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Alumni Highlights - Winter / Fall 2011

Laramie Price (2000, B.S., finance, real estate & law) and his wife, fellow Scholar Rene (Froehmer) Price (2000, B.S., math education; 2002, M.S., math), welcomed their second baby, Lincoln, into the world in April. Their oldest child, Addison, turned three in August. Rene is taking some time off of work but is still teachingmath at Fullerton College. This September will be Laramie’s 10th year at PIMCO in the Legal and Compliance Department. They are enjoying their young family and the Seal Beach, Calif., community.

Amy (Sobeck) Gray (2002, B.S., nursing; 2006, M.S., nursing) shares that, after finishing her master’s degree in nursing, she has been working part time at an infertility clinic and now has four children, including twin girls. She lives in Southern California with her husband of 10 years, who is currently a police officer in Long Beach. They are enjoying their busy, but joyful, life.

Kari Ryckebosch (2002, B.A., Spanish linguistics) lives in Portland, Ore., and enjoys teaching Spanish at a wonderful K-8 school. She finished her master's degree in curriculum and instruction at Portland State University this past June.

Adam Anderson (2004, B.S., chemical engineering) graduated from Stanford University in 2008 with a dual master’s degree in business administration and education, and received the Ernest C. Arbuckle Award for Leadership. After graduation, Adam moved to Chicago, Ill., to enjoy the summers, bundle up in the winters and work for Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he was recently promoted to project leader. BCG is a management consulting firm and was recently named the “Second Best Company to Work For” by Forbes Magazine. In the future, Adam plans on leaving BCG to work with urban school system reform efforts.

Amy Lynn Balsley (2005, B.A., English: dramatic writing) was recently accepted into the M.A.Strategic Communications Program at National University and currently serves as communications manager for KVLP (LP 101.5, Community Grassroots Radio) in Visalia, Calif. Previously, Amy served as a YouthServe AmeriCorps member, earned a single-subject teaching credential at Fresno State and taught highschool English to non-native speakers through the SDAIE and ELD programs. She is the proud owner of one house, two dogs, four cats and an innumerable assortment of books.

Nicholas Fortino (2006, B.A., political science) studied Mandarin Chinese in Beijing during the summer following graduation and, upon returning, began work as a claims adjuster for Farmer's Insurance for three years. After that, he began law school at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, Calif. He completed his first year withhigh enough grades to make the Law Review and is now entering his third and final year of law school specializing in tax law.

Katie Sniffen (2010, B.S., athletic training) has committed to a Graduate Teaching Fellowship at the University of Oregon (UO) in fall 2011. While working toward her master’s degree in athletic training, she will be serving as an athletic trainer for the Club Sports Programs at UO as well as teaching two sections of a dissection anatomy lab. Since graduation, Katie has become a nationally recognized certified athletic trainer and worked in the Huntington Beach School District at Marina High School. She is looking forward to the move to Eugene, Ore., and is excited to see what new opportunities await her there.

Whitney Donaldson (2009, B.A., world literature; B.A., Spanish literature) recently completed her M.A. degree in comparative literature at California State University, San Diego.While her future plans include pursuing a Ph.D. program, she and her husband are currently enjoying the birth of their first child, Alice Grace, who wasborn this past March.

Shannon Lindberg (2009, B.S., biology: physiology) moved to Texas to pursue a physical therapy degree after graduation. In 2010, she was accepted into the class of 2013 Doctoral Physical Therapy Program at Texas Woman's University in Houston. She is in the middle of the largest medical center in the world and loves living in the city again. She frequently misses CSULB but is thankful for the amazingeducation she received--one that more than prepared her for grad school!

Jennifer Evans (2010, B.S., accountancy) has been studying to take the CPA exam since graduation and has been working at Vizio, Inc. in the Accounting Department. She is happy to report that she received a job offer this past summer with KPMG, a Big Four accounting firm, and will start work in the fall.

Kenneth Evans (2010, B.S., accountancy) is currently working as an accountant for Deloitte Tax LLP in Costa Mesa, Calif. His long-term career goal is to ultimately get into the international tax field and continue the international traveling that he began during his time at CSULB

Randy Jokela (2010, B.S., electrical engineering) had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Ghana after graduation and then spent a month traveling in South America. Now, he is back living and working in Long Beach. He works as an engineer for Boeing and, in his spare time, has been doing a lot of running and re-learning of the violin (fellow Scholar Paul Nguyen was one of the people who inspired him to pick it back up!).

Andrew Kress (2010, B.A., political science) has recently taken a full-time position as an account coordinator at Russ Reid, a marketing, fundraising and advocacy firm specializing in the nonprofit sector. He is assigned to a client services team that manages fundraising efforts for World Vision, a global humanitarian organization specializing in child sponsorship, disaster relief and community-based development. He has also accepted an offer of admission to the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., and will begin courses at SAIS in fall 2012, majoring in international relations and international economics.

Jaqueleen Larson (2010, B.S., marketing) interned in London as an advertising assistant, while also assisting a fashion stylist and production coordinator, after graduation. Before returning to the states, she also backpacked through France, Spain, Morocco and Italy. Once back in California, she joined Vision Design Studio in Long Beach as a copywriter/junior creative strategist.

Kasey Lewallen (2010, B.A., Spanish) received a grant through Spain’s Ministry of Education, after he graduated from CSULB, to work in a bilingual high school in Huétor-Tájar, Granada. As a teaching assistant, he works alongside English teachers in the classroom and helps develop extracurricular activities with the English Department. He has traveled around Spain and to Africa during his stay abroad and has even renewed his grant to continue teaching in Spain until 2012. He hopes to enter law school when hereturns to the U.S.

Jessie Smalling (2010, B.S., biology; B.A., human development) spent the last academic school year volunteering in a high school science classroom and loved it! She worked with students directly and knows that teaching is her passion. She is starting her single subject credential program this fall at CSUSB. She will complete the program in June 2012 and hopes to find a job in Southern California as a high school biology teacher.

Erika (Maki) Rasch (2006, B.A., English literature; B.A., creative writing) received her J.D. from Yale Law School in Spring 2010 and is currently in a one-year appointment as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Alvin W. Thompson of the Federal Court for the District of Connecticut. She will be heading back to California in late 2011 to join the litigation practice of O'Melveny & Myers LLC in Newport Beach.