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Don Ramatici was honored as this year’s recipient of the Gene and Evelyn Benedetti Leadership Award from Petaluma Valley Hospital. The award recognizes individuals within the community for lifelong dedication to acts of generosity, leadership, and community involvement. Don has a passion for supporting youth sports and activities as well as community organizations.

53_smithJames P. Smith ’53

James P. Smith is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in solution-oriented therapy that uses both cognitive/behavioral and psychoanalytic processes, including guided imagery, to treat mental and emotional disorders among adults, couples, adolescents, and the elderly. His hobbies are writing, BMW motorcycle touring, and photography.

Robert Hanson writes, “Doris and I now have a great-granddaughter, Isla Kathryn, a real beauty.”

The Rev. John William Egan retired after 58 years of court reporting. He and his wife of 61 years, Jeanette, are enjoying retirement at Rossmoor in Walnut Creek. They enjoy spending time with their three children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

In 2000, the Rev. Frank R. Piro retired as pastor of St. Andrew in Daly City for health reasons. He moved to Merced, where he’s close to family and a part of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church community. “I am on dialysis for three years, wear a pacemaker but work as a recycled priest even now at 79 years of age,” he writes.

Richard Rochford visited the USF campus at the end of August to watch his grandson’s soccer game. His grandson is a student at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Young Stewart reports that he is still active, despite using a cane and a walker. He's a member of the USF Sacramento Regional Council and regularly attends an informal monthly breakfast with other USF alumni at Annie's Diner in Orangevale. He's active in the Knights of Columbus, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Citrus Heights Lions Club. This past April, he and his wife of 56 years, Eunice, took a river cruise on the waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium, two countries they had never visited before.

Al Twyford retired last April after 55 years of working in the trucking and chemical industry. He still gets together with former USF classmates, Bob King, Carl Pimentel, and Ed Thiede ’58 .

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.

James T. Walt and wife, Marilyn, live in Lake Oswego, Ore., and have a second home near Bend. They enjoy riding horses, playing golf, and fishing.

After 50 years of teaching law, Jeremy T. Harrison is enjoying retirement, which has given him more time to spend with his wife, 12 children, and 22 grandchildren. He welcomed his 23rd grandchild in September and will celebrate the wedding of his youngest daughter this year. He writes, “Now I also have time for long walks, singing in two choirs, and reading books unrelated to law.”

James Skidmore and his wife, Pat, celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary in January. They have three children and seven grandchildren. He’s happy to report that his granddaughter, Alison, was accepted into the U.S. Air Force Academy, Class of 2017. She will be playing soccer there. “Slowing down somewhat since the Frosh Fandango days but still fly fishing a lot and enjoying regular workouts at the Olympic Club,” he writes.

Michael D. Johnson writes, “Still alive and kicking! Where do the years go? My best to all my classmates of 1958!”

After teaching nursing for 30 years at Sonoma State University, Sandra Debella Boldey retired and spends her time traveling. She and her family spent three weeks in Iceland this past summer.

Since his years at USF, Kevin Starr has kept busy with an extensive professional timeline as a historian, librarian, author, and educator. He received the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement and an honorary doctorate from Georgetown University. Kevin is also a member of the California Hall of Fame and received the National Medal for Humanities and the Centennial Medal from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.

Roy Tulle MS ’70 and wife, Ellen, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August.

MARY SCHMIDT PRATT MILLER '63Mary Schmidt Pratt Miller works in a private clinical counseling practice in Northville, Mich. She also serves on the board of the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association, providing ethics workshops for other mental health professionals. She and her husband are building a new home for their eight children and 15 grandchildren. She writes, “I miss the soft and downy fog of San Francisco, and I'm hoping to experience lots of it when I come for our reunion.”

Bruce Cornblum published the 19th edition of his three-volume work, “California Insurance Law Dictionary and Desk Reference,” this year. It’s widely used by lawyers and judges in the state as a standard legal reference. He continues to practice civil law and is now in his 49th year of practice.

Pete Comerford was elected president of the Northern California Chapter of the Knights of Columbus for 2013-14. The chapter covers the Diocese of Sacramento, from Vallejo and South Lake Tahoe to Yreka.

In 2012, Irene Daniels Lewis retired after 30 years at the San José State University Valley Foundation School of Nursing, where she was chair of community health and psychiatric nursing. Since retiring, she has visited Beijing and taken a cruise to Mexico with her husband, Norris.

Rita Jane (Corriea) Widergren retired from her position as supervising public health nurse for Marin County. She and her husband, Bob, celebrated by taking their six children, their children’s spouses, and 10 grandchildren to Kauai for a week.

Sister M. Timothy Gallagher continues her mission work at St. Mary’s Medical Center three days a week. She works with the congestive heart failure team, following up on patient compliance to diet and medication.

Dennis P. Collin is happily retired into a part-time guest services position at Longwood Gardens in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.

Eddie Castoria '68Eddie Castoria (left) has recently moved from California back to Albuquerque, N.M. He continues to serve as president and CEO of his San Diego-based company.

Bowman Olds MA ’74 just completed 20 years as the corporate emergency operations manager for Science Applications International Corporation. He is responsible for responding to all man-made and natural disasters impacting the company’s 41,000 employees and their families across the U.S. and in 37 countries.

Having lived in the Bay Area his entire life, Gary Andregg retired and moved to Las Vegas. He married his longtime partner in July, and they look forward to their new life in the Silver State.

William F. Kidd recently retired from the San Francisco Police Department in 2005 and currently works as a court deputy for the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.

Harry Young won an Emmy for his audio work on the NBC series “Days of Our Lives.”

Peter H. Deutsch '70Peter H. Deutsch '70

Since retiring from a 41-year career with the U.S. Postal Service, Peter H. Deutsch has kept busy managing a shift of volunteers at SFO and giving walking tours for He also served on a grand jury in San Mateo County. Peter plays golf at least once a week. He and wife, Cathy, recently became proud grandparents to Abigale Louise.

PAUL COOL JD ’74Paul Cool JD ’74 gave the plenary address on the El Paso Salt War at the 2013 Arizona/New Mexico Joint History Conference in Las Cruces, N.M. Paul is the author of “Salt Warriors: Insurgency on the Rio Grande.”

Dennis A. Martin completed the second edition of his book, “Celubrious,” which is available in bookstores.

Antonio Alvarez Urriola lives in David, Panama. She and her son own and operate an insurance brokerage firm.

Michele Grgas (Thomas) Postal has been busy! She got married last December, retired in August, and moved to Eugene, Ore., in September.

Sheila Thompson is technology coordinator for St. Paul Catholic School in New Bern, N.C., where she also teaches technology to 11th graders. Her youngest grandson just graduated from high school, and her great-granddaughter is entering the second grade at St. Paul.

STEPHEN M. BOREMAN '73Stephen M. Boreman (left) is a partner in the San Francisco law firm, Slote, Links & Boreman.

Rosario Miranda Martin lives in San Francisco, working at the West Campus of California Pacific Medical Center. She would love to get in touch with Margaret Conti, Debbie Gaylord, Debbi Graff, and others from the Class of ’74.

Judy C. Miner (LM), MA ’77, EdD ’82 serves as president of Foothill College. She was recently honored as one of Silicon Valley’s Women of Influence in Education for her instrumental role in overseeing the school’s advances in instruction and academic achievement.

Barry Stenger was recently named executive director of St. Anthony Foundation in San Francisco, a nonprofit that provides services for the homeless.

Jennifer Sullivan California Elementary Credential ’74, Education Specialist Credential ’79 was recently recognized for her work as executive director of the Morgan Autism Center, where she developed the Adult Program and expanded outreach initiatives to community organizations, school districts, and other agencies. She has since stepped down as executive director but continues her involvement with the organization as a consultant.

Jeanne Zarka is preparing to walk 450 miles across Spain, from Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela, on a 33-day pilgrimage. She writes, “I survived brain cancer and want to complete this challenge while healthy enough to do so.”

Dolores Gomez is COO of Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame.

After sailing around the world, Catherine Clemens Longwell and her husband moved to the beautiful hill country of Texas, where they enjoy the diverse wildlife. She has also completed her book, “44,000 Miles Under Sail.”

Congratulations to Michael Boland JD ’80, who was elected to the American Board of Trial Lawyers in the summer. He has been practicing law in San Francisco since 1981.

Leslie Hulsbus Hummel’s new book, “Shebug Diva!” is now available on Kindle, Amazon, and iTunes. It’s the fourth and final book in the “Shebug” series.

Bob Ackerman is founder and managing director of Allegis Capital, a venture capital firm with offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto. Bob launched Allegis in 1996 after leading two successful start-up technology companies. In his spare time, he oversees Ackerman Family Vineyards, his family winery in Napa, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

After more than 36 years with Lockheed Martin, Floyd Ferguson Jr. is retired. He travels, works in the garden, and visits with many friends.

Theresa Hull-Nye is a registered nurse at Kaiser Permanente and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. She also serves as an associate of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. She and her husband have three beautiful children: Justin, Katelin, and Dylan. The family has a vacation home in Tahoe.

Kelly Maris-Weissburg works as an orthopedic nurse practitioner in Oakland. She has three daughters. The eldest just married and is in a nurse midwife program at the University of Michigan. Kelly stays active as part of a women's multi-sport team in the East Bay.

Peter Cullen and wife, Sue, welcomed their first grandchild, Kai Cullen.

Kevin Cronin is managing director of The Mehigan Company, a corporate real estate advisory firm that specializes in customized and cost-effective real estate and facilities solutions. He is also co-founder of The Dante Benedetti Foundation, which provides meaningful financial support to organizations that facilitate active participation in sports for underserved youth.

Mary Rocca is opening a new tasting salon as part of her vineyard, Rocca Family Vineyards, in Napa Valley. She writes, “We look forward to seeing fellow USF grads and their friends. On a separate note, we've enjoyed getting to know some of the men's tennis team members—so talented!”

Joseph Schunk celebrates 30 years of marriage to Michelle Marin ’81. He was re-elected to the Napa Valley Unified School Board last year.

Kathryn Carpenter Totah and her parents, Samuel Carpenter ’52 and Patricia Franks Carpenter ’52, are proud of their third generation Don daughter and granddaughter, Lauren Totah, who is a graduate student in the counseling psychology program.

Antoine De Cazotte was executive producer of the film “The Artist,” which won more than 100 awards, including five Oscars and three Golden Globe Awards.

Mihoko Tokoro works in Los Angeles for Deluxe Media Entertainment, a top film technology company serving major Hollywood movie companies such as Disney, Paramount, Fox, and DreamWorks. She manages film conversions for worldwide distribution formats such as DVD, Blu-ray, 3D, and digital cinema.

San José Auxiliary Bishop Tom Daly was appointed interim director and president of St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park.

Michelle Griffin serves as strategy adviser to various nonprofit and early stage venture clients. She also volunteers with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to funding research to cure Type 1 diabetes, a condition her younger son was diagnosed with at age 9. This fall, she and her eldest son traveled to Boston to move him into his freshman residence hall.

Carol Sheppard works as a contracts specialist at Western Washington University. Prints of her award-winning nature photography are now sold in multiple stores in the Pacific Northwest.

Benjamin Joe '84Benjamin Joe '84 and family

Benjamin Joe and wife, Tracy, have been in theology and permanent diaconate formation studies for the past five years. Benjamin was ordained a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Stockton in September. They live in Stockton with their six children.

In October, Rita Maria Paratore (Sister Michael Teresa) celebrated her Silver Jubilee with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Chicago.

After five years as an assistant athletic director at Stanford, Jim Young returned to USF in 2012 and is currently associate athletic director for communications and marketing. Jim has worked in media and public relations for athletic programs all over the Bay Area, including Santa Clara University, University of California, Berkeley, and the Oakland Athletics. He lives in Novato with his wife, Jody, and his daughter, Grace.

Carolyn (Lindy) Chris takes classes in botanical illustration, primarily working with watercolor. She has also earned a Level One Teacher’s Certificate in Japanese flower arranging at the Sogetsu School of Ikebana.

Michael Harron works in San Diego as a senior implementation manager for SAS Institute. He installs fraud detection software in large banks around the world.

Jan Melsen ’88Jan Melsen lives in Brussels and works as a management consultant, conducting commercial and management seminars for various Belgian and European companies. Every year, he and a group of about 20 USF MBA alumni get together for a long weekend in Europe. This year, they met in Florence, Italy, and next year they will meet in Lyon, France.

Jennifer Pollock works in real estate on the Peninsula. She is prepairing to send her daughter off to college in San Luis Obispo.

Mona Katrine Axelsen is self-employed in Oslo, Norway.

Angelica C. Arce is an RN in Connecticut. She has two children, a daughter in college and a son in eighth grade. She would love to hear from fellow alumni from the Class of ’89.

CORA A. MCLAUGHLIN '89After a long career in hightech, Cora A. McLaughlin (left) is an independent broker in the health insurance marketplace, working under Insphere Insurance Solutions. She lives in the Palm Springs area.

Damian Bacich was elected Chair of the World Languages and Literatures Department at San José State University. He also earned tenure and a promotion to associate professor.

LAWRENCE PATRICK LEMOS '90In June, Lawrence Patrick Lemos began his two-year term as president of the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs, the professional association for nurses employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is now enrolled in the USF Executive Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and is expected to graduate in December 2014.

Susan Peacock works in northern Nevada as a speech and language pathologist, focused primarily on adults. Two of her daughters are in college, and one will finish high school next year. “I am still married to the same person that I was dating when a student at USF—John,” she writes.

Chris Seeman teaches theology at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio.

James Speer Yerbic will celebrate five years of marriage this October. Of his three children, two are in college and one is a high school senior.

Mark Fennell published “Introduction to Electrical Power,” a book that explains essential concepts behind electrical power for readers with little background on the subject. Michael Gross Murray started a new position at Sage Electronics Inc. as Northern California/Northern Nevada business development representative.

ALMAZ NEGASH '93Almaz Negash serves as managing director of Step Up Silicon Valley, a campaign to cut poverty in the area. She is also the founder of the African Diaspora Network, which is supported and run by USF alumni and interns.

William J. Callaghan ’94William J. Callaghan (left) is senior vice president and chief technology officer at Xenith Bank in Richmond, Va.

Kelly Turner was promoted to engineering administrator at AT&T. She keeps active and young by spending lots of time with her 6-year-old niece and 3-year-old nephew.

Donald “Scott” Means is currently the Americans with Disabilities Act specialist for the City of Oakland.

RAYNE SORIANORayne Soriano and his wife welcomed the birth of their first baby, Regen (left), in July.

Ramon M. Tovar lives with his wife and two daughters in Van Nuys, where he teaches English and is the head wrestling coach at Van Nuys High School.

Bob King was inducted into the National Association of Music Merchants’ Oral History Library. His interview can be viewed at He also works as a sales manager at Mighty Bright, an LED lighting vendor.

Jelena Renee Crone owns a company called Bridevine & Branches, which specializes in providing plush floral designs, comprehensive event design and décor, and event planning for weddings and social and corporate events. Jelena has been featured in Ceremony magazine and Mira Bridal Couture magazine. She is happily married to her husband, Chris, and has three beautiful daughters.

Traci M. Honda Laflower and her husband, Scott, welcomed the birth of their son, Wyatt Takeshi, in February.

Neena (Gokli) Brammer and her husband, Adam, adopted a baby girl, Chloe, in April. Neena and Adam are enjoying parenthood and love spending time with their new daughter.

Paul Applegate is the founder of charity capitalism startup, Synced Smiles, which donates toothbrushes to people in need based on a “buy one, give ten” model. Applegate invites his fellow alumni to learn more at

Brian M. Davis JD ’05 and his wife, Megan, welcomed the birth of their son, Nolan Bradley Davis, in April. At the beginning of the year, he opened a four-attorney business and commercial real estate law firm in Newport Beach and was also appointed to serve on the board for Big Brothers Big Sisters. He also founded and serves as CEO for Orange County Young Executives, a nonprofit that raises funds for local children's charities. They raised more than $100,000 in their first year.

Tamara (Geiger) Furman is vice president of human resources at Hunter Industries, an international manufacturing company. In 2005, she married fellow Don, Charles Furman ’94, MS ’03.

Jamie Jennifer Umanzor writes from Hawaii, where she has been living for the last eight years. She offers web development services for small businesses and writes for 808ink magazine. She also provides social support services to disadvantaged teens and has immersed herself in the local culture, learning to play and sing traditional Hawaiian music. She reports that during the last Pacific Ink and Art Expo, she received a traditional "batek" (tattoo) during a very special cultural "tapping" ceremony by the esteemed Manbatek Lane Wilcken, author of "Filipino Tattoos: Ancient to Modern." She says, “My batek ceremony was a beautifully spiritual experience. As my Philippine ancestors bled in honor of their ancestors, so, too, have I.”

Joseph Wing Sang Tsang successfully completed the first phase of the new University of Hong Kong Shenzen Hospital in Shenzen, China, over the last two years. He is currently working as a real estate broker in California.

Bridgette Davis received a master’s degree in social work in 2008 and is now a child welfare worker who serves foster youth in Alameda County. She is married and has two children, Bria and Myles Frison.

Jennifer Geeslin is working toward her master’s degree in psychology at The New School for Social Research in New York. She also works for the ERA Education Project, a nonprofit national media campaign that educates people about the need to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

Jamie Leary Medina ZapantaIn December, Jamie Leary Medina Zapanta will celebrate three years of marriage to Johnmyre Zapanta. They live on the beautiful island of Guam, where she works as a guidance counselor to 630 students at Astumbo Middle School.

Kellyl Tarry is a proud grandmother to two boys, one born in 2010 and the other this year.

Mark S. Smith is a probation officer in Colorado. He writes, “I was in the Organizational Behavior cohort that met weekly in Gilroy back in the mid-1990s. The other folks in my cohort likely graduated around 1997. Is anyone out there from my cohort?”

Jessica Diaz recently accepted a position as a mental health practitioner with the County of Marin’s Mental Health and Substance Use Services.

James Kilton '08James Kilton '08

Debbie Ngai is catering and convention services manager at the Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas. She recently became a certified meeting planner.

Robert Stanley moved to South Africa to work on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

Miye Nadya Tom is finishing up a doctoral program at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. Her thesis, which she will defend in the fall, explores cultural manifestations of hip-hop in Native American and African communities in Portugal. She is pursuing an academic career in the U.S.

James Kilton is taking a temporary break from his work as a film and television editor to travel with his fiancee, visiting some of the world’s poorest countries. He writes, “The last year has been an eye-opening experience and has certainly given me a broader perspective on the world and the struggles people face today.” He writes about his travels at

Nicolas Maroun cofounded, an online and mobile fundraising platform for nonprofits. The company was one of 24 startups featured in the Wall Street Journal’s Startup of the Year competition.

Monica Murillo-Chinchilla married fellow USFer Jonathan Chinchilla, and the couple will be celebrating their five-year anniversary in the fall. She currently works at an employment law firm in San Francisco while pursuing her passion for music. She will be releasing her first EP this year.

MARYBETH WHALEN '08Marybeth Whalen ’08

This summer, Marybeth Whalen summited Mount Katahdin, the second tallest mountain in New England, which sits at the northern end of the Appalachian Trail. She is currently working on a master’s degree in gastronomy with a concentration in food policy at Boston University.

John Dzida joined Stanford Federal Credit Union in Palo Alto as senior commercial banking officer.

After graduating with a fine arts degree, Ken Kim went on to dental school. He writes, “Dentistry is basically a form of art that also happens to be a branch of medicine. Preparing and restoring a decayed tooth with instruments is very much like creating a functional sculpture that restores quality to one's healthy life. There is no piece of artwork that could be more rewarding than this.”

Frank Malifrando founded the Mad Hatter Holiday Festival, Parade, and Tree Lighting Ceremony, which has become a main attraction for the city of Vallejo.

In May, Stephen Wayne Cramer graduated from St. Mary's College of California with a Master of Arts in leadership.

Ken Kim '10Ken Kim ’10

Mohammad Algharib writes, “I really miss USF. For sure I'm coming back one day.”

Emily Harbourne moved to Chicago to pursue a master’s degree in journalism at the Medill School at Northwestern University.

After six months as a counselor working with severely emotionally disturbed youth, Nicole Steinberg was hired as the project associate at Council for Strong America.

After traveling to Spain over the summer, David A. Dully now works at Dolby Laboratories. All his spare time goes toward developing new lines for SimpleMinded Clothing, which was started by fellow classmates Alex Shaw and Steven Calderon during their time at USF.

Nick Goultas recently became employed as a fitness specialist and personal trainer for BaySport, which specializes in corporate fitness. He is also pursuing a master’s degree in public health at USF.

Evan Vaughn '13Evan Vaughn ’13

Carly Smith works for a nonprofit organization that builds affordable housing in Sacramento through AmeriCorps VISTA.

Evan Vaughn works as a youth minister with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and Island Parishes in Portland, Maine. He writes, “It’s fantastic how this city is like a miniature version of San Francisco in lots of ways; though, some major differences are that I’m looking forward to trying the lobster and having fun in the snow!”


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Veronica Hunnicutt EdD spent 45 years in various public education positions. She is now a businesswoman and consultant.

Valerian JD ’72Richard C. Valerian JD retired after 37 years as a trial attorney for Farmers Insurance. He now works as a mediator with Valerian Mediation in Oakland.

Dee JD ’73Florence Fee JD is executive director of No Health Without Mental Health (NHMH), a social marketing and communications organization with a mission to encourage an understanding of health that encompasses both physical and mental aspects. Fee is proud to announce that important information on how behavioral health interacts with heart disease has been posted on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Million Hearts website ( This initiative is a partnership of the CDC, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, and Dr. Wayne Katon of the University of Washington’s AIMS Center for Integrated Mental Health Solutions.

Patricia A. Burgess JD and her husband relocated to Austin, Texas, in January. Her husband is CFO for an e-commerce company, and she joined the board of Impact Austin, a women's philanthropy organization, while continuing as general counsel to a California-based investment advisory startup.

Dale Brodsky JD was recently appointed to the Fair Employment and Housing Council. She also serves as a partner at Beeson, Tayer & Bodine in Oakland, where she has worked since 2002.

Carolyn Rosenblatt JD is having a great season with sprint distance triathlons, completing five and coming in first among women in her age group. She and her husband, Mikol Davis EdD ’80, enjoy their work together at, consulting families with aging parents and doing family conflict resolution. She writes, “We've spent some great vacation time at Avila Beach and Lake Tahoe recently. Our two great kids are both in CA, and we're happy!”

Murphy JD ’81Stephen M. Murphy JD was named one of Northern California’s top 100 attorneys in 2013 by Super Lawyers magazine.

Joan E. Stern MPA published a book of poetry, “Pieces of Her Mind,” with 16 other female poets from all over the world.

Paul Hunt JD transitioned his legal practice from civil litigation to estate planning a few years ago. His firm, the Law Offices of Paul D. Hunt, is located in Alameda.

Christopher E. Platten JD was named one of California’s top 75 labor and employment lawyers by the Daily Journal.

Robert C. La Mont JD serves as country director in the Philippines for the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative. He directs a five-year, $20 million program to pilot court automation. In February, he married David Jones. They have made Honolulu their permanent home.

Eric Lucas MBA is vice president of sales for Latin America and the Caribbean for Flexera Software. He’s based in Johns Creek, Ga.

Last November, Gonzalo “Sal” Torres JD won his fifth straight four-year term to the City Council of Daly City. This past January, he also became director of commercial transactions (Americas) at Equinix Inc., the world's leading data center and colocation services company.

James A. Kowalski Jr. JD was named executive director of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid last December.

Pope EDD ’89The National Career Development Association honored Mark Pope EdD as one of the nine most extraordinary leaders in the 100-year history of the career counseling profession. Mark served as president of the National Career Development Association and the American Counseling Association and previously received the Eminent Career Award, the profession’s most prestigious honor.

Elen Brandt JD lives in the low Sierras and practices law in northern California. She is also actively painting and showing her work, which can be viewed at

Scott Patton JD was appointed Alameda County Superior Court judge. He is enjoying his new role.

In May, Miriam Sue Zimmerman EdD was honored by the Shinnyo-en Foundation for her work in multifaith and Jewish-Palestinian dialogue. She also participated in the foundation’s 2013 Floating Lantern Ceremony in Honolulu.

Archuleta MNA ’92Keith Archuleta MNA and his wife, Iris, founded Emerald HPC International LLC, which provides strategic planning and community development consulting services on projects such as the Antioch Youth Intervention Network (YIN), the Richmond/North Richmond Economic Revitalization Initiative, and elementary arts education efforts in San Francisco schools. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods and the U.N. University for Peace in The Hague recently recognized their work with YIN as one of four community engagement and youth violence mitigation best practices in the world. Keith and Iris have three grandchildren, Nayan, Viva, and Donacio, and many godchildren.

After a 10-year stint as the managing attorney for Legal Services of Northern California in Ukiah, Lisa Hillegas JD recently established a private practice focused on family law and general civil matters in Ukiah and the Bay Area.

Dennis Philip Zaro EdD developed a learning kit for people recovering from substance abuse during and after incarceration. The kit, Inner Journeys, is the result of his time spent working in jails and prisons. To date, two trial runs have been very successful. After further field trials and refinement, Dennis hopes to have his kit published.

Katherine Ingram MA published her first book, “Washing the Bones: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Transformation.” She also writes a monthly column, “Soul Matters,” for The Jacksonville Review and is a contributor to a variety of online journals. She lives in southern Oregon with her husband and two children.

Wendy Jameson MA co-founded a nanotechnology R&D and manufacturing company in Arizona in 2009. She was named a White House Champion of Change in 2011 and a Phoenix Business Journal Tech Titan in February of this year. The Arizona Business Magazine also named her one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. She travels frequently to Asia and Europe for business.

Mark Keller MSEM is a LEED green associate and environmental, health, safety, and facilities manager at Honeywell in Urbana, Ohio. He and his wife, Catherine, who is an elementary school teacher, have three daughters and enjoy spending time outdoors.

Dana M. Newman JD runs her own literary agency in Los Angeles. Her agency focuses on narrative and practical nonfiction books as well as literary and historical fiction. She also works as an attorney, advising authors, publishers, content creators, and entrepreneurs on contracts, licensing, trademarks, and copyright.

Shambhala Publications recently published Karen Benke MA’s second book, “LEAP WRITE IN! Adventures in Creative Writing to Stretch & Surprise Your One-of-a-Kind Mind.” Her other book, “RIP THE PAGE!” is currently in its second printing. She lives in Mill Valley with her son and a cat named Clive.

Juliana Guerriero JD is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation law with Cantrell, Green, Pekich, Cruz & McCort in Long Beach. She volunteers as chair of a food and wine-tasting fundraiser for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. She recently bought a new house and is in the process of remodeling it. Juliana enjoys practicing yoga, spending time with her boyfriend of almost 12 years, Stephen, and preparing fresh meals with ingredients from her garden. She writes, “We have a lot of ‘wanna-be’ chefs in the family—last weekend we even made goat cheese!” Juliana would love to hear from classmates in Long Beach at

After being re-elected to the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education, Ronald Lee Knecht JD was again named chairman of the Audit Committee. A consulting economist in Carson City, he is also a columnist for the Nevada Appeal and a speaker on economic and financial matters.

The Rev. Cyril Apassa EdD is recovering from a stroke. He is making progress, but remains in a wheelchair and is paralyzed on his left side.

Joanne Escobar MA is general manager of the Rockefeller Group Business Center, which provides fully furnished office space.

Lenore Rebecca Harris MA is the proud parent of a beautiful 2-year-old boy. Becoming a parent has inspired her to pursue her writing career with more vigor, and this past May she completed one year as a John Steinbeck fellow. She plans to complete her novel by the end of the year.

Patricia Maher MPA is associate professor and assistant chair of the Emergency Medical Services Program at Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Westmore JD ’97Kandis A. Westmore JD was appointed magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California last year. Before taking the bench, she spent 13 years in the Oakland City Attorney’s Office.

Lori Hymowitz JD was elected president of the board of the Portland chapter of Parents for Public Schools. Parents for Public Schools is a national organization that works toward strengthening public schools by engaging, educating, and mobilizing parents.

Gee MBA ’99Craig Gee MBA is currently based in San Francisco, working at Fortify Energy Company in renewables, energy storage, microgrids, and energy efficiency consulting and project development. He writes, “I can always be reached at Contact me anytime! My best regards to all my fellow USF alumni (and particularly my MBA cohorts) wherever you are throughout the world.”

Hana Ferklová LLM is a partner at Bernard Legal in Prague, Czech Republic.

Lewellyn ’00Rene Lewellyn MS is celebrating her seventh year in her private psychotherapy practice in Brentwood. She provides treatment to adults, children, and couples, enjoying the freedom to serve a diverse population of clients.

Cris Chater MNA left her position as executive director of Senior Access, a nonprofit that supports seniors with dementia, to help run the Mt. Williamson Motel and Base Camp at the foot of the eastern Sierra Nevada. A passion for hiking was a major motivator for this change. In her effort to share this passion with others, she has also developed women’s fitness retreats—backpacking through the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada.

Johnson JD ’96 ’02Cyrus Johnson JD marked 10 years as a private practice attorney. He is the founder of Lafayette Law of Lafayette, which serves individual, venture, corporate, and private foundation clients.

Jose R. Michel EdD retired from a 32-year public service career in California higher education and transitioned to a position as associate faculty of liberal arts and science at DeVry University in Sacramento. His wife, Diana Fuentes-Michel, is executive director of the California Student Aid Commission. The couple has raised three daughters: Angela, Gabriela, and Andrea.

Lois Merriweather Moore EdD was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the Board of Directors of the 4th District Agricultural Association/Sonoma-Marin Fair. The fair promotes the state’s agricultural heritage and showcases the diverse talents and accomplishments of the state’s citizens, especially the youth of Sonoma and Marin Counties.

Tamara Malberg MHROD has been married for almost 10 years. She worked as an office manager and HR coordinator for a bathtub refinishing company before moving to Reno, Nev., with her husband.

The San Francisco Business and Professional Women’s Club recognized Mijiza Malane Sanchez MPA with the 2013 Professional Woman Award. She also recently accepted a position at Stanford University as director of student services in the School of Medicine.

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.

Linda Levingston-Madrigal MS is an instructional designer with Save Mart Supermarkets in Modesto.

Cheryl Marie McElvain EdD is a lecturer in the Education Department at Santa Clara University. She is currently researching the effects of a school-based mental health program on the developmental assets of low income, first- and second-generation Mexican immigrant children and their families.

Abe Gupta JD was appointed to the Dublin City Council in February.

Smerling JD ’06Marina Smerling JD left her law career to found Shameless Heart Coaching, a practice in counseling and relationship coaching to help people heal shame in their lives. She has also co-founded Wise Heart Lawyering, a consulting firm that offers communication skill building.

Juancarlos Arauz EdD is the founding executive director of E3: Education, Excellence & Equity, a nonprofit focused on educational achievement among at-risk youth. Using inspiration from their life experiences, the organization’s youth recently collaborated with artist Jen Bloomer to create a community mural in San Rafael.

John H. Corcoran JD was selected as a Super Lawyer Rising Star for northern California. September marks the two-year anniversary of his firm, Corcoran Law Firm, P.C.

Lindsay Tam Holland MFA celebrated the publication of her debut young adult novel, “The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong.”

Sam Kang JD recently declared her candidacy for the California State Assembly. She will be running in the 15th Assembly District in the East Bay. She writes, “This race could be historic because it could be the first time this district elects a person of color to Sacramento. I was also listed one of the top two fundraisers in the first fundraising cycle of this race, so we're off to a great start.”

Marie Young MA is enjoying watching her children blossom. Her oldest daughter will be starting her graduate program at the University of Southern California; her son will be starting his freshman year at California State University, Dominguez Hills; and her 4-year-old will be starting kindergarten.

Xu Yuyu MS is working on the environmental management of an urban river in Hangzhou in eastern China.

Jennifer Applegate JD is pleased to announce the launch of Parranto & Applegate, LLP in October. She writes, “I will be on vacation in Ireland, but I’m sure I’ll find a way to toast the partnership in a nearby pub.”

Rachel Baldino JD and husband, Jeff, welcomed their daughter, Anabel, in April 2012. Rachel is a professor at USC’s Gould School of Law, where she teaches legal writing, research, and advocacy.

Corcoran EDD ’08Cathy Frances Corcoran EdD is vice president of accreditation compliance at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. A chapter based on her dissertation, “Women College Presidents: Leading With Authenticity,” was recently published in the 20th anniversary edition of “Cracking the Wall: Women in Higher Education Administration.” On a personal note, Cathy will marry her partner of 17 years, Noelle Hynes, in January 2014.

In May, Jason Kenji P. Higa MS received his PhD in cell and molecular biology from the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Anna Teruel Mcdonald EdD is associate director for the Learning Resources Department at the Center for Student Success at Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton. She is also a curriculum coach for the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Annette Poliwka MSEM lives in New York, where she serves as special assistant and adviser on zero waste to the regional administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Dana Alan Shockley MS recently completed her master’s degree in vocational counseling. She now works as a vocational rehabilitation counselor with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Saginaw, Mich.

Chelsky MAT ’09Elliott Michael Chelsky MAT (left) is currently a teacher at Vallejo High School.

Ana Homayoun MA has published two books on her work with teens and young adults: “That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week” and “The Myth of the Perfect Girl.” She travels to high schools and colleges around the U.S. and abroad to speak about the intersection of technology, socialization, and learning.

In July, Sabrina Pourmand MNA became the director of programs at World Vision, overseeing its humanitarian response to the Syrian refugee crisis.

Silvia Ramirez EdD co-edited a collection of multidisciplinary articles from West Coast scholars for the book, “Collaboration and Peak Performance: A Multi-disciplinary Perspective for Emerging Leaders.” Silvia is an adjunct faculty member at USF and also serves as a consultant and teacher trainer. She’s trained more than 1,000 teachers at the Sonoma County Office of Education for the California Teachers of English Learners exam.

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.

Faulknor MNA ’10Lucie Faulknor MNA ’10

Lucie Faulknor MNA is producing a documentary film and new media project called "Free for All: Inside the Public Library." The project will look at the history of the free public library movement and contemporary issues facing public libraries today.

Author and photographer Cali Gilbert MA announces the publication of her fifth book, “It's Simply Serendipity: Four Steps to Manifesting a Life of Bliss.”

Leslie Krongold EdD is outreach director for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation, where she provides training for individuals launching support groups and organizes monthly webinars.

After her daughter underwent open-heart surgery at 6 months old, Annabel Lavielle MNA founded the Global Heart Network. Its mission is to help increase access to cardiac care in low- and middle-income countries. The network helps coordinate, improve, and manage services. She welcomes the opportunity to engage with MNA alumni working in global health.

Matthew Lewis JD lives in Marin County and works at Meyers Nave in Oakland. He and wife, Jessica Bartolini ’06, welcomed the birth of their baby boy, Jack.

This fall, Sarah Olson MA will travel on the 50th anniversary voyage of Semester at Sea. Over the course of 115 days, Sarah will visit 15 countries.

Deanna Tovar EdD still enjoys her work at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey. She recently gave a presentation on teacher evaluation at the 2013 meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Francisco. She also presented at the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese on foreign language students' immersion experiences.

Anna Dapelo-Garcia MPA is administrative director of patient access financial services at Stanford University Medical Center. Anna was recently appointed to the California Senate Advisory Commission on Cost Control in State Government. She was also recognized as one of Silicon Valley’s Women of Influence in Healthcare for her dynamic role in a $2 billion revenue cycle operation for Stanford University Medical Center. She remains very active in the community as advisory board member for USF’s MPA Program and as board member and education outreach committee member of the Northern California Chapter of the Health Financial Management Association.

After spending two years at a patent prosecution firm, Giuliana Garcia JD has transitioned to an in-house position with, where she works for Lab126 in the legal department and helps the company protect its developing technologies.

Jacob Gelfand MBA, JD ’12 launched Inclusiva Strategies, a business coaching company that helps small businesses get on their feet.

Michelle Henning MAT works as an English language support teacher at the Korea International School in Seoul, South Korea.

Rudolf Leska LLM was elected president of the Czech national affiliate of the International Literary and Artistic Association, a worldwide society dedicated to studying and discussing copyright law.

Jennifer Mcguire JD is an associate at Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi, Nastari & Riddle LLP in Millbrae, where Amanda L. Riddle JD ’01 is a partner. Jennifer and Amanda are part of the firm’s litigation team, which handles business lawsuits, class actions, securities cases, wrongful death suits, personal injury cases, real estate matters, employment cases, and probate and trust litigation.

Keith Powell MFA and Karen Biscopink MFA, along with Stephen Beachy, who teachers in the MFA in Writing Program at USF, founded a new literary journal called Your Impossible Voice. The online journal’s first issue features work by authors such as Horacio Castellanos Moya, Pattie McCarthy, Stacey Levine, Peter Kline, Alejandra Costamagna, and Jessica Hagedorn. It can be read at

Spencer Theodore Williams MA works in football operations for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Terry Hollowell MS and his wife moved to San Diego and have enjoyed a year filled with travels, from all along the West Coast to Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Wyoming, and Idaho. Terry works as an RN for Scripps Mercy Hospital in Chula Vista and will start a family nurse practitioner degree this fall.

Appointed superintendent of Lasallian Education for the Midwest Province of the De La Salle Christian brothers in June, Scott Kier EdD oversees three universities, 15 high schools, six charter schools, and three retreat centers. He works in the Provincial Office in Burr Ridge, Ill.

After substitute teaching for the last year, Nora Peterson MAT was hired as a fifth grade teacher in Santa Rosa. She is transitioning to teaching full time as she wraps up her duties as owner of her equestrian business, Counterpoint Training Stables.

Since April, Randall Marcus Rigali MA has been working as a national teams coordinator for the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Ynez Lizarraga MA is associate director of youth ministry and catechesis in the Office of Religious Education and Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. She has also served as a confirmation teacher, retreat director, and youth minister at St. Andrew Parish in Daly City.

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