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In Touch 1980s-1990s


Classmates Ignacio G. Ochoa and Robert L. Woodings (both 1980, B.S., civil engineering) worked together on completing the Alton Parkway extension in Orange County. Ochoa is interim director of the Orange County Public Works Depart­ment and Woodings recently retired as Lake Forest city engineer and director of public works.

Dignity Health named Thomas A. Salerno (1980, MPA) as president and CEO of St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach. He was CEO of Anaheim General Hospital and previously at other hospitals in California and Phoenix, Ariz.

William C. Greenwalt (1982, B.A., political science) joined the Aerospace Industries Association as vice president of acquisitions policy. He has extensive experience in the private and public sector defense industry.

Dyan Lopez-Fiamengo (1982, B.A., kinesiology and physical education) is a choreographer, dance instructor and member of the Ole Skool Crew dance team of the L.A. Sparks WNBA basketball team. “I dance at Lakers games, Clippers, UCLA women’s basketball, 66ers, Ontario Reign, etc.,” she said. The dancers, all over age 40, have appeared on a number of TV and radio programs and at special events.

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions in San Diego appointed Jack R. Turley (1982, B.A., journalism–public relations) as vice president of strategic development for the firm, which provides national security technologies. He has held vice president positions with several security firms.

The University of Texas at El Paso’s College of Health Sciences named Deborah S. Diaz (1983, B.S., physical therapy; 1993, M.A., instructional systems technology) as director of its Doctor of Physical Therapy program. She earned a Ph.D. in education from UCLA and was an associate professor of physical therapy at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles.

Barbara Gall (1983, B.S., business administration–marketing) joined the international insurance firm Lockton as senior vice president, technology practice, in its San Jose office. She has held executive positions in the insurance and risk management industry, focusing on technology and communications.

Valeri (Sanders) Wilson (1983, B.A., radio/TV/film) has joined the Dallas, Texas, office of the national law firm Wilson Elser in its business litigation and employment and labor practices division. Following an award-winning career in journalism, she earned her law degree from Southern Methodist University.

Lake Elsinore Unified School District appointed Douglas G. Kimberly (1984, B.A., psychology) as its new superintendent. He was superintendent of the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District and earned a doctorate in education administration from USC.

The Credit Union Times recognized Jeanne Kucey (1984, B.S., business administration–finance) in its “Women to Watch” feature series. As president and CEO of JetStream Federal Credit Union in Miami Lakes, Fla., she was acknowledged for improving the credit union’s success while helping its customers in Florida’s difficult economy.


Manny Grijalva (1985, B.S., business administration–marketing) is the new vice president of marketing and sales for MSD Ignition, an automotive ignition manufacturer in El Paso, Texas. He was executive vice president at Gold Eagle Co.

Daniel E. Woodward (1985, B.A., radio/TV/film) was promoted to the rank of major in the California State Military Reserve and took command of 3rd Battalion, 1st Brigade, Regional Support Command South, based at Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos. He works for the U.S. Navy as the table of allowance equipment manager at Naval Beach Group ONE at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. His wife, Susan (Quinn) Woodward (1984, B.A., art) teaches online art and Advance Placement art history courses for a national virtual school.

SCAN Health Plan appointed Jill (Kerney) Selby (1987, B.A., home economics) as vice president of market expansion and product development. She was vice president of business development for Bravo Health/HealthSpring.

The city of Palo Alto selected Eric Nickel (1988, B.S., business administration–finance) as its new fire chief. He was deputy chief of the Novato Fire Protection District.

Andrew S. Hein (1989, B.S., mechanical engineering) is an ordained minister and central south director of church mobilization for International Justice Mission, a non-profit organization that assists victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and oppression.

Kathleen (Teipner) Sandoval (1989, B.A., communicative disorders) is married to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and serves as the state’s First Lady. She is the family and youth intervention director of the Children’s Cabinet organization in Reno.


The Fullerton College Athletic Hall of Fame inducted Annette Gonzales-Christie (1990, B.A., sociology) for her accomplishments as a softball player. She broke several pitching records as a 49er player and coached for Long Beach City College and the Rawlings Rebels before returning to Fullerton College as pitching coach.

The city of Costa Mesa selected Robert E. Knapp (1990, B.S., business administration–marketing) as director of its Parks and Recreation Division. He has been active in Costa Mesa community sports and he and his wife, Jennifer (Bowley) Knapp (1988, B.S., business administration–marketing) formerly owned the firm Rainbow Magnetics in the city.

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber appointed Norman R. Hill (1991, B.A., political science) as a Polk County circuit judge. Hill is a partner in the law firm of Martinis and Hill and received his law degree from Willamette University.

The Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America presented Linda Hooper-Bùi (1991, B.A., biology) with its 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching. She is an associate professor of entomology at Louisiana State University who earned her M.S. and Ph.D. at UC Riverside.

Edward P. “Trey” Roski III (1991, B.S., business administration–finance) founded and is a pilot for SkyTime Helicopter Tours based at Mammoth Lakes, which provides tours of the Mammoth and Eastern Sierra areas.

Professional Service Industries Inc. named Lloyd Guss (1992, B.S., geology) as a principal consultant for its remediation design and construction service. He is a senior geologist with the engineering firm.

Brian Victor (1993, M.S., psychology) recently joined the Edmunds Law Firm in San Diego as an associate attorney, where his practice focuses on family law and national security clearance representation.


James C. Johnson (1996, B.A., political science) earned his J.D. degree in December from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minn. He is the founder of Johnson Recoveries LLC, which assists companies worldwide in claiming their share of antitrust class action settlement funds. He spent seven years in France working in the fragrance industry and now resides with his wife and four children in North Oaks, Minn., where he is a law clerk at a plaintiff’s product liability law firm.

Carlos A. Solorzano (1996, B.A.; 2004, M.A., religious studies) and his wife, Minh Randolph-Solorzano (1996, B.M., music performance) are in a Tucson, Ariz.-based Christian band called Come Thirsty, which debuted a new a CD through Tate Music Group.

Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Irvine Police Chief David L. Maggard (1997, M.S., criminal justice) to the new Board of State and Community Corrections, which coordinates services to local detention facilities as part of the state’s criminal justice system realignment.

Aristide J. Collins Jr. (1998, MPA) is vice president and secretary of George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he manages the business affairs of its board of trustees among other duties and is a lecturer in higher education administration. He was vice president for institutional advancement and university relations at Clark Atlanta University and interim vice president for university relations and development at CSULB.

The Association of California School Administrators selected Rebecca Roberts (1999, B.A., anthropology; 2001, B.A., mathematics education, credential) as 2012 Secondary Co-Administrator of the Year. She is assistant principal of curriculum and guidance at Villa Park High and received a joint Ed.D. from UC Irvine and UCLA.

Helen W. Yee (1999, BFA, interior design) recently completed her executive master of business administration degree at Claremont Graduate University (CGU). “CSULB prepared me for the skill-set, morals and ethics,” for her more than 20-year career at major architectural and corporate firms before embarking on her EMBA. She hopes to continue work in marketing business development for CGU’s Drucker School of Management’s Executive Management Program.