July 2020 Alumni Update

Darian Sagasar (MA ’20, BA ‘14) is a sixth grade teacher at Cottonwood Creek Elementary School in Visalia, CA.

David Brown (BA ’19) was included in KFSN TV (ABC 30)’s July 21, 2020, coverage of California Health Sciences University’s first medical school class. abc30.com/education/california-health-sciences-university-welcome-inaugural-class-for-in-person-learning/6327558/

Melissa Gomez (BA ’19) has a job in health care administration.

Carmen Moreno (TC ‘19, BA ‘09) is a teacher at Monson Sultana School in Sultana, CA.

Brian Semsem (BA ’19) is the subject of a July 14, 2020, article in ACES Connection on his work with Fresno youth using adverse childhood experiences science. Brian is director of recreational resilience programs for the nonprofit Every Neighborhood Partnership. acesconnection.com/blog/aces-champion-brian-semsem-transforming-trauma-neural-pathways-into-resilience-pathways

Kerry Thompson (MA ’19) is director of sports performance at Grambling State University in Grambling, LA.

Hannah (Mendes, BA ’14) and Levi Gill started a mastication/orchard removal business called Arrowhead Forestry Mulching (AFM) in January 2017. AFM was recently featured in the February 2020 Tulare County Farm Bureau newspaper (Volume 383, No. 2).

Ryan Tos (TC ’98, BA ‘97) took a position as California Interscholastic Federation Central Section commissioner July 1. bakersfield.com/sports/new-central-section-commissioner-greeted-with-unique-challenges/article_6c74d852-bd6d-11ea-b8c8-a77c7b2c336a.html

Kathryn Smith Derksen (MA ’98, BA ’95) is program manager for the Southern African Development and Reconstruction Agency (SADRA), a partner of the Mennonite Mission Network.

Joe Prince (BA ’77) is retiring from teaching special education at Sahuarita High School, near Tucson, AZ, but will continue as track coach. During his time at FPU, Joe was a nationally ranked runner who survived cancer. gvnews.com/news/a-life-well-lived-longtime-shs-coach-joe-prince-retires-from-teaching/article_eba9ada0-b7e1-11ea-ab44-0736a1dc7822.html





Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations