Profiles of Dominican

Karen Mixon-Martin
Karen Mixon-Martin ’09 MS enrolled at Dominican at the age of 42 to earn her master’s degree with a goal of becoming a public school teacher.
Mariah Chinchilla
Less than two weeks after she walked on stage for Commencement to accept her BA degree in communications and media studies at Dominican in May of 2014, Mariah Chinchilla stepped onto a bigger stage. She is working for NBC Universal in New York City as a marketing coordinator.
Alissa and Briana Gumbs
Graduated seniors Alissa and Briana Gumbs are identical twins from San Diego who came to Dominican and immediately identified with its four ideals: Study, Reflection, Community and Service.
Magdalena Fitipaldi
Ask Magdalena Fitipaldi ’15 what she has done since the 2013 fall semester, and the honors political science and international studies double major will tell you she worked on an ambitious research project focused on the participation of women in politics.
JP McCarvel
When John Paul (J.P.) McCarvel came from Montana to the Dominican campus in 2002, his main focus was soccer, but his major was International Management. He has succeeded quite well in both regards.
Chip Witt
Chip Witt ’93, ‘01 has played many roles during his years as a student-athlete, staff member, teacher and alumni board member at Dominican but he may have landed his best role yet – a problem-solving co-founder of a new high-tech start-up called Cloudstead
Glenn Corey
After primarily being a toy designer for 20 years and working for companies such as Apple and Motorola with stints as a documentary film producer and museum exhibit designer, Glenn Corey arrived at a crossroads in his life in 2009.
Michael Montgomery
Michael Montgomery was listed among Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 Dancers to Watch in 2013” and is considered a rising star in the LINES Ballet that performed in Israel and France late last year. Yet, only a few years ago, he was a student in Dominican’s BFA in Dance program at Angelico Hall.
Maureen Sedonaen
Maureen Sedonaen, who received her MBA in Strategic Leadership at Dominican in 2008, is making another strategic move. She is the new Chief Executive Officer for Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco.
Carson Niello
For Dominican senior Carson Niello, politics is becoming a way of life. In high school in Sacramento, he volunteered to campaign for mayoral candidate Kevin Johnson and ultimately served an internship on the new mayor’s staff. Now Niello, after transferring from the University of Arizona to Dominican for his sophomore year, has progressed to a higher level of government – and aspiration. Last summer he served an internship for United States Senator Barbara Boxer’s office in Washington, D.C.
Gilda Solve
Gilda Solve is a well-established, multi-talented international jazz singer living in France who credits her interdisciplinary education at Dominican as the foundation of her enduring success.
Ashley Fromm
By definition an internship is any period of time during which a beginner acquires experience in an occupation, profession or pursuit. Ashley Fromm took full advantage of her internship at Dominican. Upon her graduation in 2007, Fromm went from company intern to a company co-owner in about one year. She is now one of the four founding partners of Root Pouch, an innovative, award-winning; eco-friendly business in Portland, Ore. that is the only manufacturer of degradable fabric planting containers sold through giant retail stores such as the Home Depot.
Abdurahman Almaimani
In 2011, Abdurahman Almaimani came to Dominican to earn an MBA in Strategic Leadership. Two years later, he graduated with not one but two master’s degrees, becoming the first student at Dominican to complete both an MBA in Strategic Leadership and an MBA in Global Management simultaneously.
Andrew Chino
As a child, Andrew Chino loved playing in the sandbox with Tonka trucks. Now, he’s drawn on his childhood love of construction equipment to create a mobile game that gained thousands of fans in more than 65 countries.
Maria Marciales
The courageous journey to Dominican for MBA student Maria Marciales has been long and challenging, yet rewarding, and above all, inspiring. Maria left her home country of Venezuela to learn English in Boston before landing at Dominican. She has worked with faculty and students in South Africa, presented research with Professor Dr. Rajeev Sooreea in Japan and currently works as a financial analyst with the Marin Symphony, an internship that combines her love of classical music with her passion for finance.
Sharon McKenna & Paul Tasner
Sharon McKenna, a single mother of 13-year-old twin boys, and Paul Tasner, a budding entrepreneur in his 60s, may appear to be unlikely duo yet they were a winning team in April at the annual Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) at UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Rosemarie Michaels
Rosemarie Michaels, assistant professor and coordinator of the Liberal Studies and Multiple Subject Programs in the School of Education And Counseling Psychology at Dominican, has found a better way to enhance the student teaching experience of her students and ultimately improve the quality of teaching.
Jocelle Flores & Daniela Leyva
Dominican students Jocelle Flores and Daniela Leyva have been selected to help launch a statewide program designed to support student leaders advancing service-learning and community engagement at California colleges and universities.
Darcel Sanders
From her new job at the State Capitol Building in Sacramento, Darcel Sanders now jokes that she was first drawn to Dominican in 2005 by the prospect of playing volleyball and the sight of deer wandering on campus.
Dr. Laura Stivers
Dr. Laura Stivers, Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Education and former Associate Professor of Ethics believes homelessness is a preventable problem in the United States. The solution begins with education about the root causes of homelessness, but the political will to change social policies that create inequality and poverty also will be necessary.
Dr. Vania Coelho
There are about 300 samples of ocean coral in aquaria in the marine biology laboratory at Dominican. Dr. Vania Coelho, Associate Professor of Biology and marine ecologist, is working alongside her students to study each one of them in order to better understand how to halt the rapid decline of coral reef ecosystems worldwide. Time is of the essence.
Sandi Chin
Since 2002, Sandi Chin has been the Director of Community Exhibitions at Dominican as well an Art history teacher whose behind-the-scenes actions have provided bountiful opportunities for students and helped showcase Dominican’s programs and campus.
Kendra Woodglass
The magnitude of the moment and the magnificence of the public mural suddenly struck Kendra Woodglass and 13 other Dominican students in the summer of 2012 between West and Greenwich streets in New York City.
A project-based thesis by three Dominican Occupational Therapy graduate students is assisting Marin County agencies in breaking down cultural barriers in the Hispanic community to identify children on the autism spectrum and connect parents to support and services.
Tammy Brawner
When Tammy Brawner graduated from Dominican University of California with her MBA in 2011, she had a dream of traveling the world and someday working for Google. She never dreamed of playing for the Harlem Globetrotters.
Katie Lake
The journey Katie Lake made cross country to dance at Dominican University of California has a happy ending, yet it wasn’t without a dramatic detour. A waltz it wasn’t.
Hunter Horenstein, Brian Sanchez
Surrounded by a capacity crowd of about 1,000 fans at renovated Albert Field in San Rafael at a baseball game this summer, Dominican communications and media studies students Brian Sanchez and Hunter Horenstein, along with Dominican adjunct faculty member Stuart Horne, could not believe their good fortune.
Jacob Noisat
Jacob Noisat had offers in the summer of 2011 to play basketball from Reno to Riverside. From San Diego to New Orleans. From Texas to Connecticut. He chose Dominican for three simple reasons. Location. Location. Location.
Sara Pimentel
When Dominican University of California soccer player Sara Pimentel stepped off a bus in Uganda during the summer of 2011, she never anticipated that she would receive a hero’s welcome. She never felt so much admiration or heard so many cheers for any goal she ever scored.
Stephanie Carnes
When 5-foot-1 Penguins junior basketball player Stephanie Carnes enrolled at Dominican for the fall of 2009, she had no intention whatsoever of playing basketball. She was committed to being a student, not a student-athlete. She was a biological sciences major with a goal of going to medical school. That was her singular focus.
Jeffrey Van Sciver
Prior to November of 2011, the last time Dominican LINES Ballet/BFA in Dance student Jeffrey Van Sciver went to New York City with his mother, Iris, it was to enroll in The Juilliard School. Due to injury, his studies at Juilliard were cut short. But, that November 1, he returned to Manhattan with his mom to mark another major significant step in his dance career: To collect a $10,000 grant from the Princess Grace Foundation.
Sydney Lewis
Sydney Lewis '13, now a district field representative in the Sacramento office of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, was once a member of The Harry Potter Living Learning Community at Dominican yet, what she experienced as a Panetta Institute for Public Policy Congressional Intern in Washington, D.C. during the 2012 fall semester was beyond her wildest dreams.