USD Magazine Fall 2013

from Hawaii to Nova Scotia, Canada, in May 2013 to be closer to Haiti. She also reports, “Just received notification of ti- tle of emeritus from Southwestern Col- lege in Chula Vista.” (See Torero Notes profile on pg. 26.) [ 1 9 9 6 ] RYAN JUDD (BA) published The Rhythm Tree: An Interactive Music Therapy Program for Children with Special Needs. He also launched an educational video blog at www., where his work with children with special needs can be viewed. JANELL O’MEARA (BA) joined the Prudential Real Estate Company, where she uses her communication and psychology degree to benefit home buyers and sellers. “My philoso- phy with real estate is to develop long- term relationships with my clients and families, providing the most commit- ted and loyal real estate process to each and every client,” she says. “My dedication to my clients is the most important factor in my business.” [ 1 9 9 8 ] ABBY PARTA GOSSMAN (BA) , along with her husband, Jeramie, and son, Leighton, 6, welcomed a baby girl, Liliana Abigail, on March 2, 2013. Abby is a lobbyist and manages gov- ernment affairs in a six-state region in the Midwest for MedImmune, a biotechnology company. She and her family live in South St. Paul, Minn. BRIAN McARTHUR (BBA) joined Incapital as a regional vice president of the Advisor Sales Division, covering California, Nevada and Arizona in July 2012. Brian and his wife, Christina ’98, have 3-year-old twins (a son and a daughter), and the family lives in Elfin Forest in North San Diego County. [ 1 9 9 9 ] BIENVENIDO PIERRE NILES (BBA) and his wife, Stephanie, wel- comed a son, Parker Santino Lim Uy, on Jan. 28, 2013, in Shanghai, China. He weighed 6.59 pounds and was 18.11 inches long at birth.

as senior brand manager, and one month later, I was married at our new home. 2012 was a great year! I’m looking forward to another fantastic year this year and attend- ing some alumni events now that I have more time. Go Toreros!” BRIANNA (BARR) GANSON (BA) and her husband, Troy, are happy to announce the arrival of their first baby, Knox William, on May 6, 2012. He was born one day after Brianna graduated from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, School of

Previously, he held positions as director of marketing for BD Diagnostics, group product director for BD Medi- cal and pharmaceutical sales for The Upjohn Company. Tangent Medical launched an annual recognition program to promote excellence in nursing in conjunction with National Nurses Week 2013. The Nurses’ Choice Awards honor clinicians across the nation who exemplify excellence in patient care. PAULA TAYLOR (BBA) writes, “In the past 20 years, I have been active in fundraising and special events for nonprofit organizations. My primary focus is in the area of child abuse pre- vention, specifically with St. Germaine Children’s Charity, based in La Jolla, Calif. I am also a writer and copy editor. My other interests include photography, languages, travel and gardening.” [ 1 9 9 1 ] RANDY LASER (MBA) is the vice president of pricing and revenue management at Silver Airways in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. [ 1 9 9 2 ] CARRIE CWIAK (BA) is an associ- ate professor of gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. She is the director of the family planning divi- sion and family planning fellowship in the GYN/OB department. “I love my job!” Carrie says. [ 1 9 9 3 ] LISA MONDE (BA) moved back to San Diego from Chicago to be closer to family. [ 1 9 9 4 ] JENNIFER SCHELTER (MFA) is leading her seventh successful Radi- ant Retreat, a yoga, meditation and creative writing retreat in Tulum, Mexico. She is also writing Yoga Con- fidential , a memoir based on more than 15 years of experience teaching yoga and owning her own business. JONAH WEINBERG (BA) was named executive director of the Minnesota Autism Society. Previously, he was executive director of the Northeast Ohio Hispanic Business Center and Chamber of Commerce. [ 1 9 9 5 ] ANN TAYLOR (MSN, PhD ’09) is working on her 10th trip to Haiti to start a nursing school and planned to move

“Joseph Thomas will enroll at USD in the Class of 2035,” they report. Hospital visitors included fellow alumni Mike Milligan, Kelly (Beal) Rojas, Maureen (Richardson) Vollmer and Julie Herrin. [ 2 0 0 1 ] TAMMY (LU) ACKERMAN (MBA) reports, “Last year was tremendously busy. Right after our engagement, my fiancé and I bought our home in February and spent the rest of the year on major renovations. I was promoted at work in August and joined the brand marketing team

GEORGINA MIRANDA ’03 (BBA) suc- cessfully summited Mount Everest on May 21, 2013, as part of a challenge to climb the seven summits (the highest peak on each continent). Georgina is the founder of Climb Take Action and the 7 Summits Challenge, a campaign dedicated to empowering women in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. The web- site is [ u p w a r d b o u n d ]


[ 2 0 0 0 ] SCOTT BERGEN (BA) and Nicole (Angle) Bergen ’02 welcomed their first baby boy on March 28, 2013.


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