Class Notes, Spring-Summer 2010


George Hynd (BA ’70, MA ’71) was named provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the College of Charleston. He previously served as senior vice provost for education and innovation and the dean and director of the Mary Lou Fulton Institute and Graduate School of Education at Arizona State University.


Henry Dittman, Jr. (MA), recently served on the governor of Florida’s Commission on Disabilities, and is serving a one-year term as a commissioner assisting the Governor’s Office in indentifying issues affecting elderly, disabled Floridians.


Rodney-Lee Joseph Guidry (MA) has been operating his insurance business for over 25 years. He recently moved to Pineville, Louisiana.


Arlen Gaynor (MS) was appointed principal of March Middle School in the Val Verde Unified School District, located within the city of Moreno Valley, California.


Dr. Linda Thor (’71, EdD ’86), formerly president of Rio Salado College in Arizona, was named chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District in Los Altos, California. A nationally recognized innovator in education, she will be the sixth permanent chancellor since the district’s founding in 1957.


David Lane Poole (’82, MS ’90) was named vice president for Online and Professional Studies at California Baptist University. Since 2004, Poole previously served as vice president for institutional advancement at Hope International University in Fullerton, California, and associate dean for graduate and executive programs for the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University in Orange, California. For 13 years Poole was executive director for all executive programs at Pepperdine.


Dr. Karin Hart (MA ’93, PsyD ’97) received the Distinguished Service to the Los Angeles County Psychological Association Award at the organization’s last convention.

Ercell Hoffman (MA) recently published a novel titled USA Anytime Anyplace. She also has a private practice in marriage and family therapy.


Victor Thompson (EdD) is Region 14 president of the Association of California School Administrators.


Janice Tait Schultz (EdD) was inducted into the Oceanside High School Alumni Hall of Fame. Schultz served as an educator for nearly 40 years, beginning her career as a teacher in Culver City, California. She advanced to the role of associate superintendent for Fallbrook Unified School District in 2006, where she worked until recently retiring.


Valerie Madrid (MA) returned to Pepperdine as the director of fully employed programs corporate recruitment at the Graziadio School of Business and Management.


Lisa Bahar (MA) joined Dr. Richard Granese and Southern California Psychiatric Associates in Dana Point ,California, where she is now developing her own private practice. Bahar, who often uses cinema-therapy, works at Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach, California, with clients with chemical dependency.

Ilene Weingarten (MA) is a therapist in private practice in Santa Monica, California. In addition, she conducts trainings for therapists on the subject of money in psychotherapy, and speaks and writes on how to improve our relationship with money. To see her blog, visit:


Chuck Hazzard (MA) was awarded the 2010 American Baseball Coaches Association Best of Show award for establishing a new online shared resource that would allow college baseball coaches to share scouting information. The product, known as Total Scout, was featured in an article in the January 22 issue of Collegiate Baseball, a newspaper that was established in 1958 to cover various topics and news announcements in amateur baseball. Total Scout is a direct result of the action research project Hazzard conducted as a master’s student in educational technology.

Yakun Wang (MA) received her certificate of tenure from the superintendent at Culver City Unified School District.


Dr. Kathleen Plinske (EdD) was recently named interim president of McHenry County College in Illinois. She most recently served McHenry as vice president, institutional effectiveness and in several other roles since 2001. She was named one of Phi Delta Kappa’s 24 Emerging Leaders in International Education in 2009.

Dr. Kenneth Santarelli (EdD) was named 2010 Honorary Commander of the 412th Electronic Warfare Group (EWG) at Edwards, AF B. In his honorary role, Dr. Santarelli will have the opportunity to work closely with Col. Russell Kurtz, commander of the 412th EWG, to facilitate engagement between the 412th EWG and the community. The 412th EWG employs approximately 150 engineers and is looking to maintain their technical edge through active development of their staff. Santarelli is the director of the Antelope Valley engineering programs for Fresno State’s Lyles College of Engineering.

Israel Valenzuela (MA) recently joined Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois, as instructional designer and instructor of learning technology for their online learning initiative.


Jodianne Ellis (MA) was appointed associate dean of curriculum and program development for California InterContinental University, a distance-education institution which promotes quality learning, critical thinking, and the discovery of new knowledge for the benefit of diverse business communities.

Evelyn Pinon Esqueda (MA) joined Eggelston Family Services in Los Angeles, California. She will serve as a social worker for foster parents and children.

Stephanie Rice (MA) recently accepted a new position as a social worker for the City of Bakersfield, California.

Anne Smith (MA) was named one of 20 to Watch by the National School Boards Association’s Technology Leadership Network, which identifies emerging leaders in educational technology.

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