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Welcome to "Alumni in the News," where you can find links to articles that mention or feature National University alumni. If you are aware of news coverage or wish to share a link regarding a National University alum, please contact Hoyt Smith in the Department of Development and Alumni Reltions at

Alumna Kristin Miller is a national best-selling author. Her latest book made the New York Times Bestseller list. Read more about it in the Manteca Bulletin.

Alumnus Immanuel Ontiveros has launched his own brand of men's ties, called Lord Wallington. Read more about Ontiveros in this U-T article.

Alumnus Gil West has been named Executive Vice President and COO of Delta Airlines. Read more in the official Delta news release

Alumnus Keith Barger has been named Managing Director in BDO Consulting’s Forensic Technology Services practice. He brings nearly 20 years of multidisciplinary investigative experience to the position, and specializes in providing data analytics, computer forensics and e-discovery services. A Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, a Certified Forensic Examiner, a Certified PDA Examiner, and a Certified Cellular Telephone Examiner who has held a Top Secret Security Clearance, Mr. Barger posesses significant experience in digital forensic investigations and methodologies, electronic evidence recovery, and has provided expert witness testimony. For more information, click here.

Alumnus Mark Greenberg, Director of Program Development at North Bay Recovery Center in San Rafael, California, says that Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death from a suspected heroin overdose underscores the critical importance of total abstinence and engaging in the proper length of treatment in order to avoid relapse. Read more on PR Web.

Alumnus Mark Kemp has been named Superintendent of the The Aransas Pass Independent School District in Aransas Pass, Texas. Read more in the Aransas Pass Progress.

Alumnus Jeff Yuen has been named Executive Vice President of Global Quality for AAIPharma Services Corp. Read the news release from Business Wire.

Alumna Kerri Donis is the new Chief of the Fresno Fire Department. Read about her at the KMPH Fox 26 web page.

Alumnus Syed Md Najib Syed Md Noor has been appointed chief customer experience, services and retail officer for Celcom Axiata Bhd, the oldest mobile telecommunications company in Malaysia. Read about his appointment in the Maylasian Reserve.

Alumnus Paul Cable (MBA, 1982) has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Coast Bancorp and its wholly owned subsidiary, Coast National Bank. Read more about his appointment by clicking here

SpectraScience Inc. (OTC: SCIE), a San Diego-based medical device company, has appointed alumnus Lowell Giffhorn as its new chief financial officer. Click here for more information. 

Alumna Kimberly Dueñas (M.Ed., 2003) has been named 2014 Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year. To read of her achievement in the Press-Telegram, click here.

Alumna Kerry Araiza (MS, 1997) has been named 2014 San Diego County Teacher of the Year. Click here to read about her in the U-T San Diego.

Alumna Melissa Nowatzke has been hired by the University of Oregon as a project coordinator for its Center on Brain Injury Research and Training.  Click here for additional informaiton.

Los Angeles area alumnus Martin Novell (MA, Psychology, 1995), a cognitive behavioral therapist specializing in couples and relationships, was featured in the October issue of Ladies Home Journal.  To read the article, click here.

Alumnus Zachary Boswell (M.Ed., 2012) has been named assistant principal at West High School in the Tracy Unified School District. Click here to read more.

Alumnus Dr. Sut Sakchutchawan (MBA, 1989), is an associate professor of international business and director of the international studies program at Waynesburg University in Pennsylvania. He recently presented at the International Academy of Business and Economics conference in Bankok, Thailand. For more information, click here.

Alumna Karen Schiller (BBA) has been appointed by the Internal Revenue Service to serve as acting director of rulings and agreements for exempt organizations. Read more in the Washington Post. Click here.

Utah Valley University has hired alumna Nikki Palmer (MA, Teaching, 2010) as the new head coach of Wolverine softball. Palmer becomes the third softball head coach in UVU's Division I history. Read more here

Alumna Myrtle Cole (BBA, 1987/MBA, 1990) was elected to the San Diego City Council’s District 4 seat on May 21. She joins fellow alumna Marti Emerald on the nine-member Council, which serves as the legislative branch of government for the city of San Diego.  Read about her victory in the U-T San Diego.

Alumnus Lt. Gen. Willie J. Williams USMC (MBA, 1981) will retire this summer as Director of Marine Corps Staff, ending a distinguished military career of nearly 40 years. According to the Marine Times, Williams' retirement ceremony is scheduled for July 10 at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. To read more, click here.

Alumna Gigi Smith (BBA, 1988/MBA, 1990) has been appointed chief information officer at the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) by Governor Brown. For more information, click here.

Alumna Michele McDougal (BBA, 1988) was crowned Ms. Senior San Diego 2013 at a preliminary pageant for the Ms. Senior California Pageant on April 26 in National City. Click here for more details.

Alumnus Cory Moles (AA, 1994/BS, Criminal Justice, 1998) Acting Chief of the Escondido Police Department, announced in March that he will retire on July 5, after serving almost 27 years in the north San Diego County city. To read more, click here.

Alumna Rupi Boyd (MS, Ed. Admin, 1997) has been hired as superintendent of the Soledad Unified School District in Central California’s Salinas Valley. To read more, click here.

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) presented its 2013 Excellence in Water Leadership Award to alumnus John Rossi (BBA, 1985) of the Western Municipal Water District. To read more from the Wall Street Journal, click here.

Alumnus Adolfo Gonzales (BPA, 1986) retired as Chief of the National City Police Department in March in order to accept a position as chief of the Dan Diego County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation. To read more in the U-T San Diego, click here.

Alumna Margaret Mims (MPA, 2005), Sheriff of Fresno County, visited theWhite House in May to meet with national reporters and discuss pending immigration reform legislation. To read more in the Fresno Bee, click here.

Alumna Carole Goldsmith (MS, Ed. Admin., 1998) assumed responsibilities in January as President of West Hills Community College in Coalinga, a public two-year community college serving students in the central San Joaquin Valley. For more information, click here.

Alumnus Mike Despain (MA, Human Resource Management) has joined the Clovis Fire Department as Deputy Fire Chief of the Emergency Services Bureau. He previously served as Interim Fire Chief of the Fresno Fire Department. For more information, click here.

Alumnus Tony Russell (MA, Management, 2002) is the new superintendent of FEMA's Emergency Management Institute. Mr. Russell  was formerly administrator for FEMA's Region VI, which includes coastal Texas and Louisiana. For more information on his new position, read the article in Government Security News magazine.

Alumnus David Goldenberg (preliminary single subject credential), an advanced placement history teacher at Beckman High School in Irvine, California, has been named Orange County Teacher of the Year. To read more about Mr. Goldenberg in the Orange County Register, click here.

Alumna Amyleen Tuiza (level II moderate/severe credential), a special education teacher for autistic students at Phillip Stokoe Elementary School in Riverside, California, was named Riverside County Teacher of the Year. To read more about Ms. Tuiza in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Alumna Teresa Deloach Reed (MPA, 2012) was recently named Chief of the Oakland Fire Department. She is, according to KQED News, the nation's first African-American female fire chief to lead a major metropolitan fire department. She began her career in 1986 as the first African-American woman firefighter for the San Jose Fire Department, rising through the ranks to become assistant fire chief there. To read more about Chief Reed, click here.


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