Class Notes

SOLES Alumni Class Notes

Congratulations to all of our alumni for these exciting news items! If you would like to share a class note, please email Kathleen Coughlan at

Fabiola Bagula ’07 has been named the Area Superintendent for Area 6 in San Diego Unified School District.

Michelle Bipat Behrooznia ’05 works part-time for a Veterans Affairs post traumatic stress disorder research study and has her own private practice. She has two children.

Elizabeth Bloder ’14 is a kindergarten teacher at Johnson Elementary School in San Diego Unified School District.

Greg Bowden ’02 has been named associate professor of education at California Baptist University – Online and Professional Studies. He will serve as the lead faculty member for the Bachelor’s of Arts in Organizational Leadership program. 

Nicholas Boyd ’14 is the clinical research coordinator at the Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control.

Spencer Brown ’14 has accepted a teaching position at Pomerado Elementary in Poway Unified School District.

Alejandro Castillo ’14 is a school counselor for Kelly Binks and Chaparral Schools in the Fontana Unified School District.

Michael Castronuovo ’14 is the homestay coordinator at the San Diego State University Research Foundation’s American Language Institute.

Anne (Mumford) Chiruvolu ’13 has been accepted to University of California Berkeley’s pre-veterinary, post-baccalaureate program. She married Pramode Chiruvolu.

Eric Cross ’14 is a science teacher at Albert Einstein Elementary in the San Diego Unified School District.

Kristina Cruz ’14 is a sixth grade math and science teacher at Gompers Preparatory Academy in San Diego.

Katy Dhanens ’14 is a kindergarten teacher in the Encinitas Unified School District.

Kristin Donahue ’07 has been working as a Families Over-Coming Under Stress (FOCUS) Family Resiliency trainer on Naval Base San Diego as part of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She also teaches in the masters of counseling and marital family therapy program at University of Phoenix’s San Diego campus.

Ileana Ovalle Engel ’06 joined the San Diego Foundation’s board of governors, which oversees the foundation by establishing policy, setting priorities, and making final decisions to approve awards and grants. Engel is the state director of government affairs for Cox California, and was also named one a Metro Mover 2014 by San Diego Metro Magazine.

Aini Fang ’14 is a Chinese Fellow Teacher at Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Fleming ’14 has been promoted to the Programs Director at the City Heights Community Development Corporation.

Sean Floyd ’14 has been hired as a Spanish teacher at Carmel Valley Middle School in San Dieguito Unified School District.

Kelly Fromm ’14 is an Integrated Algebra I and Algebra II teacher at Mission Vista High School in the Vista Unified School District.

Bryson Greaves ’13 will be a clinical faculty member at the California Family Institute in Costa Mesa, Calif. The new nonprofit will provide therapy services as well as trainings, research opportunities, supervision, and community events.

Mary Jimenez ’09 is a licensed marriage and family therapist and owner of Mary J. Counseling Services private practice working part time with individuals, couples, and families.  She has a son and is expecting her second child this November.

Bindu Khurana ’05 is a unit chief for a regional clinic at the County of San Mateo serving a diverse population of all age ranges.  

Valerie Livesay ’12 is an assistant professor at National University.

Melodie Miranda ’14 has been hired as assistant principal for Eastern Senior High School in Washington, D.C.

Julie Melekian ’14 is a therapist at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Department of Psychiatry Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research Program.

Jesus Morales ’14 is a teacher for the Diplomatic Language Services in the United Arab Emirates.

Janice O’Sullivan ’94 serves as a member of the Psychiatric Liaison Team at Scripps Health, providing psychiatric assessment and disposition services throughout all the hospitals and urgent cares in the Scripps system.  She and her husband Daniel have three boys.  Their youngest has special needs, and they are advocates for special needs families.

Griselda Resendiz ’12 has been hired for at Orange Glen High School in the Escondido School District.

Anthony Reyes ’12 is a member of the Acute Psychiatric Response Team at El Dorado County Mental Health Department, which works collaboratively with the Sheriffs Department and area Emergency Rooms. He also got married and has a daughter.  

John Ross ’10 is the principal at Lincoln High School in the San Diego Unified School District.

Shannon Sampson ’08 provides counseling and case management for active duty military and their families at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar as an MFT with the US Marine Corps. She also continues her part-time private practice in Clairemont. 

Greg Seibert ’14 has enrolled at Florida State University to pursue his doctorate.

Rose Schafer ’13 is the Lead Clinician within the UCSD Gifford Clinic's Transitional Age Youth Program, where she specializes in providing psychotherapy to young adults impacted by poverty, trauma, and severe mental illness.  She also works part-time in private practice and has become an adjunct faculty member in the Behavioral Sciences Department of San Diego Community College District.

Juliet Schmitt ’94 works at Psychiatric Centers at San Diego (PCSD) in San Marcos and sees students for weekly therapy at North County Family Counseling Specialists as part of their individualized education plans.

Huntington Simmons ’14 is a 10th grade humanities teacher at Del Lago Academy in Escondido.

Katie Sperco ’14 has been hired as a teacher for a third and fourth combination class at Bay Park Elementary in San Diego Unified School District.

Bernard Steinberger ’14 is an assistant principal at Canyon Crest Academy High School in the San Dieguito Unified School District.

Elisabeth Stephens ’14 is the coordinator for student engagement initiatives at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.

Jia Sun ’13 is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher for the San Diego Community College District’s Continuing Education.

Diana (Gomez) Trevino ’94 has started her private practice with her main office in San Marcos and Saturday hours in Encinitas.

Jennifer Warkentin ’09 started her private practice in Clairemont where she hosts premarital classes and workshops on managing anxiety.  This fall she also joins the IOP clinical team at Counseling Clinics of La Jolla.

Pamela Williams ’14 is a marital and family therapist intern at University of California San Diego Pediatrics and Family Medicine.