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Alumni Highlights Spring / Summer 2008

May Baptista (2000, B.A., international studies) is currently in German language training at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, Foreign Service Institute, for her assignment as an operations officer in the U.S. Department of State's Nuclear Risk Reduction Center. Prior to her current assignment, she served as a consular officer at the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana, Mexico, where she facilitated cross-border cooperation and communication with Mexico and led several outreach programs to educate the public about consular issues and careers in the Foreign Service.

Alyssa (Rockenbach) Bryant (2000, B.A., psychology) holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of California, Los Angeles. She worked for five years at UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute, where she was a research analyst and postdoctoral scholar. Following her time at UCLA, she was employed as an educational researcher at RTI International in Research Triangle Park, N.C., and concurrently held an adjunct professorship at NCSU. She now holds an assistant professor position in the Department of Adult and Higher Education at NCSU.

Kathryn (Cullivan) Smith (2001, B.S., information systems) and her husband, Zachary, welcomed twin girls, Constance and Victoria, on Feb. 9, 2007 in Roseville, Calif. In August 2007, Kathryn started a home-party jewelry business, Pearls in a Pod, as a way to use her business skills while staying home with her two little ones.

Heather (Gunn) Ewing (2001, B.A., special major) has been traveling overseas and abroad with her family while her husband has served in the United States Air Force. She has lived all over the world in places such as Maryland; the Azores, Portugal; and Oklahoma. Her husband, Lars, recently separated from the Air Force and they moved to Santa Rosa, Calif. Heather has been busy taking care of their three boys: Peyton (3 1/2), Kyle (21 months) and Nolan (5 months). She is homeschooling Peyton in preschool skills and they are enjoying life closer to their family. Heather plans to become involved in various community and church activities within the Santa Rosa area once they are settled.

Alicia Basmadjian (2002, B.S.N., nursing) worked at Glendale Adventist Medical Center as a registered nurse in labor/delivery for five years. In June 2007, she graduated from UCLA with her master’s degree in nursing, with a double certification as a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) and a clinical nurse specialist. She now works as a PNP at Comprehensive Community Health Clinic in Highland Park.

Honorato “Junior” Domingo Jr. (2002, B.A., athletic training) is the head athletic trainer at the University of Redlands.

Natalie Masuoka (2002, B.S., political science) received her Ph.D. in political science from UC Irvine in June 2007. She is currently living in Durham, N.C., serving as a post-doctoral fellow with the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences and Political Science Department at Duke University.

Kari Ryckebosch (2002, B.A., Spanish language and linguistics; 2003, credential) moved last year from New York to Portland, Ore., and is teaching at a local school.

Sarina Steinbarth (2002, B.A., international studies) ventured off on a backpacking trip through South America after graduation, then moved to New Haven, Conn., where she earned an M.A. in international relations from Yale. She remained on the East Coast for one year to work as a recruiting coordinator for Yale before departing for Madison, Wis., where she is currently enrolled in her second year of a Ph.D. program in 20th century U.S. history (with a focus on gender and foreign affairs). She is also raising a black Labrador, named Holly, for the local service dog organization.

Alex Zuniga (2002, B.A., political science) is an attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Long Beach Courthouse: Self Help Center in Long Beach, Calif.

Jacob Blake (2003, B.A., human development; 2005, credential) is living in Rose-ville, Calif., and is teaching sixth grade math and science. He also coaches basketball and has started a couple of clubs on campus.

Jared Herbert (2003, B.S., electrical engineering) married Kimberly Young (2002, B.A., psychology) and they had their first child, Caleb, in October 2006. Jared currently works as a National Technical Support Engineer with Shimadzu. Kimmie is running a successful home-based business designing and creating custom greeting cards. They live in Signal Hill, CA.

Justin Nielsen (2004, B.S., electrical engineering) joined Honeywell in 2004 as an electrical engineer and currently designs and tests electrical motors and controllers for aerospace applications. Justin finished his M.S. in electrical engineering with an emphasis in power electronics and controls in May 2007. His research into the harmonics of power transmission systems was presented at Southern California Edison's office headquarters. At Honeywell, Justin was recently promoted to engineer III and continues his lifelong learning aspirations.

Tawny Palovchik (2004, B.S., finance, real estate and law and international business) lives in Yucaipa, Calif., and is enjoying her work as a credit officer for Union Bank of California.
Casey Raymondson (2004, B.S., computer science) is a software development manager for M4 Engineering in Signal Hill, Calif.

Tiffany Vaught Boroff (2005, B.S., accountancy and finance, real estate and law) is a certified CPA for Murphy, Murphy, and Murphy CPAs in Los Alamitos, Calif., a  local firm for which she interned during college.

Becky Thai (2005, B.S., biology physiology and anthropology) joined the U.S. Army after graduation and is now attending Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Maryland as a second lieutenant.

Stephanie Tonn (2005, B.S., exercise science) recently completed the physician’s assistant program at Western University in Pomona, Calif., and is now living in Carson, Nev., working as a physician’s assistant at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center.

Nicole Eltzroth (2006, B.A., English literature and composition) started this fall at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. She is in the part-time program, so she can work during the day and go to school at night.

Amanda Guevara Farris (2006, B.A., anthropology) was offered a contract with the Georgia Ballet last spring, and she and her husband live in Atlanta. You can visit the Georgia Ballet website at and see Amanda’s bio online.

Jennifer Jaynes (2006, B.S., mathematics) just completed her Masters Thesis “NP-Completeness and Another Solution Problem” and will graduate this May with her M.S. degree in Mathematics at CSULB.  She has been working as a Teaching Associate for the last two years, instructing undergraduate mathematics courses at the Beach.  After graduation she plans to work as a Mathematics Professor at a community college.

Andrea Starkey (2006, B.A., human development) is currently at CSULB, working for CBA’s Student Center for Professional Development and pursuing her master’s of counseling degree in student development in higher education.

Deanna Hendrickson (2007, B.A., Spanish) is now teaching English at a secondary school in Salamanca, Spain.

Tim Siregar (2007, B.A., FCS) is proud to be the site director of a YMCA of Greater Long Beach Preschool. Utilizing CSULB resources and attending the spring job fair, he is now running a site with 19 staff members and 93 enrolled preschoolers.

Ryan Sweeney (2007, B.A., German) will finish his M.A. in German from CSULB in July and has been accepted to the Peace Corp. He will leave for Central Asia--Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, or Turkmenistan--in August to teach at the university level.

Billie Jo Stevens (2007, B.S., marine biology) is working for the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission on the California Recreational Finfishing Survey. She also recently took the GRE in December and has started contacting possible graduate advisors at Western Washington University.    

Danae Werthmann (2007, B.S., geology and B.A., political science) is working on an M.S. in environmental science and management at UCSB and was recently awarded a Donald Bren Foundation Fellowship for 2007-08.