Dispatches Summer 2013

Lawrence W. Crispo [SciEng, Law ’61], a Los Angeles Superior Court judge who retired in 2004 after 10 years on the bench, was honored as Person of the Year by the Metropolitan News-Enterprise, the legal newspaper of the California legal community, in January. He now serves as a private mediator.

Albert Raboteau [LibArts] has taught African American religious history at Princeton University in New Jersey since 1982. This past April, he was honored with an academic conference there that was held in his name. Scholars from universities across the country, including Farah Jasmine Griffin, Robert Wuthnow and Cornel West, appeared at the event to discuss Raboteau’s contributions to African American religious scholarship.

Andrew F. Smith [LibArts] published “Drinking History: Fifteen Turning Points in the Making of American Beverages.” On Dec. 8, 2012, he gave a presentation about the book at the Los Angeles Central Library. He also discussed The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (second ed.), for which he served as editor in chief.

Christopher Stratton [LibArts] retired from his position as manager of the Office of Studies and Analyses for the San Diego Superior Court.

Harold Brooks [LibArts] was named senior vice president for international operations for the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C., in December 2012. He had been CEO of the San Francisco-based Bay Area Red Cross since 1997 and has been with the Red Cross since 1975.

Chris (Hessler) Prengaman [LibArts, GradEd ’79] retired after a very successful 34-year teaching career. Chris and her husband, George Prengaman [LibArts ’72, GradLibArts ’80], packed up and moved to Manhattan to experience the good life in NYC. They are having the time of their lives!

Thomas F. Hanley III [BusAdm] joined Loeb & Loeb’s Los Angeles headquarters office in February as a partner in the real estate department.

Michele Houston [BusAdm] published “The Wonderful Healing Leaves” in fall 2012. The book is a retelling of a folk tale and a collection of art designed for young readers.

Neil Barclay [CFA, Law ’87] became executive director of The Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans on May 1, 2013.

Richard Murphy [BusAdm] was elected to the Los Alamitos City Council in November 2012.

Susan (Crispo) Coltrara [LibArts] was promoted to senior technical director at Scottsdale Insurance Co. in Scottsdale, Ariz., in January 2013. Susan and her husband of 27 years, Michael, relocated to Sedona, Ariz., where they enjoy the beautiful Red Rock country.

Carla Pestana [LibArts] was named the first Joyce Appleby Endowed Chair of America in the World by the UCLA Department of History in November 2012. She and her husband, Don Pestana [LibArts ’81], have two sons: Cody, who is a junior at LMU, and Anderson, who is a junior at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

Barbara Broccoli [CFA] is a co-owner of Eon Productions based in London. Eon has been responsible for the James Bond film franchise since 1962. She has been a co-producer of all Bond films since “GoldenEye” in 1995.

Candace Carlyon [LibArts], of Shea & Carlyon in Las Vegas, was named the 2013 president-elect of the American Board of Certification, which is based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The board certifies attorneys in consumer and business bankruptcy and creditor’s rights law.

Emma Carrasco [CFA] was named chief marketing officer of NPR, National Public Radio based in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 12, 2012.

Jocel Alcedo [BusAdm] was named the head pro for the High Performance Tennis Junior Development and Training Program in the City of Santa Clarita Parks and Recreation in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Oct. 18, 2012.

Tom Johnstone [GradEd], superintendent of the Wiseburn School District in the South Bay of Los Angeles, was named 2013 Educator of the Year in April by the LMU School of Education. He became superintendent of the district after a 28-year career as an educator in the Lennox School District.

Catherine Conneally-Salazar [LibArts, GradLibArts ’92] is the Catholic chaplain for the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility in Camarillo, Calif., where she offers religious services to the youth in the correctional facility.

Madonna Messina [BusAdm] and her daughters created S.O.S. (Serving Our Society) in the Seattle area in 2008 to encourage middle and high school students to get involved in the community. They organize volunteers to help at local organizations. As of February 2013, they surpassed more than 2,400 hours “donated” by their volunteers.

David Bolstad [GradBusAdm], real estate litigator, became partner at the newly named Safarian Choi & Bolstad in Los Angeles in November 2012.

Trisha Crissman [LibArts] was named vice president of hospice for Great Lakes Caring in June 2012 and works in the company’s Bingham Farms, Mich., office. She started as hospice chaplain. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she earned a master’s degree in theology at Yale University and a master’s degree in counseling at Loyola University, Chicago.

Kelly Moutsatson [CFA] was named director of admissions of Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Ore., in October 2012.

Kristi Anderson [CFA] is the author of “Kissing Frogs: Tall Tales and Insights from the Dating Pond” published in August 2012.

Sanjeev Shah [BusAdm] is managing director of Singapore-based BAF Spectrum, a partnership of angel investors who jointly invest in local and regional startups.

Christopher D. Walton [GradBusAdm] was elected to a four-year term as commissioner on the Santa Monica Rent Control Board on Nov. 6, 2012.

Caroline Natalie was born to David [LibArts] and Nathalie (Joels) Herbst [BusAdm] on Sept. 19, 2012.

Stephen Lepire [LibArts] was named the next high school principal of Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills, Calif., on Feb. 12, 2013. He will assume his duties on July 1, 2013.

Monica Franco [LibArts] was named dean of studies at St. Joseph High School in Santa Maria, Calif., in August 2012. She has worked for 15 years as a teacher and administrator.

Angelica Amezcua [LibArts, GradEd ’09] was elected to the Santa Ana City Council in Santa Ana, Calif., on Nov. 7, 2012. She has been a schoolteacher for 17 years.

Patricia Perez [LibArts] married Steve Hanzo on Aug. 9, 2011. In 2012, they welcomed their son, Andrew Lawrence, into the world. In the same year, Patricia’s two siblings also had sons: Tobias was born to Carlos Perez-Rodriguez [SciEng ’96] and Maricela Perez on Sept. 9, and Aiden was born Oct. 30 to Sandra (Perez) [SciEng ’98] and Kelly Sheen.

Victor Vu [CFA] works as a filmmaker in Vietnam. Two of his films, “Thien Menh Anh Hung” (“Blood Letter”) and “Bi Mat Tham Do” (“Scandal”), were nominated for the annual Golden Kite awards organized by the Vietnam Cinematography Association in Ho Chi Minh City. “Thien Menh Anh Hung” received the Jury Prize at the second International Film Festival in Ha Noi in 2012. “Bi Mat Ham Do” made its U.S. premiere in April at the Vietnamese International Film Festival in Irvine, Calif.

Raquel Juliana was born to Tom Arteaga [CFA] and Julia Esqueda-Arteaga [LibArts ’99] on Aug. 30, 2012.

John Castillo [LibArts] and his wife, Natalia, have three children, Luba and twin sons, Peter Vasily and Nicholas Dimitri. John was deployed in Iraq for seven months and is moving to Seoul, South Korea, with his family.

James Gavin [LibArts] recently published his first story collection book, “Middle Men.”

Donna Enad Napper [LibArts] was named curator at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose, Calif., in November 2012. She moved there from Los Angeles, where for the past seven years she owned an art gallery known as den contemporary art. In 2011, she was included in the documentary film “LA Woman” produced by Kate Crash and EZTV, with interviews of pioneering, emerging and innovative Los Angeles-based female artists, philosophers, arts administrators and social entrepreneurs.

Michael Braun [LibArts, GradEd ’08] married Jazmin Jimenez [LibArts ’05] on Sept. 1, 2012.

Jordan Lane [LibArts] is the author of “52 Days: The Cancer Journal,” a non-fiction book published in 2012 that documents his mother-in-law’s battle with cancer. He and his wife, Amy Labetich Lane [LibArts], live in El Segundo, Calif.

Oliver George was born on Jan. 17, 2013 to Daniel and Rebecca (Wandro) Munda [LibArts, GradEd ’02].

Molly Alexis was born to Andrea (Tazioli) Smith [LibArts] and Matthew Smith on Oct. 22, 2012.

Eva Marie was born to Claudine (Cazian) Britz [CFA] and David Britz on March 13, 2013.

Brian O’Malley [LibArts] married Katharine Cameron [GradBusAdm ’05] on Sept. 8, 2012.

Marcos Sasso [LibArts] was promoted to special counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, a law firm based in New York.

Oliver Michael was born to Emily (Vellanoweth) Ingistov [LibArts, GradEd ’03] and Andre Ingistov [SciEng ’02] on Oct. 15, 2012.

Kate Micucci [CFA] has been cast in a recurring role on “The Big Bang Theory” as a potential love interest for confirmed bachelor Raj. She appeared in five episodes of “Scrubs” and has had guest roles on “Malcolm in the Middle,” “’Til Death” and “How I Met Your Mother.”

Morgan Murphy [LibArts] is a writer on the CBS TV show “2 Broke Girls.” She was also one of the original writers on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

Chris DiIorio [BusAdm] is vice president for television at PMK*BNC, a public relations firm based in Los Angeles.

Denise Carranza [LibArts] married Jose De Robles on May 26, 2012, in West Covina, Calif. Jose met Denise while visiting a mutual friend at LMU. Ten years later, in front of their closest family and friends, they finally tied the knot.

Brenda Kirsch [BusAdm] co-manages Kirsch Family Farms, in St. Paul, Ore., with her father. Their farm has operated for more than 60 years.

Ian MacAllister-McDonald [LibArts] is Gold Prize-winner of the 2011–12 Clauder Competition, a New England playwriting contest, for his play “The Vikings of Munjoy Hill.” He has written and directed several plays that were produced by Sho Rep, Playwrights Horizons, Moving Arts Theater Co., The Blank Theatre, The Veritas Ensemble, Theatre Masters, American Repertory Theatre and the Great Plains Theatre Conferences, among others.

Aram Nadjarian [LibArts] was named founding vice president and environmental initiatives team leader with Vectis Strategies, a new bipartisan public relations, government relations and business development firm with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and Washington, D.C.

Lorraine Chow [LibArts] is one of six web reporters for The Joy of (Page) Six, a New York gossip column at FashionWeekDaily.com. She also has worked at HollywoodLife.com and iVillage.com.

Logan Mulvey [CFA] is the founder and CEO of GoDigital, a digital and video-on-demand distribution company in Los Angeles.

Sarah Benoit [LibArts] and Stephen DeWitt were married on July 6, 2012, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Joining them to celebrate were: Teresa Badel [LibArts],Patricia Bednar [LibArts ’82], Timothy Bednar [LibArts ’83], Lauren (Holmquist) Bendixen [LibArts ’04, GradEd ’07), Kimberly (Rochford) Benoit [LibArts ’79, GradEd ’83], Stephen Benoit [BusAdm ’80, GradBusAdm ’87], Ann (Conley) Holmquist [LibArts ’97, GradLibArts ’03, GradEd ’08], Robert Holmquist [SciEng ’77], Elena Mireles-Hill **[LibArts ’05], **Kathleen Morton [LibArts ’09], Stephen Rochford [SciEng ’87], and Alexa Tangalakis [LibArts].

Michella Stella Howland [LibArts] and Edward George Rivers were married on June 29, 2012, in Bel Air, Calif., at Mountain Gate Country Club. Presiding over their marriage was Fr. Jerry Bellamy. Alumni attending their wedding included Veronica Carrillo [LibArts], Carly Correa [CFA ’10],Magdalena Davis [LibArts], Sasha Deville [BusAdm], Edgardo Ineguez [SciEng ’10], Katherine Manning [CFA ’10], Whitney McKemy[LibArts ’08], Sarah Roussin [LibArts], Mariel Sanchez [BusAdm ’10], Casey Simon [SFTV ’10] and Molly Wheat [LibArts].

Brandin Cohen [BusAdm] attended the Brandin Maverick Angels Open Evening for Entrepreneurs in Los Angeles on Feb. 27 and, with no advance notice, competed against seven other people and won the Maverick Angel Idea Pitch Competition in front of 100+ entrepreneurs, investors, attorneys and business leaders. He took home a $500 prize. Cohen is executive director and co-founder, with Cameron Killeen [BusAdm] and Hayden Fulstone [BusAdm] of Morning Miracle, a Nevada-based beverage company that has developed a specially formulated drink that alleviates a hangover. The business partners are currently working long hours to get their company off the ground. Morning Miracle is in the final stage of prototype testing. The first round of financing is planned for June 2013.

Nathan Miller [GradBusAdm] was elected in November 2012 to the district board of Riverside Community College District in Riverside, Calif.

Layne Rodrigues [CFA] was cast in the musical “Loving the Silent Tears,” which premiered Oct. 27, 2012, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. She has also appeared on TV’s “Glee.”

Ryan Wheeler [BusAdm] was traded from Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks to the Colorado Rockies in November, during the off-season. “… we’ve had our eye on Wheeler, and getting him is big for us,” said Bill Geivett, the Rockies’ director of Major League operations.

Carinna Torgerson [LibArts] is a programmer analyst for the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at UCLA. She authored a story published in May 2012 that used brain-imaging data to study the famous neuroscience case of Phineas Gage, who survived extensive brain damage in 1848 after an explosion drove a 3-ft. rod into his brain.