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  • July 1, 2011



> Mildred (Adams) Patterson ’32

and Gordon Keith Patterson celebrated wedding anniversary No. 75 with friends and family on July 30, 2011.

Ruth Beard ’48 moved one year ago from Asheville, N.C. to the Brethren Village Community, Cross Keys Retirement Center, New Oxford, Penn., to live near her nephews. Both Ralph and Joe Detrick, her nephews, were ministers of the Church of the Brethren. For more than 10 years she was president of the Asheville Hemlock Society, which became the Final Exit Network of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and their mission was, and still is, to support one’s right to die with dignity when terminally ill and mentally capable of making own decision. Now at age 88, she is downsizing, sorting and identifying family photos, organizing my writings of letters to editors, Christmas letters to friends and relatives, and all my own poems, and these will be given to my nephews for their keepsake or to duplicate for anyone interested in owning. She hopes to get more involved with activities at Cross Keys. This Center was started by the Church of the Brethren years ago, and is still owned and operated by them, but is open to every denomination. She has been a Unitarian since the 1950′s and still strongly supports the Golden Rule and Conscientious Objection to war. At the end of 1994, she resumed her maiden name; hence “Beard” should be recognized by many LVC’ers, but not University of LaVerne students! While all the male presidents of La Verne College deserve honor, isn’t it great to bring on board a female president? More power to you, President Lieberman!

Janice Fillmore Martinez ’59, ’76, ’78 and her husband, Richard, volunteer as hosts in Brethren House at Bethany Seminary August and September. The previous eight years, they were volunteers at New Windsor Conference Center in New Windsor, Md. Volunteering is a very rewarding job.

Doris Hopwood Dunham ’60, ’92 was ordained as a minister in the Church of the Brethren on September 12, 2010. She is working as a volunteer in the Bereavement Department of Optimal Hospice in Bakersfield, Calif., and is enrolled in an online MA program in Christian Studies/Pastoral Ministry through Grand Canyon University.

Al Rouse ’64 retired after 18 years with the Washington State Dept. of Transportation. He hopes to play more golf and do some traveling.

Mary Kay Ogden ’68 and ’73, Marion Grundvig ’84, and David Rivera ’10 participated in the Church of the Brethren’s Children’s Disaster Services training last year. The two-day training session taught communication and listening skills, positive toys and games, the dynamics and stages of disaster and the agencies responding to disasters, simulated exercises, and how to set up a “shelter” in the church gym.

Dr. Todd DeMitchell ’69, ’73 was selected as the Distinguished Professor for the University of New Hampshire. Of DeMitchell, the university’s website says: “It’s not surprising that Todd DeMitchell was named team captain and most valuable player for his football team at La Verne College in California. To his colleagues in the UNH Department of Education, the one-time All-American still fulfills those roles as a leader, top scholar, teacher, mentor, and friend. After earning degrees in California, he went to UNH in 1990, where his contributions teaching graduate courses in administrative leadership and school law to prepare leaders in K-12 have helped make the University’s education programs among the best in the country. DeMitchell is one of the preeminent voices in the field of education law, having published more than 135 scholarly articles and five books.

Paul Handley ’69 retired July 2010 from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), after 30 years serving as an energy and conservation consultant. Paul moved to Windsor, Calif., with his wife of 28 years. They are happily restoring their new home and pursuing their passions: reading, traveling and drinking wine.

Dr. Biff Green ’72, ’76 has retired after serving 20 years as President of Friends University.  Prior to his tenure as President of Friends, Biff served as Vice President of University Advancement at the University of La Verne.  His wife, Binnie (Brandt) Green, is also a proud 1973 alumna of La Verne.

Joseph Davalos ’73 and Mark Davalos ’75, ’96, siblings, are now both superintendents. Joe was selected last summer as the educational leader for the Suquamish tribe and their extensive programs. Mark was recently selected in the St. Helens School District, west of Portland, Ore.

Martin (Marty) Lomeli ’78, retired La Verne City Manager, is now the new Interim City Manager in Irwindale. Marty received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. 

> Mary Ann Harvey-Melleby ’79, ’91

retired as public affairs director of Monte Vista Water District in May after 32 years working in the field of public relations and marketing. In April 2011, she was sworn into office as a Director on the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency in Beaumont, Calif.

Pamela Lawson ’79 is opening her own law practice after 20 years with Hunterton & Associates in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Hidefumi Mizutani ’81 is running a kindergarten in Japan.

> James McCutchen ’81

is proud to announce his daughter, Phylicia Elaine McCutchen, a 2009 graduate of Georgia State University was married to Steven Fair on April 2, 2011 in Stockbridge, Ga.

Dr. Stephen J. Cavanagh ’83, ’84 professor and associate dean for academic and clinical affairs in the College of Nursing at Wayne State University in Detroit, will be the new dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Cavanagh has published more than 40 scholarly papers and reviews for nursing research journals. He has also generated more than $8 million in external federal and state funding to develop nursing practice arrangements, support diversity in nursing, and increase the nursing workforce. Cavanagh joined Wayne State University in 1996 as an associate professor and assistant dean of adult health. He was appointed associate dean for academic and clinical affairs in 2000 and promoted to professor in 2003. In addition, he was vice president of the Nursing Practice Corporation that delivered health care to all Wayne State students through a nurse-managed clinic arrangement. He also served on the Michigan Regional Action Network for Nursing and the Michigan Department of Community Health Advanced Nursing Practice Study Group. He was grant review chair for the Bureau of Health Professions’ Division of Nursing and was awarded WSU’s Presidential International Development Award. From 1994-96, Cavanagh was professor and CEO of the Birmingham and Solihull College of Nursing and Midwifery within the British National Health Service. Previously, he was professor and head of nursing and health studies at the University of Wolverhampton, England.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. He received his Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin in 1987. He also holds a Master of Public Administration and an M.S. in healthcare management, both from the University of La Verne. He earned his B.A. in nursing at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Polytechnic in England.

Andre Bossieux ’83, ’88 recently received the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health’s Shine a Light on Child Abuse Award. While he was a student at the University of La Verne, Andre accepted a weekend recreational job at the LeRoy Haynes Center for Children and Family Services, in La Verne, where he continued to work for 26 years. He is currently a program manager for San Bernardino County’s Transition Age Youth Program (TAY). At La Verne, Andre earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications and a Master of Science degree in healthcare administration.

> Leslie Crucil ’84

wrote the book, “You Don’t Need to Know That: The Saga of Sammy,” which documents 20 years of her daughter’s life with Autism. The book was recently published and Leslie does speaking engagements.

Rosalia Machuca Ortega ’84 lives in Whittier, Calif., and has 16-year-old twin daughters (her pride and joy) who will be juniors at La Habra High School. She has been an AFLAC agent since April, 2009, working out of the Fullerton office. Before that, she had worked various jobs, including branch office administrator at Edward Jones Investments, in Whittier and administrative jobs at stock brokerages in Los Angeles.

Dennis Smith ’85 was appointed the City of Irwindale’s chief of police. Dennis started out as a psychology major while at the University of La Verne because he liked helping people. After a police ride-along, Dennis changed his career path and received a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. Dennis has worked for the Claremont Police Department for 27 years.

Brian Young ’87 is a retired worldwide Director of Sales and Marketing, has been a Scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America for the past five years and is a Kindergarten thru 12th grade substitute teacher.

Mary Elizabeth Anderson ’87 returned to the University of La Verne to pursue a master of science degree in Leadership & Management after living and working in Wyoming for the past eight years in the corporate online e-learning and foodservice industries. She said she hopes to return to Northwest Wyoming down the road to build a multi-layer training and service company focused on hospitality and entertainment. “It has been a blast coming back to La Verne and seeing all the wonderful improvements and diverse student population!” she writes.

Lynn F. Casella ’87 earned a certificate in Creative Writing: Fiction from the UCLA Extension Writers Program on June 28, 2011. In the process over the past six years, she has written her first novel, a thriller titled “The Don’s Wife.”  She attended ThrillerFest/CraftFest/AgentFest last July in New York where she pitched her work to 10  literary agents, who have requested from 10 to 100 pages of her manuscript, which are currently being submitted.

> Youlonda Copeland-Morgan ’87

a nationally recognized expert in enrollment management, admissions and financial aid whose distinguished career spans 30 years, has been named associate vice chancellor for enrollment management at UCLA. Since 2008, Copeland-Morgan has served as associate vice president of enrollment management at Syracuse University, managing a $450 million financial aid budget. She is also the recent past chair of the board of trustees of the College Board, where she helped launch the Advocacy and Policy Center to promote research and solutions for national and state education issues. She currently serves on an advisory board for the Gates Millennium Scholarship, which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and targeted at high-achieving minority students. Copeland-Morgan previously served as vice president and dean at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., overseeing admissions and financial aid, and, prior to that, as director of financial aid at Occidental College in Los Angeles and at the University of La Verne. From 1991 to 1997 she was an instructor at UCLA Extension. Copeland-Morgan holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business administration from the University of La Verne and Loyola Marymount University, respectively. Her role in the newly reorganized Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor at UCLA will allow Copeland-Morgan to focus strategically on admissions and financial aid to advance the university’s drive to recruit a dynamic and diverse student body.

Dr. James E. Smith II ’88 was recently announced as the 2011 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, Conn. Smith has been a professor at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., since 2008. He holds a master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Va., a master’s degree in public administration from the University of La Verne, as well as a Ph.D. in family life education and consultation from Kansas State University. He has more than 35 years experience in direct social work practice, program and agency administration and management, and teaching. He served 23 years of active duty service with the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps and has been a recipient of many military awards and achievements, including the Combat Medical Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, two Meritorious Service Medals, and the National Defense Service Medal. Smith is a charter and lifetime member of the National Council of African-American Men, a member of the Council on Social Work Education, a member of the National Association of Social Workers and is on the advisory board of The Man’s School Mentorship Program.

Michelle Cox ’89 recently earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Studies from Capella University. She is an Associate Professor of the School Counseling and Psychology Department at Azusa Pacific University.

Monica (Romero) Matthews ’89 is enjoying a sort of second career as the Scholarship Expert for and author of “How To Win College Scholarships,” guides for parents and students looking to win money for college ( Her oldest son is a junior at the University of Michigan and she helped him win more than $100,000 in scholarship money. She’s been married for 21 years and also has a high school junior and a fifth-grader. She’s had fun connecting with La Verne via Twitter and Facebook!

> Leo Sayles ’89

was recently hired as the head volleyball coach at NCAA Division I Gardner-Webb University. Gardner-Webb, located in Boiling Springs, N.C., competes in the Big South Conference. Sayles served as the head volleyball coach at Bryan College from 2004-2010, compiling a record of 153-11. After going 22-44 his first seasons, the 2006 AAC Coach of the year went 131-67 overall with a 70-14 record in conference play. His teams achieved 5 consecutive 20+ win seasons, reached the NCCAA national championship Final Four in 2009, advanced to the NCCAA national tournament in 2007, twice reached the conference championships and once advanced to the NAIA Regional championships. Sayles and his wife, Tanya (Hirsch) Sayles, are settling into their new area with their five children.

Arnold Briones ’90 just completed his 26th year of volunteer service as Football Statistician for El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, Calif. He will complete his 10th year as Official Match Timer for the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section (CIFSS) Soccer Championships as well as for the CIF State Southern California Regional Soccer Championships. He also changed careers and returned to financial advising, and loves helping people. He has also worked as part of a team to get the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity (University of La Verne) alumni chapter recognized by its national organization and is secretary of the chapter.

Jewell Henderson ’90 was appointed to the Alabama Ethics Commission in May 2011 for a four-year term. Dr. Henderson relocated from Pasadena, Calif., to Montgomery, Ala., in 2003 and served as an assistant professor at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., from 2003 until her retirement in 2007. She has an educational consulting enterprise: C & J Enterprises, LLC.

Russ Douglas was recently named general manager of Devcon® Security’s San Diego branch. Douglas’ primary focus is hiring and training sales people and technicians in the San Diego area. In addition, he will be responsible for building daily branch operations and acting as the brand ambassador working to build partnerships in the local community. Prior to working in the security industry, Douglas spent three years working in management for Terminix International and another three years with The TJX Companies, also in management. Actively involved within the community, Douglas represents Devcon Security as a member of the Electric Security Association (ESA), formerly the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association, the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA), the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), Business Networking International (BNI) and Le TIP International Business Networking. He also represents Devcon Security in the Carlsbad, Escondido, San Diego and San Diego Regional Chambers of Commerce. In his spare time, Douglas is heavily involved within his church community as a drummer for the church band, and is an assistant coach for the Laguna Niguel Little League. Douglas studied media communications and broadcast journalism at the University of La Verne.

Tony Velebil BS ’91 founded the start-up company Symbuyosis. Symbuyosis brings local business, customers and nonprofits together. When customers purchase from merchant partners, those merchants make a donation of the same good or service to a local charity.

Susan Zytnik-Kunzler ’91 is Campaign Chairperson for a candidate seeking a position on the School Board of Hacienda La Puente School District.

Michelle L. (Brune) Collins BA ’93 married Patrick Collins in a beautiful ceremony conducted by a friend on their property in Glade Park, Colo., which is above Colorado National Monument. Michelle has been teaching at a small high school in Basalt, Colo., and currently teaches English 10 and 11, and is adviser for the school newspaper. She recently completed her Master’s Degree in Education in Curriculum and Development.

Lou DeVita, ’93 was inducted into the St. Francis High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Selections for the Athletic Hall of Fame were made by a panel of alumni and school administrators based on nominations submitted by our alumni. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 1987 with a degree in finance. He went on to earn a master’s degree in Business Administration from La Verne in 1993.  He has held executive level positions for most of his career, and is currently a Vice President with Bank of America. For the past 17 years, Lou has lived in the Seattle area with Tami, his wife of 23 years, and their three children John, Bryn and Bret.  Lou continues to stay active in youth sports in various capacities both as a coach and volunteer in support of his children’s shared passion for sports.

Dawn Del Vechio ’94 earned an MBA at Cal State Los Angeles in 1999 and a certificate in community college teaching at Cal State Dominguez Hills in 2003. While working full-time in retail management and later in advertising, she also worked part-time as a classroom math teacher and a private tutor in math and test prep. Most recently, she accepted a position in November 2010 as an adjunct faculty member at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, Calif., teaching applied math to the student-chefs.

Dr. Jennifer (Osko) Summers ’94 received a Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology in June 2011. She moved to Hawaii, and works at the University of Hawaii Counseling and Student Development Center.

Jennifer Alvarez ’95 was recently re-certified as a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in Early and Middle Childhood in English as a New Language. NBCT Certification is reserved for those teachers who submit an extensive portfolio for rigorous review, including evaluations, examples of work, and a teaching video. Jennifer has been teaching at Sultana Elementary School in the Ontario-Montclair School District since 1992.

Raymond Cota ’95 is police chief for the Sedona, Ariz., Police Department. Cota has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, and his career includes supervising, managing and commanding all functions of a police department. Cota’s last assignment was as Police Captain in Corona, Calif. Cota earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of La Verne and completed public administration graduate studies at California State University, San Bernardino. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Department of Justice Drug Unit Commanders Academy and the Los Angeles Police Department West Point Leadership Program.

Col. Leon M. (Mike) Bridges ’96 was recently inducted into the U.S. Army’s Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, Georgia. Col. Bridges is a 31-year Veteran of the Army National Guard, including a combat tour in Iraq leading an Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team during the Surge period of the Campaign. He resides in Anchorage, Ala., and is Director of Logistics/J4/G4 for the Alaska National Guard.

Dr. Arturo Delgado ’97 was recently appointed Los Angeles County superintendent of schools. Arturo was superintendent of the San Bernardino City Unified School District for 12 years. He has also been active in community organizations, including the Kiwanis Club and the Inland Empire African-American Chamber of Commerce. Arturo received an Ed.D. in educational leadership from the University of La Verne.

Lydia Ortega ’97 was honored by California State Assemblyman Mike Morrell at the 63rd District’s 2011 Women of Distinction Luncheon in Ontario. Lydia is recently retired, but served as director of records, registration and evaluation at Cal State San Bernardino. Lydia also served as acting director of housing and residential life, acting associate vice president of enrollment services and director of admissions and records. She was involved on many California State University system-wide committees, and she played a pivotal role in implementing the university’s “Troops to College” public policy initiative. Ortega has a master’s degree from the University of La Verne.

Amber S. Rodriguez-Michel ’97, ’01 married John R. Michel on February 19, 2011. The wedding took place in Huntington Beach. They are expecting their first baby girl in January. Amber is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Reading Program at the University of La Verne. She is also completing her doctorate at the Claremont Graduate University.

Tracy E. Rickman ’98 was hired as a full time instructor at Rio Hondo College a year before graduating from the University of La Verne with a master’s degree, He’s now been there 15 years, and is a tenured professor of fire technology. He also has taught at Citrus College for the past 4 1/2 years and also at Glendale College. He has co-authored one book and has also been an adjunct faculty member at Cal State Long Beach and Cal State Los Angeles. He has 7 children, with one daughter graduating from Cal State Fullerton last year and another daughter graduating this year from Sonoma State. His son was a Navy Corpsman and was injured in Iraq. He would like to be on the board at Citrus College as the current board has cut classes and made it more difficult for students to obtain needed transfer courses. The last thing to be cut should be classes, not the first thing. As a veteran himself and with a son who is a veteran, he wants to make sure all veterans come back home and have classes and programs they can enter while making the transition from military life back to civilian life. He has used his experience from his master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of LaVerne and says he has absolutely put it to work.

Kimbley Craig ’98 beat out an incumbent and won a seat in her first run for City Council in Salinas, Calif., (pop. 150,000) in the November 2, 2010 election. She is the youngest elected official in Salinas. Kimbley is a Past President of the Salinas Jaycees, and is owner of an advertising firm, K. Craig Media. She also enjoys her memberships with Junior League of Monterey County and Monterey County Young Professionals. In her free time, she plays roller derby with the Monterey Bay Derby Dames.

Joni Moody ’00 moved in 2010 from a town near Boston where she practiced appellate criminal defense, to Evanston, Ill. She is a LL.M. degree candidate in International Law, with the added focus in Comparative Law and Rule of Law, at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago.

Scott Francis ’00 was recently hired at The Port of Tacoma as real estate manager. He will be responsible for real estate sales and marketing, contract negotiations, property management and new business development. He received a master’s degree in Business Organization from La Verne in 2000. He has more than 20 years of experience in marine terminal facility management, maintenance and operations.

Richard Miller ’00, wife Gail Miller ’96, and daughter Tori (future Leo), went on an Alaskan cruise in June. It was Disney Wonder’s inaugural voyage to Alaska. They saw glaciers, eagles, and beautiful waterfalls. They love cruising so much that they booked a trip to the Caribbean next spring. Richard just celebrated his ninth year at Starbucks as the regional facilities manager for 600 stores in Southern California, northern Arizona, and Hawaii. Gail is about to complete 18 years as the sixth-grade math/science teacher for Etiwanda School District.

Dr. Maryam Davodi-Far ’01, an assistant professor at National University, has been appointed to serve as the Director of the Center for Cultural and Ethnic Studies at National University. The Center for Cultural and Ethnic Studies in the College of Letters and Sciences aims to foster educational opportunities by bringing together faculty, students, community members and academics and practitioners in the Humanities to dialog over important social and cultural issues.

Manny Escalante ’01 completed the 2011 Long Beach Marathon 9 minutes later than he had hoped. The 33-year-old La Verne resident was not new to marathons, having in fact completed 3 Ironman Triathlons (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile run), a 33-mile running race and several marathons. The difference in 2011 was his motivation and his method of transportation. In an effort to raise awareness for Soles4Souls of Nashville Tenn., Escalante set out to run the 26.2 miles of Long Beach without wearing any shoes. Having trained for one year by gradually increasing the length of his barefoot runs, Escalante was confident in his ability to finish the race. He declined to have his wife bring along a pair of ‘just in case’ shoes that she would give him if needed protection for his feet. “Having shoes is really a luxury we take for granted. I want to raise awareness for this charity that does great work to give shoes to people in need.” Everything pretty much went as planned even though the plan included having to battle sore feet and aching legs. “I hoped to finish in 4 hours, and looking back I could have picked up the pace a bit earlier in the race. I also could have spent less time chatting wife my wife every few miles that I saw her, but I wouldn’t change a thing. Awareness is raised, and the race was run…Mission Accomplished.” Manny is currently the fitness manager at 24 Hour Fitness in Glendora, Calif. He lives in La Verne with his very supportive wife and their two dogs. The family of 4 stays active by running, hiking, and playing in the outdoors together.
Founded in 2005 by Wayne Elsey, Soles4Souls currently donates the equivalent of one pair of shoes every 7 seconds. They actively contribute to more than 127 countries, but 55% of the donations remain in the US. For more information visit

Danielle Pashone ’02 married Ryan Frisco and is excited to announce the birth of their first child, Haley.

Nick Lemas ’02, ’05 a native of Hayward, Calif., met the girl of his dreams when he attended the University of La Verne. On July 16, 2011, at a beautiful ceremony at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club, he married Ali Scherer. Nick’s proud mom and dad, Cathy and Bill Lemas, together with family and friends, celebrated this happy day. The bride looked beautiful and the groom very handsome as they said their “I do’s” and were pronounced man and wife. The dancing, laughter, toasting and good wishes went on until midnight, when tired but happy guests said their good-nights. Nick and Ali honeymooned in the Dominican Republic and make their home and their new life together in Southern California.

Christine Boucher ’03 obtained a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University and is now a second-year law student at Concord Law School.

Johnnya Center Burruss ’03 is Post Production Coordinator for The Talk on CBS … starring Julie Chen, Holly Robinson Peete, Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert and Leah Remini. She is also the Creator/Editor in Chief of She recently married Fernando Burruss, who is the Technical Operations Supervisor at KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV in Los Angeles.  They have a beautiful, 3-year-old girl who recently filmed a Target commercial and has appeared in a GAP ad.

Ayana Moultrie ’03 is a mom of a 6-year-old who is full of wonder and humor. She works in post production on several different reality TV shows for Atlas Digital, a sub company under Pilotware. Every year since graduation from La Verne she has attended every Homecoming street fair and football game.

> Sara (Kirk) Mertaban ’04

and Amir Mertaban were married on Jan. 1, 2011, and celebrated with a reception on March 13. Sara and Amir met at Fairplex and both work there in the Sales department.

Mary Ann Borer ’05 was recently named the Communications Director at the San Gabriel Valley YMCA in Covina, Calif.

Sandi Willis ’05 graduated from San Jose State University with a master’s degree in Library and Information Science.

> Reinel Campa ’05

graduated in August 2011 from Antioch University Los Angeles with a master of arts degree in Organizational Management.

Ralph R. Alba ’06 received a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University in 2009 and a Graduate Certificate from Chapman University in Organizational Development. In 2009, he became the Program Manager with the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools overseeing all Maintenance, Operations and Transportation throughout the entire county of San Bernardino. In 2010, he became a Certified Chief Business Official through the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO). Finally, in 2011 he became an Adjunct Professor at Citrus Community College. A Doctorate Degree within Organizational Leadership at La Verne may be in the near future! He has two AWESOME sons that he loves with all his heart, Roman Alba, 7, and Ryan Alba, 4.

Shirden Prince ’06 is the new Vice Principal at Jacobsen Middle School in Tehachapi, Calif.

Robert Hastings ’06 says he has given up on healthcare after more years than he cares to remember and is writing and illustrating children’s books. He recently had his first two books published through Createspace and Amazon, the first, “The Blue Kangaroo (It’s Nice to be Different),” and the second, “The Spirit Wolf (Life is a Never-Ending Lesson).” The second book is going to be a series. Robert is finishing the second book and reports at least a third will follow. Robert says it has been fulfilling writing and illustrating the books. Life throws us lots of curves and he is very happy for this one, he says.

Adam Carranza ’08 traveled to Washington, D.C. and met with members of the Obama administration, and attended an intimate reception with the President. Adam was part of a small group of members of the People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network. This network of young progressives in elected office, were invited to the White House to discuss important issues facing states and localities. Adam’s visit included a three-hour briefing with Administration officials such as Economic Adviser Austan Goolsbee and Energy and Climate Change Adviser, Stephanie Cutter. It was followed by a private reception held at the White House where President Obama discussed the challenges that face the nation and the work needed to recover from the Wall Street and Housing crisis. Adam is a clerk at the Mountain View Board of Education, and graduated from La Verne with a bachelor of arts degree in Speech Communication.

Leslie Elrod ’08 is the new service manager at 24 Hour Fitness in City of Industry, Calif. Leslie was a member of the Women’s Basketball Team in 2007 and 2008.

Erin Konrad ’09 earned a MFA (masters in fine arts) in creative writing from Goddard College in July.

Bobby Olgin ’09 and Rieschelle Roberts ’09 plan to move to Ismir, Turkey, to teach English as a second language (ESL) at ISTEK University in Bursa, Turkey.

Jenny Genovese ’10 is furthering her education by taking courses at University of La Verne in order to obtain a multiple subject teaching credential as well as a master’s degree in Special Emphasis. Additionally, she works as a substitute teacher for Claremont Unified School District.

Carrie Ann Johnson ’10 has been appointed adjunct professor of education at Point Loma Nazarene Univerity where she will be instructing a graduate course in the teaching of reading.



Steven Dugan ’89 and his wife, Kimberly, are proud to announce the birth of our first grandchild, a girl, named Gracie Skye Dugan. She was born 5/7/11 at 12:07 a.m. She weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz. and was 20 inches long.

John Ramos ’91 and wife Suzanne recently welcomed their second child, a boy, Lucas Joaquin Miguel Ramos. Born on 11-11-11 at 1:14pm, Lucas was 5 lbs. 11 oz. and 18-1/2 inches long. Lucas joins his sister Cera, 6, in the Ramos Family. John works for Fox Sports Radio and Suzanne works for a vinegar company.

Erin D. Lopez ’92 and Art Cadena are pleased to announce the birth of their first child, Maximilian Blessing Cadena, born Jan. 25, 2011.

Marissa Espinoza ’94 and Ira Kruskol welcomed their son, Max Andrew Espinoza-Kruskol born on November 5, 2010. Max weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 21-1/2″ long. Marissa and Ira are thrilled with this little addition to their family!

Misha (Kellogg) Drapalik ’95 welcomed Whitney Lee Drapalik, born September 15, 2010, 5 lbs., 15 oz., 19 inches. Big sister Vivian turns 3 in January.Sandra Perez (Gonzalez) ’95 Little sister Amelia Marin, joined big sister Lucilla on September 9, 2010. Born at Arcadia Methodist, Amelia was 7 lbs., 1 oz., and 20 inches long. She was welcomed by Sandra Perez and her husband, Zachary Gonzalez, to their new home in Diamond Bar, Calif.

Heather Soon McCaulley ’96 and her husband, Jim, welcomed Gavin Daniel McCaulley on August 3, 2010. He joins big brother Jack who is 3.

Alisha Rosas ’02 and Carlos Lequerica are proud to announce the birth of their son, Diego Antonio Lequerica on Oct. 23, 2010. He was 8 lbs. 14 ounces and 21 inches long.

Hector D. Casas ’06 is proud to announce Delina Nicole Casas was born on September 24th, 2010, at 11:06 a.m. She weighed 7 lbs., 12 oz. and was 20 in. long. She joins her big brothers, Dominic and Dylan.

Nicole Aptekar ’08 and husband, Jeff Aptekar, are pleased to announce the birth of their triplets; Jacob, Ava and Olivia who were born on January 17, 2011.

> John Joines ’07 and Christine Joines ’10

welcomed son Jakob last year on July 13.  Jakob is a bustling 1-year-old and loves to play with his toys, especially his best buddy, Huckle Cat!  John and Christine recently moved to Ladera Ranch in South Orange County where Christine is a seventh grade Language Arts teacher at Serra Catholic School.  John is in his 11th year at the Disneyland Resort where he is a Guest Service Manager for Security Operations.  Jakob’s “Grammy,” Dorothy Joines, is Manager of Mail Services & Capital Projects Operations at the University of La Verne.



Dayton Dickey ’39 was a campus leader, senior class president and star athlete at La Verne.  He was a member of the basketball, football, baseball and tennis teams and later was inducted into the University of La Verne Athletic Hall of Fame.  Dayton continued his love for education and sports as a teacher and coach in Upland.  Later he served as a principal and superintendent of the Azusa School District before his retirement in 1974.  He was a mentor to many La Verne graduates, as many of whom taught or were principals within his district.  He was recognized as an outstanding educational leader by La Verne as a recipient of the Diamond Jubilee award in 2002. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, a proud alumna of the University of La Verne, and four children, Dayton, Donald, Deanne and Douglas.

Esther Robinson ’46 passed away Thursday, June 30, 2011. Her health had been failing for several years, and in late May she began a rather lengthy hospital stay. Unfortunately, she was unable to make a recovery and was later discharged to her assisted living quarters at Baycrest Center in Coos Bay, Ore., where she received hospice care for her remaining time. At Esther’s request, and in keeping with a Robinson tradition, there were no memorial services. Esther was a schoolteacher.

> Lloyd Carleton Brandt ’49

passed away March 4 at the age of 86. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lois Brandt ’48; his children Bernice Binnie Green ’73 (Biff ’72,’76), Jan Newcomer ’75 (Bill ’73), Karen Pierson ’79 (Gary ’77), and Roy Brandt (Debbie). Lloyd was born in Pomona on Oct. 22, 2924, to Jesse and Kathryn ’26 Brandt and grew up in La Verne, the second of six children (sisters Betty, Bernice, Dorothy and Marian; brother Daryl ’52. He was grandfather of eight and great-grandfather of two.

Edna Cecilia Hertz ’49 passed away at the age of 103 on February 4, 2011. She had been a Claremont Manor resident since 2005. Edna was the youngest of four brothers and one sister and grew up in the small farming community of Malvern in Southwest Iowa. One of 24 students, Edna graduated from Malvern High School in 1924. She attended Stephens College for Women in Columbia, Missouri; Nebraska State Teachers College, Peru, Nebraska; and La Verne College. She also attended Claremont Graduate University to work toward a school administrative position. Edna taught elementary school in Iowa for 17 years. She moved to California in 1945 and taught fourth grade in Ontario, Calif. Edna lived in Claremont, Calif., since 1964. After 44 years in the education field, Edna retired in 1972. She served 18 years as an Elementary Administrative Principal in the El Camino Elementary School in Claremont. She remained in close contact with the school and was always interested in learning about changes in the education field with students and educators. Edna continued to be very busy in volunteer activities, including the Pomona Meals on Wheels for 27 years and as a Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Volunteer, accumulating 7,822 hours. The hospital nominated her as a Community Hero for the 2007 L.A. County Fair. She was an active member of Pilgrim Congregational Church in Pomona, Calif., including the Women’s Auxiliary. Edna was a member of an ongoing Bible study group and belonged to the Order of Eastern Star. She was a staunch Lakers fan and rarely missed a televised game. She also watched baseball and, on her 100th birthday, some Pilgrims invited her to attend a Quakes game in Rancho Cucamonga. She was extremely pleased to see a birthday greeting presented on the large scoreboard! She was very pleased to throw out the first ball. The family enjoyed regular get-togethers, and, for many years, they gathered every Saturday morning at a local coffee shop. The family would often gather at Knott’s Berry Farm for a fried chicken dinner, so on her 100th birthday she invited the whole Hertz clan once again. Some 60 family members from all around California and the midwest enjoyed the celebration. Edna was a very positive person who never made a negative comment. She was a great friend to everyone who knew her. Edna leaves behind four generations of nieces and nephews who will long remember their treasured experiences with Aunt Edna!

Rosemary Thomason ’51 passed away May 31, 2011, in Fresno, Calif. Rosemary was 82 and had a long career as an elementary school teacher in Fresno. Rosemary is survived by her son and daughter.

Don Hodson ’53 passed away in June 2008. He was survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara, his sister, Patricia Allen; his three children Judy and Don Hodson and Sandra Henderson, and nine grandchildren.

> Warren Carter ’58

passed away on July 21, 2011, at age 74. Warren Carter was an entrepreneur, teacher, and an agricultural leader. As an almond farmer in McFarland, Calif., Carter served on the Almond Board of California from 1979 to 1992, including two years as chairman and four years as vice chairman. His valuable leadership contributed to the sustained growth of the California almond industry, leading to its position as global leader of almond production. Carter served on the board of the McFarland Unified School District from 1981 to 1994, and was also a past president of the Kern County Farm Bureau. Carter shared his love of agriculture as chairman of the parent advisory committee for the McFarland High School Future Farmers of America. Warren Carter was also a trustee for the University of La Verne from 1965 to 1992. It was his idea to initiate a centennial fundraising campaign at La Verne, in the decade leading up to 1991 — the university’s 100th anniversary. That campaign, with Carter as chairman, raised $881,000 in the first two years. In 1985, the University of La Verne awarded him an honorary doctorate of laws.  Carter was a past director and chairman of Kern County Youth for Christ, an affiliate of Youth for Christ, USA; and co-founder and past director of the Kern County Student Leadership Program, which is now active on 20 high school campuses across the county.  Warren Carter took that same charisma to his work in real estate when he purchased Watson Realty in 1980, eventually growing it from 20 agents to 100. His son, Ken Carter, is now president and owner. Carter is described as very generous, not just with his money, but also with support, time and leadership, especially towards young people. Carter was a lifelong member at McFarland’s Church of the Living Savior. Warren Carter is survived by son Doug Carter ’83, ’85 and daughter-in-law Dena Carter ’83; son Ken Carter ’85 and daughter-in-law Renee Carter; daughter Karen Campbell and son-in-law Joey Campbell; brother Wayne Carter ’50; sister Opal Wilkinson ’52; and 10 grandchildren. His wife, Lenore Carter ’58, passed away in 2009.

Peter van Wyke ’65 passed away on Jun 1, 2010, at his home in Apple Valley, Calif. Pete was born in Santa Monica in 1943, but lived in Santa Barbara during his childhood years. His family moved to Calgary, Canada where he lived through his high school years. Pete graduated from the University of La Verne in 1965. He was active in football and baseball while at La Verne. Pete received his MA from Northern Arizona University in 1967. Pete was an Asset Manager for HSBC in Pomona. He retired in 2003 after 29 years of service. Pete and his wife Carol, recently celebrated 33 years of marriage. Pete is survived by his wife, Carol; two daughters, Kimbery Mays and Jennifer Vaccari; two sons-in-law, Wesley Mays and Robert Vaccari; three grandchildren, Morgan Mays, Christopher and Thomas Vaccari; his sister, Ann Fontana ’84 and brother, John van Wyke.

Judy Sible (Keith) ’74 passed away on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011. She died of complications from diabetes after battling for over 50 years. She was married to Lloyd Keith ’73 for 35 years and is survived by her two children and two grand-daughters. She taught in the Arcadia Unified School District until she retired to raise her children.

Dorothy McCullough ’76 passed away on February 26, 2011, in Glendora, Calif. Dorothy was an alumna of the CAPA program and received a bachelor of science in behavioral sciences.

Betty Ruth Sharp ’78 passed away on September 6, 2010, in Fallbrook, Calif., where she lived with her husband, Bruce. Glendora had been Betty’s home for 40 years. She was retired from the Glendora Unified School District, having worked for 27 years as a speech therapist. Betty was born in Azusa, Calif., in 1930 and attended Citrus High School and Monrovia-Arcadia-Duarte High School, graduating in 1949. She earned a Bachelor’s degree and teaching credential from Whittier College and received a Master’s degree from La Verne College. As loyal members of Glenkirk Presbyterian Church, along with activities in the community, Betty and Bruce made many friends.  In 1994 they moved to Fallbrook where they enjoyed new friendships and hobbies. Betty was a sweet, thoughtful lady who cherished her family and friends. Her kindness touched many lives, and she will be greatly missed. In addition to her husband, her survivors include daughters Susan Benson, Carol Alvarado and son David Sills; 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Aleen E. Agranowitz ’88, described as the Angel of Long Beach, passed away at the age 94. Aleen was featured in the Winter/Spring 2006 issue of the Voice for her work as the co-founder of the Speech and Language Development Center in Buena Park, the former site of Mira Linda Elementary School. For more than 55 years, Agranowitz, a Boston native who was in the WAVES during World War II and moved out to Southern California in the late 1940s, dedicated her life to working with those who have aphasia. Her daughter, Sara Jones, who is the supervisor of speech and language development at the SLDC, says her mother passed away at her home surrounded by family members, including her two sons and three grandchildren. Aleen wrote several books on aphasia and received a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne at age 82.

Mary Ann Manning, wife of Paul Patrick (Pat) Manning ’91, died of breast cancer on May 8, Mother’s Day. Mary Ann, 46, and Pat had been fighting her cancer for more than 10 years. Pat graduated from the CAPA program and moved to the northwest to help take care of Mary Ann’s parents in 1995.

Catherine Arra, ’01 passed away May 29, 2011.



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