Alumni Notes Summer 2011

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1948Francis Shieh had the opportunity to meet Robert C. Chang ’51 for a reunion at the Shanghai Expo in October.

1957Raymond Kenny is a retired priest of the Diocese of San Jose and now lives in Aptos. He enjoys preaching, hiking, jazz music, travel, basketball (the Warriors), baseball (the Giants), Native American art and culture, Asian art and culture, and Celtic spirituality.

1959Dr. Ron Vernali was recently appointed to the Access Appeals Commission for the city and county of San Francisco.

1960Prospero Asen Loo has an extensive, caring family network, including his wife, Bette, their three children, and their four grandchildren.

Donald Anderson is happily married to his wife, Carolyn. He hopes to return to bowling in the future after recuperating from a broken femur.

Wilma R. Hastings Bower is enjoying retirement and free time with her family. She and her husband, Dick, travel and enjoy adventures with their children and grandchildren and are working toward establishing a small vineyard.

Elisabeth Doering Bower, a certified Jungian psychoanalyst and member of the San Francisco C.G. Jung Institute, maintains a private practice. She is the mother of three sons, and the grandmother of five. She participates as a volunteer within her community and enjoys recreation of all sorts, especially that having to do with nature.

Barbara Suter Browning has been married to her husband, Peter, for almost 50 years. They have three children and six grandchildren. She enjoys gardening and cooking.

Frank Bullentini is enjoying life with his wife of 48 years, Joyce, and their new grandchild.

Javier Carrillo retired from the trucking industry and often sees former friends and classmates from USF.

Steve Cullen is a partner in a small investment management company that invests in small cap stocks.

Catherine “Kate” DeMartini recently moved to a small suburb of the East Bay. She volunteers as an ombudsman and enjoys gardening, walking, and local travel in California.

John Dollard has been married to his wife, Janet, for 43 years. They have three children.

Jean Chisholm Griffin has lived occasionally in Europe. She retired 13 years ago and enjoys spending time with her three daughters and seven grandchildren.

Thomas H. Gould III is a life member and past president of the Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club in San Francisco. He is the proud father of two and has one granddaughter.

Joanne Heffelfinger is retired and enjoys spending time with her six children and 13 grandchildren. She enjoys traveling and is working to open a Greek reading group at UC Berkeley.

Laurence Kopp retired from PG&E in San Francisco as director of budget and computer services. He enjoys spending time with his three children and five grandchildren, and also enjoys hiking, biking, and traveling.

Martha “Marti” Kopp retired from the Martinez Unified School District after working for 20 years as a school nurse. She has been married for 48 years and has three children and five grandchildren.

Vincent Leonetti has three sons, two of whom are USF grads. He is currently involved in property management and enjoys old car restoration, car shows, and wood working.

Tom Maguire is semi-retired and trying to learn golf. In his spare time he enjoys assisting relatives with Little League baseball and soccer.

Tom McCarthy retired to Sun City West where fitness is his first priority and golf is his second.

Thomas McNally III continues to run his private law practice. He has three children and three grandchildren. He enjoys golf and has been a member of the Olympic Club for more than 50 years.

Raymond D. Moresi is currently a real estate broker and investor. He lives with his wife, Jacqueline, in San Francisco’s West Portal district.

Edward M. O’Reilly has been married for 49 years to his wife, Sarah. They have three children and six grandchildren. He enjoys travel in his spare time.

Jack Phillips travels a great deal and enjoys sculpting and attending the theater in New York.

Fabiola Rachal happily retired as an administrative nursing adviser at Seton Medical Center and is enjoying life.

Mary W. Raptis-Nielsen has four children and loves to read and visit with family and friends.

Armande Ritter teaches stretch and strength classes for all ages. She works on art projects daily and is thankful for her health, family, and friends.

Pat McDonald Sullivan has lived in many different regions of the United States and has four children and eight grandchildren. She enjoys gardening, traveling, and playing bridge.

Richard C. Thomas is an enrolled agent, licensed by the I.R.S. in the practice of taxes. He has run his own office for 45 years. He and his wife, “Skip,” have been married 60 years and have seven children.

1961Lynn Joseph English has recently compiled what he considers his best works into a poetry book to distribute around Del Norte County. since graduating from USF. He feels blessed with such a fine family and good friends.

Maureen Lechwar is still hoping to realize her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. She has written two children’s stories, two mysteries, and one memoir about her Boston Terriers.

Anna Hudson Martin currently lives in Olympia, Wash., with her husband, Larry ’69. She works part-time as a nurse at Providence St. Peter Hospital. She and Larry plan to do more traveling, cruising, and volunteering in the years to come. They look forward to also spending more time with their four children and their families, including seven grandchildren.

Noel J. Shumway has lived in Larkspur for 30 years and is a semi-retired education law attorney. He is the proud grandfather of two granddaughters, Daphne and Amelia, and travels extensively.

Deidre “Dee-Dee” Brandt Warren works full time as an RN care manager. She has been happily married for 40 years to her “best friend,” Michael Joseph. She is very proud of her two sons and their accomplishments, both serving in the United States Air Force. She feels blessed to have four grandchildren.

1964 Mark Buell serves as president of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission.

Robert Fardin retired from the United States Air Force and Dynamics Research Corp. He has 10 grandchildren, ages 1-11.

1965Peter Comerford is currently very active in the Knights of Columbus. He has held many offices and is presently treasurer of the Northern California Chapter. He is also active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and is currently senior vice commander of his post. He is enjoying life with his wife, Mary Ellen, in the Sierra foothill town of Pollock Pines.

1967Victor Berardelli recently published The Politics Guy Campaign Tips—How to Win a Local Election. He is traveling the country, speaking at political conferences and conducting candidate training courses to promote the book.

Francis A. Doherty retired as senior international captain of Delta Airlines in 2004. He is currently a senior flight instructor/examiner for Boeing Flight Training, Seoul.

Mike Charles Felkins is a retired accountant. He has two daughters.

1968Ronald Genini, MA ’69, has a new granddaughter, Kimberly Ann.

George Washburn retired from Cisco Systems in 1998 after 30 years in the industry. He has since established a consulting practice, providing intellectual property management to start-up companies in Silicon Valley. He was appointed radio project director for the Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Authority, which provides voice and data communications solutions to all public safety agencies in Santa Clara County.

1969Myung-Gun Choo is currently the chairman of Sejong Investment & Development Co., and honorary chairman of Sejong University in Seoul, Korea. and his wife, Janet Petrusich ’70, have been married for 41 years. He has had a career in the banking industry for more than 30 years. He and his wife have two children and five grandchildren and have lived in Fair Oaks for 31 years. Fred Nelson has joined Stahlschmidt Financial Group in Walnut Creek. He provides financial planning as well as estate planning services.

Claire Zvanski, MA ’72, was elected president of the Health Service Board in San Francisco and spoke at the Public Boards Forum convention in San Francisco on affordable health care for public employees. She recently retired after nearly 37 years with the city and county of San Francisco and is enjoying retirement with her Doberman, Duke.

1970Cindy Bennett is still inclined to try to improve the world.

Maryann Burman has become internationally certified in healing touch and labyrinth facilitation and continues to work with the healing power of nature.

Mark Carmody received his DDS in 1974 and currently practices in Suisun City. He is married to Jennifer Genez, and they have four daughters.

Louis F. Dematteis had his first feature length film Crimebuster: A Son’s Search for His Father premiere at the California Independent Film Festival in January.

Mike Doogan continues to represent the Alaska State Legislature.

Shellie Garrett has run a successful business for more than 30 years and received a second master’s degree in military history at the age of 60. He enjoys time with his wife, Anne, and their two daughters and two grandsons.

Kent Michael Grealish is a partner in an investment advisory firm and continues to write regular articles for the financial press and various blogs. He is happily married to his wife, Barbara. Their three daughters are in college.

Lynn Grier continues to teach 7th and 8th graders and enjoys her career.

Tim Hannan was the Libertarian Party’s candidate for California Attorney General in 2010. He and his wife, Mary Gavin, have raised their son, Steve, now 15, in Kenwood. Dennis and Yolanda Brouwers James have continued active involvement in their parish community wherever they have lived. They are both involved in the lives of their grandchildren and enjoy spending time with their family in San Diego.

Michael Gregory Johnson retired after spending 25 years in Chicago as a public defender. He has since returned to Los Angeles and intends to provide civil rights services pro bono.

Ron Lajoy has enjoyed a varied and fulfilling career as a psychologist during the 40 years since graduating from USF. He feels blessed with such a fine family and good friends.

1971 Shin Minami continues to live in Japan and work for his father’s company, selling water tanks to several major engineering companies who install water and air conditioning systems. He also teaches five English classes a week at a local college.

1974Nancy Schweigert Dorighi enjoyed more than 34 years at NASA Ames Research Center as a computer engineer. She is now semi-retired and enjoys traveling, gardening, and volunteering. She and her husband, Gary, have a son and a daughter.

Edmund Grens lives in Chico and is happily married with two daughters now in college.

John Palau ran for San Leandro mayor in the November election.

1975Chris Burke represented USF at the recent Canisius College Inauguration of president John J. Hurley in New York.

1976Liz Fajardo has published Storybook Dad, about her years at USF, and Eavesdropping on Angels: 10 Tips to Survive Job Loss from 10 People Who Inspired Me.

Catherine Longwell recently published a book, 44,000 Miles Under Sail, about her sailing adventures with her husband, Noah, aboard their schooner Pegasus. Together they spent nearly seven years circumnavigating the globe and found great pleasure in immersing themselves in the varied cultures and reveled in the peace and freedom when at sea.

Moussa Nicolas has worked in the hotel business since 1978, and three years ago purchased his own hotel. He has a family of three and lives in Wisconsin.

1977 Colonel Ricardo “Rick” Nicol, U.S. Army Reserve, was deployed to Afghanistan in August. His duties include oversight of Afghan linguists supporting U.S. military forces.

Wayne G. Ward was promoted to senior vice president regional manager of California Bank & Trust. His daughter, Lisa Marie, graduated from high school in 2010.

1978Charles Aikens teaches public relations and communication skills at the West Oakland Senior Center. Aikens is the father of three children and has five grandchildren. He continues to dance regularly at the age of 69.

Peggy Hora retired from the Alameda County Superior Court four years ago and has been busy ever since. She is a senior judicial fellow for the National Drug Court Institute and judicial outreach liaison for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. She recently returned from a two-week trip to Egypt with her 11-year-old grandson, one of eight grandchildren.

Annette Sousa Jones recently retired and is living in Arizona.

1979 Charles “Chuck” Lacy recently retired from his job as the College of Marin’s chief of police and has now settled in Savannah, Ga., with his wife, Carol. He hopes to resume his music career and has a piano waiting for him in his new Savannah home.

1980Laurie Ferguson-Parker is a family nurse practitioner and associate professor at Loyola University New Orleans. She received her doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. She is married to Robert Parker and they have three sons. They have lived on the north shore of New Orleans across Lake Pontchartrain since 2002.

Arlene Ruggieri has been working with Scott B. Price Company in San Francisco for more than 20 years.

Michelle Molina Sours, MBA ’93, is currently working for Stanford Hospital in the new outpatient surgery center in Redwood City.

1981 Alameda County Superior Court Judge Gail Brewster Bereola recently convened a task force to bring offenders, victims, and the community together to help repair the damage caused by crime.

Elizabeth Tebbetts Wolfe recently relocated to Perrysburg, Ohio, and will be re-licensed in real estate with national designation as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES).

1982Father Thomas A. Daly was recently appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of San Jose.

Tim Hanretty has been named the Portola Valley School District’s new superintendent.

1983Caryl Hart, JD, was recently named the new director of Sonoma County’s Regional Parks Department. She is also a founding member of the local nonprofit group, LandPaths, and was a member of the Sonoma County Outdoor Recreation Plan Advisory Committee. She continues to manage a production company, 360 Productions, and is married to Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.

John Hlavac is among a team of developers selected to the IT Hall of Fame for their work to establish a professional certification for PC repairmen and technicians. More than 825,000 individuals have received the CompTIA A+ certification.

Steve Johnson was recently appointed to the Federal Bankruptcy Court by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. He was joined at his investiture by his wife, Joan O’Neill ’83, his brother, Tom Johnson ’81, his wife, Maria Maldonado Johnson ’85, his sister,Lisa Woll ’81, MD, and parents Agnes and Larry Johnson ’59.

Evelyn Kohl LaTorre, EdD, has retired with her husband, Walter. Recently, they spent three months in Italy learning the language.

1984 Russell Leu is currently serving as the managing attorney and chief representative of the Beijing office of the law firm Taft Stettinius and Hollister. He is also assistant dean and professor of law at Beijing Foreign Studies University. He is active with the American Bar Association where he serves as the co-chair of the China Committee of the American Bar Association’s International Section.

1985Lee Violett is the current interim police chief of Half Moon Bay.

1986 Jan La Torre-Derby, MA, EdD, ’93, has decided to retire from her position as Novato Unified School District superintendent. Numerous groups, among them the Marin Human Rights Commission, the Marin County School Administrators Association, and the California Department of Education, have recognized her work over the years.

Cynthia M. LeBlanc, EdD, received the American Cancer Society’s highest national honor, the 2010 St. George National Award. LeBlanc is a member and past chair of the society’s California division board, works as a society legislative ambassador focused on tobacco control issues, and volunteers as a Road to Recovery program driver. In 2010, she was appointed chair-elect of the society’s national board of directors and in 2011 will assume the role of chair for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

1987Terence K. McAteer, EdD, was recently elected to another four-year term as the Inyo County superintendent of schools, after serving four elected terms (16 years) as the Nevada County superintendent of schools.

Kenneth G. Winans, MBA, completed his third book in 2010. He is president of Winans International Investment Management & Research. He continues to be a regular guest on various TV and radio shows nationwide and has had much of his investment research published. He also serves as a trustee for several nonprofits.

1988Steve Abreu moved with his wife, Kellie, and daughter, Madeleine, to New York City last year for his new job as president of GMAC Mortgage.

Steven Counelis, JD ’92, was elected in June 2010 to the Riverside County Superior Court. He has completed a career as a deputy district attorney with Riverside, Contra Costa, and Stanislaus counties.

Police Chief Michael Fraser retired in November as head of the Pleasanton Police Department after 30 years on the job, including the last three as chief. He continues to live in Pleasanton with his wife, Diane. They have two daughters, Valerie and Stacie.

John Murray and his wife, Stephanie, welcomed their second child, Nicholas Ryan Murray, in May 2010. Their daughter, Sabrina Michelle Murray, was born in 2008. They live in Livermore.

1989Janet Chaniot, MA, has been serving on the Mendocino- Lake Community College District Board of Trustees since 2002. In 2009, she was nominated by her colleagues and elected to the California Community College Trustee Board of the Community College League of California (CCLC).

Michael P. Guingona, JD, was recently elected as council member in Daly City. He is the only current Fil-Am member of the 5th Supervisorial District of the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee, whose mission is to support Democratic candidates and elected officials at all levels of government as well as ballot measures promoting democratic values in San Mateo County and California.

Michelle Minero, MA, is a marriage and family therapist with an interest in treating patients suffering from eating disorders. She has been married for 33 years with four children and one grandchild on the way. She is currently working on publishing a book, Self-Love: The Only Diet that Works.

1990 Phyllis Brown is an off-site nurse at Kaiser in Oakland.

1992Nestor De Leon Fernandez III, MBA, is on track to be ordained a deacon in June 2012 and was recently named executive director of the Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center.

Jensen Shirley, MHR, was appointed an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Maryland Graduate School of Management and Technology.

Ramona Tascoe, MPA, received an Exemplary Leadership Award from San Francisco State University’s College of Ethnic Studies in October. She was also recently appointed U.S. director of health for the Kimbanguist Church of Congo, and has led numerous medical missions.

1993 Rev. Margaret E. Dorsey completed a graduate degree from Holmes Institute and is a licensed religious science minister. She plans to move to Charleston, S.C., to start a new ministry.

David Livingston, JD, former chief of police in Concord, was recently sworn in as Contra Costa County’s new sheriff and top law enforcement officer.

Harry Tagomori, EdD, has visited the USF campus every year since graduation.

1994Edith “Edie” Hofmeister, JD, was recently promoted to the position of vice president and general counsel at Tahoe Resources Inc. in Reno.

James Kennedy lives in Calistoga where he dances, plays music, rides his Harley, and drinks good wine.

1995Michael Brovelli is a sergeant with the Marin County Sheriff’s Department. He is married to his wife, Valoree, and they have three children, Tenley, Giovanni, and Rocco.

Leonard Enniss, also known as Father Onesimus, is a priest in the Charismatic Episcopal Church and working on infrastructure and development projects in East Africa. He wishes he had more time to spend with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Nicole Gage has been promoted to counsel with Tucker Ellis & West LLP. ’96 Kevin Cavalli manages a mortgage banking branch in Reno and is married with a beautiful 5-year-old daughter.

Jeffrey Kirkpatrick recently announced his retirement as Seal Beach police chief following 40 years in the public safety arena and nearly 35 years as a peace officer in three different law enforcement organizations. He now plans to spend more time with his family, especially his wife, Carolyn. Together they enjoy travel, golf, and boating.

Jose Ugarte is currently living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1997John Palladino, MBA, was voted among the 300 Most Influential Advisors in Defined Contribution by The 401kWire for 2011.

1998Andre Scalco Leal was promoted to vice president at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Miami. He is an international financial adviser with more than 10 years of experience with the firm. He and his wife, Heidy, have a 2-year-old son, Arthur.

Christopher Trosclair, MA, currently works for the Jefferson Parish Department of Juvenile Services in Louisiana as the assistant director. He is also the proud father of Camden Joseph Trosclair.

1999Donald M. O’Keefe, MPA, was sworn in as the 23rd United States marshal for the Northern District of California in September. Gary Sandy, MHR, was elected in November to the board of trustees for the Yuba Community College District. Sandy will represent Trustee Area III.

Commander Robert Stouse recently earned a Master of Science degree in national security and strategic studies at the U.S. Naval War College and is currently serving as the U.S. Naval Attaché to Morocco.

2000Katherine Hansen Higgins, JD, made partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith in January.

Saul Pena is the board chair of 10,000 Degrees, a nonprofit organization that believes everyone should have a chance at college. He is the first program alumnus to serve in this capacity. He is also vice president at Dodge & Cox Investment Managers.

Christopher Yantos is working as an environmental engineer for the department of the Navy in San Diego, managing remediation projects at the Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco.

2001Gerlie Collado married Joseph Bernardo in August. They live in Los Angeles where she works with the James Irvine Foundation’s arts grant making team as a program associate.

Ryan Schultz has started his own law practice in Wilmington, N.C.

Janice Doucet Thompson, MHROD, has joined the Juran Institute as a senior consultant and change leadership practice leader. In this role she delivers strategic change management consulting to support senior leadership in the health care, manufacturing, government, and service sectors. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Business Administration at the University of San Diego where she teaches talent management and succession planning in the master of science in executive leadership program. She is on the board of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento and is serving as chair in 2011.

Terrell R. Winn, BPA, received a doctorate of criminal law, QC, from Bridgewater University in London. He also earned an MA from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is a lead teacher of English special education, K-12, at a school in Maryland, and published the first of four children’s books in 2009. He is presently working on the second book of the series. He has been married for nine years and lives in northern Virginia with two cats.

2002Vikki Van Horn recently returned from a trip to Ghana with her husband, Robert, where they volunteered at Holy Child Basic School, a Catholic mission school. Ron Holt, MPA, was the recipient of the 2010 National R.J. Erickson Diversity Achievement Award. Holt was also honored at the 33rd Annual National Diversity Conference. He has spent the past decade speaking about the impact of homophobia on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LBGT) youth.

2003Elaine Artman has returned to full-time faculty status as associate professor in the PhD education leadership program at Mercer University.

Dustin Daza has been a San Francisco police officer since 2007. He is also a lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve and received his federal commission from Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Ga., in 2010.

Nyeisha DeWitt, MAT, is the co-founder of Oakland’s annual Back to School Rally, which distributes backpacks and school supplies free to kids. She is also the program director of Oakland’s Promise Alliance, a citywide dropout prevention program.

Heather H. Griggs recently re-joined Merrill Lynch’s Wealth Management office in San Ramon as a client associate to the Economos Catton Group.

Sharon Tomsky, MBA ’09, was recently voted onto the USF MBA Alumni Society board and hosted the fall mixer. She is a provisional member of the Junior League and is the senior market research analyst at NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company.

Terence Unger is starting a clean energy corporation, working with fuel cell electrodes and electrolyzers.

2006Raymond Dejesus was recently hired to fill a deputy district attorney position at the Nevada County district attorney’s office.

Shara-Angelica Jubilado is now a senior fund accountant with venture capital firm Sequoia. She was also a guest speaker at the Funding Hopes and Dreams Luncheon in November, in support of her alma mater, Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward.

Rosa Maria Ruvalcaba, MAT ’07, had her film Getting a Grip, about the first female cable car operator, Fannie Barnes, debut at the Lunafest Film Festival in San Francisco. Marissa Vane received a master’s degree in science in athletic training and is currently working at an orthopedic bracing company.

2007Kristin Leigh Booher currently works as an office manager at Surfrider Foundation Headquarters in San Clemente. She continues to pursue her interests as an amateur photographer.

Aimee Holland married her husband, Leon, in March. She is currently working as a database specialist in the Office of Advancement Services at the University of San Francisco.

2008Anel Albertao currently lives in Shenyang, China, and is the director of international programs for a private English school.

David Medina is finishing an MBA program at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. He hopes to enter a PhD program at the University of Texas at Tyler in the fall.

Navy Ensign Christopher D. Oliveria, MS, alongside approximately 1,200 fellow sailors and marines assigned to amphibious transport dock ship USS Dubuque, recently reached the mid-way point of his deployment in support of anti-piracy in the Pacific region.

2009Ronda Ryan, MS, joined Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. as management trainer and program developer. She married Michael Colavito in Tiburon in July.

2010 Evelyn Molina was selected to be a 2010-2011 Capital Fellow and will begin the fellowship soon as a California Senate Fellow. Akofa Tsiagbe was selected to be a 2010-2011 Capital Fellow and will begin the fellowship soon as a Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellow.

Leila Verceles moved to the greater New York City area and is pursuing a career in information technology and organizational management.