James Craine ’00 (M.A., Geography) is a geography professor at his alma mater, CSUN. In 2016, he was the recipient of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Distinguished Service Award. He is also the editor of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Yearbook and co-editor of the new e-journal Aether: The Journal of Media Geography.
Darrell Lowe ’00 (General Sociology) was hired as a part-time lecturer in CSUN’s newest academic department, the Department of Criminology and Justice Studies. Lowe is a lieutenant in the Santa Monica Police Department.
Julio Cesar Ortiz ’00 (Journalism / Communication Studies) is a reporter for Univision 34 Los Angeles. He won an Emmy in July from the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences in the Category of News Report Single Story. His news story was one of nine nominees. He is also a journalism lecturer at CSUN.
Angeliina Lawson ’02 (Psychology) has relocated to Kansas and is running for board of trustees of the Johnson County Community College District.
Arpine Ovsepyan ’03 (English), ’05 (Secondary Teaching Credential), M.A. ’07 (Educational Administration, Credential) was interviewed by Larry Ferlazzo of Education Week on his online podcast, “Classroom Q&A,” on the topic, “The Best Teaching Advice I Have Ever Received.” Ovsepyan is an English teacher at Herbert Hoover High School in Glendale.
Amul Pandya ’03 (Political Science) learned a lot about the world while attending CSUN, which is what inspired him to make international travel his priority, he said. As of 2017, he has traveled to 30 countries.
Melanie (Brown) Elliott ’04 (Linguistics Interdisciplinary) and Ian Elliott ’06 (Linguistics Interdisciplinary) met as undergraduates at CSUN in 2003 and married in 2006. The couple adopted their son, Victor, in 2014. Ian has worked at Boeing since 2011, and Melanie at the U.S. Department of Energy since 2009. “CSUN was good to us!” Ian said.
Kevin Chaja ’05 (Computer Science) created an augmented reality app, Emotion Cube, that helps youngsters with autism and other mental health challenges develop language and social skills. The app aims to increase student engagement during individual or group counseling sessions, helping children identify feelings and emotions with the use of popular 3-D images in the palm of their hand. Chaja presented a poster at the California Association of School Psychology in October.
Zanaida (Stewart) Robles ’05 (M.M., Music Conducting, pictured above), a composer, conductor, studio vocalist for film and television, and soprano concert soloist, was elected to serve on the national board of the National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM). The organization has been dedicated to the preservation, encouragement and advocacy of all genres of music created and performed by African Americans since 1919. In addition to her master’s from CSUN, Robles holds a bachelor’s from Cal State Long Beach and a Doctor of Music Arts degree from the USC Thornton School of Music. She is married to fellow alum Vincent M. Robles ’07 (Music).
Jennifer (Peterson) Windle ’05 (M.P.A, Public Administration) was honored by the California Association of Public Information Officials with its 2017 Paul B. Clark Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing her exceptional leadership in the profession. She is the president and CEO of Carlsbad-based JPW Communications, and she previously served as public information officer and other communication roles for the cities of Palmdale, San Marcos and Vista, and the Port of San Diego. In addition to her M.P.A. from CSUN, Windle holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Western Washington University and a certificate in economic development from Fresno State.
Jonathan D. Kirzner ’06 (M.S., Biology) is a molecular cell biologist in Los Angeles. He has 10 years of experience in medical research, including at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the biopharmaceutical setting, and he has yielded results that contributed to eight publications in peer-reviewed science journals.
Leah (Wallace) Oviedo ’06 (Liberal Studies / Teaching Credential), M.A. ’10 (Elementary Education), a fifth grade teacher at Walnut Elementary in Newbury Park, brought home twin honors this year — Teacher of the Year awards from the Ventura County Board of Education and the Conejo Valley Unified School District/Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce. The county award put her in the running for California Teacher of the Year. The 35-year-old Moorpark resident was nominated for both awards by her principal, Aileen Wall.
Amanda Andrade ’07 (Family and Consumer Sciences), M.S. ’13 (Family and Consumer Sciences) has been working in the healthcare field, caring for seniors. She has worked in a skilled nursing facility, assisted living and in an Alzheimer’s unit. This fall, she started teaching full time at East Los Angeles College in the Department of Family and Consumer Studies, with an emphasis in gerontology. In January 2017, she and her husband, Renatto, welcomed their first dog, Lomo, into the family.
Tim Gaspar ’07 (Finance) recently purchased a building for his new company, Gaspar Insurance Services. He serves as CEO for the company, which is a full-service insurance agency located on Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills.
Catherine (Cormack) Howard ’07 (Kinesiology), M.P.T. ’10 (Physical Therapy) is a clinical specialist at Kaiser Permanente in Woodland Hills. In July, she finished her transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Western University in Pomona. Previously, she also completed two post-professional programs through Kaiser: an orthopedic residency in 2011 and a manual orthopedic fellowship with specialization in spine rehabilitation in 2014. She also holds an orthopedic physical therapy clinical specialty certification (OCS).
Kijafa I. Idalliah ’07 (History), M.P.A. ’09 (Public Administration) is a community innovation manager at the Seneca Family of Agencies, a Bay Area-based nonprofit focusing on mental health and foster youth. The agency also provides services in Orange County and on LA’s Westside. After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at CSUN, Idalliah served in the Peace Corps in Namibia. Reflecting on 10 years since her undergraduate graduation, Idalliah wrote: “Thanks, CSUN, for the great memories and everything I learned, both academic and personal.”
Nicholas E. Ineck ’07 (Music Industry Studies / Business Marketing) has completed his MBA, worked for a major record label, started two businesses and toured the world as a drummer. However, his biggest challenge and accomplishments occurred this year, Ineck noted: He was nominated as a candidate for the Man of the Year Award by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Los Angeles. Ineck’s fundraising team raised more than $50,000 and contributed to a collective $1.44 million, a record-breaking year for the nonprofit. The society has asked Ineck to join its leadership team for the 2018 award.
Karen Roseberry ’07 (Political Science), M.A. ’08 (Political Science) followed her passion for politics and ran for the U.S. Senate in June 2016. Out of 34 candidates, she came in ninth place.
John Sobhani ’07 (Sociology) has started dental school at Tufts University. Sobhani produced a public service announcement on health awareness and created an online documentary on an unsolved death in Los Angeles.
Lindsay M. Bytof ’08 (Theatre, pictured above) joined Georgia State University in Atlanta as a full-time theatre lecturer this fall. She credited the “excellent foundation of training at CSUN” for preparing her for the position.
Sara Ormenyi ’08 (Geography) provides audio narration for people who are blind and visually impaired, on ABC and Netflix shows. She also works at Guide Dogs of America, an organization that gives seeing-eye dogs to people who are blind and visually impaired.
Tom Vinh Bui ’08 (Cinema and Television Arts), M.A. ’10 (English Literature) ran his first ultramarathon 50K in March, through the peaks and ridgelines of Valencia.
Dominique Elvira Banos ’09 (History) started her own law firm in June 2016. Her goal was to become an attorney by age 30, she noted, but she has accomplished more, as a business owner running her own firm.
Kimiko Tang ’09 (Marketing, pictured above) worked in a corporate job for seven years after graduating. She left that job to start her own calligraphy business, Kiminked.