KAREN (DARNAUER) HIRAKAWA (B.A.) completed a master’s degree in education at Cambridge College in 2006. She works for the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., and her oldest son is a 2008 Posse Scholar at Grinnell College in Iowa.

SUSAN (BEATTY) HITES (B.A.) recently moved to Coronado for her daughter, Brittany, to attend the Coronado School of the Arts. Susan also teaches tennis at the DoubleTree Hotel in Rancho Peñasquitos and the Coronado Marriott Hotel. As a sales director with Mary Kay Cosmetics, Susan teaches skin care and color cosmetics. “Having a great time raising my teenage girls: Brittany, 17, and Jackie, 13,” she says.

ANITA GEMPERLE MAHAFFEY (BBA) founded Cool-jams Inc. in September 2006, a line of microfiber sleepwear designed to provide relief for night sweats. Anita’s Web site is (See story )

MICHAEL McMAHON (B.A.) lives in Alameda, Calif., with his wife of 23 years, Karen, and sons Nick, 17, and Tim, 15. He has been a stock analyst focused on the bank and mortgage industry for the last 12 years at Sandler O’Neill + Partners, and with UBS Securities before that. After graduating from USD, he spent 16 years at First Interstate Bank in Los Angeles.

WILLIAM NEWSOME (J.D.) writes, “Enjoying retirement, more or less.” He lives in the San Diego area.

FRANK PAGANO (B.A.) sold his factory, ASC Inc., and trade labels to his executive team in 2006 and then entered into a partnership to create Vandlwear Inc. with the first product being the SafeKnee Utility Pant. Frank still teaches and lectures in the fashion industry. In another venture, Frank is starting a corporation with three doctors in the field of mobile thermography. They have three sales associates, two certified technicians and one technician in three clinics. Frank is also involved with two local nonprofit organizations. He and his wife, Candace, live in Ramona, Calif., and their middle daughter, Angela, is in college.

CLETA (ROMERO) SWEENEY (B.A.) writes, “Summers, we spend enjoying and teaching scuba diving in our dive service on Bull Shoals Lake. Winters, I am busy volunteering at our daughter’s school, sponsoring the honor society and as a 4-H leader.” Her missions club planned to go to the Grand Canyon to study creationism. Cleta also helps her husband, Sean, with his mining and pre-cast concrete business on their farm in the Ozarks.

DAVID WEST (J.D.) is a pro-tem judge for the Clark County District Court in Vancouver, Wash.


LAWANDA ALLEN (B.A.) teaches fifth grade at St. Joachim School in the Diocese of Orange in Southern California.

GEORGE FARRES (B.A.) leads the George Farres Group in San Diego, which provides music for all occasions, including benefits and fundraiser concerts.

LISA HERVATIN (J.D.) lives in Irvine, Calif., with her husband, Miroslav Andric, and daughter, Natalie, 10. Lisa has a private practice in Santa Ana specializing in workers’ compensation and family law.

DAVID LEAHY (BBA) has been in real estate for 25 years: 11 years as a property manager working for large developers and 14 years as a business broker “helping Main Street mom and pop shops sell,” he says. “I have to give USD credit for laying down a great foundation for my career choice, especially in my senior year.”


CRAIG DINGWALL (J.D., MBA ’82) is president and chief executive officer of Dingwall & Associates, a commercial real estate investment company in McLean, Va. Craig recently retired from Sprint as director of state regulatory affairs. He was with the company for 24 years.

MARY DURNIN FIRTH (BBA, MBA ’89) produced and directed The Giving, a documentary about the difficult journey six women take from the time they learn they are pregnant until they sign adoption papers. More information is available at

JUDY (ALTMANSHOFER) GRAVEN (BBA) celebrated her 25th wedding anniversary with her husband, Steve, in 2008. Judy and Steve have five sons: Ryan graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 2005 and is a Western liaison for an American textile importer in Shanghai, China; Andrew is a 2007 graduate of Appalachian State University, “the ‘little’ football team that beat Michigan,” and lives in Boone, N.C.; Garrett is a senior at Appalachian State University majoring in economics; and twins Jake and Patrick, 15, enjoy playing high school and Amateur Athletic Union sports and driving with a permit.

PAMELA (SEMATONES) KLEINKAUF (M.A.) manages her own law firm in Rancho Bernardo, specializing in bankruptcy, real estate, business law and civil litigation. She is also active in her daughter’s class.

ROBERT O’CONNELL (B.A.) is president of O’Connell International Arts Inc., which handles fine art insurance claim investigations for museums, galleries and private collections involving thefts, forgeries, damages and mysterious disappearances. He frequently publishes and lectures to the insurance industry as well as the fine art world. His companies, OIA Productions and Skipping Stone Entertainment, have produced television programs and documentary films on fine art related subjects, such as The Farnsworth House, The Art Detectives and Monumental Myths. He is also the co-founder and partner, with his wife, Darci, of The Architrouve, a Chicago-based fine art space dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and supporting the work of Chicago artists. Bob and Darci live in Chicago with their identical twins, William and Matthew, 13.

ANN (DAVIS) SCHRYER (J.D.) is a retired Superior Court commissioner and she now spends her time traveling, gardening, making quilts and enjoying photography.

REV. CARMEN WARNER-ROBBINS (MSN) is the founder and executive director of Welcome Home/Prison Re-entry Ministries in Oceanside, Calif. Welcome Home Ministries has been replicated in five states and Costa Rica. The organization’s re-entry research was presented at a November 2007 faith-based conference at the White House. Welcome Home also was chosen to present a workshop on pre-release for women.


CHRISTOPHER GUALTIERI (B.A.) recently celebrated 12 years as an eye doctor and opening a second office in Vista, Calif. In January 2008, Christopher gave a lecture to the USD health staff on red eye.

MARY (KOVAC) O’CONNOR (B.A.) is a pediatric dentist in San Diego. She writes, “Looking forward to our 25th reunion this fall. Hope to see many of our classmates.”

JOHN SWEETEN (J.D.) is retired. From 1983 to 1996, he was director of legislative affairs for the County of San Diego; from 1996 to 2001, he was assistant county administrator for the County of Marin; and from 2001 to 2006, he was county administrator for the County of Contra Costa.

DEBBIE TIPTON WINTERS (MSN) is business manager with Winters Patent Law Offices in Clarksville, Tenn. She has served in many nursing positions, including as a flight nurse, community health nurse, school nurse and consultant in medicine and surgery case management. Debbie also has been a research assistant at Vanderbilt University, and an adjunct faculty member and assistant professor in the School of Nursing at Austin Peay State University.


NANCY (CRUMP) CAMPMAN (B.A.) received her master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. Nancy was named to the future leadership team of Dahlin Group Architecture Planning, where she manages the firm’s Irvine office.

BRUCE OGNIBENE (BBA) reports that his father passed away in November 2006 and he is taking care of his mother. He owns Bruce R. Ognibene Construction and hopes to start working on two commercial buildings and to expand his business. Bruce is single and was inducted into the Cathedral High School Hall of Fame for football in 2003.

LYNN (MORGAN) SCHULMAN (B.A.) has been teaching special education in the San Diego Unified School District for 19 years. She and her husband, Richard ’87, have a daughter, Olivia, 2. Lynn reports that traveling, skiing and swimming are a part of their lives.

PATRICIA SMITH (B.A., M.A. ’87) has been teaching for 15 years at an international school in San Jose, Costa Rica.

SIOBHAN RHEA SURRACO (B.A.) has been married for 18 years to her husband, Guillermo. They live in Redwood City, Calif., and have three children: Francesca, 14; Sebastian, 10; and Sofi, 9. Francesca attends Sacred Heart Prep, which is also home to many retired USD religious. “Twice, I have visited Sister Helen Lorch, who is doing wonderfully at 97 years of age!” she says. “We reminisce about USD.”

SUZANNE (WELCH) TINSLEY (B.A.) teaches health and physical education at Amador High School in Sutter Creek, Calif. “I teach all incoming freshmen,” Suzanne reports. “It is so much fun!”

PAMELA (WILEY) YOUNES (B.A.) is an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Pathology, in Houston. Pamela, her husband, Mamoun, and their daughter, Mareah, 10, recently spent some time in Syria with her husband’s family.


STEVEN ANDY (MBA) was promoted to excess casualty manager, western region, for Argonaut Specialty in Los Angeles.

DOMINICK LANE (B.A.) is a supervising attorney at the Law Offices of Richardson & Fair in Long Beach, Calif. He has been temporarily assigned to coordinate the Katrina litigation in New Orleans.

LINDA LINSTROM RICE (M.Ed.) continues to work as an executive coach for the Center for Creative Leadership. She and her husband, Edward, travel frequently. “We enjoy the Middle East, so I’m learning Arabic, which is quite a challenge,” Linda says. “I miss being at USD.”


COL. GEORGE AUCOIN (M.A.) served in Iraq in 2005 as chief of staff for the Naval Construction Force, a major subordinate command to the Marine Expeditionary Force. He graduated from the U.S. Army War College in 2007 with a master’s degree in strategic studies.

ANNETTE CARLSON (B.A.) moved back to her hometown of Portland, Ore., four years ago. She teaches at a Jewish day school and is raising her two children, ages 10 and 11.

STEPHEN CASCIOPPO (B.A., B.A. ’88) and his wife, Rachelle Agatha, returned to San Diego, where Stephen is the assistant court executive officer for the San Diego County Superior Court. Previously, he was the court executive officer for the El Dorado County Superior Court.

CHRISSA CORDAY (J.D.) and her husband, Michael Hartney ’84, had an incredible year. “Our firm celebrated its 10th anniversary, we celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary, and we sent our oldest child off to George Washington University,” she writes. “However, the year ended on a sad note when we lost our home in the Witch Creek Fire. As an attorney, you can sometimes lose faith in humanity because we oftentimes see people at their worst, but any questions I ever considered to that end were vanquished by everyone’s incredible generous support after the fires.”

THERESA de la TORRE (B.A.) is a bioscience tech for the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. She also is a CPR instructor for Eagle Medical Services in Fresno, Calif.

VIRGINIA AWENDER HUFFMAN (B.A.) and her husband, Scott, adopted two children: Caleb from the United States and Chloe from China. In her spare time, Virginia designs jewelry and teaches jewelry design. She also started a compassion and justice learning community for her church that equips the congregation to reach out to the poor and disenfranchised. Virginia has a Web site for her jewelry:; and a blog about her learning community:

CARLOS JUAREZ (M.A.) is dean of the College of International Studies and a professor of political science at Hawaii Pacific University. He has been a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico and the Czech Republic, and in 2006 was a visiting fellow at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

DIANA (KING) SPERR (B.A.) organized a USD foreign student alumni reunion for the Class of 1986 on April 12, 2008. Some came from as far as Poland and Peru.

DENNIS WRIGHT (MBA) retired from the U.S. Navy in 1997 as a commander. He has been working as city engineer for the city of West Linn, Ore. since retiring. Dennis and his wife, Dawn, have nine children, and they home-school all of them. The youngest, Elisa Renee, was born on May 4, 2008. Dennis writes, “That makes six daughters and three sons, and we (the boys) are way outnumbered … but I think we were really outnumbered a long time ago. Children are a blessing from the Lord and we are thankful for each that God has brought into our family.” Their oldest child, Alex, graduated in the spring and expected to start at the Air Force Academy in the summer.


ALFREDO ANDERE (MCL) reports that during the last 10 years, his practice has centered on intellectual property laws, piracy and counterfeiting in Mexico and cross-border communities; and on real estate litigation in Mexico. His San Diego office has expanded to include offices in Mexico City and Tijuana, Mexico.

BARBARA BEELER (BBA, MAFM ’06) recently gave a presentation for work at a national conference. She is a staff accountant at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

LORI (MORGAN) BENNETT (B.A.) and her husband, Eric ’87, have been married since 1989, and they have four children: Easton, 14; Katie, 12; Matthew, 10; and Michael, 8. “It has been great fun and a lot of work!” Lori writes. “Eric is a teacher and from 2003 to 2005, he took a teaching job in Germany. It was an incredible experience for our family, traveling to Greece, Italy, Belgium, France, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Austria and Slovenia.” The family lives in Portland, Ore., once again.

TODD CONOVER (LL.M.T.) practices law and has been teaching business law for 13 years at Indiana University.

ANNE (DOYLE) GREY (B.A.) is the national manager of major donor relations for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She travels throughout the United States to bring research information to investors who are interested in finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes and its complications. Anne lives in Rancho Mirage, Calif., with her husband, David, and their two English springer spaniels, Jack and Jill.

CYNTHIA (DURYEA) HIBBERT (B.A.) and her husband, John, live in upstate New York with their daughters Jessica, 13, and Amanda, 10. They both work for the Liverpool Public Library, John in computer support and Cynthia in community relations where she primarily plans programs for the adult community.

ANDREW LISKA (J.D.) formed a new law firm, Abbene, Alcock & Liska in San Diego.

MICHAEL MINNEY (BBA) and Julie (Mascari) ’87 have been married for 19 years and have six children. The family lives in Vista, Calif., where Julie is a homemaker and Michael is a partner and publisher of Investment Quality Trends, an investment newsletter based in Carlsbad.

THE REV. JOHN PEJZA (Ed.D.) retired after 15 years as president of Villanova Prep School in Ojai, Calif., and has moved to San Diego, where he is the director of the Augustinian Guild, the fundraising arm of the western province of Augustinian priests and brothers.

MAUREEN (NUESCA) POLIMADEI (B.A.) is director of community and volunteer resources at the San Diego Food Bank. Her son, Dominic, is 12.

BEN STOEBNER (B.A.) and his wife, Carolyn (Coutchie) ’90, live in Redmond, Wash., with their 8-year-old son, Marcus. Ben is an optometric physician and a partner in Edmonds Eyecare Associates, where they provide routine, medical and surgical eye care. In the summer, Ben participates in local triathlons and in the winter, the family all snowboards and swims. He also coaches his son’s baseball and football teams. The family belongs to St. Jude Catholic Church in Redmond. “We are blessed and life is good!” says Ben.

HELENE WASSERMAN (J.D.) is the host of a podcast series at, providing information to employers of all sizes and in all industries. Helene also launched a new Web site:

PATRICIA (GILL) WOOD (BBA) and her husband, Peter ’87, have a busy tax and accounting business, Wood and Wood Inc., in Park City, Utah. They have three active children, ages 17, 15 and 11. Patricia also opened Patty Cakes Baking Co., a subscription mail order cookie company specializing in gourmet cookies sent as monthly care packages to college students, friends, parents, and others.


JAMES BUTLER (BBA) celebrates 16 years with State Farm Insurance, currently as an analyst supporting field claim handlers. His son, Jimmy, is 17.

CONNI (CAMPBELL) CINTAS (B.A., M.Ed. ’89) is a professor of education at Point Loma Nazarene University. She lives in San Diego with her children: Brady, 17; Kelli, 16; and Cole, 9.

SUSAN (GLEAVE) ELIZABETH (M.A.) has run a small but successful consulting business for six years, working with school districts and social service agencies. “I have a 6-year-old grandson and look forward to retirement in April 2011!” she says.

ROBERT MacKAY (BBA) and his wife, Aida ’89, live in Greenwich, Conn., with their two sons, Robby, 14, and Chris, 9. Rob is the chief audit executive at PepsiCo.

LISA (MITCHELL) MADSON (B.A., M.Ed. ’90) is a school psychologist two days a week in Maple Valley, Wash., and with her husband, Tim, is raising two busy boys, ages 10 and 6.

BONNIE MARBLESTONE (MSN) expected to graduate in 2008 with a Ph.D. in nursing. She also is teaching in the School of Nursing at National University.

THERESA (MARIO) MILLER (B.A.) is a single mom raising her children: Zach, 12; Samantha, 11; and Isaiah, 9. She works at a local elementary school for special education pre-kindergarten students.

GREGORY MOLL (B.A.) and his wife, Lori, are having fun with their five children, ages 5 to 13. Lori opened a kids’ hair salon called Dooz in Mercer Island, Wash. “We hang out with Mark and Kelly Panelli and Doug and Ann Skrobut in the Great Northwest,” Gregory reports.

RICHARD REED (M.A.) retired from FedEx in December 2007 and is applying to the Ph.D. program at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada.

KENNETH WHALEN (BBA) is the president and owner of Whalen Furniture Manufacturing in San Diego. Other companies include Whalen Storage, VAS and Whalen Packaging.


ELLA KOVALCHECK (BSN) is a case manager at Sharp Memorial Rehabilitation Center in San Diego. Her husband, Dick, still owns the Pennant Bar in South Mission Beach. Son Richard, 23, graduated from Vanderbilt University in May 2008 with an MBA and daughter CeCe, 21, is a communications major at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

CLAUDIA (HORNIG) LAINE (B.A.) and her husband, Edward, own a real estate and mortgage company in Bellevue, Wash. They have two sons: Tanner, 11, and Rowan, 7. “Between baseball tournaments and football, we are always on the go!” she says. “We love to go to San Diego every chance we get! We met up with Debbie Panattoni Anderson and her family in Arizona in March for spring training.”

LOREN LASCHE (MBA) works mainly in China for Kyocera and travels a lot. He and his wife, Bianca ’79, live in Carlsbad with their 16-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son. They have visited many sites in China, including the Great Wall.

LORI (SLUSS) MIDSON (B.A.) is the restaurant critic for the Rocky Mountain News, one of Denver’s two major daily newspapers. Between penning reviews, she also covers Colorado’s food and travel scene for Sunset Magazine, CITY Magazine, Zagat Survey, Colorado Avid Golfer, Denver Magazine and Go, the in-flight publication for AirTran Airways. Lori lives in Denver with her husband, Stephen, and their son, Elliott, 8.

KAREN (PARKER) PAPE (BBA) lives in Oakland, Calif., with her husband, Rob, and two dogs. She owns a healthcare service company called Chirofitness, which specializes in providing chiropractic and personal training services.

SANDRA (SEABURG) ROWLEY (BBA) lives in San Diego with her husband, Howard, and two beautiful daughters, Paige and Laina. Sandra is a full-time mom.

JUDITH SCHNACK (MSN) is retired and working part time in San Diego.

ANNA (BOTACCHI) VANDEWALLE (B.A.) reports that she is a happy wife and mother of three children: McKenna, 14; Lauren, 11; and Patrick, 7. “I feel blessed to be a stay-at-home mom living in beautiful Julian, married to my wonderful Steve,” she says.

LISA WIETHORN (MBA) has been married for 12 years and has a healthy and happy son in the fourth grade. She works full time in the Detroit area and celebrated her 25th anniversary as a registered nurse. “Surviving Michigan’s economic slump, but sure miss the warm and sunny California days,” she says.