Facetime November 2013 - 2000s
Three generations of
Lumberjacks! Ryan Hengl, ’01 BS,
shows off his Lumberjack spirit with his son Harrison (born May 24) and father Harry Hengl, ’76 MAED.
Daniel Lufkin, ’02
MED, joins Thomas Nelson Community College of Hampton, Virg., as vice
president for student affairs, where he will oversee enrollment, student
services and student life. Daniel will
manage admissions and registration, ensuring that tools and programs are in place
to ensure students’ success, both academically and personally. He was formerly
dean of enrollment management at GateWay Community College in Phoenix, Ariz.
Santa Cruz Valley Union High School of Eloy, Ariz., welcomes
Jeffrey Birthwright, ’04 BAILS & ’06
MED (above photo), to its faculty roster. The special
education instructor brings eight years of experience in the classroom. “I
wanted to get into education because I saw a lack of enthusiasm with young
people going to school,” he shared. “I wanted to change the face of education
by improving learning while enjoying it, too.”
Asa Watt-Hall, ’04
BSED & ’08 MED, is principal of Payson Elementary School in Payson,
Ariz. The former elementary teacher is excited to once again influence an
impressionable age group for the future. He was previously a district principal
in the Phoenix area, and is excited to return to a small-town atmosphere like
the one he grew up with in Vail, Ariz.
Cosmetic dentist Dr.
Kate Hareid, ’04 BS, has introduced a new, patient-focused website designed to improve the user
experience and educate the public on dental health. “The Internet is a great tool for dentists who
are looking to reach out to patients online who are looking for information
about specific procedures and treatments,” Kate said. “Having a good website
also facilitates our role as educators and allows us to provide a great
resource to our communities.”
Legend Springs Elementary welcomes Jennifer Minor, ’04 MED (pictured above), as its new principal of the Deer Valley
Unified School District in Phoenix, Ariz.
An adjunct professor at ASU West and the University of Phoenix, Jennifer
was previously principal for Paradise Valley Unified School District. She
rejoins Deer Valley, where she was formerly employed as an assistant principal.
Quick, ’04 BA & ’13 MED,
begins her first year as a social studies teacher at Vista Grande High School
in Casa Grande, Ariz. Prior to her
current role, Anne taught instructional classes at Michaels. Seeking to help
prepare students for their adult life, she decided to become a high school
Kara Decker, ’05 BSED (above),
joins Eloy Intermediate School in Eloy, Ariz. The first-time teacher is no
stranger to children – as a mother of three she knows what it takes to inspire.
She is finally fulfilling her high school dream of becoming a teacher. Her favorite part of the day is greeting her
students in the morning on the playground.
Sweet, ’05 MM, received a Special Citation for his submission in the 2013
American Prize in Composition competition for his 2009 band piece entitled “Encomium”.
Designed to recognize performing artists, ensembles and composers, this United
States-based contest drew submissions from across the country. George’s work has been performed worldwide,
and he has received commissions from performers, public schools, university
ensembles and even a video game. His
music can be heard on his website.
Holly Harper, ’06 MED,
joins the Peoria Unified School District as principal of Sky View Elementary
School of Peoria, Ariz. Formerly an assistant principal of Sandra Day O’Connor
High School and West Wing Elementary School for the Deer Valley Unified School
District, Holly brings generous administration experience to her new post, as
well as more than five years of experience instructing math and special
Tara Finch, ’06 MED,
is principal of Benson Middle School in Benson, Ariz. She has spent the last
two years at the school as director of special education. “My family and I live in the Benson
community, and this will be my third year with the district,” Tara said. “I am
very excited about starting the new school year. We have a great staff and a
great group of kids at the middle school.”
The proud parents of Whitney
Grovenstein, ’08 BSED, were featured in an article in the Prescott Daily Courier, highlighting the military
service of their three children. Whitney, who attended Embry Riddle
Aeronautical University, flew helicopters in Afghanistan after his graduation
from NAU. He returned home safely in
2012, and now is stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.
reporter Patrick Whitehurst, ’08 BSJOU,
has released his first novella, entitled Monterey Noir, about an homeless
detective, Barker, who must honor the
last wishes of his only friend. The
novella explores themes of heroism, both human and canine, offering a glimpse
into the life of a man who knows only dogs as his friends. Patrick has also
released two non-fiction works: Williams
and Grand Canyon’s Tusayan Village. He
is working on another Barker story, which is to be set partly in red rock
Photo credit: Jing Wang
Interior designer Michelle
Mallett, ’09 BS, was featured in the Arizona Daily Sun for her work
specializing in kitchen and bathroom design. The owner of Mallett Design Works, Michelle is
a National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) certified member. Her
understanding of local building codes and, construction processes and
remodeling projects has allowed her business, which was formed in 2009, to take
off. Currently she is the only NKBA-certified contractor in Flagstaff. Whether she’s designing projects in AutoCAD
or putting the finishing touches on a remodel, Michelle pushes her clients and
herself to “come up with a design they never thought was possible.”
Vaché, ’08 BS, appeared in her third stage production with The Amoralists
50-member company ensemble in Rantoul and
Die. A Lawrence Langner Award recipient, Vanessa is a graduate of the
American Academy of Dramatic Arts.