On her 100th birthday, Deborah Szekely ('14), founder of
Rancho La Puerta Spa in Tecate, has published a book, "100
Lessons from a Grasshopper." In her foreword, Szekely explains
she never actually wrote the content — she verbalized it! Over the
years, the wellness pioneer made short quips and observations during
lectures and speeches that intrigued and amused two of her Rancho La
Puerta staffers, Rob Larson and Peter Jensen. They began jotting them
down as “Deborah-isms.” Read
the full San Diego Union-Tribune article.
Longtime CBS 8 TV reporter Marcella Lee ('21) has been
promoted to main anchor for CBS 8 and its sister station, CW San
on to find out about Lee's journey to the anchor's desk.
President Joe Biden nominated Cindy Marten ('13) as the new
U. S. deputy secretary of education in charge of K-12 and higher
education. Marten, whose favorite mantra is “Work hard. Be kind. Dream
big,” has frequently talked about equity as her goal. “I have
dedicated my life as an educator to improving educational
opportunities and outcomes for all students,” Read
more about her journey from San Diego Girl Scout to Washington, D.C.
Divya Kakaiya, Ph.D. ('09) was published in the San Diego Union-Tribune warning that digital
media addiction is a pandemic for teenagers and children. Dr. Kakaiya
focuses on steps families can take to build resilience back into our
children and teens as the mental health crisis soars.
Erica Ollmann Saphire, Ph.D. ('16) has been awarded $2.6 million in
funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
(NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, to help develop a
pan-coronavirus vaccine that could be effective for years to come. Read more on Erica Ollmann Saphire.
Congratulations to Brittney Reese ‘17, who wrapped up her
Olympic career with a silver medal in the long jump. Over the years,
Britney won 10 Olympic and world championship medals, including a gold
at the 2012 London Games.
Dame Zandra Rhodes ’13 launched a new collection in
collaboration with IKEA. Her KARISMATISK
collection of 26 statement-making pieces is available in IKEA stores globally.
When Izzy Tihanyi ‘01 and her twin sister Coco founded Surf
Diva Shop & Surf School in 1996, it was the first all-female
surfing school. The La Jolla-based company, which also carries beach
gear and apparel, is celebrating 25 years of sisterhood, surfing, and style.
Laura Shawver ‘18 was featured in a “Feel Good Friday” profile
edited by Lori M. Walton ‘11 and distributed by Giving Back
Magazine. Dr. Shawver founded the Clearity Foundation,
which uses science to address ovarian cancer, the deadliest of women’s cancers.
Nancy Jamison ’19 was honored posthumously with the Neil Morgan
Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement during LEAD San Diego’s annual
Visionary Awards event on Oct. 27. Nancy’s obituary
detailed her work as CEO of San Diego Grantmakers (now known as
Catalyst) and announced that Catalyst has created a Nancy Jamison Fund
for Social Justice.
Dawn Berry ‘19 has been appointed to the board of directors of
Cardea Bio, a company that integrates molecular biology with
Marcella Lee ‘21 won an Emmy Award in the military category for
about the “Miracle on the Midway” during Operation Frequent Wind and
the fall of Saigon. She found it especially meaningful as the daughter
of an Army soldier who served in Vietnam. By the way, don’t miss
Marcella’s emotional profile
of a couple that adopted seven siblings who survived a car accident
that left them orphans.
Lee Ann Kim ’13 wrote a San Diego Union-Tribune opinion
piece about her experience as an Asian woman.
Lee Ann and Connie Matsui ’05 were appointed by Mayor
Todd Gloria to a new Asian-Pacific
Islander Advisory Group. It will focus on guiding Gloria's
administration in tackling the unique challenges facing API
communities. Paola Avila ’18 is the mayor’s chief of staff.
Erica Ollmann Saphire ‘16 was appointed as president and CEO of
the La Jolla Institute for Immunology.
The Arts and Humanities Building at San Diego City College
will be renamed in honor of Constance Carroll ’05, the school’s
recently retired chancellor. Dr. Carroll’s academic background was in
ancient Greek and Latin.
Felena Hanson ’17 is the subject of an Entrepreneur article
about how her company, Hera Hub, survived the pandemic, and the
cultural fallout that afflicted other female coworking businesses.
Lidia S. Martinez ’06 received the Herb Klein Spirit of San
Diego Award from the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. The
chamber presents the lifetime achievement award to those who make a
significant, lasting impact on our region. Lidia’s son, Teddy
Martinez, wrote a Mother’s Day tribute
to her for the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Wendy Urushima-Conn ’17 chairs the San Diego Public Library’s
Board of Commissioners.
Dr. Wilma Wooten ’10 was named Person of the Year by YMCA of
San Diego County for her efforts to promote a science-based response
to the COVID-19 pandemic.