Technology Innovators to Receive USD Alumni Awards

An Internet mortgage pioneer and a teacher honored for bringing technology into the classroom will receive alumni awards from the University of San Diego on April 30.

Honorees include Vincent J. Kasperick, a San Diegan and 1984 graduate of the USD School of Business who went on to found, an Internet-based mortgage lender regularly ranked as one of country’s top five direct-to-consumer independent mortgage companies. Diana Combs Neebe, a Bay Area Catholic educator who earned her master’s degree in 2008 from the School of Leadership and Education Sciences and was named the Outstanding Young Educator for the International Society for Technology in Education in 2014, also will be honored.

Other honorees include Microsoft engineer Andrew Putnam who led a project to design super-charged computer processors, and Miguel D. Vasquez, CEO and Chair of the California Foundation Fund, and Entrepreneur in Residence for Connect, the regional incubator for the technology and life sciences industries.

“Our changemaking honorees have used the education they received at USD to expand economic growth, improve educational, health and other opportunities, and create a more just and peaceful world in the 21st century,” said University of San Diego President James T. Harris, III. “They represent the spirit of innovation, public service and excellence we seek to instill in all our graduates.”

Other alumni honorees are Sam K. Attisha, Vice President of Business Development and Public Affairs for Cox Communications in California; Dave Camp, a former Michigan congressman recognized as a leader in tax reform; Janice Deaton, course director with the Justice in Mexico’s OASIS (Oral Adversarial Skill-Building Immersion Seminar) Initiative at USD; Maj. Gen. William M. Matz Jr. (Ret.), a Purple Heart recipient; and Pablo Velez, Senior Vice President and CEO of Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center.

Soccer player Leigh Ann (Robinson) Brown, a 2008 graduate who played a key role in leading the Toreros to two NCAA Tournament appearances, will be inducted into the Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Annual Alumni Honors celebration on April 30 begins at 6 p.m. with the awards ceremony in the University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, followed by a cocktail celebration under the stars. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at or by calling 619 260-7889.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Pamela Gray Payton
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