May 2018 Alumni Update

Michelle Holguin (BA ’18) is a barista at Starbucks.

Kyle Simkovich (MA ’16) is an athletic trainer for Real Salt Lake, an MLS professional soccer team, in its development academy.

Steven Karcher (SEM ’13) was mentioned in a May 6, 2018, article in the Omaha World-Herald for being the newest edition to Dornan, Troia, Howard, Breitkreutz & Conway PC.

Jason Havay (BA ’12) is a social service assistant at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Chris Wright (MA ’08) started as men’s basketball head coach at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) in Texas May 14, 2018. He joined the Saints in their 10th season as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC).

Krystle (Rivera BA ’05) Woodward is an accountant for the city of Fowler. In 2006 she added a full-time volunteer position to her full-time paid job by agreeing to run the City of Fowler’s Animal Control Office and making Fowler at the time the only no-kill municipality in the Central Valley. In May 2010, Krystle purchased 2.5 acres to build her own sanctuary and the following year founded the non-profit Pinky Paws Search and ResQ. In 2014 she received a 40 Under 40 Award for young professionals running businesses, as well as the 2017 Diamond Award from CV LUX for non-profit work. In April 2017, a rescue went viral on the Dodo with over 83 million views worldwide, and was covered in People, The New York Post, The Daily Mail on Yahoo and other media outlets. In the past 12 years, Krystle has saved thousands of animals, such as cats, a kestrel, a baby owl, a ferret and injured ducks and chickens.  

Megan (Roberts BA ’01) Richard is a resource specialist for Cole Elementary School in Clovis Unified School District.

Kate Wentland (BA ’00) has been teaching at the national seminary in China for the last six years, serving with Mennonite Central Committee and Mennonite Partners in China. She is scheduled to move home to Southern California in August.

Richard Rawls (BA ’87), former history and philosophy faculty, and Janita Rawls, former School of Business dean, published a book chapter, “Intersectionality and the Spoken Word: Towards a Pedagogy Understanding of Culture,” in Engaging Difference: Teaching Humanities and Social Science in Multicultural Environments, edited by Dovile Budryte and Scott Boyken, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2017.  The chapter originated out of pedagogical theories they began developing at FPU.

Ed Boring (BA ’77) is part of the New Wrinkles production at Fresno City College that started May 24.

Linda (Lehman) Seaberg (BA ’68) is performing in the Golden Chain Theater production of Oklahoma! in August 2018.


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations