February and March 2021 Alumni Update

Ryan McMahon (CTE ’20) is a performing arts teacher at Visalia Charter Independent Study.

Jamie Ralph (MA ’19) joined Jesuit High School, Sacramento, as head athletic trainer. jhsplank.com/8167/showcase/christian-brothers-alum-ms-jamie-ralph-joins-jesuit-community-as-head-athletic-trainer/

Your Central Valley (TV stations KSEE 24 [NBC] and KGPE 47 [CBS]) featured Well Done Moving March 15, 2021. Carlos Torres (BA ’19) founded the company and serves as managing partner. yourcentralvalley.com/cvt/well-done-moving-inc-is-doing-a-job-well-done-for-the-community/

Caleb Fiedor (BS ’15) graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Pacific, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy with his Doctorate of Pharmacy and now works at Adventist Health as a clinical pharmacist. He staffs several hospitals in the Adventist Network and is currently collaborating with system specialists, pharmacy administration and physician groups to create a system wide ambulatory care program within Adventist Health.

Yasmine Mejia (BA ’15) is a senior defense investigator for Fresno County Public Defender’s Office.

Lisa Davis (BA ’14) has been promoted to police support services manager at the Visalia Police Department. hanfordsentinel.com/news/vpd-s-records-supervisor-promoted/article_6c2522d0-1070-5ae5-8022-4ca2539bc2fb.html

Joan Minasian (MA ’10) was honored as one of nine Fresno Women Leading the Way in celebration of Women’s History Month. The women were recognized for their contributions to arts and culture, business, community advocacy, education, health and wellness, labor, public safety, and youth.

Christine Russell (Dillon, BA ’09) has opened Simple Dry, a curbside recyclable moisture absorber developed to replace silica gel, clay and other non-recyclable desiccant packets. simpledry.com

Elsa Gomes Bondlow (BA ’04) was honored as one of Boston’s Most Impactful Black Women 2021 in the category of philanthropy and social justice. This list encompasses a broad range of fields, from media and academia to faith and life sciences.

Elizabeth Wynn (BA ’95) was named the 26th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year by Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia). Elizabeth is director of the Kaweah Delta Hospital Foundation and works to strengthen the Valley as she advocates for everyone’s right to access to health care, food, shelter and education.

Amy (Voris, BA ’92) and Stephen Lewis have moved to Australia with three of their seven children. Steven is the Old Testament lecturer at Reformed Theological College near Melbourne, VIC.

Vern (MA ’82) and Gloria (MA ’85) Neufeld Redekop’s released a book they co-edited: Transforming: Applying Spirituality, Emergent Creativity, and Reconciliation. It is a companion volume to their previous book: Awakening: Exploring Spirituality, Emergent Creativity, and Reconciliation. Both volumes are published by Lexington Books. Vern and Gloria attended the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in the early 1980s. Vern Neufeld Redekop, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of conflict studies at Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada. Gloria Neufeld Redekop, Ph.D., is an author and researcher in spirituality and religious social history. 


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations