Concetto I. Consolazione has been married for 62 years, with two daughters and four grandchildren.
Robert George Ghirardelli’s granddaughter Emelia Rose Smith received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude with a major in English from the University of South Florida (USF) last May. Sixty-four years earlier he received his degree, a major in chemistry, from the University of San Francisco (also USF) — also summa cum laude. Her grade point average, however, was 4.0, superior to his.
Robert (Bob) F. Hanson is comfortably retired, with five children, eight grand-children, and one great-granddaughter.
Charles W. S. Jezycki has a new address after 51 years in the beautiful Napa Valley. With his wife Barbara, he moved to a 55-and-older gated community in Elk Grove, California — a perfect spot for a new beginning. They have two sons and five grandkids in Napa and will be visiting often.
Michael D. Johnson celebrated his 80th birthday on Dec. 25.
John Popovich enrolled at USF three years after joining the Army in 1952. After graduation, he was employed by General Steamship, Ltd. From 1959 to 1993, he was a diplomat with the U.S. government, serving in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Yemen, Egypt, and Panama. He retired in 1993 and lives a simple life of fishing and golf in Florida.
Elaine Rohlfes was excited to be part of the Women’s March in Santa Cruz County. She did not expect the numbers that showed up, with the newspapers reporting approximately 8,000 participants. She gives thanks to USF for the great start to her world education and human understanding.
Kathleen McDonnell Farrell continues to enjoy life with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She’s becoming more bionic as time goes on, receiving a new hip in December 2016. She will once again be able to enjoy activities like playing golf, swimming, and walking her dog. She’s sorry to lose Kevin Starr and Warren Hinckle, but still has fond memories of working on the Foghorn staff.
Bill de Funiak was elected to a second term as clerk-treasurer in the town of Long Beach, Indiana.
John Freeman decided to revisit his USF major in history after retiring from teaching math in San Francisco public schools in 2001 after 35 years. He has become a San Francisco historian, researching and writing articles. He has also done presentations on topics of local interest. He has been back on campus, teaching courses at the Fromm Institute of Lifelong Learning for three years now — a dream fulfilled.
John U. Fry was appointed to one year of service (2016–17) on the Santa Cruz County Civil Grand Jury by the Superior Court of Santa Cruz. He is chair of the Cities and Counties Committee, a member of the Special Districts Committee, and a member of the Grand Jury Panel.
Jack Howell oversees a project that is responsible for the dissemination of solar cookers in refugee camps in and around Kabul, Afghanistan. The project has been going for the last eight years. He is also involved in water pasteurization devices. More than 8,000 solar ovens and water pasteurization devices have been shipped to date.
Larry Ratto is the chairman of the Alameda County Planning Commission.
Tom McBrearty and his wife Adele have returned to California.
Mike Ruef has retired after 25 years of research and teaching at the University of Kansas and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Nancy Braun McGaraghan is enjoying time with her kids and 10 grandchildren, traveling when she can. She and her spouse Pat have just returned from eight days of hiking in Patagonia. She is grateful to be alive and well.
John Tastor serves on the board of the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo, advocating for affordable housing in the county. He volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and returned to Vietnam in 2017 to help build houses. He also worked with Habitat for Humanity and former President Jimmy Carter in Memphis last year.
John Torpey is celebrating his 40th year in the financial services industry, and is looking forward to many more.
Cathy Koerting Doherty retired from full-time nursing at a rural clinic on a small island off the coast of Washington. She has four children and five grandchildren.
Steve Guss and his wife, Beth Driscoll Guss ‘71, have enjoyed living and working on Whidbey Island, Washington, over the last 12 years.
Mary Helene Davidson Mele retired in the Pacific Northwest to do peace and justice work, such as taking down the death penalty, opposing prisons for profit, and the sundry, constant issues to which reading the Gospel alerts us.
Stephen Boreman was interviewed by CNN and Medscape for articles published on health care issues in 2016. A founding partner in the San Francisco law firm of Slote, Links & Boreman, LLP, Steve also serves as pro bono legal adviser to Ocean Defenders Alliance, a nonprofit organization of divers engaged in marine life protection. He recently established the Hawaii chapter of Ocean Defenders.
Donald Williams has closed shop and retired, after 19 years of teaching math at Napa Valley College and 30 years of running his wood floor company in Calistoga. Now he plays a lot of racquetball, tennis, and piano, reads a lot, and works for the preservation of the North Bay’s semi-rural character.
Jack Grandsaert was honored by the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers Association with the Judge of the Year Award in 2016. He was honored in November by the San Mateo County Veterans Commission with a Veteran of the Year Award.
Mary P. Kwan was the chief merchant at Zales and owned and operated an organic frozen yogurt cafe in Dallas. She’s since traveled to China as the president and CEO of Robbinz Department Stores in Tianjin, China.
Robert L. Escobar MA ’78 has retired as deputy director of human resources after more than 20 years with Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. He focused on labor relations. He is now starting his own company in the human resources realm. He specializes in organized labor, assisting organizations that have collective bargaining agreements.
Rae Gamboni-Charos celebrated 40 years as a registered nurse and 15 years as a chief nurse executive.
Jerry Ornelas is happily retired after 20 years as a police officer and 20 years as a criminal defense investigator. He and his spouse now travel extensively alone or with friends within the U.S. and Europe. They also visit their grandchildren in eastern Washington.
Loy Holder published a novel titled Dancing Up the Ladder in November 2016.
Clara McInerney is carrying on the USF Jesuit tradition: Her daughter Shannon is currently a senior on campus.
Karen McCarthy Xavier serves as a licensed clinical social worker at the VA Medical Center in San Francisco. She met her lifetime best friends at USF and remains in close contact with them — Mary Davidson ’78 and Fr. Joe Hartzler ’78.
Peter Cullen was recently appointed the CFO for Squeezology Life, a leading food products and technology company based in Southern California.
Allison (Wonder) Gannon completed her career as a manager in regulatory affairs at Roche Molecular Systems in July 2016. She has retired to pursue her passion of teaching yoga and is currently teaching Iyengar-based yoga in the East Bay.
Al Schubert has enjoyed a 29-year career with VSP Vision Care. For the last three years, he managed all health plan business channels for the organization. He was just named SVP/GM to head all direct-to-consumer business channels for VSP.
Charles Barragan retired from his HR consultant position with the University of California Office of the President in August of 2015. In August of 2016, Charles elected to rejoin the workforce on a part-time basis and is currently the director of human resources at Carlmont Gardens, a skilled nursing facility in Belmont, California.
Al Galindo serves on the executive board of directors for Jefferson Chamber of Commerce in Metairie, Louisiana.
Anita (Nitzi) Gildea-Phillips and Sam Phillips ’82, JD ’85 saw their son Sean Phillips ’16 graduate from USF cum laude with a degree in history last December. Sean is now attending law school at Santa Clara University. Their son Patrick Phillips ’07 is engaged to be married to Corey DeShazo.
Art M. Arriaga, owner of Art’s Pro Sports in Vallejo, California, is celebrating 24 years in business.
Dan Courtney temporarily retired from commercial real estate brokering to concentrate on caregiving for his mother, Jacqueline. He also manages one Yosemite and two La Jolla properties as vacation rentals and occasionally invests in commercial real estate.
David Keepnews is dean and professor at the Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing at Long Island University. In addition, he recently completed the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows program.
Kimberly Kovasala is presently teaching physical education in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Mary Feeley is glad to announce that Conard House recovery program in San Francisco now allows clients to attend Dons sporting events. This project is possible with the support of Athletic Director Scott Sidwell and Associate Director Brittney Holmquist.
Michael Kellough received his MBA from University of Houston-Victoria.
Hayato Matsukura contends USF is not just another school, it is another world. He can’t stop falling in love with the school and San Francisco, which gave him countless precious and sweet memories.
Anna M. Alexander MSN ’91 completed 30 years of service with Kaiser Permanente this year.
Horacio Acosta is getting his doctorate in strategic science for development in Venezuela.
Baker Ring was elected to the county commission of Sumner County, Tennessee in 2010. He previously served on the city council of Gallatin, Tennessee. Ring was recently re-elected to his third term as Region 5 vice chair of American Mensa.
John E. Hunt is a successful chiropractor in Southern California with two beautiful boys.
Beth Kuper works exclusively with transformational life coaches, helping them build their support teams through recruiting outstanding employees. She would love to connect with recruiters in a similar niche.
Steve M. Abreu recently moved back to California from New York City and launched a fin-tech mortgage bank in Emeryville. The company is two years old and has just raised its third round of financing from Warburg Pincus.
Nancy Saengjaeng is a two-time White House invitation winner. She is a member of the Santa Barbara County Workforce Resource Center team that was invited to present its work to help those released from California prisons get back on their feet.
Cerena Sweetland-Gil is proud to have a pivotal role in providing access to higher education with her work at Notre Dame de Namur University.
Mattia J. Gilmartin MSN ’93 was appointed executive director of the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders program at the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing.
Sharon Grandfield has retired and is teaching beginners bridge, while playing much bridge herself. She took a bucket-list cruise last November, which ended at Pompeii.
Mike Guerra MHROD ’95, EdD ’01 received the 2017 USF International Institute of Criminal Justice Leadership’s Barbara Hammerman Law Enforcement Leadership Award on Jan. 5, 2017.
Matthew Sullivan’s literary mystery novel, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, will be published in June in the U.S. and U.K., and translated for publication in Israel, Germany, Italy, and Brazil.
Duncan C. Wheeler works for a local developer and real estate company. He sells real estate and builds homes in the San Francisco area.
Debra Blum-Tong is building the infrastructure for her orchard/vineyard on the Abiqua. Currently, the plot produces haskap, honeyberries, and hazelnuts with truffles.
Lindsay Martell is a writer who routinely covers cutting-edge car tech for AutoTrader. She lives just outside of Boston with her husband and 4-year-old daughter.
Valerie Gorostiague Montalvo went back to school at Bauman College in Berkeley and received a certificate in holistic nutrition after 12 years in the finance industry and seven years at home raising four girls. She and her sister have started their own nutrition consulting business.
Mike Roberts is an investment adviser representative at PGR Solutions. PGR uses an academic approach to global investing that helps to manage risk and emphasize growth.
David Gudelunas has been named dean of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Tampa, where he is a professor of communication. He previously served as director of the School of Communication, Arts and Media at Fairfield University.
Addae Ama Kraba, an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, completed her master of divinity in 2000. Over the past 15 years, she’s served congregations in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. She now serves a congregation in Amarillo, Texas.
Noemi Perez has advanced her career to education management after 14 years of classroom instruction. She oversees teaching staff, curriculum development and design, and student achievement.
Donnaluci Williams is proud to be a representative for Bay Sotheby’s International Realty, assisting clients throughout California with a target audience of Alameda and San Francisco counties.
Ray Lantz and his wife Sarah have three delightful daughters — Lucy, 7; Annalise, 5; and Evelyn, 3 months — who keep Ray busy when he is not running his third-generation family business, The Diamond Center, in Claremont, California.
Jude Leo Watters is enjoying life with his special needs students and looking forward to the 2018 midterm elections.
John Rohrbacher was appointed chief of police for the Sausalito Police Department. He previously served as the chief of police for San Rafael Police. John just completed his 38th year in law enforcement.
Joan Torne EdD ’13 has been in higher education human resources for almost 15 years. She is the current president-elect of the CUPA-HR Northern and Central Chapter and was appointed as a member of the Personnel Commission Committee in Gilroy, California. She is also a current USF alumni mentor and advocate of Jesuit higher education.
Maximillian Diez is director of real estate operations and U.S. managing broker at Movoto, the only online real estate brokerage licensed to operate in all 50 states. He manages real estate operations throughout the U.S. and is responsible for more than $1.25 billion in real estate transactions annually.
Lorrie Douglas Robertson and her family have moved to Granite Bay, California after 20 years in the Bay Area. They are enjoying the slower pace of life and the proximity to the mountains, though they miss the ocean.
David Zimmerle married Teresa Miller ’04 in 2012 and welcomed their son Zachary Martin Zimmerle on April 6, 2016. David recently completed an MFA in fiction at the University of California, Riverside. He has a selection of poetry in the 99 Poems for the 99 Percent Anthology and an essay in The Surfer’s Journal (Volume 26, Issue 1). He currently works in Vista, California as content manager for Sound United, the parent company to Polk Audio and Definitive Technology.
Christopher Calderón will complete his master in divinity program in May 2017 and will be ordained a Jesuit Catholic priest in June.
Christian J. Dillon joined the growing recreation therapy sector following his graduation from USF. He currently works at the San Francisco Veteran Affairs Medical Center, where he serves the veteran population and provides therapeutic interventions for vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Chris Coulter and Jimmy Pineda ’06 acquired their 20th Jimmy John’s location in Atlanta. The two worked in banking for a year after graduation before starting to build and acquire Jimmy John’s franchises, as well as develop commercial real estate.
Lauren T. Wilson owns a successful ice cream business in Seattle, and recently raised $17,000 via GoFundMe to help with the cost of a commercial pasteurizer. With this equipment, she’ll be able to sell wholesale ice cream to various grocery outlets and restaurants in and around Seattle.
Johnny Avots-Smith MNA ’15 recently became the director of development at Letterform Archive in San Francisco. Letterform Archive is a startup-style museum and library dedicated to inspiring designers, students, and all those who love letters by telling the 4,000-year story of graphic design from Sumerian cuneiform to calligraphy and the printing press to modern digital typography.
Nicholas Blair took a full-time position at Facebook. He has so much gratitude for Andrew Goodwin and the media department at USF for preparing him for the digital and social media landscape of the Bay Area.
Jenny O’Connell married Nathan Moshman on July 31, 2016 in Hood River, Oregon.
Julie Henderson, is pursuing her MFA with an emphasis in poetry at USF. Under the mentorship of Professor D.A. Powell, Julie participated in several organic “happenings” that involved organized political action in the streets of San Francisco. Poetry has never been more important than it is now, and she looks forward to working with fellow MFA writers to influence positive social change.
Meredith “Merry” Hall and Lee Westrick ’12 completed the Rock ’n’ Roll 10K in Vancouver, Canada this past October. Merry and Lee donned their USF apparel and represented the school in style, while setting personal records in the race. They are thrilled to have completed the race and are proud to be known as “international runners.”
Stephanie Haughey recently moved from San Francisco to Boston and is practicing real estate law at Prince Lobel Tye, LLP.
Michael W. Johnson is putting his degree in environmental science to use. He is excited to share that he has found his way into a career where his degree from USF was pivotal in making his candidacy stand out.
Jake Levernier completed his PhD in psychology at the University of Oregon in December 2016. He is now working in a postdoctoral position in the libraries of the University of Pennsylvania.
Cale Quasha is director of sales at Newton Software, which is looking to hire fellow Dons in San Francisco.
Sam Vinal is in Honduras working on a documentary on Berta Cáceres, an indigenous Lenca woman who was assassinated in March 2016. Berta Cáceres was a co-founder of the organization COPINH, which organizes indigenous people across Honduras against hydroelectric dams as well as imperialism, patriarchy, and government impunity.
Charlie Mostow won the Al Baker Award in sculpture in January 2017.
Gillian Rose married Lt. Paul Hassell on March 13, 2016 in her hometown of Houston. The couple currently resides in Corpus Christi, Texas where Paul is a flight instructor for the U.S. Navy and Gillian works in fundraising.
Caroline Calderon is currently working with the Filipino community to establish SoMa Pilipinas, San Francisco’s Filipino Cultural Heritage District.
Alexander M. Ettlin is getting married this year and has a baby on the way.
Angela Griffin is very grateful to USF for the grounding that she has. After graduating from USF, she went back to working as a case manager in San Francisco, working with marginalized populations in the city. In 2016, she enrolled at Golden Gate University to pursue her master’s in HR management. She is currently working as an HR operations trainee at San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.
Deirdre Long returned to Jesuit ministry with Loyola Press after finishing graduate school and working in parish ministry for a year.
Shirley Hasson is happy to announce that she has recently accepted a position with Kaiser Permanente on an oncology floor.
Gabriela Kirkland will graduate with her juris doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in May 2017. At UC Hastings, she served as executive supervising editor of Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly Law Journal (CLQ). Her legal note will be published in volume 44, issue 4 of CLQ. She will remain in San Francisco after graduation to join an insurance defense civil litigation firm.
Cindy Ngo was an orthopedic trauma RN at UC Davis for 1.5 years, and then returned to San Francisco to work at California Pacific Medical Center as an orthopedic RN. During her time as a nurse she worked part-time at startup Trusted. Trusted launched in September 2015, and has expanded to the East Bay, Peninsula, and Marin County. The company is disrupting the childcare industry and Cindy has taken a full-time role as a program manager.
Deirdre O’Connor MA ’14 is loving her second year of teaching the third grade. After graduation, she took seven months off to travel Europe.
Killian W. Page is headed to Bali, Indonesia to train new employees and oversee production for Indosole.
Sabrina Avalin (Gunn) began working for Cengage Learning in Clifton Park, New York in October 2016. As the national account coordinator for the Channel Partners team, she manages bookstore relationships with smaller resellers all the way up to substantial accounts such as Amazon and Chegg. She enjoys being in the publishing world and seeing the other side of textbook creation and implementation.
Umar Issa is currently working in talent acquisition at Yahoo. He also co-founded a photography agency named Tailored Heritage with two USF classmates. Their main focus is telling stories of culture from the perspective of style and fashion.
Rayadi Surya, along with his younger brother and a friend, began House of Boxing Jakarta in Pluit, North Jakarta a few months after graduation.
Gerardo Tapia Vera continues to study and practice exercise and sports science, and encourages fellow Dons to reach out to learn more about exercise and sports science.
Frank Alizaga Jr. is a financial services professional, specializing in global e-commerce at BlueSnap.
Aaron Shaw shortened his PhD at UNR to a master’s degree in order to apply for law school. He has already been accepted into several law schools, and hopes to use his master’s and undergraduate degrees to enter a career in intellectual property.
Ashlyn Doyle transitioned from student nurse to RN in a new grad program through Rady Children’s Hospital.
Zachary Lau has started work at Deloitte Tax in San Francisco and is about to go through his first busy tax season.
Oscar P. Lagman Jr. retired in 1999 as director and head of health care consulting at SGV & Co. (at the time the Philippine affiliate of Arthur Andersen). He’s since gone into business consulting on his own, mostly in the field of marketing.
Hon. Daniel R. Foley retired as an associate judge of the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals after 16 years. He will continue to serve as a part-time associate justice on the Palau Supreme Court.
Kenneth A. Feingold has relocated his law practice to Nicasio, Marin County, California. He continues to serve his real estate clients and acts as a mediator in Southern and Northern California.
Jeanne Powell is the founder of Meridien PressWorks, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. She is the author of the article “Rise of Uyghur Ethnic Tensions in China,” published in textbooks from Peter Lang Publishers.
Gregory J. Dannis continues to serve as president of Dannis Woliver Kelley, now in its 40th year of providing legal services to school districts and community colleges throughout California. He was recently re-elected to his third term as a school board trustee in the Hillsborough City School District in San Mateo County.
Sylvia Karp has retired as director of adult education for the San Jose Unified School District.
Lindbergh Porter was elected as chair of the board of directors for Littler. Littler is the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management.
Matthew R. Beauchamp was appointed as the district attorney by the Colusa County Board of Supervisors last November. In July 2016, Beauchamp was named the California Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year by the California Fish and Game Commission.
Jan Edl Stein has a private practice in San Francisco and Marin, is director of Holos Institute, a holistic counseling and eco-psychology education nonprofit, and is a faculty member at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She offers retreats and workshops that connect psyche with nature. She is contributing to the field of ecopsychology, which considers co-participation in broader systems of environment and social constructs.
Lou A. Bordisso is retired from full-time ministry but continues to minister weekly for the Gubbio Project at St. Boniface parish in San Francisco. His book Pray for Justice: Thirty Days of Morning and Evening Prayer for Catholics and Other Peaceful People was published in December 2016. The book was inspired by his chaplaincy among homeless men, women, and children at the Gubbio Project at St. Boniface Church in San Francisco’s Tenderloin.
Elinor Sue Coates presented “Not Done Yet” at TEDxABQ-Women last October, describing assumptions and biases about the “silent generation.” Her dissertation examines how students over 60 years old are perceived by younger people on campus and how they adapt to a youth-oriented organizational culture.
Jennifer Holder Monaghan, EdD ’99 started the Keep Your Brain Active Challenge to encourage adults to stay active mentally as well as physically. The challenge stemmed from her on-going experience as a caregiver for her parent with dementia.
Keith Archuleta has completed his term as chair of the East Bay Leadership Council. Recently, his firm Emerald HPC International, LLC, which he founded in 1992 with his wife Iris, used their High Performing Communities Framework to help launch eQuip Richmond, an economic revitalization initiative. He continues to serve as chair of the Antioch Economic Development Commission.
Leonard Enniss is now retired and is busier and happier than ever. He is writing a one-volume “beginners guide” to the Bible. He will be graduating with his ThD in late October and has received permission from his diocesan to begin putting together a monastic community and seminary in Arizona’s Central Valley region.
Diane Lovegrove Bader finished writing the biography of her great-grand-father, Daniel Mac Sweeney, entitled Setting Donegal on Fire. Diane had the trip of a lifetime when she traveled to Ireland in August. Her book was launched by Joe McHugh, minister of state for the diaspora, in Falcarragh, where the action in the story took place.
Fanny Brewster was named a 2016 Northern California Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. He is a partner at the San Francisco office of Sedgwick, working in business litigation.
Pascal P. Fantauzzi is grateful to USF for a great education in chemistry with Dr. Spector. He worked at pharmaceutical companies in the Bay Area until 2006 and then moved back to Switzerland. Some of his professional projects have taken him back to San Francisco.
Edel Romay is a poet, painter, sculptor, narrator, and photographer, and his art aims to take the viewer to a quantum world and an oneiric memory. As a student of mythology and cosmology, his work incorporates absurd realism — the coexistence of the absurd and reality.
Karen Benke had her third book, WRITE BACK SOON! Adventures in Letter Writing, approved for publication by Common Core.
Jeffrey Leiken published a new book, Adolescence Is Not A Disease! Beyond Drinking, Drugs & Dangerous Friends: The Journey to Adulthood, in 2016.
Pamela Estee Watkins has been a Peace Corps response volunteer for one year in Musanze, Rwanda. Previously, she served 27 months as a TEFL volunteer in Ijevan, Armenia.
Tom Alibrandi EdD ’99 has served as a professor, director of program, and dean at various colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. His book Hate Is My Neighbor was published in 2001, along with numerous professional papers.
Catherine Atkins Greenspan co-founded two companies with her sister Elizabeth Ann Atkins of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan: Two Sisters Writing and Publishing, to publish the books and anthologies they write, and Atkins & Greenspan Writing, for ghostwriting.
Janet Giddings is able to work with some of the brightest young people in religious studies at Santa Clara University. She teaches Christian Tradition; Religions of the Book; Religious Ethics in Business; and Global Christianities. She highly recommends doing what you love.
Alma Licano Martinez started a nonprofit organization, Amigos Sin Barreras/Friends Without Barriers, 23 years ago. The agency provides two programs: Circle of Friends Holistic Treatment Program and the Circle of Life AIDS Food Pantry. In addition to life necessities, the pantry provides store certificates for clients to purchase perishable items.
Stephanie A. Stone served as chair of the Mayor’s Military Veteran Advisory Council for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2016.
Shannon D. Sweeney joined Sullivan Hill as a shareholder in its San Diego office.
John Baldwin has been retired for three years and is enjoying the chance to travel and to participate in his first love of acting and directing. He performed in a world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016. He’s still actively fund-raising as a board member of HMB Shakes.
Mary Anne R. Brady presented research, “Elevate Your Brand: Engineers Take Ethical Action,” at the National Business and Economic Society conference in March 2017.
Rasem Kamal started a boutique law firm in Ramallah, Palestine in 2007. Today, Kamal & Associates is a leading Palestinian law firm.
Brad Lawrence became chief of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s (FLETC) legal division in Glynco, Georgia. The FLETC trains more than 70,000 law enforcement officers each year from more than 90 federal agencies, as well as state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers. The legal division provides basic and advanced legal training to new and veteran officers/agents from across the U.S. and abroad.
Stephanie Woodhead and her business partner have signed with a publisher to write Company Confidential: How Effective Fact Finding Can Reduce Corporate Risk. The book is expected to be released inlate summer 2017.
Janine Darwin is celebrating 10 years in providing counseling and mental health services to the Bay Area.
Lois Merriweather Moore attended Harvard University JFK School of Government’s Women and Power Leadership Summit at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Leadership sessions included seminars on diversity, inclusive leadership, and unconscious bias. The summit, highlighted by an assembly at the New South Wales Parliament House in Sydney, attracts women from around the world.
Seth Swenson is president of Orchid Wealth Management, a registered investment advisory located in Palo Alto and San Francisco. Established in 2016, the firm was founded to help individuals and companies reach their financial goals.
Brent Siler is starting a remote patient monitoring company with three colleagues. The company focuses on transplant and ventricular assist devices for patients. By actively monitoring patients, the system helps them adhere to discharge instructions, and gives transplant teams better visibility of each patient’s current health status, increasing the likelihood of a rapid and successful recovery.
Christopher Valley assumed the role of building official of San Carlos three years after graduating from USF. In his spare time, he enjoys flying his hang glider at Fort Funston and playing guitar.
Jennifer Camota Luebke EdD ’13 just started a consulting firm that creates high-performing, emotionally intelligent, inclusive work-place cultures by leveraging the strengths of people of all abilities.
Angela Carmen McFall was recognized by Lockheed Martin’s African American Council for Excellence in the company’s September–October 2016 newsletter.
’06 Herbert C. AhSam-Kreiter was married to Vincent AhSam on June 25, 2016 at the International House at UC Berkeley with the witness of 80 people. They are coming back from three years in the Washington, D.C. area working with the Executive Office of the President. They have now settled in Seaside, California where Herbert is working for the U.S. Department of Defense, Monterey Bay as a senior systems administrator.
Rafael D. Romo just started a tenure-track position in the School of Nursing at the University of Virginia.
Erlinda Arriola began her MBA at Yale School of Management. She is exploring possible strategic finance roles in Bay Area startups and tech companies.
Elizabeth Clary was named executive director of Alchemia. A nonprofit organization serving Sonoma and Marin counties, Alchemia connects artists with disabilities to their communities and the world through the visual, performing, and creative arts.
John S. Hong, an attorney in the San Francisco office of Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, was elevated from associate to shareholder, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Hong counsels and defends employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters under state and federal law and before state and federal agencies.
Christina Gagnier has joined the adjunct faculty at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, teaching privacy law. She also serves as clinical faculty for the Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic, providing legal counsel for emerging businesses and providing resources for victims of cyber exploitation.
Michael W. M. Manoukian recently completed his first year as an attorney at Littler Mendelson in San Jose. Littler concentrates exclusively on management-side employment law matters for clients in every industry. He looks forward to combining his educational training from his USF master’s degree in sport management with his experience in the legal industry.
Hygi F. Waetermans took his first-ever cruise to Alaska last September. He is contemplating his next travel destination, with Iceland and Germany ranking near the top. His tribe is growing, with 34 grandkids and five great-grandkids.
Cali Gilber is an international best-selling author, and is excited to share the launch of her eighth book, Timing the Tides, published on April 15, 2017.
Laura Schniedwind left in-house practice and opened her own law office, Schnied Weed Legal Services, which focuses on licensing, regulatory compliance, entity formation, and outside counseling services for the cannabis industry.
Robert P. Steinberg was appointed program director of the business administration program at Cogswell College in June 2016.
Richard L. Trimble is a clinical nurse leader working at Dignity Health Sequoia Hospital as a lead/charge nurse clinician in neurosurgery. Sequoia Hospital, in partnership with Palo Alto Medical Foundation, has begun a new program in neurosurgery, specializing in both cranial procedures/VP shunts/tumors and spinal deformity surgeries.
Evan Brown served as deputy campaign manager on the Norm Needleman for State Senate campaign, in Connecticut’s 33rd Senate District.
Shuang Feng is a doctoral candidate in economics at Florida State University, and joined the FSU Center for Economic Forecasting and Analysis (CEFA) as a graduate researcher in 2017. At FSU CEFA, she also serves as a tutorial assistant to FSU’s Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement.
Michael Fong is engaged to his longtime girlfriend Cecilia Ladao.
Jennifer Schmid is founder and CEO of Oasis Wellness. She has been featured in Forbes and Redbook for her work on patient advocacy and integrative medicine.
Nader Khalil has worked for two years at Africa’s football club of the century, Al Ahly Sporting Club, as their marketing and investments manager.
Robert W. Collins III is working in Knoxville, Tennessee as a professional swim coach.
Jonathan Fein Proano has worked for the IRC in Los Angeles for the last nine months. He coordinates the Citizenship and Financial Capability program, which reaches all of Los Angeles County and is designed to help lawful permanent residents prepare and study for the U.S. citizenship process. He also assists in providing financial counseling and referral to services in the LA area for refugees and immigrants.
Katie Scally is celebrating two years in San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo’s office.
Ruoyang Wu published a book called A Little Life in A Great City (Chinese edition), which is about her two-year study and living experience at USF. She was able to achieve this with the support from USF during her two-year stay. She is very grateful.
Mea Boykins has moved to New Orleans. She manages her clients’ event planning, marketing, consulting, and fundraising. On MLK day, she hosted an event that she planned for STEM NOLA, an educational nonprofit, along with Congressman Cedric Richmond. She raised over $20,000 for the organization in 1.5 months, and is planning her NGO’s third international event. She is also training to be a pilot.
Jason Gant researches mental skills and athletics due to his coaching experience and the knowledge obtained completing the Master of Science in Behavioral Health program. He was recognized and asked to present alongside SF Giants owner Larry Baer at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco. The fundraising night was dedicated to the importance of athletics in their lives. Jason focuses on the benefits of mindfulness for athletes to manage intense moments.
Heather Kooiker was hired to be the clinical nurse leader for surgical services. Her micro-system includes surgery prep, OR, and PACU. She is the only CNL for surgical services in West Michigan. She thanks her outstanding professors and the high standards USF placed upon her.