (HOPKINS) SCHAFER (B.S.N.) visited Panama in March 2007 with her daughters and their husbands. Catherine lived in the former Panama Canal Zone from 1938 to 1964. She also expected to attend the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, Va., America’s first permanent English settlement.

[1981]

SCOTT GETTY (B.B.A.) is the father of six children and vice president of Gateway Packaging Corp. in Murrysville, Pa. He has been in the packaging industry for 26 years and is a member of the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters.

PATRICIA RAE HUNTER (B.S.N.) has owned Government Relations Group for the last four years. The company provides lobbying and consulting services for individuals or companies trying to navigate through state government. Patricia also has served as a governor’s appointee for more than 18 years and in the state legislature for nearly four years.

[1982]

SCOTT BROWN (B.B.A.) and his wife, Susan ’85, recently celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary. They live in Centennial, Colo., and have five children, ages 7 to 19. Scott is president and CEO of Medi-Dyn, a hospital support management firm with 1,100 employees. Susan is adept at managing a home of seven people and is heavily involved in charitable activities.

KEVIN COLEMAN (B.B.A.) has transitioned from practicing law to practicing mediation and says he enjoys helping people settle their lawsuits. Kevin’s wife, Lori, is the chief financial officer for Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Kevin reports that their son, Jake, is an excellent student and athlete, and spent a month last summer in Israel with 120 other Jewish Bay Area teens. He says their daughter, Jamie, is also a great student and a burgeoning golfer, and she became a bat mitzvah in August 2007.

TERRIE DIERLAM (B.A.) reports that she stays at home with her 3-year-old daughter and they enjoy mother-daughter activities, spending time with extended family, and going on family vacations with husband and dad, Randall. Terrie is also taking classes in real estate at the University of California, San Diego.

KENNETH FORT (B.B.A.) and Rhonda (Korcha) ’82 have four children: Brad, a senior at California State University, San Marcos; Derrick, a freshman at CSUSM; Whitney, who would like to attend USD in 2008; and Natalie, who wants to attend New York University in 2010. Kenneth is president of Fort Construction Consulting in Palm Desert, Calif.

KAREN KOCH (B.A.) lives in Chula Vista and teaches at Julian Charter School’s San Diego Academy. Karen teaches several subjects: middle school math, English and social studies; and high school world and American literature.

BETSY MYERS (B.B.A.) temporarily moved to Chicago in January 2007 to work for the Barack Obama presidential campaign. As chief operating officer of Obama for America, Betsy is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the campaign. See profile on page 30.

MARK OEMCKE (B.B.A.) and his wife, Sue, enjoy watching their two oldest daughters, Chelsea, 17, and Rachel, 15, play volleyball and their youngest daughter, Camille, 10, play soccer. Mark reports that Sue plays great tennis and excels at organizing the girls’ activities and the family in general. “Like many USD families, we seek balance in academics, spirituality, sports and personal growth,” he writes.

[1983]

CARA (CHISLETTE) HARTNETT (B.A.) still lives in Atlanta with her husband, David, and their four sons. The family has taken on Cara’s love of traveling and just returned from two weeks in China. “When the children were younger, we did the easier trips to Europe,” Cara writes, and says they are ready to experience more challenging cultures. “We’re on our way to Egypt next!”

[1984]

STEVE DOYLE (J.D.) is president of the San Diego/Riverside division of Brookfield Homes. He was inducted into the California Building Industry Foundation Hall of Fame at a May 2007 ceremony in San Francisco. During his 29 years in the building industry, Steve has served as president of the California Building Industry and the Building Industry Association of San Diego. He is chairman of the Pacific Coast Builders Conference. Steve also has contributed to many civic, social and philanthropic organizations.

CAROL (HOWARD) LELAND (B.A.) earned a master’s degree in geography and regional planning from the California University of Pennsylvania in 1999 and retired from the Air Force Reserve in 2006. She planned to attend pharmacy technician school starting in the fall of 2007.

TATIANA (JIMENEZ) MONTGOMERY (B.A.) opened FitnessCuisine in Hollywood, Fla., in September 2006. “We help our clients stay healthy and fit through exercise classes, nutrition seminars, sculpting and toning classes, and light gourmet meals delivered to their doorstep,” she writes. Tatiana is working hard and says she loves having her own business.

MICHAEL NELSON (B.A.) and Maria Cristina Martinez ’94 have three boys: Taylor, 8; Skylar, 6; and Walker, 2. Michael is a fire captain for the city of San Diego, and Maria is a kindergarten teacher in the Chula Vista Elementary School District. Michael also coaches the boys in baseball and soccer.

DEBORA ORTEGA (B.A.) is the director of the Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship at the University of Denver. She also is the author of numerous articles and book chapters addressing issues of child welfare.

MICHAEL WEHAN (B.B.A.) and Julianne (Douglass) ’85 have six children ranging in age from 8 to 15. Their oldest will soon be studying architecture and playing soccer at Cal Poly Pomona. Michael and Julianne report that they are busy running their landscape construction company and chauffeuring their kids to their many sports events.

[1985]

JOANNE ANDREOLI-CISNEROS (B.A.) and Michael Cisneros ’86 live in Round Rock, Texas, with their two children: Brianne, 16, and Mikayla, 12. Michael writes and edits for softball magazines and Web sites. Joanne was promoted to division administrator of the Texas field office for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Joanne and Michael have been married for 21 years.

W. PATRICK FIXSEN (B.A.) was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Peoria, Ill., on May 26, 2007. His first assignment is as an assistant at St. Joseph’s Parish in Pekin, Ill.

ANGELA GIGLITTO (B.A.) celebrated her 20th year of teaching recently, with 19 of those years at Ocean Beach Elementary in San Diego. She is still performing flamenco and is the artistic director at Café Sevilla. Angela also is pursuing a master’s degree in performing and visual arts. “I’m busier now than ever!” she says.

GAIL (KUEHNLE) HARGAS (B.S.N.) is an intensive care registered nurse with Palomar Pomerado Health in San Diego.

BARBARA (ELLIOTT) SANDERS (B.A., M.Ed. ’88) is a literary coach in the South Bay Union School District, where she works with kindergarten through third-grade teachers and conducts monthly parent workshops. She is an active volunteer in her community through Optimist International, the American Cancer Society (Relay for Life) and New Hope Community Church, where she participates in Tijuana mission trips and works in the southern part of San Diego County with single mothers and their children.

[1986]

JOHN FARLEY (B.B.A.) is a Boulder, Colo., real estate agent, an eco-broker and a natural food chef who also teaches cooking classes. John is a residential realty specialist and an investor of properties that are retrofitted to green building standards for resale. He and his wife, Karen, hike Boulder’s many trails. “Happy trails,” he says.

SUSAN INFANTINO (B.A.) is the communications manager for the San Diego Fire Department. She oversees 911 dispatch and I.T. services, and she celebrated her 20th year with the department in September. Her 22-year-old daughter graduated from the University of Southern California and is now pursuing a master’s degree at Georgetown University. In her free time, Susan likes to travel, read and walk. She expected to participate in the three-day breast cancer walk in San Diego in November 2007.

THERESA ANNE KONG KEE (B.B.A.) manages the investor education program statewide in Hawaii. In her position with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, she teaches the public about investing wisely and about how to protect themselves against investment fraud and scams. She also improves awareness for financial literacy.

ALLISON (BAILEY) LYNCH (B.A.) and her husband, Lance, enjoy raising their three beautiful daughters. Allison earned a master’s degree in public administration, and she continues as the assistant director of the Rehabilitation Services Commission for the state of Ohio.

PETER MURPHY (B.B.A.) and his family returned home to Tempe, Ariz., after living in Australia for four years. He and his wife, Wendy, are raising five children: Ryan, 15; Parker, 12; Maegan, 10; Emma, 8; and Keean, 5. The family enjoys frequent trips back to San Diego.

HILARY NOSKIN (B.A.) is an intellectual property attorney in Albuquerque, N.M. She recently passed the patent bar exam.

VICTORIA (BIAGIOTTI) WISE (B.B.A.) and her husband, Robert ’87, welcomed a son on Oct. 7, 2006. This happy event took place the same day as Victoria’s 20th class reunion, so she was unable to attend!

[1987]

GREGORY TAVILL (J.D.) was recently appointed to the Superior Court in San Bernardino County by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. For the previous eight years, he was a deputy district attorney in San Bernardino, including five years in the hardcore gang prosecution unit. He lives with his wife, Joyce, and two children in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

PAULA WARD (B.A.) has been a sole practitioner for the last seven years, with an emphasis in tribal law. Her husband, Theron Fisher, planned to open Antlers Grille and Pub in Michigan in September 2007. Their four children are active in hockey, volleyball and music, and the oldest is expected to graduate from college in December.

DENISE (FERNANDEZ) WILKINS (B.B.A.) and her husband, Jesse, welcomed their first child, Morgan Hannah Leimomi, on Dec. 23, 2006, during the second of eight blizzards that winter in Denver. Denise and Jesse also celebrated 10 years of marriage in October 2007.

[1988]

VIRGINIA (URBAN-McCULLAGH) KIM (B.A.) writes, “Busy, not bored, describes my life!” Her twins, Alex and Gabriel, turned 7 last July and are well-traveled, enjoying London, New York and ocean cruises. Her husband, Charles, planned to celebrate his 50th birthday by sailing down the mid-Atlantic coast with childhood friends on a 36-foot sailboat. Older son Will is still enjoying Los Angeles and the music scene, and daughter Holly is loving Chicago. “I am thrilled to be an assistant principal at San Elijo Middle School in North San Diego County, but love our downtown life and Victorian home circa 1904. Still working on the renovations!”

STERLING “DREW” PELOSO (B.B.A.) was named president and CEO of Quartermaster Inc. in Cerritos, Calif., on June 19, 2007. Quartermaster is a leading e-commerce, catalog and retail distributor of uniforms and equipment to the public safety market. Drew lives in San Clemente, Calif., with his wife, Wendy, and their four children: Cameron, 8; Isabelle, 5; Maximillian, 2; and Domenica, 4 months.

[1989]

PATRICE (MOM) AMORE CARINGTON (B.B.A.) recently became a board-certified hypnotherapist and added that skill to her life-coaching services.

JENNIFER (JACOBS) DEMING (B.A.) lives in one of the residences within Presidio National Park in San Francisco with her husband, Sean, and their two sons, Liam, 5, and Owen, 3. Jennifer is at home and trying to keep up with her two busy boys and all of their activities. “All is well,” she writes.

JANE (HARKINS) DORN (B.A.) and her husband, Gregory, welcomed a son, Christian. “We now have four wonderful children and are enjoying the beach life in Manhattan Beach, Calif.,” she writes. They meet up with alumni Chris and Angele Jester, who share a passion for sailing.

BRENDA (GABBY) GRIFFITH (B.A.) writes, “Still unschooling our three kids, 16, 13 and 11, but making plenty of time to play the drums, bodyboard and go birding with Greg!”

GAYLE NEWMAN JARRETT (B.B.A.) is the director of merchandising for girls apparel and accessories at Volcom. She has a 6-year-old daughter and she is renovating a mid-20th century home in Orange, Calif., with her husband, Jonathan. Gayle says she misses the days of volleyball training, but still tries to get runs in during lunchtime at the beach.

COLLEEN (KANALEY) PISCIOTTA (B.A.) lives in Parker, Colo., with her husband, Dean ’89, and their four children: Gordie, 15; Jacey, 13; Jackson, 9; and Chloe, 8. Dean is busy running a family business, Brakes Plus, with stores in Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming and Texas. “Love to catch up with old buddies!” Colleen writes.

SUSAN TWOMEY WHITNEY (B.A.) and her husband, Christopher, have been married for 13 years and they have three sons: William, 6, and twins born in December 2006, Charles and Andrew. “Let the wild rumpus begin!” Susan writes. Susan and Christopher own and operate an award-winning remodeling company on the Monterey Peninsula in Northern California.

MARK WILLIAMS (B.B.A.) is happy to be back in San Diego. “Sixteen years is a long time to be away!” he writes.