Alumni Class Notes

Old Yearbook PhotoThe Class of ’57, then freshman, and their dates attend “the event of the year,” the Frosh Fandango. It was held at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in March 1954. The photo is featured in the 1954 yearbook.

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Claude Perasso JD ’53 reports that he and other members of the St. Ignatius Class of 1944 still meet for lunch on the third Thursday of each month at the Seal Rock Inn in San Francisco.

Bob Fairbanks ’51
Bob Fairbanks ’51 and his wife, Pat

After 50 years away from the Bay Area (with stops in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles), Bob Fairbanks reports that he and his wife, Pat, are almost back to San Francisco. He writes, “We stopped at The Sequoias retirement community in Portola Valley and look forward to hearing from friends and classmates. Our email address is”

After a career in medical and hospital administration, Jim Whitney retired in 1988. He was a member of the 1951 Dons championship football team and has been honored by USF, Burlingame High School, and Peninsula High School for his athletic accomplishments. He and his wife, Julie, have been married since 1965 and enjoy scuba diving around the globe. When not traveling, the two reside in Northridge, where they have lived for 30 years.

Bob Hanson and his wife, Doris, became proud great-grandparents of Isla Kathleen Knox. He writes, “All are doing well, including the great-grandparents.”

Eugene Nunziati writes, “I am proud that my family continues pursuing their education with the Society of Jesus.” His son, daughter, and grandchildren have attended Jesuit universities and schools throughout the U.S., including USF!

Last fall, Young D. Stewart was promoted to Knight of the Grand Cross, the highest rank in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. In spite of some bad falls, a cracked tailbone, and a broken foot, he and his wife, Eunice, are still traveling. Last spring they took a riverboat trip for tulip time in the Low Countries and are planning to take a trans-Atlantic cruise in the fall. Young is also a member of USF’s Sacramento Regional Council and part of an informal group of Sacramento-area USF alumni who meet monthly for breakfast at Annie’s diner.

Now 80, John E. Popovich had a successful career as a diplomat with the U.S. Foreign Service, retiring as assistant inspector general for resource management of the agency.

Kathleen McDonnell Farrell writes, “The 1962 nurses had a good representation at the official reunion luncheon last October and gathered for cocktails and dinner later that day. A great time for reminiscing was had by all. There is life left after 50 years!”

Michael Hannan and his wife, Bee, are enjoying life in the Prescott, Ariz., area, where they moved themselves and their travel agency, San Marin Travel, from Novato in 2005.

Dennis Lucey co-chaired the annual American Ireland Fund Gala in Washington, D.C. in March. The gala honored the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. The fund supports peace, arts, and education activities in Ireland.

Janet Every Luoma worked as an RN until 2007 and also became a licensed acupuncturist. She is married to Erick, a retired U.S. Navy SEAL, and has four stepchildren. She is now immersed in Tai Chi, Qigong, and gardening.

Mary Pratt Miller (Schmidt) lives in Northville, Mich., with her husband, John. She is a licensed, professional counselor in a private clinical practice and is certified in clinical hypnosis.

Francesca Piana Ma ’73 retired after an extensive career in teaching and administrative positions in schools across the globe. She is a frequent traveler, and one of her favorite hobbies is walking. She walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a 400-mile trek in northern Spain and started writing a book about her experience. Most recently, she walked along Hadrian’s Wall between Scotland and England. She continues to teach at the Beacon Hill Seminars in Boston, belongs to two reading groups, and is a contributor to Grupo America, an association of writers in Ecuador.

Lawrence J. Ratto received the City of Hayward Mayor’s Award for his exceptional service to the community.

Peter T. Zoller plans to retire from Wichita State University after 40 years of teaching composition, business writing, and British literature.

Larry Machi, Education Credential ’69, MA ’71, EdD ’79 was selected to participate in the Fulbright Specialist Program, which promotes linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. A professor of organizational leadership at the University of La Verne, Larry is using the Fulbright to continue his work with three major universities in Vietnam, where he has provided workshops and seminars on leading organizational change in higher education since 2008.

Francis Doherty ’67
Francis Doherty ’67

Francis Doherty retired from Boeing Flight Training and Services, where he was a senior flight instructor and flight examiner based in Seoul. After a 45-year career in aviation, he now lives in Norwalk, Conn., with his wife, Katie.

Royal “Rob” Martin continues to practice white-collar criminal defense law in Chicago. He has his own firm of seven lawyers and specializes in tax controversy disputes against the IRS. He has been married to his wife, Lynn, for 45 years and has seven grandchildren. Rob is chair of the Board of Trustees of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago.

James P. Smith is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in solution-oriented, brief therapy using both cognitive/behavioral and psychoanalytic processes, including guided imagery to treat mental and emotional disorders.

Dennis Black continues to co-manage the Black Emerald Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. The reserve chardonnay goes to EnRoute Winery, Freeman Winery, Eric Kent Cellars Winery, and WesMar Winery.

Claude Lependu ’68
Claude Lependu ’68 and his wife, Tina

Harry Jacobs has been appointed a California Superior Court judge. He was previously a commissioner with the Merced County Superior Court for 11 years.

Charles Lacroix and his wife, Christine, are building a new home in Linden in a walnut orchard. He is retired from the U.S. Army Reserves, the San Joaquin County Probation Department, and the California Youth Authority.

Claude Lependu retired from a colorful, globetrotting career in the Navy and Air Force and as a pilot for American Airlines. He and his wife, Tina, live in Utah and enjoy their children and grandchildren.

Linda Lynn Lucasey Phares welcomed the birth of her second grandchild, Teresa Marie, on Valentine’s Day.

Ed Mahoney ’69
Eight grads of the Class of ’69 gathered at the wedding of Rich Graham’s daughter, Kellie, to Ben Lott. Front Row, kneeling: Gerry Nolan and Rich Graham. Back Row, standing: Ed Mahoney, Dave Pigott, Larry Tomsic, John Quezada, Bob Bucci, and Mike Kelechava.

Edward W. Mahoney reunited with fellow USFers from the Class of ’69 for the wedding of Rich Graham’s daughter. Attendees included Gerry Nola and John Quezada.

Dawn Hill ’70 75 pxDawn Hill (left) writes, “I’m retired from Humboldt State University, have two adult kids, eight grandchildren, and three (soon to be four) great-grandchildren. I live within sight of the ocean with a river running to it. I’m in the area referred to as ‘Where the redwoods meet the Pacific.’ It’s very beautiful, if remote.”

Anna Martin ’70 75pxAnna Hudson Martin (left) recently retired from Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Wash. She and husband, Larry Martin ’69, look forward to moving closer to their children and grandchildren in Boise, Idaho, later this year.

Mary Elizabeth Driscoll Guss lives on the beautiful Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, where she works for a local land trust raising funds for land conservation. She writes, “It’s a blast! We’ve done some pretty good work too.”

Jim Wahl ’71Jim Wahl is a financial adviser and is expanding his business to Oregon and Washington. His company, Wahl Financial, recently celebrated its seventh anniversary.

Thomas Hally is vice president of the International Society for Philosophical Enquiry.

Eva Monroe ’72Eva Alminiana Monroe (left) serves on the USF Center for the Pacific Rim Advisory Board, the San Francisco Regional Council, and the USF Board of Trustees. Her husband, Mike Monroe ’70, serves on the USF Alumni Board. Her son, Matthew Monroe ‘02, is the proud father of Mateo Monroe, USF Class of 2030!

Patricia Richardson writes, “I’m not a success story. I was never in the right place or time to fulfill my goal of teaching. I’m a single mother and took jobs that didn’t challenge or motivate me but were necessary to keep food on the table and shelter over our heads. To all the ladies, I ask that you mentor each other and promote each other. Men still make more money than women, even if they are not as educated. Keep your ideals grounded in reality. Life has a way of eroding dreams. Take care of yourself first then everyone else.”

John Donohue received the National High School Baseball Coach of the Year award from the American Baseball Coaches Association in January.

Joseph Schieffer ’73
Joseph Schieffer ’73

Lynn McDermott Hicklin continues to teach in the Mount Diablo Unified School District. Her younger son and his wife recently had a baby girl, and her oldest son will welcome his first child in May. She writes, “Happy 40th reunion to all the Dons from the Class of 1973!”

Joseph Schieffer celebrated his 60th birthday by running the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru. When he’s not running, he works as a real estate attorney in Oakland.

After working full time in civic education for more than 35 years, Claire McCaffery Griffin retired and started her own consulting firm, CGC, LLC. She works with government agencies and nonprofits to support and promote civic education.

Patty O’Grady’s book, “Positive Psychology in the Elementary School Classroom,” was published by W. W. Norton & Company.

Kevin Sullivan continues his partnership with the Blinkers On Racing Stable. His current shared partnership is a three-year-old gelding named “Running Water” stabled at Santa Anita Park Racetrack.

Jill White (Borreca) works as a French agent for Gap, Inc. Her duties include translating and interpreting for their French-Canadian customers.

Nancy Baxter (Burch) started a new position as executive director of the Gerontology Institute at the Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, Ore.

Elizabeth Fajardo won first prize in the San Mateo County Fair literary arts contest, for her essay entitled “Dream Angel.” This work, as well as another short story of hers titled “My Father, the Original Lemon Drop Kid,” will be published in the anthology “Carry the Light.”

Leslie Hulsbus Hummel published her third book, “SHEBUG Origin: Argentina.”

Bich Le is on sabbatical from his obstetrics-gynecology practice in Southern California to work on a stem cell project in Thailand and Vietnam.

Monica A. Small has been living in Elk Grove for 23 years. She has worked as director of clinical workforce development at the Sutter Center for Health Professions for the Sacramento Sierra Region for the last 10 years. She has been married to her husband, Michael, for 32 years. Their son, Gregory, is a police officer, and their daughter, Emily, is supervisor of guest services at main entrances for Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks.

Bill Cartwright MHROD ’98 was inducted into the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame in February. He is the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Dons men’s basketball program. After his time at USF, he enjoyed a 16-year career in the NBA, where he won three championships with the Chicago Bulls.

Gloria J. Edmonson writes, “Stay focused as you pursue your goals! I went through a divorce during the time I was trying to complete my degree and had to make a major move. Nothing can stop you but you! God will see you through, if you are sincere.”

Allison Wonder Gannon joined Roche Molecular Systems in May 2012 as a manager for regulatory affairs. Her work involves advising product teams on regulatory requirements for “companion diagnostics” as part of in vitro diagnostic tests necessary to identify patients who will and will not benefit from specific therapies.

Doug Fine is a manager in the Organization Development and Training Division at University Hospital in Augusta, Ga. He is an adjunct professor at Webster University, where he teaches organization development, human resources, and training and development, and also co-founded a rating site, He will launch other rating sites under his company, Rate Straight, Inc. His eldest son is studying engineering at Clemson University.

Antoinette M. Malveaux joined the boards of the Conference of Southwest Foundations and USF’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. She also serves as president of the board of Seattle Central Community College. She lives in Seattle.

Bridget McManus is pursuing an MA in psychology at Saybrook University. She completed chemical dependency counseling training in the mid-90s and has worked in retail for the last 12 years. She is excited to be back in the healing arts community.

During her 30-year career as a journalist, Sally M. Ooms collected stories of people in the U.S. who have been displaced from their homelands for a variety of reasons. The result is her new book, “Finding Home: How Americans Prevail,” which explores how displaced people have found, recreated, and retained their homes and what the concept of home means to them. More information about her book can be found at

Perry Clark MA ’84 recently received a doctorate in education from Argosy University in Chicago.

Art Arriaga is celebrating 20 years as owner of the Vallejo-based Art’s Pro Sports, which sells officially licensed products for the NBA, NFL, NASCAR, and other professional sports leagues.

Dan Courtney lives in La Jolla, where he sells and leases industrial and investment real estate and manages vacation rental properties. He enjoys racing Panteras and cheering on the Giants and 49ers.

Patricia D’Alessandro is working with the founders of 100 Thousand Poets for Change, an international grassroots educational organization focused on the arts. She writes, “Blessings on all of you. Hoping to hear from you soon. May the Lord and his angels follow wherever you go. Warmest hugs and love.”

Teri Fowler Susmann is a solo general practitioner of law and attends classes at USF’s Fromm Institute, where she met her now-deceased husband. She would love to hear from other members of the ’82 night class.

Earl Kangas has been retired for the last 13 years.

Leslie Maslowski (Furlong) continues to work as the vice president of finance for NBC Bay Area, where she has worked for the past 11 years. She has three grown daughters. Heather is currently working on her law degree at Santa Clara University, Jenna is currently working on her nursing degree here at USF, and Lauren is graduating from high school this year.

Herman Petzold took a sabbatical from his law practice to study tax law at Northwestern University Law School. He writes, “I like Chicago so much I’m looking for employment here.” His son graduated from the University of Notre Dame.

Lee Wilson has been teaching history and coaching baseball at Silver High School in Silver City, N.M., for the last 18 years. He is the proud new grandfather of Ryan Miller, future Don.

Vicki Mackie-Ainslie works as an administrator in the Disability Resources Program at UC Hastings College of Law.

James Driscoll ’86James Coy Driscoll (left) is the sole practitioner at a law firm in San Francisco. He represents tenants in disputes with their landlords, including tenants who are being wrongfully evicted and who are suing landlords who fail to maintain their properties. He is happily engaged to Norah and mentors USF students and alumni.

Caroline King-Saperstein reports that all is well with her, her husband, and her daughter, Kate, who is currently in the sixth grade.

Maria Mar ’86
The view from Maria Mar ’86's home in Tucson, Ariz.

Maria Mar retired from her career in the mental health field, which included work with Sonoma County’s Department of Health Services and the California Mental Health Planning Council. She continues to volunteer in the community and lives in Arizona with her husband, Tony.

After retiring from IBM, Suzi Byrd and her husband, Ben, moved from the Bay Area to Palm Springs, where she sells real estate. “I think I’ve finally found my true calling,” she writes.

Anne Lorraine Fashauer got engaged to Van Williamson in March. They plan to marry in the summer of 2014.

Carles Clark has retired from his executive position in the state of California. He is currently a business owner.

Larry Lemos ’90Lawrence Patrick Lemos (left) was elected president of the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs, the professional association for nurses employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is also a student at USF again, 23 years after completing his BSN, this time in the Executive Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. He expects to graduate in December 2014.

Virginia Tomasian ’90Virginia T. Tomasian (left) is working in the transportation planning field for the California Department of Transportation in Sacramento.

Petter Andrup’s eldest daughter graduated from USF. “Two more daughters to go,” he writes.

David Bonacci is the owner of the Walnut Creek-based FirstLight HomeCare, which recently won HomeCare Pulse’s Provider of Choice award.

Jennifer Schrack Dempsey is one of the founding attorneys at Andersen Banducci PLLC, a Boise, Idaho-based civil litigation practice.

Maureen Finn-Highland lives in Petaluma with her husband, Steve, and three children, Meredith, 17, Nolan, 14, and Sam, 11. She works as a development coordinator for a local nonprofit, Petaluma Educational Foundation. Her daughter, Meredith, is hoping to attend USF this fall. She would be the third graduate of the Finn family to be a USF Don!

Cristina Casis McKinnon has joined the General Services Administration’s Office of Inspector General in Orange County as a special agent. She lives in Torrance with her husband, Milton, a lieutenant with the Culver City Police Department, and their 5-year old daughter, Melanie.

Kevin Mullin ’92 75 pxKevin Mullin (left) was elected to the California State Assembly representing District 22 (San Mateo County). He was also named assistant speaker pro tempore of the assembly and chairs the Select Committee on Biotechnology. He and his wife, Jessica, live in South San Francisco.

Kevin Reilly ’92Kevin Reilly (right) is nearing completion of doctoral coursework at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. His focus on educational technologies will move into dissertation phase this summer, and he will begin employment as a simulation technologist at Samuel Merritt University’s Health Sciences Simulation Center this spring.

Pamela Taylor MA ’95 is a human resources manager for the Superior Court of California in Tuolumne County.

Mark Fennell was a featured poet at the Austin International Poetry Festival in April, during which he read from his latest poetry book, “Peace and Freedom.” He also published a book on power grids, “Utility Operations and Grid Systems Explained Simply,” which includes discussions of grid operations, power failures, and the future of grid systems.

Knut S. Kvindesland works for the Norwegian energy company, Statoil, as a line manager in the Fast Track and Subsea Procurement Department. Last year, he returned from a two-year expatriate assignment to the U.S., the Bahamas, and Canada. He writes, “I’m still married with my first wife and we have three lovely kids together.”

Rebekah Reed received her JD from the University of Houston Law Center with magna cum laude honors in May 2012. She recently joined the Office of Chief Counsel at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. In 2013, she returned to her alma mater to coach the university’s Manfred Lachs Space Law Competition Moot Court Team.

Christopher Meehan was recently cast in the new pilot, “I’m Not Dead Yet,” an American adaptation of a popular Israeli show, written by Jon Sherman (co-executive producer and writer of “Frazier” and “Rules of Engagement”) and directed by Academy Award winner Brian Gordon (director of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “The Office”).

Jill Dale MS ’05 recently moved to Chicago for a new position as a regional environmental manager.

Cynthia Jaciw-Beall got married in June 2011 and had a beautiful, healthy baby girl in April 2012. She currently works part time as a nurse practitioner in pediatric neurology in Portland, Ore.

Lindsay Martell and her husband, Eric, welcomed a baby girl, Olive Kathleen Casella, who was born just before Christmas in Berkeley. She joins her big canine sister, Buffy, in Oakland, where the family resides.

Mark Riggins and Kelly Turner are founding members of the Fred C. Beyer High School Alumni Association, which was established this year.

Lynna Do was recently appointed to a four-year term on the City of Dublin Planning Commission.

Jmar Gambol is working on a novel about the 11th Airborne Division in the Philippines during World War II. He is looking forward to becoming a U.S. citizen.

Sara Keenan married Todd Rouleau at Cline Cellars in Sonoma in August 2012. They live in Martinez.

After practicing law at Bingham McCutchen LLP, Lucia Macdonald founded a women’s luxury fashion company, CIVERNÉ. They launched with their spring-summer 2013 collection.

Lucie Marie Pelleriti has been a public high school English teacher for 13 years and currently teaches 10th grade English at West Covina High School. When she’s not teaching, she volunteers in places such as Ghana and South Africa.

JP Aquirre ’00John-Paul Aguirre (left) is a communication strategy director at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. He recently returned to San Francisco after seven years of working for top ad agencies in New York. He lives in the Mission District of San Francisco and has two pugs, Murphy and Gizmo.

Cristina (Gonzalez) Figgins received a degree in interior design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and works as a project manager for a furniture company. In September 2012, she married Kiel Figgins, an accomplished computer animator, at St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco. The couple lives in Los Angeles.

Veronica Anne Gutierrez received her PhD in colonial Mexican history from UCLA in June of 2012 and is an assistant professor of Latin American history at Azusa Pacific University. She and her husband were married last November and are expecting their first baby.

Darwin Nazarino ’00
Darwin P. Nazarino ’00 with his son

Darwin P. Nazarino teaches physical education and is athletic director at the Holy Family Catholic Academy in Honolulu. He also works as a licensed massage therapist and has an 11-year-old son who attends a private Catholic school.

Moiz S. Ahmad runs a travel management company in Pakistan. He hopes to visit San Francisco soon.

Air Force Reserve Airman Janette Frias graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

Bryan Thomas moved to Oahu, HI, with his wife, Michelle, and son, Luke, age 9. He is the program manager at Hawaii Medical Service Association Blue Cross. He writes, “I sure miss the clam chowder at the wharf. Aloha.”

Vicki Moran Vozza will receive her master’s in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) from USF in 2014 and hopes to teach at Cañada College. She enjoys horseback riding at Pebble Beach in Carmel.

Scott Hibbard ’02
Scott Hibbard ’02 with his new wife, Lindsey, and their families

Yazmin Arevalo-Carballo got married in October 2011 and is preparing for the arrival of her first child this August. She works as a community outreach liaison for a nonprofit organization and is applying to graduate programs in public administration.

Scott Hibbard and Lindsey Yeats were married at St. Ignatius Church in September 2012. Donal Godfrey, S.J., and Scott’s great uncle Rev. George ‘Bud’ Klasinski performed the ceremony. The couple lives in Mill Valley.

Claudia Martinez ’02Claudia Martinez (left) was elected student body president for the evening and weekend MBA program at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where she is a second-year student. “I am relishing the experience and hoping to lead some key initiatives that will impact the student experience and value of our already distinguished MBA program,” she writes.

Daniel Alcala is senior branch operations manager for AXA Advisors, LLC, a financial services firm in San Mateo. He served as a principal for Scottrade Financial Services for a decade.

Lisa Battista is an attorney with the Pacific American Law Group in San Francisco, specializing in employment, civil rights, and business litigation.

Maximillian Diez is the founder of CALPMG, an online real estate brokerage, and, a venture capitalist-backed home seller and real estate agent marketplace in the Bay Area. He and his wife, Nina, have been happily married since 2007 and live in Burlingame with their two-year-old daughter, Milaena.

Jessica Lewis Bartolini and Matt Lewis JD ’10 are expecting their first baby, a boy, in June.

Nathania Regina ’06After continuing her hospitality studies in Switzerland, Nathania Regina (left) is a full-time hotelier in Bali, Indonesia. She owns and operates two small boutique hotels and loves her job!

Manjot Multani completed a master’s degree in public health and now works with the San Francisco Department of Public Health at San Francisco General Hospital, which provides healthcare to the medically underserved.

Jennifer O’Connell is starting medical school at Oregon Health & Science University this fall.

Stephen Boyer authored “Parasite,” a novel published early this year by Publication Studios.

Nic Delyon writes, “Hi Everyone! It’s weird to think that our five-year class reunion is coming up, can’t wait to attend and see everyone next fall. What great memories I have from my days on the Hilltop! Great school, great city.”

Afton Kearney recently joined Laurel Village Realtors as a sales associate. Her office is located minutes from the USF campus, and she invites fellow USFers to connect via Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Meredithe Kreis and Nate Sponsler ’07 were married in August 2011 and moved to Orinda last fall to be closer to the great outdoors and sunshine. They both continue to work in San Francisco; Nate in GAP, Inc.’s Product Regulations Department and Meredithe as a family law attorney for Hersh Family Law Practice.

Shayne Mason is the co-host of Nurse Talk, a weekly radio show focusing on progressive health care policy with a humorous twist. The show was recently picked up for syndication and is scheduled to expand to 100+ radio stations in the U.S. He works as a psychiatric nurse practitioner for the Progress Foundation and teaches at USF. Shayne has also started doctoral studies in nursing practice.

Kate Elston will receive her MA in journalism with a focus on television production from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Shelly Federwisch was working as a registered nurse at New York University Langone Medical Center during Hurricane Sandy when a 13-foot storm surge flooded the facility’s basement and cut power to the hospital. She helped safely evacuate the pediatric intensive care unit down nine flights of stairs in the dark.

Maura B. Kelly will graduate from Chapman University with an MFA in film and television production this May.

Andrea Ortiz lives in San Francisco and works within the Portfolio Compliance Team for BlackRock.

Katie Bowen-Williams is serving as a Peace Corps community development volunteer in Mongolia while studying for a master’s degree in conflict analysis and resolution at George Mason University. She is also training for a half marathon in the Gobi Desert.

Hannah Mora will graduate this May from New York University with an MS in international relations. Over the past two years, she has worked at the Sanctuary for Families and the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security. She took a weeklong academic trip to Cuba in March and plans a road trip to Southern California to celebrate her 25th birthday and find work.

Raymond Segismundo works as a search engine marketing (SEM) analyst in Silicon Valley, handling SEM campaigns for select Fortune 500 advertisers.

Glen Fernandez is engaged to Kelly Sanders.

Lexington Wochner is currently living and teaching in Hawaii as part of the 2012 Teach for America Program.

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Christian Mondor, O.F.M., MA retired but is still active in parish work at Sts. Simon and Jude Church in Huntington Beach and with the local interfaith council and the Bishop’s Commission on Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Affairs for the Diocese of Orange.

James Aiello JD serves as a consultant to South Africa’s National Treasury in its Public Private Partnership Unit. He went to South Africa in 1997 as chief of party on a USAID initiative to establish the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Unit and then served as principal adviser to PwC in Johannesburg. He and his wife, Helene, live in Pretoria.

Florence C. Fee JD founded No Health Without Mental Health, a social media and communications organization that advocates the incorporation of mental health into our understanding of health. He is pleased to announce that Dr. Roger Kathol, a nationally recognized expert on the integration of behavioral health into primary care, has joined its board of directors.

In December 2012, Peter R. Day JD co-sponsored and taught two workshops entitled “Cross-Examination in International Arbitration,” hosted by the Beijing and Shanghai arbitration commissions. The students were mostly young associates at large Chinese or international law firms.

Daniel R. Foley JD is a judge for the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals. He was sworn in as a part-time Supreme Court Justice for the Republic of Palau in January.

Mary Athans MA ’75Mary Christine Athans, B.V.M., MA (left) recently published “In Quest of the Jewish Mary: The Mother of Jesus in History, Theology, and Spirituality.” She is professor emerita at the St. Paul Seminary School in the School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas and is also an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago and the Catholic Theological Union.

The San Francisco Public Library published three of Jeanne Powell JD’s poems in its anthology, “Poets Eleven 2012.”

Peter J. Logan JD writes, “Class spirit continues, after all these years. A sizable group attended the 100th anniversary gala on Feb. 7, along with professors and deans from past and present. My solo practice is growing, and I’m enjoying the variety of litigation cases. I’m still playing in a couple of local bands. We play at Law Rocks in June.“

Carolyn Rosenblatt JD writes, “Thought on turning 65: Yikes! Isn’t that when you’re old? I looked in the mirror, and I didn’t see an old person, so maybe it’s a myth. I have more confidence as a 65-year-old human being than I ever could have had as a young person. I’m happy to report that I’m having more fun than ever at this point. I work because I want to work, doing things I feel satisfied doing. I am using all those years of experience in nursing and in practicing law combined in an effort to be useful to people whose elders and parents are failing in their health. I am one of the lucky ones in excellent health at 65, and I am grateful everyday for this. Never mind that in my county’s triathlon three months ago, I was the oldest woman registered to complete the event. I can just celebrate being able to do it at all. And I do celebrate. With carrot cake.”

Stan Tosello JD is completing 30 years with Citibank this year. He’s back with the Latin America Group and is based in Miami after several international moves.

Elva Margaret Anson MA is the author of “Becoming Soul Mates,” a book about how to create a strong, lasting marriage. The book is based on her own experiences in her 57-year marriage and her more than 30 years as a marriage and family therapist. She has written five books and dozens of magazine articles.

Deborah Ratner Salzberg JD is president of Forest City Washington, a property development company based in Washington, D.C. She is married with two adult children and enjoys yoga and traveling—including a recent family trip to Santiago, Chile, and Patagonia.

Tom Paoli JD and Margaret Coyne JD celebrated their 30-year anniversary one day after their 30-year USF School of Law reunion. Margaret is executive director of Advokids, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of California’s foster children. Tom is co-founder and partner of Paoli & Geerhart, a law firm representing plaintiffs in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. He and his partner, Chuck Geerhart, are finalists for San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association’s 2013 Lawyer of the Year award.

G. Jean Laurin-Lawrence MHROD will graduate from Newburgh Theological Seminary with her ThD in June.

In June, Audry Lynch EdD and her family will travel to Majorca, Spain, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of the Blessed Junipero Serra. Her husband, Greg, is the current president of the USA Council of Serra International.

When he’s not working on the latest deals and cross-border transactions at his law office, Russell Leu JD teaches American common law and legal writing and methods at the Beijing Foreign Studies University School of Law, where he is also associate dean. He serves as special counsel at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton’s Beijing office. He writes, “Living in Beijing is the most humbling experience, as riding daily in Beijing’s massive subways with other urban dwellers and migrant workers, one can sense the direction of China—nobody complains and everybody is willing to work hard for a far better future, one filled with hope and yet some uncertainty.” He invites USFers in Beijing or planning a visit to contact him at

Jane Vincent Corbett EdD and Angela Banks, associate professor in the USF School of Nursing and Health Professions, co-authored the eighth edition of “Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures with Nursing Diagnoses.” Earlier editions have been translated into Spanish and Persian.

Michael D. Deems JD was recently named to a judgeship in the Butte County Superior Court. Since 2002, he had served as a managing partner at the Law Offices of Deems and Keller LLP.

William D. Glenn MA and his husband, Prescott W. Hafner, were awarded the Light in the Grove Award from the National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco for 30 years of leadership and service to the community.

Renee Welze Livingston JD has been elected to the board of directors for the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada and the Contra Costa County Bar Association. She is the managing shareholder of Livingston Law Firm in Walnut Creek, a firm she started in 2000. Her new board positions follow a nine-year term on the board of directors of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

Suzanne Chan MPA was appointed operations and accountability officer in the Administrative Services Division at the California Department of Rehabilitation.

Joe Gurkoff MA is co-author of “How Can I Help?: What You Can (And Can’t) Do To Counsel A Friend, Colleague Or Family Member With A Problem” and is developing programs to educate teachers, nonprofit professionals, and volunteers.

Dan Kalb MPA was elected to the District 1 seat of the Oakland City Council. He was formerly the state director of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Frank F. O’Barski JD was elected to the DeKalb County Board in Illinois in November 2012.

Jean Schweifler Cunningham MPA works for Travelers Insurance focusing on nurse case management. She is happily married with a 34-year-old son and will soon be a grandma for the first time. She is a district leader with Toastmasters International and enjoys camping and traveling. She looks forward to retirement in the next few years.

James A. Kowalski JR. JD is the new executive director of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, a nonprofit organization providing legal services throughout a 17-county region of northeast Florida.

After a career in teaching, Wayne Madden MA volunteers regularly at his neighborhood public school assisting students and teachers. “It is wonderful to give volunteer service in thanksgiving for the years of paid teaching,” he writes.

Gini Graham Scott JD published a book on her financial struggles during the housing crisis, “Living in Limbo: From the End to New Beginnings.” She also started a website to help others deal with foreclosure and bankruptcy:

Karen Benke ’94Karen Benke MA (left) is the author of “Sister,” a collection of poems she started writing while a student at USF. She is also the author of “Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing” and “Leap Write In!” She lives with her family in Mill Valley, where she is a creative writing/life coach.

Hal Gun EDD ’95Hal G. Gin EdD (right) is a member of the board of trustees for the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District.

Shawn Paxson MBA was named senior account executive for Wells Fargo Insurance’s employee benefit practice in San Carlos.

Lynn Noren MS was named president and CEO of Rise Foundation, a nonprofit agency that assists people with disabilities to secure employment and become self-sufficient. Noren also chairs the Minnesota Habilitation Coalition’s Governmental Affairs Committee and is also a member of the Minnesota Department of Human Services Expert Partner Panel and the Long-Term Care Provider Coalition.

Beverly Kehoe Shea MA works as a school psychologist for the New York Department of Corrections, which she loves. “It enables me to use my counseling skills with a population which can be helped to learn alternative behaviors and life skills from their past choices,” she writes.

Melinda Conner MA was named a fellow of the American Alternative Medicine Association and promoted to adjunct professor senior at Everest College Online. Her fourth book, “Ten Daily Needs Toward a Healthier, Happier Life,” is available on Amazon.

Stefan Lawrence JD ’97Stefan Lawrence JD (left) was recently appointed to the board of governors of the Institute for Corporate Counsel, a partnership between the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He was also featured in Wells Fargo’s video submission for the It Gets Better Project, an online anti-bullying initiative for LGBT youth.

After 12 years in Chicago, Maris Lisis MBA relocated to Louisville, Colo., where she is the managing director for Westbury Group LLC, a mid-market investment banking firm. She writes that she’s “enjoying the epic skiing and cycling Colorado has to offer!”

Michael John Marken JD is a legal assistance attorney for enlisted and officer personnel for the U.S. Coast Guard in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. He has received a number of awards for his work, including the Coast Guard Spirit of Excellence Award. He and his wife, a retired elementary school teacher, live in Oakland with their two parrots and their German Shepherd. He invites alumni interested in volunteering to assist military members with civil law legal problems to contact him at

Lusie Susantono LLM is a senior partner at Prisma & Co., where she works on corporate legal cases. She also lectures on ethics and business law at several universities in Jakarta, Indonesia. She has two daughters who are 18 and 21.

Michael Carney JD established a new law practice in San Mateo, where he continues his focus on estate planning and business law for family and closely held businesses and their owners.

Gail A. Hartman MA will be graduating in May from the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., with a master’s degree in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She is currently teaching theology at Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix and next year will be working on implementing Catholic identity across the curriculum.

Monica Pataki MA and her husband, Robert St. John, have lived overseas since 2000, with stints in Israel, Sweden, and now, Dublin, where their daughter, Sophia, attends the International School of Dublin. When the school announced last year that it was bankrupt, she and other parents formed a company to take over. They approached 15 schools before finding a new location and rolled up their sleeves to paint, sand, lay carpet, and set up classrooms. Pataki reports that their hard work paid off: “School opened only one week late!”

Eric Steinhofer MBA lives in Mill Valley with his wife, Tanya, and two children. He works at PG&E running a natural gas conservation program.Tanya is a financial planner with an office based in downtown Mill Valley. He writes, “If you find yourself near 245 Market in downtown San Francisco, feel free to look me up, and we can meet for a coffee.”

Jenny Dalton Shin JD has opened her own practice, the Law Office of Jenny Shin, to assist clients in the San Francisco Bay Area with estate planning. She also practices management-side employment law.

Naomi Kelly JD made history last year when she was appointed to a five-year term as San Francisco city administrator. She is both the first woman and the first African American to hold the position. She and her husband, SF Public Utilities Commission General Manager Harlan Kelly Jr., are the proud parents of their two boys, Harlan III and Mason.

Eric Lifschitz JD is an attorney with a private practice in San Francisco. In the last decade, his caseload has tripled, and he has brought in a law partner with experience in class action lawsuits as well as a rotating team of young attorneys. In 2012, he became director of the Eviction Defense Collaborative, a San Francisco-based organization that helps low-income tenants respond to eviction lawsuits and serves 5,000 city residents each year.

Mercedes Veloz MA is a licensed banker with Citibank.

Jennifer C. Madigan EdD published a book with Corwin Press titled “Mentorship of Special Educators.”

Charles Maynard MPA was the San Anselmo police chief for 12 years before retiring in 2012. He lives in Santa Rosa with Janice, his wife of 31 years.

Lois Merriweather EDD ’02Lois Merriweather Moore EdD (left) received the 2012 Faces of Novato Award from the City of Novato Multicultural Advisory Commission in recognition of her tireless efforts to further acceptance and respect within the community.

Joshua Schultz MBA is in his fifth year as chief business officer of the Napa County Office of Education. His son, Rowan, will graduate from the undergraduate program at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in May and will work for Bain & Co. His eldest daughter, Rae, is a freshman at Trinity College in Dublin, and his youngest daughter, Claire, is 9 years old and in fourth grade.

Stephen A. Stafford JD co-authored the 2013 update to “Tax and Accounting Elections” for the Continuing Education of the Bar’s “Financing and Protecting California Businesses.” For the past four years, he has also been selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers’ “Southern California Rising Stars” list by the publishers of Los Angeles magazine and Law & Politics magazine. Steve represents closely held businesses, entrepreneurs, and real estate investors at Brown & Streza LLP in Orange County.

Pam Hogan MNA is the author of “Fundraising Without Fundraisers: A Nonprofit Step-by-Step Guide to Generating Revenue Using Untraditional Methods,” a book that provides strategies that allow organizations to raise awareness and funds at the same time.

Leah Kleinman-Green MBA purchased her family business, Seismic Switch Inc., a provider of earthquake safety equipment primarily for elevators, and continues to manage it as CEO. She is expecting her second daughter in June.

Nikki Belushko Barrows JD was admitted to the State Bar of California in January. She and her husband, Jeff, are expecting their first child in late spring.

After graduating from USF, Jyoti Paintel MA taught at the Academy of Art University and received teaching fellowships from the School of International Training and Georgetown University. She currently works in the tech industry.

Jordanna Thigpen JD was recognized as one of the Recorder’s Women Leaders in Law: Champion Networkers in 2012. In February, she left Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy and started at Westerman Law Corp., a Los Angeles firm focusing on plaintiffs’ class litigation and complex business litigation.

Mert Ugurses MBA has been working in his family company selling and distributing chocolates in southern Turkey. He is happy to announce that they now sell Mattel products. “It’s a wonderful coincidence to become the supplier of a world-known Californian brand like Mattel. I miss California. I miss my times at USF. Wish you all the best in 2013,” he writes.

Evonne Wong MBA ’04
One of a series of wedding photos taken by Evonne Wong MBA ’04 and her husband, Darren Wong MBA '03, which was featured in a top wedding blog.

Evonne Wong MBA and her husband, Darren Wong MBA ’03, relocated back to the Bay Area in January 2012 and are now partners in their wedding and portrait photography company, U Me Us Studios, which can be found at

Jagdish Bijlani JD serves as assistant director of Bar Exam Services at the Golden Gate University School of Law. He also established to privately tutor law graduates for the California Bar Exam. On Valentine’s Day, Jay and his partner, Charles, were featured on an episode of “House Hunters” on HGTV.

Jenelle (Moulyn) Mohan JD and her husband, Ashik Mohan, have created a way to visualize sound as it would look if you could see it in nature. Launched in March, their new company, Born of Sound, will offer personal art derived from sounds that have meaning to the sound-creators. They invite USFers to check out their work at Jenelle is also an associate at Anderson Ziegler Disharoon Gallagher Gray in Santa Rosa.

Sara Parker JD ’05Sara M. Parker JD (left) was promoted to senior counsel at Selvin Wraith Halman LLP. Her practice focuses on complex high-exposure insurance coverage disputes involving domestic and London market insurance carriers. She routinely provides strategic assessment and management of complex commercial property claims and lawsuits throughout the U.S. and also represents insurance companies in complex third-party construction defect, environmental, and cargo liability and bad faith lawsuits.

Jason Fellner JD ’06Jason Fellner JD (left) is an attorney at Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeney in San Francisco and was promoted to director in January. He represents individual and corporate clients in negotiated transactions and all forms of civil litigation.

Ashwin Gokhale JD serves as counsel at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.

Jen Larsen MFA recently published a book, “Stranger Here: How Weight-Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head.” Jen was interviewed on MSNBC and received glowing reviews in People magazine and Kirkus Reviews.

Pascal B. Thiam EdD was elected chairman of the Economic Development Committee of the NAACP San Francisco Branch and is now a member of its executive board. He is also the president of the Downbeat Magazine award-winning Savanna Jazz Club & Restaurant, located in San Francisco’s Mission District and teaches jazz and world music at USF, where he also directs the USF Jazz Band.

Erlina Arriola MA relocated to Norwalk, Conn., and joined FactSet Research Systems’ Industry Research Group as a technology sector specialist, where she established the Data Collection Operations Team, located in Manila, Philippines.

James Santiago Ortiz Correa MA earned a PhD in economics from UC Riverside. His dissertation, “Essays on Civil War and Welfare: Effects on Child and Infant Mortality, Learning Attainment and Access to Water and Sanitation Services,” is a continuation of his research while in the International and Development Economics Program at USF.

Kate Knickerbocker EDD ’07Kate Gambs Knickerbocker EdD (left) is currently teaching ESL part time at the College of Marin, where she also privately tutors students. She is on the board of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and lives in Marin County with her husband and two young children.

Agustin Maes MA was one of two runners-up for the 2011 Paris Literary Prize, chosen from among more than 430 novellas submitted from 34 countries. Sponsored by Paris bookstore Shakespeare and Company and the de Groot Foundation, the Paris Literary Prize highlights the novella as a literary form. He was also awarded a 2012 Investing in Artists grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, and his essay, “The Terrible and Sublime Liturgy: A Meditation on Evil, Scapegoats, and Beauty,” was published by The Other Journal.

Kevin B. Smith JD and his wife, Cassandra, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Charlotte, in 2011 and their son, Jack, in 2012. He lives in Sacramento and works for the Board of Equalization.

Jason Kenji P. Higams published a manuscript in the scientific, peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE last September.

U.S. Navy Lt. j.g. Christopher Oliveria MS works for the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., where he is responsible for managing the secretary of defense’s executive dining facility and 26 joint service military personnel.

Christena Reinhard MBA recently joined Saint Mary’s College of California as associate director of development for individual giving.

Heather Boshears Robbins JD joined Alameda County’s Auditor-Controller Agency as principal auditor. She has also found her true calling volunteering as a cat adoption counselor at the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Irene Sanchez-Ortiz MA is a mental health therapist with the County of San Mateo. She and her husband have a beautiful baby girl.

Jeffrey Wilson JD participated in the 30s National Grass Court Tennis Championships in Philadelphia last September. It was his first time playing on grass in a tennis tournament. He made it to the finals and won second place.

Holly Forman MA ’09Holly Forman MA (left) is a licensed, marriage and family therapist working with children, teens, and families in a private practice in Berkeley.

In February, Stephen Gotfredson MA (left) launched Box Basics, an online CrossFit store selling shoes, apparel, and gear. He invites USFers to check out his website at

Jonathan Jaffe JD ’09Jonathan Jaffe JD (left) worked as a solo practitioner in the nation’s largest class action suit against Facebook, winning protections for Facebook users. He and his wife recently celebrated their 20th anniversary and are looking forward to a family bike trip through France this summer.

Christopher Malcomb MFA lives in Berkeley, where he runs a small organization called The Mindful Writer, which offers mindfulness and creative writing classes for adults.

Meredith Rosen MBA welcomed the birth of her twins, Roxanne Nola and Rex Charles, in October 2012. She continues to work at Bedell Frazier Investment Counselling in Walnut Creek, where she was recently promoted to chief operating officer.

John Dzida MBA, MA married Amanda Huffman ’02, MA ’06 in August 2011 in San Juan Capistrano. John and Amanda live in San Francisco and work in the Bay Area.

Michael Hassid MBA is celebrating the launch of his new nonprofit organization, OrgAmi, which provides management services to other nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit

Matthew C. Lewis JD is working at Meyers Nave in Oakland and living in Novato with his wife, Jessica Bartolini ’06, and his soon-to-be baby boy, due in June.

Cheryl Wozniak EdD is the principal of Frank C. Havens Elementary School in Piedmont. Her dissertation, “Reading and the Boy Crisis,” was a finalist for the International Reading Association’s Outstanding Dissertations of the Year award in 2012.

David Troya Cuadrado MS reports that his company, Glamping Hub, which offers a guide to luxury camping around the world, had a successful 2012. The company was featured in Forbes and TIME magazine and was accepted into Start-Up Chile, a program to attract early-stage entrepreneurs to Chile.

Liz Fiandaca MBA has joined the board of directors for Project Open Hand, an organizing that provides more than 2,500 meals a day to the sick and the elderly in the Bay Area.

Christopher Wybenga MNA started a new position as institutional and legacy giving associate at the San Francisco Opera in January. He is also getting married to Anne Suda in June in Sarasota, Fla.

Jason Burdge MNA and his wife, Kim, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Arianna, in March.

Joy Utanakhome Mayaki MA is working as a volunteer development and marketing officer for the Asian American Civic Association. She is expecting her first baby in April.



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