UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO / Summer 2008
2000s

[2000]


SCOTT BERGEN (B.A.)
and his wife, Nicole (Angle) ’02, celebrated their second wedding anniversary and recently went on a road trip to the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion national parks as well as five other parks in the Southwest. “Nicole even camped outside at the Grand Canyon!” Scott says. Nicole and Scott live in North Hollywood, where Nicole is the director of research for KCBS/KCAL TV, and Scott has retired from teaching to pursue a career in sports writing and broadcasting at CBS and Vootage.com.

SARAH (FURAR) BURNS (B.A.) and her husband, Greg, welcomed their second child, Leah Marley Gray, on Sept. 28, 2007. The family lives on the island of Maui.

NANIQUE (JIMENEZ) CASTRO (BBA) and her husband, Robert, were blessed with their first child, Nathan Robert, on Sept. 13, 2006. “He is our everything,” Nanique says. Nanique is a business analyst with American Funds in Brea, Calif.

HEATHER CHAIX (B.A.) works for R.E. Chaix Associates Insurance Brokers in Irvine.

KELLY YI-YI CHANG (J.D.) married Scott Rickert in Las Vegas on Sept. 8, 2007. They live in Los Angeles.

KRISTI DESUACIDO (B.A.) is a science and math teacher at Ho‘ala School in Wahiawa, Hawaii, and was awarded a grant from the Toyota International Teacher’s Program in Costa Rica. One of 36 teachers selected nationally, Kristi will observe classes, interact with Costa Rican students and educators, and explore environmental projects. Kristi has been active in the Kaiaka Bay Watershed Project.

TONY GLENN (BBA) and Sarah (Cook) ’00 celebrated their five-year anniversary, and they have two daughters: Sydney, 2, and Ruby, 3 months. Tony is a firefighter/paramedic for Sacramento Metro Fire, and Sarah is lucky to stay home with their daughters.

RUDY GUEVARRA (B.A.) earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in June 2007. He is a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

SHANE HELMICH (B.A.) was named Teacher of the Year for his district in 2007. He is a seventh- and eighth-grade mathematics teacher at Olive Peirce Middle School in the Ramona School District.

CHRISTINA HOLMES (MBA) and her husband, Adam ’01, have two children: Caroline, 5, and Hansel, 2. Adam, a lieutenant colonel, completed his command tour of VMGRT-253 in September 2006 and is deployed to Iraq, while the family is stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina. Chris volunteers as a Blue and Gold Officer for the Naval Academy and serves other local philanthropic organizations in Havelock, N.C.

JENNY NIELSEN (B.A.) is pursuing a Ph.D., specializing in nuclear nonproliferation policy, at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom.

KARI PARKER (M.A.) and her husband, Jim, celebrated their 10-year anniversary. They have two children: Logan, 5, and Emma, 3. Kari is a counselor at San Diego Mesa College, and Jim runs their business, It’s a Grind, a coffeehouse in Little Italy.

JENNIFER REMENSPERGER (B.A.) is a small-animal veterinarian and joined Woodland Veterinary Hospital in June 2007, treating dogs and cats.

SHELLEY ROWE-KRUSIC (B.A.) graduated from the California Western School of Law in August 2007.

ANNE (SIMAS) SHAW (B.A.) is a speech therapist at an elementary school in central California. She and her husband, Steven, have a 1-year-old son, Brett Joseph.

KJELLAUG STROOMER (B.A.) and Kevin Rowe ’02 were married on Aug. 11, 2007, and they live in Seattle. Kevin is a project engineer for the Rafn Company and Kjell teaches high school English.

[2001]


CHRIS BOURNE (B.Acc.)
married Christina Freeman at Auberge Du Soleil in Napa, Calif., in May 2007. Alumni groomsmen included Jim Foley, Brendan Horgan, Mark Brady and Kris Kalmbach. Chris and Christina live in San Francisco but plan to move to Sydney, Australia, where Chris will continue working at Ernst & Young.

RYAN BUMGARNER (B.A.) is president of Shoreline Real Estate in Altadena, Calif.

VICTORIA BURNS (B.A.) teaches seventh-grade math in Atherton, Calif., and she loves every minute of it. She recently bought a house in Fremont, Calif., where she lives with her boyfriend and their three cats.

ANDREA LAIRD COLEMAN (BBA) and her husband, Jamey, were married on Aug. 4, 2007, in Coronado. They honeymooned in Jamaica and live in San Diego. Many USD friends attended the wedding, including Stephanie Young, who was a bridesmaid.

ALISON COX (B.A.) recently launched Ali Cox & Co., a marketing and events company in New York. Previously, Ali had successful stints as an Olympic rower and a fashion executive at IMG.

CYNTHIA (WESTIN) CRIST (BSN, MSN ’02) is a nurse practitioner for an oncology private practice, IMA Management in San Diego. She also teaches in the nursing department at Grossmont College, is on the speakers bureau for Genentech, and is an advanced practice nurse at Scripps Mercy Hospital. Cindy and her husband, Parker, have two children: Connor, 4, and Jackson, 3.

KATHRYN FELICE (J.D.) accepted the position of counsel at ABC Inc., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Co.

ADALID GARCIA (B.A.) married Carolina Vargas ’02. They welcomed a son, Aidan, on Aug. 30, 2007.

ANNA (GROBE) HJORTH (B.A.) completed her master’s degree in public health from the University of Southern California in May 2007. Anna and her husband welcomed a son, Noah Gerald, on Dec. 8, 2007. Noah weighed 9 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 21 inches long.

ROBYN HODGES-RITTER (B.A.) and her husband, Dan ’00, were married on June 16, 2007, in Kansas City, Kan. USD alumni in the wedding party included Lucas Smart, Deanna Walcott, D.J. Walcott, Katie McCandless, Bess (Hodges) Inzeo, Sean McCarney, Matt Hawkins and Xavier Barnett. Robyn completed a doctorate in psychology at Forest Institute and is a clinical psychologist for the Kansas Department of Corrections. Dan earned a master’s degree in education from Avila College and is a high school business teacher and football coach for the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kan.

SISTER SHARON MCGUIRE (Ph.D.) and fellow alumna Kate Martin had an article, Fractured Migrant Families: Paradoxes of Hope and Devastation, published in the July-September issue of Family and Community Health.

RORY OLSEN (B.A.) relocated to the Los Angeles area after spending three years living and working in remote Aboriginal communities in Australia.

MONICA ORTIZ (B.A.) works at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Previously, she worked on the 2004 presidential election.

KIPLEY PERELES (BBA) is a product manager for Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management and plans to pursue an MBA soon. She hopes to attend graduate school at USD, as it is her first love. In her free time, Kipley enjoys running, going to the beach and traveling to the Bahamas, where her family has a home-away-from-home. Kipley’s fiancé, Richard Molina, started a wireless-sensing technology business, Senseless.

VERONICA SAYDAK (B.A.) is the head of the English department at a private school in Solana Beach. She continues to travel and recently returned from an adventure through Colombia.

LINDSAY SHALLER (B.A.) married William Hayden on March 10, 2007, in Pasadena, and they honeymooned in the Caribbean. Lindsay is a real estate agent at Sotheby’s International Realty in Pasadena. William is regional director of development/leasing at Majestic Realty Co. in the City of Industry.

[2002]


TARA ARDALAN (B.A.)
works on her parents’ horse ranch, Caspian Stables, in Valley Center, Calif. Tara rides, competes and trains horses for show jumping, and imports and sells horses from Europe. “My job allows me to travel all over the world,” she says. “I’m very lucky that my job is my passion. I still keep in touch with my USD friends and attended Harry Moore and Pilar Mendoza’s wedding this year!” (See story.)

MELISSA (KALLAS) BARANIC (B.A.) and her husband, Patrick, were married in May 2005 and they live in San Pedro, Calif. Melissa has been teaching in Inglewood, Calif., for five years.

LARA BOLLINGER (B.A.) is a naval officer, commissioned in 2002 at USD’s NROTC unit. She is a public affairs officer in the Navy Chief of Information Office at the Pentagon. She spent five years stationed on ships out of Norfolk, Va., and Yokosuka, Japan. “Now I am having the time of my life, applying what I studied in college in the realm of military public affairs,” she says. Lara works with national journalists and reporters daily, providing information on Navy stories via print, Internet and television media.

YVETTE CANABA (B.A.) is in the School of Podiatric Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia.

SARA CHIOCCA (B.A.) graduated from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa., with a doctor of physical therapy degree in February 2008, and then moved to Nashville to work. She also spent two weeks doing pro bono physical therapy at a clinic in Zacapa, Guatemala.

SIMONA CONSTANTINESCU (B.A.) has been a staff attorney for the San Diego County Superior Court since May 2006. “It’s wonderful!” she says.

MATTHEW DIGESTI (BBA) graduated from law school in 2005 and recently opened a law firm, Heintz, Robyn & Digesti, in San Diego. The firm handles civil litigation, business law, and sports and entertainment representation. The firm’s Web site is www.hrdlaw.com.

REBECCA (MILLEA) FABOZZI (B.A.) and her husband, Jacob, were married on July 23, 2005, at Founders Chapel. They moved to Riverside County, Calif., where they both teach at the middle school level.

BRITA HULST (B.A.) served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso, West Africa. In June 2007, she received her master’s degree in school psychology at the University of Washington. Brita lives in Seattle and works in a nearby school district.

BARBARA (CORCEGA) ILIZALITURRI (B.A.) is a professional translator and interpreter, working part time for the San Diego Unified School District. She also works as an interpreter for companies and prepares written translations for clients on special projects, including the film Ocean Oasis, the museum exhibit Return to the Sea of Cortez, and the books Air Quality in the Mexico Megacity, Where the Earth Breathes and Giants are Born, and Oasis of Stone.

PRENTICE LECLAIR (B.A.) has been living for the past four years in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he started a small business development group for Argentine clients and European clients working in Argentina. He recently returned to San Diego to pursue his dream of teaching at the university level and is looking for grad schools.

KAY (OLSON) NORTON (B.A.) retired from USD’s registrar’s office in April 2005. She has traveled to Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. Kay goes to Minnesota once a year, and she volunteers at Mission Trails Regional Park once a week.

ROGER PEREZ (B.A.) and Deirdre Crampton were married in San Diego on Aug. 25, 2007. The couple spent their honeymoon in Koh Samui, Thailand. Roger is completing his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Deirdre is a portfolio analyst for a global real estate investment firm. They live in San Clemente, Calif.

BRETT PETERSON (M.A.) was named principal of High Tech High in San Diego. He also earned a second master’s degree.

KRISTIN (NOCITA) ROBLEE (BBA) and her husband, Michael, welcomed their first baby, Dane Edward, on May 29, 2007. Dane weighed 10 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 21 inches long. The family lives in Monrovia, Calif.

CONOR SAMMARTIN (B.A.) was promoted to director of athlete marketing for Priority Sports & Entertainment in Chicago.

RICHARD WILLIAMSON (B.A.) and Tiffany (Ardell) ’03 celebrated the birth of their son, John Derby, on Sept. 9, 2007.

[2003]


BRIAN BURNS (B.A.)
is in his third year at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and is interning in the San Diego public defender’s office.

KRISTIN (EDELHAUSER) CHESSMAN (B.A.) married her husband, Ryan, on Aug. 25, 2007, in Dana Point. Alumni in attendance included Marissa Burnett, Erin Gabriel, Jenn (Torio) Marquis, Dom Marquis, Erika (Sharp) Powers and Ben Powers. Kristin is a staff writer for Entrepreneur.com, and the couple lives in Irvine.

AMIE (GARCIA) CORT (BBA) and her husband, Ryan, were married on Aug. 4, 2007, in the San Francisco Bay Area. They honeymooned in Fiji and live in Dublin, Calif., with their two dogs, Bella and Bloo.

TIFFANY ROBERTS FISHER (B.A.) is a full-time animal care specialist at SeaWorld.

ANDREW GANSE (B.A.) was a student-teacher in Poway in the fall of 2003 and worked as a junior high language arts teacher at St. Rita’s Catholic School in 2004. From 2005 to 2007, he was the seventh-grade homeroom teacher and eighth-grade algebra I teacher at St. Didacus Parish School in Normal Heights. While at St. Didacus, Andrew earned his master’s degree in education at Point Loma Nazarene University. He writes, “On Aug. 25, 2007, I got married to the most beautiful woman in the world and precious gift from God, Christine Corrigan, at St. Francis of Assisi church in Manhattan, N.Y. We are happily married and now live in Bangor, Maine.”

TYLER JOHNSON (B.A.) graduated from dental school at Loma Linda University and is a first-year resident in anesthesia at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

CHERYL KURTZ (M.S.) has been working at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in San Diego for 10 years. Her biggest projects have been sinking retired ships as artificial reefs, writing environmental compliance documents and assessing the eco-risk of abandoned equipment. Cheryl spends her free time raising money for breast cancer research in memory of her mother, Geraldine Kurtz, who died in April 2006.

MOLLY GARAHAN (B.A.) is studying school counseling and living in San Francisco.

JENNY MEYER (B.A.) graduated with a pharmacology degree from the University of Colorado and is an executive pharmacist with Target. Jenny lives in Denver.

BLAIR FISHER MULVIHILL (B.A.) and Travis Bode were married on Sept. 29, 2007, at the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Stockton, Calif. The newlyweds honeymooned on Hayman Island and in Sydney, Australia. Blair is an account manager for Kineticom Inc., and Travis is stationed in Washington, D.C., finishing his master’s degree in international affairs. Blair and Travis live in Alexandria, Va.

KALEIGH ROBINSON (B.A.) was in northeastern Brazil on a summer fellowship and is now working toward a Ph.D. in international development at Tulane University in New Orleans.

KATIE (LEBENS) SAGRERO (B.A.) and her husband, Miguel ’00, welcomed their second child, Magdalena Michelle, on May 20, 2007. The Sagreros live in Los Angeles, where Katie is a doctor and Miguel is a therapist.

MEAGAN (TINKER) SANTOS (B.A.) and her husband, Ricardo, welcomed a son, Nathan Grey, on Oct. 21, 2006. The family lives in Redondo Beach, Calif.

LINDSEY SMITH (B.Acc.) is part of the senior housing services group at CB Richard Ellis, focusing on investment sales of senior housing facilities and portfolios. She also has her own business, marketing boutique wines. Lindsey writes, “I live in downtown San Diego and love it! Great place to live, work and play.” In the past year, Lindsey has visited eight countries. She also enjoys scrapbooking, knitting, cooking, practicing Bikram yoga and playing on a social dodge ball team. Lindsey is the co-chair for the American Cancer Society’s Downtown San Diego Relay for Life and raised more than $12,000 at last year’s event.

ERIN (BETTINGEN) SORENSON (B.A.) and her husband, Eric ’01, were married in May 2007 and honeymooned in Belize. They live in Ladera Ranch, Calif., with their dog, Cosmo. Erin earned a second degree in interior design and owns a successful design and event business. Erin and Eric planned to celebrate their first anniversary with a trip to Europe.

RYAN STACK (B.A., J.D. ’06) and Heather (Barnes) ’04 moved to Park City, Utah, in May 2006. Ryan passed the Utah state bar exam in October 2006 and is an associate city prosecutor for Salt Lake City. Heather is in the second year of a two-year program to become a certified sign language interpreter.

[2004]


SHAHAB ARIANNEJAD (B.A.)
completed a master’s degree in biomedical sciences at Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla., in 2006. He is working toward a doctor of dental medicine degree at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

KATIUSCIA IACOBELLI (B.A.) has been selling real estate since graduation and traveling whenever she has a spare moment. “I recently moved back from living in beautiful Italy for a year — my fabulous home country!”

CLAIRE (SCHIELD) LAWYER (B.A.) and her husband, Adam, welcomed a son on May 5, 2006. Claire is working toward a master’s degree in secondary education and a single-subject teaching credential in history. The family lives in Pasadena.

NICOLE MONDELLO (B.A., MAT ’06) became the first civilian female instructor to teach a community college level course — world civilizations — aboard a deployed Coast Guard cutter (USCGS Munro) in September 2006. She left on a second trip in December 2006 on USCGC Morgenthau and returned in February 2007. Nicole still teaches for Vincennes University as an adjunct history professor and works at Coast Guard Station San Diego as well as North Island Naval Base.

ARNULFO MORGA (MBA) was promoted to vice president and manager of the North Park financial center for Washington Mutual. He and his wife, Georgina, welcomed a daughter, Carissa, on Dec. 7, 2007. Carissa weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 18 inches long.

JERI RICHARDSON (BBA) is a real estate agent in the San Francisco Bay Area. In March 2007, she underwent brain surgery at Stanford Hospital and is nearing the completion of her recovery. She recently started back to work.

MONICA SANTANA (B.A.) is an algebra teacher in San Bernardino, Calif.

JOSEPH SEPULVEDA (MSSC) received his ASQ certifications as a certified quality engineer and certified manager of quality for organizational excellence. Joseph works for Raytheon in Dallas.

RYAN SWARTZ (BBA) graduated cum laude from Whittier Law School in July 2007 and is preparing to take the California and Arizona bar exams. Ryan lives in Scottsdale, Ariz.

MATTHEW VAN HOUTEN (B.A.) is working toward an MBA in entrepreneurship and real estate at Baruch College in New York City. Matthew is an event planner with MTV Networks, where he has worked since he graduated from USD. (See story.)

TREVOR WARE (BBA) is an account executive with Accredited Home Lenders in San Diego. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, skimboarding, golfing and playing tennis.

[2005]


JENNIFER (HYDE) ATKINS (B.A.)
and her husband, Nicholas, were married on Dec. 30, 2007. Nicholas is with the U.S. Army Special Forces, and the couple is stationed in Stuttgart, Germany.

SCOTT BURCAR (BBA) and Melody Morsaint ’04 were married on April 14, 2007, at The Immaculata. Family, friends and Scott’s USD soccer teammates were present. A reception was also held in Scott’s hometown of Graham, Wash., in July 2007. Scott is a mortgage loan officer for Union Fidelity Mortgage in La Jolla. Melody is a certified public accountant for Deloitte and Touche. Scott continues to kick the soccer ball around a bit.

LINDSAY GERBER (B.A.) is a founder and the chief executive officer of Temple Treasures Designer Staging, an interior design/home staging company in San Francisco. “I am enjoying the experience of having my own business and all of the opportunities this has given me,” Lindsay says. After graduation, Lindsay traveled to Africa, where she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, and journeyed throughout Europe.

HEATHER HILL (B.A.) earned a master’s degree in mass communication and media studies from San Diego State University in May 2007. While at SDSU, Heather was a reporter for Full Focus on KPBS. Heather is now back at USD teaching public speaking for the Communication Studies Department.

STEPHANIE HOWE (B.A.) completed her Teach for America commitment and her master’s degree in June 2007. She moved back to California and is teaching at a small charter school and applying for English Ph.D. programs.

PATRICIA LAVOIRE (M.Ed.) continued her education in early childhood special education and now works in the field in El Cajon. “I enjoy spending time with my husband, my children and three new grandchildren, attending Padres games and working on home projects,” Patricia says.

DANIELLE MACERANKA (B.A.) is an event coordinator at Il Fornaio on Coronado Island.

THOMAS MANTIONE (B.Acc.) studied abroad in the USD Guadalajara summer program in 2005 and joined Ernst and Young in the fall of 2005. He became a certified public accountant in 2007 and also trained as a liturgical minister at Good Shepherd Parish in San Diego. Thomas recently took an 18-day trip through Scotland and England, and is a Chargers season ticket holder.

MARIA MASALUNGA (B.A.) is the broadcast producer at the Nerland Agency, an advertising and public relations agency in Anchorage, Alaska.

TARA O’LEARY (B.A.) lives in Napa Valley and works as a chemist at ETS Laboratories, a wine analysis lab.

JON SAMPSON (MFA) and Jennifer Stewart ’04 were married in La Jolla on Dec. 18, 2005, and then moved to New York City. Jen taught theater courses for various programs and colleges, and Jon signed with an agency and landed two commercials, played Curly in Of Mice and Men at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and played two scenes opposite Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road, a film scheduled to open in December 2008. “We missed the West Coast, however, and I decided to pursue my true passion of information technology,” Jon says. Jon and Jen have settled in Bakersfield, Calif., where Jon is manager of information technology for Klassen Corp., and Jen is a professor of theater for Bakersfield College.

KATHLEEN SULLIVAN (B.A.) joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps after graduation and worked for Center City Churches, a nonprofit organization in Hartford, Conn. She then joined the JVC Magis program with Loyola University in Chicago. Kathleen is working toward a master’s degree in pastoral studies and works for the Ignation Spirituality Project, a small nonprofit that runs retreats for homeless men and women in recovery.

SONYA WILSON (BBA) is president of the San Diego alumni chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, a national business honor society. The chapter has launched www.bgssandiego.org, a resource for BGS members in San Diego.

[2006]


TOMMY FEITER (J.D.)
is in his second year as assistant state attorney in Orlando, Fla., and is a member of the Florida State Bar. He has first-chaired more than 30 jury trials to verdict.

[2007]


CHRIS BERG (B.Acc.)
won the 18-24 age group at the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, held on Sept. 16, 2007, at Zuma Beach in Malibu. In May 2007, Chris finished fourth in the San Diego International Triathlon. Chris is a tax associate at CBIZ Accounting Tax and Advisory of San Diego. Chris and his dad, Tony, participated in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon together and raised a combined $8,000 for Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.