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This year's alumni award recipients from the Annual NAUAA
November 15, 2000
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Alumni Achievement Award Celebration held this year at Homecoming:

Homecoming Biographies


Armando Alonzo

Armando Alonzo (alum, BS - Elementary Education, 1988) is the math and science coordinator for Arizona School Services through Educational Technology, an Arizona State University-based organization dedicated to improving teaching and learning through technology. Because both his parents worked at the university, Armando knew from an early age he wanted to attend NAU. After graduating from Coconino High School in 1976, Armando attended NAU for two semesters before dropping out. In 1979, he married Lorri Barkemeyer (alumna, BS - Elementary Education, 1981; MA - Elementary Education, 1999), and worked as a mason and independent contractor in Flagstaff. In the winter, when the masonry work was limited, Armando returned to NAU and pursued a degree in education. Before taking his current position with ASSET, Armando taught seventh grade at Isaac Imes Magnet School in Glendale.

Lisa Rojas Bacus

Lisa Rojas Bacus (alumna, BS - Management, 1986; BA - Spanish, 1986) is the brand manager for Lincoln Mercury World Headquarters in Irvine, CA. In 2000, she received an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Lisa has volunteered with many organizations, including the Junior Achievement Mentoring Program, Rainbow Preschool, the Focus Hope Community Service Project and the Youth for Tomorrow Community Service Project. She is a member of the Women's Marketing Committee, the National Association for Female Executives and Toastmaster's International. Her professional honors include the Ford Customer Driven Quality Award, the Ford Market Representation Award, the Ford Zone Manager of the Month/Year, and Who's Who in Professional and Executive Women. Lisa enjoys golf, camping, hiking, bicycling and traveling. She and her husband, Brian (alum, BS - Mechanical Engineering, 1987), have been married for eleven years, and have two children.

Lisa L. Bagwell

Lisa Bagwell (alumna, BS - Electrical Engineering, 1989) is the district manager for the Houston Industrial and OEM Teams at General Electric's Industrial Systems division. Industrial Systems is a $5.6 billion global business headquartered in Plainville, CT, that produces a wide range of electrical and electronic products. General Electric hired Lisa through the on-campus recruiting center at NAU, and she began her career with the company in Schenectady, NY, in 1990. Lisa is active with Special Olympics, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Habitat for Humanity. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., and is involved in numerous Houston-based community activities through the Elfun Society, a General Electric volunteer organization.

Doug Bracken

Doug Bracken (alum, BS - Hotel and Restaurant Management, 1987) is co-owner, with Jill Randall (alumna, BS - Hotel and Restaurant Management, 1993), of the Majestic Mountain Inn in Payson, AZ. After graduating from Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, AZ, Doug moved Maui, Hawaii, and worked as a busboy and waiter at the Maui Inter-Continental Hotel. In late 1982, he moved to Phoenix and worked in construction for a year before moving to San Diego and working at a new Inter-Continental Hotel for three months. Realizing that he needed a degree if he intended to pursue a career in hospitality, Doug enrolled at NAU and graduated in 1987. After completing an intensive three-month training program at the Marriott Corporation, Doug and wife opened their own hotel, the Payson Pueblo Inn, which they operated from 1988-1992.

Randall E. Davidson

Randall Davidson (alum, BS - Accounting, 1966) is president and CEO of Dahill Imaging Systems, Inc., a Sharp Copier Dealership with offices in Phoenix and Tempe. From 1987 to 2000, he served as president/CEO of Dahill Industries, Inc., a Sharp Copier dealership in Austin, TX. While Randall was president and CEO of Dahill Industries, the staff grew from three to 250, with annual revenue in excess of $30 million. From 1993-1996 and 1998-2000, Randall was a member of the Sharp Electronics Copier/Facsimile Dealer Council. In 1998 Randall was selected as the Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" in Austin, TX, and in 2000 he was selected by Global Imaging Systems, Inc., for the President's "Dealer of the Year" Award. Randall and his wife, Margaret, have two children, Elizabeth and Beverly.

Bruce G. DuPlanty

Bruce DuPlanty (alum, BMED - Music Education, 1993) is director of bands at Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, AZ. He is a founding staff member at Mountain Ridge and built the instrumental program from 32 students to more than two hundred. Bruce is also the school's technology liaison and chairperson the Technology Committee. He is active as a private saxophone instructor and a performer in the Desert Wind Saxophone Quartet. In 1993, Bruce received the America West, Phoenix Suns Educator of the Year and the Milken Family Foundation National Educator awards, and in 1996 was nominated for the Deer Valley Unified School District Teacher of the Year award.

Stacie Finnell

Stacie (alumna, BS - Fashion Merchandising, 1989) is the proprietor of Thredz, a trendy junior boutique in Flagstaff. After graduating from NAU, Stacie worked at Broadway Southwest in Phoenix as a manager in the lingerie and children's wear departments. In 1991 she moved to San Diego, CA, where she spent three years as a floor manager for the Limited Corporation.

David Noam Friedman

David (alum, BS - Photography, 1996) is Ralph Lauren's only full-time staff photographer. After graduating from NAU, David spent a year working in Phoenix before moving to New York to pursue a photography career. After arriving in New York, David lived at the YMCA and took freelance photography projects. He soon found permanent work as a photographer's assistant at Christie's Auction House, and shortly afterward became Christie's primary photographer.

Russell J. Hanks

Russell Hanks (alum, MA - Public Administration, 1987) is deputy political counselor (first secretary) at the United States Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. From 1995-1998, he was head of the political section, United States Embassy Liaison Office, Abuja, Nigeria. He has held other embassy positions in Praia, Cape Verde; Georgetown, Guyana and Ponta Delgada, Azores. Russell received a BS in Mathematics/Computer Science from Southwestern Oklahoma University (Weatherford, OK), and speaks Portuguese and Arabic, and some French, Spanish and Hausa.

Paul D. Kessel

Paul Kessel (alum, BA - Painting, 1968; MA - Art Education, 1972) is vice president of academic development and delivery at Mohave Community College and an NAU Foundation board member. Prior to his current position at MCC, he served as the school's vice president for information technology and dean of instructional services. He is a founding member of the Arizona Learning Styles committee and hosted "Teaching on Television" seminars in 1990, 1994 and 1995. Paul is president of the Arizona Academic Administrators Association, and has been a national board member of the National Council of Instructional Administrators since 1998.

William B. Mancini

William Mancini (alum, BS - Engineering, 1972) is the chief engineer of principal at Prestressed & Architectural Concrete Services, a firm specializing in detailing and engineering precast concrete products for producers nationwide. During college, William worked as a construction surveyor on major construction projects across the southwest, including the Navajo Generating Station in Page. He received an MS in Structural Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1976, and moved to Denver after graduation, where he began a career in the recast/prestressed concrete industry. Noteworthy projects his firm has worked on include the Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Bank One Ballpark and Staples Center Arena. He is a member of NAU's College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board, the Structural Engineers Association of Arizona and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. He is currently the engineer of record for the Roden Crater Project, an array of underground concrete structures used to capture and transform celestial light into art objects. The project is located inside the cinder cone of an extinct volcano northeast of Flagstaff. William is married and has five children.

Jacquelyn McBain

Jacquelyn McBain attended NAU in 1973, and received a BFA from the University of Arizona in 1980. She is currently involved in self-directed studies of Pronk, Vanitas and 17th and 18th Century floral artists, emphasizing Jan van Huysum, Rachel Ruysch and Jan Davidzs de Heem. Museum collections Jacquelyn has studied intensively include the Norton Simon Museum, the Uffizi Gallery, the Pitti Palace, the Frick and the Getty. She has participated in numerous exhibits, including shows at Florida International University's Art Museum, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Frye Art Museum and the Palo Alto Cultural Center. Jacquelyn has work on display in New York and California, and will soon open an exhibit in Chicago. She lives in southern California.

Michael P. Meredith

Michael Meredith (alum, BS - Mathematics, 1978) is a research fellow in the Division of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at The Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, OH, and an adjunct associate professor of biological statistics, Biometrics Unit, at Cornell University. Prior to his current position, Michael held positions at Cornell University and the University of Cincinnati. He received an MS in Mathematics & Statistics from the University of Arkansas in 1980 and a PhD in Mathematical Statistics, Biometrics from Cornell University in 1987. Michael undertook his PhD while a full-time employee in Procter & Gamble's Biometrics Unit via Cornell's Employee Degree Program.

Dr. Meredith earned a Ph.D. in Mathematical Statistics while employed full-time as a consultant and instructor in the Biometrics Unit at Cornell University. Michael remained on the Graduate Faculty in Cornell's Biometrics Unit until leaving for Procter & Gamble. In 1993,Cornell re-appointed Dr. Meredith as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Biological Statistics at Cornell University.

At Procter & Gamble, Michael quickly rose to become the youngest appointed Research Fellow. As an expert in the statistical design and analysis of experiments Michael has worked in many of P&G's R&D areas. His primary focus is upon randomized clinical trials for the development of new pharmaceutical drugs. Michael also chairs a committee responsible for the review of all clinical protocols within P&G Pharmaceuticals. Further, he has been qualified as an expert statistical witness in a variety of intellectual property cases in courtrooms in the US and overseas. He also serves on a technical due diligence team for licensing, acquisition and partnering opportunities in P&G Pharmaceuticals.

In addition, Dr. Meredith serves as a biostatistical expert on a clinical advisory committee for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International.

With over 25 publications, a member of advisory boards, committees, and editorial boards in both academia and the pharmaceutical industry, Michael leads an active scientific career.

John V. Molenar

John Molenar (alum, BS - Physics, 1976), a vice president at Air Resource Specialists, has more than twenty years of technical experience in the environmental sciences. At Air Resource Specialists he is responsible for, among other things, research on the measurement of atmospheric electro-optical parameters and the human psycho-physical perception of visual air quality. His expertise covers a broad range of projects, including visibility monitoring and modeling, ambient air quality and meteorological monitoring, atmospheric physics and snow hydrology. He received an MS in atmospheric physics from the University of Nevada-Reno in 1979. Prior to Air Resource Specialists, John worked for the John Muir Institute for Environmental Studies, Inc., the University of Nevada Desert Research Institute and Northern Arizona University.

Robert R. Nichols

Robert Nichols (alum, BS - Music Education, 1982) is the orchestra director at Mesa High School and a doctoral candidate in Music Arts Solo Performance at Arizona State University. He has guest conducted regional and district orchestras and taught at the NAU Summer Music Camp, where he is currently the assistant director. Robert has served on the boards of the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association and the Arizona Music Educators Association. He has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Mesa, Flagstaff Festival of the Arts, Sun City and Tempe symphonies. Robert received his master's degree in Cello Performance from Arizona State University. In 1994, he received the George C. Wilson Leadership/Service Award from the Arizona Music Educators Association. Robert and his wife, Jennifer (alumna, BMED - Music Education, 1983), have three children.

Steven B. Peru

Steven Peru (alum, BS - Applied Sociology, 1979; MA - Public Administration, 1990) has been the Coconino County deputy manager since 1997, and has worked for Coconino County since 1979. He serves on the board of directors for the Flagstaff Leadership Program and Goodwill of Northern Arizona, and is a member of numerous organizations, including Arizona Town Hall, the American Jail Association, the International City/County Management Association, the Museum of Northern Arizona, the Phoenix Art Museum and the Arizona Botanical Gardens. He is a past member of the Guardian Ambulance Advisory Board and the Coordinating Council on Mexican American Affairs, and a former board member of United Way of Northern Arizona.

Stephen G. Saville

Stephen Saville (alum, BS - Journalism, 1985) was owner and publisher of the local award-winning publication, Mountain Living Magazine, before it was purchased by the Pulitzer newspaper chain. He also created the weekly arts and entertainment magazine Flagstaff LIVE! Publications Stephen currently oversees include the annual Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra program, the NAU Spectrum Series programs and Cityscape, the City of Flagstaff's quarterly publication. Stephen has served as a board member of the Flagstaff Rotary Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the United Way of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff Communicators, the Greater Flagstaff Economic Council, Theatrikos and the Governor's Workforce Investment Board. He enjoys flyfishing, hiking and golf. Stephen, his wife, Jill, and daughter, Bailey, have lived in Flagstaff for twelve years.

John H. Stephenson

After 32 years with the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior, John Stephenson (alum, BS - Forestry, 1963) retired in 1995 as chief of biological resources for Arizona. His BLM assignments included Coos Bay, OR: Fairbanks, AK; Washington, D.C.; Salt Lake City, UT; and Phoenix, AZ. He is an active member of the Arizona Wildlife Federation board of directors, and volunteers with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Public Lands Foundation. His hobbies include fishing, hunting, backpacking, camping and RV trips. He also collects antique fishing equipment and is a history buff. John and his wife, Alice, have four grown children.

Tamara S. Talbot

Tamara Talbot (alumna, BS - Nursing, 2000) is the parent resource coordinator for the Schoolbased Parents Anonymous Program at Concho Elementary School. Prior to her current position she was the school's technical assistant to occupational and physical therapy. Tamara serves on the Apache Youth Council, the Improving America's Schools Act Advisory Board for Concho School's Title I Program, the Child Fatality Review Board and the Apache County Coordinated Response Team (Domestic Violence). She has also served on the White Mountain Volunteer Center board of directors, the Governor's Alliance Against Drugs Program advisory board and the NACOO Community Assessment Team. In 2000, she completed a part-time internship with the Arizona State Legislature.

Mary C. Towle

Mary Towle (alumna, MS - Clinical Speech Pathology, 1995) is a speech-language pathologist at Northland Speech and Hearing Associates in Flagstaff. Prior to her current position, she worked as a speech-language pathologist at Sunbelt Rehabilitation Services/Pueblo Norte Nursing Center in Show Low, AZ, and Navajo County Specialist Services Consortium in Holbrook, AZ. Mary received a BA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1991. She received her Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association in 1995, and her Arizona State Licensure as a Speech Language Pathologist in 2000.

Christine E. Turner

Christine Turner (alumna, MA - Geology, 1974), a 26-year employee of the United States Geological Survey in Denver, is its lead scientist on the Morrison Research Team. Her specialty is integrated studies of sedimentary basins, and reconstruction of extinct ecosystems. Christine received her PhD from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and is a member of INCLUDE (Integrated Science and Community-based Values in Land Use Decisionmaking). She is on the advisory board for the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and is a frequent lecturer on environmental philosophy and the role of the geosciences in society.

David A. Williams

David Williams (alum, BS - Education, 1961; MA - Social Science, 1964; PhD - Educational Administration, 1980) spent 22 years in the Flagstaff Public Schools, the last twelve as superintendent of schools. He joined NAU in 1984, and served as executive director/dean of the Center for Excellence in Education until 1991. He also served as dean of the school of Hotel and Restaurant Management from 1992 to 1997. Since 1997, David has taught part-time in the Center for Excellence in Education. David has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, the Coconino Community College Foundation, the NAU Alumni Board, the Arizona Center for Law Related Education, the Arizona Public School Computer Consortium, the Coconino County Guidance Center, Flagstaff Medical Center, Flagstaff Festival of the Arts and the Museum of Northern Arizona. David and his wife, Beth, have three grown children.

Al W. Zelinka

Al Zelinka (alum, BS - Public Planning, 1989) is a principal community planner with Urban Design Studio/RFB Consulting in Irvine, CA, where he works with small and mid-sized communities throughout the west to revitalized downtowns and neighborhoods. After graduating from NAU, Al attended Cornell University, where he graduated in 1991 with a master's degree in regional planning. In 1994 Al became a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and in 1996 he received his certification in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design from the National Crime Prevention Institute. In 2000 he became a Certified Main Street Manager, a distinction held by only 100 people in the United States. He speaks regularly at professional conferences, lectures at universities and writes articles for professional journals and magazines. He has volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Flagstaff and in 1994 served as a VISTA volunteer in Alaska. Al recently co-authored SafeScape: Creating Safer, More Livable Communities Through Planning and Designing, due in December from the American Planning Association. He resides in Old Towne Orange, CA, with his wife, Anna, and their two dogs, Smokey and Ali. Al enjoys traveling, woodworking, outdoor adventure and taking walks.



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