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

Vicki Baron ’94 was honored by the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary as one of its Women of Dedication at its 50th Anniversary Women of Dedication event.

Jaime Carrillo ’09 founded TemachtianiSol, a lifestyle and organizational management practice focused on strengthening San Diego-based, Latino-owned, and Mexican businesses in the region. Along with a group of four women, Carrillo also co-founded North County Abuse Prevention Services, a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to prevent abuse and/or further abuse from happening. Consolidated Association of Pride, Inc. (CAPI) named Carrillo as the Person of the Year for work done as Secretary of San Diego Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride and was elected Alternate Region 1 Director of InterPride. 

Heather Carpenter ’11 coauthored of The Talent Development Platform: Putting People First in Social Change Organizations (Jossey-Bass, 2015).

Tinesia Conwright ’13 is the founder of Depositing Empowerment Through Outreach and Urban Redevelopment (DETOUR) and its F.A.N.C.Y. Teen Girls Expo & Academy was honored by the City of San Diego' Human Relations Commission. The Blue Heart Foundation also recognized her as a community member who helps local youth “Reach for the Stars”.  

Paige Haber Curran ’11 co-authored of the Emotionally Intelligent Leadership: A Guide for Students (2nd ed.), Emotionally Intelligent Leadership for Students: Facilitation & Activity Guide (2nd ed.), and Emotionally Intelligent Leadership for Students: Student Workbook (2nd ed.) texts (Jossey-Bass, 2015).

Bonnie Ann Dowd ’03 is the Executive Vice Chancellor for the San Diego Community College District. She has earned emeritus professor status by the Palomar College Faculty Academic Senate and currently serves as a part-time faculty member at San Diego State University, teaching a course in its leadership doctorate program.  She was honored with the “Walter Star Robie Award,” presented each year to a Chief Business Official in their respective district and in the state of California. San Diego Business Journal also named Dowd as its 2015 Chief Financial Officer of the Year in its education category.

Crystal Dujowich ’14 and Taylor Peyton Roberts ’14 are managing partners and co-founders of Valencore Consulting and were featured in a Forbes article on authentic leadership:

Jennifer Jones ’15 is an assistant professor of nonprofit leadership and management in the Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences at the University of Florida.

Janine Mason ’86 ’11 has been named the Author Hughes Career Achievement Award winner for SOLES and will be honored at the University of San Diego’s Alumni Honors event on April 25, 2015.

Jay Marquand ’13, principal at Coronado Middle School, was named the 2015 Middle School Principal Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) for San Diego and Imperial County (Region 18).

BethAnne Yoxsimer Paulsrud ’95 was awarded her doctoral degree in Educational Sciences in Languages and Language Development at Stockholm University, Sweden, in June, 2014. The title of her dissertation is English-Medium Instruction in Sweden: Perspectives and practices in two upper secondary schools. Her PhD supervisors at Stockholm University were Professor Inger Lindberg, Department of Language Education, and Professor Philip Shaw, Department of English. The opponent at the thesis defense was Professor Ofelia García, The City University of New York. BethAnne has been employed at Dalarna University in Falun, Sweden, since 2006. She teaches courses in the English Department as well as pre-service and in-service teacher training courses.