West is best!
From the class of 1941 to the class of 2001, and from Seattle to Hollywood.
emon Deacon spirit is alive and well on the West Coast. If you're a midwestern Deac, your turn in the spotlight is coming soon. The September issue of the Wake Forest Magazine will feature alumni who live in the Midwest, so send us news of your professional and personal activities.
and wife Agnes, San Diego alumni club Lifetime Members,recently left the area after 37 years and moved to Beaumont, TX, to be close to their children and grandchildren. Diehard Wake Forest basketball fans, they came early with their antique WFU sign to make sure everyone knew where the group would be cheering or pulling their hair out. Their annual Holiday Tea, with treats served in the dining car, kicked off the holiday season. Vernon proudly put his model train collection through its paces. On St. Patricks Day 2002, they were honored by the San Diego Alumni Club at an elegant dinner party at the home of Diane Schneider (75) and Dave Grundies (73). Club President Tony Brock (MBA 92) presented them with a Lifetime Membership in the San Diego Alumni Club.
is associate editor/senior columnist at the San Diego Union-Tribune. He is called the "conscience of San Diego," having prodded regional efforts to make the city a center of higher education and high-tech. He helped lead cross-border efforts to build binational ties between San Diego and Baja California. The University of California, San Diegos inaugural Chancellors Medal was awarded to Neil in November 2000 in recognition of his unique contributions to regional discourse. The San Diego Rotary Club named him "Mr. San Diego" in 1999. He won the 1999 Society of Professional Journalists award for best column. As a travel writer he is a two-time winner of the grand prize of the Pacific Area Travel Association. In 1981, he was named editor of the San Diego Tribune, whose staff won two Pulitzer Prizes for reporting and editorial writing. In 1992, he resumed a full time writing position at the merged San Diego Union-Tribune.
is a golf instructor on the Crystal Cruise Lines, where he occasionally meets WFU alums. He also gives private golf lessons in Oceanside, CA. His four daughters received golf scholarships to their respective colleges, and his son is a West Point graduate. His wife, Mary Lou Harris (52), is a retired teacher. After attending graduate school at the University of Tennessee and serving in the Marine Corps for two years, he became a golf professional at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Golf Course. He was also a golf professional at Palo Alto Municipal golf course and at Vista Valley Country Club, where he was part owner and developer.
Virginia Cocke Bloch
has lived in the Seattle area since 1959. She volunteers at Des Moines United Methodist Church, where she is a member of the handbell choir. Two days a week she volunteers at a local Health Care Center connected to a Methodist retirement home. She also volunteers at the local Food Bank where around nine hundred families are helped each month. Bob, a Purdue graduate, and Virginia have four children and seven grandchildren that live in the greater Seattle area. They enjoy traveling and plan a trip to Toronto in July.
Dr. Bill Strum (61) and Faye Young Strum (62)
have lived in La Jolla, CA, since 1972. They both grew up in the same North Carolina town. Bill is a gastroenterologist at Scripps Clinic and Faye is an educational technology consultant. They are active in the San Diego Alumni Club, hosting an annual spring event for accepted students and their parents, and an annual farewell to freshmen from Southern California who are heading off to Wake Forest. Their two children, Allen (95) and MaryZ (96) are now proud alumni. MaryZ met her husband, Patrick Fleming (96), on campus their freshman year.
lives in Irvine, CA, and is still teaching at Santa Ana College. She has co-authored a text for beginning students of English as a second language titled "English Extra" published by Prentice-Hall-Regents. She has fun going to NYC as often as possible to visit both of her sons, Will (Saturday Night Live) and Patrick, an aspiring actor. She appeared last year on the SNL Mothers' Day Special with Will. She plans to visit Sweden this summer with Will and his Swedish wife, Viveca Paulin.
John H. Parrish
is a LaJolla, CA, entrepreneur who has founded two medical instrument and two ophthalmic pharmaceutical companies. He currently is CEO of Optobionics, which is developing a retinal chip to restore vision. He has been a Board of Visitors member since '92 and his eldest daughter, Cynthia earned a Wake Forest MBA in '96.
and wife, Linda, moved back to California from New York City last year to enable him to take a position as President and COO of Digital Insight, an exciting young public company which develops and operates the internet delivery channel for financial services for 1,585 banks and credit unions across the U.S. He writes, We are finding Southern California delightfulyear-round golf, wonderful weather every day, nice people, and a relaxed and very enjoyable life style. We have three children also in California, one in Europe, two grandchildren, and we love our trips back to North Carolina, especially in the fall!
David A. Bantz
is a Senior Vice President at Prudential Securities in La Jolla. He created an investment management partnership, The Bantz Investment Group, as of January 2002. He has been involved in financial services industry since receiving his MBA from University of San Diego in 1975. His daughter, Jennifer (99) continued the Demon Deacon tradition and is a recent graduate.
Blake (BA, 70 MA) and Myrta (66) Boyle
have lived in California since 1970. Blake was Ventura County's legislative analyst and later head of the county's Parks and Harbor Department. Myrta was busy raising two sons and was active in local politics and volunteer activities. In 1998 they "semi-retired" to the Palm Springs area where Blake started a computer training business and plays plenty of golf. Both enjoy their four grandchildren.
Jan Wuertenberger Blackford
became a Californian in 1996 when she and husband, Franklin, moved to Sausalito so Jan could lead product development for Omega Performance, a firm specializing in training for financial institutions. When the company was sold a few years later and the new owners relocated the headquarters to Charlotte, NC, Jan and Franklin had not yet seen enough of the west. So they stayed put. Jan now works part-time for Omega, consulting with clients throughout the U.S., Canada, UK, and Australia. More and more you will find her on the hiking and biking trails of the San Francisco Bay area instead of at her desk. "There is an amazing amount of open space close by. But I can be in the financial district of one of the world's great cities in 20 minutes."
Dr. Jerry Hemric (MD 73)
has enjoyed living in San Diego since 1977 and is the founder of the San Diego Wake Forest University Alumni Club, of which he was president until 1998. After finishing his residency in dermatology in 1978 at the Naval Medical Center, he practiced clinical dermatology and dermatological surgery until 1997. Since then he has been a consultant to the pharmaceutical and managed care industries. His daughter, Kristin (00) is finishing her masters degree in applied linguistics at UCLA. Jerry remains an avid Deacon sports fan and instituted an alumni reception for WFUs touring PGA golfers in the Buick Invitational.
Sandy V. Hutchens Jr.
is president and CEO of The Hutchens Corporation, which maintains the Angel City Gym, a private fitness training center and gym to the stars in West Hollywood, CA.
Capt. Dave Grundies, USN (Ret) and Dr. Diane Schneider (75)
celebrated the beginning of their married lives with over 25 WFU alumni at their military wedding by the Pacific Ocean in October 1997. They met at an alumni basketball game watch. Diane is an associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego focusing on osteoporosis research. In March 2000, Dave completed a 26-year Navy career piloting aircraft on and off of aircraft carriers and land bases around the world. Now he represents Harris Corporation of Melbourne, FL, as western region business development manager in San Diego. They are past-presidents of the San Diego Wake Forest Club and during their tenure they organized an aircraft carrier tour, game watches, and outings to Padres games.
Stephanie Roth Stephens
is a voiceover artist, actor, nationally published journalist and public relations professional in Sherman Oaks and Laguna Niguel, CA. She rides jumpers for fun and is active in animal welfare. Her aunt is Elizabeth Phillips, professor emerita of English.
Chris Ann Slater Bachtel
is vice president and trust manager for First Northern Bank in Sacramento, CA. She is responsible for the establishment and ongoing management of the new asset management and trust division. She obtained her CFP, Certified Trust and Financial Advisor, and Accredited Asset Management credentials. She is active in Rotary and serves on the boards of the El Dorado Community Foundation and the Sacramento Estate Planning Council. She lives with her husband, Bob, in El Dorado Hills, CA, the heart of Californias Gold Country.
Amy Hardwick Beattie and Taylor Beattie
are presidents of the San Diego Alumni Club. They met the first day of college in 1971 and married six years later. Following Navy Flight School 24 years ago, they moved to San Diego and have never left. Taylor now flies for FedEx and is a captain in the Naval Reserve. Amy is a principal in one of the largest woman-owned broker dealers in the country, Cuso Financial Services, providing financial advisors to credit unions. They revitalized the San Diego Clubs participation in the ACC Pig pickin.
Sandra Bean Edney (MA 77)
has been living in the California Bay Area since 1979. She taught Physical Education at Mills College in Oakland until about 1985, then she got a J.D. in California. She is practicing law, representing social services in the Office of Alameda County Counsel. She and her husband, Jack Edney, live in Pleasanton. He is a computer engineer in San Francisco. They thoroughly enjoyed going to France in the summer of 2000 with the WFU Alumni Travel group.
Janet Poulos Hagan (MA 77)
and her husband Mike have worked hard since 1993 at growing their computer market research firm from an infantile stage into a leader in its field. Their company, which specializes in providing competitive intelligence information to the PC and PC-related industries, now employs over 45 people at their La Jolla headquarters. As her maternal duties for their toddler twins drew her attentions more and more away from the business, Janet happily opted to back out of the business in order to spend those precious years with her kids, a job which she is finding immensely rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable.
Dr. Diane Schneider
and Capt. Dave Grundies, USN (Ret) (73) celebrated the beginning of their married lives with over 25 WFU alumni at their military wedding by the Pacific Ocean in October 1997. They met at an alumni basketball game watch. Diane is an associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego, focusing on osteoporosis research. In March 2000, Dave completed a 26-year Navy career piloting aircraft on and off of aircraft carriers and land bases around the world. He represents Harris Corporation of Melbourne, FL, as western region business development manager in San Diego. They are past-presidents of the San Diego Wake Forest Club and during their tenure they organized an aircraft carrier tour, game watches, and outings to Padres games.
is president of ATI Technologies, a Toronto-based fabless semiconductor company delivering PC graphics and multimedia chips and board-level solutions for the desktop and laptop PC market. ATI developed the graphics chip for the Nintendo Gamecube. He commutes 50 percent of the time to Toronto but has maintained a base in Los Altos Hills, CA, for 12 years. He has a wife, Lisa, and two boys, ages 14 and 7.
Jeffrey T. Safrit
lives in Santa Monica, CA, and is the senior program officer at the Elizabeth
Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, where he is the scientist on staff
responsible for grants management and program development. His wife's name is Karen and they have 2 children, Taylor, 5, and Sadie, 2. After Wake Forest he received a PhD in Immunology from UCLA and holds a visiting assistant professor position in the Department of Pediatrics, UCLA School of Medicine.
Samuel A. Art Sue
is an attorney in San Diego, specializing in tax and estate matters. He holds a LLM in International Taxation. He is vice president of the World Affairs Council, a non-profit group that seeks to inform the community on world issues. He attends Sacred Heart Church and is on the committee for the poor in that church.
is a writer/producer with the NBC drama "Providence." She is also a singer and actress who has participated in several alumni reunion talent shows. Her hometown is Concord, NC.
Deb Schnerring Schwarz
lives in Mill Valley, CA, (in Marin County, home of the first hot tub) where she is keeping busy with her one-year-old triplets (not bad for a 41 year old mom!) and 3-year -old daughter, restoring their 1895 Victorian home, and tending to her market research business (Strategix, a focus group company). She is a former Northern California Alumni Club president.
Lauren Snyder Hohman
is a physician assistant (PA-C) with Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Yakima, WA. YVFWC is one of the largest, most successful public health clinic organizations in the country and serves primarily Hispanic farm workers and their families. After Wake Forest, she received the MHA degree from Duke, served in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa, and received her PA degree from The George Washington University. Her husband, Eric, is also a PA with Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. They have two children, Benjamin (7) and Andrea (4). They enjoy hiking in the nearby Cascade Mountains, Mount Ranier, trips to Seattle, and visiting the great national parks in the area. She writes, We love living in the west, but it's always good to visit friends from Wake and family in the Carolinas!
Katie Carter Zimmer
enjoys teaching 4th grade at Carmel Creek Elementary School in Solana Beach School District. She won the Universitys Waddill Award for Excellence in Teaching in 19?? Her family (husband Paul and sons, Gus,12, and Sam,10) live in Carmel Valley just north of San Diego. They enjoy all aspects of Southern California--the beach, the climate, the desert, and skiing in the nearby mountains. They are anticipating the newest Zimmer's arrival in Julythis time a girl!
Karen Kostick Victor
is president of the WFU Club of San Francisco. She and her husband, Steve, have been in the Bay area for four years. Karen has served on San Francisco Chamber of Commerce's International Business Committee and on the board of her local Jaycee chapter. On the West Coast, she has been a consultant for a European high tech start-up. Their daughter, Kristina, just turned 1 year old and looks forward to visiting Wake Forest one day. Karen is very active in her local mothers' club.
W. Glenn Viers (JD)
recently moved from Atlanta to the Napa Valley, where he continues to work for Houstons Restaurants as vice president and general counsel.
Brad Stauffer, president, and Wes Stauffer, CFO ('87, '96 MBA)
work for Digital Foundry, Inc., a software consulting firm specializing in business automation. With offices in Tiburon and downtown Philadelphia, Digital Foundry designs and develops software for a global client base that includes Comcast, Visa, Microsoft and Charter Communications. Brad and Wes enjoy the challenges of working together to manage a growing technology company. The brothers attended Wake Forest together and went their separate ways after graduating only to reunite again in the Bay Area at Digital Foundry in 1999. Brad joined Digital Foundry in 1997 and lives in San Francisco with his wife, Michelle. Wes lives in Tiburon with his wife, Jojo, and their two boys. Brad and Wes look back to Wake Forest as a guide to creating an open, collegiate atmosphere at Digital Foundry that encourages innovation.
Timothy M. McConnell
is the director of sales and marketing at Hubbarb Enterprise in San Diego.
George L. Reasner
relocated to Los Angeles in 1995 after receiving an MFA from Florida State University Film School. He is a free-lance cinematographer (director of photography), shooting commercials, music videos and films. He was recently signed by the talent agency McDonald/Selznick & Associates.
is a director with Gap Inc., serving as Merchandise Manager of the
Kids/Baby Divisions of Old Navy Outlet. She has been with Gap over four years after serving as a buyer for Macy's East in New York City and Victoria's Secret in Columbus, Ohio. She has been involved with the Alumni-in-Admissions program, representing Wake Forest at high school college fairs in the area and contacting accepted students on behalf of Wake Forest in the spring. She even cheered the Deacons on in March as they played in Sacramento in the early rounds of the NCAA tournament! Her favorite activities in the Bay area include going to 49ers and SF Giants games, running, wine-tasting, hanging out with friends -- generally anything outdoors -- that's why the West is Best!
is a singer-songwriter living in Los Angeles. She sings and plays keyboards for the LA-based Waylon Krieger Band. They are completing their first album and live dates will follow! She also performs and writes music with fellow alum Samantha Lane, 92. Griffiths husband is Philip Roufail, a writer.
Brian Arbogast (PhD 99)
completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington-Seattle in 2001 and is an assistant professor of biology at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA.
Tony Brock (MBA)
is president of the 175-member San Diego Alumni Club. What I admire most about our alumni is their undying dedication and happy memories at Wake. Im also impressed by the continued participation of alumni of all ages at our events, he writes. Tony is COO of San Diego Magnetics, a technology company that works with partners in the security, defense, biotech, and MEMS industries. He invites any of his old classmates to get together when they visit San Diego. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Kavita R. Shah-Mehta
writes that after graduating from Wake Forest, she hasnt lived in the same place for more than two years thanks to many exciting opportunities. She lives in Saratoga, CA, about 50 miles south of San Francisco. Her husband, Prashant and she both work for Yahoo! in Sunnyvale. Her job in business development
keeps her on the road. Prashant is in Yahoo!'s Strategic Alliances group. Their fun includes cycling, hiking, trying out local vineyards, and catching up with friends, including fellow Wake Forester Patti Schnably ('90) who also lives in the Bay Area.
is an actress in Los Angeles. She appeared in "The Contender" and "The Last Castle" (with Robert Redford). She has also guest-starred on several TV shows including JAG and Strong Medicine. She just finished an as yet-untitled pilot for ABC and DreamWorks, playing the wife of Tom Berengers character.
Mary Renner Beech and husband Curt Beech
live in Los Angeles where she is director of marketing for the Princess and Girls brands for the Walt Disney Company. In May Curt received his MFA in Scenic and Lighting Design at UCLA's Department of Theatre, Film and Television.
lives in Vancouver, WA, and works for Toyota Logistics Services in Portland, OR. In December 2001 he completed his MBA from the University of Portland. He and his wife Meegan have an 18-month old daughter, Audrey.
worked for the Wake Forest athletic department from 1996 to the fall of 2000, then moved to Ventura, CA, (yes, just like her last name) to be closer to family and try her hand at a new profession. She works for a national medical imaging company as a business systems analyst. She writes, Although I'm no longer working in college athletics I continue to follow the Deacs faithfully, and I am in constant contact with friends who are current coaches and staff members in the athletic department, so feel like I'm still right in the mix!
Julie Grabarek McGinnis
has been living in Simi Valley California since April 1998 and working at Amgen Inc., the world's largest biotechnology company, as a clinical trial specialist. She has been married to husband Shannen since April 2001. They enjoy being close to the Southern California beaches and snowboarding in the nearby mountains.
moved to San Diego in 1998 to work for San Diego State Universitys Aztec Athletic Foundation. He now works for OCSN (formerly FANSonly.com) as a managing editor for the networks ACC and SEC schools official athletic websites.
is president of Ramblin' On Promotions, a promotional products distributorship in Santa Barbara, CA. He assists companies or individuals in the search for imprinted products, such as apparel, hats, coffee mugs, pens, etc.
John Schneider, Chris Yorro, and Raymond Soriano
work for HotJobs in San Francisco. HotJobs was recently acquired by Yahoo!
returned to her hometown of San Diego in 2000. She works as a broadcast producer at vitrorobertson advertising.
Kelly Reynolds (JD) and Marcus Reynolds (JD 98)
live in San Diego. At Wake Forest Marcus was the Student Bar Association president and Kelly was the treasurer. She moved back to California shortly after she graduated in 1999 and Marcus joined her from Charlotte in 2000. Though they live in California, they are both licensed to practice law in California and North Carolina. Kelly is a patent attorney in the biotech field for the firm of Gray, Cary, Ware and Freidenrich. Marcus works for the firm of Lugar & Pohl as a family law attorney. Outside of work, they love water-skiing, snow-skiing, going to the beach, surfing, volleyball, ACC basketball, traveling both in California and out, including frequent trips back to North Carolina. They were married in Asheville in May 2001.
Jeff Hawk (MBA)
joined Washington Mutual in Seattle in 2001. WaMu is the country's
largest originator and servicer of mortgage loans and seventh largest
bank. He is in the Planning and Performance Measurement group working on
segment analytics and long range forecasting. He commutes by ferry and
lives on an island where his two kids can walk to the beach and go
clamming and crabbing at low tide.
has been living in Los Angeles since graduation. She will receive her MA in Applied Linguistics from UCLA in June. She has also been teaching first and second-year Spanish to undergraduates at UCLA as a graduate teaching associate. She will travel to Madrid for a year in the fall to begin a second MA program in Spanish Literature with New York University.
found her way to San Diego after traveling in Greece and living in Lake Tahoe with several other WFU graduates. She arrived without a job and after lunch with Amy Beattie (75), she was hired to work in her financial services company.
is doing computer support for the Navy in San Diego. He was a sociology major with an art minor. His summer internships from the STARS program helped him land his job in San Diego.
is in his first year at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, OR, where he is pursuing a JD with a certificate in Law and Government. Recently, he was accepted as a member of Willamette's Moot Court Board after placing second in the First Year Appellate Argument Competition. He authored a paper on personal jurisdiction selected for inclusion in a soon to be published textbook on Civil Procedure.
Ria A. Battaglino
lives in San Diego and is moving to Costa Rica prior to starting medical school in New Jersey in August. She works at Childrens Hospital. After spending her free time surfing, hiking, and swimming, she is already making plans to return to San Diego for residency.
is an investment banker with Lehman Brothers in Los Angeles. A licensed pilot, Rob is enjoying exploring southern California in his own plane.
Thomas A. Ivers
spent the summer after graduation visiting friends in Bozeman, MT, Jackson Hole, and Lake Tahoe. He lives in Del Mar and works as an analyst for a litigation consulting company.
Hollis M. Nickens (JD)
lives in Seattle and is a Navy JAG. She is serving her first tour as a legal assistance attorney at the Subase in Bangor, WA.
lives in Irvine, CA, and after a short stint in the business world has decided to pursue his dream of becoming a professional tennis player. With the help of his coach and a fitness trainer, he is moving up the ladder and hopes to make it in the big-league soon.
lives in Berkeley, CA, and is pursuing a PhD in Romance Languages, specializing in Spanish, at the University of California at Berkeley.
works at TIME magazine in San Francisco. She writes that without Wake Forest, her life in California would be drastically different. She might eat lunch alone every day, instead of with Vince Guido (00). She definitely wouldnt be training for Kristin Bells (00) triathlon. She may never have visited wine country with Ryan Marvin (00) or Carmel as she did with Lindsay Chambers (00), Vince, Kristin, Ken Wallace (01), and Todd Ohlandt (00). If youre thinking of visiting San Francisco, make sure you step into the Savoy Tivoli in the North Beach section of town. On any given Friday or Saturday, you will find at least two Wake alumni, if not more. Its the unofficial Deacon hangout. Ive never been there without seeing Wake friends, she writes. My favorite qualities of San Francisco are not directly tied to Wake Forest, but the underlying threads of my relationships here are invariably linked to my years in Winston-Salem, and I am 100% sure that these associations have made my life in San Francisco what it is rip-roaring fun, comfortable, satisfying, and just plain happy.