LaShandra Rinas ’02 is employed as a Research Assistant for Casa Pacifica in Camarillo, California. Casa Pacifica serves abused, neglected, and severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents from Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties. As one of LaShandra’s responsibilities as a Research Assistant, she conducts surveys to assess Casa Pacifica’s strengths and challenges and presents reports to board members, committees, and staff. “It is really nice to be in a job where I can use my talents and be challenged … I am helping ensure the quality and effectiveness of the agency and its programs for its clients.”
Michael Leckie ’89 is currently Managing Director of Stuart Levine & Associates LLC of Long Island and New York City. SL&A is a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning and change. He and his lovely wife Molly (little sister of Vanguard alumni Wendy Olsen) live in Connecticut with their two boys, Charlie and Jimmy. After graduating from the Psychology program at VU Michael went on to earn an MSOD from Pepperdine University. He has been working as a consultant in the field of organization development and strategic change for the past ten years.
Allison Clark ’03 is excited about her work in a paid internship at the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, D.C. Allison describes her work as the perfect blend of her three passions: politics, business, and psychology. Allison is using much of what she learned at Vanguard as she works on the analysis of a DOJ survey that explored attrition rates, job performance, skills gaps, and job satisfaction. Allison hopes to attend a graduate certificate program in political psychology at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and may eventually work at the FBI, ATF, or CIA.
Justy Riggs-Ramage ’90 is self-employed as a graphic artist. She and 2-year-old Jacab Riley have moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, whre she plans to continue her education in fine arts at the University of New Mexico.
BlancaRosa Craig ’98 has passed her Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) licensure exams!
Roman Napoli ’00 will be graduating this spring from the George Bush School of Government and Public Service with a Masters in Public Administration. Roman has also taken a position as Program Analyst with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
Alicia (Pegg ’02) O’Quinn and Brian welcome home nine-pound Wesley! Alicia reports that she is “enjoying every minute” of motherhood and that life in Medford is great! (3/28/03)
Sheryl (Hall ’91) Curl is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist in charge of mental health in a local county correctional facility (the James Musick Facility of the Orange County Health Care Agency Correctional Mental Health). Sheryl has extensive experience in the field of correctional mental health, including the treatment of juveniles.
Dr. CynDee (Bloemendaal ’92) Pakyurek and her husband (a child/adolescent psychiatrist) are living in Minnesota. CynDee has passed her licensing exams and is the final stages of her licensure process. CynDee’s professional interests focus on working with and helping children with autism and ADHD.
Mark Merrick ’93 is working as Director of Project Management for Ceira Technologies, Inc., a technology consulting firm in Irvine. Jennifer is in her 10th year of teaching at Costa Mesa High School and is currently serving as Chair of the Mathematics Department. Mark and Jennifer live in Lake Forest.