Justin Valdez, Nursing, 2015

Upon arriving at Dominican, Justin knew Dominican was the perfect school for his growth as a student, athlete and professional. He was attracted to a well-respected and recognized nursing program as well as a newly growing Cross Country program. Justin also was involved in multiple leadership roles including: the American Assembly for Men in Nursing North-Bay Chapter, the Mountain Bike Club, PSAAC and served as the Assistant Cross Country Coach at Dominican. While juggling many responsibilities, he sought to be a leader, making a commitment to serve something greater by giving back to some of the most dedicated and selfless people: our veterans, military members and their families. He was accepted into the United States Navy Nurse Candidate Program. Justin credits his Cross Country Coach, Teressa DiPerna, and Dr. Luanne Linnard-Palmer, as his most influential role models. They continue to support his goals as both a nurse and an athlete, which he is very thankful for. For Justin, the experiences and life-lasting friendships he's made with faculty and peers has been the most rewarding. Recently, he has transitioned to serving as a Navy Corps Officer at the “First and Finest” Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Orthopedics (sponsored by Skechers Performance Elite) and represents the United States Navy Marathon Team. As a college graduate, Justin says, “I am continuing to learn something new every day while abiding to the Navy’s core values of honor, courage, and commitment.”

Daniel Vann-Victorino, Chemistry Major, 2017

As the Enterprise Internship Grant recipient, Daniel took full advantage of this opportunity by completing an internship during the Summer of 2016 at the Advanced Surgery Medical Center. As a Chemistry student pursuing medical school with the ambition of becoming an anesthesiologist, Daniel shadowed anesthesiologists, a urologist, and nurses which reaffirmed his career choice. “Dr. Bagga taught me everything I needed to know and gave me a great knowledge base”. Daniel enjoyed watching scrub cases as well as several surgeries including carpal tunnel, a lipectomy and a cystoscopy. While interning up to 24 hours a week, Daniel supplemented his experience by taking a phlebotomy training course for certification to begin working in the field before taking the MCAT’s. His top school choices are: UCDavis, UCSF, UCRiverside, UCLA, and Arizona’s Mayo Clinic. Both Dominican and Daniel would like to thank Enterprise Rent-A-Car for their support which has had tremendous impact on the beginning of Daniel's medical education and career. 

Nirvana Kalinic, Nursing, 2016

As a nursing grad, Nirvana feels very grateful to have been accepted into UCSF’s 9-week RN residency program in the Adult Hematology & Oncology Unit. “It feels surreal”, she says, when asked what it’s like to be gainfully employed in her chosen field at one of the nation’s leading hospitals. She didn’t just prepare for this competitive position, she also networked, by initiating discussions with UCSF contacts, which helped her visibility. She feels the unit’s environment mirrors the environment and her experience at Dominican --- receptive faculty, supportive and understanding, all making for a smooth transition from college-to-career.

Allison Howlett, Chemistry major w/Environmental Chemistry emphasis, 2016

Allison knew a small school was better suited for her. She was looking for a small student-to-teacher ratio, and wanted to be close to her family home in Sonoma County. Dominican was a perfect fit! It offered everything she was looking for, as well as a beneficial financial aid package.

During her time here, she learned a lot, made lifetime friends, and grew as a person. Allison’s internship with Petaluma Poultry spawned her career as Environmental Sustainability Manager – a competitive position, especially for recent graduates. This position shifted her career and lead to her current position and to pursuing a Master’s of Science degree in Environmental Management. During this journey, Allison discovered her value, and her unique and marketable skills. She is excited about the future and has gained the confidence that will be instrumental to her success.

Kelly Bonbright, BFA Graphic Art & Design, BA Communications, 2005

Kelly Bonbright, Script Supervisor at Pixar Animation Studios, has a compelling story regarding her academic and career journey. Kelly was attracted to Dominican by its charming and intimate landscape along with faculty and staff who welcomed her like family. She made the most of her academic experience, serving in various campus leadership roles and participating in creative events and travel excursions with the Dominican community. Kelly began her pathway to success with an internship at a company she credits as the “ultimate graduate school experience": “I started at Pixar during the tail-end of production on The Incredibles, as an eager college intern ready to learn the campus culture and grow in the Consumer Products department. My internship with CP gave me an in-depth view into the world of film studio marketing and merchandising of toys, books and video games: a creative's dream! I also learned the art of organization and communication, two factors for success at Pixar. After graduation, I secured a full-time position with the Publishing team, where I would thrive for 11 years, project managing art and editorial content for Disney/Pixar children’s books. Publishing provided me with exciting travel opportunities to LA, NYC, and DC for Book Expo America and Italy for Bologna Children’s Book Fair, to meet with publishers and discover book formats from all over the world.

This past year I have transitioned into a new role at Pixar as Script Supervisor on Incredibles 2, working alongside powerhouse filmmaking genius, Brad Bird! Each day I collaborate with the director and producers, manage and revise countless script pages, attend Story brainstorms and reviews, and conduct voice recording sessions with talent. My role as Script Supe is part script manager and archivist, communicator extraordinaire to Story and Editorial teams, casting assistant and talent wrangler, and my favorite: scratch voice actor. I am looking forward to adventures ahead as our crew continues to refine the storyline of Incredibles 2!”

Sabrina Dunbar, BFA Studio Art

Sabrina has been very successful in her career development. Initially, she was hired as an Assistant Control Buyer for the Pottery Barn Teen branch of Williams Sonoma Inc. in order to become a planner. She did just that by securing the title of Planning Analyst for Athleta - Gap, Inc. 

Marie Kneemeyer, BFA Graphic Design

Marie is a full-time graphic designer with Daily Acts in Petaluma, a sustainability non-profit that inspires action to create more nourishing, connected, and resilient communities. Marie had many clients as a freelance designer and what is fantastic is that she has reached a stage in her career where she's able to choose employment based on her personal values and interests in environmental issues.

Tashina Garcia-Garza, BA Art History, MA Humanities

Tashina was hired by the City of Los Angeles as a Curatorial Assistant with the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery (LAMAG) and is working with contemporary, mid-level career artists and also assisting with the curation of the Los Angeles airports, LAX and Ontario.

Cynthia Roldan, MBA

After having moved from Southern California to the San Francisco Bay Area, Cynthia decided to continue her education and obtain an MBA with a focus in Strategic Leadership. During her graduate coursework she delivered a new born child, who she often brings to Dominican for year-round school activities. Soon after the birth of her child, she overcame a marital divorce. Cynthia learned resiliency and discovered perseverance while under the guidance of Sue Stavn, the most influential person to her at Dominican. Inspired by 4 passionate faculty members: Thea Bellos, Dan Sevall, Franco Vicino and Jacob Massoud, Cynthia was excited about the content she was learning and appreciated being pushed beyond her comfort level. She took full advantage of the services and resources at Dominican while participating in career-related workshops, including interviewing skills. She is a true testament of student success because she has been able to apply the knowledge and experiences she acquired at school into a professional setting -- including answering difficult interview questions with ease and receiving 3 simultaneous job offers. With Cynthia’s diverse background in accounting, recruiting and now HR administration, she anticipates obtaining a PHR certificate in the near future.

Aimee Carrazco – English Major, Pre-Law Minor

Aimee has wholeheartedly embraced the four Dominican pillars of study, reflection, community and service, and has had countless “aha” moments, including her La Bamba service trip to Tijuana, Mexico. This week-long trip re-impassioned her need to serve the victims of social injustice. Dominican has positively influenced my career as well as my personal and academic aspirations.

I've gained essential time management and organizational skills from interning with the Marin District Attorney’s Office. This hands-on internship helped reaffirm my career goal of becoming a prosecuting attorney and ultimately specializing in Immigration Law. – Aimee

Irene Wilson – Biology

Dominican's student diversity and small class sizes inspired Irene to attend Dominican. 

My dream of becoming a Doctor is within reach with the education I've received at Dominican. I'm grateful for my internship experience as it helped clarify my career aspirations. The foundation skills I gained with Physicians of East Bay may be applied to any medical profession I pursue in the future. – Irene

Stephanie Fonseca – Biology

As an outstanding student at Dominican, Stephanie has worked with the Biology department researching Huntington’s Disease and Neuro Stem Cells. Stephanie has also been working at the Marine Mammal center for two seasons, and has been recently awarded a highly competitive summer internship scholarship at Dominican, which she will be using towards her internship at the Oakland Zoo working with apes.

I feel I have grown personally and professionally during my time at Dominican and feel confident applying to veterinary school after graduation. My favorite animal is the cheetah–I hope to work with large animals throughout my career. – Stephanie

Dana Blaine – Communications

Dana is what we call a ‘superstar intern’. She participated in three meaningful internships throughout her academic program at Dominican and highly recommends that students complete more than just one internship, if possible. During her internship at Comcast SportsNet, she developed marketing skills, learned about public relations and was exposed a lot of sports content. This opportunity provided practical work experience in an area she loves. She recently accepted an Associate Account Manager position for a digital advertising and marketing agency in Marin County. She also plans to start DU's MBA program in Spring 2015. Dana has a well-rounded set of skills which, in addition to marketing and public relations, includes social media, graphic design and communication.

MeKenna Olsen - Communications

Mekenna is a natural networker and has been able to leverage her relationship-building skills both inside and outside the classroom. During a career exploration course, she discovered her passion for creativity and digital design prompting her to major in Communications. These discoveries contributed to her success both as an intern and employee at Chase Bank where she learned how to be flexible in a business setting, while also meeting goals and balancing work/life. 

Leeanne Obilor - Biology

Leeanne has always loved science and people. As a biology student, it is no surprise she pursued an internship with Santa Clara Valley Medical. During this 3-month internship, she gained some practical training including observing a surgical procedure, the first intrusive care where she didn't feel sick. She also had the opportunity to sit in on appointments and check-ups and communicate with patients, her favorite aspect of the internship.

My career goal is to go to medical school and pursue a profession in Pediatrics. I attribute my motivation to the relationships I developed with Dominican's faculty and staff. – Leeanne

Rachel Castro - Art History

As an archive intern at the Civic Center, Rachel was able to explore and hone in on an area she had always been drawn to. This internship challenged me, helped me learn about myself and what a real work scenario is like. I actually archived 500 maps! Additionally, this internship further developed my research skills and sparked my interest in graduate school.

Mellyna Romo - Business

Mellyna sees the value in maintaining good relationships with both academic and professional contacts and advises students to be more active on LinkedIn during their job search. She graduated with a degree in Business with a concentration in Marketing and gained valuable field experience during her internship with H&M. Mellyna is always up for a challenge and thrives when she takes on a lot of responsibilities. She now enjoys a Marketing Coordinator position for Alaniz Marketing. Her hard work and success at college has paid off. She strives to learn and grow with the motto, be happy but never satisfied.

Brandi Tacdol - Biology

After taking on a couple of internships, Brandi found her true passion - making a difference in other people's lives, lifestyles and health choices. Many factors guided her in her decision to pursue the field of pharmacy, including her internship with Ross Valley Compounding Pharmacy. Brandi was very successful there and offered a position as a Pharmacy Technician, which she gladly accepted.

The motivation for pursuing my passion was inspired by my mother, and Dominican alumni. I plan on applying to Pharmacy school and hope to become a Pharmacist in the near future. – Brandi

Glynnis Morrison - Graphic Art & Design

After taking her first art class and extensively researching colleges, Glynnis not only found her calling for art but also found exactly what she was looking for when she discovered Dominican’s Art & Graphic Design program. Glynnis's passion, persistence and positive attitude has ultimately helped her land a position with Gratent Freelance, a Washington, D.C. based company, where she will help build the company's brand through logos, ads, animations and websites.

I didn't know where to begin in terms of getting a job in this field, but Career Services helped me navigate through the tough job market and develop a competitive resume. – Glynnis