Dispatches Winter 2015

Ricardo Navarrette [LibArts] is vice-president of student services at Santa Rosa Junior College, in Santa Rosa, California. His wife, Luz (Armendariz) [LibArts ’73], has a private hynotherapy practice and teaches a course at the college.

Maureen (Shannon) Diekmann [LibArts] is president of Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School in Los Angeles.

The Most Rev. Thomas Curry [GradLibArts], formerly auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, now is in residence at St. Augustine Parish in Culver City, California. He is working on a book on religious liberty.

Mark Burton [LibArts], who was elected to the Manhattan Beach City Council in 2013, began his term as mayor of Manhattan Beach, California, on July 7, 2015.

Robert Ennis [CFA] is director of “Wheel Of Fortune,” the syndicated game show that has aired for 33 seasons.

Stephanie Torres [CFA], who has a Doctor of Human Sexuality degree from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, produced a musical titled “Sex, Love & Yoga” that premiered at the MACHA Theater in Hollywood on August 15, 2015.

Rebecca Ginsburg [LibArts] was recognized in April 2015 by the YWCA for her work as co-founder and director of the Education Justice Project at the University of Illinois, which provides higher education to inmates at the Danville Correctional Center in Danville, Illinois.

Raymond Cook [BusAdm, GradBusAdm ’92] was appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer of AeroVironment in July 2015. The company is involved in the design, production and operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and electronic transportation systems.

Kathleen Ruddy [LibArts], CEO of the L.A.-based St. Baldrick’s Foundation, was named Female CEO of the Year this past June in the CEO World Awards, which are sponsored by Silicon Valley Communications, a public relations firm in San Jose, California.

Shana Hagan [CFA], a cinematographer, was invited in June 2015 to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is working on the third installment of “Married in America” with director Michael Apted.

Catherine Sandstrom [CFA] lives in San Luis Obispo, California, and is on the marketing and communications team for California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She moved there from her hometown of Big Bear Lake, California, where she was news director of KBHR/BigBearNews.com and co-host of “Good Day Big Bear.”

Patricia Farrell [LibArts, BusAdm], who worked in finance for 27 years, co-wrote “Matchaholics,” which follows four fictional friends through their online dating escapades.

Michele Nissen [LibArts], city manager for the city of Eastvale, California, received a Public Service Award, Outstanding Rising Administrator, from the Inland Empire chapter of the American Society for Public Administration this past June.

Jonathan Smith [LibArts] is the director of brand marketing and digital strategy for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Phoenix.

Emilio Augusto was born to Ann-Marie and Jon Vigano [LibArts] on June 10, 2015.

Joan (Plantenberg) Albano [GradCFA] wrote a sci-fi feature screenplay titled “Past Forward” that was selected as a quarterfinalist in the 2015 Page International Screenwriting Awards and placed in the top 15 percent of the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowship competition, which is sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Seaton Curran [SciEng], an attorney with the Las Vegas office of Howard & Howard, was named a 2015 Mountain States Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists this past June.

Courtney Surls [GradEd] was named vice president of development and alumni relations at American University in Washington, D.C.

Grace Elizabeth was born to Luis Garcia [LibArts] and his wife, Andrea Long Garcia, on January 3, 2014.

Christopher Prentiss [BusAdm] and Kristen (Sundberg) Prentiss [BusAdm ’04] welcomed their first born, Alexa “Lexi” Rene on Aug. 12, 2015.

Erin Shannon [LibArts] is a doctor of clinical psychology and an energy medicine practitioner, specializing in holistic psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families and maintains a private practice in Saint Louis. She holds several degrees and certifications in both Eastern and Western medicine.

Michael Wakefield [LibArts] was named principal of Teravista Elementary School in the Independent School District of Round Rock, Texas, this past June.

Greg Reiner [SFTV] was named theater director of the National Endowment for the Arts in July 2015.

Risha Riley Booker [LibArts] is director of recruitment for the west coast region of New Leaders, a leadership development organization for teachers and principals, in Oakland, California.

Emma Cadyn Brewster was born on June 14, 2014, to Kai Tramiel [BusAdm].

Michael John Fiamingo [SFTV] won a Daytime Emmy Award for Editing in a Multiple Camera Drama in April 2015 for his work on “Days of Our Lives.”

Matthew Thomas was born Sept. 12, 2015, to William Hamor [SciEng] and Sarah (De Sanctis) Hamor [SciEng ’02, CFA ’02]. He joins big brothers William, David and Andrew.

Anthony Jennison [BusAdm, GradBusAdm’05] was named vice president of philanthropy for the Orange Catholic Foundation, which is located in Garden Grove, California, August 2015.

Ray Minehan [BusAdm] was promoted in July 2015 to partner at Ernest & Young. Minehan works with life sciences and technology clients, ranging from privately held companies to large commercial companies.

Margaret Grundstein [GradLibArts] wrote a memoir titled “Naked in the Woods: My Unexpected Years in a Hippie Commune,” published by Oregon State University Press.

Addison Lynn was born on May 30, 2015, to Marie (Varner) Howe [LibArts] and Jesse Howe.

Carlos Hurtado [SFTV] was honored by the Cannes Film Festival, in May 2015, and the St. Tropez International Film Festival, in July 2015, for his film documentary “Hollygrove: The True Life Story of Monserrat.”

Samantha June was born on May 7, 2015 to Teri and Nick Delja [SciEng].

Anna Langley [BusAdm] is a deep-techno artist in her hometown of Portland, Ore. She performed at the What the Festival and Decibel Festival in 2014.

Kate Micucci [CFA] and Riki Lindhome, known as the comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates, filmed their first hour-long special on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at The Neptune in Seattle.

John Michael Wood [LibArts, GradLibArts ’11] became principal of Jesuit High School, located in Sacramento. Wood was formerly the dean of men at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

Patrick Baghdaserians [LibArts] was named to the 2015 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in April 2015.

Melissa Chavez [SciEng] and Kelly Barba [LibArts ’05] have opened a Pilates/Spin Studio in Irvine, California, called Intermix Fix. The grand opening was held on Sept. 26, 2015.

John Robert was born on July 8, 2015, to Jeffrey Geremia [SFTV] and Jessica (Domenici) Geremia [CFA].

Elayna Rose was born to Steven Gonzalez [LibArts ’04, GradEd ’12] and Dina (Ramirez) Gonzalez [LibArts ’08,] on April 15, 2015.

Eric Murphy [GradCFA] screened his documentary “Traficant: The Congressman of Crimetown” at the 39th Cleveland Film Festival held in March 2015.

Heidi Zeich [GradBusAdm] was named the associate dean of students at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in August 2015. She was director of Housing Services at CUA for 10 years.

Sharon Yang [CFA] works as a fundraiser for the Democratic Party. She has worked as a production manager for Democratic political consultant Mandy Grunwald and directed a Democratic National Committee’s under-40 fundraising effort known as 2011 Gen44. She has helped coordinate more than 65 political events that raised $15 million.

Bodhi Saxby Dixon born to Joanna Saxby Dixon [BusAdm] and Jon Dixon on April 4, 2015.

Matthew Francis was born to Patrick Furlong [LibArts] and his wife, Laura, on July 28, 2015.

Thatcher Francis Ha’alipo was born to Carly (Mounts) Smith [LibArts,] and Bryan Smith on May 18, 2015. Carly and her family live in Hawaii on the island of Oahu.

Ian MacAllister-McDonald [LibArts] is one of the 8th Annual Theater Masters Visionary Playwright winners for 2015. He holds an M.F.A. in playwriting from Brown University and is the recipient of an Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the Clauder Competition Gold Prize and a Playwriting Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Paul Techo [GradEd] was named student success advisor for Montana State University-Northern in Havre, Montana, on April 23, 2015. Techo formerly worked as an educational researcher and teacher of at-risk students and nontraditional students.

Olivia Ines was born to Ana (Martinez) [BusAdm] and Matthew Delja [LibArts] on Sept. 5, 2015. The family lives in New York City.

Brandon Peace [LibArts] performs as B.Peace in the R&B world. His first single was “Bigger Than Both of Us,” released in 2014.

Lauren Snyder [SciEng] is in a three-year residency training program, at Baystate Medical Center, affiliated with Tufts University in Massachusetts, to become an emergency medicine physician. She graduated from Arizona School of Osteopathic Medicine, which is part of Midwestern University, in Glendale, Arizona, in May 2015. Prior to medical school, she worked for Medtronic Diabetes in Northridge, California, as a clinical research coordinator, researching the area of insulin pumps and related technologies, and in the research and development department.

Sean Cain [LibArts] married Jessica Lynn Morrissey on May 9, 2015 at the Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Jason Batten [LibArts, GradLibArts ’12], now a student at Stanford Medical School, was named a FASPE (Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) in March 2015. He spent two weeks during this past summer visiting historical sites related to the Holocaust.

Matthew Brown [BusAdm] and Kelley Cohen [LibArts] were married in Sonoma, California, on Aug. 2, 2014. They currently live in Washington, D.C., where Kelley is an elementary school teacher and Matt attends Georgetown Law School.

Mary Foster [SciEng] represented the United States as member of the U.S. Rowing National Team at the 2015 World Rowing Championships from August 29–September 6 in Aiguebelette, France. Her team in the Lightweight Women’s Quadruple Sculls competition finished in sixth place.

Casey Linsey [CFA] and Travis Wells were married at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C., on April 18, 2015. Anna Loesby [SFTV], Melissa Stella [LibArts], Kelsey Whited [LibArts] and Amanda Zeitler [LibArts] were members of the wedding party. Joel Schreiber [LibArts ’09] and Rebecca Dzida [LibArts ’12] were also in attendance.

Noelle Toland [LibArts] co-stars in the CBS weekly series “Criminal Minds” that premiered this past September.

Charity Chandler [CFA] appeared on a panel at the African American Educational Summit “AfAmEdSummit” at UCLA this past June. The event was part of the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for African Americans.

David Lehleitner [GradSFTV], Film and Media Arts program of Yavapai College, in Yavapai County, Arizona, conducted a workshop at the Jerome Film Festival in Jerome, Arizona, this past September.

Shikera Spindle [CFA] married Daniel Fletcher on May 2, 2015.

Joseph Johnson [BusAdm] is the founder and CEO of Total Comfort Medical and invented the Total Comfort Knee Pad, a foam knee pad. He developed the product while a student in the LMU Entrepreneurship program.

Rachel Brethauer [SFTV], Kara Costello [SFTV] and Celeste Klaus [SFTV] launched Racekar Studios after graduating from LMU and their first production, “Now What?” — a collection of one-act plays — opened in June 2015 at the Actors Company in Los Angeles.

Jamie J. Johnson [GradBusAdm], a major in the U.S. Air Force, is the deputy program manager and chief engineer for the Space Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB in El Segundo, California.

Jennifer Almand [GradEd] was named as head of school at Rosary Academy in Fullerton, California. She had been interim head of school and assistant principal of student services at the school.