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The Father of the Family: A Christian Perspective, by Clayton Barbeau M.A. ’59, is now in its 55th year in print. First begun while a student on campus, the seven chapters took seven weeks to complete. The book was translated into Italian at the request of Cardinal Tisserant for use by the Vatican Council II fathers who were working on marriage and family issues. When Barbeau’s copies first arrived, he discovered that every chapter in the book was preceded by a paragraph from one of the Council documents. The Croation edition followed the Italian edition, and the English language editions followed suit.
Fred Hamel ’85 has published Choice and Agency in the Writing Workshop: Developing Engaged Writers, Grades 4–6, through Teachers College Press. The book explains what happened when he and a fourth-grade teacher decided to create a weekly writing workshop that allowed students greater autonomy than is typical in schools. The book is “an observational, reflective study about paying attention to the range of things kids do to make acts of writing accessible and meaningful.” Hamel is a professor in the School of Education at University of Puget Sound.
The book is available at https://www.tcpress.com/choice-and-agency-in-the-writing-workshop-9780807758557
Laura (Thompson) Donohue ’86 has a tax practice, Donohue & Associates, and works as a certified clinical hypnotherapist. She and her boyfriend, Jason, live in Grass Valley, California. Her son, Matthew, attends San Jose State, her daughter, Sarah, attends Sacramento State, and her daughter, Megan, graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Associate professor of mathematics Karrolyne Fogel ’91 received the 2017 President’s Award for Teaching Excellence at the Honors Convocation at California Lutheran University on April 25. The award recognizes professors who are held in high esteem by their peers, students, and the rest of the university community. Fogel joined the Cal Lutheran faculty in 1998. The Thousand Oaks resident teaches upper division electives for math majors as well as classes for non-majors. She also educates aspiring elementary school teachers through an interdisciplinary educational studies program and serves as the director of the mathematics single subject program for those planning to become high school math teachers. She was the chair of the mathematics department for eight years. In addition to serving as an academic adviser and mentor to math majors and minors, Fogel is adept at helping undeclared and transfer students identify and transition into fields of study. Fogel’s background is in algebraic number theory and her current research is in graph labeling. She also enjoys the mathematics of voting and has mentored student projects in that topic at Cal Lutheran and introduced the subject to local elementary school students. She has served on the leadership team for the Pacific Coast Undergraduate Math Conference, which was recognized in 2015 by the American Mathematical Society as a mathematics program that makes a difference. She is a member of the governing board of the Southern California–Nevada section of the Mathematical Association of America. Fogel received her doctorate in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Micki O’Brien ’92, CEO and co-founder of Aligned Education, gave a TEDx Talk at Bellevue College. Titled “Tapping Your Superpowers,” the presentation referenced the impact neurotypical and neorodivergent concepts have on education, and how the larger culture tends to focus on getting kids to fit in a “normal box.” With the TEDx mission of spreading worthy ideas in mind, O’Brien argues that we can create a “new normal” that celebrates the uniqueness of each person—one with more authenticity and love.
Watch her TEDx Talk: https://youtu.be/vYlI3JjZyE0 Visit her company website: www.AlignedEducation.com Twitter: @AlignedEd Facebook: www.facebook.com/alignededucation/
Karen (Mion) Pachmayer ’97 is excited to be back on campus as an adjunct lecturer in the School of Engineering. She resides in San Carlos with her husband and three young children.
Danny Liebertz ’00 joined Yarrow Bay Plastic Surgery as a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Located in Kirkland, Washington, Liebertz and his wife look forward to becoming involved in the local community and enjoying everything the great Pacific Northwest has to offer!
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Timithie (Gould) Norman ’06 is celebrating her second work anniversary with the Catholic Community Foundation of Los Angeles, a new operation headed by executive director and SCU regent emeritus Kathleen (Habing) Anderson ’72 and led by Board President and SCU Trustee Louis Castruccio ’60. Also working to support the Foundation are Broncos Louise Damberg ’74 and intern Kara Duncan ’17.
Leslie (Maglione) Jensen ’06, J.D. ’09 and her husband James welcomed their second child, Eleanor (Ellie) Marie, on Dec. 19, 2016. Ellie joins big sister Samantha, 3, as the latest San Jose Sharks fan in the family.
Brooke M. Simonson ’07 is teaching English at the Jesuit high school Saint Peter’s Prep in Jersey City. She is engaged to Thomas Juarez, the son and grandson of Santa Clara alumni. The couple resides in New York City but consider themselves “bi-coastal” as they regularly travel back to the West Coast (best coast!) to visit family and friends.
Christopher Sebastiani ’07 writes, “Robyn Sebastiani ’06 and I welcomed two new Broncos to our family on March 4! Our twin girls, Reagan Rose and Harper Hanson, were born healthy at 11:13 p.m. and 11:20 p.m. We can't wait for what the future holds for these beautiful girls and look forward to including them in our SCU community.”
Molly Scudder ’07 married Kyle Haynes on July 25, 2015 in Sonoma, California. The wedding party included Annie Scudder Gabillet ’06, Lauren (Martinez) Britts ’07, and Brooke Simonson ’07. The couple lives in Lafayette, Indiana. Molly earned her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2014 and is an assistant professor of political science at Purdue University.
Ever Leon ’07 is a teacher at St. Martin of Tours School in San Jose and enjoys working in a close-knit community. He’s done numerous theater productions in the Bay Area and trained at ACT in San Francisco. He is applying to the psychology Ph.D. program at the University of San Francisco. Most recently, he moved to Mountain View with his partner and is enjoying the city’s diversity.
Ross Dakin ’07 has moved to New York City following the completion of his appointment as a Presidential Innovation Fellow under the Obama administration.
Lauren (Feeney) Brown ’07 and Colin Brown welcomed their son, Henry Feeney Brown, on Feb. 16, 2017. Henry was delivered by Dr. Sara Pauk ’07 in Seattle, Washington.
After seven years of dating, Tyrus Abram ’08 and Cristina Ramos ’10 married on April 15, 2017. The wedding party included fellow Broncos Ryan Romanchuk ’08, David Stanton ’08, Greg Moore ’08, Michael Laubenthal ’08, Megan Lyons ’08, and Nicole Ramos ’12.
Baylee Zwart ’10 designs 18k-gold fine jewelry that helps benefit ocean-related causes. Partnered with the Sausalito Marine Mammal Center—whose mission is to save and rehabilitate endangered marine mammals—for every purchase made, 10 pounds of food is donated to the Center. Zwart’s collections are presented each season at Paris and New York Fashion Week and are sold at luxury retailers including Matches Fashion, Moda Operandi, Dover Street Market, and through her own website, AzleeJewelry.com. Before starting AZLEE, Zwart led sustainability in product design at TOMS—a shoe company that donates one pair of shoes for every purchase made.
To learn more, please visit AzleeJewelry.com.
Tom Skinner J.D. ’13 works as counsel and assistant in the office of U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren J.D. ’75. Previously, he served as an associate at Ferrari Ottoboni Caputo & Wunderling LLP as well as a graduate student fellow at the Katherine and George Alexander Law Center tax clinic.
Christian Mora-Castrellon J.D. ’15 works in legislation as a congressional staffer for the office of U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren J.D. ’75. As a graduate student, she spent a spring break in Puerto Rico investigating health and environmental concerns left behind by the U.S. Navy. Together with a small group of students for the International Human Rights Clinic, she produced a brief that was heard by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Katie Franceschini ’15 graduated with her Master of Arts in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California (USC ’17). She is returning to the South Bay to pursue a career in pediatric occupational therapy with a strong interest in pediatric mental health.
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