Dispatches Winter 2013

Joe Callinan [SciEng] walked his eighth Los Angeles marathon in March 2012. He completed all eight as a septuagenarian. Joe is a member of and mentor for the L.A. Leggers running / walking club in Santa Monica, Calif.

Jerry Chris [LibArts, GradEd ’73] published “Dreamers Who Can,” a collection of short stories that illustrate 10 qualities encouraged in elementary and high school students who are studying in an International Baccalaureate curriculum. His previous works include two novels and seven “how to” educational books. Along the way, he earned a doctorate in education.

Andrew F. Smith [LibArts] spoke about his book “American Tuna: The Rise and Fall of an Improbable Food” this past August at the Pacific Palisades Public Library, in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and at the San Diego History Center.

Norman McGraw [CFA, GradCFA ’70] is a professional pianist and has been an instructor for 40 years. His most recent cd is “Pushing the Envelope” (amnormusic.com).

Patricia (Leavens) Bracewell [LibArts] is doing a book tour of the West Coast in February 2013 to talk about her first historical novel, “Shadow on the Crown.” It’s the first in a trilogy of books about Emma of Normandy, a queen of England in the 11th century.

Jerry Derloshon [CFA, GradCFA ’75] wrote “Little Man on Wheels: Surfing Legend Dewey Weber,” which tells the story of Dewey Weber, surfing’s first superstar, and the emergence of surf culture in Southern California in the 1950s.

John F. Olague [LibArts] retired this past July from his work of 34 years with the Montebello Unified School District, in Montebello, Calif. He was a classroom teacher for 10 years and an administrator for 24 years.

John Corrigan [CFA] was named assistant managing editor for arts and entertainment at the Los Angeles Times in June 2012. He had been the paper’s business editor since February 2009. He edited the 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning series “The Wal-Mart Effect” and oversaw coverage of Toyota’s sudden-acceleration crisis, which won a Gerald Loeb Award for business journalism.

Kevin Curtis [LibArts] is president of the Washington Defender Association, an association of Washington state criminal defense attorneys, social workers, investigators and others. He has been a member of the group since 1986 and a member of its board of directors since 2004.

Vince Rosato [LibArts] stood for election in November 2012 ini the San Leandro Unified School District Board race.

Ana Castellanos [LibArts] is chief human resources officer at the Oakwood Worldwide, a corporate housing provider headquartered in Los Angeles. She has been vice president for human resources at Oakwood for the past seven years.

Ceci (Wickman) Haas [CFA] was given the Women Making History: Amelia Earhart Innovator Award in March 2012, by Business Women’s Mega Mixer, an association of women in business in San Diego. She is co-owner with her husband, Michael Haas CFA ’83, of WE Care Bags & Media Marketing. She was a coauthor of the first volume of a book series called “My Grumpy Husband” (no resemblance to Michael, she says). They have two married children and a grandson.

Marie Lynette Aldapa [LibArts, GradEd ’07] completed the LMU “triple crown”: a B.A. in 1983, M.Ed. in 2007 and a doctorate in education in May 2012.

Carolyn Rowley [LibArts, GradLibArts ’88] is founder and executive director of The Machao Orphanage Foundation, in Glendale, Calif., which provides food, clothing, shelter and education to orphan children in Kenya. She is also the founder and executive director of Cayenne Wellness Center and Children’s Foundation, also in Glendale.

Brian Hill [SciEng] owner of Hillrise Construction, was awarded the 2012 Big50 award by Remodeling Magazine in January 2012.

Molly (Mary) Lanzarotta [LibArts] was appointed associate director for public affairs and senior communications officer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass.

Blair Anderson Jobe [SciEng] was recently named chief of surgery at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., and director of the Institute for the Treatment of Esophageal and Thoracic Diseases, at the West Penn Allegheny Health Systems Outpatient Care Center in McMurray, Pa.

Gregory Char [LibArts] and Rachel Molnar of Ridgewood, N.J., were married March 31, 2012, at the Neighborhood Unitarian Church in Pasadena, Calif. Rigo Ramirez, Jr. [BusAdm ’90] was best man. Gregory and his wife live in Manhattan’s East Village in New York.

Michael Rauner [LibArts] is a San Francisco-based photographer whose photographs have recently been published in “The Visionary State: A Journey through California’s Spiritual Landscape.”

Yumiko (Carr) Whitaker [LibArts] founded Hummingbird PR, a public relations firm in Orange, Co., Calif.

Tony Brown [CFA] received the Leadership Excellence Award this past June at the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2012 Nonprofit & Corporate Citizenship Awards.

Pamela A. Jones-Tintle [LibArts] received the 2011 Distinguished Graduate Award from Our Lady of Perpetual Help High School in Downey, Calif.

Anthony Vincent and Gloria Elena were born to Kevin Delaney [BusAdm, GradEd ’98] and Kim Delaney on April 28, 2012.

Anna Gonzalez [BusAdm] took the post of dean of students at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., this past July. She had been associate vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Illinois.

Kristine Gray [CFA] is the new managing director of central Contra Costa’s Diablo Theatre Company, in Walnut Creek, Calif.

Alejandro Poli [CFA] is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his art gallery, Crewest Gallery, located in Los Angeles.

Lisa (Freudenburg) Webber [LibArts] was named deputy director of planning for the Los Angeles Department of City Planning in April.

Jenn Robbins Brannan [CFA] saw her play “The Smoking Boy” premiered at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012 from Aug. 3–11. The play is about the casualties of war experienced by a Connecticut family during World War I. Robbins’ husband, Matthew Brannan [CFA], produced the play, and Diane Benedict, professor of theatre arts, directed.

Cathy Trent-Vilim [LibArts] is a partner with Lamson, Dugan and Murray, a law firm in Omaha, Neb. She has a general litigation practice with emphases in appellate practice and legal malpractice. She and her husband live in Omaha and have two children: Gabriel, 2, and Lucas, 1.

Catrina Archuleta [LibArts, Law ’00] works in the general counsel unit of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office serving as general counsel to the Bureau of Sanitation, Ethics Commission and the City Clerk (Elections Division) She also provides conflict of interest and ethics advice to council members and staff and volunteers as a temporary judge for Los Angeles County.

Lynn Beatty [GradBusAdm] is the strategic client director at General Electric Healthcare, in Pasadena, Calif. She is responsible for marketing and sales of the company’s health-related products and services.

Teresa Dellacamera [LibArts] married Vince Camacho on Oct. 9, 2010. They welcomed their daughter, Evette Lucia, into their family on March 13, 2012.

Amelia Hernandez [LibArts] translated “Mommy’s New Friend,” a children’s book by V.C. Rhone, from English to Spanish.

Julia Elizabeth was born to Kevin [SciEng] and Bridgette (Tschinkel) Klaus [LibArts ’98] on Feb. 24, 2012.

Barrett Tripp [GradCFA] was named vice president in June at Emanate, a public relations firm based in New York. He is responsible for creating strategic branded content and producing of video in multiple digital and new media platforms, ranging from webisodes and short films to b-roll packages and corporate videos.

Tibor Lody [BusAdm] is now principal at Lee\West LA, the West Los Angeles office of Lee & Associates, a commercial real estate services firm.

Patrick J. Horton [LibArts] was unanimously voted chairman of the Temple City Planning Commission of Temple City, Calif., on which he has served since July 2009. He also is a commissioned officer (reserve) in the U.S. Coast Guard and leads a boarding team unit that ensures the safety of vessels entering and transiting the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports.

Kathleen Lungren [CFA] married Ousman Jobe in Washington, D.C., on May 29. Among those present were Jen Allen [LibArts], Alli (Fox) Baden[CFA], Natalie Bubalo [LibArts ’02], Jenny (Gosling) Bullen [BusAdm], Meredith Butler [LibArts, GradEd ’04], Erin (Sutfin) DeBaets [LibArts ’01], Scott DeBaets [BusAdm ’97, GradBusAdm], Kristen DeLeo [LibArts ’97], Danielle Elliott [CFA], Valerie (Septer) Falcone [SciEng], bridesmaid Nicki Georgi [CFA], Liz Hall [BusAdm], Chris King [CFA’02], Ted Kroeber [CFA, GradEd ’06], Shira Shafir [SciEng], Ramona Wright [CFA’00]. The newlyweds later celebrated their marriage with a second reception in Ousman’s hometown of Banjul, The Gambia, in West Africa. Ousman has an M.B.A. and works at LRN, a consulting firm with offices in Los Angeles and elsewhere, and Kathleen works at The Broad Foundations, a nonprofit in Los Angeles.

Brandon Miles [LibArts] and Malia Ramirez [CFA ’01] were married on Aug. 11, 2012.

Rebecca Wandro [LibArts, GradEd ’02] married Daniel Munda in Bodega Bay, Calif. on Aug. 13, 2012.

Karen (Wingfield) Woullard [SciEng] earned a master’s degree in business administration, with a specialization in organizational leadership, in May 2012 from National University in La Jolla, Calif.

Kevin Fleming [LibArts] received a $3.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish the National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education at Norco College, which is part of the Riverside Community College District, in Norco, Calif.

Jack Thomas was born to Gina (Bouska) Livingston [CFA] and husband Mike Livingston on May 3, 2011. Big sister Natalia can’t give Baby Jack enough kisses! The Livingstons live across the street from Jennifer (Herlihy) Halas, [Lib Arts ’02, GradEd ’04], her husband, Jake, and their sons, Hunter and Jax.

Walter Sanchez [SFTV] was named post-production supervisor for Showtime’s reality series “The Real L Word” in March. He previously wrapped production as post-production supervisor on “Top Chef Masters,” which premiered on July 25.

Sara (Messmer) Hunter [CFA] gave a presentation at the 2012 International Society of Technology in Education Conference this past June about her third grade students’ blogging experiences. In the fall, she embarked on a new leadership role as a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teacher and coach in Zionsville, Ind.

Megan Martinez [CFA] was interviewed by Scottsdale Living magazine (summer 2012) about her work in interior design. Megan is a designer and partner with her mother, Kathy Desmond [LibArts ’71], at Desmond Design, in Phoenix.

Grady John was born to Mora Ebie-Nichols [LibArts] and her husband, Chris, on Jan. 24, 2012. Big sister Grace couldn’t be happier!

Murray Patrick was born to Andrew Heck [LibArts] and his wife, Jennie, on March 17, 2012.

Parker Michael was born to Marie (Varner) Howe [LibArts] and her husband, Jesse, on May 14, 2012.

Rachelle Jones [SFTV] married Dan Wiseman [LibArts] on Oct. 29, 2011.

Jennifer Fish [GradBusAdm] became county administrator for Coös County, New Hampshire in January. She had previously been director of finance for the county.

Braeden Robert was born to Raymond [SciEng] and Stephanie (Hybki) Gonzales [BusAdm ’05] on April 25, 2012.

Cristi Hegranes [CFA] won the Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize from Grinnell College on Sept. 5, 2012, for her work as founder and executive director of the Global Press Institute. The prize honors people under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and comes with an award of $100,000. The institute, located in San Francisco, trains women around the world as journalists and publishes their work through GPI’s online Newswire and syndication partners.

Amit Jain [BusAdm, GradBusAdm ’06] married Riddhi Kasudia on April 7, 2012, at Stan Mansion in Chicago. Also present were Shawna Byrnes[LibArts], Megan Doyle [LibArts], Anthony Malzone [CFA], David Nix [CFA] and Kellen Prandini [SFTV ’04].

Mahlena-Rae Johnson [SFTV] married James Paige in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, on May 25, 2012.

Joey Weinmann [SciEng, GradSciEng ’06] and Estela Chavez-Valdivia [CFA ’06] were married on Aug. 20, 2011, at Sacred Heart Chapel.

Ryan Ayers [SFTV ’04, CFA ’12] released his first solo guitar album of ten originals called “ermita” in 2011, and he invites his classmates to learn more at ryanayersmusic.com.

Matthew Calkins [CFA], former sports writer for the Loyolan and now a writer for The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.), was a three-time first-place winner in the 2011 writing Associated Press Sports Editors national sports journalism writing contest. He took top honors for beat writing, columns and features in the 30,000-75,000 circulation division. The awards were announced in March 2012.

Clare Grace was born to Richard Campana [BusAdm] and his wife, Melissa, on Aug. 10, 2012.

Ashley McCarthy [CFA] married Drew Leonard in Breckinridge, Colo., on June 4, 2011.

Amelia Mulkey [CFA] directed “Sideways the Play,” which premiered in May 2012 at Ruskin Group Theatre Co. in Los Angeles.

Erika Vega [SFTV] is a scene planner at Film Roman, a Burbank, Calif., animation studio, working on “The Simpsons,” Season 23. She has been with the company since 2006 and worked on “The Simpsons Movie” and The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios.

Jalondra Davis [LibArts] published her first novel, “Butterfly Jar,” a coming-of-age story about a young girl growing up in South Central Los Angeles in a troubled family during the buildup to the 1992 uprisings.

Esteban Zuno [BusAdm] and Kim (Nierva) Zuno [BusAdm] were married on Aug. 13, 2011, at Sacred Heart Chapel. Their ceremony was officiated by Stephen Maria Lopez, O.P. [BusAdm ’94]. Their wedding party included Katherine Nierva [SciEng ’04], Christopher Ham [BusAdm ’07], Taryn (Livingston) Propersi [LibArts ’06], Zac Propersi [SciEng ’04], Daniel Druger [BusAdm ’07], Walter Luceno [BusAdm ’07], Dominique Ta[BusAdm ’07], Alison (Limtavemongkol) Tchui [CFA], Jeffrey Tchui [BusAdm ’07].

Megan Hizon [BusAdm] and Dustin Hackney were married on July 22, 2011, in Temecula, Calif. Megan is the daughter of alumni Jerry Hizon [SciEng ’80] and Theresa (Romano) Hizon [LibArts ’80]. In the bridal party were Mary Hizon [LibArts ’10], Stacy (Burningham) Crocker [BusAdm], and Elizabeth (Luppino) Butenko [SciEng].

Shawnell Russell [LibArts] received her law degree from Southwestern Law School in 2012. At Southwestern, she was the associate editor for the Southwestern Journal of International Law, a recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future award and the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence and was part of the Moot Court Honors Program.

Sarah Benoit [LibArts] was named the farmers market manager for the City of Ann Arbor, Mich., in May. After graduating from LMU, she earned a master’s degree in urban studies at Fordham University in New York City.

Paul (Hal) Mooney [BusAdm] launched a new company this past August called LA Beer Hop (labeerhop.com), which provides bus tours of L.A. craft beer breweries.

Garrett Snyder [SFTV] is L.A. Weekly’s new food blogger.