Class notes


Class Notes reflect submissions received from Jan. 12, 2018, to April 13, 2018.

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MaryAnn Black Easley ’55 continues her love of poetry. She facilitates creative writing workshops at community centers, libraries, and San Clemente’s historical Casa Romantica. In connection with these workshops, she hosts a free annual community wide event at Sea Country in Laguna Niguel to celebrate the written and spoken word and to showcase local poets, musicians, and artists in South Orange County.

Janet McLean Edwards ’55 and Fred Edwards ’54 celebrated 35 years participating in the popular “Art, for Heaven’s Sake” art festival, as well as hosting a couple of private art shows at their own home in Redlands; admittedly, most of the art is Janet’s work, but Fred insists he is her “agent and framer.” They also enjoyed a two-week trip to Alaska, where they viewed some spectacular scenery that included a close-up look at glaciers.

Hershel Green ’55 recently retired after 60 years in the retail piano and organ business, for which he received the National Association of Music Merchants Milestone Award. He worked with both the Hammond Organ Company and the Baldwin Piano and Organ Company. Married to a concert pianist, his time at U of R inspired his interest in music. A resident of Fullerton, Calif., he’s now looking forward to enjoying his hobbies and time with family.

Audrey Nichol Hauth ’55 and daughter Sheree marched to support the ban on assault weapons.


Mary Louise Stevenson Patterson ’56 and her husband, Dean, have moved closer to family. She writes: “Moving is a hard job, physically and emotionally, and ever so time consuming. Saying ‘’til we meet again’ is taking more energy than I ever dreamed possible. God has blessed us with many friends who have enriched our lives beyond measure, especially with our international student involvement through International Students Inc.”


Pat Bayless Huffman ’57 was honored by Options for Learning, a nonprofit child care program serving children from infancy through age 12. The Huffman Children’s Center in West Covina was named for Pat, as she served on the Options for Learning board of directors for more than 30 years.


The Class of 1959 will celebrate its 60th reunion May 17–19, 2019! Save the date! Those offering to serve on the committee so far are Sally Jo High Comings, Anne Monroe Dahl, Rudy Dew, Norma Steeples Dreyer, Gary Gaiser, Ron Johnson, Candy Howell Kimble, Beverly Tompkins LaFourcade, Pat Cheney Peterson, Jim Smith, and Marilyn Kerr Solter. Please let Marilyn know if you are willing to serve on the committee at

Gene Dawson ’59 is teaching a guided autobiography class and helping his wife, Mary, at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora/Denver. Gene says his “tennis experience” from the U of R is still in motion, but at a different speed!

Rudy Dew ’59 invited 100 people to the Coronado Cays Yacht Club for his 80th birthday, including U of R classmates Wayne Kirschenman ’59 and wife Ginny, Pat Lucas Harasty ’59, and Carl Gott ’59 and wife Lois Dodge Gott ’60.

Sue Blackwell Hurlbut ’59 traveled to Trinidad on a bird-watching trip, where she saw lots of colorful tropical birds. Fortunately, Trinidad’s southern location kept it out of the path of the damaging hurricanes in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands.

Penny Wickett Kennedy ’59 and husband Martin are still snowbirds spending winters in Las Vegas from October to April, then going to their new retirement home in Florence, Ore. The clubhouse has a pool for aqua aerobics, potlucks, Saturday coffees, and committees. They love traveling, but only limited excursions.

Janette Pond Lusk ’59, a certified public accountant, has been married to Skip, an architect, for 61 years. They live in the foothills between Auburn and Grass Valley, Calif. They would enjoy hearing from anyone who remembers Janette.

Tony Pejsa ’59 and Ann Cornwell Pejsa ’61 spent their 56th anniversary at the Mauna Kea Beach Resort on the island of Hawaii. Tony continues to have a residential real estate license with Sotheby’s International in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Bob Rudder ’59 translated and edited a book, The Limping Devil—El Diablo Cojuelo. It is a bilingual edition (English and Spanish) of a 17th-century novel by Luis Vélez de Guevara. It concerns
a student who frees a devil from a bottle, and they travel all over Spain, commenting on and satirizing various elements of society.

Jim Smith ’59 is a retired Orange County Superior Court judge. He was featured on Channel 7’s news for running all 33 Los Angeles marathons since 1972, and is now a legacy runner. It almost killed him in 2011 when he fell and hit his head, but he stubbornly finished the race! Jim has completed more than 100 marathons and says it shows “a lack of good judgment!”

Marilyn Kerr Solter ’59 has taken short trips to Reno, Phoenix, and Hearst Castle in San Simeon. She stayed at the Madonna Inn, which was a hoot!

James Strand ’59 went to Paris for the first time with family. They stayed for a week, visiting several museums and cathedrals, attending concerts, and walking along the streets. They stayed in a perfect Airbnb and enjoyed several outstanding restaurants. Chartres Cathedral was his favorite!


Bob Erikson ’60 and Jean Wagley Erikson ’62 downsized from their Yucaipa home and now live in Solera, an age-55-plus community in Beaumont. They are near the U of R and attend several activities and symphonies throughout the year. In May, Bob and Jean went cruising to the British Isles. They sampled the scotch at every opportunity in Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and England.

Ken Hall ’60 and wife Lynn made their third trip to Honduras to help build schools near El Progresso and cut the ribbon to open a bilingual high school. Students Helping Honduras is now building its 52nd school serving this impoverished country. The schools are built by American college students with a few “older” helpers, and the teachers are all credentialed American teachers. The Halls will be taking their grandchildren (ages 4–19) to Boston in July to be immersed in their American heritage and birthplace and will spend a week in the Cape Cod and Boston area!

Ruth Morris Schneider ’60 and husband Aaron live on their farm in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Ruth was program director for the Centre for International Students at Cape Breton University for 20 years. She also was the chair of the international board of directors for Cuso International and on the board of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, retiring this year. She is currently on the community health board and on the advisory committee for the newly established St. Ann’s Time Bank.


Arlyss Bishop Burkett ’61 traveled to Tokyo, Japan, and found the country modern, really high-tech, very clean, and the people lovely. She traveled with a tour specializing in music, and they enjoyed two operas and four symphonic concerts. The Japanese press interviewed them because they were the “first foreign delegation visiting the Tokyo Symphonic Orchestra this season.” The Japanese were interested in the group’s reaction to the Japanese performing Western music. During the day, they visited historic places near Tokyo. Japan gets five stars in her book!

Maile Mahikoa Duggan ’61 and her husband, Lawrence, traveled to Japan, visiting Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki while the cherry blossoms were in bloom.

Clarke Ellis ’61 and his wife, Giovanna, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 4. Their three sons, four of their grandchildren, and a daughter-in-law attended. Clarke is retired from the Foreign Service but still works part-time as a senior reviewer in the State Department Freedom of Information Office. He is also a lector in his parish and an active cyclist. Giovanna’s English translations of several works of the well-known Neapolitan priest Don Dolindo Ruotolo, including his book-length commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke, have been published by Divine Mercy Publications in Australia.

Lindsay Nielson ’61 never got the memo regarding retirement and continues to be a real estate lawyer. He often acts as a receiver for Superior Court, where he never knows from day to day what he might be asked to do—from running all kinds of businesses (movie distributing, a grocery store, motel, or medical-billing practice) to selling (real estate, a dog-breeding company, or a pharmaceutical company). It never gets boring. He loves what he is doing, and his wife, Sandra, likes having him out of the house.


Harvey Hyde ’62, a broadcaster and former University of Nevada, Las Vegas head football coach, was among the Rose Bowl guest speakers paying tribute in the celebration for Keith Jackson, perhaps college football’s greatest broadcaster.


Judy Sundahl Armstrong ’63 is recovering well from a lung transplant last year.

Gary Barmore ’63 and his wife, Marti, have an interesting loop of travel that they make regularly. First, it is up to their second home on the Northshore of Lake Tahoe, then over to San Francisco to visit family. After that, it is down the coast, sharing good will with friends until they reach Huntington Beach for more family. They finally reach home in Costa Mesa to enjoy theater, worthy causes, and naps.

Judy Brodie Liddell ’63 visited Chung Chi College in May, where she spent her junior year 55 years ago. Prior to the visit, she toured Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Tibet, and locations along the Yangtze River, all of which were off limits to Americans in 1961–62.

Ed Matsuishi ’63 retired three years ago after 45 years as a pediatric dentist. Last October, he went to Nepal with his wife, Beverly. Joining Global Dental Relief, he spent the month in Buddhist monasteries treating the dentistry needs of more than 700 children. In his spare time, Eddie still enjoys fly-fishing and racing vintage cars.

Jim Wieschendorff ’63 and Cathy Carter Wieschendorff ’66 praise each day since surviving the great California fires of this past year, grateful that they did not suffer the calamity of 5,500 other Californians. Jim took his 11-year-old grandson to an Athletics’ baseball game on St. Patrick’s Day. The young lad was given the honor of throwing out the first pitch, a reward for any baseball fan. It may have had something to do with being totally decked out in A’s green.


Dennis Casino ’64 and Marianne Oram Casino ’64 have had an interesting two-stage marriage. They were married for 27 years, divorced for three years, and now remarried for the last 25 years. Dennis coached and taught for more than 25 years at Huntington Beach High and Orange Coast College, ventured into the restaurant business, and is now manufacturing a gourmet pasta sauce that is sold in 1,500 stores across the country, including Stater Bros. Markets. Look for KISSINO (an acronym for Killer Italian Spaghetti Sauce It’s Number One). Marianne is executive director of Freedom Village in Orange County, an upscale continuing-care facility. The Casinos have a house in Redlands and one in Incline Village near Lake Tahoe, where Dennis still skis.

Wendy Thayer Gallagher ’64 and her husband, John, lost their home of 39 years in the Tubbs fire, near Santa Rosa, last Oct. 9. “It was our dream home in the country, and we planned it in 1978, with much love and anticipation,” says Wendy. “We are grateful to be alive and uninjured. Rebuilding is not in the plan. We will buy a house in town and keep that property for picnics and a place to grow wild flowers and other California native plants. We’ve weathered ups and downs in our 55-year marriage, and this will be a memory we’re glad is in our past.”

Bob Levy ’64 has been a dedicated bridge player since college when he played a few times with David Boies ’64. Now long retired from being an attorney with the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, Bob plays competitive bridge at American Contract Bridge Association-qualified events and has become a Gold Life Master with more than 3,000 master points. In March, Bob and his wife, Jean, drove to Sacramento to join the 50th wedding anniversary of Paul Malone ’65 and wife Gina, also attended by Jim Schoning ’65 and
wife Chere, plus Parke Terry ’66 and wife Lynn. While in Sacramento, he visited Bob Johnson ’64,
and together they visited his wife, Bonnie MacKenzie ’65, at her memory-care facility.


Sam Brown ’65 visited daughter Teal and her husband, Mark, in Palau. Teal works for The Nature Conservancy in the tuna conservation program in Micronesia. Sam learned that Monty Hempel, current U of R professor and the director of the Center for Environmental Studies, brings his students there every year for reef study.

Rita Loftus Cavin ’65, ’67 and husband Brooks recently cruised from Sydney to Tasmania, then New Zealand, then Tahiti, Moorea, Tonga, Bora Bora, Hawaii, and all the way back to San Diego. They had a wonderful adventure.

Paul Malone ’65 and his wife, Gina, celebrated their 50th anniversary with a big bash at The Firehouse Restaurant in Old Sacramento. Sixty friends helped them celebrate, including Redlands alumni Jim Schoning ’65, Parke Terry ’66, and Bob Levy ’64, all of whom were in the wedding party 50 years ago. The event was secretly organized by the couple’s sons, Christopher and Sean, and their wives, Terri and Bridgette. The highlight was a rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Christopher’s daughters Dani, 13, (playing the piano) and Katie, 11 (singing).

Several who were in the Salzburg program together in the fall of 1963 shared memories of their experience in Budapest:

Some remembered getting up early to see author John Steinbeck who was staying in the same hotel; Carol Giberson Rogers ’65 reports, “We actually got up real early. John’s wife was lovely; John, not so much.” Gary George ’65 thought Steinbeck looked as he imagined Ernest Hemingway. Gary also recalls they missed another famous writer, Edward Albee, by two days. Also, not long after returning to Salzburg, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and all of Austria went into mourning with black crepe everywhere.

Phyllis Shelly Rossier ’65 remembered that Bobby Tritt, whose parents were traveling with them (Dr. Tritt was a music professor for many years), broke his arm while wrestling with some of the people in the group. She says, “We always laughed that ‘the Iron Curtain fell on him!’”


Carol Rice Williams ’66 is now living in a “continuing care” community in Matthews, N.C., otherwise known as an “old folks’ home” and is “living the dream.” There are many amenities, and she faces a forest of dogwoods, redbuds, oak, etc. The town is half a block away with Food Truck Fridays and concerts in the park. Living nearby is her good friend, Kay, a retired elementary teacher who lived in Redlands for 37 years!


Judy Provost Bonilla ’68, along with her sister, Carol Provost Gruber ’65, and her mother, Eppie Piety Provost ’40, are active in the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO), which raises money for women’s education. She and Carol have enjoyed poker cruises together, as well as a trip to Scotland to watch Carol’s grandson compete in the International Junior Golf Tournament.

Ken Curry ’68 sang with the Alumni Chorus at the Feast of Lights last December. Other highlights of the year included a 70th birthday celebratory cruise in the Caribbean, his son’s wedding on the Yucatan Peninsula, a family Alaskan cruise, and the John Muir Society Spring Gathering in Yosemite.

Larry Dierdorff ’68 painted a mural for Arroyo Verde Elementary School in East Highlands Ranch depicting the school’s theme, “from kindergarten to college.” The mural includes figures of students in elementary, middle, high school, and college, surrounded by orange groves.

Peter Konrad ’68 and his wife, Terri, went to Panama to view foot bridges built over treacherous rivers by Bridges to Prosperity, a project funded by the Harvey Family Foundation, with whom Peter works.

Jesse McNeil ’68 has been a leader in education in Texas for many years. He currently serves as the president/founder of the McNeil Educational Foundation for Ecumenical Leadership, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2019. He was inducted into the African American Educators Hall of Fame in 2008 and named Outstanding Texan by the Texas Legislature in 2009. He raised four sons with his wife, Larke, in Cypress, Texas.

Jerry Owens ’68 worked for 39 years in the San Francisco Bay area as a veterinarian and radiologist, and served as a consultant, imaging specialist, and author before retiring in 2015. He currently lives next to a vineyard in Glen Ellen in the Sonoma Valley, where he is active in Rotary and volunteers as a driver for Meals on Wheels.


Bill Lowman ’70 received the Dean’s Medal on April 3, 2018, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) College of Fine Arts for outstanding contributions to arts leadership and education. He attended UNLV one semester in 1974 and later founded the Nevada School of the Arts, which is still serving young people.


Johanne Robertson Dyerly ’72, Debbie Diffenderfer Grojean ’71, Marti Griffin ’72, and Leslie Anderson Adams ’72 have had a mini-reunion each year for several years. They meet all over the country and always try to incorporate a little culture in their time together. They have gone wine tasting in Walla Walla, Wash., museum hopping in Washington, D.C., attended the Hollywood Bowl and Laguna Arts Festival in California, and visited a fabulous animal sanctuary outside Boulder, Colo. This year, they will be attending the Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado at Boulder. When they get together, it seems like yesterday that they all met and became friends in Bekins-Holt.

Marla Luzier Kuka ’72 and Mark Kuka ’71 are involved in Community Bible Study. Marla retired from teaching in July 2017. The couple has three grandsons in Colorado, but no plans to move there at this time. They still live in Yorba Linda.

Susan Rump Steinbach ’72 retired from teaching English as a Second Language at University of California, Davis Extension in 2017; she taught for 37 years. She is co-founder of Myanmar Children’s Foundation, a charity operating since 2007 serving poor rural children and their families.

Doug Wood ’72 and family are celebrating their 25th year living in San Luis Obispo. He currently oversees his environmental consulting business as well as managing their rental properties in town. However, he has recently embarked on a “less work, more golf” program. He still competes against his two kids in the San Luis Obispo Triathlon, which he has done for the past 15 years. All three recently completed the California International Marathon.


C.G. Moore ’74 retired at the end of 2017 after 43 years with Northrop Grumman, most recently serving as a senior capture manager. His “second career” serving as an ordained Catholic deacon will now be his primary focus, along with travel.


Kathleen Hennigan Bautista ’75 is a faculty member in the School of Education at Azusa Pacific University.

Sean Browne ’75, a premier sculptor of many statues in Hawaii, was featured at a University-sponsored event in Honolulu, where he was joined in his studio by a group including Larry Burgess ’67, Jimmy Nakamura ’75, Nathan Aipa ’76, and Lee Ohigashi ’76.

Merry Long L’Esperance ’75 is living in beloved Kaua’i! Mahalo, U of R, for the education that made her career possible, leading to a stable retirement in paradise.

Margaret Ann Blohm McClure ’75 is retiring in June after 30 years in Everett (Wash.) School District as a speech therapist. She is looking forward to the next phase, including volunteering in the third-grade class taught by her daughter.

Maureen McElligott ’75 recently started a position as a part-time hospice chaplain and will continue as a part-time minister as well. She also recently moved into a brand-new house in Idyllwild. Life is good!

Susie Keith Rawson ’75 is now a commuting grandma since her daughter, Jillian Rawson Edwards ’03, had her first baby boy on Feb. 23, 2018.

Dawn Rye Snell ’75 and Tim Snell ’74 are enjoying life with kids and grandkids. They take frequent trips to southern Utah and northern Arizona, as they are crazy about red rocks! Dawn has retired from teaching.

Sheila Brannum Tedone ’75 and Diann Matheson ’75 have kept in touch since graduating and see each other at least once a year. They have taken a couple of big trips together, including to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, along with Diann’s two sisters.


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John Edwards ’81 is an attorney in San Diego. He and his wife, Christine Carpenter Edwards ’83, went to Prague in May, where they ate, drank, and celebrated the end of paying tuition for their two daughters. Megan graduated from Scripps in 2016 and Sarah from Whitman in 2017. They will be celebrating their 35th anniversary in August.

Shelly Stuard Emerson ’81 and husband Jim will celebrate their 25th anniversary in July. After 35 years of corporate life, Shelly is switching gears and joining her many Delta sisters who teach. She is substitute teaching now and loves the kids, hours, and flexibility. Shelly has been living in the Bay Area since 1981.

Gina Griffin Hurlbut ’81 and Brad Hurlbut ’81 are looking forward to a trip to Maui and Kauai very soon. They hope to see Rob Spenser ’81, Bob Talcott ’81, and Karen Riddick Talcott ’81 while they are there. After Hawaii, Gina is zipping over to Palm Springs to spend a girls’ week with Melinda Pearson Birks ’81, Viva Rose ’81, and Louise Doyle Valente ’79.

Dan Lewis ’81’s new book, Belonging on an Island: Birds, Extinction, and Evolution in Hawai’i, is now published. Dan is the Dibner Senior Curator for the History of Science and Technology at the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif. He is also a lecturer in environmental history at the California Institute of Technology and an associate research professor at Claremont Graduate University.

Carmen Luna ’81 and her husband, Robert, celebrated 25 years of marriage by taking a tour of Spain last October. They live in Chula Vista, Calif. They have one son, Robert, 22, who will follow in his father’s footsteps and enter law school in the fall. Carmen remains close friends with her two college roommates, Lisa Crescimano Lee ’80 and Victoria Jauregui Burns ’82. “We have continued our friendships through weddings, baby showers, funerals of our loved ones, and now looking at retirement. We laugh that we never have gone a year without seeing each other, and our friendships are our oldest. We are grateful for our time at Redlands.”

Melissa Moore ’81 was recognized as the Superintendent of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators Region 14 in April 2018. She has served as superintendent of El Segundo Unified School District for four years. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Southern California in December 2014.

Douglas Newton ’81 retired after being a high school administrator for 20 years (including nine as principal). He and wife Claudia are excited their son, Daniel, graduated from U of R in April. He’s the fifth family member to get a degree from the “dear ol’ U of R. Och Tamale!”


Nate Truman ’83 had a special night with Burt Reynolds and the Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am. Reynolds came out and signed the car and added his signature above Sally Fields’ signature; she rode in the car at the Academy Awards.


Michael Norton ’87 received his Juris Doctorate from the University of La Verne College of Law in May 2018.


Nancy Wiens ‘88, along with her mom, Marion Draper Wiens ’56, and daughter, Erin Wiens St. John ’19, walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain this April, while Erin was on spring break during her junior terms at Oxford University. Originally an ancient Christian pilgrimage, the Camino draws tens of thousands of people a year for all kinds of reasons. Time with family, walking in nature, and spiritual nourishment made it an experience of a lifetime for the three Wiens women.


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Chris Gardner ’92 was selected by the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors to be the public defender for San Bernardino County.


Kat Goetsch Caine ’94 has a new business, Tinkerspace, in Montclair, Calif. It has hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) opportunities for ages 6 to 14. She hopes any Bulldogs living in the area will come check it out.

Liz Ramirez Callihan ’94 and husband Scott live in Monrovia, Calif., and have two boys, Peter, 11, and Phillip, 14. Scott teaches architecture at Los Angeles Harbor College, and Liz is an administrator for the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at California Institute for Technology in Pasadena. Phillip is starting high school next year, and Peter is starting middle school. Right now, Liz and Scott spend most of their time driving the boys to baseball. Their big vacation this year was a spring break trip to Washington, D.C.

Brenda Pi’ilani Crabbe-Jones ’94 started working in August 2017 at Leeward Community College on the island of O’ahu, Hawai’i. She works as a retention specialist in the Native Hawaiian Center called Halau ‘Ike ‘O Pu’uloa.

Eleazar Cruz Eusebio ’94 accepted an administrative position as chair of the Department of School Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington, D.C. He is celebrating his eighth year as an academic with the university.

Michael Gull ’94 and Wendy Barnett Gull ’94 still live in Riverside, Calif. Wendy is in her 21st year working as a kindergarten teacher with Riverside Unified School District, and Michael is entering his 12th year at the same district, serving as the assistant principal of counseling at Riverside Polytechnic High School. Their oldest daughter, Emily, is graduating from high school in June and working to identify where she will be attending college in the fall. Their youngest daughter, Amanda, is now a freshman in high school, where she managed to make her varsity softball squad and is busy preparing for this summer’s national tournaments with her SoCal Athletics travel team. In June, the family will be returning to Denver, Colo., for one of Amanda’s tournaments, giving them the opportunity to visit and catch up with Janet McArthur Ashack ’93 and Cathy Purcell ’94. Recently, Michael had dinner with Joe Richardson ’93, who visited Michael’s high school and spoke to members of the student body on morals, ethics, and social responsibility. Michael enjoyed catching up with Joe and hearing about his political pursuits as he runs for Redlands City Council.

Melisa Chance Mika ’94 is headed back to Austria this spring to surprise her mom, who will be enjoying a six-week tour throughout Europe. Melisa plans to surprise her mom in Vienna and then accompany her to Salzburg, where Melisa will finally be able to share “a few of her favorite things” with her mama from her time abroad.

Heather Pescosolido Thomas ’94 wants her classmates to keep sending their info to It’s great to hear what everyone is up to these days. Och Tamale!

Mike Wann ’94 is the CEO of Mobcrush, which has launched a new platform designed to get more mobile players into livestreaming.

Krista Wehking ’94 is living in Grants Pass, Ore., and working in the field of mental health. She is currently participating in a community theater production of Beauty and the Beast.


Carissa Krizo Ghosh ’95 and husband Simon welcomed daughter Charlotte on Aug. 2, 2017.

Gigi Garson O’Hara ’95 lives in Omaha, Neb., with her husband, Kelly, and their two children, Sophie, 12, and Jackson, 11. She is a partner in the law firm Kutak Rock LLP, where she defends companies and employers in employment-related claims and lawsuits. She regularly visits the Bay Area with her family and stays with her cousin, Stacia Funk Sanchez ’93.


Miriam Bauer Gould ’96 and husband Eric welcomed daughter McKenna on Jan. 27, 2018.

Rich Markle ’96 is an information security architect at American Express in Phoenix, Ariz., where he lives with his wife and three children.

James Wusterbarth ’96 worked with the Rangers of Virunga on a multiweek detail he was selected for in the turbulent Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He made it in and out safely, traveling at night through the jungle borders of Rwanda and Burundi because the U.S. State Department deemed the DRC airport unsafe for Americans.


Catherine Col Manguson-Moore ’99 married Mark Moore on June 10, 2017, at her family’s ranch in Ojai, Calif. Delta sister Casey Sylvester Daniel ’99 was in attendance. Catherine is working as an endoscopy registered nurse at UW Health in Madison, Wisc. Life is good but busy with her children, Lexi, 9, and Will, 7.


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Burton Gonzell ’01 and wife Julia welcomed son Hudson on Aug. 16, 2017.


Shauna Wickham Kossoff ’02 and husband Matt welcomed son David on March 12, 2018.

Andrew Nalle ’02 and wife April welcomed son Drew on May 22, 2017. He joins big sister Lena.


Danielle White Versluys ’04 and husband Eric welcomed daughter Luisa on June 6, 2017.


Anne Lirette Newman ’05 and husband Jeff welcomed son Henry on Jan. 12, 2018.


Evan Baughfman ’06 has his latest scripts, The Creaky Door and A Perfect Circle, as featured finalists in screenplay competitions at both the Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival and the International Horror Hotel Film Festival. His play, A Taste of Amontillado, an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, The Cask of Amontillado, is published by Heuer Publishing.

Stacy Hennon ’06 recently closed Allegiance starring George Takei in Little Tokyo. She was the technical director for the musical. Since graduating from the University of Redlands, she has been the technical director for 30 shows, set designer for eight, production manager for eight, and crew or construction for more than 50. Last year, she and her twin sister started a podcast called Twins Talk Theatre. As of April, they have put out 31 podcasts!

Stephanie Rohn Kumar ’06 is now working as a researcher at Google and recently moved to Mountain View, Calif., to be closer to her job. Her daughter, Chloé, just turned three and is keeping  Stephanie and husband Abhijit very busy!

Jason Nam ’06, ’12 and Melissa Kendrick Nam ’06 welcomed son Davis on March 20, 2018.

April Salas ’06 was selected as one of 2018’s Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows. April is a sixth-grade social studies and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) teacher at Mendez Fundamental Intermediate School in Santa Ana, Calif.

Laura Scher ’06 received an Ed.M. from Harvard in 2012 and now teaches at a university.

Tatiana Steinberg Sears ’06, ’09 and Jeremy Sears ’09 live in Colorado with their two beautiful children, Juliana and Connor. Both work in the aerospace industry: Jeremy is an engineering project manager at Northrop Grumman, and Tatiana is a financial analyst at Raytheon.

Maritza Padilla Stone ’06 welcomed son Easton on Feb. 21, 2018.


Caitlin Coulter Flores ’07 and husband Dan welcomed twins, Avetta and Bennett, on Jan. 5, 2018.

Lauren Kennedy ’07 welcomed son Lennon on July 3, 2017.

Danielle Robinson Koehler ’07 and husband Alex welcomed son Robinson on Dec. 23, 2017.


Lydia Hug Buurma ’08 and husband Kevin welcomed son Ragnar on July 4, 2017.

Stefano Molea ’08 recently started as a partner with the Law Offices of David P. Shapiro in San Diego. His firm has hired Jaimie Hernandez ’13 as a legal assistant. Stefano jokingly told her during the interview process that the job was hers if she could recite the “Och Tamale.” She said she knew it! He is excited to have two Bulldogs under the same roof.


Melinda Davis McGoldrick ’09 and husband Ryan welcomed son Theo on May 27, 2017.


Krystal Lobeto Dreisbach ’10 is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has written a book, Trials of the Working Parent.


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Victoria Rocha ’11 and husband Wesley welcomed son Jacob on Aug. 28, 2017.


Melissa Morrell Chavarro ’12 welcomed son Luca on Nov. 9, 2017.

Kassandra Zamanis ’12 and Dylan Freude ’12 became engaged on Dec. 23, 2017.


Katherine Brown Hinkle ’13 and husband Haden welcomed daughter Kennedy on March 10, 2018.

Lynn Osorio Latino ’13, ’16 and Steven Latino ’18 welcomed son Preston on April 4, 2018.

Callie Henningsen Thrasher ’13 and Gavin Thrasher ’13 were married on Jan. 13, 2018, in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. They met in their First-Year Seminar. Most of their wedding party were Redlands alumni, including Christina Dietz Pavlov ’13, Jill Stein ’13, Jenny Faber ’15, Chris Erbin ’13, D.J. Mantle ’13, Kurt Wendler ’15, and Chris Poole ’15. Gavin is now a professional choral conductor for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, and Callie is a marriage and family therapist and art therapist. They reside in Pasadena, Calif., with their dog, Morrie.

Danielle Willis Wood ’13 was voted employee of the month at California Baptist University for April 2018.


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Nikolai Paloni ’14 and Jensen Brehm ’14 started a sunglasses company called Ombraz, which has raised more than $100,000 to produce their long-lasting shades that don’t fall off. For each pair of Ombraz sold, 20 trees will be planted.

Elizabeth Rocha ’14 welcomed triplets, Abraham, Evelyn, and Isaac, on May 29, 2017.


Kathryn McDaniel ’15 has been volunteering with the Peace Corps in Nepal for almost a year focusing on mental health awareness. (See page 3 for the story on Bulldogs in the Peace Corps)



Sandy Bennewitz ’75 recently retired from the Cook County Public Defender’s Office. To be near her 92-year-old father, she now lives in Mesa, Ariz., with her husband, Michael, a retired Chicago cop. Sandy is the president of her community’s HOA board, teaches swimming at the YMCA, and is active in local politics. She is looking forward to next year’s 50-year celebration of Johnston.


Reeve Baily ’90 was recently pulled over for speeding while visiting his friend and fellow alumnus Chuck Willmes ’90 on Bainbridge Island, Wash. After handing over his license and insurance, the patrolman returned to his car, and then apparently spied the U of R alumni sticker on his car bumper. “Which one of you went to Redlands?” he asked upon return. “Both of us,” they replied. “Oh yeah … which dorm?” Reeve blurted out “Anderson,” while Chuck said “Cortner.” The patrolman paused a moment, handed the license back and said, “Let’s keep the speed down, gents.” They didn’t learn if the officer, too, was an alumnus. “Whatever the reason,” Baily says, “I’ll take it!”


Loran Inman ’94 was married in 2007, had a son, and went into full-time practice as a counselor in 2010. So much more has happened, but he would have to say the most amazing thing was coming to faith in Jesus in 2006, which has truly changed his life.

Shirl Phelps ’94 is in her eighth year as an editorial assistant supporting two senior editors for the Journal of Physical Chemistry, who handle nearly 1,000 papers a year. She is engaged to be married in spring 2019. She has been doing a lot of spinning (not the exercise kind) of wool and silk into yarn and a lot of protesting (attending the Women’s March, joining Indivisible, etc.).


Toni Freitas ’96 has lived in Scotland for more than 15 years. She just joined Zero Waste Scotland as the project manager for the upcoming international conference “Circular Economy Hotspot Scotland.”


Peter Ryan ’02 and wife Amy welcomed daughter Penelope on Feb. 21, 2018.


Alison White Devaty ’04 and husband Alex welcomed son Noah on Aug. 8, 2017.


Ben Wyeth ’05 came back to campus earlier this year to give a free concert for students, debuting his new band called BRAND.


Denise Davis ’06 is running for City Council District 1 in Redlands, and her campaign is endorsed by fellow Bulldog, California State Rep. Pete Aguilar ’01.

Darcie Flansburg ’06 is the English language arts teacher at the International School of Ningbo, China, teaching alongside fellow U of R alumni Carlos Arboleda ’97, ’07 and Rafael Rawls ’05. While working and living in China, she has had the great opportunity to travel to Taiwan, Thailand, and Japan, as well as Netherlands, Belgium, England, France, Italy, and Germany. This summer, she plans on adding Australia and the Philippines to the list! After eight years as a high school language arts teacher, she has decided to return to the classroom herself; she will begin a master’s degree in rhetoric, composition, and digital media through Northern Arizona University this summer.


Nick Daily ’11 is doing a 545-mile charity bicycle ride to end HIV and AIDS with the AIDS/LifeCycle. The ride will start on June 3 in San Francisco and continue until June 9, ending in West Hollywood.

Schools of Business and Education


Robert Cupery ’78 founded Aircraft Window Repairs in Torrance, Calif., in 1979. He received the 2006 Professional Aviation Maintenance Award, 2015 Federal Aviation Administration Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award, and many more honors during his career.


Terri Horton ’04 recently completed a doctorate in education focused on organizational change and leadership from the University of Southern California. She also completed the MIT executive program in artificial intelligence business strategy. In 2018, Terri will provide keynote speaking, workshops, and corporate training on how artificial intelligence will drive the re-imagination of work, jobs, and careers.


Tawni Serrano Alarid ’12 welcomed son James on July 9, 2018.

Christina Romero ’12 was named Person of the Year by the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce. She is the executive director of the Santa Ana College Foundation and Office of College Advancement.


Romel Fuentes ’15, ’17 welcomed son Uriah on Feb. 13, 2018.

Nikki Salas ’15 recently completed her Doctor of Education in organizational leadership at Brandman University. She defended her dissertation, which focused on conversational leadership behaviors in exemplary city managers, in March 2018.

Jane Gaoiran Venus ’15 and husband Kyle welcomed son Stephen on July 18, 2017.


Michael Bombard ’16 and Geraldine Sanchez Bombard ’16 welcomed daughter Penelope on Feb. 19, 2017.

Nina Villafania Foy ’16 and husband Grant welcomed son Grayson on April 13, 2018.

Carignane von Pohle ’16 and wife Carli welcomed son Bennett on Jan. 16, 2018.


Lindsey Purchase ’18 and husband Steven welcomed son William on March 31, 2018.


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