Dr. Mark R. Henschke ’80 (Biology, pictured above) is a board-certified physician in internal medicine and medical management, and he maintains a hospital-based practice in York, Maine. Henschke also is a clinical assistant professor of internal medicine in the osteopathic medicine program at the University of New England. In 2016, he was recognized as one of “America’s Most Honored Professionals” by American Registry. He holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California and Master of Medical Management degree from Carnegie Mellon. He lives in New Hampshire and, when not working, can be found surfing off the New England coast and throughout the Western hemisphere.
Sonia Tower ’81 (Theatre) was appointed in September 2016 by President Obama to the Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Tower is principal of cultural development resources and serves as senior advisor to Ovation TV and The Ovation Foundation, positions she has held since 2015. She was president of The Ovation Foundation and senior vice president of corporate relations at Ovation TV from 2011-15, and vice president of communications for both entities from 2007-11. She has served as a member of the Paley Center Media Council and as director of cultural affairs for the City of Ventura cultural affairs division.
Carole Jo Hughes ’83 (Theatre) played Fraulein Schweiger and was in the ball scene of The Sound of Music at the Ojai Art Center Theater. Bonnie Kaplan ’84 (Art, pictured above) was named Teacher of the Year for 2016 by the Correctional Education Association. Bonnie worked for more than 16 years in the Parolee Education Program in California under the auspices of the Contra Costa County Office of Education. She currently serves as an instructor in the E.P.I.C. Program on Skid Row in Los Angeles. Robert Danté Denne ’85 (Organizational Systems Management) was elected to a second term as business representative/secretary-treasurer of I.A.T.S.E Local 729, the motion picture set painters and sign writers union.
Bonnie Kaplan ’84 (Art, pictured above) was named Teacher of the Year for 2016 by the Correctional Education Association. Bonnie worked for more than 16 years in the Parolee Education Program in California under the auspices of the Contra Costa County Office of Education. She currently serves as an instructor in the E.P.I.C. Program on Skid Row in Los Angeles.
Robert Danté Denne ’85 (Organizational Systems Management) was elected to a second term as business representative/secretary-treasurer of I.A.T.S.E Local 729, the motion picture set painters and signwriters union.
Lawrence Rush ’85 (Music, pictured above) is a composer and lyricist who wrote his first song and sang his first solo at the age of 10. At age 16, he became the youngest member of the world-renowned show choir, The Young Americans. After graduating from CSUN, he became the youngest full-time member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus. He has written numerous musicals, and his shows Winter of the Fall and Pride & Prejudice — the Musical were finalists for the Richard Rogers Award (the latter had its world premier in November in England). He also is owner and chef at Cooking A Cappella, a cooking school that mixes cooking classes with music. He recently won a Drammy — Portland’s version of the Tonys — for best original music for the show Under the Influence.
Andrew Weisser ’85 (Journalism), along with Ruth House of ABC7 television, is co-president of the Nonprofit Communications and Media Network, an organization that educates nonprofit professionals, connects with media, and creates communications and cause awareness that make an impact.
John Sparano ’87 (Theatre) is in his third season as set decorator for ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Joye Burton Hunter ’88 (Political Science), M.P.A. ’99 (Public Administration) has worked at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica for more than 25 years. She recently was promoted to director of research financial operations at RAND, overseeing a department of approximately 50 unit operations directors and staff.
Ellen Friedlieb Mayer ’88 (M.S., Counseling) retired as faculty emerita from CSUN’s University Counseling Services and is now president and Asian travel specialist for Asian Odysseys — an agency that provides individual and small-group travel throughout Asia. Mayer helps lead small groups to Myanmar and India and across Asia.