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Class of 1999

Jan Aune (MHA ’99) is an associate attorney at Bruce A. Hatkoff, a Law Corporation which is located in Encino, California. The practice specializes in commercial collections and commercial law. (Submitted April 2008)

Phil Bacerra (BS ’99) is currently working for a private planning firm in Orange County. (Submitted December 2008)

Barbra J. Bowman (BS ’99) is the Fine Arts instructor at a K-8 Catholic School next to the USC Health Sciences Campus. She teaches art and design to the students. (Submitted December 2006)

McCrae Holliday (MPA ’99) has been the Chief Operating Officer of the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board in Pittsburgh for the past two years. (Submitted May 2006)

Clement Lau (MPL ’99), AICP, has been promoted to the position of Departmental Facilities Planner at the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. His major responsibilities include: reviewing proposed residential subdivisions and determining their parkland obligations; serving as the department’s representative on the County’s Subdivision Committee; and preparing park and recreation plans for unincorporated communities of the county. He previously worked for the L.A. County Department of Regional Planning and the firm of Cotton/Bridges/Associates in Pasadena, California. (Submitted October 2010)

Glen Maestre (MPL ’99) is working in the private sector managing business planning & supply chain operations for Apple, Inc. (Submitted February 2007)

Jeremy Ochsenbein (MPA/MPL ’99), worked seven years for the City of Burbank, ultimately as a Senior Planner. He is now a first-year law student at Duke. (Submitted February 2007)

Ramiro “Romy” Orozco (BS ’99) accepted the Elder Law Fellowship with the Mississippi Center for Justice out of their Biloxi, MS office. He obtained his JD from the Howard University School of Law in May 2004. (Submitted February 2007)

James Riker (MPL ’99) recently accepted a job as Director of Planning & Development for the City of Flowery Branch, Georgia. (Submitted February 2006)

Steven Smith (MPP ’99) was recently promoted by Fleishman-Hillard to Senior Vice President and Partner. He also recently relocated with the firm to San Francisco following an eight-month term at the FH Atlanta office. (Submitted July 2008)

Erin Yolland-Mynatt (BS ’99) is currently working as Assistant Director for Recruitment for Golden Gate University, Sacramento and will begin her Executive Master of Public Administration in the Fall of 2005. (Submitted February 2006)

Class of 1998

Ricardo Alcaino (MPA ’98) was recently appointed Director for the Office of Equal Opportunity at the research intensive University of California Santa Barbara, with over 20,000 students and over 11,000 staff and faculty. Ricardo is responsible for developing and administrating the University’s Affirmative Action Plan, for maintaining compliance with the University’s non-discrimination policies and practices, and for coordinating those efforts with the other 10 UC campuses and the Regents of the UC. (Submitted September 2008)

Hyunsun Choi (MPDS ’98, Ph.D. ’04) has joined the faculty of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Florida as an assistant professor. His appointment begins in fall 2005. From 1999 to 2002, Choi worked as an administrator for USC Price’s Institute for Planning and Development Practitioners, where he recruited nearly 100 high-ranking officers from developing countries to attend the institute’s annual intensive two-week course. Also, Choi worked as a research associate for USC Civic and Community Relations for five years, where he completed some USC community researches and mapping. He is doing researches and teaching in the fields of community development, urban planning, policy, international development, and GIS.

Manny Gimenez (MHA ’98) is the Business Manager at USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and oversees budget development for cutting edge clinical trials. (Submitted May 2008)

K. Alec Mahmood, MHA ’98, joins Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota as new Chief Financial Officer. Mahmood will oversee Children’s financial activities, including financial planning, accounting, revenue management, treasury and accounts payable. He brings more than 20 years of experience in health care management and financial leadership to his new role. (Submitted September 2013)

Nicholas (Nick) Pinhey (MPA ’98, DPA ’03) was appointed to the position of Director of Public Works for the City of Modesto California effective January 2006. (Submitted May 2006)

Erroll G. Southers (MPA ’98) was invited to join a select group of homeland security officials from across the country, to participate in counter-terrorism training in Israel. They were hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and their curriculum included the protection of airports, water sources, chemical plants, surface transportation and suicide terrorism. Since he was in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv the week before the national election, protective security measures were at their highest possible level and suicide bombers were intercepted twice during his visit. Needless to say, the experiences facilitated by the position of Deputy Director, continue to be priceless! (Submitted April 2006)

Erwin Wong (MPA ’98) began working at Fuller Theological Seminary in 1999. As the Director of Admissions, he is currently serving the largest multidenominational seminary in the world. Fuller provides students with a university-style education in its schools of Theology, Intercultural Studies, and Psychology. The seminary is widely known for its racial and denominational diversity, with more than 4,300 students from over 67 countries and over 108 denominations. (Submitted May 2006)

Class of 1997

Wendy (Nowak) Grant (BS/MPL ’97), along with staff from the City of Westminster, recently received the 2008 Award of Excellence – Advocacy Planning from the California Chapter of the American Planning Association for her work on the Strategic Framework & Priorities Workbook for Little Saigon. Little Saigon boasts the country’s largest concentration of Vietnamese residents and businesses outside of Vietnam and is a cultural epicenter for the Vietnamese community in the United States. The Workbook studied ways to maximize the development potential of the area by integrating a new mix of uses, building intensities, and parking strategies. Most importantly, it was used to engage private property owners and the public in a dialog about the community’s vision. Wendy is a senior planner with The Planning Center, a land use and environmental consulting firm. This her sixth planning award since starting with the company more than seven years ago. (Submitted September 2008)

Dr. Carol Huston (MPA ’97) has been named the 2008-2009 School of Nursing Outstanding Professor at California State University, Chico. In 2007, she was named President of the International Honor Society of Nursing — the second largest professional association in nursing in the world with 130,000+ active members — in November 2007. Included with this post is the opportunity to travel worldwide and speak on global health care and nursing policy issues, with leading health care delegations to China, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Carol was also recently named a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. (Submitted June 2007; updated December 2008)

Daniel Kramer (MPA ’97) started KPA Strategies in February 2006, which specializes in waging discreet campaigns for clients whose ideas, products, or services are under attack from competitors, activists, or adversaries. Clients include corporations, law firms, trade associations, lobbyists, and prominent individuals and organizations in the business and political world. (Submitted June 2006)

David Kuehn (MPA ’97) is the first Manager of the Federal Highway Administration Exploratory Advanced Research Program, beginning February 2008. The program focuses on longer term and higher risk research with the potential for transformational improvements to the transportation system. (Submitted January 2008)

Jim Lewis (BS ’97) serves as Assistant City Manager of Atascadero, which is located on California’s Central Coast. As ACM, he serves as the COO, CIO, and Personnel Officer and manages several special projects. He also serves on ICMA’s national Emerging Leaders Task Force. (Submitted September 2006)

Andrew Smith (MPA ’97) has just been promoted from Captain to Commander in the Los Angeles Police Department. He will be in charge of the Central Division. (Submitted June 2007)

Class of 1996

Franklin Burris (MPA ’96) has been elected Chairman of the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce, an business organization with over 600 members in Northern California. (Submitted November 2009)

Chris Harahan (’92, MRED ’96) is currently a Vice President at Lowe Enterprises, Inc. based in Los Angeles, CA where he is responsible for the procurement of debt financings for the company’s projects. (Submitted June 2006)

Joseph Kelly (MPA ’96) has been employed with the County of Los Angeles since graduation. For eight years, he was with the Department of Auditor-Controller, rising to Chief Accountant-Auditor. While there, he obtained his Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designation. In 2004, Joseph joined the Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector as Assistant Treasurer and Tax Collector, managing the Internal Controls Branch. (Submitted October 2006)

Jon Nouchi (DPDS ’96) has been promoted to Senior Planner and Chair of the Technology Steering Committee at Oahu Transit Services, Inc., operators of Honolulu’s award-winning TheBus system. He is now overseeing route and land use planning and must integrate all intelligent transportation systems to promote operating efficiency. He looks forward to hearing from classmates as they are nearing their 10th year anniversary since graduation. (Submitted March 2006)

Jeffrey Weiss (MRED ’96) recently joined Alliant Capital, a national syndicator of federal and state low income housing and historic tax credits as a Senior Vice President, responsible for raising equity from corporate investors. (Submitted November 2006)

Class of 1995

C. Carl Chandler (MPA ’95) was recently promoted to a supervisory position at FBI HQ in Washington, D.C. and assigned to a liason position at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. His wife, Cassandra Chandler, who is also an FBI Agent, was recently promoted to the Senior Executive Service rank and thus becomes the highest ranking black female Special Agent in the history of the FBI. (Submitted 2005)

Ian Kline (MPP ’95) has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Cadmus Group, Inc. Founded in 1983, Cadmus helps government, nonprofit, and corporate clients address critical challenges in the environmental and energy sectors. Cadmus provides research and analytical services in the U.S. and abroad, specializing in solving complex problems that demand innovative, multidisciplinary thinking. Among the group’s major practice areas are drinking water and water quality, communications and social marketing, energy services (including energy efficiency and renewable energy), risk assessment, environmental impact assessment and environmentally sound design, and environmental management. (Submitted July 2007)

Bart Ney (BS ’95) serves as public information officer for Caltrans. In this capacity, he worked on the Zampa Memorial Bridge project, the first major suspension bridge built in the U.S. in three decades. During this time, he wrote Spanning the Carquinez Strait, a book on the making of the bridge, and wrote and co-produced a film documentary of the same name. In 2004, Ney received the California Association of Public Information Officers Award of Distinction for Innovation in Public Awareness. (Submitted February 2006)

R. Matt Rodriguez (BS ’92, MPA ’95, MPL ’95) is the Assistant City Manager of the City of Pittsburg, CA, and the Assistant Executive Director of its Redevelopment Agency since his appointment in March 1995. Mr. Rodriguez formerly held the positions of Assistant City Manager for the Cities of Imperial Beach, CA, and Solana Beach, CA in San Diego County, and is a credentialed City Manager through International City/County Management Association since February 2004. (Submitted May 2006)

Jason Umino (BS ’95) is currently the Research Manager at the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau in Honolulu, Hawaii. He had previously worked for the Department of Commerce in Washington D.C. (Submitted February 2007)

Class of 1994

Calvin Edwards (DPA ’94) currently serves as Associate Professor and Chair of the Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies Department at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. Edwards retired as Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Department of Justice. (Submitted November 2006)

David Kim (MPA ’94) was recently appointed to serve in the Obama Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation. (Submitted November 2009)

Class of 1993

Ken Cimino (MPA ’93) graduated from Claremont Graduate University’s School of Economics and Politics with a Ph.D. in Political Science. He just published Gay Conservatives: Group Consciousness and Gay Assimilation (Haworth Press 2006). Currently, he conducts transportation planning for the State of California. (Submitted June 2006)

Maximo “Max” Gallegos Jr. (BS ’93) received the 2006 Marketing Manager of the Year Award by McDonald’s Corporation. He was married to his wife, Alicia, on July 7, 2007 at USC’s Town & Gown. (Submitted May 2007)

Class of 1992

Chris Harahan (’92, MRED ’96) is currently a Vice President at Lowe Enterprises, Inc. based in Los Angeles, CA where he is responsible for the procurement of debt financings for the company’s projects. (Submitted June 2006)

Andrew Katersky (BS ’92) is the Vice President of Finance for Pacifica Ventures, a Santa Monica, CA based real estate firm specializing in the development and management of Movie and Television studios. (Submitted December 2009)

R. Matt Rodriguez (BS ’92, MPA ’95, MPL ’95) is the Assistant City Manager of the City of Pittsburg, CA, and the Assistant Executive Director of its Redevelopment Agency since his appointment in March 1995. Mr. Rodriguez formerly held the positions of Assistant City Manager for the Cities of Imperial Beach, CA, and Solana Beach, CA in San Diego County, and is a credentialed City Manager through International City/County Management Association since February 2004. (Submitted May 2006)

Lory Sullivan (BS ’91, MPA ’92) just finished a master’s degree in Education and will be teaching elementary school this fall in New York. (Submitted June 2006)

Class of 1991

Adam Greenfader (MRED ’91) has been working in San Juan Puerto Rico since 1993 as a real estate developer. He is currently president of AXYON, Advanced Solutions For Real Estate Development. (Submitted May 2006)

Lory Sullivan (BS ’91, MPA ’92) just finished a master’s degree in Education and will be teaching elementary school this fall in New York. (Submitted June 2006)

Class of 1990

Henry Marvin (’90) is president of the ISU Stephen B. Marvin Insurance Agency, Inc. located in Lancaster, CA. He is also an active alumni member of TKE-USC. (Submitted June 2006)

David Much (BS ’90) was promoted to LtCol in the Marine Corps Reserve in March 2006. In April 2006, he was the subject of a cover story article by Senior Market Advisor magazine, an industry publication with a circulation of 50,000 financial advisors working with retirees. (Submitted June 2006)

Richard Narad (MPA ’85, DPA ’90) recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders. (Submitted January 2010)

Nick Ushijima (MRED ’90) has been named Chairman and CEO of Susquehanna Holdings, Ltd, a Fukuoka, Japan-based real estate investment firm. Susquehanna Holdings is the general partner for a series of private equity funds that invest in the Japanese real estate market. (Submitted January 2007)