Facetime March 2014 - 2000s

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.

Gregory Sitrick, ’00 BSE crop

Quarles & Brady LLP attorney Gregory Sitrick, ’00 BSE (above image), has been named 2014 BTI Client Service All-Stars by The BTI Consulting Group, Inc. The BTI Client Service All-Stars are an elite group of attorneys, nominated solely and exclusively by clients in a BTI independent study, who are distinguished as delivering the absolute best in client service. They are identified as service professionals who have impressed corporate counsel with their understanding of business practices and approach to legal services. Gregory is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, assisting clients with all aspects of intellectual property related rights, from procurement, enforcement and maintenance of patent, trademarks and copyrights to protection, enforcement and/or defense against infringement, trade dress, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition and unfair trade practices.

Karen Amir, ’01 BA, has announced her engagement to Michael Monroe of Denver, Colo. Their wedding is planned for March, 2014.

Paul “Crazy Legs” Stofko, ’01 BS, has been running since his junior year of high school, and participated in his first 50k run in 1999. He’s translated his passion into a profession, as a race organizer and director, an ultra runner, and running coach and personal trainer.  In 2011 he launched the Crazy Legs Race Series, which hosted eight races in 2013.

Nicole Nimmons, ’02 BS crop

Boise State Transportation and Parking Services welcomes Nicole Nimmons, ’02 BS (photo above), as director. Coincidentally, she wrote parking tickets as a part-time job while a student at NAU.

Darin Frederickson, ’03 MED

Darin Fredrickson, ’03 MED (above picture), is the director of organized retail crime and intellectual property rights division at Subrosa Investigations, a private investigative agency for retail business. Darin has worked extensively with Arizona-based retailers to successfully investigate, arrest and prosecute repeat offenders involved in retail theft. In 2009, Frederickson was named by the Arizona Retailers Association as Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for his dedication to combating organized retail crime.

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Lumberjacks take flight: Michael Sampson (left) and his wife Alona accompany Phil Tavasci and his wife Kayla on a hot air balloon ride.

Alumni Association Board President Phil Tavasci, ’03 BSBA and his wife Kayla joined College of Education Dean Michael Sampson and his wife Alona for a hot air balloon ride recently in the Valley of the Sun.

Tina Harguess, ’03 BSED, was recognized as winner of the Arizona Charter Schools Association Teacher of the Year award. The fourth- and fifth-grade instructor at Self Development Charter School in Mesa, Ariz., was one of three finalists for the prestigious award. “At other jobs, you can have an effect, but it’s an immediate effect; as a teacher, it’s a lifelong effect,” Tina shares.

Borwnstein Hyatt Farber Schreck attorney Karl Schock, ’03 Dual BS/BA, has been appointed to serve on the board of directors for Food Bank of the Rockies. In this new role, he will help raise awareness of the organization and lead fundraising and development projects for one of the largest hunger relief organizations in the Colorado region.

Christine Alonso, ’04 BSBA & ’05 BSACC, is the new executive director for the Bisbee Chamber of Commerce of Bisbee, Ariz. She was formerly a bookkeeper in the Bisbee and Sierra Vista areas, and previously worked as senior accountant for Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold, Inc.

Piano and voice instructor Trissina Laube, ’04 BMUS, recently married David Kear. She is the owner of Trissina Rose Studios, which instructs more than 30 students.

Adam Manika, ’04 BS, joins DeWolf, Boberg & Associates as consultant for the global management consulting firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

Michael Woestehoff, ’05 BS crop

Author Michael Woestehoff, ’05 BS, has released Shades of Aye, a young adult novel for Native students facing the upcoming challenge of entering college where there are new distractions, feelings of isolation, importance of friends and family, relationships, and how those are all interconnected with Native ways of knowing. Michael is director of communications for the National Indian Gaming Association in Washington, D.C.

Alex Blumfelder, ’06 BS, has joined The Integer Group of Denver, Colo., as digital producer. He was previously senior project manager for Crispin Porter + Bogusky

The Oklahoma Board of Corrections has selected Robert Patton, ’07 MADM, as prison director. As head of the state’s prison system, Robert will work on increasing safety for both guards and inmates at all facilities in the state; improving employee compensation packages to help with recruiting and retaining qualified corrections officers; increasing greater oversight of private corrections facilities and ensuring those facilities compliment DOC operations; and reforming DOC’s internal operations to be more efficient and effective. He has served the past four years as division director for the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Musician Laura Mozena, ’08 BMUS, gave a performance with pianist Luanne Dwyer for their friend Helen Berlin, who recently passed away. Laura is a registered Suzuki Teacher and has performed with such orchestras as The Flagstaff Symphony, The Palm Beach Pops, Treasure Coast Opera Orchestra and The Wheeling Symphony. She is the vice president of Your Music Supply and enjoys playing fiddle music as well as classical. Currently, Laura teaches Suzuki violin with Cynthia Hinkelman of Lighthouse Suzuki Strings. She teaches at Jupiter Academy of Music and the Stuart School of Music.

The Nogales International featured a reflection piece on the 2004 Rio Rico High School state championship boys basketball team. Chris Hutzel, ’09 BS, a member of that team, reflects on his time as a Lumberjack, “I wouldn’t trade those years for anything. I got to be part of two conference championship teams up there, too. I got to run (in hurdles events) against some of the best in the country, which was awesome.” Chris is a financial advisor for the University of Phoenix.

Ron Sanders, ’09 MED, has taken to Youtube to share his formula for taking photographs. Ron is an instructor of GED preparation and mandatory literacy at Arizona State Prison in Florence, Ariz. Read more about his photography endeavors at the Tri-Valley Dispatch.