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Alumni Highlights - Spring / Summer 2012

Janette (Marks) Anastasia (2002, B.M., voice performance) got her M.F.A. in music at UCI in 2005 at the same time as her husband, Stephen (2002, B.M., choral-vocal music). She has since sung for Opera Pacific, Long Beach Camerata Singers, and has soloed and recorded throughout Southern California. Besides singing, Janette teaches music privately in her Long Beach home, but she enjoys most being a mother to her little girl and the next little one, due in May.

Melissa Findlay (2003, B.A., history) just moved to Redlands, Calif., with her 4-year-old daughter to begin her ninth year of teaching, but her first year teaching in the public schools at Yucaipa High School. She loves her new job teaching ninth and 10th grade English and living in the Inland Empire. She finished her M.S. degree in educational leadership in December 2011 from Kaplan University and is looking forward to a little break from being a student for a while and focusing on just being a teacher.

Boyd Holler (2003, B.A., political science) received his teaching credential from CSUS after graduating from The Beach. He then taught for two years in a village called Mekoryuk in the Bering Sea off of the coast of Alaska and now teaches sixth through eighth grade in Camino, Calif.

Jenn (Hall) Hoffmeyer (2005, B.S., mathematics), after getting married in fall 2005, worked for one year teaching high school math in Torrance, Calif., then spent almost three years doing accounting work for a national insurance broker. In January 2011, she and her husband, Mark, gave birth to their first child, Michael Andrew. She now currently works as a full-time wife and mother and enjoys (just about) every minute of it.

Sarah (Ternes) Martinez (2005, B.A., liberal studies) has been teaching sixth grade math and science at an Alliance Charter School in the Watts area of Los Angeles for the last five years. She received her master’s degree in education from Vanguard University of Southern California and a certificate in teacher leadership through the Los Angeles Math and Science Teacher Residency Program at Loyola Marymount University, through which she has mentored new teachers. She and her husband, Miguel, married in 2008 and live in Downey, Calif.

Jennifer Frehn (2006, B.A., journalism) is pursuing a master’s degree in public health at UCLA. Previously, she worked as city editor for the Huntington Beach Independent newspaper, as a volunteer English professor at a university in Peru and as an editor/press officer for the Adventist Health Study at Loma Linda University.

Teresa Gerrity (2006, B.S., biochemistry; B.S., chemistry) graduated with her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Arizona State University in May 2010 and has been working at Grand Canyon University as a lab coordinator and lecturing to freshmen. She married in March and plans on staying in Phoenix for the long term.

Michelle (Nall) Goddard (2007, B.S., nursing) is working on her M.S. degree in nursing at Frontier Nursing University and will be sitting for the national exam to be a women's health nurse practitioner.

Kevin Warner (2010, B.A., studio art) is working to create delightful digital experiences as an idea engineer with Sapient Nitro in Chicago. In his spare moments, he enjoys “upcycling” old furniture, metalworking and designing European style card and board games.

Celeste Ahl (2011, B.A., international business; B.S., business economics) is just finishing her first semester in law school at UC Irvine. She hopes to focus in international corporate transactional work. On the side, Celeste enjoys being a Polynesian dancer with Mahana Entertainment.

Deserae Abraham (2010, B.A., liberal studies; multiple subject teaching credential) has been working as a kindergarten teacher at Wildflower Open Classroom, a charter school in her hometown of Chico, Calif. After traveling through Europe for two months in fall 2010, Deserae worked as a long-term substitute before getting her kindergarten position at Wildflower. Deserae loves her job and enjoys being back in her hometown.

Christopher Vanosse (2007, B.S., computer engineering; M.S., computer science with option in computer engineering) has been working at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (formerly NG Space Technology) for the past four years as a software engineer. He and his wife, Natalie (2011, B.A., liberal studies; multiple subject teaching credential), are living happily together in Gardena, Calif., and enjoy traveling whenever they get the chance.

Justin Chi (2008, B.S., biochemistry) attended Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo., and graduated in 2011. He is returning in spring 2012 to CSULB to pursue a master's degree in electrical engineering.

Cheryl Bube (2009, B.S., marine biology) has been teaching informal marine science, maritime history and outdoor education programs at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, Calif., for the last two years, and she is having a blast! Besides teaching, she enjoys scuba diving as a research volunteer, sailing, running, rock climbing and visiting West Africa with her boyfriend, Geoff.

Jessica Martinez (2009, B.A., political science) is in her first year at Yale Law School and enjoys living in New England (though she misses the beautiful California weather). In between graduating from CSULB and moving to New Haven to start law school, Jessica lived in the Bay Area and spent two years working on death penalty appeals as a case assistant for the Habeas Corpus Resource Center in San Francisco.

Victoria Moss (2009, B.A., psychology) has been working as a behavioral interventionist for children with autism for three years, and most of her clients have been in the Long Beach area. She hopes to begin the master's degree program in clinical psychology at CSUDH in fall 2012, and eventually wants to go on to earn her Ph.D. and continue working with children who have developmental disabilities.

Caitlyn Schmitt (2009, B.S., math education) received her single subject teaching credential in mathematics, passed an actuarial test and has traveled to eight different countries. For the past year, Caitlyn has been working at Wells Fargo Bank as a financial analyst in their commercial real estate group and has found a job that she enjoys and that utilizes her degree. Other than focusing on her career, Caitlyn has taken up running, baking and traveling.

Deserae Abraham (2010, B.A., liberal studies; multiple subject teaching credential) has been working as a kindergarten teacher at Wildflower Open Classroom, a charter school in her hometown of Chico, Calif. After traveling through Europe for two months in fall 2010, Deserae worked as a long-term substitute before getting her kindergarten position at Wildflower. Deserae loves her job and enjoys being back in her hometown.

Rebecca (R.D.) Hicks (2010, B.S., computer science) participated in an exciting internship with Intel as part of the visual and parallel computing group last summer and is finishing up her master's degree in computer science at UCLA. She is looking forward to heading to Hillsboro, Ore., in July to join the Intel team full time as a part of the Rotation Engineer Program.

Lisa Darcy (2011, B.A., liberal studies) was recently hired as a second grade teacher at Celerity Sirius Charter School in Compton, Calif. In its first year of operation, the school and its students continue to challenge Lisa to provide engaging, yet rigorous, curriculum while holding high expectations for all. She is currently working through the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Program with the Los Angeles County of Education and aims to complete it by the end of the 2012-13 school year. She keeps busy enjoying newfound hobbies, including yoga and rock climbing.

Lindsay Sterk (2011, B.A., liberal studies) has been working as a graduate advisor in the Career Services Department at Westwood College in Anaheim, Calif., since August 2011.