UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO / Fall 2008
1990s

[1990]

VICKY BOWDEN (DNS) is a professor in the School of Nursing and director of the honors program at Azusa Pacific University. In 2008, she published a book, Pediatric Nursing Procedures, with co-author Cindy Greenberg, a fellow USD alumna.

JUDY (PEREZ) COMPTON (BBA) and her husband, Charles, live in Carlsbad and are celebrating the two-year anniversary of their store, Aesthetyx, in Encinitas. The store features home decor and accessories hand-crafted by artisans from Mexico and around the world. In the first extension of their business, Judy and Charles are beginning to take small groups of their customers to central Mexico for authentic artisan experiences. They are also busy traveling around the world for Charles’ retail consulting business, Mars Solutions, which helps high-end resorts, hotels and spas maximize retail profits. Judy and Charles enjoy time at home with their three boys, Harry, Sam and Matt, and their chocolate Lab, “Bear.”

MICHAEL di MURO (B.A.) is in his ninth season as a major-league umpire. He lives in Denver and has three children: Megan, 17; Ryan, 9; and Michael Jr., 7.

THOMAS EDELBLUTE (B.A.) continues to manage the computer systems at the Anaheim Public Library, which in the past year included opening a new branch in East Anaheim and a newly renovated children’s room at the central library.

RICHARD HELL (B.A.) and his wife, Kimberly Jimenez-Hell ’90, welcomed their second child, Lukas Wolfgang, on Aug. 1, 2007. Their first son is 8 years old. Kim is a full-time mom and soccer coach. Rich is part of an eight-person gastroenterology group in Monterey, Calif., and he golfs, skis and rides mountain bikes as much as possible.

LOREN KLEIER (J.D.) has a solo private practice in Bakersfield, Calif., specializing in personal injury, criminal and family law. He and his wife, Collette, have six kids, ages 14 to 1.

STEVEN KOENIG (B.A.) left the Navy in 2000 and is now a project manager for Global Hawk Unmanned Air Systems at Spawar Systems Center in San Diego. Steven and his wife, Dana, have two boys, Jack, 7, and Sam, 4. Steven says they are “living the American dream in Rancho Peñasquitos.”

JAY KOPELOWITZ (J.D.) and his wife, Sheila, have a son, Matthew, 7. Jay was promoted to executive vice president of ODM, a graphic-design apparel company based in Poway that sells shirts and sweatshirts to most major retailers in the United States and Canada.

KATHLEEN LAVIN (B.A.) has had her own business as a personal fitness trainer for the last 15 years in Dana Point and San Clemente, Calif. She works both in gyms and in private homes.

HOWARD NELSON (B.A.) lives in West Linn, Ore., with his wife, Michelle, and three sons: Alex, 15; Zach, 13; and Andrew, 11. Howard is a radiologist at the Vancouver Clinic in Washington, which is a multispecialty group practice.

DANI NEWMAN (MBA) just purchased a retirement cottage at the lake in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. “Let me know if you are in town for the Ironman,” Dani says.

PAULA (SAVINA) ROSA (B.A.) and her husband, Frank, have three children: Madison, 5; Ryan, 4; and Dawson, 10 months. Paula is a kindergarten teacher at Fairlands Elementary, where her daughter also goes to school. Frank is working toward a master’s degree in education to teach high school math.

GILDA SPENCER (J.D.) was elected associate vice president and associate general counsel for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Gilda supervises a staff of attorneys and paralegals who handle employment litigation for all of the Nationwide companies.

KRISTEN (CHALBERG) WELLS (BBA) lives in the Bay Area with her husband, Jim, and two children, Harrison, 6, and Hailey, 1. Kristen continues to work in the life science industry and she and her husband also have a catering company, J. Wells Catering. They enjoy family time with trips to the beach and to Lake Tahoe.

[1991]

SUSIE MAE BARRETT (M.A.) and her husband, Keith, celebrated their 22nd anniversary and they continue to home-school their four children. Susie has started teaching at their home-school group’s class days. This year, she has two high school classes of expository writing: one college prep and one honors level.

LT. CMDR. RICK EYMAN (B.A.) is stationed with the Navy in Italy as a flag pilot for Commander Naval Forces Europe.

PATRICK FOY (B.A.) is a game warden for the California Department of Fish and Game and has taken on the additional responsibility of recruiting for the law enforcement division. He encourages USD alumni to contact him if they are interested in a career in the outdoors as a fish and game warden.

ROBERT JACKSON (B.A.) is working with a literary agent to get his first book published and to get his movie deal out of turnaround with TriStar Pictures.

DEBRA LEARMONTH (MSN) is in her fifth year working as a family nurse practitioner on a mobile homeless health van and in a community clinic in New Hampshire. She also is a busy mom to a 10-year-old daughter, Haley. “Sure miss San Diego!” she writes.

SEAN MACALUSO (B.A.) has been business development director for five years at the Rockstar Games headquarters in New York City. “Rockstar is the premier publishing label for Take-Two Interactive Inc.,” he says.

BRIDGET MARNANE (BBA) is vice president of planning for World Class — Travel by Invitation. She has been working in the incentive travel field for 13 years. “I plan world-class trips for corporations that want to motivate and reward their employees, salespeople or customers with travel,” she says. “I really enjoy traveling with my clients to five-star properties in exotic locales around the world.”

KERRI (WINTRINGHAM) MASCARI (B.A.) has been a stay-at-home mom since she and her husband, Ben, welcomed their first child, Emma, 12. They also have three other children: Paige, 11; Kate, 9; and Michael, 3. They recently finished building their home in Santa Barbara. Kerri and her husband keep busy with their children’s school and sports activities.

TINA MICKELSON-TOPACIO (B.A.) and her husband, Eric, were married on Sept. 17, 2006, at Founders Chapel. Eric is a firefighter, and Tina continues her work as a golf instructor and analyst.

JASON MORRIS (B.A.) was honored by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of “Forty Under 40” business leaders in the community.

EDOARDO NAGGIAR (B.A.) and his wife, Cassandra, have five children. Ed has been in the Navy since he graduated from USD and has just three years to go. He is working on a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology.

LISA (SMITH) SHEEHAN (BSN, MSN ’95) and her husband, Patrick, have two children, ages 10 and 14. Lisa is a nurse practitioner at Palomar Pomerado Corporate Health and an adjunct faculty at the California State University, San Marcos, School of Nursing. She enjoys bicycling, running and sports in general.

SARAH (WILDE) SWANK (B.A.) and her husband, Mark, welcomed a son, Weston, into their family on Nov. 10, 2006. He joins big sister Hannah, 3.

SHEILA WAGNER (BBA) married Martin Lynch on Oct. 20, 2007.

DARON WATTS (B.A.) is a litigation partner in Sidley Austin’s Los Angeles office and was named to the Daily Journal’s “Top 20 under 40,” which recognizes 20 of California’s top lawyers under the age of 40. Daron was recognized for his West Coast food and drug practice and his Coalition to Promote Minority Health, a nonprofit organization that engages community groups and corporations in an effort to prevent obesity in underserved communities.

LAURA (DAVIS) WITKOWSKI (B.A.) is an officer in the Navy Reserve. She lives in the Boston area with her husband, Stephen, and their three children.

[1992]

CHRISTINE BRUCE (B.A.) and her husband, Joseph Pasak, live on a military base on the island of Okinawa, Japan. Christine expected to receive a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Bowie State University in August 2008.

LT. CMDR. GRAHAM CORNWELL (B.A.) returned to San Diego after two consecutive tours in the Middle East. He says he looks forward to retiring from the Navy in a few years. Graham asks for old friends to contact him through USD’s Alumni Association. “Mahalo!” he says.

KRISTIN (CHISMARK) ELFTMANN (B.A.) lives in Wheaton, Ill., with her husband, Doug, and their three children: Hanley, 5; Freddie, 3; and Lizzie, 2. Kristin looks forward to her annual trip with her USD Alpha Phi sisters in Palm Springs!

MARY (CONNER) GRIFFITH (B.A.) and her husband, Robert, celebrated the arrival of their son, Gabriel James, on Nov. 19. He weighed 9 pounds, 8 ounces. “I love being a stay-at-home mom for now,” Mary says. “We enjoy skiing, mountain biking and hiking in Park City!”

STUART GUSTAFSON (MBA) recently retired from Hewlett Packard and is able to spend more time traveling, writing books (www.stuartgustafson.com) and helping others who want to write. He also helps teach math at private schools.

DEVIN LEE (BBA) founded his own investment banking firm, Access Commercial Mortgage in Las Vegas. Devin and his wife, Daphne, have three children: Evan, 9; Hannah, 7; and Sydney, 5.

MARY (VAN DER ZIEL) LUNDREGAN (B.A.) and her husband, Tom, are the proud parents of three beautiful boys: Will, 7; Connor, 4; and Aidan, 2. They live in Alexandria, Va., where Mary works for Strategic Management Systems.

SUSAN NAVARRO (M.A.) retired as a commander from the Navy Reserve in May 2001. Her husband, Robert, retired from active duty as a Navy captain. They’ve settled in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, where their daughter is in high school. Their son graduated from high school last spring.

KRISTIN (INGRAO) RUDE (B.A.) welcomed a son, Connor Gerald, on Feb. 28, 2008, at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. Connor Gerald weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 20 inches long. His middle name honors his grandfather.

HARRY RYAN (B.A.) is creating a sustainable coffee and tea program for USD at Aromas. “Stop in and say ‘Hi,’” he says.

WILLIAM SEXTON (J.D.) earned an MBA in finance from the University of Southern California, and he was on the dean’s list six semesters. He and his wife, Peri, have two children: Trey, 6, and Theia, 4.

THOMAS SHEA (BBA) and his wife, Juliet, have two beautiful daughters: Kate, 6, and Halli, 3. Thomas enjoys farming, golfing, skiing and raising his family.

MARY (HANDBERG) SORENSEN (B.A.) and her husband, Tim, welcomed their second daughter, Annika Elise, 7-1/2 weeks early on Feb. 12, 2007. She was born by emergency C-section when Mary developed HELLP syndrome. “She is doing fine (and me too!) and big sister, Emily, 3, just adores her,” Mary reports. The family lives in Simi Valley, Calif., where Mary is a full-time mom to her girls.

ROBERT STRAUSS (J.D.) practices workers compensation litigation in Toledo, Ohio. He and his wife, Michelle, have three daughters: Alexandra, 6; Sidney, 4; and Samantha, 2.

STEFANI (STRATEGOS) TURNER (BBA) and her husband, Stuart, welcomed a daughter, Audrey Marie, on Oct. 31, 2007. The family lives in Playa del Rey, Calif., with their two dogs, Zoe and Scout. Stefani is a vice president of finance for Hilton Hotels.

[1993]

LINDA BARKACS (J.D.) published her first textbook, Dynamic Business Law, through McGraw-Hill. She and her husband, Craig (’81, ’87), traveled to Brazil in January 2008 to teach a combined USD/Coppead MBA class in international business negotiation. Linda is an adjunct instructor and Craig is a professor, both at USD’s School of Business Administration.

CHRISTINE (THOMPSON) BLAKE (B.A.) published her first novel, Woman Redeemed, a story that celebrates the women who traveled with Jesus, as told through the life of Mary Magdalene. Christine lives in Colorado with her husband and two sons, ages 11 and 2. The Web site for her novel is www.womanredeemednovel.com.

LAURA CHAPMAN-GRABHER (B.A.) lives in Redondo Beach, Calif., with her husband, Jerimaya, and their 2-year-old daughter, Sophia. Laura is a Realtor specializing in residential real estate in the South Bay beach cities, including Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and Palos Verdes.

RAQUEL HICKS CRAVEN (B.A.) is director of organizational effectiveness for Hawaii Pacific Health in Honolulu. Raquel, her husband and their son, Cody, 16 months, visited family in Peru last Christmas. She is still bodysurfing and won the 2007 world championships in handboarding in Honolulu.

MIKE DALY (B.A.) and his wife, Gretchen, welcomed a daughter, Shane Elizabeth, on Sept. 17, 2007. Shane has three older brothers: Carter, MacGregor and Jameson. Mike and his family moved to Augusta, Ga., from San Francisco in 2006. He is still vice president of travel services at Rearden Commerce. Mike just finished a children’s book, What’s the Buzz About San Francisco?, and is in a search for a literary agent and publisher.

THOMAS GAMBON (BBA) joined Colorado vNet as chief financial officer in August 2007. He lives in Erie, Colo., with his wife, Angi, and daughters, Madison, 4, and Samantha, 2.

LISA (TOOLE) GREER (B.A., MBA ’01) and her husband, Neil ’92, are blessed with two wonderful children: Robbie, 5, and Megan, 3.

NELLIE (CORRENTI) HARRIS (B.A.) and her husband, Dwight Ritter, welcomed their third son, Derick Michael, on June 30, 2007. “He is an absolute delight and, of course, his brothers (Patrick, 8, and Casey, 6) love having him around,” she says. “We still live in Coronado and I am still a stay-at-home mom. Life is good.”

ALENA HERRANEN (MBA, LL.M.T. ’95) has been practicing law solo for most of the last 15 years. She provides business legal services, including entity formations and dissolutions, contracts, trademarks, copyright and tax. She and her husband, Frederik ter Veer ’94, have three daughters, ages 12, 10 and 7. The girls keep them busy with ballet, music and school activities. Frederick is a supply chain manager for Kyocera, where he has worked for 14 years.

SHANNON (GIFFORD) KAPLAN (B.A.) and her husband, Greg, welcomed their second child, Joshua Simon, on Feb. 4, 2007. Big sister Alyssa is 3.

SHEILA (KUNTZ) MOHAN (J.D.) is a senior deputy legislative counsel in Sacramento. She and her husband, Jay, celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in 2008 and they have a daughter, Mira, and a son, Kieran.

ANDREA MYERS (B.A., B.A. ’93) started a career in law enforcement with the city of San Diego in April 2006. Her oldest daughter, Ariel, is a student at Mater Dei Catholic High School in San Diego. Daughters Hannah, 11, and Erica, 9, attend St. John of the Cross Catholic School in Lemon Grove.

ANTHONY PALMER (J.D.) writes, “In 2003, I was injured in a motorcycle accident and was forced to close my office. I am now a partial amputee. I hope to reopen my practice in 2008.”

NANCY URNER (B.A.) competed in the Ironman Arizona triathlon on April 13, 2008. She lives in Seattle, where she is an account director for a creative services placement firm, and she also coaches a tri-team.

KURT VARRICCHIO (B.S., M.Ed. ’95, J.D. ’02) launched Nitschke & Varricchio in Lake Forest, Calif., after a year and a half of solo practice. Areas of focus are business law and litigation, entertainment law and athlete representation/sports law. He also serves as managing partner of the Southern California Sports Management Group, an athlete representation firm. He moved to Orange County in August 2003.

DONA WILLOUGHBY (MSN) is the co-founder of a La’akea, a permaculture intentional community on the big island of Hawaii. She writes, “My healing practices now include living sustainably with the land, and using and propagating herbal medicines. You are welcome to come visit.”

[1994]

STEFANIE (DERINGTON) ABBOTT (BBA) and her husband, Jim ’93, have been married for nine years and live in Encinitas. Stefanie stays home with their two sons, Cole, 3, and Gavin, 3. Jim is a money manager and partner with Context Capital Management.

ERIN (DeSALES) BAUER (B.A.) and her husband, Jonathan, are elated to announce the birth of their twins, Madison Sinclair and Hank Carter, on April 11, 2007. The twins have brought true joy to their lives, Erin says.

MAJ. THOMAS CAMPBELL (B.A.) and his wife, Connie (Vankirk) ’95, welcomed Thomas Campbell IV on Jan. 23, 2008. Thomas joins older brothers Brendan, 7; Sean, 5; and Ryan, 2. Tom teaches forward air controllers at Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron in Yuma, Ariz. Connie manages the family and runs her military scrapbooking store and distribution business from home. Her Web site is www.combatcreations.com.

RYAN di FEDE (B.A.) moved to public education four years ago after 12 years working in the private sector as a special education teacher. He is now a teacher for California Virtual Academics, a charter home school, and is thinking about getting his administrator credential. Ryan and his wife, Molly, have been married for 14 years. Their daughter, Sarah, is in the seventh grade at Christian Junior High and is involved in band and softball.

KRISTEEN (McPHERSON) EVANS (BBA) is completing a master’s degree in human resource administration. She and her husband, Kevin, celebrated the arrival of a daughter, Kayla, on Sept. 19, 2007. She joins a big brother, Kyle, born on Nov. 30, 2005.

SUZANNE EVANS (J.D.) has an appellate practice in San Diego in which she handles indigent appeals in the area of juvenile dependency. She represents both parents and children.

RYAN GARCIA (B.A.) and his wife, Cara, were married on Sept. 3, 2005, at St. Ignatius Church at the University of San Francisco. Their best man was fellow USD alumnus Victor Cruz. Ryan is starting his third year as the coordinator of judicial affairs at the University of San Francisco.

JEFFREY GLAZER (Ed.D.) received a Monty Award from San Diego State University for distinguished service to the university. He serves on SDSU’s Campanile Foundation and the board of trustees for Semester at Sea, a study abroad program sponsored by the University of Virginia.

ANNETTE ZILLGENS GOLDMAN (J.D.) has enjoyed working in financial services for 11 years. She married husband Jeff in 2000, and they have two children: Devon, 4, and Zane, 2.

MARGARET GRIFFITTS (M.Ed.) is a stay-at-home mom to Tommy, born on July 13, 2002, and Katie, born Feb. 17, 2005. She is a San Diego coordinator for www.savvysource.com, a Web site resource for parents of preschoolers. “I’m busier than I was as an elementary school teacher in my 13-year career,” she says. “Now, I get to be a parent on the other side!”

JULIA HOUSTON (J.D.) is a public finance attorney for Winstead P.C. in Austin, Texas. Julia and her husband, Brad, have three children: one at Harvard University, one in high school and one in middle school. Brad is a personal injury attorney in Austin.

SUZANNE (WILLIS) KRAFT (BBA) and her husband, Steve ’92, welcomed a son, Brady Patrick, in April 2007. He joins big sister, Reagan, 5. The family lives in Tucson, Ariz., where Suzanne is a stay-at-home mom, and Steve works in finance at Raytheon Missile Systems.

JOHN LAMBERT (BBA) and his wife, Maynil (Ramos) ’94, continue to call northern Virginia home. Maynil works for Cerberus Capital Management, a private equity firm, and travels extensively, including working onsite at a portfolio company in Vienna, Austria. John is the managing partner of a family-based investment partnership. “Our beloved ‘kids’ are our full-of-personality Labradors,” John says. “A year-end holiday trip to New Zealand and Australia was a terrific conclusion to 2007.”

SHELBY (DePRIEST) MOISO (BBA) and her husband, Vince ’95, live in San Clemente, Calif., and they have two daughters: Isabella, 10, and Viviana, 16.

KRISTIN (LEAFER) MULLIN (B.A.) and her husband, Brennan ’93, live in San Diego with their two children: Aidan, 5, and Ashley, 3. Brennan is a vice president with Sony and Kristin is an at-home mom, involved with both children’s schools and their after-school activities.

KATHERINE (ALESSIO) MUNCEY (B.A.) lives in Las Vegas with her husband, Edward, and their two sons: Dominic, 5, and Michael, 3.

SUSAN (WOODS) NATTRASS (J.D.) has a growing practice in estate planning and business planning, and she just moved into a new office in Encinitas. She and her husband, Dan, live in Cardiff with their three children: Seiah, 6; Olivia, 8; and Levi, 10.

JENNIFER (RAKERS) NINO (BBA, B.A. ’94, J.D. ’98) is an attorney with Brandon & Associates, practicing in the field of health-care defense. She and her husband, Randy, were married in August 2003. Randy is a psychology professor at Mesa and Grossmont colleges. Both Jen and Randy work part time and alternate caring for their sons, Andrew, born in February 2005, and David, born in November 2007. The family lives in San Diego.

SANDRA PIETREWICZ (B.A.) opened Dynamic Physical Therapy in New Jersey in October 2005. Her future career goals include expanding the business to a second office. “I took an amazing sailing vacation in Greece with fellow USD alumnae Tara Proses and Donna Gorman,” Sandra reports.

AMBER GUNN WESTLAND (B.A.) and her husband, Max, welcomed a son, Gunnar Maxwell, on July 8, 2007.

[1995]

AMY (BECK) ALDRICH (B.A., MBA ’98) and Mark Aldrich ’97 were married on Sept. 29, 2007, at Founders Chapel, with Monsignor Daniel Dillabough officiating. Amy and Mark met through John Trifiletti 10 years ago while in graduate school and law school, respectively. Bridesmaids included alumnae Amanda Beck (Amy’s sister), Terra (Waters) Jones and Vickie (Minardi) DeArmey. Groomsmen included Brooks and Brendan Aldrich (Mark’s brothers) and alumnus Matthew DeArmey. Other USD alumni in attendance included Jeff Jones, Charles and Lisa (Upson) Stone, Amy (Sepkowitz) Varas, Aimee (Kisow) Hake, Gina (Petelin) Axelson, Jim Drimmer, Ann Maulhardt, Jen Hayner and Dan Tealdi. Amy and Mark live in the San Francisco Bay area, where Amy is a medical center executive sales associate with Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals and Mark serves as outside general counsel for privately owned companies through Aldrich Law Group.

GINA (PETELIN) AXELSON (B.A.) and her husband, Vincent, celebrated the birth of their first baby, Nicolas Tyler, on Jan. 27, 2007.

ANNE CHOI (BBA, MIB ’97) and her husband, Eric Yocam ’97, published Corporate Governance: A Board Director’s Pocket Guide. The book is available through online retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iUniverse.

BRENDA GEIGER (B.A., J.D. ’04) has practiced in the areas of trusts and estates, business succession planning and trust administration since 2004. She moved her practice to Carlsbad in 2007 and is also involved in many social and charitable organizations, such as Casa de Amparo, the Tri-City Planned Giving Advisory Council and the North County Estate Planning Council. Brenda and her husband, Len, welcomed a daughter, Taylor Alexis, on March 14, 2008. She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 19 inches long at birth. Brenda also published What Every San Diego Parent Needs to Know to Protect Their Family, which was recently released on Amazon.com.

FELENA HANSON (BBA) is branch leader of the Women’s Global Network (www.wgn-global.com), leader of Fashion Group International’s focus group (www.fgifocus.org) and developer of San Diego’s Passport to Style event (www.passporttostyle.org).

MARK MAYNARD (B.A.) received a master of fine arts in creative writing (fiction) from Antioch University in Los Angeles on Dec. 16, 2007.

KELLY McPHEE (B.A.) was promoted to coordinator of enrollment services at Gateway Community College in Phoenix. In her new position, Kelly oversees the advisement and assessment departments at the college. “I enjoy the challenges that management presents and still enjoy working with a diverse group of students,” Kelly says.

STELLA (MELLOS) STEHLY (B.A., J.D. ’03) and her husband, Noel ’92, celebrated the arrival of Amalia Claire on June 13, 2007. Amalia joins big sister Eleni.

STEPHANIE (BECKORD) VIDERGAR (B.A.) and her husband, Cyril ’94, are moving from the mountain town of Granby, Colo., to Highlands Ranch. Cyril has started a new job at a boutique law firm and Stephanie will continue her freelance graphic and Web design business. They have a 2-year-old daughter, Amelia. The family welcomed new baby Nora Esther on May 31.

JOHN VISCONSI (J.D.) was elected partner in the Los Angeles office of the law firm McGuireWoods. John’s practice focuses on commercial leasing and commercial real property purchase and sale transactions, serving Fortune 500 companies, local landlords and national retailers.

CHAD WETMORE (BBA) and his wife, Kathy, welcomed a handsome baby boy, Hayden Starr, on June 27, 2007. “We are blessed and having the time of our life enjoying every minute of our family,” Chad says.

[1996]

AILEEN ALVAREZ (B.A., J.D. ’00) and Vincent Whittaker ’96 were married in November 2002 and they both practice law in the Palm Springs area. “We have a beautiful daughter, Layne Whittaker, who is now 19 months old,” Aileen says.

RYAN AZLEIN (B.A.) and his wife, Nicole, welcomed their first child, Ava Grace, on Oct. 10, 2007. She weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces, and measured 18 inches long. In January 2007, Ryan became a partner of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, a corporate, securities and technology law firm in Los Angeles.

ERIC BENINK (J.D., MBA ’96) represents consumers and investors in class action lawsuits at his firm, Krause Kalfayan Benik & Slavens. He and his wife, Rosanna, are also busy at home with their two daughters: Zoe, 5, and Peyton, 1.

LISA KENNY CAREY (J.D.) has been in private practice for 12 years, handling divorce and child custody litigation cases as well as mediation. “My husband is great,” she says. “We’ve been married for seven years and we have a wonderful little boy named Spencer. Life’s great. I’m very grateful for my law school education from USD.”

CRAIG CHERNEY (J.D.) was promoted to western director of operations of American Land Fund, a private equity land acquisition and entitlement firm. Craig and his wife, Aubree (Green) ’05, have lived in Las Vegas for four years.

CHERYL (MURPHY) DURZY (BBA) and her husband, Hani, welcomed a daughter, Lila, on April 22, 2007, who joins big brother, A.J., 4. The family lives in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose. Cheryl is vice president of sales and marketing at her family’s winery, Clos LaChance.

JASON EBERL (B.A., M.A. ’98, Ph.D. ’03) continues to teach and conduct research in the Department of Philosophy at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, where he lives with his wife, Jennifer, and daughter, August. Jason has edited two books on philosophy and popular culture: Star Wars and Philosophy and Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy. He is also the author of Thomistic Principles and Bioethics.

RUSSELL EDGE (MFA) recently appeared in Charlie Wilson’s War opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman and he filmed a few days on Clint Eastwood’s upcoming project, The Changeling. Apollo, a theater piece he has helped develop over the past few years, is expected to be performed at Portland Center Stage in 2009. To supplement his acting income, Russell runs a bookkeeping company in Los Angeles.

DEBORAH (NICHOLS) EDWARDS (M.A.) and her husband, Ben, are in private practice together as licensed marriage and family therapists in Encinitas.

KATHRYN GRYBOSKI (B.A.) teaches seventh-grade math part time in Westminster, Colo., and spends the rest of her time with her son, Sam, 18 months old. Her husband, Daniel, teaches math at Front-Range Community College and spends his mornings with Sam. “We don’t need day care!” says Kathryn.

STEFFANIE RIES HOIE (B.A.) and her husband, William ’07, welcomed their second child, Michael Ian. “His sister, Mackenzie, is a wonderful big sister at the age of 4 and she attends Manchester Child Development Center at USD,” says Steffanie, who works in undergraduate admissions at USD.

JAMIE HOWSLEY (B.A.) practices law in Portand, Ore., and was named partner at Miller Nash in 2008. He practices in the areas of land use and natural resource permitting.

RICHARD MacDONOUGH (LL.M.G.) was appointed to the board of directors of the Homebuilders Care Foundation, the charitable arm of the Washington, D.C., area’s builders association. Richard and his wife, Julia, are receiving the annual award for historic home restoration in Rockville, Md.

CHRISTINE LABAGH MANTUA (B.A.) moved to Seattle and was married in August 2006. She is an elementary school teacher.

MICHELE (NOWICKI) NEWTON (B.A., M.Ed. ’98) and her husband, Dexter (Adam) ’95, have two children: Zoe, 5, and Taylor, 3. Michelle has started a new career as a fitness instructor and her husband is a lieutenant commander in the Navy, working in meteorology/oceanography. “Enjoying Virginia and all that life has to offer!” Michele says.

TYLER SIMPSON (B.A., J.D. ’00) is an attorney specializing in commercial and residential real estate finance. He owns and operates a branch of AmeriFund Lending Group in Los Angeles. In his spare time, he enjoys competing in marathons and triathlons and traveling as much as possible.

KYLE WEHNER (B.A.) and his wife, Laura, are enjoying life in Orange County, Calif. Kyle finished his medical training and is working at a hospital in Fullerton. “Our kids (Ryan, 5, and Connor, 3) continue to grow and explore new experiences,” Kyle says.

[1997]

KATHRYN BRITT (B.A.) works for St. Paul Public Schools in St. Paul, Minn.

LARRY CAMPBELL (B.Acc.) was named partner at Lavine, Lofgren, Morris & Engelberg, an independent accounting firm in San Diego. Larry has been with the firm since 1997 and he is a member of the California State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He and his wife, Tina, live in Rancho Bernardo.

LAURA CLARK (B.A.) teaches first grade at Hill Creek School in Santee.

NICHOLAS COSTANTINO (B.A.) shot a film in Kauai for DreamWorks and a science-fiction thriller for Disney in Boston. His wife, Rebecca, returned to work as a designer for Hirsch Bedner Associates in Santa Monica and is working on the new Wynn Casino in Las Vegas. Their daughter, Lilia Rose, is 2.

KEVIN DARR (B.A.) and his wife, Micaela, were married in Founders Chapel in June 2002. They have two children: Gianna, born on Oct. 7, 2005; and Aliya, born on March 9, 2007. Kevin is a middle school and high school counselor in Arcadia, Calif., and Micaela is a middle school Spanish teacher.

CAROL FULLER (MIB) joined Quantum Corporation in Colorado Springs shortly after graduation. She had been with Hewlett Packard for nearly 17 years. In April 2001, Carol moved back to San Diego to open a high-tech company with a business partner. They produced sophisticated software control systems for communications lasers. After 25 years in high tech, Carol left her company in the hands of a new chief executive officer and opened a yarn boutique, Yarn & Thread Expressions. “I’m now able to combine my lifelong passion for the fiber arts and my business-building expertise,” she says. “Stop by my shop and say ‘Hi’ the next time you are in Lemon Grove.”

ROBYN (KENYON) KAMMERER (B.A.) was promoted to vice president of communications of Halstead Property, a residential real estate brokerage firm headquartered in New York City.

ANDY KERR (B.A.) and his wife, Whitney, were married in September 2004. They welcomed a son, Colton, in May 2007. Andy is director of sales for a manufacturer in the golf industry and lives in Orange County, Calif.

EDWARD LARIOS (BBA) completed his MBA in May 2006.

BETH (KNISELY) MARINO (J.D.) became a partner in the law firm of Andre, Morris and Buttery, where she has been practicing in the business and real estate transactions group for the past five years. Her husband, Jesse ’97, is a deputy district attorney with the San Luis Obispo District Attorney’s Office and completed his term as the president of the San Luis Obispo Bar Association. Beth and Jesse live in San Luis Obispo with their sons, Nicolas, 6, and Luca, 4.

JENNIFER McMAHON (BBA) is an event manager, handling domestic and international seminars for a motivational speaker in San Diego.

CHRISTIE (LAURITZEN) MESSINA (B.A., M.A. ’03) and her husband, Brian, welcomed a son, Gino Patric, on July 21, 2007. The family lives in Seattle.

DON MORTON (BBA) writes, “I would gladly speak with anyone interested in a career as a paralegal or about working at the (San Diego County) District Attorney’s Office.” Don graduated from USD’s paralegal/lawyer assistant program in 1982.

CHAMBRIELLE PHAM (B.A., M.S. ’99) is a student in the depth psychotherapy Ph.D. program at the Pacifica Graduate Institute. She also is a practicing psychotherapist in private practice in Orange County.

MARIA SMITH (B.A.) earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration/supervision from San Jose State University. She is a teacher adviser in the Berryessa Union School District in San Jose, Calif., and a consultant for many districts in the Silicon Valley. “Professional development has always been a passion of mine,” she says.

JILL (DiMONACO) STEWART (BBA) and her husband, Matt, celebrated their 10-year anniversary. They have two children: Jacob, 6, and Kennedy, 3, and the family lives in Laguna Niguel, Calif.

MING TOM (BBA) started his own company in 2006 in which he and his father manage a small real estate portfolio of commercial retail investments.

ROBERT WOODS (B.A., MSBA ’04) and his wife, Jennifer, were married on Dec. 9, 2006. He is a consulting manager at J.P. Morgan Chase and lives in Phoenix.

DOUGLAS YEE (J.D.) has been the in-house counsel with Progressive Insurance since 1999. He and his wife, Michelle, have two children: Matthew, 5, and Malia, 16 months. Douglas is a deacon at Harvest South Bay Church in Torrance, Calif., and he helps with youth ministries. Michelle serves in the children’s ministries.

[1998]

GERALDINE (DIMAANO) CALHOUN (BBA) married her husband, Jeremy, on March 12, 2005. She has been teaching for seven years in Arizona and is currently a third-grade teacher. Geraldine and Jeremy have a son, Joel Rex, who was born on Dec. 9, 2006.

JEFF CHAPMAN (B.A.) and Lisa Nicola ’98 welcomed a daughter, Aidan Byrd, in January 2008. The family lives in Eagle Rock, Calif.

GIANNI COLAMUSSI (BBA) moved to Chicago in 2005 and was married. She works for Burnet Title Company in Des Plaines, Ill.

ANNE (QUITANIA) COSTIN (B.Acc.) and her husband, Virgilio, celebrated a sunset wedding at Coronado Beach in August 2007.

SHAWN DRAGONAIRE (M.A.) works for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and travels frequently to visit family in his native Trinidad and Tobago in the southern Caribbean.

ALI (BERGERON) DURBIN (B.A.) and husband Joel celebrated the arrival of their first child, Robert Charles, on July 25, 2007. “I am now a stay-at-home mother with Robbie and loving every minute of it!” Ali says. “After close to a decade of working at Adidas, it was time to leave the shoe industry and focus on raising my son, who was born 10 weeks premature (3 pounds, 6 ounces at birth). He is now 16 pounds and doing remarkably well!”

KIMBERLY FARRIS-BERG (B.A.) and her husband, Brian, welcome a son, Mitchell James, on Sept. 9, 2007. They also have a daughter, Ruby Lorraine, who turned 2 on Oct. 11, 2007. Kimberly will continue to operate her independent consulting practice as a public policy professional on a part-time basis.

CAROLE FRALEY (MSN) spent more than two years on active duty at Fort Hood, Texas, serving in the chief nurse emergency department. She is now in the U.S. Army Reserve and a nurse practitioner in emergency medicine at the trauma center at Methodist Hospital of Indiana in Indianapolis.

BRIDGET FOGARTY GRAMME (B.A.) and her husband, Jeff, announce the birth of their daughter, Victoria Marlene, on Sept. 30, 2007.

ALBERTO GUARDADO (BBA) was promoted to director of operations improvement for Waste Management’s Western Group. He and his wife, Vicky, welcomed a daughter, Alyssa, on Sept. 19, 2007. Alyssa joins older brother Joseph, 5.

SHEILA (BOWMAN) KAMEN (B.A.) is a clinical psychologist specializing in couples therapy. She and her husband, Charley, welcomed a son, Ben Elijah, on Dec. 20, 2007. The family lives in Los Angeles.

KRISTEN LINDERMAN (B.A.) moved to San Sebastian, Spain, after graduating from USD. While living there for nine years, she earned an MBA and a Ph.D. in organizational psychology. Kristen recently returned to Denver, where she lives with her husband, Ricardo Lasa, and their 19-month-old daughter.

DIANA (QUINONES) LORASCHI (B.A.) is married to a French chocolatier, Frédéric, who owns his own premium chocolate company, chocolatFredericLoraschi (www.chocolatfl.com). Diana works for The Hershey Co. and is at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to earn a human resources certificate. Diana and Frédéric have a son, Julian, 5, and they live outside of Hershey, Pa. “Surrounded by chocolate!” she writes.

VIRGIL LORENZO (M.A., Ed.D. ’98) is writing syllabus/curriculum materials, incorporating GLOBE/science-based subject areas, to help educate the poor and the homeless. Virgil also helps build villages for slum dwellers in third world countries through Gawad Kalinga (Giving Care), the social ministry of a Vatican-approved lay organization called Couples for Christ.

TITO MARQUEZ (B.A.) works at 10th & M Seafoods in Anchorage. The company is working toward increasing sales to the European Union.

ALEXIS (FLOREA) MOBLEY (B.A.) and her husband, Dan, were married on Aug. 4, 2007, in Cannon Beach, Ore., and they live in Portland. Alumnae Debbie (Reule) Farringer and Abby Parta Gossman were bridesmaids. Alexis and Dan honeymooned in Queenstown, New Zealand, and Qamea, Fiji.

VERENA MORRELL (MBA) writes, “I am not currently employed, but I am busier than ever. I spend a lot of time volunteering and am particularly engaged with wildlife conservation. I coordinate, edit and publish a statewide newsletter and work as a fundraiser for numerous events.”

VANESSA (CRANDALL) MOSELEY (B.A.) married her husband, Chris, on June 17, 2006, at Brophy Chapel in Phoenix. Vanessa is a K-8 teacher for the Arizona Virtual Academy.

RUDY PERRINO (J.D.) has been in charge of litigation worldwide for Dole Food Company in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Rudy’s job requires travel around the world.

ANNETTE REITER (M.A.) co-authored and published Blast Off! Launching Your Child to College & Beyond with business partner Barbara Rhode. Her Web site is www.transitionsandyou.com. Annette and her husband, Frank, have been married for 14 years and their daughter, Emily, is 8.

JENNY (SAUER) SHEPARD (BBA) writes, “Having fun with my two sons, Cole, 3, and Dane, 8 months, and husband, Tim, in Los Angeles.”

MICHELLE (ABARIENTOS) TILLMAN (BBA, M.A. ’06) is director of outreach and recruitment at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at USD. She will celebrate her ninth wedding anniversary with her husband, Percy this fall. They both enjoy being parents to Janea, 5.

PAUL TONTZ (B.A.) expected to graduate in August 2008 with a Ph.D. in higher education administration at the University of Denver. Paul lives in San Diego.

STEPHANIE (SIRVENT) WALLACE (B.A.) and her husband, Eric, welcomed the arrival of their first son, Jackson James, on June 1, 2007.

STEPHANIE (RIESENMAN) ZELAZNY (B.A.) and her husband, Daniel, were married in June 2007. Stephanie is an assistant to the health-care analysts team for a hedge fund, CR Intrinsic Investors, in Stamford, Conn.

[1999]

MARISOL (MACIAS) ARIETTA (B.A.) teaches first grade in Pasadena. Her husband, Stephen ’99, is a consultant in Los Angeles. Marisol and Stephen welcomed a son, Brandon Dennis, on June 25, 2007, who joins older sister, Taylor, 3. They purchased their first house in Fair Oaks Ranch in the Santa Clarita Valley.

MARY BETH BASILE (B.A.) works in the film and television industry in Los Angeles.

CAROLINA BUSTAMANTE (B.A.) is a mom to two beautiful girls and is studying for a master’s degree in family science.

DAVID BYE (MBA) and his wife, Kelly, celebrated the birth of their son, Simon Scott, on Oct. 25, 2006. David left STMicroelectronics and is considering starting his second career in the high definition video production business. Kelly is a producer for KPFK radio in Los Angeles.

JOSEPH CHANDLER (J.D.) was elected director and shareholder of Fennemore Craig P.C. in Phoenix. He practices primarily in the area of commercial and industrial real estate transactions and related property management issues.

ERIN CHRISTIE (B.A.) sold medical devices in Los Angeles after graduating from USD, and then moved to Napa, Calif., for four years to work as a sales representative of pharmaceuticals for Pfizer. She was promoted to the San Diego territory and met her husband, Jonathan Harrill, in Del Mar. They were married in 2006 and live in North County, where Jonathan practices law and Erin works for a biotech company.

KELLY (VON BOETTICHER) CONRAD (BBA) and her husband, Josh, celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in March 2008. They have two fun little girls: Brooklyn, born in August 2005, and Kate, born in March 2007.

ANGELA (ATKINS) DARLING (B.A.) and her husband, John, live in San Diego, where they bought their first home in October 2006. Angela works in the construction industry and John was promoted to custodial supervisor at Farb Middle School. In their spare time they enjoy the zoo, the Wild Animal Park or family gatherings.

KAYCEE FORTANASCE (B.A.) completed a master’s degree in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University in 2007.

MELINDA (PETERSON) GARCIA (B.A.) graduated from Creighton University School of Dentistry in May 2006 and married her husband, Nick, in November 2006. She is a dentist at Westwood Dental in Westwood, Kan.

SCOTT GRUESER (BBA) and Kristin (Soroka) ’99 met as undergraduates at USD and were married in Founders Chapel on Oct. 21, 2001. On Feb. 25, 2008, they welcomed their first child, Oliver. In January 2008, Kristin passed her comprehensive exams for a Ph.D. in international history at Temple University. Scott received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in May 2008. The family now lives in London, where Scott works for McKinsey & Co.

ADRIANE (PRADO) HONERLAW (B.A.) and her husband, John, moved further into the interior of Alaska and they built a new home. Adriane started her own business taking photographs of local/historical landmarks and using them to create sepia-toned vintage-style greeting cards. They are in the process of adopting twin Yupik Eskimo children. “I decided to take time off from teaching to stay at home,” Adriane says, “however, my teaching experience has been nothing but an asset in parenting.”

LAURA LAGGREN (B.A.) lives on the central California coast with her husband and their daughter. She works in the schools as a marriage and family therapist and enjoys summers off with her family. Laura’s husband works for an oil company in Wyoming and travels for two weeks, then is home for two weeks.

JEN (WRIGHT) MARAVILLAS (B.A.) is a police officer in San Mateo, Calif. and her husband, Aram, is a firefighter in San Francisco. They are also real estate agents with Prudential Realty. Jen and Aram have a daughter, Sydney Lynn, 2.

ANNE (MAAS) McGOVERN (B.A.) finished her first year of teaching second grade at a small charter school in Fort Worth, Texas. She and her husband, Terry, welcomed their third child, Baylie Grace, on April 16.

ANDREA MUNOZ (B.A.) is working on an administrative credential in the Educational Leadership Program at San Diego State University.

ANDREANNA SHARP MURPHY (B.A., M.A. ’02) and her husband, Michael ’99, welcomed their first child, Olivia Christine, on Sept. 11, 2007. Michael is a police officer in El Cajon and a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve. Andreanna is head counselor at the School of Science and Technology in San Diego. “Ben Powers and Erika Sharp Powers are enjoying their roles as aunt and uncle to their niece, Olivia,” Andreanna writes.

TIFFANEY (WARREN) MYLOTT (BBA) and her husband, Nathanael, moved back to her hometown of Jackson Hole, Wyo., to build a house and start a family. Tiffaney teaches yoga and hopes to open her own studio. “Peace to all of my friends I have lost touch with!” she says.

ARIANNA (DAGOSTINO) PLEAT (MBA) is now manager of commercial contracts generation at Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals. Her husband, Bruce ’98, is a sales engineer at Asset Control and a licensed private pilot. They report that their son, Elkan Simone, is a happy, healthy, intelligent, energetic 2-year-old. The family lives in South Orange, N.J., near New York City.

MISTY POSEY (B.A.) is a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps.

MOLLIE WOLF (B.A., MSBA ’03) has been working for John Deere for eight years. “I’ve traveled all over the world and made lots of good friends in Germany and across the U.S.!” she says. Mollie competes in triathlons and completed her second marathon in San Francisco. She is also a certified level I triathlon coach, volunteers for Junior Achievement and “living life to its fullest!”