FACETIME DECEMBER 2012 - 2000s
Professor of ecology at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Carri Leroy, ’01 MLS & ’05 PhD, (photo on left) is drawing national
attention to Washington
State’s Sustainability in Prison program. A recent article published in the New York Times highlights the scientific
work that two young prisoners have conducted under Carri’s guidance and
encouragement. The project, which takes place inside a minimum-security 500-bed
prison in Littlerock, WA, educates inmates through raising frogs and challenges
them to develop a curriculum for others to follow.
How many alumni get to discover and name their own beetle species
? (photo at left
) Jut Wynne, ’03 MS,
is the rare exception. Discovered in remote caves in Arizona, the new species of insect has been named Eleodes wynnei. Was Eleodus lumberjackus already taken? Since 2005, Wynne and his colleagues have identified three new genera and more than 20 new species of cave-dwelling arthropods in caves in the Grand Canyon region. While the experience of having a species named after him is exciting, he’s most concerned with providing good science and guidance on managing and conserving cave resources. "Caves are one of the most sensitive habitats on our planet," he said. "At the same time, given their location underneath our feet, these ecosystems have been overlooked from a resource management perspective."
Lissette Valle-Thompson & Richard
Thompson, both ’03 BS, (photo above) pose to keep up the Lumberjack spirit with their young
The principal of Williams High School, Tristan Heisley, ’04 BS, (photo on left) created an awards program for students at
the school who maintain a 3.5 or higher GPA. At the end of each quarter, those
who meet the standards are rewarded with pizza, soda and cake and a Harkins
gift card. According to Williams News,
53 out of 215 of the students achieved the goal. Those who score high for four
quarters in a row get to visit Young Life’s Lost Canyon camp for a day. Tristan
hopes the incentives encourage even more students to boost their grades. Pizza
Factory, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and Harkins assist in sponsoring the
Andrade, ’05 MED, is one of the newest members of the Veterans
United Home Loans executive team as Chief People Officer. Amanda is in charge
of enhancing the company’s workplace culture, employee retention and talent
acquisition efforts nationwide. Currently working toward her Ph.D at the
University of Missouri, Amanda has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ottawa
University, a master’s degree in architectural studies from the University of
Missouri, and a master’s of education in adult education from NAU.
Lohman Company PLLC, based out of Mesa, AZ, has
announced that Allision Dozbaba, ’05 BS,
has been promoted to the position of CPA - Tax Manager. Joining Lohman shortly after graduation,
Allison is responsible for coordinating and managing tax compliance and planning
services focusing on closely-held, owner-managed businesses. Her
expertise in this area includes an emphasis in working with technology,
construction, manufacturing and distribution entities.
How do science and wine pair together? Just ask Matt
Halldorson, ’06 BS, (photo on left) who parlayed his degree in plant biology from NAU to a
graduate program at Washington State University that studies viticulture – the
study of grape cultivation. Matt did his master’s research on leafroll disease
on merlot grapes. Now, he works as a viticulturist with Wyckoff Farms in
With a passion for improving the U.S. health care system, Emily Tisdale, ’06 MED, owns Recourse Resource Consulting, a firm that merges health-care customer service, employee engagement and marketing together. Her experience with both sides of the system allowed her to see where the faults lie and provide the opportunity for new approaches. One of her main goals is to raise customer and employee satisfaction.
Kelly Walsh (formerly Elliott), ’06 BSW is CEO/Executive Director of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Flagstaff. Formerly the program director, Kelly has been a part of the agency
for six years. She originally interned under Kay McKay, '04 HON, while working toward her
degree in social work at NAU.
Jenny Mueller, ’08 BS, recently began a new position as Program Director
of Missoula Downtown Association this summer.
She will primarily be responsible for membership recruitment and
retention, event planning and production, and communications outreach. A
graduate of Billings Central High School, Jenny received an M.A. in Linguistics from UM
in 2011. Her work experience in national retail, food and beverage, the Phoenix
Convention & Visitors Bureau, Montana State University facilities
management and Adventure Life will serve her well at the MDA.
Robbie Janda ’09, BA, has quickly transitioned from the mountain campus to Hollywood. Robbie was a Visual Effects Coordinator for Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part I, and is currently wrapping up his time as the Lead Visual Effects Coordinator for Part II. Robbie recently spoke to students in NAU’s School of Communication, discussing how to become a successful filmmaker in today’s industry.
Benjamin Nielsen, ’09 BS, joins the Quarles and Brady LLP Phoenix office as
an associate in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group. While
in law school, Benjamin served as a judicial extern for Chief Judge John M.
Roll, Federal Court of Tucson, Arizona before working as a legislative intern
for United States Senator Jon Kyl, Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington,
D.C. While in law school, Benjamin also volunteered with the Volunteer Lawyer's
Program, the Child and Family Law Clinic, and Lawyer's for Literacy. He
received his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Arizona James
E. Rogers College of Law and honored magna cum laude at NAU.
Congratulations to Nicholas North, '09 BS, for winning the Pony Express 100 Ultramarathon! Beating out 26 other starters, Nicholas finished 22 minutes ahead of the
closest competitor, with a time of 21 hours, 2 minutes and 20 seconds. He
became the sixth-fastest winner on record. Aptly titled, the Pony Express 100
gets its name from the historical east-west mail route which ran from Missouri
to California. Each year a different
stretch of this famous trail is chosen as the event course.