Alumni Positive Pursuits: Spring 2024

Image of books written recently by Alum.

March 26, 2024
Gonzaga Magazine | Spring 2024

Accolades & Career Updates

Image of left: ’11 Reedy Berg and right: ’12 M.A. Corey Gause.

(left) ’11 Reedy Berg is a new city council member in Yakima, Wash.

(right) ’12 M.A. Corey Gause is an Air Force Colonel and Commander of the 167th Mission Support Group. He has served for 31 years.


Image of left: ’16 Anna James Miller and right: ’17 Ph.D. Felix Yerace.

(left) ’16 Anna James Miller joined the Sierra Meadows Foundation as the development irector to promote the expansion of regional mental health care.

(right) ’17 Ph.D. Felix Yerace received the Earl Reum Award by the National Association for Student Activities for his efforts to promote and enhance student leadership development.


Image of left: ’23 J.D. Scott Morse and right: ’20, ’23 J.D. Bridgette Roll.

(left) ’23 J.D. Scott Morse joined the Spokane law firm Piskel Yahne Kovarik PLLC as an associate attorney, practicing in construction, real property and land disputes.

(right) ’20, ’23 J.D. Bridgette Roll joined the Spokane law firm Piskel Yahne Kovarik, PLLC as an associate attorney, practicing real estate and property law, contract law, commercial and civil litigation.


Image of left: ’77, ’88 M.A. Jim Thomas and right: ’09 Mashonda Taylor.

(left) ’77, ’88 M.A. Jim Thomas was chosen by Archbishop Paul Etienne to accompany him to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, for the 78th anniversary of the atomic bombings. Thomas served the delegation as a nuclear disarmament expert.

(right) ’09 Mashonda Taylor received honors as the Non- Profit CEO of the Year by the Birmingham (Alabama) Business Journal.

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’93 Kristin Omberg was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, specifically in the category of Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering. She works at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash.

’17 Joseph Harshbarger completed a master’s degree in European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures at the University of Cambridge.

’00 West Livaudais created Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection, a nonprofit to provide care and community to people with spinal cord injuries, after suffering from a spinal cord injury himself in 2013.

’09 Ellen (Mezzera) Lavaia is a producer for a non- profit organization called Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.


In Print

Image of four books written by Gonzaga alum recently.

’68 Barry Andrews has released another book: “The Gospel According to This Moment: The Spiritual Message of Henry David Thoreau,” to add to his list of published works on Transcendental authors Thoreau and Emerson.

’69 Tom Woodley wrote “Last Alarm: The Charleston 9,” the heart- wrenching story of how nine brave firefighters died battling a 2007 fire. Proceeds from book sales benefit the International Fire Fighters Disaster Relief Fund and a Charleston-based nonprofit supporting first responders suffering from PTSD.

’76, ’77 J.D. Judith Corbin tells a fictionalized account of her real-world experiences as a female trial lawyer, learning to wrestle with inner conflicts between feminine instincts and masculine survival tactics, in “Warrior in High Heels.”

Image of books written by ’96 Stephen Fofanoff.

(above) ’96 Stephen Fofanoff published “A Spiritual Toolbox for the Modern Man” as well as the three-book “Creation Seed” series, which provides short prompts for daily reflection.

’97 Ph.D. Cynthia Clauson published “Revealing Resilient Leadership: Empowering Leaders to Transform Schools for Long-term Success.”

’13 Chelsea (Caslavka) Caslie released the third book in her LitRPG Sci-fi Fantasy Fantasia Series, titled “A Broken Game.”

Dwayne J. Clark is founder and CEO of Aegis Living. He is the author of five books, including an autobiography, “My Mother, My Son,” which Hollywood purchased to make into a feature film.


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