Class Notes, Fall 2003


E. Romayne Hertweck (M.A.) has retired after thirty-seven years at MiraCosta College. Hertweck, a psychology professor and the longest serving instructor at MiraCosta College, estimates he has taught more than 20,000 students and twice led groups of them around the world. He intends on enjoying his retirement while traveling to the South Pacific and possibly Antarctica.


Sharon Wilson (M.A.) founded SWilson Consulting Service. She provides consulting to human services organizations for program development, program evaluation, audit preparation, strategic planning, seminars, and workshops.


Loretta B. (Banzali) Gutierrez (M.S.) is a math and science teacher at Wilmington Middle School. She was awarded National Board Certification, which is a demonstration of a teacher's practice as measured against high and rigorous standards.

Patrick J. Rodgers (M.A.), a leading ethicist and past chief compliance officer for the United States Olympic Committee, has established Integrity Training Systems, an education program designed to assist corporations in the creation and maintenance of standardized ethics training for their workforce.


Charlotte A. Brooks (M.S.) retired from her position as administrator at the San Bernadino City Unified School District. Marianne T. (Johnston) Smith (M.A.) retired from teaching after thirty-five years working in elementary education.


Barbara Joan Anable (M.A.) is retired and a hospice volunteer. She plans to begin work at a local hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas, as a patient advocate.


Irma A. (Urrea) Von Borstel (M.A.), a retired school teacher, recently returned from a trip to Antarctica.


Elena (Dunlap) DeVos (M.A.) is president of Words at Work, her own educational consulting firm. Her consulting projects include leading workshops for HBO and writing documents for universities that are revising their requirements for teacher candidates.

James Penrod (Ed.D.), vice president for information systems and chief information officer at the University of Memphis, has been named a senior research fellow by the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research. Penrod will be working on a study of the information technology workforce in higher education with a particular focus on the chief information officer.


Myrna R. (Newton) Allen (M.A.) is a retired teacher and consultant for the Association of Arkansas School Boards. She owns her own massage therapy business and is a healing touch practitioner as well as a marriage counselor.



Donna Jeanne (Argentin) Luna (M.A.) started her own company, Insight Testing and Evaluation, that conducts vocational evaluation for state agencies and private rehabilitation counselors.


Kenneth Sjoen (M.S.) has changed his focus to homeland security after nearly thirty years of public service in law enforcement. He accepted a position as training coordinator with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA). He is based at Reno/Tahoe International Airport and is responsible for all training of federal TSA employees.


Brian Wexler (M.A.) completed a second master's degree in psychology in 1989 and a Ph.D. in 1995 from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego with a dual emphasis in health psychology and child and family issues. He has a private practice in Palm Springs, where he specializes in clinical and forensic psychology.


Cynthia F. Greer (M.A.) is director and senior mediator at the California Academy of Mediation Professionals in Encino, California. She continues to teach dispute resolution courses at Pepperdine University's School of Law. Recently, she was elected to serve a second term as president of the Association for Conflict Resolution, Los Angeles Chapter.


Virginia Dailey-Wilson (M.A.) recently retired as executive director of the Aquatic Foundation of Metropolitan Los Angeles. During her tenured faculty position at Santa Monica College, she coached a successful women's swim team that celebrated three conference championships. Additionally, she has received the honor of "Magnificent Woman" from the Carson Community Center.


Greg Bowden (M.A.) recently completed an Ed.D. at the University of San Diego.

Anita R. (Reiss) Kimball (M.A.) is an education professor at National University in La Jolla, California.

Jonathan Masters (M.A.) is a chairperson for the Southwest Psychoanalytic Society's program committee in Phoenix, Arizona.

Michaela O'Toole (M.A.) received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California Graduate Institute and is now a licensed psychologist in the State of California. She has a private practice in Sherman Oaks, specializing in treating cancer patients and psychotherapy related to health issues. In 2000, she was married to Kevin Hairbach, owner of S & H Builders.


Jorrie MacKenzie (M.A.) earned certification as an exceptional needs specialist for early childhood to young adults from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She is a national board-certified teacher. Additionally, MacKenzie earned a master's degree in special education from California State University, Dominguez Hills, in 2001.



Mary M. Barnes (M.A.) has a private practice in Agoura, California, and just published her first novel, Virginia Gentleman-A True Story about the horse that saved her life. Additionally, she and her husband, Eric, are running a small riding academy at their home.

Lorie B. Girsh-Eisenberg (M.A.) is a sales representative for Reliant Pharmaceuticals. She and her husband, Joel, live in their first home in North Hills, California.

Larry Singer (M.A.), who became a quadriplegic after a car accident in 1988, earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Alliant International University after completing a master's degree in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University. Sanger's dissertation was a "Critical Review of Literature on Adjustment Spinal Cord Injury."

Wesley S. Thomas (Ed.D., CER '91) recently took over as superintendent of the South Fork Union School District in Lake Isabella, California. He is a pastor of a church in Bakersfield as well.


Bonny S. Nickle (Ed.D.) was promoted to corporate director of institutional research and assessment with Corinthian Colleges, Inc. She is responsible for student learning outcomes, including retention, placement, and student satisfaction.

Gloria R. (Carrillo) Valenzuela (M.A.) was recently married and has started a new position with the Los Angeles Unified School District Infant/Preschool Office.


Stacey Cohen-Maitre (M.A.) is a postdoctoral fellow in psychology at Children's Hospital, Los Angeles. She specializes in working with children with neuro-developmental disabilities and their families.

Karen Gollaner (Psy.D.) has a private practice in forensic psychology, where she specializes in treating sexual offenders in the Houston, Texas, area. She is in the process of writing a book to educate parents about protecting children from offenders.

Monica L. Martocci (M.A.) is clinical director at the Center for Discovery and Adolescent Change, a residential dualdiagnosis treatment program. She has private practice offices in Long Beach and Santa Monica and is the founding board member of an adolescent nonprofit organization, Building Community Without Walls (BCW2).

Cheryl Simmons Ritter (M.A.) is a therapist at San Pasqual Academy. She is gaining hours towards an MFT license while working with teen foster youths in Escondido, California.

Max E. Toledo (M.A.) is a teacher at Lankershim Elementary School in North Hollwood, California.

Beverly A. Trunk (M.A.) opened a private practice in West Los Angeles in spring 2002. She is currently completing a dissertation for a Psy.D. from the California Graduate Institute in Westwood, California.

Ed Vega (M.A.) is teaching physical science and anatomy/physiology as a member of the Palmdale High School Health Careers Academy. In addition, he coaches girls' soccer at Palmdale High School.


Suzette (Davenport) Fry (M.A.) was married to Larry Fry in 2002. She was also hired as program evaluator for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is very proud to be working on the "No Child Left Behind" project for the Nevada Reading Excellence Act (NREA), one of the many projects in which she is involved. This program is designed to have all children reading by the end of the third grade.

Krista L. (Gitchoff) Hahn (M.A.) and her husband, Matthew, gave birth to their first child, a baby girl, Avery Hahn. Hahn is a school psychologist at Poway Unified School District in Poway, California.

Brad M. Hirsch (M.A.) graduated from Vanderbilt University in May 2003. He received an MBA with a concentration in marketing and strategy and an emphasis in brand management.



Cynthia Miranda (M.A.) founded Mundo Azul, which offers services and products that bring individuals in harmony with nature, including hikes in San Diego; aromatherapy products for self and home; and education for children in health, fitness, and nature.

Sheryl E. Woodhouse (M.A.) received her MFT license in 2002 and is continuing to work for the County of Orange, Children and Youth Services. She also has a private practice in Laguna Niguel, specializing in trauma cases.


Joseph Casas (M.S.) has been newly assigned as assistant principal at Los Angeles' City Terrace Elementary School. In addition, he received a Fulbright Teacher Exchange Scholarship to teach in Scotland (2003-2004).

Alana Gitomer Kiviat (M.A.) is a fifth grade teacher at Beall Elementary School in Maryland. She and her husband, Theodore, gave birth to their first child, Jacob Aaron, in April 2002.

Sandy K. Pendleton (M.A.) and Amy Huennekens (M.A.) opened the Center for Collaborative Therapies: A Place of Peace for Mind, Body and Spirit in Laguna Hills, California. The center hosts a community of multidisciplined practitioners dedicated to the enhancement of the client's mind, body, and spirit.

Victor C. Thompson (Ed.D.) was named State Pupil Personnel Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators in November 2002.


Nicole (Castillo) Azlein (M.A.) has been teaching kindergarten for the past four years in the Simi Valley School District where she and her husband, Ryan, recently bought their first house.

Carla A. Buchanan (M.A.) is a teacher at Lewis Elementary School in the Downey, California, Unified School District.

Deborah R. Greene (M.A.) is a deaf and hard of hearing itinerant teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District. She recently purchased a home and equestrian property in Simi Valley.

Lana Lankford (M.A.) received a master's of business degree from Fordham University in May 2003.

Joanna Lipari, who is currently a doctoral candidate in GSEP's Psy.D. program, will appear in the recurring role of Judge Harriet Selner on the new NBC series, The Lyon's Den, created by Remi Aubuchon and starring Rob Lowe. While attending the master's and doctoral programs at Pepperdine, Lipari has continued her acting career with guest star appearances on Chicago Hope, The Practice, Strong Medicine, and Without a Trace.

Jordana F. (Nejman) Muhlmeister (Psy.D.) is self-employed and works as a consultant for a dialysis unit at a foster care agency and a center for cognitive therapy.

Nicole A. (Rosenberg) Nathanson (M.A.) is lead elementary teacher at The Help Group-Pacific Ridge in Sherman Oaks, California.

Barbara J. (Bishop) Sandusky (Ed.D.) was appointed principal at Virgil Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Trevor Zachary Small (Psy.D.) works with children, adolescents, and adults. He is on staff at Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica and has a private practice in Beverly Hills.


Jonas Basom (M.A.) was honored with the 2003 BRAVO award for Outstanding Arts Specialist Teacher. This award represents the pinnacle of acknowledgment by the arts education community of Southern California and is one of the premiere arts educator awards in the country.

Monique Boyer-Malone (M.A.) and her husband, Nathan, were recently married. She has completed her MFT hours.

Susan Gaer (M.A.) of Santa Ana College, School of Continuing Education, was selected as a $5,000 finalist for the David R. Pierce Faculty Technology Award. Gaer was selected for her use of computers in her English as a second language courses.

Stephanie Goodenough (M.A.) has moved to Japan to serve as an English teacher at Himi High School in Toyama.

Tyra Anne Lopes (M.S.) is heading to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she will be attending Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was accepted into the school's Doctor of Education program in learning and teaching and will specialize in instructional technology.


Annie Linh-Phuong Mai (M.S.) is working on establishing a nonprofit organization that focuses on peace education for schools, organizations, and families.

Carrie Mitchell (M.S.) is the current principal at Post Elementary School in the Garden Grove Unified School District and a candidate in the Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy doctoral program at Pepperdine.


Elizabeth Dana (M.A.) was named teacher of the year by the Lompoc, California, Wal-Mart store. Wal-Mart presented her with a $1,000 check made out to her school, El Camino Middle School, where she is an English language arts teacher.

Annie Goldman (M.A.) is director of community service and extension at Los Angeles Valley College. In addition, she has been appointed to the board of directors for the Universal City-North Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Carmen Greene (M.A.) is a staff bereavement counselor at San Diego Hospice, working toward MFT licensure and certification as a registered play therapist.


Angela L. Harding (M.A.) is a technology teacher at Santa Ana Unified School District. She recently started a club for girls, grades nine to twelve, called "Girls Gaining Empowerment Through Technology."

Desirée Fiaolani Haynes (M.A.) has began attending a Psy.D./MBA program at Widener University. She was also awarded a student miniproject grant from the Pennsylvania Campus Compact Organization to aid in organizing a women's health forum in 2003. She co-authored an article, which was published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry in 2003.


Michael Matthews (Ed.D., CER '96) received the Distinguished School Award for Malibu High where he is principal. Malibu High was one of fifty schools out of 2,000 that were honored with this award. Mike developed his model for a high school while in the Organizational Leadership doctoral program at Pepperdine.

Willie P. Munoz (M.A.) is coaching the boy's basketball team and leading the art club in Phoenix, Arizona, where she is a sixth grade math teacher in the Washington Unified School District.

Grace M. (Uhm) Park (M.A.) was married last year to Jay Park.

Kathleen E. Peerenboom (M.A.) is a sixth and eighth grade teacher in the Santa Ana, California, Unified School District.


Evelyn Robertson (Ed.D., MBA '95) has been elected a member of the board of directors of the Transportation Foundation of Los Angeles. Robertson joins a fourteen member board of directors, which seeks to increase the use and knowledge of transportation systems by providing educational, technological, and economic opportunities. The board president and CEO announced plans to launch a homeland security project due to the critical importance transportation plays in emergency preparedness. Robertson will serve as the vice chair of homeland security for the Transportation Foundation.

Kimberly A. (Sutliff) Traenkle (Psy.D.) is doing a postdoctoral residency at Shasta County Community Mental Health.

Kyle Wray (M.A.) was named vice president for enrollment and marketing at Oklahoma Christian University.

Lakisha A. Young (M.A.) gave birth to her first child, a baby girl named Samira. Young is an education consultant with the New Teacher Project in New York.


Victoria Hope Coleman (M.A.) has finished her first year in a clinical Ph.D. program at American University in Washington, D.C., and worked at the National Institute of Mental Health over the summer performing clinical research.

Ronald Glahn (Ed.D.) and Raymond Gen (Ed.D.) published an article in The Community College Journal of Research and Practice.


Carrie Hallums (M.A.) is an MFT intern at Hope House in Anaheim, California. She and her fiancé, Rob, were married in October 2003.

Danisha Hemphill (M.A.) joined Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Inc., as a child welfare caseworker and volunteer coordinator in the Social Services Department. Hemphill works primarily with young families striving to improve their parenting skills. She is also responsible for recruitment and training of volunteers to work with youth.

Sean Lee Iversen (M.A.) is working with juveniles at the L.A. County Probation Department. He is working towards a Psy.D. and plans to graduate in late 2005.

Ingrid Noemi (Ceballos) Lake (M.A.) was married last year. She and her husband, John, are living in Mountain View where she is teaching fourth grade at an elementary school in San Jose.

Julieann Barclay Laraway (M.A.) began working as an outpatient therapist at Penny Lane Centers in Palmdale, California. She and her husband, Adam, just purchased their first home.

Brandi B. Mathews (M.A.) is working for Guardians of Love Foster Family Agency as a foster care social worker.

Meredith A. McKellar (M.A.) was married in July of this year. She is a first grade teacher at Brentwood Science Magnet School.

Tony Mora (M.A.) is a Los Angeles Unified School District general education teacher and is completing his fourth year at Sylmar Elementary School. He and his wife, Ruthie, had their third child in April 2003.

Stuart Silberman (M.A.) is a full-time doctoral Psy.D. student at Argosy University in Orange, California. This program is half clinical and half forensic psychology.

Darlene Thomas (M.A.) is a senior manager of information systems at Amgen in Thousand Oaks, California.


Lauren Breeding (M.A.) has been appointed director for the disability services program at Pepperdine's Malibu campus.

Arlene Cruz (M.A.) recently completed her master's degree and is in the process of applying for doctoral programs. She is a teacher's assistant for a psychology professor at California State University, Northridge.


Mary Wayne Bush is a corporate change management consultant and executive coach with Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Operations in California. She also teaches management and quality at the University of California. Bush is a certified ontological coach and NLP practitioner and is completing her doctoral degree in Organizational Change at Pepperdine University. She recently spoke at a conference in Italy for the International Coach Federation on the latest results from research into corporate coaching.

Steven Keener, a Boeing Phantom Works engineer, received Boeing's 2002 Exceptional Invention Award. Keener developed an innovative pre-coated rivet used to assemble both metallic and composite materials. This rivet eliminates several steps in the installation and cleanup process while significantly improving cycle time and reducing the risk of galvanic corrosion.


Kambiz Moghaddam went to Korea where, for five days, he endured a series of rigorous exams and successfully completed his eighth Dan Black Belt in martial arts, achieving the grandmaster level. "It took me thirty-nine years of nonstop and consistent practice to achieve this," wrote Moghaddam. "The interesting part was that many of the leadership questions that were asked by the Korea Military Martial Arts Association testing panel and the examiners seemed very natural to me to answer because of my experience in Pepperdine's Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership program."


Dabbiru Patnaik has received the Outstanding Alumnus Accomplishment Award (2002-2003) from California State University, Fullerton. This award recognized the contributions Patnaik made to his profession, his advancement of education after his first master's degree in engineering from California State University, Fullerton, and his current study toward a doctorate at Pepperdine University.

Stephanie Rodriguez was honored by El Camino College Women's History Month Committee as one of ten Distinguished Women of 2003. Rodriguez's name will be engraved on the El Camino Women's Wall of Fame in recognition of her contributions to the community of Torrance, California. RodriguezRodriguez is a counselor and transfer center coordinator at El Camino College.

Arthur Rouse produced and directed a documentary entitled "Living the Story: The Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky," which received a Midwest Regional Emmy nomination for the original score.

University Friends

Michael Sanson is a British executive coach based in Bern, Switzerland. Drawing on his own professional background with Arthur Andersen, Motorola, and Goldman Sachs, he coaches entrepreneurs and professionals from Europe and the United States. He works with executives on leadership programs at IMD in Lausanne and is working on a doctorate in multicultural management at the University of St. Gallen. Sanson is the chapter leader for the ICF in Switzerland.

In Memoriam

Mark Coggins (M.A. '03, GSEP) passed away October 7, 2003. He most recently worked for John Adams Middle School and Daniel Webster Middle School in Los Angeles.

Col. George R. Hawley (M.A. '76) passed away last year and was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. He leaves behind his wife, Viorica; two sons, Brian and Wayne; and his daughter, Karen.

Teresa Wright Neumann (M.S. '86, GSEP; B '79, SC) died August 5, 2003, at the age of forty-six, after a long-fought battle with cancer. Neumann was a teacher for twenty years and the daughter of former Pepperdine Athletic Director Wayne Wright. She leaves behind her husband of twenty years, Mark (B '87, SC); daughters Courtney and Kelsey; her parents; and three sisters.

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