UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO / Spring 2008
2000s

[2000]

ALLISON (LUNDEN) BERTOCCHINI (B.A.) and her husband, Tony ’99, live in Orange County, Calif., with their son, Charlie, born in February 2006.

KRISTIN (GROFF) BRADFORD (B.B.A.) and her husband, Eric, were married on March 3, 2007, at The Immaculata. Alumni in the bridal party included Michelle (Leslie) Skinner and Dana Carlson. Kristin is in medical sales in San Diego, and Eric works for a large golf manufacturer in Carlsbad. They recently purchased their first home.

KRISTIN (McMAHON) COVARRUBIAS (B.A.) lives in Denver with her husband, Eddie, and their daughters, Tori and Gabi. She continues her career as a bilingual elementary teacher while launching a business as a party planner.

KATE (BERG) GALINDO (B.A.) completed an English language fellowship in Montevideo, Uruguay, and relocated to Denver, where she lives with her husband and two stepchildren. Kate works at Highline Academy, a new K-8 public charter school in Denver, where she teaches English language acquisition and Spanish in the middle school.

CHRISTOPHER HART (B.B.A.) and his wife, Angela (Danni) ’01, celebrated the first birthday of their twins, Emerson and Rowan, on June 30, 2007.

ALFONSO HERNANDEZ (B.B.A.) runs Five Star Tours with his brother and mother. Their bus charter company handles tours to Mexico and Las Vegas.

CHRISTOPHER LESTER (J.D., M.B.A. ’01) and Mandi Urban ’00 welcomed their second child, Ruby Beatrice, on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2007. She weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.

CHUCK MALDONADO (B.A.) and Wendy (Patronik) ’00 announce the birth of their son, William Tyger, on Dec. 25, 2006. “The perfect Christmas present!” Chuck says.

JOHN WILKES (B.A.) and his wife, Deanne (Jensen) ’01, welcomed a daughter, Aida, on Feb. 22, 2007. They live in Northern California, and John teaches math at Ponderosa High School.

CHRISTY YODER (B.A.) has been working in the nonprofit sector since graduating from USD. Currently, she raises money for the American Heart Association by leading elementary and middle schools to hold Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart fundraising and fitness events. “My training with USD’s American Humanics program led me here,” she says. Christy expected to return to USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences in the fall to continue her education.

[2001]

ERIN (FLEMING) BLOCK (B.B.A.) and her husband, Steven, welcomed a son, Logan Michael, on June 11, 2007. Erin and Steven both work for NAMM, an association for companies in the music products industry. They have been married for six years.

DEVON BOZLINSKI (B.A.) is a government contractor for SAIC in the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program.

TIMOTHY CLARK (B.A.) earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Irvine, in 2006 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in 2007 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In September 2007 he joined Western Washington University as an assistant professor.

RACHEL LINDER DANJCZEK (B.A.) completed an M.Ed. in education leadership at Lehigh University. She began her new position on the faculty of the Brentwood School in the fall. “Now that I am back on the West Coast, I’ll be able to make it back for the reunion this year,” she says. “Yeah! Go Toreros!”

CAROL DONOHUE (M.Ed.) writes, “While attending my USD master’s class in testing and assessment, I was invited to give a workshop for staff and families of a new charter school, Greater San Diego Academy, on the topic of testing and assessment. The session went so well, I was invited to join the school in a teacher/administrator position.” The school had 40 students then, and by the end of the year, Carol’s section of the school had 240. The school now has WASC certification with four sites and 400 students, and Carol is the lead of the South County Resource Center. “USD prepared me well for an exciting, rewarding career in a growing educational field,” she says.

KAEO GOUVEIA (B.B.A.) was promoted to general manager of Tiki’s Grill and Bar in Honolulu. He joined Tiki’s in September 2002 as floor manager and is now responsible for overseeing operations and creating a strategic growth plan for the restaurant. He is a member of the Hawaii Restaurant Association and the American Marketing Association.

MAIJA NOCIL (B.B.A.) recently earned an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.

CHAD POWER (B.A.) and his wife, Katy (Carnes) ’00, welcomed a son, Rylan Russell, on July 21, 2007, in Walnut Creek, Calif. Rylan was 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and 21 inches long. Chad and Katy were married on March 31, 2006, at Lake Las Vegas. Wedding attendants included alumni Tony Alfano and Aimee Tangog.

GINA ROMANO (B.B.A.) married Travis Horton on June 9, 2007, in Palm Desert, Calif. USD alumni in the bridal party were Stephanie (Casagrande) Purcell, Gina (Safro) Resch, Kimberly (Harvey) Kalmbach, Kris Kalmbach, Meredith Gavilick, Rene (Romano) Watts and Aaron Watts. Gina and Travis live in Dallas, where Travis is a real estate broker and Gina is in skin care equipment sales.

SEVAN SETIAN (B.A.) earned a J.D. degree from Loyola Law School in 2004 and an LL.M. degree in commercial arbitration law from Stockholm University in Sweden in June 2007.

KENDRA (SHORTEN) WOCHOS (B.A.) married her husband, Mark, on June 3, 2006. She earned a master’s degree from New York University in 2003.

[2002]

NOELLE (LAPES) DERA (B.A.) and her husband, Marcel, were married on April 9, 2006. Noelle is a fourth-grade teacher in Los Angeles.

PENELOPE GREGORIUS (B.A.) is a protective services worker for Child Welfare Services in San Diego County. She is also pursuing a master’s degree in school counseling with a focus on high school studies.

JEANMARIE HARRINGTON (B.A.) writes, “In a whirlwind 2006-07, I returned to USD as a law student and married Paul Bisceglia, also a USD alum. I have one more year of law school and then who knows what will be next!”

SARAH (MULKEY) HUSSION (B.A.) recently opened Unity, a clothing boutique in Denver.

JAIME (LOBDELL) PAYNE (B.A.) earned an M.D. and a master’s degree in public health from St. George’s University in June 2007. She and her husband, Joel, were married on Dec. 27, 2005, in Tacoma, Wash. Jaime is in the first year of a family medicine residency at Valley Medical Center in Renton, Wash.

MARISSA POST (B.A.) graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with an M.B.A. and an emphasis in marketing.

ERICA RUCCI (B.A.) is the new managing director for Lacoste of San Diego and helped open the Lacoste outlet in Carlsbad and the Lacoste boutique in Fashion Valley. Erica bought a house in North San Diego County.

CHRISTOPHER SMITH (B.A.) married his wife, Melanie, on April 3, 2007, in Oahu, Hawaii. They live in Lemon Grove with their pet goat, Buddy.

REBECCA VARDA (B.A.) completed her master’s degree in teaching at National-Louis University in Chicago and is moving to Monterrey, Mexico, for two years to teach English at the Instituto San Roberto, a private international school.

[2003]

KIMBERLY (AURELIO) CARLOS (B.A.) and her husband, Ryan, have been married for almost two years. Ryan is a firefighter for the Los Angeles City Fire Department, and Kimberly teaches language arts and technology at Tuffree Middle School.MEGAN CORCORAN (B.A.) backpacked through Europe for two months after graduation. In the Netherlands, she lived with a Dutch family as an au pair, caring for their 18-month-old adopted Chinese daughter, Jusie. “Through caring for Jusie, I fell in love with international adoptions and sought a job with an adoption agency upon returning home to California,” she says. She now works for the Snowflakes Embryo Adoption Program at Nightlight Christian Adoptions in Fullerton, Calif. In her spare time, she enjoys country line dancing and building houses with Habitat for Humanity. In January 2007, she worked with Habitat to help with the rebuilding after Katrina, and she expected to travel to Malaysia in November 2007 to build houses in the city of Kuching.

LT. BRANDON FLORES (B.A.) and Lt. Melissa (Feldmeier) Flores ’03 are happy to finally call San Diego home again after three years away with the Navy. Brandon is a supply officer serving on the USS Peleliu and Melissa is a surface warfare officer trained in nuclear engineering and serving aboard the USS Ronald Reagan. Both Brandon and Melissa completed deployments to the Persian Gulf in 2006, and Brandon was deployed to Asia in 2007 for the Peleliu Pacific Partnership.

AMIE GARCIA (B.B.A.) married Ryan Cort on Aug. 4, 2007. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder. They live in Dublin, Calif.

DENIS GRASSKA (B.A.) is a journalist at The Southern Cross, the newspaper for the Catholic Diocese of San Diego. He has written a children’s book, illustrated by his colleague, Lucas Turnbloom, and hopes to publish it.

JEREMY HORN (B.A.) earned a J.D. degree from American University in Washington, D.C., in May 2006. He was admitted to the Arizona Bar in October 2006 and was named an assistant county attorney for Maricopa County, Ariz., in January 2007.

LORA McBAY (B.A.) and Tim Marconi ’03 were married on Oct. 27, 2006, at St. Mary Magdalene parish in San Diego. Alumni in the wedding party were: Andrea Bonnano, Alison Mosley, Beth Rabel, Laura Hayes, Elizabeth Eichelberger, Bryan O’Neill, Carlos Dominguez and Dillon Mills.

MY-LINH NGUYEN (M.A.) completed a Ph.D. in human services, specializing in professional counseling, in May 2006. On June 9, 2007, she married Cang Nguyen in San Diego.

KATIE (LEBENS) SAGRERO (B.A.) graduated from medical school at Western University on May 11, 2007, and welcomed a daughter, Magdalena Michelle, on May 20. Baby Lena’s arrival was also celebrated by her dad, Miguel Sagrero ’00, and big brother, Joey.

CATHERINE SANCIMINO (B.A.) is in a doctoral clinical psychology program. Her current internship is at a community mental health agency in Berkeley, Calif., and her next internship will be at Oakland Children’s Hospital, working with children diagnosed with autism, ages infant to 3 years.

ANN SCHOTT (B.A.) lives in Portland, Ore., and teaches kindergarten in the suburb of Hillsboro.

JENNI SPAULDING (B.A.) married Michael Topmiller in Kentucky on July 7, 2007. Jenni teaches first grade at the Gillispie School in La Jolla, and Michael is working toward a Ph.D. in urban planning.

MATTHEW STEINGREBE (B.A.) is on active duty with the Navy as a pilot assigned to the “Pukin’ Dogs” of VFA-142, located at NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va.

TIFFANY TRUNNELL (B.A.) earned a master’s degree in professional counseling in October 2006.

SHELLEY LYFORD VALENTINE (M.A.) and Sean Valentine ’03 were married on June 29, 2007, exactly nine months after Sean proposed. Shelley and Sean met in January 2002 in a graduate class at USD. After they earned their master’s degrees, Sean worked in the entitlement field for Pulte Homes in the Bay Area, and Shelley stayed at USD to work at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice. USD colleagues and alumni at the wedding included Laura Taylor, Monica Phelps Zambrano, Jon Hellmann, Joe Arnaldo, Emi Noma and Bree Del Sordo. Shelley and Sean enjoyed a honeymoon in French Polynesia. They now live in San Clemente, Calif. Shelley is the executive director of the Gary and Mary West Foundation in Carlsbad. Sean is the development manager at Pinnacle AMS Development Co.

EMILY (STEVENSON) ZIEROLF (B.A.) and her husband, Ryan ’03, were married on Oct. 28, 2006, in Solana Beach. Alumni in attendance included Molly (King) Oates, Valerie Villi, Alison Heilman, Seth Litchney, Bob Ballard, Jason May and Joel Michel. Emily is an admissions counselor at USD and is working on a master’s degree in counseling. Ryan is a systems test engineer in Rancho Bernardo.

[2004]

BRENDAN BRACKEN (B.A.) recently made the transition from owner of a mortgage company to a position as San Diego area manager for Flagstar Bank, a federal savings bank and wholesale mortgage lender.

DULCE CASTANEDA (B.A.) earned a master’s degree in education from Loyola Marymount University in 2006. In May 2007, she completed all the course requirements to apply for the California Clear teaching credential. She teaches kindergarten at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Los Angeles.

CLARK GULER (B.B.A.) is a sales rep for Buckman Laboratories and he lives in Port Hueneme, Calif.

AMY KALNA (B.B.A.) earned an M.B.A. from the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University. She was featured in an article in the business school newsletter. Amy is a cash/collateral management specialist at UBS Stamford.

SEAN McCLINTON (B.B.A.) married Yuri Misawa at Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie, Wash. He recently launched a new business, Business Card Creations.

MELISSA MOFFAT (B.A.) is a second-grade teacher.

ANDREA NEWHOUSE (B.A.) has served in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years and is a first lieutenant. She was on deployment from February through September in 2006, and again from December 2006 through June 2007. Andrea has one more year of active duty and then plans to return to USD for graduate school.

NAVY LT. J.G. TRAVIS REED (B.A.) served on a four-month humanitarian assistance deployment while assigned to the USNS Comfort, a Military Sealift Command hospital ship homeported in Norfolk, Va. After caring for nearly 25,000 patients in Belize and Guatemala, Travis’s unit arrived in Panama to continue the mission for the Partnership of the Americas, which is to provide primary care, dental care, optometry and other no-cost health care services. The unit was scheduled to visit a number of other countries, including Columbia, Guyana, Nicaragua and Suriname.

MARISOL RODRIGUEZ-McBRIDE (B.A.) married her husband, Matthew, at Founders Chapel on July 16, 2005. She is a first-grade teacher at Veterans Elementary and earned a master’s degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2007.

KYLE SAGER (B.A.) is an eighth-grade math teacher at Desert Arroyo Middle School and head coach for freshman football at Cactus Shadows High School.

LAUREN (DiCIANNI) SERVINO (B.A.) and her husband, Kevin ’04, were blessed with the birth of their first child, Ashton, on Sept. 6, 2006. They moved from Orange County to Portland, Ore., where Kevin is an executive recruiter at a retained search firm. Lauren and Kevin recently purchased their first home in the Hillsboro area.

SHANNON (WISELEY) WILSON (B.A.) earned a master’s degree in November 2006 and is looking for a college-level teaching job.

[2005]

RYAN BRIZENDINE (B.A.) is shifting into asset management and preparing for an M.B.A. He also is starting an energy drink company geared toward baseball players and other athletes.

COLLEEN (DONOFRIO) ESKRIDGE (B.A.) and her husband, Christopher, were married on March 11, 2006. Colleen is a program assistant at the child development center on the Marine base in Twentynine Palms, Calif. On June 12, 2007, Colleen and Christopher welcomed a beautiful daughter, Aurora Rosalie. “I am really enjoying life with my husband, my daughter and our four dogs,” she says.

HEATHER DONOVAN (B.A.) is a researcher at the University of California, San Diego. All of her studies involve functional MRI technology.

MICHELLE ESTEBAN (B.S./B.A.) is a patent agent for a law firm and is a law student at the University of San Francisco. She hopes to become an attorney at the law firm after she graduates. Michelle recently ran two marathons — one in Florence, Italy, and the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon — and completed a 12-hour adventure race.

CARLEY OTTO (B.A.) moved back to California after spending two years as a marine mammal trainer in Miami. She is now an educator at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif.

VANESSA RUIZ (B.A.) is in graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is majoring in biomedical visualization and was awarded the prestigious Abraham Lincoln graduate fellowship for her second year of study. Vanessa has an award-winning blog looking at the science, art and culture of medical illustration: http://streetanatomy.com. She is vice president of the Student Association of Medical Artists at UIC. See profile on page 42.

JOHN ZIDER (B.B.A.) sells medical devices and equipment for an orthopedic company. He is the territory manager for all of Orange County, Calif.