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Titles by Alumni

June 14, 2021
Gonzaga Magazine, Summer 2021


’74 Jeanne-Marie Osterman published a book of poetry, “Shellback,” inspired by her father’s combat service during World War II. See selection on page 16.

’90 Jennifer Burek Pierce published “Narratives, Nerdfighters, and New Media.”

’21 Jacob Parks co-authored “Never Say Sell: How the World’s Best Consulting and Professional Services Firms Expand Client Relationships.”

3 separate book covers


’74 Michael Weaver is director of Permanent Deacons at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu.

’97 Michael Kittilstved is undersheriff at the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, where he has served for the past 25 years.

’99 Peter Tuenge joined the American Board of Trial Advocates and is president of the Oregon Association of Defense Council.

’00 Stacie Baumann Davis is development manager of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest. She previously served as youth programs advocate for 17 years.

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Left: Michael Kittilstved; Top: Teresa Hartmeier Stopka; Bottom: Janey Ortega; Right: Colin Terry

’03 Katie Svoboda became the first female to serve as an elected judge on the Grays Harbor County Superior Court.

’04, ’07 M.B.A. Sarah (Taylor) Schwering founded s•squared marketing & communications, specializing in research, communication plans, and marketing strategy execution.

’05 Ashley (Thayer) Martin joined the Gonzaga team as senior director of marketing. She was previously at Klundt Hosmer for 14 years, as partner and chief relationship officer.

’06 Colin Terry is assistant vice president for student life at Colorado School of Mines.

‘06 Tito Castro celebrated five years with the Sacramento Fire Department as a firefighter/paramedic.

’08, ’09 M.A. Teresa Hartmeier Stopka joined the National Assurance Technical Group of CLA.

two separate photos of individuals

Left: Mike Kelsey; Right: Ryan Sheehan

’10, ’12 M.A. Mike Kelsey is a certified employee benefits specialist by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

’12 Gina Cantolini received her first postdoctoral research position through California Sea Grant as a Kelp Management Extension Fellow. She holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from UC Santa Cruz.

’13 Janey Ortega is one of Kootenai County Young Professionals Top 30 Under 40 as a passionate educator.

’16 M.A. Ryan Sheehan is chief operating officer at Spokane International Airport and serves as a national director on the AAAE Board of Directors.

’18 Christina Lalor launched her business, Élay Products, selling biodegradable and zero-waste disposable tableware.

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