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 Amanda Corona at

Rebecca Hayes '01 (MA) owner/educational consultant of e3, winner of 2016 Readers Choice "Best of". Voted best tutoring service by the readers of Rancho santa fe Review, Carmel Valley News, Del Mar Times and the Solana Beach Sun. 

John J. Franey '13 (PhD) released a new book Catholic Schools in the Diocese of San Diego: A History of Service and Education for Catholic Youth.

Kelsey Arsenault ’15 (MA) is a school counselor at in Poway Unified School District.

Rich Bakken ’13 (PhD) is the associate director of the classrooms, labs, and media services group within the office of information technology at Princeton University.  

Heather (Manly) Dooley ’02 (BA) ’05 (MEd) is the president of the University of San Diego Alumni Association. She is a Resource Specialist at Dewey Elementary School.

Maureen Guarcello ’10 (MA) ’15 (PhD) is an instructional designer at San Diego State University.  

Maria Lemus ’15 (MA) is a school counselor at Jamacha Elementary and Madison Elementary Schools in the Cajon Valley School District.

Yichieh Lin (MEd) ’15 has opened Pangea Language School in Dongguan, China, which provides private English language lessons and training for local teachers.

Negin Mani ’13 (BA) ’15 (MA) is the university relations coordinator at at Nike, Inc.

Ben Mendoza ’15 (MA) is the office and fiscal manager of the cross cultural center at University of California, San Diego.

Jeff McDonald ’08 (MA) was named the 2015 San Diego Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists of San Diego. A staff writer at The San Diego Union-Tribune, McDonald was honored for his investigative story on the shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

Paige Pick ’15 (MA) is the director of development at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center.

Esther Rodriguez ’15 (MA) is an admissions counselor at San Diego State University.

Beatriz Villarreal ’86 (MEd) ’89 (EdD) has received 10News Leadership Award for her work as Program Director at Mano a Mano Foundation.

Courtney Walters ’00 (BA) ’13 (MEd) is teaching English at Converse International School and Embassy English in San Diego.