Irma Regalado, '00 MED, was honored with the Esperanza Latino Teacher Award from Chicanos Por La Causa this fall. Irma has taught structured English immersion and English for 15 years. "Winning this award is unbelievable, I feel honored to be recognized for doing what I love," she told the Peoria Times. "Receiving this award validates that what I do is valuable, not just for the students that I serve, but for the community as well. This is truly an honor that I will never forget."
Chris Haines, '01 MED, (photo left) is now Dean of Student Affairs at Phoenix College. Haines has been working in the Maricopa Community Colleges system since 1988, starting at Mesa Community College. Before joining PC, she served as interim associate dean of enrollment services at South Mountain Community College. She was previously interim dean of student services at Scottsdale Community College, interim associate dean of student development at South Mountain Community College, and director of athletics and the fitness center at SMCC.
Congrats to Robert Childs, '05 BA, and Tabitha Messick. The happy couple was married on 11/11/11. Robert is managing partner in International Renewable Energy Distribution and Consulting out of Gainesville, Florida.
Dr. Daniel Mitchell, '01 MED & '08 PhD, is now a psychologist at North Country Children's Clinic in Watertown, New York. He most recently worked at Mercy Behavioral Health and Wellness. Daniel is a member of the American Psychological Association and a National Health Service Corps award recipient.
Kathy Siler, '02 BS, was featured in a story in The Payson Roundup. In the interview she talks about her influences and passion for teaching.
Jessica Clines, '03 BA, has written a new book "loosely based" on her experiences at NAU, she says. The book is called Cheetahs, Mimphs & Roommates. Read more about it. (image right)
Brent W. Nelson, '05 BS, has joined the Tucson office of Snell & Wilmer. His practice is focused on domestic and cross-border estate planning and tax matters, including family wealth preservation and corporate succession strategies that take into consideration transfer tax and income tax issues.
Ashley Bedwell, '07 BS, (who you may remember as the 2007 NAU Homecoming Queen) (photo left) has been working as a defense contractor for the last four years. She specifically has been supporting the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the Institute of Makers of Explosives (IME) in explosives modeling and testing. "Basically, we blow up various types of buildings used to store and manufacture explosives and model the hazardous effects. Based on test data, our software determines a level of risk to personnel and the public in terms of probability of fatality, major and minor injury. It is the only risk-based software approved by the DoD for site planning and widely used for analysis in the commercial and international explosives world," Ashley tells us.
Kristin Madison, '08 BS, (photo right) is now marketing coordinator for Speedpro Imaging of Scottsdale. She tells us, "when I am not at Coyotes hockey games, I volunteer my free time to the North Scottsdale Chamber through many philanthropic activities such as the most recent St. Mary's Food Bank Thanksgiving Food Box Distribution."
Alisha O'Connor, '08 BS, (photo left) is now a sales manager at the Westin Verasa Napa. Previously she developed and oversaw the Westin Verasa Napa's group and corporate travel sales as well as the hotel's catering and convention services. Before that Alisha served as a sales manager for the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale.
Andrew Meeusen, '08 BS, (photo right) wrote to tell us he is living in Phoenix working as a substitute teacher while he is pursuing his master's degree from the University of Arizona.
Congrats to Alana Jessica Everett, '08 MED, and Randy Todd Raizer. The couple was married this summer at the Harbor Club in Huntington, NY. Alana is a physical education teacher for Fremont Junior High in Mesa.
Congrats to alumna Clara Chaffin, '08 MA. She's the new Main Street manager for Kilgore, Texas.
Thomas Byers, '08 BMUS & '10 MM, was featured in the Arizona Daily Sun article "Room for more music: NAU grad opens guitar studio." Congrats, Thomas, on your new studio!
Owner of Louie's Chicken Shack, CJ Hoyt, '09 BS, was featured in an article in the Arizona Daily Sun about the newest location of Louie's. Read it here.
Katherine Jolda, '09 BS, was featured in an article in San Francisco Chronicle about a machine she's invented to process wool and get some cycling in at the same time. She also makes clothing under the brand name Felt the Sun. Read about Katherine and her CycloCarder.
Chris Holmstrom, '08 BA, (photo right) has been named the anchor of the weekend newscasts at 5:30 and 10pm on Tucson's KOLD and at 9 pm on KMSB-TV. He came to KOLD in August as a reporter. Previously Chris had been in southeastern Washington state working for the NBC affiliate serving the cities of Pasco, Richland and Kennewick.
Christoph Heyn, '09 BS, (photo far left) is now working as corporate manager e-commerce marketing at The Ritz-Carlton Corporate Office in Chevy Chase, Maryland. This fall he took part in the 12th worldwide hospitality awards in Paris, where he was selected among the top two finalists in the category "Best Professional Success."
NAU alumna and Peace Corps/Thailand volunteer Rebekah Guillory, '09 BS, (photo left) has been working as a teacher in Thailand since January 2010, and recently organized "a very successful three-day youth leadership conference for Thai youth in Central Thailand." "Young people in Thailand have a lot of motivation and want to help their communities," Rebekah says. "The problem is that they may not have the planning skills or the confidence they need. Hopefully participation in the conference will help change that."
Megan Broderick, '09 MED, wrote to tell us she recently published a book about "the fun experiences that teachers have in the classroom" called Laugh and Learn-Confessions of an Elementary School Teacher. Megan has been teaching kindergarten for eight years. She has a three-year-old daughter. She tells us "there is never a dull moment in the classroom and the students always bring a smile to my face." (image right)
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