University of San Diego to Honor Disaster Relief Leader and Other Outstanding Toreros

A leader in global disaster relief efforts and other outstanding University of San Diego alumni will be honored on Saturday, April 28.

Tracy Reines, who led the responses to nearly 200 disasters in 75 communities and worked in the field during earthquakes in Haiti, Japan and Nepal, will be honored for humanitarian service. She is currently the regional director for U.S. programs with the International Rescue Committee that resettles nearly 15 percent of refugees coming to the United States.

John Della Volpe, Director of Polling at the Harvard Kennedy School of Politics and Vickie E. Turner, partner in Wilson Turner Kosmo, the largest women-owned law firm in San Diego, also will be honored. 

“Our outstanding honorees exemplify the spirit of excellence and service we strive to instill in all of our graduates, and we are very proud to honor them,” said University of San Diego President James T. Harris. .”

Other alumni honorees include:

Rasheed Behrooznia, Vice President of Engineering for Cubic Transportation Systems

William “Bill” Brennan, Principal, Marsh & McLennan Agency

Catherine “Caity” S. Riddle Meader, Executive Director, Family Services of Tulare County

Eleonora –Markella Mantika, Liaison Officer, United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia

Sister Virginia Rodee, RSCJ, retired USD Assistant Vice President for Mission and Ministry

Cindy Steckel, Vice President and Chief Operations Executive/Administrator of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.

Sue Snyder, USD Women’s Volleyball Coach from 1990 to 1998 who led the Toreros to the NCAA Tournament four times, will be inducted into the Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame.

The 23rd Annual Alumni Honors celebration on April 28 begins at 6:00 p.m. with the awards ceremony in the USD Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre, followed by a cocktail celebration under the stars. For tickets and more information go to


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