ZagTalks Speakers

Alumna Cat Truong '14

Alumna Cat Truong, ’14

Cat Truong hails from Spokane, WA and completed her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Gonzaga in 2014. She works for Bonneville Power and remains active in her local community by participating in the GU Alumni Board, St. Al's Young Adults Leadership Team, and volunteering. She does not enjoy long walks on the beach, but can often be found propagating succulents, painting murals, contributing to her Mini Aussie's obesity problem, and/or decorating homes. She is actively pursuing her "50 before 30" list, traveling to as many states as her free time allows.


Mike Roth

Mike Roth, MA ’83, Director of Athletics

Mike Roth has dedicated more than 30 years to Gonzaga Athletics. The 2019-20 academic year marks Roth’s 23rd season as Gonzaga’s Director of Athletics. Under Roth’s leadership, the Bulldog athletic programs continue to thrive with unprecedented success on and off the court in terms of NCAA appearances, all-conference performers, departmental GPA, NCAA Academic Progress Rate, and Graduation Success Rate. In the past years the men’s basketball team has flourished into one of the nation’s elite programs, becoming the only team in the nation to make each of the last five Sweet 16s.


Marco and Monica Gonzales

Alumni Marco and Monica Gonzales, ’14

Marco and Monica Gonzales are proud Gonzaga Alumni who now reside in Seattle, where Marco is a starting pitcher for the Mariners and Monica leads community events and works as a health and fitness professional. On top of their busy and active lifestyle, they both are leaders in the community, serving over a dozen different missions and non-profits in the Seattle area. They have made it their goal to begin their own non-profit foundation aimed towards finding a cure for Multiple Systems Atrophy (a rare neurological disorder) as well as providing opportunities for young underprivileged athletes.


Karlene Hoo

Dr. Karlene Hoo, Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science

Karlene A. Hoo is the new dean of the Gonzaga University School of Engineering and Applied Science. She has earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in chemical engineering. Her research scholarship has focused on the areas of dynamical system theory, artificial intelligence/machine learning, supervisory and model-based control synthesis and fault identification and monitoring. She has more than 65 peer-reviewed publications and more than 50 contributed presentations at international and national conferences. Dr. Hoo has entered her leadership role with the goal of “helping all faculty, students and staff realize their full potential”. Hoo has a record of sustained scholarly and professional achievement as well as leadership activities in professional societies.


Portrait of Matthew Bahr, Associate Professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice; Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Matt Bahr, Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Bahr teaches courses in quantitative research methods, statistics, sociology of religion, and population and demography. His research interests include sociology of religion and public policy. His most recent project appearing in Social Science Research, explores correlates of financial giving to religious organizations.