FACETIME AUGUST 2013 - 1990s

Christi Wagner Barth, '91 BA

A Fine Romance by Christi Barth, '91 BS

Christi Barth, '91 BA, recently released the second book in her Aisle Bound series. A Fine Romance revolves around chocolate and funny romance set in Chicago. As a former wedding planner she spent every day immersed in romance - now she writes it!  

The law firm, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton welcomes Scott Palmer, ’92 BA, to its intellectual property division, located in Beijing, China. Palmer manages IP portfolios for numerous multinational companies, and advises complex IP litigation in China, as well as on trademark/copyright registration and enforcement strategy. 

David Lowe, ’93 BA

David Lowe, ’93 BA (photo above), won an Emmy Award at the 42nd Annual Northern California Area Emmy Awards on June 15. The Emmy Award was for his role as Executive Producer of Studio Sacramento’s “Human Trafficking” episode, which explored the problem of human sex and labor trafficking in the Sacramento area. He was also nominated for an Emmy Award for Overall Station Excellence. David has been the president and general manager of KVIE, the PBS station in Sacramento, since 2008. He is married to Terri (Green) Lowe, ’93 BS, and has two daughters.

Felicia Hamiliton, ’94 BS, is the subject of a video by the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) for her work to serve the primary care needs of her community. Felicia is an OB/GYN Unity Health Care’s Anacostia Health Center in Washington, D.C., and the first D.C. area clinician to be featured in the video series. 

Pete Wertheim, ’94 BSJOU

The City of Prescott has appointed Pete Wertheim, ’94 BSJOU (above photo), as communications and public affairs manager. In his new role, Pete will support relations and dialogue between the city government and the public. He will also manage social media and the city’s website. Most recently Pete served as vice-president of Strategic Communications for the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association.

Dr. Steven Gonzalez, ’96 BSED AND ’00 MAT

Dr. Steven Gonzalez, ’96 BSED & ’00 MAT (above picture), has been approved by the Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board for the position of president of GateWay Community College, the newest school in the valley-wide system. He has more than 15 years of experience in instructional and administrative higher education. 

Lori Britt (Laura Vogt), ’96 MED

Lori Britt (Laura Vogt), ’96 MED (photo above), recently visited Flagstaff to share her new book, I Will Not Resign with a local audience at the Cultured Café. A former elementary school instructor, Lori shares the problems and shortfalls of the public education system and offers a candid view into the challenges educators face behind the classroom doors.

Sean Conry, ’97 BST

Photo credit: AZRE

RJM Construction has hired Sean Conry, ’97 BST (above photo), as project executive for its Phoenix office. Sean specializes in healthcare construction, and will supervise pre-construction through project management for medical environment projects. He was previously director of healthcare for a local general contractor. 

Seamus Dever, ’97 BS

Actor Seamus Dever, ’97 BS (above photo), and star of ABC’s Castle, returned to NAU to teach a master acting class for theatre students. We sat down with Seamus for an interview about his career last fall.


Louie lends a hand with the barbecue

Stephanie Hosack, ’97 & ’00 BS, was one of 20 alumni to receive a limit-edition Louie bobble-head as part of an alumni Facebook giveaway. She writes, “Thank you for my Louie. I was just in Flagstaff this weekend visiting family and I came home to PA to Louie. My husband coaches men's volleyball at Penn State so I'm going to be taking Louie with me to games in January when the season starts!!! Tonight Louie is enjoying BBQ wings with us.”

Lake Havasu High School honored Dan Kuch, ’97 BS, in the school’s graduation ceremonies to recognize his accomplishments as a senior police officer in Lake Havasu, Ariz. as well as his achievements as a former student. During his time at LHHS, Dan earned nine varisty letters, served as class vice-president and was a member of the national honor society. Today he also works part-time as substitute teacher. 

The Peoria Education Foundation trustees welcome Ryan Madrid, ’97 BAILS, to their board of directors. Ryan is a mortgage banker with V.I.P. Mortgage, Inc.

Cathy (Wiestling) Beecham, ’98 MA, has been appointed to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission of Lincoln, Neb. She was selected based on her experience on the Lincoln Electric System Board. She also serves on the city’s Historic Preservation Commission. Cathy first became involved with city government when she and some neighbors opposed a proposal to remove some old homes in her community, and the process piqued her interest in planning.