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In Touch 2000s


Legatech, a software services company specializing in the legal industry, named Vivek Tandon (2001, B.S., business administration–finance) as vice president of business development in Los Angeles. He has a law degree from Suffolk University School of Law and was previously with Krohn and Moss Ltd.

Home Media Magazine named Lyndsey Schaefer (2002, B.A., journalism) to its “Forty Under 40” list of rising stars in the home entertainment industry. She is director of DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, a Los Angles industry-funded nonprofit corporation.

Julio De Souza (2003, B.A., international studies) is a co-founder and chief operating officer of Nuru Lights, a Rwanda firm that sells an environmentally friendly foot pump-powered electrical light to replace kerosene-based lighting.

Juan Huizar (2003, B.S., business administration–accountancy) is a licensed real estate investment broker with Accrued Financial Services in Signal Hill, Calif., assisting first time homebuyers and commercial investors. He has more than 10 years of real estate experience and earned the Certified Commercial Investment member designation. He resides in Long Beach with his wife, Amber, and daughter, Vivian.

Singer Nathan Stark (2004, B.M.–music performance; 2007, M.M.) performed in the Arizona Opera’s “Madama Butterfly” in January and understudied the role of Mr. Flint in the Metropolitan Opera’s presentation of “Billy Budd” in May in New York.


Ira M. Gostin (2005, B.S., occupational studies) is now vice president of investor relations at Tahoe Resources Inc., a Canadian mining exploration company, working in its Reno, Nev., office. He was the business director who oversaw the company’s startup and IPO in 2010. Gostin previously was a consultant specializing in strategic development and corporate communications; an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno; and a Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist with the Associated Press.

Cathleen Kim (2005, B.A., social work; 2009, M.S., education–school counseling; credential) was honored in October as one of “30 Under 30” women recognized for community service by California Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (1974, M.S., psychology). In addition to working for the Orange County Braille Institute, Kim teaches Khmer dancing and tutors Cambodian students in Long Beach.

Elinor Lester (2005, B.A., sociology) is the new port manager of SA Recycling’s Terminal Island, Calif., facility. The firm is a West Coast metal recycler.

The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley selected Shanetta Robinson (2005, B.A., psychology; 2009, MPA) as its new program director, where she oversees a variety of classes and programs aimed at empowering women.

Uduak Ntuk (2006, B.S., chemical engineering) is a petroleum engineering associate with the city of Long Beach, where he works on new well development, oil and gas production operations, subsidence control, and water flooding-related work at the Wilmington Field. He also is vice chair of the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network Youth Council. At CSULB, he was active in the Associated Students’ Senate, McNair Research Scholars and the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society.

The Long Beach Police Department promoted Laura Farinella (2007, M.S., emergency services administration) to deputy chief, the first woman to hold that rank in the department. She joined the department in 1990.

Keystone Pacific Property Management in Irvine, Calif., promoted Sarah (Files) Touchi (2007, B.A., rhetorical studies) to director of marketing and web technologies. She joined the firm in 2007.

Cecil Williams (2007, B.S., business administration–management information systems) is co-founder of the clothing line Royal Dynamite, which also supports Southern California artists and community service activities. After fleeing civil war in Sierra Leone, his family moved to Gambia and sent him to college in Southern California.

Christopher K. Trembley (2008, B.A., communication studies) became an associate with the law firm of Archer Norris in Los Angeles, where he practices in environmental, natural resources and insurance law. He earned his law degree from Pepperdine University.

Sarah A. Bennett (2009, B.A., communication studies) is the new development coordinator for USA Water Polo, the national governing body of the sport.


Georgia Shakespeare in Atlanta appointed Lauren Morris (2010, M.F.A–theatre management; MBA) as its new managing director. She was director of the Long Beach Playhouse.

The Huntington Beach, Calif., Marketing and Visitors Bureau selected Briton Saxton (2010, B.A., film and electronic arts) as its first film commissioner to promote and coordinate filming in the city.

Sai Lim (2011, B.S., health sciences–radiation therapy) was recently hired as a staff radiation therapist at Radiation Medical Group in San Diego, which was among the medical facilities where he did clinical rotations while attending CSULB.

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