Issue: Winter 2004
Who’s Doing What and Where
Donald Speer MD is professor emeritus in the orthopaedic surgery department at the Arizona Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
is director of litigation consulting and business valuation services
for Barnard, Vogler & Co., an accounting and business consulting
firm in Reno, Nev.
P. Michael McDermott
MA ’68 is vice president of corporate communications for Genesee &
Wyoming Inc., a rail-freight transportation and services provider in
John Moohr was recently appointed executive director of the law firm Newmeyer & Dillion LLP in Newport Beach, Calif.
MD was appointed to the advisory board of Keenan, the largest privately
held brokerage firm in California. He lives in Granite Bay, Calif.
Robert Kerlan MD ’77 recently received the Exceptional Physician Award from the UC San Francisco Medical Center. He lives in Kentfield, Calif., with wife Randi Kerlan ’74 and their four children.
Miles Swarthout MA recently won the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award in the Best First Western Novel of 2003 category for his book The Sergeant’s Lady. He lives in Playa Del Rey, Calif.
Scott Herman completed training with United Airlines and now flies as captain on Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft.
Virginia Kennedy MS, PhD ’81 is president of the California Association of Professors of Special Education.
John Leeth recently won the Bentley College Scholar of the Year Award for his study in the field of economics. He is a professor of economics at the school and lives in Needham, Mass.
Robert McCaffrey, a homebuilder and developer in Fresno, Calif., was recently appointed chairman of the board for the Building Industry Association of the San Joaquin Valley.
Jacque Sokolov MD ’78 was recently elected to the board of directors of MedCath Corp., a national provider of cardiovascular services.
Joseph Lanza was recently elected president of the Channel Counties, Calif., chapter of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Terry Mansky was named general counsel for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, overseeing the company’s legal activities.
Richard Nordin was named vice president of university advancement at Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif.
James Shepherdson MBA ’77 was appointed chairman, CEO and president of the John Hancock Financial Services mutual funds unit.
Rob Ukropina was recently awarded the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award by the Orange County Business Journal and Ernst & Young. He is founder and CEO of Overnite Express, a delivery service company.
Brian Guggisberg was appointed treasurer of California Portland Cement Company, a cement and concrete supplier. He lives in Redlands, Calif., with his wife and daughter.
Owen Newcomer PhD is the mayor of Whittier, Calif., and is also serving his second term on the Whittier City Council.
Van Parish was named state director of the California Democratic Party’s “Every Vote Counts” campaign.
Lisa Rawlins recently received the Frances E. Willard Award, honoring Alpha Phi International Fraternity members who have achieved outstanding success in their field. She is senior vice president of studio and production affairs for Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
EdD, deputy superintendent/principal of the Columbia Campus of the
Maryland School for the Deaf, published an article in the Spring 2004
issue of American Annals of the Deaf.
Stephan Poulter recently published his third book, Father Your Son – Becoming the Father You Always Wanted to Be. He lives in Manhattan Beach, Calif., with his wife and three children.
PharmD was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society in April
and received his MBA from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia,
Penn., in May.
Thomas Blair recently joined Peddle Thorp Architects, an international architectural group, to form the U.S. office of Peddle Thorp Blair & Chambers.
Cynthia L. Hunt was elected club director of the Union League Club of Chicago. She is the director of strategic relationships and marketing with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
Mario Kahn MA is president of MK&A Inc., an international licensing management consulting firm.
Paul Kalil is the founder and president of Big Screen Network Productions Inc., the video board production company selected to produce the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.
Richard Karpeles PhD is director of technology for the elastomers research and development group of Crompton Corp., a producer and marketer of specialty chemicals.
MPA was recently awarded the Legion of Honor by the National
Sojourners, an affiliated body of the Masonic fraternity, for his years
of contribution to the order.
Judy Flynn MBA published Gumboots, Lesson Plans and Hot Rugby Nights, which details her adventures teaching English and accounting in New Zealand.
Andrew McTaggart EdD is assistant superintendent of the Nashville (Tenn.) Metro School District.
John Griffiths of Los Angeles is a television critic for Us Weekly magazine.
David K. Hansen recently passed the project management professional exam and was named program manager for the Marine Expeditionary Rifle Squad at Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Va.
Cherie Martin MA was recently promoted to director of online services for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alumni Association.
Steve Mindel JD was recently recognized by Los Angeles Magazine as one of the region’s “Super Lawyers.” He is managing partner of the law firm Feinberg, Mindel, Brandt & Kline LLP.
PhD, an electrical engineering professor at Cal State Long Beach,
recently received the university’s 2003-2004 Distinguished Faculty
Robert DeLaurentis recently formed Innorev Enterprises Inc. and Cyprias Enterprises LLC, two real estate companies in San Diego, Calif.
Robert Ng, Darryl Ng ’93 and Alan Ng ’00 recently opened Orchid Restaurant and Lounge, a Pan-Asian restaurant with private karaoke rooms in Los Angeles’ Koreatown.
Joanne Tortorici-Luna PhD received the 2004 Community Service Award from Cal State Long Beach for her social activism.
Robert Williams MA was named director of the national Episcopal News Service. He lives in South Pasadena, Calif.
James Mercer JD is a special counsel at the San Diego office of Duane Morris LLP.
Kelly Moore served as a staff member on the 9/11 Commission, focusing on border security and terrorist travel. She previously served as deputy program manager for the terrorist interdiction program at the Department of State.
Jerry Zamora of Manhattan Beach, Calif., is vice president and chief trust officer at Merrill Lynch Trust Company FSB.
Cayler Carter MPA was promoted to deputy chief with the Los Angeles Police Department.
Pier (Seymour) Harvey MFA ’93 is a writer/producer in television marketing and promotions, producing on-air promotions and marketing campaigns for network television series.
Peter Sabido MS ’95 recently published the article “Defending Against Patent Infringement Suits in Standard-Setting Organizations: Rabus, Inc. v. Infineon Technologies AG” in the Federal Circuit Bar Journal. He is an intellectual property attorney at the Portland, Ore., office of Kolisch Hartwell PC.
Sharon Valente PhD of Los Angeles received a 2004 National American Nurses Association Award and a 2003 Clinical Writing Award from the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.
John Whalen-Bridge MA, PhD ’93 received tenure and was promoted to associate professor at the National University of Singapore.
Joseph Quarles EdD was recently named vice chancellor for human resources for the Coast Community College District in Costa Mesa, Calif.
was recently awarded the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished
Service for his role on the litigation team that successfully defended
federal agency decisions made regarding the management of dams and
reservoirs along the Missouri River. He lives in Rockville, Md.
Lisa Miller is president of the Junior League of Los Angeles, a women’s volunteer organization.
Alfred Martino MBA is the author of Pinned, a coming-of-age novel for young adults.
Alex Sassani recently published a paper on sleep apnea in the May issue of the journal Sleep. He is a radiology resident at UC San Diego.
Lisa Kalustian MPA was appointed chief deputy director of the Los Angeles Office of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Michele (Follero) Kolostian recently launched www.goodsforgranny.com, a Web store offering gift items for the elderly.
MBT, an adjunct professor at Southwestern University School of Law in
Los Angeles, recently received the 2004 Adjunct Excellence in Teaching
Award. He is an international tax manager for tax and legal services at
James D. Nguyen JD was elected partner at the national law firm Foley & Lardner LLP. He is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office.
is the owner of the Golden Nugget hotel-casino in Las Vegas, Nev., and
recently co-starred on the Fox TV reality series “The Casino.”
Kristina Berg MA ’99 of Costa Mesa, Calif., was promoted to manager at Deloitte & Touche LLP, a financial service firm.
Marie Ebersbacher was elected president of the Bakersfield chapter of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Abraham Flores is the track and field coach for Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J.
Christina Linhardt of Los Angeles recently released her solo album Circus Sanctuary, co-produced with USC alumnus and jazz faculty member Bruce Eskowitz MM ’93. Also featured on the album are Dino Meneghin ’00 and Marco Meneghin ’00.
Jorge Martinez JD was elected trustee for the Orange County (Calif.) Hispanic Bar Association. He is an attorney at Snell & Wilmer LLP in Irvine, Calif.
Marielle Neri was recently promoted to senior graphic designer at Perkins Eastman, an architectural design firm in New York City.
Eric Freedman PhD is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Communication at Florida Atlantic University.
Ha Ho received his MBA from Duke University in May and is currently a finance and accounting manager with Procter & Gamble in Oxnard, Calif.
MA, PhD ’03 recently accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship in
the leadership studies program at the University of San Diego.
Stephen M. Sheldon was recently appointed assistant marketing and advertising director for KABC-AM Radio in Los Angeles.
Danny Whetton EdD is the superintendent/principal of the Di Giorgio School District in Kern County, Calif.
James Jack MPA was appointed chief of staff to California State Sen. Bruce McPherson. He lives in Sacramento, Calif.
MMM was recently elected to a three-year term on the American College
of Physician Executive’s board of directors. He lives in West Linn, Ore.