FACETIME AUGUST 2013 - 2000s
Photo Credit: Randy Metcalf/The Explorer
Lydia Kennedy, ’00
MED (photo above), owns ReActivate New and Used Activewear, which sells new and very
lightly used sports apparel. Offering cash for trade-ins, Lydia helps customers
save money on athletic clothing and shoes, and also donates clothing items to
charities. Since 2011, the business has helped donate more than 4,100 articles
of clothing with an estimated value of $18,000 to local children and adults.
Photo Credit: Aaron Fiedler Photo
The Lunch Buddy Backpacks and Mentoring Program of Astoria,
Wash., welcomes Mary Jackson, ’01 MS (pictured above),
as executive director. Her interest in the position came out of her belief in
the ability of mentoring to act as a prevention tool for children. “If you look
at what we call ‘protective factors,’ the more individuals a youth has in their
life that show care and concern for them, the better it is for them,” Mary
said. “(With a) positive teacher, a parent, a positive mentor, you’re setting a
child up.” Mary was formerly a junior counselor at the Clatsop County Juvenile
John Westerlund, ’01
PHD, serves on the 2013 National
Park Service/U.S. Forest Service Interpretive Partnership, which is hosting an
“Ask a Ranger” column via the Arizona
Daily Sun. The program is designed to foster and cultivate an appreciation
for nature, as well as educate the public. Alumna Lois Hirst, ’85 EDD,
is also a member of the partnership.
Karen Weaver, ’01 MED,
has joined Raskob Kambourian Financial Advisors as financial planner and
registered tax return preparer. Previously she worked for the University of
Arizona as an academic advisor and student services coordinator.
Photo Credit: Paul
Chad Arneson, ’03
BAILS (above in middle), was featured in the Santa Barbara Independent for another successful season coaching boys volleyball for the
Santa Barbara High Dons. For the past nine years, the Dons have held the
Channel League championship, and last year Chad earned the 2012 Boys Volleyball
Coach of the Year Award. The success of the Dons hits close to home for Chad,
who was a four-year player for the team as a student.
’03 BS & ’12 BS (above center), celebrated Commencement from the Flagstaff campus at the same time her sons Fabian (left) and Fernando Jr. (right) earned their
respective degrees from Yuma Catholic High School and ASU. The proud mother
studied speech language pathology and hopes to eventually earn her master’s in
Jennifer Ringgold, ’03 BAILS, has released a new novel, The New Cadet: A Young Woman’s Journey in a
Man’s World. The story
centers on Alicia’s journey through the College of Armed Forces, and the
rigorous challenges she faces throughout her schooling. She finds hope in
Cathleen, who empowers her through education and friendship. Destiny’s writing
carries influence from her training at the Virginia Military Institute.
Aimée Classen, ’04
PHD (photo above), was featured in the Metro Pulse of Knoxville, Tenn., for
her work as associate professor of ecosystems ecology at the University of
Tennessee, as well as an associate editor of Ecological Monograph, an academic journal. Originally a middle
school biology teacher, she transitioned to conservation and evolutionary
biology lab work, which led her to NAU. Now Aimée researches the impact climate
change is having on ecosystems.
Laguna Blanca School is pleased to announce that Andy Surber, ’04 MED (above picture), has joined as the head of the lower school. He joins Laguna Blanca from
Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School in Memphis, Tenn., where he held the position
of head of lower school for four years.
Indigo Incite by author Jacinda Buchmann
Jacinda Buchmann, ’06
MED, has authored a young adult ebook, entitled Indigo Incite, which is the first book
of the Indigo Trilogy. Five teenage strangers with psychic abilities must band
together to rescue a sixth who has been kidnapped by a clandestine government
agency. Will a common bond of extra-sensory abilities be enough to unite this
Beverly Demaline, ’06
MED, received the 2013 George Fridell Excellence in Teaching Award from Central Arizona College. She is a full-time mathematics
professor as well as academic assessment coordinator for the university.
Beverly began her teaching career through a summer program at NAU, and then
continued to earn her master’s and teaching certificate as well.
AMR Management Services has selected Dustin McKissen, ’06 MADM, as executive
director of the National Christmas Tree Association and Christmas Spirit
Foundation in Chesterfield, Mo. Previously, Dustin founded Lookup!, a
non-profit which supplied children from challenging environments with comic
Wilkinson, ’06 BS & BA (photo above), is married to João
Paulo Pereira. The couple lives in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Ryan Bye, ’07 BS (above on left),
wrote us an update. He shares, “This
past May I graduated with my M.Ed in Higher Education Administration and have
started a job in the Residence Halls as a Residence Life Coordinator at
Valparaiso University in the Chicago area. I truly have my experiences at NAU
to thank for the career path I have chosen!”
Photo Credit: Joe Crocetta
Foster-care social worker Julia (Manzone) Jensen, ’07 BSW (photo above), was honored with the distinction of the Social Worker of the Year Award for
Washington County . In
her role, she works foster care cases, and helps children transition to adopted
families or reintegration with their parents. “I really enjoy foster care. I
see it as the more hopeful side of child abuse. There’s hope for change in the
family,” she said.
Pierz, ’07 BS, based at St. Mary’s Church in Lee, Mass., was ordained as a
Catholic priest. As one of five deacons who prepared through the Springfield diocese,
Mark is a native of Austria and studied Hotel and Restaurant Management at NAU.
He plans to return to Rome to continue advanced studies and is proficient in
Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp has selected Cathy Frost, ’08 MADM, as corporate
HSET program manager. She will oversee the administration of the organization’s
health, safety and environment training programs. Cathy brings more than 14
years of experience in her field.
Warren, ’08 MED (photo above), has been appointed as the new director of the Arizona Division of Occupational
Safety and Health (ADOSH). He will oversee the administration of the state’s
safety and health program, as well as supervise the compliance and consultation
programs. Warren formerly served as risk manager for Coconino County.
Andrew Shepherd, ’09 BS, authored a guest post for the “Irreverin” column of Pathos,
a faith-based online newsletter promoting Progressive Christianity. The guest
post explored the purpose of church congregations in the role of society today.
Grapeline Wine Tours has
selected Roxan (Steel) Kragten, ’08 BS, for the newly-created management position focusing on
marketing and public affairs. Prior to her current role, Roxan was owner and
operator of Paso Weddings, a business which worked closely with Paso Robles
wineries coordinating weddings for guests.
Sam Granillo, ’09 MED, is principal of the newly-established Cambridge
Preperatory Academy, located in Arizona City, Ariz. The performance-based K-12
school is tuition free and offers small class sizes for individualized
education and attention. A bilingual instructor, Sam possesses a background in mathematics
and expects to receive his master’s in educational leadership in December,