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Recent Class Notes
Michael Fleming (1993)
Michael Fleming (1993) recently accepted a position at Amedisys Hospice as SVP, Marketing & Development. A career healthcare executive, Mike is now responsible for leading the growth and development of the nation's 5th largest hospice provider. Early in his career, Mike led the marketing department at Community Medical Centers in Fresno, CA.  Click here for photo
Submitted on May 5 2015.

Timothy Garrison (1989)
Tim K. Garrison, Civil Engineering, (1989) writes, "Announcing the publication of my fifth book, PEARL - How Titans Succeed.
I spent the last 15 years studying more than 50 titans, from Rockefeller to Aerosmith, Warren Buffet to Mickey Mantle, in search of their success secrets. Turns out there are no secrets. Rock stars, professional athletes, famous authors, and ultra-successful entrepreneurs all achieved greatness by way of the same simple formula:
PEARL: Passion, Effort, Ability, Risk, Luck
PEARL is a recurring theme present in every success story. Anyone, regardless of education or profession, can learn and apply PEARL to elevate their game, to reach the highest levels of success.
"  Click here for photo
Submitted on Apr 13 2015.

Jason La Russa (1997)
Dorothy “Dottie” Smith (1973), James Yovino (1989), Jason La Russa (1997) and Steve Gonzalez (2009) were honored by Fresno’s Martin Luther King Unity Committee. The annual event honors community, civic, education and government leaders.

MORE: http://www.fresnobee.com/2015/01/16/4334745/king-awards-garlanding-ceremony.html  Click here for photo
Submitted on Feb 6 2015.

Dorothy Smith (1973)
Dorothy “Dottie” Smith (1973), James Yovino (1989), Jason La Russa (1997) and Steve Gonzalez (2009) were honored by Fresno’s Martin Luther King Unity Committee. The annual event honors community, civic, education and government leaders.

MORE: http://www.fresnobee.com/2015/01/16/4334745/king-awards-garlanding-ceremony.html  Click here for photo
Submitted on Feb 6 2015.

Steve Gonzalez (2009)
Dorothy “Dottie” Smith (1973), James Yovino (1989), Jason La Russa (1997) and Steve Gonzalez (2009) were honored by Fresno’s Martin Luther King Unity Committee. The annual event honors community, civic, education and government leaders.

MORE: http://www.fresnobee.com/2015/01/16/4334745/king-awards-garlanding-ceremony.html  Click here for photo
Submitted on Feb 6 2015.

James Yovino (1989)
Dorothy “Dottie” Smith (1973), James Yovino (1989), Jason La Russa (1997) and Steve Gonzalez (2009) were honored by Fresno’s Martin Luther King Unity Committee. The annual event honors community, civic, education and government leaders.

MORE: http://www.fresnobee.com/2015/01/16/4334745/king-awards-garlanding-ceremony.html  Click here for photo
Submitted on Feb 6 2015.

Brian Decker (1980)
Brian Decker (1980) has been named a 2014 top performer by Colliers International.
  Click here for photo
Submitted on Feb 6 2015.

Megan Lerma (2013)
Megan Lerma (2013) has been hired as the outreach and new media assistant at JP Marketing.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Feb 6 2015.

Gary Hill (1967)
Gary J. Hill (1967) has been recognized by the State Bar of California for having been a certified specialist for 20 years in workers’ compensation law.
  Click here for photo
Submitted on Feb 6 2015.

Eliot Nahigian (1973)
Eliot Nahigian (1973) has been recognized by the State Bar of California for having been a certified specialist for 20 years in in estate, probate, and estate planning law.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Feb 6 2015.

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Career News
Michael Fleming (1993)
Michael Fleming (1993) recently accepted a position at Amedisys Hospice as SVP, Marketing & Development. A career healthcare executive, Mike is now responsible for leading the growth and development of the nation's 5th largest hospice provider. Early in his career, Mike led the marketing department at Community Medical Centers in Fresno, CA.  Click here for photo
Submitted on May 5 2015.

Timothy Garrison (1989)
Tim K. Garrison, Civil Engineering, (1989) writes, "Announcing the publication of my fifth book, PEARL - How Titans Succeed.
I spent the last 15 years studying more than 50 titans, from Rockefeller to Aerosmith, Warren Buffet to Mickey Mantle, in search of their success secrets. Turns out there are no secrets. Rock stars, professional athletes, famous authors, and ultra-successful entrepreneurs all achieved greatness by way of the same simple formula:
PEARL: Passion, Effort, Ability, Risk, Luck
PEARL is a recurring theme present in every success story. Anyone, regardless of education or profession, can learn and apply PEARL to elevate their game, to reach the highest levels of success.
"  Click here for photo
Submitted on Apr 13 2015.

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Births & Adoptions
Julia Navarro (2005)
Julia Navarro (2005) is proud to announce the birth of her daughter, Emma Christine at 7lbs 4 oz and 20 ¾. She joins her big sister Grace Isabella, 2 yrs, 3 months.  
Submitted on Oct 12 2011.

Ryan Jacobsen (2002)
Ryan Jacobsen (2002, 2004) and Ashley (DeBenedetto) Jacobsen (2003) are proud to announce the birth of their son, Maverick Laub Jacobsen, who was born on September 4, 2011 at 7:58 a.m. Maverick weighed in at 8 lbs, 9 oz and measured 21-1/2 in long.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Oct 5 2011.

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Marriages & Commitments
Kevin Cooper (2006)
Kevin Cooper (2006, ’07) and Rosemary Abdelshahid got engaged in New York City on December 20, 2014. Congratulations.

As a student, he played for the Bulldogs’ Football Team and was presented the President’s Medal as the outstanding graduate in 2006.

SEE: http://www.gobulldogs.com/genrel/052006aae.html  Click here for photo
Submitted on Feb 4 2015.

Casey Olson (2010)
Kara Marchese and Casey Olson (2010) were married on Oct. 4, 2015 at the
Anthem Country Club in Henderson, Nev. As a student, Olson was All-American
and co-captain of the Bulldogs' Wrestling Team.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Jan 14 2015.

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Catching Up
Jason La Russa (1997)
Dorothy “Dottie” Smith (1973), James Yovino (1989), Jason La Russa (1997) and Steve Gonzalez (2009) were honored by Fresno’s Martin Luther King Unity Committee. The annual event honors community, civic, education and government leaders.

MORE: http://www.fresnobee.com/2015/01/16/4334745/king-awards-garlanding-ceremony.html  Click here for photo
Submitted on Feb 6 2015.

Dorothy Smith (1973)
Dorothy “Dottie” Smith (1973), James Yovino (1989), Jason La Russa (1997) and Steve Gonzalez (2009) were honored by Fresno’s Martin Luther King Unity Committee. The annual event honors community, civic, education and government leaders.

MORE: http://www.fresnobee.com/2015/01/16/4334745/king-awards-garlanding-ceremony.html  Click here for photo
Submitted on Feb 6 2015.

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Educational News
Melissa Tav (2007)
Melissa Tav (2007) has joined the College of Health and Human Services at Fresno State as its inaugural Communications Specialist.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Jul 24 2014.

Tonantzin (Soto) Rodriguez (2007)
Tonantzin (Soto) Rodriguez, MPH (2007) received a Medical Doctorate (MD) from the UC Davis School of Medicine on May 29, 2014. She matched into the Sutter Family Medicine Residency Program in Sacramento, California for further training in primary care.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Apr 8 2014.

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General
Anthony Grieco (1961)
Anthony R. Grieco (1961) has been honored with having his name added as a “Friend” to the National Air and Space Museum's Wall of Honor at the at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virg. He has more than 40 years of experience in the Electronic Warfare field with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and with the U.S. Navy. SEE: http://airandspace.si.edu/support/wall-of-honor/profile-detail.cfm?id=7525  Click here for photo
Submitted on Jul 28 2014.

Amanda (Holder) Leath (1999)
James Leath (2008) and Amanda (Holder) Leath (1999) recently competed in their first all-natural physique competition in Fresno, CA. James placed fourth in men's physique and Amanda placed third in women's figure. They are currently enjoying training for their next competition later this year.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Jul 7 2014.

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In Memoriam
Herbert Hamby (1960)
At age 76, Herb's valiant nine-year battle with Multiple Systems Atrophy came to an end. 'By

grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus alone,' Herb is now in heaven in the company of his

Savior.  
Submitted on Jan 14 2015.

Tina Trout (1961)
Tina M. Trout, 100, of Porterville died Monday. She was a teacher.  
Submitted on Jan 14 2015.

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