Career Moves

June 2016 not only marked the 100th anniversary of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), but also the first induction of ROTC alumni into the Army ROTC Hall of Fame. ’62 Jeffry Colliton was recognized for his longtime community service including a stint as Spokane city councilman, and Maj. Gen. Dr. Joseph Caravalho ’79, from the Pentagon, for his distinguished military career as staff surgeon for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The names of both gentlemen are displayed at the Army ROTC Hall of Fame at Fort Knox, KY.

The Washington State Association for Justice presented ’77 Richard B. Kayne, J.D. with the William O. Douglas Judicial Service Award for recognition of his diligent service on the bench and commitment to the justice system in the state. Kayne has served more than 20 years as a municipal and tribal court judge. Mary Fairhurst (’79, ’83 J.D.) was elected the 56th chief justice of the Washington Supreme Court by a vote of her peers. She succeeds GU Law grad Barbara Madsen (’77 J.D.), one of the longest-serving chief justices in state history.

’93 William Lawlor was appointed assistant vice chancellor for business and finance at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he also oversees risk management, real estate acquisition, the controller’s office and more.

After teaching in England and now Oregon, ’98 Matt Kolbet noticed the emphasis on how often students are tested. Trying to take a farcical angle of teachers using this to their advantage, Kolbet wrote and recently published “Lunar Year.” The story focuses on American teacher Thomas Little, who bets on his students’ exam results as a way to earn a little extra money. Kolbet also writes poetry and short stories.

’10 Thomas Hergenrader is statewide chief estimator for the Waterworks Division of Ferguson Enterprises in Hawaii. Responsible for reviewing plans and preparing cost estimates for wet utilities on construction projects across the state, his family is very proud of this promotion after five years with Ferguson Enterprises Inc.

An avid storyteller and artist, ’82 Kate Kennedy published her first book, The Sound Prince and the Pocket Dragon, the first installment in her middle school fantasy adventure series, Sound Prince. The book features a boy named Devon and a pocket-sized dragon named Iz, who together are swept into a mysterious world where they try to escape the evil ruler. As the author and illustrator, Kennedy delivers a fun fantasy tale for all ages.

’11 Keagan Kerr is the new chief human resources officer for Pacific Seafood Group, where he oversees global human resources and talent strategy. He previously served as senior vice president of corporate affairs and human resources for Coeur Mining.

’11 Eddie Thenell completed his Ph.D. in physics by successfully defending his thesis on “Strongly Driven Magnetic Resonance Systems,” which helped characterize materials for use in next-generation LEDs and solar cells. Thenell has been a part of the Physics Department at the University of Utah since August 2011 and serves as chair of the department’s graduate student action committee.

’12 Shane Murphy, graduate of the organizational leadership program, was recognized with the chairman’s award for leading his team to greater sales contracts with OEC, the automotive industry’s largest auto parts marketplace.

’13 Tom Elliot is the newest addition to the Elliot Group at RBC Wealth Management. To further his professional development as financial adviser, Elliot enrolled in a Certified Financial Planning course through Northwestern University. In his spare time, he mentors scholarship recipients of Cancer for College and continues his travel pursuits, including a trip to climb Mount Rainier in the spring.

Elected to Serve

Catherine Cortez Masto, a 1990 Gonzaga University School of Law alumna, is the first Latina and first woman from Nevada elected to the U.S. Senate. She fills the seat vacated by Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic minority leader, and becomes the first Gonzaga graduate elected to the U.S. Senate. (Four Gonzaga alumni have become U.S. representatives.)

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Cortez Masto served two terms as Nevada’s attorney general from 2007 to 2015 during which time she helped pass laws to combat the manufacturing, distribution and use of methamphetamines. She also worked to improve the laws preventing sex trafficking and violence against women and to protect children from sexual predators. In addition, she led a fight against home foreclosure fraud, securing nearly $2 billion for Nevada homeowners from banks as part of the National Mortgage Settlement.

In her victory speech, Cortez Masto said she will advocate for equal pay for equal work, an increase of the minimum wage, paid family leave, environmental protection, and especially comprehensive immigration reform.

No Age Limit

’54 John Andrew is attempting a quest to ski at every downhill ski area in North America during retirement. On February 4 of this year, he skied his 541st location (at a temp of minus 20°) in northern Alberta. With 670 active downhill ski areas in North America, Andrew is well on his way to achieving his goal. Andrew is a Trustee Emeritus at Gonzaga, having served on its Board of Trustees for 15 years during the 1980s and early 1990s. He attended his last trustee meeting in 1996 and began his quest the next day at Lookout Pass in Idaho. Twenty-one years later, at age 86, his quest continues.


Mixing It Up

’12 Sarah Pierce is putting to good use her master’s in nurse anesthesia degree, a joint program of Gonzaga and Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. “The quality of education was unbelievable,” Pierce remarks. “I was exposed to a plethora of cases, far exceeding the minimum qualifications for most other programs.”

As a partner in the Anesthesia Joint Operating Committee at Kootenai Health, Pierce has found a rewarding career in more ways than one. Besides being able to build trusting relationships with her patients, she serves on boards of the Anesthesia Associates of Coeur d’Alene and the Kootenai Health Foundation. She also started the Pierce Family Scholarship to help employees of Kootenai Health who seek training to advance their careers.

Pierce wants all students and especially aspiring nurses to consider the big picture: “The best job in the world is being able to mix your career with what you love to do.” –> Read more about Sarah here. 


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