Tatiana M. Hernandez ’10 (Management) was elected to the Society for Human Resource Management’s Young Professionals Advisory Council, which advocates for the society’s young professional members (age 30 and younger). Hernandez is an HR representative at ACCO Engineered Systems.
Estella Owoimaha-Church ’10 (Pan-African Studies) was an EOP special admit student while at CSUN. Recently, she was named a 2017 Top 50 finalist for the Global Teacher Prize, also known as the Nobel of Education. The potential $1 million prize puts her in a class of global educators considered the best in their field. With this recognition also comes new responsibilities to her community, locally and abroad. She serves as a Varkey Teacher Ambassador, as well as an ambassador for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals initiative.
Jouliana Davoudi Chegani ’11 (Biology), M.S. ’13 (Biology) graduated from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC in May. She credited CSUN biology professor Steven Oppenheimer as a great influence and support during her years at CSUN and in pursuing a career in dentistry.
Justin Emord ’11 (Communication Studies) is a bassist in the Los Angeles band Love and a .38. In May, he joined nearly 100 music industry leaders, artists, arts education activists and other members of the National Association of Music Merchants at an “Advocacy Fly-In” to stress the importance of music education to members of Congress in Washington, D.C. Emord and his colleagues advocate for all school-aged children to have access to quality, comprehensive school music education programs.
Katie Hill ’11 (Honors English), M.P.A. ’14 (Public Sector Management) is the executive director and deputy CEO at People Assisting The Homeless (PATH), a family of agencies working to end homelessness. Hill is also running for Congress, in California’s 25th District (Lancaster). She enjoys rock climbing and tending to her small farm in Agua Dulce.
Brad Lohan ’11 (M.A., Screenwriting) made a short film titled Hero from Outer Space. The film was an official selection at the 18th Annual TromaDance Film Festival, a festival for filmmakers and fans.
Casey Primo ’11 (Music Breadth Studies, pictured above) has had two children since graduating from CSUN. She also started a career as a public safety dispatcher for the California Highway Patrol. She recruits for the department and enjoys traveling with her two sons.
August Samie ’11 (English Honors), who was named a Wolfson Scholar as a CSUN undergraduate — the top award given to a graduating senior — was hired as a lecturer in Eurasian history and English composition at the University of Chicago, where he is working on his doctoral dissertation.
Brittany Silverstein ’11 (Journalism) has worked in several newsrooms in California, in cities such as Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Diego, since graduating from CSUN. She recently accepted her first news manager position as an executive producer in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Aaron Figueroa ’12 (History), ’15 (Teaching Credential) earned a High School Baseball City Championship ring as a coach at San Fernando High School and teaches 4th grade at Pacoima Elementary School. Most important, Figueroa said, “I met the love of my life in the CSUN Credential Program.”
Manureet Kaur ’12 (Psychology, pictured above, left) moved back to Australia after graduating and started working in human resources in 2013. She has been promoted to a regional role and works all over Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Shadae Miles ’12 (Sociology) was promoted to senior social worker in the Children and Family Services division of the Orange County Social Services Agency in April.
Liberty Zabala ’12 (Journalism) is a two-time Emmy-nominated reporter and weekend weather anchor for NBC 7 San Diego. She first learned the ropes as a student journalist at CSUN’s Valley View News TV station. In April 2016, Zabala profiled Evelyn Thomas, a Marine and Army National Guard veteran who had been raped by her unit at Camp Pendleton because they learned Thomas was gay, and they wanted to “correct her,” Zabala said. Her reporting earned Zabala the Vada and Colonel Barney Oldfield National Security Reporting Fellowship, which is awarded by the Radio Television News Directors Association to a reporter or producer in radio or TV news engaged in covering national defense and security.
Tom Datro ’13 (M.P.A., Public Sector Management) was accepted to a Ph.D. program at USC, which he started in April. Datro said getting his M.P.A. at CSUN gave him a leg up on his application and allowed him to skip almost 12 hours’ worth of coursework. He aims to complete the program in January 2020. He is married to Tatiana M. Szerwinski ’10 (MBA, Business Administration), who serves as assistant director of finance for the city of Beverly Hills.
Lusine Vardanyan Coppock ’13 (Philosophy) attended Southwestern Law School after graduating and took the California Bar Exam in July 2017. After passing the bar, she started work as a J.D. associate at Heit Law Group, PC and is a fellow at the American Board of Trial Advocates. She and her husband were married in June 2015.
Rebecca Shores ’13 (Child and Adolescent Development) has been a teacher’s associate at the Citizens of the World Charter School in Hollywood for the past four years. This year marked her hiring as the first transitional kindergarten teacher for the school.
Lino Garces ’14 (Biology) finished his second year of medical school in Dominica, a sovereign island in the Caribbean. He is excited to come back to Los Angeles and continue his medical journey.
Leticia Valente ’14 (English) is an administrative support assistant for student hiring at CSUN, where she’s also working on her Master of Arts.
Andrew Albert ’15 (Management) is in the second year of his MBA program at University of California, San Diego — where he met the love of his life while visiting a brewery in San Diego. He is set to graduate with his MBA in 2018.
Leo Sanchez ’15 (English) has been hired as administrative and parent coordinator at Occidental College.
Arman Aivazian ’16 (Marketing) walked the stage at CSUN commencement last spring. After graduation, he landed a job with NVIDIA — a graphic processing unit manufacturer, which the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ranked the No. 1 smartest company in the world for 2017.
Eddie-Wren Bowman ’16 (Marketing) backpacked through Australia and Southeast Asia solo. Over six months, she visited four countries, learned to surf, bathed and hand-fed baby elephants, cliff jumped from waterfalls, trekked up an active volcano and completed an advanced scuba diver certification.
David V. Burns ’16 (Psychology) is teaching science, social studies and adult basic skills to GED students at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore.
Laura Guerrero ’16 (Communication Studies) was hired at Entertainment Fusion Group, an LA-based public relations and entertainment marketing firm. She is an executive assistant and focuses on celebrity outreach for events, as well as product placement. She noted that she’s grateful for what she learned in her CSUN communications courses — skills that apply to her current position.
Wes Hambright ’16 (Teaching Credential), a music teacher at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School, received the 2017 Rookie Teacher of the Year award from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Hambright and 20 other honorees were selected from more than 600 new LAUSD teachers. The district recognized the group at an Aug. 13 celebration at Dodger Stadium. Hambright said he considered the award a win for CSUN’s entire Credential Program, “since I couldn’t have done it without [the faculty’s] vast knowledge and mentoring. Working full time and studying for the past year has had its ups and downs, but when it comes down to it, it has been a very rewarding experience — and I really appreciate the support and education given to me.” Outside the classroom, Hambright is a composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who writes scores for film, contemporary ballet and TV.
Marina Zaher Nakhla ’16 (Psychology) graduated from CSUN with honors. She is continuing her education as a Matador in the clinical psychology M.A. program. She is a bilateral above-knee amputee and has received attention from the National Institutes of Health General Medical Sciences division, which shared her story to promote inclusivity and diversity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
Kelly Guerrero ’17 (English) started a master’s program in applied linguistics at San Diego State University.
Sunshine Williams ’17 (English) has started a Master of Fine Arts creative writing program in fiction at the University of Limerick in Ireland. In May, Williams was honored with a CSUN Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. In her first year at CSUN, she edited The Northridge Review. In 2016, she served as president of the Northridge Creative Writing Circle. And this past year, she was elected as an Associated Students senator for the College of Humanities and served on the MataCare Emergency Grant board. Williams was also the recipient of the 2017 AIFS Generation Study Abroad Scholarship.