FACETIME MAY 2013 1990s
Former NAU quarterback Mark
Huston, ’90 BS, once again hosts the Let It Fly Football Drills and Skills Camp, from April through July at Anthem Preparatory Academy in
Anthem, Ariz. The program, which has grown from six youth in 2005 to 176 in
2012, is designed for youth ages 6-18 and styles itself after similar workouts
used by higher-level athletes.
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and
Spa has selected Alex Moro, ’90 BS (above),
as director of sales. Formerly director of sales at the Arizona Biltmore, Alex brings
with him 22 years of expertise in the hospitality industry, with an emphasis on
luxury properties. He spent seven years with Wyndham Hotels and Resorts in
national sales. Alex lives in central Phoenix with his wife Lisa and children
Leo and Gemma.
Several forestry alumns were featured in a article by Scientific American. Jose
Iñiguez, ’90 BSF & '00 MSF, Amy Watlz, ’94 MS, and Ed Smith, '97 MSF, were quoted along with Dick Fleishman ’80 BSF &’90 MPA, and Amy Watlz, ’94 MS about a new forest-thinning program designed to reduce uncontrolled wildfires.
Normando Bustamante, ’91 BSBA, has been hired as general manager of
the Rudolph Honda Dealership in El Paso, Texas. Previously Normando worked as district manager, parts and new car division at American Honda Motor Company.
Reuben Singer, ’92 BFA, is production manager for FLM+, a strategic
marketing and communications firm in Minneapolis, Minn. Reuben brings years of
experience in marketing and sales.
Physical therapist and yoga
instructor Shawn Flot, ’94 MPT (photo above),was featured in the Ashland Daily Tidings, which
highlighted his six-week fall class on vitality and movement. Instructing for
the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Talent, Ore., Shawn combats the
aging process through physical activity and education. He has developed a
clinical practice that combines elements from yogic practice with manual
Melissa Luke, '94 BS, was featured in the Huffington Post in an opinion piece encouraging students to seek professional experience during their summer breaks from school, offering her own experiences as a reason to be proactive in finding an internship. Melissa is a corporate professional speaker and adjunct professor at Boise State University.
Dr. Lance Price, ’94 BS & ’00 MS (above), director of Translational
Genomics Research Institute (TGEN) North’s Center for Microbiomics and Health,
has been selected for the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological
Criteria for Foods, which examines food safety, food processing and
microorganisms, for the Agricultural
Department. At TGEN, Lance is studying foodborne pathogens, specifically the
relationship between E. coli bacteria and antibiotic-resistant urinary tract
infections in women. Lance also serves
as professor of environmental and occupational health at George Washington
Nancy Wodarz, ’94 EDD (pictured above), has been appointed as head of The Sage
School of Foxborough, Mass. A talented leader, developing opportunities and
programs for her students has been top priority for Nancy, and she maintains a
strong commitment to the local community. Prior to her current role, Nancy was
head of Forsyth Country Day School in Winston-Salem, N.C. She possesses nearly
30 years of experience in public and private education.
Fidencio Rivera, ’95
MED (above), was featured in the Latino
Perspectives “Those Who Serve” profiles for his role as chief deputy U.S. marshal. A 22-year veteran, Fidencio works with
the federal judiciary, interacting with the community and assisting other
deputies in apprehending fugitives. He was honored in 2010 with the U.S.
Marshals Director’s Honorary Award for Meritorious Service for his outstanding
Julie Beischel, '96 BSBA (above picture), is
co-founder and director of research at the Windbridge Institute for Applied Research in Human Potential in Tucson and serves as
adjunct faculty in the Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies at
Saybrook University. Pursuing a scientific quest for answers to parapsychology
phenomena, she recently published her first book Among Mediums: A Scientist's
Quest for Answers.
spending approximately 20 years as a mental health social worker, Sharon (Hickey) Sterling, ’96 BSW, has
published her first novel, The Well (photo above). A psychological thriller set
at Montezuma Well in the Verde Valley, counselor Allie Davis is caught in a
murder mystery that links together a beautiful Apache woman, a seductive
psychiatrist and excerpts from an ancient Chinese book of prophecy.
Chris Knutsen, ’96
MED, is the new assistant superintendent of the Florence Unified School
District in Florence, Ariz. Previously serving as principal of Florence High
School, Chris will miss being further away from the students on a daily basis,
but is excited for the new
leadership role, and confident that he will have broader impact on student
The San Diego-North office of Lee and Associates has named Ryan Bennett, ’98 BAILS, as its newest
company shareholder. Ryan has represented buyers and sellers of commercial
properties, closing transactions totaling more than $500 million throughout his
Jason McCutcheon, ’98
BA (Yuma High, welding instruction), took home the high school category
honor of Teach of the Year for Yuma County. Rodolfo Rodriguez, ’01 BAILS
& ’09 MED (Carver Elementary, fifth-grade), won the intermediate
(fourth-sixth-grade) award. The 2013 Yuma County Teacher of the Year Award went
to Jarrod Norris, ’11 BSED (G.W.
Carver Elementary, special education).
Carli Castro, ’99
BSACC,is now the CEO/President
of 4 Seasons of Change LLC,
a change-management consulting and coaching practice in Chandler. She guides
executives through organizational change to improve business environments and realize
goals. Carli writes a monthly blog entitled Thyme for Change geared at helping professionals “season” their
lives with reflection on life priorities. We recently had the opportunity to
connect with Carli at an alumni reception at the Secret Garden in Phoenix.
Bret Contreras, ’99
BS, has released a new book, Strong Curves, co-authored by Kellie
Davis. A 320-page, full-color training guide for women, the fitness manual
contains instructions for more than 200 exercises, and includes a nutritional
guide. Bret is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the
National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Randy Mahlerwein, ’99
MED & ’06 MED, is the new principal of Cooley Middle School in Gilbert,
Ariz. At the same time, the Higley Unified School District also approved NAU
alumna, Terri Wattawa, ’00 MED, as
the new principal of Williams Field High School.
Members of the national Organ Procurement and Transplant
Network (OPTN) elected Vicky Young, ’99
MED & ’01 MED, to its board of directors. Vicky was selected as Patient
Donor Affairs and Voluntary Health Organization representative. Vicky, who
donated her kidney in April 2004 to a former work colleague, is chair of human
development studies and serves as a core faculty member for liberal arts and
teacher education at Prescott College, in Prescott, Ariz.