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Alumni Highlights Fall 2008 / Winter 2009

Neng Chhean (2002, B.S., biochemistry) completed optometry school and is now living in Austin, Texas, as a practicing optometrist.

Mark Mcavoy

Mark Mcavoy (2002, B.S., civil engineering) is currently a senior civil engineer for the city of Manteca. He married fellow CSULB alum, Sara Herbert (2003, B.S., physiology), who is working as a physical therapist assistant for a private clinic. They live in Modesto.

Aaron Moore

Aaron Moore (2002, B.A., interpersonal communication) recently earned his Masters of Public Administration (M.P.A) at the Beach and is currently the Associate Director of Alumni Relations at CSULB.

Kellee Parker

Kellee Parker (2002, B.A., political science) is currently living in Huntington Beach and is an associate at the Law Offices of Thomas Wallin in Irvine. She specializes in DUI defense. She will be back for a second year as a part-time faculty member with the Criminal Justice Department at CSULB and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses. This fall she is teaching a class for the University Honors Program.

Jolene Sagan

Jolene Sagan (2002, B.A., women’s studies; 2004, M.P.A., public administration) graduated with her master’s degree in social work from Portland State University.

Rebecca Pickett Kiefe and her husband Chris

Rebecca Pickett Kiefe (2003, B.S., English creative writing) is currently working at Azusa Pacific University as a writer/editor for the Office of University Relations, focusing on marketing, advertising and recruiting materials. She and her husband, Chris, the APU women's volleyball coach, live in Chino Hills and have been married for three years. They're expecting their first baby in December.

Darren Duane

Darren Duane (2004, B.S., mechanical engineering) works for Honeywell Aerospace as a product design engineer and continues to pursue his master’s degree in mechanical engineering at CSULB. He is currently living in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County.

Renee (Woolley) Cortez

Renee (Woolley) Cortez (2004, B.M., choral-vocal music; 2005, credential) and Richard Cortez (2006, B.A., business economics) were married in 2007. Rick is an art director at Contexture International in Irvine. He does graphic design, computer animation, video editing and everything in between. Renee is pursuing her master’s degree at USC in vocal performance.

Garret Fontes (2005, B.A., theater arts) is currently enjoying his work as communities coordinator at Smith-Bucklin, the world’s largest association management company.

Lauren (Haverlock) Muto

Lauren (Haverlock) Muto (2005, B.S., accountancy) is happy to be back in the Long Beach area and is a senior associate and CPA at Windes & Mc- Claughry. She says that the firm’s managing partner, Jack Hinche, is a CSULB alumnus and has tons of Beach Pride, which is really fun! She was married in 2007 to fellow CSULB alum, Michael Muto (2003, B.A., political science). Lauren will be graduating from USC with a master’s degree in taxation in 2009. She will also be running her second half marathon in September and spends most of her spare time in training for the run.

Michelle Nguyen

Michelle Nguyen (2005, B.A., English education) is working in Japan and teaching high school English and running the English Club. Michelle plans to re-contract for a second year and is helping to run two summer English camps, as well as join the committee for writing the entrance exam for Aomori Prefecture. Michelle is also taking an online prep course for graduate school and is planning to apply to UC Berkeley for a master’s degree.

Eric Anthony

Eric Anthony (2006, B.A., broadcast journalism and political science) was married last November to his girlfriend, Christel, and has been working on his multiple subject teaching credential full time at Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will be student teaching in Yorba Linda, Calif., in September. His wife is a youth pastor at a church in Anaheim Hills.

Briana Barcelo

Briana Barcelo (2006, B.A., human development) is finishing her first year of a joint school counseling and marriage and family therapy program at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She has two internships: one at a high school and one at a middle school. Last year she worked for AmeriCorps as a teaching fellow at a middle school in Houston, Texas. Although she loved the kids, she is very thankful to come back to California. Briana just recently started working at Pierce College as an outreach representative and is starting her second year in CSUN's joint MFT/school counseling program.

Kevin Darwazeh

Kevin Darwazeh (2006, B.S., international business) is working for the Princeton Review in Thailand. He works in downtown Bangkok, teaching test-prep courses for Thai and international students with 10 full-time teachers from the U.S., Canada, and Holland; some from Harvard, Stanford, USC, and many with law degrees.

Kayci Newcomer (2006, B.A., English creative writing) is enjoying her time as a sales assistant, marketing Sports Illustrated Kids for Sports Illustrated Inc. in Los Angeles.

Marci Soto (2006, B.A., liberal studies; 2006, credential) is currently teaching middle school at Fitz Intermediate School for Garden Grove Unified.

Eric Tiede (2006, B.A., theater arts performance; FEA-film and electronic media) continues to pursue his acting career in the Los Angeles area. However, his current job is as a loan officer and real estate agent at Coast Cities Financial. He was also recently married.

Nate Buck

Nathaniel (Nate) Buck (2007, B.A., political science) now lives in Los Angeles, pursuing a career in television writing and production. He works forWorld ofWonder Productions and is currently helping to produce the highly rated reality show, “Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood,” for the Oxygen network. In his spare time, Nate loves scuba diving and singing.

Emily Cantrell

Emily Cantrell (2007, B.S., biology- physiology) is pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and continues to be involved in campus life as a graduate student, including participation in an on-campus Christian group, Peer Mentor. She is also a member of the American Pharmacists Association.

Ryan Hano (2007, B.S., mechanical engineering) started at Northrop Grumman in their Space Technologies division in Redondo Beach at the end of February and is living in Long Beach.

Gemayel Lee

Gemayel Lee (2007, B.S., microbiology) is attending the University of California, San Francisco Medical School this fall and pursuing his dream of becoming a physician.

Sutton Spalding (2007, B.S., chemical engineering) has recently started working for an engineering construction and procurement company in Long Beach by the name of Jacobs Engineering. He is an associate process engineer designing and improving the Exxon refinery in Torrance. Additionally he plans on going to graduate school and getting an MBA in about two years.

Nikki Stassi (2007, B.A., philosophy), B.A., philosophy), after completing a single subject credential in math education, moved to New York and is happy teaching seventh grade math at a charter school in Brooklyn.

Claudia Zapata (2007, B.A., comparative literature and classics and psychology) is currently working as a development associate at Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles.
Casey Curran

Casey Curran (2008, B.S., Biochemistry) went to Europe for a month this summer with his girlfriend, Leigh. He is happy to be starting medical school at Northwestern University's Fein-berg School of Medicine on a full scholarship.

Sam Grodin (2008, B.M., music performance) continues to pursue his love of music and has had the opportunity to utilize his excellent piano playing skills through a full-time position with the San Francisco Conservatory, which began summer 2008.
Taylor Jerri (2008, B.A., philosophy/psychology) is attending the Boston University School of Law this fall.