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Melanie West Dorn, ‘96 B.S.ED., has completed her Doctor of Pharma- cy degree at the College of Pharmacy- Glendale of Midwestern University. She plans to work in Flagstaff.

John Longobardo, ‘98 B.S., has been promoted by MKTG Services, a leading provider of marketing solutions, to director of national accounts. In his new position he will concentrate on furnishing MKTG’s top financial and insurance clients with high-performance, customized, direct marketing solutions.

John Arnold, ‘99 B.S.B.A., a finan- cial professional and divisional vice president with AXA Advisors LLC in Scottsdale, has earned a Certificate in Retirement Planning from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. One of only 500 financial professionals nationwide to complete this program, John is active in many organizations, including Empowering Punol, Valley of the Sun: United Way Ambassador and Sun Angel Foundation.

Katie M. Black, ‘99 B.S., has joined the law firm of McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips P.A. in Kansas City, Kan., as a member of the workers’ compensa- tion practice group. She earned her J.D. in 2006 from University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

Karen Hynes, ‘99 M.ED., and Tamara Moore, ‘07 B.S.ED., are living illustrations of the axiom,“you never know.” Writes Karen, “This year I will be teaching first grade with a grad of NAU who was in my class as a first-grader …Tammy Moore! I am

very excited to have had the privilege of watching her grow and develop into a fine young lady. As I near the end of my teaching career, Tammy’s is just beginning. What an honor.” And she can no longer get on her former student’s case for talking during class. Our advice to Tammy: Bring Karen an apple. It still can’t hurt.

Matthew Spieler, ‘99 B.S.JOUR., has received special recognition from the North American Laminate Flooring Association for his years of contribution to the growth of the laminate industry. As senior executive editor of Floor Covering News, he was the first person in the U.S. floor covering trade to write a story about laminate flooring, and the “Lammy” award honors his coverage of the fledgling industry since its U.S. debut in the early ‘90s.


Lydia Kennedy, ‘00 M.ED., was recognized by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Univision Radio as one of Arizona’s finest Hispanic leaders at the inaugural 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 awards. Designated a “stellar employee and champion of our community who continually excels in her career, helping establish a solid foundation for Hispanics in Arizona,” Lydia is the human resources director for Buffalo Exchange, headquartered in Tucson.

Miriam Roa, ‘01 M.B.A., is chief executive officer for Phoenix Elementary School District #1. Awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers

Association and Arizona Association of School Business Officials eight times, she has been with the district since 2005. She is bilingual in Spanish and English, and a candidate in the Arizona State University doctoral program for Educational Leadership and Policy.

Kelly J. Shira, ‘00 B.A., joined Gust Rosenfeld P.L.C. as an associate, practicing education, employment and environmental law, general insur- ance defense and complex litigation. Her experience encompasses work with more than 30 public school dis- tricts, including those on Navajo and Hopi reservations. A former execu- tive council member for the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Arizona, Kelly is admitted to practice in many courts in Arizona.

Joanna Ulloa, ‘02 M.ED., and Reeve Staley, attended, were married Dec. 31, 2006. An elegant reception and delicious dinner fol- lowed at the Ritz-Carlton in Phoenix, with dancing going well past midnight. The newlyweds then rested their feet Hawaiian-style, honeymooning in Oahu and Maui.

Mariela Bean, ‘03 M.ED., was honored twice in September: for her “outstanding contribution to the Hispanic community” in Prescott Valley, Ariz., by the Tri-City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and with the Mayor’s Recognition Award. As head of the English Language Learners pro- gram in the Humboldt Unified School District, her stewardship includes approximately 600 Hispanic children at the 12 district schools, as well as media relations.

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Brian O’Neill, ‘99 B.M., has been putting his summa cum laude in music/percussion studies to good use as a member of Waitiki, a “Polynesian exotica/tiki band that plays the lounge music of faux Polynesia from the‘50s and‘60s.”Hailing from Boston,Waitiki has performed in Mexico, won a Hawaii Music Award in 2006 for Best Exotica Album, and headlined at the 2005 Hawaii Jazz Festival. “We’re one of only two bands in the world playing this long-lost style of music which wraps jazz, Latin,Asian and otherworldly sounds under a tropical umbrella,” writes Brian.When he isn’t caressing the steel drums, he is a freelance percussionist, interaction designer and user-experience professional.To say aloha to Brian and the band, or to download their latest album, Rendezvous in Okonkuluku (available through iTunes), visit waitiki.com.

Joanna Ulloa,‘02 M.ED., and Reeve Staley, attended

Amy Karn, ‘03 B.S., missed last year’s NAU Alaska Alumni breakfast, but she has stayed in touch with other NAU alumnae of Alpha Omi- cron Pi and is excited to announce the intention to found a formal AOII Alaska Alumnae chapter. “It’s wonderful to hear about these NAU alumni events, and to be involved in establishing an organization that was so important to me during my time at NAU.” Amy lives in Wasilla and works for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Planning Department.

Jacob Sackin, ‘05 M.A., has written a “young adult environmental science fiction novel,” Islands (Windstorm Cre- ative, 2007). With extensive experi- ence as a naturalist in South America and a gifted hand—he created the illustrations for Islands—he projects a dystopia that is completely isolated from the natural world, 100 years from now. For bio information, an interview and more, visit jackobsackin.com.

John Mallos, ‘07 M.S., formerly a Lieutenant Commander of the U.S. Public Health Service, Mallos is now health attaché in Brazil. He writes,“It is an honor to be mentioned in Secretary [Mike Leavitt’s] blog about Africa … the blog says it all.”To read an impres- sive account of John’s hands-on work— including an account of a trau- matic vehicle accident in Tanzania—go to http://secretarysblog.hhs.gov.

naualumni.com I Spring 2008


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