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Showing class notes submitted in the last month by graduates in the 1990s
Renee Balodis-Cox '92 writes that she is a licensed mental health counselor and has been working with the state of Washington's criminal justice training commission for the past several years to provide crisis intervention training to law-enforcement officers. "It is essentially a training that teaches them about the most common mental illnesses, and educates them on appropriate resources in the area to help these people and their families, as well as emphasizing/teaching verbal de-escalation tactics. This is a big issue across the nation and a very needed training. I'm proud of Washington for being on the forefront of this. We have a legislation that just passed requiring all commissioned officers to attend this training, we are the only state in the nation that has done so, so far."
Rock Zierman '93 is CEO of the California Independent Petroleum Association, where he has worked since 2002. Prior to being appointed CEO, Rock served as both the director of Public Affairs for CIPA and the executive director of the California Natural Gas Producers Association, a wholly owned subsidiary organization of CIPA. Rock recommends and implements policy for the Association's 50 member Board of Directors. He serves as chief spokesperson for the Association and coordinates all of its state and national legislative activities.
Prior to joining CIPA, Rock served as chief of staff to Assemblyman Mike Briggs (Fresno). Rock has also served in the offices of assemblymembers Chuck Quackenbush (San Jose), Tom Bordonaro (Paso Robles), and Robert Prenter (Hanford).
Alex Shubat Ph.D. '95 is CEO of startup Espresa, which recently launched an app to help companies manage the types of workplace services that help draw and keep the best talent within their ranks. Companies like Google and Facebook are known for treating employees to benefits such as onsite massages, dry cleaning service, yoga, and car repair, but not every organization has the staffing required to curate and moderate those incentives. Espresa takes the hassle out of managing those extras by offering more than 250 services provided by 40 vendors. It has more than 25 companies enrolled for the service. Shubat is a School of Engineering Advisory Board member. He holds more than 20 patents and has contributed to more than 25 publications.
Kyle Daniels '98 recently joined Teles Properties in Residential Real Estate Sales in the Manhattan Beach office after a 22 year career with the LA County Fire Department Lifeguard Division and retiring as on Ocean Lifeguard Captain. He currently resides in Palos Verdes Estates with his wife, Colleen, and two children, Riley (5) and Isla (2).
Ryan Jones J.D. '99 is an associate at the Long Beach office of Singer & Benjumea. Since graduating, he has solely practiced in the field of workers’ compensation law. Mr. Jones has also represented employers in 132a matters and serious and willful claims.
Tina R. Griffin J.D. '99 was appointed as the Supervising Deputy City Attorney for the Litigation Unit in October 2013. She has served the Fresno City Attorney’s Office since 2006, specializing in employment litigation, personnel, and labor relations. Prior to joining the City Attorney’s Office, Ms. Griffin practiced law in the private sector handling employment discrimination/civil rights litigation, employment defense litigation, and insurance defense litigation for local (William J. Smith & Associates and Cooper & Hoppe), statewide (Lozano Smith), and national (Littler Mendelson) law firms. Ms. Griffin enjoys reading and traveling. She and her husband keep quite busy with their very active young children: twins (boy and girl) and daughter.