Facetime March 2014 - 1990s
There are great discussions happening on the NAU Alumni Association LinkedIn Page. Be sure to check it out and share an update with the network.
Stephen Fireng, ’90 BSBA,
is chief executive officer of PlattForm, a global marketing solutions provider for
higher education. Stephen was formerly president and CEO of Pearson Embanet, which
provides resources for academic institutions to finance, launch, market and
support successful online programs. He possesses more than 25 years of
experience in postsecondary education.
The city of Sedona, Ariz., has hired Tabatha Miller, ’91 BSACC, as director of financial services. She will direct, manage and oversee the activities
and operations of the Finance Department including accounting, revenue
administration, treasury management, financial planning and budgeting. Tabatha
is happy to return to sunny Arizona – she previously served as director of
finance for the Alderwood Water and Wastewater District of Edmonds, Wash.
Vanderbilt University welcomes Derek Mason, ’92 BS (above image), as head football coach. Derek, who played for NAU from 1987-91, has spent the past
four seasons at Stanford, and previously worked as a defensive back coach for
the Minnesota Vikings and served in coaching roles for more than six other
universities, including: Ohio, New Mexico State, Saint Mary's, Utah, Weber
State, Idaho State, Bucknell and San Diego Mesa College.
Benson, ’93 BS, has been promoted to director of group
sales at L'Auberge Del Mar, a
Destination Hotels and Resorts property in Del Mar, Cali. Prior to
joining the team at L'Auberge Del Mar, Benson served as a senior sales manager
at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, OR.
Leadership coach, facilitator and consultant Mara Connolly, ’93 BSJOU (pictured above), founded ripp
leadership, llc in 2013 to help individuals and companies with leadership
consulting and life coaching. Visit Mara’s website
to learn more about her coaching, leadership and training services.
James Hippel, ’93
BSACC, joins Techne Corporation of Minneapolis, Minn., as chief financial
officer. He is a finance executive with experience in several globally diverse
technology businesses, including extensive experience with mergers, acquisitions and operations integration.
James previously served as senior vice president and CFO for Mirion
Ward, ’93 BS, is creative services manager for the marketing team of Jacobs
Farm/Del Cabo. She most recently worked as creative director for Frieda’s
Specialty Produce, based in Los Alamitos, Cali.
Cedar Milazzo, ’96 BSCSE,
is vice president of engineering for Devicescape, a firm which specializes in
mobile data connectivity solutions. He will lead engineering strategy,
architecture and technical development for the company. Cedar comes from
NETGEAR, Inc., where he held the position of vice president of engineering of
Alumnus Mike Jankoski celebrates from Sochi, Russia.
U.S. Olympic slopestyle and halfpipe head coach Mike Jankowski, ’98 BS, celebrated from
Sochi when his team member Sage Kotsenburg won the first American gold medal of
the games in slopestyle snowboarding. The U.S. Snowboarding team took home three
gold and two bronze medals throughout the course of the games. Mike hasn’t
forgotten his roots in Flagstaff, where he learned to snowboard at Arizona
Snowbowl. “Thx 4 the love from AZ. I wouldn’t be here in Sochi if I didn’t
start there,” he tweeted shortly after the announcement. Follow him on Twitter:
The city of Glendale announced the appointment of Jennifer Campbell, ’99 MED, as
assistant city manager. She was previously the community services director for
the city of Maricopa and has management experience for the cities of Peoria and
Goodyear. Jennifer has also served as adjunct faculty at Glendale Community
College since 2009.
Investment bank Lincoln International promoted Christopher Stradling, ’99 BSACC, to
managing director. He leads the firm’s efforts in soft-goods and
auto-aftermarket while also bringing extensive experience in other consumer
segments such as home furnishings, direct-to-consumer, sporting goods and
Bantilborg, ’99 BSED (above photo), joins Hillcrest Care and Rehab of Arkadelphia, Ark.,
as administrator. Previously, she was assistant administrator at Twin Rivers
Health & Rehab in Arkadelphia.
manager Stewart Vaghti, ’99 BSE, was
named in the “Top 20 Under 40” by ENR
Southwest. The “Top 20 Under 40” competition highlights 20 southwestern
U.S.-based individuals under the age of 40 who represent the best of the best
in their construction and design careers. Employed by Gannett Fleming, Stewart
is making significant contributions to several high-profile dam projects. He is
serving as a project manager for Miner Flat Dam design services in Whiteriver,
Ariz., civil design engineer for the Tempe Town Lake Downstream Dam Replacement
in Tempe, Ariz., and as civil engineer for technical services for Hawaii’s Dam
Safety Program. Stewart is also southwest regional director for the firm’s
corporate sustainability team, helping to enhance sustainability throughout the
firm’s projects and operations.