FACETIME FEBRUARY 2013 - 2000S

Victor Chang, ’00 MA

Victor Chang, ’00 MA (pictured at left), is the director of counseling at Southern Oregon University as well as an adjunct instructor in the college’s Psychology Department. He works to create programs to increase student mental health, academic performance and retention. He frequently gives talks about social-media ethics, suicide prevention, self-esteem and emotional intelligence. 

Shane Ellison, ’00 MS, is an award-winning chemist and author, who has been quoted by USA Today, US News & World Report, Shape, Woman's World and Women's Health.  Recently, he was featured in an article on flu vaccines, where he recommended that the best immunity booster comes in the form of “adaptogens”, natural chemicals which are more effective than their man-made counterparts in warding off infectious agents. Shane has spent four years creating a booster supplement called Immune FX, which contains coriander and the herb andrographis paniculata and is designed to shield individuals from flu infections, without the side effects of a flu shot.

Danielle Freeman, ’00 BMUS BA

Famous for her neo-baroque style and jazz influences, Danielle Freeman, ’00 BMUS & BA (photo at left), released her new single, “Argyle”, in January. The song is a voice and violin duet composed by Danielle. She has performed in several operas in Chicago and New York City. As a student, Danielle received numerous collegiate awards, including: The Edgar Alan Stone Award for Vocal Performance and The Audrey Auditorium Award for voice. She is also a proud recipient of Arizona’s Martin L. King Fine Arts Scholarship. “With the poise of an opera diva and an ability to scat like Ella Fitzgerald, New York-based singer Danielle Freeman possesses a voice that commands attention with beauty and control,” said Mark Turner, a musician and writer for All About Jazz.

 

 

Jon Ruel, ’00 MS

When it comes to making great wine, Jon Ruel, ’00 MS (pictured above), is often sought after for his expertise. WinesandVines.com interviewed Jon, the director of viticulture and winemaking, and chief operations officer for Trefethen Family Vineyards. “Great wine is made in the vineyard, and the more control you have over the vineyard, the more control you have over wine quality,” Jon said. “The most control is certainly found at an estate winery, where the grower and winery are one and the same.”

Jason Greenlee, ’01 BA, was appointed by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez as the new Division 15 Judge of the state. Jason currently works as an assistant district attorney for the Second Judicial District of New Mexico where he serves with the Metropolitan Court Division. Jason received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from NAU and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Barbara Hanson, '03 EDD

Dr. Barbara Hanson, ’03 EDD (pictured above), is the new chancellor of Louisiana Delta Community College. Selected for the position by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, more than 25 years of experience in leadership and higher education made her the best candidate. Barbara left her most recent role as vice president for learning at San Jacinto College-Central Campus in Pasadena, TX in January.

Kevin Arndt '04 MED 

Kevin Arndt, ’04 MED (pictured above),has taken his degree around the world. He currently teaches secondary math at an International school in South Korea, and in August he is moving to Baku, Azerbaijan, a republic at the crossroads of western Asia and Eastern Europe, to teach at a different International school. Kevin says he is looking forward to the new adventure. 

Julianne Curry, ’05 BSBA_350

Julianne checks emails in between unloading halibut and black cod near Ketchikan, AK (Photo courtesy of the United Fisherman Association) 

Julianne Curry, ’05 BSBA (pictured on left), was appointed executive director of the United Fisheries Association, located in Juneau, AK. You could say that fishing runs in Julianne’s blood – she began fishing full salmon seasons with her father at the age of 14.  “My upbringing was pretty incredible," Julianne  said. "My parents raised all three of their girls on the water. We fished with my dad when we were teeny, tiny things." Previously executive director of the Petersburg Vessel Owners Association, she found a great fit after graduation, combining her marketing degree with family history and a passion for fishing. She is elated about her new job, “There’s nothing like it. It’s so stinking cool.”

The work of artist Erica Damman, ’07 BFA, is featured in Mount Mercy University’s Janalyn Hanson White Gallery, in Cedar Rapids, IA.  The exhibit, called “Mapping Recovery: Five Years Later” blends history, art, rhetoric, and geography to create mixed media centered on the concept of recovery and resilience in a flood plain area.  Erica explains, “The concept of recovery can be conceived as both a length of time following an event and as a series of activities which address immediate need and long-term resilience.”

Halls '08 & '09

Michaelle (Ford) Hall ’09 BS, married her college sweetheart Matt Hall, ’08 BSW (couple pictured above), in October of 2011. She is in her first year of teaching special education at Marana Unified School District in Marana, AZ, after spending the last three years with the Vail School District. Matt is a social worker for CODAC Behavioral Health, aiding patients suffering from mental illnesses and substance abuse. The couple, who met at NAU, live in Marana, AZ, with their black lab, Ellie.

Shelby (Peck) Davis

Shelby (Peck) Davis, ’08 BS & ’10 MED (pictured at left), returned to Tucson, AZ, with her husband Brian Davis (graduating NAU in May). She instructs Reading Intervention at La Cima Middle School, where she also attended as a student years ago. The program focuses on developing critical reading skills for seventh and eighth grade students.  Shelby enjoys the cultural influences of Tucson, but recollects fondly on her time in Flagstaff.

Taylor Smith, ’09 BS, is working for the College of Education as a graduate assistant and concurrently finishing her master’s degree. In this capacity, she helps the Field Experience Office find teaching placements for students so that they may earn experience in the classroom. Taylor’s focus is on special education.

Sara Zsenai, ’09 BS & ’11 MED, is in her second year as a special education teacher for preschool at Cromer Elementary in Flagstaff. Once a tour guide for NAU as a student, she still enjoys visiting the campus and giving directions to lost freshmen.  Sara also enjoys practicing her photography and remains captivated by the beauty of Flagstaff.