Rosalio J. Lopez MD was named vice president of medical affairs of White Memorial Medical Center in East Los Angeles, the first person to hold the newly created position. A physician for 21 years, he has spent 18 years in administrative positions. His most recent position was chief medical officer of the Adventist Health/Southern California Medical Foundation.

George Harold Waxter recently hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, a distance of nearly 2,200 miles. He also ran the world’s highest-elevation road race, which ended atop the 14,2000-foot Mt. Evans in Colorado. He continues to work as a locum tenens physician with assignments in New York, Denver and Atlanta.

William S. Garr was sworn in as the new president of the U.S. Navy League, Pasadena Council. In July, he will become a senior partner at the law firm Hahn & Hahn LLP.

Philip Holthouse MBT ’86, Jim Carlin MBT ’89 and John Van Trigt MBT ’85 celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt LLP, the West Los Angeles-based certified public accounting firm they founded together. Holthouse also teaches at USC.

Paul Kalil is president and CEO of Big Screen Network Productions Inc., which earlier this year was the videoboard entertainment provider for the Rose Bowl, Super Bowl XXXVI, the NFL Pro Bowl, the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games. Kalil founded BSN in 1983 and is currently based in Westlake Village, Calif.

Charles Harper Webb MS, MFA edited Stand Up Poetry: An Expanded Anthology, a collection of work from both popular and emerging poets from around the country.

Jonathan Zak, Robin Wright ’85 and Robert Finlay JD ’93 recently opened their new law firm in Newport Beach, Calif. Wright, Finlay & Zak specializes in representing mortgage banking firms, other real estate lenders and real estate secured investors in mortgage banking-related litigation.

Richard Berlin MFA and his company, Berlin Media Assoc., won the 2001 Communicator Award of Distinction for the TV pilot “Tasting Italy in California.”

Ross H. Shickler EdD published his new book Lake Trout: North America’s Greatest Game Fish in November 2001.

Michael Angelos was promoted to vice president, real estate development & management at Pappas Telecasting Companies.

Stephanie Jona Buehler MPW, a licensed clinical psychologist, has opened a private practice in Mission Viejo, Calif. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Argosy University in the counseling psychology program. Previously she had spent eight years as a freelance writer and editor for Teacher Created Materials.

Richard Lewis, his wife Cheryl and their son Carson, 18 months, have relocated from Arizona to Montana. In September 2001, he was appointed state court administrator for the Montana Supreme Court in Helena.

Mark Lueker MS, president of 308 Systems Inc. (www. 308systems.com), was recently awarded a patent for the Portable Command Center. The portable battery-powered “office in a briefcase” is used by the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, the Red Cross, missionaries and other agencies to provide complete command and communications in remote

Daniel Dodgen, a clinical psychologist, volunteered his services with the Red Cross chapter working at the Pentagon after the Sept. 11 attack, offering counseling to rescue workers, families of victims and others.

Dennis Gilbride PhD presented “Demand-Side Placement: Creating Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities” at the New York State Conference on Psychiatric Disabilities, held in Syracuse earlier this year. He is an associate professor of counseling and human services at Syracuse University’s School of Education.

Brian Goldbeck MS is a career foreign-service officer currently stationed in the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea.

Matthew Graham became chief technology officer of CC3, a single-source provider of traditional and online direct marketing services. In his new position, he oversees all aspects of the company’s technology infrastructure and MIS systems, as well as the company’s Web-based initiatives.

Michelle Smith MD has reduced her practice and begun pursuing writing. She has published three health-related articles, including one in the Sept./Oct. 2001 issue of Minority Health Today, and is completing her first novel. She lives in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Chris Westphal wrote A Family Year Abroad: How to Live Outside the Borders, based on his family’s experience living in Prague, Czech Republic, for a year.

William Hart PhD, MPW ’86 published a new novel, Never Fade Away, which looks at discrimination in higher education during the mid-1980s.

Carolyn Cumming Homan is executive producer of “Rosarito Weekend,” a television series that aired this spring on the WB Network and KDOC-TV in Los Angeles.

Beth Martin Brown MPW is the librettist for the children’s musical The Little Witch of Wichita, produced by Early Stages Theatre in Houston, Tex. in late 2001. The musical won the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Award Premiere Play Day out of 300 entries.

Bryan Dietrich MPW won the 2001 Paris Review prize in poetry for his first collection of poems, titled Krypton Nights. He is an associate professor of English and chair of the English department at Newman University in Wichita, Kan.

Raj Tanden JD ’92 has been promoted to partner in the Los Angeles office of Morrison & Foerster. He represents and advises clients on domestic and international transactional tax matters and state and local tax matters.

Steve Zavattero and his wife Heather celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in October 2001. The pair recently opened the Heather Marx Gallery, a contemporary fine art gallery in downtown San Francisco.

Tave (Fasce) Drake joined D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles as audio/video studio manager and head editor in the firm’s St. Louis office. She edits national commercials as well as promotional media for clients such as M&M Mars Corp. and Mead Johnson. She lives with her husband and two daughters on a 3,000-acre farm in Illinois.

Amy Haber has returned to Columbia University as market analyst for science and technology ventures. She can be reached at amyansky@hotmail.com.

Ken E. Fukino MBA has been appointed vice president of sales, western region, at Innovest Systems LLC, a financial technology firm.

Tricia McCarthy founded a nonprofit organization, the Bridges of Books Foundation, which provides books to at-risk children in San Francisco.

Paul Summers is the president and CEO of VitalStream, a digital broadcasting company in Irvine, Calif.

Jason Michael Gin joined and was named vice president of Total Finance Resource Group Inc., a Pasadena, Calif.-based financial planning firm that specializes in investment, insurance and estate planning. Prior to that, he was an advisor with Morgan Stanley.

James Lentini DMA was awarded the Segovia Composition Prize for his solo guitar composition, titled Westward Voyage. He is a professor of composition and the associate chair of the department of music at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich.

Boyd K. Rutherford assumed the duties of associate administrator for enterprise development at the U.S. General Services Administration. He is a lawyer who most recently directed business development for Kelly Law Registry of Washington, D.C.

Tony Alamo MD specializes in internal medicine at the Alamo Medical Clinic in Nevada. He was recently appointed to the Nevada State Boxing Commission. The Discovery Channel profiled him last November for his work as a ring physician.

Claudia A. Becker PhD received the Robert L. Kahn Annual Poetry Award 2001 from TRANS-LIT, the journal of the Society for Contemporary American Literature in German, for her poem “Beobachtungen einer Buchenwald-Besucherin – 1998” (“Observations by a Female Buchenwald-Visitor – 1998”).

Bryan Byrd was promoted to vice president of public relations at Showtime Networks Inc. l Scott Graham MD ’95 is a physician in private practice in Laguna Hills, Calif., practicing at South County Orthopedic Specialists, where he focuses his efforts on injuries of the knee, shoulder, elbow and other sports-related injuries. He is also the team physician for Laguna Hills High School and Concordia University athletics. He and his wife reside in Irvine, Calif.

David A. Hoover JD is an attorney in the Tokyo office of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP (formerly Graham & James). He and his wife, Yasuyo Hirai, recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary.

Barbara Wasserman, who owns the jewelry-design company Bobbie Pins TN, created and sold a line of lapel pins to benefit small businesses that were affected by Sept. 11.

Ira Rubenstein MFA was named senior vice president of Sony Pictures Integrated Network, an operational unit within Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment.

Perry Shen MD is assistant professor of surgery specializing in surgical oncology at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina.

Millicent C. Borges MPW was awarded a $1,000 grant from the Money for Women/ Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Inc. for her poetry collection Ordinary Fears.

Brent Brockermeyer recently left his career as an entertainment lawyer to start his own company, Channel Capital Management, which specializes in acquisition and management of income properties.

Hratch J. Karakachian MBT ’94 completed his seventh year in the federal business tax services group at Anderson in Los Angeles.

Leo D. Lynne Jr. recently founded Equicapital Inc., located in Orange County, Calif. The company establishes integrated finance partnerships with qualified capital equipment suppliers. He currently resides in Newport Beach.

Cornelio M. “Corky” Pasquil MPT has launched www.MyBarong.com, an Internet business that sells custom-tailored “barong tagalog,” the formal wear of the Philippines. The business allows him to be a stay-at-home dad with his son Delan.

Julie E. Patteron was elected a partner of Bryan Cave LLP. She works in the Irvine, Calif. office and is a member of the labor and employment practice.

Tracy Droz (Keyes) Tragos MFA is working on a documentary feature, Be Good, Smile Pretty, examining the plight of sons and daughters who lost fathers in the Vietnam War.

Thomas Haire is editor of Response Magazine, a monthly trade publication serving the infomercial, home shopping and interactive television industries. He is also the lead Pac-10 columnist for PigskinPost.com, a college football news and opinion Web site.

John Rodarte MD recently joined Descanso Pediatrics, a private practice group in La Canada, Calif. He continues to serve as a clinical faculty member in the department of pediatrics at the Mattel-UCLA Children’s Hospital, where he served as chief resident in 1997-98.

Gregory Suess was recently featured in a Pepperdine Voice cover story. The article detailed his success as both a lawyer – at Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro – and as a host of charitable events. He graduated from Pepperdine University’s JD/MBA program.

Raymond L. Alconcel received his commission as a naval officer after completing Officer Candidate School at Naval Aviation Schools Command, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla.

Alexis Avazian is currently a media supervisor at TBWA/Chiat/Day Advertising. She and Richard Fiore MBA ’02 plan to marry in July.

Kailin Gow MA is the writer and creator of The Gifted Girls ™ – a series of fiction books for preteens. The first book, Lucy and the Liberty Quilt, was released in November 2001 and is based on the Sept. 11 events; a portion of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. The second book, Lucy and the Beauty Queen, came out in January. She currently writes under the name Victoria London.

Thomas R.C. Hartman partnered with Bruce Coldham to form Coldham Architects LLC in Amherst, Mass. The firm provides architectural services throughout the northeast for commercial, institutional and residential clients committed to green building.

Diana Staresinic-Deane received a New Professionals Scholarship to attend the 2002 CASE District VI Conference in St. Louis, Mo. She is associate director for advancement communications at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan.

Jennifer Wright was named campus relations manager of Vector Marking’s western region.

Jane Chong PharmD is director of clinical research and development at Tramstech Pharma, a drug discovery company in High Point, N.C.

Danielle M. Harvey recently defended her master’s thesis in oceanography and started working as an environmental specialist for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Louie A. Lujan was elected the youngest vice mayor in the city of La Puente, Calif., at the age of 24. He also received the most votes in the history of the city. He is currently serving the first year of a four-year term and is again enrolled at USC, earning his MPA.

Gabrielle (Hann) Morgan graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law in May 2001. She now works as an associate at the San Francisco office of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen LLP.

Mark Albert accepted a job as reporter and fill-in anchor at WWMT-TV, the CBS affiliate in Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, Mich., in July 2001. Previously he had spent two years as a reporter and weekend anchor at KHSL-TV in Chico, Calif.

Scott A. Burritt has been selected as a 2001-02 California Executive Fellow. As part of the fellowship, he has been placed as special assistant to the chairman of the Fair Political Practices Commission, working on legislative affairs and media relations.

Gary D. Rodwell DPA has been named director of public affairs for Camden County College’s 1,400-student campus in Camden, N.J. Previously, he spent five years as executive director of Philadelphia’s Alliance Organizing Project for Education Reform Inc.

Charles E. Thomas MBA has joined Pircher, Nichols & Meeks, a national real estate law firm, as an associate. He is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

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