Alumni Notes - April-July 2010

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Rosalie Robles Crowe is no longer working for the Arizona Daily Star, spending time instead to visit with grandkids and family.

Jim Price’s novel on a young man’s encounters with drugs, the Army and killing titled Of People, Poppies and God has been published by Eloquent Books. Jim and his spouse live in Nogales, Ariz.



Marilyn Ottinger Malone wrote a guidebook with friend and colleague Betty Hupp for tidewalkers of the upper gulf of California. Marilyn and her friend did all the photography, writing and design for the book titled The Edge of the Sea of Cortez.



Dave McClure is in his eighth year teaching math to special education students at Hohokam Middle School in Tucson.



Lynne Olson was interviewed on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" March 3 on the release of her new book Citizens of London.



Kerry McVeigh is a copy editor at the Arizona Daily Star.



Margo Hernandez has retired from the Arizona Daily Star.

Miriam Morgan is the food editor at the San Francisco Chronicle.



Elisa Kaplan Miller is a senior software engineer for user experience at GE Healthcare. She and her spouse, Larry, recently celebrated their 20-year anniversary. They live in Dallas.

Stephen Yozwiak is a senior science writer with the Translational Genomics Research Institute. He lives in Phoenix.



Charles Halnan owns his own lobbying firm in Sacramento, Calif. He writes: “As California students pay ever more for U.C. and Cal State tuition, I marvel at what a great deal I got at the UA in the mid 70s. Great classes and teachers taught me (or tried to) about journalism, which I still use today to make my living, such as it is. I am grateful for what I took from my four years in Tucson and hope today’s students enjoy the experience as much as I did.”



Paul Davenport is a reporter with The Associated Press in Phoenix.



Linda Fundling Valdez has had her book on the founding dean of Arizona’s first medical school published by the University of Arizona Press. A Doctor’s Legacy: A Memoir of Merlin K. Duval was published in 2009. Linda is a member of the editorial board of The Arizona Republic.



Kellie Terhune Neely, vice president of marketing for Hughes Federal Credit Union, received the 2010 Marketing Professional of the Year award at the Credit Union National Association Marketing and Business Development Conference March 21-24 in Washington, D.C. She's also a governing board member for the University of Arizona Alumni Association's national board of directors.



John Hudak remains a partner and publisher at Madden Media. The company recently purchased and renovated the 102-year-old, 22,000-square-foot historic Macarthur Building in downtown Tucson for its corporate headquarters. The move brought 80 full-time jobs to downtown Tucson.

Patricia Sallen is the ethics counsel with the State Bar of Arizona. She and her spouse, Paul Davenport ’79, live in Phoenix.



Jill Smith Carpenter lives in Sewanee, Tenn., where she is retired, but keeping busy making quilts, working on the house and playing banjo with a “girls” band.

Jennifer La Forgia is the manager of Skiagraphics in Rochester, Minn.



Josh Moss was featured in a Dec. 7, 2009, New York Times article on, which he edits. The site, geared to owners of small- and medium-size businesses, is owned by American City Business Journals.



Sean Couglin is the corporate communications officer for Gulfstream Aerospace in Savannah, Ga. Sean joined them after 20 years in newspapers, most recently with the Savannah Morning News. He says the highlight of his career was the two years he spent at sports editor at the Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times. Sean and his spouse have three children and live in Savannah.

Paul Giblin will be spending a year in Afghanistan with the Army. In January 2009 he and several other journalists founded "The Arizona Guardian," a subscription-based Web site covering Arizona politics.



Kathryn Epperson Young lives in the Denver area and is an attorney with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office practicing transportation law. She is married and the mom of two young children.



Laura Ingalls is the director of communications for World Learning, an international education, training and exchange organization. She lives in Washington, D.C.



Mary Brandenberger is the deputy press officer for the Federal Election Commission in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Fitzenberger is the new director of external relations at the UA. She had served as assistant director of media relations at the University of California, Irvine.

Jeannie O’Sullivan is the associate editor for Eyecare Business, a trade magazine covering the eyewear retail industry. She lives in Audubon, N.J., and also freelances for a regional lifestyle magazine.



Luke Larson is getting positive reviews for his new book Senator’s Son: An Iraq War Novel. It even got a mention on the Senate floor. Listen here. Luke served two tours of duty in Iraq.

Shelley Shelton is a regional reporter and copy editor with the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson.



Jacqueline Kuder is a copy editor and creative manager at McFadden/Gavender Advertising in Tucson. She also is the “Chow” writer for the Tucson Weekly and handles other freelance writing and editing projects. She lives in Tucson.

Dmitry Rashnitsov has been working since April 2009 as a reporter for the South Florida Blade newspaper and 411 Magazine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He is also the Miami city guide examiner for

Ali Nicole Vinci is newly engaged and working as the communications coordinator at Long Realty in Tucson. She recently moved back to Arizona from Denver, where she was working in PR and marketing.



Morgan O’Crotty is doing copywriting and public relations at Many Hats Advertising in Tucson.



Mike McKisson won a Knight Digital Media Center fellowship in entrepreneurial journalism. His news Web site about Tucson cycling was one of 20 selected from more than 100 entries. He will travel to LA for a weeklong all expense-paid boot camp at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism May 16-21.

Michael Schwartz runs the ESPN-affiliated Phoenix Suns blog He also is an Internet marketing specialist for Vertical Measures, an Internet marketing firm in Phoenix.

Amy Sienicki is a reporter with KDRV-TV in Medford, Ore.



Paola Camacho is a habilitation provider with United Cerebral Palsy. She’s also enrolled as a graduate student at Northern Arizona University, pursuing a master’s in behavioral sciences. Her goal is to become a behavioral consultant and work with children with autism.

Alan Fullmer does product photography and lives in Gilbert, Ariz.

Megan Mazurek is a general news reporter for the ABC affiliate in Anchorage, Alaska. She covers stories at KIMO–13 ranging from the Iditarod to local politics. Megan also occasionally fills in for the anchor of the 10 p.m. broadcast.

Kevin Scannell is working as a reporter for the Sun Advocate in Price, Utah.

In Memoriam

Agnes Burke Barrasso ’53 – March 27, 2009

Margaret Bulger Brimacomb ’64 – Aug. 8, 2006

John Richard “Dick” Curd ’54 – Oct. 20, 2009. Career encompassed work as a publicist at NBC for shows such as "Bonanza, Get Smart" and "High Chaparral;" director of communications as Nestle; and a retired lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Air Force.

Luke Davis ’08 — Nov. 14, 2009. Killed in a traffic accident near Picacho Peak, Davis worked as sports reporter at The Explorer.

Clyde Lowery '50 - April 10, 2010. Spent 1973-1989 as the director of student publications, primarily overseeing the Arizona Daily Wildcat. Read the Wildcat story. Share remembrances at the Wildcat alumni site.

Robert Lowy ’76 – Dec. 28, 2007.

Sandra Miller ’65 – Oct. 8, 2009.

Bruce A. Schwartz ’84 – Sept. 12, 2008.

Past Alumni Notes

October 2009 - March 2010