FACETIME MAY 2013 2010s

The Covington Who’s Who Executive and Professional Registry selected Esthela Celaya, ’10 BS, as a Featured Member. The Tucson-based owner and principal designer of Originate Interior Design, LLC, Esthela successfully launched her business last year. Overseeing all aspects of the design process, Esthela is a skilled project manager with a focus on customer satisfaction. 

Former offensive lineman Ryne Holstrom, ’10 BSED, is the new coach of Anthem Boulder Creek’s boys basketball program, located in Anthem, Ariz. Ryne, an all-conference player and team captain at NAU, says that growing up basketball was his true passion. But at 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds in high school, football became the obvious choice. Ryne hopes to eventually secure a teaching position at Boulder Creek. 

Jordan Maksymic, ’10 BS, has been promoted to offensive assistant for the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) Edmonton Eskimos. He spent the previous two years in the Eskimo’s video department.

Jason Pedersen, ’10 BSE

NAU track athlete Jason Pedersen, ’10 BSE, finished fifth at the Escape from Alcatraz triathalon held in March on the San Francisco Bay. Jason, who received his Professional card in late 2011, was featured in an interview with Slowtwitch.com. He recently joined The Triathlon Squad and is focusing on developing sponsorships, building the buzz within the racing community, and preparing for the next Olympics.

Teachers Alicia Jorajuria, ’84 BS (Wellton Elementary, seventh- and eighth-grade), Jodi Barksdale, ’02 BSED (McGraw Elementary, fifth-grade), Marlie (Hayden) Meza, ’07 BAILS & ’12 MED (Yuma High, biology), Sarai Robles, ’08 BSED (Arizona Desert Elementary, extended resources), and Anne Foley, ’11 BSED (Pueblo Elementary, fifth-grade), were selected as finalists for the 2013 Yuma County Teacher of the Year Award. Jason McCutcheon, ’98 BA (Yuma High, welding instruction), took home the high school category honor. 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).

Lauren Knapp, ’12 BSACC, works a management position for Lanier Parking Services in Atlanta, Ga. While at NAU, she served on the College Panhellenic Council and held several leadership roles in her sorority Delta Delta Delta. She was named to the Dean’s list numerous times and completed her degree in three-and-a-half years.  

Treylek Gilleo, ’12 BS

Kingman, Ariz. native and former Lumberjack offensive lineman Treylek Gilleo, ’12 BS, has signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Jets. A John C. Yost Memorial recipient, he played in the Casino del Sol College All-Star Game in January, and was selected for the second All-Big Sky team.

Trevor Weissbart, ’12 BSBA,is making it easier to get home safe after a night at the bars. Building on the success of The Ride Guys of Flagstaff, Trevor has partnered to extend the business in the Bay area. A taxi service with a twist, The Ride Guys will not only give you a lift home, they’ll bring an extra driver to safely commandeer your vehicle home as well. Featuring flat rates and a guarantee to keep your vehicle safe, Trevor is excited to expand a successful business idea to a new territory. Patrons are proud of this helpful service which reduces the risk of DUIs and drinking-related accidents. “I have yet to have someone tell me that they woke up the next day and thought, oh, I shouldn't have called The Ride Guys,” stated Trevor.

Out the Window Advertising of Flagstaff welcomes Caesar Wirichaga, ’12 BS, as production assistant. With experience in art direction, graphic design and motion graphics, Cesar will produce digital and print projects for the local agency.