FACETIME FEBRUARY 2013 - 2000S
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.
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.
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
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.
Dr. Barbara Hanson, ’03 EDD
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 (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 checks emails in between unloading halibut and black cod near
Ketchikan, AK (Photo courtesy of the United Fisherman Association)
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
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.”
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, ’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
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.