Alumni in the News

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

Alumnus Terrence Davis, assistant superintendent of human resources at the Beaumont Unified School District, will step up to replace outgoing superintendent Maureen Latham in July. For more information, click here.

Alumnus Luke Ontiveros will resign as superintendent of the Snowline Joint Unified School District in Phelan to take on a new role as superintendent of the Santa Maria-Bonita School District. For more information, go here.

Alumnus Gregory A. Scott has been named senior vice chancellor for business and operations at the University of Pittsburgh, according to the Tribune Review. To read more, click here.

Spanish teacher and alumnus Paco Arevalo is featured in the San Jose Mercury News. He works at Homestead High School in Cupertino, CA. For more information, go here.

Alumna Leanne Gmeindl, a special education instructional leader and reading specialist at the Middle School of Plainville in Plainville, Connecticut has been named supervisor of special education instruction at the Plainville Public School District. Read about Ms. Gmeindl in the Hartford Courant.

Alumnus Guadalupe Rabago (MPA, 2007) has been selected as Santa Barbara County’s next chief probation officer. To read about her in the Lompoc Record, click here.

Swanson Russell, a full-service advertising agency, has announced alumna Sandra Baumgarner (MS, Ed. Tech, 1995) as the new marketing analytics associate in its Lincoln, Nebraska office. Read more in the Lincoln Journal Star.

Soon-to-be alumnus Steven Browning (M.Ed., 2016) has been named the 2015-2016 Madera County Teacher of the Year. Mr. Browning is a teacher at Yosemite High School in Oakhurst, California. To read an article about him in the Sierra Star, click here.

Alumnus James Perry (MBA, 1995) has been hired as the inaugural CIO of the $3.1 billion Dallas Police & Fire Pension System. He starts his new job on September 1, 2015. To read more about Mr. Perry, click here.

Child Care Aware of Washington (a Tacoma-based nonprofit) recently hired Robin Lester (BBA, 1985)at its chief executive officer, according to an August 18, 2015 article in the News Tribune. To read the article, click here.

The Fresno Bee announced in August 2015 that National University student Priscilla Rodriguez has joined the Western Agricultural Processors Association as a safety specialist. Ms. Rodriguez is currently pursuing her master's degree in educational technology. For more information, click here.

GEICO announced alumnus Frank Pickering (BBA, 2001) as assistant vice president of claims for its Midwest region in July 2015. For more information, click here.

The Woodland Joint Unified School District (near Sacramento, California) announced in July 2015 that alumnus Jacob Holt (M.Ed., 2009)is the new principal at Plainfield Elementary School. Read more about Mr. Holt in an article in the Daily Democrat.

Alumna Mary Kay Runyan (MS, Logistics Engineering, 1994)was mentioned in the Huffington Post Business Blog as "a transformational leader." She serves as senior vice president of supply management for ServiceMaster,a leading provider of residential and commercial services, operating through an extensive network of more than 7,000 company-owned, franchised and licensed locations. To read the entire blog, click here.

San Diego Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief and alumna Lorraine Hutchinson (BS, Organizational Leadership, 2011) was featured in the March 30, 2015 edition of the San Diego Daily Transcript. Her career and battle with cancer were both cited “as inspiration.” To access the article, click here.

Alumnus Chuck Washington (MPA, 2011) has been appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to a vacancy on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. To read the article in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Hawthorne, California Mayor and alumnus Chris Brown (B.A., Sociology, 2001) has launched his re-election campaign, according to the Los Angeles Sentinel. For more information, click here.

San Joaquin County Supervisor and alumnus Steve Bestolarides (MBA, 1985) has been appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to another term on the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley,a state body meant to spur economic development through public-private partnerships. To read more about the former Stockton City Council member, click here.

Alumnus Brian Witkin, founder and CEO of San Diego-based Pacific Records, is featured in a February 23 article in Discover San Diego. To read about the young music industry executive with his own label, click here.

Alumnus Michael Holmes is a distinguished administrator in higher education who was just named campus director for National College in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Holmes, who holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degrees from National University, is a former campus president at Salter College in Worcester, Massachusetts; and a former director of academic affairs at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California. To read more about him, click here.

Alumna Rita Szczotka has started her own business.She operates and is a partner with The Global Partners Group, an international marketing and distribution team for Youth Enhancement Systems. To read more about Ms. Szczotka in the La Jolla Light, click here.

Alumnus Ali Hedayati has been named Senior Vice President at Emulex. Mr. Hedayati brings more than 20 years of executive management experience at companies including BMC, Coradiant and Intel and will be based at the Company’s headquarters in Costa Mesa, California. For more information, click here.

The Alpine School District in Alpine, CA has named alumnus Bruce Cochrane as its new superintendent. Mr. Cochrane replaces retiring superintendent and alumnus Tom Pelligrino. For more information, click here.

Alumnus Sal Embry,a new principal at Monterey Ridge Elementary in Poway, California. has been profiled in the Pomerado News.For more information, click here.

Alumna Angela Haick has been named superintendent of the Penn Valley Union Elementary School District in Penn Valley, California (near Yuba City). For more information, click here.

Alumna Dawn Leverett has been appointed by the Governor to the California State Independent Living Council. Ms.Leverett has been a senior vocational rehabilitation counselor, qualified rehabilitation professional at the California Department of Rehabilitation since 2008. She is legislative and public policy chair of the California Career Development Association.For more information, click here.

Alumna and nationally renowned furniture designer Marie Cunning has launched a partnership with Rebecca Justice,wife of two time World Series Champion David Justice, to introduce a new jewelry line. For more information, click here.

Apollo Medical Holdings, Inc., an integrated physician-centric healthcare delivery company, has announced the appointment of alumnus Mark C. Marten as Vice President of Managed Care.Mr. Marten joined ApolloMed in May 2014 as Chief Executive Officer of Maverick Medical Group. He is a seasoned healthcare executive with over 25 years of experience. For more information, click here.

Alumnus Scott Bixby has been named Chief of the Culver City Police Department.

Alumnus Al Murray has been named the new Mayor of Tustin, California. To read more about Mayor Murray in the Orange County Register, click here.

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.

The San Juan Unified School District in Carmichael, California has named alumnus Kent Kern as it's superintendent. For more information, read an article in the Sacramento Bee by clicking here.

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.

Fresno area alumnus Chris Williams has been named Superintendent of the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District. He previously served assistant superintendent of human resources at Central Unified School District in Fresno County.

Alumnus and Marine Corps veteran Anton Sattler has produced an award-winning documentary on the Chosin Reservoir campaign from the Korean War. To learn more, click here.

Alumna Danette Bewley has been promoted to Vice President of Operations and Projects/Chief Operating Officer for the Tucson Airport Authority. For more information, click here.

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

Alumnus Roger L. Mann has been appointed to serve on the Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority board as the representative for the Stark County commissioners in Ohio. Mr. Mannis the retired chairman of Huntington National Bank's Greater Akron/Canton Region.

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. 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 Aransas Pass Independent School District in Aransas Pass, Texas.

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.