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Did you get married? Land a promotion? Travel the world? Let us know and we’ll share the news with the Dominican family through the Class Notes section of The Torch magazine.

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Recent Class Notes

  • Delainey Boyd '19 has started as a scheduler in Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher’s DC office (her dream job)! She is excited to help the office maintain the Congresswoman’s schedule and continue relationships throughout DC and Texas.  
  • Delainey has moved to Washington D.C. and accepted a position at an American Law 100 firm. She is currently working toward her Master's in Education Policy at George Washington University. 

Kristina Podnar '95, MBA '96 completed her book project and published The Power of Digital Policy: A Practical Guide to Minimizing Risk and Maximizing Opportunity for Your Organization. She continues to work with some of the most high-profile companies in the world, helping them see policies as opportunities to free the organization from uncertainty, risk, and internal chaos. Kristina lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and son. 

Jeanne DeFazio's '72 latest book, Keeping the Dream Alive was featured in the 2019 Harvard Magazine Holiday Reading List. 

Samantha Padama '17 and Rond Allen De Leon '17 announced their engagement on December 1, 2019. Samantha said, "It was the easiest yes I've ever said in my life."

Claire (Munzer) Yu '08 continues her work as a manager for the Custom Animation Production team at Pixar Animation Studios and recently celebrated her 10 year work anniversary on May 10, 2019. Her husband, Marc Yu '07, and family were in attendance to cheer her on. 

Brenda Atchinson MBA, '08 was installed as president of the International Chapter of P.E.O. Sisterhood at the organization's biennial convention in Des Moines, Iowa, September 12-14, 2019. Since its inception in 1869, P.E.O., Philanthropic Educational Organization, has helped more than 109,000 women pursue educational goals by providing almost $345 million in grants, scholarships, awards and loans and the stewardship of Cottey College

Monica Rizzo '13 spent over four weeks in India as a Fulbright-Hays honoree sponsored by the United States Department of Education and the United States India Education Foundation. Monica met with policymakers, government officials, NGOs, school leaders, and students while traveling throughout the Indian sub-continent. Highlights of the program included teaching impromptu lessons to classes of Indian school children. Monica teaches 6th grade humanities including ancient India at Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito. 

Forbes Collins II '15 recently qualified for the USGA Mid Amateur Championship —a prestigious national golf tournament for players over 25 y/o. If he wins the mid amateur championship in Colorado, he will play in The Masters in Augusta, April 2020. 

Melinda Shutler '15 studied traditional ecological knowledge of the Makushi and the potential of local wisdom to guide conservation initiatives in Guyana during summer 2019. Melinda, an education program coordinator at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, lives in Tacoma, WA and is a graduate student in Miami University's Global Field Program. 

Devan (Weber) Rourk '13 welcomed her second child, Caleb, in December of 2018. She still resides in San Rafael with her husband Paden and daughter Finley. 

Mary B. Marcy

The Torch Magazine

The Torch is a publication presenting the news, people, and progress of Dominican University of California. In this issue, we highlight the legacy of Dominican University of California's 9th President, Mary B. Marcy.

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